Friday, May 25, 2018

Young & Hungry Returns for Final Season; FX Renews Baskets

Young & Hungry

Young & Hungry will kick off its final season with back-to-back episodes of the fan-favorite comedy on Wednesday, June 20, beginning at 8:00 p.m. EDT/PDT on Freeform. The final season sees Gabi and Josh happily together and in love, but now navigating their new status as a full-fledged couple. Meanwhile, the rest of Josh's staff, Yolanda and Elliot, are grappling with the change in work dynamic with Gabi as the "woman of the house." Sofia, Gabi's best friend, who begins to feel like a third wheel with the new couple, sets out on her own path to find love. The series stars Emily Osment, Jonathan Sadowski, Aimee Carrero, Kym Whitley and Rex Lee.

In the first episode, "Young & Downton Gabi," Gabi and Josh delight in their new status as an official couple, but Elliot and Yolanda are worried about how their work lives will change now that Gabi is the "lady of the house." Trying to make things less awkward, Gabi asks Josh to spend more time at her apartment, but Josh is horrified when he learns how messy Gabi is. In the second episode, "Young & Third Wheel," Josh decides to set Sofia up with someone, in hopes she'll be less of a third wheel in his and Gabi's relationship. But when Sofia hits it off with Josh's dentist, Gabi isn't so sure he's the right one for her friend. Meanwhile, Elliot turns to Yolanda for help in reigniting the spark between him and Alan. Guest starring Bryan Safi, Lainie Kazan, and Tim Rock.


Baskets

Baskets, the acclaimed comedy series executive produced by and starring Zach Galifianakis, has been renewed for a fourth season on FX. Baskets features Zach Galifianakis (Emmy nominee for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, Baskets) as twins "Chip & Dale Baskets," and Louie Anderson (Emmy winner for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series, Baskets) as "Christine Baskets," and Martha Kelly as "Martha." The recently concluded third season saw the Baskets family attempt to run a rodeo together. In the emotional season finale, the Baskets family gathered to celebrate New Year's Eve with "Ken" (recurring guest star Alex Morris), who had a question for "Christine" (Louie Anderson).

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Nickelodeon Gets Norman Lear Project; 20th Anniversary Marathon of Sex and the City on E!

Norman Lear

Nickelodeon announced the development of a new animated project, Man of the House (working title), from Norman Lear's ACT III Productions. With creative concept by Colombian-American writer and illustrator Michael Molina (Trivia Night), Man of the House follows 11-year-old José as he helps his mother Maria watch over his two younger siblings, Maria Juliana (Maju) and Diego, while trying to form a hip-hop group with his quirky classmate and neighbor, Wilbur, that lives downstairs. Lear (All in the Family, The Jeffersons) and Brent Miller (One Day at a Time) will serve as executive producers.

The development of Norman Lear's project will be overseen by Claudia Spinelli, who has been promoted to the role of Vice President, Animation Development. Formerly Vice President of Current Series, Spinelli will oversee the development pipeline of all new animated content, while identifying potential creators, showrunners, writers and directors. She will also work closely with Nickelodeon's talent relations department and the animation community to scout new talent for animation development.


To celebrate the 20th anniversary since the debut of Sex and the City, E! will honor the divine occasion with a three-day "binge-a-thon" featuring every season and every episode ever coinciding with National Best Friend Day, beginning Friday, June 8, 2018. Kicking things off at 7pm ET/PT, E! News will have a special 30-minute Sex and the City themed episode hosted by Erin Lim and Carissa Culiner featuring flashbacks, memorable fashion and OMG moments of the iconic series that is still known as one of the pop culture emblems of the 21st century. The 94-episode marathon featuring Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker), Samantha Jones (Kim Cattrall), Miranda Hobbes (Cynthia Nixon) and Charlotte York Goldenblatt (Kristin Davis) will begin Friday, June 8, 2018 at 7:30pm ET/PT and conclude Sunday, June 10th at 7pm ET/PT.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Netflix Series Big Mouth Adds Stars; Alexa and Carlos PenaVega Return to Hallmark Channel for Film

Big Mouth

Here's your first look at two new characters joining our offbeat preteen crew in season two of Big Mouth! "Gina", voiced by Gina Rodriguez (Jane The Virgin) is a girl on Missy and Jessi's soccer team who shakes up the social dynamics of the school... ...can you say "Drama Alert"?! "The Shame Wizard", voiced by David Thewlis (Fargo and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows) is the Hormone Monster's mortal enemy who haunts the kids, stoking their deepest shame! Honestly, EVERYTHING is embarrassing this season, so stay tuned for more!

Big Mouth is a 10-episode, half-hour edgy adult animated comedy from real-life best friends Nick Kroll (Kroll Show, The League) and Andrew Goldberg (Family Guy) about the glorious nightmare that is teenaged puberty. Comedian John Mulaney lends his voice to the character of Andrew, while Kroll (who serves as co-creator, executive producer) voices many including best friend Nick. Maya Rudolph, Jason Mantzoukas, Jordan Peele, Fred Armisen, Andrew Rannells, Jenny Slate and Jessi Klein are among those who lend their voice to the series.


Love at Sea

Amidst the glittering sea and sky of the Caribbean, real life cruise enthusiasts Alexa PenaVega (Spy Kids franchise) and her husband Carlos PenaVega (Big Time Rush) star in Love at Sea, a new, original movie airing on Hallmark Channel as part of the network's annual "Summer Nights" programming event. Based on Barbara Oliverio's book "Love on the Lido Deck," Love at Sea is the networks second collaboration with the PenaVegas, who also serve as first-time executive producers on the film.


Sweeping viewers away on a dream vacation, Love at Sea spans the vast and breathtaking Caribbean, sailing through exotic locales including Nassau, Bahamas and Basseterre, St. Kitts onboard Royal Caribbean's Harmony of the Seas. Love at Sea follows Olivia Grayham (Alexa PenaVega), a child of the hotel business, striking out on her own as an event planner. Tasked with organizing a multifaceted event for the fans onboard and online, Olivia has plotted the journey down to the last detail and planned for every possible contingency, or so she believes. She's no sooner onboard when she faces her first curveball: the ship's longtime cruise director has been reassigned and instead she will be working with his second-in-command, Tony Rieves (Carlos PenaVega), who has already begun putting his stamp on the ship's activities. With no option but to adjust to each unexpected development that comes her way, Olivia realizes that there are some things that simply can't be planned or anticipated - like falling love.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

The Middle Marathon on Freeform Today for Finale Day; She-Ra Returns with Sitcom Voice Cast

The Middle

As one of America's favorite families, The Hecks, prepares to say goodbye tonight (May 22), Freeform celebrates the ABC comedy series The Middle with a mini-marathon of the casts' favorite episodes. Freeform's The Middle mini-marathon will air today (Tuesday, May 22) from 1:00 - 6:00 p.m. EDT/PDT, to get fans ready for the one-hour series finale airing later tonight from 8:30-9:30 p.m. EDT/PDT on ABC. For those who don't want to say farewell, fans of the show can relive The Hecks' hilarious ups and downs weekdays Mon-Fri on Freeform.

The Middle Cast Favorite Mini-Marathon Schedule is as follows:
1:00 - 1:30 p.m. - Episode 1001, "Pilot," picked by Patricia Heaton
1:30 - 2:00 p.m. - Episode 1003, "The Block Party," picked by Atticus Shaffer
2:00 - 2:30 p.m. - Episode 1019, "TV or Not TV," picked by Atticus Shaffer
2:30 - 3:00 p.m. - Episode 2006, "Foreign Exchange," picked by Patricia Heaton
3:00 - 3:30 p.m. - Episode 3013, "The Map," picked by Neil Finn
3:30 - 4:00 p.m. - Episode 4011, "Life Skills," picked by Charlie McDermott
4:00 - 4:30 p.m. - Episode 4015, "Valentine's Day IV," picked by Charlie McDermott
4:30 - 5:00 p.m. - Episode 5011, "War of the Hecks," picked by Eden Sher
5:00 - 5:30 p.m. - Episode 6021, "Two of a Kind," picked by Neil Finn
5:30 - 6:00 p.m. - Episode 8022, "The Final Final," picked by Eden Sher

Two-time Emmy(R) winner Patricia Heaton stars in this warm and witty single-camera comedy about raising a family and lowering your expectations. Middle-aged, middle class and living in the middle of the country in Orson, Indiana, Frankie Heck is a harried wife and mother of three who uses her wry wit and sense of humor to get her family through each day intact. Frankie works as a dental assistant, and her unflappable husband, Mike, is a manager at the local quarry and her sardonic partner in the daily grind that is raising their average - yes, most definitely average - family. The Middle stars Patricia Heaton as Frankie, Neil Flynn as Mike, Charlie McDermott as Axl, Eden Sher as Sue and Atticus Shaffer as Brick. The Middle was created and is executive produced by Eileen Heisler and DeAnn Heline. The series is from Warner Bros. Television.


