Thursday, April 20, 2017

Freeform 2017 Upfront; Netflix Will Arnett Comedy Returns June 2

Freeform

At Freeform's upfront presentation opened by Iliza Shlesinger (Truth & Iliza) held in New York yesterday, The Walt Disney Company's millennial-focused television network announced a bold and robust programming lineup built around top talent, premium original content and prominent Disney properties including Marvel, ABC Studios and Disney theme parks. Coming in early 2018 is Alone Together, a half-hour, single-camera comedy starring Esther Povitsky (Lady Dynamite) and Benji Aflalo (Not Safe with Nikki Glaser). Esther and Benji are platonic best friends who want nothing more than to be accepted by the vain and status-obsessed culture of Los Angeles. Next up, Marvel's Cloak & Dagger is the story of Tandy Bowen (Olivia Holt) and Tyrone Johnson (Aubrey Joseph) – two teenagers from very different backgrounds, who find themselves burdened and awakened to newly acquired superpowers which are mysteriously linked to one another. Tandy can emit light daggers and Tyrone has the ability to engulf others in darkness. They quickly learn they are better together than apart, but their feelings for each other make their already complicated world even more challenging. The network has ordered 10 one-hour episodes slated to debut early 2018.

Coming in summer 2018 is new drama Siren takes us inside Bristol Cove--a coastal town known for its legend of once being home to mermaids. When the arrival of a mysterious girl proves this folklore all too true, the battle between man and sea takes a very vicious turn as these predatory beings return to reclaim their right to the ocean. The series stars Alex Roe (The 5th Wave) as Ben, a bright marine biologist who finds himself drawn to Ryn, a mysterious new girl in town played by Eline Powell (Game of Thrones), who is a strange young woman with a deep dark secret. Fola Evans-Akingbola (An American Exorcism) stars as Maddie, also a marine biologist who works with Ben, and is highly suspicious of Ryn. Ian Verdun (Life's a Drag) stars as Xander, a deep sea fisherman on a quest to uncover the truth; and Rena Owen (Star Wars Episodes II and III) as Helen, the town eccentric who seems to know more about the mermaids than she lets on. Moving on, Marvel's New Warriors is a new comedic live-action adaptation of the popular Marvel comic featuring young adult heroes. This marks Marvel's first foray into comedy for a television series. The comedy is about six young people with powers living and working together. With powers and abilities on the opposite end of the spectrum of The Avengers, the New Warriors want to make a difference in the world ... even if the world isn't ready. Not quite super, not yet heroes, the series is about that time in your life when you first enter adulthood and feel like you can do everything and nothing at once – except in this world, bad guys can be as terrifying as bad dates. The network has ordered ten 30-minute episodes slated to debut in 2018.

Among the other items of note is a Christmas movie starring Tyra Banks called Life-Size 2 and new drama The Bold Type will have a special two-hour premiere on Tuesday, July 11, at 9:00 p.m. EDT. The series stars Katie Stevens, Aisha Dee, Meghann Fahy, Sam Page, Matt Ward and Melora Hardin.


Flaked

Backpedaling just got harder...Flaked is back! In this season of Flaked, Chip can't get out of his own way. Find out how his love interest, bromance, recovery and lies come to fruition on June 2 only on Netflix. In the new season of Flaked, Chip returns to Venice after a short exile and finds that he is no longer welcome. People have not forgotten that he sold out the local community. And for what... ? Chip's lost everything: his store, his friends, his reputation, his bicycle... he doesn't even have a guest house to live in. All he's got left is London, and she's beginning to look elsewhere - spiritually, if not physically.

Chip starts to claw his way back into the affections of the community, first asking Dennis to be his sponsor, then helping his friend in a new business venture, and even doing an honest day's work... But the lies are never too far behind, and just when it looks as though he's won back his friend and stabilized his relationship, everything splinters again and he slips back into the bottle... It becomes clear that he needs to make a choice: his best friend or the love of his life. Lies or sobriety. Flaked is created by Will Arnett and Mark Chappell and executive produced by Arnett, Chappell, Ben Silverman, Peter Principato, and Mitch Hurwitz. The series stars Will Arnett ("Chip"), David Sullivan ("Dennis"), Ruth Kearney ("London"), George Basil ("Cooler") and Lenora Crichlow ("Rosa").


Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Saturday, November 18

Will & Grace - "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Crying" (NBC, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Grace (Debra Messing) tries for her biggest job yet: decorating a string of boutique hotels for an obnoxious mogul (guest star Max Greenfield). Meanwhile, Will (Eric McCormack) is surprised at his reaction to making Senior Partner; Beverly Leslie (Leslie Jordan) discloses his secret to Karen (Megan Mullally); and Jack (Sean Hayes) owns half of a winning lottery ticket.

Superstore - "Sal's Dead" (NBC, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
A dead body is discovered in the store on Halloween, throwing Glenn (Mark McKinney) and Dina (Lauren Ash) into a panic, and confusing the shoppers. Meanwhile, Amy (America Ferrera) and Garrett (Colton Dunn) get into big trouble using a dating app on Jonah's (Ben Feldman) phone.

The Thundermans - "Save the Past Dance" (Nickelodeon, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Tired of hearing tales of Hiddenville's legendary mayor, the kids use a time machine to travel back 60 years to disprove the myths; but when they inadvertently alter the past, the effect spells disaster for their hometown.

School of Rock - "Heroes & Villains" (Nickelodeon, 8:30PM ET/PT)
After comic books get banned at school, Tomika decides to create her own comic, but accidentally upsets her friends by not drawing them in the best light.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of November 13)

Friday, November 17

  • Whitney Cummings (Whitney) - Watch Whitney on a repeat of Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Ben Schwartz (Parks and Recreation) - Ben appears on a repeat of The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Sarah Wright Olsen (Marry Me) - Sarah is a guest on a repeat of Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Natalie Alyn Lind (The Goldbergs/Quintuplets) - Natalie appears on a repeat of Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Bob Saget (Full House/Surviving Suburbia/How I Met Your Mother) - Bob chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • J. K. Simmons (Growing Up Fisher/Family Tools) - J. K. is a guest on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Ty Burrell (Modern Family/Back to You/Out of Practice) - Ty appears on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Billy Ray Cyrus (Still the King) - Billy Ray stops by Harry, so check your local listings.
  • Rob Huebel (Transparent/Childrens Hospital) - Rob is a guest on Good Mythical Morning with Rhett & Link on YouTube.
  • Anthony Anderson (black-ish/Guys with Kids/All About the Andersons) - Anthony appears on Rachael Ray, so check your local listings.
  • Paul Reiser (Red Oaks/The Paul Reiser Show/Mad About You/My Two Dads) - Paul can be heard on The Morning Mash Up on SiriusXM at 10:30am.
  • Autumn Reeser (Entourage/Complete Savages) - Autumn talks about the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries original A Bramble House Christmas on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Courtney Thorne-Smith (According to Jim) - Courtney cooks a spinach and artichoke casserole on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Janina Gavankar (The League) - Janina will be on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am.
  • Todd Bridges (Diff'rent Strokes) - Todd speaks out about the dark side of show business and reveals the abuse he suffered when he was 11 years old on The Dr. Oz Show, so check your local listings.
  • Chloe x Halle (grown-ish) - Chloe x Halle talk about grown-ish on the AOL Build Show at 4pm.
  • Reba McEntire (Reba/Malibu Country) - Reba is a guest on Access Hollywood Live, so check your local listings.


New on DVD/Blu-ray (June/July/August)

Father Knows Best - Season Six Diff'rent Strokes - The Complete Sixth Season Alice - The Complete Fifth Season Rhoda - Season Four Brooklyn Nine-Nine - Season Four

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
07/04 - Superstore - Season Two
07/18 - Father Knows Best - Season Six
07/25 - Diff'ernt Strokes - The Complete Sixth Season
07/25 - Girls - The Final (Sixth) Season (Blu-ray)
08/01 - Alice - The Complete Fifth Season (WBShop.com)
08/01 - Crashing - The Complete First Season (Blu-ray)
08/15 - Rhoda - Season Four
08/22 - Brooklyn Nine-Nine - Season Four
08/29 - Will & Grace - Season One (Universal)
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