Wednesday June 4, 2014

Here is a preview of Real Screen West, which kicks off today in Los Angeles.

I think I would be pretty good friends with Chef Graham Elliott.  He loves food (so do I).  He loves Pearl Jam (so do I).  He quoted Wedding Crashers on this week's episode of Masterchef.  "'There's like two people that I would probably freak out if I did cook for them, be star-struck,' Elliot said. 'And that would be Eddie Vedder from Pearl Jam, because I feel like he saved my life through high school, just because of the music and how big it was of an influence on me at the time.  And the other probably would be Steve Perry. Swear to God. I'm all about some Steve Perry. I feel like the biggest Journey fan and not in a funny, ironic way.'"

I have some details on the shows that will be part of the launch of the new FYI network:

Married at First Sight (10 x 60) - Based on the hit Danish format, Married at First Sight is an extreme social experiment following six brave souls who are yearning for a life-long partnership as they agree to a provocative proposal: getting legally married the moment they first meet.

Rowhouse Showdown (10 x 60) - Rowhouse Showdown features renovation expert, Carter Oosterhouse, leading three teams as they battle it out to transform dilapidated homes in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Tiny House Nation (10 x 60) - In Tiny House Nation, renovation experts and hosts, John Weisbarth and Zack Giffin, travel across America to show off ingenious small spaces and the inventive people who live in them, as well as help new families design and construct their own mini-dream home in a space no larger than 300 square feet.

World Food Championships (6 x 60) - Hosted in Las Vegas, The World Food Championships is one of the most ambitious and authentic food competitions held annually. This series follows talented home cooks and professional chefs from across America as they compete to create dishes mouth-wateringly creative enough to win their food category.

The Feed (6 x 60) - Part road show, part NYC food adventure, part talk show - this is a deliciously inventive new series celebrating food in all its creative, ingenious glory. Three unique and distinctly opinionated hosts - culinary expert Gail Simmons; superstar chef Marcus Samuelsson; and comedian and food writer Max Silvestri - anchor a rollicking adventure into the world of cooking, food trends and food culture in America.

B.O.R.N. to Style (14 x 60) - B.O.R.N. to Style is a lifestyle makeover series centered on a “fierce” team from New York, and their larger than life boss, Jonathan Bodrick. Springing from the Harlem-based eclectic boutique, B.O.R.N. (borrowed, old, refurbished and new), the style superheroes land at the door of those desperately in need of some “color in their lives.”

Epic Meal Empire (16 x 30) - With more than 600 million views in weekly webisodes and over 6 million YouTube subscribers to date, Harley Morenstein, aka the "Sauce Boss,” and his kitchen crew are ready for primetime television. From whiskey-laced, burger-stuffed lasagnas to donut casseroles to Jack & Coke cupcakes - The Epic Meal Time team delivers recipes that are visually mind-blowing spins on food preparation and presentation.

Brace yourself for this one.  Here is your list of contestants (for lack of a better word) on the premiere season of Bachelor In Paradise:

From Sean's season:
AshLee Frazier
Sarah Herron
Danielle McBride

From Juan Pablo's season:
Clare Crawley
Lacy Faddoul
Elise Mosca

From Jake Pavelka's season:
Michelle Kujawa

From Desiree Hartsock's season:
Ben Scott
Robert Graham

From DeAnna Pappas' season:
Graham Bunn

Plus, three men from Andi Dorfman's season—the current season of The Bachelorette—who will be revealed at a later date.

If you know more than TWO of the above people, SHAME ON YOU.  Bachelor In Paradise premieres Monday, Aug. 4 at 8 p.m. on ABC.

