Friday, January 06, 2012

TCA Winter 2012 Press Tour: NBC; Sitcom Stars On Talk Shows (Week of January 9, 2012)

It's that time again, the winter portion of the TCA press tour. The TCA Winter 2012 press tour begins today with NBC at the Langham Huntington Hotel in Pasadena, California. There will be breakfast with Betty White, an executive session, followed by panels for upcoming new series Are You There Chelsea, Smash, Fashion Star, Bent, Awake and The Firm.

Ellen DeGeneres, Morgan Freeman, Tina Fey, Ray Romano, Seth Meyers, Carl Reiner, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Vicki Lawrence, John O'Hurley and Tracy Morgan have joined the star-studded line-up paying tribute to one of the world's most beloved entertainers in Betty White's 90th Birthday: A Tribute to America's Golden Girl on Monday, January 16 from 8-9:30 p.m. ET. These stars join previous stars who were already booked, as we mentioned.

Couple of other notes, NBC Entertainment president Bob Greenblatt mentioned at the executive session that the pilot for Smash will be available online before it premiere on Feb. 6. It is being offered to digital download platforms including Apple iTunes, Amazon Video on Demand, Xbox/Zune, Playstation, Samsung MediaHub and Vudu beginning January 16 through February 6. And beginning January 23 through February 6, online streaming via NBC.com and Hulu and from Jan. 15-30 on selected American Airlines flights.
NBC also mentioned that The Voice will air for 15 weeks, so it will likely have its finale on May 14 after premiering Feb. 5 after the Super Bowl. NBC still has not given premiere dates for some mid-season series. They are Bent, Awake, and BFF. The latter didn't have a panel even at TCA today. NBC still also doesn't have a return date for Community and they admitted that they didn't handle its hiatus well on their mid-season press release. It still has 12 more episodes to air and NBC doesn't think it will be a lead-off series again. That's about it for anything notable from NBC at this season's TCA.

Look ahead: NBC Universal will continue tomorrow with their cable networks. Sunday will have Fox. Monday has ABC/Disney Cable/Daytime/News, while Tuesday it is ABC primetime. Wednesday it will be CBS and on Thursday The CW will end the broadcast portion. Next Friday (Jan. 13) thru next Sunday (Jan. 15) will be the cable portion. Stay with us for key updates from these events.


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, so this is for all sitcom fans of all eras!
For the week of January 9-13, 2012, we have many current sitcom stars and past sitcom stars on TV talk shows! All times listed are Eastern. So get your DVR's (or whatever you use) ready! Ready? Here is all what you need to know for the coming week!

Monday, January 9, 2012
  • David Cross (Arrested Development) - Watch David on Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Janet Jackson (Good Times/Diff'rent Strokes) - Janet visits The Tonight Show with Jay Leno at 11:35pm on NBC.
  • Kaley Cuoco (The Big Bang Theory/8 Simple Rules) - The lovely Kaley stops by The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Brandy Norwood (The Game/Moesha) - Brandy joins the cast of BET's The Game this season, and stops by to tell Wendy all about it on The Wendy Williams Show at 12am on BET or on your local stations. Plus, Brandy's co-stars Pooch, Hosea and Coby dish on the new season!
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
  • Queen Latifah (Living Single) - Catch Queen Latifah on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno at 11:35pm on NBC.
  • Tina Fey (30 Rock) - Tina appears with Jana Krakowsi on NBC's Today between 7-9am and later drops by Late Night with Jimmy Fallon at 12:37am on NBC.
  • Chelsea Handler (Are You There, Chelsea?) - Chelsea appears on Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • The Cast of Rob - The cast of the new CBS comedy Rob previews the show on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT. Cheech Marin gives a cooking demo.
  • Laura Prepon (Are You There, Chelsea?/That '70s Show) - Laura visits NBC's Today between 7-9am and will later be on LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
  • Wendy Raquel Robinson (The Game/The Steve Harvey Show) and Tia Mowry (The Game/Sister,Sister) - Wendy and Tia give us a sneak peek at the new season of BET's hit series, The Game, on The Wendy Williams Show at 12am on BET or on your local stations.
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
  • Woody Harrelson (Cheers) - Watch Woody on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 12am on ABC.
  • Rosie O'Donnell (Gimme a Break!) - Rosie is a guest on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon at 12:37am on NBC.
  • Jack McBrayer (30 Rock) - Jack visits Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Wendie Malick (Hot in Cleveland/Just Shoot Me/Dream On) - Wendie appears on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Jane Krakowski (30 Rock) - Jane stops by LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
  • Laura Prepon (Are You There, Chelsea?/That '70s Show) - Laura will be on NBC's Today between 10-11am.
Thursday, January 12, 2012
  • Betty White (Hot in Cleveland/The Golden Girls/The Mary Tyler Moore Show) - Catch the legendary Ms. White on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno at 11:35pm on NBC.
  • Miranda Cosgrove (iCarly) - Miranda drops by LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
  • Keke Palmer (True Jackson, VP) - Keke appears on The Wendy Williams Show at 12am on BET or on your local stations.
  • Queen Latifah (Living Single) - Queen Latifah continues to
    make the rounds on NBC's Today between 7-9am.
  • Lana Parrilla (Spin City) - The Once Upon a Time star visits ABC's Good Morning America between 7-9am.
Friday, January 13, 2012
  • Louie Anderson (Life with Louie/The Louie Show) - Watch Louie on Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Queen Latifah (Living Single) - Queen Latifah visits LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings and later she will be on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon at 12:37am on NBC.
  • Miranda Cosgrove (iCarly) - Miranda appears on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon at 12:37am on NBC.
  • Judith Light (Who's the Boss?) - Judith chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Lana Parrilla (Spin City) - The Once Upon a Time star is a guest on LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings and later joins the Chew Crew on The Chew on ABC at 1pm ET/12pm PT/CT.
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Tuesday, December 7

