Thursday June 26, 2014

When are Harvey and Mike going to be back on the same team already?  This oneupsmanship is getting tiring and I liked it better when they were all on the same side.

Big Brother came out of the gates swinging last night, but only introduced us to half the cast, which I thought was somewhat odd.  The remaining 8 houseguests will enter tonight, when it will start to get interesting.  Ariana Grande's brother (who has 560k followers on Twitter???) is someone who I'd probably end up strangling if I was locked in house with him for any longer than 20 minutes.  My early favorite is Devin.

Million Dollar Listing Miami was so so out of the gates.  I think the 3 real estate agents spent too much time watching the other Million Dollar Listings as they didn't come off as genuine.  I blame production in part for that and hope it corrects itself.

Not surprisingly, Breaking BadHouse Of Cards and Game Of Thrones were the most "binge-watched" shows of the year.  Per Variety, "[a] big caveat about the survey: Respondents were recruited from an opt-in panel of approximately 30,000 TiVo subscribers, with about 15,196 members participating in the binge-watching survey in April. People with DVRs would be expected to more frequently binge, by stockpiling episodes for later viewing, so the results are likely not reflective of the general U.S. population.

"A separate study last fall, commissioned by Netflix, found binge-watching a common behavior, with 61% of those who watch TV shows online saying they engage in binge-watching 2-3 episodes at least every few weeks.

"The survey also asked about “super-bingeing” — watching an entire series over several days. Three-quarters of survey respondents said they’ve done this, and about 29% of those surveyed said they deliberately put off watching an entire season of a show until they could watch the whole season at once."

I know it's not going to happen, but can we please remove the phrase "binge-watch" from our vernacular?

Mrs. Garrett is still alive, well and is still acting at 88 years old.  

Per Deadline, "Sidney Kimmel Entertainment has optioned the rights to Busted: A Tale Of Corruption And Betrayal In The City Of Brotherly Love, a police crime thriller written by Wendy Ruderman and Barbara Laker. It will serve as SKE’s debut television project with True Detective producers Anonymous Content.

Sex and the City’s Sarah Jessica Parker is attached to star in one of the two main roles in the hourlong show . . . . Book is based on investigative reporters Wendy Ruderman’s and Barbara Laker’s non-fiction book of the same name. Published by Harper Collins in March, it chronicles their efforts to uncover one of the biggest police corruption scandals in Philadelphia’s history. The 2009 10-month series of articles in the Philadelphia Daily News entitled “Tainted Justice” earned them a Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting."

"Natasha Lyonne is breaking out of Litchfield and heading to Brooklyn. The Orange is the New Black actress will appear on Girls next season, EW has confirmed. It’s not known how many episodes she’ll appear in, but TV Line, who first reported the news of Lyonne’s casting, says she’ll play a character named Rickey. Lyonne will join previously announced guest stars Gillian Jacobs, Jason Ritter, and Zachary Quinto in the Lena Dunham-created comedy."

Per TMZ, "Columbus Short is learning a lot about the legal system these days ... today's lesson -- you don't show up in family court and your wife will take you to the cleaners.

"The former Scandal star was just ordered to fork over a whopping $17,005 a month in spousal support to estranged wife Tanee Short.  And if that's not enough, he also has to pay $4,542 a month in child support.

"But wait ... there's more.  Columbus got tagged for $25,000 to cover Tanee's legal bills.  Short's side of the counsel table was empty.  No Short, no lawyer.  Short hasn't even responded to Tanee's divorce petition."

The folks at Vulture have not been enjoying this season of MTV's Catfish.  I tend to agree, although this season has had its moments.  That said, this does sum it up pretty nicely: "So far, this season of Catfish has been extremely low on passion. There was Antoinette, who posts racy pictures of herself on Instagram, and T-Lights, her Boca Raton–based musician paramour — and they're both who they say they are: passionless shells of human beings. There were Solana and Elijah, the emo-haired dopes who, again, were exactly who they said they were and decided to be pals. For some reason, actress Tracie Thoms decided to 'confront' a woman who made fake Twitter profiles — though that woman had already stopped, and mostly the episode seemed to be part of some kind of Tracie Thoms Awareness Tour rather than an actual episode of Catfish. The group of people who hang out in an anxiety chat-room where one evil mastermind plies them for information about each other? Eeeh. The vaguely evil girl who scammed a whole clique of friends for their naked photos? No real emotion behind it. The actual criminal who grifted naïve people for thousands of dollars worth of services while claiming to be a musician? No actual emotions. The only good episode this season was with Antwane and his cousin Carmen, who had been catfishing him for years as revenge for once calling her fat. This is the human drama I crave."

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Here’s a first look at Joan Allen in the fourth and final season of The Killing.  "The veteran actress (The Bourne UltimatumFace/Off) stars this season as Colonel Margaret Rayne, the headmaster of the all-boys military academy. In the season, as detectives Linden (Mireille Enos) and  Holder (Joel Kinnaman) struggle to manage the fallout from their rash actions at the end of last season, they are assigned a new case: A family is murdered, survived only by their military academy son, Kyle Stansbury (Tyler Ross), who was shot in the head during the massacre. The season premieres on Netflix on Aug. 1."

Judy Blume is releasing a new book.  "Blume is the undisputed champion of misunderstood twelve-year-old girls everywhere. She's famous for titles like, Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret, Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, and Super Fudge. However, she transitioned to books for adults later in her career.  Her last release Summer Sisters hit the shelves in 1998."

Per THR, "Discovery Communications-owned network Velocity is revving up for the return ofDream Car Week.  The cable channel has set the weeklong lineup -- which focuses on the most unique, beautiful and exotic vehicles coupled with the top experts in the automotive genre -- for Sunday, July 27, through Saturday, Aug. 2, and will feature 14 hours of new programming this time around.

"Each night will be themed by series and hosted by automotive authorities. The week kicks off with the season two premiere ofFantomworks and also will include new episodes ofChasing Classic Cars, Overhaulin', Wheeler Dealers and Graveyard Carzalong with the series premiere of Garage Squad.

"Capping off the week will be the Peak Stock Car Dream Challenge 2, a two-hour event where the prize is a sponsorship for one worthy racecar driver. NASCAR star Michael Waltrip and Michael Waltrip Racing executive vp and general manager Ty Norris invite 18 amateur drivers to compete in a series of challenges at Charlotte Motor Speedway for a chance at a PEAK Motorsports sponsorship and the opportunity to race in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series. After being coached by leading NASCAR driversDanica Patrick, Clint Bowyer and Brian Vickers and NHRA legend John Force, the winning racer will be announced Aug. 2."

Not really sure where Bravo is heading these days, but the network "plans to share some colorful parenting wisdom in its forthcoming docuseries Extreme Guide to Parenting, set to premiere on August 7.

"Each hour-long episode of the previously announced series will showcase two families that employ alternative parenting styles, whether it is “conscious-attachment” or “eco-kosher, shamanistic.”

"While the Masterson-Horn couple never leaves the side of their adopted daughter, for example, Marisa Eisenberg has her four-year-old son memorizing the names of all the U.S. presidents and playing five sports."