Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Los Espookys Premieres June 14 on HBO; NBC's 5th Annual Red Nose Day Special Brings Out the Stars

Los Espookys

The comedy series Los Espookys begins its six-episode season Friday, June 14 from 11:00-11:30 p.m. ET/PT on HBO. Created by Julio Torres, Ana Fabrega and Fred Armisen, the primarily Spanish-language (with English subtitles) show follows a group of friends who turn their love for horror into a peculiar business, providing horror to those who need it, in a dreamy Latin American country where the strange and eerie are just part of daily life. The series will also be available on HBO NOW, HBO GO, HBO On Demand and partners' streaming platforms. Ana Fabrega, Julio Torres, Cassandra Ciangherotti and Bernardo Velasco star as Los Espookys, with José Pablo Minor and recurring guest star Fred Armisen. Renaldo (Bernardo Velasco), a horror and gore enthusiast, assembles his close friends to form Los Espookys, a business based on conjuring thrills and chills for a variety of clients.

Noble, kind, naïve - and always running out of cellphone minutes - Renaldo is joined in his enterprise by Úrsula (Cassandra Ciangherotti), a resilient and tenacious dental assistant, who handles the logistics and execution of Los Espookys' projects; Úrsula's sister, Tati (Ana Fabrega), who juggles several (very) odd jobs while acting as the group's test dummy; and last - but certainly not least - Renaldo's longtime best friend, Andrés (Julio Torres), the brooding heir to a chocolate empire, who longs to unlock the secrets to his past while avoiding his trophy boyfriend, Juan Carlos (José Pablo Minor). Occasionally dropping by is Tico (Fred Armisen), Renaldo's benign, beloved uncle, who is happily living his own career dream as a parking-valet legend in LA.


The Red Nose Day Special

NBC's Red Nose Day Special will feature the biggest names across entertainment with a packed lineup of music, comedy and short documentary films that educate and engage viewers on the cause for the fifth annual event. Sting, accompanied by Dave Audé & Andrew Kierszenbaum, Josh Groban, John Legend and Chrissy Metz join previously announced artists Kelly Clarkson and Blake Shelton for highly awaited performances. America's Got Talent host Brooklyn Nine-Nine star Terry Crews will host the special. In addition to the music performances, SNL stars Michael Che, Colin Jost and Kate McKinnon will appear in a sketch, and the new host of A Little Late with Lilly Singh, Lilly Singh will also showcase her comedic stylings. TV and film favorites Connie Britton and Julia Roberts will make appearances throughout the evening. The special will air Thursday, May 23 from 8-10 p.m. ET/PT in support of the fifth annual Red Nose Day campaign to end child poverty, which raises funds and awareness to ensure children in need are safe, healthy and educated across America and around the world.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Nightline Primetime Special Profiles All in the Family & The Jeffersons; Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader Premieres June 10 on Nick

All About All in the Family & The Jeffersons

After the star-studded live sitcom special Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear's All in the Family and The Jeffersons, ABC News' Nightline will take a special look at the cultural and historical significance of the two iconic series. Participants in the live sitcom special along with modern-day comedians, television stars and journalists reminisce about each show's groundbreaking impact and legacy. Nightline Presents All About All in the Family and The Jeffersons airs Wednesday, May 22 at 9:30 pm EDT for a half-hour on The ABC Television Network. The prime-time special features interviews with All in the Family and The Jeffersons creator Norman Lear; host and executive producer Jimmy Kimmel and Live in Front of a Studio Audience stars Anthony Anderson, Ike Barinholtz, Jackée Harry, Ellie Kemper and Kerry Washington; comedians and actors Raven-Symoné, David Alan Grier, Lil' Rel and John Amos; original The Jeffersons cast member Marla Gibbs (Florence Johnston); and journalists Deborah Roberts, Chris Connelly, Marc Lamont Hill and Joe Levy.

And don't forget to watch Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear's All in the Family and The Jeffersons on Wednesday from 8:00pm-9:30pm on ABC. The special stars Woody Harrelson (Archie Bunker), Marisa Tomei (Edith Bunker), Jamie Foxx (George Jefferson), Wanda Sykes (Louise Jefferson), Ellie Kemper (Gloria Stivic), Will Ferrell (Tom Willis), Kerry Washington (Helen Willis), Justina Machado (Florence Johnston), Ike Barinholtz (Mike Meathead Stivic), Sean Hayes (Mr. Lorenzo), Amber Stevens West (Jenny Willis Jefferson), Jovan Adepo (Lionel Jefferson), Anthony Anderson (Uncle Henry), Stephen Tobolowsky (Mr. Bentley) and Jackée Harry (Diane Stockwell). The live episode is directed by 10-time Emmy award-winning sitcom director James Burrows (Cheers, Taxi).


Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader

Nickelodeon is set to launch the reimagined iconic family game show, Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader, with a week of premieres beginning Monday, June 10, at 7:00 p.m. (ET/PT). Hosted by John Cena, who also serves as executive producer, the new series follows the original premise of kids helping adult contestants put their knowledge to the test with questions taken directly from an elementary school curriculum. New episodes will continue to air Monday, June 17, through Wednesday, June 19, at 7:00 p.m. (ET/PT), before moving to its regular Monday timeslot on June 24 at 7:00 p.m. (ET/PT).

In an all-new format that places kids in the center of the action, Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader contestants must revisit the classroom to answer six questions on a variety of subjects from the first through fourth grade, before moving on to the final round where they must race against the clock to answer five questions taken from the fifth grade. Each time the contestants answer questions correctly, their bank increases with a possible winning of $100,000. Newly-added elements to the show include an additional "cheat" option and new ways contestants can enlist the help of their grade-school classmates.

Monday, May 20, 2019

Comedy Central Heads to the South Side This July; Catch the Big Bang Finale Again Tonight

South Side

Comedy Central, the #1 brand in comedy, announced that its new scripted series South Side will premiere Wednesday, July 24 at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT. South Side is written by and stars Bashir Salahuddin (Glow) and Diallo Riddle (Marlon). Salahuddin, Riddle, and Michael Blieden - all Late Night with Jimmy Fallon alumni - are executive producers.

The aspirational, scripted comedy is set in and around the working class neighborhood of Englewood on the South Side of Chicago. South Side follows two friends who just graduated community college ... so now they're ready to take over the world! But until they do they're stuck at Rent-T-Own, a retail-rental crossroads where the South Side's vast ensemble of characters come together. Despite the obstacles of inner-city life, these friends and their co-workers all strive to achieve their entrepreneurial dreams. Brought to life by local Chicagoans, both in front of and behind the camera, this show gives viewers an authentic portrayal of what life on the South Side is all about. Bashir Salahuddin and Diallo Riddle star in the series, alongside Sultan Salahuddin and Chandra Russell. First season guest stars include Lil Rel Howery, Nathaniel "Earthquake" Stroman, Jeff Tweedy, LisaRaye McCoy, Kel Mitchell and Ed Lover.


The Big Bang Theory

18.52 million total viewers (Live+Same Day) watched the series finale of The Big Bang Theory on Thursday night and it also delivered a 3.2 Adults 18-49 rating. Now CBS will encore the final episodes tonight back-to-back from 8-9pm if you missed it, replacing comedy encores originally scheduled. In the first one, "The Change Constant," Sheldon and Amy await big news as changes occur in the first episode at 8:00pm. In the finale, "The Stockholm Syndrome," Bernadette and Wolowitz leave their kids for the first time, while Penny and Leonard try to keep a secret, as Sheldon and Amy stick together and Koothrappali makes a new friend, as the gang travels together into an uncharted future in the 8:30pm airing. The Big Bang Theory of course stars Johnny Galecki (Leonard), Jim Parsons (Sheldon), Kaley Cuoco (Penny), Simon Helberg (Wolowitz), Kunal Nayyar (Koothrappali), Mayim Bialik (Amy) and Melissa Rauch (Bernadette).

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows; This Week in Sitcoms (Week of May 20, 2019)

