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Two Tivos To Paradise 08.29.14: The Emmys, Breaking Bad, Full House, More
Posted by Al Norton on 08.29.2014

Hello friends; what's good? First off, thanks so much for all the positive feedback on last week's Norty Awards, and a HUGE round of applause for the great Matt Iseman for his hosting job; as I wrote on Twitter and Facebook this week, the gig is his for as long as he wants it!

The biggest thing going on in my life this week is that the twins turned SIX on Tuesday. Time flies is a cliché until you have kids and then you realize just how true it is. We spent a few days in Cape Cod at a hotel with a wave pool plus took them on a pirate cruise, and last night we went to see The Fresh Beat Band, so the two of them are thrilled with the celebration. My daughter's favorite gift were the Elsa and Anna dresses while my son flipped for his Dustin Pedroia jersey.

Here's a look at Transparent, the best trailer I've seen for a show in 2014 and possible the series that puts Amazon on the original content map…

A new teaser for Better Call Saul

Because you know I'm all about that news, ‘bout that news, no treble.

All The Gold In California Is In The Bank In The Middle Of Beverly Hills In Somebody Else's Name
Those OTHER TV awards – aka The 66th Annual Emmy Awards - were given out on Monday night. A quick recap of the winners…

Best Comedy: Modern Family
Best Drama: Breaking Bad
Best Variety Series: The Colbert Report
Best Reality Competition Series: The Amazing Race
Best Miniseries: Fargo
Best Television Movie: The Normal Heart
Lead Actor, Comedy: Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
Lead Actress, Comedy: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Lead Actor, Drama: Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Lead Actress, Drama: Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Supporting Actor, Comedy: Ty Burrell, Modern Family
Supporting Actress, Comedy: Allison Janney, Mom
Supporting Actor, Drama: Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad
Supporting Actress, Drama: Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad
Actor, Miniseries/Movie: Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock
Actress, Miniseries/Movie: Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Coven
Supporting Actor, Miniseries/Movie: Martin Freeman, Sherlock: His Last Vow
Supporting Actress, Miniseries/Movie: Kathy Bates, American Horror Story: Coven
Best Directing, Comedy: Gail Mancuso, Modern Family
Best Directing, Drama: Cary Joji Fukunaga, True Detective
Best Directing, Miniseries/Movie: Colin Bucksey, Fargo
Best Directing, Variety Special: Glenn Weiss, 67th Annual Tony Awards
Best Writing, Comedy: Louis C.K., Louie
Best Writing, Drama: Moira Walley-Beckett, Breaking Bad
Best Writing, Miniseries/Movie: Steven Moffat, Sherlock: His Last Vow
Best Writing, Variety Special: Sarah Silverman, Sarah Silverman: We Are Miracles

I am giving Seth Meyers an A for his hosting job - his monologue was top notch and aimed at people who watch TV - and the overall Emmy Awards telecast an A-. I laughed out loud, the awards were announced at a brisk pace, and the comedy segments were kept to a minimum, so if you didn't like them (which I did), you didn't have to put up with them for too long. What else can you ask from an awards show?!?! This isn't so much about who won, which those producing the telecast have no control over but rather the overall presentation of the evening, which I thought was top notch with no dragging.

In Memoriam segments are "can't win" for Award Shows as there are always going to be people who the audience feels deserved more time. I do understand that Robin Williams was going to get such a huge spotlight because this is the first major entertainment industry gathering since his death and Billy Crystal's tribute was heartfelt and moving.

The biggest complaint one could have about the show is that many of the winners were repeat (in some cases upon repeat), meaning there was not a lot of new blood up on stage. Of course, when the repeat winner is Breaking Bad, that's fine and well deserved with but when it's Modern Family, it's indicative of a problem with the voting process. Here's the thing about Modern Family; yes, it's erratic over the course of the 22 episode season but when you're submitting just a few episodes you can go with the killer and avoid the filler, and when it's on its game, Modern Family is pretty tough to top. I love Louie as much – MORE – than the next guy but I can see how it's not everyone's cup of tea.

Speaking of Breaking Bad, I was thrilled to have it go on top the way it did; it's one of the best drama series in TV history and perhaps the single best show of the TTTP era, and its impact on the TV landscape cannot be underestimated.

I Don't Want A Pizza, I Don't Want A Piece Of Peanut Brittle
The pilot for Make My Food Famous, the latest in TV's long trend of food competition shows, premieres Sunday night at 10pm on A&E's FYI network . This week we caught up with the show's host, MasterChef season three alum Monti Carlo via email to discuss…

TTTP: Since most people can't begin to understand how your life changes when you're on a hit reality TV series, can you sum it up in a few words/sentences?

