The cul de sac crew will be uncorking more wine than usual tonight: Cougar Town has been renewed for fifth season. The Bill Lawrence sitcom, which was canceled by ABC last spring and subsequently saved by TBS, is currently wrapping up its first season on the cable channel, with the Season 4 finale set for April 9. The network has ordered 13 episodes for Season 5, which will likely air in early 2014.
According to TBS, Cougar Town‘s fourth season has averaged 2.8 million total viewers and 1.7 million viewers in the 18-49 demo once DVR numbers are factored in, enough to make it the network’s number-one primetime original series ever.
Anyone up for a friendly game of Penny Can to celebrate?
Pilot News: Cougar Town’s Briga Heelan Joins Bill Lawrence’s TBS Comedy; Pitch Perfect’s Skylar Astin in Talks
Pitch Perfect‘s Skylar Astin is in negotiations to star in Bill Lawrence’s TBS comedy pilot Ground Floor, TVLine has learned. Additionally, Briga Heelan, who recurs as Grayson’s flighty baby mama on Lawrence’s Cougar Town, has signed on to join the cast.
Penned by Lawrence and Greg Malins, Ground Floor is a multi-camera workplace comedy that follows a 25-year-old alpha male (Astin) who, upon crossing paths with his company’s support staff, realizes he’s not nearly as happy as he thought he was.
Heelan will play Jennifer, the self-confident and innately intelligent manager of building maintenance who is enjoying an unexpected romance with Astin’s character.
Scrubs vet John C. McGinley co-stars as the cranky boss.
TBS’ Do It Yourself pilot just got a little more awesome.
TVLine has learned that Ryan McPartlin, aka Chuck‘s Captain Awesome, is joining the cast as a series regular.
The multi-cam workplace comedy, from Walt Becker (Glory Daze) Rob Long (Sullivan & Son), focuses on a group of misfits working at a Home Depot-esque super store called Home Time.
Basically, it’s Buy More with cork flooring and dimmer switches instead of flatscreen TVs and iPads.
McPartlin will play Tyler, an enthusiastic employee of the paint department, where he gives several demonstrations a week. Tyler considers himself an actor and an artist, and really throws himself into his “shows.”
Office alum Melora Hardin was previously cast as Home Time’s big, bad boss.
Mother of the Bride has left the building.
TBS has cancelled the Brian Austin Green-starring comedy Wedding Band, TVLine has confirmed.
Not even a receiving line of big-name guest stars (including Austin’s wife Megan Fox and Las Vegas‘ Molly Sims) could save the series, which debuted in November but struggled to build and keep an audience in its 10 pm Saturday time slot.
The musical comedy followed a group of friends, led by Green’s Tommy and including Harold Perrineau‘s Stevie, who rocked out at receptions in their spare time.
As noted by The Hollywood Reporter, which broke the story, Wedding Band ended its 10-episode run on Saturday.
TBS’ Men at Work is staffing up.
Frasier alumnae Peri Gilpin has joined Season 2 of the recently renewed comedy in a recurring role, TVLine has learned exclusively.
Gilpin — whose TV credits include CSI, Grey’s Anatomy and Make It or Break It — will play Alex, the new boss at Full Steam magazine, where Danny Masterson (That ’70s Show), Adam Busch (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), James Lesure (Las Vegas) and Michael Cassidy’s (The O.C.) characters work. Money lured Alex to the men’s mag from her number two position at a Vogue-like publication — but her unorthodox methods leave the guys scratching their heads.
Additionally, Sarah Wright (Millicent Gergich on Parks and Recreation) will guest in the Season 2 premiere as a “missed connection” for Milo (Masterson) who’s not thrilled to discover he’s the person she’s supposed to meet.
The bachelor’s love life will continue to heat up when Stephanie Lemelin’s Rachel returns for a two-episode arc. Back in the show’s pilot, she left Milo for a threesome with Gibbs (Lesure) and another girlfriend.
