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 (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

Tuesday, April 25

The Middle - "Trip and Fall" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Trashy neighbor Rita Glossner (Brooke Shields) talks an apprehensive Frankie into taking a road trip to an unknown destination; Mike takes an embarrassing fall at the quarry and has to deal with even more embarrassment when OSHA is called in to investigate; and Sue attempts to convince Axl to end his estrangement with the family after learning their true feelings about April.

American Housewife - "The Otto Motto" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
When Taylor keeps quitting school activities, Greg says that Katie, quite the quitter herself, sets a poor example. He challenges her to finally learn French after quitting lessons so long ago, so she reluctantly enrolls in a college class.

Speechless - "S-I-- SICK D-A-- DAY" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
When Maya gets sick, Jimmy is forced to be the mom of the house, and Dylan becomes Kenneth’s replacement for JJ when Kenneth also gets sick. Jimmy ends up doing well with Maya’s normal duties, but he tries to keep it from her to avoid her feeling bad. Meanwhile, JJ protects Dylan from a boy she’s interested in. And despite its illness, the family bands together and pulls an all-nighter to finish Ray’s school project.

Imaginary Mary - "In a World Where Worlds Collide" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
Alice freaks out when her friends want to meet Ben. But when an outing with everyone goes surprisingly well, Alice wants to meet Ben’s friends. However, Ben is hesitant but devises a plan that will impress Alice; but later, he makes a surprising admission.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine - "The Last Ride" (Fox, 8:00PM ET/PT)
In what could be their last case as partners, Jake and Charles go to great extremes to apprehend a local bike thief. Terry shockingly isn’t in the lead for “Mr. Nine-Nine” (the detective who has solved the most cases), leaving Rosa determined to boost his ego. Meanwhile, Amy spends some precious time with Holt.

The Mick - "The Implant" (Fox, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Sabrina tells Mickey she wants to augment her figure, so Mickey decides the best way to dissuade her from doing so is to do a test-run in public. Meanwhile, Jimmy takes Chip and Ben to a baseball game to teach them how to be more masculine.

Great News - "Pilot" (NBC, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Katie (Briga Heelan), a frustrated cable news producer, is horrified when her mom, Carol (Andrea Martin), gets an internship at "The Breakdown." Despite Katie's best efforts, Carol is instantly beloved by the entire office, including blowhard veteran anchor Chuck (John Michael Higgins). But when Katie hits a roadblock while producing a big story, she realizes that maybe having a mom at work isn't such a bad thing.

Great News - "Bear Attack" (NBC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
Katie (Briga Heelan) tries to set workplace boundaries with Carol (Andrea Martin), but when a big story about an escaped bear lands in her lap, her mom can't help but meddle. Meanwhile, Greg (Adam Campbell) tries to get Chuck (John Michael Higgins) and Portia (Nicole Richie) to do a little friendly banter at the end of the show.

The Detour - "The Mule" (TBS, 10:00PM ET/PT)
Robin and Nate live out their action movie fantasies as they make their way to the kids, who are actually doing fine without them.

The Detour - "The Ass" (TBS, 10:30PM ET/PT)
The family reunites, but this time Robin makes a huge mistake.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of April 24)

Tuesday, April 25

  • Amanda Peet (Brockmire/Togetherness/Bent) - Catch Amanda on a repeat of Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC. She also appears on The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Patton Oswalt (The Goldbergs/The King of Queens) - Patton stops by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Kal Penn (We Are Men/How I Met Your Mother) - Kal is a guest on The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Sanaa Lathan (Family Guy/The Cleveland Show/LateLine) - Sanaa stops by Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Reid Scott (Veep/My Boys) - Reid visits Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Arden Myrin (Working) - Arden appears on @midnight on Comedy Central at midnight.
  • Hank Azaria (Brockmire/The Simpsons/Free Agents) - Hank is a guest on Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Andrea Martin (Difficult People/Working the Engels) - Andrea visits Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
  • John Leguizamo (The Brothers Garcia) - John guest co-hosts LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
  • Patti LaBelle (Out All Night) - Patti will be on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am.
  • Andrea Martin (Great News/Difficult People/Working the Engels) - Andrea talks about Good News on NBC's Today sometime between 7-9am and in the 10am hour.
  • Alfonso Ribeiro (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air/In the House/Silver Spoons) - Alfonso will be on NBC's Today in the 9am hour.
  • Jason Jones (The Detour) - Jason talks about The Detour on NBC's Today in the 9am hour.
  • Ross Lynch (Austin & Ally) - Ross opens up about his new movie My Friend Dahmer on People Now at 8:30am.
  • Tim Daly (Wings) - Tim is a guest on the AOL Build Show at 11am.
  • Peter Engel (Producer of Saved by the Bell/California Dreams/Hang Time) - Peter dishes about his new memoir I Was Saved by the Bell on the The Wendy Williams Show at 2am on BET or on your local stations.
  • Sherri Shepherd (Trial & Error/Less Than Perfect/Sherri) - Sherri is a guest on The Real, so check your local listings.
  • Danny DeVito (It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia/Taxi) - Danny appears on Access Hollywood Live, so check your local listings.