She-Ra and the Princess of Power - Netflix

For the honor of Grayskull! DreamWorks Animation Television has revealed the cast of the upcoming Netflix original series DreamWorks She-Ra and the Princesses of Power, set to be released globally in 2018. Aimee Carrero (Young & Hungry, Elena of Avalor) stars as Adora/She-Ra; Karen Fukuhara (Suicide Squad) as Glimmer; AJ Michalka (The Goldbergs, Steven Universe) as Catra, Marcus Scribner (black-ish) as Bow; Reshma Shetty (Royal Pains) as Angella; Lorraine Toussaint (Orange is the New Black) as Shadow Weaver; Keston John (The Good Place) as Hordak; Lauren Ash (Superstore) as Scorpia; Christine Woods (Hello Ladies) as Entrapta; Genesis Rodriguez (Time After Time) as Perfuma; Jordan Fisher (Grease Live!) as Seahawk; Vella Lovell (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend) as Mermista; Merit Leighton (Alexa & Katie) as Frosta; Sandra Oh (Killing Eve, Grey's Anatomy) as Castaspella; and Krystal Joy Brown (Motown: The Musical) as Netossa.

She-Ra and the Princesses of Power is the story of an orphan named Adora (Carrero), who leaves behind her former life in the evil Horde when she discovers a magic sword that transforms her into the mythical warrior princess She-Ra. Along the way, she finds a new family in the Rebellion as she unites a group of magical princesses in the ultimate fight against evil. From Eisner Award-winning author and executive producer Noelle Stevenson (Lumberjanes, Nimona) and executive producer Chuck Austen (Dawn of the Croods, Steven Universe) comes a modern take on the '80s girl power icon for a new generation of young fans.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Hit HBO Comedies Return Aug. 12; Remembering Joseph Campanella of One Day at a Time

The hit comedy series Ballers and Insecure will kick off their new seasons back-to-back Sunday, Aug. 12 on HBO. Ballers returns for its fourth season Sunday, Aug. 12 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. The show looks at the lives of former and current football players, following former superstar Spencer Strasmore (Dwayne Johnson), who has reinvented himself as a financial manager. This season, Spencer and Joe (Rob Corddry) take their skills to Los Angeles as they look to expand their roster and horizons in the world of action sports. Other cast members include John David Washington, Omar Benson Miller, Donovan Carter, Troy Garity, London Brown, Jazmyn Simon and Brittany S. Hall. Created by Steve Levinson; executive produced by Stephen Levinson, Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, Dany Garcia, Peter Berg, Rob Weiss, Julian Farino, Denis Biggs and Karyn McCarthy.

Insecure begins its third season Sunday, Aug. 12 at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT. Starring Issa Rae and Yvonne Orji, the show follows the friendship of two black women as they deal with their own real-life flaws while attempting to navigate different worlds and cope with an endless series of uncomfortable everyday experiences. Other series regulars include Jay Ellis, Lisa Joyce, Y'lan Noel, Natasha Rothwell and Amanda Seales. Created by Issa Rae and Larry Wilmore; executive produced by Issa Rae, Prentice Penny, Melina Matsoukas, Michael Rotenberg, Dave Becky, Jonathan Berry, Dayna Lynne North and Jim Kleverweis.


Joseph Campanella

Character actor Joseph Campanella, who played Ann Romano's ex-husband, Ed Cooper, in One Day at a Time, has died. He died on May 16 at his home in Sherman Oaks, California, of complications from Parkinson's disease. Mr. Campanella was 93.

Joseph Campanella in One Day at a Time

Campanella appeared as Ed Cooper, the ex-husband of Ann Romano (Bonnie Franklin), in eight episodes of One Day at a Time from 1976 to 1982. While Ann resumed the use of her maiden name, Julie (Mackenzie Phillips) and Barbara (Valerie Bertinelli) used their father's last name.

Some of his other sitcom guest appearances included Captain Nice, The Doris Day Show, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Brady Brides, The Love Boat, The Golden Girls and Mama's Family.

Joseph Campanella - The Doctors and the Nurses

His work on television was primarily in dramas. He starred as Dr. Ted Steffen in the CBS medical drama The Doctors and the Nurses in 1964-1965. He appeared as attorney Brian Darrell in The Bold Ones: The Lawyers from 1969 to 1972. Campanella starred as Leo Wickersham, Joe Mannix's (Mike Connors) boss, in the first season of Mannix in 1967-1968. He received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Drama for the role in 1968. He played Hutch Corrigan, Constance Colby's (Barbara Stanwyck) love interest, in eight episodes of The Colbys in 1985-1986. In 2000-2001, he had a recurring role as Joe in 11 episodes of That's Life.

Campanella's best known roles were on soap operas. He had a recurring role as a criminal named Joe Turino on Guiding Light from 1959 to 1962. He appeared as Harper Deveraux on Days of Our Lives from 1987 to 1988, a role which he received an Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series in 1989. He had a recurring role as Jonathan Young on The Bold and the Beautiful from 1996 to 2005.

Campanella was also known for his voice work. He voiced the character of Dr. Curt Connors/The Lizard on Spider-Man: The Animated Series from 1994 to 1997. He was the narrator for the Discover science series on the Disney Channel from 1992 to 1994.

Survivors includes his wife, Jill; his seven sons, Philip, Robert, Joseph Jr., Dominic, Anthony, John and Andrew; and eight grandchildren.

Mr. Campanella was a talented and versatile character actor. He appeared in more than 200 television and film roles from the early 1950s to 2009. We thank him for the entertainment he brought us during his long career. He will be greatly missed.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows; This Week in Sitcoms (Week of May 21, 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 May 21-25, 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, May 20
  • Retta (Parks and Recreation) - Catch Retta on Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
Monday, May 21
  • Zachary Quinto (So Notorious) - Watch Zachary on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Olivia Munn (Perfect Couples) - Olivia is a guest on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Billy Eichner (Difficult People/Friends from College) - Billy appears on The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Kiersey Clemons (Transparent/Austin & Ally) - Kiersey is a guest on Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Donald Glover (Atlanta/Community) - Donald visits The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • The Cast of Arrested Development - Jason Bateman, Will Arnett, Tony Hale, Jessica Walter, David Cross and Alia Shawkat are guests on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am. Tony also talks about the new season of Arrested Development on the BUILD Series at 2:30pm.
  • Mark Consuelos (Alpha House/Hope & Faith) - Mark guest co-hosts LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Jake Smollett (On Our Own) - Jake joins the Chew Crew on ABC's The Chew at 1pm ET/12pm PT/CT.
Tuesday, May 22
  • Chris Hardwick (Guys Like Us) - Catch Chris on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Thomas Middleditch (Silicon Valley) - Thomas appears on The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Cristin Milioti (A to Z/How I Met Your Mother) - Cristin is a guest on Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Cedric the Entertainer (The Last O.G./The Soul Man/The Steve Harvey Show) - Cedric visits Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Patricia Heaton (The Middle/Back to You/Everybody Loves Raymond) - Patricia talks about the series finale of The Middle on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings. Mychael Symon cooks with Patricia on ABC's The Chew at 1pm ET/12pm PT/CT.
  • David Spade (The Mayor/Rules of Engagement/8 Simple Rules/Just Shoot Me!) - David appears on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Geena Davis (The Geena Davis Show/Buffal Bill) - Geena is a guest on Access Live, so check your local listings.
  • Nolan Gould (Modern Family) - Nolan talks about Modern Family on Chatter on PeopleTV at 8pm.
  • Dan Fogler (Man Up!) - Dan talks about his new book Brooklyn Gladiator on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 11:30am ET.
  • Will Arnett (Arrested Development/The Millers/Up All Night) and Tony Hale (Arrested Development/Veep) - Will and Tony talk about Arrested Development on NBC's Today in the 10am hour.
  • William Shatner ($h*! My Dad Says) - William is a guest on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Gillian Jacobs (Love/Community) - Gillian talks about her new film Ibiza on the BUILD Series at 5pm.
Wednesday, May 23
  • Mindy Kaling (The Mindy Project/The Office) - Watch Mindy on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Jason Bateman (Arrested Development/The Hogan Family/It's Your Move/Silver Spoons) - Jason appears on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Amanda Peet (Brockmire/Togetherness/Bent) - Amanda is a guest on The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Gillian Jacobs (Love/Community) - Gillian visits Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC. She also talks about her film Ibiza on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 11:30am ET.
  • Olivia Holt (I Didn't Do It/Kickin' It) - Olivia stops by Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Kyle Richards (Down to Earth) - Kyle appears on Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
  • JD McCrary (The Paynes) - JD performs on Harry, so check your local listings.
  • Garcelle Beauvais (The Jamie Foxx Show) - Garcelle is a panelist on a repeat of Steve, so check your local listings.
  • Jerry Mathers (Leave it to Beaver/The New Leave it to Beaver) - Jerry reveals his secret to losing over 50 pounds on The Dr. Oz Show, so check your local listings.
Thursday, May 24
  • Mindy Kaling (The Mindy Project/The Office) - Catch Mindy on Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Ellie Kemper (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt/The Office) - Ellie appears on Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Ted Danson (The Good Place/Becker/Cheers) - Ted is a guest on The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Tig Notaro (One Mississippi) - Tig visits Conan at 11pm on TBS. She will also be on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Laurie Metcalf (Roseanne/The McCarthys/The Big Bang Theory) - Laurie stops by Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
  • Kelsey Grammer (Frasier/Cheers) - Kelsey chats on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation) - Amy and Nick are guests on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Jussie Smollett (On Our Own) - Jussie appears on The Real, so check your local listings.
  • Jane Lynch (Angel from Hell) - Jane talks about Red Nose Day and Hollywood Game Night on NBC's Today sometime between 7-9am.
  • Daphne Maxwell Reid (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air/Eve/Let's Stay Together) - Daphne makes her mother Rosalee's waffles on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Oliver Hudson (Splitting Up Together/Rules of Engagement) - Oliver is a guest on a repeat of Steve, so check your local listings.
  • Christine Lakin (Hollywood Darlings/Step by Step) - Christine is part of the panel on a repeat of Steve, so check your local listings.
Friday, May 25
  • Jamie Lee (Crashing) - Watch Jamie on a repeat of The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Alec Baldwin (30 Rock) - Alec chats about hosting the series Match Game on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Sutton Foster (Younger) - Sutton is a guest on a repeat of Harry, so check your local listings.
  • Vivica A. Fox (Mr. Box Office/Getting Personal/Out All Night) - Vivica appears on The Real, so check your local listings.
  • Candace Cameron Bure (Fuller House/Full House) - Candace stops by Access Live, so check your local listings.
  • Peyton Elizabeth Lee (Andi Mack) - Peyton is a guest on Access Live, so check your local listings.
  • Craig Robinson (Ghosted/Mr. Robinson/The Office) - Craig makes a divine dessert with Carla Hall on ABC's The Chew at 1pm ET/12pm PT/CT.

