Friday, January 18, 2019

Fri-Yay: Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt's Final String of Episodes; Freeform and Jenna Fischer Team Up for Comedy

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!

by Vincent

Netflix has released the trailer for the final run of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt episodes (technically the second half of the fourth season, although the first half of the season aired eight months ago, so this sort of feels more like a fifth season) and it seems as if Kimmy and crew really are gearing up to say goodbye. There were reports of a wrap-up movie that don't seem to be confirmed one way or the other, so for now, these final six episodes serve as the last we'll see of Kimmy and her crazy world of characters - at least for now. I was a little surprised when the show originally was announced as coming to an end, but I do think the show is about at the time where I'm ready for it to come to a close.

The trailer seems to suggest that the show is going to give its characters solid endings, while still providing us with the laughs we know and love from the series. The show's joke-a-minute ratio always remained impressive, even when the storylines seemed inconsistent (which they sometimes did.) Even with all of its flaws, I'll truly miss Kimmy Schmidt. It was a sitcom that always remained fresh and funny - and that's something to be valued in a sitcom. I really hope the talented cast members appear somewhere else, because they were a true joy, and I can't wait to see what's in store for them next.


Freeform

Freeform announced that it has put into development National Parker, a half-hour comedy from actress and executive producer Jenna Fischer (Splitting Up Together, The Office), and writer Alexandra Henrikson with Warner Horizon Scripted Television. When social media-obsessed Parker Adams' world comes crashing down after a breakup, she decides to put her New York City life behind her and become an adult with a real job - as a national park ranger at Alaska's Hickberry National Park. Jenna Fischer will serve as executive producer. Alexandra Henrikson (Maniac) will serve as co-executive producer and is also set to write the pilot script. Casting is still to be announced. There is still a long way to go for this pilot, including if it will be ordered to series or not. Stay with us for continued updates.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Steve Carell Returns to TV Comedy with The Office Producers; Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Coming to HGTV

Space Force

A sort of reunion of The Office? Steve Carell, and producers Greg Daniels and Howard Klein will reunite for the Netflix original comedy series Space Force. Workplace comedy centered around the people tasked with creating a sixth branch of the armed services... Space Force. Steve Carell, who co-created the series, will star and executive produce Greg Daniels (The Office (U.S.), King of the Hill, Parks and Recreation), is the co-creator of the series and will serve as showrunner and executive producer. Howard Klein/3Arts (The Office (U.S.), The Mindy Project, Parks and Recreation) will also serve as executive producer. More info is still yet to come, such as how many episodes and when we can expect this comedy to premiere.


Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

Television's highest-rated home renovation series of all time - Extreme Makeover: Home Edition - is coming to HGTV, with the network planning to produce 10 fresh episodes. While it has not yet revealed the cast for the new episodes, HGTV will showcase its own superstar experts in the weekly race to complete a custom, whole home renovation for one deserving family. The new episodes are expected to premiere in early 2020. HGTV also secured the rights to air 100 existing episodes of the original series that ran on The ABC Television Network for nine successful seasons from 2003-2012. At its peak during the 2004-05 season, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition averaged nearly 16 million viewers on Sunday nights. Extreme Makeover: Home Edition will be available on demand across all authenticated platforms and on the HGTV app.

The HGTV episodes of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition will be produced by Endemol Shine North America with Sharon Levy and DJ Nurre serving as executive producers. The company also produced the original version of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition for ABC.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Pluto TV Launches Sitcom Channel; The Last O.G. Returns for Season 2 on April 2

Pluto TV

Pluto TV (the leader in completely free, streaming television with 10 million monthly active users) is launching two new channels on their platform as of yesterday (January 15)! Pluto TV Sitcoms (Ch. 255) and Pluto TV Cine (Ch. 69) will bring in new entertainment for every viewer to enjoy! Catch Spanish language movies like Casa De Mi Padre and Amor Letra Por Letra playing 24/7 along with the beloved families, quirky characters and hilarious catchphrases from your favorite sitcoms with these new channels. In Pluto TV Sitcoms, looking for laughs? Come home to Pluto TV Sitcoms featuring the beloved families, quirky characters and hilarious catchphrases of shows like 3rd Rock From The Sun, Roseanne plus classics like The Dick Van Dyke Show and The Lucy Show. Pluto TV is the leading free, television streaming service offering over 100+ curated channels featuring live, linear news, entertainment, sports highlights, lifestyle, comedy and more, and thousands of hit movies and television available on-demand. With millions of monthly users, Pluto TV is available across all streaming and mobile devices, internet and connected televisions.


Comedy superstars Tracy Morgan and Tiffany Haddish are back for a second helping of The Last O.G., which debuted as 2018's #1 new cable comedy and the biggest cable comedy premiere since 2015, reaching 43.1 million viewers across all platforms in season one. The series, co-created by Jordan Peele, will return to TBS on Tuesday, April 2, 2019 at 10:30pm ET/PT. After losing his job, Tray (Morgan) goes all in on his dreams of becoming a chef. Tiffany Haddish stars as Tray's ex-girlfriend Shay, who has an intriguing business venture of her own on the horizon. Season two also features returning series regulars Ryan Gaul, who plays Shay's affable husband Josh; Allen Maldonado, who plays Tray's goofy but well-intentioned cousin Bobby; and Taylor Mosby and Dante Hoagland, who play Tray and Shay's teenage children, Shahzad and Amira.

Among the new guest stars joining the cast in Brooklyn are legendary hip hop artists Method Man, Rev Run, Talib Kweli, and Rakim, as well as Bresha Webb (Marlon), Diarra Kilpatrick (American Koko), Anna Maria Horsford (Amen, The Bold and the Beautiful), Joshua Rivera (Escape at Dannemora), Dan Hedaya (The Usual Suspects), Brian Sacca (Wrecked), and Jack McBrayer (30 Rock).

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Ricky Gervais Comedy Coming to Netflix in March; Two TBS Series Moving to TNT

After Life

After Life starring Ricky Gervais launches on Netflix March 8, 2019. In the comedy, Ricky Gervais stars as widower, Tony in this new original Netflix 6 episode original series. Tony (Ricky Gervais) had a perfect life. But after his wife Lisa dies, Tony changes. After contemplating taking his own life, he decides instead to live long enough to punish the world by saying and doing whatever he likes from now on. He thinks it's like a Super Power - not caring about himself or anyone else - but it turns out to be tricky when everyone is trying to save the nice guy they used to know.

Starring alongside Gervais is Kerry Godliman (Derek) as Tony's wife Lisa, Tom Basden (Plebs, David Brent: Life On The Road) as Tony's brother-in-law Matt, Tony Way (Edge of Tomorrow) as Tony's best-friend Lenny, David Bradley (The Harry Potter series, Game of Thrones) as Tony's dad, and Ashley Jensen (Extras) as a Nurse to Tony's dad. Also starring is Penelope Wilton (Downton Abbey, Doctor Who), David Earl (Cemetery Junction, Derek), Joe Wilkinson (Him and Her), Kerry Godliman (Derek), Mandeep Dhillon, Jo Hartley, Roisin Conaty, Tim Plester and Diane Morgan (David Brent: Life On The Road).


Snoop Dogg Presents The Joker's Wild

Celebrity rap battle series Drop the Mic and classic game show reboot Snoop Dogg Presents The Joker's Wild will return to television on Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at 10:00 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. (ET/PT) respectively, on TNT. Both shows will encore the following night each week on TBS. The move to TNT will pair each series with the network's significant sports audience. Drop the Mic is no stranger to sports stars, having featured notable athletes such as Shaquille O'Neal, Rob Gronkowski, Michael Bennett and Odell Beckham Jr. Snoop Dogg Presents The Joker's Wild has also featured several athletes including Antonio Brown, Julian Edelman and Dana White, in addition to cameos by Michael Strahan who is an executive producer on the show. Both series are in their third seasons, with this the first on TNT for both.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Celebs Announced for Big Brother Season 2; New Comedy Russian Doll Comes to Netflix Feb. 1

Celebrity Big Brother

CBS has announced the 12 Celebrity Houseguests who will star in the second celebrity edition of Big Brother in the U.S. This season's cast includes Olympians, a former Heisman Trophy winner and NFL running back, a headline-making political strategist, a former teen heartthrob, a Grammy-nominated musician, a former WWE wrestler and an infamous Houseguest, among others. Big Brother: Celebrity Edition launches with a two-night premiere event Monday, Jan. 21 from 8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT and Tuesday, Jan. 22 from 8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT on the CBS Television Network. Julie Chen Moonves returns as the host.

The following 12 Celebrity Houseguests will compete for $250,000:
Jonathan Bennett (37, Actor/host), Tamar Braxton (41, Singer/TV personality), Kandi Burruss (42, Singer/TV personality), Tom Green (47, Comedian), Lolo Jones (36, Olympic track and bobsled star), Kato Kaelin (59, Actor/host), Joey Lawrence (42, Television actor/producer), Ryan Lochte (34, 12-time Olympic medalist in swimming), Dina Lohan (56, Momager and mom of Lindsay Lohan), Natalie Eva Marie (34, Former WWE wrestler/actress), Anthony Scaramucci (55, Former White House director of communications/financier) and Ricky Williams (41, Former NFL superstar). Following the two-night premiere, Big Brother: Celebrity Edition will air for three weeks, with the two-hour finale on Wednesday, Feb. 13 from 8:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT on the CBS Television Network.


