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 entrée 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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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.

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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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