The Bill Engvall Show

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Bill Engvall Show Finale Airs Sept. 4 at 9 pm/ET on TBS

Well, gang, we are coming to the end of the first round of shows. I hope that you are enjoying our little play. Tonight’s episode deals with gift-giving. When we are children we really don’t think much about gift-giving because we are usually the ones receiving the gifts. Even when when we did have to give gifts, like on birthdays or Mother's Day, our parents would go and buy them for us. When we had to give gifts to our parents, we usually made a coin holder (in the old days this was also an ashtray) out of clay and then painted it. Or we mushed our hands into wet clay so that our parents had a permanent impression of our little mitts. So when we grow up and start dating or get married we (especially men) are totally unprepared in the proper ways of buying gifts. Trust me on this one: It took me forever to figure out that women actually do care what you give them. But in defense of my stance on this subject, when I ask my wife what she wanted for her birthday she told me... read more

The Bill Engvall Show: Tuesdays at 9 pm/ET on TBS

Hey, everyone, hope that you're continuing to enjoy The Bill Engvall Show. This week's blog is about the difference between stand-up comedy and acting on a sitcom. One of the questions that I always get asked is, “Which do you prefer? Stand-up or acting.” They are two completely different forms of entertainment, yet they are also somewhat similar. Stand-up basically involves me standing in front of a microphone and talking to people and hopefully making them laugh. There are no do-overs and the response is instant. I think that's one of the things that makes me love stand-up so much. I love being out on the high wire with no net. When you are doing a stand-up show and the crowd and you are on the same wavelength, there isn't a better feeling in the world. It is as if you are in total control. I have had several shows in which there was almost an out-of-body experience. Not to get weird here, but I see myself pacing back and forth and the audience is laughing and the feelin... read more

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Bill Engvall and wife Gail by Steve Granitz/WireImage.com

Hey everyone. Well now that we have covered pretty much all there is to making a sitcom over the last three weeks, I thought that I would tell you how dreams do come true. When I was a young man living in Winslow, Arizona, one of my favorite pastimes was to go to the Tonto drive-in with my father. We would sit there in his Ford pick-up with a big bag of home-popped popcorn. (Why should we pay for theirs when we could pop our own and put as much butter on it as we wanted?) Anyway, he and I would sit there and watch John Wayne movies like Rio Bravo and the Sons of Katie Elder. As I would sit there watching the Duke beat the snot out of the bad guys, I would think "Man I want to be an actor someday." Of course back in those days you didn't tell your father that you wanted to be an actor, because a) he would not have known what to say, and b) where was he going to get me any training in Winslow? The only department store we had was a Montgomery Wards catalogue outlet. That's right, if ... read more

The Bill Engvall Show on TBS: Storylines

Hey everyone! Well it is time for another installation of Bill’s Blog. I have been asked several times how we decide what storyline we use for a show. Well, I will try to explain this, because to be honest with you, I did not know myself until I started working on this show. See, before The Bill Engvall Show, I was just another actor on a show. So I would show up on Monday, be handed a script and that was the story we were doing that week. When we started production on my new show, we had no storylines. We had to come up with eight shows. So the process began: I would sit in a room with the writers and basically we would just talk. I would convey different ideas that I had come up with over the previous few weeks. Now, in this room there was me, Mike Leeson and four other writers. There is also a person who sits at a laptop and writes down every idea that comes out of our mouths. We would do this for about three hours and then we would break for lunch. When we would come back f... read more

Nancy Travis Spills the Secrets to Bill Engvall's Success

Nancy Travis, The Bill Engvall Show

A veteran of the sitcoms Becker and Almost Perfect and a slew of other TV programs and films, Nancy Travis has returned to series television as Susan Pearson, the wife of The Bill Engvall Show's titular family man. In the vein of other famous TV wives/mothers such as Debra Barone and Clair Huxtable, Travis' Susan provides a calming balance to Engvall's reactionary Bill Pearson. The New York native recently chatted with TVGuide.com about her role on the TBS sitcom, which airs Tuesdays at 9 pm/ET — and drew boffo ratings with last week's premiere. TVGuide.com: Do you feel like Bill Engvall is coming on at a good time, given the number of family-oriented sitcoms that have ended their runs over read more

