Friday, October 11, 2019

Fri-Yay: Another Netflix Original to End as BoJack Horseman Announces Final Season; TNT Sets Halloween Supernatural 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!

BoJack Horseman

by Vincent

In a year that has seen many Netflix originals either being cancelled or coming to an end, popular animated comedy BoJack Horseman announced a few weeks ago that its upcoming sixth season will be its last. The sixth season of Bojack, which will be 16 episodes long and split into two parts (the first half will be premiering in just a few weeks, while the second half will premiere in November), will be the final run for the series. In another interesting wrinkle, BoJack voice actor Aaron Paul announced the decision to end was Netflix's, not the shows' creators.

On one hand, it does feel like creatively, it's probably about time for BoJack to come to a close. The fifth season, while still very good, had some early signs of wheel-spinning that I could definitely see becoming a bigger issue if the series continued for many more years. And since the show is about BoJack's guide to self-improvement, it was beginning to get to the point where it felt like the show continuing was actually holding BoJack back as a character a bit, since if he improves, there's...well, no more story left. Every season, with the exception of the fourth, has pretty much followed the same pattern: BoJack tries to improve himself, but gets off-path, winds up doing something really bad, and ends the season in a dark place again, but with hope that he's learned something that will help him improve. I don't mean that as a knock, because BoJack has packed each season with excellent writing, intricate character development and creative twists that kept it from feeling formulaic...but eventually, a show that plot-reliant is going to hit some diminishing returns. Still, something does sting about the fact that BoJack, which most would argue is one of Netflix's best originals (it's probably the service's most critically acclaimed series), was essentially "cancelled" by the network. Granted, I'm guessing the creative team was given enough time to give the series a proper ending, which is likely why the season is being split. But after a year that has seen Netflix axing so many beloved series, it's fair to really wonder just what, exactly, their plan is going forward.


ScoobyNatural

This Halloween (Thursday, October 31, 2019), TNT is delivering fans a wickedly-sweet binge with a nine-hour Supernatural marathon, starting at 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., spanning six seasons of the most thrilling episodes from the fan-favorite series. From ghosts to monsters, haunted thieves and even Scooby-Doo, TNT is your destination for getting into the Halloween spirit. In the series, Sam Winchester (Jared Padalecki) and Dean Winchester (Jensen Ackles) lost their mother to a mysterious and demonic supernatural force twenty-six years ago. Subsequently, their father John raised them to be soldiers. He taught them about the paranormal evil that lives in the dark corners and on the back roads of America ... and he taught them how to kill it.

Thursday, October 31:
10:00a.m.-11:00 a.m. ET/PT Episode 3.03 – Bad Day at Black Rock
11:00a.m.-12:00p.m. ET/PT Episode 3.11 – The Mystery Spot
12:00p.m.-1:00p.m. ET/PT Episode 3.13 – Ghostfacers
1:00p.m.-2:00p.m. ET/PT Episode 4.05 – Monster Movie
2:00p.m.-3:00p.m. ET/PT Episode 4.06 – Yellow Fever
3:00p.m.-4:00p.m. ET/PT Episode 5.08 – Changing Channels
4:00p.m.-5:00p.m. ET/PT Episode 6.15 – The French Mistake
5:00p.m.-6:00p.m. ET/PT Episode 8.08 – Hunter Heroici
6:00p.m.-7:00p.m. ET/PT Episode 13.16 – ScoobyNatural



Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Tuesday, July 27

The Goldbergs - "Couple Off" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
When Barry and Joanne crash Erica and Geoff’s peaceful weekend camping trip, they end up in a competition to see who is the better couple, causing some unexpected shifts in relationships. After learning that Brea thinks Adam has an easy, privileged life, Adam seeks to prove her wrong by getting a job but quickly learns she might be right.

Home Economics - "Mermaid Taffeta Wedding Dress, $1,999" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
The Hayworth family is invited to the wedding of longtime family friend Spags. When Connor enlists Tom’s help to write and re-write a wedding toast, things take an unexpected turn between the brothers. Sarah realizes Denise is upset they never had a real wedding, while Marina meticulously plans her drinking schedule for a night out without the kids.

The Conners - "Promotions, Podcasts and Magic Tea" (ABC, 9:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Darlene earns a promotion at Wellman Plastics, while Ben decides on a new career path. Meanwhile, Jackie tries an herbal tea leading to an emotional revelation.

black-ish - "Our Wedding Dre" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Pops and Ruby are getting re-married! And Dre’s intimate wedding plans go awry when Pops’ brother, Uncle Norman, shows up unexpectedly for the festivities. Meanwhile, Ruby refuses Bow’s offer to help with preparations until an unanticipated situation gives her an opening to save the big day.

Miracle Workers - "Oregon Trail: Hunting Party" (TBS, 10:30PM ET/PT)
Ezekiel signs up for a buffalo hunting expedition to prove his manhood. Meanwhile, Benny teaches Prudence how to be a bandit.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of July 26)

Tuesday, July 27

  • Anthony Anderson (black-ish/Guys with Kids/All About the Andersons) - Anthony guest hosts a repeat of Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Dwayne Johnson (Young Rock) - Dwayne appears on a repeat of Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Jake Johnson (Hoops/New Girl) - Jake will be on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Kym Whitley (Young & Hungry/Animal Practice/Sparks) - Kym is a guest on a repeat of The Real, so check your local listings.
  • Megan Fox (Hope & Faith) - Megan appears on a repeat of The Kelly Clarkson Show, so check your local listings.
  • Ron Funches (Final Space/Powerless/Undateable) - Ron is a guest on a repeat of The Kelly Clarkson Show, so check your local listings.
  • Ken Jeong (Dr. Ken/Community) - Ken appears on a repeat of The Drew Barrymore Show, so check your local listings.
  • Laura Benanti (The Detour/Go On) - Laura talks about HBO Max's Homeschool Musical: Class of 2020, a special based on the social media movement she started giving students whose spring musicals were cancelled due to the pandemic the opportunity to perform, on a repeat of The Drew Barrymore Show, so check your local listings.
  • Abigail Breslin (Scream Queens) - Abigail talks about Stillwater on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am.
  • D.L. Hughley (The Hughleys) - D.L. talks about ABC's GMA 3: What You Need to Know at 1pm.


New on DVD/Blu-ray (March-July)

Fuller House - The Complete Series Parks and Recreation - The Complete Series (Blu-ray) Head of the Class - The Complete Third Season Family Ties - The Complete Series (2021 Re-Release) Hot in Cleveland - The Complete Series (2021 Re-Release)

03/02 - Blue Mountain State - The Complete Series
03/02 - Happy Together - The Complete Series
03/02 - Rick and Morty - The Complete Seasons 1-4 (DVD) (Blu-ray)
04/20 - 'Til Death - The Complete Series
05/11 - Dead to Me - Season Two
06/08 - The Critic - The Complete Series
06/08 - Fuller House - The Fifth and Final Season
06/08 - Fuller House - The Complete Series
06/08 - Our Cartoon President - Season 3
06/15 - The Office - Season 1 (Blu-ray) / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9
06/15 - Parks and Recreation - The Complete Series (Blu-ray)
07/07 - No Activity - Season 2
07/13 - The Unicorn - Season 2
07/20 - Head of the Class - The Complete Third Season
07/27 - Family Ties - The Complete Series (2021 Re-Release)
07/27 - Hot in Cleveland - The Complete Series (2021 Re-Release)
08/03 - I Dream of Jeannie - The Complete Series (Blu-ray)
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