Saturday, September 18, 2021

SitcomsOnline Digest: Brooklyn Nine-Nine Comes to an End; FXX Goes Full Blown Animation Domination with New Acquisitions

Welcome to SitcomsOnline Digest! Next week is the week we've all been waiting for, the (mostly) beginning of the fall season! But not just that, we've got news of a new home for Fox animated series (a home that has slowly been working toward becoming that), Jeopardy! news, and more. Let's get going!

HIGHLIGHTS FROM SITCOMSONLINE.COM AND AROUND THE WEB

  • Brooklyn Nine-Nine came to an end this week, but don't read this unless you're OK with spoilers. (Vulture)
  • FXX will have the exclusive cable rights to all seasons of Family Guy and several other animated comedies starting Monday, but with that comes the end of an era, as the series will leave the Adult Swim home that it has had for almost two decades. (Deadline)
  • Similarly, another 20 year tradition is about to end at TBS, as Seinfeld leaves to go to Comedy Central (and also Netflix, in an unrelated deal) on October 1. (Deadline)
  • It may be a while before we know who'll take over as host of Jeopardy!, but in the meantime, we have two interim hosts. (NPR)
  • Hulu's Only Murders in the Building has been renewed for a second season. (SitcomsOnline)

WEEKLY PLANNER (SEPTEMBER 18 - SEPTEMBER 24)

  • COZI is celebrating the 50th anniversary of Columbo all day on Saturday.
  • CBS Monday night comedies return with new seasons on Monday.
  • Meanwhile, over at ABC, new comedies start on Wednesday, including the debut of The Wonder Years remake.
  • As previously mentioned, FXX will begin airing every season of Family Guy on Monday, but they'll also be going complete Fox animation lineup by adding King of the Hill and The Cleveland Show to their lineup next week.
  • Decades has a little bit of British flavor this weekend, with a binge of The Prisoner.

Friday, September 17, 2021

Fri-Yay: NBC Reportedly Wants to Reboot The Office; Remembering Norm Macdonald of The Norm Show/Norm

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!

The Office

by Vincent

A few weeks ago, reports came out that NBC wants to reboot The Office. Whether the reboot would feature the original cast or if it would be a refresh (like The Wonder Years or One Day at a Time) is obviously not clear. Still, it's hard for me to see a situation where this Office reboot is a good idea. Simply put, while The Office is a modern classic, the show is both too outdated and too modern to work as a reboot this time.

First off, simply not enough time has passed since The Office ended for it to warrant a reboot. The Office hasn't even been off the air for ten years - it ended 8 years ago, in 2013. It also still remains incredibly popular, so any Office reboot would simply have too many comparisons to the original series, and fans would inevitably be unhappy at any changes made. At the same time, The Office was also very much a show of its time, and many of the inappropriate boss reactions that made the show work so well might play differently in today's cultural environment. Let's enjoy the original Office and if its creators want to make new content, come up with new, original series instead.


Norm Macdonald

Canadian stand-up comedian, writer, and actor Norm Macdonald, who starred as Norm Henderson on The Norm Show (aka Norm), has died. He died on September 14 from acute leukemia at a hospital in Pasadena, California. He had been diagnosed nine years prior, though he disclosed his diagnosis to only a few close friends and family members. Mr. Macdonald was 61.

Macdonald's early television appearances included a 1990 episode of Star Search as a stand-up comedy competitor and a 1991 episode of the HBO stand-up series One Night Stand. He worked as a writer for The Dennis Miller Show in 1992. He worked as a story editor on four episodes and wrote two episodes of Roseanne in 1992 and 1993. In 1993, he guest starred on an episode of The Jackie Thomas Show.

Norm Macdonald - Weekend Update on Saturday Night Live

He was hired as a writer and cast member on Saturday Night Live in 1993. He spent a total of five seasons on the show until 1998. He was the anchor of the Weekend Update segment starting in 1994 for three and a half seasons. Some of his impressions included Larry King, Burt Reynolds, David Letterman, Quentin Tarantino, Charles Kuralt and Bob Dole. He returned to host the October 23, 1999, show. He reappeared as Burt Reynolds on Celebrity Jeopardy! on the May 16, 2009, show.

Norm

Macdonald starred as Norm Henderson on the 1999-2001 ABC sitcom The Norm Show (later shortened to Norm). Norm Henderson is a former NHL hockey player who is banned for life from the league because of gambling and tax evasion. He avoided jail time by agreeing to five years of community service as a full-time social worker. The first season aired as The Norm Show before they shortened the title to Norm in season two to avoid a legal conflict with Michael Jantze's comic strip The Norm. Macdonald also worked as a producer for the series, which aired for 3 seasons and 54 episodes. The cast included Laurie Metcalf, Ian Gomez, Amy Wilson (season 1), Bruce Jarchow (season 1), Max Wright, Faith Ford (seasons 2-3), Artie Lange (seasons 2-3) and Nikki Cox (recurring).

A Minute with Stan Hooper

He next starred as Stan Hooper on the short-lived 2003 Fox sitcom A Minute with Stan Hooper. Stan Hooper is a famous newspaper columnist turned television commentator. He moves his family from their New York home to a small Wisconsin town, Waterford Falls, where he hopes to better get in touch with Middle America in an attempt to make his weekly minute-long television commentaries more appealing to a larger audience. Macdonald also worked as an executive producer for the series. They produced 13 episodes, although only 6 episodes were aired. The cast included Penelope Ann Miller, Brian Howe, Eric Lively, Reagan Dale Neis, Garret Dillahunt, Daniel Roebuck and Fred Willard.

Norm Macdonald on The Middle

Macdonald had a recurring role as Orville "Rusty" Heck, Mike's (Neil Flynn) irresponsible, dim-witted but well meaning brother, on ten episodes of the ABC sitcom The Middle from 2010 to 2018. Some of his other sitcom guest appearances included The Larry Sanders Show, The Drew Carey Show (2 episodes), NewsRadio, Oliver Beene, My Name Is Earl (2 episodes), Real Rob and Girlboss (3 episodes). He worked as a consultin producer on Roseanne in 2018.

He was also known for his voice work. He voiced the character of Lucky the Dog in Dr. Dolittle (1998), Dr. Dolittle 2 (2001), Dr. Dolittle 3 (2006), Dr. Dolittle: Tail to the Chief (2008) and Dr. Dolittle: Million Dollar Mutts (2009). He provided the voice of Pigeon on Mike Tyson Mysteries from 2014 to 2020. He voiced Glumshanks on Skylanders Academy from 2016 to 2018. Macdonald was the voice of Lieutenant Yaphit, an amorphous, gelatinous, shapeshifting engineer on The Orville from 2017 to 2019. His other voice credits included Family Guy (2 episodes) and The Fairly OddParents (2 episodes).

He hosted Sports Show with Norm Macdonald on Comedy Central in 2011. He co-hosted the podcast Norm Macdonald Live with Adam Eget for three seasons from 2013 to 2017. They worked again on Netflix's Norm Macdonald Has a Show in 2018.

Macdonald co-wrote and starred as Mitch Weaver in the 1998 film Dirty Work. Some of his other film credits included Billy Madison (1995), The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996), Man on the Moon (1999) and Screwed (2000). He made cameos in Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo (1999), The Animal (2001), Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo (2005), Funny People (2009), Grown Ups (2010), Jack & Jill (2011) and The Ridiculous Six (2015).

Mr. Macdonald was a true comedy genius. He was a master with his quick wit and deadpan delivery. His late night talk show appearances were always funny. He was very good on The Norm Show/Norm. The underrated sitcom should be re-released on DVD. We thank him for the many laughs and entertainment he brought us during his career. He will be greatly missed.

