Thursday May 11, 2017

Anyone else notice that the guy from this IBM Watson commercial is the same guy who played Eddie Sherman on Seinfeld?  I'm presuming the answer is a resounding no.

Steve Harvey really needs to go away.  He's an a-hole.

On the other hand, Stephen Colbert continues to kill it.

Same goes for Samantha Bee.

TNT premieres American Race tonight, where Charles Barkley explores race from multiple points of view First up, an in-depth look at the Black Lives Matter movement and increasing anti-Muslim sentiment.

Tonight also marks the season finale for The Big Bang TheoryMomLife In PiecesThe Catch, Riverdale, and Chicago Med.

Kelly Ripa doesn't seem too keen on Ryan Seacrest hosting American Idol.  More below.

Idol alum Blake Lewis weighed in on the show's return, in case anyone cares what he thinks.  He does make a valid suggestion: "Creatively, I think a smart move going forward at ABC would be to lift the curtain on the true 'reality' of competing on Idol. I can’t count how many times I’ve been asked by fans: what it was like every day? How was it to sing in front of the judges? What did filming the Ford commercials entail? What went on behind the scenes as we were rehearsing and learning choreography. I think all those things should all by included more."

Jeff Probst talks about last night's episode of Survivor.

I'm traveling this week, but congrats to C.T. for showing what it means to be champion.

NBC has canceled Timeless and renewed Blindspot.

NBC is also moving forward with a Jesus Christ Superstar live musical.

ABC has finally canceled Last Man Standing.

They also renewed Modern Family for 2 additional seasons (numbers 9 and 10).

CBS has renewed a series of Chicago shows: Chicago Fire, Chicago P.D. and Chicago Med.  All hail the Windy City.

Fox has renewed Gotham and The Last Man On Earth, which I gave up on this season.

The CW has renewed The Originals and iZombie.

Paris Hilton is taking credit for inventing the selfie.  Thanks Paris.

Per TheWrap, "ABC announced Wednesday that the beloved Shonda Rhimes series, starring Kerry Washington as ruthless crisis PR mastermind Olivia Pope, will end after its upcoming seventh season. For fans who gather around their TVs to group-watch, it’s possible that no show will capture the juicy, twisting, sizzle-packed scandals that kept Pope picking up her phone to icily declare, 'It’s handled.' Group-watching so became the way to watch Scandal that Netflix’s new Dear White People lovingly lampoons the phenomenon.

"Along with hits like Black-ish, Scandal helped establish ABC’s identity as a broadcaster committed to diversity, one that reaped rewards from putting women and people of color front and center, in complex, multifaceted roles. It proved that diversity pays.

"But every scandal runs its course, and Scanda” isn’t what it used to be, at least ratings-wise. Few shows are. Blame too much competition — including from streaming sites like Netflix — but broadcast television isn’t what it used to be.

"It was a midseason replacement when it premiered in 2012, and didn’t become a breakout hit until good word-of-mouth — including bars and restaurants hosting Scandal nights — pushed the series to its viewership peak around Season 3. When ABC lined-up all three of its Rhimes-produced dramas in 2014, Scandal was the star, outperforming it’s lead-in, the long-running Grey’s Anatomy. It also became a launchpad for the similarly juicy Viola Davis drama How to Get Away With Murder.

"The show averaged a whopping 3.5 average rating in the 2015-16 season in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic, over the seven days after each episode first aired. That made it one of TV’s top shows.

"Heading into its seventh and final season, Scandal is still an important part of ABC’s 'TGIT' Thursdays, and a solid performer. At the time of this writing, Scandal is tied for the 13th highest-rated broadcast entertainment show of 2016-17, averaging a 2.3 rating over the week after it airs. That places it just behind the long-running CBS hits NCIS and Survivor, and above Chicago Fire, Bull, The Goldbergs, and even Dancing With the Stars.

"But Scandal is down 34.3 percent over year, which means it’s lost one-third of its audience in the key demo. That’s a difficult data point at this time of year, because next week broadcasters will pitch their shows to advertisers at upfront week in New York. It doesn’t help that ABC is sitting in last place among the Big 4 broadcasters in overall season-average ratings.

"Replacing it won’t be easy — as ABC found out the last time it tried.

"When the show was pushed to midseason this year to accommodate Washington’s pregnancy, the network attempted to replace it in the Thursday night fall line-up with the Piper Perabo-led Notorious. Despite a cushy time slot between Grey’s and Murder, the show was poorly received by critics and disappointed in the ratings, leading the network to trim its episode order from 13 to 10 in October.

"Last May, ABC picked up a fifth Shondaland drama, the Romeo & Juliet sequel series Still Star-Crossed. Originally slated for a midseason premiere, the show was notably absent from ABC’s schedule until it was given a summer premiere date last month. At the moment, Rhimes and company only have one project in the works, an untitled legal drama from Scandal writer Paul William Davies that has not yet been ordered to series."

"Variety hears through sources that Ryan Seacrest is in advanced talks to come back as host of American Idol when the show is rebooted on ABC next spring.

"According to an insider, final tweaks are being hammered out on a new contract for the multihyphenate, who recently joined Kelly Ripa as cohost of ABC’s long-running morning show, the newly named Live with Kelly and Ryan. Stakeholders in Idol, which include FremantleMedia and CORE Media Group, are hoping to nail down a look that’s 'authentic and most like the original.'

