Two Tivos To Paradise 09.13.13: Breaking Bad, Sons of Anarchy, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, More
Posted by Al Norton on 09.13.2013
News and thoughts on the first full week of the fall season including the premiere of Brooklyn Nine-Nine, the Breaking Bad spinoff, the record breaking Sons of Anarchy season premiere, and more!
Hello friends. This was a big week for me and Mrs. Tivo as the twins started school; their first day of K2 was Monday and they seem to be making the adjustment famously. I actually think it's been a bigger adjustment for the grown up's in the house as the routine of the last 4+ years has changed and it takes some getting used to. Making lunches!!!!!
By the time you are reading this I will have returned home after attending the Patriots home opener, my first time ever sitting in a luxury box for a professional sporting event.
It's been a LONG time since we did a giveaway so let's do a big one – seasons 7 (Blu-ray) AND 8 (DVD) of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia! Go to the Al Norton's Two Tivos To Paradise page on Facebook, click "Like" if you have not already, and then post "It's Always Sunny in TTTP" on our wall. One entry per person, and you must have a US or Canadian mailing address. We'll choose a winner at random on Monday afternoon so good luck!
A trailer for HBO's fantastic looking new drama True Detective…
Speaking of HBO, here's a VERY funny take on some of the more graphic moments the channel gives us…
I got my ticket for the long way round, the one with the prettiest of news.
There's A Feeling In The Air, Just Like A Friday Afternoon, Yeah You Can Go There If You Want, Though It Fades Too Soon
The 2013-2014 Fall TV season has begun! Over the next few weeks we'll use this space to tell you about new shows and returning favorites…
MONDAY Bones, 8pm (Fox)
I checked out as a full time Bones watcher several seasons ago – Dude, it's been on a LONG time – but I don't think it's a bad show, and when I factor in that this could be the last year and they have some BIG events planned, I'm likely to watch more than usual this fall.
Dancing with the Stars, 8pm (ABC)
Snooki, Leah Remini, Valerie Harper, Elizabeth Berkley, Corbin Bleu, Keyshawn Johnson, Brant Daugherty, Bill Nye, Christina Milian, Amber Riley, Jack Osborne, and Bill Engvall make up the cast this time around. With someone from Glee AND High School Musical, this will easily be the twins favorite show of the fall.
Sleepy Hollow*, 9pm (Fox)
There was a LOT of plot in Sleepy Hollow's first hour, with some obvious twists and frankly WAY too much backstory, all of which got in the way of the pure and undeniable charm and repartee of the two leads. It's not terrible but guilty pleasure is the ceiling for this show and I am not confident it will even get to that level.
TUESDAY Dads*, 8pm (Fox)
Forget what you've read; the most offensive thing about Dads is how this incredibly talented cast is wasted on writers who give sophomoric humor a bad name. It's simply not funny.
Brookline Nine-Nine*, 8:30pm (Fox) – TTTP PICK
I was very excited for Brooklyn Nine-Nine when I heard about it, very discouraged when I saw the trailer, and then by the time I was done watching the pilot I was FULLY on board. The producers made a very smart decision by surrounding Andy Samberg with some serious talent and it shows in the finished product. It's warm, funny, and makes you want to watch another episode right away.
New Girl, 9pm (Fox)
My expectations are obviously high since New Girl won the 2013 Norty Award for Best Comedy but I have no doubts that they will find a way to live up to it and then some. I can't wait to see how they bring Coach back into the mix.
The Mindy Project, 9:30pm (Fox)
I wrote multiple times during The Mindy Project's first season that it reminded me a lot of Parks and Recreation's first season in that it was funny and had a LOT going for it but didn't quite know what it wanted to do yet, so now we get to see if it can make the same season two jump that Parks did. Increasing its odds of success is the incredible list of guest starts they've added for this second go round, with James Franco, Adam Pally (Happy Endings), Ben Feldman (Mad Men) and Glen Howerton (It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia) for multiple episodes as well as Timothy Olyphant for a guest spot as well.
WEDNESDAY Survivor: Blood vs. Water, 8pm (CBS)
I know the show was a pop culture phenomenon when it premiered but I am still blown away that it's 13 years and TWENTY SIX cycle later and here we are, talking about cycle TWENTY SEVEN.
Where Troubles Melt Like Lemon Drops, High Above The Chimney Tops, That's Where You'll Find Me
The CW is in talks for Dorothy Must Die, a retelling of The Wizard of Oz that is an adaptation of a soon-to-be published young adult novel of the same name (as the series) by Danielle Paige. Tim Kring, Adam Armus, and Nora Kay Foster, who all worked together on Heroes (which Kring created), are the creative team behind the show.