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Thursday, September 16, 2021

Comedy Central Fall 2021: Seinfeld Joins Lineup; Apple TV+ New Comedy Acapulco Premieres Oct. 8

Seinfeld

Comedy Central is the new linear home of Seinfeld in a deal with MTV Entertainment and Sony Pictures Television. Beginning October 1, 2021, the full library of all 180 Seinfeld episodes will leave its long-time home on TBS and start airing on Comedy Central. The festivus-ivities start with the top favorite episodes as voted on by the fans in a countdown stunt on Saturday, October 9 with the series to begin airing on Comedy Central on Monday, October 11. Originally Seinfeld's move was also going to include sister networks Paramount Network and TV Land, but it will now solely air on Comedy Central. Comedy Central has also started airing fellow NBC '90s comedy Friends on Tuesday evenings from 6pm-9pm as of Sept. 7. Comedy Central also airs off-network reruns of The Office, Futurama, The Cleveland Show, South Park and Parks & Recreation. Timeslots for Seinfeld will be revealed soon, so stay tuned.

An Emmy and Golden Globe-winner for Best Comedy Series, Seinfeld stars Jerry Seinfeld as a stand-up comedian whose life in New York City is made even more chaotic by his quirky group of friends who join him in wrestling with life's most perplexing, yet often trivial questions. Co-starring are Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Jerry's ex-girlfriend and current platonic pal, Elaine Benes; Michael Richards as Jerry's eccentric neighbor, Kramer; and Jason Alexander as George Costanza, Jerry's neurotic hard-luck best friend.




Acapulco - Eugenio Derbez

Acapulco, the highly anticipated 10-episode Apple Original comedy series starring Eugenio Derbez, who also executive produces, is set to premiere globally on Friday, October 8, 2021 on Apple TV+. Acapulco tells the story of twenty-something Máximo Gallardo (Enrique Arrizon), whose dream comes true when he gets the job of a lifetime as a cabana boy at the hottest resort in Acapulco. He soon realizes the job is far more complicated than he ever imagined and in order to succeed, he must learn to navigate a demanding clientele, a mercurial mentor, and a complicated home life, without losing his way to shortcuts or temptations. The series, which is told in both Spanish and English, takes place in 1984, with Derbez narrating and playing the present-day version of the main character, Máximo Gallardo.

The ensemble cast starring alongside Derbez includes Enrique Arrizon, Fernando Carsa, Damián Alcázar, Camila Perez, Chord Overstreet, Vanessa Bauche, Regina Reynoso, Raphael Alejandro, Jessica Collins, Rafael Cebrián, Regina Orozco, and Carlos Corona.

Acapulco - Enrique Arrizon

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Only Murders in the Building Renewed for Season 2; HBO Max's Love Life New Season Starts Oct. 28

Only Murders in the Building

Only Murders in the Building, the hit Hulu Original comedy series starring Steve Martin, Martin Short and Selena Gomez has been picked up for a second season. Only Murders in the Building debuted as the most-watched Hulu Original comedy on premiere day and also the most-watched comedy on premiere day across all SVOD titles ever on the platform.

From the minds of Steve Martin, Dan Fogelman and John Hoffman comes a comedic murder-mystery series for the ages. Only Murders in the Building follows three strangers (Steve Martin, Martin Short and Selena Gomez) who share an obsession with true crime and suddenly find themselves wrapped up in one. When a grisly death occurs inside their exclusive Upper West Side apartment building, the trio suspects murder and employs their precise knowledge of true crime to investigate the truth. As they record a podcast of their own to document the case, the three unravel the complex secrets of the building which stretch back years. Perhaps even more explosive are the lies they tell one another. Soon, the endangered trio comes to realize a killer might be living amongst them as they race to decipher the mounting clues before it’s too late. Only Murders in the Building hails from co-creators and writers Steve Martin and John Hoffman (Grace & Frankie, Looking). Martin and Hoffman executive produce along with Martin Short, Selena Gomez, Jamie Babbitt, This Is Us creator Dan Fogelman and Jess Rosenthal. A new episode dropped yesterday in which Mabel slips away on a solo mission tracking the victim’s final days. Suspicious, Charles and Oliver follow her. Only Murders in the Building is the latest series to join Hulu's acclaimed slate of original comedies including such award-winning series such as Ramy, Pen15, Shrill and The Great, among others.


Love Life - William Jackson Harper

Season two of the Max Original romantic comedy anthology series Love Life, debuting with three episodes on Thursday, October 28, focuses on Marcus Watkins (Emmy® nominee and executive producer William Jackson Harper) as he comes out of a years-long relationship with the woman he thought was going to be his person. After the rug is pulled out from under him, he is plunged back into the search for the romantic fulfillment that he thought he had already found. The ten-episode season continues with three episodes on November 4 and concludes with four episodes on November 11. In addition to Harper, season two also stars series regulars Jessica Williams, Punkie Johnson and Chris “Comedian CP” Powell; recurring guest stars Arian Moayed, Leslie Bibb and John Earl Jelks; and guest stars Maya Kazan, Ego Nwodim, Kimberly Elise, Blair Underwood, Janet Hubert, Jordan Rock and Steven Boyer. Keith David narrates. Season one's Anna Kendrick, who also executive produces, Zoë Chao, Peter Vack, Sasha Compére and Nick Thune will appear in season two.

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Columbo 50th Anniversary Marathon on COZI TV; BET+ R-Rated Sitcom Renewed for Season 2

Columbo

COZI TV is celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Columbo's TV series debut with a special marathon airing Saturday, September 18. Starting at 8:00 a.m., COZI TV viewers can tune-in to watch legendary actor Peter Falk as the rumpled, cigar-smoking police detective, Lieutenant Columbo and enjoy the how will he catch'em episodes from seasons eight and nine. Columbo made its television series debut September 15, 1971 on NBC. The series ran for a total of 10 seasons, shifting to ABC for its final three seasons, along with various specials through it’s time on television. Peter Falk won four Emmy Awards for his portrayal of the homicide detective throughout its run. Directors of the series through its 10 seasons included Steven Spielberg, Ben Gazzara, and Jonathan Demme along with many celebrity guest appearances. COZI TV viewers can regularly watch episodes of Columbo every Saturday evening during its regular programing timeslot (check local listings).

The following episodes will air for the 50th Anniversary Columbo Marathon special on Saturday, September 18 (check local listings):
8:00 a.m. – Columbo Goes to the Guillotine, Season 8, Episode 1
10:00 a.m. – Murder, Smoke and Shadows, Season 8, Episode 2
12:00 p.m. – Sex and the Married Detective, Season 8, Episode 3
2:00 p.m. – Grand Deceptions, Season 8, Episode 4
8:00 p.m. – Murder, A Self Portrait, Season 9, Episode 1
10:00 p.m. – Columbo Cries Wolf, Season 9, Episode 2


The Ms. Pat Show

OBIE Award-winning, 26-year-old trailblazing creative Jordan E. Cooper's new BET+ sitcom The Ms. Pat Show has been renewed for a second season. Cooper serves as the showrunner, creator and executive producer for the comedy series. The 10-episode first season of The Ms. Pat Show premiered August 12 on BET+ and set records for viewing and audience engagement on the platform. The R-rated sitcom is filmed in front of a live audience and based on Patricia "Ms. Pat" Williams' stand-up comedy and memoir. Created & executive produced by Jordan E. Cooper and Ms. Pat, this grown folks comedy follows a former convicted felon turned suburban mom as she tries her best to navigate family, her comedy career, and a new all-white neighborhood. The series tell the story of a former convicted felon turned suburban mom (Ms. Pat), whose hustle and resilient spirit was forged on the streets of Atlanta. To much reserve, she now finds herself in conservative middle America alongside her well-intentioned husband, played by J. Bernard Calloway (City On A Hill), a struggle of a sister played by Tami Roman (The Family Business), and two distinct sets of kids played by Theodore Barnes (The Prince of Peoria), newcomer Briyana Guadalupe, and Vince Swann (50 Central), raised under very different circumstances.

