Friday, January 09, 2009

2009 Sitcoms on DVD Preview

Welcome to our 4th Annual Sitcoms on DVD Preview and Predictions Issue! First, we will look at some of the releases that have been officially announced or rumored to be coming to DVD in 2009. Then we will offer some of our own predictions of some new and returning sitcoms that we feel have some chance to be released later this year.

Making their debut on DVD in 2009 will be Blossom, California Dreams, Hope & Faith, Malcolm & Eddie, Mr. Belvedere, My Two Dads, My Wife and Kids and Rhoda. Hopefully we will have news on many more in the upcoming months.

Returning favorites that have been announced include Barney Miller, Becker, The Beverly Hillbillies, Bewitched Caroline in the City, Cheers, Dave's World, The Donna Reed Show, Family Ties, Girlfriends, House of Payne, Just Shoot Me, The Love Boat, Married with Children, My Three Sons, The Nanny, Night Court, The Partridge Family, Reba, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Spin City and 'Til Death.

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January 2009:

Tyler Perry's House of Payne - Volume Three

01/13 - Tyler Perry's House of Payne - Volume Three

Tyler Perry's award-winning television show - Tyler Perry's House of Payne - returns to DVD with 20 more hilarious episodes about a multi-generational family forced to all coexist under one roof. Currently the #1 cable sitcom on television, the show premiered on TBS in June 2007 as the highest-rated ad-supported cable sitcom telecast of all time, received an unprecedented 100 episode pick-up by the network and won the Image Award for Best Comedy Series, Best Actor (LaVan Davis) and Best Supporting Actor (Lance Gross). The 3-disc DVD set contains a host of bonus features including a character profile, bloopers and the featurette "Everyone Loves a Player." Tyler Perry's House of Payne: Volume Three will be available day and date with the DVD releases of Tyler Perry's The Family That Preys and Tyler Perry's The Marriage Counselor: The Play.

Reba - Season 5

01/13 - Reba - Season Five

Reba is back, and the Hart household is crazier than ever! Country music superstar and Grammy® winner Reba McEntire returns as the feisty-yet-frazzled head of the uproariously unpredictable Hart family when Reba - Season Five debuts on DVD January 13th from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. Returning with her hilarious "down-home" antics, McEntire stars as a single suburban mom trying to juggle her career, family and relationships with pizzazz - but this time around, everyone has issues! While Cheyenne and Van struggle to save their rocky marriage, Brock is in danger of losing his home, and Barbara Jean is simply driving the rest of the family insane! And still, with a little tough love and a whole lot of determination, Reba manages to keep her extended brood together, proving that she really is a survivor in the hilariously heartfelt Season Five of Reba.

'Til Death - The Complete Second Season

01/13 - 'Til Death - The Complete Second Season

The brash comedy series, 'Til Death: The Complete Second Season comes to DVD January 13 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. The FOX series stars three-time Emmy winner Brad Garrett (Ratatouille, TV's Everybody Loves Raymond), Golden Globe® nominee Joely Fisher (TV's Desperate Housewives, Ellen), Kat Foster (TV's The Book of Daniel), and Eddie Kaye Thomas (American Pie trilogy). Also, J.B. Smoove (TV's Curb Your Enthusiasm, Saturday Night Live) joins the cast this season as Kenny, a helpless divorcee. The two-disc DVD set contains all 18 episodes produced for the second season and exclusive bonus materials including a blooper reel and a Pre-Show Antics with Brad Garrett featurette packed with behind-the-scenes laughs. 'Til Death: The Complete Second Season will be available for $29.95 SRP.

My Three Sons - The First Season - Volume Two

01/20 - My Three Sons - The First Season - Volume Two

Welcome back to Bryant Park, as the Douglas clan returns for more fun and laughter in My Three Sons: The First Season - Volume Two. Fred MacMurray stars as widower Steve Douglas, a pipe-smoking suburbanite who brings up three growing boys with a little help from their grandpa (William Frawley) and family dog Tramp. Smart, funny and extremely well-written, this hilarious 18-episode collection not only features the rarely-seen first season adventures of Mike (Tim Considine), Robbie (Don Grady), and Chip (Stanley Livingston), but a heaping helping of the fatherly advice that made Steve Douglas one of TV Guide's "Top Ten Greatest Dads" of all time!

