Two Tivos To Paradise 7.04.14: Community, Arrow, Better Call Saul, Sherlock, More
Posted by Al Norton on 07.04.2014
News and thoughts on new life for Community, the timeline of Better Call Saul partially coinciding with Breaking Bad, the future of Sherlock and more!
Hello friends; what's good? Thanks so much for all the positive feedback on last week's Norty Award nominations and especially on our big news that Matt Iseman (American Ninja Warrior) would be doing an opening monologue. Now that I've got the nominations down, I've got to get to work on choosing the winners; I am being 100% honest when I say I only know two of the winners for sure, with everything else still wide open in my head.
Today is a big day for my family in that Mrs. Tivo and I are taking the twins to their first Red Sox game; they've been to Fenway before for the annual Futures at Fenway event (the Sox minor league teams play a game there every year) and we've been to Pawtucket to see the AAA Red Sox but this will be their first time seeing the real deal and we're all excited. Update; looks like weather will mean this big event now takes place on Saturday!
A quick reminder that TTTP has joined Twitter! Follow us at @2tivos2paradise and of course "Like" us on Facebook (Al Norton's Two Tivos To Paradise)…Jeez, at this rate pretty soon I'll just be giving out my cell number and telling you to call me when you want the latest TV news.
Here's a look at season two of Showtime's Masters of Sex…
And a new trailer for TNT's Legends…
Cause you're a sky, cause you're a sky full of news.
I Was A Fool To Ever Leave Your Side, Me Minus You Is Such A Lonely Ride
Yahoo stunned the TV world on Monday when it ordered a 13 episode sixth season of Community that will debut this fall. NBC has cancelled the show this spring and while Sony Pictures Television was heavily involved in trying to find it a new home, when talks with Hulu fell through it was assumed by most/all that the show was done. And if that was not enough for fans, Zack Van Amburg, President of Programming for Sony Pictures Television, answered a question from THR.com about the future of the show beyond the sixth season like this…
"I don't know, let's see how our movie does! Isn't that our plan? There's no way we're not making the movie now! I think once we make the movie, let's look up and decide how much more Community the world wants. We promised six seasons and a movie, how much more do you want?! [Laughs.] … I'd be lying if I told you that we have not had some very early and preliminary conversations that are very exciting about what a potential movie could be and who might direct it. It's early but it's completely in our thought process."
I am thrilled the show is coming back for a sixth season, and 13 episodes seems like a good number, with my best guess being they will wrap things up with a finale that will raise the bar for meta as it sets up the movie that is likely to follow. As a devoted fan of Community I do have the slight concern that the longer the show goes on, the greater the potential that the show drops its overall quality level ever so slightly. On the other hand, Dan Harmon is a creative genius so I have amazing amount of faith in him and the writing staff to make this a VERY funny fall.
This may sound like sacrilege but if I Yahoo came to me and asked what cancelled comedy they should save, I would have gone with Enlisted. Community has had a great run and been given more than enough chances to establish an audience whereas Enlisted was cut down before it even had a chance. On the other hand, that established audience is why Yahoo picked up Community, but I do love that we live in a TV world where series have so many potential outlets to stay alive.
And There's A Message That I'm Sending Out, Like A Telegraph To Your Soul
Here's the noteworthy stories from the last 14 days…
*CBS has released their fall premiere schedule...(series premieres marked with an "*")
Thu 9/11 - 8pm Thursday Night Football
Sun 9/21 - 60 Minutes (7pm), Madam Secretary* (8pm), The Good Wife (9pm)
Mon 9/22 - The Big Bang Theory (8 & 8:30pm), Scorpion* (9pm)
Tue 9/23 - NCIS (8pm), NCIS: New Orleans* (9pm), Person of Interest (10pm)
Wed 9/24 - Survivor (8pm)
Fri 9/26 - The Amazing Race (8pm), Hawaii 5-0 (9pm), Blue Bloods (10pm)
Sun 9/28 - CSI (10pm)
Mon 9/29 - Mom (8:30pm), NCIS: LA (10pm)
Wed 10/1 - Criminal Minds (9pm), Stalker* (10pm)
Mon 10/27 - 2 Broke Girls (8pm)
Thu 10/30 - The Big Bang Theory (8pm, new day/time), The Millers (8:30pm), Two and a Half Men (9pm), The McCarthys* (9:30pm), Elementary (10pm)
*The CW announced the fall premiere dates (series premieres are marked with an "*")
Thu 10/2 - The Vampire Diaries (8pm), Reign (9pm)
Mon 10/6 - The Originals (8pm)
Tue 10/7 - The Flash* (8pm), Supernatural (9pm)
Wed 10/8 - Arrow (8pm)
Mon 10/13 - Jane the Virgin* (9pm)
Wed 10/22 - The 100
The first two episodes of The Flash will be encored the next night at 9pm, with new episodes of Arrow as a lead-in, so there's basically no way to give this show a better chance to be a hit. Also of note, Supernatural will get a special that recaps the show's run to-date on Monday 10/6 at 9pm. Jane the Virgin episodes will encore Fridays at 8pm, followed by ANTM.
