Thursday, October 31, 2019

Will Arnett to Host Fox Lego Series; Lil Rel HBO Comedy Special Gets Premiere Date

Lego Masters

Actor and producer Will Arnett will host new unscripted competition series Lego Masters, premiering Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020 from 9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT on Fox. The series will feature pairs of LEGO enthusiasts facing off in unbelievable brick-building challenges. Throughout the competition, Arnett, alongside expert judges, will encourage the builders, introduce incredible challenges and put the creations to the test until one duo is crowned Lego Masters. Arnett, who voices "LEGO Batman" in The LEGO Movie franchise, will also serve as an executive producer on the series.

Based on the hit British reality-competition series of the same name, Lego Masters brings imagination, design and creativity to life when teams of LEGO enthusiasts go head-to-head, with infinite possibilities and an unlimited supply of LEGO bricks. Teams of two will compete against each other in ambitious brick-building challenges to be crowned the country's most talented amateur LEGO builders. In each episode, the competing pairs who impress the judges the most will progress to the next round, until the finale, during which the top teams will face off for a cash prize, the ultimate LEGO trophy and the grand title of Lego Masters. Originally created by Tuesday's Child, Lego Masters first launched on the U.K.'s Channel 4 in 2017, when it quickly became the network's highest-rated new series, nearly doubling its primetime average with young adults.


Lil Rel Howery

Comedian, actor, writer and producer Lil Rel Howery makes his HBO stand-up comedy debut with an hour-long special Lil Rel Howery: Live in Crenshaw, premiering Saturday, Nov. 23 from 10:00-11:05 p.m. ET/PT, exclusively on HBO. The special will also be available on HBO NOW, HBO GO, HBO On Demand and partners' streaming platforms. Known for his well-crafted storytelling and hilarious impressions of the myriad characters he encounters in life, Lil Rel Howery draws on his personal experiences in his relatable, uproarious stand-up. The special was filmed before a live audience at Susan Miller Dorsey Senior High School in Los Angeles.

Howery's previous credits include Oscar-winning film Get Out, as well as the smash hit Bird Box, The Carmichael Show, and HBO's Insecure. He recently executive produced and starred in the comedy series Rel, and has starred in the films Uncle Drew and Brittany Runs a Marathon. He won Best Comedic Performance in a Movie at the MTV Movie & Television Awards, was nominated for an NAACP Image Award(R) for Best Supporting Actor and was crowned Bernie Mac Comedy King of the Year.

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

HBO Max Announces Lots of News and Series, Including Library Series The Flintstones, The Jetsons, Looney Tunes and More

HBO Max

HBO Max, WarnerMedia's new streaming platform launching in May of 2020, will offer an impressive direct-to-consumer experience with 10,000 hours of premium content for everyone, ranging from families with young children to adults of all ages. In addition to a robust slate of originals, HBO Max will feature a vast selection of titles from Warner Media's brands including library content from Warner Bros. Film and Television Studios, New Line Cinema, DC, CNN, TNT, TBS, truTV, The CW, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Looney Tunes and more, alongside key third party acquisitions. Here is a selection that will be available in our first year of launch.

Library Series
Adam Ruins Everything
Adventure Time
The Alienist
American Dynasties: The Kennedys
Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown
Aqua Teen Hunger Force
At Home with Amy Sedaris
The Bachelor
The Bachelorette
Batwoman
The Big Bang Theory
The Boondocks
The Carbonaro Effect
The Closer
CNN Decade Series (The 2000s, The Nineties, etc.)
Conan Travel Specials
Dexter's Laboratory
Doctor Who
Doom Patrol
Ellen's Game of Games
Falling Skies
The Flintstones
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Friends
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
Gossip Girl
The Honourable Woman
Impractical Jokers
The Jetsons
Little Big Shots
Looney Tunes / Merry Melodies
Mad TV
Miracle Workers
The OC
The Office (British version)
The Powerpuff Girls
Pretty Little Liars
Pride and Prejudice
Primal
Rick & Morty
Rizzoli & Isles
Robot Chicken
Samurai Jack
Sesame Street
The Smurfs
South Park
Steven Universe
This Is Life with Lisa Ling
Top Gear / BBC
United Shades of America with Kamau Bell
The West Wing
Whose Line Is It Anyway?


Among the key news items: HBO Max has secured exclusive streaming rights in the U.S. to Comedy Central's South Park. The multi-year licensing deal was completed with South Park Digital Studios, a joint venture between Viacom and South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone. All 23 seasons of Parker and Stone's award-winning animated satire will become available exclusively on the streamer in June 2020 followed by three brand new seasons, which will debut on HBO Max 24 hours after each episode premieres on Comedy Central. HBO Max has also secured streaming rights to Adult Swim's Emmy award-winning animated series Rick and Morty in the United States. All three seasons of Rick and Morty that have aired to date will be available to viewers on the service when HBO Max launches in the US in May 2020. Future seasons of Rick and Morty will continue to premiere on Adult Swim before streaming on HBO Max.

New original comedies are also coming. DC Super Hero High is a half-hour comedy series executive produced by Elizabeth Banks (Charlie's Angels, Pitch Perfect, Shrill), which follows a group of students experiencing the fun and drama of adolescence at a boarding school for gifted kids. These teens are just trying to navigate the pressures of high school, but none of them realize that someday they will become legendary DC Super Heroes. Rap Sh*t (working title) from Issa Rae (Insecure, A Black Lady Sketch Show) is a half-hour comedy series that follows a female rap group from outside of Miami trying to make it in the music industry. College Girls (working title), the latest series from Mindy Kaling (Four Weddings and a Funeral, Late Night, The Mindy Project, The Office), is a 13-episode half-hour, single-camera comedy following three 18-year-old freshman roommates at Evermore College in Vermont. A bundle of contradictions and hormones, these sexually active college girls are equal parts lovable and infuriating.

Conan O'Brien and Team Coco will be bringing five all-new stand-up specials to the direct-to-consumer platform launching in spring 2020. As part of O'Brien's joint venture with WarnerMedia announced last year, the specials will launch exclusively on HBO Max and will feature talent handpicked by O'Brien. O'Brien will host two specials that feature short sets from multiple up-and-coming comics while also curating one-hour-long sets from three comedians. In addition to those five specials, HBO Max has purchased the rights to a one-hour special from comedian James Veitch, also produced by Team Coco.

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

ABC Gets Full Seasons of mixed-ish and More; The Facts of Life Stars Ready to Light Up Lifetime on Christmas

mixed-ish

ABC's hit fall series mixed-ish and Stumptown have been given full-season orders, while The Rookie received a spring season pickup. ABC's mixed-ish is the No. 1 new comedy of the season in Adults 18-49. The new ABC comedy grows to a 1.80 rating with Adults 18-49 across all platforms in L+7. Stumptown is the No. 1 playback gainer for a new series this season in Total Viewers, soaring by nearly +4.0 million viewers after seven days to double its Live + Same Day average (+99%). Through its first three episodes, the new ABC drama is averaging 9.7 million Total Viewers and a 2.18 rating with Adults 18-49 across all platforms in L+7. Season to date, The Rookie is improving its new Sunday time slot for ABC by triple digits in Total Viewers (+214%) and Adults 18-49 (+175%), marking ABC's most-watched series in the time slot in four years. A big gainer in delayed viewing, The Rookie more than doubles its Live + Same Day Total Viewer average (+103%) and Adult 18-49 rating (+117%) after seven days of TV playback.


You Light Up My Christmas - Lisa Whelchel, Kim Fields and Mindy Cohn

Lifetime's It's a Wonderful Lifetime slate just sleighed the holidays even more with a special surprise! Premiering December 1 at 8pm ET/PT, You Light Up My Christmas from executive producer and star Kim Fields, brings back together the wonderful actresses of the beloved sitcom The Facts of Life, with Fields, Lisa Whelchel, Mindy Cohn and Nancy McKeon sharing the screen once again for special appearances. Inspired by true events, You Light Up My Christmas is the story of Emma (Fields), who returns to her hometown built around her family's pioneer Christmas Light Factory two weeks before Christmas. However, upon Emma's return, she discovers the lights have gone dim in the once festive town, prompting her to reconnect with an old flame (Adrian Holmes) to set their hearts and the town ablaze with light again. You Light Up My Christmas is produced by Johnson Production Group. Tim Johnson, Kim Fields and Art Rutter serve as executive producers.

Monday, October 28, 2019

Fox Midseason 2020 Schedule; The CW Picks Up Full Seasons of Both Fall Freshman Series

Outmatched

Fox is announcing premiere dates for Flirty Dancing (Sunday, Dec. 29), Last Man Standing (Thursday, Jan. 2), Deputy (Jan. 2), Gordon Ramsay's 24 Hours to Hell and Back (Tuesday, Jan. 7), 9-1-1: Lone Star (Sunday, Jan. 19, following the NFC Championship Game, and Monday, Jan. 20), Outmatched (Thursday, Jan. 23), The Masked Singer (Sunday, Feb. 2, following Super Bowl LIV), Lego Masters (Wednesday, Feb. 5) and new animated comedy Duncanville (Sunday, Feb. 16). Additionally, returning dramas 9-1-1 and Empire will return in the spring, when new dramas Filthy Rich and neXt also will premiere.

Among the highlights: Flirty Dancing, the innovative new series that is part performance, part blind date, and all about romantic chemistry, previews Sunday, Dec. 29 from 8:00-9:00 PM ET/5:00-6:00 PT live to all time zones, following the NFL on Fox doubleheader. The series then makes its time period premiere Wednesday, Jan. 1 from 8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT hosted by Jenna Dewan. Entering its eighth season, hit Tim Allen sitcom Last Man Standing returns to Fox with all-new back-to-back episodes, beginning Thursday, Jan. 2 from 8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT. Following Last Man Standing, a new sheriff comes to town on the all-new police drama Deputy at 9:00PM ET/PT.

New comedy Outmatched premieres Thursday, Jan. 23 at 8:30 PM ET/PT. Outmatched is a multi-camera family comedy about a blue-collar couple in Atlantic City trying to raise four kids - three of whom just happen to be certified geniuses starring Jason Biggs and Maggie Lawson. The series also stars Tisha Campbell (Dr. Ken, My Wife and Kids), Jack Stanton (The Mick), Connor Kalopsis (The Grinder), Ashley Boettcher (Lost in Oz) and Oakley Bull (Beautiful Boy). New animated comedy Duncanville premieres Sunday, Feb. 16 at 8:30 PM ET/PT. The animated family comedy is centered around a spectacularly average 15-year-old boy, and the people in his world. Amy Poehler voices the series' two leading characters, Duncan and his mother, Annie. The series also features the voices of Emmy Award winner Ty Burrell (Modern Family), Emmy Award nominee Riki Lindhome (Garfunkel and Oates), Betsy Sodaro, Yassir Lester and Zach Cherry, as well as guest voices Rashida Jones and Wiz Khalifa.


