Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Three Disney Sitcoms Get 3rd Seasons; School Is in Session at HBO for 2nd Season of Comedy

Stuck in the Middle

A trio of popular comedy series for kids age 6-14 have received third season orders -- Disney Channel's Stuck in the Middle from executive producer Linda Videtti Figueiredo, BUNK'D from executive producer Pamela Eells O'Connell and Disney XD's Walk the Prank from executive producers Adam Small and Trevor Moore. Production on each will resume in the fall. Disney Channel's single-camera comedy Stuck in the Middle stars Jenna Ortega as a middle child, Harley Diaz, in a household bustling with nine people - two parents and seven kids - each with distinctive personalities and conflicting schedules. It also stars Isaak Presley as Ethan, Ronni Hawk as Rachel, Kayla Maisonet as Georgie, Nicolas Bechtel as Lewie, Malachi Barton as "Beast," Ariana Greenblatt as Daphne, Cerina Vincent as Suzy and Joe Nieves as Tom. New episodes from season two of Stuck in the Middle will premiere weekly on Fridays beginning September 15 at 8:30 p.m. EDT on Disney Channel and VOD.

BUNK'D

Disney Channel's live-action comedy BUNK'D follows siblings Emma, Ravi and Zuri Ross as they leave their extravagant New York City penthouse once again to return to Camp Kikiwaka, a rustic summer camp in Maine. Season three finds the Ross kids arriving at camp after several cabins were lost to fire. Upon learning that the camp's owner, Gladys, has absconded with the insurance money, the kids team up to save the camp using funds from their parents' deep pockets. Now owners and counselors, they reunite with cheerful country girl Lou to rebuild the cabins and boost morale. The sitcom stars Peyton List as Emma Ross, Karan Brar as Ravi Ross, Skai Jackson as Zuri Ross and Miranda May as Lou. During its second season, BUNK'D ranked #1 in its time period and, over the past year, has reached 61 million Total TV Viewers and amassed 25 million engagements via Disney Channel VOD and the Disney Channel App.

Walk the Plank

Walk the Prank, Disney XD's broadly appealing hit that blends scripted comedy with hidden-camera pranks, follows a team of professional pranksters, Chance and his brother Herman and their best friends Bailey and Dusty, along with Dusty's Uncle Will, who pull off good-natured pranks to capture genuine and hilarious reactions for their online hidden-camera show. Some of the most elaborate pranks from the current second season include a mind-melding robot; an alien spaceship in the woods; and a jam-packed episode guest starring several NFL favorites, including Jason Witten (Dallas Cowboys) who teams up with ESPN SportsCenter anchor Cari Champion to prank a diehard Cowboys fan. Walk the Prank stars Cody Veith as Chance, Bryce Gheisar as Herman, Jillian Shea Spaeder as Bailey, Brandon Severs as Dusty and Tobie Windham as Uncle Will. The special Walk the Prank: NFL Edition premiereed this past Saturday, (September 2), on Disney XD. Viewers can catch new episodes from season two of Walk the Prank Monday - Thursday, beginning Monday, October 2, on Disney XD, Disney XD App and VOD.


Vice Principals

As the tumultuous school year at North Jackson High continues, a new semester brings big changes - and Gamby and Russell are about to learn that the only thing harder than gaining power is holding on to it. The darkest comedy on television returns to finish what was started when Vice Principals kicks off its nine-episode, second and final season Sunday, Sept. 17 at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT, with other new episodes debuting subsequent Sundays, exclusively on HBO. Danny McBride (HBO's Eastbound & Down; This Is the End) stars as Neal Gamby and Walton Goggins (Emmy(R) nominee for Justified; Six) stars as Lee Russell in the show, which was created by McBride and Jody Hill and shot in and around Charleston, South Carolina.

Vice Principals also stars Kimberly Hébert Gregory (Devious Maids) as Dr. Belinda Brown; Georgia King (The New Normal) as English teacher Amanda Snodgrass, Gamby's on- and off-again girlfriend; Busy Phillips (Cougar Town) as Gale, Gamby's ex-wife; Shea Whigham (HBO's Boardwalk Empire) as Ray, Gale's impossibly nice husband; and Sheaun McKinney (Know Thy Enemy) as cafeteria worker Dayshawn. Joining the cast this season is Dale Dickey (Hell or High Water) as Nash, who was appointed vice principal of discipline in Gamby's absence. Guest stars on the second season include Fisher Stevens (The Grand Budapest Hotel) as a scholarly rival to Gamby for Amanda's attentions; Scott Caan (Hawaii 5-0) as a teambuilding trainer; Maya Love as Gamby's daughter, Janelle; and Susan Park (Fargo) as Russell's wife, Christine.


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.


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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)
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05/26 - Silicon Valley - The Complete Series
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