Wednesday, January 31, 2018

NBC Mid-Season Pilot Review: A.P. Bio - Premieres Thursday (Feb. 1); Pretty Little Liars Spinoff Casts Sofia Carson

A.P. Bio

A.P. Bio - Thursdays at 9:30PM ET/PT on NBC
Premieres Thursday, February 1, 2018 at 9:30PM ET/PT


by Vincent

When disgraced Harvard philosophy scholar Jack Griffin (Glenn Howerton) loses out on his dream job, he is forced to return to Toledo, Ohio, and work as a high school AP Bio teachers. Jack makes it absolutely clear he will not be teaching any biology. Realizing he has a room full of honor roll students at his disposal, Jack decides instead to use the kids for his own benefit.

Cast Details:

Glenn Howerton as Jack Griffin
Patton Oswalt as Principal Durbin
Tom Bennett as Myles
Tucker Alibrizzi as Colin
Allisyn Ashley Arm as Heather

Glenn Howerton (Jack) is best known for his role as Dennis Reynolds on the long-running FX hit comedy It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. He has also appeared in recurring roles on The Mindy Project and Fargo.

Patton Oswalt (Principal Durbin) is a comedic actor, known for his role as Spencer on The King of Queens and Remy in the Pixar film Ratatouille. He is also a popular stand-up comedian and has guest starred on many shows, including Parks and Recreation, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, and Veep.

Tom Bennett (Myles) is a British actor who has appeared in many British television shows, including The Hunt for Tony Blair, Red Cap, The Worst Week of My Life, My Hero, Life Begins, The Booze Cruise II, Foyle's War, Midsomer Murders and EastEnders, playing Steve Clarke.

Tucker Alibrizzi (Colin) is a young comedic actor, known for his role on shows such as Big Time Rush and Good Luck Charlie, as well as in films such as Bridesmaids and I Am Number Four.

Allisin Ashley Arm (Heather) is an American actress known for her main role as Zora Lancaster on Sonny with a Chance and in Disney Channel's sketch comedy series So Random!

Pilot Plot:

"Pilot" (Airs Thursday, February 1 at 9:30PM ET)

Jack Griffin is the newest AP Bio teacher in Toldeo, Ohio, but he makes it clear he will not be teaching any biology – instead, Jack decides instead to use the kids to enact revenge on his rival and take the job that is rightfully his, much to the chagrin of his principal, who is attempting to balance Jack and the school while maintaining his "nice guy" composure.

Analysis:

AP Bio is a weird show. It feels like it wants to be a cable comedy along the lines of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, disregarding things such as plot, character development and empathy and employing a go-for-broke dark humor where everything is a target for laughs. Of course, anyone who watches It's Always Sunny (or You're the Worst or Broad City or any similarly-veined cable comedy) knows that these shows don’t actually disregard plot or character development or even empathy – they just deploy them in less traditional, in-your-face ways. It's Always Sunny may be about a group of sociopaths, but it depicts them in ways that are interesting and most importantly, funny. AP Bio, unfortunately, didn’t seem to realize that was a requirement.

One might look at AP Bio and assume that it will follow the "cold-hearted jerk winds up being inspired by a group of lovable misfits" progression – I saw a lot of Community comparisons when the trailer was released last spring. However, AP Bio makes it clear early on that it has little interesting in transforming its truly deplorable lead character – in the first 5 minutes of the pilot, he tells his students, "I will not be learning from you." That's fine! A truly rotten lead character in a comedy series could be a great source of laughs. But AP Bio doesn't seem to have any direction for its lead character other than "he's a jerk." There are plenty of jerks depicted on TV. "Jerk" is not an interesting character trait in and of itself, and through-out the four episodes released to critics, Griffin never seems to become anything other than "jerk."

On top of it all, AP Bio is just downright mean. It feels like a leftover from 2000s-era sitcoms, when network TV was desperately trying to recreate Seinfeld and did so by churning out a handful of dark, cynical comedies where nothing ever seemed to go right for anyone. Most of these shows were terrible, but some went on to be classics – I'd probably say The Office and 30 Rock had some of this vibe, but those shows succeeded by creating interesting worlds of characters that felt like human beings, and the cynicism of those shows worlds were crafted in a way that was funny and felt like a commentary on their own premises. AP Bio just feels mean for the sake of being mean. It has a great cast, some funny lines, and all of the makings of a good show, but underneath its glossy surface, there's not much there. Hopefully, it can take a cue from some of the excellent comedies on the network it airs on such as The Good Place and Superstore and craft an identity of its own, otherwise it's going to stick out like quite a sore thumb on an excellent line-up.

Conclusion:

AP Bio isn't a total waste of time – Glenn Howerton does good work with a fairly uninspiring lead character, and there are some genuine laugh-out-loud moments. Unfortunately, the show suffers from being too mean-spirited and operating without much of a purpose. There's nothing about Jack Griffin or anyone on AP Bio that feels unique or lived in – they're just hollow joke machines, churning out jokes that are sometimes funny but not frequently enough to excuse just how little there it the show. There is potential here, so hopefully the creative team can re-evaluate some of the series’ flaws and make better use of its talented cast.

Final Numbers (out of 5 stars):

Watchability: 2/5
Funniness: 3/5
Overall: 2.5/5

Discuss the show after you watch it on Thursday, February 1, 2018 at 9:30PM ET/PT on our message board.

Related Links:

  • NBC.com Official Site
  • TV.com
  • epguides.com
  • Internet Movie Database
  • Wikipedia
  • A.P. Bio Photo Gallery

    Preview:





  • Sofia Carson

    Freeform, Disney's young adult television network, announced that rising star Sofia Carson (Descendants) has joined the cast of the drama pilot Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists. Carson will play Ava, a beautiful trendsetting blogger and coder, who strives to be a fashion icon. She joins Pretty Little Liars stars Sasha Pieterse and Janel Parrish in the spinoff pilot. Carson will also appear on the upcoming season of Freeform's series Famous in Love, which like Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists is executive produced by I. Marlene King. Carson will guest star on the series as Sloane, the daughter of a movie mogul, who becomes entwined with Paige Townsen and her friends. The second season of Famous in Love will premiere on Wednesday, April 4 at 8:00 PM ET/PT on Freeform, streaming, and on demand. Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists, is based on the popular book series "The Perfectionists," written by Sara Shepard, who also penned the No. 1 New York Times bestselling book series "Pretty Little Liars." Everything about the town of Beacon Heights seems perfect, from their top-tier college to their overachieving residents, but nothing in Beacon Heights is as it appears to be. The stress of needing to be perfect leads to the town's first murder. Behind every Perfectionist is a secret, a lie and a needed alibi.

    Tuesday, January 30, 2018

    Netflix Gets Multi-Camera Sitcom; CBS Announces Celebs for Big Brother: Celebrity Edition

    Alexa & Katie

    Friendship is the best medicine. New multi-camera sitcom Alexa & Katie launches globally on Netflix March 23, 2018 with 13 episodes. Alexa & Katie is a funny and heartwarming show about two best friends eagerly anticipating the start of their freshman year of high school. Despite the fact that Alexa (Paris Berelc - Mighty Med, Lab Rats: Elite Force) is undergoing cancer treatment, her outgoing personality and enthusiasm for life never falter, especially with her loyal, quirky, and awkwardly adorable best friend Katie (newcomer Isabel May) by her side. At times they're left feeling like outsiders, during a period when what seems to matter most is fitting in. Tiffani Thiessen (White Collar, Saved By The Bell) also stars as Lori, Alexa's determined and protective mother. Created by Heather Wordham (Hannah Montana, Reba) with comedy veteran Matthew Carlson (Malcolm In The Middle, Samantha Who?) serving as showrunner, the show's star is Alexa and Katie's friendship; whether it be at school, at home, or in the hospital, they are by each other's side through thick and thin, serving as role models for modern-day female friendships.


