Sunday, March 31, 2019

Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows; This Week in Sitcoms (Week of April 1, 2019)

It's Sunday, so it is time for "Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows" for the coming week. This is where we list what sitcom stars are appearing on talk shows for the coming week, the stars are both current and past sitcom stars, so this is for all sitcom fans of all eras!
For the week of April 1-5, 2019, we have many current sitcom stars and past sitcom stars on TV talk shows! All times listed are Eastern. So get your DVRs (or whatever you use) ready! Ready? Here is all what you need to know for the coming week!


Monday, April 1
  • Tracy Morgan (The Last O.G./30 Rock/The Tracy Morgan Show) - Watch Tracy on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Nathan Lane (Charlie Lawrence/Encore! Encore!) - Nathan visits The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Susan Kelechi Watson (Louie) - Susan appears on Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Christopher Meloni (Surviving Jack/The Fanelli boys) - Christopher stops by The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Joseph Gordon-Levitt (3rd Rock from the Sun/The Powers That Be) - Joseph is a guest on E!'s Busy Tonight at 11pm.
  • Issa Rae (Insecure) and Marsai Martin (black-ish) - Issa and Marsai talk about Little on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am and on The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Boris Kodjoe (The Last Man on Earth/Second Time Around) - Boris appears on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Drew Barrymore (Santa Clarita Diet) - Drew is a guest on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am and on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Ed O'Neill (Modern Family/Married with Children) - Ed visits The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Richard Kind (Brockmire/Spin City/Mad About You) - Richard talks about Brockmire on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 11:30am ET.
  • Lisa Whelchel (The Facts of Life) - Lisa talks about MeTV's Collector's Call on the BUILD Series at 3pm, on Good Day New York on WNYW-Fox5 in New York sometime between 7-10am and on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 11:30am ET.
  • Alec Baldwin (30 Rock) - Alec talks about The Public on NBC's Today sometime between 7-9am.
Tuesday, April 2
  • Tiffany Haddish (The Last O.G./The Carmichael Show) - Catch Tiffany on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Sam Rockwell (F Is for Family) - Sam appears on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Henry Winkler (Barry/Out of Practice/Happy Days) - Henry is a guest on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS. He will also be on People Now at 12pm.
  • Issa Rae (Insecure) - Issa stops by Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC. She will also be on CBS This Morning sometime between 7-9am. She also talks about Little on the BUILD Series at 3pm.
  • Timothy Simons (Veep) - Timothy visits Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Zach Braff (Alex, Inc./Scrubs) - Zach drops by The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Marsai Martin (black-ish) - Marsai appears on Comedy Central's The Daily Show with Trevor Noah at 11pm. She also talks about Little on the BUILD Series at 3pm.
  • Nick Kroll (The League/Cavemen) - Nick is a guest on Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Tracy Morgan (The Last O.G./30 Rock/The Tracy Morgan Show) - Tracy talks about The Last O.G. on NBC's Today sometime between 7-9am and on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Woody Harrelson (Cheers) - Woody appears on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Joey King (Bent) - Joey is a guest on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Yvette Nicole Brown (The Odd Couple/Community) - Yvette guest co-hosts a repeat of The Real, so check your local listings.
  • Melissa Joan Hart (No Good Nick/Melissa & Joey/Sabrina, the Teenage Witch/Clarissa Explains It All) - Melissa talks about No Good Nick on ABC's Strahan & Sara at 1pm, on the BUILD Series at 4pm and on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 11:30am ET.
  • Sanaa Lathan (Family Guy/The Cleveland Show/LateLine) - Sanaa appears on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 11:30am ET.
  • Regina Hall (Black Monday/Grandfathered) - Regina talks about Little on the BUILD Series at 3pm.
Wednesday, April 3
  • Kevin Hart (The Big House/Undeclared) - Watch Kevin on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Alec Baldwin (30 Rock) - Alec stops by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • John Lithgow (Trial & Error/Twenty Good Years/3rd Rock from the Sun) - John visits The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Woody Harrelson (Cheers) - Woody appears on The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Zachary Levi (Less Than Perfect) - Zachary is a guest on The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS. He will also be on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Stefania LaVie Owen (Running Wilde) - Stefania drops by Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Jaime King (Gary Unmarried/The Class/Kitchen Confidential) - Jaime appears on E!'s Busy Tonight at 11pm.
  • Brittany Daniel (The Game/That '80s Show/Sweet Valley High) - Brittany drops by E!'s Busy Tonight at 11pm.
  • Sanaa Lathan (Family Guy/The Cleveland Show/LateLine) - Sanaa chats on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Ike Barinholtz (The Mindy Project) - Ike is a guest on a repeat of Rachael Ray, so check your local listings.
  • Jon Cryer (Two and a Half Men/The Trouble with Normal/The Famous Teddy Z) - Jon appears on a repeat of Access Live, so check your local listings.
  • Henry Winkler (Barry/Out of Practice/Happy Days) - Henry visits ABC's Strahan & Sara at 1pm.
  • Melissa Joan Hart (No Good Nick/Melissa & Joey/Sabrina, the Teenage Witch/Clarissa Explains It All) - Melissa talks about No Good Nick on People Now at 12pm and on Good Day New York on WNYW-Fox5 in New York sometime between 7-10am.
  • Lauren Ash (Superstore/Super Fun Night) - Lauren talks about Superstore on NBC's Today in the 9am hour.
  • Steve Howey (Reba) - Steve talks about the movie Making Babies on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Kirk Cameron (Growing Pains/Kirk) - Kirk is a guest on The Doctors, so check your local listings.
  • Olivia Holt (I Didn't Do It/Kickin' It) - Olivia talks about Cloak & Dagger on the BUILD Series at 5pm.
Thursday, April 4
  • Seth Rogen (Undeclared) - Catch Seth on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Zachary Levi (Less Than Pefect) - Zachary appears on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Henry Winkler (Barry/Out of Practice/Happy Days) - Henry visits Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Reba McEntire (Reba/Malibu Country) - Reba is a guest on The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Kirby Howell-Baptiste (Barry/Love) - Kirby stops by Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Daniel Radcliffe (Miracle Workers) - Daniel appears on a repeat of Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Natalie Morales (Abby's/The Grinder/Trophy Wife) - Natalie drops by E!'s Busy Tonight at 11pm.
  • Dana Delany (The Comedians) - Dana chats on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Megan Mullally (Will & Grace/Breaking In/Rachel Gunn, R.N./The Ellen Burstyn Show) - Megan is a guest on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Mo'Nique (The Parkers) - Mo'Nique appears on a repeat of The Real, so check your local listings.
  • Kaley Cuoco (The Big Bang Theory/8 Simple Rules) - Kaley is a guest on a repeat of Access Live, so check your local listings.
  • Sam Rockwell (F Is for Family) - Sam talks about The Best of Enemies on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am.
  • Kimberly Williams-Paisley - Kimberly and her husband Brad Paisley are guests on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am and on Strahan & Sara at 1pm.
  • John Lithgow (Trial & Error/Twenty Good Years/3rd Rock from the Sun) - John talks about Pet Sematary on ABC's Strahan & Sara at 1pm. He also talks about new projects on NBC's Today in the 9am hour.
  • Kristin Chenoweth (Trial & Error/Kristin) - Kristin performs on NBC's Today in the 10am hour.
  • Sara Rue (Impastor/Malibu Country/Less Than Perfect) - Sara talks about the movie True Love Blooms on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Lauren Ash (Superstore) - Lauren talks about Superstore on the BUILD Series at 3pm.
Friday, April 5
  • Hank Azaria (The Simpsons/Brockmire/Free Agents/Herman's Head) - Watch Hank on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Andrew Rannells (Girls/The New Normal) - Andrew appears on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Ray Romano (Everybody Loves Raymond) - Ray is a guest on a repeat of The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • D'Arcy Carden (The Good Place) - D'Arcy appears on a repeat of The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Zachary Levi (Less Than Perfect) - Zachary chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT. He can also be heard on The Morning Mash Up on SiriusXM.
  • Reba McEntire (Reba/Malibu Country) - Reba stops by The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Lisa Whelchel (The Facts of Life) - Lisa talks about MeTV's Collector's Call on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Bill Hader (Barry) - Bill drops by The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Sarah Goldberg (Barry) - Sarah talks about Barry on the BUILD Series at 5pm.
  • Tony Hale (Arrested Development/Veep) - Tony makes Bolognese-Style Chicken Cutlets on a repeat of Rachael Ray, so check your local listings.
  • Daniella Monet (Baby Daddy/Victorious/Listen Up) - Daniella is a guest on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Minnie Driver (Speechless/About a Boy) - Minnie appears on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.

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Sitcoms Airing This Week

Sunday, March 31

The Simpsons - "I'm Dancing as Fat as I Can" (Fox, 7:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Homer angers Marge by watching their favorite show without her; Bart prepares to compete in Krusty's Holiday Trample.

Bob's Burgers - "The Fresh Princ-ipal" (Fox, 7:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Things get out of hand when Louise wins a contest to be principal for a day; Teddy has a unique suggestion to help Bob when he suddenly finds himself unable to flip burgers.

The Simpsons - "Girl's in the Band" (Fox, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Lisa is scouted by the director of the Capitol City Philharmonic, to her band teacher's dismay; Homer works extra shifts at the plant, putting strain on the family.

Bob's Burgers - "Just One of the Boyz 4 Now for Now" (Fox, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Convinced she's met the love of her life, Tina disguises herself as a boy and sneaks into the Boyz 4 Now auditions to find him; Teddy asks the rest of the Belcher gang to nurse his baby rat back to health.

Family Guy - "Island Adventure" (Fox, 9:00PM ET/PT)
In search of Stewie's big wheel tricycle, Stewie and Brian embark on an adventure to a giant floating mass of trash out in the sea; Lois tries to help Quagmire elevate his dating game.