"But another source close to Seacrest downplays the progress, noting that 'conversations with producers about his potential involvement are in the early stages' and 'there is a lot to work through given his other priorities and commitments.' Namely: to Live and his daily iHeartRadio syndicated program On Air With Ryan Seacrest, but also hosting and producing duties for E! and ABC’s Dick Clark’s Rockin’ New Year’s Eve with Ryan Seacrest. That said, adds the insider: 'Ryan has a lot of affection for ‘American Idol’ given the show’s significance to his career, and it taps into the things he loves — a live show, pop music, and discovering new talent.'

"Variety reached out to Idol creator Simon Fuller, who is not currently involved in the new iteration on ABC, for his take. 'There would be no American Idol without Ryan Seacrest,' says Fuller, while declining to comment further.

"Representatives for ABC and Seacrest declined to comment.

"Variety has also learned that ABC has committed to broadcasting about 40 hours of Idol for next season — making it likely that the show will air over two nights most weeks, as it did during its 15-season run on Fox. Producers FremantleMedia and Core Media Group had insisted while shopping the show that any broadcast partner commit to an order of at least 25 hours.

"A twice-a-week schedule for Idol would further complicate what has been the major stumbling block to securing Seacrest’s return to the series that he hosted for 15 years — his new gig as co-host of ABC’s syndicated morning show Live With Kelly and Ryan. On Monday’s episode, Seacrest addressed speculation about his return to Idol when questioned by co-host Kelly Ripa, saying, 'I don’t know about that part yet. We haven’t gotten that far. This was news to me, actually, last week. I had said at the end of the series, "Goodbye for now," hoping somewhere it would come back.'”

Per The Hollywood Reporter, "Amazon is adding to its drama roster.

"The streaming service has ordered Carnival Row, a Neo-Victorian fantasy series. The eight-episode hourlong drama, which hails from Legendary Television, will be written and executive produced by Rene Echevarria (Star Trek). Paul McGuigan (Luke Cage) is set to direct and exec produce, along with Travis Beacham (Pacific Rim). Beacham penned the original script, A Killing on Carnival Row, which appeared on The Black List in 2005.

"In Carnival Row, mythical creatures fleeing their war-torn homeland have gathered in the city, and tensions are simmering between citizens and the growing immigrant population. We follow the investigation of a string of unsolved murders which are eating away at whatever uneasy peace still exists. The series is set to begin filming in fall 2018 for a 2019 release.

“'There has never been a series like Carnival Row before,' Joe Lewis, head of comedy, drama and VR at Amazon Studios, said Wednesday in a statement. 'The scope of the storytelling combined with the uniqueness of the world, themes and aesthetics haven’t been on TV before. A simple police investigation will lead us down a remarkable journey in a world where humans and creatures co-exist. We’re so excited about what Rene, Travis and Paul are creating and we can’t wait to bring it to customers.'

"Added Lauren Whitney, president of scripted television at Legendary: 'Carnival Row is inspiringly ambitious and timely in a way that we never could have anticipated. We are thrilled to have excellent partners at Amazon, and the infinitely talented trio of Echevarria, McGuigan and Beacham as the driving force behind this show.'”

"The CW will be purring like a catfight next season: The network has ordered its in-the-works Dynasty reboot to series, TVLine has learned.

"From Gossip Girl creators Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage and Revenge producer Sallie Patrick, Dynasty 2.0 is described as a racially diverse, modernized modernized reboot of the classic ’80s soap 'that follows two of America’s wealthiest families, the Carringtons and the Colbys, as they feud for control over their fortune and their children,' as told 'primarily through the perspectives of two women at odds: Blake’s (Grant Show) daughter Fallon Carrington (Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll‘s Elizabeth Gillies) and her soon-to-be stepmother, Cristal (Vampire Diaries‘ Nathalie Kelley), a Hispanic woman marrying into this WASP family and America’s most powerful class.'

"The series promises to expose the 'dark underbelly' of the 1 percent, 'a corrupt world built on backroom deals, betrayal, and, in some cases, murder.'

"The cast also includes James Mackay (The Leftovers), Alan Dale (The O.C.), Sam Adegoke (Murder in the First), Robert Christopher Riley (Hit the Floor), and Rafael de la Fuente (Empire). Original Dynasty creators Esther and Richard Shapiro will serve as EPs."

Per Deadline, "Fox has picked up a second hourlong pilot to series. Medical drama The Resident, which had been running right behind Marvel’s The Gifted as the second-most-buzzed Fox drama pilot over the past month, has landed on the Fox schedule alongside The Gifted, which was picked up Tuesday.

"It is unclear whether Fox will pick up more dramas, with some speculating that this might be it. The network has not passed on any pilots yet, and it only produced four hourlong pilots this year: the two picked up to series as well as the untitled University Project and Behind Enemy Lines. Neither of the remaining ones is getting major traction at the moment, though a pickup still is considered a possibility depending on Fox’s needs, and the University drama has been screening and testing relatively well. (Fox is yet to film two drama pilots ordered this season, The Passage and The Beast, and the network is said to have high hopes for The Passage as a potential midseason entry.)

"Written by Amy Holden Jones, Hayley Schore and Roshan Sethi, directed by Phillip Noyce and executive produced by Antoine Fuqua, The Resident stars Matt Czuchry, Manish Dayal, Bruce Greenwood, Emily VanCamp and Shaunette Wilson. It centers on a tough, brilliant senior resident who guides an idealistic young doctor through his first day, pulling back the curtain on what really happens, both good and bad, in modern-day medicine."