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 (September)

The Big Bang Theory - The Complete Ninth Season Newhart - The Complete Sixth Season 2 Broke Girls - The Complete Fifth Season Family Matters - The Complete Eighth Season Modern Family - The Complete Season 7

09/06 - Coach - Season One (Mill Creek) / Season Two / Seasons One and Two
09/06 - South Park - The Complete Ninteenth Season (Blu-ray)
09/13 - The Big Bang Theory - The Complete Ninth Season (Blu-ray)
09/13 - Newhart - The Complete Sixth Season
09/20 - 2 Broke Girls - The Complete Fifth Season
09/20 - Family Matters - The Complete Eighth Season
09/20 - Modern Family - The Complete Season 7
09/20 - Veep - Season 5
09/27 - The Wonder Years - Season Six
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Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Saturday, October 22

Superstore - "Guns, Pills and Birds" (NBC, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
When Amy (America Ferrera) assigns an uncomfortable Jonah (Ben Feldman) to the gun section of Cloud 9, Jonah abuses his right-to-refuse sale to anyone that causes concern, causing an open-carry protest to gather in the store. On principle, Glenn (Mark McKinney) attempts to purchase all of the store's morning-after pills, but finds himself in a moral dilemma when he can't afford them. Dina (Lauren Ash), Garrett (Colton Dunn) and Mateo (Nico Santos) hunt down a crow that has flown into the store.

The Thundermans - "Happy Heroween" (Nickelodeon, 8:00PM ET/PT)
It's a major Halloween storm outside, but inside Colosso keeps the family spooked by telling three scary stories that are sure to terrify even the bravest of superheroes.

School of Rock - "Welcome to My Nightmare" (Nickelodeon, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Mr. Finn's class decides to celebrate Halloween in school after Principal Mullins, who hates the holiday, goes home sick. When she returns sooner than expected, they have to scramble to keep her from finding out the truth.

Complete TV Listings

Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of October 24)

Saturday, October 22

  • Jim J. Bullock (Too Close for Comfort) - Jim talks about touring the U.S. in Kinky Boots on Oprah: Where Are They Now? at 10pm ET/PT on OWN.
Sunday, October 23
  • Patti LaBelle (Out All Night) - Catch Patti on Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
Monday, October 24
  • Ricky Gervais (The Office) - Watch Ricky on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Tom Hanks (Bosom Buddies) - Tom appears on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS. He also talks about Inferno on NBC's Today sometime between 7-9am and on LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
  • Elijah Wood (Wilfred) - Elijah is a guest on Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Ana Gasteyer (People of Earth/Lady Dynamite/Suburgatory) - Ana visits Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation) - Nick stops by The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Ron Howard (Happy Days/The Andy Griffith Show) - Ron appears on The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Zooey Deschanel (New Girl) - Zooey is a guest on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Michael Chiklis (Daddio) - Michael drops by Harry, so check your local listings.
  • Jameela Jamil (The Good Place) - Jameela appears on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Aya Cash (You're the Worst) - Aya talks about You're the Worst on the AOL Build ShoW at 2pm. She will also be on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 12:30pm ET.
  • Will Forte (The Last Man on Earth) - Will is a guest on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am.
  • Mary Steenburgen (The Last Man on Earth/Ink) - Mary talks about The Last Man on Earth on NBC's Today in the 10am hour. She will also be on the AOL Build Show at 12:30pm.
  • Anna Camp (The Mindy Project) - Anna talks about Good Girls Revolt on People Now at 8:30am.
  • James Brolin (Life in Pieces) - James is a guest on Access Hollywood Live, so check your local listings.