Thursday, March 27, 2014

TV Land Launches Jennifer Falls This Summer; NBC Summer 2014 Schedule, Fox Summer Changes

Jennifer Falls

TV Land is launching a summer of star-studded programming beginning Wednesday, June 4 at 10:30pm ET/PT, with the all-new single-camera comedy Jennifer Falls, starring Jaime Pressly, Jessica Walter, Ethan Suplee and Missi Pyle; Hot in Cleveland starring Valerie Bertinelli, Jane Leeves, Wendie Malick and Betty White, with an animated episode airing August 6; and The Exes featuring Donald Faison, Wayne Knight, David Alan Basche, Kelly Stables and Kristen Johnston, returning August 13. Kicking off the summer season will be Jennifer Falls, the network's brand new original comedy, premiering Wednesday, June 4 at 10:30pm ET/PT. The first-ever single camera comedy for TV Land revolves around Jennifer Doyle (Pressly), a former high-powered executive who has fallen and hit every bump on the way down to rock bottom. With her teenage daughter (Dylan Gelula) in tow, Jennifer moves back in with her mother (Walter) and takes a job in the bar owned by her meek brother (Suplee) and passive-aggressive sister-in-law (Nora Kirkpatrick) as a last resort. There, she reunites with her former best friend (Pyle) who turns out to be holding quite a grudge. But every cloud has a silver lining: there's nowhere to go but up.

Then, on Wednesday, August 6 at 10pm ET/PT, TV Land is in rare form with an animated episode of Hot in Cleveland. In the aptly titled "The Animated Episode," the "hot" women - Melanie (Bertinelli), Joy (Leeves), Victoria (Malick) and Elka (White) - embark on an around-the-world adventure as cartoon characters, darting through pop culture hits, including scenes with homages to Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory, The Walking Dead and Frankenstein. Hot in Cleveland's new season premiered last night (March 26), with a LIVE episode and will continue to air throughout the summer. Finally, fan favorite The Exes returns on Wednesday, August 13 at 10:30pm ET/PT. Last season, Phil (Faison) and Eden (Stables) dated and broke up, Stuart's (Basche) sister Nicki (recurring guest star Leah Remini) came to town and decided to stay - much to the delight of a smitten Haskell (Knight) - and Holly (Johnston), unfortunately, saw a turbulent love life. Though chaos reigns supreme in their lives, the group is able to rely on their own little modern family.


NBC

With a summer schedule led by America's Got Talent, NBC spreads its wings to bring a content-rich summer schedule to build off strong anchor shows that also include the emerging hit American Ninja Warrior and returning favorite Last Comic Standing. Six original scripted summer series - the most of any broadcast network in more than 20 years - as well as a new original alternative series will join the line-up as the network continues to have strong original programing year-round rather than just during the September-May season. Scripted series receiving their launch dates are the drama The Night Shift, the sitcom Undateable, the dramas Crossbones, & Taxi Brooklyn, and single-camera comedies Working the Engels and Welcome to Sweden, as well as new alternative series Food Fighters. Premieres for the new seasons of Last Comic Standing (Thursday, May 22, 9-11pm), America's Got Talent (Tuesday, May 27, 8-10pm) and American Ninja Warrior (Monday, May 26, 9-11pm) were previously announced.

Premiere dates for each new addition follows:
Tuesday, May 27 (10-11pm) The Night Shift
Thursday, May 29 (9-10pm; back-to-back half-hour episodes each week) Undateable
Friday, May 30 (10-11pm) Crossbones
Wednesday, June 25 (10-11pm) Taxi Brooklyn
Thursday, July 10 (9-9:30pm) Welcome to Sweden
Thursday, July 10 (9:30-10pm) Working the Engels
Tuesday, July 22 (8-9pm) Food Fighters

Fox

And finally, moving on to some Fox spring/summer changes, they're announcing additional spring and summer premiere dates for 2014. Fox spices up summer with new seasons of Gordon Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares, Masterchef and Hotel Hell; the debuts of event series 24: Live Another Day and new drama Gang Related; the premieres of dating show I Wanna Marry "Harry" and new unscripted series Riot; and the Season 11 premiere of So You Think You Can Dance. Let's get to the changes, the Kitchen Nightmares season six premiere is on Friday, April 11 at 9 on Fox. Slide into Tuesdays with the premiere of Riot (formerly titled Slide Show) on May 13 at 9:00PM ET/PT, following the season finale of Glee at 8. Then Masterchef returns for an exciting fifth season on Monday, May 19 at 8. Gritty new action-drama Gang Related will have its series premiere now on Thursday, May 22 at 9, following an all-new installment of Hell's Kitchen at 8. Encores of Gang Related will air Fridays, beginning May 23 at 9. Reality meets romance, with a little twist, in the surprising dating show I Wanna Marry "Harry," premiering Tuesday, May 27 at 8.

