Tuesday, May 01, 2018

Sitcom Star to Renovate Home on HGTV; Remembering Golden Girls Producer Paul Junger Witt

The Housleys

Actress Tamera Mowry-Housley (Sister, Sister), an Emmy(R)-award winning co-host on The Real, and her husband Adam, a senior correspondent for Fox News, will renovate a home in Napa Valley in a new HGTV special, The Housleys. Premiering on Tuesday, May 8, at 11 p.m. ET/PT, the special follows the famous couple as they help homeowners in the area create a beautiful and functional home for their busy family of six. The outdated property needs an open floor plan, space for a laundry room and a dining area that has room for everyone. The pair also create a beautiful outdoor living space so the family can enjoy the beautiful Northern California weather. Tamera also is known for her starring role in the award-winning hit TV sitcom Sister, Sister alongside her twin sister Tia. She and her husband reside in Los Angeles and Napa Valley with their two children.


Paul Junger Witt

Television and film producer Paul Junger Witt, who worked on The Golden Girls and more than 25 other sitcoms, has died. He died on April 27 of cancer in Los Angeles. Mr. Witt was 77.

Witt's early television credits as a producer included Occasional Wife, The Second Hundred Years, Here Come the Brides, The Partridge Family, and Getting Together. He also directed episodes of the series.

Witt teamed with Tony Thomas to form Witt/Thomas Productions in 1975. Their many sitcom producing credits included The Practice (1976-1977), It's a Living, Condo, Tough Cookies, One Big Family, Lenny, Blossom, Herman's Head, Walter & Emily, Woops!, The John Larroquette Show, Daddy's Girls, Muscle, The Office (1995), Brotherly Love, Minor Adjustments, Local Heroes, Common Law, Pearl and Everything's Relative. They also worked on the 1987-1990 CBS drama Beauty and the Beast and The CW's 2012-2016 revival series Beauty and the Beast.

He met Susan Harris in 1975. Witt/Thomas/Harris Productions produced the sitcoms Fay, Loves Me, Loves Me Not, Soap, Benson, I'm a Big Girl Now, It Takes Two, Hail to the Chief, Mama's Boy, Empty Nest, Nurses, Good & Evil and The Secret Lives of Men.

Their biggest hit was The Golden Girls. The popular NBC sitcom aired for 7 seasons and 180 episodes from 1985 to 1992. It starred Bea Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan and Estelle Getty. The Golden Girls won Emmy Awards for Outstanding Comedy Series in 1986 and 1987. They also produced the spin-off series The Golden Palace.

Witt's theatrical film credits included Firstborn, Dead Poets Society (Oscar nominated for Best Picture), Final Analysis, Mixed Nuts, Three Kings, Insomnia and A Better Life. He won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Single Program - Drama or Comedy for the 1971 TV movie Brian's Song, which starred James Caan and Billy Dee Williams.

Survivors include his wife, Susan Harris, and five children.

We thank Mr. Witt and his team for bringing us The Golden Girls and many other great sitcoms over the years. He will be greatly 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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