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.

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.