This is the FOURTH Wizard of Oz related project to be in development in the last few months; Syfy is doing Warriors of Oz as a mini-series, CBS has the medical drama Dorothy (characters and overall tone/story inspired by the The Wizard of Oz) in development, and NBC is working on Emerald City (dark re-imagining of the story)....Oh, and Supernatural is doing a Wizard of Oz themed episode this fall...
The timing is not coincidental; the classic 1939 movie is getting re-released in theaters - in 3-D! - to celebrate its upcoming 75th anniversary.
Look, I get that the odds of a show being made, let along being a hit, are long, and that it costs a LOT of money to make a TV show and/or mini-series, so if you can use an existing hook to get people to check you out that might otherwise pass you by, in some ways you'd be foolish not to, but at some point it just becomes ridiculous.
Hello, I Don't Even Know Your Name But I'm Hopin' All The Same, This Is More Than Just A Simple Hello
Even though the 2013-2014 is just beginning, the networks are already busy working on shows you may be seeing this time next year. Here's a rundown of some of the higher profile/interesting projects we've heard about recently…
*Jason Katims (Parenthood, Friday Night Lights) and J.J. Philbin (New Girl) are teaming up for Former Fat Girl, a comedy in development at NBC that's an adaption of 10 Lessons from a Former Fat Girl, a book written by Biggest Loser alum Amy Parham. The story follows a woman in her 30 adjusting to the world of dating after losing a large amount of weight. Katims' About a Boy premieres mid-season on NBC. Philbin (Saturday Night Live, Heroes, The OC, Dead Like Me), who is writing the pilot, is the daughter of legendary TV host Regis Philbin.
*Josh Safran, who has showrunning stints at Smash and Gossip Girl on his resume, has teamed up with Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage on Social Circle, a thriller for ABC about a group of late 20's friends from college who have stayed in touch via social media since graduating and reunite to discover everyone is not really who they seem. Schwartz had a hand in creating Chuck, The OC, Hart of Dixie, The Carrie Diaries, and Gossip Girl, working with Savage on the latter four.
Safran has been busy, also selling the drama Royal to Fox, about a young woman married to a member of the royal family who, after caught having an affair and thrown out (and publicly embarrassed), takes a job as executive assistant to an up and coming designer with a host of addiction issues.
*One Tree Hill creator - and one of the original Friends of TTTP - Mark Schwahn is writing and executive producing a scripted drama in development at E!; The Royals is a modern look at a (fictional) royal family that takes some influence from England and some from Hamlet, and Deadline.com tells us that Elizabeth Hurley has been cast in one of the leads, Queen Helena, who deals with the death of her oldest son as well as her middle son's (the new heir to the throne) fledgling relationship with an American woman.
* Fox is developing a series around Jonathan Kellerman's Alex Davenport character, a crime solving psychologist who has been in 27 of the writer's novels. Former CSI: NY showrunner Pam Veasey will write the pilot, with the project produced by Jerry Bruckheimer.
*Oscar nominee Ron Shelton (Bull Durham, White Men Can't Jump, Tin Cup, The Best of Times) is writing, directing, and executive producing a new drama project with Showtime about a professional basketball team that has Phil Jackson, Kurt Rambis, and Jeanie Buss on board as executive producers. The show would focus on the family that owns the team and their running of the front office.
*NBC is developing The Black Widow, a 13 episode adaptation of the popular Venezuelan telenovela LA Viuda Joven that the network would run on multiple nights in the same week, a structure that is quite popular throughout the world but has not had success in the US. NBC is pairing with production company Electus to develop three different series in this style with the goal of one of them making it to air. The Black Widow follows a beautiful woman who is investigating the deaths of her four husbands, all of whom passed away under mysterious circumstances.
*FX is developing a series adaptation of American Psycho that would find serial killer Patrick Bateman in modern day, now in his 50's and taking on a protégé.
*Survivor's Remorse is a new comedy in development at Starz with the odd/all-star executive producing team of LeBron James, Tom Werner, and Mike O'Malley. The story focuses on two long time best friends who make it big, getting out of the tough Philadelphia neighborhood they grew up in, based on James friendship with Maverick Carter, who's also producing. O'Malley, who stars in NBC's new Welcome to the Family as well as recurring on Glee and writing/producing on Shameless, will write the pilot. Werner's resume as a producer includes The Cosby Show, Rosanne, That 70's Show, 3rd Rock from the Sun, Cybill, and Grounded for Life.
