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 The outdated property needs an open floor plan, space for a laundry room and a dining area that has room for everyone.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

Tuesday, November 13

The Conners - "The Separation of Church and Dan" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
When Geena learns that D.J. hasn’t been taking Mary to church while she’s been away, she insists they go as a family to uphold her traditional values. To make matters worse, Mary refuses to attend without her cousins Harris and Mark, leaving D.J. in the last situation he wants to be in – at the mercy of Darlene. Meanwhile, Mark’s attempt to conduct an unbiased survey on the upcoming election for his school project goes south when Jackie volunteers to help.

The Kids Are Alright - "Peggy's Day Out" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
To hide a mess Eddie made, his girlfriend, Wendi, tries to distract Peggy by insisting she take a day off with a fun day out while they take care of the housework. To everyone’s surprise, Peggy accepts the offer and requests Wendi tag along, with the ulterior motive of teaching her a lesson. Meanwhile, Eddie enlists the help of his brothers to clean up and keep Mike out of the house while Wendi and Peggy are out. Elsewhere, Pat introduces Timmy to his secret dog.

black-ish - "Purple Rain" (ABC, 9:00PM ET/PT)
The family is shocked to learn that Jack and Diane are not familiar with the iconic music of Prince. One by one, each member of the family works to explain Prince’s tremendous impact on their lives through his music.

Splitting Up Together - "War of the Wagners" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
Lena and Martin’s escalating battle for control of the house is put on hold when Milo announces he wants to go to a school for the gifted – to which they think he will not be accepted. Meanwhile, they both meet a contractor for the house, Vlad, but Lena undermines him and scares Vlad away. Things get uglier between Lena and Oliver after she introduces a new member to the family as payback for all the back-and-forth about the house. Elsewhere, Lena and Martin give conflicting advice to Mason on how to deal with his recent breakup.

The Guest Book - "Two Steps Forward, One Step Back" (TBS, 10:30PM ET/PT)
Mike and his family hate spending every summer in a subpar vacation home far from the beach; in order to afford paying a booking fee for their dream house, the Barefeet Retreat, Mike pulls double shifts and ends up paying more than he bargained for.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of November 12)

Tuesday, November 13

  • Jason Mantzoukas (The League) - Catch Jason on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Jenifer Lewis (black-ish/The PJs) - Jenifer appears on Comedy Central's The Daily Show with Trevor Noah at 11pm.
  • Taran Killam (Single Parents) - Taran visits E!'s Busy Tonight at 10pm.
  • Paul Shaffer (A Year at the Top) - Paul stops by The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • The Cast of The Conners - Michael Fishman, John Goodman, Lecy Goranson, Laurie Metcalf and Maya Lynne Robinson are guests on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Jamie Foxx (The Jamie Foxx Show) - Jamie previews the film Robin Hood on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Tig Notaro (One Mississippi) - Tig appears on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Tatyana Ali (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air/Love That Girl!) - Tatyana talks about her upcoming two Holiday movies for Lifetime and Hallmark on E!'s Daily Pop at 12pm.
  • Damon Wayans Jr. (Happy Together/Happy Endings/New Girl) - Damon is a guest on Rachael Ray, so check your local listings.
  • Bryan Cranston (Malcolm in the Middle) - Bryan talks about The Upside Down and Network on NBC's Today sometime between 7-9am.
  • Ashley Tisdale (The Suite Life of Zack & Cody/Clipped) - Ashley appears on the BUILD Series at 4pm.


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

The Beverly Hillbillies - The Official Fifth Season The Love Boat - Season Four - Volume One Saved by the Bell - The Complete Collection Alice - The Complete Eighth Season Step by Step - The Complete Third Season

10/02 - The Beverly Hillbillies - The Official Fifth Season
10/02 - Bob's Burgers - The Complete 6th Season
10/02 - Bob's Burgers - The Complete 7th Season
10/02 - Bob's Burgers - The Complete 8th Season
10/02 - Ghosted - The Complete First Season
10/02 - The Love Boat - Season Four - Volume One / Volume Two
10/02 - Police Squad! - TV and Movie Collection
10/02 - Saved by the Bell - The Complete Collection
10/16 - Community - The Complete Series (Mill Creek)
10/23 - Alice - The Complete Eighth Season
10/24 - The Odd Couple (2015) - Season Two
10/24 - The Odd Couple (2015) - Season Three
10/31 - The Bad News Bears - The Complete Series - All 26 Episodes
11/01 - Episodes - Season 5
11/05 - Robin Williams - Comic Genius (includes Mork & Mindy)
11/06 - American Dad! - Volume 13
11/20 - Step by Step - The Complete Third Season
11/27 - What I Like About You - The Complete Third Season
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