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 May 20-24, 2019, 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, May 20
  • John Lithgow (Trial & Error/Twenty Good Years/3rd Rock from the Sun) - Watch John on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC. John and Blythe Danner talk about The Tomorrow Man on ABC's Strahan & Sara at 1pm.
  • Logan Browning (Dear White People/Meet the Browns) - Logan appears on Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Jim Gaffigan (The Jim Gaffigan Show/My Boys/Welcome to New York) - Jim visits Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Eric Stonestreet (Modern Family) - Eric previews The Secret Life of Pets 2 on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings. He will also be on the BUILD Series at 4pm.
  • Niecy Nash (Getting On/The Soul Man/Reno 911!) - Niecy discusses the series When They See Us on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Tiya Sircar (The Good Place/Alex, Inc.) - Tiya is a guest on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Patton Oswalt (A.P. Bio/The Goldbergs/The King of Queens), Lake Bell (Bless This Mess/How to Make It in America), Jenny Slate (Married/Parks and Recreation) and Bobby Moynihan (Me, Myself & I) - Patton, Lake, Jenny and Bobby talk about The Secret Life of Pets 2 on the BUILD Series at 4pm.
  • Katy Mixon (American Housewife/Mike & Molly) - Katy appears on E!'s Daily Pop at 12pm.
Tuesday, May 21
  • Will Smith (The Fresh Prince of Bel Air) - Catch Will on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC. He will also be on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Elizabeth Banks (Scrubs/30 Rock) - Elizabeth drops by Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Kevin Hart (The Big House/Undeclared) - Kevin appears on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Beanie Feldstein (What We Do in the Shadows) - Beanie is a guest on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Bryan Cranston (Malcolm in the Middle) - Bryan visits Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Eric Stonestreet (Modern Family) - Eric stops by Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Mary McCormack (The Kids Are Alright/Welcome to the Family) - Mary guest co-hosts The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Billie Lourd (Scream Queens) - Billie appears on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • David Duchovny (Californication) - David talks about Miss Subways on ABC's Strahan & Sara at 1pm.
  • Allison Williams (Girls) - Allison talks about The Perfection on NBC's Today sometime between 7-9am.
  • Katy Mixon (American Housewife/Mike & Molly) - Katy is a guest on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Pam Grier (Bless This Mess) - Pam talks about the Brown Sugar streaming service on the BUILD Series at 11am.
Wednesday, May 22
  • John Travolta (Welcome Back, Kotter) - Watch John and his daughter Ella Bleu on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Kaitlyn Dever (Last Man Standing) - Kaitlyn appears on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS. She also talks about Booksmart on the BUILD Series at 1pm.
  • John Lithgow (Trial & Error/Twenty Good Years/3rd Rock from the Sun) - John stops by Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Beanie Feldstein (What We Do in the Shadows) - Beanie is a guest on Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC. She also talks about Booksmart on the BUILD Series at 1pm.
  • Elizabeth Banks (Scrubs/30 Rock) - Elizabeth visits The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Bradley Whitford (Happyish/Trophy Wife) - Bradley drops by The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Billy Ray Cyrus (Still the King) - Billy Ray appears on The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Logan Browning (Dear White People/Meet the Browns) - Logan is a guest on Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Lisa Kudrow (Friends/The Comeback/Web Therapy) - Lisa stops by Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Tracy Pollan (Family Ties) - Tracy appears on Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
  • Eric Stonestreet (Modern Family) - Eric chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Kevin Hart (The Big House/Undeclared) - Kevin talks about The Secret Life of Pets 2 on NBC's Today sometime between 7-9am and in the 10am hour and on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Tom Hanks (Bosom Buddies) - Tom appears on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Jenny Slate (Married/Parks and Recreation) and Patton Oswalt (A.P. Bio/The Goldbergs/The King of Queens) - Jenny and Patton talk about The Secret Life of Pets 2 on NBC's Today in the 10am hour.
  • Ed Asner (Dead to Me/Center of the Universe/Thunder Alley/The Mary Tyler Moore Show) - Ed and his son Matt are guests on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
Thursday, May 23
  • Jason Sudeikis (Son of Zorn/The Cleveland Show) - Catch Jason on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Alyson Hannigan (How I Met Your Mother/Free Spirit) - Alyson appears on Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Jason Mantzoukas (The League) - Jason is a guest on Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Billie Lourd (Scream Queens) - Billie visits Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
  • Allison Williams (Girls) - Allison stops by Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo. She also talks about The Perfection on The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT, on ABC's Strahan & Sara at 1pm and on the BUILD Series at 3pm.
  • William Shatner ($h*! My Dad Says) - William appears on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Jamie Foxx (The Jamie Foxx Show) - Jamie is a guest on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Kunal Nayyar (The Big Bang Theory) - Kunal drops by The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Tom Hanks (Bosom Buddies) - Tom talks about the Hidden Heroes Campaign on NBC's Today sometime between 7-9am.
  • DeWanda Wise (She's Gotta Have It) - DeWanda talks about She's Gotta Have It on NBC's Today in the 9am hour.
  • Logan Browning (Dear White People/Meet the Browns) - Logan talks about The Perfection on the BUILD Series at 3pm.
Friday, May 24
  • Dana Carvey (One of the Boys) - Watch Dana on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC. He talks about The Secret Life of Pets 2 on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • The Cast of The Big Bang Theory - Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar, Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch are guests on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Bill Hader (Barry) - Bill appears on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Kathryn Newton (Gary Unmarried) - Kathryn is a guest on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Adam Scott - Adam appears on a repeat of The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • John Travolta (Welcome Back, Kotter) - John and his daughter Ella Bleu are guests on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Jodie Sweetin (Fuller House/Hollywood Darlings/Full House) - Jodie guest co-hosts The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Logan Browning (Dear White People/Meet the Browns) - Logan stops by The Real, so check your local listings. She will also be on the BUILD Series at 5:30pm
  • Bryan Cranston (Malcolm in the Middle) - Bryan talks about Broadway's Network on CBS This Morning sometime between 7-9am.
  • Jackée Harry (Tyler Perry's The Paynes/The First Family/Sister, Sister/227) - Jackée talks about Pride and Prejudice: Atlanta on ABC's Strahan & Sara at 1pm and on People Now at 12pm.
  • Justin Long (F Is for Family/Ed) - Justin talks about Life is Short with Justin Long on Couch Surfing at 8am.
  • Beanie Feldstein (What We Do in the Shadows) and Kaitlyn Dever (Last Man Standing) - Beanie and Kaitlyn talk about Booksmart on NBC's Today in the 10am hour.
  • Tiffani Thiessen (Alexa & Katie/Good Morning, Miami/Saved by the Bell) - Tiffani is in the kitchen on Pickler & Ben, so check your local listings.

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Sitcoms Airing This Week

Sunday, May 19

The Simpsons - "Heartbreak Hotel" (Fox, 7:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Marge and Homer's marriage is tested when they travel to a tropical island to compete on Marge's favorite reality competition show.

Family Guy - "Pal Stewie" (Fox, 7:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
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.


Monday, May 20

The Big Bang Theory - "The Change Constant" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Sheldon and Amy await big news.

The Big Bang Theory - "The Stockholm Syndrome" (CBS, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Bernadette and Wolowitz leave their kids for the first time; Penny and Leonard try to keep a secret; Sheldon and Amy stick together; and Koothrappali makes a new friend, as the gang travels together into an uncharted future.


Tuesday, May 21

American Housewife - "A Mom's Parade" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
The extraordinary musical episode includes four original songs by renowned composer Justin Paul (“The Greatest Showman,” “Dear Evan Hansen”) and Glenn Slater (“Tangled,” “School of Rock-The Musical”), as well as choreography from famed choreographer Ashley Wallen (“The Greatest Showman”). Frustrated by the lack of appreciation for all she does, Katie decides to go “full Westport” and leaves the family to fend for themselves. Katie’s plan quickly backfires when the kids seem to be doing just fine, leaving Greg to suffer the brunt of her absence.

The Kids Are Alright - "Irish Goodbye" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Peggy struggles with Lawrence’s decision to move out of the house, especially after she discovers that he is secretly moving in with a girlfriend she’s never met. Lawrence’s determination to keep Peggy out of his personal life only causes her to investigate further, while Mike welcomes his departure. Meanwhile, Timmy can’t find his ventriloquist dummy, Knuckles, and learns that Joey took him without asking.

black-ish - "Relatively Grown Man" (ABC, 9:00PM ET/PT)
After Junior gets an offer for his dream job working with Migos, Dre and Bow are determined to convince him to return to college and get his degree.

Bless This Mess - "The Estonian Method" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
Mike and Rio enter the “best hen” competition at the county fair with their prized chicken Priyanka in order to prove themselves to the community. Meanwhile, romantic sparks fly between Rudy and Constance, only to be halted by a run-in with someone from Rudy’s past; and Kay and Beau struggle with some marital issues.

The Last O.G. - "Mama Said Knock You Out" (TBS, 10:30PM ET/PT)
Tray reunites with his estranged mom, Rose, who only softens when she learns she has grandchildren.


Wednesday, May 22

Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear’s "All in the Family" and "The Jeffersons" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Kerry Washington joins “Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear’s ‘All in the Family’ and ‘The Jeffersons,’” the live sitcom special coming from late-night host Jimmy Kimmel and television icon Norman Lear. Washington is set to play Helen Willis in the special, airing live WEDNESDAY, MAY 22 (8:00-9:31 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. This historic event will take viewers down memory lane, recreating an original episode from each of the Emmy® Award-winning series “All in the Family” and “The Jeffersons.” This legendary night of television will be hosted by Lear and Kimmel, directed by 10-time Emmy winner James Burrows and produced by Sony Pictures Television.

Previously announced stars include Woody Harrelson (Archie Bunker), Marisa Tomei (Edith Bunker), Jamie Foxx (George Jefferson), Wanda Sykes (Louise Jefferson), Ellie Kemper (Gloria Stivic), Will Ferrell (Tom Willis), Justina Machado (Florence Johnston), Ike Barinholtz (Meathead), Sean Hayes (Mr. Lorenzo), Amber Stevens West (Jenny Willis Jefferson), Jovan Adepo (Lionel Jefferson), Anthony Anderson (Uncle Henry), Stephen Tobolowsky (Mr. Bentley) and Jackée Harry (Diane Stockwell).

All About "All in the Family" and "The Jeffersons" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
After the star-studded live sitcom special “Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear’s ‘All in the Family’ and ‘The Jeffersons,’” “Nightline” will take a special look at the cultural and historical significance of the two iconic series. Participants in the live sitcom special along with modern-day comedians, television stars and journalists reminisce about each show’s groundbreaking impact and legacy.“Nightline” Presents “All About ‘All in the Family’ and ‘The Jeffersons’” airs WEDNESDAY, MAY 22 (9:31–10:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network.

The prime-time special features interviews with “All in the Family” and “The Jeffersons” creator Norman Lear; host and executive producer Jimmy Kimmel and stars Anthony Anderson, Ike Barinholtz, Jackée Harry, Ellie Kemper and Kerry Washington; comedians and actors Raven-Symoné, David Alan Grier, Lil’ Rel and John Amos; original “The Jeffersons” cast member Marla Gibbs; and journalists Deborah Roberts, Chris Connelly, Marc Lamont Hill and Joe Levy.

What We Do in the Shadows - "The Orgy" (FX, 10:00PM ET/PT)
Tensions run high as the vampires prepare to host the Biannual Vampire Orgy.


Thursday, May 23

The Big Bang Theory - "" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)

Young Sheldon - "" (CBS, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)

Mom - "Go-Go Boots and a Butt Cushion" (CBS, 9:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
When Christy decides she doesn’t need Gambler’s Anonymous anymore, Bonnie vehemently disagrees.

Life in Pieces - "Recovery Discipline Psycho Labor" (CBS, 9:30PM ET/PT)
After John befriends the janitor at Sophia’s school, Mr. Sissel (Biff Wiff), John learns that Sophia and her friends believe a childish rumor about him. Also, Heather pushes Tim and Joan to go for walks together while recovering from their health issues; Matt and Colleen try to tame Dougie’s (Fortune Feimster) bad habits; and Jen is desperate to not go into labor during Lark’s birthday party.


