Monday, September 30, 2013

Seven Questions with Vicki Lawrence of Mama's Family; Charmed Coming to Lifetime to Compliment Witches of East End, Project Runway All-Stars with Alyssa Milano

We're back with another "Seven Questions" interview, and this time, it is one of the great legends of entertainment, Vicki Lawrence! Of course, sitcom fans know her most of all from her six season run on the series Mama's Family, which was a spinoff of a series of sketches from The Carol Burnett Show. But Lawrence is more than just Mama.

As the legend goes, she was discovered by Carol Burnett at the age of 17 and became part of the legendary series, The Carol Burnett Show, becoming the only cast member to remain on the series (besides Burnett herself, of course) for the entire run. In the midst of this success, she also managed to find herself with a brief (but memorable) musical career, as she was the woman behind the famous song "The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia" and other songs that made it big in other countries. After the end of The Carol Burnett Show, she moved to Hawaii along with her children and husband Alvin Schultz (to whom she is still married to this day), but that didn't last long as Los Angeles came calling again with a few guest roles and eventually the call to do the series Mama's Family, which ran for six seasons on NBC and in first-run syndication (one of the first successes in first run syndication) from 1982 until 1990.

She has also made game shows a significant part of her career, appearing on Match Game, Hollywood Squares, and many variations of Password and Pyramid, as well as hosting the NBC Daytime version of Win, Lose, or Draw in the late '80s. In the early '90s, she joined the leagues of Oprah, Geraldo, Donahue, and many others as she hosted her own daytime TV talk show Vicki! In more recent years, she has been seen with Miley Cyrus--not twerking, but playing her grandmother--on the Disney Channel series Hannah Montana and the voice of Flo in the animated video series Hermie and Friends. She is currently touring with her show "Vicki Lawrence and Mama: A Two Woman Show," where audiences get to see Mama in the 21st century.

Just in time for the release of StarVista Entertainment/Time Life's Mama's Family - The Complete Series on DVD, we got a chance to talk to Vicki Lawrence about. So let's get right to another installment of "Seven Questions!"



SitcomsOnline: It may seem difficult to choose among 130 episodes, but what were some of your favorites from the series?
Vicki Lawrence: Oh Lordy… well, from the early episodes, I'd say part 2 of "The Wedding" because I watched the episode… that's the one where Eunice gets to sing at Vint and Naomi's wedding…  and my supporting cast, Carol Burnett, Harvey Korman, Betty White, Ken Berry, Dorothy Lyman. I mean, how much help does one girl get? I feel you can really pause that DVD at any point and give people a television comedy history lesson. It's just an amazing supporting cost. Dear God, Carol was funny in that show! There was another early episode, "Rashomama," which was a takeoff of the Japanese film Rashomon, and Mama gets hit with a kettle in the kitchen and its me, Betty, Dorothy, and Carol, and Mama has to go to the emergency room and each lady has a different story about what happened in the kitchen, so we redo the scene three different ways, and it's pretty funny. That's of the early shows. There are so many good episodes. I loved when the family, this dysfunctional family, got sent out in the real world that we are aware of, like when we went on Jeopardy! or when we went on Family Feud. I loved in particular the game shows because people know the format of those shows so perfectly and to watch this crazy family get stuck in that format was just really fun to me. Probably because I also love game shows so much. I love "The Love Letter." It was a great episode, a record-holder actually. I think Bubba writes a love letter for Vint, who is having some problems with Naomi. In the course of the 22 minute episode, everybody thinks that the love letter is meant for them. Mama thinks it is for her from the repair guy who is there, Iola is sure Vint has written it to her. The show actually ran 22 minutes with no costume changes or anything. I remember the night that we did it, we did it in 22 minutes and were out at 7:25, and our director said "good night, you're done!" But honestly, I have to say, by the time we finished the show, we had it down to a four day workweek, so I kind of felt like we got paid to play dress up really.



