Friday, February 28, 2014
TV One's What's Happening!! Stunt with Unsung Hollywood Episode; Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of March 3, 2014)
Over a month ago we told you about TV One's Unsung Hollywood, that premieres on Wednesday, but now we have some more news. From revealing portraits of beloved stars of film and television, including feminist film icon Pam Grier and politically charged comic Dick Gregory, to in-depth stories behind the making (and breaking) of influential films and TV series such as Cooley High and What's Happening!!, Unsung Hollywood shines a spotlight on subjects and stories that have rarely or never been told. The What's Happening!! episode of Unsung Hollywood premieres Wednesday, March 12 at 10pm (encores at 1am)! But before that premieres, TV One will air a What's Happening!! two-hour stunt leading in from 8-10pm (encores 11pm-1am) with the first four classic episodes: "The Runaway," "Thee Birthday Present," "When Daddy Comes Marching Home" and "My Three Tons." From 1976 to 1979, the TV sitcom What's Happening!! showcased the life of working class single mother Mabel (Mabel King), her two children Dee (Daniel Spencer), Raj (Ernest Thomas) and neighborhood friends Shirley (Shirley Hemphill), Rerun (Fred Barry) and Dwayne (Haywood Nelson). Find out the in-depth stories behind the making of this classic series on March 12 on Unsung Hollywood!
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 March 3-7, 2014, we have many current sitcom stars and past sitcom stars on TV talk shows! All times listed are Eastern. So get your DVRs (or whatever you use) ready! Ready? Here is all what you need to know for the coming week!
Monday, March 3, 2014
- Tina Fey (30 Rock) - Watch Tina on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
- Zach Braff (Scrubs) - Zach stops by The Late Show with David Letterman at 11:35pm on CBS.
- Seth MacFarlane (Family Guy/American Dad!/The Cleveland Show) - Seth appears on Comedy Central's The Daily Show with Jon Stewart at 11pm.
- Malin Akerman (Trophy Wife) - Malin is a guest on Conan at 11pm on TBS.
- Josh Radnor (How I Met Your Mother) - Josh stops by The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson at 12:37am on CBS.
- Wendi McLendon-Covey (The Goldbergs/Rules of Engagement/Reno 911!) - Wendi guest co-hosts The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT. She will also be on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 12:30pm ET.
- Kelly Ripa (Hope & Faith and Michael Strahan (Brothers) - Kelly and Michael will be on ABC's Good Morning America between 7-9am.
- D.L. Hughley (The Hughleys) - D.L. gives viewers an all access pass inside the hottest Oscar parties on ABC's Good Morning America between 7-9am.
- Tim Conway (McHale's Navy/Rango) - Tim appears on a repeat of The Queen Latifah Show, so check your local listings.
- Beth Behrs and Kat Dennings (2 Broke Girls) - Beth and Kat dish on crazy stories from their set on Rachael Ray, so check your local listings.
- Ted Lange (The Love Boat) - Ted appears on The Better Show, so check your local listings.
- Allison Janney (Mom/Mr. Sunshine) - Allison is a guest on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
- The Cast of The Game - Brandy Norwood, Coby Bell, Wendy Raquel Robinson, Hosea Chanchez, Jay Ellis and Lauren London will be on The Aresenio Hall Show, so check your local listings.
- Betty White (Hot in Cleveland/The Golden Girls/The Mary Tyler Moore Show) - Catch Betty on Conan at 11pm on TBS.
- Chelsea Handler (Are You There, Chelsea?) - Chelsea is a guest on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC. She will also be on ABC's Good Morning America between 7-9am. Finally, she will be on LIVE! with Kelly and Michael, so check your listings.
- Keke Palmer (True Jackson, VP) - Keke appears on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson at 12:37am on CBS.
- Allison Williams (Girls) - Allison is a guest on Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
- Gabourey Sidibe (The Big C) - Gabourey guest co-hosts Chelsea Lately on E! at 11pm.
- Miley Cyrus (Hannah Montana) - Miley appears on a repeat of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
- Nadine Ellis (Let's Stay Together) - Nadine talks about the new season of Let's Stay Together on BET on The Wendy Williams Show at 12am on BET or on your local stations. She will also be on Arise TV at 2pm.
- Michaela Watkins (Trophy Wife) - Michaela visits Pop Sugar on TV Guide Network at 6pm and on the next day on their website at noon.
- Jenna Elfman (Growing Up Fisher/1600 Penn/Dharma & Greg) - Jenna plays "What Am I Touching?" by trying to guess if she can identify some of the wildest animals in the bayou on Rachael Ray, so check your local listings.
- Wendi McLendon-Covey (The Goldbergs/Rules of Engagement/Reno 911!) - Wendi will be on Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo. She will also be on Good Day New York on WNYW-Fox5 in New York at 9:15am.
- Parker Young (Enlisted/Suburgatory) - Parker is a guest on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
- Jennie Garth (What I Like About You) - Jennie talks about her new book, Deep Thoughts From a Hollywood Blonde, on ABC's Good Morning America between 7-9am. She also chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
- Sarah Jessica Parker (Sex and the City/Square Pegs) - Sarah is a guest on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
- Wendi McLendon-Covey (The Goldbergs/Rules of Engagement/Reno 911!) - Wendi dishes about her new film, Tyler Perry's The Single Moms Club, on The Wendy Williams Show at 12am on BET or on your local stations.
- Annie Potts (Designing Women) - Annie talks about her return to Broadway in Pippin on The Couch on WLNY 10/55 in New York between 7-9am.
