Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Comcast to Launch 2 New Networks; Disney Sitcom Launches Jan. 25

AFRO and CLEO TV

Comcast Corporation announced it has selected two new African American majority owned independent networks to be broadly distributed on Comcast Cable systems beginning in January 2019. After a thorough evaluation of dozens of proposals, Comcast selected AFRO and CLEO TV, both of which will provide quality entertainment that highlights and features TV and movie content about African American and black communities. AFRO, a channel from Afrotainment, is a 24-hour polycultural black network mainly broadcasting top-rated Nollywood and black movies, dramas, sitcoms, music, talk, and late night comedy shows. CLEO TV is a lifestyle and entertainment network targeting Millennial and Gen X women of color. Derived from the name Cleopatra, one of the most powerful, trendsetting, rule-breaking and iconic women in history, CLEO TV will offer quality content that defies negative and cultural stereotypes of today’s modern women. The network promises a unique and diverse offering of short-form and long-form content including travel, home design, cooking, talk shows, movies, docu-series, sitcoms and much more.

AFRO and CLEO TV will join over 100 diverse networks available across Xfinity platforms, which offered over 14,000 hours of diverse on demand and online programming in 2017. In 2011, as part of Comcast’s commitments made in connection with the NBCUniversal transaction, Comcast agreed to launch 10 new independently owned and operated networks by 2019, including eight that are minority-owned or -operated. Six minority-owned networks have already launched, including BabyFirst Americas (2012), El Rey (2013), Kids Central (2017), and Primo TV (2017) which are primarily Hispanic American owned and operated; and ASPiRE (2012) and REVOLT (2013) which are majority African American owned. AFRO and CLEO TV will be the next two networks to launch as part of this commitment.


Sydney to the Max

Sydney to the Max, a sitcom introducing 13-year-old actress/musical artist Ruth Righi (Broadway's School of Rock The Musical) in her first leading role, is set to premiere Friday, Jan. 25 at 8:300 p.m. EST/PST, on Disney Channel and DisneyNOW. Created by Mark Reisman (Frasier, Wings, The Exes), the series is geared for kids ages 6-14 and families. It also stars Ian Reed Kesler (Suits), Caroline Rhea (Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Phineas and Ferb), Jackson Dollinger (Puppy Dog Pals), Ava Kolker (Girl Meets World) and Christian J. Simon (The Amazing World of Gumball).

Set in the present day with flashbacks to the 1990s, the comedy revolves around outgoing middle schooler Sydney Reynolds who lives with her single dad Max in the house he grew up in, along with her progressive grandmother Judy - three generations under one roof. As Sydney's preteen pursuits begin to expand with unexpected and funny twists, Max tries to get a better sense of the guidance, perspective and support she needs. Grandma, full of both parental wisdom and wisecracks, has a razor-sharp memory that proves Max's own teenage antics parallel Sydney's. Flashback scenes to a young Max and his best friend Leo juxtapose the funny predicaments invented by Sydney and her vivacious friend Olive. Caroline Rhea plays Judy in both eras. Ian Reed Kesler is adult Max, Jackson Dollinger is young Max, Ava Kolker is Olive and Christian J. Simon is Leo.

Monday, November 19, 2018

Showtime's SMILF Returns for 2nd Season on Jan. 20; Bunk'd Renewed for 4th Season Without Key Stars

SMILF

The hit Golden Globe(R) nominated SHOWTIME comedy series SMILF, starring creator, executive producer and showrunner Frankie Shaw in her Golden Globe-nominated performance and multiple Emmy(R) Award winner Rosie O'Donnell, will return to the network on Sunday, January 20, 2019 at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT. To preview what's to come for Bridgette Bird (Shaw) - a single mother living fearlessly - and her family, exes and friends, SHOWTIME has debuted a new season two trailer. Filmed on location in Boston, this season finds Bridgette trying to move forward and focus on her future, while attempting to exorcise old ghosts and atone for past misdeeds. She's still toiling away in her day job working for narcissistic boss Ally (guest star Connie Britton). Meanwhile, Bridgette's mother Tutu (O'Donnell) rallies from a heartbreaking setback punctuated by the presence of her co-dependent younger sister Jackie (guest star Sherie Rene Scott). Ex-boyfriend Rafi (Miguel Gomez) and his girlfriend Nelson Rose (Samara Weaving) grow closer, while Eliza (Raven Goodwin, now a series regular) deals with her own family drama. Viewers will also go back in time to witness the highly unconventional birth of Bridgette's beloved son, Larry (Alexandra and Anna Reimer).

Season two guest stars include Oscar(R) and Emmy nominee and Golden Globe winner Melanie Griffith (Working Girl) as Nelson Rose's free-spirited mother Enid and Claudia O'Doherty (Love) as Nelson's disillusioned sister, Winnie; and Ally Sheedy (Psych) as Bridgette's midwife, Fiona. Additional guest stars include Stormy Daniels, Ari Graynor (I'm Dying Up Here) and Dan Aid. Mark Webber, Bodega Bamz, Blake Clark, Kimberley Crossman and Mia Kaplan return as guest stars. Shaw will also direct several episodes. Other directors this season include Emmy and Golden Globe nominee Kerry Washington (Scandal) and Cate Shortland (Marvel's Black Widow).

Created, starring and executive produced by Frankie Shaw, SMILF is a raw, honest look at the life of a single mom based on Shaw's Sundance Film Festival(R) Jury Award-winning short film of the same name. The series, which earned Shaw a Best Actress Golden Globe nomination, also stars O'Donnell in her first series regular TV role. The series takes a comedic look at the life of a young woman from South Boston who struggles to overcome her personal demons, as well as the circumstantial trials and tribulations of working class single motherhood. Shaw brings her singular, unapologetic point of view to the semi-autobiographical comedy series, whose title is meant to be ironic and to reclaim the demeaning nature of the label. The cast also includes Miguel Gomez, Samara Weaving, Raven Goodwin and Alexandra and Anna Reimer.


Bunk'd

The wildly successful sitcom Bunk'd has been ordered for a fourth season by Disney Channel. Production will begin in March 2019 on the series starring fan-favorite Miranda May as Lou Hockhauser, the cheerful Woodchuck counselor turned owner of Maine's rustic Camp Kikiwaka summer camp. The series also stars Mallory James Mahoney (Disney Channel's Adventures in Babysitting), Raphael Alejandro (ABC's Once Upon a Time) and Will Buie Jr. (Gifted) as the campers who return with Lou to create a summer of fun and friendship for a new group of young campers. Additional casting is to be announced. Created by Pamela Eells O'Connell, Bunk'd began as a spin-off to Disney Channel's hit series Jessie (2011-15). Actors Peyton List, Skai Jackson and Karan Brar starred in both series and after 98 episodes of Jessie and 58 episodes of Bunk'd, they concluded their run on the series. List and Brar also made their directorial debuts with episodes of Bunk'd.

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows; This Week in Sitcoms (Week of November 19, 2018)

It's Sunday, so it is time for "Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows" for the coming week. This is where we list what sitcom stars are appearing on talk shows for the coming week, the stars are both current and past sitcom stars, so this is for all sitcom fans of all eras!
For the week of November 19-23, 2018, we have many current sitcom stars and past sitcom stars on TV talk shows! All times listed are Eastern. So get your DVRs (or whatever you use) ready! Ready? Here is all what you need to know for the coming week!


Sunday, November 18
  • Lauren Graham (Conrad Bloom/Townies/Good Company) - Catch Lauren on E!'s Busy Tonight at 10pm.
Monday, November 19
  • Chris Rock (Everybody Hates Chris) - Watch Chris on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Kristen Bell (The Good Place) - Kristen appears on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Mila Kunis (Family Guy/That '70s Show) - Mila is a guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Sarah Silverman (The Sarah Silverman Program) - Sarah visits Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC. She also talks about Ralph Breaks the Internet on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan (check your listings), The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT and on the BUILD Series at 1pm.
  • Jason Mantzoukas (The League) - Jason stops by Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Janet Montgomery (Entourage) - Janet appears on Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Ike Barinholtz (The Mindy Project) - Ike is a guest on E!'s Busy Tonight at 10pm.
  • Vicki Lawrence (The Cool Kids/Mama's Family) - Vicki chats on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Jodie Sweetin (Fuller House/Hollywood Darlings/Full House) - Jodie guest co-hosts The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Jenifer Lewis (black-ish/The PJs) - Jenifer appears on The Real, so check your local listings.
  • Christina Milian (Grandfathered) - Christina guest co-hosts The Real, so check your local listings.
  • Tatyana Ali (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air/Second Generation Wayans) - Tatyana talks about Jingle Belle on NBC's Today in the 10am hour and on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 11:30am ET.
  • John O'Hurley (Seinfeld/The Mullets) - John talks about The National Dog Show on the BUILD Series at 3pm.
Tuesday, November 20
  • Michael Strahan (Brothers) - Catch Michael on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Michael Douglas (The Kominsky Method) - Michael visits The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Judy Greer (Kidding/Married/Mad Love/Miss Guided) - Judy appears on a repeat of Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • D'Arcy Carden (The Good Place) - D'Arcy stops by E!'s Busy Tonight at 10pm.
  • Candice Bergen (Murphy Brown) - Candice chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Jenifer Lewis (black-ish/The PJs) - Jenifer is a guest on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Valerie Bertinelli (Hot in Cleveland/Café Americain/Sydney/One Day at a Time) - Valerie guest co-hosts The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Patti LaBelle (Out All Night) - Patti talks about Christmas Everlasting on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan (check your listings) and on People Now at 12pm.
  • Mario Cantone (Sex and the City) - Mario stops by The Wendy Williams Show, so check your local listings.
  • Jane Lynch (Angel from Hell) - Jane is a guest on The Real, so check your local listings.
  • Tatyana Ali (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air/Second Generation Wayans) - Tatyana talks about Christmas Everlasting on People Now at 12pm.
  • Marlo Thomas (That Girl) - Marlo will be on NBC's Today sometime between 7-9am.
  • Tisha Campbell-Martin (Dr. Ken/Rita Rocks/My Wife and Kids/Martin) and Tichina Arnold (The Neighborhood/Survivor's Remorse/Happily Divorced/Everybody Hates Chris/Martin) - Tisha and Tichina talk about BET Presents: 2018 Soul Train Awards on ABC's GMA Day at 1pm. They also talk about The Neighborhood on the BUILD Series at 1pm.
  • Alicia Witt (Cybill) and Colin Ferguson (Then Came You) - Alicia and Colin talk about their Hallmark Movies & Mysteries original Christmas on Honeysuckle Lane on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
Wednesday, November 21
  • Tim Allen (Last Man Standing/Home Improvement) - Watch Tim on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Connie Britton (Spin City/The Fighting Fitzgeralds/Lost at Home) - Connie appears on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Beth Behrs (The Neighborhood/2 Broke Girls) - Beth is a guest on E!'s Busy Tonight at 10pm.
  • Kristin Chenoweth (Trial & Error: Lady, Killer/Kristin) - Kristin chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT. She also talks about I'm Coming Home on ABC's GMA Day at 1pm.
  • Michael Douglas (The Kominsky Method) - Michael drops by The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Constance Marie (George Lopez/Union Square) - Constance guest co-hosts The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Robin Givens (Head of the Class/Sparks) - Robin stops by The Wendy Williams Show, so check your local listings.
  • John O'Hurley (Seinfeld/The Mullets) - John talks about The National Dog Show on NBC's Today sometime between 7-9am and in the 10am hour and on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 11:30am ET.
  • Marlo Thomas (That Girl) - Marlo talks about Thanks & Giving Today on NBC's Today in the 10am hour.
  • Jazz Smollett (On Our Own) - Jazz shows the last-minute Thanksgiving tips and tricks to save the day on The Dr. Oz Show, so check your local listings.
Thursday, November 22
  • Anthony Anderson (black-ish/Guys with Kids/All About the Andersons) - Catch Anthony on a repeat of Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Jerry Seinfeld (Seinfeld) - Jerry stops by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Laura Benanti (The Detour/Go On/Starved) - Laura appears on a repeat of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Jameela Jamil (The Good Place) - Jameela is a guest on a repeat of Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Joey King (Bent) - Joey appears on a repeat of Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Lil Rel Howery (Rel/The Carmichael Show) - Lil Rel visits The Wendy Williams Show, so check your local listings.
  • Issa Rae (Insecure) - Issa is a guest on a repeat of The Real, so check your local listings.
  • Marlo Thomas (That Girl) - Marlo will be on NBC's Today sometime between 7-9am.
Friday, November 23
  • Jameela Jamil (The Good Place) - Watch Jameela on a repeat of Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Jason Segel (How I Met Your Mother) - Jason chats with the ladies of The View on a repeat on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Kevin Hart (The Big House/Undeclared) - Kevin stops by LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Faith Ford (Murphy Brown/Hope & Faith) - Faith visits LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Yara Shahidi (black-ish/grown-ish) - Yara appears on a repeat of The Ellen Degeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Nico Tortorella (younger) - Nico drops by The Wendy Williams Show, so check your local listings.

