Friday, July 19, 2024

Remembering TV Legend Bob Newhart, TV Bad Girl Shannen Doherty of Beverly Hills, 90210 and Charmed, and Doogie Howser TV Dad James B. Sikking

Bob Newhart

Emmy-winning actor and comedian Bob Newhart, who starred as Bob Hartley on The Bob Newhart Show and as Dick Loudon on Newhart, has died. He died from complications of several short illnesses at his home in Los Angeles, California, on July 18. Mr. Newhart was 94.

Newhart starred on the 1961-1962 NBC comedy variety show The Bob Newhart Show. The show was awarded the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Program Achievement in the Field of Humor (now known as the Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series) in 1962. It also won a Peabody Award in 1961. Regulars included Mickey Manners (1961), Joe Flynn, Jackie Joseph, Andy Albin, Dan Sorkin, Ken Westfall (1961), Jack Grinnage (1961), Ken Berry (1962) and Paul Weston and His Orchestra.

The Bob Newhart Show

He starred as Dr. Robert "Bob" Hartley on the 1972-1978 CBS sitcom The Bob Newhart Show. The show centers on Robert "Bob" Hartley, a Chicago psychologist, his work and home life, with his supportive, though occasionally sarcastic, wife Emily (Suzanne Pleshette), and their friendly but mildly pesky neighbor, airline navigator Howard Borden (Bill Daily). The series also starred Peter Bonerz as Dr. Jerry Robinson, Bob's friend, an orthodontist, and Marcia Wallace as Carol Kester, Bob and Jerry's receptionist. In 1977, the show received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Comedy Series. The entire cast assembled for the one-hour clip show The Bob Newhart Show: The 19th Anniversary Special in 1991, which finds the show's characters in the present day. Newhart and Wallace reprised their roles in a 1994 episode of Murphy Brown. Newhart reprised Hartley twice in the February 11, 1995, episode of Saturday Night Live.

Newhart

Newhart starred as Dick Loudon on the 1982-1990 CBS sitcom Newhart. The series stars Newhart and Mary Frann as an author and his wife who own and operate the Stratford Inn in rural Vermont. Dick Loudon is also the host of a local television show, Vermont Today, where he interviews an assortment of bizarre and colorful guests. The show was nominated for 25 Emmy Awards but never won. The cast included Tom Poston, Jennifer Holmes (1982-1983), Steven Kampmann (1982-1984), Julia Duffy (1983-1990), Peter Scolari (1984-1990), William Sanderson, Tony Papenfuss and John Voldstad. Recurring cast members included Thomas Hill, William Lanteau, Rebecca York (1983-1984), Jeff Doucette (1983-1988), Fred Applegate (1984-1987), Ralph Manza (1984-1990), Linda Carlson (1984-1987), Todd Susman (1984-1990), José Ferrer (1985-1987), Priscilla Morrill (1985-1989), Melanie Chartoff (1987-1990), Kathy Kinney (1989-1990) and David Pressman (1989-1990).

Bob

He starred as Bob McKay on the 1992-1993 CBS sitcom Bob. Bob McKay is a greeting card artist who discovers a comic book he created is getting revived. He is the creator of the 1950s comic book superhero Mad-Dog. The series, which aired for two seasons, also starred Carlene Watkins, Cynthia Stevenson, John Cygan (season 1), Andrew Bilgore (season 1), Timothy Fall (season 1), Ruth Kobart (season 1), Betty White (season 2), Jere Burns (season 2), Eric Allan Kramer (season 2) and Megan Cavanagh. Recurring cast members included Lisa Kudrow, Tom Poston (season 1), Dorothy Lyman, Dick Martin and Christine Dunford (season 1).

George & Leo

Newhart starred as George Stoody on the 1997-1998 CBS sitcom George & Leo. Newhart and Hirsch starred as the respective title characters, widely divergent men who become in-laws when their children get married. The cast inclued Jason Bateman, Bess Meyer (episodes 1-7), Robyn Lively (episodes 9-22) and Darryl Theirse.

The Big Bang Theory - Jim Parsons, Bob Newhart and Johnny Galecki

He played Professor Proton (Arthur Jeffries) in six episodes of the CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory from 2013 to 2018. Professor Proton (Arthur Jeffries) is the star of a fictional in-universe science show that Sheldon (Jim Parsons) and Leonard (Johnny Galecki) watched as children. Newhart won his first Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series in 2013. He appeared as the character in three episodes of Young Sheldon from 2017 to 2020.

Hot in Cleveland - Bob Newhart and Betty White

Newhart appeared as Bob Sr., Bob's (David Foley) father and the father-in-law of Joy Scroggs (Jane Leeves), in the series finale of Hot in Cleveland in 2015. Some of his other sitcom guest appearances included Captain Nice, The Don Rickles Show, It's Garry Shandling's Show, Everybody Loves Raymond and Committed. He voiced himself in a 1996 episode of The Simpsons.

In 2003, he guest starred as Ben Hollander in three episodes of ER in a rare dramatic role that earned him a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series, his first in nearly 20 years. He had a recurring role as Morty Flickman, the on-again/off-again boyfriend of Sophie (Lesley Ann Warren), Susan Mayer's (Teri Hatcher) mother, in three episodes of Desperate Housewives in 2005. Some of his other television drama credits included The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, NCIS and The Librarians (3 episodes).

He appeared on The Dean Martin Show 21 times and on The Ed Sullivan Show seven times. He was one of the initial three co-hosts of the variety show The Entertainers in 1964, with Carol Burnett and Caterina Valente. He guest-hosted The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 87 times. He hosted Saturday Night Live in 1980 and 1995.

Newhart's 1960 comedy album The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart was the first comedy album to make number one on the Billboard charts and peaked at number two in the UK Albums Chart. It won two Grammy Awards in 1961 for Album of the Year and Best New Artist. The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart remains the 20th-best-selling album in history. A follow-up album, The Button-Down Mind Strikes Back!, was released six months later and won a Grammy Award for Best Comedy Performance – Spoken Word that year.

He starred as Papa Elf in Elf (2003). Some of his other film credits included Catch-22 (1970), Cold Turkey (1971), First Family (1980) and In & Out (1997). He also voiced Bernard in the Disney animated films The Rescuers (1977) and The Rescuers Down Under (1990).

He was interviewed on May 29, 2001 in Westwood, California, and on June 15, 2001 in Bel Air, California, for The Interviews: An Oral History of Television.

Mr. Newhart was a TV and comedy icon. He was very funny and memorable as Bob Hartley and Dick Loudon. He was always a great late night guest. His deadpan delivery and dry sense of humor were fantastic. We thank him for the many laughs and for the entertainment that he brought during his legendary career. He will be greatly missed.

The Catch Comedy Binge Honors Bob Newhart

Catchy Comedy will celebrate legendary actor Bob Newhart with a special Catchy Weekend Binge presentation of The Bob Newhart Show, Newhart and Bob TV Series. The tribute begins Saturday, July 20 at 12 noon ET/PT on Catchy Comedy. The special Binge will continue all weekend through Monday, July 21 at 6:00 am ET/PT.

Shannen Doherty

Actress Shannen Doherty, who starred as Brenda Walsh on Beverly Hills, 90210 and as Prue Halliwell on Charmed, has died. She died from breast cancer at her home in Malibu, California, on July 13. Ms. Doherty was 53.

