Monday September 29, 2014

It looks as if A&E is burning off Love Prison as they aired three new episodes back to back to back on Saturday afternoon.  That's never a good sign and it's a shame because this was an entertaining show in the social experiment space.

Shark Tank should be two hours long every week.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine is a funny, well-written sitcom.  Glad to have it back on the schedule.

Ray Donovan is a waste of an hour every week.

Which former Cheers star will show up next on Franklin & Bash?

How Parenthood broke down the Autism awareness barrier.

I watched the first several episodes of Amazon's Transparent.  It's good, if not very bizarre.  I recommend checking it out if you're an Amazon Prime subscriber.  Here's a portion of the review from Grantland: "Transparent presents a fictional world stripped clean of fiction’s allure: the ability to edit out the rough stuff, the opportunity to sand down messiness into something resembling order. There is no safety in the Los Angeles depicted in Transparent, no easy resolutions, no perfect quips. Here, TV’s most familiar relationships — father-daughter, husband-wife, sister-sister — are rendered unpredictable and fraught. The show is ostensibly a comedy (and is often extremely funny), but the laughs come from a place of deep vulnerability and, quite often, genuine pain. Transparent pokes at the bruises many of us would rather keep hidden; it’s a thumb in the eye that makes you see more clearly. “You’re not allowed to do this, you know,” one wronged character says to another in the third episode and, rather than sting with some sort of moral authority, the words just hang dumbly in the air. Because, if we’re being honest, there really are no rules to life, just conventions to which we agree to adhere. Transparent breaks down those walls, sets up camp, and asks: Well, what now?"

Bravo assumed control of production of season 4 of Shahs of Sunset from Ryan Seacrest Productions on Friday. Work on the reality show, originally scheduled to return on Monday, October 13, has been held up by 16 editors striking for an IATSE contract. “RSP has deferred to the network’s decision for Bravo to assume all remaining production duties,” said an RSP statement, adding it “will be unable to continue working with the editors that were previously engaged on this production.” The Motion Pictures Guild weighed in, saying “it is an egregious violation” to discharge an employee for exercising their right to organize, and promising to “aggressively defend the rights of our membership.”  I'm sure this is not the last we'll hear about this one.

Per EW, "[i]f you’re a fan for Sleepless in Seattle-esque tales of all-consuming love at first sight, you’re probably going to hate Wedlock.

"The couple at the center of the Ross Partridge-directed web series aren’t falling in love — they’re carefully calculating every step to it. Mark Duplass and Jennifer Lafleur star as two friends who, now that they’re getting older, want to logically, systematically and not even a little bit romantically get married. They even have a handbook. Rob Corddry stars as their couples therapist, who, despite his reservations, guide them on their quest session by strange, strange session."

Who’s the biggest-grossing Saturday Night Live alum of them all? Bloomberg Businessweek released a list of Saturday Night Live’s top box office stars and Eddie Murphy ($5.79 billion) was had of the class, followed by Dan Aykroyd ($4.26 billion), Robert Downey Jr. ($3.9 billion), Ben Stiller ($3.87 billion) and Bill Murray ($3.43 billion).  Sandler, Chris Rock, Will Ferrell, Mike Myers and JOAN CUSACK round out the top 10.  See the full list here.

Speaking of former SNL cast members, hopping aboard the new season of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee for chats with Jerry Seinfeld will be Jimmy Fallon, Kevin Hart, Amy Schumer, Bill Burr, Fred Armisen, Ali Wentworth and Colleen Ballinge. Season five launches on Crackle and at ComediansinCarsGettingCoffee.com on Thursday, November 6.

The Walking Dead's Emily Kinney talked to EW about the upcoming season and her character's relationship with Daryl.  She had this to say: “'I would say last season what you saw, there’s definitely a connection, and a connection that’s growing. And they care about each other a lot, and so there’s definitely something really special there.'”

Regarding her character's place in the upcoming season, "Kinney was pretty mum on where Beth is exactly (looks like a hospital to us) but she was able to talk about the fact that at least for the first part of the season she is working alone as opposed to with the rest of the main cast, whose characters all seem to be reunited in or close to Terminus. 'It’s kind of like Beth, I am sort of isolated,' says Kinney. 'All this stuff this season is really exciting and really awesome and I’m having a blast, but like last season, we were separated. So towards the end of the season I didn’t get to work with Lauren, who’s one of my best friends, or Steven. And plus, now the show is so big we all go and travel when we have time off so we don’t get to see each other as much as we used to.'"

Per The Hollywood Reporter, "[a]ctor Kal Penn, who took a break from Hollywood to work for the Obama administration, is returning to politics — sort of.  Penn is joining the ABC/Univision joint venture Fusion as a special correspondent for its midterm election coverage.

"Penn will contribute to Fusion's live primetime program Midterm Mayhem: The Ultimate Political Smackdown, which Fusion says 'will apply the high-minded and thoughtful analysis usually associated with professional wrestling to the heart-stopping, pulse-pounding spectacle of the upcoming midterm election.'

"The show, set to air Sunday through Thursday at 9:30 p.m., will include all the essential political news of the day and provide insight into why viewers should vote and who they should vote for."

Per Deadline, "VH1’s new drama series Hindsight is making several casting changes and additions after the pilot. Jessy Hodges (Enlisted), John Patrick Amedori (The Last Stand) and Drew Sidora (Step Up), along with recently announced Nick Clifford, have been tapped as series regulars and Collins Pennie (In Time) and Adam Herschman (Accepted) have booked recurring roles on the show, which has begun production in Atlanta. Amedori and Clifford are joining in recastings, Penney has been cast after the character of Ezra has been rewritten as Xavier, while Sidora and Hodges are newly cast.

"Set in 1990s New York, Hindsight centers on Becca (Laura Ramsey), who on the day of her wedding in 2014, wakes up in 1995, faced with the opportunity to change the direction of her life from that point forward."