Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Fox has set the fall premiere dates for its new and returning series. The 2012-2013 season begins with the spectacular return of The X Factor, last fall's No. 1 new unscripted series. The hit music competition series, featuring Simon Cowell, Britney Spears, L.A. Reid and Demi Lovato, will launch with a two-night season premiere event on Wednesday, Sept. 12 from 8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT and Thursday, Sept. 13 from 8-9PM ET/PT). Featuring new cast members including Kate Hudson and Sarah Jessica Parker in multi-episode story arcs, the fourth season of Glee launches on a new night and time Thursday, Sept. 13 at 9:00 PM ET/PT, following The X Factor. With McKinley's senior class graduated and Rachel Berry (Lea Michele) off to NYADA, change is in the air this fall for the Glee club.
Fan-favorite Bones will enter its eighth season on Monday, Sept. 17 at 8:00 PM ET/PT, followed by the series premiere of the compelling new drama The Mob Doctor at 9:00 PM ET/PT. The Mob Doctor stars Jordana Spiro (My Boys) as a brilliant, life-saving surgeon indebted to the mob.
It's two for Tuesday, Sept. 25, when New Girl returns for Season Two with two all-new episodes - a special episode at 8:00 PM ET/PT and the season premiere at 9:00 PM ET/PT - and two new comedies, Ben and Kate at 8:30 PM ET/PT and The Mindy Project at 9:30 PM ET/PT, join the Tuesday comedy block. Ben and Kate stars newcomer Dakota Johnson and Nat Faxon (Bad Teacher, Academy Award-winning co-screenwriter of The Descendants) as a pair of odd-couple siblings - one a responsible single mom; the other a youthful free spirit - who reunite to help raise Kate's daughter, Maddie (Maggie Jones, We Bought A Zoo). Created and written by Mindy Kaling (The Office), The Mindy Project stars Kaling as a skilled OB/GYN trying to balance both her personal and professional life. The following week, on Tuesday, Oct. 2 at 8:00 PM ET/PT, Raising Hope returns to the Tuesday night lineup with all-new misadventures of the Chance family.
Fringe returns for an unparalleled fifth and final season Friday, Sept. 28 at 9:00 PM ET/PT, following an all-new episode of Gordon Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares at 8:00 PM ET/PT. Three episodes will air for three weeks in a row before Touch, starring Kiefer Sutherland and Maria Bello (Prime Suspect, A History of Violence), makes its Season Two debut Friday, Oct. 26 at 8:00 PM ET/PT.
Sundays get animated beginning Sept. 30, with the season premieres of The Simpsons at 8:00 PM ET/PT, Bob's Burgers at 8:30 PM ET/PT, Family Guy at 9:00 PM ET/PT and American Dad at 9:30 PM ET/PT. Then, on Sunday, Oct. 7 at 7:30 PM ET/PT, The Cleveland Show rejoins the Animation Domination lineup.
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Moving on, we haven't blogged about this yet, but our good friend Chris Mann of Retroality.tv has posted episodes 11 and 12 of his podcast Reimagine That! Both episodes feature an interview with Greg Lott, Farrah Fawcett's secret longtime lover. He
opens up in this Retroality.TV exclusive about Ryan O'Neal's contentious new tell-all book, Both of Us. Here, in the first segment of his explosive three-part interview, Lott -- who famously confronted O'Neal in public on camera after the Love Story star reportedly barred Lott from contacting Farrah in her final months in spring 2009 -- strongly refutes O'Neal's less-than-flattering written portrayal of Fawcett, the celebrated Tinseltown couple's tumultuous relationship and her role in raising their troubled son, Redmond, now 27.
Fawcett's college sweetheart before the ethereal beauty left The University of Texas for Hollywood stardom in 1968, Lott lost touch with the iconic TV angel-turned-Emmy-nominated Burning Bed and Golden Globe-nominated Extremities star during his two incarcerations on drug trafficking charges in the early 1970s and early 1980s. Lott resumed contact with Farrah during her separation from Lee Majors in the late 1970s and again following her split with O'Neal in the late 1990s. As documented by Farrah's love letters to Lott, the longtime friends maintained a private love affair during the final 11 years of her life.
In this installment of Lott's in-depth interview, the onetime UT Longhorn football star also sounds off on controversy surrounding Ryan O'Neal's 2008 felony drug-possession arrest and subsequent guilty plea, Fawcett's living trust and Ryan's related legal troubles with The University of Texas, and Farrah's stormy relationship with producer-director James Orr, who was convicted in 1998 on a misdemeanor charge of beating Fawcett in 1997.