Russian Doll

Dying is easy... It's living that's hard! New half-hour comedy Russian Doll launches globally on Netflix Friday, February 1, 2019. Russian Doll follows a young woman named Nadia (Natasha Lyonne) on her journey as the guest of honor at a seemingly inescapable party one night in New York City. Russian Doll is co-created by Natasha Lyonne, Amy Poehler and Leslye Headland, who all serve as executive producers, with Headland and Lyonne as writers for the series. Additional cast include Greta Lee (KTown), Yul Vazquez (Captain Phillips), Tony Award-winner Elizabeth Ashley (Ocean's 8) and Charlie Barnett (Chicago Fire). Golden Globe(R) winner and Academy Award(R) nominee Chloë Sevigny (Lizzie), SAG Award winner Dascha Polanco (Orange is the New Black), Brendan Sexton III (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri), Rebecca Henderson (Appropriate Behavior), Jeremy Bobb (The Knick), Ritesh Rajan (Stitchers) and Jocelyn Bioh (School Girls) also guest star.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows; This Week in Sitcoms (Week of January 14, 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 January 14-18, 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!


Sunday, January 13
  • Terry Crews (Brooklyn Nine-Nine/Are We There Yet?/Everybody Hates Chris) - Catch Terry on Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
Monday, January 14
  • Allison Williams (Girls) - Watch Allison on Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Sam Richardson (Champaign ILL/Detroiters/Veep) - Sam stops by Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Derek Waters (Drunk History/Married to the Kellys) - Derek appears on Comedy Central's The Daily Show with Trevor Noah at 11pm.
  • Susan Kelechi Watson (Louie) - Susan is a guest on E!'s Busy Tonight at 11pm.
  • Patti LaBelle (Out All night) - Patti chats on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Mark-Paul Gosselaar (Saved by the Bell/Saved by the Bell: The College Years/Truth Be Told) - Mark-Paul talks about The Passage on Access Live (check your local listings) and E!'s Daily Pop at 12pm.
  • Tamela and David Mann (Mann & Wife/Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns) - Tamela and David talk about Us Against the World: The Love Project on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am.
  • Tom Everett Scott (I'm Sorry) - Tom talks about his new movie I Hate Kids on NBC's Today sometime between 7-9am and on the BUILD Series at 11am.
  • Luke Benward (Still the King/Good Luck Charlie) - Luke talks about Netflix's Dumplin' on NBC's Today in the 10am hour.
  • Yeardley Smith (The Simpsons/Herman's Head/Brothers) - Yeardley is a guest on BUILD Brunch at 12pm.
  • Jamie Lee Curtis (Scream Queens/Anything But Love/Operation Petticoat) - Jamie Lee will be on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 11:30am ET.
Tuesday, January 15
  • Ted Danson (The Good Place/Becker/Cheers) - Catch Ted on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer (Broad City) - Abbi and Ilana are guests on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • D'Arcy Carden (The Good Place) - D'Arcy appears on Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC. She can also be heard on The Morning Mash Up on SiriusXM.
  • Nina Dobrev (Fam) - Nina stops by The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Terry Crews (Brooklyn Nine-Nine/Are We There Yet?/Everybody Hates Chris) - Terry visits The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS. He will also be on Access Live, so check your local listings.
  • Jameela Jamil (The Good Place) - Jameela is a guest on a repeat of Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Busy Philipps (Vice Principals/Cougar Town) - Busy appears on a repeat of Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Anna Camp (The Mindy Project) - Anna stops by The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Lily Tomlin (Grace and Frankie/Malibu Country) and Jane Fonda (Grace and Frankie) - Lily and Jane are guests on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Molly Ringwald (Townies/The Facts of Life) - Molly talks about All These Small Moments on CBS This Morning sometime between 7-9am.
  • Luke Benward (Still the King/Good Luck Charlie) - Luke talks about Netflix's Dumplin' on People Now at 12pm.
  • Pete Crashing (Crashing) - Pete talks about the new season of Crashing on NBC's Today in the 9am hour.
  • Yeardley Smith (The Simpsons/Herman's Head/Brothers) - Yeardley talks about voicing Lisa Simpson and her new true crime podcast on NBC's Today in the 9am hour.
  • Derek Waters (Drunk History/Married to the Kellys) - Derek is a guest on the BUILD Series at 1pm.
  • Tom Everett Scott (I'm Sorry) - Tom talks about his new movie I Hate Kids on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 11:30am ET.
  • Haley Joel Osment (Future Man/Alpha House/The Jeff Foxworthy Show/Thunder Alley) - Haley Joel appears on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 11:30am ET.
Wednesday, January 16
  • Lily Tomlin (Grace and Frankie/Malibu Country) and Jane Fonda (Grace and Frankie) - Watch Lily and Jane on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Don Cheadle (Black Monday/House of Lies/The Golden Palace) - Don appears on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC. He also talks about Black Monday on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am.
  • Pete Holmes (Crashing) - Pete is a guest on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Jim Gaffigan (The Jim Gaffigan Show/My Boys/The Ellen Show/Welcome to New York) - Jim visits Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Frankie Shaw (SMILF/Blue Mountain State) - Frankie stops by Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC. Frankie and Rosie O'Donnell (Gimme a Break!) also talk about Showtime's SMILF on NBC's Today in the 10am hour.
  • Cobie Smulders (Friends from College/How I Met Your Mother) - Cobie appears on The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Keegan-Michael Key (Friends from College/Playing House/Gary Unmarried) - Keegan-Michael stops by Comedy Central's The Daily Show with Trevor Noah at 11pm.
  • Lena Waithe (Master of None) - Lena is a guest on Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
  • Andy Samberg (Brooklyn Nine-Nine) - Andy drops by E!'s Busy Tonight at 11pm.
  • Jamie Lee Curtis (Scream Queens/Anything But Love/Operation Petticoat) - Jamie Lee chats on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Molly Ringwald (Townies/The Facts of Life) - Molly talks about All These Small Moments on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings. She will also be on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 11:30am ET.
  • Allison Janney (Mom/Mr. Sunshine) - Allison is a guest on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Sheryl Lee Ralph (Fam/Instant Mom/Moesha/It's a Living) - Sheryl visits The Wendy Williams Show, so check your local listings.
  • The Cast of Schitt's Creek - Catherine O'Hara, Eugene Levy, Daniel Levy and Annie Murphy will be on NBC's Today in the 9am hour.
  • Sam Richardson (Champaign ILL/Detroiters/Veep) - Sam talks about the YouTube original Champaign ILL on the BUILD Series at 5pm.
Thursday, January 17
  • Regina King (227/Leap of Faith) - Catch Regina on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Jon Bernthal (The Class) - Jon appears on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Sarah Paulson (Leap of Faith) - Sarah is a guest on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS. She also talks about Glass on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am and on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Michael Strahan (Brothers) - Michael visits Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Vanessa Hudgens (Powerless) - Vanessa stops by The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Andrew Rannells (Black Monday/Girls/The New Normal) - Andrew is a guest on The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Jackie Tohn (GLOW) - Jackie appears on a repeat of Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Don Cheadle (Black Monday/House of Lies/The Golden Palace) - Don drops by Comedy Central's The Daily Show with Trevor Noah at 11pm. He also chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Sarah Chalke (Roseanne/Scrubs) - Sarah is a guest on E!'s Busy Tonight at 11pm.
  • Regina Hall (Black Monday/Grandfathered/Second Generation Wayans) - Regina chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT. She will also be on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Nina Dobrev (Fam) - Nina appears on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Haley Joel Osment (Future Man/Alpha House/The Jeff Foxworthy Show/Thunder Alley) - Haley Joel talks about the second season of Future Man on People Now at 12pm.
  • The Cast of Schitt's Creek - Eugene Levy, Daniel Levy, Catherine O'Hara, Annie Murphy, Emily Hampshire and Noah Reid are guests on ABC's GMA Day at 1pm.
  • Heather Dubrow (Stark Raving Mad) - Heather appears on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • William Jackson Harper (The Good Place) - William will be on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 11:30am ET.
Friday, January 18
  • Maura Tierney (NewsRadio) - Watch Maura on a repeat of Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Elizabeth Banks (Scrubs) - Elizabeth visits The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC. She talks about The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am.
  • Andy Samberg (Brooklyn Nine-Nine) - Andy appears on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Lily Tomlin (Grace and Frankie/Malibu Country) and Jane Fonda (Grace and Frankie) - Lily and Jane are guests on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Pete Holmes (Crashing) - Pete appears on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Molly Ringwald (Townies/The Facts of Life) - Molly talks about All These Small Moments on People Now at 12pm.
  • Don Cheadle (Black Monday/House of Lies/The Golden Palace) - Don talks about Black Monday on ABC's GMA Day at 1pm.
  • Dave Franco (Scrubs/Do Not Disturb) - Dave talks about If Beale Street Could Talk on NBC's Today in the 9am hour.
  • Adam Pally (Champaign ILL/Making History/The Mindy Project/Happy Endings) and Sam Richardson (Champaign ILL/Detroiters/Veep) - Adam and Sam talk about Champaign ILL on NBC's Today in the 10am hour.

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Sitcoms Airing This Week

Sunday, January 13

The Simpsons - "The Girl on the Bus" (Fox, 8:00PM ET/PT)
When Lisa spots a new best friend from the window of the bus, she gets a taste of what life could be like with a different, more cultured family.

Bob's Burgers - "The Helen Hunt" (Fox, 8:30PM ET/PT)
The Belchers make it their mission to help Teddy get his dream girl, but Tina is convinced she's found a better match for him.

Family Guy - "Trump Guy" (Fox, 9:00PM ET/PT)
The Griffins move to Washington, D.C., where Peter is hired as the new White House press secretary.

Rel - "Cleveland" (Fox, 9:30PM ET/PT)
Rel takes a trip to Cleveland after hearing his daughter got into some trouble at school; Brittany helps Nat with some goal setting by making him create a vision board.


