Friday, June 03, 2011

Remembering Clarice Taylor (Cliff Huxtable's Mother); Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of June 6, 2011)

Bill Cosby, Earle Hyman and Clarice Taylor

Clarice Taylor, a television, film, stage and radio actress best known for her recurring role The Cosby Show as Dr. Heathcliff "Cliff" Huxtable's mother, Anna Huxtable, has died. Ms. Taylor passed away at her home in Englewood, New Jersey from congestive heart failure on May 30. She was 93.

Taylor and Earle Hyman (Russell Huxtable) played Cliff's parents in recurring roles for seven years on The Cosby Show. Interestingly enough, she first auditioned to play Phylicia Rashad's mother on the show. In 1986, Taylor and Hyman were both nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Guest Performer in a Comedy Series. For 14 years from the late 1970s until 1990, she had a recurring role on Sesame Street as Harriet, the grandmother of David. Her other television work included guest appearances on Ironside, Sanford and Son (as Cousin Emma), Nurse, Lady Blue, Spenser: For Hire and Due South. Her stage work included the role of Addaperle, the Good Witch of the North, in The Wiz. She won an Obie Award for her one-woman show, Moms. Film roles for her included Clint Eastwood's directorial debut in the thriller Play Misty for Me, Five on the Black Side and Sommersby.

Taylor is survived by her two sons: William and James, her daughter-in-law, Gizele, and four grandchildren: Jason, Kristen, Raul Jr. & Jared. We loved her character on The Cosby Show. She always told it like it was. We will miss her.

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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 June 6-June 10, 2011, 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, June 6 2011
  • Wanda Sykes (The New Adventures of Old Christine/Wanda at Large) - Watch the funny lady Wanda on a May repeat of Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 12am on ABC.
  • Ray Romano (Everybody Loves Raymond) - Catch Ray on Tavis Smiley on PBS, but check listings for time.
  • Breckin Meyer (Inside Schwartz/Married to the Kellys) - Breckin visits Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Tisha Campbell-Martin (Martin/My Wife and Kids/Rita Rocks) - Tisha drops by The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Tina Fey (30 Rock) - Watch Tina on an April repeat of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check listings.
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
  • Kathy Griffin (Suddenly Susan) - Catch Kathy on The Late Show with David Letterman at 11:35pm on CBS.
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
  • Jon Cryer (Two and a Half Men) - Watch Jon on The Late Show with David Letterman at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Chris Gorham (Out of Practice) - Catch Chris on the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson at 12:37am on CBS. Covert Affairs returns for a second season starting on June 7 on the USA Network.
  • Terry Crews (Are We There Yet?/Everybody Hates Chris) - Terry is a guest on Lopez Tonight at 12am on TBS.
  • Suzanne Somers (Three's Company/She's the Sheriff) - Suzanne is the guest host on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory) - Jim appears on LIVE! with Regis & Kelly, so check your listings.
  • Faith Ford (Hope & Faith/Murphy Brown) - Faith is a guest on LIVE! with Regis & Kelly, so check your listings.
  • Mario Lopez (Saved by the Bell) - Watch Marion on an April repeat of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check listings.
  • Ray Romano (Everybody Loves Raymond) - Ray stops by The Joy Behar Show at 10pm ET on HLN.
Thursday, June 9, 2011
  • Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother/Doogie Howser, M.D.) - Catch Neil on The Late Show with David Letterman at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Kathy Griffin (Suddenly Susan) - Kathy continues to make the rounds on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 12am on ABC.
  • George Lopez (George Lopez) - Watch George on Conan at 11pm on TBS and then Conan on Lopez Tonight at 12am on TBS.
  • Wanda Sykes (The New Adventrues of Old Christine/Wanda at Large) - Wanda visits The Mo'nique Show at 11pm on BET.
Friday, June 10, 2011
  • Jason Lee (My Name Is Earl) - Watch Jason LIVE! with Regis & Kelly, so check your listings and later on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon at 12:37am on NBC.
  • Nick Jonas (Jonas L.A.) - Nick makes his first ever guest appearance The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Mark-Paul Gosselaar (Saved by the Bell) - Catch Mark on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT. Currently he co-stars with Breckin Meyer on Franklin & Bash on TNT.
  • Jami Gertz (Still Standing/Square Pegs) - Jami stops by The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Jennifer Lawrence (The Bill Engvall Show) - Jennifer visits LIVE! with Regis & Kelly, so check your listings.
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New on DVD/Blu-ray (December/January)

