Friday, March 18, 2011

NBC Picks-Up Office, Community, 'Parks' for Next Season; BET Sends 'Chris' to Mornings; Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of March 21 2011)

NBC has issued pickups for three returning comedy series for next season (2011-12): The Office, Parks and Recreation and Community. Despite the lackluster overall ratings (The Office has declined this season), all three series skew in the target of 18-49. These three sitcoms join 30 Rock, which was already renewed for next season back in November. There is no word on Outsourced or mid-season comedy Perfect Couples, but they probably will not be back, especially the latter. A decision won't be made likely until upfronts in May. So stay tuned! And yeah, no word on when or if NBC will air new sitcoms Friends with Benefits and The Paul Reiser Show. It is highly unlikely they will air in-season, but perhaps summer like last year's 100 Questions? Or in NBC sitcom hell, as it seems there is always at least one comedy that never ends up airing for NBC.

Just the other day we told you about the Girlfriends weekend marathon on BET, and that is still happening, but now BET has changed their weekday schedule starting this coming Monday! Effective March 21, Everybody Hates Chris moves to the weekday morning line-up, going from 5-6pm to 8-9am, replacing an encore of The Mo'nique Show. No word why, but perhaps the ratings were lagging in the evening slot. As a result, some further changes will be made, too on weekdays. Bernie Mac remains from 9-11am as does Jamie Foxx Show in the 11am hour, but another hour of Jamie Foxx will be added in the 12pm hour, so it will get a second hour. This means Girlfriends will be moved and it will be moving to the 3-5pm block leading into the new time for The Game in the 5pm hour, where Everybody Hates Chris was. After a long hiatus from BET, it seems Girlfriends is back big time. It resurfaced a bit on sister network Centric then was quietly moved back to BET and now it is back with a bang!


It's Friday, so it is time for "Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows" for the coming week. This is where we list what sitcom stars are appearing on talk shows for the coming week, the stars are both current and past sitcom stars (but we won't cover movie stars like Tom Hanks or John Travolta, since they won't be talking about their past sitcoms likely), so this is for all sitcom fans of all eras!
For the week of March 21-25, 2010, we have many current sitcom stars and past sitcom stars on TV talk shows! So get your DVR's (or whatever you use) ready! Ready? Here is all what you need to know for the coming week!

Monday, March 21, 2011
  • Zachary Levi (Less than Perfect) - Watch Chuck, err Zachary on Tonight Show with Jay Leno at 11:35pm on NBC.
  • Ted Danson (Cheers/Becker/Bored to Death/Help Me Help You) - Watch Ted on The Tavis Smiley Show on PBS, but check listings for time.
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
  • Rainn Wilson (The Office) - See it Rainn on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 12am on ABC and also earlier in the day on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check listings.
  • Eric Stonestreet (Modern Family) - Catch Eric on an all-new Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Sarah Chalke (Mad Love/Scrubs) - Watch Sarah also on Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Rocky Carroll (Roc) - Watch Rocky on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
  • Carol Burnett (The Carol Burnett Show/Mama's Family) - Watch Carol on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno at 11:35pm only on NBC.
  • Jason Ritter (The Class) - Watch Jason also on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno at 11:35pm on NBC.
  • Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory) - Watch Jim on a REPEAT of Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Ty Burrell (Modern Family/Back to You) - Watch Ty on a repeat of LIVE! wih Regis & Kelly so check your listings.
  • Patrick Warburton (Rules of Engagement/Seinfeld) - Watch Patrick on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Richard Lewis (Anything But Love) - Watch the funnyman on HLN's The Joy Behar Show at 9pm.
Thursday, March 24, 2011
  • Rainn Wilson (Th Office) - Watch Rainn on a REPEAT of The Late Show with David Letterman after NCAA Basketball on CBS.
  • Kirstie Alley (Cheers/Veronica's Closet/Fat Actress) - Watch Kirstie on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno at 11:35pm on NBC.
  • Paul Iacono (The Hard Times of RJ Berger) - Catch the star of the MTV comedy on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 12am on ABC.
  • Jason Biggs (Mad Love) - Watch Jason on a REPEAT of The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson on CBS late night, time varies due to NCAA coverage.
  • Richard Lewis (Anything But Love) - Catch Richard on The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • David Schwimmer (Friends) - Se David on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check listings.
  • Amy Yasbeck (Wings/Life on a Stick/Alright Already) - Watch Amy as a guest co-host on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Ted Danson (Cheers/Becker/Bored to Death/Help Me Help You) - Watch Ted on The Rachel Ray Show, so check listings.
Friday, March 25, 2011
  • Topher Grace (That '70s Show) - Watch Topher on a REPEAT of The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Regina King (227) - See Regina as a guest co-host on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation/George Lopez) - See Nick on The Martha Stewart Show at 10am on Hallmark.
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Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Thursday, October 19

Superstore - "Workplace Bullying" (NBC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Tensions arise among the employees after an attempted robbery, pitting Dina (Lauren Ash) against Jonah (Ben Feldman). Meanwhile, Glenn (Mark McKinney) has a tough time firing the store security guard, and Amy (America Ferrera) discovers that her coworkers have been hanging out without her.

