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 (March/April)

The Jamie Foxx Show - The Complete Second Season What I Like About You - The Complete Second Season Newhart - The Final (Eighth) Season Diff'rent Strokes - The Complete Fifth Season Father Knows Best - Season Five

03/03 - The Dick Van Dyke Show - Now... In Living Color! (Blu-ray)
03/07 - The Jamie Foxx Show - The Complete Second Season
03/07 - Mama's Family - Mama's Favorites
03/07 - That '70s Show - The Complete Series - Flashback Edition (Blu-ray)
03/07 - What I Like About You - The Complete Second Season
03/07 - You Me Her - Season One
03/14 - Newhart - The Final (Eighth) Season
03/14 - Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt - Season Two
03/21 - Master of None - Season One
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
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Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Tuesday, April 25

The Middle - "Trip and Fall" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Trashy neighbor Rita Glossner (Brooke Shields) talks an apprehensive Frankie into taking a road trip to an unknown destination; Mike takes an embarrassing fall at the quarry and has to deal with even more embarrassment when OSHA is called in to investigate; and Sue attempts to convince Axl to end his estrangement with the family after learning their true feelings about April.

American Housewife - "The Otto Motto" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
When Taylor keeps quitting school activities, Greg says that Katie, quite the quitter herself, sets a poor example. He challenges her to finally learn French after quitting lessons so long ago, so she reluctantly enrolls in a college class.

Speechless - "S-I-- SICK D-A-- DAY" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
When Maya gets sick, Jimmy is forced to be the mom of the house, and Dylan becomes Kenneth’s replacement for JJ when Kenneth also gets sick. Jimmy ends up doing well with Maya’s normal duties, but he tries to keep it from her to avoid her feeling bad. Meanwhile, JJ protects Dylan from a boy she’s interested in. And despite its illness, the family bands together and pulls an all-nighter to finish Ray’s school project.

Imaginary Mary - "In a World Where Worlds Collide" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
Alice freaks out when her friends want to meet Ben. But when an outing with everyone goes surprisingly well, Alice wants to meet Ben’s friends. However, Ben is hesitant but devises a plan that will impress Alice; but later, he makes a surprising admission.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine - "The Last Ride" (Fox, 8:00PM ET/PT)
In what could be their last case as partners, Jake and Charles go to great extremes to apprehend a local bike thief. Terry shockingly isn’t in the lead for “Mr. Nine-Nine” (the detective who has solved the most cases), leaving Rosa determined to boost his ego. Meanwhile, Amy spends some precious time with Holt.

The Mick - "The Implant" (Fox, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Sabrina tells Mickey she wants to augment her figure, so Mickey decides the best way to dissuade her from doing so is to do a test-run in public. Meanwhile, Jimmy takes Chip and Ben to a baseball game to teach them how to be more masculine.

Great News - "Pilot" (NBC, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Katie (Briga Heelan), a frustrated cable news producer, is horrified when her mom, Carol (Andrea Martin), gets an internship at "The Breakdown." Despite Katie's best efforts, Carol is instantly beloved by the entire office, including blowhard veteran anchor Chuck (John Michael Higgins). But when Katie hits a roadblock while producing a big story, she realizes that maybe having a mom at work isn't such a bad thing.

Great News - "Bear Attack" (NBC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
Katie (Briga Heelan) tries to set workplace boundaries with Carol (Andrea Martin), but when a big story about an escaped bear lands in her lap, her mom can't help but meddle. Meanwhile, Greg (Adam Campbell) tries to get Chuck (John Michael Higgins) and Portia (Nicole Richie) to do a little friendly banter at the end of the show.

The Detour - "The Mule" (TBS, 10:00PM ET/PT)
Robin and Nate live out their action movie fantasies as they make their way to the kids, who are actually doing fine without them.

The Detour - "The Ass" (TBS, 10:30PM ET/PT)
The family reunites, but this time Robin makes a huge mistake.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of April 24)

Tuesday, April 25

  • Amanda Peet (Brockmire/Togetherness/Bent) - Catch Amanda on a repeat of Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC. She also appears on The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Patton Oswalt (The Goldbergs/The King of Queens) - Patton stops by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Kal Penn (We Are Men/How I Met Your Mother) - Kal is a guest on The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Sanaa Lathan (Family Guy/The Cleveland Show/LateLine) - Sanaa stops by Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Reid Scott (Veep/My Boys) - Reid visits Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Arden Myrin (Working) - Arden appears on @midnight on Comedy Central at midnight.
  • Hank Azaria (Brockmire/The Simpsons/Free Agents) - Hank is a guest on Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Andrea Martin (Difficult People/Working the Engels) - Andrea visits Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
  • John Leguizamo (The Brothers Garcia) - John guest co-hosts LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
  • Patti LaBelle (Out All Night) - Patti will be on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am.
  • Andrea Martin (Great News/Difficult People/Working the Engels) - Andrea talks about Good News on NBC's Today sometime between 7-9am and in the 10am hour.
  • Alfonso Ribeiro (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air/In the House/Silver Spoons) - Alfonso will be on NBC's Today in the 9am hour.
  • Jason Jones (The Detour) - Jason talks about The Detour on NBC's Today in the 9am hour.
  • Ross Lynch (Austin & Ally) - Ross opens up about his new movie My Friend Dahmer on People Now at 8:30am.
  • Tim Daly (Wings) - Tim is a guest on the AOL Build Show at 11am.
  • Peter Engel (Producer of Saved by the Bell/California Dreams/Hang Time) - Peter dishes about his new memoir I Was Saved by the Bell on the The Wendy Williams Show at 2am on BET or on your local stations.
  • Sherri Shepherd (Trial & Error/Less Than Perfect/Sherri) - Sherri is a guest on The Real, so check your local listings.
  • Danny DeVito (It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia/Taxi) - Danny appears on Access Hollywood Live, so check your local listings.