American Dad! - Volume 11 Newhart - The Complete Seventh Season I Love Lucy - Superstar Special #2 (Colorized) The Love Boat - Season Three - Volume Two Hooperman - Season One

12/06 - Family Guy - Season Fourteen
12/13 - American Dad! - Volume 11
12/13 - Newhart - The Complete Seventh Season
01/03 - Girls - The Complete Fifth Season (Blu-ray)
01/10 - Broad City - Season 3
01/17 - I Love Lucy - Superstar Special #2 (Colorized)
01/17 - The Love Boat - Season Three - Volume One
01/17 - The Love Boat - Season Three - Volume Two
01/24 - Hooperman - Season One
01/24 - Hooperman - Season Two
01/31 - Ballers - The Complete Second Season (Blu-ray)
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Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Thursday, January 19

The Big Bang Theory - "The Romance Calibration" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT)
When Penny feels that Leonard is taking her for granted, she decides to go on a spa weekend with Amy. Also, Wolowitz and Koothrappali try to fix a squeaky floorboard in the baby’s room.

The Great Indoors - "Mason Blows Up" (CBS, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Jack tries to reassert his dominance as a reporter after Mason scores an investigative coup that turns him into an overnight celebrity. Also, Clark’s low self-esteem causes him to give Emma relationship advice about other guys instead of asking her out himself

Mom - "Good Karma and the Big Weird" (CBS, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Bonnie encourages Christy to pursue Marjorie’s charming nephew, Nick, despite the fact that he’s been declared off limits. Chris Pratt, husband of MOM star Anna Faris, guest stars as Nick, Marjorie’s nephew.

Life in Pieces - "Tailgate Spiral Souvenir Seating" (CBS, 9:30PM ET/PT)
When Colleen and Matt host the family tailgate party at the L.A. Rams game, they invite former NFL quarterback Kurt Warner to spice up their so far dismal event. Also, Tim’s in danger of missing the game when Sophia makes him take her to the restroom and they get sidetracked returning to their seats; Joan and Jen try to sneak into seats closer to the field; and Greg wins a chance to participate in a halftime contest involving a football toss.

Baskets - "Freaks" (FX, 10:00PM ET/PT)
Chip has to decide between a tarp and snacks.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of January 16)

Friday, January 20

  • Anthony Anderson (black-ish/Guys with Kids/All About the Andersons) - Catch Anthony on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • JoAnna Garcia Swisher (Reba/Better with You) - JoAnna visits The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • John Lithgow (3rd Rock from the Sun/Twenty Good Years) - John is a guest on a repeat of The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Jim Gaffigan (The Jim Gaffigan Show/My Boys/Welcome to New York) - Jim stops by The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Cristela Alonzo (Cristela) - Cristela drops by The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Ken Jeong (Dr. Ken/Community) - Ken is a guest on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC. He also appears on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Nicole Byer (Loosely, Exactly Nicole) - Nicole appears on a repeat of Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Joe Jonas (Jonas L.A.) - Joe guest co-hosts LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
  • Bernadette Peters (Mozart in the Jungle/All's Fair) - Bernadette is a guest on LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
  • Queen Latifah (Living Single) - Queen Latifah is a guest on a repeat of Rachael Ray, so check your local listings.
  • Andrew Dice Clay (Bless This House/Hitz) - Andrew stops by Access Hollywood Live, so check your local listings.
  • Johnny Galecki (The Big Bang Theory/Roseanne - Johnny discusses his role in the new film, Rings, and dishes on this season of The Big Bang Theory on the AOL Build Show at 1pm.