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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Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Friday, December 14

Fresh Off the Boat - "Cousin Eddie" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
The battle begins between mother and son when Eddie informs Jessica that he wants to spend Christmas with friend Nicole in New York. But Jessica insists that tradition prevails and he needs to spend the holiday with the family, so he does everything within his power to try and get her to crack and allow him to go. Meanwhile, Louis and Evan do their best to try and help an overwhelmed Emery decide on which one of his numerous friends to invite to the family’s Christmas Eve dinner.

Speechless - "J-I-- JINGLE T-H-- THON" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
A Christmas tree fire leads Maya to tell a small lie with big consequences. Meanwhile, Ray struggles to live in Pepper’s shadow as Dylan twists the knife, and JJ encourages Kenneth to stand up to his sisters (guest stars Niecy Nash and Lisa Leslie).

I Love Lucy - "I Love Lucy Christmas Special" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT)
I LOVE LUCY CHRISTMAS SPECIAL features “The Christmas Episode” and the newly colorized “Pioneer Women.” Both were colorized with a nod to the 1950s period in which they were filmed. The main titles and end credits are seamlessly combined into one set at the beginning and end of the hour, with no interruption between the episodes.

“The Christmas Episode” finds the Ricardos and Mertzes decorating Lucy and Ricky’s Christmas tree and reminiscing about how their lives have changed since the arrival of the Ricardos’ son, Little Ricky (Keith Thibodeaux). Flashbacks recall the night Lucy tells Ricky she is pregnant, the time Lucy shows up unexpectedly as part of a barbershop quartet, and the day Ricky and the Mertzes rehearse taking Lucy to the maternity ward.

“The Christmas Episode” was first broadcast on CBS on Christmas Eve, 1956. The episode was not included in the series’ long history of rebroadcasts, first on CBS Daytime and later in syndication. Long thought to be lost, the program was rediscovered by CBS in 1989.

In “Pioneer Women,” Lucy and Ethel’s hopes of joining the posh Society Matrons’ League leads to a bet with their husbands over which sex – the men or the women – had it harder living in a bygone era. They select the turn of the last century, and as Lucy and Ethel start to bake their own bread and churn their own butter, the men become acquainted with straight-blade shaving and riding home from work on horseback. They all have some “‘splainin’” to do when two ladies from the Society Matrons’ League stop by for an unexpected visit.

“Pioneer Women” was originally broadcast on March 31, 1952, and became an immediate viewer favorite.

The Dick Van Dyke Show - "The Dick Van Dyke Show -- Now in Living Color!" (CBS, 9:00PM ET/PT)
The special features the season one episode “Where Did I Come From,” written by Carl Reiner, and the season four episode “Never Bathe on Saturday,” also written by Reiner. The main titles and end credits of the two episodes are seamlessly combined into one set – at the beginning and end of the hour – with no interruption between the episodes.

The Emmy Award-winning series starred Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore as television comedy writer Rob and his wife, Laura Petrie; Larry Matthews as their son, Ritchie; Morey Amsterdam and Rose Marie as Buddy Sorrell and Sally Rogers, co-writers on the fictional “The Alan Brady Show”; Carl Reiner as Alan Brady; Richard Deacon as Mel Cooley; Jerry Paris as Dr. Jerry Helper; and Ann Morgan Guilbert as Millie Krumbermacher Helper.

In “Where Did I Come From,” 6-year-old Ritchie asks his parents the inevitable “where did I come from?” question, and they recall the days before his birth. The episode was first presented on Jan. 3, 1961 during the series’ first season.

In “Never Bathe on Saturday,” the Petries’ romantic second honeymoon becomes a disaster when Laura’s toe gets caught in a bath spout. The episode was first presented on March 31, 1965, during season four.

Last Man Standing - "The Gift of the Mike Guy" (Fox, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Vanessa helps the family realize the importance of its long-standing holiday family traditions.

The Cool Kids - "Margaret Dates the Zodiac Killer" (Fox, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Margaret begins dating Karl, a fellow resident who may or may not be the "Zodiac Killer."

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of December 10)

Friday, December 14

  • Karen Gillan (Selfie) - Watch Karen on a repeat of Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC. She talks about The Party's Just Beginning on the BUILD Series at 2pm.
  • Tony Shalhoub (Wings/We Are Men) - Watch Tony on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Bryan Cranston (Malcolm in the Middle, Laura Linney (The Big C) and Nick Kroll (The League/Cavemen) - Bryan, Laura and Nick make special guest appearances on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Bill Burr (F Is for Family/Townies) - Bill is a guest on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Busy Philipps (Vice Principals/Cougar Town) - Busy appears on a repeat of The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Romany Malco (Weeds/Blunt Talk) - Romany is a guest on a repeat of Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Kathryn Hahn (I Love Dick/Happyish/Transparent/Free Agents) - Kathryn talks about the film Private Life on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Ellie Kemper (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt/The Office) - Ellie appears on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Minnie Driver (Speechless/About a Boy) - Minnie is a guest on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Leah Remini (Kevin Can Wait/The Exes/Family Tools/The King of Queens/Fired Up) - Leah visits The Wendy Williams Show, so check your local listings.
  • Angela Kinsey (The Office/Haters Back Off/Your Family or Mine/The Hotwives of Orlando) - Angela and her husband Joshua Snyder serve up monkey bread and chocolate peppermint cupcakes on Rachael Ray, so check your local listings.
  • Vanessa Hudgens (Powerless) - Vanessa talks about Second Act on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am.
  • Chris Elliott (Schitt's Creek/Get a Life) - Chris talks about Clara's Ghost on Couch Surfing at 8am.
  • Tia Mowry (Instant Mom/The Game/Sister, Sister) - Tia talks about Hallmark Channel's A Gingerbread Romance on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Christine Lakin (Hollywood Darlings/Step by Step) - Christine is a guest on Steve, so check your local listings.


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The Beverly Hillbillies - The Official Fifth Season The Love Boat - Season Four - Volume One Saved by the Bell - The Complete Collection Alice - The Complete Eighth Season Step by Step - The Complete Third Season

10/02 - The Beverly Hillbillies - The Official Fifth Season
10/02 - Bob's Burgers - The Complete 6th Season
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10/02 - Police Squad! - TV and Movie Collection
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10/23 - Alice - The Complete Eighth Season
10/24 - The Odd Couple (2015) - Season Two
10/24 - The Odd Couple (2015) - Season Three
10/31 - The Bad News Bears - The Complete Series - All 26 Episodes
11/01 - Episodes - Season 5
11/05 - Robin Williams - Comic Genius (includes Mork & Mindy)
11/06 - American Dad! - Volume 13
11/16 - Man with a Plan - Season One
11/20 - Step by Step - The Complete Third Season
11/27 - What I Like About You - The Complete Third Season
12/04 - Family Guy - Season Sixteen
12/04 - Perfect Strangers - The Complete Sixth Season
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