Monday, September 13, 2021

Anthony Anderson and Mama Doris Headlining Halloween on Discovery+; The Last O.G. Is Back Oct. 26

Anthony Anderson and Doris Bowman - House Hunters

Emmy® nominated actor and producer Anthony Anderson, star of the ABC sitcom black-ish, along with his mom and co-host of ABC's To Tell the Truth, Doris Bowman, will combine their love of all things home—and mischief—to host the new discovery+ series House Haunters. Part of Discovery, Inc.'s cross-brand, month-long Ghostober event that features Halloween and supernatural-inspired programming from the home, food and paranormal genres, the hidden camera real estate and home renovation prank series will be available to stream beginning Thursday, Oct. 7. During the six half-hour episodes, Anthony and Mama Doris will take over properties and devise hilarious gags for unsuspecting house hunters, real estate agents, handymen and even a few HGTV stars, including Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent (The Nate & Jeremiah Home Project) and Brian and Mika Kleinschmidt (100 Day Dream Home).


The Last O.G.

The fourth season of TBS' Brooklyn-centric series The Last O.G. starring Tracy Morgan and co-created by Academy Award® winner Jordan Peele will premiere on Tuesday, October 26 with back-to-back new episodes starting at 10 pm ET/PT. The additional eight episodes will air on Tuesdays at 10:30 pm ET/PT. The Last O.G. has been a perennial Top 10 cable comedy since launch with the most recent season reaching 20 million viewers across TBS' linear and digital platforms.

Last season’s finale saw Tray (Morgan) fall victim to a violent attack, and season four will follow his personal reawakening—with a fresh perspective on his community, new goals, and a distinct set of challenges. It's a new day and a new way for Tray, as he tries to adapt to a changing world so he can do some good for the Brooklyn he loves. The fourth season of The Last O.G. stars Ryan Gaul, Taylor Mosby, Dante Hoagland, Anna Maria Horsford (Amen) and Da'Vine Joy Randolph. Guest stars this season include Janet Hubert (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air), Malik Yoba (First Wives Club), Wood Harris (The Wire) and Gary Dourdan (CSI: Crime Scene Investigation).

Sunday, September 12, 2021

Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows; This Week in Sitcoms (Week of September 13, 2021)

It's Sunday, so it is time for "Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows" for the coming week. This is where we list what sitcom stars are appearing on talk shows for the coming week, the stars are both current and past sitcom stars, so this is for all sitcom fans of all eras!
For the week of September 13-17, 2021, we have many current sitcom stars and past sitcom stars on TV talk shows! All times listed are Eastern. So get your DVRs (or whatever you use) ready! Ready? Here is all what you need to know for the coming week!


Monday, September 13
  • Jennifer Aniston (Friends/Muddling Through/Ferris Bueller/Molloy) - Watch Jennifer on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC. She will also be on The Drew Barrymore Show, so check your local listings.
  • Dave "Lil Dicky" Burd (Dave) - Dave appears on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Patton Oswalt (A.P./The Goldbergs/The King of Queens) - Patton is a guest on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:35pm on NBC.
  • Drew Barrymore (Santa Clarita Diet) - Drew will be on The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Jerry O'Connell (We Are Men/Carpoolers/My Secret Identity) - Jerry appears on Watch What Happens: Live at 3am on Bravo.
  • Lil Rel Howery (Rel/The Carmichael Show) - Lil Rel is a guest on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Kristin Chenowth (Schmigadoon!/Trial & Error/Kristin) - Kristin appears on The Kelly Clarkson Show, so check your local listings.
  • Bowen Yang (Awkwafina Is Nora from Queens) - Bowen is a guest on The Kelly Clarkson Show, so check your local listings.
  • Justin Long (F Is for Family/Ed) - Justin talks about Lionsgate's Lady of the Manor on NBC's Today in the 9am hour.
Tuesday, September 14
  • Steve Lemme (Tacoma FD) and Kevin Heffernan (Tacoma FD) - Catch Steve and Kevin on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Jon Bernthal (The Class) - Jon appears on Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Cobie Smulders (Friends from College/How I Met Your Mother) - Cobie is a guest on The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Regina Hall (Black Monday/Grandfathered) - Regina appears on The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Melissa McCarthy (Mike & Molly/Samantha Who?) - Melissa is a guest on Watch What Happens: Live at 10pm on Bravo.
  • Chelsea Handler (Are You There, Chelsea?) - Chelsea appears on Watch What Happens: Live at 10pm on Bravo.
  • Jennifer Aniston (Friends/Muddling Through/Ferris Bueller/Molloy) - Jennifer is a guest on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Tracy Morgan (The Last O.G./30 Rock/The Tracy Morgan Show) - Tracy appears on The Kelly Clarkson Show, so check your local listings.
  • Molly Shannon (The Other Two/Divorce/Kath & Kim/Cracking Up) and David Arquette (In Case of Emergency/Double Rush/Parenthood) - Molly, David and Michael Vartan are part of a Never Been Kissed reunion on The Drew Barrymore Show, so check your local listings.
  • Jason Biggs (Outmatched/Mad Love/Drexell's Class) - Jason talks about E!'s Cash at Your Door on NBC's Today in the 10am hour.
Wednesday, September 15
  • Hannah Waddingham (Ted Lasso) - Watch Hannah on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • B.J. Novak (The Office) - B.J. appears on Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Cedric the Entertainer (The Neighborhood/The Last O.G./The Soul Man/The Steve Harvey Show) - Cedric is a guest on The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Tiffany Haddish (The Last O.G./The Carmichael Show) - Tiffany will be on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Patricia Heaton (Carol's Second Act/The Middle/Back to You/Everybody Loves Raymond) - Patricia appears on a repeat of The Real, so check your local listings.
  • Connie Britton (SMILF/Lost at Home/The Fighting Fitzgeralds/Spin City) - Connie is a guest on The Kelly Clarkson Show, so check you can check your local listings.
Thursday, September 16
  • Melissa McCarthy (Mike & Molly/Samantha Who?) - Catch Melissa on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • The cast of Brooklyn Nine-Nine) - The cast of Brooklyn Nine-Nine are guests on Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Cedric the Entertainer (The Neighborhood/The Last O.G./The Soul Man/The Steve Harvey Show) - Cedric talks about The Neighborhood on CBS This Morning sometime between 7-9am and on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Mark Duplass (Togetherness/The Mindy Project/The League) - Mark will be on PEOPLE in 10 at 8am.
  • Kenan Thompson (Kenan/Kenan & Kel) - Kenan is a guest on the PEOPLE in the '90s Podcast.
  • Ron Howard (Arrested Development/Happy Days/The Andy Griffith Show) - Ron and Brian Grazer talk about Peacock's The Lost Symbol on NBC's Today in the 10am hour.
  • Brooke Shields (Suddenly Susan) - Brooke is a guest on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am.
  • Jennifer Aniston (Friends/Muddling Through/Ferris Bueller/Molloy) - Jennifer talks about The Morning Show on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am.
  • Morris Chestnut (Out All Night) - Morris talks about Our Kind of People on ABC's GMA 3: What You Need to Know at 1pm.
Friday, September 17
  • Jennifer Aniston (Friends/Muddling Through/Ferris Bueller/Molloy) - Watch Jennifer on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:35pm on NBC.
  • John Mulaney (Mulaney) - John appears on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Regina Hall (Black Monday/Granfathered) - Regina appears on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Cedric the Entertainer (The Neighborhood/The Last O.G./The Soul Man/The Steve Harvey Show) - Cedric appears on The Drew Barrymore Show, so check your local listings.
  • Justin Long (F Is for Family/Ed) - Justin talks about his new scary funny film Lady of the Manor on Rachael Ray, so check your local listings.
  • B.J. Novak (The Office) - B.J. talks about The Premise on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am.

All listings are subject to change. Visit our blog and main site for daily updated listings. Leave us comments on our message board or Tweet/Facebook us to let us know what you think of this Sunday feature! We do listen!


Sitcoms Airing This Week

Sunday, September 12

Family Guy - "Tales of Former Sports Glory" (Fox, 9:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
The guys regale each other with stories of youthful athletic accomplishments; Cleveland was a teenage baseball player from Cuba; Quagmire was a bad boy tennis superstar from New York; Peter was an underdog boxer from Philadelphia.