Batwoman and Nancy Drew

The CW Network has given full season orders to both of its new Fall series, Batwoman and Nancy Drew, bringing their first season totals to 22 episodes each. With The CW securing full in-season streaming rights to all new series starting this season, every episode of Batwoman and Nancy Drew will exclusively stream on The CW's digital platforms the day after broadcast throughout the season, so viewers can catch up at any point during the season on CWTV.com and The CW app – for free, without authentication, subscription or log-in required.

Airing Sundays at 8:00pm ET/PT, Batwoman is set three years after the mysterious disappearance of Batman, and Gotham is a city in despair. Without the Caped Crusader, the Gotham City Police Department was overrun and outgunned by criminal gangs. Armed with a passion for social justice and a flair for speaking her mind, Kate Kate (star Ruby Rose) will have to become what her father loathes, a dark knight vigilante, soaring through the streets of Gotham as Batwoman. Airing Wednesdays at 9:00pm ET/PT, Nancy Drew (star Kennedy McMann) is a brilliant teenage detective whose sense of self had come from solving mysteries in her hometown of Horseshoe Bay, Maine – until her mother's untimely death derails Nancy's college plans. Devastated by her mother’s passing, Nancy swears off crime-solving while crossing off the days until she can re-apply to college. But when a socialite is murdered, Nancy finds herself a prime suspect in the crime, along with a group of other teens present at the scene.

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows; This Week in Sitcoms (Week of October 28, 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 October 28-November 1, 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, October 28
  • Queen Latifah (Living Single) - Watch Queen Latifah on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS. She also talks about The Little Mermaid Live! on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am and on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • John Lithgow (Trial & Error/Twenty Good Years/3rd Rock from the Sun) - John stops by The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Tracee Ellis Ross (black-ish/Girlfriends) - Tracee appears on a repeat of A Little Late with Lilly Singh at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Kevin Nealon (Man with a Plan/Weeds/Hiller and Diller/Champs) - Kevin is a panelist on Lights Out with David Spade at 11:30pm on Comedy Central.
  • Patti LaBelle (Out All Night) - Patti visits Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
  • Randall Park (Fresh Off the Boat) - Randall talks about Fresh Off the Boat on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan (check your listings) and on the BUILD Series at 11am.
  • Jennifer Aniston (Friends/Muddling Through/Ferris Bueller/Molloy) - Jennifer talks about The Morning Show on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am and on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Amanda Seales (Insecure) - Amanda guest co-hosts The Real, so check your local listings.
  • Jeff Garlin (The Goldbergs/Curb Your Enthusiasm) - Jeff talks about Netflix's Jeff Garlin: Our Man in Chicago on Access Daily, so check your local listings.
  • Jane Seymour (The Kominsky Method/Let's Get Physical) - Jane talks about Netflix's The Kominsky Method on NBC's Today in the 9am hour and on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 11:30am ET.
Tuesday, October 29
  • Jennifer Aniston (Friends/Muddling Through/Ferris Bueller/Molloy) - Catch Jennifer on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Thomas Middleditch (Silicon Valley) - Thomas drops by The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Taran Killam (Single Parents) - Taran visits Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC. He will also be on the BUILD Series at 12pm.
  • Jim Gaffigan (The Jim Gaffigan Show/My Boys/Welcome to New York) - Jim appears on a repeat of A Little Late with Lilly Singh at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Jon Lovitz (Mr. Box Office/NewsRadio/Foley Square) - Jon is a panelist on Lights Out with David Spade at 11:30pm on Comedy Central.
  • Amanda Seales (Insecure) - Amanda guest co-hosts The Real, so check your local listings.
  • Max Greenfield (The Neighborhood/New Girl/Modern Men) - Max stops by The Kelly Clarkson Show, so check your local listings.
  • Reid Scott (Veep/My Boys) - Reid dishes on his new movie Black and Blue on Rachael Ray, so check your local listings.
  • Paul Feig (Sabrina, the Teenage Witch/The Jackie Thomas Show) - Paul talks about Last Christmas on ABC's GMA 3: Strahan, Sara & Keke at 1pm and on the BUILD Series at 2pm.
  • Jodie Sweetin (Fuller House/Hollywood Darlings/Full House) - Jodie talks about Hallmark Channel's Merry & Bright on Access Daily, so check your local listings.
  • Patti LaBelle (Out All Night) - Patti is a guest on NBC's Today in the 10am hour.
  • Krysta Rodriguez (Trial & Error) - Krysta talks about Daybreak on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 11:30am ET.
  • Jane Seymour (The Kominsky Method/Let's Get Physical) - Jane talks about Netflix's The Kominsky Method on PIX11 Morning News on WPIX in New York at 8:45am.
Wednesday, October 30
  • Rob Lowe (The Grinder/Parks and Recreation) - Watch Rob on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Bobby Cannavale (Nurse Jackie/Will & Grace) - Bobby visits The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:35pm on NBC.
  • John Krasinski (The Office) - John stops by Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Chelsea Handler (Are You There, Chelsea?) - Chelsea appears on a repeat of A Little Late with Lilly Singh at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Deon Cole (grown-ish/black-ish/Angie Tribeca) - Deon drops by Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Kristen Wiig (Bless the Harts) and Maya Rudolph (Bless the Harts/Forever/Up All Night) - Kristen and Maya are guests on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • LisaRaye McCoy (All of Us) - LisaRaye appears on The Wendy Williams Show, so check your local listings.
  • Amanda Seales (Insecure) - Amanda guest co-hosts The Real, so check your local listings.
  • Jane Seymour (The Kominsky Method/Let's Get Physical) - Jane will be on The Real, so check your local listings.
  • Bradley Whitford (Perfect Harmony/Trophy Wife) and Anna Camp (Perfect Harmony/The Mindy Project) - Bradley and Anna are guests on The Kelly Clarkson Show, so check your local listings.
  • Wendi McLendon-Covey (The Goldbergs/Rules of Engagement/Reno 911!) - Wendi reveals if she ever watches herself on TV on Rachael Ray, so check your local listings.
  • Jennifer Aniston (Friends/Muddling Through/Ferris Bueller/Molloy) - Jennifer talks about The Morning Show on CBS This Morning sometime between 7-9am.
  • Bob Saget (How I Met Your Mother/Surviving Suburbia/Full House) - Bob talks about CMT's Nashville Squares on Access Daily, so check your local listings.
  • Ray Romano (Everybody Loves Raymond) - Ray talks about The Irishman on NBC's Today sometime between 7-9am.
  • Jim Gaffigan (The Jim Gaffigan Show/My Boys/Welcome to New York) - Jim is a guest on the BUILD Series at 1pm.
  • Will Sasso (Less Than Perect) - Will appears on the BUILD Series at 2pm.
Thursday, October 31
  • Rob Corddry (The Unicorn/Ballers/The Winner) - Catch Rob on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • David Arquette (In Case of Emergency/Double Rush/Parenthood) - David is a guest on A Little Late with Lilly Singh at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Tony Hale (Veep/Arrested Development) and Fortune Feimster (Bless the Harts/The Mindy Project) - Tony and Fortune are panelists on Lights Out with David Spade at 11:30pm on Comedy Central.
  • Liza Koshy (Liza on Demand) - Liza visits LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Kal Penn (Sunnyside/Deadbeat/We Are Men) - Kal stops by LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Tiffany Haddish (The Last O.G./The Carmichael Show) - Tiffany appears on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Kate Flannery (The Office) - Kate is a guest on The Office, so check your local listings.
  • Jayden Rey (The Conners) - Jayden talks about ABC's GMA 3: Strahan, Sara & Keke at 1pm.
Friday, November 1
  • Jennifer Aniston (Friends/Muddling Through/Ferris Bueller/Molloy) - Watch Jennifer on a repeat of Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Kenan Thompson (Kenan & Kel) - Kenan appears on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Jodie Sweetin (Fuller House/Hollywood Darlings/Full House) - Jodie chats on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Amanda Seales (Insecure) - Amanda guest co-hosts The Real, so check your local listings.
  • Valerie Bertinelli (Hot in Cleveland/Café Americain/One Day at a Time) - Valerie appears on The Kelly Clarkson Show, so check your local listings.
  • Leslie Odom Jr. (Big Day) - Leslie talks about Harriet on CBS This Morning sometime between 7-9am.
  • Jesse Plemons (No Activity/Bent) - Jesse talks about El Camino on Couch Surfing at 8am.
  • Gabriel Iglesias (Mr. Iglesias/Cristela) - Gabriel will be on Access Daily, so check your local listings.
  • Tom Arnold (Roseanne/The Tom Show/Tom/The Jackie Thomas Show) - Tom talks about Christmas Scavenger Hunt on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.

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Sitcoms Airing This Week

Sunday, October 27

none scheduled


Monday, October 28

The Neighborhood - "Welcome to the Wagon" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Dave and Tina discover a common bond when they attend a concert together. Also, Gemma seeks the Butlers’ help when an unwelcome visitor takes up residence in the Johnson home.

Bob Hearts Abishola - "Ralph Lauren and Fish" (CBS, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Bob and Abishola finally go on a proper date, which is interrupted by Dottie’s medical emergency.


Tuesday, October 29

The Conners - "Nightmare on Lunch Box Street" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Jackie learns that the Chinese restaurant is going out of business and sees an opportunity to reopen the Lunch Box, but she’s caught by surprise when she uncovers a secret. Meanwhile, Mary gets upset when a woman assumes she is adopted, and Darlene continues to deal with her complicated love life.

Bless This Mess - "Scare Night" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Mike and Rio first met on Halloween years ago, so now Mike loves to commemorate the holiday by scaring the wits out of Rio all night. Unbeknownst to Mike, Rio actually hates the scares but is afraid to tell Mike. When Rio turns the tables on Mike and tries to scare him into ending Scare Night, Mike gets bitten by a bat and the night escalates from there on.

mixed-ish - "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" (ABC, 9:00PM ET/PT)
The popular girls at school ask Rainbow to join their group Halloween costume as Tootie from “The Facts of Life.” She thinks this is finally her opportunity to fit in, but Denise views the situation differently. Meanwhile, Alicia doesn’t want the kids to go trick-or-treating after Harrison and his colleagues tell her about all the dangerous things that can happen.

black-ish - "Everybody Blames Raymond" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
Halloween is around the corner and the Johnsons are definitely not seeing eye to eye on the family costume. The only thing they do agree on is that Jack’s new friend Raymond has got to go. Meanwhile, Junior wants Devante’s first trick-or-treating experience to be perfect.


