Friday June 27, 2014

Jenny McCarthy is already leaving The View?  That was fast.  Evidently, everyone except for Whoopi is being jettisoned.  Whatever.

Per Deadline, "Extra has named Tracey Edmonds and Fox Sports 1′s Charissa Thompson as co-hosts for the show’s upcoming 21st season that premieres September 8. Both have inked multi-year deals to join Mario Lopez, who has been on the show since 2007. The moves come after the May departure of longtime co-host Maria Menounos, who inked a multi-year pact of her own at E! that includes hosting her own one-hour entertainment newsmag series, Untold With Maria Menounos.

"Edmonds is a producer and CEO of Edmonds Entertainment, which has Dieon’s Family Playbook on OWN. Thompson will pull double duty with her Fox Sports 1 job; she was one of the high-profile hires when that network launched last summer."  Not sure why I started with items about two shows that I NEVER watch.

On to a show that I DO watch, congratulations to Johnny Bananas and Laurel for winning The Challenge.  If I spoiled that for you, shame on you for not watching it last night.  Bananas becomes the first 5x winner of the show and has strengthened his case as a first ballot Hall of Famer.  Zach really disappointed.  He repeatedly claimed he was going to die as his body cramped up on him.  He barely outperformed Devyn.  Come on man!

EW did a great recap and interviewed the two winners.  "Even after emerging from four elimination matches, it’s little surprise that Johnny Bananas took the Free Agents title. As the series’ most record-breaking competitor ever, he has more than $400,000 in winnings, five final titles, and the hands-down respect of his competitors. 'I’ve never considered myself the strongest nor the smartest person in the house,' he says, 'but what sets me aside from a lot of the other competitors is my ability to adapt to any circumstance that’s thrown our way. … You have to be a chameleon. You have to be able to adapt to an ever-changing environment at the drop of a hat. If you can’t do that, you get weeded out pretty quick.'

Bananas feels validated, saying, “'[t]his [season] was the sweetest victory ever. My back was against the wall this entire time. This was the first Challenge I’ve come into where I really had no support [from] an alliance. This was a struggle for me from day one until the end…. It was kind of match point for me for most of the game, and I managed to find a way out every single time. [Unlike in other Challenge formats] no one can take anything away from me or take credit for how things went down.'

"So how will we they spend the $125,000 prize? In contrast to their on-air dramatics, the victors’ answers are surprisingly reserved. 'I want to act like I don’t have the money at all. I want to continue to live simply. I want to continue to go in a direction that I find what it is that I’m here for. I just want to be a normal person,' Laurel giggles.

"Bananas admits, '[i]f you’d asked me that question five years ago, I probably would have had a much more reckless answer.' He says with a quip, 'I haven’t actually sent in my paperwork to get that check sent to me. I feel like the longer they hold it, the less danger it is for me going out and spending it on booze and hookers.'”

"While Laurel thinks it’s 'time to hang up [her] hat,' it seems like Bananas’ Free Agents check might not even have a chance to clear before he’s back in the game. Though casting for the next season hasn’t been announced yet, Bananas teases, 'I don’t think [if I had] 10 wins I’d even be satisfied. … Until the day that I fall over and die or retire from Challenges, there’s always something more to be accomplished.'”  Damn right Bananas!

"Stepping up its efforts to compete with Netflix and Amazon with original programming, Hulu may be close to landing a big one: Vulture hears the streaming network is in advanced discussions to buy a comedy series written, produced, and (scheduling permitting) directed by film and TV mogul Judd Apatow. A pilot script for the project, tentatively called Love, has already been co-written by Apatow, Brooklyn Nine-Nine writer Lesley Arfin and actor/writer Paul Rust (Super Fun Night). Rust is attached to co-star, and there’s talk that Community star Gillian Jacobs — who has a recurring role on season four of the Apatow-produced Girls — has also been approached to star. (One possible stumbling block: Jacobs is locked into Community, at least through Monday; if Sony and NBC find a way to save the show, things could get awkward. Unless, that is, Hulu ends up with Community, though reports say it won't.) Assuming the deal closes — and it hasnot — we also hear Brent Forrester, a veteran of The Simpsons and The  Office who also worked with Apatow on his late, great, and short-lived Fox seriesUndeclared, is being eyed to serve as a co-showrunner.

