Friday October 2, 2015

A moment if I may?  If one more company calls itself the "Uber of" something, I'm going to puke.

Michael Rappaport needs to cool out about his alleged fantasy football prowess.  He's become an annoying pontificating idiot who deserves a fist to the side of his head.

If you have $8M lying around, you can buy Bobby Flay's New York apartment.  Here's the listing.

I'm now torn as between who I'd list my home with as between Altman or Flagg.  Flagg has made up a lot of ground this season.

ABC premieres Dr. Ken tonight.  It looks awful.  Caveat emptor.

TLC is dropping its new Friday night slate tonight, which includes Love At First SwipeSex In Public and #WhatSheSaid.

All new episodes of Homeland and The Affair air on Sunday night.

Ditto for The Good Wife.

Fear The Walking Dead season 1 comes to a close Sunday as well.

Empire's ratings slipped this week, finally.  I still have 201 and 202 on my DVR unwatched.

Maybe things like this help explain why?  "Empire has had plenty of unpredictable cameos, but none more random than when North Carolina rapper Petey Pablo (famous for 2004's Freek-A-Leek and his 'sick reputation for handling broads') popped up on [this week's] episode as Lucious Lyon's musical collaborator behind bars. It's through Clyde (Pablo) that Lucious channels his inner Gucci Mane and drops a diss track called Snitch Bitch from jail (with some help from The Wire's Bubbles). Turns out Pablo's Empire guest-spot was a decade in the making. Here's the story Pablo told Raleigh's WRAL: The two ran into each other at a Hustle & Flow premiere party back in 2005, where Howard had apparently lost his wallet. Pablo kindly loaned Howard $200, then never heard from him again ... until Pablo received a call from Howard out of the blue earlier this year offering to repay him. Instead of simply Venmo-ing him the cash, Howard invited Pablo to appear on Empire and write four songs for Lucious, including Snitch Bitch, on which Pablo is featured. He even settled his old debt with added interest that totaled $15,000."

USA has canceled Graceland after 5 seasons.

In typical Buzzfeed fashion, here are 21 supporting TV characters who they believe deserve(d) their own show.  I can certainly get behind some of these.

Per Deadline, and right up my alley, "[c]omedy veterans Max Mutchnick and Jeff Astrof have partnered to write and executive produce The Happy Peppers, a multi-camera comedy that has been set up at CBS. Warner Bros TV, where both Mutchnick and Astrof are under overall deals, is the studio.  The Happy Peppers is about Henry and Emily, an adult brother and sister who move in together after one of their spouses dies. They are each other’s shoulder to cry on, best friend, wingman and button-pusher."

Yahoo! has made its case for the return of Happy Endings and I wholeheartedly support it!  "Happy Endings is exactly the kind of quirky cult comedy that could find a new audience on streaming — which makes it all the more frustrating that it’s not available there. Hulu did offer full episodes back when the show was still airing on ABC, but no sign of them now. VH1 started running Happy Endings repeats a couple years back, followed by Logo last year, but those seem to have been wiped from the schedule, too.

"Now if we want our Happy Endings fix, we need to either pay per episode on iTunes, buy the DVDs, or just act out Penny-and-Max scenes with our friends. (We reached out to Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, which owns the home-video rights to Happy Endings, to see if there are any plans to offer the series on streaming, but they didn’t respond.) 

"One potential silver lining here: If a streaming service does decide to pick up Happy Endings, maybe they could eventually pull an Arrested Development and reunite the cast for a much-needed fourth season. We can’t help but notice that none of the six cast members have a regular TV gig at the moment, so the timing couldn’t be better. Seeing what kind of wacky antics Penny, Max, Brad, Jane, Dave, and Alex are up to these days? We can’t imagine a more happy ending than that."

Per Realscreen, "[w]hether it’s a program on plus-size ballerinas, young 'Marvels' or a legendary rock photographer, U.S. cable net Ovation TV has built a reputation on busting traditional definitions of the arts.

"The channel’s original reality program, Art Breakers, continues the spirit of inclusiveness by broaching the world of high art collecting – an intimidating arena often out of reach for the hoi polloi, but rendered accessible in this light-hearted series through powerhouse dealers and former sorority sisters Miller Gaffney and Carol Lee Brosseau. The program debuts on October 4 at 8 p.m. EST/PST.

“'They could be your next door neighbors,' Scott Woodward, executive VP of programming and productions, tells realscreen. 'They’re real, they’re fun and they’re colorful. And in addition to learning a little bit about art as you watch the series, you also get to know them as people.'

