Saturday, October 20, 2018

SitcomsOnline Digest: Is Alice Next in Line for a Reboot?; CBS Gives Full Season to Three New Series

Welcome to SitcomsOnline Digest! We're already at that point in the new fall season where the pack is being separated: the winners versus the losers! Specifically, we're hearing about some of the winners this week, or the new series that have received full season orders. Still no verdict on any of the losers just yet, but we have some likely suspects for that (we'll leave you to guess). We're also hearing of the cancellation of a popular Netflix series and more. Let's get going!

HIGHLIGHTS FROM SITCOMSONLINE.COM AND AROUND THE WEB
  • Here we go again with another reboot project being floated, and this one is a very surprising one: Alice. (Variety)
  • CBS has given full season orders to three of the new series that debuted this fall, including The Neighborhood. (Hollywood Reporter)
  • A new sitcom is in development at Fox from the executive producer of The Middle, and it sounds a lot like a reboot of The Middle with a new cast and the father narrating instead of the mother. (Deadline)
  • Instead of asking what Matthew Broderick is doing, it might be better to ask what he isn't doing, as he currently slated to star in a Netflix project, recur on The Conners (as a love interest for Jackie), and recur on the FX series Better Things. (Deadline)
  • Orange is the New Black was a huge hit when it first debuted on Netflix, but just like creator Jenji Kohan's series Weeds, it isn't quite as big as it used to be, and now the final season is being planned for next year. (Vulture)
  • Forget the fall season, NBC is already prepping for mid-season in January. (SitcomsOnline)

WEEKLY PLANNER (OCTOBER 20 - OCTOBER 26)

Great News
  • More Halloween themed fun is in store on Decades this weekend, as they air a marathon of Thriller.
  • If you want to catch the Paramount Network series Heathers, which spent countless years in development only to be cancelled before it even began, you'll get your (maybe one and only) chance to see it in a newly censored version starting Thursday night on Paramount Network, where it will air as a five night event with two episodes per night.
  • You can catch the second season of Great News on Netflix starting on Thursday.
  • The second season of The Guest Book debuts Tuesday night on TBS.

Friday, October 19, 2018

Fri-Yay: New Sitcoms - What's Working and What's Not?; Brockmire Season 3 Brings Out the Stars

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 Conners

by Vincent

We're about a month into the new TV season, so it's about time we're getting a pretty good idea of what new sitcoms are taking off and what aren't quite yet. Of the crop, there are a few sitcoms that seem to have gotten out of the gate pretty well to a strong start. Those shows are The Neighborhood, The Cool Kids and The Conners. Expectations were not high for The Neighborhood, which received poor reviews and was given the tough task of leading off a night that hasn't done particularly well in the past few years. However, the show has maintained a consistently solid 1.2 in the 18-49 demo and seems to be attracted a consistent, steady amount of viewers. It isn't an out-of-the-gate smash, but it's exceeding expectations, and CBS is likely pleased with its performance. On another page, The Conners had sky high expectations that its premiere last night may not have quite matched - its premiere number was lower than any Roseanne number last year, but it was still the highest-rated broadcast on ABC so far this season by a comfortable margin, and one of the highest rated numbers on network TV in general (only the This Is Us season premiere bested it.) Even if it loses half of its audience, it would be a lock for another season. The Cool Kids has also enjoyed a strong lead-in from Last Man Standing, and is doing quite well for a Friday night series.

There are also some shows not doing so well. NBC's I Feel Bad, despite fairly positive reviews, hasn't managed to attract much of audience, falling to a measly 0.6 in its most recent airing. Similarly, Fox's Rel is not doing a good job of maintaining the solid and steady Animation Domination line-up, falling even further from them than The Last Man on Earth did last year (which was cancelled due to low ratings.) These are the sitcoms that are certainly on watch.

The jury is still out on some other shows, like CBS's Happy Together (it has hovered just around the 0.9 mark in the demo, which is OK but doesn't leave it much wiggle room) and ABC's The Kids Are Alright (which premiered well but also lost a lot of The Conners' audience.) In a few months, we'll check back to see how the race has changed - and who's still in it.


Brockmire

IFC announced details and guest stars for Season 3 of Brockmire, the critically acclaimed comedy series starring Hank Azaria as Jim Brockmire, the garrulous, recently-sober baseball announcer who's climbing his way back to the major leagues. Produced by Funny or Die, Brockmire is currently in production in Atlanta and will return to IFC in spring 2019 with eight all-new episodes. Returning stars include Amanda Peet as Jules, Brockmire's ex-girlfriend, Tyrel Jackson Williams as Charles, Brockmire's entrepreneurial best friend and Becky Ann Baker as Jean Brockmire, his weathered and tough-love older sister. New guest stars appearing in Brockmire Season 3 include (in alphabetical order):

· Former Kansas City Royals baseball player and Baseball Hall of Fame inductee George Brett and Emmy(R)-winning renowned sportscaster Bob Costas will both appear as themselves.
· Richard Kind (Red Oaks, Spin City) as Gus, Brockmire's new producer with questionable leadership skills.
· Tony Award(R) and Golden Globe(R)-winner Linda Lavin (Alice) as Lorraine, Brockmire's estranged mother.
· Tawny Newsome (The Carmichael Show) as Gabby, a NCAA Champion softball player and Brockmire's new partner in the announcing booth.
· Martha Plimpton (Raising Hope) as Shirley, Brockmire's no-nonsense Alcoholics Anonymous sponsor in Florida.
· Academy Award(R)-winner J.K. Simmons (Whiplash) as Matt "The Bat" Hardesty, a former baseball player turned sports announcer with a brash personality and loyal fan base in Florida.
· Christine Woods (Hello Ladies) as Maggie, a self-assured oncology nurse who enters Brockmire's life in an unexpected way.

Brockmire follows Jim Brockmire, a famed major league baseball announcer who suffered a notorious public breakdown after stumbling upon his wife's infidelity - a breakdown so bad that "Brutal Brockmire" became a viral internet meme. Season 1 began a decade later, as Brockmire looked to reclaim his career and reputation by calling games for the Morristown Frackers, an underdog minor league baseball team. Despite finding happiness in Morristown alongside his girlfriend/team owner Jules, Season 2 began with a newly-single Brockmire calling games in New Orleans and living with his co-dependent friend Charles... while fully indulging in the city's booze-riddled sins. When a drug-fueled night of partying with a stranger ends with a near-death experience, Brockmire realizes it's time to get sober once and for all. Season 3 takes place one year after his stint in rehab, with Brockmire doing play-by-play in the radio booth for the major leagues in central Florida while maintaining his brazen and narcissistic tendencies, despite actually being on the wagon. When an opportunity arises for Jim and his new co-host Gabby to take over as lead broadcasters in Oakland, he must fight to change his ever-present amorality.



Thursday, October 18, 2018

ABC Picks Up Single Parents for Full Year; Netflix Gets Tia Mowry and Loretta Devine Sitcom

Single Parents

Hit freshman comedy Single Parents has been given a full-season order. In the Live + 3 Day ratings, ABC's Single Parents is the No. 2 new comedy of the season in Adults 18-49, behind only ABC's The Conners, and ranks No. 2 in its highly competitive Wednesday, 9:30 p.m. half-hour. On average through its first three episodes, the ABC freshman comedy is drawing an audience of 5.6 million viewers and is delivering a 1.6/7 in Adults 18-49. The series is from 20th Century Fox Television and ABC Studios. JJ Philbin and Elizabeth Meriwether are creators and executive producers. Katherine Pope, Erin O'Malley and Jason Winer are also executive producers. The series stars Taran Killam as Will Cooper, Leighton Meester as Angie D'Amato, Kimrie Lewis as Poppy Banks, Jake Choi as Miggy Park, Marlow Barkley as Sophie Cooper, Tyler Wladis as Graham D'Amato, Devin Trey Campbell as Rory Banks, Mia Allan as Emma Fogerty, Ella Allan as Amy Fogerty and Brad Garrett as Douglas Fogerty. Single Parents airs Wednesdays at 9:30 p.m. ET on The ABC Television Network.

Loretta Devine and Tia Mowry

Netflix today announced that Emmy Award winner Loretta Devine (Grey's Anatomy, The Carmichael Show) and Tia Mowry (Sister, Sister, Instant Mom) are headlining the all-new, multi-generational live action comedy series Family Reunion, which recently kicked off production in Los Angeles. Family Reunion is executive produced and created by Meg DeLoatch (Fuller House, Eve) and directed by Eric Dean Seaton (Prince of Peoria, Modern Family). In the Netflix original series, Mowry plays Cocoa McKellan, a free spirited mother from Seattle. When she and her former football-playing husband Moz and their four children travel from their home in the big city to the small town of Columbus, Georgia for the McKellan Family Reunion, they get to know an extended family they didn't even realize they were missing. Devine plays the loving but strict matriarch of the family, M'Dear. Anthony Alabi (Raven's Home, Insecure) plays Mowry's husband. Rounding out the cast as the McKellan children are Talia Jackson as 14-year old Jade, Isaiah Russell-Bailey as 12-year old Shaka, Cameron J. "CJ" Wright as 10-year old Mazzi, and Jordyn James as 8-year old Ami. 

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Showtime Comedy Gets More Stars; Netflix Orders New Comedy from Novel Writer

Black Monday

The new SHOWTIME comedy Black Monday is adding to its guest star lineup with Emmy(R) and two-time Oscar(R) nominee Bruce Dern (Big Love), Melissa Rauch (The Big Bang Theory) and Horatio Sanz (Saturday Night Live, Glow) signing on, along with Julie Hagerty (Airplane, Instant Family), Vanessa Bell Calloway (Shameless, Saints & Sinners), Tim Russ (iCarly) and Jason Michael Snow (Book of Mormon). The 10-episode series is executive produced and stars Emmy(R) nominated and Golden Globe(R) winning actor Don Cheadle and stars two-time Tony(R) Award nominee and Grammy(R) winner Andrew Rannells (Girls) and Regina Hall (Girls Trip). Paul Scheer (The League) also stars. Creators David Caspe (Happy Endings) and Jordan Cahan (My Best Friend's Girl) serve as executive producers and showrunners. Emmy nominees Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg (Preacher, Superbad) are executive producers and directed the pilot. Currently in production, Black Monday will premiere in January.