The Good Place - "The Trolley Problem" (NBC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Chidi (William Jackson Harper) and Eleanor (Kristen Bell) tackle a famous ethical dilemma, leading to a conflict with Michael (Ted Danson). Meanwhile, Tahani (Jameela Jamil) harbors a secret and confides in Janet (D'Arcy Carden).

Will & Grace - "Grandpa Jack" (NBC, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Jack (Sean Hayes) is stunned to learn that his estranged son, Elliot (guest star Michael Angarano) has a son of his own, Skip (guest star Jet Jurgensmeyer). Moreover, Skip needs the kind of help only Will (Eric McCormack) and Jack can provide. Grace (Debra Messing) and Karen (Megan Mullally) behave badly with the hot new guy at work.

Great News - "Award Show" (NBC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
For the first time in years, "The Breakdown" has been nominated for an American Journalism Award. Katie (Briga Heelan) is looking forward to spending the night as a peer with the very reporters she has admired her whole life. Fearing her mother will ruin it, Katie tries to stop Carol (Andrea Martin) from attending but is unsuccessful when Carol secures a position as a seat-filler. Katie is stuck babysitting her mom all night but gets distracted by Jeremy (guest star Reid Scott), a handsome New York Times reporter who looks down on cable news. Chuck (John Michael Higgins) is excited to reunite with all of his old anchormen friends, especially Len Archer (guest star Christopher McDonald), an idol of Chuck's who is receiving a lifetime achievement award.

Better Things - "Eulogy" (FX, 10:00PM ET/PT)
Sam demands satisfaction.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of October 16)

Thursday, October 19

  • Tracy Morgan (30 Rock/The Tracy Morgan Show) - Catch Tracy on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Paul Shaffer (A Year at the Top) - Paul sits in with Cleto and The Cletones on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory) - Jim is a guest on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Michael Keaton (Working Stiffs/All's Fair) - Michael appears on a repeat of The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Amy Landecker (Transparent) - Amy is a guest on a repeat of Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Carl Reinder (The Dick Van Dyke Show) - Carl appears on a repeat of Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Garcelle Beauvais (The Jamie Foxx Show) - Garcelle guest co-hosts The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Cedric Yarbrough (Speechless/Reno 911!) - Cedric is a guest on Steve, so check your local listings.
  • Angela Kinsey (Haters Back Off/Your Family or Mine/The Office) - Angela talks about the new season of her Netflix show Haters Back Off on the People Now at 8:30am.
  • Jeff Garlin (The Goldbergs/Curb Your Enthusiasm) - Jeff appears on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 11:30am ET.
  • Henry Winkler (Happy Days/Out of Practice) - Henry is a guest on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Hayley Orrantia (The Goldbergs) - Hayley appears on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Joanna Garcia Swisher (Reba/Better with You) - Joanna teams up with Michael Symon in the kitchen, giving the scoop on her new show and whipping up a tasty dish on ABC's The Chew at 1pm ET/12pm PT/CT. She also talks about Kevin (Probably) Saves the World on the AOL Build Show at 11am.
  • Redman (Method & Red) - Redman appears on the AOL Build Show at 3pm.
  • Debra Messing and Eric McCormack (Will & Grace) - Debra and Eric are guests on Access Hollywood Live, so check your local listings.


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Father Knows Best - Season Six Diff'rent Strokes - The Complete Sixth Season Alice - The Complete Fifth Season Rhoda - Season Four Brooklyn Nine-Nine - Season Four

06/13 - The Andy Griffith Show - Return to Mayberry
06/13 - That's My Mama - The Complete Series
06/20 - Workaholics - The Final (Seventh) Season
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06/27 - The Jamie Foxx Show - The Complete Third Season
07/04 - Superstore - Season Two
07/18 - Father Knows Best - Season Six
07/25 - Diff'ernt Strokes - The Complete Sixth Season
07/25 - Girls - The Final (Sixth) Season (Blu-ray)
08/01 - Alice - The Complete Fifth Season (WBShop.com)
08/01 - Crashing - The Complete First Season (Blu-ray)
08/15 - Rhoda - Season Four
08/22 - Brooklyn Nine-Nine - Season Four
08/29 - Will & Grace - Season One (Universal)
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