Thursday August 7, 2014

One premiere of "note" tonight: IFC's Garfunkel and Oates. I caught a sneak peak of the show last week and it looks promising. 

Per Deadline, "[a]fter helping Chelsea Handler become a household name with her talk show, E! is looking to do the same with another young female comedian who has a big Web/social media presence, Grace Helbig. Helbig will star in a hybrid comedy/talk show pilot for the cable network, produced by Sony-owned Embassy Row (Talking Dead). The project will highlight Helbig’s skills as a pop culture anthropologist. The Grace Helbig Project (working title) is not targeted for a specific time period though E! has a late-night talk show opening with the pending departure of Chelsea Lately.

"Helbig is probably best known for her it’sGrace YouTube channel, which has more than 1.8 million subscribers (watch her latest video below.) She previously created the My Damn Channel web series DailyGrace and was a correspondent on G4 network’s Attack Of The Show! On E!, she appeared alongside Ross Mathews and Ali Fedotowsky on the Countdown To The Red Carpet: The 2014 Academy Awards special."  

According to The Hollywood Reporter, "FYI has renewed one of its first original series, Married at First Sight, for a second season just a month into its run.

"The A+E Network, formerly Bio, launched just one month ago on July 8 with Married at First Sight as its first offering. Initially improving the old time slot by 122 percent among adults 18-49, the reality show has steadily grown even. It's latest episode pulled nearly triple its premiere audience in the younger demo.

"'Married at First Sight has truly captured viewers' attention and garnered awareness for FYI following our successful rebrand,' said FYI and LMN president Jana Bennett. 'The series reflects the authentic, relatable and universal journey - our search for true love. The quest will continue anew next year.'

"The prompt order — Married at First Sight's fifth episode only aired Tuesday — is for an 11-episode sophomore season set to premiere in 2015. This season is thus-far averaging 470,000 total viewers and 239,000 adults 18-49.

"Produced by Kinetic Content and based on a Danish format, Married at First Sight follows six singles suddenly thrust together and and (as the title implies) legally couple off. The new season will tackle three more fresh pairings over the course of several weeks until they ultimately choose to stick together or get divorced."  Kudos FYI!

"After lengthy negotiations, the pieces have fallen into place for Bill Cosby‘s multi-generational family comedy at NBCAs revealed at TCA, the project will be written by actor-scribe Mike O’Malley and produced by Sony Pictures TV. Cosby and The Cosby Show executive producer Tom Werner inked a deal with NBC in January for a new multi-camera family comedy starring vehicle for Cosby. The concept was TBD, and after meeting with potential writers, Cosby and Wener settled on a concept by O’Malley."  Count me out.

EW asks you to vote for the "best character" on TV right now.  It's NOT an easy decision.

"Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are buying a baller estate for mega-millions ... TMZ has learned.

"Real estate sources tell us ... Kim and Kanye are in escrow for a 3 1/2 acre estate in Hidden Hills ... 5 minutes from Kris Jenner's house in Calabasas where they're currently living.

"We're told K & K paid $20 million ... the house was listed for $21 mil.  It has 2 pools (one with a slide for North), 2 vineyards and a 1,050 square foot entertainment pavilion. Real estate people in the area call it "the jewel of Hidden Hills."

"We're told escrow is set to close at the end of the month.  The estate was once owned by Lisa Marie Presley." 

The Daily Beast sat down with Adam Pally (The Mindy Project) for an interview.  He's promoting a venture with Norelco and The Warp Zone called Game of Bros:

Regarding his Happy Endings character Max, Pally said "I did not feel that he was a very progressive character. I had come from New York City. I grew up in a very progressive home. So it was just matter of fact to me when I read it. That he was a gay character didn’t affect any of my performance at all. And there were a large amount of characters before him to choose, from Steve Agee and Brian Posehn on The Sarah Silverman Program to Val Kilmer inKiss Kiss Bang Bang. So it was relatively easy on that level. I think it was just the first time a character had been presented that way on network television."

As to how he found his way to The Mindy Project, "Happy Endings was canceled and then that week I got an email from Mindy asking if I’d consider coming to play this character. And I was like, sure, because I didn’t have a job and it was one episode. And then it was another episode, and kept going."

Regarding differences between Happy Endings and The Mindy Project, Pally said "I have a lot more Filipino teenage girls that like me after The Mindy Project. I don’t know how that relates to anything, but it’s a demographic that I’ve found really loves The Mindy Project. But beyond that, the fanbases are similar in that they’re both really rabid. They can’t get enough, and that’s cool to be able to be on two of those kinds of shows."

Franklin & Bash's Breckin Meyer is not a fan of Dustin Diamond.  He told the Huffington Post, "[t]hat guy is such a dick.  I need to say it. I don’t know Dustin at all, but… [Mark-Paul Gosselaar] and I have talked endlessly about Saved By The Bell…The Dustin Diamond thing is just so silly. It’s just so negative and it always bums me out.”

“'Everything that I’ve heard about his book is negative and I don’t remember those things,' Mark-Paul added. 'My experience on the show was very positive and that’s why when people say, oh you don’t like talking about it,’ it’s like no, I don’t mind talking about it, I just don’t really remember that time and also everything I do remember was extremely positive. I still have friendships from it.'

“'Everyone has nothing but awesome [things] to say about that, except for Dustin. That might be you, bro. I think it’s bullshit. I think he’s so full of shit, like his sex tape,' Breckin continued."

Season 4 premieres next Wednesday.

Per Deadline, "Television legend Larry David will make his Broadway debut in the spring, starring in his own, autobiographical play, the New York Times reports. In Fish In The Dark, which he describes as a comedy about a death in a family, the Curb Your Enthusiasm and Seinfeldmastermind will play “somebody very similar to Larry David – it might even be Larry David with a different name,” he told the Times “I haven’t been in a play since the eighth grade, when I did Charley’s Aunt,” he said. “I seem to remember wearing a dress.” Fish In The Dark will be directed by Anna D. Shapiro, who won a Tony Award in 2008 for staging August: Osage County. The producer is Scott Rudin. The play will run open March 5 at a Shubert theater to be announced later."