Thursday June 19, 2014

I think I liked it better when Harvey and Mike were on the same side of the table as opposed to this big war that's been waged between the two of them.  

Here's an interview with Suits costume designer Jolie Andreatta who told Slate that "I'm sensitive to the mood of the script, and the particular case that's being addressed. I feel like I can always be a little more sexy, a little more elaborate, when it’s dealing with corporate takeovers. If it's a more emotional case, I don't want to distract from what's going on. Jessica is very comfortable in her own skin, so even if I put her in a really fitted dress, and she's got to go to court, she's going to be comfortable in it. Gina can pretty much pull off anything."

Season 16 of Big Brother starts in just under a week (June 25), and per The Hollywood Reporter, "[b]ig changes are in store . . . 

"This season two houseguests will win the Head of Household (HOH) title each week, a major tweak from the usual lone HOH. The HOH pair still has its perks, including the upstairs HOH suite. Because there will be two HOHs, each will have to nominate two houseguests for eviction each week. In a twist, however, winning HOH does not guarantee safety for the week.

Another twist comes in the form of fans influencing the game in a significant new way with an interactive element CBS is dubbing Team America.

There will also be a new high-stakes competition, the Battle of the Block, which the network promises will shift the power in the house week to week.

“When the houseguests learn about the new twists, they will need to throw out any pre-existing strategy if they want to survive in the game,' said Allison Grodner, executive producer of Big Brother.  'The new Battle of the Block competition will shake up the power in the house like never before. A houseguest can go from zero to hero, or vice versa, every week!'

THR also gives us an inside look at the BB16 house, which takes on an outdoorsy treehouse like vibe.

Per Deadline, "[a]fter a few weeks of dealmaking, Showtime has finalized a pilot production order to Roadies, a comedy written, directed and executive produced by Cameron Crowe. The project, executive produced by My So-Called Life creator Winnie Holzman and J.J. Abrams, follows the day-to-day life of a successful rock tour as seen through the eyes of the crew members who help get the show on the road. It marks a return to the rock world for former Rolling Stones reporter Crowe, who previously tackled it in his semi-autobiographical feature Almost Famous."

USA Today (amongst others) is reporting that "Chelsea Handler is moving to Netflix.

"The late-night comedian, who is ending E!'sChelsea Lately, her late-night comedy talk show, in August after a seven-year run, has signed a deal with the streaming service for several stand-up specials and, in 2016, a new talk show with a format to be decided later.

"Handler told Howard Stern in March she was unhappy at E!, where her contract expires in December, and said she'd like to work for Netflix. In April, the New York Post reported she'd signed a deal. And Thursday, Netflix confirmed the plans and provided new details.

"'If I was going to continue working in this industry, I knew I had to do something outside the box to keep myself interested,' Handler says in a statement. 'I wanted to sit with the cool kids at lunch so I approached Netflix to make sure they were as cool as I thought they were, and when I confirmed my suspicions, like with any other future lover, I made my move. I'm more excited than I've been in awhile, and the team at Netflix is the most forward thinking, alert group I've sat down with in ages. No offense to the Shahs of Sunset.'"

Here's an interview with Taystee (Danielle Brooks) of Orange Is The New Black.  As for what might be in store for Taystee in season 3, Brooks said she has "[n]o clue. I asked Jenji the other day. I was like, 'Jenji, where do you think this is going?' She gave me the theme of the season but was like, 'It’s not time for you to know yet.' I’m just along for the ride."

"USA's Dig is a huge event series for the network, premiering this fall, and Yahoo TV has the exclusive first look at the very first trailer, featuring footage from the show.

"Dig stars Jason Isaacs as Peter Connelly, an FBI agent stationed in Jerusalem who uncovers a 2,000-year-old conspiracy while investigating the murder of a young archaeologist. Anne Heche stars as Peter's boss (and lover) Lynn Monahan, the head of the FBI offices in Jerusalem. Lauren Ambrose, David Costabile, Regina Taylor, Alison Sudol, Omar Metwally, Richard E. Grant, and Ori Pfeffer also star.

"The series just started production on location in Jerusalem on June 1, so this is an exciting look at their first weeks in production, which the series co-creators tease will only get more intense."

Season 4 of Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee is available as of 12pm ET today.  All episodes of seasons 1, 2 and 3 are available on the above link.  They are all under 23 minutes, most are around 15 minutes and are well worth your time.  Thank you Jerry.

"Martin Sheen has signed on to Netflix's upcoming original comedy series from Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, A Netflix representative told TheWrap.  Sheen will play Robert, husband to Fonda's Grace, on the 13-episode first season of Grace and Frankie.

"The single-camera comedy focuses on nemeses Grace (Fonda) and Frankie (Tomlin), who are facing the last chapter of their lives, though not in the way they expected. When their husbands announce they are in love with each other and plan to get married, the women find their lives both turned upside down and to their dismay, permanently intertwined. Eventually, to their surprise, they find they have each other."

Per TVGuide, "[g]etting kicked off of The Bachelorette has some unexpected perks!

"Marquel Martin, who did not receive a rose from Andi Dorfman on Monday and was subsequently eliminated, has joined the franchise's upcoming spin-off Bachelor in Paradise. Martin, 27, first charmed viewers when he presented Andi with a plate of cookies on the first night.

"Michelle Money, who competed for Brad Womack's heart on The Bachelor and also appeared on Bachelor Pad, also has yet to be officially announced, but she appeared in a sneak peek of the new series that aired on Monday.

"The cast of Bachelor in Paradise, which premieres on Aug. 4, was announced on June 4. At the time, ABC said that three more men from Andi's current season would be revealed at a later date."

Non-TV related, but Buzzfeed lays out some interesting facts about some of your favorite fast food restaurants, including:

-You cannot be more than 107 miles from a McDonald’s in the contiguous USA.

-McDonald’s turns away a higher percentage of applicants than Harvard.

-Chipotle buys some of their avocados from singer Jason Mraz.

-Two companies prepare KFC’s Original Recipe chicken. One company only has half of the secret recipe, and the other company has the second half. The complete recipe only exists in one place: locked inside a vault at KFC’s headquarters.

-Before 2013, the number one buyer of kale was Pizza Hut. They didn’t serve it, they used it as a decoration for their salad bars.

-The first 100 people who go to a new Chick-Fil-A when it opens get a free meal every week for a year.

-On average, Starbucks has opened two new stores every day since 1987.

-Ben and Jerry’s ice cream has chunks in it because Ben has anosmia and relies on “mouth-feel” when eating.

-Waffle House sells more steak than any other restaurant.