Jillian Bell: From ‘Workaholics’ to House Arrest

Workaholics' Jillian Bell and writing partner Charlotte Newhouse co-created and -starred in a web series for Comedy Central in 2014, and this week it graduates to television.

click to enlarge Jillian Bell (left) and Charlotte Newhouse star in Idiotsitter.
Jillian Bell (left) and Charlotte Newhouse star in Idiotsitter.

If you know Jillian Bell, it’s probably as her similarly named character Jillian Belk from popular slacker comedy Workaholics. Bell serves as the crew’s coworker/honorary female member, eager to join in the bros’ stoner shenanigans. And as the show’s three stars gain attention individually (Blake Anderson in Dope, Adam DeVine in The Intern and Anders Holm in indie dramedy Unexpected) it’s fitting that their onscreen ride-or-die does the same.

Bell and writing partner Charlotte Newhouse co-created and -starred in a web series for Comedy Central in 2014, and this week it graduates to television. Idiotsitter (Series Premiere, 10:30 p.m. Thursday, Comedy Central) stars Newhouse as a Billie, a cash-strapped Ivy League grad who reluctantly takes a nannying position that actually turns out to be the court-appointed guardianship of Gene (Bell), a spoiled heiress on home confinement. Seduced by the paycheck, Billie agrees to supervise and tutor Gene, who’s more interested in throwing an epic house (arrest) party.

The episode follows the sixth season premiere of Workaholics (10 p.m. Thursday, Comedy Central), in which the “Wolves of Rancho” transfer to another TelAmeriCorp branch, where the office vibe is a little different. Look out for cameos by Dane Cook, Liam Hemsworth and Pauly Shore!

WEDNESDAY 13

The Goldbergs (8:30 p.m., ABC) – Beverly signs up for Hands Across America as a way to get closer to the kids; Adam promises to take Dana to the dance.

Modern Family (9 p.m., ABC) – Phil visits Alex at school and Claire hopes his ducks fly the coop while he’s away. Elsewhere, Lily has a sleepover and the family scrambles to fill an order for Cam and Gloria’s hot sauce.

Black-ish (9:30 p.m., ABC) – Ruby has a new man in her life — much to Dre’s dismay — while Junior meets a new girl online, but Zoey and Jack fear he’s being catfished.

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (10 p.m., FXX) – When Frank falls out of a window and wakes up believing it’s 2006, the gang tries to pull a massive do-over.

American Crime (10 p.m., ABC) – Anne has trouble getting the police to help her son; Terri breaks through to her son; the truth about Eric comes out.

American Horror Story: Hotel (Season Finale, 10 p.m., FX) – Liz and Iris usher in a new era at the Hotel Cortez as John and Alex work to adapt to a new normal. Let the Season 6 theories commence!

THURSDAY 14

Lip Synch Battle (Season Premiere, 10 p.m., Spike) – Ride Along 2 is out Friday, which means cross-promotion is in full force and Kevin Hart is everywhere. Here, he takes on co-star Olivia Munn.

SATURDAY 16

Saturday Night Live (11:30 p.m., NBC) – He had a massive year evolving from “Adam from Girls” to Kylo Ren, and now Adam Driver is hosting SNL. Chris Stapleton joins as musical guest.

SUNDAY 17

Angie Tribeca (Series Premiere, 9 p.m., TBS) – Rashida Jones stars in this detective-drama-spoofing comedy a la The Naked Gun, created by Nancy and Steve Carell. Sound good? TBS is airing the entire season continuously for 25 hours straight.

MONDAY 18

War & Peace (Miniseries Premiere, 9 p.m., A&E/History/Lifetime) – Leo Tolstoy’s classic novel comes to life with a star-studded cast that includes Paul Dano, Lily James, Gillian Anderson and Jim Broadbent. The series will air in two-hour parts weekly through Feb. 8.

TUESDAY 19

New Girl (8 p.m., Fox) – Jess is ecstatic to fulfill her civic responsibility when called to jury duty; Nick can’t handle Cece’s untidiness. Fun fact: This is Zooey Deschanel’s final episode filmed before her maternity leave.


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