Family Guy - "Hefty Shades of Gray" (Fox, 9:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
After Peter's hair turns white from a ghost-hunting adventure, his new look grabs the attention of a local news anchor; Brian and Stewie attempt to help Chris improve his dating game.


Monday, April 1

The Neighborhood - "Welcome to the Camping Trip" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT)
When the Johnsons invite the Butlers to go camping, Dave is taken aback by Calvin’s idea of roughing it. Also, Gemma and Tina cross paths with Maynard (Jim O’Heir), a general store proprietor who may not be as friendly as he seems.

Man with a Plan - "Adam Acts His Age" (CBS, 8:30PM ET/PT)
After Adam throws out his back on his 50th birthday, he is still determined to take a dirt bike excursion and check it off his bucket list. Also, Don and Adam give out bonuses at work and everyone tries to figure out how to spend them.


Tuesday, April 2

The Goldbergs - "Hersheypark" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Adam discovers Beverly has been manipulating him with guilt letters when he tells his mother he doesn’t want her to chaperone the school trip to Hersheypark. Meanwhile, after attending Career Night, Geoff realizes he doesn’t want to be an eye doctor like his father.

Modern Family - "A Moving Day" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Claire and Phil aren’t convinced that Haley and Dylan can make it on their own as they move them into their new apartment before the baby arrives. Meanwhile, Pameron gets out of prison early and has a bone to pick with Mitchell.

black-ish - "Each One, Teach One" (ABC, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Dre feels like he has made a difference with the diversity at Stevens & Lido as the head of the Urban Division, but when Junior tells him that Josh is his mentor, Dre flips out. Meanwhile, Jack and Diane show their friends a video of Bow dancing and now she’s become the hot mom.

Splitting Up Together - "Go Out the Lights" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
In an effort to connect with their kids and bring the family closer together, Lena and Martin plan a fun outing, only to be interrupted by a blackout. Elsewhere, Lena urges an overdue Maya to get induced but must succumb and honor her birthing plan. Meanwhile, Martin continues to try and figure out where his relationship with Lisa stands.

The Last O.G. - "Ladies First" (TBS, 10:30PM ET/PT)
Tray wants to see the twins' birth video, and searching for it brings back emotional memories for Shay.


Wednesday, April 3

The Goldbergs - "This Is This Is Spinal Tap" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
The Dropouts are thrilled when they book a gig at a Flyers charity carnival and Adam uses the opportunity to make his very first rockumentary. Since Barry doesn’t want to miss out on the fun, he forces his way onto the band, despite his sister’s objections. Meanwhile, Beverly’s concerns about Murray’s health push him to the limit.

Schooled - "There's No Fighting in Fight Club" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
As the new cheer coach, Lainey wants to bring the William Penn cheer team into the competitive competitions of the 90s, but she runs into push-back from Mellor and the football team. Meanwhile, CB and Glascott are at odds on how to help students resolve their problems, so they create a special kind of club.

Modern Family - "Yes-Woman" (ABC, 9:00PM ET/PT)
In an effort to be less negative, Claire is rebranding herself as the girl who says “yes” and inadvertently approves of Luke’s new relationship with someone from his work. Meanwhile, Phil tries to surprise Alex at school right before she receives an award she didn’t tell him about.

Single Parents - "Raining Blood" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
To celebrate Angie’s 30th birthday, Will throws a big party recreating Ozzfest, which Angie missed in her 20s. When Angie assumes Owen planned it for her, awkward encounters ensue. Meanwhile, Douglas takes Graham shopping to help him find the perfect gift for his mom, Angie, for her birthday, but a distracted Douglas results in Graham buying a not-so-on-point gift.

Schitt's Creek - "The Hike" (Pop, 10:00PM ET/PT)
Patrick and David go on a romantic hike; everyone panics over Johnny's health scare.

What We Do in the Shadows - "City Council" (FX, 10:00PM ET/PT)
The vampires get embroiled in local Staten Island politics as their first step to world domination.

You're the Worst - "Pancakes" (FXX, 10:00PM ET/PT)
On the day of their wedding, Jimmy and Gretchen grapple with the meaning of marriage.


Thursday, April 4

The Big Bang Theory - "The Laureate Accumulation" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT)
When competitors Pemberton (Sean Astin) and Campbell (Kal Penn) charm America on a publicity tour, Sheldon and Amy try to bring Nobel laureates Kip Thorne, George Smoot and Frances Arnold to their side. Also, Halley’s fear of the dark leads to opportunity and conflict for Howard, Bernadette and Stuart.

Young Sheldon - "A Perfect Score and a Bunsen Burner Marshmallow" (CBS, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Sheldon moves in with Dr. Sturgis (Wallace Shawn) for the weekend to see what his life will be like in college. Also, a lonely Mary tries to bond with the other Coopers during Sheldon’s absence.

Mom - "Soup Town and a Little Blonde Mongoose" (CBS, 9:00PM ET/PT)
When Christy gets sick, Bonnie is consumed with an overwhelming urge to mother her.

Fam - "Say Mess to the Dress" (CBS, 9:30PM ET/PT)
When Clem’s mother-in-law, Rose, asks her to wear her old wedding dress, Clem is touched, but afraid to tell her it’s not her style. Also, Nick tries to prove his athleticism by taking Ben’s advanced spin class.

Superstore - "Minor Crimes" (NBC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Amy (America Ferrera) jumps at an amazing career opportunity, only to run up against an exec with a major grudge against her. Jonah (Ben Feldman) and Mateo (Nico Santos) help Glenn (Mark McKinney) with a financial problem, while Garrett (Colton Dunn) and Cheyenne (Lauren Ash) struggle to spend a day without cell phones.

A.P. Bio - "J'Accuse" (NBC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Jack uses Michelle's annual murder mystery party to impress Lynette. Meanwhile, in a moment of desperation, the students break into Whitlock High to steal the A.P. Bio practice exams.

Will & Grace - "The Things We Do for Love" (NBC, 9:00PM ET/PT)
The morning after his bachelor party, Jack (Sean Hayes) realizes he's lost one of the thirteen gold coins he is to present to Estefan (guest star Brian Jordan Alvarez) at their wedding so that their relationship will not be forever cursed. Although Grace (Debra Messing) denies it, Will (Eric McCormack) becomes concerned that she is the only one compromising in her relationship with Noah (guest star David Schwimmer). Karen (Megan Mullally) makes it official when she shows up at Grace and Noah's dinner party with her new date, Nikki (guest star Samira Wiley).

Abby's - "Rule Change" (NBC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
Abby and Bill clash when he proposes a change to one of the coveted bar rules. Facing an impasse, the two appeal to the bar regulars to help settle their dispute.

Better Things - "What Is Jeopardy" (FX, 10:00PM ET/PT)
Sam and fam get caught up in some gnar.


Friday, April 5

Fresh Off the Boat - "Under the Taipei Sun" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Eddie ships off to Taiwan for the cultural exchange program, blithely ignoring his parents’ advice about how hard it was for them when they came to America for the first time. After all, he’s been to Taiwan before, what could go wrong? Plenty, when he ends up separated from his group with no money and next-to-no language skills. Meanwhile, back home in Orlando, the Huangs adjust to life without Eddie.

Speechless - "THE S-T-A-- STAIRCASE " (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
When JJ’s attempts to make a good impression on Izzy’s parents fail, he changes course to make a bad one instead. Maya is jealous when Melanie is the recipient of a public display of mom-love. Meanwhile, Kenneth leans on Jimmy for support after a tour of his alma mater reveals a few surprises.

Last Man Standing - "Three for the Road" (Fox, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
When Mike and Ryan both try to make plans to spend time with Boyd, Boyd recommends that the three of them go on one trip together.

The Cool Kids - "Kip Samgood's Biggest Fan" (Fox, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Margaret helps Sid meet his teen idol; Charlie ditches Hank to hang out with his girlfriend.

Sydney to the Max - "Caved & Confused" (Disney Channel, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Sydney realizes the basement isn't being used and wants to redesign it; Young Max and Leo decide to build fighting robots in the basement, but don't want Mom to find out about it.


Saturday, April 6

Game Shakers - "Hot Bananas" (Nickelodeon, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Trip becomes depressed after losing a big video game battle to a 7-year-old.

Cousins for Life - "Cousins Day" (Nickelodeon, 8:30PM ET/PT)
It's officially Cousin's Day, and for the first time in years, Ivy and Stuart get to celebrate it together; Stuart and Ivy try to outdo each other to make the holiday the best ever, but unfortunately, their plans keep backfiring.

Knight Squad - "Two Wrongs Don't Make a Knight" (Nickelodeon, 9:00PM ET/PT)
When the Phoenix Squad suspects Sage is cheating, Ciara uses the Princess to recruit her as a guard and keep her from training for the upcoming whip battle.


Sunday, April 7

The Simpsons - "The Clown Stays in the Picture" (Fox, 7:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Krusty reveals the untold story of his past in his movie "The Sands of Space"; while working as personal assistants on the movie, Bart and Lisa learn about the early years of their parents' relationship.

Bob's Burgers - "The Taking of Funtime One Two Three" (Fox, 7:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Louise, Tina and Gene devise a master plan to get the grand prize dune buggy at their local arcade; Teddy convinces Bob and Linda to take in a chicken by promising fresh eggs.

The Simpsons - "I'm Just a Girl Who Can't Say D'oh" (Fox, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Marge becomes director of Springfield's local theater, armed with Lisa's script resembling "Hamilton"; Homer joins a baby class with Maggie, and he takes a liking to supervisor Chloe.

Bob's Burgers - "Long Time Listener, First Time Bob" (Fox, 8:30PM ET/PT)
When Bob meets his personal hero -- a renegade radio DJ who refuses to compromise -- the Belchers get in over their heads while trying to help him stage a comeback.

Family Guy - "Trump Guy" (Fox, 9:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
The Griffins move to Washington, D.C., where Peter is hired as the new White House press secretary.

Family Guy - "Bri, Robot" (Fox, 9:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Brian worries about the legacy he's leaving behind, so Stewie makes a robot duplicate as a living biography.

Complete TV Listings

Saturday, March 30, 2019

SitcomsOnline Digest: Renewals for Law & Order SVU and More; Evening Shade Complete Series DVD Release Coming Soon

Welcome to SitcomsOnline Digest! It's not a very busy news week, but we're hearing about a record breaking renewal for an NBC favorite, some renewals at Fox, and some summer premiere dates. Let's get going!

HIGHLIGHTS FROM SITCOMSONLINE.COM AND AROUND THE WEB
  • Law & Order: SVU has been renewed for a record breaking 21st season, making it the longest running drama in TV history. (Variety)
  • Meanwhile, Fox has renewed 9-1-1 and The Resident. (Hollywood Reporter)
  • Fox has set premiere dates for their summer programming. (Deadline)
  • Lori Loughlin's Fuller House costars decided to use The Kids Choice Awards to show their support for her. (Buzzfeed
  • Family Guy is 20 years old, and TBS is prepared to celebrate that anniversary. (SitcomsOnline)

HOME MEDIA HIGHLIGHT
Evening Shade - The Complete Series
  • Take note, as this may potentially be one of the last times we ever see something like this for an older sitcom that was sort of forgotten after it's original run: Evening Shade - The Complete Collection will be released on April 12.

WEEKLY PLANNER (MARCH 30 - APRIL 6)
  • The final season of Veep debuts tomorrow night on HBO, but before that, you can catch a marathon of the previous seasons on HBO2 starting today at 5 PM.
  • The second season of Barry also debuts tomorrow night, and a marathon of that will wrap up just before the Veep marathon starts.
  • Although it isn't clear why they are doing it two weekends in a row, Decades has a binge of Hunter again this weekend.
  • Saturday Night Live returns with a new episode tonight, featuring Sandra Oh and Tame Impala.
  • For those who have been missing Night Court on Laff, it returns Monday morning with two episodes every weekday at 9 AM, although it seems Grounded for Life is now gone.
  • The second season of The Last OG debuts Tuesday on TBS.

Friday, March 29, 2019

Fri-Yay: Broad City Goes Out on a High Note; Freeform Summer 2019 Premieres Includes grown-ish

It's time for another edition of Fri-Yay! That means we will take a look back on some sitcom happenings in recent days or weeks or other fun sitcomy stuff. It's a sitcom lover's paradise! Happy Fri-Yay!

Broad City

by Vincent

Last night, Broad City ended its five-year run on Comedy Central. This final season has been surprisingly emotional - it's tied up a lot of loose ends and called back several of the show's famous and most beloved moments and characters, but without feeling forced like shows sometimes do as they're wrapping up. Most importantly, the show has remained hysterical right up until the end. Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer are incredibly talented comic actresses, and even though it does feel as if they've outgrown their Broad City roles to an extent, they still do an excellent job detailing the comic pratfalls of these characters.

Plus, outgrowing their old selves has been a major theme of the final season of Broad City. Ilana and especially Abbi are no longer the young, carefree, aimless 20-somethings having fun in the big city the way they were when the series began. They're older, more mature and ready to get their lives together. That's why (spoilers for the final season of Broad City ahead) Abbi decides to leave New York City and enter an artists in residency program in Boulder, Colorado. Abbi and Ilana are not only growing older, but in some ways, growing apart. The two will always be linked with friendship, but Ilana feels satisfied running around New York City in the most carefree way possible in a way that Abbi has never really felt fully okay with having that be her endgame. It's a sad ending, but it's also one that makes sense for the characters. That makes total sense for a series that, as wacky as it got, has always had a big spot in its heart for its unique central duo. Broad City will be sorely missed in the TV comedy landscape, but what a great way for the show to go out then with a hilarious and heartfelt final season the way it has.


grown-ish

Season two of the critically acclaimed Freeform comedy grown-ish returns for summer session on Wednesday, June 5, at 8:00 p.m. EDT/PDT on Freeform for the back half of its second season (episodes 11-20). After a cliffhanger spring finale, Zoey (Yara Shahidi) and her friends find themselves at dramatic crossroads in their relationships, academics and adulthood. The second half of the season continues to explore important topics, including cultural appropriation, mental health, academic scandal and more. Starring Yara Shahidi, Trevor Jackson, Francia Raisa, Emily Arlook, Jordan Buhat, Chloe Bailey, Halle Bailey, Luka Sabbat, Deon Cole and Diggy Simmons, who has just been added as a series regular, the show is a contemporary take on the issues that students face in the world of higher education. grown-ish is produced by ABC Signature Studios and executive produced by Kenya Barris, Julie Bean, Jenifer Rice-Genzuk Henry, Craig Doyle, Anthony Anderson, Laurence Fishburne, Helen Sugland and E. Brian Dobbins.

Good Trouble will return for more trouble in its highly anticipated sophomore season on Tuesday, June 18, at 8:00 p.m. EDT/PDT on Freeform. Good Trouble stars Maia Mitchell, Cierra Ramirez, Tommy Martinez, Sherry Cola, Zuri Adele and Roger Bart. The season one finale airs Tuesday, April 2, at 8:00 p.m. EDT/PDT on Freeform. Siren, Freeform's fan-favorite mermaid drama, will return Thursday, July 11, at 8:00 p.m. EDT/PDT on Freeform for the second half of its second season. Season 2B stars Eline Powell, Alex Roe, Fola Evans-Akingbola, Ian Verdun and Rena Owen. And finally, Freeform announced that they will say farewell to fan-favorite series Shadowhunters with an extended two and a half-hour finale on Monday, May 6 from 8:00-10:30 p.m. EDT/PDT.

Thursday, March 28, 2019

NBC Mid-Season Pilot Review: Abby's - Premieres Tonight (March 28); Fox 2019 Finales and Summer 2019 Premieres

Abby's



Abby's - Thursdays at 9:30PM ET/PT on NBC
Premieres Thursday, March 28, 2019 at 9:30PM ET/PT


by Todd

From Michael Schur (The Good Place, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Parks and Recreation and Master of None) and Josh Malmuth (New Girl, Superstore) comes a hilarious new comedy about the best neighborhood bar in San Diego –– home to low prices, good company and, of course, Abby (Natalie Morales, BoJack Horseman, Girls, Parks and Recreation).

This unlicensed, makeshift establishment in Abby’s backyard is the perfect gathering place for locals to find camaraderie and sanctuary. To maintain the perfect bar ecosystem, all patrons must abide by a specific set of rules. This includes no cell phones (not even to look something up), understanding that earning a seat at the bar takes time to rise through the hierarchy and knowing that losing a challenge may have some unpleasant and unpalatable drink-related repercussions.

As bar owner, Abby has found her true calling, hosting friends and newcomers alike. No nonsense, Abby is ex-military, having served two tours as a Staff Sergeant in the Marines. Her world is shaken when new landlord Bill (Nelson Franklin, black-ish, Veep, New Girl), who recently inherited the house from his deceased aunt, unexpectedly shows up citing all kinds of reasons why the whole venture is illegal. Newly divorced, he is a cautious worrier and definite non-risk-taker who eventually warms to the place and agrees to let the bar remain open, provided Abby makes some changes.

The cast of regulars also includes Fred (Neil Flynn, The Middle, Scrubs), a fixture at the bar who is grateful for a place to enjoy a beer and conversation – and refuses to allow some bureaucratic busybody to disrupt his perfect refuge; Beth (Jessica Chaffin, Big Mouth, Search Party, Pitch Perfect 3), a harried mom living next door who can escape the madness of her home life while still keeping an eye on things from her perch atop a bar stool; Rosie (Kimia Behpoornia, Unicorn Store, Pop Rox), the bar manager who prides herself on having memorized all 162 rules and regulations; and James (Leonard Ouzts, Set It Up, Master of None), the gentle scaredy-cat of a bouncer who crumbles in the face of confrontation.

As any regular patron of Abby’s will attest to, hanging out there is a coveted honor. And once you’re in, you’re family.

Cast Details:

Natalie Morales as Abby
Neil Flynn as Fred
Nelson Franklin as Bill
Jessica Chaffin as Beth
Leonard Ouzts as James
Kimia Behpoornia as Rosie


Natalie Morales (Abby) starred as Claire Lacoste in the Fox comedy The Grinder. She had a recurring role as Lucy in Parks and Recreation. Some of her other credits include Santa Clarita Diet, Girls and Trophy Wife. She starred in the first season of White Collar.

Neil Flynn (Fred) is best known for his roles as Janitor in Scrubs and Mike Heck in The Middle. Some of his sitcom guest appearances include Seinfeld, The Drew Carey Show, Ellen, That '70s Sho Show, Norm, Joey, My Boys, Surviving Jack and Undateable.

Nelson Franklin (Bill) starred as Adam in the CBS sitcom The Millers. He starred in the short-lived Fox comedy Traffic Light. He's had recurring roles in black-ish, New Girl, Veep and The Office.

Jessica Chaffin (Beth) appeared as Marie Faldonado in the CBS sitcom Man with a Plan. She had a recurring role as Coco Wexler on Nickelodeon's Zoey 101. Some of her sitcom guest appearances include Search Party, Veep, Episodes, New Girl and 2 Broke Girls.

Leonard Ouzts (James) is a stand-up comedian who has made guest appearances in Master of None. His film credits include Set It Up and Like Father.

Kimia Behpoornia (Rosie) has made guest appearances in Adam Ruins Everything, After Hours, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Modern Family and Station 19.

