Monday, June 12, 2017

The CW Fall 2017 Premiere Dates; Remembering TV Legend Adam West of Batman

The CW

The CW Network announced its Fall 2017 premiere dates, as the network’s entire primetime line-up will all debut during the week of Monday, October 9. On Monday, October 9, Supergirl is back at 8:00pm ET/PT, followed by the thrilling new drama Valor at 9:00pm ET/PT. The Flash races back for its fourth season Tuesday, October 10 at 8:00pm ET/PT, followed by the third season premiere of DC's Legends of Tomorrow at 9:00pm ET/PT. Riverdale returns on its new night and time on Wednesday, October 11 at 8:00pm ET/PT, followed by the delicious high drama of the all new Dynasty at 9:00pm ET/PT. On Thursday, October 12, Supernatural at 8:00ppm ET/PT makes its season 13 debut paired with Arrow at 9:00pm ET/PT on its brand new night. On Friday, October 13, The CW's Golden Globe winners are back-to-back, with the season premieres of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend at 8:00PM ET/PT and Jane the Virgin at 9:00pm ET/PT. And that's it for CW premiere week! But before all that, The CW will once again kick off its fall season with the exclusive telecast of the iHeartRadio Music Festival, airing over two nights Wednesday, October 4 from 8:00-10:00pm ET/PT and Friday, October 6 from 8:00-10:00pm ET/PT.

Adam West

Actor Adam West, who was best known for his role as Batman in the 1960s series Batman, has died. He died in Los Angeles, California on June 9 following a brief battle with leukemia. Mr. West was 88.

West's early television guest appearances included The Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse, Grand Jury, Lawman, Sugarfoot, Cheyenne, Bronco, Colt .45, 77 Sunset Strip, Maverick, Hawaiian Eye, Bourbon Street Beat, Johnny Midnight, Overland Trail, Bonanza, Michael Shayne and The Rifleman.

His first television starring role was as Sgt. Steve Nelson in the police drama Robert Taylor's Detectives. He appeared in the final season of the series, which aired in 1961-1962 on NBC. The series starred Robert Taylor as Capt. Matt Holbrook and Tige Andrews as Lt. John Russo.

West's 1960s television drama guest appearances included Perry Mason, Laramie, Gunsmoke, The Outer Limits, The Virginian and The Big Valley.

Batman - Burt Ward and Adam West

He starred as Bruce Wayne and his alter ego, Batman, in the 1966-1968 ABC action/adventure/comedy series Batman. The popular campy show ran for three seasons and 120 episodes. The series starred Burt Ward, Alan Napier, Madge Blake, Neil Hamilton, Stafford Repp and Yvonne Craig (1967-1968). A theatrical film titled Batman (also known as Batman: The Movie) was released in 1966.

In 2003, West and Ward reunited for the CBS television movie Return to the Batcave: The Misadventures of Adam and Burt. West voiced an animated version of Batman on The New Adventures of Batman, Super Friends: The Legendary Super Powers Show and The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians.

The Last Precinct

West starred as Captain Rick Wright in the short-lived 1986 NBC sitcom The Last Precint. Captain Rick Wright led a group of misfit police academy rejects at Los Angeles' 56th precinct. The series starred Jonathan Perpich, Rick Ducommun, Ernie Hudson, Randi Brooks, Vijay Amritraj, Pete Willcox, Keenan Wynn, Hank Rolike, Lucy Lee Flippin, Wings Hauser, Yana Nirvana, Geoffrey Elliott and James Cromwell.

He made guest appearances in many sitcoms. His credits included Guestward Ho!, The Real McCoys, Petticoat Junction, Bewitched, Love, American Style, Alice, Operation Petticoat, Laverne & Shirley, The Love Boat, Nurses, The Adventures of Pete & Pete, Hope & Gloria, Pauly, The Wayans Bros., Murphy Brown, Jenny, NewsRadio, The Drew Carey Show, Yes, Dear, The King of Queens, George Lopez, 30 Rock, The Big Bang Theory (200th episode) and Powerless.

