Monday January 12, 2015

Here's a quick rundown of last night's Golden Globe Award winners:

Best Supporting Actor - J.K. Simmons, Whiplash

Best Supporting Actress in a Series or Mini-Series for Television -Joanne Froggatt, Downton Abbey

Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture for Television - Fargo (FX)

Best Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture for Television - Billy Bob Thornton, Fargo

Best Actress, Television Series — Comedy - Gina Rodriguez, Jane the Virgin

Best Television Series — Comedy - Transparent (Amazon)

Best Original Score - Jóhann Jóhannsson, The Theory of Everything

Best Original Song - John Legend and Common, “Glory” — Selma

Best Supporting Actor in a Series or Mini-Series for Television - Matt Bomer, The Normal Heart

Best Actress — Comedy or Musical - Amy Adams, Big Eyes

Best Animated Film - How to Train Your Dragon 2

Best Supporting Actress - Patricia Arquette, Boyhood

Best Screenplay - Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris and Armando Bo, Birdman

Best Actor, Television Series — Comedy - Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent

Best Foreign Film - Leviathan (Russia)

Best Actress in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture for Television - Maggie Gyllenhaal, The Honorable Woman

Best Television Series — Drama - The Affair (Showtime)

Best Actor, Television Series — Drama - Kevin Spacey, House of Cards

Best Director - Richard Linklater, Boyhood

Best Actress, Television Series — Drama - Ruth Wilson, The Affair

Best Actor — Comedy or Musical - Michael Keaton, Birdman

Best Motion Picture — Comedy - The Grand Budapest Hotel

Best Actress — Drama - Julianne Moore, Still Alice

Best Actor — Drama - Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything

Best Motion Picture — Drama - Boyhood

Here is your season three House of Cards trailer again in case you missed it last night:

I watched both HBO premieres that interested me, Girls and Togetherness.  Girls continues to be ho hum in my book and was no different last night.  Togetherness on the other hand, has tremendous promise.  I'm a sucker for anything Mark and Jay Duplass put their stamp on and this show certainly won't change that line of thinking.  The characters were real and showed a ton of promise, the storylines are relatable and the selection of music was terrific to boot.  If you missed it, jump on HBO Go tonight and check out the premiere.

Showtime's House of Lies returned last night as well. This show used to be a lot better IMO.  It's a bit strange, bouncing back and forth between periods of time, the characters have become quite predictable and not very likable and the storylines need to be bolstered in order for this show to continue to hold my interest.

I also got around to watching Empire.  It's average at best and I'll give it another look this week, but am staying on the fence.

Bravo premieres Friends To Lovers? tonight.  By way of reminder, "Friends to Lovers? is an hour-long series that attempts to answer the age old question, can dating your best friend be the key to lasting love or a recipe for disaster. From casual to complicated, innocent to intimate, this social experiment of the heart follows five sets of singles who take a leap of faith and try to become more than 'just friends.' Throughout the Season, the couples must deal with the unique challenges of dating such as awkward first kisses, tests of jealousy and the inevitable reveal to friends and family. While some count their years of friendship as the foundation for their relationship, others want to be swooned all over again."  I'll check out one episode, begrudgingly.

The CW made some news over the weekend, issuing early renewals for all eight of its scripted fall series: Arrow, The Flash, Jane the Virgin, Reign, Supernatural, The 100, The Vampire Diaries and The Originals.

Per Deadline, MTV announced "that its dance competition series America’s Best Dance Crew (ABDC) will be returning this summer with six new episodes. In addition premiere dates were announced for three returning series Catfish: The TV Show, Finding Carter and the Broke A$$ Game Show.

"Catfish will be returning Wednesday, February 25th at 10PM ET/PT. The show has been Wednesday’s No. 1 original cable series in the 12-34 demo. Season four offers a different twist as co-host Max Joseph took a five-episode hiatus to make his feature film directorial debut with We Are Your Friends, starring Zac Efron. In Joseph’s absence, a variety of guest hosts will join Nev Schulman on investigations, including MTV’s Charlamagne, Miss Teen USA Cassidy Wolf, Recording Artist Angel Haze, YouTube sensation Tyler Oakely and actor Alex Shaffer. Joseph will then return for the remainder of the season. Catfish follows Schulman whose social media dating drama was at the heart of the Catfish film as well as Joseph. The two go inside the stories of young people whose online romances collide with real-life encounters.

"Finding Carter will return Tuesday, March 31 at 10PM ET/PT.  The drama series picks up where it left off, in the back of Lori’s car with the kidnapped Carter more scared than ever. This season, Carter and the rest of her family and friends face new obstacles and learn more about the secrets long hidden from them.

