Tuesday, January 19, 2021

TheGrio.TV Launches with 2 Sitcoms; 26th Annual Critics Choice Awards Nominations

The First Family & Mr. Box Office

New digital subchannel TheGrio.TV has officially launched as of Martin Luther King Jr. weekend and so far two sitcoms are airing: The First Family and Mr. Box Office, both are from Byron Allen, who owns TheGrio.TV. Both series are airing back-to-back in the 9am hour, among other slots during the week, as per the schedule. The network is also airing the drama Jeremiah at 4am. As of now, movies are dominating the lineup. TheGrio.TV replaced Light TV, which aired classic sitcoms like Mister Ed, The Patty Duke Show, Green Acres, Highway to Heaven, Flipper, and game show Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? Stay tuned for much more information on TheGrio.TV, as hopefully more sitcoms will join the lineup.


26th Annual Critics Choice Awards

The Critics Choice Association (CCA) announced the series nominees for the 26th Annual Critics Choice Awards. The winners will be revealed LIVE on The CW on Sunday, March 7, 2021 from 7-10pm ET/PT, with acclaimed film, television, and stage star Taye Diggs returning to host for his third consecutive time. The show will continue its combined Film and Television awards format, honoring the finest in both cinematic and televised/streaming achievement. Film nominees will be revealed on February 7, and the format of this year's event will be announced at a later date, as health and safety guidelines are taken into consideration.

This year, two Netflix series lead the pack, with Ozark and The Crown each up for six awards including Best Drama Series. Ozark stars Jason Bateman and Laura Linney will vie for Best Actor in a Drama Series and Best Actress in a Drama Series respectively, while Tom Pelphrey, Julia Garner, and Janet McTeer are all nominated for their supporting roles. The Crown also saw many of its royal players recognized. Josh O'Connor is nominated for Best Actor in a Drama Series, while Olivia Colman and Emma Corrin find themselves together in the Best Actress in a Drama Series category. Tobias Menzies and Gillian Anderson received recognition for their supporting roles. Several other series had especially strong showings with Lovecraft Country (HBO), Mrs. America (FX), Schitt's Creek (Pop), and What We Do In The Shadows (FX) each earning five nominations, and Better Call Saul (AMC) and The Plot Against America (HBO) both up for four awards. Netflix earned the most nominations overall, with a total of 26, followed closely by HBO/HBO Max with 24. The comedy portion nominees are below:

BEST COMEDY SERIES
Better Things (FX)
The Flight Attendant (HBO Max)
Mom (CBS)
PEN15 (Hulu)
Ramy (Hulu)
Schitt's Creek (Pop)
Ted Lasso (Apple TV+)
What We Do in the Shadows (FX)

BEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
Hank Azaria - Brockmire (IFC)
Matt Berry - What We Do in the Shadows (FX)
Nicholas Hoult - The Great (Hulu)
Eugene Levy - Schitt's Creek (Pop)
Jason Sudeikis - Ted Lasso (Apple TV+)
Ramy Youssef - Ramy (Hulu)

BEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
Pamela Adlon - Better Things (FX)
Christina Applegate - Dead to Me (Netflix)
Kaley Cuoco - The Flight Attendant (HBO Max)
Natasia Demetriou - What We Do in the Shadows (FX)
Catherine O'Hara - Schitt's Creek (Pop)
Issa Rae - Insecure (HBO)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
William Fichtner - Mom (CBS)
Harvey Guillén - What We Do in the Shadows (FX)
Daniel Levy - Schitt's Creek (Pop)
Alex Newell - Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist (NBC)
Mark Proksch - What We Do in the Shadows (FX)
Andrew Rannells - Black Monday (Showtime)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
Lecy Goranson - The Conners (ABC)
Rita Moreno - One Day at a Time (Pop)
Annie Murphy - Schitt's Creek (Pop)
Ashley Park - Emily in Paris (Netflix)
Jaime Pressly - Mom (CBS)
Hannah Waddingham - Ted Lasso (Apple TV+)


Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Wednesday, March 3

The Goldbergs - "Mr. Ships Ahoy" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
As William Penn’s new Quaker Warden, Beverly is thrilled to have co-workers for the first time and sets out to make them all love her. To her dismay, it’s more difficult to win them over than she anticipated, as her reputation of being a difficult school parent precedes her. Meanwhile, Geoff competes in the “Mr. Ships Ahoy” beauty pageant to prove to Erica that he can be seen as desirable by other women.

American Housewife - "The Guardian" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Katie and Greg secretly put Kathryn (Wendie Malick) through a series of tests to see if she would make a good guardian for Anna-Kat in the unlikely event something should happen to them. Meanwhile, after tracking down J.D.’s (Jake Choi) potential egg donors, Tami (Holly Robinson Peete) and Katie scheme to learn more about them.

The Conners - "A Stomach Ache, a Heartbreak and a Grave Mistake" (ABC, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Mark is stressed out and feeling sick, convinced he has COVID-19. Meanwhile, Becky and Harris team up to confront Josh who has been “ghosting” Harris; and when Jackie visits Roseanne’s grave, she finds an appalling headstone right next to it and sets out to make it right.

Call Your Mother - "Feelings" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
Jean and Danny’s relationship grows complicated emotionally and physically as they try to resist their feelings for one another until his divorce is final. As Celia is moving into Freddie’s apartment, Freddie is disappointed to learn that Celia plans to keep her place as a backup plan, causing some hard conversations between the two.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of March 1)

Wednesday, March 3

  • Ben Schwartz (Space Force/Parks and Recreation) - Watch Ben on The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS. He will also be on The Drew Barrymore Show, so check your local listings.
  • Annaleigh Ashford (B Positive) - Annaleigh appears on Watch What Happens: Live at 3:30am on Bravo.
  • Kyra Sedgwick (Call Your Mother) - Kyra is a guest on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Arsenio Hall (Arsenio) - Arsenio talks about Coming 2 America on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Melissa McCarthy (Mike & Molly/Samantha Who?) - Melissa appears on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Kristen Bell (The Good Place) and Dax Shepard (Bless This Mess) - Kristen and Dax are guests on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Jermaine Fowler (Superior Donuts) - Jermaine will be on The Real, so check your local listings.
  • Awkwafina (Awkwafina Is Nora from Queens) - Awkwafina appears on The Kelly Clarkson Show, so check your local listings.
  • Hillary Duff (Younger/Lizzie McGuire) - Hillary talks about My Brave Little Girl on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am.


New on DVD/Blu-ray (October-February)

The Flintstones - The Complete Series (Blu-ray) Head of the Class - The Complete Second Season The Office - The Complete Series (Blu-ray) Schitt's Creek - The Complete Collection Betty White's Pet Set - The Complete Series

10/13 - The Jetsons - The Complete Series (Diamond Collection)
10/13 - Our Cartoon President - Season Two
10/23 - Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em - The Complete Collection
10/27 - The Flintstones - The Complete Series (Blu-ray)
10/27 - Head of the Class - The Complete Second Season (WBShop.com)
11/10 - Letterkenny - Seasons 5 & 6
11/10 - The Office - The Complete Series (Blu-ray)
11/10 - Schitt's Creek - The Complete Collection
11/17 - Carol's Second Act - The Complete Series
11/17 - Robbie - Season 1
11/24 - Corporate - Season 1
11/26 - Man with a Plan - Season Four
12/01 - The Neighborhood - Season Two
12/15 - Avenue 5 - The Complete First Season
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)

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