Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Sitcom Stars and More on Celebrity Family Feud on ABC; TBS Series Search Party Adds Big Names

Steve Harvey - Celebrity Family Feud

The primetime summer hit Celebrity Family Feud, produced by FremantleMedia North America, returns for a second season on Sunday, June 26, 2016 at 8:00pm, on the ABC Television Network. Steve Harvey, the highly popular multi-hyphenate standup comedian, actor, author, deejay and Emmy Award-winning game show host, will pit celebrities and their families against each other in a contest to name the most popular responses to a survey-type question posed to 100 people. The 10-episode series will kick off ABC's Sunday Fun & Games Night block alongside Match Game with Alec Baldwin and The $100,000 Pyramid with Michael Strahan beginning on Sunday, June 26 (8:00-11:00 p.m. EDT). In each episode of Celebrity Family Feud, celebrity families, and their immediate family members or their extended TV families, will compete against each other to win money for charity. Each team will be made up of a celebrity captain, with four relatives or friends playing along. The winning celebrity team will be given a chance to win up to $25,000 to donate to a charity of their choice.

Following are the celebrities on tap for this season:

Kellie Pickler - Country music recording artist, star of the CMT hit reality show I Love Kellie Pickler, American Idol alum, Dancing with the Stars 2013 champion and eight-time USO Tour veteran will be playing for United Service Organizations, Inc.
VERSUS
Lance Bass – Singer, host, actor, producer, entrepreneur, philanthropist and writer, most well-known as being a member of the multi-platinum pop boy band *NSYNC will be playing for Lucky Puppy Animal Rescue

Snoop Dogg - Rapper and actor who has sold over twenty-one million albums in the United States and thirty-five million albums worldwide will be playing for the Snoop Youth Football League
VERSUS
Sugar Ray Leonard - Boxing Olympic gold medalist and legendary sports icon of the 20th century. In 2009, Leonard and his wife Bernadette started the Sugar Ray Leonard Foundation, supporting the life-changing programs at the Center for Endocrinology, Diabetes, & Metabolism at Children's Hospital Los Angeles and will be playing for this foundation

AFC Offense - playing for Active Minds
o Brandon Marshall — New York Jets wide receiver
o Steve Smith Jr. — Baltimore Ravens wide receiver
o Amari Cooper — Oakland Raiders wide receiver
o Jeremy Hill —Cincinnati Bengals running back
o Marcus Cannon — New England Patriots tackle
VERSUS
NFC Defense - playing for Got Your 6 (Be The Change, Inc.)
o Thomas Davis — Carolina Panthers linebacker
o Terrance Knighton — Washington Redskins defensive tackle
o Tyrann Mathieu — Arizona Cardinals defensive back
o Malcolm Jenkins — Philadelphia Eagles safety
o Cliff Avril — Seattle Seahawks defensive end

AFC Defense -- playing for Still Strong Foundation (aka Michael's Way)
o AJ Hawk — Cincinnati Bengals linebacker
o Tamba Hali — Kansas City Chiefs defensive end
o Malcolm Smith — Oakland Raiders linebacker
o Von Miller — Denver Broncos linebacker
o Melvin Ingram — San Diego Chargers linebacker
VERSUS
NFC Offense - playing for Professional Athletes Foundation
o Joe Staley — San Francisco 49ers offensive lineman
o Teddy Bridgewater — Minnesota Vikings quarterback
o David Johnson — Arizona Cardinals running back
o Marvin Jones — Detroit Lions wide receiver
o Pierre Garcon — Washington Redskins wide receiver

