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 tvland.com .

“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.

DIGITAL NEWS

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 TVShowsOnDVD.com for all of the latest details.

UPCOMING WEEK PREVIEW

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.

LOOKING AHEAD

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

Thursday, October 19

Superstore - "Workplace Bullying" (NBC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Tensions arise among the employees after an attempted robbery, pitting Dina (Lauren Ash) against Jonah (Ben Feldman). Meanwhile, Glenn (Mark McKinney) has a tough time firing the store security guard, and Amy (America Ferrera) discovers that her coworkers have been hanging out without her.

The Good Place - "The Trolley Problem" (NBC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Chidi (William Jackson Harper) and Eleanor (Kristen Bell) tackle a famous ethical dilemma, leading to a conflict with Michael (Ted Danson). Meanwhile, Tahani (Jameela Jamil) harbors a secret and confides in Janet (D'Arcy Carden).

Will & Grace - "Grandpa Jack" (NBC, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Jack (Sean Hayes) is stunned to learn that his estranged son, Elliot (guest star Michael Angarano) has a son of his own, Skip (guest star Jet Jurgensmeyer). Moreover, Skip needs the kind of help only Will (Eric McCormack) and Jack can provide. Grace (Debra Messing) and Karen (Megan Mullally) behave badly with the hot new guy at work.

Great News - "Award Show" (NBC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
For the first time in years, "The Breakdown" has been nominated for an American Journalism Award. Katie (Briga Heelan) is looking forward to spending the night as a peer with the very reporters she has admired her whole life. Fearing her mother will ruin it, Katie tries to stop Carol (Andrea Martin) from attending but is unsuccessful when Carol secures a position as a seat-filler. Katie is stuck babysitting her mom all night but gets distracted by Jeremy (guest star Reid Scott), a handsome New York Times reporter who looks down on cable news. Chuck (John Michael Higgins) is excited to reunite with all of his old anchormen friends, especially Len Archer (guest star Christopher McDonald), an idol of Chuck's who is receiving a lifetime achievement award.

Better Things - "Eulogy" (FX, 10:00PM ET/PT)
Sam demands satisfaction.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of October 16)

Thursday, October 19

  • Tracy Morgan (30 Rock/The Tracy Morgan Show) - Catch Tracy on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Paul Shaffer (A Year at the Top) - Paul sits in with Cleto and The Cletones on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory) - Jim is a guest on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Michael Keaton (Working Stiffs/All's Fair) - Michael appears on a repeat of The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Amy Landecker (Transparent) - Amy is a guest on a repeat of Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Carl Reinder (The Dick Van Dyke Show) - Carl appears on a repeat of Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Garcelle Beauvais (The Jamie Foxx Show) - Garcelle guest co-hosts The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Cedric Yarbrough (Speechless/Reno 911!) - Cedric is a guest on Steve, so check your local listings.
  • Angela Kinsey (Haters Back Off/Your Family or Mine/The Office) - Angela talks about the new season of her Netflix show Haters Back Off on the People Now at 8:30am.
  • Jeff Garlin (The Goldbergs/Curb Your Enthusiasm) - Jeff appears on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 11:30am ET.
  • Henry Winkler (Happy Days/Out of Practice) - Henry is a guest on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Hayley Orrantia (The Goldbergs) - Hayley appears on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Joanna Garcia Swisher (Reba/Better with You) - Joanna teams up with Michael Symon in the kitchen, giving the scoop on her new show and whipping up a tasty dish on ABC's The Chew at 1pm ET/12pm PT/CT. She also talks about Kevin (Probably) Saves the World on the AOL Build Show at 11am.
  • Redman (Method & Red) - Redman appears on the AOL Build Show at 3pm.
  • Debra Messing and Eric McCormack (Will & Grace) - Debra and Eric are guests on Access Hollywood Live, so check your local listings.


New on DVD/Blu-ray (June/July/August)

Father Knows Best - Season Six Diff'rent Strokes - The Complete Sixth Season Alice - The Complete Fifth Season Rhoda - Season Four Brooklyn Nine-Nine - Season Four

06/13 - The Andy Griffith Show - Return to Mayberry
06/13 - That's My Mama - The Complete Series
06/20 - Workaholics - The Final (Seventh) Season
06/20 - Workaholics - The Complete Series
06/27 - The Jamie Foxx Show - The Complete Third Season
07/04 - Superstore - Season Two
07/18 - Father Knows Best - Season Six
07/25 - Diff'ernt Strokes - The Complete Sixth Season
07/25 - Girls - The Final (Sixth) Season (Blu-ray)
08/01 - Alice - The Complete Fifth Season (WBShop.com)
08/01 - Crashing - The Complete First Season (Blu-ray)
08/15 - Rhoda - Season Four
08/22 - Brooklyn Nine-Nine - Season Four
08/29 - Will & Grace - Season One (Universal)
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