Monday July 28, 2014

This past weekend's Comic-Con gave us a lot, most of which I won't waste your time with.  However, amongst the highlights was a premiere date (October 12) and trailer for season 5 of The Walking Dead (see below).  Here's a bit more scoop on the upcoming season: "The gang will get out of the train car eventually, though showrunner Scott Gimple isn’t quite ready to say when. He screened a fake (albeit hilarious) clip from Episode 515, which found Rick and his fellow train riders feasting on each other. (It becomes 'Cheers mixed with Terminus,' Gimple joked.)

“'Once they lost the prison, all bets were off,' Gimple said, getting serious. 'They did find out that you can’t come back from the things that you’ve done. … This season is going to define these characters. … We’re going to see the story of Terminus. We’re going to see how it happened.'

“'We’ll probably revisit a few places you’ll recognize … but there are new worlds being introduced as well,' added exec producer Greg Nicotero.

"Another hot topic was Beth’s whereabouts. Emily Kinney couldn’t reveal what her character is up to, but did say, '[Beth’s] gotten a lot stronger. We’ve seen her lose her father and leave the farm where she grew up. [Daryl] really taught her some survival skills. She’s lived a little now. She’s not just an innocent teenager anymore.'”

Comedy Central renewed Nathan For You.  Fielder sat down with Rolling Stone to talk about the show amongst other topics.  Regarding Dumb Starbucks, he said that "[e]arly on I remember saying, 'Let's not try to do anything that's going to go viral.' We did that last year [with a staged video of a goat rescuing a pig in a pond]. I'm not into things that feel like a sequel. There's just something magical about when something happens for the first time.  

"We thought that Dumb Starbucks might be a local food story. We never thought it would strike a chord with the mainstream media. I didn't realize this mystery angle would be such a big hook. The fun thing is, we embraced that element of it on the show.

"The fun thing about Nathan for You is that the success of a segment doesn't depend on the idea going viral or even being popular. We make our story about what happens. But with Dumb Starbucks, it was funny to go in there and see so many people having a good time. It was cool to provide a weekend of entertainment for people even though the episode wasn't going to air until much later."

Mad Men's Vincent Katheiser is selling his micro home for $808,000 (at least that's what he's asking for it).

The Bachelorette wraps up an incredibly boring and almost unwatchable season tonight.  Bear Gryllis returns to primetime tonight on NBC and Anthony Anderson is back with a new show on Food Network (as previously detailed on this blog).  Set your DVRs accordingly.

The cast of Impractical Jokers was at Comic-Con:

A very long and in depth story from Buzzfeed about Harvey Levin and TMZ.

Ray Donovan actors give advice to their on-screen characters.

Tough times for Terrence Howard these days, evidently.  TMZ reports that "Terrence Howard's ex-wife threatened to blackmail him to get a RIDICULOUS amount of spousal support -- or so he claims -- leaving him with a scant $6K a month ... and now he's gunning to undo the injustice.

"Terrence filed new court docs ... asking a judge to throw out his divorce settlement with Michelle Howard. He says they were only married a year and he was extorted and blackmailed into signing the settlement.

"Michelle's not backing down, claiming he owes her $325K in spousal support.

"Terrence claims he could never pay her that money ... because he only takes home $5,878 a month. 

"Howard claims the balance of his earnings are earmarked for another ex-wife, Lori McMasters, to pay spousal and child support.  

"Howard says he's actually an employee on Lori's payroll -- his Hollywood movie money goes directly to her ... and she cuts him his monthly check."

How is Rising Star still on the air?

Per Variety, "USA Network has given a pilot order to Colony (working title), a drama set in the near future about a family trying to stay together while also surviving the struggle of the human race after an alien invasion.

Variety had previously reported that the project from Carlton Cuse (Lost, The Strain, Bates Motel) and Ryan Condal (Hercules) had been on USA’s development slate. It joins USA’s previously announced drama pilot pick-ups Stanistan (working title), a dramedy about a group of State Department workers, CIA operatives and journalists working in a fictional Middle Eastern country, and Mr. Robot (working title), about an antisocial hacker who uses his skills to protect those he cares about — and finds himself at odds with his cybersecurity bosses.

“'Colony is a gripping story that brilliantly weaves together an intense family drama in an authentic, yet unknown, world,' said Chris McCumber, president of USA Network. 'We are pleased to be in business with Ryan Condal and Carlton Cuse, who is clearly one of the best in the industry when it comes to genre fiction.'”