The Bachelors - playing for Girls Inc.
o Shawn Booth — Kaitlyn Bristowe's fiancĂ© from Season 11 of The Bachelorette
o Tanner Tolbert — Met and fell in love with Jade Roper in last summer's Bachelor in Paradise and they married in 2016
o Ben Zorn – One of Kaitlyn's bachelors from Season 11 of The Bachelorette
o Chris Strandburg – One of Kaitlyn's bachelors from Season 11 of The Bachelorette
o Ben Higgins – The Bachelor currently in Season 20
VERSUS
The Bachelorettes - playing for Stomp out Bullying
o Kaitlyn Bristowe – The Bachelorette from Season 11, currently engaged to Shawn Booth
o Jade Tolbert —Met and fell in love with Tanner Tolbert in last summer's Bachelor in Paradise and they married in 2016
o Ashley Iaconetti – One of Chris Soules' bachelorettes from Season 19
o Sara Herron — One of Sean Lowe's bachelorettes from Season 17
o Andi Dorfman— The Bachelorette from Season 10

Garrett Morris - Part of the original cast of Saturday Night Live in 1975; currently plays Earl on the CBS hit-comedy 2 Broke Girls and will be playing for the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
VERSUS
Alfonso Ribeiro - Actor, television director, dancer, and game show host known for the sitcoms Silver Spoons and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, as well as host of America's Funniest Home Videos will be playing for the Fresh Start Surgical Gifts. Rick Schroder – Actor and film director who debuted in the film The Champ and child star on the sitcom Silver Spoons will be on the team.

Ernie Hudson – Actor, best known for the 1984 film Ghostbusters. He currently stars in the Netflix series Grace & Frankie and will be playing for the Union Rescue Mission in downtown LA
VERSUS
NeNe Leakes – Fan favorite on Bravo's highly rated reality show Real Housewives of Atlanta, co-host on E!s Fashion Police and stars in ABC's upcoming To Tell the Truth. NeNe is playing for the Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS

Professional Boxers' Showdown #1 - Playing for Padres Contra El Cancer
o Joe Goossen – Renowned boxing manager and two-time Hall of Fame inductee (California Boxing Hall of Fame and World Boxing Hall of Fame) and owner of the Ten Goose Boxing Gym in Van Nuys, CA
o Victor Ortiz – Boxer and former WBC welterweight champion that held titles in the light welterweight division of the USBA and NABO
o Rafael Ruelas – Licensed realtor and Former IBF Lightweight World Champion with a final record of 53 Wins, 4 Losses and 42
knockouts; trained by Joe Goossen his whole boxing career.
o Lamon Brewster – Boxer and former WBO world heavy weight champion, best known for scoring a knockout victory over Wladimir Klitschko in 2004
o Ray Mercer – Boxer and former WBO heavyweight champion who boxed from 1989 to 2008
VERSUS
Professional Boxers' Showdown #2 - Playing for Common Ground Foundation Inc.
o Robert Garcia – Manager and former IBF super featherweight champion; voted Trainer of the Year by The Ring magazine in 2011 and by the Boxing Writers Association of America in 2012
o "Sugar" Shane Mosley – Boxer and former three-weight class world champion, held IBF lightweight title, the WBC and WBA (Super) welterweight titles, and the WBC, WBA (Super) and The Ring magazine light middleweight titles
o James Toney – Boxer and former three-weight class world champion, held the IBF middleweight, super middleweight and cruiserweight titles
o Mikey Garcia – Boxer and former WBO champion, The Ring magazine featherweight champion, and WBO super featherweight champion
o Chris Byrd – Boxer and two-time world heavyweight champion; held the WBO and IBF titles

Melissa Joan Hart – Actress, director and producer known for her roles in Clarissa Explains It All, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Melissa & Joey and will be playing for Friends of Cas, Inc.
VERSUS
Paul Sorvino – Actor best known for his role as Pauley from the hit film Goodfellas will be playing for the John Ritter Foundation.

