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.

What are your favorite Davy Jones moments? Share them on our Monkees Message Board.

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.

Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Wednesday, March 21

The Goldbergs - "The Scrunchie Rule" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
When Beverly gets a glimpse into a soon-to-be empty nest, she replaces her kids with the Mellor brothers, nursing Coach Mellor back to health after falling off the rope climb. Meanwhile, Erica and her college roommate get on each other’s nerves in their dorm room, especially when Valley Erica puts a scrunchie on the door and kicks Erica out.

Speechless - "N-O-- NOMINEE" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
JJ travels to a film festival where he’s been nominated for an award but is upset when he learns the real reason he’s being honored. Jimmy stays home and struggles to protect Dylan from the truth about an impending eviction. And Ray takes an unlikely and painful route to basketball stardom in hopes of winning back Taylor.

Modern Family - "Wine Weekend" (ABC, 9:00PM ET/PT)
The family goes on a wine tasting trip and stays in Haley’s new boss’ country house where the only rule is: Don’t touch the tiara! Meanwhile, Gloria and Mitch are invited to a party at Oprah’s house but can’t bring anyone else.

American Housewife - "It's Hard to Say Goodbye" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
Katie and Greg struggle to help the kids accept loss as a family friend suddenly passes away and as their pet pig, Hans Gruber, must be returned to his natural habitat.

Schitt's Creek - "The Gesture" (Pop, 8:00PM ET/PT)
David looks for a way to reconcile with Patrick after spending time away from him; Moira pitches the idea of a singles week event.

grown-ish - "Crew Love" (Freeform, 8:00PM ET/PT)
The crew prepares for Freshman Formal; Jazz revels in a new relationship.

Alone Together - "Property Management" (Freeform, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Benji and Esther get swept up in the allure of retirement life.

Complete TV Listings

Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of March 19)

Wednesday, March 21

  • Charlie Day (It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia/Luis) - Watch Charlie on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Henry Winkler (Happy Days/Monty/Out of Practice/Arrested Development) - Henry appears on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Sabrina Carpenter (Girl Meets World) - Sabrina is a musical guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Keri Russell (Running Wilde) - Keri visits The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Drew Barrymore (Santa Clarita Diet) - Drew appears on The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Kim Matula (LA to Vegas) - Kim stops by Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Krysten Ritter (Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23) - Krysten appears on Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Jay Pharoah (White Famous) - Jay drops by LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings. He will also be on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 11:30am ET.
  • Bella Thorne (Shake It Up) - Bella is a guest on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Mila Kunis (That '70s Show/Family Guy) - Mila appears The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Jenna Fischer (Splitting Up Together/The Office) and Oliver Hudson (Splitting Up Together/Rules of Engagement) - Jenna and Oliver are guests on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Jussie Smollett (On Our Own) - Jussie visits The Wendy Williams Show and Steve, so check your local listings.
  • Jason Jones and Natalie Zea (The Detour) - Jason and Natalie are guests on a repeat of Harry, so check your local listings.
  • Eric Christian Olsen (The Loop) - Eric appears on Steve, so check your local listings.
  • Louie Anderson (Baskets/The Louie Show/Life with Louie) - Louie opens up about his alcoholic father's rough childhood – and why he doesn't hold anything against him today on People Now at 8:30am.
  • Jason George (Eve) - Jason talks about Station 19 on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am and the BUILD Series at 1pm.
  • Kyle MacLachlan (Sex and the City) - Kyle talks about Portlandia on NBC's Today in the 10am hour.
  • Dove Cameron (Liv and Maddie) - Dove talks about Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on the BUILD Series at 12pm.
  • Liv Hewson (Santa Clarita Diet) - Liv talks about Santa Clarita Diet on the BUILD Series at 4pm.