Friday, January 10, 2014
Fox Midseason Pilot Review: Enlisted - Premieres Tonight; Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of January 13, 2014)
Enlisted - Fridays at 9:30PM ET/PT on Fox
Premieres Friday, January 10, 2014 at 9:30PM ET/PT
Enlisted is a new workplace comedy centered around a slightly different kind of workplace - the Army. Created by Kevin Biegel (Cougar Town, Scrubs), the show follows Pete Hill after he is booted from the front line and sent to supervise a troop of rejected misfits - a troop that happens to include his two brothers. The show follows Pete's experiences as he attempts to juggle his new troop while repairing his relationship with his brothers.
Chris Lowell as Corporal Derrick Hill
Parker Young as Private Randy Hill
Keith David as Command Sergeant Major Donald Cody
Angelique Cabral as Sergeant Jill Perez
Geoff Stults (Pete Hill) is known for his television work on shows such as 7th Heaven, October Road, The Finder, Happy Town and Ben and Kate. He has also starred in several movies, including The Break-Up, She's Out of my League and Wedding Crashers.
Chris Lowell (Derrick Hill) is best known for his role as Piz on Veronica Mars. He also starred as William "Dell" Parker on both Grey's Anatomy (guest star) and its spin-off Private Practice (series regular). He also co-starred on the award-winning film The Help.
Parker Young (Randy Hill) is best known as Ryan Shay on Suburgatory. He has also guest starred on shows such as CSI: NY, Mad Men, and Jane By Design. He was also a former model. He recently starred in the TV movie Killer Reality.
Keith David (Donald Cody) is known for his roles in films such as Crash, There's Something About Mary, Barbershop, and Men At Work. He is also well-known for his voiceover work in video games including the Halo and Transformers series, in movies such as The Princess and the Frog, and in the animated series Adventure Time.
Angelique Cabral (Jill Perez) has done extensive work on soap operas, including The Guiding Light, All My Children, and One Life to Live. She has also guest starred on comedies such as Two and a Half Men, Happy Endings, and Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23.
"Pilot" (airs Friday, January 10 at 9:30 PM ET/PT)
In the premiere episode of Enlisted, Staff Sergeant Pete Hill is booted to Fort McGee, the post where his two younger brothers - Corporal Derrick Hill and Private Randy Hill are stationed. Now, as their platoon sergeant, Pete must serve both as big brother and military boss. Between clean-up duty at a parade, human-grease-bowling and assorted soldierly pranks, they will inadvertently discover the key to strengthening their long-lost childhood bonds.
The military has to be a fairly hard thing to write a sitcom about. Sure, it was the center of one of the most successful examples of the genre in television history, but you have to make your show funny enough that people don't notice the potentially grim topics you're dealing with, and dramatic enough that it doesn't seem like you're making light of one of the most respected institutions in American society. That's probably why you don't see too many sitcoms that deal with the armed forces. You have M*A*S*H, you have Hogan's Heroes, and you have...I don't know, Major Dad? Compared to the amount of sitcoms about, say, single people working in the big city, it's a pretty small number. It's an incredibly hard setting to sell - which is what makes it all the more impressive that Enlisted manages to sell it perfectly.
What makes Enlisted work so well is how effortless it all seems. The show doesn't bother trying to introduce us to its military world all that much - it just drops us right in and sets us free, to surprisingly effective results. This is possible because the show, even in this early stage, already knows its setting, its characters and its identity remarkably well. There are far less growing pains than there are in most comedy pilots - the characters feel well-developed already (although they develop even more in the shows' excellent second episode), and the character dynamics and central conflict of the show are both clear and powerful by the end of the episode. This also trickles down to the humor, which feels surprisingly natural through-out the entire pilot. Enlisted is a goofy show with a lot of old-school broad humor, but it also manages to mix in the clever, snappy writing that has become a staple in modern single-camera sitcoms and create a comic identity that already feels fully-formed and unique.
