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 & M├Ądchen 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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Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Friday, December 14

Fresh Off the Boat - "Cousin Eddie" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
The battle begins between mother and son when Eddie informs Jessica that he wants to spend Christmas with friend Nicole in New York. But Jessica insists that tradition prevails and he needs to spend the holiday with the family, so he does everything within his power to try and get her to crack and allow him to go. Meanwhile, Louis and Evan do their best to try and help an overwhelmed Emery decide on which one of his numerous friends to invite to the family’s Christmas Eve dinner.

Speechless - "J-I-- JINGLE T-H-- THON" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
A Christmas tree fire leads Maya to tell a small lie with big consequences. Meanwhile, Ray struggles to live in Pepper’s shadow as Dylan twists the knife, and JJ encourages Kenneth to stand up to his sisters (guest stars Niecy Nash and Lisa Leslie).

I Love Lucy - "I Love Lucy Christmas Special" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT)
I LOVE LUCY CHRISTMAS SPECIAL features “The Christmas Episode” and the newly colorized “Pioneer Women.” Both were colorized with a nod to the 1950s period in which they were filmed. The main titles and end credits 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 on Christmas Eve, 1956. The episode was not included in the series’ long history of rebroadcasts, first on CBS Daytime and later in syndication. Long thought to be lost, the program was rediscovered by CBS in 1989.

In “Pioneer Women,” Lucy and Ethel’s hopes of joining the posh Society Matrons’ League leads to a bet with their husbands over which sex – the men or the women – had it harder living in a bygone era. They select the turn of the last century, and as Lucy and Ethel start to bake their own bread and churn their own butter, the men become acquainted with straight-blade shaving and riding home from work on horseback. They all have some “‘splainin’” to do when two ladies from the Society Matrons’ League stop by for an unexpected visit.

“Pioneer Women” was originally broadcast on March 31, 1952, and became an immediate viewer favorite.

The Dick Van Dyke Show - "The Dick Van Dyke Show -- Now in Living Color!" (CBS, 9:00PM ET/PT)
The special features the season one episode “Where Did I Come From,” written by Carl Reiner, and the season four episode “Never Bathe on Saturday,” also written by Reiner. 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 Emmy Award-winning series starred Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore as television comedy writer Rob and his wife, Laura Petrie; Larry Matthews as their son, Ritchie; Morey Amsterdam and Rose Marie as Buddy Sorrell and Sally Rogers, co-writers on the fictional “The Alan Brady Show”; Carl Reiner as Alan Brady; Richard Deacon as Mel Cooley; Jerry Paris as Dr. Jerry Helper; and Ann Morgan Guilbert as Millie Krumbermacher Helper.

In “Where Did I Come From,” 6-year-old Ritchie asks his parents the inevitable “where did I come from?” question, and they recall the days before his birth. The episode was first presented on Jan. 3, 1961 during the series’ first season.

In “Never Bathe on Saturday,” the Petries’ romantic second honeymoon becomes a disaster when Laura’s toe gets caught in a bath spout. The episode was first presented on March 31, 1965, during season four.

Last Man Standing - "The Gift of the Mike Guy" (Fox, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Vanessa helps the family realize the importance of its long-standing holiday family traditions.

The Cool Kids - "Margaret Dates the Zodiac Killer" (Fox, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Margaret begins dating Karl, a fellow resident who may or may not be the "Zodiac Killer."

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of December 10)

Friday, December 14

  • Karen Gillan (Selfie) - Watch Karen on a repeat of Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC. She talks about The Party's Just Beginning on the BUILD Series at 2pm.
  • Tony Shalhoub (Wings/We Are Men) - Watch Tony on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Bryan Cranston (Malcolm in the Middle, Laura Linney (The Big C) and Nick Kroll (The League/Cavemen) - Bryan, Laura and Nick make special guest appearances on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Bill Burr (F Is for Family/Townies) - Bill is a guest on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Busy Philipps (Vice Principals/Cougar Town) - Busy appears on a repeat of The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Romany Malco (Weeds/Blunt Talk) - Romany is a guest on a repeat of Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Kathryn Hahn (I Love Dick/Happyish/Transparent/Free Agents) - Kathryn talks about the film Private Life on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Ellie Kemper (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt/The Office) - Ellie appears on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Minnie Driver (Speechless/About a Boy) - Minnie is a guest on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Leah Remini (Kevin Can Wait/The Exes/Family Tools/The King of Queens/Fired Up) - Leah visits The Wendy Williams Show, so check your local listings.
  • Angela Kinsey (The Office/Haters Back Off/Your Family or Mine/The Hotwives of Orlando) - Angela and her husband Joshua Snyder serve up monkey bread and chocolate peppermint cupcakes on Rachael Ray, so check your local listings.
  • Vanessa Hudgens (Powerless) - Vanessa talks about Second Act on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am.
  • Chris Elliott (Schitt's Creek/Get a Life) - Chris talks about Clara's Ghost on Couch Surfing at 8am.
  • Tia Mowry (Instant Mom/The Game/Sister, Sister) - Tia talks about Hallmark Channel's A Gingerbread Romance on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Christine Lakin (Hollywood Darlings/Step by Step) - Christine is a guest on Steve, so check your local listings.


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