Dern will play Rod, a legendary trader, while Sanz will play Wayne, a Wall Street wild man who works at Mo's (Cheadle) Jammer Group. Rauch will play Shira, the loving wife of trader Keith (Scheer). Hagerty is Jackie Georgina, the matriarch of a designer denim empire. Bell Calloway and Russ will play Dawn's (Hall) artist mother Ruth and professor father Walter. Finally, Snow is playing Mike, a Broadway actor. Previously announced guest star Kadeem Hardison (A Different World) will play Spencer, Dawn's husband. A co-production between Showtime and Sony Pictures Television, Black Monday guest stars also include Yassir Lester (Making History), Michael James Scott (Aladdin on Broadway) and Eugene Cordero (Kong: Skull Island), with recurring guest stars Casey Wilson (Happy Endings), Ken Marino (Wet Hot American Summer), and Kurt Braunohler (Bunk). Black Monday takes viewers back to October 19, 1987 - aka Black Monday, the worst stock market crash in the history of Wall Street. To this day, no one knows who caused it ... until now. It's the story of how a group of outsiders took on the blue-blood, old-boys club of Wall Street and ended up crashing the world's largest financial system, a Lamborghini limousine and the glass ceiling.


Netflix

Netflix has ordered Trinkets, a new series based on the young adult novel by Kirsten "Kiwi" Smith, who will serve as an executive producer. Netflix has ordered 10 half-hour episodes. When three teenage girls from different corners of the high school cafeteria find themselves in the same mandated Shoplifter's Anonymous meeting, an unlikely friendship forms. Elodie - the grieving misfit, Moe - the mysterious outsider, and Tabitha - the imperfect picture of perfection, will find strength in each other as they negotiate family issues, high school drama and the complicated dilemma of trying to fit in while longing to break out. Brianna Hildebrand (Deadpool, Tragedy Girls) stars as Elodie. Kiana Madeira (The Flash, Sacred Lies) stars as Moe. Quintessa Swindell stars as Tabitha. Odiseas Georgiadis (The Stand-In, Dr. Bird's Advice for Sad Poets) stars as Noah. Henry Zaga (13 Reasons Why) stars as Luca. Brandon Butler (13 Reasons Why) stars as Brady. Larry Sullivan (Big Little Lies, Scandal) stars as Doug. October Moore (Baskets, Grimm, Portlandia) stars as Vicky. Larisa Oleynik (Mad Men, Hawaii Five-O) stars as Shawn. 

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

NBC Sets January 2019 Lineup; Team Coco Heads to New York Comedy Festival

The Titan Games

Looking to begin the new year with off-the-charts alternative muscle, NBC's January lineup is set to include the premiere of The Titan Games, the new epic physical competition series from Dwayne Johnson and Dany Garcia; the debut of America's Got Talent: The Champions, the global winter edition of the network's summer powerhouse; and the second season of the highly popular series Ellen's Game of Games, from superstar executive producer Ellen DeGeneres. The Titan Games premieres Wednesday, Jan. 2 from 8-10 p.m. and will start airing in its regularly scheduled 8-9 p.m. timeslot beginning Wednesday, Jan. 9. The 10-episode will offer everyday people the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to compete in remarkable feats designed to test mind, body and heart.

America's Got Talent: The Champions

America's Got Talent: The Champions premieres Monday, Jan. 7 from 8-10 p.m. The series will bring together some of the world's best acts from the international Got Talent franchises, spanning 194 territories, and come to share their talents and compete against one another in an Olympics-style ultimate celebration of worldwide creativity and talent. The series, from NBC, Syco Entertainment and Fremantle, will feature the star-studded judges panel from America's Got Talent - executive producer Simon Cowell, Mel B, Heidi Klum and Howie Mandel - and will be hosted by Terry Crews. Ellen's Game of Games premieres Tuesday, Jan. 8 from 8-10 p.m. and will start airing in its regularly scheduled 8-9 p.m. time slot on Tuesday, Jan. 15.


TEAMCOCOHOUSE

Team Coco and TBS are bringing back the successful comedy pop-up which launched last July at San Diego Comic-Con. TEAMCOCOHOUSE will open its doors as part of the 15th annual New York Comedy Festival, on Wednesday, November 7 at SONY HALL, 235 W 46th St New York, NY 10036. The newest version of TEAMCOCOHOUSE will showcase a daily lineup handpicked by Conan – stand-ups, podcasts, musical acts, magicians, a talk show, and special appearances by friends of Team Coco, as well as O'Brien himself. TEAMCOCOHOUSE will feature Tig Notaro, Craig Robinson & The Nasty Delicious, Jenny Slate, Nicole Byer, Justin Willman, Sasheer Zamata, Chris Gethard, Scott Rogowsky, Gabe Liedman, Max Silvestri, and more.

TEAMCOCOHOUSE comes on the heels of the recently announced live tour Conan & Friends: An Evening of Stand-Up and Investment Tips. Team Coco is continuing to build on its joint venture with Turner by having a presence at the New York Comedy Festival, and aggressively increasing its footprint in linear, digital and live formats by collaborating with a team of established and up-and-coming comics to add comedy showcases, live tours, specials and podcasts. Each year, the New York Comedy Festival continues to celebrate comedy in all forms. Now in its 15th year, through events like TEAMCOCOHOUSE, attendees will continue to enjoy unique on-ground activations that elevate the traditional comedy show experience.

Monday, October 15, 2018

ABC Fall Pilot Review: The Kids Are Alright - Premieres Tuesday (Oct. 16); FX Gets New Comedy for 2020

The Kids Are Alright

The Kids Are Alright - Tuesdays at 8:30PM ET/PT on ABC
Premieres Tuesday, October 16, 2018 at 8:30PM ET/PT


by Vincent

Set in the 1970s, this ensemble comedy follows a traditional Irish-Catholic family, the Clearys, as they navigate big and small changes during one of America's most turbulent decades. In a working-class neighborhood outside Los Angeles, Mike and Peggy raise eight boisterous boys who live out their days with little supervision. The household is turned upside down when oldest son Lawrence returns home and announces he's quitting the seminary to go off and "save the world." Times are changing and this family will never be the same. There are 10 people, three bedrooms, one bathroom and everyone in it for themselves.

Cast Details:

Michael Cudlitz as Mike Cleary
Mary McCormack as Peggy Cleary
Sam Straley as Lawrence Cleary
Caleb Martin Foote as Eddie Cleary
Sawyer Barth as Frank Cleary
Christopher Paul Richards as Joey Cleary

Michael Cuditz (Mike) is an American actor, known for portraying John Cooper on the TNT drama series Southland, Sergeant Denver "Bull" Randleman on the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers, and Sergeant Abraham Ford on the AMC horror series The Walking Dead.

Mary McCormack (Peggy) is American actress who has had leading roles as Justine Appleton in the series Murder One as Deputy National Security Adviser Kate Harper in The West Wing, as Mary Shannon in In Plain Sight, and as Casey in the British comedy/drama series Loaded by Channel 4.

Sam Straley (Lawrence) is a young actor. Aside from a few guest appearances on Chicago PD, The Kids Are Alright will be his first major role.

Caleb Foore (Eddie) an actor, known for American Horror Story, Grey's Anatomy, and S Is for Revenge. This will be his first major starring role.

Sawyer Barth (Frank) is an actor known for films such as Super Dark Time, Bridge of Spies, and And Then I Go.

Christopher Paul Richards (Joey) is a young actor who has appeared in shows such as Me Myself and I, Billions, and Law & Order: SVU.

Pilot Plot:

"Pilot" (Airs Tuesday, Oct. 16 at 8:30PM ET)

Lawrence, the prodigal eldest Cleary son, returns home from the seminary and breaks the news to his family that he's dropping out for good, leaving Mike and Peggy upset and wondering why. Meanwhile, Timmy decides he wants to audition for a children's theatre production but when Peggy finds out where it's being held she forbids him from participating. Elsewhere, Eddie tries to keep his girlfriend a secret after Frank finds out and tries to blackmail him.

Analysis:

The Kids Are Alright is a perfectly fine show. It's the kind of show that anyone who tunes into the hyped Roseanne spin-off The Conners could leave on without finding much to complain about. These ABC family single-cams have achieved a base level of consistency at this point that you can't complain too much. They are a well-oiled machine, and they can comfortably rise to the level of "pretty good" without breaking a sweat. I could watch hours of these shows, even a lower-middle fare like The Kids Are Alright, and be happy, but with a show like The Kids Are Alright, I wouldn’t be taking much away from the time I spent with it, either. Unlike other ABC sitcoms like black-ish, Speechless, Fresh Off the Boat or even early seasons of Modern Family, there's not much here that feels like it's trying to be or say something of note. That's fine - not every show needs to. Shows like The Goldbergs and American Housewife aren't really, either, and they're doing perfectly fine, adequate work, and bringing in big audiences. But unlike those shows, The Kids Are Alright isn't particularly unique or have a "style" about it that distinguishes it from the rest of television. And that may be the series' greatest misstep.

