Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Upfront Update: Fox Orders 6 New Series for 2016-17; Remembering William Schallert from The Patty Duke Show


The network upfronts are next week, but Fox has announced series orders for six new series, including two new comedies (both single-camera). Starting with the comedies, they have ordered Making History, which chronicles three friends from two different centuries as they try to balance the thrill of time travel with the mundane concerns of their present-day lives. Two shows in one, it's both a rollicking historical adventure, and a contemporary comedy about love, friendship and trying to fit in to an increasingly complex and impersonal world. Adam Pally and Leighton Meester star. In the other comedy, The Mick, Murphy (Kaitlin Olson) is a brash, blue collar, two-bit hustler who has spent her entire life gaming the system and shirking any semblance of responsibility. But when her estranged sister and billionaire brother-in-law flee the country to escape federal charges, the opulent, care-free life Mickey has always envied is finally within reach... But there is one minor catch: she must assume custody of her sister's three rich, entitled, high-maintenance children.

The four new dramas are APB, The Exorcist, Lethal Weapon and Pitch. Stars for these dramas include Justin Kirk, Natalie Martinez, Eric Winter and Ernie Hudson in APB; Geena Davis in The Exorcist; Damon Wayans, Clayne Crawford, Jordana Brewster and Keesha Sharp in Lethal Weapon; and Kylie Bunbury, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Ali Larter, Mark Consuelos, and Dan Lauria in Pitch. These four dramas join the previously ordered to series 24: Legacy and Star. Stay with us for continued updates, as the networks continue to order the new series prior to the scheduling announcements next week.

William Schallert

Character actor William Schallert, who starred as Martin Lane in The Patty Duke Show, has died. He died on May 8 at his home in Pacific Palisades, California. Mr. Schallert was 93.

Schallert's early sitcom guest appearances included It's a Great Life, Blondie, Leave it to Beaver, Hey, Jeannie!, The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show, Father Knows Best, The Donna Reed Show, The Andy Griffith Show, Hennesey and The Dick Van Dyke Show.

Some of his early drama guest appearances included The Adventures of Jim Bowie, Maverick, Peter Gunn, Wanted: Dead or Alive, Philip Marlowe, Lawman, The Twilight Zone, Johnny Ringo, The Rifleman, The Rebel and Perry Mason.

Schallert appeared as Leander Pomfritt, Dobie's English and science teacher at his high school and later one of his college professors, in 24 episodes of The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis from 1959-1962. He appeared in the recurring role through the end of season three. He reprised the role in the 1988 CBS TV movie Bring Me the Head of Dobie Gillis.

William Schallert and Patty Duke

He starred as Martin Lane, Patty Lane's (Patty Duke) father, in The Patty Duke Show. Martin Lane was the managing editor of the New York Daily Chronicle. The series ran for three seasons on ABC from 1963-1966. It also starred Jean Byron, Paul O'Keefe and Eddie Applegate. The cast reunited in the 1999 CBS TV movie The Patty Duke Show: Still Rockin' in Brooklyn Heights. In 2009, the cast (except Byron, who died in February 2006) reunited again for a series of PSAs for the Social Security Administration.

Some of his other sitcom starring roles included playing Teddy Futterman, a TV network executive, in the short-lived 1976 ABC sitcom The Nancy Walker Show. He starred as Russ Lawrence, Gidget's father, in the 1986-1988 syndicated sitcom The New Gidget. He appeared as Wesley Hodges in the first season of the NBC sitcom The Torkelsons in 1991-1992.

His other 1960s and 1970s sitcom guest appearances included Hazel, McKeever & the Colonel, Ensign O'Toole, The Lucy Show, Pistols 'n' Petticoats, Bewitched, That Girl, Room 222, Get Smart, The Partridge Family, Love, American Style, Maude, One Day at a Time and Archie Bunker's Place. His later guest appearances included The New Leave it to Beaver, Murphy Brown, Parker Lewis Can't Lose, Coach, Roseanne, Dream On, My Name Is Earl, How I Met Your Mother and According to Jim. His final appearance was on 2 Broke Girls in 2014.

He starred as Carson Drew, Nancy Drew's father, in The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries in 1977-1978. In 1979, he starred as Rev. John March in the short-lived NBC drama Little Women. He played Harry Hopkins in the 1988-1989 ABC miniseries War and Remembrance.

Some of his other drama guest appearances included The Virginian, Mission: Impossible, Star Trek, The Wild Wild West, Mod Squad, Hawaii Five-O, Gunsmoke, The Six Million Dollar Man, The Bionic Woman, Little House on the Prairie, The Waltons, Lou Grant, Magnum, P.I., Highway to Heaven, Quantum Leap, In the Heat of the Night, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Desperate Housewives.

