Tuesday, July 31, 2018

YouTube at TCA 2018 Summer Press Tour; Marvel's Hulu Series to Re-air on Freeform

YouTube

YouTube showcased its upcoming Original series and announced renewals for 2018/2019. From ambitious projects and compelling documentaries showcasing YouTube stars, to inventive comedies, bold dramas and live events featuring from some of the biggest names in Hollywood, YouTube continues to offer innovative programming that engages its audience. Since the launch of YouTube Originals in 2015, Original content has been viewed more than 650 million times. There is even a comedy series1 Every rapper has a crew he can't live without... and vice versa. In this new comedy starring Adam Pally (Happy Endings, The Mindy Project), Sam Richardson (Veep, Detroiters) and guest starring Jay Pharoah (Saturday Night Live, Ride Along), we see how long the crew can survive without being in the limelight. This Untitled Pally/Richardson comedy will debut exclusively on YouTube Red in 2019.

Other items of note include Weird City, a half-hour comedic sci-fi anthology co-created by Academy Award and Emmy Award winning writer Jordan Peele and Emmy Award nominated writer Charlie Sanders (Key and Peele). The six-episode series is an anthology set in the not-too-distant future metropolis of Weird. Each episode is an exploration of issues that pertains to present day life, stories that could only be told now through the prism of sci-fi and comedy. Special guest stars include: Sarah Gilbert, Ed O'Neill, Dylan O'Brien, Rosario Dawson, Michael Cera, LaVerne Cox, and LeVar Burton, among others. The wildly-popular and critically-acclaimed hit series Cobra Kai from Sony Pictures Television and Overbrook Entertainment returns for season two. And Foursome: five months after they return from Beach Island, the seniors have already graduated and its the last summer that the Foursome is going to be together. Foursome stars Jenn McAllister (All Night), Rickey Thompson (Betch), Cameron Moulene (Faking It), Monica Sherer (Betch), Rahart Adams (Pacific Rim: Uprising), John Milhiser (Saturday Night Live), and Maddy Whitby (Betch).


Marvel's Runaways

Freeform announces its programming schedule for August 2018, which includes the season two premiere of the Freeform comedy Alone Together and the summer finales of the critically acclaimed series Marvel's Cloak & Dagger and The Bold Type. In addition, Hit Hulu Original series Marvel's Runaways will also air an encore presentation of its first season premiere on Thursday, August 2, following the season finale of Marvel's Cloak & Dagger. Additional programming arriving to Freeform this month includes the Freeform premieres of Disney's Cinderella (2015), Daddy Day Care, and The Bourne Ultimatum.

Monday, July 30, 2018

TCA Summer 2018 Press Tour: Lifetime and Hallmark Channel

Lifetime

Lifetime, the #1 cable network with original movies with the top four titles* this year and the only basic cable network to earn a 2018 Emmy nomination in the limited series or movie category for Flint, announces an expanded programming slate spanning movies, scripted series and unscripted programming. Continuing the tradition of creating award-winning and culturally-relevant movies, Lifetime will increase the overall number of movies to 75 for 2019. As part of the expansion, Lifetime signs a major production deal with one of the most trusted names in news, Robin Roberts, for a series of movies and documentaries under the banner, Robin Roberts Presents to debut next year.

Additionally, the network is in development on several book franchises, including the previously announced Jane Green three picture deal. The first movie, Tempting Fate, stars Alyssa Milano and is directed by Kim Raver and Manu Boyer, who also executive produce the trio of films. Other books being made into Lifetime Original Movies include the Seven Deadly Sins anthology by Victoria Christopher Murray. Lifetime has re-teamed with T.D. Jakes and has commissioned the first three books - Lust, Envy and Greed - to debut next year. V.C. Andrews' beloved novels also join Lifetime's 2019 lineup, with five book series about the twisted relationships of the Casteel Family being turned into movies. The first of the movies, V.C. Andrews' Heaven, stars Annalise Basso, Julie Benz, Chris William Martin, and Chris McNally. Additionally, Lifetime has completed production on Somebody's Someone, starring Ginnifer Goodwin and Angela Fairley, based on the memoir of Regina Louise, detailing her life as a young black girl who was denied adoption by the one woman who loved her the most, simply because she was white. Penn Badgley stars as Joe Goldberg in Lifetime's new scripted series, YOU, from Greg Berlanti and Sera Gamble. Ahead of the first season debut of the psychological thriller YOU on September 9, from Greg Berlanti and Sera Gamble, Lifetime has renewed the series for a second season. Season two will follow Joe Goldberg (Penn Badgley) as his search for love takes him to Hollywood where dreams can be made or shattered. Based on Caroline Kepnes' follow up novel Hidden Bodies, season two of the series is expected to begin production in Los Angeles later this year.


Hallmark Channel

Hallmark Channel, the country's leading provider of family-friendly entertainment, stakes its claim as the weekend destination for all-new, original programming every Saturday and Sunday for the remainder of 2018. The new offering features six autumnal-themed premieres as part of the network's highly rated "Fall Harvest" event, as well as 22 new, original holiday movies premiering during the #1 "Countdown to Christmas" slate. "Fall Harvest" kicks off Saturday, September 22, and features celebrated favorites including the third installment of the All of My Heart movie series starring Lacey Chabert (Mean Girls, Party of Five) and Brennan Elliott (Unreal). The season culminates with the network's longest-running movie franchise Good Witch Halloween starring Catherine Bell (Army Wives, JAG), Bailee Madison (The Fosters) and James Denton (Devious Maids, Desperate Housewives). The network's highly rated "Countdown to Christmas" franchise features 22 movies, including network debuts by world-renowned country artists LeAnn Rimes and Kellie Pickler. As cable's #1 holiday destination, Hallmark Channel will continue to bring holiday cheer and the spirit of the season to families across the nation.

Hallmark Channel is in development on an all-new, one-hour special Christmas in America from Executive Producer Candace Cameron Bure, which will premiere during Countdown to Christmas in 2018. Cameron Mathison joins Debbie Matenopoulos as the new co-host for Home & Family leading up to season seven. Home & Family, currently in its sixth season, is a three-time Daytime Emmy(R)-nominated lifestyle series with new, original episodes Monday through Friday (10a.m. ET/PT, 9C - 12p.m. ET/PT, 11C) on Hallmark Channel. Home & Family returns for season seven this September on Hallmark Channel with all-new DIY events celebrating Fall Harvest and Hallmark's most wonderful time of the year, Countdown to Christmas. And finally, Rebecca Romijn will serve as the network's ambassador of Adoption Ever After. The network's corporate pet initiative, Adoption Ever After, is committed to educating the public about the many rewards of pet adoption in hopes of inspiring viewers to open their homes and hearts to shelter pets.