The Kids Are Alright's success will likely live or die by the success of the rest of the ABC line-up. If the rest of the line-up holds up and The Conners is even a quarter as popular as the rebooted season of Roseanne last year, it will do fine - this is not a show that you feel the need to turn off if you are watching the rest of the line-up. However, it's also not one you would go out of your way to watch. And that may prove to be a problem. ABC's line-up is still doing well, but there are starting to be some cogs in the machine. Modern Family is slowly fading (though still doing well), The Goldbergs and black-ish are solid anchors but aren't quite the forces they were a few years ago, and obviously there is still a lot of doubt and uncertainty about the future of The Conners and the Roseanne brand name. Speechless and Fresh Off the Boat aren't doing so hot in the new TGIF slot (at least in live numbers), and American Housewife doesn't look to be "anchor show" material, at least not yet. ABC really needs to start building a future, and The Kids Are Alright isn't the type of show you do that with. It's...well, alright. The cast is alright, the jokes are alright, but it's hard to see too much to get excited about here.

Conclusion:

The Kids Are Alright is...alright. It's watchable, the cast is likable, and there are some funny jokes scattered about. But it's not particularly memorable, and the show's ho-hum concept may prevent it from ever becoming something to the likes of ABC's strongest family sitcoms. It's not a bad addition to the line-up, but it's also nothing to write home about.

Final Numbers (out of 5 stars):

Watchability: 3/5
Funniness: 3/5
Overall: 3/5

Discuss the show after you watch it on Tuesday, October 16, 2018 at 8:30PM ET/PT on our message board.

Related Links:

  • ABC.com Official Site
  • TV.com
  • epguides.com
  • Internet Movie Database
  • Wikipedia
  • The Kids Are Alright Photo Gallery

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  • FX

    Breeders, a new comedy series starring Martin Freeman and Daisy Haggard, has been ordered to series at FX. The 10-episode first season will premiere on FX in 2020 and is being produced by FX Productions, Avalon Television and Sky Original Productions. Breeders exposes the parental-paradox that it is possible, in the very same moment, to love your child to the horizon of the universe, while being apoplectically angry enough to want to send them there. Martin Freeman stars as a caring father discovering he's not quite the man he thought he was.

    Academy Award(R)-nominee and double Emmy(R) Award-winner Simon Blackwell (Veep, Back, Peep Show) is Showrunner. Breeders is created by Blackwell, double Emmy Award and Directors Guild of America-winner Chris Addison (Veep, The Thick of It, The Hustle) and Emmy and Bafta(R)-winning Martin Freeman (Fargo, Sherlock, Black Panther, Captain America: Civil War, The Hobbit, Cargo, Ghost Stories), who stars along with Daisy Haggard (Hang Ups, Episodes, Black Mirror). Executive producers are Blackwell, Addison, Freeman, Richard Allen-Turner, Rob Aslett, David Martin, Jon Thoday and Michael Wiggs. Breeders was commissioned for Sky by Zai Bennett, director of programmes, and Jon Mountague, head of comedy, with Josh Cole set to be the commissioning editor.

    Sunday, October 14, 2018

    Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows; This Week in Sitcoms (Week of October 15, 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 October 15-19, 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, October 15
    • Melissa McCarthy (Mike & Molly/Samantha Who?) - Watch Melissa on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS. She also talks about Can You Ever Forgive Me? on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am.
    • Judy Greer (Kidding/Married/Mad Love/Miss Guided) - Judy visits The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
    • Jane Levy (Suburgatory) - Jane is a guest on a repeat of Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
    • Heather Dubrow (Stark Raving Mad) - Heather stops by Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
    • Anthony Atamanuik (The President Show) - Anthony appears on Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
    • Ike Barinholtz (The Mindy Project) - Ike drops by LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
    • Kunal Nayyar (The Big Bang Theory) - Kunal is a guest on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
    • Ellie Kemper (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt/The Office) - Ellie appears on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
    • Busy Philipps (Vice Principals/Cougar Town) - Busy visits Access Live, so check your local listings. She will also be on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 11:30am ET.
    • Alec Baldwin (30 Rock) - Alec gives Rach the hilarious scoop on Justin Bieber and his niece, Hailey Baldwin – and revealing if he and his wife, Hilaria, want to have baby #5 together on Rachael Ray, so check your local listings.
    • Alyssa Milano (Who's the Boss?/Romantically Challenged) - Alyssa discusses the #MeToo movement one year later on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am. She will also be on ABC's GMA Day at 1pm.
    • Nico Tortorella (Younger) - Nico appears on People Now at 12pm.
    • Peyton List (Bunk'd/Jessie) and Ajiona Alexus (The Rickey Smiley Show) - Peyton and Ajiona are guests on Chatter on PeopleTV at 8pm.
    • Tyle Labine (Deadbeat/Animal Practice/Sons of Tucson) - Tyler will be on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 11:30am ET.
    • Tiffany Haddish (The Last O.G./The Carmichael Show) - Tiffany appears on NBC's Today in the 10am hour.
    • Nathan Fillion (Two Guys and a Girl) - Nathan talks about The Rookie on the BUILD Series at 2pm.
    Tuesday, October 16
    • John Krasinski (The Office) - Catch John on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
    • Kevin Hart (The Big House/Undeclared) - Kevin appears on a repeat of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
    • Eric McCormack (Will & Grace) - Eric is a guest on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
    • Kathryn Hahn (I Love Dick/Happyish/Transparent/Free Agents) - Kathryn stops by The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS. She will also be on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
    • Jameela Jamil (The Good Place) - Jameela appears on a repeat of Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
    • Melissa McCarthy (Mike & Molly/Samantha Who?) - Melissa drops by Comedy Central's The Daily Show with Trevor Noah at 11pm. She also talks about Can You Ever Forgive Me? on the BUILD Series at 12pm.
    • Jane Curtin (3rd Rock from the Sun/Kate & Allie) - Jane visits Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
    • Laurence Fishburne (black-ish) - Laurence chats on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
    • Nathan Fillion (Two Guys and a Girl) - Nathan talks about The Rookie on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am and on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
    • Katy Mixon (American Housewife/Mike & Molly) - Katy is a guest on The Real, so check your local listings.
    • Sara Gilbert (The Conners/Roseanne/Bad Teacher/The Big Bang Theory and John Goodman (The Connners/Roseanne/The Trouble in Normal, Ohio) - Sara and John are guests on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am.
    • John Leguizamo (The Brothers Garcia) - John appears on ABC's GMA Day at 1pm.
    • Heather Dubrow (Stark Raving Mad) - Heather is a guest on People Now at 12pm.
    • Candace Cameron Bure (Fuller House/Full House) - Candace visits NBC's Today in the 10am hour.
    • Fran Drescher (Happily Divorced/The Nanny/Living with Fran) - Fran talks about hosting Cancer Scchmancer's Master Class Health Summit on E!'s Daily Pop at 12pm.
    • Analeigh Tipton (Manhattan Love Story) - Analeigh talks about her movie Better Start Running on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
    Wednesday, October 17
    • Busy Philipps (Vice Principals/Cougar Town) - Watch Busy on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
    • Molly Shannon (Divorce/Kath & Kim/Cracking Up) - Molly is a guest on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
    • Constance Wu (Fresh Off the Boat) - Constance appears on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
    • Jamie Lee Curtis (Scream Queens/Anything But Love/Operation Petticoat) - Jamie Lee visits The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
    • Michael Fishman and Lecy Goranson (The Conners/Roseanne) - Michael and Lecy chat with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT. Michael, Lecy and Maya Lynne Robinson will be on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am.
    • John Goodman (The Conners/Roseanne/The Trouble in Normal, Ohio) - John stops by LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
    • Maya Rudolph (Forever/Up All Night) - Maya is a guest on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
    • Romeo Miller (Romeo!) - Romeo appears on The Real, so check your local listings.
    • Geoffrey Owens (The Cosby Show) - Geoffrey drops by Steve, so check your local listings.
    • Cedric the Entertainer (The Neighborhood/The Last O.G./The Soul Man/The Steve Harvey Show) and Tichina Arnold (The Neighborhood/Survivor's Remorse/Happily Divorced/Everybody Hates Chris/Martin) - Cedric and Tichina are guests on Access Live, so check your local listings.
    Thursday, October 18
    • Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep/The New Adventures of Old Christine/Seinfeld) - Catch Julia on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
    • Laura Benanti (The Detour/Go On/Starved) - Laura stops by The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
    • John Mulaney (Mulaney) - John appears on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
    • Meredith Hagner (Search Party/Men at Work) - Meredith is a guest on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
    • Maya Rudolph (Forever/Up All Night) - Maya drops by The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
    • Nick Kroll (The League/Cavemen) - Nick visits The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
    • Sanaa Lathan (Family Guy/The Cleveland Show/LateLine) - Sanaa appears on a repeat of Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
    • Busy Philipps (Vice Principals/Cougar Town) - Busy is a guest on Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
    • Stockard Channing (Out of Practice/The Stockard Channing Show/Stockard Channing in Just Friends) - Stockard visits Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
    • Jenna Fischer (Splitting Up Together/The Office) - Jenna appears on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
    • John Stamos (Grandfathered/Jake in Progress/Full House) - John talks about You on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
    • Chelsea Handler (Are You There, Chelsea?) - Chelsea stops by The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
    • Michael Fishman and Maya Lynne Robinson (The Conners/Roseanne) - Michael and Maya Lynne are guests on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 11:30am ET. Michael and Lecy Goranson can be heard on The Morning Mash Up on SiriusXM.
    • John Goodman (The Conners/Roseanne/The Trouble in Normal, Ohio) - John talks about The Big Lebowski reunion on NBC's Today sometime between 7-9am.
    • Bailee Madison (Trophy Wife) - Bailey talks about Hallmark Channel's Good Witch: Tale of Two Hearts on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
    Friday, October 19
    • Bryan Cranston (Malcolm in the Middle) - Watch Bryan on on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
    • Paul Shaffer (A Year at the Top) - Paul sits in with Cleto and The Cletones on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
    • Nick Jonas (Jonas LA) - Nick appears on a repeat of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
    • Melissa McCarthy (Mike & Molly/Samantha Who?) - Melissa makes a special appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
    • Kaley Cuoco (The Big Bang Theory/8 Simple Rules) - Kaley is a guest on a repeat of The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
    • Joel McHale (The Great Indoors/Community) - Joel appears on a repeat of The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
    • Regina Hall (Grandfathered/Second Generation Wayans) - Regina visits The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
    • Jameela Jamil (The Good Place) - Jameela stops by The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
    • Whitney Cummings (Whitney) - Whitney is a guest on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
    • Busy Philipps (Vice Principals/Cougar Town) - Busy drops by The Wendy Williams Show, so check your local listings.
    • Chloe x Halle (grown-ish) - Chloe x Halle are guests on The Real, so check your local listings.
    • Nicole Ari Parker (Second Time Around) - Nicole appears on Steve, so check your local listings.
    • John Stamos (Grandfathered/Jake in Progress/Full House) - John talks about You on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am and on GMA Day at 1pm.
    • Jamie Lee Curtis (Scream Queens/Anything But Love/Operation Petticoat) - Jamie Lee talks about Halloween on People Now at 12pm.
    • Ashley Johnson (Growing Pains/Phenom/Maybe This Time) and Ennis Esmer (You Me Her/Red Oaks) - Ashley and Ennis talk about Blindspot on the BUILD Series at 1pm and on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 11:30am ET.
    • Candace Cameron Bure (Fuller House/Full House) - Candace talks about her new children's book Candace Center Stage on E!'s Daily Pop at 12pm.

