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This game show news is so hot! How hot is it?
April 28th, 2016 under ABC, Alec Baldwin, Game Shows. [ Comments: 1 ]

It is so hot that Alec Baldwin just got a chubby over it. That’s because ABC is bringing back Match Game and he is hosting it. According to Vulture, the 10 1-hour episodes will air this summer at 10p after Celebrity Family Feud and $10,000 Pyramid hosted by Michael Strahan. The only thing ABC is missing is Hollywood Squares at 7p and then it would be a ’70s game show fan’s wet dream.
Actually I really like that we are getting a full night of game shows, and I hope that the networks will consider doing it in the regular season too. Lord knows that it will do better than what they have now for the most part.

UPDATE: ABC just confirmed the news about Match Game returning on June 26th. In the press release, they reveal that Baldwin is foregoing his salary. Why? He says that, “Hilaria and I are thrilled to donate this fee to arts related charities. And we look forward to having a lot of fun.” Normally, I don’t like him, but this one little notion completely changed my opinion of him. I wish more celebrities who don’t need the money would do things like this. Don’t you?


Courtney Thorne-Smith is traveling back to her Melrose Place days!
March 21st, 2016 under ABC, Beverly Hills 90210 / Melrose Place. [ Comments: none ]

First Busta Rhymes put on his dreads for the ’90s bases Fresh Off the Boat and now Courtney Thorne-Smith is moving back in to her old haunt for the ABC sitcom. According to Entertainment Weekly, Smith is going to guest star on the Melrose Place themed episode, April 5th. No word if she will be reprising her role as Allison Parker, herself in 1996 or someone else. But since she hasn’t aged since the nighttime soap went off the air, I am going to assume she will once again be playing the girl next door who made her a household name.
Now that Rhymes and Smith are going back to the ’90s with FOTB and Weird Al Yankovic traveled back to the ’80s for The Goldbergs, I am hoping we see more of this next season. I normally hate stunt casting, but I love it on these shows.


ABC dethrones Of Kings and Prophets after just 2 episodes
March 17th, 2016 under ABC. [ Comments: none ]

Of Kings and Prophets was supposed to air Sundays at 10p in the fall, but ABC pulled it to rework the show. Eventually, the Alphabet network gave it a launch date and after two episodes, they canceled the low rated drama.
I am not surprised by the news because I shut the pilot off after 1 minute. I have never done that before, but after :60 seconds I knew this was not worth my time or anyone elses. Seems I was right.
Believe it or not this is only the third show that was pulled from the lineup this season without all of its filmed episodes airing. The other two are ABC’s Wicked City and CBS’s Angel From Hell.


ABC renewed a lot of shows
March 3rd, 2016 under ABC. [ Comments: none ]

ABC might’ve cancelled their President of Entertainment a few weeks ago, but they are sticking with a bunch of his show. Today, they picked up America’s Funniest Home Videos, The Bachelor, black-ish, Dancing with the Stars, Fresh Off the Boat, The Goldbergs, Grey’s Anatomy, How to Get Away with Murder, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., The Middle, Modern Family, Once Upon a Time, Scandal, Shark Tank and Quantico.
So what is missing? Castle, The Muppets, Agent Carter, Nashville, American Crime, Last Man Standing, Dr Ken and Galavant. Of those, I expect that the Friday night comedies will be back. There was a report that ABC’s big boss Ben Sherwood likes sitcoms taped in front of a live audience and those are the two shows that fit that requirement. That and they have also done well on Friday.
What shows are you happy that will be back? Which ones do you want them to bring back?


