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 (April/May/June)

Diff'rent Strokes - The Complete Fifth Season Father Knows Best - Season Five The Wayans Bros. - The Complete Second Season ALF - The Complete DVD Collection The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air - The Complete Series

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
05/02 - Red, White and Blue Collar Sitcoms - Make TV Great Again
05/09 - ALF - The Complete DVD Collection
05/09 - Divorce - The Complete First Season (Blu-ray)
05/09 - The Wayans Bros. - The Complete Second Season
05/16 - The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air - The Complete Series
06/13 - The Andy Griffith Show - Return to Mayberry
06/13 - That's My Mama - The Complete Series
06/20 - Workaholics - The Final (Seventh) Season
06/20 - Workaholics - The Complete Series
06/27 - The Jamie Foxx Show - The Complete Third Season
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Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Sunday, June 25

Bob's Burgers - "Thelma & Louise Except Thelma Is Linda" (Fox, 7:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
After Louise gets in trouble at school, Linda is forced to meet with Mr. Frond (guest voice David Herman) and potentially could lose her hard-earned position as the Wagstaff bake sale leader. When she finds out that her daughter was actually trying to help another student, Linda is torn between following school policy or her own moral code. Don’t miss a dose of mother-daughter drama.

The Last Man on Earth - "If You're Happy and You Know It" (Fox, 7:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Carol is bummed about Gail’s absence, so Tandy tries to cheer her up with the honeymoon vacation they never had. Meanwhile, Lewis finds new success with his pursuits in aviation and Melissa is contained.

The Simpsons - "Caper Chase" (Fox, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Disappointed in Yale, Mr. Burns decides to start his own for-profit university and Homer is hired.

Family Guy - "Gronkowsbees" (Fox, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Rob Gronkowski, of the New England Patriots, moves into the house behind the Griffins, and the guys enjoy partying with him until his antics become overwhelming. Meanwhile, Stewie begins beekeeping and gives his bees steroids to produce more honey, but instead they become aggressive.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of June 19)

Friday, June 23

  • Kevin Hart (The Big House/Undeclared) - Watch Kevin on a repeat of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Ali Wentworth (Nightcap) - Ali is a guest on a repeat of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • John Mulaney (Mulaney) - John appears on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Whitney Cummings (Whitney) - Whitney is a guest on a repeat of The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Kumail Nanjiani (Silicon Valley) - Kumail chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Paul Shaffer (A Year at the Top) - Paul guest co-hosts The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Laura Prepon (Are You There, Chelsea?/That '70s Show) - Laura appears on a repeat of LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Michael Strahan (Brothers) - Michael plays Pyramid on a repeat of Rachael Ray, so check your local listings.
  • Zoe Perry and Iain Armitage (Young Sheldon) - Zoe and Iain talk about their upcoming CBS sitcom Young Sheldon on People Now at 8:30am.
  • Melora Hardin (The Office/Wedding Band) - Melora talks about Freeform's The Bold Type on the AOL Build Show at 1pm and on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 11:30am ET.
  • Alfonso Ribeiro (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air/In the House/Silver Spoons) - Alfonso guest co-hosts Access Hollywood Live, so check your local listings.
  • Ellie Kemper (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt/The Office) - Ellie is a guest on Access Hollywood Live, so check your local listings.
  • Maggie Lawson (Angel from Hell/Back in the Game/Crumbs/It's All Relative/Inside Schwartz) - Maggie talks about Hallmark Channel's original movie My Favorite Wedding on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Rhys Darby (Wrecked/Flight of the Conchords) - Rhys talks about Wrecked on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Damon Wayans, Jr. (New Girl/Happy Endings) - Damon will be on PIX11 Morning News on WPIX in New York at 8:50am.