    Celebrity Big Brother

    CBS has announced the 11 Celebrity Houseguests who will star in the first-ever Celebrity edition of Big Brother in the U.S. This season's accomplished cast includes an NBA champion, a UFC legend, a Tony Award-winning actress, a chart-topping musician, a model, a television personality and a TV host, among others. Big Brother: Celebrity Edition launches with a three-night premiere event airing Wednesday, Feb. 7 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT), Thursday, Feb. 8 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) and a two-hour live eviction show on Friday, Feb. 9 (8:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. Julie Chen returns as the host of the hit series.

    The following 11 Celebrity Houseguests will compete for $250,000:

    Shannon Elizabeth (44) - Occupation: TV/movie actress
    Brandi Lynn Glanville (45) - Occupation: Television personality
    Ariadna Gutiérrez (24) - Occupation: Model
    Chuck Liddell (48) - Occupation: UFC legend
    James Maslow (27) - Occupation: Actor/musician
    Ross Mathews (38) - Occupation: TV host
    Mark McGrath (49) - Occupation: Rock star
    Keshia Knight Pulliam (38) - Occupation: Sitcom actress
    Marissa Jaret Winokur (44) - Occupation: Broadway actress
    Metta World Peace (38) - Occupation: NBA champion
    Omarosa (43) - Occupation: Television personality

    Details about the house will be announced shortly. Following the three-night premiere, Big Brother will air for three weeks, with the two-hour finale on Sunday, Feb. 25 (8:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

    Monday, January 29, 2018

    Girlfriends Heads to Logo; Showtime Previews New Comedy Before State of the Union on Tuesday

    Girlfriends

    Another sitcom is joining the Logo line-up. The Tracee Ellis Ross sitcom Girlfriends is starting on Logo tomorrow night (early Wednesday morning) from 1am-4am starting with the series' first episode, where Joan (Tracee Ellis Ross) tries to maintain her cool when she learns her ex-boyfriend Charles is dating Toni (Jill Marie Jones), but Maya (Golden Brooks) is less than forgiving. Girlfriends joins a line-up full of sitcoms that air in stacks like Green Acres, Bewitched, Mama's Family, Three's Company, The Nanny, Roseanne, Married with Children, The Facts of Life, The Mindy Project and Will & Grace.


    Our Cartoon President

    Ahead of Tuesday's State of the Union Address, Showtime is giving viewers an early opportunity to sample the premiere episode of the new animated comedy series Our Cartoon President, executive produced by multiple Emmy(R) winner Stephen Colbert, Chris Licht (The Late Show with Stephen Colbert) and R.J. Fried. The half-hour parody series follows the tru-ish misadventures of the 45th President of the United States, Donald J. Trump, and his merry band of advisors and family members. Along with the early episode, Showtime has unveiled the poster art for the series. Our Cartoon President is set to debut on air with two back-to-back episodes on Sunday, February 11 starting at 8 p.m. ET/PT. To watch and share the first episode of Our Cartoon President, see below:

    Sunday, January 28, 2018

    Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows; This Week in Sitcoms (Week of January 29, 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 January 29-February 2, 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!


    Monday, January 29
    • Dakota Johnson (Ben and Kate) - Watch Dakota on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
    • Lily Tomlin (Grace and Frankie/Malibu Country) - Lily appears on The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
    • Sarah Hyland (Modern Family) - Sarah is a guest on The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
    • Jamie Lee (Crashing) - Jamie visits Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
    • D'Arcy Carden (The Good Place) - D'Arcy stops by Conan at 11pm on TBS.
    • Megan Mullally (Will & Grace) - Megan appears on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
    • Jason Jones and Natalie Zea (The Detour) - Jason and Natalie are guests on Harry, so check your local listings.
    • The Cast of Young Sheldon - The cast of Sheldon are guests on Steve, so check your local listings.
    • Ellen DeGeneres (Ellen/The Ellen Show) - Ellen will be on NBC's Today sometime between 7-9am.
    • Henry Winkler (Happy Days/Monty/Out of Practice) - Henry appears on NBC's Today in the 10am hour.
    • Judah Friedlander (30 Rock) - Judah is a guest on the BUILD Series at 3pm.
    • David Duchovny (Californication) - David drops by the BUILD Series at 3pm.
    Tuesday, January 30
    • Glenn Howerton (A.P. Bio/It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia/The Mindy Project) - Catch Glenn Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC. He will also be on the BUILD Series 1:30pm.
    • J. K. Simmons (Growing Up Fisher/Family Tools) - J. K. appears on The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
    • AnnaLynne McCord (Let's Get Physical) - AnnaLynne visits Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
    • Esther Povitsky and Benji Aflalo (Alone Together) - Esther and Benji Aflalo are guests on Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
    • Kevin Nealon (Man with a Plan/Weeds/Hiller and Diller/Champs) - Kevin stops by Conan at 11pm on TBS.
    • Dylan McDermott (LA to Vegas) - Dylan chats about LA to Vegas on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
    • Rita Moreno (One Day at a Time/Happily Divorced/9 to 5) - Rita will be on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 11:30am ET.
    • Eugene Levy and Daniel Levy (Schitt's Creek) - Eugene and Daniel are guests on NBC's Today in the 10am hour.
    Wednesday, January 31
    • Dakota Johnson (Ben and Kate) - Watch Dakota on Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
    • Martin Short (Mulaney/The Martin Short Show) - Martin appears on The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
    • Lisa Kudrow (Friends/The Comeback/Web Therapy) - Lisa stops by The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
    • D'Arcy Carden and Jameela Jamil (The Good Place) - D'Arcy and Jameela are guests on Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
    • Tom Papa (Come to Papa) - Tom visits Conan at 11pm on TBS.
    • Sarah Jessia Parker (Divorce/Sex and the City/Square Pegs) - Sarah drops by Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
    • Justina Machado (One Day at a Time) - Justina appears on The Wendy Williams Show, so check your local listings.
    • Brian Dietzen (My Guide to Becoming a Rock Star) - Brian is a guest on Steve, so check your local listings.
    • Jane Seymour (Let's Get Physical/Modern Men) - Jane stops by Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
    • Glenn Howerton (A.P. Bio/It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia/The Mindy Project) - Glenn talks about A.P. Bio on NBC's Today sometime between 7-9am.
    • Tisha Campbell-Martin (Dr. Ken/Rita Rocks/My Wife and Kids/Martin - Tisha talks about Lifetime's The Simone Biles Story: Courage to Soar on E!'s Daily Pop at 12pm.
    Thursday, February 1
    • Billy Eichner (Difficult People) - Catch Billy on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
    • Dylan McDermott (LA to Vegas) - Dylan appears on Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
    • Pete Holmes (Crashing) - Pete is a guest on The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
    • Amber Tamblyn Two and a Half Men) - Amber guest co-hosts The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
    • Anna Faris (Mom) - Anna chats on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
    • Wanda Sykes (The New Adventures of Old Christine/Wanda at Large) - Wanda stops by The Real, so check your local listings.
    • Tisha Campbell-Martin (Dr. Ken/Rita Rocks/My Wife and Kids/Martin - Tisha talks about Lifetime's The Simone Biles Story: Courage to Soar on Steve, so check your local listings.
    • Jake Johnson (New Girl) - Jake dishes on his last season of New Girl on People Now at 8:30am.
    • Heather Dubrow (Stark Raving Mad) - Heather is a guest on E!'s Daily Pop at 12pm.
    • Bailee Madison (Trophy Wife) - Bailee appears on the BUILD Series at 2pm.
    Friday, February 2
    • Garcelle Beauvais (The Jamie Foxx Show) - Garcelle appears on Steve, so check your local listings.
    • David Duchovny (Californication) - David gives the scoop on his new album on Rachael Ray, so check your local listings.
    • Henry Winkler (Happy Days/Monty/Out of Practice) - Henry is a guest on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.

    All listings are subject to change. Visit our blog and main site for daily updated listings. Leave us comments on our message board or Tweet/Facebook us to let us know what you think of this Sunday feature! We do listen!


    Sitcoms Airing This Week

    Sunday, January 28

    Brooklyn Nine-Nine - "The Big House Pt. 1" (Fox, 7:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
    Jake and Rosa are coping with life behind bars in very different ways; Amy and Charles are doing all they can to exonerate their colleagues.