The Family holds you captive
March 3rd, 2016 under ABC. [ Comments: none ]

When I read the description of The Family, I thought it was going to be awful. Then I watched the first two episodes, and I really enjoyed the show.
The Family is about family that’s life was changed not once but twice. First, when their son went missing and was presumed dead. Second, when he suddenly shows up alive ten years later.
Now Adam’s (Liam James) parents (Joan Allen and Rupert Graves) are dealing with him being back while dealing with their own problems caused because of his disappearance. Their older son (Zach Gilford) has doubts that the kid claiming to be Adam is really him. Their daughter Willa (Alison Pill) became religious and uptight after her brother disappeared.
As bad as they are all feeling it, no one is feeling it worse than their neighbor Hank (Andrew McCarthy) who was blamed for the kidnapping and murder of Adam. He has been in jail, and was released when Adam returned.
Now they all have to go on as though nothing happened, but it did. Each week, you will wonder is Adam really Adam. And if he is, then who kidnapped him?


Black-ish takes on police brutality tonight
February 24th, 2016 under ABC. [ Comments: none ]

Black-ish is normally a comedy, but tonight they are taking on a serious issue.
The Johnsons are all sitting in front of the television awaiting the verdict on an alleged police shooting of an African-American teenager. Dre (Anthony Anderson) and his wife (Tracee Ellis Ross) feel differently about how they should talk to their kids about it. Their older kids Zoey (Yara Shahidi) and Andre Jr (Marcus Scribner) feel differently than their parents and different than each other. The twins, Jack (Miles Brown) and Diane (Marsai Martin), are too young to really understand what is going on, and everyone debates how much they should know. Finally, Dre’s parents (Laurence Fishburne and Jenifer Lewis) have their own opinions from experience and have no problem sharing their views with their family.
During the half hour episode, they will all share their different opinions and listen to everyone else’s ideas on the situation and by the end of the episode they all come together.
It is a very powerful, intense, well-done 30 minutes of television that should not be missed because it shows so many different sides of the same story that we are all talking about. There will be laughs and there will be tears, so be prepared to go through the gamut of emotions.
I will seriously be surprised if this episode is not nominated for an Emmy because it is that incredible.


ABC screwed up by letting Entertainment President Paul Lee go
February 17th, 2016 under ABC. [ Comments: none ]

You might not know who Paul Lee is, but he was the man who has been running ABC for the last 6 years. Today, that is no longer the case and I think that they made a big mistake.
He has done more for sitcoms than all the other networks combined. He has had huge sucess with The Goldbergs, Fresh Off the Boat, Black-ish and Dr Ken. While that is the comedy side, he made TGIT a thing with the Shonda Rimes shows and was able to get Grey’s Anatomy to turn around after they killed off McDreamy. Quantico is also doing really well and one of the few new shows that didn’t benefit from a strong lead in. American Crime and How To Get Away With Murder has also got them award recognition which is something ABC has been lacking. These are just a few of his many accomplishments he has achieved during his tenure at the network.
Before he was at ABC, he was at ABC Family and he completely turned that network around with The Secret Life of an American Teenager, Baby Daddy and Pretty Little Liars. What happened when he left? They changed the name of the network to Freeform, enough said.
Those are the positives. ABC’s ratings are down, but their diversity is up. To me the fact that they have two sitcoms centered around Asian families speaks louder than anything else.
But I guess it is a money game and they want the ratings. Which is sad because I have been saying for years, he is the best network head out there. All the networks are struggling and yet their bosses all still have their jobs.
The person who should be out of a job is Ben Sherwood who was Lee’s boss. According to The New York Times he wants to turn ABC into CBS and do more procedurals. That is exactly what TV doesn’t need, we have more than enough as it is. Oh and CBS’s shows are all down this season. So maybe people are tiring of the same old who done it which can be guessed within the first 10 minutes of the show. I know I am. I like variety, and ABC had that.
Oh well, I am sure Paul Lee will wind up at another network like Fox? C’mon Fox hire him, he would be perfect for you.