But perhaps the greatest strength of Enlisted is the shows' heart. It's probably necessary for a military comedy to inject some sort of heart, but the pathos in Enlisted has actual depth that stems believably from its characters. Yes, this is mostly a silly comedy, but it's a silly comedy that wants to be something just a bit more than that, and the fact that it's already succeeding this early in its run is an incredibly promising sign. Add that to the shows' strong sense of humor and well-developed characters, and it becomes clear that Enlisted is one of the seasons' best comedies.
Final Numbers (out of 5 stars):
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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 Jan. 13-17, 2014, we have many current sitcom stars and past sitcom stars on TV talk shows! All times listed are Eastern. So get your DVRs (or whatever you use) ready! Ready? Here is all what you need to know for the coming week!
Monday, January 13, 2014
- Bill Cosby (The Cosby Show/Cosby/The Bill Cosby Show) - Watch the legendary Mr. Cosby on The Late Show with David Letterman at 11:35pm on CBS.
- Queen Latifah (Living Single) - Queen Latifah appears on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon at 12:37am on NBC. She will also be on The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT. Finally, she stops by to catch up with the livest audience on 106 & Park on BET at 6pm.
- Courteney Cox (Cougar Town/Friends) - Courteney is a guest on Conan at 11pm on TBS.
- Cheryl Hines (Suburgatory/Curb Your Enthusiasm) - Cheryl chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
- Wendell Pierce (The Michael J. Fox Show/The Weber Show/The Gregory Hines Show) - Wendell stops by The Aresenio Hall Show, so check your local listings.
- Brooke D'Orsay (Two and a Half Men/Gary Unmarried) - Brooke discusses her role in the Hallmark Channel original movie, June in January, on Home & Family at 10am on Hallmark Channel.
- Sherri Shepherd (Less Than Perfect/Sherri) - Sherri is a guest on ABC's Good Morning America between 7-9am.
- NeNe Leakes (The New normal) - NeNe appears on New York Live on WNBC at 12:30pm ET.
- Dove Cameron (Liv and Maddie) - Dove will be on PIX11 Morning News in New York at 8:45am.
- Matt LeBlanc (Friends/Episodes) - Catch Matt on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
- Michael Strahan (Brothers) - Michael appears on The Late Show with David Letterman at 11:35pm on CBS.
- Rhea Perlman (Kirstie/Cheers) - Rhea is a guest on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson at 12:37am on CBS.
- Joel McHale (Community) - Joel visits Conan at 11pm on TBS.
- Debra Messing (Will & Grace) - Debra chats about the play Outside Mullingar on LIVE! with Kelly and Michael, so check your local listings.
- Kevin Jonas (JONAS/Jonas L.A.) - Kevin is a guest on The Better Show, so check your local listings.
- Cheryl Hines (Suburgatory/Curb Your Enthusiasm) - Cheryl joins the Chew Crew on ABC's The Chew at 1pm ET/12pm PT/CT.
- Will Arnett (The Millers/Arrested Development) - Will drops by The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
- Betty White (Hot in Cleveland/The Golden Girls/The Mary Tyler Moore Show) - The legendary Ms. White chats on The Queen Latifah Show, so check your local listings.
- Leah Remini (The King of Queens, Mary McCormack (Welcome to the Family and Whitney Cummings (Whitney - They will be part of the guest panel on Chelsea Lately on E! at 11pm.
- Candace Cameron Bure (Full House) - Candace discusses her new book, Balancing It All: My Story of Juggling Priorities and Purpose, on Home & Family at 10am on Hallmark Channel.
- Dove Cameron (Liv and Maddie) - Dove will be on The Couch on WLNY 10/55 in New York between 7-9am.
