Wednesday, January 13, 2021

NBC Orders 3 New Series for 2021-22 Season; Lifetime Slates Winter 2021 Original Movie Slate, Including 400th Original Movie

NBC is revving up its scripted programming output with three series orders from Universal Television - comedies Grand Crew and American Auto, and drama La Brea for the 2021-2022 season. The series pickups come on the heels of Susan Rovner taking on the role of Chairman, Entertainment Content across NBCUniversal's television portfolio, which includes NBC, the company's six cable networks and Peacock. Lisa Katz, who was recently named President, Scripted Content as part of Rovner's team, made the announcement.

American Auto

In the single-camera comedy American Auto from Justin Spitzer (Superstore), the comedy is set at the headquarters of a major American automotive company in Detroit where a floundering group of executives try to rediscover the company identity amidst a rapidly changing industry. The series stars Ana Gasteyer, Jon Barinholtz, Harriet Dyer, Humphrey Ker, Michael B. Washington, Tye White and X Mayo.

Grand Crew

In Grand Crew, a single-camera comedy from Phil Augusta Jackson (Brooklyn Nine-Nine), a group of Black friends unpack the ups and downs of life and love at a wine bar. It will star Echo Kellum, Justin Cunningham, Carl Tart, Aaron Jennings and Nicole Byer. And finally in the drama La Brea, from David Applebaum, when a massive sinkhole mysteriously opens in Los Angeles, it tears a family in half, separating mother and son from father and daughter. When part of the family find themselves in an unexplainable primeval world, alongside a disparate group of strangers, they must work to survive and uncover the mystery of where they are and if there is a way back home. Natalie Zea, Zyra Gorecki and Chiké Okonkwo will star. Additional cast will be announced shortly.


Death Saved My Life - Meagan Good

Lifetime sets airdates for Winter 2021 Ripped from the Headlines true crime movie slate, every Saturday night beginning February 13 through March 13th. Kicking off the quintet of movies will be Death Saved My Life on February 13th starring Meagan Good followed by Lifetime's 400th Original Movie premiere of The Long Island Serial Killer: A Mother's Hunt for Justice starring Kim Delaney on February 20. Judd Nelson, Joely Fisher and Stefanie Scott star in Girl in the Basement the week following on February 27, Diane Neal leads Circle of Deception on March 6th, and Stephanie March leads A House On Fire on March 13th, both movies inspired by works from NY Time's best-selling crime writer Ann Rule.


Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Sunday, April 18

The Simpsons - "Dairy Queen" (Fox, 7:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Bart finds his old teacher's diary and learns a surprising secret; Lisa discovers an even bigger surprise.

Bless the Harts - "Hoot 'N Haw" (Fox, 7:30PM ET/PT)
When Wayne finds out he owns extra land, his family unexpectedly moves in on his property; Violet searches for Wayne's "Uncle Tommy" after he goes missing.

The Simpsons - "Panic on the Streets of Springfield" (Fox, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Lisa gets a new imaginary friend -- a depressed British singer from the 1980s; Homer becomes a truck guy.

The Great North - "Tusk in the Wind Adventure" (Fox, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Beef and Wolf meet their hero, legendary mountain man Tusk Johnson; Judy and the rest of the Tobin clan become addicted to '80s prime-time soap "Dynasty."

Bob's Burgers - "Some Kind of Fender Benderful" (Fox, 9:00PM ET/PT)
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.

Family Guy - "Young Parent Trap" (Fox, 9:30PM ET/PT)
Lois and Peter are mistaken for young parents by another couple at Stewie's school and are invited to live in a millennial apartment complex, leaving Meg and Chris home alone.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of April 12)

Friday, April 16

  • Eddie Murphy (The PJs) - Watch Eddie on a repeat of The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Yvette Nicole Brown (The Mayor/The Odd Couple/Community) - Yvette chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Lorraine Toussaint (Where I Love) - Lorraine appears on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Morris Chestnut (Out All Night) - Morris talks about The Resident on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Lil Rel Howery (Rel/The Carmichael Show) - Lil Rel will be on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Tiffany Haddish (The Last O.G./The Carmichael Show) - Tiffany guest hosts The Real, so check your loca listings.
  • Maya Rudolph (Forever/Up All Night) - Maya talks about Netflix's The Mitchells vs. The Machines and hosting Saturday Night Live on NBC's Today sometime between 7-9am.


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

Corporate - Season 2 Fam - The Complete Series Betty White's Pet Set - The Complete Series Happy Together - The Complete Series Til Death - The Complete Series

01/22 - Corporate - Season 2
01/22 - Corporate - Season 3
02/02 - Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In - The Complete Series (2021 Retail Release)
02/16 - Fam - The Complete Series
02/23 - Betty White's Pet Set - The Complete Series
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

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