- George Lopez (Saint George/George Lopez) - George will be on ESPN's SportsNation.
- Sarah Michelle Gellar (The Crazy Ones) - Sarah stops by The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
- Keke Palmer (True Jackson, VP) - Keke is a guest on NBC's Today in the 10am hour. She will also be on Arise TV at 2pm.
- Christine Lakin (Step by Step) - Christine appears on Big Morning Buzz Live with Nick Lachey on VH1 at 10am.
- Hayley Orrantia (The Goldbergs) - Hayley visits Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
- Allison Janney (Mom/Mr. Sunshine) - Allison is part of the guest panel on Chelsea Lately on E! at 11pm.
- Kristin Chenoweth (Kristin) - Kristin appears on Conan at 11pm on TBS.
- Billy Connolly (Head of the Class/Billy) - Billy is a guest on Conan at 11pm on TBS.
- Paul Scheer (The League) - Paul visits The Pete Holmes Show at midnight on TBS.
- Ty Burrell (Modern Family/Back to You/Out of Practice) - Ty talks about lending his voice for new animated film Mr. Peabody & Sherman onLIVE! with Kelly and Michael, so check your listings.
- Scott Foley (The Goodwin Games/A.U.S.A.) - Scott appears on ABC's Good Morning America between 7-9am. He will also be on LIVE! with Kelly and Michael, so check your listings. Finally, he is a guest on Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
- Cheryl Hines (Suburgatory/Curb Your Enthusiasm) - Cheryl chats on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
- Whitney Cummings (Whitney) - Whitney is part of the guest panel on Chelsea Lately on E! at 11pm.
- Michael Mosley (Sirens) - Michael is a guest on Pop Sugar on TV Guide Network at 6pm and on the next day on their website at noon.
- Ray Romano (Everybody Loves Raymond) - Ray appears on a repeat of The Queen Latifah Show, so check your local listings.
- Cynthia Nixon (Sex and the City) - Cynthia is a guest on NBC's Today between 7-9am and in the 10am hour.
- Patrick Duffy (Step by Step) - Patrick will be on Good Day New York on WNYW-Fox5 in New York at 9:15am. He will also be on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 12:30pm ET.
- Jason Hervey (The Wonder Years) - Jason talks about his iconic role on The Wonder Years and what he's up to now on Katie, so check your local listings.
- Ellen DeGeneres (Ellen) - Watch Ellen on a repeat of Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
- Kenan Thompson (Kenan & Kel) - Kenan appears on Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
- Patrick Duffy (Step by Step) - Patrick discusses the new season of Dallas on LIVE! with Kelly and Michael, so check your listings. He will also be on NBC's Today in the 10am hour.
- Jason Bateman (Arrested Development/The Hogan Family/It's Your Move) - Jason is a guest on Pop Sugar on TV Guide Network at 6pm and on the next day on their website at noon.
- Scott Foley (The Goodwin Games/A.U.S.A.) - Scott joins the Chew Crew on ABC's The Chew at 1pm ET/12pm PT/CT.
- Judy Gold (All-American Girl) - Judy weighs in on hot topics on The Couch on WLNY 10/55 in New York between 7-9am.
- Chelsea Handler (Are You There, Chelsea?) - Chelsea answers calls from the Foodie Phone Booth on Rachael Ray, so check your local listings.
- Stephanie Beatriz (Brooklyn Nine-Nine) - Stephanie discusses Brooklyn Nine-Nine on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
- Lena Dunham (Girls) - Lena will be on NBC's Today between 7-9am.
- Patrick Warburton (Rules of Engagement/Seinfeld) - Patrick appears on NBC's Today between 7-9am.
- Terry Crews (Brooklyn Nine-Nine/Are We There Yet?/Everybody Hates Chris) - Terry is a guest on Larry King Now at 2/5pm PT/ET on Ora.tv and Hulu.
- Christine Lakin (Step by Step) - Christine is a guest on Big Morning Buzz Live with Nick Lachey on VH1 at 10am.
- Henry Winkler (Happy Days/Out of Practice) - Henry visits The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
Thursday, February 27, 2014
The CW 2014 Season Finales, Summer News; Episodic Review: Community - "Bondage and Beta Male Sexuality" Airing Tonight on NBC
The CW announced its May 2014 season finale dates and the broadcast television premiere of the four-hour event miniseries Labyrinth, airing across two consecutive nights on Thursday, May 22 from 8:00-10:00pm ET and concluding Friday, May 23 from 8:00-10:00pm ET. Filmed on-location in the medieval town of Carcassonne in southwest France and Cape Town, South Africa, the historical miniseries jumps back and forth between modern and medieval France as it follows the lives of two women who are separated by centuries, but united in their search for the Holy Grail. Labyrinth features a multi-national and award-winning cast, including John Hurt, Sebastian Stan, Jessica Brown-Findlay, Vanessa Kirby and Tom Felton. The series is an adaption of Kate Mosse's New York Times best-seller and multi-million selling, international hit adventure/thriller novel of the same title. The CW's 2014 season finale dates are as follow:
Monday, May 5, 9:00pm: The Tomorrow People
Monday, May 12, 8:00pm Star-Crossed
Tuesday, May 13, 8:00pm: The Originals
Wednesday, May 14, 8:00pm: Arrow
Thursday, May 15, 8:00pm-10:00pm: The Vampire Diaries and Reign
Friday, May 16, 9:00pm: Hart of Dixie
Tuesday, May 20, 9:00pm: Supernatural
Wednesday, June 11, 9:00pm: The 100
On the next...Community (NBC, Thur 8:00pm):
NBC's ensemble comedy lead by Joel McHale airs Thursdays at 8:00pm and we have just watched the next episode that airs tonight (Feb. 27). In the episode airing tonight, "Bondage and Beta Male Sexuality," Professor Duncan (guest star John Oliver, The Daily Show) decides it's time to seduce Britta (Gillian Jacobs) and Jeff (Joel McHale) counsels him on how to close the deal. Meanwhile, Britta runs into some old friends and realizes that they have moved on from their shared anarchist views of the past. Abed (Danny Pudi) runs afoul of Professor Hickey (Jonathan Banks) when he accidentally damages some drawings Hickey has been laboring over. When Hickey restrains Abed as punishment, the two end up spending some meaningful time together. Meanwhile, Chang (Ken Jeong) finds himself performing an impromptu one-man show for a ghostly audience.
