Two Tivos To Paradise 6.06.14: Orange is the New Black, Louie, Suits, More
Posted by Al Norton on 06.06.2014
News and thoughts on the new seasons of Orange is the New Black & Suits, NBC's SuperBowl ad price tag, and the premiere of Halt and Catch Fire.
Hello friends; what's good? The biggest news of the week? TTTP has finally entered the world of Twitter. My handle is 2tivos2paradise - please take a minute to follow us and, if you are so inclined, to tweet out news of our arrival so others can follow, too. I decided that if I am really all in to make this work by the end of the year, I have to take advantage of any/all means of spreading the word as are available to me. Thanks in advance for your continued support!
In other column news, the 2014 Norty Award nominations will be announced on Friday, June 27th!
A look at the upcoming new season of Under the Dome…
Here's a full trailer for USA's Satisfaction…
This is gonna be the best news of my life.
Clean Shirt, New Shoes, And I Don't Know Where I Am Goin To
Season four of Suits kicks off this Wednesday at 9pm.
In case you're brand new to this page, I LOVE Suits and consider it one of the best dramas on TV (as you'll see with the Norty Award nominations later this month). I've seen Wednesdays episode and can report it features a fantastic unacknowledged Princess Bride reference as well as an acknowledged nod to Jerry Maguire. Also worth noting was the introduction of multiple new recurring characters and the multiple plot lines of the new season being fully laid out by the end of the hour. Oh, and something I had been asking about for a while, as in saying "when is this going to happen?!?!" a whole bunch of times, finally does.
Part of the challenge of this episode was to establish the new dynamic caused by last season's game changing finale. And yes, people throw that expression – game changing – around all the time but few shows have the guts to essentially change the basic concept of the show three seasons in, especially when the show is a both a ratings hit and popular with critics, but Mike no longer works at the law firm and while I am not saying he won't be back (perhaps as soon as the end of the season? #justaguess), it's clear that they didn't do this as short term stunt.
Suits is smart, funny, full of tension and is oh so easy on the eyes (both stylistically and in terms of the attractiveness level of the cast), all of which is why it's just about my favorite show, and now it's back!!!
Also back this week, is Orange is the New Black, another of the best shows on TV…
I assume more than a few of you have already started watching and a whole lot of will be binging away over the course of the weekend. Orange is one of the few shows in recent memory that can totally live up to the hype; no matter how good and/or outrageous you've heard it is, watching season one is in no way disappointing. It's funny, it's incredibly well cast/acted, and it finds a way to ground all its craziness in genuine human emotion. And I am in no way exaggerating when I tell you that season two is BETTER than season one.
And I'll Be Gone Gone Tonight, The Ground Beneath My Feed Is Open Wide
The stories this week that didn't deserve a full solo item but were too big to get stuck in the notes section...
*Multiple outlets are reporting NBC is asking for $4.5 million for a 30 second commercial, up from the roughly $4 million average for last year's game, which set a record as the most watched telecast in US history with 112.2 million viewers.
*Warner Horizon Television is shopping a new reality show called I Slept With a Celebrity; each episode would feature two people recalling their sexual encounter (or encounters if it was more than a one night stand) with someone famous. Andy Cohen (Watch What Happens Live, The Real Housewives franchise) is executive producing. Cohen has a first look deal with NBCUniversal so they will get first shot at this project.
*Nielsen has announced that over the next two years they will increase the number of Local People Meters (where viewing habits are tracked by electronic "people meters") will increase by 30% and the number of Set Meters (devices attached to TV's the keep track of minute-by-minute viewing habits) by 50%, both of which are huge steps forward in getting the ratings to more accurately reflect the shows that are being watched.
*History has ordered Sons of Liberty, a six hour historical drama mini-series about the events leading up to the American Revolution. The cast includes Ben Barnes (Sam Adams), Ryan Eggold (Joseph Warren), Michael Raymond James (Paul Revere), and Henry Thomas (John Adams), with a score written by Hans Zimmer. In a brilliant bit of casting, Dean Norris will play Ben Franklin.
