Wednesday June 28, 2017

The least shocking news of the week: AMC has renewed Better Call Saul for a 4th season.

Big Brother returns tonight, which means summer has officially arrived.

"Hulu’s The Path is adding Guerrilla star Freida Pinto for its upcoming third season. Pinto has signed on for a key series regular role opposite Aaron Paul on the drama series, created by Jessica Goldberg. Pinto will play Vera, a sleek new publicist for the Meyerist movement, who forges a personal connection with Eddie (Paul), but may have her own secret agenda."

There's STILL a lot of chatter about T.J. Miller's exit from Silicon Valley.

For real!

And here's a little more about some of the jokes and shots fired in the opening sequence of Silicon Valley.

Why ABC's Downward Dog needs to be saved. "Yes, it’s a show about a talking dog — I won’t try to pretend otherwise. Accordingly, Downward Dog takes advantage of all the relatively unsurprising dog-based humor you might expect: Martin the dog eats a lot of stuff he shouldn’t, opines about the ravages of age (he turns seven), and has strong opinions about cats (he’s anti). What I didn’t expect was a show about a talking dog to be such an effective frame for telling stories about his owner, Nan, played by Tolman. Martin’s world revolves around Nan: He cares about when she’s home and when she’s not, when she’s stressed or unhappy, and he cares about who she dates because her happiness impacts his. Through a weirdly successful perspective, Downward Dog’s weird gimmick premise becomes a good vehicle for telling stories about its female protagonist."

"Bachelor in Paradise producers aren't taking any chances of drunken, nonconsensual sex ... because they've imposed new drinking rules on the cast. Production sources tell us there is now a 2 drink max per hour. We're told the crew is monitoring drinking levels among the cast and the bartenders are also responsible for keeping tabs. Producers have also made a point of providing food at all times during the shoots ... presumably to absorb the alcohol. We're told the cast got a talkin' to over the whole Corinne/DeMario situation, both on and off camera, and drinking was a big talking point. We're told they're a few days in, and so far, nothing too crazy ... which is not necessarily a good thing on BIP."

"A&E Network has set 10 PM Wednesday, August 2, for the premiere of Rob Lowe’s new reality series The Lowe Files, from Critical Content. The nine-episode series follows Lowe and his two sons, Matthew and John Owen, as they travel the country exploring infamous unsolved mysteries. In each episode, Lowe and his sons seek out a mysterious story or spooky legend and immerse themselves in the exploration and debate of the experience."

Donal Logue's (Grounded For Life) son is missing?

"Bethenny Frankel’s ex-husband, Jason Hoppy, has been hit with additional stalking charges. A spokesperson for the New York District Attorney’s Office told Us Weekly that Hoppy was arraigned on one count of stalking in the third degree and one count of stalking in the fourth degree on Tuesday, June 27. Hoppy, 46, was arrested in January after the Real Housewives of New York City star, also 46, claimed that her ex-husband threatened to 'destroy' her after showing up at their 6-year-old daughter Bryn’s school. Frankel was granted a temporary restraining order and Hoppy was charged with one count of harassment in the second degree, one count of aggravated harassment in the second degree and one count of stalking in the fourth degree."

Are you a cake genius? (Apparently, I am)

Per The Hollywood Reporter, "Netflix is going retro.

"The streaming giant has handed out a 10-episode straight-to-series order for 1990s-set comedy Everything Sucks.

"From the Zoo team of Jeff Pinkner (Fringe), Scott Rosenberg (October Road), Josh Appelbaum (October Road) and André Nemec (Alias), the comedy is described as a quirky, funny coming-of-age story. It follows two groups of high school misfits: an A/V club and a drama club, who collide in 1996 Oregon.

"Peyton Kennedy (American Fable) and Jahi Winston (The New Edition Story) star as students Kate Messner and Luke O’Neil, with Patch Darragh (Boardwalk Empire) and Claudine Nako (Grimm) playing their respective parents. Sydney Sweeney, Elijah Stevenson, Quinn Liebling and Rio Mangini co-star.