"As Deadline announced back in October, MTV greenlit Broke A$$ Game Show with hosts Derek Gaines and David Magidoff.  The show will be premiering on February 5 at 11 ET/PT.  The show aims to break the rules and forms of the game show format as we know it. Hosts Gaines and Magidoff hit the streets of New York City to lure unsuspecting pedestrians into some twisted games, i.e. the booty bouncing battle 'Twerk Off' and 'Cats Humping States' where contestants win big bucks by correctly identifying states upon which felines are fornicating." 

One more tidbit from Deadline, "Pivot has ordered a new season of eco-adventure series Angry Planet; new episodes debut in April, continuing George Kourounis’ adventures as he travels to some of the most remote places on earth. This season, the network said, he will 'connect the dots' in re how the changing environment is directly impacting the number of 'weather calamities.' Season four, already in production, premieres in April of this year. The series is produced by Cineflix Media.

"The network also announced it had greenlit the docu-series Secret Lives Of Americans, which will be primarily shot by the subjects themselves, showing viewers their secrets, tapping into larger social issues. Viewers will meet a single mother who struggles to feed her children each day, lifting the curtain on food insecurity in America; a young professional who shows up to work in a suit every day, but who is homeless and crippled by student loan debt. Each story will be complemented by archival, documentary and news footage that illustrates the bigger picture in present-day America behind the social issue of focus.It will premiere this summer. The series, produced by MME/Filmpool USA/ All3Media America.

"Participant Media’s Pivot network also unveiled three productions in development including: Shrink (working title), a 30-minute scripted comedy based on the New York Television Festival award-winning  selection being written for Pivot by Chuck Martin (Arrested Development), Ted Tremper (Break-ups: The Series) and Tim Baltz (Veep) and produced by Jean Doumanian and Patrick Daly for Jean Doumanian Productions; a 30-minute untitled investigative sports series with former NFL star Chris Kluwe and produced by T Group Productions; and an untitled news magazine series with award-winning documentary filmmaker Brian Knappenberger (Internet’s Own Boy).

[This is the one to pay closest attention to:}

Untitled Chris Kluwe Project

Producers: T Group Productions

(:30 Docu-series)

"An immersive, irreverent and no-holds-barred investigative series led by outspoken former NFL player Chris Kluwe that will take viewers into the space where sports and society intersect. Kluwe will use his David vs. Goliath attitude, along with a team of seasoned and opinionated journalists, to expose the social and political topics that people are talking about today, and will be talking about in the future."  More on this one to follow . . . . 

As has been previously reported, "TVGN, formerly TV Guide Network, is rebranding again: The channel, now owned by CBS, will become Pop on Wednesday, and its first scripted series, Schitt's Creek, is due Feb. 11 (10 p.m. ET/PT).

"Schitt's reunites Eugene Levy and Catherine O'Hara, who've collaborated for decades on the SCTV sketch-comedy series and Christopher Guest's mockumentary movies (Best in Show, Waiting for Guffman). The series, acquired from Canada's CBC network, stars the pair as a rich couple who lose their riches, earned from a failed video-store chain, and are forced to live in a motel in a sad-looking town that dad bought as a joke because of its name. Levy created the series with his son, Daniel, who co-stars as his fictional son, and it was filmed in and near Toronto.

"Eugene Levy likens the town to the one featured in TV classic Mayberry RFD, but Schitt's isn't about mocking its citizens, with a few exceptions:. 'It's a small town but we're not making fun of small town, we're making fun of this family,' he says.

"Unlike the Guest movies, which were largely improvised, the new show is scripted. O'Hara calls Levy 'the sweetest man,' and Levy returns the compliment, praising her as 'very chameleon-like in getting into character and finds the humor without trying to be funny.'

"Pop chief Brad Schwartz says the channel, which once functioned mostly as a scrolling program guide and is carried in 80 million homes, aims for viewers who grew up in the 1980s, and will focus on 'fandom,' such as Rock This Boat: New Kids on the Block, a series that covers fan cruises with the boy band, premiering Wednesday (8 p.m. ET/PT); The Story Behind, a behind-the-scenes look at classic TV series (due Wednesday at 9 p.m. ET/PT); Queens of Drama, a reality series about former soap stars (Vanessa Marcil, Donna Mills and guest star Joan Collins) trying to start a new series, coming in April; and Unusually Thicke, a reality series about the family ofGrowing Pains star Alan Thicke, returning this spring.

"Among shows in development: A TV adaptation of web series Losing It, produced byJohn Stamos, featuring celebrities recounting how they lost their virginity."