Monday, December 19, 2016

TBS Has Holiday Binge of Comedies; Remembering Bernard Fox, Dr. Bombay of Bewitched

TBS Binge-A-Thon

Turner's TBS is preparing to cap its banner year with a week-long binge of the network's hit slate of original comedies. Kicking off Christmas night at 11 p.m. (ET/PT), the 121-hour TBS Binge-A-Thon will showcase every episode of the hit series Angie Tribeca, The Detour, Wrecked, People of Earth and Search Party, all of which have garnered tremendous praise from critics and rank among cable's Top 25 new scripted comedy series of 2016 among adults 18-49. At the center of the TBS Binge-A-Thon will be a nightly primetime showcase, which will shine a spotlight on a different series each night, with a full season of episodes presented with limited commercials from 7:30 p.m. – midnight (ET/PT). The primetime showcase will kick off with the first season of The Detour on Monday, followed by Search Party on Tuesday, People of Earth on Wednesday, Wrecked on Thursday and the second season of Angie Tribeca on Friday. The non-primetime portions of the TBS Binge-A-Thon will be packed with additional full-season stacks of each show airing in rotation around the clock through Friday, Dec. 30.

TBS's new original comedies are part of an extensive brand evolution that began in January with a 25-hour binge premiere for Angie Tribeca. The acclaimed cop show parody was the first of six consecutive hits for the network, which also includes Full Frontal with Samantha Bee in February, The Detour in April, Wrecked in July, People of Earth in October and, most recently, Search Party in November. All six shows have been renewed for new seasons in 2017.

TBS Binge-A-Thon: The Schedule

Sunday, Dec. 25
11 p.m. – 4 a.m.: People of Earth

Monday, Dec. 26
4 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.: Angie Tribeca (Season 1 selections + Season 2)
9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.: Search Party
2:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.: Wrecked
7:30 p.m. – Midnight: Primetime Showcase: The Detour
Midnight – 4:35 a.m.: Search Party

Tuesday, Dec. 27
4:35 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.: Wrecked
9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.: Angie Tribeca (Season 2)
2:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.: The Detour
7:30 p.m. – Midnight: Primetime Showcase: Search Party
Midnight – 4:35 a.m.: People of Earth

Wednesday, Dec. 28
4:35 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.: Angie Tribeca (Season 1)
9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.: The Detour
2:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.: Search Party
7:30 p.m. – Midnight: Primetime Showcase: People of Earth
Midnight – 4:35 a.m.: Wrecked

Thursday, Dec. 29
4:35 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.: The Detour
9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.: Search Party
2:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.: People of Earth
7:30 p.m. – Midnight: Primetime Showcase: Wrecked
Midnight – 4:35 a.m.: Angie Tribeca (Season 1)

Friday, Dec. 30
4:35 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.: Search Party
9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.: People of Earth
2:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.: Wrecked
7:30 p.m. – Midnight: Primetime Showcase: Angie Tribeca (Season 2)
(All times ET/PT)



Bernard Fox

Welsh actor Bernard Fox, who was best known for his role as Dr. Bombay in Bewitched, has died. He died on December 14 of heart failure at Valley Presbyterian Hospital in Van Nuys, California. Mr. Fox was 89.

Bernard Fox - Bewitched

Fox first appeared in Bewitched as a professional witch debunker named Osgood Rightmire in the 1966 episode Disappearing Samantha. He played witch doctor Dr. Bombay in 18 episodes of the series from 1967-1972. He reprised the role in two episodes of Tabitha in 1977-1978. Fox appeared as Dr. Bombay in two episodes of the supernatural-themed daytime soap opera Passions in 1999-2000. In 1999, he was interviewed for the E! True Hollywood Story on Bewitched.

Bernard Fox - Hogan's Heroes

He guest starred as Colonel Rodney Crittendon in eight episodes of Hogan's Heroes from 1965-1970. Colonel Crittendon was a Royal Air Force group captain whose medals include the Distinguished Service Order, Order of the British Empire, Military Cross and Bar, Distinguished Flying Cross, and Air Force Cross. He played the dual role of British traitor Sir Charles Chitterly in the two-part episode Lady Chitterly's Lover in 1970.

Some of his other sitcom guest appearances included Make Room for Daddy, McHale's Navy, The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Andy Griffith Show, F Troop, I Dream of Jeannie, The Farmer's Daughter, The Monkees, The Partridge Family, Love, American Style, Soap, M*A*S*H, What's Happening!!, The Love Boat, The Jeffersons, Punky Brewster and Dharma & Greg.

His drama guest appearances included Perry Mason, I Spy, Burke's Law, Twelve O'Clock High, The Man from U.N.C.L.E, The Wild Wild West, Daniel Boone, It Takes a Thief, Ironside, Night Gallery, Columbo, Barnaby Jones, Emergency!, Cannon, Fantasy Island, The Dukes of Hazzard, Lou Grant, Hart to Hart, Knight Rider, Hotel, Simon & Simon, The Fall Guy, Riptide and Murder, She Wrote.