    All listings are subject to change. Visit our blog and main site for daily updated listings. Leave us comments on our message board or Tweet/Facebook us to let us know what you think of this Sunday feature! We do listen!


    Sitcoms Airing This Week

    Sunday, October 14

    The Simpsons - "Lisa Gets the Blues" (Fox, 7:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
    When the Simpsons' flight is rerouted to New Orleans, Lisa rediscovers her passion for jazz; Bart is intrigued by voodoo; Homer is intrigued by drinking.

    The Cool Kids - "Pilot" (Fox, 7:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
    A group of three retirement home friends are determined to prove that there is still much for them to accomplish in life despite their age, which makes them feel as though they have little left to lose whether they succeed or not.

    The Simpsons - "My Way or the Highway to Heaven" (Fox, 8:00PM ET/PT)
    God and St. Peter contemplate what merits a soul getting into heaven, while citizens of Springfield remember their divine encounters.

    Bob's Burgers - "Tweentrepreneurs" (Fox, 8:30PM ET/PT)
    Tina, Louise and Gene get a taste of business when they join the school's Tweentrepeneurs club; Bob and Linda find themselves outsmarted by a dine-and-dasher.

    Family Guy - "Pal Stewie" (Fox, 9:00PM ET/PT)
    Stewie quickly befriends a boy his age, but is devastated when he realizes he isn't invited to his birthday party; Peter and Lois attend a self-empowerment seminar.

    Rel - "One Night Stand" (Fox, 9:30PM ET/PT)
    Just when Rel thinks he can't move on from his ex-wife, he gets hit with a pleasant surprise; but after getting in over his head, he ends up taking advice from Brittany.


    Monday, October 15

    The Neighborhood - "Welcome to the Spare Key" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT)
    Dave gives Calvin a spare key to the Johnsons’ house in case of an emergency and is pleasantly surprised when the gesture is reciprocated – or so he thinks.

    Happy Together - "Let's Work It Out" (CBS, 8:30PM ET/PT)
    When Cooper has to get in shape for an underwear ad, Jake and Claire are inspired to ditch their junk food and join his ultra-healthy lifestyle. With the help of Cooper and his trainer, Antoine (Anders Holm), Jake and Claire go on the most intense diet and exercise program of their lives.

    Andi Mack - "Howling at the Moon Festival" (Disney Channel, 8:00PM ET/PT)
    Friends and family gather to celebrate the Harvest Moon Festival, but Jonah's mishap may spoil the evening; Celia attempts to one-up her sister, Mei, by announcing a special event; Andi and Jonah have a heart-to-heart talk about their relationship.


    Tuesday, October 16

    The Conners - "Keep on Truckin'" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
    A sudden turn of events forces the Conners to face the daily struggles of life in Lanford in a way they never have before.

    The Kids Are Alright - "Pilot" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
    Lawrence, the prodigal eldest Cleary son, returns home from the seminary and breaks the news to his family that he’s dropping out for good, leaving Mike and Peggy upset and wondering why. Meanwhile, Timmy decides he wants to audition for a children’s theatre production but when Peggy finds out where it’s being held she forbids him from participating. Elsewhere, Eddie tries to keep his girlfriend a secret after Frank finds out and tries to blackmail him.

    black-ish - "Gap Year" (ABC, 9:00PM ET/PT)
    After dropping Junior off at college, Dre and Bow are beside themselves when they find him back at home announcing his decision to take a gap year. Meanwhile, Jack and Diane begin to question whether they should still be sharing a room.

    Splitting Up Together - "Sign Language" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
    The morning after Lena and Martin sleep together, Lena searches for signs that they are or aren’t meant to be a couple. Their relationship is put to the test after she organizes a romantic beach getaway and it becomes apparent what’s meant to be. Meanwhile, Arthur and Camille trail Lisa Apple, hoping to determine if she is pregnant with Martin’s baby. Elsewhere, Maya struggles to decide if she should tell her new boyfriend, Frank, about her pregnancy.


    Wednesday, October 17

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

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

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

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

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


    Thursday, October 18

    The Big Bang Theory - "The Planetarium Collision" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT)
    When Amy doesn’t have time to work on super-asymmetry, Sheldon goes to great lengths to ensure she’s available to work with him even it if means accidentally sabotaging her career in the process. Also, Koothrappali doesn’t want Wolowitz to join him in hosting a show at the planetarium. Emmy Award winner Bob Newhart returns as Arthur Jeffries.

    Young Sheldon - "A Research Study and Czechoslovakian Wedding Pastries" (CBS, 8:30PM ET/PT)
    Dr. Sturgis (Wallace Shawn) recommends Sheldon and Missy for a university research study on twins, and Mary is unhappy when the test results go to Sheldon’s head.

    Mom - "Big Sauce and Coconut Water" (CBS, 9:00PM ET/PT)
    Christy is certain that Bonnie is in over her head when she invites a freshly paroled Tammy (Kristen Johnston) to stay with them.

    Murphy Brown - "Three Shirts to the Wind" (CBS, 9:30PM ET/PT)
    Murphy and the team weigh the pros and cons of accepting the offer to have the first interview with a headline-grabbing former White House senior advisor (David Costabile) who wants to promote his divisive book and agenda on “Murphy in the Morning.” Also, Avery moderates a lively political discussion on his show with locals in Buffalo, N.Y.. Original series cast member Charles Kimbrough returns as Jim Dial in his first of three episodes, and Merle Dandridge guest stars as the team’s arrogant network boss, Diana Macomber.

    Superstore - "Toxic Workplace" (NBC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
    Amy (America Ferrera) and Jonah (Ben Feldman) get combative to keep their new relationship hidden from their co-workers. Meanwhile, Glenn (Mark McKinney) spirals when he learns Kelly (Kelly Stables) wants to transfer to a new store, and Cheyenne (Nichole Bloom) struggles to organize a Cloud 9 carpool.

    The Good Place - "Jeremy Bearimy" (NBC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
    The group explores the three main branches of ethical thought.

    Will & Grace - "Tex and the City" (NBC, 9:00PM ET/PT)
    Will (Eric McCormack) and Jack (Sean Hayes) visit Jack’s grandson, Skip (guest star Samuel Faraci), in Texas to watch him perform at his church’s talent show. But when Jack learns Skip plans on singing “Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend,” he becomes afraid for his grandson’s safety. Karen (Megan Mullally) tags along to check out the portion of the border wall she sponsored, only to discover that Beverley Leslie (guest star Leslie Jordan) has claimed it as his own. Back home, Grace (Debra Messing) and Noah (guest star David Schwimmer) try to figure out if something is wrong in their relationship because their numerous attempts to have sex have failed.

    I Feel Bad - "I'm Vain A.F." (NBC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
    An upcoming launch party at GamePunch throws Emet’s vanity into overdrive. Intent on scrubbing a bad picture off the company website, Emet is dead set on redeeming herself and getting the perfect photo at this year’s party – that means getting her hair done, professional make-up and toning up a problem area: her husband.


    Friday, October 19

    Fresh Off the Boat - "Workin' the 'Ween" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
    Honey and Marvin ask Jessica and Louis to be baby Maria’s godparents, and Jessica offers to babysit her on Halloween night. But the Huangs are in for a spooky evening when they agree to help wean the baby off of her pacifier. Meanwhile, Eddie is hired by mattress store owner Harv (George Wendt, “Cheers”) for a job to make some extra money so that he can buy himself a car and ends up having to work in the creepy store all by himself on Halloween.

    Speechless - "I-N-- INTO THE W-O-- WOODS" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
    Maya’s Halloween becomes truly terrifying when JJ attends a rave in the woods. Ray joins Dylan’s Halloween heist determined to prove he’s more than a do-gooder. Meanwhile, Jimmy and Kenneth turn the DiMeo home into the neighborhood’s haunted house.

    Last Man Standing - "Bride of Prankenstein" (Fox, 8:00PM ET/PT)
    Mike and Chuck find the perfect target for a prank while working late on Halloween.

    The Cool Kids - "Sid Comes Out" (Fox, 8:30PM ET/PT)
    Margaret tries to convince Sid to come out to his son; Hank refuses to admit he needs glasses.