At its heart, Community is a show about people trying to connect with each other. The show has become more known for its genre parodies and format bending over the years, but the thing that keeps it together is the strong, emotional undercurrent that focuses on how these people have been rejected from just about every other aspect of society and have to use Greendale to start themselves over. Five seasons in, it would be easy for Community to forget this undercurrent and just do a bunch of silly movie parodies every week. That's pretty much what the show did when it briefly lost its creator in Season 4, and it's the biggest reason why that season failed. But Season 5 has been a relief in that it's brought back those dark underlying in a big way. So it's nice to see the show pull off an episode like "Bondage and Beta Male Sexuality," an episode that almost completely sidesteps the shows' inventive side and focuses in on its characters' emotions.
"Bondage and Beta Male Sexuality" reminded me a lot of "Mixology Certification", a season two episode that remains my favorite episode of the show. That episode centered around the study group going to be a bar and slowly tore apart each one of them, allowing us to see their vulnerabilities and weaknesses. It remains the gold standard for sitcom character development, in my mind – and although "Bondage" didn't *quite* reach those heights (mostly because it sidelines a few of its characters in favor of a silly Chang plot), it was certainly similar in its emotional honesty and its commitment to pathos. "Bondage" was also an episode that made good use of the shows' slightly altered ensemble. I was worried about the effect that Troy and Pierce's departures would have on the show, but it's done a really great job filling their void with the addition of Buzz Hickey and the re-introduction of Professor Duncan, both of whom fit quite neatly into the broken Community study group. Hickey, in particular, has been a surprisingly well-drawn and intriguing character. When a show adds a new character this late in the game, it's incredibly easy for that character to come off as a weak link, since they don't have the years of history and development like the rest of the ensemble. But Hickey has been a really rewarding addition, and the way the show has used him to sort of question each of its study group member has been fascinating. Like much of this season, "Bondage" re-highlighted what it is that makes this show work so well, while simultaneously finding new areas for its characters to explore. These kinds of episodes might not be as exciting as a paintball war of a school-wide game of Hot Lava, but they're just as rewarding, and arguably even more necessary. A-
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Breaking the mold of a typical pre-launch promotion, the cast and creators of NBC's upcoming multi-camera comedy series Undateable are hitting the road on a multi-city, cross-country comedy tour. Led by the show's co-creator and executive producer Bill Lawrence (Scrubs, Spin City, Cougar Town), series stars Chris D'Elia, Brent Morin, Ron Funches and Rick Glassman - all stand-up comedians - will bring the Undateable comedy tour to venues across the country. Each performance will showcase a stand-up set from each of the actors with Bill Lawrence serving as host. This tour will give audiences a sneak peak of the comedic humor that viewers can expect when Undateable premieres later this year on NBC. A premiere date is still to come, so stay tuned on that. A list of confirmed first-leg tour dates are released. For information on venues, additional dates or to purchase tickets, please visit http://www.nbc.com/undateable/comedy-tour. The first stop will be on Sunday, March 2, 2014 in New York City at Carolines On Broadway. As for the series itself, it is a new comedy series about a group of friends who are thisclose to finding a relationship - they just need a little help.
ION Television announced an agreement to produce new original episodes of the procedural drama The Listener. ION joins Shaftesbury, CTV and Fox International as co-producers on the drama, which started production on 13 new original episodes earlier this year. The agreement makes ION the exclusive original U.S. television network for current and future seasons of the series. The Listener joins ION's portfolio of acclaimed dramas, including Criminal Minds, Without a Trace Cold Case, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Burn Notice, Psych and Leverage. This announcement comes on the heels of ION's recent acquisition of the high profile drama Blue Bloods from CBS, which will be joining the ION schedule this fall. The Listener is the latest scripted ION Television original and joins the network following the success of the original series, Flashpoint, along with ION's made-for-TV original movies. Starring Craig Olejnik, The Listener centers on mind-reading police consultant Toby Logan, who uses his telepathic ability to help a special law enforcement unit solve the most complicated cases. Having kept his unique power hidden for years, Toby learns to harness his skill to help others and save lives. The series also stars Ennis Esmer as Oz Bey; Lauren Lee Smith as Sergeant Michelle McCluskey; Rainbow Sun Francks as Corporal Dev Clark; Peter Stebbings as Alvin Klein; Tara Spencer-Nairn as Sandy; and Mylène Dinh-Robic as Olivia Fawcett.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
ABC Midseason Pilot Review: Mixology - Premieres Wednesday, Feb. 26; USA Network's Benched Adds Another Cast Member
Mixology - Wednesdays at 9:30PM ET/PT on ABC
Premieres Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 9:30PM ET/PT
One bar. One night. This high-concept comedy from the writers of The Hangover chronicles the misadventures of 10 people in search of love. Or sex. But mostly love. Okay fine, sex. Recently dumped by his fiancée, Tom (Blake Lee) hasn't been out on the town in a decade. His best friends, the handsome, confident Cal (Craig Frank) and wise-ass 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. But the night is still young and the boys have plenty of people to meet in Mix's chic crowd, including Maya's engaged friend, Liv (Kate Simses), aggressive and sexy single mom Jessica (Alexis Carra), Jessica's gorgeous yet catty frenemy Fabienne (Frankie Shaw), bubbly cocktail waitress Kacey (Vanessa Lengies), hot and mysterious bartender Dominic (Adan Canto), and failed internet entrepreneur Ron (Adam Campbell). As the night unfolds and closing time approaches, some people may get lucky while others are destined to spend the night alone. The question of the season is...who's going home with whom?
Craig Frank as Cal
Andrew Santino as Bruce
Ginger Gonzaga as Maya
Kate Simses as Liv
Alexis Carra as Jessica
Frankie Shaw as Fabienne
Vanessa Lengies as Kacey
Adan Canto as Dominic
Adam Campbell as Ron
Blake Lee (Tom) got his start on the hit series Parks and Recreation where he recurred as a guest star as Derek, April's oddball "boyfriend." His work on the show gave him exposure and led to various other roles in both film and TV. In addition to acting, Blake is currently writing a comedic screenplay with his friend and former Parks and Recreation co-star, Aubrey Plaza.
Craig Frank (Cal) has been pretty blessed to have worked in the industry, working in commercial ads for Nike, McDonalds, Samsung, Lexus, and Coke -- just to name a few. Now, Frank has his big break on this TV series.
Andrew Santino (Bruce) has guest starred on Family Tree on HBO, Children's Hospital on Adult Swim, Arrested Development on Netflix & The Office on NBC. Santino was named Comedy Central's Top 10 Comics to Watch and was most recently seen on Adam Devine's House Party, which aired on Comedy Central. Santino began his career by writing and starring on MTV's final season of PUNK'D.
Ginger Gonzaga (Maya) has guest starred in numerous television shows including CBS's The Millers, Fox's The Finder, and Family Guy, but is most recently known for her recurring role as Jim Jefferies's frustrated girlfriend on FX's critically acclaimed dark comedy Legit. In features, Ginger was seen in the Seth Macfarlane hit summer comedy Ted for Universal, and will next be seen in the indie Someone Marry Barry opposite Ed Helms and Tyler Labine. She has leant her comedy writing skills to Comedy Central for a live touring show starring David Koechner, Abby Elliott and Owen Benjamin, as well as Hulu for their daily series, The Morning After, which she also hosted.
Kate Simses (Liv) began her career with guest spots on shows such as Comedy Central's Important Things with Demetri Martin, and NBC's 30 Rock, Law and Order: SVU, and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Her most recent film work includes roles in What's Your Number with Ana Farris and the upcoming That Awkward Moment. Kate has voiced characters on cartoons for Nickelodeon, CBS, and many incredibly angst-y books on tape for teens. She also co-produced and starred in the original web series Sylvia Plath: Girl Detective.
Alexis Carra (Jessica) has been on top Broadway shows including Wicked, Sweet Charity, and Fame on 42nd St. After closing the Broadway show The Pirate Queen, she guest starred on TV series such as Grey's Anatomy, Castle, The Mentalist, and Bones.
Frankie Shaw (Fabienne) most recently appeared on HBO's Hello Ladies, opposite Stephen Merchant, Christine Woods and Kevin Weisman. She recently guest starred on CBS' 2 Broke Girls, opposite Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs. She previously starred in the Spike TV/Lionsgate half-hour series, Blue Mountain State. Shaw will next be seen in the independent film, The Pretty One, for director Jenée LaMarque, opposite Jake Johnson and Zoe Kazan, as well as Andrew Levitas' Lullaby, opposite Garrett Hedlund, Richard Jenkins, Jessica Brow-Findlay, Amy Adams, and Terrence Howard, which screened at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival. She recently shot Rob Pearlstein's Someone Marry Barry, opposite her Mixology co-star Ginger Gonzaga, Tyler Labine and Hayes MacArthur. Shaw was also seen in the Wrekin Hill Entertainment film, The End of Love, directed by Mark Webber, opposite Mark Webber, Michael Cera, Amanda Seyfried, and Jason Ritter, which premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. She also voiced the role of Victoria Primm on the animated PBS show Nate the Great, and has appeared on Law & Order and One Life to Live.
Vanessa Lengies (Kacey) was last seen as Sugar Motta on the hit Fox series Glee. She previously starred opposite Jada Pinkett Smith on the popular TNT series HawthoRNe. Acting professionally since childhood, Lengies began her career working on several popular Canadian TV series such as Are You Afraid of the Dark and Radio Active. Canadian audiences will also remember her as co-host with Elisha Cuthbert on the hugely successful Popular Mechanics for Kids. She made her American series regular debut when she was cast as Roxanne Bojarski on the NBC drama series American Dreams, which portrayed Philadelphia in the era of "American Bandstand." Lengies work on the show won the hearts of audiences across America, made her a household name and earned her a Teen Choice Award nomination. Lengies has also made a name for herself on the big screen with lead roles in audience favorites like Stick It, Waiting and The Perfect Man. She co-starred in My Suicide, which won several best film awards including the Crystal Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival for Best Feature Film- Generation 14plus.
