Saturday, January 18, 2014
- It was over 30 years ago that John Ritter came to sitcom fame in Three's Company, and now it is possible that his son may be heading in that same direction. The proposed CBS pilot The McCarthys has had a difficult time coming together as a series (and it still may not), but this week, Tyler Ritter (son of John Ritter) was cast in the lead role in the potential sitcom. We'll be keeping an eye on this series... we hope to see it actually make it to air. (Deadline)
- The Fox sitcom New Girl is under attack by a lawsuit, over the claim that the idea for the pilot was stolen from another proposed 2006 sitcom called Square One. (Hollywood Reporter)
- Two classic sitcom stars died in the past week, including Dave Madden (The Partridge Family) and Russell Johnson (Gilligan's Island). (SitcomsOnline)
HOME MEDIA HIGHLIGHTS
- We never quite imagined this would happen, but this week, one of the biggest announcements for a DVD release ever was made... and since it is something that we weren't expecting, it makes sense that it would come from an unsuspecting source. On Wednesday, Conan O'Brien went to Twitter to tell his fans that the classic Adam West Batman series would in fact be coming to DVD! Warner Home Video is behind this (it has been stated in the past that there was an issue between Warner, who has for quite some time owned the rights to just about everything else Batman, and Fox, who actually produced the show), but another question this leads us to ask is if this will just be DVD or if we could potentially see a Blu-ray release too... we don't know that answer yet, but DC Comics confirmed this with some interesting wording using "Home Media" and a "Blu-ray" tag in their post... but we'll have to wait and see!
- Fans of Little House on the Prairie have long been disappointed with the DVD releases of that series (particularly due to the edited episodes), but now, Lionsgate is putting together new remastered of the series, and they'll be uncut this time. And, to add to that, they'll be on DVD and Blu-ray. Little House on the Prairie - Season One (DVD/Blu-ray) will be released on March 25.
RECENT HOME MEDIA REVIEWS ON SITCOMSONLINE
- Hazel - The Complete Fifth and Final Season: Shout! Factory completes the run of this classic series with this release of the final season of the series. While it wasn't the greatest season of the series, and the video quality does leave a bit to be desired, it is still a must own for fans of classic TV series.
- Bewitched - Season 1, Bewitched - Season 2, and Bewitched - Seasons 1 and 2 (DVD, $9.98 for single season, $14.98 for combined seasons): The first (of many) value-priced re-releases of Sony series from Mill Creek. These are essentially the same product released by Sony, but with fewer discs, new packaging, and new menus.
- The Cosby Show - Season 1, The Cosby Show - Season 2, and The Cosby Show - Seasons 1 and 2 (DVD, $9.98 for single season, $14.98 for combined seasons): A Mill Creek re-release of a non-Sony series, but for fans who were stuck with the previous release of edited episodes for the first season, the first season is unedited this time.
- Good Times - Season 1, Good Times - Season 2, and Good Times - Seasons 1 and 2 (DVD, $9.98 for single season, $14.98 for combined seasons): Another (of many) value-priced re-releases of Sony series from Mill Creek. These are essentially the same product released by Sony, but with fewer discs, new packaging, and new menus.
- Highway to Heaven - Season 3 (DVD, $9.98): Another re-release from Mill Creek (but this season is the last re-release, as future seasons will be new to DVD for the first time once Mill Creek releases them)
- The Jimmy Stewart Show - The Complete Series (DVD, $29.95): A completely brand new to DVD release (the only non re-release of the week!) of a classic series from Warner Archive of Jimmy Stewart's rare sitcom experience.
- Just Shoot Me - Season 1, Just Shoot Me - Season 2, and Just Shoot Me - Seasons 1 and 2 (DVD, $9.98 for single season, $14.98 for combined seasons): Yet another (of many) value-priced re-releases of Sony series from Mill Creek. These are essentially the same product released by Sony, but with fewer discs, new packaging, and new menus.
- Married with Children - Season 1, Married with Children - Season 2, and Married with Children - Seasons 1 and 2 (DVD, $9.98 for single season, $14.98 for combined seasons): Not to sound like a broken record, but yet another (of many) value-priced re-releases of Sony series from Mill Creek. These are essentially the same product released by Sony, but with fewer discs, new packaging, and new menus.
- Wings - Seasons 3 and 4 (DVD, $14.98): Another value-priced re-release from Mill Creek, but not something that was originally released by Sony.
New on DVD/Blu-ray (December/January)
12/06 - Family Guy - Season Fourteen
12/13 - American Dad! - Volume 11
12/13 - Newhart - The Complete Seventh Season
01/03 - Girls - The Complete Fifth Season (Blu-ray)
01/10 - Broad City - Season 3
01/17 - I Love Lucy - Superstar Special #2 (Colorized)
01/17 - The Love Boat - Season Three - Volume One
01/17 - The Love Boat - Season Three - Volume Two
01/24 - Hooperman - Season One
01/24 - Hooperman - Season Two
01/31 - Ballers - The Complete Second Season (Blu-ray)
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Sitcoms Airing Tonight
Monday, January 16
Kevin Can Wait - "Kevin vs. the Dutch Elm" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT)
As Kevin tries to charm his neighbor into giving him permission to cut down one of her trees, he becomes intimidated by her imposing son, Rutger (retired MMA Fighter and UFC Heavyweight Champion Bas Rutten), and invites them over for a non-existent party.
Man with a Plan - "A Dinner Gone Wrong" (CBS, 8:30PM ET/PT)
When Andi and Marcy realize they were rivals in high school, Adam and Don are dragged into the feud and forced to take sides.
2 Broke Girls - "And the Stalking Dead" (CBS, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Max and Caroline get their big break when they’re cast as zombie extras after they finally arrive at the movie set in Texas where Randy is working. Back at home, Han and Oleg try their hand at construction after they fire the contractor working on the dessert bar. Beth Littleford guest stars as Bonnie, the assistant director of the zombie movie.
The Odd Couple - "Batman vs. The Penguin" (CBS, 9:30PM ET/PT)
Murph gets Oscar to agree to participate in a regular TV segment where he competes with a penguin at the zoo to predict the winners of hockey games. Also, Emily and Felix take their first steps to becoming just friends. Former professional hockey player Luc Robitaille guest stars as himself.
Monday, January 16
- Michael Strahan (Brothers) - Watch Michael on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
- B.J. Novak (The Office) - B.J. visits Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
- John Hodgman (Married) - John is a guest on @midnight on Comedy Central at midnight.
- Eugene Mirman (Bob's Burgers) - Eugene appears on @midnight on Comedy Central at midnight.
- Mark Consuelos (Hope & Faith) - Mark guest co-hosts LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
- Tituss Burgess (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt) - Tituss will be on CBS This Morning sometime between 7-9am.
- Margo Martindale (The Millers) - Margo chats on Rachael Ray, so check your local listings.
- Craig Robinson (Mr. Robinson/The Office) - Craig is a guest on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 12:30pm ET.
- Michael Keaton (Working Stiffs/All's Fair) - Michael talks about The Founder on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am.
- Mario Lopez (Saved by the Bell/Saved by the Bell: The College Years) - Mario appears on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am.
- Kaitlin Olson (The Mick/It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia) - Kaitlin is a guest on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.