Monday, September 13

The Neighborhood - "Welcome to the Surprise" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
When Calvin receives an unconventional birthday gift involving his father, Dave suggests they spend the day celebrating in a way that honors the late Butler patriarch. Also, an unexpected development changes the Johnsons’ lives forever.

Bob Hearts Abishola - "God Accepts Venmo" (CBS, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
While comparing their busy schedules, Bob and Abishola realize the perfect date for their wedding is in just three weeks and enlist their family and friends to help plan their big day.


Tuesday, September 14

Miracle Workers - "Oregon Trail: End of the Trail" (TBS, 10:30PM ET/PT)
The wagon train faces its final showdown.


Wednesday, September 15

none scheduled


Thursday, September 16

Call Me Kat - "Eggs" (Fox, 9:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
After a visit to the gynecologist takes an unexpected turn, Kat must consider freezing her eggs if she ever wants to have children; Max and Carter help Phil with his online dating to prevent him from getting catfished.

Call Me Kat - "All Nighter" (Fox, 9:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
When Randi's cousin comes to town, Kat and Phil convince Randi to let them come out with her to prove they aren't old; Randi struggles to figure out why Daniel doesn't get jealous.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine - "The Last Day" (NBC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
The squad take stock of their eight years together and look toward their future.

What We Do in the Shadows - "The Casino" (FX, 10:00PM ET/PT)
The vampires embark on a road trip from which they may never return.


Friday, September 17

none scheduled


Saturday, September 18

Side Hustle - "Room for Munchy" (Nickelodeon, 8:00PM ET/PT)
When Lex and Presley discover that Munchy doesn't have his own room but Jaget has two, they go to drastic lengths to make Jaget give up one of his rooms; their plan backfires, so the kids make a plan b.


Sunday, September 19

The Great North - "Tusk in the Wind Adventure" (Fox, 7:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
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."

The Simpsons - "Wad Goal" (Fox, 7:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Bart becomes a successful caddy, but Marge worries it is ruining his character.

Family Guy - "Fecal Matters" (Fox, 9:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
When Peter makes it through a bad flu season without getting sick, the hospital asks him to volunteer as a nurse, but he finds himself at a crossroads when his mortal enemy, The Giant Chicken, is admitted; Brian has an identity crisis.

Complete TV Listings

Saturday, September 11, 2021

SitcomsOnline Digest: Fox Mulls Future of Animated Comedies; Saturday Night Live Season Premiere Date Set

Welcome to SitcomsOnline Digest! It's a slow pre-fall season week (with the big "beginning" of the season coming on September 20), but we've got news about the future of some animated Fox comedies, the premiere of Saturday Night Live, and more. Let's get going!

HIGHLIGHTS FROM SITCOMSONLINE.COM AND AROUND THE WEB

  • The Simpsons and Family Guy have stuck around long enough to define Fox (one since 1989 and the other since 1999, albeit with a hiatus for the latter), but with the network no longer owning either series and effectively being the one responsible for much of the costs without much to show for it past the original airing of the episodes, how much longer can they last? (Deadline)
  • A date for the season premiere of Saturday Night Live has been set, but it's still not clear which cast members will return and some long time members could be gone as the series seeks to retool in a post-Trump era. (Deadline)
  • Judge Judy's return in Judy Justice has been set for November 1. (Hollywood Reporter)
  • Steve from Blue's Clues made a return online this week to talk to his fans from 25 years ago. (CBS News)
  • Irma Kalish, a writer and producer who was involved in several Norman Lear series among others, has died at age 96. (SitcomsOnline)

WEEKLY PLANNER (SEPTEMBER 11 - SEPTEMBER 17)

  • Decades has a binge of Family Affair this weekend.
  • New seasons of Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy! debut next week, complete with the new host of Jeopardy! Mike Richards, who is already fired (but already had episodes taped before being fired).

Friday, September 10, 2021

Fri-Yay: A.P. Bio Quietly Continues Its Daring Humor on Peacock; Remembering Producer/Writer Irma Kalish, Michael Constantine of Room 222 and Art Metrano of Joanie Loves Chachi

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!

A.P. Bio

by Vincent

If I had to pick one sitcom that's been consistently overlooked, it's A.P. Bio, which started its fourth season on Peacock this past week. A.P. Bio started off with a shaky first season on NBC and just barely squeaked out a second season renewal after low ratings and so-so critical reception. But over the course of the second season, the show began to garner a fanbase for the way it brought cable-like humor to a network sitcom environment. The show was cancelled by NBC after Season 2, but NBC Universal noticed the show’s growing fanbase and decided it was a good choice to use the series to help build the company's new streaming service, Peacock.

Since the move to Peacock, the show has gotten even better, feeling more comfortable to explore its dark side and bringing out the best of its characters even more. Sometimes it feels like the show doesn't quite get the hype given its a Peacock exclusive, but it really does deserve to be mentioned along the best sitcoms on TV right now. It's funny, sarcastic but even has a little bit of heart. I really like the series, and I think anyone looking for a good, sardonic modern sitcom won't be disappointed.


Irma Kalish

Television producer and writer Irma Kalish, who worked on F Troop, Family Affair, Maude, All in the Family, Good Times, Too Close for Comfort, The Facts of Life and 227, has died. She died on September 3 of pneumonia at the Motion Picture & Television Fund cottages in Woodland Hills, California. Ms. Kalish was 96.

Kalish married her husband and writing partner Austin "Rocky" Kalish in 1948. Their writing careers began on radio for The Martin and Lewis Show, which starred Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis.

Some of her early sitcom writing credits included The Millionaire, The Patty Duke Show, I Dream of Jeannie, Gidget, My Favorite Martian, Please Don't Eat the Daisies, The Hero, That Girl, F Troop (8 episodes), He & She, The Flying Nun, Family Affair (22 episodes, also a story consultant for 41 episodes) and My Three Sons (8 episodes).

They wrote the 1972 two-part Maude episode titled "Maude's Dilemma," in which Maude contemplates an abortion. They worked on four episodes of All in the Family, including "Gloria the Victim," in which Gloria is the victim of an attempted rape and "Edith's Christmas Story," in which Edith has a breast cancer scare. Some of her other 1970s writing credits included Nanny and the Professor, Anna and the King, The Bob Newhart Show, The Brian Keith Show, Dusty's Trail, Good Heavens, Good Times and Carter Country.

Some of her 1980s writing credits included Too Close for Comfort (8 episodes), Foot in the Door, Oh Madeline, The Facts of Life, 227 and Sugar and Spice (also one of the creators). She was one of the writers of the 1985 TV movie I Dream of Jeannie... Fifteen Years Later.

Irma and Rocky produced 48 episodes of Good Times from 1976 to 1978. They produced 40 episodes of Too Close for Comfort from 1980 to 1982. She was an executive producer of 46 episodes The Facts of Life for the final two seasons from 1986 to 1988. She was interviewed for the E! True Hollywood Story on The Facts of Life in 1999. Irma was an executive producer of 39 episodes of 227 from 1988 to 1990. Some of her other producing credits included Good Heavens, Carter Country, Out of the Blue (1979), Foot in the Door, Oh Madeline and The Hogan Family.

Rocky and Irma Kalish

Irma and Rocky were interviewed for The Interviews: An Oral History of Television on December 21, 2012. They were married for 68 years until Rocky's death on October 5, 2016.

Survivors include her sister, Harriet Alef; son, television writer-producer Bruce Kalish and his wife and actress Leah Ayres; grandchildren Matthew Biederman Sr. and his wife Cassie Fink, writer-producer Mackenzie Kalish; and great-grandchildren Nicholas and Caden Biederman.

Ms. Kalish was a prolific and pioneering sitcom producer and writer. She worked on around 30 sitcoms in her career. We thank her for the laughs and entertainment she brought us. She will be deeply missed.

Michael Constantine

Emmy-winning actor Michael Constantine, who starred as high school principal Seymour Kaufman on Room 222, has died. He died on August 31 of natural causes at his home in Reading, Pennsylvania. Mr. Constantine was 94.

