Friday, January 20, 2012

Original Sitcoms Coming To Weekend Syndication In Fall 2012; Sitcom Stars On Talk Shows (Week of January 23, 2012)

Entertainment Studios, Inc., the largest independent producer and distributor of first-run syndicated television programming for broadcast television stations, and owner of seven 24-hour HD television networks, proudly announces the launch of two primetime first-run sitcoms for Fall 2012. Entertainment Studios has ordered a whopping 104 episodes of The First Family, a sitcom about an African-American family that resides in The White House. The company has also ordered 104 episodes of Mr. Box Office, a sitcom about the biggest movie star in the world who is sentenced to community service teaching English at the toughest high school in America. The sitcoms are currently being staffed by top network pedigree writers and producers. Production is set to begin this summer.
We will have more on this as we get closer to summer, but it is nice to have original sitcoms return to weekend broadcast stations. There have been many good first-run syndicated sitcoms in the past such as Small Wonder, Charles in Charge, Out of this World and Harry and the Hendersons. As I mentioned in yesterday's blog, NATPE 2012 starts on Monday so perhaps more news will come about on these new sitcoms then. During NATPE 2011 there was word that two original sitcoms (stars including Tamera Mowry, Alfonso Ribeiro, David Faustino and Sherman Hemsley) were being sold, but for cable, though we never heard about that again. Anyway, stay with us for clearances, casting and more on The First Family and Mr. Box Office!


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, so this is for all sitcom fans of all eras!
For the week of January 23-27, 2012, we have many current sitcom stars and past sitcom stars on TV talk shows! All times listed are Eastern. So get your DVR's (or whatever you use) ready! Ready? Here is all what you need to know for the coming week!

Monday, January 23, 2012
  • Tina Fey (30 Rock) - Watch Tina on a repeat of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon at 12:37am on NBC.
  • Kathy Griffin (Suddenly Susan) - Kathy appears on The Rosie Show at 7pm on OWN.
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
  • Tina Fey (30 Rock) - Catch Tina on a repeat of The Late Show with David Letterman at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Cynthia Nixon (Sex and the City) - Cynthia visits LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
  • Janet Jackson (Good Times/Diff'rent Strokes) - Janet is a guest on a repeat of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno at 11:35pm on NBC.
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
  • Sarah Hyland (Modern Family) - Watch Sarah on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 12am on ABC.
  • Robin Williams (Mork and Mindy) - Tune in to see Robin on a repeat of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno at 11:35pm on NBC.
  • Rosie O'Donnell (Gimme a Break!) - Rosie appears on a repeat of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon at 12:37am on NBC.
Thursday, January 26, 2012
  • Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory) - Catch Jim on a repeat of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno at 11:35pm on NBC.
  • Jon Heder (Napoleon Dynamite) - Jon stops by Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Queen Latifah (Living Single) - Queen Latifah is a guest on a repeat of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon at 12:37am on NBC.
  • Miranda Cosgrove (iCarly) - Miranda appears on a repeat of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon at 12:37am on NBC.
Friday, January 27, 2012
  • Chelsea Handler (Are You There, Chelsea?) - Watch Chelsea on LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
  • Sherri Shepherd (Less Than Perfect) - Sherri makes her Wendy debut and tells us about life on The View, and her new movie One for the Money, on The Wendy Williams Show at 12am on BET or on your local stations.
  • Andy Dick (Less Than Perfect/NewsRadio) - Andy talks about his new DVD movie, Division III: Football's Finest, on The Wendy Williams Show at 12am on BET or on your local stations.
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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.

The Good Place - "Mindy St. Claire" / "Michael's Gambit" (NBC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
With the help of Chidi (William Jackson Harper) and Tahani (Jameela Jamil), Michael (Ted Danson) faces his biggest challenge yet. Meanwhile, Eleanor (Kristen Bell), Jianyu (Manny Jacinto) and Janet (D'Arcy Carden) are faced with a monumental decision.

Eleanor (Kristen Bell) and her friends contemplate their fates in the Good Place.

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

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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.