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Sitcoms Airing This Week

Sunday, November 18

The Simpsons - "Werking Mom" (Fox, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Marge wants a job and stumbles into becoming a plastic food storage container-selling drag queen; Lisa tries to make the world better in the style of "Amelie."

Bob's Burgers - "I Bob Your Pardon" (Fox, 8:30PM ET/PT)
The Belchers set out to save a turkey from a trip to the slaughterhouse, but the mission becomes more complicated than they had anticipated.

Family Guy - "The Griffin Winter Games" (Fox, 9:00PM ET/PT)
To the surprise of all the Griffins, Meg makes the U.S. Olympic team as a biathlete and competes in the Winter Olympics.

Rel - "Blizzard" (Fox, 9:30PM ET/PT)
Rel meets a new friend when he gets stuck at the hospital in the midst of a blizzard; Brittany and Nat get snowed in at a bar, along with Brittany's emotional ex-boyfriend.


Monday, November 19

The Neighborhood - "Welcome to Thanksgiving" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Dave and Gemma host a memorable Thanksgiving in their new home when Dave’s politically incorrect mother, Paula (Marilu Henner), visits from out of town and meets Calvin, Tina and the rest of the Butler family for the first time.

Happy Together - "Til Death Do We Party" (CBS, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Jake and Claire worry that Bonnie and Gerald are partying too hard in their retirement. Also, Cooper seeks inspiration for a new song.


Tuesday, November 20

The Conners - "Miracles" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Life-changing news lands in the Conner household when a member of the family makes an announcement that no one saw coming. Meanwhile, Dan is suspicious that Becky isn’t sticking to her end of the deal when it comes to her drinking. Darlene continues her job search, and Jackie offers English lessons to a Casita Bonita busboy in need.

The Kids Are Alright - "Boxing" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Frank announces that he has decided to compete in the church boxing tournament, making it obvious that he’s playing for Mike’s affections. When Frank can’t cut it, Timmy steps in and takes up boxing in order to bond with his dad and get his approval. Ultimately, he has to choose between his dad’s dreams for him and his own dreams of showbiz glory. Elsewhere, feeling rusty after being at the seminary for so long, Lawrence asks Eddie to help prepare him for a date by taking him on a “practice date”.

black-ish - "Good Grief" (ABC, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Bow’s mom, Alicia, visits the family for the first time since the loss of Bow’s dad, and she is still heavily grieving. Bow decides to throw a big luau-themed party for what would have been her dad’s next birthday. Meanwhile, Mason has an extra ticket to an MMA fight and invites Diane on the same night as the party.

Splitting Up Together - "Yes, Deer" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
Vlad, the new contractor for the house, arrives with his crew and Lena immediately begins to clash with him over his methods of repairing the house. Martin, on the other hand, feels that Lena should let them do what they were hired to do. After overhearing that she’s too uptight, Lena calls up an old friend to help her let out her frustrations. Elsewhere, Martin takes Mason camping to help him get over his breakup with Hazel and to teach him how to be a man, only to learn from him that it is okay to express his emotions.

The Guest Book - "Invisible Son" (TBS, 10:30PM ET/PT)
Clem asks a stripper to pretend to be his girlfriend in order to convince his vacationing family that he is normal; once they get to Barefeet Retreat, it is discovered that Clem's fake girlfriend isn't the only thing he's been lying about.


Wednesday, November 21

Modern Family - "Winner Winner Chicken Dinner" (ABC, 9:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
During Jay’s Thanksgiving toast, he honors the entire family on their recent successes, even though everyone knows that isn’t quite true. As everyone desperately tries to hide the facts about their perceived triumphs, Phil works hard to master a classic magic trick and prove he’s not the family failure.

Single Parents - "Pilot" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Will Cooper has been so focused on raising his daughter, Sophie, he’s lost sight of who he is as a man and has headed deep into the parental vortex. When the other single parents – Angie, Douglas, Poppy and Miggy – at his daughter’s school see just how far down the rabbit hole of PTA, parenting and princesses Will has gone, they band together to get him out in the world and make him realize that being a great parent doesn’t mean sacrificing everything about your own identity.

The Goldbergs - "A Wall Street Thanksgiving" (ABC, 10:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
During the holiday, Uncle Marvin reveals he has become a stockbroker and convinces Barry and the JTP to invest their money with him. Murray intervenes which has repercussions for Barry. Meanwhile, Erica tells Geoff she is in debt and gets swept up in the family investment. Later, Beverly invites 50 people over for a Thanksgiving potluck instead of stressing out cooking for the family, but the plan backfires and Beverly realizes some traditions shouldn’t change.

Single Parents - "Sleepover Ready" (ABC, 10:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Douglas is stuck hosting the kids’ Saturday sleepover, and Will uses this as an opportunity to try to bond with Douglas, something he hasn’t been able to do before. Angie and Graham both struggle with their own fear of sleepovers – Graham is worried to stay the night without his mom and not in his own house, and Angie is worried to sleep over with her man friend Owen. Meanwhile, Poppy helps Miggy come up with potential job ideas in order to help him become more responsible.


Thursday, November 22

The Big Bang Theory - "The Conjugal Configuration" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Sheldon and Amy’s honeymoon runs aground in New York, while Penny and Leonard discover they are uncomfortably similar to Amy’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Fowler (Teller and Kathy Bates). Also, Koothrappali insults physicist Neil deGrasse Tyson and starts a Twitter war.

Young Sheldon - "Jiu-jitsu, Bubble Wrap, and Yoo-hoo" (CBS, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Sheldon is bullied by an unlikely character, and Mary and George disagree on how to handle the situation.

The Big Bang Theory - "The Proton Regeneration" (CBS, 9:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Sheldon goes head-to-head with Wil Wheaton for the role of the new Professor Proton. Also, Penny steps in to take care of Halley when Bernadette and Wolowitz both wind up on bed rest.

Murphy Brown - "Thanksgiving and Taking" (CBS, 9:30PM ET/PT)
When the culinarily challenged Murphy invites her colleagues plus Phyllis, Miguel and his parents (Valente Rodriguez and Selenis Leyva) for Thanksgiving dinner with Avery and her, they all brace themselves for the worst. Additional guest stars include Judy Gold as Officer Lynch and Ethan Slater as Officer Reynolds.


Friday, November 23

The Paynes - "A Giraffe and a Bull" (OWN, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Terrance and Curtis struggle for power over the Laundromat.


Saturday, November 24

Henry Danger - "The Great Cactus Con" (Nickelodeon, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Jasper gets the chance to take his crush to Cactus Con, but when a mysterious villain gets involved in the convention, the entire gang is forced into action.

Cousins for Life - "Movin' In" (Nickelodeon, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Cousins Ivy and Stuart find themselves living under the same roof; they soon learn that they are better together, and when they team up, they are unstoppable.


Sunday, November 25

The Cool Kids - "Margaret Turns 65" (Fox, 7:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Even though Margaret doesn't feel like celebrating, Hank, Sid and Charlie insist on taking her out to the local club for her birthday.

Bob's Burgers - "Just One of the Boyz 4 Now for Now" (Fox, 7:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Convinced she's met the love of her life, Tina disguises herself as a boy and sneaks into the Boyz 4 Now auditions to find him; Teddy asks the rest of the Belcher gang to nurse his baby rat back to health.

The Simpsons - "Krusty the Clown" (Fox, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Homer finds his calling as a TV recapper, but his harsh grading causes a brawl with Krusty; after almost killing Homer, Krusty hides out at a real circus and finds happiness there.

Bob's Burgers - "Roller? I Hardly Knew Her" (Fox, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Gene is livid when his best friend Alex ditches him to be Courtney's roller-dancing partner; Teddy, Linda and Bob let their imaginations get the best of them when they discover someone is stalking the restaurant.

Family Guy - "Dog Bites Bear" (Fox, 9:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Stewie and Brian get into a friendship-ending fight after Brian commits a terrible act to one of Stewie's beloved toys; Peter refuses to wash his hand after meeting his favorite breakfast cereal mascot, Boo Berry.

Rel - "Laundry Room" (Fox, 9:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Rel invites his Dad, Brittany and Nat to brunch; his plans go awry when his clothes are held hostage in his laundry room by a local gang.

Complete TV Listings

Saturday, November 17, 2018

SitcomsOnline Digest: ABC Buys Rural Comedy From "Liberal Redneck" Trae Crowder; Crossover Event Planned for Big Bang Theory and Young Sheldon

Welcome to SitcomsOnline Digest! We're already in to Thanksgiving week, and after Thursday, it's going to be all Christmas everywhere! But before that, let's take a moment to sit back and breathe and enjoy these last few moments of fall, as this week, we're hearing about a new comedy from ABC featuring a man known as the "Liberal Redneck," a crossover for The Big Bang Theory, and more. Let's get going!