Constantine's early television credits included Brenner, The Detectives, The Defenders, Naked City, Dr. Kildare, Ben Casey, The Untouchables (5 episodes), Bonanza, Gunsmoke, The Eleventh Hour, The Twilight Zone, The Outer Limits, Perry Mason, Death Valley Days, I Spy and The Fugitive.

His first sitcom starring role was as Jack Ellenhorn on the 1966-1967 NBC sitcom Hey, Landlord. Jack Ellenhorn was a photographer and tenant at a New York City brownstone apartment building in Manhattan's East 30s. The series also starred Will Hutchins, Sandy Baron, Pamela Rodgers, Miko Mayama, Ann Morgan Guilbert and Kathryn Minner.

Room 222

Constantine's best known television role was as Seymour Kaufman on the 1969-1974 ABC comedy-drama Room 222. Seymour Kaufman was the dryly humorous school principal of the fictional Walt Whitman High School, an extremely racially diverse school in Los Angeles, California. The critically acclaimed series ran for five seasons and 113 episodes. Constantine won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series in 1970. The cast included Lloyd Haynes, Denise Nicholas, Karen Valentine, Howard Rice (1969-1971), Judy Strangis, Heshimu, Pendrant Netherly (1969-1971), David Jolliffe (1970-1974), Ta-Tanisha (1970-1973) and Eric Laneuville (1971-1973).

Sirota's Court

He next starred as Matthew J. Sirota on the 1976-1977 NBC sitcom Sirota's Court. Matthew J. Sirota was a night court judge in a large metropolitan city. Constantine received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor in a Television Series - Comedy or Musical for the role in 1977. The series also starred Cynthia Harris, Kathleen Miller, Fred Willard, Ted Ross and Owen Bush.

My Big Fat Greek Life

Constantine reprised his role of Gus Portokalos from the 2002 film My Big Fat Greek Wedding on the short-lived 2003 CBS sitcom My Big Fat Greek Life. Gus and Maria Portokalos (Lainie Kazan) owned a neighborhood restaurant. The series also starred Nia Vardalos, Steven Eckholdt, Louis Mandylor, Gia Carides, Andrea Martin and Victoria Adams.

Some of his sitcom guest appearances included Hogan's Heroes, The Double Life of Henry Phyfe, My Favorite Martian, The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Jean Arthur Show, The Good Guys, The Odd Couple, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Love, American Style (1972), Benson, Amanda's, The Love Boat, Mama's Family, Free Spirit, Cosby and In-Laws.

His other film credits included The Last Mile (1959), The Hustler (1961), Skidoo (1968), The Reivers (1969), The North Avenue Irregulars (1979), Prancer (1989), Thinner (1996) and My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 (2016).

Mr. Constantine was a talented and versatitle character actor. He was outstanding on Room 222. It would be great if the remaining three seasons would be released on DVD. We thank him for the laughs and entertainment he brought us. He will be greatly missed.

Share your memories on our Room 222 message board. View photos in our galleries.

Art Metrano

Actor and comedian Art Metrano, who starred as Rico Mastorelli on Joanie Loves Chachi, has died. He died on September 8 at his home in Aventura, Florida, of natural causes. Mr. Metrano was 84.

The Chicago Teddy Bears

He starred as Nick Marr on the short-lived 1971 CBS sitcom The Chicago Teddy Bears. "Big" Nick Marr was a small-time gangster who wants to take over a Chicago speakeasy. The series also starred Dean Jones, Marvin Kaplan, Mickey Shaughnessy, Jamie Farr, Mike Mazurki, Huntz Hall and John Banner.

Metrano starred as Tom on the short-lived 1977 CBS sitcom Loves Me, Love Me Not. Tom was Dick's (Kenneth Gilman) best friend and his editor at the newspaper. Tom's wife, Sue, was played by Phyllis Glick. Susan Dey starred as Dick's wife, June.

Tough Cookies

He starred as Lt. Iverson on the short-lived 1986 CBS sitcom Tough Cookies. Lt. Iverson was Det. Cliff Brody's (Robby Benson) tough superior. The series also starred Lainie Kazan, Adam Arkin, Matt Craven, Elizabeth Pena and Alan North.

Scott Baio, Art Metrano and Erin Moran

Metrano starred as Rico Mastorelli on the 1982-1983 ABC sitcom Joanie Loves Chachi, which aired for two seasons and 17 episodes. Rico was Chachi's (Scott Baio) uncle who was the band's manager and helped Joanie (Erin Moran) and Chachi advance in their careers. The series also starred Al Molinaro, Ellen Travolta, Robert Pierce, Derrel Maury and Winifred Freedman.

Some of his sitcom guest appearances included The Good Guys, Bewitched, Nanny and the Professor, That Girl, The Partridge Family, The Partners, Adam's Rib, Love, American Style (1972, 1973), Barney Miller, All in the Family, The Ted Knight Show, Benson, WKRP in Cincinnati, Punky Brewster, Lenny, The Golden Girls, Nurses, Empty Nest, The John Larroquette Show, Herman's Head and Police Academy: The Series.

He starred as Detective Rod Pena on the 1974-1975 NBC police drama Amy Prentiss. He played Moose on the NBC adventure series Movin' On from 1975 to 1976.

Metrano starred as Lt./Capt./Cmdt. Mauser in Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment (1985) and Police Academy 3: Back in Training (1986). Some of his other film credits included They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (1969), The Heartbreak Kid (1972), Slaughter’s Big Rip-Off (1973), History of the World, Part One (1981), Breathless (1983), Teachers (1984) and How Stella Got Her Groove Back (1998).

Survivors include his wife, Jamie; his first wife, Rebecca; children Harry (and his wife, Melissa), Zoe (Mark), Roxanne and Howard; and grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Art Metrano - Joanie Loves Chachi

Mr. Metrano was a solid character actor and comedian. We thank him for his work on many television series and in films. He will be sorely missed.

Share your memories on our Joanie Loves Chachi message board. View photos in our galleries.

Willard Scott

Finally, we remember legendary The Today Show weatherman Willard Scott. He had an occasional role as Peter Poole on Valerie's Family/The Hogan Family. He died on September 4 of natural causes in Delaplane, Virginia. Mr. Scott was 87.

His career with NBC began as a 16-year-old, working in 1950 as an NBC page at WRC (AM). From 1959–1962, he portrayed Bozo the Clown in the children's television program on NBC Washington, D.C. affiliate WRC-TV. He was the creator and original portrayer of Ronald McDonald from 1963-1965. He became the weatherman for The Today Show in 1980. He announced his full retirement from television on December 11, 2015.

Willard Scott and Edie McClurg

Scott had an occasional role as Peter Poole on five episodes of the NBC sitcom Valerie's Family/The Hogan Family from 1987 to 1989. Peter Poole was the jovial husband of Patty Poole (Edie McClurg), who was the busybody neighor of the Hogan family.

Mr. Scott was a great televison personality with a career spanning 65 years. His tribute greetings segment for people celebrating their 100th or above birthdays were always fun. It's sad that he didn't make it to his 100th birthday. He will be greatly missed.

Thursday, September 09, 2021

Wheel of Fortune Hosts Extend Contracts; Dancing with the Stars Announces Season 30 Cast

Wheel of Fortune

As Wheel of Fortune is set to kick off its 39th season on September 13, hosts Pat Sajak and Vanna White have signed on to continue hosting the iconic show through the 2023-2024 season. As part of the deal, Pat Sajak has added consulting producer to his responsibilities to the show. Wheel of Fortune announcer Jim Thornton is celebrating his 10th anniversary with the show, and viewers will get to see more of him on-screen this season. At the open of each episode, Jim will now be featured at a new podium on stage as he introduces Pat Sajak and Vanna White. In the game show's digital space, Maggie Sajak, Pat's daughter, will be joining the show as Social Correspondent. As such, Maggie will treat Wheel of Fortune's digital audience to fresh content including exclusive videos, behind-the-scenes access, and interviews with the hosts, staff, crew, and contestants. She will be a presence across all of Wheel of Fortune's channels including: www.wheeloffortune.com, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and TikTok.