Wednesday, October 30

The Goldbergs - "A 100% True Ghost Story" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Beverly scores a bargain on four paintings. Once they make it home, she and Adam determine something supernatural is causing them to be destroyed. Much to Murray’s dismay, they call a psychic for help. Meanwhile, Barry decides to throw a huge “Rocky Horror Picture Show”-themed party against Erica’s wishes. Their confrontation leads to a visit to the dean’s office.

Schooled - "Run, Rick, Run" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Coach Mellor is excited to celebrate Halloween in a couple’s costume with Julie, but his plan might be derailed by Principal Glascott’s faculty-parent dating rules. Meanwhile, CB uses “The Blair Witch Project” to attempt to scare the students into not tormenting each other during the school’s annual Halloween parade.

Modern Family - "The Last Halloween" (ABC, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Phil is determined to finally scare Claire on Halloween. Meanwhile, for the first time, Gloria is feeling self-conscious about her age when someone correctly assumes she is Jay’s wife; and Mitch and Cam head to the WeHo Halloween Carnival after Lily decides to go to her first Halloween party alone.

Single Parents - "Welcome to Hell, Sickos!" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
It’s Halloween night at Hilltop Elementary and the kids head to the school for a spooky celebration with Douglas. Will struggles with whether he should stay with Sophie at the school party or if he should swing by his girlfriend Tracy Freeze’s birthday, which results in a stressful night for Will trying to do both. Meanwhile, Poppy and Angie throw a Halloween party for teens at Douglas’ house in order to try to prove to themselves that they are cool moms.

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia - "The Janitor Always Mops Twice" (FXX, 10:00PM ET/PT)
In the black-and-white noir world of his memory, Charlie navigates the seedy underbelly of Philadelphia when Frank is "diarrhea poisoned," and it's up to Charlie to clean up the mess.

Family Time - "Y'all" (Bounce TV, 9:00PM ET/PT)
The Stallworths return from the movies to find alternate versions of themselves living in their home.


Thursday, October 31

Young Sheldon - "Seven Deadly Sins and a Small Carl Sagan" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Mary clashes with Sheldon’s drama teacher (Jason Alexander) over plans for a Halloween fundraiser for the church. Also, Georgie falls for a rebellious teenage girl that Sheldon is tutoring.

The Unicorn - "No Small Parts" (CBS, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Walton Goggins stars in a comedy about a tight-knit group of best friends and family who helps Wade (Goggins) embrace his “new normal” in the wake of the loss of his wife one year ago.

Young Sheldon - "An 8-Bit Princess and a Flat Tire Genius" (CBS, 9:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
A video game takes over Sheldon and Meemaw’s life. Also, George Sr. is jealous when Georgie bonds with Herschel (Billy Gardell) at the auto shop.

The Unicorn - "Breaking Up Is Hard to Do" (CBS, 9:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Wade suddenly finds himself in a “relationship” he has no interest in when he has trouble turning down a second date. Also, Wade tries to understand when Grace struggles with her social media posts.

Superstore "Trick-or-Treat" - (NBC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Amy amps up the store’s Halloween spirit to impress the new district manager— even setting up a haunted house that Glenn is terrified to enter. Jonah collects the last of the union cards, while Cheyenne and Mateo wonder if any of the Cloud 9 employees are capable of murder.

Perfect Harmony "Halle-Boo-Yah" - (NBC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
When Ginny tries to step into a new management role at work, Arthur helps her overcome her fears of inadequacy. And when Dwayne opts out of a longstanding Halloween tradition, Wayne fears that they're growing apart.

The Good Place "A Chip Driver Mystery" - (NBC, 9:00PM ET/PT)
One of the new residents creates a division in the ranks.

Will & Grace "Pappa Mia" - (NBC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
When Grace (Debra Messing) admits she’s not sure who the father of her baby is, Karen (Megan Mullally) orchestrates a Mamma Mia situation with the potential baby daddies. Will (Eric McCormack) worries what will happen if he has a straight son, and enlists Jack (Sean Hayes) to help him prepare.


Friday, November 1

American Housewife - "Girls' Night Out" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
With Katie’s 40th birthday fast approaching, her self-esteem starts to wane. So Greg encourages her to go out and enjoy a night on the town with the girls, even suggesting she leave her wedding ring behind for a night of faux-single, silly fun. Meanwhile, Angela receives devastating news that will turn Doris’ life upside down. While Katie is away, Greg enlists the kids’ help to create a birthday present that is a heartfelt reminder of how much she is loved.

Fresh Off the Boat - "Chestnut Gardens" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
When Matthew Chestnut returns to Cattleman’s Ranch, everyone but Louis agrees that he’s a bad influence, leaving it up to the unlikely team of Jessica, Eddie and Trent to help take him down. While that goes down at the Ranch, Emery and Evan cruise the open water with Marvin and give him a crash course in feminism and etiquette.

Raven's Home - "It's Not Easy Being Green" (Disney Channel, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Booker gets jealous when Danni strikes up a friendship with Nia and Tess; Levi helps Raven and Chelsea realize they should combine their businesses.

Just Roll With It - "Gator's Reunion" (Disney Channel, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Gator worries about impressing his former classmates at his high school reunion, so he enlists the help of the Bennett-Blatts to pose as his family.

Gabby Duran & the Unsittables - "Crushin' It" (Disney Channel, 9:00PM ET/PT)
When Gabby develops a crush on a boy from her school, her attempts to fight her own feelings inadvertently throw the boy's life into chaos.


Saturday, November 2

Henry Danger - "Captain Mom" (Nickelodeon, 8:00PM ET/PT)
When labor pains leave Captain Man helpless, Kid Danger and Piper step up to take on a couple of slick grease thieves.


Sunday, November 3

The Simpsons - "Bart vs. Itchy & Scratchy" (Fox, 7:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Krusty releases an all-female reboot of "Itchy and Scratchy," so Bart and his friends decide to boycott the show.

Bob's Burgers - "The Ring (But Not Scary)" (Fox, 7:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Bob's plan to surprise Linda for their anniversary gets tricky when the kids become involved.

The Simpsons - "Gorillas on the Mast" (Fox, 8:00PM ET/PT)
After a trip to Aquatraz Water Park, Lisa becomes determined to set free Springfield's most vicious animals in captivity; Homer fulfills a lifelong dream of buying a boat, and quickly realizes boat ownership sucks.

Bless the Harts - "Trash Twins" (Fox, 8:30PM ET/PT)
After Betty's arch-nemesis, Crystalynn, insults her and Jenny in public, the women conspire to get the ultimate revenge; Wayne tries to figure out how to deal with his misbehaving uncle.

Bob's Burgers - "Legends of the Mall" (Fox, 9:00PM ET/PT)
On a Belcher family trip to the mall, Tina is mistaken for a sleeping boy's girlfriend; Gene and Louise are turned loose on motorized animals; Linda disrupts a book reading; Bob struggles to shop for acceptable pants.

Family Guy - "Cat Fight" (Fox, 9:30PM ET/PT)
When Quagmire opens a cat café in town, Brian decides to take a stand to get the café shut down; when Meg and Brian get in trouble at school, Lois becomes nervous and decides they need to go to church camp to find their way.

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Saturday, October 26, 2019

SitcomsOnline Digest: Lizzie McGuire Reboot to Include Original Cast; New DVDs for The Mindy Project and Step by Step

Welcome to SitcomsOnline Digest! We used to be known as Digital Digest around here and focused on DVD releases, but had to move on from that once those releases slowed down significantly... but this week, we have some actual DVD news about two sitcom releases of some favorites! We're also hearing casting news about the Lizzie McGuire reboot on Disney+ and more. Let's get going!

HIGHLIGHTS FROM SITCOMSONLINE.COM AND AROUND THE WEB
  • The Lizzie McGuire reboot that is coming to Disney+ will come with the original cast intact. (USA Today)
  • Felicity Huffman has finished her 11 days of hard time, but Lori Loughlin (who is missing from Hallmark's Christmas movie lineup this year) is still fighting her charges. (Hollywood Reporter)
  • Fox has set premiere dates for midseason series, including Last Man Standing. (Deadline)
  • Jerry Fogel, who starred in The Mothers-in-Law and later appeared on The White Shadow, has died. (Hollywood Reporter)
  • CBS has ordered additional episodes of some of their sitcoms. (SitcomsOnline)  

HOME MEDIA HIGHLIGHTS

  • Mill Creek is releasing The Mindy Project - The Complete Series on both DVD and Blu-ray on January 14.
  • Step by Step - The Complete Fifth Season is coming November 5 from Warner Archive.

WEEKLY PLANNER (OCTOBER 26 - NOVEMBER 1)
  • Decades has a binge of Ghost Story/Circle of Fear this weekend.
  • Antenna TV celebrates their witches in the lineup, Samantha and Sabrina, with a marathon of Sabrina, the Teenage Witch and Bewitched on Thursday.
  • It's already Christmas time at Hallmark Channel and Lifetime, as the non-stop Christmas movies have already started.
  • The final season of Silicon Valley debuts tomorrow on HBO.
  • The new Apple TV streaming service debuts on Friday, though it won't have any binge-worthy classic TV series as it's competitors have.

Friday, October 25, 2019

Fri-Yay: Sunnyside Becomes the Season's First Cancellation; Maureen McCormick to Co-Host HGTV Christmas Special

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!

Sunnyside

by Vincent

This past week, the first sitcom of the network TV season fell victim to the cancellation bear - and it was, in fact, the first network TV cancellation across all genres. NBC's Sunnyside was taken off the schedule to be replaced by the last season of Will & Grace. But there is something of a twist - the series will finish out its run on NBC's new streaming service Peacock, so it will get a chance to finish its story rather than ending abruptly to be burned off on Saturdays in the summer or some other terrible fate. Technically, there is even the possibility Sunnyside could move there full-time and score a second season renewal, the way AP Bio did last season. Still, the show's numbers were truly measly, being outdrawn even by The CW, barely managing to keep the eyes of 1.5 million viewers (live+same day) every week.

So is losing Sunnyside a loss for sitcom fans? I thought the pilot showed some promise but also had a lot of flaws. Given that the series is co-created by Mike Schur, it's possible the series could've eventually found its footing. There are certainly the bones of a solid series, and the cast is very talented. But as of now, it's not a show I personally will be actively seeking out when it finishes its run on Peacock. It's a shame that it may never get the chance to become the show it could be, but it's also not a series that felt like, at least at this point, it could hang with shows like Superstore and The Good Place in terms of quality. So farewell (maybe) to Sunnyside, a show that wasn't bad enough to truly "deserve" being the first cancellation of the series, but also just never quite lived up to its potential.


