Thursday, July 31, 2014
Antenna TV's Bewitched 50th Anniversary in September Hosted by Erin Murphy (Tabitha); Paramount Announces New Comedy for Web
Antenna TV is celebrating 50 years of Bewitched with 50 episodes of the classic series for a marathon airing on Saturday, September 20 beginning at 1pm ET. Antenna TV's "Bewitched For 50 Years" marathon will be hosted by Bewitched star, Erin Murphy, who co-starred as Tabitha Stephens, the magical daughter, during the show's original run from 1964-1972. Erin Murphy will host the 50 episode/25 hour marathon and provide insights and commentary in interstitial segments between the episodes. The marathon will feature a selection of the top episodes from the series, with some of Erin's favorite episodes. "I am so happy to be participating in Antenna TV's Bewitched anniversary marathon. The enduring popularity of Bewitched, and its loyal viewers, means so much to me. I'm honored to be part of the legacy," said Murphy. Her favorite episodes are: "Nobody's Perfect," "Moment of Truth," "Dangerous Diaper Dan," "Hoho the Clown," "Toys in Babeland," "A Safe and Sane Halloween," "Ancient Macedonian Dodo Birds," "A Prince of a Guy," "Playmates," "Sam's Secret Saucer," "Samantha on Keyboard," "Samantha Fights City Hall," "I Don't Want to be a Toad," "Tabitha's Weekend," "Samantha and the Beanstalk," "A Bunny for Tabatha," "Tabitha's Very Own Samantha," "Just a Kid Again," "TV or Not TV," "Hansel and Gretel in Samantha" and "Tabitha's First Day in School." These favorite episodes of her's will be featured in the marathon on Sept. 20-21!
Paramount Digital Entertainment announced their new comedy series Resident Advisors. Elizabeth Banks (Pitch Perfect) and Max Handelman (Pitch Perfect) will executive produce through their Brownstone Productions banner, and Ira Ungerleider (Friends) has come aboard to shepherd the project as both executive producer and director along with Natalia Anderson who will produce the original comedy series based on a pilot script written by Taylor Jenkins Reid and Alex Reid. The series will star Ryan Hansen (Bad Teacher, 2 Broke Girls, Burning Love), Jamie Chung (Once Upon a Time, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For), Alison Rich (College Humor Originals), Andrew Bachelor (House of Lies), Graham Rogers (Revolution) and features Anna Camp (Pitch Perfect). The series is a workplace comedy set in the most hormonally-overloaded, sexually active, out-of-control workplace in the world: a college dorm. The show follows a group of resident advisors as they navigate sex, drugs, and midterms. Paramount Digital Entertainment is the studio behind the recent comedy hit, The Hotwives of Orlando for Hulu and the Emmy-nominated series, Burning Love on Yahoo! Screen. No word on where and when Resident Advisors will debut, so stay tuned...
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
TV Land Orders New Sitcom Starring Jim Gaffigan; FX Laughs It Up on Monday Nights with Sheen, Grammer and Lawrence
TV Land has picked up The Gaffigan Show, created by Peter Tolan and Jim Gaffigan. The network has ordered 10 episodes. Jim Gaffigan is The New York Times best-selling author of Dad is Fat. The single-camera series is inspired by Gaffigan's real life, exploring one man's struggle in New York City to find a balance between fatherhood, stand-up comedy and an insatiable appetite. The Gaffigan Show will shoot in New York and premiere on TV Land in 2015. Peter Tolan (The Larry Sanders Show) will serve as executive producer alongside Jim Gaffigan and Jeannie Gaffigan. Brillstein Entertainment Partners' Alex Murray and Sandy Wernick will also executive produce along with Michael Wimer of Fedora Entertainment. Seth Gordon (The Goldbergs) directed the pilot episode.
The series will also air on Comedy Central, a sister Viacom network, within one week after its TV Land premiere. Gaffigan has a large, loyal fan base on Comedy Central with his stand-up specials and on social media with over two million Twitter followers. Ashley Williams (How I Met Your Mother) will co-star in The Gaffigan Show as Jim’s wife. Cult comedy favorites Adam Goldberg (Fargo) and Michael Ian Black (Ed) also star as Jim's best friend and his wife's meddling confidante, respectively.
FX will serve up original Monday laughs in late summer. Charlie Sheen returns to Monday nights in original back-to-back episodes of Anger Management beginning Monday, August 4 at 10:00 PM ET/PT on FX. The series will follow the double-episode 9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT premiere of FX's new 10/90 sitcom Partners, starring Kelsey Grammer and Martin Lawrence. Both Lionsgate-produced comedies will air back-to-back episodes for five consecutive weeks. Anger Management has now completed 80 episodes of its 100-episode order and will enter syndication this fall (check local listings for time and station). Partners, also crafted using the unique 10/90 syndication model pioneered by Lionsgate's Debmar-Mercury, is now commencing its initial 10-episode run.