On September 13, fans will notice a few upgrades to the game they love. The set and music have been refreshed for the new season, but longtime viewers may recognize the familiar Wheel of Fortune theme song, "Changing Keys," which will return this season with a modernized arrangement. Pat Sajak will no longer do the "Final Spin" of the game. Instead, the contestant in control of the Wheel at the time will spin to determine the amount each consonant is worth during the speed up round. More money will be up for grabs in Season 39 with the removal of the "Free Play" wedge from the Wheel which was replaced by an $850 wedge. Also, a $4,000 bonus is being added to contestants who solve all three puzzles in the Triple Toss Up Round, making the round worth $10,000. And finally, the minimum amount that can be won on the Bonus Wheel has been upped to $39,000, in honor of the show's 39th season in syndication.


Dancing with the Stars

ABC's Dancing with the Stars 2021 celebrity cast was announced on ABC's Good Morning America, live from Disney's California Adventure. The series, hosted by supermodel and businesswoman Tyra Banks, returns to the ballroom for its milestone 30th season with a lineup of celebrities including a WWE legend, a Real Housewife, a Bachelor, an Office fave, a country superstar, a 90210 hearthrob, and a Spice Girl, to name a few. The cast joins Suni Lee and JoJo Siwa, both of whom were previously announced at ABC's 2021 TCA Virtual Press Conferences last month. The new celebrity cast will debut their twists, tricks and kicks during the premiere, live on Monday, Sept. 20 from 8:00-10:00 p.m. EDT on ABC. Watch episodes on demand and on Hulu the day following their premieres.

The celebrities and professional dancers heading to the ballroom are as follows (in alphabetical order): 

Celebrities:
Country singer Jimmie Allen
Spice Girl Melanie C
Reality star Christine Chiu (Netflix's Bling Empire)
Actor Brian Austin Green (Beverly Hills, 90210)
Actress Melora Hardin (“The Office”)
Social media star Olivia Jade
Reality star Matt James (The Bachelor)
Actress Amanda Kloots (The Talk)  
Actor Martin Kove (Netflix's Cobra Kai)
Gold medal Olympian Suni Lee
WWE Superstar Mike "The Miz" Mizanin
Reality star Kenya Moore (The Real Housewives of Atlanta)
Peloton star instructor Cody Rigsby
NBA star Iman Shumpert
Popstar JoJo Siwa

Professional dancers:
Brandon Armstrong
Lindsay Arnold
Alan Bersten
Sharna Burgess
Cheryl Burke
Witney Carson
Artem Chigvintsev
Val Chmerkovskiy
Sasha Farber
Jenna Johnson
Daniella Karagach
Pasha Pashkov
Gleb Savchenko
Emma Slater
Britt Stewart


Viewers will have to tune in to the season premiere to find out with whom their favorite professional dancers are paired. The pairs will be judged by a panel of renowned ballroom experts, including Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli and Derek Hough.

Wednesday, September 08, 2021

Netflix Comedy On My Block's Final Season; Parks and Recreation Podcast Premieres Sept. 14

On My Block

On My Block, The Final Season has been announced. Season 4 premieres Monday, October 4, only on Netflix. On My Block is a coming of age comedy about a group of bright and street-savvy friends navigating their way through high-school in the rough inner city. Season 4 finds our friends two years later, having gone their separate ways. When a secret is unburied, they quickly learn you can't run from the past and they will need to stick together to survive. The series stars Diego Tinoco as "Cesar Diaz," Sierra Capri as "Monse Finnie," Jason Genao as "Ruby Martinez," Brett Gray as "Jamal Turner," Jessica Marie Garcia as "Jasmine" and Julio Macias as "Oscar." 10 episodes have been ordered.


Parks and Recollection

Conan O'Brien's award winning digital media brand and podcast company, Team Coco, is continuing its expansion into the podcast world with a new podcast centered around the NBC comedy Parks and Recreation. Premiering on September 14, Parks and Recollection, hosted and produced by Rob Lowe and Parks writer/producer Alan Yang, will take listeners behind the scenes of one of the most beloved comedies of all time. The show will feature guest appearances from Parks and Recreation's cast, crew, writers and producers. From the origin story of Li'l Sebastian to the making of The Cones of Dunshire, fans will get a chance to hear about how all of their favorite Parks & Rec moments came to be. Co-produced by Stitcher, the experts behind The Office rewatch podcast Office Ladies, this first season will encompass the first two seasons of Parks and Recreation and fans can expect appearances from notable Parks stars such as Chris Pratt and Ben Schwartz, amongst other cast, crew and writers.

Tuesday, September 07, 2021

FX on Hulu's Reservation Dogs Renewed; Comet and Stirr Celebrate Star Trek Day

Reservation Dogs

FX's hit comedy Reservation Dogs, which continues to gain critical acclaim and fans in its first season, has been renewed for a second season. The second season of Reservation Dogs is expected to premiere in 2022, exclusively on FX on Hulu. The first season of Reservation Dogs currently enjoys a 100% Certified Fresh ratings on Rotten Tomatoes and has earned Universal Acclaim on Metacritic. Season one continues on FX on Hulu with the latest episode premiering yesterday on Monday, September 6 with episode six, "Hunting": Willie Jack and Leon go hunting. Written and Directed by Sterlin Harjo. The season one finale is slated for September 20. The series is a half-hour comedy that follows the exploits of four Indigenous teenagers in rural Oklahoma who steal, rob and save in order to get to the exotic, mysterious and faraway land of California.

Starring D'Pharaoh Woon-A-Tai, Devery Jacobs, Paulina Alexis and Lane Factor, Reservation Dogs is filmed on location in Okmulgee, Oklahoma. A breakthrough in Indigenous representation on television both in front of and behind the camera, every writer, director and series regular on the show is Indigenous. This first-of-its-kind creative team tells a story that resonates with them and their lived experiences - and invites audiences into a surprisingly familiar and funny world.


Star Trek

Tomorrow (Wednesday, September 8), Sinclair's Comet and Stirr will celebrate Star Trek Day, commemorating the September 8, 1966 debut of the first Star Trek episode airing in the US. Comet, Sinclair Broadcasting Group's multicast channel network specializing in science fiction programming, will be airing Star Trek movies on rotation all month long as well: Star Trek: Generations, Star Trek: First Contact, Star Trek: Nemesis. On Star Trek Day, 9/8, Comet is airing two Star Trek movies (Star Trek: Generations and Star Trek: First Contact). Comet can be watched over the air, on cable, on YouTube TV and Dish Network. Comet is also available via on Sinclair's streaming service STIRR and on Comet's app which is available on Roku and Samsung Smart TVs and can be watched at comettv.com

Stirr, Sinclair's free, ad-supported OTT streaming service, will feature Comet TV's special line up of Star Trek movies, three documentaries examining Star Trek's lasting global impact on society will stream on the Stirr Movies channel and the Stirr City channel will stream the TV five part mini-series The Captain's Close Up with William Shatner. The schedule is as follows -

Stirr Movies channel
6pm Chaos On The Bridge – written and Directed by William Shatner
730pm The Truth is the Stars – starring William Shatner, interviews with Neil Degrasse Tyson, Stephen Hawking, Seth Macfarlane and Whoopi Goldberg
930pm What We Left Behind: Looking Back at Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

STIRR City Channel
8pm The Captain's Close Up – William Shatner
9pm The Captain's Close Up – Patrick Stewart
10pm The Captain's Close Up – Kate Mulgrew
1135pm The Captain's Close Up – Scott Bakula
1235am The Captain's Close Up – Avery Brooks

Monday, September 06, 2021

TV Marathons on Labor Day 2021

Alice - Hardest Working Waitress Labor Day Marathon

Happy Labor Day! It's a holiday, so of course you turn to SitcomsOnline to see what marathons are on TV! Most of you are probably outdoors (please social distance and wear a mask!) this last "unofficial" weekend of summer with your family & friends, but for those of you who are in need of some TV marathons...as usual, you've come to the right place!

