Monday, April 18, 2016

TV Land Throwing Shade in Late Night; UP Gets AFV

Throwing Shade

TV Land is getting into the late night game with a series pickup for Throwing Shade, the hit podcast and Funny Or Die video series, with a 10-episode order, slated to premiere in January 2017 in the 11pm ET/PT timeslot. The political and pop culture late night show, which will have a live audience, stars Erin Gibson (Parks and Recreation, Kroll Show) and Bryan Safi (Modern Family, Superstore) as themselves and will bring their unique perspective to the hottest topics of today, from feminism and gay rights to the latest celebrity nonsense. Creators Gibson and Safi launched Throwing Shade as a podcast in 2011, a yearly, multi-city, sold-out touring stage show in 2012, and in 2013, Funny Or Die picked it up for a video series. The TV Land show will be executive produced by Gibson and Safi, as well as Funny Or Die's Andrew Steele, Anna Wenger and Joe Farrell, and Charlie Siskel (Review, Tosh.0) will executive produce and serve as showrunner.

Throwing Shade is the latest in a series of projects that are reinventing TV Land into a destination for contemporary, fresh original programming. The network recently announced a pilot script order for a TV anthology series based on the 1989 cult film Heathers, and pilot orders for a comedy called Nobodies, from executive producers Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone, an adaptation of The First Wives Club from Sex and the City's Jenny Bicks and New Girl's Rebecca Addelman, and an untitled project based on the real life of Kyle Richards (The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills) from multiple Emmy(R) Award-winners John Wells (Shameless, The West Wing) and John Riggi (30 Rock).


America's Funniest Home Videos

UP TV, the network dedicated to providing engaging entertainment for and about families, announced today it has licensed the off-network rights to seasons 20-25 of the iconic family series America's Funniest Home Videos, the show that invented the viral video, providing viewers with hysterical moments and real life blunders that fly by at a dizzying pace. America's Funniest Home Videos made its UP premiere with a marathon on Saturday, April 9 (aired 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. EDT). Episodes also aired on Sunday, April 10 from 1 to 6 p.m. EDT and now it appears throughout UP's daily schedule. The new series represents a major addition to UP's already robust collection of original and popular hit family series, which includes Bringing Up Bates, Gilmore Girls, Supernanny, Growing Pains, The Parkers and more. UP has licensed 138 episodes of America's Funniest Home Videos in an agreement with the Disney/ABC Television Group.

Seasons 20-25 of AFV were hosted by Tom Bergeron, who is now the long-time host of Dancing with the Stars. America's Funniest Home Videos is the longest-running primetime entertainment show in the history of ABC. The show has become an iconic part of American pop culture, as evidenced by its entry into the Smithsonian’s permanent entertainment collection. Currently in its 26th season on ABC, America's Funniest Home Videos has given away over $14 million in prize money to date and evaluated more than a million video clips from home viewers. The show is produced by Vin Di Bona Productions. Vin Di Bona and Michele Nasraway serve as executive producers.


New on DVD/Blu-ray (October/November)

Dr. Ken - Season One Mike & Molly - The Complete Sixth and Final Season Family Matters - The Complete Ninth Season The Lucy Show - The Complete Series The Mindy Project - Season Four

10/04 - The Andy Griffith Show - The Christmas Special (Colorized)
10/04 - I Love Lucy - Superstar Special #1 (Colorized)
10/11 - Dr. Ken - Season One
10/11 - Mike & Molly - The Complete Sixth and Final Season
10/11 - Mike & Molly - The Complete Series
10/11 - Nurse Jackie - Seasons One and Two
10/11 - Weeds - Seasons One and Two
11/01 - Schitt's Creek - Seasons One and Two
11/08 - Family Matters - The Complete Ninth Season
11/08 - Your Family or Mine - Season One
11/15 - Community - The Complete Series
11/15 - The Lucy Show - The Complete Series
11/15 - The Mindy Project - Season Four
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Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Friday, December 9

Last Man Standing - "Help Wanted" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Since losing her teaching job, Vanessa has been spending her time hovering over the family, and it’s driving everyone nuts. Over at Kristin and Ryan’s house, Ryan and Kyle are wrapped-up in a zombie face-off to determine who knows the most about zombies and how to survive an apocalypse. Unable to land a new gig, Vanessa becomes discouraged, but Mike does everything he can to get her back doing what she loves.

Dr. Ken - "Ken's Apology" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
When Ken wants to apologize to a patient for missing an important medical detail, Pat advises against it, and the situation gets out of hand. Meanwhile, D.K. shakes things up at Dave’s parent/teacher conference.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of December 5)

Friday, December 9

  • Olivia Munn (Perfect Couples) - Watch Olivia on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS. She will also be on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Tom Papa (Come to Papa) - Tom is a guest on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Kevin Nealon (Man with a Plan/Weeds/Hiller and Diller/Champs) - Kevin appears on LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
  • Bella Thorne (Shake It Up) - Bella is a guest on a repeat of Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Sarah Michelle Gellar (The Crazy Ones) - Sarah whips up a delicious treat on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Richard Kind (Spin City/Mad About You) - Richard is a guest on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 12:30pm ET.
  • Jennifer Aniston (Friends) - Jennifer appears on Chelsea on Netflix.