- Last Updated: 11:14 AM, May 11, 2012
- Posted: 12:00 AM, May 11, 2012
I don't know if "Downton Abbey" fans out there caught the very clever allusion to the PBS hit in Wednesday night's episode of "Modern Family," which was (mostly) set in Disneyland.
In the scene, an irritated Mitchell (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) is talking on his cell phone to partner Cam (Eric Stonestreet), who's in another part of the park (trying to find their daughter, Lily). Says Mitchell: "I'm in Fantasy Land, where are you?" . . . pauses a beat . . . "Okay, it's Toontown, not Toonton. You've been watching too much PBS." I keep waiting for this show to jump the proverbial shark but, so far, it's managed to sustain its quality over three seasons.
Fans of old TV shows, meanwhile, will be glad to hear that the entire run of "Route 66" will be out on DVD on Tuesday, May 22. The series, starring Martin Milner, George Maharis and Glenn Corbett (and a very catchy theme song), ran on CBS from 1960-64. And, like other shows from that era ("Perry Mason," "The Twilight Zone," "The Fugitive," "Alfred Hitchcock Presents") you'll find many guest stars who went on to later fame, including Barbara Eden, Burt Reynolds, Martin Sheen, Robert Duvall, Ed Asner, James Caan, Suzanne Pleshette and Ron Howard.
The boxed-set includes 24 DVDs (all 116 episodes), vintage commercials and other goodies.
And fans of newer TV shows will be glad to hear that "Cougar Town," just cancelled by ABC, has been picked up by TBS, which has ordered a fourth season of new episodes which will begin airing early next year. TBS also bought the rights to the show's first three seasons (61 episodes). On the show, Courteney Cox stars as a recently divorced mom; co-stars include Brian Van Holt, Christa Miller, Ian Gomez and Busy Phillips.
Last, but not least:
* Judy Sheindlin ("Judge Judy") will be awarded the Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from SUNY Albany on Sunday, May 20. She's also giving the commencement address that day . . . "The Jeff Probst Show," which premieres this fall, has added Marilyn Zielinski and David Goldman (as senior supervising producers) and Brian Campbell (as director) . . . "Judge Mathis" will give away $2,000 every day next Monday through Friday to help celebrate its 2,000th episode and help viewers pay bills . . . "American Idol" finalist Jessica Sanchez has joined the lineup for PBS's "National Memorial Day Concert," airing May 27 (8-9 p.m.) . . . Congrats to Maureen Taran, who's been named VP of management and production for New Wave Entertainment. She'll run the New York office.