Blossom - Seasons 1 & 2

01/27 - Blossom - Seasons 1 & 2

America's beloved quirky duckling was Blossom Russo, a smart and perky young girl with an endless array of funky fashion sense; and who in the world could forget her floppy flowered hats! Blossom, her best friend named Six, dim-witted brother Joey and her family were introduced with Blossom, the enormously popular sitcom starring Mayim Bialik (Beaches, Curb Your Enthusiasm), Jenna von Oÿ (The Parkers), Ted Wass (Soap), Michael Stoyanov, Barnard Hughes, and Joey Lawrence in the role that made him an international teen heartthrob.

Marking 18 years after Blossom's initial premiere on network television, Shout! Factory will release the long-awaited Blossom: Seasons One and Two on January 27, 2009. The 6-DVD collector's set contains all 37 memorable episodes from the first two seasons and exclusive bonus content with all-new interviews and commentaries by Mayim Bialik, Jenna von Oÿ, Joey Lawrence, Ted Wass and the creative team, The original Blossom TV pilot, A Very Special Show, A Very Special Style, and much more! Available for the first time, Blossom: Seasons One and Two, two seasons of this Emmy®-nominated series in one very special deluxe box set, is priced to own at $49.99.

Read our review of Blossom - Seasons 1 & 2

Cheers - The Eleventh Season

01/27 - Cheers - The Eleventh Season

It's the cozy little bar where everybody knows your name... raise a glass to Cheers - the Emmy award-winning smash-hit television series that kept the laughs uncorked for 11 seasons. In Cheers - The Final (Eleventh) Season, it's finally last call, as the milestone comedy ends its historic run with Sam (Ted Danson) rebuilding the bar after Rebecca (Kirstie Alley) sets it on fire. Meanwhile, Norm (George Wendt) gets audited, Cliff (John Ratzenberger) gets promoted, and Lillith (Bebe Neuwirth) leaves Frasier (Kelsey Grammer) in order to live in a biosphere. And as Woody (Woody Harrelson) runs for city council and Carla (Rhea Perlman) sees her daughter get married, Sam invites Diane Chambers back to Boston, then pretends he's married to Rebecca! The uproarious sitcom goes out with a bang, with a 28-episode set. A toast to Cheers... and many happy returns!

The Love Boat - Season Two - Volume One

01/27 - The Love Boat - Season Two - Volume One

Set sail again for love and adventure with Volume One of the Second Season of The Love Boat. Join Captain Stubing (Gavin MacLeod), Doc (Bernie Kopell), Gopher (Fred Grandy), Isaac the Bartender (Ted Lange), Julie your Cruise Director (Lauren Tewes) and a cast of wacky and memorable guest stars that will keep you rolling with laughter for hours. Take your seat at the Captain's table and escape reality with this 4-disc set, complete with the first 13 romantic and campy episodes that are sure to keep you in stitches as you hit the high seas for a tidal wave of laughter.

February 2009:

Becker - The Second Season

02/03 - Becker - The Second Season

Just what the doctor ordered - television's angriest physician is back on DVD! Fans love Ted Danson (TV's Cheers) as Becker, the Bronx doctor whose ranting and raving drives his friends and co-workers nuts! This season, when John Becker goes to the rescue of his blind friend Jake (Alex Désert) he gets shot, but meets an attractive doctor while recuperating. And as diner owner Reggie (Terry Farrell) goes back to college, office manager Margaret (Hattie Winston) is flabbergasted when wacky employer Linda (Shawnee Smith) takes in the diner's most annoying customer. This 3-disc set contains all 24 Season Two episodes of the smart and funny series Becker, on DVD for the very first time. But don't let Dr. Becker get started. He'll end up telling you where it hurts!

Bewitched - The Complete Seventh Season

02/03 - Bewitched - The Complete Seventh Season

Everyone's favorite witch returns when Sony Pictures Home Entertainment debuts Bewitched: The Complete Seventh Season on DVD February 3. The Emmy-nominated seventh season stars Elizabeth Montgomery, Dick Sargent and Agnes Moorehead. Guest stars this season include Golden Globe®-nominee Cesar Romero (TV's Batman, If a Man Answers), Golden Globe®-winner Vic Trayback (TV's Alice), Emmy Award®-winner Imogene Coca (National Lampoon's Vacation, TV's Your Show of Shows), Emmy Award®-nominee Alice Ghostley (TV's Designing Women), Bernard Fox and Emmy Award®-nominee Paul Lynde (TV's The Hollywood Squares). The DVD includes all 28 episodes in a four-disc boxed set and will be available for $39.95 SRP.

