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

Tuesday, November 13

The Conners - "The Separation of Church and Dan" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
When Geena learns that D.J. hasn’t been taking Mary to church while she’s been away, she insists they go as a family to uphold her traditional values. To make matters worse, Mary refuses to attend without her cousins Harris and Mark, leaving D.J. in the last situation he wants to be in – at the mercy of Darlene. Meanwhile, Mark’s attempt to conduct an unbiased survey on the upcoming election for his school project goes south when Jackie volunteers to help.

The Kids Are Alright - "Peggy's Day Out" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
To hide a mess Eddie made, his girlfriend, Wendi, tries to distract Peggy by insisting she take a day off with a fun day out while they take care of the housework. To everyone’s surprise, Peggy accepts the offer and requests Wendi tag along, with the ulterior motive of teaching her a lesson. Meanwhile, Eddie enlists the help of his brothers to clean up and keep Mike out of the house while Wendi and Peggy are out. Elsewhere, Pat introduces Timmy to his secret dog.

black-ish - "Purple Rain" (ABC, 9:00PM ET/PT)
The family is shocked to learn that Jack and Diane are not familiar with the iconic music of Prince. One by one, each member of the family works to explain Prince’s tremendous impact on their lives through his music.

Splitting Up Together - "War of the Wagners" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
Lena and Martin’s escalating battle for control of the house is put on hold when Milo announces he wants to go to a school for the gifted – to which they think he will not be accepted. Meanwhile, they both meet a contractor for the house, Vlad, but Lena undermines him and scares Vlad away. Things get uglier between Lena and Oliver after she introduces a new member to the family as payback for all the back-and-forth about the house. Elsewhere, Lena and Martin give conflicting advice to Mason on how to deal with his recent breakup.

The Guest Book - "Two Steps Forward, One Step Back" (TBS, 10:30PM ET/PT)
Mike and his family hate spending every summer in a subpar vacation home far from the beach; in order to afford paying a booking fee for their dream house, the Barefeet Retreat, Mike pulls double shifts and ends up paying more than he bargained for.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of November 12)

Tuesday, November 13

  • Jason Mantzoukas (The League) - Catch Jason on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Jenifer Lewis (black-ish/The PJs) - Jenifer appears on Comedy Central's The Daily Show with Trevor Noah at 11pm.
  • Taran Killam (Single Parents) - Taran visits E!'s Busy Tonight at 10pm.
  • Paul Shaffer (A Year at the Top) - Paul stops by The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • The Cast of The Conners - Michael Fishman, John Goodman, Lecy Goranson, Laurie Metcalf and Maya Lynne Robinson are guests on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Jamie Foxx (The Jamie Foxx Show) - Jamie previews the film Robin Hood on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Tig Notaro (One Mississippi) - Tig appears on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Tatyana Ali (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air/Love That Girl!) - Tatyana talks about her upcoming two Holiday movies for Lifetime and Hallmark on E!'s Daily Pop at 12pm.
  • Damon Wayans Jr. (Happy Together/Happy Endings/New Girl) - Damon is a guest on Rachael Ray, so check your local listings.
  • Bryan Cranston (Malcolm in the Middle) - Bryan talks about The Upside Down and Network on NBC's Today sometime between 7-9am.
  • Ashley Tisdale (The Suite Life of Zack & Cody/Clipped) - Ashley appears on the BUILD Series at 4pm.


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