Jalen Rose – Current ESPN/ABC analyst and former NBA star who played for the Denver Nuggets, Indiana Pacers, Chicago Bulls, Toronto Raptors, New York Knicks and Phoenix Suns over the course of his 13-year career; best known for being a member of the Michigan "Fab Five" and playing for the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy c/o Operation Graduation
VERSUS
Dave Foley – Comedian, actor and founding member of the comedy troupe Kids in the Hall, also known for his roles in NewsRadio, A Bug's Life, ABC's Dr. Ken and playing for Fact Alliance

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Models -- Playing for Happy Hearts Fund
o Nina Agdal – Sports Illustrated cover girl for 50th Anniversary magazine and SI's 2012 Rookie of the Year
o Samantha Hoopes – Three-time SI Swimsuit model
o Tanya Mityushina –2016 SI Swimsuit rookie
o Robyn Lawley – Two-time SI Swimsuit model; body positivity activist, author and swimwear designer
o Hannah Ferguson –Three-time SI Swimsuit model
VERSUS
Verizon IndyCar Drivers - Playing for The Indy Family Foundation
o Helio Castroneves – Three-time Indy 500 champion and Team Penske driver; won coveted Mirror Ball trophy during season five of Dancing With the Stars
o Tony "TK" Kanaan –2013 Indy 500 winner and Chip Ganassi Racing Team driver; triathlete and IronMan competitor
o James “Hinch” Hinchcliffe – Returned to racing this season in the No. 5 car for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports after suffering life-threatening injuries from a practice crash during the 2015 Indianapolis 500
o Will Power – The 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series champion and Castroneves’ teammate at Team Penske; recently penned an autobiography entitled "The Sheer Force of Will Power"
o Conor Daly – Rookie from Indianapolis competing in his first full Verizon IndyCar Series driving the #18 car for Dale Coyne Racing ; son of former IndyCar and Formula One driver Derek Daly

Paula Deen - Celebrity chef and cooking show television host. She has sold over 11 million copies of her 14 cookbooks and is playing for Paula Deen's The Bag Lady Foundation
VERSUS
Carson Kressley - Emmy-winning television star, celebrity stylist, NY Times bestselling author and fashion designer and is playing for the Al D. Rodriguez Foundation

Laila Ali – Undefeated four-time world champion boxer and a semi-finalist in season four of Dancing With the Stars, two-time Food Network Chopped champion, currently writing a cookbook, competing on new season of Celebrity Apprentice and playing for Peace4Kids
VERSUS
Alana Stewart – Actress and producer known for Farrah's Story, George & Alana and I'm a Celebrity, Get Me out of Here! is playing for the Farrah Fawcett Foundation with George Hamilton – Actor and Golden Globe recipient, known for Love at First Bite and Where the Boys Are and Ashley Hamilton – George's son.

Sheryl Underwood – Co-host of The Talk, contributor on the Steve Harvey Morning Show, CEO of Pack Rat Production, Inc., Pack Rat Foundation For Education, Inc., and 23rd International President of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., and is playing for the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc.'s National Education Foundation
VERSUS
Gus Kenworthy - 2012 Olympic Silver Medalist and a five-time World Freeskiing Champion on the Association of Freeskiing Professionals (AFP) World Tour. Won four medals at the X Games and European X Games in 2016 and is playing for the Happy Hippie Foundation

Todd Chrisley - Patriarch of the Chrisley family, star and executive producer of Chrisley Knows Best on USA Network and playing for Generosity.org
VERSUS
Sara Evans – Grammy-nominated, multi-platinum country singer with five #1 radio hits; CMA and ACM award recipient and playing for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

Giuliana Rancic - Queen of the red carpet and host of Fashion Police, New York Times bestselling author, has a clothing line called G by Giuliana on HSN and wine called XO, G and is playing for Fab-U-Wish (The Pink Agenda, Inc.). Among the family members will be husband Bill Rancic.
VERSUS
The Band Perry - playing for Teen Cancer America o Neil Perry (team captain) – Youngest member of The Band Perry; handles mandolin, bouzouki, and vocals o Reid Perry – Middle child and bassist of The Band Perry o Kimberly Perry – The Band Perry's front-woman who wrote the group's breakthrough single and fourth best-selling country single of all time, "If I Die Young"

