Wednesday, May 22, 2013
New Sitcom My Crazy Roommate Coming to Bounce TV; Episodic Review: Modern Family - "Goodnight, Gracie" - Season Finale Airing Tonight on ABC
We have some more upfront news. Bounce TV, the nation's only broadcast television network for African Americans, announced its first-ever slate of upfront programming plans, including original new scripted and non-scripted series, series renewals, the return to broadcast television of one of the most-popular game shows in history, an exclusive new college sports rights deal and more theatrical motion pictures for its impressive library. The news that you want to hear first is about the new sitcom. My Crazy Roommate is an original scripted sitcom in the tradition of 2 Broke Girls, Laverne and Shirley and The Odd Couple. Two young African American women, from vastly different backgrounds, are forced together as roommates while each struggles to find her fame and fortune in Los Angeles. Created and Executive Produced by Bentley Kyle Evans (Martin, The Jamie Foxx Show) through his Bent Outta Shape Productions. The new sitcom premieres in Fall 2013 with casting information to come, so stay tuned. Bounce TV did air the sitcom Family Time last year starring Omar Gooding, but not much has been heard from that series since besides TV One acquiring the short-lived series' run.
Elsewhere, The Newlywed Game will be back on broadcast television on Bounce TV. Hosted by The View's Sherri Shepherd, this new version is as wild and hilarious as the one viewer's remember - but with a decidedly sassy and contemporary flavor. The Newlywed Game is produced by Embassy Row for GSN. Broadcast television premiere for this version will be in Fall 2013. Bounce TV has plenty of other original series coming up, including many unscripted series. Still no word if they will air a classic sitcom. Right now the only series they air is Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids, with much of the schedule filled with movies.
On the next...Modern Family:
ABC's Comedy Wednesday anchor starring an ensemble cast lead by Ed O'Neill, airs Wednesday nights at 9:00pm and we have just watched the season finale that airs tonight (May 22). Fred Willard returns as Frank Dunphy. In the season finale, "Goodnight, Gracie," everyone flies down to Florida to be with Phil (Ty Burrell) after his mom's passing. Claire (Julie Bowen) helps Phil with Gracie's last wish for Frank (guest star Fred Willard), and the kids (Sarah Hyland, Ariel Winter, and Nolan Gould) reflect on the gifts grandma left for them. Gloria (Sofia Vergara) has to contend with an outstanding arrest warrant in Florida, Cam (Eric Stonestreet) finds himself fitting right into an elderly women's group at Frank's retirement community, and Jay (Ed O'Neill) runs into a pivotal person from his past.
It's the season finale and Modern Family always steps it up a notch (if that's even possible) for finales. And that's the case here. It's a sad day for Phil Dunphy because his mother has passed away so he goes down to Florida. The rest of the family will then join him and to mourn the loss. Fred Willard returns as Phil's father and he once again shines, even in at a sad time. Just because there is a death doesn't mean this episode is doom and gloom. In fact, there are plenty of laughs. When the family is all together, you know there will be laughs. They sort of go their separate ways before the funeral, but it doesn't seem like they are separated. Gracie, Phil's mom, has left behind an odd last wish for Phil's dad and Claire tries to fulfill it and get Phil on board as well. The dynamic duo of Phil and Claire bring it in this finale, while their kids have a good storyline about the gifts their grandma left for them. Moving on to the Pritchett clan, Gloria returns to Florida and she left the state on some bad terms so she gets Mitchell to try to help her out...in the courtroom. It's good to see Mitchell back in the courtroom. Jay sees someone he remembers but just can't place who she is and the reveal is hilarious. And finally, Cam is being Cam by mingling with Phil's moms friends at the retirement center. These ladies are sassy and love Cam! Classic sitcom fans, look for guest star Mary Jo Catlett as Edith. Mary Jo of course played the third housekeeper on the hit '80s sitcom Diff'rent Strokes. You might not recognize her right away, but you'll spot her voice out right away. Pearl!
What a finale. It's another great season of Modern Family and this episode caps this season off nicely. The series is probably headed for another Emmy win for Outstanding Comedy Series. Until someone beats it, it is the show to beat. The Dunphy kids for the second straight episode worked together well, but we needed a little bit more of Manny who was the only one who seemed out of place in the episode. Although he has a great scene at the end with Luke. And it looks like Lily didn't make the trip to Florida. Well, it's another fine realistic look on family, as we get another life lesson from Modern Family with a lot of fun mixed in. The season ends with some fireworks and no cliffhanger is needed. Tune in to see what I mean! A
New on DVD/Blu-ray (December/January)
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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Sunday, January 22
Son of Zorn - "Radioactive Ex-Girlfriend" (Fox, 7:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
With Craig and Edie’s engagement party around the corner, everyone is figuring out who to bring. Alan struggles to figure out his relationship status with Layla, while Zorn rekindles with his ex, Radiana (Olivia Wilde), who is literally radioactive. All the while, Craig has just received his certificate in relationship counseling and is helping others, but just can’t seem to help himself.
Bob's Burgers - "See Me Now" (Fox, 7:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Teddy organizes a day trip on his newly refurbished boat in an effort to impress his ex-wife, Denise. Meanwhile, Tina attempts to show that she is responsible enough for a cell phone by taking care of Bob’s prized eraser from the restaurant. Can both Teddy and Tina prove themselves.
The Simpsons - "Friends and Family" (Fox, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Mr. Burns hires the Simpsons to play his live-in virtual reality family, but excludes Homer so that he may play dad. Now alone, Homer finds a new best friend in girl-next-door Julia, who eats, drinks and thinks like him.
Son of Zorn - "The Battle of Self-Acceptance" (Fox, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Craig is worried he’s not man enough for Edie and asks Zorn to help him become a warrior. Meanwhile, to get closer to Layla, Alan finds a way to change the thing about which he’s most insecure, but ends up going to extreme.
Family Guy - "Peternormal Activity" (Fox, 9:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
The guys go to an abandoned asylum seeking inspiration for a new horror movie idea, but end up accidentally killing a man they think is keeping them hostage. Wracked with guilt, they each try to pin the murder on someone else. Meanwhile, Stewie is on a mission to destroy Brian’s glasses because he’s annoyed by how pretentious Brian’s been acting when he wears them.
Bob's Burgers - "Teen-A-Witch" (Fox, 9:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
With Halloween quickly approaching, Tina reveals her brilliant idea that will finally win her first place in the annual costume contest. When Tammy steals her idea, Tina is forced to seek the help of Mr. Ambrose, who leads her to alternate and other-worldly methods of winning. Meanwhile, Bob is on a mission to figure out who is stealing his perfectly crafted pumpkins.
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.
- NeNe Leakes (The New Normal) - Catch NeNe on Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
- 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.