Pilot Plot:

"Pilot" (Airs March 28 at 9:30PM ET)

Abby's (Natalie Morales) unlicensed backyard bar hits a major snag when new landlord Bill (Nelson Franklin), who recently inherited the house from his deceased aunt, shows up and proposes major changes.

Analysis:

Abby's is a multi-camera sitcom produced by Universal Television, Fremulon, Waila Inc. and 3 Arts Entertainment. The series is created by Josh Malmuth. The producers include Malmuth, Michael Schur, David Miner and Pamela Fryman. The "Pilot" episode is written by Josh Malmuth and directed by Pamela Fryman. Ten episodes have been ordered.

In the "Pilot" episode, we meet Abby, her co-workers and some of the regular bar patrons. Abby gives Fred a drink and calls him the Cal Ripken, Jr. of low grade alcohol. Fred wants to be compensated with free drinks. They discuss the pros and cons of keeping a dart board. Fred fact checks Abby that darts are British. Fred agrees to the challenge, but must accept a sugary, disgusting lime not beer when he loses the bet. Bill walks in and asks for Abby. He is Abby's new landlord since his Aunt Alice has passed away. Bill is told there is a vetting process before customers are able to take a seat the bar. Bill says the bar needs to be shut down. Abby gives him a tour of the bar. She tells him that it's more than a bar and that it's a community center. Bill tries to document everything, but Abby kicks away his phone. The gang talks about Abby's past. They show the 162 rules and regulations the bar has, including no cell phones. Abby begs Bill to keep the bar open. Bill suggests some changes to get a liquor license, have an emergency plan, get some business insurance and lose the grill. Fred, Beth and Rosie go inside Abby's house and tell her they need the bar. Abby tells Bill they will make some changes to keep the bar open.

Overall, the "Pilot" episode is fast paced and well produced. There are many funny one-liners from all of the characters. It provides a good introduction to the characters. More of the characters personal lives will be explored in future episodes. They have assembled a talented cast. There's a good mix of comedy veterans and relative newcomers. The cast already has some good chemistry in the first few episodes. It should be easy for them bring in good guest stars for future episodes. Since the show is set in San Diego, maybe the Padres new star Manny Machado will make an appearance.

One of the unique aspects of the series is that it's filmed completely outdoors in front of a live studio audience. This is a regular occurrence with many single-camera series these days with no audience, but it's the first time that it's been done for a multi-camera comedy. They did an excellent job with designing the backyard bar set. It looks like a real bar with the attention to detail and the strung up lights. The bulk of scenes are on the bar set, but they also show the kitchen inside Abby's house. I like how they show overhead shots of the bar set with the studio audience in bleachers during some of the transitions. One minor complaint is the near constant music in the background. It adds to the authenticity of the setting at a bar, but it makes the dialogue a little difficult to hear at times. There's a lot happening with audio when you add in the audience laughter.



Conclusion:

Abby's has the potential and ingredients to be a solid hit. The producers have a great track record with their other sitcoms. They have put together a strong and likable cast. Natalie Morales is very charming and funny as Abby in her first lead role. The always funny and reliable Neil Flynn makes a welcome return to NBC where he starred in Scrubs. The rest of the supporting cast is a nice mix of comedy veterans and newcomers who seem to enjoy working together. The writing is very funny with many rapid fire jokes. It's always nice to see another traditional multi-camera sitcom on the air, but this one has a fresh idea with it being shot outdoors in front of a live studio audience. I think we'll see others filmed outdoors if it has any success. Abby's is basically an outdoors version of Cheers, but that's not a bad thing. It serves up some good, clean laughs. It should fit in well with the rest of the NBC Thursday night comedies.

Final Numbers (out of 5 stars):

Watchability: 3.5/5
Funniness: 3.5/5
Overall: 3.5/5

Discuss the show after you watch it on Thursday, March 28, 2019 at 9:30PM ET/PT on our message board.

Related Links:

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  • Internet Movie Database
  • Wikipedia
  • Abby's Photo Gallery

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  • Fox

    Fox is announcing summer premiere dates for returning series Beat Shazam, MasterChef and So You Think You Can Dance, as well as for new series Spin the Wheel. Air dates for Paradise Hotel and Miss USA® were previously announced. Beat Shazam keeps the jams coming with the Season Three premiere Monday, May 20 at 8:00PM ET/PT. Celebrating its milestone 10th season, MasterChef will air two nights per week, kicking off Wednesday, May 29 at 8:00 PM ET/PT and joining the Thursday lineup on Thursday, June 20 at 8:00 PM ET/PT. Hosted by Cat Deeley, the Emmy Award-winning So You Think You Can Dance returns with an all-new season on Monday, June 10 at 9:00PM ET/PT.

    Brand-new high-stakes game show Spin the Wheel will debut Thursday, June 20 at 9:00 PM ET/P), following MasterChef's time-period premiere on the night. Executive-produced by four-time Emmy Award-winning actor and 10-time Grammy Award-winning musician Justin Timberlake, and hosted by actor, director, writer and comedian Dax Shepard, the show offers life-changing opportunities to win fortunes each episode with the spin of a massive, unpredictable wheel.

    Fox in-season finales include: Gotham (Thursday, April 25, 8:00 PM ET/PT); The Orville (Thursday, April 25, 9:00PM ET/PT); The Resident (Monday, May 6, 8:00PM ET/PT); Empire (Wednesday, May 8, 8:00PM ET/PT); Star (Wednesday, May 8, 9:00 PM ET/PT); Last Man Standing (Friday, May 10, 8:00 PM ET/PT); The Cool Kids (Friday, May 10, 8:30 PM ET/PT); Proven Innocent (Friday, May 10, 9:00 PM ET/PT); The Simpsons (Sunday, May 12, 8:00PM ET/PT); Bob's Burgers (Sunday, May 12, 8:30PM ET/PT); Family Guy (Sunday, May 12, 9:00PM ET/PT); 9-1-1, at a special time (Monday, May 13, 8:00PM ET/PT); Mental Samurai (Tuesday, May 21, 9:00PM ET/PT); and MasterChef Junior, in a special two-hour episode (Tuesday, June 4, 8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT).

    Wednesday, March 27, 2019

    Tiffany Haddish Says 'They Ready' for Netflix; CBS Summer 2019 Drama Schedule

    They Ready

    Tiffany Haddish will introduce six of her favorite comedians to Netflix members around the world in Tiffany Haddish Presents: They Ready, a bold new collection of hilarious half-hour stand-up specials. All six comedians were personally chosen by Haddish. She shares a history with each after working together on the stand up scene or in television. In an industry that too often excludes women, people of color, and LGBTQ performers, this diverse group of comedians, both in style and background, are ready for their time in the spotlight. Comedians include Chaunté Wayans (Wild n' Out, 50 Shades of Black), April Macie (Last Comic Standing, Dave Attell's Comedy Underground; Snoop Dogg's: Bad Girls of Comedy, Jenny McCarthy's Dirty Sexy Funny), Tracey Ashley (Last Comic Standing; The Last O.G.), Aida Rodriguez (Last Comic Standing, The Comedian, Comedy Central's This Week at the Comedy Cellar, The Young Turks), Flame Monroe (Def Comedy Jam), and Marlo Williams (BET's Comicview).


    Blood and Treasure, Instinct and Elementary

    CBS announced premiere dates for drama series airing this summer, including the new action-adventure series Blood & Treasure; the seventh and final season of the modern day Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson drama, Elementary; and the second season of Instinct, starring Alan Cumming and Bojana Novakovic. The new action-adventure series Blood & Treasure premieres with a special two-hour episode Tuesday, May 21 from 9:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT, following the season finale of NCIS from 8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT. The NCIS: New Orleans season finale moves up one week to Tuesday, May 14 at 10:00 PM, ET/PT. Blood & Treasure airs in its regular time period beginning Tuesday, May 28 at 10:00 PM, ET/PT. The serialized drama stars Matt Barr and Sofia Pernas as a brilliant antiquities expert and a cunning art thief, respectively, who team up to catch a ruthless terrorist who funds his attacks through stolen treasure.

    Elementary begins its farewell season Thursday, May 23 at 10:00 PM, ET/PT. In season seven, Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) and Watson's (Lucy Liu) new careers as consultants for Scotland Yard are disrupted by news that a member of their inner circle has been gravely wounded in the United States. Instinct returns for its second season Sunday, June 16 at 9:00 PM, ET/PT. In season two, NYPD consultant Dylan Reinhart (Alan Cumming) is reinstated after being put on leave, just in time to join his partner, NYPD detective Lizzie Needham (Bojana Novakovic), on their new case, the "Sleeping Beauty Killer." Additional summer premiere dates will be announced shortly.

