Friday, May 13, 2016

Upfront Update: Tons of News on Pick Ups and Cancellations; Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of May 16, 2016)

Dr. Ken

We had so much news last night for the next TV season. Tons of new pick ups, renewals, and yes cancellations. We will have to do this by network. First up, CBS has canceled CSI: Cyber, while Supergirl will not return, but will move to The CW. CBS also picked up the traditional sitcom Kevin Can Wait starring Kevin James, Erinn Hayes, Lenny Venito and Taylor Spreitler. Life in Pieces was renewed for a second season. Not much else was announced for CBS as of yet. ABC had tons of updates yesterday. They have canceled Castle, Nashville, Agent Carter, The Muppets, Galavant and The Family. The first two are the only surprises, especially Castle. ABC did pick up new seasons of Dr. Ken, The Real O'Neals, American Crime and The Catch. ABC is expected to pick up Last Man Standing as well, but talks with 20th TV are still pending. As for the new series, here is the count so far: comedies - Downward Dog starring Allison Tolman, Untitled Sarah Dunn Project starring Katy Mixon, Imaginary Mary starring Jenna Elfman, and ABC also almost has Speechless starring Minnie Driver, pending a deal with 20th TV. For new ABC dramas, Conviction starring Hayley Atwell and Emily Kinney, Still Star-Crossed starring Wade Briggs, Time After Time starring Josh Bowman & Freddie Stroma, Notorious starring Piper Perabo and the previously announced Designated Survivor starring Kiefer Sutherland.

Fox didn't have a busy day as the day before, but there was a lot of bad news. They axed all of their current new comedies: Bordertown, Cooper Barrett's Guide to Surviving Life, Grandfathered and The Grinder. As we mentioned the other day, they have 6 new dramas and 2 new comedies ordered so far. Moving on to NBC, not much news yesterday but they had two drama pick ups, one is another Chicago franchise, this time Chicago Justice. They also picked up drama This Is Us starring Mandy Moore. These two dramas join the previously announced Emerald City and Taken. For NBC comedy, we told you about two of them yesterday, but they also have The Good Place starring Kristen Bell and Ted Danson. Will NBC order more new series? We will know today. And finally for The CW, they will get Supergirl as we mentioned earlier. They have canceled Containment, but picked up some new dramas. Frequency starring Peyton List, No Tomorrow starring Tori Anderson & Josh Sasse, and Riverdale starring an ensemble including Lili Reinhart, Luke Perry, Marisol Nichols & Mädchen Amick. These all join the previously announced MADtv revival. Stay with us for continued updates!


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 May 16-20, 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!