*Disney-ABC is producing a new daily talk show hosted by Tyra Banks that will launch in the fall of 2015. This new show finds Banks leading a team of lifestyle experts as the cover topics from fashion to health to home life to going into business for yourself.
It's Time To Play The Music, It's Time To Light The Lights The Muppets 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…
A strong start for Undateable, the best summer debut for a comedy on the big 4 (ABC, NBC, CBS, & Fox) in five years, with the second episode matching the first. It also out performed its Hollywood Game Night lead-in...A rerun of The Big Bang Theory won the night in totals and demos...Last Comic Standing matched last week and tied Kitchen Nightmares for the demo win among new programming...Gang Related matched last week's low premiere numbers, but showing no drop off in week two is still an achievement...Black Box dropped to a new series low...
Not a good night for CNN; less than 48 hours after the opening hour of their documentary series The 60's won its time slot among the news networks, the 10pm hour on Friday was the worst demo performance for weeknight primetime programming the network has had since 1990, with just over 35,000 viewers in the target news 25-54 demo... NBC's Crossbones opened ok, matching Hannibal's February season premiere numbers. On the plus side, it had better numbers than Fox's Gang Related (another new drama) opening and was up 38% from Hannibal's season finale last week. On the down side, it was down more than 30% from Dracula's premiere in that spot in the fall...20/20 won the night in total viewers and demos...Dateline was up a smidge from last week...
Saturday's Game 7 Blackhawks - Kings game was the highest rated NHL game in NBCSN history, and that includes the actual Stanley Cup Finals...
SUNDAY Game of Thrones was watched by 7.2 million viewers (8.2 million with the additional showings added in)...The series premiere of Halt and Catch Fire drew in 1.2 million live, matching its Turn lead-in audience in viewers and increasing on its demo numbers (HaCF will likely see a very large Live+3 Day boost)...The season finale of Silicon Valley was up slightly to 1.7 million (2 million with the replay)... Enlisted matched the demos from its last Friday demos despite airing at 7 on a Sunday (meaning the show's audience is small but loyal)...With almost everything in reruns, Believe was up 43% in total viewers, with Crisis spiking 32%. Both were up slightly in the demos as well...The Bachelorette was down almost 20% in totals and demos from its previous Monday episode...The penultimate Cosmos was up in totals and demos...
Strong night for Fox, with MasterChef (+19% in viewers, +13% in demos) & 24: Live Another Day (+9% in viewers, +20% in demos) both up...Beauty and the Beast returned in a big way, up 38% in viewers for its most watched episode since the season one finale and just about DOUBLING the demos of its last new episode...American Ninja Warrior was up in week two in both viewers (+13%) and demos (+19%), winning the night in the latter...The Bachelorette was the most watched show of the night!
TUESDAY America's Got Talent dominated all competition in totals and demos...The Night Shift was down only 6% in week two (which is impressive) and finished second on the night in totals and demos...Extreme Weight Loss was down slightly...Celebrity Wife Swap's season finale hit a season high...Riot was down 33% from last week's already awful demos...I Wanna Marry Harry matched last week...
Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final was down 30% from last year (which was the most watched Game 1 in 16 years) but up almost 70% from the 2012 opener, and it won the night in the demos...SYTYCD was down just a smidge in week two...Motive hit season highs in total viewers (+24%) and demos (+10%)...<>The 100 matched last week...
