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)

HOME MEDIA HIGHLIGHTS

    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.

    MARCH 11 HOME MEDIA RELEASES

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    Who to Follow: Jason Alexander (Twitter), "actor/dir./prod./author/magician/ poker guy/once on big sitcom"
    Claim to Fame: Like many actors, Jason Alexander began his career on stage in New York City. He first appeared in a sitcom in a recurring role on the CBS sitcom E/R (which, even though that isn't the hit medical drama from NBC that starred George Clooney or even related to that series, actually had George Clooney in the case). His next sitcom role came in 1987 on the CBS series Everything's Relative, but the series only lasted a few episodes due to strong competition from what NBC was airing at the same time (227). He finally found success in 1989 with his role of George Costanza in Seinfeld, a role for which he will always be remembered.
    Pick of the Tweets: "Hearing all kinds of nice things about tomorrow nights episode of KIRSTIE. I got a ponytail and an accent. Is that not an automatic Emmy?" (February 18, 2014)


    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
    More TV DVD Releases / DVD Reviews Archive / SitcomsOnline Digest


    Sitcoms Airing Tonight

    Monday, June 26

    Kevin Can Wait - "The Power of Positive Drinking" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
    When Kevin takes a job as a bartender, he goes too far when he starts dispensing unsolicited advice to his customers.

    Man with a Plan - "A Dinner Gone Wrong" (CBS, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
    When Andi and Marcy realize they were rivals in high school, Adam and Don are dragged into the feud and forced to take sides.

    Mom - "A Safe Word and a Rib Eye" (CBS, 9:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
    Christy feels left out when Bonnie and the ladies keep Jill’s pregnancy a secret.

    Life in Pieces - "Tailgate Spiral Souvenir Seating" (CBS, 9:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
    When Colleen and Matt host the family tailgate party at the L.A. Rams game, they invite former NFL quarterback Kurt Warner to spice up their so far dismal event. Also, Tim’s in danger of missing the game when Sophia makes him take her to the restroom and they get sidetracked returning to their seats; Joan and Jen try to sneak into seats closer to the field; and Greg wins a chance to participate in a halftime contest involving a football toss.

    Complete TV Listings


    Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of June 26)

    Monday, June 26

    • Keri Russell (Running Wilde) - Watch Keri on a repeat of Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
    • Michael Keaton (Working Stiffs/All's Fair) - Michael appears on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS. He will also be on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am.
    • Dave Franco (Scrubs/Do Not Disturb) - Dave visits Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
    • Jane Fonda (Grace and Frankie) and Lily Tomlin (Grace and Frankie/Malibu Country) - Jane and Lily are guests on a repeat of The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
    • Ray Romano (Everybody Loves Raymond) - Ray appears on a repeat of @midnight on Comedy Central at midnight.
    • Kumail Nanjiani (Silicon Valley) - Kumail is a guest on a repeat of @midnight on Comedy Central at midnight.
    • Charlie Day (It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia) - Charlie appears on a repeat of Conan at 11pm on TBS.
    • Tracy Morgan (30 Rock/The Tracy Morgan Show) - Tracy is a guest on a repeat of Conan at 11pm on TBS.
    • Jillian Bell (Workaholics) - Jillian appears on a repeat of Conan at 11pm on TBS.
    • JoAnna Garcia Swisher (Reba/Better with You/Animal Practice) - JoAnna is a guest on a repeat of Conan at 11pm on TBS.
    • Marisa Tomei (A Different World) - Marissa previews the film Spider-Man: Homecoming on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
    • Alec Baldwin (30 Rock) - Alec appears on a repeat of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
    • Niecy Nash (The Soul Man/Reno 911!/Do Not Disturb - Niecy dishes on her friendship with This Is Us star Chrissy Metz on People Now at 8:30am.
    • Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation) - Amy will be on CBS This Morning sometime between 7-9am.
    • Alfonso Ribeiro (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air/In the House/Silver Spoons) - Alfonso is a guest on NBC's Today in the 9am hour.
    • Lake Bell (How to Make It in America/Childrens Hospital) - Lake appears on Access Hollywood Live, so check your local listings.