SitcomsOnline: Let's talk about some of the guest stars on the show. Who were some of your favorites? Also, I was wondering about Dorothy Van who played Aunt Effie. The series was more or less her television debut at a later age in life, so how did she become part of the series?
Vicki Lawrence: We had a lot of character actors on the show. You'll go back and see a lot of characters that you remember from other things. Brent Spiner was one of our very first episodes, I believe, as a neighbor and he went on to do Star Trek: The Next Generation. We kind of thought he was going to be a recurring character on Mama's Family, but there he went. Our Reverend, Reverend Meechum (Earl Boen), every time I see him I think of Terminator 2 because he was so good in that. So a lot of good character actors would come our way. It is interesting too, because a lot of guests who came our way would ask what period we were in, because they thought this was a period piece. I said "no, I think this is modern time in the midwest." As for Dorothy Van, She was Jim Evering's writing partner. She came with the writing staff, and she was just a funny little character so we put her in the show.



SitcomsOnline: Mama evolved significantly over the years, from a somewhat bitter and hostile woman in The Family to a warm, loving, yet still outspoken woman in Mama's Family in order to make her more sitcom friendly. Do you feel that Mama would be as loved and remembered today if she had remained similar to her original version?
Vicki Lawrence: Oh, Mama had to change. We did about two episodes of the series, and it is interesting, Joe Hamilton actually sold Mama's Family to Grant Tinker, the CEO of NBC at the time, on the golf course, with no pilot. So there we were, our writers had to figure out who the hell was Mama while we were right there on the ground. And I never really appreciated it until we sort of deconstructed the series and were doing the bonus features, and I never really appreciated how difficult the writing really was. My challenge for me was that Mama just didn't feel right We did like two episodes, and I remember looking at my husband, and thinking this doesn't seem right. We sort of shut the show down and I said "you have to bring Harvey in to help me." He was such a mentor, and I said "Harvey, what the hell's wrong?" And he said "well, she is this strident, one-dimensional character, and you can't expect people to come home and pop a beer every week and put up their feet if she's just in disagreement the whole half hour. They won't come back next week. You have to turn her into a sitcom character now, she has to be silly." And to that point, I said "I didn't feel like she'd ever smiled or laughed even." And he said "but you are her, and anything you can do, she can do." And for whatever reason, that speech that he gave me sort of set her loose and turned her into that fun peacock that she became. And literally, anything I could do, Mama did, and she became this really fun character of mine. There was really nothing the writers could throw at me that I couldn't do.



SitcomsOnline: When you played the role of Thelma Harper, you were playing the oldest character on the series, yet you were younger than most of your fellow cast members, including those who played your own children. Did this present any unusual challenges for the series?
Vicki Lawrence: I don't. I've listened to everybody say that they think every single time I put on that outfit, everybody just sort of thought I was that old lady. And when watching the DVDs and photographs and everything from back in the day, I was so young. But everybody bought it! Yeah, I was younger than just about everybody on my cast, almost. But it worked, everybody bought it.



SitcomsOnline: An interesting feature from the first two seasons was the introduction to the episodes from Harvey Korman as the character Alistair Quince, which until now have mostly been unseen since the episodes originally aired. What was the inspiration for these introductions, and why did the series choose to use these?
Vicki Lawrence: Well, our writers thought it would be really funny to have Harvey introduce this dysfunctional family like it was Masterpiece Theater, so that was definitely an element of the network shows that was phased out by the time we went to syndication. Our fans, when the first season got released by Warner Home Video, a number of years ago, those were cut, because when we went into syndication, the show is shorter than the network version. They cut those out for fans. Our fans knew that and knew every single detail that was missing. TimeLife does and excellent job of putting everything out there like it should be. They went into Joe Hamilton's vaults, got everything, and it is as it should be this go around. So fans should be happy. The Warner Home Video one got panned on Amazon! One review after another, this is missing this and this is missing that. The fans remember more than I do, so they'll love this.



