Monday, January 26, 2015

Pop Announces 4 New Projects, Includes Christine Lakin's Worst Ever; 21st Annual SAG Awards Winners

Pop

Pop, previously known as TVGN, officially rebranded on Jan. 14, 2015, and announced four new projects in development that embrace the network's brand promise of celebrating the fun of being a fan. The projects include a comedic, candid interview series with celebrities recounting how they lost their virginity, from executive producers Morgan Spurlock and John Stamos; a docu-series starring top syndicated and Z100 radio host Elvis Duran; a reality series pairing celebrities and inventors to create and launch a product line; and a stage comedy series with talent recounting their worst or most embarrassing life moments. Let's go overall four. First up is Losing It from Morgan Spurlock and John Stamos. Based on the popular Yahoo! web series, this celebrity-hosted television series will capture sit-down interviews with stars as they recount their unforgettable and often hilarious real-life stories of losing their virginity. Bits are recreated by puppets, animation, live action and claymation leading up to and following the big event.

Next is an Elvis Duran Project. Elvis Duran, one of the most listened-to syndicated radio personalities in the U.S. and host of his own show on Z100 in New York (Elvis Duran and the Morning Show), is the subject of a docu-series that follows Elvis and his employees both at work and play. The series will feature superstar guests and platinum selling artists who stop by the radio show, road trips with fans, and best moments from fan-fueled music festivals and live events. The third project is Celebrity Inc. It pairs celebrities with their dream product and an aspiring inventor to showcase the ultimate product launch and illustrate the power of celebrity endorsement. In each episode, a different celebrity is featured while teaming up with top product development company Edison Nation, LLC to identify the most talented aspiring inventors. After spending a week in product development camp, the inventors pitch their product to the celebrity, and one person is chosen to have their product launched, with the celebrity's name attached, in stores nationwide and online. And finally, our pick of the four is Worst Ever. A handful of celebrities take the stage in Worst Ever to recount their hilarious, embarrassing and sometimes shocking "Worst Ever" scenarios such as a date, audition, break-up, fight, family dinner, sexual encounter or interview. Hosted by actress Christine Lakin (Step by Step), and based on her and Alec Ledd's live stage show in Los Angeles, the series is a wry, candid and honest look at how celebrities aren't immune to life's most awkward moments.

Which of these will make it to series? We'll let you know. Maybe one or two or all four? We're rooting for our friend Christine Lakin and Worst Ever! Stay tuned!


The 21st SAG Awards were held last 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)
Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones, HBO)
Woody Harrelson (True Detective, HBO)
Matthew McConaughey (True Detective, HBO)
Kevin Spacey (House of Cards, Netflix)
WINNER: Kevin Spacey (House of Cards, Netflix)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
Claire Danes (Homeland, Showtime)
Viola Davis (How To Get Away With Murder, ABC)
Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife, CBS)
Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black, BBC America)
Maggie Smith (Downton Abbey, PBS)
Maggie Smith (House of Cards, Netflix)
WINNER: Viola Davis (How To Get Away With Murder, ABC)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
Ty Burrell (Modern Family, ABC)
Louis C.K. (Louie, FX)
William H. Macy (Shameless, Showtime)
Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory, CBS)
Eric Stonestreet (Modern Family, ABC)
WINNER: William H. Macy (Shameless, Showtime)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series
Uzo Aduba (Orange is the New Black, Netflix)
Julie Bowen (Modern Family, ABC)
Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie, Showtime)
Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep, HBO)
Amy Poehler (Parks & Recreation, NBC)
WINNER: Uzo Aduba (Orange is the New Black, Netflix)

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

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Fox)
Modern Family (ABC)
Orange is the New Black (Netflix)
Veep (HBO)
WINNER: Orange is the New Black (Netflix)