    Bob's Burgers - "Brunchsquatch" (Fox, 7:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
    Bob's Burgers begins serving brunch to compete with Jimmy Pesto, but it quickly turns to chaos; Tina, Gene, and Louise decide to help Mr. Fischoeder's brother.

    The Simpsons - "The Serfsons" (Fox, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
    In a magical medieval world, Marge's mother is turned into an Ice Walker and Homer forces Lisa to use illegal magic to cure her; Lisa is kidnapped and Homer must lead a feudal uprising to save her.

    Ghosted - "Be-Mo" (Fox, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
    Leroy and Max take Jermaine trick-or-treating, but he gets infected with a zombie-esque virus by a demon cat; the Bureau Underground has a busy Halloween night of paranormal activity.

    Family Guy - "Gronkowbees" (Fox, 9:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
    Professional football player Rob Gronkowski moves into the neighborhood; Stewie uses steroids to increase his new bees' honey output, but it makes them aggressive instead.

    LA to Vegas - "Pilot" (Fox, 9:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
    The crew and eccentric passengers of a budget airline take a roundtrip flight from Los Angeles to Las Vegas.

    School of Rock - "Love Is a Battlefield" (Nickelodeon, 7:30PM ET/PT)
    Tomika is inspired by the play, "Hamilton," to create her own hip-hop musical about the Alamo; Freddy is determined to use the play to get closer to Summer.


    Monday, January 29

    Kevin Can Wait - "Fight or Flight" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT)
    On a flight for a security job, Vanessa tells a flight attendant that she and Kevin are newly married in order to get bumped up to first class, but her fib creates a lot of extra baggage when Kevin meets Lisa (Ali Landry) and the two hit it off.

    Man with a Plan - "The Gunfight" (CBS, 8:30PM ET/PT)
    When Adam notices his Dad’s increasingly forgetful behavior, he struggles with how to approach him to discuss it.

    Superior Donuts - "Grades of Wrath" (CBS, 9:00PM ET/PT)
    Convinced his first art-school assignment is a masterpiece, Franco is shocked when he receives a below-average grade and his unimpressed professor asks for a do-over. Also, Arthur becomes determined to discover the true identity of the customer who dared give his shop’s coffee a negative online review.

    9JKL - "Stalker Status" (CBS, 9:30PM ET/PT)
    Judy is determined to help Josh win back the attention of Patty (Cheri Oteri), his former stalker, when his feelings are hurt that she is now fixated on an up-and-coming actor. Also, Andrew and Eve try to connect intellectually over reading the same book.

    K.C. Undercover - "The Domino Effect" (Disney Channel, 8:00PM ET/PT)
    A high-school math whiz trains to be an undercover spy.


    Tuesday, January 30

    Fresh Off the Boat - "A Man to Share the Night With" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
    When Michelle Kwan comes in second place at the Olympics, Jessica tries to keep it from Emery and Evan, only to get caught up in an elaborate conspiracy theory that leads them seeking answers from Nancy Kerrigan. Meanwhile, Louis changes Eddie’s bedtime to spend more quality time together watching Letterman, but feels slighted when Eddie spends his newfound free time elsewhere.

    Fresh Off the Boat - "We Need to Talk About Evan" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
    Jessica pushes Evan to win Student of the Month so that she can rub it in her new frenemy’s face, Amy Chestnut (Angela Kinsey). When Evan becomes overwhelmed, he starts seeing the school counselor, much to Jessica’s chagrin. Louis feels like he is in Kenny Rogers’ shadow and needs a way to put his name back on the Cattleman’s Ranch map. Eddie and Emery decide it’s time they learn how to unhook a bra.

    Baskets - "Finding Freddie" (FX, 10:00PM ET/PT)
    Christine eats a carrot.

    K.C. Undercover - "Domino 2: Barbecued" (Disney Channel, 8:00PM ET/PT)
    A high-school math whiz trains to be an undercover spy.


    Wednesday, January 31

    The Goldbergs - "Revenge o' the Nerds" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
    With the children growing up, Beverly decides to reinvent herself and quits being a substitute teacher. She decides to focus her energy on going to night school so she can eventually own her own business. Murray doesn’t like change or things costing money, so he convinces her to get a perm instead. Meanwhile, Erica struggles to balance her academic and social life in college and needs Adam’s assistance.

    Speechless - "J-J'S D-R-- DREAM" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
    Ray gets in over his head when he makes up a fake charity to impress his girlfriend; Maya gives Jimmy tips on being the boss; and Dylan demands Kenneth get out of her space.

    Modern Family - "Tough Love" (ABC, 9:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
    After leaving his real estate firm to strike out on his own, Phil decides a solo camping trip in the wild will be just what he needs to boost his confidence. Meanwhile, Mitchell’s plan to teach Cam a lesson in gullibility and Lily a lesson in responsibility backfires.

    American Housewife - "Gala Auction" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
    After failing to get donations on her own terms, Katie gives in to the dark side and teams up with Oliver to bribe rich Westport families to donate big-ticket items for the spring gala. Greg decides to take Taylor and Anna-Kat to a Revolutionary War reenactment which Taylor finds lame until she starts a revolution of her own.

    Schitt's Creek - "Pregnancy Test" (Pop, 8:00PM ET/PT)
    Johnny prepares himself after finding a positive pregnancy test; David and Patrick search for privacy.

    Let's Get Physical - "The Dancing Criminals" (Pop, 8:30PM ET/PT)
    Joe and Janet craft a plan to win the championship; Joe continues to hang out with his loser band mates; Joe and Janet audition dancers for the Fitness by Force team, while Barry and Claudia begin recruiting dancers for their team.

    grown-ish - "Cashin' Out" (Freeform, 8:00PM ET/PT)
    Zoey faces a difficult decision after she gets put on the spot on national television.

    Alone Together - "Pop-Up" (Freeform, 8:30PM ET/PT)
    Esther contends with many distractions while standing in line for a cosmetics pop-up store.

    K.C. Undercover - "Domino 3: Buggin' Out" (Disney Channel, 8:00PM ET/PT)
    KC saves Ernie since it was her fault the barbecue failed. The Bishops have listening devices.


    Thursday, February 1

    The Big Bang Theory - "The Novelization Correlation" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT)
    When Sheldon petitions Wil Wheaton to appear on the new Professor Proton show, Wil offers a role to Amy instead. Also, Penny gets angry when she thinks the female protagonist in Leonard’s novel is based on her.

    Young Sheldon - "A Sneeze, Detention, and Sissy Spacek" (CBS, 8:30PM ET/PT)
    When flu season hits Medford, Sheldon takes extreme measures to remain healthy.

    Mom - "Push-down Coffee and a Working Turn Signal" (CBS, 9:00PM ET/PT)
    When Christy’s car dies, Bonnie refuses to let Adam loan her money for a new one.

    Life in Pieces - "Toilet Shaving Stuck Fertility" (CBS, 9:30PM ET/PT)
    When Greg and Jen’s crazy neighbors invite them to a party, Greg makes up a lie so they can get out of attending. Also, Matt and Colleen discover they need to give up some necessities to increase their chances of having a child; a delivery mix-up results in John and Joan accidentally receiving the fancy Japanese toilet Tim ordered for himself; and Sophia decides to shave her legs.

    Superstore - "Groundhog Day" (NBC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
    Still fresh from her divorce, Amy (America Ferrera) doesn't feel ready to start dating again. But when Mateo (Nico Santos) tries to set her up with his loser cousin, she gets determined to show everyone she can do better, and breaks some hearts in the process. Meanwhile, Dina (Lauren Ash) takes advantage of a medical condition to scam Glenn (Mark McKinney) into accommodating her every need.

    The Good Place - "Somewhere Else" (NBC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
    Michael (Ted Danson) tries to pull a rabbit out of a hat.

    Will & Grace - "Staten Island Fairy" (NBC, 9:00PM ET/PT)
    Jack's (Sean Hayes) intimacy issues are challenged by a closeted boyfriend. Will (Eric McCormack) and Grace (Debra Messing) sell their new line of bedding on TV.

