Wednesday October 1, 2014

FYI greenlit Married at First Sight: The First Year, following the two couples who remained married at the end of season one. The Married at First Sight: 6 Months Later special delivered 913,000 total viewers, 526,000 A25-54 and 433,000 A18-49, the top telecast on the net (FYI or BIO) in total viewers and A25-54.  Damn right.

Manhattan Love Story (ABC) is very bad, not surprisingly.  Don't watch it.  It will be gone before you know it.  EW summed it up nicely: "Manhattan Love Story’s first scene is disappointing—on the verge of offensive—as it introduces two leads who will likely fall in love, and who the show hopes viewers will fall in love with, too. The problem is from minute one, the familiar Love Story makes it a chore to feel anything but disgust or pity for the two leads."

Per Deadline, "TBS has given a green light to The Smiths, an unscripted series centering on former NBA star and current Turner Sports regular Kenny Smith and his wife, Price Is Right model Gwendolyn Osborne-Smith. Six episodes of the series has been ordered with an eye toward a spring 2015 premiere.

"The Smiths will be shot in LA, wherePrice Is Right is shot, and in Atlanta, where Smith co-anchors Turner’s NBA studio show during the basketball season. The series will focus on the two and their five kids aged 2-20 and their whirlwind lifestyles.

"Good Clean Fun is producing, with Jason Carbone (The Bachelor, Tia And Tamera, Run’s House), Nick Lee (The Bachelor, High School Reunion, Run’s House), Jeff Altrock (The T.O. Show, Mac Miller And The Most Dope Family) and Smith executive producing."

Per UPI, "The Federal Communications Commission voted unanimously to end a rule that allowed the NFL to block games from airing on cable or satellite if the stadium isn't sold out.

"Voting 5-0 Tuesday, the federal panel dismissed the football league's argument that the rule helps keep games airing for free on network television, while at the same time boosting attendance.

"'It's a simple fact, the federal government should not be party to sports teams keeping their fans from viewing the games -- period,' said FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler. 'For 40 years these teams have hidden behind a rule of the FCC. No more. Everyone needs to be aware of who allows blackouts to exist, and it is not the Federal Communications Commission.'

"The rule allowed all sports teams to bar cable and satellite providers from airing the games, but won't necessarily affect blackouts of local broadcast, where contracts exist between the NFL and the local CBS or Fox channels. First implemented in 1975, the FCC had previously protected the extension of those blackouts."

More good news to report, "[d]espite modest ratings, FX has ordered second seasons of both of its new summer comedies [Married and You're The Worst— with 13-episode orders, instead of this year's 10 — though only Married will remain on the main channel. Season 2 of You're the Worst will move over to sister channel FXX, which was always meant to be home to the younger-skewing shows in the FX empire. (And which no longer seems like a dumping ground for no-hoper projects now that Every Simpsons Ever made the world aware that FXX exists.)"

"Fox is going Big with Kevin Biegel and Mike Royce.  The duo who previously teamed on Fox's military comedy Enlisted are adapting Tom Hanks' 1988 movie Big for the network, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

"The comedy, which has received a script plus penalty commitment from Fox, is described as an event series based on the movie that explores what it means to be an adult and what it means to be a kid — and how in today's world, those two things are more confused than ever.

"Biegel and Royce will pen the script and executive produce the half-hour comedy, which is envisioned as an ongoing series with a cable model episode count. The comedy hails from 20th Century Fox Television, the studio behind Enlisted.

"For Biegel's part, the producer co-created Cougar Town with Bill Lawrence, while Royce co-created TNT's Men of a Certain Age and served as showrunner on HBO's Lucky Louieand NBC's short-lived White House comedy 1600 Penn."

More from the "there are no more original ideas" file, EW is reporting that "[t]he Rush Hour film franchise could be getting a TV makeover. Warner Bros. Television is developing a prime-time version of the box office hits.

"Like the films, Rush Hour follows a by-the-book Hong Kong police officer who is assigned to a case in Los Angeles, where he’s forced to work with a cocky African-American LAPD officer who has no interest in having a partner. Cougar Town co-creator Bill Lawrence, along with Blake McCormick, are the writers on the project.

"The original 1998 film and its two sequels starred Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker. Original director Brett Ratner is on board the TV project as executive producer along with Arthur Sarkissian and Jeff Ingold.

"There’s no network deal yet, however, so Rush Hour is still in the early stages. WBTV did not confirm the project. But unlike some films that studios attempt to adapt movies into TV shows, Rush Hour has a storyline that fits squarely into what popular TV shows do well: solve weekly crimes."

Deadline is reporting that "[i]t appears to be a decision day at Amazon Studios as options on the casts of the company’s third batch of pilots expire today. I’ve learned that the actors on drama Hand of God have been picked up, with the project fully expected to go to series. Two other pilots — David Gordon Green and Steven Soderbergh’s country club comedy Red Oaks, and Whit Stillman’s expat comedy The Cosmopolitans — are in serious contention. Both have a real shot at a pickup, with an order for Red Oaks considered likely. Not going forward are drama Hysteria and comedy Really. The five pilots debuted on Amazon on Aug. 28. As usual, Amazon is keeping mum and is expected to make a formal pickup announcements, possibly early next week.

"Marking the television debut of filmmaker Marc Forster and written by Ben Watkins, Hand of God stars Sons of Anarchy alum Ron Perlman as the powerful Judge Pernell Harris, a hard-living, law-bending married man with a high-end call girl on the side, who suffers a mental breakdown and goes on a vigilante quest to find the rapist who tore his family apart. With no real evidence to go on, Pernell begins to rely on 'visions' and 'messages' he believes are being sent by God through Pernell’s ventilator-bound son. Dana Delany co-stars as the Judge’s protective wife Crystal Harris. Garret Dillahunt, Andre Royo, Alona Tal,  Julian Morris, Elizabeth McLaughlin and Emayatzy Corinealdi also co-star.  Forster, Watkins, Perlman, Brian Wilkins and Jeff King executive produce, with Jillian Kugler co-executive producing.

"Amazon Studios is garnering critical attention with its latest original series, comedyTransparent, which debuted last week."  About that, I'm about 3/4 of the way through the season and it remains somewhat disturbing.  Jeffrey Tambor deserves all of the critical acclaim he's receiving, but in comparison to shows like OITNB or House of Cards, this one doesn't. "

Per TV Guide, "Yvette Nicole Brown is departing the fan favorite comedy [Community] after five seasons.

"Brown — who has played Shirley Bennett since the 2009 launch of Community — confirms to TV Guide Magazine that she has asked to be released from her contract for personal reasons. Sony Pictures TV and executive producers Dan Harmon and Chris McKenna have honored her request.

"The actress says the change was necessary in order to take care of her ailing father. 'My dad needs daily care and he needs me,' Brown says. 'The idea of being away 16 hours a day for five months, I couldn't do it. It was a difficult decision for me to make, but I had to choose my dad.'

"That means Brown won't be a part of the group that makes the transition from NBC to Yahoo! Screen for Season 6. 'Yvette was an integral part of Community and is irreplaceable. We are sad to see her go and wish her the very best,' Harmon and McKenna said in a joint statement."