TV Land Front and Center at TCA


Thursday, January 6, 2011




On the Winter Press Tour Menu:

Day One of Cable


Prime-Time Metered Market Wednesday Ratings:

CBS Wins; Respectable People’s Choice Awards  


Ratings Box:

What’s Hot/What’s Not


On the Air Tonight:
Prime-Time Programming Options 


TV Tidbits:

Notes of Interest


TV Trivia Time:

A New Locale


On the Winter Press Tour Menu:

Day One of Cable




First up at MTV was a session with the stars of upcoming TV Land sitcom Retired at 35…George Segal, Jessica Walter, Johnathan McClain, Josh McDermitt and Ryan Michelle Bathe…and executive producer Chris Case. As expected, the focus was on comedy and why the format is growing significantly on cable. 


“I feel like when I write something, I want it to feel contemporary,” said Chris Case. “So, I feel like it’s really missing from the big networks. People sort of walked away from it except for CBS, and if you look at their success, other places should be doing these types of shows.”


“With the decline of the sitcom, it freed up all of these showrunners, which we were able to get,” added George Segal. “So, the quality of the writing is breathtakingly high.”


The sitcom floodgates on cable, no doubt, are open thanks to the success of Hot in Cleveland, which was up next in a panel with Valerie Bertinelli, Janes Leeves, Wendie Malick, Betty White and show-runner Suzanne Martin. The upcoming 20-episode season of Hot in Cleveland will be broken out in two parts, with the first batch of 10 episodes bowing on Wednesday, Jan. 19 and the second half on Wednesday, June 15. And TV Land is gearing up production on three pilots – Ex Men, Rip City and Happily Divorced, from Fran Drescher and ex-husband and co-The Nanny creator Peter Marc Jacobsen. One of the three is expected to air out of Hot in Cleveland in June. 


In an unprecedented network event, Hot in Cleveland will feature a crossover with daytime ABC serial All My Children. The story will revolve around Wendie Malick’s character, Victoria Chase, and her industry nemesis, Susan Lucci. The two-part Hot in Cleveland episodes will air on TV Land on Feb. 16 and 23 at 10 p.m., ET, followed by the All My Children at 1 p.m. ET on Feb. 24.


As expected, beloved Betty White had the lion’s share of questions at the Hot in Cleveland panel, including her show business ethic. “It’s hard for me to say no to a job because you spend your career thinking if you say no, they will never ask you again, and if you don’t take the job, you know, that may be the end of it,” said White. “My mother taught me to say no when I was a girl, but it was not about show business.” (Laughter)


Immediately following White and company was Betty’s former Mary Tyler Moore co-star, Ed Asner, in a session on upcoming CMT sitcom Working Class. When asked where he houses his seven Emmys, Asner joked, “I just read that Cloris Leachman has eight Emmys. Bitch. Well, you know, if you want to act nuts like she does, I guess you can get those.”


Working Class premieres on CMT on Friday, Jan. 28 at 8 p.m. ET.


Separately, TV Land announced that the ninth annual TV Land Awards will be taped later this year in New York and feature tributes to The Cosby Show and Family Ties.




I don’t like to just a book by just seeing its cover, so to speak. But in an item that just begs to answer the question “what will they think of next?,” TV Guide Network will introduce a new docu-soap called The Nail Files, which focuses on the happenings at celebrity filled nail salon, “The Painted Nail.” Since it is produced by SallyAnn Salsano of 495 Productions (home of Jersey Shore), don’t be too surprised if one of the housemates pops in for a visit.


What could possibly be next?


Jumping on the original scripted cable sitcom bandwagon is a new half-hour on TV One called Love That Girl!, which centers on former Fresh Prince of Bel Air star Tatyana Ali as a young divorce who moves back to LA to start a new life and work for her father’s realty business.  Said series creator and co-star Phil Morris:


I remember driving home one night after we’d finished three shows in a week on a Friday at 8:30. I can remember being on the set of any number of sitcoms on a Friday and getting out at midnight or 1:00 in the morning for one show. And here, I’m in my car driving home, I’m going, “This can be done.” You know, Hollywood’s getting it wrong. There’s a lot of waste, not that I want to undercut anybody’s
check, but there is a lot of fat that could be trimmed that brings these projects to market a little bit more economically, a little bit better creatively because you don’t have so many hands in the pie telling you what your vision can’t be. And I think that’s why the cable outlets are jumping on board.”


Love That Girl! premieres on TV One on Monday, January 10th at 9:00 p.m. ET


Prime-Time Metered Market Wednesday Ratings:

CBS Wins; Respectable People’s Choice Awards 


Wednesday 1/05/11
Note: The overnight data now includes DVR playback until 3 a.m. local time. One year earlier it was based on Live data only.



CBS   6.6/10
NBC   6.2/10
ABC   5.5/ 9
Fox     4.3/ 7
CW     0.8/ 1

-Percent Change From the Year-Ago Evening (Wednesday, January 6, 2010)

Fox: +72, CW: +33, NBC: +27, ABC: +17, CBS: – 6
-Yesterday’s Winners:

The Middle (ABC), Modern Family (ABC), Law & Order: SVU (NBC)


-On the Map As Always:

The 37th Annual People’s Choice Awards (CBS)


-Yesterday’s Losers (excluding repeats):

Minute to Win It (NBC), Human Target (Fox), Cougar Town (ABC), Celebrity Weight Loss – What Really Happens (ABC)


-Ratings Breakdown:

CBS led this first Wednesday of the New Year in the overnights, beating second-place NBC by six percent. But third-place ABC could be the network to beat among adults 18-49. Fourth overall was a night of Human Target on Fox, followed by repeats of Hellcats on The CW.


In time-period premiere news, CBS reality/competition Live to Dance, featuring good ol’ Paula Abdul, finished second overall behind ABC in the 8 p.m. hour, with a 5.8 rating/9 share in the overnights. Comparably, this dipped by 17 percent from its debut on Tuesday (7.0/11 on Jan. 4) and it was down by about the same percentage from recent time period occupant Survivor: Nicaragua. While certainly not a bust, the immediate older skew is not necessarily a positive for Live to Dance. 


Next on CBS was The 37th Annual People’s Choice Awards at a 7.0/11 from 9-11 p.m., with the half-hour breakdown as follows:


The People’s Choice Awards (CBS)

 9:00 p.m.: 7.5/11 (#2)
 9:30 p.m.: 7.5/11 (#1)

10:00 p.m.: 6.8/11 (#2)

10:30 p.m.: 6.3/11 (#2)


Comparably, this was down by nine percent from the year-ago telecast (7.7/12 on Jan. 6, 2010). For a complete listing of the winner’s in television, see TV Tidbits below.


NBC had a sluggish start last night care of game show Minute to Win It at a fourth-place 4.0/ 7 at 8 p.m. But a two-hour installment of Law & Order: SVU put the network on the map with a 7.3/12 from 9-11 p.m. and growth in every half-hour as follows:


Law & Order: SVU (NBC)

 9:00 p.m.: 6.4/10 (#3)
 9:30 p.m.: 7.4/11 (#2)

10:00 p.m.: 7.6/12 (#1)

10:30 p.m.: 7.8/13 (#1)


Over at ABC, there were two standouts, The Middle and Modern Family. But Better with You and Cougar Town in the half-hours lost steam, with hiatus-bound Cougar Town, in particular, down by a hefty 42 percent from Modern Family. Take a look:


8:00 p.m. – The Middle: 6.8/11 (#1)

8:30 p.m. – Better with You: 5.3/ 8 (#2)

9:00 p.m. – Modern Family: 8.4/13 (#1)

9:30 p.m. – Cougar Town: 4.9/ 7 (#3)


A special edition of newsmagazine Primetime, themed Celebrity Weight Loss – What Really Happens capped off the evening for ABC with a last-place 3.6/ 6 at 10 p.m.


Elsewhere, a two-hour installment of Fox’s Human Target, which will benefit out of returning American Idol in midseason, scored an uneventful 4.3/ 7 in the overnights from 8-10 p.m. Here is the half-hour breakdown:


Human Target (Fox)

8:00 p.m.: 4.3/ 7 (#3)

8:30 p.m.: 4.2/ 7 (#4)

9:00 p.m.: 4.3/ 6 (#4)

9:30 p.m.: 4.3/ 6 (#4)


And The CW aired back-to-back repeats of freshman drama Hellcats, which was barely visible at a 0.8/ 1 from 8-10 p.m.


