Friday, June 16, 2017

Fri-Yay: Underrated Sitcoms; Tribune Launches New Talk Show on June 29

It's time for another edition of Fri-Yay! That means we will take a look back on some sitcom happenings in recent days or weeks or other fun sitcomy stuff. It's a sitcom lover's paradise! Happy Fri-Yay!

One Day at a Time

by Vincent

At one time, it wasn't all that hard to keep up with all of the good sitcoms on TV. With only a handful of networks producing quality content, one could easily keep up with the worthwhile sitcoms that television had to offer. With so much TV these days, though, it's easy for certain shows to slide under the radar. So I thought for this week's column I'd highlight a few shows that I thought were truly great that maybe didn't get quite as much recognition as they deserved.

One Day at a Time - It's easy to write off this Netflix reboot of the classic '70s sitcom as just another in a long line of lukewarm attempts to drum up nostalgia, but this Norman Lear-produced relaunch is one of the few examples of the form that actually improves upon the original. This heartfelt multi-camera sitcom is one of my favorite shows of 2017 so far, a show that combines laughs with intricate character work and a deft understanding of contemporary social issues. Honestly, if this show keeps up the quality, it could easily stand up with the classic Lear sitcoms of years past - it's that good.

Detroiters - While much of the attention on Comedy Central this year has been related to its political content, the most delightful show to come out of the network this year was the consistently silly and always hilarious Detroiters, which channels Broad City in its commitment to absurdist gags mixed with surprisingly well-drawn character work for its lovable dolt leads. Each episode is 20 minutes of pure absurdist bliss - it doesn't always make much sense, but Tim Robinson and Sam Richardson commit so well to their world's weirdness that it always manages to work.

Review - Review finished up its third season this year, but it flew relatively under the radar through-out its run, which is a shame as it may be one of the most brilliant, darkest sitcoms of all time. The series centers around Forrest MacNeil, a "life reviewer" who has dedicated his life to reviewing "life experiences." Forrest's dedication to his craft forces him to review topics such as Divorce, Murder, and...eating 30 pancakes, all of which cause the complete unraveling of his life. The show's ending is, genuinely, a dark, ambiguous ending not unlike the way The Sopranos ended. Also, it's hilarious.

Search Party - Search Party is sort of part sitcom, part murder mystery, which in and of itself is unique and deserves recognition for being different. Luckily, Search Party is backed up by a stellar cast, clever writing and subtle and hilarious character-based humor. Plus, the mystery is actually fairly compelling, and twists and turns in ways that's genuinely impressive for a sitcom. If you haven't seen it yet, Search Party is a perfect summer binge choice.


Morning Dose

Tribune Broadcasting announced the launch of morning dose., a first of its kind, live social "wake-up" show, in partnership with Dose, a top digital media agency that specializes in data-driven, shareable content. Hosted by television personalities Melissa Rycroft (The Bachelor, Dancing with the Stars) and Brandon London (former NFL star), and news anchor Laila Muhammad (Eye Opener), morning dose., will launch on Thursday, June 29 and will feature compelling and timely news stories powered by Dose's social storytelling and scientific method to create and distribute content. The series will air live each weekday and will be filmed in Dallas, Texas. morning dose. will air weekdays syndicated in six Tribune markets: KDAF/Dallas, KIAH/Houston, WPHL/Philadelphia, WDCW/Washington DC, WSFL/Miami and KRCW/Portland, OR. Timings are either 6-8am or 5-8am on each station.


Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Wednesday, January 23

The Goldbergs - "I Coulda Been a Lawyer" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Beverly decides their street needs another stop sign and pleads her case to the city comptroller. Barry panics when he realizes he’s neglected his college applications, but the situation only gets worse once Murray is involved. Meanwhile, Erica struggles with her career choice.

Schooled - "Tamagotchis and Bells" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Lainey and Glascott encounter an overbearing parent and enlist the help of Beverly Goldberg (Wendi McLendon-Covey). Mellor realizes he might want to start a family and be a father after CB shows him how to care for confiscated Tamagotchis.

Modern Family - "Whanex?" (ABC, 9:00PM ET/PT)
While preparing a presentation for his students about their future goals, Cam (Eric Stonestreet) must also contend with a bully at the school and Jay (Ed O’Neil) is having a little technical trouble during his video conference. Meanwhile, the local mall is holding a photo shoot for its new ad campaign and Gloria tricks Phil and Joe into participating.

Single Parents - "Graham D'Amato: Hot Lunch Mentalist" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
Will wants to get back together with Mia, but as their relationship progresses, he finds himself having to choose between the “normal” family he’s always wanted and the new family he’s created with Angie, Poppy, Miggy, Douglas and the kids. In order to get Will to come back to his senses about Mia, Angie kicks him off the babysitting grid and fills the spot with Dr. Mark, Douglas’ rival dermatologist, much to Douglas’ chagrin. Meanwhile, Graham is nervous to compete in the talent show and relies on Will to calm him down when he gets nervous on stage.

Schitt's Creek - "The Plant" (Pop, 10:00PM ET/PT)
Alexis and Johnny come up with a plan to impress a motel reviewer; David and Patrick look for an apartment.

grown-ish - "Girls Like You" (Freeform, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Nomi's endless string of one-night stands starts to throw off the apartment dynamic.

You're the Worst - "The One Thing We Don't Talk About" (FXX, 10:00PM ET/PT)
Jimmy challenges Gretchen to tackle some of the responsibilities that come with being an adult.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of January 21)

Wednesday, January 23

  • Sam Elliott (The Ranch) - Watch Sam on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Molly Shannon (Divorce/Kath & Kim/Cracking Up) - Molly is a guest on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Pete Holmes (Crashing) - Pete stops by The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Danny Trejo (Saint George) - Danny appears on a repeat of Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • The Cast of The Good Place - Kristen Bell, William Jackson Harper, Jameela Jamil, D'Arcy Carden and Manny Jacinto are guests on Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Sarah Paulson (Leap of Faith) - Sarah visits Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo. She will also be on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Billy Eichner (Difficult People) - Billy drops by Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
  • Cobie Smulders (Friends from College/How I Met Your Mother) - Cobie is a guest on E!'s Busy Tonight at 11pm.
  • Patrick Stewart (Blunt Talk/American Dad!) - Patrick chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Connie Britton (Spin City/The Fighting Fitzgeralds/Lost at Home) - Connie appears on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Leslie Grossman (What I Like About You/10 Things I Hate About You) - Leslie is a guest on a repeat of The Wendy Williams Show, so check your local listings.
  • Paul W. Downs (Broad City) - Paul talks about Broad City on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 11:30am ET.
  • Vivica A. Fox (Mr. Box Office/Getting Personal/Arsenio/Out All Night) - Vivica gives the scoop on her show, Face the Truth – and she's facing the truth herself with a lie detector test on a repeat of Rachael Ray, so check your local listings.
  • Mädchen Amick (Freddie) - Mädchen talks about Riverdale on People Now at 12pm and on the BUILD Series at 1pm.
  • Joey McIntyre (The McCarthys) - Joey can be heard on The Morning Mash Up on SiriusXM.
  • Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation and Natasha Lyonne (Russian Doll) - Amy and Natasha talk about their new show Russian Doll on NBC's Today in the 9am hour. Natasha will also be on the BUILD Series at 3pm.
  • Jenny McCarthy (Two and a Half Men/Jenny) - Jenny talks about The Masked Singer on NBC's Today in the 10am hour.


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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