Friday April 13, 2018

Happy Friday the 13th.

The season finale of The Walking Dead airs on Sunday night.

HBO has renewed Barry and Silicon Valley. Bravo!

Netflix has renewed Jessica Jones for a 3rd season.

Audience network has picked up a 2nd season of Loudermilk, a show I watch and really enjoy.

Lost In Space is now available to stream on Netflix.

As is season 4 of Bosch on Amazon Prime.

HBO debuts Wyatt Cenac's Problem Areas tonight at 11:30pm ET.

Here's an interview Cenac just did with The Ringer if your curiosity is piqued.

This could be the most pathetic casting I've ever seen in my life.  DWTS decided to do an all athlete season.  I received a few calls about this and was steadfast that I wasn't going to lift a finger to pitch anyone for this janky ass embarrassment of a show.  Here's the cast and now you'll understand why:

Tonya Harding (Olympic figure skater with Sasha Farber)
Adam Rippon (Olympic figure skater) with Jenna Johnson
Mirai Nagasu (Olympic figure skater) with Alan Bersten
Jamie Anderson (Olympic snowboarder) with Artem Chigvintsev
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (basketball legend) with Lindsay Arnold
Arike Ogunbowale (ND women’s basketball star — and national champion) with Gleb Savchenko
Chris Mazdzer (Olympic luger) with Witney Carson
Jennie Finch Daigle (former Team USA softball pitcher) with Keo Motsepe
Johnny Damon (former major-leaguer) with Emma Slater
Josh Norman (current NFL cornerback) with Sharna Burgess

Shame on all of the above for accepting the invitation.

"After a ten-year hiatus, the popular home design show Trading Spaces is back, along with a ratings boost for TLC. The Saturday season premiere averaged 2.8 million P2+ viewers in Live+3 to nab the No. 1 spot in television that night, according to Nielsen and the network. Its lead-in Trading Spaces Reunion Special also premiered strong, drawing 2.5 million P2+ viewers to top its time slot for the night. The combined airings led to TLC’s highest Saturday night in eight years. Trading Spacesalso was the No. 1 most social primetime TV program on Facebook, and the hashtag #TradingSpaces trended on Twitter in the U.S. during the 8, 9 and 10 PM ET hours."

Obsessing over Meghan Markle.

Speaking of which, I'm REALLY going to miss Mike and Harvey's banter.

Here's a first look at E!'s Very Cavallari.

Susan Sarandon will return to Ray Donovan as a series regular. Sarandon will reprise her role as Sam Winslow.

A few thoughts on the The Jersey Shore:

-That house is a dump.  They couldn't find any nicer digs?
-Nothing more exciting goes on than this crew of dolts looking at a spider and trying to plunge a toilet?
-I still say Pauly D is a good hang.

A look at Julia Louis-Dreyfus as she recovers from breast cancer.

"Netflix has ordered an untitled SCTV reunion special, with Martin Scorsese to direct. Scorsese will reunite former SCTV co-stars Joe Flaherty, Eugene Levy, Andrea Martin, Catherine O’Hara, Martin Short and Dave Thomas in front of a live audience for An Afternoon With SCTV on May 13 in Toronto, to be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel. The reunion will anchor the documentary about the cult TV series featuring members of Canada’s Second City comedy troupe, to be shot over three days next month in Toronto, with Andrew Alexander, John Brunton and Lindsay Cox producing."

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Per Deadline, "[o]ne of Comedy Central’s signature comedy series, Broad City, will be coming to an end after its upcoming fifth season, set to air in early 2019.

"Comedy Central is staying in business with Broad City creators, showrunners, directors and stars Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson, who have signed a development deal with the network. Under the pact, Comedy Central will have a first look at all content created and/or developed for television by Glazer and Jacobson, both together and independently. The deal also extends across all of parent company Viacom’s television networks.

"Glazer and Jacobson have three projects already in development at Comedy Central under the new pact: Mall Town USA, Platinum Status and Young Professionals. (The pact excludes existing projects, including Jacobson’s A League of the Their Own reboot series, in works at Amazon.)

"Broad City is in the middle of a two-season renewal for Seasons 4 and 5 it received in early 2016 ahead of its Season 3 premiere.

“'Broad City’s Abbi and Ilana may appear to be aimless and full of hair-brained schemes, but Abbi and Ilana IRL have proven to be stellar creator/writer/performer/director/producers,' said Kent Alterman, President of Comedy Central. 'Their supreme focus on telling new stories, in new worlds, with new talent is nearly scary.'

"He told Deadline that it was Glazer and Jacobson’s decision to end the show. 'It’s purely driven by creative storytelling. They came to us and said, "We think that we need to figure out how to resolve a final season." They have great ideas about how they want to end it, and the last thing we want to do is to have someone not end something on their terms.'