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows; This Week in Sitcoms (Week of July 30, 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 July 30-August 3, 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, July 30
  • Mila Kunis (That '70s Show/Family Guy) - Watch Mila on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Zachary Quinto (So Notorious) - Zachary appears on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Jace Norman (Henry Danger) - Jace visits The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Tom Arnold (Roseanne/The Tom Show/Tom) - Tom is a guest on a repeat of Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Jeff Garlin (The Goldbergs/Curb Your Enthusiasm) - Jeff appears on Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Patricia Clarkson (Davis Rules) - Patricia talks about Sharp Objects on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Ashton Kutcher (The Ranch/Two and a Half Men/That '70s Show) - Ashton is a guest on a repeat of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Shiri Appleby (Sunday Dinner/Knight & Daye) - Shiri appears on a repeat of Steve, so check your local listings.
Tuesday, July 31
  • Christian Slater (Breaking In) - Catch Christian on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Alicia Silverstone (American Woman) - Alicia drops by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Henry Winkler (Happy Days/Monty/Out of Practice/Barry) - Henry visits Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Kelsey Grammer (Frasier/Cheers) - Kelsey appears on a repeat of Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Chris Messina (The Mindy Project) - Chris chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation) - Amy and Nick are guests NBC's Today in the 10am hour. They will also be on a repeat of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Tig Notaro (One Mississippi) - Tig appears on a repeat of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Whoopi Goldberg (Whoopi/Bagdad Cafe) - Whoopi is a guest on a repeat of Harry, so check your local listings.
  • Mila Kunis (That '70s Show/Family Guy) - Mila talks about The Spy Who Dumped Me on NBC's Today sometime between 7-9am.
  • Laura Benanti (The Detour/Go On/Starved) - Laura joins Clinton Kelly to create a delicious dish on a repeat of ABC's The Chew at 1pm ET/12pm PT/CT.
  • Topher Grace (That '70s Show) - Topher appears on the BUILD Series at 4pm.
Wednesday, August 1
  • Betty Gilpin (GLOW/Nurse Jackie) - Watch Betty on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Adam Pally (Making History/The Mindy Project/Happy Endings) - Adam stops by The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Mila Kunis (That '70s Show/Family Guy) - Mila visits The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS. She will also be on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Christian Slater (Breaking In) - Christian stops by The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Thomas Lennon (The Odd Couple/Sean Saves the World/Reno 911!) - Thomas appears on a repeat of Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Ashton Kutcher (The Ranch/Two and a Half Men/That '70s Show) - Ashton is a guest on a repeat of Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory) - Jim appears on a repeat of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Jay Pharoah (White Famous) - Jay is a guest on a repeat of Harry, so check your local listings.
  • Carly Chaikin (Suburgatory) - Carly appears on a repeat of Harry, so check your local listings.
  • Keshia Knight Pulliam (Tyler Perry's House of Payne/The Cosby Show) - Keshia is a guest on a repeat of The Real, so check your local listings.
  • Burt Reynolds (Evening Shade) - Burt appears on a repeat of Steve, so check your local listings.
  • Lena Waithe (Master of None) - Lena is a guest on a repeat of Steve, so check your local listings.
  • Garcelle Beauvais (The Jamie Foxx Show) - Garcelle is part of the guest panel on a repeat of Steve, so check your local listings.
  • Busy Philipps (Vice Principals/Cougar Town) - Busy appears on a repeat of The Doctors, so check your local listings.
  • Sky Katz (Raven's Home) - Sky chats about the season 2 premiere of Raven's Home on the BUILD Series at 1pm.
Thursday, August 2
  • Ray Romano (Everybody Loves Raymond) - Catch Ray on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Bobcat Goldthwait (Unhappily Ever After/Capitol Critters) - Bobcat visits The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Ashton Kutcher (The Ranch/Two and a Half Men/That '70s Show) - Ashton is a guest on a repeat of The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Phil Rosenthal (Creator of Everybody Loves Raymond) - Phil appears on a repeat of Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Jodie Foster (Paper Moon/The Bad News Bears) - Jodie is a guest on a repeat of Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Jerry O'Connell (We Are Men/Carpoolers/My Secret Identity) - Jerry talks about WGN America's Carter on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan (check your listings) and on NBC's Today in the 10am hour..
  • Mila Kunis (That '70s Show/Family Guy) - Mila appears on a repeat of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Jenna Fischer (Splitting Up Together/The Office) and Oliver Hudson (Splitting Up Together/Rules of Engagement) - Jenna and Oliver are guests on a repeat of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • J.J. Totah (Champions) - J.J. appears on a repeat of The Wendy Williams Show, so check your local listings.
  • Ken Marino (Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later/Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp/Marry Me/Men Behaving Badly) - Ken talks about Dog Days on Couch Surfing on PeopleTV at 8am.
  • Lori Loughlin (Fuller House/Hudson Street/Full House) - Lori talks about Hallmark Movies & Mystery Channel's Garage Sale Mystery on NBC's Today in the 10am hour, on E!'s Daily Pop at 12pm and on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 11:30am ET.
Friday, August 3
  • Rob Reiner (All in the Family) - Watch Rob on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation) - Amy appears on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Louie Anderson (Baskets/The Louie Show/Life with Louie) - Louie is a guest on a repeat of Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Kate Walsh (Bad Judge/The Drew Carey Show) - Kate appears on a repeat of The Wendy Williams Show, so check your local listings.
  • Tracy Morgan (The Last O.G./30 Rock/The Tracy Morgan Show) - Tracy is a guest on a repeat of
  • Garcelle Beauvais (The Jamie Foxx Show) - Garcelle is part of the guest panel on a repeat of Steve, so check your local listings.
  • Melissa Peterman (Baby Daddy/Reba) - Melissa guest co-hosts Access Live, so check your local listings.
  • Adam Pally (Making History/The Mindy Project/Happy Endings) - Adam talks about Dog Days on Chatter on PeopleTV at 8pm.
  • Jerry O'Connell (We Are Men/Carpoolers/My Secret Identity) - Jerry talks about WGN America's Carter on the BUILD Series at 1pm and on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 11:30am ET.
  • Mila Kunis (That '70s Show/Family Guy) - Mila talks about The Spy Who Dumped Me on NBC's Today in the 10am hour.
  • Sean Hayes (Will & Grace/Sean Saves the World) - Sean speaks out about his terrifying health scare and his fight against hearing loss on a repeat of The Dr. Oz Show, so check your local listings.

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Sitcoms Airing This Week

Sunday, July 29

The Simpsons - "Fears of a Clown" (Fox, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Bart goes to prankster rehab after a clown-mask prank terrifies the town and destroys Krusty's career; Krusty tries his hand at serious drama with a regional theater company.

Bob's Burgers - "Sleeping with the Frenemy" (Fox, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Tina sets Tammy up with Brett, a boy from out of town; Gene loses his baby tooth and must find a replacement to complete Linda's collection.

Family Guy - "Veteran Guy" (Fox, 9:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
After Peter and the guys get caught pretending to be military veterans, a judge sentences them to join the U.S. Coast Guard.

Bob's Burgers - "The Hurt Soccer" (Fox, 9:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
After forgetting that they signed up Louise for a soccer league, the Belchers must help her prepare to play in the season's last game; Linda and Gene seize an opportunity to turn the restaurant into a piano bar.


Monday, July 30

Mom - "A Seafaring Ancestor and a Bloomin' Onion" (CBS, 8:00PM 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.

Life in Pieces - "Thirty-Five Teacher Escape Lottery" (CBS, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
When Jen and Greg hire Clementine as a part-time nanny for Lark and invite her to join them for dinner, the waitress mistakes Jen for Lark’s grandmother. Also, Tyler’s new girlfriend turns out to be Sophia’s fourth grade teacher; John hires a questionable company to set up an escape room in his house; and Matt grows frustrated with Colleen when she blames a valet for stealing her lottery ticket.

Andi Mack - "Keep a Lid on It" (Disney Channel, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Ham reveals surprising news to Andi and Bex; Jonah tries out for a regional league Ultimate team.

In The Cut - "The Ring Bearer" (Bounce TV, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Cheryl misplaces her wedding ring; Kenny inadvertently gets caught up in a love triangle.


Tuesday, July 31

Splitting Up Together - "Pilot" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
In the premiere episode, “Pilot,” after breaking the news to their friends and family about their divorce, Lena has to deal with her son Mason’s growing pains. Meanwhile, Martin, still feeling guilty about refusing to dance with Lena at their wedding, secretly tries to atone for his oversight and surprise his ex-wife with new moves.

Splitting Up Together - "Street Meat" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
While Lena gets ready to go out on a first date with a handsome man whose sexual chemistry is undeniable, Martin finishes his dance lessons with Charlotte and attempts to try to fix things with Lena on what would have been their 16th wedding anniversary. Meanwhile, Mason is being teased by his friends for not being as sexually active as they claim to be; and to prove that she would be a good mom, Maya attempts to watch over Lena and Martin’s kids, with questionable results.

Splitting Up Together - "Soups Jealous" (ABC, 9:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Lena goes out on another date with Wes, whom she’s smitten with; but unbeknownst to her, Martin is doing his best to take care of a sick Milo. Meanwhile, Maya makes a decision on whether or not to become a single mother.

Splitting Up Together - "Nevertheless... She Went Clubbing" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Unbeknownst to Lena and to her dismay, Martin starts to date a familiar face and surprisingly begins to see the world of relationships through brand-new eyes. Meanwhile, Lena tries to show she’s a good role model to her kids by proving a point and faking a night out on the town.

Splitting Up Together - "Letting Ghost" (ABC, 10:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Martin and Lena are thrilled when they hear that Mae has won the lead in the school musical but are surprised to learn that she has been confiding in the school psychiatrist, Dr. Rydacto (guest star Fred Armisen), about her feelings toward how not divorced they are acting. Meanwhile, Martin has reservations about how fast his relationship with his girlfriend is going and asks Mason for girl advice.

Splitting Up Together - "Heat Wave" (ABC, 10:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
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.

Younger - "The Bubble" (TV Land, 10:00PM ET/PT)
After the holidays, Liza adjusts to a new normal. Maggie confronts buried issues. Kelsey course-corrects her love life.

Teachers - "For Poorer or Poorer" (TV Land, 10:35PM ET/PT)
Ms. Watson gets evicted and Toby lets her move in to his place. Ms. Snap joins a dating website for well-to-do older men, and Ms. Bennigan deals with the awkwardness of seeing a student outside of school.

Raven's Home - "The Most Interesting Mom in the World" (Disney Channel, 8:30PM ET/PT)
While doing a school report on their mother, Booker and Nia lie about Raven's life to make their presentation seem more exciting.


Wednesday, August 1

The Goldbergs - "Parents Just Don't Understand" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Adam and Barry decide to write a song like the iconic “Parents Just Don’t Understand” and call it “Dads Just Don’t Care.” When they don’t get the reaction they expect from Murray, the boys take appropriate steps to make amends. Meanwhile, Beverly keeps calling Erica in college but she wants space from her mom. Beverly is forced to take drastic measures to change that.

