Friday, May 03, 2013

Episodic Review: American Dad! 150th Episode - "Lost in Space" Airing Sunday on Fox; Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of May 6, 2013)



On the next...American Dad!:
By: Skees

Fox's Sunday night animated comedy that centers on the Smith family airs Sundays at 9:30pm and we have just watched the 150th episode that airs Sunday (May 5). In the episode, "Lost In Space?," we pick up with Jeff on the alien spaceship, where he is a slave, alongside a myriad of other creatures that have been abducted across the galaxy by the evil Emperor Zing (voiced by a fantastic Michael McKean). Although Jeff is a relatively minor character in our show’s universe - when compared to the main cast – he is very deeply beloved by our fans. I wanted to do this episode so we could get a more fully realized glimpse into Jeff as a character. And Jeff being held prisoner on a hostile alien ship gave us a great crucible to test his mettle. Director Chris Bennett takes us on a fastidiously detailed and mind-blowing visual odyssey. Louisville rock band, Wax Fang, helps create the emotional tone of the piece by providing an outstanding, nearly wall-to-wall score.

In this special 150th episode, we begin the episode with a "previously on..." clip, but this won't make sense to viewers unless they've been watching throughout the season. To (briefly) explain the back-story, the story begins with the February episode "Naked to the Limit, One More Time." In this episode, Roger had Jeff abducted by aliens and sent to his home planet after Jeff decides to let others know about the family alien. Since that time, Jeff has been gone into outer space and we haven't seen much of him. That is, until now, where we get an entire Jeff episode. Not only do we get to learn where he is, but what has happened to him since his abduction and how (or if) he'll make it back home safely. Now a slave on his new planet (a place full of Rogers), his only hope to get out of it and make it back home is to prove his true love for Hayley. The question is, can he do it before it is too late?

When I noticed that this was the 150th episode, I expected something big. Unfortunately, I feel that this episode just went deep in the other direction. Not only was this a Jeff episode, but we didn't even get to see the rest of the characters in this episode except briefly in the flashback at the beginning. I like Jeff's character, but to do a whole episode about him and completely ignore ALL of the regular characters (literally, don't expect to find Stan, Francine, Hayley, Steve, Roger, or anybody else that you know in this episode) makes this one of those episodes that I believe I will find less than memorable in the future. The humor in the episode was all science-fiction based humor, which I can tolerate in some series, but that doesn't provide me with what I expect in this series. While this episode isn't a complete disaster, it really doesn't feel like an episode of the series as we know it, and that took some of the enjoyment out of watching it. C


