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 (January/February)
01/03 - Girls - The Complete Fifth Season (Blu-ray)
01/10 - Broad City - Season 3
01/17 - I Love Lucy - Superstar Special #2 (Colorized)
01/17 - The Love Boat - Season Three - Volume One
01/17 - The Love Boat - Season Three - Volume Two
01/24 - Hooperman - Season One / Review
01/24 - Hooperman - Season Two / Review
01/31 - Ballers - The Complete Second Season (Blu-ray)
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
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Sitcoms Airing Tonight
Thursday, February 23
The Big Bang Theory - "The Comic-Con Conundrum" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT)
With Koothrappali cut off from his father’s fortune, he appoints Sheldon to help him get out of debt. Also, Penny considers joining Leonard at Comic-Con.
The Great Indoors - "Friends Like These" (CBS, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Jack desperately begs his co-workers to pretend to be his closest friends at a dinner party after his lack of an inner circle begins to concern his girlfriend, Rachel (Maggie Lawson). However, he soon regrets asking for their help after they all behave awkwardly in her presence.
Mom - "Night Swimmin' and an English Muffin" (CBS, 9:00PM ET/PT)
When Bonnie discovers Adam is still close with his ex-wife, Danielle (Wendie Malick), Christy worries the emotional fallout could jeopardize Bonnie’s sobriety.
Life in Pieces - "Awkward Bra Automated Ordained" (CBS, 9:30PM ET/PT)
Dinner gets awkward for Jen and Matt when they find themselves alone without Greg and Colleen. Also, Lark accidentally locks out Greg and Jen from the house, prompting Greg to install a complicated home automation system; Heather and Tim try to sneak wine into an ice skating show to get out of paying at the venue; and John and Joan agree to an impromptu wedding after Colleen mentions that she’s an ordained minister.
Superstore - "Wellness Fair" (NBC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
When Amy (America Ferrera) sees Mateo (Nico Santos) out on a secret date with Jeff (recurring guest star Michael Bunin), she ignores Garrett's (Colton Dunn) advice to stay out of it, and ends up throwing multiple relationships - both real and imagined - into chaos. Meanwhile, Glenn (Mark McKinney) resents Jonah (Ben Feldman) for outshining him during Cloud 9's Wellness Fair, and Dina (Lauren Ash) tries to prove that Amy faked an illness.
Powerless - "Emily Dates a Henchman" (NBC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
After being urged by her team, Emily (Vanessa Hudgens) sets her sights on the dating world but unknowingly falls for one of the Riddler's henchmen (guest star Robert Buckley). Meanwhile, Teddy (Danny Pudi) and Ron (Ron Funches) find a Batman artifact and discover Van's (Alan Tudyk) superhero fantasy. Christina Kirk also stars.
Baskets - "Marthager" (FX, 10:00PM ET/PT)
Martha books Chip a gig at a car crash.
Thursday, February 23
- John Travolta (Welcome Back, Kotter) - Catch John on a repeat of the 2015 Jimmy Kimmel Live: After the Oscars special at 11:35pm on ABC.
- Elijah Wood (Wilfred) - Elijah stops by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
- Aubrey Plaza (Parks and Recreation) - Aubrey visits The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
- Bradley Whitford (Trophy Wife) - Bradley is a guest on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS. He also talks about Get Out in the 9am hour. He appears on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 11:30am ET.
- Allison Williams (Girls) - Allison appears on Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
- Paul Scheer (The League/Fresh Off the Boat) - Paul visits Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC. He will also be on the AOL Build Show at 4:30pm.
- Rob Huebel (Transparent/Burning Love) - Rob drops by Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC. He will also be on the AOL Build Show at 4:30pm.
- Nick Kroll (The League/Cavemen) - Nick appears on The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
- Jermaine Fowler (Superior Donuts) - Jermaine is a guest on Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
- David Spade (Rules of Enagement/8 Simple Rules/Just Shoot Me!) - David appears on a repeat of Conan at 11pm on TBS.
- Norm Macdonald (The Norm Show/A Minute with Stan Hooper) - Norm is a guest on a repeat of Conan at 11pm on TBS.
- Rob Schneider (Real Rob/Rob/Men Behaving Badly) - Rob appears on a repeat of Conan at 11pm on TBS.
- David Duchovny (Californication) - David stops by Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
- Mary-Louise Parker (Weeds) - Mary-Louise is a guest on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am and on LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
- Mae Whitman (Arrested Development) - Mae appears on Harry, so check your local listings.
- NeNe Leakes (The New Normal) - NeNe guest co-hosts The Real, so check your local listings.
- Billy Gardell (Mike & Molly) - Billy joins the Chew Crew on ABC's The Chew at 1pm ET/12pm PT/CT.
- Holly Robinson Peete (Hangin' with Mr. Cooper/For Your Love) - Holly appears on Access Hollywood Live, so check your local listings.