Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Netflix Goes Big with New Sitcom; CW Seed Expands to 24/7 Linear Channel

The Big Show

Netflix announced The Big Show Show, a half-hour, multi-cam comedy series starring WWE Superstar The Big Show. Production on the 10-episode series begins in Los Angeles on August 9. Josh Bycel (Happy Endings, Scrubs, American Dad) and Jason Berger (Champaign ILL, Happy Endings, LA to Vegas) will serve as executive producers and showrunners. Susan Levison and Richard Lowell will also serve as executive producers for WWE Studios. The series stars WWE Superstar The Big Show aka Paul Wight (Fighting with My Family, WWE), Allison Munn (Nicky, Ricky, Dicky and Dawn), Reylynn Caster (American Housewife), Juliet Donenfeld (Pete the Cat) and Lily Brooks O'Briant (The Tick).

When the teenage daughter of The Big Show, a retired world-famous WWE Superstar comes to live with him, his wife and two other daughters, he quickly becomes outnumbered and outsmarted. Despite being 7 feet tall and weighing 400 pounds, he is no longer the center of attention. The Big Show Show is Netflix's latest project with WWE Studios, following the recent announcement of the family film The Main Event. The comedy series joins a growing slate of live-action series featuring kids and teens and made for families, which includes Family Reunion, Malibu Rescue, No Good Nick, Alexa & Katie and the upcoming series The Letter for the King and The Baby-Sitters Club.


CW Seed

CW Seed, The CW's digital network, will launch CW Seed "Live," an ad-supported 24/7 digital linear channel, in late fall of this year. In addition to CW Seed programming, CW Seed "Live" will launch featuring original content provided by PEOPLE and Entertainment Weekly through the PeopleTV property. CW Seed "Live" will be available through CWSeed.com and the CW Seed App – which has distribution on Roku, Apple TV, Fire TV, iOS, Android, Xbox, Chromecast and Android TV – will offer viewers a scheduled, ad-supported, always-on experience with new and current programming from CW Seed, PEOPLE and Entertainment Weekly.

CW Seed offers more than 1,000 hours of curated long and short form programming with original series such as award-winning I Ship It and Warner Bros. Animation/Blue Ribbon Content's Constantine: City of Demons, based on the DC characters, as well as beloved series such as J.J. Abrams' Alcatraz, comedian Chris Rock's sitcom Everybody Hates Chris, Matthew Miller's crime drama Forever, Martin Gero and Brendan Gall's The L.A. Complex, Bryan Fuller's Pushing Daisies and Kevin Williamson's The Secret Circle. And, as previously announced, original series Deathstroke: Knights & Dragons from Warner Bros. Animation and Blue Ribbon Content, based on DC characters, and The Pledge, from Saw horror franchise producers Josh Stolberg and Pete Goldfinger, Gulfstream Television and Blue Ribbon Content, will debut later this year.

PeopleTV programming will feature original series and specials, which will encompass celebrity and entertainment news, pop culture, lifestyle and human-interest genres. The original content includes: behind-the-scenes access into magazine cover stories and interviews (PEOPLE Cover Story” and Couch Surfing), popular cast reunions (Entertainment Weekly Cast Reunions) and daily news programming with deep access and analysis (PEOPLE Now and Reality Check).


Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Friday, April 10

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Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of April 6)

Friday, April 10

  • Jennifer Aniston (Friends/Muddling Through/Ferris Bueller/Molloy) - Watch Jennifer on a repeat of Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 12:05am on ABC.
  • Andrew Rannells (Girls/The New Normal) - Andrew appears on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:35pm on NBC.
  • Casey Wilson (Marry Me/The Hotwives/Happy Endings) - Casey is a guest on a repeat of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Kal Penn (Sunnyside/We Are Men) - Kal appears on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Joseph Gordon-Levitt (3rd Rock from the Sun) - Joseph is a guest on a repeat of A Little Late with Lilly Singh at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Ty Burrell (Modern Family/Back to You/Out of Practice) - Ty chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Patricia Heaton (Carol's Second Act/The Middle/Back to You/Everybody Loves Raymond) - Patricia appears on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • John Leguizamo (The Brothers Garcia) - John is a guest on a repeat of The Wendy Williams Show, so check your local listings.
  • Wendi McLendon-Covey (The Goldbergs/Rules of Engagement/Reno 911!) - Wendi will be on a repeat of The Real, so check your local listings.
  • Paul Scheer (Black Monday/The League/Fresh Off the Boat) - Paul talks about Black Monday on Couch Surfing at 8am.
  • Josh Hutcherson (Future Man) - Josh talks about Future Man on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am.
  • Zach Woods (Avenue 5/Silicon Valley/The Office) - Zach is a guest on a repeat of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.


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01/02 - My Three Sons - The Fifth Season - Volume Two
01/14 - Veep - The Final (Seventh) Season (Blu-ray)
01/14 - Veep - The Complete Series (DVD)
01/21 - Hangin' with Mr. Cooper - The Complete Third Season (WBShop.com)
01/21 - The Mindy Project - The Complete Series (Blu-ray)
01/28 - Ballers - The Complete Fifth and Final Season
01/28 - Ballers - The Complete Series
01/28 - The Mindy Project - The Complete Series (DVD)
02/04 - Martin - The Complete Series (WBShop.com)
02/11 - Step by Step - The Complete Sixth Season (WBShop.com)
02/18 - Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt - The Complete Series (Blu-ray)
02/25 - Better Things - The Complete Third Season
03/17 - Crashing - The Complete Third Season (Blu-ray)
04/07 - Cheers - The Complete Series (2020 Release)
04/14 - Police Squad! - The Complete Series (Blu-ray)
04/14 - The Righteous Gemstones - The Complete First Season
04/21 - Step by Step - The Complete Seventh and Final Season (WBShop.com)
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