Friday, September 30, 2016

ABC Gives Full Season Orders for 2 New Series; Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of October 3, 2016)

Speechless

Two critically acclaimed new Wednesday series, comedy Speechless and drama Designated Survivor, have been given full-season pickups for ABC. Nine additional episodes of both series, from Twentieth Century Fox Television and ABC Studios, and The Mark Gordon Company and ABC Studios respectively, have been ordered. Building on its lead-in by double digits on average, ABC's Designated Survivor ranks a dominant No. 1 in Wednesday's 10:00 p.m. hour with Live + Same Day Total Viewers (9.0 million) and Adults 18-49 (2.0/7). More than doubling the audience in its time period on its series debut (+104%), the new drama delivered ABC's most-watched scripted telecast in the hour in 5 years - since 9/21/11. The season's biggest gainer in TV playback with viewers, the Designated Survivor debut shot up in the Live + 3 Day numbers to 15.3 million viewers (+5.3 million) and a 3.7 rating in Adults 18-49 (+1.5 rating points). In fact, the show's 5.3 million viewer spike after 3 days of playback is the largest lift for any TV series debut in 2 years - since ABC's How to Get Away with Murder on 9/25/14. Designated Survivor stars Kiefer Sutherland as Tom Kirkman, Natascha McElhone as Alex Kirkman, Adan Canto as Aaron Shore, Italia Ricci as Emily Rhodes, LaMonica Garrett as Mike Ritter, Tanner Buchanan as Leo Kirkman; with Kal Penn as Seth Wright and Maggie Q as Hannah Wells

ABC's Speechless debuted as the No. 2 regular new comedy during Premiere Week (w/o 9/19/16) among Adults 18-49, behind only CBS' Big Bang-led Kevin Can Wait. In fact, Speechless ranked among the week's Top 5 highest-rated comedies on TV with young adults (No. 5-tie). In Total Viewers, the show's debut drew ABC's biggest scripted audience to the time period in 1-year - since 9/30/15. On average in Live + Same Day, ABC's Speechless (6.9 million and 1.9/7) builds on its The Goldbergs lead-in by 3% in Total Viewers and retains a strong 95% among Adults 18-49. Speechless stars Minnie Driver as Maya DiMeo, John Ross Bowie as Jimmy DiMeo, Mason Cook as Ray DiMeo, Micah Fowler as JJ DiMeo, Kyla Kenedy as Dylan DiMeo and Cedric Yarbrough as Kenneth.



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 Oct. 3-7, 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, October 2, 2016

