Tuesday, March 13, 2012

TBS Schedules Sitcom Men at Work in Summer; ABC 2012 Season Finale Dates in May


Men at Work
TBS has announced a premiere date for its new multi-camera original sitcom Men at Work, which is produced by Breckin Meyer and stars Danny Masterson, Adam Busch, James Lesure and Michael Cassidy. We have mentioned this series a few times already, but it now has a premiere date. The new sitcom will premiere on TBS on Thursday, May 24, 2012 with back-to-back episodes at 10 & 10:30pm following two airings of The Big Bang Theory from 9-10pm. Men at Work will then air in the 10pm half-hour for the next eight weeks. The sitcom has a ten episode order and as of now the finale is scheduled for July 19. Following Men at Work at 10:30pm will be another Big Bang Theory airing.
On this new sitcom, when Milo (Masterson) is thrust into single life after discovering his girlfriend has been cheating, he finds comfort in three best friends who help reinvent his manhood with the promise of sex, alcohol and some serious bromance. Men at Work was created by Breckin Meyer (TNT's Franklin & Bash), who is executive-producing with Fanfare's Jamie Tarses (Happy Endings, Franklin & Bash, My Boys) and Julia Franz. Meyer wrote the pilot, which was directed by Mark Cendrowski (The Big Bang Theory, 8 Simple Rules).


As we mentioned already, they also have two other new series coming this summer, but we don't know the premiere dates yet. A multi-camera comedy series titled Sullivan and Son, starring popular comedian Steve Byrne & Dan Lauria (pictured above) and executive-produced by Vince Vaughn (The Break-Up), Peter Billingsley and showrunner Rob Long (Cheers) is one of the series. TBS has also ordered 10 episodes of that series, which is slated to premiere later this summer. The other series is a one-hour dramedy titled The Wedding Band. This new one-hour scripted comedy series stars Brian Austin Green, Harold Perrineau, Peter Cambor, Derek Miller, Melora Hardin, Jenny Wade and Kathryn Fiore. We mentioned of the pick-up back in May 2011. And 10 episodes of this one-hour comedy have been ordered as well. Stay tuned for premiere dates for Sullivan & Son and The Wedding Band!


ABC has announced their 2011-2012 season finale dates for May sweeps. The first season finale in the May sweep will be freshman sitcom Last Man Standing on Tuesday, May 1 at 8:00pm as it finishes up its first season order of 24 episodes. ABC will then air Cougar Town for a full-hour on both May 8 and May 15, with the season finale set on May 15. New series GCB wraps-up its ten-episode freshman run on Sunday, May 6 following the penultimate episode of Desperate Housewives. Speaking of that long-running iconic hit, it will wrap up its run with a two-hour finale event on Sunday, May 13 from 9-11pm. The season finale of the number one drama Once Upon a Time will air leading into the Housewives finale at 8pm. Castle will wrap up its 23-episode fourth season on Monday, May 7 at 10pm, as The Bachelorette premieres the following week on Monday, May 14 at 9:30pm following the semi-finals of Dancing with the Stars. It is expected that The Bachelorette will also get an airing out of The Finals of Dancing with the Stars on Monday, May 21 from 9-11pm. It is unclear what its normal time period will be in the summer, but it has been 8-10pm in the past. The ABC summer line-up will be revealed soon. Back to Dancing with the Stars, it has a one-hour performance show finale on Monday, May 21 from 8-9pm as mentioned, but its two-hour grand finale will be on Tuesday, May 22 from 9-11pm. That means Private Practice, which moves to Tuesdays for its final four episodes of the season starting April 24, will have its season finale on May 15. The Thursday dramas will all have their finales on May 17 as Missing (which premieres Thursday), Grey's Anatomy and Scandal (which premieres April 5) will conclude for the season.
On to the Laugh On Wednesday comedies, new sitcom Suburgatory will end its season on Wednesday, May 16 at 8:30pm. The other three comedies The Middle, Modern Family and Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 (which premieres April 11) will end a week later on Wednesday, May 23. It is not known yet what will air at 8:30pm on this date, perhaps a repeat of The Middle or Modern Family? The season finale of the addicting new primetime soap Revenge will conclude its freshman season at 10pm on May 23, too. Other finales in May are the third season finale of Shark Tank on Friday, May 18 at 8pm and America's Funniest Home Videos on Sunday, May 20 at 7pm. No word on What Would You Do? or 20/20, which both air on Fridays from 9-11pm, but the latter will continue all summer anyway. And out of the sweep finales coming up are Body of Proof on Tuesday, April 17 at 10pm and Happy Endings on Wednesday, April 4--but these two are not set in stone yet, as Happy Endings has one more episode unscheduled and Body could end its run on April 10 we hear. Stay with us for further updates!


Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Thursday, October 19

Superstore - "Workplace Bullying" (NBC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Tensions arise among the employees after an attempted robbery, pitting Dina (Lauren Ash) against Jonah (Ben Feldman). Meanwhile, Glenn (Mark McKinney) has a tough time firing the store security guard, and Amy (America Ferrera) discovers that her coworkers have been hanging out without her.

The Good Place - "The Trolley Problem" (NBC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Chidi (William Jackson Harper) and Eleanor (Kristen Bell) tackle a famous ethical dilemma, leading to a conflict with Michael (Ted Danson). Meanwhile, Tahani (Jameela Jamil) harbors a secret and confides in Janet (D'Arcy Carden).

Will & Grace - "Grandpa Jack" (NBC, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Jack (Sean Hayes) is stunned to learn that his estranged son, Elliot (guest star Michael Angarano) has a son of his own, Skip (guest star Jet Jurgensmeyer). Moreover, Skip needs the kind of help only Will (Eric McCormack) and Jack can provide. Grace (Debra Messing) and Karen (Megan Mullally) behave badly with the hot new guy at work.

Great News - "Award Show" (NBC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
For the first time in years, "The Breakdown" has been nominated for an American Journalism Award. Katie (Briga Heelan) is looking forward to spending the night as a peer with the very reporters she has admired her whole life. Fearing her mother will ruin it, Katie tries to stop Carol (Andrea Martin) from attending but is unsuccessful when Carol secures a position as a seat-filler. Katie is stuck babysitting her mom all night but gets distracted by Jeremy (guest star Reid Scott), a handsome New York Times reporter who looks down on cable news. Chuck (John Michael Higgins) is excited to reunite with all of his old anchormen friends, especially Len Archer (guest star Christopher McDonald), an idol of Chuck's who is receiving a lifetime achievement award.

Better Things - "Eulogy" (FX, 10:00PM ET/PT)
Sam demands satisfaction.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of October 16)

Thursday, October 19

  • Tracy Morgan (30 Rock/The Tracy Morgan Show) - Catch Tracy on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Paul Shaffer (A Year at the Top) - Paul sits in with Cleto and The Cletones on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory) - Jim is a guest on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Michael Keaton (Working Stiffs/All's Fair) - Michael appears on a repeat of The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Amy Landecker (Transparent) - Amy is a guest on a repeat of Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Carl Reinder (The Dick Van Dyke Show) - Carl appears on a repeat of Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Garcelle Beauvais (The Jamie Foxx Show) - Garcelle guest co-hosts The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Cedric Yarbrough (Speechless/Reno 911!) - Cedric is a guest on Steve, so check your local listings.
  • Angela Kinsey (Haters Back Off/Your Family or Mine/The Office) - Angela talks about the new season of her Netflix show Haters Back Off on the People Now at 8:30am.
  • Jeff Garlin (The Goldbergs/Curb Your Enthusiasm) - Jeff appears on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 11:30am ET.
  • Henry Winkler (Happy Days/Out of Practice) - Henry is a guest on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Hayley Orrantia (The Goldbergs) - Hayley appears on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Joanna Garcia Swisher (Reba/Better with You) - Joanna teams up with Michael Symon in the kitchen, giving the scoop on her new show and whipping up a tasty dish on ABC's The Chew at 1pm ET/12pm PT/CT. She also talks about Kevin (Probably) Saves the World on the AOL Build Show at 11am.
  • Redman (Method & Red) - Redman appears on the AOL Build Show at 3pm.
  • Debra Messing and Eric McCormack (Will & Grace) - Debra and Eric are guests on Access Hollywood Live, so check your local listings.


New on DVD/Blu-ray (June/July/August)

Father Knows Best - Season Six Diff'rent Strokes - The Complete Sixth Season Alice - The Complete Fifth Season Rhoda - Season Four Brooklyn Nine-Nine - Season Four

06/13 - The Andy Griffith Show - Return to Mayberry
06/13 - That's My Mama - The Complete Series
06/20 - Workaholics - The Final (Seventh) Season
06/20 - Workaholics - The Complete Series
06/27 - The Jamie Foxx Show - The Complete Third Season
07/04 - Superstore - Season Two
07/18 - Father Knows Best - Season Six
07/25 - Diff'ernt Strokes - The Complete Sixth Season
07/25 - Girls - The Final (Sixth) Season (Blu-ray)
08/01 - Alice - The Complete Fifth Season (WBShop.com)
08/01 - Crashing - The Complete First Season (Blu-ray)
08/15 - Rhoda - Season Four
08/22 - Brooklyn Nine-Nine - Season Four
08/29 - Will & Grace - Season One (Universal)
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