Monti Carlo: Besides getting fan mail from all over the world life after reality TV doesn't really change all that much. I still have to beg my kid to finish his dinner and I wash all my own dishes! It is awesome when I get recognized and people want to take a pic with me. Even though we're mostly complete strangers I feel like we share a special bond.

TTTP: What advice would you give to a friend who was going to compete on MasterChef?

Monti Carlo: I always give the same words of advice to anyone who is auditioning for MasterChef: Be genuine. Know your story. Put yourself on the plate.

TTTP: There's a lot of food shows on TV right now; what do you like to watch?

Monti Carlo: Well obviously I watch MasterChef but I HEART MASTERCHEF JUNIOR SO MUCH MORE!!! Last year's winner Alexander Weiss and I keep in touch and I am so awed by him. He is just such an incredible talent and is definitely going to be one of our culinary masters. I also love Chopped, Iron Chef and old episodes of Good Eats. Plus ANYTHING Anthony Bourdain Does. I'm also really looking forward to Roy Choi's Street Food.

TTTP: What's the audition process like for a job as a reality show host?

Monti Carlo: The audition process took about 6 months, so it's definitely not an overnight thing. Super Delicious is the production company behind "Make My Food Famous" and my first contact with them was through Michelle Furtney-Goodman in October of last year. One of her good friends listened to the radio morning show I hosted in Phoenix and turned her on to me. Michelle believed in me as a talent and she pitched me as a possible host for the show. I moved to LA from Phoenix in December, had a meeting with the owners of the company in January, taped an on camera interview in late March and lost my mind when they called me mid-April and told me A&E had picked me to host the show. (I was at CVS when I got the call. That poor check out girl is scarred for life.)

TTTP: As mentioned before, there are a LOT of food shows on TV right now; why is Make My Food Famous worth viewers' time and what might surprise them about it?

Monti Carlo: Make My Food Famous is all about watching someone's dream come true. Not everyone aspires to have their original dish on a Michelin Starred chef's menu. But everyone knows what it feels like to want something so bad it hurts. It is nothing short of a miracle that these home cooks are able to walk into a professional kitchen for the first time and put their name on the same page as one of one of our culinary greats. It's proof you can do anything you set your mind to. I think people will be surprised at how inspirational it can truly be to watch someone just go for it and WIN.

Don't miss the pilot of Make My Food Famous, Sunday at 10pm (ET) on FYI.

Everyone's Watching To See What You Will Do, Everyone's Looking At You
A guide to Monday's Labor Day TV marathons…

*Being Human (Chiller), 6am, 24 episodes
*Don't Be Tardy…(Bravo), 6am, 23 episodes
*NCIS (USA), 6am, 14 episodes
*Batman (IFC), 6:15am, 22 episodes
*Top Gear (BBC America), 8am, 20 episodes
*Keeping Up with the Kardashians (E!), 8:30am, 13 episodes
*The Beverly Hillbillies (TV Land), 9am, 10 episodes
*Beverly Hills Pawn (Reelz), 9am, 17 episodes
*Dirty Jobs (Animal Planet), 9am, 7 episodes
*Pawn Stars (History), 10am, 22 episodes
*Tosh.0 (Comedy Central), 10:09am, 17 episodes
*Martin (TV One), 11am, 18 episodes
*Rizzoli & Isles (TNT), 11am, 10 episodes
*Veronica Mars (Pivot), 11am, 9 episodes
*Cops (Spike), Noon, 22 episodes
*Criminal Minds (A&E), Noon, 16 episodes
*Fast N Loud (Discovery), Noon, 10 episodes
*Happy Endings (Logo), Noon, 10 episodes
*Mike & Molly (FX), Noon, 18 episodes
*Buying the Beach (Destination America), 3pm, 24 episodes
*Lizard Lick Towing (TruTV), 3pm, 8 episodes
*CSI: Miami (WE), 4pm, 13 episodes

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…

The first day of FXX's Simpson's marathon was the most watched day in the network's history; in primetime it was the # 1 network for all of basic cable in men 18-34, # 2 in adults 18-34, and # 5 in adults 18-54. The most watched episode of day one was Itchy & Scratchy & Marge, which aired at 8:30pm and ranked #3 for all of TV in the 18-34 demo on Thursday night... The Rookie Blue season finale was up 22% in the demos (to a season high) and 24% in total viewers from last week. It was also up double digits in both from last season's finale...The Quest was up 40% to a series high...Big Brother won the night in demos, matching last week...As usual for Thursdays, a Big Bang Theory rerun was the most watched program...Welcome to Sweden was up 40% from its last new episode, and the 9:30 episode matched the 9:00 numbers...