  • Mindy Kaling (The Mindy Project/The Office) - Catch Mindy on Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
Monday, October 3, 2016
  • Mindy Kaling (The Mindy Project/The Office) - Watch Mindy on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS. She will also be on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am. She chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Jamie Lee Curtis (Scream Queens/Anything But Love) - Jamie Lee visits The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Kumail Nanjiani (Silicon Valley) - Kumail appears on The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Steve Agee (The Sarah Silverman Program) and Brendon Small (Home Movies) - Steve and Brendon are guests on @midnight on Comedy Central at midnight.
  • Kevin Nealon (Weeds/Champs/Hiller and Diller) - Kevin stops by Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Jerry O'Connell (We Are Men/Carpoolers/My Secret Identity) - Jerry guest co-hosts LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
  • Kenan Thompson (Kenan & Kel) - Kenan drops by LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
  • Chris Gethard (Broad City) - Chris chats about the play Career Suicide on LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
  • Anthony Anderson (black-ish/Guys with Kids/All About the Andersons) - Anthony joins the Chew Crew on ABC's The Chew at 1pm ET/12pm PT/CT.
  • Abigail Spencer (Burning Love) - Abigail talks about Timeless on NBC's Today sometime between 7-9am and in the 10am hour. She will also be on the AOL Build Show at 2pm. She is a guest on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 12:30pm ET.
  • Nicole Byer (Loosely, Exactly Nicole) - Nicole is a guest on Steve Harvey, so check your local listings.
  • Rob Riggle (Golan the Insatiable) - Rob talks about Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life on the AOL Build Show at 3pm.
  • Alfonso Ribeiro (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air/In the House/Silver Spoons) - Alfonso talks how many America's Funniest Home Videos get submitted and the funny home videos he wants to submit with his family on People Now at 8:30am.
  • Jennifer Esposito (Samantha Who?/Spin City) - Jennifer is a guest on Access Hollywood Live, so check your local listings.
  • Sara Rue (Impastor/Less Than Perfect) - Sara appears on Access Hollywood Live, so check your local listings.
  • Jay Ellis (Insecure/The Game) - Jay is a guest on The Real, so check your local listings.
  • Skai Jackson (Bunk'd/Jessie) - Skai appears on PIX11 Morning News on WPIX in New York.
  • David Koechner (Another Period/Hank/The Office) - David is a guest on Hollywood Today Live.
Tuesday, October 4, 2016
  • John Goodman (Roseanne/Normal, Ohio) - Catch John on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Billy Bob Thornton (Hearts Afire) - Billy Bob appears on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Kristin Chenoweth (Kristin) - Kristin is a guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Paul F. Tompkins (DAG) - Paul visits The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Rob Lowe (The Grinder/Parks and Recreation) - Rob stops by The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • J.K. Simmons (Growing Up Fisher/Family Tools) - J.K. is a guest on The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Michael Rosenbaum (Impastor) - Michael visits Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Martha Kelly (Baskets) and Louie Anderson (Baskets/Life with Louie/The Louie Show) - Martha and Louie are guests on @midnight on Comedy Central at midnight.
  • Kristen Bell (The Good Place) - Kristen drops by Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Fred Savage (The Grinder/Working/The Wonder Years) - Fred guest co-hosts LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
  • Molly Shannon (Divorce/Kath & Kim/Cracking Up) - Molly will be on ABC's Good Morning America someitme between 7-9am.
  • Penelope Ann Miller (A Minute with Stan Hooper) - Penelope talks about The Birth of a Nation on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am.
  • Patti LaBelle (Out All Night) - Patti guest co-hosts ABC's The Chew at 1pm ET/12pm PT/CT.
  • Jamie Lee Curtis (Scream Queens/Anything But Love) - Jamie Lee is a guest on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Rob Riggle (Golan the Insatiable) - Rob talks about Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life on NBC's Today in the 9am hour.
  • Issa Rae (Insecure) - Issa chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Adrian Grenier (Entourage) - Adrian is a guest on Access Hollywood Live, so check your local listings.
  • Alyssa Milano (Who's the Boss?/Romantically Challenged) - Alyssa chats on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
Wednesday, October 5, 2016
  • Ashton Kutcher (The Ranch/Two and a Half Men/That '70s Show) - Watch Ashton on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Issa Rae (Insecure) - Issa is a guest on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC. She will also be on CBS This Morning sometime between 7-9am.
  • Zach Galifianakis (Baskets) - Zach appears on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Ted Danson (The Good Place/Becker/Cheers)- Ted stops by Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC. He also talks about The Good Place on LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings and on NBC's Today in the 10am hour.
  • Beth Behrs (2 Broke Girls) - Beth appears on The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Kristin Chenoweth (Kristin) - Kristin visits The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS. She will also be on The Wendy Williams Show at 2am on BET or on your local stations.
  • Mark Duplass (Togetherness/The League) - Mark drops by Comedy Central's The Daily Show with Trevor Noah at 11pm.
  • Bob Saget (How I Met Your Mother/Surviving Suburbia/Full House) - Bob is a guest on @midnight on Comedy Central at midnight.
  • Greg Proops (True Jackson, VP) - Greg will be on @midnight on Comedy Central at midnight.
  • Norm Macdonald (Norm) - Norm appears on Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Don Cheadle (House of Lies/The Golden Palace) - Don is a guest on Chelsea on Netflix.
  • Anne Heche (Save Me) - Anne visits LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
  • Fred Savage (The Grinder/Working/The Wonder Years) - Fred guest co-hosts LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
