Tuesday, March 15, 2011

TV Land Honors The Facts of Life at 9th TV Land Awards; Fox Summer 2011 Schedule

More of television's most beloved and iconic stars will be honored at the 2011 TV Land Awards. The wildly popular '80s comedy series The Facts of Life will receive the Pop Culture Award at the annual awards show which tapes for the very first time in New York City at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center on Sunday, April 10 and airs on TV Land on Sunday, April 17, 2011 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Additionally, Mr. Kotter himself, Gabe Kaplan, and Robert Hegyes, "Sweathog" Juan Epstein, will join the rest of the cast of Welcome Back, Kotter as the show receives the 35th Anniversary Award with every main cast member. They will join Golden Globe-winner and two-time Academy Award-nominee John Travolta (Vinny Barbarino), Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs (Freddie "Boom Boom" Washington), Ron Palillo (Arnold Horshack) and Marcia Strassman (Mrs. Julie Kotter).
As for The Facts of Life, Mindy Cohn (Natalie), Kim Fields (Tootie), Nancy McKeon (Jo), Lisa Whelchel (Blair) and the beloved Mrs. Garrett, Charlotte Rae, will reunite for the first time in over 20 years to accept the Pop Culture Award for The Facts of Life, a coming-of-age sitcom that ran on NBC from 1979-1988. Set in Peekskill, NY, The Facts of Life ran for nine seasons and was a spin-off of the sitcom Diff'rent Strokes featuring the Drummonds' housekeeper Edna Garrett (Charlotte Rae) as she becomes a housemother at Eastland School, a prestigious all-female boarding school.
To recap, here are the awards recipients so far:
* Legend Award - Regis Philbin
* Fan Favorite Award - Family Ties
* Impact Award - The Cosby Show
* Anniversary Award - Welcome Back, Kotter (35th Anniversary)
* Pop Culture Award - The Facts of Life

Stay with us for further information! As we take the good and take the bad, and there we have the news of television!

Fox has announced its summer 2011 schedule and it will feature original programming Mon-Thurs, mainly in the 8pm hour. Back for an eighth season this summer, So You Think You Can Dance kicks off with a two-hour premiere on the first day of the summer season, Thursday, May 26 from 8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT. Once the auditions conclude, weekly two-hour performance shows will air Wednesdays from 8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT, and weekly results shows will air Thursdays in the 8:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed hour, followed by encore episodes of Glee at 9:00 PM ET/PT in a special summer slot.
World-renowned chef Gordon Ramsay, restaurateur Joe Bastianich and chef Graham Elliot return to challenge a new batch of hopefuls on the second season of the culinary competition series Masterchef beginning Monday, June 6 in the 8:00PM ET/PT hour. This season, America's best amateur cooks from all walks of life will compete two nights a week (rather than one) for the coveted white apron Mondays at 8:00 PM ET/PT and also Tuesdays at 8:00 PM ET/PT. Encores of House will at a special summer time of 9:00 PM ET/PT on Mondays. Encores of comedies Raising Hope and Traffic Light will air on Tuesdays in the 9:00 PM ET/PT hour from June 7-July 5. The MLB 2011 All-Star Game airs live on Tuesday, July 12.
Chef Ramsay takes over the entire Tuesday line-up when Hell's Kitchen starts cooking Tuesday, July 19 at 9:00 PM ET/PT following all-new episodes of Masterchef. So that is it for Fox, as of now, in terms of original programming for summer. The Untitled Jamie Foxx/Affion Crockett Project previously scheduled to premiere Thursday, June 9 at 9:00 PM, will now air at a later date.
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays will be encore programming. Starting Friday, June 3, Fox Fridays leads off with encores of Bones at 8:00 PM ET/PT in a new summer encore night, followed by encores of Lie to Me at 9:00 PM ET/PT, also in a new summer encore night. A mixture of all-new and encore episodes of Cops (8:00 and 8:30 PM ET/PT) followed by all-new episodes of America's Most Wanted at 9:00 PM ET/PT) will air until their season finales on Saturday, June 18. Then stepping up to the plate will be encores of compelling new police drama The Chicago Code beginning Saturday, June 25 at 9:00 PM ET/PT. That is very rare that Fox is resting repeats of America's Most Wanted even in the summer! And finally on Sundays, feature everyone's favorite animated families with encores all summer long of The Simpsons, The Cleveland Show, Family Guy, American Dad! and Bob's Burgers somewhere in the 7:00-10:00 PM ET/PT block.
View and discuss the Fox Summer 2011 schedule.


Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Thursday, April 25

The Big Bang Theory - "The Decision Reverberation" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Koothrappali is worried people won’t take him seriously in his own field after publishing a paper that suggests he may have discovered alien life. Also, Leonard wants to be the principal investigator on a plasma physics study.

Young Sheldon - "A Political Campaign and a Candy Land Cheater" (CBS, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Unhappy that school funds are going towards football rather than academics, Sheldon decides to run for class president.

Mom - "Triple Dip and an Overhand Grip" (CBS, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Bonnie and Tammy revisit childhood memories on a trip to their old foster home. Also, Christy and Jill regret accepting a date with two guys from their AA meeting.

Life in Pieces - "Misery Turd Name Pills" (CBS, 9:30PM ET/PT)
While Joan is bedridden recovering from surgery, she persuades Sophia to spend time with her, which she quickly regrets. Also, Jen and Greg select a name for their new baby only to learn that Matt and Colleen chose the same one; Colleen and Matt invite the family over to get to know Morgan (Joey King); and Heather has a new business idea.

Superstore - "QuinceaƱera" (NBC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Jonah (Ben Feldman) struggles to find his place at Amy’s (America Ferrera) daughter Emma’s quinceaƱera, while Dina (Lauren Ash) proves very popular with some teenage boys. Cheyenne (Nichole Bloom) and Mateo (Nico Santos) are obsessed with seeing Amy cry.

A.P. Bio - "Sweet Low Road" (NBC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
When budget cuts threaten to gut Whitlock and put his job in jeopardy, Jack recruits Mary, Stef, and Michelle to take down the Superintendent. Durbin plans an appeal to the heart, while the students plan an appeal to the soul.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine - "Tickling Clocks" (NBC, 9:00PM ET/PT)
In an episode that takes place in real time, Jake and the squad must track down a hacker who has infiltrated the Nine-Nine's servers. Rosa deals with relationship issues. Hitchcock and Scully attempt to cook the perfect lasagna.

Abby's - "Mail Bin" (NBC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
Abby finds a letter from her estranged father in a pile of unopened mail and opens up to the group about their fraught relationship.

Better Things - "The Unknown" (FX, 10:00PM ET/PT)
Sam gets theatrical.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of April 22)

Thursday, April 25

  • Paul Rudd (Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later/Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp/Wild Oats) - Catch Paul on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Tig Notaro (One Mississippi) - Tig appears on a repeat of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Susan Kelechi Watson (Louie) - Susan is a guest on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Lake Bell (Bless This Mess/Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp/How to Make It in America) - Lake visits E!'s Busy Tonight at 11pm.
  • Steve Lemme and Kevin Heffernan (Tacoma PD) - Steve and Kevin are guests on E!'s Busy Tonight at 11pm.
  • Bradley Cooper (Kitchen Confidential) - Bradley stops by The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Diedrich Bader (American Housewife/Veep/The Drew Carey Show) - Diedrich visits The Real, so check your local listings.
  • Margo Martindale (The Millers) - Margo appears on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 11:30am ET.
  • James Brolin (Life in Pieces) - James talks about Life in Pieces on People Now at 12pm.
  • Alfonso Ribeiro (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air/In the House/Silver Spoons) - Alfonso is a guest on Access Live, so check your local listings.
  • Laurie Metcalf (The Conners/The McCarthys/Getting On/Roseanne) - Laurie talks about Hillary & Clinton on NBC's Today in the 9am hour.
  • Queen Latifah (Living Single) - Queen Latifah appears on NBC's Today in the 10am hour and on the BUILD SERIES at 3pm.
  • Ali Wentworth (Nightcap) - Ali is a guest on ABC's Strahan & Sara at 1pm.
  • Billy Crystal (The Comedians/Soap) and Ben Schwartz (Parks and Recreation) - Billy and Ben talk about Standing Up, Falling Down on the BUILD Series at 1pm.


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02/05 - Mama's Family - Seasons 1-6 - The Complete Series
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02/12 - Step by Step - The Complete Fourth Season
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03/05 - Hangin' with Mr. Cooper - The Complete Second Season (WBShop.com)
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03/26 - The Wayans Bros. - The Complete Fifth Season (WBShop.com)
04/02 - Archer: Danger Island - The Complete Season Nine
04/09 - You're the Worst - The Complete Fifth Season
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04/16 - The Big C - The Complete Series (Blu-ray)
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