Wednesday, April 09, 2014

The CW Schedules Sitcom This Summer from Online World; NBC's Comedy Playground Initiative: You Decide The Next Sitcom

Backpackers

A digital sitcom goes to TV. In a first for the network's digital studio, CW Seed, the original digital series Backpackers will make the jump from online-only to the broadcast network, with brand new original episodes of Backpackers set to premiere on The CW Television Network this summer. Backpackers will premiere with ten original half-hour episodes on The CW Network later this summer, with a date and time to be announced at a later date. The first four episodes contain material previously released as digital episodes on CW Seed; the final six wholly original episodes will be specifically written and produced for The CW Network.

In Backpackers, best friends Ryan (Noah Reid) and Brandon (Dillon Casey, Nikita) race across Europe in search of Ryan's missing bride-to-be, while also struggling with the eternal twenty-something question of what to do with their lives. When Ryan's lost journal suddenly gets posted online and explodes across the internet, Ryan's life dream of becoming a published author becomes real - if only he can track down the jerk who stole the journal. With Brandon's slacker brother Andrew (Giacomo Gianniotti, Reign) in tow, they travel from Thailand to Canada in search of the missing journal, while also seeking the ultimate answers to life, love and partying. Backpackers is produced by Shaftesbury U.S. and Smokebomb Entertainment, Shaftesbury's award-winning digital media arm, in association with The CW Television Network. Developed for television and produced by Jay Bennett, Backpackers is executive produced by Maggie Murphy, Christina Jennings, Scott Garvie and Tom Mazza.


NBC Comedy Playground

In an unprecedented effort to discover fresh comedic voices, NBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke announced "NBC Comedy Playground," a grassroots initiative designed to invest in new cutting-edge comedy through a groundbreaking national campaign that offers aspiring comedy writers from across the country the opportunity to take their concepts from pitch to broadcast. An all-star comedy Advisory Board comprised of A-list talent, including Aziz Ansari, Jason Bateman, Robert Carlock, Sean Hayes, Mindy Kaling, Jason Katims, Josh Lieb, Eva Longoria, Adam McKay, Seth Meyers, Todd Milliner, Will Packer, Amy Poehler, Craig Robinson, Maya Rudolph, Mike Schur, Adam Scott and Mike Shoemaker will help the network ultimately select two winners to create original shows intended for telecast during summer 2015 on NBC. Through "NBC Comedy Playground," the network aims to uncover additional sources of talent and open the door for aspiring comedy writers - reaching beyond the traditional talent labs of film schools and NY/LA comedy clubs -- in a grassroots effort to find and nurture new creative voices and expand and enrich the traditional television development model.

Beginning May 1, aspiring comedy writers are asked to submit their ideas to be considered for both digital and network comedy shows. Entrants may submit up to two video samples (5-10 minutes each) of their pre-existing work, along with up to two video pitches (2-5 minutes per pitch), each describing a unique, original show idea, to www.nbccomedyplayground.com. The Official Rules, including all eligibility requirements, are available at www.nbccomedyplayground.com. Up to 10 finalists will be chosen by the NBC Selection Panel, and NBC will provide funding for each finalist to produce a full pilot presentation based on his/her original pitch. Two winners will be selected by the all-star comedy Advisory Board, in consultation with NBC. Each of the winners will have their show broadcast on NBC. The remaining finalist presentations that aren't selected will be posted to the "NBC Comedy Playground" website where the public will vote for their favorites - and the one receiving the most votes will then be developed as a digital show.


Sitcoms Airing Tonight / Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows

Tuesday, July 23

The Conners - "Road Trip and Guilt Trip" (The CW, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Dan and Jackie take a road trip to a hardware wholesaler in Oklahoma; Darlene heads out of town and leaves behind a plethora of to-do notes for Becky and Ben.

The Conners - "Text Thread and The Marital Bed" (The CW, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Louise gets into a feud with Becky after accidentally sending a rude message in the family text thread; Darlene tries to spice up her sex life with Ben.

The Conners - "What's So Funny About Peas, Love and Understanding?" (The CW, 9:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Darlene figures out a new plan to afford Mark's college tuition; Jackie and Louise try to help Becky meet a new guy.

The Conners - "Dating, Drinking and Grifter Logic" (The CW, 9:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Neville confronts Jackie about loaning Dan money; Darlene attempts to play matchmaker for Mark.

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Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of July 22)

Tuesday, July 23

  • Lamorne Morris (Woke/New Girl) - Lamorne guest hosts Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Zachary Levi (Telenovela/Less Than Perfect) - Catch Zachary on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Hugh Jackman (Human Resources) - Hugh is a guest on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:35pm on NBC.
  • Ralph Macchio (Eight is Enough) - Ralph appears on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:35pm on NBC. He will also be on Live with Kelly and Mark, so check your listings.
  • John Owen Lowe (Unstable/The Grinder) - John is a guest on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:35pm on NBC.
  • Rashida Jones (Sunny/BlackAF/Duncanville/Angie Tribeca/Unhitched/The Office) - Rashida appears on a repeat of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Anna Faris (Mom) and
  • Andy Richter (Andy Barker, P.I./Quintuplets/Andy Richter Controls the Universe) - Anna and Andy are guests on After Midnight at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Zosia Mamet (Girls) - Zosia talks about The Decameron on NBC's Today in the 10am hour.
  • Gina Rodriguez (Not Dead Yet) - Gina is a guest on a repeat of Sherri, so check your local listings.
  • Cole Escola (Human Resources/Search Party/Mozart in the Jungle/Difficult People) - Cole chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Drea De Matteo (Joey) - Drea discusses her Ultrafree streetwear line on Access Daily with Mario & Kit, so check your local listings.
  • Hannah Waddingham (Ted Lasso) - Hannah appears on a repeat of The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Jay Pharoah (White Famous/Champaign ILL) - Jay is a guest on a repeat of The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.


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09/24 - Friends - The Complete Series (4K Ultra HD)
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