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!


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I Love Lucy - Superstar Special #2 (Colorized) The Love Boat - Season Three - Volume Two Hooperman - Season One 227 - The Complete First Season (Mill Creek) Fuller House - The Complete First 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)
02/07 - Sabrina, the Teenage Witch - Sabrina Down Under
02/07 - So Little Time - Volume 1 - School's Cool - Boy Crazy
02/07 - So Little Time - Volume 2 - About a Family - Hangin' Out
02/07 - 227 - The Complete First Season (Mill Creek)
02/07 - Vice Principals - The Complete First Season (Blu-ray)
02/14 - Beavis and Butt-Head - The Complete Collection
02/14 - Grace and Frankie - Season Two
02/28 - Fuller House - The Complete First Season
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Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Monday, February 20

Kevin Can Wait - "Neighborhood Watch" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT)
When Donna’s cousin, Irene (Claire Coffee), comes to visit with her chatty husband, Stuart (Alexander Chaplin), Kevin concocts an elaborate plan to avoid spending time with them by forming a neighborhood watch group with his buddies, including his neighbor, Rootger (Bas Rutten).

Man with a Plan - "Kate's First Date" (CBS, 8:30PM ET/PT)
When Kate is asked out on her first date, Adam can’t curb his overprotective ways. Also, Don enlists Lowell’s help to buy the perfect anniversary gift for Marcy.

Superior Donuts - "Trust Me" (CBS, 8:30PM ET/PT)
When Arthur is reluctant to let Franco make the shop’s bank deposit, Franco accuses his boss of not trusting him. Also, James regrets confiding in Randy after she shares an embarrassing secret about him with other cops at the station.

2 Broke Girls - "And the Jessica Shmessica" (CBS, 9:00PM ET/PT)
When Bobby (Christopher Gorham) invites Caroline to a party to meet his family, she is eager to make a good impression but isn’t prepared for the torch that his mother and sisters still carry for Bobby’s ex-girlfriend. Also, Caroline’s nerves are even more frayed when the diner gang decides to tag along. Guest stars include Nora Dunn as Bobby’s mother, Teresa, and Kerri Kenney-Silver as his sister, Denise.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of February 20)

Monday, February 20

  • Jason Jones (The Detour) - Watch Jason on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Norm Macdonald (The Norm Show/A Minute with Stan Hooper) - Norm is a guest on a repeat of Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Keke Palmer (Scream Queens/True Jackson, VP) - Keke appears on a repeat of Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Wendi McLendon-Covey (The Goldbergs/Rules of Engagement/Reno 911!) - Wendi visits Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
  • Patricia Heaton (The Middle/Back to You/Everybody Loves Raymond) - Patricia chats on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • NeNe Leakes (The New Normal) - NeNe guest co-hosts The Real, so check your local listings.
  • Mike Farrell, Loretta Swit and Jamie Farr (M*A*S*H) - Mike, Loretta and Jamie are guests on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Anne-Marie Johnson (What's Happening Now!!) - Anne-Marie discusses diversity at the Oscars on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Adam Scott (Parks and Recreation) - Adam joins the Chew Crew on ABC's The Chew at 1pm ET/12pm PT/CT.
  • Rosie Perez (Search Party) - Rosie is a guest on Good Day New York on WNYW-Fox5 in New York sometime between 7-10am.
  • Regina Hall (Grandfathered) - Regina appears on Access Hollywood Live, so check your local listings.
  • Louie Anderson (Baskets/The Louie Show/Life with Louie) - Louie is a guest on Steve Harvey, so check your local listings.