Monday September 15, 2014

Fox's Utopia is continuing to tank.  Friday's airing did a 0.7, which is absymal.  How they can justify keeping this on the air 3x each week remains to be seen.  I've watched all 3 episodes and the declining ratings are justified.  That said, someone give Fifth Avenue Dave his own show, stat after they did him dirty on Friday.

MasterChef wraps up tonight.  I couldn't care less who wins.

Thoughts from this weekend's Oddball Comedy Festival:

-Ron Funches (Undateable) was horrible

-Marc Maron brought out old material

-Demitri Martin is a very very funny joke writer

-Jim Gaffigan is a comedic genius

Luke Perry has landed a recurring role on CSI: Cyber.

VH1 has ordered a second season of Dating Naked.

Scandal has inspired a clothing line at The Limited.

Entourage alum Kevin Connolly signed an overall deal with 20th Century Fox Television to develop new projects. “We got to know Kevin well during Friends With Better Lives,and were blown away by his energy and passion for the creative process,” said 20th TV president of creative affairs Jonnie Davis. “He’s bursting with ideas and has great taste in material and a keen awareness of what makes for a great television show.”  Isn't he a decent character actor suited to be part of some ensemble show that will fail to live up to expectations?

An interview from last week about the casting of Married At First Sight.  "The casting and vetting process took about six months and focused only on people in the New York City tri-state are. That was 'to give the relationships the best shot of working,' [EP Chris] Coelen said, because 'it would be unrealistic' to expect who lived far apart to go through this process. 'How are they going to integrate their lives that makes any sense?'

"'We pretty much told them everything except for the fact that they would meet their husband or wife at the altar and see them for the very first time there,' Coelen said. 'We didn’t want to tell people what the show was about' because 'we wanted to find people who were serious about wanting to be in a relationship, were serious about wanting to find love who had enough previous relationship experience that they had been through heartbreak, perhaps several times, but still had enough positivity about relationships and love that they really were ready to find it. We wanted it to work.'

"That process resulted in 100 people being brought to New York City for workshops. 'It was one of the craziest things I’ve ever been through in my career, those workshops,' Coelen said. The 100 were separated into groups of 25 and also split by sex, so they wouldn’t encounter their potential partners. That’s when the twist was revealed.

“'People were stunned by that. Some people got angry, some people laughed, some people were just dumbfounded,' he said. 'We had to tell them why we did the casting this way. We thought if we told people, from the beginning … the the kinds of people who we would attract are people, as they would say on The Bachelor, are in it for the wrong reasons. We thought we would attract people who were wannabes, people who wanted to be on television, people who want to be famous, people who want a career, not people who really want to find love.'”

This is pretty pathetic: The city of Santa Monica, CA "applied last year for a Bloomberg Philanthropies Mayors Challenge grant, proposing that it create a 'Wellbeing Project' to determine just how much people in this picture-postcard town really like living here. Santa Monica beat out 300 other U.S. cities in securing $1 million.

"This week, officials will begin asking residents how involved they are in community activities, if they know who to turn to in times of crisis, if they know their neighbors, how healthy they are, how lonely they might be and how good an education they believe their kids are receiving. Then they'll examine what changes are needed to make life better.

"'It's really about trying to get a much clearer understanding of who the people of Santa Monica are, what they are doing and what we can do on a local government level to help ensure people are thriving,' said Julie Rusk, assistant director of community and cultural services."

"Nearly 20 years after Married … With Children ended its run, Bud Bundy could be returning to TV.

"The series that rocketed leads Ed O'Neill, Katey Sagal, Christina Applegate and David Faustinoto stardom could see some members of the dysfunctional Bundy clan back on the small screen with a TV spinoff in the works at Sony Pictures Television, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

"As first reported by E!, the studio that produced the Fox series is taking out a pitch for a follow-up to Married … With Children based on Faustino's Bud Bundy. It's unclear which, if any, other castmembers would be involved in the potential spinoff. Fox re-aired the pilot in 2012 as part of the series' 25th anniversary.

"Married … With Children was one of the first original series on Fox. The multicamera comedy ran for 11 seasons from 1987 to 1997 and was created by Michael G. Moye andRon Leavitt. It was the longest-lasting live-action sitcom to air on Fox. It's also unclear who is writing and producing the follow-up.

"The Married … With Children castmembers have all gone on to success. O'Neill currently stars on ABC's Emmy darling Modern Family. Applegate has a successful film career and starred on TV series JesseSamantha Who and Up All Night. She continues to be one of the most sought-after actresses every pilot season. Sagal currently is wrapping up the final season of FX's biker drama Sons of Anarchy and is a successful singer. Faustino recently reunited with his former TV dad on Modern Family. The cast also recently reunited during Sagal's Walk of Fame ceremony.

"The Married … With Children spinoff comes as nostalgia continues to be a hot trend on both broadcast and cable. In addition to the sophomore season of ABC's 1980s-set comedyThe Goldbergs, Warner Bros. Television also is shopping a Full House TV revival with its original stars said to be involved in some capacity, and Disney Channel successfully revived fellow TGIF comedy Boy Meets World with follow-up sequel Girl Meets World, which has already been renewed for a second season."

Kanye West is making a pretty strong case for being named the biggest douche bag on the planet.

Get caught up on The Mindy Project here.  "Where We Left Off: On top of the Empire State Building where all great rom-coms leave off... duh. If you're really hazy about the epic hookup in the Season 2 finale, maybe these bullet points will jog something.

* Bruce Springsteen's Dancing in the Dark, while running through the streets of New York

* Empire State Building missed connections, a la Sleepless in Seattle

* Saying "I love you."

* Naming future children after muses and/or popes.

"What We Know About Season 3: The Season 3 premiere is titled We're a Couple Now, Haters, and it's for real — Danny and Mindy are still very much together, but it's not all fairytales and roses and hot, butt-grabbing kisses. Now comes the nitty-gritty part of every relationship: seeing if the spark is still there when it's no longer 'new,' which is especially tricky when you also work with your significant other. We expect Mindy to continue to overshare with their co-workers, and Danny to never stop turning as red as those grandma reading glasses he wears when she does."

Mindy Kaling was on The Howard Stern show this morning and spoke with the King Of All Media for about an hour.  The link is not available yet, otherwise, I'd have posted it.

Per Variety, "[t]he Lin Media station group is taking its hyper-local programming strategy to a new level in the Dayton, Ohio market on Sunday with the premiere of The Valley.

"The eight-episode series is a reality skein that follows six local high school graduates over the summer as they make the transition to adulthood. The show is produced by Lin’s CW affiliate WBDT-TV, marking a rare contemporary example of locally produced primetime entertainment series. The Valley is airing the prime Sunday 8 p.m. berth. (CW does not provide network programming on Saturday and Sunday.)

"Lin Media prexy-CEO Vincent Sadusky has no doubt that The Valley will perform better than the syndicated shows the station usually airs in the timeslot.

"Lin already invests significantly in local news, lifestyle and public affairs programming in its markets, and those shows have demonstrated that viewers respond to programs that feature local people and settings. The Valley is a trial balloon that Lin execs hope will lead to similar primetime series in the group’s other markets."