Two Tivos To Paradise 8.08.14: Arrested Development, The Big Bang Theory, Doctor Who, More!
Posted by Al Norton on 08.08.2014
News and thoughts on a potential new season of Arrested Development, BBC's plans for the season premiere of Doctor Who, new contracts for the cast of The Big Bang Theory and more!
Hello friends; what's good? Sorry for the absence last week but the real world got in the way! We're back this week – duh – and then are off again next Friday for our annual week at the beach, and then when we return on 8/16 we'll have the winners of the 2014 Norty Awards!!!
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Here are the big/noteworthy stories from the last two weeks with some new trailers for fall premieres (season and series) mixed in…
*Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, and Kaley Cuoco have agreed to new three year deals to continue to star on The Big Bang Theory. Reports says the deals are for $1 million per episode, and there are already 72 more episodes ordered (seasons 8, 9, & 10), so that's a LOT of money. With the increase in syndication money as well, it's expected each will earn between $90 - $100 million from these new deals, which also include production deals for all three.
the new deals for series regulars Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar are pretty fantastic as well, with each earning an estimated $70 million for the 72 episodes that will make up seasons 8 - 10 combined with their small share of the syndication package. The latter two deals were done late on Tuesday, allowing for production of the new season to start on Wednesday.
*Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos told USA Today that a fifth season of Arrested Development was "just a matter of when." He also acknowledged the "fair criticism" that "the cast didn't appear on screen often enough together" in season four, leading one to assume that would not be the case when they came together for a new batch of episodes.
*Actor James Corden will replace Craig Ferguson as host of CBS' The Late Late Show. Corden is currently starring opposite Keira Knightley in Begin Again and is also a part of the star-studded cast of Disney's Into the Woods, opening later this year.
*The upcoming season premiere of Doctor Who is turning into quite the event; we told you last week that the debut of the latest Doctor would run in 550 movie theaters around the country that weekend that would include bonus footage and even midnight showings, and now we know that BBC America will do a live pre (7:30pm) & post (11pm, following Who and the premiere of Intruders) shows. Who will host those shows? Chris Hardwick, of course!
In the week leading up to the premiere BBC America will premiere multiple new Who-centric specials, including Doctor Who: The Ultimate Companion & The Real History of Science Fiction: Time on 8/16 and Doctor Who: The Ultimate Time Lord on 8/18.
*NBC picked up second seasons of Undateable and Welcome to Sweden, continuing their very strong summer, with AGT once again topping all competition in the ratings, American Ninja Warrior going from decent ratings to legit performer, Last Comic Standing returning to solid numbers (already picked up for 2015), and three new scripted series (The Late Shift & the two aforementioned comedies) doing well enough to get renewed for next year. Taxi Brooklyn is also doing well as of late, although much of that is attributable to its <>AGT lead-in, but I wouldn't be surprised if it got picked up as well, which would give the network some serious blocks to build around for next summer.
*Today will air a live 18 minute musical production later this year featuring the show's anchors and crew; Not Today and Tomorrow's Not Looking Good Either was written by fourth hour co-host Kathie Lee Gifford and will feature Regis Philbin in a guest starring role.
*MTV is moving forward with its series adaptation of the Scream franchise, casting Willa Fitzgerald (currently on Royal Pains as Hank's newly discovered sister) as the lead, with Jamie Travis (who was behind the camera for 5 episodes of Faking It, including the pilot) signed to direct. Jill Blotevogel (Ravenswood, Harpers Island) will be the showrunner, with Jay Beattie and Dan Dworkin, who worked together on Revenge, Criminal Minds, The Event, and Cold Case, writing the pilot.
*Rosewater, the movie Jon Stewart took a three month break from The Daily Show to direct last summer, will premiere at the Toronto Film Festival in September before opening in select theaters around the country on November 7th. The political drama is an adaptation of the NY Times bestselling memoir Then They Came for Me: A Family's Story of Love, Captivity and Survival, by Maziar Bahari and Aimee Molloy.
*Emmy and Golden Globe winner Mary Louise Parker (Weeds, The West Wing) has signed on for a big role on the upcoming season of The Blacklist. In other Blacklist casting news, Krysten Ritter (Don't Trust the B- In Apt 23) will guest on the season premiere and Mozhan Marno (House of Cards) will be a regular as the new main antagonist for Red.
