Monday, May 27, 2013

Memorial Day 2013 TV Marathons; Top 10 Summer 2013 Television Picks

Happy Memorial Day! Before we get into the holiday marathons as usual on a holiday, we want to give you a rundown of the top 10 series airing this summer on television! (Scroll below for the marathon info, if you are looking specifically for that).

1. Mistresses (ABC, Mondays 10|9c beginning June 3) - This is the juiciest new series coming this summer and it is perfect since it is hot and sultry. We've seen the first three episodes and it's like eating potato chips, you can't just watch one. Alyssa Milano is breathtaking and leads this series quite well. The series has more substance than the title implies and has a lot of heart and you just want to root for these four women. It's 13 weeks of fun and you're going to want to watch each one from June 3 to September 9 (preempted only on Aug. 5 and 12). Yunjin Kim (Lost) is also quite good in this along with Jason George, who is a drama staple.

2. Devious Maids (Lifetime, Sundays 10|9c beginning June 23) - From Marc Cherry and Eva Longoria of Desperate Housewives comes a similar series that brings the mystery and fun of that series back. We now are focused on all Latina women and Marc Cherry once again brings in a show that everyone will want to see. Having seen the first two episodes, we have the mystery, the beauty and an all-star cast lead by Ana Ortiz of Ugly Betty. All of the maids are quite good and by the end of episode two, you'll be invested in them all. Breakout performance of the summer belongs to Edy Ganem. She is the next Eva Longoria!

3. Rookie Blue (ABC, Thursdays 10|9c) - The fourth season of the Canadian drama began on Thursday and it returned with a bang. This is one of the best cop shows on television and it airs every summer. Missy Peregrym leads a great cast of rookie cops who are getting experience each season. The relationships on this show is like no other and reminds you of other ABC series like Castle and Grey's Anatomy.

4. Pretty Little Liars (ABC Family, Tuesdays 8|7c beginning June 11) - The liars are back for an all-new season with season four! This is one of the best teen series of all-time and everyone wants to know who is on the A team. As usual, we will have 12 episodes in the summer with a Halloween special in October before the rest of the season airs next winter. ABC Family spreads the season out well and makes it into an event. The show just gets better and better. The main four girls have ultra hot chemistry and Ashley Benson is the complete package with comedic fun even. Look for the spin-off series Ravenswood later this year.

5. Hot in Cleveland (TV Land, Wednesdays 10|9c beginning June 19) - The ladies returns with the second half of episodes for its fourth season and it starts off with a LIVE episode. That should be great and we can watch the most professional actor ever do her thing in Betty White. While some episodes have been hit or miss recently, this past fall had some great episodes, especially the ones revolving around Valerie Bertinelli, who looks better and better each season. It is amazing.

6. Melissa & Joey (ABC Family, Wednesdays 8|7c beginning May 29) - The third season of this sitcom premieres and we watched the first two episodes of the season. We'll have more on those episodes in a full review, but this series is a nice throwback style sitcom with a great cast lead by Melissa Joan Hart and Joey Lawrence. It's a modern day Who's the Boss? and we want to know if Mel and Joe "will get together or not."

7. Baby Daddy (ABC Family, Wednesdays 8:30|7:30c beginning May 29) - This series premiered last summer and got off to a awesome start! It returns for a second season and it is a great younger sitcom but has elements of past sitcoms like Boy Meets World. The core group of 20-somethings work together well and we also have a great relationship dynamic with Chelsea Kane's character. She seems to have amazing chemistry with both brothers, played by Jean-Luc Bilodeau and Derek Theler. Melissa Peterman as Jean-Luc Bilodeau's mother brings in a lot of laughs. And how cute is the baby? Look for our full review of the premiere and the next episode soon!

8. Covert Affairs (USA Network, Tuesdays 10|9c beginning July 16) - The very fun and awesome series starring Piper Perabo as Annie Walker returns for a fourth season. We had a great storyline last season with Annie and her love life meshing with work at the CIA. It's going to be interesting what will be in store this season. We hope to watch the season premiere very soon. This is a great and easy show to follow. It's not as complicated as Alias (which was a great show), but this is more for the mainstream audience and it works well as that.

9. Under the Dome (CBS, Mondays 10|9c beginning June 24) - One of CBS' very few attempts at a scripted series in the summer and it looks like a winner. We haven't gotten a review copy yet of the premiere yet but this series comes from Stephen King and will be airing in a time period full of summer dramas, but this show shouldn't have trouble finding an audience. It looks like a winner in quality as well. The series is about small town that is completely isolated when a mysterious force field shuts it off from the rest of the world.

10. Whodunnit? (ABC, Sundays 9|8c beginning June 23) - This is another series we haven't even seen yet, but it already makes the top 10 summer list because it is a unique and fresh idea. This is a reality series (and the only one of those on our top 10) that is coming from the creator of CSI. On this series, contestants are stuck in a mansion to solve fake crimes with high-tech forensic equipment. It's like a crime Big Brother but more interesting since we will want to know whodunnit? I'm obsessed already with stuff like this as I loved the 2-part The Jeffersons episode "Death Smiles on a Dry Cleaner," where George and Louise go on a cruise ship filled with mystery novelists who play a game of whodunnit? If it's anything like that, we will love it!

There are of course much more series airing but these are our ten best picks and ones you should make an effort to watch. Other notables include reality staples America's Got Talent (NBC), Big Brother (CBS), Wipeout (ABC), The Bachelorette (ABC), So You Think You Can Dance (Fox) and some interesting newbies like Hollywood Game Night (NBC), along with scripted series options like Falling Skies (TNT), Graceland (USA), Sullivan & Son (TBS), The Exes (TV Land), Motive (ABC), Camp (NBC) and the reboot of Whose Line Is It Anyway? (The CW). Plenty of options in the summer!


Now to the marathons! As we pay tribute to our troops every year on this day, let's have some fun as well watching TV marathons on the tube on this day off! If you're not going outside in the heat (or the cool weather, like we've had in the NY area), then there are plenty of TV options for you on this day! Are you headed to the shore or would you rather watch some good TV marathons like Happy Days? Share them with me (and everyone)! So bring out your lawn chair, throw some burgers on the BBQ, and watch some television!
Among the marathons today are the marathons we have previously mentioned, such as the Happy Days marathon in NY on WLNY-TV 10/55 from 9am-9pm. We also told you about the Baby Daddy season one marathon on ABC Family from 2pm-7pm, start the series in time for the second season on Wednesday. It's a good young and hip sitcom with a taste of old school shows like Boy Meets World. Give it a try! Other sitcoms getting the marathon treatment on this day include What's Happening!! on TV One in primetime from 8pm-2am, so say hey, hey, hey to them tonight. In the daytime, TV Guide Network will have a Who's the Boss? marathon today from 9am-1pm around the bend. Centric will air a Moesha marathon all-day from 10am-3am, so get out the brandy to watch Brandy. CMT will spend the morning with Reba with a block of Reba from 9am-12pm. TeenNick will have three blocks of teen sitcoms starting with Zoey 101, followed by Victorious then True Jackson VP in primetime. Comedy Central will have a South Park Steals Memorial Day Marathon beginning at 11am and running to 11pm. And probably the most fitting sitcom marathon of the day is M*A*S*H on TV Land from 8am-7pm. Other sitcoms airing today will be in their regular blocks, like I Love Lucy and The Brady Bunch on Hallmark and Saved by the Bell on MTV2.

Moving on to dramas, INSP has a marathon of The Waltons beginning at 11am today. If you like mystery, then spend the day with Angela Lansbury with a marathon of Murder, She Wrote on Hallmark Movie Channel beginning at 6am. If you still have SOAPnet, they have a Veronica Mars "Mars and Stripes Marathon" from 10am-7pm. It wouldn't be a holiday without marathons of Criminal Minds and once again ION and A&E will have marathons, with ION airing it from 4pm-1am and A&E from 9am-9pm. Another marathon staple is NCIS and USA Network has a marathon of the veteran series from 6am-8pm. TNT will have a promotional marathon for Falling Skies from 10am-8pm, which returns June 9 on TNT. GMC will have a marathon tonight for Touched by an Angel from 7-11pm. IFC will bring a marathon of the cult classic Freaks & Geeks with a marathon from 9am-3pm. And Cloo has a 24-hour marathon of Royal Pains beginning at 6am. Reality series wise, CMT will launch their new acquisition Hell's Kitchen with a marathon from 12pm-6pm leading into a marathon of the syndicated package of Cops called Cops Reloaded. Spend the day with Kim Kardashian in Keeping Up with the Kardashians on E! from 8am-12pm. Other reality best bets for the day are Top Gear marathon on BBC America, The Real Housewives of Orange County marathon on Bravo, Minute To Win It marathon on GSN, Pawn Stars marathon on History and Cake Boss marathon on TLC.

If you like movies on TV, watch Antenna TV's Memorial Day Cinema Salute begins at 5am. Encore will have a marathon of three movie series with trilogies. Kicking it off will be Back to the Future's three films, followed by Jurassic Park and then Lethal Weapon. Syfy has a Roger Corman Film Festival beginning at 12 noon through 4am. And you can of course catch movies all day on Lifetime, LMN, AMC, TCM and other networks that usually air movies.
For the full times of these marathons and much more marathons we didn't cover, check out the full list from our pals at TV Tango!