The Goldbergs - "Goldbergs on the Goldbergs" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Beverly confronts Coach Mellor who reveals his strained relationship with his own brother Coach Nick, so she intervenes prompting Nick to face off with Rick. Adam and Barry join in, each one siding with one of the coaches. After a fight breaks out, Beverly points out to Adam and Barry this could be them as adults. Meanwhile, Geoff and Erica struggle with their relationship long distance.

Modern Family - "Spanks for the Memories" (ABC, 9:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
When Jay overhears Gloria on the phone talking about spanking, he assumes she is frustrated in the bedroom. When he attempts to light the spark again by giving her exactly what she wants, he realizes he might have made a mistake. Meanwhile, now that Mitchell has an amazing new job, he and Cam throw a party to rub it in Cam’s friends’ faces so they can no longer give him “the look of pity”.

American Housewife - "It's Hard to Say Goodbye" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Katie and Greg struggle to help the kids accept loss as a family friend suddenly passes away and as their pet pig, Hans Gruber, must be returned to his natural habitat.

Alone Together - "Crypto" (Freeform, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Esther tries to recover her Bitcoin money from an ex.

Alone Together - "Pootie" (Freeform, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Esther gets a big break at her new job, a 50s diner.


Thursday, August 2

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 - "A Sneeze, Detention, and Sissy Spacek" (CBS, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
When flu season hits Medford, Sheldon takes extreme measures to remain healthy.

American Woman - "Jack" (Paramount Network, 10:00PM ET/PT)
Kathleen grapples with some new information she's learned about Greg; Bonnie has a health scare; Diana gets some disappointing news at work.


Friday, August 3

none scheduled


Saturday, August 4

Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn - "Quadspiracy Theory" (Nickelodeon, 8:00PM ET/PT)
When Nicky, Ricky, and Dawn discover that Britt has been hanging out with their friends without them, they start to question his motives.

Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn - "Lasties with Firsties" (Nickelodeon, 8:30PM ET/PT)
After Mae gets accepted to a new boarding school, Dawn is desperate to make lasting memories with her best friend before she leaves; Nicky and Ricky secretly audition new best friends for Dawn.


Sunday, August 5

none scheduled

Complete TV Listings

Saturday, July 28, 2018

SitcomsOnline Digest: Reboots of Norman Lear Shows in the Works?; Disney and Fox Merger Approved by Shareholders

Welcome to SitcomsOnline Digest! It seems that Sony is interested in some reboots of classic Norman Lear series, although we'll see how far that goes. Also, we're hearing about a new role for Judith Light in a Facebook Watch series, a major update on the Disney and Fox merger, and more. Let's get going!

HIGHLIGHTS FROM SITCOMSONLINE.COM AND AROUND THE WEB
  • To add to the current era of reboot fever, Norman Lear has signed a deal with Sony in which some of his classic series such as All in the Family, The Jeffersons, Good Times, and Maude could be reimagined into new series. (Entertainment Weekly)
  • Nashville has been sort of forgotten since ABC cancelled it and new episodes began airing on CMT, but the final episode of the series recently aired, and Connie Britton returned to be part of it. (Vulture)
  • Judith Light has been cast in Queen America, an upcoming Facebook Watch series. (Deadline)
  • CBS has been known for the drama programming that they have aired over the years, but lately, the drama has spilled over into the leadership. This week, there are sexual misconduct allegations against Les Moonves, which may potentially lead to a total restructuring of CBS and Viacom. (The New Yorker)
  • Meanwhile, shareholders of Disney and Fox have both approved the merger of the two entertainment companies, though there are still a few more hurdles to go through before everything is finalized. (Variety)
  • We're almost convinced that she is doing something new every week so that we'll cover her at least once a week, but Roseanne went on Hannity this week to attempt to explain things yet again. (NPR)
  • Married... with Children and The Steve Harvey Show will be joining the getTV lineup in the fall. (SitcomsOnline)

HOME MEDIA HIGHLIGHTS

  • This is definitely not a release that we would have anticipated, but ClassicFlix is bringing all 26 episodes of the 1957 TV series Blondie to DVD in Blondie - The Complete 1957 Television Series, which will arrive on September 18.

WEEKLY PLANNER (JULY 28 - AUGUST 3)
  • Hunter will be airing on Decades all this weekend.
  • The reality competition show Making It debuts on NBC on Tuesday.
  • Casual will return to Hulu on Tuesday with the final season.
  • The second season of Alone Together arrives Wednesday on Freeform.

Friday, July 27, 2018

Fri-Yay: What Direction Are Sitcoms Headed In?; REELZ Fall 2018 Slate Includes John Ritter Special

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!

The Good Place

by Vincent

In my last column, I discussed sitcom's past, and which decade represented the best that sitcoms had to offer. In this column, I'll be taking a look at where I think sitcoms are headed as we head towards the end of the 2010s into a new decade.

If we look back at the 2010s as a decade for sitcoms, you'll notice that, with the exception of The Big Bang Theory (which is the decade's most popular sitcom for sure but almost seems at odds with the rest of the most popular sitcoms of the decade), single-camera sitcoms were dominant. The decade was defined by shows like Modern Family and Parks and Recreation - and, when these shows premiered, their single-camera mockumentary format was inventive and fresh. Now, however, we've seen that format become somewhat overplayed and fall in popularity. The most popular and acclaimed sitcoms of the current moment are shows like Superstore, Brooklyn Nine-Nine and The Good Place. These shows are still single-camera, but - while being unique for other reasons - are a bit more traditional in their storytelling format. However, these shows all have very unique, well-defined characters and fast-paced humor, so I would expect that to continue in the near future.

An interesting question mark is whether multi-camera sitcoms will make a comeback. The format has been slowly dying out, and seems to have hit its lowest point this decade - after single-cams began growing in popularity in the 2000s, the 2010s ramped up their production of them, particularly after shows like The Office and Modern Family became big hits, proving that single-camera sitcoms weren't just a niche trend, but something that could be transported to large audiences. CBS has really struggled to replace its multi-cam massive hit The Big Bang Theory with a similar replacement - most of their attempts to find "the next Big Bang Theory" have either started strong but wound up disappointing (such as 2 Broke Girls), completely misfired altogether (such as Kevin Can Wait). They found some success with the consistently solid performer Mom, but it's never quite been the giant hit CBS likely would want it to be. It's pretty telling that CBS's spin-off of Big Bang is actually a single-cam rather than a multi-cam. However, the revival of Roseanne, even with all of its controversy, may prove to be a turning point in favor of multi-camera sitcoms. Networks are desperate to find a show that appeals to wide audiences as much as the Roseanne reboot did without the political controversy, and considering how many viewers tuned into the multi-camera Roseanne reboot, a multi-camera sitcom could be the trick. Add that to the fact that Netflix's One Day at a Time and NBC's canceled but beloved The Carmichael Show have found a lot of fan and critical love, and the tides may be turning towards multi-camera sitcoms once again. So could the 2020s see a move back towards more traditional sitcoms? It's certainly possible, but I'd say that we should still expect the expiration of the 2000s and 2010s to continue - a balance of both, though, presents an interesting future for the sitcom.


Behind Closed Doors

REELZ announced its fall 2018 programming slate including new series, new specials, new episodes of returning series and the Stand Up To Cancer fundraising telecast airing for the first time on the network. Of note for us is their Behind Closed Doors specials. Every so often a star leaves an everlasting mark on culture and entertainment creating household names with stories that enthrall the public. This is especially true with the stories of John Ritter and Paul Walker who are the focus of two new Behind Closed Doors specials hosted by Natalie Morales. Rounding out the new specials is Casey Anthony showing viewers her shocking tale as told through unprecedented access to Anthony's inner circle and the law enforcement officials who worked the case.

Behind Closed Doors (New John Ritter episode premieres Saturday, September 8 at 9pm ET/ 6pm PT)- Behind Closed Doors original documentary specials hosted by Natalie Morales return with new episodes about the life and legacy of Three's Company star John Ritter and an intimate look at The Fast and the Furious star Paul Walker's life cut short by tragedy. Behind Closed Doors examines the lives of beloved celebrities utilizing the vast offerings of NBC News historical archives including rarely seen footage and revealing interviews with the celebrities themselves along with fresh interviews from those who knew or worked with them. Behind Closed Doors specials are produced by NBC News' Peacock Productions.

John Ritter: Behind Closed Doors premieres Saturday, September 8 at 9pm ET/ 6pm PT. As Jack Tripper on Three's Company, John Ritter established himself as one of the most gifted comedians of a generation, launching a prolific career in television and movies that would make him one of America's most beloved stars. But for a man so brilliant in comedy it was the tragedy of an undiagnosed aortic aneurysm that would cut his life short at just 54 years old. Through personal stories told by his closest friends and co-stars including Suzanne Somers, Joyce DeWitt, Henry Winkler, Peter Bogdanovich, Jimmy Kimmel and Kaley Cuoco, John Ritter: Behind Closed Doors reveals the generous spirit behind Ritter's undeniable talent, his legacy of laughter and his family's determination to save lives by raising awareness of the condition that caused his death. Paul Walker: Behind Closed Doors premieres Sunday, November 25 at 9pm ET/ 6pm PT. The Casey Anthony new documentary special premieres Sunday, December 9 at 9pm ET/ 6pm PT.