  • Judith Light (Transparent/Phenom/Who's the Boss?) - Judith chats on Rachael Ray, so check your local listings. She will also be on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 12:30pm ET.
  • Sarah Jessica Parker (Divorce/Sex and the City/Square Pegs) - Sarah will be on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am. She also talks about Divorce on the AOL Build Show at 1:15pm.
  • Michael J. Fox (The Michael J. Fox Show/Spin City/Family Ties) - Michael appears on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am.
  • Connie Stevens (Wendy and Me/Starting from Scratch) and Joely Fisher (Ellen/'Til Death) - Connie and her daughter Joely are guests on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Cynthia Nixon (Sex and the City) - Cynthia talks about Killing Reagan on NBC's Today in the 9am hour.
  • Derek Waters (Married to the Kellys) - Derek talks about Drunk History on the AOL Build Show at 12pm.
  • Penelope Ann Miller (A Minute with Stan Hooper) - Penelope talks about The Birth of a Nation on the AOL Build Show at 1pm.
  • Brian Tyree Henry (Atlanta) - Brian talks about Atlanta on the AOL Build Show at 4pm.
  • Nico Tortorella (Younger) - Nico is a guest on People Now at 8:30am.
  • Rob Lowe (The Grinder/Parks and Recreation) - Rob appears on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT. He will also be on Access Hollywood Live, so check your local listings.
  • Marcia Gay Harden (Trophy Wife) - Marcia chats on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
Thursday, October 6, 2016
  • Martin Lawrence (Martin/Partners) - Catch Martin on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Ashton Kutcher (The Ranch/Two and a Half Men/That '70s Show) - Ashton is a guest on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS. He also talks about The Ranch on NBC's Today sometime between 7-9am.
  • Gael GarcĂ­a Bernal (Mozart in the Jungle) - Gael appears on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS. He talks about Desierto on NBC's Today in the 9am hour.
  • Zach Galifianakis (Baskets) - Zach stops by The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Tom Lennon (The Odd Couple/Sean Saves the World/Reno 911!) - Tom is a guest on @midnight on Comedy Central at midnight.
  • Christian Slater (Breaking In) - Christian drops by Conan at 11pm on TBS. He will also be on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Andy Daly (The Paul Reiser Show/Eastbound & Down) - Andy appears on Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Sarah Jessica Parker (Divorce/Sex and the City/Square Pegs) - Sarah drops by Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
  • Rob Lowe (The Grinder/Parks and Recreation) - Rob is a guest on Chelsea on Netflix.
  • Fred Savage (The Grinder/Working/The Wonder Years) - Fred guest co-hosts LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
  • Sarah Michelle Gellar (The Crazy Ones) - Sarah learns how to buy the best cuts of meat on Rachael Ray, so check your local listings.
  • Thomas Haden Church (Divorce/Sex and the City) - Thomas will be on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am.
  • America Ferrera (Superstore) - America joins the Chew Crew on ABC's The Chew at 1pm ET/12pm PT/CT.
  • Jill Whelan (The Love Boat) - Jill is a guest on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Tituss Burgess (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt) - Tituss appears on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 12:30pm ET.
  • Yvette Nicole Brown (The Odd Couple/Community) - Yvette guest co-hosts The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Patricia Heaton (The Middle/Back to You/Everybody Loves Raymond) - Patricia appears on The Real, so check your local listings.
  • Jamie Lee Curtis (Scream Queens/Anything But Love) - Jamie Lee is a guest on Tavis Smiley on PBS, so check your local listings.
Friday, October 7, 2016
  • Zach Galifianakis (Baskets) - Watch Zach on a repeat of Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Abigail Spencer (Burning Love) - Abigail visits The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Will Forte (The Last Man on Earth) - Will appears on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • David Duchovny (Californication) - David is a guest on a repeat of The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Danny McBride (Vice Principals/Eastbound & Down) - Danny appears on a repeat of The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Nicole Byer (Loosely, Exactly Nicole) - Nicole is a guest on a repeat of Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Krysten Ritter (Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23) - Krysten appears on Chelsea on Netflix.
  • Laura Prepon (Are You There, Chelsea?/That '70s Show) - Laura talks about the film The Girl on the Train on LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings and on NBC's Today sometime between 7-9am and in the 10am hour.
  • Ashton Kutcher (The Ranch/Two and a Half Men/That '70s Show) - Ashton guest co-hosts LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings. He also talks about The Ranch on NBC's Today in the 10am hour.
  • Queen Latifah (Living Single) - Queen Latifah and Lindsey Vonn challenge Richard Blais to make a six ingredient meal on Rachael Ray, so check your local listings.
  • Sara Rue (Impastor/Less Than Perfect) - Sara joins the Chew Crew on ABC's The Chew at 1pm ET/12pm PT/CT.
  • Brooke Burns (Miss Guided/Out of the Blue) - Brooke is a guest on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Matt Letscher (Good Morning, Miami/Almost Perfect) - Matt appears on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Mindy Cohn (The Facts of Life) - Mindy talks about Worst Cooks in America on NBC's Today in the 9am hour.
  • Penelope Ann Miller (A Minute with Stan Hooper) - Penelope is a guest on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 12:30pm ET.
  • Jay Ellis (Insecure/The Game) - Jay opens up about what it’s like working with actress Issa Rae on People Now at 8:30am.
  • Abigail Spencer (Burning Love) - Abigail is a guest on People Now at 8:30am.
  • J.B. Smoove (Curb Your Enthusiasm/The Millers/'Til Death) - J.B. stops by Harry, so check your local listings.
  • Keke Palmer (Scream Queens/True Jackson, VP) - Keke chats on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Kevin Pollak (Angel from Hell/Work with Me) - Kevin is a guest on Hollywood Today Live.
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Thursday, September 29, 2016