The Doctor Who season premiere ratings for BBC America are in and they're top notch; the 2.2 million viewers represented a new US high for a season premiere of the long running science fiction franchise (up 46% from last year) and helped give the network its best Saturday night ratings ever.

The True Blood series finale was watched by 4 million people live, matching the season six finale, and helped lead out The Leftovers hit a series high with 1.9 million viewers…Rising Star closed out its first (and likely only) season up 17% from last week but down 40% from the two hour season premiere at the start of the summer...Wipeout was down 22% to a new series low (again) and is facing an uphill renewal battle...NBC's preseason NFL coverage won the night in the demos, up 17% from last week...Big Brother hit season highs in total viewers and demos...Unforgettable was up 13% while Reckless matched last week's season/series low...

NBC and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences are likely quite happy with the number for the Emmy Awards; 15.6 million tuned in, the second highest total in 8 years (behind only last year, which was on a Sunday and had the NFL as a lead-in). The demos were the second highest in 7 years, again behind only last year in that time period.

AGT won the night in totals and demos, up 5% from last week in the former...Food Fighters was up 10% and looks like a strong contender for a second season renewal...20/20 was down 11% from last week...A special night of Bachelor in Paradise matched its Monday night numbers...

SYTYCD was up double digits in the demos...Big Brother won the night in the demos...AGT was the most watched show of the night...Taxi Brooklyn matched last week...Motive wrapped up its current season with its best demos in 10 weeks, up in that measure from the season one finale...

All The Young Dudes, Carry The News
Industry News, Notes, and Hot Rumors…FX has picked up a 10 episode first season of Baskets, created by Louis C.K., Jonathan Krisel, and Zach Galifianakis, starring Galifianakis as a man pursuing his dream of becoming a professional clown by taking a job with the local rodeo. Krisel (SNL, Portlandia, Louie) is the showrunner as well as going behind the camera for the pilot, which all three of them co-wrote. Production begins in 2015, with an early 2016 premiere…A Full House revival is in the works, with original cast members John Stamos, Candace Cameron Bure, Jodie Sweetin, and Andrea Barber all very interested/on board, and Bob Saget and Dave Coulier are reportedly open to the concept as well. Jeff Franklin, who created Full House, and Bob Boyett, the show's original executive producer, are writing the project for Warner Bros. Television…HBO is turning Shutter Island into a series; the Martin Scorsese directed 2010 movie was adapted from a book written by Dennis Lehane (Mystic River), and he's writing the pilot to this new project, titled Ashecliffe (after the hospital in the story), with Scorsese set to direct. Lehane, whose Gone Baby Gone was also turned into a movie, wrote multiple episodes of The Wire and also scripted an episode of Boardwalk Empire…Steve Zahn (Mind Games, Treme) is joining the cast of Modern Family in a recurring role for the comedy's upcoming 6th season…Fox is developing The Cure, a medical drama about a Doctor playing outside the rules in order to find a cure to a potentially world crisis level disease. The high profile team behind the show includes author Malcolm Gladwell, Glenn Gordon Caron (Medium, Moonlighting), and Brian Grazer…Lost Girl star Anna Silk used a Twitter video to announce the show's upcoming 16 episode fifth season would be its last. The good news is the producers got enough notice to craft a proper series finale…We told you a few weeks back that Lifetime was developing Damian, a new series based on the big screen Omen films, and now comes word that they've ordered a six episode first season. The show will be written by Glen Mazzara, who's last big gig was as the showrunner for The Walking Dead - aka the # 1 show on TV - and follows an adult Damian coming to grips with the idea that he is indeed the Antichrist…Matt Bomer (White Collar) will re-team with Ryan Murphy, who directed him in HBO's The Normal Heart, with a role on the upcoming season of American Horror Story: Freak Show... Season one of Sleepy Hollow will be available exclusively on Hulu Plus starting today, giving you plenty of time to catch up before season two premieres on September 22nd. For season two, episodes will hit Hulu Plus a day after they air on Fox…Despite having given the project a direct-to-series 10 episode first season order earlier in the year, NBC is not moving forward on Emerald City, their gritty adaptation of the Wizard of Oz novels that was to be written and executive produced by Josh Friedman (The Sarah Connor Chronicles). Apparently the network and the producers couldn't get on the same page in terms of the overall vision/direction of the show. This is particularly surprising since the network spent a lot of money promoting the project on buses during Comic-Con this summer. It's highly likely Universal TV will shop this project to other networks/channels…ABC will air The ABC's of Schoolhouse Rock on Sunday, September 7th at 7pm; the one hour special, hosted by Grey's Anatomy's Chandra Wilson, will include interviews with the creators and writers of the classic Saturday morning programming as well as rankings for the best Schoolhouse Rock songs of all time…Paul Reubens has signed on for a multi-episode run on the upcoming season of The Blacklist…Steven Spielberg's Amblin TV is developing a series adaptation of the 2002 big screen movie Minority Report, with Max Borenstein (Godzilla) writing the pilot…Niecy Nash (The Soul Man, Reno 911!, Getting On) has signed on for a recurring role on the upcoming third season of The Mindy Project…BBC America has ordered a 6 episode first season of The Living and the Dead, a supernatural period drama from Ashley Pharaoh and Matthew Graham, who together created Life on Mars and Ashes to Ashes…CBS won a competitive bidding situation for an untitled medical drama from Jason Katims (Parenthood, About a Boy, Friday Night Lights) and Sarah Watson (Parenthood, The Middleman). The show, written by Watson, takes place at cutting edge Silicon Valley hospital. .. ABC is developing an untitled comedy from Eric Falconer (Blue Mountain State) about a TV writer who moves his family from Santa Monica to East LA for budgetary reasons. The show, based on Falconer's real life, is executive produced by Greg Garcia (The Millers, Raising Hope, My Name is Earl)… TTTP Fave Geoff Stults (Enlisted, The Finder, Ben and Kate) has signed on for recurring roles on TWO new shows, CBS' new version of The Odd Couple (with Matthew Perry & Thomas Lennon as the leads) and Netflix all-star comedy Grace & Frankie (Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Martin Sheen, Sam Waterston, Brooklyn Decker)… Brian Patrick Wade (Teen Wolf) has been cast as Carl "Crusher" Creel, aka Absorbing Man, on the upcoming season of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.. His first appearance will be on the September 23rd season two premiere.