Thursday, July 26, 2018

getTV Acquires Married with Children and Steve Harvey; Jennifer Garner Gets HBO Comedy Series

Married with Children and The Steve Harvey Show

Sony Pictures Television's digital multi-cast network getTV has acquired two sitcoms from the Sony library. Married...with Children, launching Monday, September 17, 2018 and The Steve Harvey Show ('90s sitcom) launching Monday, October 1, 2018. No timeslot info is available just yet, the network says. The sitcoms join other Sony sitcoms such as All in the Family, Sanford & Son, Good Times and 'Til Death on the line-up. Married...with Children was last seen on digital on Antenna TV, while Steve Harvey is making its debut in this space. The network recently added drama Walker, Texas Ranger to its daytime lineup airing weekdays from 2-6pm. Stay with us for continued updates on getTV's Fall 2018 schedule.


Camping - David Tennant and Jennifer Garner

Starring Jennifer Garner (Love, Simon; Emmy(R) nominee and Golden Globe winner for Alias) and David Tennant (Jessica Jones, Doctor Who), the comedy series Camping launches its eight-episode season Sunday, Oct. 14, exclusively on HBO. The show is written and executive produced by Lena Dunham (creator and star of HBO's Girls), Jenni Konner (executive producer of HBO's Girls) and John Riggi, and is based on the British series of the same name created by Julia Davis and produced by Baby Cow Productions. The show will also be available on HBO NOW, HBO GO, HBO On Demand and partners' streaming platforms.

Camping follows a group of old friends as they arrive at the underwhelming Brown Bear Lake campsite to celebrate a landmark birthday, sparking heightened emotions, latent tensions (sexual and otherwise) and memories they'd rather forget. Other series regulars include: Juliette Lewis (Oscar(R) nominee for Cape Fear), Arturo Del Puerto (Independence Day: Resurgence), Ione Skye (Fever Pitch), Janicza Bravo (directing credits include Lemon and HBO's Divorce) and Brett Gelman (Stranger Things). The recurring cast includes Bridget Everett (Trainwreck).

Kathryn McSorley-Jodell (Jennifer Garner) is a controlling LA mom who is far less cheerful than her Lululemons imply. She directs the weekend's proceedings with an iron grip, until she's faced with a woman who undoes all her best-laid plans. Walt (David Tennant) is an obedient husband and a loving father, the reliable lynchpin of his male social group, but below that reality lurks a subtle but growing discontent about what he's just signed up for. Jandice (Juliette Lewis) is a woman of many talents: a DJ, a reiki healer and a certified public accountant. Her life may seem ideal, but the reality is far less. Smack dab in the middle of a midlife crisis, the recently separated Miguel (Arturo Del Puerto) now expresses his instability through a youthful wardrobe and very strange life choices.

Carleen (Ione Skye) has spent her life in the shadows as Kathryn's sister. Timid and terrified, she must rely on her own strange passions, such as crocheting, to get her through the lonely days. Nina-Joy (Janicza Bravo) is the friend you go to for everything: best massage, best jeans, best oatmeal. But her tension with Kathryn over a breach of confidence threatens to topple the weekend. George (Brett Gelman) is loyal, goofy and infinitely game. He's as obsessed with his best friend, Walt, as he is with his wife, Nina-Joy, and just under the surface of this affable boom operator simmers barely repressed rage that can stop any singalong. Harry (Bridget Everett) is the tough-talking, nature-loving queen of the campsite; her passion for her wife, Nan, is surpassed only by her passion for all other women and an assortment of arms.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

ABC Fall 2018 Premiere Dates; Wrecked Returns Aug. 7 for Season 3

ABC

The ABC Television Network will launch an exciting 2018-19 season with a slate of returning hit shows and several new series, beginning with the premiere of the 27th installment of Dancing with the Stars on Monday, Sept. 24 from 8-10pm, immediately followed by the highly anticipated season premiere of last year's No. 1 new drama, The Good Doctor at 10. This fall's new dramas A Million Little Things, which is about a group of friends coping with an unexpected loss, premieres Wednesday, Sept. 26 at 10pm; and The Rookie, starring Nathan Fillion as one of the newest - and oldest - police trainees in Los Angeles, premieres Tuesday, Oct. 16 at 10pm. That same night, ABC will launch two new comedies - The Conners, a spinoff of the groundbreaking show Roseanne at 8, and The Kids Are Alright at 8:30, inspired by creator Tim Doyle's Irish-Catholic upbringing in the turbulent '70s. Single Parents, which is about a group of adults who lean on each other to raise their children while trying to hold on to their personal lives, rounds out the new comedy slate, and premieres Wednesday, Sept. 26 at 9:30pm.

Dancing with the Stars: Juniors, which will pair celebrity kids with professional junior ballroom dancers, launches with a two-hour premiere on Sunday, Oct. 7 from 8-10pm. Rounding out the roster of new fall titles is The Alec Baldwin Show, featuring in-depth conversations with some of today's most intriguing personalities. Starring the three-time Emmy(R) winner, the hour-long show, which first aired as a sneak preview last March, will premiere Sunday, Oct. 14 at 10pm. Friday nights herald the return of TGIF on ABC, which first launched the iconic programming block nearly 30 years ago. The new TGIF premieres Oct. 5 and will feature Fresh Off the Boat at 8 and Speechless at 8:30pm on their new night, followed by Child Support with Ricky Gervais and Fred Savage, at its new time at 9pm.

Shark Tank celebrates its 200th episode and 10th season premiere on Sunday, Oct. 7 at 10pm, before moving to its regular timeslot the following Sunday, Oct. 14 at 9pm. ABC's longest-running prime-time drama series, Grey's Anatomy, kicks off its record-breaking 15th season with a two-hour premiere on Thursday, Sept. 27 from 8-10pm, followed by the fifth season premiere of How to Get Away with Murder at 10. Station 19 returns to the TGIT lineup the following Thursday, Oct. 4 at 9pm. American Housewife returns Wednesday, Sept. 26, at a new time at 8:30. Fan favorites America's Funniest Home Videos, black-ish, The Goldbergs, Modern Family and Splitting Up Together complete the fall lineup.


Wrecked

TBS comedy Wrecked premieres its third season on Tuesday, August 7 at 10 p.m. (ET/PT). This season, the Wrecked gang find themselves shipwrecked on a mysterious billionaire's private island where they're forced to hunt each other to the death in a basic-cable battle royale. Last season, pirates invaded the island. This was bad news for Danny, Owen and the other stranded airline passengers, who've only recently recovered from the loss of wi-fi, indoor plumbing and Steve's attempted takeover of the island. Season three stars Ally Maki, Asif Ali, Brian Sacca, Brooke Dillman, Jessica Lowe, Rhys Darby, Will Greenberg, and Zach Cregger, along with guest stars Rob Corddry, Eugene Cordero, Jonno Roberts, Karan Soni, Rachel House, Robert Baker, and Will Hines.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Lucy Nanny Marathon on COZI TV; Freeform Adds 3rd Original Film for 25 Days of Christmas

The Lucy Nanny Marathon

COZI TV is celebrating the legends of comedy with a special eight-hour, sixteen-episode "Lucy Nanny" marathon on Sunday, August 5 between 1 PM and 9 PM (check local listings). This will include eight of the most memorable episodes of Here's Lucy, followed by eight of the Lucy-est episodes of The Nanny, where Fran Drescher's inspiration – Lucille Ball – shines through. The programming event also celebrates the grand opening of New York State's newest landmark, The National Comedy Center, located in Lucille Ball's hometown of Jamestown, New York. The opening events for the new museum of comedy will run from August 1 to August 5 and include performances by Drescher, along with Amy Schumer, Lily Tomlin and many original cast members of NBC's Saturday Night Live.

Drescher drew inspiration from the work of Ball and her role in Here's Lucy while working on The Nanny. Admired by fans everywhere, these two comedic queens are joining forces for a very special night on COZI TV. The marathon will feature fan-favorite episodes of Here's Lucy such as Lucy and Johnny Carson, where Lucy Carter sneaks her family into a live taping of The Tonight Show hosted by Johnny Carson, only to win an audience contest, and with it, a free dinner at the same restaurant as Carson himself. The marathon will also feature hit episodes of The Nanny like The Whine Cellar, an unforgettable episode where Fran finds herself trapped in a wine cellar while the rest of the family celebrates Fran's mother's 50th birthday upstairs.

