This week on TV is the first of 2017 and it brings us new comedies, returning comedies, and a new special from Jen Kirkman. We even get a new game show hosted by Chris Hardwick and another featuring comedians Matt Iseman and Jon Lovitz. Let’s dive in shall we.
On Monday, The New Celebrity Apprentice finds its way to television on NBC. This is of note because comedians Matt Iseman (American Ninja Warrior) and Jon Lovitz are both contestants this go-around. And for those unaware, Arnold Schwarzenegger takes over as host (though the next President of the United States remains an executive producer), and he’s joined by new advisors Warren Buffett, Steve Ballmer, Tyra Banks, and Jessica Alba.
On Tuesday, New Girl moves to its new time slot on Fox, we get the premiere of The Wall hosted by Chris Hardwick. This is the LeBron James-produced game show in which two-person teams compete for cash prizes via a comibination of trivia questions and what sounds like a 40-foot-tall version of The Price Is Right‘s Plinko game. And finally, Jen Kirkman’s new special Just Keep Livin’? premieres on Netflix.
On Wednesday, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia returns for its 12th season followed by season 3 of Man Seeking Woman. Both premiere on FXX.
On Thursday, The ninth season of Jerry Seinfeld’s Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee begins on Crackle. This season features Kristen Wiig, Lewis Black, Cedric the Entertainer, Norm MacDonald, Bob Einstein, and funnyman Christolph Waltz. Also, Portlandia returns to IFC for its seventh season. Guests include Abbi Jacobson, Maria Bamford, Run the Jewels, The B-52s, Andy Richter, Tim Heidecker, Rachel Dratch, and Laurie Metcalf (plus returning guests such as Steve Buscemi, Kyle MacLachlan, Mitch Hurwitz, Natasha Lyonne, and Kumail Nanjiani.
On Friday, This reimagining of the 1970s Norman Lear sitcom One Day at a Time centers on several generations of a Cuban-American family, and is again produced by the now-94-year-old Lear. All 13 episodes stream upon release. And you can listen to our interview with Lear on The Laugh Button Podcast right here.
And here are all the comedic appearances on both day time and late night this week on TV:
Monday, January 2nd
The New Celebrity Apprentice premieres on NBC
Joel McHale on Jimmy Kimmel Live
James Franco, Gad Elmaleh on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Abbi Jacobson on Late Night with Seth Meyers
T.J. Miller on Conan
Tuesday, January 3rd
Tracey Ullman on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon
Laurie Kilmartin, Doug Benson, Jonah Ray on @midnight with Chris Hardwick
Louis C.K. on Conan
Anthony Anderson on The Talk
Kaitlin Olson on The Ellen DeGeneres Show
Zoey Deutch, Gabriel Iglesias on Harry
Wednesday, January 4th
Andy Richter, K. Trevor Wilson on Jimmy Kimmel Live
Steve Harvey on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon
Jen Kirkman on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Jim Parsons on The Late Late Show with James Corden
Trevor Noah on Tavis Smiley
Ron Funches, Kyle Kinane, Nikki Glaser on @midnight with Chris Hardwick
Rory Scovel on Conan
Chris Hardwick on Watch What Happens Live
Jamie Foxx on The Ellen DeGeneres Show
Thursday, January 5th
Martin Short, Steve Martin on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon
Jamie Foxx on The Late Late Show with James Corden
Affion Crockett, Amanda Seales, Marcella Arguello on @midnight with Chris Hardwick
Tracy Morgan on Conan
Stephen Colbert on Watch What Happens Live
Jimmy Fallon on The Ellen DeGeneres Show
Friday, January 6th
Kevin James on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon