Thursday, March 01, 2018

Archer Season 9 Starts April 25; Remembering Nanette Fabray

Archer: Danger Island

Archer: Danger Island, the ninth season of the Emmy(R) Award-winning animated series, will premiere on Wednesday, April 25 at 10 PM ET/PT on FXX. Archer: Danger Island is an animated, half-hour comedy that centers on the semi-functioning alcoholic seaplane pilot, Sterling Archer, a lush on the lush South Pacific island of Mitimotu in 1939. While the rest of the world is concerned about the impending Second World War, Archer is only concerned with who's buying his next drink. Along with his trusty co-pilot Pam, Sterling must navigate quicksand, cannibals, super-intelligent monkeys, poison darts, pirates, and did we mention quicksand? Welcome to the mysterious and deadly world of Archer: Danger Island.

The series features the voices of H. Jon Benjamin as the hard-drinking pilot, "Sterling Archer;" Jessica Walter as Archer's acid-tongued mother and hotel owner, "Malory Archer;" Aisha Tyler as island royalty and local revolutionary, "Princess Lanaluakalani;" Judy Greer as the abandoned heiress, "Charlotte Vandertunt;" Chris Parnell as the obvious German spy posing as a businessman, "Siegbert Fuchs;" Amber Nash as Archer's co-pilot and loyal sidekick, "Pam Poovey;" Adam Reed as impeccably uniformed French Capitaine, "Reynaud;" and Lucky Yates as the audacious scarlet macaw, "Crackers."


Nanette Fabray

Actress Nanette Fabray, who appeared as Grandma Katherine Romano in One Day at a Time, has died. She died on February 22 at the Canterbury Nursing home in Palos Verdes, California. Ms. Fabray was 97.

Fabray's first television starring role was in the NBC sitcom/variety/sketch comedy series Caesar's Hour from 1954 to 1956. She appeared as Ann Victor, herself and in various roles. She won three Emmy Awards for Best Comedienne and Best Actress in a Supporting Role in 1956 and for Best Continuing Performance by a Comedienne in a Series in 1957.

Westinghouse Playhouse

She starred as Nanette "Nan" McGovern in the 1961 NBC sitcom Westinghouse Playhouse (also known as The Nanette Fabray Show, Westinghouse Playhouse Starring Nanette Fabray and Wendell Corey and as Yes, Yes Nanette in syndication). She played a successful Broadway star who marries Dan McGovern (Wendell Corey), a widower. The series also starred Bobby Diamond, Jacklyn O'Donnell and Doris Kemper.

One Day at a Time

Fabray appeared as Grandma Katherine Romano in 42 episodes of the CBS sitcom One Day at a Time from 1979 to 1984. She was the mother of Ann (Bonnie Franklin) and the grandmother of Julie (Mackenzie Phillips) and Barbara (Valerie Bertinelli). Fabray appeared as a guest and in a recurring role before becoming a regular cast member in the final season. The series also starred Pat Harrington, Jr., Michael Lembeck (1979-1980, 1981-1984), Glenn Scarpelli (1980-1983) and Boyd Gaines (1981-1984).

She played Dottie Richards, the mother of Mary Richards (Mary Tyler Moore), in two episodes of The Mary Tyler Moore Show in 1972. She appeared as Mildred Armstrong, the mother of Christine Armstrong (Shelley Fabares), in three episodes of Coach from 1990 to 1994. Fabray was the real-life aunt of Shelley Fabares.

Some of her other sitcom guest appearances included Love, American Style, Maude, The Love Boat, The Munsters Today and The Golden Palace. Her television drama guest appearances included Burke's Law, The Girl from U.N.C.L.E., Hotel and Murder, She Wrote.

Fabray was also known for her stage work. She won a Tony Award in 1949 for her portrayal of Susan Cooper in Love Life. She received a Tony nomination for her role as Nell Henderson for Mr. President in 1963. Some of her other credits included Meet the People, Let's Face It!, By Jupiter, My Dear Public, Jackpot, Bloomer Girl, High Button Shoes, Arms and the Girl and Make a Wish.