Little House on the Prairie: A New Beginning

Doherty had a recurring role as Jenny Wilder in 18 episodes of the ninth and final season (1982-1983) of the NBC Western historical drama Little House on the Prairie. Almanzo (Dean Butler) and Laura (Melissa Gilbert) take in their niece, Jenny Wilder, when Almanzo's brother dies and raise her alongside their daughter, Rose. She returned in the three post-series movies in 1983 and 1984.

Our House

She starred as Kris Witherspoon on the 1986-1988 NBC drama Our House. The series centers on the Witherspoon family and the challenges they face adjusting to life with three generations living in the same house. 15-year-old Kris aimed to become an Air Force test pilot someday. The cast included Wilford Brimley, Deidre Hall, Chad Allen, Keri Houlihan and Gerald S. O'Loughlin.

Beverly Hills 90210

Doherty starred as Brenda Walsh on the Fox teen drama from 1990 to 1994. The initial premise of the show was based on the adjustment and culture shock that twins Brandon (Jason Priestley) and Brenda Walsh experienced when they and their parents, Jim (James Eckhouse) and Cindy (Carol Potter), moved from Minneapolis, Minnesota, to Beverly Hills, California. Doherty was fired from the series at the end of the fourth season in 1994.

Charmed

She starred as Prue Halliwell on The WB's fantasy drama Charmed from 1998 to 2001. The series initially focuses on the three Halliwell sisters, Prue, Piper (Holly Marie Combs), and Phoebe (Alyssa Milano) who are witches. Prue is the eldest sister who initially receives the power to move objects with her mind by channelling telekinesis through her eyes. Doherty also directed three episodes during the second and third seasons. She was was allegedly fired by producer Aaron Spelling after the third season after he received an ultimatum from Milano because of their on-set and off-set tensions between them.

Doherty had a recurring role Alexandra Hudson in 11 episodes of the 2004-2005 Fox drama North Shore. Alexandra Hudson is Walter Booth's (Christopher McDonald) supposed illegitimate child by a secretary – thus making her Nicole's (Brooke Burns) half-sister.

BH90210

She reprised her role as Brenda Walsh in seven episodes of the first season (2008-2009) of The CW's teen drama 90210. She played herself in the short-lived 2009 Fox comedy-drama BH90210. The series focuses on the original cast members of Beverly Hills, 90210 — Jason Priestley, Jennie Garth, Ian Ziering, Gabrielle Carteris, Brian Austin Green, Tori Spelling, and Shannen Doherty — playing heightened, fictionalized versions of themselves. The cast also served as executive producers.

Doherty guest starred with Christina Applegate and Robyn Lively in a 1985 episode of The New Leave it to Beaver. She appeared with other Beverly Hills, 90210 stars in a 1992 episode of Parker Lewis Can't Lose.

She had several attempts at starring on a sitcom. In 1984, she starred with Richard Kline, Shelley Fabares and Dana Kimmell in the CBS pilot episode of His and Hers. In 1997, she was cast with Orlando Jones and William Ragsdale as hip young private investigators in Los Angeles in the Fox sitcom pilot Faster Baby, Kill! It wasn't picked up as a series. In 2005, she starred as Denise Johnson in the unaired pilot of the UPN sitcom Love, Inc.. The series was originally developed as a vehicle and sitcom debut for Doherty under the working title Wingwoman. Though picked up by UPN, Doherty was removed from the project at the request of the network due to her poor reception by preview audiences. She was replaced by Busy Philipps.

Some of her other television guest apperances included Father Murphy (2 episodes), The Phoenix, Voyagers!, Magnum, P.I. (1983), Airwolf, Highway to Heaven, 21 Jump Street, Life Goes On and Heathers (3 episodes). She appeared as a stranded motorist on Riverdale as part of a tribute to Luke Perry, who died in 2019.

She starred as Maggie Malene in the 1985 teen movie comedy Girls Just Want to Have Fun alongside Helen Hunt and Sarah Jessica Parker. She played Heather Duke in the 1988 teen black comedy film Heathers. In 1995, she starred as Rene Mosier in Kevin Smith's buddy comedy film Mallrats. She had a cameo as herself in Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001).

Ms. Doherty was very good and memorable in her television dramas over the years. She could play good girl and bad girl roles equally well. Our House is a somewhat forgotten family drama, which should be available on DVD or streaming. We thank her for her work on television and in films. She bravely battled cancer since 2015. She will be deeply missed.

James B. Sikking

Actor James B. Sikking, who starred as Lt. Howard Hunter on Hill Street Blues and as Dr. David Howser on Doogie Howser, M.D., has died. He died of complications from dementia at his home in Los Angeles, California, on July 13. Mr. Sikking was 90.

Turnabout

Sikking starred as Geoffrey St. James on the short-lived 1979 NBC sitcom Turnabout, which was based on a 1931 novel of the same title by Thorne Smith. The plot was about a husband and wife who found themselves inhabiting each other's bodies. The series also starred John Schuck, Sharon Gless, Richard Stahl, Bobbi Jordan and Bruce Kirby.

Hill Street Blues

He starred as Lt. Howard Hunter on the 1981-1987 police drama Hill Street Blues. Initially a Sergeant, he is promoted to (or perhaps merely re-written as) Lieutenant early in season 1 without mention. Hunter is the commander of the Emergency Action Team (EAT, or "EATers"), who loves to postulate and theorize about the degeneration of society. In 1984, Sikking's performance earned him an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series.

Doogie Howser, M.D.

Sikking starred as Dr. David Howser on the 1989-1993 ABC medical comedy/drama Doogie Howser, M.D.. Dr. David Howser is Doogie Howser's (Neil Patrick Harris) father. He's a Vietnam War MASH veteran with a family practice. The cast included Max Casella, Belinda Montgomery, Lawrence Pressman, Mitchell Anderson (1989-1991), Kathryn Layng, Lisa Dean Ryan (1989-1992), Lucy Boryer (1989-1992), Markus Redmond (1990-1993), Rif Hutton (recurring from 1990-1993) and Robyn Lively (recurring from 1991-1993).

He starred as Capt. Stan Jonas on the 1997-1998 CBS police drama Brooklyn South. The focus for Brooklyn South was the 74th Precinct in Brooklyn. The series won a People's Choice Award for Favorite Television New Dramatic Series in 1998.

Some of his sitcom guest appearances included O.K. Crackerby!, My Favorite Martian, My Mother the Car (2 episodes), Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C., Here Come the Brides (2 episodes), The Bob Newhart Show, The Doris Day Show (3 episodes), M*A*S*H, Room 222 (2 episodes), Who's the Boss? and Curb Your Enthusiasm (2 episodes).

Sikking played Jim Hobart, an alcoholic surgeon, on the ABC soap opera General Hospital from 1971 to 1976. Some of his other television guest appearances included Perry Mason, Combat! (2 episodes), Rawhide, The Outer Limits (2 episodes), The Fugitive (3 episodes), Run for Your Life (2 episodes), The Invaders, Bonanza (2 episodes), Adam-12, Night Gallery (2 episodes), Mission: Impossible (2 episodes), Mod Squad (3 episodes), The Rookies (2 episodes), Mannix (2 episodes), Cannon (2 episodes), Delvecchio (3 episodes), The Feather & Father Gang (2 episodes), The Rockford Files (2 episodes), Hawaii Five-0 (2 episodes), Charlie's Angels (2 episodes), Hunter (3 episodes) and The Guardian (2 episodes)

He voiced General Gordon on the The WB's 1998 animated science fiction series Invasion America. Some of his other voice credits included Batman Beyond (2 episodes) and Rocket Power (2 episodes).

Sikking starred as FBI Director Denton Voyles in the 1993 American legal thriller film The Pelican Brief. Some of his other film credits included Ordinary People (1980), The Competition (1980), Outland (1981), The Star Chamber (1983), Up the Creek (1984), Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984), Narrow Margin (1990), Fever Pitch (2005) and Made of Honor (2008).

James B. Sikking

Mr. Sikking was a solid and dependable actor. He was best known for his yeoman work as hard-charging, hardheaded SWAT leader Lt. Howard Hunter on Hill Street Blues. We thank him for his work on television and in films. He will be sorely missed.

Thursday, July 18, 2024

76th Primetime Emmy Nominations; Frasier Returns September 19

76th Primetime Emmy Nominations

Nominations for the 76th Emmy® Awards were announced from the historic El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, recognizing remarkable programs, extraordinary performances and impactful storytelling across multiple platforms. The live ceremony was hosted by Emmy winners Tony Hale and Sheryl Lee Ralph along with Television Academy Chair Cris Abrego.

The Bear set a new record for nominations in a single year in the Comedy category with 23 (previously held by 30 Rock with 22 nominations in 2009), and Shōgun lead this year's Drama category with 25 nominations. Performers with multiple nominations this year include Quinta Brunson (performance and writing for Abbott Elementary), Jodie Foster (performance and producer for True Detective: Night Country), Donald Glover (performance and writing for Mr. & Mrs. Smith), Jon Hamm (performance for Fargo and The Morning Show), Brie Larson (performance and producer for Lessons in Chemistry), Jonathan Pryce (performance for The Crown and Slow Horses), Maya Rudolph (performance for Loot, performance and music & lyrics for Saturday Night Live, character voice-over for Big Mouth), Andrew Scott (performance and producer for Ripley) and Kristen Wiig (performance for Palm Royale and Saturday Night Live), along with first time nominees Paul Rudd (performance for Only Murders in the Building and narrator for Secrets of the Octopus) and Richard Gadd (performance, producer and writing nominations for Baby Reindeer).

The 76th Emmy Awards will broadcast live on ABC on Sunday, September 15, (8:00-11:00 PM EDT/5:00-8:00 PM PDT) from the Peacock Theater at L.A. LIVE and stream the next day on Hulu. The 76th Creative Arts Emmy Awards take place at the Peacock Theater over two consecutive nights on Saturday, September 7, and Sunday, September 8, with an edited presentation to air on Saturday, September 14, at 8:00 PM EDT/PDT on FXX.

View the full nominations list.


Frasier

Paramount+ announced that season two of its Emmy-nominated new original comedy series Frasier, starring Kelsey Grammer, will premiere on Thursday, September 19 with two episodes. New episodes will then drop weekly on Thursdays, exclusively on Paramount+ in the U.S. and Canada. The series will premiere in the U.K. and Australia on September 20, and its availability in additional international Paramount+ markets will be announced at a later date. Also announced, Frasier's sophomore season will see Dr. Frasier Crane return to his radio roots at KACL in Seattle for an episode. The episode will feature previously announced guest stars stepping back into their roles from the original Frasier including Dan Butler as Bob "Bulldog" Briscoe, Edward Hibbert as Gil Chesterton and Harriet Sansom Harris as Frasier's delightfully devilish agent, Bebe Glazer.

Season one of Frasier received three primetime Emmy nominations: Outstanding Production Design For A Narrative Program (Half-Hour), Outstanding Cinematography For A Multi-Camera Series (Half-Hour) and Outstanding Picture Editing For A Multi-Camera Comedy Series. Produced by CBS Studios, Frasier films in front of a live studio audience at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles. The series follows Frasier Crane (Grammer) in the next chapter of his life after he returns to Boston to face new challenges, forge new relationships and – with hope – finally fulfill an old dream or two. In addition to Grammer, the series stars Jack Cutmore-Scott as Frasier’s son, Freddy; Nicholas Lyndhurst as Alan, Frasier’s old college buddy turned university professor; Toks Olagundoye as Olivia, Alan’s colleague and head of the university’s psychology department; Jess Salgueiro as Eve, Frasier and Freddy’s neighbor; and Anders Keith as Frasier’s nephew, David. Peri Gilpin will return for season two as a recurring guest star to once again reprise the beloved role of Roz Doyle. Other previously announced guest stars include Rachel Bloom, Yvette Nicole Brown, Greer Grammer, Patricia Heaton and Amy Sedaris. Legendary director James Burrows also returns to direct two episodes.

Wednesday, July 17, 2024

Fox Fall 2024 Premiere Dates; Apple TV+ Renews Loot for Season 3

Universal Basic Guys - The Simpsons - Bob's Burgers - Krapopolis

Fox is set to deliver a 2024-2025 television season filled with all-new original entertainment, and announces premiere dates for its fall 2024 schedule, including new and returning scripted, unscripted and animation series. The fall season kicks off with the series premiere of all-new animated comedy Universal Basic Guys on Sunday, Sept. 8, immediately following the FOX NFL doubleheader (8:00-8:30PM ET/5:00-5:30PM PT, live to all time zones). New pulse-pounding Hawaii-set lifeguard drama Rescue: HI-Surf, from prolific, award-winning executive producer/director John Wells (Shameless, The West Wing, ER) and executive producer/writer Matt Kester (Animal Kingdom, Outsiders), will make its series debut with a special premiere on Sunday, Sept. 22, immediately following the FOX NFL doubleheader (8:00-9:00PM ET/5:00-6:00PM PT, live to all time zones).

Firefighter drama 9-1-1: Lone Star begins its fifth season on Monday, Sept. 23 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT), followed by the time-period premiere of Rescue: HI-Surf (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT). All new murder mystery series Murder in a Small Town will have a special 90-minute series premiere on Tuesday, Sept. 24 (8:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) starring Rossif Sutherland (Reign, The Handmaid's Tale) and Kristin Kreuk (Smallville, Beauty and the Beast). Beginning Tuesday, Oct. 1, Murder in a Small Town moves to its regular time period (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), following the season two premiere of crime anthology series Accused (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT). The Masked Singer unmasks its twelfth season beginning Wednesday, Sept. 25 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT), followed by the Season Two premiere of The Floor, hosted by Rob Lowe (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT).

On Thursday, Sept. 26, Hell's Kitchen (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) makes its Season 23 premiere, followed by the Season Three premiere of Crime Scene Kitchen, hosted by Joel McHale (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT). The full iconic "FOX Animation Domination" block premieres Sunday, Sept. 29, with all-new seasons of The Simpsons (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT), the time-period premiere of Universal Basic Guys (8:30-9:00 PM ET/PT), Bob's Burgers (9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) and Krapopolis (9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT). Additional series to premiere in the 2024-2025 season include Dramas: Alert: Missing Persons Unit, The Cleaning Lady, and Doc; Comedies: Animal Control, Family Guy, Going Dutch, The Great North and Grimsburg; Unscripted: Extracted, LEGO Masters, LEGO Masters: Celebrity Holiday Bricktacular, Next Level Chef, The Real Full Monty and Special Forces: World's Toughest Test.


Loot

Molly Wells is jetting off to a third season! Following its widely celebrated and hilarious second season, Apple TV+ announced that Loot has been renewed for season three. The critically acclaimed, global hit comedy led by five-time Emmy Award-winning star and executive producer Maya Rudolph, alongside an all-star comedy ensemble cast that includes Michaela Jaé Rodriguez, Nat Faxon, Ron Funches and Joel Kim Booster, the series has been hailed as "a quirky comedy with a lot of heart," "fierce" and "fabulous" in addition to being praised for its "laugh-out-loud shenanigans." Viewers were left on the edge of their seats following the season two finale that saw Molly Wells (Rudolph) and her trusted and unhinged assistant Nicholas (Booster) board Molly's private jet following her awkward exchange with her will-they, won't-they colleague Arthur (Faxon). Where will the PJ land? Luckily, season three will continue to follow the antics of the beloved group of misfits at The Wells Foundation.

