Monday, May 01, 2017

black-ish Heads to Syndication in Fall 2018; Ellen's Coming Out Episode on ABC Throwback

black-ish

Disney/ABC has sold the off-network syndication rights for ABC's critically acclaimed comedy series black-ish by licensing it to broadcast syndication along with cable on BET Networks in a shared window with FX Networks. black-ish will launch on all three in fall 2018. The show has been cleared in 90% of the country so far for broadcast syndication with Tribune Broadcasting (WPIX, KTLA, WGN, etc) as the core station group. But wait there's more, Hulu recently picked up black-ish's SVOD rights. black-ish is currently in season three and is certain to get a fourth-season renewal by ABC. On the cable front, the comedy can air on BET Network's BET or Centric and FX Network's FX or FXX. We will know soon.

Andre "Dre" Johnson and his physician wife, Rainbow, are living the American dream: great careers, four beautiful kids and a home in an upper middle class neighborhood. With a little help from Pops and Ruby, Dre sets out to establish a sense of cultural identity for his family that honors their past while embracing the future. Loosely based on show-creator Kenya Barris' life, the series tackles a wide array of timely social issues with humor and humanity. black-ish stars Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Laurence Fishburne, Yara Shahidi, Marcus Scribner, Miles Brown, Marsai Martin, Jenifer Lewis and Peter Mackenzie.


Ellen

Yesterday (Sunday, April 30) was the 20th anniversary of the historic coming-out episode of the Ellen sitcom on ABC. All episodes of the series are available now to stream for free/no sign in required in the Throwbacks section of the ABC app for desktop, mobile and connected TV devices. In "The Puppy Episode - Parts 1 & 2," Ellen senses a kindred spirit when she meets a gay woman who enlightens her to her own sexual identity. Confused by this startling self-discovery, Ellen seeks the guidance of a therapist and braces herself for yet another moment of truth: telling her friends. "The Puppy Episode" features special guests Oprah Winfrey, Laura Dern, Demi Moore, Melissa Etheridge, Billy Bob Thornton, Dwight Yoakam and k.d. lang.

Ellen, which aired on The ABC Television Network from 1994-1998, featured DeGeneres as Ellen Morgan, a single woman whose day-to-day routine wouldn't be complete without checking in with her extended family of equally single friends. This close-knit group of spirited individuals looks out for each other but they are not above butting into each other's business when it's for their own good. The series was produced by Carol Black, Neal Marlens and David S. Rosenthal and co-stars Jeremy Piven, Joely Fisher, Clea Lewis and David Anthony Higgins.


New on DVD/Blu-ray (April/May)

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
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Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Friday, May 26

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Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of May 22)

Friday, May 26

  • Pete Holmes (Crashing) - Watch Pete on a repeat of The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS. He also appears on a repeat of Rachael Ray, so check your local listings.
  • Horatio Sanz (Great News) - Horatio appears on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Halston Sage (How to Rock) - Halston is a guest on a repeat of Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Patricia Heaton (The Middle/Back to You/Everybody Loves Raymond), Peter Krause (Sports Night/Cybill), John Lithgow (Trial & Error/Twenty Good Years/3rd Rock from the Sun) - Harry has his biggest celebrity reveals, so check your local listings.
  • Christina Milian (Grandfathered) - Christina visits The Real, so check your local listings.
  • Miley Cyrus (Hannah Montana) - Miley performs on NBC's Today sometime between 7-9am.
  • Alan Alda (M*A*S*H) - Alan is a guest on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Jamie Foxx (The Jamie Foxx Show) and Sofia Vergara (Modern Family/The Knights of Prosperity/Hot Properties) - NFL star Jon Dorenbos presents The Ellen DeGeneres Show's funniest moments from Season 14, featuring Jamie and Sofia, so check your local listings.