SitcomsOnline: When the series was reborn in syndication, you were going into uncharted territory. There had been a few syndicated series before Mama's Family, of course, but most of them did not stand the test of time and few (if any) have made it to a deluxe complete series DVD set. How surprised are you that this series not only stood the test of time, but in fact became even bigger after leaving NBC?
Vicki Lawrence: I'm extremely gratified that we were actually that popular. I guess as it turned out, we were really a lot of peoples guilty pleasure, and who knew? I knew Mama is popular, and it really became clear after the first Carol Burnett reunion that everybody just loved anything Burnett. And I remember Harvey saying to me that I really need to put a show together. And it never ceases to amaze me how many fans we have, because really when we went to first-run syndication was when we really hit our stride. I said to my husband several times that "I guess, America knows all of these shows now." Back in the day, there were only three networks and that was all you saw, and when we went into first-run syndication, that was really the beginning of cable and the beginning of first-run syndication. There was nobody doing that except for Too Close for Comfort, the only other sitcom doing it when we were in development, and I remember going to a studio where there wasn't a lot going on, and I remember driving in there the first day and thinking "OK, if Ted Knight can do this, we can do this." We worked in a vacuum, we were like little orphan children. We weren't recognized by the Academy, it was almost like we weren't in show-business. We did our little thing, there was no meddling… the Lorimar-Telepictures guys were busy selling the show so they didn't have time to meddle with it. We'd send them an episode, they'd send us a check. So in that respect, it was a lovely way to work, but it was strange to not be recognized by the television community. I think it was many years later that Buffy the Vampire Slayer caused such a huge stink that they had to open up the Academy, and you see what has happened. Nothing like it used to be.



Vicki Lawrence: It seems that you still enjoy playing the role of Mama, and we're still seeing that character on talk shows and stage performances. So what is next for Mama?
SitcomsOnline: Well, we'll see. Maybe something lovely will come out of the DVD sets. I don't know. There have been some people who've had some really fun ideas, but nothing has happened yet. In the meantime, I'm on the road with "Vicki Lawrence and Mama: A Two Woman Show," and she is definitely half of that show. It has been really fun to push her out of the closet and bring her into the new century, and let her comment on everything going on in the world.

We are deeply appreciative of Vicki Lawrence for taking a little time to talk to us, and we encourage fans of her work to check out StarVista Entertainment/Time Life's release of Mama's Family - The Complete Series (read our review). Here are a few other links to find out more about what Vicki is up to today, including upcoming speaking engagements and performances of her show, "Vicki Lawrence and Mama: A Two Woman Show:"




Charmed - Season 8 Cast

Charmed is getting a new TV home again. The hit supernatural drama is now coming to Lifetime starting today (Monday, Sept. 30)! The series will be shared with TNT, which will continue to air the series in the mornings, while Lifetime will air it in the afternoon. Charmed will air weekdays at 3pm & 4pm on Lifetime and will actually start off with season eight episodes before moving on to season one. Lifetime is picking up the rights from WE tv who didn't renew their contract. This is the perfect time for Lifetime to air Charmed, since they are about to launch its new original supernatural drama Witches of East End this coming Sunday (Oct. 6) at 10pm starring Jenna Dewan Tatum, Julia Ormond, Rachel Boston, and M├Ądchen Amick. It also is perfect timing because Charmed star Alyssa Milano is the new host of reality series Project Runway All-Stars, which will begin airing Thursday, Oct. 24 at 9pm on Lifetime. Double the whammy!

Charmed will air after Grey's Anatomy, which will air at 1pm & 2pm. The weekday line-up begins with Old Christine from 8-9am into Frasier from 9am-12pm. How I Met Your Mother will continue to air from 12-1pm. Charmed ran for eight seasons from 1998-2006 and starred Alyssa Milano, Holly Marie Combs, Rose McGowan, Kaley Cuoco, Brian Krause and Shannen Doherty.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Week 1 TV Ratings and Analysis; How the Sitcoms Did

2013-14 Week 1 TV Ratings (first four nights of the season, Mon-Thu): 

Households: #1. CBS 7.7/12 rating/share (-3% in rating from first four nights week 1 in 2012); #2. NBC 6.3/10 (+37%); #3. ABC 6.0/10 (-10%); #4. Fox 3.8/6 (-10%); #5. The CW 0.5/1 (+25%).
Total Viewers: #1. CBS 12.3 million (-3%); #2. NBC 10.17 million (+41%); #3. ABC 9.41 million (-8%); #4. Fox 6.21 million (-11%); #5. The CW 776,000 viewers (+25%).
Adults 18-49: #1. NBC 3.2/9 rating/share (+28%); #2. CBS 3.0/8 (-3%); #3. ABC 2.7/8 (+4%); #4. Fox 2.2/6 (-15%); #5. The CW 0.3/1 (even).