So You Think You Can Dance soars into its 11th season with a two-hour premiere event showcasing America's most talented dancers during the audition rounds, beginning Wednesday, May 28 from 8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT. And Hotel Hell opens its doors for a second season on Monday, July 21 at 9.


Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Tuesday, October 16

The Conners - "Keep on Truckin'" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
A sudden turn of events forces the Conners to face the daily struggles of life in Lanford in a way they never have before.

The Kids Are Alright - "Pilot" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Lawrence, the prodigal eldest Cleary son, returns home from the seminary and breaks the news to his family that he’s dropping out for good, leaving Mike and Peggy upset and wondering why. Meanwhile, Timmy decides he wants to audition for a children’s theatre production but when Peggy finds out where it’s being held she forbids him from participating. Elsewhere, Eddie tries to keep his girlfriend a secret after Frank finds out and tries to blackmail him.

black-ish - "Gap Year" (ABC, 9:00PM ET/PT)
After dropping Junior off at college, Dre and Bow are beside themselves when they find him back at home announcing his decision to take a gap year. Meanwhile, Jack and Diane begin to question whether they should still be sharing a room.

Splitting Up Together - "Sign Language" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
The morning after Lena and Martin sleep together, Lena searches for signs that they are or aren’t meant to be a couple. Their relationship is put to the test after she organizes a romantic beach getaway and it becomes apparent what’s meant to be. Meanwhile, Arthur and Camille trail Lisa Apple, hoping to determine if she is pregnant with Martin’s baby. Elsewhere, Maya struggles to decide if she should tell her new boyfriend, Frank, about her pregnancy.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of October 15)

Tuesday, October 16

  • John Krasinski (The Office) - Catch John on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Kevin Hart (The Big House/Undeclared) - Kevin appears on a repeat of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Eric McCormack (Will & Grace) - Eric is a guest on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Kathryn Hahn (I Love Dick/Happyish/Transparent/Free Agents) - Kathryn stops by The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS. She will also be on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Jameela Jamil (The Good Place) - Jameela appears on a repeat of Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Melissa McCarthy (Mike & Molly/Samantha Who?) - Melissa drops by Comedy Central's The Daily Show with Trevor Noah at 11pm. She also talks about Can You Ever Forgive Me? on the BUILD Series at 12pm.
  • Jane Curtin (3rd Rock from the Sun/Kate & Allie) - Jane visits Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
  • Laurence Fishburne (black-ish) - Laurence chats on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Nathan Fillion (Two Guys and a Girl) - Nathan talks about The Rookie on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am and on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Katy Mixon (American Housewife/Mike & Molly) - Katy is a guest on The Real, so check your local listings.
  • Sara Gilbert (The Conners/Roseanne/Bad Teacher/The Big Bang Theory and John Goodman (The Connners/Roseanne/The Trouble in Normal, Ohio) - Sara and John are guests on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am.
  • John Leguizamo (The Brothers Garcia) - John appears on ABC's GMA Day at 1pm.
  • Heather Dubrow (Stark Raving Mad) - Heather is a guest on People Now at 12pm.
  • Candace Cameron Bure (Fuller House/Full House) - Candace visits NBC's Today in the 10am hour.
  • Fran Drescher (Happily Divorced/The Nanny/Living with Fran) - Fran talks about hosting Cancer Scchmancer's Master Class Health Summit on E!'s Daily Pop at 12pm.
  • Analeigh Tipton (Manhattan Love Story) - Analeigh talks about her movie Better Start Running on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.


New on DVD/Blu-ray (September/October)

The Big Bang Theory - The Complete Eleventh Season The Middle - The Complete Ninth Season Modern Family - The Complete Ninth Season Step by Step - The Complete Second Season Perfect Strangers - The Complete Fifth Season

09/04 - It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia - The Complete Season 12
09/04 - Mom - The Complete Fifth Season
09/04 - Silicon Valley - The Complete Fifth Season
09/04 - Superstore - Season Three
09/04 - Young Sheldon - The Complete First Season
09/11 - The Big Bang Theory - The Complete Eleventh Season (Blu-ray)
09/11 - The Middle - The Complete Ninth Season
09/11 - Modern Family - The Complete Ninth Season
09/11 - People of Earth - The Complete Second Season
09/18 - Community - The Complete Series (Blu-ray)
09/18 - Step by Step - The Complete Second Season
09/18 - You're the Worst - The Complete Fourth Season
09/25 - Blondie - The Complete 1957 Television Series
09/25 - Perfect Strangers - The Complete Fifth Season
10/02 - The Beverly Hillbillies - The Official Fifth Season
10/02 - The Love Boat - Season Four - Volume One / Volume Two
10/02 - Saved by the Bell - The Complete Collection
10/16 - Police Squad! - TV and Movie Collection
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