Friday, May 24

none scheduled


Saturday, May 25

Game Shakers - "Bug Tussle" (Nickelodeon, 8:00PM ET/PT)
After Dub goes to Vegas and leaves Trip behind, the Game Shakers take Trip to Dub's awesome apartment to show him a good time.

Game Shakers - "Why Tonya" (Nickelodeon, 8:30PM ET/PT)
The Game Shakers are approached by a fan who demands that they make changes to one of their games.


Sunday, May 26

none scheduled

Saturday, May 18, 2019

SitcomsOnline Digest: Broadcast Network Fall Lineup at a Glance; Rick & Morty Returns in November

Welcome to SitcomsOnline Digest! Just like last week, it's a very busy week (since the broadcast networks all announced their fall lineups) and we can't even begin to give you all of the news of the week here, but we do have a link to a nice summary of the fall lineups, news about My Three Sons DVDs, and more. Let's get going!

HIGHLIGHTS FROM SITCOMSONLINE.COM AND AROUND THE WEB
  • It's been a very busy week, and we encourage you to go back and look at all of our coverage of the details that we've given for all of the networks for next season throughout the week. But if you're in a hurry, here is a brief look at a schedule grid of the fall lineup for the broadcast networks. (Deadline)
  • The fourth season of Rick & Morty will debut in November on Adult Swim. (Variety
  • One Day at a Time may not be dead, as CBS is now interested in seeing if it would work on POP. (CNN)
  • The Big Bang Theory is done, but could we see some spinoffs? (Deadline)
  • We didn't quite expect this, but it seems that the syndicated version of Who Wants to be a Millionaire? has been cancelled. (Variety
  • Actress Peggy Lipton, known for her role on The Mod Squad, has died. (NPR)
  • Antenna TV will be celebrating Father's Day with a Father Knows Best marathon. (SitcomsOnline)

HOME MEDIA HIGHLIGHTS
My Three Sons - The Third Season, Volume 1

WEEKLY PLANNER (MAY 18 - MAY 24)
  • We've got one more week of season finales ahead of us, with the ABC Tuesday night lineup finales airing on Tuesday night.
  • Decades is airing The Mod Squad all weekend long.
  • Antenna TV is celebrating the life of Tim Conway with a McHale's Navy marathon tomorrow.

Friday, May 17, 2019

Fri-Yay: Big Bang Ends With No Hype?; ABC to Air Farrah Fawcett Documentary

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 Bing Bang Theory

by Vincent

Last night, CBS' megahit The Big Bang Theory finally closed out its 12-season run. That makes it one of the longest-running sitcoms on TV, and by far the biggest sitcom ratings-wise of the past 20 years. And yet...there's an interesting lack of discussion about the show's end. When previous smash hit sitcoms like Friends and Seinfeld came to an end, there was an endless media parade and countless amounts of chatter and speculation - sort of like what we are seeing around the end of HBO's cultural phenomenon Game of Thrones. But with The Big Bang Theory, it feels as if TV's biggest sitcom is simply quietly riding into the night.

This is partially supported by the show's ratings, which have not held up super well in the final season (of course, even a weaker Big Bang Theory is still the highest rated sitcom on TV). Still, regardless of your opinion on the series, it's hard to not appreciate just how huge the series was. It may not hold the universal love of shows like Friends or Seinfeld, but the show got massive amounts of people watching multi-camera comedy in the 2010s, which is not a small feat. It does make me wonder if Big Bang will be the last traditional sitcom smash hit as comedies continue to go gradually more niche and less widely accessible. The Conners does have the potential to fill that hole, but time will tell if it's here for the long haul or just held up by early Roseanne hype. Either way, last night certainly marked the end of an era for sitcom fans.


This Is Farrah Fawcett

ABC News presents a two-hour prime-time special on America's golden girl Farrah Fawcett. From that iconic red bathing suit poster to her role in the hit show Charlie's Angels, Fawcett took the 1970s by storm and captivated the nation with her every move. But in 2006, Fawcett was confronted with her biggest challenge when she was diagnosed with cancer and began an aggressive fight for her life. Now, almost 10 years after her passing, ABC News reports on her life, career, fame and lasting legacy, told through new interviews with those who knew her best, and rare footage from the intimate video diaries of her fight against cancer. This is Farrah Fawcett airs Thursday, May 23 from 8:00-10:00 p.m. EDT on ABC.

The two-hour documentary features new interviews with actress Jaclyn Smith, Fawcett's co-star on Charlie's Angels; Alana Stewart, Fawcett's close friend who helped record her cancer battle for the two-hour documentary Farrah's Story; Bruce McBroom, the Hollywood photographer who shot Fawcett's iconic swimsuit poster; Mela Murphy, Fawcett's confidante and hairstylist; Dr. Lawrence Piro, Fawcett's primary physician; and Dr. Ursula Jacob, Fawcett's physician in Germany who used alternative treatments for her cancer. The documentary also includes Barbara Walters' landmark interviews with Fawcett and Ryan O'Neal, Fawcett's partner at the time of her death.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

The CW Upfront 2019-20: Fall 2019 Schedule; Notes from TBS and TNT Upfront

The CW 2019-20

Fall 2019


Sundays
8:00PM Batwoman (NEW!)
9:00PM Supergirl

Mondays
8:00PM All American (new night)
9:00PM Black Lightning

Tuesdays
8:00PM The Flash
9:00PM Arrow (new night)

Wednesdays
8:00PM Riverdale
9:00PM Nancy Drew (NEW!)

Thursdays
8:00PM Supernatural
9:00PM Legacies

Fridays
8:00PM Charmed (new night)
9:00PM Dynasty

Unscheduled Mid-Season 2020:

COMEDY:
DRAMA: Katy Keene
REALITY:
Returning: DC's Legends of Tomorrow, In the Dark, Roswell, New Mexico, The 100

NOTES: The CW has 14 returning series and three new series. They have five original scripted series lined up for midseason including the aspirational new series Katy Keene, based on characters from Archie Comics, along with returning series DC's Legends of Tomorrow, In the Dark, Roswell, New Mexico and The 100. The CW will once again launch its 2019-20 season in October, with premiere dates to be announced later. The iHeartRadio Music Festival returns to kick off the new season with an exclusive two-night telecast. Air dates will be announced at a later date.


Discuss The CW's 2019-20 lineup and also you can view complete program information.



The Last O.G.

TBS has picked up its original series The Last O.G. starring Tracy Morgan and Tiffany Haddish for a third season. Co-created and executive-produced by Academy Award winner Jordan Peele, The Last O.G. launched as cable's #1 new comedy in 2018 and the highest rated cable comedy debut since 2015. The show continues to be a ratings success in its second season, now ranking as cable's #1 sitcom and reaching a multiplatform audience of 23 million viewers so far. Season two of The Last O.G. found the "perfect balance of hilarity" (Salon), with Morgan’s character Tray going all in on his dreams of becoming a chef, and Tray's ex-girlfriend Shay (Haddish) collaborating with an unlikely business partner. Morgan and Haddish will return for the third season, as well as series regulars Ryan Gaul as Shay's affable husband Josh; Allen Maldonado, who plays Tray's goofy but well-intentioned cousin Bobby; and Taylor Mosby and Dante Hoagland, Tray and Shay's teenage children, Shahzad and Amira.

TBS has given a full series order to Chad, a single-camera comedy that follows a 14-year-old pubescent Persian boy (Nasim Pedrad) as he navigates his first year of high school on a mission to become popular. Chad's friendships and sanity are pushed to the limits as he uses every tactic at his disposal to befriend the cool kids, while enduring his mother's new dating life and reconciling with his cultural identity. TBS has ordered 10 episodes of the family sitcom; production on the pilot completed in March. And finally, four-time NBA Champion Shaquille O'Neal wants you to join him on his post-NBA season summer break and get a behind-the-scenes glimpse of how this towering mogul spends his time. TNT's Shaq Life is an immersive premium docuseries that offers unprecedented access to the day-to-day of what goes into the business of being Shaq.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

CBS Upfront 2019-20: Fall 2019 Schedule; Remembering Doris Day and Tim Conway

CBS 2019-20

Fall 2019


Mondays
8:00PM The Neighborhood
8:30PM Bob ♥ Abishola (NEW!)
9:00PM All Rise (NEW!)
10:00PM Bull

Tuesdays
8:00PM NCIS
9:00PM FBI
10:00PM NCIS: New Orleans

Wednesdays
8:00PM Survivor
9:00PM SEAL Team
10:00PM S.W.A.T. (new time period)

Thursdays
8:00PM Young Sheldon (new time period)
8:30PM The Unicorn (NEW!)
9:00PM Mom
9:30PM Carol's Second Act (NEW!)
10:00PM Evil (NEW!)

Fridays
8:00PM Hawaii Five-O (new time period)
9:00PM Magnum P.I. (new time period)
10:00PM Blue Bloods

Saturdays
8:00PM Crimetime Saturday (encores)
9:00PM Crimetime Saturday (encores)
10:00PM 48 Hours

Sundays
7:00PM 60 Minutes
8:00PM God Friended Me
9:00PM NCIS: Los Angeles
10:00PM Madam Secretary

 
Unscheduled Mid-Season 2020:
COMEDY: Broke
DRAMA: FBI: Most Wanted, Tommy
REALITY:
Returning Series: Big Brother, Criminal Minds, MacGyver, Man with a Plan, The Amazing Race and Undercover Boss

NOTES: The lineup features four new comedies, four new dramas and 24 returning series. The new fall series are the comedies Bob ♥ Abishola, Carol's Second Act and The Unicorn, and the dramas All Rise and Evil. New dramas FBI: Most Wanted and Tommy and new comedy Broke will debut later in the season. Returning favorites later in the season include Big Brother, Criminal Minds, MacGyver, Man with a Plan, The Amazing Race and Undercover Boss.

Discuss CBS's 2019-20 lineup and view the full press release.


Doris Day

Actress, singer, and animal welfare activist Doris Day, who starred as Doris Martin in The Doris Day Show, has died. She died on May 13 in Carmel Valley Village, California, after contracting pneumonia. Ms. Day was 97.

