Saturday, September 03, 2011

Digital Digest: Brothers and Sisters - The Complete Fifth Season DVD Review; Off the Map - The Complete Series DVD Review

Happy Labor Day weekend, and welcome to Digital Digest, your source for all things digital relating to your favorite TV series! In between your cookouts and picnics, why not take a break from the heat and enjoy some TV either on DVD, Blu-ray, or online? This week, we have reviews of Brothers & Sisters - The Complete Fifth and Final Season and Off the Map - The Complete Series. Let's roll!


DIGITAL NEWS

Netflix users will see a big change in their streaming service early next year as the streaming agreement offering Starz! programming will come to an end. As a result, a big chunk of the streaming program on Netflix will disappear on February 28. While this may not seem like a big deal to classic TV fans, the repercussions are deeper than they may seem. Starz! does provide some classic western programs for the Netflix service, but the added incentive has provided Netflix with a larger subscriber base to support other programming deals. Obviously we don't yet know what the immediate consequences are of this breakup, but we certainly hope that it doesn't lead to an overall decline in service quality.

Meet the Browns has been making very steady progress since it was first announced for DVD, but wait! There's more already in the pipelines! Meet the Browns - Season One was released last week, and Meet the Browns - Season Two is coming up October 4, so what is going to happen November 22? Well, Meet the Browns - Season Three, of course! It isn't available for pre-order just yet. This is indeed a fast pace for DVD sets, but then again, there are a lot of episodes of the series, as is typical for a Tyler Perry series.

The Night Court - The Complete Fourth Season story has been very bizarre, with it appearing as a manufacture-on-demand title on the Warner Archive website, being harshly criticized, then being totally removed. But is justice about to be served? It is! Now, the series is once again available to purchase. Does this mean that the set has been improved? If so, what does that mean for those who bought the "inferior" sets? Does this mean that more seasons are on the way? There is no answer for these questions yet, according to TVShowsOnDVD.com. But they are looking in to the situation, and hopefully there will be an answer soon. You can order the set here.


UPCOMING WEEK PREVIEW

Tuesday (September 6) brings the sitcoms The Office - Season Seven (DVD/Blu-ray) and Parks and Recreation - Season Three to DVD from Universal. You can read our reviews of both: The Office and Parks & Recreation. Sony has another NBC Thursday night sitcom, Community - The Complete Second Season (read our review) coming up. Also on Tuesday, from Warner, comes Two and a Half Men - The Complete Eighth Season (and Charlie Sheen's last one). Finally, if you are looking for some classic drama, Shout! Factory has the 70s police drama Police Story - Season One on the way.


BLOG FEATURE REVIEW

Last week we had a family that wasn't ordinary, but this week, has a more ordinary one with the Walkers of Brothers and Sisters. Of course, being ordinary means that they face their own trials and tribulations of life, and they often struggle with some very serious issues. The series was recently canceled by ABC, but you can have a little more family time with the Walkers just once more with Brothers and Sisters - The Complete Fifth and Final Season.

DVD Review: Brothers and Sisters - The Complete Fifth and Final Season
by Pavan

Brothers and Sisters - The Complete Fifth and Final Season (ABC Studios, $45.99) brings the final 22 episodes of the long-running family drama on a 5-disc DVD! It's the fifth and final season and you will want to see where the Walkers are headed. Featuring one of the most celebrated casts on television, including Sally Field, Calista Flockhart, Rachel Griffiths, and Patricia Wettig, ABC's Brothers And Sisters is outstanding television at its warm and witty best.

