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 (September)

The Big Bang Theory - The Complete Ninth Season Newhart - The Complete Sixth Season 2 Broke Girls - The Complete Fifth Season Family Matters - The Complete Eighth Season Modern Family - The Complete Season 7

09/06 - Coach - Season One (Mill Creek) / Season Two / Seasons One and Two
09/06 - South Park - The Complete Ninteenth Season (Blu-ray)
09/13 - The Big Bang Theory - The Complete Ninth Season (Blu-ray)
09/13 - Newhart - The Complete Sixth Season
09/20 - 2 Broke Girls - The Complete Fifth Season
09/20 - Family Matters - The Complete Eighth Season
09/20 - Modern Family - The Complete Season 7
09/20 - Veep - Season 5
09/27 - The Wonder Years - Season Six
More TV DVD Releases / DVD Reviews Archive / SitcomsOnline Digest


Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Wednesday, September 28

The Goldbergs - "I Heart Video Dating" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Erica and Lainey try to find Bill a woman of interest by using new technology for dating. They recruit Adam to create a demo reel, but Beverly insists she will find someone the old fashioned way. Meanwhile, after a “failed” aptitude test, Barry decides he wants to be a gym teacher and becomes Coach Mellor’s apprentice.

Speechless - "N-E--NEW A-I--AIDE" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Maya struggles as Kenneth takes over as JJ’s full-time aide. Loving his new freedom, JJ avoids attending a physical therapy appointment, and Maya automatically blames Kenneth, using any excuse to confirm her misgivings and moves to fire him. Meanwhile, Jimmy struggles to teach Dylan the family way to not be so neighborly.

Modern Family - "A Stereotypical Day" (ABC, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Jay does not want to give the new family moving in across the street the wrong impression and goes out of his way to make sure they know he is the best kind of neighbor, while Manny decides that the best way to an attractive and radical-thinking teenage girl’s heart is through his actions. Meanwhile, at the Pritchett house, the entire family is using Alex’s recent bout of mono to their advantage. Finally, Cam and Mitchell have always felt they were the most open, non-judgmental and supportive parents. However, when they overhear Lily insulting her new friend, they have to take a quick look in the mirror before they teach her a lesson about acceptance.

black-ish - "God" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
When Dre discovers that Zoey is questioning her belief in God, he undergoes a crisis of faith and leans on family members and coworkers for their input. Meanwhile, Bow’s brother Johan comes to stay with The Johnsons after living abroad and becomes an instant thorn in Dre’s side.

Younger - "A Kiss is Just a Kiss" (TV Land, 10:00PM ET/PT)
Liza sends Caitlin off to college and struggles to weigh her feelings for both Josh and Charles.

Impastor - "The Devil Went Down to Ladner" (TV Land, 10:30PM ET/PT)
Buddy’s attempt to outfox the detectives backfires. Dora, Alexa, and Russell suspect something ominous is going on with their new pastor. Schmidt learns the truth about Ashlee.

You're the Worst - "Twenty-Two" (FXX, 10:00PM ET/PT)
Edgar spends the day trying to find some relief for his PTSD.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of September 26)

Wednesday, September 28

  • Sarah Jessica Parker (Divorce/Sex and the City/Square Pegs) - Watch Sarah on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Daveed Diggs (black-ish) - Daveed stops by Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • January Jones (The Last Man on Earth) - January appears on Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC. She will also be on LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings and on the AOL Build Show at 11am.
  • Wilmer Valderrama (That '70s Show) - Wilmer visits The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Ken Marino (Marry Me/Party Down/Men Behaving Badly) - Ken is a guest on @midnight on Comedy Central at midnight.
  • Ted Danson (The Good Place/Becker/Cheers) - Ted stops by Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • T.J. Miller (Silicon Valley/The Goodwin Games/Carpoolers) - T.J. appears on Chelsea on Netflix.
  • Jerry O'Connell (We Are Men/Carpoolers/My Secret Identity) - Jerry guest co-hosts LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
  • Kristin Chenoweth (Kristin) - Kristin joins the Chew Crew on ABC's The Chew at 1pm ET/12pm PT/CT.
  • Nathan Lane (Modern Family/Encore! Encore!/Charlie Lawrence) and John Goodman (Roseanne) - Nathan and John talk about The Front Page on NBC's Today sometime between 7-9am.
  • Hilary Duff (Younger/Lizzie McGuire) and Debbie Mazar (Younger/Entourage/Working) - Hilary and Debbie talk about Younger on NBC's Today in the 10am hour. Hilary will also be on People Now at 8:30am.
  • The Cast of Impastor - Michael Rosenbaum, Sara Rue, Mircea Monroe, David Rasche and Mike Kosinski discuss Impastor on the AOL Build Show at 12pm and on Facebook Live. Sara will also be on PIX Morning News on WPIX in New York.
  • Marcia Gay Harden (Trophy Wife) - Marcia is a guest on Access Hollywood Live, so check your local listings.
  • Norm Macdonald (Norm) - Norm appears on Access Hollywood Live, so check your local listings.