Monday, January 02, 2017

My Two Dads Joins UP TV; Remembering M*A*S*H Star William Christopher

My Two Dads

My Two Dads has also joined UP TV effective today (Monday, Jan. 2). The sitcom also joins Antenna TV this weekend as we mentioned, airing Sunday nights at 11pm & 11:30pm. UP TV is airing it weekdays at 7:00am & 7:30am, right before Growing Pains at 8:00am. In the sitcom, Joey and Michael (Paul Reiser and Greg Evigan), who fought over the same woman 13 years ago now have, upon her death, been awarded joint custody of her daughter (Staci Keanan) – who might be either of theirs. So how do the men settle their problems? With a paternity test? No way. Instead, they all move in together to raise Nicole as a two-dad nuclear family. Under the watchful eye of the family court judge, dads and daughter adjust to their new family situation. My Two Dads originally aired from 1987-90 on NBC with 60 episodes and starred Staci Keanan, Paul Reiser and Greg Evigan. The sitcom has not aired in reruns since the early 2000s when USA Network aired the series. The sitcom joins UP TV's family line-up of Growing Pains, 7th Heaven, Parenthood, Everybody Hates Chris and more. UP TV: We Get Family!


William Christopher

Actor William Christopher, who was best known for playing Father Mulcahy in M*A*S*H, has died. He died at his home in Pasadena, California on December 31, 2016, from small-cell carcinoma. Mr. Christopher was 84.

Christopher's early sitcom guest appearances included Hank, The Patty Duke Show, The Andy Griffith Show (2 episodes) and Hogan's Heroes (4 episodes). He appeared in the drama 12 O'Clock High and western Death Valley Days.

He had a recurring role as Pvt. Lester Hummel in 16 episodes of the CBS sitcom Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. from 1965-1968. He guest starred in two episodes of That Girl as Chippy Dolan in 1969-1970.

M*A*S*H

Christopher starred as Father Francis Mulcahy in the CBS sitcom M*A*S*H, which aired from 1972-1983. He began appearing in the second episode, as George Morgan played the character in the pilot episode. He was a recurring character for seasons 1-4 and a series regular for seasons 5-11. Father Mulcahy was a Roman Catholic priest, and served as a US Army chaplain assigned to the 4077th. He was a First Lieutenant (O-2) and later was promoted to a Captain (O-3) U.S.A.R.. Christopher was interviewed for Memories of M*A*S*H in 2001, M*A*S*H: TV Tales in 2002 and the M*A*S*H: 30th Anniversary Reunion in 2002.

AfterMASH

He was joined by M*A*S*H cast members Harry Morgan (Col. Sherman Potter) and Jamie Farr (Max Klinger) in the spin-off series AfterMASH, which aired for two seasons on CBS from 1983-1984. The series also starred Barbara Townsend, Anne Pitoniak, Rosalind Chao, John Chappell, Peter Michael Goetz, Jay O. Sanders, Brandis Kemp and David Ackroyd.

Some of this other sitcom guest appearances included Karen, Good Times, The Love Boat, The New WKRP in Cincinnati and Mad About You. He guest starred as a murderous bird watcher named Burton Hollis in a 1985 episode of Murder, She Wrote. Some of his other drama guest appearances included The Virginian, Alias Smith and Jones, Nichols, Columbo, Movin' On, Lucas Tanner, Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman and Team Knight Rider. He had a recurring role as Father Tobias in 11 episodes of Days of Our Lives in 2011.

Survivors include his wife of more than 50 years, Barbara, and sons John and Ned.

Mr. Christopher was wonderful as Father Mulcahy. He was one of the most underrated characters in the series. We thank him for the laughs and entertainment he brought us over the years. He will be greatly missed.

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View our tribute to the Sitcom Stars We Lost in 2016.


Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Sunday, July 25

History of the Sitcom

Where Have All the Theme Songs Gone? (CNN, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Don Lemon reviews the most popular TV theme songs in history with Gary Portnoy of "Cheers", Christopher Knight from "The Brady Bunch", Fran Drescher from "The Nanny", and composer Kurt Farquhar.