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 May 6-10, 2013, 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, May 6, 2013
  • John Krasinski (The Office) - Watch John on The Late Show with David Letterman at 11:35pm on CBS. He also talks about The Office series finale on NBC's Today between 7-9am.
  • Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie) - Edie visits Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Jim Rash (Community) - Jim appears on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Jenna Fischer (The Office) - Jenna stops by Late Night with Jimmy Fallon at 12:37am on NBC.
  • Kat Dennings (2 Broke Girls) - Kat is part of the guest panel on Chelsea Lately on E! at 11pm.
  • Max Greenfield (New Girl) - Max drops by LIVE! with Kelly and Michael, so check your listings.
  • Eric Stonestreet (Modern Family) - Eric chats on Katie, so check your local listings.
  • Sherri Shepherd (Less Than Perfect/Sherri) - Sherri is a guest on Joy Behar: Say Anything! at 9pm on Current. She also guest co-hosts Rachael Ray, so check your local listings.
  • David Alan Grier (Life with Bonnie/DAG) - David will be on NBC's Today in the 10-11am hour.
  • Jim Gaffigan (My Boys/Welcome to New York) - Jim chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
  • Zooey Deschanel (New Girl) - Catch Zooey on The Late Show with David Letterman at 11:35pm on CBS. She will also be on LIVE! with Kelly and Michael, so check your listings.
  • Jim Gaffigan (My Boys/Welcome to New York) - Jim is a guest on The Late Show with David Letterman at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Ken Jeong (Community) - Ken appears on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno at 11:35pm on NBC.
  • John Krasinski (The Office) - John continues to make the rounds on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon at 12:37am on NBC.
  • Mindy Kaling (The Mindy Project/The Office) - Mindy drops by Comedy Central's The Daily Show with Jon Stewart at 11pm. She will also be on Katie, so check your local listings.
  • Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie) - Edie appears on Conan at 11pm on TBS. She will also be on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Maya Rudolph (Up All Night) - Tune in to see Maya on Katie, so check your local listings.
  • Marilu Henner (Taxi) - Marilu is a guest on Joy Behar: Say Anything! at 9pm on Current. She will also be on NBC's Today in the 10-11am hour.
  • Nia Vardalos (My Big Fat Greek Life) - Nia stops by The Jeff Probst Show, so check your local listings.
  • Hilary Duff (Lizzie McGuire) - Hilary visits Rachael Ray, so check your local listings.
  • George Lopez (George Lopez) - George talks about I'm Not Gonna Lie on NBC's Today between 7-9am. He will also be on The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Mindy Kaling (The Mindy Project/The Office) - Mindy guest co-hosts The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
  • Alyson Hannigan (How I Met Your Mother/Free Spirit) - Watch Alyson on The Late Show with David Letterman at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Craig Ferguson (The Drew Carey Show) - Craig appears on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno at 11:35pm on NBC. He will also be on Katie, so check your local listings.
  • Zach Braff (Scrubs) - Zach is a guest on Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Simon Helberg (The Big Bang Theory) - Simon visits Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Brad Garrett (How to Live with Your Parents (for the Rest of Your Life)/'Til Death/Everybody Loves Raymond) - Brad stops by The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Melissa Peterman (Baby Daddy/Reba) - Melissa discusses her marriage, parenting skills and a new game show she hosts called Bet on Your Baby on Marie at 12pm on Hallmark Channel.
  • Zooey Deschanel (New Girl) - Stylist Brad Goreski gives a viewer a makeover and a chance to meet actress Zooey on Katie, so check your local listings.
  • Kym Whitley (Sparks/The Parkers/Animal Practice) - Kym gives a tour of the Modern Family home on Katie, so check your local listings.
  • Patricia Heaton (The Middle/Back to You/Everybody Loves Raymond) - Patricia chats on Rachael Ray, so check your local listings.
Thursday, May 9, 2013
  • Bob Saget (How I Met Your Mother/Full House) - Watch Bob on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Sarah Hyland (Modern Family) - Sarah stops by The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie) - Edie is part of the guest panel on Chelsea Lately on E! at 11pm.
  • Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother/Doogie Howser, M.D.) - Neil appears on LIVE! with Kelly and Michael, so check your listings.
  • Nia Vardalos (My Big Fat Greek Life) - Nia talks about the gift of finding her daughter through the foster care system, the adoption process and the joys that motherhood brings on Marie at 12pm on Hallmark Channel.
  • George Lopez (George Lopez) - George visits Katie, so check your local listings.
  • Niecy Nash (The Soul Man/Reno 911!) - Niecy chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT. She will also be on Joy Behar: Say Anything! at 9pm on Current.
  • Brandy Norwood (The Game/Moesha) - Brandy guest co-hosts Anderson Live, so check your local listings.
  • Craig Robinson (The Office) - Craig is a guest on Rachael Ray, so check your local listings.
Friday, May 10, 2013
  • Sherri Shepherd (Less Than Perfect/Sherri) - Catch Sherri on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno at 11:35pm on NBC. She will also be on Steve Harvey, so check your local listings.
  • Alyson Hannigan (How I Met Your Mother/Free Spirit) - Alyson appears on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon at 12:37am on NBC.
  • Phylicia Rashad (The Cosby Show/Cosby) - Phylicia is a guest on Tavis Smiley on PBS, but check listings for time. She will also be on Katie, so check your local listings.
  • Niecy Nash (The Soul Man/Reno 911!) - Niecy joins Mario Batali and Michael Symon to prepare a magnificent meal and talk about her new book, It's Hard to Fight Naked, on The Chew on ABC at 1pm ET/12pm PT/CT.
  • Patricia Heaton (The Middle/Back to You/Everybody Loves Raymond) - Tune in to see Patricia on Katie, so check your local listings.
  • Cheryl Hines (Suburgatory/Curb Your Enthusiasm) - Cheryl stops by Katie, so check your local listings.
  • Florence Henderson (The Brady Bunch) - Florence appears on Katie, so check your local listings.
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New on DVD/Blu-ray (September)

