Sunday, August 01, 2021

Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows; This Week in Sitcoms (Week of August 2, 2021)

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 August 2-6, 2021, 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, August 2
  • 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.
  • Jason Sudeikis (Ted Lasso/Son of Zorn/The Cleveland Show) - Watch Jason on a repeat of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Tiffany Haddish (The Last O.G./The Carmichael Show) - Tiffany is a guest on a repeat of The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Linda Lavin (Alice/Room for Two/Sean Saves the World/9JKL) - Linda will be on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Idris Elba (Turn Up Charlie) - Idris talks about The Suicide Squad on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am and on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Josh Peck (Grandfathered/Drake & Josh) - Josh talks about the new Disney+ series Turner & Hooch on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Jennifer Coolidge (2 Broke Girls/Joey) - Jennifer talks about her new film Swan Song on NBC's Today in the 10am hour.
  • Jay Pharoah (Champaign ILL/White Famous) - Jay talks about Resort to Love on ABC's GMA 3: What You Need to Know at 1pm.
Tuesday, August 3
  • 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.
  • Christian Slater (Breaking In) - Catch Christian on a repeat of Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Ellen DeGeneres (Ellen/The Ellen Show) - Ellen is a guest on a repeat of The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Kristen Bell (The Good Place) and Dax Shepard (Bless This Mess) - Kristen and Dax chat with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • John Corbett (Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll/United States of Tara/Lucky/Sex and the City) - John appears on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Mr. Corman/3rd Rock from the Sun) - Joseph talks about his role in the new series Mr. Corman on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Kat Dennings (Dollface/2 Broke Girls/Raising Dad) - Kat appears on a repeat of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Pooch Hall (The Game/Accidentally on Purpose) - Pooch is a guest on a repeat of The Wendy Williams Show, so check your local listings.
  • Tisha Campell (Outmatched/Dr. Ken/My Wife and Kids/Martin) and Tichina Arnold (The Neighborhood/Survivor's Remorse/Happily Divorced/Everybody Hates Chris/Martin) - A repeat of Tamron Hall celebrates the power of friendships with actresses and childhood friends Tisha Campell and Tichina Arnold, who co-starred in the classic sitcom Martin and are now working on a new talk show, so check your local lisitngs.
  • Allison Janney (Mom/Mr. Sunshine) - Allison appears on a repeat of The Drew Barrymore Show, so check your local listings.
  • Laura Prepon (Are You There, Chelsea?/That '70s Show) - Laura talks about the joys and challenges of being a new mother of two, and makes a quick and easy Mediterranean salad on Access Daily, so check your local listings.
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.
Thursday, August 5
  • Nick Kroll (Big Mouth/The League/Cavemen) - Nick guest hosts a repeat of Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Seth Rogen (Undeclared) - Seth appears on a repeat of Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Mindy Kaling (The Mindy Project/The Office) - Mindy is a guest on a repeat of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Max Greenfield (The Neighborhood/New Girl/Modern Men) - Max appears on a repeat of The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Kristin Chenoweth (Schmigadoon!/Trial & Error/Kristin) - Kristin chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Daveed Diggs (Blindspotting/Central Park/black-ish) - Daveed talks about his new series Blindspotting on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Niecy Nash (Getting On/The Soul Man/Reno 911!) - Niecy appears on a repeat of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Michael Strahan (Brothers) - Michael is a guest on a repeat of The Real, so check your local listings.
  • Jane Levy (Suburgatory) - Jane appears on a repeat of The Kelly Clarkson Show, so check your local listings.
  • Bill Bellamy (Mr. Box Office/Men, Women & Dogs/Cousin Skeeter) - Bill will be on the PEOPLE in the '90s podcast.
  • John Stamos (Fuller House/Grandfathered/Jake in Progress/Full House/You Again?) - John talks about his new podcast The Grand Scheme where he delves into Frank Sinatra's kidnapping on Access Daily, so check your local listings.
  • Sanaa Lathan (Family Guy/The Cleveland Show/LateLine) - Sanaa talks about Hit & Run on ABC's GMA 3: What You Need to Know at 1pm.
Friday, August 6
  • 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.
  • Melissa Fumero (Brooklyn Nine-Nine) - Melissa appears on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Jason Sudeikis (Ted Lasso/Son of Zorn/The Cleveland Show) - Jason is a guest on a repeat of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Meagan Good (Mr. Robinson/Raising Dad/Cousin Skeeter) - Meagan appears on a repeat of The Real, so check your local listings.
  • Bailee Madison (Trophy Wife) - Bailee is a guest on a repeat of The Kelly Clarkson Show, so check your local listings.
  • Shay Mitchell (Dollface) - Shay talks about being an ambassador for the new perfume Yes I Am Glorious on Access Daily, so check your local listings.

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Sitcoms Airing This Week

Sunday, August 1

History of the Sitcom

History of the Sitcom - "Facing Race" (CNN, 9:00PM ET/PT)
In many homes, difficult conversations about race and diversity have first happened on the sitcom screen, helping pave the way for progress with hilarity and laughter.

The Simpsons - "Podcast News" (Fox, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Grampa is accused of a crime; Kent Brockman questions his career.

The Great North - "Feast of Not People Adventure" (Fox, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Judy is worried that she and Ham are growing apart when she discovers he's been keeping a secret from her; the rest of the family participates in a town festival.

Bob's Burgers - "Fingers-loose" (Fox, 9:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Tina faces a hall-monitor crisis when she falls in love with a new underground trend; Bob and Linda try to come up with a way for Teddy to sneak food into a movie theater.

Family Guy - "Who's Brian Now" (Fox, 9:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Brian has a microchip that reveals he had a family before the Griffins; he discovers his original family is rich, and he struggles to enjoy his life with the Griffins as much as he once did.

Wellington Paranormal - "Vampire" (Fox, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Over the course of a single night, Officers Minogue and O'Leary encounter a series of incidents, including a suspicious plastic bag, a gang of creepy clowns, a human sacrifice ritual and a theft from the hospital blood bank.

Dead Pixels - "Mission" (Fox, 9:30PM ET/PT)
Meg tries to impress the water heater repair man; Nicky turns up the heat on his new lady friend Daisy.


Monday, August 2

The Neighborhood - "Welcome to the Election" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Dave faces off against incumbent Isaiah Evans (guest star Wayne Brady) in a debate for a city council seat, and the race comes to a dramatic conclusion.

Bob Hearts Abishola - "Camp Bananas" (CBS, 8:30PM ET/PT)(Repeat)
For the sake of Bob’s health, Bob and Abishola try reducing stress by taking a day off together. Also, Christina is boss for the day at MaxDot, and Gloria steps in to care for Dottie.

Young Sheldon - "An Existential Crisis and a Bear That Makes Bubbles" (CBS, 9:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Meemaw takes matters into her own hands when Sheldon’s philosophy teacher, Professor Ericson (Melanie Lynskey), sends him into a tailspin. Also, George Sr. learns Georgie has been cutting class.