You're the Worst Returns to FXX; VH1 Also Acquires Mindy Project

You're the Worst

The critically-acclaimed comedy series You're the Worst has been renewed for a fourth season on FXX. The comedy from writer and executive producer Stephen Falk, currently ranked among television's leading comedies with a Metacritic score of 85, will return to FXX in 2017. You're the Worst is off to a strong start in Season 3 as its premiere delivered the series' most-watched telecast on FXX. The series is holding strong in Week 3 over its Season 2 average, with Total Viewers up +13% (590,000 vs. 521,000) and Adults 18-49 holding steady (-1%, 387,000 vs. 392,000) on a Live+7 basis.

You're the Worst is a modern look at love and happiness told through the eyes of two people who haven't been very successful with either. It's the story of Gretchen and Jimmy, fear, heartbreak, romance, sex, food, Los Angeles, Sunday Funday, friendship, and the fact that sometimes the worst people make the best partners. You're the Worst received Critics' Choice Television Award nominations for Best Comedy Series in 2015 and 2016, as well as a nomination for Aya Cash (Best Actress in a Comedy Series) and Kether Donohue (Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series) in 2016. An original comedy from writer and executive producer Stephen Falk, You're the Worst puts a dark twist on the romantic comedy genre. Narcissistic, brash, and stubborn Jimmy Shive-Overly (Chris Geere) has inadvertently found himself paired up with cynical, people-pleasing, and self-destructive Gretchen Cutler (Aya Cash). Rounding out the cast is Desmin Borges, who plays Edgar Quintero, Jimmy's once homeless war veteran roommate who is struggling to manage his PTSD while forging a post-combat life; and Kether Donohue as Lindsay Jillian, Gretchen's best friend and former partner in crime who's exploring her identity after her loveless marriage was resurrected by a surprise pregnancy.


The Mindy Project

As we first announced, reruns of The Mindy Project are coming to Freeform, but now NBCUniversal has announced that VH1 will also air reruns! NBCUniversal Television and New Media Distribution announced VH1 and Freeform have acquired the first five seasons of The Mindy Project from Universal Television. The show will begin airing on both networks in October and episodes will also be available on the VH1 and Freeform apps. We gave you the timings for Freeform, but now we will tell you about VH1. The network will begin the series Saturday, Oct. 1 from 2-5:30pm. As of now, the series will air Saturdays only. VH1 also airs My Wife & Kids, The Jamie Foxx Show, Girlfriends, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Saved by the Bell and That '70s Show, most during weekdays.

The Mindy Project from Universal Television is a single-camera comedy series created by and starring Emmy(r)-nominated writer/producer and New York Times best-selling author Mindy Kaling, which follows a skilled OB/GYN navigating the tricky waters of both her personal and professional life. The series stars Mindy Kaling, Chris Messina, Ed Weeks, Ike Barinholtz, Adam Pally, Beth Grant, Xosha Roquemore, Fortune Feimster and Zoe Jarman.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Bounce Sitcom Family Time Returns; NBC Gives Full Season to This Is Us

Family Time

Bounce TV, the fastest-growing African-American network on television, announced that the fourth season of the popular comedy series Family Time will premiere Tues. Oct. 4, 2016 with new episodes every Tuesday night at 9:00 p.m. ET. Family Time comedically chronicles the lives of the Stallworth family, headed by the dad Tony, a struggling general contractor played by Omar Gooding, and his wife Lisa, an unfulfilled stay-at-home mom portrayed by Angell Conwell. When they are not battling each other, they are contending with a host of family, friends, and neighbors including their mischievous children Devin (Bentley Kyle Evans, Jr.) and Ebony (Jayla Calhoun), Tony's financially-challenged best friend Donnie (Clayton Thomas) and Lisa's feisty sisters Rachel (Tanjareen Thomas) and Lori (Paula Jai Parker).

The first episode of the new season finds Lisa giving relationship advice to Tony's friends when he lets her visit the barbershop; Rodney Perry guest stars. Other notable guest stars this season include A.J. Johnson (House Party), Glenn Plummer (Speed, South Central), Gloria Govan (Basketball Wives) Michael Colyar (black-ish), award-winning singer Chante Moore, Nicholas Turturro (NYPD Blue) and Laurence Fishburne's son Langston Fishburne making his acting debut. The new 13-episode season will also feature Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas-themed episodes.


This Is Us

NBC has ordered an additional five episodes of the network's critically beloved new drama series This Is Us, bringing the full season order to 18. Last week's This Is Us series premiere generated a 4.5 rating in adults 18-49 and 14.3 million viewers overall in L+5 averages from Nielsen Media Research - an increase of 1.7 rating points going from live plus same day to L+5. The 4.5 makes it the #1 series premiere of the fall season to date, while the show's L+SD rating makes it NBC's highest-rated scripted program in that Tuesday 10-11 p.m. time period in more than six years.

