Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Decades Salutes The Bob Newhart Show for 45th Anniversary; Netflix Gets Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond

The Bob Newhart Show

Few television shows are an immediate hit. The Bob Newhart Show was! Few comedy albums make it to #1 on the Billboard charts or win a GRAMMY Award for Album of the Year. The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart did. Few actors and comedians inspire generations of new talent like Bob Newhart either. DECADES salutes the 45th anniversary of The Bob Newhart Show and signature comedic style of Bob Newhart with a Weekend Binge event on Saturday, September 16 and Sunday, September 17, featuring continuing episodes of this enduring classic. DECADES will air 84 excellent episodes of The Bob Newhart Show back-to-back as the "Weekend Binge" starting at 1:00pm ET on Saturday, September 16, and ending at 7:00am ET on Monday, September 18. The Bob Newhart Show launched in 1972 in a highly competitive television comedy landscape that included the premieres of M*A*S*H, Maude, and Sanford and Son. Newhart's portrayal of psychologist Dr. Bob Hartley, combined with the brilliant performances of co-stars Suzanne Pleshette, Jack Riley, and the rest of The Bob Newhart Show cast, catapulted the show to instant success. Viewers across America tuned in each week to watch Bob play the "straight man" as he engaged in hilarious encounters with patients, neighbors, colleagues, and his lovingly sarcastic wife.


Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond

Netflix announced, out of this year's Toronto International Film Festival, that it has acquired worldwide rights to director Chris Smith's fascinating deep dive into actor Jim Carrey's time spent portraying famed and complicated comedian Andy Kaufman. Using approximately 100 hours of footage shot on the set of Man on the Moon documenting Carrey's transformation into Kaufman for four months. The VICE Documentary Films production premiered at the 2017 Venice Film Festival and is produced by Academy Award - winner Spike Jonze, and VICE Films' Danny Gabai and Brendan Fitzgerald. In 1999 Milos Forman cast Jim Carrey to play cult comedian Andy Kaufman in his biopic Man on the Moon. What followed was an intensely bizarre and emotional film production. Surrounded by Kaufman's friends and family on set, Carrey thoroughly "became" Andy and, alternately, Tony Clifton, Kaufman's obnoxious lounge singer alter ego. Much like Kaufman's comedy, Carrey's acting took on a performance art quality during the film. He never broke character on set, the cast and the crew referred to him as either 'Andy' or 'Tony' depending on who he was embodying (he had created complete and separate identities for each).


New on DVD/Blu-ray (June/July/August)

Father Knows Best - Season Six Diff'rent Strokes - The Complete Sixth Season Alice - The Complete Fifth Season Rhoda - Season Four Brooklyn Nine-Nine - Season Four

06/13 - The Andy Griffith Show - Return to Mayberry
06/13 - That's My Mama - The Complete Series
06/20 - Workaholics - The Final (Seventh) Season
06/20 - Workaholics - The Complete Series
06/27 - The Jamie Foxx Show - The Complete Third Season
07/04 - Superstore - Season Two
07/18 - Father Knows Best - Season Six
07/25 - Diff'ernt Strokes - The Complete Sixth Season
07/25 - Girls - The Final (Sixth) Season (Blu-ray)
08/01 - Alice - The Complete Fifth Season (WBShop.com)
08/01 - Crashing - The Complete First Season (Blu-ray)
08/15 - Rhoda - Season Four
08/22 - Brooklyn Nine-Nine - Season Four
08/29 - Will & Grace - Season One (Universal)
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Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Tuesday, September 19

The Middle - "Fight or Flight" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Having finally graduated college, Axl tells Frankie and Mike that he’s planning on going to Europe over the summer with Kenny. Although Frankie thinks this is a great once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, Mike is less than pleased and thinks his slacker son should be putting all of his summer efforts into finding a job. Meanwhile, Sue begins to panic after she barely scrapes a parked SUV and doesn’t hear back from the owner after leaving several notes on the windshield, and Brick discovers that his sudden onset of backaches is due to not sitting in his lawn chair, which was replaced by a normal kitchen-table chair.

Fresh Off the Boat - "This Isn't Us" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Louis and Jessica make big changes to provide a better life for their family. Yet these changes come with their own set of challenges and possibly a few regrets.

black-ish - "Manternity" (ABC, 9:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Dre considers taking paternity leave after he realizes that Zoey is arguably the best child and their bond developed while he was unemployed when she was born. Meanwhile, Bow tries to hide her pregnancy in order to get a promotion, and Ruby convinces the kids that their nanny, Vivian, is stealing from them.

black-ish - "Sprinkles" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Initially wary, Dre embraces throwing Bow’s baby shower and wants it to be unforgettable. However, his plans are put on hold when Bow stops by the OB/GYN with a headache and discovers she is having complications.

The Mick - "The Intruder" (Fox, 9:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Panic spreads throughout those in the Pemberton mansion when the children stumble upon a pair of intruders as they attempt to break in.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine - "Crime & Punishment" (Fox, 9:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Jake and Rosa are framed for a crime they didn't commit, it’s up to the Nine-Nine to find a way to bust them out.

In The Cut - "Feng Shui" (Bounce TV, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Cheryl and Percy have a design disagreement, driving The Percy Experience to the barbershop; Smitty is convinced that he is the target of a parking ticket conspiracy.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of September 18)

Tuesday, September 19

  • Kevin James (Kevin Can Wait/The King of Queens) - Catch Kevin on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Ilana Glazer (Broad City) - Ilana is a guest on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Zach Woods (Silicon Valley/Playing House/The Office) - Zach appears on The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Alexandra Breckenridge (Save Me) - Alexandra visits Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Olivia Munn (Perfect Couples) - Olivia stops by Comedy Central's The Daily Show with Trevor Noah at 11pm. She will also be on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am.
  • Frankie Muniz (Malcolm in the Middle) - Frankie is a guest on Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Garcelle Beauvais (The Jamie Foxx Show) - Garcelle guest co-hosts The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Damon Wayans (My Wife and Kids) - Damon appears on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Nick Jonas (Jonas L.A.) - Nick is a guest on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Eva Longoria (Telenovela) - Eva drops by The Wendy Williams Show at 2am on BET or on your local stations.
  • Carly Jibson (The Guest Book) - Carly appears on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Tia Mowry (Instant Mom/The Game/Sister, Sister) - Tia is a guest on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Dave Franco (Scrubs/Do Not Disturb) - Dave will be on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am.
  • Steve Carell (The Office) - Steve talks about Battle of the Sexes on NBC's Today sometime between 7-9am.
  • Bobby Moynihan (Me, Myself & I) - Bobby talks about his new sitcom Me, Myself & I on the AOL Build Show at 11am.