HIGHLIGHTS FROM SITCOMSONLINE.COM AND AROUND THE WEB
  • It's been under consideration for over a year, but now, ABC has bought a rural comedy that features Trae Crowder, who is known for his stage persona of the "Liberal Redneck." (Deadline)
  • It probably isn't a big surprise that there is going to be a crossover event between The Big Bang Theory and Young Sheldon. (Vulture)
  • Roy Clark, host of the long-running series Hee Haw, has died at age 85. (New York Times)
  • One has to wonder how much of a future awards shows have on TV, as they are all collectively getting lower and lower ratings every year. This week, it was the Country Music Awards that saw record low ratings. (Deadline)
  • It just wouldn't be Christmas without a newly colorized I Love Lucy episode, and CBS will be doing that yet again this year, along with some newly colorized episodes of The Dick Van Dyke Show. (SitcomsOnline)

TUESDAY (NOVEMBER 20) HOME MEDIA RELEASE

Step by Step - The Complete Third Season



WEEKLY PLANNER (NOVEMBER 17 - NOVEMBER 23)
  • Decades has a binge marathon of Barnaby Jones this weekend.
  • Steve Carrell makes his return to comedy as host of Saturday Night Live tonight.
  • ABC will have A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving on Wednesday night.
  • You can spend all Thanksgiving weekend with the Seavers, as Antenna TV will be airing every single episode of Growing Pains all weekend long, starting Wednesday night.
  • We don't normally point out the airing of a single episode of a classic series that regularly airs on a network anyway, but we'll make an exception for this one since it's a timely favorite: the "Turkey's Away" episode of WKRP in Cincinnati will air both Sunday at 7:30PM ET and Thursday at 9:30PM ET on MeTV.

Friday, November 16, 2018

Fri-Yay: An Appreciation for Mike Schur's Comedies; IFC Acquires Pee-wee's Playhouse

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!

Parks and Recreation

by Vincent

Recently, I've been engaging on a rewatch of Parks and Recreation. It's a show I haven't revisited too much since its end, and it's made me forget just what a delightful little show it was. It was funny, optimistic and filled with likable characters, and while its optimistic view on politics already seems somewhat outdated, the show's strengths more than make up for it. What else I saw it in, though, was a little bit of Mike Schur's future sitcoms - Brooklyn Nine-Nine and especially The Good Place. In many ways, the critical adoration of Parks and Recreation could be directly traced to those two shows. So in this blog post, I'd like to take a moment to acknowledge Parks and the world of Mike Schur comedies it created.

Although these three shows seem very different in some ways, one thing remains true about them - after you watch them, you feel good about the state of the world. Even The Good Place, with its huge twists and turns, is ultimately a show about how people can change and get better. This is baked into the DNA of Parks, a show that seems to believe anything is possible if you really work hard enough and surround yourself with the right people. That's evident in Brooklyn Nine-Nine, too, a show about how things are a little easier if you surround yourself with a close group of friends. And The Good Place, for all of its intricate plotting, has a similar sunny message. Watching Parks, I can see the DNA for all of these shows, and I can better understand the state of mind that Mike Schur is keeping in mind when keeping his new shows. If you're into either Good Place or Brooklyn Nine-Nine and want to see where it all began, I highly recommend jumping into Parks and Rec - it is, in many ways, where it all began.


Pee-wee's Playhouse

The secret word is "Pee-wee" as IFC announced that it will begin airing the cult Saturday morning classic Pee-wee's Playhouse starring Paul Reubens starting on Thanksgiving. The network will kick off its run of the series during a 24-hour marathon, including the iconic holiday special Christmas at Pee-wee's Playhouse, on Thursday, November 22 starting at 6AM. Subsequently, the show will return to its rightful home on Saturday mornings beginning November 24. Watch, scream out loud and share Pee-wee's return to the silver screen in an all new promo here.

For over 30 years, the enormously popular Pee-wee Herman and innovative television series Pee-Wee's Playhouse, created by, and starring Paul Reubens, has captured a special place in the hearts of millions of viewers, young and old. Since its initial premiere on CBS in 1986, this multiple Emmy(R)-winning children's program became Saturday morning appointment viewing for kids in the 80s and 90s and has been a staple in the pop culture zeitgeist ever since. TV Guide named Pee-Wee's Playhouse "one of the top ten cult television classics of all time."



Thursday, November 15, 2018

Drunk History and Corporate Return in January; Jim Gaffigan Returns with Comedy Central Special

Drunk History

Comedy Central's Drunk History and Corporate are both back with new episodes beginning Tuesday, January 15 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT and 10:30 p.m. ET/PT respectively. Celebrating its 6th season premiere, Drunk History devotes a full episode to an Are You Afraid Of The Dark parody around Mary Shelley's creation of Frankenstein. The episode features A-list talent including, Evan Rachel Wood as Mary, Seth Rogen as Dr. Frankenstein, Elijah Wood as Percy Shelley, Jack McBrayer as Lord Byron and Will Ferrell as Frankenstein's Monster. The episode is narrated by Rich Fulcher.

Corporate

Season two of the critically-acclaimed Corporate will feature its own lineup of star-studded guests with Kyra Sedgwick, Elizabeth Perkins, Kristen Schaal, Sasheer Zamata, Baron Vaughn and Andy Richter. Corporate stars series' creators/writers/executive producers Matt Ingebretson and Jake Weisman as two Junior Executives-in-Training at Hampton DeVille, a heartless, corporate hell-hole led by tyrannical CEO Christian DeVille (Lance Reddick) and his top lieutenants, sycophants John and Kate (Adam Lustick and Anne Dudek). As Matt and Jake navigate an ever-revolving series of disasters their only ally is Grace (Aparna Nancherla), a Hampton DeVille Human Resources rep who is beleaguered by both her job and her exhausting relationship with the very needy Matt and Jake. As previously announced, Comedy Central will debut the final season of Broad City on Thursday, January 24 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT, followed by the series premiere of Comedy Central's brand new, half-hour scripted series The Other Two.


In more Comedy Central news, Jim Gaffigan is back on Comedy Central on Friday, November 23 at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT in the network debut of Jim Gaffigan: Noble Ape, a special 90 minute event. In Noble Ape, Gaffigan gets personal as he discusses the medical crisis that hit his wife and family this year, which almost led to his retirement. Using his signature everyman humor to deal with the unthinkable, Gaffigan proves why the Wall Street Journal called him the "king of clean comedy." Noble Ape was recorded live at the Wilbur Theatre in Boston, MA after a sold out North American Tour of theaters and arenas. A Comedy Dynamics original, it premiered on July 13 in theaters and on demand. Leading up to the on-air premiere, cc.com and the CC App will feature preview clips from the special. On Saturday, November 24, the full special will be available to stream in the CC App and on CC.com. Fans can follow Gaffigan on Twitter at @JimGaffigan and Comedy Central Stand-Up at @standup to join the social conversation around #NobleApe.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

The Dick Van Dyke Show and I Love Lucy in Color on Dec. 14; The CW Sets January 2019 Premiere Dates

The Dick Van Dyke Show

The Dick Van Dyke Show - Now Living In Color!, a new one-hour special with two newly colorized back-to-back classic episodes of the beloved 1960s series, will be broadcast Friday, Dec. 14 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Series creator and co-star Carl Reiner personally selected the two episodes to showcase his favorite episodes featuring Dick Van Dyke. The special features the season one episode "Where Did I Come From," written by Carl Reiner, and the season four episode "Never Bathe on Saturday," also written by Reiner. The main titles and end credits of the two episodes are seamlessly combined into one set - at the beginning and end of the hour - with no interruption between the episodes.

I Love Lucy Christmas Special

I Love Lucy Christmas Special, a new one-hour special featuring two back-to-back colorized episodes of the classic series, will be broadcast Friday, Dec. 14 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. I Love Lucy Christmas Special features "The Christmas Episode" and the newly colorized "Pioneer Women." Both were colorized with a nod to the 1950s period in which they were filmed. The main titles and end credits are seamlessly combined into one set at the beginning and end of the hour, with no interruption between the episodes.


Roswell, New Mexico

The CW Network has started to set its 2019 midseason schedule by slating the debut of new series Roswell, New Mexico for Tuesday, January 15, 2019 (9:00-10:00pm ET/PT) and moving Black Lightning to Mondays after Arrow starting on January 21, 2019 (9:00-10:00pm ET/PT). With these January moves, DC's Legends of Tomorrow will return to Mondays in April after Black Lightning concludes its second season. Additionally, new series In the Dark is currently scheduled to debut on Thursdays after Legacies completes its first full 16-episode season. The beloved Jane the Virgin will return for its final season on Wednesday nights at 9 (after Riverdale at 8) in the spring once All American wraps its first full 16-episode season. Also, slated to return later in the Spring of 2019 is the final season of iZombie and the sixth season of The 100. Exact dates for Spring premieres to be announced later.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

getTV 2018 Holiday Marathons Schedule; truTV Comedy Returns for 3rd Season

getTV

getTV, "Where America Celebrates Christmas," kicks off its annual "Most Wonderful Month of the Year" holiday programming campaign beginning Thanksgiving weekend. Thanksgiving Day "First Families of Comedy" marathon, featuring back-to-back episodes of Married with Children, All in the Family, Sanford and Son and Good Times. On Friday, November 23 at 9PM ET, the getTV premiere of The Patti LaBelle Show, classic variety special not seen in the U.S. since its Thanksgiving broadcast premiere in 1985, featuring performances by Cyndi Lauper, Luther Vandross and Amy Grant. Multiple holiday-themed episodes of Married with Children, The Steve Harvey Show, All in the Family, Sanford and Son, Good Times, Walker Texas Ranger, Designing Women, The Jeff Foxworthy Show, 'Til Death and more will air throughout the month. View the full getTV 2018 holiday line-up.


Those Who Can't

truTV is going back to school with the season three premiere of its scripted comedy Those Who Can't on Monday, January 14, 2019 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. Created by and starring Adam Cayton-Holland, Andrew Orvedahl and Ben Roy, members of the Denver-based comedy troupe The Grawlix, with Maria Thayer starring alongside, the series is truTV's first-ever scripted project which premiered in 2016. It follows the faculty members of the fictional Smoot High in Denver, Colorado who are more inept than the kids they teach, and the outlandish exploits that take place inside the school's walls. The series' third season includes 13 half-hour episodes. The series stars show creators and executive producers Adam Cayton-Holland, Andrew Orvedahl, and Ben Roy - all members of the Denver-based comedy troupe The Grawlix - as trouble-making high school teachers at Smoot High. They are joined by Maria Thayer as the school's librarian. Throughout its first two seasons, the show has featured an impressive roster of guest stars including Susie Essman, Kyle Kinane, Hana Mae Lee, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Patton Oswalt, Cheri Oteri, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Rory Scovel, Baron Vaughn and many more.

