Friday, May 28, 2010
Breaking: Gary Coleman Passes Away at 42; ION Television June 2010 Highlights; Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of May 31, 2010)
Actor Gary Coleman (Diff'rent Strokes) has passed away this afternoon. Gary Coleman was in a coma earlier today and was put on life support. Gary died after suffering an intercranial hemorrhage. His wife Shannon Price and her father were at the hospital Friday and decided to pull the plug. Coleman suffered the hemorrhage on Wednesday after taking a fall at his Santaquin home, 55 miles south of Salt Lake City. He has also battled kidney disease for nearly his entire life and had heart surgery last fall. He was also in the hospital twice this year after suffering seizures.
Gary has had many troubles over the years. Besides his health problems, he has had marriage problems (he even appeared on Divorce Court), financial problems, and was in trouble with the law for multiple items including assault and domestic abuse. We won't go much into detail of his problems, but you can read that on RadarOnline. Gary also ran for governor of California in 2003's infamous recall election, coming in 8th place out of 135 candidates.
Gary was of course best known for his role of Arnold Jackson-Drummond on the hit sitcom Diff'rent Strokes, that ran from 1978-86 on NBC/ABC. He made his mark on this sitcom and became one of the most well-known faces on all of television at the time. Coleman became the most popular fixture of the show, enhanced by his character's catchphrase "What'choo talkin' 'bout, Willis?" At the height of his fame on Diff'rent Strokes, he earned as much as $100,000 per episode. Gary's death is the second major death for a Strokes cast member. In 1999, Dana Plato (Kimberly) committed suicide. Conrad Bain (Mr. Drummond), Charlotte Rae (Mrs. Garrett), Mary Jo Catlett (Pearl), Danny Cooksey (Sam), and Todd Bridges (Willis Jackson) are all still living, but Nedra Volz (Adelaide) and Dixie Carter (Maggie) have passed away. Arnold's friend on the show, Dudley, played by Shavar Ross is on Twitter and has a website. So feel free to let him know your thoughts.
Before he was on Diff'rent Strokes, Gary guest starred with memorable appearances on The Jeffersons and Good Times. His other guest appearances include Medical Center, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, The Facts of Life, Silver Spoons, Simon & Simon, Amazing Stories, 227, Married with Children, Martin, Unhappily Ever Ater, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Homeboys in Outer Space, The Jamie Foxx Show, Parent'hood, The Naked Truth, Wayans Bros., Shasta McNasty, The Simpsons, The Hughleys, The Drew Carey Show, The Rerun Show, Son of the Beach, My Wife & Kids, Baby Bob, The Parkers, and more.
Gary also starred on his own short-lived animated series The Gary Coleman Show in 1982. He starred in many TV movies in the early '80s including The Kid from Left Field, Scout's Honor, The Kid with the Broken Halo, Jimmy the Kid, The Kid with the 200 I.Q., and Playing with Fire.
We will let you know if there are any plans from any cable network to play a Diff'rent Strokes marathon (or anything else he was in, such as those classic TV movies) in honor of Gary. So please check back with us because we will be the first to know. UPDATE: Bio TV will remember Gary by airing a block of Biography episodes on Wednesday, June 2, 2010. Biography: Dana Plato airs at 8pm, Biography: Diff'rent Strokes airs at 9pm, Biography Remembers: Gary Coleman airs at 10pm and The Truth Behind the Sitcom Scandals: Gilligan's Island & Diff'rent Strokes airs at 11pm. And if you're in Chicago, Me-TV will pay tribute to Gary by airing a Diff'rent Strokes marathon from 11am-7pm CT on Me-TV Chicago. View the schedule. Stay tuned for further updates.
Mr. Coleman was only 42 and will be deeply missed by many, including the sitcom world. R.I.P. Gary.
