Wednesday August 20, 2014

FX has renewed The Strain for a second season.  I'm still on the fence on this one.  I'm watching but it's one of the last new shows I'll wipe off my DVR queue and I haven't set a season pass for it yet.  It doesn't look like the same can be said for FX's Partners.  If this surprises you, we should talk.

AMC renewed Halt and Catch Fire.  Why?

Suits wraps up another tremendous season tonight and Bravo premieres Million Dollar Listing: Los Angeles.  If you haven't seen the promos, the cast has changed slightly.  "Bravo reality series Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles is getting flipped (yes, that's a real-estate pun) on its head for the upcoming seventh season, which premieres Wednesday, Aug. 20. Josh Altman and Josh Flagg are both returning, but this will be the first season without mainstay Madison Hildebrand, who has been on the show since its first season. Instead, British realtors James Harris and David Parnes are entering the fray.

"Coming off the show's highest-rated season yet, Altman and Flagg sat down with The Hollywood Reporter to discuss the big changes in their business and personal lives, including Altman's tense wedding preparations with fiancée Heather Bilyeu, who's not exactly besties with Josh's brother, Matt. The show's two returning stars also discussed what it's like to go house-hunting with Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, how they've moved on since Flagg slapped Altman and why they're happy to see Hildebrand go."

Here's what Josh Altman had to say about Madison's departure from the show: "I can tell him I wish him best of luck with his future endeavors, and I'm glad he's off the show because he was extremely boring. And I'm excited to watch the entire show all the way through now with the new cast because I always fast-fowarded through his parts anyway."

I wonder when we'll be maxed out on tattoo shows (presuming you believe we aren't already there).  A&E premieres Epic Ink tonight.  The show follows "the artwork and exploits of the staff at a tattoo shop unlike any other, Area 51 Tattoo, located in Springfield, Oregon. Area 51 sits at the intersection of pop culture and cutting-edge tattoo art. The artists at Area 51 specialize in hyper-realistic tattoos featuring beloved characters and scenes from favorite sci-fi films and pop culture. 

"In each episode of Epic Ink, the talented staff brings comics, cartoons and fantasy to life with unique ink ranging from portraiture to hyperrealism, to geek-culture mash-ups. From closet nerds to creative cosplayers, sci-fi fans travel to Springfield from across the country to get tattoos from the artists at the shop. The Area 51 clientele even includes a few celebrities, such as Butch Patrick (Eddie Munster) and the Mistress of the Dark herself, Elvira, who appears in an upcoming episode to get her very first tattoo. In between clients, the staff is likely to be found debating over who would win a fight – Spock or Chewbacca – or which ‘80s Saturday morning cartoon was best. When they’re not working at the shop, this family of misfits travels around the world tattooing at comic cons and tattoo shows to share their talents and geek out with the most hardcore fans around."

If that's not enough for you, Tattoo Nightmares Miami joins Ink Master and Tattoo Nightmares on Spike TV’s “Tattoosday” programming block. Series premieres Tuesday, September 2 at 11p. 

Per Deadline, "Grey’s Anatomy star Ellen Pompeo is expanding her relationship with ABC on the producing side. The network has put in development a female-led crime drama from Pompeo’s Calamity Jane banner. ABC Studios, where the company has a first-look deal, is producing. Written and executive produced by Andy Stern, the untitled drama centers on Keira Burke, a young, Boston-area cop, gravely wounded in the line of duty. Six years later, she’s returned to the force as a police psychologist and now finds herself embedded in the same precinct she left. She’ll bring along her new perspective on cops and solving crime, but she’s returning as an outsider, no longer a cop. Calamity Jane’s Pompeo and Laura Holstein executive produce. This marks the first network sale for Calamity Jane, which just set up its first project, a series adaptation of Rachel Carey’s 2013 book Debt, at ABC Family.

In very similar fashion, or should I say in identical fashion, to NBC's release of A to Z online, ABC has made the pilot episode of Selfie available for your viewing pleasure.  As was the case with A to Z, I'll vet it out for you and will report back ASAP.

In casting news, "[h]ip-hop artist and actor Shad Moss (aka Bow Wow) has joined the cast of the CBS spin-off [CSI: Cyber] in the series-regular role of cyber-intrusion savant Brody “Baby Face” Nelson, CBS announced on Tuesday.

"The youngster is ordered by a judge to work with Special Agent Avery Ryan (Patricia Arquette) 'on loan' to assist with a cyber case — or else he goes to prison. Nelson struggles working for the Feds while trying to keep his fingertips out of the Deep Web, where he was groomed to be one of the most prolific hackers in the world."

More casting news, "Bailee Madison (Trophy WifeThe Fosters) will guest-star on Episode 7 of Fox’s new fall comedy Mulaney, TVLine has learned exclusively, playing Ruby, the daughter of Julia, a woman Mulaney is dating. The snag? Mulaney wants out of the relationship, but he can’t bring himself to dump Julia because it would mean giving up his friendship with Ruby.

"Ruby and Mulaney’s connection might sound weird to you — and, to be fair, it kind of is — but consider this: Ruby is described as the 13-year-old female version of Mulaney, complete with his sophisticated sense of humor. (Her favorite movie, for example, is Blazing Saddles.)"

One more for you, "Eva Longoria is returning to Sunday-night TV, with a guest-starring turn on Fox’sBrooklyn Nine-Nine.

"TVLine has learned that the Golden Globe-nominated Desperate Housewivesalum has booked a three-episode arc as Sophia, a defense attorney who catches the attention of Jake Peralta (played by Andy Samberg) when she faces off against him in court.

Longoria joins a Season 2 guest cast that includes TV’s erstwhile Closer, Kyra Sedgwick, as Captain Holt’s nemesis."

1.25 million people tuned to Sunday's episode of E!'s #RichKids of Beverly Hills???

Girls' Adam Driver's GQ cover story, if you're interested.

Per Time, "[t]he man behind the Academy Award winning movie The Wolf of Wall Street is co-writing a TV show based on the excesses of Wall Street in the 1980s.

"Jordan Belfort, the man on which the movie is based, is writing the show with Rush Hour director Brett Ratner and Australian billionaire James Packer. Belfort told The Australian that 'The idea was to come up with a show about that period with really interesting characters.'”

According to The Hollywood Reporter, "CBS has actor Jerry O’Connell (pictured below) developing a talk show that appears to be aimed at the same heavily female daytime audience [as Queen Latifah].

"The show, which will have co-hosts and guest stars, is taping at least three test shows Tuesday and Wednesday at Sunset Bronson Studios in Los Angeles.

"If the tests go well and the slots open up, O’Connell would be perfectly positioned in a CBS-produced show to be featured on the CBS-owned stations starting in September 2015.

"A spokesperson for CBS Television Distribution said they do not comment on projects in development."

Here's a trailer for the new Starz show produced by Chris Moore (Project Greenlight) called The Chair: