Monday, April 13, 2015

2015 TV Land Awards Memorable Moments; ABC Family Greenlights 2 Pilots

TV Land Awards

Celebrities from television, film and music joined TV Land and host Terry Crews for a fun-filled evening at the 2015 TV Land Awards, honoring the most creative, popular and loved stars and series. The black-tie gala event, which premieres on TV Land on Saturday, April 18 at 9pm ET/PT with simulcasts on Nickelodeon and NickMom, taped on Saturday (April 11) at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills. The awards honored the casts and creative minds behind Parenthood (Fan Favorite Award), The Wonder Years (Impact Award), Freaks and Geeks (15th Anniversary Award), and Ally McBeal (Groundbreaking Award), as well as Betty White (Legend Award) and Donny and Marie Osmond (Pop Culture Award). The ceremony also featured a tribute to the late trailblazing comedian Joan Rivers and a jaw-dropping performance from Grammy(R) and Oscar(R)-winning best-selling recording artist Jennifer Hudson. Terry Crews opening the night with a lip sync medley that was an ode to the best of TV theme songs, including those from Friends, Gilligan's Island, The Brady Bunch, The Love Boat, The Facts of Life, The Addams Family, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Three's Company, The Jeffersons, Maude, The Golden Girls (with an audience cameo from Betty White!), Laverne and Shirley and more - finishing off with Good Times and a gospel choir.

While presenting for Freaks and Geeks, comedy legend Carl Reiner jokingly chastised Terry Crews for "schmoozing up" Betty White in his opening act. Accepting the 15th Anniversary Award for Freaks and Geeks, Judd Apatow credited series creator Paul Feig, saying "the reason it meant so much to people is because it meant so much to Paul." Jason Segel, who went on to A-list stardom, commented how the show "changed [his] entire life." R&B artist Charlie Wilson taking the stage for a surprise performance of "With A Little Help From My Friends," the theme song from The Wonder Years" while a montage of heartwarming clips from the series played for the audience. Fred Savage commenting on how amazing the night was and how The Wonder Years was "who we were, what we were going through," and Danica McKellar adding that the cast was her TV family (Fred Savage and Josh Saviano were like "brothers" and even taught her what "Pull my finger!" meant). Josh Saviano was in awe over the fact that Paula Abdul was presenting their award, saying "She was my first concert!" Presenter Wendie Malick on her Hot in Cleveland co-star Betty White: "When we grow up, we all want to be like you, Betty White." Betty White receiving a standing ovation when walking to the stage to the song "You Sexy Thing." She ended her acceptance of this year's Legend Award by saying, "To each and every one of you - and your mothers and fathers - thank you from the bottom of my heart," to which audience members responded by screaming, "We love you Betty!"

Calista Flockhart, when accepting the Groundbreaking Award for Ally McBeal, said she was blown away by the clip montage, and said of the show, "What I remember the most are the friendships, truly." Executive producer Bill D'Elia followed with a joke, praising creator David E. Kelley by saying "If we broke some ground, we broke it because David gave us an amazing shovel." Kelly closed it up by saying "To be receiving this award with this class tonight... it's such an esteemed club. Thank you much for welcoming us." Donny and Marie Osmond gave in to the audience shouting "Sing it!" ending their speech accepting the Pop Culture Award with Marie singing "I'm a little bit country," and Donny finishing with "I'm a little bit rock 'n' roll." George Lopez presenting a heartfelt, uplifting and celebratory tribute to the late groundbreaking comedian Joan Rivers. "Joan was ahead of her time," he remarked. "Everybody loved her." Tia Mowry-Hardrict welcoming performer Jennifer Hudson to sing "Whatever Makes You Happy," from the soundtrack to the hit series "Empire." Minka Kelly and Martin Sheen presenting the final award of the night in two parts. Sheen said, "I know a little bit about parenthood and drama," which left the audience laughing. Parenthood star Craig T. Nelson lauded the making of the series as "an extraordinary journey with an extraordinary group of people," while fellow star Bonnie Bedelia looked at the TV Land Award and wondered, "Do we each get one of these? I want one!" Lauren Graham thanking the fans for keeping Parenthood going for six seasons, and then ending by asking what was up Miles Heizer's (her TV son) new nose ring. And finally, Host Terry Crews closing out the night by saying "Now I'm off to party like I'm Betty White - let's do it!" Tune in for all this and more this coming Saturday at 9pm on TV Land!