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…
I must admit that I am not a huge Jimmy Kimmel fan. I don't dislike him – he actually seems like a really nice guy – but he just doesn't make me laugh that much. Where I will give him credit is that he gets celebrities to a lot of fun stuff, which is an invaluable skill. As an example, this week he organized a Friends' reunion of sorts…

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…
Loving Top Chef Duels for the same reason I enjoy Top Chef Masters; these are top quality folks doing what they do best, with whatever personality interaction that takes place - whether they're buddy/buddy, snarky, or bickering - being 100% genuine. There's no manipulation going on in the editing with these, just an hour of great entertainment…I've been recording the first season of Glee from its syndication run for the twins and am reminded of just what I loved about the show at the beginning, the joy and celebration of embracing your true self and the things that you are passionate about. I am also continually heartbroken by the wasted talent - the wasted life - of Cory Monteith; he's SO good in the pilot that watching now, knowing what is to come, is enough to bring tears to your eyes (at least it did mine)… The "phone sex" conversation on Thursday's Married was both horrifying and hysterical, a perfect of example of what this show does so well, which is to shine a light on a twisted and exaggerated version of what for many is the modern American marriage. An underrated aspect of the show is the main character's financial situation; I love when not everyone on TV is upper middle class and financially comfortable. Most people I know struggle at times and it's nice to see that reflected on the small screen for a change…One episode in and I've season passed Wizard Wars, a new Syfy show that involves highly talented magicians going up against each other, with the winning duo going up against some of the best in the business. It's very much like a cooking competition show but with magic instead of food. The summer of Penn & Teller continues as they are the main judges here. A fun, fast moving hour of reality TV that the whole family can watch. Highly recommended…My love of You're the Worst grows each week; hard pressed to think of a list of six comedies (hmm, that's the number of show's that get nominated in each Norty Award category, isn't it?) on TV right now that are better!

TV Pick Of The Week
We all know it's going to be horrible and we're all going to watch anyway, so why bother denying it…

Don't miss the premiere of The Unauthorized Saved By the Bell Story, Monday night at 9pm on Lifetime.

Hope You Need My Love, Babe, Just Like I Need You
Other noteworthy programming from the coming week…

*There's a LOT of college football on TV this weekend, highlighted on Saturday with Clemson/Georgia at 5:30pm and Wisconsin/LSU at 9pm on ESPN & West Virginia/Alabama at 3:40pm Florida State/Oklahoma State at 8pm on ABC. ESPN then has Miami - Louisville in primetime on Labor Day.

*Mistresses wraps up season two on Monday at 10pm. With the way ratings have been, I hope they don't have too many cliffhangers in the ending.

*Houdini (Monday & Tuesday at 9pm) is History's latest scripted mini-series…

*Let the kids stay up late on Tuesday night for The Story of Frozen: The Making of a Disney Animated Classic at 8pm on ABC.

*So You Think You Can Dance crowns a new winner this Wednesday night at 8pm and hopefully announced they've been picked up for another season.

*The wonderfully dark The League is back for season six this Wednesday at 10pm on FXX

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 next week with all the TV headlines!!!! Have a safe long 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.


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