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
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02/07 - So Little Time - Volume 2 - About a Family - Hangin' Out
02/07 - 227 - The Complete First Season (Mill Creek)
02/07 - Vice Principals - The Complete First Season (Blu-ray)
02/14 - Beavis and Butt-Head - The Complete Collection
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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 - Unbrekable Kimmy Schmidt - Season Two
03/21 - Master of None - Season One
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Sitcoms Airing Tonight
Monday, March 27
The Big Bang Theory - "The Brain Bowl Incubation" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
After a successful experiment combining their genes, Sheldon will stop at nothing to convince Amy they should procreate. Also, Koothrappali is embarrassed to tell the gang what the new woman he’s dating does for a living.
Kevin Can Wait - "Kevin's Bringing Supper Back" (CBS, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Kevin’s resolve to spend more quality time with his family is put to the ultimate test when his buddies surprise him with concert tickets to his favorite musician, fellow Long Islander Billy Joel. Multiple Grammy Award-winning pianist, singer and songwriter Billy Joel appears as himself.
Superior Donuts - "Get It, Arthur" (CBS, 9:00PM ET/PT)
When Randy’s mom comes to town, Franco encourages Arthur to go out on his first date in years. Brenda Vaccaro guest stars as Helen, Randy’s mom.
The Great Indoors - "Aaron Wolf" (CBS, 9:30PM ET/PT)
Jack watches the millennials’ journalistic integrity slip away when they fall under the spell of his nemesis, Aaron Wolf (Chris D’Elia), a former magazine staffer turned famous outdoor reality TV host who returns to guest edit the magazine.
Monday, March 27
- Chris Pratt (Parks and Recreation) - Watch Chris on a repeat of Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
- Richard Dreyfuss (Your Family or Mine) - Richard appears on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
- Lily Tomlin (Grace and Frankie/Malibu Country) and Jane Fonda (Grace and Frankie) - Lily and Jane are guests on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS. They also chat with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
- Craig Ferguson (The Drew Carey Show) - Craig visits Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC. He will also be on NBC's Today in the 10am hour.
- Rachel Dratch (Imaginary Mary) - Rachel is a guest on Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
- Pete Holmes (Crashing) - Pete stops by The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
- Jenna Elfman (Imaginary Mary/1600 Penn/Accidentally on Purpose/Courting Alex/Dharma & Greg) - Jenna appears on Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC. She will also be on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 11:30am ET.
- Ron Funches (Powerless/Undateable) - Ron is a guest on @midnight on Comedy Central at midnight.
- Kaitlin Olson (The Mick/It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia) - Kaitlin drops by Conan at 11pm on TBS.
- Wendi McLendon-Covey (The Goldbergs/Rules of Engagement/Reno 911!) - Wendi appears on a repeat of Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
- Lisa Kudrow (Friends/The Comeback) - Lisa is a guest on LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
- Mark Consuelos (Alpha House/Hope & Faith) - Mark guest co-hosts LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
- Tahj Mowry, Derek Theler and Jean-Luc Bilodeau (Baby Daddy) - Tahj, Derek and Jean-Luc are guests on Harry, so check your local listings.
- Tika Sumpter (The Game) - Tika appears on a repeat of The Real, so check your local listings.
- Vanessa Bell Calloway (Rhythm & Blues) - Vanessa is a guest on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
- June Diane Raphael (Grace and Frankie) - June talks about Grace and Frankie on NBC's Today in the 9am hour.
- Melissa McCarthy (Mike & Molly/Samantha Who?) and Ben Falcone (Joey) - Melissa and Ben talk TV Land's Nobodies on NBC's Today in the 10am hour.
- Brooklyn Decker (Grace and Frankie/Friends with Better Lives) - Brookyln stops by People Now at 8:30am.
- Marcia Gay Harden (Trophy Wife) - Marcia opens up about her favorite part of being in the 50 Shades movies on People Now at 8:30am. \
- Tracee Ellis Ross (black-ish/Girlfriends) - Tracee dishes about her Golden Globe win on a repeat of The Wendy Williams Show at 2am on BET or on your local stations.