Monday, May 07, 2012

SitcomsOnline.com 2012-13 Upfront Preview: NBC; Remembering George Lindsey, The Andy Griffith Show's Goober Pyle

NBC
Next week is the big week in the TV world--the network upfronts! And as usual, the week prior to the upfronts, we preview on what we think the networks will do! NBC and Fox are up first next Monday (May 14). We will preview NBC today and Fox tomorrow. So let's get right to it!

NBC is still looking for a series hit besides The Voice. That show returned with a bang in February after the Super Bowl but it slowly went down big, but still is NBC's top series by far.
Here is the SitcomsOnline.com NBC 2012-13 preview:

New Series Already Picked-Up: Go On (comedy) and Hannibal (drama).
Already Renewed Returning Series: Sunday Night Football, Smash & Grimm.
Likely Returning Series: Parenthood, The Biggest Loser, The Voice, Law & Order: SVU, The Office, Community, Parks & Recreation, Celebrity Apprentice, Off Their Rockers, 30 Rock and of course Dateline.
Likely To Be Canceled or Already Canceled: Are You There Chelsea, Awake, Bent, Best Friends Forever, Escape Routes, Fear Factor, Fashion Star, The Firm, Prime Suspect, Chuck, Whitney, Up All Night, The Sing-Off, Who's Still Standing, Free Agents, Playboy Club, Harry's Law, and Rock Center.
Likely New Series Pick-Ups (our picks): 1600 Penn (comedy for fall), Downwardly Mobile (comedy for fall), Guys With Kids comedy for fall), Revolution (drama for fall), County (drama for fall), Chicago Fire (drama for fall), Notorious (drama for mid-season), Save Me (comedy for mid-season), and Friday Night Dinner (comedy for mid-season).

OUR FALL 2012 PREDICTION:

Mondays
8:00PM The Voice
10:00PM Smash

Tuesdays
8:00PM Downwardly Mobile (NEW!)
8:30PM Guys With Kids (NEW!)
9:00PM Revolution (NEW!) / The Voice Results
10:00PM Parenthood

Wednesdays
8:00PM Community
8:30PM 30 Rock
9:00PM County (NEW!)
10:00PM Law & Order: SVU

Thursdays
8:00PM 1600 Penn (NEW!)
8:30PM The Office
9:00PM Go On (NEW!)
9:30PM Parks & Recreation
10:00PM Chicago Fire (NEW!)

Fridays
8:00PM Dateline
9:00PM Grimm
10:00PM Hannibal (NEW!)

Saturdays
8:00-11:00PM Repeats

Sundays
7:00PM Football Night in America
8:00PM Sunday Night Football

COMMENTS: NBC once again needs major revamping and I still don't think they have any pilots that can do that. Comedy is certainly the way to go, as their drama pilots look to be weak. They still need to prove it will work on air as even buzz-worthy pilots have fizzed. It is all about scheduling and promotion and NBC has been very poor at that since about 2004. Once again they will have the Summer Olympics this summer and NBC will use that as a platform to launch new series. NBC has already picked-up new comedy Go On starring Matthew Perry and I think it will launch early after the Olympics sometime in August. Let's go over day-by-day on what I think will happen. Mondays will have a fall version of The Voice and it will be interesting to see who will return. It might be overkill to air a singing competition show like this twice a year, but NBC really needs it. At 10pm, while not doing that great, Smash is back for a second season and will likely stay put to grow the show. On Tuesdays, The Biggest Loser is likely going to switch to one edition a year, and it will probably return in early 2013 instead of this fall. NBC should air multi-camera comedies to start the night off. Perhaps the return of Roseanne and John Goodman in their new comedy followed by Jimmy Fallon produced comedy to open the night off? At 9pm, NBC could air new JJ Abrams drama Revolution right after the Olympics are over and run it through mid or late October before starting The Voice Results at 9pm. Parenthood is likely sticking at 10pm for probably half a season.
Wednesdays right now is a hot mess again, save for SVU. Perhaps two comedies to start the night off is the way to go in the fall. The final seasons of Community and 30 Rock maybe?  The young-skewing comedies could lead into a new young drama like County, which is a medical drama. NBC is likely bringing back SVU at 10pm for maybe the last time? On Thursdays, the comedies are very low rated or declining like The Office. This night needs some new comedy blood. Perhaps more family flare? 1600 Penn could be a good option to lead-off. The Office is not really an anchor anymore, so it could slide down to 8:30pm, giving the new Matthew Perry sports comedy Go On a chance at 9pm. At 9:30pm, Parks & Recreation would follow for at least the fall. Perhaps the Dick Wolf drama Chicago Fire would air at 10pm and it would be promoted a lot the night before on Dick Wolf's SVU. Fridays will likely have Grimm air at 9pm. Perhaps Dateline could move to 8pm, so NBC could try a drama out of the surprise success (in Friday terms) of Grimm? Hannibal would be a good option for them at 10pm. And Saturdays is just repeats, like always.
Rounding out the fall schedule is of course NBC's fall savior Sunday Night Football and this sport keeps getting more popular every year. What would NBC do if they didn't have the NFL? Anyway even with The Voice and the Super Bowl NBC is nearly in fourth place as they have a tenth of a rating point lead right now over ABC for third place. Will that last over the next few weeks of this current season? Who knows. For next season, NBC STILL needs to find SOME other hits to even compete with CBS, Fox and ABC. There is no Super Bowl for them next season to save their season. Go with family fare comedies or comedies in general and perhaps NBC will see a bit of a rise next season.

