Tuesday, January 08, 2013

TCA Winter 2013 Press Tour: Fox; Additions to Our Sitcom Actors Tribute

Fox is up at the TCA Winter 2013 Press Tour today and we have the full scoop! First up, they will have a panel with the cast and crew of upcoming mid-season drama The Following, which premieres Monday, January 21, 2013 at 9pm for fifteen episodes. The series is a psychological thriller created by Kevin Williamson and starring Golden Globe Award-winning actor Kevin Bacon (Frost/Nixon) and James Purefoy (Rome). The intense, spellbinding drama follows Ryan Hardy (Bacon), an ex-FBI agent called out of retirement to track down Joe Carroll (Purefoy), a devious and diabolical serial killer, and the mastermind behind an ever-growing web of killers. Natalie Zea also stars. Then there will be a panel with the producers, judges and the host of American Idol, which returns Wednesday, Jan. 16 airing Wednesdays and Thursdays once again. Yet again we have new judges and they are Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj, and Keith Urban, joining Randy Jackson. Ryan Seacrest hosts.

The main place we we actually get some news is always at the executive session and we will get that from Kevin Reilly (Chairman of Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company). Among the news items we got were that Bones was renewed for a ninth season. Also, new sitcom The Goodwin Games still doesn't have a premiere date and Fox doesn't want to mess up the Tuesday comedy block yet so they might wait until as late as the summer to premiere this new comedy. The revival of In Living Color as specials has officially been nixed and will not be moving forward. Then it is time for lunch before the afternoon panel with Tuesday night comedy shows. On this panel will be Lucas Neff and Shannon Woodward of Raising Hope; Echo Kellum and Nat Faxon of Ben & Kate; Zooey Deschanel and Jake Johnson of New Girl; and Mindy Kaling, Chris Messinam and Ike Barinholtz of The Mindy Project. And finally, Fox is launching a new Saturday night late night block called "Animation Domination High Definition" on July 27 from 11pm-12:30am and they will have a panel for it. As you know, the new unit will develop and produce an ambitiousslate of original animated shorts and series to run on air in its brand-newlate-prime animated programming block and across its new digital multi-platformnetwork. After that session, it is time for the all-star party!

Up tomorrow at the TCA Winter 2013 press tour will be cable network FX. Stay tuned for any updates, if anything is of note for us. And Thursday we will have ABC up at the TCA Winter 2013 press tour, as they will be doing a two-day event with ABC Family.



We recently brought you our In Memoriam: Sitcom Actor and Other Notable TV Deaths in 2012 tribute. We wanted to remember two actors who we missed in our original post.

Norman Alden

Norman Alden (IMDB/Wikipedia) - Norman Alden was a character actor who appeared in many television series and films. He died on July 27, 2012, from natural causes in Los Angeles, California. Mr. Alden was 87.

Alden appeared as Pulaski in the CBS sitcom Hennessey in 1960-1962. In 1967, he starred as Capt. Horton in the ABC sitcom Rango. He played Al Cassidy in the 1975-1976 NBC sitcom Fay. He portrayed Coach Leroy Fedder in Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman. Some of his many sitcom guest appearances included My Favorite Martian, Family Affair, The Andy Griffith Show, The Doris Day Show, My Three Sons, Hogan's Heroes, Alice, Welcome Back, Kotter, Operation Petticoat, One Day at a Time, The Facts of Life, Webster, Silver Spoons, Sledge Hammer!, Small Wonder, Hooperman, The Hogan Family and Like Family. His film credits included Back to the Future and Ed Wood.

Garry Walberg

Garry Walberg (IMDB/Wikipedia) - Garry Walberg was a character actor primarily known for his work on television. He died on March 27, 2012, in Northridge, California of chronic pulmonary obstructive disease and congestive heart failure. Mr. Walberg was 90.

Walberg played the recurring role of Speed, Oscar's poker crony, in The Odd Couple from 1970-1974. He reprised the role in the 1993 TV movie The Odd Couple: Together Again. His best known role was as Lt. Frank Monahan in all seven seasons of Quincy, M.E. from 1976-1983. Some of his other television guest appearances included Johnny Staccato, Rawhide, Ben Casey, The Fugitive, Peyton Place, Lassie, The High Chaparral, Gunsmoke, The Waltons, Mannix and Murder, She Wrote.


Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Thursday, October 18

The Big Bang Theory - "The Planetarium Collision" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT)
When Amy doesn’t have time to work on super-asymmetry, Sheldon goes to great lengths to ensure she’s available to work with him even it if means accidentally sabotaging her career in the process. Also, Koothrappali doesn’t want Wolowitz to join him in hosting a show at the planetarium. Emmy Award winner Bob Newhart returns as Arthur Jeffries.

Young Sheldon - "A Research Study and Czechoslovakian Wedding Pastries" (CBS, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Dr. Sturgis (Wallace Shawn) recommends Sheldon and Missy for a university research study on twins, and Mary is unhappy when the test results go to Sheldon’s head.

