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

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.


New on DVD/Blu-ray (October-December)

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)

10/19 - Maude - The Complete Series (2021 Release)
11/02 - The Honeymooners Specials - A Christmas Carol
11/02 - Mom - The Eighth and Final Season
11/02 - Punky Brewster - The Complete Series (2021 Release)
11/02 - Sex and the City - The Complete Collection (Blu-ray)
11/09 - Saved by the Bell (2020) - Season One
11/09 - Younger - The Complete Series
11/16 - Kevin Can F*** Himself - Season 1 (Blu-ray)
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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