Men at Work will return to TBS in 2013.
TBS has renewed Men at Work for a second season. The cable channel put in an order for an additional 10 episodes for the second season of Men at Work, which will premiere in 2013. The show currently ranks as one of basic cable’s Top 5 new series in the adults 18-49 years old demographic. Given those stats, the only thing surprising about the renewal is that it didn’t come sooner!
“Men at Work is a strong addition to the TBS lineup and has worked extremely well paired with The Big Bang Theory,” said Michael Wright, president, head of programming for TBS, TNT and Turner Classic Movies (TCM). “We’re very excited to welcome the outstanding cast and production team of Men at Work back for another season.”
Created by Breckin Meyer(Road Trip, TNT’s Franklin & Bash), Men at Work centers on four buddies who work together at a magazine. Danny Masterson (That ’70s Show, Yes Man) plays the recently dumped Milo, whose friends are determined to help him get back in the dating game. James Lesure (Las Vegas) is Gibbs, a photographer and successful ladies man. Michael Cassidy (The O.C) plays Tyler, a features writer who brings a dose of style and sophistication to the group. And Adam Busch (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) is Neal, a somewhat nerdy ad salesman and the only one in the group with a steady girlfriend (Meredith Hagner– Royal Pains).
Men at Work comes to TBS from Sony Pictures Television and Fanfare. The multi-camera comedy is executive-produced by Breckin Meyer, along with Fanfare’s Jamie Tarses and Julia Franz.
In its first season, Men at Work has averaged more than 2.7 million viewers in Live + 7, with 1 million adults 18-34 and 1.8 million adults 18-49. The comedy ranks as one of basic cable’s Top 5 new series among adults 18-49 in Q2 2012.
The season finale for Men at Work is set to air July 12. The following Thursday, TBS will launch its newest original sitcom, Sullivan & Son, starring comedian Steve Byrne and executive produced by Vince Vaughn, Peter Billingsley and showrunner Rob Long.
TBS’ Men at Work next Thursday will host a That ’70s Show reunion between Men man Danny Masterson and his old ’70s pal Laura Prepon — and we’ve got your exclusive first look at the former co-stars in action.
The Are You There, Chelsea? alumna drops by the comedy’s June 28 installment (titled “Plan B”) as a potential love interest for Masterson’s Milo. However, when Neal (Adam Busch) attempts to set the two up on a date, she makes clear that her romantic interests lie elsewhere.
This isn’t the first ’70s Show reunion of late: Wilmer Valderrama recently romanced Prepon’s leading lady on her ill-fated NBC sitcom. What’s more, the Awake alum actually appears in tonight’s episode of Men at Work.
Take a peek at the nostalgia-tinged rendezvous below!
Erstwhile Bones squintern Joel David Moore is set to spend a week with a few good Men at Work.
TVLine has learned exclusively that the actor — who is arguably best known for his geeky turns in big-screen hits like Avatar and Dodgeball — will guest-star in an upcoming episode of the TBS comedy (airing Thursdays at 10/9c).
In the installment titled “Super Milo,” Moore will portray Doug, a Full Steam Magazine editor who is thrust in the middle of the guys’ kooky competition to conduct an entire staff meeting using only popular song lyrics.
Moore’s other recent TV credits include a stint on Hawaii Five-0 and a handful of Last Man Standing episodes. He also had a co-starring role opposite real-life pal Zachary Levi in this year’s ill-fated Fox comedy pilot Let It Go.
Awkward | Season 2 | Cast Promotional Photos
Alexandra Breckenridge will guest-star in an upcoming episode of TBS’ new comedy Men at Work, TVGuide.com has learned exclusively.
The American Horror Story and True Blood alum has been cast as Katelyn, a beautiful young woman who keeps blowing off her dates with Tyler (Michael Cassidy). However, when she mistakenly butt-dials him, Tyler drags Milo (Danny Masterson) along to confront her and ends up interrupting a very emotional situation.
