Tuesday, November 05, 2013

E! Acquires Saved by the Bell; Episodic Review: New Girl - "Coach" Airing Tonight on Fox

Saved by the Bell

E! is heading to Bayside High to bring viewers the fan-favorite 90's classic Saved by the Bell starting next Monday (November 11) at 7:00am ET/PT with a five-hour marathon. Following the premiere, four new episodes of the show will air in a new two-hour morning block on E! every weekday from 7:00-9:00am ET/PT. E! will roll-out out the series in chronological order, starting with the second season, which features the unforgettable introduction to Zack Morris and his always entertaining crew - Kelly Kapowski, Lisa Turtle, Screech Powers, A.C. Slater, Jessie Spano, and of course, their principal Mr. Belding. E! viewers can re-live the magic or meet the gang for the first time to experience all the laughs, tears and triumphs of the 126 episodes that made this popular sitcom one of television's most iconic series.

Saved by the Bell follows the academic and social experiences of six students - charming heartthrob Zack Morris (Mark-Paul Gosselaar), bubbly cheerleader Kelly Kapowski (Tiffani Thiessen), sassy fashionista Lisa Turtle (Lark Voorhies), lovable nerd Samuel "Screech" Powers (Dustin Diamond), sensitive jock A.C. Slater (Mario Lopez), and feminist intellectual Jessie Spano (Elizabeth Berkley) - as they maneuver through life at Bayside High School in Palisades, California.

Perk up your mornings with Zack and the rest of the Bayside gang when Saved by the Bell debuts Monday, November 11 from 7:00am to 12:00pm ET/PT, and continues every weekday from 7:00am to 9:00am ET/PT on E! Saved by the Bell will also continue to air on Viacom-owned MTV2. As for E!, it looks like they are trying to bring back the fans of Saved by the Bell when it aired on TBS in the same block for many years.




On the next...New Girl:
By: Vincent

Fox's Tuesday adorkable sitcom starring Zooey Deschanel airs Tuesdays at 9:00pm and we have just watched the next episode that airs tonight (Nov. 5). In the episode airing tonight, "Coach," the gang's old alpha-male roommate Coach (Damon Wayans, Jr.) returns to the loft, fresh off a break-up with his girlfriend. Looking to rekindle the wild, drunken times he shared with Nick (Jake Johnson,) Schmidt (Max Greenfield) and Winston (Lamorne Morris), Coach invites the guys to a strip club. Meanwhile, on their own night out, Jess (Zooey Deschanel) and Cece (Hannah Simone) cross paths with an attractive, cultured man (Taye Diggs) who may be more than they bargained for.

There's a drawback to having a season as strong as New Girl had last year – the next season, you're expected to top it. That's a difficult – maybe even impossible – task. Inevitably, the backlash will set in and legions of people on the internet will loudly declare the show to be past its peak, crying out in nostalgia for what the show was four months ago. We saw this happen to plenty of beloved comedies in recent years, from 30 Rock to Parks & Recreation to Community, and we're seeing it happen again with New Girl. For a while, I was wondering if maybe the backlash had some truth to it. While I've enjoyed every episode of the show so far this year, the first five episodes didn't quite hit the lush heights of the second season. They were funny, entertaining and hit some great character beats, but they felt very much like the show trying to balance the major plot points it came into the season with (the newly formed Nick/Jess relationship, Schmidt's own personal Sophie's Choice) with the New Girl that we all came to love over the course of the first two seasons.



But that all changed with the previous episode, "Keaton." That episode felt like the show had finally figured itself out again and could return to the previous heights we've come to expect from the show. And I'm happy to say that pattern continues in tonight's "Coach," a hilarious and thoughtful installment that brings back Damon Waynes Jr.'s Coach character from the pilot and studies his character dynamics with the current loft crew. It's a lot of fun seeing Coach again, and the show skillfully uses him to pinpoint the rest of the guys' insecurities. I was less sure of the Jess/Nick relationship conflict, but I warmed up to it as the episode progressed – like New Girl's best relationship stories, it managed to avoid typical sitcom relationship clich├ęs, and it makes absolutely brilliant use of guest star Taye Diggs, who is probably one of my favorite guest stars the show has ever had. Coach is apparently going to be sticking around for a while, so I'm hoping future stories let us dig into his relationship with Jess and especially Winston. There's some potentially interesting dynamics there, and I'm hopeful that the show will manage to explore them. After a few episodes where the shows' future looked to be in question a bit, it's really great to see that New Girl knows exactly where it's going again. A-


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

Tuesday, April 25

The Middle - "Trip and Fall" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Trashy neighbor Rita Glossner (Brooke Shields) talks an apprehensive Frankie into taking a road trip to an unknown destination; Mike takes an embarrassing fall at the quarry and has to deal with even more embarrassment when OSHA is called in to investigate; and Sue attempts to convince Axl to end his estrangement with the family after learning their true feelings about April.

