Monday, January 02, 2017

My Two Dads Joins UP TV; Remembering M*A*S*H Star William Christopher

My Two Dads

My Two Dads has also joined UP TV effective today (Monday, Jan. 2). The sitcom also joins Antenna TV this weekend as we mentioned, airing Sunday nights at 11pm & 11:30pm. UP TV is airing it weekdays at 7:00am & 7:30am, right before Growing Pains at 8:00am. In the sitcom, Joey and Michael (Paul Reiser and Greg Evigan), who fought over the same woman 13 years ago now have, upon her death, been awarded joint custody of her daughter (Staci Keanan) – who might be either of theirs. So how do the men settle their problems? With a paternity test? No way. Instead, they all move in together to raise Nicole as a two-dad nuclear family. Under the watchful eye of the family court judge, dads and daughter adjust to their new family situation. My Two Dads originally aired from 1987-90 on NBC with 60 episodes and starred Staci Keanan, Paul Reiser and Greg Evigan. The sitcom has not aired in reruns since the early 2000s when USA Network aired the series. The sitcom joins UP TV's family line-up of Growing Pains, 7th Heaven, Parenthood, Everybody Hates Chris and more. UP TV: We Get Family!


William Christopher

Actor William Christopher, who was best known for playing Father Mulcahy in M*A*S*H, has died. He died at his home in Pasadena, California on December 31, 2016, from small-cell carcinoma. Mr. Christopher was 84.

Christopher's early sitcom guest appearances included Hank, The Patty Duke Show, The Andy Griffith Show (2 episodes) and Hogan's Heroes (4 episodes). He appeared in the drama 12 O'Clock High and western Death Valley Days.

He had a recurring role as Pvt. Lester Hummel in 16 episodes of the CBS sitcom Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. from 1965-1968. He guest starred in two episodes of That Girl as Chippy Dolan in 1969-1970.

M*A*S*H

Christopher starred as Father Francis Mulcahy in the CBS sitcom M*A*S*H, which aired from 1972-1983. He began appearing in the second episode, as George Morgan played the character in the pilot episode. He was a recurring character for seasons 1-4 and a series regular for seasons 5-11. Father Mulcahy was a Roman Catholic priest, and served as a US Army chaplain assigned to the 4077th. He was a First Lieutenant (O-2) and later was promoted to a Captain (O-3) U.S.A.R.. Christopher was interviewed for Memories of M*A*S*H in 2001, M*A*S*H: TV Tales in 2002 and the M*A*S*H: 30th Anniversary Reunion in 2002.

AfterMASH

He was joined by M*A*S*H cast members Harry Morgan (Col. Sherman Potter) and Jamie Farr (Max Klinger) in the spin-off series AfterMASH, which aired for two seasons on CBS from 1983-1984. The series also starred Barbara Townsend, Anne Pitoniak, Rosalind Chao, John Chappell, Peter Michael Goetz, Jay O. Sanders, Brandis Kemp and David Ackroyd.

Some of this other sitcom guest appearances included Karen, Good Times, The Love Boat, The New WKRP in Cincinnati and Mad About You. He guest starred as a murderous bird watcher named Burton Hollis in a 1985 episode of Murder, She Wrote. Some of his other drama guest appearances included The Virginian, Alias Smith and Jones, Nichols, Columbo, Movin' On, Lucas Tanner, Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman and Team Knight Rider. He had a recurring role as Father Tobias in 11 episodes of Days of Our Lives in 2011.

Survivors include his wife of more than 50 years, Barbara, and sons John and Ned.

Mr. Christopher was wonderful as Father Mulcahy. He was one of the most underrated characters in the series. We thank him for the laughs and entertainment he brought us over the years. He will be greatly missed.

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View our tribute to the Sitcom Stars We Lost in 2016.


Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Wednesday, January 16

The Goldbergs - "The Pina Colada Episode" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Murray and Geoff team up to pull Beverly, Barry and Erica out of their shared misery that Lainey has left town. Adam’s dread of gym class is amplified when Coach Mellor’s brother, Coach Nick (guest star Bill Goldberg), arrives and uses fear as a motivator. Meanwhile, Coach Mellor (guest star Bryan Callen) prepares for the next step of his life.

Schooled - "Lainey's All That" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Hoping to gain respect among her colleagues at school, Lainey comes up with a misguided plan to give an awkward and insecure student a full makeover. Meanwhile, Principal Glascott and Coach Mellor take friendly competition to a new level when they are both romantically interested in the math teacher.

Modern Family - "Blasts from the Past" (ABC, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Phil and Claire decide to take a cycling tour through Italy before they become grandparents, and Dylan (guest star Reid Ewing) introduces them to his mom who has an interesting past. Meanwhile, Cameron and Mitchell discover some interesting reading material in Lily’s room and decide to confront her about it, while Gloria and Jay discover their respective great uncles may have fought on opposing sides of a war.

