Here and Now Season Two Will Feature ’110% More Dragons and Bill Maher’

Here and Now, the new ratings-challenged HBO series from Six Feet Under's Alan Ball, will be returning for a second season, but it will look significantly different. The family drama will see multiple changes in season two, with Bill Maher, host of HBO's political comedy Real Time, joining the cast for the second season. Another new addition to the series will be dragons, borrowed from fellow HBO series Game of Thrones. Both of these additions are attempts at boosting sagging ratings, by incorporating elements from two of HBO's biggest series. Stars Holly Hunter and Tim Robbins are both set to return, though Hunter reportedly is dismayed with the new additions due to a "no dragons" clause in her contract.

What do you think of this fake news? Are you excited for a season of Here and Now that's full of dragons and Bill Maher? Drop your thoughts in the comments below!

Unforgettable - Season 5 Ratings

Unforgettable recently wrapped up its fifth season. The Poppy Montgomery-led series was revived for the third time in 2017, after previously being canceled twice by CBS and once by A&E. The series was picked up by CMT, and it aired on Fridays at 5 AM. The series again drew little interest, but nevertheless, below are the ratings for all of its fifth season.

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Paul from Sprint Given Pilot Order as NBC Rebrands Advertising Strategy

NBC’s CEO Robert Greenblatt recently told the prese that he was aware people do not like to watch commercials and that they needed to be more watchable (http://deadline.com/2017/11/nbcs-bob-greenblatt-people-are-running-away-from-advertising-in-droves-1202215615/). Since then, NBC has gone further and decided to imcorporate commercials directly into shows.

One example of such is the pilot order of a yet-to-be-named comedy starring Paul from Sprint. It is set to follow the real-life events of Paul as he transitioms from a spokesperson for Verizon to Sprint, while trying to cover up the fact that he is personally a Cricket Wireless user. It is likely that should the pilot be passed on, he will be written into Superstore.

Additionally, a spin-off of the DirecTV commercial featuring a guy walking into a glass door is close to a pilot order. No details yet on what the premise of the pilot is.

Finally, in perhaps the most lucrative of deals, Amazon is teaming up with This Is Us to heavily integrate their voice assistant Alexa into the hit family drama. Every character will ask Alexa something once per episode, and then remark how they can’t believe how cheap and fast it is to buy with Amazon Prime.

What do you think of this news? Let us know in the comments below!














And happy April Fools Day! Hopefully we didn’t scare you too much.

Rondi Reed Returns to Sitcoms in FX Comedy Rude Barb

Written Baking a Pie by Bridger Cunningham

Rondi Reed became Mike and Molly's sour scene stealer as cantankerous monster-in-law Peggy Biggs.  Now, she gets to resurrect her salty comic relief as FX has ordered straight to pilot Rude Barb, a sendup of the Rubarb Lady video meme.  It may sound like a trite gimmic, a la ABC's 2007 Caveman disaster playing off the Geico Commercial.  Give it a chance, as this horrid gig and meme depicting the decay of western society holds an entertaining premise.

Unemployed Texas resident Barb Spitz (Reed) gets caught picking through her neighbor Hilda Green's (Martha Plimpton) overgrown rhubarb garden.  After a tasteless exchange with Hilda and her weak husband Thornton (Thomas Lennon), Barb spits the insults out, even telling Thornton "Mind ya business ya fucking lezzie!" as both look on confused.  After witnessing this exchange, The Green's rambunctious children, Madison, Cavanaugh and Braxton all decide she is the perfect harbinger for pranks.  After catching the youngsters TP'ing her house, Barb whips out a garden house out her living room window and sprays the Green children and their friends.

Parents in the neighborhood decide to bring the authorities in until Thornton points out no one ever disciplines the kid, and they actually responded to someone calling them out.  Lacking childcare during Spring Break, Hilda and Thornton approach Barb with an offer -- watch their kids with pay, or they would go to the police regarding hosing down the kids.  To which Barb crassly spits out "Go fuck yourself and the bisexual horse you rode in on!"  Hilda unveils knowledge of being behind in utilities and foreclosure threats.  In exchange for pay, turning on her utilities and being "neighborly" with a rhubarb helping, Barb will babysit, despite declaring "Don't expect me to fall in love with your spawn of Satan, and tell those little shits this ain't a party and to keep their fellow trolls off my property!"