Monday, January 14

The Neighborhood - "Welcome to Grover's Birthday" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT)
When Dave and Gemma’s elaborate plans for Grover’s 7th birthday party go awry, Malcolm and Marty come to the rescue. Also, Calvin’s choice of gift winds up sending one person to the hospital.

Happy Together - "Backstage (P)asses" (CBS, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Jake and Claire decide to leave the comfort of their cozy bed for a wild night out as Cooper performs an intimate concert to debut new music.


Tuesday, January 15

The Conners - "Don't Shoot the Piano Teacher" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
When Ben offers Mark free piano lessons, Darlene finds this as an opportunity to test his parenting skills. Meanwhile, Jackie throws Becky a baby shower, and Emilio continues his efforts to be part of the baby’s life.

The Kids Are Alright - "Show Boat" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Against Peggy’s wishes, Frank secretly helps design a set for a musical in which Timmy is performing. Feeling jealous of all the positive attention Frank is getting for his work, Timmy devises a plan which forces Frank to admit his involvement on set, but Timmy’s scheming backfires. Meanwhile, Mike grows increasingly concerned that Joey is heading down a shady moral path with all his wheeling and dealing, and decides to teach him a lesson.

black-ish - "Black Like Us" (ABC, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Dre and Bow are furious after Diane isn’t lit properly in her class photo. Diane doesn’t want to make it a big deal, but they decide to talk to the principal about the need for sensitivity toward all complexions. Meanwhile, Junior claims there is unspoken colorism within their own family, and things get heated.

Splitting Up Together - "China-Curious" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
A concerned Lena tries to figure out if Mae is romantically involved with her new best friend, China (guest star Rowan Blanchard). To make matters worse, Mae asks if China can sleep over, which makes Lena uncomfortable and forces her to confront her own issues with intimacy. Meanwhile, Martin worries about Mason’s relationship with his new girlfriend, Bronwyn (guest star Sydney Taylor), and gives him advice to help avoid another heartbreak.

Teachers - "Thoughts and Bears" (TV Land, 10:00PM ET/PT)
A neighbor moves in next door to Fillmore, but his proud ownership of a dangerous item is concerning to the Teachers. Ms. Watson, fresh off her breakup with Toby, finally has to face him.


Wednesday, January 16

The Goldbergs - "The Pina Colada Episode" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Murray and Geoff team up to pull Beverly, Barry and Erica out of their shared misery that Lainey has left town. Adam’s dread of gym class is amplified when Coach Mellor’s brother, Coach Nick (guest star Bill Goldberg), arrives and uses fear as a motivator. Meanwhile, Coach Mellor (guest star Bryan Callen) prepares for the next step of his life.

Schooled - "Lainey's All That" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Hoping to gain respect among her colleagues at school, Lainey comes up with a misguided plan to give an awkward and insecure student a full makeover. Meanwhile, Principal Glascott and Coach Mellor take friendly competition to a new level when they are both romantically interested in the math teacher.

Modern Family - "Blasts from the Past" (ABC, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Phil and Claire decide to take a cycling tour through Italy before they become grandparents, and Dylan (guest star Reid Ewing) introduces them to his mom who has an interesting past. Meanwhile, Cameron and Mitchell discover some interesting reading material in Lily’s room and decide to confront her about it, while Gloria and Jay discover their respective great uncles may have fought on opposing sides of a war.

Single Parents - "All Aboard the Two-Parent Struggle Bus" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
When Will’s ex, Mia (Vanessa Bayer), shows up unexpectedly for Sophie’s birthday, Will gets frustrated that she undermines his rules with Sophie. Angie tries to help Will cope by having a fun girls’ night at her place and by giving some co-parenting advice, but Poppy reveals and Will quickly learns that Angie isn’t the best advice giver. Meanwhile, inspired by Mia’s humanitarian work, Miggy and Graham decide to give some items to charity but regret it immediately and seek out help from Douglas to get the items back.

The Big Bang Theory - "The Grant Allocation Derivation" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Leonard is caught between a rock and a hard place when he’s responsible for distributing extra grant money. Also, Bernadette turns the backyard playhouse into a hideaway from her husband and kids.

Young Sheldon - "A Mother, a Child, and a Blue Man’s Backside" (CBS, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Mary bans Sheldon from reading a mature comic book, and Sheldon decides it’s time to stop living under Mary’s thumb.

Schitt's Creek - "The Crowening" / "Love Letters" (Pop, 10:00PM ET/PT)
Moira films a movie in Bosnia, hoping to revive her career, while David tries to take his relationship to the next level; Moira loses sleep stressing over old love letters, while David and Stevie get held up at the store.

grown-ish - "In My Feelings" (Freeform, 8:00PM ET/PT)
The gang waits for the mysterious drop of a modern-day musical genius.

You're the Worst - "The Pin in My Grenade" (FXX, 10:00PM ET/PT)
Jimmy and Gretchen reveal that they're forgoing a traditional wedding, opting instead for a courthouse elopement.


Thursday, January 17

The Big Bang Theory - "The Confirmation Polarization" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT)
When Sheldon and Amy’s super asymmetry theory is proven by two physicists, Dr. Pemberton (Sean Astin) and Dr. Campbell (Kal Penn) from Chicago, they’re thrilled, until they try to kick Amy off the Nobel nomination. Also, Bernadette has a big success at work and Penny’s going to be a part of it – whether she wants to or not.

Young Sheldon - "A Mother, a Child, and a Blue Man's Backside" (CBS, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Mary bans Sheldon from reading a mature comic book, and Sheldon decides it’s time to stop living under Mary’s thumb.

Mom - "Big Floor Pillows and a Ball of Fire" (CBS, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Christy and Bonnie are suspicious when Adam’s best friend, Mitch (Bradley Whitford), returns, insisting he’s a changed man.

Fam - "Freddy Returns" (CBS, 9:30PM ET/PT)
After learning that Clem doesn’t plan to invite her father to the wedding, Nick’s parents encourage her to ask him over to their home for dinner to help repair their relationship. Also, Nick tries to teach Shannon to be more responsible at home.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine - "Hitchcock & Scully" (NBC, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Jake and Charles investigate a case of Hitchcock and Scully from the 1980s. Meanwhile, Amy's uniformed officers and Terry's detectives fight over limited resources.

The Good Place - "Chidi Sees the Time-Knife" (NBC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
Michael arranges an important meeting and Janet makes a reconnection.


Friday, January 18

Fresh Off the Boat - "Driver's Eddie 2: Orlando Drift" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Eddie finally gets his driver’s license; but instead of freedom, he finds an endless list of errands to run for his mom. Will he be done in time to take his friends to the Insane Clown Posse concert? Louis is excited for a boy’s weekend at Chili Con with Marvin, until Honey tags along; and Jessica faces off with her nemesis, Jamie, at the school fundraiser.

Speechless - "H-- HEY, YOU" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Maya is less than thrilled when Kenneth interferes with her business plans with Melanie. Ray begs JJ to cast him opposite his new crush, Izzy, in his next movie, which has unexpected consequences. Meanwhile, Dylan is impressed with Jimmy’s band.

Last Man Standing - "Dreams vs. Realty" (Fox, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Mandy comes close to forgetting her fashion designer dreams when she is confronted with rejection and sends herself in a spiral; Vanessa feels regret as she reflects on her own career path; Mike helps the women in his family achieve their dreams.

The Cool Kids - "Thanksgiving at Murray's" (Fox, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Mike and Ryan are forced to get along together when Boyd proposes a compromise to their plans to take him on separate trips by all three going on a trip together; Mandy and Kyle attempt to solve a mystery like a pair of detectives.

Andi Mack - "I Got Your Number" (Disney Channel, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Andi gets in over her head when she attends a high school party with Amber, causing Bowie's plans for a romantic outing with Bex to go awry; Cyrus tries to mend a longtime rift between Jonah and T.J.


Saturday, January 19

Henry Danger - "Part 3: A New Hero" (Nickelodeon, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Schwoz works to create an antivirus to stop an evil plan; Kid Danger and Captain Man battle a villain; Kid Danger's heroism is put to the ultimate test as they fight to save the world.

Cousins for Life - "Hot Dog Day Afternoon" (Nickelodeon, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Ivy and Stuart are surprised to find themselves at odds when Ivy and her mom wage a protest against Stuart's favorite chain restaurant.

Knight Squad - "End of the Knight" (Nickelodeon, 9:00PM ET/PT)
An injured Princess Eliza informs the kingdom that evil Ryker is near the all-powerful Armor of Astoria; Arc and Ciara race to its location, but a shocking betrayal allows Ryker to take the armor and reclaim Astoria's throne.


Sunday, January 20

The Simpsons - "My Way or the Highway to Heaven" (Fox, 7:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
God and St. Peter contemplate what merits a soul getting into heaven, while citizens of Springfield remember their divine encounters.

Bob's Burgers - "Nightmare on Ocean Avenue Street" (Fox, 7:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
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.

The Simpsons - "Treehouse of Horror XXIX" (Fox, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
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 - "Live and Let Fly" (Fox, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
The kids seek revenge on their school guidance counselor; they get entangled in sibling rivalry between two pilots; Linda and Bob put their game faces on when Teddy invites them to a paper airplane contest.

Family Guy - "Send in Stewie, Please" (Fox, 9:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
When Stewie gets sent to see his school's child psychologist for a surprising session, he reveals major secrets about himself.

The Cool Kids - "Hank the Cradle Robber" (Fox, 9:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
When Hank starts dating a much younger woman, the gang suspects she may be taking advantage of him.

Complete TV Listings

Saturday, January 12, 2019

SitcomsOnline Digest: IMDb Launches Free Streaming Service; Brooklyn Nine-Nine Sees Ratings Increase on NBC

Welcome to SitcomsOnline Digest! This week, we're learning about a new (free!) steaming service from IMDb, learning of the death of a pioneering sitcom actress, and more. Let's get going!