White House Christmas

Maureen McCormick, best known as Marcia Brady of The Brady Bunch and star of HGTV's hugely successful series A Very Brady Renovation, will join home renovation expert and star of Windy City Rehab Alison Victoria to co-host White House Christmas 2019. Cameras will follow Maureen and Alison as they take an exclusive room-by-room tour with staff and volunteers to see the magnificent holiday transformation of the White House. The one-hour special will premiere in December.

In early December, HGTV will announce the premiere date for White House Christmas and details about the 2019 décor theme. Until then, fans can visit HGTV.com/WhiteHouseChristmas for photo galleries of the holiday festivities from years past and can interact via social media using #WhiteHouseChristmas. The special will be available on demand across all platforms and on HGTV GO the same day as the linear premiere.

A Very Brady Renovation: Holiday Edition

Brady Bunch and HGTV superfans will rejoice when the network reunites the six Brady siblings to deck the halls in the iconic Brady Bunch house and celebrate the merriest time of year in A Very Brady Renovation: Holiday Edition. Premiering Monday, Dec. 16, at 10 p.m. ET/PT, the holiday extravaganza features Food Network's Ree Drummond, star of The Pioneer Woman, and Jasmine Roth, star of HGTV's Hidden Potential, as they team up with the Brady Bunch cast to whip up 70s-inspired treats, including fondue-style potatoes, a gelatin fruit salad and santapes. They also create retro DIY decorations to adorn the home in festive Brady Bunch style. And, even better than sugar plums and candy canes, fans also can watch the holiday-themed episode on Food Network on Sunday, Dec. 22, at 1 p.m. ET/PT.

During the episode, the Brady siblings Barry Williams (Greg), Maureen McCormick (Marcia), Christopher Knight (Peter), Eve Plumb (Jan), Mike Lookinland (Bobby) and Susan Olsen (Cindy) will help Ree prep the feast in the famous orange-and-green kitchen. Jasmine will work with them to complete several DIY holiday projects, including transforming shutters into life-size toy soldier lawn decorations. After decor is in place and the tree is trimmed, everyone will sit down for a celebratory holiday meal.


Thursday, October 24, 2019

Antenna TV's Sabrina & Samantha Witch-O-Ween Marathon; Remembering TV Producer Al Burton of Diff'rent Strokes, Charles in Charge and More

Sabrina & Samantha Witch-O-Ween Marathon

Once again on Halloween, Antenna TV is brewing up a BEWITCHING day with the twitchiest of witches and the sweetest of sorceresses. On Thursday, October 31, 2020 Antenna TV will air "Sabrina & Samantha Witch-O-Ween Marathon" from 5am to 4am ET of episodes from Sabrina, the Teenage Witch and Bewitched. Treat yourself to an entire day of both comedies with Sabrina from 5am-4pm and Bewitched from 4pm-4am (with a Johnny Carson break at 10pm). After all, what's scarier than high school? Or maybe Endora is scarier? Bewitched regularly airs on Antenna TV Weekdays 2pm ET/11am PT, Weeknights 3am ET /12am PT and Saturdays 11:30pm ET/8:30pm PT. Sabrina, the Teenage Witch regularly airs on Antenna TV on Weekends 5pm ET / 2pm PT.


Al Burton

Television producer Al Burton, who worked on The Jeffersons, One Day at a Time, Diff'rent Strokes and Charles in Charge, has died. He died on October 22 at his home in San Mateo, California. Mr. Burton was 91.

Burton worked for Tandem Productions, which was created by television director Bud Yorkin and television writer/producer Norman Lear, from 1972 to 1983. During his tenure there, he worked as a creative supervisor for the satirical soap opera Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman and the satirical comedy series Fernwood 2 Night. He worked as a production supervisor and consultant for The Jeffersons, One Day at a Time, Diff'rent Strokes, Hello Larry, Sanford, Silver Spoons and Square Pegs. Some of the series were produced under the Embassy Television name.

Charles in Charge

He started his own production company called Al Burton Productions. He was an executive producer for Charles in Charge, The New Lassie and Out of Blue (1995-1996). In addition to his producing duties, he wrote the story for two episodes of Charles in Charge and one episode of Out of the Blue.

Burton, Alan Thicke and Gloria Loring wrote the lyrics for the Diff'rent Strokes theme song that was titled "It Takes Diff'rent Strokes." They also wrote the theme song for The Facts of Life, which was performed by Charlotte Rae and the cast for season 1 and by Loring for seasons 2-9. Burton, Michael Jacobs and David Kurtz wrote the theme song for Charles in Charge, which was performed by Shandi Sinnamon.

He was the Emmy-winning creator with Donnie Brainard and executive producer of the Comedy Central game show Win Ben Stein's Money. The series, which was hosted by Ben Stein with co-hosts Jimmy Kimmel (1997-2000), Nancy Pimental (2001-2001) and Sal Iacono (2002-2003), ran for 6 seasons from 1997 to 2003. It helped launch the career of Jimmy Kimmel. The series won seven Daytime Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Game Show in 1999.

He was interviewed for the E! True Hollywood Story episodes for Diff'rent Strokes, Dana Plato, The Facts of Life, Sixteen Candles and Charles in Charge. He appeared in the Biography specials for Ben Stein in 2001 and for The Facts of Life in 2001.

Survivors include his wife, Sally Burton, and their daughter, Jennifer Burton Werbe.

Mr. Burton was a prolific producer who worked on many sitcoms during his six-decade career. We thank him for helping bring us The Jeffersons, One Day at a Time, Diff'rent Strokes, Charles and Charge and more. He will be greatly missed.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

CBS Renews Freshman Fall 2019 Class; Fox Schedules 9-1-1 Spin-off for Midseason 2020

Bob Hearts Abishola, Carol's Second Act and The Unicorn

The CBS Television Network announced that it has rewarded all five series from its top-rated freshman class with new production orders. The new drama Evil has been renewed for a second season in 2020-2021. Evil will conclude its 13-episode first season on Jan. 30, 2020. At the same time, the Network has given full-season first season orders to drama All Rise and the freshman comedies, Carol's Second Act, The Unicorn and Bob Hearts Abishola.

All Rise (Mondays 9-10pm) stars Simone Missick in a courthouse drama that follows the chaotic, hopeful and sometimes absurd lives of its judges, prosecutors and public defenders, as they work with bailiffs, clerks and cops to get justice for the people of Los Angeles amidst a flawed legal process. Among them is newly appointed Judge Lola Carmichael (Missick), a highly regarded and impressive deputy district attorney who doesn't intend to sit back on the bench in her new role, but instead leans in, immediately pushing the boundaries and challenging the expectations of what a judge can be. The series also stars Wilson Bethel, Marg Helgenberger, Jessica Camacho, J. Alex Brinson, Lindsay Mendez and Ruthie Ann Miles.

Bob Hearts Abishola (Mondays 8:30pm) is a love story about a middle-aged compression-sock businessman from Detroit who unexpectedly falls for his cardiac nurse, a Nigerian immigrant, while recovering from a heart attack and sets his sights on winning her over. Undaunted by Abishola's lack of initial interest or the vast differences in their backgrounds, Bob is determined to win Abishola's heart, in this comedic examination of immigrant life in America. The series stars Billy Gardell, Folake Olowofoyeku, Christine Ebersole, Matt Jones, Maribeth Monroe, Vernee Watson, Shola Adewusi, Barry Shabaka Henley, Travis Wolfe, Jr. and Gina Yashere, who is also a co-creator, writer and producer.

Carol's Second Act (Thursdays 9:30pm) stars Emmy Award winner Patricia Heaton as a woman who embarks on a unique second act after raising her children, getting divorced and retiring from teaching: pursuing her dream of becoming a doctor. At age 50, Carol is a medical intern and must sink or swim with peers who are half her age. It's her enthusiasm, perspective and, yes, even her age that may be exactly what will make her second act a great success. The series also stars Kyle MacLachlan, Ashley Tisdale, Ito Aghayere, Jean-Luc Bilodeau, Sabrina Jalees and Lucas Neff.

Evil (Thursdays 10-11pm) is a psychological mystery that examines the origins of evil along the dividing line between science and religion. The series focuses on a skeptical female psychologist who joins a priest-in-training and a contractor as they investigate the Church's backlog of unexplained mysteries, including supposed miracles, demonic possessions and hauntings. Their job is to assess if there is a logical explanation or if something truly supernatural is at work. The series stars Katja Herbers, Mike Colter, Aasif Mandvi, Michael Emerson, Christine Lahti, Kurt Fuller, Brooklyn Shuck, Skylar Gray, Maddy Crocco and Dalya Knapp.

The Unicorn (Thursdays 8:30pm) is about a tight-knit group of best friends and family who help Wade (Walton Goggins) embrace his "new normal" in the wake of the loss of his wife one year ago. As a sometimes ill-equipped but always devoted single parent to his two adolescent daughters, he is taking the major step of dating again. To Wade's amazement, he's a hot commodity with women, and his friends explain that he's the perfect single guy - a "unicorn": employed, attractive, and with a proven track record of commitment. With his daughters and best friends rooting him on and hoping he'll find happiness again, Wade and his healing heart are ready to try life... and love... a second time. The series also stars Rob Corddry, Michaela Watkins, Omar Miller, Maya Lynne Robinson, Ruby Jay, Makenzie Moss and Devin Bright.


9-1-1: Lone Star

Fox's drama, 9-1-1, expands its reach to the city of Austin, TX, with its first-ever new installment, 9-1-1: Lone Star, which debuts with a special two-night event beginning Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020 from 10:00-11:10 PM ET/7:00-8:10 PM PT live to all time zones, following the NFL NFC Championship Game, and continuing with its time period premiere on Monday, Jan. 20 from 8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT. Nearly 20 years ago, Owen Strand (Emmy Award nominee Rob Lowe, Parks and Recreation, The West Wing) was the lone survivor of his Manhattan firehouse on 9/11. In the wake of the attack, Owen had the unenviable task of rebuilding his station. After a similar tragedy happens to a firehouse in Austin, Owen, along with his troubled firefighter son, T.K. (Ronen Rubinstein, Dead of Summer), takes his progressive philosophies of life and firefighting down to Texas, where he helps them start anew. On the surface, Owen is all about big-city style and swagger, but underneath he struggles with a secret he hides from the world - one that could very well end his life. The series also stars Liv Tyler (The Leftovers), Sierra McClain (Mindhunter), Jim Parrack (The Deuce, True Blood), Natacha Karam (The Brave), Brian Michael Smith (Queen Sugar), newcomer Rafael Silva and Julian Works (American Crime).

