Wednesday August 27, 2014

Chris Soules will be the new Bachelor

"The farmer from Iowa won over Bachelor nation last season on The Bachelorette as he wooed Andi Dorfman with sweet letters and large declarations of love. 

"'It's still very surreal,' Soules, 32, tells PEOPLE about stepping into the starring role. 'It's going to be very difficult, but I just want to be very open-minded and have fun and get to know these women.' 

"Being sent home by Dorfman just before the finale 'was tough, but that means it worked for me,' he says. 'I fell in love with Andi and got to a point where I really saw that potential ... the fact that it worked makes me confident that being the bachelor will work for me.'" 

Another step backwards for another ABC series that has outstayed its welcome.  Mike Fleiss needs to go back to the drawing board as Bachelor In Paradise is an unwatchable program and his tentpole franchise has become much of the same.

Fleiss should pay closer attention to this: "Entertainment Weekly has your the first look at six of the contestants that will be competing on the next season of Survivor: San Juan del Sur — Blood vs. Water. Like the previous Blood vs. Water season, San Juan del Sur will bring in pairs instead of single players to compete for the million dollars. The one difference is that this season will feature no returning players. However, there are a few doozies among the cast of newbies.

Controversial former baseball relief pitcher John Rocker will be playing along with his girlfriend, spray-tan business owner Julie McGee. Rocker pitched for the Atlanta Braves in the 1999 World Series against the Yankees. But later that year, Rocker became embroiled in controversy when he was asked in a Sports Illustratedarticle whether he would ever consider playing in New York and was quoted as saying, 'I’d retire first. It’s the most hectic, nerve-racking city. Imagine having to take the 7 train to the ballpark looking like you’re [riding through] Beirut next to some kid with purple hair next to some queer with AIDS right next to some dude who just got out of jail for the fourth time right next to some 20-year-old mom with four kids. It’s depressing… The biggest thing I don’t like about New York are the foreigners. You can walk an entire block in Times Square and not hear anybody speaking English. Asians and Koreans and Vietnamese and Indians and Russians and Spanish people and everything up there. How the hell did they get in this country?'

"Other familiar faces joining the new cast are twin sisters Nadiya and Natalie Anderson, who played two seasons on The Amazing Race, including the most recent Amazing Race: All-Stars, in which they were the first team eliminated. 'I think this is a couple of notches up from The Amazing Race,' says Natalie of making the jump to Survivor. 'You’re taking away the human basics and the things you yearn for the most, which is comfort and warmth and food.'

"The third pair EW can reveal consists of Broadway boyfriends Reed Kelly and Josh Canfield. Kelly has appeared on stage in the ensembles of Wicked and Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, where he also played Debut Spider-Man and villain Swiss Miss. (He also appeared as a model on the cover of a 2012 issue of Time magazine.) Kelly compares his partner to one of the most famous people to ever play Survivor: Facts of Life star Lisa Whelchel. 'She was so great with the way she played,' says Kelly. 'And the way she carried herself in the game was from such an honest place and a place of faith, which is very Josh, so I think that would be a great person to compare him to.'”

Per TMZ, "[f]omer NFL running back Rashard Mendenhall says he has NO REGRETS about quitting football in March at the age of 26 ... saying he's now a TV writer with a gig on an HBO show. 

"Mendenhall -- who won a Super Bowl with the Steelers in 2009 -- wrote a blog for the Huffington Post saying, 'I wasn't supposed to walk away from the NFL, but I did. I wasn't supposed to be writing television, but I am. I'm supposed to be lost after football. I'm not.'

"Rashard says he moved to Santa Monica earlier this year and became a member of the Writers Guild of America, West to pursue his dreams of writing for a TV show. 

"And in just a few months, Mendenhall says he's already got a pretty sweet job -- 'I'm on the writing team of a new show that will air on HBO next summer.'

"'A year ago, a writing career was just a tiny seed of thought as I prepared for my sixth NFL season. And as I write this now, it has already begun to sprout. Through this experience I've learned that you can will your dreams into existence.'"

More retired athlete news, "[f]ormer NBA star Rick Fox is playing a game of 7-on-1 with The McCarthys.

"Fox will guest-star as himself on an upcoming episode of the CBS sitcom, TVLine has learned exclusively, and it’s only fair to assume — given his history on the court — that he’ll cause quite a stir with the basketball-obsessed family.

"The sitcom centers on openly gay (and athletically challenged) Ronny, who is hired as the assistant to his father, a high-school basketball coach, much to the chagrin of his more athletically inclined siblings.

"Fox’s TV resume includes recurring roles on Hit the FloorSingle LadiesDirt and One Tree Hill. He also competed on the eleventh season of Dancing With the Stars."

Per TVLine, "NBC aired the first promo for the sixth — and final! — season of Parenthood during the Emmys on Monday, revealing the answer to everyone’s question at the end of Season 5: 'Is Amber pregnant?' The answer, apparently, is 'yes,' as Mae Whitman’s character is seen gazing upon a sonogram of her child with (assumably) Ryan.

"Only Parenthood could squeeze that much drama into 15 seconds. The NBC tearjerker returns Thursday, Sept. 25, at 10/9c."

Why can't Jon Hamm ever win an Emmy?

Fred Armisen and Natasha Lyonne are a couple?

Johnny Galecki is single again, FYI.

CNBC has wisely renewed Restaurant Startup.

"True Blood actress Anna Camp is trading vampires for fantasy football. Zap2it can confirm Camp has booked a guest star appearance on the FXX comedy The League. 

"Camp will appear in one Season 6 episode as Penny, an animal groomer who is dating Pete (Mark Duplass). Though she is a great girl, he has to make a choice over whether a relationship with her is more important than using her to pull a prank. 

"Camp just finished up an arc as Sarah Newlin on True Blood in the show's finale, which aired Aug. 24. Also up next she reprises her role as Aubrey in Pitch Perfect 2. Camp has made appearances on other TV comedies like The Mindy Project, How I Met Your Mother and The Office.  The League Season 6 premieres on Sept. 3 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on FXX."