An interview with Key and Peele about how then ended up on Fargo.  "[T]hey came to us -- we share a manager -- they came to us as a package deal and I think my first gut reaction was -- Keegan and my first gut reaction -- was, first of all, just how cool is that? We're such big fans of Fargo and the Coen Brothers. We just had a lot of faith in the project but our fears, if any, were, "Is the presence of the pre-existing team going to disrupt whatever flow or the world of this show?' Are people who know our work all of a sudden going to be taken out of it and picturing our East-West Bowl characters, our football characters, at a time when they're supposed to be digesting the noir. So ultimately I don't think there was any point we were going to pass on it, but it did take a little bit of faith that the show was in the right hands of somebody who wasn't just a Key & Peele fan, so they wanted to throw us in there. And it turns out Noah Hawley is a guy, he's real sort of mastermind and it just a good move to trust him, because the place that seems impossible in making a Fargo show is exactly what he has his finger on the pulse of, which is maintaining that tonal balance, that Coen Brothers tonal balance really."

TV Guide has an exclusive on Divya's daughter.  "Although working with young children on a production can be notoriously difficult, Feuerstein says that opposite has been true so far. 'It's just another example of how Royal Pains looks at all that conventional wisdom and throws it out the window. We throw caution to the wind,' he says. 'There are twins that play Sashi and these twins are so beautiful and they are pretty amazingly well-behaved. I have rarely seen babies who have been this amenable to shooting, so we've been very lucky on that front.'  The new season of Royal Pains debuts Tuesday, June 10 at 9/8c on USA."

An interview with Girls' Adam Driver, in which he talks about participating in some version of a fight club and setting things on fire.  "We would climb radio towers, set things on fire. We tried to set a tire on fire. That was really hard. There’s a place behind Kroger  where we would Dumpster-dive for potato chips. One Dumpster, there was a chip factory behind it, and they used to throw out all their old potato chips.”  Sounds about right.

In Survivor news, I can officially confirm that season 30 will NOT featuring returning contestants or be some form of an all-star version to commemorate the monumental season.  In more Survivor news, season 29 will not bring with it the return of Redemption Island as Jeff Probst had previously intimated.  Oh well.

Per EW, "Will Arnett is returning to Netflix this summer all the same — this time in the animated adult comedy series BoJack Horseman.

"Take it away, Netflix: 'Will Arnett voices BoJack, the failed legendary ’90s sitcom star from the favorite family sitcom Horsin’ Around, who has been trying to find his way through a muddle of self-loathing, whisky and failed relationships. Now, in the presence of his human sidekick Todd (Aaron Paul) and his feline agent and ex-paramour Princess Carolyn (Amy Sedaris), BoJack is primed for his comeback.' Created by Raphael Bob-Waksberg, Arnett and Paul will also serve as executive producers."  Check out the trailer below:

Deadline is reporting that "Showtime has put in development a drama from writer Gary Lennon, Robert Downey Jr. & Susan Downey’s Team Downey banner and Sony Pictures TV. I hear the pay cable network landed the project in a competitive situation. Written by Lennon (Orange Is the New Black, Justified), the untitled drama is set in 1983 and follows a rehab/therapeutic community in Venice Beach where drugs and alcohol have always been part of the local culture."

Per TheWrap, "[i]s there a chance Arsenio Hall could pull off a third return to television? His manager, John Ferriter, tells TheWrap a three-peat is possible.

“'There's been an outpouring of support,' Ferriter says. 'We started getting calls over the weekend.'

"CBS Television Distribution announced it was pulling the plug on The Arsenio Hall Show Friday. Ferriter said other outlets didn't waste any time reaching out and Hall's camp is already in 'early talks' to reboot the series.

"Unfortunately, TheWrap couldn't find anyone willing to cop to those early talks.

"An individual close to the production told TheWrap that E!, OWN and BET were among the media companies courting Hall. But when contacted by TheWrap, two outlets denied that they've reached out to the comedian and his reps.

"An E! representative told TheWrap 'no,' when asked if the network was interested in working with the comedian. Another individual inside the company said bluntly that Hall is 'too old' for E!'s demographic.

"A representative for OWN also insisted that the network hadn't reached out to Hall's representatives and OWN has no plans to bring him to their channel.

"BET representatives didn't immediately respond to TheWrap's request for comment.

"Additionally, individuals at CTD close to the production insist that the company hasn't received any interest from other companies to continue The Arsenio Hall Show or to buy the rights to the format."