Friday, January 04, 2013

TCA Winter 2013 Press Tour: Cable; Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of January 7, 2013)

It's that time again, the winter portion of the TCA press tour. The TCA Winter 2013 press tour begins today with cable leading it off for two straight days at the Langham Huntington Hotel in Pasadena, California. Among the cable networks going today are HBO and Turner networks like TNT and TBS. Starting with HBO, they announced a new comedy titled Family Tree premiering this spring. Having recently lost his job and his girlfriend, 30-year-old Tom Chadwick has a rather unsure sense of his own identity. But when he inherits a mysterious box of belongings from a great aunt he never met, Tom starts investigating his lineage and uncovers a whole world of unusual stories and characters, acquiring a growing sense of who he and his real family are. Written and created by Christopher Guest and Jim Piddock, the new comedy series Family Tree is a single-camera, documentary-style show in the manner of Guest's acclaimed feature films (such as Best in Show, Waiting for Guffman and A Mighty Wind). Chris O'Dowd (Bridesmaids) stars as Tom Chadwick in the HBO presentation, along with Tom Bennett and Nina Conti. Meanwhile, A&E announced it will premiere the new original scripted drama series Bates Motel from executive producers Carlton Cuse (Lost) and Kerry Ehrin (Friday Night Lights) on Monday, March 18 at 10 PM ET/PT. Bates Motel is a contemporary prequel to the genre-defining film Psycho, and promises to give viewers an intimate portrayal of how Norman Bates' psyche unravels through his teenage years. Fans will have access to the dark, twisted backstory of Norman Bates and how deeply intricate his relationship with his mother, Norma, truly is. The series stars Academy Award nominee Vera Farmiga (Up in the Air, The Departed), Freddie Highmore (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Finding Neverland), Max Thieriot, Olivia Cooke and Nicola Peltz (The Last Airbender). Season one also co-stars Nestor Carbonell (Lost, The Dark Knight Rises) and Mike Vogel (Pan Am).
TBS and TNT announced plans to bring in some reality fare to its line-ups of comedies and dramas, respectively. They will launch five reality series over the next six months. TBS start it off with comedic reality entry King Of The Nerds this month then Who Gets The Last Laugh this Spring. TNT will have Boston's Finest in February and then The Hero and 72 Hours, both in May. All of these series fit their brand TBS (comedic) and TNT (dramatic). Don't forget the comedy Cougar Town returns with an all-new season now on TBS starting this Tuesday at 10pm! TNT will launch a new medical drama titled Monday Mornings, beginning Monday, February 4, that is based on Dr. Sanjay Gupta's book and personal experiences.

Look ahead: Cable will continue tomorrow, as we mentioned above, with networks like Discovery, Starz, BBC America, and Viacom Networks like TV Land. NBC Universal will start the broadcast portion off on Sunday and will continue on Monday. As usual, Fox will be second among broadcast and will go on Tuesday, while cable sibling FX will go on Wednesday. Thursday has ABC and its cable counterpart ABC Family up. On Friday (Jan, 11), ABC and ABC Family will conclude their portion. Next Saturday (Jan. 12) it will be CBS and Showtime's turn, while next Sunday (Jan. 13) has The CW to end the broadcast portion. Stay with us for key updates from these events.


It's Friday, so it is time for "Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows" for the coming week. This is where we list what sitcom stars are appearing on talk shows for the coming week, the stars are both current and past sitcom stars, so this is for all sitcom fans of all eras!
For the week of January 7-11, 2013, we have many current sitcom stars and past sitcom stars on TV talk shows! All times listed are Eastern. So get your DVR's (or whatever you use) ready! Ready? Here is all what you need to know for the coming week!

