... Everyone's favorite starship captain (suck it, Kirk, and sorry, @JT_Kirk) is returning to television! Patrick Stewart, who manned the Enterprise on Star Trek: The Next Generation, has just landed his first regular series role in 20 years. Stewart will star in Seth MacFarlane's new Starz comedy Blunt Talk as Walter Blunt, a British TV presenter who's looking to "conquer" the world of American cable news. (Question: Which usually comes first, the character or the show title?) The other big announcement here is that Blunt Talk earned a straight-to-series, two-season (!!!) order from Starz. Each season will run for 10 episodes, with the first one premiering in 2015. [Starz via press release]
... HBO's short-lived series The Comeback is coming back! Probably. HBO is reportedly considering a six-episode revival of the comedy that starred Lisa Kudrow as former reality star Valerie Cherish. Original series stars Kudrow, Malin Akerman, and Kellen Lutz would all come back as well. The rumors surrounding The Comeback's potential comeback are technically still rumors, but now that more "sources" are saying they're true, they've become a full-fledged super-rumors! Once another few outlets pick up the story, it'll grow into a mega-rumor, and after that it'll balloon into an uber-rumor, colosso-rumor, and finally, a true-mor. Then it'll sprout legs, walk onto land, and becomes fact. [E! Online]
... Showtime is developing a drama based on the cocaine heyday of the 1980s. Boyz in the Hood director John Singleton is lining up (teehee) the project, which will be set in 1984 Los Angeles and follow three main characters: a boy in Compton, a Mexican wrestler, and a CIA agent. This will be the kind of show that think you'll just try once, but then you watch another episode and another episode until all of a sudden you're knocking down Singleton's door and telling him you'll do ANYTHING for more. [Deadline]
... Have you forgotten who Isaiah Washington played on Grey's Anatomy, sending you into a panic in the lead-up to the actor's impending return to the soap opera that sometimes features medical elements? Well, ABC has your back. The network will re-run Washington's last appearance on the show, which first aired in 2007, in the 8pm time slot this Thursday, before he shows up again at 9pm. I wonder if the new episode will leave out the part where he got kicked off the show for screaming gay slurs at his cast mates? [Variety]
... This is... Sports Jeopardy!? Streaming-video company Crackle will host a jock-y take on the classic quiz show, with NBC Sports' Dan Patrick playing the role of Alex Trebek. Sony Pictures TV, which owns Crackle, is behind the show. [NY Daily News]
... There's a reality show coming to TV Guide Network that follows '80s boy band New Kids on the Block as go on a cruise and hang out with fans and sing the classics. It's called Rock This Boat: NKOTB. Pass the tailpipe, please. [TVGN via press release]
... Oprah's OWN is still trying to be a thing and has renewed Raising Whitley, a reality show following comedian Kym Whitley and her friends as they all raise her kid, for a second season. The network also ordered more episodes of Deion's Family Playbook, a reality show following Deion Sanders. [Deadline]
... The Tony Award nominees were announced today, and among them are Bryan Cranston for All the Way, Neil Patrick Harris for Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Audra McDonald for Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill, Chris O'Dowd for Of Mice and Men, and Tony Shalhoub for Act One. And hey, Hugh Jackman is hosting! The Tony Awards air on CBS on June 8. [Tony Awards]
... Rosie O'Donnell is coming!!! Specifically to The Fosters, where she'll reprise her role as the tough (like Rosie) but compassionate (unlike Rosie) Rita Hendricks. She'll appear in two episodes in August... but her presence will be felt forever. Season 2 of The Fosters premieres June 16. [ABC Family via press release]
... All you The Voice fans out there, there is "no doubt" that this is great news! HAHAHAHA! Oh you'll get it in a sec. Gwen Stefani has officially joined the singing show for the fall cycle as one of the coaches, fulfilling the requirement for a blonde lady on the judging panel of the NBC hit. Stefani will sit and swivel alongside Pharrell Williams, Pharrell Williams' Arby's hat, Adam Levine, and Blake Shelton. She effectively sits in for Christina Aguilera, who will return for The Voice's spring edition next year. [THR]
... Jay Ellis (The Game) will hop on the second season of Showtime's Masters of Sex. He'll play Dr. Cyril Franklin, a doc who shares an office space with William Masters, causing tension between the two. I mean, who can get any work done with all those orgasm noises? Masters of Sex is piling on the new cast members for Season 2; Sarah Silverman joined the series yesterday. [Variety]
VERY IMPORTANT NEWS
... Nolan Gould, a.k.a. Modern Family's Luke Dunphy, has passed his driver's test! And he used the opportunity to shill for Ford. Smart kid. [Nolan Gould's twitter]
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AIRED ON 5/23/2014
Season 2013 : Episode 180