Tuesday, January 08, 2013

TCA Winter 2013 Press Tour: Fox; Additions to Our Sitcom Actors Tribute

Fox is up at the TCA Winter 2013 Press Tour today and we have the full scoop! First up, they will have a panel with the cast and crew of upcoming mid-season drama The Following, which premieres Monday, January 21, 2013 at 9pm for fifteen episodes. The series is a psychological thriller created by Kevin Williamson and starring Golden Globe Award-winning actor Kevin Bacon (Frost/Nixon) and James Purefoy (Rome). The intense, spellbinding drama follows Ryan Hardy (Bacon), an ex-FBI agent called out of retirement to track down Joe Carroll (Purefoy), a devious and diabolical serial killer, and the mastermind behind an ever-growing web of killers. Natalie Zea also stars. Then there will be a panel with the producers, judges and the host of American Idol, which returns Wednesday, Jan. 16 airing Wednesdays and Thursdays once again. Yet again we have new judges and they are Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj, and Keith Urban, joining Randy Jackson. Ryan Seacrest hosts.

The main place we we actually get some news is always at the executive session and we will get that from Kevin Reilly (Chairman of Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company). Among the news items we got were that Bones was renewed for a ninth season. Also, new sitcom The Goodwin Games still doesn't have a premiere date and Fox doesn't want to mess up the Tuesday comedy block yet so they might wait until as late as the summer to premiere this new comedy. The revival of In Living Color as specials has officially been nixed and will not be moving forward. Then it is time for lunch before the afternoon panel with Tuesday night comedy shows. On this panel will be Lucas Neff and Shannon Woodward of Raising Hope; Echo Kellum and Nat Faxon of Ben & Kate; Zooey Deschanel and Jake Johnson of New Girl; and Mindy Kaling, Chris Messinam and Ike Barinholtz of The Mindy Project. And finally, Fox is launching a new Saturday night late night block called "Animation Domination High Definition" on July 27 from 11pm-12:30am and they will have a panel for it. As you know, the new unit will develop and produce an ambitiousslate of original animated shorts and series to run on air in its brand-newlate-prime animated programming block and across its new digital multi-platformnetwork. After that session, it is time for the all-star party!

Up tomorrow at the TCA Winter 2013 press tour will be cable network FX. Stay tuned for any updates, if anything is of note for us. And Thursday we will have ABC up at the TCA Winter 2013 press tour, as they will be doing a two-day event with ABC Family.



We recently brought you our In Memoriam: Sitcom Actor and Other Notable TV Deaths in 2012 tribute. We wanted to remember two actors who we missed in our original post.

Norman Alden

Norman Alden (IMDB/Wikipedia) - Norman Alden was a character actor who appeared in many television series and films. He died on July 27, 2012, from natural causes in Los Angeles, California. Mr. Alden was 87.

Alden appeared as Pulaski in the CBS sitcom Hennessey in 1960-1962. In 1967, he starred as Capt. Horton in the ABC sitcom Rango. He played Al Cassidy in the 1975-1976 NBC sitcom Fay. He portrayed Coach Leroy Fedder in Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman. Some of his many sitcom guest appearances included My Favorite Martian, Family Affair, The Andy Griffith Show, The Doris Day Show, My Three Sons, Hogan's Heroes, Alice, Welcome Back, Kotter, Operation Petticoat, One Day at a Time, The Facts of Life, Webster, Silver Spoons, Sledge Hammer!, Small Wonder, Hooperman, The Hogan Family and Like Family. His film credits included Back to the Future and Ed Wood.

Garry Walberg

Garry Walberg (IMDB/Wikipedia) - Garry Walberg was a character actor primarily known for his work on television. He died on March 27, 2012, in Northridge, California of chronic pulmonary obstructive disease and congestive heart failure. Mr. Walberg was 90.

Walberg played the recurring role of Speed, Oscar's poker crony, in The Odd Couple from 1970-1974. He reprised the role in the 1993 TV movie The Odd Couple: Together Again. His best known role was as Lt. Frank Monahan in all seven seasons of Quincy, M.E. from 1976-1983. Some of his other television guest appearances included Johnny Staccato, Rawhide, Ben Casey, The Fugitive, Peyton Place, Lassie, The High Chaparral, Gunsmoke, The Waltons, Mannix and Murder, She Wrote.


Sitcoms Airing Tonight

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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04/14 - 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 Complete Series - Collector's Edition (Blu-ray)
05/26 - Silicon Valley - The Complete Sixth and Final Season
05/26 - Silicon Valley - The Complete Series
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06/09 - Head of the Class - The Complete First Season (WBShop.com)
06/09 - Letterkenny - Seasons 3 & 4
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