Watch Gary Coleman on ABC News' 20/20 feature story from May 1999:
It's a quiet June 2010 for ION Television, as the schedule will remain the same as it is now. Among the changes made last month were The Guard being removed (Saturdays 9-11pm) by more Ghost Whisperer and The Emeril Lagasse Show moving to Sundays at 5pm now instead of 8pm, due to low ratings. As a result, now M*A*S*H airs regularly on Sundays from 3-5pm, in addition to its weekday airings from 4-6pm and filler airings on Saturday afternoons. My Name is Earl will continue to air Sundays in the 1pm hour, or sometimes just 11:30pm if a movie runs long.
ION will continue to air movies on weekends. Movies airing in June on ION are Shanghai Noon, Blood Work, Entrapment, Field of Dreams, The Fugitive, The Godfather, and The Outlaw Josey Wales.
View the full ION Television June 2010 schedule and highlights. Hopefully July will be more interesting, so stay with us in the coming weeks for that.
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 (but we won't cover movie stars like Tom Hanks or John Travolta, since they won't be talking about their past sitcoms likely), so this is for all sitcom fans of all eras!
For the week of May 31-June 4, 2010, we have many current sitcom stars and past sitcom stars on TV talk shows! So get your DVR's (or whatever you use) ready! Ready? Here is all what you need to know for the coming week!
Monday, May 31, 2010
- Drew Carey (The Drew Carey Show) - Drew stops by Lopez Tonight at 11pm on TBS.
- Sarah Silverman (Sarah Silverman Program) - Sarah heads to see the ladies of The View, at 11am ET/10am CT/PT on ABC. You can also catch her on a repeat of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on NBC at 12:35am.
- The Game cast - Catch the cast of the sitcom on The Mo'nique Show on BET at 11pm. This is a repeat, though.
- Jenna Fischer (The Office) - This is a repeat from a few weeks back, but catch Jenna on Late Show with David Letterman at 11:35pm on CBS.
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
- Terry Crews (Are We There Yet?) - Catch Terry on Lopez Tonight at 11pm on TBS promoting his new TBS sitcom.
- Susie Essman (Curb Your Enthusiasm) - Catch Susie on CBS's Early Show sometime between 7-9am. And that's not all, she will also be on NBC's Today at 10am and also on HLN's The Joy Behar Show at 9pm.
- Neil Flynn (The Middle/[scrubs]) - This is a repeat, so if you need to see Neil on The Bonnie Hunt Show, check your local listings.
- Betty White (Hot in Cleveland/The Golden Girls/Mary Tyler Moore) - This is a repeat, but catch Betty again on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon at 12:35am on NBC.
- Carol Burnett (Carol Burnett Show/Mama's Family) - This is also a repeat, but catch Carol again on Tavis Smiley on PBS. Check your local listings.
- Ellie Kemper (The Office) - This is a repeat, but catch Ellie again on Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson at 12:35am on CBS.
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
- Betty White (Hot in Cleveland/Golden Girls/Mary Tyler Moore) - This is a repeat from March, but catch Betty again on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, check your local listings.
Thursday, June 3, 2010
- Sean Hayes (Will & Grace) - Sean will be on The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT/PT.
- Lisa Kudrow (Friends) - This is a repeat, but catch Lisa on The Martha Stewart Show again, so check your listings.
- Ed Helms (The Office) - This is a repeat of him on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, airing 11:35pm on NBC!
- Holly Robinson-Peete (Hangin' with Mr. Cooper) - Catch a repeat of Holly on The Wendy Williams Show either on BET at 12am or your local station.
Friday, June 4, 2010
- Jay Mohr (Gary Unmarried) - Jay stops by CBS's Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson at 12:35am.
- Jennie Garth (What I Like About You) - The lovely Jennie stops by The View, at 11am ET/10am CT/PT on ABC.
The Big Bang Theory - "The Friendship Turbulence" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT)
After the insults fly, Bernadette tries to broker the peace between Wolowitz and Sheldon. Meanwhile, Penny is offered an embarrassing movie role and Raj asks Amy to write to a woman on his behalf.
The Millers - "Bahama Mama" (CBS, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Just as Nathan begins to unwind on his vacation in the Bahamas, Carol’s surprise appearance gets him riled up all over again until they meet Ganja Pete. Meanwhile, Debbie is upset with Adam when she learns that he used to write love songs for the special girls in his life when he was younger. Tommy Chong guest stars as Ganja Pete. Austin Mahone guest stars as young Adam.