*The numbers for Sharknado 2: The Second One are real and they're spectacular; the 3.9 million total viewers is a Syfy network record for an original movie, a jump of 183% from the audience of the first movie. The demos were also a new Syfy original movie high, up 190% from the original and topping network competition like Extant, Motive, and So You Think You Can Dance. The movie also dominated social media for the night.
*HBO has officially ordered Show Me a Hero, a three part, six hour mini-series co-written by David Simon (The Wire, Treme, Homicide: Life on the Street) and starring Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis) and two time Oscar nominee Catherine Keener, with two time Oscar winner Paul Haggis (Crash) directing. The project is an adaptation of Lisa Belkin's non-fiction book of the same name, about the young mayor of Yonkers, NY and his attempts to build federally ordered low-income housing in the city. William Zorzi (The Wire) is co-writing.
*Season five of AMC's The Walking Dead will premiere on Sunday, October 12th.
*Girls' star Allison Williams has been cast as the lead in NBC's Peter Pan Live! special set to air on December 4th. Previously Christopher Walken had been announced as playing Captain Hook. Last year's Sound of Music Live! was a surprise hit, with just under 19 million viewers. The announcement included this quote from Williams; "I have wanted to play Peter Pan since I was about three years old, so this is a dream come true. And besides, what could go wrong in a live televised production with simultaneous flying, sword fighting and singing?"
*TV Line has picked up a 10 episode first season of The Gaffigan Show, a comedy from Jim Gaffigan that was in development for two years at CBS. In a unique deal, the episodes will air on Comedy Central within a week of their premiere on TV Line. The cast includes Gaffigan, Ashley Williams, Adam Goldberg, and Michael Ian Black, with Peter Tolan (Rescue Me) on board to executive produce with Gaffigan.
*David Brent is coming to the big screen! Ricky Gervais will reprise his role from the original version of <>The Office in Life on the Road, a movie for BBC Films, which finds the former paper company manager selling cleaning products and still dreaming of rock star status, with the mockumentary following him on a self-funded concert tour. Production will begin in early 2015.
*Nat Faxon (Married, Ben and Kate) and Jim Rash (Community, The Writer's Room), who combined to win an Oscar for co- writing the screenplay for The Descendants as well as writing & directing The Way Way Back together, have signed a development deal with Sony Pictures TV to develop and produce new TV series.
*Syfy is developing Absolute Zero, a new series about a mining colony on Mars in 2124 that discovers a secret plan for aliens to take over Earth. Michael Horowitz (Burn Notice) is writing and executive producing, with Doug Liman (Suits, Covert Affairs, The OC) also on board as an executive producer.
*USA has ordered a pilot for Colony, a new drama from Carlton Cuse (Lost, The Strain, Bates Motel) and writer Ryan Condal (Hercules) set in the not-so-distant-future where Los Angeles is an occupied state controlled by aliens.
**Fox is developing a new crime drama from award winning author Richard Price (Clockers, Freedomland, The Wanderers); set in NYC, it focuses on a stockbroker who finds himself a large part of a DA's plan to bring down a crime family. Price wrote the screenplays for Color of Money, Sea of Love, Mad Dog and Glory, and Ransom, and also wrote for The Wire.
*Nickelodeon has given a direct-to-series (i.e. no pilot) order for a 13 episode first season of School of Rock, an adaptation of the 2003 movie with Richard Linklater (the movie's director) and Scott Rudin (the movie's producer) on board as executive producers. Like the movie, the show follows Dewey Finn, a wanna-be rock star slacker who poses as a substitute teacher at an upscale prep school and ends up teaching the kids to love music. The show will premiere in the summer of 2015, with Jim & Steve Armogida (Crash & Bernstein, Grounded for Life) as showrunners.
*The Golden Globe Awards are showing their forward thinking when it comes to the TV portion of their awards, creating a new category for Limited Series that will include both mini-series as well as the likes of Fargo, American Horror Story, and True Detective (i.e. self-contained one season stories).
It's Time To Play The Music, It's Time To Light The Lights The Muppets video of the week…Ok, not technically The Muppets but it features muppets and it's too good not to share…
But You Were Up To Your Old Tricks In Chapters Four Five And Six
Ratings Notes From The Last Seven Days…
Not a great start for ABC's The Quest, down in a big way in total viewers from the Black Box finale last week (while matching its poor demos)...NY Med was up in total viewers, winning 10pm in that measure as it's done all summer...Rookie Blue was down 17% to a season demo low...Big Brother won the night in the demos, matching last week...As usual, a Big Bang Theory rerun won the night in total viewers...Last Comic Standing matched last week...
