Last week, a woman coming out of a duffle bag in Times Square, covered in tattoos and not knowing who she was, captivated us all. Did you know that when Jaimie Alexander filmed that scene for the Blindspot pilot, nearly naked in Manhattan, and it was one of the coldest nights in NYC? That is just one of the ways that Jaimie Alexander suffers for her art on this television show, and she is not complaining about it.
Another way she suffers is that it takes a long time to put all of the tattoos on her. How long? At the TCA NBC Summer Press Day, she told us it takes “about seven-and-a-half hours to apply.” Thankfully, for her, the fake ink can last for several days. Even though we have seen her in full body tats, there are times when they are covered up with clothes and that makes things easier on everyone.
How many tattoos does Jane Doe have on her body? We don’t know, but Executive Producer Martin Gero says that she has about 9-10 years’ worth of stories sprawled all over her. And yes, there are secret tattoos that we don’t know about.
With all that attention to detail on the tattoos, how long have the producers been mapping them out? They started pitching the show just over a year ago and since then they have been working on it. Gero explained how much of a group effort the final product is; he said they talked to, “David Kwong, who is this New York Times puzzle expert and magician…We talked to mapmakers and tattoo artists, obviously, graphic designers.” All of those people to create one person covered in black ink all over her from head to toe.
So as I said, it takes her seven-and-a-half-hours to be made up, but are they drawing all of those designs on her skin? Thankfully, for all involved, they are not. They use a company called Tinsley Transfers, and it works just like those Cracker Jacks ones you used to put on your arm when you were a kid. Just the ones they use are a lot more elaborate.
Now back to Alexander, does she have any tattoos that were not put on her by the makeup artists? She has 9 of them and they are all covered up for the show. She told us about one of them, so keep your eye out for the one on right arm that is the initials of her four brothers.
Now that you know a lot more than you knew about the Blindspot tattoos before you started reading this post; make sure to watch fall’s biggest new show on NBC tonight and every Monday at 10p!
Less than a week after the season finale of The Carmichael Show aired, NBC announced that they were picking up the hilarious show for a second season. No word when it will be back, but I am sure we will see it sooner rather than later.
The Carmichael Show was a breath of fresh air, it had the feel of Norman Lear’s comedies, but with a modern vibe. Plus, the cast was all brilliant in it. Loretta Divine was born to play this role and David Alan Grier is extremely likable as the dad. When it comes to the lead, Jerrod Carmichael is perfect as himself. Seriously though, there is nothing negative to say about this show, except that we only got a 6 episode first season.
If you missed out on the show when it aired, you can watch the whole season on NBC.com, the NBC app and NBC OnDemand. If you have seen it, then you can watch it again on all of the above. You know you want to, so that you can catch all the jokes you missed the first time you watched it.
While the news is happy for The Carmichael Show, Mr Robinson got some bad news. Class was permanently dismissed. Sadly, that sitcom had a rough beginning, but eventually it did find its groove in the last two episodes. Which was too late to save it.
Back in the ’70s and the ’80s comedies weren’t afraid to go there with controversial topics, but then they all became Cosbified, as in sugary sweet. Well tonight at 9p on NBC, The Carmichael Show is bringing back what television has lost, its balls. They are touching on issues like Ferguson and protesting, eating healthy, LGBT, religion and guns, and most shows are afraid to touch things like that with a 20′ pole.
Recently at the NBC Summer Press Day, Jerrod Carmichael, who loosely based the show on his family, explained why he opted to do that with his show. He said, “In my own standup, I don’t shy away from issues. The show is the same principle. We kind of run towards those things. They should be discussed. They should be talked about. It should be reflected in art.”
Then he shared with us why he wanted to bring his life to television. He said, “The reason I wanted to do a show and the thing that excites me most about television, is that shared (family) experience. Then he explained, “That is how my family and I watch television and during commercials was discussion time. If I could help contribute to that then that’s mission accomplished.” Loretta Devine, who plays his mother (and got Carmichael’s mom’s stamp of approval), gave her thoughts about the show, “You want to snap people’s heads back and they are like what?” Then she added, “I remember when Archie Bunker first came on and we were like, OMG, OMG. We want to have that feeling with our show.”
A feeling Carmichael is going for when he asked us, “Why can’t we talk about the things that people are talking about? I would love to bring what is happening in the news right into the episode.” Devine wants, “People want to discuss it. Can you believe they talked about that?” As she explained, “That’s the one thing that everyone talks about, what is happening on TV.”
While with most shows, we talk about who got killed off, The Carmichael Show gets us talking about current events. They are talking about serious issues and they are making us laugh about then. What I like about this show, is they are giving us both sides of the arguments, which is more than I can say about the news networks. Then at 10p, when the show is over, families are getting together and talking about what just happened in the last two episodes. That is what television should do, but it doesn’t. That was until The Carmichael Show was willing to go there.
People seem to want it because their numbers are improving every week. As they should because it is better than all the fall comedies combined. So strong, so funny and so enjoyable, I am hoping it will back in the fall or the latest the winter. This is a show we’ve been wanting, we just didn’t know it.
So catch up on The Carmichael Show on the NBC App, NBC.com or NBC OnDemand, and then watch the final 2 episodes of the season on NBC at 9p tonight.
President Barack Obama is going to be on a special episode of Running Wild with Bear Grylls to air later this year, and today NBC released the first clip from it. In it we see POTUS devouring a salmon that was half eaten by a bear. Obviously, they cooked up the dead fish before he ate it. What did he think of the host’s cooking? He said it was “mediocre”.
BTW I wonder how many pieces of the fish Bear was able to get from that Bear’s leftovers because you know the Secret Service had to test it out before the President got his bite.
