Thursday, January 19, 2006

TCA Network Winter Press Tour CBS Day 2; UPN

CBS was up for a second day at the TCA Tour and they gave information on some of its mid-season entries. Courting Alex, which premieres this Monday at 9:30 p.m., starring Jenna Elman is Alex, an attractive, single, workaholic attorney who has everything in life with the exception of one thing…a life. Executive producer Rob Hanning is comparing this show to The Mary Tyler Moore Show. The official SitcomsOnline.com Review of the pilot for this new series is coming soon. So stay tuned to see what we think about the show and about that comparison. Another sitcom they have in the works is The New Adventures of Christine starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus. Can the Seinfeld alum break the post-Seinfeld curse? Well we can't tell yet because CBS has still not announced what night and time it will air. It'll be either Mondays or Wednesdays, I'm sure, and it will start this March. CBS also has a crime drama (yes yet another!) in the works as well, titled The Unit. No night and time for that yet either.

Elsewhere at CBS, they announced that Nickelodeon on CBS Saturday mornings will be gone starting fall 2006. DiC Entertainment has now teamed up with the eye net for Saturday morning cartoons and the block will be called CBS' Secret Saturday Morning Slumber Party. Shows have not been announced yet, but DiC has a vast array of shows on the air now in some form such as Where on Earth is Carmen Sandiego?, Sabrina: The Animated Series, Madeline, Strawberry Shortcake, Liberty's Kids, Trollz, Sherlock Holmes in the 22nd Century, Archie's Weird Mysteries, The Littles, Inspector Gadget's Field Trip, and Sonic Underground.

CBS has optioned the format rights to an internationally successful property dubbed Game Show Marathon, which will feature a half-dozen celebrity contestants competing in a different classic game show (The Price is Right, Match Game, Beat the Clock, etc.) each week.

Former Joan of Arcadia co-star Jason Ritter has enrolled in the CBS comedy pilot The Class.
The action begins with a party thrown by 27-year-old Ethan (Ritter) for his girlfriend, whom he met in third grade. Ethan invites six other people who were in the class with them, all of whom have since lost touch with one another. The party then becomes the springboard for following how the lives of the reunited characters continue to intersect.
Also cast in the pilot is Jesse Tyler Ferguson, who will play one of the schoolmates, a serious man going through a dark period in his life. The two join previously cast Lucy Punch.

In the UPN front, executive producers Chris Rock and Will Smith will direct episodes of their respective UPN series, Everybody Hates Chris and All of Us, which will air later this season on UPN.
In the Chris Rock directed episode of Everybody Hates Chris entitled "Everybody Hates Corleone," Chris grows tired of getting beat up by bullies at school, so he asks his parents to be transferred to the neighborhood school, but when they deny the request, he decides to take matters into his own hands. Meanwhile, Julius' new job at the fish market makes him stink up the house and everyone in it.
In the Will Smith directed episode of All of Us, Bobby says the "N" word at a birthday party, and it forces Robert to examine his own use of the term and whether or not it's appropriate.

UPN's comedy Half & Half will feature a three-episode HIV storyline guest starring Michelle Williams of Destiny's Child in which she plays Naomi Dawson, a rival record producer who is HIV positive with whom Spencer (Chico Benymon) is pursuing a relationship. The three-episode arc airs in consecutive weeks beginning Monday, February 13 (9:30-10:00 p.m, ET/PT) on UPN.


Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Monday, July 15

Raven's Home - "Dress to Express" (Disney Channel, 8:00PM ET/PT)
When Levi makes a documentary on how a person's individual style influences the perception of them, Nia, Tess and Booker each learn something new about themselves.

In The Cut - "The Honeymooners" (Bounce TV, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Jay and Cheryl's honeymoon phase is short lived when Cheryl empties out her storage unit into their condominium; Kenny and Smitty become roommates for the weekend.

In The Cut - "Monster in Law" (Bounce TV, 9:30PM ET/PT)
Jay meets Cheryl's mother for the first time; Kenny reunites with an old friend who goes from houseguest to burden.

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Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of July 15)

Monday, July 15

  • Mike Epps (Survivor's Remorse/Uncle Buck) - Watch Mike on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Joel McHale (Community/The Great Indoors) - Joel stops by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC. He also talks about Card Sharks on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am and on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Ricky Gervais (After Life/The Office) - Ricky visits The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Laura Dern (F Is for Family/Enlightened) - Laura drops by Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Anna Faris (Mom) - Anna is a guest on a repeat of The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Kunal Nayyar (The Big Bang Theory) - Kunal appears on a repeat of The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Harvey GuillĂ©n (What We Do in the Shadows) - Harvey is a guest on a repeat of Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Kumail Nanjiani (Silicon Valley) - Kumail chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Alan Alda (M*A*S*H) - Alan is in the house with rapid fire questions for Rach on Rachael Ray, so check your local listings.
  • Seth Rogen (Undeclared) - Seth talks about The Lion King on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am.
  • Vivica A. Fox (Mr. Box Office/Getting Personal/Arsenio/Out All Night) - Vivica talks about Lifetime's The Wrong Boy Next Door on Access Live, so check your local listings.
  • Fred Savage (What Just Happened??! with Fred Savage/Friends from College/The Grinder/Working/The Wonder Years) - Fred talks about What Just Happened??! with Fred Savage on Access Live, so check your local listings.
  • Drake Bell (Drake & Josh) - Drake is a guest on the BUILD Series at 12pm.


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