Friday, May 31, 2019

Fri-Yay: NBC Cancels AP Bio Just As It Was Finding Its Stride; Showtime Orders Work in Progress

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!

AP Bio

by Vincent

Upfronts ended a few weeks ago, but there's still some renewal and cancellations that networks have yet to figure out. One of those was AP Bio, until NBC announced they decided to cancel the series this week. It's a decision that doesn't come with much surprise. AP Bio had a mediocre-rated first season, but NBC decided to give the show a second chance, as they've done before with shows that had slow starts like 30 Rock, Parks and Recreation and Community. While those shows wound up running for years, AP Bio's ratings actually dropped drastically in its second season, so NBC pulling the plug is not a surprise. However, it is a shame. AP Bio wasn't necessarily a great sitcom, but it was a very enjoyable one that was perhaps on the way to finding its greatness.

AP Bio started off seeming like a too-mean spin off of Community, a show that wanted to have a cable comedy-esque streak of dark comedy but didn't have the talent to pull it off. However, over the course of the first and especially into the much improved second season, the series began to find its direction by strengthening the personalities of its students out of stereotypes and pinning down into humor sense. The show, like Community, also found some heart, without feeling too preachy, and was becoming a delightfully absurdist network sitcom that actually made you care about the characters...even though the humor could sometimes be dark or even borderline mean, the show did a much better job of tiptoeing that line in its second season. It will be a shame to see it go, and that it will never take off into the great sitcom it had the potential to be.


Work in Progress

Showtime has ordered an eight-episode season of the new half-hour comedy series Work in Progress, created by Abby McEnany and Tim Mason. McEnany stars in the series, expected to premiere later this year. Mason directed the pilot. Lilly Wachowski (The Matrix, Sense8) will co-write the first season and executive produce with McEnany and Mason. Showtime acquired the project after its premiere at this year's Sundance Film Festival, where it was an official selection of the Indie Episodic program. A funny and uniquely human comedy, Work in Progress features McEnany as a 45-year-old self-identified fat, queer dyke from Chicago whose misfortune and despair unexpectedly lead her to a vibrantly transformative relationship. Chicago-based performers Theo Germaine and Karin Anglin co-star alongside Celeste Pechous, with Julia Sweeney (Saturday Night Live, Shrill) appearing in a crucial role as herself.


Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Tuesday, June 18

The Conners - "Tangled Up in Blue" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Darlene is in for one surprise after another when David introduces his girlfriend, Blue (Juliette Lewis), at a parent-teacher conference and mentions that Mark and Harris will be spending the weekend with them. Dan hires Becky to help out at work, but they both come to learn that she might need more help than she can offer.

American Housewife - "Mo' Money, Mo' Problems" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
After coming to terms with the fact that she must share her work bonus with Greg, Katie encourages him to live a little and the two decide to splurge on an overnight getaway. Meanwhile, Oliver’s attempt at a rebellious streak ends in disaster; and after letting Anna-Kat down, Taylor comes to the realization that she needs to step up and be a better big sister.

Modern Family - "I Love a Family" (ABC, 9:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
The Pritchett-Dunphy-Tucker clan are going to be setting off more than a few fireworks when they get together at the annual Fourth of July parade where Jay will be acting as the grand marshal. Meanwhile, Haley’s goodbye with Arvin before his trip to Switzerland doesn’t go as well as she pictured it and is distracted by the return of an old flame.

The Goldbergs - "8-Bit Goldbergs" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Adam is thrilled when he has to design his own video game for school, so he turns to his family for inspiration. Meanwhile, Beverly is worried about Pops’ gambling and ropes Bill Lewis into her latest scheme.

Modern Family - "Kiss and Tell" (ABC, 10:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Haley needs a little help deciding whether or not to tell Arvin about her kiss with Dylan and goes to Mitch and Cam for their advice. Meanwhile, Gloria suspects Manny’s Canadian girlfriend is made up and wants to find out the real truth.

black-ish - "Purple Rain" (ABC, 10:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
The family is shocked to learn that Jack and Diane are not familiar with the iconic music of Prince. One by one, each member of the family works to explain Prince’s tremendous impact on their lives through his music.

The Detour - "The Search" (TBS, 10:30PM ET/PT)
The Parkers embark on a world-wide search to find their runaway daughter, Delilah.

Sydney to the Max - "As Bad As She Gets" (Disney Channel, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Sydney surprises Max for his birthday by inviting adult Leo to visit from San Francisco; young Leo is worried that his parents will send him to a different school.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of June 17)

Tuesday, June 18

  • Joel McHale (Community/The Great Indoors) - Catch Joel on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Betty Gilpin (GLOW/Nurse Jackie) - Betty drops by Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Adam DeVine (Workaholics/Modern Family) - Adam appears on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Eva Longoria (Telenovela) - Eva stops by Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Jacki Weaver (Blunt Talk) - Jacki is a guest on Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Dax Shepard (Bless This Mess) - Dax chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Rocky Carroll (Roc) - Rocky visits The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Robin Givens (Head of the Class) - Robin talks about Ambitions on NBC's Today in the 10am hour, on the BUILD Series at 1pm and on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 11:30am ET.
  • Keegan-Michael Key (Friends from College/Playing House/Gary Unmarried) - Keegan-Michael talks about Toy Story 4 on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am.
  • Rev Run (All About the Washingtons) - Rev Run talks about his new health mission to stop diabetes on a repeat of The Dr. Oz Show, so check your local listings.
  • Jason Jones (The Detour) - Jason talks about The Detour on the BUILD Series at 3pm.