Dave's World - The Second Season

02/03 - Dave's World - The Second Season

Write on! Harry Anderson is back for a hilarious second season of Dave's World, the comedy series based on the writings of Pulitizer Prize-winning humorist Dave Barry. From fricasseed pet rabbits and bachelor auctions to randy mothers-in-law and tree house voyeurs, Miami newspaper columnist Dave Barry (Anderson) is never lacking for material, thanks to the zany antics of his wife (DeLane Matthews), children (Zane Carney and Andrew Ducote) and wacky best friends (Shadoe Stevens and Meschach Taylor). Featuring 25 episodes jam-packed with laughter, great guest stars, charm and wit, Dave's World: The Second Season is an uproarious 3-disc DVD collection no Dave Barry fan can afford to miss!

Night Court - The Complete Second Season

02/03 - Night Court - The Complete Second Season

Your court date has been set for February 3, 2009, the day Warner Home Video (WHV) releases the second season of the hilarious 80's classic comedy Night Court on DVD. The magic trick performing, Mel Torme-loving Judge Harry T. Stone (Harry Anderson) is ready to preside over another season full of crazy cases and off-the-wall defendants along with the help of his equally wacky staff. Titled Night Court: The Complete Second Season, this three-disc collector's set will include all 22 episodes from the series' sophomore season. This release will retail for $29.98 SRP.

Judge Stone and his motley crew of courtroom characters, including the unscrupulous and sexually charged district attorney Dan Fielding (John Larroquette), bailiff "Bull" Shannon (Richard Moll) and fellow bailiff Selma (Selma Diamond), return for a rollicking second season of dispensing justice to the assorted nuts of night court. Joining them in the courtroom this year are "Noo Yawk" savvy defender Billie Young (Ellen Foley) and Vietnam vet Mac Robinson (Charles Robinson), the court clerk. Cases on the docket for Season Two include an invisible man, a mogul madman, a lovelorn nun, hookers, pickpockets, flashers, wackos, weirdos, gonzos and great guest stars including Michael Richards, Stella Stevens, Jack Gilford, John Astin, Lou Ferrigno and as substitute defender Christine Sullivan, played by Markie Post, who will become a full-time cast member in the show's third season.

The Partridge Family - The Complete Fourth Season

02/03 - The Partridge Family - The Complete Fourth Season

The grooviest rock n' roll family ever takes their final bow when Sony Pictures Home Entertainment debuts The Partridge Family: The Complete Fourth Season on DVD February 3. Top guest stars this season include Gordon Jump (TV's WKRP in Cincinnati), Cheryl Ladd (TV's Charlie's Angels), Emmy® Award winner Pat Harrington, Jr. (TV's One Day at a Time), and Jackie Coogan (TV's The Adams Family). The three-disc set contains all 22 episodes from the fourth season and will be available for $29.95 SRP.

Life with Derek - Let the Games Begin!

02/10 - Life with Derek - Let the Games Begin!

Includes Four Hilarious, Fun-Filled Episodes of the Hit Series as seen on the Disney Channel Plus the DVD Exclusive "House of Games" Interactive Challenge and a "Life With Derek" Locker Poster! Derek (Michael Seater) and Casey (Ashley Leggat) are two 15-year-olds who are used to being in charge. That is, until their parents get married and the two end up living under the same roof along with their younger siblings Lizzie (Jordan Todosey), Edwin (Daniel Magder) and Marti (Ariel Waller). Who will win as Derek and Casey battle for control of their house, their school and their world? Let the games begin!

Wizards of Waverly Place - Supernaturally Stylin'

02/10 - Wizards of Waverly Place - Supernaturally Stylin'

iscover why Wizards of Waverly Place is charming fans everywhere! Enjoy hilarious episodes from the smash-hit Disney Channel Original Series and join stars Selena Gomez and the cast for an exclusive look at their personal styles plus visit the show s fabulous costume closets! Wizards-in-training Alex Russo (Gomez) and her brothers Justin and Max are having an awesome time experimenting with their supernatural powers but they still have a lot to learn! You ll be spellbound as they stir up outrageously funny situations such as using the Freeze Frame spell so Alex can make her mark in the fashion industry; figuring out the quirky side effects of Wizard Wear; and saving Justin when he falls into puppy love and turns into a werewolf! As these cool kids juggle their ordinary lives with their extraordinary powers, it s a sure thing there will be more magic and mayhem brewing with the Wizards of Waverly Place!

