Wednesday, March 20, 2013

NBC Season Finale Dates for 2012-13 Season; PBS Announces Carol Burnett Night for April 9

NBC has announced season-ending dates for a handful of its series, including new dramas Revolution and Chicago Fire, as well as critically acclaimed comedy Parks and Recreation. The fall's #1 drama on broadcast television in the 18-49 demo, Revolution is returning next Monday (March 25) but it will have its season finale on Memorial Day - Monday, May 27 at 10. Chicago Fire will close out its first season on the second to last Wednesday of the season on Wednesday, May 15 at 10. Parks and Recreation is moving back to 9:30pm beginning April 18 for three weeks and it concludes its season on Thursday, May 2 at 9:30pm ET, with Community wrapping up a week later, Thursday, May 9 at 8.

As previously mentioned, two back-to-back episodes of The New Normal will air on on Tuesday, April 2 from 9-10pm concluding its season (and perhaps the series). And Go On will wrap its season on a special night on Thursday, April 11 at 9:30pm. Whitney will air back-to-back episodes next Wednesday, March 27 from 8-9pm to end its season, while new comedy 1600 Penn will air its final episodes of the season (or series) on Thursday, March 28 at 8:30 and 9:30pm. It was previously announced that the long-running comedy The Office will lock its doors with an hour-long series finale on Thursday, May 16 from 9-10pm (the series will also air two episodes on May 9 from 9-10pm). Other scripted series that have just announced season end dates are Grimm on Friday, May 17 at 9, upcoming new drama Hannibal on Thursday, June 27 at 10pm ET and Law & Order: SVU, which will conclude the season with a two-hour episode on Wednesday, May 22 from 9-11pm.

As for its reality shows, NBC's Fashion Star will end its second season on Friday, May 10 at 8 and Donald Trump's The Celebrity Apprentice wraps on Sunday, May 19 from 9-11pm. The Voice is retuning next Monday but it will end its season with a live season finale on Tuesday, June 18 at a special time from 9-11pm. Meanwhile, NBC's America's Got Talent will return for its eighth season this summer when it premieres on Tuesday, June 4 from 9-11pm following an all-new episode of The Voice. It will continue to air Tuesdays 9-11pm through August 27. The second night will begin on Wednesday, July 10 from 8-9pm and will run through August 28. View all of the finale dates and other scheduling info. Stay with us for updates.


Carol Burnett

PBS announces "Carol Burnett Night," on Tuesday, April 9, 2013, featuring two shows that chronicle the longtime success of a beloved television comedy star. An encore of the 90-minute American Masters: "Carol Burnett: A Woman of Character" leads the night, followed by a 30-minute encore edition of the PBS series Pioneers of Television, called "Carol Burnett and the Funny Ladies" - in which iconic TV stars discuss Burnett's legacy and her influence on contemporary comedy stars. American Masters: "Carol Burnett: A Woman of Character" will air at 8pm, while Pioneers of Television: "Carol Burnett and the Funny Ladies" airs at 9:30pm. American Masters: "Carol Burnett: A Woman of Character" salutes this one-woman army of comedic characters who seduced countless Saturday night friends to fall in love with her and her wacky creations. The film is directed by Kyra Thompson, who frames the 90-minute film with one of Burnett's signature devices: the audience Q&A that faithfully opened her weekly show (which won 25 Emmy Awards from 1967 to 1978). The questions — and Burnett's hilarious improvised responses — provide the spine for a story of her life and career. Interviews with those who knew her best reveal the personal side of the public personae. While, Pioneers of Television: "Carol Burnett and the Funny Ladies" focuses around Carol Burnett, Lucille Ball and Betty White - three leading ladies of television comedy. The episode includes reflections from Carol Burnett, Betty White, Tina Fey, Dick Van Dyke, Tim Conway, Vicki Lawrence, Cloris Leachman, Joan Rivers, Margaret Cho and the late Phyllis Diller, recounting stories about the featured funny ladies and discussing their impact on American television and entertainment. The episode includes iconic clips and photos to offer an insider's look at these beloved celebrities.


