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December 3, 2012 | By Greg Braxton
Jackie Gleason's nickname was "The Great One. " But his landmark sitcom, "The Honeymooners" is being ranked below a so-called "show about nothing" as the greatest sitcom ever. A new poll in the latest comedy-inspired issue of Vanity Fair has listed "Seinfeld" as the greatest sitcom of all time. The show starring Jerry Seinfeld beat out "The Honeymooners" with 20% of the vote, followed by "Friends" and "Cheers. " "Arrested Development" received 7% of the vote, "Mary Tyler Moore" 6% and "30 Rock" 5%. ALSO: Howard Stern to return to "America's Got Talent" "The Killing" may return to AMC after being canceled CNN to launch syndicated Latino programming PHOTOS, VIDEOS & MORE: PHOTOS: Holiday TV specials PHOTOS: 15 shocking moments from 'South Park' VIDEO: Watch the latest fall TV trailers here  
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April 24, 2014 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Based on the 2011 Cameron Diaz film of the same name, "Bad Teacher" is something of a novelty on CBS, a single-camera comedy in a sea of old-fashioned multicamera, feel-the-hilarity sitcoms like "The Big Bang Theory," "Two Broke Girls" and "Mike & Molly. " ("The Crazy Ones," whose time slot "Bad Teacher" will occupy, cracked that mold this season but did not break it.) Nevertheless, and for all the studied outrageousness of its model, it tells a now-familiar, deceptively sweet tale of the unruly force that brings its own kind of order and relief.
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September 30, 2009 | Meg James
For the TV networks, the meat and potatoes of prime time are back on the menu. After abandoning America's heartland and failing in recent years to create a successful sitcom, ABC on Wednesday will try to revive its legacy of strong family comedies with "The Middle." Set in the fictional town of Orson, Ind., "The Middle" stars Patricia Heaton as a harried mom trying her best to hold down a job selling cars while taking care of her husband and their three mostly ordinary kids -- even if that means serving them still-frozen waffles.
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April 15, 2014 | By Yvonne Villarreal
SHREVEPORT, La. - A woodsy stretch of Willow Lake Farm, just outside this city, has been painstakingly built to look like a 17 t h century New England village, filled with shops and houses with steep-pitched roofs and drab clapboard exteriors. Milling about nearby are women in elaborate capes and cinched dresses, and men clad in peasant shirts and heavy coats. It's all textbook quaint - until you see the towering gallows at the center of town. This is the setting for "Salem," the new TV series from Tribune Co.'s WGN America set in the Massachusetts village that was the scene of notorious Colonial witch trials.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 9, 1985 | HOWARD ROSENBERG
What's new on cable TV this season is what's old on regular TV--first-run sitcoms. Breaking its tradition of airing only comedies that are antique network reruns, USA Network, for example, is premiering its first original sitcom (8 p.m. Wednesdays starting Oct. 2), with Don Adams starring as a supermarket manager in "Check It Out." It's based on the English series, "Tripper's Day."
ENTERTAINMENT
June 27, 2013 | By Margaret Gray
How the Supreme Court's rulings on gay marriage will affect comedy may not have been the first question on everybody's mind Wednesday. But for the audience at Judy Gold's one-woman show, “The Judy Show: My Life as a Sitcom,” at the Geffen Playhouse, it was a pressing concern. The show, an extended stand-up act written by Gold and Kate Moira Ryan and directed by Amanda Charlton, first ran in New York in 2011. Would the news change it? Gold has spent a lot of her adult life trying to broaden the definition of the “normal” American family so that it can include her own: She's a Jewish lesbian comedian with two sons, an ex-partner, a new girlfriend and a difficult mother.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 4, 1999 | F. KATHLEEN FOLEY
Writer-director Mark Rothman has his roots in the half-hour sitcom, and a television sensibility prevails in "Who Wants Fame?," a half-baked relationship comedy about an aging actress and a curmudgeonly talent coordinator who meet cute, cheat cute and stay together cute, sans laugh track--or emotional motivation.
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November 2, 2012 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Reba McEntire, who spent five seasons on the WB and one on the CW in a sitcom that bore her name, returns to television Friday in ABC's "Malibu Country," the fall season's second country-music-related network series, after "Nashville. " (Also on ABC.) Slotted next to Tim Allen's "Last Man Standing," with which it shares an executive producer, "Reba" vet Kevin Abbott (who also wrote the pilot), it suggests a slight return of TGIF, the family-friendly sitcom block that expressed the network's theory of Friday-night programming all through the 1990s.
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December 8, 1989
Valerie Harper will begin production in January on a new half-hour sitcom that is scheduled to premiere on CBS in March. The network has ordered 12 episodes of the show, called "City," which centers around a group of bureaucrats who work in city hall. It was created by Paul Haggis, a former writer and producer on ABC's "thirtysomething."
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September 16, 2007 | Mary McNamara, Times Staff Writer
Many hands have been wrung of late over the state of comedy in general and of the sitcom in particular. The level of buzz surrounding "Back to You" -- can Kelsey Grammer and Patricia Heaton save the sitcom and possibly the world? -- would seem more appropriate for a foreign policy breakthrough (although CW's "Aliens in America" seems more likely to provide that). Many industry watchers have glumly noted that of the 28 new shows premiering this fall on network TV, only six are half-hour comedies.