The Beverly Hillbillies - The Official Third Season

02/17 - The Beverly Hillbillies - The Official Third Season

Jed (Buddy Ebsen), a poor Ozarks mountaineer, is out hunting when he accidentally discovers an oil gusher on his property. Suddenly stinking rich, he packs up his family and moves to Beverly Hills. Now, living high on the hog in a mansion with a genuine "cement pond," Granny (Irene Ryan) is determined to get beautiful Elly May (Donna Douglas) married off to a suitable beau while Jed does his best to steer his nethew Jethro (Max Baer, Jr.) with his sixth grade "ed-a-ma-ca-tion," toward solid career opportunites. The official third season makes its DVD debut in this 5-disc set that's loaded with all 34 laugh-out-loud episodes of the legendary series!

Sabrina, the Teenage Witch - The Fifth Season

02/17 - Sabrina, the Teenage Witch - The Fifth Season

Melissa Joan Hart is back as Sabrina Spellman, television's most popular teen witch! This season, Sabrina's enrolled in college in Boston, where she discovers just how hard it is juggling school, romance, and three new roommates: straight-talking Roxie (Soleil Moon Frye, TV's Punky Brewster), resident advisor Morgan (Elisa Donovan), and science geek Miles (Trevor Lissauer). Still working at the coffeehouse with her secret crush Josh (David Lashcer), Sabrina is surprised when Aunt Hilda (Caroline Rhea), decides to buy the popular establishment. And since Aunt Zelda (Beth Broderick) now teaches at Sabrina's college, talking cat Salem (voiced by Nick Bakay) is able to conjure up even more outrageous schemes! Included on 3 discs are all 22 digitally remastered episodes of Sabrina, the Teenage Witch - The Fifth Season.

Futurama - Into the Wild Green Yonder

02/24 - Futurama - Into the Wild Green Yonder (Blu-ray

Off we go, into the wild green yonder! Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment presents the fourth and final feature-length epic of the animated sci-fi comedy Futurama when Futurama: Into The Wild Green Yonder arrives on DVD and Blu-ray February 24. Joining the saga this time as guest stars are illusionist Penn Jillette, hip-hop legend Snoop Dogg, talk radio superstar Phil Hendrie, and Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane. In addition, fans of the series will be thrilled and relieved to finally discover the truth about "Number 9 Man," a deeply mysterious character from the earliest days of the series.

Futurama: Into The Wild Green Yonder is jam-packed with bonus features, including audio commentary from Matt Groening, David X. Cohen, John DiMaggio, Maurice LaMarche, writers and animators, a making-of mockumentary, deleted scenes, How to Draw Futurama, "Bender's Movie Theater Etiquette," "Zapp Brannigan's Guide to Making Love at a Woman" and much more. The Futurama: Into The Wild Green Yonder DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $29.98 U.S. / $37.98 Canada and on Blu-ray for $39.98 U.S. / $49.98 Canada.

Girlfriends - The Sixth Season

02/24 - Girlfriends - The Sixth Season

Life, love and comedy collide again for the sexiest and most sophisticated girlfriends in L.A. in Girlfriends: The Sixth Season on DVD. Experience all 21 fabulous episodes in a special 3-disc set. Executive Produced by Kelsey Grammer (Cheers, Frasier) and created by Mara Brock Akil, the hilarious sixth season sees the girlfriends on the verge of losing a dream, losing their patience, and, for one, possibly losing her child. And only with laughter, strength, and friendship will they find their way to keep what's theirs and help each other smile through it all.

Just Shoot Me - The Complete Third Season

02/24 - Just Shoot Me - The Complete Third Season

Just Shoot Me: The Complete Third Season makes its fashionable return to DVD February 24 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. The Emmy® Award and Golden Globe® nominated NBC series, with its always on-target, sometimes off-beat humor, features a top-notch ensemble cast lead by Golden Globe®-nominee David Spade (TV's Rules of Engagement), Golden Globe®-nominee Laura San Giacomo (Pretty Woman), Academy Award®-nominee George Segal (1966, Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?), Emmy® Award-nominee Wendi Malick (TV's Dream On) and Enrico Colantoni (TV's Veronica Mars). The three-disc set which contains all 25 episodes of the third season will be available for $39.95 SRP.

My Wife and Kids - Season 1

02/24 - My Wife and Kids - Season 1

The 2001-2005 ABC sitcom makes its debut on DVD. Michael Kyle (Damon Wayans) longs for a traditional life, but his day trader wife Janet (Tisha Campbell-Martin) and three brooding children make his dream just that - a dream. Watch how it all began with the complete first season. With Wayans at the helm, this is no ordinary family comedy. My Wife and Kids was a mid-season replacement in 2001. The 13 episodes will run 264 minutes. Special features are still being finalized.