    Raven's Home - "Switch-or-Treat" (Disney Channel, 8:00PM ET/PT)
    Booker and Raven's psychic powers cause them to switch bodies on Halloween; when their Aunt Maureen comes to warn them, she inadvertently switches bodies with Nia's crush, Miles.


    Saturday, October 20

    Henry Danger - "Flabber Gassed" (Nickelodeon, 8:00PM ET/PT)
    After acting too confident before a fight, Kid Danger and Captain Man are sprayed with Flabber Gas making them powerless to defeat a new villain in Swellview; Schwoz puts the heroes in Exo-Suits which Charlotte and Jasper control.

    Knight Squad - "Fright Night" (Nickelodeon, 8:30PM ET/PT)
    After the Princess defies her father's orders and attends the Party of Darkness, the Shadow Ghost appears and threatens to possess her, forcing the Phoenix Squad to fight to save their friend.


    Sunday, October 21

    The Simpsons - "Flanders' Ladder" (Fox, 7:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
    Bart is struck by lightning and is visited by ghosts seeking closure only he can provide.

    Bob's Burgers - "The Wolf of Wharf Street" (Fox, 7:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
    On Halloween night, Linda tries to impress the kids by taking them to look for a wolf that has been terrorizing the town; an injured and medicated Bob believes that Teddy has turned into a werewolf.

    The Simpsons - Treehouse of Horror XXIX" (Fox, 8:00PM ET/PT)
    Homer wins an oyster-eating contest against the mythical Cthulhu; Springfield is overrun by plant body-snatchers; Lisa finally snaps; Mr. Burns opens a retirement home with some Jurassic upgrades.

    Bob's Burgers - "Nightmare on Ocean Avenue Street" (Fox, 8:30PM ET/PT)
    The kids set out for their regular Halloween shenanigans, but when everyone's candy bags start mysteriously disappearing, it's up to Tina, Louise and Gene to find the culprit.

    Family Guy - "Big Trouble in Little Quahog" (Fox, 9:00PM ET/PT)
    After Brian teases Stewie for being small, Stewie invents a shrinking machine that results in both of them shrinking to a microscopic size.

    Rel - "Halloween" (Fox, 9:30PM ET/PT)
    When Rel, Nat, Brittany and Dad get together to watch a scary zombie movie around Halloween night, the film sparks a lot of controversy amongst the group.

    Complete TV Listings

    Saturday, October 13, 2018

    SitcomsOnline Digest: Patricia Heaton Eyes a Return to TV With CBS Sitcom; VEI Announced Bad News Bears TV Series DVD Release

    Welcome to SitcomsOnline Digest! Fall is here and in full force, but there are yet still a few more fall season premieres to come... and we'll get those this week at ABC! Meanwhile, we've got news of a possible new sitcom for Patricia Heaton (you didn't think she was going away, did you?), another cast member leaving Shameless, and news of a rare sitcom release from VEI. Let's get going!

    HIGHLIGHTS FROM SITCOMSONLINE.COM AND AROUND THE WEB
    • Patricia Heaton may be taking a little time off from work for now, but she's ready to jump back into action with yet another new sitcom that is in development at CBS, Carol's Second Act. (Variety)
    • First, Emmy Rossum announced she was leaving Shameless, and now Cameron Monaghan has announced the same, leaving people to wonder how the show can go on with the existing characters. (Entertainment Weekly)
    • Actress Peggy McCay, who is mostly known for her long-running role on Days of Our Lives but also had guest starring roles in numerous sitcoms and primetime dramas, has died at age 90. (Hollywood Reporter)
    • Even if it was a memorable series that is still watched to this day, Steve Carrell says that new episodes of The Office wouldn't work in today's social climate. (Deadline)
    • Late Night with Seth Meyers will be going live on election night, with MSNBC's Chris Hayes to help discuss everything. (TVLine)
    • We're only barely out of the summer 2018 TV season (arguably it's still winding down as there are still a few fall series that haven't even debuted yet), but The CW is already looking ahead to next summer. (SitcomsOnline)

    HOME MEDIA HIGHLIGHTS
     The Bad News Bears - All 26 Episodes
    • It's been a very long time since VEI first announced they would be releasing several series from the CBS library on DVD, but they're still chugging along and getting them out, with the short-lived The Bad News Bears - All 26 Episodes announced this week. It will be released on October 31.

    WEEKLY PLANNER (OCTOBER 13 - OCTOBER 19)
    • Decades continues their Halloween themed weekend binges this weekend, with a marathon of Ghost Story/Circle of Fear.
    • Seth Meyers returns to his roots at Saturday Night Live tonight as the host.
    • The Alec Baldwin Show will officially premiere Sunday night on ABC, with guests Robert De Niro and Taraji P. Henson.
    • We're not done with fall premiere season, as the ABC Tuesday night lineup is nothing but season and series debuts, featuring The Conners, The Kids Are All Right, black-ish, Splitting Up Together, and The Rookie.

    Friday, October 12, 2018

    Fri-Yay: Superstore Season 4 At the Top of Its Game; Freeform's New Kickoff to Christmas Event

    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!

    Superstore

    by Vincent

    Last week, I talked about one of my favorite sitcoms on network TV, The Good Place. The Good Place's timeslot partner, Superstore, is my other choice for "best sitcom on TV" and, frankly, one of the best shows on TV. In the show's fourth season premiere, it gave a perfect example of why. "Back to School" was one of the absolute best season premieres I've seen in some time. It combined a great Superstore story with current events seamlessly, while progressing the show's story arc. And most importantly, it was packed to the brim with great jokes just as well-crafted as the plot they were a part of. Superstore's Season 4 premiere was the type of episode I would show to someone as an example of what the show is capable of. And unlike The Good Place, Superstore succeeds not by running away from sitcom conventions, but from playing to them and bringing a fresh perspective to them.

    In many ways, Superstore is an example of how the traditional sitcom format is still alive and well. It's hard to imagine the show having the same impact in any way that's not a weekly network sitcom. Spending so much time with the Cloud 9 crew is what allows us to relate to their life, and so much of Superstore is about relating to the well-crafted characters, as in many ways, the show intends them to stand in for the rest of America. Sure, plenty of shows covered the #MeToo movement, but only Superstore can bring it to the level of everyday Americans and capture the murky waters that they have to navigate each day, rather than viewing at it from a big, Hollywood level. Superstore isn't the only show that can cover hot topics, but it's truly one of the only shows that cares to cover these topics from the lens of normal, everyday Americans - which in some ways, makes its coverage of these topics feel more valid and more convincing. Also? Superstore is just really funny, with really lovable characters. The premiere ends in a bit of a plot twist that feels so earned and so genuinely thrilling. Ultimately, Superstore is a show that any sitcom fan should be watching - it's a traditional sitcom operating at the absolute top of its game, showing how excellent a sitcom truly can be.


    How the Grinch Stole Christmas

    As the Halloween season comes to a close, Freeform will continue to be the home for all holiday programming as the brand-new "Kickoff To Christmas" programming event starts on November 1. Adding a month full of holiday fun, the programming event will also include the premiere of the Freeform original film The Truth About Christmas, from MarVista Entertainment, airing Sunday, Nov. 25 from 9:00-11:00 p.m. EST/PST. In the film, 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) co-stars 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. View the full month's line-up of holiday magic!

    Thursday, October 11, 2018

    Showtime Isn't Kidding About Season 2 of Kidding; TBS Gets Another Unscripted Comedy

    Kidding

    SHOWTIME has ordered a second season of its comedy series Kidding, starring two time Golden Globe(R) winner and Emmy(R) nominee Jim Carrey in his first series regular role in more than two decades. Ordered for 10 episodes next season, Kidding is created by Dave Holstein (Weeds, Raising Hope). The first season of Kidding currently airs on Sundays at 10 p.m. ET/PT, with its season finale on November 11. Kidding centers on Jeff, aka Mr. Pickles (Carrey), an icon of children's television and a beacon of kindness and wisdom to America's impressionable young minds and the parents who grew up with him. But when this beloved personality's family begins to implode, Jeff finds no fairytale, fable or puppet will guide him through this crisis, which advances faster than his means to cope. The result: A kind man in a cruel world faces a slow leak of sanity as hilarious as it is heartbreaking. The series also stars Oscar(R), Emmy and Golden Globe nominee Frank Langella (Frost/Nixon), Oscar, Emmy and Golden Globe nominee Catherine Keener (Get Out), Judy Greer (Married), Cole Allen and Juliet Morris. Throughout the season, Jeff begins to push back against the limits of the well-oiled machine that is "Mr. Pickles' Puppet Time," and of his executive producer, Seb (Langella). Seb fears Jeff's mental state could ruin the branding empire they've built, and thus begins preparing the show for a life after Jeff, while Deirdre (Keener), the head puppet maker, grapples with her own professional and personal issues, including with her daughter, played by Morris. Greer stars as Jeff's estranged wife, and their son is played by Allen. Guest stars include Justin Kirk (Weeds), Ginger Gonzaga (I'm Dying Up Here) and Tara Lipinski.


    Misery Index

    Turner's TBS has ordered the comedy game show Misery Index, a new unscripted series inspired by the outrageously entertaining card game Sh*t Happens. Critically acclaimed and in demand comedy troupe The Tenderloins — Brian "Q" Quinn, James "Murr" Murray, Joe Gatto and Sal Vulcano — creators and stars of truTV's Impractical Jokers, cable's #1 original comedy series, have joined the series to help infuse comic relief. The game will feature two teams — each consisting of one contestant and two Tenderloins. Teams will compete against each other by attempting to determine the ranking of hilarious and miserable real-life events — from getting fired to accidentally sexting your grandfather — on a scale of 1-100. The network is adding 10 episodes of the half-hour comedy to its successful lineup of unscripted programs including Snoop Dogg Presents The Joker's Wild and Drop the Mic, the top two new unscripted cable comedies of 2017.