United States of Al - "Roht/Sweet Bread" (CBS, 9:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Al meets Ariana (Azita Ghanizada), an Afghan woman he wants to date, but is dismayed to learn she has a negative opinion of Afghan interpreters who worked for the U.S.

HouseBroken - "Who Did This?" (Fox, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Honey refuses to go outside after the groomer gives her a humiliating new haircut; Diablo is introduced to a strange new creature who causes him to break the cardinal rule of being a pet.

Duncanville - "Duncan's New Word" (Fox, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Duncan says the one thing no kid should ever say to their dad; Kimberly and Jing have a window to do whatever they want; Annie and Jack deal with Duncan's issue.


Tuesday, August 3

The Goldbergs - "Alligator Schwartz" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Erica fears that Geoff has moved on from their breakup and started dating someone else. Meanwhile, Adam decides to find Dave Kim a date to prom, once he remembers his pact with Dave that they won’t go to prom if they both don’t have dates.

Home Economics - "Bounce Hospital Rental, $250" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Connor invites all the cousins over for an epic sleepover to cheer up his daughter, Gretchen. Meanwhile, Tom is determined to prove he can be a fun uncle too.

The Conners - "A Cold Mom, a Brother Daddy and a Prison Baby" (ABC, 9:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Ben’s mom, Barb, arrives in town after an unexpected death and unveils shocking information from the past. Meanwhile, Becky and Emilio spend more time together.

black-ish - "Snitches Get Boundaries" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
After one of Dre’s secrets with Pops is spilled to Ruby, he realizes that his relationships with each of his parents have changed since they got married and he no longer knows in whom to confide. Meanwhile, Bow surprises Jack and Diane with a brand-new car and tries to teach the twins how to drive.

Miracle Workers - "Oregon Trail: What Happens in Branchwater" (TBS, 10:30PM ET/PT)
The wagon train stops in the sinful town of Branchwater, luring Ezekiel into a night of debauchery and temptation; Benny finds his favorite saloon has transformed into an inauthentic tourist trap.


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.


Thursday, August 5

grown-ish - "A Boy Is a Gun" (Freeform, 8:00PM ET/PT)
After an unarmed Black man is shot by police, the crew reacts in different ways to the news; Kiela and Doug butt heads when she wants to use his party to raise awareness.


Friday, August 6

Bunk'd - "Frien'ds Forever" (Disney Channel, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Siblings Emma, Ravi and Zuri Ross spend summer at Camp Kikiwaka.

Gabby Duran & the Unsittables - "The Bubble" (Disney Channel, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Scary news headlines inspire Gabby to take on all the world's issues at once by assembling a team of aliens to combat it, but she accidentally releases a whole new calamity.


Saturday, August 7

Tyler Perry's Young Dylan - "Coppin' Magnitudes" (Nickelodeon, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Myles joins Dylan in camping out overnight for a chance to appear in a music video and score new sneakers, but a series of mishaps threatens Dylan's ability to actually get the shoes.


Sunday, August 8

History of the Sitcom - "Movin' On Up" (CNN, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Upward mobility, the American Dream, pulling yourself up by your bootstraps – sitcom laughs have helped generations of Americans come to grips with their place in a supposed “classless” society.

The Simpsons - "Three Dreams Denied" (Fox, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Bart becomes a voice-over actor; Comic Book Guy is humiliated at Comic-Con; Lisa is set up for a fall.

The Great North - "Avocado Barter Adventure" (Fox, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Wolf tries to find the perfect six-month anniversary gift for Honeybee; Judy interviews Honeybee for the school newspaper and learns about her thrilling early years in Fresno, Calif.

Bob's Burgers - "Some Kind of Fender Benderful" (Fox, 9:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
When Bob gets into a four-car fender bender right outside the restaurant, he realizes finding out who is at fault will not be as simple as he had thought.

Wellington Paranormal - "Zombie Cops" (Fox, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Things go awry when a zombie is brought in for questioning; Officers Minogue and O'Leary patrol Wellington to ward off an infiltration of the undead.

Dead Pixels - "Raid Boss" (Fox, 9:30PM ET/PT)
As Meg, Nicky, Usman and Russell wait in a cue to take down the Raid Boss, drama unfolds in their personal lives; Usman attempts therapy; Meg tries to keep her new beau occupied; Alison tries to keep her own love life on track. Complete TV Listings

Saturday, July 31, 2021

SitcomsOnline Digest: Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman Remake for TBS; Schitt's Creek Producer Hoping to Replicate Success with Son of a Critch

Welcome to SitcomsOnline Digest! This week, we're learning about a reboot of a Norman Lear classic at TBS, a new comedy from the creators of Schitt's Creek, and more. Let's get going!

HIGHLIGHTS FROM SITCOMSONLINE.COM AND AROUND THE WEB

  • It looks like a Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman remake may be happening at TBS. (TVLine)
  • Following the success of Schitt's Creek in the United States, the producers and Lionsgate is hoping to replicate that with another Canadian comedy, Son of a Critch. (Deadline
  • There seems to be little interest in a reunion when it comes to finding a network or streaming service for Everybody Loves Raymond. (Deadline
  • Bob Odenkirk had a heart attack on the set of Better Call Saul this week, but says he'll be back soon. (CNET)
  • Sarah Silverman is set to host Stupid Pet Tricks, based upon a segment that David Letterman used to have, on TBS. (Variety)
  • Love, Victor is getting a third season on Hulu. (Hollywood Reporter)
  • Infomerical pioneer Ron Popeil has died. (Deadline)
  • Game Show Network has announced a new series, Tug of Words. (SitcomsOnline)

WEEKLY PLANNER (JULY 31 - AUGUST 6)

  • You can catch all 12 episodes of The Prince, an animated parody of the royal family, on HBO Max.
  • Decades has Daniel Boone going all this weekend.

Friday, July 30, 2021

Fri-Yay: Ted Lasso and Mythic Quest Are Promising Comedies on Apple TV+; Paramount+ Announces Cast for The Game Revival

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!

Ted Lasso - Mythic Quest

by Vincent

I've talked before in this column about streaming services' difficulties finding strong comedies to serve as flagships for comedy on their services. Netflix has had many really great comedies, but lately their comedy slate has been dry after giving the ax to shows like BoJack Horseman, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and One Day at a Time. Hulu has had some solid dramedies like Remy and Shrill, but is still finding its footing with straight comedy series. Well, two of the most promising streaming sitcoms are Mythic Quest and Ted Lasso on Apple TV+.

Of the two shows, Mythic Quest (starring and created by Always Sunny's Rob McElhenney) is a more traditional sitcom. It focuses a group of video game developers, and while it has some very serious moments, it's more of a straight comedy. Ted Lasso (starring Jason Sudeikis) is a bit of an odder show buried also extremely compelling. If you haven't watched it yet, two seasons are now available on Apple TV+. I was hesitant about Apple TV+ and felt their early offerings were just okay, but they've really stepped up their game lately. If it holds, maybe they could be the solid comedy steaming service we've all wanted.