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Fox Schedules Comedy Christmas Event; CNBC Gets A-Rod to Get Celebs Back in the Game

The Moodys

Fox invites you to survive the holidays with the all-new comedy event series The Moodys, starring Emmy and Golden Globe Award nominees Denis Leary (Rescue Me, Animal Kingdom) and Elizabeth Perkins (Sharp Objects, Weeds), airing over three nights, with back-to-back episodes, beginning Wednesday, Dec. 4 at 9:00 PM ET/PT and 9:30 PM ET/PT on Fox. The series continues the following week with back-to-back episodes on Monday, Dec. 9 at 9:00 PM ET/PT and 9:30 PM ET/PT) and Tuesday, Dec. 10 at 9:00 PM ET/PT and 9:30 PM ET/PT.

The Moodys follows a tight-knit, but slightly dysfunctional family of five, all of whom gather in their hometown of Chicago for the "perfect" holiday. From break-ups to arrests to sharing one bathroom, each family member is packing his/her own eccentricities and hiding secrets from the others - as if the holidays were all about carols and eggnog! The family includes Sean Sr. (Leary), his wife, Ann (Perkins), and their three grown children - Dan (Francois Arnaud, The Borgias), the youngest of the siblings and the "creative one"; Bridget (Chelsea Frei, Sideswiped), the middle sister and the "overachiever"; and Sean Jr. (Jay Baruchel, Man Seeking Woman, the How to Train Your Dragon franchise), the oldest sibling and "screw-up," still living at home with his parents. The series also features Maria Gabriela de Faria, Josh Segarra, Kevin Bigley, Gerry Dee, Ulka Simone Mohanty and Megan Park. From CBS Television Studios and Fox Entertainment, The Moodys is written and executive-produced by Bob Fisher, Rob Greenberg and Tad Quill, with Fisher and Greenberg directing. Eric Tannenbaum, Kim Tannenbaum, Trent O'Donnell, Phil Lloyd and Jason Burrows also serve as executive producers. The Moodys is based on Jungle Entertainment Pty Limited and Australian Broadcasting Corporation series A Moody Christmas.


Back in the Game - Alex Rodriguez

Former Major League Baseball superstar Alex Rodriguez is no stranger to the comeback story. Now, he wants to help fellow celebrities get their shot at redemption on an all-new series, Back in the Game. From Michael Strahan's SMAC Productions and Amber Mazzola's Machete Productions, Back in the Game premieres Wednesday, November 6 at 10pm ET on CNBC. Professional athletes and entertainers are some of the best paid people in the world. But the reality is, their careers are often short-lived and they can find themselves in serious financial distress when the big paychecks stop coming their way. In this four episode hour long series, the legendary baseball icon and mega-successful businessman, Alex Rodriguez, gives back by mentoring notables who have fallen on hard times and need help getting back on their feet.

In the series premiere, Alex enlists the expertise of his friend, serial entrepreneur, Marcus Lemonis, aka The Profit, to help former heavyweight champ Evander Holyfield take control of his financial future. Additional episodes feature Olympic medalist Ryan Lochte, actress Nicole Eggert (Charles in Charge, Baywatch), and former American Idol host Brian Dunkleman, who open up about the stories behind their mistakes and humiliation. Alex digs deep into their finances and personal struggles, and introduces them to his trusted team of experts to try to launch new careers, repair reputations, build self-esteem and ultimately, get them back on path of financial stability. But after years of living large, will they be willing to listen to their new coach?

Monday, October 21, 2019

Fox Picks Up 2nd Season of Bless the Harts; Remembering Bill Macy of Maude

Bless the Harts

Fox Entertainment has ordered a second season of the new animated series Bless the Harts, to air during the 2020-2021 season. With animation serving as a cornerstone of Fox programming, the network expanded its Sunday night brand this fall with the introduction of a new original voice and concept in Bless the Harts. This news marks the second piece of good news for Fox, as new drama Prodigal Son got a full first season order. Created and executive-produced by Emmy Award winner Emily Spivey and featuring a voice cast of comedy all-stars, including Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Jillian Bell, Ike Barinholtz and Kumail Nanjiani, the half-hour animated comedy follows the Harts, a Southern family that is always broke, and forever struggling to make ends meet. They one day hope to achieve the American dream, but they're already rich - in friends, family and laughter.

In the series, Jenny Hart (Academy Award and Golden Globe nominee Kristen Wiig) is a single mother supporting her family working as a waitress in the small town of Greenpoint, NC. While Jenny's the head of her family, she's often at odds with, or scheming with, her lottery scratcher-obsessed mother, Betty (Emmy Award and Screen Actors Guild Award nominee Maya Rudolph), and her witty, creative daughter, Violet (Emmy Award nominee Jillian Bell). Jenny's doting, eternal optimist boyfriend of 10 years, Wayne Edwards (Ike Barinholtz), is the love of her life and a surrogate father to Violet. He's a charming dreamer who may never hit the big time, but he's not going to give up the fight. Jenny's even got a bit of divine power in her corner, as Jesus (Academy Award nominee Kumail Nanjiani) regularly appears to her while she waits tables at neighborhood restaurant The Last Supper. In the end, the Harts may not have much, but they may just have everything they need.


Bill Macy

Actor Bill Macy, who was best known for his role as Walter Findlay in Maude, has died. He died on October 17 in Los Angeles, California. Mr. Macy was 97.

Macy's early television credits included the role of a cab driver in The Edge of Night in 1966 and an appearance in N.Y.P.D. in 1969. He played a police officer in the All in the Family episode "Archie Sees a Mugging." He first appeared as Walter Findlay in the All in the Family episode titled "Maude" on March 11, 1972.

Maude

He starred as Walter Findlay, the long-suffering husband of Maude Findlay (Bea Arthur), in the 1972-1978 CBS sitcom Maude. Walter Findlay was the fourth husband of Maude. He was the owner of Findlay's Friendly Appliances. The Norman Lear and Bud Yorkin created series ran for six seasons and 151 episodes. Maude also starred Adrienne Barbeau, Conrad Bain, Rue McClanahan, Esther Rolle (1972-1974), J. Pat O'Malley (1975-1977) and Marlene Warfield (1977-1978).

Hanging In - Bill Macy and Dennis Burkley

Macy worked again with Norman Lear in the short-lived 1979 CBS sitcom Hanging In. He played Louis "Lou" Harper, a former professional football player turned president of the fictional Braddock University. The series ran for just four episodes. It also starred Barbara Rhodes, Dennis Burkley, Nedra Volz and Darian Mathias.

Nothing in Common

He starred as Max Basner in the short-lived 1987 NBC sitcom Nothing in Common, which was based on the 1986 movie of the same name that starred Tom Hanks and Jackie Gleason. Max was the unemployed father of David Basner (Todd Waring). The series also starred Wendy Kilbourne, Mona Lyden, Bill Applebaum, Elizabeth Bennett, Patrick Richwood, Billy Wirth, Allan Kent and Julie Paris.

Macy appeared as one of the residents of the Florida retirement community where Jerry's parents lived in the Seinfeld episodes "The Cadillac" and "The Shower Head." Some of his other sitcom guest appearances included Oh Madeline, The Love Boat, One Big Family, The Facts of Life, The Famous Teddy Z, Dave's World, Can't Hurry Love, Ned and Stacey, The Home Court, The John Larroquette Show, Something So Right, Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place, Norm, My Wife and Kids, Stacked, How I Met Your Mother, My Name Is Earl, Back to You and True Jackson, VP.

Some of his television drama guest appearances included Hotel, St. Elsewhere, Tales from the Darkside, Hardcastle and McCormick, L.A. Law, Highway to Heaven, Murder, She Wrote, Father Dowling Mysteries, Matlock, Diagnosis Murder, NYPD Blue, Chicago Hope, Viper, Jack & Jill, Touched by an Angel, ER, Las Vegas and Hawthorne.

He appeared as the jury foreman in the 1967 film The Producers. He played Stan Fox, the co-inventor of the "Opti-grab", in The Jerk in 1979. He starred as the head television writer Sy Benson in 1982's My Favorite Year. Some of his other film credits included Oh! Calcutta!, The Late Show, Serial, Movers & Shakers, Bad Medicine, Me Myself & I, Surviving Christmas, The Holiday and Mr. Woodcock (as Mr. Woodcock's father).

Macy was an original cast member of the 1969-1972 Off-Broadway sensation Oh! Calcutta!, performing in the show from 1969 to 1971. He played Monte / Mute Physician in the 1972 film Oh! Calcutta!.

He is survived by his wife, Samantha Harper Macy. They were married in 1975.

Mr. Macy was very good as Walter Findlay in Maude. He was always a welcome presence in his many other television and film roles. We thank him for the many laughs and entertainment he brought us during his long career. He will be greatly missed.

Share your memories on our Maude message board. View photos in our galleries.

Antenna TV remembered Bill Macy with a Maude marathon on Saturday (October 19) from 1-10pm. The series airs weekdays at 6pm ET / 3pm PT.

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows; This Week in Sitcoms (Week of October 21, 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 October 21-25, 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!


