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 / Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows

Saturday, June 15

The Conners - "Trucking Live in Front of a Fully Vaccinated Studio Audience -- East Coast" (The CW, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
The Conners continue to deal with the pandemic while navigating breakups and newfound sobriety, all while planning an upcoming wedding.

The Conners - "Education, Corruption, and Damnation" (The CW, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
After Ben declines Darlene's proposal, she starts to ponder why she tends to be so negative in life, prompting her to start a journey of self-discovery, which leads to Pastor Phil.

The Conners - "Sober Sex, Plastic Silverware, and Losing My Religion" (The CW, 9:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Part of Becky's recovery program mandates she make amends with people she has lied to over the years, leading her to meet up again with a former high school friend; Darlene visits with Pastor Phil; Louise continues planning her wedding.

The Conners - "The Wedding of Dan and Louise" (The CW, 9:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
A weather report forecasting that a tornado is headed for Lanford creates chaos and surprises on Dan and Louise's wedding day.

Mind Your Business - "Stormed In-Laws" (Bounce TV, 8:00PM ET/PT)
When Kimberly's parents do a pop-up visit, an unexpected storm traps everyone inside, resulting in Alfonso settling the score with his father-in-law. Howard Hewitt Guest Stars.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of June 10)

Friday, June 14

  • Jay Pharoah (White Famous/Champaign ILL) - Watch Jay on a repeat of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:35pm on NBC.
  • Amy Poehler (Duncanville/Parks and Recreation) - Amy is a guest on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Stephen Merchant (Hello Ladies) - Stephen appears on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Gillian Jacobs (Love/Community) and Pete Holmes (How We Roll/Crashing) - Gillian and Pete are guests on a repeat of After Midnight at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep/The New Adventures of Old Christine/Watching Ellie/Seinfeld/Day by Day) - Julia talks about the movie Tuesday on NBC's Today in the 10am hour.
  • Jason Canela (Palm Royale) - Jason talks about Apple TV+'s Palm Royale on Access Daily with Mario & Kit, so check your local listings.
  • Liza Colón-Zayas (The Bear) - Liza talks about FX's The Bear on ABC's GMA 3: What You Need to Know at 1pm.
  • Hannah Einbinder (Hacks) - Hannah chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.


New on DVD/Blu-ray

Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. - The Complete Series (Blu-ray) Too Close for Comfort - The Complete Series Check It Out! - The Complete Series The Jeffersons - The Complete Series (2024 Release) Welcome Back, Kotter - The Complete Series (2024 Release)

01/09 - South Park - Seasons 11-15 (Blu-ray)
01/16 - Ghosts (UK) - Season Five
02/13 - Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. - The Complete Series (Blu-ray)
02/27 - The Really Loud House - Season One
03/12 - Ghosts (UK) - The Complete Series
03/12 - Looney Tunes Collector's Choice - Volume 3 (Blu-ray)
03/12 - Rick and Morty - Season 7 (Blu-ray Steelbook) (Blu-ray) (DVD)
04/03 - Too Close for Comfort - The Complete Series (VEI)
04/08 - Check It Out! - The Complete Series (VEI)
05/21 - Frasier (2023) - Season One
06/11 - The Jeffersons - The Complete Series (2024 Release)
06/11 - Welcome Back, Kotter - The Complete Series (2024 Release)

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