Wednesday April 15, 2015

In case you are a fan of Naked and Afraid and missed this last week, producer David Story sat down with Grantland's David Jacoby to discuss the upcoming season of Discovery's Naked and Afraid and what happened behind the scenes.  This is worth a listen even if you don't watch the show.

I was very satisfied with the series finale of Justified last night.  The show was wrapped up quite nicely, a la Parenthood, if that means anything to you.  I loved this portion of Vulture's review [SPOILER ALERT]: "The final scene is a classic. Just Boyd and Raylan, talking to each other through bulletproof glass in the prison. Boyd tells Raylan he's 'just spreading the word of my calamitous fall and precipitous rebirth in the light of the Lord,' and Raylan grins. He tells Boyd that Ava is dead, and shows him documents that 'prove' it. The tough guy's eyes fill with tears. Tears are shed for Anna Ava, but we know there is an extra, dramatic aspect to it, as is so often the case during series finales. Boyd’s sadness, and Raylan’s, are the sadness of the writers, actors, and crew. They're grieving for the loss of a shared land of make-believe. This is Timothy Olyphant's and Walton Goggins's last scene together in character. The characters are bonded by their shared past. The artists are bonded by their shared experience as storytellers.

"What are we left with? Moments. Images. Raylan donning a former adversary's hat in the elevator as he takes one last look at his workplace; Ava's hesitant singsong delivery as she tells Raylan about all the good things she's done since leaving Harlan; Boyd's sadly tilted head as he peers at Raylan through the jailhouse glass, hard light glinting on his Boo Radley forehead as he smiles, crosses his fingers, and says, 'Scout's honor.'

"The end might be the best cut to black since the end of The Sopranos, though of course the artistic intent could not be more different. We saw what happened, we know what it meant, now it's all over.

"'We dug coal together,' Boyd says. 'That's right,' Raylan says. The end."

An all new season of Million Dollar Listing New York premieres tonight on Bravo.

In the days leading up to the season three premiere of BBC America’s Orphan Black, IFC will air a 21-hour marathon of the first two seasons starting at midnight on Friday. Season 3 will be shown across all AMC Networks channels - IFC, AMC, WE tv, SundanceTV and BBC America - on Saturday, April 18 at 9:00.  This is another show worth picking up from season 1, episode 1.

Per AdAge, "[t]he 2015 Honda CR-V and 2016 HR-V crossovers serve as the backdrops for off-the-cuff comedy with Saturday Night Live cast members and fans in an original digital video series.

"Honda partnered with NBCUniversal to reach consumers who are young and young-at-heart in new episodes of the series, called Saturday Night Line. The Web series follows the shenanigans of SNL stars as they interact with fans waiting in line days ahead of the show.

"One episode puts a new spin on karaoke with Car'aoke, in which SNL player Aidy Bryant rides around in the backseat of the CR-V with fans performing horrible renditions of songs such as Deck the Halls and For He's a Jolly Good Fellow.

"The CR-V provides the setting for another episode, this time with Leslie Jones as she takes questions from fans about her life and what goes through her head on Saturday nights in the Honda Hot Seat.

"People can watch new episodes of Saturday Night Line on Saturdays at 8 p.m. Eastern time. The series serve as prequels for SNL, and will also appear on Hulu and other video-on-demand platforms, the companies said today in a joint announcement."

"Saturday Night Line" has a landing page where Honda display ads appear. Honda pre-roll ads play before the episodes.

It looks like Crackle is making a real play at becoming a destination for viewers, and has some star power to back it up.  Per TheWrap, "Crackle just made its Upfronts debut, where the digital network announced its first-ever one-hour scripted series The Art of More, starring Dennis Quaid, and animated comedy SuperMansion among other projects.

"As previously reported, more Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee is coming, and David Spade is putting his mullet wig back on for Joe Dirt 2: Beautiful Loser. The film is the first made-for-digital sequel to a major motion picture, Crackle boasted on Tuesday.

"Crackle also presented its new 'Alway' experience at the ad sales event. Here is the company’s official description of its new service, powered by Adobe Primetime:

As soon as a viewer launches the new Crackle, a scheduled program will immediately begin playing. Consumers can browse for something else in the newly created channel guide while continuing to watch what’s currently playing. Rolling out exclusively on the Roku platform beginning in May and a variety of other platforms throughout the summer, the innovative new design combines the curated experience of streaming programming on demand with the simplicity of a programmed TV experience.

Here is the full Crackle slate, in the digital network’s own words:

Joe Dirt 2: Beautiful Loser
Scheduled to Premiere July 16th
In this sequel to the 2001 cult favorite, David Spade (Rules of Engagement) returns as the mullet-wearing, rock and roll loving, down on his luck white-trash-hero who embarks on another epic journey, this time through the recent past, the heartland of America – and his own mind – to get back to his loved ones. Joe Dirt is back with a vengeance, and a mop. Spade reprises his role alongside Oscar winner Christopher Walken, Brittany Daniel (The Game), Dennis Miller, Adam Beach. Patrick Warburton (Rules of Engagement), Mark McGrath, Charlotte McKinney (Dancing with the Stars) and Kevin Farley also star in the sequel.

SuperMansion
Scheduled to Premiere Fall 2015
Original Stop-Motion Animated Comedy Series, 13 episodes
Emmy-Award winner Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad) voices the character of Titanium Rex, who leads a 'seen-better-days' group of super heroes, 'The League of Freedom,' in their increasingly difficult struggle to remain relevant in today’s world. Also voiced by Seth Green (Family Guy), Keegan-Michael Key (Key and Peele) and Jillian Bell (Workaholics).