*VERY interesting news about Better Call Saul, AMC's upcoming Breaking Bad spinoff; executive producer Peter Gould told the New York Daily News that the timeline of the show would not be a linear one; "One of the great things about having a timeline which is flexible is that perhaps some of it takes place before Breaking Bad, during Breaking Bad, and after Breaking Bad. That gives us the ability to bring back characters that were killed on Breaking Bad."
*We finally have details on Sense8, the upcoming Netflix series from The Wachowskis; the cast includes Naveen Andrews (Lost, OUAT in Wonderland), Darryl Hannah, and Brian J. Smith (Stargate Atlantis). J. Michael Straczynski (Thor, World War Z), who will be co-showrunning with Andy and Lana Wachowski, tells Deadline.com, "the series follows eight characters around the world who, in the aftermath of a tragic death, find themselves linked to each other mentally and emotionally. They can not only see and talk to each other as though they were in the same place, they have access to each other's deepest secrets. Not only must they figure out what happened and why and what it means for the future of humanity, they must do so while being hunted by an organization out to capture, kill or vivisect them." The 10 episode first season will premiere in 2015.
*Sherlock fans will be happy to learn that there will be a standalone special that will begin production in January, followed by a three episode 4th season that will start filming later in 2015.
*Sherri Shepherd and Jenny McCarthy announced they would not be returning to The View in the fall, the former because her salary demands were too far apart from what the show was offering and the latter because she knew she was going to be fired. With Barbara Walters retiring, this means Whoopi Goldberg is the only returning panelist and producers have said they plan on shaking things up with this round of hires, leading to much speculation that a man would be a regular for the first time in the show's history.
*FX has picked up a 10 episode first season of Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll, created by and starring Denis Leary as the lead singer of an early 90's rock band with a cult following who tries to get everyone back together for one last shot at glory. The band had been on the rise before Leary's characters drinking, drug use, and womanizing broke them up and now more than 20 years later he's cleaned up his act (sort of). The cast includes John Corbett, Elizabeth Gillies, Bobby Kelly and Elaine Hendrix, and the show will be shot on location in NYC and feature original music.
*Sarah Jessica Parker is looking to make a return to series TV with Busted, an adaptation of a non-fiction book about a reporter's work to uncover the biggest police corruption scandal in Philadelphia's history. Don Roos (Marley & Me, The Opposite of Sex) is writing the pilot, with David Frankel (The Devi Wears Prada, Band of Brothers, Entourage) directing and executive producing. Frankel and Parker have worked together before, with him directing her in six episodes of Sex and the City as well as Miami Rhapsody. There is no network currently attached to the project but it will likely end up in an aggressive bidding situation.
*Lifetime is adapting the Stephen King novella Big Driver into an original movie, with Oscar winner Olympia Dukakis, Golden Globe nominee Maria Bello, and Joan Jett in the cast. Big Driver was a part of King's Full Dark, No Stars collection and involves a famous writer, a broken down car, a vicious assault, and the quest for revenge.
*Gordon Ramsay announced that he was retiring from the Kitchen Nightmares business, saying "I've had a phenomenal 10 years making 123 episodes, 12 seasons, shot across 2 continents, watched by tens of millions of people and sold to over 150 countries. It's been a blast but it's time to call it a day." He did make sure to note that he has no plans to stop doing Hell's Kitchen or MasterChef.
