Monday August 11, 2014

A few observations regarding Big Brother: (1) this season is as vanilla as it gets and I look forward to these people no longer being in my life in a few weeks; (2) the phrase "under the bus" was said, what 25+ times last night? (3) Caleb should have punched Frankie right in the throat so he couldn't compete or at least should have actually competed and thrown the competition instead of letting Frankie win it on his own.

Frankie "finally revealed to his fellow houseguests late Friday that his half sister is pop phenom Ariana Grande, according to the reality competition's live feed.  The former Broadway dancer also admitted that he is a YouTube personality whose page has racked up nearly 10 million views. 

"Fearing his celebrity status would hurt his chances for the $500,000 grand prize, Grande had been keeping the information to himself. But his shrewd gameplay has already made him a target for eviction. Just last week, head of household Nicole Franzel talked about ousting the 31-year-old from Florida." 

I tried watching The Knick.  Didn't make it past the 15 minute mark.

I am enjoying Satisfaction on USA.  Not sure whether it will last for more than a season, but it's entertaining.

I'm done with The Honorable Woman.  I gave it a chance, but the snail's pace just killed it for me.

Is Normcore Nick Viall really under consideration to be the next Bachelor?  That can't be right.

Why anyone would want to watch an all female sports talk show is beyond me.  You can admit you're thinking the same thing, it's ok.

Per Vulture, "Amazon announced today that its third season of pilots will premiere August 28, before its second season of shows has debuted. Last year, the streaming service posted three comedies and two dramas and picked up everything except one of the comedies. This year brings us another five shows, three dramas and two comedies: The Cosmopolitans, from Whit Stilman, stars Chloë Sevigny and Adam Brody as part of a group of American expats living in Paris; Hand of God, directed by Mark Forster, stars Ron Perlman as a philandering judge who becomes a vigilante; and Hysteria, written by Shaun Cassidy, stars Mena Suvari as a neurologist who returns to her hometown to investigate a "psycho-physiological illness" that's plaguing the local dance team. On the comedy side, Really, created by, directed by, and starring Jay Chandrasekhar, is about four married couples in the Chicago suburbs; and Red Oaks, directed by David Gordon Green, is set at a tennis club in 1985. Ah, pilots, so full of wonder and promise."

Deadline reports that "JR Bourne (Teen Wolf) and Siobhan Williams (Black Box, Hell On Wheels)have landed recurring roles on Lifetime’s drama series Un-Real, inspired by Sarah Gertrude Shapiro’s award-winning independent short Sequin Raze. Written by Marti Noxon and Shapiro, Un-Realgoes behind the scenes of a hit competition dating show to follow the experiences of Rachel (Shiri Appleby), a young staffer whose sole job is to manipulate her relationships with (and among) the contestants to heighten the drama. Bourne will play Quinn’s (Constance Zimmer) old lover and writing partner, who once had a drug habit but is now clean and running a surf charter company. Williams will play Lizzie, the new makeup girl on the show, and Jeremy’s fiancee."

Not that you're going to watch a single one of these programs, but BET "has handed out series orders to docuseries starring rapper Nelly, a new entry with Keyshia Cole and one featuring Meet the Browns stars David and Tamela Mann.

"The untitled Cole project, picked up for six half-hour episodes, marks BET's third series featuring the multiplatinum-selling singer. The new series chronicles Cole's ongoing emotional journey as she confronts real-life issues including her unstable marriage to NBA player Daniel Gibson, her evolving career, motherhood and family struggles. (The previous series,Keyshia Cole: The Way It Is and Keyshia & Daniel: Family First, ran from 2006-08 and in 2012, respectively.) The series hails from DuBose Entertainment's James DuBose, Imani Entertainment Group's Manny Halley and Cole;Kai Bowe will co-EP.

"The untitled Nelly vehicle, meanwhile, will focus on the rapper navigating his hip-hop career, fashion businessman/co-owner of the NBA's Charlotte Bobcats and father to his biological children and his late sister's children, all while balancing a relationship with Miss Jackson, Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s ex-girlfriend. The eight hourlong episodes will, as BET says, offer viewers an all-access pass to Nelly's life. Nelly will exec produce the Entertainment One series alongside Tara Long, John Morayniss, Howie Miller, David Shaye, Kim McKoy and Shanta Conic and co-EP J Erving.

"Finally, the untitled Manns entry will follow Tamela Mann (Diary of a Mad Black Woman) and David Mann (Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns) and feature the couple at home, at exclusive events and with their famous friends as well as at home with their four adult children. The couple, married for 26 years, have become well-known around the globe for their roles in Tyler Perry's film and stage work. BET has picked up eight hourlong episodes of the show from Entertainment One. The Manns exec produce alongside Long, Miller, McKoy, Roger Bobband Phil Thornton."

An interview with Brooklyn Nine-Nine's Andre Braugher.

All of those fake beers you see on TV are made by the same company?

More from the trials and tribulations of former Scandal star Columbus Short per TMZ, "[f]ugitive from justice Columbus Short lied when he claimed the guy he knocked out in an L.A. bar had it coming because he slapped his wife ... fact is, Columbus confessed to the guy IN WRITING.

"You'll recall ... Columbus was arrested in March after sucker punching a guy during an engagement party at a West L.A. sports bar. The guy ended up in the hospital with a concussion and broken nose.

"Columbus spoke out last month ... claiming he punched the guy in defense of his wife, because the man was taunting the Scandal star's wife, slapping her in the face with $20 bills.

"But we've obtained a text message Columbus sent to the guy he hit ... sent the very same night of the incident.  Columbus wrote, 'I know im texting and incriminating myself but I have to own what I did wrong in that situation.' 

"Columbus goes on, 'Im so sorry and completely disappointed in myself,' adding, 'Whether I go to jail or not that will be the worst punishment of all. Losing you guys.'

"Columbus is a wanted man after an L.A. judge issued an arrest warrant for failing to appear in his domestic violence criminal case last week. He left for Barbados."