Monday, November 12, 2018

Freeform and ABC's 2018 25 Days of Christmas Schedule; The CW Orders Full Seasons of All Freshman Series

Freeform's 25 Days of Christmas

With Christmas around the corner, Freeform's beloved "25 Days of Christmas" programming event begins on December 1. This year's holiday lineup event includes the premieres of Freeform Original Features Life-Size 2, with Tyra Banks and grown-ish's Francia Raisa from airing Sunday, Dec. 2, at 9:00-11:00 p.m. EST/PST, and No Sleep 'Til Christmas, with Dave and Odette Annable airing Monday, Dec. 10, at 9:00-11:00 p.m. EST/PST. Additionally, the network will premiere the Pop Up Santa Holiday Special on Monday, Dec. 3, at 9:30-11:00 p.m. EST/PST, bringing Christmas cheer in unexpected places, and a new installment of Disney's Fairy Tale Weddings: Holiday Magic on Saturday, Dec. 8, at 8:00-9:00 p.m. EST/PST. There will be plenty of holiday classics and films as well, of course, such as The Santa Clause, Christmas with the Kranks, Toy Story, Winnie the Pooh and Christmas Too and Mickey's Christmas Carol. Freeform joins ABC, Disney Channel, Disney XD and Disney Junior in celebrating "25 Days of Christmas" across all networks.

Moving on to ABC! ABC celebrates the most wonderful time of the year with special "25 Days of Christmas" programming starting Dec. 1. The network joins Freeform, Disney Channel, Disney XD and Disney Junior in this fan-favorite TV event. The "Kickoff to Christmas" begins in late November with perennial holiday treat Santa Claus is Comin' to Town. The month of December is filled with special Christmas-themed episodes, the return of The Great Christmas Light Fight and The Great American Baking Show: Holiday Edition, and timeless animated classics (such as A Charlie Brown Christmas) and holiday films (such as The Sound of Music). The celebration continues after Christmas with New Year's-themed programming ringing in 2019. View both Freeform and ABC's full 25 Days of Christmas line-up!


Charmed

The CW Network has ordered additional episodes for all three of its fall freshman series, including nine additional episodes of Charmed, and three additional episodes each of All American and Legacies. With these additional episodes, Charmed will finish its first season with 22 episodes, and All American and Legacies will have 16 episodes each for their first season runs. Charmed airs Sundays at 9pm, while All American airs Wednesdays at 9 and Legacies Thursdays at 9. With more original programming than ever this season, The CW still has five series set to premiere during the midseason 2019, including new series Roswell New Mexico and In the Dark, the final seasons of Jane the Virgin and iZombie, and the return of The 100. Premiere dates for The CW's midseason shows will be announced at a later time.

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows; This Week in Sitcoms (Week of November 12, 2018)

It's Sunday, so it is time for "Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows" for the coming week. This is where we list what sitcom stars are appearing on talk shows for the coming week, the stars are both current and past sitcom stars, so this is for all sitcom fans of all eras!
For the week of November 12-16, 2018, we have many current sitcom stars and past sitcom stars on TV talk shows! All times listed are Eastern. So get your DVRs (or whatever you use) ready! Ready? Here is all what you need to know for the coming week!


Sunday, November 11
  • Keke Palmer (Scream Queens/True Jackson, VP) - Catch Keke on Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
  • Tina Fey (30 Rock) - Tina appears on E!'s Busy Tonight at 10pm.
Monday, November 12
  • Jamie Foxx (The Jamie Foxx Show) - Watch Jamie on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC. He will also be on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am.
  • Dan Fogler (Man Up!) - Dan is a guest on Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Rita Moreno (One Day at a Time/Happily Divorced/9 to 5) - Rita guest co-hosts The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Ashley Tisdale (The Suite Life of Zack & Cody/Clipped) - Ashley stops by ABC's GMA Day at 1pm. She will also be on Access Live, so check your local listings.
  • Michael Strahan (Brothers) - Michael dishes on whether he'll let his 14-year-old twin daughters start dating, and he's giving one deserving veteran a brand-new look from his clothing line on Rachael Ray, so check your local listings.
  • Jane Lynch (Angel from Hell) and Kate Flannery (The Office) - Jane and Kate give a special holiday musical performance on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Ben Vereen (Webster) - Ben talks about Star on the BUILD Series at 2pm.
Tuesday, November 13
  • Jason Mantzoukas (The League) - Catch Jason on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Jenifer Lewis (black-ish/The PJs) - Jenifer appears on Comedy Central's The Daily Show with Trevor Noah at 11pm.
  • Taran Killam (Single Parents) - Taran visits E!'s Busy Tonight at 10pm.
  • Paul Shaffer (A Year at the Top) - Paul stops by The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • The Cast of The Conners - Michael Fishman, John Goodman, Lecy Goranson, Laurie Metcalf and Maya Lynne Robinson are guests on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Jamie Foxx (The Jamie Foxx Show) - Jamie previews the film Robin Hood on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Tig Notaro (One Mississippi) - Tig appears on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Tatyana Ali (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air/Love That Girl!) - Tatyana talks about her upcoming two Holiday movies for Lifetime and Hallmark on E!'s Daily Pop at 12pm.
  • Damon Wayans Jr. (Happy Together/Happy Endings/New Girl) - Damon is a guest on Rachael Ray, so check your local listings.
  • Bryan Cranston (Malcolm in the Middle) - Bryan talks about The Upside Down and Network on NBC's Today sometime between 7-9am.
  • Ashley Tisdale (The Suite Life of Zack & Cody/Clipped) - Ashley appears on the BUILD Series at 4pm.
Wednesday, November 14
  • Tig Notaro (One Mississippi) - Catch Tig on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Ricky Gervais (The Office) - Ricky drops by The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Melissa McCarthy (Mike & Molly/Samantha Who?) - Melissa appears on The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Bridgett Everett (Camping/Lady Dynamite) - Bridgett visits Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
  • Valerie Bertinelli (Hot in Cleveland/Café Americain/Sydney/One Day at a Time) - Valerie guest co-hosts The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT. She dishes up boozy brunch favorites on The Dr. Oz Show, so check your local listings.
  • Jussie Smollett (On Our Own) - Jussie stops by LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings. He also talks about Empire on the BUILD Series at 2pm.
  • Connie Britton (Spin City/The Fighting Fitzgeralds/Lost at Home) - Connie is a guest on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Malcolm-Jamal Warner (The Cosby Show/Here and Now/Malcolm & Eddie/Listen Up!/Reed Between the Lines) - Malcolm-Jamal talks about the new season of The Resident on The Wendy Williams Show, so check your local listings.
  • Keshia Knight Pulliam (Tyler Perry's House of Payne/The Cosby Show) - Keshia stops by The Real, so check your local listings.
  • Jenny McCarthy (Two and a Half Men/Jenny) - Jenny is a guest on Access Live, so check your local listings.
  • Bonnie Hunt (Life with Bonnie/Bonnie/The Building/Davis Rules/Grand) - Bonnie talks about Escape at Dannemora on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 11:30am ET.
  • Tatyana Ali (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air/Love That Girl!) and Dondre T. Whitfield (Hidden Hills/Inside Schwartz/Between Brothers/The Crew) - Tatyana and Dondre talk about her Hallmark Channel original movie Christmas Everlasting on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Julie Hagerty (The Winner/Reunited/Princesses) - Julie talks about her movie Instant Family on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
Thursday, November 15
  • Steve Carell (The Office) - Catch Steve on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Martin Short (Mulaney/The Martin Short Show) - Martin appears on Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Brian Tyree Henry (Atlanta) - Brian visits Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC. He will also be on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Jameela Jamil (The Good Place) - Jameela stops by Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Busy Philipps (Vice Principals/Cougar Town) - Busy is a guest on Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Jodie Sweetin (Fuller House/Hollywood Darlings/Full House) - Jodie guest co-hosts The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Annie Potts (Young Sheldon/Over the Top/Love & War/Designing Women) - Annie appears on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Kym Whitley (Young & Hungry/Animal Practice/Sparks) - Kym is a guest on The Real, so check your local listings.
  • Michael Douglas (The Kominsky Method) - Michael talks about Netflix's The Kominsky Method on NBC's Today sometime between 7-9am, on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan and on Access Live, so check your listings.
  • Jason George (Eve) - Jason appears on Rachael Ray, so check your local listings.
  • Tori Anderson (The Other Kingdom) - Tori talks about her Hallmark Movies & Mysteries original Return to Christmas Creek on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
Friday, November 16
  • Melissa McCarthy (Mike & Molly/Samantha Who?) - Watch Melissa on a repeat of Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Sarah Jessica Parker (Divorce/Sex and the City/Square Pegs) - Sarah is a guest on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Johnny Galecki (The Big Bang Theory/Roseanne) - Johnny appears on a repeat of The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Reid Scott (Veep/My Boys/It's All Relative) - Reid is a guest on a repeat of Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Jodie Sweetin (Fuller House/Hollywood Darlings/Full House) - Jodie guest co-hosts The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • NeNe Leakes (The New Normal) - NeNe guest co-hosts The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Dylan McDermott (LA to Vegas) - Dylan stops by The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Lisa Edelstein (The Kominsky Method/Leap of Faith/Almost Perfect) - Lisa visits The Real, so check your local listings.
  • Joe Morton (Grady) - Joe is a guest on Access Live, so check your local listings.
  • Dan Fogler (Man Up!) - Dan appears on Rachael Ray, so check your local listings. He will also be on the BUILD Series at 2pm.
  • Ron Howard (Happy Days/The Andy Griffith Show) - Ron opens up about surviving Hollywood as a child actor on The Dr. Oz Show, so check your local listings.
  • Erin Cahill (Free Ride) - Erin talks about the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries original Last Vermont Christmas on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.

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Sitcoms Airing This Week

Sunday, November 11

Last Man Standing - "Welcome Baxter" (Fox, 7:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Mike and Vanessa eagerly await Eve's return from the Air Force Academy; Ryan's anxiety about current events leads to a shocking announcement.

Bob's Burgers - "V for Valentine-detta" (Fox, 7:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
After a rough breakup on Valentine's Day, the Belcher women have a limo girls' night out to make Tina feel better; Bob and Gene have a trapeze experience that brings them closer.

The Simpsons - "From Russia With Love" (Fox, 8:00PM ET/PT)
On a mission to play hardcore pranks, Bart, Nelson and Milhouse get Moe a mail-order bride.

Bob's Burgers - "Bobby Driver" (Fox, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Bob agrees to drive professional quilter Edith around town after she convinces him to help her get revenge; the kids attend a lavish "Gatsby"-themed birthday party; Linda helps Teddy expand his taste palate.

Family Guy - "Stand by Meg" (Fox, 9:00PM ET/PT)
After Meg saves Stewie from a choking incident, Stewie makes it his personal mission to create a better life for Meg; Chris is sent to a vocational school.

Rel - "Re-Enter the Dragons" (Fox, 9:30PM ET/PT)
One of Dad's old bandmates turns up as a patient at Rel's hospital; when Rel finds out their friendship ended on bad terms, Rel, Nat and Brittany investigate why his band broke up.


Monday, November 12

The Neighborhood - "Welcome to the Barbershop" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT)
When Dave drops by Calvin’s longtime barbershop, he’s quickly embraced by its owner and patrons, much to Calvin’s consternation.

Happy Together - "How Jake and Claire Met" (CBS, 8:30PM ET/PT)
When Cooper asks Jake and Claire how they met, Jake keeps embellishing the story of their college romance, while Claire points out the real details of their early relationship.