Adam Campbell (Ron) most recently had a recurring role on the last season of Fox's Touch, playing the corrupt Tony Rigby opposite Lukas Hass and Kiefer Sutherland. Adam's work has included other series regular roles such as CBS's cult-favorite Harper's Island, as well as recurring and guest starring appearances on a number of noteworthy television shows such as 2 Broke Girls, Best Friends Forever, Parenthood, and Up All Night. On the big screen, his credits include The Five Year Engagement and he was the male lead in Fox's spoof films Epic Movie and Date Movie.
We got to watch the first three episodes, so this review will be based on that.
#1. "Tom & Maya" (airs Wednesday, February 26 at 9:30PM ET/PT)
In the premiere episode for the series, recently dumped by his fiancée, Tom hasn't been out on the town in a decade. His best friends, the handsome, confident Cal and wise-ass Bruce, are throwing Tom back into the dating pool whether he likes it or not. Tom's first encounter is with Maya, an attorney who's as beautiful as she is brutal -- before long, Tom is in tears. But the night is still young and the boys have plenty of people to meet in Mix's chic crowd, including Maya's engaged friend, Liv, aggressive and sexy single mom Jessica, Jessica's gorgeous yet catty frenemy Fabienne, bubbly cocktail waitress Kacey, hot and mysterious bartender Dominic and failed internet entrepreneur Ron. As the night unfolds and closing time approaches, some people may get lucky while others are destined to spend the night alone.
"Tom & Maya" was written by written by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore and directed by Larry Charles.
#2. "Liv & Ron" (airs Wednesday, March 5 at 9:30PM ET/PT)
After a chance meeting outside of the bar, the sweet and innocent Liv is charmed by the sophisticated Brit, Ron, and the two have instant chemistry. Meanwhile, Jessica and her frenemy Fab, start a friendly competition to win the affections of Dominic, the very hot bartender. Tom, Bruce and Cal are still on the hunt for some ladies, and even though Tom is smitten over Maya, he shockingly comes through and takes one for the team.
"Liv & Ron" was written by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore and directed by Michael McDonald.
#3. "Bruce & Jessica" (airs Wednesday, March 12 at 9:30PM ET/PT)
Bruce is as abrasive as they come and when he sets his eyes on Jessica, a single mom from New Jersey, he thinks she's easy prey. He's very quickly rejected, but he ignores Tom and Cal's advice to abort the mission and he continues to pursue her. Meanwhile, Liv decides to indulge her curiosity with Ron, but that leads to some unexpected trouble.
"Bruce & Jessica" was written by Ira Ungerleider and directed by Adam Davidson.
This is a very unique show. It's something different and out of the box and having watched the first three episodes, I'm hooked. Each episode focuses on two characters and we get to learn quite a lot. I really like character-driven shows and this is a solid one. We have 10 characters on this show and while we don't know much about some of them yet after three episodes, we care enough to stick around. I really like how they focus on a "couple" for each episode but not exclusively to that couple. We get to see how the relationship folds (or unfolds). Like the couples, we enter the night as strangers and are in for the ride. The most funniest characters so far have been the three guy friends - Tom, Bruce and Cal. They bring the funny and so far have been heavily featured in each episode (maybe because 2 of the 3 episodes are theirs so far). They might be the bread and butter of the show because you root for them and laugh with them. You have the classic wimp, the classic goofball and the classic wiseguy.
Final Numbers (out of 5 stars):
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Jolene Purdy has been tapped as a series regular on USA Network's upcoming courtroom comedy Benched. Purdy will play Micah, an intern in the public defender's office. She joins previously announced Eliza Coupe (Happy Endings), Jay Harrington (Better Off Ted) and Oscar Nunez (The Office). This comedy is from ABC Signature and The Mark Gordon Company. The sitcom is a single-camera half-hour courtroom comedy that focuses on Nina (Coupe), a dedicated, career-driven corporate attorney who has a very public nervous breakdown after getting passed up for an expected promotion, and finds herself working as a public defender. Her personal and professional worlds are turned upside down when she joins the ranks of the legal world's underdogs and very quickly realizes that the law isn't quite as fair as she once thought. Jay Harrington stars as Nina's new colleague, Phil, a tall, dark and handsome, if not a little scruffy, public defender and avid gambler. We still do not have a premiere date yet, but as a reminder USA Network will launch new comedy Sirens next Thursday (March 6) at 10pm
Monday, February 24, 2014
NBC to Revive Heroes as Mini-Series; The Hub's Tia & Tamera-Thon on March 7 with 10 Sister Sister Episodes
NBC is bringing back its conquering Heroes. An iconic series that still commands a rabid fan base (with reruns airing on G4), Heroes will return to the network in 2015 as an event miniseries with original creator and executive producer Tim Kring at the helm. NBC has ordered 13 episodes for a new stand-alone story arc entitled Heroes Reborn, with all details of storylines and characters being kept under wraps. The original series chronicled the life-changing stories of a series of unrelated ordinary people who discovered they had superhuman abilities. As the saga unfolded, they learned they were part of a grand plan that brought them together to change the world. With the return of Heroes Reborn, NBC will launch a digital series prior to the 2015 premiere that will introduce the characters and new storylines. This leveraging of social media is a way for fans to re-engage with what was one for the true pioneers in multiplatform storytelling. The iconic sci-fi series, which ran on NBC from 2006-10 and was an immediate hit, ranked as television's #1 new drama with an average audience of 14.5 million viewers during its initial season. The show was Golden Globe-nominated in its first year of eligibility for best drama series; it won the BAFTA Award for best international series, the AFI Award, the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films Saturn Award, two People's Choice Awards and the Television Critics Association Award for Program of the Year. Fun Fact: The series remains one of the best-selling TV series on DVD of all time with more than 10 million units sold. Stay tuned for continued updates, as this is the second series to be revived, with the other being 24: Live Another Day, of course. But unlike that series, this series might be brand new characters all-around, but we shall see.