March 2008:

My Two Dads - Season One

03/03 - My Two Dads - Season One

The 1987-1990 NBC sitcom makes its debut on DVD. The series starred Paul Reiser, Greg Evigan, Staci Keanan, Florence Stanley, Dick Butkus and Vonni (Giovanni) Ribisi. All 22 episodes from the first season will be included on this 4-disc set, which runs 495 minutes. Special features are are still being finalized.

Caroline in the City - The Second Season

03/10 - Caroline in the City - The Second Season

Art continues to imitate life as Caroline in the City returns for its second uproarious season. It's been three months since Caroline (Lea Thompson) called off her wedding, but America's favorite cartoonist hasn't changed a bit as she continues to look for love in all the wrong places while meddling in the lives of her very best friends. Co-starring Malcolm Gets as her sharp-tongued assistant Richard, Eric Lutes as hunky ex-boyfriend Del and Amy Pietz as her wisecracking pal Annie, Caroline in the City: The Second Season is a tasty 25-episode collection flavored with wit, laughter and a dashof romance.

Family Ties - The Fifth Season

03/10 - Family Ties - The Fifth Season

In Family Ties: The Fifth Season, Steven (Michael Gross) and Elyse Keaton (Meredith Baxter Birney) still emobdy the spirit of the 1960s, while supporting their kids - Alex (Emmy winner Michael J. Fox), Mallory (Justine Bateman), Jennifer (Tina Yothers) and young son Andrew (Brian Bonsall) - in the more conservative 1980s. This season, the Keaton parents have learned to accept their older children, but find it hard to accept the fact that they are practically grown up, with lives of their own: Alex is a junior in college and has a bank job; Jennifer fronts an all-girl rock band; and Mallory has left the mall behind for college, where she studies - what else? - fashion! But whatever era they support, the Keatons will always support each other - on Family Ties!

Get Smart - Season 2 (HBO Home Video)

03/10 - Get Smart - Season 2 (HBO Home Video)

Maxwell Smart is back...And Loving it! And so is Agent 99, The Chief, Fang and the rest of the fearless Get Smart gang. Here is the legendary, Emmy Award-winning spy-spoof series inspired by the comic genius of Mel Brooks and Buck Henry, digitally restored, remastered and brought to you by HBO Home Entertainment.

The madcap misadventures only get funnier in Season 2 as Max and 99 pursue their elusive KAOS adversaries around the world from Greenland to the scorching sands of the Sahara desert- and come face-to-face with their dastardly foes…in a Bedoin tent…at the stylish "Pussycat Club"…and deep beneath the eaves in a secret KOAS submarine. This classically funny 4-DVD set collects all 30 episodes from the hit second season of Get Smart , including the hilarious spy parody "Bronzefinger," and the three-part comic masterpiece, "A Man Called Smart."

South Park - The Complete Twelfth Season

03/10 - South Park - The Complete Twelfth Season (Blu-ray)

All fourteen uncensored episodes from South Park's twelfth season are now available in this exclusive three-disc set. In this collection, South Park follows the new President-elect from his acceptance speech to his first official day of duty as Commander in Chief. The boys keep busy helping a pop-princess who's down on her luck, negotiating a truce for striking Canadians, and preventing giant rodents from destroying the world. For them, it's all part of growing up in South Park.

Barney Miller - The Complete Third Season

03/17 - Barney Miller - The Complete Third Season

Barney Miller: The Complete Third Season makes its DVD debut March 17 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. The Emmy Award® winning classic ABC comedy series stars Hal Linden (TV's Search for Tomorrow, The Other Woman) as everyone's favorite cop, along with a top-notch ensemble featuring Abe Vigoda (The Godfather), Emmy Award® nominee Max Gail (TV's Sons & Daughters), Emmy Award® nominee Ron Glass (TV's Firefly), Jack Soo (Thoroughly Modern Millie, The Green Berets), James Gregory (The Manchurian Candidate), Ron Carey (History of the World: Part I) and Emmy Award® nominee Steve Landesberg (TV's Head Case). Watch all 22 memorable episodes on your own schedule, in a three disc set available for $29.95 SRP.

Mr. Belvedere - Seasons 1 and 2

03/17 - Mr. Belvedere - Seasons 1 and 2

The 1985-1990 ABC sitcom finally arrives on DVD. The series starred Christopher Hewett, Bob Uecker, Ilene Graff, Rob Stone, Tracy Wells and Brice Beckham. The 5-disc set will contain all 29 episodes from the first two seasons and run 660 minutes. No word yet if there will be any special features. Streaks on the china, never mattered before, who cares.

