Thursday, March 01, 2012

Remembering Davy Jones, Antenna TV Airing The Monkees Marathon; The CW Announces Season Finale Dates and New Series Premiere



Davy Jones

British-born actor and singer-songwriter Davy Jones, best known as a member of The Monkees, has died. Jones had complained of breathing difficulties on Wednesday (February 29) morning in Indiantown, Florida. He was transported to Martin Memorial South Hospital in Stuart, where he was pronounced dead after suffering a heart attack. Mr. Jones was 66.

Jones' career in show business began at age 11 in 1961 on the British soap opera Coronation Street. A year later, he appeared in the BBC police series Z-Cars. He played the role of the Artful Dodger in Oliver! in London and then on Broadway. The role garnered him a Tony Award. Following an appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show on February 9, 1964, with the cast of Oliver!, he was signed by Screen Gems to an acting contract. This led to guest appearances on Ben Casey and The Farmer's Daughter.

In the fall 1965, auditions were held for The Monkees. Due to his contract with Screen Gems, he was shortlisted for the auditions and identified in advance as a potential star for the series. The Monkees premiered on September 12, 1966, on NBC. Although the series ran for only 2 seasons and 58 episodes, it remains hugely popular to this day. They received two Emmy Awards in 1967: Outstanding Comedy Series and Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy (James Frawley). The Monkees music hits include (Theme From) The Monkees, Last Train to Clarksville. I'm a Believer, (I'm Not Your Steppin' Stone, A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You, Pleasant Valley Sunday, Daydream Believer and Valleri. In 1968, they appeared in the feature film Head. The band has reunited several times over the years for tours.

After the show ended and the band disbanded, Jones had a solo singing career and continued acting. One of his solo hits was Rainy Jane in 1971. He made guest appearances on sitcoms like The Joey Bishop Show, Make Room for Granddaddy, The Brady Bunch (where he performed Girl), Love, American Style, The New Love, American Style, Sledge Hammer!, My Two Dads, The Single Guy, Boy Meets World and Sabrina, the Teenage Witch. In 1995, he appeared in The Brady Bunch Movie.

Mr. Jones is survived by his wife, Jessica Pachecho, and four daughters from his first two marriages, Talia Elizabeth, Sarah Lee, Jessica Lillian and Annabel Charlotte. We were shocked to hear the news of his death at the young age of 66. We'll never forget The Monkees for their classic sitcom and many music hits. He will be deeply missed.

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As for a tribute marathon to Davy, we got news for you! As we first broke yesterday, Antenna TV will air a marathon of his sitcom The Monkees. From "Daydream Believer" to "Last Train to Clarksville," The Monkees band won hearts on both sides of the pond. Beginning this Saturday (March 3), Antenna TV remembers Davy Jones with a weekend-long tribute. Antenna TV, which airs on 60 affiliates across the U.S. reaching 58% of TV households, will honor Davy Jones on The Monkees TV series beginning with a special airing of Head (1968 film featuring the band) at 1pm ET on Saturday. Antenna TV will also air a complete 58-episode marathon (that's 29 hours!) of the 1966-68 The Monkees series on Saturday, beginning at 5pm ET, and running straight through to Sunday, March 4 with an encore airing of the 1968 film Head at 10PM ET.

Me-TV will air a special tribute to Davy Jones on Sunday, March 4, 2012, beginning at 12:30pm ET with episodes of The Brady Bunch and Love, American Style featuring the memorable pop idol. Davy Jones took America by storm as a member of The Monkees musical group of the ‘60’s and stole Marcia Brady’s heart in the Getting Davy Jones episode of he Brady Bunch. Jones later starred in two episodes of Love, American Style in the ‘70’s, showcasing his unique style, charm and wit that were his trademark throughout his career. In Love and The Elopement, Davy plays a confused suitor opposite Karen Valentine. Love and The Model Apartment features Davy in a rather unique honeymoon suite.

12:30PM The Brady Bunch "Getting Davy Jones"
1:00PM Love, American Style "Love and The Elopement"
1:30PM Love, American Style "Love and The Model Apartment"
All times Eastern.

The CW today announced the dates for the midseason premiere of its new drama The L.A. Complex as well as the finales for the remainder of the season, including One Tree Hill, which will conclude its nine-year run in a special, two-hour series finale Wednesday, April 4 from 8:00-10:00 pm. The finale will include interviews with the show's stars as they look back at the series' most memorable moments and share their favorite One Tree Hill memories.
The CW will premiere the U.S. television premiere of sexy, six-part Canadian drama The L.A. Complex on Tuesday, April 24, at 9:00 pm. The L.A. Complex is a dramatic look into the lives of six young performers striving for stardom in Hollywood. Living in an apartment-style motel for displaced dreamers, each having been dubbed "most likely to succeed" in their hometowns, they now face the challenges and opportunities of a lifetime in the City of Angels. As a result, freshman drama Ringer will continue its freshman run without repeats, airing all original episodes straight through to its season finale Tuesday, April 17. The rest of The CW finales are in May. The Vampire Diaries and The Secret Circle conclude their season runs on Thursday, May 10. Then on Monday, May 14, Gossip Girl and Hart of Dixie will air their season finales, and the following night features the season finale of 90210 at 8:00 pm on Tuesday, May 15. Friday dramas Nikita and Supernatural finish their seasons on Friday, May 18. And Cycle 18 of America's Next Top Model: British Invasion, which premiered last night (Feb. 29), concludes Wednesday, May 30 at 9:00pm. The night before will have the season finale of The L.A. Complex on Tuesday, May 29 at 9:00pm.