Tuesday, November 13

The Conners - "The Separation of Church and Dan" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
When Geena learns that D.J. hasn’t been taking Mary to church while she’s been away, she insists they go as a family to uphold her traditional values. To make matters worse, Mary refuses to attend without her cousins Harris and Mark, leaving D.J. in the last situation he wants to be in – at the mercy of Darlene. Meanwhile, Mark’s attempt to conduct an unbiased survey on the upcoming election for his school project goes south when Jackie volunteers to help.

The Kids Are Alright - "Peggy's Day Out" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
To hide a mess Eddie made, his girlfriend, Wendi, tries to distract Peggy by insisting she take a day off with a fun day out while they take care of the housework. To everyone’s surprise, Peggy accepts the offer and requests Wendi tag along, with the ulterior motive of teaching her a lesson. Meanwhile, Eddie enlists the help of his brothers to clean up and keep Mike out of the house while Wendi and Peggy are out. Elsewhere, Pat introduces Timmy to his secret dog.

black-ish - "Purple Rain" (ABC, 9:00PM ET/PT)
The family is shocked to learn that Jack and Diane are not familiar with the iconic music of Prince. One by one, each member of the family works to explain Prince’s tremendous impact on their lives through his music.

Splitting Up Together - "War of the Wagners" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
Lena and Martin’s escalating battle for control of the house is put on hold when Milo announces he wants to go to a school for the gifted – to which they think he will not be accepted. Meanwhile, they both meet a contractor for the house, Vlad, but Lena undermines him and scares Vlad away. Things get uglier between Lena and Oliver after she introduces a new member to the family as payback for all the back-and-forth about the house. Elsewhere, Lena and Martin give conflicting advice to Mason on how to deal with his recent breakup.

The Guest Book - "Two Steps Forward, One Step Back" (TBS, 10:30PM ET/PT)
Mike and his family hate spending every summer in a subpar vacation home far from the beach; in order to afford paying a booking fee for their dream house, the Barefeet Retreat, Mike pulls double shifts and ends up paying more than he bargained for.


Wednesday, November 14

none scheduled


Thursday, November 15

The Big Bang Theory - "The Citation Negation" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Sheldon and Amy are devastated after learning from a Russian paper that Super Asymmetry has already been discovered and disproven. Also, ultra-competitive Bernadette asks Stuart’s girlfriend, Denise (Lauren Lapkus), to teach her how to beat Howard in a popular videogame.

Young Sheldon - "Family Dynamics and a Red Fiero" (CBS, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Sheldon studies his family for a psychology project, and Thanksgiving dinner turns into a family fight when George Sr. is offered a job in Oklahoma.

Mom - "Jell-O Shots and the Truth about Santa" (CBS, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Bonnie pushes Christy to mend her relationship with Violet (Sadie Calvano), and Adam prepares for the grand opening of his bar.

Murphy Brown - "The Coma and the Oxford Comma" (CBS, 9:30PM ET/PT)
The “Murphy in the Morning” team strives to land a revealing first interview with Corky’s beauty pageant friend, Holly (Brooke Shields), who just woke up from a 10-year coma that made national headlines.

Superstore - "New Initiative" (NBC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
When a new Cloud 9 initiative forces employees to be friendlier to their customers, Amy (America Ferrera) ends up getting to know Jonah’s (Ben Feldman) parents – and learns he hasn’t been completely truthful with them. The new policy also inspires Garrett (Colton Dunn) and Dina (Lauren Ash) to find out who can hold a smile longer.

The Good Place - "Don't Let the Good Life Pass You By" (NBC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Michael and Janet take an important journey. Eleanor ponders whether she should share a secret.

Will & Grace - "Kid 'n Play" (NBC, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Will (Eric McCormack) discovers that Noah (guest star David Schwimmer) has a child he hasn't told Grace (Debra Messing) about, but is now sworn to secrecy. Karen (Megan Mullally) and Jack's (Sean Hayes) relationship is tested when she fires him from the play she's producing and replaces him with Jon Cryer (guest star).

I Feel Bad - "I Miss Important Moments" (NBC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
After missing her baby's first steps, Emet vows not to miss any other important moments. But when a huge, career-making presentation at work comes up at the same time as Lily's dance competition, Emet scrambles to pull off both.


Friday, November 16

Fresh Off the Boat - "Sub Standard" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Jessica and Louis are thrilled beyond belief when they discover that a Chinese family – Elaine (Ming-Na Wen), Julius (Reggie Lee) and son, Horace (Jimmy O. Yang) – have moved into the neighborhood. Jessica immediately bonds with Elaine, who helps her solve an issue with the HOA, and Louis decides to introduce Julius to Marvin and hang out together. Meanwhile, when Evan goes door-to-door collecting information for the census bureau, Eddie and Emery come up with a plan to impersonate being census takers in order to find out when the owners of a pool are out of the house so they can sneak over and use it.

Speechless - "C-E-- CELEBRITY S-U-- SUITE" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
When the DiMeos land in the hospital on Thanksgiving, Maya’s determination to save the holiday leads to an uneasy truce with her rival, Melanie Hertzal (Sarah Chalke); and Jimmy gets jealous when Kenneth bonds with his brother, Billy (Rob Corddry). Meanwhile, wounds from an old breakup are re-opened, but Ray finds brand-new love in an unlikely place.

Last Man Standing - "Dreams vs. Realty" (Fox, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Mandy struggles with rejection as a fashion designer; Vanessa feels regret about her career path.

The Cool Kids - "Thanksgiving at Murray's" (Fox, 8:30PM ET/PT)
When Margaret gets an invite to an exclusive potluck for Thanksgiving, she takes Sid with her.

Andi Mack - "Cookie Monster" (Disney Channel, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Andi, Bowie and Bex are surprised by an impromptu visit by Bowie's mother; while hanging out with T.J.'s friends, Cyrus faces a dangerous situation; Buffy and Jonah learn a secret about their school principal.

Coop & Cami Ask the World - "Would You Wrather Get Lost?" (Disney Channel, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Jenna warns Coop and Cami they have to start taking better care of their little brother, Ollie, or he won't be able to be their test pilot on the show anymore; the duo tries to step up, but winds up losing Ollie at the mall.

Raven's Home - "Winners and Losers" (Disney Channel, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Booker and Nia are excited to be named student ambassadors of their school, until they learn that their first job is to welcome Mitch as a new student.

The Paynes - "Social Media'd" (OWN, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Nyla and Kendrick reconnect.


Saturday, November 17

Henry Danger - "Thumb War" (Nickelodeon, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Captain Man and Kid Danger are upset when a new crime-fighting team emerges in town, until they discover that the new duo are their biggest fans; after an unfortunate incident, the Thumb Buddies seek revenge on the heroes.


Sunday, November 18

The Simpsons - "Werking Mom" (Fox, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Marge wants a job and stumbles into becoming a plastic food storage container-selling drag queen; Lisa tries to make the world better in the style of "Amelie."

Bob's Burgers - "I Bob Your Pardon" (Fox, 8:30PM ET/PT)
The Belchers set out to save a turkey from a trip to the slaughterhouse, but the mission becomes more complicated than they had anticipated.

Family Guy - "The Griffin Winter Games" (Fox, 9:00PM ET/PT)
To the surprise of all the Griffins, Meg makes the U.S. Olympic team as a biathlete and competes in the Winter Olympics.

Rel - "Blizzard" (Fox, 9:30PM ET/PT)
Rel meets a new friend when he gets stuck at the hospital in the midst of a blizzard; Brittany and Nat get snowed in at a bar, along with Brittany's emotional ex-boyfriend.

Complete TV Listings

Saturday, November 10, 2018

SitcomsOnline Digest: Vanessa Bayer Set to Co-Create and Star in Showtime Comedy; Orange is the New Black Sequel in Discussions

Welcome to SitcomsOnline Digest! We're now into the second half of fall, the leaves are falling, it's starting to get legitimately cold... and what better way to work around that than to sit around and watch some sitcoms? This week, we've got news about a new Showtime series under development starring Vanessa Bayer, we're hearing that Orange is the New Black may be spawning a sequel, and more. Let's get going!

HIGHLIGHTS FROM SITCOMSONLINE.COM AND AROUND THE WEB
  • Vanessa Bayer is set to co-create and star in a new Showtime comedy about a woman who overcomes leukemia to live out her childhood dream of being an on-air host at a home shopping network. (Deadline)
  • Orange is the New Black may not be totally dead after all, as a sequel to the Netflix series is now under discussion. (TVLine)
  • Perhaps much to the pleasure of Donald Trump, The Alec Baldwin Show hasn't been too successful, and now ABC will be moving it to Saturday nights. (CBS News)
  • Eddie Foy III is probably not a household name at all, but he served as casting director of numerous sitcoms including I Dream of Jeannie, Happy Days, Cheers, and more. He died this week at age 83. (Variety)
  • ABC is giving full seasons to some of their successful comedies. (SitcomsOnline)

WEEKLY PLANNER (NOVEMBER 10 - NOVEMBER 16)
Matt Houston
  • Decades has a binge marathon of Matt Houston this weekend.
  • You probably aren't ready for the holidays, but MeTV is, as they will begin airing holiday programming for three hours every Sunday starting tomorrow at 5:00 PM (it'll be Thanksgiving episodes to start out).
  • You can now watch King of the Hill and several other series on Hulu.
  • Chuck Lorre's latest sitcom, The Kominsky Method, debuts on Netflix on Friday.

Friday, November 09, 2018

Fri-Yay: When Is It Time to Stop Looking at Live Ratings?; NBC Sets and Shifts January 2019 Lineup

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!

ABC, NBC, The CW, Fox and CBS

by Vincent

This fall has been disastrous for network TV ratings. Huge, giant sitcoms like Modern Family and The Big Bang Theory are down to all-time low numbers. Veteran hits like The Goldbergs and Superstore are at levels well below even just last season. And while there have been new sitcoms such as The Neighborhood and The Kids Are Alright to do fairly well, their numbers would've been deemed cancel-worthy just a few seasons ago. Not to mention shows like Fresh Off the Boat and Speechless, moved to Friday nights only to see almost their entire live audience abandon them. It's been a grim fall for sitcoms on network TV, even ones generally doing well, at least if your name isn't The Conners. And yet, when everything is so low, one has to ask...is it time to stop looking at live ratings as a measure for success?

There's no doubt that the live, overnight ratings (the ones that are still highly publicized) are still key to networks. These ratings are the best measures we have of how many people are watching the advertisements that make these shows profitable and keep networks in business. And yet...how many people do you know in the year 2018 that actually make it a priority to watch shows live? Probably a lot less than in 2008, or even just 5 years ago. Every year, more people turn to DVR and streaming, to the point where DVR and streaming numbers are double and triple what people are watching live. It seems that networks are slowly figuring out how to make money off these methods too, particularly streaming. You look at a network like The CW - a network whose shows all have fairly tiny live viewership numbers - and see a network that is basically still profitable because it makes deals with Netflix to air its shows, likely because Netflix knows their shows attract audiences on streaming, particularly young audiences who are not watching shows live. That's how shows like iZombie or Crazy Ex-Girlfriend - shows that very, very few people are watching live - manage to make multiple seasons. That would've been unthinkable ten years ago, but it's where things are heading.