The Archive of American Television conducted an extensive interview with her on August 12, 2004.

Ms. Fabray was wonderful as Grandma Katherine Romano in One Day at a Time. We thank her for the many laughs and entertainment she brought us during her long career. She will be deeply missed.


Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Friday, January 18

Fresh Off the Boat - "Driver's Eddie 2: Orlando Drift" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Eddie finally gets his driver’s license; but instead of freedom, he finds an endless list of errands to run for his mom. Will he be done in time to take his friends to the Insane Clown Posse concert? Louis is excited for a boy’s weekend at Chili Con with Marvin, until Honey tags along; and Jessica faces off with her nemesis, Jamie, at the school fundraiser.

Speechless - "H-- HEY, YOU" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Maya is less than thrilled when Kenneth interferes with her business plans with Melanie. Ray begs JJ to cast him opposite his new crush, Izzy, in his next movie, which has unexpected consequences. Meanwhile, Dylan is impressed with Jimmy’s band.

Last Man Standing - "Dreams vs. Realty" (Fox, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Mandy comes close to forgetting her fashion designer dreams when she is confronted with rejection and sends herself in a spiral; Vanessa feels regret as she reflects on her own career path; Mike helps the women in his family achieve their dreams.

The Cool Kids - "Thanksgiving at Murray's" (Fox, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Mike and Ryan are forced to get along together when Boyd proposes a compromise to their plans to take him on separate trips by all three going on a trip together; Mandy and Kyle attempt to solve a mystery like a pair of detectives.

Andi Mack - "I Got Your Number" (Disney Channel, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Andi gets in over her head when she attends a high school party with Amber, causing Bowie's plans for a romantic outing with Bex to go awry; Cyrus tries to mend a longtime rift between Jonah and T.J.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of January 14)

Friday, January 18

  • Maura Tierney (NewsRadio) - Watch Maura on a repeat of Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Elizabeth Banks (Scrubs) - Elizabeth visits The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC. She talks about The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am.
  • Andy Samberg (Brooklyn Nine-Nine) - Andy appears on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Lily Tomlin (Grace and Frankie/Malibu Country) and Jane Fonda (Grace and Frankie) - Lily and Jane are guests on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Pete Holmes (Crashing) - Pete appears on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Molly Ringwald (Townies/The Facts of Life) - Molly talks about All These Small Moments on People Now at 12pm.
  • Don Cheadle (Black Monday/House of Lies/The Golden Palace) - Don talks about Black Monday on ABC's GMA Day at 1pm.
  • Dave Franco (Scrubs/Do Not Disturb) - Dave talks about If Beale Street Could Talk on NBC's Today in the 9am hour.
  • Adam Pally (Champaign ILL/Making History/The Mindy Project/Happy Endings) and Sam Richardson (Champaign ILL/Detroiters/Veep) - Adam and Sam talk about Champaign ILL on NBC's Today in the 10am hour.


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Step by Step - The Complete Third Season Perfect Strangers - The Complete Sixth Season Fuller House - The Complete Third Season The Wayans Bros. - The Complete Fourth Season The Game - The Complete Series

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11/05 - Robin Williams - Comic Genius (includes Mork & Mindy)
11/06 - American Dad! - Volume 13
11/16 - Man with a Plan - Season One
11/20 - Step by Step - The Complete Third Season
11/27 - What I Like About You - The Complete Third Season
11/28 - The Great Indoors - Season 1 (The Complete Series)
12/04 - Family Guy - Season Sixteen
12/04 - Perfect Strangers - The Complete Sixth Season
12/18 - Our Cartoon President - Season One
01/08 - Family Guy - 20 Greatest Hits
01/22 - Fuller House - The Complete Third Season
01/22 - The Wayans Bros. - The Complete Fourth Season (WBShop.com)
01/29 - Ballers - The Complete Fourth Season (Blu-ray)
01/29 - Crashing - The Complete Second Season
01/29 - The Game - The Complete Series
01/29 - Kidding - Season One
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