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 (March/April)

The Jamie Foxx Show - The Complete Second Season What I Like About You - The Complete Second Season Newhart - The Final (Eighth) Season Diff'rent Strokes - The Complete Fifth Season Father Knows Best - Season Five

03/03 - The Dick Van Dyke Show - Now... In Living Color! (Blu-ray)
03/07 - The Jamie Foxx Show - The Complete Second Season
03/07 - Mama's Family - Mama's Favorites
03/07 - That '70s Show - The Complete Series - Flashback Edition (Blu-ray)
03/07 - What I Like About You - The Complete Second Season
03/07 - You Me Her - Season One
03/14 - Newhart - The Final (Eighth) Season
03/14 - Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt - Season Two
03/21 - Master of None - Season One
04/04 - Diff'rent Strokes - The Complete Fifth Season
04/11 - Father Knows Best - Season Five
04/11 - Schitt's Creek - The Complete Third Season
04/11 - Silicon Valley - The Complete Third Season (Blu-ray)
04/11 - Veep - The Complete Fifth Season
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Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Thursday, April 27

The Big Bang Theory - "The Cognition Regeneration" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Leonard isn’t thrilled when Penny considers taking a new job offered by her ex-boyfriend, Zack (Brian Thomas Smith).

The Great Indoors - "The Heartbreaker" (CBS, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Jack sets up a double date to get Eddie out of a post-divorce rut, but the night gets awkward when they run into Denise (Essence Atkins), Eddie’s ex-wife. Also, when Emma decides to breakup with her boyfriend, Greg (Andy Ridings), Clark is torn between making a move on her and salvaging his friendship with Greg.

Mom - "A Cricket and a Hedge Made of Gold" (CBS, 9:00PM ET/PT)
When Marjorie takes a break from the group, Bonnie becomes the go-to for everyone’s problems, and Christy tries to overcome a painful memory from her past.

Life in Pieces - "Ear Scorn Registry Manuscript" (CBS, 9:30PM ET/PT)
When Colleen goes to Tim for help with an embarrassing ailment, she begs him not to tell the family. Also, Dougie (Fortune Feimster) enlists Joan to help her buy a gift for Matt and Colleen’s wedding; Heather gets jealous when her friends want to include Jen in their mommy group; and Professor Sinclair Wilde (Cary Elwes) encourages Joan to ask her family to read a draft of her book.

Superstore - "Ladies' Lunch" (NBC, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
During the morning meeting, Glenn (Mark McKinney) accidentally tells the employees the real reason Amy (America Ferrera) has been late to work lately. Meanwhile, Dina (Lauren Ash) tries to cheer up Amy by kidnapping her for a "ladies' lunch." Jonah (Ben Feldman) and Garrett (Colton Dunn) invent a game to pass the time, tricking Glenn and Mateo (Nico Santos) in the process. Cheyenne (Nichole Bloom) helps Amy take a fearless step with a dramatic new look.

Superstore - "Cheyenne's Wedding" (NBC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
It's Cheyenne (Nichole Bloom) and Bo's (recurring guest star Johnny Pemberton) dream wedding, but not everything goes according to plan. Meanwhile, relationships unravel as Amy (America Ferrera) and Jonah (Ben Feldman) dodge relationship rumors. Glenn (Mark McKinney) tries to change Jeff's (recurring guest star Michael Bunin) mind after learning of upcoming layoffs, Dina (Lauren Ash) talks her way into the wedding party and Mateo (Nico Santos) dodges Jeff throughout the wedding.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of April 24)

Thursday, April 27

  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep/The New Adventures of Old Christine/Seinfeld) - Catch Julia on a repeat of Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Kevin Nealon (Man with a Plan/Weeds/Hiller and Diller/Champs) - Kevin appears on a repeat of Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Thomas Middleditch (Silicon Valley) - Thomas stops by The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Patton Oswalt (The Goldbergs/The King of Queens) - Patton is a guest on Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Allison Janney (Mom/Mr. Sunshine) - Allison appears on Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
  • John Benjamin Hickey (The Big C/It's All Relative) - John visits Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
  • John Leguizamo (The Brothers Garcia) - John guest co-hosts LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
  • America Ferrera (Superstore) - America chats about Superstore on NBC's Today in the 10am hour and on LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
  • Geoff Stults (Enlisted) - Geoff is a guest on Harry, so check your local listings.
  • Michael Strahan (Brothers) - Michael plays Pyramid on Rachael Ray, so check your local listings.
  • Perrey Reeves (Entourage) - Perrey makes a kale salad on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Jenna Elfman (Imaginary Mary/1600 Penn/Courting Alex/Accidentally on Purpose/Dharma & Greg) - Jenna will be on NBC's Today in the 9am hour.
  • Geena Davis (The Geena Davis Show/Buffalo Bill) - Geena talks about A League of Their Own on NBC's Today in the 9am hour.
  • Anna Baryshnikov (Superior Donuts) - Anna talks about Superior Donuts on the AOL Build Show at 1pm.
  • Christopher Meloni (Surviving Jack/The Fanelli Boys) - Christopher appears on Access Hollywood Live, so check your local listings.