Breckenridge, whose episode will air in early July, joins a long list of guest stars on the comedy’s first season, including Kathy Najimy, Stacy Keibler, J.K. Simmons, Ethan Suplee, Josh Hopkins, Kevin Pollak, Chris Masterson, Wilmer Valderrama and Laura Prepon.
Breckenridge’s other notable roles include FX’s Dirt and CBS’ short-lived comedy The Ex List. Next year, she’ll co-star alongside Anne Heche in NBC’s new midseason comedy Save Me.
Men at Work airs Thursdays at 10/9c on TBS.
Anger Management (FX)
Premieres: Thursday, June 28 at 10/9c
He’s baaack! Charlie Sheen returns to TV as ex baseball player Charlie (can he ever play someone not named Charlie?) who overcomes his own anger issues to become an anger management therapist himself. (Do his methods involve tiger blood?) The series is based on the Jack Nicholson-Adam Sandler flick of the same name and also stars Selma Blair (as his therapist and possible love interest), Shawnee Smith (as his ex-wife) and fellow Chuck Lorre antagonist Brett Butler (as a bartender). Sheen’s ex-wife Denise Richards — never one to turn down a chance to appear on one of his shows (see: Spin City, Two and a Half Men) — will guest-star as a business partner of Smith’s character. And if the test audience is any indication, Sheen may be winning once again.
Around the World in 80 Plates (Bravo)
Premieres: Wednesday, May 9 at 10/9c
If you’ve ever wondered what would happen if The Amazing Race and Top Chef had a baby, this would be the answer. Hosted by Curtis Stone and Cat Cora, the culinary competition series features 12 chefs traveling across 10 countries in 44 days to whip up local cuisines. Seeing as The Amazing Race and Top Chef are the only shows to ever win the reality-competition series Emmy Award, perhaps we ought to keep a close eye on this one.
Baby Daddy (ABC Family)
Premieres: Wednesday, June 20 at 8:30/7:30c
Think Raising Hope meets Three Men and a Baby. Twentysomething Ben (Jean-Luc Bilodeu) becomes a surprise dad to a baby girl when she’s left on his doorstep by a former gal pal. He decides to raise the baby with his motley crew of helpers: mom Bonnie (Melissa Peterman), his brother Danny (Derek Theler), his best buddy Tucker (Tahj Mowry) and his pal, Riley (Chelsea Kane), who has a secret crush on him. And no, the baby news does not diminish her feelings.
Beverly Hills Nannies (ABC Family)
Premieres: Wednesday, July 11 at 9/8c
Yep, it’s another reality series in the most famous zip code in the world. This one is, as the title suggests, about nannies who work for well-off families in town. Unsurprisingly, the show comes from the producers of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and The Real Housewives of Orange County. Can you say “crossover”?
Breaking Pointe (CW)
Premieres: Thursday, May 31 at 8/7c
Sadly, this is not a Grosse Pointe sequel. This reality series, from the producers of Big Brother and Dancing with the Stars, goes behind the scenes of the uber-competitive Ballet West company in Salt Lake City. If it’s anything like Black Swan, we’re there!
Bunheads (ABC Family)
Premieres: Monday, June 11 at 9/8c
Two-time Tony winner Sutton Foster makes her TV debut as a disgruntled Las Vegas showgirl who impulsively marries a man and moves to his small hometown, where she becomes a ballet teacher at her mother-in-law’s dance school. Gilmore Girls creator Amy Sherman-Palladino is the mastermind behind this, so expect lots of rapid-fire wisecracks. So you think you can dance, Breaking Pointe? We can speak fast!
The Catalina (CW)
Premieres: Tuesday, May 29 at 8/7c
Snooki & Co. may be back on the Jersey Shore, but that doesn’t mean reality TV is done with South Beach. This docu-series follows the young staff at The Catalina hotel in Miami who work by day and party as hard as you’d expect them to by night. As long as they don’t have their own “GTL” slogan, we’ll be good.