Last week we mentioned Sister, Sister coming to The Hub Network, but now we have one additional detail. There will be a special TGIF-style marathon! In celebration of this acquisition, viewers can tune in to the Hub Network's special "Tia & Tamera-Thon" featuring 10 fun-filled episodes on Friday, March 7 from 7pm-12am ET/4pm-9pm PT. Separated at birth, identical twins Tia Landry and Tamera Campbell (Tia and Tamera Mowry) reunite as teenagers and live under one roof with their adoptive parents, Lisa Landry and Ray Campbell (Jackée Harry and Tim Reid). Together, this unconventional blended family learns lessons in life, laughter and love. The Hub Network has acquired all six seasons of Sister, Sister (119 episodes), which is distributed by CBS Television Distribution, and will air it regularly weekdays 7-8pm ET and encores 2-3am ET. It's double the trouble and twice the fun! Tune in and stay with us for continued updates.
Sunday, February 23, 2014
Total Viewers: #1. NBC 20.8 million (-7% from first four nights Week 21); #2. Fox 7.91 million (+19%); #3. CBS 7.08 million (+9%); #4. ABC 4.08 million (+3%); #5. The CW 0.91 million (even).
Adults 18-49: #1. NBC 5.2/15 rating/share (-15% from first four nights Week 21); #2. Fox 2.2/6 (+5%); #3. CBS 1.5/4 (+25%); #4. ABC 1.1/3 (-8%) #5. The CW 0.3/1 (even)
For previous week's final ratings, Week 21 (2/9/14-2/16/14) had NBC win the week in 18-49 with a 5.5 rating with Olympic action, followed by Fox's 1.4, ABC's 1.0 and CBS' 0.9. In total viewers, NBC also lead with 21.21 million, beating CBS which did 5.31 million, Fox followed with 4.42, and ABC trailed with 3.73 million.
Season to-date (9/23/13-2/16/14) in 18-49, NBC is back on top with a 3.1, over Fox's 2.8, CBS is next with a 2.5, and ABC at a 2.1. In total viewers, CBS is still on top with 11.1 million, then NBC is creeping in with 10.09, Fox is at 8.34 and ABC is at 7.31.
Back to week 22, read our full night-by-night analysis followed by how the sitcoms did! GREAT showings are in BOLD. If they are in bold in both total viewers and 18-49, then it is very impressive:
|Week 22 (Feb. 17-23) Analysis|
|Last Sunday (Feb. 16)||(Week 21)||This Wk||Prev Week||Wk-to-Wk +/-||This Wk||Prev Week||Wk-to-Wk +/-|
|Title||Network||Time||Total Viewers||18-49 Rtg||Notes|
|60 Minutes||CBS||7:00PM||8,173,000||9,380,000||(1,207,000)||0.97||1.15||(0.18)||vs. REPEAT|
|America's Funniest Videos||ABC||7:00PM||4,693,000||5,371,000||(678,000)||1.16||1.33||(0.17)||REPEAT|
|2014 Winter Olympics||NBC||7:00PM||21,270,000||26,323,000||(5,053,000)||4.86||7.25||(2.39)||7-11P|
|Beatles Grammy Salute||CBS||8:00PM||14,045,000||(14,045,000)||2.14||(2.14)|
|ABC Movie: UP||ABC||8:00PM||3,315,000||3,130,000||185,000||0.95||1.00||(0.05)||8-10P vs. Toy Story 3|
|The Good Wife||CBS||10:00PM||2,699,000||2,699,000||0.39||0.39||REPEAT|
|Monday||This Wk||Prev Week||Wk-to-Wk +/-||This Wk||Prev Week||Wk-to-Wk +/-|
|Title||Network||Time||Total Viewers||18-49 Rtg||Notes|
|How I Met Your Mother||CBS||8:00PM||5,043,000||5,433,000||(390,000)||1.43||1.30||0.13||REPEAT vs 2 Broke (R)|
|2014 Winter Olympics||NBC||8:00PM||23,546,000||22,395,000||1,151,000||5.65||6.45||(0.80)||8-11P|
|Star Crossed||CW||8:00PM||1,284,000||1,035,000||249,000||0.45||0.33||0.12||Premiere, vs. Hart of Dixie|
|2 Broke Girls||CBS||8:30PM||4,894,000||5,143,000||(249,000)||1.18||1.20||(0.02)||REPEAT vs. Mom (R)|
|Mike & Molly||CBS||9:00PM||5,526,000||6,031,000||(505,000)||1.29||1.40||(0.11)||REPEAT|
|Beauty & the Beast||CW||9:00PM||775,000||743,000||32,000||0.30||0.27||0.03|
|Tuesday||This Wk||Prev Week||Wk-to-Wk +/-||This Wk||Prev Week||Wk-to-Wk +/-|
|Title||Network||Time||Total Viewers||18-49 Rtg||Notes|
|Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.||ABC||8:00PM||2,698,000||2,698,000||0.73||0.73||REPEAT|
|2014 Winter Olympics||NBC||8:00PM||18,394,000||23,722,000||(5,328,000)||4.99||6.59||(1.60)||8-11P|
|The Vampire Diaries||CW||8:00PM||740,000||740,000||0.26||0.26||REPEAT|
|The Biggest Loser||NBC||9:00PM||0||0.00|
|Person of Interest||CBS||10:00PM||6,335,000||5,771,000||564,000||1.11||0.87||0.24||REPEAT|
|Wednesday||This Wk||Prev Week||Wk-to-Wk +/-||This Wk||Prev Week||Wk-to-Wk +/-|
