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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New on DVD/Blu-ray (October/November)

Dr. Ken - Season One Mike & Molly - The Complete Sixth and Final Season Family Matters - The Complete Ninth Season The Lucy Show - The Complete Series The Mindy Project - Season Four

10/04 - The Andy Griffith Show - The Christmas Special (Colorized)
10/04 - I Love Lucy - Superstar Special #1 (Colorized)
10/11 - Dr. Ken - Season One
10/11 - Mike & Molly - The Complete Sixth and Final Season
10/11 - Mike & Molly - The Complete Series
10/11 - Nurse Jackie - Seasons One and Two
10/11 - Weeds - Seasons One and Two
11/01 - Schitt's Creek - Seasons One and Two
11/08 - Family Matters - The Complete Ninth Season
11/08 - Your Family or Mine - Season One
11/15 - Community - The Complete Series
11/15 - The Lucy Show - The Complete Series
11/15 - The Mindy Project - Season Four
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Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Sunday, December 4

The Simpsons - "The Last Traction Hero" (Fox, 8:00PM ET/PT)
A workplace accident leaves Homer in a cast, and in a position to sue Mr. Burns. This leaves Marge unfulfilled, so she turns to an unexpected source for romance. Meanwhile, Lisa is made “Bus Monitor” and tries to keep the peace.

Son of Zorn - "Return of the Drinking Buddy" (Fox, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Zorn’s old friend Headbutt Man (guest voice Rob Riggle) is coming to town. Unfortunately for Zorn, Headbutt Man is now sober. Meanwhile, Alan is invited to a party where his crush, Nancy (guest star Emily Wong), will be. Unfortunately, he has to take Headbutt man’s daughter with him.

Family Guy - "Carter and Tricia" (Fox, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Carter buys the Pawtucket Patriot brewery and decides to cut some corners to save a few bucks. Peter overhears the plan and runs and tells investigative journalist Tricia Takanawa about Carter’s plan to use toxic chemicals in the beer cans. Meanwhile, Brian’s drivers’ license has expired and he enlists Stewie as an instructor.

The Last Man on Earth - "Whitney Houston, We Have a Problem" (Fox, 9:30PM ET/PT)
After finding a mysterious note left by Melissa that says “Goodbye,” the gang sets off to go look for her. Meanwhile, Gail gets stuck on a solo adventure of her own.

K.C. Undercover - "Holly Holly Not So Jolly" (Disney Channel, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Christmas time arrives and K.C. tells everyone she has to go pick up a last-minute gift, but instead goes to The Organization's therapist, Dr. Levinstein.

Mech X-4 - "Let's Survive in the Woods!" (Disney Channel, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Principal Grey sets a trap for Ryan, Harris and Spyder while they're on a camping trip, which leaves MECH-X4 and Mark in danger.

Best Friends Whenever - "The Christmas Curse" (Disney Channel, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Shelby and Cyd encourage a homesick Daisy to incorporate a festive 16th-century tradition into their annual Christmas party.

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Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of December 5)

Monday, December 5

  • Will Smith (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air) - Watch Will on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Steve Harvey (The Steve Harvey Show) - Steve visits The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC. He will also be on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am. He chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Jason Bateman (Arrested Development/The Hogan Family/It's Your Move) - Jason visits The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS. He will also be on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am and on LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
  • Gael GarcĂ­a Bernal (Mozart in the Jungle) - Gael is a guest on The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Steve Agee (The Sarah Silverman Program) - Steve appears on @midnight on Comedy Central at midnight.
  • The Cast of Fuller House - The cast of Fuller House are guests on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Patricia Heaton (The Middle/Back to You/Everybody Loves Raymond) - Patricia stops by Harry, so check your local listings.
  • Miss Piggy (The Muppets) - Miss Piggy and Harry perform Deck the Halls on Harry, so check your local listings.
  • Meredith Hagner (Search Party/Men at Work) - Meredith is a guest on Harry, so check your local listings.
  • Lauren Graham (The Odd Couple/Conrad Bloom/Townies) - Lauren appears on Rachael Ray, so check your local listings.
  • T.J. Miller (Silicon Valley/The Goodwin Games/Carpoolers) - T.J. talks about Office Christmas Party on the AOL Build Show at 3pm. He will be on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 12:30pm ET. He can also be heard on The Morning Mash Up on SiriusXM at 9:50am.
  • Bradley Whitford (Happyish/Trophy Wife) - Bradley is a guest on Access Hollywood Live, so check your local listings.
  • Josh McDermitt (Retired at 35) - Josh can be heard on The Morning Mash Up on SiriusXM at 10:45am.
  • Erinn Hayes (Kevin Can Wait/Guys with Kids/Worst Week) - Erinn talks about Kevin Can Wait on the AOL Build Show at 4pm.