Source: Nielsen Media Research data (R = repeat)


Ratings Box:

What’s Hot/What’s Not


-Chiller 13: The Decade’s Scariest Moments Scares Up Top Ratings:

Special Chiller 13: The Decade’s Scariest Movie Moments, produced by Emmy Award-winning company Associated Television International, totaled 2.7 million unduplicated viewers on cable net Chiller based on multiple runs from December 17 through January 2. The debut on Dec. 17 was seen by 421,000 viewers, which built by as much as 53 percent among adults 25-54 from the comparable year-ago time period. Across all airings, 27 percent of the Chiller 13 audience was new viewers to Chiller prime.


Source: Nielsen Media Research data (R = repeat)


On the Air Tonight:
Prime-Time Programming Options


Thursday 1/06/11


 8:00 p.m. Wipeout (season premiere, winter edition)

 9:00 p.m. Grey’s Anatomy

10:00 p.m. Private Practice

 8:00 p.m. The Big Bang Theory
 8:30 p.m. $#*! My Dad Says
 9:00 p.m. CSI

10:00 p.m. The Mentalist

 8:00 p.m. Community (R)
 8:30 p.m. 30 Rock (R)
 9:00 p.m.  The Office (R)
 9:30 p.m. Outsourced (R)

10:00 p.m. The Office (R)

10:30 p.m. The Office (R)

 8:00 p.m. Million Dollar Money Drop
 9:00 p.m. Bones (R)
 8:00 p.m. The Vampire Diaries (R)

 9:00 p.m. Nikita (R)

Of Note on Cable:

-Jersey Shore: Back to the Shore (MTV): 10 p.m. ET (season premiere)


TV Tidbits:

Notes of Interest


-Money Class on OWN:

Just launched OWN, which will be present at TCA today, has announced a new series for fall 2011 tentatively titled Money Class. Created and hosted by the great Suze Orman, Money Class will focus on helping transform people in difficult financial situations. Currently, Orman can be seen as a featured expert on Ask Oprah’s All Stars, which is slated for January 9, 16 and 23 from 8-10 p.m., and as a guest judge on the third episode of Your OWN Show: Oprah’s Search for the Next TV Star.


-Updated Clearances in Syndication:

Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution has cleared upcoming first-run talker Anderson, hosted by Anderson Cooper, in another 25 stations, bringing the clearance level to 104 stations.   New stations include KYW/Philadelphia, WFAA/Dallas, WXIA/Atlanta, KPHO/Phoenix, KING/Seattle, WFTS/Tampa, WCCO/Minneapolis, KUSA-KTVD/Denver, WFOR-WBFS/Miami, WOIO/Cleveland, KDNL/St. Louis, KGW/Portland, OR, WCCB/Charlotte, KVVU/Las Vegas, WATE/Knoxville, WKYT/Lexington, WHEC/Rochester, NY, WRSP/Champaign and WSBT/South Bend. Anderson premieres in fall 2011. 


In off-net, Twentieth Television has solid sitcom Modern Family for fall 2013 in 33 markets, increasing its clearance level to 50 percent of the country. Additional stations include Tribune’s WPHL/Philadelphia, KCPQ-KZJO/Seattle, WSFL/Miami, KRCW/Portland, WXIN-WTTV/Indianapolis, KSWB/San Diego, WTIC-WCCT/Hartford, WPMT/Harrisburg, WXMI/Grand Rapids and WGNO-WNOL/New Orleans; Cox’s KTVU-KICU/San Francisco; CBS’ WWJ-WKBD/Detroit; Hearst’s WMOR/Tampa, KQCA/Sacramento and KMBC-KCWE/Kansas City; and Sinclair’s WOGH-WPMY/Pittsburgh, WSTR/Cincinnati, WUHF/Rochester; and Newport’s WXXA/Albany and WPMI-WJTC/Mobile.