HIGHLIGHTS FROM SITCOMSONLINE.COM AND AROUND THE WEB
  • IMDb has launched Freedive, a new free streaming service this week, and although it isn't heavy on TV series right now, you can catch some series on there, including every episode of Dallas and Gilligan's Island. (Gizmodo)
  • Brooklyn Nine-Nine saw a huge ratings boost as it debuted on NBC this week, but will it last? (Entertainment Weekly)
  • In 2019, almost nobody remembers who Mary Kay Stearns was, but she was actually one of the first ever sitcom stars, even pre-dating Lucille Ball. This week, she has died at age 93. (Deadline)
  • It's almost beginning to look like it'll last forever, as NBC has renewed Days of Our Lives for season 55. (Entertainment Weekly)
  • Megyn Kelly is officially walking away from NBC with every penny that was in the remainder of her $69 million contract. (CNN)
  • WGN and other Tribune stations are back on Spectrum after a nine day blackout. (Chicago Tribune)
  • Adult Swim is launching a live-action sitcom next month, but don't worry, it still looks like a cartoon. (SitcomsOnline)

WEEKLY PLANNER (JANUARY 12 - JANUARY 18)
Teachers Cast
  • Wiseguy is the binge on Decades this weekend.
  • The second half of the final season Teachers debuts Wednesday on TV Land.
  • Also on Wednesday, Comedy Central has new seasons of Drunk History and Corporate.

Friday, January 11, 2019

Fri-Yay: The Return of Brooklyn Nine-Nine; The CW Spring 2019 Schedule

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!

Brooklyn Nine-Nine

by Vincent

Last night, Brooklyn Nine-Nine returned to TV screens after a long, 8 month hiatus. Of course, over that hiatus, a lot has happened - the show was briefly canceled, switched networks, and seemingly has garnered a lot of respect and attention due to the upheaval of its cancellation. Whether or not that will translate into ratings success is one question we'll soon find out the answer to, but nevertheless, Brooklyn Nine-Nine is now on a new network, with a seemingly energized group of fans eager that they haven't lost their favorite characters. And in its sixth season, I'm sure Brooklyn Nine-Nine will continue to be a delight, and will fit in like a glove on NBC.

In some ways, Brooklyn Nine-Nine has always seemed more at home on NBC than Fox. After all, Andy Samberg starred on NBC's SNL for years, Mike Schur's other comedies (Parks & Rec, The Good Place) were NBC properties, and the show is actually owned by NBCUniversal. The show just feels right on NBC, and I'm thrilled that it gets to continue on Thursday nights alongside The Good Place. I'm hoping that all of the excitement that fans had about the show, and the fact that I know a ridiculous amount of people who started watching the series over this hiatus due to all of the hype, means that Brooklyn Nine-Nine will thrive on the Peacock network, and we won't have to go through another worrying almost-cancellation. So please - tell your friends, your family and everyone you know to watch Brooklyn Nine-Nine, so it can have a great, long, successful run on NBC!


In the Dark

The CW Network announced dates for the debut of its new series In the Dark, plus the returns of The 100 and DC's Legends of Tomorrow and the premieres for the final seasons of Jane the Virgin and iZombie. The final season of the critically-acclaimed hit series Jane the Virgin begins Wednesday, March 27 at 9:00pm ET/PT following an all new episode of Riverdale at 8. All American will conclude its first season on Wednesday, March 20 at 9. The new series In the Dark, starring Perry Mattfeld, makes its debut Thursday, April 4 at 9:00pm ET/PT, following an all new episode of Supernatural at 8. Legacies season finale will air Thursday, March 28 at 9:00pm.

TV's favorite rom-com-zom-dram iZombie will return for its fifth and final season Thursday, May 2 at 8:00pm ET/PT. The season finale of Supernatural will air Thursday, April 25 at 8pm ET/PT. The gritty sci-fi drama The 100 is back for its sixth season Tuesday, April 30 at 9:00pm ET/PT, following The Flash at 8. The season finale of Roswell, New Mexico (which premieres next week) will air Tuesday, April 23 at 9. DC's Legends of Tomorrow moves to a new time starting Monday, April 1 (no foolin') at 8:00pm PT/ET followed by Arrow at 9 beginning Monday, April 15. As a result, The Black Lightning season finale will air Monday, March 18 at 9:00pm ET/PT.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Adult Swim's First Sitcom Launches Feb. 1; Guest Stars Galore on YouTube Comedy

Adult Swim, the #1 cable destination for young adults, will premiere Tropical Cop Tales, an all-new live action comedy series that follows two burnt-out city cops, Keymarion "Primetime" Weeyums (Dominique Witten, Kevin Hart's Guide to Black History) and Demetrius "Meechie" Franks (Ted Ferguson, Between Heaven and Earth) when they relocate to a tropical paradise for a relaxing twilight to their careers. Unfortunately, it is the most un-relaxing place on earth and their Captain (Carl Solomon, The Greasy Strangler) is a champion shouter. Bring earplugs babe yeah? Tropical Cop Tales premieres with back to back episodes on Friday, February 1 at Midnight and 12:15am ET/PT on Adult Swim. A preview of the live action comedy is below:




YouTube revealed the full list of guest stars for Weird City, a half-hour sci-fi comedy co-created by Academy Award and Emmy Award winning writer Jordan Peele and Emmy Award nominated writer Charlie Sanders (Key and Peele). The six-episode series will debut exclusively on YouTube Premium on February 13, 2019. The all-star list of special appearances includes Sara Gilbert (The Conners, The Talk), Dylan O'Brien (Maze Runner Franchise, Teen Wolf), Ed O'Neill (Modern Family), Rosario Dawson (Luke Cage), Michael Cera (Arrested Development, Superbad), Laverne Cox (Orange Is The New Black), and LeVar Burton (Star Trek) along with Awkwafina (Crazy Rich Asians, Ocean's Eight), Yvette Nicole Brown (Community), Auli'i Cravalho (Moana), Trevor Jackson (grown-ish, Superfly), Steven Yeun (The Walking Dead, Sorry To Bother You), Eugene Cordero (Kong: Skull Island), Gillian Jacobs (Community, Love), Hannah Simone (New Girl), Malcolm Barrett (Timeless, Preacher) and Mark Hamill (Star Wars).

Weird City is an anthology set in the not-too-distant future metropolis of Weird. Told through the prism of sci-fi and comedy, each episode is an exploration of issues that pertain to present day life. Emmy winner Adam Bernstein (Fargo, Scrubs, 30 Rock), directed the first two episodes. Amy Heckerling (Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Clueless), and Tricia Brock (The Walking Dead, 30 Rock) each directed two episodes.

Wednesday, January 09, 2019

CBS Mid-Season Pilot Review: Fam - Premieres Thursday (Jan. 10); ABC Schedules Bless This Mess for April 16 Premiere

Fam

Fam - Thursdays at 9:30PM ET/PT on CBS
Premieres Thursday, January 10, 2019 at 9:30PM ET/PT


by Skees

Nick has just proposed to Clem, and everything is going to go just as planned, since she doesn't even have to worry about her family ruining the wedding. Or does she? As Nick is about to find out, not only does she have a family that she would rather he not know about, but he's about to get a lot closer to this family as Clem's 16 year old half-sister, a high school dropout who needs a mother, finds a mother in her own sister.

Cast Details:

Nina Dobrev as Clem
Tone Bell as Nick
Odessa Adlon as Shannon
Sheryl Lee Ralph as Rose
Brian Stokes Mitchell as Walt

Nina Dobrev (Clem) is known for her role on The Vampire Diaries, as well as Degrassi: The Next Generation. She has had guest roles in Workaholics, Family Guy, and other series.

Tone Bell (Nick) is making his fifth attempt in a regular role on a sitcom, having previously had regular roles on Whitney, Bad Judge, Truth Be Told, and Disjointed. He is also a standup comedian, and has had guest roles on series such as Key & Peele and 9JKL.

Odessa Adlon (Shannon) is the daughter of actress Pamela Adlon, and has appeared in episodes of Nashville.

Sheryl Lee Ralph (Rose) has a long career in television that goes back to an episode of Good Times, but she has had regular roles in It's a Living, Moesha, and Instant Mom. She also played Anthony's wife Etienne on Designing Women and is known for her role in Dreamgirls.

Brian Stokes Mitchell (Walt) is mostly known for a career on Broadway and in cartoon voices, but he was also a regular on Trapper John, MD, and known for his short recurring role of Trevor on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.

Pilot Plot:

"Pilot" (Airs January 10 at 9:30PM ET)

Nick has just proposed to Clem, and they're looking forward to a life of marital bliss. But they aren't going to be alone, as they deal with parents, in-laws, and one big unexpected surprise: Clem's 16 year old sister.

"Freddy Returns" (Airs January 17 at 9:30PM ET)

Nick and Clem are putting together the wedding invitations when Rose notices that Clem doesn't plan to invite her own father, and Rose wants to see to it that he is included in the wedding. Meanwhile, back at home, Clem wants to teach Shannon about responsibility.

Analysis:

A 16 year old girl moves in with her older sister. Where have I seen this before? Oh yes, the 80s sitcom My Sister Sam. But if you liked (or even remember, it's become fairly obscure) that show, don't get too excited. This isn't My Sister Sam by any means. I don't necessarily mean that in a good or bad way, though. It's just much different from that show. This isn't just about two sisters living together, as the older sister has a fiancé who takes more of a starring role. We've also got parents and in-laws here, although it's not clear how often we'll see Gary Cole's character. And of course, it's got that whole CBS "laugh track on steroids" vibe going on, which I can deal with, even if it is annoying.

