Thursday September 25, 2014

On the heels of last night's stirring finale, Big Brother was renewed for 2 more seasons.

John Rocker should know that former relief pitcher John Wetteland does NOT spell his name "Wetland."

Parenthood returns for its final season tonight.  The show has had a great run.  If you've never seen it before, it's worth starting from episode 101 and digging in.

Also returning tonight is Scandal along with the series premiere of How To Get Away With Murder.

Garfunkel and Oates wraps up season 1 tonight.  Check out Kate Micucci on Greg Fitzsimmons' podcast.

EW talked with The Walking Dead's Melissa McBride about season 5.  Regarding her character (Carol), she had this to say: "I think she’s holding up pretty well considering how compounded these events were, one right after another since this whole thing started. The characters are adapting to that kind of world where you just can’t get a break. It’s interesting to see how they’re becoming someone new almost under the weight of this world. I don’t know how anyone could get through what she’s done and not be affected by it. It’s going to be great to see exactly how she is affected by it. Will she want to check out and go, 'Oh this is too much for me,' or will love conquer all and caring for her group and continuing in this world to fight? I love the questions that this show brings. We fight so hard, holding out for something. What? What are they holding out for? Why? It’s so brutal. I love it."

"The Sopranos alum Michael Imperioli has joined the cast of Amazon's Shawn Ryandrama pilot Mad DogsThe Hollywood Reporter has learned.

"Mad Dogs, from Sony Pictures Television, centers on four former frat brothers who travel to Belize for a reunion with their wealthy old college friend, only to have their luxury vacation interrupted by murder, conspiracy and a psychotic gang lord who is out for their hides.

"Steve Zahn stars as Cobi, a 40ish, married financial adviser described as a slick and amusing guy who is fighting the onset of middle age by dressing a little too young, complete with his blond highlights and Abercrombie style. He joins his old pals, Gus (Romany Malco), Lex (Imperioli) and Joel (Ben Chaplin), for the jaunt to Belize to visit wealthy friend Milo.

"Lex is further described as a loose cannon who scraped through college on a music scholarship before devolving into a life of full-time partying. Unable to hold down a regular job and living largely from hand-to-mouth, he now works construction whenever and wherever he can. Surprisingly, Lex is the man most able to deal with the shocking crises that befalls the group of friends, as the former waster finally comes into his own."

Per Deadline, "AfterBuzz TV, an online channel created by E! host Maria Menounos and producer Keven Undergaro, has signed with Collective Digital Studio, the big YouTube multichannel network. AfterBuzz specializes in creating 'after shows' focused on the latest episodes of popular TV programs. The channel receives more than 20 million weekly downloads on YouTube and iTunes from scores of countries.

"In a given week, AfterBuzz may produce as many as 80 live after shows, with celebrity guest hosts, expert commentary and more talking abou a just-finished episode of a program, taking fan calls and more. The finished shows are later available for iTunes download. The channel also creates spotlight shows featuring long-form interviews with stars and showrunners. CDS will focus on optimizing the AfterBuzz content for advertisers and brands, and on better monetizing and growing its large international audience."

More from Deadline, this time reporting that "NBC is developing Real Genius, a single-camera comedy based on the 1985 movie starring Val Kilmer. The project, which has received a script commitment plus penalty, hails from Sony TV, whose sibling label TriStar Pictures produced the movie; Adam Sandler’s Sony-based company Happy Madison; and 3 Arts Entertainment.

"Written by Workaholics co-executive producer Craig DiGregorio and David King (Parks And Recreation), Real Genius is a present-day reboot of the cult film, set as a workplace comedy. The show centers on the relationship between a rock star-like genius — the character Kilmer played in the movie — and a sheltered, naive co-worker."

"The Situation won't be celebrating his release from jail with a beer or a glass of wine -- a federal judge has ordered him to lay off booze and drugs as a condition of his release.

"TMZ broke the story ... Mike 'The Situation' Sorrentino and his brother were indicted for tax fraud Wednesday morning, and turned themselves in to federal authorities in NJ. Mike has since been released on $250,000 bond.

"TMZ has learned he will also be subject to random drug testing, and is prohibited from drinking any alcohol ... pending his trial. Mike's attorney says the sobriety condition was put in place because Mike went to rehab back in 2012 for pain pills.

"Sitch claims he's been clean since rehab, anyway ... so it shouldn't be an issue. He also has to surrender his passports and can't leave New York or New Jersey without permission."

James Franco’s behind-the-scenes documentary on Saturday Night Live debuts on Hulu Friday, September 26, the day before the premiere of the NBC sketch comedy’s 40th season. Franco made the movie, about how an episode of SNL is made, while he was a graduate film student at NYU. 

Nat Geo WILD and Shine America have greenlit Aloha Vet, a six-episode series that follows veterinarian Scott Sims as he island hops from beaches to mountains to jungles, bringing aid to domestic and wild animals in Hawaii. The series is set to air in spring 2015.