Wednesday, July 26, 2017

TCA Summer 2017 Press Tour: Cable Day 1 - Comedy Central and Nat Geo

Comedy Central

It's that time again -- the TCA Press Tour! This time it's the summer edition and cable is up first for the new few days through the end of the week. Comedy Central had a slew of announcements. The Daily Show with Trevor Noah is taking the show on the road to Chicago for a special week of shows called, "The Daily Show Undesked Chicago 2017: Let's Do This Before It Gets Too Damn Cold." The late night series will telecast from the Athenaeum Theatre from Monday, October 16 through Thursday, October 19 nightly at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT on Comedy Central. Comedy Central's new late-night talk series helmed by Jordan Klepper will be titled The Opposition with Jordan Klepper and premiere September 25 at 11:30 p.m. ET/PT following The Daily Show with Trevor Noah. Comedy Central has extended the first season of the new late night series The Jim Jefferies Show and ordered 10 additional episodes. The series, which features the Australian comedian's unapologetic, honest and international approach to culture and politics, is currently in the midst of its initial run, which will see original episodes through August 15. After a brief hiatus, new episodes from this extension will begin on Tuesday, September 19 at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT, following the fall season premiere of Tosh.0.

Oh Boy Oh Boy! Comedy Central has extended The President Show for an additional seven episodes for a total of 22 episodes. Created by Anthony Atamanuik who hosts as Donald J. Trump, and produced by Clone Wolf Productions and 3 Arts Entertainment, this weekly, topical late night series currently airs on Thursdays at 11:30 p.m. ET/PT. Beginning Thursday, September 28, The President Show will premiere at midnight, following new late night series The Opposition with Jordan Klepper. Sketch comedy quartet Goatface will bring their wide-ranging brand of humor to Comedy Central for a one-hour special, but more details will be announced later. And finally, he hit Comedy Central series Broad City returns with ten all-new episodes beginning Wednesday, September 13 at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT following a new season of South Park. The fourth season finds Abbi and Ilana experiencing NYC in a whole new way: in the dead of winter. In the new season, Abbi and Ilana get new jobs, celebrate their friendiversary, receive a visit from Abbi's mom, trip on mushrooms, discover their witchdom and travel to Florida (watch: season four trailer).


National Geographic Channel

National Geographic, Martha Raddatz, and Lincoln Square Productions announced the greenlight for a companion documentary special to the network's upcoming drama, The Long Road Home, based on the New York Times best-seller from Raddatz. The Long Road Home scripted series and its companion documentary special will air globally in November 2017 on National Geographic in 440 million homes in 171 countries and in 45 languages. Premiering November 2017, The Long Road Home scripted series offers viewers an intimate window into the experience of war as seen through the eyes and the hearts of the soldiers themselves and the families they leave behind. It is an adrenaline-fueled and heart-filled journey that follows the action of the battle on two simultaneous fronts - the chaotic, terror-filled streets of Sadr City, where a group of inexperienced young soldiers face an unexpected and unimaginable attack with bravery they never knew they had, and the home front at Fort Hood, where family members, desperate for news of their loved ones and fearing the worst, only to discover their own bravery in the process.

The eight episode scripted series stars Michael Kelly (House of Cards) as then Lt. Col. Gary Volesky (now Gen. Volesky), the platoon's commanding officer who was in his first hours of command there as the battle broke out; Jason Ritter (Kevin (Probably) Saves the World) as Capt.Troy Denomy, who bravely leads a rescue convoy after giving the order that put his men in harm's way; E.J. Bonilla (Unforgettable) as stranded platoon leader Shane Aguero; Kate Bosworth (The Art of More) as Gina Denomy, a young wife and new mom battling her own fears while reaching out to the families of the fallen and wounded; Sarah Wayne Callies (Prison Break, Colony) as Family Readiness Group leader and Gary Volesky's wife Lee Ann Volesky; Noel Fisher (Shameless) as a heroic 24-year-old warrior and later peace activist Pfc. Tomas Young; and Jeremy Sisto (Suburgatory) as reluctant hero Staff Sgt. Robert Miltenberger.


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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