Friday, March 18, 2011

NBC Picks-Up Office, Community, 'Parks' for Next Season; BET Sends 'Chris' to Mornings; Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of March 21 2011)

NBC has issued pickups for three returning comedy series for next season (2011-12): The Office, Parks and Recreation and Community. Despite the lackluster overall ratings (The Office has declined this season), all three series skew in the target of 18-49. These three sitcoms join 30 Rock, which was already renewed for next season back in November. There is no word on Outsourced or mid-season comedy Perfect Couples, but they probably will not be back, especially the latter. A decision won't be made likely until upfronts in May. So stay tuned! And yeah, no word on when or if NBC will air new sitcoms Friends with Benefits and The Paul Reiser Show. It is highly unlikely they will air in-season, but perhaps summer like last year's 100 Questions? Or in NBC sitcom hell, as it seems there is always at least one comedy that never ends up airing for NBC.

Just the other day we told you about the Girlfriends weekend marathon on BET, and that is still happening, but now BET has changed their weekday schedule starting this coming Monday! Effective March 21, Everybody Hates Chris moves to the weekday morning line-up, going from 5-6pm to 8-9am, replacing an encore of The Mo'nique Show. No word why, but perhaps the ratings were lagging in the evening slot. As a result, some further changes will be made, too on weekdays. Bernie Mac remains from 9-11am as does Jamie Foxx Show in the 11am hour, but another hour of Jamie Foxx will be added in the 12pm hour, so it will get a second hour. This means Girlfriends will be moved and it will be moving to the 3-5pm block leading into the new time for The Game in the 5pm hour, where Everybody Hates Chris was. After a long hiatus from BET, it seems Girlfriends is back big time. It resurfaced a bit on sister network Centric then was quietly moved back to BET and now it is back with a bang!


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 (but we won't cover movie stars like Tom Hanks or John Travolta, since they won't be talking about their past sitcoms likely), so this is for all sitcom fans of all eras!
For the week of March 21-25, 2010, we have many current sitcom stars and past sitcom stars on TV talk shows! So get your DVR's (or whatever you use) ready! Ready? Here is all what you need to know for the coming week!

Monday, March 21, 2011
  • Zachary Levi (Less than Perfect) - Watch Chuck, err Zachary on Tonight Show with Jay Leno at 11:35pm on NBC.
  • Ted Danson (Cheers/Becker/Bored to Death/Help Me Help You) - Watch Ted on The Tavis Smiley Show on PBS, but check listings for time.
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
  • Rainn Wilson (The Office) - See it Rainn on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 12am on ABC and also earlier in the day on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check listings.
  • Eric Stonestreet (Modern Family) - Catch Eric on an all-new Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Sarah Chalke (Mad Love/Scrubs) - Watch Sarah also on Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Rocky Carroll (Roc) - Watch Rocky on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
  • Carol Burnett (The Carol Burnett Show/Mama's Family) - Watch Carol on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno at 11:35pm only on NBC.
  • Jason Ritter (The Class) - Watch Jason also on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno at 11:35pm on NBC.
  • Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory) - Watch Jim on a REPEAT of Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Ty Burrell (Modern Family/Back to You) - Watch Ty on a repeat of LIVE! wih Regis & Kelly so check your listings.
  • Patrick Warburton (Rules of Engagement/Seinfeld) - Watch Patrick on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Richard Lewis (Anything But Love) - Watch the funnyman on HLN's The Joy Behar Show at 9pm.
Thursday, March 24, 2011
  • Rainn Wilson (Th Office) - Watch Rainn on a REPEAT of The Late Show with David Letterman after NCAA Basketball on CBS.
  • Kirstie Alley (Cheers/Veronica's Closet/Fat Actress) - Watch Kirstie on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno at 11:35pm on NBC.
  • Paul Iacono (The Hard Times of RJ Berger) - Catch the star of the MTV comedy on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 12am on ABC.
  • Jason Biggs (Mad Love) - Watch Jason on a REPEAT of The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson on CBS late night, time varies due to NCAA coverage.
  • Richard Lewis (Anything But Love) - Catch Richard on The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • David Schwimmer (Friends) - Se David on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check listings.
  • Amy Yasbeck (Wings/Life on a Stick/Alright Already) - Watch Amy as a guest co-host on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Ted Danson (Cheers/Becker/Bored to Death/Help Me Help You) - Watch Ted on The Rachel Ray Show, so check listings.
Friday, March 25, 2011
  • Topher Grace (That '70s Show) - Watch Topher on a REPEAT of The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Regina King (227) - See Regina as a guest co-host on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation/George Lopez) - See Nick on The Martha Stewart Show at 10am on Hallmark.
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Friday, July 3