First, Antenna TV will have a Labor Day marathon of Alice from 5am-4:30am. This Labor Day, Antenna TV is celebrating the holiday with an Alice marathon of 47 classic episodes. TV Land gives us a M*A*S*H marathon from 9am-8pm. Comedy Central will have a The Office marathon again from 9am-12am. TBS has a Labor Day marathon of Friends from 8am-3pm with "labor" episodes of Phoebe and Rachel. FXX will air a marathon of The Simpsons on Labor Day once again but this time from 6pm-12am. Hogan's Heroes marathon is on Sundance TV in morning from 6am-11:30am. Logo has a The New Adventures of Old Christine marathon from 5pm-3am (mini-marathons of Gilmore Girls & The Facts of Life before that). BBC America will have a Star Trek: Deep Space Nine/The Next Generation marathon from 6am-6pm, followed by Star Trek films from 6pm-6am.

There are plenty of movie and reality TV options as well, of course. The Pacific, Harry Potter, Rocky and DC Universe films movie wise, and Below Deck, Botched, 90 Day Fiancé: Before the 90 Days and Impractical Jokers marathons reality wise.

Sunday, September 05, 2021

Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows; This Week in Sitcoms (Week of September 6, 2021)

It's Sunday, so it is time for "Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows" for the coming week. This is where we list what sitcom stars are appearing on talk shows for the coming week, the stars are both current and past sitcom stars, so this is for all sitcom fans of all eras!
For the week of September 6-10, 2021, we have many current sitcom stars and past sitcom stars on TV talk shows! All times listed are Eastern. So get your DVRs (or whatever you use) ready! Ready? Here is all what you need to know for the coming week!


Monday, September 6
  • Sean Hayes (Will & Grace/Sean Saves the World/The Millers) - Sean guest hosts a repeat of Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Tracee Ellis Ross (black-ish/Girlfriends) - Tracee appears on a repeat of Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Phoebe Dynevor (Younger) - Phoebe is a guest on a repeat of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:35pm on NBC.
  • Amy Poehler (Duncanville/Parks and Recreation) - Amy appears on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Jerry O'Connell (We Are Men/Carpoolers/My Secret Identity) and Jamie Camil (Schmigadoon!) - Jerry and Jamie guest co-host The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Michael Cimino (Love, Victor) - Michael will be on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Dove Cameron (Schmigadoon!/Liv and Maddie) - Dove appears on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Keke Palmer (Scream Queens/True Jackson, VP) - Keke is a guest on a repeat of The Real, so check your local listings.
  • Jason Biggs (Outmatched/Mad Love/Drexell's Class) - Jason appears on The Kelly Clarkson Show, so check your local listings.
  • Wilmer Valderrama (That '70s Show) - Wilmer will be on The Kelly Clarkson Show, so check your local listings.
  • Cedric the Entertainer (The Neighborhood/The Soul Man/The Steve Harvey Show) - Cedric talks about producing Bounce TV's new show Johnson on a repeat of Access Daily, so check your local listings.
  • Jackée Harry (Tyler Perry's The Paynes/The First Family/Sister, Sister/The Royal Family/227) - Jackée talks about Peacock's Days of Our Lies: Beyond Salem on NBC's Today in the 10am hour.
  • Victoria Justice (Victorious/Zoey 101) - Victoria talks about Netflix's After of the Party on NBC's Today in the 10am hour.
Tuesday, September 7
  • Tiffany Haddish (The Last O.G./The Carmichael Show) - Catch Tiffany on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Steve Martin (Only Murders in the Building), Martin Short (Only Murders in the Building/Mulaney/The Martin Short Show) and Selena Gomez (Only Murders in the Building/Wizards of Waverly Place) - Steve, Martin and Selena are guests on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Regina Hall (Black Monday/Granfathered) - Regina appears on Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Patrick Stewart (Blunt Talk) - Patrick is a guest on The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Jerry O'Connell (We Are Men/Carpoolers/My Secret Identity) and Deon Cole (grown-ish/Angie Tribeca/black-ish) - Jerry and Deon guest co-host The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Yvonne Orji (Insecure) - Yvonne appears on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Jason Biggs (Outmatched/Mad Love/Drexell's Class) - Jason talks about his hosting gig on the new reality series Cash at Your Door on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation) and Megan Mullally (Will & Grace/Breaking In/Rachel Gunn, M.D./The Ellen Burstyn Show) - Nick and Megan are guests on The Kelly Clarkson Show, so check your local listings.
  • Jenna Elfman (Imaginary Mary/Growing Up Fisher/1600 Penn/Accidentally on Purpose/Courting Alex/Dharma & Greg/Townies) - Jenna appears on a repeat of Rachael Ray, so check your local listings.
  • Whoopi Goldberg (Whoopi/Bagdad Cafe) - Whoopi is a guest on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am.
Wednesday, September 8
  • Drew Barrymore (Santa Clarita Diet) - Watch Drew on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Meredith Hagner (Search Party/Men at Work) - Meredith appears on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:35pm on NBC.
  • Holland Taylor (Two and a Half Men/The Naked Truth/The Powers That Be/Bosom Buddies) - Holland is a guest on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Selena Gomez (Only Murders in the Building/Wizards of Waverly Place) - Selena will be on Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Glenn Howerton (A.P. Bio/It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia/The Mindy Project) - Glenn appears on Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Ron Funches (Final Space/Powerless/Undateable) - Ron is a guest on The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Steve Martin (Only Murders in the Building) and Martin Short (Only Murders in the Building/Mulaney/The Martin Short Show) - Steve and Martin chat with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Jerry O'Connell (We Are Men/Carpoolers/My Secret Identity) - Jerry guest co-hosts The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Regina Hall (Black Monday/Granfathered) - Regina talks about Nine Perfect Strangers on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Tracee Ellis Ross (black-ish/Girlfriends), Lily Tomlin (Grace and Frankie/Malibu Country) and Allison Janney (Mom/Mr. Sunshine) - The Ellen DeGeneres Show has Favorite Moments from Season 18, so check your local listings.
  • Vivica A. Fox (Mr. Box Office/Getting Personal/Out All Night) - Vivica appears on a repeat of The Wendy Williams Show, so check your local listings.
  • S. Epatha Merkerson (Here and Now) - S. Epath is a guest on a repeat of The Real, so check your local listings.
  • Kym Whitley (Young & Hungry/Animal Practice/Sparks) - Kym appears on The Kelly Clarkson Show, so check your local listings.
Thursday, September 9
  • Amanda Peet (Brockmire/Togetherness/Bent) - Catch Amanda on Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC. She will also be on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Paula Pell (Girls5eva/A.P. Bio/Mapleworth Murders) - Paula appears on Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC. She also talks about A.P. Bio on NBC's Today in the 9am hour.
  • Jason Biggs (Outmatched/Mad Love/Drexell's Class) - Jason is a guest on Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
  • Tom Cavanagh (Scrubs/Ed) - Tom will be on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Kim Fields (The Upshaws/Living Single/The Facts of Life/Baby, I'm Back) - Kim appears on a repeat of The Wendy Williams Show, so check your local listings.
  • Topher Grace (Home Economics/That '70s Show) - Topher is a guest on The Kelly Clarkson Show, so check your local listings.
  • Ted Danson (Mr. Mayor/The Good Place/Bored to Death/Help Me Help You/Becker/Cheers) - Ted appears on The Kelly Clarkson Show, so check your local listings.
  • Holly Hunter (Mr. Mayor) - Holly is a guest on The Kelly Clarkson Show, so check your local listings.
  • Keegan-Michael Key (Schmigadoon!/Friends from College/Playing House/Gary Unmarried) - Keegan-Michael appears on The Kelly Clarkson Show, so check your local listings.
  • Eddie Murphy (The PJs) - The Drew Barrymore Show has a Best of Week, so check your local listings.
  • Glenn Howerton (A.P. Bio/It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia/The Mindy Project) and Patton Oswalt (A.P. Bio/The Goldbergs/The King of Queens) - Glenn and Patton talk about A.P. Bio on NBC's Today in the 9am hour.
Friday, September 10
  • Kristen Bell (The Good Place) - Watch Kristen on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Kirby Howell-Baptiste (Downward Dog) - Kirby appears on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Steve Martin (Only Murders in the Building), Martin Short (Only Murders in the Building/Mulaney/The Martin Short Show) and Selena Gomez (Only Murders in the Building/Wizards of Waverly Place) - Steve, Martin and Selena are guests on a repeat of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Michael Keaton (All's Fair/Working Stiffs/Report to Murphy) - Michael is a guest on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Teyonah Parris (Survivor's Remorse) - Tayonah appears on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Jerry O'Connell (We Are Men/Carpoolers/My Secret Identity) - Jerry guest co-hosts The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Rachael Harris (Surviving Jack/My Boys/Notes from the Underbelly) - Rachael chats about the final season of Lucifer on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Kevin Hart (The Big House/Undeclared) - The Ellen DeGeneres Show has Exciting Moments from Season 18, so check your local listings.
  • Olivia Munn (Perfect Couples) - Olivia appears on The Kelly Clarkson Show, so check your local listings.
  • Sarah Hyland (Modern Family) - Sarah is a guest on The Kelly Clarkson Show, so check your local listings.
  • Meagan Good (Cousin Skeeter/Raising Dad) - Meagan appears on The Kelly Clarkson Show, so check your local listings.
  • Cristin Milioti (Made for Love/A to Z/How I Met Your Mother) - Cristin is a guest on The Kelly Clarkson Show, so check your local listings.

