TV Junkie: 'Entourage' To End Next Summer; RIP Patricia Neal
"Entourage" exits stage left next Summer
The Hollywood Reporter has a great summary of what must've been a long Saturday at the Television Critics Association's HBO day. The gist: "Entourage" will have its last season next summer and it will be a short one, the idea is that it would set up a movie for later in the year - this is a good thing as the series has become a little tired even for former fans as, it seems, the producers have resorted to driving interest in the show season-by-season by changing Adrian Grenier's hairstyle. "Curb Your Enthusiasm" will end only when Larry David wants it to end, and he's not indicating an end anytime soon. "The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency" may have a follow-up movie but is over as a series - this is good as the books may have been good but it was an awkward and out-of-place series for US TV. We'd like to hear more about new HBO series but all the hype is about "Boardwalk Empire", which premieres September 19th.
It's with sadness that we bid farewell to triple Emmy-nominee Patricia Neal who passed away from lung cancer on Sunday at the age of 84. Although her Emmy-noms were for network drama specials, her work on pilots helped launch iconic series like "The Waltons". Neal was also well-known for marrying author Roald Dahl and for winning one of those Oscar things for her role in Hud with Paul Newman. Ironically, this reporter had just completed the Pan-Mass Challenge ride for cancer research, finishing in Provincetown, Massachusetts after riding a bike 300 miles from the New York border. Provincetown is on Cape Cod to the north of Martha's Vineyard - we finished the ride on Sunday morning, about the same time Neal passed away.
The TV Junkie Plan: "Top Gear", "Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations" (Dubai), "Chelsea Lately", Fallon (Jason Bateman).8:00pm Bachelor Pad ABC - Season Premiere.
8:00pm Teen Choice 2010 Fox - Honoring the year's teen icons; Katy Perry, Chris Colfer, Kevin McHale; Cory Monteith and Mark Salling host; scheduled performers include Jason Derulo, Travie McCoy featuring Bruno Mars, Justin Bieber and Diddy-Dirty Money.
8:00pm Too Fat for 15: Fighting Back Style - Series Premiere. New and returning students head to Wellspring Academy of the Carolinas.
9:00pm Ultimate Car Build-Off Discovery - Underwater vehicles are built from electric golfcarts.
9:00pm Top Gear BBC America - Jeremy drives a Land Rover Discovery up a mountain; Richard discovers unusual models in the Rinspeed factory in Switzerland; Joanna Lumley is the Star in a reasonably priced car
9:00pm Last Comic Standing NBC - Comics Kathy Griffin, Tom Papa and Iliza Shlesinger perform; Gloria Gaynor performs with Craig Robinson and his band The Nasty Delicious; the winner is revealed.
10:00pm Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations Travel - Tony experiences the building boom that has taken place in Dubai, which is now a global city
10:00pm Dating in the Dark ABC - Season Premiere.
11:00pm Chelsea Lately E! - TV personality Bethenny Frankel.
11:35pm The Tonight Show With Jay Leno NBC - TV show host Howie Mandel; actress Aubrey Plaza; Mike Posner performs.
12:05am Jimmy Kimmel Live ABC - Actress Jada Pinkett Smith; TV show host Chris Harrison; Luke Bryan performs.
12:35am The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson CBS - Actress Lindsay Sloane; Vampire Weekend performs.
12:35am Late Night With Jimmy Fallon NBC - Actor Jason Bateman; actor Kieran Culkin; actress China Chow; Menomena performs.