    Tuesday, March 26, 2019

    TBS Celebrates Family Guy's 20th Anniversary; Apple TV+ Launching This Fall

    Family Guy 20th Anniversary Marathon

    On April 15, 2019 TBS will celebrate the 20th anniversary of Family Guy with a marathon of Seth MacFarlane's top 20 episodes. The anniversary celebration will continue throughout the month of April on tbs.com and the TBS app, where fans can enter to win Family Guy swag. Featured episodes will also be released weekly throughout the month of April. The marathon is set to run from 10:30 AM - 10:00 PM on TBS, leading into a new episode of American Dad! and a re-run of the Family Guy / American Dad! / Cleveland Show crossover episode. With MacFarlane's commentary on each episode, the linear schedule is below.:

    Family Guy
    10:30 AM - "Road to Rhode Island"
    "This was the first Stewie/Brian road show we ever did, and it's the first episode that firmly established their unique relationship. It was our fresh take on that classic old trope of a dog and a baby hitting the road together."
    11:00 AM - "Brian Wallows and Peter's Swallows"
    "This episode won us an Emmy for its musical number. Before that, none of us had never seen an Emmy before."
    11:30 AM - "North by North Quahog"
    "Our first episode back from cancellation. It was a comedic riff on a Hitchcock classic, complete with a Bernard Herrmann score. This is the type of whip-smart, nuanced writing I was capable of 10,000 drinks ago."
    12:00 PM - "Petarded"
    "This is a brilliant episode and just so Twitter knows, I was out with the flu the day they came up with the title."
    12:30 PM - "PTV"
    "This episode was the culmination of our completely wholesome, non-sexual relationship with the FCC."
    1:00 PM - "Brian Sings and Swings"
    "This episode featured our dear friend, the wonderful Frank Sinatra Jr. It's also when I realized that if you have songs in an episode, you have to write way less."
    1:30 PM - "Patriot Games"
    "One word: Shipoopi."
    2:00 PM - "The Griffin Family History"
    "A fun premise and a great-looking episode. This was our first real foray into a non-traditional format."
    2:30 PM - "Road to Rupert"
    "Stewie dances with Gene Kelly. Enough said."
    3:00 PM - "Blue Harvest Pt. 1" & "Blue Harvest Pt. 2"
    "This episode is what finally put Star Wars on the map."
    4:00 PM - "I Dream of Jesus"
    "The bird is still the word."
    4:30 PM - "Road to Germany"
    "This was our homage to Herman Wouk's 'The Winds Of War.' And sadly, if you’re an American male under age 35, studies show this episode is all you know about World War II."
    5:00 PM - "Road to Multiverse"
    "Back before Walt Disney's Family Guy was a real thing, it was a fake thing."
    5:30 PM - "Extra Large Medium"
    "Psychics are frauds. You’re welcome."
    6:00 PM - "Brian Griffin’s House of Payne"
    "An amazing opening sequence with great visual effects scored by a 75-piece orchestra. Fun trivia: Family Guy employs more full-time tuba players than the rest of Hollywood combined."
    6:30 PM - "Brian and Stewie"
    "We wanted to see if our characters were interesting enough to sustain a full episode in one room, without gags or cutaways. In Hollywood, this is called a "bottle episode,” because it only utilizes one set, and also because the writers were drunk."
    7:00 PM - "And Then There Were Fewer Pt. 1" & "And Then There Were Fewer Pt. 2"
    "I think this is my favorite episode of the series. A classic format, great-looking direction, and, I hope, a genuinely surprising ending. It was also the first episode to air in HD. It was really cool to finally see Lois’s pores."
    8:00 PM - "Road to the North Pole Pt. 1" & "Road to the North Pole Pt. 2"
    "My dad’s in this one."
    9:00 PM - "The Big Bang Theory"
    "This was based on a story I wrote in college. The A.V. Club gave this episode a B, which is their highest rating I think."
    9:30 PM - "Back to the Pilot"
    "It was fun to re-visit an era before I hired people who could draw better than me."
    American Dad! - New Episode
    10:00 PM - "Fantasy Baseball"
    CROSSOVER EPISODE: Family Guy / American Dad! / Cleveland Show
    10:30 PM - "Hurricane"


    Apple TV+

    Apple announced Apple TV+, the new home for the world's most creative storytellers featuring exclusive original shows, movies and documentaries, coming this fall. Apple TV+, Apple's original video subscription service, will feature a brand new slate of programming from the world's most celebrated creative artists, including Oprah Winfrey, Steven Spielberg, Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, Octavia Spencer, J.J. Abrams, Jason Momoa, M. Night Shyamalan, Jon M. Chu and more. On the Apple TV app, subscribers will enjoy inspiring and authentic stories with emotional depth and compelling characters from all walks of life, ad-free and on demand.

    Additionally, Apple debuted the all-new Apple TV app and Apple TV channels coming in May 2019. The all-new Apple TV app brings together the different ways to discover and watch shows, movies, sports, news and more in one app across iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Mac, smart TVs and streaming devices. Users can subscribe to and watch new Apple TV channels - paying for only services they want, like HBO, SHOWTIME and Starz - all on demand, available on and offline, with incredible picture quality and sound; enjoy sports, news and network TV from cable and satellite providers as well as purchase or rent iTunes movies and TV shows all within the new, personalized Apple TV app.

    Beginning in May, customers can subscribe to Apple TV channels à la carte and watch them in the Apple TV app, with no additional apps, accounts or passwords required. Apple TV channels include popular services such as HBO, Starz, SHOWTIME, CBS All Access, Smithsonian Channel, EPIX, Tastemade, Noggin and new services like MTV Hits, with more to be added over time around the world.

    Monday, March 25, 2019

    Hallmark Channel Upfront: New Podcast; ABC Gets 2nd Season of The Conners

    The Bubbly Sesh

    Highly passionate Hallmark Channel fans, Jacklyn Collier and Shawlini Manjunath-Holbrook, have been tapped as hosts of the network's new podcast, Hallmark Channels' Bubbly Sesh, the company announced at its annual Upfront celebration in New York City's iconic Rainbow Room late last week. The dynamic duo is known for its own Hallmark Channel-dedicated podcast, which they began two years ago when they discovered their shared love for the network's programming. The weekly program will debut in April, with "Jacks" and "Shawl" offering sneak peeks at upcoming programming, exclusive talent interviews, and behind-the-scenes production scoop.

    Jacks and Shawl's The Bubbly Sesh podcast began just before the network's annual programming franchise Countdown to Christmas in 2017 as a direct response to their love for everything Hallmark. The program quickly became the most popular Hallmark movie review podcast on the market, featuring fan-favorite Hallmark talent guests such as Candace Cameron Bure, Danica McKellar, and Alison Sweeney, as well as screenwriters, producers, set designers, and more. The duo has since hosted and produced over 150 episodes, drawn in a substantial audience of 50K+ downloads, and earned the backing of the loyal Hallmark fanbase, otherwise known as "Hallmarkies", that has utilized the platform to share the bond of how the networks' content has enriched their own lives and provided comfort during challenging times.


    The Conners

    The ABC Television Network has ordered a second season of freshman hit comedy The Conners. Ranking as television's No. 1 new comedy this season in Total Viewers (9.5 million) and Adults 18-49 (2.2/10) in L+7 data, the self-starting ABC freshman led Tuesday's 8:00 p.m. half-hour in Adults 18-49 by 16% over its nearest competitor. During its first season, The Conners improved its time period by 33% in Total Viewers and by 22% in Adults 18-49, posting 5-year highs for ABC in the half-hour.

    In The Conners, this iconic family grapples with parenthood, divorce, dating, aging and financial pressures in working-class America. Through it all - the fights, the coupon cutting, the hand-me-downs, the breakdowns - with love, humor and perseverance, the family prevails. The spinoff has also received critical acclaim. The series stars John Goodman as Dan Conner, Laurie Metcalf as Jackie Harris, Sara Gilbert as Darlene Conner, Lecy Goranson as Becky Conner-Healy and Ames McNamara as Mark Conner-Healy. Additional cast to be announced at a later date. The freshman season boasted a star-studded lineup of guest appearances, featuring Matthew Broderick, Juliette Lewis, Katey Sagal, Mary Steenburgen, Justin Long, Jay R. Ferguson and Sarah Chalke, among others. Additionally, fan favorites from Roseanne reprise their roles including Estelle Parsons as Beverly Harris, Natalie West as Crystal Anderson and James Pickens Jr. as Chuck Mitchell.

    Sunday, March 24, 2019

    Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows; This Week in Sitcoms (Week of March 25, 2019)

    It's Sunday, so it is time for "Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows" for the coming week. This is where we list what sitcom stars are appearing on talk shows for the coming week, the stars are both current and past sitcom stars, so this is for all sitcom fans of all eras!
    For the week of March 25-29, 2019, we have many current sitcom stars and past sitcom stars on TV talk shows! All times listed are Eastern. So get your DVRs (or whatever you use) ready! Ready? Here is all what you need to know for the coming week!


