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!


Seinfeld

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, October 19

Superstore - "Workplace Bullying" (NBC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Tensions arise among the employees after an attempted robbery, pitting Dina (Lauren Ash) against Jonah (Ben Feldman). Meanwhile, Glenn (Mark McKinney) has a tough time firing the store security guard, and Amy (America Ferrera) discovers that her coworkers have been hanging out without her.

The Good Place - "The Trolley Problem" (NBC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Chidi (William Jackson Harper) and Eleanor (Kristen Bell) tackle a famous ethical dilemma, leading to a conflict with Michael (Ted Danson). Meanwhile, Tahani (Jameela Jamil) harbors a secret and confides in Janet (D'Arcy Carden).

Will & Grace - "Grandpa Jack" (NBC, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Jack (Sean Hayes) is stunned to learn that his estranged son, Elliot (guest star Michael Angarano) has a son of his own, Skip (guest star Jet Jurgensmeyer). Moreover, Skip needs the kind of help only Will (Eric McCormack) and Jack can provide. Grace (Debra Messing) and Karen (Megan Mullally) behave badly with the hot new guy at work.

Great News - "Award Show" (NBC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
For the first time in years, "The Breakdown" has been nominated for an American Journalism Award. Katie (Briga Heelan) is looking forward to spending the night as a peer with the very reporters she has admired her whole life. Fearing her mother will ruin it, Katie tries to stop Carol (Andrea Martin) from attending but is unsuccessful when Carol secures a position as a seat-filler. Katie is stuck babysitting her mom all night but gets distracted by Jeremy (guest star Reid Scott), a handsome New York Times reporter who looks down on cable news. Chuck (John Michael Higgins) is excited to reunite with all of his old anchormen friends, especially Len Archer (guest star Christopher McDonald), an idol of Chuck's who is receiving a lifetime achievement award.

Better Things - "Eulogy" (FX, 10:00PM ET/PT)
Sam demands satisfaction.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of October 16)

Thursday, October 19

  • Tracy Morgan (30 Rock/The Tracy Morgan Show) - Catch Tracy on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Paul Shaffer (A Year at the Top) - Paul sits in with Cleto and The Cletones on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory) - Jim is a guest on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Michael Keaton (Working Stiffs/All's Fair) - Michael appears on a repeat of The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Amy Landecker (Transparent) - Amy is a guest on a repeat of Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Carl Reinder (The Dick Van Dyke Show) - Carl appears on a repeat of Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Garcelle Beauvais (The Jamie Foxx Show) - Garcelle guest co-hosts The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Cedric Yarbrough (Speechless/Reno 911!) - Cedric is a guest on Steve, so check your local listings.
  • Angela Kinsey (Haters Back Off/Your Family or Mine/The Office) - Angela talks about the new season of her Netflix show Haters Back Off on the People Now at 8:30am.
  • Jeff Garlin (The Goldbergs/Curb Your Enthusiasm) - Jeff appears on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 11:30am ET.
  • Henry Winkler (Happy Days/Out of Practice) - Henry is a guest on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Hayley Orrantia (The Goldbergs) - Hayley appears on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Joanna Garcia Swisher (Reba/Better with You) - Joanna teams up with Michael Symon in the kitchen, giving the scoop on her new show and whipping up a tasty dish on ABC's The Chew at 1pm ET/12pm PT/CT. She also talks about Kevin (Probably) Saves the World on the AOL Build Show at 11am.
  • Redman (Method & Red) - Redman appears on the AOL Build Show at 3pm.
  • Debra Messing and Eric McCormack (Will & Grace) - Debra and Eric are guests 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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