Monday, January 20, 2014

TCA Winter 2014 Press Tour: ABC, NBC; 20th Annual SAG Awards Winners

ABC

ABC was up at the TCA Winter 2014 Press Tour on Friday and we have the full scoop! Paul Lee, president, ABC Entertainment Group, announced premiere dates for the new drama series Black Box on Thursday, April 24 at 10:00 p.m. ET following the conclusion of the season of Scandal on April 17, along with a new season of Dancing with the Stars launching on Monday, March 17 from 8:00-10:00 p.m. ET, and the pick-up of an all-new Disney•Pixar holiday special, Toy Story That Time Forgot for the 2014 holiday season, following the recent success of Toy Story OF TERROR! The network also announced a special two-night Bachelor event featuring everyone's favorite Bachelor, Juan Pablo Galavis, on Monday, Feb. 24 and Tuesday, Feb. 25 from 8:00-10:00 p.m. ET, and new drama Mind Games will now premiere two weeks earlier than planned, now on Tuesday, Feb. 25 at 10:00 p.m. ET, following night two of the Bachelor event. Killer Women will end two weeks earlier and no word if the final two episodes will air at a later date. Other previously announced mid-season entries will remain unchanged (Mixology on Wed. Feb. 26 at 9:30pm and Resurrection Sun. March 9 at 9pm). Panels with cast and crew of ABC Family's The Fosters, ABC's Resurrection, Black Box, Suburgatory, Mind Games, Nashville, and Mixology were held.

NBC

And finally, NBC was up yesterday (Sunday) to close out the broadcast networks for this year's winter press tour. No real scheduling moves were announced, but The Michael J. Fox Show is coming off a dreadful showing last Thursday at 9:30 so NBC is switching timeslots with Sean Saves the World at 9 for this Thursday (Jan. 23). On the heels of the very successful airing of The Sound of Music Live! in December 2013, NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt announced that the network will present a new television production of the classic musical Peter Pan as a live telecast on Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014. Multi-award-winning producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, who produced The Sound of Music Live! will again executive produce the production. Casting is currently on a fast track. NBC has given a 10-episode straight-to-series order for Emerald City in 2014-15, a reimagining of the classic Frank L. Baum books that have inspired everything from The Wizard Of Oz to Wicked. NBC is also ordering eight episodes of the miniseries The Slap for 2014-15, based on the critically-acclaimed Australian project of the same name that aired in 2011. And in terms of pilots, NBC announced two pilot orders: State of Affairs (drama starring Katherine Heigl) and Untitled Amy Poehler project (aka Old Soul, comedy starring Natasha Lyonne).

NBC also announced the final guests and first guests for its late night line-up. Jay Leno announced that he will kick-off his last week of guests for The Tonight Show with Jay Leno with his heir to the Tonight Show desk, Jimmy Fallon on Monday, Feb. 3. Leno will conclude his incredible 22-year run with a return visit from his first-ever guest, Billy Crystal, who joins Leno on his farewell night, Thursday, Feb. 6. Leno's final show as host will feature both Crystal and music from country superstar Garth Brooks. Crystal visited Leno on the host's first night at the helm of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on May 25, 1992. Other guests for the week include Betty White, Charles Barkley, Sandra Bullock, Matthew McConaughey, Blake Shelton and Lyle Lovett. As for the first guest news, Will Smith and U2 have been booked as the guests for the premiere of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, set for Monday, February 17 from Studio 6B in Rockefeller Center. And finally, Late Night With Seth Meyers premieres Monday, February 24 at 12:35am in new Studio 8G from Rockefeller Center and will feature Amy Poehler as the first guest.


The 20th SAG Awards were held Saturday night on TNT & TBS. Here were the winners from the ceremony:

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
Steve Buscemi (Boardwalk Empire, HBO)
Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad, AMC)
Jeff Daniels (The Newsroom, HBO)
Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones, HBO)
Kevin Spacey (House of Cards, Netflix)
WINNER: Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad, AMC)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
Claire Danes (Homeland, Showtime)
Anna Gunn (Breaking Bad, AMC)
Jessica Lange (American Horror Story: Asylum, FX)
Kerry Washington (Scandal, ABC)
Maggie Smith (Downton Abbey, PBS)
WINNER: Maggie Smith (Downton Abbey, PBS)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
Alec Baldwin (30 Rock, NBC)
Ty Burrell (Modern Family, ABC)
Jason Bateman (Arrested Development, Netflix)
Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory, CBS)
Don Cheadle (House of Lies, Showtime)
WINNER: Ty Burrell (Modern Family, ABC)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series
Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie, Showtime)
Tina Fey (30 Rock, NBC)
Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep, HBO)
Mayim Bialik (The Big Bang Theory, CBS)
Julie Bowen (Modern Family, ABC)
WINNER: Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep, HBO)

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
Boardwalk Empire (HBO)
Breaking Bad (AMC)
Downton Abbey (PBS)
Homeland (Showtime)
Game of Thrones (HBO)
WINNER: Breaking Bad (AMC)

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
30 Rock (NBC)
Arrested Development (Netflix)
Modern Family (ABC)
Veep (HBO)
The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
WINNER: Modern Family (ABC)

Lifetime Achievement Award
Rita Moreno


New on DVD/Blu-ray (January/February)