Sunday, October 20
  • Alec Baldwin (30 Rock) - Catch Alec on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 12:05am on NBC.
Monday, October 21
  • Julie Andrews (Julie) - Watch Julie on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Lizzy Caplan (The Class/Party Down) - Lizzy stops by Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Paul Rudd (Living with Yourself/Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later/Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp/Wild Oats) - Paul visits The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Will Smith (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air) - Will appears on a repeat of Comedy Central's The Daily Show with Trevor Noah at 11pm.
  • Martin Short (Mulaney/The Martin Short Show) and Maya Rudolph (Bless the Harts/Forever/Up All Night) - Martin and Maya are panelists on a repeat of Lights Out with David Spade at 11:30pm on Comedy Central.
  • Wendi McLendon-Covey (The Goldbergs/Rules of Engagement/Reno 911!) - Wendi drops by Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo. She also talks about The Goldbergs on Tamron Hall, so check your local listings.
  • Kristen Bell (The Good Place) - Kristen is featured on an Ellentube Special of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Amanda Seales (Insecure) - Amanda guest co-hosts The Real, so check your local listings.
  • Cedric the Entertainer (The Neighborhood/The Soul Man/The Steve Harvey Show) - Cedric is a guest on The Kelly Clarkson Show, so check your local listings.
  • Alec Baldwin (30 Rock) - Alec talks about Motherless Brooklyn on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am.
  • Reid Scott (Veep/My Boys/It's All Relative) - Reid appears on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 11:30am ET.
  • Mario Cantone (Sex and the City) - Mario is a guest on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 11:30am ET.
  • Kate Flannery (The Office) - Kate stops by Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
Tuesday, October 22
  • Kelly Ripa (Hope & Faith) - Catch Kelly on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • John Lithgow (Trial & Error/Twenty Good Years/30 Rock from the Sun) - John visits The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • James Spader (The Office) - James is a guest on Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Tim Meadows (Schooled/No Activity/Son of Zorn/Mr. Box Office/The Bill Engvall Show) - Tim appears on Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Ron Funches (Powerless/Undateable) and Adam DeVine (Workaholics/Modern Family) - Ron and Adam are panelists on a repeat of Lights Out with David Spade at 11:30pm on Comedy Central.
  • Paul Rudd (Living with Yourself/Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later/Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp/Wild Oats) - Paul stops by Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Elisha Cuthbert (The Ranch/One Big Happy/Happy Endings) - Elisha chats on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Anna Camp (Perfect Harmony/The Mindy Project) - Anna talks about Perfect Harmony on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings. She will also be on the BUILD Series at 1pm.
  • Keegan-Michael Key (Friends from College/Playing House/Gary Unmarried) - Keegan-Michael is a guest on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Kel Mitchell (Game Shakers/Kenan & Kel) - Kel appears on The Real, so check your local listings.
  • Amanda Seales (Insecure) - Amanda guest co-hosts The Real, so check your local listings.
  • Mario Lopez (Saved by the Bell/Saved by the Bell: The College Years) - Mario will be on The Kelly Clarkson Show, so check your local listings.
  • J. B. Smoove (The Millers/Bent/'Til Death/Curb Your Enthusiasm) - J. B. is a guest on The Kelly Clarkson Show, so check your local listings.
  • Melissa Joan Hart (No Good Nick/Melissa & Joey/Sabrina, the Teenage Witch/Clarissa Explains It All) - Melissa talks about Christmas Reservations on People Now at 12pm and on Access Daily, so check your local listings.
  • Wendi McLendon-Covey (The Goldbergs/Rules of Engagement/Reno 911!) - Wendi talks about The Goldbergs on People Now at 12pm.
  • Alyssa Milano (Who's the Boss?/Romantically Challenged) - Alyssa talks about her book Project Middle School (Alyssa Milano’s Hope #1) on Access Daily, so check your local listings.
  • Angela Kinsey (The Office/Haters Back Off/Your Family or Mine) and Jenna Fischer (Splitting Up Together/The Office) - Angela and Jenna talk about the Office Ladies Podcast on PIX11 Morning News on WPIX in New York at 7:45am.
  • Tim Robbins (The Brink) - Tim talks about Castle Rock on NBC's Today in the 9am hour and on the BUILD Series at 4pm.
  • Tamera Mowry (Sister, Sister/Roommates) - NBC's Today has At Home with Tamera in the 10am hour.
  • Laura Benanti (The Detour/Go On) - Laura is a guest on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 11:30am ET.
  • Candace Cameron Bure (Fuller House/Full House) - Candace appears on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Rizwan Manji (Perfect Harmony/Outsourced) - Rizwan talks about Perfect Harmony on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Lizzy Caplan (The Class/Party Down) - Lizzy is a guest on the BUILD Series at 12pm.
Wednesday, October 23
  • Ellie Kemper (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt/The Office) - Watch Ellie on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Michael Douglas (The Kominsky Method) - Michael stops by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:35pm on NBC.
  • Kathryn Hahn (Transparent/Happyish/Free Agents) - Kathryn appears on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:35pm on NBC.
  • Andrea Savage (I'm Sorry/Significant Others) - Andrea is a guest on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Jesse Plemons (No Activity/Bent) - Jesse visits Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC. He also talks about El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie on ABC's GMA 3: Strahan, Sara & Keke at 1pm.
  • Lea Michele (The Mayor/Scream Queens) - Lea drops by A Little Late with Lilly Singh at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Tim Robbins (The Brink) - Tim appears on Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Ali Wong (American Housewife/Are You There, Chelsea?) - Ali is a guest on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Amanda Seales (Insecure) - Amanda guest co-hosts The Real, so check your local listings. She also talks about Small Doses on Access Live, so check your local listings.
  • Thomas Lennon (The Odd Couple/Sean Saves the World/Reno 911!) - Thomas will be on The Kelly Clarkson Show, so check your local listings.
  • Ken Jeong (Dr. Ken/Community) - Ken talks about The Masked Singer on People Now at 12pm and on the BUILD Series at 1pm..
  • Alfonso Ribeiro (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air/In the House/Silver Spoons) - Alfonso talks about Catch 21 on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT and on Access Daily, so check your local listings.
  • Alan Alda (M*A*S*H) - Alan talks about the Clear + Vivid Podcast on NBC's Today in the 9am hour.
  • Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother/Stark Raving Mad/Doogie Howser, M.D.) - Neil is a guest on NBC's Today in the 10am hour.
  • Anna Camp (Perfect Harmony/The Mindy Project) - Anna talks about Perfect Harmony on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 11:30am ET.
  • Rob Corddry (The Unicorn/Ballers/The Winner) - Rob is a guest on the BUILD Series at 2pm.
Thursday, October 24
  • Maya Rudolph (Bless the Harts/Forever/Up All Night) - Catch Maya on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Keegan-Michael Key (Friends from College/Playing House/Gary Unmarried) - Keegan-Michael appears on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:35pm on NBC.
  • Steve Carell (The Office) - Steve is a guest on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Kathryn Hahn (Transparent/Happyish/Free Agents) - Kathryn stops by Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC. She will also be on the BUILD Series at 11am.
  • Leslie Odom Jr. (Big Day) - Leslie appears on The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation) - Nick is a guest on A Little Late with Lilly Singh at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Thomas Lennon (The Odd Couple/Sean Saves the World/Reno 911!) and Whitney Cummings (Whitney) - Thomas and Whitney are panelists on a repeat of Lights Out with David Spade at 11:30pm on Comedy Central.
  • Julie Andrews (Julie) - Julie drops by Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
  • Whoopi Goldberg (Whoopi) - Whoopi appears on Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
  • Michael Douglas (The Kominsky Method) - Michael chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Tim Robbins (The Brink) - Tim visits The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Max Greenfield (The Neighborhood/New Girl) - Max is a guest on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Ariel Winter (Modern Family) - Ariel appears on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Amanda Seales (Insecure) - Amanda guest co-hosts The Real, so check your local listings.
  • Lisa Edelstein (The Kominsky Method/Leap of Faith/Almost Perfect) - Lisa is a guest on The Real, so check your local listings.
  • Gabriel Iglesias (Mr. Iglesias/Cristela) - Gabriel will be on The Kelly Clarkson Show, so check your local listings.
  • D'Arcy Carden (The Good Place/Barry) - D'Arcy appears on The Kelly Clarkson Show, so check your local listings.
  • Vanessa Bell Calloway (Rhythm & Blues) - Vanessa talks about Harriet on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 11:30am ET.
Friday, October 25
  • John Krasinski (The Office) - Watch John on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Paul Shaffer (A Year at the Top) - Paul is a guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Billy Bob Thornton (Hearts Afire) - Billy Bob appears on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Alyssa Milano (Who's the Boss?/Romantically Challenged) - Alyssa talks about her book Project Middle School (Alyssa Milano’s Hope #1) on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Amanda Seales (Insecure) - Amanda guest co-hosts The Real, so check your local listings.
  • Lea Michele (The Mayor/Scream Queens) - Lea stops by The Kelly Clarkson Show, so check your local listings.
  • William Jackson Harper (The Good Place) - William appears on The Kelly Clarkson Show, so check your local listings.
  • Michael Douglas and Jane Seymour (The Kominsky Method) - Michael and Jane talks about The Kominsky Method on People Now at 12pm.
  • Jesse Plemons (No Activity/Bent) - Jesse talks about El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie on CBS This Morning sometime between 7-9am.
  • Patricia Richardson (Home Improvement/FM/Eisenhower and Lutz) - Patricia appears on PIX11 Morning News on WPIX in New York at 8:50am.
  • Keegan-Michael Key (Friends from College/Playing House/Gary Unmarried) and Tituss Burgess (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt) - Keegan-Michael and Tituss talk about Dolemite Is My Name on NBC's Today in the 9am hour.

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Sitcoms Airing This Week

Sunday, October 20

The Simpsons - "Treehouse of Horror XXX" (Fox, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Milhouse is trapped in another dimension; dead Homer's spirit tries some new bodies on for size; Selma finds love in an unlikely place.

Bless the Harts - "Cremains of the Day" (Fox, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Violet, David and Leonard take Wayne on a ghost hunt to cure his fear of ghosts; Jenny and Betty honor Jenny's late father on his favorite holiday.

Bob's Burgers - "Big Trouble in Little Tina" (Fox, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Things get spooky when Tina dissects a pig in science class; Bob and Linda battle a giant ball of ear wax.

Family Guy - "Disney's The Reboot" (Fox, 9:30PM ET/PT)
After the network decides it is time to reboot the series, three versions of the reboot are shown to a focus group, which produces some surprising feedback.


Monday, October 21

The Neighborhood - "Welcome to Soul Food" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT)
The Butlers and Johnsons decide to go on a double-date and everyone gets more than they bargained for at a new restaurant. Also, Grover invites Malcolm and Marty to be the first guests on his new podcast.

Bob Hearts Abishola - "Whacking the Mole" (CBS, 8:30PM ET/PT)
After Abishola has a romantic dream about Bob, she tries to suppress her feelings for him and pays the price.


Tuesday, October 22

mixed-ish - "All She Wants to Do Is Dance" (ABC, 9:00PM ET/PT)
It’s time for the Johnson kids’ first school dance, but before Bow can dance the night away, she’ll have to consider the social impact of her date choice. Johan finds an outfit for the dance and discovers his love of fashion, while Santamonica spends some time with Harrison.

black-ish - "Mad and Boujee" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
When Dre is invited to join a private social club for the black upper class, Bow and the family jump at the opportunity to mingle with this new community, but Dre’s not so sure these exclusive clubs are all they’re cracked up to be. Meanwhile, Junior helps Pops pick a wedding date.


Wednesday, October 23

The Goldbergs - "Parents Thursday" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
While at school, Erica attempts to fool Beverly into thinking Parents Weekend has been rescheduled to Parents Thursday so the family won’t attend … but the smother knows better! Meanwhile, William Penn is doing “Romeo & Juliet,” the perfect play for Adam to romance Dana until someone else gets the leading lady.

Schooled - "Outbreak" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
When a bad flu epidemic hits William Penn, Coach Mellor is sent to his sick bed and Principal Glascott must step it up as the wrestling coach with the Jenkintown Cup on the line. Meanwhile, Lainey thinks she can easily pass a class taught by CB, yet it’s anything but.