The Bill Engvall Show on TBS, Episode 2

Hey everyone! Hope that you all enjoyed the pilot episode of The Bill Engvall Show (Tuesdays at 9 pm/ET, on TBS). When I am traveling around the country doing my live shows, people are always asking me how long it takes to shoot a show like ours, so I thought that we would dedicate this blog to telling you how a typical sitcom is made.Usually we receive the next week's scripts on Thursday night, after the taping of the previous week's show. Then we all show up Friday morning and do what we call a table read. It is basically exactly what it sounds like: We all sit around a table and read the script out loud. I always enjoy this because it is funny to me to see everyone come dragging in after a late night of taping. Needless to say, the coffee is the first thing to go. After the reading, which usually takes about an hour even though the show is only 30 minutes (I never figured that one out), we — meaning me, Nancy and the kids — all go home for the weekend. The writers then ... read more

Nielsens Smile on Bill Engvall, and More Short Cuts

Bill Engvall by Art Streiber/TBS

TBS' The Bill Engvall Show debuted on Tuesday to 3.9 million total viewers, making it the No. 3 most-watched basic-cable sitcom telecast ever, trailing only the first two episodes of TBS' House of Payne.... Merv Griffin has been hospitalized for a recurrence of prostate cancer discovered during a routine examination a few weeks ago, says the AP.... The Last Mimzy topped the DVD sales chart last week, while Shooter was the No. 1 rental for a third straight cycle.... Standing still pays. Gisele Bundchen tops Forbes.com's list of the world's richest models, having earned $33 million in the last 12 months. (Money can't buy a new birth date for your beau's illegitimate child, though.) Kate Moss ($9 mil) placed No. 2, followed by Heidi Klum ($8 mil). read more

Can Blue Collar Comic Bill Engvall Save the Family Sitcom?

Bill Engvall, The Bill Engvall Show

Blue Collar comedian Bill Engvall will join the ranks of Bob Newhart, Bill Cosby and Ray Romano, each of whom has segued from the ranks of stand-up performer to sitcom star, with the debut of TBS' The Bill Engvall Show, which premieres tonight at 9:30 pm/ET. Paired with veteran sitcom writer/executive producer Mike Leeson (The Mary Tyler Moore Show, All in the Family, Rhoda), Engvall's goal is to return the family-friendly sitcom to the airwaves. Indeed, this type of program has taken a hit in recent years with the loss of such shows as Everybody Loves Raymond and My Wife and Kids. As Engvall tells TVGuide.com, "After we shot the pilot, this 70-year-old read more

Mad Men, The Bill Engvall Show, State of Mind, Side Order of Life and The Kill Point

Not so many summers ago, you'd have been lucky to find five new series to watch during the entire off-season. This summer, you can find at least that many premiering nearly every week. (Shameless plug alert: As part of next week's new wave of shows, I make my debut as a reality-TV judge Wednesday, July 18, on TV Guide Network's America's Next Producer.) For cable networks, it's all about finding new signature shows to redefine the brand. (Think Lifetime's Army Wives.) Here are some first impressions of five new scripted contenders. Mad MenThursdays, 10 pm/ET, AMCThe pitch: Ad men in 1960, oozing ego and raw sexism.First impression: Wow. The period look is dazzling: the women's tight skirts, the men's slicked hair. If iconic director Douglas Sirk (Writt read more

The Bill Engvall Show on TBS Premieres Tuesday, July 17 at 9/8c

Hello TV Guide fans. Bill Engvall here, and I am thrilled to tell you about my new show on TBS. It premieres July 17th. Some of you may know me from my first album, Here’s Your Sign; The Blue Collar Comedy Tour; or my latest DVD, 15° off Cool.I know a lot of you are like me and are family people. And one of the things that I feel has been missing from television is the lack of family viewing. Well worry no more my friends. The Bill Engvall Show is just the medicine that the doctor ordered. It’s is about a family that lives in Lewisville, Colorado. I play a family therapist who gives no-nonsense advice to his patients, but then has difficulty in applying the same principles to his own family. In the show, I have three children and a wife, played by the extremely talented and beautiful Nancy Travis. Now you know Nancy from things like So I Married an Axe Murderer, Becker and Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. On my show her name is Susan, and she is the one ... read more

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Premiered: July 17, 2007, on TBS
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Premise: A domestic sitcom about a family counselor, his wife and their three manipulative kids living in the Denver suburbs. The counselor's buddies include a podiatrist and a hair-replacement guru.

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