Richard Johnson: Sitcom vets Jon Cryer, Donald Faison coming back to TV in ‘Extended Family’

NEW YORK — Sitcom veterans Jon Cryer and Donald Faison are back and kickin’ it old school in “Extended Family” — in front of a live audience.

“It gives me a feeling of abject horror,” jokes Cryer, of “Two and a Half Men” fame. “They scare me just enough to really be on my toes. It makes it just a little more comedic, more sharp.”

Faison agrees. “I’m a ham. I will take the audience reaction to a joke and really, really stretch it,” the former “Scrubs” star says.

“Extended Family,” about divorce and parenting, costars Abigail Spencer.

Rogaine probably won’t be a sponsor. Both stars are follicly challenged, prompting Cryer to deadpan “What’s gonna set this show apart is the number of bald guys in it. That’s what America wants.”

Well, we’ll see when it debuts this month on NBC.


More than 30 celebs ― including Charlize Theron, Clint Eastwood, Kim Basinger, Courteney Cox, Ricky Gervais and Jeff Bridges — have called for an end to the slaughter of cats and dogs for consumption in Indonesia.

The stars signed a letter to President Joko Widodo asking him to end the revolting trade.

More than 130,000 dogs and countless cats are slaughtered each year in public markets across the Indonesian island of Sulawesi.

The celebs ended their letter by urging the PM to ensure “a nationwide ban is introduced so that we can soon celebrate a truly dog and cat meat-free Indonesia.”


Winston Churchill, whose 149th birthday was on Nov. 30, continues to draw celebrity fans and top dollar for his art.

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt bought the painting “Tower of the Koutoubia Mosque” by the British prime minister from M.S. Rau, and later sold it at auction for $11.5 million.

Just in time for his natal celebration, the New Orleans gallery has acquired two original works by Churchill — “Coast Scene Near Lympne” for $1.99 million and “Riviera Scene” for $2.85 million.

Arnold Schwarzenegger bought a limited-edition bronze bust of Churchill by Vivien Mallock from the gallery’s Bill Rau, who now has another one for sale for $178,500.


Leonardo DiCaprio, Kim Kardashian and Rhianna are among the stars and billionaires making their way to Miami for Art Basel, which opens Dec. 8.

The sizzling local restaurant scene includes outposts of New York hotspots Carbone, Rao’s, Mr. Chow’s and Robert De Niro’s Nobu.

Two of the biggest clubs are LIV, where George Clooney, Paris Hilton and Sean Penn have danced, and Joey Morrisey’s M2, the largest club in South Beach.

New Yorkers at the fair include Jean Shafiroff, who is hosting The Art of Style at Hotel Croydon, and Art Bodega magazine publisher Rebecca Herrero, who will give a party for her cover girl, Deb of the Year Sofie Mahlkvist.


City dwellers who are not making the trip to South Florida can have the Basel experience at Carlton Fine Arts on Madison Ave. with many of the same artists on display in Miami.

Gallerist Charles Saffati will show over 300 works by artists including Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Mr. Brainwash.

The five-floor gallery will also showcase Libby Klein, who will present paintings of Jerusalem and the Western Wall, and Robert Berardi, who just had a show in the Bronx with his collective Gun Hill Six.


Joe Cocker died in 2014, but with a new biography by rock scribe Mark Bego on the charts (No. 4 on Amazon), Cocker will be celebrated at The Cutting Room on Jan. 9.

Per the club’s Steve Walter, “Cocker actually filmed a TV special here, so it’ll be a nice homecoming for him.”

The book is titled “With a Lot of Help from His Friends.”

The Brit, introduced to America at Woodstock, is another major act overlooked by the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. He’s not yet been inducted.

Bego says, “With the book out and a revival of his work ongoing, I want to get him in.”


Upper East Side residents are going over the top to pamper their pooches.

The trend has created new businesses and bigger sales at high-end pooch establishments, including a 40% increase in business at The Dog Store on E. 61st St., where pampered pooches can get everything from acupuncture to massages.

Celebrity clients include Beyonce, Simon Cowell, and Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds.

Shiba owners in New York, including Richard Gere, now have their own online store Shiba & Co, whose designers Nico Di Stefano and Jiatai Qi have created colorful hoodies, dog collars and silk bandanas.

Large sizes are suitable for owners so they can match their pets when they strut their designer duds.


Rockers Phil Collins and Ozzy Osbourne are both confined to wheelchairs due to botched spinal surgeries.

Although Collins is still performing in his wheelchair, Osbourne says he will stop performing until he is back on his feet.

According to Milestone Scientific president Arjan Haverhals, both could benefit from AI-assisted epidural needle injection therapy, which the company is successfully using in similar cases.


“Nutcracker” enthusiasts who prefer more flesh and gymnastics are heading to Brooklyn Company XIV’s “Nutcracker Rouge,” hosted by Tony Award winner J. Harrison Ghee.

The burlesque-like show, complete with champagne and cocktails, advises, “Leave the kids at home and satisfy your sweet tooth.”