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 (October/November)

Dr. Ken - Season One Mike & Molly - The Complete Sixth and Final Season Family Matters - The Complete Ninth Season The Lucy Show - The Complete Series The Mindy Project - Season Four

10/04 - The Andy Griffith Show - The Christmas Special (Colorized)
10/04 - I Love Lucy - Superstar Special #1 (Colorized)
10/11 - Dr. Ken - Season One
10/11 - Mike & Molly - The Complete Sixth and Final Season
10/11 - Mike & Molly - The Complete Series
10/11 - Nurse Jackie - Seasons One and Two
10/11 - Weeds - Seasons One and Two
11/01 - Schitt's Creek - Seasons One and Two
11/08 - Family Matters - The Complete Ninth Season
11/08 - Your Family or Mine - Season One
11/15 - Community - The Complete Series
11/15 - The Lucy Show - The Complete Series
11/15 - The Mindy Project - Season Four
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Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Sunday, December 4

The Simpsons - "The Last Traction Hero" (Fox, 8:00PM ET/PT)
A workplace accident leaves Homer in a cast, and in a position to sue Mr. Burns. This leaves Marge unfulfilled, so she turns to an unexpected source for romance. Meanwhile, Lisa is made “Bus Monitor” and tries to keep the peace.

Son of Zorn - "Return of the Drinking Buddy" (Fox, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Zorn’s old friend Headbutt Man (guest voice Rob Riggle) is coming to town. Unfortunately for Zorn, Headbutt Man is now sober. Meanwhile, Alan is invited to a party where his crush, Nancy (guest star Emily Wong), will be. Unfortunately, he has to take Headbutt man’s daughter with him.

Family Guy - "Carter and Tricia" (Fox, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Carter buys the Pawtucket Patriot brewery and decides to cut some corners to save a few bucks. Peter overhears the plan and runs and tells investigative journalist Tricia Takanawa about Carter’s plan to use toxic chemicals in the beer cans. Meanwhile, Brian’s drivers’ license has expired and he enlists Stewie as an instructor.

The Last Man on Earth - "Whitney Houston, We Have a Problem" (Fox, 9:30PM ET/PT)
After finding a mysterious note left by Melissa that says “Goodbye,” the gang sets off to go look for her. Meanwhile, Gail gets stuck on a solo adventure of her own.

K.C. Undercover - "Holly Holly Not So Jolly" (Disney Channel, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Christmas time arrives and K.C. tells everyone she has to go pick up a last-minute gift, but instead goes to The Organization's therapist, Dr. Levinstein.

Mech X-4 - "Let's Survive in the Woods!" (Disney Channel, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Principal Grey sets a trap for Ryan, Harris and Spyder while they're on a camping trip, which leaves MECH-X4 and Mark in danger.

Best Friends Whenever - "The Christmas Curse" (Disney Channel, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Shelby and Cyd encourage a homesick Daisy to incorporate a festive 16th-century tradition into their annual Christmas party.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of December 5)

Monday, December 5

  • Will Smith (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air) - Watch Will on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Steve Harvey (The Steve Harvey Show) - Steve visits The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC. He will also be on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am. He chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Jason Bateman (Arrested Development/The Hogan Family/It's Your Move) - Jason visits The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS. He will also be on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am and on LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
  • Gael GarcĂ­a Bernal (Mozart in the Jungle) - Gael is a guest on The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Steve Agee (The Sarah Silverman Program) - Steve appears on @midnight on Comedy Central at midnight.
  • The Cast of Fuller House - The cast of Fuller House are guests on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Patricia Heaton (The Middle/Back to You/Everybody Loves Raymond) - Patricia stops by Harry, so check your local listings.
  • Miss Piggy (The Muppets) - Miss Piggy and Harry perform Deck the Halls on Harry, so check your local listings.
  • Meredith Hagner (Search Party/Men at Work) - Meredith is a guest on Harry, so check your local listings.
  • Lauren Graham (The Odd Couple/Conrad Bloom/Townies) - Lauren appears on Rachael Ray, so check your local listings.
  • T.J. Miller (Silicon Valley/The Goodwin Games/Carpoolers) - T.J. talks about Office Christmas Party on the AOL Build Show at 3pm. He will be on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 12:30pm ET. He can also be heard on The Morning Mash Up on SiriusXM at 9:50am.
  • Bradley Whitford (Happyish/Trophy Wife) - Bradley is a guest on Access Hollywood Live, so check your local listings.
  • Josh McDermitt (Retired at 35) - Josh can be heard on The Morning Mash Up on SiriusXM at 10:45am.
  • Erinn Hayes (Kevin Can Wait/Guys with Kids/Worst Week) - Erinn talks about Kevin Can Wait on the AOL Build Show at 4pm.