The series aired Sundays at 10PM for its entire run on ABC and stars Calista Flockhart as Kitty Walker, Sally Field as Nora Walker, Rachel Griffiths as Sarah Walker Whedon, Ron Rifkin as Uncle Saul Holden, Matthew Rhys as Kevin Walker, Dave Annable as Justin Walker, Luke Macfarlane as Scotty, with Gilles Marini as Luc Laurent, and Patrica Wettig as Holly Harper. Recurring are Balthazar Getty as Tommy Walker, Kerris Dorsey as Paige Whedon, Maxwell Perry Cotton as Cooper Whedon, Isabella Rae Thomas as Olivia and Ken Olin as David.
With special guest stars Emily VanCamp as Rebecca Harper and Beau Bridges as Nick Brody. Other guest stars include Dave Annable's real wife Odette Yustman, Ryan Devlin, Richard Chamberlain, Jon Terry, Sonia Braga, Jeremy Davidson, Cara Buono, Rob Kazinsky and Stephen Collins.

This fifth season is decent and of course not as good as the previous seasons, but still a solid show with great drama and comedic moments. Season five definitely had its moments, but there were some clunkers. As always, when the Walkers get together for a family dinner or any event all together it makes for great television and that is true for season five as well. There is no other family on television like the Walkers! Some classic episodes include the season premiere "Homecoming," where a year has passed since the road accident and a lot has changed for the Walkers, such as Justin has spent the year in the army leaving Rebecca alone to deal with her mother who has amnesia and Robert is in a coma, but Kitty refuses to let him go, and then Kevin and Scotty are distant after their surrogate loses their baby, while Sarah is throwing herself into work and Nora is refusing to get involved in her children's problems. In "Faking It," Kitty meets Jack, a handyman, while staying in Ojai, while Sarah is desperate to hide the fact that she is turning 40 from Luc, to whom she lied to about her age and Rebecca and Justin reunite for a short discussion about what Justin said to Rebecca's mother, while Rebecca meets with her mother which causes her to lose memory again. In one of the better episodes of the season, "An Ideal Husband," Kevin is still reeling after Scotty's betrayal, but doesn't want his family to know about their problems and this becomes difficult after Sarah catches Kevin sleeping in his office, while Justin bartends at a party and bumps into the man Scotty had his one-night stand with. In "Resolved," Justin meets Annie, a nurse, while taking Holly to the hospital, while Kevin isn't willing to talk to Scotty, but the two are forced to spend time together after Paige asks for their help with a school debate. In "Scandalized," Kevin and Scotty decide to adopt, while Kitty's and Seth's relationship becomes public knowledge and Karl has trouble accepting how close Nora and her children are.

In "Safe At Home," Tommy returns with a big surprise for the Walker family, while Sarah announces the wedding date and Justin and Annie have trouble and decide to just be friends, even though they still have feelings for each other, as Olivia becomes part of the Walker family and Tommy and his fiancee, Rose, find out some strange information about Nora. In "Brody," though Nora tries her best to keep Brody (guest starring Beau Bridges) at bay, she can't help but feel the long lost connection between them, and Justin reaches out to a homeless vet reluctant to accept help getting back on his feet. In "Father Unknown," Justin tells Nora that Brody lied about his blood type and the two of them set about doing a secret paternity test, while Sarah thinks her mother's strange behavior is down to her heartbreak and plans to take her away and Luc and Saul prepare a surprise for the wedding, also Kevin and Scotty call the police in the hopes of tracking down their baby but Michelle tells Scotty she wants to stay involved. On the season finale, now series finale, "Walker Down the Aisle," Kevin rushes around planning Sarah's wedding and Luc is disappointed his father doesn't attend and blames his mother, while Justin worries that his relationship with Tyler is too complicated until she tells him she wants to put him first and Kitty discovers she is pregnant but Seth is worried it could affect her health. Sarah becomes stressed about everyone else's problems until she talks and bonds with Brody leading her to ask him to give her away and give her blessing to his relationship with Nora, while Saul and Jonathan decide to get married.

