Wednesday, December 13, 2023

Remembering Andre Braugher of Brooklyn Nine-Nine; Apple TV+ Comedy Palm Royale Premieres in March

Andre Braugher

Emmy-winning actor Andre Braugher, who starred as Captain Raymond Holt on Brooklyn Nine-Nine, has died. He died from lung cancer on December 11, having been diagnosed with it a few months prior. Mr. Braugher was 61.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Braugher starred as Captain Raymond Holt on the 2013-2021 police comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine. It aired for five seasons on Fox from 2014 to 2018 before moving to NBC for seasons six to eight from 2019 to 2021. Created by Dan Goor and Michael Schur, it revolves around seven New York City Police Department (NYPD) detectives who are adjusting to life under their new commanding officer, the serious and stern Captain Raymond Holt. Captain Holt is the captain of the 99th precinct who takes pride in being the NYPD's first black gay police captain. Braugher was nominated four times for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2020. He won the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series in 2014 and 2016. He appeared in a crossover episode with New Girl in 2016.

Andre Braugher in Live in Front of a Studio Audience

In 2019, he played James Evans in ABC's Live in Front of a Studio Audience: 'All in the Family' and 'Good Times'.

Homicide: Life on the Street

He starred as Detective Frank Pendleton for six seasons (1993-1998) on the NBC police drama Homicide: Life on the Street. Detective Frank Pendleton is a self-righteous, fiery, unyielding, Jesuit-educated police detective. Braugher won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series in 1998. He left the series after the sixth season but returned for the reunion television film Homicide: The Movie in 2000.

Braugher starred as Dr. Ben Gideon on the 2000-2001 ABC medical drama Gideon's Crossing. He starred as Detective Marcellus Washington on the 2002-2004 CBS crime drama Hack. He starred as Owen Thoreau Jr. on th 2009-2011 TNT comedy-drama Men of a Certain Age. He played Captain Marcus Chaplin on the 2012-2013 ABC military drama Last Resort. In 2022, He starred as Ri'Chard Lane in the sixth season of The Good Fight.

In 2006, he starred as Nick Atwater in the mini-series Thief for FX Networks, winning a second Emmy for his performance. He starred as General George W. Mancheck in the 2008 A&E science fiction miniseries The Andromeda Strain.

He played Detective Winston Blake, a young detective assigned to Kojak's (Telly Savalas) command, in five Kojak television movies in 1989 and 1990. Some of his television guest appearances included Law & Order, The Practice, House (4 episodes), Miami Medical and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (6 episodes as Bayard Ellis).

Braugher's first film role was in the 1989 film Glory as Thomas Searles, a free, educated black man from the North who joins the first black regiment in the Union Army. Some of his other film credits included Primal Fear (1996), City of Angels (1998), Frequency (2000), Duets (2000), Poseidon (2006), The Mist (2007), Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007), Salt (2010), The Gambler (2014) and She Said (2022). He received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie for his role as Benjamin O. Davis Jr. in the 1995 HBO television movie The Tuskegee Airmen.

Mr. Braugher was a talented and versatile actor. He was more known for his dramatic work, but he was able to show his comedy chops as Captain Raymond Holt for eight seasons on Brooklyn Nine-Nine. We thank him for the laughs and entertainment he brought us during his career. He will be greatly missed.


Ryan O'Neal

We also remember actor Ryan O'Neal. He starred as Bobby Tannen on Good Sports. He died at Saint John's Health Center in Santa Monica, California, on December 8. His cause of death was congestive heart failure, with cardiomyopathy listed as a contributing factor. Mr. O'Neal was 82.

Ryan O'Neal and Farrah Fawcett on Good Sports

O'Neal starred as Bobby Tannen with his then-partner Farrah Fawcett on the short-lived 1991 CBS sitcom Good Sports. The series is about Bobby Tannen, a once-famous former football player for the Green Bay Packers gone to seed and Gayle Roberts (Fawcett), an ex-Miss America, as mismatched anchors on an all-sports cable network called ASCN (All Sports Cable Network). The cast included Lane Smith, Brian Doyle-Murray, Cleavant Derricks, Christine Dunford, Paul Feig and William Katt.

