Friday, January 06, 2012

TCA Winter 2012 Press Tour: NBC; Sitcom Stars On Talk Shows (Week of January 9, 2012)

It's that time again, the winter portion of the TCA press tour. The TCA Winter 2012 press tour begins today with NBC at the Langham Huntington Hotel in Pasadena, California. There will be breakfast with Betty White, an executive session, followed by panels for upcoming new series Are You There Chelsea, Smash, Fashion Star, Bent, Awake and The Firm.

Ellen DeGeneres, Morgan Freeman, Tina Fey, Ray Romano, Seth Meyers, Carl Reiner, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Vicki Lawrence, John O'Hurley and Tracy Morgan have joined the star-studded line-up paying tribute to one of the world's most beloved entertainers in Betty White's 90th Birthday: A Tribute to America's Golden Girl on Monday, January 16 from 8-9:30 p.m. ET. These stars join previous stars who were already booked, as we mentioned.

Couple of other notes, NBC Entertainment president Bob Greenblatt mentioned at the executive session that the pilot for Smash will be available online before it premiere on Feb. 6. It is being offered to digital download platforms including Apple iTunes, Amazon Video on Demand, Xbox/Zune, Playstation, Samsung MediaHub and Vudu beginning January 16 through February 6. And beginning January 23 through February 6, online streaming via NBC.com and Hulu and from Jan. 15-30 on selected American Airlines flights.
NBC also mentioned that The Voice will air for 15 weeks, so it will likely have its finale on May 14 after premiering Feb. 5 after the Super Bowl. NBC still has not given premiere dates for some mid-season series. They are Bent, Awake, and BFF. The latter didn't have a panel even at TCA today. NBC still also doesn't have a return date for Community and they admitted that they didn't handle its hiatus well on their mid-season press release. It still has 12 more episodes to air and NBC doesn't think it will be a lead-off series again. That's about it for anything notable from NBC at this season's TCA.

Look ahead: NBC Universal will continue tomorrow with their cable networks. Sunday will have Fox. Monday has ABC/Disney Cable/Daytime/News, while Tuesday it is ABC primetime. Wednesday it will be CBS and on Thursday The CW will end the broadcast portion. Next Friday (Jan. 13) thru next Sunday (Jan. 15) will be the cable portion. Stay with us for key updates from these events.


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, so this is for all sitcom fans of all eras!
For the week of January 9-13, 2012, we have many current sitcom stars and past sitcom stars on TV talk shows! All times listed are Eastern. So get your DVR's (or whatever you use) ready! Ready? Here is all what you need to know for the coming week!

Monday, January 9, 2012
  • David Cross (Arrested Development) - Watch David on Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Janet Jackson (Good Times/Diff'rent Strokes) - Janet visits The Tonight Show with Jay Leno at 11:35pm on NBC.
  • Kaley Cuoco (The Big Bang Theory/8 Simple Rules) - The lovely Kaley stops by The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Brandy Norwood (The Game/Moesha) - Brandy joins the cast of BET's The Game this season, and stops by to tell Wendy all about it on The Wendy Williams Show at 12am on BET or on your local stations. Plus, Brandy's co-stars Pooch, Hosea and Coby dish on the new season!
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
  • Queen Latifah (Living Single) - Catch Queen Latifah on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno at 11:35pm on NBC.
  • Tina Fey (30 Rock) - Tina appears with Jana Krakowsi on NBC's Today between 7-9am and later drops by Late Night with Jimmy Fallon at 12:37am on NBC.
  • Chelsea Handler (Are You There, Chelsea?) - Chelsea appears on Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • The Cast of Rob - The cast of the new CBS comedy Rob previews the show on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT. Cheech Marin gives a cooking demo.
  • Laura Prepon (Are You There, Chelsea?/That '70s Show) - Laura visits NBC's Today between 7-9am and will later be on LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
  • Wendy Raquel Robinson (The Game/The Steve Harvey Show) and Tia Mowry (The Game/Sister,Sister) - Wendy and Tia give us a sneak peek at the new season of BET's hit series, The Game, on The Wendy Williams Show at 12am on BET or on your local stations.
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
  • Woody Harrelson (Cheers) - Watch Woody on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 12am on ABC.
  • Rosie O'Donnell (Gimme a Break!) - Rosie is a guest on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon at 12:37am on NBC.
  • Jack McBrayer (30 Rock) - Jack visits Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Wendie Malick (Hot in Cleveland/Just Shoot Me/Dream On) - Wendie appears on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Jane Krakowski (30 Rock) - Jane stops by LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
  • Laura Prepon (Are You There, Chelsea?/That '70s Show) - Laura will be on NBC's Today between 10-11am.
Thursday, January 12, 2012
  • Betty White (Hot in Cleveland/The Golden Girls/The Mary Tyler Moore Show) - Catch the legendary Ms. White on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno at 11:35pm on NBC.
  • Miranda Cosgrove (iCarly) - Miranda drops by LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
  • Keke Palmer (True Jackson, VP) - Keke appears on The Wendy Williams Show at 12am on BET or on your local stations.
  • Queen Latifah (Living Single) - Queen Latifah continues to
    make the rounds on NBC's Today between 7-9am.
  • Lana Parrilla (Spin City) - The Once Upon a Time star visits ABC's Good Morning America between 7-9am.
Friday, January 13, 2012
  • Louie Anderson (Life with Louie/The Louie Show) - Watch Louie on Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Queen Latifah (Living Single) - Queen Latifah visits LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings and later she will be on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon at 12:37am on NBC.
  • Miranda Cosgrove (iCarly) - Miranda appears on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon at 12:37am on NBC.
  • Judith Light (Who's the Boss?) - Judith chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Lana Parrilla (Spin City) - The Once Upon a Time star is a guest on LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings and later joins the Chew Crew on The Chew on ABC at 1pm ET/12pm PT/CT.
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Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Tuesday, April 23