The Choice (Fox)
Premieres: Thursday, June 7 at 8/7c
The Dating Game meets The Voice — spinning chairs and all! (no word on Purrfect the Cat yet, though) — in Fox’s new celebrity dating series. Four single celebs will sit in rotating chairs in front of a live studio audience, with their backs to a bunch of singles. The contestants can describe their life, their interests and their turn-ons — but the celebrities can only rely on their voice and their answers before spinning around. The star bachelors and bachelorettes include Joe Jonas, Tyson Beckford, Dean Cain, Jersey Shore‘s Pauly D and Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino, Rob Kardashian and chef Rocco DiSpirito, Carmen Electra and Playboy Playmate of the Year Hope Dworaczyk. We just hope someone will recite Meredith Grey’s “choose me” speech.
Common Law (USA)
Premieres: Friday, May 11 at 10/9c
USA already has a football player seeing a therapist, so why not cops too? Odd couple detective partners Travis (Michael Ealy) and Wes (Warren Kole) loathe each other and are ordered into couples counseling by their captain (Jack McGee) to work out their differences. Lost‘s Sonya Walger plays their therapist. But all of this begs the question: Wouldn’t it be easier to assign them new partners?
Premieres: Wednesday, June 13 at 9/8c
Ready to head back to Southfork? This is no reboot, but rather a continuation of the original CBS soap — so much so that original players Larry Hagman, Linda Gray and Patrick Duffy will reprise their roles. But Josh Henderson and Jesse Metcalfe will primarily be the ones getting knee deep in oil drama as dueling cousins John Ross Ewing III and Christopher Ewing, respectively. Jordana Brewster and Brenda Strong round out the cast. Fingers crossed for no dream season.
Dogs in the City (CBS)
Premieres: Wednesday, May 30 at 8/7c
Watch out, Cesar Milan! Dog-training guru Justin Silver plays mediator for New York City dog owners who are having various problems with their pooches. But don’t automatically blame the dogs! Sometimes it’s the two-legged creatures who are at fault.
Premieres: Thursday, May 24 at 8/7c
You can never have too many singing competition shows, right? Mentors John Legend, Jennifer Nettles, Robin Thicke and Kelly Clarkson (wonder what Idol thinks) travel the country to search for a singer to duet with them. They will each choose two singers to be his or her partner, and will perform in front of a live audience each week. The winner will get a record contract at Hollywood Records.
Premieres: Sunday, June 3 at 10/9c
Geek babes Katee Sackhoff and Cassidy Freeman on the same show?! Yep! But this is anything but a nerd’s wet dream. Based on Craig Johnson’s mystery novels, the series stars Robert Taylor as the newly widowed Walt Longmire, who, at the behest of his daughter Cady (Freeman), decides to run for re-election as sheriff of Absaroka County, Wyo., against Branch (Bailey Chase), a young deputy. Sackhoff plays Vic, a new deputy, and Lou Diamond Phillips plays Longmire’s confidant Henry Standing Bear.
Major Crimes (TNT)
Premieres: Monday, Aug. 13 at 10/9c
The Closer will (finally) wrap its seventh and final season this summer, but it’s never truly going away. Mary McDonnell will star in this spin-off focused on Captain Sharon Raydor, who takes over as the head of the Major Crimes division. A bevy of Closer stars will join her too: G.W. Bailey, Tony Denison, Michael Paul, Raymond Cruz and Phillip P. Keene. See? The Closer is here to stay.
Men at Work (TBS)
Premieres: Thursday, May 24 at 10/9c
The men are Danny Masterson, James Lesure, Adam Busch and Kyle Cassidy. The work is at a magazine. The latter three’s characters help their pal/co-worker Milo (Masterson) re-enter the dating scene after he got dumped by his girlfriend. Breckin Meyer is the creator and executive producer.