Survivors include his sons Edwin, Joseph, Mark and Brendan and seven grandchildren.

The Archive of American Television conducted an extensive interview with him on February 29, 2012.

It's sad that we have lost Patty Duke and her TV father in the last two months. Mr. Schallert was a fine character actor. He may have not been a household name, but his face was recognizable in his hundreds of television appearances during his prolific career. We thank him for the many hours of entertainment he brought us. He will be greatly missed.

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Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Tuesday, October 25

The Middle - "Halloween VIII: The Heckoning" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
As Halloween approaches, Frankie is taken aback when she discovers that, if the circumstances ever arose where she and Mike got divorced, the kids would all choose to live with Mike. Meanwhile, Sue tries everything in her power to get her room back from Brick, and having to be so nice around girlfriend April all of the time leads Axl to lash out at his family.

American Housewife - "Westport Zombies" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Katie, jealous of Taylor’s friendship with neighbor Viv (Leslie Bibb), reluctantly competes in the Westport Halloween “Zombie Run” after she finds out they’ll both be running. Meanwhile, Greg and Anna-Kat get a little too much in character for the “zombie” part of the run’s obstacle course.

Fresh Off the Boat - "Louisween" (ABC, 9:00PM ET/PT)
It’s Louis’ favorite holiday, and he makes every attempt to scare Jessica into the Halloween spirit, but she is buried in her word processor, drafting her first horror novel. Meanwhile, Emery and Evan debate costume choices, and Eddie and his crew are excited to party with high schoolers at Nicole’s house.

The Real O'Neals - "The Real Halloween" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
When Halloween arrives, or what Kenny refers to as “the gay Super Bowl,” he plans to go to Boystown to watch the festive costume parade. In an effort to prevent Kenny from attending, Eileen agrees to let him throw his own Halloween party at home. Eileen’s tolerance is ultimately tested when Kenny recruits Stuart and his gay friends to join the big party, and he makes a BIG costume change. Meanwhile, Jimmy and Shannon plan to pull off an epic Halloween prank.

Atlanta - "Junteenth" (FX, 10:00PM ET/PT)
Why my Auntie trying to make me go to one of these bougie Junteenth parties again? I don't like them sadity people and I'm gonna miss my shows. Le sigh.

Family Time - "Head of House" (Bounce TV, 9:00PM ET/PT)
When the Stallworths have an unexpected visitor, they learn of a vicious crime that took place in their home years ago.

Complete TV Listings

Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of October 24)

Tuesday, October 25

  • Will Forte (The Last Man on Earth) - Catch Will on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS. He also chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Matt LeBlanc (Man with a Plan/Episodes/Friends) - Matt is a guest on The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Cobie Smulders (How I Met Your Mother) - Cobie appears on Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Skylar Astin (Ground Floor) - Skylar is a guest on Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Ron Howard (Happy Days/The Andy Griffith Show) - Ron drops by Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Mary Lynn Rajskub (How to Be a Gentleman/Veronica's Closet/The Larry Sanders Show) and David Koechner (Another Period/Hank/The Office) - Mary and David are guests on @midnight on Comedy Central at midnight.
  • John Lithgow (3rd Rock from the Sun/Twenty Good Years) - John appears on LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
  • Jamie Lee Curtis (Scream Queens/Anything But Love) - Jamie Lee is a guest on Harry, so check your local listings.
  • Erinn Hayes (Kevin Can Wait/Guys with Kids/Worst Week) - Erinn plays a celeb guessing game with Rach, who’s serving up no-fail make-your-own takeout, on Rachael Ray, so check your local listings.
  • Mary Steenburgen (The Last Man on Earth/Ink) - Mary joins the Chew Crew on ABC's The Chew at 1pm ET/12pm PT/CT.
  • Ana Gasteyer (People of Earth/Lady Dynamite/Suburgatory) - Ana will be on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 12:30pm ET. She will also be on NBC's Today in the 10am hour.
  • Cheryl Hines (Son of Zorn/Suburgatory/Curb Your Enthusiasm) - Cheryl is a guest on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Abbi Jacobson (Broad City) - Abbi will be on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am. She will also be on the AOL Build Show 4pm.
  • Don Rickles (C.P.O. Sharkey/Daddy Dearest) - Don is a guest on NBC's Today sometime between 7-9am.
  • Nico Tortorella (Younger) - Nico appears on Access Hollywood Live, so check your local listings.