    Monday, March 25
    • Bill Hader (Barry) - Watch Bill on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
    • Regina Hall (Black Monday/Grandfathered/Second Generation Wayans) - Regina stops by Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
    • Tony Hale (Arrested Development/Veep) - Tony visits The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
    • Tim Meadows (No Activity/Son of Zorn/Marry Me/The Bill Engvall Show) - Tim appears on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
    • Anna Konkle and Maya Erskine (PEN15) - Anna and Maya are guests on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
    • Max Greenfield (The Neighborhood/New Girl/Modern Men) - Max drops by The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
    • Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer (Broad City) - Abbi and Ilana are guests on Comedy Central's The Daily Show with Trevor Noah at 11pm. They will also be on NBC's Today in the 9am hour.
    • Pete Holmes (Crashing) - Pete appears on a repeat of Conan at 11pm on TBS.
    • Aidy Bryant (Shrill) - Aidy stops by Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
    • Melissa McCarthy (Mike & Molly/Samantha Who?) - Melissa is a guest on a repeat of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
    • Michael Strahan (Brothers) - Michael and Sara Haines from Strahan & Sara are guests on Rachael Ray, so check your local listings.
    • Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep/The New Adventures of Old Christine/Seinfeld) - Julia talks about Veep on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am.
    • Keri Russell (Running Wilde) - Keri talks about Burn This on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am.
    • Paul Scheer (Black Monday/Fresh Off the Boat/The League) - Paul talks about Black Monday on ABC's Strahan & Sara at 1pm.
    • Melissa Joan Hart (No Good Nick) - Melissa talks about Netflix's No Good Nick on E!'s Daily Pop at 12pm.
    • Eva Longoria (Telenovela) and Isabela Moner (100 Things to Do Before High School) - Eva and Isabela talk about Dora & The Lost City Of Gold on NBC's Today in the 10am hour.
    Tuesday, March 26
    • John Mulaney (Mulaney) - Catch John on a repeat of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
    • Kevin Nealon (Man with a Plan/Weeds/Hiller and Diller/Champs) - Kevin appears on a repeat of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
    • Keri Russell (Running Wilde) - Keri visits The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
    • Jessica Walter (Arrested Development/Jennifer Falls/Dinosaurs) - Jessica is a guest on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
    • Matt LeBlanc (Man with a Plan/Episodes/Joey/Friends/Vinnie & Bobby) - Matt appears on a repeat of Conan at 11pm on TBS.
    • Paul Scheer (Black Monday/Fresh Off the Boat/The League) - Paul drops by Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo. He also talks about Black Monday on the BUILD Series at 2pm.
    • Rob Lowe (The Grinder/Parks and Recreation) - Rob is a guest on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
    • Tony Hale (Arrested Development/Veep) - Tony stops by ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am. He will also be on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
    • Idris Elba (Turn Up Charlie) - Idris appears on a repeat of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
    • Katy Mixon (American Housewife/Mike & Molly) - Katy reveals the double duty tip that keeps her kids’ rooms organized on a repeat of Rachael Ray, so check your local listings.
    • Reid Scott (Veep/My Boys/It's All Relative) - Reid talks about Veep on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 11:30am ET. He will also be on the BUILD Series at 1pm.
    • Matt Walsh (Veep/Players) and Timothy Simons (Veep) - Matt and Timothy talk about Veep on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am.
    • Henry Winkler (Barry/Out of Practice/Monty/Happy Days) - Henry talks about Barry on Access Live, so check your local listings.
    • DL Hughley (The Hughleys) - DL talks about TV One's The DL Hughley Show on Access Live, so check your local listings.
    • Joel McHale (Community/The Great Indoors) - Joel will be on NBC's Today in the 10am hour.
    • Jake Lacy (I'm Dying Up Here/The Office/Better with You) - Jake talks about Diane on the BUILD Series at 4pm.
    Wednesday, March 27
    • Tig Notaro (One Mississippi) - Watch Tig on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
    • Pamela Adlon (Better Things/King of the Hill/The Facts of Life) - Pamela visits The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
    • Natalie Morales (Abby's/The Grinder/Trophy Wife) - Natalie appears on Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
    • Tracy Morgan (The Last O.G./30 Rock/The Tracy Morgan Show) - Tracy is a guest on a repeat of Conan at 11pm on TBS.
    • Leighton Meester (Single Parents/Making History) - Leighton stops by The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
    • Sara Rue (Impastor/Malibu Country/Less Than Perfect) - Sara appears on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
    • Portia de Rossi (Arrested Development/Better Off Ted/Nick Freno: Licensed Teacher/Too Something) - Portia is a guest on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
    • Olivia Munn (Perfect Couples) - Olivia is a guest on a repeat of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
    • Sam Richardson (Veep/Detroiters) - Sam talks about Veep on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am and on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 11:30am ET.
    • Kevin Dunn (Veep/Samantha Who?) and Gary Cole (Veep/Fam) - Kevin and Gary talk about Veep on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am.
    • Kathleen Robertson (Maniac Mansion) - Kathleen talks about Netflix's Northern Rescue on Access Live, so check your local listings.
    • Chris Geere (You're the Worst) - Chris talks about You're the Worst on the BUILD Series at 3pm.
    • Daveed Diggs (black-ish) and Thomas Sadoski (Life in Pieces) - Daveed and Thomas talk about White Noise on the BUILD Series at 5pm.
    Thursday, March 28
    • Marsai Martin (black-ish) - Catch Marasi on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
    • Jim Jefferies (Legit) - Jim appears on a repeat of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
    • Regina King (227/Leap of Faith) - Regina is a guest on a repeat of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
    • Natasha Lyonne (Russian Doll) - Natasha appears on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
    • Drew Tarver (The Other Two) - Drew is a guest on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
    • Regina Hall (Black Monday/Grandfathered/Second Generation Wayans) - Regina appears on a repeat of The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
    • Eugene Levy (Schitt's Creek/Hiller and Diller) - Eugene is a guest on a repeat of The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
    • Charlie Day (It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia/Luis) - Charlie appears on a repeat of The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
    • Timothy Olyphant (Santa Clarita Diet) - Timothy is a guest on a repeat of Conan at 11pm on TBS.
    • Kristen Bell (The Good Place) - Kristen and her husband Dax Shepard are guests on a repeat of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
    • Tasha Smith (Tyler Perry's For Better or Worse/The Tom Show/Boston Common) - Tasha stops by The Wendy Williams Show, so check your local listings.
    • Anna Chlumsky (Veep) and Reid Scott (Veep/My Boys) - Anna and Reid talk about Veep on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am. Anna will also be on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings and on the BUILD Series at 11am.
    • Sarah Sutherland (Veep) - Sarah talks about Veep on the BUILD Series at 2pm.
    Friday, March 29
    • Rob Lowe (The Grinder/Parks and Recreation) - Watch Rob on a repeat of Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
    • Joey King (Bent) - Joey appears on a repeat of Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
    • Bradley Cooper (Kitchen Confidential) - Bradley is a guest on a repeat of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
    • Pete Holmes (Crashing) - Pete appears on a repeat of The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
    • The Cast of The Big Bang Theory - Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar, Melissa Rauch and Mayim Bialik are guests on a repeat of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
    • Reid Scott (Veep/My Boys/It's All Relative) - Reid dishes on the final season of Veep on Rachael Ray, so check your local listings.
    • Anna Chlumsky (Veep) - Anna talks about Veep on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 11:30am ET.
    • Sarah Sutherland and Clea DuVall (Veep) - Sarah and Clea talk about Veep on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am.
    • Danny DeVito (It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia/Taxi) - Danny talks about Dumbo on Couch Surfing at 8am.
    • James Spader (The Office) - James talks about The Blacklist on NBC's Today in the 9am hour.
    • Katie O'Brien (Teachers) - Katie is part of the panel on Steve, so check your local listings.

    All listings are subject to change. Visit our blog and main site for daily updated listings. Leave us comments on our message board or Tweet/Facebook us to let us know what you think of this Sunday feature! We do listen!


    Sitcoms Airing This Week

    Sunday, March 24

    The Simpsons - "The Girl on the Bus" (Fox, 7:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
    When Lisa spots a new best friend from the window of the bus, she gets a taste of what life could be like with a different, more cultured family.

    Bob's Burgers - "Every Which Way But Goose" (Fox, 7:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
    Tina, discouraged by not being asked to the prom by Jimmy Jr., forms an unhealthy attachment to a goose from the nearby park; Linda joins a dating app to help Gretchen find a match.

    The Simpsons - "If You Love It So Much, Why Don't You Marionette?" (Fox, 8:00PM ET/PT)
    The kids visit a marionette theater for a school field trip, and Louise gets on the theater owner's bad side; Bob takes pity on a guy who's handing out flyers in front of the restaurant.

    Bob's Burgers - "If You Love It So Much, Why Don't You Marionette?" (Fox, 8:30PM ET/PT)
    The kids visit a marionette theater for a school field trip, and Louise gets on the theater owner's bad side; Bob takes pity on a guy who's handing out flyers in front of the restaurant.

    Family Guy - "You Can't Handle the Booth" (Fox, 9:00PM ET/PT)
    The Griffins provide DVD commentary on a recent episode and reveal never-before-told drama between Peter and Lois.

    Family Guy - "Pawtucket Pete" (Fox, 9:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
    The brewery's new bosses decide to change the company's mascot; in an attempt to be crowned the new face of Pawtucket Ale, Peter and Brian go head-to-head.


    Monday, March 25

    The Neighborhood - "Welcome to Logan #2" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT)
    When Calvin and Dave’s college basketball teams go head to head, Dave surprises the Butlers with tickets to the game and also invites one of his best friends from Michigan, Logan #2, who reveals to Calvin surprising new details about Dave.

    Man with a Plan - "Adam's Ribs" (CBS, 8:30PM ET/PT)
    When Adam offers to eat a vegan diet with Kate in an effort to bond with her, his love of meat proves a hard habit to break.


    Tuesday, March 26

    American Housewife - "Insta-Friends" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
    Katie feels left out and slightly jealous when Greg becomes fast friends with the newest member of the Westport Historical Guild. Meanwhile, Oliver fears Cooper is ditching him when he sees on social media that Cooper lied about his weekend plans.

    The Kids Are Alright - "Low Expectations" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
    To fulfill his showbiz dreams, Timmy enters a contest to appear on “The Partridge Family” and takes matters into his own hands when he doesn’t hear back. Elsewhere, Peggy takes a driving test in order to get her license, but anxiety sets in and things don’t go according to plan. In secret, Peggy tries a few questionable shortcuts to becoming a legally licensed driver, and in the process, drags the Cleary kids into her web of deceit.

    black-ish - "Enough Is Enough" (ABC, 9:00PM ET/PT)
    After Kyra’s estranged father, Perry, shows up and wants to bring Kyra home to Houston, Dre and Bow work to show him the amazing life they can provide for her. Meanwhile, the kids go on a mission to get her one last chili dog from Larry’s.

    Splitting Up Together - "Melancholicky" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
    Lena and Martin announce to the kids that Lisa Apple’s baby, Annie, is their half-sister, and Martin is surprised when they aren’t interested in meeting her. Lena feels the burden of being stuck in the middle between Martin and Lisa but still offers to help bring both families together. Meanwhile, Mason overhears Lena and Martin’s conversation about Lisa’s financial difficulties and decides to start a fundraising campaign to help. Elsewhere, Lena feels a bit of empty nest syndrome when she attends Mae’s college fair at school.

    Miracle Workers - "1 Hour" (TBS, 10:30PM ET/PT)
    Craig risks it all in a desperate attempt to save Earth and all of mankind.