Tuesday, July 16, 2024

Survival of the Thickest Season 2 Adds to Cast; Phil Rosenthal Series Renewed by Netflix

Survival of the Thickest - Michelle Buteau and Tasha Smith

Netflix confirmed that Michelle Buteau (Babes, Survival of the Thickest, The Circle), Tasha Smith (Bad Boys: Ride or Die), Tone Bell (Trigger Warning, Coyote vs. Acme), Liza Treyger, Peppermint (Harlem), and Marouane Zotti (I May Destroy You, Bodkin) will return to the scripted comedy series Survival of The Thickest Season 2, which is now in production in New York. Tasha Smith will also shift from a recurring character to a series regular and will direct 2 episodes. Directors for the season include Kim Nguyen (Prom Dates, Never Have I Ever), Tasha Smith, Thembi Banks (Young. Wild. Free. and Insecure.), Amy Aniobi (Insecure, 2 Dope Queens). New guest stars include Anderson .Paak, Jonathan Chad Higginbotham, Deon Cole, Alecsys Proctor-Turner, Jerrie Johnson, Celisse, Rolonda Watts, Michael Rishawn, Tika Sumpter, Monét x Change and RonReaco Lee. Additional returning guest stars include Allan K. Washington and Anthony Michael Lopez.

Survival of the Thickest centers on Mavis Beaumont (Michelle Buteau). Black, plus-size, and looking for love, while loving herself, Mavis works hard to grow her brand and establish herself as a stylist of note. She's determined to not only survive but thrive with the support of her chosen family, a body-positive attitude, and a cute v-neck with some lip gloss. The scripted comedy is inspired by Buteau's acclaimed book of essays.


Somebody Feed Phil

Netflix announced the renewal of Somebody Feed Phil, from Emmy, James Beard Award, and Critics Choice Award-winner Phil Rosenthal of Everybody Loves Raymond. The Emmy-nominated series, which is one of Netflix's longest running unscripted series, premiered its seventh season in March 2024. Season 8 will once again follow Phil on his culinary adventures as he takes in the local cuisine and cultures of cities around the world. Somebody Feed Phil was nominated for a 2024 Critics Choice Real TV Award; won a 2022 Critics Choice Real TV Award for "Best Travel/Adventure Show", and Rosenthal received the "Male Star of The Year" award in 2021 from Critics Choice Real TV Awards. The series also garnered a 2022 James Beard Award nomination for "Visual Media - Long Form."

Somebody Feed Phil is produced by Lucky Bastards and a494, with executive producers including Rosenthal, his brother Rich Rosenthal and John Bedolis on behalf of Lucky Bastards as well as Christopher Collins and Lydia Tenaglia on behalf of a494.

Monday, July 15, 2024

CBS Fall 2024 Premiere Dates; Disney Entertainment Television at San Diego Comic-Con 2024

Georgie & Mandy's First Marriage

CBS announced fall premiere dates for its five new and 15 returning series for the 2024-25 primetime schedule. The official "CBS Premiere Week" actually kicks off with a full week of original episodes beginning Monday, Oct. 14 with the 22nd season premiere of NCIS, and two hours of the new drama NCIS: Origins starring Austin Stowell as a young Leroy Jethro Gibbs and narrated by Mark Harmon. All the FBI series returns Oct. 15. Georgie & Mandy's First Marriage premieres on October 17 followed by the season premiere of Ghosts at 8:30pm. Elsbeth returns the same night at 10pm. On Fridaym Oct. 18, S.W.A.T. and Fire Country return, leading into Blue Bloods for its 14th and final season at 10pm.

The fall lineup includes two special "Sneak Peeks" prior to CBS Premiere Week: The new Thursday night drama series Matlock, starring Kathy Bates, on Sunday, Sept. 22 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) with a strong lead in from the 57th season premiere of 60 Minutes, and the new Wednesday night action-adventure reality competition series The Summit, set in the New Zealand Alps and hosted by Manu Bennett, on Sunday, Sept. 29 (9:00-10:30 PM, ET; 8:30-10:00 PM, PT) with a powerful lead in following an NFL on CBS doubleheader and an original 60 Minutes.

Poppa's House

In addition, the hit reality series Survivor debuts its 47th season with a two-hour episode on Wednesday, Sept. 18 (8:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT). New sitcom Poppa's House premieres Monday, Oct. 21 at 8:30pm following the season premiere of The Neighborhood at 8. Last season's new series Tracker returns Sunday, Oct. 27, while The Equalizer also returns that night.


A.V.A. Fest

Downtown San Diego will be home to carnivals, factories, pop-up restaurants and more as Disney Entertainment Television touts a star-studded and immersive lineup of programming across its portfolio of content brands including 20th Television, 20th Television Animation, ABC, ABC Signature, Disney Branded Television, FX and Hulu. Beginning Thursday, July 25, Hulu's Animayhem Factory, ABC's A.V.A. Fest (A Very Abbott Festival), and #FXSDCC outdoor activations will be open to the public directly outside the San Diego Convention Center. Plus, inside the convention halls, the Disney Entertainment Television booth will have 12 autograph signing sessions with talent from fan-favorite series.

Abbott Elementary will reach new heights at San Diego Comic-Con, inviting attendees to experience A.V.A. Fest (A Very Abbott Festival) firsthand. Inspired by two fan-favorite episodes from the series, this carnival-themed activation is poised to be Abbott's biggest, flashiest, "over-the-top and unhinged" fan experience to date. From a soaring swing ride to a colorful ball pit photo op and the chance to “dunk a white dude,” guests will encounter a wide variety of series-themed games and attractions inspired by its beloved characters. Also not to be missed – hourly live performances by the official Philadelphia Eagles Drumline and an exclusive festival playlist curated by Questlove. Hulu is bringing Animayhem back to San Diego Comic-Con with a zany, 2D-ifying factory where its beloved animated series are made. The factory is complete with Hulu's most iconic animated titles like Bob's Burgers, Family Guy, Futurama, The Simpsons and more. The activation is located right next to the Convention Center in the Bayfront’s Parking Lot.

FX will host a can't-miss series of immersive experiences transporting fans into their favorite FX series with interactive experiences, exclusive merch and photo opportunities including FX's The Bear Restaurant Pop-Up, the FX Fearless Hellevator, and featuring It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia and What We Do in the Shadows.

