Friday June 20, 2014

Variety is reporting that "NBC is sending Bear Grylls into the wild with Channing Tatum, Zac Efron, Ben Stiller and other celebs.

"The Peacock has given a six-episode order to Running Wild With Bear Grylls, an unscripted hour that will pair the famed British adventurer with one celeb per episode for a 48-hour treks to an exotic locale in the U.S. and abroad. Also on board for the series, which bows July 28, are NFL star Deion Sanders, Today anchor Tamron Hall and Tom Arnold."

Per EW, AMC "announced Thursday that it had picked up a second season of Better Call Saul, the Breaking Bad spin-off starring Bob Odenkirk, before the first episode of the show has even aired.

"And speaking of season 1: The first of those highly anticipated 10 episodes, which was originally slated to debut in November, has been pushed back a few months and will now premiere in early 2015, according to AMC. The 13-episode season 2 is scheduled to hit the air in early 2016.

"Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan, who is serving as co-showrunner and executive producer of Saul, will direct the first episode of the series, which will serve as a prequel and chronicle the adventures of underhanded attorney Saul Goodman before he teamed up with meth kingpin Walter White (Bryan Cranston). The network also released the first official photo from the set, which features Odenkirk, Gilligan, and Peter Gould, the Bad co-executive producer who created the Goodman character and is serving as Saul‘s other co-showrunner/executive producer.

“'Production on Better Call Saul is underway and we could not be more proud of nor more excited about the work to date. We join the fans in eager anticipation for this series and today we happily confirm that our initial Saul order is for two seasons and a total of 23 episodes,' said AMC president Charlie Collier in a statement. 'When introducing any series, especially one with the DNA of Breaking Bad, there are countless factors to consider in making sure the show gets the launch it deserves. We have a strong history with Vince, Peter, Bob, the studio and so many involved with this production; we are enjoying the process on Saul and all share a focus on making it a true television event. No half measures.'”

Here's your first look at the Big Brother 16 cast.

Not everyone was so enamored with Fargo.  

Per TMZ, "Andi Dorfman is NOT jettisoning her legal career for Hollywood ... so she claims in a private, plea to her D.A. boss.

"The Fulton County D.A. made news a few days ago when he said the new Bachelorette resigned, after her leave of absence as an Assistant District Attorney expired.  She originally took the leave to shoot the show, but after the resignation was announced everyone assumed she was giving up law.

"Not so.  TMZ got hold of her resignation letter, in which she says her TV obligations will wrap by the end of the year.  And then she begs the D.A. to "strongly consider me for re-hire."

"Andi says ...  'my true passion is in the prosecution of criminal cases.'   The D.A.'s office previously told TMZ they'd be open to bringing Andi back.  Justice > Love"

Photo courtesy of thewrap.com

Photo courtesy of thewrap.com

TheWrap is reporting that "Harold Perrineau, Tom Everett Scott and DJ Qualls have been announced as key cast members in SyFy's ensemble zombie series, Z Nation, which will debut a 13-episode season this fall.

Other stars in the action-horror show from The Asylum, the production company behind Sharknado, include Michael Welch (Twilight) and Kellita Smith (The Bernie Mac Show).

Z Nation takes place three years after a virus has turned the country into a zombie wasteland, and follows a team tasked with transporting the only known human to have resisted the virus to a lab in hopes of creating a vaccine. Although the antibodies he carries are the world's last hope for survival, he hides a dark secret that threatens them all.

"Perrineau will play Hammond, the leader of the group headed west; Scott portrays Garnett, Hammond's second-in-command; and Qualls plays the role of Citizen Z, a computer hacker who joins the team and helps them navigate the zombie-infested terrain.  Welch and Smith are Mack and Addy, respectively, two disparate wanderers drawn to the team — and to each other — by a shared goal: survival."

Cool story about casting for ABC's Shark Tank.  "'Of the 40,000 people that have applied so far, only 180 will make it in. 'So for the most part we are crushing people’s dreams. For the ones that do make it and move on you’re like, "Look at that, we changed their life.""

News from Amazon as THR reports that "Amazon Studios continues to add new shows to its upcoming pilot season, bolstering its comedy selection with half-hour dramedy Really from writer-directorJay Chandrasekhar (Super Troopers) and Jamie Tarses (Happy Endings). 

"From Main Street Films, Really also stars Chandrasekhar as Jed, one half of a Chicago couple trying to come to terms with their evaporating youth. Sarah Chalke (Scrubs) plays his wife, Lori. Rounding out the cast are Selma Blair (Anger Management), Travis Schuldt (It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia), Lindsay Sloane (Psych), Hayes MacArthur (Go On), Collette Wolfe (Young Adult), Luka Jones (Her) and Rob Delaney (Burning Love). 

"'Really is meant to be a sophisticated, funny, strikingly honest cable comedy for adults,' Chandrasekhar said. 'We're going to talk honestly about subjects including sex, alcohol, addiction, drugs, race and politics. Good fun.'"  Pretty awesome cast.  I look forward to watching. 

"Five years after Saved by the Bell‘s Dustin Diamond wrote Behind the Bell, his tell-all book that revealed secrets of the Bell set, EW has confirmed that Lifetime is airing The Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story. Although the project is completely separate from Diamond’s book, which included accusations of threesomes, drugs, and more, the new television movie will focus in on the same subject matter: The on-set life of the hit series that ran from 1989-1993. According to a press release, the film 'delves into the experiences of six unknown young actors placed into the Hollywood spotlight, exposing the challenges of growing up under public scrutiny while trying to maintain the squeaky-clean image of their popular characters both on and off-screen.'”

An interview with Ricky Gervais.

I recorded last night's premiere of Rectify and if this article is even close to on point, I'm glad I did.

Not seeing much love for Chelsea Handler and her decision to move over to Netflix.  "Netflix makes no sense. Binge watching is a profit-motivated delivery system that maximizes buzz and long-tail profits by leveraging American laziness and lack of willpower. Nobody loses (except for our memory of the art we have just seen). Is it the future? Absolutely. But what does the Netflix model—streaming, binge-watching, everything on-demand—have to do with Chelsea Handler's whole thing?"

"Netflix being Netflix, they'll likely pre-tape a ton of episodes and dump them all at once, thus allowing viewers to watch them whenever they want. Which sounds good on paper, but not in practice. Sure, most late-night shows will pre-tape, especially episodes that air on Friday, but to pre-tape a large chunk is a different story. Beyond losing the timeliness of jokes, you lose the excitement of the format — that however the host is that day, it's the show. Fans of any given late-night show see their hosts at their best and worst. If they are feeling tired that day, it's in the show. If they are feeling flirty, it's in the show. That might come through at times in Handler's future show, but it won't feel as of-the-moment."