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, May 20

Bob's Burgers - "Boywatch" (Fox, 7:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Tina decides to join the Junior Lifeguards but struggles with the training; business booms when Bob and Linda offer free Wi-Fi at the restaurant but it is soon threatened by a cyberattack.

Bob's Burgers - "Mission Impos-slug-ble" (Fox, 7:30PM ET/PT)
Louise's extensive card collection gets confiscated at school and she devises a plan to get them back; Bob must give a eulogy for an old acquaintance despite an unfortunate incident that happened years ago.

The Simpsons - "Flander's Ladder" Fox, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Bart is struck by lightning and is visited by ghosts seeking closure only he can provide.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine - "Jake & Amy" (Fox, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Jake and Amy's wedding day is threatened; Charles and the whole squad rush to save it; Holt hesitates to open the email indicating if he won his campaign for commissioner; Terry gently pushes Rosa toward a potential love interest.

Family Guy - "Are You There God? It's Me, Peter" (Fox, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Peter falls into a coma and meets God face to face; he asks God some of life's tough questions.

Bob's Burgers - "Something Old, Something New, Something Bob Caters for You" (Fox, 9:30PM ET/PT)
As Bob wonders about the worth of working in the restaurant business, a couple who fell in love at the restaurant asks the Belchers to cater their wedding; when things don't go as planned, Linda tries to save the day.


Monday, May 21

The Big Bang Theory - "The Neonatal Nomenclature" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
When Bernadette won’t go into labor, all her friends try different tactics to get things started. Also, Wolowitz confronts Bernadette after Amy accidentally reveals she’s already chosen their son’s name.

Man with a Plan - "Family Business" (CBS, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Andi proposes an exciting idea for Adam and her to go into business together when she isn’t able to find work. Also, Adam tackles the most challenging job of his life – renovating Joe and Bev’s (Swoosie Kurtz) kitchen.

The Big Bang Theory - "The Athenaeum Allocation" (CBS, 9:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Leonard jumps through hoops to help secure the perfect wedding venue for Sheldon and Amy. Also, Bernadette and Wolowitz have a hard time deciding who should stay at home with the kids and who should go back to work. John Ross Bowie returns as Kripke.

Mom - "A Seafaring Ancestor and a Bloomin' Onion" (CBS, 9:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Christy discovers she and her younger classmate, Cooper (Michael Angarano), make a good team both in and out of the classroom, and Bonnie steps up when a newly sober Natasha (Missi Pyle) fears she can’t handle motherhood.


Tuesday, May 22

Roseanne - "Knee Deep" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Roseanne’s knee gets worse so Dan is forced to a make an important work decision; but when a major storm hits Lanford, their fortunes change for the better. Later, Darlene realizes she has to go back to her first passion … writing.

The Middle - "A Heck of a Ride: Part One" / "A Heck of a Ride: Part Two" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
After nine hilarious and heartfelt seasons, a Heck leaves the nest as the family takes a road trip to Denver, where Axl will start his new job – and new life away from home.

Splitting Up Together - "Heat Wave" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
Lena and Martin choose to share the house for the summer while the children are away at camp despite Lena’s reservations, but both soon realize it might not be the worst idea. Meanwhile, they collectively agree to throw their annual backyard piña colada party where they will celebrate their independence from their children. Elsewhere, a friendly face returns back home and Martin can’t help but see it as a sign.

The Last O.G. - "That Backslide" (TBS, 10:30PM ET/PT)
Left reeling from the error of his ways, Tray goes into a tailspin and turns to Bobby for support.


Wednesday, May 23

Hollywood Darlings - "Members Only" (Pop, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Christine and Brandon start double-dating a new "cool" couple; Jodie and Beverley find themselves in the middle of a public protest at their local park.


Thursday, May 24

The Big Bang Theory - "The Gates Excitation" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Penny gets the opportunity to host Bill Gates at work when his company wants to partner with her pharmaceutical company. Also, Leonard, Koothrappali and Wolowitz do everything in their power to meet him, while Sheldon thinks he is the victim of an April Fools prank.

Young Sheldon - "A Computer, A Plastic Pony, And A Case of Beer" (CBS, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Sheldon asks for a computer and unknowingly sparks a heated argument between Mary and George Sr. over the family’s finances.

Mom - "Fancy Crackers and Giant Women" (CBS, 9:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Bonnie suffers withdrawal after giving up cable TV to help Christy pay for her law school applications, and the women rally around Jill after she has a breakdown in her favorite department store.

Life in Pieces - "Settlement Pacifier Attic Unsyncing" (CBS, 9:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
When the entire Hughes family moves into John and Joan’s home after their kitchen is destroyed, their presence creates chaos for Joan. Also, Matt and Colleen are set to receive a huge monetary settlement from Colleen’s fall off the motel balcony on their wedding night; John tries to get Sophia back on track when she starts misbehaving; Tyler and Clementine make a surprise announcement to the family; and Jen and Greg attempt to persuade Lark to get rid of her pacifier.

Nobodies - "Alone Star State" (TV Land, 10:00PM ET/PT)
Mark-Paul and Rachel attend the Independent Spirit Awards together; an unassuming Hugh joins Larry in Austin, Texas, to teach unauthorized Groundlings-style seminars to a group of Texas businesspeople.


Friday, May 25

Champions - "Opening Night" (NBC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Priya arrives unannounced as Matthew struggles with the new responsibilities Vince has given him.

Champions - "Deal or No Deal" (NBC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Michael prepares for his first date as Vince and Matthew prepare to expand the gym. But an unexpected offer threatens to change all their lives forever.

The Thundermans - "The Thunder Games" (Nickelodeon, 7:30PM ET/PT)
Max and Phoebe advance to the final tryout for a spot on an elite superhero squad, but a new supervillain with a surprise connection to the Thunderman family may force them to sacrifice their crime fighting dream.

Knight Squad - "Do the Knight Thing" (Nickelodeon, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Warwick worries his fears will hinder the squad as Knight School quests begin; Warwick uses Fearless Fairies to make him immune to fear, but his decision puts the squad's quest in jeopardy.


Saturday, May 26

none scheduled


Sunday, May 27

none scheduled

Complete TV Listings

Saturday, May 19, 2018

SitcomsOnline Digest: Looking Back at the Upfronts; Fresh Off the Boat and Last Man Standing DVDs Arriving on Tuesday

Welcome to SitcomsOnline Digest! It should come as no surprise that all of the big news this week is about the upfront this week, including fall lineups, cancellations, and even some series getting a new life on another network (or streaming service as is the case in 2018). Let's get going!

HIGHLIGHTS FROM SITCOMSONLINE.COM AND AROUND THE WEB
  • The broadcast networks all announced their plans for the 2018-2019 season this week, and we have a brief summary and analysis for the sitcoms. (SitcomsOnline)
  • Does the new fall lineup remind you of 1988? It should. (Deadline)
  • The CW's Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (notorious for being the lowest rated series to be repeatedly renewed, thanks to being so popular on Netflix) and Jane the Virgin will be returning next season, but both will also end next season. (AV Club)
  • It has been widely speculated that the twelfth season of The Big Bang Theory would be the final season, but CBS has absolutely no interest in letting go of their biggest comedy hit and is hoping it will not be the final season. (TV Guide)
  • ABC has cancelled Designated Survivor, but could Netflix save it? (Deadline)
  • Joseph Campanella, who has appeared on numerous series as both a regular and guest star, died this week at age 93. (Hollywood Reporter
  • As always, MeTV is bringing back their Summer of Me lineup, and The Jeffersons and Charlie's Angels will be part of that lineup this year. (SitcomsOnline)

HOME MEDIA RELEASES (MAY 22)



WEEKLY PLANNER (MAY 19 - MAY 25)
  • The first season of the new episodes of Roseanne, which turned out to be a much bigger deal than anybody anticipated, will come to an end on Tuesday on ABC (not to worry, it will return for a second new season in the fall). 
  • Meanwhile, The Middle, a staple of the ABC lineup for nearly the past decade, comes to an end with a series finale immediately after Roseanne on Tuesday.
  • The current cycle of The Voice will wrap up Monday and Tuesday night on NBC.
  • The season finale of Saturday Night Live, featuring Tina Fey (and hopefully her 30 Rock co-star Alec Baldwin will appear as well), airs tonight on NBC.
  • You can binge on Hawaii Five-O on Decades this weekend.
  • It has already been airing for a few weeks now, but in case you missed it, you can catch Benson on OWN every Sunday.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Fri-Yay: How Did Sitcoms Fare at the Upfronts?

