Wednesday September 3, 2014

The League returns tonight to FXX so set your DVRs accordingly.

Esquire premieres My Friends Call Me Johnny, which it describes as follows: "Heir to a European auto fortune, photographer, art collector, successful tech investor, jetsetter and creator of the men's clothing brand LimoLand. It's Jean 'Johnny' Pigozzi's world ... you just don't know it yet. In a twist on the typical talk show, MY FRIENDS CALL ME JOHNNY provides an exclusive, unfiltered view from inside Pigozzi's world as he travels the globe asking the most provocative questions of his famous friends – as only he can. Called "the inventor of the selfie," Pigozzi has traveled in the same stylish circles as the rich and famous his entire life and always with his trusty Leica camera in hand. From film icons and music moguls, to science and business leaders, he's on a quest to discover exactly what inspires the most creative minds on the planet. Just wait until you hear what they have to say."  Sounds horrific.

"According to Variety, NBC is set to produce a travel variety show adapted from the South Korean show, Grandpas Over Flowers, which is described in its trailer as 'a new docu-reality entertainment format that takes you on the most adorable journey.' The Korean version of the show features four ‘grandpas’ over the age of 70, backpacking across Europe with the aid of an unassuming porter who also serves as a cook and driver. In a similar fashion, the American version will be called Better Late Than Never and will feature four distinguished actors backpacking across Asia with a young porter."  Gimmie  a break.

This should be good news, presuming you have a sense of humor.  Per Vulture, "Jemaine Clement — best known as one half of the duo behind the cult musical comedy series The Flight of the Conchords — is returning to HBO. In an interview with the Guardian, Clement let slip that the network had commissioned a brand-new, four-episode series from him and sometime Conchords director Taika Waititi, with whom he recently released the indie vampire comedy What We Do in the Shadows. 'It was supposed to be this year but then we decided to put What We Do in the Shadows out ourselves,' he said.

"It’s not clear whether partner Bret McKenzie will be present for the new venture, although Clement confirmed that there is still some interest in reviving Flight of the Conchords as well. 'We talk about a movie every so often,' says Clement. 'Sometimes it feels like we lost a lot of impetus over the last couple of years. But Bret, James [Bobin, lead director] and me, we all want to do a musical. It would be good to do something all together … I miss playingFlight of the Conchords gigs.'” 

Per Deadline, Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine "is taking a look back at his years as an up-and-coming rocker in Kids In America, a comedy series for NBC. The single-camera project, which has received a script commitment, hails from Levine’s 222 Prods. and Universal TV where the company has a first-look deal. It is inspired by Levine’s real-life experiences and centers on an unconventional family as seen through the eyes of a teenager with the dream of becoming a rock star. Aaron Blitzstein (Family Guy) will write the script and will executive produce with 222 Prods.’ Levine."

More from Deadline, "[a]s we mark the 20-year anniversary of Friends’ debut this month, it is fitting that NBC has won the bidding for a new multi-camera comedy about a group of friends. The network has bought The One That Got Away, from creators Mike Lisbe and Nate Reger (How To Be A Gentleman) and producer Jason Winer, with a put pilot commitment. The project hails from 20th Century Fox TV, marking another high-profile pitch from the studio to land at a network other thanFox this season. The One That Got Away, whose title also is reminiscent of Friends‘ episode monikers, which all started with 'The One,' answers the question: What if you could have a second chance with the one person that got away? It tells the story of a woman who, 15 years after high school, moves to Miami and rejoins her old group of friends to try to spark a romance with her high school crush."

This story shouldn't be going away any time soon.  "Personal accounts of Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton and other celebs were all individually targeted by hackers, and Apple's iCloud security system was not to blame ... according to Apple.

"Apple now says after nearly 2 days of investigating ... their research shows the hackers broke into each celeb's iCloud and/or iPhone accounts by using actual usernames, passwords and security codes.

"Apple maintains it was not a breach, and says it's working with law enforcement to find the suspect or suspects involved."

I'm all in on Utopia out of the gates at this rate.

More from Deadline, who is reporting that "Warner Bros has set Dax Shepard to write, direct and star in a screen version of CHiPS, that TV series that ran from 1977-83 and featured two officers who patrolled the highways of California armed with motorcycles and the tightest khaki cop uniforms in television history. Shepard will play Officer Jon Baker (played in the original by Larry Wilcox), while Michael Pena is attached to play Frank “Ponch” Poncherello, the role Erik Estrada originated. Rick Rosner created the NBC series.

"This is the most serious Warner Bros has been in turning CHiPS into a film. The studio tried it years ago, after That ’70s Show star Wilmer Valderrama showed up in the office of exec Greg Silverman (who’s now running production at the studio). Dressed in the signature tight-fitting uniform, Valderrama merely said, 'Funny, right?' — and he walked out with a deal and an intention to play Ponch. Apparently it wasn’t funny enough because while TV shows from that era such as Starsky & Hutchand The Dukes Of Hazzard got movie transfers, CHiPS stalled. The new take is envisioned as much in the tone of Bad Boys and Lethal Weapon than a comedy. Shepard is known mostly in humorous roles and the series Parenthood. He’s actually a professional driver of race cars and motorcycles, and he expects to be performing his own riding and stunts."