The episodes run usually in the 42-43 minute range (a few are just under 42 minutes, though), all unedited of course. There are about 7 chapter stops per episode. See the runtimes for each episode below:

Disc one
1. "The Homecoming" 42:14
2. "Brief Encounter" 42:51
3. "Faking It" 42:48
4. "A Righteous Kiss" 42:56

Disc two
5. "Call Mom" 43:03
6. "An Ideal Husband" 42:43
7. "Resolved" 42:27
8. "The Rhapsody of the Flesh" 43:02
9. "Get A Room" 41:51

Disc three
10. "Cold Turkey" 42:47
11. "Scandalized" 42:35
12. "Thanks for the Memories" 42:16
13. "Safe At Home" 41:38
14. "The One That Got Away" 42:57

Disc four
15. "Brody" 43:00
16. "Home is Where the Fort Is" 42:10
17. "Olivia's Choice" 42:41
18. "Never Say Never" 43:02
19. "Wouldn't it be Nice" 41:23

Disc five
20. "Father Unknown" 42:36
21. "For Better or For Worse" 43:03
22. "Walker Down the Aisle" 43:02

Packaging has a nice light yellow/orange outer box with a main cast photo with them sitting at the table on the front cover...the back cover has information on the series & set and has four episodic photos. There is also a section detailing the special features in a darker colored box with technical specifications also. Inside the box is the case. The front of the case has the same artwork as the outer box, and the same goes true for the back of the case. Opening the case, we get a few inserts on the left side and also a disc-by-disc breakdown and lots of episodic photos that are on both panels. We don't get an episode booklet again since the episodes are listed on the panels. Discs one and two are in a little plastic holder that you can flip like a page on a book. The same goes true for discs three and four, but disc five is on the right panel itself. Each disc is in red style color and has artwork of two characters per disc. Disc one has episodes 1-4 with artwork of Kitty & Nora. Disc two has episodes 5-9 and has artwork of Sarah & Luc. Disc three has episodes 10-14 and has artwork of Saul & Holly. Disc four has episodes 15-19 and has artwork of the couple Kevin & Scotty. Disc five holds episodes 20-22 and the bonus features with artwork of the (former) couple Rebecca & Justin. After you remove the discs, you see the nice episodic photos on the panels itself like I mentioned...very cool.

The menu screen starts by showing us little moving images on a clothing line it seems before reaching one image where video clips are playing. Background music from the show is playing in the background. It is really neat once again. On disc one only, before the main menu we have auto trailers for DVDs of ABC on DVD, Lion King and African Cats. The options on the main menu are Play All, Episode Selection, Bonus Features, Set Up, and Sneak Peeks. Sneak Peeks is just on disc five and has trailers for the new ABC 2011 series Castle, The Chew, Prep & Landing, Real Steel and Pirates of the Caribbean. Set Up section has the option of subtitles in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese or Chinese and how to register your DVD. Bonus Features are on each disc because there are deleted scenes (and two total audio commentaries) on each disc, while disc five has the actual bonus features. The Episodes option gives us the episode number and title to choose along with a screenshot from the episode.

The video is digitally mastered and is in widescreen and looks very good! It's HD-like, even though it isn't Blu-ray. I have a DVD player that upconverts to HD, so who needs a Blu-ray player? Ha. The audio is great and sounds very good, as it is in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound. This is from the 2010-11 season, so it has to be good. The two-hour episode that aired on April 10, 2011 is presented as two separate episodes, which is fine. Once again, we get to hear the nice closing theme, as on ABC there are promos at the end of the episode.

Moving on to the bonus features. Each disc has deleted scenes for episodes from that disc like the previous sets. I like that instead of having them all on one disc. Disc one has two deleted scenes running 1:56 and 3:28. Disc two has two deleted scenes running 1:26, and 0:28. Disc three has two deleted scenes running 1:01 and 1:50. Disc four has one deleted scene running 0:36. Disc five has two more deleted scenes running 0:30 and 0:13. The latter deleted scene is an alternate ending that was not used because the series was ended by ABC, so they didn't want to end in a cliffhanger. That is a total of 9 deleted scenes, down from the 22 that were on the previous set. That's disappointing. BUT, unlike the previous set, we have TWO audio commentaries! First one is on disc three for the Christmas episode "Cold Turkey" from production coordinator Jonathan Deiner, co-producer Stephen Judge and producer Nicole Carrasco. They are interesting and detailed, but fun, too. These three return once again on disc four for the final audio commentary, for the episode "Wouldn't It Be Nice."

