Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Alyssa Milano's Celebrity Renovation Special on FYI; Remembering Ann Morgan Guilbert

Alyssa Milano and her assistant Kelly on Celebrity Renovation

Don't miss FYI's one-hour special Celebrity Renovation, featuring TV star Alyssa Milano (and a friend to this website) on Saturday, June 25 at 8pm ET/PT on FYI. In this one-hour special, Alyssa Milano (Who's the Boss?, Charmed, Mistresses) surprises her assistant Kelly by completely renovating her home as she recovers from her battle with ovarian cancer. With a tight timeline of just six days, Alyssa quickly assembles a skilled team to execute the enormous renovation; including a top notch Hollywood interior designer and a local construction crew. Together, they turn Kelly's outdated space from drab to fab. Tacky tile floors turn into beautiful hardwood, a "rock wall" goes from an eyesore to a striking white marble fireplace and a depressing bar is transformed into a custom-made banquette breakfast table.

After six long and exhausting work days, with the team handling a laundry list of delays and disasters with creative design solutions, will the renovation be completed on time? And how will Kelly respond to all the changes? Tune in this Saturday at 8|7c only on FYI!


Ann Morgan Guilbert

Actress Ann Morgan Guilbert, who was best known for her roles as Millie Helper in The Dick Van Dyke Show and as Yetta Rosenberg in The Nanny, has died. She died of cancer in Los Angeles on June 14. Ms. Guilbert was 87.

Ann Morgan Guilbert as Millie Helper

Guilbert appeared as Millie Helper in 61 episodes of The Dick Van Dyke Show from 1961-1966 on CBS. Millie was married to Jerry (Jerry Paris), who was a dentist. They were the next-door neighbors and best friends of Rob and Laura Petrie (Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore). In 2004, she appeared in The Dick Van Dyke Show Revisited reunion special on CBS.

She starred as Nora in all 10 episodes of the short-lived 1971 CBS sitcom The New Andy Griffith Show. Nora was the live-in sister of Lee Sawyer (Lee Meriwether), who was married to Andy Sawyer (Andy Griffith).

Guilbert starred as Theresa Fanelli in The Fanelli Boys, which aired on NBC for one season in 1990-1991. She was the mother of Anthony (Ned Eisenberg), Ronnie (Andy Hirsch), Frankie (Chris Meloni) and Dominic (Joe Pantoliano). Her tall, balding brother Father Angelo was played by Richard Libertini.

Ann Morgan Guilbert as Yetta Rosenberg

She later appeared as Yetta Rosenberg, Fran Fine's (Fran Drescher) doddering grandmother and Sylvia Fine's (Renee Taylor) mother, in 56 episodes of The Nanny from 1993-1999 on CBS. Although she appeared in all six seasons of the series, she received a starring credit only in the final season. In 2004, she appeared in The Nanny Reunion: A Nosh to Remember on Lifetime.

Some of her other sitcom guest appearances included My Three Sons, Hennesey, Hey, Landlord, Good Morning, World, The Andy Griffith Show, I Dream of Jeannie, Room 222, The Partridge Family, Love, American Style, On the Rocks, Maude, Barney Miller, Cheers, Newhart, Blossom, Home Improvement, Empty Nest, Seinfeld, Happily Divorced and Modern Family (as Cam's grandmother).

She had a recurring role as Birdy Lamb in the HBO comedy Getting On. Her final guest appearances were in two episodes of Life in Pieces in February and March.

Survivors include her daughters, actress Hallie Todd (Lizzie McGuire) and Nora Eckstein, a writer, actress and acting teacher.

Ms. Guilbert was wonderful as Millie Helper and Yetta Rosenberg. She was always very funny and a scene stealer. She will be deeply missed.

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New on DVD/Blu-ray (June/July/August)

Father Knows Best - Season Six Diff'rent Strokes - The Complete Sixth Season Alice - The Complete Fifth Season Rhoda - Season Four Brooklyn Nine-Nine - Season Four

06/13 - The Andy Griffith Show - Return to Mayberry
06/13 - That's My Mama - The Complete Series
06/20 - Workaholics - The Final (Seventh) Season
06/20 - Workaholics - The Complete Series
06/27 - The Jamie Foxx Show - The Complete Third Season
07/04 - Superstore - Season Two
07/18 - Father Knows Best - Season Six
07/25 - Diff'ernt Strokes - The Complete Sixth Season
07/25 - Girls - The Final (Sixth) Season (Blu-ray)
08/01 - Alice - The Complete Fifth Season (WBShop.com)
08/01 - Crashing - The Complete First Season (Blu-ray)
08/15 - Rhoda - Season Four
08/22 - Brooklyn Nine-Nine - Season Four
08/29 - Will & Grace - Season One (Universal)
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Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Friday, September 22

Raven's Home - "In-Vision of Privacy" (Disney Channel, 8:00PM ET/PT)
When Booker has a vision of Tess getting her heart broken, he and Levi try to prevent it from happening.

Stuck in the Middle - "Stuck with a Dangerous House" (Disney Channel, 8:30PM ET/PT)
The girls have to share their room with Daphne after her playhouse is thrown away.

Bizaardvark - "Science (Un)Fair" (Disney Channel, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Paige and Frankie plan to enter a model satellite in the Sierra High Science Fair--their one problem is finding someone to build it for them.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of September 18)

Friday, September 22

  • The Cast of Will & Grace - Watch Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Megan Mullally and Sean Hayes on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Bobby Moynihan (Me, Myself & I) - Bobby visits The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS. He will also be on People Now at 8:30am.
  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep/The New Adventures of Old Christine/Seinfeld) - Julia is a guest on a repeat of The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Ray Romano (Everybody Loves Raymond) - Ray appears on a repeat of The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Lake Bell (Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later/How to Make It in America/Childrens Hospital) - Lake is a guest on a repeat of Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Andrea Savage (I'm Sorry) - Andrea appears on a repeat of Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Drew Carey (The Drew Carey Show/The Good Life) - Drew stops by Steve, so check your local listings.
  • Candace Cameron Bure, Jodie Sweetin and Andrea Barber (Fuller House/Full House) - Candace, Jodie and Andrea are guests on Steve, so check your local listings.
  • Bob Saget (Fuller House/How I Met Your Mother/Surviving Suburbia/Full House) and Dave Coulier (Fuller House/Full House) - Bob and Dave stop by the People Now studio at 8:30am.
  • Ellie Kemper (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt/The Office) and Jane Krakowski (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt/30 Rock) - Ellie and Jane talk about Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt on NBC's Today in the 9am hour.
  • John Carroll Lynch (The Drew Carey Show) - John is a guest on the AOL Build Show at 3pm.
  • Kimberly Hebert Gregory (Vice Principals) - Kimberly appears on the AOL Build Show at 4pm.