    A.P. Bio - "Pilot: Catfish" (NBC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
    Jack Griffin (Glenn Howerton) is a Harvard philosophy scholar who loses out on his dream job and goes to work as a high school Advanced Placement biology teacher in his hometown of Toledo, Ohio. He quickly makes it clear he will not be teaching any biology, however, and, realizing he has a room full of overachieving honor roll students at his disposal, decides instead to use the kids to enact revenge on his rival and take the job that is rightfully his. Eager to prove that he is still king of the castle, Principal Durbin (Patton Oswalt) struggles to control the force of nature that is Jack Griffin.

    K.C. Undercover - "Domino 4: The Mask" (Disney Channel, 8:00PM ET/PT)
    K.C. and Marisa take Amy to New York so she will not be home to witness her "parents" being arrested by the Organization.


    Friday, February 2

    Andi Mack - "A Good Hair Day" (Disney Channel, 8:00PM ET/PT)
    Andi and Bex plan a surprise party for Bowie's birthday; Jonah joins Andi, Cyrus and Buffy on their annual trip to the Renaissance Faire.

    The Paynes - "A Fugitive in Payne" (OWN, 9:00PM ET/PT)
    Nyla fears that her actions will leave her with life-altering consequences; Ella attempts to save the day.


    Saturday, February 3

    The Thundermans - "Significant Brother" (Nickelodeon, 8:00PM ET/PT)
    Sparks fly between Phoebe and Cherry's visiting brother, prompting Cherry to grow concerned that she will be overshadowed by this new romance; after Cherry begs Phoebe not to date her brother, Phoebe must decide between love and friendship.

    Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn - "Sympathy for the Squishy" (Nickelodeon, 8:30PM ET/PT)
    Nicky's excuse for being tardy starts the Harper Quads down a dangerous road of playing on people's sympathies that threatens to ruin their reputation at their new school.


    Sunday, February 4

    Brooklyn Nine-Nine - "The Big House Pt. 2" (Fox, 7:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
    The warden asks Jake to investigate Romero's drug smuggling operation; a local mobster claims he can prove Hawkins' guilt, but Holt and the rest of the gang think they have a safer plan.

    Bob's Burgers - "The Silence of the Louise" (Fox, 7:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
    Mr. Frond's therapy dolls are mysteriously attacked; Louise teams up with Millie to help solve the case; Teddy decides to get into the inspirational poster business.

    The Simpsons - "Springfield Splendor" (Fox, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
    Marge and Lisa turn Lisa's experiences into a pop culture hit, but they struggle with creative differences.

    Ghosted - "Whispers" (Fox, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
    Leroy romantically pursues a female cop while searching for the culprit behind a string of murders; Capt. Lafrey suspects her daughter is sneaking around behind her back with a boy.

    Family Guy - "Inside Family Guy" (Fox, 9:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
    Viewers are taken for a behind-the-scenes look at a "Family Guy" production week; Peter is replaced and pitches a new series to Fox Television Group Chairmen and CEO's Dana Walden and Gary Newman.

    LA to Vegas - "The Yips and the Dead" (Fox, 9:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
    The flight crew manage the passengers' anxiety after they realize they have a corpse onboard; Capt. Dave struggles to land the plane.

    Complete TV Listings

    Saturday, January 27, 2018

    SitcomsOnline Digest: Which TV Series Isn't Getting a Reboot, Anyway?; CBS Orders Three (Fresh) Comedy Pilots

    Welcome to SitcomsOnline Digest! Reboots and revivals? Tell us the name of one show that isn't being rebooted or at least being considered, and we'd be shocked at this point, as we have a ton of new ones being tossed around this week. If you're not in the mood for reboots, CBS has some sitcom pilots in the pipeline. And we're hearing of the death of a 105 year old actress that you may not recognize the name of, but if you've been watching sitcoms, you've seen her. Let's get going!

    HIGHLIGHTS FROM SITCOMSONLINE.COM AND AROUND THE WEB
    • We feel like at this point we'd might as well just say "it's official, everything in the history of television is about to be rebooted," as this week, we're hearing about reboots of Murphy Brown, Magnum P.I., Cagney and Lacey, Greatest American Hero, Charmed, and most likely more that we're not even aware of or missed (we'll probably still never see that aborted Coach reboot, however). (Entertainment Weekly)
    • If you're not in the mood for reboots, it seems that CBS (which also is the one who seems to be going the heaviest on these reboot pilots, ironically) has some comedy pilots that are fresher ideas in the pipeline as well. (Deadline)
    • Even people who aren't soap opera fans are aware of the importance of the characters Luke and Laura on General Hospital, and even though the characters have come and gone over the years as the actors have chosen to pursue other interests, it seems producers are reducing Laura's character to a recurring role, and not by the choice of Genie Francis, the actress who plays that role. (Entertainment Weekly)
    • Connie Sawyer, who was recognized as Hollywood's oldest actress and made guest appearances in TV series as far in the past as The Donna Reed Show and Dr. Kildare, as well as series as recent as The Office and New Girl (and plenty in between) and also has been cast in generic roles like "old lady" going as far back as 1975, has died this week at the impressive age of 105. (People)
    • February 27th (i.e. 2/27) is coming up next month, so what's more appropriate for that date than a marathon of 227?.  (SitcomsOnline)

    WEEKLY PLANNER (JANUARY 27 - FEBRUARY 2)
    • All fifteen seasons of the popular NBC medical drama ER are now available to watch on Hulu.
    • Speaking of Hulu, if you enjoy Scrubs and don't own the DVDs (and we still strongly recommend and collect DVDs for this very reason, you never know when streaming services will pull the plug), you may want to start binge watching that now, as it is scheduled to leave Hulu on February 7 according to Hulu's official Twitter account (barring any renewals).
    • The new NBC sitcom, AP Bio, makes a special preview debut Thursday night.
    • You can catch a binge of The Rookies all weekend on Decades.
    • Will Ferrell returns to Saturday Night Live tonight as host, along with musical guest Chris Stapleton.
    • The Grammy Awards air Sunday on CBS, and they have one slight sitcom connection, as Childish Gambino (known to sitcom fans as Donald Glover of Community and Atlanta fame) has five nominations.

    Friday, January 26, 2018

    Fri-Yay: The Roseanne Reboot and the Trend of Rebooting Old Sitcoms; 227 Marathon on 2/27 on Antenna TV

    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!

    Roseanne

    by Vincent

    One of my most anticipated upcoming network comedies is the Roseanne reboot. For anyone who isn't aware, Roseanne will be returning to TV screens this spring in March with its original cast, and creators have said that, like the original series, it will offer a real and in-depth look at issues American families are facing today. Even though I've been generally skeptical of reboot culture, I'm kind of looking forward to the Roseanne reboot. Roseanne was one of the best working class sitcoms of all time, taking a magnifying glass to working class family life in a way that few shows had done before. In our current political climate, there is a serious divide among working class families along political lines, and it will be interesting to see how Roseanne deals with that divide. There are, arguably, even more hot button political topics involving working class families today than there were during Roseanne's original run (and there were a lot then!), so it will be incredibly interesting to see if the show is up to the task of handling it.

    CBS also announced today that it would be airing a rebooted Murphy Brown for at least 13 episodes during the 2018-2019 TV season. Similar to Roseanne, Murphy Brown covered many controversial topics that feel just as, if not more, relevant today than during the show's original run, particularly related to female empowerment and feminism. Murphy Brown, like Roseanne, will see star Candace Bergen returning to her role, so it's possible it will once again recapture the spark the original series had. Still, part of me wonders – why don't we focus on the current sitcoms and allow them to cover these polarizing topics? Some shows are already doing a great job of this, like NBC's Superstore or Netflix's One Day at a Time – which is technically a reboot in and of itself, but feels different enough from the original that it's, essentially, a new series.

    Still, it'll be fun to see some familiar faces on TV again – and if Roseanne and Murphy Brown can recapture some of their own magic, maybe I'll warm to the idea of TV remakes. I'm not a fan of Fuller House and I've found the Will & Grace reboot to be patchy with some decent moments, but perhaps Roseanne and Murphy Brown will be the shows to change my mind.