As far as featurettes, disc five has "Gilles Marini: Uncovered" (6:06) where he gives us a tour going behind closed doors in his dressing room and inside his personal workout. The cast members that were were interviewed are Luke MacFarlane, Dave Annable, Matthew Rhys, Gilles Marini, Rachel Griffiths and Gilles' personal trainer was on hand. Next there was a writing featurette titled "Writing for the Walkers" (9:59) and we learn how the writers come up with ideas and stories from their personal lives into this season. Interviewed are David Marshall Grant (showrunner), Sarah Kucserka (writer), Stephen Tolkin (producer/writer), Dave Annable, Matthew Rhys, Luke MacFarlane, Geoffrey Nauffts (writer), David Babcock (writer), Veronica Becker (writer), Molly Newman (writer), Marc Halsey (staff writer), Cliff Olin (writer) and Michael Cinquemani (staff writer). We finally have 2:20 worth of Bloopers & Outtakes. Very fun to watch always and just a bit longer than last year's reel.

I highly recommend this series and set to finish off your collection. It is such a well written and acted show. Sally Field and Rachel Griffiths once again were Emmy material this season and while Calista Flockhart wasn't in all the episodes, she was as always great. I always looked forward to this series every Sunday on ABC will certainly miss it this coming season. We can still catch the series in local broadcast syndication and on cable on ReelzChannel TV. See the Walkers from the beginning! The set is good, but I think the bonus features were reduced in quantity, like season four, from the previous set. But at least we get features and the return of audio commentaries! It is similar to the previous set, which is a good thing. Complete your collection and say goodbye to the Walkers in style!

(4.5/5 stars)

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BLOG FEATURE REVIEW

ABC has seen much success with medical dramas such as Grey's Anatomy in recent years, and from the same creative team this season came the medical drama Off the Map. The series put a new twist in the medical drama genre by taking six young doctors and literally placing them "off the map" by putting them in practice in a remote area of South America. The series was canceled after just thirteen episodes, but fans can still relive the experience on DVD. Here is our review of Off the Map - The Complete Series.

DVD Review: Off the Map - The Complete Series
by Pavan

Off the Map - The Complete Series (ABC Studios, $29.99) brings all 13 episodes of the short-lived adventure medical drama on a 3-disc DVD! This is a riveting new drama about a team of idealistic young doctors committed to saving lives and pushing the boundaries of medicine with nothing brains, instinct, and the untapped healing of the uncharted jungle. The series was created by Grey's Anatomy producer Jenna Bans and Grey's showrunner Shonda Rhimes is among the executive producers. Often called "Grey's in the Jungle," this series is more than that with lots of adventure and a different take and setting for medicine. It's very unique and gone way too soon.

The series aired Wednesdays at 10PM on ABC from Jan-March and stars Martin Henderson as Dr. Ben Keaton, Jason George as Dr. Otis Cole, Valerie Cruz as Zita Alareina "Zee" Toledo Alvarez, Caroline Dhavernas as Dr. Lily Brenner, Zach Gilford as Dr. Tommy Fuller, Mamie Gummer as Dr. Mina Minard, with Jonathan Castellanos as Charlie, and Rachelle Lefevre as Dr. Ryan Clark. Recurring are Cheech Marin as Papa Ucumari, Aimee Garcia as Alma and Nicholas Gonzalez as Mateo.
Guest stars include Michael McKean, Ed Begley Jr., Jonathan Cake, Judy Reyes, Jayne Brook, Leslie Hope, Jere Burns, and Cynthia Stevenson.

