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 (December/January)

American Dad! - Volume 11 Newhart - The Complete Seventh Season I Love Lucy - Superstar Special #2 (Colorized) The Love Boat - Season Three - Volume Two Hooperman - Season One

12/06 - Family Guy - Season Fourteen
12/13 - American Dad! - Volume 11
12/13 - Newhart - The Complete Seventh Season
01/03 - Girls - The Complete Fifth Season (Blu-ray)
01/10 - Broad City - Season 3
01/17 - I Love Lucy - Superstar Special #2 (Colorized)
01/17 - The Love Boat - Season Three - Volume One
01/17 - The Love Boat - Season Three - Volume Two
01/24 - Hooperman - Season One
01/24 - Hooperman - Season Two
01/31 - Ballers - The Complete Second Season (Blu-ray)
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Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Saturday, January 21

The Thundermans - "Better Off Wed" (Nickelodeon, 8:00PM ET/PT)
The kids learn that Dr. Colosso ruined their parents' wedding years earlier, and want to recreate Hank & Barb's dream day as their anniversary gift. However, Dr. Colosso remains a threat, and they must keep their plans a secret.

Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn - "Keeping Up with the Quadashians" (Nickelodeon, 8:30PM ET/PT)
After binge watching their favorite reality TV show, the Quads decide their lives are every bit as "reality TV" worthy, and decide to make a show of their own. Guest Stars: Maddie Ziegler, Mackenzie Ziegler

School of Rock - "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood" (Nickelodeon, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Tomika and Zack work on a love song together, leading to a moment that will change their friendship forever. Summer and Lawrence hang out together for the first time, and Freddy helps Mr. Finn with a problem.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of January 23)

Saturday, January 21

  • Phylicia Rashad (The Cosby Show/Cosby) - Phylicia will be featured on Oprah: Where Are They Now? at 10pm ET/PT on OWN.
Sunday, January 22
  • NeNe Leakes (The New Normal) - Catch NeNe on Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
Monday, January 23
  • Allison Janney (Mom/Mr. Sunshine) - Watch Allison on a repeat of The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • William Shatner ($h*! My Dad Says) and Henry Winkler (Happy Days/Arrested Development/Out of Practice) - William and Henry are guests on a repeat of Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Kevin Nealon (Man with a Plan/Weeds/Hiller and Diller/Champs) - Kevin appears on @midnight on Comedy Central at midnight.
  • Jade Catta-Preta (Manhattan Love Story) - Jade is a guest on @midnight on Comedy Central at midnight.
  • Wendi McClendon-Covey (The Goldbergs/Rules of Engagement/Reno 911!) - Wendi stops by Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
  • Cristela Alonzo (Cristela) - Cristela chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Tika Sumpter (The Game) - Tika appears on The Real, so check your local listings.
  • Justina Machado (One Day at a Time) - Justina will be on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 12:30pm ET.
  • Jerry O'Connell (We Are Men/Carpoolers/My Secret Identity) - Jerry and Rebecca Romjin talk about Love Locks on NBC's Today in the 9am hour. Jerry will also be on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT and on Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
  • Retta (Parks and Recreation) - Retta talks about Girlfriend's Guide to Divorce on NBC's Today in the 10am hour.