All listings are subject to change. Visit our blog and main site for daily updated listings. Leave us comments on our message board or Tweet/Facebook us to let us know what you think of this Sunday feature! We do listen!


Sitcoms Airing This Week

Sunday, September 5

The Conners - "An Old Dog, New Tricks and a Ticket to Ride" (ABC, 7:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Becky is working double shifts and taking classes at the community college, resulting in less time with her daughter; Dan decides to foster an elderly dog.

The Great North - "Period Piece Adventure" (Fox, 7:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Judy asks Alyson to help her with an exciting opportunity to lead an art project at school; the local paper prints a story involving Beef.

Bob's Burgers - "Vampire Disco Death Sentence" (Fox, 7:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
After Tina and Bob plan a father-daughter date to see Bob's favorite vampire movie, Tina decides to invite her group of friends along; Linda opens a restaurant for the raccoons in their alley.

Wellington Paranormal - "Copy Cops" (Fox, 9:00PM ET/PT)
When Sergeant Maaka brings Minogue's dead doppelgänger into the station, Officers O'Leary and Minogue go looking for answers.

Wellington Paranormal - "Cop Circles" (Fox, 9:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
O'Leary and Minogue investigate possible alien activity in the Wellington countryside.


Monday, September 6

The Neighborhood - "Welcome to the Invasion" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
When Calvin’s arch-rivals, the Pink Ladies, move their manicure business into the local barbershop, Dave encourages him to make peace until the women take a prank too far and the guys decide to plot revenge. Also, Gemma helps Tina find a creative way to keep tabs on Marty and Malcolm’s dating lives.

Bob Hearts Abishola - "The Devil's Taste Buds" (CBS, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
While Dele is in Nigeria with his dad, Abishola struggles with how to handle her free time, so Bob, Gloria and Kemi remind her how to let loose. Also, Dottie enlists Christina’s help at her old house and Olu and Tunde try to keep up with their new Nigerian houseguest.


Tuesday, September 7

Miracle Workers - "Oregon Trail: Stranded" (TBS, 10:30PM ET/PT)
Ezekiel, Benny, and the farmers face starvation as they try to survive a blizzard; Todd gets into politics.


Wednesday, September 8

none scheduled


Thursday, September 9

Young Sheldon - "Bible Camp and a Chariot of Love" (CBS, 9:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Sheldon finds himself in a fierce competition with Paige (Mckenna Grace) when their mothers force them to attend Vacation Bible School. Also, George is furious after Georgie makes a questionable purchase.

Call Me Kat - "Vacation" (Fox, 9:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Kat wins a free trip to Puerto Rico for herself and a friend, but she doesn't have anyone to go with her; after being left in charge of the cafe, Randi and Phil have trouble with the new register.

Call Me Kat - "Therapy" (Fox, 9:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
When Sheila comes to stay with Kat to avoid being home alone, Sheila's lack of boundaries leads them to try therapy; Phil and Randi make a road trip to buy Phil's mother medicinal marijuana.

What We Do in the Shadows - "Gail" (FX, 10:00PM ET/PT)
An old flame returns, and an ancient vehicle is resurrected.


Friday, September 10

none scheduled


Saturday, September 11

Side Hustle - "Love Sensei" (Nickelodeon, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Fisher turns to Love Sensei Jaget for help in getting a date with Lex; when Jaget's elaborate plan causes Lex's dog to go missing, Fisher must help Lex find her dog without everyone discovering the truth behind his disappearance.


Sunday, September 12

Family Guy - "Tales of Former Sports Glory" (Fox, 9:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
The guys regale each other with stories of youthful athletic accomplishments; Cleveland was a teenage baseball player from Cuba; Quagmire was a bad boy tennis superstar from New York; Peter was an underdog boxer from Philadelphia.

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Sunday, September 19

The Great North - "Tusk in the Wind Adventure" (Fox, 7:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
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."

The Simpsons - "Wad Goal" (Fox, 7:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Bart becomes a successful caddy, but Marge worries it is ruining his character.

Family Guy - "Fecal Matters" (Fox, 9:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
When Peter makes it through a bad flu season without getting sick, the hospital asks him to volunteer as a nurse, but he finds himself at a crossroads when his mortal enemy, The Giant Chicken, is admitted; Brian has an identity crisis.

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Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of September 13)

Friday, September 17

  • Jennifer Aniston (Friends/Muddling Through/Ferris Bueller/Molloy) - Watch Jennifer on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:35pm on NBC.
  • John Mulaney (Mulaney) - John appears on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Regina Hall (Black Monday/Granfathered) - Regina appears on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Cedric the Entertainer (The Neighborhood/The Last O.G./The Soul Man/The Steve Harvey Show) - Cedric appears on The Drew Barrymore Show, so check your local listings.
  • Justin Long (F Is for Family/Ed) - Justin talks about his new scary funny film Lady of the Manor on Rachael Ray, so check your local listings.
  • B.J. Novak (The Office) - B.J. talks about The Premise on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am.


New on DVD/Blu-ray (June-September)

Head of the Class - The Complete Third Season Family Ties - The Complete Series (2021 Release) Hot in Cleveland - The Complete Series (2021 Release) Young Sheldon - The Complete Fourth Season I Dream of Jeannie - The Complete Series (Blu-ray)

06/08 - The Critic - The Complete Series
06/08 - Fuller House - The Fifth and Final Season
06/08 - Fuller House - The Complete Series
06/08 - Our Cartoon President - Season 3
06/15 - The Office - Season 1 (Blu-ray) / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9
06/15 - Parks and Recreation - The Complete Series (Blu-ray)
07/07 - No Activity - Season 2
07/13 - The Unicorn - Season 2
07/20 - Head of the Class - The Complete Third Season
07/27 - Family Ties - The Complete Series (2021 Release)
07/27 - Hot in Cleveland - The Complete Series (2021 Release)
07/27 - The Neighborhood - Season Three
08/20 - The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet - Deluxe Edition (100 Episodes) (Time Life)
08/20 - The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet - Standard Edition (50 Episodes) (Time Life)
08/24 - The Jim Gaffigan Show - Season 2
09/07 - Young Sheldon - The Complete Fourth Season (Blu-ray)
09/21 - I Dream of Jeannie - The Complete Series (Blu-ray)
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