Wednesday July 9, 2014

I'm all in on FYI's new show Married At First Sight.  Check it out next week.  Here's a review from The Hollywood Reporter: "The appeal of this "radical new social experiment" is, naturally, in the train-wreck nature of its proceedings. And while the show's participants mostly seem genuine, if somewhat deluded, it's the experts who are really to blame for making any of this seem even remotely viable as an experiment or otherwise. If the couples decide to stay married after the initial month, one can assume it's only because they're still shell-shocked at what they've just done."

The Bridge returns to FX tonight.  I kind of lost interest at the end of season 1 and am anticipating that I'll record the first few, will decide I'm not interested and will promptly delete them all from my DVR.

Rosie O'Donnell is returning to The View.  Mazel tov.

This is a pretty good article about what Yelp would be like if it included reviews of fictional TV restaurants such as Monk's Cafe, Paddy's Pub, Vesuvio, Los Pollos Hermanos, etc.

Per TheWrap, "[b]elieve it or not, HGTV and DIY Network have made room for even more home renovation programming — and without use of a sledgehammer. The two cable channels have greenlit five new series between them on Tuesday.

"HGTV has ordered Crowded House, Tiny House Builders (working title), Half Price Paradise and Colonial Rehab (working title); DIY Network has ordered Amish RENOgades.

"In HGTV's Crowded House, from Stander Productions, 15 strangers follow home buying couples on their quest to locate, inspect and negotiate for the perfect home. Tiny House Builders, from Gurney Productions, features master craftsman Derek Deidricksen as he travels to remote locations to build amazing tiny homes, customized to clients’ dreams.

Half Price Paradise, from Scott Brothers Entertainment, is a series that features people who are tired of their over-priced big-city lives and begin a search for a new location that offers a better quality of life at a fraction of the cost. Each episode follows the family as they search for a new home while experiencing life in the new area. In the end, the family compares costs.

"HGTV will highlight historic home renovations on Colonial Rehab, from Magnetic Productions. Tayloe Emery and his wife Catherine tackle a full restoration of Mount Airy, their 250-year old Virginia estate.

"On DIY Network, Amish craftsmen Robert Schlabach and Albert Miller, who first starred in Vanilla Ice Goes Amish, will leave their community to travel across the country and work on home improvement projects in Amish RENOgades,” from Juma Entertainment. On the road, they'll tackle modern tasks like social media and driving a car."

"After mulling over offers to join The View and Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, has learned that actress turned reality TV star Lisa Rinna has signed on the dotted line to become a Bravolebrity— and the drama with her fellow cast-mates is already beginning.

"Rinna’s decision comes after she made a trial run in front of the cameras at Kyle Richards’ White Party in late June. And while she was clearly a hit with the Bravo producers, who decided to make the formal offer the finally accepted, Rinna didn’t exactly win over all the members of the cast."  I no longer watch any of the Real Housewives shows but this sure seems like one giant step backwards for Rinna, presuming it's true.

"Sons of Anarchy‘s final season promises to be one big Love-fest!  The FX drama has tapped rocker Courtney Love to join Season 7 in a pivotal, multi-episode arc, TVLine has learned exclusively.

"In what marks her dramatic TV acting debut, Love will play Ms. Harrison, the straight-shooting preschool teacher of Jax’s eldest son, Abel. Look for Love’s educator to take a special interest in Abel — which will likely spark an interesting reaction from the boy’s mother Wendy (newly-minted series regular Drea de Matteo).

"Love, who put the brakes on her acting career of late, won raves (and a Golden Globe nod) for her supporting work in 1996′s The People vs. Larry Flynt. Roles in the Andy Kaufman biopic Man on the Moon and the Kiefer Sutherland drama Beat followed."

News from Nat Geo courtesy of TheWrap, "Mapology, produced by National Geographic Studios, will air internationally on National Geographic Channel in 170 countries and 45 languages. The show will use infographics and big data visualizations to demonstrate how things like money, sex, food, sports, crime, weather and animal migrations influence our daily lives.

“'We continue to develop new series that demonstrate our commitment to producing cool smart programming that is fun, entertaining and accessible,” Courteney Monroe, chief executive officer, National Geographic Channel, said in a press release. 'With Mapology, we're stripping down the layers of the world to discover hidden connections that will enhance our audience's views of what's really happening, not only the world at large, but in their small world. And we're thrilled to have Kal [Penn], not only as a credited producer, but also the driving force in the storytelling.'

“'I'm excited to be the viewer's gateway to cartography and statistics,' added Penn. 'National Geographic has a legacy of transporting people to amazing places and with Mapology, we're going to establish connections made through statistics and data, and reveal how the bigger picture affects the real world, throughout history, across societies and into our hearts and brains.'”  Yeah, ok . . . .

EW is reporting that "Sean Hayes is returning to Thursday nights.

"The actor-producer has joined the cast of CBS’ The Millers where he will be a series regular for the show’s second season. Hayes will play Kip Withers, Carol Miller’s (Margo Martindale) new best friend and a new source of friction for her son Nathan (Will Arnett). 'After years of being a fan and hearing from others how wonderful he is to work with, I couldn’t be more excited about Sean Hayes joining The Millers,' series creator Greg Garcia said in a statement. 'The thought of he and Margo Martindale as BFF’s makes me smile every time I think about it. We’re only just getting started, and writing this season’s stories has been a blast.'

"Hayes was on Thursday nights last season in the short-lived NBC sitcom Sean Saves the World, and is best known for his Emmy-winning role for eight seasons starring in Will & Grace. His other recent credits include NBC’s Smash and Up All NightThe Millers was considered CBS’ most promising new comedy last season, and it was given a lead-in from The Big Bang Theory, the biggest comedy on TV."  Cochran must be pleased.

NOTE: I saw this AFTER I wrote the previous sentence: