Friday, May 31, 2013
Tomorrow (Saturday, June 1) as we mentioned, gmc becomes UP and we have some schedule changes to announce. The Saturday schedule will change a bit and will now have four hours of sitcoms only. The long blocks are no longer happening, as we get an hour each of Smart Guy, Sister Sister, Moesha and 227 from 9am-1pm. The current line-up had Smart Guy, Sister Sister and Moesha with multiple hour blocks each from 9am-5pm. Saturday afternoons will now have four episodes of Touched by an Angel or 7th Heaven. Those two dramas will rotate, so this week is Touched by an Angel but next week will be 7th Heaven. The weekday changes will begin on Monday (June 3) and the only change is in the morning. Family Ties returns to the morning line-up and will air weekdays from 10am-12pm, replacing The Waltons. That drama is now off the regular schedule for now, but a marathon is scheduled on Sunday, June 30 from 3pm-1am, which includes some Walton movies. Back to Family Ties, it will also continue to air in its late night hour of 2am, so we have three hours every weekday now of Alex P. Keaton and family.
Stay with us for continued updates on UP. The network will actually officially change its name to UP tonight at midnight during a movie.
It's Friday, so it is time for "Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows" for the coming week. This is where we list what sitcom stars are appearing on talk shows for the coming week, the stars are both current and past sitcom stars, so this is for all sitcom fans of all eras!
For the week of June 3-7, 2013, we have many current sitcom stars and past sitcom stars on TV talk shows! All times listed are Eastern. So get your DVR's (or whatever you use) ready! Ready? Here is all what you need to know for the coming week!
Monday, June 3, 2013
- Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother/Doogie Howser, M.D.) - Watch Neil on The Late Show with David Letterman at 11:35pm on CBS.
- Nathan Lane (Encore! Encore!/Charlie Lawrence) - Nathan appears on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon at 12:37am on NBC.
- Craig Robinson (The Office) - Craig stops by Conan at 11pm on TBS.
- Alyssa Milano (Who's the Boss?) - Alyssa visits ABC's Good Morning America between 7-9am. She will also be on LIVE! with Kelly and Michael, so check your listings. Mistresses premieres on ABC on Monday, June 3 at 10pm/9pm Central.
- Elizabeth Perkins (How to Live with Your Parents (for the Rest of Your Life)) - Elizabeth discusses type-1 diabetes on a repeat of The Doctors, so check your local listings.
- Dawn Wells (Gilligan's Island) - Dawn tells-all about what it was really like to work on the beloved show and reveals her favorite memories with fellow cast members on Marie at 12pm on Hallmark Channel.
- Jaleel White (Family Matters) - Former child stars, including Jaleel White, Mara Wilson and Jonathan Lipnicki (The Jeff Foxworthy Show/Meego), discuss Amanda Bynes and others whose lives seem to go out of control on Katie, so check your local listings.
- Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation) - Catch Nick on Conan at 11pm on TBS.
- Dave Franco (Scrubs/Do Not Disturb) - Dave appears on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
- Anne Heche (Save Me) - Anne is part of the guest panel on Chelsea Lately on E! at 11pm.
- Megan Mullally (Will & Grace/Breaking In) - Megan drops by The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
- Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother/Doogie Howser, M.D.) - Neil continues to make the rounds on LIVE! with Kelly and Michael, so check your listings.
- David Henrie (Wizards of Waverly Place) - David talks about about his current project working alongside comedians Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock and David Spade in Grown Ups 2 on Marie at 12pm on Hallmark Channel.
- Jennifer Finnigan (Better with You) - Jennifer guest co-hosts a repeat of Anderson Live, so check your local listings.
- Jenny McCarthy (Two and a Half Men/Jenny) - Jenny guest co-hosts The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
- Sofia Vergara (The View) - Sofia chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
- Sherri Shepherd (Less Than Perfect/Sherri) and George Lopez (George Lopez) - Sherri and George are guest co-hosts of The Chew on ABC at 1pm ET/12pm PT/CT.
- Johnny Galecki (The Big Bang Theory/Roseanne) - Watch Johnny on The Late Show with David Letterman at 11:35pm on CBS.
- Danny McBride (Eastbound & Down) - Danny appears on The Late Show with David Letterman at 11:35pm on CBS.
- Chris Messina (The Mindy Project) - Chris visits Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
- George Lopez (George Lopez) - George is a guest on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
- Bridgit Mendler (Good Luck Charlie) - Bridgit stops by The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check listings.
- Rashida Jones (Parks and Recreation/The Office) - Rashida appears on a repeat of Anderson Live, so check your local listings.
- Tiffani Thiessen (Saved by the Bell) - Tiffani guest co-hosts a repeat of Anderson Live, so check your local listings.
- Alyssa Milano (Who's the Boss?) - Alyssa continues to make the rounds on The Wendy Williams Show at 12am on BET or on your local stations.
- Will Smith (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air) - Catch Will on a special Jimmy Kimmel Live: Game Night at 8pm/7pm ET/CT and following the NBA Game on the west coast. Will also appears with his son, Jaden, on a repeat of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
- Betty White (Hot in Cleveland/The Golden Girls/The Mary Tyler Moore Show) - Betty appears on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson at 12:37am on CBS.
- Christopher Meloni (The Fanelli Boys/1st & Ten) - Christopher visits Late Night with Jimmy Fallon at 12:37am on NBC.
- Whitney Cummings (Whitney) - Whitney is part of the guest panel on Chelsea Lately on E! at 11pm.
- Danny McBride (Eastbound & Down) - Danny continues to make the rounds on Conan at 11pm on TBS.
- Beth Behrs (2 Broke Girls) - Beth stops by LIVE! with Kelly and Michael, so check your listings.
- Chelsea Handler (Are You There, Chelsea?) - Chelsea is a guest on a repeat of Katie, so check your local listings.
- Queen Latifah (Living Single) - Tune in to see Queen Latifah on a repeat of Anderson Live, so check your local listings.
- Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother/Doogie Howser, M.D.) - Watch Neil on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon at 12:37am on NBC. He will also be on Katie, so check your local listings.
- Jim Gaffigan (My Boys/Welcome to New York) - Jim is a guest on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon at 12:37am on NBC.
- Jerry O'Connell (My Secret Identity/Carpoolers/We Are Men) - Jerry guest co-hosts The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
- Sarah Michelle Gellar (The Crazy Ones) - Sarah chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
- Marissa Jaret Winokur (Retired at 35) - Marisa is a guest on a repeat of The Jeff Probst Show, so check your local listings.
- Marilu Henner (Taxi) - Marilu guest co-hosts a repeat of Anderson Live, so check your local listings.
- David Hyde Pierce (Frasier) - David appears on Katie, so check your local listings.
Thursday, May 30, 2013
The upcoming launch of Esquire Network was delayed and now we have a rescheduled launch date! It was first set to launch in April, but just days before the launch they delayed it. So the network didn't rebrand and change the name from G4 just yet. Esquire Network will debut on Monday, September 23, 2013. The network will kick off primetime with a two-hour special that commemorates Esquire magazine's landmark 80th anniversary, timed to coincide with the October debut of the magazine's anniversary issue. The original Esquire 80th Anniversary Special (WT) will look back at the social, political and cultural forces that shaped our lives over the last eight decades - told through the lens of the magazine, its stories, images and covers.
As we mentioned, Esquire Network's offering will include contemporary series making their network premiere, including: Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Parks and Recreation, Party Down, Burn Notice, and Psych. No word yet if the schedule they announced in April will be the schedule for the new launch date. We hope it is so we see some classic series as well like The A-Team, Airwolf and Magnum P.I.
WBNS-10TV (Dispatch Broadcast Group's CBS affiliate WBNS Columbus, Ohio) is pleased to announce the launch of Antenna TV on its over the air channel 10.2 beginning June 12. WBNS is airing a 30-minute special on Saturday, June 8, at 7:30 pm that will give viewers a sneak peak at Antenna TV. The Antenna TV Preview Show explains what Antenna TV is and reviews clips from shows such as Barney Miller, WKRP in Cincinnati, All in the Family and other classics. In addition to broadcasting over the air on ch. 10.2 in Columbus, Antenna TV will also be available on Time Warner Cable ch. 372, WOW! Ch. 101 and Insight ch. 432. Antenna TV (http://www.antennatv.tv/) launched on January 1, 2011 and is available as a digital multicast channel on 74 affiliates across the U.S. reaching 63% of TV households, including WPIX-TV (11.2) New York, KTLA-TV (5.2) Los Angeles, and WGN-TV (9.2) Chicago. Check out the full list of updated affiliates.
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
ABC Family Orders 4th Season of Melissa & Joey; Episodic Reviews: Melissa & Joey - "Works for Me" and Baby Daddy - "I'm Not That Guy" - Season Premieres Airing Tonight on ABC Family
Along with series stars Melissa Joan Hart, Joey Lawrence, Taylor Spreitler and Nick Robinson, the upcoming third season features such notable guest stars as Sterling Knight, Shannon Elizabeth, Trevor Donovan, Marla Sokoloff, Marissa Jaret Winokur, Jaime Pressly and Doris Roberts, who will be appearing in two episodes as Joe's grandmother. The series is executive-produced by Bob Young & David Kendall, Paula Hart, Melissa Joan Hart and Joey Lawrence. The series follows local politician and former wild child Mel Burke (Hart) who employs down on his luck "manny" Joe Longo (Lawrence) as she raises her teenaged niece (Spreitler) and nephew (Robinson). Melissa & Joey ranks as ABC Family's highest comedy debut ever in Total Viewers, and its second season wrapped as the series best to date in several key demos, including Adults 18-49, Women 18-34 and Viewers 12-34. The third season premieres tonight...read our review below!
On the next...Melissa & Joey:
ABC Family's New Comedy Wednesday sitcom starring Melissa Joan Hart and Joey Lawrence, airs Wednesday nights at 8:00pm and we have just watched the season premiere that airs tonight (May 29). In the season premiere, "Works for Me," Joe (Joey Lawrence) pursues a new job opportunity, sending Mel (Melissa Joan Hart) into a panic when she realizes he may actually leave. But the job is not quite what Joe expected, causing him to reevaluate his place in the house, and Mel scheming to prove how much everyone needs him. Meanwhile Lennox (Taylor Spreitler) thinks her artist boyfriend Zander (guest star Sterling Knight) may have found another muse, and Ryder's (Nick Robinson) class trip has an unexpected outcome.
We love this show! It's like Who's the Boss? and that's a good thing. On this season premiere, we leave off where we left off on the second season finale. Joe is still on the verge of leaving Mel's household for another job, since he can't be a temporary manny forever. Mel of course wants him to stay and tries every way possible to keep him but she makes it seem like she doesn't really want him. We all can see that she does really want him, but the only person who can't see that it seems is Joe. Classic sitcom plotline but it works because Melissa Joan Hart and Joey Lawrence have such great chemistry. It's like Tony Danza and Judith Light all over again. They both mesh well with the kids as well. The kids are the niece and nephew of Mel, if you didn't know. Back to Mel and Joe, we are waiting and waiting for them to get together but it seems like it is not going to happen right away. We had a kiss at the end of the season one finale but nothing more since. As you just read above, we're going to have more than 15 episodes this season (15 in the summer and then 20 more in 2014, plus another 20 for season four), so we will have plenty of Mel and Joe moments, I'm sure. Just be patient, I guess.
The storylines with the kids were decent as well. It's hilarious what Ryder does but at the same time a real life situation that families can learn from. I'll just say, I didn't expect that from Ryder, but surprises are always good on sitcoms. Meanwhile, Lennox has a story with her boyfriend Zander that is pretty well done as well. He is a great artist and draws Lennox all the time, but when Lennox sees another girl...she gets jealous and tries to find out who this girl is. Is he cheating? Tune in and see. It's a great opener the third season and I think this show now can go deep since it has some security of lasting at least 100 episodes. As the theme song goes, "it's all good, it's ok, it's all right," is underestimating this show, "it's great" is more like it. B+
On the next...Baby Daddy:
ABC Family's New Comedy Wednesday sitcom starring an ensemble young cast lead by Chelsea Kane, airs Wednesday nights at 8:30pm and we have just watched the season premiere that airs tonight (May 29). In the season premiere, "I'm Not That Guy," Ben (Jean-Luc Bilodeau) thinks he might like Riley (Chelsea Kane) and tries to convince her he's changed his playboy ways. Riley invites Ben to be her date at a work party, but Ben's efforts to prove he is dependable fall short. Danny (Derek Theler) hopes to come to Riley's rescue but he arrives only to find Riley getting friendly with another man. Meanwhile, Tucker (Tahj Mowry) schemes to go out with a model and Bonnie (Melissa Peterman) attempts to get to know a handsome stranger...with a little help from Emma.
Man this show is good. It has the relationships and style of Boy Meets World. This series is fresh and hip and I think it is going to explode this season. The season premiere brings the goods and the triangle is in full force. As we saw on the second season finale, Ben finally is into Riley! Riley has been into Ben for so long, but he wasn't seeing it. BUT...Ben's brother Danny is into Riley, but Riley doesn't see it. Relationships can be so tricky! In this episode, we are getting closer to the Ben-Riley match, but will it actually happen? Ben says he has changed and is no longer "that guy" that he used to be, so Riley invites him to her law firm party. Without giving anything away, Ben has an "emergency" and Danny fills in but even that doesn't go as planned. It's chaos for Riley, but this is good because we see her with both Ben and Danny. I honestly don't know who is a better fit for her, as I'm rooting for both. Tucker brings in the laughs when he goes out with a tall model. He is "climbing up!" And if you thought Tucker was funny, Ben and Danny's mother Bonnie brings more laughs when she meets a stranger at the bar while watching Emma.
The latter minutes of the episode brings in a surprise and Kyle XY fans will love it, as Matt Dallas appears. We only get a taste of him this week, but more of him is to come next Wednesday (which we will also review). We won't reveal who he is playing yet, but no, he isn't playing Kyle XY, unfortunately. I wonder if we will get a reference to that series soon? Anyway, this is an excellent episode and the storyline is very well done. It is setting up to be an even better season and the race is on to grab Riley. We just don't know who it will be yet. I mean, neither brother knows that the other wants Riley. Well, maybe Danny knows that Ben now wants Riley...but Ben doesn't know how Danny feels about Riley. Come on back next week for our review of the second episode, which in essence is part two of the season premiere. Yep, this episode's arc continues next week! This episode is funny, fresh and fools with love! Tune in! A-
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
MeTV Network's Summer 2013 Schedule "Summer of Me"; ABC Family Launching New Summer Comedic Game in July
It's "The Summer of Me!" The MeTV Network has got new shows coming up this summer on their schedule, such as The Lucy Show and Ironside, which will join other recently launched shows from last month like, Dragnet, Leave it to Beaver and Adam-12. Several shows will also change time periods and a few are taking a summer vacation from the summer schedule. "The Summer of Me" begins Monday, June 3 and The Lucy Show will air weekday mornings at 6am, while Ironside will air weekdays at 11am (so you have all summer to watch while the new Ironside will launch this fall on NBC Wednesdays). To make space for these new shows launching on the schedule next month, some long-running and popular series need to take a summer vacation to rest a bit before they return to the MeTV line-up. So we say goodbye to Lucy, Bob and Rod Serling as I Love Lucy, The Bob Newhart Show and The Twilight Zone depart from their program schedule on June 3 after an almost continuous run on the network since MeTV launched in 2010. Not to fret, the memorable entertainment continues with another Lucille Ball series, The Lucy Show, as we mentioned weekday mornings, while Night Gallery moves to a new time and picks up at the same time where The Twilight Zone leaves off. For Bob Newhart, it's time for him to take a shrink sabbatical after treating MeTV viewers to a healthy dose of laughs for so long.
While we have new shows, shows leaving, and shows with new timeslots, we also have shows returning to the schedule after a hiatus. Family Affair is back and will air weekdays at 7 AM. Daniel Boone is back and will air weekdays at 8 AM, while Gomer Pyle patrols at 5:30 AM on Sunday mornings and Mothers-in-Law has the Sunday shift at 2 PM. Since the I Love Lucy Sunday block is taking a break, joining Mothers-in-Law will be extra runs of Bewitched, I Dream of Jeannie and That Girl to form a new 2-4pm Sunday afternoon block immediately following the Brady Bunch Brunch block. We will have more on MeTV very soon as they will announce some new acquisitions. We will have complete details on those soon. For now, view the MeTV "Summer of Me" schedule beginning Monday, June 3!
ABC Family has added another original series to its roster of original programming that will premiere this summer. Spell-Mageddon is an hour game show where contestants take on hilarious distractions while spelling increasingly challenging words. Spell-Mageddon, which takes a traditional spelling bee to a whole new level, is created and Executive-Produced by Adam Reed, Adam Freeman and Leslie Greif of Thinkfactory Media. Additional Executive Producers are Jeff Krask and Michael Canter. It will join ABC Family's Wednesday night comedy line-up on Wednesday July 24, 2013 at 9pm following sitcoms Melissa and Joey and Baby Daddy. The series will replace Dancing Fools, which will have its season finale on July 17 at 9. As a reminder, the block of Melissa and Joey, Baby Daddy and Dancing Fools launches tomorrow night (Wednesday, May 29) at 8|7c. Look for our review of the season premieres of those sitcoms tomorrow at noon! Meanwhile, more details on Spell-Mageddon will be coming soon, such as the host.
Monday, May 27, 2013
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!
Sunday, May 26, 2013
Total Viewers: #1. ABC 10.3 million; #2. CBS 8.05 million; #3. NBC 7.75 million; #4. Fox 3.85 million; #5. The CW 0.77 million.
Adults 18-49: #1. NBC 2.3/6.7 (rating/share); #2. ABC 2.2/6.4; #3. CBS 1.8/5.3; #4. Fox 1.6/4.8; #.5 The CW 0.3/0.8
Monday had NBC win the final Monday of the TV season. But first, ABC started with a two-hour Dancing with the Stars performance finals from 8-10pm and did 14.97 million and a 2.6 18-49 rating, which is up a good six tenths in 18-49 from previous week. Then ABC had a series preview of the new summer drama Motive at 10 and did 6.52 million and a 1.3 18-49 rating, no where near Castle's ratings, but expected. For NBC, they had a two-hour The Voice from 8-10pm that did 10.81 million and a 3.5 18-49 rating, which is down another three tenths in 18-49 from previous week for another Monday season low. At 10pm, NBC aired Revolution and did 5.64 million and a 1.9 18-49 rating, on par in 18-49 with previous week, as this series will be on the move to Wednesdays next season and I don't think it will be pretty. CBS was a mix of new and repeats for some reason, with a repeat of 2 Broke Girls starting it off with 4.8 million and a 1.2 18-49 rating. At 8:30pm, the series finale of Rules of Engagement did 6.22 million and a 1.8 18-49 rating. At 9, a special repeat of The Big Bang Theory did 7.46 million and a 2.1 18-49 rating. At 9:30pm, a repeat of Mike & Molly did 7.92 million and a 2.1 18-49 rating, as its season finale was pulled last minute due to a tornado related storyline. Not sure when that episode will air now. At 10pm, the season finale of Hawaii Five-0 was next and did 9.0 million and just a 2.0 18-49 rating, up two tenths in 18-49 from previous week. I don't like having repeats in sweeps, makes no sense. Fox aired mainly repeats as well, as a repeat of Raising Hope started it off at 8pm with 1.71 million and a 0.7 18-49 rating. At 8:30pm, the series premiere of new comedy The Goodwin Games was next with 1.61 million and just a 0.6 18-49 rating. At 9, a repeat of New Girl did 1.34 million and a 0.6 18-49 rating, while a repeat of The Mindy Project did only 1.32 million and a 0.6 18-49 rating. The CW aired a new Oh Sit! at 8 and did 0.82 million and a 0.3 18-49 rating. At 9, another all-new Oh Sit! aired and did 0.62 million and a 0.2 18-49 rating.
On Tuesday, it was NBC getting by ABC by a tenth in 18-49 for the win. On CBS, it was another night of repeats in sweeps (so weird), NCIS: Los Angeles aired at a special time of 8pm and did 7.86 million and a 1.3 18-49 rating. At 9pm, a repeat of NCIS at a special time did 7.81 million and a 1.3 18-49 rating as well. At 10pm, another repeat of NCIS did a last place 7.23 million and a 1.4 18-49 rating, yet still up two tenths in 18-49 from previous week's finale of Golden Boy. On ABC, at 8pm the special The Bachelor's Funniest Moments did 4.77 million and a 1.2 18-49 rating, up a tenth in 18-49 from previous week's Wipeout. At 9pm, Dancing with the Stars: The Results two-hour finale did 15.2 million and a 2.7 18-49 rating, up nine tenths in 18-49 from previous week when it was an hour. Congrats, Kellie Pickler and Derek Hough! NBC aired a news special on the Oklahoma tornadoes 8 and did 8.15 million and a 2.0 18-49 rating, on par with previous week's The Voice recap episode. At 9pm, The Voice was all-new and did 10.18 million and a 3.2 18-49 rating, down three tenths in 18-49 from previous week. At 10pm, a new Grimm did 4.99 million and a 1.7 18-49 rating, on par in 18-49 with previous week. NBC will keep this show on Fridays next season. Fox aired a two-hour So You Think You Can Dance and did 4.66 million and a 2.0 18-49 rating, up a tenth in 18-49 from previous week's season premiere which was just an hour. The CW aired a repeat of The Vampire Diaries at 8 and did 0.6 million and a 0.3 18-49 rating. A repeat of America's Next Top Model followed at 9 and did just 0.53 million and a 0.2 18-49 rating.
Wednesday it was a three way race and CBS had the edge over ABC and Fox. CBS started the night off with comedy repeats, first up was Two and a Half Men at 8 doing 5.17 million and a 1.1 18-49 rating, up a tenth in 18-49 from previous week's 2 Broke Girls encore. At 8:30pm, a repeat of Mike & Molly did 5.4 million and a 1.2 18-49 rating, also up a tenth in 18-49 from previous week's 2 Broke Girls encore. Criminal Minds had its season finale from 9-11pm and it did 11.01 million and a 2.8 18-49 rating, which was up two tenths in 18-49 from previous week's one-hour episode. ABC kicked off the night with the season finale of The Middle doing 7.7 million and a 2.0 18-49 rating, which is up a tenth in 18-49 from previous week and the same as last season's finale. At 8:30pm, Family Tools was preempted for a Modern Family repeat and it did 5.68 million and a 1.6 18-49 rating, four tenths better in 18-49 than previous week's all-new episode of Family Tools, wow. At 9pm, the season finale of Modern Family did the best of the block and the best of the night with 10.01 million and a 3.7 18-49 rating, on par in 18-49 with previous week. The eighth episode of How To Live With Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life) followed at 9:30pm with 6.26 million and a 2.1 18-49 rating, up a tenth in 18-49 from previous week. Still shocked, ABC will not bring it back next season. I think it deserved to return even though it has done about the same as shows in this slot. Perhaps Super Fun Night will be the right choice next fall as it is different and unique. At 10pm, Nashville had its season finale and did 6.02 million and a 1.9 18-49 rating, up two tenths in 18-49 from previous week. Good showing and such a great show that will be Emmy material for this year. No doubt it was going to come back for a second season, as people who kept questioning its return doesn't know anything about TV if they thought that. On Fox, the season premiere of summer staple Masterchef did a solid 5.29 million and a 2.1 18-49 rating, while a second episode followed with 5.48 million and a 2.3 18-49 rating, on par with previous week's So You Think You Can Dance in 18-49. Onto NBC a new Dateline started it off at 8pm with 6.2 million and a 1.2 18-49 rating, which was down a tenth in 18-49 from previous week. Law & Order: SVU followed at 9pm with its season finale that did 6.66 million and a 1.7 18-49 rating, up two tenths in 18-49 from previous week. This is an aging series so I don't know why NBC is leaving it here next fall. At 10pm, Chicago Fire also had its season finale and it did 6.13 million and a 1.7 18-49 rating, which was down three tenths in 18-49 from previous week. This is an up and down show always affected by what is opposite it. Yes, clearly it is a positive for NBC but people give this more props than Nashville in the ratings, yet they both do similar ratings-wise but the latter is more well-produced and brings in more revenue. The CW went the movie route to close the season with an airing of Love Happens doing 1.02 million and a 0.3 18-49 rating.
Starting from Thursday on, the summer season started! So we won't do an analysis, but stay tuned all summer to see how your favorite network sitcoms are doing--repeat or not!
- The Simpsons (Fox) 2 episodes - A new episode at 8 did 4.01 million and a 1.87 18-49 rating, which is down about tenth in 18-49 from previous week. The season finale followed at a special time of 8:30pm with 4.52 million and a 2.13 18-49 rating, for a solid finish.
- The Cleveland Show (Fox) 2 episodes - A new episode at a special time of 7pm did 2.14 million and a 0.96 18-49 rating, which was up just under two tenths in 18-49 from previous week. The season finale followed at its normal time of 7:30pm and did 2.43 million and a 1.13 18-49 rating, up a tenth in 18-49 from previous week.
- Bob's Burgers (Fox) - preempted.
- Family Guy (Fox) 2 episodes - A new showing at 9 did 5.28 million and a 2.61 18-49 rating, which was up two tenths in 18-49 week-to-week. The season finale followed at a special time of 9:30pm and did 5.16 million and a 2.52 18-49 rating, going down from its lead-in...hmm. But good still.
- American Dad! (Fox) - preempted.
- How I Met Your Mother (CBS) - preempted.
- Raising Hope (Fox) - Summer repeats have started already and a repeat of this comedy did 1.71 million and a 0.7 18-49 rating.
- Rules of Engagement (CBS) - The series finale did 6.22 million and a 1.8 18-49 rating, which is OK. But CBS doesn't need this series anymore.
- The Goodwin Games (Fox) - The series premiere did just 1.61 million and a 0.6 18-49 rating, as it is being burned off in the summer it seems.
- The Big Bang Theory (CBS) - A special repeat at 9 did 7.46 million and a 2.1 18-49 rating, down three tenths in 18-49 from previous week's repeat at 8:30.
- 2 Broke Girls (CBS) - A repeat at a special time of 8pm did 4.8 million and a 1.2 18-49 rating. Weird that it aired at 8 and not 9, but CBS is trying to have it not count in the season ratings obviously.
- New Girl (Fox) - A repeat at 9 did just 1.34 million and a 0.6 18-49 rating in its new summer home.
- Mike & Molly (CBS) - At 9:30pm, a repeat of this show did 7.92 million and a 2.1 18-49 rating - as it was replaced with a repeat last minute due to a tornado-related storyline. So its season finale still hasn't aired and no idea when it will air now.
- The Mindy Project (Fox) - A repeat at 9:30pm did just 1.32 million and a 0.6 18-49 rating.
- New Girl (Fox) - preempted.
- The Mindy Project (Fox) - preempted.
- The Middle (ABC) - The season finale posted 7.7 million and a 2.0 18-49 rating, which is up a tenth in 18-49 from previous week. And on par with last season's finale in 18-49 but more total viewers. Syndication will likely make this show grow more next season.
- Two and a Half Men (CBS) - A repeat at 8pm did 5.17 million and a 1.1 18-49 rating, which was a tenth in 18-49 better than previous week's comedy encore in this slot.
- Family Tools (ABC) - preempted.
- Mike & Molly (CBS) - A repeat on a special night at 8:30pm did 5.4 million and a 1.2 18-49 rating, also a tenth better in 18-49 than previous week's comedy encore in this time period.
- Modern Family (ABC) 2 airings - The season finale at 9 did 10.01 million and a 3.7 18-49 rating, which is the best of the block and for the night and on par in 18-49 with previous week. Good showing, but I thought it would be a bit higher, like a 4.1. A repeat at 8:30pm did solid with 5.68 million and a 1.6 18-49 rating.
- How To Live with Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life) (ABC) - A new episode at 9:30pm did 6.26 million and a 2.1 18-49 rating, up a tenth in 18-49 from previous week. It will be all-new through June 26, so you'll have a comedy option on this night on network TV.
- The Big Bang Theory (CBS) - The first summer repeat of the season at 8pm posted 9.06 million and a 2.2 18-49 rating, which is great but down a tenth in 18-49 from the first one last year.
- Two and a Half Men (CBS) - A repeat at 8:30pm did 7.71 million and a 1.8 18-49 rating, which is good for a repeat.
- Save Me (NBC) 2 episodes - The series premiere at 8pm was off to slow start with just 3.18 million and a 0.7 18-49 rating. A second episode followed at 8:30pm with only 2.93 million and a 0.7 18-49 rating. NBC always has a sitcom or two they don't air at all or premiere in summer. Weird.
- The Office (NBC) - A repeat did just 1.92 million and a 0.6 18-49 rating. I wonder when NBC will stop airing it now that it is over. I'm guessing by early August.
- Parks & Recreation (NBC) - A repeat at 9:30pm did 1.79 million and a 0.7 18-49 rating, at least building on its lead-in among adults 18-49.
Summing it up. Modern Family, The Big Bang Theory, Two and a Half Men, The Middle, Mike & Molly-Mon were impressive for the week. Everything else was OK (such as Rules of Engagement, How To Live With Your Parents) or just plain terrible (such as Save Me, The Goodwin Games).
Saturday, May 25, 2013
Digital Digest: Growing Pains and Inspector Gadget on DVD; Rookie Blue - The Complete Third Season DVD Review
Warner Archive always brings us big surprises every few weeks, and they had a big one for us this week as they released Growing Pains - The Complete Third Season. The first two seasons, of course, were released by Warner Home Video, and the series always seemed to have difficulty getting a go of it on DVD... but hopefully we'll see a steady stream of releases of this series now, and "the best is ready to begin!"
TVShowsOnDVD.com discovered some preorder listings that fans of a classic '80s animated series are sure to love, as Inspector Gadget not only comes to DVD again, but it appears that fans will get the entire series on DVD now! They'll all be released on the same day, but it'll be in separate releases, as they bring fans three volumes of season 1 (volume 1, volume 2, and volume 3) and season 2.
There are eight million stores in the Naked City, and not all of them have been on DVD... that is, not yet... but they're coming! A preorder listing appeared on amazon.com this week for Naked City - The Complete Series. No release date has been given for this series so far.
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Tuesday (May 28) has no sitcom releases, but there are several other releases TV related releases of interest, including Covert Affairs - Season Three, Beetlejuice - The Complete Series, and Mighty Morphin Power Rangers - Season Two, Volume Two.
Of course, one of the "biggest" things coming next week is not a DVD at all... instead, it is the debut of the new (and final... maybe) episodes of Arrested Development on Netflix. All 15 new episodes will debut on Sunday morning at 3:00 AM ET!
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Blog DVD Review: Rookie Blue - The Complete Third Season (Entertainment One, $39.98)
The hit ABC summer primetime cop show Rookie Blue returns for its third season on DVD, but this time there is no Blu-ray release for some reason. That's not a big deal to us because we reviewed the DVD releases for the previous two seasons. Be careful what you wish for...with two years under their belt, the rookies of 15 Division are well on their way to becoming seasoned cops, but experience isn't everything...and the boundary between job and personal life is no longer as black and white as it one seemed. The drama is produced in Canada and is a Canadian production and also airs on Global in Canada.
We have all 13 episodes from the third season on a nice four-disc set from eOne! The series stars Missy Peregrym as Andy McNally, Enuka Okuma as Traci Nash, Gregory Smith as Dov Epstein, Travis Milne as Chris Diaz, Charlotte Sullivan as Gail Peck, Peter Mooney as Nick Collins, Matt Gordon as Oliver Shaw, Melanie Nicholls-King as Noelle Williams, Lyriq Bent as Sergeant Frank Best, and Ben Bass as Sam Swarek. Noam Jenkins as Jerry Barber and Eric Johnson as Luke Callaghan recur. Guest stars include William Shatner!
The third season has 13 episodes just like the first two seasons. Among the memorable episodes is the season premiere "The First Day of the Rest of Your Life," where after her three-month suspension, McNally faces an official hearing which will decide if she should be reinstated back onto the force, however upon returning, she and Swarek are accidentally involved in a missing child case when a drunk driver (William Shatner) collides with a van and finds a teenage girl in the back, while Peck gets a shock when a new rookie, ex-soldier Nick Collins (Peter Mooney), arrives for his first day at 15 Division. In "A Good Shoot," Dov's world explodes into chaos when he walks in on a convenience store robbery in progress and shoots a young black teenager, who may or may not have been armed and the tight-knit community erupts in outrage, as the ensuing investigation calls into question whether Dov used excessive force or acted too quickly. In the first of a two-part episode, "The Girlfriend Experience," a grad student's disappearance leads Andy and Nick to discover the woman's double life as a high-end escort, but when a pattern of missing women emerges, Gail, who is physically similar to the victims, is sent in on an undercover sting operation. In the conclusion, "Out of Time," the same night the officers of 15 Division are forced to release a suspected predator for lack of evidence, Andy and Gail are violently assaulted in Andy's loft -- and Gail is abducted, as Detective Luke Callaghan is brought in to oversee the case that very well may be the work of a serial murderer. In "Cold Comforts," the officers of 15 Division struggle to come to terms with their fallen colleague and get back to work patrolling the streets and when they discover that a police laptop containing sensitive information has been stolen they set off on a hunt to recover the computer and prevent any dangerous fallout. On the season finale, "I Never," when a violent child abductor escapes from an emergency hospital visit, the officers of 15 Division try to track him down before he takes another young victim, while Chris' family obligations have him contemplating a transfer, and Traci and Gail each face monumental decisions regarding their respective careers. We get all 13 unedited episodes on this DVD. Runtimes for each episode follow:
1. The First Day of the Rest of Your Life (43:00)
2. Class Dismissed (42:50)
3. A Good Shoot (42:59)
4. Girls' Night Out (42:12)
5. Messy Houses (43:02)
6. Coming Home (42:44)
7. Leap of Faith (43:02)
8. The Girlfriend Experience (42:46)
9. Out of Time (42:56)
10. Cold Comforts (42:59)
11. The Rules (41:55)
12. Every Man (43:00)
13. I Never (43:00)
Moving on to the packaging, the set this time doesn't have an outer thin box holding the case. We just have the case itself. The cover of the case in blue (fitting!) and has the series logo towards the bottom following a nice cast photo of the five original rookies and the complete second third mention is above them. The back of the case has info on the set and series, with a nice quote from the L.A. Times. We have a nice cast photo of the rookies with Swarek as well, along with five episodic images (one includes William Shatner!). There is a little box showcasing the bonus features as well. Inside the case we have nice artwork of a Metropolitan Police car on the left panel and McNally and Swarek on the right panel itself. There is also a disc-by-disc breakdown on the left panel listing episode episode title per disc and bonus features. The discs themselves are on two little plastic holders that you can flip like a page in a book, similar to the previous sets. Each disc is in the blue design with the series logo and the Metropolitan Police badge in the background and the disc number on top. Disc one holds episodes 1-4, disc two holds episodes 5-8, disc three holds episodes 9-12 and disc four has episode 13 and all the bonus features. We don't get an Entertainment One booklet showcasing other DVDs this time. Most of this section is very similar to the first two seasons, though.
The menu design is great again and has moving video clips playing in the background while we listen to the closing music from the show. The series logo is also placed on the main menu. We have an Episodes menu this time, as previously we just had the numbers/titles listed right on the main menu itself below the video clips that were playing. The main menu options are Play All, Episode and Set-Up. In Episodes, it's simple...we have the episode number and title and you can choose from that. In Set-up, we can choose either English 5.1 Digital Dolby audio or 2.0 Stereo. English SDH subtitles can also be turned on. Special Features option is on disc four only. There are no auto trailers on disc one before the main menu this time.
Video and audio quality are both outstanding once again on this DVD. There is no Blu-ray version this time, so this is the way to go. This set is superb. You can turn on the 5.1 surround sound and watch the series in great audio quality as well. Each episode has 8 chapter stops (up from the 7 from the previous set), so it is easy to jump through an episode if you are looking for something in particular like McNally in a dress or her in bed with Swarek. This is a hot cast!
There are some special features on this set as well! They are all on disc four again and are decently produced again. First up, we have "Season 3: Be Careful What You Wish For" (1:58) where we look at the relationships from this season. Interviewed are Travis Milne, Missy Peregrym, Ben Bass, Gregory Smith, Enuka Okuma, and Charlotte Sullivan. Next we have, "Crash Course: Inside the Season Premiere" (8:05) where we are on location for the season premiere and have interviews on the spot from Gregory Smith, Enuka Okuma, William Shatner, Missy Peregrym, and Ben Bass, along with some behind the scenes shots. Then we have "The New Rookie" (2:15) where we look at Nick Collins the new rookie, with interviews with Matt Gordon, Peter Rooney, Charlotte Sullivan, Missy Peregrym, and Ben Bass. The next featurette is "New Detective" (1:35), which talks about Traci being promoted and has interviews with Enuka Okuma, Missy Peregrym, and Charlotte Sullivan. Then we go "behind the Camera" (2:05) which is about Gregory Smith directing episode #311 and has interviews with Travis Milne, Gregory Smith, Enuka Okuma, Missy Peregrym, Peter Mooney, and Ben Bass. Then we have "Travis Tours" (3:15), which is Travis Milne giving us a set tour of the set. Moving on, we have "Mooney Moments" (2:03), as we get the fun side of Mooney with Missy, Charlotte and Travis. We also have "On-Set Camera Interviews," as this looks like a Global production. We have Travis Milne and Gregory Smith (4:18), Enuka Okuma (3:51), and Ben Bass (4:07). Finally we have "Split Screen Behind-the-Scenes Footage" for the episodes Messy Houses (3:52) and Every Man (3:14). This is actually showing us the way it looks on the set compared to what we really see in the finished product. Wow, that finished product looks really good compared to what it actually looks. That was a very unique special feature and we got a taste of it on the season 2 set!
Once again, I think Entertainment One did a good job with this set. It's another great season for this great show and the episodes just get better and better. As usual, the finale is a must-see and we have a nice two-part episode. The menus, packaging and bonus features are all good as well. I think the special features quantity went up from season two, so that is good news, too. Not sure why we don't have a Blu-ray release this season, but maybe it will come later? This is a summer series, so we only have 13 episodes each season. Wish it was more, but quality over quantity, right? Missy Peregrym is just stunning and is great as the lead. ABC/Global will air 13 more episodes this summer, as the fourth season premiere was this past Thursday at 10|9 central. Watch every Thursday at 10|9c all summer-long! But if you need to catch-up, start, or just to have this in your DVD collection, then click the order link below! Don't screw up! And finally, catch Missy Peregrym on Good Morning America this Tuesday promoting the season!
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That's all for this week. Until next time, keep it digital!
Friday, May 24, 2013
Memorial Day Happy Days Marathon in The Big Apple; Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of May 27, 2013)
Sit on it! We have another major holiday coming up, so this means WLNY-TV 10/55 in New York will be airing a classic TV marathon! It's Memorial Day and it's time to get a little patriotic with the gang from Happy Days. The independent station will be airing a 12-hour marathon of the classic sitcom starting at 9am on Monday, May 27 - Memorial Day - ending at 9pm that evening. WLNY has previously aired marathons of I Dream of Jeannie, Taxi, The Odd Couple, The Munsters, Andy Griffith Show, and I Love Lucy on holidays already since launching this traditional last July. Now we have The Fonz, Richie and the Cunninghams to add to that impressive list! Set in 1950s and 1960s Milwaukee, the '70s ABC sitcom Happy Days tells the story of the Cunningham family - father Howard, mother Marion, son Richie and daughter Joanie. Howard owns a hardware store, while Marion stays at home. Richie's best friends are Potsie and Ralph. Arthur "Fonzie" Fonzarelli is the local bad boy, riding a motorcycle and filling his days with fixing cars and dating girls. During the show's run, Richie leaves home to join the U.S. Army. Tune in starting at 9am on Memorial Day, New York! And we can't wait to find out what marathon will air on the 4th of July? Any suggestions? Chime in on Facebook! Come on back on Monday bright and early for more marathon news for Memorial Day.
It's Friday, so it is time for "Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows" for the coming week. This is where we list what sitcom stars are appearing on talk shows for the coming week, the stars are both current and past sitcom stars, so this is for all sitcom fans of all eras!
For the week of May 27-31, 2013, we have many current sitcom stars and past sitcom stars on TV talk shows! All times listed are Eastern. So get your DVR's (or whatever you use) ready! Ready? Here is all what you need to know for the coming week!
Monday, May 27, 2013
- Jason Bateman (Arrested Development/The Hogan Family/It's Your Move) - Watch Jason on a repeat of Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
- Alia Shawkat (Arrested Development) - Alia drops by The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson at 12:37am on CBS.
- Rebel Wilson (Super Fun Night) - Rebel is a guest on a repeat of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno at 11:35pm on NBC.
- Zooey Deschanel (New Girl) - Zooey appears on a repeat of Conan at 11pm on TBS.
- Demi Lovato (Sonny with a Chance) - Demi stops by LIVE! with Kelly and Michael, so check your listings.
- Mike O'Malley (Yes, Dear/Welcome to the Family) - Mike visits The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your listings.
- Craig Ferguson (The Drew Carey Show) - Catch Craig on a repeat of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno at 11:35pm on NBC.
- Ed Helms (The Office) - Ed is a guest on a repeat of Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
- John Krasinksi (The Office) - John appears on a repeat of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon at 12:37am on NBC.
- Melissa Joan Hart (Melissa & Joey/Sabrina, the Teenage Witch) - Melissa drops by Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
- Peter Facinelli (Nurse Jackie - Peter joins Carla Hall and Daphne Oz to make a salted caramel banana waffle sandwich on The Chew on ABC at 1pm ET/12pm PT/CT.
- Baby Daddy Cast - Five members of the cast will be on Home & Family at 10am on Hallmark Channel.
- Selena Gomez (Wizards of Waverly Place) - Watch Selena on a repeat of The Late Show with David Letterman at 11:35pm on CBS.
- Julie Bowen (Modern Family) - Tune in to see Julie on a repeat of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon at 12:37am on NBC.
- Demi Lovato (Sonny with a Chance) - Demi is a guest on a repeat of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon at 12:37am on NBC.
- Kathy Griffin (Suddenly Susan) - Kathy appears on a repeat of The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
- Mindy Kaling (The Mindy Project) - Mindy chats with the ladies of The View on a repeat on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
- George Lopez (George Lopez) - George is a guest on a repeat of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
- Yvette Nicole Brown (Community) - Yvette co-hosts when kids at the tasting table render the verdict on a grilled cheese showdown between Mario Batali and Daphne Oz on on The Chew on ABC at 1pm ET/12pm PT/CT.
- Kym Whitley (The Parkers/Sparks) - Kym is a guest on Katie, so check your local listings.
- Silver Spoons Cast - The cast reunites on NBC's Today between 7-9am.
- Jeff Garlin (Curb Your Enthusiasm/The Goldbergs) - Catch Jeff on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson at 12:37am on CBS.
- Anne Heche (Save Me) - Anne visits The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson at 12:37am on CBS.
- Soleil Moon Frye (Punky Brewster/Sabrina, the Teenage Witch) - Soleil and her mother Sondra Peluce Londy are guests on a repeat of The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
- Wanda Sykes (The New Adventures of Old Christine/Wanda at Large) - Wanda appears on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check listings.
- Keke Palmer (True Jackson, VP) - Keke guest co-hosts a repeat of Anderson Live, so check your local listings.
- Leah Remini (Family Tools/The King of Queens) - Watch Leah on a repeat of Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
- Chelsea Handler (Are You There, Chelsea?) - Chelsea appears on a repeat of The Late Show with David Letterman at 11:35pm on CBS.
- J.B. Smoove (Curb Your Enthusiasm) - J.B. is a guest on a repeat of on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno at 11:35pm on NBC.
- Kathy Griffin (Suddenly Susan) - Kathy drops by The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson at 12:37am on CBS.
- Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation) - Tune in to see Nick on a repeat of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon at 12:37am on NBC.
- Melissa Joan Hart (Melissa & Joey/Sabrina, the Teenage Witch) - Melissa visits LIVE! with Kelly and Michael, so check your listings.
- Steve Carell (The Office) - Steve stops by The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check listings.
- Eve (Eve) - Eve appears on a repeat of The Wendy Williams Show at 12am on BET or on your local stations.
- Woody Harrelson (Cheers) - Woody is a guest on a repeat of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
Thursday, May 23, 2013
NBC Midseason Pilot Review: Save Me - Premieres May 23; TV One Orders 4th Season of Sitcom Love That Girl!
Save Me - Thursdays at 8:00PM and 8:30PM ET/PT on NBC
Premieres Thursday, May 23, 2013 at 8:00PM ET/PT
Life isn't so pleasant for Beth Harper (Anne Heche) in NBC's latest sitcom, Save Me. The housewife is in a bit of a funk in life, and her husband Tom (Michael Landes) is on the verge of divorcing her to be with his mistress. Fortunately for Beth, she gets lucky (sort of...) when she chokes on a sandwich late at night, and becomes something a bit "divine."
Michael Landes as Tom Harper
Alexandra Breckenridge as Carly Brugano
Heather Burns as Jenna Derring
Madison Davenport as Emily Harper
Anne Heche (Beth Harper) is a well known actress who started her TV career in 1987 in the NBC soap opera Another World, for which she won a Daytime Emmy Award in 1991. She later went on to film roles, including I Know What You Did Last Summer, Donnie Brasco, and Cedar Rapids. More recently, she has had TV roles in the series Men in Trees and Hung.
Alexandra Breckenridge (Carly Brugano) began acting at the age of 15, and is also a photographer and voice artist. She has appeared in series such as Freaks and Geeks and Undeclared, but her biggest roles have been those of Willa McPherson on Dirt and many various roles on episodes of Family Guy.
Heather Burns (Jenna Derring) has appeared in films such as Miss Congeniality and Two Weeks Notice, but has most recently had a starring role in the HBO series Bored to Death. She is married to actor Ajay Naidu.
Madison Davenport (Emily Harper) made her television debut in 2005 in the series Numb3rs. She has since had guest roles in other crime dramas such as CSI, CSI: NY, Bones, and most recently had a recurring role in the Showtime series Shameless.
"Pilot" (airs Thursday, May 23 at 8:00 PM ET/PT)
In the pilot episode, we are introduced to Beth Harper, a somewhat self-centered housewife who seems to be on the verge of killing her cheating husband Tom after a life full of disappointments. But not quite. She instead heads into the kitchen to take a bite out of a sandwich, which turns into something much more divine after she chokes on that sandwich. Suddenly, she is the wife who wants to love her husband and get rid of that woman he has been having an affair with. She is the mother who cares about her daughter and her relationship with the "boy next door." She is the neighbor who wants to be among the rest of the "desperate housewives" on the block. It is a very ambitious goal, and now that she has the ability to read minds and get in touch with the people around her (and actually care), her work may just be cut out for her.
I'm never a big fan of pilot episodes, and I'm never really wowed by them. However, this pilot episode was a bit different. Not only are we introduced to the cast almost instantly (without anything too long and drawn out), but we also get to see a bit of an actual plot. But what worries me is that they may have created a bit of a situation that tells a story in one episode that could have been split over several episodes (or even an entire series). There was quite a bit of conflict with those around Beth at the beginning of the episode, and by the end of the episode, that conflict all seemed to be resolved.
Still, despite all of that initial conflict being solved in the pilot, what I saw what would have been one of the most promising series of the season... except NBC, for some reason, didn't have enough faith to air it during the regular season and is instead burning it off in the summer. The pilot was a pretty good episode, and the ending of the episode (which I won't spoil) was a bit "shocking" and something that I think viewers almost wanted to see. There are far too many "relationship sitcoms" out there these days, and it is a bit refreshing to see one where it isn't about "hooking up" with somebody, but instead about repairing what somebody already has.
The comedy in the pilot episode isn't necessarily the laugh out loud style of comedy (few sitcoms are anymore), but it is a bit more of a dark comedy style, something like you'd expect on a premium cable series. Fortunately, I (and many others out there) like this style of comedy and that will make the show enjoyable for us... but that could present a problem since the show is airing on NBC, where viewers are accustomed to a more sanitized comedy with laugh out loud moments.
Final Numbers (out of 5 stars):
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TV One has ordered a new season for an original sitcom! The laughs keep coming to TV One with the return of Love That Girl!, a half-hour comedy series chronicling the life and times of Imunique Jefferson and Delroy Jones, and the crazy, but loving bond that makes them not just colleagues, but family. Production is scheduled to begin May 2013 with an anticipated premiere date in fall 2013. Created by Bentley Kyle Evans (Martin, The Jamie Foxx Show), the fourth season features an all-star cast including Phil Morris (Hot in Cleveland), Bresha Webb (Weeds), Alphonso McAuley (Breaking In), Peter Oldring (Glenn Martin DDS), Mark Adair-Rios (Off The Map), and Huggy Low Down (Tom Joyner Morning Show).
New to the series, is seasoned sitcom star Reagan Gomez (The Cleveland Show, The Parent'Hood) as Del Jones Realty's newest employee and Delroy's niece, Jasmine Russell. Not afraid to use nepotism cards when it suits her, Jasmine discovers making it in LA is tougher than she imagined. Stay with us for continued updates including when the actual season premiere date and time will be.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
New Sitcom My Crazy Roommate Coming to Bounce TV; Episodic Review: Modern Family - "Goodnight, Gracie" - Season Finale Airing Tonight on ABC
We have some more upfront news. Bounce TV, the nation's only broadcast television network for African Americans, announced its first-ever slate of upfront programming plans, including original new scripted and non-scripted series, series renewals, the return to broadcast television of one of the most-popular game shows in history, an exclusive new college sports rights deal and more theatrical motion pictures for its impressive library. The news that you want to hear first is about the new sitcom. My Crazy Roommate is an original scripted sitcom in the tradition of 2 Broke Girls, Laverne and Shirley and The Odd Couple. Two young African American women, from vastly different backgrounds, are forced together as roommates while each struggles to find her fame and fortune in Los Angeles. Created and Executive Produced by Bentley Kyle Evans (Martin, The Jamie Foxx Show) through his Bent Outta Shape Productions. The new sitcom premieres in Fall 2013 with casting information to come, so stay tuned. Bounce TV did air the sitcom Family Time last year starring Omar Gooding, but not much has been heard from that series since besides TV One acquiring the short-lived series' run.
Elsewhere, The Newlywed Game will be back on broadcast television on Bounce TV. Hosted by The View's Sherri Shepherd, this new version is as wild and hilarious as the one viewer's remember - but with a decidedly sassy and contemporary flavor. The Newlywed Game is produced by Embassy Row for GSN. Broadcast television premiere for this version will be in Fall 2013. Bounce TV has plenty of other original series coming up, including many unscripted series. Still no word if they will air a classic sitcom. Right now the only series they air is Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids, with much of the schedule filled with movies.
On the next...Modern Family:
ABC's Comedy Wednesday anchor starring an ensemble cast lead by Ed O'Neill, airs Wednesday nights at 9:00pm and we have just watched the season finale that airs tonight (May 22). Fred Willard returns as Frank Dunphy. In the season finale, "Goodnight, Gracie," everyone flies down to Florida to be with Phil (Ty Burrell) after his mom's passing. Claire (Julie Bowen) helps Phil with Gracie's last wish for Frank (guest star Fred Willard), and the kids (Sarah Hyland, Ariel Winter, and Nolan Gould) reflect on the gifts grandma left for them. Gloria (Sofia Vergara) has to contend with an outstanding arrest warrant in Florida, Cam (Eric Stonestreet) finds himself fitting right into an elderly women's group at Frank's retirement community, and Jay (Ed O'Neill) runs into a pivotal person from his past.
It's the season finale and Modern Family always steps it up a notch (if that's even possible) for finales. And that's the case here. It's a sad day for Phil Dunphy because his mother has passed away so he goes down to Florida. The rest of the family will then join him and to mourn the loss. Fred Willard returns as Phil's father and he once again shines, even in at a sad time. Just because there is a death doesn't mean this episode is doom and gloom. In fact, there are plenty of laughs. When the family is all together, you know there will be laughs. They sort of go their separate ways before the funeral, but it doesn't seem like they are separated. Gracie, Phil's mom, has left behind an odd last wish for Phil's dad and Claire tries to fulfill it and get Phil on board as well. The dynamic duo of Phil and Claire bring it in this finale, while their kids have a good storyline about the gifts their grandma left for them. Moving on to the Pritchett clan, Gloria returns to Florida and she left the state on some bad terms so she gets Mitchell to try to help her out...in the courtroom. It's good to see Mitchell back in the courtroom. Jay sees someone he remembers but just can't place who she is and the reveal is hilarious. And finally, Cam is being Cam by mingling with Phil's moms friends at the retirement center. These ladies are sassy and love Cam! Classic sitcom fans, look for guest star Mary Jo Catlett as Edith. Mary Jo of course played the third housekeeper on the hit '80s sitcom Diff'rent Strokes. You might not recognize her right away, but you'll spot her voice out right away. Pearl!
What a finale. It's another great season of Modern Family and this episode caps this season off nicely. The series is probably headed for another Emmy win for Outstanding Comedy Series. Until someone beats it, it is the show to beat. The Dunphy kids for the second straight episode worked together well, but we needed a little bit more of Manny who was the only one who seemed out of place in the episode. Although he has a great scene at the end with Luke. And it looks like Lily didn't make the trip to Florida. Well, it's another fine realistic look on family, as we get another life lesson from Modern Family with a lot of fun mixed in. The season ends with some fireworks and no cliffhanger is needed. Tune in to see what I mean! A
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
ABC is adding four single-camera comedies to their fall schedule. They also have another single-camera comedy for mid-season. Top-rated CBS has four sitcoms on the fall schedule, with two single-camera and two multi-camera. They have a single-camera comedy set for mid-season. Fox will have three new sitcoms in the fall, with two single-camera and one multi-camera. They also have three scheduled for mid-season, with two being single-camera and one animated series. NBC goes for the laughs with three new comedies on their fall schedule. Two are single-camera comedies. Their third sitcom is a multi-camera sitcom, starring Sean Hayes and Linda Lavin. They have three sitcoms scheduled for mid-season, with two single-camera and one multi-camera.
Some familiar faces returning to sitcoms this season include Wendi-McClendon Covey, George Segal, Maggie Lawson, Allison Janney, Will Arnett, Beau Bridges, Robin Williams, Hamish Linklater, Seth Green, Martin Mull, Jane Kaczmarek, Mike O'Malley, Sean Hayes, Linda Lavin and Michael J. Fox.
Cast photos, series descriptions, cast lists, video previews and related links are provided below.
ABC Fall Schedule
New Fall: The Goldbergs, Trophy Wife, Back in the Game, Super Fun Night
New Mid-Season: Mixology
Returning Fall: The Middle, Modern Family, Last Man Standing, The Neighbors
The Goldbergs - Tuesdays at 9:00PM ET/PT on ABC (Single-Camera)
Before there were parenting blogs, trophies for showing up and peanut allergies, there was a simpler time called the '80s. For geeky 11-year-old Adam (Sean Giambrone) these were his wonder years, and he faced them armed with a video camera to capture all the crazy. The Goldbergs are a loving family like any other, just with a lot more yelling. Mom Beverly (Wendi McClendon-Covey) is a classic "smother," an overbearing, overprotective matriarch who rules this brood with 100% authority and zero sense of boundaries. Dad Murray (Jeff Garlin) is gruff, hot-tempered and trying to parent without screaming. Sister Erica (Hayley Orrantia) is 17, hot, terrifying and not one to mess with. Barry (Troy Gentile) is 16, a grade-A spaz with classic middle child syndrome. Adam (Sam Giambrone) is the youngest, a camera-wielding future director who's crushing on an older woman. Rounding out the family is beloved grandfather Al "Pops" Solomon (George Segal), the wild man of the clan, a shameless Don Juan who's schooling Adam in the ways of love. When Pops buys a new sports car and offers his Caddy to middle child Barry, it's enough to drive this already high-strung family to the brink of chaos.
The Goldbergs stars Wendi McLendon-Covey (Bridesmaids) as Beverly, Jeff Garlin (Curb Your Enthusiasm) as Murray, George Segal (Just Shoot Me) as Pops, Hayley Orrantia (The X Factor) as Erica, Sean Giambrone as Adam and Troy Gentile (Good Luck Chuck) as Barry. The Goldbergs was written and executive-produced by Adam F. Goldberg (Breaking In, Fanboys) and also executive produced by Doug Robinson. The pilot was directed by Seth Gordon (Identity Thief, Horrible Bosses). The Goldbergs is from Adam Sandler's production company, Happy Madison, and is produced by Sony Pictures Television.
Wendi McLendon-Covey as Beverly Goldberg
Jeff Garlin as Murray Goldberg
George Segal as Pops Goldberg
Hayley Orrantia as Erica Goldberg
Sean Giambrone as Adam Goldberg
Troy Gentile as Barry Goldberg
Trophy Wife - Tuesdays at 9:30PM ET/PT on ABC (Single-Camera)
They say the third time's the charm, and reformed party girl Kate (Malin Akerman) is hoping that's true when she becomes Pete's (Bradley Whitford) third wife. She fell into his arms (literally) at a karaoke bar, and a year later Kate's got an insta-family, complete with three stepchildren and two ex-wives. Diane (Marcia Gay Harden) is ex-wife number one, an intense, over-achieving doctor and the mother of twin teenagers Hillary (Gianna LePera) and Warren (Ryan Scott Lee). Diane is quick to convey her withering disapproval of Kate's barely tapped maternal instinct. Ex-wife number two, Jackie (Michaela Watkins), is mother to adopted son Bert (Albert Tsai), and can pull Pete's strings with her special blend of neurotic, new-ageyness. Juggling all this baggage is uncharted territory for Kate, who finds support with her best friend Meg (Natalie Morales), a party-hearty singleton and the only woman Kate knows who has less experience with kids than she has.
Trophy Wife stars Malin Akerman (Suburgatory) as Kate, Bradley Whitford (The West Wing) as Pete, Marcia Gay Harden (Into the Wild, Damages) as Diane, Michaela Watkins (Saturday Night Live) as Jackie, Natalie Morales (90210) as Meg, Ryan Scott Lee (Super 8) as Warren, Albert Tsai (How I Met Your Mother) as Bert and Gianna LePera (Modern Family) as Hillary. Trophy Wife is written and executive-produced by Emily Halpern & Sarah Haskins, executive produced by Lee Eisenberg & Gene Stupnitsky (The Office), produced by Malin Ackerman. The pilot was directed by Jason Moore (Pitch Perfect, Avenue Q). Trophy Wife is from ABC Studios.
Malin Akerman as Kate
Bradley Whitford as Pete
Marcia Gay Harden as Diane
Michaela Watkins as Jackie
Natalie Morales as Meg
Ryan Scott Lee as Warren
Albert Tsai as Bert
Gianna LePera as Hillary
Back in the Game - Wednesdays at 8:30PM ET/PT on ABC (Single-Camera)
Terry Gannon Jr. (Maggie Lawson) was an All Star softball player until life threw her a few curve balls -- a baby, a lost college scholarship and a loser for a husband. After striking out on her own, Terry and her son, Danny (Griffin Gluck), move in with her estranged father, Terry Sr., aka "The Cannon" (James Caan). The Cannon is an opinionated, beer-guzzling, ex-athlete who never quite made the cut either as a single father or professional baseball player. As hard as Terry tries to keep Danny away from the sports-driven lifestyle of her youth, Tommy wants to play Little League. His stunning lack of baseball skills (he doesn't even know which hand the mitt goes on) makes him the laughing stock of the baseball field and of his grandfather's living room. When Danny and a group of other athletically-challenged hopefuls fail to make the team, Danny's disappointment forces Terry to face her past. So when a wealthy neighbor volunteers to finance a team for the rejected kids, Terry reluctantly offers to coach the team of misfits.
Back in the Game stars Maggie Lawson (Psych) as Terry, Jr., James Caan (Las Vegas) as Terry "The Cannon" Gannon, Sr., Lenora Crichlow (Being Human, Fast Girls) as Gigi, Griffin Gluck (Private Practice) as Danny, Ben Koldyke (Big Love) as Dick, Kennedy Waite (I-Doll) as Vanessa, J.J. Totah (Jessie) as Michael and Cooper Roth as David. Back in the Game was written by Mark and Robb Cullen (Lucky, Las Vegas), who also executive-produce along with directors John Requa and Glenn Ficarra (Bad Santa, Crazy, Stupid, Love) and Aaron Kaplan (The Neighbors). Back in the Game is from 20th Century Fox Television/Kapital Entertainment.
Maggie Lawson as Terry Gannon, Jr.
James Caan as Terry "The Cannon" Gannon, Sr.
Lenora Crichlow as Gigi
Griffin Gluck as Danny
Ben Koldyke as Dick
Kennedy Waite as Vanessa
J.J. Totah as Michael
Cooper Roth as David
Super Fun Night - Wednesdays at 9:30PM ET/PT on ABC (Single-Camera)
Junior attorney Kimmie Boubier (Rebel Wilson) and her two best friends, Helen-Alice (Liza Lapira) and Marika (Lauren Ash), have had a standing date every Friday night for the last 13 years. They even have a motto for what they call "Friday Night Fun Night": "Always together! Always Inside!" However Kimmie's recent promotion throws a monkey wrench into the tradition. Not only is she now working with her idol, "Lady Lawyer of the Year" Felicity Vanderstone (Kelen Coleman), but she meets a dashingly handsome British attorney, Richard Lovell (Kevin Bishop), who invites her to his party at a trendy club. Determined to spend time with Richard and heed Felicity's advice to network, Kimmie sets out to convince her friends to take Super Fun Night on the road.
Super Fun Night stars Rebel Wilson (Pitch Perfect, Bridesmaids) as Kimmie, Lauren Ash (Lars and the Real Girl) as Marika, Liza Lapira (Don't Trust the B - in Apartment 23) as Helen-Alice, Kelen Coleman (The Newsroom) as Felicity and Kevin Bishop (Star Stories) as Richard. Super Fun Night was written by Rebel Wilson who also serves as co-executive producer. Executive producers are Conan O'Brien, Jeff Ross, David Kissinger and John Riggi (30 Rock), who also directed the pilot. Super Fun Night is produced by Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Conaco and Warner Bros. Television.
Mixology - Mid-Season on ABC (Single-Camera)
One bar. One night. Ten single people. Welcome to Union, a high-end bar in Manhattan's trendy meat-packing district. Recently dumped by his fiancée, Tom (Blake Lee) hasn't been out on the town in a decade. His best friends, handsome, confident Cal (Craig Frank) and fast-talking Bruce (Andrew Santino), are throwing Tom back into the dating pool whether he likes it or not. Tom's first encounter is with Maya (Ginger Gonzaga), an attorney who's as beautiful as she is brutal; before long, Tom is in tears. After that, it only gets worse. Rounding out Union's chic crowd is Maya's engaged-for-now friend, Liv (Kate Simses); aggressive single mom Jessica (Alexis Carra); her younger, naive sister, Janey (Sarah Bolger); bubbly cocktail waitress Kacey (Vanessa Lengies); dark, mysterious bartender Dominic (Adan Canto); and failed internet entrepreneur Ron (Adam Campbell), who's having the worst night of his life.
Mixology stars Blake Lee (Parks and Recreation) as Tom, Andrew Santino (Punk'd) as Bruce, Kate Simses (What's Your Number) as Liv, Adam Campbell (Epic Movie) as Ron, Craig Frank (8.13) as Cal, Vanessa Lengies (Glee) as Kacey, Alexis Carra (Incredible Girl) as Jessica, Sarah Bolger (Once Upon a Time) as Janey, Ginger Gonzaga (Legit) as Maya and Adan Canto (The Following) as Dominic. Mixology was written by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore (The Hangover, 21 and Over), and is executive-produced by Lucas, Moore, Ryan Seacrest, Nina Wass and Adam Sher. It's directed by Larry Charles (Seinfeld, Entourage, Borat), and is produced by ABC Studios.
Blake Lee as Tom
Andrew Santino as Bruce
Kate Simses as Liv
Adam Campbell as Ron
Craig Frank as Cal
Vanessa Lengies as Kacey
Alexis Carra as Jessica
Sarah Bolger as Janey
Ginger Gonzaga as Maya
Adan Canto as Dominic
CBS Fall Schedule
New Fall: We Are Men, Mom, The Millers, The Crazy Ones
New Mid-Season: Friends with Better Lives
Returning Fall: How I Met Your Mother, 2 Broke Girls, The Big Bang Theory, Two and a Half Men
Returning Mid-Season: Mike & Molly
We Are Men - Mondays at 8:30PM ET/PT on CBS (Single-Camera)
We Are Men is a single-camera comedy about four single guys living in a short-term apartment complex who unexpectedly find camaraderie over their many missteps in love. Carter (Chris Smith), the youngest and most recent addition to the group, moved in after being ditched at the altar mid-ceremony, and is now eager to re-enter the dating scene and get on with his life with some guidance from his "band of brothers": Frank Russo (Golden Globe and multiple Emmy Award winner Tony Shalhoub), a successful middle-aged clothing manufacturer and four-time divorcée who still fancies himself a ladies man; Gil Bartis (Kal Penn), a small business owner who was caught having the world's worst affair; and Stuart Strickland (Jerry O'Connell), a speedo-wearing OB/GYN who's hiding his assets until his second divorce is settled. Jill (Rebecca Breeds) is Frank's charming and attractive daughter, who stands as the one positive remnant from his failed relationships. Armed with a hot tub, pool-side barbeque and plenty of questionable advice, these losers in the marriage department take Carter under their wing to impart their own brand of wisdom about the opposite sex.
Emmy Award winner Rob Greenberg, Eric Tannenbaum and Kim Tannenbaum are executive producers for CBS Television Studios. Rob Greenberg directed the pilot.
Mom - Mondays at 9:30PM ET/PT on CBS (Multi-Camera)
Mom is a comedy from executive producer Chuck Lorre starring Anna Faris as a newly sober single mom raising two children in a world full of temptations and pitfalls, and multiple Emmy Award winner Allison Janney as her critical, estranged mother. Christy (Faris) is a waitress at a posh Napa Valley establishment who is four months clean and doing her best to be a good mom and overcome a history of questionable choices. Her sobriety is tested when Bonnie (Janney), her recovering alcoholic mom, reappears chock-full of passive-aggressive insights into Christy's many mistakes. Bonnie joins Christy's already complicated circle of relationships: her handsome, married boss - and lover - Gabriel (Nate Corddry); the restaurant's hot-tempered chef, Rudy (French Stewart); her pretty, 16-going-on-25-year-old daughter, Violet (Sadie Calvano); her sweet but overly honest son, Roscoe (Blake Garrett Rosenthal); her irresponsible ex-husband and Roscoe's father, Baxter (Matt Jones); and Violet's clueless boyfriend, Luke (Spencer Daniels). Christy tries to remain positive as she pursues her new path in life, but she faces an uphill battle, surrounded by a dubious support system - and a copious amount of dysfunction.
Chuck Lorre and Eddie Gorodetsky (Two and a Half Men and The Big Bang Theory) are executive producers for Chuck Lorre Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television. Pamela Fryman directed the pilot. Gemma Baker co-wrote the pilot with Lorre and Gorodetsky.
Anna Faris as Christy
Allison Janney as Bonnie
Nate Corddry as Gabriel
French Stewart as Rudy
Sadie Calvano as Violet
Blake Garrett Rosenthal as Roscoe
Matt Jones as Baxter
Spencer Daniels as Luke
The Millers - Thursdays at 8:30PM ET/PT on CBS (Multi-Camera)
The Millers stars Will Arnett as Nathan Miller, a recently divorced local roving news reporter looking forward to living the singles' life until his parents' marital problems unexpectedly derail his plans. After Nathan finally breaks the news of his divorce to his parents, Carol (Emmy Award winner Margo Martindale) and Tom (Emmy Award winner Beau Bridges), his father is inspired to follow suit and stuns the family when he leaves his wife of 43 years. Already in shock, Jack is even more aghast when his meddlesome mom decides to move in with him. Meanwhile, his absent-minded dad imposes upon Nathan's sister, Debbie, her husband Adam and their daughter Mykayla (Eve Moon). Nathan's best friend and news cameraman, Ray (JB Smoove), was excited to be Nathan's wingman in the dating scene, but Carol manages to even cramp his style. Now, as Nathan and his sister settle in with their truly impossible parents, they both wonder just how long the aggravating adjustment period is going to last.
Greg Garcia (Raising Hope and My Name is Earl) is the executive producer of The Millers for CBS Television Studios. Emmy Award winner James Burrows directed the pilot.
Will Arnett as Nathan Miller
Margo Martindale as Carol Miller
Beau Bridges as Tom Miller
Eve Moon as Mykayla
J.B. Smoove as Ray
Blake Garrett Rosenthal as Roscoe
Matt Jones as Baxter
Spencer Daniels as Luke
The Crazy Ones - Thursdays at 9:30PM ET/PT on CBS (Single-Camera)
Academy Award winner Robin Williams returns to series television in The Crazy Ones, a single-camera workplace comedy about a larger-than-life advertising genius whose unorthodox methods and unpredictable behavior would get him fired... if he weren't the boss. Simon Roberts (Williams) is the head of a powerful agency, with the biggest clients and brands in the world, but even more important to him is that his daughter Sydney (Sarah Michelle Gellar) is by his side. As his partner, Sydney is Simon's exact opposite - focused, organized and eager to make a name for herself, but also too busy parenting her father, which she'd resent if he wasn't so brilliant at what he does. Joining them in the firm are the dashing and talented Zach (James Wolk); art director Andrew (Hamish Linklater), who's as hard-working as he is neurotic; and the beautiful and deceptively smart assistant Lauren (Amanda Setton). With his team and his daughter behind him, Simon continues to set the advertising world on fire, and it looks like they are definitely buying what these crazy ones are selling.
Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner David E. Kelley (Ally McBeal and The Practice), Bill D'Elia, Emmy Award winner Jason Winer (Modern Family), Dean Lorey, John Montgomery and Mark Teitelbaum are executive producers for Twentieth Century Fox Television. Jason Winer directed the pilot.
Friends with Better Lives - Mid-Season on CBS (Multi-Camera)
Friends with Better Lives is a romantic comedy about six friends at different stages in their lives - married, divorced, newly engaged and single - who are outwardly happy, but secretly questioning if their friends have it better. Andi (Majandra Delfino) and Bobby (Kevin Connolly) are happily married with two kids but at times long for the days they had less responsibility and more fun; Will (James Van Der Beek) is newly single and preaching the bachelor lifestyle, but still pining for his ex-wife; Jules (Brooklyn Decker) and Lowell (Rick Donald) are high on their passionate new relationship; and Kate (Zoe Lister Jones) has a successful career but may take a swan dive into the L.A. River when she finds out her last remaining single friend, Jules, just got engaged. When it comes to relationships, these six friends are finding it a challenge to look at each other without wondering... who really has the better life?
Dana Klein and Aaron Kaplan are executive producers for Twentieth Century Fox Television. Emmy Award winner James Burrows directed the pilot.
Bad Teacher - Mid-Season on CBS (Single-Camera)
CBS has ordered the single-camera comedy Bad Teacher for the 2013-2014 season. Based on the hit feature film, Bad Teacher stars Ari Graynor as an always inappropriate, fearless and unapologetic former trophy wife who masquerades as a teacher in order to find a new man after her wealthy husband leaves her penniless.
Hilary Winston, Lee Eisenberg, Gene Stupnitsky, Sam Hansen, Jimmy Miller and Michael Lasker are executive producers for Sony Pictures Television in association with CBS Television Studios and Mosaic Media Group.
Fox Fall Schedule
New Fall: Dads, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Enlisted (late fall)
New Mid-Season: Surviving Jack, Us & Them, Murder Police
Returning Fall: New Girl, The Mindy Project, Raising Hope (late fall), The Simpsons, Bob's Burgers, Family Guy, American Dad!
Dads - Tuesdays at 8:00PM ET/PT on Fox (Multi-Camera)
Honor thy father.
Way easier said than done. Especially when your dad's broke, living in your house and ruining your life.
From Seth MacFarlane, Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild, the creatively outrageous minds behind last year's highest-grossing feature comedy, Ted, and Fox's hit animated series Family Guy, Dads explores the often treacherous terrain of the father-son landscape. This new multi-camera comedy series follows two successful guys - and childhood best friends - now in their mid-30s whose relatively stable lives get turned upside down when their pain-in-the-neck patriarchs move in.
Eli (Emmy Award winner Seth Green, Family Guy, Robot Chicken) and Warner (Emmy Award nominee Giovanni Ribisi, My Name Is Earl, Ted, Avatar) are the co-founders of a successful video game company. Warner is married with two kids and a beautiful home. Despite his success, he's a bundle of nerves, constantly worrying that his next paycheck will be his last. He and Eli came up with the idea for the company while stoned in college, and Eli has remained stoned ever since. In contrast to Warner's picture-perfect life, Eli's is a bit messier, with brief stabs at self-improvement. What he lacks in courage, he also lacks in moral fiber.
Although Warner and Eli are at very different places in their lives, they are so close, their friendship is more like a marriage. And that relationship is more complicated now, as their dads invade their lives. Warner's neuroses likely stem from having grown up in a family whose fortunes fluctuated wildly from year to year, due to the failed get-rich-quick schemes of his father, Crawford (Martin Mull, Two and a Half Men). A self-described "businessman" (in wine-stained khakis) and a perpetual optimist, Crawford still firmly believes the next big opportunity is just around the corner. Now living with Warner and Warner's beautiful, hotheaded wife, Camila (Vanessa Lachey, True Beauty, The Bold and the Beautiful), Crawford continues to spend beyond his means, making well-intentioned grand gestures that he can't afford and that Warner ends up paying for.
Eli's dad, David (Academy Award and Emmy Award nominee Peter Riegert, The Good Wife, The Sopranos), is a towering monument to negativity. Equal parts cheap and cranky, David relishes disappointment and has always prepared his son for it. After hitting hard times, David turns to Eli, who reluctantly agrees to let his dad move in - even as he continues to blame David for his own shortcomings, including his inability to settle down. In fact, his longest relationship with a woman remains the one with his cleaning lady, Edna (Tonita Castro, Go On, Seeking a Friend for the End of the World).
Trying to help both Warner and Eli through their myriad life challenges is Veronica (Brenda Song, New Girl, Scandal), their witty and entitled assistant, who is a force to be reckoned with. The invasion of the Dads will give these friends and business partners their biggest challenge yet. Between dubious schemes, passive-aggressive busy-bodying and light kissing-on-the-lips, will these beleaguered sons be able to hold the line in the face of two massive game-changers?
Dads is produced by 20th Century Fox Television and Fuzzy Door Productions. The series is created and written by Emmy Award-nominated writer/producers Alec Sulkin (Ted, Family Guy) and Wellesley Wild (Ted, Family Guy). Seth MacFarlane (Ted, Family Guy), Sulkin and Wild are executive producers. Marc Cendrowski (The Big Bang Theory) directed the pilot.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine - Tuesdays at 8:30PM ET/PT on Fox (Single-Camera)
From Emmy Award-winning writer/producers Dan Goor and Michael Schur (Parks and Recreation), and starring Emmy Award winners Andy Samberg (Saturday Night Live) and Andre Braugher (Men of a Certain Age, Homicide: Life on the Street), Brooklyn Nine-Nine is a new single-camera ensemble comedy about what happens when a talented, but carefree, detective gets a new captain with a lot to prove.
Detective Jake Peralta (Samberg) is a good enough cop that he's never had to work that hard or follow the rules too closely. Perhaps because he has the best arrest record among his colleagues, he's been enabled - if not indulged - throughout his entire career. That is, until the precinct gets a new commanding officer, Captain Ray Holt (Braugher), who reminds this hotshot cop to respect the badge.
Jake may have collared more criminals, but Detective Amy Santiago (Melissa Fumero, One Life to Live, Gossip Girl) is close behind, and she's keenly aware of how many arrests she needs to close the gap. Amy grew up with seven brothers who were all cops. She's the first girl in the family to put on a police uniform, and suffice it to say: she's extremely competitive...about everything.
Also working cases in Brooklyn's 99th precinct is Sergeant Terry Jeffords (Terry Crews, Bridesmaids, Everybody Hates Chris), a linebacker of a man who's lost his nerve, not because he's a wimp, but because a year ago, his wife had twin baby girls - Cagney and Lacey - and he can't imagine not seeing them grow up. Detective Charles Boyle (Joe Lo Truglio, Wreck-It Ralph, Superbad), who idolizes Jake, is the precinct's workhorse; he's not that brilliant, he's not physically gifted, but he tries harder than anyone else. Charles pines for Detective Rosa Diaz (Stephanie Beatriz, Modern Family, The Closer), with whom he stands no chance at all. Rosa is simultaneously tough, sexy and scary as hell. She's vocally opinionated about everything. Cleaning up everyone's mess is Gina Linetti (Chelsea Peretti, Parks and Recreation, Kroll Show), the eccentric, civilian office manager who somehow gets involved in everyone's business.
Together, these tightly knit - or is it tightly wound? - cops interrogate suspects, arrest perps and solve murders. But, ultimately, Brooklyn Nine-Nine is a workplace comedy that's not really about the job. It's about the men and women behind the badge - singing karaoke, grabbing a beer and hitting on each other - all while protecting the fine people of Brooklyn.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine is produced by Universal Television and 3 Arts Entertainment. The series is created and written by Dan Goor (Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Parks and Recreation) and Michael Schur (The Office, Parks and Recreation). The series is executive-produced by Goor, Schur and David Miner (30 Rock). The pilot was directed by the team of Phil Lord and Chris Miller (21 Jump Street, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs).
Andy Samberg as Detective Jake Peralta
Andre Braugher as Captain Ray Holt
Melissa Fumero as Detective Amy Santiago
Terry Crews as Sergeant Terry Jeffords
Stephanie Beatriz as Detecrive Rosa Diaz
Joe Lo Truglio as Detective Charles Boyle
Chelsea Peretti as Gina Linetti
Enlisted - Fridays at 9:30PM ET/PT (Late Fall) on Fox (Single-Camera)
Three brothers, one Army, but absolutely no fighting!
Enlisted is an irreverent but heartfelt single-camera comedy about three brothers on a small Florida Army base and the group of misfits who surround them.
Charming, funny and a natural-born leader, Sergeant Pete Hill (Geoff Stults, Ben and Kate, The Finder) was on a path for a huge military career until one mistake overseas got him booted stateside to Fort McGee, the base in Florida where his two younger brothers are stationed. Now, as head of their platoon, Pete must serve both as big brother and military boss. Corporal Derrick Hill (Chris Lowell, Private Practice, Veronica Mars) is the middle brother - smart and sarcastic, he likes to stir up trouble and doesn't really care about being a soldier. Private Randy Hill (Parker Young, Suburgatory), on the other hand, loves it. He's the hyper-enthusiastic, hyper-goofy - just hyper - youngest brother who wants to be the gung-ho "GI Joe" military ideal.
The Hill brothers serve on the Rear Detachment (Rear D) unit, comprised of the soldiers left behind when everyone else is deployed, because they're not quite good enough to be sent overseas, yet not bad enough to be kicked out of the Army. These are the men and women who mow lawns at the base, sort mail, wash tanks, find lost dogs and maybe engage in a war game or two. But the Rear D's main job is taking care of deployed soldiers' families. Whatever they need, the Rear D soldiers do. And, in the event that something happens to a soldier overseas, the Rear D troops break the news to the family and become a supportive shoulder to cry on. It's a job that shifts each moment from the thrilling to the mundane to the emotional and back again.
Fort McGee is run by Command Sergeant Major Donald Cody (Emmy Award winner Keith David, Cloud Atlas, The Cape), a firm but fair man who served with the brothers' late father. Major Cody promised to look out for them, so he brought all the brothers to the base to fulfill that promise. Cody has seen it all and lost a foot to prove it - which no one can forget, probably since he never misses an opportunity to bring it up. Confident, funny, tough and beautiful, Sergeant Jill Perez (Angelique Cabral, Friends with Benefits) is the same rank as Pete and leads the other Rear D platoon on base.
A military-set family comedy, Enlisted centers on three brothers who, when the best of the best are sent overseas, stay behind to try to keep the base in order. Between hijacking tanks, inventing new drinking games and accidentally blowing up a fuel truck, they will inadvertently discover the key to strengthening their long-lost childhood bonds.
Enlisted is produced by 20th Century Fox Television, and written and created by Kevin Biegel (Cougar Town, Scrubs, South Park). The series is executive-produced by Biegel and Mike Royce (Men of a Certain Age, Everybody Loves Raymond). The pilot was directed by Phil Traill (Suburgatory, Raising Hope).
Geoff Stults as Sergeant Pete Hill
Chris Lowell as Corporal Derrick Hill
Parker Young as Private Randy Hill
Keith David as Command Sergeant Major Donald Cody
Angelique Cabral as Sergeant Jill Perez
Surviving Jack - Mid-Season on Fox (Single-Camera)
Father knows best…well, sort of. Surviving Jack is a new single-camera comedy based on best-selling author Justin Halpern’s autobiographical book, I Suck at Girls. Set in 1990s Southern California, the ensemble series is about a man becoming a dad, as his son is becoming a man, in a time before “coming of age” was something you could Google.
Jack Dunlevy (Emmy Award nominee Christopher Meloni, True Blood, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit), ex-military and an oncologist, is a no-bull kind of guy. He sees little, if any, need to sugar-coat the truth. Up to this point, Jack’s been the parent who’s left for work early, come home late, eaten the big piece of chicken, yelled at his kids and gone to bed. But after years of deftly raising and running the family, his wife, Joanne, is going back to law school, leaving Jack as a full-time parent for the very first time.
Jack’s teenage son, Frankie (Connor Buckley, Deception), is just starting his freshman year in high school. Lanky, quick-witted, self-deprecating and not entirely sure of himself, all Frankie wants to do is fly under the radar. But over the summer, he grew 10 inches, threw a no-hitter against a rival team and started to attract girls – all of which put him in some awkward situations – especially when the only base he’s ever been to is on the field.
Fortunately, no matter how embarrassing the situations Frankie gets himself into are, Jack is there to pick up the pieces and lead his son to manhood…with the least gentle hand possible. Although Jack may be unorthodox, unfiltered and sometimes even unkind in his approach, his intentions are always good. For better or for worse, he’s Frankie’s only resource now.
Even more confusing to Jack than Frankie’s growing pains are those of his daughter, Rachel (Claudia Lee, Hart of Dixie), a gorgeous and super-smart 17-year-old high school junior. Up until now, Rachel’s done everything right. No longer under the watchful eye of her mother, she’s now a handful. Jack considers the mind of the teenage girl beyond his (or anyone’s) comprehension – a fact which Rachel will take full advantage of.
In addition to disciplining his own children, Jack must keep a watchful eye on Frankie’s best friends: George (Kevin Hernandez, Get the Gringo, The Sitter), an overly confident Mexican-American with a big vocabulary; and Mikey (newcomer Tyler Foden), a tough kid from a broken home.
Only time will tell if Jack’s blunt and unpredictable parenting style will keep his kids out of trouble, or if Joanne will have to put down the law books and somehow step in to keep the family order. Until then, Jack’s the dad the Dunlevy kids always wished they had – most of the time. For someone who is used to taking care of people with cancer, Jack’s got this…right?
Surviving Jack is produced by Doozer in association with Warner Bros. Television. Based on best-selling author Justin Halpern’s book, I Suck at Girls, the series is written by Halpern ($#*! My Dad Says) and Patrick Schumacker ($#*! My Dad Says). The series is executive-produced by Emmy Award nominee Bill Lawrence (Spin City, Scrubs, Clone High, Cougar Town), Halpern, Schumacker and Jeff Ingold. Victor Nelli (Scrubs, The Bernie Mac Show) directed the pilot.
Us & Them - Mid-Season on Fox (Single-Camera)
When two people finally come together, they never come together alone.
Us & Them is an outrageous but authentic ensemble single-camera comedy about a pair of young lovers, whose path to happily-ever-after is complicated by the screwed-up circus of people closest to them.
New York pharmaceutical copywriter Gavin (Emmy Award nominee Jason Ritter, Parenthood, The Event) is a neurotic Woody Allen-ish personality with indie-rock looks, who has never been in love. On the other hand, pretty Pennsylvania-based printing press employee Stacey (Alexis Bledel, Mad Men, Gilmore Girls) has a subtle wit and has been engaged before. For the past six months, they have been flirting online and finally agree to meet…with their best friends in tow for double-date safety.
Gavin and Stacey’s wingmen are, respectively, Chris "Archie" Archuletta (Dustin Ybarra, We Bought a Zoo) and Nessa (Ashlie Atkinson, Inside Man, Rescue Me). Archie is often wrong but never in doubt and the loudest, most outrageous character in any room. Nessa is brutally blunt – actually, just brutal, in general – with a rock-a-billy look, complete with messy tattoos (many of which she doesn’t remember getting).
Gavin lives in an apartment below his parents, Pam (Emmy Award nominee Jane Kaczmarek, Whitney, Raising the Bar, Malcolm in the Middle) and Michael (Kurt Fuller, Psych, Midnight in Paris). With zero filter and little volume control, Pam is fearful she is aging and that the good times may be behind her. Michael thinks of himself as the family’s voice of reason. He is wrong.
Dillsburg, PA, is a tiny dot of grit in the green countryside. Stacey lives there with her widowed mom, Gwen (Kerri Kenney, Reno 911!). Brian (guest star Michael Ian Black, Ed), Stacey’s uncle, and her late father’s brother, has taken on the role of family protector. He is a simple man who is amazed by the little things in life…like white Toblerones. Stacey’s long-distance romance unnerves both Gwen and Brian, who fear she might fall in love and move away to the big city.
When all of these characters collide to create a salty but sweet romantic comedy, we wonder not if the two leads will get together, but how they ever will stay together. After all, it’s complicated enough trying to make a relationship work. But the biggest complications of all are the friends and family who are part of the package deal.
Us & Them is produced by Sony Pictures Television and BBC Worldwide Productions. It is based on the hugely popular and multiple-award-winning BBC series Gavin and Stacey, which was created and written by James Corden and Ruth Jones. Us & Them is adapted and written by David J. Rosen (I Just Want My Pants Back), and executive-produced by Rosen, Jane Tranter, Julie Gardner, Corden and Jones. Steve Coogan and Henry Normal serve as executive producers for Baby Cow Productions. Michael Patrick Jann (Drop Dead Gorgeous) directed the pilot.
Murder Police - Mid-Season on Fox (Animated)
Murder Police is a new animated comedy series that expands the boundaries of the cop show genre as only animation can. From David A. Goodman (Family Guy) and rising writer/animator/performer Jason Ruiz, the series follows a dedicated, but inept detective and his colleagues – some perverted, some corrupt, some just plain lazy – in a twisted city precinct.
At the center of this maelstrom is Manuel Sanchez (Ruiz), a neurotic and nerdy cop who aspires to be a good policeman, but his efforts to solve crimes are constantly put in jeopardy by his own clumsiness and the incompetence of his fellow detectives. Making matters worse, his egotistical, bribe-accepting partner, Tommy Margaretti (Will Sasso, The Three Stooges, MADtv), a tough, rule-breaking “bad cop,” can’t interrogate a suspect without beating him up.
The other detectives in the precinct include Randall Hickox (Chi McBride, Golden Boy), a cop with little interest in police work. He’s lost a lot of partners, hates his job and often hands off his resume to crime scene witnesses. Randall’s newest partner, Justice (Jane Lynch, Glee), is a self-righteous working mother whose child is lodged in a baby bjorn that is permanently secured around her chest. Undercover cop Donel is in so deep that he often does things of questionable legality. They all are supervised by the perpetually annoyed Captain John Rushour (Peter Atencio, Key and Peele), a brusque, overweight old-school cop who expects failure and can’t be bothered to even get out of his Rascal scooter.
Manuel’s ex-wife, Rosa (Justina Machado, Private Practice, Six Feet Under), is a defense lawyer who remains irritated that Manuel always put his job first. But they remain bonded in the upbringing of their son, Mario (Ruiz), a troubled teen who is less impressed with his father than he is by the criminals he catches.
These cops often find themselves mildly interested in the most recent crime victim, but completely obsessed with who “destroyed” the bathroom. Nevertheless, where there’s a mystery, Manuel somehow finds a way to solve it.
Murder Police is produced by Bento Box Animation (Bob's Burgers) and 20th Century Fox Television. The series is co-created by David A. Goodman (Family Guy) and Jason Ruiz – one of the writers/animators discovered through the Fox Inkubation program. Goodman serves as executive producer and showrunner, and Ruiz is co-executive producer.
Jason Ruiz as Manuel and Mario Sanchez
Will Sasso as Tommy Margaretti
Chi McBride as Randall Hickox
Jane Lynch as Justice
Peter Atencio as John Rushour
Justina Machado as Rosa Sanchez
NBC Fall Schedule
New Fall: Welcome to the Family, Sean Saves the World, The Michael J. Fox Show
New Mid-Season: About a Boy (Tuesdays at 9:00pm after the Winter Olympics), The Family Guide (Tuesdays at 9:30pm after the Winter Olympics), Undateable
Returning Fall: Parks and Recreation
Returning Mid-Season: Community
Welcome to the Family - Thursdays at 8:30PM ET/PT on NBC (Single-Camera)
Parents Dan Yoder (Mike O'Malley, Glee, My Name Is Earl) and wife Karina (Mary McCormack, In Plain Sight, The West Wing) find out on the day their daughter Molly (Ella Rae Peck (Deception, Gossip Girl) is graduating from high school with an acceptance to college, she announces she pregnant. Across town in East L.A., Junior Hernandez (Joseph Haro, Glee, Awkward), in the middle of his high school valedictorian speech, gets a text from girlfriend Molly that he's going to be a daddy. Expectedly, Junior's parents Miguel (Ricardo Chavira, Desperate Housewives) and Lisette (Justina Machado, Six Feet Under, ER) are also upset, as they now have Caucasians in the family. What follows is a crash course in culture blending as Molly and Junior decide they want to get married and, in doing so, bring together two very different families. The dads have the most difficult time reconciling while the moms take a softer approach to get to know one another. When the parents fully realize that their kids are serious about making a life together, the adults exhale and begin to come to terms with this new blended family and start to understand it will take, humor, love and tolerance to make it all work.
Writer Mike Sikowitz (Rules of Engagement, Friends) and Jamie Tarses (Happy Endings, Franklin & Bash) serve as executive producers. Welcome to the Family is a production of Sony Pictures Television and FanFare Productions.
Mike O'Malley as Dan Yoder
Mary McCormack as Karina
Ella Rae Peck as Molly
Joseph Haro as Junior Hernandez
Ricardo Chavira as Miguel Hernandez
Justina Machado as Lisette Rodriguez
Sean Saves the World - Thursdays at 9:00PM ET/PT on NBC (Multi-Camera)
Sean (Sean P. Hayes, Will & Grace) is a divorced gay dad who juggles a lot - his successful but demanding career, offbeat employees, pushy mom Lorna (Linda Lavin, Alice) and weekends with his teenage daughter, Ellie (Sami Isler). So when she moves in full-time, it's a whole new world. Never one to do anything halfway, Sean's intent on being the best dad ever, so he loads up on parenting how-to books and plans Pinterest-worthy family dinners. But it seems his company's new owner has decided Sean and his team should work longer hours, putting a damper on his homemaking plans and throwing a kink in Sean's perfectly constructed work/life balance. Ellie sees this development as a plus. She loves her dad, but he's clearly going overboard. From keeping his boss happy, employees motivated and enduring his mother's tactless "advice" to raising a smart, grounded and healthy kid, it's going to be a growing experience, to say the least. But if anyone can handle it all, it's Sean.
Thomas Lennon (Reno 911), Lindsay Sloane (Weeds) and Echo Kellum (Ben and Kate) also star. Writer Victor Fresco (Go On, Mad About You), director James Burrows (Friends, The Big Bang Theory), Sean P. Hayes (Hot in Cleveland, Grimm) and Todd Milliner (Hot in Cleveland, Grimm) serve as executive producers. Sean Saves the World is a production of Universal Television and Hazy Mills Productions.
The Michael J. Fox Show - Thursdays at 9:30PM ET/PT on NBC (Single-Camera)
Look who's making the news again. One of New York's most beloved news anchors, Mike Henry (Michael J. Fox, Spin City, Family Ties), put his career on hold to spend more time with his family and focus on his health after he was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. But five years later, with the kids busy growing up and Mike growing restless, it just might be time for him to get back to work. Having never wanted Mike to leave in the first place, his old boss Harris Green (Wendell Pierce, The Wire, Treme) jumped at the chance to get him back on TV. The trick, as it's always been, was to make Mike think it was his idea. Now the plan is in motion and Mike will be back to juggling home, family, and career - just like the old days, but only better.
Writer Sam Laybourne (Cougar Town), director Will Gluck (Easy A, Friends with Benefits) and Fox serve as executive producers. The Michael J. Fox Show is a production of Sony Pictures Television and Olive Bridge Entertainment.
Michael J. Fox as Mike Henry
Betsy Brandt as Annie Henry
Conor Romero as Ian Henry
Juliette Goglia as Eve Henry
Jack Gore as Graham Henry
Katie Finneran as Leigh Henry
Wendell Pierce as Harris Green
About a Boy - Tuesdays at 9:00PM ET/PT on NBC (After the Winter Olympics) (Single-Camera)
Based on the best-selling Nick Hornby (High Fidelity, An Education) novel, writer Jason Katims (Friday Night Lights, Parenthood) and director Jon Favreau (Iron Man, Revolution) present a different kind of coming-of-age story. Will Freeman (David Walton, Bent, Perfect Couples) lives a charmed existence as the ultimate man-child. After writing a hit song, he was granted a life of free time, free love and freedom from financial woes. He's single, unemployed and loving it. So imagine his surprise when Fiona (Minnie Driver, Good Will Hunting, Barney's Version), a needy single mom and her oddly charming 11-year-old son, Marcus (Benjamin Stockham, 1600 Penn), move in next door and disrupt his perfect world. When Marcus begins dropping by his home unannounced, Will's not so sure about being a kid's new best friend, until, of course, Will discovers that women find single dads irresistible. That changes everything and a deal is struck: Marcus will pretend to be Will's son and, in return, Marcus is allowed to chill at Will's house. Before he realizes it, Will starts to enjoy the visits and even finds himself looking out for the kid. In fact, this newfound friendship may very well teach him a thing or two that he never imagined possible - about himself and caring for others.
Writer Jason Katims, director Jon Favreau, Tim Bevan (Les Misérables, About a Boy), Eric Fellner (Les Misérables, About a Boy), Liza Chasin (Les Misérables, About a Boy), Robert De Niro (About a Boy, Meet the Parents) and Jane Rosenthal (About a Boy, Meet the Parents) serve as executive producers. About a Boy is a production of Universal Television, Working Title Television, True Jack Productions and Tribeca Productions.
The Family Guide - Tuesdays at 9:30PM ET/PT on NBC (After the Winter Olympics) (Single-Camera)
It's not every family that's brought closer together by divorce... but then again, the Fishers aren't exactly typical. Take Mel Fisher, for example. Whether it's chopping down trees, showing his daughter how to drive or playing football with his son, he's never let the fact that he's blind slow him down.
Then there's Joyce Fisher, possibly the only mom in Pasadena to smoke a pipe. For her, divorce is like a second coming of age, a chance to be the teen she never was. Just ask her '80s-obsessed teenage daughter Katie, whose clothes she's always borrowing (that is, when Mom's not tagging along with Katie to the mall).
At the center of all this is Henry, the Fishers' 11-year-old son. Having always been his dad's eyes, ears and wingman, Henry's less than thrilled when Mel shows up with Elvis, a guide dog... which is also how Henry learns about the pending divorce. Awkward. While reluctant to the changes this "big ball of fur" would bring, it's through an Adult Henry's voice-over (Jason Bateman) that we ﬁnd out his parents' split would "allow all of us to ﬁnally discover... who we needed to be."
Starring J.K. Simmons (Spider-Man, Law & Order) and from executive producer/writer DJ Nash (Guys with Kids, Up All Night) comes a comedy about a family in transition, and the love that guides them forward.
Undateable - Mid-Season on NBC (Multi-Camera)
When confident slacker Danny Beeman (Chris D'Elia, Whitney, "Glory Daze) takes Justin (comedian Brent Morin) on as a roommate, Danny unwittingly inherits Justin's group of romantically challenged friends. Seeing himself as the ultimate player, Danny decides to teach the crew (who he dubs "The Undateables") everything he knows about "the game of love." For their first lesson, Danny takes the guys to an event hosted by his sister, Leslie (Bianca Kajlich, "Rules of Engagement"), who is a single mom with dating difficulties of her own. At first, Danny's advice seems to pay off big-time: The shy guy talks to a girl, the no-filter dude learns it's never OK to ask a woman when she's due, and his nebbish roommate, Justin, goes home with a mystery woman. It's not until the next day that they figure out it was Leslie. Here's a refreshing comedy about the "do's," "don'ts" and "duhs" of dating.
Writer Adam Sztykiel (Due Date), Bill Lawrence (Scrubs, Cougar Town) and Jeff Ingold serve as executive producers. Undateable is a production of Warner Bros. Television and Doozer Productions.
The CW Fall Schedule
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TV Land has made a last minute schedule shake-up that has begun effective immediately. The biggest move was bringing back Home Improvement from early mornings back into evenings leading into primetime. The Tim Allen '90s sitcom is now airing weekdays at 7:00pm & 7:30pm. Also getting extra exposure is M*A*S*H, which is expanded from 5-6pm to 5-7pm. M*A*S*H also still airs Mondays at various times beginning in the morning, ranging from all-day or various times during the day. The Golden Girls in primetime is now only 8-9pm, but for the next few weeks TV Land is airing encores of Hot in Cleveland and The Exes in the hour from Mon-Thurs until their season premieres, but The Golden Girls is airing in this hour on Fridays for now. Raymond and King of Queens blocks remain intact from 9pm-1am. Then, since The Golden Girls is losing its 6-8pm hours, the sitcom has gained the 1-3am block, shifting That '70s Show to 3-4am. Rounding out the night is Roseanne from 4-5am and The Cosby Show from 5-6am.
In the mornings, Murder, She Wrote and Boston Legal have been removed, so the 8am hour is now back-to-back episodes of The Dick Van Dyke Show, which was airing at 10am. I Love Lucy is now airing in the 9am hour, while The Andy Griffith Show gets the 10am-12pm block leading into Gunsmoke and Bonanza from 12-5pm. Murder, She Wrote is not completely gone, as the Angela Lansbury drama is now going to air Saturdays afternoons (times vary) leading into a block of The Golden Girls. However, Boston Legal is no longer on the schedule as it was only airing Fridays at 8am before. Back to weekends, the rest of the line-up remains intact with blocks of The Golden Girls, Raymond, King of Queens, Cosby Show, Roseanne, Hot in Cleveland, That '70s Show and Curb Your Enthusiasm (late nights on Sundays). The timings for the blocks on weekends will vary week-to-week. That's all the changes that we have right now and no word yet if the schedule will have any impact on the launch of Friends on June 14, as the sitcom will launch with a 5-night marathon event, as we reported. Stay with us for continued updates on the TV Land schedule.
New on DVD/Blu-ray (February/March)
02/07 - Sabrina, the Teenage Witch - Sabrina Down Under
02/07 - So Little Time - Volume 1 - School's Cool - Boy Crazy
02/07 - So Little Time - Volume 2 - About a Family - Hangin' Out
02/07 - 227 - The Complete First Season (Mill Creek)
02/07 - Vice Principals - The Complete First Season (Blu-ray)
02/14 - Beavis and Butt-Head - The Complete Collection
02/14 - Grace and Frankie - Season Two
02/28 - Fuller House - The Complete First Season
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 - Unbrekable Kimmy Schmidt - Season Two
03/21 - Master of None - Season One
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Sitcoms Airing Tonight
Wednesday, March 29
The Goldbergs - "A Night to Remember" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
It’s prom night, and all three Goldberg kids have big plans, which go awry. Barry plans big romantic gestures for Lainey while Erica and Geoff try to go to prom together, but it doesn’t go as planned. Meanwhile, Adam is thrilled when a nerdy but cute junior asks him out, but he is horrified when Beverly gets involved.
Imaginary Mary - "Pilot" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
A fiercely independent career woman, Alice has her life turned upside-down when she meets Ben, a divorced father with three children, and soon falls head-over-heals for him. This triggers more upheaval when the imaginary friend she created as a child, Mary, suddenly reappears as she is nervous to meet Ben’s kids for the first time.
Modern Family - "Five Minutes" (ABC, 9:00PM ET/PT)
So much can happen to the Pritchett-Dunphy-Tucker clan in five minutes! Mitch and Cam have five minutes to catch a new flight while fighting the effects of sleeping pills they took prematurely. Then at Rainer’s birthday dinner, Haley and Rainer are forced to reevaluate their entire relationship in the five minutes before the birthday cake arrives. Meanwhile, Phil and Claire pay a surprise visit to Alex and are given a five-minute surprise introduction to her new boyfriend. Finally, with only five minutes to catch a movie, Manny has to find the perfect parking space and endure Jay and Gloria’s backseat argument.
black-ish - "Richard Youngsta" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
Dre is excited about doing a campaign with a popular rap star but becomes conflicted when Bow and Ruby provide feedback suggesting it plays on stereotypes. Meanwhile, Bow is determined to get the family to stop eating so much take-out food, but realizes the family may be too accustomed to eating whatever they want.
Nobodies - "Mr. First Lady" (TV Land, 10:00PM ET/PT)
After years toiling away writing on a kids cartoon, “The Fartlemans”, Groundlings Alums Larry, Rachel and Hugh finally get their big break: A chance to pitch their film script “Mr. First Lady” at Paramount.
Lopez - "Leaving Las Vegas" (TV Land, 10:30PM ET/PT)
George quits his Las Vegas residency, causing big problems. Manolo gets out of jail and introduces his roommate, Hector, to everyone.
Schitt's Creek - "Friends & Family" (Pop, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Johnny and Moira look for a location for the family portrait; David hosts a soft launch for the new store.
Wednesday, March 29
- Andrew Rannells (Girls/The New Normal) - Watch Andrew on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
- Emma Roberts (Scream Queens/Unfabulous) - Emma is a guest on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
- Ken Jeong (Dr. Ken/Community) - Ken appears on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS. He will also be on NBC's Today in the 9am hour.
- Lisa Kudrow (Friends/The Comeback) - Lisa visits The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
- Paul F. Tompkins (DAG) - Paul is a guest on @midnight on Comedy Central at midnight.
- Milana Vayntrub (Other Space) - Milana appears on @midnight on Comedy Central at midnight.
- Terry Crews (Brooklyn Nine-Nine/Are We There Yet?/Everybody Hates Chris) - Terry stops by Conan at 11pm on TBS.
- Andy Daly (Review/Eastbound & Down) - Andy appears on Conan at 11pm on TBS.
- Christian Slater (Breaking In) - Christian guest co-hosts LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
- Brooklyn Decker (Grace and Frankie/Friends with Better Lives) - Brooklyn is a guest on Harry, so check your local listings.
- NeNe Leakes (The New Normal) - NeNe guest co-hosts a repeat of The Real, so check your local listings.
- Jenna Elfman (Imaginary Mary/1600 Penn/Accidentally on Purpose/Courting Alex/Dharma & Greg) - Jenna will be on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am.
- Craig Ferguson (The Drew Carey Show) - Craig is a guest on NBC's Today in the 10am hour.
- George Lopez (Lopez/George Lopez) - George discusses the second season of Lopez on the AOL Build Show at 5:30pm.