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

Evening Shade - The Complete Collection Perfect Strangers - The Complete Seventh and Eighth Seasons My Three Sons - The Third Season - Volume One The Brady Bunch - 50th Anniversary The Brady-est TV & Movie Collection Will & Grace (The Revival) - Season Two

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 - I'm Dying Up Here - Season 2
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 (WBShop.com)
05/28 - South Park - The Complete Twenty-Second Season (Blu-ray)
06/04 - The Brady Bunch - 50th Anniversary The Brady-est Brady Bunch TV & Movie Collection
06/18 - Will & Grace (The Revival) - Season Two (Blu-ray)
More TV DVD Releases / DVD Reviews Archive / SitcomsOnline Digest


Recent SitcomsOnline.com News Blog Posts

06/17 - Netflix Gets Funny with Pranks with Stranger Things Star; Gabrielle Union and Jessica Alba Series Gets 2nd Season
06/16 - Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows; This Week in Sitcoms (Week of June 17, 2019)
06/15 - SitcomsOnline Digest: Fall Premiere Dates for CBS; CBS and Viacom in Merger Talks Yet Again
06/14 - Fri-Yay: Reaction to The Good Place Ending; Antenna TV Brings Back Webster, What's Happening!! and What's Happening Now!!
06/13 - New Chip 'n' Dale Coming to Disney+ in 2020; Inside the Actors Studio Moves to Ovation and Starts with Sitcom-Themed Show
06/12 - TBS Celebrates Seinfeld's 30th Anniversary; Netflix Renews Russian Doll for Season 2
06/11 - Netflix Series Adds Rising Star to New Series; Corporate Gets 3rd and Final Season
06/10 - Comedy Central Schedules Lights Out with David Spade; NBC's The Good Place to End After Season 4
06/09 - Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows; This Week in Sitcoms (Week of June 10, 2019)
06/08 - SitcomsOnline Digest: A Sequel for Punky Brewster?; The Good Place Coming to an End After Fourth Season
06/07 - Fri-Yay: 2019 New Sitcoms; Hulu Acquires Popular Comedy Letterkenny
06/06 - Comedy Central to Roast Alec Baldwin; Christmas in July on Hallmark
06/05 - CBS All Access Sets Aug. 15 for Why Women Kill; Dead to Me Gets Second Season

06/04 - The CW's Late Summer 2019 Schedule; Tracy Morgan Hosts the 2019 ESPYs on ABC
06/03 - Comedy Central Summer Stunts Include The Cleveland Show; Netflix's GLOW Returns August 9
06/02 - Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows; This Week in Sitcoms (Week of June 3, 2019)

06/01 - SitcomsOnline Digest: ABC Gives Greenlight to Nate Bargatze Comedy Pilot; NBC Cancels Pair of Sitcoms
05/31 - Fri-Yay: NBC Cancels AP Bio Just As It Was Finding Its Stride; Showtime Orders Work in Progress
05/30 - Final Space Returns for Season 2 But on Adult Swim; Cast Set for All That Revival on Nickelodeon
05/29 - HBO's Divorce Starring Sarah Jessica Parker Returns July 1; Jimmy Kimmel Comedy Specials Return for 12th Straight Year Before NBA Finals Games
05/28 - 2019 The Summer of MeTV Schedule; Disney Gets 2nd Season of Sydney to the Max
05/27 - Memorial Day 2019 TV Marathons
05/26 - Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows; This Week in Sitcoms (Week of May 27, 2019)
05/25 - SitcomsOnline Digest: Late Night Tops Ratings for the Season; FXX Announces Archer After Hours
05/24 - Fri-Yay: Live in Front of a Studio Audience Recap; Mario Lopez Produced Sitcom Coming to Netflix
05/23 - Orange Is the New Black Returns for Final Season in July; Lifetime Gets More Book to Screen Movies This Summer
05/22 - Los Espookys Premieres June 14 on HBO; NBC's 5th Annual Red Nose Day Special Brings Out the Stars
05/21 - Nightline Primetime Special Profiles All in the Family & The Jeffersons; Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader Premieres June 10 on Nick
05/20 - Comedy Central Heads to the South Side This July; Catch the Big Bang Finale Again Tonight
05/19 - Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows; This Week in Sitcoms (Week of May 20, 2019)
05/18 - SitcomsOnline Digest: Broadcast Network Fall Lineup at a Glance; Rick & Morty Returns in November
05/17 - Fri-Yay: Big Bang Ends With No Hype?; ABC to Air Farrah Fawcett Documentary