- Joseph Gordon-Levitt (3rd Rock from the Sun) - Watch Joseph on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
- Kevin Hart (The Big House/Undeclared) - Kevin drops by The Late Show with David Letterman at 11:35pm on CBS. He will also be on LIVE! with Kelly and Michael to talk about his new film Ride Along, so check your listings. Finally, he is a guest on NBC's Today.
- Cheryl Hines (Suburgatory/Curb Your Enthusiasm) and Ana Gasteyer (Suburgatory) - Cheryl and Ana dish about the new season of Suburgatory on ABC on The Wendy Williams Show at 12am on BET or on your local stations. Ana will also be on LIVE! with Kelly and Michael, so check your listings.
- Sherri Shepherd (Less Than Perfect/Sherri) - Sherri talks about about New Year’s resolutions and guilty pleasures on Rachael Ray, so check your local listings.
- Diane Farr (Like Family/The Job) - Diane guest co-hosts The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
- Kym Whitley (Let's Stay Together/Animal Practice/Sparks) - Kym is a guest on The Steve Harvey Show, so check your local listings.
- Rhea Perlman (Kirstie/Cheers) - Rhea stops by The Queen Latifah Show, so check your local listings.
- Jeremy Sisto (Suburgatory) - Jeremy appears on The Queen Latifah Show, so check your local listings.
- Dove Cameron (Liv and Maddie) - Dove will be on ABC's Good Morning America between 7-9am.
- Gillian Jacobs (Community) - Gillian is a guest on Pop Sugar on TV Guide Network at 6pm and on the next day on their website at noon.
- Michael Urie (Partners) - Michael talks about his new play Buyer & Cellar on The Couch on WLNY 10/55 in New York between 7-9am.
- Melissa Joan Hart (Baby Daddy/Sabrina, the Teenage Witch) and Joey Lawrence (Baby Daddy/Brotherly Love/Gimme a Break!) - Melissa and Joey will talk about Baby Daddy on Entertainment Tonight, so check your local listings.
- Joseph Gordon-Levitt (3rd Rock from the Sun) - Catch Joseph on Conan at 11pm on TBS.
- Kristin Chenoweth (Kristin/Sit Down, Shut Up) - Kristin appears on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno at 11:35pm on NBC.
- Ana Gasteyer (Suburgatory) - Ana visits Late Night with Jimmy Fallon at 12:37am on NBC. She will also be on Fox and Friends at 8am on Fox News Channel.
- Don Cheadle (The Golden Palace) - Don is a guest on Tavis Smiley on PBS, but check listings for time.
- Diane Farr (Like Family/The Job) - Diane guest co-hosts The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
- Diahann Carroll (Julia) - Diahann drops by The Arsenio Hall Show, so check your local listings.
- Queen Latifah (Living Single) - Queen Latifah chats on Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
- John C. McGinley (Ground Floor/Scrubs) - John discusses his family's journey with Down syndrome on Home & Family at 10am on Hallmark Channel.
- Marilu Henner (Taxi/Evening Shade) - Marilu will be on Good Day New York on WNYW-Fox5 in New York between 7-9am. She will also be on The Couch on WLNY 10/55 in New York between 7-9am. Finally, she is a guest on New York Live on WNBC at 12:30pm ET.
- Cheryl Hines (Suburgatory/Curb Your Enthusiasm) - Cheryl is a guest on Pop Sugar on TV Guide Network at 6pm and on the next day on their website at noon.
- Kevin Hart (The Big House/Undeclared) - Kevin appears on 106 & Park on BET at 6pm.
- Sofia Vergara (Modern Family/Hot Properties/The Knights of Prosperity) - Watch Sofia on a repeat of Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
- Don Cheadle (the Golden Palace) - Don visits The Late Show with David Letterman at 11:35pm on CBS.
- Kevin Hart (The Big House/Undeclared) - Kevin stops by Late Night with Jimmy Fallon at 12:37am on NBC.
- Chelsea Peretti (Brooklyn Nine-Nine) - Chelsea appears on a repeat of Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
- Chelsea Handler (Are You There, Chelsea?) - Chelsea is a guest on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno at 11:35pm on NBC.