This series is a solid show with great adventure, drama and even comedic moments. All 13 episodes are pretty solid and should be watched in order. In the series premiere, "Saved by the Great White Hope," Lily Brenner, Tommy Fuller and Mina Minard are all running away from their lives when they find themselves practicing medicine in paradise and paradise simply happens to be the most challenging place to practice medicine in the world. In "A Doctor Time Out," while Ben, Zee and Lily try to deliver a baby from the woman they rescued from the forest, Tommy and Ryan are fighting for the life of the father and her husband in the jungle, while Mina and Cole treat a patient who has been electrocuted after stepping in a puddle, which resulted in a power outage all over the village, complicating the Caeserean surgery Ben and Brenner are trying to perform to deliver the baby. In "It's Good," the clinic is left without any medication after a robbery, and the doctors are finding it hard to treat the patients, as Ben, Zee and Lily try to treat a patient with a ruptured appendix, but the robbery left them without enough anesthetics to perform the surgery so Cole must face his old demons as he and Mina go to see his old dealer on getting some drugs to use as pain relief, much to the dismay of the other doctors. In the very next episode "Es Un Milagro," a rescue chopper has crashed somewhere deep in the jungle and the clinic team heads out to help, but Lily is nowhere to be found, while in the aftermath of the helicopter crash, Ryan looks for the missing girl with the bug bite, the patient with the ruptured appendix's wife suffers some injuries and Mina races to save her life when they become complicated and Ben, Tommy and Cole try to treat the pilot who is seriously wounded. In "Everything's As It Should Be," an old friend of Ben's visits the clinic and brings two patients to do a transplant, but Lily finds out that there is something suspicious about the patients and the procedure might put the clinic in jeopardy, while Zee and Otis treat a patient who's daughter is his caretaker and wonder if she is abusing him. And in the finale, "There's A Lot to Miss About the Jungle," the country's Holy Week festivities take a chaotic turn when a truck float crashes, and Ben makes a difficult call as Ryan's health deteriorates, while Lily forces her own issues aside when tragedy strikes Mateo's family farm.

The episodes run usually in around 43 minutes, all unedited of course. There are about 6 or 7 chapter stops per episode, depending on the episode. See the runtimes for each episode below:

Disc one
1. "Saved by the Great White Hope" 43:00
2. "Smile. Don't Kill Anyone" 43:00
3. "A Doctor Time Out" 42:33
4. "On the Mean Streets of San Miguel" 43:00

Disc two
5. "I'm Here" 42:59
6. "It's Good" 43:00
7. "Es Un Milagro" 43:00
8. "It's A Leaf" 42:59
9. "There's Nothing to Fix" 42:59

Disc three
10. "I'm Home" 43:00
11. "Everything's As It Should Be" 42:59
12. "Hold on Tight" 42:59
13. "There's a Lot to Miss About the Jungle" 43:00

Packaging has a nice blue outer box with a main cast photo of them standing and looking towards the left in the jungle on the front cover...the back cover has information on the series & set and has five episodic photos. There is also a section detailing the special features in a darker colored box with technical specifications also. Inside the box is the case. The front of the case has the same artwork as the outer box, and the same goes true for the back of the case. Opening the case, we get a few inserts on the left side and also a disc-by-disc breakdown and a nice cast photo that is on both panels. We don't get an episode booklet but the episodes are listed on the panels. Discs one and two are in a little plastic holder that you can flip like a page on a book. And disc three is on the right panel itself. Each disc is in a blue style color and has artwork of two or three characters per disc. Disc one has episodes 1-4 with artwork of Lilly, Ryan & Ben. Disc two has episodes 5-9 and has artwork of Otis & Zee. Disc three has episodes 10-13 plus the bonus features and has artwork of Charlie, Mina & Tommy. After you remove the discs, you see the nice cast photo on the panels itself like I mentioned...very cool.

