Monday, April 16, 2012

Our 10th TV Land Awards Recap, Airs April 29; Fox Pulls Breaking In





Pat Harrington and Bonnie Franklin Fran Drescher
(Pat Harrington and Bonnie Franklin / Fran Drescher)

Celebrity icons from television, film and music joined TV Land and host Kelly Ripa for an unforgettable evening on Saturday night at the TV Land Awards 10th Anniversary celebration, which returned to New York for the second year in a row! The gala event, which premieres on TV Land on Sunday, April 29 at 9pm ET/PT, honored Aretha Franklin (Music Icon Award) and the casts of Laverne & Shirley (Fan Favorite Award), One Day at a Time (Innovator Award), In Living Color (Groundbreaking Award), Murphy Brown (Impact Award) and Pee-wee's Playhouse (Pop Culture Award).

We were on hand on Saturday night at the "Black Carpet" (as you know, if you followed our tweets) where most of the stars came before going inside to the event. We got to talk to Bonnie Franklin of One Day at a Time, and she told us she doesn't expect her to return for another episode of Hot in Cleveland, with her former One Day at a Time co-star Valerie Bertinelli. Here's hoping Mackenzie Phillips, Pat Harrington, Glenn Scarpelli and Richard Masur guest star soon! We also talked to T'Keyah Crystal Keymah of In Living Color on why she thought the show was groundbreaking and if she talks to Bill Cosby still. T'Keyah co-starred with Bill Cosby on the 1996-2000 sitcom Cosby, playing his daughter. She said she talks to him still and thanked me for reminding her to call him! We also saw on the "Black Carpet," Carrie Ann Inaba, a former Fly Girl on In Living Color and now of course a judge on Dancing with the Stars. She mentioned that her favorite show of all-time is Happy Days and she would LOVE to see Ron Howard as a contestant on Dancing with the Stars! Ralph Macchio, who will be guest starring on Happily Divorced, was also on the "Black Carpet" and mentioned his favorite shows were Taxi, Cheers, M*A*S*H, Happy Days, Seinfeld. Among the other stars we saw on the carpet were host Kelly Ripa, Faith Ford, Valerie Bertinelli, Tommy Davidson, Fran Drescher, Aviva Frescher, Diane English, David Alan Grier, Pat Harrington, Pee-Wee Herman, Charles Kimbrough, Laurieann Gibson, Lisa Marie Todd, Deidre Lang, David Lander, Penny Marshall, Michael McKean, Kelly Coffield Park, Mackenzie Phillips, Joe Regalbuto, Thomas Roberts, Grant Shaud, Keenen Ivory Wayans, Kim Wayans, Shawn Wayans, Marlon Wayans, and Cindy Williams! Fun! And that was just the "Black Carpet!"

Penny Marshall Cindy Williams
(Penny Marshall and Cindy Williams)


(Mackenzie Phillips and Bonnie Franklin)

Memorable moments on the actual show on this night of top-notch entertainment included a hilarious opening sketch (with 13 costume changes!) by second-time host Kelly Ripa, who started the show coming down from the ceiling dressed as Catwoman from Batman. Later, Murphy Brown co-star Faith Ford (who starred with host Kelly Ripa on Hope & Faith) danced like her alter ego on the show, Corky, while Jim Carrey gave a heartfelt speech when accepting the Groundbreaking Award with his fellow cast members of In Living Color. The TV Land Awards 10th Anniversary also featured amazing performances by Music Icon Award-winner Aretha Franklin singing her hit songs "RESPECT," "Chain of Fools," "I Came To Lift Him Up" and "Ombra Mai Fu,"(some of which will be posted exclusively on TVLand.com). To close the night, the In Living Color Fly Girls danced out the show with Kelly Ripa to The B-52's "Rock Lobster."
Among the presenters, Katie Couric presented the Fan Favorite Award to the cast of Laverne & Shirley. Host Kelly Ripa presented the Impact Award to the cast of Murphy Brown. Whoopi Goldberg presented the Groundbreaking Award to the cast of In Living Color. Mike Myers came by to present the Pop Culture Award to "Pee-wee Herman" for Pee-wee's Playhouse. Fran Drescher, star of TV Land's Happily Divorced, presented the Innovator Award to the cast of One Day at a Time, which included Valerie Bertinelli, who now stars on TV Land's Hot in Cleveland (which leads into Happily Divorced every Wednesday night). And finally, The Music Icon Award was given to celebrated musician and "Queen of Soul" Aretha Franklin, who brought down the house with four of her hit songs and accepted her award from presenter John Legend, who serenaded her on stage. Watch the full 90-minute telecast on Sunday, April 29 at 9:00pm! It was a fun night and we can't wait for you to see it on April 29!