The Game - Adriyan Rae, Vaughn Hebron, Analisa Velez, Brittany Daniel and Pooch Hall

Paramount+, the streaming service from ViacomCBS, announced several new cast members joining the service's revival of the groundbreaking series The Game, including Adriyan Rae (Chicago Fire) as Brittany Pitts, the daughter of Jason and Kelly Pitts; Vaughn Hebron (Tyler Perry's The Oval) as Jamison Fields, an undrafted free agent; and Analisa Velez (Sneaky Pete) as Raquel Navarro, Brittany's best friend. Legacy players Brittany Daniel (Cheaper by the Dozen) and Pooch Hall (Ray Donovan) will make special appearances, reprising their roles as Kelly Pitts and Derwin Davis, respectively. The 10-episode first season of the new series will stream exclusively on Paramount+. Relocating from San Diego to Sin City, The Game returns with a mix of new players and original cast, including previously announced series regulars Wendy Raquel Robinson and Hosea Chanchez, to offer a modern-day examination of Black culture through the prism of pro football. The team will tackle racism, sexism, classism and more as they fight for fame, fortune, respect and love – all while trying to maintain their souls as they each play THE GAME.

Thursday, July 29, 2021

Sarah Silverman Hosting David Letterman Produced TBS Series; More Stars Joining And Just Like That...

Sarah Silverman

TBS invites you to grab your four-legged BFFs and take a walk down memory lane to revisit one of late-night's most iconic segments on The Late Show with David Letterman, Stupid Pet Tricks, which has been greenlit as a ten-episode, half-hour series for the network. Host Sarah Silverman (I Love You America, The Sarah Silverman Podcast), a fierce lover of funny animals and their equally funny humans, brings this classic segment into a fresh, comedy variety show filled with big laughs, extraordinary animals, and of course the most Stupid Pet Tricks out there. Production will begin in Los Angeles later this year. Inspired by David Letterman's beloved segment Stupid Pet Tricks, the new comedy series will retain all the original charm, silly fun, and appreciation for the often-absurd bond between humans and their animal friends, with comedy legend and host Sarah Silverman infusing it with a quirky vibe.

Each episode features a parade of pets performing the most ridiculous, impressive, and extraordinary tricks on a studio stage before a live audience, interweaving comedic bits along with games and surprise celebrity guest drop-ins, as pet parents join their furry (or scaley!) friends in the quest to be crowned with the coveted title –Stupidest Trick of the Week.


And Just Like That...

Joining the cast of the Max Original series And Just Like That... are Cathy Ang, as "Lily Goldenblatt," Niall Cunningham, as "Brady Hobbes," Alexa Swinton, as "Rose Goldenblatt," and Cree Ciccino, as Brady's girlfriend, "Luisa Torres." This new chapter of the groundbreaking HBO series Sex and the City follows "Carrie" (Sarah Jessica Parker), "Miranda" (Cynthia Nixon) and "Charlotte" (Kristin Davis) as they navigate the journey from the complicated reality of life and friendship in their 30s to the even more complicated reality of life and friendship in their 50s. The ten-episode, half-hour series is currently shooting in New York. The previously announced cast includes Sara Ramírez, Sarita Choudhury, Nicole Ari Parker, Karen Pittman, Chris Noth, Mario Cantone, David Eigenberg, Willie Garson and Evan Handler.

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Game Show Network Announces New Original Series; Retta Hosting New HGTV Show

Tug of Words - Ahmad Rashad

Game Show Network, the leader in game shows and competitive entertainment, has announced Emmy(R) award-winning television and sports personality Ahmad Rashad as host of a new quick-moving wordplay game show, Tug of Words. The half-hour original series is anticipated to premiere fall 2021. From the producing team behind Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, Tug of Words is a fast-paced game where two teams compete to answer word clue questions correctly and pull the flag on the "tug of war rope" to their side. In round one, each answer involves changing a single letter in the word that appears on the board. For example, with 'TUG' on the board, the answer to the clue 'a label inside a garment' is 'TAG,' and with 'TAG' then on the board, the answer to the clue 'hopefully the upstairs neighbors aren't learning this dance' is 'TAP.' With each round, an additional letter is added creating four and five letter words to solve. The team with the flag on their side after three rounds wins the game, qualifying them for the bonus round where they have opportunity to compete for $10,000.

Emmy(R) award-winning television personality Ahmad Rashad is perhaps known just as much for his engaging commentary and interviews with some of the best-known figures in sports as he is for his football career. Over the past two decades, Rashad covered NFL and NBA televised contests both as a studio anchor and as a game reporter for NBC and ABC as well as hosted and executive produced NBA Inside Stuff. In 2010 he began hosting One on One with Ahmad Rashad, an NBA TV series which features Rashad's candid and in-depth interviews with the NBA's biggest stars including LeBron James, Michael Jordan, and Shaquille O'Neal.


Retta

Fans flock to HGTV to watch innovative renovations with stunning reveals, but now in the newly greenlit series, Ugliest House in America, the network will tour properties nominated by homeowners who believe their design-challenged home is one of the worst in the country. Hosted by comedian and actress Retta--best known from Parks and Recreation and Good Girls--and a self-proclaimed home and renovation enthusiast, the series will showcase unsightly homes from coast-to-coast, including failed flips, gaudy design and heinous hodge-podge horrors. Ultimately, the "ugliest house in America" will get a $150,000 renovation, culminating in a showstopping final reveal for the lucky homeowners. The series is slated to premiere in early 2022.

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Fox Fall 2021 Premiere Dates; B.J. Novak's The Premise to Premiere on FX on Hulu

The Simpsons

Fox has set Fall 2021 premiere dates for its new and returning series. It all starts with 9-1-1, as it returns for its fifth season on Monday, Sept. 20 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT), followed by the series premiere of new uplifting drama The Big Leap (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), starring Scott Foley, Simone Recasner, Piper Perabo, Ser'Darius Blain and Teri Polo. All-new drama Our Kind of People, from executive producers Karin Gist and Lee Daniels, debuts Tuesday, Sept. 21 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), after the Season Five premiere of The Resident (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT). In a special two-night premiere event on Wednesday, Sept. 22 and Thursday, Sept. 23, hit reality series The Masked Singer, returns for its sixth season (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT), followed by the debut of first-of-its-kind avatar singing competition series Alter Ego (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT). Animation Domination returns Sunday, Sept. 26, with The Simpsons' unprecedented 33rd season (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT), followed by Season Two of The Great North (8:30-9:00 PM ET/PT), Season 12 of Bob's Burgers (9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) and Season 19 of Family Guy (9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT). Additionally, Thursday Night Football presented by Bud Light Platinum on Fox kicks off Oct. 7 (8:00 PM ET/5:00 PM PT), with the Los Angeles Rams facing the Seattle Seahawks. And finally, WWE's Friday Night Smackdown continues on Fridays (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) throughout the season, along with Fox Sports programming on Saturday nights.


