Thursday, July 07, 2016

TBS Picks Up New Seasons of Wrecked, Angie Tribeca; Hallmark Channel Brings in the Stars This Summer

Wrecked

TBS and TNT have renewed three original series currently airing on the networks: the critically acclaimed TNT drama Animal Kingdom, the new TBS comedy series Wrecked and the hit TBS comedy Angie Tribeca. First, Wrecked ranks among cable's Top 25 scripted series for the year-to-date and is the #1 new cable comedy among adults 18-49. Angie Tribeca's second season premiere delivered cable's largest increase of adults 18-49 (+41%) for a returning comedy this year. Animal Kingdom is pulling in a young audience profile and has been on an upward trajectory since its premiere. The renewals mark the latest steps in the ongoing evolution of the networks under TBS and TNT President Kevin Reilly, who has set out to energize both brands and draw in younger audiences. Since rebranding in January, TBS has premiered and renewed four new comedies: Angie Tribeca, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, The Detour and Wrecked. All four rank among the year's Top 10 new cable comedies among adults 18-49, with Wrecked and The Detour topping the chart.

Angie Tribeca

Wrecked centers on a diverse group of plane crash survivors on a remote island where they must face many threats – mostly brought on by themselves. The ensemble cast for the first season includes Asif Ali, Zach Cregger, Rhys Darby, Brooke Dillman, Ginger Gonzaga, Will Greenberg, Jessica Lowe, Ally Maki and Brian Sacca. The second 10-episode season will premiere in 2017. Angie Tribeca stars Rashida Jones, Hayes MacArthur, Jere Burns, Deon Cole, AndrĂ©e Vermeulen and Jagger. The first two seasons of the buzz-generating hit about a squad of LAPD detectives is the brainchild of executive producers Nancy and Steve Carell, with Ira Ungerleider serving as executive producer and showrunner. The 10-episode third season is slated to launch in early 2017. Animal Kingdom, which airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. (ET/PT), stars Emmy® and Tony® winner Ellen Barkin, Scott Speedman, Shawn Hatosy, Ben Robson, Jake Weary, Finn Cole, Daniella Alonso and Molly Gordon. Season two will return with 10 episodes in early 2017.

Both TBS and TNT will continue their evolution over the coming year with additional series launches. TBS's upcoming slate includes the new dark comedy Search Party, with Alia Shawkat, and the alien-abduction comedy People of Earth, starring Wyatt Cenac. TBS has also entered the rapidly growing eSports fray with the launch of Turner's ELEAGUE. TNT will follow up its Animal Kingdom success this fall with the premiere of Good Behavior, starring Michelle Dockery as a thief and con artist trying to regain her life. TNT's 2017 slate includes The Alienist, based on Caleb Carr's New York Times bestseller about a serial killer in New York during the Gilded Age; Tales from the Crypt, a new horror block from executive producer M. Night Shyamalan being built around a revival of the Tales from the Crypt anthology series, complete with a re-imagined Crypt Keeper; Will, a period drama told in contemporary style centering on a young William Shakespeare; and Foreign Bodies, a comedic drama produced with Channel 4 and featuring an international group of young adults traveling across Asia. Pilots in the works for TNT include Civil, a gripping political and social drama starring Eliza Coupe, Bradley Whitford, Courtney B. Vance, Toby Jones and Enrique Murciano that finds America on the brink of a modern day Civil War, and Claws, a wickedly funny dramedy set in a Florida nail salon starring Niecy Nash.


Summer Nights - Hallmark Channel

Fresh off the recent success of its "June Weddings" movie programming event, Hallmark Channel dives into its first-ever "Summer Nights" event with a new, original movie premiere each weekend for six weeks beginning Saturday, July 23 and concluding Saturday, August 27. The movies feature a roster of talent including James Denton, Hilarie Burton, Vivica A. Fox, Natasha Henstridge, Rachel Leigh Cook, Deborah Gibson, Lauren Holly. Hallmark Channel's new, original series Chesapeake Shores makes its debut on Saturday, August 14, 9 p.m. ET/PT, as previously announced.

