Tuesday June 3, 2014

Ok Louie, we get it, you wanted to take a darker approach to this season.  Mission accomplished.  Thankfully, the "Elevator" storyline has come and gone and now we can hopefully get back to what made this a very anticipated and critically-acclaimed show?  Next week's 90 minutes worth had better deliver.

The CW premieres a new show tonight called Famous in 12, which it describes as follows: "Famous in 12 is an unscripted series/social experiment that will film one fame-seeking family around the clock for 12 weeks straight. The family will be guided by the TMZ machine, which will create a series of opportunities for them. TMZ and Harvey Levin will help, and additional experts will be brought in throughout the course of the series to provide input and guidance on the path to fame, but it is up to the family to pull it off. Throughout their 12-week quest, the family will circulate through some of Los Angeles’ most populated – and popular – venues in order to seize opportunities that might come calling."  Seriously, I pulled that right off the network's website.  Here's the trailer: 

Per Variety, "[m]oving past the PG world of selfie photos with stars, Andy Cohen and Warner Horizon Television are looking to find out what it’s like to bed a famous person and are developing the reality show I Slept With a Celebrity.

"The project, which is currently being shopped to networks, seeks to 'deliver the juiciest gossip from people who say they got to experience the glitz and glamour of Hollywood — and then a whole lot more …' Each weekly episode will center around two guests willing to spill the details about their walks of shame, sharing everything from where they met, where they went and what they wore (or didn’t).

"Exec-turned-TV personality Cohen, who hosts Bravo’s Watch What Happens: Live and is an exec producer of the cabler’s The Real Housewives franchise, will also exec produce this project." 

Speaking of Andy Cohen, Bravo announced a handful of new shows (per Deadline):

#obsessed (working title): Hosted by internet sensations the SRSLY girls, Danielle Gibson and Alexandra Fiber, #obsessed is a comedic “let’s talk about it” round-up featuring two best friends and obsessionados who are totally up to speed on the latest trends from the most eccentric health crazes like ‘oil pulling’ to the newest foodie renaissance of toast, yes, toast.  So whether you want to impress your friends at a party this weekend or look hip in front of your kids at the dinner table, #obsessed is your go-to guide for everything you need to know, want to buy and wish you had.

Apres Ski (working title): Luxury and world-class ski resorts attract instructors from all over the world vying for jobs on the mountain to showcase their expertise while delivering the premiere experience to their demanding clientele.  It’s the ultimate synthesis of business and pleasure for the staff, as they ski by day and lodge together by night.  From fresh tracks to Apres Ski off the slopes, you can be sure that instructors and guests alike seek thrills both on and off the mountain.

High Stakes Style (working title): Following fashion inventor and home shopping superstar, High Stakes Style features Shannon and her team as she looks to invest in unique one-of-a-kind beauty and style solutions.  The smash success of Shannon’s own creation, “Showstoppers,” a double stick designer tape, launched her fabulous lifestyle and career.  With her direct experience, abounding wherewithal and an equally exuberant opinion to match, Shannon will help budding entrepreneurs kick start their beauty and fashion businesses while also turning a pretty profit.

Family Love (working title): This project follows Lisa Galos and her totally unconventional family of matchmakers, including her beautiful single daughter, gay son, ex-husband, and even her ex-husband’s former mistress. If anyone understands the phrase, “the heart wants what the heart wants,” it’s this family that uses everyone’s unique skills to set up the hottest singles in Chicago.

More from Variety: "HGTV will continue to highlight family-focused home renovation as well as its dream destination programming and has ordered My Flipping Family (working title), Island Life and Lakefront Bargain Hunt. DIY Network will build upon its family renovation series and shows featuring custom designs and makeovers, ordering American Rehab: Buffalo (working title); American Rehab: Detroit; Pool Kings (working title); The Expandables; Barnwood Builders; Mega Decks and Custom Built.

