DID OLIVIA POPE RIG THE PEABODYS?
... The University of Georgia's Peabody Awards, which recognize excellence in radio, television, and all forms of electronic media, have announced the honorees who've earned the title of "best in electronic media for 2013." And even though the Peabodys are considered to be one of the most prestigious awards in the biz, Scandal somehow managed to make the cut! Hey Olivia Pope, do you need some aloe for that burn? Anyway, the TV winners include House of Cards, Breaking Bad, The Returned, Orphan Black, Broadchurch, Borgen, Key & Peele, The Bridge, Orange Is the New Black, and more. For a full list, including nonfiction and animated series, documentaries, radio programs, and web-based winners, check out the Peabody Awards website. The official ceremony will be air on Pivot on May 19. [Peabody Awards via press release]
... Someone has "fixed" the divisive ending of How I Met Your Mother's series finale by editing out the comment about the Mother's sickness, along with the final few minutes that included the children, Robin, and whatever that horrible wig was that the producers thought made Robin look older.
... David Caspe, the creator of the dearly departed Happy Endings, is reuniting with former Happy Endings writers Matthew and Daniel Libman for a new single-camera comedy at Comedy Central. The pilot, titled Duty, stars Mike O'Gorman (The Awesomes) as Kyle, a former football star who is forced to move back to his hometown where he takes a job at the local police department. Happy Endings alum Gil Ozeri stars as Kyle's childhood bestie Lonnie, who also works at the department. [THR]
... Uh-oh! ABC has pushed back the premiere of its new drama series The Astronaut Wives Club. The 10-episode series was supposed to debut on July 24, but is now being held until midseason 2015 to make time for some creative changes. I hate to break it to you, ABC, but that's not making time for "creative changes." That's making time for people to hopefully forget all about it/not notice as quickly when the entire project is shelved. [Deadline]
... Reigning lord of geekdom Wil Wheaton is getting his own topical series on Syfy. The Wil Wheaton Project will premiere this summer and run for 12 half-hour episodes of Wheaton sharing his opinion on and dissecting the current realm of science-fiction and genre film, television, pop culture, video games, and more. Finally! Someone is making a topical series about something I really care about! Politics is SO yesterday. [Syfy via press release]
... Hulu has acquired exclusive streaming rights to full seasons of The Mindy Project and Brooklyn Nine-Nine, which will soon be available to Hulu Plus subscribers. Reality shows like Keeping Up With the Kardashians, The Real Housewives franchise, Top Chef, Top Chef Masters, The Millionaire Matchmaker, and Flipping Out will also soon be available, if you care. Full seasons of Parks and Recreation will continue to be available non-exclusively. [Hulu via press release]
... Steve Buscemi is going to have his own unscripted series on AOL (????????), in which he will talk to his famous friends while sitting on a park bench. #SaveSteveBuscemi [Digital Spy]
... Despite the fact Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. turned in one of its best episodes yet in the lead-up to the American release of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, the show's ratings for last night's episode weren't too hot. The series brought in 5.4 million viewers, but tied a series low in the demographic with only a 1.8. [The Wrap]
... The Travel Channel has greenlit 10 new series, including Booze Traveler, which just won the newly invented TV.com Award for Best TV Show Title Ever. It's also exactly what it sounds like; it'll follow one man around the world, one drink at a time. The network also greenlit Big Time RV, which centers on a prestigious RV dealership in Florida, Hotel Amazon, which follows longtime friends as they attempt to build a luxury resort in the Amazon, and American Grilled, which pits four grill masters against one another in an outdoor cooking challenge. For details on the rest of the network's new development slate, hit the link. [THR]
... SundanceTV will debut its newest scripted series, One Child, this fall. The four-part series follows a Chinese-born woman who was adopted by British parents, and chronicles her struggle with identity. [SundanceTV via press release]
... AMC's reality series Freakshow and Small Town Security will both return with new episodes on May 6 at 10pm and 11pm, respectively. The 16-episode second season of Freakshow will continue to follow Todd Ray and his Freakshow family, while Season 3 of Small Town Security will see several new characters join the cast. My only question is this: Do you think Ryan Murphy knew AMC already had a series called Freakshow when he chose the title for Season 4 of American Horror Story? My brain can only handle so much. [AMC via press release]
... Eddie McClintock (Warehouse 13) will appear in the season finale of ABC's Castle. He'll play Rogan O’Leary, a hustler who has a "complicated past" with Beckett. The season finale airs May 12. [TV Line]
... Both Niko Nicotera (Sympathy for Delicious) and David Labrava have been upped to series regulars for the seventh and final season of Sons of Anarchy. Nicotera plays Ratboy, and Labrava plays the trigger-happy Sergeant-at-Arms Happy. [Deadline]
AIRED ON 9/29/2013
Season 5 : Episode 16