"Ben York Jones (Like Crazy) and Michael Mohan (Save the Date) created the series and will exec produce alongside Midnight Radio's Pinkner, Rosenberg, Appelbaum and Nemec. Mohan will direct the bulk of the episodes, with Ry Russo-Young also on board to serve in the same capacity. The series will premiere on Netflix in 2018.

"Everything Sucks is Midnight Radio's latest TV entry. In addition to the third season of CBS' summer scripted drama Zoo, the company is also producing History's Knightfall and recently teamed for ABC drama pilot Salamander."

Per Yahoo!, "RoseanneWill & GraceAmerican IdolDynastyTremorsBattle of the Network Stars… these are all series that have reboots coming to a screen near you.

"And when Yahoo TV talked to Jimmie Walker — who will compete in ABC’s Battle of the Network Stars reboot this week — he shared an idea for a new version of his own classic sitcom, Good Times, that is one of the best reboot ideas we’ve heard.

“'We could be the first reboot to do it in animation,' says the comedian, who turned 70 on June 25. '[People have] talked about doing a reboot of our show. Obviously we don’t look the same way we looked 40 years ago, and then I said, "Well, I don’t think they want to see us the way we are now," and I came up with the idea of animation. No one has done that. We would be first out there with that, and I think that’s a great idea. We would still look the same, we would still have our same voices, it would still, I think, be a relevant subject to do.'

“'It hasn’t really been pitched fully, but I would pitch it,' Walker continues. 'I’ll be glad to go in and talk to Debbie Allen or Ice Cube, or any of those [producers] who do those kind of things.'

"Walker, who competed multiple times in the original Battle of the Network Stars series, and is on a team of (former) 'TV Kids' that will compete on ABC’s reboot, thinks a Good Times reboot should be a modern version of the groundbreaking 1974-79 original that was produced by Norman Lear.

“'It’d be the same show, except for Esther [Rolle, who played Evans family matriarch Florida and passed away in 1998] wouldn’t be in it,' said the comedian, who continues to travel and perform stand up 300 days a year. 'Nobody had done a show like ours up until that point. We covered every area, you know, because we were a Norman Lear show, and Norman, that’s his thing. We covered seniors and healthcare. We did seniors eating dog food, we did crime, we had gangs, obviously, J.J. gets shot… We did racial discrimination of all types, banking discrimination, people getting short term/long term loans. Nobody ever did anything like that, and I think we fit right in there today.'”

I made mention of this yesterday, but here's PopSugar's take: "Joanna Gaines can't seem to shake rumors she's leaving HGTV, the network that made her a household name. In fact, the Fixer Upper star has been plagued with rumors she's departing home design all together to enter the beauty business. Common sense tells us that this doesn't make any sense. After all, Joanna's business endeavors don't stop at Fixer Upper. They include Waco, Texas, home and garden mecca Magnolia Market, several collections of home decor, paint, and a wallpaper line. The list goes on.

"In short, Joanna's love for interior design runs deep. We would be shocked if she walked away from it for an industry we've scarcely heard her mention. But if logic isn't enough to assuage your fears that Joanna is leaving Fixer Upper, we have more concrete proof the show is going on ahead.

"There's no doubt Fixer Upper season 5 is filming when you see this funny video Joanna posted. Along with behind-the-scenes video footage, Joanna wrote 'Fixer Upper is rollin' right along . . . #seasonfiveiscoming'

"Their producer Michael Matsumoto corroborates news of season five filming. He's been posting up a storm from the set of Fixer Upper's upcoming season.

"A rep for the Gaines spoke to People Magazine and said that claims Joanna is showing up late to set and is pursuing a second career promoting DermaFolia Renewal Anti-Aging Serum are completely false.