|Title||Network||Time||Total Viewers||18-49 Rtg||Notes|
|Mike & Molly||CBS||8:00PM||4,681,000||(4,681,000)||0.85||(0.85)|
|Beatles Grammy Salute||CBS||8:30PM||4,892,000||(4,892,000)||0.88||(0.88)|
|2014 Winter Olympics||NBC||8:00PM||20,187,000||20,809,000||(622,000)||5.01||5.58||(0.57)||8-11P|
|Law & Order: SVU||NBC||9:00PM||0||0.00|
|Super Fun Night||ABC||9:30PM||2,668,000||3,424,000||(756,000)||0.91||1.25||(0.34)||FINALE|
|Thursday||This Wk||Prev Week||Wk-to-Wk +/-||This Wk||Prev Week||Wk-to-Wk +/-|
|Title||Network||Time||Total Viewers||18-49 Rtg||Notes|
|The Big Bang Theory||CBS||8:00PM||10,160,000||11,778,000||(1,618,000)||2.62||2.80||(0.18)||REPEAT|
|2014 Winter Olympics||NBC||8:00PM||20,286,000||22,944,000||(2,658,000)||4.99||5.95||(0.96)||8-11P|
|Mom||CBS||8:30PM||7,116,000||7,430,000||(314,000)||1.82||1.79||0.03||REPEAT vs. Millers (R)|
|Parks & Recreation||NBC||8:30PM||0||0.00||preempted|
|Two and a Half Men||CBS||9:00PM||6,238,000||5,008,000||1,230,000||1.48||1.23||0.25||REPEAT vs. Crazy Ones (R)|
|Reign||CW||9:00PM||731,000||1,066,000||(335,000)||0.19||0.34||(0.15)||REPEAT vs. Arrow (R)|
|The Millers||CBS||9:30PM||4,991,000||5,594,000||(603,000)||1.19||1.26||(0.07)||REPEAT vs. 2.5 Men (R)|
|Friday||(PRELIMINARY #s)||This Wk||Prev Week||Wk-to-Wk +/-||This Wk||Prev Week||Wk-to-Wk +/-|
|Title||Network||Time||Total Viewers||18-49 Rtg||Notes|
|Blue Bloods||CBS||8:00PM||5,332,000||5,328,000||4,000||0.70||0.88||(0.18)||REPEAT vs. 5-0 (R)|
|Charlie Brown Valentine||ABC||8:00PM||3,902,000||(3,902,000)||0.98||(0.98)|
|Last Man Standing||ABC||8:00PM||4,028,000||4,028,000||0.80||0.80||REPEAT|
|2014 Winter Olympics||NBC||8:00PM||14,846,000||19,109,000||(4,263,000)||3.60||4.52||(0.92)||8-11P|
|Whose Line Is It Anyway?||CW||8:00PM||1,414,000||962,000||452,000||0.40||0.33||0.07||REPEAT|
|Last Man Standing||ABC||8:30PM||3,888,000||3,888,000||0.80||0.80||REPEAT|
|Whose Line Is It Anyway?||CW||8:30PM||1,427,000||885,000||542,000||0.50||0.34||0.16||REPEAT|
|Blue Bloods||CBS||9:00PM||6,325,000||5,765,000||560,000||0.80||0.88||(0.08)||REPEAT vs. 5-0 (R)|
|Shark Tank||ABC||9:00PM||6,138,000||4,483,000||1,655,000||1.70||1.19||0.51||vs. REPEAT|
|Blue Bloods||CBS||10:00PM||6,855,000||5,266,000||1,589,000||0.80||0.82||(0.02)||REPEAT vs. 5-0 (R)|
|Saturday||(PRELIMINARY #s)||This Wk||Prev Week||Wk-to-Wk +/-||This Wk||Prev Week||Wk-to-Wk +/-|
|Title||Network||Time||Total Viewers||18-49 Rtg||Notes|
|ABC Movie||ABC||8:00PM||2,480,000||2,286,000||194,000||0.70||0.54||0.16||8-10P vs. 8-11P|
|2014 Winter Olympics||NBC||8:00PM||12,850,000||17,097,000||(4,247,000)||2.70||4.35||(1.65)||8-11P|
|Daytona Bash||Fox||8:00PM||1,530,000||971,000||559,000||0.40||0.26||0.14||vs. Rake (R)|
|Crimetime||CBS||9:00PM||3,040,000||1,658,000||1,382,000||0.50||0.37||0.13||REPEAT vs. 48 Hours 9-11P|
|48 Hours Mystery||CBS||10:00PM||3,660,000||3,660,000||0.60||0.60|
Sitcoms in green did excellent for the week, while yellow indicates OK showings and red is not good! This is sorted by adults 18-49:
|Week 22 (Feb. 17-23) How the Sitcoms Did|
|(Sun comedies are previous week and Fri/Sat are prelim ratings)|
|Sorted by 18-49 Rtg|
|Title||Network||Time||Day||Total Viewers||18-49 Rtg||Notes|
|The Big Bang Theory||CBS||8:00PM||Thur||10,160,000||2.62||REPEAT|
|Two and a Half Men||CBS||9:00PM||Thur||6,238,000||1.48||REPEAT|
|How I Met Your Mother||CBS||8:00PM||Mon||5,043,000||1.43||REPEAT|
|Mike & Molly||CBS||9:00PM||Mon||5,526,000||1.29||REPEAT|
|2 Broke Girls||CBS||8:30PM||Mon||4,894,000||1.18||REPEAT|
|Super Fun Night||ABC||9:30PM||Wed||2,668,000||0.91||FINALE|
|Last Man Standing||ABC||8:00PM||Fri||4,028,000||0.8||REPEAT|
|Last Man Standing||ABC||8:30PM||Fri||3,888,000||0.8||REPEAT|
|The Crazy Ones||CBS||9:30PM||Thur||preempted|
|Parks & Recreation||NBC||8:30PM||Thur||preempted|
|The Mindy Project||Fox||9:30PM||Tues||preempted|
|Sean Saves the World||NBC||9:00PM||Thur||canceled|
|The Michael J. Fox Show||NBC||9:30PM||Thur||canceled|
|We Are Men||CBS||8:30PM||Mon||canceled|
|Welcome to the Family||NBC||8:30PM||Thur||canceled|
|Back in the Game||ABC||8:30PM||Wed||canceled|
SOURCE: Nielsen Media Research
New on DVD/Blu-ray (January/February)
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