A Shark Tank rerun won 8pm in totals and the demos...A Blue Bloods rerun was the most watched show of the night, with Dateline pulling in the largest demo audience...NBC's Hannah Anderson: A Kidnapping special doubled the demos Crossbones put up at 10pm last week...The Masters of Illusion premiere on The CW ranked last on the night in totals and demos...
NBC's coverage of the NFL Hall of Fame Game dominated the night in total viewers and demos...Big Brother matched last week in viewers but was down 14% in the demos...Unforgettable and Reckless were even with last week...Wipeout was up a smidge in total viewers and demos...Rising Star matched last week...The Halt and Catch Fire season finale was watched by only 547,000 viewers, the second lowest viewership of the 10 episode first season, putting any hopes at a second season in serious jeopardy.
MONDAY Longmire's season finale was up from last week and even with the season premiere (both positives). On the not so good side, the hour was down 16% in total viewers and a whopping 45% in the demos from the season two finale... FX's Partners got off to an ok start, down 33% in the demos from the premiere of Married last month but showing a slight increase in total viewers. The Kelsey Grammer - Martin Lawrence comedy was even with You're the Worst's opening demos and topping it by 25+% in viewers…Under the Dome was the most watched show of the night (up a bit in both that measure and the demos), with MasterChef winning the night in the demos despite a 10% drop...American Ninja Warrior was the total viewer winner & demo at 9pm...Hotel Hell was down double digits in totals and demos...Bachelor in Paradise had an ok premiering, leading into an episode of Mistresses that was down slightly in totals and demos...
TUESDAY AGT was down 17% from last week to tie a series low but also won the night in demos and total viewers...ABC's CMA Music Festival special finished second on the night in demos, down slightly from last year...Food Fighters was down 8% from last week (but still up from week one)...A Criminal Minds rerun was the second most watched program of the night...
WEDNESDAY Extant was down 9% to hit a season/series low...Big Brother won the night in demos, with AGT pulling in the most total viewers...SYTYCD was even in the demos and up 6% in viewers...Penn & Teller: Fool Us matched its premiere numbers...
All The Young Dudes, Carry The News
Industry News, Notes, and Hot Rumors…Emmy & Golden Globe winner Kyra Sedgwick (The Closer) has signed on for a multi-episode run on Brooklyn Nine-Nine this fall as a Deputy Police Chief…James Van Der Beek and Peter MacNicol have joined Patricia Arquette in the cast of CBS' mid-season procedural CSI: Cyber. Charley Koontz (Community) is also a series regular….Disney has picked up a second season of Girl Meets World…Upright Citizens Brigade's Joe Wengert, who has written for Kroll Show, Comedy Bang! Bang!, and Playing House, is teaming with Ed Helms (The Office, The Hangover trilogy) to develop a new comedy for NBC about a young guy who constantly thinks he can "fix" his more blue collar family…The season premiere of Nashville will feature two live performances from the show's version of the Bluebird Cafe; while the rest of the episode will be taped as usual, Deacon (Charles Esten) and Will (Chris Cormack) will each do a song from the set that will be televised live…Betsy Brandt (Breaking Bad) will reprise her role as Hank's (Ray Romano) ex-wife on a recurring basis on the upcoming final season of Parenthood…Grey's Anatomy star Ellen Pompeo is executive producing Debt, a new ABC Family drama in development. An adaptation of Rachel Carey's 2013 novel, the dramedy is set in NY during the financial crisis of the late 2000's…John Stamos has signed to guest on an episode of ABC's mid-season musical/fairy tale drama Galavant in a role that is said to be likely to become recurring…Jenny Slate, whose work on SNL, Parks and Recreation, House of Lies, Kroll Show, and Married has her thisclose to achieving "TTTP Fave" status, has signed to guest on an episode of Brooklyn Nine-Nine this fall…TTTP fave Warren Kole (The Following, Common Law) has signed on for a recurring role on Kevin Williamson's new CBS procedural Stalker…TTTP fave and two time Tony winner