All The Young Dudes, Carry The News
Industry News, Notes, and Hot Rumors… Showtime is developing a drama series set at a Venice Beach drug & alcohol rehab center in 1983. Gary Lennon (Orange is the New Black, Justified) is writing the pilot, with Robert Downey Jr on board as an executive producer…Not exactly TV but pretty cool nonetheless; Kristen Bell, Amber Riley, and Hunter Parrish (Weeds, The Good Wife) will star in a three night revival of the classic musical Hair, to be performed at the Hollywood Bowl at the beginning of August, with Adam Shenkman (Hairspray, Rock of Ages) directing…Cartoon Network has picked up two more seasons of The Amazing World of Gumball…TBS has ordered an 8 episode third season of King of the Nerds…Syfy has picked up a second season of Bitten…Adam Berry and Amy Bruni are leaving the long running Syfy hit Ghost Hunters, likely to develop their own series in the same genre. Berry had been with the show since 2008, with Bruni coming on board in 2010. The show - and The Atlantic Paranormal Society it documents - are already recruiting new members…The guest list for season two of Drunk History is AWESOME, including David Cross, Charlie Day, Laura Dern, Patton Oswalt, Tony Hale, Jesse Plemons, Zach Gilford, Adrianne Palicki, Terry Crews, Johnny Knoxville, Courteney Cox, Paul Scheer, Nick Krool, John Lithgow, Jack Black, Casey Wilson, "Weird Al" Yankovic, Busy Philipps, Jason Ritter, Matt Walsh, Jerry O'Connell, Bobby Moynihan, Nathan Fielder, Steven Yeun, Retta, Brett Gelman, Ken Marino, Jayma Mays, Martin Starr, Jeffrey Ross, Michaela Watkins, and Jaleel White…Brian Van Holt (Cougar Town) has landed the male lead opposite Tricia Helfer in the upcoming Syfy mini-series Ascension. The story follows a starship sent from earth in 1963 to find a new world to populate but 50 years later the folks on board are starting to wonder about their true mission... ABC Family is developing Rated P for Parenthood, a half hour musical-comedy that is an adaptation of the 2012 off-Broadway musical of the same name, with Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos executive producing…Golden Globe nominee Corey Stoll (House of Cards, Law & Order: LA) will do multiple episodes of the new season of Homeland. It will be a busy year for him as he's starring in FX's The Strain, set to premiere next month. Also joining the Homeland cast is Laila Robins (Bored to Death, In Treatment)…
Turns Out Not Where But Who You're With That Really Matters
The best of what's around aka The Best Thing I Watched Over The Last Seven Days…
I know we're only an hour in but it seems like AMC has another winner with Halt and Catch Fire, a show that feels like nothing else on TV (and I mean that in a good way) and the latest example of how interesting, complex characters can take a simple story - let's build a computer and make a lot of money/eave our mark on the world - and turn it into something fascinating. The cast is top notch and the show gets the early 80's look down just about perfectly.
The highest praise I can give any show is that when I am done watching an episode I immediately want to see the next one, and that was certainly the case with the opening hour of Halt and Catch Fire.
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…Enlisted returned with an episode that confirmed everything I had previously felt about the show in terms of its current quality and long term potential; the prank war reminded me of Cheers many battles with Gary's Old Towne Tavern, and I mean that as the highest of praise…Two observations after watching a lot of the Food Network the past few weeks; first, they seem to be going out of their way to choose more colorful contestants lately, especially on Chopped. Second, there's a lot more people cutting themselves than I remember in the past…Sing Your Face Off wasn't good but it also wasn't the train wreck I thought it would be, mostly because the contestants really did commit to the concept. Most importantly, the twins loved it. I do like ABC taking a chance with some new Saturday night programming. Why NBC wouldn't follow suit with a rotation of game shows (Deal or No Deal, 1 vs 100, and The Weakest Link could do five week runs, i.e. one day of taping for each, and you'd have an entire summer's worth of Saturday night programming) is beyond me…I am not sure the world needed a sci-fi world version of The Soup but the first two episodes of The Wil Wheaton Project on Syfy were entertaining enough, a fast moving half hour that made me laugh. Wheaton's passion for the subject matter is clear, so when he makes fun of certain shows/movies, it's coming from a, "yes, I watch this crap, too" place, which brings the audience in on the joke more…Ariana Grande is clearly quite talented but her voice and cadence on Sam & Cat is one the single most annoying things I've heard in a LONG time, which of course means the twins LOVE the show. I've taken to letting them watch it in the morning when I'm getting ready for work (i.e. in the other room watching @Midnight), so it's a win-win…Seeing Bailey Buntain dance on last week's Faking It (a REALLY good new comedy, by the way) reminded me just how much I loved her as Ginny and how very much I continue to miss Bunheads... Personally I think J.B. Smoove can be really funny, with a little going a long way, but I have no idea what it is he is doing on Last Comic Standing. It's not his fault as the gig just requires him to stand there, yell people's names, and then yell "give it up for insert name here" after. The main pitch for this job must have been the paycheck - not that there's anything wrong with that - because so far he's not gotten to do a lick of standup nor provide any commentary/critiques…I am sure I will get over it soon but the thought that was running through my head throughout most of week two of MasterChef was, "I'd care a lot more about what was going on if I'd gotten to see them go through the audition round and prove their worth.". Actually, it'd be pretty cool if they filmed all the auditions and then flashed back to them a la Lost during the course of the season – "we have to go back to the kitchen!"…
TV Pick Of The Week
I usually enjoyed the more real world based ABC Family dramas – The Fosters, for example – and not so much the Pretty Little Liars-type shows, so I am interested in Chasing Life, and not just because it's set in Boston.