    Wednesday, October 10, 2018

    The CW Bulks Up for Next Summer; FX Brings Back Mr Inbetween for Season 2

    Burden of Truth - Kristin Kreuk

    Continuing to bulk up its slate of original summer programming, The CW Network has acquired the British action drama Bulletproof from Sky Vision and ordered second seasons of the legal drama Burden of Truth, starring Kristin Kreuk, and the fantasy-adventure series The Outpost; all are set to air in Summer 2019. The CW has also ordered new seasons of the hit magic series Penn & Teller: Fool Us and Masters of Illusion, and the classic improv comedy Whose Line Is It Anyway? for Summer 2019. Premiere dates and times will be announced later.


    Mr Inbetween - Scott Ryan and Damon Herriman

    Mr Inbetween, the new Australian series created by and starring Scott Ryan as the criminal-for-hire "Ray Shoesmith", has been renewed for a second season by FX Networks and FOXTEL. The second season will premiere in 2019, broadcasting day-and-date on FX in the U.S. and FOXTEL, Australia's leading cable network. In Mr Inbetween, Ryan plays "Ray Shoesmith", a father, ex-husband, boyfriend and best friend: tough roles to juggle in the modern age. Even harder when you're a criminal for hire. The six-episode season, written by Ryan and directed by Nash Edgerton, stars Ryan, Damon Herriman, Justin Rosniak, Brooke Satchwell, Jackson Tozer, Nicholas Cassim, Chika Yasumura and Matt Nable. Mr Inbetween aired last night, Tuesday, October 9 on FX with the final two episodes of the first season at 11:14 p.m. ET/PT and concluding at 12:19 a.m.

    Tuesday, October 09, 2018

    CBS Announces Cast for The World's Best; Bravo Gets Anthology Series

    The World's Best - RuPaul Charles, Faith Hill, James Corden and Drew Barrymore

    CBS announced an all-star lineup of Drew Barrymore, RuPaul Charles, James Corden and Faith Hill for The World's Best, a new global talent competition series from two of the most prolific unscripted producers in television, Mike Darnell (American Idol and Ellen's Game of Games) and Mark Burnett (Survivor, The Voice). James Corden, Emmy Award-winning host of The Late Late Show with James Corden, will host The World's Best and serve as executive producer, while Golden Globe Award winner Drew Barrymore, Emmy Award winner RuPaul Charles and Grammy Award winner Faith Hill will serve as the three American judges. The 10-episode series will premiere in 2019 on CBS.

    The World's Best is a first-of-its-kind global talent competition that features acts from every genre imaginable, from every corner of the planet. They not only have to impress the American judges, but will also need to impress the "wall of the world," featuring 50 experts from around the world and every field of entertainment to advance through the competition. Only one act will ultimately be crowned The World's Best.


    Dirty John - Connie Britton and Eric Bana

    Bravo Media's seductive scripted anthology Dirty John, starring Connie Britton and Eric Bana, premieres on Sunday, November 25 at 10pm ET/PT. Based on the articles and breakout true crime podcast with over 30 million downloads from Los Angeles Times reporter Christopher Goffard, the series tells the cautionary tale of how a whirlwind romance between Debra Newell (Britton) and the charismatic con-man John Meehan (Bana) spiraled into a frightening web of deception, denial and mental terror that nearly tore a family apart. Created by Alexandra Cunningham and directed by Jeffrey Reiner, the eight hour-long episodes are produced by Universal Cable Productions (UCP), in association with Los Angeles Times Studios and Atlas Entertainment. Debra Newell has a seemingly perfect life: she's successful, beautiful and lives in one of California's most desirable coastal cities, Newport Beach. The only thing missing is love. So when she finally meets charming and handsome doctor John Meehan, she's quickly swept into a whirlwind romance, much to the dismay of her daughters Terra (Julia Garner) and Veronica (Juno Temple). Their fast-tracked relationship creates tension between Debra and the girls, leaving them no choice but to investigate the stranger who has swept their mother off her feet. And with a fraught family history, the backstory of Debra and her mother Arlane (Jean Smart) provides insight into why she may have been so vulnerable to John in the first place. As Debra gets drawn deeper into his lies and sinister game of psychological manipulation, it results in horrific consequences for an entire family.

    The anthology series, Dirty John, received a two season, straight to series order from Bravo Media. The second season will be a based on an all-new story. Cunningham and Reiner both serve as executive producers along with Richard Suckle and Charles Roven for Atlas Entertainment; Mark Herzog, Christopher G. Cowen and Chris Argentieri for Los Angeles Times Studios; and series stars Connie Britton and Eric Bana.

    Monday, October 08, 2018

    News From 2018 New York Comic Con: Stan Against Evil, Lore, Siren, Riverdale and More!

    New York Comic Con

    It's time for a round-up of everything from New York Comic Con! IFC comedy Stan Against Evil raises hell at New York Comic Con after official season three trailer is revealed. New Episodes premiere Wednesday, October 31 at 10PM on IFC. Bang out some spells and spring some trapped souls this Halloween with the premiere of IFC's horror-comedy Stan Against Evil. In the all-new official Season 3 trailer, unveiled at New York Comic Con, catch a glimpse of the nightmarish moths, possessed puppets and evil plumbers (yeah, you read that right) swiftly taking over the quaint New England town of Willard's Mill. In addition, Stan Against Evil is celebrating its Halloween premiere in two all-new promos, one paying homage to some'thing' strange and another highlighting the debut of this season's must-have trick-or-treat masks. IFC's original horror-comedy series Stan Against Evil stars John C. McGinley as Stan Miller, the curmudgeonly retired police sheriff of Willard's Mill, and Janet Varney as Evie Barrett, the current sheriff determined to wipe out the demons that plague their town of Willard's Mill. Deborah Baker Jr. and Nate Mooney return to co-star as Denise Miller, Stan's absent-minded, do-good daughter, and Deputy Leon Drinkwater, Evie's right-hand man, respectively. Season 3 premieres Wednesday, October 31 at 10PM on IFC with eight all-new episodes.

    In a room of screaming fans during their New York Comic Con panel, Freeform announced that the sophomore season of the critically acclaimed mermaid drama Siren will premiere on THURSDAY, JAN. 24. Amazon Prime Video released an exclusive behind the scenes video of the highly-anticipated second season of Lore during the show's panel at New York Comic Con (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wx2j_r51rm0&feature=youtu.be). The panel, held in Hammerstein Ballroom, featured executive producers Gale Anne Hurd and Howard T. Owens, podcast creator Aaron Mahnke, showrunner Sean Crouch, and cast members Josh Bowman, Thomas Kretschmann, Alicia Witt and Elie Haddad. Season two of the critically-acclaimed Prime Original series Lore, adapted from Aaron Mahnke's award-winning podcast of the same name, premieres Friday, October 19 and stars Josh Bowman, Doug Bradley, Thomas Kretschmann, Paula Malcomson, Maimie McCoy, Jürgen Prochnow, Emmett Scanlan and Alicia Witt. Lore explores the real-life frightening and disturbing tales that have given rise to our modern-day myths and legends. The six-episode second season will feature new tales from the podcast, as well as original stories not yet available in podcast form. The anthology series will continue to interweave rich archival and mixed media sequences to complement the narrative segments.

    Fans of Riverdale will learn a little bit more about Jughead's family in season three, as his mother and sister shake things up with their own sneaky behavior. Gina Gershon (Bound) and newcomer Trinity Likins have been set for recurring roles as Gladys Jones and Jellybean "JB" Jones, respectively. They will debut on Riverdale during the Wednesday, December 12, 2018, episode at 8/7c on The CW. Season three of Riverdale premieres Wednesday, October 10, at 8/7c on The CW. And finally at New York Comic-Con, Star Trek: Discovery executive producer Alex Kurtzman revealed that the highly anticipated second season of the series will launch Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019, exclusively on CBS All Access in the United States. During the panel with cast and executive producers at Madison Square Garden, the official season two New York Comic-Con trailer debuted, and fans were given a first look at Star Trek: Discovery's Spock, played by Ethan Peck; Number One, played by Rebecca Romijn; and Section 31's newest recruit, Philippa Georgiou, played by Michelle Yeoh.