Sunday, July 14, 2024

Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows; This Week in Sitcoms (Week of July 15, 2024)

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 July 15-19, 2024, 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, July 15
  • Anthony Anderson (black-ish/Guys with Kids/All About the Andersons) - Anthony guest hosts Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Gina Rodriguez (Not Dead Yet) - Watch Gina on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Meagan Good (Cousin Skeeter/Raising Dad) - Meagan appears on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Julio Torres (Fantasmas/Los Espookys) - Julio is a guest on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:35pm on NBC.
  • Anna Faris (Mom) - Anna stops by Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC. She also talks about Prime Video's My Spy: The Eternal City on NBC's Today in the 10am hour.
  • Danny Tamberelli (The Adventures of Pete & Pete), Lori Beth Denberg (The Steve Harvey Show) and Kel Mitchell (Game Shakers/Kenan & Kel) - Danny, Lori Beth and Kel are guests on After Midnight at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Seth Rogen (Platonic/Undeclared) and Kristen Wiig (Palm Royale) - E! News has interviews with Seth and Kristen at 11pm on E!.
  • Jessica Capshaw (Odd Man Out) and Camilla Luddington (Californication) - Jessica and Camilla are guests on a repeat of The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Isla Fisher (Wolf Like Me) - Isla is telling Drew all about season two of Wolf Like Me, wanting to do a drama and embracing being a red head on a repeat of The Drew Barrymore Show, so check your local listings.
  • Dulé Hill (The Wonder Years) - Dulé brings the Tam Fam his thrilling new docuseries The Express Way with Dulé Hill, where he travels across the country to meet talented and inspiring artists, on a repeat of Tamron Hall, so check your local listings.
  • Flula Borg (Pitch Perfect: Bumper in Berlin) - Flula talks about Prime Video's My Spy: The Eternal City on Access Daily with Mario & Kit, so check your local listings.
Tuesday, July 16
  • Anthony Anderson (black-ish/Guys with Kids/All About the Andersons) - Anthony guest hosts Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Lisa Kudrow (HouseBroken/Web Therapy/The Comeback/Friends/Mad About You) - Catch Lisa on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Sam Richardson (The Afterparty/HouseBroken/Detroiters/Veep) - Sam appears on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Kristen Schaal (What We Do in the Shadows/The Last Man on Earth/Bob's Burgers/Flight of the Conchords) and Flula Borg (Pitch Perfect: Bumper in Berlin) - Kristen and Flula are guests on After Midnight at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Glen Powell (Scream Queens) and Gina Rodriguez (Not Dead Yet) - E! News has interviews with Glen and Gina at 11pm on E!.
  • Ken Jeong (Dr. Ken/Community) - Ken talks about Prime Video's My Spy: The Eternal City on NBC's Today in the 10am hour. He chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Jada Pinkett Smith (A Different World) - Jada talks about about the buzz surrounding the release of her memoir, growing up in a chaotic environment, and getting married at 25 after getting pregnant with son Jaden on a repeat of The Drew Barrymore Show, so check your local listings.
  • Kylie Cantrall (Gabby Duran & the Unsittables) - Kylie talks about Disney+'s Descendants: The Rise of Red on ABC's GMA 3: What You Need to Know at 1pm.
  • Meagan Good (Cousin Skeeter/Raising Dad) - Meagan talks about Prime Video's Divorce in the Black on Access Daily with Mario & Kit, so check your local listings.
Wednesday, July 17
  • Anthony Anderson (black-ish/Guys with Kids/All About the Andersons) - Anthony guest hosts Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Howie Mandel (Good Grief) - Watch Howie on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Tracy Morgan (The Last O.G./30 Rock/The Tracy Morgan Show) - Tracy appears on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:35pm on NBC.
  • Glen Powell (Scream Queens) - Glen is a guest on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS. He also talks about Twisters on NBC's Today some time between 7-9am and in the 10am hour.
  • Michael Cera (Life & Beth/Arrested Development/I Was a Sixth Grade Alien) - Michael stops by Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Gillian Jacobs (Love/Community) - Gillian is a guest on After Midnight at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Ronny Chieng (Young Rock/Ronny Chieng: International Student) - Ronny hosts Comedy Central's The Daily Show at 11pm.
  • John Stamos (UnPrisoned/Fuller House/Grandfathered/Jake in Progress/Full House/You, Again?) - NBC's Today catches up with John in the 9am hour. He also talks about UnPrisoned on ABC's Good Morning America some time between 7-9am.
  • Annie Potts (Young Sheldon/Over the Top/Love & War/Designing Women/Goodtime Girls) and Zoe Perry (Young Sheldon) - Annie and Zoe talk about Young Sheldon on a repeat of The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Awkwafina (Awkafina Is Nora from Queens) - Awkwafina and Drew are playing a round of "Who Knew Don't Spew" answering trivia questions correctly to avoid eating their least favorite foods on a repeat of The Drew Barrymore Show, so check your local listings.
  • Jake Lacy (High Fidelity/The Office/Better with You) - NBC's Today catches up with Jake in the 9am hour. He tells Drew about one his weirdest early gigs, auditioning for The Office and playing a villain on The White Lotus on a repeat of The Drew Barrymore Show, so check your local listings.
  • Dennis Quaid (Merry Happy Whatever) and Dan Lauria (The Wonder Years/Sullivan & Son) - Dennis and Dan talk about Reagan on ABC's GMA 3: What You Need to Know at 1pm.
  • Alicia Silverstone (American Woman) - Alicia talks about her new sustainable "Recommerce Day" initiative with eBay on Access Daily with Mario & Kit, so check your local listings.
  • Chloe Coleman (Upload) - Chloe is a guest on PIX11 Morning News on WPIX in New York at 9:15am.
Thursday, July 18
  • Anthony Anderson (black-ish/Guys with Kids/All About the Andersons) - Anthony guest hosts Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Ken Jeong (Dr. Ken/Community) - Catch Ken on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Glen Powell (Scream Queens) - Glen appears on Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC. He also talks about Twisters on The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Sherri Shepherd (Mr. Iglesias/Trial & Error/Sherri/Less Than Perfect/Suddenly Susan) - Sherri is a guest on a repeat of The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Sheryl Lee Ralph (Abbott Elementary/Fam/Instant Mom/Moesha/It's a Living) - Sheryl Lee talks about The Fabulous Four on CBS Mornings some time between 7-9am and on NBC's Today in the 10am hour.
  • Demi Lovato (Sonny with a Chance) - Demi appears on a repeat of The Drew Barrymore Show, so check your local listings.
  • Carl Anthony Payne II (Tyler Perry's Young Dylan/Rock Me Baby/Martin) - Carl talks about the recent Martin reunion and his NAACP nominated show, MTV's Binged to Death, on a repeat of Tamron Hall, so check your local listings.
  • Kerry Washington (UnPrisoned) - Kerry talks about UnPrisoned on ABC's Good Morning America some time between 7-9am.
  • Delroy Lindo (UnPrisoned) - Delroy talks about UnPrisoned on ABC's GMA 3: What You Need to Know at 1pm.
  • Marlon Wayans (Marlon/The Wayans Bros.) - Marlon is a guest on PIX11 Morning News on WPIX in New York at 9:30am.
  • David Arquette (In Case of Emergency) - David appears on PIX11 Morning News on WPIX in New York at 10:05am.
Friday, July 19
  • Kumail Nanjiani (Only Murders in the Building/Bless the Harts/Silicon Valley) - Kumail guest hosts a repeat of Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Paul Scheer (Black Monday/Fresh Off the Boat/The League) - Watch Paul on a repeat of Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Joey King (Bent) - Joey appears on a repeat of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:35pm on NBC.
  • Chris Redd (Kenan/Disjointed) - Chris is a guest on a repeat of After Midnight at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Brooke Shields (Suddenly Susan) and Rachael Harris (Surviving Jack/In the Motherhood/Notes from the Underbelly) - Brooke and Rachael are guests on a repeat of The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Kerry Washington (UnPrisoned) and Delroy Lindo (UnPrisoned) - Kerry and Delroy talk about UnPrisoned on The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
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Sitcoms Airing This Week

Sunday, July 14

The Conners - "Adding Insult To Injury" (The CW, 9:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Darlene continues her search for a new job; Becky is desperate to spend more time with Beverly Rose.