-Coming Up at TVS in Syndication:

The Television Syndication Company (TVS) has picked up two new programs for syndication: feature film The Glass Window, which is being offered as an Easter special in April; and fall 2011 weekly Real Glamour with Regina Dowling, a first-run celeb driven series focusing on redefining glamour. Returning shows from TVS include P. Allen Smith Gardens, Ron Hazelton’s Housecalls, Your Life with Dr. Anna Marie, For Your Home, The FBI Files, How to Do Florida, and children’s E/I series Real Life 101 and 9th Period. 

-People’s Choice Award Winners:

Yes, awards season has officially begun. And here were the winner’s in the categories of television in last night’s 37th annual festivities on CBS. I sound like a broken record, I know, but why is Glee considered a comedy?


-Favorite TV Comedy: Glee (Fox)

-Favorite TV Drama: House (Fox)

-Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy Show: Fringe (Fox)

-Favorite Competition Show: American Idol (Fox)

-Favorite New TV Comedy: $#*! My Dad Says (CBS)

-Favorite New TV Drama: Hawaii Five-O (CBS)

-Favorite Talk Show Host: Conan O’Brien

-Favorite Family TV Movie: Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam (Disney Channel)

-Favorite TV Comedy Actor: Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother, CBS)

-Favorite TV Comedy Actress: Jane Lynch (Glee, Fox)

-Favorite TV Drama Actor: Hugh Laurie (House, Fox)

-Favorite TV Drama Actress: Lisa Edelstein (House, Fox)

-Favorite TV Guilty Pleasure: Keeping Up with the Kardashians (E!)

-Favorite TV Obsession: Dexter (Showtime)

-Favorite TV Chef: Rachael Ray

-Favorite TV Guest Star: Demi Lovato (Grey’s Anatomy, ABC)

TV Trivia Time:

A New Locale


What state did Dwayne Schneider move to in the final episode of One Day at a Time?

a)      Arizona
b)      California
c)      Florida
d)      Georgia
e)      Texas

The answer to yesterday’s question…


Which one of the following TV characters would have the shortest commute attending the current Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour in Pasadena, California?

a)      Sheldon Cooper
b)      Lisa Cuddy
c)      Alan Harper
d)      Blair Waldorf
e)      Tommy Walker

Is: a) Sheldon Cooper of The Big Bang Theory, who lives in Pasadena. Tommy Walker of Brothers & Sisters used to live here, but is now in Seattle, while Two and a Half Men’s Alan Harper would have a longer commute from Malibu. Both Lisa Cuddy (House) and Blair Waldorf (Gossip Girl) are on The East Coast. All together now…


Our whole universe was in a hot dense state,
Then nearly fourteen billion years ago expansion started. Wait…
The Earth began to cool,
The autotrophs began to drool,
Neanderthals developed tools,
We built a wall (we built the pyramids),
Math, science, history, unraveling the mysteries,
That all started with the big bang!

“Since the dawn of man” is really not that long,
As every galaxy was formed in less time than it takes to sing this song.
A fraction of a second and the elements were made.
The bipeds stood up straight,
The dinosaurs all met their fate,
They tried to leap but they were late
And they all died (they froze their asses off)
The oceans and pangea
See ya, wouldn’t wanna be ya
Set in motion by the same big bang!

It all started with the big BANG!

It’s expanding ever outward but one day
It will cause the stars to go the other way,
Collapsing ever inward, we won’t be here, it wont be hurt
Our best and brightest figure that it’ll make an even bigger bang!

Australopithecus would really have been sick of us
Debating out while here they’re catching deer (we’re catching viruses)
Religion or astronomy, Encarta, Deuteronomy
It all started with the big bang!

Music and mythology, Einstein and astrology
It all started with the big bang!
It all started with the big BANG!

-Current kudos goes to:

Joelle Alexander, Gerry Bixenspan, Larry Corsa, Audrey Davis, Mike Dugger, Bob Eisenstaedt, Navid Falaphour, Jerry Hermes, Michael Holland, David Jackino, Greg Janover, Synda Kollman, Steven Kurtzer, Katie Kuyper, Christian Kurz, Heather Lingo, Patty Lynch, Matthew Morse, Nancy Nally, Stephen Phillips, David Primuth, Tracy Reiner, Nick Rice, Con Rigg, Janet Shute, Mark Simmons, Nina Tomlinson, Meredith Wayne, Abbott Wool