It's a new season, and a new format to the weekly ratings report! It might be a bit more cleaner, but we are working on tweaking this and making it even better. So bare with us! By week two, you'll have actual week-to-week comparisons for most programs. So read our full night-by-night analysis followed by how the sitcoms did!
 

Week 1 (Sep. 23-29) Analysis















Last Sunday (Sep. 22)(Summer Week 17)This WkPrev WeekWk-to-Wk +/-This WkPrev WeekWk-to-Wk +/-
TitleNetworkTimeTotal Viewers18-49 RtgNotes
60 MinutesCBS7:00PM

0

0.00Premieres 9/29/13
America's Funniest VideosABC7:00PM

0

0.00Premieres 10/6/13
Fox NFL SundayFox7:00PM

0

0.00
Football Night in AmericaNBC7:30PM3,829,0004,590,000(761,000)1.171.56(0.39)
The OTFox7:30PM

0

0.00
The Amazing RaceCBS8:00PM

0

0.00Premieres 9/29/13
Once Upon a TimeABC8:00PM

0

0.00Premieres 9/29/13
Football Night in AmericaNBC8:00PM9,758,00011,310,000(1,552,000)3.364.28(0.92)
The SimpsonsFox8:00PM

0

0.00Premieres 9/29/13
Sunday Night FootballNBC8:20PM20,510,00020,543,000(33,000)7.678.42(0.75)
Bob's BurgersFox8:30PM

0

0.00Premieres 9/29/13
The Good WifeCBS9:00PM

0

0.00Premieres 9/29/13
RevengeABC9:00PM

0

0.00Premieres 9/29/13
Family GuyFox9:00PM

0

0.00Premieres 9/29/13
American Dad!Fox9:30PM

0

0.00Premieres 9/29/13
The MentalistCBS10:00PM

0

0.00Premieres 9/29/13
BetrayalABC10:00PM

0

0.00Premieres 9/29/13




















Monday

This WkPrev WeekWk-to-Wk +/-This WkPrev WeekWk-to-Wk +/-
TitleNetworkTimeTotal Viewers18-49 RtgNotes
How I Met Your MotherCBS8:00PM9,395,000
9,395,0003.68
3.681-Hour premiere
Dancing with the StarsABC8:00PM13,565,00016,038,000(2,473,000)2.283.10(0.82)
The VoiceNBC8:00PM

05.05
5.05
BonesFox8:00PM6,743,0007,761,000(1,018,000)1.902.29(0.39)
We Are MenCBS8:30PM

0

0.00Premieres 9/30/13
2 Broke GirlsCBS9:00PM8,877,000
8,877,0002.84
2.84
Sleep HollowFox9:00PM8,586,00010,098,000(1,512,000)3.133.51(0.38)
MomCBS9:30PM7,980,000
7,980,0002.52
2.52
HostagesCBS10:00PM7,410,000
7,410,0001.80
1.80
CastleABC10:00PM11,459,000
11,459,0002.25
2.25
The BlacklistNBC10:00PM12,583,000
12,583,0003.83
3.83










Tuesday

This WkPrev WeekWk-to-Wk +/-This WkPrev WeekWk-to-Wk +/-
TitleNetworkTimeTotal Viewers18-49 RtgNotes
NCISCBS8:00PM20,002,000
20,002,0003.60
3.60
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.ABC8:00PM12,121,000
12,121,0004.70
4.70
The Biggest LoserNBC8:00PM

0

0.00Premieres 10/8
DadsFox8:00PM3,651,0005,762,000(2,111,000)1.502.21(0.71)
Brooklyn Nine-NineFox8:30PM4,034,0006,172,000(2,138,000)1.802.56(0.76)
NCIS: Los AngelesCBS9:00PM16,353,000
16,353,0003.00
3.00
The GoldbergsABC9:00PM8,938,000
8,938,0003.10
3.10
The VoiceNBC9:00PM14,351,000
14,351,0004.70
4.702-Hr , 8-10P
New GirlFox9:00PM4,039,0005,535,000(1,496,000)2.102.88(0.78)
Trophy WifeABC9:30PM6,692,000
6,692,0002.30
2.30
The Mindy ProjectFox9:30PM2,944,0003,827,000(883,000)1.501.87(0.37)
Person of InterestCBS10:00PM12,438,000
12,438,0002.30
2.30
Lucky 7ABC10:00PM4,427,000
4,427,0001.30
1.30
Chicago FireNBC10:00PM8,899,000
8,899,0002.70
2.70