    227

    Celebrate the classic comedy of 227 on 2/27 when Antenna TV, Tribune Broadcasting's multicast entertainment network airs an 18-hour/36-episode marathon of 227 on Tuesday February 27, 2018. Join Mary, Lester, Brenda, Sandra and the neighbors of 227 Lexington Place on Antenna TV for a "best of" marathon from 5a-11pm ET on 2/27. 227 regularly airs on Antenna TV weekdays at 3pm ET, and weekends at 1:30pm ET. 227 aired on NBC from 1985-1990 originally and starred Marla Gibbs, Hal Williams, Alaina Reed-Hall, Jackée Harry, Regina King, Helen Martin, and Curtis Baldwin. The series had 110 episodes in five seasons.

    Thursday, January 25, 2018

    CBS Revives Murphy Brown for 2018-19 Season; Antenna TV's Valentine's Day Romantic Retreat

    Murphy Brown

    CBS has given a 13-episode, series production commitment to a current day revival of the Network's classic comedy Murphy Brown from Warner Bros. Television for the 2018-2019 broadcast season. Candice Bergen, who starred in the title role from 1988-1998, will reprise her role. As its 30th anniversary approaches, Murphy Brown returns to a world of cable news, social media, fake news and a very different political and cultural climate. Warner Bros. Television, producers of the original series, will produce the new multi-camera comedy with original creator Diane English serving as writer/executive producer through her Bend in the Road Productions banner. Bergen will also be an executive producer. During the show's original 10-year run on CBS, Murphy Brown received 62 Emmy nominations (with 18 wins), 15 Golden Globe nominations (with three wins), three Screen Actors Guild awards, five Directors Guild nominations (with two wins) and four Writers Guild nominations (with two wins). Bergen won five Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe Award.


    Antennat TV

    Fall in love with your favorite shows and heartthrobs all over again with the "Valentine's Day Romantic Retreat" marathon. For 23-straight love-filled hours, Antenna TV will feature dates, weddings, romances and kisses, with special Valentine's Day-themed episodes of Coach, Head of the Class, Gimme a Break, Mr. Belvedere, Growing Pains, Murphy Brown, Wings, Welcome Back Kotter, Bewitched, I Dream of Jeannie, Three's Company, Benson, Soap, Alice and many more! Cozy up with your loved ones and watch Antenna TV's "Valentine's Day Romantic Retreat" marathon all day Wednesday, February 14, 2018 (5am-4am ET.)

    Wednesday, January 24, 2018

    Comedy Central New Series Is Top New Cable Comedy; Lifetime Brings Back Drama for 2nd Season

    Corporate

    The January 17 premiere of Corporate is the highest-rated basic-cable prime comedy debut of the 2017-18 programming season, and improved on Comedy Central's 2018 first-quarter prime average by 34% among Adults 18-49, 57% among Men 25-34, and 34% among all viewers. The scripted workplace series that Indiewire called "the first great comedy of 2018" and Variety called "deliciously dark and hilariously ruthless" airs Wednesdays at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on Comedy Central.

    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.


    Mary Kills People

    Following a ground-breaking first season and named one of the most critically acclaimed shows of 2017, Lifetime's compelling and provocative drama series Mary Kills People about an ER doctor who serves as an angel of death helping people die with dignity, returns Monday, March 12, at 9pm ET/PT, joining UnREAL as part of Lifetime's premium scripted block. UnREAL debuts Monday, February 26 at 10pm, featuring a female suitress, while thriller Mary Kills People hits the air two weeks later. Starring Caroline Dhavernas, Jay Ryan and Richard Short, the second season of Mary Kills People also features guest stars Rachelle Lefevre and Ian Lake. A full season one marathon of Mary Kills People will air on Lifetime Movies (LMN) from 6pm ET/PT - 12am ET/PT on Sunday, March 11.

    Picking up eight months after Mary (Dhavernas) and Des (Short) framed Grady (Greg Bryk) for the deaths of their patients, Des is happy to reteam with Mary following his stint in prison, but Mary questions whether she was better off fighting the good fight without him. As they dive deeper and darker into their illegal work, a mysterious woman, Olivia Bloom (Lefevre), comes to them with a deadly request, unleashing a chain of events that unfolds throughout the season. Mary's personal and professional lives come to a head when Ben (Ryan) returns, knee-deep in a complicated undercover case. Ben's investigation will collide with Mary's criminal descent, forcing Mary to decide whether to come clean once and for all.

    Tuesday, January 23, 2018

    NBC Sets Sunday Nights in Mid-Season; ION Television Gets Jason Priestley Series

    Timeless

    Looking to create strong family-friendly viewing on Sundays beginning March 11, NBC will air its annual three-hour American Ninja Warrior: USA Vs. the World special at 7 p.m. ET/PT and conclude the night with the highly anticipated second-season premiere of Timeless. As previously announced, family viewing continues Sunday, March 18 with the second-season premiere of the hit alternative series Little Big Shots, hosted by Steve Harvey, and the debut of the Neil Patrick Harris-led gameshow Genius Junior. That will be followed by Timeless, whose 10-episode season will air each week at 10 p.m. Sundays.


    Private Eyes

    ION Television announced the premiere date for its all-new original series starring Jason Priestley. Private Eyes will make its network debut Sunday, February 11, starting at 9/8c PM. The 10-episode season from Entertainment One (eOne) will air each Sunday night with back-to-back new episodes. ION will also air encore runs on Tuesdays beginning at 11/10c PM.

    ION Television is the exclusive U.S. television home for current and future seasons of the drama series - the latest in a string of successful originals to join the network from eOne, including Saving Hope and The Listener. The series also joins ION's top 10-rated lineup of acclaimed programming, including Criminal Minds, Law & Order: SVU, Blue Bloods, NCIS: Los Angeles and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.

    Monday, January 22, 2018

    grown-ish Gets 2nd Season, While Party of Five Reboot Gets Pilot; Netflix Gets Joel McHale Talk Show

    grown-ish

    At the inaugural Freeform Summit, during kickoff panel conversation featuring Kenya Barris and Yara Shahidi, among others, grown-ish executive producer alongside executive vice president, programming & development, Karey Burke, surprised series lead, Shahidi, with the news that the network has ordered a second season of the critically-acclaimed breakout comedy. The premiere, which boasted Freeform's highest debut for a comedy in nearly six years, also earned critical praise from Deadline, which called the series "straight up good, no -ish required," and BuzzFeed declared, "glows from the inside out." Freeform's grown-ish, a half-hour comedy tackling current social issues and complexities facing both students and administrators, follows Zoey (Yara Shahidi), Dre (Anthony Anderson) and Rainbow's (Tracee Ellis Ross) popular, entitled, stylish and socially active 17-year-old daughter from ABC's Emmy(R)-nominated comedy black-ish, as she heads into her freshman year of college at Cal U.

    The series is produced by ABC Signature Studios and is executive produced by Kenya Barris, Helen Sugland, E. Brian Dobbins, Anthony Anderson, Laurence Fishburne and Julie Bean. grown-ish airs Wednesday nights at 8/7c on Freeform and black-ish airs Tuesday nights at 9/8c on ABC. Freeform also announced a put pilot commitment for a reboot of the fan-favorite Party of Five series with original creators Chris Keyser and Amy Lippman. From Sony Pictures Television, the reboot will follow the five Buendias children as they navigate daily life struggles to survive as a family unit after their parents are suddenly deported back to Mexico. In other Freeform news, Marvel's Cloak & Dagger will premiere Thursday, June 7 (8:00 - 10:00 p.m. EDT/PDT), following the conclusion of new series Siren, which premieres Thursday, March 29 from 8-10pm. The Bold Type returns Tuesday, June 12 at 8pm and Famous in Love starring Bella Thorne returns Wednesday, April 4 with a two-hour premiere from 8-10pm.


    Joel McHale

    He's back! Comedian and actor Joel McHale is coming to Netflix with the weekly, topical series The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale starting Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018. The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale is a new, weekly half-hour topical series that takes a sharp, absurdist look at pop culture and news from across the globe. It's a fast and funny distillation of everything people are talking about that week. Featuring celebrity guests, comedy sketches, and insane video clips from the worldwide realms of TV, sports, politics, celebrity culture, and every corner of the internet, The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale is destination viewing for comedy lovers, or people who just really, really like green screens. The Joel McHale Show launches globally February 18, 2018. Filmed on location at Sunset Bronson Studios in Los Angeles, the show is produced by Pygmy Wolf Productions, Free Period Productions, and Feigco Entertainment in association with Lionsgate Television. Season 1 # of episodes: 13 episodes x 30 mins. with a weekly rollout. Tapes Thursdays (Sunset Bronson) and debuts following Sunday.