The Premise

B.J. Novak's new, previously untitled comedy anthology series will be called The Premise. Along with first look images and details on the first installment's five episodes, The Premise announced its first season's star-studded cast. The series will premiere its first two episodes on Thursday, September 16 exclusively on FX on Hulu. The Premise is a fearlessly ambitious new series that uses comedy to engage with the biggest issues of our unprecedented modern era.

Created and hosted by B.J. Novak, joined by an extraordinary group of actors and collaborators, The Premise adds Ben Platt, Tracee Ellis Ross, Daniel Dae Kim, Lola Kirke, Soko, Jermaine Fowler, Ayo Edebiri, Eric Lange and more to the previously announced cast, which included Lucas Hedges, Kaitlyn Dever, Jon Bernthal, O'Shea Jackson Jr., Ed Asner, George Wallace, Boyd Holbrook and Beau Bridges, among others. The Premise combines daring comedic premises with equally daring dramatic performances, creating a new tone for a new time.

Monday, July 26, 2021

Damon Wayans Jr. to Host Frogger; Awkwafina Is Nora from Queens Getting All-Star Guests

Damon Wayans Jr. - Frogger - Credit:Stuart Bryce/Peacock

Peacock announced acclaimed actor and comedian Damon Wayans Jr. as host of Frogger, a larger-than-life physical competition series based on the iconic 1980's video game, coming soon to Peacock. TV host, actor, and media personality, Kyle Brandt (Good Morning Football) will serve as co-host, alongside Wayans Jr. A worldwide phenomenon since its introduction by Konami in 1981, Frogger has remained one of the most classic and beloved video game franchises of all time with a library spanning more than 30 titles across various platforms. The show Frogger brings to life this popular franchise and supersizes it on an epic course! Audiences and contestants alike will be transported into a wild, whimsical Frogger world, filled with all the simple but challenging elements of the mega-hit from Konami.

A fierce and ridiculously fun competition, Frogger will feature a variety outrageous obstacle courses or "crossings." These physically demanding challenges will see contestants dodge treacherous traffic, leap over snapping gators and hop over hungry hippos to conquer the course. Contestants from across the country will test their talent in a competition requiring skill, strength, strategy and problem-solving smarts. Who will have what it takes to be America's finest Frogger and jump away with a $100,000? 13 hour-long episodes of Frogger have been ordered.


Awkwafina Is Nora from Queens

Comedy Central releases the official season 2 trailer for Awkwafina Is Nora from Queens and announces season 2 guest stars: Margaret Cho (All-American Girl) as well as previously announced Alan Kim (Minari). Additional guests include Lauren Ash (Superstore), Alex Borstein (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel), Ross Butler (To All The Boys: Always and Forever), Cindy Cheung (13 Reasons Why), Catherine Cohen (Search Party), Catherine Curtin (Stranger Things), Nancy Eng (Premium Rush), Fortune Feimster (Sweet & Salty), Chloe Fineman (Saturday Night Live), Judy Gold (Search Party), Stephanie Hsu (Brooklyn Nine-Nine), Kerri Kenney-Silver (Reno 911!), C.S. Lee (Dexter), Fay Ann Lee (Falling for Grace), Ajay Mehta (The Good Place), Haley Joel Osment (Goliath, The Kominsky Method), Bea Soong (The Wives Of Henry Yuk), Aaron Takahashi (Yes Man) and Jade Wu (Luke Cage). Season 2 also features Gabo Augustine, Michelle Buteau, Jennifer Esposito, Chrissie Fit, Jonathan 'Dumbfoundead' Park, Jaboukie Young White, Wai Ching Ho, and Liang Ying He reprising their roles from the first season.

Creator and writer Awkwafina (Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, The Farewell, Crazy Rich Asians) stars in the hit comedy series inspired by her real-life growing up in Queens, NY. Raised by her Dad (BD Wong) and Grandma (Lori Tan Chinn) alongside her cousin (Bowen Yang), Nora Lin leans on her family as she navigates life and young adulthood in outer borough-NYC.

Sunday, July 25, 2021

Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows; This Week in Sitcoms (Week of July 26, 2021)