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!

by Vincent

ABC
Renewed: Roseanne, Modern Family, The Goldbergs, black-ish, Fresh Off the Boat, Speechless, American Housewife, Splitting Up Together
Cancelled: The Middle (ending), Alex Inc, The Mayor
New Sitcoms: The Kids Are All Right, Single Parents, Schooled (mid-season)

ABC's strong roster of sitcoms remains almost entirely in tact, with only freshman series Alex Inc and The Mayor getting the ax, while The Middle ends its nine-year run with a planned series finale this spring (airing this coming Tuesday night). This comes as no surprise. ABC has the strongest roster of sitcoms on all of the big 4 networks, and its line-up also has significantly more depth than any other network's sitcom roster- no other network can say they seven sitcoms that have reliably performed well for them. The network's drama slate, however, is far less sturdy, so ABC has wisely expanded its comedy block to a third night - Speechless and Fresh Off the Boat will move to Friday nights, reinstating a comedy block there just a year after the network blew it up by cancelling Last Man Standing and Dr. Ken. Some may see this as a downgrade for Fresh Off the Boat and Speechless, but comedy has done well on Fridays on ABC in the past, so fans shouldn't see this as a death knell. That said, both of these shows have generally been "bottom-of-the-hour" performers with decent-but-not-stellar audience retention from their anchors, so it will be interesting to see how they do on an island on Fridays.

The Tuesday and Wednesday blocks are fairly similar to what they were this spring. Roseanne gets its 8 PM Tuesday slot back and leads into new comedy The Kids Are Alright (pretty much the best timeslot you can ask for as a new sitcom), while the black-ish/Splitting Up Together hour remains in tact at 9 PM. On Wednesday, The Goldbergs and Modern Family remain the 8 and 9 PM anchors, respectively, while American Housewife shifts up to 8:30 and newbie Single Parents gets the 9:30 slot. With so many hours devoted to sitcoms and plum timeslots for their freshman comedies, it's clear ABC is going big on sitcoms next year - and they have good reason to.

CBS
Renewed: The Big Bang Theory, Young Sheldon, Mom, Life in Pieces, Man With a Plan
Cancelled: Kevin Can Wait, Superior Donuts, Living Biblically, Me Myself & I
New Sitcoms: Murphy Brown (revival), The Neighborhood, Happy Together, Fam (midseason)

CBS had a rather mixed year in the sitcoms department. While The Big Bang Theory remained huge and spin-off Young Sheldon had a big debut season, the network saw its Monday sitcom line-up completely deteriorate, with all four shows struggling to even hit a 1.0 in the 18-49 demo for most of the season. The network responded by cancelling the entire block with the exception of Man With a Plan (which was somewhat surprising, given that Kevin Can Wait was generally the block's highest performer), cutting half of the block and slotting in two new sitcoms, The Neighborhood and Happy Together, in the only two slots that remained. Leading off a night with two untested new sitcoms is a big gamble, especially when those sitcoms don't have any particular buzz around them. The network does have Life in Pieces and Man With a Plan left unscheduled, perhaps as emergency back-ups if either of those sitcoms fail. Even more interesting is that the previously announced Murphy Brown revival has been buried to 9:30pm on Thursdays rather than used as an anchor, showing that CBS doesn't seem to have faith it can be a Roseanne or even a Will & Grace-sized player. CBS's sitcom block had a lot of uncertainty this year, and that continues into its 2018-2019 line-up.

NBC
Renewed: Will & Grace, Superstore, The Good Place, AP Bio, Brooklyn Nine-Nine (acquired from Fox)
Cancelled: Great News
Fate TBD: Champions
New Sitcoms: I Feel Bad, Abby's (midseason)

NBC's return to its "Must See TV" comedy block on Thursdays went pretty decently this year, even if the Will & Grace revival couldn't keep up its early momentum and shows like Champions and Great News hit some cringe-worthy numbers. The network has a solid pairing in Superstore and The Good Place, and hopes to keep that brand of comedy going with Michael Schur-produced Abby's and the newly acquired Brooklyn Nine-Nine midseason. Amy Poehler-produced I Feel Bad gets the post-Will & Grace slot in the fall, and NBC hopes it will find more of an audience than its freshman comedies this season did, even if AP Bio mananged to squeak out a second season that its ratings didn't exactly call for. NBC still has a long ways to go before they relive their Must See TV sitcom glory days, but it certainly has the building blocks of a solid comedy roster, which is why the acquisition of studio-owned Brooklyn Nine-Nine makes perfect sense and should be a good fit with its sitcom block.

Fox
Renewed: The Simpsons, Family Guy, Bob's Burgers
Cancelled: Brooklyn Nine-Nine (moving to NBC), New Girl (ending), The Last Man on Earth, The Mick
Fate TBD: Ghosted, LA to Vegas
New Series: The Cool Kids, Rel, Last Man Standing (revival)

If ABC has banked on sitcoms next season, Fox has done exactly the opposite, wiping its entire live-action sitcom slate clean (unless Ghosted or LA to Vegas manage to pull through) and renewing only its animated anchors. After Fox cancelled all of its veteran sitcoms and revived Last Man Standing, there was a lot of chatter about the network's new direction and how its sitcom slate would likely favor broad, conservative-friendly comedy like Last Man Standing. That didn't really happen - yes, the Last Man Standing/Cool Kids block kind of looks like that, but it's relegated to Friday nights, the network's lone live-action sitcom block. This does make sense given that Last Man Standing spent most of its ABC run on Friday nights and did fairly well there, but it's still a bit of a surprise after all of the buzz around the revival. The network's only other new sitcom other than The Cool Kids is Rel, which doesn't even get the plum post-Simpsons slot and instead gets shafted to 9:30. The post-Simpsons slot instead goes to Bob's Burgers, which is an interesting move - given that The Simpsons and Family Guy are aging while Bob's Burgers has steadily been gaining momentum, is it possible they're prepping Bob's to be their new animated anchor? Regardless, this line-up certainly shows just how little confidence Fox has in its comedy brand right now, and it certainly screams "this is a network going through a major conglomerate change."

So, once again, the future of sitcoms largely depends on what network you're watching. Nevertheless, there's certainly a lot of sitcoms to look forward to next fall, both new and returning series alike. It'll be interesting to see how the networks' line-ups fare, but we'll have to wait until the fall to see what happens!

Thursday, May 17, 2018

The CW Upfront 2018-19: Fall 2018 Schedule; Freeform 2018 Upfront

The CW 2018-19

Fall 2018


Sundays
8:00PM Supergirl
9:00PM Charmed (NEW!)

Mondays
8:00PM DC's Legends of Tomorrow
9:00PM Arrow

Tuesdays
8:00PM The Flash
9:00PM Black Lightning

Wednesdays
8:00PM Riverdale
9:00PM All American (NEW!)

Thursdays
8:00PM Supernatural
9:00PM Legacies (NEW!)

Fridays
8:00PM Dynasty
9:00PM Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

Unscheduled Mid-Season 2019:

COMEDY:
DRAMA: In the Dark; Roswell, Nex Mexico
REALITY:
Returning: Jane the Virgin, The 100, iZombie

NOTES: Expanding to a six-night, Sunday-Friday schedule this fall, The CW will have 12 hours of original scripted series across the week in primetime this fall, more than ABC, NBC or Fox. Award-Winning Comedy Jane the Virgin returns in midseason for its final season, along with a new season of The 100 and the final season of iZombie. New series In the Dark and Roswell, New Mexico will debut in midseason. The CW will launch its 2018-19 season in October, with premiere dates to be announced later. The season will once again kick off with the exclusive two-night telecast of the IHeartRadio Music Festival; air dates will be announced at a later date.


Discuss The CW's 2018-19 lineup and also you can view complete program information.



Freeform President Tom Ascheim and Executive Vice President of Programming and Development Karey Burke unveiled the new and returning projects for The Walt Disney Company's young adult cable network, Freeform, at the combined Disney|ABC Television's presentation for the national advertising community at Lincoln Center's David Geffen Hall. Freeform continues to dominate the young adult landscape in cable with the No. 1 comedy (grown-ish) and the No. 1 new drama (Siren) with young adults and holds the No. 2 slot with women 18-34 and women 12-17. Also claiming the title of No. 1 most social cable network for the 7th year in a row and the No. 1 network in digital viewing, Freeform is delivering on its new tagline "A Little Forward."