Monday, January 7, 2013

  • Billy Gardell (Mike & Molly) - Watch Billy on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Krysten Ritter (Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23) - Krysten appears on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Michael Strahan (Brothers) - Michael is a guest on The Late Show with David Letterman at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Betty White (Hot in Cleveland/The Golden Girls/The Mary Tyler Moore Show) - Betty visits Late Night with Jimmy Fallon at 12:37am on NBC. She will also be on LIVE! with Kelly and Michael, so check your listings.
  • Courteney Cox (Cougar Town/Friends) - Courteney stops by Conan at 11pm on TBS. She will also be on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check listings. The fourth season of Cougar Town premieres on TBS on Tuesday, January 8 at 10:00pm ET/PT.
  • Chris D'Elia (Whitney) - Chris appears on Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Matthew Perry (Go On/Mr. Sunshine/Friends) - Matthew is a guest on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Kevin Hart (The Big House/Undeclared) - Kevin chats on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check listings.
  • NeNe Leakes (The New Normal) - NeNe visits The Wendy Williams Show at 12am on BET or on your local stations.
  • Busy Philipps (Cougar Town) - Busy visits ABC's Good Morning America between 7-9am.
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
  • Jennifer Aniston (Friends) - Catch Jennifer on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC. Jimmy Kimmel Live! moves to its new time of 11:35pm starting tonight.
  • Josh Gad (1600 Penn/Back to You) - Josh appears on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno at 11:35pm on NBC. The new episode premiere of 1600 Penn is Thursday, January 10 at 9:30pm/8:30pm Central on NBC.
  • Billy Connolly (Head of the Class/Billy) - Billy is a guest on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Marlon Wayans (The Wayans Bros.) - Marlon visits Late Night with Jimmy Fallon at 12:37am on NBC.
  • Kaley Cuoco (The Big Bang Theory/8 Simple Rules) - Tune in to see Kaley on Conan at 11pm on TBS. She will also be on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check listings.
  • Busy Philipps (Cougar Town) - Busy appears on LIVE! with Kelly and Michael, so check your listings.
  • Kathy Griffin (Suddenly Susan) - Kathy stops by The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Betty White (Hot in Cleveland/The Golden Girls/The Mary Tyler Moore Show) - Betty continues to make the rounds on Anderson Live, so check your local listings.
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
  • Lena Dunham (Girls) - Watch Lena on The Late Show with David Letterman at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • David Duchovny (Californication) - David is a guest on LIVE! with Kelly and Michael, so check your listings.
  • Marlon Wayans (The Wayans Bros.) - Marlon continues to make the rounds on LIVE! with Kelly and Michael, so check your listings.
  • Kaley Cuoco (The Big Bang Theory/8 Simple Rules) - Kaley appears on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
Thursday, January 10, 2013
  • Michael J. Fox (Family Ties/Spin City) - Catch Michael on The Late Show with David Letterman at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Allison Williams (Girls) - Allison drops by The Late Show with David Letterman at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Tim Allen (Last Man Standing/Home Improvement) - Tim visits The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Margaret Cho (All-American Girl) - Margaret is a guest on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson at 12:37am on CBS.
  • The Cast of 30 Rock - The cast of 30 Rock will be on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon at 12:37am on NBC.
  • Sally Field (Gidget/The Flying Nun) - Sally appears on Tavis Smiley on Thursday and Friday on PBS, so check listings for time.
  • Kevin Hart (The Big House/Undeclared) - Kevin stops by Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Jenna Elfman (1600 Penn/Accidentally on Purpose/Dharma & Greg) - Tune in to see Jenna on LIVE! with Kelly and Michael, so check your listings.
  • Don Cheadle (The Golden Palace) - Don is a guest on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Marlon Wayans (The Wayans Bros.) - Marlon guest co-hosts Anderson Live, so check your local listings.
  • Rob Lowe (Parks and Recreation) - Rob visits ABC's Good Morning America between 7-9am. He also chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
Friday, January 11, 2013
  • Sofia Vergara (Modern Family/Hot Properties) - Watch Sofia on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Angela Kinsey (The Office) - Angela stops by The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson at 12:37am on CBS.
  • David Duchovny (Californication) - David appears on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon at 12:37am on NBC.
  • Nick Kroll (The League/Cavemen) - Nick is a guest on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon at 12:37am on NBC.
  • Lena Dunham (Girls) - Lena continues to make the rounds on LIVE! with Kelly and Michael, so check your listings.
  • Marlon Wayans (The Wayans Bros.) - Marlon wraps up his appearances this week on The Wendy Williams Show at 12am on BET or on your local stations.
  • Laura Dern (Enlightened) - Laura chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
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Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Wednesday, July 30

