Monday July 14, 2014

So I caught up and watched the premiere of The Bridge this weekend.  Eh.  Still moves at a slow as molasses pace and if this week doesn't pick up, I can firmly say that I'm out on this one.  FX needs to revisit it's drama slate because once Justified is gone, what does it have left?

I also watched the premiere of Ray Donovan last night, and while I might be in the minority here, I enjoyed it and like what this show does in terms of entertaining me.

Here's an article from the AV Club listing 8 actors who are forever young and can only play the role of a teen.  Amongst them, Seth Green, Leighton Meister and Taylor Kitsch.

TheWrap talked to Parenthood producer Jason Katmis about the show's final season.  Katmis said that “'[o]ne of the things I wanted to do for the season was to find one larger story that influences everybody on the show.  The story is going to be introduced in the first episode and play throughout the season. It's a huge new challenge for the family and one that we didn't see before… In this case, I feel like I want to to do something that starts at the beginning of the season, by the way there will be as many story lines going on as usual, but this will be something that tracks us throughout the year.'”  The series return for its final season on Sept. 25.

Photo courtesy of  EW .

Photo courtesy of EW.

We got some insight into Better Call Saul on Friday.  Amongst the things we've learned:

1. The series regulars and their confirmed character names joining star Bob Odenkirk: Jonathan Banks (Breaking Bad) as “fixer” Mike Erhmantraut, Michael McKean (This is Spinal Tap) as Chuck, Rhea Seehorn (Franklin & Bash) as Kim, Patrick Fabian (Grey’s Anatomy) as Hamlin and Michael Mando (Orphan Black) as Nacho.

2. Better Call Saul is set in 2002 — six years before Saul (Odenkirk) meets Walter White (Bryan Cranston) in Breaking Bad. Funny enough, that the events in Breaking Badstarting in 2008 is also new information, Gilligan said, noting that the original show never specified what year it took place. “I hesitate to say it, but it is indeed a period piece,” Gilligan said.

3. Yet the show will definitely jump around in time, as has been widely reported. “I think the best way to answer this and not get yelled at is you saw from Breaking Badthat we like non-linear storytelling and jumping around in time,” Gilligan said. “I would point you in the that direction, that anything that’s possible in Breaking Bad is possible in Better Call Saul.”

4. Saul Goodman’s name in Better Call Saul is not yet Saul Goodman. When we meet Odenkirk’s character, he’s actually known as Jimmy McGill, a small-time lawyer hustling to make ends meet and working with Mike. The series will track Jimmy’s transformation into Saul Goodman.

Perhaps most importantly, Walter White will only show up if it makes sense: “'If it makes sense we’ll do it, if it doesn’t make sense we won’t,' Gilligan said. 'I’d love to have him as a director … character wise, who knows? Maybe there’s a way to do it.'”

This news makes me happy.  Adam DeVine, will be returning for more episodes of Modern Family in season 6.  "DeVine played Andy the manny for six episodes last season, a hyper-aware caretaker for Jay and Gloria Pritchett’s infant son Joe.

“'We have big plans,' co-creator Christopher Lloyd told Speakeasy. 'We’ve actually written him into several episodes. He will be a very prominent part of our group.' DeVine last appeared in the season 5 finale, The Wedding, where he was faced with a decision to return home to Utah to try and reconcile with his long-term girlfriend or give the eldest Dunphy daughter Hayley a chance.

"Over the last several years, DeVine has become an in-demand comedic actor, thanks to his cult stoner-Comedy Central show Workaholics, which features the misadventures of three college graduates adjusting to daily corporate life. DeVine is the co-creator and star. He also has a stand-up show called Adam DeVine’s House Party (also on Comedy Central) and is a lead voice actor on Cartoon Networks’ Uncle Grandpa.

"His recent film work includes a standout performance as Bumper Allen in Pitch Perfect, which he’s reprising for Pitch Perfect 2.

