Even though I never took chemistry, I understand the abbreviated version of the laws of thermodynamics which are summarized in the phrase “Entropy eventually wins”. Basically it says that the universe is constantly moving away from an organized state into a disorganized state. Entropy has attacked my entertainment blog and I did not discover it until today. My RSS reader was somehow configured to only retain the most recent 200 articles in any given website that I follow. And given that it’s been especially long time since I read any articles, there should’ve been way more than 200 articles per site on many of my favorite entertainment sites. Although that information is still out there somewhere in the World Wide Web, it would be too difficult to go retrieve. So this installment is unfortunately truncated to the 200 most recent articles in all my sources. I have reconfigured the reader to maintain 2000 articles per website and hopefully I can keep from getting so far behind in the future.
Sadly entropy also took standup comedian David Brenner who died recently at age 78. He appeared on the Tonight Show over 100 times and had several cable specials. Standup comedians today are all about “observational humor” which I love. But I miss the days when comedians told jokes. Brenner had a favorite joke that became a favorite of mine.
A guy joins the Army and get sent off to war only to find that the particular unit he is assigned to is unfortunately seriously undersupplied. His commander hands him a stick and tells them to point it at the enemy and say “Bang-ity, Bang-ity, Bang”. The guy realizes the dead man that has no other choice but to go into battle and try not to get shot. As enemy forces arrive he hopes perhaps you can scare them off with his fake gun. He points the state at an advancing soldier and yells “Bang-ity, Bang-ity, Bang!” Much to his surprise the enemy begins falling dead! He makes a giant charge into enemy lines waving his stick and yelling “Bang-ity, Bang-ity, Bang!” and the enemy is dropping like flies. Then one soldier comes marching towards him and refuses to drop. He ends up walking right over our hero knocking him to the ground. As he is lying there in pain trying to figure out what happened he hears the enemy walking away yelling “Tank-ity, Tank-ity, Tank!”
Rest in peace David. Thanks for all the laughs as silly as they were.
CW network launched a new sci-fi show called “The 100” that may be worth checking out. It’s sort of a mix between Defiance, Oblivion, a teen romance show, and Lord of the Flies. The human race has escaped a postnuclear apocalypse earth to live in orbiting space station. The totalitarian government in space gives the death penalty for every offense because resources are so short. However juveniles are jailed until their 18th birthday when they are either paroled or killed. 100 of these juveniles get sent back down to the surface of Earth to see if it’s viable. I’ve seen one episode of the two that have aired. I’m going to stick with it for now. I’ll keep you posted.
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Spoilers from Michael Ausiello dated March 18
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Odette Anabel formerly of House and Banshee will star in the ABC summer drama series Astronaut Wives Club
CBS’s shooting a pilot called How I Met Your Dad from the same people who made HIMY-Mother. Greta Gerwig will be the mom.
Queen Latifah will guest star in an upcoming episode of Hot in Cleveland
Chris Coifer will write an upcoming episode of Glee
The Flash will not be appearing on Arrow but two characters from his upcoming spinoff will appear. Danielle Pennebaker will play Caitlin Snow will play a bioengineering expert who lost her fiancé in the particle accelerator accident at central city STAR labs. Speculation is she will involve into Killer Frost. Carlos Valdez plays Cisco remote a STAR Labs genius who may become Justice Leaguer known as Vibe.
Showtime announced season 2 of Masters of Sex will be in the summer paired up with season 2 of Ray Donovan
Upcoming SNL hosts include Anna Kendrick and Seth Rogen
FX has ordered a new sitcom called The Comedians starring Billy Crystal and Josh Gad. It’s behind the scenes at a late-night talkshow
Astronaut Wives Club has cast Dexter’s Desmond Harrington as Alan Shepherd
NBC has renewed Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, Grimm, Parks and Rec have been renewed
Hal Linden will guest star on 2 Broke Girls as Max’s landlord
USA Network has green lit two new medical series Complications about an ER doctor who saves the life of a boy whose life is in danger from criminals. And Rush about the Hollywood concierge doctor who only takes payments in cash and keeps clients secrets
History Channel has renewed Vikings for season 3. I’m loving season 2 right now.
Lots of news about upcoming Fox series Gotham which was originally billed as an origin story for Commissioner Gordon. However now it’s been revealed several villains including Penguin, Catwoman etc. as well as a 12-year-old Bruce Wayne will appear in the show.
BBC America has ordered its first original comedy series titles Almost Royal about two young British aristocrats. Show will debut following season finale of Orphan Black season 2
American Horror Story: Freak Show a.k.a. AHS 4 will see the return of Jessica Lange Kathy Bates, Sarah Paulson, Evan peters, Angela Bassett, and Frances Conroy. Denis O’Hare and Emma Roberts are in talks to return to the show which takes place in Jupiter Florida in a carnival in 1950
HBO’s True Detective will compete for Emmys as a drama series rather than as a miniseries.
Syfy Channel’s Defiance will return June 19 forward by the new series Dominion which is based on the movie Legion
BBC America’s zombie miniseries In the Flesh returns for six episodes Saturday, May 10
Michelle Borth who plays Catherine on Hawaii 50 is leaving at the end of the season
Upcoming sequel films for 2015 include Avengers: Age of Ultron, Mad Max: Fury Road, Fast & Furious 7, Jurassic World, Terminator: Genesis, Fantastic Four, Ted 2, Star Wars: Episode VIII, Alvin and the Chipmunks 4, Mission Impossible 5, untitled Jason Bourne film, untitled James Bond film. And non-sequels 50 Shades of Gray, Ant-Man and Assassin’s Creed
NBC announced Last Comic Standing returns May 22 with judges Rosanne Barr, Keenen Ivory Wayans, and Russell Peters
RIP longtime character actor James Rebhorn who died of melanoma. His most recent role was Carrie’s father on Homeland
Arc Light Films has put on hold plans for a film called Deep Water about a plane that crashes en route from Sydney to Beijing. Survivors battle sharks in open waters. Not a good time to make a movie like that they decided.
Warner Bros. will film the Mitch Albom Novel “The First Phone Call from Heaven”
This week’s winner of the Chris Young sure sign of the upcoming apocalypse award goes to Fox for a new reality series titles “I Want to Marry Harry”. 12 American women were whisked off to a British estate to film a reality competition in which they were told the winner would marry Prince Harry. The whole thing was a hoax. They used a Harry look-alike.
Britain’s Sky Atlantic HD channel will simulcast the season premiere of Game of Thrones in the UK at the exact same time it appears on HBO in the US. I guess they’re taking a hit from BBC/BBC America’s Dr. Who simulcast policy to cut down on piracy. My guess is Game of Thrones will retain its throne as the most pirated show on the Internet.
Warner Bros. announced the sequel to “The Lego Movie” will premiere May 26, 2017
NBC is reviving the Heroes franchise for the 2015 season. It’s set in the same universe as the original “save the cheerleader” heroes but with all-new cast and characters. Will be 13 episodes.
Being Human US version will end after this current season finishes
The animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars has its sixth and final season of 13 episodes now streaming on Netflix.
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