On that note, can you imagine going over the menu with the White House before they went into the wild looking for food? Grylls is like can I do a urine soaked thing? No! Can I do live bugs? No! What about a salmon that has been eaten by a bear. Salmon, OK, he likes that fish.
The reboot that no one wanted is officially dead. That’s right, according to The Hollywood Reporter Coach fumbled just as it was about to hit the field. The trade says that multiple people told them production had just started and it wasn’t going well.
Coach being dropped by NBC is less of a shock than the fact that it was picked up in the first place.
The worst news about the sitcom’s demise, is now we won’t get an ALF reboot. Earlier this month at the NBC TCA Summer Press Day, NBC’s Entertainment, Chairman, Robert Greenblatt said that if Coach scored a touchdown, then he would consider bringing ALF back. I guess that isn’t going to happen now and it’s all your fault Craig T Nelson.
Norman Lear has created some of them best sitcoms to ever grace our televisions, and up until now no one else has created a comedy as brilliant as his. Tonight at 9p on NBC, The Carmichael Show comes very close to that. The Carmichael Show is loosely based on Jerrod Carmichael’s life and his family from North Carolina.
Jerrod recently moved in with his girlfriend Maxine (Amber Stevens West) and he is afraid to tell his overbearing religious mother (Loretta Divine) that they live together. He knows his Democratic mother will never approve of it, and his dad (David Alan Grier) will just go along with whatever his wife says. To give you a hint how tough Cynthia (Devine) is, Jerrod’s brother Bobby (Lil Rel Howery) has yet to tell his parents that he got divorced from his wife Nekeisha (Tiffany Haddish) 3 months ago. Even though Jerrod does not want to tell his parents, Maxine is insistent that they do. Jerrod will do everything in his power to stop Maxine from breaking the news to his mom, even telling her that he is thinking of registering as a Republican. That revelation leads to whole bunch of very funny can of worms being opened up, and several political discussions being had.
Then at 9:30p The Carmichael Show takes on an unarmed African American teen being shot by a cop and protesting and rioting erupts from it. Maxine convinces Cynthia to protest with her and one of them gets arrested after being left behind when the police show up. How will the Carmichael men handle the situation?
What I love so much about The Carmichael Show, is not only the hilarious humor, it is one of the rare political comedies that gives you both sides of the case. Something Lear perfected and inspired this show. It’s like a modern All in the Family, with the women on the show being like the men that were on Lear’s shows.
The Carmichael Show is one of the best comedies of this and next season and I really hope that NBC picks it up for at least another one. It’s the type of show that gets you talking once you are done laughing your butt off! And with how crazy this Presidential election is turning out to be, we need a show like this one.
UPDATE: Jerrod Carmichael Tweeted this touching thank you to all the people who checked out The Carmichael Show tonight.
The Biggest Loser lost just over 100 pounds today because they told Access Hollywood that Alison Sweeney will not be returning to the show after 8 years and 13 seasons. No word who, if anyone, will be replacing her when the reality competition show begins filming next month.
I personally hope that if they get a new host, they get a man to do it. Or maybe they will bring back Jillian Michaels? Who would you like to see the host the show?
Jeff Dye is over in Asia filming NBC’s Better Late Than Never. Even though he is busy working on the comedic docuseries, he still has time to take a Selfie. Several studies say that people who are constantly taking Selfies are narcissist, so it makes sense that he is a reading a magazine called that with him on the cover.
Personally as accurate it is, I am surprised he is on the cover over a Kardashian. They should be all over it, in every edition.
Today, at the NBC TCA Summer Press Day, NBC’s Chairman Robert Greenblatt was asked how the Coach reboot came about. When he was done, he said, “And if that works, then ALF the series is next.” That news is the only reason why I want Coach to succeed.
Since ALF was unceremoniously cancelled, it ended with a cliffhanger and we never found out what Gordon Shumway decided to do. I would love to see the reboot continue and find out what the Alien Life Form did. My dream idea would be that ALF left on the spaceship to escape the military, but after giving it some thought he decides to return to Earth. He doesn’t realize how much time has passed and when he finally meets up with Brian, he’s shocked to find out his best friend is now older, married and a father. Brian has moved on since his friend deserted him and isn’t sure if he wants anything to do with his old pal.
I think it would be a hit, so why wait to find out how Coach does and greenlight the ALF reboot.
As we all know Donald Trump is running for President and because of that NBC and him parted ways. That means The Celebrity Apprentice is left without a host.
Today at the NBC TCA Summer Press Day, I was kind of expecting them to name who would be replacing The Donald, but that was not the news we got. NBC’s Chairman Robert Greenblatt instead said that they were giving the reality competition show a year off. He elaborated, “We’ve actually been overwhelmed by a number of really exciting people who have come forward and are interested in taking over the show.” When it comes to the rumored names like Magic Johnson and George Lopez, he says some are true, some are not. One thing he wanted to make clear today, is that there is absolutely no way that Trump will be back on the show even after he ends his campaign for President.
When they finally settle on the new head of the boardroom, he promises to let us know. Then he added, when it happens it will probably be big news. Which really makes me wonder who are some of the names that threw their names into the hat.
I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait for the announcement and for the show to come back. Even though Trump thinks the show was about him, it wasn’t. It was about the celebrities competing on the show. Anyone could’ve sat in that seat and the show would’ve just done as well.
UPDATE: Donald Trump took to Twitter and claimed that NBC did not say to him, “You’re Fired!” He Tweeted, “People donâ€™t understand that I left The Apprentice to run for Presâ€”the Apprentice DID NOT leave me. Bob Greenblatt & folks @NBC were GREAT!” While this year might have been mutually agreed upon because of his candidacy, the future seasons were probably not.