The menu screen starts by showing us a wide shot of "somewhere in South America" with the logo before reaching the main menu where video clips are playing. Background music from the show is playing in the background as well. On disc one only, before the main menu we have auto trailers for DVDs of ABC on DVD, Lion King and African Cats. The options on the main menu are Play All, Episode Selection, Bonus Features, Set Up, and Sneak Peeks. Sneak Peeks is just on disc three and has trailers for the new ABC 2011 series Castle, The Chew, Prep & Landing, Real Steel and Pirates of the Caribbean. Set Up section has the option of subtitles in English, French, Spanish, and Portuguese and how to register your DVD. Bonus Features is on disc three only. The Episodes option gives us the episode number and title to choose along with a screenshot from the episode.

The video is digitally mastered and is in widescreen and looks very good, as it should! It's HD-like, even though it isn't Blu-ray. I have a DVD player that upconverts to HD, so who needs a Blu-ray player? Ha. The audio is great and sounds very good, as it is in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound. This is from the 2011, so it has to be good. And we get to hear the nice closing theme, as on ABC there are promos at the end of the episode.

Moving on to the bonus features. All of them are on disc three. As far as featurettes, first we have "On Set At Off the Map" (8:17) where we get set tours and how the cast got their roles, how the South American set was created and what it's like filming in Hawaii. Interviewed are Jenna Bans (showrunner), Shonda Rhimes & Betsy Beers (executive producers), Martin Henderson, Jason George, Rachelle Lefevre, Zach Gilford, Caroline Dhavernas, Mamie Gummer, Sarah Fischer (producer), Kim Hicks (art director), Valerie Cruz, Stephanie Spangler (location manager), Alex Hajdu (production designer), and Jim Van Houghten (sculptor). Next there was a jungle featurette titled "Jungle Medicine" (4:55) and we learn about the show's seemingly impossible medical cases based on real-life jungle medicine and cures. Interviewed are Jenna Bans, Shonda Rhimes & Betsy Beers, Jeannine Renshaw (co-executive producer), Martin Henderson, Jason George, Zach Gilford, and Rachelle Lefevre.

We also have 11 deleted scenes from eight episodes. Here is a list by episode:

"Saved by the Great White Hope" 1:00
"On the Mean Streets of San Miguel" 1:04, 1:07, 1:10
"It's Good" 0:42 and 0:40
"Es Un Milagro" 1:43
"It's A Leaf" 1:22
"There's Nothing to Fix" 0:56
"I'm Home" 1:13
"There's a Lot to Miss About the Jungle" 1:13

We finally have 2:12 worth of Bloopers & Outtakes. Very fun to watch always and Jason George is very funny. He needs to be on TV every season in something! He has appeared on many ABC series since 2006.

I highly recommend this series and if you've never watched it, it is only 13 episodes so it's worth the buy. It is such a unique show with a great setting. I especially think Caroline Dhavernas needs another series to star in, as she was great. Jason George is great in everything he is in on ABC. This series will be missed because it is a different type of medical show with different medicine. No high tech surgeries and hospitals. The set is good, but I think more bonus features would have been nice. Audio commentaries would have been nice along with the catchy "Mina Minard" song. Oh well, head on to South America with just a simple click below!

(4/5 stars)

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CLICK OF THE WEEK

OfficeTally (www.officetally.com) - With the upcoming release of The Office - Season Seven (DVD/Blu-ray), as well as the upcoming eighth season of the series (which has recently had a major cast shakeup), you may just need to keep a "tally" on all of the changes. OfficeTally is touted as the top fansite for the NBC series, and in visiting the website, I don't think that too many fans would disagree with that assessment. While the website does have the basics, such as an episode (very thorough, by the way) and ratings, where the site really shines is in how "interactive" it is with the series.

We don't just get clips and segments of what happened elsewhere relating to the show on this website (although we DO get that in the seemingly daily news updates that the site posts, they find new news everyday it seems), but this site actively gets involved with the cast members and crew from the series, who often pop in for exclusive interviews and even live chats with those who visit the site. While there are plenty of great TV fan websites out there (and many are listed on this very website), very few get such a close-up an in-depth view of the series they cover as this one does. And if you are just itching for curiosity, you can find some spoilers and secrets that the average fan doesn't realize (but don't get too excited, even THEY don't know who will be the new boss on the series!). Fans of The Office, if not already familiar with this website, should be familiar with this website to get to know everything that you need to know about the series, and one day after the series is long gone from the airwaves, hopefully the site will stand as a thorough and accurate history of one of the more memorable shows of the current era.

