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 The outdated property needs an open floor plan, space for a laundry room and a dining area that has room for everyone.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