Monday, November 28, 2016

Mama's Family Coming to Logo in December; Remembering Ron Glass of Barney Miller

Mama's Family

Mama's Family is coming to Logo! The popular '80s sitcom is joining the lineup beginning Friday, December 2, 2016 at 9:00pm. The sitcom joins recent addition Green Acres and Married...with Children on the line-up that also features Three's Company, All in the Family, Bewitched, I Dream of Jeannie, Roseanne, Will & Grace and The Golden Girls. As with Logo's other sitcoms, it will air blocks. Mama's Family debuts with an 8-hour block from 9pm-5am on Friday night. It will also air the next day on Saturday, Dec. 3 from 9am-6pm. The hit series will air Fridays and Saturdays in blocks each week, with times varying, so keep checking your listings for exact timings. You can also still watch the series each weeknight at 6:00pm & 6:30pm on The MeTV Network. In Mama's Family, Vicki Lawrence as Thelma Harper and her spinster sister Fran open their home to Thelma's recently divorced son Vinton and his teenage son and daughter. It's quite an adjustment for everyone, especially the cranky, argumentative Thelma.


Ron Glass

Actor Ron Glass, who was best known for his role as Detective Ron Harris in Barney Miller, has died. He died of respiratory failure in Los Angeles on November 25. Mr. Glass was 71.

Glass' early television guest appearances included Sanford and Son, All in the Family, Maude, Hawaii Five-O, The Bob Newhart Show, Griff, The New Perry Mason, Good Times, Insight, When Things Were Rotten and The Streets of San Francisco.

Barney Miller

He landed the role of Detective Ron Harris in Barney Miller in 1975. Harris was ambitious, intellectual, dressed stylishly and also worked as a writer. He published a lurid memoir about police work called Blood on the Badge. The series also starred Hal Linden, Abe Vigoda (1975-1977), Gregory Sierra (1975-1976), Max Gail, Jack Soo, Barbara Barrie (1975-1976), James Gregory, Steve Landesberg (1976-1982) and Ron Carey (1976-1982). Glass received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy or Variety or Music Series in 1982.

Ron Glass and Demond Wilson - The New Odd Couple

Glass co-starred with Demond Wilson as Felix Unger in the 1982-1983 ABC sitcom The New Odd Couple. The short-lived remake also starred John Schuck, Christipher Joy, Bart Braverman, Sheila Anderson, Ronalda Douglas, Liz Torres and Jo Marie Payton.

In 1992, he starred in the short-lived NBC sitcom Rhythm & Blues He played Don Phillips, a sales manager at a Detroit soul radio station. The series starred Roger Kabler, Anna Maria Horsford, Troy Curvey, Jr., Vanessa Bell Calloway, Miguel A. Nunez, Jr. and Christopher Babers.

Glass played Ronald Felcher, a history teacher, in the 1996-1997 NBC sitcom Mr. Rhodes. The series starred Tom Rhodes, Farrah Forke, Stephen Tobolowsky, Jessica Stone, Shaun Weiss, Lindsay Sloane, Travis Wester and Alexandra Holden.

He starred as Rod (God's cousin) in the 1997-1998 ABC sitcom Teen Angel. The TGIF series starred Mike Damus, Corbin Allred, Maureen McCormick, Katie Volding, Jordan Brower and Conchata Ferrell.

Some of his other sitcom guest appearances included 227, Family Matters, Amen, The Royal Family, Designing Women, Friends, Zoe, Duncan, Jack & Jane, Rude Awakening and Yes, Dear.

He provided the voice of Randy Carmichael in Nickelodeon's Rugrats and All Grown Up!. His other voice credits included the Aladdin TV series, Superman: The Animated Series and The Proud Family.

In 2002, he starred in the Fox space western drama Firefly. He played the spiritual Shepherd Derrial Book. He also appeared in the 2005 sequel film Serenity.

Mr. Glass was a talented and versatile actor. He was wonderful in everything he appeared in during his long career. We thank him for all the laughter and entertainment he brought us. He will be greatly missed.

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Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Friday, July 3

The Dick Van Dyke Show - Now in Living Color! - (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
CBS will honor the memory of legendary actor, producer, director, writer, comedian and Emmy Award winner Carl Reiner with THE DICK VAN DYKE SHOW – NOW IN LIVING COLOR! A SPECIAL TRIBUTE TO CARL REINER, featuring two colorized back-to-back classic episodes of the beloved 1960s series, Friday, July 3 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. As series creator and co-star, Carl Reiner personally supervised the original colorization of the episodes.

The special features “Coast to Coast Big Mouth,” which ranked #8 on TV Guide’s list of the “100 Greatest TV Episodes of All-Time,” and “October Eve,” which Mr. Reiner considered to be one of the series’ funniest episodes. Both were written by Bill Persky and Sam Denoff.

In “Coast to Coast Big Mouth,” Laura Petrie blurts out a top secret on a national television quiz show, revealing that comedian Alan Brady wears a toupee. The episode, which was the show’s fifth and final season premiere, was originally broadcast on Sept. 15, 1965. “Coast to Coast Big Mouth” won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series in 1966.

In “October Eve,” a painting of Laura returns to haunt her when, despite her having posed fully clothed, the artist (played by Carl Reiner) takes the liberty of “undraping” her. The episode was first presented on April 8, 1964, during season three.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of June 29)

Friday, July 3

  • Kevin Hart (The Big House/Undeclared) - Watch Kevin on a repeat of Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 12:35am on ABC.
  • Tina Fey (30 Rock) - Tina appears on a repeat of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:35pm on NBC.
  • Laura Dern (Enlightened) - Laura is a guest on a repeat of The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Mark Duplass (Togetherness/The Mindy Project/The League) - Mark appears on a repeat of The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Melissa McCarthy (Mike & Molly/Samantha Who?) - Melissa guest hosts a repeat of The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Brett Gelman (Camping/Fleabag/Love/Married/Go On) - Brett appears on a repeat of A Little Late with Lilly Singh at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Tika Sumpter (mixed-ish/The Game) - Tika talks about the season finale of mixed-ish and her latest project helping new moms on a repeat of Tamron Hall, so check your local listings.
  • Peter Gallagher (Grace and Frankie/The Secret Lives of Men) - Peter talks about Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist and Grace and Frankie on a repeat of Tamron Hall, so check your local listings.


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

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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