Don't miss the series premiere of ABC Family's Chasing Life, Tuesday at 9pm.
Hope You Need My Love, Babe, Just Like I Need You
Other noteworthy programming from the coming week…
*ME TV is doing a tribute to the late Ann B Davis this Sunday at noon, starting with four Alice-centric episodes of The Brady Bunch followed by an episode of The Love Boat featuring the two-time Emmy winner.
*A new hour long Phineas and Ferb special is cause for celebration, so set your DVR's for the Monday morning at 10 premiere of Phineas and Ferb Save Summer.
*Major Crimes, one of the most underrated shows on all of TV, is back for season three this Monday at 9pm, preceded by a 19 hour marathon of season two. It will be followed by the series premiere of Murder in the First…
*Louie (Monday, 10pm, FX) continues its amazing season with two episodes that combine for roughly 95 minutes.
*Pretty Little Liars is back with a new season this Tuesday at 9pm.
*Royal Pains begins its annual summer run on Tuesday at 10pm.
*Graceland, which had a solid first season that demonstrated a lot of long term potential, is back for season two this Wednesday at 10pm….
*Spike TV's yearly Guy's Choice Awards airs Wednesday at 9pm.
*Remember when new episodes of Duck Dynasty (Wednesday, 10pm, A&E) was a big deal?
Two Tivos To Paradise @Midnight, About A Boy, American Idol, America's Best Cook, Antiques Roadshow, Beat Bobby Flay, Archer, Arrow, Auction Hunters, Baby Daddy, Bakery Boss, Bitten, The Blacklist, Boardwalk Empire, Bones, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Cake Boss, Cake Boss: Next Great Baker, Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, Chopped, Comic Book Men, Community, Cougar Town, Counting Cars, The Crazy Ones, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Cutthroat Kitchen, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Dancing with the Stars, The Deadliest Catch, Face Off, Falling Skies, Family Guy, Flipping Out, Food Court Wars, Food Network Challenge, Food Network Star, The Fosters, Ghost Hunters, Ghost Mine, Glee, Graceland, Great Food Truck Race, Grey's Anatomy, Haunted Collector, Haunted Highway, Haunted Treasure, Hawaii Five-0, House of Lies, Inside Comedy with David Steinberg, Inside Amy Schumer, Iron Chef America, Justified, Key & Peele, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Late Night with Seth Myers, Law And Order: Special Victims Unit, The League, Longmire, Lost Girl, Louie, Mad Men, Major Crimes, MasterChef, MasterChef: Junior, Masters of Sex, The Middle, Mike and Molly, The Mindy Project, Modern Family, Monster Man, Nashville, New Girl, Next Iron Chef, The Originals, Outside the Lines, Parenthood, Parks & Recreation, Penny Dreadful, Project Runway, Project Runway All-Stars, Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook Off, Rachael vs. Guy: Kids Cook Off, Ray Donovan, Real Time With Bill Maher, Rectify, Restaurant Impossible, Revenge, Royal Pains, Saturday Night Live, Shark Wranglers, So You Think You Can Dance?, Sons of Anarchy, The Soup, Suits, Supernatural, The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon, Top Chef, Top Chef: Masters, Tosh.0, True Detective, Under the Gunn, The Vampire Diaries, The Voice, The Walking Dead, 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 in 7 days with all the latest TV news.
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.