Other networks are not quite at that level yet, but we're certainly getting close. Granted, we haven't progressed enough that we're free of high-profile cancellations - remember when Fox wiped out nearly its entire comedy slate last year? - but we're certainly getting to a point where networks are looking at other metrics to bring shows back. For example, there's no live ratings reason why CBS should've held onto Madam Secretary for as long as it has (it's consistently one of broadcast TV's lowest-rated shows in the key 18-49 demo) but syndication money keeps it profitable for CBS. It's also why we're nearly at the halfway point of November and we've yet to see a show cancelled - and this is the third year in a row where networks waited that long or nearly that long to cancel the first show of the season. (Previously, it was rare to make it through the first 2 weeks of the season without a show receiving the ax.) It's not all about live ratings anymore - it's about growing and building and audience. Live ratings aren't completely irrelevant (even if they're not cancelled yet, you can bet miserably-rated shows like I Feel Bad and The Alec Baldwin Show will not make it to the end of the 2018-2019 season) but we're finally at a place where they really no longer tell the whole story.


NBC

NBC is shifting the premiere of Dwayne Johnson's new athletic competition series The Titan Games to Thursday, Jan. 3 from 8-10 p.m. ET/PT. The series will air in its regular timeslot on Thursdays from 8-9 p.m. beginning Jan. 10. The move of The Titan Games to Thursday keeps NBC's highly successful all-Chicago Wednesday lineup intact. Brooklyn Nine-Nine will premiere Thursday, Jan. 10 at 9 p.m. and air weekly in that timeslot thru May 16. The Good Place will shift to 9:30 p.m. beginning Thursday, Jan. 10 and air in that timeslot through its season finale on Jan. 24. Will & Grace will move to 9:30 p.m. beginning Thursday, Jan. 31 and will air thru April 4. Superstore will be preempted before returning March 7 (thru May 16) when the 8-10 p.m. two-hour comedy block returns with all original programming.

I Feel Bad, which was always intended as a 13-episode season because a pair of upcoming comedies still need to be scheduled (Abby's, A.P. Bio), will conclude in December. A decision on its future will be determined at a later date. In the recent past, NBC has ordered 13-episode seasons for a handful of comedies, including The Good Place and A.P. Bio.



Thursday, November 08, 2018

COZI TV's Unexpected Guests Thanksgiving Marathon; ABC Tuesday Comedies Get Full Seasons

COZI TV

COZI TV has put out extra place settings for several Unexpected Guests joining viewers throughout Thanksgiving weekend. The national multicast network today announced a special four-day marathon featuring many of the most memorable episodes of Will & Grace, Murder, She Wrote, Frasier and more. This will kick-off on Thursday, November 22 at 9 AM and conclude Sunday, November 25 at midnight (check local listings). COZI TV's Unexpected Guests marathons will include Little House on the Prairie all day Thanksgiving Day, with guest stars like Johnny Cash and Lou Gossett Jr. Then its Frasier all evening Thursday featuring Kristen Chenoweth, Ted Danson and more. Murder, She Wrote takes over all day Friday with Bryan Cranston, Courtney Cox and many others. Will & Grace showcases Matt Damon, Michael Douglas, Elton John and more on Friday night. Plus the weekend line-up continues filled with a wide variety of stars and shows, from Boy George on The A-Team to Harrison Ford on The Virginian.


The Kids Are Alright & Splitting Up Together

ABC Tuesday night comedies The Kids Are Alright and Splitting Up Together have been given full-season orders. New series The Kids Are Alright, from ABC Studios, premiered in October. From creator and executive producer Tim Doyle, the series is inspired by Doyle's own childhood. This ensemble stars Michael Cudlitz as Mike Cleary, Mary McCormack as Peggy Cleary, Sam Straley as Lawrence Cleary, Caleb Foote as Eddie Cleary, Sawyer Barth as Frank Cleary, Christopher Paul Richards as Joey Cleary, Jack Gore as Timmy Cleary, Andy Walken as William Cleary and Santino Barnard as Pat Cleary. Randall Einhorn is also an executive producer. Sophomore comedy Splitting Up Together is developed for American television by Emily Kapnek (Suburgatory), who serves as executive producer with Ellen DeGeneres, Dean Holland and Jeff Kleeman. The series stars Jenna Fischer as Lena, Oliver Hudson as Martin, Bobby Lee as Arthur, Diane Farr as Maya, Lindsay Price as Camille, Olivia Keville as Mae, Van Crosby as Mason and Sander Thomas as Milo. Mette Heeno, Mie Andreasen and Hella Joof are also executive producers. The series is produced by Piece of Pie Productions and A Very Good Production in association with Warner Bros. Television.

ABC's other Tuesday night comedies The Conners and black-ish have already full season orders.

Wednesday, November 07, 2018

TBS Pairs Shaq and Ken Jeong for Comedy Pilot; FXX Schedules Final Season of You're the Worst

Ken Jeong and Shaquille O'Neal

TBS has picked up the unscripted comedy Unqualified (wt) to pilot. Following their magnetic showdown on the network's rap battle series Drop the Mic, Shaquille O'Neal and Ken Jeong are pairing up again for Unqualified (wt), which will follow the unlikely duo as they take on different odd jobs. Between them, there are very few things these two iconic Renaissance men can't do. Shaq easily shifted from court to courtside commentary as an analyst for Turner Sports' Emmy Award-winning Inside the NBA on TNT. And Jeong really is a medical doctor as well as playing one on TV. But can they be scuba instructors? Line cooks? Dental hygienists? Nude art class models? All in one day?

Summoned to their temporary employment by unsuspecting people via a digital portal, Unqualified (wt) will follow the antics of Shaq and Ken as they try their hands at jobs that have always intrigued them, along with a few they'd rather avoid. Sometimes Shaq and Ken will have no clue what they're walking into. Utilizing their wide range of talent and hustle, the duo will perform tasks such as patrolling malls as rent-a-cops, substitute teaching kindergarten, train conducting and performing as party clowns.


It's time to raise a cup of trash juice and toast farewell to FXX's critically acclaimed, anti-romantic comedy, You're the Worst. The fifth and final season of You're the Worst will premiere on Wednesday, January 9 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on FXX. You're the Worst is a modern look at love and happiness told through the eyes of two people who haven't been very successful with either. It's the story of Gretchen and Jimmy, fear, heartbreak, romance, sex, food, Los Angeles, Sunday Funday, friendship, and the fact that sometimes the worst people make the best partners. An original comedy from writer and executive producer Stephen Falk, You're the Worst puts a dark twist on the romantic comedy genre.

Narcissistic, brash, and stubborn "Jimmy Shive-Overly" (Chris Geere) has inadvertently found himself paired up with cynical, people-pleasing, and self-destructive "Gretchen Cutler" (Aya Cash). After a whirlwind courtship, and a very rough post-cohabitation period of dealing with Gretchen's clinical depression, Jimmy and Gretchen were forced to learn how to manage a relationship in the face of tragedy when Jimmy's father unexpectedly died. Ultimately drawn closer, Jimmy proposed and then suddenly disappeared when confronted with the notion that Gretchen would be his family. After a prolonged period of separation, Jimmy and Gretchen are in it for the long haul now... at least they think they are. Maybe. Rounding out the cast is Desmin Borges, who plays "Edgar Quintero," Jimmy's once homeless war veteran roommate who, having recently learned to manage his PTSD, is now firmly entrenched in the world of television comedy writing; and Kether Donohue as "Lindsay Jillian," Gretchen's best friend and former partner in crime who, after conquering the corporate world, finds herself yearning for love again.

Tuesday, November 06, 2018

Hulu Gets Kat Dennings Comedy; truTV Brings Back I'm Sorry for 2nd Season

Kat Dennings

Hulu announced a 10-episode series order for Dollface, a new comedy from ABC Signature Studios. The new Hulu Original Series will star actress Kat Dennings (2 Broke Girls), who is also set to executive produce the comedy alongside Creator and Writer Jordan Weiss (Harley Quinn) and Showrunner Ira Ungerleider. Additional executive producers include Margot Robbie, Brett Hedblom and Tom Ackerley for LuckyChap Entertainment; Bryan Unkeless and Scott Morgan for Clubhouse Pictures; Nicole King and Stephanie Laing (Vice Principals). Matt Spicer (Ingrid Goes West) will executive produce and direct the first episode.

Dollface is set to begin production in 2019. The comedy follows a young woman who - after being dumped by her longtime boyfriend - must deal with her own imagination in order to literally and metaphorically re-enter the world of women, and rekindle the female friendships she left behind. The series marks Hulu's third project with ABC Signature Studios following the recent pick-up of the highly-anticipated Little Fires Everywhere, as well as the first joint TV production project for LuckyChap Entertainment and Clubhouse Pictures, who together recently produced the award-winning film I, Tonya and who are in active pre-production on the untitled Birds of Prey film at Warner Bros.


-"I'm

truTV has announced the season two premiere date for its highly anticipated - and completely unapologetic - comedy series I'm Sorry from creator and writer Andrea Savage (Veep, Episodes, Sleeping with Other People). Hailed by critics as "brazenly funny" and "razor-sharp," the scripted series follows seemingly confident and together comedy writer, wife and mom Andrea (played by Savage), who comically exposes her inner immaturity and neuroses as life throws situations no one could have prepared her for. This season, Andrea lands herself in new cringeworthy scenarios as she questions her theoretical market value as a prostitute, learns the downsides to having a child that can read, and discovers that comedy bits can sometimes go too far. Through it all, she is joined by her husband Mike (Tom Everett Scott), their inquisitive daughter Amelia (Olive Petrucci), and her divorced parents (Kathy Baker and Martin Mull).

Joining the cast in guest-starring roles for the series' second season are Adam Scott (Big Little Lies), Lennon Parham (Playing House), June Diane Raphael (Grace and Frankie), Scott Aukerman (Comedy Bang! Bang!), Rob Huebel(Transparent), Anne Ramsay (Mad About You), Kurt Braunohler (Bob's Burgers), Rose Mclver (iZombie), Brian Stepanek(Green Book) and Rich Eisen (The Rich Eisen Show). Returning guest stars include Jason Mantzoukas (Brooklyn 9-9), Gary Anthony Williams (Curb Your Enthusiasm), Allison Tolman (Fargo), Eugene Cordero (Tacoma FD), Jamie Kaler (My Boys), Paul Scheer (Veep), Kulap Vilaysack (Bajillion Dollar Propertie$) and Steve Zissis (Togetherness).

