Thursday, January 06, 2011

TCA Winter 2011 Press Tour: Cable Day 2; 37th Annual People's Choice Awards Winners

The TCA (Television Critics Association) Winter 2011 press tour is on day two of their three day tour for cable networks. Up today at the TCA press tour will be Turner Broadcasting, BET, Playboy, Discovery Networks, and OWN Network.
Before we get into today's sessions, we want to let you know of the few late breaking items from day one. Yesterday we told you about Hot in Cleveland's cross-ver event with All My Children, now we have some more guest star updates for Hot in Clevelend! Celebrities Peri Gilpin, (Frasier), Jimmy Kimmel (Jimmy Kimmel Live!), Jon Lovitz (The Simpsons), Isaiah Mustafa ("The Old Spice Guy"), Darnell Williams (All My Children) and John Ducey (Jonas) have been tapped as guests stars for the first 10 episodes of the second season of TV Land's original sitcom Hot in Cleveland, which returns Wednesday, January 19, 2011 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. They join previously announced guest stars Mary Tyler Moore, Bonnie Franklin, Melanie Griffith, Carl Reiner, Wayne Knight, John Schneider, Sherri Shepherd, Susan Lucci, Michael E. Knight and Jack Wagner. It was also announced that Hot in Cleveland will return for another 10 new episodes on June 15, 2011 to complete its 20-episode second season order. The mid-season finale will air on March 23 before returning on June 15.
Also, TV Land celebrates Betty White's 89th birthday by giving stars and fans the opportunity to honor everyone's golden girl with birthday wishes and personal video messages via a birthday card that is on the Hot in Cleveland Facebook page. Join superstars Tina Fey, Joel McHale, Taylor Swift, Kathie Lee Gifford, Hoda Kotb, Kristin Chenoweth, Jessica Walter and more along with fans around the world in wishing the incomparable Betty White a happy birthday. Visitors are invited to "Like" the page and post their messages and video birthday well wishes alongside their favorite celebrities including Betty's Hot co-stars Valerie Bertinelli, Wendie Malick and Jane Leeves. The birthday card will be presented to Ms. White at her TV Land birthday bash happening in New York City on Tuesday, January 18, and a compilation of messages will be available for all to see on TVLand.com.
Finally fro TV Land, The 9th Annual TV Land Awards is moving to New York City! The star-studded celebration will honor Bill Cosby and the entire cast of The Cosby Show, Michael J. Fox and the cast of Family Ties and more talent to be announced soon. The show will tape and air in April 2011. The Cosby Show will receive The Impact Award at this year's show. This award is presented to a show that offered both entertainment and enlightenment, with comedy that reflected reality. Bill Cosby, Phylicia Rashad, Malcolm-Jamal Warner, Sabrina Le Beauf, Tempestt Bledsoe, Keshia Knight Pulliam, Raven Symone and even Lisa Bonet will all be in attendance. The Fan Favorite Award is being presented to the cast of Family Ties. The series, which won viewers' hearts, starred Michael J. Fox, Meredith Baxter, Michael Gross, Justine Bateman and Tina Yothers, who will all be on hand to accept the award.

Moving on to today's sessions, we will start with TNT. They were promoting two dramas launching in June. The first one, Franklin & Bash, stars Mark-Paul Gosselaar (Raising the Bar) and Breckin Meyer (Heroes) as two young, fly-by-the-seat-of-their-pants street lawyers who cause a seismic culture clash when they join a legendary, button-down law firm. Meyer plays Jared Franklin, who has a knack for connecting with jury and judge. Gosselaar is Steven Bash, who loves sticking it to authority every chance he gets. The series also stars Malcolm McDowell (Entourage) as the patriarch of the law firm. The second original series is Falling Skies starring Noah Wyle (ER) and is produced by DreamWorks Television and executive producer Steven Spielberg. In the wake of an all-out invasion of the planet by an alien military force, survivors have banded together outside major cities to fight back. Each day is a test of survival as citizen soldiers protect the people in their care while fighting an insurgency campaign against the occupying alien force. TNT also had a panel for current series Men of a Certain Age, which stars Ray Romano and Scott Bakula and airs on Monday nights at 10pm.
Moving on to BET, they are promoting the return of The Game and new original sitcom Lets Stay Together. Both will launch on Tuesday (Jan. 11). Everyone is back on The Game as the series moves to BET after 2 years off. The series will be in its fourth season. Let's Stay Together is an urban romantic comedy set in Atlanta, GA circled around the lives of two successful adults who take an absurd step and leap-of-faith by blending their independent modern lives into the confines of a traditional marriage. The story follows Stacy Lawrence, a pediatrician who is engaged to Charles Whitmore, the contractor she hired to remodel her kitchen. Stacy and Charles have a fun, sexy, intense dynamic. However, six months in, some of the magic of finally finding a soulmate has worn off, and they find themselves constantly renegotiating their rules of cohabitation. In contrast, Stacy's super-fabulous younger sister Tasha and her husband Jamal act like an old married couple even though they're only in their twenties. Charles' earthy younger sister Kita, a proud employee of the DMV, is celebrating her independence by taking a break from dating while she explores all that life has to offer before she settles down.
These are the only notable items for today (don't think Playboy TV updates are for us). There will be even an Oprah Winfrey appearance at TCA today. What will she giveaway to critics?