Modern Family - "New Kids on the Block" (ABC, 9:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Haley is determined to follow the advice in her parenting books with the twins, but Phil and Claire think their old methods are better. Meanwhile, Manny is set to direct Jay’s dog bed commercial in the hopes of winning his ex-girlfriend back.

Single Parents - "Sport" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
Will is pumped to become the coach of Sophie’s soccer team in order to spend more time with his daughter, especially since she has been distant recently. However, his intentions to focus on Sophie and teach the team that you don’t need to win to have fun slowly shift once he realizes he has a secret weapon on his team – Rory – but allowing him on the team means Will must keep a certain secret about Rory. Meanwhile, Douglas and Angie attempt to navigate what their friendship looks like now that they are roommates for the foreseeable future.

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia - "The Gang Texts" (FXX, 10:00PM ET/PT)
During their trip to the Philadelphia Zoo, Mac sets up a text group chain for the gang, but confusion sets in and the gang must learn from the meerkats on how to communicate properly in a group.

Family Time - "Black Love" (Bounce TV, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Lisa and Tony appear on a TV show that exposes some of the imperfections in their relationship; Donnie and Brandy use a dating app to play matchmaker for each other.


Thursday, October 24

Young Sheldon - "A Pineapple and the Bosom of Male Friendship" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT)
After being released from the mental hospital, Dr. Sturgis unexpectedly breaks up with Meemaw.

The Unicorn - "No Small Parts" (CBS, 8:30PM ET/PT)
When Grace gets the lead in the school musical, Wade realizes that the teachers are giving her special treatment after he hears her sing. Also, Michelle and Ben persuade Delia and Forrest to volunteer for the chaotic snack bar duty at a school function.

Mom - "Fake Bacon and a Plan to Kill All of Us" (CBS, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Following the sudden death of a friend, Christy and Bonnie look for ways to honor her memory.

Carol's Second Act - "The Nightfloat" (CBS, 9:30PM ET/PT)
When Carol has her first solo overnight shift at the hospital, Dr. Frost’s enthusiastic help and involvement become a little more than Carol bargained for. Also, on the interns’ rare night off from the hospital, Jenny takes them all out to a bar to find dates.

Superstore "Self-Care" - (NBC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
After Glenn has a health scare, Dina takes control of his nutrition and fitness. Jonah and Cheyenne try to get Amy to take a break from working too hard, while Mateo interviews for a new position in the store.

Perfect Harmony "It's Electric" - (NBC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Arthur deals with Jean's father who attempts to take their family houseboat back. Reverend Jax hosts a "Singles Night" where Ginny and Dwayne finally address the elephant in their relationship.

The Good Place "Employee of the Bearmiy" - (NBC, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Michael and Jason hatch a plan. Eleanor learns firsthand the difficulties of running the neighborhood.

Will & Grace "Eat, Pray, Love, Phone, Sex" - (NBC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
Grace (Debra Messing) returns from her European travels a new woman, but her elation is short-lived when she receives life-changing news. Karen (Megan Mullally) teaches Will (Eric McCormack) how to be better at phone sex, and inadvertently helps him admit he wants a family with McCoy. Jack (Sean Hayes) has a yard sale to discreetly get rid of Estefan’s (guest star Brian Jordan Alvarez) annoying cuckoo clock.


Friday, October 25

American Housewife - "The Maze" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Katie ignores Greg’s warning and takes Anna-Kat through a terrifying zombie-themed maze at the annual Halloween carnival. Once inside, Katie quickly regrets her decision and sends Anna-Kat to find help. Meanwhile, Greg has entered a pumpkin carving contest and is ready to go head-to-head against the previous year’s winners.

Fresh Off the Boat - "Hal-Lou-Ween" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
It’s Halloween again, and with Eddie getting closer to college (maybe), the Huang boys are determined to find a group costume they can all agree on. Meanwhile, Louis decides this is the year he’ll finally show Jessica why his favorite spooky holiday is so great.

Raven's Home - "Friday Night Tights" (Disney Channel, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Booker joins the ballet club to win over Danni, but quits when the coolest kid in school makes fun of him.

Just Roll With It - "Snow Way Out" (Disney Channel, 8:30PM ET/PT)
The Bennett-Blatts are stranded at the radio station when a blizzard closes the roads; after the power goes out, the family sees who can tell the scariest ghost story.

Gabby Duran & the Unsittables - "Crybaby Duran" (Disney Channel, 9:00PM ET/PT)
When Gabby hears a rumor about herself going around at school, she uses a telepathic alien to find out who started it, jeopardizing the alien in the process.


Saturday, October 26

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Sunday, October 27

none scheduled

Complete TV Listings

Saturday, October 19, 2019

SitcomsOnline Digest: Sunnyside Becomes First Casualty of 2019-2020 TV Season; Our Miss Brooks Arrives on DVD

Welcome to SitcomsOnline Digest! We're only a month into the fall season and we've already got our first cancellation, as well as a renewal of another new series that hasn't exactly been a breakout hit. We're also hearing of a surprising DVD release of a very old sitcom. Let's get going!

HIGHLIGHTS FROM SITCOMSONLINE.COM AND AROUND THE WEB
  • It's a little earlier than we've had in the past few years, but NBC has become the first one to cancel a sitcom this season, Sunnyside, though the episodes already produced will continue on Hulu (and who knows, maybe it'll find an audience to go beyond the initial production order). (Variety)
  • It hasn't exactly been a big "hit" for the network by any means, but Fox has went ahead and renewed Bless the Harts anyway, presumably hoping that it'll grow an audience from nothing in the way Bob's Burgers did. (Deadline)
  • Bill Macy, who played the role of Walter on Maude, has died at age 97. (Hollywood Reporter)
  • It looks like Clueless may be making a return, but now as a drama instead of a sitcom. (Deadline)
  • Nobody talks much about cable or broadcast channels acquiring series now, but it's a big deal to hear which streaming service is going after something, and now the war is on for Community, believe it or not. (Deadline)
  • ABC has a week of Halloween programming coming up. (SitcomsOnline)  

HOME MEDIA HIGHLIGHTS


WEEKLY PLANNER (OCTOBER 19 - OCTOBER 25)
  • Antenna TV remembers Bill Macy with a Maude marathon today from 1-10pm.
  • Decades has a weekend full of Twin Peaks.
  • The final season of the Will & Grace revival comes to NBC on Thursday earlier than planned, thanks to the unofficial cancellation of Sunnyside.

Friday, October 18, 2019

Fri-Yay: Is It Time to Lower Our Expectations for Sitcom Ratings?; Antenna TV's Dennis the Menace Thanksgiving Weekend Marathon

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!

Sunnyside

by Vincent

Well, we're nearly a month into the fall TV season, and it's certainly fair to say that it's been a disappointing one for sitcoms. Not one sitcom has really broken out to be a hit - CBS's slate of sitcoms hasn't quite lived up to the network's high ratings standards, NBC's Sunnyside has gotten critical acclaim but is struggling to beat even CW-level ratings (and now has been pulled from the schedule), and Fox and ABC's limited new comedies haven't exactly lit the world on fire either. Really, ABC's mixed-ish is probably the closest you could call a "hit sitcom" this season, and it's not doing amazingly well - plus, it's a spin-off of the already established hit black-ish.

Still, this isn't the first disappointing TV fall in the past few years, and it's following a trend where we're seeing less and less new sitcoms rising to "hit" status year after year. Yes, last fall we had The Conners, and it remains TV's highest-rated sitcom. But even that show, while still pulling in a strong audience, isn't rising up to the megahit levels of The Big Bang Theory or the earlier seasons of Modern Family. It's been so long since we've seen that kind of dominance from sitcom ratings, and it feels like it's been even longer since a fall sitcom that wasn't a spin-off of another series has broken out in a big way. So, is it time to start accepting that sitcoms are simply heading to a more niche place? Perhaps shows like The Neighborhood, Superstore or The Good Place, neither of which could be called "big hits" but pull in solid numbers and have a stable, consistent audience, are the closest we'll get to having a "hit" sitcom. It wouldn't be the worst thing - and with the way TV is going, catering to niches is likely the future. But it will be interesting to see if networks can conform to this new normal, or if they'll just keep hoping soon, things will turn around.


Dennis the Menace

Gather the family together this Thanksgiving weekend for a whole lot of wholesome fun on Antenna TV with a marathon of everyone's favorite mischief-maker and sitcom series, Dennis the Menace. Antenna TV, Nexstar Media Group's multicast entertainment network, will broadcast all 146 episodes in the Dennis the Menace series beginning at 8pm ET on Wednesday, November 27 and continuing through Sunday, December 1. The show follows the lives of the Mitchell family played by Jay North, Herbert Anderson and Gloria Henry. Dennis the Menace regularly airs on Antenna TV weekdays 10am ET/7am PT and Saturdays and Sundays 7:30am ET/4:30am PT.


Thursday, October 17, 2019

Raven's Home Gets 4th Season on Disney; Nick Orders More All That Episodes

Raven's Home

Disney Channel has ordered a fourth season of its popular family sitcom Raven's Home, starring and executive produced by multitalented Raven-Symoné. Alison Taylor (Just Jordan) will join the fourth season creative team as executive producer, alongside Raven-Symoné and executive producer and showrunner Warren Hutcherson (Reed Between the Lines, The Bernie Mac Show). Production on season four will commence later this year. Made for kids age 6-14 and their families, Raven's Home is a spinoff of the iconic Disney Channel comedy That's So Raven (2003-2007), which followed the whimsical, somewhat psychic teen Raven Baxter. Now, Raven is a divorced single mom of teen twins, Nia and Booker, and she's not the only one in the family who can catch glimpses of the future--her son Booker has inherited her gift. Just like his mom, Booker can see just enough of the future to try and change it. Hilarity ensues as Raven and Booker try to understand their unpredictable visions while navigating a hectic but loving household that also includes Raven's longtime best friend Chelsea and her son Levi, and Nia's best friend Tess.

The series also stars Issac Ryan Brown as Booker Baxter-Carter, Navia Robinson as Nia Baxter-Carter, Jason Maybaum as Levi Grayson, Sky Katz as Tess and Anneliese van der Pol as Chelsea Daniels.


All That

Nickelodeon has picked up an additional 13 episodes of '90s icon All That, bringing its first season total to 26 episodes. Also announced, is new cast member Aria Brooks from Atlanta, Ga., who is joining the show's talented and diverse cast of comedians. New episodes of All That air on Saturdays at 8:30 p.m. (ET/PT) on Nickelodeon. All That is executive produced by Kenan Thompson (Saturday Night Live), Kel Mitchell (Game Shakers), Kevin Kay (All That, SpongeBob SquarePants, Lip Sync Battle, Lip Sync Battle Shorties, Yellowstone) and Jermaine Fowler (Superior Donuts, Sorry to Bother You). Kevin Kopelow & Heath Seifert (All That, Cousins For Life, Austin & Ally) also serve as executive producers.