The marathon will also include two guest-starring appearances by Elizabeth Taylor: both her famous appearance alongside Richard Burton in Here's Lucy, as well as in The Nanny. The timings schedule is below:

Here's Lucy:
Mod, Mod Lucy (1:00 PM)
Lucy the Fixer (1:30 PM)
Lucy and Carol Burnett (2:00 PM)
Lucy and Johnny Carson (2:30 PM)
Lucy Meets the Burtons (3:00 PM)
Lucy Goes on Her Last Blind Date (3:30 PM)
Lucy Carter Meets Lucille Ball (4:00 PM)
Lucy Fights the System (4:30 PM)

The Nanny:
A Plot for Nanny (5:00 PM)
Maggie the Model (5:30 PM)
A Star is Unborn (6:00 PM)
Everybody Needs a Bubbly (6:30 PM)
The Whine Cellar (7:00 PM)
I've Got a Secret (7:30 PM)
Hurricane Fran (8:00 PM)
One False Mole and You're Dead (8:30 PM)


Freeform's 25 Days of Christmas

Freeform announced that production began on their third original holiday film, The Truth About Christmas, from MarVista Entertainment. The movie will premiere during Freeform's "25 Days of Christmas" annual programming event. The Truth About Christmas joins previously announced holiday originals Life Size 2, starring Tyra Banks and Francia Raisa, and No Sleep 'Til Christmas with Dave and Odette Annable.

Kali Hawk (New Girl) stars as Jillian, a successful political consultant, confident in her ability to put a spin on anything whose next big project is the upcoming mayoral campaign for her boyfriend, George (Damon Dayoub, Freeform's Stitchers). On the way to meet George's family for the first time during the holidays, an unusual confrontation with a toy store Santa results in a drastic change in Jillian where she can't stop herself from wildly spilling the truth. Ali Ghandour (Freeform's Alone Together) costars as George’s brother Blake, who believes you should always be true to yourself but thinks Jillian just might be losing it. Jillian must find a way to make it stop before her holidays, her job and her relationship are ruined.

Monday, July 23, 2018

Fresh Off the Boat Coming to Freeform and UPtv; Comedy Central Gets King of the Hill and The Cleveland Show

Fresh Off the Boat

Fresh Off the Boat reruns are coming to cable networks Freeform and UPtv later this year! No word on exact premiere dates, but could be late fall. Currently the series has 79 episodes through four seasons with the fifth season premiering this fall on ABC on Friday nights to kick-off TGIF. The series hasn't been sold yet for local broadcast syndication, but this cable deal could help that sell soon, as the series was eligible beginning this Fall. Fresh off the Boat is available also on Hulu with every episode on SVOD. The series is set in the late '90s. 1997 was a big year for Eddie Huang (Hudson Yang). He and his family vacationed in Taiwan, he had his first kiss, grieved the untimely death of his rap hero The Notorious B.I.G., graduated from middle school with his crew of misfits firmly intact and is ready to tackle the challenges of high school. Yet, just as the Huangs are finally settling into the suburban Orlando lifestyle, Louis (Randall Park) and Jessica (Constance Wu) make some big decisions that could change everything they know and love about the neighborhood they currently call home.


King of the Hill & The Cleveland Show

Comedy Central welcomes 20th Century Fox's Emmy(R) Award-winning King of the Hill and Emmy(R) Award-nominated The Cleveland Show to their stellar lineup. The #1 brand in comedy has acquired all thirteen seasons of the animated fan favorite King of the Hill, as well as all four seasons of the ensemble comedy The Cleveland Show. King of the Hill will premiere today (Monday, July 23) and The Cleveland Show is set to premiere in the fall.

King of the Hill, which originally aired on Fox from 1997 to 2010, depicts the life and times of Hank Hill, his family and their neighbors in the fictional suburb of Arlen, Texas, the heartland of America. A hard-working, loyal family man and proud Texan, Hank is assistant manager of Strickland Propane. He's an average Joe who sees himself as the voice of common sense and reason in a world of incompetent sales clerks, meddling bureaucrats and do-good liberals. Created by Mike Judge and Greg Daniels, King of the Hill is executive produced by Judge, Daniels, Howard Klein, Michael Rotenberg, John Altschuler and Dave Krinsky.

The Cleveland Show, which originally aired on Fox from 2009 to 2013, follows the Brown-Tubbs blended family headed by Cleveland and his sassy high-school-sweetheart-turned-second-wife Donna. The rest of the household includes Donna's boy-crazy teenage daughter, Roberta; the 5-year-old with an old soul Rallo; and the lovable-but-not-so-bright Cleveland Jr. The Cleveland Show is executive produced by Seth MacFarlane, Mike Henry and Rich Appel. Kirker Butler serves as Co-Executive Producer and Kara Vallow and Brandi Young produced the series.

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows; This Week in Sitcoms (Week of July 23, 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 July 23-27, 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, July 22
  • Sherri Shepherd (Trial & Error: Lady, Killer/Sherri/Less Than Perfect) - Catch Sherri on Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
Monday, July 23
  • Parker Posey (The Return of Jezebel James) - Watch Parker on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • John Cleese (Wednesday 9:30 (8:30 Central)) - John appears on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Janet Varney (Stan Against Evil/You're the Worst/Burning Love) - Janet is a guest on a repeat of Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Tracee Ellis Ross (black-ish/Girlfriends) - Tracee visits Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Rob Riggle (Rob Riggle's Ski Academy/Golan the Insatiable/Gary Unmarried) - Rob stops by Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • David Spade (rules of Engagement/8 Simple Rules/Just Shoot Me!) - David appears on a repeat of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Jackée Harry (Tyler Perry's The Paynes/The First Family/Sister, Sister/227) - Jackée is a guest on a repeat of Steve, so check your local listings.
  • Nikki DeLoach (Awkward) - Nikki guest co-hosts Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Katy Colloton and Katie O'Brien (Teachers) - Katy and Katie talk about TV Land's Teachers on the BUILD Series at 10am.
Tuesday, July 24
  • Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation) - Catch Amy on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Brian Huskey (People of Earth/Selfie) - Brian visits The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Tony Shalhoub (Wings/We Are Men) - Tony is a guest on Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Adam Pally (Making History/The Mindy Project/Happy Endings) - Adam appears on a repeat of 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 is a guest on a repeat of Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Lea Michele (The Mayor) - Lea appears on a repeat of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Burt Reynolds (Evening Shade) - Burt is a guest on a repeat of Steve, so check your local listings.
Wednesday, July 25
  • Alec Baldwin (30 Rock) - Watch Alec on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Michaela Watkins (Casual/Trophy Wife) - Michaela appears on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation) - Amy stops by Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC. She also talks about Making It on NBC's Today sometime between 7-9am.
  • David Spade (Rules of Engagement/8 Simple Rules/Just Shoot Me!) - David visits The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Tony Hale (Arrested Development/Veep) - Tony is a guest on a repeat of Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Tig Notaro (One Mississippi) - Tig appears on a repeat of Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Sutton Foster (Younger) - Sutton drops by LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Allison Janney (Mom/Mr. Sunshine) - Allison is a guest on a repeat of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Zach Woods (Silicon Valley/Veep/Playing House/The Office) - Zach appears on a repeat of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Christine Lakin (Hollywood Darlings/Step by Step) - Christine is part of the guest panel on a repeat of Steve, so check your local listings.
  • Marilu Henner (Taxi/Evening Shade) - Marilu will be on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 11:30am ET.
  • Alexa PenaVega (Ruby & the Rockits) and Carlos PenaVega (Big Tim Rush) - Alexa and Carlos talk about Hallmark Channel's Love at Sea on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT and on People Now on PeopleTV at 12pm.
  • Olivia Holt (I Didn't Do It/Kickin' It) - Olivia and Carla Hall are cookin’ up a comforting creation on a repeat of ABC's The Chew at 1pm ET/12pm PT/CT.
  • John Cho (Selfie/Kitchen Confidential) - John is a guest on the BUILD Series at 1pm.
  • Joely Fisher ('Til Death/Ellen) - Joely guest hosts Access Live, so check your local listings.
Thursday, July 26
  • Debra Messing (Will & Grace) - Catch Debra on The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation) - Nick visits The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Ed Helms (The Office) - Ed appears on a repeat of Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Miles Brown (black-ish) - Miles is a guest on a repeat of Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Peter Facinelli (Nurse Jackie) - Peter appears on the BUILD Series at 1pm and on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 11:30am ET.
  • Charles Esten (The Crew) - Charles talks about Nashville on People Now on PeopleTV at 12pm.
  • Niecy Nash (Getting On/The Soul Man/Reno 911!) - Niecy talks about Claws on Couch Surfing on PeopleTV at 8am.
  • Alan Alda (M*A*S*H) - Alan talks about Clear + Vivid on NBC's Today in the 10am hour.
  • Corey Feldman (The Bad News Bears/Madame's Place) - Corey exposes Hollywood’s dark side and reveals the secrets he’s kept for 20 years on a repeat of The Dr. Oz Show, so check your local listings.
  • Nicholas D'Agosto (Trial & Error: Lady, Killer) - Nicholas is a guest on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Christian Slater (Breakin In) - Christian appears on the BUILD Series at 2pm.
  • Joely Fisher ('Til Death/Ellen) - Joely guest hosts Access Live, so check your local listings.
Friday, July 27
  • Parker Posey (The Return of Jezebel James) - Watch Parker on a repeat of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Laura Linney (The Big C) - Laura stops by The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Kristin Chenoweth (Trial & Error: Lady, Killer/Kristin) - Kristin is a guest on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Andrew Rannells (girls/The New Normal) - Andrew appears on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Alan Alda (M*A*S*H) - Alan chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • John Cho (Selfie/Kitchen Confidential) - John discusses the film Searching on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Jennifer Lawrence (The Bill Engvall Show) - Jennifer is a guest on a repeat of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Garcelle Beauvais (The Jamie Foxx Show) - Garcelle is part of the guest panel on a repeat of The Jamie Foxx Show, so check your local listings.