Married with Children - The Complete Tenth Season

03/17 - Married with Children - The Complete Tenth Season

Married...With Children, the show that puts the "fun" in dysfunctional, is back on DVD with The Complete Tenth Season March 17 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. The three-disc set features all 26 episodes of the top-rated iconic comedy series' next-to-last season, starring the always irreverent and politically incorrect Bundys -- Ed O'Neill (TV's John from Cincinnati), Katey Sagal (TV's 8 Simple Rules), Christina Applegate (TV's Samantha Who?), and David Faustino (National Lampoon's Pucked). The DVD will be available for $39.95 SRP.

The Nanny - The Complete Third Season

03/17 - The Nanny - The Complete Third Season

The Nanny: The Complete Third Season makes its DVD debut March 17 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Emmy Award® nominee Fran Drescher (TV's Living with Fran, The Beautician and the Beast) stars as Nanny Fran in the popular CBS comedy series about the nasal-voiced flashy girl from Flushing Queens who moves in with a proper British millionaire widower and his three kids. Charles Shaughnessy, Daniel Davis, Lauren Lane, Nicholle Tom, Benjamin Salisbury, Madeline Zima, and Renee Taylor also star. The three disc set contains all 27 episodes including the animated "Oy to the World" holiday episode, and will be available for $39.95 SRP.

Room 222 - Season One

03/24 - Room 222 - Season One

Room 222 was a popular school drama/comedy that aired on ABC from 1969-1974. The series starred Lloyd Haynes, Denise Nicholas, Michael Constantine, Karen Valentine, Howard Rice, Judy Strangis, Heshimu and Pendrant Netherly. Shout! Factory is releasing all 26 episodes from the first season on 4 discs. The running time is approximately 660 minutes.

California Dreams - Seasons 1 and 2

03/31 - California Dreams - Seasons 1 and 2

The 1992-1996 NBC series makes its debut on DVD. Shout! Factory is releasing the first two seasons on a 5-disc set. Special features will include a reunion featurette, chapter access to the music videos in the episodes and possibly more.

Hope & Faith - Season 1

03/31 - Hope & Faith - Season 1

Kelly Ripa and Faith Ford star as sisters Hope and Faith in this hilarious ABC Family comedy. Re-live all the laughs with all 25 episodes of the first season, available for the first time on DVD. Hope (Ford), a down-to-earth wife and mother of three lives life quietly in an Ohio suburb, until her celebrity sister, Faith (Ripa), comes barging into town. Faith single-handedly stirs up drama with the family; just as her ex-soap opera character did on TV. You can take the diva off daytime, but can’t take the drama out of the diva. This family comedy will keep you laughing all episode long.

April 2008:

Malcolm & Eddie - Season One

04/14 - Malcolm & Eddie - Season One

Malcolm & Eddie aired on the UPN from 1996-2000. The series starred Malcolm-Jamal Warner and Eddie Griffin. Shout! Factory is releasing all 22 episodes (510) minutes on a 5-disc set. The special features are still being finalized.

Rhoda - Season One

04/21 - Rhoda - Season One

Rhoda was a spin-off from The Mary Tyler Moore Show that aired on CBS from 1974-1978. The series starred Valerie Harper, Julie Kavner, David Groh, Nancy Walker, Harold J. Gould and several other semi-regulars. Shout! Factory is releasing all 25 episodes (720 minutes) on a 5-disc 35th Anniversary Edition release.

Spin City - The Complete Second Season

04/28 - Spin City - The Complete Second Season

Shout! Factory is releasing all 24 episodes (540 minutes) from the second season. Jennifer Esposito joined the cast as a recurring character. The special features are still being finalized.

Other Sitcoms Expected on DVD in 2009:

The Dana Carvey Show - Shout! Factory is said to working on a release for the short-lived 1996 ABC comedy/variety series which had Steve Carrell, Stephen Colbert and Robert Smigel as regulars.
The Donna Reed Show - Arts Alliance America is preparing to release the second season in time for Mother's Day 2009 (before May 10th).
Grace Under Fire - First Look originally had Season 1 scheduled for a October 7, 2008 release, but they have pushed it back to sometime in 2009.

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2009 Predictions:

These are my predictions and opinions only for 2009. Some of them probably have zero chance, but I still have them on my wish list. None of these titles have been officially announced.

