[In case you've Forgotten, and as I will continue to mention each and every one of these posts that I do: This is *not* a review. Pilots change. Sometimes a lot. Often for the better. Sometimes for the worse. But they change. Actual reviews will be coming in September and perhaps October (and maybe midseason in some cases). This is, however, a brief gut reaction to not-for-air pilots. I know some people will be all "These are reviews." If you've read me, you've read my reviews and you know this isn't what they look like.]
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ABC is moving forward with its Chevy Chase-Beverly D’Angelo comedy
The proposed comedy reuniting the “National Lampoon's Vacation” stars has received a script commitment from ABC and ABC Studios.
“The Office’s” Angela Kinsey signs on for an ABC buddy comedy
Kinsey will also co-create the comedy about an ex-wife who becomes BFFs with her ex-husband’s new girlfriend.
“Nashville” gets Mykelti Williamson to sing
The “Forrest Gump” star will play a brilliant musician-turned-nomad over four episodes on the ABC series.
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Kathy Griffin slams TV execs over lack of female late-night hosts
“I was interested in the Ferguson spot long before it was announced because I had a feeling things might shift,” Griffin tells The AP. “My joke phrase is, ‘I can start Monday.’” She says the response she got from one executive was “they’re not considering females at this time."
Joan Rivers’ death: Endoscopy clinic director fired
Dr. Lawrence Cohen, the medical director of Yorkville Endoscopy, has been on administrative leave since Aug. 28.
Why did Twitter suspend the account for “SNL's" Cecily Strong?
Strong hasn’t commented on Twitter about her Weekend Update exit because her @cecilybecily account has been suspended. PLUS: Colin Jost can’t wait to welcome Cecily back on Update “Girl at the Party."
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What else can you really say about Susanne Bier's "Serena?" We're still waiting. "Silver Linings Playbook" and "American Hustle" have come and gone (the latter having begun and ended production with "Serena" wrapped) and still the Depression Era drama has yet to come out and play. The cards will be on the table next month, though, as the film premieres at the London Film Festival ahead of an Oct. 24 UK bow. Will it be worth the wait?
The eligibility period for the 2014 Grammy Awards is drawing near: to be considered for the most coveted award of all, album of the year, a record had to come out between Oct. 1, 2013 and Sept. 30, 2014. A number of acts who would normally be considered leading contenders, including Foo Fighters and Taylor Swift, will miss this year’s cut-off.
Below is a list of albums we think will be under heavy consideration as the first-round ballots go out to Grammy voters over the next few weeks.
In no particular order:
“Beyonce,” Beyonce: I’d say this is a sure thing, but I thought a nod for Justin Timberlake’s “The 20/20 Experience” was a given last year and it got blanked. Even though it didn’t spawn many radio hits, “Beyonce” loomed large since its surprise December release, not only for the critical hosannahs it received, but for the overall arc of the project’s music, videos, and Beyonce and tour.
“Morning Phase,” Beck: An album of stunning beauty both lyrically and musically, “Morning Phase” is an immersive experience that is meant to be heard as a whole as each song unfolds and builds on what has come before it. It’s a sequel of sorts of 2002’s “Sea Change,” but Beck couldn’t have made this album before now
“Lightning Bolt,” Pearl Jam:Not a deep as some of Pearl Jam’s past albums, both in terms of lyrical content and in terms of deep bench, but “Lightning Bolt” still has some gems, including the title track and “Siren,” one of the best songs the band has ever done—and that’s saying a lot. Given its release nearly a year ago, it may be a forgotten gem when it comes Grammy time.
“Prism,” Katy Perry: She was nominated in this category before for “Teenage Dream.” While “Prism” hasn’t felt like it was the cultural milestone that “Teenage Dream” was, the album has held up well and is a solid pop effort.
“Reflektor,” Arcade Fire: The Canadian group’s last album, “The Suburbs,” stunned everyone by winning album of the year at the 2011 ceremony, so it doesn’t seem unreasonable that “Reflektor” would get shown some Grammy love, especially given its success and the growth the band has experienced since “The Suburbs.”
“The Marshall Mathers LP 2,” Eminem: Marshall Mathers has been up for this award three times before, including for 2000’s “The Marshall Mathers LP,” yet has never won. This won’t be his time either for the grand prize, but
“In The Lonely Hour,” Sam Smith: It’s a beautiful album and he’s sort of the male equivalent of Adele while we wait for her to return.
“Ghost Stories,” Coldplay: No, it’s not Coldplay’s greatest album, but it’s been reliably sturdy and has had a depth that not many of the nominated albums have this year. Plus, doesn’t everyone want to see Chris Martin bring Jennifer Lawrence as his date to the awards and thank her when Coldplay wins?