People Dancing, People Laughing, A Man Selling Ice Cream Singing Italian Songs
Here's a look at the programming available for your marathon viewing pleasure today…
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…
Thursday night's NBA Draft was the most watched since 1995 and the most watched coverage of the event ESPN has ever presented, with viewership up 15% from last year. Also strong for the night was the WatchESPN app audience, up 166% from last year, and the social media activity, with the draft being the most discussed TV broadcast of the night…The USA - Germany match was the second highest rated World Cup telecast ever for ESPN, impressive considering it was on the middle of a weekday/work day…Big Brother won the night in the demos, matching its Wednesday numbers...A Big Bang Theory rerun won the night in total viewers...Last Comic Standing was down 20+% in totals AND demos, hitting series lows in both...NY Med opened down 20+% from its last series premiere (two years ago) but still won 10pm in total viewers...Rookie Blue took a big (brother) hit in week two, down 18% in viewers and 27% in the demos...Despite going up against BB, Undateable was up in total viewers and down just a smidge in the demos...
.5.2 million watched the premiere of Girl Meets World, making it the most watched series premiere of 2014 in the 2-11, 6-11, and 9-14 demos...5.7 million watched the Disney original movie Zapped...Crossbones was down 23% in viewers and 33% in the demos...20/20, which featured an interview with Peter Rogers, was up 24% in viewers and 18% in the demos...A Blue Bloods rerun was the most watched program of the night with 6.3 million viewers...
The BET Awards drew 7.9 million viewers (WOW), up from last year's 7.8 million and more than doubling the 3.2 million that watched the MTV Music Awards in April…Big Brother won the night in totals and demos; the numbers were down from Thursday but even with the first Sunday episode of last season...Reckless opened just ok, losing more than 50% of its lead-in demos...Unforgettable opened even with its last season debut and up from the finale...Rising Star was down 10% in total viewers and 20% in the demos, still winning both its hours in both measures...
MONDAY Under the Dome won the night in totals and demos, albeit down 30+% in both from the series premiere last summer (the total viewers were a series low)...MasterChef hit a season demo high, winning 8pm...Despite the added competition at 10pm, Mistresses was up in totals (double digits) and demos...The Bachelorette matched last week, as did Beauty and the Beast...
16.5 million watched the USA - Belgium match, making it the third most watched telecast of any kind on ESPN in 2014 and third most watched soccer game ever in the United States. Another 3.5 million tuned in via the WatchESPN app…With a new episode of AGT as a lead-in again (last week was a rerun), The Night Shift was up 20% in total viewers and 25% in the demos...AGT won the night in totals and demos, matching its numbers from its last new Tuesday...Celebrity Wife Swap was down 21% in viewers and 31% in demos...Extreme Weight Lost was down double digits in viewers...
WEDNESDAY Taxi Brooklyn was up in total viewers and demos, rare for a show in week two...An AGT was the most watched show of the night, with Big Brother winning the demo crown (down from last week but up from week two last year)...SYTYCD was down slightly in totals and demos...
All The Young Dudes, Carry The News
Industry News, Notes, and Hot Rumors…Bryan Fuller (Hannibal, Pushing Daisies, Heroes) and Michael King (The River, Kings) are teaming up on an series adaptation of Neil Gaiman's fantasy novel American Gods for Starz…Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter used Twitter to announce that Walton Goggins would reprise his Norty Award winning performance as Venus Van Dam in the show's upcoming 7th - and final - season…NBC has picked up a second season of The Night Shift…Fox has announced that Ryan Seacrest, Harry Connick, Jr., Jennifer Lopez, and Keith Urban will return for the upcoming (14th) season of American Idol…Jennifer Love Hewitt has signed on as a series regular for the upcoming 10th season of CBS' Criminal Minds…Sarah Chalke (Scrubs, How To Live With Your Parents) has signed on for a major recurring role on Fox's upcoming Backstom as the title character's (played by Rainn Wilson) former fiancé…Adam F Goldberg, creator and showrunner of The Goldbergs, tells TVLine.com that he is working on a John Hughes tribute episode for the comedy's upcoming second season. The half hour will an homage to one of Hughes' 80's movies but Goldberg isn't saying which one yet... Natasha Lyonne is the latest to sign on for a guest spot on the upcoming season of Girls, joining previously announced Zachary Quinto, Jason Ritter, and Gillian Jacobs…Advertisers seem bullish on NBC's 2014-2015 primetime lineup; the network is close to sold out for advertising, with the $2.25 billion already secured a 12% increase over last year. Even better for the network, their primetime advertising dollars are up 15% when you take sports out of the equation…Ryan Seacrest has signed a deal to host and executive produce Fashion Rocks for CBS, a live two hour special during New York's