Friday, June 28, 2024

Hulu's Hit-Monkey Trailer Drops; Remembering Character Actor Bill Cobbs

Hit-Monkey

Hulu's Hit-Monkey Season 2 official trailer and key art for the second season has dropped. Season 2 of Hit-Monkey will premiere Monday, July 15 on Hulu. In New York City, Monkey finds a path to escape his life of killing, while Bryce attempts to repair the damage to those he wronged in life. But what will it cost them to undo the past? A Japanese snow monkey, aided by the ghost of an American assassin, goes on a killing-spree, and becomes the famous "killer of killers."

Cast: Leslie Jones, Ally Maki, Cristin Milioti, Olivia Munn, Fred Tatasciore, and Jason Sudeikis Credits: Co-created and executive produced by Josh Gordon & Will Speck. The second season of Hit-Monkey is produced by 20th Television Animation with animation by Floyd County Productions.




Bill Cobbs

Actor Bill Cobbs, who starred on The Slap Maxwell Story, The Gregory Hines Show and The Michael Richards Show, has died. He died on June 25 at his home in Riverside, California. Mr. Cobbs was 90.

The Slap Maxwell Story

Cobbs starred as The Dutchman on the the 1987-1988 ABC sitcom The Slap Maxwell Story. "Slap" Maxwell (Dabney Coleman) is an egocentric sportswriter for a newspaper called The Ledger, somewhere in the American Southwest. The Dutchman is the friendly bartender at the local tavern. The series also starred Megan Gallagher, Susan Anspach, Brian Smiar and Bill Calvert.

He starred as Phil Drexler on the short-lived 1989 ABC sitcom Homeroom. The series follows Darryl Harper (Darryl Sivad), a highly paid advertising copywriter who decides to quit his job to teach underprivileged kids at P.S. 391, an inner city school in New York City. Darryl's wife Virginia (Penny Johnson) supports his choice but Virginia's father, Phil Drexler does not. The cast included Claude Brooks, Trent Cameron, Jahary Bennett, Billy Dee Willis, Daphne Lyn Jones and Tritia Setoguchi.

The Gregory Hines Show

Cobbs starred as James Stevenson on the 1997-1998 CBS sitcom The Gregory Hines Show. The series starred Gregory Hines as Ben Stevenson, a publishing agent and widower raising 12-year-old son Matty (Brandon Hammond). He receives advice from his father James. The series also starred Wendell Pierce, Mark Tymchyshyn, Robin Riker and Judith Shelton.

The Michael Richards Show

He starred as Jack on short-lived 2000 NBC sitcom The Michael Richards Show. The show revolved around Vic Nardozza (Michael Richards), an inept and clumsy private investigator working for McKay Investigative Services. Grumpy old pro Jack sparred with Kevin Blakely (Tim Meadows) constantly at the office. The cast included William Devane and Amy Farrington.

Drew Carey and Bill Cobbs - The Drew Carey Show

Cobbs had a recurring role as Tony in 9 episodes of the ABC sitcom The Drew Carey Show from 2002 to 2004. Tony the bus driver served as the smart-alecky "bartender" type to whom Drew could tell his problems.

Go On

He had a recurring role as George in 10 episodes of the 2012-2013 NBC sitcom Go On. George is a blind grief-support-group member. The cast included Matthew Perry, Laura Benanti, Julie White, Suzy Nakamura, Tyler James Williams, Brett Gelman, Sarah Baker and John Cho.

Some of his sitcom guest appearances included Good Times, Baby... I'm Back! (2 episodes), Kate & Allie (2 episodes), Designing Women, Married People, True Colors, Coach, Empty Nest, The Wayans Bros., For Your Love (2 episodes), The Fighting Fitzgeralds, My Wife and Kids (2 episodes), Yes, Dear (2 episodes), Back in the Game, The Carmichael Show and Superior Donuts.

Cobbs had a recurring role as Lewis Coleman in 13 episodes of the 1991-1993 NBC legal drama I'll Fly Away. He starred as Elmer Greentree on the 2000 NBC science fiction series The Others. In 2020, he won a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Limited Performance in a Daytime Program for his role as Mr. Hendrickson on Dino Dana.

Some of his other television guest appearances included The Equalizer (1985), Spenser: For Hire, L.A. Law, Gabriel's Fire, The Trials of Rosie O'Neill, Northern Exposure, ER (1996), NYPD Blue (2 episodes), Walker, Texas Ranger (1997), L.A. Doctors, The Outer Limits (2 episodes in 1997 and 1999), The Sopranos, The Practice, Touched by an Angel, Six Feet Under, The West Wing, The Division, JAG (4 episodes), Soul Food, Star Trek: Enterprise, One Tree Hill, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2020). He had a recurring role as Judge Rutchland on Rake in 2014. He appeared in 4 episodes of Greenleaf from 2016 to 2017.

He starred as Moses in The Hudsucker Proxy (1994). He played Coach Arthur Chaney in Air Bud (1997). Some of his other film credits included The Hitter (1979) The Brother from Another Planet (1984), The Bodguard (1992), Night at the Museum (2006), Oz the Great and Powerful (2013) and Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (2014).

Mr. Cobbs was a fine character actor. He had almost 200 television and film credits over his 50-year career. We thank him for the laughs and entertainment that he brought us. He will be greatly missed.