After a week of mayhem including flying shoes, getting smacked with a wooden spoon and making the kids spruce up her home, bootcamp style, both parties are at their wits end.  However, the Greens are delighted their children are picking up after themselves, running the vacuum cleaner and taking their attitudes down a few pegs.  As they fear when they go back to the gingerbread house, the witch will shove them in the oven.  Word spreads of Barb's effective tactics, with several parents on the block requesting her services.  Seeing a golden opportunity, Barb decides her home shall now house a daycare center.

Tune in for the crass antics starting June 31, 2018.

Reality Shows Renew/Cancel - Spring Update

Reality Shows Renew/Cancel: Spring Update Predictions






As the season winds down, we have the last major update post for the fates of all your favorite reality shows! 

Show
Network
Prediction
Predicted
Saturday Night Live (SAT)
NBC
😁 

The Voice
NBC
😁 
Survivor
CBS
😁 
The Wall
ABC
😁
The Amazing Race
CBS
😁
20/20 (F)
NBC 
😁 
American Idol
ABC
😁 

MasterChef Junior (F)
FOX
😁 

60 Minutes
CBS
😁

48 Hours (F)
CBS
😁 

Celebrity Big Brother
CBS
😃 

The Bachelor Winter Games
ABC
😃

Match Game
ABC
😃 
Better Late Than Never
NBC
🙂 
Little Big Shots
NBC
🙂  

Genius Junior
NBC
😦 

Showtime at the Apollo
FOX
😞

The Toy Box
ABC
😞 
Ellen’s Game of Games
NBC
Renewed
Renewal
Shark Tank
ABC
Renewed
Renewal
Hell’s Kitchen (F)
FOX 
Renewed
Renewal
America’s Funniest Home Videos
ABC
Renewed 
Renewal
Child Support (F)
ABC
Renewed
Renewal
Dancing With the Stars
ABC
Renewed 
Renewal


Genius Junior: After a mediocre at best start (1.0 in the golden 18-49 demo), the kids talent show fell to a rough 0.7 this past Sunday. These ratings are average at best, and are certainly not lighting up the charts by any standards. With the ratings more than likely to fall even lower before the season ends, NBC will most likely decide to cut their losses and end this show after one season; especially considering the strong successes that NBC has on the reality slate, as well as the jam packed schedule they always give themselves.

Little Big Shots: Down a sharp 31 percent year to year, the once massive talent show has certainly seen better days, fizzling out fast this year. Season three is currently averaging a 0.95 A18-49, which is not terrible, but it is also not amazing. The ratings this season have been all over the board, ranging from 0.8-1.1, however, I still believe NBC will not give up on it yet. Unless the ratings take a much harsher drop for the rest of the season, it should make it out alive. As I always say, reality shows are much more cheaper than regular shows, so the lackluster ratings here are compensated for with the costs. It also helps airing on the network that has been wanting to renew every single show these past two years. 


Stay tuned for future updates as we see where the ratings go and what that means for the fates of all your favorite reality shows.


What do you think of these predictions? What are you predicting? Let us know in the comments below!

KEY:

Certain to be Renewed: 😁
Likely to be Renewed: 😃
Leans Renewal: 🙂
Leans Cancellation: 😦
Likely to be Canceled: 😞
Certain to be Canceled: 😓

*(F) Denotes a show airing on Fridays where shows are typically renewed with lower ratings
*(SAT) Denotes a show airing on Saturdays where shows are typically renewed with lower ratings

FOX Renew/Cancel: Brooklyn Nine-Nine Is Likely to be Renewed


Certain Cancelation/Ending
Likely Cancelation
Leans Cancelation
Leans Renewal
Likely Renewal
Certain Renewal 
Renewed
New Girl (Ending)
The X-Files
Gotham
The Last Man On Earth
Lucifer
Bob’s Burgers
The Simpsons
The Exorcist
Ghosted
The Mick
LA to Vegas
Brooklyn Nine-Nine
The Resident
The Orville





Family Guy
The Gifted





Lethal Weapon
9-1-1





Empire






Star



Prediction Changes
-Brooklyn Nine-Nine up to a Likely Renewal
-LA to Vegas down to Leans Renewal
-The Mick up to Leans Cancelation
-Ghosted down to Likely Cancelation

Why Is Brooklyn Nine-Nine A Likely Renewal?
Brooklyn Nine-Nine really did not take its recent Tuesday days kindly, but that could have to do with the incompatible matching. While it doesn’t seem like it’ll meet advertiser’s expectations for the season, an exception will likely be made for a show that is retaining from The Simpsons in the spring. I wouldn’t be surprised with the 6th season being 18-22 episodes, but held for midseason. Best to let something else enjoy the football halo in the fall. With many shows having their casts under 6-season contracts, it shouldn’t be tough to renew it. Additionally, this could spell bad news for previous time slot occupant, Ghosted, which has been pushed down one column.