The Doris Day Show

Day starred as Doris Martin in the 1968-1973 CBS sitcom The Doris Day Show. The series ran for 5 seasons and 128 episodes. Doris Martin was a widow with two young sons, Billy (Philip Brown) and Toby (Todd Starke, credited as Tod Starke in the series). She moved her family from New York City to her father's rural ranch in Cotina in Mill Valley, California. She worked as a secretary at Today's World magazine in San Francisco. The cast in the first three seasons included Denver Pyle (1968-1970), Fran Ryan (1968), James Hampton (1968-1969), Naomi Stevens (1968-1969), Rose Marie (1969-1971), McLean Stevenson (1969-1971), Paul Smith (1969-1971), Kaye Ballard (1970-1971) and Bernie Kopell (1970-1971). Day performed the series theme song Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be). She received a Golden Globe Award nomination in 1969 for the role.

The Doris Day Show

The format of the series changed drastically in the fourth season. Doris Martin continued to work for Today's World. She was now a carefree, single full-time staff writer. Her children and most of the characters from the previous seasons never appeared or were mentioned again. The cast in seasons four and five included John Dehner (1971-1973) as her new editor Cy Bennett, Jackie Joseph (1971-1973) as Jackie Parker, Doris' friend and Cy's secretary, and Peter Lawford (1971-1973) as Dr. Peter Lawrence, a boyfriend of Doris. Day also served as an executive producer on the series for the 1972-1973 season.

Day appeared in 39 feature films released between 1948 and 1968. She made her feature film debut in Romance on the High Seas in 1948. In 1953, she starred in the hit musical Calamity Jane. Her song Secret Love won the Academy Award for Best Original Song. Some of her other film credits included I'll See You in My Dreams, Love Me or Leave Me, The Man Who Knew Too Much (she sang Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be) which won the Academy Award for Best Original Song), Pillow Talk (Academy Award-nominated for Best Actress), Please Don't Eat the Daisies, Move Over Darling, The Thrill of It All, Do Not Disturb, Where Were You When the Lights Went Out? and With Six You Get Eggroll.

She began her career as a big band singer in 1939. Her first hit recording was Sentimental Journey with Les Brown & His Band of Renown in 1945. She recorded more than 650 songs from 1947 to 1967 during her solo career. Her 29th studio album, My Heart, was released in 2011. She received three Grammy Hall of Fame Awards, in 1998, 1999 and 2012, for her recordings of Sentimental Journey, Secret Love, and Que Sera, Sera, respectively. She received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009 and a Legend Award from the Society of Singers in 2010.

Day largely retired from acting after The Doris Day Show ended in 1973. She hosted her own television talk show Doris Day's Best Friends on CBN in 1985-1986.

She was well known for her work as an animal welfare activist for many years. She founded the Doris Day Pet Foundation 1978, which is now the Doris Day Animal Foundation (DDAF). She formed the Doris Day Animal League (DDAL) in 1987. In 2004, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom for her work in the entertainment industry and for her work on the behalf of animals.

Ms. Day was a woman of many talents as an actress, singer and animal welfare activist. She was a real sweetheart and a true Hollywood legend. We thank her for the many hours of entertainment she brought us during her career. She will be deeply missed.

Share your memories on our The Doris Day Show message board. View photos in our galleries.

Doris Day

DECADES TV Network will honor the life and career of late Hollywood legend Doris Day with a weekend binge of The Doris Day Show. Starting Saturday, May 25 at 1:00PM ET, DECADES will present 68 episodes of the beloved sitcom airing back to back through Monday, May 27 at 7:00AM ET.

Remembered for its ever-changing premise and cast, the cheery series served as the legend's last major on screen performance. Originally formatted as a rural, family-centric sitcom with Day in the role of a widowed mother of two young sons, the series changed abruptly in Season 4 as Day took on the role of a single, career woman in an attempt to keep up with changing audience sensibilities of the early 1970s.

Viewers can see the complete schedule and find out where to watch by visiting www.decades.com .

Peggy Lipton

We have news on another tribute marathon. DECADES TV Network will honor the he life and career of the late actress Peggy Lipton with a weekend binge of The Mod Squad. Starting Saturday, May 18 at 1:00PM ET, DECADES will present 42 episodes of the groundbreaking series airing back to back through Monday, May 20 at 7:00AM ET.

In 1968, Lipton, a former teen model, landed the role of street-savvy Julia Barnes on The Mod Squad and was catapulted into stardom, becoming the "It Girl" of the early 1970s with her authentic vibrancy, fresh take on the character, and of course, her signature long blond hair and hippie-chic style. Also starring Michael Cole and Clarence Williams III, The Mod Squad is remembered for being a modern riff on the police drama genre, attempting to reach a new, young audience who was turning off their parents' TV in favor of current movies, music and social movements. The formula of a young, interracial cast of outsiders taking on the establishment worked, and the show was a hit. At the time executive producer Aaron Spelling was quoted, "We're telling it like it is. Somebody has to help adults understand young people. They've got so many hang-ups and nobody seems to care. Love is the answer. Those hippies are right. Those kids are so totally involved with life, they've involved me."

Over five seasons, the series tackled hard-hitting, socially relevant issues in a new and more realistic way for TV, ranging from drugs and domestic violence, to police brutality and even complex aspects of the Vietnam War. Lipton earned four Emmy Award nominations and a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in 1971.

In 1974, Lipton married prolific music producer Quincy Jones and soon gave birth to two daughters, Kidada and Rashida Jones. Following their 1989 divorce, Lipton returned to the small screen in the role of Norma Jennings in cult hit Twin Peaks. Lipton's most recent credits include films When in Rome and A Dog's Purpose and appearances on TV series Alias, Crash, House of Lies and the Twin Peaks 2017 revival.

Viewers can see the complete schedule and find out where to watch by visiting www.decades.com .

Tim Conway

Emmy-winning actor and comedian Tim Conway, who starred in McHale's Navy and The Carol Burnett Show, has died. He died from complications of normal pressure hydrocephalus on May 14 in Los Angeles, California. Mr. Conway was 85.

McHale's Navy

Conway's first television starring role was as Ensign Charles Beaumont Parker in the 1962-1966 ABC sitcom McHale's Navy. Ensign Charles Parker was the bumbling, naive Executive Officer of the World War II PT-73. The series also starred Ernest Borgnine, Joe Flynn, Carl Ballantine, Gary Vinson, Bob Hastings, Billy Sands, Edson Stroll, Jane Dulo (1962-1964), Gavin MacLeod (1962-1964), John Wright (1964-1966) and Yoshio Yoda. Conway wrote the story for one episode in 1963. He received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Performance in a Supporting Role by an Actor for the role in 1963. He also appeared in the 1964 film McHale's Navy and McHale's Navy Joins the Air Force in 1965.

He next starred in the short-lived 1967 ABC western sitcom Rango. Rango was an incompetent Texas Ranger who was assigned to Deep Wells Ranger Station, the quietest post in the state. The series also starred Guy Marks and Norman Alden.

Conway reunited with Joe Flynn in the short-lived 1970 CBS sitcom The Tim Conway Show. He played Spud Barrett, the well-meaning but bumbling chief pilot – in fact, the only pilot – and part-owner of Triple A Airlines, a charter airline based at Crawford Airfield in Los Angeles, California. The series also starred Anne Seymour, Johnnie Collins III, Emily Banks, Fabian Dean and Dennis Robertson.

The Carol Burnett Show

Conway was a frequent guest on the CBS variety/sketch comedy series The Carol Burnett Show for the show's first eight seasons from 1967 to 1975. He became a regular on the series starting with the 1975-1976 season. His memorable characters included The Oldest Man and Mr. Tudball. He won four Emmy Awards for his work on the series: three for his performances in 1973, 1977 and 1978 and one for writing for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy-Variety or Music Series in 1978. The popular series also starred Carol Burnett, Harvey Korman (1967-1977), Lyle Waggoner (1967-1974) and Vicki Lawrence. Conway returned for the short-lived 1979 ABC variety/sketch comedy series Carol Burnett & Company.

He hosted the short-lived 1970 CBS variety/sketch comedy series The Tim Conway Comedy Hour. He guest starred in Turn-On, which aired for a single episode on ABC on February 5, 1969. He made guest appearances in Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In in 1970 and 1971. Conway starred in variety/sketch comedy series The Tim Conway Show, which ran for two seasons on CBS from 1980 to 1981. He starred in the 1990 ABC comedy reality series Tim Conway's Funny America. In 2003, he starred as Mr. Henderson in The WB short-lived sketch comedy series On the Spot.

Conway starred as Ace Crawford in the short-lived 1983 CBS sitcom Ace Crawford, Private Eye. Ace Crawford was a trench-coated private detective who always solves the case and catches the bad guy, despite his constant bumbling. The series also starred Joe Regalubto, Billy Barty, Shera Danese, Bill Henderson and Dick Christie. Conway created and produced the series.

He had a recurring role as Tom Warner in seven episodes of the CBS sitcom Yes, Dear from 2001 to 2005. Vicki Lawrence played his wife, Natalie Warner. He received Emmy nominations for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for his role as Kenny in a 1996 episode of Coach titled The Gardener and for his role as Bucky Bright in the 2008 30 Rock episode titled Subway Hero. Some of his other sitcom guest appearances included Newhart, The Golden Palace, Cybill, Married with Children (as Ephraim Wanker in four episodes), The Larry Sanders Show, Cosby, Suddenly Susan, The Drew Carey Show, Mad About You and Hot in Cleveland.

Conway was also known for his voice work. He was the voice of Barnacle Boy in the animated series SpongeBob SquarePants. Some of his other voice credits included The Simpsons, Hercules, Lloyd in Space, The Wild Thornberrys, What's New, Scooby-Doo?, The Proud Family, Scooby-Doo! Pirates Ahoy!, and Dragons: Riders of Berk.

He co-starred with Don Knotts in the films The Apple Dumpling Gang, The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again, The Prize Fighter and The Private Eyes. Some of his other feature film credits included The World's Greatest Athlete, Gus, The Shaggy D.A., The Billion Dollar Hobo, The Longshot, Dear God and Air Bud: Golden Receiver. He starred as the title character in the Dorf series of comedy films.