The Newsroom (HBO)
Premieres: Sunday, June 24 at 10/9c
Aaron Sorkin returns to TV with this behind-the-scenes look (what other kind would he do?!) at fictional cable news network ACN. Jeff Daniels plays anchor Will McAvoy, who after a Howard Beale-like meltdown, sets out to put on News Night with his new executive producer (Emily Mortimer), his newsroom staff (Alison Pill, John Gallagher, Jr., Olivia Munn, Dev Patel, Thomas Sadoski) and their boss (Sam Waterston). Jane Fonda, in her first major TV role, will recur as Leona Lansing, CEO of ACN’s parent company. Surely, she must’ve learned a thing or two from Ted Turner.
Premieres: Monday, July 9 at 10/9c
Stop us if you’ve heard this before: A quirky genius with a keen understanding of the mind and human behavior consults with the federal government to solve cases. No, it’s not Patrick Jane, but Daniel Pierce (Eric McCormack), whose team includes FBI agent and former student Kate Moretti (Rachael Leigh Cook), his teaching assistant Max (Arjay Smith) and Natalie (Kelly Rowan), his best friend. The difference between Jane and Pierce? Pierce is a neuroscientist. And he’s insane. (Yeah, The Crazy Neuroscientist doesn’t roll off the tongue as easily as The Mentalist.)
Political Animals (USA)
Premieres: Sunday, July 15 at 10/9c
The six-part miniseries stars Sigourney Weaver as Elaine Barrish, a former First Lady and current Secretary of State, who struggles to keep her family together as she deals with the State Department’s crises. She strikes an unlikely friendship with a journalist (Carla Gugino) who has spent her career tearing Elaine down. (Isn’t that always the case?) The project comes from Brothers & Sisters Greg Berlanti and also stars Ellen Burstyn, James Wolk, Adrian Pasdar, Sebastian Stan and Brittany Ishibashi.
Saving Hope (NBC)
Premieres: Thursday, June 7 at 10/9c
Another Smallville hottie is back on TV! Erica Durance stars in this Canadian import as a surgeon whose life is turned upside down after her fiancée Charlie (Michael Shanks), the Chief of Staff at Toronto’s Hope-Zion Hospital, ends up in a coma. Little do she and the staff know, Charlie is roaming the halls in spirit form. The Vampire Diaries‘ Daniel Gillies also stars as new hot-shot surgeon Joel Goran. Can you say “supernatural love triangle”?
The Soul Man (TV Land)
Premieres: Wednesday, June 20 at 10/9c
Do you have faith in Cedric the Entertainer? The comedian headlines this Hot in Cleveland spin-off as Rev. Boyce “The Voice” Ballentine, who takes over his father’s church. Niecy Nash co-stars as his wife Lolli. So when will Betty White and the ladies drop by?
Sullivan and Son (TBS)
Premieres: Thursday, July 19 at 10/9c
Look! It’s another show about a son taking over the family business. Big city lawyer Steve Sullivan (Steve Byrne) abruptly decides to run his parents legendary Pittsburgh bar Sullivan & Son when he learns that they are planning to sell it during a visit. Let’s see how well this goes over with his girlfriend Ashley (Brooke Lyons). Dan Lauria and Jodi Long co-star as Steve’s Irish-American father, Jack Sullivan, and Korean mother, Ok Cha.
Take Me Out (Fox)
Premieres: Thursday, June 7 at 8/7c
If The Choice is not your speed, Fox has another dating show for you. Based on the popular Australian and British series, this fast-paced show features 30 single women who go through four rounds of speed-dating to find their soul mate. George Lopez will host and facilitate the matchmaking. Because if there’s anyone who should be playing cupid, it’s George Lopez.