    Wednesday, March 27

    The Goldbergs - "The Living Room: A 100 Percent True Story" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
    Barry realizes that as a future doctor, he should be more concerned about Murray’s health, so he enlists the Jenkintown Posse and Coach Mellor to help get his father in shape. Meanwhile, Beverly is horrified to learn that Erica and Adam don’t want any of the priceless heirlooms in her fancy.

    Schooled - "Lainey's All That" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
    Hoping to gain respect among her colleagues at school, Lainey comes up with a misguided plan to give an awkward and insecure student a full makeover. Meanwhile, Principal Glascott and Coach Mellor take friendly competition to a new level when they are both romantically interested in the math teacher.

    Modern Family - "Putting Down Roots" (ABC, 9:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
    Dede’s husband, Jerry (Ed Begley Jr.), comes to town to bequeath her possessions to the family. Mitch and Claire receive a little more of Dede than they really know what to do with, and Jay and Gloria feel sorry for Jerry and invite him to stay with them while he is in town.

    Single Parents - "That Elusive Zazz" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
    Will decides to audition for his dream job as an on-camera weatherman, but in order to succeed, he needs a little help from Miggy, Poppy and Sophie to hone in on the perfect persona. Meanwhile, after Angie discovers that Graham has the word “FARTS” written on his forehead in permanent marker, she goes on a mission to obtain an apology from the responsible parties – Emma and Amy – and unfortunately Douglas does not provide much help.

    Schitt's Creek - "The Roast" (Pop, 10:00PM ET/PT)
    Johnny fills in at the annual mayor's roast; David tries to stop Moira from finding out about Stevie and Patrick's dance lessons.

    What We Do in the Shadows - "Pilot" (FX, 10:00PM ET/PT)
    The vampires try to plan a lavish blood feast in honor of a visit by their ancient master from the Old Country.


    Thursday, March 28

    Superstore - "Lovebirds" (NBC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
    Jonah (Ben Feldman) and Amy’s (America Ferrera) first Valentine’s Day together gets derailed when Dina (Lauren Ash) brings her birds to work, which also causes trouble for Garrett (Colton Dunn). Meanwhile, Cheyenne (Nichole Bloom) offers to give Marcus (guest star Jon Barinholtz) a sentimental tattoo, and Glenn (Mark McKinney) makes videos for his daughter to watch while he’s at work.

    A.P. Bio - "Toledo's Top 100" (NBC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
    Jack is aghast to learn he didn't make the Top 10 in Toledo's Top 100 bachelors, and Durbin did. Meanwhile, Victor and Eduardo decide it's time to reveal their feelings to their unexpected crushes.

    Will & Grace - "The Things We Do for Love" (NBC, 9:00PM ET/PT)
    The morning after his bachelor party, Jack (Sean Hayes) realizes he's lost one of the thirteen gold coins he is to present to Estefan (guest star Brian Jordan Alvarez) at their wedding so that their relationship will not be forever cursed. Although Grace (Debra Messing) denies it, Will (Eric McCormack) becomes concerned that she is the only one compromising in her relationship with Noah (guest star David Schwimmer). Karen (Megan Mullally) makes it official when she shows up at Grace and Noah's dinner party with her new date, Nikki (guest star Samira Wiley).

    Abby's - "Pilot" (NBC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
    Abby's (Natalie Morales) unlicensed backyard bar hits a major snag when new landlord Bill (Nelson Franklin), who recently inherited the house from his deceased aunt, shows up and proposes major changes. Neil Flynn, Jessica Chaffin, Kimia Behpoornia and Leonard Ouzts also star.

    Better Things - "No Limit" (FX, 10:00PM ET/PT)
    Sam unleashes.


    Friday, March 29

    Fresh Off the Boat - "Nerd Watching" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
    Tensions between Evan and Eddie run high as Evan’s friends are wowed by Eddie’s coolness when he starts hanging out with them, making Evan feel like a complete nerd. Louis and Jessica become convinced that Grandma is being scammed by an internet lothario in Chile.

    Speechless - "ON THE R-O-- ROAD A-G-- AGAIN" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
    The DiMeos set out for one last “JJ Adventure” before he heads to college, but things get bumpy when the family takes an ill-advised shortcut. Maya and Kenneth’s relationship is tested when they disagree over who knows JJ’s needs best. Meanwhile, Jimmy, JJ and Dylan find fun they shouldn’t be having, and Ray tests his wilderness mettle.

    Last Man Standing - "The Gift of the Mike Guy" (Fox, 8:00PM ET/PT)
    Mike struggles to find a special Christmas gift to give to Ed, who Mike believes already has everything that he could possibly want; Eve comes back for a visit and Vanessa helps the family remember the importance of family holiday traditions.

    The Cool Kids - "Sid's Ex-Wife" (Fox, 8:30PM ET/PT)
    Sid's ex-wife visits; Margaret, Charlie and Hank prepare for a Fleetwood Mac concert.

    Sydney to the Max - "The Lyin' King" (Disney Channel, 8:30PM ET/PT)
    Sydney and Olive's bond is tested when they both become friends with the new girl, but try to keep the friendship a secret from one another.


    Saturday, March 30

    Game Shakers - "Snoop Therapy" (Nickelodeon, 8:00PM ET/PT)
    The Game Shakers haven't been getting along; Dub recommends they see his therapist Snoop Dogg.

    Cousins for Life - "Green Girl Returns" (Nickelodeon, 8:30PM ET/PT)
    When Ivy is invited to perform as Green Girl at the birthday party of her biggest fan, Stuart sees an opportunity for his new party planning business.

    Knight Squad - "Knight Glider" (Nickelodeon, 9:00PM ET/PT)
    When the fabled Great Glider crash-lands in Astoria, the squads work on a solution to refuel his weakened jet pack; Arc abandons his team and trains to become the legendary superhero's sidekick.


    Sunday, March 31

    The Simpsons - "I'm Dancing as Fat as I Can" (Fox, 7:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
    Homer angers Marge by watching their favorite show without her; Bart prepares to compete in Krusty's Holiday Trample.

    Bob's Burgers - "The Fresh Princ-ipal" (Fox, 7:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
    Things get out of hand when Louise wins a contest to be principal for a day; Teddy has a unique suggestion to help Bob when he suddenly finds himself unable to flip burgers.

    The Simpsons - "Girl's in the Band" (Fox, 8:00PM ET/PT)
    Lisa is scouted by the director of the Capitol City Philharmonic, to her band teacher's dismay; Homer works extra shifts at the plant, putting strain on the family.

    Bob's Burgers - "Just One of the Boyz 4 Now for Now" (Fox, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
    Convinced she's met the love of her life, Tina disguises herself as a boy and sneaks into the Boyz 4 Now auditions to find him; Teddy asks the rest of the Belcher gang to nurse his baby rat back to health.

    Family Guy - "Island Adventure" (Fox, 9:00PM ET/PT)
    In search of Stewie's big wheel tricycle, Stewie and Brian embark on an adventure to a giant floating mass of trash out in the sea; Lois tries to help Quagmire elevate his dating game.

    Family Guy - "Hefty Shades of Gray" (Fox, 9:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
    After Peter's hair turns white from a ghost-hunting adventure, his new look grabs the attention of a local news anchor; Brian and Stewie attempt to help Chris improve his dating game.

    Complete TV Listings

    Saturday, March 23, 2019

    SitcomsOnline Digest: The Conners Renewed for a Second Season; (Almost) Everything Brady Related Coming to a DVD Box Set

    Welcome to SitcomsOnline Digest! Winter is over, spring has sprung, and we're starting to hear about renewals and cancelations for this season! Also, with the lack of any good news about DVDs lately, we're hearing about one big one coming this summer to celebrate the 50th anniversary of a classic series. Let's get going!

    HIGHLIGHTS FROM SITCOMSONLINE.COM AND AROUND THE WEB
    • Although expectations were low and a few people did abandon the show, there are plenty of fans who said "who needed Roseanne anyway," as The Conners was renewed for a second season. (Entertainment Weekly)
    • Meanwhile, the drama with the original star of Roseanne is seemingly never ending. (Washington Post)
    • Fifteen years is a long time for any scripted series to be airing, especially when the network that originally aired the series (The WB) is now defunct, and now The CW series Supernatural will be coming to an end after next season. (Variety)
    • It's been a long process that some thought may never actually be completed, but Homer Simpson, Hank Hill, and Peter Griffin are all now officially Disney characters, as Disney has completed their acquisition of 21st Century Fox. (Entertainment Weekly)
    • Gayle King has become a star for CBS, especially recently with her R. Kelly interview, so the network is working hard to ensure that they can keep her as it is time for contract renewal. (Variety
    • There was a reunion of the Parks and Recreation cast at PaleyFest, but don't get your hopes up for any sort of reboot anytime soon (it is way too soon, after all). (Entertainment Weekly)
    • NBC will air the Super Bowl in 2022 following a swap with CBS, which will allow NBC to integrate the Winter Olympics into their Super Bowl coverage. (Deadline)
    • ABC has found a unique niche in reviving classic game shows, and they're doing it again with Press Your Luck and Card Sharks. (SitcomsOnline)

    HOME MEDIA HIGHLIGHTS
    • There doesn't seem to be any link to order it just yet, but TVShowsOnDVD is reporting that on June 4, CBS will release The Brady Bunch - The 50th Anniversary Brady-est TV & Movie Collection, which will contain just about every single TV show and movie related to The Brady Bunch (though The Brady Bunch Hour seems to be missing).
    • That isn't all of the news that TVShowsOnDVD has for this week, they are also reporting that VEI is finally planning to release Evening Shade - The Complete Series sometime soon, though no date was given on it.

    WEEKLY PLANNER (MARCH 23 - MARCH 29)
    The Commish

    • Decades has a binge of Hunter this weekend.
    • The final season of Jane the Virgin begins on Tuesday on The CW.
    • The new comedy Abby's debuts Thursday night on NBC.