Remember, next Monday (May 14) is the actual date when we will find out NBC's plans for the 2012-13 season. So, come on back next Monday and we will let you know the details and you can see how much we were right (or wrong). Stay tuned next week for the official fall line-ups for all the networks. I love this time of year!
Discuss your thoughts on our prediction and feel free to make suggestions of your own!
Stay tuned tomorrow for our prediction for Fox!

George Lindsey

Veteran character actor George Lindsey, best known for his role as Goober Pyle on The Andy Griffith Show, Mayberry R.F.D. and Hee Haw, has died. Lindsey died early Sunday morning (May 6) in Nashville, TN, after a brief illness. Mr. Lindsey was 83.

Lindsey appeared as the grinning Goober Pyle on television for nearly 30 years. He got his big break in television in 1964 when he guest starred as the slow-witted but kindly Goober Beasley in the fifth season of The Andy Griffith Show. The character's name was later changed to Goober Pyle. It was established that he was the cousin of Gomer Pyle played by Jim Nabors. Jim Nabors and George Lindsey appeared in only one episode of The Andy Griffith Show together: Fun Girls. When Jim Nabors left to do the spin-off series Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. in 1964, the beanie-wearing Goober became a regular character. Lindsey appeared in 86 episodes of the show from 1964 until 1968 when it left the air. In 1965, he appeared in an episode of Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. called A Visit from Cousin Goober. He continued to appear as the character in 44 episodes of The Andy Griffith Show spin-off series Mayberry R.F.D. from 1968-1971. In 1971, he appeared in an episode of The New Andy Griffith Show on CBS. From 1972-1992 he appeared as Goober Pyle in 44 episodes of the country music variety program Hee Haw. His other Goober Pyle portrayals included the 1978 television movie Goober & the Truckers Paradise and the 1986 television reunion movie Return to Mayberry.

He had a number of other television and film roles during his career. His television guest appearances included The Rifleman, The Great Adventure, Twilight Zone, The Tycoon, Daniel Boone, The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, Gunsmoke, Banacek, Love, American Style, Movin' On, M*A*S*H, Fantasy Island, CHiPs and NewsRadio. Lindsey's film roles included Cannonball Run II and Take This Job and Shove It. He voiced characters in the Walt Disney animated films The Aristocats, Robin Hood and The Rescuers.

Lindsey was born in Fairfield, AL and raised in Jasper, AL. He helped raise over $1,000,000 for the Alabama Special Olympics during a 17-year period by hosting an annual celebrity golf tournament in Montgomery, AL. He established and perpetuated the George Lindsey Academic Scholarships at University of North Alabama. In 1992, the University of North Alabama awarded him an honorary doctorate. Goober Pyle was such a likable character who made everyone laugh. Mr. Lindsey was a fine actor and an even better man for his kindness and generosity over the years. He will be deeply missed.

What are your favorite Goober Pyle moments? Share them on our Andy Griffith Show message board. View some George Lindsey photos in our photo galleries.

For Chicago viewers only:

Me-Too is airing a tribute to George Lindsey all this week at 12 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. with episodes of The Andy Griffith Show that feature stories around Goober.

Mr. Lindsey was best-known as the grinning gas station employee in The Andy Griffith Show from 1964 to 1968, as well as in Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. as the title character's cousin in the Andy Griffith spin-off TV series.

Below are titles of the episodes featured in this week's tribute to George Lindsey during the regularly scheduled broadcast times and dates of The Andy Griffith Show on Me-Too.

Monday, May 7
12:00 p.m. Eat Your Heart Out
10:30 p.m. Fun Girls

Tuesday, May 8
12:00 p.m. Goober's Replacement
10:30 p.m. Goober Takes a Car Apart

Wednesday, May 9
12:00 p.m. Mind Over Matter
10:30 p.m. Andy & Helen Have Their Day

Thursday, May 10
12:00 p.m. Goober Makes History
10:30 p.m. Goober & The Art of Love

Friday, May 11
12:00 p.m. Goober the Executive
10:30 p.m. The Lucky Letter

Viewers can watch Me-Too on WCIU-TV 26.4, Xfinity 247/358, RCN 22, WOW 171 and AT&T U-verse 48.


