Wednesday, May 31, 2023

Amazon Freevee's Jury Duty Gets Special Release; Stars on Mars Fan Experience

Jury Duty

Court is back in session. Amazon Freevee and Prime Video have announced they will release an exclusive cast commentary edition of the hit docu-style comedy series Jury Duty on June 1. All eight episodes of the series will include secrets from the jury box, as told by director Jake Szymanski, hero Ronald Gladden, and some of the jurors themselves - James Marsden (as Sex Drive star James Marsden), Mekki Leeper (Noah), Cassandra Blair (Vanessa), and Maria Russell (Inez). While reliving the "case" of Hilgrove vs. Morris, trial observers will be treated to never-before-heard anecdotes about what it took to create the carefully-planned-yet-chaotic world - inside the courtroom and out - for esteemed foreperson Ronald Gladden. New testimony from Gladden himself will reveal exactly what he was thinking in every unpredictable moment.

Since the series debuted on April 7, Jury Duty has become the No. 1 title on Freevee and a viral hit, with over 283 million TikTok posts under the hashtag #JuryDutyonFreevee. The exclusive cast commentary episodes will be available on Freevee in the U.S., UK, Germany, and Austria, and simultaneously on Prime Video in the U.S, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the Philippines, Singapore, India, and Sub-Saharan Africa. Audiences watching on Amazon.com or Prime Video via Fire TV will find the commentary under the "Extras" tab on the Jury Duty series page. Additionally, those who have been wanting their own Cinnamon & Sparrow pieces are in luck. Amazon has launched a collection of official Jury Duty merchandise through its print-on-demand service that allows customers to shop millions of products from popular brands and independent designers. The assortment features 35 different styles (functioning chair pants not included), and will be available in the U.S. on June 1 exclusively at amazon.com/jurydutymerch.


The Mars Bars

FOX is inviting all wine lovers, space enthusiasts and TV fans to the official opening of “The Mars Bar” - an exclusive hosted wine bar pop-up coming to Los Angeles to celebrate FOX's highly anticipated new unscripted series Stars on Mars. “The Mars Bar” will temporarily take over the popular Scum & Villainy Cantina in Hollywood from June 2nd to June 3rd, offering guests the chance to experience the Red (Wine) Planet with series-inspired ‘Space Flights,’ astronaut charcuterie, exclusive content and “star” gazing in a fully immersive setting. Stars on Mars will premiere on Monday, June 5 from 8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT on FOX.

Upon entering “The Mars Bar,” guests will be able to sample a curated selection of space-themed wines, specially chosen to reflect the allure and unexpected moments of the new series. From rich, robust reds to crisp and refreshing whites, each glass will be a voyage of flavors that transport your senses to uncharted territories. Let the Mission Specialist Sommelier take you on a star-studded odyssey to "Mars" through a journey of the senses. Enjoy a tantalizing wine flight and catch a glimpse of the new season while you sip.

This summer, adventurous celebrities prepare for take-off to “Mars”, where they will live, eat, sleep, strategize and bond with each other in the same space station. During their stay, they will be faced with authentic conditions that simulate life on Mars, and they must use their brains and brawn – or maybe just their stellar social skills - to outlast the competition and claim the title of brightest star in the galaxy. The celebrities will compete in missions and will vote to eliminate one of their crewmates each week, sending them back to Earth. Cue the intergalactic alliances and rivalries. Stars on Mars will send these famous rookie space travelers where no one has gone before and reveal who has what it takes to survive life on “Mars.” The 12 celebronauts heading to “Mars” include Lance Armstrong, Natasha Leggero, Marshawn Lynch, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Adam Rippon, Ronda Rousey, Tom Schwartz, Richard Sherman, Tinashe, Porsha Williams Guobadia, Tallulah Willis and Ariel Winter. Once on “Mars,” this group of stars will receive interstellar assignments from legendary actor and Star Trek icon William Shatner, who serves as Mission Control.

Reservations to attend the two-day “The Mars Bar'' experience are required for entrance and will be available for Los Angeles attendees beginning at 12:00pm PST on Tuesday, May 30 via Tock: https://www.exploretock.com/themarsbar. Additional details regarding the experience will be announced in the coming weeks.

Where: Los Angeles
When: Friday, June 2 and Saturday, June 3 from 12:00 PM – 8:00PM PT
Where: Scum & Villainy Cantina - 6377 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
RSVP: https://www.exploretock.com/themarsbar


Sitcoms Airing Tonight / Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows

Monday, June 17

The Neighborhood - "Welcome to the Baby Shower" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Courtney and Marty deal with some baby shower drama with Tina, while Lamar adjusts to a new job at the Fuse Box.

The Neighborhood - "Welcome to the Name Drop" (CBS, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Marty and Courtney’s baby name gets spread around because nobody can keep a secret. Meanwhile, Dave is assigned the ever-complicated task of assembling the diaper changing table.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of June 17)

Monday, June 17

  • Austin Butler (Ruby & the Rockits/Zoey 101/Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide) - Watch Austin on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Eddie Murphy (The PJs) - Eddie appears on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:35pm on NBC.
  • Matty Matheson (The Bear) - Matty is a guest on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:35pm on NBC.
  • Ayo Edebiri (Big Mouth/The Bear) - Ayo appears on Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Nick Jonas (Jonas) - Nick and Adrienne Warren discuss their return to Broadway on ABC's Good Morning America some time between 7-9am.
  • Jim Gaffigan (The Jim Gaffigan Show/My Boys/The Ellen Show/Welcome to New York) - Jim talks about Netflix's Unfrosted on a repeat of Access Daily with Mario & Kit, so check your local listings.
  • Retta (Parks and Recreation) - Retta talks about HGTV's Ugliest House in America on a repeat of Access Daily with Mario & Kit, so check your local listings.


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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)

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02/13 - Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. - The Complete Series (Blu-ray)
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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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