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 (January/February)

I Love Lucy - Superstar Special #2 (Colorized) The Love Boat - Season Three - Volume Two Hooperman - Season One 227 - The Complete First Season (Mill Creek) Fuller House - The Complete First 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 / Review
01/24 - Hooperman - Season Two / Review
01/31 - Ballers - The Complete Second Season (Blu-ray)
02/07 - Sabrina, the Teenage Witch - Sabrina Down Under
02/07 - So Little Time - Volume 1 - School's Cool - Boy Crazy
02/07 - So Little Time - Volume 2 - About a Family - Hangin' Out
02/07 - 227 - The Complete First Season (Mill Creek)
02/07 - Vice Principals - The Complete First Season (Blu-ray)
02/14 - Beavis and Butt-Head - The Complete Collection
02/14 - Grace and Frankie - Season Two
02/28 - Fuller House - The Complete First Season
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Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Wednesday, February 22

The Goldbergs - "So Swayze It's Crazy" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
After Adam sees his friend on television, he asks Beverly for her help to become an actor, so Beverly enlists his friend’s mom Edie, who is a kid talent agent in town. Unfortunately, Edie insists Adam can only get “nerd” roles, so Beverly goes on a quest to make Adam a teenage heartthrob. Meanwhile, Barry decides to embrace the punk lifestyle, and Murray attempts to become more involved in Erica’s life, but it backfires.

Speechless - "O-S-- OSCAR P-A-- PARTY" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
When the Dimeos throw their annual Oscar party with other special-needs families, Maya feels threatened by new mom Becca, who seems a little too perfect.  Meanwhile, Jimmy encourages the fathers at the party to let loose while Ray tries to impress a girl by pretending to be someone he is not.

Modern Family - "Heavy Is the Head" (ABC, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Despite their lofty hopes, Phil and Jay’s property investment might turn out to be a bust, forcing Phil to rethink his original dream. Meanwhile, Cam lands in the hospital due to a head injury and refuses to have an MRI thanks to a traumatic incident with a well when he was a child. Determined to finally impress Claire and keep her from re-gifting her birthday present, Gloria surprises her with a day of luxury at the office. However, after Claire had to implement some rather harsh budget cuts at work, a massage at her desk may not be sending the right message.

black-ish - "One Angry Man" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
Dre is forced to participate in jury duty after Junior responds to the summons that was thrown away. The case is supposed to be open and shut, but when Dre sees that the defendant is a young African American, he feels a civic responsibility to give him a fair trial. Meanwhile, Bow decides to let the kids swear in the house since they are more open with her that way, but she and Ruby soon regret the decision.

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia - "The Gang Tends Bar" (FXX, 10:00PM ET/PT)
It's Valentine's Day and Paddy's is packed with customers. Dennis implores the gang to do one day of actual work but everyone else is distracted by a mystery crate Cricket spotted in the alley. Eventually, the gang becomes convinced Dennis really wants them to work on their relationships and everyone shares their grievances without much resolution.

Man Seeking Woman - "Dolphin" (FXX, 10:30PM ET/PT)
When her mom becomes obsessed with Josh's wedding, Liz seeks out her estranged father (Peter Gallagher).

Schitt's Creek - "General Store" (Pop, 8:00PM ET/PT)
David comes up with a new business venture; Alexis adjusts to her first day of school.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of February 20)

Wednesday, February 22

  • Tom Hanks (Bosom Buddies) and George Clooney (The Facts of Life/Roseanne) - Tom and George are guests on a repeat of the 2012 Jimmy Kimmel Live: After the Oscars special at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Ariana Grande (Sam & Cat) - Ariana drops by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Ken Jeong (Dr. Ken/Community) - Ken visits The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Kelly Ripa (Hope & Faith) - Kelly is a guest on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Billy Gardell (Mike & Molly)- Billy appears on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS. He will also be on the AOL Build Show at 11am.
  • Terry Crews (Brooklyn Nine-Nine/Are We There Yet?/Everybody Hates Chris) - Terry stops by Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC. He also talks about Ultimate Beastmaster on NBC's Today in the 9am hour and on the AOL Build Show at 2pm.
  • Ron Funches (Powerless/Undateable) - Ron is a guest on Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Demi Lovato (Sonny with a Chance) - Demi appears on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • NeNe Leakes (The New Normal) - NeNe guest co-hosts The Real, so check your local listings.
  • Matt Shively (The Real O'Neals/True Jackson, VP) - Matt is a guest on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Justin Bartha (The New Normal) - Justin joins the Chew Crew on ABC's The Chew at 1pm ET/12pm PT/CT.
  • Wendi McLendon-Covey (The Goldbergs/Rules of Engagement/Reno 911!) - Wendi will be on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am.
  • Will Forte (The Last Man on Earth/The Cleveland Show) - Will talks about The Last Man on Earth on NBC's Today in the 10am hour. He will also be on Good Day New York on WNYW-Fox5 in New York sometime between 7-10am.
  • Rosie Perez (Search Party) - Rosie is a guest on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 11:30am ET.
  • Allison Williams (Girls) - Allison appears on Access Hollywood Live, so check your local listings.
  • Yvette Nicole Brown (The Odd Couple/Community) - Yvette dishes about the new season of SuperMansion on Crackle on The Wendy Williams Show at 2am on BET or on your local stations.
  • Mike Epps (Uncle Buck/Survivor's Remorse) - Mike is a guest on Steve Harvey, so check your local listings.
  • Eva Longoria (Telenovela) - Eva chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Mark Consuelos (Hope & Faith) - Mark guest co-hosts LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.