Thursday, November 05, 2020

Dave Chappelle Returns to SNL for Post Election Episode; Remembering Writer Jeremy Stevens of Everybody Loves Raymond

Dave Chappelle - Foo Fighters - Saturday Night Live

Saturday Night Live returns this Saturday, Nov. 7 with host Dave Chappelle and musical guest Foo Fighters for its first episode since the Election. Chappelle will host SNL for the second time, having received an Emmy Award for his first hosting appearance following the 2016 presidential election. His most recent stand-up special, Dave Chappelle: Sticks & Stones, received three Emmys. Foo Fighters will perform as musical guest for the eighth time. The band is celebrating the 25th anniversary of their self-titled debut album.


Jeremy Stevens

Emmy-winning writer and producer Jeremy Stevens, who worked on Everybody Loves Raymond, has died. He died of renal failure on October 27 at his home in Northridge, California. Mr. Stevens was 82.

Some of his early sitcom writing credits included Carter Country, What's Happening!!, The Bad News Bears, Joe's World and Mork & Mindy. He worked as a writer with his writing partner Tom Moore on the talk show satires Fernwood Tonight and America 2-Night.

Stevens wrote four episodes of Dear John in 1989 and 1990. He worked as a producer for 24 episodes from 1989 to 1990. He appeared as Dick in the 1992 episode "Heartburn and Headache." His first sitcom acting role was as Marty Davidson, a man proposing marriage to Brenda (Julie Kavner), in the 1976 Rhoda episode "You Deserve a Break Today."

He worked as a writer on eight episodes of Coach from 1993 to 1995. He worked as a producer for the series from 1993 to 1995. He was a creative consultant for Baby Talk, The Man in the Family and Down the Shore.

Stevens wrote 15 episodes of Everybody Loves Raymond from 1996 to 2005. He worked as a producer for the entire nine-year run of the series. He was also a creative consultant from 1996 to 1997. He shared Emmy wins in 2003 and 2005 when Everybody Loves Raymond won for Outstanding Comedy Series. Stevens later worked as a supervisor on the successful Russian version Voroniny, which was created by Philip Rosenthal.

He was one of the founding writers for the PBS educational children's television series The Electric Company. He won his first Emmy Award in 1973 when the series won for Outstanding Achievement in Children's Programming - Entertainment/Fictional.

Stevens worked as a head writer for NBC's Saturday Night Live in 1980-1981. Some of his other television writing credits included Playboy After Dark, The Diahann Carroll Show, The Richard Pryor Show, Barbara Mandrell and the Mandrell Sisters and Thicke of the Night.

He co-wrote with Mark Reisman the 1985 film Summer Rental. It was directed by Carl Reiner and starred John Candy. Stevens also had a cameo role in the film.

Stevens was interviewed for The Interviews: An Oral History of Television on September 6, 2006.

Survivors include his wife Margie, daughter Nellie Reed and her husband Corey; son Billy and his wife Grace; daughter Lorie; and two grandchildren, Oscar and August Reed.

Mr. Stevens worked on more than ten sitcoms during his career. We thank him for his work on Everybody Loves Raymond and other series. He will be greatly missed.


Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Wednesday, August 4

Dave - "Enlightened Dave" (FXX, 10:00PM ET/PT)
Dave journeys to a legendary recording studio, hoping to break through his creative block but is forced to confront his greatest obstacle: his own ego.

Younger - "The Last Unicorn" (TV Land, 10:00PM ET/PT)
Liza and Kelsey start an underground event called Inkubator; Liza debates telling Charles about Quinn's true motives; Maggie's first class lands her an invite to dinner at the dean's.

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Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of August 2)

Wednesday, August 4

  • Wanda Sykes (The Upshaws/The New Adventures of Old Christine/Wanda at Large) - Wanda guest hosts a repeat of Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Nick Kroll (Big Mouth/The League/Cavemen) - Nick appears on a repeat of Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Hannah Einbinder (Hacks) - Hannah is a guest on a repeat of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Brett Gelman (Fleabag/Married/Go On) - Brett appears on a repeat of The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Kristin Chenoweth (Schmigadoon!/Trial & Error/Kristin) - Kristin is a guest on Watch What Happens: Live at 3:30am on Bravo.
  • Mary McCormack (The Kids Are Alright/Welcome to the Family) - Mary will be on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Ryan Reynolds (Two Guys and a Girl) - Ryan talks about the new movie Free Guy on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am and on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Cedric the Entertainer (The Neighborhood/The Last O.G./The Soul Man/The Steve Harvey Show) - Cedric is a guest on a repeat of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Eva Marcille (Born Again Virgin) - Eva appears on a repeat of The Wendy Williams Show, so check your local listings.
  • Amy Poehler (Duncanville/Parks and Recreation) - Amy will be on a repeat of The Kelly Clarkson Show, so check your local listings.
  • Ben Feldman (Superstore/A to Z/Living with Fran) - Ben appears on a repeat of The Kelly Clarkson Show, so check your local listings.
  • Jennifer Coolidge (2 Broke Girls/Joey) - Jennifer talks about her new film Swan Song on Access Daily, so check your local listings.


New on DVD/Blu-ray (April-August)

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 Release) Hot in Cleveland - The Complete Series (2021 Release)

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)
07/27 - The Neighborhood - Season Three
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