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)
2. LOST (ABC)
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

Wednesday, October 18

The Goldbergs - "Revenge o' the Nerds" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
With the children growing up, Beverly decides to reinvent herself and quits being a substitute teacher. She decides to focus her energy on going to night school so she can eventually own her own business. Murray doesn’t like change or things costing money, so he convinces her to get a perm instead. Meanwhile, Erica struggles to balance her academic and social life in college and needs Adam’s assistance.

Speechless - "T-R-- TRAINING D-A-- DAY" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Jimmy takes JJ camping to give him “the talk,” Maya trains a ragtag group of new aides, and sparks fly between Dylan and Ray’s bully.

Modern Family - "Sex, Lies & Kickball" (ABC, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Jay’s best friend, Shorty, is back from Costa Rica and stays at the house so they can catch up and reconnect. However, Shorty is spending more time with Gloria and seems to be avoiding Jay. Meanwhile, Alex is ready to shed her good-girl image and is going to prove to Claire that her relationship with Ben is definitely a sexual relationship.

American Housewife - "The Lice Storm" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
When Anna-Kat brings home a lice infestation, Katie uses it to force bonding time with Taylor. Greg attempts to bond with Oliver (and avoid lice) by camping in the backyard, but Greg becomes concerned when Oliver keeps ditching their campout to be with their new sleazy neighbor named Spencer.

You're the Worst - "A Bunch of Hornballs" (FXX, 10:00PM ET/PT)
Jimmy goes out of town for a Romance/Erotica fiction convention while Gretchen throws a divorce party for Lindsay, leading to an unintended deepening of Gretchen's relationship with Boone. Meanwhile, Edgar's friend Max encourages him to overspend on party planning.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of October 16)

Wednesday, October 18

  • Paul Shaffer (A Year at the Top) - Paul sits in with Cleto and The Cletones on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Kaitlin Olson (The Mick/It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia) - Kaitlin is a guest on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Mindy Kaling (The Mindy Project/The Office) - Mindy appears on a repeat of The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Olivia Munn (Perfect Couples) - Olivia is a guest on a repeat of The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • James Van Der Beek (What Would Diplo Do?/Friends with Better Lives/Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23) - James appears on a repeat of Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Valerie Bertinelli (Hot in Cleveland/CafĂ© Americain/One Day at a Time) - Valerie visits Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
  • Woody Harrelson (Cheers) and Rob Reiner (All in the Family) - Woody and Rob chat with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT. They also talk about LBJ on the AOL Build Show at 2:30pm.
  • Jay Pharoah (White Famous) - Jay appears on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Laura Dern (F Is for Family/Enlightened) - Laura stops by The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Kim Fields (The Facts of Life/Living Single) - Kim talks about A Question of Faith on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am. She will also be on The Real, so check your local listings.
  • Pooch Hall (The Game/Accidentally on Purpose) - Pooch guest co-hosts The Real, so check your local listings.
  • Kimberly Williams-Paisley (According to Jim) - Kimberly talks about the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries original Darrow & Darrow on Steve, so check your local listings.
  • Liz Gillies (Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll/Victorious) - Liz opens up about the Dynasty reboot on the People Now at 8:30am.
  • Melissa Joan Hart (Melissa & Joey/Sabrina, the Teenage Witch/Clarissa Explains It All) - Melissa talks about her new Lifetime movie The Watcher in the Woods on NBC's Today in the 10am hour, on the AOL Build Show at 3:30pm and on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 11:30am ET.
  • David Arquette (In Case of Emergency/Parenthood) - David is a guest on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Patrice Lovely (Love Thy Neighbor) - Patrice appears on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Jeff Garlin (The Goldbergs/Curb Your Enthusiasm) - Jeff can be heard on The Morning Mash Up on SiriusXM at 10:50am.
  • Frankie Muniz (Malcolm in the Middle) - Frankie is a guest on Access Hollywood Live, so check your local listings.
  • Mark Feuerstein (9JKL/Good Morning, Miami/Conrad Bloom/Fired Up) - Mark appears on Access Hollywood Live, so check your local listings.


New on DVD/Blu-ray (June/July/August)

Father Knows Best - Season Six Diff'rent Strokes - The Complete Sixth Season Alice - The Complete Fifth Season Rhoda - Season Four Brooklyn Nine-Nine - Season Four

06/13 - The Andy Griffith Show - Return to Mayberry
06/13 - That's My Mama - The Complete Series
06/20 - Workaholics - The Final (Seventh) Season
06/20 - Workaholics - The Complete Series
06/27 - The Jamie Foxx Show - The Complete Third Season
07/04 - Superstore - Season Two
07/18 - Father Knows Best - Season Six
07/25 - Diff'ernt Strokes - The Complete Sixth Season
07/25 - Girls - The Final (Sixth) Season (Blu-ray)
08/01 - Alice - The Complete Fifth Season (WBShop.com)
08/01 - Crashing - The Complete First Season (Blu-ray)
08/15 - Rhoda - Season Four
08/22 - Brooklyn Nine-Nine - Season Four
08/29 - Will & Grace - Season One (Universal)
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