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 (April/May/June)

Diff'rent Strokes - The Complete Fifth Season Father Knows Best - Season Five The Wayans Bros. - The Complete Second Season ALF - The Complete DVD Collection The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air - The Complete Series

04/04 - Diff'rent Strokes - The Complete Fifth Season
04/11 - Father Knows Best - Season Five
04/11 - Schitt's Creek - The Complete Third Season
04/11 - Silicon Valley - The Complete Third Season (Blu-ray)
04/11 - Veep - The Complete Fifth Season
05/02 - Red, White and Blue Collar Sitcoms - Make TV Great Again
05/09 - ALF - The Complete DVD Collection
05/09 - Divorce - The Complete First Season (Blu-ray)
05/09 - The Wayans Bros. - The Complete Second Season
05/16 - The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air - The Complete Series
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
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Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Sunday, July 23

Bob's Burgers - "Ex Mach Tina" (Fox, 7:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
When Tina hurts her ankle, she is left with no choice but to telecommute to school. After enrolling in a program that allows her to send a robot version of herself to class, Tina finds herself having an unexpected breakthrough with Jimmy Jr. Will technology be the thing that finally unites Tina with her biggest crush of all time.

Bob's Burgers - "Bob Actually" (Fox, 7:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
With Valentine’s Day approaching, Tina, Gene and Louise each find themselves wrapped up in love-caused chaos. Meanwhile, Bob decides on a romantic gesture in order to impress Linda.

The Simpsons - "Friends and Family" (Fox, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Mr. Burns hires the Simpsons to play his live-in virtual reality family, but excludes Homer so that he may play dad. Now alone, Homer finds a new best friend in girl-next-door Julia, who eats, drinks and thinks like him.

Family Guy - "Cop and a Half-wit" (Fox, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Peter helps Joe out with several crime cases, but when Joe tries to take all the credit, Peter gets extremely angry. Meanwhile, Brian convinces Stewie to join a football team and panics when he gets a concussion.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of July 17)

Friday, July 21

  • Kevin Bacon (I Love Dick) - Watch Kevin on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC. He talks about Lifetime's Story of a Girl on the AOL Build Show at 1pm.
  • Jada Pinkett Smith (A Different World), Queen Latifah (Living Single), Regina Hall (Grandfathered) and Tiffany Haddish (The Carmichael Show) - Jada, Queen Latifah, Regina and Tiffany chat with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT. Tiffany will also be on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT. Jada will also be on NBC's Today in the 10am hour and on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 11:30am ET.
  • Kate Walsh (Bad Judge/The Drew Carey Show) - Kate discusses her new movie Girls Trip on People Now at 8:30am.
  • Kaley Cuoco (The Big Bang Theory/8 Simple Rules) - Kaley appears on a repeat of Rachael Ray, so check your local listings.
  • Drake Bell (Drake & Josh) - Drake is a guest on Access Hollywood Live, so check your local listings.
  • Dove Cameron (Liv and Maddie) - Dove appears on Access Hollywood Live, so check your local listings.
  • Jake Johnson (New Girl) - Jake is a guest on a repeat of Steve Harvey, so check your local listings.