Monday, July 15

The Neighborhood - "Welcome to the Walkout" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
While Gemma is holding a fundraiser for a new school pool, Tina and the other teachers are being overworked. Meanwhile, Dave convinces Calvin to finally commit to doing physical therapy for his knee.

The Neighborhood - "Welcome to the Stand-Off" (CBS, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Gemma and Tina are at odds with one another and Dave and Calvin try to bring them back together. Meanwhile, Marty is sick and not handling it well, so Malcolm fills in for him and goes to a baby class with Courtney.


Tuesday, July 16

none scheduled


Wednesday, July 17

none scheduled


Thursday, July 18

Young Sheldon - "" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)

Ghosts - "The Family Business" (CBS, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Sam gives relationship advice to her and Jay’s assistant, Freddie (Mike Lane), ignoring Hetty’s warning not to get too close to “the help.” Also, Sasappis strikes up a romance with Jessica (Nichole Sakura), the ghost who lives in Freddie’s car.

The Conners - "Possums, Pregnancy and Patriarchy" (The CW, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Harris makes a big announcement; Ben is overwhelmed with family responsibilities.

The Conners - "Hiding In and Moving Out" (The CW, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Harris takes her anger out on Darlene; Dan and Louise spend an entire day in bed together.


Friday, July 19

none scheduled


Saturday, July 20

Mind Your Business - "Choices" (Bounce TV, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Alfonso must make a major career decision while Lucielle's son comes home with a big confession.


Sunday, July 21

The Simpsons - "Lisa Gets an F1" (Fox, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Lisa feels a need for speed as well as a need for control of her anxiety when she becomes a pro kid go-cart racer.

Bob's Burgers - "Wharf Me, Worry?" (Fox, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
During their special day at the wharf with Big Bob, the kids get into trouble with a fortune-telling giant clam.

Family Guy - "Snap(ple) Decision" (Fox, 9:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Winner of a Snapple contest, Lois uses her winnings to take Meg on a tropical vacation; flaunting their wealth, the two are kidnapped; Stewie and Brian undergo "friendship therapy."

Krapopolis - "Woods-Stock" (Fox, 9:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Tyrannis becomes the life of a party in the woods, summoning the god Dionysus; Deliria and Shlub explore their open relationship at the Parthenon.

Complete TV Listings

Saturday, July 13, 2024

SitcomsOnline Digest: Martin Prequel in the Works; Wendie Malick to Star in Season 3 of Night Court

 Welcome to SitcomsOnline Digest! This week, we've got news of a Martin prequel, a new regular on Night Court, and more. Let's get going!

HIGHLIGHTS FROM SITCOMSONLINE.COM AND AROUND THE WEB

  • A prequel to the series Martin, in the form of a drama looking at the teenage years of Martin Lawrence, is in the works. (Deadline)
  • Wendie Malick is going to be a regular on Night Court next season, in the role of the prosecutor. (TVLine)
  • Just when you thought Pat Sajak was gone, it turns out you were wrong, as he'll be back to host another season of Celebrity Wheel of Fortune on ABC that haven't even been taped yet. (Entertainment Weekly)
  • Jean Smart is set to produce a confederate flag drama series for Max. (Deadline)
  • Andy Samberg is talking about why he left Saturday Night Live. (Deadline)
  • Benji Gregory, who played Brian Tanner on ALF, has died. (Variety)
  • A trailer for season 12 of Futurama has been released. (SitcomsOnline)

WEEKLY PLANNER (JUNE 13 - JULY 19)

  • Catchy Comedy has a binge of Mayberry RFD this weekend.
  • Big Brother returns to CBS on Wednesday.
  • ABC is back with more game show season premieres on Thursday, with season 6 of Press Your Luck and the premiere of Lucky 13.

Friday, July 12, 2024

FX Premiere Dates; CBS Studios San Diego Comic-Con Plans

English Teacher

FX announced the premiere dates for upcoming new and returning series, including the new comedy series English Teacher, the first installment of the American Sports Story franchise, the highly-anticipated return of The Old Man, the groundbreaking new docuseries Social Studies, and the latest documentary film from The New York Times Presents. FX's The New York Times Presents: "Lie To Fly" - Latest documentary film premieres Friday, August 23 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on FX. FX's English Teacher - New comedy series premieres Monday, September 2 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on FX with the first two episodes of the eight-episode season. All episodes will stream next day on Hulu. The series will be coming soon to Disney+ internationally. It's a comedy series created by Brian Jordan Alvarez, in which he stars as "Evan Marquez," a high school teacher in Austin, Texas who often finds himself at the intersection of the personal, professional and political aspects of working at a high school.

FX's The Old Man - Season two premieres Thursday, September 12 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on FX with the first two episodes of the eight-episode season. All episodes will stream next day on Hulu. The series will be coming soon to Disney+ internationally. Also, FX released the official teaser for season two of The Old Man. FX's American Sports Story: Aaron Hernandez - First installment of the new limited series franchise premieres Tuesday, September 17 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on FX with the first two episodes of the 10-episode series. All episodes will stream next day on Hulu. The series will be coming soon to Disney+ internationally. FX's Social Studies - New docuseries premieres Friday, September 27 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on FX with the first two episodes of the five-episode series. All episodes will stream next day on Hulu. The series will be available on Disney+ internationally in select territories at a later date.




Ghosts

CBS Studios returns to San Diego Comic-Con, featuring exclusive panels, content, and ultimate fan experiences. Attendees will not want to miss panel presentations for Star Trek Universe, the popular children's animated series Star Trek: Prodigy, hit supernatural comedy Ghosts and the highly anticipated new adult animated series Everybody Still Hates Chris coming soon to Comedy Central. Additional details about the panels, experiences and giveaways below:

Star Trek Universe panel in Hall H. As previously announced by Paramount+, the fan-favorite Star Trek universe panel returns to San Diego Comic-Con, featuring exclusive back-to-back conversations with cast and producers from Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, Star Trek: Lower Decks, Star Trek: Starfleet Academy a Hall H welcome to new cast members from Star Trek: Section 31, plus reveals and surprises! Moderated by award-winning filmmaker, director and executive producer Justin Simien. Saturday, July 27, 1:45-3:15 PM, PT, Hall H. Star Trek: Prodigy panel in Room 6DE. CBS Studios invites you to a special screening of a season two episode of Star Trek: Prodigy, followed by an exclusive conversation with Star Trek legend and voice actor Kate Mulgrew, voice actor Brett Gray and executive producers Kevin & Dan Hageman to discuss the new season currently streaming on Netflix. Moderated by Ryan Britt, editor at Inverse, the panel will also include a special giveaway item. Sunday, July 27, 10:00-11:00 AM, PT, Room 6DE

Ghosts panel in Ballroom 20. Ghosts, one of television's top comedies on CBS and Paramount+, follows Samantha and Jay, a couple running a bed and breakfast inhabited by ghosts that only Samantha can see and hear. Please join series stars Utkarsh Ambudkar, Richie Moriarty, Román Zaragoza, Rebecca Wisocky and executive producers Joe Port and Joe Wiseman for a lively and spirited panel conversation discussing the season three cliffhanger and upcoming reveals for what's ahead in season four moderated by Perri Nemiroff, senior producer at Collider. Saturday, July 27, 10:00-10:45 AM, PT, Ballroom 20.

