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 (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

Thursday, July 20

The Big Bang Theory - "The Brain Bowl Incubation" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
After a successful experiment combining their genes, Sheldon will stop at nothing to convince Amy they should procreate. Also, Koothrappali is embarrassed to tell the gang what the new woman he’s dating does for a living.

Life in Pieces - "Awkward Bra Automated Ordained" (CBS, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Dinner gets awkward for Jen and Matt when they find themselves alone without Greg and Colleen. Also, Lark accidentally locks out Greg and Jen from the house, prompting Greg to install a complicated home automation system; Heather and Tim try to sneak wine into an ice skating show to get out of paying at the venue; and John and Joan agree to an impromptu wedding after Colleen mentions that she’s an ordained minister.

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Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of July 17)

Thursday, July 20

  • T.J. Miller (Silicon Valley/The Goodwin Games/Carpoolers) - Catch T.J on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Jason Bateman (Arrested Development/The Hogan Family/It's Your Move) - Jason visits The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Ricky Gervais (The Office) - Ricky is a guest on Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Abby Elliott (Odd Mom Out) - Abby appears on Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC. She will also be on The Wendy Williams Show at 2am on BET or on your local stations.
  • Issa Rae (Insecure) - Issa stops by Comedy Central's The Daily Show with Trevor Noah at 11pm. She also chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Kate Micucci (Raising Hope/The Big Bang Theory) - Kate is a guest on @midnight on Comedy Central at midnight.
  • Queen Latifah (Living Single) - Queen Latifah visits Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
  • Jada Pinkett Smith (A Different World) - Jada drops by Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo. She will also be on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am and on Access Hollywood Live, so check your local listings.
  • Regina Hall (Grandfathered) - Regina guest co-hosts The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Tim Daly (Wings) - Tim is a guest on a repeat of Harry, so check your local listings.
  • Laura Linney (The Big C) - Laura talks about Netflix's The Big C on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 11:30am ET.
  • Steve Guttenberg (Ballers) - Steve talks about HBO's Ballers on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 11:30am ET.
  • Madison Iseman (Still the King) - Madison talks about CMT's Still the King on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.