Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Cougar Town Viewing Party Tour Kicks-Off; Big Bang New Year's Eve Marathon On TBS

Cougar Town

As we get closer to a premiere date for Cougar Town season three (likely will be announced at the ABC TCA Winter Press tour on Jan. 10), the producers of Cougar Town have set up a very cool cross-country Cougar Town Viewing Party tour! The festivities began yesterday (Tuesday, Dec. 27) in Sarasota (where the series is set), Louisville, and Atlanta. Josh Hopkins (who plays Grayson) and Ryan Devlin (who plays Smith) were on hand in Louisville at Drake's St. Matthews to thank fans for coming. In Sarasota, executive producer Kevin Biegel was there along with actors Ian Gomez (who plays Andy) and Brian Van Holt (who plays Bobby) at Michael's On East. And in Atlanta, actor Dan Byrd (who plays Travis) and writer Katy Purdy were on hand at Dantanna's. Fans got to watch two (or three in some cases!) episodes from the upcoming third season of the sitcom, drink wine (maybe out of Big Carl, and yes R.I.P. Big Joe), got a Cougar Town US Tour t-shirt and play the very fun Penny can game that they play on the show with some of the stars on hand! How cool is that? Can this show get any cooler? It's "100% Cougar Free" and "Badly Titled," but it is one of the best ensembles on television and you need to watch it when it returns to ABC.
The next wave of viewing parties are in San Diego on Thursday, January 5; in Los Angeles on Friday, January 6 (with set visit) and in Chicago on Saturday, January 7. Fans who submitted their ticket request will get a confirmation this week. Much more tour dates to come and three more cities will be announced on January 4 by executive producer Bill Lawrence on Twitter: @VDOOZER. Among the cities that will have viewing parties in January/February are New York City (three different events), Boston, Las Vegas, Austin, San Francisco, Phoenix, Philadelphia, somewhere in Connecticut, and two more in Los Angeles. So go follow him and make sure you attend one of these viewing parties in your area because a cast member and writer/producer will definitely be on hand! Start practicing your penny can shot!

The Big Bang Theory

TBS will say goodbye to 2011 with a big bang! They will say goodbye to 2011 and hello to 2012 with The Big Bang Theory New Year's Eve Marathon. Watch The Big Bang Theory starting at 7pm ET with ten smart episodes running through 12 midnight as we start 2012. Among the storylines are Raj inviting Penny to go the People Magazine party, but the only way he can talk to Penny is while being drunk, which puts a halt to their friendship. The season two finale, where Sheldon meets with the University's Dean, who requests that he leads an arctic expedition to the North Pole, so Sheldon asks the guys if they would like to come along. And the marathon closes out with a season four episode where Penny's father shows up and she asks Leonard for help by pretending to still be her boyfriend.
Marathon episode list: "The Griffin Equivalency," "The Monopolar Expedition," "The Financial Permeability," "The Cornhusker Vortex," "The Cooper-Nowitzki Theorem," "The Vengeance Formulation," "The Gothowitz Deviation," "The Justice League Recombination," "The Bat Jar Conjecture" and "The Boyfriend Complexity."
Stay with us on Friday for our annual look at marathons on New Year's Eve and Day. We have given you some already but we will remind you of those, too. Come on back for that and stay tuned tomorrow for our annual look at this year's passings of sitcom stars. They may be gone, but they are not forgotten.

Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Sunday, March 18

Bob's Burgers - "Y Tu Ga-Ga Tambien" (Fox, 7:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Bob decides to start serving brunch at Bob's Burgers in order to offer more strict competition against Jimmy Pesto and his pizzeria.

Bob's Burgers - "The Secret Ceramics Room of Secrets" (Fox, 7:30PM ET/PT)
The kids set out to find a secret room filled with homemade ceramics which is rumored to be hidden at their school; Teddy starts a phone repair service and the adults become determined to improve his online rating.

The Simpsons - "Homer Is Where the Art Isn't" (Fox, 8:00PM ET/PT)
When Homer is accused of stealing a million-dollar painting, only a detective from the 1970s can clear his name.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine - "Safe House" (Fox, 8:30PM ET/PT)
After Seamus threatens Kevin, Holt devises an elaborate plan to hide him in a safe house, using Jake as his guard; Kevin is miserable as the 99 works overtime to find Seamus and take him down.

Family Guy - "Send in Stewie, Please" (Fox, 9:00PM ET/PT)
When Stewie gets sent to see his school's child psychologist for a surprising session, he reveals major secrets about himself.

The Last Man on Earth - "Hamilton/Berg" (Fox, 9:30PM ET/PT)
After the graveyard incident, Tandy and Todd try to convince the rest of the gang that something is wrong with Karl.

School of Rock - "Photograph" (Nickelodeon, 7:30PM ET/PT)
The whole band works together to get Zack to look perfect for photo day, so he can finally have a picture on his parents' mantle at home.

Complete TV Listings

Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of March 12)

Friday, March 16

  • Yara Shahidi (grown-ish/black-ish) - Watch Yara on a repeat of Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Donald Glover (Atlanta/Community) - Donald appears on a repeat of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • J. J. Totah (Champions) - J. J. is a guest on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Josh Radnor (How I Met Your Mother) - Josh appears on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Kelly Ripa (Hope & Faith) - Kelly visits The Wendy Williams Show, so check your local listings.
  • Jerry O'Connell (We Are Men/Carpoolers/My Secret Identity) - Jerry guest hosts The Wendy Williams Show, so check your local listings.
  • Josh Henderson (One on One) - Josh visits Access Live, so check your local listings.
  • Drew Barrymore (Santa Clarita Diet) - Drew talks about Santa Clarita Diet on NBC's Today in the 10am hour.