Friday, March 08, 2013

IFC Orders Two Comedies From Will Ferrell and Ben Stiller; Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of March 11, 2013)

IFC has greenlit the original scripted comedy The Spoils of Babylon produced by Funny or Die. Putting their talent behind the show as executive producers are Will Ferrell (Anchorman), Adam McKay (Step Brothers), Matt Piedmont (Casa de mi Padre), who also directs and co-writes and Andrew Steele (Saturday Night Live), who also co-wrote the script. The Spoils of Babylon is a television adaptation of a best-selling epic novel by fictional famous author Eric Jonrosh (played by Ferrell) and will feature an ensemble cast to be announced later. The blowsy century-spanning saga chronicles the sexy and dramatic lives of a family who made their fortune in the oil business. IFC has ordered six, half-hour episodes to premiere in late 2013. In the vein of The Thorn Birds and Winds of War, the epic story of The Spoils of Babylon spans three generations, taking viewers from the oil fields of Texas to boardrooms in New York City, through world war battlefields and velvet sheeted bedrooms. As the story unfolds, the booze, the passion and the heartache lead to illegal arms deals and international espionage with the Shah of Iran not to mention the creation of the doomed sub-prime market.

Meanwhile, IFC has also greenlit ten half-hour episodes of The Birthday Boys, a new scripted original sketch comedy to join the network's "Always on. Slightly off." line-up later this year. Executive produced by Bob Odenkirk (Breaking Bad, Mr. Show) and Ben Stiller (the upcoming The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Zoolander), The Birthday Boys features the Los Angeles comedy group of the same name (UCB Theatre Los Angeles, Just for Laughs Festival) along with Odenkirk. The series is in the classic vein of absurd/silly/smart/funny variety shows (Mr. Show, Monty Python), featuring sketches that twist real-life moments and cultural touchstones. An early episode tackles such issues as eggs, toilet paper and computers. The Birthday Boys comedy group includes Jefferson Dutton, Dave Ferguson, Mike Hanford, Tim Kalpakis, Matt Kowalick, Mike Mitchell and Chris VanArtsdalen - whose combined credits include Parks and Recreation, The Office, Conan, Comedy Bang! Bang!, and Portlandia.


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 March 11-15, 2013, 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, March 11, 2013

  • Jami Gertz (The Neighbors/Still Standing/Square Pegs) - Watch Jami on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Bridgit Mendler (Good Luck Charlie) - Bridgit appears on LIVE! with Kelly and Michael, so check your listings.
  • Nicole Sullivan (Wendell and Vinnie/Rita Rocks/The King of Queens) - Nicole is a guest on Marie on Hallmark Channel at 12pm ET/PT.
  • Alan Thicke (Growing Pains) - Alan chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT. Alan and Tanya Thicke (Celebrity Wife Swap) join co-host Clinton Kelly in creating a decadent and easy bacon entrĂ©e on The Chew on ABC at 1pm ET/12pm PT/CT.
  • Lily Tomlin (Malibu Country) - Lily chats on Joy Behar: Say Anything! at 9pm on Current TV.
  • Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Modern Family/The Class) - Jesse visits Anderson Live, so check your listings.
  • Valerie Harper (Rhoda/The Mary Tyler Moore Show/Valerie's Family) - Valerie discusses her brain cancer on The Doctors, so check your local listings.
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
  • Steve Carell (The Office) - Catch Steve on The Late Show with David Letterman at 11:35pm on CBS. The Incredible Burt Wonderstone opens in theaters on March 15.
  • Adam Driver (Girls) - Adam appears on a repeat of Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Allison Williams (Girls) - Tune in to see Alice on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon at 12:37am on NBC.
  • Ben Schwartz (Parks and Recreation) - Ben visits The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Nick Kroll (The League/Cavemen) - Nick is a guest on Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Josh Charles (Sports Night) - Josh stops by LIVE! with Kelly and Michael, so check your listings.
  • Regina King (227) - Regina drops by The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
  • Steve Carell (The Office) - Watch Steve on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon at 12:37am on NBC. He will also be on ABC's Good Morning America between 7-9am.
  • Jennifer Lawrence (The Bill Engvall Show) - Jennifer appears on a repeat of Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
Thursday, March 14, 2013
  • Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory) - Catch Jim on a repeat of Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Anthony Anderson (Guys with Kids/All About the Andersons) - Anthony is a guest on a repeat of Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Steve Carell (The Office) - Steve continues to make the rounds on Conan at 11pm on TBS. He will also be part of the guest panel on Chelsea Lately on E! at 11pm.
  • D.L. Hughley (The Hughleys) - D.L. visits The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check listings.
  • Louie Anderson (The Louie Show/Life with Louie) - Louie chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
Friday, March 15, 2013
  • Megan Mullally (Will & Grace/Breaking In/Parks and Recreation) - Watch Megan on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Joel McHale (Community) - Joel appears on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check listings.
  • Jenny McCarthy (Two and a Half Men/Jenny) - The talented and beautiful Irish lass Jenny McCarthy (The Jenny McCarthy Show) joins co-host Mario Batali to cook up a yummy Pork Shepherd's Pie that won't break the bank on The Chew on ABC at 1pm ET/12pm PT/CT.
  • Steve Carell (The Office) - Steve wraps up his appearances this week on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Kimberly Williams-Paisley (According to Jim) - Kimberly stops by The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Bill Engvall (The Bill Engvall Show) - Bill guest co-hosts "Guy Day Friday" on The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Andy Dick (NewsRadio) - Andy chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
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Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Tuesday, February 20