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 July 26-30, 2021, 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, July 26
  • 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 and Emily Blunt chat with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Casey Wilson (Black Monday/Marry Me/Happy Endings) - Casey appears on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Allison Tolman (Downward Dog) - Allison discusses the new season of the TV series Why Women Kill on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Craig Ferguson (The Drew Carey Show/Maybe This Time) - Craig appears on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Ken Jeong (Dr. Ken/Community) - Ken is a guest on a repeat of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Hannah Einbinder (Hacks) - Hannah talks about Hacks on CBS This Morning sometime between 7-9am.
  • James Brolin (Life in Pieces) - James talks about Netflix's Sweet Tooth on a repeat of Access Daily, so check your local listings.
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.
Wednesday, July 28
  • 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.
  • Cedric the Entertainer (The Neighborhood/The Last O.G./The Soul Man/The Steve Harvey Show) - Cedric appears on a repeat of Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Jim Gaffigan (The Jim Gaffigan Show/My Boys/Welcome to New York) - Jim is a guest on a repeat of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • NeNe Leakes (The New Normal) - NeNe guest co-hosts The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Minnie Driver (Speechless/About a Boy) - Minnie talks about the new movie adaptation of Cinderella and her podcast Minnie Questions on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Kenan Thompson (Kenan/Kenan & Kel) - Kenan is a guest on a repeat of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Eddie Murphy (The PJs) - Eddie appears on a repeat of The Kelly Clarkson Show, so check your local listings.
  • Nico Santos (Superstore) - Nico is a guest on a repeat of The Kelly Clarkson Show, so check your local listings.
  • Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Modern Family/The Class) - Jesse appears on a repeat of The Kelly Clarkson Show, so check your local listings.
  • Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother/Stark Raving Mad/Doogie Howser, M.D.) - Neil talks about the inspiration behind Box One, an ever-evolving game of trivia, codes, puzzles and discovery that he co-created on a repeat of The Drew Barrymore Show, so check your local listings.
  • Michaela Watkins (The Unicorn/Casual/Trophy Wife) - Michaela is a guest on a repeat of The Drew Barrymore Show, so check your local listings.
  • Joel McHale (Community/The Great Indoors) - Joel shares his signature cocktail, The Five O'Clock Fizz, on a repeat of Access Daily, so check your local listings.
  • Michelle Buteau (Bless the Harts/Enlisted) - Michelle talks about First Wives Club on ABC's GMA 3: What You Need to Know at 1pm.
Thursday, July 29
  • Arsenio Hall (Arsenio) - Arsenio guest hosts a repeat of Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Megan Fox (Hope & Faith) - Catch Megan on a repeat of Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Keegan-Michael Key (Schmigadoon!/Friends from College/Playing House/Gary Unmarried) - Keegan-Michael appears on a repeat of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • David Tennant (Camping) - David is a guest on a repeat of The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Sarah Michelle Gellar (The Crazy Ones) - Sarah appears on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Jenna Elfman (Imaginary Mary/Growing Up Fisher/1600 Penn/Accidentally on Purpose/Dharma & Greg) - Jenna is a guest on a repeat of The Real, so check your local listings.
  • Ellie Kemper (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt/The Office) - Ellie appears on a repeat of The Drew Barrymore Show, so check your local listings.
  • Elizabeth Banks (Scrubs/30 Rock) - Elizabeth talks My Body, My Podcast on CBS This Morning sometime between 7-9am.
  • Christina Milian (Grandfathered) - Christina talks about Resort to Love on ABC's GMA 3: What You Need to Know at 1pm and on People in 10 at 8am.
  • Rosie O'Donnell (Gimme a Break!) - Rosie is a guest on the PEOPLE in the '90s podcast.
  • Suzanne Somers (Three's Company/She's the Sheriff/Step by Step) - Suzanne shares her go-to summer protein smoothie on a repeat of Access Daily, so check your local listings.
Friday, July 30
  • Chelsea Handler (Are You There, Chelsea?) - Watch Chelsea on a repeat of Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Molly Ringwald (The Facts of Life/Townies) - Molly talks about The Kissing Booth 3 on The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Whitney Cummings (Whitney) - Whitney chats about Touch Me with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Dove Cameron (Schmigadoon!/Liv and Maddie) - Dove appears on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Jay Pharoah (White Famous/Champaign ILL) - Jay talks about his role in the new Netflix series Resort to Love on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Don Johnson (Kenan) - Don appears on a repeat of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Nicole Byer (Loosely Exactly Nicole) - Nicole is a guest on a repeat of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Julie Andrews (Julie) - Julie appears on a repeat of The Kelly Clarkson Show, so check your local listings.
  • Michael Strahan (Brothers) - Michael appears on a repeat of Tamron Hall, so check your local listings.
  • Kristen Bell (The Good Place) - Kristen is a guest on a repeat of The Drew Barrymore Show, so check your local listings.
  • Tia Mowry (Family Reunion/Instant Mom/The Game/Sister, Sister) - Tia whips up the perfect breakfast for kids, overnight oats in the shape of Elmo, on a repeat of Access Daily, so check your local listings.

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Sitcoms Airing This Week

Sunday, July 25

History of the Sitcom

Where Have All the Theme Songs Gone? (CNN, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Don Lemon reviews the most popular TV theme songs in history with Gary Portnoy of "Cheers", Christopher Knight from "The Brady Bunch", Fran Drescher from "The Nanny", and composer Kurt Farquhar.

History of the Sitcom - "Working for Laughs" (CNN, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Work families can be even funnier than our biological ones, since the endless array of wacky sitcom characters on the job offers hilarious insights into the state of the American workplace.

Duncanville - "Crimes and Misters Demean Her" (Fox, 7:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Jack coaches Jing's little league soccer team, but when he feels he's too easy on the kids he calls on Duncan to yell at the team to get them to win; Annie takes Kimberly to work with her after she has a falling out with her friends.

HouseBroken - "Who's Going to the Vet?" (Fox, 7:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
After Chief eats Jill's vibrator, he's taken to the vet and ends up leading his own version of group therapy; Tabitha goes to live with The Gray One and learns she has to sing and dance if she wants to survive.

The Simpsons - "The 7 Beer Itch" (Fox, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
When Marge and the kids take a seaside vacation, Homer is unwittingly tempted by a British femme fatale.

The Great North - "My Fart Will Go on Adventure" (Fox, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
While the family prepares for Wolf and Honeybee's wedding, an unexpected guest RSVPs.

Bob's Burgers - "Y Tu Tina También" (Fox, 9:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
When Tina is forced to listen to Spanish audio lessons in the library to improve her grade, she develops an unexpected crush; Louise and Gene want to dunk Mr. Frond at the Wagstaff Spring Fair.

Family Guy - "The Marrying Kind" (Fox, 9:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Stewie gets a mail order bride and experiences domestic life; Peter and Chris become addicted to free hotel breakfast buffets.

Wellington Paranormal - "She-Wolf" (Fox, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Officers O'Leary and Minogue investigate what they believe are dog attacks, but stumble upon something more mysterious.

Dead Pixels - "The Chair" (Fox, 9:30PM ET/PT)
Alison becomes concerned over Meg's physical downturn and tries to sway her to a healthier regime; everyone worries about Nicky.


Monday, July 26

The Neighborhood - "Welcome to the Movement" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
The Butlers and Johnsons unite when a member of their community is the victim of racial injustice.

Bob Hearts Abishola - "Paris Is for Lovers, Not Mothers" (CBS, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Kemi leans on Abishola after an argument with Chukwuemeka, disrupting her and Bob’s engagement celebration. Also, Dottie gives Douglas a new job at MaxDot.

Young Sheldon - "A Philosophy Class and Worms That Can Chase You" (CBS, 9:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Sheldon’s first day of college is derailed by his new philosophy teacher, Professor Ericson (Melanie Lynskey). Also, Mary and Brenda (Melissa Peterman) live vicariously through Missy’s first day of middle school.

United States of Al - "Birthday/Kaleeza" (CBS, 9:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
When Hazel starts planning her 11th birthday party, she learns that Al doesn’t know when his birthday is so she invites him to share the day with her. Also, Riley tries to find a way to deal with Vanessa’s new boyfriend.

HouseBroken - "Who's a Good Girl?" (Fox, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Honey the poodle is thrown into a dog mid-life crisis after the death of her friend and the sudden appearance of a hot, mysterious coyote in the neighborhood; Shel the tortoise finds love from an unlikely source.

Duncanville - "Das Banana Boot" (Fox, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Duncan avoids summer school for the first time; the family goes on vacation; on their getaway, Annie and Jack are haunted by another vacation couple; Duncan agonizes over Mia's Instagram.


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.


Wednesday, July 28

Dave - "Ad Man" (FXX, 10:00PM ET/PT)
Dave has a professional setback and is forced to spend more time with his parents; family time has never been more eye-opening.

Younger - "The Last Unicorn" (TV Land, 10:00PM ET/PT)
After Quinn's new romance goes public, Liza decides to fact-check her manuscript; Maggie gets an exciting new job offer and love interest; sparks fly between Liza and someone from her old life.


Thursday, July 29

grown-ish - "Daddy Lessons" (Freeform, 8:00PM ET/PT)
After learning about his expulsion, Vivek dreads telling his parents about his failures; dealing with the aftermath of Mexico, Dre questions Zoey's recent choices; Doug meets a new resident at Hawkins.