The Dick Van Dyke Show - Now in Living Color! - (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
CBS will honor the memory of legendary actor, producer, director, writer, comedian and Emmy Award winner Carl Reiner with THE DICK VAN DYKE SHOW – NOW IN LIVING COLOR! A SPECIAL TRIBUTE TO CARL REINER, featuring two colorized back-to-back classic episodes of the beloved 1960s series, Friday, July 3 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. As series creator and co-star, Carl Reiner personally supervised the original colorization of the episodes.

The special features “Coast to Coast Big Mouth,” which ranked #8 on TV Guide’s list of the “100 Greatest TV Episodes of All-Time,” and “October Eve,” which Mr. Reiner considered to be one of the series’ funniest episodes. Both were written by Bill Persky and Sam Denoff.

In “Coast to Coast Big Mouth,” Laura Petrie blurts out a top secret on a national television quiz show, revealing that comedian Alan Brady wears a toupee. The episode, which was the show’s fifth and final season premiere, was originally broadcast on Sept. 15, 1965. “Coast to Coast Big Mouth” won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series in 1966.

In “October Eve,” a painting of Laura returns to haunt her when, despite her having posed fully clothed, the artist (played by Carl Reiner) takes the liberty of “undraping” her. The episode was first presented on April 8, 1964, during season three.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of June 29)

Friday, July 3

  • Kevin Hart (The Big House/Undeclared) - Watch Kevin on a repeat of Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 12:35am on ABC.
  • Tina Fey (30 Rock) - Tina appears on a repeat of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:35pm on NBC.
  • Laura Dern (Enlightened) - Laura is a guest on a repeat of The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Mark Duplass (Togetherness/The Mindy Project/The League) - Mark appears on a repeat of The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Melissa McCarthy (Mike & Molly/Samantha Who?) - Melissa guest hosts a repeat of The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Brett Gelman (Camping/Fleabag/Love/Married/Go On) - Brett appears on a repeat of A Little Late with Lilly Singh at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Tika Sumpter (mixed-ish/The Game) - Tika talks about the season finale of mixed-ish and her latest project helping new moms on a repeat of Tamron Hall, so check your local listings.
  • Peter Gallagher (Grace and Frankie/The Secret Lives of Men) - Peter talks about Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist and Grace and Frankie on a repeat of Tamron Hall, so check your local listings.


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04/07 - Cheers - The Complete Series (2020 Release)
04/14 - Police Squad! - The Complete Series (Blu-ray)
04/14 - The Righteous Gemstones - The Complete First Season
04/21 - Step by Step - The Complete Seventh and Final Season (WBShop.com)
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05/19 - The Good Place - The Final (Fourth) Season
05/19 - The Good Place - The Complete Series - Collector's Edition (Blu-ray)
05/26 - Silicon Valley - The Complete Sixth and Final Season
05/26 - Silicon Valley - The Complete Series
06/02 - Work in Progress - Season 1
06/09 - Head of the Class - The Complete First Season (WBShop.com)
06/09 - Letterkenny - Seasons 3 & 4
06/09 - Modern Family - The Eleventh and Final Season
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