In the first new episode of Anger Management airing August 4, Charlie Goodson (Charlie Sheen) struggles to resist the advances of his friend Sean's (Brian Austin Green) gorgeous younger sister and in the second, he deals with the unexpected consequences of meeting his girlfriend's best friend. The series ensemble also includes Shawnee Smith, Laura Bell Bundy, Noureen DeWulf, Michael Arden, Derek Richardson, Barry Corbin, Brett Butler and Daniela Bobadilla.
Partners opens after Allen Braddock (Kelsey Grammer), a blue-blood Chicago lawyer, is fired from his father's law firm for his questionable ethics and is brought down to the courthouse to be punished. There he runs into Marcus Jackson (Martin Lawrence), a man-of-the-people community lawyer who is representing himself in his own divorce settlement hearing. The two men strike a deal and end up forming an unexpected partnership. In the second episode, the partners suspect that a high-end wedding planner is taking advantage of same-sex couples and while Marcus sees this as an opportunity to help a young couple that was duped, Allen focuses on the lucrative potential in cornering the market on future same-sex divorces. When they pose as a couple to get evidence, it shines a light on the problems in their own relationship. Other series regulars include Telma Hopkins, Rory O'Malley, McKaley Miller, Edi Patterson and Danièle Watts.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Melissa Joan Hart Explains It All On truTV Tonight; Comedy Central Renews Two Series for 3rd Seasons
Melissa Joan Hart is going to explain it all again...this time about working moms. Motor City Masters is a brand new reality competition series on truTV produced by Bunim/Murray Productions in collaboration with Chevrolet. In search of America's next great car designer, each week contestants will be judged on their creativity, execution and forward-thinking design until only two designers remain. These finalists will face off and only one will be crowned the "Motor City Master". The winner of Motor City Masters will receive a brand new 2014 Camaro Z28, $100,000 cash and be named a Brand Ambassador for GM. Along with the talented group of contestants, Motor City Masters also features a star-studded slate of guest judges including actor Jesse Metcalfe (Dallas, Desperate Housewives), Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz, baseball great David Justice and model and surfer Malia Jones. This week, actress and producer Melissa Joan Hart (Melissa & Joey, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Clarissa Explains It All) takes the stage to help offer insight on the wants and needs of the working mom. The very special working mom-themed episode of Motor City Masters, premieres tonight on truTV at 10/9c.
History aficionados and business experts...we give you reason to cheer. Comedy Central's acclaimed series Drunk History and Nathan For You have each been renewed for a third season. These two renewals continue the #1 brand in comedy's 2014 momentum as they join the previously announced renewals of Broad City, Kroll Show, Inside Amy Schumer, Review and TripTank and an extended fourth season of Key & Peele. Drunk History is executive produced by Derek Waters, Jeremy Konner, along with Gary Sanchez Productions' Will Ferrell, Adam McKay, Chris Henchy and Owen Burke. Nathan For You, produced by Abso Lutely Productions, is executive produced by Nathan Fielder (recipient of the Just For Laugh's Breakout Comedy Star of the Year Award today in Montreal), Michael Koman and Dave Kneebone. The third seasons for each series will premiere in 2015.
Monday, July 28, 2014
As we announced a few years ago, reruns of Mike & Molly are coming to FX in Fall 2014! Now we have some additional details! The series will begin with a Labor Day marathon on Monday, September 1, 2014 from 12 noon to 9pm ET leading into the one-hour season finale of Partners, starring Kelsey Grammer and Martin Lawrence at 9. Back to Mike & Molly, the Melissa McCarthy sitcom will join the regular schedule a few weeks later beginning Tuesday, Sept. 23. Like, Two and a Half Men and How I Met Your Mother, it will air in stacks in late afternoons, primetime and late night. No set times or anything, but in the first week look for it to air 5:30pm-7:30pm on Tuesday and Wednesday, 6-10pm on Thursday and 11pm-2am on Saturday night. Mike & Molly will also premiere in local broadcast syndication this fall beginning Sept. 22. No other additions or changes are being made to FX in September, so you can still expect to see Men, Mother and FX's other series: Anger Management, Ellen and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. And don't forget sister network FXX will launch The Simpsons with the longest TV marathon ever! More to come on that soon, like its normal timeslots.
Jerry Seinfeld has announced the release of a new series of vignettes tied to his two-time Emmy®-nominated Crackle series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee titled Single Shots. Inspired by a small cup of espresso, Single Shots are two minute-long vignettes with Seinfeld and past Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee-featured guests discussing one specific topic. The first episode, which premiered last week, is titled "Donuts" and includes scenes of various comedians including Tina Fey, Sarah Silverman and Brian Regan talking to Jerry about the popular fried dough confections. The episodes from Single Shots include both previously aired footage from Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee as well as additional, never-before-seen footage. Since its debut in July 2012, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee has delivered more than 55 million streams, garnered rave reviews, and earned Jerry Seinfeld two consecutive Primetime Emmy® nominations in the Outstanding Special Class - Short-Format Nonfiction Programs category as well as two recent 2014 Webby Awards for Best Individual Performance (both the Webby and the People's Voice Award). Additional accolades include a Silver Telly Award in 2014 in Comedy, and two Bronze Telly Awards in 2014 for Branded Content with Acura and Use of Humor; a 2014 Webby Media and Entertainment Honoree and Branded Content Honoree for Interactive Advertising and Media; and a special Webby Award in 2013 for Outstanding Comedic Performance.
