Friday, August 11, 2006

Remembering TV Talk Show Legend Mike Douglas; Boomerang Fall; 'My Name is Earl' MySpace

Today we lost another TV legend. This time legendary TV talk show Mike Douglas. He died today on his birthday of all days in Palm Beach, Florida. He of course hosted the popular talk show The Mike Douglas Show from 1961-1982. It was probably the most popular daytime talk show in the '70s. Thousands and thousands of celebrities and guests appeared on the show, like Barbra Streisand, and sitcom greats such as Lucille Ball, John Ritter, Richard Mulligan, Danny Thomas and so many more. He even appeared as himself on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Jackie Gleason Show, The Greatest American Hero, and Ringo. Douglas started his career as a teen singer at supper clubs and on radio programs, joined the Navy during World War II, had two hit singles during the 1950s, then ultimately hosted The Mike Douglas Show, which he always maintained was more about music than talk.
He will be missed and I'm sure current talk show hosts such as David Letterman and Regis Philbin will honor him. Mr. Douglas turned 81 today.

Boomerang, the classic Cartoon Network animation spin-off channel, will be adding Garfield & Friends this September! Starting September 18, Sun-Fri at 8 p.m. They also will return Heathcliff & Marmaduke on Sept. 4 and air it weekdays at 11:30 a.m. No real other changes to their line-up besides these two additions. Boomerang airs classic series such as The Jetsons, The Flintstones, The Smurfs, Yogi Bear, Pink Panther and Tom & Jerry. They also air newer stuff like Pokemon and Duck Dodgers, but mainly it is classic stuff.

In a first-of-its-kind promotion, NBC and 20th Century Fox Television will partner with MySpace.com -- the leading online social community --to offer users an opportunity to submit a photo and have a chance to see their mug featured as a "Friend of Earl" in one of the first three episodes of My Name Is Earl (Thursdays, 8-8:30 p.m. ET). At the end of each episode, the series' production credits normally conclude with the "Amigos de Garcia" ("Friends of Garcia") logo the executive producer Greg Garcia's production company slate that normally features friends of the show's creator. Winners will now have a chance to be featured as one of the "Amigos." The first "Friend of Earl" winner will appear in the season premiere of My Name Is Earl on Thursday, September 21 (8-8:30 p.m. ET) and two other winners in two subsequent episodes. In addition, the MySpace community will offer user-generated content, sneak previews of Earl's first season DVD and soundtrack, "Earl" content for cell phones and other 'Earl'-Licensed merchandise.
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Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Sunday, July 12

Last Man Standing - "Extrasensory Deception" (Fox, 7:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
When Kyle and Mandy individually reveal a secret to Mike and Vanessa, respectively, they are sworn not to tell the other; Ryan invites Mike to be a guest on his podcast.

Duncanville - "Classless President" (Fox, 7:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Duncan runs for class president against Mia but realizes the competition is more than he bargained for; Kimberly participates in a cookie fundraiser.

The Simpsons - "Screenless" (Fox, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
When Marge implements a screen time limit for the whole family, she realizes that she is the one addicted -- not her husband and children.

Bless the Harts - "Miracle on Culpepper Slims Boulevard" (Fox, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
When Louise invites the Harts and Brenda to her annual Christmas party in lieu of a bonus, the extravagance makes Jenny feel insecure; Betty tries to figure out how to give the family the best Christmas presents on a budget.

Bob's Burgers - "Prank You for Being a Friend" (Fox, 9:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
A classmate comes to Louise for lessons in how to get in trouble; Bob reluctantly agrees to bring Jimmy Pesto his hernia medication.

Family Guy - "Holly Bibble" (Fox, 9:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Cooped up in a hotel room due to a big storm, the Griffins pass the time by reimagining three stories from the Bible.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of July 6)

Friday, July 10

  • Tiffany Haddish (The Last O.G./The Carmichael Show) - Watch Tiffany on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Kevin Nealon (Man with a Plan/Weeds/Hiller and Diller/Champs) - Kevin appears on a repeat of A Little Late with Lilly Singh at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Jerry O'Connell (We Are Men/Carpoolers/My Secret Identity) - Jerry and his wife Rebecca Romijn are guests on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Mark Consuelos (Alpha House/Hope & Faith) - Mark appears on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Kevin Hart (The Big House/Undeclared) - Kevin is a guest on a repeat of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Christina Milian (Grandfathered) - Christina appears on a repeat of The Real, so check your local listings.
  • Jane Lynch (Angel from Hell) - Jane is a guest on repeat of The Kelly Clarkson Show, so check your local listings.
  • Deon Cole (grown-ish/black-ish/Angie Tribeca) - Deon appears on a repeat of The Kelly Clarkson Show, so check your local listings.
  • Andy Samberg (Brooklyn Nine-Nine) - Andy will be on NBC's Today sometime between 7-9am.


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Step by Step - The Complete Seventh and Final Season The Good Place - The Final (Fourth) Season Head of the Class - The Complete First Season Modern Family - The Eleventh and Final Season Brooklyn Nine-Nine - Season Seven

04/07 - Cheers - The Complete Series (2020 Release)
04/14 - Police Squad! - The Complete Series (Blu-ray)
04/14 - The Righteous Gemstones - The Complete First Season
04/21 - Step by Step - The Complete Seventh and Final Season (WBShop.com)
05/05 - Kidding - Season 2
05/19 - The Good Place - The Final (Fourth) Season
05/19 - The Good Place - The Complete Series - Collector's Edition (Blu-ray)
05/26 - Silicon Valley - The Complete Sixth and Final Season
05/26 - Silicon Valley - The Complete Series
06/02 - Work in Progress - Season 1
06/09 - Head of the Class - The Complete First Season (WBShop.com)
06/09 - How to Be a Gentleman - The Complete Series
06/09 - Letterkenny - Seasons 3 & 4
06/09 - Modern Family - The Eleventh and Final Season
06/09 - No Activity - Season 1
06/09 - Superior Donuts - Season Two
06/23 - Bob's Burgers - The Complete 10th Season
06/23 - Fresh Off the Boat - The Complete Sixth and Final Season
06/23 - Last Man Standing - The Complete Seventh Season
06/23 - South Park - The Complete Twenty-Third Season (Blu-ray)
06/30 - Brooklyn Nine-Nine - Season Seven
07/07 - Will & Grace - The Revival - Season Three - The Farewell Season
07/21 - Curb Your Enthusiasm - The Complete Tenth Season
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