On digital platforms, it's NBC's most-viewed series premiere on record, more than doubling the network's previous record for most one-day views of a debuting series across NBC digital platforms. This Is Us was the most anticipated new series heading into fall with its trailer viewed more than 127 million times following the show's announcement at the May upfronts. This Is Us is a refreshingly honest and provocative series that follows a unique ensemble whose paths cross and their life stories intertwine in curious ways. We find several of them share the same birthday, and so much more than anyone would expect. From the writer and directors of Crazy, Stupid, Love. is a smart, modern series that will challenge your everyday presumptions about the people you think you know. The cast includes Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore, Justin Hartley, Chrissy Metz, Sterling K. Brown, Susan Kelechi Watson, Chris Sullivan and Ron Cephas Jones.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

It's Better Late Than Never Again for NBC; GSN Has Tracy Morgan as Host of Scare Tactics

Better Late Than Never

The boys are back! Summer's new broadcast series, Better Late Than Never, is returning for a second season. This past summer award-winning actor, producer, writer and director Henry Winkler (Happy Days, Royal Pains), Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning actor, director and writer William Shatner (Star Trek, The Practice), celebrated football legend and NFL analyst Terry Bradshaw (Fox NFL Sunday), boxing Hall of Famer and gold medal winner-turned businessman George Foreman and comedian Jeff Dye (NBC's I Can Do That) embarked on the ultimate international excursion to Asia with no assistants, no limousines and no lattes, in search of an intimate life-changing experience. The five navigated their way through Tokyo and Kyoto, Japan; Seoul, South Korea; Hong Kong; and Phuket and Chiang Mai, Thailand - communicating with the local population, immersing themselves in local traditions and enjoying exotic food - all the while dealing with the unexpected twists and turns that any trip presents. Winkler, Shatner, Bradshaw, Foreman and Dye will return for the second season. The locale will be announced at a later date. It is expected to air next summer.


Scare Tactics

GSN, the leader in game shows and competitive entertainment, announced it has obtained telecast rights to 13 episodes of the hidden camera/comedy horror TV show Scare Tactics, hosted by actor/comedian Tracy Morgan. The show will be paired with the network's new horror-themed game Hellevator in a "Friday Night Frights" programming block on Fridays from 9-11pm ET/PT, beginning October 7. Scare Tactics,, which originally aired for five seasons, is a hidden camera/comedy TV series with a Sci-Fi twist. Episodes from season five, featuring actor/comedian Tracy Morgan (30 Rock, Saturday Night Live) take advantage of the age-old practice of friends playing practical jokes on each other. Set up by friends and family members, the show's unwitting "stars" are caught off guard and on camera in elaborately staged horror hoaxes involving movie-style special effects and expert make-up.

Hellevator , produced by Matador and masters of the horror genre Blumhouse Productions, in association with Lionsgate Television, is a terrifying, genre-bending series which dares a team of four friends to ride a haunted elevator into the depths of an abandoned slaughterhouse. With $50,000 at stake, contestants must conquer multiple floors of terrifying chaos and hair-raising challenges in order to move on to the final level - The Inferno. In addition to the psychological terror players will face during their quest, they must also endure the wrath of the show's masterminds, horror film icons Jen and Sylvia Soska, aka the "Twisted Twins," who work in tandem from their secret lair to torment and trip-up players as they struggle to remain sane and keep in mind, "it's just a game."

Monday, September 26, 2016

The Mindy Project Coming to Freeform; Late Night Series Possible for Freeform with Iliza Shlesinger

The Mindy Project

Beginning this October, Freeform (formerly ABC Family) will be adding reruns of the comedy The Mindy Project to its late night block from 12-2am. It will air each weeknight beginning October 3 and is replacing the classic Disney series block (a different one airs each weeknight from 12-2am). There will be a special primetime Mindy block on Wednesday, October 12 from 8-11pm as well. Freeform starts its 13 Nights of Halloween on October 19, so The Mindy Project will be temporarily moves to weekdays from 12-1pm (replacing one Gilmore Girls airing). The Mindy Project will go back to its late night block beginning Tuesday, November 1 after a 2 week "Halloween" break. The Mindy Project stars Mindy Kaling, Ed Weeks, Ike Barinholtz, Beth Grant, Xosha Roquemore and Fortune Feimster. The comedy of course is a single-camera comedy series created by and starring Emmy(R)-nominated writer/producer and New York Times best-selling author Mindy Kaling, which follows a skilled OB/GYN navigated the tricky waters of both her personal and professional life.


Iliza Shlesinger

Sticking with Freeform news, Freeform takes a bold step into late-night with comedian Iliza Shlesinger and greenlights development on a new late-night series. The late-night series will feature Iliza's unique voice that reflects the audience and what's happening in the moment with a fresh comedic spin. Additionally, this past summer, Iliza premiered her scripted web series Forever 31 on ABC's new digital platform (ABCd), and the series has already been ordered for a second season. Her third Netflix special Confirmed Kills premiered on the streaming service on Friday (September 23) and will be followed by her first national theatre tour Iliza: The Confirmed Kills Tour. In spring 2017, Weinstein Books will publish her first book Girl Logic. Stay with us for continued updates should the series get a series order.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Week 1 TV Ratings and Analysis; How the Sitcoms Did

