Friday, March 30, 2012

Marla Gibbs, Jackee, Gladys Knight To Star In New Sitcom 'The First Family'; Sitcom Stars On Talk Shows (Week of April 2, 2012)


The First Family Cast
As we announced in January, Entertainment Studios is working on two original sitcoms for first run syndication for this fall, but now we have casting news for one of them! The First Family, a sitcom about an African-American family that resides in The White House has announced its casting. Many familiar faces will be on hand for this series. The pilot was recently taped and the series will tape a whopping 104 episodes for next season. The series will star Christopher B. Duncan (The Jamie Foxx Show) playing President William Johnson. The cast also includes Kellita Smith (Bernie Mac Show) as First Lady Katherine Johnson, Jackee Harry (227, Sister Sister) as Pauletta (the First Lady's sister), John Witherspoon (The Wayans Bros.) as Grandpa Alvin (the President's father), Gladys Knight (Dancing with the Stars) as Grandma Carolyn (the President's mother), with Marla Gibbs (The Jeffersons, 227) as Grandma Eddy (the First Lady's mother) and Michael D. Roberts (Baretta) as Bernard (the White House Butler), among other cast members like comedian Paul Rodriguez. Yep, child, Jackee and Marla Gibbs are reuniting for another sitcom! Production will resume this summer for the comedy's fall debut.

No casting news yet on the other sitcom Entertainment Studios is pitching for national syndication this fall: 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. Stay tuned for more details on that one and continued updates on The First Family and when it will premiere! It'll be on broadcast syndication, cable, and digital media starting this fall.



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 April 2-6, 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, April 2, 2012
  • Betty White (Hot in Cleveland/The Golden Girls/The Mary Tyler Moore Show) - Watch the legendary Ms. White on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno at 11:35pm on NBC. Betty White's Off Their Rockers premieres on NBC on Wedensday at 8/7c.
  • Christa Miller (Cougar Town/The Drew Carey Show) - Christa stops by Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 12am on ABC.
  • Jason Biggs (Mad Love/Drexell's Class) - Jason visits LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings. America Reunion opens in theaters on April 6.
  • Janet Jackson (Good Times/Diff'rent Strokes) - Janet appears on a repeat of Anderson, so check your local listings.
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
  • Maya Rudolph (Up All Night) - Catch Maya on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno at 11:35pm on NBC.
  • Jason Biggs (Mad Love/Drexell's Class) - Jason visits The Tonight Show with Jay Leno at 11:35pm on NBC.
  • Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie) - Edie is a guest The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check listings. She will also be on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 12am on ABC.
  • Ted Danson (Cheers/Becker) - Ted appears on the The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Hannah Simone (New Girl) - Hannah drops by The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Jennifer Lawrence (The Bill Engvall Show) - Tune in to see Jennifer on a repeat of Chelsea Lately on E! at 11pm.
  • Chris Elliott (Get a Life/Cursed) - Chris stops by Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Carolina Rhea (Sabrina, the Teenage Witch) - Caroline chats on LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
  • Simon Helberg (The Big Bang Theory) - Simon is a guest on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
  • Jeffrey Tambor (Bent/Arrested Development/The Larry Sanders Show) - Watch Jeffrey on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Jason Biggs (Mad Love/Drexell's Class) - Jason continues to make the rounds on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 12am on ABC.
  • Alyson Hannigan (How I Met Your Mother) - Alyson visits Late Night with Jimmy Fallon at 12:37am on NBC.
  • Johnny Galecki (The Big Bang Theory/Roseanne) - Johnny stops byLIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
  • Niecy Nash (The Cleveland Show/Reno 911!) - Niecy appears on The Wendy Williams Show at 12am on BET or on your local stations.
  • Betty White (Hot in Cleveland/The Golden Girls/The Mary Tyler Moore Show) - Betty is a guest on NBC's Today between 7-9am.
Thursday, April 5, 2012
  • Alec Baldwin (30 Rock) - Catch Alec on The Late Show with David Letterman at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Sofia Vergara (Modern Family/The Knights of Prosperity/Hot Properties) - Sofia appears on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon at 12:37am on NBC.
  • Aziz Ansari (Parks and Recreation) - Aziz is a guest on Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Annie Potts (Designing Women) - Annie joins the Chew Crew on The Chew on ABC at 1pm ET/12pm PT/CT.
  • Kathy Griffin (Suddenly Susan) - Kathy stops by Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
Friday, April 6, 2012
  • Laura Linney (The Big C) - Watch Laura on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Debra Messing (Will & Grace) - Debra chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother/Doogie Howser, M.D.) - Neil guest co-hosts a repeat of LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
  • Jason Biggs (Mad Love/Drexell's Class) - Jason wraps up his appearance this week on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check listings.
  • Alyson Hannigan (How I Met Your Mother) - Alyson visits The Rachael Ray Show, so check your local listings.
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New on DVD/Blu-ray (March/April)

