Tuesday, January 20, 2015

New Multicast Network LAFF Launching in April on ABC Owned Stations to Feature Sitcoms; Will Arnett Heads to Netflix Sitcom

LAFF

The country's first-ever, over-the-air broadcast television network devoted to comedy around-the-clock will launch this spring when Katz Broadcasting debuts LAFF on April 15, 2015. LAFF will feature a mix of contemporary off-network sitcoms and popular theatrical motion pictures, with a target audience of adults 18-49. The LAFF brand will cross multiple platforms, with the linear network carried on the signals of local broadcast television stations and corresponding cable carriage while companion digital content will be available at LAFF.com and via the LAFF app.

Katz Broadcasting also announced two major distribution agreements for LAFF: The ABC Owned Television Stations will carry LAFF in New York (WABC-TV), Los Angeles (KABC-TV), Chicago (WLS-TV), Philadelphia (WPVI-TV), San Francisco (KGO-TV), Houston (KTRK-TV), Raleigh (WTVD-TV) and Fresno (KFSN-TV). These stations will carry the network on their .3 subchannel, while the .2 will still be the Live Well Network. The latter network will only remain on the ABC Owned Television Stations and no where else in the country. The E.W. Scripps Company will also launch LAFF on its stations in Detroit (WXYZ-TV), Phoenix (KNXV-TV), Tampa (WFTS-TV), Denver (KMGH-TV), Cleveland (WEWS-TV), Indianapolis (WRTV-TV), Baltimore (WMAR-TV), San Diego (KGTV-TV), Kansas City (KSHB-TV), Cincinnati (WCPO-TV), West Palm Beach (WPTV-TV), Buffalo (WKBW-TV) and Tulsa (KJRH-TV). These initial agreements will make LAFF available to more than 35% of the country, with more distribution additions expected to be announced shortly.

LAFF joins GRIT, the first broadcast network targeting men, and ESCAPE, the first over-the-air network designed for women, in the Katz Broadcasting portfolio. Katz Broadcasting was established in 2014 by Bounce TV founder/COO and former Turner Broadcasting executive Jonathan Katz. Katz is President and CEO of the company while also still serving as COO of Bounce TV, the nation's first and only over-the-air television network for African Americans. Stay with us for continued updates on LAFF, which will include a launch schedule and what sitcoms join the line-up.


Will Arnett

Netflix, the world's leading Internet TV network, has ordered Flaked, a new comedy series starring Will Arnett. Eight episodes of the series will premiere exclusively across all Netflix territories in 2016. Set in the insular world of Venice, California, Flaked is the serio-comic story of a self-appointed "guru" who falls for the object of his best friend's fascination. Soon the tangled web of half-truths and semi-bullshit that underpins his all-important image and sobriety begins to unravel. Arnett plays Chip, a man doing his honest best to stay one step ahead of his own lies.

Executive producers Will Arnett and Mark Chappell (The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret) co-created and co-wrote the series. Ben Silverman (Founder and Chairman of Electus), Peter Principato and Mitch Hurwitz (Arrested Development) also serve as executive producers on the show. Electus and Principato-Young are providing production services. Flaked is a Netflix production. Will Arnett, a five-time Emmy Award nominee, also stars in Netflix's animated comedy BoJack Horseman and Arrested Development. Arnett recently starred in the blockbuster films Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and The Lego Movie.


Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Monday, November 20

Kevin Can Wait - "Cooking Up a Storm" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT)
After Kevin insists he can handle cooking a full Thanksgiving dinner for Vanessa and his family, he realizes he’s in over his head and secretly asks his flirtatious neighbor, Wendy (Florencia Lozano), for help.

Man with a Plan - "Andi's Boyfriend" (CBS, 8:30PM ET/PT)
When Adam discovers that the pastor he hired for their wedding was a phony and he and Andi aren’t really married, he scrambles to find a way to fix it before she finds out.

Superior Donuts - "Thanks for Nothing" (CBS, 9:00PM ET/PT)
When Franco decides to host an orphans’ Thanksgiving at the donut shop, he encourages Arthur to invite his daughter, Lucy (Annie Mumolo), but Arthur will only agree if Franco invites his own estranged family member, his father, Reggie (Cedric the Entertainer).

9JKL - "Make Thanksgiving Great Again" (CBS, 9:30PM ET/PT)
Josh asks Nick to retrieve Nana Roberts from her nursing home for the family’s Thanksgiving gathering, but when Nick arrives with the wrong nana, the family is forced to deal with a stranger who antagonizes everyone. Also, Judy begins to realize her own critical tendencies, and Andrew prepares for a sexy calendar photoshoot. Lois Smith guest stars as the wrong Nana.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of November 20)

Monday, November 20

  • Paul Shaffer (A Year at the Top) - Paul is a musical guest on a repeat of Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Bryan Cranston (Malcolm in the Middle) - Watch Bryan on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Tig Notaro (One Mississippi) - Tig is a guest on a repeat of Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Katey Sagal (Superior Donuts/8 Simple Rules/Married with Children) - Katey appears on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Jason Biggs (Mad Love/Drexell's Class) - Jason dishes on funny stories about his son on People Now at 8:30am.
  • Jennie Garth (What I Like About You/Mystery Girls) - Jennie makes a delicious Boston cream pie in a jar on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Kimberly Williams-Paisley (According to Jim) - Kimberly talks about the Hallmark Channel original movie The Christmas Train on Access Hollywood Live, so check your local listings.
  • John O'Hurley (Seinfeld/The Mullets) - John talks about The National Dog Show on NBC's Today sometime between 7-9am and on Megyn Kelly Today at 9am.
  • Mark Feuerstein (9JKL/Good Morning, Miami) - Mark talks about 9JKL on NBC's Megyn Kelly Today at 9am. He will also be on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 11:30am ET.
  • Tate Donovan (Partners) - Tate is a guest on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 11:30am ET.
  • Noah Galvin (The Real O'Neals) - Noah appears on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 11:30am ET. He will also be on TRL on MTV at 4pm.


New on DVD/Blu-ray (June/July/August)

Father Knows Best - Season Six Diff'rent Strokes - The Complete Sixth Season Alice - The Complete Fifth Season Rhoda - Season Four Brooklyn Nine-Nine - Season Four

06/13 - The Andy Griffith Show - Return to Mayberry
06/13 - That's My Mama - The Complete Series
06/20 - Workaholics - The Final (Seventh) Season
06/20 - Workaholics - The Complete Series
06/27 - The Jamie Foxx Show - The Complete Third Season
07/04 - Superstore - Season Two
07/18 - Father Knows Best - Season Six
07/25 - Diff'ernt Strokes - The Complete Sixth Season
07/25 - Girls - The Final (Sixth) Season (Blu-ray)
08/01 - Alice - The Complete Fifth Season (WBShop.com)
08/01 - Crashing - The Complete First Season (Blu-ray)
08/15 - Rhoda - Season Four
08/22 - Brooklyn Nine-Nine - Season Four
08/29 - Will & Grace - Season One (Universal)
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