Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Remembering Abe Vigoda, Antenna TV and Cozi TV to Pay Tribute; Love Is in the Air on Antenna TV This Valentine's Day

Abe Vigoda

Character actor Abe Vigoda, who was best known for his role as Detective Phil Fish in Barney Miller and its spinoff Fish, has died. He died on January 26 in his sleep at his daughter's home in Woodland Park, New Jersey. Mr. Vigoda was 94.

Barney Miller

Vigoda landed the role of Detective Phil Fish in Barney Miller in 1975. Fish was the senior detective on the squad of the 12th Precinct station. He was crotchety, near retirement and always suffering through some physical ailment, such as bladder problems and hemorrhoids. Fish was frequently on the phone dealing with a minor marital crisis with his wife, Bernice (Florence Stanley).

Vigoda was a regular on the show for the first three seasons. He retired from the police force in the second episode of the fourth season, though he returned for two guest appearances later in season four and season seven. Vigoda received Emmy nominations for "Outstanding Continuing Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series" in 1976-1977 and "Outstanding Single Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Comedy or Drama Series" in 1978.

Fish

Fish was such a popular character that he got his own spinoff series in 1977. Fish aired on ABC for two seasons from 1977-1978. It presented the domestic side of Fish's life, as he and his wife served as foster parents for a number of troubled children who were PINS (Persons in Need of Supervision). The series starred Florence Stanley, Lenny Bari, Todd Bridges, John Cassisi, Denise Miller, Sarah Nataolio and Barry Gordon.

Some of his other television guest appearances included Dark Shadows, Mannix, The Rookies, Toma, Hawaii Five-0, Kojak, Cannon, The Bionic Woman, Vega$, The Rockford Files, Fantasy Island, B.J. and the Bear, Superboy, Santa Barbara, MacGyver, Murder, She Wrote, Diagnosis Murder and Law & Order. His sitcom guest appearances included Love, American Style, The Love Boat, Harper Valley, P.T.A., Weird Science, Wings, Mad About You and Norm.

His best-known film role was that of elder mobster Salvatore Tessio in Francis Ford Coppola's The Godfather in 1972. He also appeared briefly in The Godfather Part II in a flashback sequence at the end of the film. Some of his other film credits included Newman's Law, The Cheap Detective, Cannonball Run II, Keaton's Cop, Look Who's Talking, Prancer, Joe Versus the Volcano, Sugar Hill, Jury Duty, Good Burger and Witness to the Mob.

Survivors include his daughter, Carol Vigoda Fuchs, three grandchildren, and a great-grandson.

Mr. Vigoda was a fine character actor. Fish was such a funny and memorable character. He lived a long, good life. He will be deeply missed.

Share your memories on our Barney Miller and Fish message boards. View photos in our galleres.

Remembering Abe Vigoda - Antenna TV

Antenna TV, Tribune Broadcasting's digital multicast channel will commemorate the life of actor Abe Vigoda with "Remembering Abe Vigoda: Barney Miller Marathon" a 12-episode/6 hour Barney Miller marathon airing on Saturday, January 30 from 4-10pm ET. Antenna TV, which this year expanded to clearances on 125 stations across the country (including 49 of the top 50 markets) reaching 88% of TV households, will air the following episodes of Barney Miller:

4p The Experience
4:30p Hair
5p Discovery
5:30p Fish
6p The Kid
6:30p The Mole
7p Evacuation
7:30p Smog Alert
8p Group Home
8:30p Burial
9p Goodbye, Mr. Fish (1)
9:30p Goodbye, Mr. Fish (2)

Barney Miller regularly airs on Antenna TV weekdays from 12-1am and on Saturdays from 9-10p ET.

This week Cozi TV honors Abe Vigoda, a beloved actor and gentle man who captured the hearts of audiences on and off the stage. Starting Wednesday night and continuing into the weekend we will air special episodes Abe appeared in on The Bionic Woman, Murder, She Wrote, and Fantasy Island. Join us in bidding a true gentleman farewell.