Mom - "Big Sauce and Coconut Water" (CBS, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Christy is certain that Bonnie is in over her head when she invites a freshly paroled Tammy (Kristen Johnston) to stay with them.

Murphy Brown - "Three Shirts to the Wind" (CBS, 9:30PM ET/PT)
Murphy and the team weigh the pros and cons of accepting the offer to have the first interview with a headline-grabbing former White House senior advisor (David Costabile) who wants to promote his divisive book and agenda on “Murphy in the Morning.” Also, Avery moderates a lively political discussion on his show with locals in Buffalo, N.Y.. Original series cast member Charles Kimbrough returns as Jim Dial in his first of three episodes, and Merle Dandridge guest stars as the team’s arrogant network boss, Diana Macomber.

Superstore - "Toxic Workplace" (NBC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Amy (America Ferrera) and Jonah (Ben Feldman) get combative to keep their new relationship hidden from their co-workers. Meanwhile, Glenn (Mark McKinney) spirals when he learns Kelly (Kelly Stables) wants to transfer to a new store, and Cheyenne (Nichole Bloom) struggles to organize a Cloud 9 carpool.

The Good Place - "Jeremy Bearimy" (NBC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
The group explores the three main branches of ethical thought.

Will & Grace - "Tex and the City" (NBC, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Will (Eric McCormack) and Jack (Sean Hayes) visit Jack’s grandson, Skip (guest star Samuel Faraci), in Texas to watch him perform at his church’s talent show. But when Jack learns Skip plans on singing “Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend,” he becomes afraid for his grandson’s safety. Karen (Megan Mullally) tags along to check out the portion of the border wall she sponsored, only to discover that Beverley Leslie (guest star Leslie Jordan) has claimed it as his own. Back home, Grace (Debra Messing) and Noah (guest star David Schwimmer) try to figure out if something is wrong in their relationship because their numerous attempts to have sex have failed.

I Feel Bad - "I'm Vain A.F." (NBC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
An upcoming launch party at GamePunch throws Emet’s vanity into overdrive. Intent on scrubbing a bad picture off the company website, Emet is dead set on redeeming herself and getting the perfect photo at this year’s party – that means getting her hair done, professional make-up and toning up a problem area: her husband.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of October 15)

Thursday, October 18

  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep/The New Adventures of Old Christine/Seinfeld) - Catch Julia on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Laura Benanti (The Detour/Go On/Starved) - Laura stops by The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • John Mulaney (Mulaney) - John appears on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Meredith Hagner (Search Party/Men at Work) - Meredith is a guest on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Maya Rudolph (Forever/Up All Night) - Maya drops by The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Nick Kroll (The League/Cavemen) - Nick visits The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Sanaa Lathan (Family Guy/The Cleveland Show/LateLine) - Sanaa appears on a repeat of Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Busy Philipps (Vice Principals/Cougar Town) - Busy is a guest on Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
  • Stockard Channing (Out of Practice/The Stockard Channing Show/Stockard Channing in Just Friends) - Stockard visits Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
  • Jenna Fischer (Splitting Up Together/The Office) - Jenna appears on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • John Stamos (Grandfathered/Jake in Progress/Full House) - John talks about You on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Chelsea Handler (Are You There, Chelsea?) - Chelsea stops by The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Michael Fishman and Maya Lynne Robinson (The Conners/Roseanne) - Michael and Maya Lynne are guests on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 11:30am ET. Michael and Lecy Goranson can be heard on The Morning Mash Up on SiriusXM.
  • John Goodman (The Conners/Roseanne/The Trouble in Normal, Ohio) - John talks about The Big Lebowski reunion on NBC's Today sometime between 7-9am.
  • Bailee Madison (Trophy Wife) - Bailey talks about Hallmark Channel's Good Witch: Tale of Two Hearts on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.


New on DVD/Blu-ray (September/October)

The Big Bang Theory - The Complete Eleventh Season The Middle - The Complete Ninth Season Modern Family - The Complete Ninth Season Step by Step - The Complete Second Season Perfect Strangers - The Complete Fifth Season

09/04 - It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia - The Complete Season 12
09/04 - Mom - The Complete Fifth Season
09/04 - Silicon Valley - The Complete Fifth Season
09/04 - Superstore - Season Three
09/04 - Young Sheldon - The Complete First Season
09/11 - The Big Bang Theory - The Complete Eleventh Season (Blu-ray)
09/11 - The Middle - The Complete Ninth Season
09/11 - Modern Family - The Complete Ninth Season
09/11 - People of Earth - The Complete Second Season
09/18 - Community - The Complete Series (Blu-ray)
09/18 - Step by Step - The Complete Second Season
09/18 - You're the Worst - The Complete Fourth Season
09/25 - Blondie - The Complete 1957 Television Series
09/25 - Perfect Strangers - The Complete Fifth Season
10/02 - The Beverly Hillbillies - The Official Fifth Season
10/02 - The Love Boat - Season Four - Volume One / Volume Two
10/02 - Saved by the Bell - The Complete Collection
10/16 - Police Squad! - TV and Movie Collection
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