Mr. Conway was a comedic genius. He was so funny in McHale's Navy and The Carol Burnett Show. He made everything he appeared in much funnier and better. We thank him for the many laughs and hours of entertainment he brought us during his long career. He will be greatly missed.

Share your memories on our McHale's Navy message board. View photos in our galleries.

Remembering Tim Conway

To celebrate the comedic genius of Tim Conway, MeTV is proud to present select episodes of The Carol Burnett Show that spotlight his iconic characters and trademark brand of humor. Though Conway is one of the faces most associated with the pioneering 1967–78 sketch comedy series, he did not become a regular on The Carol Burnett Show until the 1975–76 season. Up to that point, Conway was merely a frequent guest and friend of the show. By then, he had already crafted and introduced the world to hilarious characters like Mr. Tudball and the Oldest Man.

Tune in Monday through Friday next week, May 20–24, to revisit these side-splitting comedy sketches as MeTV Remembers Tim Conway. These special episodes of The Carol Burnett Show will air in the show's regular time slot, weeknights at 11PM | 10C.

Here are the Conway gems you will see.

Monday, May 20
11PM | 10C
"Guest Steve Lawrence"
Season 4, episode 3
Mr. Tudball (Tim Conway) tries to teach Mrs. Wiggins how to use an intercom.

Tuesday, May 21
11PM | 10C
"Guest Bernadette Peters"
Season 6, episode 21
In a reprise of his famous Dentist sketch, Tim has another mishap with novocaine.

Wednesday, May 22
11PM | 10C
"Guest Tim Conway"
Season 3, episode 7
Harvey Korman gets his grandfather clock fixed by the Oldest Man (Conway).

Thursday, May 23
11PM | 10C
"Guest Jim Nabors"
Season 3, episode 15
The Queen and King try to give their Hollow soldier (Conway) a blue pony.

Friday, May 24
11PM | 10C
"Guests Tim Conway and Valerie Harper"
Season 1, episode 16
Harvey's house is on fire, and the Oldest Man comes to his rescue.

In memory of beloved funny man Tim Conway, who died Tuesday at age 85, getTV will air four episodes of Married with Children featuring Conway on Sunday, May 19 beginning at 12 Midnight ET. Conway portrayed farmer Ephraim Wanker, father of Peg Bundy (Katey Sagal) in the four episodes from the long-running comedy series’ 10th season (1995-1996): Guess Who’s Coming to Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner; Bearly Men; Love Conquers Al; and The Joke’s on Al.

Antenna TV will have a McHale's Navy marathon (26 episodes) on Sunday from 9AM to 10PM. Conway's August 10, 1979, appearance on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson will follow.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

ABC Upfront 2019-20: Fall 2019 Schedule; Disney Channel Sets Premiere Dates for Raven's Home and Bunk'd

ABC 2019-20

Fall 2019


Mondays
8:00PM Dancing with the Stars
10:00PM The Good Doctor

Tuesdays
8:00PM The Conners
8:30PM Bless This Mess (new time)
9:00PM mixed-ish (NEW!)
9:30PM black-ish (new time)
10:00PM Emergence (NEW!)

Wednesdays
8:00PM The Goldbergs
8:30PM Schooled
9:00PM Modern Family
9:30PM Single Parents
10:00PM Stumptown (NEW!)

Thursdays
8:00PM Grey's Anatomy
9:00PM A Million Little Things
10:00PM How to Get Away with Murder

Fridays
8:00PM American Housewife (new day)
8:30PM Fresh Off the Boat (new time)
9:00PM 20/20 (two hours)

Saturdays
8:00PM Saturday Night Football

Sundays
7:00PM America's Funniest Home Videos
8:00PM Kids Say the Darndest Things (NEW!)
9:00PM Shark Tank
10:00PM The Rookie (new day)

New unscheduled, Mid-Season 2020:
New Comedy: United We Fall
New Drama: The Baker and the Beauty, For Life
New Reality/Unscripted:
Returning Comedy:
Returning Drama: Station 19, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Returning Reality/Unscripted: American Idol, The Bachelor

Notes: Only three new scripted series will debut in the fall – dramas Emergence and Stumptown; and the black-ish comedy spinoff mixed-ish. New dramas The Baker and the Beauty and For Life, along with the new comedy, United We Fall, will debut midseason. Station 19, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., American Idol and The Bachelor will return midseason.

Discuss ABC's 2019-20 lineup and also you can view complete program information.


Raven's Home & BUNK'D

The season premiere dates of two popular comedy series for kids and families - Raven's Home and BUNK'D - have been set for Monday, June 17 at 8:00pm EDT/PDT, and Thursday, June 20 at 8:00pm EDT/PDT, respectively, on Disney Channel and DisneyNOW. In the third season of Raven's Home, its star and executive producer Raven-Symoné will make her television directing debut. The season is also highlighted by guest stars Jaleel White (Me, Myself and I, Family Matters), Jonathan McDaniel (That's So Raven) and Charles Robinson (Night Court, K.C. Undercover). The stories pick up with Raven Baxter, her family and friends pursuing their creative dreams. Booker, Nia and Tess form a music group, The Chi-Lective, with Levi as their music video director, Raven is determined to launch her fashion line, while Chelsea has finally found her niche as a life coach. Raven's Home stars Raven-Symoné (That's So Raven), Issac Ryan Brown (ABC's black-ish and Disney's Kim Possible), Navia Robinson (Being Mary Jane), Jason Maybaum (Disney's Freaky Friday), Sky Katz and Anneliese van der Pol (That's So Raven). Additionally, Johnno Wilson (You Kiddin' Me) guest stars this season as Levi's dad, Garrett.

In the fourth season premiere of the hit summer camp comedy BUNK'D, former counselor Lou Hockhauser takes the mantle as camp director as she and her veteran campers, Destiny, Finn and Matteo, welcome three new Camp Kikiwaka members - Noah (an upbeat actor from Hollywood), Ava (a tenacious counselor from the big city) and Gwen (who has spent her entire life living off the grid). BUNK'D stars Miranda May (The Heartbreak Kid, Samantha Who?), Raphael Alejandro (Once Upon a Time), Will Buie Jr. (Daytime Divas), Mallory James Mahoney (Disney's Adventures in Babysitting), Shelby Simmons (Andi Mack), Scarlett Estevez (Daddy's Home) and Israel Johnson (Schooled).

Monday, May 13, 2019

Fox Upfront 2019-20: Fall 2019 Schedule; Antenna TV's Father Knows Best Father's Day Marathon

Fox 2019-20

Fall 2019

Mondays
8:00PM 9-1-1
9:00PM Prodigal Son (NEW!)

Tuesdays
8:00PM The Resident
9:00PM Empire

Wednesdays
8:00PM The Masked Singer
9:00PM Not Just Me (NEW!)

Thursdays
7:30PM Thursday Night Football Pregame Show
8:00PM NFL Football

Fridays
8:00PM WWE's Smackdown Live (NEW!)

Saturdays
7:00PM Fox Sports Saturday: Fox College Football

Sundays
7:00PM NFL on Fox
7:30PM The OT (NFL post-game)/Fox Encores
8:00PM The Simpsons
8:30PM Bless the Harts (NEW!)
9:00PM Bob's Burgers
9:30PM Family Guy

Unscheduled Mid-season 2020 (new and returning):
New Comedy: Outmatched, Duncanville (animated), The Greath North (animated)
New Drama: 9-1-1: Lone Star, Deputy, Filthy Rich, neXt
New Reality/Unscripted: Ultimate Tag
Returning Comedy: Last Man Standing
Returning Drama: The Orville
Returning Reality/Unscripted: Beat Shazam, First Responders Live, Gordon Ramsay's 24 Hours to Hell and Back, Hell's Kitchen, Masterchef, Masterchef Junior, Paradise Hotel, So You Think You Can Dance, Spin the Wheel

NOTES: Four new comedies and six new dramas join the lineup. First-ever 9-1-1 new installment, 9-1-1: Lone Star, starring Rob Lowe, begins its two-night premiere event, following the NFC Championship on Sunday, January 19, and continues Monday, January 20. Season Three of The Masked Singer will launch following Super Bowl LIV, Sunday, February 2. Gritty police drama Deputy, starring Stephen Dorff, will premiere midseason. Southern gothic family drama Filthy Rich, starring Kim Cattrall, and written, directed and executive-produced by Tate Taylor, will launch midseason. Pulsing thriller neXt, starring John Slattery, will premiere midseason. Family comedy Outmatched, starring Jason Biggs and Maggie Lawson, will debut midseason. Unscripted series Ultimate Tag, hosted by football superstars JJ, TJ and Derek Watt, will launch midseason. Animated comedy Duncanville, from Golden Globe winner Amy Poehler and Emmy Award winners Mike and Julie Scully, and featuring the voice of Poehler in two major roles, will debut at midseason. The Great North, a new animated comedy from Emmy Winner Loren Bouchard and featuring voices of Nick Offerman, Megan Mullally, Jenny Slate and Will Forte, will premiere in 2020. Last Man Standing and The Orville will return in 2020.

Discuss Fox's 2019-20 lineup. You'll find the official press release there, too...with details on all the new series.


Father Knows Best

Mother's Day just finished but we like to look ahead and we have news for Father's Day! Father Knows Best on Antenna TV, especially when it's Father's Day and also the 65th anniversary of its television premiere. Watch this family classic all-day long in a special marathon of Father Knows Best episodes, full of Jim Anderson's wise advice to his kids and loving help to his wife, Margaret. With 34 episodes, Antenna TV's "Father Knows Best 65th Anniversary Father's Day Marathon" runs from 5a-10p ET on June 16. Father Knows Best regularly airs on Antenna TV Weekdays 9am ET/6am PT, Weekends 7am ET/4am PT and Saturdays 2:30am ET/11:30pm PT.

