Monday September 8, 2014

The way How I Met Your Mother should have ended.

A+E premieres Love Prison tonight, FYI.

I watched the premiere of Utopia after a long day of football.  Eh.  I think the idea is interesting insofar as a social experiment is concerned, but the casting was horrendous.  There's not a single likable person amongst them.  I understand the challenge in terms of getting people to commit to a one-year experiment away from their regular lives without a cash payout at the end, but if these were the selections from "5,000 finalists" I would hate to see the other 4,985 who didn't make the cut.  I'll stick with this one for another week or two before I quit it in all likelihood.

The premiere of USA’s It Takes a Choir, bumped off the schedule last November, finally makes its bow Friday, October 24 at 11p. Gareth Malone builds a community choir in eight episodes.  Neither you nor I will watch an episode of this show, I'm just passing the news along.

Per Deadline, "[r]eality fans expecting to watch a Big Brother contestant get das boot on Thursday had better double-check their calendars first. CBS said today that it is shifting the weeknight episodes of its veteran ogle-fest ahead one day to make room for its first season hosting Thursday Night Football. Starting September 9, BB‘s Power of Veto show moves from Wednesday to Tuesday and the live Eviction show skips from Thursday to Wednesday — all at 8 PM. The move leaves room for the Thursday NFL games, which CBS will air until NFL Network takes over October 30. The Eye secured rights to Weeks 2-8 of TNF in February, leaving a number of other suitors on the sidelines."

Even more from CBS, "U.K. writer/actor James Corden will, as expected, replace Craig Ferguson as host of CBS’s The Late Late Show. The network officially announced the hire this morning, saying the Tony-winning Corden will begin his new gig “in 2015,” but offering virtually no other details, such as where the new Late Late Show will tape or who will produce it. The 12:35 a.m. show has always been based in Los Angeles, and while there’s been no public indication that that might change, it wouldn’t be surprising if CBS is trying to get either Los Angeles or New York to step up with some tax incentives. (Financial aid from New York helped convince NBC to move The Tonight Show back east and ensured CBS’s Late Show will stay there once Stephen Colbert takes over from David Letterman.) As for when Corden will start, it seems unlikely (though not impossible) that he’ll sign on immediately after Ferguson steps down in December. CBS could serve up Ferguson reruns if there’s a gap, though it would be a lot more fun if the network tried out a few guest hosts in the time slot. Maybe one or two of them might even be nonwhite dudes."

Here's what John Rocker told EW about whether he was concerned that he'd be singled out and targeted for those idiotic comments he made to Sports Illustrated almost 15 years ago: "

“Not really. I see these folks that I’m getting ready to play this game with as very similar to the 13 years of professional baseball that I played, and the teammates that I played with. Some of my biggest supporters after that SI debacle were my current and past teammates. I probably had 40 odd teammates come to my defense and say "No, we’ve known this guy for 5, 10, 15 years. He’s a great guy. We’ve had Thanksgiving dinners with him, we’ve traveled with him, yada, yada, yada." And those are the people that are very similar to what we’ll be doing on Survivor — almost a clubhouse atmosphere and situation. You’re with people the majority of the day, all day, every day for an extended period of time. My current and past teammates liked me so much they would come to my adamant defense after that article. I think once these people get to know me, they will be willing to defend me as well.

"Rocker also says his controversial past has been blown out of proportion. 'You talk about the controversy and whatever else, that was one article. There was never an article or any TV appearance or radio show appearance or anything like that before it or after it. It was one…. If you see the beginning, the middle and the end of my personality, sense of humor, demeanor and the way I treat people, you wouldn’t have had the whole Sports Illustrated saga as it played out.'”

"When Chris Rock spoke to Vulture [last] week about his new comedy, Top Five, he predicted that Jerry Seinfeld's cameo would be 'the big shock of the movie. I mean, it’s Jerry Seinfeld in an R-rated movie, so it’s kind of like a special effect in itself.' So of course I had my eye out for Seinfeld onscreen as the movie premiered at the Toronto Film Festival late last night. 

"He shows up near the end, along with Adam Sandler, at a strip club bachelor party for Chris Rock's famous-comedian character, Andre, who has just released a movie about the Haitian slave rebellion in a bid to get taken seriously, and whose career is so close to Dancing with the Stars desperation that the best thing going for him is his upcoming, to-be-televised marriage to a reality TV star (Gabrielle Union). 'Don't get a mistress!' Seinfeld warns him. 'Whack off! Even if she finds a live vagina in your pocket, deny it!' Was Seinfeld as shocking as Rock predicted? Nah. I'd nominate DMX for best, most self-effacing cameo. But it was pretty funny to see Jerry Seinfeld gyrating in slow motion in a sea of breasts as he pulls out a wad of $100 bills and makes it rain."

"There’s a new First Daughter in town. Scandal has tapped Body of Proof’s Mary Mouser to play Karen Grant, who was previously portrayed by Madeline Carroll, EW has learned exclusively.

"Carroll first appeared on the ABC political fixer drama during season three as the First Family’s daughter visiting from boarding school. However, the actress could not return in season four due to scheduling issues. Mouser will take up the mantle in an episode slated for October.

"Karen is now one of the president’s two surviving children after Rowan orchestrated the death of Jerry Jr. in the season finale.

"Scandal returns Sept. 25 at 9 p.m. ET on ABC."

Per Deadline, "Endemol Beyond USA, the digital video unit of the TV production giant, is debuting online-video “hub” sites featuring original and reality programming, with first-look video promos featuring director Kevin Smith and producer Anthony Bregman to be shown during the webcast of [the] Streamy Awards.

"BeyondReality’s first show will feature Emmy winner Drea de Matteo, (The Sopranos, Sons of Anarchy) and be called The #Muthaship. It is set to debut in the last season of Sons of Anarchy. A second original show, True Internet Tales produced by Michael Lynn, the Emmy-nominated producer of E!’s True Hollywood Stories, is debuting later in the fall. Endemol Beyond USA President Will Keenan, who will also produce, said the show 'uncovers the real stories behind the Internet’s biggest stars and memes.'

"The channel will feature not only exclusive shows and online video blogs (vlogs), but also online or remixed versions of some of Endemol’s many reality formats from traditional television.

"BeyondOriginals is crowdsourcing programming genres including horror, comedy and drama, and will give online creators the chance to compete for development deals."

Per EW, "[v]iewers enjoyed their summer romance with ABC’s Bachelor in Paradise so much that the network is renewing the reality TV spin-off for another season, which will premiere in summer 2015. The show, which follows former Bachelor and Bachelorette cast-offs as they look for 'love' in a tropical setting, premiered August 4 and currently ranks as the No. 1 new summer series in the adults 18-49 demo. Bachelor in Paradise replaced Bachelor Pad, which ran for three debaucherous seasons on ABC before getting canceled. The BiP season 1 finale airs tonight at 8 p.m. on ABC."  WHY?????