The Middle - "The 100th" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Marking the 100th episode milestone of "The Middle," the citizens of Orson, Indiana celebrate the Orsontennial - the town's 100th anniversary. During this momentous event, Frankie and Mike find themselves begrudgingly trying to drive a giant cow float in the parade; Axl, Sean and Darrin resurrect Boss Co. and attempt to make some big bucks by setting up a VIP area to view the festivities; Sue, still crushing on Darrin, tries to make him jealous by pretending to be dating Brad again; and Brick tries to earn himself a place in Orson history by entering a contest to come up with the town's new motto, which will be used for the next 100 years.

The Goldbergs - "Lame Gretzky" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Even though he is terrible, Adam tries his best at ice hockey and hopes to impress Murray. Likewise, Murray works hard to show he enjoys watching Adam make home movies. Later, after starting a fight on the ice during a game, Adam gets suspended from playing hockey and admits to Murray his real intentions. Meanwhile, Beverly drives Erica crazy about her S.A.T.s.

Modern Family - "The Feud" (ABC, 9:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Phil is upset to have lost his elected office of social chair to his nemesis Gil Thorpe, and when he finds out Luke is competing against Gil’s kid in a wrestling match, it becomes his own personal battle. Claire is nervous for a big client meeting but things get extra hairy when Mitch and Cam ask her to pick up Lily from school and conveniently leave out the fact that her class just had a lice scare. Elsewhere, Gloria chaperones Manny’s school field trip to the museum.

The Middle - "Sleepless in Orson" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Frankie and Mike become concerned about Brick when he starts expressing a host of irrational fears spawned by a constant stream of news alerts showing up on his refurbished iPad. Meanwhile, Sue is both disgusted and intrigued when Derrick Glossner continues to surprise her with spontaneous kisses, and when Darrin attempts his own spinoff of Boss Co, Axl and Sean successfully shut down the new operation but end up having to finish the difficult job that their competition had started.

Young & Hungry - "Young & Punchy" (ABC Family, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Sparks fly between Gabi and a computer genius; Josh's new bathtub interests Elliot and Yolanda.

Mystery Girls - "Sister Issues" (ABC Family, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Holly gets a visit from her overachieving younger sister; Nick plots to boost Holly's spirits.

Hot in Cleveland - "The Animated Episode" (TV Land, 10:00PM ET/PT)
Our ladies go 2-D in a fun-filled animated episode that involves questionable beauty treatments, zombies, and a look at Cleveland had LeBron never left.

Jennifer Falls - "Dads and Dogs" (TV Land, 10:30PM ET/PT)
Jennifer is surprised when Gretchen’s absentee father comes back to town with the news that he’s suddenly become a success.

Wilfred - "Responsibility" (FXX, 10:00PM ET/PT)
Ryan helps his mother adjust to her new life as Wilfred deals with a new nemesis.

Love Thy Neighbor - "The Make-Up" (OWN, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Philip moves on.; Will apologizes to Linda.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of July 28) (All times ET unless noted)

Wednesday, July 30

  • Eric McCormack (Will & Grace) - Watch Eric on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Chris Pratt (Parks and Recreation) - Chris visits Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC. He will also be on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am and later on LIVE! with Kelly and Michael, so check your listings.
  • Norm Macdonald (The Norm Show) - Norm appears on a repeat of Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Kelsey Grammer (Partners/Frasier/Cheers) - Kelsey is part of the guest panel on Chelsea Lately on E! at 11pm.
  • Zach Braff (Scrubs) - Zach visits Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
  • Aubrey Plaza (Parks and Recreation) - Aubrey chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Terry Crews (Brooklyn Nine-Nine/Are We There Yet?/Everybody Hates Chris) - Terry joins the Chew Crew on a repeat of ABC's The Chew at 1pm ET/12pm PT/CT.
  • Wendie Malick (Hot in Cleveland/Just Shoot Me!) - Wendie is a guest on a repeat of The Queen Latifah Show on your local station or at 3am on BET.