Friday, January 06, 2017

Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds Documentary on HBO, Will & Grace Marathon on WE tv Tomorrow (Jan. 7); Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of January 9, 2017)

Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds

In light of the recent and unexpected deaths of both Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, the documentary Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds will debut tomorrow (Saturday, Jan. 7) at 8:00 p.m. (ET/PT), exclusively on HBO. The story of a family's complicated love, this documentary is an intimate portrait of Hollywood royalty in all its eccentricity. Carrie Fisher and her mother, Debbie Reynolds, live in the same Beverly Hills compound. The 83-year-old grand dame still has a Las Vegas act, but performing is taking its toll. Carrie's response is both hilarious and heart-rending. Featuring vintage family films that bring iconic old-world Hollywood to life, as well as extensive vérité footage, the film is directed by Alexis Bloom and Fisher Stevens. Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds has already received audience and critical acclaim at many prestigious film festivals, including the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, the Telluride Film Festival and the New York Film Festival.

Debra Messing and Debbie Reynolds - Will & Grace

This Saturday, January 7, WE tv will celebrate the life of legendary actress, Debbie Reynolds, by hosting a 6-hour mini-marathon of her appearances on the hit comedy series Will & Grace. In the series, Reynolds played Bobbi Adler, the hysterical mother of Debra Messing's character, Grace Adler.

Beginning at 11:00am ET/PT and continuing until 5:00pm ET/PT, WE tv will be counting down twelve of Reynolds' appearances in Will & Grace, in order of their fan ratings. The marathon will conclude with the highest ranked episode saved for last. Please see below for the full list of titles, episodes numbers and loglines airing on Saturday, January 7:

Ep 721 - "It's a Dad, Dad, Dad, Dad, World" – When Grace convinces Karen to accompany her to her father Martin's birthday bash, the situation turns awkward when it is just the three of them. Struggling to gain the attention of her seemingly aloof father, Grace tags along with him to the golf range in hopes of scoring some quality bonding time. Meanwhile, Karen keeps herself entertained with Martin's buddy, Burt.

Ep 808 – "Swish Out of Water" – After another visit with her domineering mom, a frazzled Grace gets advice from Jack on how to deal with her. Meanwhile, on the first day of his new job, Will chases after a slumlord: Karen.

Ep 610 – "Fanilow" - Opting out of the annual Grace Adler Design Christmas party, ultimate "Fanilow" Will spends the night waiting in line for tickets to a special Barry Manilow concert – only to have his weak bladder force him to make a quick pit stop and entrust Grace to hold his place.

Ep 204 – "Whose Mom is it Anyway?" - Grace becomes jealous because Will is receiving all the attention from her mother. Jack and Rosario must convince the I.N.S. that their marriage is not a sham.

Ep 815 – "The Definition of Marriage" – The be big day has finally arrived. Grace and James are getting ready for their green card wedding. To Grace's dismay, Karen takes it upon herself to ignore her wish for a low-key wedding ceremony and decides to arrange a huge affair instead.

Ep 508 – "Marry Me a Little (Part I)" - After Grace impulsively accepts a marriage proposal from Leo, there seems to be a million roadblocks between her and an actual wedding, not the least of which is her best friend Will's unease about the whole idea.

Ep 509 – "Marry Me a Little More (Part II)" – After Grace impulsively accepts a marriage proposal from Leo, there seems to be a million roadblocks between her and an actual wedding, not the least of which is her best friend Will's unease about the whole idea.

Ep 113 – "The Unsinkable Mommy Adler" – Grace prepares in advance for the arrival of her mother, a former showgirl who just loves upstaging her daughter.

Ep 409 – "A Movable Feast (Part I)" – Rather than be a part of Thanksgiving Day, Will, Grace, Jack and Karen go for a festive holiday motor tour of their respective dysfunctional families, including Grace's domineering mother as well as Will's willful mom and Jack's stepdad.

Ep 410 – "A Movable Feast (Part II)" – The Thanksgiving episode concludes with what Will calls real dysfunction: dinner with his nettling mother and other Truman relatives.

Ep 308 – "Lows in the Mid-Eighties (Part I)" – In a flashback to Thanksgiving 1985, coed Grace invites her college boyfriend Will home to meet her family, but their romantic relationship swerves when a conflicted Will phones a teenaged Jack for some crucial advice.

Ep 309 – "Lows in the Mid-Eights (Part II)" – The conclusion of a flashback to a memorable Thanksgiving in 1985 reveals how Will and Jack became pals; and how Karen ended up with hubby Stan. Martina Navratilova plays herself in a cameo.