Laura Benanti (Go On, Nurse Jackie, SVU, Royal Pains, Eli Stone, Starved) has signed on for multiple episodes of the new season of Nashville…TNT has picked up a 10 episode third season of Cold Justice…Simon Kassianides (Nikita, Covert Affairs, Burn Notice, Quantum of Solace) has signed on for a recurring role on the upcoming season of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D....Claire Holt (The Originals) has joined the cast of the NBC Charles Manson mini-series Aquarius. Those already on board the cast include David Duchovny, Gaius Charles (Grey's Anatomy, FNL), Grey Damon (Star-Crossed), Michaela McManus (The Vampire Diaries, Law & Order: SVU), David Meunier (Justified, Revolution), Emma Dumont (Bunheads), Chris Sheffield (The Last Ship) and Gethin Anthony (Game of Thrones)… TTP fave Mark Valley (Crisis, Body of Proof, Fringe, Harry's Law, Human Target, Boston Legal) has signed on for a major recurring role on the new season of CSI…Nickelodeon has given a 26 episode first season order to 100 Things To Do Before High School, a live action comedy about three best friends and their middle school bucket list. The show is from Scott Fellows, creator of the hit show Big Time Rush…Season six of The League will premiere on FXX on Wednesday, September 3rd…Veep's Reid Scott will join Jessica Biel as a guest star on the season premiere of New Girl...Brooklyn Decker and Ethan Embry are the two latest editions to the stellar cast of Netflix Grace and Frankie (Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Martin Sheen, Sam Waterston)… Charlotte Ross (NYPD Blue) will play Felicity's Mom on at least one episode of Arrow this fall. No word on if she will appear in modern day or flashbacks... Ryan Hanson (Bad Teacher, Veronica Mars, Party Down) has been cast as the male lead opposite Kate Walsh in NBC's upcoming comedy Bad Judge. This means the pilot will be re-filmed (not a bad thing - it was actually funny but could use some tweaking) since the part was originally played by a different actor…LMN (formerly known as Lifetime Movie Network) is reviving Intervention, the Emmy winning reality show that ran on A&E for 13 seasons (the finale aired last July), ordering a fifteen episode season that will begin airing in 2015. The show's two original interventionists, Jeff Van Vonderen and Candy Finnigan, will return…Syfy is developing Old Man's War, the Hugo Award winning books from John Scalzi into a TV series, with Wolfgang Peterson and Scott Stuber executive producing. The adaptation will be called Ghost Brigades and involves the memories and experiences of old soldiers being put in younger bodies to make a stronger army for the war in space…The latest strong addition for the final season of Sons of Anarchy is Mathew St Patrick, best known for playing Keith on Six Feet Under. St Patrick joins Courtney Love, Annabeth Gish, Marilyn Manson, and Lea Michelle as those who will appear on the FX drama's upcoming seventh season…Comedy Central has ordered a pilot for Sleight of Mouth, a weekly magic/sketch comedy/variety hosted by Justin Willman. Willman hosts Disney's Win Lose or Draw and Food Network's Cupcake Wars and is a frequent Ellen and Tonight Show guest. The show's executive producers include Chris Hardwick and longtime David Letterman producer Robert Morton…
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… You're The Worst may be the most obvious combination of very good show & very bad title in recent memory. In just two weeks the show has managed to give the audience a real look at the characters, skewer LA culture, raise the bar for basic cable sexual content, and also be very funny (the Ferris Bueller conversations this past week were fantastic!). Worst may be the summer's best surprise. I mean, a line as good as "well, as my Grandma used to say, it's only a walk of shame if you're capable of feeling shame" doesn't come along very often.
I wasn't that familiar with Aya Cash before this – I had seen her on Fox's short lived Traffic Light – but she's giving one of the best performances of the summer and is the glue that holds the show together; if the audience doesn't buy Gretchen as a woman worth Jimmy changing his ways over, the show doesn't work, but she is and it does, in highly entertaining fashion.
