Monday, January 04, 2021

Lifetime January 2021 Schedule with Rizzoli & Isles; Remembering Tanya Roberts of Charlie's Angels and That '70s Show

Rizzoli & Isles

Last week Lifetime had a week-long marathon for Rizzoli & Isles, now it will join the regular schedule that begins today (Monday, Jan. 4, 2021)! Lifetime is also adding The Closer and Major Crimes to the lineup. All three series are former long-running TNT original series lead by female stars (Angie Harmon, Sasha Alexander, Kyra Sedgwick and Mary McDonnell). The weekday schedule starts with back-to-back airings of Grey's Anatomy from 8-10am. The Closer follows with back-to-back airings from 10am-12pm. The Closer spin-off series Major Crimes follows from 12-3pm. Then Rizzoli & Isles follows with its block starting at 3pm and ending at various times during the week (Mondays & Tuesdays it ends at 4am, Wednesdays it ends at 7pm (original series follows) and Thursdays & Fridays at 8pm (movies follows). On Saturdays and Sunday, it is all wall-to-wall Lifetime movies.


Tanya Roberts

Actress Tanya Roberts, who starred as Julie Rogers in Charlie's Angels and as Midge Pinciotti in That '70s Show, has died. She died on January 4 at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles. On December 24, she collapsed suddenly after returning home from walking her dogs. Her exact cause of death has yet to be determined or disclosed. Ms. Roberts was 65.

Charlie's Angels

Roberts' first television lead role was as Julie Rogers in the fifth and final season of the ABC detective drama Charlie's Angels from 1980 to 1981. Julie Rogers was a streetwise fighter and model from New York who used her fists more than her gun. Roberts was chosen in the summer of 1980 from some 2,000 candidates to replace Shelley Hack (1979-1980). The final season cast included Jacklyn Smith, Cheryl Ladd, David Doyle and John Forsythe as the voice of Charles "Charlie" Townsend.

That '70s Show

She played the supporting role of Midge Pinciotti in the Fox sitcom That '70s Show. She was a regular from seasons 1 to 3 (1998-2001) before making special guest appearances in seasons 6 and 7 (2004). Midge Pinciotti was Bob's (Don Stark) wife, Donna's (Laura Prepon) mother, and Kitty's (Debra Jo Rupp) best friend. Midge was the sexy mom whom Eric Forman (Topher Grace) and his male friends fantasize when coming of age. Her character was written out of the series after the third season after divorcing Bob and moving to California. She returned for five episodes as special guest appearances in seasons 6 and 7.

Tanya Roberts - The Love Boat

Some of her sitcom guest appearances included The Love Boat, Off Centre, Eve and Barbershop. Her voice credits included The Blues Brothers Animated Series, The Angry Beavers and Fillmore!.

She starred as Rebecca in the Cinemax erotic anthology series Hot Line from 1995 to 1996. Some of her drama guest appearances included Vega$, Fantasy Island, Burke's Law, Silk Stalkings and High Tide. She portrayed Velda, the secretary to private detective Mike Hammer, in the television movie Murder Me, Murder You in 1983, based on crime novelist Mickey Spillane’s iconic Mike Hammer private detective series. The two-part pilot spawned the syndicated television series Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer.

Roberts starred as Bond girl Stacey Sutton in the 1983 film A View to a Kill. She played Kiri in the 1982 adventure fantasy film The Beastmaster. She starred as Sheena in the 1984 fantasy-adventure film Sheena. Some of her other film credits included Forced Entry (1975), Fingers (1978), Tourist Trap (1979), California Dreaming (1979), Racquet (1979), Hearts and Armour (1983), Body Slam (1986), Night Eyes (1990) and Inner Sanctum (1991).

Survivors include her long-time partner Lance O'Brien, and her sister Barbara Chase.

Ms. Roberts was a talented and beautiful actress. She was funny and memorable in her role as Midge in That '70s Show. She will be deeply missed.

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Sitcoms Airing Tonight / Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows

Tuesday, July 23

The Conners - "Road Trip and Guilt Trip" (The CW, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Dan and Jackie take a road trip to a hardware wholesaler in Oklahoma; Darlene heads out of town and leaves behind a plethora of to-do notes for Becky and Ben.

The Conners - "Text Thread and The Marital Bed" (The CW, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Louise gets into a feud with Becky after accidentally sending a rude message in the family text thread; Darlene tries to spice up her sex life with Ben.

The Conners - "What's So Funny About Peas, Love and Understanding?" (The CW, 9:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Darlene figures out a new plan to afford Mark's college tuition; Jackie and Louise try to help Becky meet a new guy.

The Conners - "Dating, Drinking and Grifter Logic" (The CW, 9:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Neville confronts Jackie about loaning Dan money; Darlene attempts to play matchmaker for Mark.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of July 22)

Tuesday, July 23

  • Lamorne Morris (Woke/New Girl) - Lamorne guest hosts Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Zachary Levi (Telenovela/Less Than Perfect) - Catch Zachary on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Hugh Jackman (Human Resources) - Hugh is a guest on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:35pm on NBC.
  • Ralph Macchio (Eight is Enough) - Ralph appears on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:35pm on NBC. He will also be on Live with Kelly and Mark, so check your listings.
  • John Owen Lowe (Unstable/The Grinder) - John is a guest on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:35pm on NBC.
  • Rashida Jones (Sunny/BlackAF/Duncanville/Angie Tribeca/Unhitched/The Office) - Rashida appears on a repeat of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Anna Faris (Mom) and
  • Andy Richter (Andy Barker, P.I./Quintuplets/Andy Richter Controls the Universe) - Anna and Andy are guests on After Midnight at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Zosia Mamet (Girls) - Zosia talks about The Decameron on NBC's Today in the 10am hour.
  • Gina Rodriguez (Not Dead Yet) - Gina is a guest on a repeat of Sherri, so check your local listings.
  • Cole Escola (Human Resources/Search Party/Mozart in the Jungle/Difficult People) - Cole chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Drea De Matteo (Joey) - Drea discusses her Ultrafree streetwear line on Access Daily with Mario & Kit, so check your local listings.
  • Hannah Waddingham (Ted Lasso) - Hannah appears on a repeat of The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Jay Pharoah (White Famous/Champaign ILL) - Jay is a guest on a repeat of The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.


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09/24 - Friends - The Complete Series (4K Ultra HD)
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