I think my biggest problem with this series is that it's just too bland. The writing is OK, but it's not enough to make great storylines. It's not particularly funny at all, as I was waiting for one--just one!-- laugh out loud moment, yet I didn't quite find it. I'm fine with sitcoms not being particularly funny, but solid writing is needed to make up for that. Another problem that this show suffers from is that it is yet another "couples" type of series. Sometimes, these series work very well, particularly with The Carmichael Show (a show that had way too short of a life, even at three seasons), but usually they come up lacking in some way or another.

On one positive note, like seemingly every relationship comedy out there, the casting of the Nick's parents seems to be done very well and there seems to be some potential with these characters. It'll be interesting to see how these characters play out as the series progresses, even if it's only a one season wonder.

From what I've seen in these first few episodes, the aspect of the interracial relationship seems to be completely ignored. Of course, this isn't like the days of Tom and Helen Willis on The Jeffersons, and the idea is much more common and not even remotely controversial anymore. It's surprising that there isn't really any mention of it, but at the same time, perhaps that being ignored is a sign of positive progress.

Conclusion:

This series definitely qualifies as what one would call mid-season filler. It's not completely unwatchable and it is better than a third airing of an episode of one of the bigger "hits." However, at the same time, it's a show that strikes me as one that will quietly make it through however many episodes were produced, disappear, and nobody will even remember that it existed. It's a sort of dull and uneventful sitcom that you would watch because you're watching Mom (on linear TV, for those who still watch primetime shows that way), and this comes on immediately afterward. I don't see this as something that'll be back next season, but if you want to see something different for a few months, then sure, watch this.

Final Numbers (out of 5 stars):

Watchability: 3/5
Funniness: 2/5
Overall: 3/5

Discuss the show after you watch it on Thursday, January 10, 2019 at 9:30PM ET/PT on our message board.

Related Links:

  • CBS.com Official Site
  • TV.com
  • epguides.com
  • Internet Movie Database
  • Wikipedia
  • Fam Photo Gallery

    Preview:





  • Bless This Mess - Lake Bell and Dax Shepard

    The ABC Television Network will premiere the new single-camera comedy Bless This Mess on Tuesday, April 16 at 9:30 p.m. EDT. Please note, the season finale of Splitting Up Together airs the week prior on Tuesday, April 9 at 9:30 p.m. EDT. This new single-camera comedy follows newlyweds Rio and Mike as they make the decision to move from big city New York to rural Nebraska. After dropping everything (including their jobs and overbearing mother-in-law) to make the move from skyscrapers to farmhouses, they soon realize that the simpler life isn't as easy as they planned. Rio and Mike must now learn how to weather the storm as they are faced with unexpected challenges in their new life as farmers. The series stars Lake Bell as Rio, Dax Shepard as Mike, Ed Begley Jr. as Rudy, Pam Grier as Constance and JT Neal as Jacob. The series is from 20th Century Fox Television and ABC Studios. Lake Bell and Elizabeth Meriwether are co-creators and executive producers. Jake Kasdan, Melvin Mar, Erin O'Malley, Katherine Pope and Dax Shepard serve as executive producers.

    Tuesday, January 08, 2019

    ABC Mid-Season Pilot Review: Schooled - Premieres Wednesday (Jan. 9); Grey's Anatomy Gets 3 More Episodes in 2018-19 Season

    Schooled



    Schooled - Wednesdays at 8:30PM ET/PT on ABC
    Premieres Wednesday, January 9, 2019 at 8:30PM ET/PT


    by Vincent

    This spinoff of the hit series The Goldbergs is set in 1990-something and follow the hilarious teachers of William Penn Academy - led by Tim Meadows (Principal Glascott), Bryan Callen (Coach Mellor) and AJ Michalka (Lainey Lewis) - who, despite their eccentricities and crazy personal lives, are heroes to their students.

    Cast Details:

    AJ Michalka as Lainey Lewis
    Brett Dier as C.B.
    Bryan Callen as Coach Mellor
    Tim Meadows as Principal Glascott

    AJ Michalka (Lainey) is best known as one-half of the duo Aly and AJ (formerly 78Violet) with her sister Aly Michalka. She has also had a successful acting career, including spending four seasons on Schooled's parent series The Goldbergs.

    Brett Dier (C.B.) is an actor best known for his role as Michael Cordero Jr. on Jane the Virgin. He is also known for his recurring roles in the Canadian TV shows Bomb Girls and The L.A. Complex, as well as Pretty Little Liars spin-off Ravenswood.

    Bryan Callen (Coach Mellor) is an American stand-up comedian, actor, writer and podcaster known for his role in the original cast of the Fox sketch comedy series MAD TV and for co-hosting the podcast The Fighter and the Kid, alongside Brendan Schaub. He of course plays this role on the parent series The Goldbergs, too.

    Tim Meadows (Principal Glascott) is a comedic actor known for his long running role on Saturday Night Live, as well as his appearances in films such as Mean Girls and Trainwreck and TV series such as The Goldbergs, The Colbert Report and The Office.

    Pilot Plot:

    "Be Like Mike" (Airs Wednesday, Jan. 9 at 8:30PM ET)

    It's 1990-something, and since Lainey still hasn't achieved rock 'n' roll greatness, she returns to William Penn Academy as the new music teacher. Lainey has a hard time adjusting to being an authority figure, but she realizes she might not be so bad at it when she discovers a kindred spirit in Principal Glascott's niece, Felicia. Meanwhile, Coach Mellor struggles with Michael Jordan's influence on modern-day basketball.

    Analysis:

    Following the success of Young Sheldon over on CBS and The Conners on ABC, the spin-off game keeps on rolling with Schooled, a spin-off of The Goldbergs focused on Lainey's newfound career as a music teacher. While Young Sheldon felt markedly different from its parent show in many ways (though that didn't stop it from being highly successful), and The Conners had to sift through some controversy that may have kept some of Roseanne's audience from being interested in it (though again - it still does quite well) Schooled feels pretty aligned with the spirit of The Goldbergs. If you like The Goldbergs, chances are you won't mind sticking around the extra half hour for Schooled, although the show still has a few kinks to be worked out and doesn't quite feel like a fully-formed series just yet. In fact, that's probably my biggest criticism of Schooled. Other recent spin-offs like Young Sheldon and The Conners managed to feel like complete series that exist somewhat independently from their parent series - sure, they get a lot of influence from those parent series, but they're reasonably self-sustaining enough that you can imagine someone watching either without being necessarily interested in the parent series. The same isn't quite true for Schooled, which feels like an extension of The Goldbergs brand of humor but doesn't quite have its own mission statement just yet.

    At this point I should admit that I'm not necessarily the biggest fan of The Goldbergs. I don't dislike the series, but of all of ABC's family sitcoms, it's towards the bottom of the list of shows that catch my interest. It's the type of show I'll watch and not complain about if I see it on the TV in syndication - it's light, fun, and carefree, and a pleasant way to spend a half-hour, but it also lacks the weight of shows like black-ish, Fresh Off the Boat, or The Middle. That makes Schooled - a show that shares The Goldbergs' nostalgic and farcical sensibility but with even less feeling of purpose, feel especially weightless in these early episodes. Lainey is a fun character and Michalaka plays her well, but the universe she's in doesn’t feel like anything more than a side plot on The Goldbergs right now, and the pilot doesn't do a great job of convincing me that it's going to figure out how to make William Penn Academy feel like the type of place you can base a whole series around. That said, it has the potential to get there, and a show that takes an honest look at the inner workings of teachers in a school with the heart and wit of The Goldbergs is something that would fit nicely into the sitcom landscape right now. (A.P. Bio is a school-based comedy, yes, and while it's slowly growing on me, I don't think it has any real interest at taking a heartfelt look at the workings of a school.) Still, I worry the show will get too comfortable being The Goldbergs' little sister - and I hope that's not the case, because it'd be nice to see a show with a somewhat interesting concept succeed, and I'm not sure how long the Goldbergs audience will be interested in a similar, less interesting clone.

    Conclusion:

    Schooled is very much in the same vein as The Goldbergs, so if you like that show, chances are you'll at least enjoy Schooled. However, the show is still a little flimsy in this early going, and hasn't made it especially clear how it's going to differentiate itself from its parent series and become its own kind of show. There are glimmers of potential, particularly in its cast, and I hope the series can turn around and become something special, rather than a less interesting extension of The Goldbergs.

    Final Numbers (out of 5 stars):

    Watchability: 3/5
    Funniness: 2/5
    Overall: 2.5/5

    Discuss the show after you watch it on Wednesday, January 9, 2019 at 8:30PM ET/PT on our message board.

    Related Links:

  • ABC.com Official Site
  • TV.com
  • epguides.com
  • Internet Movie Database
  • Wikipedia
  • Schooled Photo Gallery

    Preview:





  • Grey's Anatomy

    The ABC Television Network has ordered three additional episodes of Grey's Anatomy, bringing the 2018-2019 season to 25 episodes total. This year, the show will become the longest-running prime-time medical drama ever during the second half of season 15. The midseason return of Grey's Anatomy will air Thursday, January 17, 2019 at 8:00 p.m. EST) on The ABC Television Network, streaming and on demand. In its 15th season, Grey's Anatomy averages a 3.1/13 among Adults 18-49 (Live+7 Data Stream) to rank as ABC's No. 1 TV show of the 2018-2019 season. Grey's Anatomy stars Ellen Pompeo as Meredith Grey, Justin Chambers as Alex Karev, Chandra Wilson as Miranda Bailey, James Pickens Jr. as Richard Webber, Kevin McKidd as Owen Hunt, Jesse Williams as Jackson Avery, Caterina Scorsone as Amelia Shepherd, Camilla Luddington as Jo Wilson, Kelly McCreary as Maggie Pierce, Kim Raver as Teddy Altman and Giacomo Gianniotti as Andrew DeLuca.