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Sitcoms Airing This Week

Sunday, July 22

The Simpsons - "3 Scenes Plus a Tag from a Marriage" (Fox, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Homer and Marge recount the story of their transition from loving their life without kids to being miserable parents.

Bob's Burgers - "Mo Mommy Mo Problems" (Fox, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
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.

Family Guy - "V is for Mystery" (Fox, 9:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Stewie and Brian are detectives who embark on solving a string of mysterious murders set in Victorian-era London.

Ghosted - "Hello Boys" (Fox, 9:30PM ET/PT)
While trying to prove their worth to Capt. LaFrey, Leroy and Max finally get a lead on the whereabouts of Agent Checker; Leroy finds himself in the odd position of being the believer when Max loses faith that they have what it takes.


Monday, July 23

Mom - "Fish Town and Too Many Thank You's" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Bonnie is suspicious when her brother, Ray (Leonard Roberts), returns from rehab and strikes up a friendship with Adam, and Christy and Bonnie have a brush with the law when they take Ray’s fancy car for a joy ride.

Life in Pieces - "Waffle Permission Kidless Boyfriend" (CBS, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
When Heather tries to become Tyler’s cool best friend, things take an awkward turn. Also, Jen and Greg get their first overnight away from Lark; Matt and Colleen regret returning their wedding presents for cash when they learn what John and Joan hid inside their gift; and Tim goes overboard when keeping a watchful eye on Samantha and her boyfriend.

Andi Mack - "Buffy in a Bottle" (Disney Channel, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Andi and Cyrus miss Buffy and can't reach her after her move; Andi receives a handmade gift from Walker that upsets Jonah.

Stuck in the Middle - "Stuck in Harley's Quinceañera" (Disney Channel, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Harley enlists the help of the Littles to tackle what's left of her Buck-Kid List before she becomes an official adult.

In The Cut - "Looking Sharp" (Bounce TV, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Cheryl puts herself and Jay on a diet to get wedding-ready; Smitty receives a head injury that leaves him with a genius IQ.


Tuesday, July 24

The Middle - "The Royal Flush" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
In an attempt to get Frankie the best Mother’s Day gift ever, Sue and Brick enter a trivia contest where they could win a trip for two to London for the upcoming royal wedding; and Axl is offered a job interview that could change his life.

The Middle - "Split Decision" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
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 - "Black Math" (ABC, 9:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
When Junior is accepted to Howard and Stanford, Dre tries to convince him to attend his alma mater. Meanwhile, Jack develops a comedy style and Ruby decides she’s going to manage his career, forcing Diane to compete for her attention.

black-ish - "Junenteenth" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
The Johnsons go to Jack and Diane’s school play about Columbus Day, and Dre is dismayed by the historically inaccurate way that the holiday is portrayed. He feels like there aren’t enough black holidays, so he enlists Aloe Blacc at work to help him create a catchy song to raise awareness for a holiday worth celebrating, Juneteenth.

Younger - "A Christmas Miracle" (TV Land, 10:00PM ET/PT)
It’s Christmas in New York. Liza celebrates with Caitlin. Kelsey finds herself caught in a web of her own making. Charles makes up his mind.

Teachers - "The Book Challenge" (TV Land, 10:30PM ET/PT)
The Book Fair comes to Fillmore and Ms. Snap is inspired to be an author. Ms. Bennigan, Ms. Watson, and Mrs. Adler enjoy gawking when they hire a moving company called Moving Hunks.


Wednesday, July 25

The Goldbergs - "Spaceballs" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Adam tries to start a Mel Brooks club after he sees the movie “Spaceballs,” and Jackie mistakes his club advertisement for political satire and puts it in the school paper. Meanwhile, when Beverly and Pops come up for parents weekend at school, Erica plans on telling them an important decision she has made, but Murray surprises them and tags along.

The Goldbergs - "Hogan Is My Grandfather" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Adam is assigned a term paper on a great person in history, and he decides to make a movie about his grandfather but finds all of Pop’s war stories mundane. Pops takes matters into his own hands and decides to tell more exciting stories based on an old television series. Meanwhile, Erica returns home to confront Beverly for over-mothering her. Murray insists Beverly teach Erica and Barry basic life skills, but she worries Erica and Barry will be too independent.

Modern Family - "In Your Head" (ABC, 9:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
When Luke goes missing after a night out in a sketchy neighborhood, Manny, Phil and Gloria team up to track him down. Meanwhile, Haley is desperate to land an interview with the creator of a popular lifestyle website and interrupts Alex during one of her college classes. Alex’s professor, Arvin Fennerman (Chris Geere), then proceeds to try and give Haley a piece of his mind.

American Housewife - "The Mom Switch" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
After feeling unappreciated by Greg and the kids, Katie ditches her family for a day at her favorite hideaway spot and leaves Viv in charge of the household. Viv takes this as an opportunity to see if she really is mom material.

Young & Hungry - "Young & Magic" (Freeform, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Josh reveals he is a magician; Yolanda's prison pen pal wants to meet in person.

Young & Hungry - "Young & Yacht'in" (Freeform, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Gabi hits it off with the chef on Josh's new yacht and receives an amazing opportunity.


Thursday, July 26

The Big Bang Theory - "The Separation Triangulation" (CBS, 8:00PM 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.

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.

Trial & Error: Lady, Killer - "The Murder Clock" (NBC, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Josh's team continues to hunt for the potential murder weapon that would seal their timeline. The case takes a dramatic turn as their search leads them to two new suspects and some shocking news about Lavinia.

Trial & Error: Lady, Killer - "A Hole in the Case" (NBC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
As the trial begins, Josh and his team experience some hiccups in proving Lavinia's innocence to the judge. As soon as Josh thinks he's been able to find cause for dismissal of the case, Carol Anne argues to test the timeline herself, leading them to uncover a hidden passageway on Lavinia's property.

American Woman - "The Agreement" (Paramount Network, 10:00PM ET/PT)
A mysterious man from Greg's past puts a strain on Kathleen and Greg's relationship; two visitors disrupt Jessica's birthday party; Diana embraces her sexuality.


Friday, July 27

none scheduled


Saturday, July 28

Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn - "We'll Always Have Parasites" (Nickelodeon, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Dawn and Mae get jobs to help pay for a trip to Paris, but their plans get complicated when the boys discover that they can complain at restaurants and use it to their advantage.


Sunday, July 29

The Simpsons - "Fears of a Clown" (Fox, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Bart goes to prankster rehab after a clown-mask prank terrifies the town and destroys Krusty's career; Krusty tries his hand at serious drama with a regional theater company.

Bob's Burgers - "Sleeping with the Frenemy" (Fox, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Tina sets Tammy up with Brett, a boy from out of town; Gene loses his baby tooth and must find a replacement to complete Linda's collection.

Family Guy - "Veteran Guy" (Fox, 9:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
After Peter and the guys get caught pretending to be military veterans, a judge sentences them to join the U.S. Coast Guard.

Bob's Burgers - "The Hurt Soccer" (Fox, 9:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
After forgetting that they signed up Louise for a soccer league, the Belchers must help her prepare to play in the season's last game; Linda and Gene seize an opportunity to turn the restaurant into a piano bar.

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Saturday, July 21, 2018

SitcomsOnline Digest: Comedy Central Acquires Animated Comedy Favorites; Shout! to Release Saved by the Bell Collection With Previously Unreleased Episodes

Welcome to SitcomsOnline Digest! This week, we're learning of some new acquisitions for Comedy Central, new content from Sony classic TV favorites for a free streaming service that you may have never heard of, and news of Saved by the Bell DVDs that will actually bring an entire season worth of previously unreleased episodes to DVD. Let's get going!