annual Fashion Week in September. This means that he now has deals with all of the big four networks…After appearing in only four episodes of Orange is the New Black's second season, Laura Prepon will be in every episode of the show's third season, set to premiere on Netflix next summer... Starz has ordered a 13 episode first season of Girlfriend Experience, an anthology series based on Steven Soderbergh's 2009 movie of the same name, with Soderbergh on board as an executive producer. The stories will focus on the relationships between exclusive courtesans (very high end escorts who provide emotional support/intimacy as well as sex) and their clients…AMC has picked up a 10 episode second season of Turn…Showtime has ordered a pilot for Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, a musical comedy co-written by and starring Rachel Bloom, with (500) Days of Summer director Marc Webb behind the camera as well as executive producing…FXX has ordered a 10 episode first season of Man Seeking Woman, an adaptation of Simon Rich's The Last Girlfriend on Earth, about a guy (played by Jay Baruchel) who is dumped by his longtime girlfriend and must go back out into the world of dating. The supporting cast includes TTTP fave Eric Andre, Maya Erskine, and Britt Lower. Lorne Michaels is an executive producer…Devon Aoki (Sin City, 2 Fast 2 Furious) has been cast in a major recurring role on the upcoming season of Arrow…Jamie Bamber (Battlestar Galactica, Monday Mornings) has signed on for a multi-episode run on Rizzoli & Isles…CBS has given a direct-to-series 13 episode order to Zoo, an adaptation of the bestselling James Patterson novel about a scientist racing around the world to find the root of a series of violent animal attacks before it spreads too far (and to people, too). The series will air in the summer of 2015 as the network continues with its plans to have a high profile event series every summer (Extant premieres later this month)… Fox has cancelled Hieroglyph before a single episode has aired; the drama - set in ancient Egypt and involving royalty, organized crime, and magic - was given a direct-to-series 13 episode order and was set to air in the first half of 2015 but multiple reports say the creative aspects of the show were not coming together so the network shut it down…Walking Dead alum Laurie Holden will guest on the episode of Major Crimes that is rumored to be a planted pilot for a new series based around Jon Tenney's FBI Agent Fritz Howard character. In the episode Howard gets a job offer to head the LAPD's Special Operations Bureau (which would lead to the oh-so-clever title S.O.B.), which handles tactical assignments. Holden will play the bureau's second in command…
Turns Out Not Where But Who You're With That Really Matters
The Best of What's Around aka The Best Thing I've Watched This Week…
And in the end, I will not weep for the loss of Enlisted (although I did weep openly during the excellent series finale) but rather will focus on the joy the 13 episode run brought to my life; the Fox comedy was the best thing of its kind - a show that embraced absurdity while still being grounded in real life and genuine emotion - since Scrubs and the 2013-2014 TV season was better because of it.
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…While I thought her Golden Globe nomination was a bit much, the truth is I would not have thought I'd ever buy Piper Perabo as a CIA operative and yet here I am, enjoying the start of season FIVE of Covert Affairs. She's clearly got the chops to carry a series and will not be lacking for job offers whenever it is Affairs draws to a close…In all seriousness, Yoshi - one half of "The Model Brothers" - gave one of the most impressive athletic performances of 2014 on the Wipeout season premiere…Spike's new Frankenfood isn't groundbreaking TV but the pace is fast enough and the energy high enough to make for a fun half hour of food-centric viewing…I am not a huge fan of ABC's Mistresses - it works as a guilty pleasure but it's characters still make such ridiculously bad decisions that it makes me question why anyone would invest time in their lives - but the reason it stands out is that it's that rarest of TV rarities, a show about people leading their lives. Crazy over the top lives, to be sure, but there are no doctors saving patients from exotic medical mysteries, cops solving the murder of the week, spies in life or death situations, government conspiracies, supernatural powers, or aliens. Other than Parenthood (and please understand, other than in the way I am doing so currently, the shows don't belong in the same stratosphere, let alone sentence), Mistresses is the only network drama based in that sort of real life setting…MasterChef's Leslie is the best kind of reality show villain, one who genuinely thinks they are a hero. This isn't an Omarosa situation, with someone coming in with the idea of manipulating their fellow contestants and trying to be the one the audience loved to hate, this is Leslie full on not getting it (his rant about respect was chock full o' contradictions), and his belief that he is in the right makes for great television… From the "Beating A Dead Horse" category comes this thought; I learned more about Luca's life in 