Friday, March 01, 2019

Fri-Yay: Brooklyn Nine-Nine Renewal; FX Orders Lil Dicky to Series

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

This week, NBC announced that Brooklyn Nine-Nine had been renewed for a seventh season. This is, of course, notable for a few reasons. One is because Brooklyn Nine-Nine is one of TV's best comedies, and it's always good news when a great comedy gets to make more episodes. But, of course, this is notable because not even a year ago, Fox cancelled Brooklyn Nine-Nine before NBC swooped in to save it up. So as it stands, it seems Brooklyn's move from Fox to NBC is a rare example of a show changing networks and succeeding. Brooklyn Nine-Nine hasn't exactly been lighting the world on fire in the ratings since its move to NBC, but it has posted improvements on its final Fox season and manages to perform similarly to reliable NBC hits like The Good Place, Will & Grace and Superstore. That has made a valuable asset in NBC's Thursday night comedy arsenal.

Of course, Brooklyn isn't the only sitcom to change networks this season. Last Man Standing was saved by Fox after ABC gave it the ax 2 seasons ago, and is similarly performing quite well in its Friday night timeslot. Additionally, a few years ago, animated comedy American Dad moved from Fox to TBS, where it continues to enjoy great success. And then there's the countless sitcoms that have moved to streaming services, such as Arrested Development to Netflix and The Mindy Project to Hulu. At one time, moving networks was a death knell for sitcoms. But in our current age, where loyalty towards networks is non-existent and plenty of viewers likely have no idea even what network their favorite show airs on anymore, it's certainly possible to live a long, happy life even after cancelation.


Lil Dicky

FX Networks has ordered the first season of the Untitled Lil Dicky series (working title), a half-hour comedy based on the life of rapper and comedian Dave Burd, known best by his stage name Lil Dicky. The series is centered on a suburban neurotic man in his late twenties who has convinced himself that he's destined to be one of the best rappers of all time. Now he must convince his closest friends, because with their help, he might actually convince the world. The Untitled Lil Dicky series is co-created by Dave Burd and Jeff Schaffer (The League, Curb Your Enthusiasm), and executive produced by the pair along with Saladin Patterson (Psych, The Big Bang Theory), Kevin Hart and Hartbeat Productions (Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, TKO: Total Knock Out, Real Husbands of Hollywood), Greg Mottola (Adventureland, Superbad), Marty Bowen (Mr. Mercedes, Rosewood), Mike Hertz and Scooter Braun (Scorpion), James Shin and Scott Manson of SB Projects. The Untitled Lil Dicky series is produced by FX Productions.

Rapper, actor and underwear model Lil Dicky (but please, call him Dave) has established himself as a staple in the entertainment industry over the last half decade. Riding the commercial success of his hit single "Freaky Friday" - the smash hit with over one billion streams and achieving multi-platinum status in 15+ countries - Dicky has been riding high ever since. His debut album "Professional Rapper" debuted at #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #1 in Comedy, Rap and Independent charts, highlighted with the multi-platinum single "Save Dat Money". And he's just getting started...


Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Saturday, March 23

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Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of March 18)

Friday, March 22

  • Matt LeBlanc (Man with a Plan/Episodes/Joey/Friends/Vinnie & Bobby) - Watch Matt on a repeat of Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Illana Glazer (Broad City) - Illana is a guest on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Pamela Adlon (Better Things/King of the Hill/The Facts of Life) - Pamela appears on a repeat of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • J. K. Simmons (Growing Up Fisher/Family Tools) - J. K. is a guest on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Cobie Smulders (Friends from College/How I Met Your Mother) - Cobie appears on a repeat of The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Stephen Merchant (Hello Ladies) - Stephen is a guest on a repeat of Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Keegan-Michael Key (Friends from College/Playing Houe/Gary Unmarried) - Keegan-Michael visits LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Piper Perabo (Turn Up Charlie) - Piper is tentatively scheduled to appear on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 11:30am ET.
  • Casey Wilson (Black Monday/Marry Me/Happy Endings) - Casey talks about Black Monday on Couch Surfing at 8am.
  • Natalie Morales (Abby's/The Grinder/Trophy Wife/Parks and Recreation) - Natalie appears on NBC's Today in the 10am hour.
  • Mark Hamill (The Texas Wheelers) - Mark talks about Knightfall on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am and on Strahan & Sara at 1pm.
  • Tony Danza (Taxi/Who's the Boss?/Hudston Street/The Tony Danza Show) - Tony performs on ABC's Strahan & Sara at 1pm.
  • Maddie Corman (Mr. President/All-American Girl) - Maddie talks about the play Accidentally Brave on The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Patti LaBelle (Out All Night) - Patti will be on Steve, so check your local listings.


New on DVD/Blu-ray (January/February/March)

Step by Step - The Complete Fourth Season What I Like About You - The Complete Fourth Season Hangin' with Mr. Cooper - The Complete Second Season Alice - The Complete Ninth Season The Wayans Bros. - The Complete Fifth Season

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
02/05 - Family Guy - Part 1 - Volumes 1-5
02/05 - Family Guy - Part 2 - Volumes 6-10
02/05 - Family Guy - Part 3 - Seasons 10-14
02/05 - First Lady of Television - Betty White Collection (40 rare and acclaimed episodes from her early days in television)
02/05 - Mama's Family - Seasons 1-6 - The Complete Series
02/12 - Rick and Morty - The Complete Seasons 1-3 (Blu-ray)
02/12 - Step by Step - The Complete Fourth Season
02/26 - What I Like About You - The Complete Fourth Season
03/05 - Hangin' with Mr. Cooper - The Complete Second Season (WBShop.com)
03/12 - Alice - The Complete Ninth Season (WBShop.com)
03/26 - The Wayans Bros. - The Complete Fifth Season (WBShop.com)
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