I'm am all in on A+E's Love Prison. I'm a sucker for social experiment shows and throw in an on-line dating motif and locking a couple up in a house 23 hours a day for a week and you have a winner IMO.
Fox premieres The Mindy Project and New Girl tonight. Here's the link to Mindy Kaling's interview with Howard Stern, as reported yesterday. NBC had first rights to The Mindy Project and passed, FYI.
As for New Girl, it "will be hitting the reset button on its fourth season, bringing the show back to basics without the messiness of Nick and Jess’ relationship bogging down the Fox comedy.
"Instead, all six of the show’s main characters are now single, providing a new wealth of comedy as they attempt to get back out there with various incoming guest-stars. 'If you’re an actor and you want to have sex with one of the New Girl cast members, call Liz Meriwether to figure it out,' the show’s creator jokes of the new season.
"But does that mean Nick and Jess are done for good? And will Schmidt and Cece get back together?" Meriweather had this to say (amongst other things): "We are picking up the show with the summer having gone by. So, Nick and Jess have been broken up for about four months. It’s just been the summer of weddings. Basically it was an idea for an episode that came from my own life of just looking at my kitchen and I have this magnetic blackboard that was just covered in wedding invitations, and just feeling like this is that time in their lives when everybody’s inviting you to housewarmings and baby showers and engagement parties and weddings. It’s just that feeling of all of them wondering for a second, 'You know, am I moving forward in the right way or am I stuck behind a little bit?' They’ve been to 11 weddings in a row and this is the 12th and final wedding of the summer and Jess hasn’t hooked up with anybody since Nick. All the guys are pushing her to get back out there and get back in the game and helping her to take advantage of the easy sex that happens at weddings.
"I do think this is the year of Cece and Schmidt. Schmidt, at the beginning of the year, is really trying not to go down his usual path of being obsessed with her. He’s really trying to fight against that. When we pick up the show, he’s really gone back to Schmidt of the first season—really cocky, sort of douchey, always has a plan. They’ve obviously had such a crazy history together that Schmidt’s thinking let her come to me if this is going to happen. They have a long road, they have a while to go to come back together. They’re moving in that direction and what’s fun is that we get to have fun with Schmidt a little bit in the beginning of the year without Cece. He’s just sleeping with everybody and not caring about anybody, In the second episode he’s teaching Jess how to use this [Tinder-like app] that we created called Dice because he’s been using it a lot and sleeping around a lot."
Per Deadline, "[i]t’s been over a decade since comedy movie mogul Judd Apatow has created a TV series, Fox’s Undeclared. Now he has, and his return vehicle, a relationship comedy starring Paul Rust (I Love You, Beth Cooper) and Community’s Gillian Jacobs, is getting a big two-season straight-to-series pickup from Netflix. The streaming service has ordered a 10-episode first and 12-episode second season of Love, whichApatow co-created and wrote with Rust and Lesley Arfin (Brooklyn Nine-Nine). Season 1 will debut in 2016, Season 2 the following year. Apatow Prods. and Legendary Television are producing, with Brent Forrester (The Office) joining Apatow, Rust and Afrin as executive producer.Love follows Gus (Rust) and Mickey (Jacobs) as they navigate the exhilaration and humiliations of intimacy, commitment, and other things they were hoping to avoid."
According to The Hollywood Reporter, "Jimmy Kimmel’s humor could be expanding to ABC’s primetime lineup.
"The network’s beloved late night host has sold a pilot script via ABC Studios, which made a major script commitment plus penalties. Kimmel will write the pilot himself, something he has never done before, as well as produce alongside his longtime friend Carson Daly. Joining the pair as an executive producer on the project is a more experienced scripted hand, Dan Fogelman, whose résumé includes creating ABC comedy The Neighbors.
"The untitled half-hour entry is about a once massively popular VJ who loses it all and is forced to move back in with his parents and take a job as host of a local radio 'morning zoo.' If that scenario sounds familiar, it should — the concept is loosely based on Daly’s career before his recent resurgence as host of NBC breakout reality competition The Voiceand a regular role on the same network’s Today show.
"Kimmel and Daly have a lengthy shared history, dating back to the mid-1990s, when the former convinced the latter to drop out of college and become his intern at popular L.A. radio station KROQ. The two men, who both went on to become late night hosts (Kimmel at ABC; Daly at NBC), have remained close in the two decades since."
Per Deadline, "Peter Segal (Anger Management, Get Smart) is set to direct MTV’s comedy pilot Ken Jeong Made Me Do It. Written/executive produced by Andy St. Clair and Paul O’Toole, the project centers on 22-year-old Andy, who, after catching his girlfriend cheating, accidentally rear-ends Jeong’s fancy car. Taking pity on Andy, Jeong, playing himself, takes it upon himself to teach him how to man up."
ESPN Films revealed the new projects that are driving its fall 30 for 30 slate this year, with the programs returning for a six-week run on Tuesday nights starting Oct. 7 on ESPN. In addition, one more film will run in December. The new batch begins with Playing for the Mob, which explores how mobster Henry Hill once helped orchestrate the fixing of Boston College basketball games and is narrated by Ray Liotta. Other topics include: the 1989 San Francisco earthquake shortly before Game 3 of the World Series; the rise, fall and maturation of former Oklahoma All-American linebacker Brian Bosworth; and the story of Livan and Orlando 'El Duque' Hernandez. In addition, the brand’s first sequel will run in December with The U Part 2, debut after the Heisman Trophy presentation. The film will examine how the University of Miami is trying to recover from NCAA sanctions and scandals.
A series following the owner of a Seattle-based T-shirt company on the hunt for vintage inspiration is in production for Great American Country. The untitled show, slated for a 2015 premiere, “is a great mix of reverent and hip,” said Steven Lerner, SVP of programming and development for Great American Country, HGTV and DIY. Really sounds like another winner Steve!
"Will the True Detective rumors ever end? TheWrap is reporting that there are seven more women being considered for the season-two lead spot (Ani Bezzerides, 'a tough, no-nonsense Monterey sheriff whose troubled upbringing has driven her to gambling and alcohol'), and they are as follows: Brit Marling (The East), Oona Chaplin (Game of Thrones), Jaimie Alexander (Thor), Kelly Reilly (Flight), Malin Akerman, Rosario Dawson, and Jessica Biel. (This after Rachel McAdams and Elisabeth Moss were thought to be in talks for the role.)"