The full development slate is listed below:

HGTV

My Flipping Family (working title)

HGTV continues to highlight family-focused home renovation with My Flipping Family w.t. (44 Blue Pictures), a series that follows Miami-based go-getter and single mom Lucila Sola as she launches her own home renovation and design business with her mom and daughter.

Island Life (working title) and Lakefront Bargain Hunt

HGTV also adds new titles to its dream destination programming with Island Life w.t. (Left/Right Inc.) in which homeowners shed the hustle and bustle to search for the perfect island home; and Lakefront Bargain Hunt (Magilla Entertainment)a series that showcases buyers purchasing their fantasy home on the water.

DIY Network

On DIY Network, the family renovation series continue in American Rehab: Buffalo w.t. (Magnetic Productions)as a couple who thrive on historic renovation and modern sustainability renovate homes in Buffalo, N.Y.; while in American Rehab: Detroit (Magnetic Productions) a couple rescues and renovates the family’s once beautiful 1920s mansion in Detroit. Pool Kings w.t. (Pie Town Productions) features the Caviness family as they build over-the-top pools for clients in their Oklahoma-based father and son business, while The Expandables (Tricon Films & Television) showcases contractor Rob Evans and his team as they create amazing additions and space-saving renovations for families who’ve outgrown their homes.

Custom designs and makeovers are also featured on DIY Network in Barnwood Builders (Silent Crow)where West Virginia master craftsmen deconstruct centuries-old barns and cabins to build stunning modern homes; while Mega Decks (Orion Entertainment) follows a Colorado firm that’s one of the most innovative deck and landscape companies in the country; and master deck designer Paul Lafrance and his crew of carpenters put their creative twist on cutting edge home makeovers and inventive custom pieces in Custom Built (Architect Films Inc.)."

Non-tv related, but you know I love these "quizzes:" Buzzfeed asks which grunge band are you?  In the event I did NOT get Pearl Jam, I would have never visited Buzzfeed again.  Alas:

See you in October.

See you in October.

Survivor news, courtesy of EW: "The 29th season of CBS’ Survivor has begun filming in Nicaragua, and host Jeff Probst says that two contestants left the show 48 hours before the competition began for medical reasons.

“'We just lost two contestants [Friday],' Probst tells EW’s Dalton Ross, who’s hosting EW Morning Live with Jessica Shaw from the set of Survivor: San Juan del Sur — Blood vs. Water all week on Entertainment Weekly Radio. 'We came out here with 20. We spend months casting our show — months. I mean, this is like….who you’re gonna ask to prom. All year you’re like, "Is it her or her?" and "Will she say yes?" And you finally get your 20 people, and then through no fault of their own — just a medical situation — they can’t play…. So instead of 20, it puts us at 18. Instead of equal men and women, it puts us uneven men and women.'”

Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead were the most Tweeted about TV shows last season.  #3 on the list . . . Pretty Little Liars.

Are people watching this season of 24?  I don't know anyone who is. . . .

"USA Network's Benched has secured three comedy veterans.  Saturday Night Live alums Molly Shannon and Chris Parnell have joined the Eliza Coupecourtroom comedy series, along with Community starYvette Nicole Brown, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. All three will guest-star in the first season.

"Benched is a single-camera comedy that centers on Nina (Coupe), a dedicated, career-driven corporate attorney who has a public nervous breakdown after getting passed up for an expected promotion, and finds herself working as a public defender.

"Shannon will play Judge Conner, a sexy, mature judge who walks the line between flirtatious and predatory. Parnell will portray Mitch, a glad-handing public defender from Pasadena who consistently schmoozes his way to Los Angeles Defender of the Year. Brown has been cast as Donna, a head clerk in the courthouse who is a stickler for bureaucratic rules and regulations.

"They join previously announced guest stars, writing partners Jim Rash and Nat Faxon; Jay Harrington also co-stars in the half-hour series from ABC Signature and The Mark Gordon Co. Executive producers are Michaela Watkins, Damon Jonesand John Enbom, the latter of whom will serve as showrunner, along with Mark Gordon and Andrea Shay."