“Lazaretto,” Jack White: “Blunderbuss” got a best album nod a few years back, but “Lazaretto” seems to have burned out relatively quickly after a strong start. Having said that, the Grammy voters like what White stands for and appreciate his love of artists from an earlier era.
“Ultraviolence,” Lana Del Rey: It’s a fine album and one that showed that Del Rey has staying power and isn’t just a flavor of the month. Plus, Grammy voters like to think they’re hip and Del Rey has hipster cred.
“Hypnotic Eye,” Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers: It’s not the band’s best, but it’s a darn fine effort and it landed TP & the HB their first No. 1 album ever. Voters can feel good about nominating a band that is still churning out great music, unapologetically without relying on gimmicks, reality shows, contests or anything but solid grooves.
“1000 Forms of Fear,” Sia
“High Hopes,” Bruce Springsteen
“Supernova,” Ray Lamontagne
“The River & The Thread,” Rosanne Cash
“My Krazy Life,” YG
“X,” Ed Sheeran
“G I R L,” Pharrell
“Turn Blue,” Black Keys
“Cheek to Cheek,” Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga
“Platinum,” Miranda Lambert
“The New Classic,” Iggy Azalea
If I were the one running Warner Bros, I must admit it would not have occurred to me to pursue the idea of a sequel to 2011's "Dolphin Tale".
After all, the first film was the story of how a dolphin lost her tail in a crab trap, only to find her way to an aquarium and animal rescue facility in St. Petersburg, Florida, where she was eventually fitted with an innovative prosthetic. Story told, right? The sequel answers that question with a resounding no, and in doing so, it serves to highlight just how difficult it is for people, even with the best of intentions, to keep these animals in captivity and in good health at the same time. In its own small way, the film is part of the same conversation as "Blackfish," making the case that it's important work, but under carefully controlled circumstances only, and never at the expense of the animal.
It may not yet have a release date here in the United States, but we're still getting our first look at the new Matthew McConaughey film, "Sea of Trees." Directed by Gus Van Sant, the upcoming movie also stars Naomi Watts and Ken Watanabe.
“White Collar” gets a November final season premiere date
The Nov. 6 Season 6 premiere will lead into the 2nd half of “Covert Affairs’” 5th season.
TNT renews “Murder in the First” for Season 2
The Steven Bochco drama will be back for another 10-episode season.
AMC's “Turn” finds its Benedict Arnold
"The Mentalist’s" Owain Yeoman will take on the role of the American Revolution’s famous traitor.
Mandy Moore is scrubbing in as what FOX is calling a "recurring guest star" on the freshman hospital dramedy "Red Band Society."
The network announced this morning that Moore will play Dr. Erin Grace, chief of staff at Ocean Park Hospital, home to the pediatric wing caring for the show's main characters.
The Robert Hales-directed video is in the blue-washed tint that White so loves (check out clips for “I’m Shakin’,” or “Love Interruption”) and features a sartorially splendid White, dressed for a prom circa 1979, with shorter hair than we’re used to seeing him and crazy sideburns.
The video takes place in the art deco bar at Denver’s Oxford Hotel and goes from a relatively sedate scene of White drinking at the bar until we delve into his mind. For as placid as he seems at the bar, there’s a whirlwind going on in his mind, as evidenced by the razor-quick edits and staccato images, all propelled by a mystery woman whom he never approached.
And by the way, he takes the line “I’m getting better at being a ghost,” literally in the clip.
Next up for White is appearing at Farm Aid, the yearly benefit put on by Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews, and Neil Young, on Sept. 13 at Raleigh’s Walnut Creek Amphitheater.
CBS’ “Thursday Night Football” debut gets big numbers
The NFL’s new TV package paid off for CBS, as it’s likely going to inflict damage on rival shows on Thursday over the next seven weeks. PLUS: CBS crushed "The Biggest Loser" premiere.
Mandy Moore to guest on “Red Band Society”
She’ll play Dave Annable’s ex.
Fast National ratings for Thursday, September 11, 2014.
The premiere of CBS' Thursday Night Football, a sloppy game between the Ravens and Steelers, dominated primetime in all measures, though NBC's "The Biggest Loser" opener still got a decent sampling, albeit far below fall's launch.
CBS is boasting that the Thursday Night Football premiere was the network's best Thursday primetime deliver since 2006 and the broadcast on both CBS and NFL Network more than doubled last year's NFL Network Thursday opener.
Remember, as always, that due to the live nature of the football game, plus the simulcast on NFL Network, these numbers aren't accurately reflective of the actual Pittsburgh-Baltimore ratings for the night.
On to those numbers...