Friday June 6, 2014

Mad Men's Jessica Pare talked with the LA Times about Megan Draper's future.  

Variety has a Q&A with Orphan Black star Tatiana Maslany and Shameless' Emmy Rossum.

Is that really an Indiana Pacers Rik Smits jersey I kept seeing on the ad for The Fault In Our Stars?

Season 2 of Party Down South premiered last night on CMT.  If you thought season 1 was horrible and unwatchable, you ain't seen nothing yet.  This season, the crew of idiots has taken over Athens, GA.  How is "Daddy" still alive?

Why not one more primer to prepare for season 2 of Orange Is The New Black, which is NOW available on Netflix.  There are dozens of full-season reviews available online right now.  Read at your own risk.

Why would anyone want to read episode recaps for the entire season this morning is beyond me, but someone thinks that's a good idea.

Here's a pretty awesome comedy show runner roundtable featuring Chuck Lorre (Two And A Half Men), Jenji Kohan (Orange Is The New Black), Mike Judge (Silicon Valley), ( Marc Maron (Maron), Jenni Konner (Girls), Mike Schur (Parks and Recreation) and Armando Iannucci (Veep)

Who has ever gotten the note, "Make it funnier"?

KONNER: Not for a lot of years. HBO has very few notes. It's like a joke. It's something I don't want to talk about with other writers because they'd be like …

IANNUCCI: …"I hate you." Yeah, their notes are very constructive. The only difference of opinion we had was over the title sequences. In the end, they said, "It's your show." Although, if the show gets successful, the more nervous conversations you have with the network about the next one.

KOHAN: I never get "Make it funnier" because they don't know if Orange is a drama or a comedy! Sometimes they want to kill the jokes because they thought it's a drama. Other times …

One more snippet:

JUDGE: I almost put a woman to sleep pitching Office Space. It was the first time I pitched something. I'd been really lucky because Beavis and Butt-head was a short film I made in my house.

KONNER: Office Space is one of my favorite movies of all time, but it doesn't seem like it'd be a great pitch.

JUDGE: It was horrible. The only other thing I'd finished was animating this other short film, Frog Baseball. The Office Space short was just about this character, Milton, at his desk, with the boss taking his stapler. When I was first meeting with people, my manager took me to Sony, and this woman said, "Do you have any movie ideas?" I was like, "Uh …" Then Peter Chernin at Fox liked the short and said, "Make a movie." I never had to pitch it again.

LORRE: I remember seeing Frog Baseball and laughing my ass off.

JUDGE: Oh, thanks. It was very weird. I'd just been animating things in my house outside of Dallas. I would send them out on tape -- I hadn't seen them play in front of an audience. I think the "viral" concept sort of happened back then, too. You'd get a VHS that had been copied a million times. Like that preacher, Robert Tilton.

MARON: The farting one?

JUDGE: Yeah, everybody had a copy of it.

Per A.V. Club, "BBC Three has picked up a reality show where contestants must survive a simulated zombie attack. Creatively titled I Survived A Zombie Apocalypse, the competition will trap eight people in a shopping center surrounded by 'zombies.' The show is meant to favor those who think quickly and use urban survival tactics. If a contestant is 'bitten,' they must 'leave the show in a grisly style,' according to the BBC. 'This is a tongue-in-cheek game show that will really test one’s mettle. I think people will die to be a part of it,' said BBC Three entertainment commissioner Ruby Kuraishe, rather Britishly. Details on when the show will air—or when the inevitable U.S. remake will hit these shores—haven’t yet been released." 

Pretty interesting article about what it's really like to win the TechCrunch Disrupt Startup Battle (for all the Silicon Valley fans).

Behind the scenes of The Price Is Right.  "If you've ever wondered, say, how they get the cars out on stage, or what the backs of the show’s signature gaudy doors look like, here’s your chance. Of course, the video doesn't cover some of the show’sless convenient aspects, but it’s still an interesting look at just how much work goes into what can often feel like “disposable” television.

"(Note: While the video is technically three hours long, there’s only one hour of content, with an hour-delay before the same video is rebroadcast so it could be watched live in another time zone)." 

Why does none of this surprise me?  Per The Hollywood Reporter, "[o]ne year ago, Ashton Kutcher's Katalyst Media settled a lawsuit against California's Department of Motor Vehicles for backing out of a deal on a reality television show. The government agency paid $450,000 to make the lawsuit disappear.

"But that didn't end the legal fussing over the unproduced DMV reality show. A producer named Hedda Muskat soon sued Kutcher's production company and Creative Artists Agency, and on Wednesday, a Los Angeles Superior Court judge indicated that he was inclined to allow claims to survive. The judge read a tentative ruling from the bench, before taking the matter under submission.

"About Katalyst's settlement with the DMV: After reading about it in The Hollywood Reporter, Muskat became upset.

"The DMV show was allegedly Muskat's idea. The producer says she was pushed aside during development and that Katalyst was responsible for destroying the project. Allegedly, after Muskat did much of the groundwork establishing a relationship with the DMV, the agency backed out of the show after Katalyst issued an 'offensive casting call' that framed the project as 'adversarial to the DMV.' Not only does Muskat allege not to have gotten anything the settlement, but she blames Katalyst and agents at Creative Artists Agency for the 'destruction' of her career. [Good on ya Hedda!]

"'Prior to signing with CAA and partnering with Katalyst, Plaintiff produced a long string of successful reality television programs, such as The Ellen DeGeneres ShowJudge Alex andAmerica's Got Talent,' states Muskat's lawsuit filed last September. "However, because the shows she brought to CAA and Katalyst were consistently torpedoed by Defendants' mismanagement, Plaintiff's name is now only associated with aborted projects and she is no longer able to attain work in the reality television industry that she successfully participated in for well over two decades.'

"Specifically, Muskat sued Katalyst for breach of oral contract and promissory fraud and CAA for breach of fiduciary duty and negligence. There were other claims in her $2 million lawsuit."  I hope she gets every penny and then some.