"As for what the potential series is about: A person familiar with the pilot script describes Love as a character-based comedy revolving around relationships, romantic and otherwise, with one (very messed-up) couple in particular at the center. And, because this is Judd Apatow, the pilot script has a couple of bad words and talks a little bit about s-e-x. Should Hulu close the deal for Love, it would be a big get for the new content team at the streaming service, led by former Fox and Warner Bros. exec Craig Erwich. It would also underscore just how much digital players such as Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon have arrived: A couple years ago, the idea of Apatow doing a full-fledged show for the internets would've been deemed ridiculous by most Hollywood insiders. Now? Pretty common. (Thanks, House of Cards!) All that said, because there's no closed deal yet, it's possible all our Hulu excitement is misplaced: Talks could fall apart (as they seem to have with regards to the notion of Hulu buying Community), so there's a chance this project could end up at another streaming service or a more traditional cable network. But with the talent involved, it seems a safe bet to predict this project will end up in development somewhere. Reached late Thursday, a rep for Hulu refused to confirm details and declined comment."

Andi Dorfman and whomever she ends up selecting in the end (i.e., Josh) have been asked to appear on the next season of Dancing With The Stars.  That show should have been canceled a long time ago, and anyone can see that casting has fallen off a cliff, so I'm reading this to mean that they are being strongly urged, or just shy of forced, to participate on DWTS.  I had a manager tell me last week that he would never let a client entertain that show again as it has officially become a "career killer."  Amen.

"BET is gunning to air a Chris Brown reality show ... and they've already held focus groups to find out if viewers will flock to their sets or stay away.

"Multiple sources familiar with the situation tell TMZ ... BET has made it clear to several production companies ... the network would absolutely air a Chris Brown reality series, chronicling his life after jail.

"We're told several production companies are angling to sign Chris, but so far that hasn't happened.  If it does, we're told the show will get on the air.

"A focus group was held Tuesday in the San Fernando Valley ... asking participants if they'd watch a reality show in which Chris tries to stay on the straight and narrow -- free from violence and drugs.  

"We're told the group -- comprised entirely of African American females -- was split, but the majority said they'd watch to see if Chris would screw up."

Those billboards for FX's The Strain are very distracting.  I'm glad I'm not the only one who thinks so.  "FX declined to comment on the campaign for Guillermo Del Toro's new horror series, which premieres on July 13. But if the maxim that there's no such thing as bad publicity is true, the network is getting plenty of not-bad publicity on Twitter, where drivers have vented their revulsion at the image.

"The ads haven't just offended kindhearted Muppets writers. Molly Ephraim, star of the very frightening Paranormal Activity 2, has mounted a mini-Twitter campaign against the billboards in her Los Angeles neighborhood.

“'Billboard for The Strain or whatever that godforsaken thing is w/ the thing in the eyeball on my street; can I call the Mayor to complain?' she wrote Tuesday. She followd up Tuesday with 'NO BUT SERIOUSLY I CAN'T DEAL WITH THOSE POSTERS FOR THE STRAIN I NEED THEM REMOVED CITYWIDE.'"

Per EW, "Marvel’s Daredevil has filled another key part: Actor Elden Henson has been cast as Matt Murdock’s best friend and legal partner.

"Henson has been in the Mighty Ducks franchise and CBS’ Intelligence, but he will probably make his biggest splash in the final two Hunger Games movies, where he plays Pollux—a Capitol cameraman who films Katniss Everdeen in the District 13 promos—in Mockingjay Part 1 and 2.

"In Daredevil, Henson will play play Foggy Nelson: 'In a town full of crime and corruption, Foggy’s friendship to the community and passion for improving it have made him a friend to its many residents from all walks of life.' He joins Charlie Cox as Murdock/Daredevil, Vincent D’Onofrio as crime-lord Kingpin, and Rosario Dawson in a recurring role. Daredevil premieres next year on Netflix."

I'm glad to see that Cuba Gooding, Jr. is still trying.