Everybody Still Hates Chris

Everybody Still Hates Chris panel in Indigo Ballroom: Inspired by Chris Rock's experience growing up in Brooklyn during the late 1980s, Everybody Still Hates Chris is a reimagined adult animated series coming to Comedy Central later this year. Join series voice cast Terry Crews, Tichina Arnold, Tim Johnson Jr, Ozioma Akagha, Terrence Little Gardenhigh, Gunnar Sizemore and executive producer and showrunner Sanjay Shah for an exclusive first look at the series and a panel discussion filled with surprises. Saturday, July 27, 11:15-12:15 AM, PT, Indigo Ballroom.

Thursday, July 11, 2024

ABC Fall 2024 Premiere Dates; Remembering Doug Sheehan of Day by Day and Clueless and Benji Gregory of ALF

Abbott Elementary

ABC announced premiere dates for the network's action-packed fall, featuring previously announced fan-favorite series, high-octane new dramas and The Bachelor franchise's newest iteration. This news comes on the heels of the network closing out the 2023-2024 season as No. 1 in entertainment among Adults 18-49 for the fifth consecutive season, marking the longest winning streak in over 10 years. Monday Night Football returns for select weeks beginning Sept. 9 (New York Jets at San Francisco 49ers). Then, on Monday, Oct. 7, beloved game shows join the lineup with Pat Sajak's final spin hosting Celebrity Wheel of Fortune leading into Elizabeth Banks-hosted Press Your Luck.

From Oscar®-nominated writer Drew Goddard and starring Kaitlin Olson, freshman crime procedural High Potential joins ballroom sensation Dancing with the Stars on Tuesdays, kicking off Sept. 17. The Golden Bachelorette makes its debut Wednesday, Sept. 18 with two-hour episodes for the first few weeks, with new leading lady Joan Vassos; and a new season of Emmy® and Golden Globe® Award-winning comedy Abbott Elementary joins the night Oct. 9 at 9:30pm, followed by the ABC News Studios docuseries Scamanda. Then, from executive producer Ryan Murphy and starring Joshua Jackson and Don Johnson, highly anticipated new drama Doctor Odyssey debuts Thursday, Sept. 26 at 9pm, alongside 9-1-1 and the longest-running primetime medical drama in television history, Grey's Anatomy.

A new season of ABC News' 20/20 premieres Friday, Sept. 20, and season 16 of Shark Tank dives into the night starting Oct. 18. America’s Funniest Home Videos celebrates its monumental 35th season beginning Sunday, Sept. 29, before The Wonderful World of Disney world television premiere of the live-action The Little Mermaid. Additional films to debut this season include the world television premieres of Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny and Haunted Mansion, as well as the broadcast premiere of Hocus Pocus 2. Airdates and additional movies to be announced at a later date. As previously announced, new seasons of returning dramas The Rookie and Will Trent will debut midseason (January), along with the celebratory farewell season of legacy comedy The Conners. Also returning midseason are American Idol, The Bachelor, Celebrity Jeopardy! and What Would You Do?, while Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, from executive producer Reese Witherspoon and hosted by world-renowned organizing duo Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplin of The Home Edit, is also set to debut. These premiere dates will be announced at a later date.


Doug Sheehan

Actor Doug Sheehan, who starred as Brian Harper on Day by Day and as Mel Horowitz on Clueless, has died. He died at his home in Big Horn, Wyoming, on June 29. Mr. Sheehan was 75.

Day by Day

Sheehan starred as Brian Harper on the 1988-1989 NBC sitcom Day by Day. The show centers on Brian and Kate Harper (Linda Kelsey), a married couple with two successful careers (Brian as a stockbroker, Kate as a lawyer) and a teenage son named Ross (Christopher Daniel ("C.B.") Barnes). They open a daycare center in their home. The series also starred Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Courtney Thorne-Smith and Thora Birch.

Doug Sheehan - Clueless

He starred as Mel Horowitz on the UPN sitcom Clueless for seasons 2 and 3 (1997-1999). Mel Horowitz is Cher Horowitz's (Rachel Blanchard) rich, widowed lawyer. He replaced Michael Lerner, who played Mel Horowitz during the first season (1996-1997), which aired on ABC. The cast included Stacey Dash, Donald Adeosun Faison, Elisa Donovan, Sean Holland, David Lascher (season 1), Twink Caplan (season 1), Wallace Shawn (season 1), Heather Gottlieb (season 1) and Julie Brown.

Melissa Joan Hart and Doug Sheehan - Sabrina the Teenage Witch

Sheehan played Edward Spellman, Sabrina Spellman's (Melissa Joan Hart) father, in two episodes of Sabrina the Teenage Witch. Some of his other sitcom guest appearances included Cheers, Alice, Dear John and Style & Substance.

His first major role was as Joe Kelly on the daytime soap opera General Hospital from 1979 to 1982. He was nominated for the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for the role in 1982.

He starred as journalist Ben Gibson on the CBS primetime soap opera Knots Landing from 1983 to 1987. Ben Gibson was the second husband of Valene Ewing (Joan Van Ark).

Some of his other television guest appearances Charlie's Angels (1978), Kaz, MacGyver (1990), Columbo (1993), Promised Land, Diagnosis: Murder, Passions (6 episodes as Mr. Davis) and That Was Then.

Mr. Sheehan was a talented and versatile actor. Day by Day is a funny show with a great cast, which should have had a longer run. It should be available on DVD or streaming. He will be greatly missed.

Benji Gregory

Actor Benji Gregory, who starred as Brian Tanner on ALF, has died. On June 13, Gregory and his service dog, Hans, were found dead inside a car at a Chase Bank parking lot in Peoria, Arizona. However, news of his death was not publicly disclosed until July 10, when the cause of his death was still under investigation. His sister Rebecca said he had suffered from depression, bipolar disorder and a sleep disorder and said he likely died of a heatstroke after falling asleep in his car. Mr. Gregory was only 46.

ALF

He starred as Brian Tanner on the 1986-1990 NBC sitcom ALF. The title character, called ALF (an acronym for "Alien Life Form") but whose real name is Gordon Shumway, crash-lands in the garage of the suburban middle-class Tanner family. Brian Tanner is the middlest son of the Tanner family. He is nicknamed 'B' by the rest of the cast. The cast included Paul Fusco (performed and voiced ALF), Max Wright, Anne Scheeden, Liz Sheridan, John LaMotta, Josh Blake, Anne Meara (1987) and Jim J. Bullock (1989-1990).

Fenster Hall

Gregory appeared as an orphan named Dash in two episodes of Punky Brewster. The final episode in Season 1, titled "Fenster Hall" (aired March 31, 1985), was a failed attempt to create a spin-off of Punky Brewster.

He played Brian in a 1991 episode of Murphy Brown. Some of his other television guest appearances included The A-Team, T.J. Hooker, Amazing Stories and The Twilight Zone (1985). Some of his voice credits included Pound Puppies, Fantastic Max and Back to the Future: The Animated Series (as Biff Tannen Jr.).

He played Harry Carlson, Jr. in Jumpin' Jack Flash (1986). He supplied the voice of Edgar the Mole in the animated feature Once Upon a Forest (1993), which would be his final acting role.

Mr. Gregory was a good child actor. After leaving the acting industry, he served a stint in the U.S. Navy after graduating from school. He enlisted in 2003 and became an aerographer's mate. During his naval career he was assigned to the USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70). In 2005, he received an honorable medical discharge from the Navy. We thank him for his work on television and in films and for his service in the Navy. He will be sorely missed.

Jamie Kellner

We also remember television executive Jamie Kellner. He was a founding president of Fox Broadcasting and founded The WB network. He died from cancer on June 21 in Montecito, California. Mr. Kellner was 74.