New programming includes: Besties, a half-hour multi camera comedy from co-creators Kenya Barris and Ranada Shepard has been ordered to series by Freeform following the enormous success of Barris's breakout coming-of-age show, grown-ish, the No. 1 cable comedy season-to-date (women 18-34.) This multi-cam sitcom explores friendship, identity, race, and class as two lifelong best friends use each other to get through some of the toughest challenges that they will ever face - figuring out who they are and who they want to be. Kenya Barris and Ranada Shepard are executive producers; the series is produced by ABC Signature Studios.

I. Marlene King will expand the universe of Pretty Little Liars for Freeform with a 10-episode series order for Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists, featuring returning fan favorites Sasha Pieterse as Alison and Janel Parrish as Mona and starring Sofia Carson (Disney's Descendants) as Ava. The drama also welcomes Sydney Park (The Walking Dead) as Caitlin, newcomer Eli Brown as Dylan, Graeme Thomas King (The Widow) as Jeremy, Kelly Rutherford (Gossip Girl) as Claire, and Hayley Erin (General Hospital) in an undisclosed role. In Beacon Heights, a seemingly perfect town, a group of three college friends struggle with the stress of being overachievers. In the aftermath of the town's first murder, each Perfectionist hides behind a secret, a lie and an alibi.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

CBS Upfront 2018-19: Fall 2018 Schedule; The Detour Back for Season 4 on TBS

CBS 2018-19

Fall 2018


Mondays
8:00PM The Neighborhood (NEW!)
8:30PM Happy Together (NEW!)
9:00PM Magnum P.I. (NEW!)
10:00PM Bull (new time)

Tuesdays
8:00PM NCIS
9:00PM FBI (NEW!)
10:00PM NCIS: New Orleans

Wednesdays
8:00PM Survivor
9:00PM SEAL Team
10:00PM Criminal Minds

Thursdays
8:00PM The Big Bang Theory
8:30PM Young Sheldon
9:00PM Mom
9:30PM Murphy Brown (NEW!)
10:00PM S.W.A.T.

Fridays
8:00PM MacGyver
9:00PM Hawaii Five-O
10:00PM Blue Bloods

Saturdays
8:00PM Crimetime Saturday (encores)
9:00PM Crimetime Saturday (encores)
10:00PM 48 Hours

Sundays
7:00PM 60 Minutes
8:00PM God Friended Me (NEW!)
9:00PM NCIS: Los Angeles
10:00PM Madam Secretary

 
Unscheduled Mid-Season 2019:
COMEDY: Fam
DRAMA: The Code, The Red Line
REALITY:
Returning Series: Elementary, Instinct, Life in Pieces, Man with a Plan, Celebrity Big Brother, The Amazing Race

NOTES: CBS features three new comedies, five new dramas and the return of the critically acclaimed Murphy Brown. They will once again present original programming throughout the full season, rolling out new dramas The Code and The Red Line; new comedy Fam, and returning favorites Elementary, Instinct, Life in Pieces, Man with a Plan, Celebrity Big Brother and the award-winning reality series The Amazing Race.

Discuss CBS's 2018-19 lineup and view the full press release.


The Detour

TBS has ordered up another season of hilarious misadventures with TV's most dysfunctional family. After a bonkers road-trip, a disastrous move to New York City, and a run from the law in Alaska, the Parkers will be back for a fourth season of The Detour, one of cable's top 10 comedies. With the return of The Detour, TBS is building on the extraordinary success of a 100% renewal rate since the network's rebrand in 2016. Created, written and executive-produced by Jason Jones and Samantha Bee, The Detour is an all-too-honest look at the family dynamic. Jones stars in the acclaimed comedy with Natalie Zea, Ashley Gerasimovich and Liam Carroll. Season 3 reached more than 25 million viewers across TBS' linear, VOD and digital platforms, reaching an increase of 74% in digital views.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

ABC Upfront 2018-19: Fall 2018 Schedule; MeTV Acquires The Jeffersons and Charlie's Angels

ABC 2018-19

Fall 2018


Mondays
8:00PM Dancing with the Stars
10:00PM The Good Doctor

Tuesdays
8:00PM Roseanne
8:30PM The Kids Are Alright (NEW!)
9:00PM black-ish
9:30PM Splitting Up Together
10:00PM The Rookie (NEW!)

Wednesdays
8:00PM The Goldbergs
8:30PM American Housewife (new time)
9:00PM Modern Family
9:30PM Single Parents (NEW!)
10:00PM A Million Little Things (NEW!)

Thursdays
8:00PM Grey's Anatomy
9:00PM Station 19
10:00PM How to Get Away with Murder

Fridays
8:00PM Fresh Off the Boat (new day and time)
8:30PM Speechless (new day and time)
9:00PM Child Support (new time)
10:00PM 20/20

Saturdays
8:00PM Saturday Night Football

Sundays
7:00PM America's Funniest Home Videos
8:00PM Dancing with the Stars: Juniors (NEW!)
9:00PM Shark Tank 
10:00PM The Alec Baldwin Show  (new title)

New unscheduled, Mid-Season 2019:
DRAMA: The Fix, Grand Hotel, Whiskey Cavalier
COMEDY: Schooled
REALITY:
Returning Series: For the People, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, American Idol, The Bachelor, The Bachelorette

Notes: A total of eight new series have been announced for ABC’s 2018-19 season, including the one-hour dramas A Million Little Things, The Fix, Grand Hotel, The Rookie and Whiskey Cavalier, and the half-hour comedies The Kids Are Alright, Schooled and Single Parents. Additionally, Dancing with the Stars: Juniors, previously announced last year, will be on the fall schedule. A fresh take on an established favorite, the show will pair celebrity kids with professional junior ballroom dancers to perform choreographed routines, which will be judged by a panel that will include renowned ballroom experts. The Alec Baldwin Show (new title), which first debuted as a sneak preview in March, will also air this fall.

Discuss ABC's 2018-19 lineup and also you can view complete program information.


The Summer of MeTV

The MeTV Network has acquired the rights to The Jeffersons and Charlie's Angels starting on Monday, May 28, 2018 to kick-off the Summer of MeTV line-up. Both shows aired previously on a diginet, with The Jeffersons on Antenna TV and Charlie's Angels on COZI TV. The Jeffersons will air weekdays at 6:30pm, coming out of Mama's Family at 6pm. Both shows replace Hawaii Five-0. Leading into that hour will be Charlie's Angels at 5pm, replacing The Wild, Wild West. On weekends, the only changes are to Sundays with The Facts of Life and Diff'rent Strokes being reduced to a half-hour each from 2-3pm. Gilligan's Island returns to the line-up and will air 3-4pm on Sundays. The Jeffersons replaces one airing of The Love Boat from 6-7pm on Sundays. The Odd Couple returns to the schedule and replaces one airing of Touched By an Angel from 7-8pm. View the full Summer of Me schedule.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Fox Upfront 2018-19: Fall 2018 Schedule; Raven's Home Returns June 25 on Disney

Fox 2018-19

Fall 2018

Mondays
8:00PM The Resident
9:00PM 9-1-1

Tuesdays
8:00PM The Gifted
9:00PM Lethal Weapon

Wednesdays
8:00PM Empire
9:00PM Star

Thursdays
7:30PM Thursday Night Pregame Show
8:00PM NFL Football

Fridays
8:00PM Last Man Standing (ALL-NEW EPISODES)
8:30PM The Cool Kids (NEW!)
9:00PM Hell's Kitchen

Saturdays
7:00PM Fox Sports Saturday: Fox College Football

Sundays
7:00PM NFL on Fox
7:30PM The OT (NFL post-game)/Fox Encores
8:00PM The Simpsons
8:30PM Bob's Burgers
9:00PM Family Guy
9:30PM Rel (NEW!)

Unscheduled Mid-season 2019 (new and returning):
New Comedy:
New Drama: The Passage, Proven Innocent
Returning Reality/Unscripted: Beat Shazam, The Four: Battle for Stardom, Gordon Ramsay's 24 Hours to Hell & Back, Hell's Kitchen, Love Connection, MasterChef, MasterChef Junior, Showtime at the Apollo, So You Think You Can Dance
Returning Series: Gotham, The Orville

NOTES: Three new comedies and two new dramas join the lineup. Thursday Night Football will debut in Fall 2018, with Pro Football Hall of Famers Terry Bradshaw, Howie Long and Michael Strahan to headline pregame show. Epic thriller, The Passage, from executive producers Ridley Scott, Matt Reeves and Liz Heldens, will launch midseason. Legal drama Proven Innocent, from Empire co-creator Danny Strong, will debut midseason. Gotham will air its fifth and final season at midseason. Season two of The Orville will premiere midseason. An all-new live musical production of Tony Award, Grammy Award and Pulitzer Prize Winner Rent will air January 2019. A brand-new Cosmos installment, Cosmos: Possible Worlds will premiere spring 2019.

Discuss Fox's 2018-19 lineup. You'll find the official press release there, too...with details on all the new series.


