Monday, March 04, 2019

MeTV Gets Original Series Starring Lisa Whelchel; Remembering Katherine Helmond of Soap and Who's the Boss? and Nathaniel Taylor of Sanford and Son

Lisa Whelchel

MeTV is proudly presenting its first original TV series, Collector's Call, premiering Sunday, April 7, at 10PM|9C. Hosted by Lisa Whelchel (Blair on The Facts of Life), the 13-episode unscripted series will introduce you to some of the biggest collectors of pop culture memorabilia in the country. These fans have amassed astonishing collections, covering everything from Winnie the Pooh to The Wizard of Oz, Coca-Cola paraphernalia to comic books… and so much more! While touring these extensive collections and learning about the collector’s fascination with their chosen items, Whelchel enlists the help of professional appraisers and experts to put an estimated value on each collection's worth.

Collector's Call

On Collector's Call, you'll find out the worth of everything from first-edition Harry Potter books with personal notes from JK Rowling to the original telephone used on The Dick Van Dyke Show -- not to mention locks of Abraham Lincoln's hair. Along the way, we discover collections featured in the Guinness Book of Records, alongside others valued in the millions of dollars. With the values established, the experts will try to tempt the collectors with a trade, offering a coveted item that would be the perfect addition to their collections. The collectors must then make an agonizing choice and decide how sentimental they are about their existing pieces…or how much they’re willing to give up for a new addition to the collection. Will they make a trade? It's the Collector's Call!


Katherine Helmond

Actress Katherine Helmond, who starred as Jessica Tate in Soap and as Mona Robinson in Who's the Boss?, has died. She died on February 23 from complications of Alzheimer's disease at her home in Los Angeles. Ms. Helmond was 89.

Helmond's first television appearance was an uncredited role in a 1962 episode of Car 54, Where Are You?. Some of her early sitcom guest appearances included Adam's Rib and The Bob Newhart Show. Her early drama guest appearances included Gunsmoke, The F.B.I., The Snoop Sisters, Hec Ramsey, Mannix, Barnaby Jones, The Rookies, Harry O, The Six Million Dollar Man, Petrocelli and The Bionic Woman.

Soap

She starred as ditzy matriarch Jessica Tate in the prime time soap opera sitcom Soap, which aired on ABC from 1977 to 1981. Jessica Tate was the sister of Mary Campbell (Cathryn Damon). She was married to wealthy Chester Tate (Robert Mandan) but separates from and later divorces him in the latter seasons of the series. Helmond was one of two cast members to appear in every episode of the series, with Richard Mulligan (Burt Campbell) being the other. The series also starred Diana Canova (1977-1980), Jennifer Salt, Jimmy Baio, Robert Guillaume (1977-1979), Arthur Peterson, Billy Crystal, Ted Wass, Robert Urich, Jay Johnson, Sal Viscuso, Dinah Manoff (1978-1979), Donnelly Rhodes (1978-1981) and Roscoe Lee Browne (1980-1981).

Helmond won the Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Comedy or Musical for the role in 1981. She received Emmy nominations for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for all four seasons. The series was Emmy nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series in 1978, 1980 and 1981. Helmond appeared as Jessica Tate in two episodes of the spin-off series Benson in 1979 and 1983. She also directed three episodes of Benson in 1983 and 1984.

Who's the Boss?

She next starred as feisty mother Mona Robinson in the ABC sitcom Who's the Boss?, which aired from 1984 to 1992. Mona was the mother of divorced advertising executive Angela Bower (Judith Light). The series also starred Tony Danza, Alyssa Milano and Danny Pintauro. Helmond received the 1989 Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film. She received Emmy nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series in 1988 and 1989. She directed the episode Tony the Nanny in 1985.

Coach

Helmond had a recurring role as Doris Sherman in 19 episodes of the ABC sitcom Coach from 1995 to 1997. Doris Sherman was the recently widowed and eccentric owner of the Orlando Breakers, a fictional NFL expansion team. The series also starred Craig T. Nelson, Shelley Fabares, Jerry Van Dyke, Bill Fagerbakke, Clare Carey (1989-1993) and Kenneth Kimmins.

Helmond played Lois Whelan, the mother of Debra Barone (Patricia Heaton), in 14 episodes of the CBS sitcom Everybody Loves Rayond from 1996 to 2004. She was married to Warren Whelan (Robert Culp). Helmond received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for the role in 2002.

