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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Sitcoms Airing Tonight
Tuesday, October 25
The Middle - "Halloween VIII: The Heckoning" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
As Halloween approaches, Frankie is taken aback when she discovers that, if the circumstances ever arose where she and Mike got divorced, the kids would all choose to live with Mike. Meanwhile, Sue tries everything in her power to get her room back from Brick, and having to be so nice around girlfriend April all of the time leads Axl to lash out at his family.
American Housewife - "Westport Zombies" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Katie, jealous of Taylor’s friendship with neighbor Viv (Leslie Bibb), reluctantly competes in the Westport Halloween “Zombie Run” after she finds out they’ll both be running. Meanwhile, Greg and Anna-Kat get a little too much in character for the “zombie” part of the run’s obstacle course.
Fresh Off the Boat - "Louisween" (ABC, 9:00PM ET/PT)
It’s Louis’ favorite holiday, and he makes every attempt to scare Jessica into the Halloween spirit, but she is buried in her word processor, drafting her first horror novel. Meanwhile, Emery and Evan debate costume choices, and Eddie and his crew are excited to party with high schoolers at Nicole’s house.
The Real O'Neals - "The Real Halloween" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
When Halloween arrives, or what Kenny refers to as “the gay Super Bowl,” he plans to go to Boystown to watch the festive costume parade. In an effort to prevent Kenny from attending, Eileen agrees to let him throw his own Halloween party at home. Eileen’s tolerance is ultimately tested when Kenny recruits Stuart and his gay friends to join the big party, and he makes a BIG costume change. Meanwhile, Jimmy and Shannon plan to pull off an epic Halloween prank.
Atlanta - "Junteenth" (FX, 10:00PM ET/PT)
Why my Auntie trying to make me go to one of these bougie Junteenth parties again? I don't like them sadity people and I'm gonna miss my shows. Le sigh.
Family Time - "Head of House" (Bounce TV, 9:00PM ET/PT)
When the Stallworths have an unexpected visitor, they learn of a vicious crime that took place in their home years ago.
Tuesday, October 25
- Will Forte (The Last Man on Earth) - Catch Will on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS. He also chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
- Matt LeBlanc (Man with a Plan/Episodes/Friends) - Matt is a guest on The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
- Cobie Smulders (How I Met Your Mother) - Cobie appears on Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
- Skylar Astin (Ground Floor) - Skylar is a guest on Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
- Ron Howard (Happy Days/The Andy Griffith Show) - Ron drops by Conan at 11pm on TBS.
- Mary Lynn Rajskub (How to Be a Gentleman/Veronica's Closet/The Larry Sanders Show) and David Koechner (Another Period/Hank/The Office) - Mary and David are guests on @midnight on Comedy Central at midnight.
- John Lithgow (3rd Rock from the Sun/Twenty Good Years) - John appears on LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
- Jamie Lee Curtis (Scream Queens/Anything But Love) - Jamie Lee is a guest on Harry, so check your local listings.
- Erinn Hayes (Kevin Can Wait/Guys with Kids/Worst Week) - Erinn plays a celeb guessing game with Rach, who’s serving up no-fail make-your-own takeout, on Rachael Ray, so check your local listings.
- Mary Steenburgen (The Last Man on Earth/Ink) - Mary joins the Chew Crew on ABC's The Chew at 1pm ET/12pm PT/CT.
- Ana Gasteyer (People of Earth/Lady Dynamite/Suburgatory) - Ana will be on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 12:30pm ET. She will also be on NBC's Today in the 10am hour.
- Cheryl Hines (Son of Zorn/Suburgatory/Curb Your Enthusiasm) - Cheryl is a guest on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
- Abbi Jacobson (Broad City) - Abbi will be on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am. She will also be on the AOL Build Show 4pm.
- Don Rickles (C.P.O. Sharkey/Daddy Dearest) - Don is a guest on NBC's Today sometime between 7-9am.
- Nico Tortorella (Younger) - Nico appears on Access Hollywood Live, so check your local listings.