Ryan O'Neal in Leave it to Beaver

He made his first television appearance guest appearance in 1960 in an episode of The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis. Some of his other sitcom guest appearances included Bachelor Father, Leave it to Beaver (pictured above) and My Three Sons. He appeared as himself in two episodes The Larry Sanders Show in 1995.

O'Neal starred as Tal Garret on the 1962-1963 NBC western drama Empire. He starred as Rodney Harrington on the 1964-1969 ABC primetime soap opera Peyton Place. He had a semi-recurring role as Robert Roberts, Jr. in six episodes of the 2000-2001 TNT drama Bull. In 2003, he starred as Jerrold Fox, the father of Kate Fox (Alicia Silverstone), on the NBC romantic comedy-drama Miss Match. He had a recurring role as Max Keenan, the father of Temperance "Bones" Brennan (Emily Deschanel), in 24 episodes of Bones from 2006 to 2017.

Some of his other drama guest appearances included The Untouchables (uncredited), General Electric Theater, The DuPont Show with June Allyson, Laramie, Two Faces West, Westinghouse Playhouse (3 episodes), The Virginian, Perry Mason, Wagon Train, Desperate Housewives and 90210 (3 episodes as Spence Montgomery).

O'Neal starred as Oliver Barrett IV in Love Story (1970). He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor and the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama for the role. Some of his other film credits included What's Up, Doc? (1972), Paper Moon (1973), Barry Lyndon (1975), A Bridge Too Far (1977), The Driver (1978), Oliver's Story (1978), The Main Event (1979), Irreconcilable Differences (1984), Chances Are (1989) and Faithful (1996).

Mr. O'Neal was one of the most popular stars in the 1970s. We thank him for his work on television and in films. He will be sorely missed.


Palm Royale

Apple TV+ unveiled a first-look at Palm Royale, the highly anticipated Palm Beach-set comedy series stars Emmy and Academy Award nominee Kristen Wiig leading a renowned ensemble cast. Oscar and Emmy winners Laura Dern and Allison Janney join Ricky Martin, Josh Lucas, Leslie Bibb, Amber Chardae Robinson, Mindy Cohn, Julia Duffy and Kaia Gerber. With extra special guest star turns by the legendary Bruce Dern and the iconic, multiple-award winning Carol Burnett. Palm Royale makes its global debut on Apple TV+, premiering the first three episodes on March 20, 2024 followed by new episodes every Wednesday through May 8.

Palm Royale is a true underdog story that follows Maxine Simmons (Kristen Wiig) as she endeavors to break into Palm Beach high society. As Maxine attempts to cross that impermeable line between the haves and the have-nots, Palm Royale asks the same question that still baffles us today: "How much of yourself are you willing to sacrifice to get what someone else has?" Set during the powder keg year of 1969, Palm Royale is a testament to every outsider fighting for their chance to truly belong. Loosely based on the novel Mr. and Mrs. American Pie by Juliet McDaniel and produced for Apple TV+ by Apple Studios, Palm Royale is written, executive produced and showrun by Abe Sylvia for Aunt Sylvia's Moving Picture Company, executive produced by Laura Dern and Jayme Lemons for Jaywalker Pictures, Kristen Wiig, Katie O’Connell Marsh, Tate Taylor and John Norris for Wyolah Films, Sharr White, and Sheri Holman and Boat Rocker. The series is directed by Taylor, Sylvia, Claire Scanlon, and Stephanie Laing.


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 Col√≥n-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.


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06/11 - The Jeffersons - The Complete Series (2024 Release)
06/11 - Welcome Back, Kotter - The Complete Series (2024 Release)

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