Thursday July 17, 2014

61 signs you're obsessed with Big Brother.

John Oliver was on Howard Stern yesterday.  If you have an hour and change to kill, it's a great listen.

Suits has been really really good this season IMO.

A bunch of new shows premiering tonight, including:

Married (FX) --Married is a half hour comedy about being miserably in love. Russ (Nat Faxon) and Lina Bowman (Judy Greer) can barely remember what life was like before kids, debt, and suburbia rained on their romance -- but every once in a while, in between the arguments about their declining sex life and who's driving carpool, they are reminded what drew them together in the first place -- they're best friends. The show also features Russ and Lina's friend AJ (Brett Gelman), who is recently divorced and pretending he's over his wife, and their other friend Jess (Jenny Slate), who is married to a much older man who can't keep up with her. 

You're The Worst (FX) -- An original comedy from writer and executive producer Stephen Falk, You’re The Worst puts a dark twist on the romantic comedy genre. Narcissistic, brash, and self-destructive “Jimmy Shive-Overly,” played by Chris Geere (The Spa), thinks all relationships are doomed. Cynical, people-pleasing, and stubborn “Gretchen Cutler,” played by Aya Cash (The Wolf of Wall Street), knows that relationships aren't for her. So when they meet at a wedding, it's only natural that the two of them go home together and, despite their better judgment, begin to find themselves falling for each other.

Rounding out the cast is Desmin Borges (The Good Wife), who plays “Edgar Quintero,” Jimmy’s once homeless, war veteran roommate, and Kether Donohue (The Carrie Diaries) as “Lindsay Jillian,” Gretchen’s best friend and former partner in crime who’s now struggling with a life of domesticity.

Satisfaction (USA) -- A provocative drama that explores modern marriage at its midpoint. Through the lens of one couple, Neil Truman (Matt Passmore, The Glades) and his wife, Grace (Stephanie Szostak, The Devil Wears Prada), this series answers the question, “What do you do when having it all is not enough?” by delving into their shocking and unconventional choices. Michelle DeShon (Hollywood Heights), Katherine LaNasa (The Campaign) and Blair Redford (Switched at Birth) also star. Satisfaction is from Universal Cable Productions (UCP) and executive producer/creator Sean Jablonski (Suits, Nip Tuck). Russ Krasnoff (Community) of Krasnoff/Foster also serves as executive producer. The series is set to film in Atlanta, Georgia. 

I'm in on all 3.

Also premiering tonight on VH1 is Dating Naked.  Here's a sneak peak.  "VH1's Dating Naked pairs two young, attractive, almost always opposite-sex couples (only judging from the pre-premiere clips and promos!) on an island. They are naked while riding horses, etc., again on an island. This is neither the sexiest nor most psychologically audacious way to accomplish what is the obvious goal of this show, genre, or any product of human art ever: which is touching the live-wire boundaries between two people (races, nations, religions) and seeing what sparks.

I watched Virgin Territory on MTV last night.  There is absolutely no reason for you to do so.

Jason Biggs met the Orange Is The New Black character on which he's based.

Larry: People are always asking me what it’s like to be played by you. What I want to know is: What do you think of Larry Bloom?

Jason: My take on Larry is that he is way more conservative and idealistic than Piper. In Piper he sees everything that he is not, and it’s attractive to him. In Season 1, after all of the pain that he’s endured, the issues they’ve had, the revelations that were made, he realizes that it’s almost too much, and he finds himself coming back down to the ground, reassessing his life.

Larry: Among all the texts and emails—pro and con—I received about you playing Larry, everyone said, “Well, his hair is good.”

Jason: Are there some cons about Jason Biggs as Larry? I imagine there are.

Larry: Oh yeah, there were some cons. Some of it is less about you, Jason Biggs, than your portraying an underachieving journalist, which should kill me, because my work life matters so much to me. But I think one of the reasons it doesn’t is because as I got to know you, I thought you were a good dude, and I truly think you’re doing a good job on the show.

I'm ALWAYS going to click on a Q&A with Jerry Seinfeld.  Here's a smattering of what he revealed:

-Alec [Baldwin] is brilliantly funny. I didn't know that Tina Fey couldn't drive.

-We call the coffee shop first. They are usually very receptive. We then walk in with a couple of cameras and start talking. Three Cameras are used on each set, the car and the coffee shop, and they collect B-roll from material the coffee shops send them as well as on the day of shoot. It takes about two hours to shoot an episode, but three days in the editing room.

-Season 4 of "Comedians in Cars" concludes tomorrow, but one week later Crackle will begin releasing compilations of spare parts from previously released episodes. This spin-off, called Single Shots, was not public until Seinfeld made this reveal on Facebook. Single Shots will showcase features cut from other episodes patched together to provide a complete look into a single subject and what all of the comedians had to say about it.

Per Variety, "Jason Lee (My Name Is Earl, Memphis Beat) has been cast to star opposite Brian Dennehy and Sam Trammel in Amazon Studios’ dramedy pilot, Cocked.

"Written by Samuel Baum and Sam Shaw, Cocked centers on a Washington, D.C., management consultant named Richard Paxson (Trammel), who’s estranged from his father (Dennehy) and brother (Lee), but is pulled back into the fray of his family’s gun manufacturing company after a corporate rival, run by their uncle, moves to take them over.

"Lee will play Grady Paxson, Richard’s handsome yet hot-headed brother, a strong believer in the 2nd Amendment who’s been running the family’s firearms empire into the ground."

EW sat down with The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman to talk season 5.  He sums it up quite nicely here: "In our first episode, it’s very much going to focus on the story of Terminus. There’s a lot of big revelations that haven’t really come out that I think people are gonna be pretty startled by. There’s a couple other revelations that I think people might’ve gotten a little bit of a lead on. We’ll definitely be defining those in some cool ways and confirming some theories and shooting down others, which is very exciting. But I think the coolest thing about coming back to season 5 is that we really hit the ground running. What I mean by that is that we very quickly deal with the situation that we left them in — this trapped, victim situation where they’re kind of at the mercy of the people of Terminus. We really kind of expand the story from there very rapidly, so I think this is going to be a pretty fast-paced season with quite a bit going on. News is already out that Seth Gilliam has been added, and we’re bringing in new characters like we always do, and I think season 5 is going to be our best season yet. I think when people finally see the premiere, they’ll see what I’m talking about."