Tuesday, March 13, 2012

TBS Schedules Sitcom Men at Work in Summer; ABC 2012 Season Finale Dates in May


Men at Work
TBS has announced a premiere date for its new multi-camera original sitcom Men at Work, which is produced by Breckin Meyer and stars Danny Masterson, Adam Busch, James Lesure and Michael Cassidy. We have mentioned this series a few times already, but it now has a premiere date. The new sitcom will premiere on TBS on Thursday, May 24, 2012 with back-to-back episodes at 10 & 10:30pm following two airings of The Big Bang Theory from 9-10pm. Men at Work will then air in the 10pm half-hour for the next eight weeks. The sitcom has a ten episode order and as of now the finale is scheduled for July 19. Following Men at Work at 10:30pm will be another Big Bang Theory airing.
On this new sitcom, when Milo (Masterson) is thrust into single life after discovering his girlfriend has been cheating, he finds comfort in three best friends who help reinvent his manhood with the promise of sex, alcohol and some serious bromance. Men at Work was created by Breckin Meyer (TNT's Franklin & Bash), who is executive-producing with Fanfare's Jamie Tarses (Happy Endings, Franklin & Bash, My Boys) and Julia Franz. Meyer wrote the pilot, which was directed by Mark Cendrowski (The Big Bang Theory, 8 Simple Rules).


As we mentioned already, they also have two other new series coming this summer, but we don't know the premiere dates yet. A multi-camera comedy series titled Sullivan and Son, starring popular comedian Steve Byrne & Dan Lauria (pictured above) and executive-produced by Vince Vaughn (The Break-Up), Peter Billingsley and showrunner Rob Long (Cheers) is one of the series. TBS has also ordered 10 episodes of that series, which is slated to premiere later this summer. The other series is a one-hour dramedy titled The Wedding Band. This new one-hour scripted comedy series stars Brian Austin Green, Harold Perrineau, Peter Cambor, Derek Miller, Melora Hardin, Jenny Wade and Kathryn Fiore. We mentioned of the pick-up back in May 2011. And 10 episodes of this one-hour comedy have been ordered as well. Stay tuned for premiere dates for Sullivan & Son and The Wedding Band!


ABC has announced their 2011-2012 season finale dates for May sweeps. The first season finale in the May sweep will be freshman sitcom Last Man Standing on Tuesday, May 1 at 8:00pm as it finishes up its first season order of 24 episodes. ABC will then air Cougar Town for a full-hour on both May 8 and May 15, with the season finale set on May 15. New series GCB wraps-up its ten-episode freshman run on Sunday, May 6 following the penultimate episode of Desperate Housewives. Speaking of that long-running iconic hit, it will wrap up its run with a two-hour finale event on Sunday, May 13 from 9-11pm. The season finale of the number one drama Once Upon a Time will air leading into the Housewives finale at 8pm. Castle will wrap up its 23-episode fourth season on Monday, May 7 at 10pm, as The Bachelorette premieres the following week on Monday, May 14 at 9:30pm following the semi-finals of Dancing with the Stars. It is expected that The Bachelorette will also get an airing out of The Finals of Dancing with the Stars on Monday, May 21 from 9-11pm. It is unclear what its normal time period will be in the summer, but it has been 8-10pm in the past. The ABC summer line-up will be revealed soon. Back to Dancing with the Stars, it has a one-hour performance show finale on Monday, May 21 from 8-9pm as mentioned, but its two-hour grand finale will be on Tuesday, May 22 from 9-11pm. That means Private Practice, which moves to Tuesdays for its final four episodes of the season starting April 24, will have its season finale on May 15. The Thursday dramas will all have their finales on May 17 as Missing (which premieres Thursday), Grey's Anatomy and Scandal (which premieres April 5) will conclude for the season.
On to the Laugh On Wednesday comedies, new sitcom Suburgatory will end its season on Wednesday, May 16 at 8:30pm. The other three comedies The Middle, Modern Family and Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 (which premieres April 11) will end a week later on Wednesday, May 23. It is not known yet what will air at 8:30pm on this date, perhaps a repeat of The Middle or Modern Family? The season finale of the addicting new primetime soap Revenge will conclude its freshman season at 10pm on May 23, too. Other finales in May are the third season finale of Shark Tank on Friday, May 18 at 8pm and America's Funniest Home Videos on Sunday, May 20 at 7pm. No word on What Would You Do? or 20/20, which both air on Fridays from 9-11pm, but the latter will continue all summer anyway. And out of the sweep finales coming up are Body of Proof on Tuesday, April 17 at 10pm and Happy Endings on Wednesday, April 4--but these two are not set in stone yet, as Happy Endings has one more episode unscheduled and Body could end its run on April 10 we hear. Stay with us for further updates!


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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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