Tuesday, June 07, 2011

1st Annual Critics Choice Television Awards Nominations; Comedy Central's New Thurs-Dimension Block

Hey hey! Modern Family led the list of nominees for the inaugural Critics Choice Television Awards. The ABC comedy received six nominations: Best Comedy Series and supporting actor/actress nominations for cast members Ty Burrell, Ed O'Neill, Eric Stonestreet, Julie Bowen and Sofia Vergara.
The ceremony, which will take place at the Beverly Hills Hotel on Monday, June 20 at a luncheon emceed by So You Think You Can Dance host Cat Deeley, will be televised by ReelzChannel TV, but on Wednesday, June 22 at 8pm ET. VH1.com will live-stream the event on Monday, June 20. ABC led all broadcast networks with 16 nominations, while NBC had 12. AMC and FX led the cable networks with nine nominations each. The following is the comedy portion nominations (click the link below to see more nominations):

Best Comedy Series
Archer (FX)
The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
Community (NBC)
Glee (Fox)
Louie (FX)
The Middle (ABC)
Modern Family (ABC)
The Office (NBC)
Parks and Recreation (NBC)
30 Rock (NBC)

Best Actor in a Comedy Series
Alec Baldwin (30 Rock, NBC)
Steve Carell (The Office, NBC)
Louis C.K. (Louie, FX)
Charlie Day (It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, FX)
Joel McHale (Community, NBC)
Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory, CBS)

Best Actress in a Comedy Series
Courteney Cox (Cougar Town, ABC)
Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie, Showtime)
Tina Fey (30 Rock, NBC)
Patricia Heaton (The Middle, ABC)
Martha Plimpton (Raising Hope, Fox)
Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation, NBC)

Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Ty Burrell (Modern Family, ABC)
Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother, CBS)
Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation, NBC)
Ed O'Neill (Modern Family, ABC)
Danny Pudi (Community, NBC)
Eric Stonestreet (Modern Family, ABC)

Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Julie Bowen (Modern Family, ABC)
Jane Krakowski (30 Rock, NBC)
Jane Lynch (Glee, Fox)
Busy Philipps (Cougar Town, ABC)
Eden Sher (The Middle, ABC)
SofĂ­a Vergara (Modern Family, ABC)

See a full list of nominations from other TV genres. And visit their official website for more details on these new awards and who votes.

Drunken robots! Lobster people! A very old man! Watch in terror if you dare as Matt Groening and David X. Cohen's brilliantly subversive animated sci-fi comedy, Futurama, returns with 13 all-new half-hour episodes beginning on Thursday, June 23 at 10:00 p.m. on Comedy Central. The all-comedy channel is kicking off the Futurama season in style with two new episodes airing back-to-back. Then, beginning on Thursday, June 30, Comedy Central's original animated series, Ugly Americans, premieres its second season at 10:30 p.m., making Thursday nights a one-hour "Thurs-Dimension" animation block.
The Futurama episodes are a continuation from the series' sixth season. Last summer, Comedy Central premiered 13 episodes from the sixth season, but now the remaining 13 will air this summer. Futurama will also return for a seventh season of 26 more episodes. And those 26 will be handled the same way as season six--the first installment of 13 new episodes will premiere in the summer of 2012, with the additional 13 new episodes to air the following summer of 2013 only on Comedy Central! Meanwhile, Ugly Americans will have a 14 episode order for its second season, just like it did for its first season in spring and fall 2010. They split the season in two halves as well for this series, with 7 episodes in the first half of the season.


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.


New on DVD/Blu-ray (June/July/August)

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
06/20 - Workaholics - The Complete Series
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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