Two and a Half Men - "How to Get Rid of Alan Harper" (CBS, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Walden suspects his new girlfriend is cheating on him. Meanwhile, Alan gets even more intertwined in Lyndsey and Larry’s relationship when he starts dating Larry’s sister, Gretchen. Kimberly Williams-Paisley guest stars as Alan’s new girlfriend, Gretchen.
The Crazy Ones - "Heavy Meddling" (CBS, 9:30PM ET/PT)
Simon’s desperation for grandchildren forces him to interfere with Sydney’s new relationship. Meanwhile, Zach and Andrew try working with other partners.
Community - "App Development and Condiments" (NBC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
social networking Application. What starts as a fun social interaction of ranking classmates turns into an all-out class war as Greendale students compete for the highest score. Jeff (Joel McHale) and Shirley (Yvette Nicole Brown) battle for supremacy, while Britta (Gillian Jacobs) rails against the very concept. Meanwhile, Professor Hickey (Jonathan Banks) goes underground – literally – until the whole thing blows over.
Parks and Recreation - "The Wall" (NBC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
After Leslie (Amy Poehler) tries to take down the wall separating Pawnee and Eagleton, her life takes several unexpected turns. Tom (Aziz Ansari) and Ben (Adam Scott) meet with potential corporate sponsors for the concert, while Ron (Nick Offerman) brings a surprise to the office and finds a new office hobby.
Sirens - "Pilot" (USA Network, 10:00PM ET/PT)
Johnny sees Theresa for the first time since their break; Hank considers an emergency contact; Brian spends his first day on the rig.
Sirens - "A B.... Named Karma" (USA Network, 10:30PM ET/PT)
A lightning strike at a church compels the guys to think about karma, and volunteer to teach CPR to disadvantaged children.
Saint George - "Won't Get Fooled Again" (FX, 9:00PM ET/PT)
George decides to go back into the dating world and discovers he's terrible at it.
Anger Management - "Charlie and the Last Temptation of Eugenio" (FX, 9:30PM ET/PT)
When Charlie's best party buddy becomes a priest, Charlie's tries to tempt him with women and liquor.
Thursday, March 6
- Allison Janney (Mom/Mr. Sunshine) - Allison is part of the guest panel on Chelsea Lately on E! at 11pm.
- Kristin Chenoweth (Kristin) - Kristin appears on Conan at 11pm on TBS.
- Billy Connolly (Head of the Class/Billy) - Billy is a guest on Conan at 11pm on TBS.
- Paul Scheer (The League) - Paul visits The Pete Holmes Show at midnight on TBS.
- Ty Burrell (Modern Family/Back to You/Out of Practice) - Ty talks about lending his voice for new animated film Mr. Peabody & Sherman onLIVE! with Kelly and Michael, so check your listings.
- Scott Foley (The Goodwin Games/A.U.S.A.) - Scott appears on ABC's Good Morning America between 7-9am. He will also be on LIVE! with Kelly and Michael, so check your listings. Finally, he is a guest on Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
- Cheryl Hines (Suburgatory/Curb Your Enthusiasm) - Cheryl chats on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
- Whitney Cummings (Whitney) - Whitney is part of the guest panel on Chelsea Lately on E! at 11pm.
- Michael Mosley (Sirens) - Michael is a guest on Pop Sugar on TV Guide Network at 6pm and on the next day on their website at noon.
- Ray Romano (Everybody Loves Raymond) - Ray appears on a repeat of The Queen Latifah Show, so check your local listings.
- Cynthia Nixon (Sex and the City) - Cynthia is a guest on NBC's Today between 7-9am and in the 10am hour.
- Patrick Duffy (Step by Step) - Patrick will be on Good Day New York on WNYW-Fox5 in New York at 9:15am. He will also be on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 12:30pm ET.
- Jason Hervey (The Wonder Years) - Jason talks about his iconic role on The Wonder Years and what he's up to now on Katie, so check your local listings.