American Housewife - "Grandma's Way" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
When Katie gets sick, Greg enlists Kathryn’s (Wendi Malick) help in taking care of the kids, but Kathryn leaves the kids to fend for themselves while she entertains an old high school boyfriend. Meanwhile, Taylor gets a taste of her own medicine when she tries to help an unruly Katie.

Bless This Mess - "Pilot" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Newlyweds Rio and Mike drop everything (including their jobs and overbearing mother-in-law) to make the move from big city New York to rural Nebraska in search of a simpler life. They soon realize that becoming farmers isn’t as easy as they planned as they are faced with unexpected challenges.

black-ish - "Good in the 'Hood" (ABC, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Dre’s sister Rhonda takes Jack and Diane to her part of town in a black neighborhood and claims the twins are scared of their own community. Dre and Rhonda take them to a local diner to show them why it’s so special. Meanwhile, Bow becomes the “office mom” at work, and Junior tries to help her break the label.

Bless This Mess - "The Chicken and the Goat" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
After weeks of researching soil revitalization and coming up with a wonderful plan to make their farm successful, Rio and Mike are forced to find a new strategy when the weather forecast is not in their favor. As Mike tries to focus on addressing the dead soil, Rio attempts to connect with new neighbors at the Bowman’s potluck but ends up spicing up her romantic relationship with Mike instead.

The Last O.G. - "Scenario" (TBS, 10:30PM ET/PT)
Bobby blows an important loan meeting for Tray, who has to reconsider his business relationship with his cousin; Shay drags Amira to a birthday party so she can spend time with her new friend Faith.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of April 22)

Tuesday, April 23

  • Sophia Bush (Partners) - Catch Sophia on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Tony Hale (Veep/Arrested Development) - Tony appears on a repeat of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Timothy Olyphant (Santa Clarita Diet) - Timothy is a guest on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Harvey GuillĂ©n (What We Do in the Shadows) - Harvey appears on a repeat of The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Ben Feldman (Superstore/A to Z/Living with Fran) - Ben visits E!'s Busy Tonight at 11pm.
  • Brooke Shields (Suddenly Susan) - Brooke guest co-hosts The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Brie Larson (United States of Tara/Raising Dad) - Brie stops by The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • J. D. McCrary (The Paynes) - J. D. is a guest on The Real, so check your local listings.
  • Alec Baldwin (30 Rock) - Alec appears on a repeat of Rachael Ray, so check your local listings.
  • Scott Foley (The Goodwin Games/A.U.S.A./Scrubs) - Scott is a guest on Access Live, so check your local listings.
  • Bob Saget (How I Met Your Mother/Surviving Suburbia/Raising Dad/Full House) - Bob talks about Benjamin on NBC's Today in the 9am hour and on the BUILD SERIES at 4pm.


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