Friday, July 30

Bunk'd - "Moose Queens and Possum Kings" (Disney Channel, 8:00PM ET/PT)
When Destiny needs someone old enough to enter the Summer Moose Queen Pageant, she enlists Parker and Ava for help.

Gabby Duran & the Unsittables - "A Song of Gabby & Susie" (Disney Channel, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Gabby teams up with her bitter rival, Susie, to masquerade as best friends to win a contest to meet her favorite book author.


Saturday, July 31

none scheduled


Sunday, August 1

History of the Sitcom - "Facing Race" (CNN, 9:00PM ET/PT)
In many homes, difficult conversations about race and diversity have first happened on the sitcom screen, helping pave the way for progress with hilarity and laughter.

The Simpsons - "Podcast News" (Fox, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Grampa is accused of a crime; Kent Brockman questions his career.

The Great North - "Feast of Not People Adventure" (Fox, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Judy is worried that she and Ham are growing apart when she discovers he's been keeping a secret from her; the rest of the family participates in a town festival.

Bob's Burgers - "Fingers-loose" (Fox, 9:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Tina faces a hall-monitor crisis when she falls in love with a new underground trend; Bob and Linda try to come up with a way for Teddy to sneak food into a movie theater.

Family Guy - "Who's Brian Now" (Fox, 9:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Brian has a microchip that reveals he had a family before the Griffins; he discovers his original family is rich, and he struggles to enjoy his life with the Griffins as much as he once did.

Wellington Paranormal - "Vampire" (Fox, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Over the course of a single night, Officers Minogue and O'Leary encounter a series of incidents, including a suspicious plastic bag, a gang of creepy clowns, a human sacrifice ritual and a theft from the hospital blood bank.

Dead Pixels - "Mission" (Fox, 9:30PM ET/PT)
Meg tries to impress the water heater repair man; Nicky turns up the heat on his new lady friend Daisy.

Complete TV Listings

Saturday, July 24, 2021

SitcomsOnline Digest: Manifest Cancellation Being Reconsidered; American Housewife Sold for Broadcast Syndication

 Welcome to SitcomsOnline Digest! This week, we're hearing that NBC is reconsidering their cancellation of a series that seems to do well in streaming (and they may have competition to keep it), syndication news for an ABC sitcom, and more. Let's get going!

HIGHLIGHTS FROM SITCOMSONLINE.COM AND AROUND THE WEB

  • NBC cancelled Manifest, but a strong showing in streaming has Netflix interested in reviving it and even NBC reconsidering their own plans. (TVLine)
  • American Housewife has been sold into broadcast syndication for 2022. (Deadline
  • Fran Drescher is running for president of SAG-AFTRA, but her co-stars from The Nanny are supporting her opponent. (Deadline
  • NewsNation, the network formerly known as WGN America, is expanding their coverage with a morning show and also adding Dan Abrams (who'll continue to work for ABC as well) in the evening. (Variety)
  • Sean Penn is starring in an upcoming Starz series called Gaslit, but he is now on strike until all cast and crew members have been vaccinated against COVID-19. (Deadline)
  • Peacock has some special treats for fans of The Office. (SitcomsOnline)

WEEKLY PLANNER (JULY 24 - JULY 30)

  • It's a weekend of Rhoda on Decades.

Friday, July 23, 2021

Fri-Yay: 2021 Emmy Nominations Heavy on New Comedies, Light on Traditional Sitcoms; That Damn Michael Che Gets a Second Season

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!

2021 Emmy Nominations - Comedy Series

by Vincent

The 2021 Emmy nominations were announced last week, and there are six series up for the Outstanding Comedy Series nominations. Those series are: black-ish, Cobra Kai, Emily in Paris, Hacks, The Flight Attendant, The Kominsky Method, Pen15 and Ted Lasso. If you haven't heard of most of these shows, you may not be alone - almost all of these series are either new or haven't been nominated previously. It's a fresh group of new nominees now that previous Emmy favorites like Modern Family, The Good Place, and Schitt's Creek have ended, and other favorites like Curb Your Enthusiasm and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel did not produce episodes during the eligibility period this year. Not only is it heavy on new series, but it's light on what one might call traditional sitcoms. Really, only black-ish can be called a traditional comedy, while the other shows are more in the "dramedy" category.

Because of this, it's really hard to guess which shows will win the Outstanding Comedy Series award. Traditionally, the Emmys like to award traditional comedies over "dramadies", although that's been changing with shows like Fleabag and Marvelous Mrs. Maisel taking home the top prize in recent years. Furthermore, not a single series nominated has previously won the award (although black-ish has been nominated many times). It sort of feels like a year where the Emmys struggled to pick series to get behind - reflecting what an overall down year it's been for sitcoms. It'll be interesting to see which direction the Emmys go in, because at this point I truly have no idea.


That Damn Michael Che

HBO Max has renewed the Max Original comedy series That Damn Michael Che for a second season. The series debuted in May of this year and stars Michael Che (Saturday Night Live). Season one is available to stream now. Season one of this groundbreaking new original comedy series uses sketches and vignettes to illustrate what it feels like to experience various everyday situations including racial profiling, unemployment, falling in love and more, from Michael's perspective.

Thursday, July 22, 2021

Lifetime Announces Justina Machado TV Movie; ABC News to Focus on Superstars

Justina Machado and Skyler Samuels

Ahead of the anniversary of the world's first baby born via in vitro fertilization, July 25, 1978, and 40 years since the birth of the first American infant born through IVF, Lifetime announces Switched Before Birth, a moving story about two women's fertility journeys, starring Justina Machado (One Day at a Time, Family Pictures) and Skyler Samuels (Scream Queens, The Gifted and American Horror Story: Freak Show). Inspired by IVF stories of actual couples, the powerful film follows two strangers whose paths intersect and become forever intertwined following their IVF procedures. Directed by Elisabeth Rohm, author of Baby Steps: Having the Child I Always Wanted, Switched Before Birth delves into the complicated subject of the federally unregulated fertility industry and fertility challenges that many women around the world are facing as they try to build their families.

Switched Before Birth follows Olivia Crawford (Samuels) and her husband Brian (Bo Yokely), who after multiple miscarriages, numerous failed IVF trials and stretching themselves to the limit financially, finally receive the joyous news that she's pregnant with twins. While going through her latest round of IVF, Oliva meets and became fast friends with Anna Ramirez (Machado), who is struggling to have a child after years of focusing on her successful restaurants. When Anna becomes pregnant as well, the ladies celebrate and begin to prepare for their babies. Olivia is also there for Anna when she suffers a devastating miscarriage and struggles to move forward while her marriage to restaurateur Gabe Ramirez (Yancey Arias) crumbles. When Olivia and Brian finally welcome their twins Olivia's life feels complete, but the happy couple's world is turned upside down when they discover that not only are the babies not twins, but one of the babies is also biologically Anna and Gabe's that was implanted into Olivia by mistake. Now pitted against each other, Olivia will do anything to keep the baby that she carried, while Anna will stop at nothing to bring her son home.