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In other news, Fox has pulled struggling second year comedy Breaking In from the schedule. The series was set to return April 24 after a two-week hiatus so Raising Hope can air its two-part finale, but now Fox will not return Breaking In. Instead, repeats of New Girl will air on April 24, May 1 and May 8. May 15 and May 22 Fox has the final two episodes of the season of Glee, at a special time. There is no word yet on if and when the Christian Slater comedy Breaking In will return. Perhaps sometime in the summer? Fox has only aired five episodes of the thirteen episode order.
Let's hope they schedule it soon, as they are even airing the remaining episode of I Hate My Teenage Daughter this June on Sunday from 7-8pm and this comedy is much better. We want to see the Alyssa Milano guest appearance for this season! Stay with us if Fox does indeed schedule Breaking In again...but a chance for a third season is almost zero now. They don't have your back now, unfortunately.


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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Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Thursday, August 17

The Big Bang Theory - "The Allowance Evaporation" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Sheldon and Amy have their first fight since moving in together, and Koothrappali is shocked at the realities of financial independence when he stops receiving support from his father.

Kevin Can Wait - "Kenny Can Wait" (CBS, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Kevin strikes up an unlikely friendship with Harry Connick Jr., but gets caught in a web of lies trying to impress his new friend. Harry Connick Jr. guest stars as himself.

Great News - "Snowmageddon of the Century" (NBC, 9:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
After organizing a poorly attended staff karaoke night, Carol (Andrea Martin) is convinced that everyone at "The Breakdown" needs some office bonding time. When Greg (Adam Campbell) refuses to help, Carol enlists the help of God, causing a huge snowstorm to trap everyone in the building overnight. Chuck (John Michael Higgins) takes an interest in working with Katie (Briga Heelan), which Portia (Nicole Richie) convinces Katie is romantic.

The Guest Book - "Story Four" (TBS, 10:30PM ET/PT)
Christy heads up to the mountains to try and bond with her new boyfriend Paul and his 8-year-old daughter, but she self-medicates because of her anxiety and ends up revealing some skeletons in her closet.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of August 14)

Thursday, August 17

  • Jay Ellis (Insecure/The Game) - Catch Jay on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Rami Malek (The War at Home) - Rami appears on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Kathryn Hahn (I Love Dick/Happyish/Transparent) - Kathryn is a guest on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Michael Rapaport (Atypical/The War at Home) - Michael stops by The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep/The New Adventures of Old Christine/Seinfeld) - Julia visits The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Ray Romano (Everybody Loves Raymond) - Ray drops by The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Fred Savage (The Grinder/Working/The Wonder Years) - Fred appears on Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Sherri Shepherd (Trial & Error/Sherri/Less Than Perfect) - Sherri is a guest on a repeat of The Real, so check your local listings.
  • Yara Shahidi (black-ish) - Yara shares her thoughts on the Emmy nominations and her new ‘girl power’ campaign on People Now at 8:30am.
  • Marlon Wayans (Marlon/The Wayans Bros.) - Marlon discusses his new Netflix show Naked on People Now at 8:30am.
  • Christopher Meloni (Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later/Surviving Jack/The Fanelli Boys) - Christopher will be on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am.
  • Aziz Ansari (Parks and Recreation) - Aziz makes his Chew debut and cooks with Mario Batali on a repeat of ABC's The Chew at 1pm ET/12pm PT/CT.
  • Wendi McClendon-Covey (The Goldbergs/Rules of Engagmenet/Reno 911!) - Wendi teams up with Clinton Kelly for a delicious bite on a repeat of ABC's The Chew at 1pm ET/12pm PT/CT.
  • Demi Lovato (Sonny with a Chance) - Demi can be heard on The Morning Mash Up on SiriusXM at 9:15am.
  • Drake Bell (Drake & Josh) - Drake performs on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Ellie Kemper (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt) - Ellie talks about Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt on NBC's Today in the 9am hour.
  • Tasha Smith (Tyler Perry's For Better or Worse/The Tom Show/Boston Common) - Tasha talks about TV One's When Love Kills on the AOL Build Show at 3pm.