Monday, January 04, 2016
Hallmark Channel's January 2016 schedule begins today and will include their latest acquisition, Last Man Standing, which we mentioned a while back. The Tim Allen hit sitcom will air weeknights in primetime from 6pm-9pm beginning today (January 4, 2016) and will be shared with cable networks CMT and ABC Family. On Friday nights from 8-9pm, since ABC airs Last Man Standing, Hallmark Channel will air Tim Allen's 90s sitcom Home Improvement in the hour every Friday night. Last Man Standing will lead into primetime series The Middle from 9-11pm and The Golden Girls from 11pm-1am. The rest of the weekday daytime schedule for Hallmark has I Love Lucy 5-8am, The Golden Girls 8am-10am, original talk show Home & Family from 10am-2pm and Little House on the Prairie from 2-6pm. In late night, Frasier airs 1-4am and Cheers from 4-5am.
Last Man Standing, starring Tim Allen (Home Improvement) as the manly patriarch of a family dominated by women, is the latest addition to Hallmark Channel's highly-rated hit sitcom offerings, which include viewer favorites The Middle and Home Improvement, also starring Tim Allen. In Home Improvement star Tim Allen's hilarious return to comedy television, Last Man Standing, also starring Nancy Travis and Hector Elizondo, anchors the popular Friday night lineup on ABC. The series, now in its fifth season on ABC, revolves around Mike Baxter (Allen), an outdoor sporting goods exec whose conservative ideas are constantly challenged in a world ruled by women - his wife and three daughters. As Mike tries to maintain his macho manliness while surrounded by the strong-willed women he loves, he finds his traditional values and testosterone-fueled attitude will always single him out. With the perfect blend of wit, hilarious humor and warmhearted family moments, Last Man Standing gives a charmingly funny spin on the plight of an everyday American dad.
Actor Wayne Rogers, who was best known for playing the role of Captain "Trapper" John McIntyre in M*A*S*H, has died. He died on December 31, 2015, from complications from pneumonia in Los Angeles, California. Mr. Rogers was 82.
Rogers co-starred with Robert Bray and Richard Eyer as Luke Perry in the 1960-1961 ABC western Stagecoach West. Some of his early drama guest appearances included Laws of the Plainsman, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Gunsmoke, The Fugitive, The Invaders and The F.B.I.. He also appeared in an episode of Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.
He starred as Captain "Trapper" John McIntyre in M*A*S*H. He appeared in the first three seasons of the series from 1972-1975 until he left in a contract dispute. His character got a discharge and returned home. Captain B.J. Hunnicut (Mike Farrell) replaced him as Hawkeye's tentmate and co-conspirator. Rogers was interviewed for two retrospective specials: Memories of M*A*S*H in 1991 and the M*A*S*H: 30th Anniversary Reunion in 2002.
After leaving M*A*S*H, he starred as FBI agent Jake Axminster in the short-lived but critically acclaimed 1976 NBC drama City of Angels. The series starred Elaine Joyce, Clifton James and Philip Sterling.
He later starred as Dr. Charley Michaels in the sitcom House Calls, which aired on CBS from 1979-1982. The series first starred Lynn Redgrave from 1979-1981. Sharon Gless joined the series in 1982. Rogers and Redgrave received Golden Globe nominations for their roles in 1981.
Rogers appeared in the 1983 mini-series Chiefs. He guest starred in five episodes of Murder, She Wrote. In 1985, he starred as Major Tony Nelson in TV reunion movie I Dream of Jeannie... Fifteen Years Later. He hosted the short-lived 1986 series High Risk.
He built a career as an investor, investment strategist and advisor, and money manager. He appeared regularly as a panel member on the Fox Business Network cable TV stocks investment/stocks news program Cashin' In.
Survivors include his wife, Amy Hirsh Rogers; two children from his first marriage, Bill and Laura; and four grandchildren: Alexander, Daniel, William and Anais.
Actor Jason Wingreen, who was known for his role as Harry Snowden in All in the Family and Archie Bunker's Place, has died. He died at his home in Los Angeles, California, on December 25, 2015. Mr. Wingreen was 95.
Wingreen's early sitcom guest appearances included The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, Margie, Get Smart, Captain Nice, Please Don't Eat the Daisies, Mayberry R.F.D., Room 222, Love, American Style, The Partridge Family, Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, Happy Days, Blanksy's Beauties and Carter Country. He played Shorty Dawes in the 1966-1967 western comedy The Rounders.
He was a regular on The Untouchables as Captain Dorset in the 1960-1961 season. Some of his other drama guest appearances included The Twilight Zone, The Outer Limits, Dr. Kildare, The Long, Hot Summer, 12 O'Clock High, The Fugitive, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Felony Squad, Star Trek, The Name of the Game, Mission: Impossible, The F.B.I, Mannix and Ironside.