Posted by Cozi TV on Tuesday, January 26, 2016

This week Cozi TV honors Abe Vigoda, a beloved actor and gentle man who captured the hearts of audiences on and off the stage. Starting Wednesday night and continuing into the weekend they will air special episodes Abe appeared in on The Bionic Woman, Murder, She Wrote and Fantasy Island. Join them in bidding a true gentleman farewell.




Antenna TV

Sticking to Antenna TV, love is in the air this Valentine's Day on Antenna TV, Tribune Broadcasting's digital multicast channel. Antenna TV will celebrate the most romantic day of the year with 24-hours of romance themed episodes of your favorite classic TV programs beginning at 5am ET on Sunday, February 14. Antenna TV will air its schedule in regular pattern from 5am-5am ET with timeless TV episodes featuring struggles of the heart. Programming includes: The Burns and Allen Show, Doogie Howser, M.D., Evening Shade, Dear John, Family Ties, The Jack Benny Program, Gidget, My Mother the Car, Mister Ed, I Dream of Jeannie, Bewitched, Green Acres, The Monkees, The Partridge Family, Newhart, Three's Company, The Jeffersons, Alfred Hitchcock Presents and Johnny Carson.


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04/11 - Silicon Valley - The Complete Third Season (Blu-ray)
04/11 - Veep - The Complete Fifth Season
05/02 - Red, White and Blue Collar Sitcoms - Make TV Great Again
05/09 - ALF - The Complete DVD Collection
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05/09 - The Wayans Bros. - The Complete Second Season
05/16 - The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air - The Complete Series
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Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Monday, May 29

Kevin Can Wait - "Pilot" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Kevin James stars as a newly retired police officer looking forward to spending carefree, quality time with his wife and three kids, only to find he faces tougher challenges at home than he ever did on the streets.

Man with a Plan - "Adam Steps Up" (CBS, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
When Adam’s oldest daughter experiences a momentous occasion while Andi is unavailable, he tries to keep his cool and gingerly guide her through it. Also, Andi takes Emme and Teddy to the zoo, but instead gets stuck in traffic along with Emme’s annoying talking toy.

Superior Donuts - "Crime Time" (CBS, 9:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Franco encourages Arthur to increase his security when Fawz’s dry-cleaning store is robbed, but becomes concerned when Arthur buys a gun. Also, Tush offers Maya his personal approach to protecting herself.

2 Broke Girls - "And the Himmicane" (CBS, 9:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
When a hurricane approaches the area, Caroline fears that a big divorce party she’s planning for a wealthy couple will get broken up when the unhappy pair get stranded in close quarters at the dessert bar. Also, Max worries that Randy really did break up with her when she suspects he’s blocking her calls, and Oleg is jealous when Sophie is stuck at home during the storm with their handsome new “manny.”

American Dad - "Bazooka Steve" (TBS, 10:00PM ET/PT)
Steve becomes the town pariah after he convinces the star quarterback of the arena football team to stop playing; Roger forces Hayley to become a cab driver to pay him back for her gambling debts.

Angie Tribeca - "If You See Something, Solve Something" (TBS, 10:30PM ET/PT)
A naked woman crawls out of a child's backpack and doesn't remember a thing; Geils and Tanner track down a murderer on the run from prison.

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Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of May 29)

Monday, May 29

  • Bryan Cranston (Malcolm in the Middle) - Watch Bryan on a repeat of Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Patton Oswalt (The Goldbergs/The King of Queens) - Patton is a guest on a repeat of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Mayim Bialik (The Big Bang Theory/Blossom) - Mayim appears on a repeat of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • America Ferrera (Superstore) - America is a guest on a repeat of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Ike Barinholtz (The Mindy Project) - Ike appears on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Jenna Elfman (Imaginary Mary/Courting Alex/Accidentally on Purpose/Dharma & Greg) - Jenna is a guest on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Ricky Gervais (The Office) - Ricky visits LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Keesha Sharp (Are We There Yet?/Girlfriends) - Keesha appears on a repeat of Harry, so check your local listings.
  • The Love Boat Cast - The cast of The Love Boat reunites on NBC's Today in the 9am hour.
  • Mike Epps (Uncle Buck/Survivor's Remorse) - Mike is a guest a repeat of Steve Harvey, so check your local listings.