Raven's Home

Season two of Disney Channel's hit comedy series Raven's Home is set to premiere with a week of four new episodes, beginning Monday, June 25 - Thursday, June 28 at 9:30 a.m. EDT/PDT, on Disney Channel, in the DisneyNOW app and on Disney Channel VOD. Following the debut week, new episodes will premiere throughout the summer on Tuesday and Friday mornings at 9:30 a.m. EDT/PDT, as part of Disney Channel's GO! Summer that super-serves kids and families all season with new programming and fan-centric off-air events. Made for kids age 6-14 and their families, the series will continue to present funny, relatable, heartfelt and broad storylines about kids, parents, twin siblings and best friends for life. In the second season, Raven Baxter, played by Emmy(R)-nominated comedic actress Raven-Symoné, learns along with the entire family that her son Booker has inherited her ability to catch glimpses into the future. When Booker and Raven's visions collide, it sets madcap escapades into motion for the entire extended family.

The second season will spotlight the multitalented cast in a show-stopping musical episode, with original songs and dance numbers choreographed by Will "Willdabeast" Adams and directed by Paul Hoen (director of over a dozen Disney Channel Original Movies including ZOMBIES and Camp Rock 2, Let It Shine). Season two guest stars include Jonathan McDaniel (That So Raven) who returns as Nia and Booker's dad, Devon Carter; Brian George (That's So Raven) as Dr. Sleevemore; Mike Massimino as Tess' dad, Jimmy; Anthony Alabi as Coach Spitz; Wendy Raquel Robinson (Descendants) as Dream Weaver; and Dylan Martin Frankel as the family's new 12-year-old landlord, Mitch.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

NBC Upfront 2018-19: Fall 2018 Schedule; Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows; This Week in Sitcoms (Week of May 14, 2018)

NBC 2018-19

Fall 2018 / Midseason 2019


Mondays
8:00PM The Voice (Sep-Dec/Mar-May) / America's Got Talent: Champions (Jan/Feb)
10:00PM Manifest (NEW!)

Tuesdays
8:00PM The Voice (Sep-Dec/Mar-May) / Ellen's Game of Games (Jan/Feb)
9:00PM This Is Us
10:00PM New Amsterdam (NEW!)

Wednesdays
8:00PM Chicago Med (Sep-Dec/Mar-May) / The Titan Games (NEW!) (Jan/Feb)
9:00PM Chicago Fire
10:00PM Chicago P.D.

Thursdays
8:00PM Superstore
8:30PM The Good Place
9:00PM Will & Grace
9:30PM I Feel Bad (NEW!)
10:00PM Law & Order: SVU

Fridays
8:00PM Blindspot
9:00PM Midnight, Texas (Sep-Dec) / The Blacklist (Jan-May)
10:00PM Dateline

Saturdays
8:00PM Dateline Mystery
10:00PM SNL Classics

Sundays
7:00PM Football Night in America
8:20PM Sunday Night Football 

Sundays after NFL in Spring
7:00PM Dateline
8:00PM World of Dance 
10:00PM Good Girls 

Unscheduled, Mid-Season 2019:
New Drama: The Enemy Within, The InBetween, and The Village
New Comedy: Abby's and Brooklyn Nine-Nine (from Fox)
Returning Series: A.P. Bio, The Wall
Fate TBD: Champions, Timeless, Better Late Than Never
Canceled Series: Great News, Rise, Taken, Law & Order True Crime, The Brave and Shades of Blue (after summer 2018 run)

Notes: NBC is trying both America's Got Talent and World of Dance in the regular Sep-May season, with an all-champions edition of AGT in the winter in between The Voice's two seasons and season three of World of Dance on Sundays this Spring. It's an all Chicago Wednesday, with all three series airing back-to-back in the Fall. Brooklyn Nine-Nine comes over from Fox, and will likely air on NBC Thursday comedy block in mid-season (possibly 8:30PM), with new multi-camera sitcom Abby's expected to air in mid-season after Will & Grace. NBC also has A.P. Bio returning to the Thursday block this mid-season.

Discuss NBC's 2018-19 lineup and also you can view complete program information.

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 May 14-18, 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, May 14

  • Donald Glover (Atlanta/Community) - Watch Donald on a repeat of Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Nathan Lane (Modern Family/Charlie Lawrence/Encore! Encore!/One of the Boys) - Nathan is a guest on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Yara Shahidi (grown-ish/black-ish) - Yara appears on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Anthony Anderson (black-ish/Guys with Kids/All About the Andersons) - Anthony visits The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS. He also talks about black-ish on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Laurie Metcalf (Roseanne/The McCarthys/The Big Bang Theory) - Laurie is a guest on Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Zooey Deschanel (New Girl) - Zooey stops by The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • John Mulaney (Mulaney) - John appears on The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Jenna Fischer (Splitting Up Together/The Office) - Jenna is a guest on Conan at 11pm on TBS. She also talks about Splitting Up Together on NBC's Today in the 10am hour.
  • Oliver Hudson (Splitting Up Together/Rules of Engagement) - Oliver drops by Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo. He also talks about Splitting Up Together on NBC's Today in the 10am hour.
  • Jane Fonda (Grace and Frankie) - Jane chats on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT. She also talks about Book Club on NBC's Today sometime between 7-9am.
  • Jodie Sweetin (Fuller House/Hollywood Darlings/Full House) - Jodie guest co-hosts The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Mary Steenburgen (The Last Man on Earth/Ink) - Mary appears on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings. She also talks about Book Club on NBC's Today sometime between 7-9am.
  • Marcus Scribner (black-ish) - Marcus talks about the season finale of black-ish on PeopleTV at 12pm.
  • Candice Bergen (Murphy Brown) - Candice talks about Book Club on NBC's Today sometime between 7-9am.
  • Candace Cameron Bure (Fuller House/Full House) - Candace appears on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Terry Crews (Brooklyn Nine-Nine/Are We There Yet?/Everybody Hates Chris) - Terry is a guest on the BUILD Series at 11:30am.
Tuesday, May 15
  • Melissa McCarthy (Mike & Molly/Samantha Who?) - Catch Melissa on a repeat of Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Cedric the Entertainer (The Last O.G./The Soul Man/The Steve Harvey Show) - Cedric is a guest on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Jamie Foxx (The Jamie Foxx Show) - Jamie appears on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS. He appears with his daughter Corinne on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings and on the BUILD Series at 3pm.
  • Hank Azaria (Brockmire/The Simpsons/Free Agents) - Hank visits The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Kyle MacLachlan (Sex and the City) - Kyle stops by The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Janet Varney (You're the Worst/Burning Love) - Janet is a guest on Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Nick Kroll (The League/Cavemen) - Nick appears on a repeat of Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • John Mulaney (Mulaney) - John is a guest on a repeat of Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Christina Milian (Grandfathered) - Christina drops by The Real, so check your local listings.
  • Jim O'Heir (Parks and Recreation) - Jim talks about Lullaby League on Chatter on PeopleTV at 8pm.
  • Terry Crews (Brooklyn Nine-Nine/Are We There Yet?/Everybody Hates Chris) - Terry appears on NBC's Megyn Kelly Today at 9am.
  • Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory) - Jim is a guest on NBC's Today in the 10am hour.
  • Andrew Rannells (Girls/The New Normal) - Andrew appears on NBC's Today in the 10am hour.
  • Marcia Gay Harden (Trophy Wife) - Marcia visits Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Amy Aquino (Brooklyn Bridge/Madman of the People) - Amy is a guest on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Mary Steenburgen (The Last Man on Earth/Ink) and Candice Bergen (Murphy Brown) - Mary and Candice talk about Book Club on the BUILD Series at 12:30pm.
Wednesday, May 16
  • Molly Shannon (Divorce/Kath & Kim/Cracking Up) - Watch Molly on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Terry Crews (Brooklyn Nine-Nine/Are We There Yet?/Everybody Hates Chris) - Terry appears on Comedy Central's The Daily Show with Trevor Noah at 11pm.
  • Joel McHale (The Great Indoors/Community) - Joel is a guest on a repeat of Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Cedric the Entertainer (The Last O.G./The Soul Man/The Steve Harvey Show) - Cedric stops by Desus & Mero at 11pm on Viceland.
  • Candice Bergen (Murphy Brown) - Candice visits LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Portia de Rossi (Arrested Development/Better Off Ted/Too Something) - Portia appears on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Kate Walsh (Bad Judge/The Drew Carey Show) - Kate is a guest on The Real, so check your local listings.
  • Clark Gregg (The New Adventures of Old Christine) - Clark talks about the season finale of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on Chatter on PeopleTV at 8pm.
  • Mayim Bialik (The Big Bang Theory/Blossom) - Mayim appears on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
Thursday, May 17
  • Will Arnett (Arrested Development/Up All Night/Running Wilde) - Catch Will on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Tina Fey (30 Rock) - Tina is a guest on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Candice Bergen (Murphy Brown) - Candice visits Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC, on Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo and on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Mary Steenburgen (The Last Man on Earth/Ink) - Mary is a guest on Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
  • Terry Crews (Brooklyn Nine-Nine/Are We There Yet?/Everybody Hates Chris) - Terry appears on Desus & Mero at 11pm on Viceland.
  • Scott Foley (The Goodwin Games/Scrubs/A.U.S.A.) - Scott is a guest on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Yara Shahidi (grown-ish/black-ish) - Yara appears on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Jane Kaczmarek (Malcolm in the Middle/Help Me Help You) - Jane visits The Real, so check your local listings.
  • Jane Fonda (Grace and Frankie) - Jane talks about Book Club on PeopleTV at 12pm.
  • Kate Walsh (Bad Judge/The Drew Carey Show) - Kate appears on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
Friday, May 18
  • Gillian Jacobs (Love/Community) - Watch Gillian on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Tracee Ellis Ross (black-ish/Girlfriends) - Tracee appears on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Alyssa Milano (Insatiable/Romantically Challenged/Who's the Boss?) - Alyssa guest co-hosts The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Jason Bateman (Arrested Development/The Hogan Family/It's Your Move/Silver Spoons) - Jason appears on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Sydelle Noel (GLOW) - Sydelle talks about Netflix's GLOW on the BUILD Series at 3pm and on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 11:30am ET.
  • Fiona Gubelmann (Wilfred) - Fiona talks about the Hallmark Channel original movie Royally Ever After on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Marcia Gay Harden (Trophy Wife) - Marcia reveals the scary first moments her mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and how they’re fighting back on The Dr. Oz Show, so check your local listings.
  • Cameron Esposito (Take My Wife) - Cameron talks about Take My Wife on the BUILD Series at 2pm.
  • Mary Steenburgen (The Last Man on Earth/Ink) - Mary is a guest on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.