Tim Allen and Nancy Travis talk the politics of Last Man Standing
February 5th, 2016 under ABC. [ Comments: none ]

Last Man Standing isn’t only a family show, they also tackle political issues. Just like All In the Family, the ABC sitcom shows all side of the political front. Mike Baxter (Tim Allen) and his youngest daughter Eve (Kaitlyn Dever) are staunch Republicans, his eldest daughter Kristin (Amanda Fuller) and her husband Ryan (Jordan Masterson) are very liberal, and his wife Vanessa (Nancy Travis) and their middle child Mandy (Molly Ephraim) are in the middle. On many episodes, they each have their political views and by the end of the episode, they have listened to all sides and made a decision that suits them. Sometimes they see things Mike’s way, OK almost all of the time they do, but it is his show!
Seriously though, as a viewer, I find it is refreshing to watch a show on television that is not just one sided. So recently, when I got to talk to Tim Allen and Nancy Travis, I asked them about being a show that tackles politics.
Not only is Allen the star, he is also the Executive Producer, so I wanted to know how important that is to him. He said, “I adore my liberal friends. I just don’t see eye to eye with them. We don’t demonize them. That is what we do here very well.” Then he explained how, “We have a very liberal writing staff, maybe one or two conservatives on it. It is fun to see liberals make fun of themselves. And in the middle of that, the conservatives sometimes say, ‘We’re not going to say that.’
“Between liberals fighting, you have a mitigating factor, because they all love each other. We’ve all learned to listen to the other side. You can admire the other side, but they are not your demon. I think the best thing about this show is it is stacked. I think all the girls are liberal leaning, except maybe Nancy, but I think what it’s caused us to do on this set is listen to each other.”
How does his Nancy feel about it? Travis said, “I love it because I think this show is very different from anything else that is on television, and thru Tim’s character, Mike Baxter, we have a point of view you really don’t see anywhere on network television. I have been interesting to try to balance that and have counterpoint voices within the show but his voice has been a very clear point of view. It is interesting how many followers we’ve gotten and how many people are interested in watching the show.
“The show is reflecting other points of view in our country that you don’t really see in the media or on other shows. There are a whole lot of people who identify with the point of view of the show.” And at the end of the day she reminded us, “It’s not trying to tiptoe or be precious about anything. It’s, Here it is! It’s funny and it’s a joke. Have a laugh. Let’s find where we’re similar.”
So have a laugh, have several of them tonight and every Friday at 8p on ABC.


Chicago Fire stuns, The Muppets fails and Fresh Off the Boat’s New Year
February 2nd, 2016 under ABC, Dick Wolf, NBC. [ Comments: none ]

Tonight’s Chicago Fire on NBC at 10p is such a thriller, there is a moment that will leave you breathless.
There is a credible threat against the city of Chicago, but there are many different targets throughout the Windy City. Law enforcement asks all the first responders to help out with the threat. Unfortunately for our Chicago Fire team they are sent to ground zero. A man starts shooting inside and outside the building where some of our firefighters and the paramedics are located. The shooter is going room to room and shooting anyone he finds.
Will our team get out alive or will the murderer be taken out before he gets the chance. You don’t want to miss a single second of this suspenseful well-done episode.

The Muppets are back tonight at 8p on ABC. Not only are the reworking the show from behind the scenes, they are also reworking them from in front of the camera. There is a new executive at the network and she wants to make some changes to Miss Piggy’s talk show. She wants to make it more like Jimmy Fallon and James Corden’s shows, so Kermit decides to get the other Muppets to be a part of it with different type of bits. It has potential but falls flat.
Not as flat as next week’s show when Miss Piggy has a wardrobe malfunction. Her pig tail gets exposed and people are in a uproar over it.
Kristin Newman took over the ranks of the show; and I know from her past work on That ’70s Show, The Neighbors and Galvant, she is better than this. So I am just going to assume that is more of Bill Prady’s doing than her’s since the show hasn’t changed as Bob Kushell left.
Sadly the adult Muppets are missing the joy that we got from the original series. Until they bring it back this show won’t be.