- Ed Begley Jr. (Gary Unmarried/Wednesday 9:30 (8:30 Central)) - Ed and his family discuss their web series on Home & Family at 10am on Hallmark Channel.
- Dove Cameron (Liv and Maddie) - Dove stops by The Better Show, so check your local listings.
- Marilu Henner (Taxi/Evening Shade) - Marilu appears on NBC's Today.
- Lisa Whelchel and Mindy Cohn (The Facts of Life) - Lisa and Mindy will be featured on Oprah: Where Are They Now? at 9pm ET/PT on OWN.
New on DVD/Blu-ray (February/March)
02/07 - Sabrina, the Teenage Witch - Sabrina Down Under
02/07 - So Little Time - Volume 1 - School's Cool - Boy Crazy
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
02/14 - Grace and Frankie - Season Two
02/28 - Fuller House - The Complete First Season
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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Friday, March 24
Last Man Standing - "Bad Heir Day" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Mike and Vanessa think it’s time for newlyweds Mandy and Kyle to move out, but when Chuck relays some unexpected news about Kyle’s absentee mom, Mike has second thoughts. Meanwhile, Eve tells Ryan that Boyd is making up stories about his Dad’s real job, because he’s embarrassed about being home-schooled.
Dr. Ken - "Clark's Big Surprise" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
When Ken accidentally finds out that Clark and Connor are planning their surprise wedding, he has to find a way to get everyone to come. But Damona finds out and to get Allison there, she tells her that Ken is going to surprise her by renewing their wedding vows. Guest performances from the Grammy Award-winning band, Train, featuring lead singer Pat Monahan and guitarist Jerry Becker.
Friday, March 24
- Sofia Black-D'Elia (The Mick) - Watch Sofia on a repeat of Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
- Tracy Morgan (30 Rock/The Tracy Morgan Show) - Tracy is on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
- Malin Akerman (Trophy Wife/Sin City Saints) - Malin appears on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
- Zach Galifianakis (Baskets) - Zach is a guest on a repeat of The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
- Laura Dern (Enlightened) - Laura appears on a repeat of The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
- Jermaine Fowler (Superior Donuts) - Jermaine is a guest on a repeat of Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
- Michael Keaton (Working Stiffs/All's Fair) - Michael visits LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
- Melissa McCarthy (Mike & Molly/Samantha Who?) and Ben Falcone (Joey) - Melissa and Ben are guests on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
- Alfonso Ribeiro (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air/In the House/Silver Spoons) - Alfonso stops by Harry, so check your local listings.
- Martha Plimpton (The Real O'Neals/Raising Hope) - Martha appears on Harry, so check your local listings.
- Anthony Anderson (black-ish/Guys with Kids/All About the Andersons) - Anthony chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT. He will also be on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am.
- Carl Reiner (The Dick Van Dyke Show) and Rob Reiner (All in the Family) - Carl and Rob are guests on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
- Kristen Bell (The Good Place) - Kristen is a guest on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am. She also joins the Chew Crew on ABC's The Chew at 1pm ET/12pm PT/CT.
- Jane Fonda (Grace and Frankie) and Lily Tomlin (Grace and Frankie/Malibu Country) - Jane and Lily talk about Grace and Frankie on NBC's Today sometime between 7-9am.
- Brooklyn Decker (Grace and Frankie/Friends with Better Lives) - Brooklyn talks about Malibu Country on NBC's Today in the 9am hour.
- Rhea Perlman (Cheers/Kirstie) - Rhea talks about Me and My Grandma on Access Hollywood Live, so check your local listings.
- Emma Roberts (Scream Queens/Unfabulous) - Emma talks about The Blackcoat's Daughter on People Now at 8:30am.
- Josh Henderson (One on One) - Josh is a guest on Steve Harvey, so check your local listings.