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 (March/April)

The Jamie Foxx Show - The Complete Second Season What I Like About You - The Complete Second Season Newhart - The Final (Eighth) Season Diff'rent Strokes - The Complete Fifth Season Father Knows Best - Season Five

03/03 - The Dick Van Dyke Show - Now... In Living Color! (Blu-ray)
03/07 - The Jamie Foxx Show - The Complete Second Season
03/07 - Mama's Family - Mama's Favorites
03/07 - That '70s Show - The Complete Series - Flashback Edition (Blu-ray)
03/07 - What I Like About You - The Complete Second Season
03/07 - You Me Her - Season One
03/14 - Newhart - The Final (Eighth) Season
03/14 - Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt - Season Two
03/21 - Master of None - Season One
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
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Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Wednesday, April 26

The Goldbergs - "Fonzie Scheme" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
When Murray is honored as one of Jenkintown’s top businessmen, his plaque is hung on a wall with all of the other honorees. And soon Beverly is dismayed to learn he has no discernable hobbies, and her attempts to help him find some backfire. Meanwhile, Barry creates a scheme stealing golf carts, but the situation goes awry and Erica comes to save the day.

Speechless - "R-U-N-- RUNAWAY" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
When Maya learns JJ attempted to run away, she is determined to help him complete the task as any able-bodied person could, but her actions exasperate JJ, as he longs for independence. Meanwhile, Jimmy struggles to have hard talks with the kids without Maya, and Dylan tries to get Kenneth to revive his glory days as a high school sports star.

black-ish - "Sister, Sister" (ABC, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Bow’s sister comes to town after filming a stint on a reality show, and they couldn’t have less in common. Meanwhile, Zoey suggests that Dre spend more time with Junior since she’s leaving for college, and Jack and Diane decide to rebrand themselves.

black-ish - "All Groan Up" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
When Zoey gets into several colleges around the country, Dre and Bow begin to feel worried and sentimental. They reflect back on memories they’ve had with the family and wonder what life will be like without her around all the time. Pops enlists the twins to try and sway Zoey to go to college in a city they want to visit.

Nobodies - "Not the Emmys" (TV Land, 10:00PM ET/PT)
It’s Award season! Larry, Rachel and Hugh are going to the Annies… while all their Groundlings friends are going to the Emmys.

Lopez - "No Country Club for Young Men" (TV Land, 10:30PM ET/PT)
George gets Hector a job at his country club, but he falls in with a bad crowd of rich kids. Olly's little sister rolls back into town while Manolo struggles to stay focused in his GED class.

Hollywood Darlings - "Driving Miss Jodie" (Pop, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Jodie must choose between a sports car and a minivan; Christine's dream of participating in an exclusive yoga class is thwarted by a loud-breathing celebrity classmate.

Return of the Mac - "The Wrong Stuff" (Pop, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Feeling threatened by newly appointed sidekick Joey Fatone, Joe heads to a comedy club to hone his comedy monologue skills.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of April 24)

Wednesday, April 26

  • Chris Pratt (Parks and Recreation) - Watch Chris and the cast of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 on a repeat of Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • America Ferrera (Superstore) - America is a guest on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Thomas Middleditch (Silicon Valley) - Thomas visits The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Maria Bamford (Lady Dynamite) - Maria appears on @midnight on Comedy Central at midnight.
  • Henry Zebrowski (A to Z) - Henry is a guest on @midnight on Comedy Central at midnight.
  • John Leguizamo (The Brothers Garcia) - John guest co-hosts LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
  • Molly Ringwald (Townies/The Facts of Life) - Molly stops by LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
  • Anna Chlumsky (Veep) - Anna stops by Harry, so check your local listings.
  • Sherri Shepherd (Trial & Error/Less Than Perfect/Sherri) - Sherri talks about the disease she won’t let destroy her on The Dr. Oz Show, so check your loclal listings.
  • Felicity Huffman (Sports Night) - Felicity makes pecan bars on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Morris Chestnut (Out All Night) - Morris is a guest on Steve Harvey, so check your local listings.
  • Hank Azaria (Brockmire/The Simpsons/Free Agents) - Hank appears on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Jodie Sweetin (Fuller House/Full House) - Jodie is a guest on The Real, so check your local listings.