I Love Lucy - Superstar Special #2 (Colorized) The Love Boat - Season Three - Volume Two Hooperman - Season One 227 - The Complete First Season (Mill Creek) Fuller House - The Complete First Season

01/03 - Girls - The Complete Fifth Season (Blu-ray)
01/10 - Broad City - Season 3
01/17 - I Love Lucy - Superstar Special #2 (Colorized)
01/17 - The Love Boat - Season Three - Volume One
01/17 - The Love Boat - Season Three - Volume Two
01/24 - Hooperman - Season One / Review
01/24 - Hooperman - Season Two / Review
01/31 - Ballers - The Complete Second Season (Blu-ray)
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
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Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Wednesday, February 22

The Goldbergs - "So Swayze It's Crazy" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
After Adam sees his friend on television, he asks Beverly for her help to become an actor, so Beverly enlists his friend’s mom Edie, who is a kid talent agent in town. Unfortunately, Edie insists Adam can only get “nerd” roles, so Beverly goes on a quest to make Adam a teenage heartthrob. Meanwhile, Barry decides to embrace the punk lifestyle, and Murray attempts to become more involved in Erica’s life, but it backfires.

Speechless - "O-S-- OSCAR P-A-- PARTY" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
When the Dimeos throw their annual Oscar party with other special-needs families, Maya feels threatened by new mom Becca, who seems a little too perfect.  Meanwhile, Jimmy encourages the fathers at the party to let loose while Ray tries to impress a girl by pretending to be someone he is not.

Modern Family - "Heavy Is the Head" (ABC, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Despite their lofty hopes, Phil and Jay’s property investment might turn out to be a bust, forcing Phil to rethink his original dream. Meanwhile, Cam lands in the hospital due to a head injury and refuses to have an MRI thanks to a traumatic incident with a well when he was a child. Determined to finally impress Claire and keep her from re-gifting her birthday present, Gloria surprises her with a day of luxury at the office. However, after Claire had to implement some rather harsh budget cuts at work, a massage at her desk may not be sending the right message.

black-ish - "One Angry Man" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
Dre is forced to participate in jury duty after Junior responds to the summons that was thrown away. The case is supposed to be open and shut, but when Dre sees that the defendant is a young African American, he feels a civic responsibility to give him a fair trial. Meanwhile, Bow decides to let the kids swear in the house since they are more open with her that way, but she and Ruby soon regret the decision.

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia - "The Gang Tends Bar" (FXX, 10:00PM ET/PT)
It's Valentine's Day and Paddy's is packed with customers. Dennis implores the gang to do one day of actual work but everyone else is distracted by a mystery crate Cricket spotted in the alley. Eventually, the gang becomes convinced Dennis really wants them to work on their relationships and everyone shares their grievances without much resolution.

Man Seeking Woman - "Dolphin" (FXX, 10:30PM ET/PT)
When her mom becomes obsessed with Josh's wedding, Liz seeks out her estranged father (Peter Gallagher).

Schitt's Creek - "General Store" (Pop, 8:00PM ET/PT)
David comes up with a new business venture; Alexis adjusts to her first day of school.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of February 20)

Wednesday, February 22

  • Tom Hanks (Bosom Buddies) and George Clooney (The Facts of Life/Roseanne) - Tom and George are guests on a repeat of the 2012 Jimmy Kimmel Live: After the Oscars special at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Ariana Grande (Sam & Cat) - Ariana drops by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Ken Jeong (Dr. Ken/Community) - Ken visits The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Kelly Ripa (Hope & Faith) - Kelly is a guest on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Billy Gardell (Mike & Molly)- Billy appears on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS. He will also be on the AOL Build Show at 11am.
  • Terry Crews (Brooklyn Nine-Nine/Are We There Yet?/Everybody Hates Chris) - Terry stops by Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC. He also talks about Ultimate Beastmaster on NBC's Today in the 9am hour and on the AOL Build Show at 2pm.
  • Ron Funches (Powerless/Undateable) - Ron is a guest on Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Demi Lovato (Sonny with a Chance) - Demi appears on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • NeNe Leakes (The New Normal) - NeNe guest co-hosts The Real, so check your local listings.
  • Matt Shively (The Real O'Neals/True Jackson, VP) - Matt is a guest on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Justin Bartha (The New Normal) - Justin joins the Chew Crew on ABC's The Chew at 1pm ET/12pm PT/CT.
  • Wendi McLendon-Covey (The Goldbergs/Rules of Engagement/Reno 911!) - Wendi will be on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am.
  • Will Forte (The Last Man on Earth/The Cleveland Show) - Will talks about The Last Man on Earth on NBC's Today in the 10am hour. He will also be on Good Day New York on WNYW-Fox5 in New York sometime between 7-10am.
  • Rosie Perez (Search Party) - Rosie is a guest on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 11:30am ET.
  • Allison Williams (Girls) - Allison appears on Access Hollywood Live, so check your local listings.
  • Yvette Nicole Brown (The Odd Couple/Community) - Yvette dishes about the new season of SuperMansion on Crackle on The Wendy Williams Show at 2am on BET or on your local stations.
  • Mike Epps (Uncle Buck/Survivor's Remorse) - Mike is a guest on Steve Harvey, so check your local listings.
  • Eva Longoria (Telenovela) - Eva chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Mark Consuelos (Hope & Faith) - Mark guest co-hosts LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.