"'Don't believe everything you read,' begins a recent blog post from Joanna Gaines. She then goes on to say that she and Chip are busy entrepreneurs moving so quickly that it can be hard to keep up with all their projects, but if they haven't announced a new endeavor themselves on their social media accounts, don't believe it. 'And just in case you were wondering, YES! We are currently filming season 5 of the show. No! I am not getting into the business of facial creams . . . In summary, don’t buy the facial cream, friends.' Well, that settles it. Joanna is committed to Fixer Upper!"

Don't believe everything YOU read!

From Variety: "YouTube has given a series order to Impulse, a drama from Universal Cable Productions and executive producer Doug Liman of Hypnotic. The series is based on the third novel in the Jumper series by Steven Gould.

"Hypnotic’s David Bartis and Gene Klein will also executive produce with Lauren LeFranc. Jeffrey Lieber, Jason Horwitch, and Gary Spinelli are writing.

"The new series is slated to premiere on subscription-video service YouTube Red in 2018.

“'This unique thriller pulled us in right from the opening scene,' said Susanne Daniels, global head of original content, YouTube. 'We are thrilled to be in business with Doug Liman and everyone at UCP and Hypnotic.'

Impulse tells the story of Henry, played by Maddie Hasson, a rebellious 16-year-old girl who has always felt different from her peers and has longed to escape from her seemingly quaint small town. Henry soon discovers she has the extraordinary ability to teleport."

Something only The New York Post could report: "Looks like Matt Harvey is over Adriana Lima.

"The injured Mets pitcher was spotted getting cozy with former Laguna Beach and The Hills star Lo Bosworth in the Hamptons this weekend.

"Harvey — who is out with a stress injury to the scapula bone — spent Sunday evening bar-hopping, starting at The Surf Lodge in Montauk.

"His group departed around 8 p.m. and headed over to Swallow East for reggae night. There, Harvey hung out with his friends at the bar until about 10 p.m., ordering up Don Julio 1942 tequila, Hendrick’s gin and tonics, and vodka and Red Bull.

"But something — or someone — at Surf Lodge must have caught Harvey’s eye, because the 28-year-old pitcher later returned to the hotspot and met up with Bosworth, 30.

"The pair sipped glasses of rosé in a secluded corner and appeared to be engaged in 'deep conversation,' a spy told Page Six.

“'They looked pretty cozy,' another source added.

"But the conversation didn’t last long — Harvey was seen leaving with Bosworth hand-in-hand, shortly after midnight."

Per Uproxx, "Brad Paisley is perhaps the biggest country music star of the millennium, but so far, he hasn’t had a significant crossover into non-country endeavors. He tried to get a drama TV series called Nashville (not the show of the same name that currently airs on CMT) off the ground at The CW in 2009, but that didn’t end up panning out. After that, he decided to try something funnier, hosting a stand-up comedy night at Nashville’s Wild West Comedy Festival in 2015.

"Unlike drama, comedy has stuck for Paisley: He hosted a similar event at this year’s festival, and the proceedings were filmed for Paisley’s first Netflix comedy special, Brad Paisley’s Comedy Rodeo, which debuts August 15th. He also shared a quick teaser for the special that features David Hasselhoff and his Knight Rider car KITT.

"The hour-long program will feature comedians Nate Bargatze, John Heffron, Jon Reep, Sarah Tiana and Mike E. Winfield, and guest appearances from Reba McEntire and Hasselhoff, the latter of whom also appeared in Paisley’s recent video for Last Time For Everything.

"Whether or not you’re a country music fan, Paisley is a pretty funny guy who seems capable of putting on an entertaining comedy show. At the very least, he’s an active and known prankster: When a young Taylor Swift, who had then just released one album, opened for Paisley on his 2007 tour, Paisley played a VH1 Behind The Music-style parody that chronicled Swift’s career and eventual demise. The video reported that money laundering, gambling debts and underground dog fighting would be her downfall, but that she eventually became a happy stay-at-home mom who sang in her spare time."