The Jamie Foxx Show - The Complete Second Season What I Like About You - The Complete Second Season Newhart - The Final (Eighth) Season Diff'rent Strokes - The Complete Fifth Season Father Knows Best - Season Five

03/03 - The Dick Van Dyke Show - Now... In Living Color! (Blu-ray)
03/07 - The Jamie Foxx Show - The Complete Second Season
03/07 - Mama's Family - Mama's Favorites
03/07 - That '70s Show - The Complete Series - Flashback Edition (Blu-ray)
03/07 - What I Like About You - The Complete Second Season
03/07 - You Me Her - Season One
03/14 - Newhart - The Final (Eighth) Season
03/14 - Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt - Season Two
03/21 - Master of None - Season One
04/04 - Diff'rent Strokes - The Complete Fifth Season
04/11 - Father Knows Best - Season Five
04/11 - Schitt's Creek - The Complete Third Season
04/11 - Silicon Valley - The Complete Third Season (Blu-ray)
04/11 - Veep - The Complete Fifth Season
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Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Wednesday, April 26

The Goldbergs - "Fonzie Scheme" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
When Murray is honored as one of Jenkintown’s top businessmen, his plaque is hung on a wall with all of the other honorees. And soon Beverly is dismayed to learn he has no discernable hobbies, and her attempts to help him find some backfire. Meanwhile, Barry creates a scheme stealing golf carts, but the situation goes awry and Erica comes to save the day.

Speechless - "R-U-N-- RUNAWAY" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
When Maya learns JJ attempted to run away, she is determined to help him complete the task as any able-bodied person could, but her actions exasperate JJ, as he longs for independence. Meanwhile, Jimmy struggles to have hard talks with the kids without Maya, and Dylan tries to get Kenneth to revive his glory days as a high school sports star.

black-ish - "Sister, Sister" (ABC, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Bow’s sister comes to town after filming a stint on a reality show, and they couldn’t have less in common. Meanwhile, Zoey suggests that Dre spend more time with Junior since she’s leaving for college, and Jack and Diane decide to rebrand themselves.

black-ish - "All Groan Up" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
When Zoey gets into several colleges around the country, Dre and Bow begin to feel worried and sentimental. They reflect back on memories they’ve had with the family and wonder what life will be like without her around all the time. Pops enlists the twins to try and sway Zoey to go to college in a city they want to visit.

Nobodies - "Not the Emmys" (TV Land, 10:00PM ET/PT)
It’s Award season! Larry, Rachel and Hugh are going to the Annies… while all their Groundlings friends are going to the Emmys.

Lopez - "No Country Club for Young Men" (TV Land, 10:30PM ET/PT)
George gets Hector a job at his country club, but he falls in with a bad crowd of rich kids. Olly's little sister rolls back into town while Manolo struggles to stay focused in his GED class.

Hollywood Darlings - "Driving Miss Jodie" (Pop, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Jodie must choose between a sports car and a minivan; Christine's dream of participating in an exclusive yoga class is thwarted by a loud-breathing celebrity classmate.

Return of the Mac - "The Wrong Stuff" (Pop, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Feeling threatened by newly appointed sidekick Joey Fatone, Joe heads to a comedy club to hone his comedy monologue skills.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of April 24)

Wednesday, April 26

  • Chris Pratt (Parks and Recreation) - Watch Chris and the cast of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 on a repeat of Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • America Ferrera (Superstore) - America is a guest on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Thomas Middleditch (Silicon Valley) - Thomas visits The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Maria Bamford (Lady Dynamite) - Maria appears on @midnight on Comedy Central at midnight.
  • Henry Zebrowski (A to Z) - Henry is a guest on @midnight on Comedy Central at midnight.
  • John Leguizamo (The Brothers Garcia) - John guest co-hosts LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
  • Molly Ringwald (Townies/The Facts of Life) - Molly stops by LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
  • Anna Chlumsky (Veep) - Anna stops by Harry, so check your local listings.
  • Sherri Shepherd (Trial & Error/Less Than Perfect/Sherri) - Sherri talks about the disease she won’t let destroy her on The Dr. Oz Show, so check your loclal listings.
  • Felicity Huffman (Sports Night) - Felicity makes pecan bars on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Morris Chestnut (Out All Night) - Morris is a guest on Steve Harvey, so check your local listings.
  • Hank Azaria (Brockmire/The Simpsons/Free Agents) - Hank appears on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Jodie Sweetin (Fuller House/Full House) - Jodie is a guest on The Real, so check your local listings.