    Monday, January 07, 2019

    76th Annual Golden Globe Awards Winners; Taye Diggs Set to Host Critics' Choice Awards

    76th Annual Golden Globe Awards

    The 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards were last night in Los Angeles on NBC. Here were the winners for the television portion (in BOLD), along with the list of the nominees.

    Best Television Series - Musical Or Comedy
    Barry, HBO
    The Good Place, NBC
    Kidding, Showtime
    The Kominsky Method, Netflix
    The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Amazon Prime Video

    Best Performance By An Actress In A Television Series - Musical Or Comedy
    Kristen Bell, The Good Place (NBC)
    Candice Bergen, Murphy Brown (CBS)
    Alison Brie, Glow (Netflix)
    Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon)
    Debra Messing, Will & Grace (NBC)

    Best Performance By An Actor In A Television Series - Musical Or Comedy
    Sacha Baron Cohen, Who Is America (Showtime)
    Jim Carrey, Kidding (Showtime)
    Michael Douglas, The Kominsky Method (Netflix)
    Donald Glover, Atlanta (FX)
    Bill Hader, Barry (HBO)

    Best Television Series - Drama
    The Americans, FX
    Bodyguard, Netflix
    Homecoming Amazon Prime Video
    Killing Eve, BBC America
    Pose FX

    Best Performance By An Actress In A Television Series - Drama
    Caitriona Balfe, Outlander (Starz)
    Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid's Tale (Hulu)
    Sandra Oh, Killing Eve (BBC America)
    Julia Roberts, Homecoming (Amazon)
    Keri Russell, The Americans (FX)

    Best Performance By An Actor In A Television Series - Drama
    Jason Bateman, Ozark (Netflix)
    Stephan James, Homecoming (Amazon)
    Richard Madden, Bodyguard (Netflix)
    Billy Porter, Pose (FX)
    Matthew Rhys, The Americans (FX)

    Best Television Limited Series Or Motion Picture Made For Television
    The Alienist, TNT
    The Assassination Of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, FX
    Escape At Dannemora, Showtime
    Sharp Objects, HBO
    A Very English Scandal, Amazon Prime Video

    Best Performance By An Actress In A Limited Series Or A Motion Picture Made For Television
    Amy Adams, Sharp Objects (HBO)
    Patricia Arquette, Escape At Dannemora (Showtime)
    Connie Britton, Dirty John (Bravo)
    Laura Dern, The Tale (HBO)
    Regina King, Seven Seconds (Netflix)

    Best Performance By An Actor In A Limited Series Or A Motion Picture Made For Television
    Antonio Banderas, Genius: Picasso (Nat Geo)
    Daniel Brühl, Alienist, The (TNT)
    Darren Criss, The Assassination Of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story (FX)
    Benedict Cumberbatch, Patrick Melrose (Showtime)
    Hugh Grant, A Very English Scandal (Amazon)

    Best Performance By An Actress In A Supporting Role In A Series, Limited Series Or Motion Picture Made For Television
    Alex Borstein, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon)
    Patricia Clarkson, Sharp Objects (HBO)
    Penélope Cruz, The Assassination Of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story (FX)
    Thandie Newton, Westworld (HBO)
    Yvonne Strahovski, The Handmaid's Tale (Hulu)

    Best Performance By An Actor In A Supporting Role In A Series, Limited Series Or Motion Picture Made For Television
    Alan Arkin, The Kominsky Method (Netflix)
    Kieran Culkin, Succession (HBO)
    Edgar Ramírez, The Assassination Of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story (FX)
    Ben Whishaw, A Very English Scandal (Amazon)
    Henry Winkler, Barry (HBO)


    Taye Diggs - Critics' Choice Awards

    Acclaimed film, television, and stage star Taye Diggs will host the 24th annual Critics' Choice Awards, the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association (BTJA) announced. Diggs is currently starring in The CW drama All American and was recently seen in the romantic comedy Set It Up. As previously announced, Best Supporting Actress nominee Claire Foy will accept the #SeeHer Award, while Chuck Lorre, creator of such acclaimed TV comedies as The Big Bang Theory, Mom, Young Sheldon and The Kominsky Method (which all received Critics' Choice Award nominations last month), will receive the Critics' Choice Creative Achievement Award. The star-studded Critics' Choice Awards will be broadcast live on The CW Network on Sunday, January 13th, from 7 - 10 p.m. ET (delayed PT).

    Sunday, January 06, 2019

    Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows; This Week in Sitcoms (Week of January 7, 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 January 7-11, 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!


    Sunday, January 6
    • Whitney Cummings (Whitney) and Rhea Butcher (Take My Wife) - Whitney and Rhea are guests on Busy Tonight Live: Golden Globes After Party on E! at 11pm.
    Monday, January 7
    • Courteney Cox (Cougar Town/Friends/Family Ties) - Watch Courteney on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
    • Brian Tyree Henry (Atlanta) - Brian visits Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
    • James Spader (The Office) - James stops by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
    • Jon Glaser (Parks and Recreation/Girls) - Jon appears on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
    • John David Washington (Ballers) - John is a guest on The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
    • Gary Busey (The Texas Wheelers) - Gary appears on a repeat of Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
    • William Jackson Harper (The Good Place) - William drops by E!'s Busy Tonight at 11pm.
    • Josh Hutcherson (Future Man) - Josh visits LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
    • Kevin Hart (The Big House/Undeclared) - Kevin is a guest on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
    • Vivica A. Fox (Mr. Box Office/Getting Personal/Arsenio) - Vivica appears on The Real, so check your local listings.
    • Andrea Savage (I'm Sorry) - Andrea talks about I'm Sorry on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 11:30am ET.
    • Emeril Lagasse (Emeril) - Emeril is back in the kitchen making a pork chop supper you'll want to make tonight on Rachael Ray, so check your local listings.
    • John Michael Higgins (Great News/Happily Divorced/Kath & Kim) - John appears on Rachael Ray, so check your local listings.
    • Anna Chlumsky (Veep) - Anna appears on ABC's GMA Day at 1pm.
    • Allison Williams (Girls) - Allison talks about A Series of Unfortunate Events on NBC's Today sometime between 7-9am and on BUILD Series at 2pm.
    • Jace Norman (Henry Danger) - Jace talks about Bixler High Private Eye on the BUILD Series at 3pm.
    Tuesday, January 8
    • Rami Malek (The War at Home) - Catch Rami on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
    • Mary McCormack (The Kids Are Alright/Welcome to the Family) - Mary appears on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
    • Andy Samberg (Brooklyn Nine-Nine) - Andy stops by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
    • Keegan-Michael Key (Friends from College/Playing House/Gary Unmarried) - Keegan-Michael is a guest on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
    • Josh Hutcherson (Future Man) - Josh visits The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS. He also talks about Future Man on ABC's GMA Day at 1pm.
    • Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother/Stark Raving Mad/Doogie Howser, M.D.) - Neil appears on Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
    • Ken Jeong (Dr. Ken/Community) - Ken is a guest on The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS. He will also be on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
    • Brian Tyree Henry (Atlanta) - Brian drops by The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
    • Mark-Paul Gosselaar (Saved by the Bell/Saved by the Bell: The College Years/Truth Be Told) - Mark-Paul is a guest on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan (check your listings), Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo, the BUILD Series at 3pm and on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 11:30am ET.
    • Allison Williams (Girls) - Allison appears on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings. She can also be on heard on The Morning Mash Up on SiriusXM.
    • Romeo Miller (Romeo!) - Romeo stops by E!'s Daily Pop at 12pm.
    • Terry Crews (Brooklyn Nine-Nine/Are We There Yet?/Everybody Hates Chris) - Terry talks about America's Got Talent: The Champions on NBC's Today sometime between 7-9am and in the 10am hour. He will also be on the BUILD Series at 4pm and on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 11:30am ET.
    • Andre Braugher (Brooklyn Nine-Nine) - Andre talks about Broolyn Nine-Nine on NBC's Today in the 10am hour and on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 11:30am ET.
    • Regina King (227/Leap of Faith) - Regina talks about If Beale Street Could Talk on CBS This Morning sometime between 7-9am.
    • Andrea Savage (I'm Sorry) - Andrea talks about I'm Sorry on the BUILD Series at 11am.
    • Marcus Scribner (black-ish) - Marcus is a guest on a repeat of The Wendy Williams Show, so check your local listings.
    Wednesday, January 9
    • Maura Tierney (NewsRadio) - Watch Maura on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
    • Tony Hale (Veep/Arrested Development) - Tony appears on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
    • Kevin Hart (The Big House/Undeclared) - Kevin stops by The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS. He also talks about The Upside on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am.
    • Nicole Byer (Loosely Exactly Nicole) - Nicole visits The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
    • Andy Samberg (Brooklyn Nine-Nine) - Andy is a guest on Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
    • Josh Hutcherson (Future Man) - Josh drops by Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
    • Connie Britton (Spin City/The Fighting Fitzgeralds/Lost at Home) - Connie appears on E!'s Busy Tonight at 11pm.
    • Terry Crews (Brooklyn Nine-Nine/Are We There Yet?/Everybody Hates Chris) - Terry chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
    • Judith Light (Transparent/Phenom/Who's the Boss?) - Judith is a guest on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
    • Cobie Smulders (How I Met Your Mother) - Cobie visits LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings. Cobie and Keegan-Michael Key also talk about Friends from College on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am.
    • Sheryl Lee Ralph (Fam/Instant Mom/Moesha/It's a Living) - Sheryl hits the couch to dish about her new show Fam on CBS on The Wendy Williams Show, so check your local listings.
    • Alyssa Milano (Who's the Boss?/Romantically Challenged) - Alyssa is a guest on Access Live, so check your local listings.
    • Andre Braugher (Brooklyn Nine-Nine) - Andre will be on NBC's Today in the 9am hour.
    • Candace Cameron Bure, Dashiell Messitt and Fox Messitt (Fuller House) - Candace, Dashiell and Fox talk about Fuller House on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
    • Jon Glaser (Parks and Recreation/Girls) - Jon talks about Jon Glaser Loves Gear on the BUILD Series at 2pm.
    Thursday, January 10
    • Bryan Cranston (Malcolm in the Middle) - Catch Bryan on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC. He also talks about The Upside on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am and on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
    • Bradley Whitford (Happyish/Trophy Wife) - Bradley stops by The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
    • John Goodman (The Conners/Roseanne/Center of the Universe/Normal, Ohio) - John visits Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
    • Cedric the Entertainer (The Neighborhood/The Last O.G./The Soul Man/The Steve Harvey Show) - Cedric is a guest on The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
    • Dan Fogler (Man Up!) - Dan appears on a repeat of Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
    • Josh Hutcherson (Future Man) - Josh drops by Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
    • Patti LaBelle (Out All Night) - Patti is a guest on E!'s Busy Tonight at 11pm.
    • Mark-Paul Gosselaar (Saved by the Bell/Saved by the Bell: The College Years/Truth Be Told) - Mark-Paul appears on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
    • John David Washington (Ballers) - John is a guest on Comedy Central's The Daily Show with Trevor Noah at 11pm, on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan (check your listings) and CBS This Morning sometime between 7-9am.
    • Jay Ellis (Insecure/The Game) - Jay is a guest on The Real, so check your local listings.
    • Dash Mihok (Pearl) - Dash can be heard on The Morning Mash Up on SiriusXM.
    • Lamorne Morris (New Girl) - Lamorne talks about Valley of the Boom on People Now at 12pm.
    • Andy Samberg (Brooklyn Nine-Nine) - Andy talks about Brooklyn Nine-Nine on NBC's Today sometime between 7-9am.
    • Patrick Warburton (Crowded/Rules of Engagement/Less Than Perfect/Seinfeld) - Patrick talks about A Series of Unfortunate Events on NBC's Today sometime between 7-9am.
    • Haley Joel Osment (Future Man/Alpha House/The Jeff Foxworthy Show/Thunder Alley) - Haley Joel talks about the second season of Future Man on the BUILD Series at 3pm.
    Friday, January 11
    • Cobie Smulders (How I Met Your Mother) - Watch Cobie on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
    • Brian Posehn (The Sarah Silverman Program/The Big Bang Theory) - Brian appears on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
    • Ellen DeGeneres (Ellen/The Ellen Show) - Ellen is a guest on a repeat of The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
    • Kristoff St. John (Charlie & Co./The Bad News Bears/Big John, Little John) - Kristoff appears on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
    • Keegan-Michael Key (Friends from College/Playing House/Gary Unmarried) - Keegan-Michael talks about Friends from College on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan (check your listings) and on ABC's GMA Day at 1pm.
    • Alfonso Ribeiro (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air/In the House/Silver Spoons) - Alfonso is a guest on The Real, so check your local listings.
    • Terry Crews (Brooklyn Nine-Nine/Are We There Yet?/Everybody Hates Chris) - Terry talks about Brooklyn Nine-Nine on Couch Surfing at 8am.
    • Tony Hale (Veep/Arrested Development) - Tony dishes on his role in A Series of Unfortunate Events on Rachael Ray, so check your local listings.
    • Bradley Whitford (Happyish/Trophy Wife) - Bradley talks about Valley of the Boom on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am and on the BUILD Series at 1pm.
    • Lamorne Morris (New Girl) - Lamorne talks about Valley of the Boom on the BUILD Series at 1pm.
    • Tika Sumpter (The Game) - Tika is a guest on a repeat of The Wendy Williams Show, so check your local listings.

