Thursday, June 07, 2012

FX Orders New Comedy Legit; 2012 TCA Awards Nominations

FX has placed an order for 13 episodes of a new scripted comedy series Legit, starring Australian comedian Jim Jefferies. Co-created by Peter O'Fallon and Jefferies, Legit is about a comedian, Jim (Jefferies) and his misguided attempts to become legitimate in life. He is encouraged in his quest by his best friend Steve (Dan Bakkedahl), and Steve's brother Billy (D.J. Qualls). O'Fallon (The Riches), Jefferies and Rick Cleveland (Nurse Jackie, Mad Men) serve as Executive Producers. Lisa Blum of New Wave Entertainment is also an executive producer. The pilot episode was directed by O'Fallon. The series is produced by FX Productions. The series is scheduled to debut in January of 2013. The comedy will be a single-camera comedy.
FX's original comedy roster includes It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, The League, Archer, Louie, Wilfred, Brand X with Russell Brand, Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell, and the upcoming multi-camera sitcom Anger Management starring Charlie Sheen, which premieres Thursday, June 28 at 9pm.

The Television Critics Association (TCA) has announced nominations for its 2012 TCA Awards. The 2012 TCA Awards recognizes outstanding television programming in the 2011-2012 season, honoring both actors and producers in a variety of categories including news and information, youth, drama and comedy achievements. The nominations for current programming are spread across all four broadcast networks — ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox — PBS, and 13 cable networks. HBO leads the way with eight nominations; AMC has six; NBC and PBS each have five; and CBS and FX each have four.
The winners of the 28th Annual TCA Awards will be announced at the invitation-only presentation, Saturday, July 28, 2012 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, as part of the group's bi-annual industry conference. In addition to recognizing the year's finest programming, the TCA Awards bestows a Heritage Award trophy to one long-standing program that has culturally or socially impacted society. This year, the TCA members have nominated some of TV's most memorable series with NBC's Saturday Night Live, ABC's Lost, NBC's Cheers, NBC's Star Trek and ABC's Twin Peaks as nominees in this eminent category.
The organization also presents a Career Achievement Award to an individual who has influenced television through his work on the small screen. Nominees include TV host/producer Dick Clark (American Bandstand), late-night talk show host David Letterman (Late Show with David Letterman), actor William Shatner (Star Trek), actor Andy Griffith (The Andy Griffith Show) and TV host Regis Philbin (Regis and Kelly).

Below is the complete list of the 2012 Television Critics Association nominees.

Individual Achievement in Drama
1. Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad, AMC)
2. Claire Danes (Homeland, Showtime)
3. Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones, HBO)
4. Jon Hamm (Mad Men, AMC)
5. Jessica Lange (American Horror Story, FX)

Individual Achievement in Comedy
1. Louis C.K. (Louie, FX)
2. Lena Dunham (Girls, HBO)
3. Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep, HBO)
4. Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory, CBS)
5. Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation, NBC)

Outstanding Achievement in News and Information
1. Anderson Cooper 360 (CNN)
2. The Daily Show (Comedy Central)
3. Frontline (PBS)
4. 60 Minutes (CBS)
5. The Rachel Maddow Show (MSNBC)

Outstanding Achievement in Youth Programming
1. iCarly (Nickelodeon)
2. Phineas and Ferb (Disney)
3. Sesame Street (PBS)
4. Switched at Birth (ABC Family)
5. Yo Gabba Gabba (Nick Jr.)

Outstanding New Program
1. Girls (HBO)
2. Homeland (Showtime)
3. New Girl (Fox)
4. Revenge (ABC)
5. Smash (NBC)

Outstanding Achievement in Movies, Miniseries and Specials
1. Downton Abbey: Masterpiece (PBS)
2. Game Change (HBO)
3. Hatfields & McCoys (History)
4. Hemingway & Gellhorn (HBO)
5. Sherlock: Masterpiece (PBS)

Outstanding Achievement in Drama
1. Breaking Bad (AMC)
2. Game of Thrones (HBO)
3. Homeland (Showtime)
4. Justified (FX)
5. Mad Men (AMC)

Outstanding Achievement in Comedy
1. The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
2. Community (NBC)
3. Louie (FX)
4. Modern Family (ABC)
5. Parks and Recreation (NBC)

Career Achievement Award
1. Dick Clark (American Bandstand)
2. Andy Griffith (The Andy Griffith Show/Matlock)
3. David Letterman (Late Show With David Letterman)
4. Regis Philbin (LIVE! with Regis & Kelly/Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?)
5. William Shatner (Star Trek/Boston Legal)

Heritage Award
1. Cheers (NBC)
3. Saturday Night Live (NBC)
4. Star Trek (NBC)
5. Twin Peaks (ABC)

Program of the Year
1. Breaking Bad (AMC)
2. Game of Thrones (HBO)
3. Homeland (Showtime)
4. Mad Men (AMC)
5. Downton Abbey: Masterpiece (PBS)

Stay tuned during our TCA Summer 2012 press tour coverage for the complete winners.

New on DVD/Blu-ray (September)

The Big Bang Theory - The Complete Ninth Season Newhart - The Complete Sixth Season 2 Broke Girls - The Complete Fifth Season Family Matters - The Complete Eighth Season Modern Family - The Complete Season 7

09/06 - Coach - Season One (Mill Creek) / Season Two / Seasons One and Two
09/06 - South Park - The Complete Ninteenth Season (Blu-ray)
09/13 - The Big Bang Theory - The Complete Ninth Season (Blu-ray)
09/13 - Newhart - The Complete Sixth Season
09/20 - 2 Broke Girls - The Complete Fifth Season
09/20 - Family Matters - The Complete Eighth Season
09/20 - Modern Family - The Complete Season 7
09/20 - Veep - Season 5
09/27 - The Wonder Years - Season Six
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Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Friday, October 28

Bunk'd - "Treehouse of Terror" (Disney Channel, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Zuri, Jorge and Tiffany enlist the support of an unexpected camper to help restore an abandoned treehouse, so they can use it as a new hangout; Emma and Lou and Ravi and Xander get competitive during a friendly game of billiards.

Tyler Perry's For Better or Worse - "Do What You Gotta Do" (OWN, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Joseph experiences an episode of sexual frustration due to Leslie's vow of chastity.

Complete TV Listings

Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of October 24)

Friday, October 28

  • John Lithgow (3rd Rock from the Sun/Twenty Good Years) - Watch John on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Drew Carey (The Drew Carey Show/The Good Life) - Drew visits on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS. He also talks about The Price is Right on NBC's Today in the 10am hour.
  • Kevin Hart (The Big House/Undeclared) - Kevin appears on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Terry Crews (Brooklyn Nine-Nine?/Are We There Yet?/Everybody Hates Chris) - Terry is a guest on a repeat of The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Ricky Gervais (The Office) - Ricky stops by LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
  • Colin Hanks (Life in Pieces) - Colin joins the Chew Crew on ABC's The Chew at 1pm ET/12pm PT/CT.
  • Melissa Joan Hart (Melissa & Joey/Sabrina, the Teenage Witch/Clarissa Explains It All) - Melissa looks back at her earliest memories on Clarissa Explains It All – and says she was really bossy on People Now at 8:30am.
  • Damon Wayans (My Wife and Kids) - Damon is a guest on The Real, so check your local listings.