Returning and New Shows:

According to Jim - I think we'll see season 2. This is the final season (season 8) airing on ABC currently.
All in the Family - It's time for Sony to finish up the remaining seasons already.
Benson - I'm hoping we see Season 2 this year.
Bewitched - Only the 8th season is left to be released.
The Big Bang Theory - Season 2 of this popular CBS sitcom should be released in the fall. Pavan watches it just for Kaley Cuoco.
The Bill Engvall Show - Maybe a Season 2-3 combined release?
Blossom - I think we'll see Season 3 if the Seasons 1-2 set sells well.
Boy Meets World - Now that Lionsgate has acquired the rights, hopefully we'll see the remaining seasons.
Charles in Charge - Hopefully we'll see the remaining seasons soon.
Coach - I think we'll see another season.
Dennis the Menace - I picked it last year. I think it would be ideal for MPI.
Diff'rent Strokes - The wait for season 3 has been agonizing.
A Different World - The Cosby Show is finished, so now it is time for the spin-off series.
8 Simple Rules - I think we'll see Season 2 at some point this year.
Everybody Hates Chris - Another season in the fall.
The Facts of Life - I don't understand what the holdup for Season 4 has been.
Family Ties - I think we'll see Season 6 in the fall.
Frank's Place - It has been mentioned as a possibility for a DVD release, although it would have music changed.
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air - Where are Seasons 5-6?
Gary Unmarried - If it gets picked up for a second season, a first season DVD release seems likely.
George Lopez - Very popular show on Nick at Nite. Would be nice to see Season 3 on DVD. Whatcha!
Gimme A Break - Hopefully we see another season or two from VEI in Canada.
Happy Days - I think we'll see Season 5 in the fall.
House of Payne - A big hit on TBS.
How I Met Your Mother - Season 4 should be released in the fall.
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia - A popular sitcom on F/X.
The Jeffersons - It would be nice if Sony released these a bit faster.
Laverne & Shirley - I'd like to see this and Happy Days released at a quicker rate.
Leave it to Beaver - It would be a perfect fit for Shout! Factory if they could get the rights to it to release the remaining seasons.
Love, American Style - I think Season 2 will be released in 2009.
The Lucy Show - I thought we would see the start of it in far nothing.
Married with Children - Just the 11th season left to be released.
The Mary Tyler Moore Show - The fans are desperate for the remaining seasons. Hopefully somebody makes it happen.
Mister Peepers - There are quite a few episodes left to be released.
Mork & Mindy - Just one more season to complete the series.
My Boys - A Season 2-3 release would be nice since the seasons are so short.
My Name Is Earl - We should see another season in the fall. I hope NBC finds room for it on their schedule.
The New Adventures of Old Christine - A solid hit for CBS.
The Office - Another season in the fall.
One Day at a Time - It was recently removed from Comcast's TubeTime channel. I'm not sure if that is a good or bad sign.
Perfect Strangers - Hopefully we will see season three this year.
Rules of Engagement - If does well on CBS and gets picked up for a full season, I could see Season 3 being released.
Samantha Who? - Season 2 should be released in the fall.
Scrubs - This is likely the last season on ABC, so the series should be complete on DVD eventually.
Silver Spoons - It was recently removed from Comcast's TubeTime service. The 80's sitcoms have been very slow to release.
The Simpsons - Many seasons to go, but they've been released at a good rate.
Spin City - Hopefully we will get the third season later in the year.
That Girl - Shout! Factory has done a nice job with the releases so far.
30 Rock - A very funny and underrated show should be on DVD again before the fall season.
Two and a Half Men - TV's #1 rated sitcom keeps chugging along.
What's Happening Now!! - Not as popular as What's Happening, but would be nice to have it complete on DVD.
Wings - Only Season 8 is left to be released.
Worst Week - I think Season 1 will be released if it gets picked up for a second season.
The Wonder Years - The first season had only six episodes. It could be given a trial run. Music licensing rights are a major issue, but hopefully a company like Shout! Factory could work on this set. Has been the #1 most requested unreleased show at for quite awhile by a wide margin.

