Tuesday August 5, 2014

Bachelor in Paradise is utterly unwatchable.  If you have ever wanted to walk away from this entire franchise, now is your chance.

I checked out FYI's Epic Meal Empire.  I don't really get this one.  I'm familiar with their web series (although I'm not one of the 6 million subscribers), but it seems to me that these guys are trying WAY too hard and it doesn't come off as genuine.  I don't find them to be funny and their act seems tired and played out.  Skip this one.

Also, absolutely no reason to waste a second of your time with FX's Partners.  The writing is putrid, to put it nicely, and Kelsey Grammer and Martin Lawrence will undoubtedly look back at this as shamefully as Michael Jordan does about his days playing for the Washington Wizards (or the Chicago White Sox).  In case you need a second opinion.

HBO premieres Hard Knocks tonight, which, by way of reminder, will be following the training camp of the Atlanta Falcons.  It's another short run (5 episodes), but I am actually looking forward to this season as I'm interested in the Falcons (no idea why).

On the flip side, Reelz channel premieres season 2 of Hollywood Hillbillies tonight.  I'm NOT excited about this one (and raise your hand if you knew there was a 1st season of this show), especially with a description like this: "The family has been living in a motel for the past month as they search for an affordable place to live; Michael and the family meet with David Weintraub and Ray J about Michael's record deal; the hillbillies attend a Passover seder."  Attention producers, PLEASE STOP PUTTING DAVID WEINTRAUB ON YOUR CRAPPY SHOWS!  Thank you.

On to some better stuff, per The Hollywood Reporter, "Spike TV is teaming with NFL legend Ray Lewis for a new series exploring coaching and anger management.

"The Viacom-owned cable network has ordered eight hourlong episodes of Coaching Bad, which will feature nine coaches receiving instruction from Lewis and anger management specialist Dr. Christian Conte. The series, which will film in Los Angeles, will debut in the first quarter of 2015.

"The coaches come from a variety of different sports from across the country, with the series featuring the nine moving into a Coaching Center in Los Angeles for intense retraining and reconditioning in a program designed by Lewis and Conte that will include three phases of transformation: assessing the coaches' baseline anger issues, working to create real change, and putting that change to the test. For many of those participating, the program may be their last hope to save their jobs — and their marriage.

"Various sports figures will guest star and share the negative effects of caustic coaching. Chuck Pagano, Bill Romanowski and Glen 'Big Baby' Davis are among those set to appear.

"The series hails from Irwin Entertainment's (Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew, Couples Therapy) John Irwin, Damian Sullivan and Richard Hall. Spike vp development Hayley Lozitsky will oversee for the network, with Spike exec vp original series Sharon Levy and Spike senior vp original series Chris Rantamaki also on board.

"'Spike TV is thrilled to partner with one of the greatest players in NFL history in a compelling new series that will shine a light on the ever-growing issue of coaches and their anger issues,' Levy said. 'Who better than Ray to bestow insight and wisdom to these coaches after his storied career as a leader on and off the field during his playing days with the University of Miami and Baltimore Ravens.'"

Let me just say that I worked on this show and am the one responsible for Pagano, Romanowski and Davis appearing on it.  Ray and Dr. Conte are great together and I think this is going to be a show worth checking out when it premieres after the first of the year.  Don't worry, I'll remind you before it airs.

"The True Detective Season 2 rumor mill has churned out another name: Vince Vaughn.

"TVLine has learned exclusively that theSwingers actor is in preliminary talks to play one of the three leads in the HBO drama’s upcoming second season.

"In mid-July, word spread that Colin Farrell and Taylor Kitsch are reportedly in serious discussions for two of the season’s lead roles, while series creator Nic Pizzolatto has said that the new season will be set in California and feature 'four central roles.'

"At the Television Critics Association summer press tour last month, HBO president Michael Lombardo said a Season 2 casting announcement was imminent, adding, '[T]he two scripts we have are…more exciting than the first season.'”

"According to a breakdown obtained by TheWrap, the second season of True Detective will follow the death of Ben Caspar, the corrupt city manager of a fictional California city who's found brutally murdered amid a potentially groundbreaking transportation deal that would forever change freeway gridlock in the state. Three law enforcement officers from different cities and branches of the government are tasked with finding out who did it. They soon discover their investigation has much broader and darker implications than they initially thought.

"Caspar's 52-year-old corpse is found on a lonely stretch of Pacific Coast Highway near Big Sur — satanic symbols etched on his chest. It turns out he had a penchant for rough sex and may have been involved in the occult.

"Vaughn is in talks to play Frank Semyon, a former thug-turned-businessman who's working with a local mayor and his political cohorts to spearhead the construction of a high-speed railway system that links Southern California to Northern California in order to reap financial gains from federal grants and land purchases.

"[Elisabeth] Moss, who recently played a small-town cop in the similarly themed, Top of the Lake, is being eyed to play Ani Bezzerides, a tough, no-nonsense Monterey sheriff whose troubled upbringing has driven her to gambling and alcohol.

"[Colin] Farrell is nearing a deal to play Ray Velcoro, who has been damaged by years of turmoil in both his personal and professional lives.

"[Taylor] Kitsch is angling for the role of Paul Woodrugh, a handsome, 28-year-old military veteran who has seen his own share of violence and destruction."

"David Spade got his big break when he joined Saturday Night Live in 1990, but now he’s about to go back to the ’80s.

"EW has confirmed that the comedian and former Rules of Engagement star will guest star in an upcoming episode of The Goldbergs as shifty guy who works at an old school ’80s photo shop making fake IDs for local teenagers. Of the Goldberg family, Barry is Spade’s most likely customer, but maybe some other character will have an identity crisis (get it?).

"Spade will film the episode in August and it will air this fall."  If you're not in on this show, what are you waiting for?

Check out the cast of MTV's Laguna Beach, then and now (and check out the cool photo slider thing; you'll see what I'm talking about).  I vaguely remember about half of the people listed.

NBC renewed Welcome To Sweden?  This show is brutal.  I couldn't make it through one episode.

Mayim Bialik talks about her new gig hosting the reboot of Candid Camera.

Vulture sat down with The League's Paul Scheer.  Regarding this upcoming season of The League, which is currently in production, "[a]mazing guest-stars. We’re doing another episode of Dirty Randy and Rafi, so Seth Rogen and Jason Mantzoukas and that [episode’s] cast is one of the best casts. Actually, my wife June is in that episode, so that will be really fun. I will say this, and we’re only 12 days in, [but] I’m actually more excited about these scripts than I’ve been in a while. This season, I’m really excited about where we’re going, what we’re shooting, what we’ve been shooting."  Look for a cameo from Fox Sports' Jay Glazer as well.

Photo courtesy of  TheWrap .

Photo courtesy of TheWrap.

"USA Network's Royal Pains has just outdone itself when it comes to guest castings.

"TheWrap has learned that veteran actress Sonia Braga will join the breezy drama in a recurring role on the currently-airing sixth season.

"Braga will play Lorena Correia, grandmother to Divya's (Reshma Shetty) baby Sashi and her ex mother-in-law. Things heat up between the women when Divya visits Lorena in Argentina and their relationship becomes even more complicated.

"Braga's scenes will be filmed on location in Mexico and her episodes will air in August.  She joins previously announced recurring guest stars Gillian Alexy, Patrick Breen, Jeremy Davidson, Martha Higareda and Natalie Hall."