Tuesday, December 11, 2012

CBS Mid-Season 2013 Has Return of Rules of Engagement; Greatest Sitcom of All-Time Is Seinfeld, According to 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair Poll

Rules of Engagement

Late last week CBS announced mid-season premiere dates for the new drama Golden Boy and the seventh season return of the comedy Rules of Engagement. The network also announced the premiere dates of the spring editions of Survivor and The Amazing Race and the season finale of CSI: NY. For mid-season, CBS will introduce the new drama Golden Boy, which debuts with two special previews on Tuesday, Feb. 26 and Tuesday, March 5 at 10:00 PM ET/PT on both nights before moving to its regular Friday at 9:00 PM ET/PT time period on March 8. Freshman drama Vegas will return to its Tuesday 10:00 PM ET/PT time period on March 12 after those two Golden Boy previews conclude. CSI: NY will have its season finale on Friday, Feb. 22 at 9:00 PM ET/PT, to make room for Golden Boy. The new drama is about the meteoric rise of an ambitious cop (Theo James) who becomes the youngest police commissioner in the history of New York City. The series explores the high personal and professional cost he pays to achieve it as he is mentored by his partner, an experienced veteran detective (Chi McBride).

Sitcom Rules of Engagement returns with its seventh season premiere on Monday, Feb. 4 at 8:30 PM ET/PT, replacing comedy encores. The season will have 13 episodes. New comedy Partners was airing in this time period for comedy encores took over. Comedy encores of How I Met Your Mother will air from Dec. 24-Jan. 7, while The Big Bang Theory will air Jan. 14-28 at 8:30pm before Rules of Engagement is ready on Feb. 4. The spring edition of Survivor premieres Wednesday, Feb. 13 at 8:00 PM ET/PT, while the spring edition of The Amazing Race, hosted by Phil Keoghan, premieres Sunday, Feb. 17 at 8:00 PM ET/PT. Specials wise, The People's Choice Awards air on Jan. 9, The 2nd Annual NFL Honors air on Feb. 2, and The Grammys air on Feb. 10. For one-time only airings, view our list.
CBS still has not mentioned if and when new comedy Friend Me will premiere. CBS also has two reality options in Bake Off and The Job, which they could use later in the season or in the summer with new summer drama Under the Dome from Stephen King. Stay with us for updates!


A new poll from 60 Minutes has been conducted and we have a winner for the greatest sitcom of all time! Seinfeld is chosen just slightly ahead of The Honeymooners as the greatest sitcom of all time. In addition, women agree with men that men are the funnier sex, while all agree that sexual assault is a topic that should be most off-limits to comedians. Who is Judd Apatow? Most Americans say they don't know. That's what Americans are saying in the latest VF Comedy-issue inspired 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair Poll, the results of which can be found on 60Minutes.com and VF.com.

The survey also gauged Americans' thoughts on the funniest letter of the alphabet, if being funny is innate or can be developed over time, and which types of employees have the least sense of humor. Twenty-two percent of Americans say that Seinfeld is the greatest sitcom, just beating out The Honeymooners, with 20 percent of the vote. Friends and Cheers follow closely behind, with 16 and 14 percent of the vote respectively, while Arrested Development receives just seven percent, The Mary Tyler Moore six percent, and 30 Rock five percent.
Sixty percent of Americans - including most women - think men are the funnier sex, while just 22 percent think women are funnier and 15 percent say there is no difference. When asked which topics should be off-limits to comedians - September 11th, sexual assault, religious figures, or sick and disabled people - men (38 percent) and women (32 percent) agree that sexual assault is not fodder for jokes. Women (28 percent) are twice as likely as men (14 percent) to think that all of these topics should be off-limits. Only 14 percent of Americans know who Judd Apatow is, correctly identifying him as a director, writer, and producer. (He's also guest editor of the January comedy issue of Vanity Fair.) Of the vast majority who don't know who he is, 15 percent guessed that he was a former Clinton speechwriter, five percent said that he was a creator of South Park, three percent thought Apatow was a 70s country-music star, and the rest couldn't give an answer.

Elsewhere in the poll, 22 percent of those questioned say Q is the funniest letter of the alphabet, most Americans (56 percent) say being funny is something you can develop over time, and D.M.V. employees are selected as the least likely to crack a smile (over airport workers, toll collectors, and nightclub bouncers).

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.