Thursday September 11, 2014

Utopia's ratings have tanked, but Fox is being "patient."  Let's see how long that lasts.

The League has been absolutely brilliant so far this season.  Check out Jay Glazer's appearance on this week's episode, which aired last night.

We haven’t seen the last of Married at First Sight. The season one finale of the reality show set a network record for fyi (including pre-rebrand as Bio), delivering 903,000 total viewers and 494,000 A25-54 on Tuesday. Next comes a two-hour special reunion, Married at First Sight: Six Months Later on Tuesday, September 19 at 9p, and a one-hour “unseen moments” special, Married At First Sight: Unveiled Tuesday, September 30 at 9p. 

Rumor has it that MTV is pulling contestants from Are You The One? season 1 and putting them on the next iteration of The Challenge.  Not sure how I feel about this yet.

Speaking of MTV, Catfish's Nev Schulman seems to have found himself in a pickle after trying to speak out against Ray Rice.  Per Vulture, "[i]n his new book, In Real Life: Love, Lies & Identity in the Digital Age, Nev Schulman — the boyish host of the MTV show Catfish — writes about the time he was 'tossed out' of Sarah Lawrence College for punching a girl in the face. In the passage, Schulman explains away his behavior by saying he 'hadn’t been aware of' the fact that the person he punched was a woman, because she was 'short, stocky, crew-cut-styled.'

"So it struck many former students at Sarah Lawrence as hypocritical when Schulman tweeted a selfie from an elevator on Monday night, condemning former Ravens running back Ray Rice for domestic abuse against his wife, with the message 'Real men show strength through patience and honor. This elevator is abuse free.'

"The anecdote Schulman shares in the book is also strange, not just because of the casual tone in which it’s written, but because it clashes with the carefully crafted public image Schulman puts forth both on his show and in his book. In both, he is an affable romantic, tirelessly crusading for the internet’s lonely hearts, kindly helping reassemble their spirits when the people they fall in love with don’t turn out to be who they said they were. But his account also clashes with the version of events we heard from other people present that night, as well as from the woman Schulman punched."  In summary, he's in insignificant F-level celebrity who could arguably be applauded for turning his experience of getting duped by a woman on-line into a "successful" business, but that would be giving him too much credit.  I'm calling for Max to take over as the sole host of Catfish!

I highly recommend reading the entire Vulture piece here, which includes statements from the woman Schulman allegedly punched, including this:

"To be quite clear, Schulman's account of the events of that night is as suspect as all his other endeavors. I attended the dance he mentions and saw that he was taking pictures of queer couples dancing and kissing without their permission. I talked to the Student Affairs liaison at the event, who I knew from my work study job, but nothing was done about it. I confronted him, and asked him to stop taking pictures. I didn't tackle him and I certainly didn't choke him with his camera strap. I tapped his shoulder and he turned and hit me out of nowhere, I went down and he held me in a head lock and repeatedly punched me while I tried to get free. The impact broke my glasses and the rest of the night was a blur. I got off the floor, talked to police, then went home to sleep. When I woke up the next day, my face was bruised, I was hurt, and a friend urged me to go to the hospital, which I did."

Per Deadline, "Fox has put in development 100 Grand, an action comedy from Nick Thomas, co-writer of feature action comedy Let’s Be Cops, and the movie’s co-star Jake Johnson. The single-camera project, which has received a script commitment plus penalty, hails from 20th TV and studio-based Walcott Co, the company of New Girl star Johnson and director Max Winkler. Written by Thomas, 100 Grand is described as an adrenaline-packed comedy that follows two guys who learn how to grow up in the most unexpected way: paying off a debt for a local crime boss.

Viacom struck a first of its kind agreement with Sony to provide its 22 networks for an Internet-based live TV and VOD service, said the company on Wednesday. In January, Sony Computer Entertainment Group CEO Andrew House announced plans for a cloud-based service with live TV and VOD content by the end of the year. “Given our young, tech-savvy audiences, our networks are essential for any new distribution platform, and we're excited to be among the many programmers that will help power Sony’s new service and advance a new era for television," said Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman.

Per EW, "Discovery Channel is stranding Republican and Democratic U.S. senators on a deserted island and filming what happens.

"In an aisle-crossing new reality series titled Rival Survival, Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) and Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-NM) must put their political differences aside and work together for six days and six nights in an harsh isolated environment.

"The senators released this joint statement about the surprising venture: 'Both of us know just how frustrated people are with Washington right now. We can both attest that no one is more frustrated than those of us trying to get things done in this environment. We recognize how difficult it can be to cut through the partisanship. So we decided to do something completely out of the ordinary and frankly a little extreme to show the world and our colleagues that even if you have serious differences, if you want to survive you have to work together.'

"We’re told the senators, weary of partisan politics, actually approached Discovery about the project rather than the other way around. Neither man is up for re-election.

"Flake, deemed 'a true conservative Republican' by the network’s release, served in the U.S. House of Representatives for six consecutive terms from 2001-2013 prior to his election to the U.S. Senate and 'attacks government spending and is vocal on hot-button issues like immigration reform.' He was part of the 'Gang of 8' who teamed up to try to change immigration policies. Sen. Heinrich, a member of the Senate’s Energy and Natural Resources Committee, is a 'conservationist and a strong progressive voice from New Mexico on issues that include education, health care and social security.'

"They were dropped on the island of Eru, Marshall Islands. More from the release: “Using only these limited resources and their wits, the pair must work together as they attempt to spear fish, build shelter and find enough water to survive for one week.”

"At least, unlike on other cable survival reality shows, they’re not naked (we assume).Rival Survival premieres Oct. 29 at 10 p.m."

"Joey McIntyre has a new squeeze on upcoming CBS multi-cam comedy, The McCarthys.

"TheWrap has learned that Jessica St. Clair will join the cast in a recurring role playing Katrina, the girlfriend to McIntyre's character, Gerard. She's described as a tacky loose cannon with no filter who's oblivious to how judgmental and insulting she can be.

"Look for St. Clair's run on the show to begin on Episode 104.

"St. Clair recently starred on USA Network's Playing House, which she also co-created. Her other television credits include HBO's Veep, NBC's short-lived comedy Best Friends Forever and Showtime's Weeds."