Wednesday, July 27, 2011

FX Fall 2011 Schedule Has How I Met Your Mother; The Nanny Reunion on Happily Divorced; TCA Summer 2011 Press Tour: Cable

Today we are revealing FX's Fall 2011 schedule. This will be easy because most of the day schedule will be movies. However, they are adding a sitcom, which we hinted at in April. How I Met Your Mother joins the FX line-up starting Monday, Sept. 5, 2011 with a Labor Day Marathon to kick-off its FX premiere! The marathon will air from 12 noon to 12 midnight. The series will then join the schedule the following day. Now due to movie timings, FX's sitcom do not have set times, so it is hard to post an actual schedule, but you can expect most of the time to get two full hours of How I Met Your Mother every weekday, paired with two-hours of Two and a Half Men. These are the only off-network sitcoms left on the line-up, as they recently lost Bernie Mac and Malcolm in the Middle.
You can expect How I Met Your Mother usually weekdays anytime between 2pm-10pm, but looks like it isn't airing on Wednesdays. As we mentioned a few weeks ago, they are airing the game show Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? as a filler on some weekday mornings, usually in the 7am hour. How I Met Your Mother will also remain on Lifetime and broadcast syndication on WGN America and your local stations. That's legendary status airings!
Of course FX is known for their original series. FX opens its fall season with the return of the award-winning hit drama Sons of Anarchy on September 6, and will continue to run Tuesdays at 10 PM ET/PT. The 13-episode season kicks off with a special 90-minute premiere episode.
Next, a mainstay on FX's fall schedule since 2007, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia begins its seventh season on September 15, airing Thursdays at 10 PM ET/PT for 13 weeks. Sunny has grown into a huge success to become one of the top scripted comedies on cable. FX's new drama series American Horror Story makes its debut on October 5 and will run Wednesdays at 10 PM ET/PT. The akl-star cast features Dylan McDermott, Connie Britton, Taissa Farmiga, Jessica Lange, Evan Peters and Denis O'Hare.
Comedy The League kicks off its third season on October 6, airing Thursdays at 10:30 PM ET/PT for a 13-episode run. The League, which debuted in September of 2009, is set against the backdrop of a fantasy football league. Finally, FX's acclaimed animated series Archer will get a special three-week run with all new episodes September 15, 22 and 29, Thursdays at 10:30 ET/PT behind It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. It will officially be launching its third season in early 2012 with a 13-episode run.
This summer FX is getting strong performances from its original series. The new critically acclaimed comedy series Wilfred is delivering the highest first-season ratings ever of any FX comedy. Wilfred's season one finale airs on Thursday, September 8 at 10 PM ET/PT. Louie, starring Louis C.K., is having an impressive second season, posting year-over-year gains and C.K. recently received Emmy(R) Award nominations for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series (an FX first) and Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series. The season two finale of Louie airs on Thursday, September 8 at 10:30 PM ET/PT. And finally this summer, FX's award-winning drama Rescue Me debuted its seventh and final season last Wednesday. The groundbreaking series will air its series finale on Wednesday, September 7.

There's going to be a sitcom reunion on TV Land's original sitcom Happily Divorced starring Fran Drescher! Charles Shaughnessy (The Nanny), who played Fran's employer-turned-husband in the popular sitcom, The Nanny, guest stars as Gregory, a guy that both Fran and her ex-husband Peter (John Michael Higgins) want to date in the season finale of Happily Divorced, airing August 17. To date, the series is averaging over 2.2 million viewers every week. Last week, Happily Divorced was renewed for a second season of 12 episodes.
And that's not all! Also making a special guest appearance this season will be Fran's nosy and overbearing mother from The Nanny, Renée Taylor, who will play Marilyn, an old friend of Fran's mother, Dori (Rita Moreno) on the August 3 episode. Additionally, Angie Everhart guest stars as the sister of Fran's ex-boyfriend, Elliot (D.W. Moffett), Lou Diamond Phillips will appear as a man that chooses Judi (Tichina Arnold) over Fran, and Jennifer Holliday will guest star as herself. Most recently, Ian Ziering (Beverly Hills, 90210) guest-starred as a handsome support group leader who helps Fran realize that she has not moved on from her divorce.
Happily Divorced airs on Wednesday nights at 10:30pm ET/PT immediately following new episodes of Hot in Cleveland.