Single Parents - "All Aboard the Two-Parent Struggle Bus" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
When Will’s ex, Mia (Vanessa Bayer), shows up unexpectedly for Sophie’s birthday, Will gets frustrated that she undermines his rules with Sophie. Angie tries to help Will cope by having a fun girls’ night at her place and by giving some co-parenting advice, but Poppy reveals and Will quickly learns that Angie isn’t the best advice giver. Meanwhile, inspired by Mia’s humanitarian work, Miggy and Graham decide to give some items to charity but regret it immediately and seek out help from Douglas to get the items back.

The Big Bang Theory - "The Grant Allocation Derivation" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Leonard is caught between a rock and a hard place when he’s responsible for distributing extra grant money. Also, Bernadette turns the backyard playhouse into a hideaway from her husband and kids.

Young Sheldon - "A Mother, a Child, and a Blue Man’s Backside" (CBS, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Mary bans Sheldon from reading a mature comic book, and Sheldon decides it’s time to stop living under Mary’s thumb.

Schitt's Creek - "The Crowening" / "Love Letters" (Pop, 10:00PM ET/PT)
Moira films a movie in Bosnia, hoping to revive her career, while David tries to take his relationship to the next level; Moira loses sleep stressing over old love letters, while David and Stevie get held up at the store.

grown-ish - "In My Feelings" (Freeform, 8:00PM ET/PT)
The gang waits for the mysterious drop of a modern-day musical genius.

You're the Worst - "The Pin in My Grenade" (FXX, 10:00PM ET/PT)
Jimmy and Gretchen reveal that they're forgoing a traditional wedding, opting instead for a courthouse elopement.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of January 14)

Wednesday, January 16

  • Lily Tomlin (Grace and Frankie/Malibu Country) and Jane Fonda (Grace and Frankie) - Watch Lily and Jane on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Don Cheadle (Black Monday/House of Lies/The Golden Palace) - Don appears on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC. He also talks about Black Monday on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am.
  • Pete Holmes (Crashing) - Pete is a guest on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Jim Gaffigan (The Jim Gaffigan Show/My Boys/The Ellen Show/Welcome to New York) - Jim visits Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Frankie Shaw (SMILF/Blue Mountain State) - Frankie stops by Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC. Frankie and Rosie O'Donnell (Gimme a Break!) also talk about Showtime's SMILF on NBC's Today in the 10am hour.
  • Cobie Smulders (Friends from College/How I Met Your Mother) - Cobie appears on The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Keegan-Michael Key (Friends from College/Playing House/Gary Unmarried) - Keegan-Michael stops by Comedy Central's The Daily Show with Trevor Noah at 11pm.
  • Lena Waithe (Master of None) - Lena is a guest on Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
  • Andy Samberg (Brooklyn Nine-Nine) - Andy drops by E!'s Busy Tonight at 11pm.
  • Jamie Lee Curtis (Scream Queens/Anything But Love/Operation Petticoat) - Jamie Lee chats on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Molly Ringwald (Townies/The Facts of Life) - Molly talks about All These Small Moments on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings. She will also be on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 11:30am ET.
  • Allison Janney (Mom/Mr. Sunshine) - Allison is a guest on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Sheryl Lee Ralph (Fam/Instant Mom/Moesha/It's a Living) - Sheryl visits The Wendy Williams Show, so check your local listings.
  • The Cast of Schitt's Creek - Catherine O'Hara, Eugene Levy, Daniel Levy and Annie Murphy will be on NBC's Today in the 9am hour.
  • Sam Richardson (Champaign ILL/Detroiters/Veep) - Sam talks about the YouTube original Champaign ILL on the BUILD Series at 5pm.


New on DVD/Blu-ray (November/December/January)

Step by Step - The Complete Third Season Perfect Strangers - The Complete Sixth Season Fuller House - The Complete Third Season The Wayans Bros. - The Complete Fourth Season The Game - The Complete Series

11/01 - Episodes - Season 5
11/05 - Robin Williams - Comic Genius (includes Mork & Mindy)
11/06 - American Dad! - Volume 13
11/16 - Man with a Plan - Season One
11/20 - Step by Step - The Complete Third Season
11/27 - What I Like About You - The Complete Third Season
11/28 - The Great Indoors - Season 1 (The Complete Series)
12/04 - Family Guy - Season Sixteen
12/04 - Perfect Strangers - The Complete Sixth Season
12/18 - Our Cartoon President - Season One
01/08 - Family Guy - 20 Greatest Hits
01/22 - Fuller House - The Complete Third Season
01/22 - The Wayans Bros. - The Complete Fourth Season (WBShop.com)
01/29 - Ballers - The Complete Fourth Season (Blu-ray)
01/29 - Crashing - The Complete Second Season
01/29 - The Game - The Complete Series
01/29 - Kidding - Season One
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