"Alterman would not reveal details about Season 5 as they are still being formulated but said that the duo’s 'plans for winding the series up are really exciting. I think it’s going to be a great celebration of this show.'

"Said Glazer and Jacobson, 'Broad City has been our baby and first love for almost 10 years, since we started as a web series. It’s been a phenomenal experience, and we’ve put ourselves into it completely. Broad City’s always had a spontaneous pace and feeling, and ending after season five honors that spirit. We are very excited to bring new voices and points of view to Comedy Central and continue our collaboration together in new ways.'

"The deal with Glazer and Jacobson is a coup for Comedy Central which has seen a number of creators and stars who established themselves on the Viacom network leave for new shows elsewhere, most recently The Daily Show‘s Hasan Minhaj and Michelle Wolf, who will headline their own talkers for Netflix, and previously Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, John Oliver and Samantha Bee. 'We are working in a very supportive environment; it’s a very different environment now at Viacom, being less siloed, and that helps,' Alterman said before adding in his signature deadpan style, 'We are still trying to overcome the bad feelings that we only got 16+ years with Jon Stewart and 20 with Stephen Colbert because runs are usually longer than that but we are doing the best we can.'

"Broad City has been one of two hit Comedy Central primetime series created by and starring women, along with sketch comedy Inside Amy Schumer, which is on indefinite hiatus as Schumer focuses on features. There has been no change in the show’s status but Schumer’s open invitation to return stands. 'If she decides she wants to refocus her energy in the sketch arena, we’re ready to go,' Alterman said.

"Created by Broad City producer Gabe Liedman, Mall Town USA is an animated comedy that follows the afterschool misadventures of a 13-year-old girl navigating the complexities of puberty and society in the classic microcosm of American culture that is The Mall. Jacobson and Glazer executive produce.

"Written by and starring Eliot Glazer (Ilana Glazer’s brother), Platinum Status is set in the hipster-heavy east side of Los Angeles and tells the story of professional back-up singer Noah (Glazer), a gay guy who’s always felt left out of the 'community.' And after he’s dumped by his boyfriend of ten years, Noah rebounds in the least likely way: by hooking up with a girl. With help from his friends Kevin and Mimi and guidance from his kinda-sorta-girlfriend Alexa, Noah tries to evolve both in the bedroom and the recording studio. Eliot Glazer will write and executive produce and Ilana Glazer will also executive produce along with Principato Young’s Peter Principato and Brian Steinberg and Electric Avenue’s Will Arnett and Marc Forman.

"The third project, Young Professionals centers on David Litt, who at age 24 became one of the youngest White House speechwriters in history. Written and executive produced by Litt and inspired by his own experiences, Young Professionals follows five friends who struggle to make a difference in the broken, bizarre, hopelessly absurd world of Washington, D.C. Jacobson and Glazer also serve as executive producers."

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Per TheWrap, "CBS has tapped Kevin Hart to host its summer game show TKO: Total Knock Out, the network announced on Thursday.

"Set to premiere this summer, the show will feature players racing through an obstacle course while their competitors man 'battle stations' along the way, firing over-the-top projectiles in an attempt to knock them off and slow them down.

“'This show is perfectly aligned with my global brand,' Hart said in a statement. 'The minute Mark Burnett pitched me, I got it and we decided to work together. This show has the potential to make me look tall.'

"In addition to hosting, Hart will also serve as executive producer, alongside Burnett and MGM Television’s Barry Poznick.

“'Kevin is a shining global beacon of comedy, of fitness and of fun. He is the perfect star for TKO: Total Knockout, and I’m so grateful we get to work together on CBS primetime,' said Burnett.

“'TKO: Total Knock Out is a larger-than-life competition series that’s all about having fun,' added Sharon Vuong, senior vice president, alternative programming for CBS. 'With Kevin’s gift for comedy and passion for fitness, he brings a distinct voice to the show that no one else can.'”

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Per EW, "Mad About You just took a major step toward being revived with its original series stars.

"Paul Reiser and Helen Hunt have just closed deals with Sony Pictures Television to reprise their Mad About You roles, EW has learned exclusively. Co-creator Danny Jacobson is also on board to return. The deals follow months of negotiations to try to bring back the 1990s series, which aired on NBC from 1992 to 1999.

"The next step is shopping Mad About You to a network. Given the rather spectacular ratings success of ABC’s reboot of Roseanne, as well as the solid performance of NBC’s revived Will & Grace, there are likely to be multiple potential suitors. NBC would be an obvious landing place for the series given its history on the network. But since the comedy wasn’t owned or produced by NBC, it’s not yet clear if it will end up there.