Tony Hawk - Professional skateboarder, entrepreneur, owner of skateboard company Birdhouse and playing for the Tony Hawk Foundation
VERSUS
Joely Fisher - Golden Globe nominated actress and former Miss Golden Globe, best known for her roles on Ellen, the Disney hit Inspector Gadget, her 4 seasons as Brad Garrett’s saucy wife on the Fox hit 'Til Death, and currently on ABC's Last Man Standing as Wendi. Joely is playing for the International Fund for Animal Welfare, Inc.

Alan Thicke - Best known as the father on Growing Pains. Recently toured in the musical, Toy Shoppe, and recent TV appearances on Unusually Thicke, Scream Queens and Grandfathered will be playing for The Alan Thicke Centre for Juvenile Diabetes Research
VERSUS
David Chokachi – Actor/dad/environmental enthusiast, best known for his role as Cody Madison on Baywatch. Starred in the TV series Witchblade and Beyond The Break, and has made several movie appearances and is playing for the Surfrider Foundation

Rico Rodriguez – Actor and four-time SAG award winner best known as Manny Delgado in the five-time Emmy Award-winning comedy Modern Family is playing for Fiestas Patrias Mexicanos of B/CS, Texas. His sister Raini Rodriguez - Actress and director starring in the Disney Channel comedy Austin & Ally and the Paul Blart: Mall Cop movies is among the family members.
VERSUS
Jaleel White - Star of classic '90s sitcom Family Matters, competitor on season 14 of Dancing with the Stars and host of A Total Blackout will be playing for the Los Angeles Mission

Tommy Davidson – Stand-up comedian and actor best known for his work on the hit show In Living Color, and movies Booty Call and Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls is playing for the Down Syndrome Foundation of Florida
VERSUS
Kristi Yamaguchi - Olympic Figure Skating Gold medalist, founder of the Always Dream Foundation and founder of Tsu.ya Active Wear is playing for the Always Dream Foundation


Search Party

TBS's Search Party has added several key players to an already stellar cast. Oscar® nominee Rosie Perez (Pineapple Express, Fearless), Golden Globe® nominee Ron Livingston (Office Space, The Conjuring), Golden Globe nominee Parker Posey (Best in Show) and Christine Taylor (Zoolander) have been cast as recurring guest stars on the comedic mystery from TBS, a division of Turner. In addition, Brandon Micheal Hall (Broad City, The Characters) has been named a series regular. Slated to premiere in late 2016, Search Party is a dark comedy about four self-absorbed 20-somethings who become entangled in an ominous mystery when a former college acquaintance named Chantal suddenly disappears. Led by Alia Shawkat (Arrested Development), the cast of Search Party features an ensemble of young comic actors, including John Early, John Reynolds and Meredith Hagner.

As a series regular, Hall plays Julian, Dory's journalist ex-boyfriend who seeks the truth no matter who it hurts. Perez's recurring role casts her as Lorraine, a realtor whose life may be in peril for knowing too much about the missing girl. Livingston is set to play Keith, a private detective who takes Shawkat's Dory under his wing in the hunt for the missing Chantal. Posey plays Brick, the head of an artisanal boutique which turns out to be much more sinister than expected. And Taylor is set to play Gail, Dory's bored and wealthy employer who revels in getting the scoop on her hunt for Chantal.


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 2

Last Man Standing - "Precious Snowflakes" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Mandy chooses local-celebrity Mike as the speaker for her business school’s graduation. After learning that the school requires his speech to be PC and micro-agression free, Mike decides whether or not to play by the rules. Meanwhile, Eve’s friend Cammy (Sarah Gilman) is home from college, bragging about how fantastic her new life has been, leaving Eve feeling slightly fruitless and discouraged.