The 37th Annual People's Choice Awards were held last night. Here are the winners for the television portion:

FAVORITE TV DRAMA
The Good Wife (CBS)
Grey's Anatomy (ABC)
House (Fox)
Gossip Girl (The CW)
The Vampire Diaries (The CW)
WINNER: House (Fox)

FAVORITE TV COMEDY
Modern Family (ABC)
How I Met Your Mother (CBS)
The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
Two and a Half Men (CBS)
Glee (Fox)
WINNER: Glee (Fox)

FAVORITE TV DRAMA ACTOR
Patrick Dempsey (Grey's Anatomy, ABC)
Hugh Laurie (House, Fox)
Taye Diggs (Private Practice, ABC)
Ian Somerhalder (The Vampire Diaries, The CW)
Chase Crawford (Gossip Girl, The CW)
WINNER: Hugh Laurie, House (Fox)

FAVORITE TV COMEDY ACTOR
Alec Baldwin (30 Rock, NBC)
Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory, CBS)
Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother, CBS)
Steve Carell (The Office, NBC)
Matthew Morrison (Glee, Fox)
WINNER: Neil Patrick Harris, How I Met Your Mother (CBS)

FAVORITE TV DRAMA ACTRESS
Lisa Edelstein (House, Fox)
Blake Lively (Gossip Girl, The CW)
Julianne Margulies (The Good Wife, CBS)
Kate Walsh (Private Practice, ABC)
Sandra Oh (Grey's Anatomy, ABC)
WINNER: Lisa Edelstein, House (Fox)

FAVORITE TV COMEDY ACTRESS
Alyson Hannigan (How I Met Your Mother, CBS)
Courteney Cox (Cougar Town, ABC)
Jane Lynch (Glee, Fox)
Eva Longoria Parker (Desperate Housewives, ABC)
Tina Fey (30 Rock, NBC)
WINNER: Jane Lynch, Glee (Fox)

FAVORITE TV OBSESSION
Dexter, Showtime
Pretty Little Liars, ABC Family
Burn Notice, USA Network
White Collar, USA Network
True Blood, HBO
WINNER: Dexter (Showtime)

FAVORITE COMPETITION
American Idol (Fox)
Dancing with the Stars (ABC)
Hell's Kitchen (Fox)
So You Think You Can Dance (Fox)
America's Got Talent (NBC)
WINNER: American Idol (Fox)

FAVORITE SCI-FI / FANTASY SHOW
Fringe (Fox)
Smallville (The CW)
Supernatural (The CW)
The Vampire Diaries (The CW)
True Blood (HBO)
WINNER: Fringe (Fox)

FAVORITE TALK SHOW HOST
Chelsea Handler, Chelsea Lately (E!)
Conan O'Brien, Conan (TBS)
Ellen DeGeneres, The Ellen DeGeneres Show (Syndicated, Warner Bros.)
Oprah Winfrey, The Oprah Winfrey Show (Syndicated, CBS Television Distribution)
George Lopez, Lopez Tonight (TBS)
WINNER: Conan O'Brien

FAVORITE TV GUEST STAR
Betty White, Community (NBC)
Britney Spears, Glee (Fox)
Carrie Underwood, How I Met Your Mother (CBS)
Demi Lovato, Grey's Anatomy (ABC)
Neil Patrick Harris, Glee (Fox)
WINNER: Demi Lovato, Grey's Anatomy (ABC)

FAVORITE TV FAMILY (NEW!)
The Griffins, Family Guy (Fox)
The Harpers, Two and a Half Men (CBS)
The Pritchetts/Dunphys, Modern Family (ABC)
The Scavos, Desperate Housewives (ABC)
The Simpsons, The Simpsons (ABC)
WINNER: Simpson family, The Simpsons (Fox)

FAVORITE NEW TV DRAMA
Blue Bloods, CBS
Chase, NBC
The Defenders, CBS
Detroit 1-8-7, ABC
The Event, NBC
Hawaii Five-0, CBS
Hellcats, The CW
Law & Order: Los Angeles, NBC
Nikita, The CW
WINNER: Hawaii Five-0 (CBS)

