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.


Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Wednesday, October 17

The Goldbergs - "Hersheypark" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Adam discovers Beverly has been manipulating him with guilt letters when he tells his mother he doesn’t want her to chaperone the school trip to Hersheypark. Meanwhile, after attending Career Night, Geoff realizes he doesn’t want to be an eye doctor like his father.

American Housewife - "Enemies: An Otto Story" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Anna-Kat runs for the Green Chair position in the school election against Chloe Brown Mueller’s daughter, which results in Katie and Chloe turning their kids’ election into a feud of their own. Meanwhile, Greg becomes concerned that Taylor’s new friend Pierce (Milo Manheim) is trying to steal her away from Trip, causing Greg to intervene and scheme to prevent it.

Modern Family - "Torn Between Two Lovers" (ABC, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Haley can’t seem to choose between her past and present relationships and is forced to make a decision. Meanwhile, Manny returns to college and dorm life while his girlfriend, Sherry, continues to stay at Jay and Gloria’s, and might be overstaying her welcome.

Single Parents - "Beyoncé Circa Lemonade" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
After scolding Miggy for not being able to sleep-train baby Jack, Angie and Douglas engage in a competition to see who can sleep-train the baby in one night. While Angie and Douglas have the baby, Miggy takes over babysitting Graham, Rory, Sophie, Emma and Amy, which results in an impromptu kids’ party. Meanwhile, Poppy teaches Will how to take out his anger on the volleyball court.

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia - "The Gang Does a Clip Show" (FXX, 10:00PM ET/PT)
With nothing to do while their phones update to the latest software, the gang decides to reminisce on old times; as everyone misremembers events from their past, the gang's current reality becomes altered.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of October 15)

Wednesday, October 17

  • Busy Philipps (Vice Principals/Cougar Town) - Watch Busy on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Molly Shannon (Divorce/Kath & Kim/Cracking Up) - Molly is a guest on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Constance Wu (Fresh Off the Boat) - Constance appears on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Jamie Lee Curtis (Scream Queens/Anything But Love/Operation Petticoat) - Jamie Lee visits The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Michael Fishman and Lecy Goranson (The Conners/Roseanne) - Michael and Lecy chat with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT. Michael, Lecy and Maya Lynne Robinson will be on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am.
  • John Goodman (The Conners/Roseanne/The Trouble in Normal, Ohio) - John stops by LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Maya Rudolph (Forever/Up All Night) - Maya is a guest on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Romeo Miller (Romeo!) - Romeo appears on The Real, so check your local listings.
  • Geoffrey Owens (The Cosby Show) - Geoffrey drops by Steve, so check your local listings.
  • Cedric the Entertainer (The Neighborhood/The Last O.G./The Soul Man/The Steve Harvey Show) and Tichina Arnold (The Neighborhood/Survivor's Remorse/Happily Divorced/Everybody Hates Chris/Martin) - Cedric and Tichina are guests on Access Live, so check your local listings.


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

The Big Bang Theory - The Complete Eleventh Season The Middle - The Complete Ninth Season Modern Family - The Complete Ninth Season Step by Step - The Complete Second Season Perfect Strangers - The Complete Fifth Season

09/04 - It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia - The Complete Season 12
09/04 - Mom - The Complete Fifth Season
09/04 - Silicon Valley - The Complete Fifth Season
09/04 - Superstore - Season Three
09/04 - Young Sheldon - The Complete First Season
09/11 - The Big Bang Theory - The Complete Eleventh Season (Blu-ray)
09/11 - The Middle - The Complete Ninth Season
09/11 - Modern Family - The Complete Ninth Season
09/11 - People of Earth - The Complete Second Season
09/18 - Community - The Complete Series (Blu-ray)
09/18 - Step by Step - The Complete Second Season
09/18 - You're the Worst - The Complete Fourth Season
09/25 - Blondie - The Complete 1957 Television Series
09/25 - Perfect Strangers - The Complete Fifth Season
10/02 - The Beverly Hillbillies - The Official Fifth Season
10/02 - The Love Boat - Season Four - Volume One / Volume Two
10/02 - Saved by the Bell - The Complete Collection
10/16 - Police Squad! - TV and Movie Collection
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