*HBO has ordered a pilot for Westworld, a series adaptation of Michael Crichton's 1973 movie of the same name, with the high profile team of J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot, big time producer Jerry Weintraub, and Person of Interest creator Jonathan Nolan behind the project. Nolan, whose writing credits include The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, and Momento, will co-write the pilot with Lisa Joy (Burn Notice, Pushing Daisies). Crichton wrote and directed the original, about robots with artificial intelligence run amok at an amusement park.
It's Time To Play The Music, It's Time To Light The Lights The Muppet Show video of the week…
But You Were Up To Your Old Tricks In Chapters Four Five And Six
Ratings Notes From The Last Seven Days…
The Ravens - Broncos game on NBC was the third most watched in the 12 year history of the NFL Kickoff (a pre-Sunday season opener). The average audience was 25.1 million viewers, up 5% from last year's Cowboys - Giants match up. The total viewer and demos numbers were more than double what ABC, CBS, and Fox put up in each hour COMBINED…Big Brother was up 33% from last week to its best demos in a month...A two hour Wipeout was up 38% from the demos that the two hour Motive season finale put up in the same spot last week...Rookie Blue was up in the demos...The most watched non-sports show of the night was a rerun of The Big Bang Theory with 7.3 million viewers...
The season four premiere of Boardwalk Empire was down 20% from season three's debut...As expected, Sunday Night Football won the night in total viewers and demos by HUGE margins, although the 23.2 million viewers was a drop of 7% from last year (to be fair, last year's premiere was the third most SNF game ever on NBC)...CBS' primetime lineup aired an hour later than usual because of a US Open overrun, with i>Big Brother up 9% and the season finale of Unforgettable down 10%...The season finale of Secret Millionaire was up 38% in the demos from last week...
The Eagles - Redskins match game was the highest rated Monday Night Football game since the franchised moved to ESPN in 2006...Mistresses hit a season/series high in total viewers and demos in its season finale (why hasn't ABC ordered a second season yet?!?!?)...Under the Dome aired 30 minutes late because of tennis and dropped to season/series lows in totals and demos...The premiere of Million Second Quiz did barely ok for NBC, winning the hour in totals and demos but only tying the numbers the premiere of Stars Earn Stripes put up at the end of last summer...Siberia was up 17%...
The season premiere of Sons of Anarchy hit a series high with total viewers (5.87 million) as well as with the 18-49 demos; in fact, the 90 minute episode was number one on the night for all of TV in the demos…The Million Second Quiz was down double digits in total and demos in night two...AGT handily won the night in totals and demos (the latter for the broadcast networks, not all of TV)...So You Think You Can Dance matched last week but set a new low for a season finale, down 11% from last year, which was itself a new low...
WEDNESDAY The X Factor did not get off to a good start, down 35% in total viewers and 38% in the demos from last year (and down 50+% in both measures from the series premiere two years ago)...Big Brother won the night in demos while AGT was the most watched show of the evening...The Million Second Quiz was down 10% in total viewers and 20% in the demos and was tied in the latter with a Shark Tank rerun it went up against at 8pm...
All The Young Dudes, Carry The News
Industry News, Notes, and Hot Rumors…Now that a licensing deal between Sony Pictures TV and AMC has been worked out, the network is about to give a first season order to Better Call Saul, a Breaking Bad prequel that will focus on Saul Goodman before he became Walter White's attorney. Peter Goodman, who created the character while writing for Breaking Bad, will be the showrunner, with Bad's creator Vince Gilligan on board as an executive producer. The first season order will be made official/public once AMC finalizes deals with Goodman, Gilligan, and actor Bob Odenkirk, who plays Saul, all of which are formalities (no issues are expected in those contracts)…The hosts & musical guests for the first three Saturday Night Lives of the season have been announced; Tina Fey & Arcade Fire will handle the season premiere on 9/28, Miley Cyrus tackles both jobs herself on 10/5, and Bruce Willis & Katy Perry team up for the 10/12 show…Bruno Mars will be the halftime show entertainment at this February's SuperBowl on Fox…The phrase "perfect casting" gets thrown around a lot but in the case of Charles Grodin and Candice Bergen signing on to play Michael J Fox's parents in what will likely become recurring roles on NBC's The Michael J Fox Show, it's 100% accurate…Two-time Emmy winner Cynthia Nixon (Sex and the City) has signed for a recurring role on season two of NBC's Hannibal… Christopher Egan (Kings) will play the lead in Syfy's Dominion, their pilot based on the 2010 movie Legion. Also in the cast is Alan Dale (Once Upon a Time, Lost, Ugly Betty), and something tells me he'll be playing the heavy…Once Upon a Time in Wonderland continues to line up great talent to provide voices for the non-human characters; we've known for a while that John Lithgow would be the White Rabbit while rock legend Roger Daltry gives life to the Caterpillar and now comes word that the great Keith David will be the voice of the Cheshire Cat…MSNBC has confirmed what has been reported for weeks, that Alec Baldwin will host Up Late with Alec Baldwin, a new current events/ week-in-review show on the channel that will air Fridays at 10pm starting in October…In Tivo-gasm inducing news, Justified star and two time Norty Award winner Walton Goggins will guest star on an episode of the upcoming season of Community. In other Community news, John Oliver will reprise his role as a Professor at Greendale for multiple episodes in the upcoming season…The Good Wife continues on its mission to create guest roles for every talented actor in the industry, with TTTP fave Jason O'Mara (Life on Mars, The