HIGHLIGHTS FROM SITCOMSONLINE.COM AND AROUND THE WEB
  • Comedy Central has acquired King of the Hill (which will begin airing on Monday) and The Cleveland Show (which will begin airing in the fall), but for now, it appears that King of the Hill will be limited to late nights at awkward times. (Hollywood Reporter)
  • Pluto TV, a free live streaming service that you can watch on smart TVs and various streaming media devices, has announced a deal with Sony, and it will include TV titles such as Bewitched and Charlie’s Angels. (Deadline)
  • The Magnum, PI reboot and Hawaii Five-0 will have a crossover event to bring both shows in to the same universe. (TV Guide)
  • If you’ve got $1.85 million, you can buy the house used for the exterior on The Brady Bunch, and we’d really like to see somebody buy it who isn’t planning to tear it down. (Deadline)
  • Freeform and Up TV have both acquired reruns of Fresh Off the Boat. (Broadcasting & Cable)
  • Roseanne has made a video on YouTube that she recorded from her “own personal studio” (we assume that it’s her living room) where she explains why she thinks that she was fired, and it is clear that all is not well with her. (Deadline)
  • Rugrats is returning to Nickelodeon with new episodes. (SitcomsOnline)

HOME MEDIA HIGHLIGHTS
  • TVShowsOnDVD.com no longer exists as a website, but they do still exist on Facebook, and this week, they brought us news about Shout! Factory’s upcoming DVD release of Saved by the Bell - The Complete Collection, which will not only include every episode of the series, but will also include the previously unreleased Good Morning, Miss Bliss episodes as well as the long out-of-print Saved by the Bell: The College Years.

HOME MEDIA RELEASES (JULY 24)



WEEKLY PLANNER (JULY 21 - JULY 27)
  • The sixth season of Orange is the New Black comes to Netflix on Friday.
  • King of the Hill begins airing on Comedy Central very late on Monday night (or early Tuesday morning, depending upon how you look at it), at 3:40 AM.
  • This weekend, Decades is airing a binge of Ripley's Believe it or Not.

Friday, July 20, 2018

New Multicast Network Start TV Launches Sept. 3 with Female Dramas; Insatiable Premieres Aug. 10 with Debby Ryan and Alyssa Milano

Start TV

Weigel Broadcasting Co. announces the launch of the new multicast entertainment television network- Start TV, beginning Monday, September 3, 2018, in association with CBS Television Stations. Start TV showcases strong and resourceful female leading characters in a lineup of contemporary and proven procedural dramas. Each lead character and series embody a boldness and determination to "Start" leading the way, seeking the truth, solving the crime, and defending the innocent. The talented and award-winning leading actresses featured on the new Start TV Network include: Kyra Sedgwick, Patricia Arquette, Julianna Margulies, Christine Baranski, Bonnie Bedelia, Taraji P. Henson, and Jill Hennessy.

Start TV will launch with an original seven-day-a-week strip schedule. Episodes air every day at the same time, Monday through Sunday. This convenient format allows viewers to tune in and "Start" watching any day or time they choose. Headliner programs will be showcased with multiple episodes airing each day in multi-hour blocks.

CBS Television Stations will add Start TV to their stations over-the-air: WCBS New York, KCBS Los Angeles, WBBM Chicago, KYW Philadelphia, KTVT Dallas-Ft. Worth, KPIX San Francisco, WUPA Atlanta, WBZ Boston, KSTW Seattle, WTOG Tampa-St. Petersburg, WWJ Detroit, WCCO Minneapolis-St. Paul, WFOR Miami, KCNC Denver, KOVR Sacramento, KDKA Pittsburgh and WJZ Baltimore. Start TV will also be seen on cable outlets in each of these markets. Weigel Broadcasting Co. owned stations in St Louis, MO; Utah; Milwaukee, WI; Rockford, IL; and South Bend, IN will carry the Start TV Network. Bahakel Communications will also be an initial launch group with affiliates in Charlotte, NC; Columbia, SC; and Montgomery, AL. Combined, the Start TV Network will have 42% coverage of U.S. TV households at "The Start."

The following popular procedural drama series will air on Start TV. Network programming begins Monday, September 3, 2018:

· The Closer (5-8pm) starring Kyra Sedgwick as a Deputy Police Chief running the LAPD's Priority Homicide Division with an unorthodox style that helps her solve the toughest and most sensitive cases.
· The Good Wife starring Julianna Margulies and Christine Baranski follows a woman who must return to work as a lawyer to provide for her family, after her husband is jailed following a political scandal. Series begins January, 2019 (11pm).
· Medium (11am-2pm) starring Patricia Arquette as a suburban mom who balances family life while solving mysteries with her special gift for communicating with the deceased.
· Crossing Jordan starring Jill Hennessy as a brilliant medical examiner who goes above and beyond to solve cases despite her spotty career and mercurial ways. Series begins January, 2019 (11am-2pm).
· Cold Case (2-5pm) starring Kathryn Morris as a lone female detective who finds her calling by unraveling and re-thinking previously unsolved, older crimes.
· Profiler (11pm-1am) starring Ally Walker as an exceptional doctor working with Federal agencies to investigate and solve violent crimes. Haunted by tragedy, she also searches for her husband’s elusive killer.
· The Division (8-10pm), starring Bonnie Bedelia, Taraji P. Henson, and Nancy McKeon as very different female cops in San Francisco trying to find success in their personal and professional lives.

Other series include: Touched by an Angel (5am-8am), Dr. Quinn (8am-11am), Family Law (10pm), Profiler (11pm-1am), Joan of Arcadia (1am) and Early Edition (2am-5am).


Insatiable - Debby Ryan

A former CW pilot had gotten a series order from Netflix, and now it has a premiere date. Insatiable, starring Debby Ryan, Dallas Roberts, and Alyssa Milano, launches globally on Netflix August 10, 2018. Insatiable is a dark, twisted revenge comedy starring Debby Ryan, Dallas Roberts, and Alyssa Milano. For years, Patty (Debby Ryan) has been bullied, ignored, and underestimated by those around her because of her weight. But now that she finds herself suddenly thin, Patty is out for payback against anyone who has ever made her feel bad about herself. Bob Armstrong (Dallas Roberts), a disgraced attorney whose true passion is coaching beauty pageant contestant, is the only one who sees Patty's potential, and takes her under his wing -- first as a legal client, and then as a pageant contestant whom he coaches toward becoming the top pageant queen in the country. But Bob and his wife Coralee (Alyssa Milano) have no idea how deep Patty's rage goes, or how far she will go to exact revenge on anyone who has ever wronged her. Bullies beware: payback's a bitch, revenge is sweet, and if you cross Patty, you'll be her next treat.

12 episodes have been ordered from creator Lauren Gussis, executive producers Lauren Gussis (co-exec producer on Dexter), Ryan Seacrest, Nina Wass (Shades of Blue), Andrea Shay, Todd Hoffman, Dennis Kim, and Andy Fleming. The series stars Debby Ryan ("Patty"), Dallas Roberts ("Bob Armstrong"), Alyssa Milano ("Coralee Armstrong"), Christopher Gorham ("Bob Barnard"), Erinn Westbrook ("Magnolia Barnard"), Michael Provost ("Brick Armstrong"), Kimmy Shields ("Nonnie"), Irene Choi ("Dixie Sinclair"), Sarah Colonna ("Angie").

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Showtime Gets Jillian Bell for Comedy; Rev Run Sitcom Preview

Jillian Bell

SHOWTIME has announced the casting of Jillian Bell (22 Jump Street) in a lead role of the half-hour comedy pilot The Wrong Mans, also starring and produced by Ben Schwartz (House of Lies) and written and executive produced by James Corden (The Late Late Show with James Corden), Mathew Baynton (Yonderland) and Ian Maxtone-Graham (The Simpsons). J.J. Abrams (Star Wars: The Force Awakens), BBC Studios' Angie Stephenson and Bad Robot's Ben Stephenson also serve as executive producers. Jim Field Smith (Episodes) is also executive producing and directing the pilot, which is based on the BBC series created by Corden and Baynton. The announcement was made today by Gary Levine, President of Programming, Showtime Networks Inc.

The Wrong Mans is an action-comedy about two ordinary office workers who have their menial existence turned upside-down by a chance phone call and a case of mistaken identity: "If you are not here by 5 o'clock, we will kill your wife." As the only people who can help, these two unlikely characters must find their inner hero in their quest to save not just themselves, but their loved ones and ultimately their whole town. Bell will play the part of Anna, based on the role (Phil) Corden played in the original. A co-worker of Sam (Schwartz), Anna is a somewhat deluded fantasist who lives with her mother and has such an empty life that she leaps at the opportunity to join Sam in saving the kidnapped woman. Whereas Sam just wants to get on with his quite ordinary life, Anna is desperate for excitement and extremely unrealistic about her capacity as an action hero.


We now have a video trailer for Rev Run's new sitcom. See below! All About the Washingtons is an autobiographical family multi-camera sitcom that follows Joey Washington (Joey Simmons/Rev Run) and his wife Justine Washington (Justine Simmons), playing fictionalized versions of themselves raising a family of four kids. After Joey decides to retire from a long career as legendary hip-hop royalty, DJ Joey Speed, his wife, Justine, takes advantage of the opportunity to pursue a career of her own now that Joey is available to focus on raising the kids and keeping the house in order.