Fox was also known for his role as Colonel Archibald Gracie IV in the 1997 blockbuster film Titanic. He delivered the line "Iceberg dead ahead, sir!" while playing the part of a sailor in the ship's crow's nest. He starred as Captain Winston Havlock in the 1999 film The Mummy. Some of his other film credits included Yellowbeard, Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo and The Private Eyes. He provided the voice of the Chairmouse in the Disney animated features The Rescuers and The Rescuers Down Under.

Survivors include his wife, Jacqueline; daughter Amanda; daughter-in-law Lisa, and two grandchildren. His daughter Valerie died on May 17, 2006.

Mr. Fox was a fine character actor. He was everywhere in the 1960s with his distinguished mustache. We thank him for the laughs and entertainment he brought us during his lengthy career. He will be greatly missed.

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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
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
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Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Wednesday, June 28

The Goldbergs - "Fonzie Scheme" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
When Murray is honored as one of Jenkintown’s top businessmen, his plaque is hung on a wall with all of the other honorees. And soon Beverly is dismayed to learn he has no discernable hobbies, and her attempts to help him find some backfire. Meanwhile, Barry creates a scheme stealing golf carts, but the situation goes awry and Erica comes to save the day.

Speechless - "D-A-T-E-- DATE?" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
JJ meets a new girl at school, an injured gymnast, who must learn to adapt to school life in a wheelchair. JJ shows her the ropes and soon forms a crush. Elsewhere, Ray saves face by claiming a picture of his own nipple on his phone to be a ”sext” from his ”girlfriend.” The plan makes him a hero among the boys at school, but backfires after Maya learns the whole story. Meanwhile, Jimmy teaches Dylan how to properly deal with stress.

Modern Family - "Blindsided" (ABC, 9:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
The Dunphys and Pritchett’s are going head-to-head when Luke decides his best chance at getting into college is running for senior class president against Manny. The outcome of this election is even more important to Jay, Gloria and Claire, who prove to be dubious campaign managers. Now that Haley has started her own promotion business, Phil insists on introducing her to marketing guru Merv Schechter (played by Martin Short), who hasn’t seen a stress ball he can’t slap a logo on yet. Meanwhile, Cam finds out his star football player is moving away and makes a rash decision that is going to make home life a little cramped for Mitch and Cam.

American Housewife - "Surprise" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Oliver tells his parents that he’s so embarrassed by their modest house that he’d rather not have a birthday party at all. Katie decides to teach him a lesson by ambushing him with a surprise party at home with all his wealthy friends.

The Carmichael Show - "Shoot-Up-Able" (NBC, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Jerrod is forced to tell a police officer what he witnessed during a tragic event.

The Carmichael Show - "Porn Addiction" (NBC, 9:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
The family discusses porn addiction after Cynthia's reverend talks about the subject at a service.

Nightcap - "Always a Beard, Never a Bride" (Pop, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson arrives with his guru and inducts the staff into what seems like a cult; TV show host Michael Strahan disappoints Davis when he avoids talking about football. Staci and Penny fight over TV personality Ross Mathews.

Younger - "Post Truth" (TV Land, 10:00PM ET/PT)
Liza deals with the aftermath of coming clean with Kelsey, and Charles tests their synchronicity. Kelsey and Josh become unlikely allies.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of June 26)

Wednesday, June 28

  • Justin Bartha (The New Normal/Teachers ) - Watch Justin on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Hilary Duff (Younger/Lizzie McGuire) - Hilary visits Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC. She also appears on a repeat of Rachael Ray, so check your local listings.
  • Leighton Meester (Making History) - Leighton appears on a repeat of The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Eugene Mirman (Bob's Burgers) - Eugene is a guest on a repeat of Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Carl Reiner (The Dick Van Dyke Show) - Carl appears on a repeat of Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Lauren Lapkus (Are You There, Chelsea?/Clipped) - Lauren is a guest on a repeat of Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation) - Amy chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT. She also opens up about raising boys on People Now at 8:30am.
  • Busy Philipps (Vice Principals/Cougar Town) - Busy guest co-hosts LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Carla Gugino (Spin City) - Carla appears on a repeat of Harry, so check your local listings.
  • Billy Gardell (Mike & Molly) - Billy is a guest on a repeat of Harry, so check your local listings.
  • Brandon T. Jackson (Deadbeat) - Brandon appears on a repeat of The Real, so check your local listings.
  • Debi Mazar (Younger/Entourage) and Molly Bernard (Younger) - Debi visits NBC's Today in the 9am hour. Debi and Molly are guests on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 11:30am ET.
  • Bronson Pinchot (Perfect Strangers) - Bronson talks about Battle of the Network Stars on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Eric Stonestreet (Modern Family) - Eric will be on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am.
  • Steve Carell (The Office) - Steve is a guest on NBC's Today sometime between 7-9am and in the 9am hour.
  • Molly Shannon (Kath & Kim/Cracking Up) - Molly talks about The Little Hours on Access Hollywood Live, so check your local listings.
  • Garcelle Beauvais (The Jamie Foxx Show) - Garcelle talks about Spider-man: Homecoming on Access Hollywood Live, so check your local listings.
  • Jane Lynch (Angel from Hell) - Jane is a guest on Access Hollywood Live, so check your local listings.