Sunday, February 26
Son of Zorn - "All Hail Son of Zorn" (Fox, 7:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Seeing an opportunity to get Linda’s old job back, Zorn increases Sanitation Solutions’ business by tapping into the Zephyrian market. Alan tries to win Layla back by becoming Prom King – with Zorn’s help.
Bob's Burgers - "They Serve Horses, Don't They?" (Fox, 7:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
After a tip from Jimmy Pesto (guest voice Jay Johnston), Bob secures a new meat provider who claims to save clients money on every order. The Belchers quickly realize that the situation is too good to be true, as they find themselves involved in a full-blown investigation, led by Hugo (guest voice Ken Marino) and Ron (guest voice Ron Lynch). Will Bob crack under the pressure or will he lead the investigators to a huge victory?
The Simpsons - "Havana Wild Weekend" (Fox, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
When the Retirement Castle and the V.A. Hospital can’t solve Grampa’s health issues, the Simpsons decide to take a family trip to Cuba to get him cheap medical care.
The Simpsons - "There Will Be Buds" (Fox, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Homer gets roped into coaching the kids’ lacrosse team with Milhouse’s dad, Kirk, who is in desperate need of a friend. When Kirk gets too clingy, Homer vents about how much of a loser he is. Kirk overhears his rant and disappears, right when the team needs him most: the championship game.
Family Guy - "The Boys in the Band" (Fox, 9:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Stewie and Brian form a children’s band that quickly rises to fame until they let a girl get between them and drive the band apart. Meanwhile, Peter and Lois insist that Chris gets a job so he takes a job managing Quagmire’s sex life as his personal assistant.
Family Guy - "Bookie of the Year" (Fox, 9:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Brian and Lois decide it’s time for Chris to work out his anger management issues by taking up a sport. Chris surprises everyone and becomes a star baseball pitcher, which turns Peter into a gambling father, as he bets on his son’s baseball games. Meanwhile, Stewie, Brian and Frank Sinatra Jr. attempt to open an Italian restaurant .
Monday, February 27
- Keri Russell (Running Wilde) - Watch Keri on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
- Connie Britton (Spin City/The Fighting Fitzgeralds/Lost at Home) - Connie appears on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
- Slink Johnson (Black Jesus) - Slick is a guest on @midnight on Comedy Central at midnight.
- Adam Scott (Parks and Recreation) - Adam drops by Conan at 11pm on TBS.
- Josh Henderson (One on One) - Josh appears on Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo. He also talks about The Arrangement on NBC's Today in the 10am hour.
- David Hyde Pierce (Frasier) - David chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
- Jerry O'Connell (We Are Men/Carpoolers/My Secret Identity) - Jerry is a guest on LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
- Leighton Meester (Making History) - Leighton stops by Harry, so check your local listings.
- Holly Robinson Peete (Hangin' with Mr. Cooper/For Your Love) - Holly visits Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
- John Lithgow (Trial & Error/Twenty Good Years/3rd Rock from the Sun) - John talks about Trial & Error on NBC's Today in the 9am hour and on the AOL Build Show at 1:30pm.
- Billy Gardell (Mike & Molly) - Billy dishes on how This is Us is following in Mike & Molly’s footsteps – and why both shows are so beloved on People Now at 8:30am.
- Lisa Kudrow (Friends/The Comeback) and Craig Robinson (The Office) - Lisa and Craig talk about their new film Table 19 on the AOL Build Show at 2:30pm.
- Sinbad (A Different World/The Sinbad Show) - Sinbad is a guest on Steve Harvey, so check your local listings.
- Bradley Whitford (Trophy Wife) - Bradley visits The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
- Craig Robinson (The Office/Mr. Robinson) - Craig appears on The Real, so check your local listings.