Wednesday

This WkPrev WeekWk-to-Wk +/-This WkPrev WeekWk-to-Wk +/-
TitleNetworkTimeTotal Viewers18-49 RtgNotes
SurvivorCBS8:00PM9,536,0009,725,000(189,000)2.402.63(0.23)
The MiddleABC8:00PM8,942,000
8,942,0002.50
2.50
Back in the GameABC8:30PM8,015,000
8,015,0002.20
2.20
RevolutionNBC8:00PM6,807,000
6,807,0001.80
1.80
The X FactorFox8:00PM7,729,0006,618,0001,111,0002.502.200.30
Criminal MindsCBS9:00PM11,265,000
11,265,0002.80
2.80
Modern FamilyABC9:00PM11,682,000
11,682,0004.20
4.201-Hour Premiere
Law & Order: SVUNBC9:00PM9,584,000
9,584,0002.70
2.702-Hour Premiere
Super Fun NightABC9:30PM

0

0.00Premieres 10/2/13
CSICBS10:00PM9,118,000
9,118,0002.00
2.00
NashvilleABC10:00PM6,499,000
6,499,0002.00
2.00
IronsideNBC10:00PM

0

0.00Premieres 10/2/13










Thursday

This WkPrev WeekWk-to-Wk +/-This WkPrev WeekWk-to-Wk +/-
TitleNetworkTimeTotal Viewers18-49 RtgNotes
The Big Bang TheoryCBS8:00PM18,994,000
18,994,0005.50
5.50
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.ABC8:00PM4,684,000
4,684,0001.20
1.20REPEAT
Once Upon a Time in WonderlandABC8:00PM

0

0.00Premieres 10/10/13
Parks & RecreationNBC8:00PM3,270,000
3,270,0001.30
1.301-Hour Premiere
The X FactorFox8:00PM6,471,0006,431,00040,0002.102.000.10
The Big Bang TheoryCBS8:30PM20,439,000
20,439,0006.10

Special Time
The MillersCBS8:30PM

0

0.00Premieres 10/3/13
Welcome to the FamilyNBC8:30PM

0

0.00Premieres 10/3/13
The Crazy OnesCBS9:00PM15,516,000
15,516,0003.90
3.90
Grey's AnatomyABC9:00PM9,275,000
9,275,0003.40
3.402-Hour Premiere
Sean Saves the WorldNBC9:00PM

0

0.00Premieres 10/3/13
GleeFox9:00PM5,064,000
5,064,0002.00
2.00
Two and a Half MenCBS9:30PM11,594,000
11,594,0002.90
2.90
The Michael J. Fox ShowNBC9:30PM7,503,000
7,503,0002.20
2.201-Hour Premiere 9-10P
ElementaryCBS10:00PM10,183,000
10,183,0002.10
2.10
ScandalABC10:00PM

0

0.00Premieres 10/3/13
ParenthoodNBC10:00PM5,056,000
5,056,0001.60
1.60










Friday(PRELIMINARY #s) This WkPrev WeekWk-to-Wk +/-This WkPrev WeekWk-to-Wk +/-
TitleNetworkTimeTotal Viewers18-49 RtgNotes
Undercover BossCBS8:00PM8,130,000
8,130,0001.50
1.50
Last Man StandingABC8:00PM5,660,0006,670,000(1,010,000)
1.52(1.52)
The Michael J. Fox ShowNBC8:00PM4,010,000
4,010,0000.80
0.80REPEAT
Junior MasterchefFox8:00PM4,220,000
4,220,0001.60
1.60
BonesFox8:00PM

0

0.00Moves 11/8/13
The NeighborsABC8:30PM4,110,0004,582,000(472,000)1.001.17(0.17)
Hawaii Five-0CBS9:00PM9,380,000
9,380,0001.50
1.50
Shark TankABC9:00PM6,750,0006,857,000(107,000)1.901.770.13
DatelineNBC9:00PM6,530,0005,560,000970,0001.301.120.189-11P
GrimmNBC9:00PM