Closer, Vegas, Terra Nova) has signed on for multiple episodes as a new lawyer at Lockhart Gardner… Cynthia Addai-Robinson, best known for her work on Spartacus, has been cast on Arrow as Amanda Waller, a well-known villain in the world of DC Comics. The Suicide Squad member will make her first appearance on episode 6 of the upcoming season… TTTP fave Elias Koteas has signed on to Chicago PD, the Chicago Fire spinoff NBC is launching at mid-season. Koteas was most recently seen on The Killing... Here's a full rundown on the mentors who will be on The Voice during the "battle rounds this fall"; Cher with Blake Shelton's team, Ed Sheeran with Christina Aguilera's team, OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder with Adam Levine's team, and Miguel with CeeLo Green's team…Matt Davis (Vampire Diaries, Cult) has signed on for a recurring role on CSI. It's no coincidence that this casting comes a couple of weeks after the news that George Eads had been sent home and would be absent for multiple episodes following a confrontation with a member of the writing staff…TLC has picked up a ten episode 5th season of Who Do You Think You Are? The first three seasons of the celebrity genealogy series ran on NBC before it was cancelled and then revived by TLC…AMC cancelled The Killing for a second – and final – time…Fox has picked up an 11th season of So You Think You Can Dance…
Turns Out Not Where But Who You're With That Really Matters
AKA The Best Thing I've Watched In The Last Seven Days… Late Night with Jimmy Fallon had an incredible week…
This was pretty great, too…
And then there was this…
People Say I'm Crazy Doing What I'm Doing. Well, They Give Me All Kinds Of Warnings To Save Me From Ruin
What's flashed before my eyes the last seven days…I will try to keep my Sons of Anarchy thoughts as spoiler free as possible but I did think the season premiere was well done, with a couple of characters (Clay and Tara) making decisions that seemed to go against their personalities because they wanted to live, and the much discussed shooting being, to me, a way of showing that growing up in that lifestyle will screw a kid's head up in way the show hadn't really demonstrated before. Also, Jimmy Smits continues to be the man. And Donal Logue joins him with that designation…MasterChef's Luca is one of my all-time favorite reality show contestants; he's a warm and genuine person with no put on aspects of his personality, he clearly can cook, and most importantly, his confidence in his cooking skills (and it's confidence, never crossing over into bravado, false or otherwise) has allowed him to twice lend ingredients to fellow competitors in the final few weeks of the show. Yes, it's a competition and there is strategy involved but in the end it's about whose food tastes better and Luca wanted to win on merit. It goes without saying that I was thrilled with Wednesday's season finale…I wasn't familiar with Nick Kroll before The League so, while I enjoyed him on the show, I thought maybe he was kind of a dick in real life and just playing a version of himself. Now that I've seen his full skill set on Kroll Show plus his very funny recurring roles on Parks and Recreation and New Girl as well as his talk show interviews, I've come to think of him as one of the funniest and most talented comedians on television… I finally fully caught up on Drunk History and after a full season my opinion is what it was after the first episode; I think it's funny, sometimes incredibly so, but a little goes a long way. I'd enjoy it more as a recurring segment in another show as opposed to a full 30 minutes straight…Note to producers of Hollywood Game Night - for season two, you're better off going with lesser celebrities with strong pop culture knowledge than you are more famous faces who don't know The Middle from Malcolm in the Middle. Not saying you can't find both - there were some strong AND famous players this season - but each week it seemed like there was at least one person on the couch who simply couldn't keep up…It only took me about 1800 seconds to come to the conclusion that The Million Second Quiz was both slightly confusing and majorly uninteresting. I mean, it's the first 10 minutes of the show's premiere, we're about to see the game in action for the first time, and Ryan's asking one of the competitors about what he cooks when his wife is mad at him?!!? It's a (very) basic trivia/pop culture knowledge quiz show with an overly complicated set of rules/parameters that are designed to draw the audience in but instead just pushed me away… Arsenio's return to TV this week was anything but a smashing success. There was literally nothing that would make me want to tune in again, and this comes from someone who grew up watching his original late night talk show. It was kinda/sorta bad, but worse than that, it was boring…Rachael vs. Guy: Kids Cook Off was no great shakes but I will say that I found several of those kids significantly more interesting that any adults I've seen on recent reality programming; I'd totally watch a behind-the-scenes show that follows them as they explore their new found celebrity…Tuesday's Suits was easily the strongest of the season, with a fantastic performance by Rick Hoffman; he may have no shot at repeating as a Norty Winner as he will be going up against Jon Voight, Aaron Paul, and Dean Norris, but that hour was certainly his submission episode. I sooooo want an "You Just Got Litt Up" mug!!! All this praise for Suits and I didn't even mention the opening scene with Rachel…Ray Donovan continues to blow me away the way a first season of a show rarely has. It's also a great mix of a show I love AND that's extremely high quality, and I am ok admitting those two things are not always a match (cough, Baby Daddy, cough)…
TV Pick Of The Week
The Peabody Award winning series Brick City is one of the best pieces of documentary television of the last 10 years and it's criminally under-watched, which is why a new series from that show's creators is cause for celebration and note…
Jersey Strong premieres Saturday at 10:30pm and looks to be that rarest of rarities, real life in reality television.