She appeared in over 20 films. Some of her credits included Family Plot, Baby Blue Marine, Time Bandits, Brazil, Overboard and Lady in White. She provided the voice of Lizzie in the Cars franchise. She was nominated for Broadway's 1973 Tony Award as Best Supporting or Featured Actress (Dramatic) for Eugene O'Neill's The Great God Brown.

She was interviewed for The Interviews: An Oral History of Television on March 6, 2008.

Ms. Helmond was wonderful as Jessica Tate and Mona Robinson. She made everything she appeared in much better. Hopefully we will get the remaining seasons of Who's the Boss? on DVD one day. We thank her for the many laughs and entertainment she brought us during her career, which spanned five decades. She will be deeply missed.

Share your memories on our Soap and Who's the Boss? message boards. View photos in our galleries.

Nathaniel Taylor

Actor Nathaniel Taylor, who was best known for his role as Rollo Lawson in Sanford and Son, has died. He was rushed to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center after suffering from a heart attack on February 23. He died from the complications of it on February 27. Mr. Taylor was 80.

Nathaniel Taylor and Demond Wilson in Sanford and Son

Taylor appeared in the recurring role of Rollo Lawson in 32 episodes of the NBC sitcom Sanford and Son from 1972 to 1977. Rollo was Lamont Sanford's (Demond Wilson) best friend. The series also starred and featured Redd Foxx, Don Bexley, Hal Williams (1972-1976), Gregory Sierra (1972-1975), LaWanda Page (1973-1977), Whitman Mayo (1973-1977), Lynn Hamilton and Pat Morita (1974-1975).

He appeared as Rollo in one episode of the NBC spin-off series Grady, which starred Whitman Mayo, in 1975. He reprised the role in the 1980-1981 NBC spin-off Sanford. The short-lived series starred Redd Foxx, Dennis Burkley, Marguerite Ray, Suzanne Stone, Cathy Cooper, Percy Rodriguez and Clinton Derricks-Carroll.

Some of his sitcom guest appearances included The Bill Cosby Show, What's Happening!! (two episodes as Rerun's brother-in-law, Ike) and 227. He reunited with Redd Foxx in the short-lived 1986 ABC sitcom The Redd Foxx Show in two episodes as Jim-Jam. His drama guest appearances included The Bold Ones: The Senator, Adam-12, Harry O and Police Story.

He appeared as Leroy, one of one of Mr. Big's henchmen, in the 1972 film Trouble Man. His other film credits included: Black Girl; As Above, So Below; Willie Dynamite; Passing Through; and The Hunter.

Mr. Taylor was very funny as Rollo Lawson. It would have been great to see his lovable but questionable character appear in more episodes. We thank him for the laughs and entertainment he brought us. He will be greatly missed.

Share your memories on our Sanford and Son message board. View photos in our galleries.

Mitzi Hoag

Actress Mitzi Hoag, who starred in We'll Get By and made many sitcom guest appearances, has died. She died on February 26 at her home in Sherman Oaks, California. Ms. Hoag was 86.

Mitzi Hoag in Here Come the Brides

Hoag had a recurring role as Miss Essie Gillis in the first season of 1968-1970 comedy western Here Come the Brides. She was the school teacher and eventually Big Swede's (Bo Svenson) wife. Hoag appeared in two other episodes in the second season as Iona and Sister Agnes. The series starred Robert Brown, Bobby Sherman, David Soul, Joan Blondell, Bridget Hanley, Mark Lenard, Susan Tolsky and Henry Beckman.

We'll Get By - Paul Sorvino and Mitzi Hoag

She starred as Liz Platt in the short-lived 1975 CBS sitcom We'll Get By. She and her husband, George Platt (Paul Sorvino), lived in the New Jersey suburbs with their three teenage children. The series, which was created by Alan Alda, also starred Jerry Houser, Willie Aames and Devon Scott.

Some of her sitcom guest appearances included That Girl, Family Affair, Good Morning World, The Second Hundred Years, My Three Sons, Love American Style, The Partridge Family, Good Heavens, The Love Boat, The Jeffersons, Archie Bunker's Place, Three's a Crowd, The Facts of Life (three episodes as Natalie's mother, Evie Green) and Grace Under Fire.

Ms. Hoag starred in only one short-lived sitcom, but she was a familiar face with her many guest appearances. We thank her for the laughs and entertainment she brought us. She will be deeply missed.

Share your memories on our message board. View photos in our galleries.


Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Wednesday, May 22

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

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

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

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

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

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of May 20)

Wednesday, May 22

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


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

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

03/05 - Hangin' with Mr. Cooper - The Complete Second Season (WBShop.com)
03/12 - Alice - The Complete Ninth Season (WBShop.com)
03/26 - The Wayans Bros. - The Complete Fifth Season (WBShop.com)
04/02 - Archer: Danger Island - The Complete Season Nine
04/09 - You're the Worst - The Complete Fifth Season
04/12 - Evening Shade - The Complete Collection
04/16 - The Big C - The Complete Series (Blu-ray)
05/07 - Baskets - The Complete Season Three
05/13 - My Three Sons - The Third Season - Volume One
05/13 - My Three Sons - The Third Season - Volume Two
05/14 - The Donna Reed Show - Seasons 1-5
05/14 - Petticoat Junction - Seasons 1-3
05/28 - Perfect Strangers - The Complete Seventh and Eighth Seasons
05/28 - South Park - The Complete Twenty-Second Season (Blu-ray)
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05/21 - Nightline Primetime Special Profiles All in the Family & The Jeffersons; Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader Premieres June 10 on Nick
05/20 - Comedy Central Heads to the South Side This July; Catch the Big Bang Finale Again Tonight
05/19 - Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows; This Week in Sitcoms (Week of May 20, 2019)
05/18 - SitcomsOnline Digest: Broadcast Network Fall Lineup at a Glance; Rick & Morty Returns in November
05/17 - Fri-Yay: Big Bang Ends With No Hype?; ABC to Air Farrah Fawcett Documentary
05/16 - The CW Upfront 2019-20: Fall 2019 Schedule; Notes from TBS and TNT Upfront
05/15 - CBS Upfront 2019-20: Fall 2019 Schedule; Remembering Doris Day and Tim Conway
05/14 - ABC Upfront 2019-20: Fall 2019 Schedule; Disney Channel Sets Premiere Dates for Raven's Home and Bunk'd
05/13 - Fox Upfront 2019-20: Fall 2019 Schedule; Antenna TV's Father Knows Best Father's Day Marathon
05/12 - NBC Upfront 2019-20: Fall 2019 Schedule; Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows; This Week in Sitcoms (Week of May 13, 2019)
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05/10 - Fri-Yay: Upfronts 2019: Questions for Sitcoms; getTV Celebrates All in the Family Ahead of ABC Live Special
05/09 - More Pre-Upfront Pick Ups from NBC, ABC and The CW; Fox Schedules BH90210
05/08 - NBC Picks Up 2 Series Before Upfront; FX Gets 2nd Season of What We Do in the Shadows
05/07 - AXS TV's The Very VERY Best of the 70s; Who Do You Think You Are? Returns to NBC with More Celebs
05/06 - Kevin Hart Bounce Series Debuts Tonight; Set Sail with Kimmy Schmidt
05/05 - Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows; This Week in Sitcoms (Week of May 6, 2019)
05/04 - Pluto TV Adds Special Versions of Popular Viacom Channels; Perfect Strangers to Finish on DVD
05/03 - Fri-Yay: Ramy Gets 2nd Season on Hulu; ABC Orders black-ish and Spinoff mixed-ish for 2019-20
05/02 - Hulu 2019 Upfront; Suits and Spinoff to Air Back-to-Back
05/01 - Fox Gets Unique Fred Savage Series; BH90210 Gets Shannen Doherty for Revival
04/30 - CBS Announces Big Bang Special on Finale Night; Showtime Gets 2nd Season of Black Monday with Don Cheadle
04/29 - Disney Channel's Just Roll With It Premieres in June; Alyssa Milano Launches Podcast
04/28 - Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows; This Week in Sitcoms (Week of April 29, 2019)
04/27 - SitcomsOnline Digest: Santa Clarita Diet and Wrecked Both Cancelled; Remembering Dallas Actor Ken Kercheval
04/26 - Fri-Yay: Status of Sitcoms on Disney+; Gabriel Iglesias Sitcom Launches June 21 on Netflix
04/25 - Lifetime's Book to Screen Titles in June; The CW Renews Four More for 2019-20
04/24 - MeTV Network Brings Back The Dick Van Dyke Show; The Detour Returns for Season 4 in June
04/23 - Antenna TV's Hazel Mother's Day Marathon; Netflix Celebrates Laugh-In's 50th Anniversary
04/22 - Last Man Standing Renewed for Season 8; NBC Moves Tuesday Series Timeslots