0

0.00Premieres 10/25/13
Sleep HollowFox9:00PM2,770,000
2,770,0000.90
0.90REPEAT
Raising HopeFox9:00PM

0

0.00Moves 11/8/13
Raising HopeFox9:30PM

0

0.00Premieres 11/8/13
Blue BloodsCBS10:00PM11,390,000
11,390,0001.70
1.70
20/20ABC10:00PM4,620,0005,601,000(981,000)1.301.35(0.05)
DraculaNBC10:00PM

0

0.00Premieres 10/25/13










Saturday(PRELIMINARY #s) This WkPrev WeekWk-to-Wk +/-This WkPrev WeekWk-to-Wk +/-
TitleNetworkTimeTotal Viewers18-49 RtgNotes
College FootballFox7:00PM1,220,0001,885,000(665,000)0.400.58(0.18)
ComedytimeCBS8:00PM3,610,0002,520,0001,090,0000.900.410.49REPEAT
Saturday Night FootballABC8:00PM6,360,0005,727,000633,0002.001.710.29
Chicago FireNBC8:00PM2,300,000
2,300,0000.50
0.50REPEAT
ComedytimeCBS8:30PM3,380,0002,940,000440,0000.800.460.34
CrimetimeCBS9:00PM3,660,0003,690,000(30,000)0.700.500.20REPEAT
The BlacklistNBC9:00PM3,850,000
3,850,0000.70
0.70REPEAT
48 Hours MysteryCBS10:00PM6,010,000
6,010,0001.00
1.00
SNLNBC10:00PM2,920,000
2,920,0000.90
0.90REPEAT


Sitcoms in green did excellent for the week, while yellow indicates OK showings and red is not good! This is sorted by adults 18-49.

Week 1 (Sep. 23-29) How the Sitcoms Did
(Sun comedies are previous week and Fri/Sat are prelim ratings)
Sorted by 18-49 Rtg
TitleNetworkTimeDayTotal Viewers18-49 RtgNotes







The Big Bang TheoryCBS8:30PMThur20,439,0006.1Special Time
The Big Bang TheoryCBS8:00PMThur18,994,0005.5
Modern FamilyABC9:00PMWed11,682,0004.21-Hour Premiere
The Crazy OnesCBS9:00PMThur15,516,0003.9
How I Met Your MotherCBS8:00PMMon9,395,0003.681-Hour Premiere
The GoldbergsABC9:00PMTues8,938,0003.1
Two and a Half MenCBS9:30PMThur11,594,0002.9
2 Broke GirlsCBS9:00PMMon8,877,0002.84
MomCBS9:30PMMon7,980,0002.52
The MiddleABC8:00PMWed8,942,0002.5
Trophy WifeABC9:30PMWed6,692,0002.3
Back in the GameABC8:30PMWed8,015,0002.2
The Michael J. Fox ShowNBC9:30PMThur7,503,0002.21-Hour Premiere 9-10P
New GirlFox9:00PMTues4,039,0002.1
Brooklyn Nine-NineFox8:30PMTues4,034,0001.8
DadsFox8:00PMTues3,651,0001.5
The Mindy ProjectFox9:30PMTues2,944,0001.5
The SimpsonsFox8:00PMSun3,030,0001.38REPEAT
Parks & RecreationNBC8:00PMThur3,270,0001.31-Hour Premiere
Family GuyFox9:00PMSun2,720,0001.25REPEAT
Last Man StandingABC8:00PMFri5,660,0001.2
Bob's BurgersFox8:30PMSun2,570,0001.19REPEAT
The SimpsonsFox7:30PMSun2,380,0001.05REPEAT
The NeighborsABC8:30PMFri4,110,0001
The Crazy OnesCBS8:00PMSat3,610,0000.9REPEAT
DadsFox9:30PMSun2,120,0000.89REPEAT
American Dad!Fox7:00PMSun2,130,0000.86REPEAT
The Michael J. Fox ShowNBC8:00PMFri4,010,0000.8REPEAT
MomCBS8:30PMSat3,380,0000.8REPEAT
We Are MenCBS8:30PMMon

