Friday, May 11, 2012 2012-13 Upfront Preview: The CW; Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of May 14, 2012)

The CW
And we enter our last network upfront preview: The CW. The CW continues to struggle, with only one real hit in Vampire Diaries and even that saw some large declines this season. America's Next Top Model continues to struggle and is no longer a hit. They will need to find some hits badly. They also STILL need to solve the two big breaks within the season when everything is in repeats and the network is out of business it seems.
Here is the The CW 2012-13 preview:

New Series Already Picked-Up: None.
Already Renewed Returning Series: 90210, America's Next Top Model, Supernatural, and The Vampire Diaries.
Likely Returning Series: Hart of Dixie, Nikita and Gossip Girl.
Likey To Be Canceled or Already Canceled: One Tree Hill, H8R, Ringer, Remodeled, LA Complex  and Secret Circle.
Likely New Series: Arrow (drama for fall), Beauty and the Beast (drama for mid-season), The Carrie Diaries (drama for fall), The Selection (drama for fall), Cult (drama for mid-season) and First Cut (mid-season drama).


The Selection (NEW!)
9:00PM Hart of Dixie

9:00PM Gossip Girl

America's Next Top Model
9:00PM The Carrie Diaries (NEW!)

Vampire Diaries
9:00PM Arrow (NEW!)

9:00PM Supernatural

Comments: The CW had its worst season this past season. Many shows were very low and its hits even suffered in the second half. One of the culprits is the long repeat breaks for each series. And they still don't have any comedies in development for 2012-13, but they are coming in 2013-14, so stay tuned! For now, it's all dramas and Top Model. For Mondays, I would certainly change the night as Gossip Girl has faltered leafing off this night. Probably something like Hunger Games style, like The Selection could hit big.  Hart of Dixie is likely returning and will stay put at 9.
For Tuesdays, they will probably lead-off with veteran 90210 at 8 again. However, it looks like the Sarah Michelle Gellar drama Ringer is not returning. Perhaps a short 13 episode order for Gossip Girl can air in this timeslot. And it is finally time to end that show, as it has even fallen under a million viewers recently in its Monday timeslot.
Wednesdays should have America's Next Top Model going back where it belongs, at 8pm. They should get a drama that has some buzz at 9, like the Sex and the City prequel The Carrie Diaries. It has 9pm written all over it and will likely be a self-starter, so it should be placed on Wednesdays at 9.
For Thursday, that is still The CW's biggest night and The Vampire Diaries will continue to lead off the night at 8pm. They should and will likely go with the drama Arrow at 9pm, as that is more male skewing, which is something The CW needs again. The CW is likely canning freshman drama The Secret Circle as it not doing that well with that Vampire lead-in.
And finally on Fridays, they will likely remain as is with Nikita returning for a third season, followed by the veteran series Supernatural. This is a good male skewing night, but Smallville is deeply missed still. Perhaps fans of that show will tune in for Arrow, but that clearly is not going to be a Friday show. Thursdays for sure.
For mid-season, they have more drama options. They should cut repeats out as much as possibly, especially for shows like 90210, Gossip Girl. End those early and start new shows. Beauty and the Beast seems like it can air in the fall, but I think a mid-season birth is better so it can air repeat free.  Also, shows like Cult or First Cut can step up to the plate to give some series a rest or an early ending. The only time The CW should be in repeats is December. They can't afford to be in repeats anytime else in the season. I'm not too big of a CW watcher, so not sure what they could do to cut down on repeats besides ordering many new shows, but sound off on our link below.
Discuss your thoughts on our prediction and feel free to make suggestions of your own.

Remember, next Thursday (May 17) is the actual date when we will find out The CW's plans for the 2012-13 season. So, come on back next Thursday and we will let you know the details and you can see how much we were right (or wrong).
And as a reminder, stay tuned starting Sunday evening (through Thursday) for all the final schedules released by all the networks! We will put them up as soon as they are released by the networks, so this will be your home to see them first!

It's Friday, so it is time for "Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows" for the coming week. This is where we list what sitcom stars are appearing on talk shows for the coming week, the stars are both current and past sitcom stars, so this is for all sitcom fans of all eras!
For the week of May 14-18, 2012, we have many current sitcom stars and past sitcom stars on TV talk shows! All times listed are Eastern. So get your DVR's (or whatever you use) ready! Ready? Here is all what you need to know for the coming week!