Lifetime Achievement Award
Debbie Reynolds


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

American Dad! - Volume 11 Newhart - The Complete Seventh Season I Love Lucy - Superstar Special #2 (Colorized) The Love Boat - Season Three - Volume Two Hooperman - Season One

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 / Review
01/24 - Hooperman - Season Two / Review
01/31 - Ballers - The Complete Second Season (Blu-ray)
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Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Tuesday, January 24

The Middle - "A Tough Pill to Swallow" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
When a devastated Sue discovers that she has been kicked out of college because she forgot to renew her financial aid, Mike tries to come to her rescue and convince a tough college bursar to reinstate her. Meanwhile, having only taken oral liquid medication all of his life, a frustrated Frankie does everything in her power to teach Brick how to swallow a pill when he gets an ear infection; and Hutch becomes angry with Axl after he keeps driving the Winnebago without permission to Orson to visit new girlfriend April – leaving Hutch without any means of transportation to get to class.

American Housewife - "Art Show" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
When Anna-Kat draws a super plus-sized portrait of Katie for the school art show, Katie sets out to retrieve it by any means necessary. Meanwhile, with Katie away, Doris is left in charge of Oliver and Taylor. She’s determined to whip them into shape with her Tiger Mom skills, but she may have met her match.

Fresh Off the Boat - "Coming From America" (ABC, 9:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Louis flies the entire family to Taiwan in an effort to make things right with Gene (Ken Jeong). Upon meeting Gene’s beautiful fiancĂ©, Margaret, and seeing the wonderful life he has built for himself, Louis questions whether his life in Orlando is just as great as it could be in Taiwan. Meanwhile, Jessica takes Eddie, Emery and Evan to her favorite childhood locales, including Dihua Street and Shilin Night Market.

The Real O'Neals - "The Real Match" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
When Jimmy recruits a reluctant Kenny to join his wrestling team for a one-time match, a surprise victory gives him the confidence to join the team full time to become the first, openly gay athlete at St. Barklays. Kenny’s newfound stardom makes Jimmy feel a bit replaced, but when an opponent refuses to wrestle his brother, Jimmy puts his feelings aside and rallies the team around Kenny. Meanwhile, Pat injures his back trying to help Eileen prepare for a weekend getaway, but things only get worse when she tries to be the perfect caregiver to impress VP Murray but fails miserably.

New Girl - "The Hike" (Fox, 8:00PM ET/PT)
While on a day hike, Jess and Robby (guest star Nelson Franklin) discover something unexpected about their relationship. Also, Winston throws a surprise welcome home party for Aly (guest star Nasim Pedrad). Meanwhile, Schmidt and Cece fail to impress their new neighbors.

The Mick - "The Master" (Fox, 8:30PM ET/PT)
All hell breaks loose, as the kids fight over who will take the master bedroom. Also, Mickey pursues a wealthy businessman who quickly discovers that she is not the prize he thought she was.

Teachers - "Stranger Danger" (TV Land, 10:00PM ET/PT)
There’s a trespasser at Fillmore and a new security guard is hired. Ms. Snap and Ms. Bennigan hold a “Women Empowering Women” workshop, Mrs. Adler takes stranger danger too far, and Ms. Watson purchases a male safety dummy.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of January 23)

Tuesday, January 24

  • Retta (Parks and Recreation) - Catch Retta on Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC. She will also be on the AOL Build Show at 3pm.
  • Claudia O'Doherty (Love) - Claudia is a guest on @midnight on Comedy Central at midnight.
  • John Goodman (Roseanne/Normal, Ohio) - John talks about Patriots Day on LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
  • Yvette Nicole Brown (The Odd Couple/Community) - Yvette visits Harry, so check your local listings.
  • Jennifer Esposito (Samantha Who?/Spin City) - Jennifer appears on NBC's Today in the 10am hour. She will also be on the AOL Build Show at 1pm.
  • Justina Machado (One Day at a Time) - Justina talks about the new Netflix series One Day at a Time on the AOL Build Show at 12pm.