Sunday, July 27, 2014
|Summer Week 9 (July 21-27) 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||Thu||7,132,000||1.80||REPEAT|
|Two and a Half Men||CBS||9:30PM||Mon||4,419,000||1.02||REPEAT|
|Mike & Molly||CBS||9:00PM||Mon||4,599,000||1.01||REPEAT|
|2 Broke Girls||CBS||8:00PM||Mon||4,193,000||1.00||REPEAT|
|Welcome to Sweden||NBC||9:00PM||Thu||2,898,000||0.76|
|Working the Engels||NBC||9:30PM||Thu||2,170,000||0.62|
|The Mindy Project||Fox||9:00PM||Tue||946,000||0.46||REPEAT|
|The Mindy Project||Fox||9:30PM||Tue||940,000||0.43||REPEAT|
|About a Boy||NBC||9:00PM||Tue||completed|
|Last Man Standing||ABC||8:00PM||Fri||completed|
|Parks & Recreation||NBC||8:00PM||Thu||completed|
|How I Met Your Mother||CBS||8:00PM||Mon||ended|
|Growing Up Fisher||NBC||8:00PM||Wed||canceled|
|Friends with Better Lives||CBS||8:30PM||Mon||canceled|
|Super Fun Night||ABC||9:30PM||Wed||canceled|
|The Crazy Ones||CBS||9:30PM||Thu||canceled|
|Sean Saves the World||NBC||9:00PM||Thu||canceled|
|The Michael J. Fox Show||NBC||9:30PM||Thu||canceled|
|We Are Men||CBS||8:30PM||Mon||canceled|
|Welcome to the Family||NBC||8:30PM||Thu||canceled|
|Back in the Game||ABC||8:30PM||Wed||canceled|
SOURCE: Nielsen Media Research
New on DVD/Blu-ray (December/January)
12/06 - Family Guy - Season Fourteen
12/13 - American Dad! - Volume 11
12/13 - Newhart - The Complete Seventh 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
01/24 - Hooperman - Season Two
01/31 - Ballers - The Complete Second Season (Blu-ray)
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Monday, January 23
Kevin Can Wait - "Choke Doubt" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Kevin brags about saving a man from choking after hearing how much attention his brother Kyle is receiving for saving a cat. Adam Ferrara guest stars as Bill, a man Kevin saves from choking, and “The Insider” correspondent Michael Yo guest stars as Tom, a morning show anchor who interviews Kyle.
Man with a Plan - "The Talk" (CBS, 8:30PM ET/PT)
When Adam and Andi have the dreaded “talk” with Teddy and Kate, their awkward approach makes the kids horribly uncomfortable.
2 Broke Girls - "And the Emergency Contractor" (CBS, 9:00PM ET/PT)
When Max and Caroline get home from their road trip, Caroline discovers she likes the dessert bar renovations as much as she likes Bobby (Christopher Gorham), the contractor on the job. Also, Max rushes to Randy’s side when she hears he’s in the hospital in New York City, and Sophie joins a mommy group that cares more about partying than baby talk.
The Big Bang Theory - "The Conjugal Conjecture" (CBS, 9:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
After Sheldon’s mother and Leonard's father share an evening together, everyone deals with an awkward morning the next day. Also, Penny’s family arrives for the wedding ceremony, including her anxiety-ridden mother, Susan (Katey Sagal), and her drug dealing brother, Randall (Jack McBrayer). Dean Norris guest stars as Colonel Williams, an Air Force Representative from the Department of Materiel Command. Christine Baranski, Laurie Metcalf, Judd Hirsch and Keith Carradine return.
Monday, January 23
- Allison Janney (Mom/Mr. Sunshine) - Watch Allison on a repeat of The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
- William Shatner ($h*! My Dad Says) and Henry Winkler (Happy Days/Arrested Development/Out of Practice) - William and Henry are guests on a repeat of Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
- Kevin Nealon (Man with a Plan/Weeds/Hiller and Diller/Champs) - Kevin appears on @midnight on Comedy Central at midnight.
- Jade Catta-Preta (Manhattan Love Story) - Jade is a guest on @midnight on Comedy Central at midnight.
- Wendi McClendon-Covey (The Goldbergs/Rules of Engagement/Reno 911!) - Wendi stops by Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
- Cristela Alonzo (Cristela) - Cristela chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
- Tika Sumpter (The Game) - Tika appears on The Real, so check your local listings.
- Justina Machado (One Day at a Time) - Justina will be on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 12:30pm ET.
- Jerry O'Connell (We Are Men/Carpoolers/My Secret Identity) - Jerry and Rebecca Romjin talk about Love Locks on NBC's Today in the 9am hour. Jerry will also be on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT, on Access Hollywood Live (check your local listings) and on Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
- Retta (Parks and Recreation) - Retta talks about Girlfriend's Guide to Divorce on NBC's Today in the 10am hour.
- Kathryn Hahn (Happyish/Free Agents) - Kathryn will be on Access Hollywood Live, so check your local listings.