Also ... on a much lighter note, Chris spotlights two new Tinseltown tomes, Suzanne Sumner-Ferry's The Day the Stars Stood Still: A Memoir about Logan Fleming, the Former Top Wax Artist of Movieland Wax Museum and Patty Farmer's The Persian Room Presents: An Oral History of New York's Most Magical Night Spot.
Listen to episode 11 of Reimagine That!
In the second of three parts, Greg Lott opens up exclusively to Retroality.TV about his secret love affair with the late Farrah Fawcett, whom he first romanced in the mid-1960s during their tenure at the University of Texas.
Here, Lott tells how he was cut out of the TV angel's life -- reportedly by Ryan O'Neal -- two and a half months before the iconic actress succumbed to cancer on June 25, 2009. He also opens up about his role in the UT's investigation into Fawcett's estate -- namely, O'Neal's possession of a highly valuable Andy Warhol portrait of the Charlie's Angels star that the UT contends Fawcett bequeathed to her alma mater upon her death. (The UT sued O'Neal last year, demanding he relinquish the artwork, which the Love Story star contends he owns. That case is headed to trial this fall.) Lott also reveals his thoughts about Fawcett's friend Alana Stewart and questions the origin of the Stewart-helmed charity The Farrah Fawcett Foundation, which is currrently under investigation by the California Attorney General's Office of Charitable Trust.
On a lighter note ... host Chris Mann discusses the multi-generational allure of the 1978-91 TV hit Dallas (revived this month on TNT) and -- thanks to a Jenilee Harrison segue -- marvels at the ongoing youth appeal of the 1977-84 classic series Three's Company. As he prepares a special anniversary edition of his 1998 tell-all book Come and Knock on Our Door (due in late 2012 or, if 36th anniversaries count, 2013), Chris salutes the "next generation" of Company fans, including 14-year-old aspiring documentary filmmaker Isaiah Reaves, 23-year-old funnygal-slash-Chrissy Snow-spoofmeister Ashlee Anno and 30something radio producer/"Three's Company Throwdown" trivia king Andy Hermann.
Listen to episode 12 of Reimagine That!
Sitcoms Airing Tonight
Saturday, July 26
Bad Teacher - "The Bottle" (CBS, 9:00PM ET/PT)
When Meredith’s venue for her 30th birthday party falls through, she plots a takeover of Kim’s student teacher exam celebration. However, once the party is underway, her lies start to unravel as she tries to keep her rich friends from her old life separate from her new co-workers.
Bad Teacher - "What's Old Is New" (CBS, 9:30PM ET/PT)
Staff and students are all focused on standardized test day when Meredith and Principal Carl’s attentions are diverted by the arrival of their ex-spouses, making them question whether they want second chances with their former loves. Steven Weber Guest Stars as Meredith’s Ex-Husband Ray; Niecy Nash Guest Stars as Principal Carl’s Ex-Wife Carla.
Sunday, July 27
- Fran Drescher (The Nanny/Happily Divorced) - Fran talks about her battle with cancer, meeting the love of her life, and her latest role on Broadway on Oprah: Where Are They Now? at 9pm on OWN.
- Will Arnett (The Millers/Up All Night/Arrested Development) - Watch Will on a repeat of Conan at 11pm on TBS.
- Melissa Rauch (The Big Bang Theory) - Melissa appears on a repeat of Conan at 11pm on TBS.
- Rachelle Lefevre (Life on a Stick/Big Wolf on Campus) - Rachelle visits on The Late Show with David Letterman at 11:35pm on CBS.
- T.J. Miller (Silicon Valley/Carpoolers) - T.J. is part of the guest panel on Chelsea Lately on E! at 11pm.
- John Lithgow (3rd Rock from the Sun/Twenty Good Years) - John chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
- Marlon Wayans (The Wayans Bros.) - Marlon drops by The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
- Roseanne Barr (Roseanne) - Roseanne appears on a repeat of The Wendy Williams Show at 12am on BET or on your local stations.
- Whoopi Goldberg (Whoopi/Bagdad Cafe) - Whoopi talks about Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on NBC's Today sometime between 7-9am.
- Keke Palmer (True Jackson, VP) - Keke interviews Queen on The Queen Latifah Show on your local station or at 3am on BET.
- Swoosie Kurtz (Mike & Molly/Love, Sidney) - Swoosie is a guest on The Queen Latifah Show on your local station or at 3am on BET.
- Don Rickles (C.P.O. Sharkey/Daddy Dearest) - Mr. Warmth appears on Larry King Now at 2/5pm PT/ET on Ora.tv and Hulu.
- Anthony Anderson (black-ish/Guys with Kids/All About the Andersons) - Anthony joins the Plugged In panel on Access Hollywood Live, so check your local listings.