ABC Family

ABC Family continues its original programming momentum by greenlighting two new pilots: the comedy Gorgeous Morons and the supernatural drama series Beyond. These two pilot greenlights come hot off the heels of the network picking up saga series Shadowhunters and single camera comedy Kevin From Work to series. From ABC Signature Studios, Gorgeous Morons is a half-hour multi-cam comedy that focuses on two stunningly handsome but ridiculously simple brothers – one is a model, the other a personal trainer – who find their lives rocked by their brainy new roommate, a female literature PhD whose looks are, by their standards, in desperate need of help. “Gorgeous Morons” is co-created and executive produced by Emmy® Award-nominated Lee Eisenberg & Gene Stupnitsky (The Office, Bad Teacher, Hello Ladies, Trophy Wife), alongside former The Office head writer Danny Chun (Happy Endings, The Office, The Simpsons). Chun is penning the script.

Beyond is a one-hour drama about a young man who wakes up from a coma after 12 years and discovers new supernatural abilities that propel him into the middle of a dangerous conspiracy. From Imperative Entertainment and Automatik, Beyond is created, written and executive produced by Adam Nussdorf (Once Upon a Time in Wonderland). Tim Kring (Heroes), Zak Kadison, Justin Levy and Brian Kavanaugh-Jones will serve as Executive Producers. We will let you know if and when ABC Family picks these pilots to series. ABC Family has its annual upfront presentation tomorrow...so stay tuned for any news.


New on DVD/Blu-ray (April/May/June)

Diff'rent Strokes - The Complete Fifth Season Father Knows Best - Season Five The Wayans Bros. - The Complete Second Season ALF - The Complete DVD Collection The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air - The Complete Series

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
05/02 - Red, White and Blue Collar Sitcoms - Make TV Great Again
05/09 - ALF - The Complete DVD Collection
05/09 - Divorce - The Complete First Season (Blu-ray)
05/09 - The Wayans Bros. - The Complete Second Season
05/16 - The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air - The Complete Series
06/13 - The Andy Griffith Show - Return to Mayberry
06/13 - That's My Mama - The Complete Series
06/20 - Workaholics - The Final (Seventh) Season
06/20 - Workaholics - The Complete Series
06/27 - The Jamie Foxx Show - The Complete Third Season
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Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Friday, June 23

Stuck in the Middle - "Stuck in a Gold Medal Performance" (Disney Channel, 8:00PM ET/PT)
The Diaz family hosts Olympic medalist Laurie Hernandez for a dinner that spins out of control.

Andi Mack - "Best Surprise Ever" (Disney Channel, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Jonah Beck turns to Andi after Amber fails to defend him to her friends; Andi is convinced Bex and Bowie are destined to be together.

Bizaardvark - "First Day of School" (Disney Channel, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Paige and Frankie take on public high school but quickly discover life at Sierra High is not what they thought it would be; Dirk, a recent Sierra grad and legend, tries to help Bernie and Amelia acclimate to their new school.

Playing House - "Cookie Jar" (USA Network, 11:00PM ET/PT)
Maggie hosts a game night to welcome Bruce's new girlfriend into the fold; Emma discovers that this is what 40 looks like.

Playing House - "None of Your Business" (USA Network, 11:30PM ET/PT)
Emma tries to rescue Tina from a pyramid scheme; Maggie starts a nursing rotation with a cold doctor.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of June 19)

Friday, June 23

  • Kevin Hart (The Big House/Undeclared) - Watch Kevin on a repeat of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Ali Wentworth (Nightcap) - Ali is a guest on a repeat of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • John Mulaney (Mulaney) - John appears on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Whitney Cummings (Whitney) - Whitney is a guest on a repeat of The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Kumail Nanjiani (Silicon Valley) - Kumail chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Paul Shaffer (A Year at the Top) - Paul guest co-hosts The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Laura Prepon (Are You There, Chelsea?/That '70s Show) - Laura appears on a repeat of LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Michael Strahan (Brothers) - Michael plays Pyramid on a repeat of Rachael Ray, so check your local listings.
  • Zoe Perry and Iain Armitage (Young Sheldon) - Zoe and Iain talk about their upcoming CBS sitcom Young Sheldon on People Now at 8:30am.
  • Melora Hardin (The Office/Wedding Band) - Melora talks about Freeform's The Bold Type on the AOL Build Show at 1pm and on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 11:30am ET.
  • Alfonso Ribeiro (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air/In the House/Silver Spoons) - Alfonso guest co-hosts Access Hollywood Live, so check your local listings.
  • Ellie Kemper (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt/The Office) - Ellie is a guest on Access Hollywood Live, so check your local listings.
  • Maggie Lawson (Angel from Hell/Back in the Game/Crumbs/It's All Relative/Inside Schwartz) - Maggie talks about Hallmark Channel's original movie My Favorite Wedding on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Rhys Darby (Wrecked/Flight of the Conchords) - Rhys talks about Wrecked on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Damon Wayans, Jr. (New Girl/Happy Endings) - Damon will be on PIX11 Morning News on WPIX in New York at 8:50am.