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.


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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Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Monday, August 21

Kevin Can Wait - "Unholy War" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
After reluctantly settling on a date for Kendra’s wedding, Kevin learns that his childhood nemesis, Terry (Kim Coates), is trying to reserve the church on the same day. As the two battle for Father Phillip’s (Jim Breuer) approval by becoming more involved in the church, Kevin’s drive to get the church for Kendra becomes an insatiable desire to get revenge on his old rival.

Superior Donuts - "Man Without a Health Plan" (CBS, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
The group decides to take up a collection to pay for Franco’s medical expenses when he’s hurt at work and doesn’t have insurance. Also, Tush experiences unusual side effects when he participates in an experimental drug trial.

Mom - "Cornbread and a Cashmere Onesie" (CBS, 9:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Christy and Bonnie worry about Jill after her cry for help on the anniversary of her mother’s suicide.

Life in Pieces - "Babysit Argument Invention Butterfly" (CBS, 9:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Matt and Colleen have a disastrous time babysitting Lark while Jen is at work. Also, Sophia is far from pleased when John buys her a butterfly kit for her birthday; Tim and Heather rehash an old fight from the early days of their relationship; and Greg gives Samantha questionable advice about being an entrepreneur for her school project.

American Dad - "Kloger" (TBS, 10:00PM ET/PT)
Roger and Klaus start having a secret affair after they accidentally end up on an online date together; Steve tries to catch Hayley's pink eye to get out of doing a fitness test at school.

People of Earth - "Why Can't We Be Friends?" (TBS, 10:30PM ET/PT)
Ozzie confronts Walsh about being an alien; Richard gets fired from his job and joins Agent Foster on her search for Walsh.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of August 21)

Monday, August 21

  • Nick Kroll (The League/Cavemen) - Watch Nick on a repeat of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Sutton Foster (Younger) - Sutton appears on a repeat of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS. She will also be on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Kumail Nanjiani (Silicon Valley) - Kumail is a guest on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Hank Azaria (Brockmire/The Simpsons/Free Agents) - Hank appears on a repeat of Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Al Madrigal (About a Boy/Welcome to The Captain/Gary Unmarried) - Al is a guest on a repeat of Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Matt LeBlanc (Man with a Plan/Episodes/Friends) - Matt stops by Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation) - Amy chats with the ladies of The View on a repeat on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Aziz Ansari (Master of None/Parks and Recreation) - Aziz drops by LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Sabrina Carpenter (Girl Meets World) - Sabrina appears on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Rachel Dratch (Imaginary Mary) and Jenna Elfman (Imaginary Mary/1600 Penn/Accidentally on Purpose/Courting Alex/Dharma & Greg) - Rachel and Jenna are guests on a repeat of Harry, so check your local listings.
  • Yara Shahidi (black-ish) - Yara opens up about beauty standards in Hollywood on People Now at 8:30am.
  • Marlon Wayans (Marlon/The Wayans Bros.) - Marlon talks about Marlon on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 11:30am ET.
  • Lilla Crawford, Taylor Louderman and Elan Luz Rivera (Sunny Day) - The stars of Nickelodeon's upcoming series Sunny Day are guests on PIX11 Morning News on WPIX in New York at 8:45am.