Shot in front of a live studio audience, All That stars Ryan Alessi, Reece Caddell, Kate Godfrey, Gabrielle Nevaeh Green, Nathan Janak, Lex Lumpkin and Chinguun Sergelen, who have popularized new characters, impersonations of today's celebrities and new original comedic sketches including "Cancelled with Nathan," Bed, Bath & Beyoncé" and "Marie Kiddo." To date, recording artists the Jonas Brothers, Ciara, H.E.R., JoJo Siwa, Ella Mai, Ally Brooke, Kane Brown, Bryce Vine, Daddy Yankee and CNCO have performed on the show. The series also features appearances from Kenan Thompson, Kel Mitchell, Lori Beth Denberg, Josh Server and Alisa Reyes, who helped make the original series a '90s icon for an entire generation of kids. Guest stars for the additional 13 episodes will be announced at a later date.


Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Wednesday, November 20

The Goldbergs - "Angst-Giving" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Even though Beverly’s patience with Pop Pop is put to the test due to his endless Thanksgiving demands, she is able to put aside her own feelings to help heal the longstanding rift between Murray and Pop Pop. Meanwhile, Barry and Erica are ready to return home for the holiday, but Uncle Marvin accidentally drives them to Pittsburgh. Marvin attempts to make it right not knowing if they will make it to Jenkintown in time to celebrate the holiday. Judd Hirsch and Dan Fogler return to guest star as Pop Pop and Uncle Marvin.

Schooled - "Friendsgiving" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
CB celebrates Thanksgiving by having all of William Penn rally around him after a cooking incident at his house, while the alumni faculty football game brings out the competitive sides of Wilma and Coach Mellor.

Modern Family - "The Last Thanksgiving" (ABC, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Cameron and Mitchell’s friends mistakenly assume they have split up and have definitely chosen a side; and Haley attempts to cook Thanksgiving dinner as a thank you for Claire and Phil’s support with the twins. Meanwhile, Jay invites Phil and Dylan out to fly his model plane, and Phil thinks this is his chance to reclaim his dignity after their first outing 10 years ago went so wrong.

Single Parents - "Every Thursday Should Be Like This" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
When Will gets busy cooking Thanksgiving dinner at Douglas’ home, he asks Angie to hang out with Tracy Freeze (guest star Jama Williamson). Angie reluctantly does so, only to realize that Tracy is actually wonderful, except for a secret she’s keeping from Will. Meanwhile, Miggy shows up to Thanksgiving dinner with the kids’ teacher, Ms. Pronstroller (Sarah Yarkin), as his date, and he enlists Douglas’ assistance in helping them form an in-person connection, given all of their previous communication has been via texts, DMs and memes.

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia - "A Woman's Right to Chop" / "Waiting for Big Mo" (FXX, 10:00PM ET/PT)
Trapped inside Paddy's with a suicidal jumper on the roof, the gang wonders if it should bother intervening; Dennis ponders the reasons of playing laser tag and if the pursuit of a victory is worth the effort.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of November 18)

Wednesday, November 20

  • Adam Driver (Girls) - Watch Adam on Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Julie Andrews (Julie) - Julie stops by The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS. She will also be on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Kristen Bell (The Good Place) - Kristen appears on The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Michael Rapaport (Awkward/The War at Home) and Tony Rock (Living Biblically/All of Us) - Michael and Tony are panelists on Lights Out with David Spade at 11:30pm on Comedy Central.
  • Dax Shepard (Bless This Mess) - Dax visits Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Craig Ferguson (The Drew Carey Show) - Craig appears on a repeat of LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Johnny Galecki (The Big Bang Theory/Roseanne) - Johnny is a guest on a repeat of LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Brie Larson (United States of Tara/Raising Dad) - Brie appears on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Lena Waithe (Master of None) - Lena is a guest on The Wendy Williams Show, so check your local listings.
  • Ed Quinn (One Day at a Time/2 Broke Girls) - Ed visits The Real, do check your local listings.
  • Tisha Campbell (Dr. Ken/Rita Rocks/My Wife and Kids/Martin) - Tisha guest co-hosts The Real, so check your local listings.
  • Maura Tierney (NewsRadio) - Maura talks about The Report on People Now at 12pm.
  • Robin Givens (Head of the Class) - Robin talks about OWN's Ambition on NBC's Today in the 9am hour.
  • Jamie Lee Curtis (Scream Queens/Anything But Love) - Jamie Lee talks about Knives Out on NBC's Today in the 10am hour.
  • Ashley Williams (The Jim Gaffigan Show/Good Morning, Miami) - Ashley talks about Holiday Hearts on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.


New on DVD/Blu-ray (September/October/November)

My Three Sons - The Fourth Season - Volume One Modern Family - The Complete Tenth Season Life with Lucy - The Complete Series Step by Step - The Complete Fifth Season The Big Bang Theory - The Twelfth and Final Season

09/03 - Bob's Burgers - The Complete 9th Season
09/03 - Fresh Off the Boat - The Complete Fifth Season
09/03 - The Goldbergs - The Complete Sixth Season
09/03 - Single Parents - The Complete Season One
09/03 - Young Sheldon - The Complete Second Season
09/04 - What We Do in the Shadows - The Complete First Season
09/10 - American Dad! - Volume 14
09/10 - The Jetsons - The Complete Original Series (Blu-ray) (WBShop.com)
09/11 - My Three Sons - The Fourth Season - Volume One
09/11 - My Three Sons - The Fourth Season - Volume Two
09/17 - Friends - The Complete Series (25th Anniversary)
09/17 - Modern Family - The Complete Tenth Season
09/19 - Angel from Hell - The DVD Edition
09/19 - The Guest Book - Season 1
10/08 - Leave it to Beaver - The Complete Series
10/08 - Life with Lucy - The Complete Series
10/15 - Mom - The Complete Sixth Season
10/16 - Our Miss Brooks - Season 1 - Volume 1
10/16 - Our Miss Brooks - Season 1 - Volume 2
11/05 - The Fonz and the Happy Days Gang - The Complete Animated Series
11/05 - Laverne & Shirley in the Army (Animated Series) - The DVD Edition
11/05 - Letterkenny - Seasons 1 & 2
11/05 - Step by Step - The Complete Fifth Season (WBShop.com)
11/12 - The Big Bang Theory - The Twelfth and Final Season (Blu-ray)
11/12 - The Big Bang Theory - The Complete Series (Blu-ray Limited Edition)
11/19 - The King of Queens - The Complete Series (Mill Creek)
11/19 - The Kominsky Method - The Complete First Season (Blu-ray)
More TV DVD Releases / DVD Reviews Archive / SitcomsOnline Digest


Recent SitcomsOnline.com News Blog Posts

11/19 - Showtime Gets Vanessa Bayer Comedy Pilot; Jeopardy! Sees Who's the GOAT on ABC Primetime
11/18 - Viacom's Comedy Central Renews The Office & Parks and Recreation; E! Gets New Jason Kennedy Series
11/17 - Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows; This Week in Sitcoms (Week of November 18, 2019)
11/16 - SitcomsOnline Digest: One Day at a Time Season Premiere Date Set; Brooklyn Nine-Nine Renewed
11/15 - Fri-Yay: Disney+ Launches; NBC Orders 8th Season of Brooklyn Nine-Nine
11/14 - Antenna TV's Classic Christmas Collection and Christmas Through the Years; TBS Orders a Fifth Season of Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
11/13 - 2019 A Very Merry MeTV Lineup; Ricky Gervais Returns to Host Golden Globe Awards
11/12 - CBS Midseason 2020 Plans Include FBI Spin-off; E! Brings Back The Soup
11/11 - NBC Midseason 2020 Schedule; The CW Announces Midseason 2020 Lineup
11/10 - Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows; This Week in Sitcoms (Week of November 11, 2019)
11/09 - SitcomsOnline Digest: Fresh Off the Boat Coming to an End; Weeds Sequel in the Works
11/08 - Fri-Yay: Thoughts on Netflix's Living with Yourself; ABC Orders More Episodes of American Housewife and Bless This Mess
11/07 - COZI TV's Thanksgiving Weekend Unexpected Guests Marathon; MeTV Salutes Veteran's Day with M*A*S*H
11/06 - Live in Front of a Studio Audience: All in the Family & Good Times on Dec. 18; NBC Orders More Superstore Episodes
11/05 - ABC 2019 Holiday Specials and Episodes; E! Sets Date for Reality Sitcom
11/04 - Freeform's 25 Days of Christmas Schedule for 2019; Showtime to Debut New Comedy On-Demand Before Premiere
11/03 - Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows; This Week in Sitcoms (Week of November 4, 2019)
11/02 - SitcomsOnline Digest: Casting in Place for Punky Brewster Reboot; Happy Days Cartoon Spinoffs to Arrive on DVD

11/01 - Fri-Yay: Thoughts on BoJack Horseman Season 6; Netflix Sets Dec. 5 Date for V Wars
10/31 - Will Arnett to Host Fox Lego Series; Lil Rel HBO Comedy Special Gets Premiere Date
10/30 - HBO Max Announces Lots of News and Series, Including Library Series The Flintstones, The Jetsons, Looney Tunes and More
10/29 - ABC Gets Full Seasons of mixed-ish and More; The Facts of Life Stars Ready to Light Up Lifetime on Christmas
10/28 - Fox Midseason 2020 Schedule; The CW Picks Up Full Seasons of Both Fall Freshman Series

10/27 - Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows; This Week in Sitcoms (Week of October 28, 2019)
10/26 - SitcomsOnline Digest: Lizzie McGuire Reboot to Include Original Cast; New DVDs for The Mindy Project and Step by Step
10/25 - Fri-Yay: Sunnyside Becomes the Season's First Cancellation; Maureen McCormick to Co-Host HGTV Christmas Special
10/24 - Antenna TV's Sabrina & Samantha Witch-O-Ween Marathon; Remembering TV Producer Al Burton of Diff'rent Strokes, Charles in Charge and More
10/23 - CBS Renews Freshman Fall 2019 Class; Fox Schedules 9-1-1 Spin-off for Midseason 2020
10/22 - Fox Schedules Comedy Christmas Event; CNBC Gets A-Rod to Get Celebs Back in the Game
10/21 - Fox Picks Up 2nd Season of Bless the Harts; Remembering Bill Macy of Maude
10/20 - Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows; This Week in Sitcoms (Week of October 21, 2019)
10/19 - SitcomsOnline Digest: Sunnyside Becomes First Casualty of 2019-2020 TV Season; Our Miss Brooks Arrives on DVD