    Sunday, October 07, 2018

    Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows; This Week in Sitcoms (Week of October 8, 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 October 8-12, 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, October 8
    • John Goodman (The Connners/Roseanne/The Trouble in Normal, Ohio) - Watch John on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
    • Regina Hall (Grandfathered/Second Generation Wayans) - Regina appears on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
    • Anthony Anderson (black-ish/Guys with Kids/All About the Andersons) - Anthony visits The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
    • Luis Guzman (How to Make It in America/Luis) - Luis stops by Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
    • Jamie Lee Curtis (Scream Queens/Anything But Love/Operation Petticoat) - Jamie Lee chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT. She also talks about Halloween on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am and on the BUILD Series at 1pm.
    • Yvette Nicole Brown (The Mayor/The Odd Couple/Community) - Yvette guest co-hosts The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
    • Geoffrey Owens (The Cosby Show) - Geoffrey is a guest on Access Live, so check your local listings.
    • Diedrich Bader (American Housewife/The Drew Carey Show) - Diedrich stops by Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
    • Ike Barinholtz (The Mindy Project) - Ike talks about The Oath on the BUILD Series at 10am. Tiffany Haddish interviews Ike on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am.
    • Mädchen Amick (Freddie) - Mädchen appears on the BUILD Series at 2pm.
    • Bobby Moynihan (Me, Myself & I) - Bobby is a guest on Rachael Ray, so check your local listings.
    • Tiffany Haddish (The Last O.G./The Carmichael Show) - Tiffany interviews Ike Barinholtz on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am.
    • Sarah Michelle Gellar (The Crazy Ones) - Sarah will be on ABC's GMA Day at 1pm.
    • Lena Dunham (Girls) - Lena talks about HBO's Camping on NBC's Today sometime between 7-9am.
    Tuesday, October 9
    • Romany Malco (Weeds) - Catch Romany on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
    • Ben Schwartz (Parks and Recreation) - Ben appears on a repeat of The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
    • Jameela Jamil (The Good Place) - Jameela stops by Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
    • Brett Gelman (Camping/Love/Married/Go On) - Brett is a guest on Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
    • Mädchen Amick (Freddie) - Mädchen drops by Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
    • Yvette Nicole Brown (The Mayor/The Odd Couple/Community) - Yvette guest co-hosts The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
    • Anthony Anderson (black-ish/Guys with Kids/All About the Andersons) - Anthony appears on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
    • Jenna Fischer (Splitting Up Together/The Office) - Jenna is a guest on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
    • Nicole Ari Parker (Second Time Around) - Nicole talks about Empire on the BUILD Series at 2pm.
    • David Tennant (Camping) - David talks about HBO's Camping on the BUILD Series at 3pm.
    • Nat and Alex Wolff (The Naked Brothers Band) - Nat and Alex talk about Stella's Last Weekend on the BUILD Series at 5pm.
    • Christine Lahti (The Harvey Korman Show) - Christine talks about Broadway's Gloria on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 11:30am ET.
    • Ellie Kemper (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt/The Office) - Ellie will be on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am and on GMA Day at 1pm.
    • Justine Bateman (Family Ties) - Justine talks about her new book Fame: The Hijacking of Reality on NBC's Megyn Kelly Today at 9am.
    • Tom Arnold (Roseanne/Tom/The Tom Show) - Tom talks about The Hunt for The Trump Tapes with Tom Arnold on E!'s Daily Pop at 12pm.
    • Marcus Scribner (black-ish) - Marcus is a guest on People Now at 12pm.
    Wednesday, October 10
    • Jamie Lee Curtis (Scream Queens/Anything But Love/Operation Petticoat) - Watch Jamie Lee on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
    • Tiffany Haddish (The Last O.G./The Carmichael Show) - Tiffany appears on a repeat of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
    • Iain Armitage (Young Sheldon) - Iain is a guest on a repeat of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
    • Romany Malco (Weeds) - Romany stops by Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
    • Lena Dunham (Girls) - Lena visits Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
    • Yvette Nicole Brown (The Mayor/The Odd Couple/Community) - Yvette guest co-hosts The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
    • Ron Livingston (Loudermilk) - Ron appears on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
    • Amanda Peet (Brockmire/Togetherness/Bent) - Amanda talks about The Romanoffs on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
    • Melissa McCarthy (Mike & Molly/Samantha Who?) - Melissa drops by The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
    • Tamela and David Mann (Mann and Wife/Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns) - Tamela and David are guests on The Real, so check your local listings.
    • Fran Drescher (Happily Divorced/The Nanny/Living with Fran) - Fran appears on Access Live, so check your local listings. She will also be on People Now at 12pm.
    • Nicole Ari Parker (Second Time Around) - Nicole is a guest on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
    • Justine Batmean (Family Ties) - Justine talks about her book Fame: The Hijacking of Reality on the BUILD Series at 1pm.
    • Raven-Symone (Raven's Home/That's So Raven/Hangin' with Mr. Cooper/The Cosby Show), Issac Ryan Brown and Navia Robinson (Raven's Home) - Raven-Symone, Isaac and Navia are guests on the BUILD Series at 3pm.
    • Joe Morton (Grady) - Joe talks about God Friended Me on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 11:30am ET.
    • Steve Carell (The Office) - Steve talks about Beautiful Boy on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am.
    • Tony Danza (Taxi/Who's the Boss?/Hudson Street/The Tony Danza Show) - Tony talks about The Good Cop on ABC's GMA Day at 1pm.
    • Kimberly Williams-Paisley (According to Jim) - Kimberly talks about Hallmark Movie and Mysteries Darrow & Darrow: Body of Evidence on E!'s Daily Pop at 12pm.
    • Geoffrey Owens (The Cosby Show) - Geoffrey is a guest on People Now at 12pm.
    Thursday, October 11
    • Dakota Johnson (Ben and Kate) - Catch Dakota on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC. She will also be on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
    • Ike Barinholtz (The Mindy Project) - Ike visits Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
    • Michael Rapaport (Atypical/The War at Home) - Michael appears on a repeat of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
    • Mayim Bialik (The Big Bang Theory/Blossom) - Mayim is a guest on a repeat of The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
    • Jameela Jamil (The Good Place) - Jameela stops by Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
    • Raven-Symone (Raven's Home/That's So Raven/Hangin' with Mr. Cooper/The Cosby Show) - Raven-Symone chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
    • Yvette Nicole Brown (The Mayor/The Odd Couple/Community) - Yvette guest co-hosts The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
    • Ken Jeong (Dr. Ken/Community) - Ken is a guest on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
    • Fran Drescher (Happily Divorced/The Nanny/Living with Fran) - Fran appears on The Real, so check your local listings.
    • Kimberly Williams-Paisley (According to Jim) - Kimberly talks about Hallmark Movie and Mysteries Darrow & Darrow: Body of Evidence on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT. She will also be on Access Live, so check your local listings.
    • Boris Kodjoe (The Last Man on Earth/Second Time Around) - Boris is a guest on Access Live, so check your local listings.
    • Debra Messing (Will & Grace) - Debra dishes on the new season of Will & Grace – and she and Rach celebrate their 50th birthdays by smashing pinatas on Rachael Ray, so check your local listings.
    • Steve Carell (Beautiful Boy) - Steve talks about Beautiful Boy on the BUILD Series at 11am.
    • Laura Marano (Austin & Ally/Back to You) - Laura is a guest on People Now at 12pm.
    • and the BUILD Series at 3pm.
    • Marcus Scribner (black-ish) - Marcus will be on ABC's GMA Day at 1pm.
    Friday, October 12
    • Alec Baldwin (30 Rock) - Watch Alec on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
    • John Krasinski (The Office) - John appears on a repeat of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
    • Yvonne Orji (Insecure) - Yvonne is a guest on a repeat of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
    • Kenan Thompson (Kenan & Kel) - Kenan appears on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
    • Jameela Jamil (The Good Place) - Jameela is a guest on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
    • Olivia Munn (Perfect Couples) - Olivia appears on a repeat of The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
    • Y'lan Noel (Insecure) - Y'lan is a guest on a repeat of Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
    • Amanda Peet (Brockmire/Togetherness/Bent) - Amanda chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
    • Yvette Nicole Brown (The Mayor/The Odd Couple/Community) - Yvette guest co-hosts The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
    • Grant Show (Accidentally on Purpose) - Grant appears on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
    • Skyler Samuels (Scream Queens) - Skyler visits The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
    • Marcus Scribner (black-ish) - Marcus stops by The Wendy Williams Show, so check your local listings.
    • Tim Allen (Last Man Standing/Home Improvement) - Tim is a guest on Steve, so check your local listings.
    • Boris Kodjoe (The Last Man on Earth/Second Time Around) - Boris talks about Station 19 on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
    • Alfonso Ribeiro (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air/In the House/Silver Spoons) - Alfonso shares stories about his pal Will Smith's bungee jump at the Grand Canyon on Rachael Ray, so check your local listings.
    • Busy Philipps (Vice Principals/Cougar Town) - Busy talks about This Will Only Hurt a Little on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am.
    • Nat and Alex Wolff (The Naked Brothers Band) - Nat and Alex talk about Stella's Last Weekend on People Now at 12pm.
    • Miles Brown (black-ish) - Miles appears on Chatter on PeopleTV at 8pm.

    All listings are subject to change. Visit our blog and main site for daily updated listings. Leave us comments on our message board or Tweet/Facebook us to let us know what you think of this Sunday feature! We do listen!


    Sitcoms Airing This Week

    Sunday, October 7

    The Simpsons - "Heartbreak Hotel" (Fox, 8:00PM ET/PT)
    Marge and Homer's marriage is tested when they travel to a tropical island to compete on Marge's favorite reality competition show.

    Bob's Burgers - "The Taking of Funtime One Two Three" (Fox, 8:30PM ET/PT)
    Louise, Tina and Gene devise a master plan to get the grand prize dune buggy at their local arcade; Teddy convinces Bob and Linda to take in a chicken by promising fresh eggs.

    Family Guy - "Dead Dog Walking" (Fox, 9:00PM ET/PT)
    Brian's marriage to Jess is not what he envisioned; at Peter's suggestion, Brian lets himself go, causing Jess to make a surprising decision.

    Rel - "Kids First Visit" (Fox, 9:30PM ET/PT)
    When Rel's kids come to visit for the first time since the split, he, Dad, Nat and Jess bring the kids to a Family Fun Center in Chicago.


    Monday, October 8

    The Neighborhood - "Welcome to the Repipe" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT)
    When a water pipe bursts at the Johnsons’ home, Calvin reluctantly agrees to help Dave repair the damage. Also, Gemma discovers a surprising secret about her new neighbor, Tina.

    Happy Together - "Scrubbing" (CBS, 8:30PM ET/PT)
    Jake and Claire attempt to follow Cooper’s minimalist lifestyle by “scrubbing” their home of all their old and forgotten belongings. However, they find that letting go of the past is harder than it seems.

    Henry Danger - "Danger Things" (Nickelodeon, 8:00PM ET/PT)
    When Piper is taken by a creature from another dimension, Captain Man and Kid Danger must rescue her from the evil science corporation that opened the portal.


