Saturday, March 15, 2014

SitcomsOnline Digest: CBS Looking to Fall 2014; Eight is Enough Wrapped Up on DVD

Welcome to SitcomsOnline Digest! Today, we've got news about CBS fall renewals, new Warner Archive updates, and more. Let's get going!

  • The potential reboot of The Odd Couple on CBS now has a Felix to go with the previously cast Oscar (already announced to be Matthew Perry). This week, it was announced that Thomas Lennon will play the role of Felix Unger. (Deadline)
  • The headline for this article pretty much says it all: "CBS Renews Practically Everything for Fall 2014." Not included here is The Crazy Ones, but it hasn't exactly been canceled yet either. (Huffington Post)
  • One series didn't get renewed just for next season though. It looks like we'll be seeing more of The Big Bang Theory for the next three years. (Deadline)
  • Famed production manager Abby Singer died this week at the age of 96. Even if the name doesn't sound familiar, Singer served in this role for countless hit series from MTM Productions during their heyday in the '70s and early '80s.  (Variety)
  • The Simpsons included a very touching tribute to the late Marcia Wallace in the episode that aired this week. (New York Daily News)
  • We don't normally get too excited about reality shows around here, but when one stars Alan Thicke and is considered to be a "reality sitcom" (talk about "blurred lines!"), we do. This week, it was announced that will in fact happen on TVGN... and he'll be getting by with a little help from some friends from another sitcom. (SitcomsOnline)

  • It took years for Warner to even begin releasing Eight is Enough, and it seemed that it would never happen until about two years ago (April 2012, to be specific) when Warner Home Video released the first season. Now, not even two years later, Warner Archive is finishing up the run of the series, as they released Eight is Enough - The Complete Fifth Season this week.
  • Warner Archive has another new release next week, with their release of Medical Center - The Complete Fourth Season. This release leaves only three more seasons to complete the series on DVD.
  • Medical Center - The Complete Fourth Season (DVD, $49.95): The classic medical series arrives on DVD once again from Warner Archive.
  • Groundbreaking Sitcoms of the '70s (DVD, $9.98): A Mill Creek release containing selected episodes of Benson, Diff'rent Strokes, Good Times, The Jeffersons, and What's Happening!!
  • Great Comedies of the '90s (DVD, $9.98): A Mill Creek release containing selected episodes of 3rd Rock from the Sun, Action, That '70s Show, The Nanny, Newsradio, Just Shoot Me, The Larry Sanders Show, Mad About You, Ned and Stacey, and The Jeff Foxworthy Show.
  • Leading Ladies of Comedy (DVD, $9.98): A Mill Creek release containing selected episodes of Bewitched, I Dream of Jeannie, The Flying Nun, Gidget, and Maude.


Who to Follow: The Lonely Island (Twitter)
Claim to Fame: This week's Follow Me may be confusing to those who don't know who (or more accurately, what) The Lonely Island is. The Lonely Island is a comedy group that consists of Jorma Taccone, Akiva Schaffer, and the biggest name in the group is Andy Samberg. Samberg does not have his own Twitter account, and instead this account sort of serves as his own Twitter account, in third person. The group itself is not particularly known for sitcom fame, but many of their music videos appeared on Saturday Night Live as Digital Shorts throughout the past decade. Samberg, though, has reached a more prominent level of fame, being a cast member on Saturday Night Live, and now going on to star in the Fox series Brooklyn Nine-Nine.
Pick of the Tweets: "Congrats to everyone at Brooklyn99! We won Best TV show, musical or comedy at the #GoldenGlobes!" (January 12, 2014)

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

Thursday, October 27

The Big Bang Theory - "The Fetal Kick Catalyst" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Penny is surprised to learn she has fans of her performance in “Serial Ape-ist” when she attends Van Nuys Comic Con with Leonard. Also, Amy hosts a Sheldon-style brunch at Penny’s apartment, and Wolowitz makes an impulsive purchase when he starts stressing out about the baby on the way.

The Great Indoors - "Pilot" (CBS, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Joel McHale stars as Jack, a renowned adventure reporter for an outdoor magazine who must adapt to the times when he becomes the new desk-bound boss to a group of millennials in the digital department of the publication.

Mom - "High-Tops and Brown Jacket" (CBS, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Bonnie and Adam’s relationship is tested when he moves in with her and Christy for a few weeks. Also, Christy learns the hard way that it may be a mistake to try and meet men with Jill.

Life in Pieces - "Annulled Roommate Pill Shower" (CBS, 9:30PM ET/PT)
Heather and Tim enlist Clementine’s unusual parents, Mary-Lynn (Megan Mullally) and Spencer (Nick Offerman), to help convince Clementine and Tyler to annul their unexpected marriage. Also, Tommy moves in with Colleen, to the chagrin of her roommate, Dougie (Fortune Feimster); John and Joan run into “complications” after John takes the wrong dose of his daily pill; and Jen and Greg keep a secret from the family.

Superstore - "Halloween Theft" (NBC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Dina (Lauren Ash) throws a wrench in everyone's Halloween plans when something goes missing from the store and declares that no employee can leave until someone confesses to stealing. Amy (America Ferrera) is determined to find out who is responsible because she doesn't want to miss trick-or-treating with her daughter and Mateo (Nico Santos) prepares for his secret date with Jeff (recurring guest star Michael Bunin). Meanwhile, Jonah (Ben Feldman) and Cheyenne (Nichole Bloom) struggle to bond until they discover they have more in common than they thought. Garrett (Colton Dunn) has a difficult time defending himself during the store-wide investigation.

The Good Place - "Most Improved Player" (NBC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Michael (Ted Danson) has a private meeting with Eleanor (Kristen Bell). Meanwhile, Chidi (William Jackson Harper), who has been harboring a secret, contemplates what to do.

Better Things - "Scary Fun" (FX, 10:00PM ET/PT)
Sam makes a point.

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Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of October 24)

Thursday, October 27

  • Martin Short (Mulaney/The Martin Short Show) - Catch Martin on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Mary-Louise Parker (Weeds) - Mary-Louise visits The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • January Jones (The Last Man on Earth) - January appears on The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Lauren Lapkus (Clipped/Are You There, Chelsea?) - Lauren is a guest on @midnight on Comedy Central at midnight.
  • Abbi Jacobson (Broad City) - Abbi visits Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
  • Ron Howard (Happy Days/The Andy Griffith Show) - Ron appears on Chelsea on Netflix. He also talks about Inferno on NBC's Today in the 10am hour and on the AOL Build Show at 2:30pm.
  • Nathan Lane (Modern Family/Charlie Lawrence/Encore! Encore!), John Goodman (Roseanne/Normal, Ohio) and John Slattery (Maggie) - They talk about Broadway's The Front Page on The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Joel McHale (The Great Indoors/Community) - Joel guest co-hosts LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
  • Miley Cyrus (Hannah Montana) - Miley is a guest on LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
  • Eva Longoria (Telenovela) - Eva appears on The Wendy Williams Show, so check your local listings.
  • Angelique Cabral (Life in Pieces/Enlisted) - Angelique talks about Life in Pieces on the AOL Build Show at 11am.