Monday, February 11, 2013

TBS Orders Sitcom Pilot; Episodic Review: Rules of Engagement - "Taking Names" Airing Tonight on CBS

TBS has ordered a pilot for Do It Yourself, a new multi-camera sitcom from executive producers and creators Walt Becker (Wild Hogs, Van Wilder) and Rob Long (Cheers, TBS's Sullivan & Son). The pilot is being produced by TBS. If it gets picked-up to series, it will join other TBS original comedies Cougar Town, Men at Work, Sullivan & Son, King of the Nerds, Deon Cole's Black Box and Who Gets the Last Laugh?. The first three are obviously sitcoms, while the latter three are reality comedies and improv/sketch series. Who Gets the Last Laugh? premieres in April, Men at Work returns for a second season also in April (as we mentioned last week), while Cougar Town and King of the Nerds are currently on the schedule. Sullivan & Son returns later this season (probably in June), while sketch comedy Deon Cole's Black Box will premiere later this year.

As for the new pilot, Do It Yourself is the story of Nick, a 20-something laid-off math teacher who finds himself thrust into the blue collar world when he gets a job at that most American of retail institutions: the big box home supply store. Nick quickly becomes the de facto leader of his band of misfit coworkers while also figuring out ways to redefine what it means to be a teacher. We'll of course let you know if this pilot is picked-up to series. So stay tuned if this show is indeed joining TBS or not. It might be a nice fit for Sullivan & Son, we think.

On the next...Rules of Engagement:
By: Todd

CBS' Monday night ensemble sitcom starring Patrick Warburton & David Spade is back and airs Mondays at 8:30pm and we have just watched the next episode that airs tonight (Feb. 11). Baby names are being thought of tonight! In the episode airing tonight, "Taking Names," Jeff (Patrick Warburton) and Audrey (Megyn Price) ask Russell (David Spade) to provide a list of the names of women he has slept with so they can avoid using that name for their baby. Meanwhile, Adam (Oliver Hudson) humiliates himself after he spends a lot of money on a new bicycle and gear.

Tonight's episode begins with Jeff, Audrey and Jen talking at the diner. Jen tells them that Adam is doing research on bicycles. Jeff and Audrey tell her that they have agreed on a name for their baby. Russell arrives and talks about sleeping with Madison. Audrey asks him for a list of every girl he's ever been with. Jen meets Adam at the bike shop where they talk to Javier. Later at the office, Russell asks Timmy for help in compiling the list of names. Jen makes fun about Adam's bicycling clothing and helmet. Audrey reads Timmy a list of names that were all used. Adam returns hobbling and with a tear in his clothing. Jen plays the video from the helmet camera and finds out how it really happened. Jeff suggests names after bottles of liquor and boys' names. Timmy brings Russell a huge binder of names. Jen tells Adam that she watched the video and knows what really happened to him. Jeff and Audrey talk about when they first met. Jeff suggests a name that they both agree on. Jeff calls Timmy to see if the name is on the list.

Both of tonight's storylines are funny. The gender of the baby was revealed in last season's finale. Tonight Jeff and Audrey finally agree on a name. They are one of TV's funniest couples. I think their relationship is very relatable to people. Jen and Adam are the less interesting couple, but they still have their moments like in this episode. The helmet video scenes of what really happened to Adam's bike are hilarious. Russell and Timmy's interactions are always fun to watch. It will be interesting to see when Jeff and Audrey finally have the baby. That will change the whole dynamic of the show. Overall, tonight's episode is just a solid effort from the entire cast and funnier than last week's season premiere. They are the most underrated and underappreciated sitcom on the air today.B.

Rules of Engagement had a successful mid-season debut last week. The show returned with 9.4 million viewers and a respectable 3.1 18-49 rating. They seem to perform well wherever CBS puts it on the schedule. It has been often been put on the mid-season schedule or been called out of the bullpen to replace a canceled sitcom. They seem to have an extremely loyal fan base. Despite being moved around a lot on the schedule over the years, they will reach 100 episodes at the end of the season. It seems like this could be the final season of the show. CBS has ordered a pilot with Patrick Warburton about a retired baseball player. If they wrap things up this season, hopefully there will be a marriage or two. Not many sitcoms reach 7 seasons or 100 episodes these days, so they have quietly put together a very nice run.

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Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Saturday, October 22

Superstore - "Guns, Pills and Birds" (NBC, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
When Amy (America Ferrera) assigns an uncomfortable Jonah (Ben Feldman) to the gun section of Cloud 9, Jonah abuses his right-to-refuse sale to anyone that causes concern, causing an open-carry protest to gather in the store. On principle, Glenn (Mark McKinney) attempts to purchase all of the store's morning-after pills, but finds himself in a moral dilemma when he can't afford them. Dina (Lauren Ash), Garrett (Colton Dunn) and Mateo (Nico Santos) hunt down a crow that has flown into the store.

The Thundermans - "Happy Heroween" (Nickelodeon, 8:00PM ET/PT)
It's a major Halloween storm outside, but inside Colosso keeps the family spooked by telling three scary stories that are sure to terrify even the bravest of superheroes.

School of Rock - "Welcome to My Nightmare" (Nickelodeon, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Mr. Finn's class decides to celebrate Halloween in school after Principal Mullins, who hates the holiday, goes home sick. When she returns sooner than expected, they have to scramble to keep her from finding out the truth.

Complete TV Listings

Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of October 24)

Saturday, October 22

  • Jim J. Bullock (Too Close for Comfort) - Jim talks about touring the U.S. in Kinky Boots on Oprah: Where Are They Now? at 10pm ET/PT on OWN.
Sunday, October 23
  • Patti LaBelle (Out All Night) - Catch Patti on Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
Monday, October 24
  • Ricky Gervais (The Office) - Watch Ricky on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Tom Hanks (Bosom Buddies) - Tom appears on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS. He also talks about Inferno on NBC's Today sometime between 7-9am and on LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
  • Elijah Wood (Wilfred) - Elijah is a guest on Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Ana Gasteyer (People of Earth/Lady Dynamite/Suburgatory) - Ana visits Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation) - Nick stops by The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Ron Howard (Happy Days/The Andy Griffith Show) - Ron appears on The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Zooey Deschanel (New Girl) - Zooey is a guest on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Michael Chiklis (Daddio) - Michael drops by Harry, so check your local listings.
  • Jameela Jamil (The Good Place) - Jameela appears on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Aya Cash (You're the Worst) - Aya talks about You're the Worst on the AOL Build ShoW at 2pm. She will also be on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 12:30pm ET.
  • Will Forte (The Last Man on Earth) - Will is a guest on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am.
  • Mary Steenburgen (The Last Man on Earth/Ink) - Mary talks about The Last Man on Earth on NBC's Today in the 10am hour. She will also be on the AOL Build Show at 12:30pm.
  • Anna Camp (The Mindy Project) - Anna talks about Good Girls Revolt on People Now at 8:30am.
  • James Brolin (Life in Pieces) - James is a guest on Access Hollywood Live, so check your local listings.