    Sunday, January 21, 2018

    Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows; This Week in Sitcoms (Week of January 22, 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 January 22-26, 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!


    Monday, January 22
    • Zach Galifianakis (Baskets) - Watch Zach on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
    • Antonia Thomas (Lovesick) - Antonia appears on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
    • Deon Cole (grown-ish/black-ish/Angie Tribeca) - Deon is a guest on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
    • John Lithgow (Trial & Error/Twenty Good Years/3rd Rock from the Sun) - John visits Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
    • Selma Blair (Anger Management/Kath & Kim/Zoe, Duncan, Jack and Jane) - Selma stops by Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC. She will also be on the BUILD Series at 2pm.
    • Derek Waters (Married to the Kellys) - Derek appears on Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
    • Seth MacFarlane (Family Guy/American Dad!/The Cleveland Show) - Seth is a guest on The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
    • Judah Friedlander (30 Rock) - Judah appears on a repeat of Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
    • Peter Facinelli (Nurse Jackie) - Peter drops by The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
    • Jeff Garlin (The Goldbergs/Curb Your Enthusiasm) - Jeff is a guest on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
    • Anne Heche (Save Me/The Michael J. Fox Show) - Anne talks about The Brave on Harry, so check your local listings.
    • Brooklyn Decker (Grace and Frankie/Friends with Better Lives) - Brooklyn talks about Grace and Frankie on Steve, so check your local listings.
    • Valerie Bertinelli (Hot in Cleveland/Café Americain/One Day at a Time) - Valerie makes two easy one-skillet suppers on Rachael Ray, so check your local listings.
    • John Leguizamo (The Brothers Garcia) - John will be on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 11:30am ET.
    • Jane Seymour (Let's Get Physical) - Jane talks about Let's Get Physical on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am.
    • Dylan McDermott (LA to Vegas) - Dylan talks about LA to Vegas on NBC's Today in the 10am hour.
    • Jason Jones (The Detour) - Jason talks about The Detour on the BUILD Series at 1pm.
    • Susan Kelechi Watson (Louie) - Susan talks about This Is Us on the BUILD Series at 5pm.
    Tuesday, January 23
    • Sarah Hyland (Modern Family) - Catch Sarah on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
    • Eugene Levy (Schitt's Creek/Greg the Bunny/Hiller and Diller) - Eugene is a guest on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
    • Ross Lynch (Austin & Ally) - Ross appears on a repeat of Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
    • Kathy Bates (Disjointed) - Kathy visits Conan at 11pm on TBS.
    • Louie Anderson (Baskets/The Louie Show/Life with Louie) - Louie stops by Conan at 11pm on TBS.
    • Jason Jones (The Detour) - Jason is a guest on Desus & Mero at 11pm on Viceland.
    • Max Greenfield (New Girl/Modern Men) - Max chats on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
    • David Duchovny (Californication) - David talks about The X-Files on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
    • Susan Kelechi Watson (Louie) - Susan stops by LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings. She will also be on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 11:30am ET.
    • AnnaLynne McCord (Let's Get Physical) - AnnaLynne talks about Pop's Let's Get Physical on Steve, so check your local listings.
    • Sean Giambrone (The Goldbergs) - Sean is a guest on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
    • Dylan McDermott (LA to Vegas) - Dylan cooks with Clinton Kelly on ABC's The Chew at 1pm ET/12pm PT/CT. He will also be on the BUILD Series at 12pm.
    • The Cast of Schitt's Creek - Daniel Levy, Eugene Levy, Catherine O'Hara, Annie Murphy and Emily Hampshire are guests on the BUILD Series at 11am.
    • Derek Waters (Married to the Kellys) - Derek appears on the BUILD Series at 2pm.
    • The Cast of Let's Get Physical - Jane Seymour, Matt Jones, AnnaLynne McCord and Chris Diamantopoulos are guests on the BUILD Series at 3pm.
    Wednesday, January 24
    • Lisa Kudrow (Grace and Frankie/Friends/The Comeback/Web Therapy) - Watch Lisa on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
    • Jim Gaffigan (The Jim Gaffigan Show/My Boys/Welcome to New York) - Jim appears on Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
    • Bryan Cranston (Malcolm in the Middle) - Bryan is a guest on a repeat of The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
    • Natasha Leggero (Another Period/Dice/Free Agents) - Natasha visits Conan at 11pm on TBS.
    • Sandra Bernhard (Roseanne) - Sandra stops by Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
    • Rita Moreno (One Day at a Time/Happily Divorced/9 to 5) and Justina Machado (One Day at a Time) - Rita and Justina are guests on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
    • Rob Riggle (Golan the Insatiable/Gary Unmarried) - Rob talks about 12 Strong on Harry, so check your local listings.
    • Esther Povitsky (Alone Together) - Esther talks about Freeform's Alone Together on Harry, so check your local listings.
    • Mario Lopez (Saved by the Bell/Saved by the Bell: The College Years) - Mario is a guest on Steve, so check your local listings.
    • Francia Raisa (grown-ish) - Francis talks about Freeform's grown-ish on Steve, so check your local listings.
    • Susan Kelechi Watson (Louie) - Susan chats about her This Is Us co-star Sterling K. Brown and the overall success of their hit show on People Now at 8:30am.
    • Demi Lovato (Sonny with a Chance) - Demi is a guest on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am.
    • Eugene Levy (Schitt's Creek/Greg the Bunny/Hiller and Diller) and Catherine O'Hara (Schitt's Creek) - Eugene and Catherine talk about Schitt's Creek on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am. Eugene will also be on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
    • Dan Levy (Schitt's Creek) - Dan talks about Schitt's Creek on The Wendy Williams Show, so check your local listings.
    Thursday, January 25
    • Thomas Haden Church (Divorce/Wings) - Catch Thomas on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
    • Stephanie Beatriz (Brooklyn Nine-Nine) - Stephanie appears on a repeat of Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
    • Lisa Kudrow (Grace and Frankie/Friends/The Comeback/Web Therapy) - Lisa visits Conan at 11pm on TBS.
    • Ted Danson (The Good Place/Becker/Cheers) - Ted is a guest on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
    • Ricky Gervais (The Office) - Ricky chats about the series Child Support on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
    • Ed O'Neill (Modern Family/Married with Children) - Ed appears on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
    • Loretta Devine (The Carmichael Show) - Loretta is a guest on The Real, so check your local listings.
    • David Arquette (In Case of Emergency/Double Rush/Parenthood) - David drops by Steve, so check your local listings.
    • Marsha Mason (The Middle/Sibs) - Marsha will be on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 11:30am ET.
    Friday, January 26
    • Jason Jones (The Detour) - Watch Jason on a repeat of Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
    • Chelsea Handler (Are You There, Chelsea?) - Chelsea stops by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
    • Kyle MacLachlan (Sex and the City) - Kyle visits The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
    • Deon Cole (grown-ish/black-ish/Angie Tribeca) - Deon appears on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
    • Nicole Sullivan (Disjointed/$#*! My Dad Says/Rita Rocks/The King of Queens) - Nicole is a guest on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
    • Jenifer Lewis (black-ish) - Jennifer chats on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
    • Kristen Bell (The Good Place) - Kristen appears on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
    • Jay Pharoah (White Famous) - Jay talks about Showtime's White Famous on a repeat of Steve, so check your local listings.
    • Riki Lindhome (Another Period) - Riki talks about Another Period on NBC's Today in the 10am hour.

    All listings are subject to change. Visit our blog and main site for daily updated listings. Leave us comments on our message board or Tweet/Facebook us to let us know what you think of this Sunday feature! We do listen!


    Sitcoms Airing This Week

    Sunday, January 21

    School of Rock - "Puppy Love" (Nickelodeon, 7:30PM ET/PT)
    Tomika and Summer's friendship becomes strained when Summer starts to take care of the only creature that Tomika fears -- an adorable puppy.


