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.


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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