Monday, November 28, 2016

Mama's Family Coming to Logo in December; Remembering Ron Glass of Barney Miller

Mama's Family

Mama's Family is coming to Logo! The popular '80s sitcom is joining the lineup beginning Friday, December 2, 2016 at 9:00pm. The sitcom joins recent addition Green Acres and Married...with Children on the line-up that also features Three's Company, All in the Family, Bewitched, I Dream of Jeannie, Roseanne, Will & Grace and The Golden Girls. As with Logo's other sitcoms, it will air blocks. Mama's Family debuts with an 8-hour block from 9pm-5am on Friday night. It will also air the next day on Saturday, Dec. 3 from 9am-6pm. The hit series will air Fridays and Saturdays in blocks each week, with times varying, so keep checking your listings for exact timings. You can also still watch the series each weeknight at 6:00pm & 6:30pm on The MeTV Network. In Mama's Family, Vicki Lawrence as Thelma Harper and her spinster sister Fran open their home to Thelma's recently divorced son Vinton and his teenage son and daughter. It's quite an adjustment for everyone, especially the cranky, argumentative Thelma.


Ron Glass

Actor Ron Glass, who was best known for his role as Detective Ron Harris in Barney Miller, has died. He died of respiratory failure in Los Angeles on November 25. Mr. Glass was 71.

Glass' early television guest appearances included Sanford and Son, All in the Family, Maude, Hawaii Five-O, The Bob Newhart Show, Griff, The New Perry Mason, Good Times, Insight, When Things Were Rotten and The Streets of San Francisco.

Barney Miller

He landed the role of Detective Ron Harris in Barney Miller in 1975. Harris was ambitious, intellectual, dressed stylishly and also worked as a writer. He published a lurid memoir about police work called Blood on the Badge. The series also starred Hal Linden, Abe Vigoda (1975-1977), Gregory Sierra (1975-1976), Max Gail, Jack Soo, Barbara Barrie (1975-1976), James Gregory, Steve Landesberg (1976-1982) and Ron Carey (1976-1982). Glass received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy or Variety or Music Series in 1982.

Ron Glass and Demond Wilson - The New Odd Couple

Glass co-starred with Demond Wilson as Felix Unger in the 1982-1983 ABC sitcom The New Odd Couple. The short-lived remake also starred John Schuck, Christipher Joy, Bart Braverman, Sheila Anderson, Ronalda Douglas, Liz Torres and Jo Marie Payton.

In 1992, he starred in the short-lived NBC sitcom Rhythm & Blues He played Don Phillips, a sales manager at a Detroit soul radio station. The series starred Roger Kabler, Anna Maria Horsford, Troy Curvey, Jr., Vanessa Bell Calloway, Miguel A. Nunez, Jr. and Christopher Babers.

Glass played Ronald Felcher, a history teacher, in the 1996-1997 NBC sitcom Mr. Rhodes. The series starred Tom Rhodes, Farrah Forke, Stephen Tobolowsky, Jessica Stone, Shaun Weiss, Lindsay Sloane, Travis Wester and Alexandra Holden.

He starred as Rod (God's cousin) in the 1997-1998 ABC sitcom Teen Angel. The TGIF series starred Mike Damus, Corbin Allred, Maureen McCormick, Katie Volding, Jordan Brower and Conchata Ferrell.

Some of his other sitcom guest appearances included 227, Family Matters, Amen, The Royal Family, Designing Women, Friends, Zoe, Duncan, Jack & Jane, Rude Awakening and Yes, Dear.

He provided the voice of Randy Carmichael in Nickelodeon's Rugrats and All Grown Up!. His other voice credits included the Aladdin TV series, Superman: The Animated Series and The Proud Family.

In 2002, he starred in the Fox space western drama Firefly. He played the spiritual Shepherd Derrial Book. He also appeared in the 2005 sequel film Serenity.

Mr. Glass was a talented and versatile actor. He was wonderful in everything he appeared in during his long career. We thank him for all the laughter and entertainment he brought us. He will be greatly missed.

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Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Tuesday, October 24

The Middle - "Halloween VIII: Orson Murder Mystery" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
As Halloween approaches, Frankie discovers that a woman had died in the bathtub of the Heck house close to 50 years ago; Frankie and Brick become convinced that she was murdered and, much to Mike’s chagrin, attempt to track down and find the murderer. Meanwhile, Axl and Lexie become frustrated over losing their alone time when Sue insists on hanging out with them wherever they go.

Fresh Off the Boat - "It's a Plastic Pumpkin, Louis Huang" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
On Halloween, Louis is disappointed that Evan doesn’t take his childish delight in the holiday; Eddie and the gang plot to crash a cool older girl’s party; Jessica and Emery are spooked when they hear a strange man’s voice emanating from Grandma’s room, and things get even creepier when a mysterious group of costumed strangers whisk Grandma away, making them suspect the supernatural worst.

black-ish - "Advance to Go (Collect $200)" (ABC, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Dre brings everyone together for a rowdy family game night and the competition is fierce. The game of choice is Monopoly and as the night progresses, alliances are formed and some are pushed to their limits. Meanwhile, Bow makes it clear how she feels about Junior’s girlfriend.

The Mayor - "City Hall-oween" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
As Halloween approaches, Mayor Courtney Rose and Police Chief Fox (Kristen Johnston) find themselves at odds on how to handle the community’s first annual spook-tacular celebration at City Hall. During the night of the bash, it dawns on Courtney that throwing a party to keep kids safe doesn’t address the bigger issues in Fort Grey and plans to work with Chief Fox going forward. Meanwhile, Dina gets into the spirit by dressing up as Congresswoman Maxine Waters, while Jermaine and T.K. set out to prank Val who has the last laugh when she outsmarts the guys at their own game.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of October 23)

Tuesday, October 24

  • Ted Danson (The Good Place/Becker/Cheers) - Catch Ted on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Ricky Gervais (The Office) - Ricky appears on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Sabrina Carpenter (Girl Meets World) - Sabrina is a musical guest on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Anna Faris (Mom) - Anna drops by Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Cole Sprouse (The Suite Life of Zack & Cody/The Suite Life on Deck) - Cole visits Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Cedric the Entertainer (The Soul Man/The Steve Harvey Show) - Cedric stops by The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Gabourey Sidibe (The Big C) - Gabourey chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Randall Park (Fresh Off the Boat) - Randall appears on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Michael Strahan (Brothers) - Michael is a guest on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Michael Rapaport (Atypical/The War at Home) - Michael drops by The Wendy Williams Show at 2am on BET or on your local stations.
  • Yvette Nicole Brown (The Mayor/The Odd Couple/Community) - Yvette talks about her LA road rage, her love life and more on Harry, so check your local listings.
  • Valerie Bertinelli (Hot in Cleveland/CafĂ© Americain/One Day at a Time) - Valerie is in the kitchen with three super-easy slow cooker dishes – like Sloppy Joes and a Pasta Bake on Rachael Ray, so check your local listings.
  • Joanna Garcia Swisher (Reba/Better with You) - Joanna talks about her show Kevin (Probably) Saves the World – and her friendship with Lea Michele on People Now at 8:30am.
  • Denis Leary (Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll/The Job) - Denis is a guest on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am. He will also be on the AOL Build Show at 4pm.
  • J. B. Smoove (The Millers/'Til Death/Curb Your Enthusiasm) - J. B. is a guest on the AOL Build Show at 11am.
  • Debra Messing (Will & Grace) - Debra appears on Daily Pop on E! at 12pm.


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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