The Big Bang Theory - The Complete Ninth Season Newhart - The Complete Sixth Season 2 Broke Girls - The Complete Fifth Season Family Matters - The Complete Eighth Season Modern Family - The Complete Season 7

09/06 - Coach - Season One (Mill Creek) / Season Two / Seasons One and Two
09/06 - South Park - The Complete Ninteenth Season (Blu-ray)
09/13 - The Big Bang Theory - The Complete Ninth Season (Blu-ray)
09/13 - Newhart - The Complete Sixth Season
09/20 - 2 Broke Girls - The Complete Fifth Season
09/20 - Family Matters - The Complete Eighth Season
09/20 - Modern Family - The Complete Season 7
09/20 - Veep - Season 5
09/27 - The Wonder Years - Season Six
More TV DVD Releases / DVD Reviews Archive / SitcomsOnline Digest


Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Thursday, September 29

Superstore - "Back to Work" (NBC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Jeff (recurring guest star Michael Bunin), the district manager from corporate, tells the Cloud 9 employees he is going to be around for the day to see what can improve in the store. Amy (America Ferrera) tries to impress him with a perfect day, but a workplace accident threatens her plan. Meanwhile, Glenn (Mark McKinney) tries to come off as a tough boss in front of Jeff, Jonah (Ben Feldman) attempts to help an unyielding Dina (Lauren Ash) win over the employees she betrayed in the strike and Mateo (Nico Santos) discovers something about Jeff in his pursuit to win him over.

The Good Place - "Jason Mendoza" (NBC, 10:00PM ET/PT)
Eleanor (Kristen Bell) faces her toughest test yet in her attempt to remain in hiding. Meanwhile, Michael (Ted Danson) enlists Tahani (Jameela Jamil) to help a fellow neighbor fulfill her true purpose.

The Big Bang Theory - "The Earworm Reverberation" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Sheldon has a revelation when he realizes why a song was stuck in his head. Also, Amy invites Dave (Stephen Merchant) over for dinner despite their previously awkward date, and Wolowitz and Koothrappali become obsessed with a fan of their band, “Footprints on the Moon.”

Kevin Can Wait - "Pilot" (CBS, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Kevin James stars as a newly retired police officer looking forward to spending carefree, quality time with his wife and three kids, only to find he faces tougher challenges at home than he ever did on the streets.

Better Things - "Woman Is the Something of the Something" (FX, 10:00PM ET/PT)
Sam gets really looked at.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of September 26)

Thursday, September 29

  • Judith Light (Transparent/Phenom/Who's the Boss?) - Catch Judith on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Tim Meadows (Son of Zorn/Marry Me/The Michael Richards Show) - Tim appears on Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC. He will also be on the AOL Build Show at 3pm.
  • Max Greenfield (New Girl/Modern Men) - Max drops by The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Ken Jeong (Dr. Ken/Community), Dave Foley (Dr. Ken/NewsRadio) and Suzy Nakamura (Dr. Ken/Go On) - Ken, Dave and Suzy are guests on @midnight on Comedy Central at midnight. Ken will also be on Harry, so check your local listings.
  • January Jones (The Last Man on Earth) - January stops by Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
  • Jerry O'Connell (We Are Men/Carpoolers/My Secret Identity) - Jerry guest co-hosts LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
  • Sarah Jessica Parker (Divorce/Sex and the City/Square Pegs) - Sarah appears on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Alfonso Ribeiro (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air/In the House/Silver Spoons) - Alfonso joins the Chew Crew on ABC's The Chew at 1pm ET/12pm PT/CT. He will also be on the AOL Build Show at 11am.
  • Holland Taylor (Two and a Half Men/The Powers That Be) - Holland talks about The Front Page on NBC's Today in the 10am hour.
  • Jamie-Lynn Sigler (Guys with Kids) - Jamie-Lynn is a guest on Good Day New York on WNYW-Fox5 in New York sometime between 7-10am and on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 12:30pm ET.
  • Kristen Bell (The Good Place) - Kristen appears on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.