"Mad About You told the story of a documentary filmmaker (Reiser) and a PR specialist (Hunt) as they navigated life’s daily struggles. The show received five Emmy nominations for outstanding comedy, and Hunt won the Emmy for outstanding comedy lead actress for four years in a row.

"Last year, when asked about a reboot, Reiser worried the comedy two-part finale’s time jump already answered the question of what the couple would be doing today. 'One of the things we did deliberately in the finale was that we jumped ahead in the future. We saw where they went,' Reiser told Variety. 'Part of why we did that was to avoid the temptation of going back…When you watch a reunion (show), all you do is say "Wow do they look older.”'

"But Will & Grace and Roseanne opted to ignore their respective original series finales, and their fans didn’t seem to mind (in the case of Roseanne, the series even pretended the death of John Goodman’s character never happened).

"Ever since rumors broke that Mad About You might be in the works for returning, the stars have been regularly asked about their participation and have merely said they’re hopeful it might work out.

“'The dream is to get to do it,' Hunt told People in last week’s issue. 'I’ve been watching Will & Grace and laughing so hard out loud. They’re just crushing it. I have remained very, very close friends with Paul. Reboot or no reboot, we have lunch once a month. We really enjoy and care for each other. It was a very loving piece of work. We loved it. It would be fun to work on something that’s really about love.' Hunt also noted the show will look rather different given the passage of time — she’s now 54, and Reiser is 62. 'We’ll be older though,' she added. 'I hope people are prepared for that. I’m not prepared for it!'

"Sony Pictures Television had no comment."

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From The Hollywood Reporter: "Rain Pryor's one-woman show is headed for the small screen.

"TV legend Norman Lear, Will Gluck and his Olive Bridge Entertainment banner and Global Road Entertainment are teaming up with Pryor — the daughter of late comedian Richard Pryor — to develop Fried Chicken and Latkes as a single-camera comedy. A network is not yet attached.

"The semi-autobiographical Fried Chicken and Latkes starts with Pryor as a preteen trying to find her place in the world while growing up in 1970s Beverly Hills. Being biracial, half-Jewish and the daughter of the famous and troubled comedian, Pryor's identity is as big of a challenge as her outspoken, eccentric family life.

"Directed by Eve Brandstein, the show played to sold out crowds every night at the 375-seat theater in Beverly Hills and repeated that success at the Culture Project in New York, Chicago, Ohio, Virginia, Texas, Scotland, Atlanta, Harlem, North Carolina and Santa Monica.

"Pryor has since become a frequent panelist, discussing race, religion and spirituality, diversity in education and in the entertainment industry at Princeton University, The Jewish Federation of Los Angeles, Chicago and Baltimore.

"Lear and his Act III Productions producing partner Brent Miller, Olive Bridge's Gluck and Richard Schwartz, Brandstein and Pryor will exec produce, with the latter set to pen the script.

"'I am excited and honored to work with these powerful entertainment creators and Global Road to develop a show that will be a part of our culture's transformative lexico,' Pryor said. 'We are in a wonderful time where the multicultural voice and stories have a platform to teach and discover our commonalities. Fried Chicken and Latkes has been a 20-year journey, and Eve Brandstein was an intricate part in introducing me to my TV icon Norman Lear. Dreams do come true.'

"Fried Chicken and Latkes becomes Lear's latest TV foray. The four-time Emmy winner behind All in the Family and The Jeffersons recently earned a third-season renewal for Netflix's reboot of his One Day at a Time. He also has a pilot — Guess Who Died, starring Holland Taylor, Hector Elizondo and Christopher Lloyd — in contention at NBC this season and Epix docuseries America Divided. 'Rain has one of the most unique and compelling coming-of-age stories I can recall,' Lear said.

"Olive Bridge's credits include features Easy A, Friends With Benefits and Annie. The TV unit's credits include CBS' The McCarthys. 'Richard Pryor is one of my all-time comedy heroes, so I was instantly intrigued when I heard about Rain's play,' said Gluck. 'Upon seeing her hilarious and moving show, I realized it was about so much more than a show business family. The story of a biracial child growing up against the backdrop of a tumultuous cultural and political time is still incredibly relevant today. I'm so excited to work with another one of my comedy icons in Norman Lear to bring Rain's singular voice to television.'

"Global Road is a worldwide studio that develops, finances and distributes entertainment across film, TV and digital platforms. It is owned by Tang Media Partners. 'Rain's experiences as Richard Pryor's daughter and a mixed-race child in the '70s are extremely compelling. Stacey Levin on our team saw her one-woman show and immediately recognized the potential for television in Rain's poignantly funny story. We're honored to be working with her along with Norman, Brent, and Will on this unique project,' said Mark Stern, Global Road president of scripted television."