The series stars: Joey Simmons aka Rev Run as Joey Washington, Justine Simmons as Justine Washington, Kiana Ledé as Veronica Washington, Nathan Anderson as Wesley Washington, Leah Rose Randall as Skyler Washington and Maceo Smedley as Deavon Washington. All About the Washingtons is produced by Amblin and ABC Studios for Netflix.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Rugrats Revived on Nickelodeon; Vanilla Ice Project Returns Aug. 11

Rugrats

Viacom flagship properties Nickelodeon and Paramount Pictures announced a relaunch of the iconic kids' TV series Rugrats, with a 26-episode greenlight from Nickelodeon, and a live-action film featuring CGI characters from Paramount Players. Both the TV series and the movie will include new adventures with beloved characters Tommy, Chuckie, Phil, Lil, Susie and Angelica, and will also introduce a new world of characters. Original creators Arlene Klasky, Gábor Csupó and Paul Germain will return to the TV series as executive producers. Nickelodeon's Rugrats will be produced in Burbank, Calif., with production already underway. Additional news of the TV series, airdate and casting--and Reptar sightings--will be announced in the coming months.

The Rugrats movie will be written by David Goodman and is set to be released on November 13, 2020 by Paramount Players, the division of Paramount Pictures that develops and produces co-branded feature films with Viacom's leading media networks. Rugrats is the seventh film title announced in connection with this cross-company initiative. Rugrats focuses on a group of toddlers, Tommy Pickles, Chuckie Finster, twins Phil and Lil DeVille, and Angelica Pickles, and their day-to-day lives that became adventures in their imaginations. The original Rugrats series launched in August of 1991 and instantly became a groundbreaking phenomenon, spawning consumer products, three hit theatrical releases and cementing its place in pop culture history through its iconic characters, storytelling and unique visual style. Rugrats was in production for nine seasons over the course of 13 years. The series earned four Daytime Emmy Awards, six Kids' Choice Awards and its own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.


Vanilla Ice Project

Pop icon Vanilla Ice, a.k.a. Rob VanWinkle, takes on another sensational house flip in a new season of his popular DIY Network series, The Vanilla Ice Project. Premiering on Saturday, Aug. 11, at 10 p.m. ET/PT, the fresh 10 episodes star Vanilla Ice and his team of "construction ninjas" as they transform a derelict 1970s house into an ultra-modern, state-of-the-art home with over-the-top amenities. This season of The Vanilla Ice Project is all about big risks and big rewards since the property boasts a 30-person hot tub, infinity edge pool with an epic waterfall, airport hangar, five-car garage and fully equipped gym.

The season features Vanilla Ice as he buys the Palm Beach pad for its spectacular location and converts it into a blinged-out home full of style. The renovation also hits a few snags along the way, including extreme weather conditions, countless inspections and a massive budget management challenge. However, Vanilla Ice and his team will build the property into a modern castle fit for royalty.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Guests Line Up for Caroline Rhea Series; UnREAL Season 4 Premieres on Hulu

Kate Flannery, John Michael Higgins and Caroline Rhea

As of yesterday (Monday, July 16) at 4 p.m., you can catch Sherri Shepherd, Marissa Jaret Winokur, Kate Flannery, John Michael Higgins, Camryn Manheim and more stop by to celebrate the launch week of Game Show Network's Caroline & Friends, which we first announced last month. Caroline & Friends, a new show hosted by Caroline Rhea, (Sabrina, the Teenage Witch) makes a game out of those hilarious and adorable videos you watch and send to your friends. The comedic, family-friendly series features our host Caroline guiding the audience through animal, kid and funny videos, while providing lighthearted conversation and commentary with her two comedic, celebrity friends. Caroline and her companions then nominate their favorites and ultimately the studio audience picks the 'best in show', earning the family who submitted the video a special prize.

Caroline & Friends premiered on Monday, July 16 at 4 p.m. ET on Game Show Network. New episodes of the half-hour series will air Monday through Friday at 4 p.m. ET.


UnREAL

Everlasting has moved its set to Hulu. In a new deal between Hulu and A+E Studios, the fourth and final season of fan favorite drama series, UnREAL, is now available to stream in its entirety on Hulu. The final installment joins Hulu's award-winning originals slate and brings together the complete UnREAL library, all on Hulu. As of yesterday, fans of UnREAL can immediately dive into the new season. The deal also brings the complete series together on Hulu, making it possible to discover, watch and re-watch all of the steamiest moments, most memorable elimination ceremonies and killer cliffhangers from throughout the show's four seasons.

Season four of UnREAL follows Rachel (Shiri Appleby) and Quinn (Constance Zimmer) as they return to the set of Everlasting for an "All-Stars" themed season. With former contestants, and a new format, this season is poised to be even more dramatic than ever. Co-creator Sarah Gertrude Shapiro and showrunner Stacy Rukeyser both return for Season 4. New cast members include François Arnaud, Natalie Hall, Meagan Holder and Alejandro Muñoz. Constance Zimmer returns as director for one episode, and Shiri Appleby directs two episodes, including the series finale.

Since its premiere on Hulu, UnREAL has consistently drawn in viewers who could not wait to watch the show. On average, viewers of the series are bingeing 3-4 episodes in one session, and complete full seasons in a matter days.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Celebrities Get Animated on Animal Planet; Freeform Drama Pilot Underway

Celebrity Animal Encounters

Whether it's on set, at home or far from civilization, the animated accounts of unexpected and surprising encounters between animals and the celebrities who lived to tell their stories are featured in Animal Planet's new series, Celebrity Animal Encounters which premieres Friday, July 27 at 10PM ET/PT. The series, which launched a handful of episodes in a limited run on Facebook Watch, drew almost four million views. All-new stories and all-new celebrity animal run-ins will be featured throughout the season.

In each episode of Celebrity Animal Encounters, actors, musicians, athletes and influencers share their personal encounters with animals which led to loveable, crazy, shocking, dangerous and outright hilarious moments that forever changed their lives. Kristen Bell explains the true story behind her now famous encounter with a sloth; Al Roker describes what it was like to be trapped in a tent by a bear who was desperate for his food; Whitney Cummings will keep audiences on the edge of their seats as she recounts her experience of battling a crew of coyotes who camped out in her yard, fixated on her newly adopted dog; and Danny Trejo reveals he truly has a heart of gold when he rescues a very lost and wayward dog who was in desperate need of love and a home. These are just some of the true stories featured in the new animated series. Other episodes will feature stories from Justin Hartley, Moby, Kate Micucci, Danny Trejo and Judy Greer, among others.


Freeform

Freeform announced that principal photography began on the Motherland (working title) pilot, a one-hour drama from executive producers Will Ferrell, Adam McKay and Kevin Messick. The pilot, created by Eliot Laurence, has started in Vancouver, Canada. Set in an alternate America where witches ended their persecution 300 years ago by cutting a deal with the U.S. government to fight for their country, Motherland (working title) follows three young women from basic training in combat magic into early deployment at Fort Salem. In this world, the traditional roles of gender and power are flipped with the more dominant women on the front lines fighting looming terrorist threats that are familiar to our world, but with supernatural tactics and weapons.

Taylor Hickson (Deadpool) portrays Raelle, a reluctant recruit with major authority issues, whose mother recently died in the line of duty. Kelcey Mawema (To All the Boys I've Loved Before) portrays Abigail, an unquestionably alpha, smart, driven and courageous witch who hails from the upper echelons of military witch society and is excited to be joining the ranks of the witches' army. Jessica Sutton (The Kissing Booth) portrays Tally, a kind, strong-willed and curious witch who enlisted despite her mother’s passionate disapproval. Amalia Holm (Alena) rounds out the young witch recruits, playing Scylla, a playful yet dark and mischievous recruit who is not what she appears to be. Also joining the ranks is Demetria McKinney (Tyler Perry's House of Payne) who plays Anacostia, an articulate, tough, wryly humorous staff sergeant whose chief concern is keeping the young recruits alive through basic training.


Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Monday, November 12

The Neighborhood - "Welcome to the Barbershop" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT)
When Dave drops by Calvin’s longtime barbershop, he’s quickly embraced by its owner and patrons, much to Calvin’s consternation.

Happy Together - "How Jake and Claire Met" (CBS, 8:30PM ET/PT)
When Cooper asks Jake and Claire how they met, Jake keeps embellishing the story of their college romance, while Claire points out the real details of their early relationship.

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Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of November 12)

Monday, November 12

  • Jamie Foxx (The Jamie Foxx Show) - Watch Jamie on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC. He will also be on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am.
  • Dan Fogler (Man Up!) - Dan is a guest on Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Rita Moreno (One Day at a Time/Happily Divorced/9 to 5) - Rita guest co-hosts The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Ashley Tisdale (The Suite Life of Zack & Cody/Clipped) - Ashley stops by ABC's GMA Day at 1pm. She will also be on Access Live, so check your local listings.
  • Michael Strahan (Brothers) - Michael dishes on whether he'll let his 14-year-old twin daughters start dating, and he's giving one deserving veteran a brand-new look from his clothing line on Rachael Ray, so check your local listings.
  • Jane Lynch (Angel from Hell) and Kate Flannery (The Office) - Jane and Kate give a special holiday musical performance on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Ben Vereen (Webster) - Ben talks about Star on the BUILD Series at 2pm.


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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