Sunday, May 15, 2016

  • Wendi McClendon-Covey (The Goldbergs/Rules of Engagement/Reno 911!) - Catch Wendi on Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
Monday, May 16, 2016
  • Andy Samberg (Brooklyn Nine-Nine) - Watch Andy on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Jason Sudeikis (The Last Man on Earth/The Cleveland Show) - Jason is a guest on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS. He talks about Angry Birds on NBC's Today sometime between 7-9am.
  • Connie Britton (Spin City/Lost at Home/The Fighting Fitzgeralds) - Connie appears on Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Natasha Leggero (Dice/Another Period/Free Agents) - Natasha visits Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Kristin Chenoweth (Kristin) - Kristin is a guest on The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS. She also discusses her new film Hard Sell on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Anthony Anderson (black-ish/Guys with Kids/All About the Andersons) - Anthony drops by Comedy Central's The Daily Show with Trevor Noah at 11pm.
  • Paul F. Tompkins (DAG) - Paul appears on The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore at 11:30pm on Comedy Central.
  • Sinbad (A Different World/The Sinbad Show) - Sinbad is a guest on @midnight on Comedy Central at midnight.
  • Jane Lynch (Angel from Hell) - Jane appears on a repeat of Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Sherri Shepherd (Less Than Perfect/Sherri) -Sherri visits The Wendy Williams Show at 12:07am on BET or on your local stations. She also talks about WE's Match Made in Heaven on the AOL Build Show at 3:30pm and on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 12:30pm ET.
  • Jada Pinkett Smith (A Different World) - Jada talks about Gotham on NBC's Today in the 10am hour.
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
  • Josh Gad (1600 Penn/Back to You) - Catch Josh on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Anthony Anderson (black-ish/Guys with Kids/All About the Andersons) - Anthony appears on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Eugene Levy and Catherine O'Hara (Schitt's Creek) - Eugene and Catherine are guests on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Andy Samberg (Brooklyn Nine-Nine) - Andy visits Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC. He talks about Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping on NBC's Today sometime between 7-9am and in the 10am hour and on LIVE! with Kelly and Michael, so check your listings.
  • Amanda Peet (Togetherness/Bent) - Amanda appears on a repeat of Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Lamorne Morris (New Girl) - Lamorne is a guest on a repeat of Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Jussie Smollett (On Our Own) - Jussie guest co-hosts LIVE! with Kelly and Michael, so check your listings.
  • George Hamilton (Jenny) and Ryan Merriman (The Mommies) - George and Ryan talk about The Congressman on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Martha Plimpton (The Real O'Neals/Raising Hope) - Martha joins Clinton Kelly to whip up a feast in a flash on ABC's The Chew at 1pm ET/12pm PT/CT.
  • Ellie Kemper (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt/The Office) - Ellie chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Jane Lynch (Angel from Hell) - Jane guest co-hosts The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Paul Reiser (Mad About You) - Paul talks about Mad About You on NBC's Today in the 9am hour.
  • Tom Cavanagh (Ed/Scrubs) - Tom talks about The Flash on NBC's Today in the 9am hour and on the AOL Build Show at 2pm.
  • Beau Mirchoff (Awkward) - Beau discusses the AOL Build Show at 12pm.
  • Gillian Jacobs (Love/Community) - Gillian discusses her new film Don't Think Twice on the AOL Build Show at 4:30pm.
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
  • Josh Gad (1600 Penn/Back to You) - Watch Josh on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS. He will also be on LIVE! with Kelly and Michael (check your listings) and the AOL Build Show at 4pm. He can be heard on The Morning Mash Up on SiriusXM Hits 1 at 10:50am.
  • Gillian Jacobs (Love/Community) - Gillian is a guest on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • David Schwimmer (Friends) - David visits Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Margaret Cho (All-American Girl) - Margaret appears on Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Chelsea Handler (Are You There, Chelsea?) - Chelsea stops by The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Peter Krause (Sports Night) - Peter is a guest on The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Jason Sudeikis (The Last Man on Earth/The Cleveland Show) - Jason appears on Comedy Central's The Daily Show with Trevor Noah at 11pm. He will also be on the AOL Build Show at 4pm.
  • Anthony Anderson (black-ish/Guys with Kids/All About the Andersons) - Anthony drops by The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore at 11:30pm on Comedy Central. He also chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Michael Rapaport (The War at Home) - Michael visits Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
  • Cedric the Entertainer (The Soul Man/The Steve Harvey Show) - Cedric guest co-hosts LIVE! with Kelly and Michael, so check your listings.
  • Tom Cavanagh (Ed/Scrubs) - Tom is a guest on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 12:30pm ET.
  • Wendi McClendon-Covey (The Goldbergs/Rules of Engagement/Reno 911!) - Michael Symon fixes a snapshot worthy meal with Wendi on ABC's The Chew at 1pm ET/12pm PT/CT.
  • Krysten Ritter (Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23) - Krysten talks about Jessica Jones on NBC's Today in the 9am hour.
  • Jerry Seinfeld (Seinfeld) - Jerry is a guest on Access Hollywood Live, so check your local listings.
  • Kristin Chenoweth (Kristin) - Kristin chats on Tavis Smiley on PBS, so check your local listings.
Thursday, May 19, 2016
  • Ariana Grande (Sam & Cat/Victorious) - Catch Ariana on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Jerrod Carmichael (The Carmichael Show) - Jerrod stops by on The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Paul Scheer (The League/Fresh Off the Boat) - Paul visits The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore at 11:30pm on Comedy Central.
  • B.J. Novak (The Office) - B.J. visits Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
  • Marilu Henner (Taxi/Evening Shade) - Marilu appears on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 12:30pm ET.
  • Margaret Cho (All-American Girl) - Margaret chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Jaime Pressly (Mom/Jennifer Falls/My Name Is Earl) - Jaime guest co-hosts The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • David Schwimmer (Friends) - David talks about Feed the Beast on NBC's Today sometime between 7-9am.
  • Josh Gad (1600 Penn/Back to You) - Josh talks about Angry Birds on NBC's Today in the 9am hour.
  • Joe Morton (Grady) - Joe talks about Turn Me Loose on NBC's Today in the 9am hour.
  • Bryan Cranston (Malcolm in the Middle) - Bryan talks about ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am.
  • Wanda Sykes (The New Adventures of Old Christine/Wanda at Large) - Wanda is a guest on Chelsea on Netflix.
Friday, May 20, 2016
  • Bryan Cranston (Malcolm in the Middle) - Watch Bryan on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Billy Crystal (The Comedians/Soap) - Billy visits The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Krysten Ritter (Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23) - Krysten appears on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Kenan Thompson (Kenan & Kel) - Kenan is a guest on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Beth Behrs (2 Broke Girls) - Beth appears on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Anthony Anderson (black-ish/Guys with Kids/All About the Andersons) - Anthony is a guest on a repeat of Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Connie Britton (Spin City/Lost at Home/The Fighting Fitzgeralds) - Connie chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Ariana Grande (Sam & Cat/Victorious) - Ariana kicks-off Good Morning America's summer concert series in Central Park's Rumsey Playfield.
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New on DVD/Blu-ray (April/May)