Night Court - "Taught and Bothered" (NBC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Abby finds she has a crush on the HR rep who's come to teach the Night Court crew about respect in the workplace; Wyatt gets more than he bargained for when he asks Dan for a thank-you.

Extended Family - "The Consequences of Helping People" (NBC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Julia helps get Jim out of a jam by lying and conniving to get his friend's kid into an exclusive private school, but there are unforeseen consequences to her dishonesty.

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Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of February 19)

Tuesday, February 20

  • Jenny Slate (The Great North/Big Mouth/Married/Bob's Burgers) - Catch Jenny on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Keegan-Michael Key (Schmigadoon!/Friends from College/Playing House/Gary Unmarried) - Keegan-Michael appears on a repeat of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:35pm on NBC.
  • Natasha Leggero (Broke/Dice/Another Period/Free Agents) - Natasha is a guest on a repeat of After Midnight at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Jon Cryer (Extended Family/Two and a Half Men/The Trouble with Normal/Partners/The Famous Teddy Z) - Jon appears on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Abigail Spencer (Extended Family) and Donald Faison (Extended Family/The Exes/Scrubs/Clueless) - Abigail and Donald talk about Extended Family on NBC's Today in the 9am hour.
  • Josh Radnor (How I Met Your Mother) - NBC's Today catches up with Josh in the 9am hour.
  • Hilary Swank (Camp Wilder) and Alan Ritchson (Blue Mountain State) - Hilary and Alan talk about Ordinary Angels on The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Gina Rodriguez (Not Dead Yet) - Gina talks about the new season of Not Dead Yet on ABC on Sherri, so check your local listings.
  • Liza Koshy (Liza on Demand) - Liza is joining the Drew's News desk to cover stories like why baby talk might be a sign of a healthy relationship and choker necklaces making a comeback in 2024 on The Drew Barrymore Show, so check your local listings.


New on DVD/Blu-ray (November-February)

Leave it to Beaver - The Complete Series (Blu-ray) Father Knows Best - The Complete Series The Odd Couple - The Complete Series (Blu-ray) Three's Company - The Official 40th Anniversary Collection Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. - The Complete Series (Blu-ray)

11/07 - South Park - The Complete Twenty-Sixth Season (Blu-ray) (DVD)
11/14 - Leave it to Beaver - The Complete Series (Blu-ray)
12/05 - Father Knows Best - The Complete Series
12/05 - The Odd Couple - The Complete Series (Blu-ray)
12/12 - The Dick Van Dyke Show - The Complete Series
12/12 - Looney Tunes Collector's Choice - Volume 2 (Blu-ray)
12/12 - That Girl - The Complete Series
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12/19 - The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet - The Official Restored Complete Series
12/22 - Three's Company - The Official 40th Anniversary Collection (includes The Ropers and Three's a Crowd)
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01/16 - Ghosts (UK) - Season Five
02/13 - Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. - The Complete Series (Blu-ray)
02/27 - The Really Loud House - Season One

That Girl - The Complete Series The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet - The Official Restored Complete Series

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