Saturday, May 10, 2014

SitcomsOnline Digest: Community and Suburgatory Cancelled; WKRP and Welcome Back, Kotter to DVD

Welcome to SitcomsOnline Digest! This week, we're getting a look into what isn't going to be returning in the fall, new DVDs from Shout! Factory, and more. Let's get going!


HIGHLIGHTS FROM SITCOMSONLINE.COM AND AROUND THE WEB
  • It looks like Community could fall short of six season and a movie as NBC canceled the series this week after just five seasons. But fans shouldn't give up hope just yet: Sony isn't quite ready to give up on the series, and may be looking to air new episodes either on cable or online.  (Entertainment Weekly)
  • Meanwhile, ABC has renewed The Middle, The Goldbergs, and Modern Family (of course), but the news isn't so good for Suburgatory or Super Fun Night, both of which got the axe. (Laughspin)
  • With Stephen Colbert moving to The Late Show on CBS, Comedy Central has needed to find somebody to fill Colbert's shoes, and they've found that person on The Daily Show (does that seem familiar?) with Larry Wilmore, who will host The Minority Report. (Variety)
  • Regis and Meredith had nice long runs on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?, but Cedric the Entertainer is out after one season due to a busy schedule. In the fall, he'll be replaced by actor Terry Crews, who has found sitcom success on Everybody Hates Chris and Brooklyn Nine-Nine. (TV Guide)
  • TBS has given the greenlight to two original sitcoms for 2015. (SitcomsOnline)

HOME MEDIA HIGHLIGHTS
  • It seems that 2014 has been one of the biggest years ever on DVD in terms of the unreleased finally getting released, and that continued this week with news that Shout! Factory is working on a complete series release for WKRP in Cincinnati! The first season, of course, was released by Fox and had heavy music replacement, so we're hopeful that we'll see a much better product from Shout! Factory.
  • Meanwhile, another seemingly abandoned series has been confirmed to be rescued by Shout! Factory, with Welcome Back, Kotter - The Complete Series. The release will come just in time for back to school on August 26.

MAY 13 HOME MEDIA RELEASES

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00HRUQ8YS/ref=nosim/happydaysonline5-20
  • Barney Miller - The Complete Fifth Season (DVD, $24.97): Shout! Factory continues with another season of one of the greatest cop sitcoms of all time.
  • Eastbound & Down - The Complete Fourth and Final Season (DVD, $29.98; Blu-ray, $39.98): The final season of the hit HBO comedy arrives on both DVD and Blu-ray.

FOLLOW ME

Who to Follow: Garrett Morris (Twitter), "I used to be an actor but then showbusiness decided I should be a director. I have a wife, a son, a daughter, another son, and 2 People's Choice Awards."
Claim to Fame: Garrett Morris started his career in music, and even soloed with the Harry Belafonte singers at one point in time. He first appeared on TV in the 60s in an episode of General Hospital, and also appeared with Ed Begley, Jr. on the very short lived sitcom Roll Out that aired on CBS in 1973. But in 1975, he found his biggest success as he landed on the new (at the time) series Saturday Night Live, where he played many memorable characters (but was at times criticized for playing stereotypical roles). After that, he spent the 80s in guest roles on series such as The Jeffersons, 227, Diff'rent Strokes, Who's the Boss?, Married... with Children, Hill Street Blues, and had a recurring role on the series Hunter. Currently, he appears in the regular role of Earl in the CBS series 2 Broke Girls.
Pick of the Tweets: "Me & Mandela's interpreter? LOL You guys are funny! SNL should do it but they won't...shout out to @alroker, always been a fan." (December 13, 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

Sunday, April 23

The Simpsons - "The Cad and the Hat" (Fox, 7:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
When Bart betrays Lisa, he has to deal with his guilt – literally. Meanwhile, Springfield is in awe when Homer is revealed to be a chess savant.

Bob's Burgers - "Zero Lap Thirty" (Fox, 7:30PM ET/PT)
When Linda wins a contest to spend a dream weekend at the home where her favorite television show is filmed, things don’t go quite as planned. Back at home, Teddy’s back problems leave him stuck on the floor.

Bob's Burgers - "The Laser-inth" (Fox, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Gene accompanies Bob on the last-ever rock-and-roll laser show at the planetarium, but the night takes an unexpected turn. Meanwhile, Linda takes the girls out for dinner and Louise has a surprise revelation.

Making History - "The Godfriender" (Fox, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Dan, Deb and Chris find themselves stuck in 1920s Chicago, with Al Capone (guest star Tim Robinson) holding their time travel bag hostage. Chris opts for a play-it-safe plan, using history to take out Capone, while Dan and Deb befriend him instead. As they teach him how to be a better mobster – and husband – they quickly realize that proving their loyalty may not be as easy as they thought.

Family Guy - "Hot Shots" (Fox, 9:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
In order to “save” Stewie from autism, Peter and Lois decide not to vaccinate him and then proceed to convince the rest of Quahog to follow suit. Stewie runs away to save himself from diseases until Sean Penn (guest-voicing as himself) swoops in to save the day and brings vaccines to the whole town.

The Last Man on Earth - "Name 20 Picnics...Now!" (Fox, 9:30PM ET/PT)
The gang throws a huge celebration canvassing every major holiday, but Tandy and Todd’s bro-mance hits a rough patch that threatens to end the fun.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of April 24)

Monday, April 24

  • Kathryn Hahn (Happyish/Transparent/Free Agents) - Watch Kathryn on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC. She also talks about the new series I Love Dick on NBC's Today in the 10am hour.
  • Allison Janney (Mom/Mr. Sunshine) - Allison appears on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS. She also chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Jim Gaffigan (The Jim Gaffigan Show/My Boys/Welcome to New York) - Jim visits Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Andrea Martin (Great News/Difficult People/Working the Engels) - Andrea stops by Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Briga Heelan (Great News/Ground Floor) - Briga is a guest on Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Matt Walsh (Veep), Mary Holland (Blunt Talk) and Timothy Simons (Veep) - Matt, Mary and Timothy are guests on @midnight on Comedy Central at midnight.
  • Kumail Nanjiani (Silicon Valley) - Kumail drops by Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • John Leguizamo (The Brothers Garcia) - John guest co-hosts LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
  • Cobie Smulders (How I Met Your Mother) - Cobie talks about making her Broadway debut in Present Laughter on LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
  • Katie Gill (Baby Daddy) - Katie is a guest on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Lisa Kudrow (Friends/The Comeback) - Lisa joins Clinton Kelly in the kitchen to make a delicious dessert with an ingredient she’s never had before—Rhubarb on ABC's The Chew at 1pm ET/12pm PT/CT.
  • Alfonso Ribeiro (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air/In the House/Silver Spoons) - Alfonso will be on NBC's Today in the 9am hour.
  • Kate Walsh (Bad Judge/The Drew Carey Show) - Kate talks about 13 Reasons Why on the AOL Build Show at 11am.
  • Ron Howard (Happy Days/The Andy Griffith Show) - Ron is a guest on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.