"Produced by Jerseylicious producer Story Monster TV, Art Breakers follows Gaffney and Brosseau – described by Ovation as the 'matchmakers' of the art world – as they curate collections for various patrons and clients.

"In the net’s initial 4 x 30-minute episode order, the pair’s assignments range from decorating the New York offices of an Australian juicing mogul to shipping 35 pieces of art, including sculptures, to Las Vegas for private clients who want to see how they look in their home.

"While access may have been an issue for most networks, the producer says a combination of Ovation TV’s positive reputation in the world of art and culture  - 'There was a natural willingness to listen to us and what we wanted to achieve from the show,' he notes – as well as Brosseau and Gaffney’s extensive roster of contacts made interactions with high-profile clients and little-seen galleries easier to navigate.

"Though the initial season is only four episodes long, Rieber and Woodward say they’re in discussions for more episodes which would take the focus away from New York and explore other markets."

Of course they are.  Milk it until it's dry.

According to Collider, "[i]n 2009, during the early days of the current wave of superhero cinema, Zack Snyder brought Alan Moore’s acclaimed comic book limited series Watchmen to life for Warner Bros. Moore’s work is a beast of interconnected and referential storylines, creating quite a challenge for Snyder while making it all the more impressive that he pulled the film off as well as he did. While the feature did fairly well with critics, it wasn’t a runaway hit at the box office; many credited this result to the unwieldy nature of the story, which would conceivably be better suited for a serial adaptation.

"It’s with that in mind that we report that Snyder has been meeting with HBO to talk about a Watchmen TV series. Our sources tell us that the meetings about adapting the DC Comics property have taken place, but unfortunately we don’t have any details as to whether this would be a prequel series, a re-imagining of the events of the Watchmen story itself, or a sequel series.

"It’s also worth noting that HBO is notoriously difficult to predict until a series has a hard release date. For example, they couldn’t reach a budget compromise with David Fincher for his Utopia series, and shut down the production of Fincher’s half-hour comedy series that he was developing simultaneously. Clout and/or popularity doesn’t automatically mean a greenlight, as further evidenced by the network famously passing on NoahBaumbach‘s star-studded The Corrections pilot. 

"So while we know that meetings about a Watchmen TV series have taken place, nothing has been greenlit as of this writing. But with Game of Thrones‘ end looming in the next couple of years and original drama programming in short supply, surely HBO is looking for that next big hit. Producing a Warner Bros. property – especially one as potentially huge as Watchmen – under their shared Time Warner parental umbrella sounds like a solid move."

Variety reports that "NBC’s Blindspot and CBS’ Limitless are the new series with the greatest likelihood of continued ratings success, according to predictive data compiled by Peel, maker of the world’s leading smart remote app. The company today revealed its predictions for winners and losers from among this year’s crop of new shows based on tune-out data and other information from its 12 million monthly U.S. users.

"Nearly 74% of Limitless viewers remained tuned in for at least 15 minutes of the premiere, followed by two more crime dramas: Rosewood (73.3%) and NBC’s Blindspot (72.5). ABC’s The Muppets (72.2%) and Fox’s Grandfathered (70.2) also appear headed for success, according to Peel.

"The 70% mark seems to be a key dividing line, with five shows above that figure getting renewed last year: Scorpion (78%), Gotham (75%), How to Get Away with Murder (74%), Black-ish (72%) and The Mysteries of Laura (71%). The only show not to was Red Band Society (73%).

"On the other hand, topping the list of new shows most likely headed for a quick cancellation were ABC’s Blood & Oil, which had only 60% of viewers still tuned in after 15 minutes. It was followed by Fox’s Minority Report (62.9%), CBS’ Life in Pieces (63.3) and NBC’s The Player (65%).

"Another key factor, according to Peel, is the percentage of viewers who set reminders and favorites, with Blindspot (18%) and Limitless (14%) the highest on this list. Among the fall’s new broadcast series, Fox’s The Grinder (4.9), CBS’ Life in Pieces (9.5%) and NBC’s The Player (10.2%) had the lowest.

“'Tune-out data, along with other engagement metrics such as reminders set for next week’s episode, appear to be a much better indicator of success than the total number of viewers who tune in to a premiere,' said Peel CEO and co-founder Thiru Arunachalam, whose remote control app now has 125 million registered users globally. 'Viewer retention and ‘likes’ signals the quality of a premiere episode rather than how much money was spent promoting it or what hit show led into it.'