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 fourteen days…
Yes, it's almost 12 minutes, but it's soooo worthy it. John Oliver is a strong contender for the top spot on our 2014 TTTP TV Entertainers of the Year list…Jenny Slate's visit to The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon last Friday did nothing to take her off of my list of biggest TV crushes right now... Mike Rowe's narration of Deadliest Catch has to rank on the list of most unsung TV work of the TTTP era (aka the last 8 years)… Me praising Suits on this page is standard operating procedure but I rarely go out of my way to rave about Patrick J Adams, whose work is solid but to be honest, Mike is my least favorite character on the show. In the interest of fairness, I should point out how fantastic he was in this week's episode, portraying intense emotional distress in a way that had me truly feeling his pain. And since we are talking about Suits, how about Rick Hoffman's smile when Louis told Mike he would do whatever it took to keep him from taking that job?... Add Jen Kirkman to the list of very funny people @Midnight has introduced me to. You know, I really should keep this as an actual list…I am a little behind in my viewing of The Fosters so it was only last weekend that I watched last week's episode, one of the best hours the show has done; it's amazing how strong the show was when focused on one story as opposed to the one too many storylines it is usually guilty of. Yes, other plots were still addressed but the majority of the episode dealt with Lena's pregnancy and how everyone in the family was dealing with the complications. The episode was also the one that caused me to shed the most tears this summer…Highly entertained by the premiere of Penn & Teller: Fool Us, a fun hour that I think just about anyone would enjoy, with my only caveat being that they openly say at the beginning that if they can figure out how the trick was done, they will reveal the secrets, but in reality all they do is communicate to the contestant that they know, with some vague references to the specific how-to's…Food Network's new Eating America was a pleasant half hour, mostly because host Anthony Anderson is such a genuine and entertaining TV presence that he could front a show about prunes and it would still be fun. I will say I came away from Monday's series premiere craving steak, which is just about the highest praise you can give to a food program…You know what's happened in season two of Ray Donovan to make me question my opinion that it's one of the best dramas on TV? Absolutely nothing…Can't say enough about season one of Murder in the First, with the best, and most realistic (for TV, I mean) courtroom scenes since The Practice. Yet another reason why this is the strongest summer of scripted TV in recent memory…The Food Network Star final three made sense, although based on the pilots I can't really say I'll be watching the winner's series... I loved the Halt and Catch Fire season finale, one that found the four main characters in such different positions than they were when the season started, although truth be told Gordon may have been closer to back to the beginning than he wanted to realize. This show took so many interesting, surprising, and well-earned twists during its run that I was never sure what was coming next. Kerry Bishe made Donna one of my favorite new characters of the year and is 100% on the list of the Breakout Stars of the summer. While the chances of a second season of HACF may not be so good, that doesn't change how great the first season was…This past Monday's Whose Line is it Anyway? was not only the funniest of the season, it was the funniest since The CW brought the show back. Everyone on their A Game. Great stuff! Evan's reaction to getting old on this week's Royal Pains was a riot. The show is never going to be award worthy but they have done a very good job this season of giving all the characters their own stories. Also, Hank is finally getting some, which is always cause for celebration (he's one of the least romantically active lead characters on all of TV)…
TV Pick Of The Week
It's Shark Week!!!!!
Each night starting Sunday at least one new documentary special will premiere, plus they'll air some of the best specials from the last few years. Also back this year is the Shark After Dark talk show each night. You've got to give Discovery credit – there's no other annual run of programming quite like this, and Shark Week is a fully understand phrase in the pop culture lexicon.
Don't miss Shark Week, starting Sunday on Discovery.
Hope You Need My Love, Babe, Just Like I Need You
Other noteworthy programming from the coming week…
*Dick Cavett's Watergate (tonight, 9pm, PBS) is a fantastic look at events in US history through the eyes of one the best talkers in the history of TV, an hour that fully demonstrates the power of the medium in the pre-internet world…
*The Knick (tonight, 10pm, Cinemax) is a new scripted series from Steven Soderbergh and starring Clive Owen…
*Starz new drama series Outlander comes with a huge build in audience thanks to the books series it's an adaptation of…
*Candid Camera gets a reboot starting Monday at 8pm on TVLand…
*ABC Family's pretty entertaining Chasing Life airs its summer finale this Tuesday at 9pm.
*This has been a VERY strong summer for new dramas and TNT's Legends (Wednesday, 9pm) is hoping to keep that trend going…
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, Buddy's Bakery Rescue, Cake Boss, 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, The Divide, Face Off, Falling Skies, Family Guy, Fargo, Flipping Out, Food Court Wars, Food Network Challenge, Food Network Star, The Fosters, Frankenfood, 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 and Peele, The Last Ship, 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, Married, 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 Great Baker, 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, Satisfaction, 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, You're The Worst,
People Love You When They Know You're Leaving Soon
Here ends another Two Tivos To Paradise.
We'll be back in two weeks with the winners of the 2014 Norty Awards!!!!
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.