Sunday, May 12, 2019

NBC Upfront 2019-20: Fall 2019 Schedule; Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows; This Week in Sitcoms (Week of May 13, 2019)

NBC 2019-20

Fall 2019 / Midseason 2020


Mondays
8:00PM The Voice (Sep-Dec/Mar-May) / America's Got Talent: Champions (Jan/Feb)
10:00PM Bluff City Law (NEW!) / Manifest (TBD 2020)

Tuesdays
8:00PM The Voice (Sep-Dec/Mar-May) / Ellen's Game of Games (Jan/Feb)
9:00PM This Is Us
10:00PM New Amsterdam

Wednesdays
8:00PM Chicago Med
9:00PM Chicago Fire
10:00PM Chicago P.D.

Thursdays
8:00PM Superstore
8:30PM Perfect Harmony (NEW!)
9:00PM The Good Place
9:30PM Sunnyside (NEW!)
10:00PM Law & Order: SVU

Fridays
8:00PM The Blacklist
9:00PM Dateline

Saturdays
8:00PM Dateline Mystery
10:00PM SNL Classics

Sundays
7:00PM Football Night in America
8:20PM Sunday Night Football 

Sundays after NFL in Spring
7:00PM Dateline
8:00PM Little Big Shots 
9:00PM Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist (NEW!) 
10:00PM Good Girls 

Unscheduled, Mid-Season 2020:
New Drama: Council of Dads and Lincoln
New Comedy: Indebted and The Kenan Show
Returning Series: Blindspot, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Hollywood Game Night, Making It, The Wall, Will & Grace, Who Do You Think You Are? and World of Dance
Fate TBD: Abby's, A.P. Bio, The Enemy Within, The InBetween, The Titan Games and The Village
Canceled Series: I Feel Bad, Midnight Texas, Timeless

Notes: Over the holidays, NBC is using its robust schedule of live events and specials to eventize the second season of last summer’s breakout hit Making It with Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman. As a special gift to viewers, the season is packaged over a two-week period and will feature innovative partnerships to help audiences craft alongside our makers this December. Ellen DeGeneres will also be making a list and checking it twice over the holidays as she kicks off a new tradition packed with massive surprises on Ellen's Greatest Night of Giveaways. Over the course of three one-hour specials, DeGeneres, along with her celebrity friends, will deliver life-changing gifts to unsuspecting people who’ve topped her nice list. With a year-round primetime roster that is 83% originals, NBC will once again harness the power of the Olympics in Summer 2020 with a packed schedule of entertainment programming that includes the return of World of Dance alongside summer staples American Ninja Warrior and America's Got Talent.

Discuss NBC's 2019-20 lineup and also you can view complete program information.

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 May 13-17, 2019, 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, May 13

  • Bill Hader (Barry) - Watch Bill on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS. He also talks about Barry on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Anthony Anderson (black-ish/Guys with Kids/All About the Andersons) - Anthony stops by Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Jason Mantzoukas (The League) - Jason visits Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Lisa Kudrow (Friends/The Comeback/Web Therapy) - Lisa appears on The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Will Forte (The Last Man on Earth) - Will is a guest on The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Jason Sudeikis (Son of Zorn/The Cleveland Show) - Jason drops by The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Ed Begley Jr. (Bless This Mess/Future Man/Your Family or Mine/Gary Unmarried) - Ed appears on Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Maya Erskine and Anna Konkle (PEN15) - Maya and Anna are guests on a repeat of Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Maya Rudolph (Up All Night), Ana Gasteyer (Suburgatory), Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation), Tina Fey (30 Rock) and Paula Pell - The cast of the Netflix comedy film Wine Country are guests on E!'s Busy Tonight at 11pm. Ana will also be on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Christopher Abbott (Girls) - Christopher appears on The Ellen DeGeneres show, so check your local listings.
  • Denis Leary (Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll/The Job) - Rach and her celeb pals are suiting up – Denis is putting them through scenarios faced by real-life NYC firefighters at his firefighter challenge event, benefitting the work of his foundation on Rachael Ray, so check your local listings.
  • Vanessa Hudgens (Powerless) - Vanessa is a guest on Access Live (check your local listings) and on People Now at 12pm.
  • Desi Lydic (Awkward) - Desi appears on ABC's Strahan & Sara at 1pm.
  • Peter Krause (Sports Night/Cybill) - Peter talks about 9-1-1 on ABC's Strahan & Sara at 1pm.
  • Tiffani Thiessen (Alexa & Katie/Good Morning, Miami/Saved by the Bell) - Tiffani and her husband Brady Smith talk about You're Missing It on Access Live, so check your local listings.
  • AJ Michalka (Schooled/The Goldbergs) - AJ and her sister Aly are guests on the BUILD Series at 2:30pm.
Tuesday, May 14
  • George Clooney (Roseanne/The Facts of Life/ E/R) - Catch George on a repeat of Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Pete Holmes (Crashing) - Pete visits The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS. He will also be on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am.
  • Bill Hader (Barry) - Bill appears on Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Kathryn Newton (Gary Unmarried) - Kathryn is a guest on Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC. She also talks about The Society on the BUILD Series at 10am and on People Now at 12pm.
  • Nate Corddry (Mom) - Nate stops by Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Griffin Newman (The Tick) - Griffin drops by Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Chelsea Handler (Are You There, Chelsea?) - Chelsea appears on E!'s Busy Tonight at 11pm.
  • Jon Cryer (Two and a Half Men/The Trouble with Normal/Partners/The Famous Teddy Z) - Jon is a guest on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Yvette Nicole Brown (The Odd Couple/Community) - Yvette visits The Real, so check your local listings.
  • Anthony Anderson (black-ish/Guys with Kids/All About the Andersons) - Anthony will be on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am.
  • CCH Pounder (Brothers/Women in Prison) - CCH talks about NCIS: New Orleans on ABC's Strahan & Sara at 1pm.
  • Tracy Morgan (The Last O.G./30 Rock/The Tracy Morgan Show), Allen Maldonado (The Last O.G.) and Method Man (Method & Red) - Tracy, Allen and Method Man discuss season two of The Last O.G. on the BUILD Series at 11am.
  • Jane Levy (Suburgatory) - Jane talks about What/If on the BUILD Series at 1pm.
Wednesday, May 15
  • Allison Williams (Girls) - Watch Allison on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Patton Oswalt (A.P. Bio/The Goldbergs/The King of Queens) - Patton appears on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Margo Martindale (The Millers) - Margo stops by Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC. She also talks about Sneaky Pete on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan (check your local listings) and on the BUILD Series at 3pm.
  • Henry Winkler (Barry/Out of Practice/Happy Days) - Henry visits The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Kathryn Newton (Gary Unmarried) - Kathryn is a guest on Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Ron Funches (Man with a Plan/Powerless/Undateable) - Ron appears on a repeat of Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Craig Ferguson (The Drew Carey Show) - Craig chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Yara Shahidi (grown-ish/black-ish) - Yara talks about The Sun Is Also a Star on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am, on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan (check your local listings) and on The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Laura Dern (F Is for Family/Enlightened) - Laura talks about Trial by Fire on NBC's Today in the 9am hour and on the BUILD Series at 11am.
  • Debi Mazar (Younger/Working) - Debi and the Dish crew invite you to their big fat Italian dinner featuring guilt-free spaghetti and meatballs on The Dr. Oz Show, so check your local listings.
Thursday, May 16
  • Billie Lourd (Scream Queens) - Catch Billie on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Yara Shahidi (grown-ish/black-ish) - Yara stops by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC. She also talks about The Sun Is Also a Star on the BUILD Series at 3pm.
  • The Cast of The Big Bang Theory - Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar, Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch are guests on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS. Kaley and Johnny will also be on CBS This Morning sometime between 7-9am.
  • Aidy Bryant (Shrill) - Aidy appears on Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Allison Williams (Girls) - Allison visits The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Lance Reddick (Corporate) - Lance is a guest on Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Bill Hader (Barry) - Bill drops by Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
  • Dennis Quaid (Merry Happy Whatever) - Dennis talks about A Dog's Journey on NBC's Today in the 10am hour and on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Melissa McCarthy (Mike & Molly/Samantha Who?) - Melissa is a guest on The Ellen DeGenere Show, so check your local listings.
  • Maya Rudolph (Up All Night) - Maya stops by The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Jon Cryer (Two and a Half Men/The Trouble with Normal/Partners/The Famous Teddy Z) - Jon appears on The Real, so check your local listings.
  • Lauren Ash (Superstore/Super Fun Night) - Lauren is a guest on Rachael Ray, so check your local listings.
  • Tamera Mowry (Sister, Sister/Roommates) - Tamera visits People Now at 12pm.
  • Walton Goggins - Walton is tentatively scheduled to appear on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 11:30am ET.
Friday, May 17
  • Stephen Root (Barry/Ladies Man/NewsRadio) - Watch Stephen on a repeat of Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Dennis Quaid (Merry Happy Whatever) - Dennis is a guest on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT. He also talks about A Dog's Journey on the BUILD Series at 4pm and on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 11:30am ET.
  • Josh Hopkins (Cougar Town) - Josh visits The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Craig Ferguson (The Drew Carey Show) - Craig tells stories from his new memoir that you've got to hear to believe on Rachael Ray, so check your local listings.
  • Whoopi Goldberg (Whoopi/Bagdad Cafe) - Whoopi stops by ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am.

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Sitcoms Airing This Week

Sunday, May 12

The Simpsons - "Crystal Blue-Haired Persuasion" (Fox, 8:00PM ET/PT)
After Homer's work cuts children's health care benefits, Marge turns to buying healing crystals as a cheaper solution for Bart's ADD; Bart begins to succeed in school, prompting Marge to open her own crystals empire and sell to mothers at school.

Bob's Burgers - "Yes Without My Zeke" (Fox, 8:30PM ET/PT)
When Zeke gets into trouble, the Belcher kids and Jimmy Jr. try to prevent him from being sent to a disciplinary school; Tina tries to thwart their mission, so she can have Jimmy Jr. to herself; Randy rents out Bob's Burgers to shoot a film.

Family Guy - "Adam West High" (Fox, 9:00PM ET/PT)
When Brian's proposition to rename Quahog's high school "Adam West High," to honor the late Mayor West, is successful, he feels encouraged to run for office as Quahog's new mayor; the race takes a turn when Quagmire campaigns against Brian.

Family Guy - "Dead Dog Walking" (Fox, 9:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
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.