    Friday, March 22, 2019

    Fri-Yay: Original Comedies at Netflix; ABC Announces April Finales, Including TGIF

    It's time for another edition of Fri-Yay! That means we will take a look back on some sitcom happenings in recent days or weeks or other fun sitcomy stuff. It's a sitcom lover's paradise! Happy Fri-Yay!

    Fuller House

    by Vincent

    With the cancelation of One Day at a Time last week, one can stand to wonder what the state is of sitcoms on Netflix. Frankly, sitcoms are the one area that it feels like the streaming giant hasn't necessarily figured out yet at this point in time. When it comes to animated comedies, the streaming service has done a lot better - Bojack Horseman and Big Mouth being two examples. But it feels as if none of the service's sitcoms have reached the height of its dramas. Sure, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt was very popular for a while, but it didn't last - the show will be ending after four seasons. The same could be said for Fuller House, which started off with a lot of hype but couldn't quite become a long-running smash the way its predecessor was. So will we ever see a streaming sitcom blow up the way network comedies have the potential to?

    Honestly, I do have my doubts. Part of me feels as if the Netflix model just doesn't work as well for sitcoms. A sitcom is a show that gives you comfort - it's a show that you unwind with weekly at the end of a long day. It's not a show you feel the need to dust off in a 72-hour binge and then forget about for a year. Yet, that's what the Netflix algorithm demands, and it's shows that are well-suited to that kind of viewing that tend to stick around on the service. But maybe I can be proven wrong - maybe the right show just hasn't been discovered yet. Still, with a great show like One Day at a Time apparently not succeeding on the service, it's hard for me to get my hopes too high up.


    Splitting Up Together

    The ABC Television Network has announced season finale dates for scripted series ending their prime-time runs in April. The first finale is on Tuesday, April 9 with the season finale of Splitting Up Together at 9:30pm. The series premiere of Bless This Mess premieres the following week (Tuesday, April 16), as we previously mentioned. Then on TGIF, on Friday, April 12, Fresh Off the Boat has its season finale at 8:00pm. That is followed by the season finale of Speechless at 8:30pm. No word yet on what ABC will air 8-9pm on Friday nights in May, but the NBA Playoffs are on April 19 and the 2019 NFL Draft is on April 26. Finally, ABC's hit freshman drama The Rookie will have its first season finale on Tuesday, April 16 at 10pm. ABC has not announced yet what will air Tuesdays at 10pm for the reminder of the season. Stay tuned for the other season finale dates for May when ABC announces them.

    Thursday, March 21, 2019

    Antenna TV's Gimme a Break! Spring Break Marathon; Netflix Gets Mindy Kaling Comedy Series

    Gimme a Break!

    Take a spring break staycation with Antenna TV's "Gimme a Spring Break" marathon on Sunday, April 14, 2019. Antenna TV, Tribune Broadcasting's multicast entertainment network will air 16 hours/32 episodes of Gimme a Break!, starring Nell Harper as she works to keep the girls, the Chief and the house in order, from 5am-10pm ET. Special guest stars in the marathon episodes include Rosie O'Donnell, Sammy Davis Jr., Andy Gibb, the Pointer Sisters, Pat Sajak & Vanna White and Tony Randall. Gimme a Break! regularly airs on Antenna TV Weekdays 5:30pm ET / 2:30pm PT (and Sundays 12-1pm ET beginning in April).


    Mindy Kaling

    Netflix has ordered a new coming-of-age comedy series from Mindy Kaling about the complicated life of a modern-day first generation Indian American teenage girl, inspired by Kaling's own childhood. Netflix has ordered 10 half-hour episodes. Casting has not been announced yet, nor has a title for the series. Much more information is still to come! The series creators, writers, executive producers and showrunners will be Mindy Kaling (Late Night, The Mindy Project, The Office) and Lang Fisher (The Mindy Project, Brooklyn Nine Nine). Howard Klein (The Office, The Mindy Project, Parks and Recreation) and David Miner (30 Rock, Master of None) will also executive produce.

    Wednesday, March 20, 2019

    COZI TV Celebrates April Fools with Pranks; HBO Comedy Gets 4th Season

    The Office

    Fans of The Office still wondering "what kind of bear is best" can tune into COZI TV on Sunday, March 31 for a special, pre-April Fool's Day "Prank-a-Thon" starting at 1 PM ET on Sunday, March 31 (check local listings). The marathon will include 22 of the most memorable episodes filled with every cunning, elaborate and outrageous prank from the iconic television sitcom - usually at Dwight's expense. Jim Halpert, played by John Krasinski, is a salesman at Dunder Mifflin and the office prankster while Dwight Schrute, played by Rainn Wilson, is the over-the-top assistant to the regional manager and the victim of most of Jim's pranks. Some of Jim's iconic pranks include encasing Dwight's stapler in Jell-O, covering Dwight’s desk in wrapping paper (or did he?) and convincing Dwight that he's being recruited to join the CIA.

    The Office premiered on NBC in 2005 and ran for 201 total episodes of nine seasons. The series was based on the British series of the same name. The Office won several awards during its run, including five Emmy Awards. The series helped to launch the careers of Krasinski and Wilson, along with Steve Carell, Jenna Fischer and B.J. Novak. The show was lauded for its trademark deadpan delivery, and it helped to popularize the "mockumentary" style in American television.


    High Maintenance

    Following the debut of the third-season finale on March 17, the comedy series High Maintenance has been renewed for a fourth season for HBO. Created by Katja Blichfeld (Emmy(R)-winning casting director of 30 Rock) and Ben Sinclair (Home Again, Sisters), the critically acclaimed show uses The Guy, a marijuana dealer (played by Sinclair), to tell a variety of stories about New York lives. High Maintenance paints a uniquely authentic portrait of New York with empathy and insight, telling amusing, surprising, sometimes moving and always poignant tales of denizens who are usually just faces on the crowded sidewalks of Brooklyn. The series is executive produced by Katja Blichfeld, Ben Sinclair and Russell Gregory.


    Sitcoms Airing Tonight

    Sunday, July 21

    Last Man Standing - "The Passion of Paul" (Fox, 7:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
    When Rev. Paul calls on Mike to teach Sunday school, Mike calls on Kyle to take his place; Eve fears Mandy and Kristin are taking advantage of Jen at home.

    Last Man Standing - "Yass Queen" (Fox, 7:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
    In an effort to help get her clothing line off the ground and into stores, Mike invites Mandy to sit in on a business meeting with an aggressive sales rep; Ed hires Kyle to transcribe his life story.

    The Simpsons - "From Russia Without Love" (Fox, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
    On a mission to play hardcore pranks, Bart, Nelson and Milhouse get Moe a mail-order bride.

    Bob's Burgers - "What About Blob?" (Fox, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
    Gene convinces Tina and Louise to help him save a misunderstood plankton blob from being destroyed by a yacht club.

    Family Guy - "Pawtucket Pete" (Fox, 9:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
    The brewery's new bosses decide to change the company's mascot; in an attempt to be crowned the new face of Pawtucket Ale, Peter and Brian go head-to-head.

    What Just Happened??! with Fred Savage - "Preempted" (Fox, 9:30PM ET/PT)
    A crazy car chase on the news stops "The Flare" from airing, and Fred doesn't have anything to discuss until a call from a fan changes everything; Joel McHale stops by the show.

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    Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of July 15)

    Friday, July 19

    • The Jonas Brothers (Jonas) - The Jonas Brothers are guests on a repeat of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
    • Aubrey Plaza (Parks and Recreation) - Aubrey is a guest on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
    • Louie Anderson (Baskets/The Louie Show/Life with Louie) - Louie appears on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
    • Allison Williams (Girls) - Allison is a guest on a repeat of The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
    • Kristen Bell (The Good Place), Enrico Colantoni (Just Shoot Me!/Hope and Gloria), Ryan Hansen (Bad Judge/Bad Teacher/Party Down) and Kirby Howell-Baptiste (Barry/The Good Place/Downward Dog)- Kristen, Enrico, Ryan and Kirby talk about Veronica Mars on Conan at 11pm on TBS.
    • Ricky Gervais (After Life/The Office) - Ricky chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
    • Sutton Foster (Younger) - Sutton stops by The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
    • Louie Anderson (Baskets/The Louie Show/Life with Louie) - Louie visits Couch Surfing at 8am.
    • Marcia Gay Harden (Trophy Wife) - Marcia talks about Netflix's Point Blank on Access Live, so check your local listings.
    • JD McCrary (Tyler Perry's The Paynes) - JD talks about The Lion King on NBC's Today in the 9am hour.
    • Francesca Reale (Haters Back Off) - Francesca talks about Stranger Things on the BUILD Series at 2pm.


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

    My Three Sons - The Third Season - Volume One Perfect Strangers - The Complete Seventh and Eighth Seasons The Brady Bunch - 50th Anniversary The Brady-est TV & Movie Collection Will & Grace (The Revival) - Season Two The Good Place - The Complete Third Season

    05/07 - Baskets - The Complete Season Three
    05/13 - I'm Dying Up Here - Season 2
    05/13 - My Three Sons - The Third Season - Volume One
    05/13 - My Three Sons - The Third Season - Volume Two
    05/14 - The Donna Reed Show - Seasons 1-5
    05/14 - Petticoat Junction - Seasons 1-3
    05/28 - Perfect Strangers - The Complete Seventh and Eighth Seasons (WBShop.com)
    05/28 - South Park - The Complete Twenty-Second Season (Blu-ray)
    06/04 - The Brady Bunch - 50th Anniversary The Brady-est Brady Bunch TV & Movie Collection
    06/18 - Will & Grace (The Revival) - Season Two (Blu-ray)
    07/09 - Broad City - Season 5
    07/09 - Broad City - The Complete Series
    07/17 - The Practice (1976) - The Complete Series
    07/30 - The Good Place - The Complete Third Season
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