Superstar - Whitney Houston

From the producers of ABC News' 20/20 and Truth and Lies series comes the all-new television event of the summer: Superstar. The new one-hour series features rare footage and intimate details about the mavericks who shaped American culture, including Whitney Houston, Kobe Bryant, Robin Williams and more. The series travels deep inside the lives of these icons and features interviews with friends and family who reveal the meteoric highs and the devastating costs of fame. The stunning one-hour premiere will profile music legend Whitney Houston and feature never-before-seen private video showcasing Houston - a Black woman who broke barriers to become a modern pop icon - in a new light. Superstar: Whitney Houston airs Wednesday, Aug. 11 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EDT), on ABC. It can also be viewed the next day on demand and on Hulu.

Superstar: Whitney Houston features new interviews with those who knew Houston, including musicians Brandy, Chaka Khan, BeBe Winans and Darlene Love; Narada Michael Walden, musician and producer; Michael Bearden, musical director; and Savion Glover, dancer and choreographer. It also includes interviews with Houston and Bobby Brown from the ABC News archives. ABC News' 20/20 is an award-winning primetime program anchored by David Muir and Amy Robach. Season 44 of 20/20 will premiere Friday, Oct. 8, from 9:01-11:00 p.m. EDT on ABC and will be available to stream on ABC News digital platforms and Hulu.

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

HBO Max's Love Life Season 2 Announces Cast; Kevin Hart and Jason Biggs Host Back-to-Back Shows on E!

Love Life

Season two of the Max Original Love Life, a romantic comedy anthology series from Lionsgate Television and Feigco Entertainment, focuses on "Marcus Watkins" (Emmy(R) nominee and executive producer (William Jackson Harper) as he comes out of a years-long relationship with the woman he thought was going to be his person. The rug pulled out from under him, he is plunged back into the search for the romantic fulfillment that he thought he had already found. The new season is currently in production in New York.

Newly Announced Series Regular:
Punkie Johnson (Saturday Night Live, Space Force) as "Ida Watkins," Marcus's outspoken sister who is much more in tune with her authentic self than her brother is. Ida will say anything to anyone, often to hilarious effect.

Newly Announced Recurring Guest Stars:
Leslie Bibb (Jupiter's Legacy, Iron Man, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby) as "Becca Evans," a twice-divorced mother of two with whom Marcus enters into a purely sexual relationship, but like any such relationship, it soon becomes more complicated than that.
John Earl Jelks (On Becoming a God in Central Florida, True Detective, Night Comes On) as "Kirby Watkins," Marcus's affable yet formidable father, who casts a large shadow over his son. As adults, the two will finally grow closer and learn to connect.
Arian Moayed (Succession, Inventing Anna, Accidental Wolf) as "Kian Parsa," one of Marcus's best friends, a tech millionaire who recently sold his company. But even though he's rich now, and sometimes kind of a douche, Kian is still the same sweet, lovable guy Marcus has known forever.

Newly Announced Guest Stars:
Kimberly Elise (Mosquito Coast, Ad Astra, The Manchurian Candidate) as "Suzanné Hayward," Mia's (Jessica Williams) eccentric and often irresponsible mother. She has always leaned on her daughter, forcing Mia to grow up fast and learn how to keep things on the rails.
Ego Nwodim (Saturday Night Live, Brockmire, Shrill) as "Ola Adebayo," a beautiful playwright who seems perfect on paper to Marcus. But the two get so serious so fast that both of them are forced to confront how right they really are for each other.
Blair Underwood (When They See Us, Dear White People, In Treatment) as "Leon Hines," Mia's debonair yet often absent father, and their relationship, or lack thereof, has fundamentally shaped Mia's romantic life as an adult.

Previously announced cast members include: William Jackson Harper, Jessica Williams, Chris "Comedian CP" Powell, Janet Hubert, Jordan Rock and Maya Kazan. Season one's Anna Kendrick, who also executive produces, Zoë Chao, Peter Vack, Sasha Compére and Nick Thune will appear in season two.


Celebrity Game Face

E! invites viewers to a fun, entertaining game night filled with competitive challenges, trivia and laugh-out-loud moments beginning Tuesday, August 31. Kicking off the night at 10pm ET/PT is the season two return of Celebrity Game Face executive produced and hosted by Kevin Hart and HartBeat Productions. Then, at 11pm ET/PT, the series premiere of Jason Biggs' Cash At Your Door executive produced and hosted by Jason Biggs, where he surprises unsuspecting families for a chance to win a major cash prize from the comfort of their own living room.

Celebrity Game Face returns with new celebrity contestants and crazier games, as they go head-to-head with the hopes of winning the "Hart of Champion" trophy and awarded money for their charity of choice. Celebrity pairings this season include: Aasif Mandvi & Shaifali Puri, Chrissy Metz & Bradely Collins, D'Arcy & Jason Carden, Desus & Mero, Fortune Feimster & Jax, Gronk & Camille, Jason Biggs & Jenny Mollen, Kenan Thompson & Chris Redd, Ludacris & Eudoxie, Nelly & Shantel Jackson, Susan Kelechi Watson & Napiera Groves, T-Pain & Vanessa Fraction and more!

Jason Biggs' Cash At Your Door

From the producers of the hit format Cash Cab (Lion Television USA), actor and comedian Jason Biggs is the host of the new game show, Jason Biggs' Cash At Your Door, where Biggs unexpectedly shows up at the front door of everyday people who believe they're on a show highlighting their homes. Instead, families will be put to the test and work together through three rounds of wide-ranging trivia, for a chance to win $25,000. With the help of a few celebrity guests including former baseball great CC Sabathia, and Bravo stars Dolores Catania and Ryan Serhant, Biggs will make sure his knock is worth answering!

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Peacock's Superfan Episodes of The Office; The Other Two Season 2 Launch Date on New Network HBO Max

The Office Threat Level Midnight Table Read

Peacock has premiered Season 2 of The Office: Superfan Episodes yesterday, July 19th, including new footage from the "Office Olympics" episode just in time for the real Olympics. The Office: Superfan Episodes feature never-before-seen & deleted scenes, bloopers, featurettes, and interviews. Peacock now has Superfan Episodes available for Season 1, 2 and season 3. Click here for an exclusive never-before-seen clip from episode 207, "The Client" Peacock is the home of The Office. Every Episode. Extras. Exclusives. Peacock is NBCUniversal's streaming service. Peacock delivers a world-class slate of exclusive originals, on-demand libraries of hit TV shows, plus critically acclaimed films from the vaults of Universal Pictures, Focus Features, DreamWorks Animation, Illumination and Hollywood's biggest studios. In addition, Peacock taps into NBCUniversal's unmatched ability to deliver a broad range of compelling topical content across news, sports, late-night, Spanish-language and reality. NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation.