Wingreen played the recurring role of Harry Snowden in 25 episodes of All in the Family from 1976-1979. He was a bartender at Kelcy's Bar and eventually becomes Archie's business partner. He continued the role in the spin-off series Archie Bunker's Place from 1979-1983. Harry Snowden sold his share of the business to Murray Klein (Martin Balsam) in the series premiere.
He lent his voice to the bounty hunter Boba Fett (portrayed by Jeremy Bulloch) in the original theatrical version of The Empire Strikes Back. His other film credits included The Dunwich Horror, Airplane! and Oh God!.
Wingreen appeared in 11 episodes of Matlock as Judge Harry Beaumount from 1987-1991. Some of his later drama guest appearances included Scarecrow and Mrs. King, Hill Street Blues, Hunter, Highway to Heaven, Freddy's Nightmares and In the Heat of the Night. His later sitcom guest appearances included Mama's Family and Seinfeld.
Survivors include his son, Ned, two grandchildren and his sister, Harriet.
Captain "Trapper" John McIntyre and Harry Snowden were memorable and beloved characters. We thank Mr. Rogers and Mr. Wingreen for the entertainment and laughter they brought us over the years. They will be greatly missed.
Read our tribute to the Sitcom Stars We Lost in 2015.
New on DVD/Blu-ray (September)
09/06 - Coach - Season One (Mill Creek) / Season Two / Seasons One and Two
09/06 - South Park - The Complete Ninteenth Season (Blu-ray)
09/13 - The Big Bang Theory - The Complete Ninth Season (Blu-ray)
09/13 - Newhart - The Complete Sixth Season
09/20 - 2 Broke Girls - The Complete Fifth Season
09/20 - Family Matters - The Complete Eighth Season
09/20 - Modern Family - The Complete Season 7
09/20 - Veep - Season 5
09/27 - The Wonder Years - Season Six
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Friday, September 30
Last Man Standing - "Gameday Forecast: Showers" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
When a Jack and Jill wedding shower for Mandy and Kyle is announced, Mike is disappointed to learn it’s on the same day as the big Broncos-Chargers game. In an effort to catch the game with Joe (Jay Leno) and the guys, Mike convinces the couple to hold separate showers. Ryan offers to host the men’s festivities at his place, and to Mike’s dismay, he’s more into party planning than anyone would have thought. Meanwhile, Ed’s convinced that sticking to his superstitious rituals is the only way to see to it that the Broncos pull out a big win, even if it means interfering with Mandy’s wedding shower.
Dr. Ken - "Ken and Allison Share a Patient" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
On Allison’s first work day at Welltopia, she and Ken try to prove the other wrong when it comes to a patient’s diagnosis. After Damona introduces her new boyfriend, Eric, to co-workers, Pat surprises everyone and announces he’s also dating someone. Meanwhile, it’s Dave’s first day of middle school, and he’s nervous he won’t be able to make friends, so he turns to D.K. to help reinvent his image.
Liv and Maddie - "Linda & Heather-a-Rooney" (Disney Channel, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Liv thinks she landed a small role on a hit show called ``Linda and Heather'' but her part turns out to be much bigger; Joey experiences relationship woes.
Bunk'd - "Luke Out Below" (Disney Channel, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Luke comes back to camp and takes Griff and Zuri on an adventure to prove that he's just as responsible as the other CITs.
Love Thy Neighbor - "Three Times" (OWN, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Leslie and Angela try to fix their seemingly broken friendship with Jennifer.
Tyler Perry's For Better or Worse - "The Flower Delivery" (OWN, 9:30PM ET/PT)
Keisha manages to intercept Richard's gift for his new love interest.
Friday, September 30
- Minnie Driver (Speechless/About a Boy) - Watch Minnie on a repeat of Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
- Nathan Lane (Modern Family/Encore! Encore!/Charlie Lawrence) - Nathan visits The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
- Abby Elliott (Odd Mom Out) - Abby appears on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
- Clark Gregg (The New Adventures of Old Christine) - Clark is a guest on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
- Kristen Bell (The Good Place) - Kristen appears on Chelsea on Netflix.
- Jerry O'Connell (We Are Men/Carpoolers/My Secret Identity) - Jerry guest co-hosts LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
- Margo Martindale (The Millers) - Margo joins the Chew Crew on ABC's The Chew at 1pm ET/12pm PT/CT.
- Alfonso Ribeiro (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air/In the House/Silver Spoons) - Alfonso will be on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am.
- Ashley Williams (The Jim Gaffigan Show/How I Met Your Mother/Good Morning, Miami) - Ashley talks about her Hallmark Channel original movie Love on a Limb on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
- Queen Latifah (Living Single) - Queen Latifah stops by Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
- Tim Daly (Wings) - Tim talks about Madam Secretary on NBC's Today in the 10am hour.
- Sara Rue (Impastor/Less Than Perfect) and Michael Rosenbaum (Impastor) - Sara and Michael talks about Season 2 of TV Land's Impastor on People Now at 8:30am.