That's all for this week. Until next time, keep it digital!


Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Thursday, April 25

The Big Bang Theory - "The Decision Reverberation" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Koothrappali is worried people won’t take him seriously in his own field after publishing a paper that suggests he may have discovered alien life. Also, Leonard wants to be the principal investigator on a plasma physics study.

Young Sheldon - "A Political Campaign and a Candy Land Cheater" (CBS, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Unhappy that school funds are going towards football rather than academics, Sheldon decides to run for class president.

Mom - "Triple Dip and an Overhand Grip" (CBS, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Bonnie and Tammy revisit childhood memories on a trip to their old foster home. Also, Christy and Jill regret accepting a date with two guys from their AA meeting.

Life in Pieces - "Misery Turd Name Pills" (CBS, 9:30PM ET/PT)
While Joan is bedridden recovering from surgery, she persuades Sophia to spend time with her, which she quickly regrets. Also, Jen and Greg select a name for their new baby only to learn that Matt and Colleen chose the same one; Colleen and Matt invite the family over to get to know Morgan (Joey King); and Heather has a new business idea.

Superstore - "QuinceaƱera" (NBC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Jonah (Ben Feldman) struggles to find his place at Amy’s (America Ferrera) daughter Emma’s quinceaƱera, while Dina (Lauren Ash) proves very popular with some teenage boys. Cheyenne (Nichole Bloom) and Mateo (Nico Santos) are obsessed with seeing Amy cry.

A.P. Bio - "Sweet Low Road" (NBC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
When budget cuts threaten to gut Whitlock and put his job in jeopardy, Jack recruits Mary, Stef, and Michelle to take down the Superintendent. Durbin plans an appeal to the heart, while the students plan an appeal to the soul.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine - "Tickling Clocks" (NBC, 9:00PM ET/PT)
In an episode that takes place in real time, Jake and the squad must track down a hacker who has infiltrated the Nine-Nine's servers. Rosa deals with relationship issues. Hitchcock and Scully attempt to cook the perfect lasagna.

Abby's - "Mail Bin" (NBC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
Abby finds a letter from her estranged father in a pile of unopened mail and opens up to the group about their fraught relationship.

Better Things - "The Unknown" (FX, 10:00PM ET/PT)
Sam gets theatrical.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of April 22)

Thursday, April 25

  • Paul Rudd (Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later/Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp/Wild Oats) - Catch Paul on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Tig Notaro (One Mississippi) - Tig appears on a repeat of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Susan Kelechi Watson (Louie) - Susan is a guest on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Lake Bell (Bless This Mess/Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp/How to Make It in America) - Lake visits E!'s Busy Tonight at 11pm.
  • Steve Lemme and Kevin Heffernan (Tacoma PD) - Steve and Kevin are guests on E!'s Busy Tonight at 11pm.
  • Bradley Cooper (Kitchen Confidential) - Bradley stops by The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Diedrich Bader (American Housewife/Veep/The Drew Carey Show) - Diedrich visits The Real, so check your local listings.
  • Margo Martindale (The Millers) - Margo appears on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 11:30am ET.
  • James Brolin (Life in Pieces) - James talks about Life in Pieces on People Now at 12pm.
  • Alfonso Ribeiro (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air/In the House/Silver Spoons) - Alfonso is a guest on Access Live, so check your local listings.
  • Laurie Metcalf (The Conners/The McCarthys/Getting On/Roseanne) - Laurie talks about Hillary & Clinton on NBC's Today in the 9am hour.
  • Queen Latifah (Living Single) - Queen Latifah appears on NBC's Today in the 10am hour and on the BUILD SERIES at 3pm.
  • Ali Wentworth (Nightcap) - Ali is a guest on ABC's Strahan & Sara at 1pm.
  • Billy Crystal (The Comedians/Soap) and Ben Schwartz (Parks and Recreation) - Billy and Ben talk about Standing Up, Falling Down on the BUILD Series at 1pm.


