Wednesday February 4, 2015

ABC premieres Fresh Off The Boat tonight and almost everything on network TV is new, including Modern FamilyEmpire, etc.

Netflix went down yesterday and let's just say people were NOT happy.  My favorite Tweet is this one from @JazzyLuchini: "my netflix isnt working is this what it feels like to have your heart shatter into little tiny pieces"

Nick Kroll offers up his opinion on 33 different topics including his love for The Surreal Life, his indifference towards bananas, and that he thinks he'll be killed by a drone.

Adam Pally talked to Vulture about leaving The Mindy Project and hosting The Late Late Show, on which he was brilliant.

According to TheWrap, "[t]he first wave of performers for Comedy Central’s Night of Too Many Stars includes Bill Burr, Louis C.K., Jon Hamm, John Oliver, Paul Rudd and Amy Schumer, who will all join host Jon Stewart to raise funds for autism awareness.  Adding to the hilarity will be Larry David, Martin Short and Larry Wilmore, who will man the phone lines during the TV telethon.

"The live performance, sketch and short films event will be taped on Saturday, Feb. 28 at the Beacon Theatre in New York City. The telethon will air March 8 on Comedy Central."

Per Deadline, "Malin Akerman (Watchmen, Trophy Wife) has been cast opposite Paul Giamatti and Damian Lewis in the Showtime drama pilot Billions. Written and executive produced by Brian Koppelman and David Levien and Andrew Ross Sorkin, Billions takes a forensic look at the world of high finance by tracking the approaching collision between two titanic figures: the hard-charging, whip-smart U.S. Attorney Chuck Rhoades (Giamatti) and the brilliant, ambitious hedge fund king Bobby “Axe” Axelrod (Lewis). Akerman will play Lara Axelrod, a former nurse from humble beginnings who now is  married to billionaire Bobby."  I'm all in on this one.  Great cast thus far.

EW reports that, "[a]head of Sunday’s premiere, AMC has given The Walking Dead fans a look at what the show’s midseason premiere has in store. Unsurprisingly, it doesn’t look like Rick Grimes and the other survivors are in much of a good place.

"After The Walking Dead left viewers with a devastating midseason finale, the show returns with What’s Happening and What’s Going On, picking up with the survivors after the hospital tragedy that left one of their own dead.

"In this new look at the episode’s first two minutes, Rick tells the other survivors that they may be going on what could be one last long trip, though as viewers have come to learn, the journey is never really over.   But Rick promises that if they can’t find a safe place for them, then they’ll do what they always do—keep going.

"The Walking Dead returns on Feb. 8 to resume its fifth season."

"NBC is getting politically incorrect this pilot season.  The network has ordered a pilot, billed as a 'politically incorrect office comedy,' which will be executive produced by Joe and Anthony Russo (Captain America: The Winter Soldier).

"The as-yet-untitled project, from Universal Television and Russo Bros. Productions, will follow best friends Dale and Georgie, whose relationship is upended when one of them starts dating the 'perfect' woman.

"Aseem Batra (The Cleveland ShowScrubsAnimal Practice) is writing and also executive producing."

"Days after signing a talent and script deal at NBC, Tone Bell has already signed on to a pilot.  The Bad Judge breakout has been tapped to co-star in comedy pilot People Are Talking, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

"From Growing Up Fisher's DJ Nash, the multicamera comedy will examine sex, race and everything else your parents told you never to talk about.

"Bell will play the co-lead: the best friend, neighbor — and voice of reason — to protagonist Mitch. He's a stand-up comic, which is relevant only in that it means he has no fear when it comes to talking to someone or making a scene in public to prove his point.

"The casting marks Bell's latest role with NBC, years after winning the network's Stand-Up for Diversity competition in 2011. That led to a talent deal and a role on Whitney. His other credits include Fox comedy pilot To My Future Assistant and NBC's short-lived Kate Walsh courtroom comedy, Bad Judge."

The fact that this show is going into season 3 is reason enough for VH1 to just fold: "Billy Baldwin (Gossip Girl), Lynn Whitfield (Stepmom), Andy Buckley (Veep, The Office) and Jonathan Bennett (Mean Girls, Dancing With The Stars) have been tapped for recurring roles on Season 3 of VH1’s cheerleader drama series Hit The Floor.  Production begins this week for premiere this year.

"The ensemble series about the fictional Los Angeles Devils girls cheer squad explores the exciting and scandalous world of professional basketball from the perspective of the Devil Girls dancers and the Los Angeles Devils players, owners and coaches.

"Baldwin will play Jackson Everett Jackson, a billionaire bachelor looking to cause trouble in Devils Arena; Whitfield returns as Jelena’s mother, Vanessa Howard; Buckley plays Adam Oberman, an ambitious league official; and Bennett is Lucas, a sports agent who causes friction between Jude and Zero."

Non-TV related, but I had to share: "The man who's getting divorced from Walmart heiress Paige Laurie says he's become accustomed to their lifestyle and needs around a quarter of a million bucks a month to keep the yacht afloat. 

"Patrick Dubbert -- who separated from Paige after less than 6 years of marriage -- says in legal docs obtained by TMZ, he misses his life and she needs to fork over between $210K and $240K a month AFTER TAXES (gross would be just over $400K a month) for necessities that include:

-  Rental home -- between $40K and 60K a month
-  Furniture -- $10K a month 
-  Personal chef -- $6,700 a month
-  Clothes -- 5K a month
-  Personal trainer -- $2,500 a month
-  Vacations $30K a month (but that includes NetJets) 
-  Entertainment $80K a month
-  Personal stylist -- $1K a month
-  Driver -- $4K a month

"Dubbert complains he was living with Paige in their $11 million home, and now he's stuck in a Santa Monica apartment half of the year. He spends the other 6 months with his parents in Jefferson City, MO.

"Dubbert's argument -- he's worked for her company, and he needs some time to get back into the job market -- and money -- to get back on his feet. 

"And he says, the law is the law and he's become accustomed to their lavish lifestyle, which included yacht parties that costs $500K a pop, travel in the Walmart private jet, and on and on. 

"He says Paige rakes in $872K a month just from stocks and dividends, so she can more than afford to pay him.  Here's the hardest one to swallow. He wants HER to pay him $2,500 so he can make charitable donations."