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April 2, 2014 | By Christie D'Zurilla
So what's going on with Jennette McCurdy? The costar of "Sam & Cat," a show spun off from Nickelodeon's "iCarly," was absent over the weekend from the Kids' Choice Awards - and now her live-action comedy has apparently gone on hiatus unexpectedly. Skipping the fan-voted KCAs is no biggie, right? Unless you're scheduled to be there, and your show is so hot it wins top TV comedy, which the popular "Sam & Cat" did, and your costar is so hot she wins top TV actress, which Ariana Grande did.  Initial speculation was that the 21-year-old McCurdy had stayed off the red carpet because of sexy lingerie selfies that were leaked online at the beginning of March (more on that later)
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March 19, 2014 | By Meredith Blake
Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda will be clocking in together once again.  The actresses, who co-starred in the classic 1980 workplace comedy "9 to 5," will team up again in "Grace and Frankie," a new single-camera sitcom for Netflix. The series also boasts a creative team that includes Howard J. Morris, writer and producer of 'Sullivan & Son," and Marta Kauffman, co-creator of a little show known as "Friends" as well as "Dream On," an early original series on HBO. Through 13 half-hour episodes, "Grace and Frankie" will explore the relationship between two women in their twilight years, Grace (Fonda)
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March 13, 2014 | By Gary Goldstein
If the gay-themed "Tennessee Queer" came out 20 years ago - or was at least a more deftly made film - perhaps it wouldn't seem so desperately past its sell-by date. But this unevenly acted yuckfest, which is as unsubtle as its title, has all the pizazz of a bad sitcom episode. When Jason Potts (Christian Walker), a New York City librarian living in domestic bliss with his idyllic boyfriend (Jerre Dye), is summoned back to his native Smyth, Tenn., under false pretenses (long story)
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March 6, 2014 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
George Lopez, the comedian, has a new sitcom on FX, "Saint George. " Like its stablemate "Anger Management," which guarantees you'll have Charlie Sheen to kick around for a while, it is being launched on what's called a 10/90 deal: If the first 10 episodes do well enough by some secret contractual standard, the network buys 90 more, to make a syndication-friendly 100. The series, which premieres Thursday, is Lopez's second sitcom, after the family...
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March 5, 2014 | By Greg Braxton
George Lopez has been gearing up for the launch later this week of his new FX comedy "Saint George," which is about a successful entrepreneur grappling with a messy personal and family life. The series stands out as a personal touchstone for the 52-year-old comedian, whose résumé includes a groundbreaking network sitcom, a hip late-night cable talk show and sold-out arena performances. But a not-so-funny thing happened on the way to Thursday's premiere. Lopez was arrested on suspicion of public intoxication late last week after a performance at Caesars Windsor Hotel and Casino in Windsor, Ontario.
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January 10, 2014 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Enlisted," which premieres Friday on Fox, is an oddly quaint show, a stateside service comedy, if not quite a peacetime one. Created by Kevin Biegel ("Cougar Town"), its theatrical antecedents are boot-camp films such as Bob Hope's "Caught in the Draft," Abbott and Costello's "Buck Privates," Martin and Lewis' "Jumping Jacks" - like each of those films, its pilot climaxes with a war games sequence - and, jumping a few decades forward, Bill Murray's "Stripes. " On television, it hearkens back to "The Phil Silvers Show" and "McHale's Navy," military comedies whose heroes do things not at all by the book.
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August 4, 1989 | DAN SULLIVAN, Times Theater Critic
Many a comedy writer sweating out a pitch meeting at the network has said to himself, "There's got to be a play here." Ron Bloomberg, who got his start with "All in the Family," has committed one. It's called "Sitcom," it's at the Melrose Theatre and it's godawful. Three or four rewrites down the line, though, it might be a play. Bloomberg knows how people talk at pitch meetings ("Now the arena of our story is . . .") and how everybody looks to the boss for the first signal as to how to react.
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June 2, 2010 | By Robert Lloyd, Television Critic
"Are We There Yet?," which premieres Wednesday on TBS, is a sitcom sequel to the 2005 theatrical feature of the same name (mostly bad reviews but pretty good box office). Terry Crews stars as Nick, who has married Suzanne (Essence Atkins), who has two children, Lindsey (Teala Dunn) and Kevin (Coy Stewart). Nick has a best friend named Martin (Christian Finnegan), and Suzanne has a best friend named Gigi (Keesha Sharp), both of whom are around all the time, in the sitcom way of things.
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January 2, 2014 | Chris Lee
James Avery, who portrayed the commanding yet cuddly father figure on the hit 1990s sitcom "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air," died at a Glendale hospital Tuesday of complications from open heart surgery. He was 65. His death was confirmed by his manager, Toni Benson. Although trained as a Shakespearean actor, Avery won his widest audience in the role of Judge Philip Banks - "Uncle Phil" - on "Fresh Prince," which aired on NBC from 1990 to 1996. Ranked No. 34 on TV Guide's 50 Greatest TV Dads of All Time, the Navy veteran's stern, straight-arrow character provided a foil for series star Will Smith, who played the wise-cracking teenage nephew from the mean streets of west Philadelphia who moved into Uncle Phil's uptight Bel-Air household.
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December 30, 2013 | By Susan King
Linda Lavin is getting the hang of Twitter. She's been practicing on Thursday nights when she tweets during both East and West coast airings of NBC's sitcom "Sean Saves the World. " In the series Lavin plays Lorna, the loving, albeit pushy, mother of Sean Harrison (Sean Hayes of "Will & Grace"), a gay divorced father with a demanding job who is now full-time dad to his 14-year-old daughter (Samantha Isler). "I'm getting a lot of response," said the vivacious, petite actress, an age-defying 76, about her tweets.
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