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Sitcoms Airing This Week

Sunday, May 13

Bob's Burgers - "Are You There Bob? It's Me, Birthday" (Fox, 7:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
After forgetting Bob's birthday, Linda and the kids attempt to plan a last-minute surprise party; Linda asks Hugo if Bob can go with him while he's doing restaurant health inspections.

Bob's Burgers - "As I Walk Through the Alley of the Shadow of Ramps" (Fox, 7:30PM ET/PT)
When a malicious juice truck owner tries to set up shop in the Belchers' alley, Louise devises a plan to win back their turf; Linda learns that she can't always run to her sister's defense.

The Simpsons - "Throw Grampa From the Dane" Fox, 8:00PM ET/PT)
The Simpsons go to Denmark so Grampa can benefit from the country's free health care.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine - "White Whale" (Fox, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Rosa and Amy team up to take down a ruthless killer who has managed to elude them for seven years; Terry helps Jake tackle his wedding planning chores; Holt and his rival try to convince each other to step down in the campaign for commissioner.

Family Guy - "The Unkindest Cut" (Fox, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Quagmire loses his most treasured body part and must learn to live without it; Stewie and Brian search for Mort after learning there is a reward for turning him into the police for his involvement in a drug scam.

Bob's Burgers - "Mo Money Mo Problems" (Fox, 9:30PM ET/PT)
The Belchers attend open houses for the free food; Linda meets a charming real estate agent and agrees to a private showing; the kids stumble upon an unexpected surprise; the family ends up getting involved with a real estate scheme.


Monday, May 14

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.

Man with a Plan - "We Got a Girl" (CBS, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Adam and Andi set up Adam’s boss on a date to boost her spirits in the hope that she’ll then be in the mood to have Adam resume work on the mini-mall. Geoff Stults guest stars as Leif Forrest, an actor in Don and Adam’s commercial, and Christine Woods returns as their boss.

Superior Donuts - "Donut Day Afternoon" (CBS, 9:00PM ET/PT)
An armed robbery at the donut shop prompts Arthur, Franco and Sofia to make life-changing decisions about their futures.

The Big Bang Theory - "The Separation Triangulation" (CBS, 9:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Koothrappali finds himself in the middle of domestic drama when he learns the woman he’s dating, Nell (Beth Behrs), has a very upset husband, Oliver (Walton Goggins). Also, when Sheldon rents his old room back for a quiet place to work, he drives Leonard crazy by being a model tenant.


Tuesday, May 15

Roseanne - "Netflix & Pill" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
After celebrating their 45th anniversary, Roseanne reveals to Dan a bigger problem with her bad knee. Meanwhile, Crystal announces her retirement as a waitress at the casino, and Becky and Darlene compete for the job which has full-time benefits.

The Middle - "Split Decision" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Now that Frankie knows Axl was offered a job in Denver, she makes it her mission to sway him from taking it and moving away. Meanwhile, the usually overly optimistic Sue is depressed over Sean leaving for Ghana, without ever expressing her feelings for him; and Brick drives everyone crazy when he buys a huge amount of lawn chairs to replace the one he’s been using for nine years.

black-ish - "Dream Home" (ABC, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Dre and Bow are living separate lives and switching off with the kids. They start to realize how much they relied on each other and how hard it is being on their own. Dre gets his sleek, ultra-modern dream house in the canyon with all the amenities, and Bow doesn’t think it’s suitable for the kids.

Splitting Up Together - "Star of Milo" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
Despite Lena and Martin getting along as co-parents, they must determine the best way to orchestrate Milo’s upcoming birthday festivities based on their new system of boundaries. Meanwhile, Martin is pleasantly surprised when Lena shares a birthday invite with an unforeseen guest. Elsewhere, Maya takes matters into her own hands and reveals a surprise guest of her own.

New Girl - "The Curse of the Pirate Bride" / "Engram Pattersky" (Fox, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Jess and Nick decide to make two decisions that will change their lives while Winston and Aly's big day finally arrives; the gang takes a look back on their lives together, including a concluding round of "True American."

The Last O.G. - "Lemon Drops" (TBS, 10:30PM ET/PT)
Tray resorts to old methods of raising quick funds in a bid to help the homeless shelter where Shay volunteers.


Wednesday, May 16

The Goldbergs - "Let's Val Kilmer This Car" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
When Lainey moves back to town, Barry asks her to the prom; but when she says no, he plans a senior prank with Principal Ball’s car to get out of going. Meanwhile, Erica tells Murray she has made a final decision about her future in college and he is furious, insisting she pay her own way for rent and food.

Alex, Inc. - "The Rube Goldberg Contraption" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
After a company offers Alex money to expand the business, he worries his business is ruining his relationship with Rooni and the children and makes an important decision about the future. And with the future looking bright for the company, Deirdre and Eddie bring on a famous podcast producer.

Modern Family - "Clash of Swords" (ABC, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Mitchell sneaks out to “Hero-Con” with fanboy Phil, dressed as their favorite characters from the show “Clash of Swords.” It’s great until Phil commits the ultimate fan faux pas. In a clash of another kind, Gloria’s dinosaur party for Joe is ruined when her nemesis, Dr. Donna Duncan (Jane Krakowski), upstages her with a far bigger and better party right next door.

American Housewife - "The Spring Gala" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
When things start to fall apart at the last minute, Katie figures out a new way to make the spring gala a success. Meanwhile, Greg attempts to be a “fun dad” and winds up adopting a dog while Katie is occupied with the gala.

Hollywood Darlings - "Ovulation Staycation" (Pop, 8:00PM ET/PT)
On vacation for a girls getaway weekend, Christine sneaks Brandon into the hotel to make a baby, Jodie runs into an ex-boyfriend she ghosted, and Beverley accidentally eats a pot brownie.


Thursday, May 17

The Big Bang Theory - "The Novelization Correlation" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
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. Christine Baranski and Wil Wheaton return to guest star.

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.

Life in Pieces - "Video Piercing Model Hangover" (CBS, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Jen and Greg learn a surprising piece of news. Also, Sophia wants a second piercing in her ear much to the dismay of Heather and Tim; Colleen and Matt send out a video thank you message for their wedding gifts, which irritates the family; and John takes a modeling job but is horrified when his image is used to endorse a product for the elderly.

Life in Pieces - "Sixteen Spanish Car Leak" (CBS, 9:30PM ET/PT)
Tim and Heather plan a surprise birthday party for Samantha, but the night takes an unexpected turn when Samantha doesn’t come home alone. Also, Matt and Colleen are in an awkward situation with their surrogate; John and Joan learn Spanish for their next adventure; and Jen and Greg have to find a way to keep their secret from the family.

Nobodies - "Rob in the Hood" (TV Land, 10:00PM ET/PT)
CBS wants to make major changes to Open Dorf Policy; Mark-Paul asks Rachel to take a big step in their relationship; Melissa enlists the help of a famous friend to sing the pilot's theme song.


Friday, May 18

none scheduled


Saturday, May 19

Henry Danger - "Saturday Night Lies" (Nickelodeon, 8:00PM ET/PT)
When Ray runs into an ex-girlfriend, he tries to impress her by pretending that Henry, Charlotte and Jasper are his children.


Sunday, May 20

Bob's Burgers - "Boywatch" (Fox, 7:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Tina decides to join the Junior Lifeguards but struggles with the training; business booms when Bob and Linda offer free Wi-Fi at the restaurant but it is soon threatened by a cyberattack.

Bob's Burgers - "Mission Impos-slug-ble" (Fox, 7:30PM ET/PT)
Louise's extensive card collection gets confiscated at school and she devises a plan to get them back; Bob must give a eulogy for an old acquaintance despite an unfortunate incident that happened years ago.

The Simpsons - "Flander's Ladder" Fox, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Bart is struck by lightning and is visited by ghosts seeking closure only he can provide.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine - "Jake & Amy" (Fox, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Jake and Amy's wedding day is threatened; Charles and the whole squad rush to save it; Holt hesitates to open the email indicating if he won his campaign for commissioner; Terry gently pushes Rosa toward a potential love interest.