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 Jan. 9-13, 2017, 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!


Monday, January 9, 2017

  • Jason Sudeikis (Son of Zorn/The Last Man on Earth/The Cleveland Show) - Watch Jason on Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother/Stark Raving Mad/Doogie Howser, M.D.) - Neil appears on The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS. He will also be on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Betsy Brandt (Life in Pieces/The Michael J. Fox Show), Thomas Sadoski (Life in Pieces) and Dan Bakkedahl (Life in Pieces/Legit) - Betsy, Thomas and Dan are guests on @midnight on Comedy Central at midnight.
  • Brian Posehn (The Sarah Silverman Program) - Brian visits Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Kristen Bell (The Good Place) - Kristen visits The Real, so check your local listings.
  • Jerry O'Connell (We Are Men/Carpoolers/My Secret Identity) - Jerry guest co-hosts LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
  • Queen Latifah (Living Single) - Catch Queen Latifah on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC. She also visits LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
  • Ken Jeong (Dr. Ken/Community) - Catch Ken on Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Emmanuelle Chriqui (Entourage) - Emmanuelle appears on a repeat of Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Anna Faris (Mom) - Anna drops by Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Aasif Mandvi (The Brink) - Aasif is a guest on Comedy Central's The Daily Show with Trevor Noah at 11pm.
  • Kim Richards (Hello, Larry) - Kim stops by Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
  • Dave Coulier (Fuller House/Full House) - Dave will be on Good Day New York on WNYW-Fox5 in New York at 9:10am.
  • Jerry O'Connell (We Are Men/Carpoolers/My Secret Identity) - Jerry guest co-hosts LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
  • Mary Steenburgen (The Last Man on Earth/Ink) - Watch Mary on Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC. She also talks about The Book of Love on NBC's Today in the 9am hour.
  • Anna Camp (The Mindy Project) - Anna is a guest on a repeat of Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Charlie Sheen (Anger Management/Two and a Half Men) - Charlie drops by Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo. He will also be on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am.
  • Craig Robinson (Mr. Robinson/The Office) - Craig appears on Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo. He also talks about Caraoke Showdown on NBC's Today in the 9am hour. He can be heard on The Morning Mash Up on SiriusXM. at 10am.
  • Billy Eichner (Difficult People) - Billy visits The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Kirstie Alley (Cheers/Veronica's Closet/Kirstie) - Kirstie joins the Chew Crew on ABC's The Chew at 1pm ET/12pm PT/CT.
  • Vivica A. Fox (Mr. Box Office/Arsenio/Out All Night) - Vivica is a guest on Access Hollywood Live, so check your local listings.
  • Jerry O'Connell (We Are Men/Carpoolers/My Secret Identity) - Jerry guest co-hosts LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
  • Tituss Burgess (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt) - Tituss appears on LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
Thursday, January 12, 2017
  • Craig Robinson (Mr. Robinson/The Office) - Catch Craig on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS. He will also be on The Wendy Williams Show at 2am on BET or on your local stations.
  • Bryan Cranston (Malcolm in the Middle) - Bryan appears on The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Giovanni Ribisi (Dads/The Wonder Years/My Two Dads) - Giovanni is a guest on The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Jason Sudeikis (Son of Zorn/The Last Man on Earth/The Cleveland Show) - Jason stops by Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
  • Queen Latifah (Living Single) - Queen Latifah is a guest on Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
  • Nia Long (Uncle Buck/The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air) - Nia drops by ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am and LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
  • Charlie Sheen (Anger Management/Two and a Half Men) - Charlie chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT. He will also be on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am.
  • Kirstie Alley (Cheers/Veronica's Closet/Kirstie) - Kirstie talks about Scream Queens on NBC's Today in the 10am hour.
Friday, January 13, 2017
  • Andy Richter (Andy Richter Controls the Universe/Andy Barker, P.I./Quintuplets) - Watch Andy on a repeat of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • J. K. Simmons (Growing Up Fisher/The Family Tools) - J. K. is a guest on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC. He talks about Patriots Day on NBC's Today sometime between 7-9am.
  • Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother/Stark Raving Mad/Doogie Howser, M.D.) - Neil appears on LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings. He also talks about Netflix's A Series of Unfortunate Events on NBC's Today sometime between 7-9am and in the 10am hour.
  • Margo Martindale (The Millers) - Margo is a guest on LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
  • Minnie Driver (Speechless/About a Boy) - Minnie appears on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Adam DeVine (Workaholics/Modern Family) - Adam visits The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Erinn Hayes (Kevin Can Wait/Guys with Kids/Worst Week) - Erinn stops by Harry, so check your local listings.
  • Kirstie Alley (Cheers/Veronica's Closet/Kirstie) - Kirstie is a guest on Rachael Ray, so check your local listings.
  • Dana Carvey (One of the Boys) - Dana appears on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Patrick Warburton (Rules of Engagement/Seinfeld) - Patrick talks about Netflix's A Series of Unfortunate Events on NBC's Today in the 9am hour.
  • B.J. Novak (The Office) - B.J. will be on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am.
  • Rickey Smiley (The Rickey Smiley Show) - Rickey is a guest on The Wendy Williams Show at 2am on BET or on your local stations. He will also be on Good Day New York on WNYW-Fox5 in New York at 9:20am.
  • Malcolm-Jamal Warner (The Cosby Show/Malcolm & Eddie) - Malcolm-Jamal appears on Access Hollywood Live, so check your local listings.
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New on DVD/Blu-ray (December/January)

