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 (March/April)

The Jamie Foxx Show - The Complete Second Season What I Like About You - The Complete Second Season Newhart - The Final (Eighth) Season Diff'rent Strokes - The Complete Fifth Season Father Knows Best - Season Five

03/03 - The Dick Van Dyke Show - Now... In Living Color! (Blu-ray)
03/07 - The Jamie Foxx Show - The Complete Second Season
03/07 - Mama's Family - Mama's Favorites
03/07 - That '70s Show - The Complete Series - Flashback Edition (Blu-ray)
03/07 - What I Like About You - The Complete Second Season
03/07 - You Me Her - Season One
03/14 - Newhart - The Final (Eighth) Season
03/14 - Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt - Season Two
03/21 - Master of None - Season One
04/04 - Diff'rent Strokes - The Complete Fifth Season
04/11 - Father Knows Best - Season Five
04/11 - Schitt's Creek - The Complete Third Season
04/11 - Silicon Valley - The Complete Third Season (Blu-ray)
04/11 - Veep - The Complete Fifth Season
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Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Tuesday, April 25

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of April 24)

Tuesday, April 25

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