Saturday, December 21, 2013

SitcomsOnline Digest: Three Classic CBS Series Back On for Blu-ray; Final Season of The Cleveland Show on DVD


Welcome to SitcomsOnline Digest! It's the weekend before Christmas, and the "moving and shaking" is pretty limited for the next few weeks, but we're here for all of your regular features. Let's get going!


HIGHLIGHTS FROM SITCOMSONLINE.COM AND AROUND THE WEB
  • Normally we wouldn't care about a series in development over at Nickelodeon, but one caught our attention this week. Garry Marshall is part of the production team behind a crime procedural with a twist: an all youth cast. We'll keep an eye on developments with this. (Deadline)
  • The cast of The Big Bang Theory is headed to the stage of negotiating a new contract, and you can't help but to wonder how much the stars of the mega-hit will be worth in this round (but we can probably guess that they'll be paid more for one episode than most of us will earn in a decade). (Deadline)
  • Bravo plans to air a marathon of The Mindy Project on New Year's Eve, perhaps in hopes of revitalizing the series that seems to be headed down the track to cancellation. Is it too little, too late? (TVbytheNumbers)
  • Did you see our interview with Lisa Whelchel of The Facts of Life? If not, you should check it out. (SitcomsOnline).
  • And speaking of interviews, check out our interviews with some of the stars of ABC Family from earlier this week. (SitcomsOnline)

HOME MEDIA HIGHLIGHTS
  • It seems like it has been a pattern of on-again, off-again for CBS releasing some classic series on Blu-ray, but it appears that now it is "on-again" as The Honeymooners - The Classic 39 Episodes, I Love Lucy - The Ultimate Season One, and The Andy Griffith Show - Season One are all set to head to Blu-ray on April 8.
  • Fox has wrapped up The Cleveland Show on DVD, in MOD form, with their release of The Cleveland Show - Season Four. This is the final season of the show (although the characters will live on when they are "spun back in" to Family Guy this spring).

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New on DVD/Blu-ray (April/May/June)

Diff'rent Strokes - The Complete Fifth Season Father Knows Best - Season Five The Wayans Bros. - The Complete Second Season ALF - The Complete DVD Collection The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air - The Complete Series

04/04 - Diff'rent Strokes - The Complete Fifth Season
04/11 - Father Knows Best - Season Five
04/11 - Schitt's Creek - The Complete Third Season
04/11 - Silicon Valley - The Complete Third Season (Blu-ray)
04/11 - Veep - The Complete Fifth Season
05/02 - Red, White and Blue Collar Sitcoms - Make TV Great Again
05/09 - ALF - The Complete DVD Collection
05/09 - Divorce - The Complete First Season (Blu-ray)
05/09 - The Wayans Bros. - The Complete Second Season
05/16 - The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air - The Complete Series
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
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Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Thursday, July 20

The Big Bang Theory - "The Brain Bowl Incubation" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
After a successful experiment combining their genes, Sheldon will stop at nothing to convince Amy they should procreate. Also, Koothrappali is embarrassed to tell the gang what the new woman he’s dating does for a living.

Life in Pieces - "Awkward Bra Automated Ordained" (CBS, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Dinner gets awkward for Jen and Matt when they find themselves alone without Greg and Colleen. Also, Lark accidentally locks out Greg and Jen from the house, prompting Greg to install a complicated home automation system; Heather and Tim try to sneak wine into an ice skating show to get out of paying at the venue; and John and Joan agree to an impromptu wedding after Colleen mentions that she’s an ordained minister.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of July 17)

Thursday, July 20

  • T.J. Miller (Silicon Valley/The Goodwin Games/Carpoolers) - Catch T.J on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Jason Bateman (Arrested Development/The Hogan Family/It's Your Move) - Jason visits The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Ricky Gervais (The Office) - Ricky is a guest on Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Abby Elliott (Odd Mom Out) - Abby appears on Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC. She will also be on The Wendy Williams Show at 2am on BET or on your local stations.
  • Issa Rae (Insecure) - Issa stops by Comedy Central's The Daily Show with Trevor Noah at 11pm. She also chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Kate Micucci (Raising Hope/The Big Bang Theory) - Kate is a guest on @midnight on Comedy Central at midnight.
  • Queen Latifah (Living Single) - Queen Latifah visits Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
  • Jada Pinkett Smith (A Different World) - Jada drops by Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo. She will also be on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am and on Access Hollywood Live, so check your local listings.
  • Regina Hall (Grandfathered) - Regina guest co-hosts The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Tim Daly (Wings) - Tim is a guest on a repeat of Harry, so check your local listings.
  • Laura Linney (The Big C) - Laura talks about Netflix's The Big C on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 11:30am ET.
  • Steve Guttenberg (Ballers) - Steve talks about HBO's Ballers on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 11:30am ET.
  • Madison Iseman (Still the King) - Madison talks about CMT's Still the King on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.