FAVORITE NEW TV COMEDY
$#*! My Dad Says CBS
Better With You, ABC
Mike & Molly, CBS
No Ordinary Family, ABC
Outsourced, NBC
Raising Hope, Fox
Running Wilde, Fox
WINNER: $#*! My Dad Says (CBS)


New on DVD/Blu-ray (January/February)

I Love Lucy - Superstar Special #2 (Colorized) The Love Boat - Season Three - Volume Two Hooperman - Season One 227 - The Complete First Season (Mill Creek) Fuller House - The Complete First Season

01/03 - Girls - The Complete Fifth Season (Blu-ray)
01/10 - Broad City - Season 3
01/17 - I Love Lucy - Superstar Special #2 (Colorized)
01/17 - The Love Boat - Season Three - Volume One
01/17 - The Love Boat - Season Three - Volume Two
01/24 - Hooperman - Season One / Review
01/24 - Hooperman - Season Two / Review
01/31 - Ballers - The Complete Second Season (Blu-ray)
02/07 - Sabrina, the Teenage Witch - Sabrina Down Under
02/07 - So Little Time - Volume 1 - School's Cool - Boy Crazy
02/07 - So Little Time - Volume 2 - About a Family - Hangin' Out
02/07 - 227 - The Complete First Season (Mill Creek)
02/07 - Vice Principals - The Complete First Season (Blu-ray)
02/14 - Beavis and Butt-Head - The Complete Collection
02/14 - Grace and Frankie - Season Two
02/28 - Fuller House - The Complete First Season
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Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Monday, February 27

The Big Bang Theory - "The Dependence Transcedence" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Tensions rise when the boys struggle to complete their government project on time and Sheldon tries an energy drink to stay awake. Also, Penny and Amy go to a “party” at Bert (Brian Posehn) the geologist’s house, and Kooothrappali learns Bernadette’s true feelings about her pregnancy when they clean out the future baby room. Dean Norris returns as Air Force Representative Colonel Williams.

Man with a Plan - "Assisted Living" (CBS, 8:30PM ET/PT)
When Adam's parents visit unannounced, they reveal surprising plans for their future living arrangements. Emmy Award winner Swoosie Kurtz and Stacy Keach guest star as Bev and Joe, Adam and Don’s parents.

Superior Donuts - "Takin' It to the Streets" (CBS, 8:30PM ET/PT)
When Franco and Sweatpants discover their new landlord, Fawz, wants to convert their apartment building into luxury condos, they decide to organize a protest. Also, Randy realizes she needs to be nicer to James in order to get a good recommendation for her sergeant’s exam.

2 Broke Girls - "And the Dad Day Afternoon" (CBS, 9:00PM ET/PT)
When Han’s new therapist suggests that Max needs to confront her “daddy issues” and fear of intimacy, she reluctantly heads to Rhode Island to track down her birth father with the diner gang in tow. Also, Oleg is up in arms when Sophie wants him to help out around the house.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of February 27)

Monday, February 27

  • Keri Russell (Running Wilde) - Watch Keri on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Connie Britton (Spin City/The Fighting Fitzgeralds/Lost at Home) - Connie appears on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Slink Johnson (Black Jesus) - Slick is a guest on @midnight on Comedy Central at midnight.
  • Adam Scott (Parks and Recreation) - Adam drops by Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Josh Henderson (One on One) - Josh appears on Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo. He also talks about The Arrangement on NBC's Today in the 10am hour.
  • David Hyde Pierce (Frasier) - David chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Jerry O'Connell (We Are Men/Carpoolers/My Secret Identity) - Jerry is a guest on LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
  • Leighton Meester (Making History) - Leighton stops by Harry, so check your local listings.
  • Holly Robinson Peete (Hangin' with Mr. Cooper/For Your Love) - Holly visits Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • John Lithgow (Trial & Error/Twenty Good Years/3rd Rock from the Sun) - John talks about Trial & Error on NBC's Today in the 9am hour and on the AOL Build Show at 1:30pm.
  • Billy Gardell (Mike & Molly) - Billy dishes on how This is Us is following in Mike & Molly’s footsteps – and why both shows are so beloved on People Now at 8:30am.
  • Lisa Kudrow (Friends/The Comeback) and Craig Robinson (The Office) - Lisa and Craig talk about their new film Table 19 on the AOL Build Show at 2:30pm.
  • Sinbad (A Different World/The Sinbad Show) - Sinbad is a guest on Steve Harvey, so check your local listings.
  • Bradley Whitford (Trophy Wife) - Bradley visits The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Craig Robinson (The Office/Mr. Robinson) - Craig appears on The Real, so check your local listings.