Thursday, March 01, 2018

Archer Season 9 Starts April 25; Remembering Nanette Fabray

Archer: Danger Island

Archer: Danger Island, the ninth season of the Emmy(R) Award-winning animated series, will premiere on Wednesday, April 25 at 10 PM ET/PT on FXX. Archer: Danger Island is an animated, half-hour comedy that centers on the semi-functioning alcoholic seaplane pilot, Sterling Archer, a lush on the lush South Pacific island of Mitimotu in 1939. While the rest of the world is concerned about the impending Second World War, Archer is only concerned with who's buying his next drink. Along with his trusty co-pilot Pam, Sterling must navigate quicksand, cannibals, super-intelligent monkeys, poison darts, pirates, and did we mention quicksand? Welcome to the mysterious and deadly world of Archer: Danger Island.

The series features the voices of H. Jon Benjamin as the hard-drinking pilot, "Sterling Archer;" Jessica Walter as Archer's acid-tongued mother and hotel owner, "Malory Archer;" Aisha Tyler as island royalty and local revolutionary, "Princess Lanaluakalani;" Judy Greer as the abandoned heiress, "Charlotte Vandertunt;" Chris Parnell as the obvious German spy posing as a businessman, "Siegbert Fuchs;" Amber Nash as Archer's co-pilot and loyal sidekick, "Pam Poovey;" Adam Reed as impeccably uniformed French Capitaine, "Reynaud;" and Lucky Yates as the audacious scarlet macaw, "Crackers."


Nanette Fabray

Actress Nanette Fabray, who appeared as Grandma Katherine Romano in One Day at a Time, has died. She died on February 22 at the Canterbury Nursing home in Palos Verdes, California. Ms. Fabray was 97.

Fabray's first television starring role was in the NBC sitcom/variety/sketch comedy series Caesar's Hour from 1954 to 1956. She appeared as Ann Victor, herself and in various roles. She won three Emmy Awards for Best Comedienne and Best Actress in a Supporting Role in 1956 and for Best Continuing Performance by a Comedienne in a Series in 1957.

Westinghouse Playhouse

She starred as Nanette "Nan" McGovern in the 1961 NBC sitcom Westinghouse Playhouse (also known as The Nanette Fabray Show, Westinghouse Playhouse Starring Nanette Fabray and Wendell Corey and as Yes, Yes Nanette in syndication). She played a successful Broadway star who marries Dan McGovern (Wendell Corey), a widower. The series also starred Bobby Diamond, Jacklyn O'Donnell and Doris Kemper.

One Day at a Time

Fabray appeared as Grandma Katherine Romano in 42 episodes of the CBS sitcom One Day at a Time from 1979 to 1984. She was the mother of Ann (Bonnie Franklin) and the grandmother of Julie (Mackenzie Phillips) and Barbara (Valerie Bertinelli). Fabray appeared as a guest and in a recurring role before becoming a regular cast member in the final season. The series also starred Pat Harrington, Jr., Michael Lembeck (1979-1980, 1981-1984), Glenn Scarpelli (1980-1983) and Boyd Gaines (1981-1984).

She played Dottie Richards, the mother of Mary Richards (Mary Tyler Moore), in two episodes of The Mary Tyler Moore Show in 1972. She appeared as Mildred Armstrong, the mother of Christine Armstrong (Shelley Fabares), in three episodes of Coach from 1990 to 1994. Fabray was the real-life aunt of Shelley Fabares.

Some of her other sitcom guest appearances included Love, American Style, Maude, The Love Boat, The Munsters Today and The Golden Palace. Her television drama guest appearances included Burke's Law, The Girl from U.N.C.L.E., Hotel and Murder, She Wrote.

Fabray was also known for her stage work. She won a Tony Award in 1949 for her portrayal of Susan Cooper in Love Life. She received a Tony nomination for her role as Nell Henderson for Mr. President in 1963. Some of her other credits included Meet the People, Let's Face It!, By Jupiter, My Dear Public, Jackpot, Bloomer Girl, High Button Shoes, Arms and the Girl and Make a Wish.

The Archive of American Television conducted an extensive interview with her on August 12, 2004.

Ms. Fabray was wonderful as Grandma Katherine Romano in One Day at a Time. We thank her for the many laughs and entertainment she brought us during her long career. She will be deeply missed.