Saturday, August 21, 2010

Free Elka! Hot in Cleveland Finale; Digital Digest

TV Land announced that it has created a line of “Free Elka” t-shirts, mugs and other collectibles to celebrate the hit series and its cliffhanger season finale which aired at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on Wednesday, August 18. In the season one finale, Betty White's character, Elka Ostrovsky gets booked into custody after the police find a hidden stash of valuables in her storm cellar. In the episode, viewers find out that Elka's deceased husband was a fence for the Cleveland mob and she has been sitting on these priceless items for years. The "Free Elka" line features the mug shot of White's character, Elka Ostrovsky, on the front of the shirt and the Hot in Cleveland logo on the back. The shirts, available in both women and men's styles, plus other collectibles are available via .

“We really loved our Hot in Cleveland cliffhanger and wanted our fans to be able to have their own keepsake of this hilarious episode,” stated Larry W. Jones, president, TV Land. “The fans have been such an integral part of the success of the show so we wanted to give them a way to show their support of Hot in a whole new and tangible way.”

TV Land's Hot in Cleveland was the highest rated original scripted sitcom premiere in the history of cable when it premiered on June 16, 2010. The show continues to deliver high ratings for the channel. To date, the series delivers a whopping 1.83 in Adults 25-54, a 2.34 in Women 25-54 and the first nine episodes has reached 4.0 million viewers, according to The Nielsen Company's 3-day playback plus Live viewing. Hot in Cleveland is set to start production on its second season in the fall with 20 new episodes airing in January 2011.

Welcome to another edition of Digital Digest! Our normal Digital Digest blogger (skees53) as you know is off for the summer and is missed. As always, we have the latest news and upcoming releases for Tuesday. Unfortunately, we have no blog DVD review this week. We hope to have NCIS - The Seventh Season for next week. September will be a very busy month for sitcom DVD releases. Stay with us for our latest DVD reviews and news. Dont forget to check out our TV Series on DVD News and Discussion Message Board.


It was another slow week for sitcoms. The Patty Duke Show - Season Three will be released on Tuesday and will include the 1999 cast reunion movie Still Rockin' In Brooklyn Heights and Brand-New PSAs Starring The Lanes. We hope to have a review of this set soon. There are rumors that Here's Lucy - Season Four will be released by MPI in the first quarter of 2011. Fox is releasing new gift set versions on DVD and Blu-ray of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia - A Very Sunny Christmas on November 16th.

Fox has a press release for How I Met Your Mother - Season 5: The Suited Up Edition. Pre-orders are being taken for Weeds - Season Six on DVD and Blu-ray. No release date or cover art is available yet. The Office - Season Six on Blu-ray will have some first-of-its-kind extras.

Warner Home Video has shuffled some of the release dates for their Charlie Brown/Peanuts specials. Glee - The Complete First Season: Gleek Set will be released by Fox on November 16th. The extras for CSI: NY - The Sixth Season will include audio commentaries and bonus crossover episodes of CSI: Miami and CSI.

For more information on titles that we won't cover with full or blog DVD reviews, you can head on over to the news section of for all of the latest details.


Tuesday (August 24) will have only a few sitcom releases. HBO Home Video is releasing Flight of the Conchords - The Complete Collection. Shout! Factory is offering The Patty Duke Show - Season Three which will include Still Rockin In Brooklyn Heights: The Patty Duke Show cast reunion movie. Fox is releasing The Simpsons - The Thirteenth Season on DVD and Blu-ray. ABC Studios will have Lost - The Complete Sixth and Final Season on DVD Blu-ray. They will also be releasing Lost - The Complete Collection on DVD and Blu-ray. And finally, CBS DVD will have NCIS - The Seventh Season. Look for our reviews of many of these releases soon.


Come on back right here next week for more news and reviews. Next week we hopefully will have a blog review of NCIS - The Seventh Season for you. And don't forget to read our full DVD reviews, as many sitcoms will be coming fast very soon as we near September. So please stay with us! Free Elka and keep it digital!

Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Friday, March 16

Stuck in the Middle - "Stuck with Horrible Helpers" (Disney Channel, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Harley's latest invention causes havoc in science class.

Bizaardvark - "The BFF (Before Frankie Friend)" (Disney Channel, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Paige's childhood best friend, Izzy, comes to town; Paige becomes envious of how well Frankie and Izzy hit it off and starts to feel like a third wheel.

The Paynes - "Making Repairs" (OWN, 9:00PM ET/PT)
After Ella learns that Curtis is trying to make his own repairs at the laundromat, she makes plans to involve professionals; Kendrick visits Nyla to apologize; Nyla finally comes clean with Ella and has a heart-to-heart with her children.

Complete TV Listings

Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of March 12)

Friday, March 16

  • Yara Shahidi (grown-ish/black-ish) - Watch Yara on a repeat of Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Donald Glover (Atlanta/Community) - Donald appears on a repeat of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • J. J. Totah (Champions) - J. J. is a guest on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Josh Radnor (How I Met Your Mother) - Josh appears on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Kelly Ripa (Hope & Faith) - Kelly visits The Wendy Williams Show, so check your local listings.
  • Jerry O'Connell (We Are Men/Carpoolers/My Secret Identity) - Jerry guest hosts The Wendy Williams Show, so check your local listings.
  • Josh Henderson (One on One) - Josh visits Access Live, so check your local listings.
  • Drew Barrymore (Santa Clarita Diet) - Drew talks about Santa Clarita Diet on NBC's Today in the 10am hour.