Thursday September 4, 2014

A warm welcome back to The League last night on FXX, stronger than ever.

More importantly, the NFL returns tonight. 

Scraping the very very very very bottom of the barrel, here is your season 19 cast of Dancing With The Stars:

Dancing With the Stars Season 19:

Alfonso Ribeiro and Witney Carson

Sadie Robertson and Mark Ballas

Michael Waltrip and Emma Slater

Lolo Jones and Keo Motsepe

Jonathan Bennett and Allison Holker

Lea Thompson and Artem Chigvintsev

Antonio Sabato Jr. and Cheryl Burke

Randy Couture and Karina Smirnoff

Janel Parrish and Val Chmerkovskiy

Tommy Chong and Peta Murgatroyd

Betsey Johnson and Tony Dovolani

Bethany Mota and Derek Hough

Tavis Smiley and Sharna Burgess

According to Deadline, "[t]he search is over. Final details are still being worked out but I’ve learned that actress Rosie Perez and political commentator Nicolle Wallace are expected to take the vacant seats on The View when the ABC daytime talk show returns for a new season September 15. They would join Rosie O’Donnell and Whoopi Goldberg. Perez and Wallace would succeed co-hosts Sherri Shepherd and Jenny McCarthy, who exited last month.

"Wallace, who served as communications director for George W. Bush, was among the women who did a screen test for The View last month, emerging as one of the frontrunners. She also did three guest co-hosting stints this year. Perez has been largely under the radar during the search but she is a household name and served as a guest co-host on the talk show in February." 

"With the new hires, the new View hosting team would include three actresses: O’Donnell, Goldberg and Perez. I hear Perez’s schedule has been worked out in a way so she can juggle her duties on The View with a Broadway gig — she just signed on to co-star opposite Larry David in in David’s play Fish In The Dark, produced by Scott Rudin."   I obviously don't watch The View and am not about to start DVR'ing it upon hearing this news.

"Could actor Jerry O’Connell be the next face of Daytime TV talk? While Sony Pictures Television denied Cindy Adams’ chatter about Queen Latifah‘s self-titled talk show being canned next fall, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter CBS is developing a female-centric talk show for O’Connell, just in case The Queen Latifah Show is beheaded after this season.

"From the report: If the Queen is dethroned, CBS has actor Jerry O’Connell developing a talk show that appears to be aimed at the same heavily female daytime audience.  The show, which will have co-hosts and guest stars, is taping at least three test shows Tuesday and Wednesday at Sunset Bronson Studios in Los Angeles.

"Reportedly, if O’Connell’s show tests well, it could be ready to air as soon as Sept. 2015."

Per TheWrap, "Fox's big reality gamble, Utopia, has already undergone a couple challenges with two of its first 15 inaugural cast members, or “pioneers” as the show refers to them.

"While one female, Hex Vanisles, was sent to the hospital for dehydration but eventually returned to the show, another woman, Andrea Cox, was kicked off the show for violating her contract.

"While Fox's producers said that Cox was let go for contacting other pioneers, Alternative chief Simon Andreae gave a different reason for booting Cox from the show.  The 15 contenders were brought to a location near the “Utopia” set, but were not allowed to meet or know who else had made the show.

“'We wanted them to go in and come face-to-face for the first time,' the EVP explained. 'That was very clear to all of them. It was in their contract and they were briefed a number of times about it. Andrea smuggled in a smartphone and she looked up other pioneers on the smartphone.'

"So, instead of contacting other cast members – as the show's producers had said first – Cox used her phone to look up the contenders’ identities and information about them.

“'It was clearly crossing the boundary of what was in her contract and what we thought was creatively important for the show,' Andreae said. 'So, we sadly had to let her go and that's the sum of it.'

"In order to bring the show back up to 15 pioneers, the contenders will be able to choose their 15th member from a possible two candidates. Unlike other eliminations this season, the viewing audience won't be able to vote on the new cast member.

“'This is all happening before the first episode airs, in real time, so the viewers don't have time to make the connection with them,' explained Utopia's executive producer Jon Kroll on this first elimination vote."

Speaking of Utopia, Chris Daughtry will be penning the show's theme song.  Another grand slam Fox!!

Good Morning America co-anchor Robin Roberts has launched her own production company, Rock’n Robin Productions, to create broadcast and digital programming for ABC and other networks. Already in the works: a news-driven doc, a digital series for espnW and two reality show pilots. Roberts, who will serve as president of the venture, will not be giving up her ABC morning post.  Why??

Discovery hopes to hit the jackpot with a poker night Wednesday, September 10. Gambling-themed specials include Hustling the House, from MY Entertainment (congrats to Mike and Joe), at 8p; Peacock Productions’ Casino Secrets at 9p and Underground Poker from Matador at 10p.

Per Zap2It, "Rob Huebel, Paul Sorvino, and Dan Bakkedahl have landed guest starring roles on The Goldbergs' upcoming second season. 

"Sorvino (Goodfellas, Law & Order) is set to portray Murray's (Jeff Garlin) father Pop-Pop. The character is based on Goldberg's grandfather, Ben, and described as a cranky, put-upon curmudgeon who has been emotionally unavailable to his children for their entire lives.

"Huebel (Childrens Hospital) will play John Calabasas, a smooth-talking talent scout who suckers naive wannabe models into forking over cash for headshots and catwalk lessons. The character is based on the scammers who trolled the malls in the '80s.

"Bakkedahl (Legit, Veep) is set as Mr. Woodburn, the easily excitable and argumentative middle-school science teacher who isn't afraid to engage in a debate with his students."

Per Vulture, "Attempting to capitalize on the shameless appeal of its long-running hit The Biggest Loser — now on its 16th season! — NBC is making a new couples weight-loss show called The Weight for Love. The hour-long show will feature a series of overweight couples "who commit to separate for a long period of time in order to regain their health, then reunite in an emotional reveal" (because of course). If this announcement should cause you to let out an epic, Biggest Loser–style groan, we wouldn't blame you."