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)


Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Thursday, January 18

The Big Bang Theory - "The Separation Triangulation" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Koothrappali finds himself in the middle of domestic drama when he learns the woman he’s dating, Nell (Beth Behrs), has a very upset husband, Oliver (Walton Goggins). Also, when Sheldon rents his old room back for a quiet place to work, he drives Leonard crazy by being a model tenant.

Young Sheldon - "A Computer, a Plastic Pony, and a Case of Beer" (CBS, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Sheldon asks for a computer and unknowingly sparks a heated argument between Mary and George Sr. over the family’s finances.

Mom - "Sex Fog and a Mild-To-Moderate Panic Attack" (CBS, 9:00PM ET/PT)
After Bonnie and Adam attend a traditional wedding, they discover they’re not on the same page about their own wedding. Also, Christy and Patrick have trouble setting the mood for their “first time."

Life in Pieces - "Goose Friends Auction Fog" (CBS, 9:30PM ET/PT)
When Jen sings in Tyler’s band, she gets caught up in the excitement and creates an awkward situation for him. Also, John and Greg decide to brew beer together, Matt donates one of his paintings to a silent auction for Tim’s medical charity, and Heather becomes jealous of Joan’s friendship with a classmate.

Superstore - "High Volume Store" (NBC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
When corporate announces that the store is getting an upgrade, Amy (America Ferrera), Jonah (Ben Feldman) and Dina (Lauren Ash) set out to discover the pros and cons. Meanwhile, Cheyenne (Nichole Bloom) accidentally volunteers to be Glenn's (Mark McKinney) surrogate, and tries to get out of it.

The Good Place - "Rhonda, Diana, Jake, and Trent" (NBC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Eleanor (Kristen Bell), Chidi (William Jackson Harper), Tahani (Jameela Jamil), Janet (D'Arcy Carden) and Jason (Manny Jacinto) head to a destination that may have lasting implications.

Will & Grace - "The Wedding" (NBC, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Will (Eric McCormack), Grace (Debra Messing), Jack (Sean Hayes), and Karen (Megan Mullally) attend the wedding of Will's ex-boyfriend, Vince (special guest star Bobby Cannavle). While Grace tries to keep Will from making a scene, Jack learns that his wedding hook-up has many strings attached.

Great News - "The Fast Track" (NBC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
After an explosive fight with her daughter, Carol (Andrea Martin) is excited about her new position at "Morning Wined Up," but is disappointed to realize that the job offers less responsibility than she had hoped. Katie (Briga Heelan) is determined to bring down Fenton Pelt (guest star Jim Rash), the billionaire suing "The Breakdown," despite specific orders from Greg (Adam Campbell) and the network's attorney (guest star Tim Meadows) to leave him alone. When Katie's rousing speech about journalistic integrity fails to inspire anyone but Chuck (John Michael Higgins), who has been suspended from the show, she reluctantly joins forces, only to find that his investigative skills aren't what they used to be.

K.C. Undercover - "Take Me out" (Disney Channel, 8:00PM ET/PT)
A high-school math whiz trains to be an undercover spy.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of January 15)

Thursday, January 18

  • Jason Jones (The Detour) - Catch Jason on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Rob Riggle (Golan the Insatiable/Gary Unmarried) - Rob appears on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS. He can also be heard on The Morning Mash Up on SiriusXM at 10:05am.
  • Ricky Gervais (The Office) - Ricky stops by Comedy Central's The Daily Show with Trevor Noah at 11pm.
  • Selma Blair (Anger Management/Kath & Kim/Zoe, Duncan, Jack and Jane) - Selma visits Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Lily Tomlin (Grace and Frankie/Malibu Country) and Jane Fonda (Grace and Frankie) - Lily and Jane are guests on Watch What Happens: Live at 11:15pm on Bravo.
  • Yvette Nicole Brown (The Mayor/The Odd Couple/Community) - Yvette guest co-hosts The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Rickey Smiley (The Rickey Smiley Show) - Rickey drops by The Wendy Williams Show, so check your local listings.
  • Geoff Stults (Enlisted) - Geoff talks about 12 Strong on Harry, so check your local listings.
  • Jackée Harry (The Paynes/The First Family/The Game/227) - Jackée talks about her new OWN show The Paynes on Harry, so check your local listings.
  • Wilmer Valderrama (That '70s Show) - Wilmer appears on Steve, so check your local listings.
  • Giselle Eisenberg (Life in Pieces) - Giselle talks about Life in Pieces on Steve, so check your local listings.
  • Holly Robinson Peete (Hangin' with Mr. Cooper/For Your Love) - Holly talks about the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries original Morning Show Mystery: Mortal Mishaps on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Valerie Bertinelli (Hot in Cleveland/Café Americain/One Day at a Time) - Clinton Kelly and Valerie are serving up a delicious dish on ABC's The Chew at 1pm ET/12pm PT/CT.
  • Ed Begley Jr. (Futureman/Your Family or Mine/Gary Unmarried) - Ed talks about Futureman on NBC's Megyn Kelly Today in the 9am hour.
  • Peter Facinelli (Nurse Jackie) - Peter appears on Access Hollywood Live, so check your local listings.
  • Deon Cole (grown-ish/black-ish/Angie Tribeca) - Deon is a guest on Access Hollywood Live, so check your local listings.
  • Luis Guzmán (How to Make It in America/Luis) - Luis visits Desus & Mero at 11pm on Viceland.


New on DVD/Blu-ray (November/December/January)

The Wayans Bros. - The Complete Third Season Living Single - The Complete Third Season Alice - The Complete Sixth Season One Day at a Time - The Complete Series Fuller House - The Complete Second Season

11/07 - American Dad! - Volume 12
11/07 - Family Guy - Season Fifteen
11/07 - The Wayans Bros. - The Complete Third Season
11/14 - D.C. Follies - The Complete Series
11/21 - Living Single - The Complete Third Season
11/24 - Grandfathered - Season 1
12/05 - Alice - The Complete Sixth Season
12/05 - One Day at a Time - The Complete Series
12/05 - The Simpsons - The Eighteenth Season
12/05 - South Park - The Complete First Season (Blu-ray) / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5
12/12 - Fuller House - The Complete Second Season
12/19 - South Park - The Complete Sixth Season (Blu-ray) / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10 / 11
01/09 - Girlfriends - The Complete Series
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