2016-17 Week 1 TV Ratings (first four nights Mon-Thu): 

Households: #1. CBS 7.42/13 rating/share (even in rating from first four nights week 1 in 2015); #2. NBC 5.53/10 (even); #3. ABC 4.88/8 (-15%); #4. Fox 3.01/5 (-5%); #5. The CW 0.57/1 (-10%).
Total Viewers: #1. CBS 12.111 million (-1% from first four nights week 1 in 2015); #2. NBC 8.870 million (even); #3. ABC 7.530 million (-15%); #4. Fox 4.932 million (-9%); #5. The CW 0.891 million (-11%).
Adults 18-49: #1. CBS 2.99/11 rating/share (-2% in rating from first four nights week 1 in 2014); #2. NBC 2.27/8 (-7%); #3. ABC 1.67/7 (-20%); #4. Fox 1.61/6 (-22%); #5. The CW 0.25/1 (-24%)

We're back with a new season! We'll have this week's final ratings, Week 1 (9/19/16-9/25/16) next Sunday.

For season to-date (9/19/16-9/22/16), we will have that by next week, too, as it is the same numbers as above.

Back to week 1 (Sep. 19-25), read our full night-by-night analysis followed by how the sitcoms did! GREAT showings are in BOLD. If they are in bold in both total viewers and 18-49, then it is very impressive:


Week 1 (Sept. 19-25) Analysis















Last Sunday (Sep 18)(Summer Week 16)This WkPrev WeekWk-to-Wk +/-This WkPrev WeekWk-to-Wk +/-
TitleNetworkTimeTotal Viewers18-49 RtgNotes
60 MinutesCBS7:44PM12,701,000
12,701,000 2.64
2.64
Emmy's Red CarpetABC7:00PM4,777,000
4,777,000 0.86
0.86
Bob's BurgersFox7:18PM1,830,000
1,830,000 0.74
0.74 REPEAT
Football Night in AmericaNBC7:30PM6,304,000
6,304,000 2.11
2.11
Bob's BurgersFox7:30PM1,741,000
1,741,000 0.70
0.70 REPEAT
JonBenet RamsayCBS8:44PM10,422,000
10,422,000 2.14
2.14
Emmy AwardsABC8:00PM11,382,000
11,382,000 2.85
2.85 8-11P
Once Upon a TimeABC8:00PM

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Football Night in AmericaNBC8:00PM11,856,000
11,856,000 4.18
4.18
The SimpsonsFox8:00PM1,829,000
1,829,000 0.73
0.73 REPEAT
Sunday Night FootballNBC8:30PM22,751,000
22,751,000 8.20
8.20 833-1143P
The SimpsonsFox8:30PM1,797,000
1,797,000 0.72
0.72 REPEAT
Madam SecretaryCBS9:00PM

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Secrets & LiesABC9:00PM

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Family GuyFox9:00PM1,891,000
1,891,000 0.80
0.80 REPEAT
Last Man on EarthFox9:30PM1,297,000
1,297,000 0.51
0.51
NCIS: LACBS10:44PM4,570,000
4,570,000 0.70
0.70 REPEAT
QuanticoABC10:00PM

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DatelineNBC10:00PM

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Monday

This WkPrev WeekWk-to-Wk +/-This WkPrev WeekWk-to-Wk +/-
TitleNetworkTimeTotal Viewers18-49 RtgNotes
The Big Bang TheoryCBS8:00PM15,816,000
15,816,000 3.76
3.76 PREMIERE
Dancing w/the StarsABC8:00PM10,714,000
10,714,000 1.71
1.71 8-10p
The VoiceNBC8:00PM12,104,000
12,104,000 3.30
3.30 8-10P PREMIERE
GothamFox8:00PM3,897,000
3,897,000 1.29
1.29 PREMIERE
SupergirlCW8:00PM817,000
817,000 0.22
0.22 REPEAT
Kevin Can WaitCBS8:30PM11,078,000
11,078,000 2.58
2.58 PREMIERE
JonBenet RamsayCBS9:00PM8,242,000
8,242,000 1.80
1.80
LuciferFox9:00PM4,360,000
4,360,000 1.31
1.31 PREMIERE
SupergirlCW9:00PM894,000
894,000 0.25
0.25 REPEAT
ScorpionCBS10:00PM

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Match GameABC10:00PM4,402,000
4,402,000 0.91
0.91
The Good PlaceNBC10:00PM8,036,000
8,036,000 2.28
2.28 PREMIERE