American Dad! - Volume 11 Newhart - The Complete Seventh Season I Love Lucy - Superstar Special #2 (Colorized) The Love Boat - Season Three - Volume Two Hooperman - Season One

12/06 - Family Guy - Season Fourteen
12/13 - American Dad! - Volume 11
12/13 - Newhart - The Complete Seventh Season
01/03 - Girls - The Complete Fifth Season (Blu-ray)
01/10 - Broad City - Season 3
01/17 - I Love Lucy - Superstar Special #2 (Colorized)
01/17 - The Love Boat - Season Three - Volume One
01/17 - The Love Boat - Season Three - Volume Two
01/24 - Hooperman - Season One
01/24 - Hooperman - Season Two
01/31 - Ballers - The Complete Second Season (Blu-ray)
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Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Monday, January 23

Kevin Can Wait - "Choke Doubt" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Kevin brags about saving a man from choking after hearing how much attention his brother Kyle is receiving for saving a cat. Adam Ferrara guest stars as Bill, a man Kevin saves from choking, and “The Insider” correspondent Michael Yo guest stars as Tom, a morning show anchor who interviews Kyle.

Man with a Plan - "The Talk" (CBS, 8:30PM ET/PT)
When Adam and Andi have the dreaded “talk” with Teddy and Kate, their awkward approach makes the kids horribly uncomfortable.

2 Broke Girls - "And the Emergency Contractor" (CBS, 9:00PM ET/PT)
When Max and Caroline get home from their road trip, Caroline discovers she likes the dessert bar renovations as much as she likes Bobby (Christopher Gorham), the contractor on the job. Also, Max rushes to Randy’s side when she hears he’s in the hospital in New York City, and Sophie joins a mommy group that cares more about partying than baby talk.

The Big Bang Theory - "The Conjugal Conjecture" (CBS, 9:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
After Sheldon’s mother and Leonard's father share an evening together, everyone deals with an awkward morning the next day. Also, Penny’s family arrives for the wedding ceremony, including her anxiety-ridden mother, Susan (Katey Sagal), and her drug dealing brother, Randall (Jack McBrayer). Dean Norris guest stars as Colonel Williams, an Air Force Representative from the Department of Materiel Command. Christine Baranski, Laurie Metcalf, Judd Hirsch and Keith Carradine return.

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Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of January 23)

Monday, January 23

  • Allison Janney (Mom/Mr. Sunshine) - Watch Allison on a repeat of The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • William Shatner ($h*! My Dad Says) and Henry Winkler (Happy Days/Arrested Development/Out of Practice) - William and Henry are guests on a repeat of Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Kevin Nealon (Man with a Plan/Weeds/Hiller and Diller/Champs) - Kevin appears on @midnight on Comedy Central at midnight.
  • Jade Catta-Preta (Manhattan Love Story) - Jade is a guest on @midnight on Comedy Central at midnight.
  • Wendi McClendon-Covey (The Goldbergs/Rules of Engagement/Reno 911!) - Wendi stops by Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
  • Cristela Alonzo (Cristela) - Cristela chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Tika Sumpter (The Game) - Tika appears on The Real, so check your local listings.
  • Justina Machado (One Day at a Time) - Justina will be on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 12:30pm ET.
  • Jerry O'Connell (We Are Men/Carpoolers/My Secret Identity) - Jerry and Rebecca Romjin talk about Love Locks on NBC's Today in the 9am hour. Jerry will also be on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT, on Access Hollywood Live (check your local listings) and on Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
  • Retta (Parks and Recreation) - Retta talks about Girlfriend's Guide to Divorce on NBC's Today in the 10am hour.
  • Kathryn Hahn (Happyish/Free Agents) - Kathryn will be on Access Hollywood Live, so check your local listings.