Friday, January 16, 2009
Other than that, we learned mainly about storyline questions for the hot ABC dramas, so I won't give that away since it could be spoilery for some. Let's just say, if you don't like the Denny-Izzie ghost storyline, keep watching...you have no idea what is happening. He did say he was very happy with Private Practice and the crossover episodes between that and Grey's Anatomy should be big. Still no idea when they are officially airing, but I have a hunch they start on Feb. 12 (or maybe March sweeps?). There are still no airdates for the final Pushing Daisies, Dirty Sexy Money and Eli Stone episodes. There is a rumor saying June, though. McPherson says he loved all three and it is too bad Nielsen didn't either. He was also happy that Marc Cherry decided to extend Desperate Housewives beyond season seven. He was also happy with the Boston Legal finale and it ended their own way, while Dancing with the Stars was a blast, especially Cloris Leachman. The upcoming edition he says has a good core group. Can't wait until it is announced! And as Nina Tasler of CBS said, McPherson is pleased with what NBC did at 10pm. Less of a bidding war now.
After the executive session we had a panel for the upcoming single-camera sitcom Better Off Ted. Then it was time for lunch and a viewing session of Lost with a question & answer with Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse! Probably the most anticipated session of all of TCA. The third episode of the season was screened for the press prior to the q&a, as the press has already saw the first two episodes (like me...it is great stuff!). After that, panels for many other upcoming spring series were up: The Unusals, Castle, In the Motherhood, The Goode Family, and Cupid. Launch dates for the new dramas The Unusuals, Castle, and Cupid were already announced from ABC early last month. To recap, The Unusuals will launch Wednesday, April 8 at 10pm following Lost. Castle will launch with Dancing with the Stars' new season on Monday, March 9 at 10pm, while Cupid will air Tuesdays at 10pm following Dance's results show.
The AFI Life Achievement Awards are moving from USA Network to TV Land starting this year. TV Land has signed a four-year deal to showcase the awards annually. The 37th Annual AFI Life Achievement Awards will be taped on Thursday, June 11, 2009 in Los Angeles and will honor Michael Douglas. The event will be telecast on TV Land PRIME about 6 weeks or so later on Sunday, July 19, 2009 in primetime.
USA Network has had the awards since 2002. Previously the awards were on broadcast television on CBS, NBC, and ABC. The AFI Life Achievement Award is the highest honor for a career in film.
The Big Bang Theory - "The Mommy Observation" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT)
When Sheldon visits his Mom in Houston, he is forced to confront a new reality. Meanwhile, Raj’s ‘Murder Mystery’ party starts some fights within the gang.
The Millers - "Plus One" (CBS, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Nathan’s excitement at scoring a ticket for himself and a guest to a dinner with President Obama turns to dread when he has to pick one of his family members to be his “plus one."
Two and a Half Men - "Welcome Home, Jake" (CBS, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Lyndsey discovers that Alan is sleeping with Larry’s sister, Gretchen. Meanwhile, Walden struggles with telling Barry to find his own place. Kimberly Williams-Paisley returns as Alan’s new girlfriend, Gretchen.
The Crazy Ones - "March Madness" (CBS, 9:30PM ET/PT)
Simon’s hatred for all things related to St. Patrick’s Day is exacerbated when Andrew’s rowdy and spirited sisters descend on the office to celebrate the holiday. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar guest stars as himself.
Community - "VCR Maintenance and Educational Publishing"" (NBC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
When Jeff (Joel McHale), Shirley (Yvette Nicole Brown) and Professor Hickey (Jonathan Banks) happen upon a hidden cache of textbooks, the discovery leads to some interesting power shifts as the group struggles with how to monetize their windfall. Meanwhile, Abed (Danny Pudi) and Annie (Alison Brie) decide it’s time for a new roommate. Abed wants his friend Rachel (guest star Brie Larson, “United States of Tara”) to move in, while Annie wants her brother to move in. When they decide to play an old VCR game to determine the winner, things get a little intense.
Parks and Recreation - "New Slogan" (NBC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Leslie (Amy Poehler) aims to create a new town slogan, but runs afoul of local shock jocks (Special Guest Stars Nick Kroll and Matt Besser). Andy (Chris Pratt) scouts bands to play the Unity Concert and discovers an interesting secret about Ron (Nick Offerman), while Tom (Aziz Ansari) looks for a restaurant locale with Donna (Retta) and April (Aubrey Plaza).
Sirens - "Rachel McAdams Topless" (USA Network, 10:00PM ET/PT)
A patient wants the guys to clear his browser history; Johnny remembers that Theresa has his iPad.
Saint George - "I Wish" (FX, 9:00PM ET/PT)
George is determined to have an old-school Mexican birthday party for Harper, which ends in chaos with the police showing up.
Anger Management - "Charlie and the Hot Latina" (FX, 9:30PM ET/PT)
Charlie falls for the sexy daughter of his father's warring neighbor.
Thursday, March 13
- Bryan Cranston (Malcolm in the Middle) - Catch Bryan on The Late Show with David Letterman at 11:35pm on CBS.
- Melissa Rauch (The Big Bang Theory) - Melissa appears on The Late Show with David Letterman at 11:35pm on CBS. She also chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
- Michael McMillian (What I Like About You) - Michael visits The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson at 12:37am on CBS.
- George Lopez (Saint George/George Lopez) - George is a guest on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
- Patricia Richardson (Home Improvement) - Patricia discusses her involvement with the Cure PSP organization on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
- Ed Begley, Jr. (Gary Unmarried/Wednesday 9:30 (8:30 Central)) - Ed and his family give tips on saving money on energy on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
- Lori Loughlin (Full House) - Lori appears on NBC's Today in the 10am hour.
- Sarah Michelle Gellar (The Crazy Ones) - Sarah drops by The Queen Latifah Show, so check your local listings.
- Fred Willard (Back to You/Everybody Loves Raymond/Maybe It's Me) - Fred visits The Queen Latifah Show, so check your local listings.
- Joseph Gordon-Levitt (3rd Rock from the Sun) - Joseph is a guest on Tavis Smiley on PBS, so check local listings for time.
- Christian Slater (Breaking In) - Christian appears on NBC's Today in the 10am hour.