Monday, January 14, 2013

TCA Winter 2013 Press Tour: CBS, The CW; 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards Winners

This past weekend had the final two days for the TCA Winter 2013 Press Tour and CBS and The CW were up. We will start with a recap of CBS from Saturday. After breakfast, it was time for an executive session with Nina Tassler (President, CBS Entertainment). Among the things we learned were some of the details for the CBS Summer 2013 schedule. CBS kicks off summer on Wednesday, May 29 with a new baking series based on the hit UK format The Great British Bake Off. The series features skilled amateur Americans competing in baking challenges with one ultimately being crowned the winner. Seven episodes have been ordered and the season finale will air on July 10. Next CBS will premiere Under the Dome, a new 13-episode serialized drama based on Stephen King's best-selling novel and produced by Steven Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment. The series opens Monday, June 24 at 10:00PM ET/PT, so summer reruns of Hawaii Five-0 will move to Fridays at 9:00PM ET/PT during the summer. The summer reality hit Big Brother will have a longer edition this summer, premiering two weeks earlier than previous years on Wednesday, June 26 at 9:00 PM ET/PT. Big Brother will still be broadcast three nights weekly - Tuesdays at 9:00PM ET/PT, beginning July 2, the LIVE eviction show hosted by Julie Chen will be broadcast on Wednesdays at 9:00PM ET/PT beginning July 3 and Sundays at 8:00PM ET/PT, beginning June 30. The Wednesday live eviction show will move to 8:00PM ET/PT on July 17 after the reality baking series completes its season order. Summer reruns of NCIS: Los Angeles will move to 10:00PM ET/PT on Tuesdays beginning July 2.
And finally, Unforgettable, starring Poppy Montgomery as a police detective with a rare condition that makes her memory so flawless that everything is embedded in her mind, and Dylan Walsh as her ex-boyfriend and partner, returns for its second season on Sunday, July 28 at 9:00PM ET/PT. Unforgettable replaces summer rebroadcasts of The Good Wife. The second season will consist of 13 episodes, so it is likely that Unforgettable will likely air into early fall. Stay tuned for updates. View the CBS summer 2013 schedule.

Among the other items of note, CBS wants to bring back Two and a Half Men for an 11th season next season, but nothing is signed yet. Season nine of How I Met Your Mother is not official, but will likely be sometime this week they said. And CBS still has not announced a premiere date for mid-season comedy Friend Me, but we're not even sure if it ever airs as a showrunner passed away.
Then after the executive session, it was time for series panels and first up was upcoming mid-season crime drama Golden Boy, which premieres Tuesday, Feb. 26. Then CBS had a panel for the upcoming reality series The Job, which premieres Friday, Feb. 8 hosted by Lisa Ling. That series is not to be confused with the ABC comedy of the same name from the early 2000's. Then there was a panel for The 55th Annual Grammy Awards, which air live on Sunday, Feb. 10 hosted by LL COOL J. After that session, CBS had a session with Thursday drama Elementary, which will have a special post-Super Bowl episode after the Super Bowl at approx. 10:15pm ET/7:15pm PT on Feb. 3. Then it was time for lunch and after lunch Showtime took over, so we won't cover that.

On Sunday, it was The CW's turn. After breakfast, there was an executive session with Mark Pedowitz (President, The CW). A couple of noteworthy items from here was that The CW is working on a spin-off of The Vampire Diaries called The Originals. They also discussed other potential pilots for next season, such as Wunderland and Amazon. They have not made a decision yet if Supernatural will return for a ninth season, so stay tuned. We think it will, but I don't think 90210 will be back. Following that, we had panels for upcoming series. First up was The Carrie Diaries, which premieres tonight (Monday) at 8pm. The next panel was for new drama Cult, which premieres Tuesday, Feb. 19 at 8pm starring Matt Davis (What About Brian, Vampire Diaries). And that's it. That was a quick day for The CW. We hope we have some sitcoms actually on this network soon.


The 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards were given out last night. It was all cable winners last night, as no broadcast shows got a win for the first time ever (excluding PBS). Here are the full winners for the television portion:

BEST TELEVISION SERIES – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
Episodes (Showtime)
Girls (HBO)
Modern Family (ABC)
Smash (NBC)
WINNER: Girls (HBO).

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Zooey Deschanel, New Girl (Fox)
Lena Dunham, Girls (HBO)
Tina Fey, 30 Rock (NBC)
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, The Veep (HBO)
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation (NBC)
WINNER: Lena Dunham, Girls (HBO).

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock (NBC)
Don Cheadle, House of Lies (Showtime)
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
Louis C.K., Louie (FX)
Matt LeBlanc, Episodes (Showtime)
WINNER: Don Cheadle, House of Lies (Showtime).

BEST TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA
Boardwalk Empire (HBO)
Breaking Bad (AMC)
Downton Abbey (PBS)
The Newsroom (HBO)
Homeland (Showtime)
WINNER: Homeland (Showtime).

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA
Connie Britton, Nashville (ABC)
Claire Danes, Homeland (Showtime)
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife (CBS)
Glenn Close, Damages (DirecTV)
Michelle Dockery, Homeland (HBO)
WINNER: Claire Danes, Homeland (Showtime).