On The Mick and LA to Vegas
Neither LA to Vegas nor The Mick are doing all that great, and FOX may think they can do better with shows like The Orville or The Gifted there next season. I can’t imagine either of them being too expensive though should they decide to give them another shot. Right now, I’m giving the edge to LA to Vegas since it is closer to meeting advertisers’ expectations than The Mick, though it is still not too close to them. Plus, The Mick received a huge marketing push and hasn’t capitalized all that much.

Recent episodes of The Mick have been small successes all things considered, though. If in upcoming weeks we see LA to Vegas stuck at 0.6s and Mick up to 0.8s, I may have to change my mind. In general though, FOX comedy is tough to predict as many are of similar strength and ratings.

What do you think of my predictions? Let me know in the comments below, and be sure to leave your own!

Atlanta ’Robbin’ Season’ Season 2 Episode 5 Review ’Barbershop’


***Spoilers Ahead***

Barbershop

Brian Tyree Henry (center). Photo: FX

Unlike most sitcoms on television, Atlanta can serve a full-length episode without featuring the protagonist of the series. Although I favor installments that incorporate the entire ensemble, the comedy does not rely on any one character as a crutch. Each cast member possesses the ability to hold their own if necessary. In light of this, 'Barbershop' takes the rest of the characters out of the equation and centers on Alfred's absurd road trip with his barber. At first glance, this story may not sound like anything special. However, the writers add their signature touch and the result is a throughly enjoyable outing. 

'Barbershop' begins with Paperboi impatiently waiting to get a haircut. Initially, I expected this scene to last a short amount of time and for the episode to progress to the main event. But, the writers decided to drag it out to last the full twenty-two minutes. While that may sound like a negative response, drawing out the story was the reason that 'Barbershop' worked so well. In addition, the character of Bibby helped the outing reach a level of perfection. Similar to Chris from season 1's The Club, Bibby has a sleazy attitude and takes part in many questionable activities. His vibrant and lively behavior magnificently plays off the furiously despondent Alfred. Furthermore, Bibby's nonchalant reaction to the people he injures and steals from magnifies the amusing nature of his character.

Having said that, 'Barbershop doesn't just revolve around Bibby the barber. Paperboi definitely has many moments to shine in the half-hour installment. Alfred's distressed and extremely annoyed mood paralleled how the viewer felt as Bibby continued to stall his haircut. Since none of the cast members are as bouncy and energetic as his barber, this installement gave Al an opportunity to have a great comedic foil. The witty banter between the contrasting personalities helped propel the episode to another level of ingenuity. Outside of the entertaining duo, the side characters also provided their fair share of laughs. Bibby's son Lamar had some priceless interactions with Paperboi and his younger son also had a couple great lines. On top of that, the road trip setup gave Atlanta many unique locations to cover. 'Barbershop was not secluded in a single area and that gave the episode room to use these different places to their full potential.

The final scene of the episode acts as a flawless payoff after a lot of frustration. Alfred finding a new barber was a satisfying conclusion to an amazingly reckless outing. But, in a weird way, I almost felt sorry for Bibby. Despite his crimes, his actions never had any malicious intent. After the drab and gloomy 'Helen', 'Barbershop' acted as a delightful counterpart. Jam-packed with jokes and laughs, 'Barbershop' is a thrilling outing with incredible replay value. In all, this would be a great episode to recommend to first-time viewers.

Stray Thoughts
  • "I'm like Lonzo Ball."
  • It has been two episodes since we've seen Darius. The next episode will change that. 
  • Lamar had the audacity to ask Paperboi to put him on. Bibby had the audacity to ask Paperboi for money. Like father, like son. 
  • I felt sorry for Bibby. It seemed like he has a hard life. 
  • The invisible car!
  • I'm shocked Bibby and Alfred didn't end up in jail. 

Grade: A


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