Kellner was present at the establishment of the Fox Broadcasting Company and held the position as chairman of 20th Century Fox Television from 1986 to 1993. Among the shows that emerged during his seven years at Fox were The Simpsons, Married... with Children, Beverly Hills, 90210 (1990-2000), Melrose Place and In Living Color.

He then spent seven years at the helm of The WB Television Network. He helped launch the new broadcast network in 1994. During his tenure, he began by championing urban sitcoms such as The Wayans Bros., The Parent 'Hood and Sister, Sister, but eventually steered the network in the direction of teen and family-oriented dramas. 7th Heaven, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Gilmore Girls, Dawson's Creek, Felicity and Charmed all premiered during his presidency.

Kellner was made head of Turner Broadcasting System in 2000, officially succeeding Ted Turner in March 2001. He was chairman and CEO of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a division of Time Warner which includes TBS, TNT, and Cartoon Network from 2001 to 2003. He was the chairman of station ownership group ACME Communications, a post held from the company's founding until its folding in 2016.

We thank him for the television shows be brought us at Fox, The WB and Turner. He will be missed.

Jonathan Axelrod

Television producer and screenwriter Jonathan Axelrod worked on Dave's World. He died in Los Angeles on June 13. Mr. Axelrod was 74.

He was executive producer on the 1993-1997 CBS sitcom Dave's World. The series is based on the writing of Miami Herald columnist Dave Barry. The show focuses on the daily trials and tribulations of columnist Dave Barry (Harry Anderson) and his wife, Beth (DeLane Matthews), along with their sons, Tommy (Zane Carney) and Willie (Andrew Ducote).

Some of his other sitcom producing credits included Can't Hurry Love, Brother's Keeper, Movie Stars and Some of My Best Friends. He was one of the writers of the 1972 comedy film Every Little Crook and Nanny.

We thank him for his work on Dave's World and other sitcoms. He will be missed.

Susan Buckner

Actress Susan Buckner starred as Lucy Davis on When the Whistle Blows. She died on May 2 in Miami, Florida. Ms. Buckner was 72.

When the Whistle Blows

Buckner starred as Lucy Davis on the short-lived 1980 ABC sitcom When the Whistle Blows. The series revolves around a group of construction workers – four males (Norm, Buzz, Randy and Hunk) and one female (Lucy) – for the "Tri-State Construction Company" in Los Angeles and their search for fun both on and off the job. It was filmed single-camera style and without a laugh track. The cast included Doug Brown, Philip Brown, Tim Rossovich, Dolph Sweet, Alice Hirson, Gary Allen, Noble Willingham and Sue Ane Langdon.

She appeared as one of The Krofftettes who performed synchronised swimming routines on the 1976-1997 ABC variety show The Brady Bunch Hour.

Buckner played Kim Patterson in a 1979 episode of The Love Boat. Some of her other television guest appearances included Police Woman, Switch, Starsky & Hutch, The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries (3 episodes) and B.J. and the Bear.

She portrayed high school cheerleader Patty Simcox in the 1978 summer blockbuster Grease, starring Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta. She starred as Vicky Anderson in the 1981 slasher film Deadly Blessing.

Ms. Buckner was crowned Miss Washington in 1971 and in September went on to become a top ten finalist in the Miss America 1972 pageant. We thank her for her work on television and in films. She will be deeply missed.


Sitcoms Airing Tonight / Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows

Saturday, July 20

Mind Your Business - "Choices" (Bounce TV, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Alfonso must make a major career decision while Lucielle's son comes home with a big confession.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of July 15)

Friday, July 19

  • Kumail Nanjiani (Only Murders in the Building/Bless the Harts/Silicon Valley) - Kumail guest hosts a repeat of Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Paul Scheer (Black Monday/Fresh Off the Boat/The League) - Watch Paul on a repeat of Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Joey King (Bent) - Joey appears on a repeat of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:35pm on NBC.
  • Chris Redd (Kenan/Disjointed) - Chris is a guest on a repeat of After Midnight at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Brooke Shields (Suddenly Susan) and Rachael Harris (Surviving Jack/In the Motherhood/Notes from the Underbelly) - Brooke and Rachael are guests on a repeat of The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Kerry Washington (UnPrisoned) and Delroy Lindo (UnPrisoned) - Kerry and Delroy talk about UnPrisoned on The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.


New on DVD/Blu-ray

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)

02/13 - Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. - The Complete Series (Blu-ray)
02/27 - The Really Loud House - Season One
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)
07/05 - Letterkenny - Season 12 (Final Season)
07/30 - Ted Lasso - The Richmond Way (The Complete Series) (Blu-ray) (DVD)
09/17 - Bewitched - The Complete Series - 60th Anniversary Special Edition (Blu-ray)
09/24 - Friends - The Complete Series (4K Ultra HD)
09/24 - Young Sheldon - The Complete Seventh Season / The Complete Series
10/08 - Curb Your Enthusiasm - The Complete Twelfth Season / The Complete Series

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07/16 - Survival of the Thickest Season 2 Adds to Cast; Phil Rosenthal Series Renewed by Netflix
07/15 - CBS Fall 2024 Premiere Dates; Disney Entertainment Television at San Diego Comic-Con 2024
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07/13 - SitcomsOnline Digest: Martin Prequel in the Works; Wendie Malick to Star in Season 3 of Night Court
07/12 - FX Premiere Dates; CBS Studios San Diego Comic-Con Plans
07/11 - ABC Fall 2024 Premiere Dates; Remembering Doug Sheehan of Day by Day and Clueless and Benji Gregory of ALF
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07/06 - SitcomsOnline Digest: Skydance Media Reportedly Taking Over Paramount; Internet Archive Restores MTV News Archives
07/05 - Sitcom Stars Pair Up on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire; TV One Premieres Raising Fame
07/04 - Happy 4th of July; Antenna TV's McHale's Navy Red, White and Navy Independence Day Marathon
07/03 - Netflix Has Baby Fever Again; More Stars Join Sirens
07/02 - Cobra Kai's Final Season Begins July 18; Hell Yeah! Kite Man: Hell Yeah! Premieres July 18 on Max
07/01 - Remembering Martin Mull of Roseanne, Sabrina the Teenage Witch and More; Will Forte Joins Netflix's Upcoming Comedy The Four Seasons
06/30 - Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows; This Week in Sitcoms (Week of July 1, 2024)
06/29 - SitcomsOnline Digest: Nancy O'Dell to Host New Daytime True Crime Series; NBC to Use AI Clips of Al Michaels' Voice for Olympics
06/28 - Hulu's Hit-Monkey Trailer Drops; Remembering Character Actor Bill Cobbs
06/27 - New Jersey's North to Shore Festival Brings Out the Stars; ABC's GMA Summer Concert Series 2024
06/26 - Fox Nation Taps Kelsey Grammer for Docudrama; Hallmark Channel's Kansas City Chiefs Christmas Movie
06/25 - Watch New Season of The Bear Earlier; NBC's 4th of July Fireworks Special Details
06/24 - Prime Video Orders Riz Ahmed Comedy; New Trio Join Only Murders for Season 4
06/23 - Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows; This Week in Sitcoms (Week of June 24, 2024)
06/22 - SitcomsOnline Digest: Casting for Everybody Still Hates Chris; Homicide: Life on the Street Headed to Streaming
06/21 - The CW Fall 2024 Premiere Dates; Jimmy Kimmel Live! Guest Hosts for Summer
06/20 - Hallmark's Christmas in July Stunt; Starz's Power Book II: Ghost Final Season Premieres Strong
06/19 - Dark Side of the 90s Returns in July; Resident Alien Moving to USA Network