5 minutes of this week's MasterChef than I have about any of the actual contestants all season…I am hard pressed to think of an actor who is/was better at presenting a warts-and-all look at insecurities than Rick Hoffman; in another's hands Suits' Louis Litt would be an unlikable twerp taking precious screen time away from Harvey and Mike but instead he has become so much more and thanks to Hoffman's fearless performance, we can all see a bit of ourselves in Louis. Even more astounding, the audience is rooting for him. This past week's episode was but the latest reminder that he was oh so deserving of his 2013 Norty Award…The only reason Halt and Catch Fire didn't get any Norty Award nominations last Friday is because it wasn't eligible but this time next year the AMC drama will be in the running in just about every drama category. Such great writing, such a great cast, and the show really lives and breathes the time period in which it is set…I enjoyed the first two episodes of i>Dominion enough to give it a tentative Season Pass; the special effects were fantastic and the show certainly took itself seriously enough to establish the mood/tone effectively, but the real star was Anthony Stewart Head's American accent, which was a microcosm for the show itself; I don't know if I think it was good or not but I definitely wanted more. Also, seeing Christopher Egan made me realize how much I enjoyed Kings and wish it had had a longer run (if it had aired on Syfy instead of NBC I feel like it would have had a better show at multiple seasons)… I am not saying the guy wasn't mildly entertaining but I can guarantee you the Howard Stern of 15 - 20 years ago would never had given a yes to comedian Derek Santos, who auditioned on this week's America's Got Talent. Of course the Howard Stern of 15 - 20 years ago would never have been a judge on AGT anyway…It was great that this week's episode of The Fosters had the kids dealing with much more typical teen situations (having a party when their parents were away, forming a band in high school, trying to be popular, sexuality) instead of all the heavy melodrama (which the show does well, by the way), but what stayed with me the most was the bizarrely creepy ad for next week; from the editing and the music, you'd think that Callie's little sister who she's going to meet for the first time is actually going to kill her. Hey ABC Family, this show is NOT Pretty Little Liars so tell your marketing department to change tones…The deeper we get into Murder in the First, the better it gets and the more having a cast this stacked pays off. I am glad I stuck with it after such a slow start…A fantastic episode of Major Crimes this week, one that reminds viewers the show is in the upper echelon of procedurals. The stuff with Rusty and his Mom was painful but in a way that will allow him to grow a little more/move on with his life. The callback of the "what business are you in?" line was classic Provenza…The pilot of ABC Family's Young & Hungry convinced me of two things; first, in the right hands, Emily Osment will be a TV star and second, the show's writers/producers are not those hands…I am enjoying Food Network Star but the truth is, at this point, I wouldn't watch a show from any of them. Loreal's Butcher Babe has potential, but the rest are all middle of the road. I'd love to see what goes into the selection process; do they just submit a video? At some point do they have to cook for the casting people? In previous years there have been big personality folks who can't cook mixed in with great cooks who have trouble being relaxing on camera, but this year seems to have less extremes, and I don't mean that in a good way…
TV Pick Of The Week Yankee Doodle Dandy is one of my all-time favorite movies, perhaps the best musical bio-pic ever and one that is a truly PERFECT fit for July 4th. The first time I saw it was on a July 4th and so I vowed when I started writing this column that the TV Pick of the Week this week every year would be the life of George M Cohan.
Don't miss Yankee Doodle Dandy, today at 4:15 on TCM.
Hope You Need My Love, Babe, Just Like I Need You
Other noteworthy programming from the coming week…
*The 90's: The Last Great Decade? is a three part documentary mini-series premiering on Sunday at 9pm on National Geographic…
*The 7D (Monday, 10am) is Disney XD's new spin on the seven dwarfs…
*MTV is doing well with comedies as of late but Finding Carter (Tuesday, 10pm) is an attempt at a (non-genre) drama series…
*The Bridge (Tuesday, 10pm, FX) is back for season two…
*Neal McDonough begins a multi-episode stint on Suits this Wednesday at 9pm.
*NBC premieres two "new" comedies (new to the US, at least) this Thursday; first up is Welcome to Sweden at 9pm…
Followed by Working the Engels at 9:30pm…
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, Chasing Life, 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, Fargo, 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, Murder in the First, Nashville, New Girl, Next Iron Chef, NY Med, 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, Undateable, 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 news. Have a happy and safe holiday weekend!
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.