TV Nerd News #11
Welcome to another edition of your favorite weekly TV article: iGR‘s TV Nerd News! I’m going to be honest, this week was a bit slow with TV news but that’s likely because everybody is busy preparing for the Upfronts next week. Speaking of the Upfronts, next week’s TVNN is going to be a bit different because I will be recapping each day of the event rather than just having one single article for the week. So, if you’re a fan of TV, keep in mind that there will be a fair amount of coverage next week.
Anyways, let’s get to the task at hand for this week, shall we?
5/1 – THE DAILY SHOW sets date for Jon Stewart’s hiatus
- Pretty early in TVNN‘s run, I reported that Jon Stewart would be taking a hiatus from hosting The Daily Show to make his directorial debut, Rosewater, but at the time, the specifics weren’t worked out yet. That changed this week when it was announced that Stewart’s hiatus from the show would start on June 10, 2013 (about a month from now, basically) and he would return on September 3, 2013. While I love The Daily Show, it’s nice to see Stewart get a chance to do something else outside of it, as I imagine he’s probably pretty bored (though, given the nature of politics these days…maybe not) so it should do both him and the show some good. And none of this even touches on the fact that Daily Show correspondent John Oliver (Community) will be filling in as host until Stewart returns. I’ve thought of Oliver as the heir apparent for awhile now (after all, he turned down a regular role on Community to stay on as a reporter for The Daily Show) and this seems to prove that. Or, at the very least, they’d like to see if Oliver can handle hosting duties to make their decision because let’s face it, Stewart isn’t getting any younger.
5/1 – HBO renews VEEP for another season
- Admittedly I just didn’t find the show that funny but there are a fair amount of people invested in Veep so it getting a third season is probably good news for them. That said, I will say that HBO pairing it up with Game of Thrones is probably the weirdest combination of shows on any network ever. That’s obviously hyperbolic but man, it’s an odd pairing.
5/2 – HBO orders pilot from ENTOURAGE producers and Dwayne Johnson
- This is really interesting news because, even though HBO’s seasons are shorter, it’s still a bit surprising to see Dwayne “You Could’ve Called Me The Rock Again Two Months Ago But Not Anymore” Johnson (Fast Five) sign on to star in a TV series. He’s also producing (something he’s mentioned he was going to get more into) along with Pain & Gain co-star Mark Wahlberg (The Fighter) and his producing partner Stephen Levinson (Boardwalk Empire). Levinson is also handling writing duties for the show that will center around athletes in the Miami area. If filming is actually taking place in Miami, then this move makes a lot more sense for Johnson since it’s his hometown and is where he lives. It basically sounds like Entourage but with sports and I’m okay with that. Entourage gets a lot of crap from people but it was always one of my favorite shows, even when it started to dip in quality in the latter half of its run.
5/3 – IFC miniseries THE SPOILS OF BABYLON has a pretty interesting cast
- IFC‘s upcoming miniseries from Will Ferrell and Adam McKay (Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgandy) has lined up a pretty great cast so far, as last week it was announced that Tobey Macguire (Raimi Spiderman trilogy), Kristen Wiig (Bridesmaids) and Hailey Joel Osment (The Sixth Sense) had signed on for the series. In addition to producing, Ferrell will apparently be playing a couple of roles in the series, which has been described as a big soap, similar to the original Dallas. I’m a huge Will Ferrell fan so, odd premise aside, I was interested regardless but the cast definitely helps you get over how odd of a thing this could end up being.
5/3 – Update: REVENGE has a new showrunner now
- I re-iterated my distaste for what the TV business does to writers and showrunners last week when I talked about the news that Revenge creator/executive producer Mike Kelley (The O.C.)had decided to leave the show after some disagreements with ABC about the amount of episodes per season. Well, as they say “the show must go on” and stuff, so news broke late last week that Revenge writer/producer Sunil Nayer (CSI: Miami) would be taking over as showrunner after inking a new deal with ABC Studios. As someone who has seen a majority of the show’s run, I have to admit that I’m not thrilled with the idea of a newcomer (Nayer had just joined the show prior to the new season) taking over. I’m sure Nayer is talented but one would think that a writer/producer that’s been there from the start would be a smarter choice. Either way, I wish him good luck because well, as a showrunner, he’s going to need it.
That’s it for this week’s edition of TVNN! Be on the lookout for a new edition of Trailer Tuesday a bit later in the day but in the mean time, check out this week’s FNN article. And of course, don’t forget to follow me on Twitter @kyle_igr and the site @igresponsibly!