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04/09 - You're the Worst - The Complete Fifth Season
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04/24 - MeTV Network Brings Back The Dick Van Dyke Show; The Detour Returns for Season 4 in June
04/23 - Antenna TV's Hazel Mother's Day Marathon; Netflix Celebrates Laugh-In's 50th Anniversary
04/22 - Last Man Standing Renewed for Season 8; NBC Moves Tuesday Series Timeslots
04/21 - Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows; This Week in Sitcoms (Week of April 22, 2019)
04/20 - SitcomsOnline Digest: Early Look at 2019-2020 Pilots; Fox Cancels Rel
04/19 - Fri-Yay: Can One Day at a Time Be Saved?; ABC Honors All in the Family and The Jeffersons For One-Night Only and It's LIVE!
04/18 - Netflix Gets More Original Comedies Including Mike Myers Series; The CW Summer 2019 Schedule
04/17 - Archer: 1999 Launches May 29; Hulu Gets More Aidy Bryant
04/16 - Remembering Georgia Engel of The Mary Tyler Moore Show; BET Gets Another Comedy Series
04/15 - ABC Mid-Season Pilot Review: Bless This Mess - Premieres Tuesday (April 16); Hallmark Picks Up 7th Season of When Calls the Heart
04/14 - Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows; This Week in Sitcoms (Week of April 15, 2019) 04/13 - SitcomsOnline Digest: Disney Announces New Streaming Service Including Every Episode of The Simpsons; NCIS Gets Renewal from CBS
04/12 - Fri-Yay: Why NBC's Abby's Deserves a Chance; Netflix Orders Adult Animated Comedy Q-Force
04/11 - ABC Summer 2019 Schedule; HBO Renews Barry for 3rd Season
04/10 - Younger Stays on TV Land for Season 6; ABC Gets Game Show from Ryan Reynolds
04/09 - Joel McHale Set for Card Sharks on ABC; Christine Lakin to Guest Star on American Housewife
04/08 - MeTV Presents Rarely Seen Carol Burnett Show Episodes; Sherri Shepherd to Host GSN Trivia Series
04/07 - Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows; This Week in Sitcoms (Week of April 8, 2019)
04/06 - SitcomsOnline Digest: Could One Day at a Time Move From Netflix to a Linear Network?; Adam Sandler to Host SNL in May
04/05 - Fri-Yay: You’re the Worst Ends with a Memorable Finale; Family Guy Heads to Freeform and FXX
04/04 - ABC Season Finales for May 2019; Lily Collins Set to Star in Paramount Network Series
04/03 - BET Picks Up 2nd Season of Boomerang; FX Scores with Vampire Comedy Series
04/02 - Netflix Schedules Applegate & Cardellini Comedy; NBC Adds More to Summer 2019 Schedule
04/01 - Better Things Gets 4th Season in 2020; Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Returns in May on Fridays
03/31 - Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows; This Week in Sitcoms (Week of April 1, 2019)
03/30 - SitcomsOnline Digest: Renewals for Law & Order SVU and More; Evening Shade Complete Series DVD Release Coming Soon
03/29 - Fri-Yay: Broad City Goes Out on a High Note; Freeform Summer 2019 Premieres Includes grown-ish
03/28 - NBC Mid-Season Pilot Review: Abby's - Premieres Tonight (March 28); Fox 2019 Finales and Summer 2019 Premieres
03/27 - Tiffany Haddish Says 'They Ready' for Netflix; CBS Summer 2019 Drama Schedule
03/26 - TBS Celebrates Family Guy's 20th Anniversary; Apple TV+ Launching This Fall
03/25 - Hallmark Channel Upfront: New Podcast; ABC Gets 2nd Season of The Conners
03/24 - Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows; This Week in Sitcoms (Week of March 25, 2019)