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA
Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire (HBO)
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad (AMC)
Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom (HBO)
Jon Hamm, Mad Men (AMC)
Damian Lewis, Homeland (Showtime)
WINNER: Damian Lewis, Homeland (Showtime).

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Hayden Panettiere, Nashville (ABC)
Archie Panjabi, The Good Wife (CBS)
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey (Masterpiece) (PBS)
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family (ABC
Sarah Paulson, Game Change (mini-series) (HBO)
WINNER: Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey (Masterpiece) (PBS).

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Max Greenfield, New Girl (Fox)
Danny Huston, Magic City (Starz)
Ed Harris, Game Change (mini-series) (HBO)
Mandy Patinkin, Homeland (Showtime)
Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family (ABC)
WINNER: Ed Harris, Game Change (mini-series) (HBO).

View the FULL list of television winners and to discuss this.


New on DVD/Blu-ray (December/January)

American Dad! - Volume 11 Newhart - The Complete Seventh Season I Love Lucy - Superstar Special #2 (Colorized) The Love Boat - Season Three - Volume Two Hooperman - Season One

12/06 - Family Guy - Season Fourteen
12/13 - American Dad! - Volume 11
12/13 - Newhart - The Complete Seventh Season
01/03 - Girls - The Complete Fifth Season (Blu-ray)
01/10 - Broad City - Season 3
01/17 - I Love Lucy - Superstar Special #2 (Colorized)
01/17 - The Love Boat - Season Three - Volume One
01/17 - The Love Boat - Season Three - Volume Two
01/24 - Hooperman - Season One / Review
01/24 - Hooperman - Season Two / Review
01/31 - Ballers - The Complete Second Season (Blu-ray)
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Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Tuesday, January 24

The Middle - "A Tough Pill to Swallow" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
When a devastated Sue discovers that she has been kicked out of college because she forgot to renew her financial aid, Mike tries to come to her rescue and convince a tough college bursar to reinstate her. Meanwhile, having only taken oral liquid medication all of his life, a frustrated Frankie does everything in her power to teach Brick how to swallow a pill when he gets an ear infection; and Hutch becomes angry with Axl after he keeps driving the Winnebago without permission to Orson to visit new girlfriend April – leaving Hutch without any means of transportation to get to class.

American Housewife - "Art Show" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
When Anna-Kat draws a super plus-sized portrait of Katie for the school art show, Katie sets out to retrieve it by any means necessary. Meanwhile, with Katie away, Doris is left in charge of Oliver and Taylor. She’s determined to whip them into shape with her Tiger Mom skills, but she may have met her match.

Fresh Off the Boat - "Coming From America" (ABC, 9:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Louis flies the entire family to Taiwan in an effort to make things right with Gene (Ken Jeong). Upon meeting Gene’s beautiful fiancĂ©, Margaret, and seeing the wonderful life he has built for himself, Louis questions whether his life in Orlando is just as great as it could be in Taiwan. Meanwhile, Jessica takes Eddie, Emery and Evan to her favorite childhood locales, including Dihua Street and Shilin Night Market.

The Real O'Neals - "The Real Match" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
When Jimmy recruits a reluctant Kenny to join his wrestling team for a one-time match, a surprise victory gives him the confidence to join the team full time to become the first, openly gay athlete at St. Barklays. Kenny’s newfound stardom makes Jimmy feel a bit replaced, but when an opponent refuses to wrestle his brother, Jimmy puts his feelings aside and rallies the team around Kenny. Meanwhile, Pat injures his back trying to help Eileen prepare for a weekend getaway, but things only get worse when she tries to be the perfect caregiver to impress VP Murray but fails miserably.

New Girl - "The Hike" (Fox, 8:00PM ET/PT)
While on a day hike, Jess and Robby (guest star Nelson Franklin) discover something unexpected about their relationship. Also, Winston throws a surprise welcome home party for Aly (guest star Nasim Pedrad). Meanwhile, Schmidt and Cece fail to impress their new neighbors.

The Mick - "The Master" (Fox, 8:30PM ET/PT)
All hell breaks loose, as the kids fight over who will take the master bedroom. Also, Mickey pursues a wealthy businessman who quickly discovers that she is not the prize he thought she was.

Teachers - "Stranger Danger" (TV Land, 10:00PM ET/PT)
There’s a trespasser at Fillmore and a new security guard is hired. Ms. Snap and Ms. Bennigan hold a “Women Empowering Women” workshop, Mrs. Adler takes stranger danger too far, and Ms. Watson purchases a male safety dummy.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of January 23)

Tuesday, January 24

  • Retta (Parks and Recreation) - Catch Retta on Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC. She will also be on the AOL Build Show at 3pm.
  • Claudia O'Doherty (Love) - Claudia is a guest on @midnight on Comedy Central at midnight.
  • John Goodman (Roseanne/Normal, Ohio) - John talks about Patriots Day on LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
  • Yvette Nicole Brown (The Odd Couple/Community) - Yvette visits Harry, so check your local listings.
  • Jennifer Esposito (Samantha Who?/Spin City) - Jennifer appears on NBC's Today in the 10am hour. She will also be on the AOL Build Show at 1pm.
  • Justina Machado (One Day at a Time) - Justina talks about the new Netflix series One Day at a Time on the AOL Build Show at 12pm.