    Monday, January 22

    Kevin Can Wait - "Kevin Can Date" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT)
    Vanessa encourages Kevin to ask out a client, Rebecca (Zulay Henao), after she shows interest in him.

    Man with a Plan - "Lice Lice Baby" (CBS, 8:30PM ET/PT)
    When Adam takes his kids to work with him for the day, they accidentally give his biggest client lice. Also, Andi feels like a bad mom when she’s the only one in the family not to get lice.

    Superior Donuts - "Labor Pains" (CBS, 9:00PM ET/PT)
    Faced with art school expenses, Franco gives Sweatpants a choice: find a job to help pay their rent or find a new place to live. Also, Tush and Fawz go to great lengths to help Randy build a social media presence that will inspire envy in her ex.

    9JKL - "Fridays With Harry" (CBS, 9:30PM ET/PT)
    After Harry scales back to a four day work week, Josh suggests he take an acting class on Fridays to avoid spending the day together, however Josh gets frustrated when Harry refuses to break character at home. Also, after Judy is called back to her doctor’s office for another test, she’s convinced she is dying and spills secrets she doesn’t want to take to her grave.

    K.C. Undercover - "Twin It to Win It" (Disney Channel, 9:00PM ET/PT)
    A high-school math whiz trains to be an undercover spy.


    Tuesday, January 23

    The Middle - "Meet the Parents" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
    Frankie is stoked when Axl invites her and Mike to meet and have dinner with girlfriend Lexie’s rich parents, Tammy (Lisa Rinna) and Bennett. But Frankie is worried that their less then luxurious lifestyle may put a damper on their meeting. Meanwhile, Brick is excited to be a part of the Sophomore Slammer fundraiser, in which fellow classmates fake arrest each other and friends come to pay money – which will go to charity – to bail them out. But Brick soon discovers that no matter how hard he tries, he just can’t get arrested.

    Fresh Off the Boat - "B as in Best Friends" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
    Still homeless, the Huangs move in with Honey and Marvin. Jessica’s dreams come true when she gets a chance to compete on “Wheel of Fortune” during Best Friends Week with Honey. Eddie starts high school and is still on the outs with his pals but finds unexpected sympathy from Nicole. Michael Bolton offers to step in at the restaurant to give Louis more time with his family, but does he have an ulterior motive?

    black-ish - "First and Last" (ABC, 9:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
    Diane experiences a big life event toward becoming a woman and Bow, Ruby, Zoey and Alicia are there to support her. Meanwhile, afraid that he may never be able to beat Junior at basketball again, Dre conducts psychological warfare on Junior before challenging him to a game.

    Modern Family - "Ten Years Later" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
    Claire is determined to make up for her less-than-joyful mood at Jay and Gloria’s wedding by throwing their tenth-anniversary party. As part of the festivities, Phil is going to perform a magic trick featuring Gloria appearing out of thin air in her wedding dress; that is if Gloria can still get into it!

    LA to Vegas - "The Affair" (Fox, 9:00PM ET/PT)
    Ronnie thinks about exposing a regular passenger when she realizes that he may be cheating on his wife; Capt. Dave becomes interested in an air traffic controller; the passengers are overly enthused by the new credit card scanners.

    The Mick - "The Dump" (Fox, 9:30PM ET/PT)
    While Mickey and Alba chaperone Ben's field trip to a local dump, they find an unfamiliar young boy who snuck onto the bus on the trip back home; Chip and Sabrina's plan to benefit from Colonel's veteran status soon goes awry.

    Baskets - "Wild Horses" (FX, 10:00PM ET/PT)
    Chip learns how to transfer a call.

    K.C. Undercover - "Cassandra Undercover" (Disney Channel, 8:00PM ET/PT)
    A high-school math whiz trains to be an undercover spy.


    Wednesday, January 24

    The Goldbergs - "1990-Something" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
    This Goldbergs-inspired special event picks up where the Goldberg family leaves off at William Penn Academy in the 1990s as former teacher and now Head of School John Glascott leads a faculty of teachers with wildly different views on how to mentor students and recruits his tough-as-nails-sister Lucy to join his staff and enroll her teenage daughters Felicia and Gigi as new students. Lucy is desperate to ensure they avoid the social pitfalls of high school and finds herself torn between Glascott’s nurturing and communicative approach to parenting and Coach Mellor’s tough-guy belief that physical competition brings out the best in students. Even Beverly Goldberg comes to visit the school’s staff despite all her kids having already graduated and can’t help but meddle one last time.

    American Housewife - "Midlife Crisis" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
    Katie takes Oliver out of school for a day to help loosen him up after Oliver suffers from a meltdown about something minor. Meanwhile, Anna-Kat takes Greg to the park to help him make new friends.

    Modern Family - "Brushes With Celebrity" (ABC, 9:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
    The Pritchett-Dunphy-Tucker clan recount all their biggest celebrity encounters. Phil shows a house to his musical hero and is determined to make a good impression despite the intense pain radiating from a very inconvenient part of his body. Meanwhile, Jay’s day at jury duty takes an unexpected turn when he gets to serve it alongside one of America’s biggest football icons. Finally, Manny’s encounter with his favorite playwright and a celebrated actor and comedian don’t go exactly as you’d expect.

    American Housewife - "The Mom Switch" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
    After feeling unappreciated by Greg and the kids, Katie ditches her family for a day at her favorite hideaway spot and leaves Viv in charge of the household. Viv takes this as an opportunity to see if she really is mom material.

    Schitt's Creek - "Dead Guy in Room 4" (Pop, 8:00PM ET/PT)
    Moira feels responsible for a hotel guest's death; David and Patrick make their romance official.

    Let's Get Physical - "Winner's Blood" (Pop, 8:30PM ET/PT)
    After his father dies, Joe Force discovers he'll receive his $8 million dollar inheritance only if he beats his rival, Barry Cross, at the next Competitive Aerobics Championships.

    grown-ish - "C.R.E.A.M. (Cash Rules Everything Around Me)" (Freeform, 8:00PM ET/PT)
    Zoey wonders if she should change her brand after her Instagram becomes flooded with haters.

    Alone Together - "Fertility" (Freeform, 8:30PM ET/PT)
    Esther plans to donate some of her eggs to offset the costs of her visit to a fertility clinic.

    K.C. Undercover - "K.C. Times Three" (Disney Channel, 8:00PM ET/PT)
    A high-school math whiz trains to be an undercover spy.


    Thursday, January 25

    The Big Bang Theory - "The Retraction Reaction" (CBS, 9:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
    Leonard angers the university – and the entire physics community – after he gives an embarrassing interview. Also, Amy and Bernadette bond over having to hide their success from Sheldon and Howard. Ira Flatow returns to guest star as himself, and Regina King returns as Mrs. Davis.

    Young Sheldon - "A Brisket, Voodoo, and Cannonball Run" (CBS, 9:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
    Leonard angers the university – and the entire physics community – after he gives an embarrassing interview. Also, Amy and Bernadette bond over having to hide their success from Sheldon and Howard, on the CBS Television Network. Ira Flatow returns to guest star as himself, and Regina King returns as Mrs. Davis.

    Superstore - "Angels and Mermaids" (NBC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
    Amy (America Ferrera) finds herself caught in the middle of a conflict between Cheyenne (Nichole Bloom) and her ex-convict mom, Brandi. Meanwhile, a personal agreement between Glenn (Mark McKinney) and Dina (Lauren Ash) gets heated when Glenn brings in a lawyer. And when Jonah (Ben Feldman) finds out that Kelly believes in angels, Garrett's (Colton Dunn) perfect weekend plans of having the apartment to himself are threatened.

    The Good Place - "The Burrito" (NBC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
    Eleanor (Kristen Bell), Chidi (William Jackson Harper), Tahani (Jameela Jamil) and Jason (Manny Jacinto) consider just how much they have (or have not) improved. Michael (Ted Danson) is left to deal with the consequences of his recent actions.