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    Sitcoms Airing This Week

    Sunday, January 6

    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.

    Bob's Burgers - "The Taking of Funtime One Two Three" (Fox, 7:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
    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.

    The Simpsons - "Mad About the Toy" (Fox, 8:00PM ET/PT)
    When Marge and Homer leave Grampa to baby-sit the kids, some little green army men trigger a PTSD episode, sending the family on a journey to Grampa's past and the time period when he was a post-war toy model.

    Bob's Burgers - "Lorenzo's Oil? No, Linda's" (Fox, 8:30PM ET/PT)
    When Linda's new friend introduces her to essential oils, Aunt Gayle is convinced she must be rescued; Bob and Teddy are bamboozled into performing a series of annoying favors for Mr. Huggins.

    Family Guy - "Hefty Shades of Gray" (Fox, 9:00PM ET/PT)
    After Peter's hair turns white from a ghost-hunting adventure, his new look grabs the attention of a local news anchor; Brian and Stewie attempt to help Chris improve his dating game.

    Rel - "Mom" (Fox, 9:30PM ET/PT)
    In an attempt to make peace with his mother's death, Rel sees a therapist; Dad tries to honor her passing by celebrating but has a hard time keeping it all together.


    Monday, January 7

    The Big Bang Theory - "The Bow Tie Asymmetry" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
    When Amy’s parents and Sheldon’s family arrive for the wedding, everybody is focused on making sure all goes according to plan – everyone except the bride and groom.

    Happy Together - "Vows" (CBS, 8:30PM ET/PT)
    When Cooper gives Jake and Claire an anniversary gift featuring their original wedding vows, tensions rise as they attempt to take their vows literally.

    Young Sheldon - "Summer Sausage, A Pocket Poncho, and Tony Danza" (CBS, 9:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
    While Sheldon is busy keeping tabs on Meemaw’s budding relationship with Dr. Sturgis (Wallace Shawn), George Sr. and Mary attempt to bond with their other children.

    The Neighborhood - "Welcome to the Barbershop" (CBS, 9:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
    When Dave drops by Calvin’s longtime barbershop, he’s quickly embraced by its owner and patrons, much to Calvin’s consternation.


    Tuesday, January 8

    The Conners - "Rage Against the Machine" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
    When Dan gets injured on the job covering D.J.’s vending machine route, the choice to sue the company could lead to D.J. getting fired. Meanwhile, Jackie is appalled when Lecy seeks life coaching from her nemesis and No. 1 competitor, Rita Silver.

    The Kids Are Alright - "The Love List" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
    After seeing how loving Pat’s friend’s parents are, the Cleary boys beg Peggy to tell them she loves them. Playing on their insecurities, Peggy posts a ranked list of their names on the fridge in the hopes that it will bring out their competitive instincts, and someone will divulge who broke the dining room light fixture. Charged with several emotions, Timmy incriminates his brother but feels so guilty that he gets a horrible stomachache and heads to the hospital, where he unexpectedly reveals another secret. Back at home, Mike invites Grover (guest star Ken Jeong), a co-worker, disguised as an amateur detective to their home to help compel a confession out of the guilty Cleary child.

    black-ish - "Wilds of Valley Glen" (ABC, 9:00PM ET/PT)
    Dre must take Jack and Diane on a mandatory camping trip for school and hatches a plan for them to escape to a fancy hotel for some pampering. Meanwhile, Bow gets an award at work, but feels undermined after a colleague is surprised to learn that she went to USC for med school.

    Splitting Up Together - "Contact High" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
    Frazzled from her intimate dream with Martin, Lena accidentally injures her tooth and reluctantly goes to the dentist. To help calm her nerves, a patient offers her herbal medication, but things don’t turn out as expected when she finds herself feeling loopy. Meanwhile, Martin once again puts plans with Paige on hold to escort Lena to Mae’s parent-teacher conference after she inadvertently gets high. Elsewhere, Maya surprisingly asks a familiar face out on a date, and he reluctantly accepts.


    Wednesday, January 9

    The Goldbergs - "The Wedding Singer" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
    Barry and Lainey’s wedding date is right around the corner, and Beverly is in her element as she tries to make everything perfect for her schmoopie’s big day. Geoff is concerned about Adam’s shortcomings as a wedding videographer. Meanwhile, Barry begins to have second thoughts.

    Schooled - "Be Like Mike" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
    It’s 1990-something, and since Lainey still hasn’t achieved rock ‘n’ roll greatness, she returns to William Penn Academy as the new music teacher. Lainey has a hard time adjusting to being an authority figure, but she realizes she might not be so bad at it when she discovers a kindred spirit in Principal Glascott’s niece, Felicia. Meanwhile, Coach Mellor struggles with Michael Jordan’s influence on modern-day basketball.

    Modern Family - "A Moving Day" (ABC, 9:00PM ET/PT)
    Claire and Phil aren’t convinced that Haley and Dylan can make it on their own as they move them into their new apartment before the baby arrives. Meanwhile, Pameron gets out of prison early and has a bone to pick with Mitchell.

    Single Parents - "That Elusive Zazz" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
    Will decides to audition for his dream job as an on-camera weatherman, but in order to succeed, he needs a little help from Miggy, Poppy and Sophie to hone in on the perfect persona. Meanwhile, after Angie discovers that Graham has the word “FARTS” written on his forehead in permanent marker, she goes on a mission to obtain an apology from the responsible parties – Emma and Amy – and unfortunately Douglas does not provide much help.

    The Big Bang Theory - "The Imitation Perturbation" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
    When Wolowitz dresses up as Sheldon for Halloween, Sheldon seeks retaliation at Leonard and Penny’s Halloween party. Also, Leonard is shocked that Penny doesn’t remember their first kiss.

