Saturday, April 05, 2014

SitcomsOnline Digest: A Different Ending for How I Met Your Mother on DVD; My Favorite Martian Returning to DVD Again

Welcome to SitcomsOnline Digest! Today, we've got news about an alternate ending to How I Met Your Mother, a re-release of My Favorite Martian on DVD, and more. Let's get started!


HIGHLIGHTS FROM SITCOMSONLINE.COM AND AROUND THE WEB
  • How I Met Your Mother ended earlier this week after a nine season run, but some fans were not too happy with the ending. As it turns out, maybe fans will be happier with a much different alternate ending that will appear when the season is released on DVD (caution: the link has some spoilers if you haven't seen the final episode yet). (Entertainment Weekly)
  • Huffpost Live recently sat down for an interview with Phylicia Rashad, where she primarily discusses what she is up to these days, but also talks about her days on The Cosby Show and is very candid about her views on sitcoms of today. (Huffpost Live)
  • David Letterman announced this week that he would be retiring in 2015, and now speculation is all over the place as to who his replacement will be. We'll let readers decide how doubtful it is that any of these names will be the replacement. (New York Daily News)
  • The sixth season of Nurse Jackie has not even debuted yet (and it won't for another week), but Showtime has enough confidence in the series now that they've already given it a seventh season. (Deadline)
  • The Nickelodeon comedy series Sam & Cat may be popular, but it seems that the actresses in the starring roles are dealing with some behind-the-scenes drama that sounds like what we've seen on a lot of other sitcoms. (Deadline)

HOME MEDIA HIGHLIGHTS

  • It is hard to believe it, but it has been almost ten years since My Favorite Martian debuted on DVD. A lot has changed since 2004, but one particular change is that the studio that released the first two seasons, Rhino, has completely pulled the plug on TV releases (and did this about five years ago). Now, MPI is back to save the day on the out of print My Favorite Martian - Season One, which will be released on June 24. It should be noted that, given indications from MPI in the past, this will likely be a much better release than the original, with new special features included.
  • In 2006, CBS aired a sitcom called The Class, which followed the mishaps after the 20 year reunion of a third grade class. It didn't last very long, and is probably forgotten by many, but this week, Warner Archive released The Class - The Complete Series on DVD.

APRIL 8 HOME MEDIA RELEASES

FOLLOW ME

Who to Follow: Phylicia Rashad (Instagram)
Claim to Fame: Born Phylicia Ayers-Allen, she got her start with fame on the stage. She was unknown to TV and movie audiences until 1983, when she was cast on the soap opera One Life to Live, but her career really took off in 1984 when she was cast as Clair Huxtable on The Cosby Show. After that, she went on to appear in several made-for-TV movies, but it wasn't long before she was cast with Bill Cosby again in his second sitcom, Cosby. Normally, we feature the Twitter account of her Follow Me. However, as it turns out, Phylicia Rashad hasn't used her Twitter account in almost five years (she made about six Tweets over a one week period, then seemingly gave it up), but she is rather active on Instagram, and honestly, her Instagram photos are far more interesting than many of the Twitter feeds of other celebrities, as she is particularly fond of her Cosby Show family.
Pick of the Snapshots: "On the today show on bill birthday" (September 10, 2013)


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

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
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Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Wednesday, May 24

Hollywood Darlings - "She's Not All That" (Pop, 8:00PM ET/PT)
After years of pretending to be her own assistant to avoid saying ``no'' to people, a non-confrontational Beverley finally hires former child star Lori Beth Denberg to be her assistant; Jodie asks a stranger to pretend to be a fan of Christine's.

Return of the Mac - "An Offer Joe Can't Refuse" (Pop, 8:30PM ET/PT)
When Joe is forced to book his own celebrity guests, he finds out there's a daytime mafia controlling the booking of celebrities.

Bunk'd - "Girl Meets World" (Disney Channel, 10:30PM ET/PT)
Xander and Emma learn two of their campers have a crush on one another.

Nobodies - "Devil in a Red Dress" (TV Land, 10:00PM ET/PT)
Larry, Rachel and Hugh, at their most fractured, turn to another writing team for help: fellow Groundlings alums Jim Rash and Nat Faxon.

Lopez - "Cuck You George Lopez" (TV Land, 10:30PM ET/PT)
George’s friends have him worried that Lori wears the pants in their relationship. Pfeiffer complicates Olly’s work life, and Manolo gets laser eye surgery to please Wendy.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of May 22)

Wednesday, May 24

  • Zoe Lister-Jones (Life in Pieces/Friends with Better Lives/Whitney) - Watch Zoe on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Hannibal Buress (Broad City) - Hannibal appears on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Ellie Kemper (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt/The Office) - Ellie is a guest on Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Ed Helms (The Office) - Ed visits The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Topher Grace (That '70s Show) - Topher stops by Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Gabourey Sidibe (The Big C) - Gabourey is a guest on a repeat of Comedy Central's The Daily Show with Trevor Noah at 11pm.
  • Andree Vermeulen (Angie Tribeca) - Andree appears on a repeat of @midnight on Comedy Central at midnight.
  • Steve Agee (The Sarah Silverman Program) - Steve is a guest on a repeat of @midnight on Comedy Central at midnight.
  • T. J. Miller (Silicon Valley/The Goodwin Games/Carpoolers) - T. J. appears on Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Lennon Parham (Playing House/Best Friends Forever/Accidentally on Purpose) - Lennon appears on Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Eric Stonesteet (Modern Family) - Eric drops by Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
  • Sarah Hyland (Modern Family) - Sarah is a guest on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Michael Keaton (Working Stiffs/All's Fair) - Michael appears on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Abigail Breslin (Scream Queens) - Abigail is a guest on Harry, so check your local listings.
  • Jake Smollett (On Our Own) - Jake throws down spicy honey chicken on Rachael Ray, so check your local listings.
  • Bryan Cranston (Malcolm in the Middle) - Bryan talks about Wakefield on CBS This Morning sometime between 7-9am.
  • Morris Chestnut (Out All Night) - Morris and trainer Obi Obadike have tips to lose ten pounds in ten days on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Hank Azaria (Brockmire/The Simpsons/Free Agents) - Hank talks about his new hit, Brockmire, with Clinton Kelly on ABC's The Chew at 1pm ET/12pm PT/CT.
  • Jamie Foxx (The Jamie Foxx Show) - Jamie talks about Beat Shazam on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am.