Friday, January 15, 2016

USA Network Brings Back Sitcom for Season 3; Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of January 18, 2016)

Playing House

Universal Cable Productions' critically-acclaimed sitcom Playing House will return to USA Network for a third season. The comedy is from Universal Cable Productions and is executive produced by series' stars Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham. Last season, Comcast and NBCUniversal introduced a new distribution model which allowed viewers to watch every episode of Playing House on Video-On-Demand (VOD) before it aired on USA Network. This not only gave the super fans early access to new episodes, but drove new viewers to the series. As a result, Playing House doubled its VOD audience from season one to season two and, based on the broad partnership with Comcast, the show was #3 on the XFINITY on Demand platform during its premiere month in August, beating all other broadcast and basic cable offerings.

The VOD episodes offered limited commercial breaks with custom branded spots, which were co-created by, and featured, St. Clair and Lennon. This new model offered the series' three signature sponsors -- Samsung, Toyota and Comcast -- premium placement across millions of multiplatform-connected homes and engaged the highly passionate community of fans among USA Network subscribers (USA Now apps, web, mobile, connected TV) as well as distribution partners' VOD and TV Everywhere platforms. The Playing House sponsorship enhanced campaign messaging for all three sponsors and brand favorability increased by as much at 15% among VOD viewers.

Building on the success of the season two distribution model, Comcast and NBCUniversal plan to launch Playing House with a similarly innovative windowing structure and sponsorship model when the show returns for season three. Frequently hailed as the new "Lucy and Ethel" or "Tina and Amy," St. Clair and Parham have emerged as a standout comedic duo. Critics hailed the series as "... next-level hilarious... " and "Punch-You-In-The-Gut Funny," making it one of USA's most talked about series. Childhood best friends Maggie Caruso (Parham, Parks and Recreation) and Emma Crawford (St. Clair, Bridesmaids), have shared countless adventures growing up in the charming town of Pinebrook, Conn. When Maggie discovered that her husband Bruce (Brad Morris, Seeking a Friend for the End of the World) was having an online affair, Emma gave up her burgeoning business career in China to stay in their hometown and help Maggie raise her baby. Now, Emma is forced to confront the past that she abruptly left behind thirteen years ago: her first love and local cop, Mark (Keegan-Michael Key, Key & Peele), her prim-and-proper mother (Jane Kaczmarek, Malcolm in the Middle) and a small town that she's never felt comfortable in. Key was recently nominated for a Critic's Choice Award for his role in Playing House.


It's Friday, so it is time for "Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows" for the coming week. This is where we list what sitcom stars are appearing on talk shows for the coming week, the stars are both current and past sitcom stars, so this is for all sitcom fans of all eras!
For the week of Jan. 18-22, 2016, we have many current sitcom stars and past sitcom stars on TV talk shows! All times listed are Eastern. So get your DVRs (or whatever you use) ready! Ready? Here is all what you need to know for the coming week!


Monday, January 18, 2016

  • Whitney Cummings (Whitney) - Watch Whitney on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Tracy Morgan (30 Rock/The Tracy Morgan Show) - Tracy appears on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Patricia Heaton (The Middle/Back to You/Everybody Loves Raymond) - Patricia visits The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Rob Corddry (Ballers/The Winner) - Rob is a guest on Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Justin Long (F Is for Family/Ed) - Justin appears on a repeat of The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Ron Funches (Undateable) - Ron is a guest on @midnight on Comedy Central at midnight.
  • Megan Mullally (Will & Grace/Breaking In) - Megan stops by Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Bridgit Mendler (Undateable/Good Luck Charlie) - Bridgit discusses Undateable on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Eva Longoria (Telenovela) - Eva is a guest on People Now.
  • Olivia Munn (Perfect Couples) - Olivia talks about Ride Along 2 on People Now.
  • Romany Malco (Mad Dogs) - Romany appears on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Mark McKinney (Superstore) - Mark visits Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Karen David (Galavant) - Karen is a guest on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Charlie Sheen (Anger Management/Two and a Half Men) - Could Charlie have bipolar disorder? Dr. Oz asks the tough questions. See what happens when Charlie is confronted with his mania. Is it pushing him to the behaviors that are far more dangerous for him than HIV? Check your local listings for The Dr. Oz Show.
  • Anson Williams (Happy Days) - Anson talks about his cookbook The Perfect Portion on NBC's Today in the 10am hour.
  • Mario Cantone (Sex and the City) - Mario is a guest on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 12:30pm ET.
Tuesday, January 19, 2016
  • Zach Galifianakis (Baskets) - Catch Zach on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Aubrey Plaza (Parks and Recreation) - Aubrey is a guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Chelsea Handler (Are You There, Chelsea?) - Chelsea appears on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC. She also talks about Chelsea Does on NBC's Today sometime between 7-9am.
  • Charlie Day (It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia) - Charlie is a guest on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Colin Hanks (Life in Pieces) - Colin appears on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Jenna Fischer (The Office) - Jenna visits Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Jane Lynch (Angel from Hell) - Jane stops by The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Patton Oswalt (The Goldbergs/The King of Queens) - Patton is a guest on @midnight on Comedy Central at midnight.
  • Judah Friedlander (30 Rock) - Judah appears on @midnight on Comedy Central at midnight.
  • Ariel Winter (Modern Family) - Ariel visits The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Sean Hayes (Will & Grace/Sean Saves the World) - Sean is a guest on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Keke Palmer (Scream Queens/True Jackson, VP) - Keke drops by The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Hilary Duff (Younger/Lizzie McGuire) and Sutton Foster (Younger) - Hilary and Sutton are guests on The Meredith Vieira Show, so check your local listings.
  • Valerie Bertinelli (Hot in Cleveland/One Day at a Time) - Valerie appears on People Now.
  • Ignacio Serricchio (Zoe Ever After) - Ignacio is a guest on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Josh Radnor (How I Met Your Mother) - Josh discusses his role in Mercy Street on the AOL Build Show at 12pm and on HuffPost Live at 1pm..
  • Romany Malco (Mad Dogs) - Romany discusses his role in Mad Dogs on the AOL Build Show.
  • Harry Hamlin (Mom) - Harry talks about his role on Mom on Access Hollywood Live, so check your local listings.
Wednesday, January 20, 2016
  • Dakota Johnson (Ben and Kate) - Watch Dakota on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Marlon Wayans (The Wayans Bros.) - Marlon drops by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC. He discusses Fifty Shades of Black on the AOL Build Show at 11am and HuffPost Live at 12pm.
  • Danny DeVito (It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia/Taxi) - Danny visits Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Whitney Cummings (Whitney) - Whitney appears on Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC. She discusses her upcoming HBO stand-up special I'm Your Girlfriend on NBC's Today in the 10am hour and on the AOL Build Show at 2pm.
  • J.K. Simmons (Growing Up Fisher/Family Tools) - J.K. is a guest on The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Gael Garcia Bernal (Mozart in the Jungle) - Gael visits Tavis Smiley on PBS, so check your local listings. He also discusses Mozart in the Jungle on the AOL Build Show at 4pm.
  • Jenna Fischer (The Office) - Jenna stops by Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo. She also chats about her new series You, Me and the Apocalypse on LIVE! with Kelly and Michael (check your listings) and the AOL Build Show at 12:30pm.
  • Josh Radnor (How I Met Your Mother) - Josh is a guest on LIVE! with Kelly and Michael, so check your listings.
  • Eve Plumb (The Brady Bunch) - Eve discusses her role in Grease: Live on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Jane Lynch (Angel from Hell) and Maggie Lawson (Angel from Hell/Back in the Game/It's All Relative) - Jane and Maggie are guests on Access Hollywood Live, so check your local listings.
  • J.B. Smoove (The Millers/'Til Death/Curb Your Enthusiasm) - J.B. discuss the fourth season of Four Courses, his stand-up career and roles in movies and on TV on HuffPost Live at 3:30pm.
Thursday, January 21, 2016
  • Sarah Silverman (The Sarah Silverman Program) - Catch Sarah on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Malin Akerman (Sin City Saints/Trophy Wife) - Malin is a guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Christian Slater (Breaking In) - Christian stops by The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Josh Radnor (How I Met Your Mother) - Josh visits The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Aubrey Plaza (Parks and Recreation) - Aubrey appears on Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC. She also talks about Dirty Grandpa on NBC's Today in the 9am hour.
  • Rashida Jones (Angie Tribeca/Parks and Recreation) - Rashida drops by The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Sean Hayes (Will & Grace/Sean Saves the World) - Sean is a guest on The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Marlon Wayans (The Wayans Bros.) - Marlon appears on Comedy Central's The Daily Show with Trevor Noah at 11pm, Tavis Smiley on PBS (check your local listings) and The Wendy Williams Show at 12am on BET or on your local stations.
  • Eva Longoria (Telenovela) - Eva drops by Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Laurie Metcalfe (The McCarthys/The Big Bang Theory/Roseanne) - Laurie appears on Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
  • Zendaya (K.C. Undercover/Shake It Up) - Zendaya discusses the season finale of K.C. Undercover on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Kelsey Grammer (Frasier/Cheers/Hank) - Kelsey talks about his return to the Broadway production Finding Neverland on LIVE! with Kelly and Michael, so check your listings.
  • Chelsea Handler(Are You There, Chelsea?) - Chelsea stops by The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Colin Hanks (Life in Pieces) - Colin gives the scoop on Life in Pieces on Rachael Ray, so check your local listings.
  • Will Smith (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air) - Will is a guest on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am.
  • Anna Faris (Mom) - Anna will be on HuffPost Live at 11:30am.
Friday, January 22, 2016
  • David Duchovny (Californication) - Catch David on a repeat of Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Rashida Jones (Angie Tribeca/Parks and Recreation/The Office) - Rashida is a guest on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Justin Bartha (The New Normal/Teachers) - Justin appears on a repeat of The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Jane Kaczmarek (Malcolm in the Middle) - Jane guest co-hosts The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Whitney Cummings (Whitney) - Whitney appears on The Wendy Williams Show at 12am on BET or on your local stations. She gives the scoop on her new HBO stand-up special I'm Your Girlfriend on Rachael Ray, so check your local listings.
  • Romany Malco (Mad Dogs) - Romany joins the Chew Crew on ABC's The Chew at 1pm ET/12pm PT/CT.
  • Gage Golightly (Red Oaks/The Troop) - Gage is a guest on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Michael Ian Black (The Jim Gaffigan Show/Ed) - Michael talks about the Easiest Game Show Ever on NBC's Today in the 9am hour.
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New on DVD/Blu-ray (December/January)

American Dad! - Volume 11 Newhart - The Complete Seventh Season I Love Lucy - Superstar Special #2 (Colorized) The Love Boat - Season Three - Volume Two Hooperman - Season One

12/06 - Family Guy - Season Fourteen
12/13 - American Dad! - Volume 11
12/13 - Newhart - The Complete Seventh Season
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
01/24 - Hooperman - Season Two
01/31 - Ballers - The Complete Second Season (Blu-ray)
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Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Monday, January 16

Kevin Can Wait - "Kevin vs. the Dutch Elm" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT)
As Kevin tries to charm his neighbor into giving him permission to cut down one of her trees, he becomes intimidated by her imposing son, Rutger (retired MMA Fighter and UFC Heavyweight Champion Bas Rutten), and invites them over for a non-existent party.

Man with a Plan - "A Dinner Gone Wrong" (CBS, 8:30PM ET/PT)
When Andi and Marcy realize they were rivals in high school, Adam and Don are dragged into the feud and forced to take sides.

2 Broke Girls - "And the Stalking Dead" (CBS, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Max and Caroline get their big break when they’re cast as zombie extras after they finally arrive at the movie set in Texas where Randy is working. Back at home, Han and Oleg try their hand at construction after they fire the contractor working on the dessert bar. Beth Littleford guest stars as Bonnie, the assistant director of the zombie movie.

The Odd Couple - "Batman vs. The Penguin" (CBS, 9:30PM ET/PT)
Murph gets Oscar to agree to participate in a regular TV segment where he competes with a penguin at the zoo to predict the winners of hockey games. Also, Emily and Felix take their first steps to becoming just friends. Former professional hockey player Luc Robitaille guest stars as himself.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of January 16)

Monday, January 16

  • Michael Strahan (Brothers) - Watch Michael on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • B.J. Novak (The Office) - B.J. visits Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • John Hodgman (Married) - John is a guest on @midnight on Comedy Central at midnight.
  • Eugene Mirman (Bob's Burgers) - Eugene appears on @midnight on Comedy Central at midnight.
  • Mark Consuelos (Hope & Faith) - Mark guest co-hosts LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
  • Tituss Burgess (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt) - Tituss will be on CBS This Morning sometime between 7-9am.
  • Margo Martindale (The Millers) - Margo chats on Rachael Ray, so check your local listings.
  • Craig Robinson (Mr. Robinson/The Office) - Craig is a guest on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 12:30pm ET.
  • Michael Keaton (Working Stiffs/All's Fair) - Michael talks about The Founder on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am.
  • Mario Lopez (Saved by the Bell/Saved by the Bell: The College Years) - Mario appears on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am.
  • Kaitlin Olson (The Mick/It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia) - Kaitlin is a guest on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.