West was also known for his voice work. He voiced Mayor Adam West, the lunatic mayor of Quahog, Rhode Island, on Family Guy beginning in 2000 (season 2). He voiced a cat-obsessed version of himself, who is famous for playing a superhero called Catman, and who actually believes he is Catman, in the Nickelodeon animated series The Fairly OddParents. He provided his voice in two episodes of The Simpsons. Some of his other voice credits included The Rugrats, The Critic, Animaniacs, The Batman and Futurama.

Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Marcelle Tagand Lear; two children from his second marriage to Ngahra Frisbie; and four children from his third marriage to Lear.

The Archive of American Television conducted an extensive interview with him on March 28, 2006.

Mr. West was a true TV legend. He was wonderful in his iconic role as Batman. West and Ward were a dynamic duo in the classic series. We thank him for the many hours of entertainment that he brought us in his career which spanned seven decades. He had a great on and off-screen presence. He will be greatly missed.

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Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Thursday, March 22

Superstore - "Target" (NBC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
When Jeff (Michael Bunin) leaves Cloud 9 to work at Target, Garrett (Colton Dunn) leads Glenn (Mark McKinney) to believe that he's poaching other employees to go with him. In return Glenn tries to poach employees from Target. Amy (America Ferrera) goes on a double date with Dina (Lauren Ash), and Kelly (Kelly Stables) and Jonah (Ben Feldman) discuss moving in together.

A.P. Bio - "Selling Out" (NBC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Jack (Glenn Howerton) receives an offer from Miles' (Tom Bennett) publisher to write a book of feel-good philosophy that could be his ticket out of Toledo. Durbin accidentally sets off an emotional firestorm when he reveals that while Stef (Lyric Lewis) chose Mary (Mary Sohn) as her emergency contact, Mary chose Michelle (Jean Villepique).

Atlanta - "Money Bag Shawty" (FX, 10:00PM ET/PT)
People act differently outside the city.

Complete TV Listings

Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of March 19)

Thursday, March 22

  • Roseanne Barr (Roseanne) and John Goodman (Roseanne/Normal, Ohio) - Catch Roseanne and John on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Will Smith (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air) - Will is a guest on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Rob Riggle (Golan the Insatiable/Gary Unmarried) - Rob appears on a repeat of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Thomas Middleditch (Silicon Valley) - Thomas visits Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Eddie Kaye Thomas ('Til Death/How to Make It in America) - Eddie drops by The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Natasha Leggero (Dice/Another Period/Free Agents) - Natasha is a guest on Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Jay Pharoah (White Famous) - Jay appears on Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
  • Jussie Smollett (On Our Own) - Jussie stops by Desus & Mero at 11pm on Viceland.
  • Mark Hamill (The Texas Wheelers) - Mark chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Nia Long (Uncle Buck/The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air) - Nia appears on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Jason George (Eve) - Jason drops by LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan and The Real, so check your listings. He opens up about Station 19 on People Now at 8:30am.
  • Lamorne Morris (New Girl) - Lamorne is a guest on a repeat of Harry, so check your local listings.
  • Josh Henderson (One on One) - Josh appears on Steve, so check your local listings.
  • Cameron Esposito and Rhea Butcher (Take My Wife) - Cameron and Rhea are guests on Good Mythical Morning with Rhett & Link on YouTube.
  • Keith Carradine (Complete Savages) - Keith is at the kitchen table on a repeat of Rachael Ray, so check your local listings.
  • John Corbett (Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll/United States of Tara/Sex and the City) - John joins Clinton Kelly in the kitchen on ABC's The Chew at 1pm ET/12pm PT/CT. He talks about his movie God's Not Dead: A Light in Darkness on NBC's Today in the 10am hour.
  • Tiffani Thiessen (Alexa & Katie/Saved by the Bell/Saved by the Bell: The College Years) - Tiffani talks about Netflix's Alexa & Katie on E!'s Daily Pop at 12pm.
  • Bella Thorne (Shake It Up) - Bella talks about Midnight Sun on the BUILD Series at 1:30pm.
  • Jim Jefferies (Legit) - Jim talks about Comedy Central's The Jim Jefferies Show on the BUILD Series at 2:30pm.