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 (April/May/June)

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

Thursday, June 22

The Big Bang Theory - "The Escape Hatch Identification" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
When Raj moves out of his apartment, Leonard and Penny offer him Sheldon’s old room. Christine Baranski returns as Sheldon’s mother, Beverly.

Superior Donuts - "What's the Big Idea?" (CBS, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
When Franco’s creative new donut flavors become bestsellers, Arthur tries to prove he’s still relevant by coming up with a unique one of his own. Also, Fawz works to dream up an inventive password in order to keep Maya and James from stealing his store’s WiFi.

Mom - "Freckled Bananas and a Little Schwinn" (CBS, 9:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Christy and Bonnie dip back into illegal activities, and Adam questions their morality.

Life in Pieces - "Musical Motel Property Bingo" (CBS, 9:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Heather freaks out when Samantha auditions for the high school musical and the director, Julius Black (Andy Richter), doesn’t give her a part. Also, Matt, Greg and Heather suspect Joan is having an affair; Tyler and Clementine decide to find a home of their own; and, Jen, Colleen and Tim secretly play “Short Family Bingo” to pass the time during the weekly Sunday brunch.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of June 19)

Thursday, June 22

  • Chris Hardwick (Guys Like Us) - Catch Chris on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC. He is also a guest on Access Hollywood LivE, so check your local listings and on a repeat of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Ray Romano (Everybody Loves Raymond) - Ray appears on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Terry Crews (Brooklyn Nine-Nine/Are We There Yet?/Everybody Hates Chris) - Terry is a guest on a repeat of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Rob Huebel (Childrens Hospital/Transparent/Burning Love) - Rob appears on a repeat of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Kumail Nanjiani (Silicon Valley) - Kumail stops by Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Thomas Middleditch (Silicon Valley) - Thomas is a guest on a repeat of Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Jerrod Carmichael (The Carmichael Show) - Jerrod drops by Comedy Central's The Daily Show with Trevor Noah at 11pm.
  • Rory Scovel (Ground Floor) - Rory appears on @midnight on Comedy Central at midnight.
  • Laura Benanti (Go On) - Laura guest co-hosts The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Kunal Nayyar (The Big Bang Theory) - Kunal is a guest on a repeat of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Sasha Pieterse (Family Affair) - Sasha appears on a repeat of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Josh Henderson (One on One) - Josh is a guest on a repeat of Harry, so check your local listings.
  • Jane Lynch (Angel from Hell) - Jane gives a sneak peak of the new season of Hollywood Game Night on People Now at 8:30am. She will also be the AOL Build Show at 2:30pm and on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 11:30am ET.
  • Marisa Tomei (A Different World) - Marisa talks about Spider-man: Homecoming on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am.
  • Alfonso Ribeiro (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air/In the House/Silver Spoons) - Alfonso guest co-hosts Access Hollywood Live, so check your local listings.