New on DVD/Blu-ray (September)

The Big Bang Theory - The Complete Ninth Season Newhart - The Complete Sixth Season 2 Broke Girls - The Complete Fifth Season Family Matters - The Complete Eighth Season Modern Family - The Complete Season 7

09/06 - Coach - Season One (Mill Creek) / Season Two / Seasons One and Two
09/06 - South Park - The Complete Ninteenth Season (Blu-ray)
09/13 - The Big Bang Theory - The Complete Ninth Season (Blu-ray)
09/13 - Newhart - The Complete Sixth Season
09/20 - 2 Broke Girls - The Complete Fifth Season
09/20 - Family Matters - The Complete Eighth Season
09/20 - Modern Family - The Complete Season 7
09/20 - Veep - Season 5
09/27 - The Wonder Years - Season Six
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Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Saturday, October 1

The Good Place - "Pilot" (NBC, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Thanks to some kind of error, Eleanor Shellstrop (Kristen Bell), an ordinary woman, enters the afterlife and is sent to the Good Place -- which is definitely not where she belongs. While hiding in plain sight from Michael (Ted Danson), the wise architect of the Good Place who is unaware that he's made a mistake, she's determined to shed her old way of living and discover the awesome person within. Helping Eleanor navigate her new surroundings are Chidi (William Jackson Harper), her kind, open-hearted "soulmate" who sees the good in people but finds himself facing quite a dilemma; her frustratingly perfect new neighbors, Tahani (Jameela Jamil) and Jianyu (Manny Jacinto); and Janet (D'Arcy Carden), a walking, talking source for all the knowledge in the universe.

The Good Place - "Flying" (NBC, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Eleanor (Kristen Bell) tries to prove to Chidi (William Jackson Harper) that she is worthy of his help. Meanwhile, Tahani (Jameela Jamil) and Jianyu (Manny Jacinto) try to help Michael (Ted Danson) feel better about the unknown flaw in his Neighborhood.

The Good Place - "Tahani Al Jamil" (NBC, 9:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Chidi (William Jackson Harper) begins formally teaching Eleanor (Kristen Bell) about ethics, and lesson No. 1 is: be kind to your neighbor. Michael (Ted Danson) and Janet (D'Arcy Carden) help Chidi find a new, exciting hobby.

The Good Place - "Jason Mendoza" (NBC, 9:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Eleanor (Kristen Bell) faces her toughest test yet in her attempt to remain in hiding. Meanwhile, Michael (Ted Danson) enlists Tahani (Jameela Jamil) to help a fellow neighbor fulfill her true purpose.

Henry Danger - "Scream Machine" (Nickelodeon, 8:00PM ET/PT)
When Charlotte's invention for The Gizmo Show is accidentally destroyed and then rebuilt, Charlotte worries that the attention she gets could expose Kid Danger and Captain Man's secret identity.

Game Shakers - "The Very Old Finger" (Nickelodeon, 8:30PM ET/PT)
The Game Shakers visit a mummy exhibit to get ideas for a new game they're working on. Hudson accidentally snaps off one of its fingers. Babe leads a quest to glue it back on without getting caught.

School of Rock - "With or Without You" (Nickelodeon, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Lawrence tries to prove his value to the group by taking over the production of their first recording, but his methods create a rift in the band. Guest Star: Brec Bassinger

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of October 3)

Sunday, October 2

  • Mindy Kaling (The Mindy Project/The Office) - Catch Mindy on Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
Monday, October 3
  • Mindy Kaling (The Mindy Project/The Office) - Watch Mindy on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS. She will also be on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am. She chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Jamie Lee Curtis (Scream Queens/Anything But Love) - Jamie Lee visits The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Kumail Nanjiani (Silicon Valley) - Kumail appears on The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Steve Agee (The Sarah Silverman Program) and Brendon Small (Home Movies) - Steve and Brendon are guests on @midnight on Comedy Central at midnight.
  • Kevin Nealon (Weeds/Champs/Hiller and Diller) - Kevin stops by Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Jerry O'Connell (We Are Men/Carpoolers/My Secret Identity) - Jerry guest co-hosts LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
  • Kenan Thompson (Kenan & Kel) - Kenan drops by LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
  • Chris Gethard (Broad City) - Chris chats about the play Career Suicide on LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
  • Anthony Anderson (black-ish/Guys with Kids/All About the Andersons) - Anthony joins the Chew Crew on ABC's The Chew at 1pm ET/12pm PT/CT.
  • Abigail Spencer (Burning Love) - Abigail talks about Timeless on NBC's Today sometime between 7-9am and in the 10am hour. She will also be on the AOL Build Show at 2pm. She is a guest on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 12:30pm ET.
  • Nicole Byer (Loosely, Exactly Nicole) - Nicole is a guest on Steve Harvey, so check your local listings.
  • Rob Riggle (Golan the Insatiable) - Rob talks about Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life on the AOL Build Show at 3pm.
  • Alfonso Ribeiro (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air/In the House/Silver Spoons) - Alfonso talks how many America's Funniest Home Videos get submitted and the funny home videos he wants to submit with his family on People Now at 8:30am.
  • Jennifer Esposito (Samantha Who?/Spin City) - Jennifer is a guest on Access Hollywood Live, so check your local listings.
  • Sara Rue (Impastor/Less Than Perfect) - Sara appears on Access Hollywood Live, so check your local listings.
  • Jay Ellis (Insecure/The Game) - Jay is a guest on The Real, so check your local listings.