Wednesday July 30, 2014

Apple TV added a CNBC channel and on-demand app FOX NOW to its content offerings. You can now watch CNBC live, or access clips and shows. FOX NOW offers full episodes of Fox shows including The Simpsons and Brooklyn Nine-Nine the day after they air, as well as bonus content.  If you're not watching Restaurant Startup on CNBC and you have Apple TV, here's a great excuse to test out the new offering.  The show is getting better by the week (although I definitely would have gone with the dumplings last night without blinking an eye).

Tattoo competition series Ink Master returns to Spike TV for season five on Tuesday, September 2 at 10p. Things get personal this time around, as contestants enter the competition with a personal tattoo rival. Dave Navarro is back to host, of course.

The League will return for its sixth season Sept. 3 at 10 p.m. on FXX, the network said Tuesday.  The show is currently in production and they keep a VERY tight lid on what they're shooting.  The set is closed off to everyone deemed "unnecessary" and that includes the spouses of the show's cast.

Per The Hollywood Reporter"[i]f there's one thing that America loves more than a live awards show, it's dogs. The CW aims to capitalize on both of those passions by launching a new kudo: The World Dog Awards.

"Yes, the entire world of dogs will be eligible for an award. That includes the noble animals who risk their lives in the military and offer their assistance as medical service animals — and also dogs from entertainment and viral videos.

"This is an inclusive event, so a CW release touting the event assures that dogs of 'every size and breed' will be there for the show at Santa Monica's Barker Hangar. (The yet-to-be-named host can thank the venue for providing at least one monologue joke.)"

According to TVGuide, "The Jim Gaffigan Show, which was originally developed at CBS, has received a series order at TV Land, the network announced Tuesday.

"The comedy stars Gaffigan as a happily married, harried NYC father of five -- just as he is in real life. Rescue Me co-creator Peter Tolan and Gaffigan will write and executive-produce the series, which was picked up for 10 episodes.  

"'I am thrilled that TV Land is giving us this opportunity to do this show that Peter, Jeannie and I have been fine-tuning for three years,' Gaffigan said in a statement. 'I'm probably most excited about the craft service. I gained 20 pounds for this role. Ok, fine. It was 40 pounds.'

"The Jim Gaffigan Show, which also stars Ashley Williams, Michael Ian Black and Adam Goldberg, is set to premiere in 2015." I need to find TVLand on my dial now.

An interview with Nathan For You creator Michael Koman.  Last night, as mentioned, the Dumb Starbucks episode aired.  I implore you to give this show a chance.  I believe you can watch it online or on the CC app.  The interview is long, but a good read.

The Walking Dead cast and producers promise that "every single thing in the first episode is a spoiler."

"EW can exclusively reveal the first one-sheet for the Fox comedy, which finds Jess (Zooey Deschanel) in fine company, including—but not limited to—her ex-boyfriend/roomfriend Nick (Jake Johnson). After enduring a post-breakup couples cruise and deciding to put a pin in their romantic relationship in the season-three finale, the roomfriends are set to navigate the choppy waters of cohabitation when the show returns this fall.

“'Roommates. Lovers. Idiots.' This verbiage does beg a few questions: Does deeming Nick and Jess 'idiots' serve as a judgment? Did they made a mistake? Or are viewers simply being teed up for standard sitcom idiocy? Can we lump exes Schmidt (Max Greenfield) and Cece (Hannah Simone) in as idiots, too? And, for that matter, what about almost-lovers Cece and Coach (Damon Wayans Jr., making his New Girl key art debut)? Is Winston (Lamorne Morris) a master shade-thrower or what? And where is Furguson?!

"New Girl returns on Sept. 16. Until then, only a few things are for sure: Jessica Biel will guest star as a rival for Jess in the premiere, and Deschanel is confident the narrative reset for Nick, Jess, and the rest of the loftmates will open up a lot of doors, story- and comedy-wise. 'The best thing about these characters is that they’re so great when they’re at odds,' she told EW at the end of season three. 'Having conflict with them is good, and having [Nick and Jess] always being in love with each other but never really being able to get it together [offers] so many possibilities.'”

Orlando Bloom threw a punch at Justin Bieber.

Per Deadline, "To Tell The Truth is eyeing a comeback. FremantleMedia North America has teamed with Jeff Gaspin and George Moll on a new version of the classic celebrity panel game show. Eyed for primetime on the broadcast networks, the new To Tell The Truth is described as an update of the familiar format with a surprising new twist that adds action and suspense and raises the stakes. It will be taken out to buyers shortly."

More from Deadline, "Maverick TV, producer of USA's breakout docu-comedy Chrisley Knows Best, has teamed with Serious Business, the creators/executive producers of another breakout comedic program, Comedy Central‘s late-night entry @midnight, to develop #ThrowbackThursday, a new panel comedy series that taps into the hugely popular social-media phenomenon of sharing “throwback” photos and videos from the past every Thursday.

"Funny and nostalgic #TBT pictures and videos will be presented by a host to a panel of top comedians, who will riff and poke fun at the embarrassing things people used to wear, say, and do. Adam Greener and Jim Sayer will executive produce for All3Media‘s Maverick TV, along with All3Media America’s Eli Holzman and Stephen Lambert and Serious Business principals Alex Blagg, Jason Nadler, and Jon Zimelis. The project is expected to be pitched to networks soon."  Congrats Greener!!