Premiering Saturday nights this July and August on Hallmark Channel as part of the network's "Summer Nights" programming event: Summer Villa - Saturday, July 23 (9 p.m. ET/PT). Stars: Hilarie Burton (One Tree Hill), Victor Webster (Girlfriend's Guide to Divorce). For Love and Honor - Saturday, July 30 (9 p.m. ET/PT). Stars: James Denton (Good Witch, Devious Maids), Natalie Brown (The Strain). My Summer Prince - Saturday, August 6 (9 p.m. ET/PT). Stars: Taylor Cole (The Originals), Marina Sirtis (Star Trek: The Next Generation), Lauren Holly (NCIS). Summer in the City - Saturday, August 13 (9 p.m. ET/PT). Stars: Vivica A. Fox (Empire, Independence Day: Resurgence), Natasha Henstridge (Beauty and the Beast, Species). Summer Love - Saturday, August 20 (9 p.m. ET/PT). Stars: Rachel Leigh Cook (Perception). Song of Summer - Saturday, August 27 (9 p.m. ET/PT). Stars: Deborah Gibson (Acting Dead), Robert Gant (Supergirl).


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

Thursday, June 22

The Big Bang Theory - "The Escape Hatch Identification" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
When Raj moves out of his apartment, Leonard and Penny offer him Sheldon’s old room. Christine Baranski returns as Sheldon’s mother, Beverly.

Superior Donuts - "What's the Big Idea?" (CBS, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
When Franco’s creative new donut flavors become bestsellers, Arthur tries to prove he’s still relevant by coming up with a unique one of his own. Also, Fawz works to dream up an inventive password in order to keep Maya and James from stealing his store’s WiFi.

Mom - "Freckled Bananas and a Little Schwinn" (CBS, 9:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Christy and Bonnie dip back into illegal activities, and Adam questions their morality.

Life in Pieces - "Musical Motel Property Bingo" (CBS, 9:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Heather freaks out when Samantha auditions for the high school musical and the director, Julius Black (Andy Richter), doesn’t give her a part. Also, Matt, Greg and Heather suspect Joan is having an affair; Tyler and Clementine decide to find a home of their own; and, Jen, Colleen and Tim secretly play “Short Family Bingo” to pass the time during the weekly Sunday brunch.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of June 19)

Thursday, June 22

  • Chris Hardwick (Guys Like Us) - Catch Chris on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC. He is also a guest on Access Hollywood LivE, so check your local listings and on a repeat of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Ray Romano (Everybody Loves Raymond) - Ray appears on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Terry Crews (Brooklyn Nine-Nine/Are We There Yet?/Everybody Hates Chris) - Terry is a guest on a repeat of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Rob Huebel (Childrens Hospital/Transparent/Burning Love) - Rob appears on a repeat of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Kumail Nanjiani (Silicon Valley) - Kumail stops by Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Thomas Middleditch (Silicon Valley) - Thomas is a guest on a repeat of Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Jerrod Carmichael (The Carmichael Show) - Jerrod drops by Comedy Central's The Daily Show with Trevor Noah at 11pm.
  • Rory Scovel (Ground Floor) - Rory appears on @midnight on Comedy Central at midnight.
  • Laura Benanti (Go On) - Laura guest co-hosts The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Kunal Nayyar (The Big Bang Theory) - Kunal is a guest on a repeat of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Sasha Pieterse (Family Affair) - Sasha appears on a repeat of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Josh Henderson (One on One) - Josh is a guest on a repeat of Harry, so check your local listings.
  • Jane Lynch (Angel from Hell) - Jane gives a sneak peak of the new season of Hollywood Game Night on People Now at 8:30am. She will also be the AOL Build Show at 2:30pm and on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 11:30am ET.
  • Marisa Tomei (A Different World) - Marisa talks about Spider-man: Homecoming on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am.
  • 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.