Kevin Brophy

We also remember actor Kevin Brophy. He starred as the title character on the 1977-1978 ABC drama Lucan. He died on May 11 at his home in Rancho Santa Fe, California, following a 10 year battle with stage IV cancer. Mr. Brophy was 70.

Lucan

Brophy starred as Lucan on the 1977-1978 ABC drama Lucan. The series follows a 20-year-old man who spent the first 10 years of his life running wild in the forests of northern Minnesota, after being raised by wolves, Lucan is taken to a research institute and taught the ways of human society. The series also starred Don Gordon and John Randolph.

Kevin Brophy on M*A*S*H

He appeared as Roberts in the M*A*S*H season 8 episode "Life Time" in 1979. Some of his other sitcom guest appearances included The Love Boat, AfterMASH, New Love American Style, Growing Pains (2 episodes) and Just the Ten of Us.

The Yeagers

He played Tony Yeager in the short-lived (2 episodes) 1980 ABC drama The Yeagers, which starred Andy Griffith. Some of his other television guest appearances included The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries, (2 episodes), Strike Force, Trapper John, M.D. (3 episodes), Matt Houston (2 episodes), Partners in Crime, Finder of Lost Loves, Zorro (1992), Civil Wars and JAG.

He starred as Peter Bennett in the 1981 supernatural slasher film Hell Night. Illinois-based Ray Fulk, a man who died in July 2012 at the age of 71, bequeathed half of his $1 million estate to the actor in his will, the other half going to his former Hell Night castmate and The Young and the Restless star Peter Barton, despite never meeting them. Fulk, who had no family of his own, was a fan of both actors. The story was featured in a 2015 episode of the Fox Business Network docu-series Strange Inheritance.

Mr. Brophy later worked as a valet who parked cars at the Hotel Bel-Air between 1983 and 2009. We thank him for his work on television and in films. He will be sorely missed.


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Monday, July 22

Bob Newhart: A Legacy of Laughter

Bob Newhart: A Legacy of Laughter (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT)

CBS announced a new Entertainment Tonight special, Bob Newhart: A Legacy of Laughter, to air Monday, July 22 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, and streaming on Paramount+ (live and on-demand for Paramount+ with Showtime subscribers, or on-demand for Paramount+ Essential subscribers the day after the special airs)*.

Hosted by Entertainment Tonight’s Nischelle Turner, this one-hour tribute honors the late comedian with a look back at his 70-year career, featuring never-before-seen interviews, and his final interview from his home in Los Angeles. The special takes an in-depth look at his journey from accountant to comedian to Hollywood icon, with rare behind-the-scenes footage of Bob on the set of his sitcoms and feature films, from the Entertainment Tonight vault. Included are new and archival interviews with some of Bob’s closest friends and co-stars, including Jim Parsons, Will Ferrell, Reese Witherspoon, Jason Bateman and Michael Weatherly. The show takes an intimate look inside Bob’s personal life and his marriage to the love of his life, Ginnie, with newly revealed stories about how he changed American culture through comedy.

Bob starred as Chicago psychologist Robert Hartley on the CBS television series The Bob Newhart Show from 1972 to 1978, and then as Vermont innkeeper Dick Loudon on Newhart from 1982 to 1990, also on the Network. He had two other sitcoms on CBS in the 1990s, Bob and George and Leo. Bob played the recurring role of Professor Proton on the CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory from 2013 to 2018, for which he received his first Primetime Emmy Award.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of July 22)

Monday, July 22

  • Lamorne Morris (Woke/New Girl) - Lamorne guest hosts Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Sebastian Maniscalco (Bookie) - Watch Sebastian on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Gillian Jacobs (Love/Community) - Gillian appears on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Ryan Reynolds (Two Guys and a Girl) and Hugh Jackman (Human Resources) - Ryan is a guest on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:35pm on NBC. E! News has interviews with Ryan and Hugh at 11pm on E!. They also talk about Deadpool & Wolverine on ABC's Good Morning America some time between 7-9am. Ryan appears on Live with Kelly and Mark, so check your listings.
  • Tony Hale (Veep/Arrested Development) - Tony stops by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:35pm on NBC.
  • Keanu Reeves (Swedish Dicks) - Keanu appears on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Jesse Plemons (No Activity/Bent) - Jesse is a guest on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Joe Mantegna (The Simpsons/Soap) and Laci Mosley (iCarly/Single Parents/Florida Girls) - Joe and Laci are guests on a repeat of After Midnight at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Ken Jeong (Dr. Ken/Community) - Ken drops by Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen at 10:01pm on Bravo.
  • Elizabeth Gillies (Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll/Victorious) - Elizabeth talks about Spread on CBS Mornings some time between 7-9am.
  • Sutton Foster (Younger) and Michael Urie (Krapopolis/Partners) - Sutton and Michael talk about Once Upon a Mattress on NBC's Today in the 9am hour.
  • Rob Delaney (Catastrophe) - Rob talks about Deadpool & Wolverine on NBC's Today in the 10am hour.
  • Nat Wolff (The Naked Brothers Band) - Nat and Lucy Hale are telling Drew all about their new rom-com Which Brings Me to You on a repeat of The Drew Barrymore Show, so check your local listings.
  • Whitney Cummings (Whitney) - Whitney is a guest on a repeat of The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.


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