Dr. Ken - "D.K's New Girlfriend" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
When D.K. overhears Allison complain about him overstaying his welcome, he decides to move in with his girlfriend of three weeks. Meanwhile, Pat wants Dave to pretend he’s his adopted son; and Allison is convinced Molly wants to talk about something when she suggests they do a spa day, but the tables turn when Molly is the one doling out the advice.

I Love Lucy - "I Love Lucy Christmas Special" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT)
The I LOVE LUCY CHRISTMAS SPECIAL features “The Christmas Episode” and the newly colorized “Lucy Gets in Pictures.” Both were colorized with a vintage look, a nod to the 1950s period in which the shows were filmed. The main titles and end credits of the two episodes are seamlessly combined into one set at the beginning and end of the hour, with no interruption between the episodes.

“The Christmas Episode” finds the Ricardos and Mertzes decorating Lucy and Ricky’s Christmas tree and reminiscing about how their lives have changed since the arrival of the Ricardos’ son, Little Ricky (Keith Thibodeaux). Flashbacks recall the night Lucy tells Ricky she is pregnant, the time Lucy shows up unexpectedly as part of a barbershop quartet and the day Ricky and the Mertzes rehearse taking Lucy to the maternity ward.

“The Christmas Episode” was first broadcast on CBS in December 1956. The episode was not included in the series’ long history of rebroadcasts, first on CBS Daytime and later in syndication. Thought to be lost, CBS rediscovered the episode in 1989.

In the newly colorized “Lucy Gets in Pictures,” Lucy’s lifelong dream of appearing in a motion picture seems to have come true when Ricky arranges for her to play a showgirl in a new musical. Unfortunately, the enormous feathered headdress she is expected to wear as she descends a staircase proves to be too cumbersome. After numerous mishaps on the stairs, the musical’s frustrated director (Lou Krugman) decides to make a change.

“Lucy Gets in Pictures” was originally broadcast Feb. 21, 1955, and was an immediate favorite not only of viewers, but of Lucille Ball herself. She restaged the famous headdress scene, again with Krugman, in the 1962 CBS special, “Opening Night,” and in 1965 in a slightly modified form, this time with actor Danny Thomas, in her second CBS series, “The Lucy Show.”

Liv and Maddie: Cali Style - "Cali Christmas-a-Rooney" (Disney Channel, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Maddie gets upset that she can't be in Wisconsin for Christmas, so Liv helps cheer her up.

Girl Meets World - "Girl Meets a Christmas Maya" (Disney Channel, 8:30PM ET/PT)
As Christmas approaches, Riley gets excited to celebrate her favorite holiday, but for Maya, the holidays only bring back unhappy memories from her childhood.

Bunk'd - "How the Griff Stole Christmas" (Disney Channel, 8:00PM ET/PT)
The holidays arrive at Camp Kikiwaka with everyone in good spirits -- except for Griff.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of November 28)

Friday, December 2

  • Chelsea Handler (Are You There, Chelsea?) - Watch Chelsea on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • John Goodman (Roseanne/Normal, Ohio) - John appears on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Andrew Rannells (Girls/The New Normal) - Andrew is a guest on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Holland Taylor (Two and a Half Men/The Powers That Be/Bosom Buddies) - Holland chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Melissa Rauch (The Big Bang Theory) - Melissa appears on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Busy Philipps (Vice Principals/Cougar Town) - Busy guest co-hosts LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
  • Randall Park (Fresh Off the Boat) - Randall stops by LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
  • Scott Patterson (Aliens in America) - Scott is a guest on Rachael Ray, so check your local listings.
  • Kevin Quinn (Bunk'd) - Kevin appears on People Now at 8:30am.
  • Miss Piggy (The Muppets) - NBC's Today catches up with Miss Piggy in the 10am hour.
  • Gaby Hoffmann (Transparent/Someone Like Me) - Gaby appears on Chelsea on Netflix.