The Art of More
Scheduled to Premiere Winter 2015
10 episodes
The Art Of More is a groundbreaking drama starring Dennis Quaid (Vegas) that goes into the underbelly and surprisingly cutthroat world of premium auction houses. We follow a blue collar young man, Graham Connor, played by Christian Cooke (Magic City) who leverages his way into this exclusive realm by exploiting connections to antiquities smuggling rings he was exposed to as a soldier in Iraq. Kate Bosworth plays the role of Roxanna Whitney, daughter of the CEO of one of the two warring auction houses — and a leading account executive. Although she was born into this exclusive world and thrives in it, she is riddled with insecurities that drive her to be a formidable executive in her own right.

Dead Rising (working title)
Feature-length project and sequel to Dead Rising: Watchtower
Premieres Spring 2016
A sequel to the popular Dead Rising: Watchtower, which takes place during a large-scale Zombie outbreak when a mandatory government vaccine fails to stop the infection from spreading.  Based on the worldwide hit video game franchise.

Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee
Six episodes Scheduled to Premiere June 4
Back for a sixth season and crossing 100 million streams on Crackle, the Emmy nominated series starring Jerry Seinfeld return for more laughs. The sixth season will feature a star-studded cast including Bill Maher (Real Time with Bill Maher), Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep), Steve Harvey (The Steve Harvey Show), Stephen Colbert (The Colbert Report), Trevor Noah (The Daily Show) and Jim Carrey. 

Sports Jeopardy!
New episodes stream weekly every Wednesday
Sports Jeopardy!, hosted by the Emmy-Award winning sportscaster Dan Patrick (The Dan Patrick Show), is a spinoff of Sony Pictures’ record Emmy-Award winning hit game show. Sports Jeopardy! allows a unique level of interactivity as viewers can download a mobile game that interacts with the show as a second screen application to unlock new clues.

In Development:

Capo
Nick Capelli emerges from prison into a world where his once strong mafia family — and the very fabric of Italian organized crime itself — has eroded, leaving him with no direction, but an uncontrollable need to try to recreate his past life. But this time it’s going to be different … In the modern world where the mafia doesn’t command respect like it used to, Capo takes a look at what it would take for a modern crime organization to rise today.

Chosen
10 episodes
Premieres Winter 2016
Continuing the story of Ian Mitchell (Ventimiglia) and his family, the second season of Chosen goes deeper into the deadly game the Mitchells were swept into and follows the lives of others who also received mysterious boxes forcing them to kill — or else — including new character Jacob Orr (Murray).

Per Deadline, "[c]oming off 100 episodes of FX’s Anger Management, Noureen DeWulf has been cast as a regular in another half-hour project, CBS’ untitled hybrid comedy pilot written by former Modern Family executive producer Dan O’Shannon and Peter Warren.

"Directed by Pam Fryman, the ensemble project revolves around a group of friends and family at three different times in their lives. DeWulf will plat Sabrina, Andrew’s (Adam Brody) co-worker and good friend at 25, his even closer friend at 40. Tracy Spiridakos, Tyler Labine and Kelly O’Sullivan co-star.

"The CBS TV Studios pilot is executive produced by O’Shannon, Fryman, Dennis Erdman, Clark Peterson and Eric & Kim Tannenbaum.

"For DeWulf, the casting comes three weeks after she gave birth to her first child, son Bodhi Ryan Miller with husband, hockey player Ryan Miller."  Who knew?

More from Deadline, talk about scraping the bottom of the barrel for ideas, "Fusion has ordered a new 10-episode series, My Selfie Life,which it describes as a 'bold half-hour series where young Americans film themselves living through a life-changing moment as they journey towards adulthood and self-discovery.'

"Fusion acknowledges 'we all might live some of the same life events' but, they point out, 'the way we experience them is as unique as our own fingerprints.' [how poetic]

"Each episode will center on a 'major experience' in one person’s life, Fusion promises, citing examples including: tracking down lost love, beginning a sex change, 'defeating' an eating disorder, dealing with mental illness, beginning an interfaith relationship.

"This way, their stories will be told 'in the most authentic way' as in, 'by people who know them by heart, captured in real time on their own devices, in their own words,' Fusion Chief Programming Officer Wade Beckett said in today’s announcement. The series, debuting in the fall, would provide a 'compelling exploration of what it’s like to be young and living in the digital age,'  he added.

"My Selfie Life is adapted from a U.K. series of four shorts produced by Nerd TV."  At least we didn't come up with this one on our own over here.

Per Variety, "HLN said it would launch a new game show based on the Heads Up! segments from Ellen DeGeneres’ talk show in the first quarter of next year.

"The 65-episode half-hour game show from Warner Brothers’ Telepictures will be hosted by comedienne Loni Love, co-host of the syndicated talk show The Real. The show will air daily Monday through Friday, HLN said.

"In the Heads Up! TV show, contestants pair up with a celebrity and try to correctly identify as many cards as they can based on clues from their teammate in categories ranging from movies and songs to actions, accents, body parts and more. The DeGeneres game is also the basis of an app for iOS and Android.

“'We’re excited to translate this innovative game app into a TV show on HLN, and create another all-screens experience for our social media audience,' said Albie Hecht, executive vice president and general manager of HLN, in a prepared statement.

"The series is HLN’s second game show based on a successful app. In January, the Keywords app paved the way for the premiere of Keywords,  the TV show, in March."