Family Guy - "Are You There God? It's Me, Peter" (Fox, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Peter falls into a coma and meets God face to face; he asks God some of life's tough questions.

Bob's Burgers - "Something Old, Something New, Something Bob Caters for You" (Fox, 9:30PM ET/PT)
As Bob wonders about the worth of working in the restaurant business, a couple who fell in love at the restaurant asks the Belchers to cater their wedding; when things don't go as planned, Linda tries to save the day.

Complete TV Listings

Saturday, May 12, 2018

SitcomsOnline Digest: NBC to Air Brooklyn Nine-Nine Next Season as Fox Appears to Move in New Direction; New Perfect Strangers DVDs Coming Soon

Welcome to SitcomsOnline Digest! This week, there has been a huge uproar over a decisions that Fox has made regarding their sitcoms, that even wades into the political divide seen in the country. That isn't all that people have been talking about with renewals and cancellations, though, and we've got that and a lot more (and there is actually even more that we couldn't fit in here this week). Let's get going!

HIGHLIGHTS FROM SITCOMSONLINE.COM AND AROUND THE WEB
  • You may have noticed on your social media feed that people are screaming bloody murder and talking about a cultural war (OK, maybe not quite that big, but close) after Fox made a decision to cancel most of their live-action sitcoms (and the prospects are bad for the remaining live-action series), ostensibly to make room for series that fit in better with their new pickup, Last Man Standing... (SitcomsOnline)
  • ... meanwhile, in the very early of this morning, NBC announced that they have become the hero of the day for fans of the most popular of the series canceled by Fox, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, by picking it up for a sixth season... (Entertainment Weekly)
  • ... and we can't go without a third story about all of this. It has been rumored for weeks, but this week, Fox has officially announced they indeed will be airing a new season of Last Man Standing. (Time)
  • The Big Bang Theory is coming back for a twelfth season, but will that be the final season? (Deadline)
  • Rick and Morty was renewed for 70 more episodes, and without a fixed schedule as to when those episodes will air, so most people expect that to mean about ten more seasons worth of episodes. (Hollywood Reporter)
  • If you're having trouble keeping track of what has been renewed or canceled, just bookmark this Vox article, which updates everything as news comes in one way or the other, and there have been a lot this week that we simply didn't have time to cover. (Vox)
  • Norman Lear has been working on a new project, Guess Who Died, that was planned for NBC, but the network has officially passed on the pilot. (Deadline)
  • It appeared that Disney would be the one to acquire 21st Century Fox, but now Comcast is trying to get in on the battle as well to take over 21st Century Fox. (Forbes
  • Antenna TV is making a few lineup changes. (SitcomsOnline)

HOME MEDIA HIGHLIGHTS

  • Details are still sparse, but TVShowsOnDVD.com reports that the fourth season of Perfect Strangers is coming soon from Warner Archive.
  • Mill Creek announced that they would be releasing Happy Endings - The Complete Series on August 7, both on DVD and Blu-ray.


HOME MEDIA RELEASES (MAY 15)


  • Rick and Morty - Season Three (DVD, $24.99; Blu-ray, $29.98): It has been renewed for 70 more episodes, so these won't be the last as some have feared, but you can catch up on the most recent season with this release.

WEEKLY PLANNER (MAY 12 - MAY 18)
  • 13 Reasons Why returns for a second season on Netflix on Friday.
  • Amy Schumer is the host for the new episode of Saturday Night Live tonight.
  • Antenna TV starts their new lineup on Monday, which you can see here.
  • This weekend, the binge on Decades is Father Dowling Mysteries.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Fri-Yay: Fox's Comedy Bloodbath: What Does It Mean?; Fox Orders Second Multi-Camera Sitcom

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!

Brooklyn Nine-Nine

by Vincent

Yesterday, Fox cancelled nearly its entire slate of comedies, including the quirky, high-concept veteran The Last Man on Earth, once promising Kaitlin Olson launching pad The Mick, and most heartbreakingly, the internet-beloved Brooklyn Nine-Nine. This is in addition to the departing New Girl, which will wrap up its seven-year run next week. The jury is still out on freshman comedies Ghosted and LA to Vegas, but either way, it's clear this marks a big change for Fox.

Fox, as you may remember, is going through a major shake-up as its parent company 20th Century Fox was recently bought by Disney. Fox (the network) is still owned by News Corp and not Disney, but this shake-up does change the course for Fox a bit - they no longer have stake in a production company, which means any scripted series they air will be owned by another company. Many have speculated that this will result in Fox going "broader" and relying primarily on sports and live events for its primetime series. If this slate of cancellations, along with Fox's rumored revival of Last Man Standing, is indicative of the future, those people might just be right.

Still, these cancellations certainly come as a surprise - while all of these shows were low-rated, much of Fox's line-up is, and over the past several years Fox has consistently renewed shows in worse ratings shape than these 3 shows are. Despite the reputation the network had in the 2000s as a "murderer" of fan favorite shows like Arrested Development, Futurama and Firefly, the Fox of the 2010s has been almost the opposite. There is no other network, for example, where a low-rated, high-concept sitcom like The Last Man on Earth could've survived for four seasons, or where shows like New Girl and Brooklyn Nine-Nine could see renewal after renewal despite being low-rated niche hits. And yet, all of that seems to be ending soon. It's a real shame that it had to end so abruptly, as these shows - particularly longer-running Brooklyn Nine-Nine and The Last Man on Earth, had done enough to at least earn a proper farewell, the kind that New Girl is getting this season. These shows had large, passionate fanbases and were inventive, creative shows that clearly had a lot of love put into them. To have them ripped away without warning is cruel and cold. But hey, that's the television business for you. We're living in a post-streaming world and a world of reboots, so there's always the chance a streaming show or even another network will scoop up and save at least one of these shows. But if not, we can at least be thankful for the years of great TV they provided us with.


Rel

And sticking with Fox, they have ordered another multi-camera sitcom for 2018-19: Rel. Lil Rel, a prideful, self-made success who lives by the code to "always believe in yourself and great things will come," finds that attitude put to the test when he learns his wife is having an affair with his own barber. He tries to rebuild his life post-divorce as a long-distance single father on the South Side of Chicago who's on a quest for love, respect and a new barber. Inspired by Lil Rel's real life.

The sitcom stars Lil Rel Howery as Lil Rel, Sinbad as Rel's Dad, Jess "Hilarious" Moore as Brittany, and Jordan L. Jones as Nat. The sitcom will be produced by Jerrod Carmichael, Mike Scully, Kevin Barnett, Josh Rabinowitz and Lil Rel Howery. Rel joins multi-camera sitcom The Cool Kids in the only Fox comedy orders so far.


Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Friday, May 25

Champions - "Opening Night" (NBC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Priya arrives unannounced as Matthew struggles with the new responsibilities Vince has given him.

Champions - "Deal or No Deal" (NBC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Michael prepares for his first date as Vince and Matthew prepare to expand the gym. But an unexpected offer threatens to change all their lives forever.

The Thundermans - "The Thunder Games" (Nickelodeon, 7:30PM ET/PT)
Max and Phoebe advance to the final tryout for a spot on an elite superhero squad, but a new supervillain with a surprise connection to the Thunderman family may force them to sacrifice their crime fighting dream.

Knight Squad - "Do the Knight Thing" (Nickelodeon, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Warwick worries his fears will hinder the squad as Knight School quests begin; Warwick uses Fearless Fairies to make him immune to fear, but his decision puts the squad's quest in jeopardy.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of May 21)

Friday, May 25

  • Jamie Lee (Crashing) - Watch Jamie on a repeat of The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Alec Baldwin (30 Rock) - Alec chats about hosting the series Match Game on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Sutton Foster (Younger) - Sutton is a guest on a repeat of Harry, so check your local listings.
  • Vivica A. Fox (Mr. Box Office/Getting Personal/Out All Night) - Vivica appears on The Real, so check your local listings.
  • Candace Cameron Bure (Fuller House/Full House) - Candace stops by Access Live, so check your local listings.
  • Peyton Elizabeth Lee (Andi Mack) - Peyton is a guest on Access Live, so check your local listings.
  • Craig Robinson (Ghosted/Mr. Robinson/The Office) - Craig makes a divine dessert with Carla Hall on ABC's The Chew at 1pm ET/12pm PT/CT.


New on DVD/Blu-ray (March/April/May)

Atlanta - The Complete First Season Curb Your Enthusiasm - The Complete Ninth Season One Day at a Time - Season Two Perfect Strangers  - The Complete Third Season Diff'rent Strokes - The Complete Final (Eighth) Season

03/06 - Atlanta - The Complete First Season
03/06 - Curb Your Enthusiasm - The Complete Ninth Season
03/13 - The New Adventures of Old Christine - The Complete First Season
03/27 - One Day at a Time - Season Two
04/03 - Ballers - The Complete Third Season (Blu-ray)
04/03 - 90's Sitcom (Just Shoot Me!/The Larry Sanders Show/Wings) Starter Set - Season 1 & 2 Bundle
04/10 - Vice Principals - The Compelte Series
04/17 - Perfect Strangers - The Complete Third Season
05/08 - Dear White People - Season 1
05/08 - Diff'rent Strokes - The Complete Final (Eighth) Season
05/29 - I'm Dying Up Here - Season 1
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