Tuesday

This WkPrev WeekWk-to-Wk +/-This WkPrev WeekWk-to-Wk +/-
TitleNetworkTimeTotal Viewers18-49 RtgNotes
NCISCBS8:00PM15,992,000
15,992,000 2.17
2.17 PREMIERE
Dancing with the StarsABC8:00PM8,601,000
8,601,000 1.50
1.50 8-10P
The VoiceNBC8:00PM12,293,000
12,293,000 3.38
3.38 8-10P
Brooklyn Nine-NineFox8:00PM2,389,000
2,389,000 1.06
1.06 PREMIERE
The FlashCW8:00PM877,000
877,000 0.25
0.25 REPEAT
New GirlFox8:30PM2,312,000
2,312,000 1.19
1.19 PREMIERE
BullCBS9:00PM15,562,000
15,562,000 2.21
2.21 PREMIERE
Scream QueensFox9:00PM2,156,000
2,156,000 0.97
0.97 PREMIERE
MADtvCW9:00PM581,000
581,000 0.19
0.19
NCIS: New OrleansCBS10:00PM11,120,000
11,120,000 1.43
1.43 PREMIERE
Marvel's Agents of SHIELDABC10:00PM3,439,000
3,439,000 1.11
1.11 PREMIERE
This Is UsNBC10:00PM10,065,000
10,065,000 2.85
2.85 PREMIERE










Wednesday
This WkPrev WeekWk-to-Wk +/-This WkPrev WeekWk-to-Wk +/-
TitleNetworkTimeTotal Viewers18-49 RtgNotes
SurvivorCBS8:00PM9,444,000
9,444,000 2.31
2.31 PREMIERE 8-930P
The GoldbergsABC8:00PM6,899,000
6,899,000 2.04
2.04 PREMIERE
BlindspotNBC8:00PM6,082,000
6,082,000 1.31
1.31
Lethal WeaponFox8:00PM7,932,000
7,932,000 2.20
2.20 PREMIERE
Penn & Teller Fool UsCW8:00PM1,183,000
1,183,000 0.27
0.27 REPEAT
SpeechlessABC8:30PM7,383,000
7,383,000 2.03
2.03 PREMIERE
Criminal Minds CBS9:00PM

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Modern FamilyABC9:00PM8,237,000
8,237,000 2.62
2.62 PREMIERE
Law & Order: SVUNBC9:00PM7,818,000
7,818,000 1.84
1.84 PREMIERE
EmpireFox9:00PM10,868,000
10,868,000 4.16
4.16 PREMIERE
Whose Line Is It?CW9:00PM1,128,000
1,128,000 0.32
0.32
Big BrotherCBS9:30PM6,299,000
6,299,000 2.02
2.02 FINALE 930-11P
black-ishABC9:30PM6,393,000
6,393,000 1.93
1.93 PREMIERE
Whose Line Is It?CW9:30PM1,202,000
1,202,000 0.37
0.37 REPEAT
Code BlackCBS10:00PM

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Designated SurvivorABC10:00PM10,037,000
10,037,000 2.24
2.24 PREMIERE
Chicago P.D.NBC10:00PM6,874,000
6,874,000 1.57
1.57 PREMIERE










Thursday
This WkPrev WeekWk-to-Wk +/-This WkPrev WeekWk-to-Wk +/-
TitleNetworkTimeTotal Viewers18-49 RtgNotes
NFL Pre-KickCBS8:00PM11,084,000
11,084,000 3.47
3.47
Grey's AnatomyABC8:00PM8,750,000
8,750,000 2.48
2.48 PREMIERE
SuperstoreNBC8:00PM5,449,000
5,449,000 1.47
1.47 PREMIERE
RosewoodFox8:00PM3,652,000
3,652,000 0.73
0.73 PREMIERE
The FlashCW8:00PM935,000
935,000 0.23
0.23 REPEAT
CBS NFL ThursdayCBS8:30PM17,546,000
17,546,000 6.06
6.06 827-1106P
The Good PlaceNBC8:30PM5,251,000
5,251,000 1.36
1.36 PREMIERE
Chicago MedNBC9:00PM7,022,000
7,022,000 1.37
1.37 PREMIERE
NotoriousABC9:00PM5,394,000
5,394,000 1.13
1.13 PREMIERE
PitchFox9:00PM4,227,000
4,227,000 1.06
1.06 PREMIERE
SupernaturalCW9:00PM678,000
678,000 0.23
0.23 REPEAT
Pure GeniusCBS10:00PM

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How To Get Away/MurderABC10:00PM5,113,000
5,113,000 1.42
1.42 PREMIERE
The BlacklistNBC10:00PM6,397,000
6,397,000 1.25
1.25 PREMIERE










