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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New on DVD/Blu-ray (February)

The Andy Griffith Show - The Complete Series The Brady Kids - The Complete Animated Series Girls - The Complete Fourth Season Sabrina, the Teenage Witch - The Complete Series Togetherness - The Complete First Season

02/16 - The Andy Griffith Show - The Complete Series
02/16 - The Brady Kids - The Complete Animated Series
02/16 - Girls - The Complete Fourth Season (Blu-ray)
02/16 - Sabrina, the Teenage Witch - The Complete Series
02/16 - Togetherness - The Complete First Season (Blu-ray)
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Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Sunday, February 7

The Simpsons - "Treehouse of Horror XXVI" (Fox, 7:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
In an encore of the annual fright fest Halloween episode, Sideshow Bob finally kills Bart, only to reanimate him; Homer wakes up with short-term memory loss; and Lisa, Bart, and Milhouse get super powers from radiation.

Bob's Burgers - "Sliding Bobs" (Fox, 7:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Bob notices that he has started to lose his hair. In a wave of nostalgia, Linda reminisces about Bob’s mustache and how it made her fall for him years ago. Meanwhile, the kids tell their own versions of the story of how their parents met.

The Simpsons - "Halloween of Horror" (Fox, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
When Lisa becomes scared at the Krustyland Halloween Horror Night, Homer is forced to take down his Everscream Terrors decorations. Halloween pop-up employees seek vengeance on Homer for causing them to lose their jobs, and rob his house while Homer and Lisa hide out in the attic. Homer and Lisa light up their stored holiday decorations to attract attention and stand up to the intruders.

Cooper Barrett's Guide to Surviving Life - "How to Survive Your Loveable Jackass" (Fox, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
After sales for their hangover cure are slower than expected, the guys decide to take part in a drug trial for quick cash, but their plans are unexpectedly derailed by Paul Abdul (guest-starring as herself). Meanwhile, Kelly faces an awkward situation after spending time with Leslie and Josh.

Family Guy - "Pilling Them Softly" (Fox, 9:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Stewie is diagnosed with ADD and prescribed Adderall, which Brian takes to write a 2000-page proposal to pitch to author George R.R. Martin at a book convention. Meanwhile, Quagmire and Peter compete, Iron Chef-style, to determine which of them gets to keep his new cooking show.

Bordertown - "Borderwall" (Fox, 9:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Bud fights to get a border wall constructed using confiscated drug money, only to have the wall destroy the economy, leaving him jobless. He then begins smuggling immigrants under the wall to make ends meet.

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Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of February 8)

Sunday, February 7

  • Tina Fey (30 Rock) - Catch Tina on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert after the Super Bowl on CBS.
  • Adam DeVine (Modern Family/Workaholics) - Adam is a guest on The Late Late Show with James Corden on CBS.
Monday, February 8
  • Brie Larson (United States of Tara/Raising Dad) - Watch Brie on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Rebel Wilson (Super Fun Night) - Rebel visits Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Fred Savage (The Grinder/Working/The Wonder Years) - Fred appears on Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Gillian Jacobs (Community) - Gillian is a guest on Comedy Central's The Daily Show with Trevor Noah at 11pm. She also talks about Love on NBC's Today in the 10am hour.
  • Keke Palmer (Scream Queens/True Jackson, VP) - Keke appears on The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore at 11:30pm on Comedy Central.
  • David Koechner (F Is for Family/Hank/The Office) - David will be on @midnight on Comedy Central at midnight.
  • Kevin Nealon (Weeds/Hiller and Diller/Champs) - Kevin appears on @midnight on Comedy Central at midnight.
  • Jim Jefferies (Legit) - Jim is a guest on @midnight on Comedy Central at midnight.
  • Ray Romano (Everybody Loves Raymond) - Ray stops by Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Julie Bowen (Modern Family) - Julie visits The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Ben Feldman (Superstore/A to Z/Living with Fran) - Ben discusses Superstore on The Meredith Vieira Show (check your local listings) and on People Now.
  • Rachael Harris (Surviving Jack/My Boys/Notes from the Underbelly) - Rachael talks about Deadpool on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 12:30pm ET.
  • Sherri Shepherd (Less Than Perfect/Sherri) - Sherri takes viewers behind the scenes of the Super Bowl on The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Rhea Seehorn (Whitney/I'm with You) - Rhea talks about Better Call Saul on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Britt Lower (Man Seeking Woman) - Britt is a guest on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.