History of the Sitcom - "Working for Laughs" (CNN, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Work families can be even funnier than our biological ones, since the endless array of wacky sitcom characters on the job offers hilarious insights into the state of the American workplace.

Duncanville - "Crimes and Misters Demean Her" (Fox, 7:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Jack coaches Jing's little league soccer team, but when he feels he's too easy on the kids he calls on Duncan to yell at the team to get them to win; Annie takes Kimberly to work with her after she has a falling out with her friends.

HouseBroken - "Who's Going to the Vet?" (Fox, 7:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
After Chief eats Jill's vibrator, he's taken to the vet and ends up leading his own version of group therapy; Tabitha goes to live with The Gray One and learns she has to sing and dance if she wants to survive.

The Simpsons - "The 7 Beer Itch" (Fox, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
When Marge and the kids take a seaside vacation, Homer is unwittingly tempted by a British femme fatale.

The Great North - "My Fart Will Go on Adventure" (Fox, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
While the family prepares for Wolf and Honeybee's wedding, an unexpected guest RSVPs.

Bob's Burgers - "Y Tu Tina También" (Fox, 9:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
When Tina is forced to listen to Spanish audio lessons in the library to improve her grade, she develops an unexpected crush; Louise and Gene want to dunk Mr. Frond at the Wagstaff Spring Fair.

Family Guy - "The Marrying Kind" (Fox, 9:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Stewie gets a mail order bride and experiences domestic life; Peter and Chris become addicted to free hotel breakfast buffets.

Wellington Paranormal - "She-Wolf" (Fox, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Officers O'Leary and Minogue investigate what they believe are dog attacks, but stumble upon something more mysterious.

Dead Pixels - "The Chair" (Fox, 9:30PM ET/PT)
Alison becomes concerned over Meg's physical downturn and tries to sway her to a healthier regime; everyone worries about Nicky.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of July 19)

Friday, July 23

  • Wanda Sykes (The Upshaws/The New Adventures of Old Christine/Wanda at Large) - Wanda guest hosts a repeat of Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Kim Fields (The Upshaws/Living Single/The Facts of Life/Baby, I'm Back) - Watch Kim on a repeat of Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Jason Sudeikis (Ted Lasso/Son of Zorn/The Cleveland Show) - Jason will be on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:35pm on NBC.
  • Christine Baranski (Happy Family/Welcome to New York/Cybill) - Christine appears on a repeat of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Minnie Driver (Speechless/About a Boy) - Minnie is a guest on a repeat of The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Sarah Levy (Schitt's Creek) - Sarah appears on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Leah Remini (Kevin Can Wait/The Exes/Family Tools/The King of Queens) - Leah is a guest on The Drew Barrymore Show, so check your local listings.


New on DVD/Blu-ray (March-July)

Fuller House - The Complete Series Parks and Recreation - The Complete Series (Blu-ray) Head of the Class - The Complete Third Season Family Ties - The Complete Series (2021 Re-Release) Hot in Cleveland - The Complete Series (2021 Re-Release)

03/02 - Blue Mountain State - The Complete Series
03/02 - Happy Together - The Complete Series
03/02 - Rick and Morty - The Complete Seasons 1-4 (DVD) (Blu-ray)
04/20 - 'Til Death - The Complete Series
05/11 - Dead to Me - Season Two
06/08 - The Critic - The Complete Series
06/08 - Fuller House - The Fifth and Final Season
06/08 - Fuller House - The Complete Series
06/08 - Our Cartoon President - Season 3
06/15 - The Office - Season 1 (Blu-ray) / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9
06/15 - Parks and Recreation - The Complete Series (Blu-ray)
07/07 - No Activity - Season 2
07/13 - The Unicorn - Season 2
07/20 - Head of the Class - The Complete Third Season
07/27 - Family Ties - The Complete Series (2021 Re-Release)
07/27 - Hot in Cleveland - The Complete Series (2021 Re-Release)
08/03 - I Dream of Jeannie - The Complete Series (Blu-ray)
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