Then at 8:30p on Fresh Off the Boat, it is time for a show with lot of heart.
It’s the Chinese New Year and the Huangs are all excited to go back home to spend it with their family and friends. Only problem is that Louis (Randall Park) screwed up the dates and they missed their flight. Now they have to find a place to celebrate it in Orlando which is harder than they thought.
Will they find a place to spend the New Year or will they spend it alone? I don’t care as long as we get to spend it with them.


Last Man Standing’s cast talk about the show turning 100 tonight!
January 29th, 2016 under ABC. [ Comments: none ]

It is getting rarer and rarer for a broadcast show to hit the 100 episode milestone and tonight at 8p on ABC, Last Man Standing does just that. I recently attended the cake cutting ceremony and I got to speak to some of the actors about what hitting the 3 digit number of episodes means to them.
This is the second time that Tim Allen has been on show that has lasted over five years, how does he feel about it? He said, “I love doing what I do. This is a huge, I get scared and I’m uncomfortable and I am not worth all this.” Then he added, “I am so happy what we got here because it means the world to the studio I work for. Business-wise it is good for us that it is a milestone.”
Even though they were taping the 100th show that night, he was already focused on 101. He said, “It is the next episode to me, and making sure that the characters are right and that the crew gets what they need. I do like shepherding this group. This is a huge event.” After this huge event, where does he see the family sitcom going, “Let’s say 200 episodes?”
A big part of why this show has lasted as long as it has is the chemistry between him and his TV wife is perfect. How does Nancy Travis feel about hitting “The Big 100”? She told me, “It is very surreal that we hit 100 episodes because it feels as if it flew by. It doesn’t feel old. It still feels new. That’s due largely to this group, the cast and Tim. I still think we could do another 100.” Where does she want her evolving character to go in the next 100 episodes, “I would like to see my character explore more in the marriage, and maybe explore conflicts and different relationships with adult daughters. I would love to see my character explore what it means to be a woman who is older and trying to figure out where her life is going and where she wants it to go.” Vanessa has gone through a lot of changes on the show, and most recently she quit her high paying job to become a teacher. Not only that, her youngest daughter is about to go college, her middle daughter has some big changes going on her life tonight and her oldest daughter is married with a kid. Soon Mike and Vanessa Baxter will most likely have the house to themselves after almost a quarter of a century, so there is a lot we can see happening for them.
Like hanging out more with their next door neighbors the Larabees, which is something I am not sure Mike wants because Chuck and him have a love/hate relationship. Jonathan Adams became a series regular on the show last year after two years of recurring. What does this milestone mean to him? He said, “It’s incredible. I mean, I have never done it before. I have never been to the 100th episode of anything. I’ve done the first season or I’ve made it to season three and no…” Then he added, “100 episodes is phenomenal and I am really happy to be here and be a part of it. I am just over the moon.”
His TV wife, Erika Alexander, also was on a show that aired over 100 episodes. I am sure you remember seeing her in Living Single that made it to 118 episodes. She understands how important this number is for a show as she told me, “In this day and age, with technology the way that it is and with so many shows you can watch. What it is, it is a real, it is more than just a celebration, it is an acknowledgement that something valuable is going on here and that it is needed. And that people do show up to shows that are not necessarily on cable or streaming. I really believe that’s a powerful thing in this day and age.” What does she credit the show’s longevity on, she explained. “That is down to Tim Allen’s appeal and the long standing history he has with his audience and building an audience and renewing that audience’s trust and comedy and family values. I think that is wonderful.”
Everything about Last Man Standing is wonderful. It reminds me of All in the Family. It is shows about a loving family with different points of view, who can argue with each other over them but they are always there to support themselves through the good times and the bad. That and there are a lot laughs during each episode and that is what is a sitcom is all about.
So if you missed the first 99 episodes, then you can easily start with tonight’s episode and watch the past ones on Netflix or syndication. If you have been watching the show since day 1 like me, then this is a must not miss episode.
Congratulations to the cast and crew of Last Man Standing for hitting the 100 episode milestone, here is to the next 100!


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