Tuesday July 1, 2014

In my own version of the rule of three I've quit watching American Idol, banished Hell's Kitchen from my DVR and am ready to jettison The Bachelorette.  I can no longer tolerate the idiocy that is that show.  I like Andi Dorfman, but it starts and ends there.  Good riddance.

"ABC executives are in the process of bringing Rosie O’Donnell back to co-host The View, a well-placed insider tells FOX411.  It would be the second time around on the show for the controversial comedian, who left in 2007 after just one season.

“'The network executives really wanted Rosie back,' the insider said. 'They’re confident she has what it takes to add some controversy and drive the ratings up. It is a smart fit.'"

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Per The Huffington Post, "Better Call Saul executive producer Peter Gould has revealed that the show will feature scenes moving back and forth through time, allowing for the return of some of our favorite Breaking Bad characters, including Walter White, according to the New York Daily News.

“'One of the great things about having a time line which is flexible is that perhaps some of it takes place before Breaking Bad, during Breaking Bad, and after Breaking Bad. That gives us the ability to bring back characters that were killed on Breaking Bad,’ Gould told The News.

"Gould adds that the show will 'stand on its own' and not be more Breaking Bad, but having White return in any capacity is still enough to make fans totally lose it. Both Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul have already said they'd be interested in reprising their roles as White and Jesse Pinkman, respectively.

"Perhaps the best news of all is that when Cranston responded, 'Never say never,' after CNN asked if Walter White could return, he wasn't just quoting a Justin Bieber song. He actually meant it."  Am I the only one who is almost certain that this show is going to be a let down?  How wrong I hope I am . . . . 

"Community has been renewed, after all. The dream of six seasons and a movie is still alive — thanks to Yahoo, of all places, which closed a deal for an additional season of the cult NBC comedy.

"The deal closed on the last day it realistically could, since the actors would all be released from their contracts at midnight [last] night. The new season, comprised of 13 episodes, will debut this fall. Creator Dan Harmon and producer Chris McKenna, who returned to the show for season 5 after a year away, will stick around.

“'I am very pleased that Community will be returning for its predestined sixth season on Yahoo,' Harmon said in a statement. 'I look forward to bringing our beloved NBC sitcom to a larger audience by moving it online. I vow to dominate our new competition. Rest easy, Big Bang Theory. Look out, 'Bang Bus!'” 

Yes, that's Dennis Leary.

Yes, that's Dennis Leary.

Per EW, "Denis Leary is officially returning to FX, with the cable network giving a series order to his comedy project Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll.

"The ampersand-heavy title is follows a middle-aged rocker (Leary, of course) trying to reunite his early ’90s band after falling into years of drugs and debauchery. The cast also includes John Corbett, Elizabeth Gillies, Elaine Hendrix, and Bobby Kelly.

"The show marks Leary’s FX reunion after co-creating and starring in Rescue Me, which ran for seven seasons on the network. 'I am extremely elated at the opportunity to once again be working with John Landgraf and the fine executive talent over at FX,' said Leary. 'They have a great platform for comedy, an award-winning marketing team, and an amazing new Nespresso machine in the conference room. The Gran Maestria C520 Platinum? Get this: It heats the cup!'

"FX has ordered 10 episodes of SDRR for 2015."

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A lot of Seinfeld this week, in honor of the 25 year anniversary of the launch of the show (with today marking the actual 25 year mark).  Here's a list ranking the top 50 characters to appear on the show.  I think Mr. Morgan should have been higher, and the Maestro, and Mr. Kruger.

21 actors offer up some advice to their TV characters, such as Jim Parsons, who said "I would advise Sheldon to do what it takes to keep Amy [Mayim Bialik] in his life — seems to me everybody irritates Sheldon at one level or another and, of all the people in his life, she appears to irritate him the least. Added to that fact that Amy seems to love Sheldon (despite everyone else’s opinion that she shouldn’t), and I just think Sheldon would be well-advised to not play fast and loose with her affection.”

"HBO said today that Monday nights will feature original documentaries year-round, including 'timely encore presentations.' The announcement comes several months after HBO signed a multi-year deal with Susan Lacy, creator and executive producer of PBS’ American Masters series, to produce and direct docus. The cable channel kicked off the new Monday tradition last week with The Case Against 8, about the Supreme Court’s overturn of California ban on gay marriage, and continues [this week] with 112 Weddings, in which a videographer tracks down couples whose nuptials he filmed. Future subjects include President Nixon, Pamela Smart and Russia’s anti-gay laws."

I saw the Instagram photos last week and now it's confirmed that "Chris D’Elia (Undateable) has been tapped to play Adam, the impulsive musician who disappeared from Jennifer’s life shortly after getting her pregnant, TVLine has learned exclusively. He’ll return a changed man, or so he says, eager to insert himself in Jennifer and their daughter’s lives.

"D’Elia will appear in several episodes of the TV Land comedy, beginning with Episode 8, titled Dads and Dogs.  Jennifer Falls airs Wednesdays at 10:30/9:30c."

I had to read this 2x before it sunk in: "The Weather Channel's latest reality series isn't about killer storms or mountains of snow, it's about average, out-of-shape guys in the elements. The title isn't even trying to be too clever about it: Fat Guys in the Woods.

"In case you're still unclear about what you'll be seeing when the series premieres Aug. 10, each week three couch potato-y gentlemen will be taken out to a remote location in the Appalachian wilderness of eastern Tennessee and taught survival skills to make it a week without the comforts of their Barcaloungers.

"The three 'fat guys' will be escorted by author and ruggedly good-looking survival expert Creek Stewart, who will no doubt need to perform at the peak of his abilities to keep his students from having something awful happen to them.

"The series, which was filmed during the extremely cold and snowy recent winter, will air eight episodes paired with the Weather Channel's competition reality series So You Think You'd Survive."