Tuesday, April 18, 2017

getTV Honors Charlie's Angels Stars; Remembering Sitcom Writer and Producer Bernard 'Bud' Wiser

Cheryl Ladd - One West Waikiki

getTV honors the stars of the popular 1976 detective series Charlie's Angels, with a heavenly Get Lost In TV lineup featuring rare and classic television appearances by Farrah Fawcett, Jaclyn Smith, Kate Jackson, and Cheryl Ladd, on Sunday, April 30, starting at 11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT. The night opens with a star-powered 1979 episode of The Merv Griffin Show, as the talk show pioneer presents an evening with trailblazing '70s sex symbols Jaclyn Smith, Lynda Carter, and Suzanne Somers, coming together for a rare joint appearance as they open up about their lives and careers on some of television’s most legendary series. Then Cheryl Ladd is on the case, starring as a forensics specialist who teams up with a brash homicide detective (Richard Burgi) to take down criminals in paradise in One West Waikiki. The block puts the spotlight on four episodes of this rarely seen series, featuring guest appearances by Adrienne Barbeau, Robert Forster, and Denise Richards in an early role.

Farrah Fawcett and Cher - The Sonny and Cher Show

Then at 4am, Farrah Fawcett matches wits with dynamic duo Sonny & Cher in a rare 1977 episode of The Sonny & Cher Show. Putting her charm on full display, Fawcett steals the show in hilarious skits that find her striking a pose with Cher as living department store mannequins; playing doctor with Sonny; and cavorting with the couple as castaways on a desert island. Acclaimed funnyman Don Knotts also makes an appearance. The block comes to a close with Kate Jackson in two episodes of the 1971 sitcom The Jimmy Stewart Show, fresh off her television debut in Dark Shadows that same year. In the series--which stars Golden Age icon James Stewart as kindly college professor James K. Howard—Jackson appears as Janice Morton, a troubled student seeking Stewart's help in "Identity Crisis" at 5 a.m. ET, and reprises her role in "A Vote For Howard" at 5:30 a.m. ET.


Bernard 'Bud' Wiser

Writer and producer Bernard 'Bud' Wiser, who worked on All in the Family, One Day at a Time and Who's the Boss?, has died. He died April 16 surrounded by his family at his home in Studio City, California. Mr. Wiser was 87.

Wiser served as a producer of One Day at a Time for six seasons of the long-running CBS sitcom. He also wrote 25 episodes of the series from 1976-1983. He was a script consultant for an additional 30 episodes.

He worked as a producer and supervising producer for Who's the Boss? for the first two seasons from 1984-1986. He wrote eight episodes of the series from 1984-1989.

Wiser's other sitcom writing credits included Chico and the Man, Paul Sand in Friends and Lovers, All in the Family (2 episodes - "Gloria's Boyfriend" and "Prisoner in the House"), That's My Mama (2 episodes), Rhoda, The Practice (1976), All's Fair (4 episodes), A Different World, Charles in Charge (3 episodes), Growing Pains, Dear John, Brooklyn Bridge and Coach.

He served as a supervising producer for The New Lassie syndicated series in 1989-1990. He also wrote four episodes.

Survivors include his wife of 42 years, Christine Z. Wiser; son Mike Wiser and daughter-in-law Callie Wiser; and grandchildren Davis and Leigh.

Mr. Wiser had one of the best names in the business. We thank him for his work on many sitcoms. He will be missed.


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

Saturday, June 24

The Thundermans - "Thunder in Paradise" (Nickelodeon, 8:00PM ET/PT)
The Thundermans travel to Hawaii for summer vacation, but there is trouble in paradise as Phoebe inadvertently has absorbed Dark Mayhem's evil powers, and now is determined to complete his plan for world domination.

Tyler Perry's For Better or Worse - "I Got Her Card" (OWN, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Jennifer decides to take Richard's legal trouble into her own hands.

Tyler Perry's For Better or Worse - "I Have Lived" (OWN, 9:30PM ET/PT)
Marcus' ex-teammate shows up at C-Sports.

Tyler Perry's For Better or Worse - "All the Voices" (OWN, 10:00PM ET/PT)
The guys come to the rescue of William, Marcus' old teammate.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of June 19)

Friday, June 23

  • Kevin Hart (The Big House/Undeclared) - Watch Kevin on a repeat of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Ali Wentworth (Nightcap) - Ali is a guest on a repeat of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • John Mulaney (Mulaney) - John appears on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Whitney Cummings (Whitney) - Whitney is a guest on a repeat of The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Kumail Nanjiani (Silicon Valley) - Kumail chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Paul Shaffer (A Year at the Top) - Paul guest co-hosts The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Laura Prepon (Are You There, Chelsea?/That '70s Show) - Laura appears on a repeat of LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Michael Strahan (Brothers) - Michael plays Pyramid on a repeat of Rachael Ray, so check your local listings.
  • Zoe Perry and Iain Armitage (Young Sheldon) - Zoe and Iain talk about their upcoming CBS sitcom Young Sheldon on People Now at 8:30am.
  • Melora Hardin (The Office/Wedding Band) - Melora talks about Freeform's The Bold Type on the AOL Build Show at 1pm and on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 11:30am ET.
  • 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.
  • Ellie Kemper (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt/The Office) - Ellie is a guest on Access Hollywood Live, so check your local listings.
  • Maggie Lawson (Angel from Hell/Back in the Game/Crumbs/It's All Relative/Inside Schwartz) - Maggie talks about Hallmark Channel's original movie My Favorite Wedding on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Rhys Darby (Wrecked/Flight of the Conchords) - Rhys talks about Wrecked on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Damon Wayans, Jr. (New Girl/Happy Endings) - Damon will be on PIX11 Morning News on WPIX in New York at 8:50am.