Friday(PRELIMINARY #s) This WkPrev WeekWk-to-Wk +/-This WkPrev WeekWk-to-Wk +/-
TitleNetworkTimeTotal Viewers18-49 RtgNotes
MacGyverCBS8:00PM10,891,000
10,891,000 1.70
1.70 PRMIERE
Last Man StandingABC8:00PM5,837,000
5,837,000 1.10
1.10 PRMIERE
SuperstoreNBC8:00PM2,407,000
2,407,000 0.60
0.60 REPEAT
Hell's KitchenFox8:00PM3,334,000
3,334,000 1.10
1.10 PREMIERE
Masters of IllusionCW8:00PM1,048,000
1,048,000 0.30
0.30
Dr. KenABC8:30PM4,086,000
4,086,000 0.90
0.90 PREMIERE
The Good PlaceNBC8:30PM2,341,000
2,341,000 0.60
0.60 REPEAT
Masters of IllusionCW8:30PM1,042,000
1,042,000 0.30
0.30 REPEAT
Hawaii Five-0CBS9:00PM10,091,000
10,091,000 1.30
1.30 PREMIERE
Shark TankABC9:00PM4,940,000
4,940,000 1.10
1.10 PREMIERE
DatelineNBC9:00PM4,597,000
4,597,000 1.00
1.00 9-11P
The ExorcistFox9:00PM2,904,000
2,904,000 1.00
1.00 PREMIERE
Penn & Teller: Fool UsCW9:00PM1,210,000
1,210,000 0.30
0.30 REPEAT
Blue BloodsCBS10:00PM10,434,000
10,434,000 1.30
1.30 PREMIERE
20/20ABC10:00PM3,411,000
3,411,000 0.70
0.70
DatelineNBC10:00PM

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Saturday(PRELIMINARY #s) This WkPrev WeekWk-to-Wk +/-This WkPrev WeekWk-to-Wk +/-
TitleNetworkTimeTotal Viewers18-49 RtgNotes
Crimetime SaturdayCBS8:00PM

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- REPEAT
Saturday Night FootballABC8:00PM

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- 8-11P
The VoiceNBC8:00PM

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- 8-10P REPEAT
College FootballFox8:00PM

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- 8-11P
Crimetime SaturdayCBS9:00PM

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- REPEAT
48 Hours MysteryCBS10:00PM

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- PREMIERE
This Is UsNBC10:00PM

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- REPEAT


Sitcoms in green did excellent for the week, while yellow indicates OK showings and red is not good! This is sorted by adults 18-49:

Week 1 (Sep. 19-25) How the Sitcoms Did
(Sun comedies are previous week and Fri/Sat are prelim ratings)
Sorted by 18-49 Rtg
TitleNetworkTimeDayTotal Viewers18-49 RtgNotes







The Big Bang TheoryCBS8:00PMMon15,816,0003.76PREMIERE
Modern FamilyABC9:00PMWed8,237,0002.62PREMIERE
Kevin Can WaitCBS8:30PMMon11,078,0002.58PREMIERE
The Good PlaceNBC10:00PMMon8,036,0002.28PREMIERE
The GoldbergsABC8:00PMWed6,899,0002.04PREMIERE
SpeechlessABC8:30PMWed7,383,0002.03PREMIERE
black-ishABC9:30PMWed6,393,0001.93PREMIERE
SuperstoreNBC8:00PMThu5,449,0001.47PREMIERE
The Good PlaceNBC8:30PMThu5,251,0001.36
New GirlFox8:30PMTue2,312,0001.19PREMIERE
Last Man StandingABC8:00PMFri5,837,0001.1PREMIERE
Brooklyn Nine-NineFox8:00PMTue2,389,0001.06PREMIERE
Dr. KenABC8:30PMFri4,086,0000.9PREMIERE
Family GuyFox9:00PMSun1,891,0000.80REPEAT
Bob's BurgersFox7:18PMSun1,830,0000.74REPEAT
The SimpsonsFox8:00PMSun1,829,0000.73REPEAT
The SimpsonsFox8:30PMSun1,797,0000.72REPEAT
Bob's BurgersFox7:30PMSun1,741,0000.70REPEAT
The Good PlaceNBC8:30PMFri2,341,0000.6REPEAT
SuperstoreNBC8:00PMFri2,407,0000.6REPEAT
The Last Man on EarthFox9:30PMSun1,297,0000.51REPEAT
Fresh off the BoatABC9:00PMTue

preempted
The Real O'NealsABC9:30PMTue

preempted
Life In PiecesCBS9:30PMThu

preempted
MomCBS9:00PMThu

preempted
The Odd CoupleCBS9:30PMMon

preempted
Son of ZornFox8:30PMSun


Making HistoryFox8:30PMSun


The MickFox8:30PMTue


Man with a PlaceCBS8:30PMMon


The Great IndoorsCBS8:30PMThu


American HousewifeABC8:30PMTue


The MiddleABC8:00PMTue

preempted
2 Broke GirlsCBS9:00PMMon

preempted

SOURCE: Nielsen Media Research


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06/13 - The Andy Griffith Show - Return to Mayberry
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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.