Friday July 11, 2014

Can we talk about Big Brother's Devin for a second?  Has he ever watched this game or even interacted with a group of people before in his life?  Good on everyone for calling him out and at this point, I'd keep him around for as long as possible as he won't garner a single jury vote.  Here's a great recap of last night's episode in case you missed it.

Ray Donovan returns this Sunday.  Here's a quick review from Variety.  

More problems for The Situation.  The New Jersey Star-Ledger reports that "[a]ccording to the lawsuit obtained by The Star-Ledger, Sorrentino, along with his brother Marc, allegedly owe the firm Wolfe Law Miami $29,175.20 in legal fees for services rendered from 2009 to 2013.

The complaint states the firm was hired by the brothers in 2009 "to prosecute a number of lawsuits and to handle a number of business transactions."

Richard Wolfe, a managing partner at the firm, told The Star-Ledger today that Marc and Mike Sorrentino made failed attempts to pay the tab, including with two separate $2,000 checks, one of which bounced and another of which was canceled.

Wolfe says his firm has already served the lawsuit to the brothers' businesses, MPS Entertainment and BTC Middletown, and plans to serve the pair individually. The firm is seeking the $29,000 plus damages for the bad checks.

Per TVLine, "How I Met Your Dad still has a pulse.  A source close to the How I Met Your Mother spin-off confirms that the pilot — which was rejected at CBS and subsequently shopped around to other networks — is officially dead.

"However, according to the insider, the project remains in development at 20th TV (possibly for as early as the 2015-2016 TV season). I’m told HIMYD co-creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas are very much invested in keeping the Mother franchise going, and the pair have a lot of boosters at CBS (namely network chairwoman Nina Tassler).

"Should Dad get a second chance, it’s unclear if a new cast would be brought in to replace Gerwig & Co. (all of whom saw their Dad contracts expire at the end of June)."

"Little more than a year after taking charge of TruTV, Chris Linn looks toward the end of 2014 as the culmination of his refresh for the Turner-owned network. Paramount to that plan is a tweaked logo and a green light for four new original unscripted series, all of which the president and head of programming announced Thursday.

"Those series — the musical Branson Famous, bar competition The Shake Up, tutorial half-hour Hack My Life and the sporting docuseries Kart Life — are each departures from TruTV offerings of the past and part of the MTV alum's personal mandate to diversify the network's catalog.

"Branson Famous (working title) might be the biggest swing. Described as the first-ever "reality musical," the show follows Missouri's Mabe family and their long-running variety show in the titular burgh. Road to Awe is producing the 12-episode order, which has begun production and features its cast breaking into song even during confessionals. 

"Kart-racing Kart Life (Bodega Pictures), the Mo Mandel-hosted bar battle The Shake Up (ITV Studios and Gaspin Media) and life hack tutorial Hack My Life (Sharp Entertainment), like other recent orders, are all expected to air by year's end or shortly thereafter, when Linn sees the refresh hitting its completion — or at least entering its next phase."

A lot of belly aching over the Emmy nominations.  I get it, but don't really need to read 45 articles about who's upset for getting snubbed . . . and neither do you.

EW sat down with Homeland show runner Alex Gansa who shed some light on season 4, which he said is "about seeing Carrie Mathison for the first time doing the job she was trained to do — being a case officer in a foreign capital. We’re going to see what an intelligence officer does on the ground. How she recruits assets, how she deals with the foreign government and her country team — the people she works with in the embassy — and the host country’s intelligence services. That is a complicated and murky world, one that we hope is filled with intrigue and drama and adventure."

"Saul plays a central role this season, albeit a different role, a reversed role. Saul in the past was Carrie’s boss. Now that he’s in the private sector he finds himself working underneath her and at her behest, so there’s a role reversal that takes place there."

Dave Grohl doesn't like reality singing competitions.

Bravo premieres Game of Crowns on Sunday night, where you can "[e]nter the competitive world of married women’s beauty pageants."  It looks beyond awful.

Fox announced premiere dates for the fall season, starting with a three-night launch for "social experiment" Utopia on Sunday, September 7, Tuesday, September 9 and Friday, September 12. Also on the way:

Hell's Kitchen: Wednesday, September 10

New Girl and The Mindy Project: Tuesday, September 16

Red Band Society: Wednesday, September 17

Gotham and Sleepy Hollow: Monday, September 22

Bones: Thursday, September 25

The Simpsons, Family Guy and Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Sunday, September 28

Gracepoint: Thursday, October 2

Bob's Burgers, Mulaney: Sunday, October 5

MasterChef Junior: Friday, November 7