Premieres 9/30
Super Fun NightABC9:30PMWed

Premieres 10/2
The MillersCBS8:30PMThur

Premieres 10/3
Welcome to the FamilyNBC8:30PMThur

Premieres 10/3
Sean Saves the WorldNBC9:00PMThur

Premieres 10/3
Raising HopeFox9:00PMFri

Premieres 11/8
Raising HopeFox9:30PMFri

Premieres 11/8

SOURCE: Nielsen Media Research


Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Tuesday, December 12

The Middle - "The Christmas Miracle" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
It’s Christmastime, and Frankie and Sue are devastated after Axl informs them that he’s not going to church this year because he’s beginning to question his faith. Meanwhile, Mike goes to war with the Glossner kids after they keep defacing his new, giant inflatable snowman; and Brick goes all out in an attempt to wrap his first present for a planned Christmas Yankee Swap.

Fresh Off the Boat - "Do You Hear What I Hear?" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
As head of the HOA Christmas committee, Jessica threatens to cut the neighborhood caroling this year due to last year’s rocky performance. However, Deirdre says that her friend Holly (Paula Abdul), who teaches “Performance and Movement,” will help get everyone into tip-top, melodic shape. Meanwhile, Marvin becomes suspicious of Honey when she goes to see “Titanic” at the movies without him; Nicole develops her first girl crush and struggles with how to get her attention.

black-ish - "Sugar Daddy" (ABC, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Dre is diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes and after talking to Pops, he’s resolved to curing himself. Things come to a head at the Stevens & Lido holiday party. Meanwhile, Jack is convinced that baby Devante hates him, so he enlists Junior and Diane’s help.

The Mayor - "Grey Christmas" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
After visiting a homeless shelter on Christmas Eve, Courtney realizes things for the needy could be improved and pledges to make it a joyous Christmas that every family deserves. But when he learns he doesn’t have the budget to deliver on his promise, Courtney loses hope and his holiday spirit which leads to a magical “It’s A Wonderful Life” moment that makes him realize he has the gift needed to pull off a Christmas miracle.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine - "Game Night" / "The Favor" (Fox, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Rosa asks for Jake's help to deliver important information to her parents, but their plan goes awry when they assume the two are in a relationship; Seamus Murphy comes back to redeem an ethically questionable favor owed by Capt. Holt.

Teachers - "Let It Flow" (TV Land, 10:00PM ET/PT)
Ms. Cannon discovers that one of her students is an artistic prodigy. Mrs. Adler and Ms. Watson take the mini-society competition to a new level.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of December 11)

Tuesday, December 12

  • Tom Hanks (Bosom Buddies) - Catch Tom on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS. He also talks about The Post on CBS This Morning sometime between 7-9am.
  • Jane Krakowski (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt/30 Rock) - Jane appears on The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Ari Graynor (I'm Dying Up Here/Bad Teacher) - Ari is a guest on Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Niecy Nash (The Soul Man/Getting On/Do Not Disturb/Reno 911!) - Niecy visits The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Bill Pullman (1600 Penn) - Bill stops by Steve, so check your local listings.
  • Miles Brown (black-ish) - Miles appears on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Ana Gasteyer (People of Earth/Lady Dynamite/Suburgatory) - Ana talks about Fox's A Christmas Story Live! on Access Hollywood Live, so check your local listings.
  • Noah Galvin (The Real O'Neals) - Noah talks about Dear Evan Hansen on the BUILD Series at 4pm.


New on DVD/Blu-ray (November/December)

The Wayans Bros. - The Complete Third Season Living Single - The Complete Third Season Alice - The Complete Sixth Season One Day at a Time - The Complete Series Fuller House - The Complete Second Season

11/07 - American Dad! - Volume 12
11/07 - Family Guy - Season Fifteen
11/07 - The Wayans Bros. - The Complete Third Season
11/14 - D.C. Follies - The Complete Series
11/21 - Living Single - The Complete Third Season
11/24 - Grandfathered - Season 1
12/05 - Alice - The Complete Sixth Season
12/05 - One Day at a Time - The Complete Series
12/05 - The Simpsons - The Eighteenth Season
12/05 - South Park - The Complete First Season (Blu-ray) / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5
12/12 - Fuller House - The Complete Second Season
12/19 - South Park - The Complete Sixth Season (Blu-ray) / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10 / 11
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