    Young Sheldon - "Jiu-Jitsu, Bubble Wrap, and Yoo-Hoo" (CBS, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
    Sheldon is bullied by an unlikely character, and Mary and George disagree on how to handle the situation.

    grown-ish - "New Rules" (Freeform, 8:00PM ET/PT)
    Zoey accidentally breaks one of the group's unspoken social rules and upsets both Jazz and Luca.

    You're the Worst - "The Intransigence of Love" (FXX, 10:00PM ET/PT)
    Jimmy and Gretchen tell the story of their love to a prospective wedding planner.


    Thursday, January 10

    Modern Family - "On the Same Paige" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
    Phil learns that his real estate class will be cancelled if any additional students drop it. So, he turns on his powers of charm and flattery to keep one particular student, Paige, from leaving while Luke asks her out by inviting her over to dinner. Meanwhile, Jay may unknowingly be flirting with the mother of Joe’s classmate and tries to set boundaries.

    The Goldbergs - "Fiddler" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
    Murray becomes an overzealous stage parent when he learns Adam has no interest in the school production of “Fiddler on the Roof.” Meanwhile, Beverly can’t seem to keep from interfering with Erica’s latest career plan.

    The Big Bang Theory - "The Propagation Proposition" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT)
    Penny’s ex-boyfriend, Zack (Brian Thomas Smith), and his wife want a baby, but when Zack is infertile, they ask Leonard for help. Also, Koothrappali attempts to mend things with his ex-fiancée, Anu (Rait Gupta).

    Young Sheldon - "A Tummy Ache and a Whale of a Metaphor" (CBS, 8:30PM ET/PT)
    When Sheldon has to spend a few days in the hospital, he turns into the world’s worst patient. Also, Missy gets a taste of what life would be like without her twin.

    Mom - "Hacky Sack and a Beautiful Experience" (CBS, 9:00PM ET/PT)
    Christy’s smoking causes problems when the ladies take a road trip. Also, Bonnie offers Adam unsolicited business advice.

    Fam - "Pilot" (CBS, 9:30PM ET/PT)
    Nina Dobrev and Tone Bell star in a new comedy about Clem (Dobrev), a woman whose vision of a perfect life with her adoring fiancé, Nick (Bell), and his wonderful family is radically altered when her 16-year-old, out-of-control half-sister, Shannon (Odessa Adlon), unexpectedly comes to live with them. Sheryl Lee Ralph and Brian Stokes Mitchell also star. Gary Cole guest stars as Clem’s father, Freddy.

    Brooklyn Nine-Nine - "Honeymoon" (NBC, 9:00PM ET/PT)
    Jake and Amy go on their honeymoon. Capt. Holt finds out whether he is the new commissioner of the NYPD.

    The Good Place - "The Book of Dougs" (NBC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
    Michael's resolve is put to the test. Meanwhile, Jason wrestles with his feelings and Chidi surprises Eleanor.


    Friday, January 11

    Fresh Off the Boat - "You've Got a Girlfriend" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
    Evan has a girlfriend! And Jessica deeply disapproves because she thinks it will distract him from his schoolwork and cause his grades to decline. Meanwhile, Eddie, Emery and Honey are shocked when they all go out to see the film “You’ve Got Mail,” and Louis hates it. But Louis’ reason for disliking the film has to do with a ruthless act he unconsciously committed years ago which resulted in a mom and pop rib shack going out of business, much like what took place in the movie.

    Speechless - "R-O-- ROLL M-O-- MODEL" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
    JJ challenges Maya’s mentoring tactics when she takes a father and his young son with special needs under her wing. Dylan and Ray attend a teen support group for all the wrong reasons. Meanwhile, Jimmy’s gorgeous new TV sets him on a journey for self-betterment.

    Last Man Standing - "Common Ground" (Fox, 8:00PM ET/PT)
    Mike struggles to find common ground with the new foreign exchange student.

    The Cool Kids - "Charlie's Angel" (Fox, 8:30PM ET/PT)
    Hank signs up to host a Shady Meadows closed-circuit TV show but is quickly replaced by Sid.


    Saturday, January 12

    Henry Danger - "Part 2: A New Darkness" (Nickelodeon, 8:00PM ET/PT)
    After a criminal steals Kid Danger's superpower and learns his secret identity, goons are sent to Henry's house to attack; while Henry and Ray fight to protect Henry's family, Jasper, Charlotte and Schwoz work to get his power back.

    Cousins for Life - "Scammer Time" (Nickelodeon, 8:30PM ET/PT)
    Ivy is approached by a follower who needs her charitable help but Stuart is convinced that this girl is a fraud and sets out to prove it.

    Knight Squad - "Little Knight Lies" (Nickelodeon, 9:00PM ET/PT)
    Worried that her royal duties are taking her away from Prudy, Ciara arranges for Prudy to become friends with the princess; when Prudy starts spending too much time with the princess, Ciara becomes jealous of her alter ego.


    Sunday, January 13

    The Simpsons - "The Girl on the Bus" (Fox, 8:00PM ET/PT)
    When Lisa spots a new best friend from the window of the bus, she gets a taste of what life could be like with a different, more cultured family.

    Bob's Burgers - "The Helen Hunt" (Fox, 8:30PM ET/PT)
    The Belchers make it their mission to help Teddy get his dream girl, but Tina is convinced she's found a better match for him.

    Family Guy - "Trump Guy" (Fox, 9:00PM ET/PT)
    The Griffins move to Washington, D.C., where Peter is hired as the new White House press secretary.

    Rel - "Cleveland" (Fox, 9:30PM ET/PT)
    Rel takes a trip to Cleveland after hearing his daughter got into some trouble at school; Brittany helps Nat with some goal setting by making him create a vision board.

    Complete TV Listings


    Sitcoms Airing Tonight

    Friday, January 18

    Fresh Off the Boat - "Driver's Eddie 2: Orlando Drift" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
    Eddie finally gets his driver’s license; but instead of freedom, he finds an endless list of errands to run for his mom. Will he be done in time to take his friends to the Insane Clown Posse concert? Louis is excited for a boy’s weekend at Chili Con with Marvin, until Honey tags along; and Jessica faces off with her nemesis, Jamie, at the school fundraiser.

    Speechless - "H-- HEY, YOU" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
    Maya is less than thrilled when Kenneth interferes with her business plans with Melanie. Ray begs JJ to cast him opposite his new crush, Izzy, in his next movie, which has unexpected consequences. Meanwhile, Dylan is impressed with Jimmy’s band.

    Last Man Standing - "Dreams vs. Realty" (Fox, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
    Mandy comes close to forgetting her fashion designer dreams when she is confronted with rejection and sends herself in a spiral; Vanessa feels regret as she reflects on her own career path; Mike helps the women in his family achieve their dreams.

    The Cool Kids - "Thanksgiving at Murray's" (Fox, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
    Mike and Ryan are forced to get along together when Boyd proposes a compromise to their plans to take him on separate trips by all three going on a trip together; Mandy and Kyle attempt to solve a mystery like a pair of detectives.

    Andi Mack - "I Got Your Number" (Disney Channel, 8:30PM ET/PT)
    Andi gets in over her head when she attends a high school party with Amber, causing Bowie's plans for a romantic outing with Bex to go awry; Cyrus tries to mend a longtime rift between Jonah and T.J.

    Complete TV Listings


    Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of January 14)

    Friday, January 18

    • Maura Tierney (NewsRadio) - Watch Maura on a repeat of Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
    • Elizabeth Banks (Scrubs) - Elizabeth visits The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC. She talks about The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am.
    • Andy Samberg (Brooklyn Nine-Nine) - Andy appears on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
    • Lily Tomlin (Grace and Frankie/Malibu Country) and Jane Fonda (Grace and Frankie) - Lily and Jane are guests on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
    • Pete Holmes (Crashing) - Pete appears on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
    • Molly Ringwald (Townies/The Facts of Life) - Molly talks about All These Small Moments on People Now at 12pm.
    • Don Cheadle (Black Monday/House of Lies/The Golden Palace) - Don talks about Black Monday on ABC's GMA Day at 1pm.
    • Dave Franco (Scrubs/Do Not Disturb) - Dave talks about If Beale Street Could Talk on NBC's Today in the 9am hour.
    • Adam Pally (Champaign ILL/Making History/The Mindy Project/Happy Endings) and Sam Richardson (Champaign ILL/Detroiters/Veep) - Adam and Sam talk about Champaign ILL on NBC's Today in the 10am hour.


    New on DVD/Blu-ray (November/December/January)

    Step by Step - The Complete Third Season Perfect Strangers - The Complete Sixth Season Fuller House - The Complete Third Season The Wayans Bros. - The Complete Fourth Season The Game - The Complete Series

    11/01 - Episodes - Season 5
    11/05 - Robin Williams - Comic Genius (includes Mork & Mindy)
    11/06 - American Dad! - Volume 13
    11/16 - Man with a Plan - Season One
    11/20 - Step by Step - The Complete Third Season
    11/27 - What I Like About You - The Complete Third Season
    11/28 - The Great Indoors - Season 1 (The Complete Series)
    12/04 - Family Guy - Season Sixteen
    12/04 - Perfect Strangers - The Complete Sixth Season
    12/18 - Our Cartoon President - Season One
    01/08 - Family Guy - 20 Greatest Hits
    01/22 - Fuller House - The Complete Third Season
    01/22 - The Wayans Bros. - The Complete Fourth Season (WBShop.com)
    01/29 - Ballers - The Complete Fourth Season (Blu-ray)
    01/29 - Crashing - The Complete Second Season
    01/29 - The Game - The Complete Series
    01/29 - Kidding - Season One
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