Finally the TCA Summer 2011 Press Tour started yesterday with cable day one and there wasn't much to update. The only thing of note is that truTV will air their off-network acquisition Wipeout (which we announced in April) on Friday nights at 8:00pm beginning Friday, Sept. 2. truTV has acquired exclusive, off-network cable rights to air this exciting series in which contestants face wildly outrageous barriers, from Big Balls to complex contraptions, for the chance at winning a cash prize. Wipeout, which is also shown in numerous international versions around the globe, ranks among the world's top-rated game shows. The series was recently voted by Entertainment Weekly's readers as "Reality TV's Guiltiest Pleasure" and is a big hit on ABC, now in its fourth season.
Stay with us for more notable updates from cable and then more in-depth coverage of the broadcast networks.
Sitcoms Airing Tonight (Tuesday, April 22)

The Goldbergs - "Muscles Mirsky" (ABC, 9:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Beverly and Erica come to an agreement about trusting one another after Erica plays a prank with her “smother” regarding a fake entry in her diary. However, their deal is soon off when Erica sneaks off to a college party, and the situation goes awry. It is Beverly who comes to the rescue when Erica needs her most. Meanwhile, Adam and tomboy and best friend Emmy’s relationship is called into question when Barry tells him that men and women can’t be just friends.

Trophy Wife - "Happy Bert Day" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
When Bert successfully reads a hundred books, Pete and Kate have to throw him the birthday party of his dreams - complete with a fire eater on stilts, professional dancers and a special visitor. Kate uses the party planning as an excuse to get in with the soccer moms that shun her at all the games, and Diane refuses to admit fault while doing some creative driving with Pete. Meanwhile, Warren starts a bromance with the guy Hillary has her eye on.

New Girl - "Menus" (Fox, 9:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
An overabundance of Chinese food take-out menus left at the loft's front door is the catalyst for an interconnected series of adventures for Jess and the guys.

The Mindy Project - "An Officer and a Gynecologist" (Fox, 9:30PM ET/PT)
Mindy has a run-in with the law when a surly police officer (guest star Tim Daly) admonishes her for giving his young daughter birth control pills. Meanwhile, Danny befriends a rabbi who offers to refer his congregation to Schulman & Associates because he thinks Danny is Jewish.

About a Boy - "About a Kiss" (NBC, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Andy (Al Madrigal) and Laurie (guest star Annie Mumolo) host a game night and Will (David Walton) invites Sam (guest star Adrianne Palicki (Friday Night Lights)), but things don’t go exactly as planned when she arrives. When his friend TJ (guest star Zach Cregger) asks Fiona (Minnie Driver) to join him for the festivities, Will goes to great lengths to discourage any sparks from flying. Meanwhile, Marcus (Benjamin Stockham) is uneasy when he discovers the mother of an older mean girl at school will be babysitting him.

Growing Up Fisher - "Desk/Job" (NBC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
When Mel (J.K. Simmons) thinks Henry (Eli Baker) is becoming a slacker, he takes him into work to show him what success looks like. Seeing his dad in action, Henry learns an unexpected lesson that helps him step out of his father’s shadow. Meanwhile, Joyce (Jenna Elfman) and Katie (Ava Deluca-Verley) decide that in Mel’s absence, they need to stand up for themselves, which makes for a couple of bold, and embarrassing, confrontations in the returns department of a furniture store. Lance Lim also stars.

The Game - "This Is Happening" (BET, 10:00PM ET/PT)
Kelly throws Tasha a surprise baby shower; Keira accepts an acting role out of state; Jason tries to keep the peace between Kelly and Chardonnay.

Let's Stay Together - "Hooked on You" (BET, 10:30PM ET/PT)
Stacy gets caught up in a massage parlor sting; Jamal and Tasha go house hunting.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of April 21) (All times Eastern unless noted)

Tuesday, April 22

  • Don Rickles (C.P.O. Sharkey/Daddy Dearest) - Mr. Warmth is a guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • David Duchovny (Californication) - David stops by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Cedric the Entertainer (The Soul Man/The Steve Harvey Show) - Cedric visits The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Sofia Vergara (Modern Family/Hot Properties/The Knights of Prosperity) - Sofia appears on Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parnham (Playing House/Best Friends Forever) - Jessica and Lennon are guests on @midnight at midnight on Comedy Central.
  • T.J. Miller (Silicon Valley/The Goodwin Games/Carpoolers) - T.J. guest co-hosts Chelsea Lately on E! at 11pm.
  • Ellie Kemper (The Office) - Ellie appears on a repeat of Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Marlon Wayans (The Wayans Bros.) - Marlon drops by The Arsenio Hall Show, so check your local listings.
  • Reno Wilson (Mike & Molly) - Reno discusses his passion for indoor cycle training on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Wendie Malick (Hot in Cleveland/Just Shoot Me!) - Wendie is a guest on The Queen Latifah Show at 12am on BET or on your local stations.
  • Betty White (Hot in Cleveland/The Golden Girls/The Mary Tyler Moore Show) - Betty will be on Larry King Now at 2/5pm PT/ET on Ora.tv and Hulu.
  • Gillian Jacobs (Community) - Gillian appears on HuffPost Live.
  • Christine Lakin Step by Step) - Christine will be on Big Morning Buzz Live on VH1 at 10am all this week.