Monday, May 14, 2012
  • Kelly Ripa (Hope & Faith) - Watch Kelly on The Late Show with David Letterman at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Mila Kunis (That '70s Show) - Mila visits Scotland on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson on Monday and Thursday at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Rashida Jones (Parks and Recreation/The Office) - Rashida is a guest on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson on Monday at Tuesday at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Chelsea Handler (Are You There, Chelsea?) - Chelsea appears on a repeat of Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Niecy Nash (The Cleveland Show/Reno 911!) - Niecy guest co-hosts Anderson, so check your local listings.
  • Sarah Hyland (Modern Family) - Sarah drops by ABC's Good Morning America between 7-9am.
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
  • Wanda Sykes (The New Adventures of Old Christine/Wanda at Lrge) - Catch Wanda on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno at 11:35pm on NBC.
  • Casey Wilson (Happy Endings) - Casey appears on a repeat from last week on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 12am on ABC.
  • Victoria Justice (Victorious/Zoey 101) - Victoria stops by The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check listings.
  • Betty White (Hot in Cleveland/The Golden Girls/The Mary Tyler Moore Show) - Betty visits NBC's Today between 7-9am.
  • Tia Mowry (The Game/Sister, Sister) - Tia tells us about her book, Oh, Baby!: Pregnancy Tales and Advice from One Hot Mama to Another, on The Wendy Williams Show at 12am on BET or on your local stations.
  • Sherri Shepard (Less Than Perfect/Sherri) - Sherri weigh in on last night's Dancing with the Stars performances on ABC's Good Morning America between 7-9am.
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
  • Betty White (Hot in Cleveland/The Golden Girls/The Mary Tyler Moore Show) - Watch Betty on The Late Show with David Letterman at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Joel McHale (Community) - Joel is a guest on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno at 11:35pm on NBC.
  • Tony Hale (Veep/Arrested Development) - Tony appears on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon at 12:37am on NBC.
  • Steve Carell (The Office) - Steve visits The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check listings.
Thursday, May 17, 2012
  • Betty White (Hot in Cleveland/The Golden Girls/The Mary Tyler Moore Show) - Betty chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Ellen DeGeneres (Ellen) and Portia de Rossi (Arrested Development) - Ellen, Portia and their chef visit Rachael Ray, so check your local listings.
  • Angela Kinsey (The Office) - Angela joins the Chew Crew on The Chew on ABC at 1pm ET/12pm PT/CT.
Friday, May 18, 2012
  • Jason Mantzoukas (The League) - Watch Jason on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 12am on ABC.
  • Krysten Ritter (Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23) - The lovely Krysten visits LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings. She will later be on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon at 12:37am on NBC.
  • Garry Marshall (Creator of Happy Days/Laverne & Shirley/Mork & Mindy) - Garry is a guest on Tavis Smiley on PBS, but check listings for time.
  • Jaleel White (Family Matters/Grown Ups) - Jaleel guest co-hosts The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Suzanne Somers (Three's Company/Step by Step/She's the Sheriff) - Suzanne chats on Anderson, so check your local listings.
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Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Thursday, March 22

Superstore - "Target" (NBC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
When Jeff (Michael Bunin) leaves Cloud 9 to work at Target, Garrett (Colton Dunn) leads Glenn (Mark McKinney) to believe that he's poaching other employees to go with him. In return Glenn tries to poach employees from Target. Amy (America Ferrera) goes on a double date with Dina (Lauren Ash), and Kelly (Kelly Stables) and Jonah (Ben Feldman) discuss moving in together.

A.P. Bio - "Selling Out" (NBC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Jack (Glenn Howerton) receives an offer from Miles' (Tom Bennett) publisher to write a book of feel-good philosophy that could be his ticket out of Toledo. Durbin accidentally sets off an emotional firestorm when he reveals that while Stef (Lyric Lewis) chose Mary (Mary Sohn) as her emergency contact, Mary chose Michelle (Jean Villepique).

Atlanta - "Money Bag Shawty" (FX, 10:00PM ET/PT)
People act differently outside the city.

Complete TV Listings

Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of March 19)

Thursday, March 22

  • Roseanne Barr (Roseanne) and John Goodman (Roseanne/Normal, Ohio) - Catch Roseanne and John on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Will Smith (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air) - Will is a guest on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Rob Riggle (Golan the Insatiable/Gary Unmarried) - Rob appears on a repeat of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Thomas Middleditch (Silicon Valley) - Thomas visits Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Eddie Kaye Thomas ('Til Death/How to Make It in America) - Eddie drops by The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Natasha Leggero (Dice/Another Period/Free Agents) - Natasha is a guest on Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Jay Pharoah (White Famous) - Jay appears on Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
  • Jussie Smollett (On Our Own) - Jussie stops by Desus & Mero at 11pm on Viceland.
  • Mark Hamill (The Texas Wheelers) - Mark chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Nia Long (Uncle Buck/The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air) - Nia appears on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Jason George (Eve) - Jason drops by LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan and The Real, so check your listings. He opens up about Station 19 on People Now at 8:30am.
  • Lamorne Morris (New Girl) - Lamorne is a guest on a repeat of Harry, so check your local listings.
  • Josh Henderson (One on One) - Josh appears on Steve, so check your local listings.
  • Cameron Esposito and Rhea Butcher (Take My Wife) - Cameron and Rhea are guests on Good Mythical Morning with Rhett & Link on YouTube.
  • Keith Carradine (Complete Savages) - Keith is at the kitchen table on a repeat of Rachael Ray, so check your local listings.
  • John Corbett (Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll/United States of Tara/Sex and the City) - John joins Clinton Kelly in the kitchen on ABC's The Chew at 1pm ET/12pm PT/CT. He talks about his movie God's Not Dead: A Light in Darkness on NBC's Today in the 10am hour.
  • Tiffani Thiessen (Alexa & Katie/Saved by the Bell/Saved by the Bell: The College Years) - Tiffani talks about Netflix's Alexa & Katie on E!'s Daily Pop at 12pm.
  • Bella Thorne (Shake It Up) - Bella talks about Midnight Sun on the BUILD Series at 1:30pm.
  • Jim Jefferies (Legit) - Jim talks about Comedy Central's The Jim Jefferies Show on the BUILD Series at 2:30pm.