Monday, November 05, 2018

Antenna TV's Growing Pains Thanksgiving Series Marathon; Hulu Nabs King of the Hill and Exclusive Rights for Other Series

Growing Pains

Show me that smile again! This Thanksgiving, share the laughter and love with the Seaver family as Antenna TV airs the "All of Growing Pains Thanksgiving Weekend Marathon." Antenna TV, Tribune Broadcasting's multicast network, will air all 7 seasons (166 episodes) of Growing Pains on Thanksgiving weekend. The popular family sitcom that ran from 1985 to 1992 on ABC starring Alan Thicke, Kirk Cameron and later Leonardo DiCaprio, begins with season 1/episode 1 at 8pm ET on Wednesday, November 21 and runs through 8pm ET on Sunday, November 25, 2018 with the series' final episode. Antenna TV regularly airs Growing Pains weeknights 1:30am ET/10:30pm PT and Weekends 3:30pm ET/12:30pm PT.


King of the Hill

Calling all fans of Hank, Peggy, Bobby and Luanne: Beginning today, Hulu is the exclusive streaming home to every episode of Emmy Award-winning animated series King of The Hill! In a deal that further expands its licensing agreement with 20th Century Fox Television Distribution and cements Hulu as the leading destination for premium animated series, Hulu has added all 13 seasons of King of The Hill exclusively to its service. In addition, the company has locked in the exclusive post-broadcast streaming rights to Emmy-winning comedies Bob's Burgers and Family Guy, as well as American Dad!, and all episodes of library series The Cleveland Show and Emmy-winning Futurama.

Over the past few years, Hulu has struck multiple licensing agreements to build out the best and most comprehensive collection of animated comedies available through a streaming service. Hulu offers thousands of episodes of premium animated content and is now the exclusive subscription streaming home to the largest offering of animated programming from 20th Century Fox Television, as well as hits from other content partners including South Park, Rick and Morty, Robot Chicken, Adventure Time and more. Hulu is also the exclusive post-broadcast streaming home to a full suite of programming from Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution series, including drama series The Orville, The Gifted, The Resident, as well as hits Empire, The Last Man on Earth, and more.

Sunday, November 04, 2018

Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows; This Week in Sitcoms (Week of November 5, 2018)

It's Sunday, so it is time for "Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows" for the coming week. This is where we list what sitcom stars are appearing on talk shows for the coming week, the stars are both current and past sitcom stars, so this is for all sitcom fans of all eras!
For the week of November 5-9, 2018, we have many current sitcom stars and past sitcom stars on TV talk shows! All times listed are Eastern. So get your DVRs (or whatever you use) ready! Ready? Here is all what you need to know for the coming week!


Sunday, November 4
  • NeNe Leakes (The New Normal) - Catch Nene on Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
Monday, November 5
  • Leslie Grossman (What I Like About You/10 Things I Hate About You) - Watch Leslie on Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
  • John Stamos (Grandfathered/Jake in Progress/Full House) - John appears on E!'s Busy Tonight at 10pm.
  • Martin Lawrence (Martin/Partners) - Martin visits Steve, so check your local listings.
  • James Wolk (The Crazy Ones) - James gives the scoop on his new series Tell Me a Story on Rachael Ray, so check your local listings.
  • Dan Fogler (Man Up!) - Dan talks about Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 11:30am ET and on Good Day New York on WNYW-Fox5 in New York sometime between 7-10am.
  • Kenan Thompson (Kenan & Kel) - Kenan talks about The Grinch on NBC's Today sometime between 7-9am and in the 10am hour.
Tuesday, November 6
  • Billy Eichner (Difficult People/Parks and Recreation) - Catch Billy on Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Chris Sullivan (Camping) - Chris appears on a repeat of The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Lil Rel Howery (Rel/The Carmichael Show) - Lil is a guest on a repeat of The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Sabrina Carpenter (Girl Meets World/The Goodwin Games) - Sabrina appears on a repeat of The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Olivia Munn (Perfect Couples) - Olivia stops by E!'s Busy Tonight at 10pm.
  • Kenan Thompson (Kenan & Kel) - Kenan chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Jane Lynch (Angel from Hell) - Jane visits The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Damon Wayans Jr. (Happy Together/Happy Endings/New Girl) - Damon drops by The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Katy Mixon (American Housewife/Mike & Molly) - Katy reveals the double duty tip that keeps her kids’ rooms organized on Rachael Ray, so check your local listings.
  • Leslie Grossman (What I Like About You/10 Things I Hate About You) - Leslie will be on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 11:30am ET.
  • Jason Biggs (Mad Love/Drexell's Class) - Jason and his wife Jenny Mollen are guests on ABC's GMA Day at 1pm.
  • Fiona Gubelmann (Wilfred) - Fiona appears on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Keith Carradine (Complete Savages) - Keith talks about Madam Secretary on Good Day New York on WNYW-Fox5 in New York sometime between 7-10am.
Wednesday, November 7
  • Melissa McCarthy (Mike & Molly/Samantha Who?) - Watch Melissa on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Sarah Jessica Parker (Divorce/Sex and the City/Square Pegs) - Sarah visits Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Lindsay Price (Splitting Up Together/Coupling) - Lindsay guest co-hosts The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Leslie Grossman (What I Like About You/10 Things I Hate About You) - Leslie stops by The Wendy Williams Show, so check your local listings.
  • Damon Wayans Jr. (Happy Together/Happy Endings/New Girl) - Damon appears on The Real, so check your local listings.
  • NeNe Leakes (The New Normal) - NeNe is a guest E!'s Daily Pop at 12pm and on Access Live, so check your local listings.
  • Lisa Edelstein (The Kominsky Method/Leap of Faith/Almost Perfect) - Lisa talks about Netflix's The Kominsky Method on Access Live, so check your local listings.
  • Geoffrey Owens (The Cosby Show) - Geoffrey discusses his upcoming projects People Now at 12pm.
  • Melissa Leo (I'm Dying Up Here) - Melissa talks about Unlovable on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 11:30am ET.
  • Jason George (Eve/Off Centre) - Jason is a guest on ABC's GMA Day at 1pm.
  • Ricky Gervais (The Office) - Ricky will be on NBC's Today in the 10am hour.
Thursday, November 8
  • Anthony Anderson (black-ish/Guys with Kids/All About the Andersons) - Catch Anthony on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Finesse Mitchell (A.N.T. Farm) - Finesse visits The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Billy Crystal (Soap/The Comedians) - Billy appears on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Tracy Morgan (30 Rock/The Tracy Morgan Show) - Tracy stops by Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Minnie Driver (Speechless/About a Boy) - Minnie drops by The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Chloe x Halle (grown-ish) - Chloe x Halle are guests on The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Sarah Jessica Parker (Divorce/Sex and the City/Square Pegs) - Sarah appears on NBC's Today in the 10am hour, on Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo and on People Now at 12pm.
  • Keke Palmer (Scream Queens/True Jackson, VP) - Keke is a guest on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Vanessa Lachey (Dads) - Vanessa guest co-hosts The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Leah Remini (Kevin Can Wait/The Exes/Family Tools/The King of Queens) - Leah appears on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • William Shatner ($h*! My Dad Says) - William visits Steve, so check your local listings.
  • Michael McKean (Laverne & Shirley) - Michael is a guest on Rachael Ray, so check your local listings.
  • Whoopi Goldberg (Whoopi/Bagdad Cafe) - Whoopi appears on ABC's GMA Day at 1pm.
  • Brooke D'Orsay (Gary Unmarried/Happy Hour) - Brooke talks about the Hallmark Channel original movie Christmas in Love on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
Friday, November 9
  • Louie Anderson (Baskets/The Louie Show/Life with Louie) - Watch Louie on Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Damon Wayans Jr. (Happy Together/Happy Endings/New Girl) - Damon visits The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Reid Scott (Veep/My Boys/It's All Relative) - Reid appears on a repeat of Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • NeNe Leakes (The New Normal) - NeNe is a guest on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Jason Lewis (Sex and the City) - Jason talks about Midnight, Texas on E!'s Daily Pop at 12pm.
  • Sabrina Carpenter (Girl Meets World/The Goodwin Games) - Sabrina performs on NBC's Today in the 10am hour and on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.

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Sitcoms Airing This Week

Sunday, November 4

The Simpsons - "Baby You Can't Drive My Car" (Fox, 8:00PM ET/PT)
A self-driving car company sets up in Springfield and lures all of the power plant employees to join its fun work environment.

Bob's Burgers - "Live and Let Fly" (Fox, 8:30PM ET/PT)
The kids seek revenge on their school guidance counselor; they get entangled in sibling rivalry between two pilots; Linda and Bob put their game faces on when Teddy invites them to a paper airplane contest.

Family Guy - "Regarding Carter" (Fox, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Lois receives a surprising birthday present from her father, which leads to an unfortunate accident that leaves him dependent on Lois and the Griffins' care.

Rel - "Windy City Politics" (Fox, 9:30PM ET/PT)
Nat lands a job and gets the second chance he's been hoping for since his time in prison; his excitement comes to a halt when his superior acts inappropriately around him; without hesitation, Rel and Brittany try to come to his rescue.


Monday, November 5

The Neighborhood - "Welcome to the Anniversary" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Dave plans a special anniversary celebration for Gemma while Calvin and Tina babysit the Johnsons’ son, Grover, during an evening when nothing goes according to plan.

Happy Together - "Bland Gestures" (CBS, 8:30PM ET/PT)
When Cooper turns to Jake and Claire for advice on a big romantic gesture to impress a popular singer, they realize they should start making grand gestures in their own relationship. NBA Rookie of the Year Ben Simmons guest stars as himself. Steve-O guest stars as a tattoo artist named “S10cil.”


Tuesday, November 6

The Guest Book - "Killer Party" (TBS, 10:30PM ET/PT)
Bodhi looks for Eddie, who has gone missing; a guest named Tim returns to Barefeet Retreat to reminisce about his memorable last visit, which included a raging party crashed by his Uncle Bill from West Virginia.


Wednesday, November 7

The Goldbergs - "Bohemian Rap City" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Adam’s obsession with toys is cause for concern for Beverly and Murray, and they try to distract him with a new hobby. Meanwhile, the Dropouts’ decide to audition for “Star Search,” but their egos threaten the band’s future.

American Housewife - "The Code" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
After discovering that the four digit pin code the Otto family uses for everything spells out Greg’s ex-girlfriend’s name, Katie gets upset and retaliates by dragging out old gifts from past boyfriends. Meanwhile, the kids’ current love lives take a hit as Taylor and Trip argue over her relationship with Pierce (Milo Manheim); and Oliver and Gina’s relationship goes south when they both apply for a ballet scholarship that only one of them gets.

Modern Family - "Did the Chicken Cross the Road?" (ABC, 9:00PM ET/PT)
When Cam forgets the words to his favorite country song, he blames Mitch and decides he needs to reconnect with his roots and get a chicken. Meanwhile, when Alex is up for a prestigious government job that requires a family interview, it causes everyone to overcompensate and jeopardize her chances; and Haley and Dylan think it might be time they grew up a little.