New on DVD/Blu-ray (December/January)

American Dad! - Volume 11 Newhart - The Complete Seventh Season I Love Lucy - Superstar Special #2 (Colorized) The Love Boat - Season Three - Volume Two Hooperman - Season One

12/06 - Family Guy - Season Fourteen
12/13 - American Dad! - Volume 11
12/13 - Newhart - The Complete Seventh Season
01/03 - Girls - The Complete Fifth Season (Blu-ray)
01/10 - Broad City - Season 3
01/17 - I Love Lucy - Superstar Special #2 (Colorized)
01/17 - The Love Boat - Season Three - Volume One
01/17 - The Love Boat - Season Three - Volume Two
01/24 - Hooperman - Season One / Review
01/24 - Hooperman - Season Two / Review
01/31 - Ballers - The Complete Second Season (Blu-ray)
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Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Tuesday, January 24

The Middle - "A Tough Pill to Swallow" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
When a devastated Sue discovers that she has been kicked out of college because she forgot to renew her financial aid, Mike tries to come to her rescue and convince a tough college bursar to reinstate her. Meanwhile, having only taken oral liquid medication all of his life, a frustrated Frankie does everything in her power to teach Brick how to swallow a pill when he gets an ear infection; and Hutch becomes angry with Axl after he keeps driving the Winnebago without permission to Orson to visit new girlfriend April – leaving Hutch without any means of transportation to get to class.

American Housewife - "Art Show" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
When Anna-Kat draws a super plus-sized portrait of Katie for the school art show, Katie sets out to retrieve it by any means necessary. Meanwhile, with Katie away, Doris is left in charge of Oliver and Taylor. She’s determined to whip them into shape with her Tiger Mom skills, but she may have met her match.

Fresh Off the Boat - "Coming From America" (ABC, 9:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Louis flies the entire family to Taiwan in an effort to make things right with Gene (Ken Jeong). Upon meeting Gene’s beautiful fiancĂ©, Margaret, and seeing the wonderful life he has built for himself, Louis questions whether his life in Orlando is just as great as it could be in Taiwan. Meanwhile, Jessica takes Eddie, Emery and Evan to her favorite childhood locales, including Dihua Street and Shilin Night Market.

The Real O'Neals - "The Real Match" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
When Jimmy recruits a reluctant Kenny to join his wrestling team for a one-time match, a surprise victory gives him the confidence to join the team full time to become the first, openly gay athlete at St. Barklays. Kenny’s newfound stardom makes Jimmy feel a bit replaced, but when an opponent refuses to wrestle his brother, Jimmy puts his feelings aside and rallies the team around Kenny. Meanwhile, Pat injures his back trying to help Eileen prepare for a weekend getaway, but things only get worse when she tries to be the perfect caregiver to impress VP Murray but fails miserably.

New Girl - "The Hike" (Fox, 8:00PM ET/PT)
While on a day hike, Jess and Robby (guest star Nelson Franklin) discover something unexpected about their relationship. Also, Winston throws a surprise welcome home party for Aly (guest star Nasim Pedrad). Meanwhile, Schmidt and Cece fail to impress their new neighbors.

The Mick - "The Master" (Fox, 8:30PM ET/PT)
All hell breaks loose, as the kids fight over who will take the master bedroom. Also, Mickey pursues a wealthy businessman who quickly discovers that she is not the prize he thought she was.

Teachers - "Stranger Danger" (TV Land, 10:00PM ET/PT)
There’s a trespasser at Fillmore and a new security guard is hired. Ms. Snap and Ms. Bennigan hold a “Women Empowering Women” workshop, Mrs. Adler takes stranger danger too far, and Ms. Watson purchases a male safety dummy.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of January 23)

Tuesday, January 24

  • Retta (Parks and Recreation) - Catch Retta on Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC. She will also be on the AOL Build Show at 3pm.
  • Claudia O'Doherty (Love) - Claudia is a guest on @midnight on Comedy Central at midnight.
  • John Goodman (Roseanne/Normal, Ohio) - John talks about Patriots Day on LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
  • Yvette Nicole Brown (The Odd Couple/Community) - Yvette visits Harry, so check your local listings.
  • Jennifer Esposito (Samantha Who?/Spin City) - Jennifer appears on NBC's Today in the 10am hour. She will also be on the AOL Build Show at 1pm.
  • Justina Machado (One Day at a Time) - Justina talks about the new Netflix series One Day at a Time on the AOL Build Show at 12pm.