"His part on Modern Family though is a more earnest character than he typically plays, keeping in line with the show’s approach of avoiding snark in favor of comedic plots that are typically generated by the writer’s own personal experiences.

'It’s not just a comedy about sarcastic comments,' Lloyd said. 'We try to find stories that have fine qualities to them. People tune in, can laugh and be touched at the same time.'”

Per Vulture, "Amazon has decided on a Netflix-style release pattern for its much buzzed-about new show Transparent: All ten episodes of the comedic drama will be available for streaming at once come late September. Series creator Jill Soloway revealed the scheduling Saturday while appearing in front of a room of journalists and critics at the semi-annual TV Critics Association press tour in Los Angeles. For its first two big shows (Alpha House and Betas), Amazon released episodes weekly, though Amazon programming chief Roy Price told Vulture last spring that he’d be open to a Netflix-style binge-friendly rollout. By releasing episodes all at once, Amazon is hoping to make the Transparent release feel like an event (something its first two shows weren't). It also means the show will be debuting just as the broadcast networks are releasing their new crop of programs during 'premiere week,' making it easier for TV journalists to include Transparent in their fall previews." 

I watched the first 2 episodes of MTV's Snack-Off.  Wow this is bad television.  It's like a Nickelodeon version of Food Network's Chopped and should not be on your radar.

That said, here is some good news from MTV:

-Catfish: The TV Show has been picked up for a fourth season. The Relativity Television and Catfish Picture Company series has been Wednesday's number one original cable series among P12-34.

-Season two of MTV's Are You the One has a launch date: Monday, September 29 at 10p. The Lighthearted Entertainment romance competition was the top program in its time slot among W18-24. 

NBC announced the renewals of all three of its unscripted summer series: American Ninja Warrior will return for a season six, Last Coming Standing for season eight and America's Got Talent for a tenth go-round. 

AMC issued a straight-to-series, six-episode order for Badlands (wt). The martial arts drama from AMC Studios joins The Walking Dead and Better Call Saul as the net's only straight-to-series orders.

Per The Hollywood Reporter, "Jenny McCarthy is going to SiriusXM Radio.  The former Playboy Playmate, who's completing her one-year stint on The View, will host a one-hour weekly series on SiriusXM starting this Wednesday.

The series, called Dirty, Sexy, Funny With Jenny McCarthy, will cover topics such as parenting, sex, dating and marriage and will include celebrity guests.

Chelsea Handler, Perez Hilton and McCarthy's fiance, Donnie Wahlberg, are already scheduled to appear.

The Los Angeles Times is reporting that "days after closing all its stores amid financial struggles, Crumbs Bake Shop Inc. could get a second chance after an investor group said it plans to revive the brand and expand its offerings.

"Marcus Lemonis — who heads Camping World and Good Sam Enterprises and stars on CNBC's The Profit TV series — said he and another potential investor funneled money into the cupcake chain to keep the company afloat. He called it a prelude to an acquisition.

"Lemonis said the group includes Mark and Scott Fischer, who bailed the futuristic ice cream chain Dippin' Dots out of bankruptcy in 2012. The Fischers already were major shareholders in Crumbs after investing $5 million in January through Fischer Enterprises.

"'The company has limited cash, and we are trying to come up with a situation that allows the company to remain viable,' Lemonis said. 'We are in the final stages of working on a plan to get the stores reopened and people rehired.'

"The Fischers declined to comment on the Crumbs deal through a spokesperson.

"[Last] Monday, the high-end, specialty cupcake chain closed 48 stores in 10 states, including one in Los Angeles, after it lost its stock listing on Nasdaq and defaulted on about $14.3 million in financing. It lost $3.8 million in the first quarter, nearly twice the $2-million loss in last year's first three months. The company said it was evaluating its "limited remaining options," including a Bankruptcy Court liquidation.

"The chain's dire financial situation has analysts questioning why the group is bothering to revive a company that reflects a cooling market for opulent desserts, such as Crumbs' nearly 600-calorie monster cupcakes costing $5."  Marcus, you're wasting your time!!!