New on DVD/Blu-ray (October/November)

Dr. Ken - Season One Mike & Molly - The Complete Sixth and Final Season Family Matters - The Complete Ninth Season The Lucy Show - The Complete Series The Mindy Project - Season Four

10/04 - The Andy Griffith Show - The Christmas Special (Colorized)
10/04 - I Love Lucy - Superstar Special #1 (Colorized)
10/11 - Dr. Ken - Season One
10/11 - Mike & Molly - The Complete Sixth and Final Season
10/11 - Mike & Molly - The Complete Series
10/11 - Nurse Jackie - Seasons One and Two
10/11 - Weeds - Seasons One and Two
11/01 - Schitt's Creek - Seasons One and Two
11/08 - Family Matters - The Complete Ninth Season
11/08 - Your Family or Mine - Season One
11/15 - Community - The Complete Series
11/15 - The Lucy Show - The Complete Series
11/15 - The Mindy Project - Season Four
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Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Sunday, December 11

The Simpsons - "The Nightmare After Krustmas" (Fox, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Krusty tries to impress his daughter as they spend Christmas with the Simpsons. Meanwhile, Reverend Lovejoy seeks converts after church attendance plummets, and Maggie is haunted by a spooky Christmas toy.

Son of Zorn - "The War on Grafelnik" (Fox, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Torn between Edie’s Christmas and Zorn’s Grafelnik – the Zephyrian holiday of revenge – Alan realizes he can play his parents off each other to get better presents.

Family Guy - "How the Griffin Stole Christmas" (Fox, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Peter is asked to fill in for the mall Santa, until he gets drunk on the power when he realizes that Santa can get away with anything. Meanwhile, Stewie and Brian crash holiday office parties for the free food, drama and women.

The Last Man on Earth - "If You're Happy and You Know It" (Fox, 9:30PM ET/PT)
Carol is bummed about Gail’s absence, so Tandy tries to cheer her up with the honeymoon vacation they never had. Meanwhile, Lewis finds new success with his pursuits in aviation and Melissa is contained.

The Dick Van Dyke Show - Now in Living Color - (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Spread the holiday cheer with “The Dick Van Dyke Show – Now in Living Color!,” a new one-hour special featuring two newly colorized back-to-back classic episodes of the beloved 1960s series, to be broadcast Sunday, Dec. 11 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Series creator and co-star Carl Reiner personally supervised the colorization of the episodes.

The special features the groundbreaking episode “That’s My Boy??” and “Coast to Coast Big Mouth,” which ranked #8 on TV Guide’s list of the “100 Greatest TV Episodes of All-Time.” Both episodes were written by Bill Persky & Sam Denoff. The main titles and end credits of the two episodes are seamlessly combined into one set – at the beginning and end of the hour – with no interruption between the episodes.

In “That’s My Boy??,” as Rob and Laura host a dinner party with a few friends, Rob recalls the hectic days after their son Ritchie was born, when he was sure the hospital had given him and Laura the wrong baby. The episode, originally broadcast on Sept. 25, 1963, was the third season premiere.

In “Coast to Coast Big Mouth,” Laura Petrie blurts out a top secret on a national television quiz show, revealing that comedian Alan Brady wears a toupee. The episode, which was the show’s fifth and final season premiere, was originally broadcast on Sept. 15, 1965. “Coast to Coast Big Mouth” won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series in 1966.

Bizaardvark - "Agh, Humbug" (Disney Channel, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Bernie gets bummed about not being invited to the Vuuugler-only holiday party, so the gang tries to turn him into an overnight online star so that he can attend, too.

Best Friends Whenever - "Revenge of the Past" (Disney Channel, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Shelby gets trapped in the 16th century after trying to save Daisy from marriage, so the friends join forces to help rescue her.

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Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of December 12)

Monday, December 12

  • Jennifer Lawrence (The Bill Engvall Show) - Watch Jennifer Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Bryan Cranston (Malcolm in the Middle) - Bryan is a guest on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC. He also chats about the film Why Him? on LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
  • John Goodman (Roseanne/Normal, Ohio) - John appears on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS. He will also be on CBS This Morning sometime between 7-9am.
  • Chris Pratt (Parks and Recreation) - Chris visits The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Olivia Munn (Perfect Couples) - Olivia is a guest on The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS. She joins the Chew Crew on ABC's The Chew at 1pm ET/12pm PT/CT.
  • Matthew Perry (The Odd Couple/Go On/Mr. Sunshine) - Matthew stops by The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Kevin Nealon (Man with a Plan/Weeds/Hiller and Diller/Champs) - Kevin appears on Harry, so check your local listings.
  • Will Smith (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air) - Will talks about Collateral Beauty on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am.
  • Henry Winkler (Happy Days/Out of Practice/Arrested Development) - Henry will be on NBC's Today in the 9am hour.
  • Megan Mullally (Will & Grace) - Megan is a guest on the AOL Build Show at 4pm.
  • Kathy Griffin (Suddenly Susan) - Kathy appears on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.