Friday, April 16, 2021

Fri-Yay: Home Economics Is a Solid Addition to ABC’s Comedy Block; Mr Inbetween Season 3 Premiere Date Set

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!

Home Economics

by Vincent

ABC's Home Economics had a pretty quiet debut. It premiered in April, typically a time when networks aren't debuting their most promising shows but their spring replacements (although plenty of these replacements have gone on to become big hits). The promos also didn't make it look like anything special. But while Home Economics isn't re-inventing the wheel, it's a solid show and one of the better offerings of this overall uninspiring season of network comedy.

Home Economics boasts a really talented cast, including That '70s Show's Topher Grace, SNL alum Sasheer Zamata, and YouTube favorite Jimmy Tatro (along with HTGAWM's Karla Souza and the best thing about Bluff City Law, Caitlin McGee). The shows premise isn't all that original, but the chemistry between the cast and the light, playful manner of the jokes make it a really pleasant watch. The show premiered to decent ratings and reviews, and although it isn't lighting the world on fire, I hope ABC seems the potential and gives it what it couldn't give the similarly promising Single Parents - some support. After all, ABC's comedy brand is being held up by shows like The Goldbergs, black-ish, and The Conners, all of which are aging and losing the popularity they once had. Maybe it's time to let a promising newbie take the lead.


Mr Inbetween

FX set the premiere date for the third season of Mr Inbetween, the half-hour series created by, written and starring Scott Ryan and directed by Nash Edgerton. The nine-episode third season, which will be the series' final season, will premiere on Tuesday, May 25 at 10pm ET/PT on FX and be available to stream the following day on FX on Hulu. The premiere will include the first two episodes, with one new episode airing each subsequent week. Juggling parental responsibilities, complicated relationships, a viciously smart pre-teen daughter and an aging parent while earning a living would be difficult for anyone, but it's particularly tricky when you're a criminal for hire. Ray Shoesmith (Scott Ryan) 'takes care of people' - collecting debts, relieving them of drugs and guns, and often taking care of them on a more permanent basis. Ray demands respect and does not tolerate others disregarding his very clear code of ethics. As Ray's increasingly volatile work collides with his imploding personal life, he finds himself struggling to stay atop the complex web he has woven.

In season three of Mr Inbetween, Ray's world has contracted. Family life looks a little different as he quietly mourns the loss of Bruce, while figuring out how to care for his aging father, Bill (Kenny Graham). As Brittany (Chika Yasumura) grows into a young woman, she draws further away from Ray and comes closer to discovering the truth about who he really is. Things seem good with Gary (Justin Rosniak) and Dave (Matt Nable), however since severing ties with former boss and confidant Freddy (Damon Herriman), Ray is working freelance and feeling a sense of isolation. With business booming, a new connection with criminal kingpin Rafael (Jeremy Sims) intensifies Ray's struggle and when sparks fly with new colleague Zoe (Emily Barclay), an unexpected tragedy makes Ray question both his career trajectory and his ethics. Fellow underworld figures dub Ray 'The Magician' for his uncanny ability to make things disappear. As his family crumbles, emotions rage and violence escalates, the blood on his hands may finally cause the magic wand to slip.


Sitcoms Airing Tonight / Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows

Friday, May 24

Night Court - "The Roz Affair" (NBC, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Dan helps Roz with an investigation that goes awry as they find themselves pleading their case in front of Abby; Gurgs regales the court with stories of her London adventures; Olivia tries to establish a side gig as a sports agent.

Night Court - "Form Fetish" (NBC, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Abby and Dan try to undo some drastic budget cuts by taking on City Hall and a bureaucrat who lives to say "no"; Olivia and Gurgs stumble on a business opportunity and quickly realize why friendship and discontinued soda don't mix.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of May 20)

Friday, May 24

  • Jennifer Lopez (South Central) - Watch Jennifer on a repeat of Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Jerry Seinfeld (Seinfeld) - Jerry is a guest on a repeat of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:35pm on NBC.
  • Tiffany Haddish (The Last O.G./The Carmichael Show) - Tiffany appears on a repeat of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Kristen Wiig (Palm Royale/Bless the Harts) - Kristen is a guest on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Fred Armisen (Los Espookys/Forever/Final Space) - Fred sits in with The 8G Band on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • John Leguizamo (The Brothers Garcia) - John chats with the ladies of The View on a repeat on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Jennifer Love Hewitt (Shaky Ground) - Jennifer is a guest on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.


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12/12 - The Dick Van Dyke Show - The Complete Series
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12/12 - That Girl - The Complete Series
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02/13 - Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. - The Complete Series (Blu-ray)
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03/12 - Rick and Morty - Season 7 (Blu-ray Steelbook) (Blu-ray) (DVD)
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04/08 - Check It Out! - The Complete Series (VEI)
05/21 - Frasier (2023) - Season One

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