New on DVD/Blu-ray (March/April)

The Jamie Foxx Show - The Complete Second Season What I Like About You - The Complete Second Season Newhart - The Final (Eighth) Season Diff'rent Strokes - The Complete Fifth Season Father Knows Best - Season Five

03/03 - The Dick Van Dyke Show - Now... In Living Color! (Blu-ray)
03/07 - The Jamie Foxx Show - The Complete Second Season
03/07 - Mama's Family - Mama's Favorites
03/07 - That '70s Show - The Complete Series - Flashback Edition (Blu-ray)
03/07 - What I Like About You - The Complete Second Season
03/07 - You Me Her - Season One
03/14 - Newhart - The Final (Eighth) Season
03/14 - Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt - Season Two
03/21 - Master of None - Season One
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
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Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Thursday, April 27

The Big Bang Theory - "The Cognition Regeneration" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Leonard isn’t thrilled when Penny considers taking a new job offered by her ex-boyfriend, Zack (Brian Thomas Smith).

The Great Indoors - "The Heartbreaker" (CBS, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Jack sets up a double date to get Eddie out of a post-divorce rut, but the night gets awkward when they run into Denise (Essence Atkins), Eddie’s ex-wife. Also, when Emma decides to breakup with her boyfriend, Greg (Andy Ridings), Clark is torn between making a move on her and salvaging his friendship with Greg.

Mom - "A Cricket and a Hedge Made of Gold" (CBS, 9:00PM ET/PT)
When Marjorie takes a break from the group, Bonnie becomes the go-to for everyone’s problems, and Christy tries to overcome a painful memory from her past.

Life in Pieces - "Ear Scorn Registry Manuscript" (CBS, 9:30PM ET/PT)
When Colleen goes to Tim for help with an embarrassing ailment, she begs him not to tell the family. Also, Dougie (Fortune Feimster) enlists Joan to help her buy a gift for Matt and Colleen’s wedding; Heather gets jealous when her friends want to include Jen in their mommy group; and Professor Sinclair Wilde (Cary Elwes) encourages Joan to ask her family to read a draft of her book.

Superstore - "Ladies' Lunch" (NBC, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
During the morning meeting, Glenn (Mark McKinney) accidentally tells the employees the real reason Amy (America Ferrera) has been late to work lately. Meanwhile, Dina (Lauren Ash) tries to cheer up Amy by kidnapping her for a "ladies' lunch." Jonah (Ben Feldman) and Garrett (Colton Dunn) invent a game to pass the time, tricking Glenn and Mateo (Nico Santos) in the process. Cheyenne (Nichole Bloom) helps Amy take a fearless step with a dramatic new look.

Superstore - "Cheyenne's Wedding" (NBC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
It's Cheyenne (Nichole Bloom) and Bo's (recurring guest star Johnny Pemberton) dream wedding, but not everything goes according to plan. Meanwhile, relationships unravel as Amy (America Ferrera) and Jonah (Ben Feldman) dodge relationship rumors. Glenn (Mark McKinney) tries to change Jeff's (recurring guest star Michael Bunin) mind after learning of upcoming layoffs, Dina (Lauren Ash) talks her way into the wedding party and Mateo (Nico Santos) dodges Jeff throughout the wedding.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of April 24)

Thursday, April 27

  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep/The New Adventures of Old Christine/Seinfeld) - Catch Julia on a repeat of Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Kevin Nealon (Man with a Plan/Weeds/Hiller and Diller/Champs) - Kevin appears on a repeat of Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Thomas Middleditch (Silicon Valley) - Thomas stops by The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Patton Oswalt (The Goldbergs/The King of Queens) - Patton is a guest on Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Allison Janney (Mom/Mr. Sunshine) - Allison appears on Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
  • John Benjamin Hickey (The Big C/It's All Relative) - John visits Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
  • John Leguizamo (The Brothers Garcia) - John guest co-hosts LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
  • America Ferrera (Superstore) - America chats about Superstore on NBC's Today in the 10am hour and on LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
  • Geoff Stults (Enlisted) - Geoff is a guest on Harry, so check your local listings.
  • Michael Strahan (Brothers) - Michael plays Pyramid on Rachael Ray, so check your local listings.
  • Perrey Reeves (Entourage) - Perrey makes a kale salad on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Jenna Elfman (Imaginary Mary/1600 Penn/Courting Alex/Accidentally on Purpose/Dharma & Greg) - Jenna will be on NBC's Today in the 9am hour.
  • Geena Davis (The Geena Davis Show/Buffalo Bill) - Geena talks about A League of Their Own on NBC's Today in the 9am hour.
  • Anna Baryshnikov (Superior Donuts) - Anna talks about Superior Donuts on the AOL Build Show at 1pm.
  • Christopher Meloni (Surviving Jack/The Fanelli Boys) - Christopher appears on Access Hollywood Live, so check your local listings.