Saturday, March 08, 2014

SitcomsOnline Digest: Cosby, A Different World, and More Now on Hulu Plus; Fox Renews Three Sitcoms


Welcome to SitcomsOnline Digest! Today, we've got news about new Hulu Plus offerings, some renewals from Fox, and more. Let's get going!

HIGHLIGHTS FROM SITCOMSONLINE.COM AND AROUND THE WEB
  • Hulu Plus (Hulu's paid subscription service) has expanded their offerings from the Carsey-Werner library, providing streaming episodes of some of their popular series that were aren't seen as often on DVD and in syndication. Among these new offerings are Cosby, Cybill, A Different World, and Grace Under Fire. (Hulu)
  • Fox gave an early fall renewal to three of their sitcoms this week, including one that appeared to be doomed. This week, it was announced that Brooklyn Nine-Nine, New Girl, and The Mindy Project are all being renewed. (Deadline)
  • Game show host Geoff Edwards, best known for hosting game shows such as Jackpot!, The New Treasure Hunt, and Chain Reaction, died this week at the age of 83. Edwards was no stranger to the sitcom world, though, having appeared in episodes of Petticoat Junction, I Dream of Jeannie, and Diff'rent Strokes. (ABC News)
  • Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher, who played Kelso and Jackie on That '70s Show (and, by the way, are now engaged in real life) will reunite in the sitcom world on an upcoming episode of Two and a Half Men. (SitcomsOnline)

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    RECENT HOME MEDIA REVIEWS ON SITCOMSONLINE

    http://www.sitcomsonline.com/thecosbyshowseasons1and2millcreekdvdreview.html
    • The Cosby Show - Seasons 1 and 2 The Huxtables return to DVD in this value-priced release from Mill Creek that presents every episode from the first two seasons in unedited form.

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    Sitcoms Airing Tonight

    Sunday, August 19

    The Simpsons - "Left Behind" (Fox, 7:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
    Homer gets Flanders a job at the plant; Homer regrets it when Flanders starts to insist on carpools and demands more from Homer's work performance; Marge feels that her marriage has lost its spark.

    The Simpsons - "Throw Grampa from the Dane" (Fox, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
    The Simpsons go to Denmark so Grampa can benefit from the country's free health care.

    Bob's Burgers - "Go Tina on the Mountain" (Fox, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
    The Belcher kids go to Outdoor Education only to have it rain; Tina meets a hermit living in the woods; Bob and Linda experience what it's like to be empty nesters.

    Family Guy - "The Woof on Wall Street" (Fox, 9:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
    Brian convinces Stewie to teach him how to invest in the stock market; Peter, Quagmire, Cleveland and Joe look after the Drunken Clam while Jerome is away.

    Bob's Burgers - "Are You There Bob? It's Me, Birthday" (Fox, 9:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
    After forgetting Bob's birthday, Linda and the kids attempt to plan a last-minute surprise party; Linda asks Hugo if Bob can go with him while he's doing restaurant health inspections.

    Complete TV Listings


    Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of August 13)

    Friday, August 17

    • Paul Rudd (Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later/Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp/Wild Oats) - Watch Paul on a repeat of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
    • Ken Jeong (Dr. Ken/Community) - Ken appears on a repeat of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS. He also talks about Crazy Rich Asians on NBC's Today in the 10am hour.
    • Debra Messing (Will & Grace) - Debra is a guest on a repeat of The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
    • Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation) - Nick appears on a repeat of The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
    • Ed Helms (The Office) - Ed chats with the ladies of The View on a repeat on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
    • Craig T. Nelson (Coach) - Craig is a guest on a repeat of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
    • Molly Shannon (Divorce/Kath & Kim/Cracking Up) - Molly appears on a repeat of The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
    • Peter Facinelli (Nurse Jackie) - Peter chats about the film Breaking & Exiting on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
    • Portia de Rossi (Arrested Development) - Portia is a guest on a repeat of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
    • Lori Loughlin (Fuller House/Hudson Street/Full House) - Lori appears on a repeat of Harry, so check your local listings.
    • Yara Shahidi (grown-ish/black-ish) and Trevor Jackson (grown-ish) - Yara and Trevor are guests on a repeat of The Real, so check your local listings.
    • Melissa Peterman (Baby Daddy/Reba) - Melissa guest co-hosts Access Live, so check your local listings.
    • Rob Riggle (Rob Riggle's Ski Master Academy/Golan the Insatiable/Gary Unmarried) - Rob talks about Rob Riggle’s Ski Master Academy on Chatter on PeopleTV at 8pm.
    • Christina Milian (Grandfathered) - Christina dances on a repeat of Rachael Ray, so check your local listings.
    • Debby Ryan (Insatiable/Jessie/The Suite Life on Deck) - Debby talks about Insatiable's on Access Live, so check your local listings.


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

    Alice - The Complete Seventh Season Green Acres - The Final (Sixth) Season The Last Man on Earth - The Complete Fourth Season The Good Place - The Complete Second Season Brooklyn Nine-Nine - Season Five

    06/05 - Living Single - The Complete Fifth Season
    06/05 - New Girl - The Complete Sixth Season
    06/05 - South Park - The Complete Twenty-First Season (Blu-ray)
    06/12 - Fresh Off the Boat - The Complete Fourth Season
    06/12 - Life in Pieces - The Complete Third Season
    06/12 - The Office - The Complete Series
    06/12 - Speechless - The Complete First Season
    06/12 - Speechless - The Complete Second Season
    06/12 - Step by Step - The Complete First Season
    06/12 - Will & Grace (The Revival) - Season One (Blu-ray)
    06/19 - Perfect Strangers - The Complete Fourth Season
    06/26 - Last Man Standing - The Complete Fifth Season
    06/26 - Last Man Standing - The Complete Sixth Season
    06/26 - The Mick - The Complete First Season
    06/26 - The Mick - The Complete Second Season
    07/03 - New Girl - The Final (Seventh) Season
    07/10 - Alice - The Complete Seventh Season (WBShop.com)
    07/10 - The Bill Engvall Show - The Complete First Season (WBShop.com)
    07/10 - Green Acres - The Final (Sixth) Season
    07/10 - The Last Man on Earth - The Complete Fourth Season
    07/17 - Cooper Barrett's Guide to Surviving Life - The Complete Series
    07/17 - The Good Place - The Complete Second Season
    07/17 - Son of Zorn - The Complete Series
    08/07 - Happy Endings - The Complete Series (Blu-ray)
    Brooklyn Nine-Nine - Season Five
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