Don't miss the series premiere of Jersey Strong, this Saturday at 10:30pm on Pivot.
Hope You Need My Love, Babe, Just Like I Need You
Here as some other noteworthy viewing options from the next seven days…
*Haven is back for a new season tonight at 10pm, now with Eureka's Colin Ferguson in the cast…
*The Sunday Night Football (8pm, NBC) matchup of San Francisco vs. Seattle has the potential to be an NFC Championship preview.
*A new Miss America is crowned live this Sunday at 9pm on ABC.
*Siberia brings its one season run to a close this Sunday at 10pm, although most people will be watching the Under the Dome season finale over on CBS.
*Bravo's got two new series premiere on Tuesday night; I Dream of Nene: The Wedding at 9pm followed by The New Atlanta at 10pm…
Two Tivos To Paradise
3 Days to Open with Bobby Flay, 24 Hour Restaurant Battle, After the Catch, American Idol, Antiques Roadshow, Archer, Arrow, Around the World in 80 Plates, Auction Hunters, Baby Daddy, Boardwalk Empire, Being Human, Betty White's Off Their Rockers, Bones, Breaking Bad, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Burn Notice, Burger Land, Cake Boss, Cake Boss: Next Great Baker, Chicago Fire, Chopped, Comic Book Men, Community, Cougar Town, Counting Cars, Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Dancing with the Stars, The Deadliest Catch, Destination Truth, Fact or Faked, Falling Skies, Family Guy, Feed the Beast, Flipping Out, Food Network Challenge, Food Network Star, The Fosters, Ghost Hunters, Ghost Hunters International, Ghost Lab, Glee, Graceland, Great Food Truck Race, Grey's Anatomy, Haunted Collector. Haunted Highways, Haunted Treasure, Hawaii 5-0, Hollywood Treasure, House of Lies, How I Met Your Mother, Inside Comedy with David Steinberg, Inside Amy Schumer, Iron Chef America, The Jeselnik Offensive, Justified, Key & Peele, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Law And Order: Special Victims Unit, The League, Longmire, Lost Girl, Louie, Mad Men, Major Crimes, Men at Work, The Middle, Mike and Molly, The Mindy Project, Modern Family, Monster Man, Nashville, Necessary Roughness, New Girl, The New Normal, Next Iron Chef, The Office, Outside the Lines, Parks & Recreation, Project Runway, Psych, Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook Off, Rachael vs. Guy: Kids Cook Off, Raising Hope, Ray Donovan, Real Time With Bill Maher, Rectify, Restaurant Impossible, Revenge, Revolution, Royal Pains, Rules Of Engagement, Saturday Night Live, Shark Wranglers, So You Think You Can Dance?, Sons of Anarchy, The Soup, Suits, Suburgatory, Supernatural, Top Chef, Top Chef Just Desserts, Top Chef: Masters, Tosh.0, The Vampire Diaries, The Voice, The Walking Dead, Warehouse 13, Worst Cooks In America,
People Love You When They Know You're Leaving Soon
Here ends another Two Tivos To Paradise.
We'll be back next week with a look at all the latest TV headlines
Sources for this week's column include Daily Variety, Entertainment Weekly, TV Guide, and Hollywood Reporter (plus the web sites for those publications) as well as Aintit.cool.com, TVline.com & Deadline.com.