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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Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Monday, March 27

The Big Bang Theory - "The Brain Bowl Incubation" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
After a successful experiment combining their genes, Sheldon will stop at nothing to convince Amy they should procreate. Also, Koothrappali is embarrassed to tell the gang what the new woman he’s dating does for a living.

Kevin Can Wait - "Kevin's Bringing Supper Back" (CBS, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Kevin’s resolve to spend more quality time with his family is put to the ultimate test when his buddies surprise him with concert tickets to his favorite musician, fellow Long Islander Billy Joel. Multiple Grammy Award-winning pianist, singer and songwriter Billy Joel appears as himself.

Superior Donuts - "Get It, Arthur" (CBS, 9:00PM ET/PT)
When Randy’s mom comes to town, Franco encourages Arthur to go out on his first date in years. Brenda Vaccaro guest stars as Helen, Randy’s mom.

The Great Indoors - "Aaron Wolf" (CBS, 9:30PM ET/PT)
Jack watches the millennials’ journalistic integrity slip away when they fall under the spell of his nemesis, Aaron Wolf (Chris D’Elia), a former magazine staffer turned famous outdoor reality TV host who returns to guest edit the magazine.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of March 27)

Monday, March 27

  • Chris Pratt (Parks and Recreation) - Watch Chris on a repeat of Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Richard Dreyfuss (Your Family or Mine) - Richard appears on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Lily Tomlin (Grace and Frankie/Malibu Country) and Jane Fonda (Grace and Frankie) - Lily and Jane are guests on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS. They also chat with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Craig Ferguson (The Drew Carey Show) - Craig visits Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC. He will also be on NBC's Today in the 10am hour.
  • Rachel Dratch (Imaginary Mary) - Rachel is a guest on Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Pete Holmes (Crashing) - Pete stops by The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Jenna Elfman (Imaginary Mary/1600 Penn/Accidentally on Purpose/Courting Alex/Dharma & Greg) - Jenna appears on Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC. She will also be on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 11:30am ET.
  • Ron Funches (Powerless/Undateable) - Ron is a guest on @midnight on Comedy Central at midnight.
  • Kaitlin Olson (The Mick/It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia) - Kaitlin drops by Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Wendi McLendon-Covey (The Goldbergs/Rules of Engagement/Reno 911!) - Wendi appears on a repeat of Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
  • Lisa Kudrow (Friends/The Comeback) - Lisa is a guest on LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
  • Mark Consuelos (Alpha House/Hope & Faith) - Mark guest co-hosts LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
  • Tahj Mowry, Derek Theler and Jean-Luc Bilodeau (Baby Daddy) - Tahj, Derek and Jean-Luc are guests on Harry, so check your local listings.
  • Tika Sumpter (The Game) - Tika appears on a repeat of The Real, so check your local listings.
  • Vanessa Bell Calloway (Rhythm & Blues) - Vanessa is a guest on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • June Diane Raphael (Grace and Frankie) - June talks about Grace and Frankie on NBC's Today in the 9am hour.
  • Melissa McCarthy (Mike & Molly/Samantha Who?) and Ben Falcone (Joey) - Melissa and Ben talk TV Land's Nobodies on NBC's Today in the 10am hour.
  • Brooklyn Decker (Grace and Frankie/Friends with Better Lives) - Brookyln stops by People Now at 8:30am.
  • Marcia Gay Harden (Trophy Wife) - Marcia opens up about her favorite part of being in the 50 Shades movies on People Now at 8:30am.
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  • Tracee Ellis Ross (black-ish/Girlfriends) - Tracee dishes about her Golden Globe win on a repeat of The Wendy Williams Show at 2am on BET or on your local stations.