Live in Front of a Studio Audience - The Facts of Life & Diff'rent Strokes

Live in Front of a Studio Audience: The Facts of Life and Diff'rent Strokes - (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
In this one-night-only event, an all-star lineup of talent will tackle the roles first portrayed in the iconic television sitcom “The Facts of Life,” including Jennifer Aniston playing the role of Blair, Gabrielle Union taking on the role of Tootie, Allison Tolman who will play Natalie and Kathryn Hahn recreating the role of Jo. Previously announced “Diff’rent Strokes” cast member Ann Dowd is also set to appear as Mrs. Garrett in this recreation of “The Facts of Life.” The Sony Pictures Television special can also be viewed the next day on demand and on Hulu.

The live special event will feature reenactments of the hit series “The Facts of Life,” created by Dick Clair and Jenna McMahon, and “Diff’rent Strokes,” created by Bernie Kukoff and Jeff Harris, and will reunite executive producers Norman Lear, Jimmy Kimmel, Brent Miller, Kerry Washington, Will Ferrell, Justin Theroux and Jim Burrows. Previously announced cast members taking on the famed “Diff’rent Strokes” roles include John Lithgow, who will play Mr. Drummond; Kevin Hart, assuming the role of Arnold; and Damon Wayans and Ann Dowd, who will play Willis and Mrs. Garrett in “Diff’rent Strokes.”

Abbott Elementary - "Pilot" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
In this workplace comedy, a group of dedicated, passionate teachers — and a slightly tone-deaf principal — are brought together in a Philadelphia public school where, despite the odds stacked against them, they are determined to help their students succeed in life. Though these incredible educators may be outnumbered and underfunded, they love what they do — even if they don’t love the school district’s less-than-stellar attitude toward educating children.

The Last O.G. - "Know Thyself" (TBS, 10:30PM ET/PT)
Amira attends college presentations, and her quick decision surprises Tray, who then works to guide Amira toward a better understanding of her identity; while cleaning out Roberta's storage unit, Shahzad makes a discovery about her past.

Tyler Perry's House of Payne - "Wondering Prince" (BET, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Lisa helps Miranda set up her online dating proļ¬le.

Tyler Perry's Assisted Living - "What the Wellness" (BET, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Mr. Brown vows that he's finished eating meat until he's left alone with a lot of soul food.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of December 6)

Tuesday, December 7

  • Brandy (Zoe Ever After/The Game/Moesha/Thea) - Catch Brandy on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • J. B. Smoove (Curb Your Enthusiasm/Mapleworth Murders/Bent/'Til Death) - J. B. guest hosts Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Kristin Davis (And Just Like That.../Sex and the City) and Cynthia Nixon (And Just Like That.../Sex and the City) - Kristin and Cynthia are guests on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS. Kristin also talks about And Just Like That... on NBC's Today sometime between 7-9am and on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Chris Kattan (The Middle) - Chris will be on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Jane Levy (Suburgatory) - Jane appears on The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Sterling K. Brown (Starved) - Sterling is a guest on The Kelly Clarkson Show, so check your local listings.
  • Whoopi Goldberg (Harlem/Whoopi/Bagdad Cafe) - Whoopi talks about her new holiday collection on The Drew Barrymore Show, so check your local listings.


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Maude - The Complete Series (2021 Release) Mom - The Eighth and Final Season Punky Brewster (1984-88) - The Complete Series (2021 Release) I Dream of Jeannie - The Complete Series (Blu-ray) The Andy Griffith Show - The Complete Series (Blu-ray)

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11/02 - Sex and the City - The Complete Collection (Blu-ray)
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11/23 - Dead Pixels - Seasons One and Two
11/30 - I Dream of Jeannie - The Complete Series (Mill Creek) (2021 Release) (Blu-ray)
12/07 - The Andy Griffith Show - The Complete Series (Blu-ray)
12/07 - Rick & Morty - Season 5 (Blu-ray) (Blu-ray Limited Edition Steelbook)
12/14 - The Abbott and Costello Show - Season 1 (Blu-ray)
12/14 - Letterkenny - Season 9
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