Single Parents - "They Call Me DOCTOR Biscuits!" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
When Graham and Rory are cast in their school’s production of “Grease,” with Graham as the lead and Rory with a lesser known part, Poppy and Angie get involved and try to appeal to the drama teacher, Dr. Biscuits (Rhys Darby), to make changes. Meanwhile, Will is not ready to tell Sophie that he’s seeing Dr. Dewan (Hannah Simone), so against his better judgment, he takes Douglas’ advice and lies to Sophie.

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia - "Mac Finds His Pride" (FXX, 10:00PM ET/PT)
Frank tries to recruit Mac for the gang's float for the Gay Pride Parade; Frank comes to the realization that Mac will never be secure with his sexual identity unless he comes out to his father.


Thursday, November 8

The Big Bang Theory - "The Consummation Deviation" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Sheldon tries to bond with Amy’s father, but when Wolowitz lures Mr. Fowler (Teller) away with magic tricks, Sheldon has no choice but to bond with Mrs. Fowler (Kathy Bates). Also, Koothrappali and Anu try to get physical for the first time.

Young Sheldon - "An 8-Bit Princess and a Flat Tire Genius" (CBS, 8:30PM ET/PT)
A video game takes over Sheldon and Meemaw’s life. Also, George Sr. is jealous when Georgie bonds with Herschel (Billy Gardell) at the auto shop.

Mom - "Puzzle Club and a Closet Party" (CBS, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Christy and Wendy help Jill clean out her closet, which turns out to be a bigger job than expected, and Bonnie, Marjorie and Tammy take up a new hobby.

Murphy Brown - "A Lifetime of Achievement" (CBS, 9:30PM ET/PT)
The “Murphy in the Morning” team, Avery and Phyllis join Jim Dial at an eventful lifetime achievement award gala in his honor, hosted by Katie Couric (playing herself) and attended by Murphy’s worst-ever secretary (Bette Midler), who has a surprising new connection to Murphy. Also, Murphy discovers a kindred spirit in Judge Nate Campbell (John Larroquette), another gala attendee.

Superstore - "Maternity Leave" (NBC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Amy (America Ferrera) faces a nightmare day at work when she learns she doesn’t have maternity leave - made worse by Cheyenne (Nichole Bloom) and Mateo’s (Nico Santos) campaign to change her baby’s name. Meanwhile, Jonah (Ben Feldman) and Garrett (Colton Dunn) take on hiring the new seasonal help.

The Good Place - "The Worst Possible Use of Free Will" (NBC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Eleanor recalls some forgotten events from her past.


Friday, November 9

Fresh Off the Boat - "Mo' Chinese Mo' Problems" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Jessica and Louis are thrilled beyond belief when they discover that a Chinese family – Elaine (Ming-Na Wen), Julius (Reggie Lee) and son, Horace (Jimmy O. Yang) – have moved into the neighborhood. Jessica immediately bonds with Elaine, who helps her solve an issue with the HOA, and Louis decides to introduce Julius to Marvin and hang out together. Meanwhile, when Evan goes door-to-door collecting information for the census bureau, Eddie and Emery come up with a plan to impersonate being census takers in order to find out when the owners of a pool are out of the house so they can sneak over and use it.

Speechless - "S-T-- STAGE MOM" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Seeing the kids believe she exists to solely serve at their pleasure, Maya takes the stage to prove she has so much more to offer. Kenneth finds JJ a job, and JJ finds an unlikely rival. Ray goes undercover informing parents on his classmates’ social lives and gets in too deep.

Last Man Standing - "The Courtship of Vanessa's Mother" (Fox, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Vanessa's mother comes to visit and hits it off with Ed; Mandy and Kyle tutor Boyd, but they may be the ones getting outsmarted.

The Cool Kids - "TV Heist" (Fox, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Hank and Margaret lose a cornhole competition and miss out on the coveted prize -- a new flat-screen TV; the gang attempts to steal the TV, which means breaking into Allison's office after locking her and Sid in the sauna.

Andi Mack - "That Syncing Feeling" (Disney Channel, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Feeling left out by her friends, Andi spends time with Amber; Andi and Celia pick out Bex's wedding cake; Bowie helps a guitar student break some bad news.

Coop & Cami Ask the World - " Would You Wrather Be the Principal's BFF?" (Disney Channel, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Cooper is shunned at school after his classmates think he's becoming friends with Principal Walker.

Raven's Home - "It's Your Party and I'll Spy If I Want To" (Disney Channel, 9:00PM ET/PT)
When Nia and Booker throw an epic 13th birthday party with no moms or kids allowed, they're forced to tell Raven and Levi they can't attend.

The Paynes - "Payneful Partnership" (OWN, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Curtis realizes he has exhausted all of his options and decides to go into business with Terrance.


Saturday, November 10

Henry Danger - "Whistlin' Susie" (Nickelodeon, 8:00PM ET/PT)
After accidentally activating an atomic bomb in the Man Cave, Ray and Henry decide to drive it out into the Swellview desert in order to save their city.


Sunday, November 11

Last Man Standing - "Welcome Baxter" (Fox, 7:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Mike and Vanessa eagerly await Eve's return from the Air Force Academy; Ryan's anxiety about current events leads to a shocking announcement.

Bob's Burgers - "V for Valentine-detta" (Fox, 7:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
After a rough breakup on Valentine's Day, the Belcher women have a limo girls' night out to make Tina feel better; Bob and Gene have a trapeze experience that brings them closer.

The Simpsons - "From Russia With Love" (Fox, 8:00PM ET/PT)
On a mission to play hardcore pranks, Bart, Nelson and Milhouse get Moe a mail-order bride.

Bob's Burgers - "Bobby Driver" (Fox, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Bob agrees to drive professional quilter Edith around town after she convinces him to help her get revenge; the kids attend a lavish "Gatsby"-themed birthday party; Linda helps Teddy expand his taste palate.

Family Guy - "Stand by Meg" (Fox, 9:00PM ET/PT)
After Meg saves Stewie from a choking incident, Stewie makes it his personal mission to create a better life for Meg; Chris is sent to a vocational school.

Rel - "Re-Enter the Dragons" (Fox, 9:30PM ET/PT)
One of Dad's old bandmates turns up as a patient at Rel's hospital; when Rel finds out their friendship ended on bad terms, Rel, Nat and Brittany investigate why his band broke up.

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Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Tuesday, November 20

The Conners - "Miracles" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Life-changing news lands in the Conner household when a member of the family makes an announcement that no one saw coming. Meanwhile, Dan is suspicious that Becky isn’t sticking to her end of the deal when it comes to her drinking. Darlene continues her job search, and Jackie offers English lessons to a Casita Bonita busboy in need.

The Kids Are Alright - "Boxing" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Frank announces that he has decided to compete in the church boxing tournament, making it obvious that he’s playing for Mike’s affections. When Frank can’t cut it, Timmy steps in and takes up boxing in order to bond with his dad and get his approval. Ultimately, he has to choose between his dad’s dreams for him and his own dreams of showbiz glory. Elsewhere, feeling rusty after being at the seminary for so long, Lawrence asks Eddie to help prepare him for a date by taking him on a “practice date”.

black-ish - "Good Grief" (ABC, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Bow’s mom, Alicia, visits the family for the first time since the loss of Bow’s dad, and she is still heavily grieving. Bow decides to throw a big luau-themed party for what would have been her dad’s next birthday. Meanwhile, Mason has an extra ticket to an MMA fight and invites Diane on the same night as the party.

Splitting Up Together - "Yes, Deer" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
Vlad, the new contractor for the house, arrives with his crew and Lena immediately begins to clash with him over his methods of repairing the house. Martin, on the other hand, feels that Lena should let them do what they were hired to do. After overhearing that she’s too uptight, Lena calls up an old friend to help her let out her frustrations. Elsewhere, Martin takes Mason camping to help him get over his breakup with Hazel and to teach him how to be a man, only to learn from him that it is okay to express his emotions.

The Guest Book - "Invisible Son" (TBS, 10:30PM ET/PT)
Clem asks a stripper to pretend to be his girlfriend in order to convince his vacationing family that he is normal; once they get to Barefeet Retreat, it is discovered that Clem's fake girlfriend isn't the only thing he's been lying about.

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Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of November 19)

Tuesday, November 20

  • Michael Strahan (Brothers) - Catch Michael on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Michael Douglas (The Kominsky Method) - Michael visits The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Judy Greer (Kidding/Married/Mad Love/Miss Guided) - Judy appears on a repeat of Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • D'Arcy Carden (The Good Place) - D'Arcy stops by E!'s Busy Tonight at 10pm.
  • Candice Bergen (Murphy Brown) - Candice chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Jenifer Lewis (black-ish/The PJs) - Jenifer is a guest on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Valerie Bertinelli (Hot in Cleveland/Café Americain/Sydney/One Day at a Time) - Valerie guest co-hosts The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Patti LaBelle (Out All Night) - Patti talks about Christmas Everlasting on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan (check your listings) and on People Now at 12pm.
  • Mario Cantone (Sex and the City) - Mario stops by The Wendy Williams Show, so check your local listings.
  • Jane Lynch (Angel from Hell) - Jane is a guest on The Real, so check your local listings.
  • Tatyana Ali (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air/Second Generation Wayans) - Tatyana talks about Christmas Everlasting on People Now at 12pm.
  • Marlo Thomas (That Girl) - Marlo will be on NBC's Today sometime between 7-9am.
  • Tisha Campbell-Martin (Dr. Ken/Rita Rocks/My Wife and Kids/Martin) and Tichina Arnold (The Neighborhood/Survivor's Remorse/Happily Divorced/Everybody Hates Chris/Martin) - Tisha and Tichina talk about BET Presents: 2018 Soul Train Awards on ABC's GMA Day at 1pm. They also talk about The Neighborhood on the BUILD Series at 1pm.
  • Alicia Witt (Cybill) and Colin Ferguson (Then Came You) - Alicia and Colin talk about their Hallmark Movies & Mysteries original Christmas on Honeysuckle Lane on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.


New on DVD/Blu-ray (October/November)

The Beverly Hillbillies - The Official Fifth Season The Love Boat - Season Four - Volume One Saved by the Bell - The Complete Collection Alice - The Complete Eighth Season Step by Step - The Complete Third Season

10/02 - The Beverly Hillbillies - The Official Fifth Season
10/02 - Bob's Burgers - The Complete 6th Season
10/02 - Bob's Burgers - The Complete 7th Season
10/02 - Bob's Burgers - The Complete 8th Season
10/02 - Ghosted - The Complete First Season
10/02 - The Love Boat - Season Four - Volume One / Volume Two
10/02 - Police Squad! - TV and Movie Collection
10/02 - Saved by the Bell - The Complete Collection
10/16 - Community - The Complete Series (Mill Creek)
10/23 - Alice - The Complete Eighth Season
10/24 - The Odd Couple (2015) - Season Two
10/24 - The Odd Couple (2015) - Season Three
10/31 - The Bad News Bears - The Complete Series - All 26 Episodes
11/01 - Episodes - Season 5
11/05 - Robin Williams - Comic Genius (includes Mork & Mindy)
11/06 - American Dad! - Volume 13
11/20 - Step by Step - The Complete Third Season
11/27 - What I Like About You - The Complete Third Season
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