American Housewife - "The Otto Motto" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
When Taylor keeps quitting school activities, Greg says that Katie, quite the quitter herself, sets a poor example. He challenges her to finally learn French after quitting lessons so long ago, so she reluctantly enrolls in a college class.

Speechless - "S-I-- SICK D-A-- DAY" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
When Maya gets sick, Jimmy is forced to be the mom of the house, and Dylan becomes Kenneth’s replacement for JJ when Kenneth also gets sick. Jimmy ends up doing well with Maya’s normal duties, but he tries to keep it from her to avoid her feeling bad. Meanwhile, JJ protects Dylan from a boy she’s interested in. And despite its illness, the family bands together and pulls an all-nighter to finish Ray’s school project.

Imaginary Mary - "In a World Where Worlds Collide" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
Alice freaks out when her friends want to meet Ben. But when an outing with everyone goes surprisingly well, Alice wants to meet Ben’s friends. However, Ben is hesitant but devises a plan that will impress Alice; but later, he makes a surprising admission.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine - "The Last Ride" (Fox, 8:00PM ET/PT)
In what could be their last case as partners, Jake and Charles go to great extremes to apprehend a local bike thief. Terry shockingly isn’t in the lead for “Mr. Nine-Nine” (the detective who has solved the most cases), leaving Rosa determined to boost his ego. Meanwhile, Amy spends some precious time with Holt.

The Mick - "The Implant" (Fox, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Sabrina tells Mickey she wants to augment her figure, so Mickey decides the best way to dissuade her from doing so is to do a test-run in public. Meanwhile, Jimmy takes Chip and Ben to a baseball game to teach them how to be more masculine.

Great News - "Pilot" (NBC, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Katie (Briga Heelan), a frustrated cable news producer, is horrified when her mom, Carol (Andrea Martin), gets an internship at "The Breakdown." Despite Katie's best efforts, Carol is instantly beloved by the entire office, including blowhard veteran anchor Chuck (John Michael Higgins). But when Katie hits a roadblock while producing a big story, she realizes that maybe having a mom at work isn't such a bad thing.

Great News - "Bear Attack" (NBC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
Katie (Briga Heelan) tries to set workplace boundaries with Carol (Andrea Martin), but when a big story about an escaped bear lands in her lap, her mom can't help but meddle. Meanwhile, Greg (Adam Campbell) tries to get Chuck (John Michael Higgins) and Portia (Nicole Richie) to do a little friendly banter at the end of the show.

The Detour - "The Mule" (TBS, 10:00PM ET/PT)
Robin and Nate live out their action movie fantasies as they make their way to the kids, who are actually doing fine without them.

The Detour - "The Ass" (TBS, 10:30PM ET/PT)
The family reunites, but this time Robin makes a huge mistake.

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Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of April 24)

Tuesday, April 25

  • Amanda Peet (Brockmire/Togetherness/Bent) - Catch Amanda on a repeat of Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC. She also appears on The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Patton Oswalt (The Goldbergs/The King of Queens) - Patton stops by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Kal Penn (We Are Men/How I Met Your Mother) - Kal is a guest on The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Sanaa Lathan (Family Guy/The Cleveland Show/LateLine) - Sanaa stops by Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Reid Scott (Veep/My Boys) - Reid visits Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Arden Myrin (Working) - Arden appears on @midnight on Comedy Central at midnight.
  • Hank Azaria (Brockmire/The Simpsons/Free Agents) - Hank is a guest on Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Andrea Martin (Difficult People/Working the Engels) - Andrea 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.
  • Patti LaBelle (Out All Night) - Patti will be on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am.
  • Andrea Martin (Great News/Difficult People/Working the Engels) - Andrea talks about Good News on NBC's Today sometime between 7-9am and in the 10am hour.
  • Alfonso Ribeiro (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air/In the House/Silver Spoons) - Alfonso will be on NBC's Today in the 9am hour.
  • Jason Jones (The Detour) - Jason talks about The Detour on NBC's Today in the 9am hour.
  • Ross Lynch (Austin & Ally) - Ross opens up about his new movie My Friend Dahmer on People Now at 8:30am.
  • Tim Daly (Wings) - Tim is a guest on the AOL Build Show at 11am.
  • Peter Engel (Producer of Saved by the Bell/California Dreams/Hang Time) - Peter dishes about his new memoir I Was Saved by the Bell on the The Wendy Williams Show at 2am on BET or on your local stations.
  • Sherri Shepherd (Trial & Error/Less Than Perfect/Sherri) - Sherri is a guest on The Real, so check your local listings.
  • Danny DeVito (It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia/Taxi) - Danny appears on Access Hollywood Live, so check your local listings.