Trust Us with Your Life (ABC)
Premieres: Tuesday, July 10 at 9/8c
Don’t worry — this isn’t some stunt-heavy trust-fall show. It’s actually an improv series from the Whose Line Is It Anyway? guys. Wayne Brady, Colin Mochrie Jonathan Mangum will act out key moments in a celebrity’s life that they have just described. Fred Willard will host, and the participating stars are David Hasselhoff, Jerry Springer, Florence Henderson, Mark Cuban, Jack and Kelly Osbourne, Ricky Gervais and Serena Williams. (Quick! Count all the Dancing with the Stars alums.)
On TV this Tuesday: Cougar Town uncorks its season (and ABC) finale, The CW invites you to check in at The Catalina as The L.A. Complex closes its doors, the Workaholics plan a trip and more. Here are nine programs to keep on your radar.
8 pm Cougar Town (ABC) | One-hour ABC finale: When Grayson gripes that he’s living Groundhog Day because the gang shows up at the same time every day at Jules’ house, his bride-to-be requests a bachelorette party themed to that movie. Then, Grayson convinces Jules to elope to Napa — only to have the Cul de Sac crew tag along. David Arquette and, yes, TVLine’s Michael Ausiello (watch video) guest-star. Next stop: TBS in 2013!
8 pm The Catalina (The CW) | Reality series premiere: Hang with the young, wild and presumably very attractive staff of The Catalina hotel in Miami’s South Beach.
9 pm 20/20 (ABC) | This Katie Couric-hosted special marks the historic 60-year reign of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, just days before the celebrations surrounding the Diamond Jubilee. Hmm, has anyone seen Frank Drebin?
9 pm HGTV Design Star (HGTV) | Season 7 premiere: A dozen new designers get judged by Genevieve Gorder, Vern Yip and the occasional celeb guest.
9 pm The L.A. Complex (The CW) | Season finale: Nick and Abby try to move past the casual phase of their relationship; Connor continues searching for answers; Raquel’s conscience gets the best of her; and the unthinkable happens for Kal and Tariq.
9 pm Freaky Friday (ABC Family) | AKA when Gibbs (that is, Mark Harmon) met Dr. Samantha Ryan (Jamie Lee Curtis). Also, Lindsay Lohan before all of that stuff happened.
10 pm Tosh.0 (Comedy Central) | Summer premiere: Daniel reveals his summer wardrobe and offers the girl who sang “Smell Yo D–k” a web redemption. (I’m square, yes, but I don’t even wanna know.)
10:15 pm Teeth (IFC) | Great date movie.
10:30 pm Workaholics (Comedy Central) | In the Season 3 premiere, the guys plan their first acid trip.
TBS last night premiered its first original series using its high-flying off-network comedy, The Big Bang Theory, as a launching pad. New comedy Men at Work drew 2.65 million total viewers, 1.63 million adults 18-49 and 851,000 adults 18-34 at 10 PM. That was up 14% in 18-34 and 7% in 18-49 from the Big Bang Theory repeats TBS ran in the Thursday 10 PM slot for the past four weeks. (Big Bang served as a lead-in to Men At Work last night). Additionally, the guy-oriented series created by Breckin Meyer garnered more men 18-34 (395,000) than any previous TBS original sitcom premiere, good news for TBS’ male-skewing late-night talk show Conan. (TBS’ aired a second episode of Men at Work at 10:30 PM, averaging 2.29 million total viewers, 778,000 (18-34) and 1.43 million (18-49).
In the main ratings categories, Men At Work was behind most of TBS’ noteworthy sitcom premieres in the past 5 years, Are We There Yet? (3.2 million viewers, 1.6 million adults 18-49), Tyler Perry’s House of Payne (5.8 million viewers), Perry’s Meet The Browns (4.0 million viewers) and The Bill Engvall Show (3.9 million), but they all premiered at 9 PM vs 10 PM for Men At Work. Men edged one other half-hour TBS comedy that premiered at 10 PM, the 2006 My Boys (1.78 million total viewers; 1.63 million adults 18-49; 756,000 adults 18-34) The Sony TV-produced Men at Work centers on four buddies who work together at a magazine.