    Tuesday, October 9

    none scheduled


    Wednesday, October 10

    The Goldbergs - "RAD!" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
    Erica thinks all of her singing dreams are going to come true when she lands a job at the new karaoke bar in town. But when she’s tasked with bringing in more customers, will Erica regret turning to Beverly for help? Meanwhile, Murray tries to teach Barry and Lainey how to be financially responsible adults.

    American Housewife - "Cheaters Sometimes Win" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
    When Katie’s mom, Kathryn (Wendie Malick), comes to town, Katie and Kathryn encourage the kids to make less than favorable decisions: Oliver cheats in shop class and Katie helps him try to get out of it, while Kathryn reassures Taylor that she doesn’t need to go to college.

    Modern Family - "A Sketchy Area" (ABC, 9:00PM ET/PT)
    Phil stumbles into an exciting new career after dropping by Luke’s college; while Claire deals with her dad, Jay, and the merger of Pritchett’s Closets with a tech-savvy, hipper company. Meanwhile, Mitch’s new high-profile case as an assistant district attorney is marred by an unflattering courtroom sketch by the resident artist (Dan Levy).

    Single Parents - "A Leash Is Not a Guinea Pig" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
    After seeing the way Douglas and the twins are barely affected by the death of their guinea pig, Pickle, Poppy encourages Douglas to stop repressing his and the twins’ feelings. After seeing how close Graham and Will are becoming, Angie gets jealous when Graham asks Will to go get a colonoscopy to check on his health, so Angie decides to get one herself.

    It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia - "The Gang Solves the Bathroom Problem" (FXX, 10:00PM ET/PT)
    Jimmy Buffett is in town and the positive vibes are alive at the bar; when Mac comes out of the women's bathroom, no one can leave until the bathroom situation is solved.


    Thursday, October 11

    The Big Bang Theory - "The Tam Turbulence" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT)
    When Sheldon won’t tell anyone why he’s never mentioned Tam (Robert Wu), his childhood best friend, Leonard takes matters into his own hands. Also, Bernadette and Penny take out Raj’s fiancée, Anu (Rati Gupta), for dinner to get the skinny on her. Jerry O’Connell returns as Sheldon’s brother, George.

    Young Sheldon - "A Financial Secret and Fish Sauce" (CBS, 8:30PM ET/PT)
    When George Sr. asks Sheldon to keep a secret from Mary, the stress of not being honest drives Sheldon to hideout at Tam’s for his first sleepover.

    Mom - "Ambulance Chasers and a Babbling Brook" (CBS, 9:00PM ET/PT)
    Christy’s demanding law professor (Constance Zimmer) leans on her a little too hard for support, and Bonnie’s plan to trick Adam into choosing a wedding venue backfires.

    Murphy Brown - "#MurphyToo" (CBS, 9:30PM ET/PT)
    After Murphy attends a sexual harassment seminar for the “Murphy in the Morning” staff, she is surprised to find herself reeling from the long-repressed memory of her own #MeToo moment.

    Superstore - "Baby Shower" (NBC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
    Jonah (Ben Feldman) helps Amy (America Ferrera) get creative to stock up on supplies for her new baby, while Glenn (Mark McKinney) & Jerusha (Kerri Kenney) take maternity pictures that inspire Dina (Lauren Ash) to have her own photo shoot – art-directed by Mateo (Nico Santos).

    The Good Place - "The Snowplow" (NBC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
    A surprising announcement from one of the humans threatens to dissolve the group.

    Will & Grace - "Where in the World Is Karen Walker?" (NBC, 9:00PM ET/PT)
    Will (Eric McCormack), Grace (Debra Messing) and Jack (Sean Hayes) are upset when they discover they’ve been too preoccupied with the changes in their own lives: Will teaching law at Columbia, Grace running for president of the New York Interior Designers Society and Jack’s new relationship with Estefan (guest star Brian Jordan Alvarez) to even notice Karen (Megan Mullally) has not been seen in days – ever since her husband found out about her affair with Malcolm (guest star Alec Baldwin).

    I Feel Bad - "My Kid Has to Grow Up" (NBC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
    When Emet realizes she and David might be coddling Louie too much, she decides it’s time for him to grow up... only to learn he’s more mature than she thought. After some introspection of their own mother-son relationships, the guys at work go on a mom-cleanse.


    Friday, October 12

    Fresh Off the Boat - "The Hand That Sits the Cradle" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
    When Jessica offers to help out exhausted new mother Honey with Zuo Yue Zi – which means “Sitting the Month” taking care of her – Honey begins to realize that 30 days of having to abide by Jessica’s strict rules and dietary regimen could leave her more harried then she already is. Meanwhile, after watching “Pumping Iron,” Eddie and Emery attempt to put together a workout routine in order to buff themselves up; and Louis tries to bond more with Evan, who is a die-hard “mommy guy.”

    Speechless - "L-O-N-- LONDON (Part 2)" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
    Maya must choose between asking her father for money to save their house and a lasting relationship with him. Ray strives to bond with his new British family, only to discover Dylan’s the one with a surprising connection. Meanwhile, JJ shows Kenneth a good time off-the-clock, and Jimmy inadvertently finds love.

    Last Man Standing - "Giving Mike the Business" (Fox, 8:00PM ET/PT)
    Under the threat of a takeover, Mike and Ed disagree on the direction of Outdoor Man's future.

    The Cool Kids - "A Date with Destiny" (Fox, 8:30PM ET/PT)
    When Charlie and Hank create online dating profiles, Sid pretends to be an interested woman.

    Raven's Home - "Raven's Home: Remix" (Disney Channel, 8:00PM ET/PT)
    Booker sets out to land the lead role in the school's musical; when Nia discovers the part requires someone who is great at basketball and can rap -- two things Tess excels at -- she tries to convince Coach Spitz to let Tess audition for the role.


    Saturday, October 13

    Henry Danger - "Rubber Duck" (Nickelodeon, 8:00PM ET/PT)
    When Ray accidentally destroys Henry's dad's prized remote control car, they throw a manicure/pedicure party to raise money to fix it.


    Sunday, October 14

    The Simpsons - "Lisa Gets the Blues" (Fox, 7:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
    When the Simpsons' flight is rerouted to New Orleans, Lisa rediscovers her passion for jazz; Bart is intrigued by voodoo; Homer is intrigued by drinking.

    The Cool Kids - "Pilot" (Fox, 7:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
    A group of three retirement home friends are determined to prove that there is still much for them to accomplish in life despite their age, which makes them feel as though they have little left to lose whether they succeed or not.

    The Simpsons - "My Way or the Highway to Heaven" (Fox, 8:00PM ET/PT)
    God and St. Peter contemplate what merits a soul getting into heaven, while citizens of Springfield remember their divine encounters.

    Bob's Burgers - "Tweentrepreneurs" (Fox, 8:30PM ET/PT)
    Tina, Louise and Gene get a taste of business when they join the school's Tweentrepeneurs club; Bob and Linda find themselves outsmarted by a dine-and-dasher.

    Family Guy - "Pal Stewie" (Fox, 9:00PM ET/PT)
    Stewie quickly befriends a boy his age, but is devastated when he realizes he isn't invited to his birthday party; Peter and Lois attend a self-empowerment seminar.

    Rel - "One Night Stand" (Fox, 9:30PM ET/PT)
    Just when Rel thinks he can't move on from his ex-wife, he gets hit with a pleasant surprise; but after getting in over his head, he ends up taking advice from Brittany.

    Complete TV Listings


    Sitcoms Airing Tonight

    Saturday, October 20

    Henry Danger - "Flabber Gassed" (Nickelodeon, 8:00PM ET/PT)
    After acting too confident before a fight, Kid Danger and Captain Man are sprayed with Flabber Gas making them powerless to defeat a new villain in Swellview; Schwoz puts the heroes in Exo-Suits which Charlotte and Jasper control.

    Knight Squad - "Fright Night" (Nickelodeon, 8:30PM ET/PT)
    After the Princess defies her father's orders and attends the Party of Darkness, the Shadow Ghost appears and threatens to possess her, forcing the Phoenix Squad to fight to save their friend.

    Complete TV Listings


    Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of October 15)

    Friday, October 19

    • Bryan Cranston (Malcolm in the Middle) - Watch Bryan on on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
    • Paul Shaffer (A Year at the Top) - Paul sits in with Cleto and The Cletones on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
    • Nick Jonas (Jonas LA) - Nick appears on a repeat of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
    • Melissa McCarthy (Mike & Molly/Samantha Who?) - Melissa makes a special appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
    • Kaley Cuoco (The Big Bang Theory/8 Simple Rules) - Kaley is a guest on a repeat of The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
    • Joel McHale (The Great Indoors/Community) - Joel appears on a repeat of The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
    • Regina Hall (Grandfathered/Second Generation Wayans) - Regina visits The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
    • Jameela Jamil (The Good Place) - Jameela stops by The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
    • Whitney Cummings (Whitney) - Whitney is a guest on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
    • Busy Philipps (Vice Principals/Cougar Town) - Busy drops by The Wendy Williams Show, so check your local listings.
    • Chloe x Halle (grown-ish) - Chloe x Halle are guests on The Real, so check your local listings.
    • Nicole Ari Parker (Second Time Around) - Nicole appears on Steve, so check your local listings.
    • John Stamos (Grandfathered/Jake in Progress/Full House) - John talks about You on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am and on GMA Day at 1pm.
    • Jamie Lee Curtis (Scream Queens/Anything But Love/Operation Petticoat) - Jamie Lee talks about Halloween on People Now at 12pm.
    • Ashley Johnson (Growing Pains/Phenom/Maybe This Time) and Ennis Esmer (You Me Her/Red Oaks) - Ashley and Ennis talk about Blindspot on the BUILD Series at 1pm and on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 11:30am ET.
    • Candace Cameron Bure (Fuller House/Full House) - Candace talks about her new children's book Candace Center Stage on E!'s Daily Pop at 12pm.


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

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

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