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New on DVD/Blu-ray (September)

The Big Bang Theory - The Complete Ninth Season Newhart - The Complete Sixth Season 2 Broke Girls - The Complete Fifth Season Family Matters - The Complete Eighth Season Modern Family - The Complete Season 7

09/06 - Coach - Season One (Mill Creek) / Season Two / Seasons One and Two
09/06 - South Park - The Complete Ninteenth Season (Blu-ray)
09/13 - The Big Bang Theory - The Complete Ninth Season (Blu-ray)
09/13 - Newhart - The Complete Sixth Season
09/20 - 2 Broke Girls - The Complete Fifth Season
09/20 - Family Matters - The Complete Eighth Season
09/20 - Modern Family - The Complete Season 7
09/20 - Veep - Season 5
09/27 - The Wonder Years - Season Six
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Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Wednesday, October 26

The Goldbergs - "Stefan King" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Adam’s love of Stephen King inspires him to try his hand at horror writing. After learning the monster in Adam’s story is based off Beverly, she forces Adam to stay in on Halloween and rewrite it, hoping he depicts her as a better mother.  Meanwhile, Erica is desperate to find a date to the costume dance and forces Barry go with her.

Speechless - "H-A-L-- HALLOWEEN" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Jimmy is upset the kids no longer want to participate in the family tradition of dressing up for Halloween. Maya tries to cheer up Jimmy by allowing him to do things he loves by taking things off the family “Dead to Me” list. Meanwhile, Ray recruits Dylan to help work the school’s haunted mansion while Kenneth is scared of losing his job when JJ gets drunk at a party.  Even though Maya is furious, she is thrilled to see JJ having a “normal” life.

Modern Family - "Halloween 4: The Revenge of Rod Skyhook" (ABC, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Luke’s Halloween party isn’t the monster bash he dreamed of and is at risk of having the worst party of the year. Sensing trouble, the rest of the Dunphy’s realize all his party needs is a visit from Rod Skyhook, a little promotion and some adult supervision to get it started. Meanwhile at the Tucker-Pritchett home, Cam faces off with his Halloween nemesis while Lily and Mitchell try to save the day and work to keep him from going to the darkside. Finally, when Jay finds out that Manny is going to a party at the home of an old enemy, he enlists him to deliver a trick he will never forget.

black-ish - "The Purge" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
After Junior embarrasses Dre during a basketball game, Dre decides to remind Junior of his master pranking skills so he’ll never challenge him again. Meanwhile, the neighborhood participates in a “mischief night” during Halloween where petty crimes become legal, and Ruby takes it too far with the kids.

Younger - "P Is for Pancake" (TV Land, 10:00PM ET/PT)
Kelsey dates a seemingly perfect guy, but Liza and Lauren think it’s too soon. At a party of doctors, Josh puts his relationship with Liza under the microscope.

Impastor - "Sins of the Past-or Part 2" (TV Land, 10:30PM ET/PT)
Dora’s and Alexa’s lives are both in jeopardy and Buddy must choose which one to save. Russell and Dora have a falling out. Schmidt is robbed.

You're the Worst - "The Seventh Layer" (FXX, 10:00PM ET/PT)
Vernon and Paul take a road trip.

Complete TV Listings

Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of October 24)

Wednesday, October 26

  • Joel McHale (The Great Indoors/Community) - Watch Joel on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Abbi Jacobson (Broad City) - Abbi visits The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS. She will also be on LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
  • Colin Hanks (Life in Pieces) - Colin appears on Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Colton Dunn (Superstore), Lauren Ash (Superstore/Super Fun Night and Nico Santos (Superstore) - Colton, Lauren and Nico are guests on @midnight on Comedy Central at midnight.
  • Elijah Wood (Wilfred) - Elijah stops by Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Will Forte (The Last Man on Earth) - Will is a guest on Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
  • Donald Glover (Atlanta/Community) - Donald appears on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Ken Jeong (Dr. Ken/Community) - See what happens when Dr. Oz visits the set of Dr. Ken on The Dr. Oz Show, so check your local listings.
  • John Lithgow (3rd Rock from the Sun/Twenty Good Years) - John talks about The Crown on CBS This Morning sometime between 7-9am.
  • Boris Kodjoe (The Last Man on Earth/Second Time Around) - Boris joins the Chew Crew on ABC's The Chew at 1pm ET/12pm PT/CT.
  • Issa Rae (Insecure) - Issa is a guest on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am.
  • Colin Hanks (Life in Pieces) - Colin talks about Life in Pieces on NBC's Today in the 10am hour.
  • Mayim Bialik (The Big Bang Theory/Blossom) - Mayim is a guest on Access Hollywood Live, so check your local listings.
  • Marisa Tomei (A Different World) - Marisa appears on Access Hollywood Live, so check your local listings.
  • Terry Crews (Brooklyn Nine-Nine/Are We There Yet?/Everybody Hates Chris) - Terry is a guest on Steve Harvey, so check your local listings.
  • Betsy Brandt (Life in Pieces/The Michael J. Fox Show) - Betsy talks about Life in PieceS on the AOL Build Show at 12pm.