Monday, May 13

The Big Bang Theory - "The Meteorite Manifestation" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Sheldon is thrilled to help Bernadette and Wolowitz navigate bureaucratic paperwork, until he discovers they are breaking the law. Also, Leonard is disappointed when his friends exclude him from a scientific project.

The Big Bang Theory - "The Donation Oscillation" (CBS, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Penny tries to seduce an abstaining Leonard to ruin his “donation” for her ex-boyfriend, Zack (Brian Thomas Smith), and his wife, Marissa (Lindsey Kraft). Also, Wolowitz, Bernadette, Anu (Rati Gupta) and Koothrappali turn Koothrappali’s canceled bachelor party into a couple’s trip aboard the “vomit comet.”


Tuesday, May 14

American Housewife - "The Dance" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
With the kids away at the school dance, Katie and Greg look forward to a romantic evening alone; but Anna-Kat is crushed when the boy she likes doesn’t ask her to the dance, and Oliver begins to panic when the town psychic’s predictions begin to come true.

The Kids Are Alright - "Whales" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
After learning that donations are down at their church, Peggy grows concerned that the cutbacks will affect the nursing home where she is secretly housing a close relative. Mike and Peggy blame the low donations on Father Abdi and disagree with him about how to raise funds. Meanwhile, Joey pet-sits his friend’s snake and, in true Joey fashion, uses the snake to his advantage.

black-ish - "Is It Desert or Dessert?" (ABC, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Dre has concerns about Jack and Diane spending the weekend with their friends’ family in the desert. Meanwhile, Pops is forced to come to terms with how he treats women after he helps set Junior up.

Bless This Mess - "In Hot Water" (ABC, 9:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
In order to afford a new water heater, Rio and Mike must come up with ways to make money since Mike refuses to let Rio’s mom, Donna, pay for it. Mike decides to sell their chickens’ eggs at the local farmers market; and Rio tries to find new clients for therapy, but the town doesn’t seem to want their business.

The Last O.G. - "Criminal Minded" (TBS, 10:30PM ET/PT)
A neighborhood tough named BAMF threatens Josh and levies a tax on the food truck; Tray reconnects with another O.G. to learn the new code of the street; Bobby has a new girlfriend who comes with more baggage than he could've ever anticipated.


Wednesday, May 15

What We Do in the Shadows - "Citizenship" (FX, 10:00PM ET/PT)
Nadja trains Jenna on how to take her first victim; Nandor applies for American citizenship.


Thursday, May 16

The Big Bang Theory - "The Change Constant" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Sheldon and Amy await big news.

The Big Bang Theory - "The Stockholm Syndrome" (CBS, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Series Finale)
Bernadette and Wolowitz leave their kids for the first time; Penny and Leonard try to keep a secret; Sheldon and Amy stick together; and Koothrappali makes a new friend, as the gang travels together into an uncharted future.

Young Sheldon - "A Swedish Science Thing and the Equation for Toast" (CBS, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Sheldon invites the entire school to a party for the Nobel Prize announcements. Also, Meemaw learns more about Dr. Sturgis’ past, and Georgie’s desire for cable TV leads to a standoff between him and George Sr.

The Big Bang Theory - "Unraveling the Mystery: A Big Bang Farewell" (CBS, 9:30PM ET/PT)
In the special, Johnny Galecki and Kaley Cuoco will lead fans on a trip down memory lane, sharing some of the best-kept backstage secrets and personal memories from the past 12 years. They will reveal their favorite moments playing beloved characters Leonard and Penny, and revisit some of the most memorable stories from “The Big Bang Theory Stage.” In addition, the special will feature a tour of the iconic sets, including Leonard and Sheldon’s apartment. This special farewell will include unforgettable clips and interviews to celebrate this beloved series.

Superstore - "Sandra's Fight" (NBC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Amy (America Ferrera) and Dina (Lauren Ash) visit Cloud 9 corporate to fix problems caused by Sandra's (guest star Kaliko Kauahi) misguided activism, while Jonah (Ben Feldman) tries to sabotage an employee meeting and Garrett (Colton Dunn) tries to prove to his co-workers that he's a good person.

Superstore - "Employee Appreciation Day" (NBC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Amy (America Ferrera) and Jonah (Ben Feldman) find themselves on opposing sides as corporate tries to win over employees by showering them with treats. But when the company's tactics grow more extreme, everyone must band together to save one of their own.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine - "Sicko" (NBC, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Jake and Charles investigate a dangerous serial killer. Holt continues to spar with his rival, Commissioner Kelly. Terry finds out about whether or not he has passed the lieutenant's exam.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine - "Suicide Squad" (NBC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
Desperate circumstances call for desperate measures, as Jake, Holt, Amy, Terry, Rosa and Charles must ally themselves with old enemies.

Better Things - "Shake the Cocktail" (FX, 10:00PM ET/PT)
Sam searches and takes a breath.


Friday, May 17

none scheduled


Saturday, May 18

none scheduled


Sunday, May 19

The Simpsons - "Heartbreak Hotel" (Fox, 7:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Marge and Homer's marriage is tested when they travel to a tropical island to compete on Marge's favorite reality competition show.

Family Guy - "Pal Stewie" (Fox, 7:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
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.

Complete TV Listings

Saturday, May 11, 2019

SitcomsOnline Digest: Looking at Sitcom Cancellations Ahead of Upfronts; Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Returning for Interactive Special

Welcome to SitcomsOnline Digest! It's a VERY busy week, and we've tried to condense our news as much as possible to ensure that you get all of the highlights. This week, we're busy learning about all of the renewals and cancellations of series, ahead of learning what the new fall season will look like. Let's get going!

HIGHLIGHTS FROM SITCOMSONLINE.COM AND AROUND THE WEB
  • As we prepare for learning the fall lineup for the broadcast networks, we have a busy week of cancellations, including sitcoms such as Murphy Brown, The Cool Kids, Life in Pieces, Splitting Up Together, Speechless, and more. (Variety
  • Steve Harvey's daytime talk show has been cancelled, leaving him with one less job. (Variety
  • Not everything is getting cancelled. Grey's Anatomy, which is now a relic of an era when broadcast TV was dominated by shows like The Office and Desperate Housewives, has been renewed for two more seasons. (Deadline)
  • Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is returning to Netflix for an interactive special. (CNN)
  • In the old days, you knew that the national evening news meant Tom Brokaw, Peter Jennings, and Dan Rather, but now it seems the anchors change all the time. Now, Jeff Glor is out as as anchor of CBS Evening News, but Norah O'Donnell will be replacing him in a few months. (Variety)
  • More stars have been added to the live All in the Family and The Jeffersons special that ABC is airing on May 22. (Deadline) )
  • NBC has picked up at least two pilots for next season already. (SitcomsOnline)

WEEKLY PLANNER (MAY 11 - MAY 17)
The Big Bang Theory
  • The final episode of The Big Bang Theory airs on Thursday night, almost putting an entire era of sitcoms (that'll come next year as Modern Family ends) to an end.
  • Several other season finales will air this week, including Young Sheldon, Superstore, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and the entire Fox Sunday night lineup.
  • The Untouchables airs all weekend on Decades.
  • Antenna TV is giving mom the day off with a Mother's Day marathon of Hazel.
  • getTV will celebrate All in the Family all week next week with a 30 episode marathon, with six episodes airing every night starting at 7 PM.

Friday, May 10, 2019

Fri-Yay: Upfronts 2019: Questions for Sitcoms; getTV Celebrates All in the Family Ahead of ABC Live 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 Goldbergs

by Vincent

It's hard to believe it's that time of year again, but May is here and networks will soon be ending the 2018-2019 television season and making their schedules for the 2019-2020 season. In this column, I'll take a look at the "state of sitcoms" on each network and making some guesses about the fate of some bubble sitcoms and the direction each network will be going in.

ABC: 2019-2020 is going to be a bit of a sad one for ABC's comedy brand, as Modern Family will wrap up its run after 11 seasons. That leaves The Goldbergs and black-ish as the longest-standing veteran sitcoms, and ABC is clearly interested in continuing those stories as both have spin-offs either airing or in the works - Schooled (which premiered this spring and has been a ratings hit) and mixed-ish (the black-ish spin-off set for next season) will be centerpieces of the network's comedy schedule next year. Technically Goldbergs hasn't been renewed yet, but seems very likely to continue given its steady ratings success. The Conners (which had a huge first season) will also be returning. However, Speechless, Fresh Off the Boat and American Housewife, which have seen ratings declines this season, are shows that fans should certainly be somewhat concerned about. Overall, there's still plenty of family comedy to look forward to next year on ABC.

CBS: It'll be very interesting to see what CBS does with its comedy block next year, as its long-running, massive ratings hit The Big Bang Theory is bowing out this month after 12 years on the air. Its spin-off Young Sheldon remains a big hit, so it seems likely that CBS will revolve its comedy laurels on that show's heels. Solid tentpole sitcom Mom has also been renewed for another season. All in all, it's going to be a year of change as CBS adjusts to life after Big Bang.

Fox: Fox hit the jackpot this year when resurrecting Last Man Standing, as the series has done gangbusters on Friday nights for the network, looking even stronger than most of its ABC run. Additionally, Fox's steady and reliable animated slate of The Simpsons, Bob's Burgers and Family Guy will be returning. However, it'll be interesting to see if the Disney-Fox merger effects the rest of the network's output. There are rumors floating around that the animated staples may be moved to another part of the Disney umbrella after a few seasons, since they will no longer be owned by the Fox network (which, remember, is operating independently from 20th Century Fox now, which is owned by Disney).

NBC: NBC's acclaimed line-up of The Good Place, Superstore and Brooklyn Nine-Nine are all returning next year, which should keep fans of excellent comedy happy. However, the network didn't have a lot of success with its newbies this year (neither I Feel Bad nor Abby's made much of a ratings dent) and sophomore AP Bio also looked ugly in the ratings department this spring. NBC is likely looking for a big ratings hit, since while Superstore, Good Place and Brooklyn are all solid performers, they aren't necessarily world-beaters, and the Will & Grace revival hasn't been the smash hit NBC was likely hoping it would be.