Diff'rent Strokes - The Complete Fifth Season Father Knows Best - Season Five The Wayans Bros. - The Complete Second Season ALF - The Complete DVD Collection The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air - The Complete Series

04/04 - Diff'rent Strokes - The Complete Fifth Season
04/11 - Father Knows Best - Season Five
04/11 - Schitt's Creek - The Complete Third Season
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
05/09 - Divorce - The Complete First Season (Blu-ray)
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

Tuesday, May 23

Downward Dog - "Boundaries" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
When Nan installs an automatic dog door so she can take away Jason’s key but still keep him as Martin’s dog walker, Martin is convinced he can suddenly open doors with his mind, and the new-found power goes to his head.  Meanwhile at work, Nan’s boss is unable to understand the new ad campaign Nan sold to the corporate bosses, and he spirals into confusion.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine - "The Bank Job" / "Crime & Punishment" (Fox, 8:00PM ET/PT)
As Jake and Rosa continue their search for a bank-robbing operation with Lieutenant Hawkins (guest star Gina Gershon), they realize there’s more to her team than meets the eye. After discovering a dangerous secret, they call for back-up from Holt and Pimento (guest star Jason Mantzoukas). Meanwhile, Boyle objects to Gina’s new boyfriend (guest star Ryan Phillipe). Then, Jake and Rosa are framed for a crime they didn’t commit, it’s up to the Nine-Nine to find a way to bust them out.

Great News - "Carol Has a Bully" (NBC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Carol (Andrea Martin) has a midterm she must pass in order to keep her internship. Katie (Briga Heelan) needs to choose between helping her mom and focusing on her hacking story, which she can't seem to crack. Meanwhile, Greg's (Adam Campbell) wealthy estranged grandmother (guest star Christina Pickles) pays a visit to the office. Chuck (John Michael Higgins) finds her cold and cruel, but almost immediately falls in love with her.

Great News - "Carol's Eleven" (NBC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Katie (Briga Heelan) makes a huge discovery about the story she's been chasing and, with the help of Carol (Andrea Martin) and the rest of the staff, concocts a scheme to get the story out. Greg (Adam Campbell) struggles with balancing his conflicting loyalties to his family, co-workers and conscience.

Mann & Wife - "Mann, Shut Yo Mouth" (Bounce TV, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Struggling to solve a tough case, an exhausted Daniel falls asleep and wakes up in a 70's blaxploitation cop show.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of May 22)

Tuesday, May 23

  • Terry Crews (Brooklyn Nine-Nine/Are We There Yet?/Everybody Hates Chris) - Catch Terry on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Rob Huebel (Trasparent/Burning Love) - Rob appears on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Al Madrigal (About a Boy/Welcome to The Captain/Gary Unmarried), Andrew Santino (I'm Dying Up Here/Sin City Saints) and Erik Griffin (I'm Dying Up Here) - Al, Andrew and Erik are guests on The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Ari Graynor (I'm Dying Up Here/Bad Teacher) - Ari stops by Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Nick Kroll (The League/Cavemen) - Nick visits Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Ben Falcone (Nobodies/A to Z/Joey) - Ben drops by Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Abigail Breslin (Scream Queens) - Abigail appears on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Mayim Bialik (The Big Bang Theory/Blossom) - Mayim talks about her new book Girling Up: How to Be Strong, Smart and Spectacular and The Big Bang Theory on Access Hollywood Live, so check your local listings.
  • William Shatner ($#*! My Dad Says) - William is a guest on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Kyle Chandler (What About Joan?) - Kyle teams up with Clinton Kelly to grill up a great entrée on ABC's The Chew at 1pm ET/12pm PT/CT.
  • Nicole Byer ( Loosely Exactly Nicole) - Nicole is a guest on Steve Harvey, so check your local listings.
  • The Love Boat Cast - The cast of The Love Boat reunites on NBC's Today sometime between 7-9am.
  • Debra Messing (Will & Grace) - Debra chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Zoe Lister-Jones (Life in Pieces/Friends with Better Lives/Whitney) - Zoe talks about her new comedy Band Aid on the AOL Build Show 1pm.
  • Jamie Foxx (The Jamie Foxx Show) - Jamie talks about Beat Shazam on AOL Build Show 4pm.