    Will & Grace - "Friends and Lover" (NBC, 9:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
    Will (Eric McCormack) and Grace (Debra Messing) try to convince themselves they are okay with dating the same man, the charismatic "Bad Boy of Bread" (special guest star Nick Offerman). Jack (Sean Hayes) and Karen (Megan Mullally) get an annoying commercial jingle stuck in their heads and must seek medical attention.

    Great News - "Early Retirement" (NBC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
    Diana St. Tropez (guest star Tina Fey) returns with good news for "The Breakdown" staff: Fenton Pelt (guest star Jim Rash) has agreed to drop his lawsuit on the condition that Chuck Pierce (John Michael Higgins) deliver a humiliating on-air apology and resign from news forever. Chuck, defeated, agrees, until Portia (Nicole Richie) reminds him why he got into journalism in the first place. With Chuck's final broadcast approaching, Katie (Briga Heelan) convinces Carol (Andrea Martin) to reunite for one last job, and they race against the clock to find the one person in New Jersey who could disprove Fenton Pelt's claims and save the show.


    Friday, January 26

    Andi Mack - "You're the One I Want" (Disney Channel, 8:00PM ET/PT)
    Andi questions her relationship with Jonah; after a discouraging talk with Amber, Andi enlists Buffy and Cyrus to investigate.

    The Paynes - "Cleaning Up The Payne" (OWN, 9:00PM ET/PT)
    The Paynes begin to settle into their new life with the help of their cousins; Ella is concerned about Nyla's disappearance.


    Saturday, January 27

    Will & Grace - "The Wedding" (NBC, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
    (Eric McCormack), Grace (Debra Messing), Jack (Sean Hayes), and Karen (Megan Mullally) attend the wedding of Will's ex-boyfriend, Vince (special guest star Bobby Cannavle). While Grace tries to keep Will from making a scene, Jack learns that his wedding hook-up has many strings attached.

    Superstore - "High Volume Store" (NBC, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
    When corporate announces that the store is getting an upgrade, Amy (America Ferrera), Jonah (Ben Feldman) and Dina (Lauren Ash) set out to discover the pros and cons. Meanwhile, Cheyenne (Nichole Bloom) accidentally volunteers to be Glenn's (Mark McKinney) surrogate, and tries to get out of it.

    The Thundermans - "Nowhere to Slide" (Nickelodeon, 8:00PM ET/PT)
    The Thunder family splits up for the night; the boys decide to survive 24 hours in the wilderness, while the girls try to bond over some of Barb's favorite farm activities from her childhood.

    Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn - "It's a Hard Knocks Life" (Nickelodeon, 8:30PM ET/PT)
    The quads learn the dangers of misrepresenting oneself on social media when they pretend to be people they are not.


    Sunday, January 28

    Brooklyn Nine-Nine - "The Big House Pt. 1" (Fox, 7:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
    Jake and Rosa are coping with life behind bars in very different ways; Amy and Charles are doing all they can to exonerate their colleagues.

    Bob's Burgers - "Brunchsquatch" (Fox, 7:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
    Bob's Burgers begins serving brunch to compete with Jimmy Pesto, but it quickly turns to chaos; Tina, Gene, and Louise decide to help Mr. Fischoeder's brother.

    The Simpsons - "The Serfsons" (Fox, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
    In a magical medieval world, Marge's mother is turned into an Ice Walker and Homer forces Lisa to use illegal magic to cure her; Lisa is kidnapped and Homer must lead a feudal uprising to save her.

    Ghosted - "Be-Mo" (Fox, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
    Leroy and Max take Jermaine trick-or-treating, but he gets infected with a zombie-esque virus by a demon cat; the Bureau Underground has a busy Halloween night of paranormal activity.

    Family Guy - "Gronkowbees" (Fox, 9:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
    Professional football player Rob Gronkowski moves into the neighborhood; Stewie uses steroids to increase his new bees' honey output, but it makes them aggressive instead.

    LA to Vegas - "Pilot" (Fox, 9:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
    The crew and eccentric passengers of a budget airline take a roundtrip flight from Los Angeles to Las Vegas.

    School of Rock - "Love Is a Battlefield" (Nickelodeon, 7:30PM ET/PT)
    Tomika is inspired by the play, "Hamilton," to create her own hip-hop musical about the Alamo; Freddy is determined to use the play to get closer to Summer.

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    Thursday, July 19

    The Big Bang Theory - "The Solo Oscillation" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
    When Sheldon kicks Amy out to work solo, she and Leonard bond during a series of science experiments. Also, Bert the geologist replaces Wolowitz in the band Footprints on the Moon, and Sheldon finds Penny a surprising source of scientific inspiration. Laurie Metcalf returns as Sheldon’s mother, Mary.

    Young Sheldon - "Demons, Sunday School, and Prime Numbers" (CBS, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
    A worried Mary sends Sheldon to Sunday school after she finds him playing Dungeons and Dragons with his friends Tam and Billy. Billy Gardell guest stars as Billy Sparks’ father, Herschel.

    Trial & Error: Lady, Killer - "The Suitcase" (NBC, 9:00PM ET/PT)
    Josh Segal and Associates get their first case, defending Lavinia Peck-Foster, the eccentric First Lady of East Peck, who was found with her husband Edgar's corpse in a suitcase in her trunk. Lavinia is surly, entitled, larger than life and, instead of hugs, her currency of connection is a face slap. On the other hand, she is wealthy so she can pay him. Winning this case could be Josh's ticket for his true goal, to be considered a "Pecker." Unfortunately, complications and bodies keep piling up and there are more questions than answers.

    Trial & Error: Lady, Killer - "The Timeline" (NBC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
    When Judge Kamiltow rules that Lavinia must stand trial for the murder of her husband, Josh and the team try to poke holes in the timeline of the case Carol Anne will present. But when a clock is determined to be the murder weapon, they are forced to seek help from two unlikely sources - the convicted murderer of Lavinia's brother and the host of a popular murder podcast called M-Town.

    American Woman - "The Heat Wave" (Paramount Network, 10:00PM ET/PT)
    Bonnie invites her co-worker Louise to join her and her friends at her pool; Diana asks for a promotion at work, as she struggles to get along with her overbearing mother.

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    Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of July 16)

    Thursday, July 19

    • Jim Gaffigan (The Jim Gaffigan Show/My Boys/Welcome to New York) - Catch Jim on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC. He will also be on Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo, Access Live (check your local listings) and on People Now on PeopleTV at 12pm.
    • Amanda Peet (Brockmire/Togetherness/Bent) - Amanda appears on a repeat of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
    • Daveed Diggs (black-ish) - Daveed visits Comedy Central's The Daily Show with Trevor Noah at 11pm.
    • Olivia Munn (Perfect Couples) and Keegan-Michael Key (Friends from College/Playing House) - Olivia, Keegan-Michael and the cast of The Predator are guests on Conan at 11pm on TBS.
    • Joel McHale (Community/The Great Indoors) - Joel stops by Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo. He will also be on The Wendy Williams Show, so check your local listings.
    • David Alan Grier (The Cool Kids/The Carmichael Show/Life with Bonnie/DAG) - David visits The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
    • Constance Zimmer (Entourage/Good Morning, Miami) - Constance drops by LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
    • Steve Harvey (The Steve Harvey Show) - Steve appears on a repeat of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
    • Rob Riggle (Rob Riggle's Ski Academy/Golan the Insatiable/Gary Unmarried) - Rob is a guest on a repeat of Harry, so check your local listings.
    • Esther Povitsky (Alone Together) - Esther appears on a repeat of Harry, so check your local listings.
    • Niecy Nash (Getting On/The Soul Man/Reno 911!) - Niecy talks about Claws on People Now on PeopleTV at 12pm.
    • Sherri Shepherd (Trial & Error: Lady, Killer/Sherri/Less Than Perfect - Sherri talks about Trial & Error: Lady, Killer on Chatter on PeopleTV at 8pm.
    • Laura Benanti (The Detour/Go On/Starved) - Laura cooks with Clinton Kelly on a repeat of ABC's The Chew at 1pm ET/12pm PT/CT.
    • Kristin Chenoweth (Trial & Error: Lady, Killer/Kristin) - Kristin talks about Trial & Error: Lady, Killer on the BUILD Series at 2pm.


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