The Other Two

Season two of The Other Two, the critically acclaimed comedy from MTV Entertainment Studios, debuts on its new home with two new episodes Thursday, August 26 on HBO Max. The series previously aired on Comedy Central. The ten-episode Max Original series continues with two new episodes weekly on September 2, September 9, and September 16, leading up to the final two episodes of the season on September 23. The Other Two is created, written and executive produced by former SNL co-head writers Chris Kelly and Sarah Schneider and stars Drew Tarver (Bajillion Dollar Propertie$), Heléne Yorke (HBO's High Maintenance, Masters of Sex), Case Walker, Ken Marino (Party Down) and Molly Shannon (HBO's The White Lotus, Divorce). With their pop star brother, ChaseDreams (Case Walker), officially entering retirement at the ripe old age of fourteen, Brooke and Cary (Heléne Yorke and Drew Tarver) must now contend with a new famous family member: their 53-year-old mother Pat (Molly Shannon), and her eponymous daytime talk show. Humiliated at being The Other Two yet again, they double down and make it their mission not to be.

Recurring cast includes Brandon Scott Jones as “Curtis,” Gideon Glick as “Jess,” Josh Segarra as “Lance” and Wanda Sykes as “Shuli.” Guest stars include Ali Ahn, James Anderson, Justin Bartha, Jordana Brewster, Alessia Cara, Marcia DeBonis, Andrew Keenan-Bolger, Ryan Farrell, Jimmy Fowlie, Noah Galvin, Zosia Mamet, Debi Mazar, Derek Peth, Alison Rich, Tuc Watkins, Bowen Yang and Ian Ziering.

Monday, July 19, 2021

Melrose Place Reunion on Fox's New Fantasy Island; Tacoma FD Returns Sept. 16 on truTV

Fantasy Island - Melrose Place Reunion

This summer, don't miss a special Melrose Place reunion on Fox's all-new Fantasy Island, when Laura Leighton, Josie Bissett and Daphne Zuniga guest star as friends whose island birthday bashes expose the fault lines in their friendships. This August, Fox travels to Fantasy Island, with an all-new version of the classic show. A modern drama series, Fantasy Island takes place at a luxury resort, where literally any fantasy requested by guests is fulfilled, although they rarely turn out as expected. Delving into the "what if" questions -- both big and small -- that keep us awake at night, each episode will tell emotional, provocative stories about people who arrive with dreams and desires and depart enlightened and transformed through the magical realism of Fantasy Island. Serving as steward of this mysterious island is Elena Roarke (Roselyn Sanchez, Devious Maids, Grand Hotel), a descendant of the iconic Mr. Roarke. Elena set aside her own ambitions, and even the love of her life, to uphold her family's legacy. Sophisticated, insightful and always charming, her calm exterior masks the challenges of the responsibilities she has assumed. Assisting Elena is Ruby Akuda (Kiara Barnes, The Bold and the Beautiful), a young woman with an old soul who arrives on Fantasy Island with a terminal illness and is given a new lease on life there; and pilot Javier (John Gabriel Rodriquez, Miranda's Rights, Rosewood), who also is the head of island transportation and a jack of all trades.

The all-new version of the classic show from Sony Pictures Television, Gemstone Studios and Fox Entertainment will premiere Tuesday, Aug. 10 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. But first don't miss the half-hout special Welcome to the New Fantasy Island, airing Sunday, Aug. 8 (9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT) on Fox. Production is currently underway on location in Puerto Rico.


Tacoma FD

The third season of truTV's blazing-hot firefighter comedy Tacoma FD is set to premiere Thursday, September 16, 2021 on truTV. The scripted series returns with 13 episodes as the crew deals with all new shenanigans including quarantines, prank wars, upgrades to Station 24 and the Annual Pickleball Tournament. Tacoma FD, a Top 10 Comedy on ad-supported cable in 2020, is set in a firehouse in one of America's rainiest cities. These firefighters keep themselves entertained with creative competitions, friendly first responder rivalries and no shortage of bizarre emergency calls. Chief Terry McConky (Kevin Heffernan) and Captain Eddie Penisi (Steve Lemme) lead the firehouse antics and are joined by an eclectic crew played by Eugene Cordero (Andy), Marcus Henderson (Granny), Gabriel Hogan (Ike), and Hassie Harrison (Lucy).

Tacoma FD premieres Thursday, September 16, at 10pm ET. The new season will feature 13 episodes, with new episodes airing Thursdays at 10pm. Season 1 and 2 episodes are available for catch up and streaming on HBO Max.


Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Monday, August 2

The Neighborhood - "Welcome to the Election" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Dave faces off against incumbent Isaiah Evans (guest star Wayne Brady) in a debate for a city council seat, and the race comes to a dramatic conclusion.

Bob Hearts Abishola - "Camp Bananas" (CBS, 8:30PM ET/PT)(Repeat)
For the sake of Bob’s health, Bob and Abishola try reducing stress by taking a day off together. Also, Christina is boss for the day at MaxDot, and Gloria steps in to care for Dottie.

Young Sheldon - "An Existential Crisis and a Bear That Makes Bubbles" (CBS, 9:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Meemaw takes matters into her own hands when Sheldon’s philosophy teacher, Professor Ericson (Melanie Lynskey), sends him into a tailspin. Also, George Sr. learns Georgie has been cutting class.

United States of Al - "Roht/Sweet Bread" (CBS, 9:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Al meets Ariana (Azita Ghanizada), an Afghan woman he wants to date, but is dismayed to learn she has a negative opinion of Afghan interpreters who worked for the U.S.

HouseBroken - "Who Did This?" (Fox, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Honey refuses to go outside after the groomer gives her a humiliating new haircut; Diablo is introduced to a strange new creature who causes him to break the cardinal rule of being a pet.

Duncanville - "Duncan's New Word" (Fox, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Duncan says the one thing no kid should ever say to their dad; Kimberly and Jing have a window to do whatever they want; Annie and Jack deal with Duncan's issue.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of August 2)

Monday, August 2

  • 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.
  • Jason Sudeikis (Ted Lasso/Son of Zorn/The Cleveland Show) - Watch Jason on a repeat of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Tiffany Haddish (The Last O.G./The Carmichael Show) - Tiffany is a guest on a repeat of The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Linda Lavin (Alice/Room for Two/Sean Saves the World/9JKL) - Linda will be on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Idris Elba (Turn Up Charlie) - Idris talks about The Suicide Squad on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am and on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Josh Peck (Grandfathered/Drake & Josh) - Josh talks about the new Disney+ series Turner & Hooch on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Jennifer Coolidge (2 Broke Girls/Joey) - Jennifer talks about her new film Swan Song on NBC's Today in the 10am hour.
  • Jay Pharoah (Champaign ILL/White Famous) - Jay talks about Resort to Love on 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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