All in all, it'll be interesting to see the networks' moves as we head into Upfront season. It's going to be a very interesting year for many networks!


All in the Family on getTV

In advance of the 90-minute primetime event Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear's All in the Family and The Jeffersons, airing Wednesday, May 22 at 8:00 p.m. ET on The ABC Television Network, getTV will air 30 all-time favorite episodes of the original groundbreaking 1970s comedy series every night May 13-17 beginning at 7 ET. One of television's most popular and acclaimed series, All in the Family starred Carroll O’Connor and Jean Stapleton as Archie and Edith Bunker, with Rob Reiner and Sally Struthers as Mike and Gloria Stivic. The show originally aired from January 12, 1971 to April 8, 1979 and won 22 Emmy Awards out of 56 total nominations. Among the episodes airing May 13-17 on getTV are the 1971 pilot, the episode that introduced Bea Arthur as Edith's cousin Maude (who went on to have her own series), the episode guest-starring Sammy Davis Jr. in which its final scene produced the longest sustained audience laughter in the history of the show, and the 1972 two-parter flashback episode, "Mike and Gloria's Wedding."


Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Wednesday, May 22

Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear’s "All in the Family" and "The Jeffersons" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Kerry Washington joins “Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear’s ‘All in the Family’ and ‘The Jeffersons,’” the live sitcom special coming from late-night host Jimmy Kimmel and television icon Norman Lear. Washington is set to play Helen Willis in the special, airing live WEDNESDAY, MAY 22 (8:00-9:31 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. This historic event will take viewers down memory lane, recreating an original episode from each of the Emmy® Award-winning series “All in the Family” and “The Jeffersons.” This legendary night of television will be hosted by Lear and Kimmel, directed by 10-time Emmy winner James Burrows and produced by Sony Pictures Television.

Previously announced stars include Woody Harrelson (Archie Bunker), Marisa Tomei (Edith Bunker), Jamie Foxx (George Jefferson), Wanda Sykes (Louise Jefferson), Ellie Kemper (Gloria Stivic), Will Ferrell (Tom Willis), Justina Machado (Florence Johnston), Ike Barinholtz (Meathead), Sean Hayes (Mr. Lorenzo), Amber Stevens West (Jenny Willis Jefferson), Jovan Adepo (Lionel Jefferson), Anthony Anderson (Uncle Henry), Stephen Tobolowsky (Mr. Bentley) and Jackée Harry (Diane Stockwell).

All About "All in the Family" and "The Jeffersons" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
After the star-studded live sitcom special “Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear’s ‘All in the Family’ and ‘The Jeffersons,’” “Nightline” will take a special look at the cultural and historical significance of the two iconic series. Participants in the live sitcom special along with modern-day comedians, television stars and journalists reminisce about each show’s groundbreaking impact and legacy.“Nightline” Presents “All About ‘All in the Family’ and ‘The Jeffersons’” airs WEDNESDAY, MAY 22 (9:31–10:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network.

The prime-time special features interviews with “All in the Family” and “The Jeffersons” creator Norman Lear; host and executive producer Jimmy Kimmel and stars Anthony Anderson, Ike Barinholtz, Jackée Harry, Ellie Kemper and Kerry Washington; comedians and actors Raven-Symoné, David Alan Grier, Lil’ Rel and John Amos; original “The Jeffersons” cast member Marla Gibbs; and journalists Deborah Roberts, Chris Connelly, Marc Lamont Hill and Joe Levy.

What We Do in the Shadows - "The Orgy" (FX, 10:00PM ET/PT)
Tensions run high as the vampires prepare to host the Biannual Vampire Orgy.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of May 20)

Wednesday, May 22

  • John Travolta (Welcome Back, Kotter) - Watch John and his daughter Ella Bleu on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Kaitlyn Dever (Last Man Standing) - Kaitlyn appears on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS. She also talks about Booksmart on the BUILD Series at 1pm.
  • John Lithgow (Trial & Error/Twenty Good Years/3rd Rock from the Sun) - John stops by Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Beanie Feldstein (What We Do in the Shadows) - Beanie is a guest on Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC. She also talks about Booksmart on the BUILD Series at 1pm.
  • Elizabeth Banks (Scrubs/30 Rock) - Elizabeth visits The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Bradley Whitford (Happyish/Trophy Wife) - Bradley drops by The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Billy Ray Cyrus (Still the King) - Billy Ray appears on The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Logan Browning (Dear White People/Meet the Browns) - Logan is a guest on Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Lisa Kudrow (Friends/The Comeback/Web Therapy) - Lisa stops by Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Tracy Pollan (Family Ties) - Tracy appears on Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
  • Eric Stonestreet (Modern Family) - Eric chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Kevin Hart (The Big House/Undeclared) - Kevin talks about The Secret Life of Pets 2 on NBC's Today sometime between 7-9am and in the 10am hour and on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Tom Hanks (Bosom Buddies) - Tom appears on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Jenny Slate (Married/Parks and Recreation) and Patton Oswalt (A.P. Bio/The Goldbergs/The King of Queens) - Jenny and Patton talk about The Secret Life of Pets 2 on NBC's Today in the 10am hour.
  • Ed Asner (Dead to Me/Center of the Universe/Thunder Alley/The Mary Tyler Moore Show) - Ed and his son Matt are guests on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.


New on DVD/Blu-ray (March/April/May)

Hangin' with Mr. Cooper - The Complete Second Season Alice - The Complete Ninth Season The Wayans Bros. - The Complete Fifth Season Evening Shade - The Complete Collection Perfect Strangers - The Complete Seventh and Eighth Seasons

03/05 - Hangin' with Mr. Cooper - The Complete Second Season (WBShop.com)
03/12 - Alice - The Complete Ninth Season (WBShop.com)
03/26 - The Wayans Bros. - The Complete Fifth Season (WBShop.com)
04/02 - Archer: Danger Island - The Complete Season Nine
04/09 - You're the Worst - The Complete Fifth Season
04/12 - Evening Shade - The Complete Collection
04/16 - The Big C - The Complete Series (Blu-ray)
05/07 - Baskets - The Complete Season Three
05/13 - My Three Sons - The Third Season - Volume One
05/13 - My Three Sons - The Third Season - Volume Two
05/14 - The Donna Reed Show - Seasons 1-5
05/14 - Petticoat Junction - Seasons 1-3
05/28 - Perfect Strangers - The Complete Seventh and Eighth Seasons
05/28 - South Park - The Complete Twenty-Second Season (Blu-ray)
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Recent SitcomsOnline.com News Blog Posts

05/22 - Los Espookys Premieres June 14 on HBO; NBC's 5th Annual Red Nose Day Special Brings Out the Stars
05/21 - Nightline Primetime Special Profiles All in the Family & The Jeffersons; Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader Premieres June 10 on Nick
05/20 - Comedy Central Heads to the South Side This July; Catch the Big Bang Finale Again Tonight
05/19 - Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows; This Week in Sitcoms (Week of May 20, 2019)
05/18 - SitcomsOnline Digest: Broadcast Network Fall Lineup at a Glance; Rick & Morty Returns in November
05/17 - Fri-Yay: Big Bang Ends With No Hype?; ABC to Air Farrah Fawcett Documentary
05/16 - The CW Upfront 2019-20: Fall 2019 Schedule; Notes from TBS and TNT Upfront
05/15 - CBS Upfront 2019-20: Fall 2019 Schedule; Remembering Doris Day and Tim Conway
05/14 - ABC Upfront 2019-20: Fall 2019 Schedule; Disney Channel Sets Premiere Dates for Raven's Home and Bunk'd
05/13 - Fox Upfront 2019-20: Fall 2019 Schedule; Antenna TV's Father Knows Best Father's Day Marathon
05/12 - NBC Upfront 2019-20: Fall 2019 Schedule; Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows; This Week in Sitcoms (Week of May 13, 2019)
05/11 - SitcomsOnline Digest: Looking at Sitcom Cancellations Ahead of Upfronts; Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Returning for Interactive Special
05/10 - Fri-Yay: Upfronts 2019: Questions for Sitcoms; getTV Celebrates All in the Family Ahead of ABC Live Special
05/09 - More Pre-Upfront Pick Ups from NBC, ABC and The CW; Fox Schedules BH90210
05/08 - NBC Picks Up 2 Series Before Upfront; FX Gets 2nd Season of What We Do in the Shadows
05/07 - AXS TV's The Very VERY Best of the 70s; Who Do You Think You Are? Returns to NBC with More Celebs
05/06 - Kevin Hart Bounce Series Debuts Tonight; Set Sail with Kimmy Schmidt
05/05 - Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows; This Week in Sitcoms (Week of May 6, 2019)
05/04 - Pluto TV Adds Special Versions of Popular Viacom Channels; Perfect Strangers to Finish on DVD
05/03 - Fri-Yay: Ramy Gets 2nd Season on Hulu; ABC Orders black-ish and Spinoff mixed-ish for 2019-20
05/02 - Hulu 2019 Upfront; Suits and Spinoff to Air Back-to-Back
05/01 - Fox Gets Unique Fred Savage Series; BH90210 Gets Shannen Doherty for Revival
04/30 - CBS Announces Big Bang Special on Finale Night; Showtime Gets 2nd Season of Black Monday with Don Cheadle
04/29 - Disney Channel's Just Roll With It Premieres in June; Alyssa Milano Launches Podcast
04/28 - Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows; This Week in Sitcoms (Week of April 29, 2019)
04/27 - SitcomsOnline Digest: Santa Clarita Diet and Wrecked Both Cancelled; Remembering Dallas Actor Ken Kercheval
04/26 - Fri-Yay: Status of Sitcoms on Disney+; Gabriel Iglesias Sitcom Launches June 21 on Netflix
04/25 - Lifetime's Book to Screen Titles in June; The CW Renews Four More for 2019-20
04/24 - MeTV Network Brings Back The Dick Van Dyke Show; The Detour Returns for Season 4 in June
04/23 - Antenna TV's Hazel Mother's Day Marathon; Netflix Celebrates Laugh-In's 50th Anniversary
04/22 - Last Man Standing Renewed for Season 8; NBC Moves Tuesday Series Timeslots