Saturday, May 17, 2014

SitcomsOnline Digest: A Complete Look at Fall 2014; Sean Saves the World and The Millers on DVD

Welcome to SitcomsOnline Digest! This week, we've got a complete look of what will be happening this fall, more on the future of two series that didn't make the cut, news of DVD releases of two sitcoms from the current season, and more. Let's get going!

HIGHLIGHTS FROM SITCOMSONLINE.COM AND AROUND THE WEB
  • Fall 2014 schedules have been announced for all of the networks, and with the new season, Sunday nights are no longer "animation dominated" on Fox, Mondays will be a little less funny on CBS, ABC has given Shonda Rhimes her own night on Thursday, and NBC and The CW are just hoping that somebody will watch any night of the week. If it's all confusing, The Washington Post has a complete summary of everything. (Washington Post)
  • How I Met Your Dad was one of the most talked about pilots for the new fall season. As it turns out, wasn't even picked up, but the producers are still trying to find a network that would be interested in it. (E! Online)
  • The Wire has a more critical look at some of the new fall series, ranked based upon how many episodes that they predict each series will last. If their predictions hold up, we'll see about two weeks of ABC's Manhattan Love Story, and of course, NCIS: New Orleans will last "until the end of time." (The Wire)
  • There has been talk that Community may not necessarily be over now that NBC has cancelled it, but creator Dan Harmon thinks that it is unlikely that it'll be revived. (Deadline)
  • Les Moonves says that there have been no discussions with Joel McHale to take over for Craig Ferguson on The Late Late Show, but that doesn't mean that some people (namely, Moonves' own wife, Julie Chen) don't like to stir up rumors anyway. (Deadline)
  • On New Years Eve, ABC has Ryan Seacrest (and previously Dick Clark) and NBC has Carson Daly, broadcasting from New York City. For some reason, Fox has decided that they want to try something totally different with Pitbull, broadcasting from Miami. (Hollywood Reporter)

HOME MEDIA HIGHLIGHTS
  • Sometimes, shows become so obscure that we forget about them very quickly, and that seems to have happened with the now cancelled NBC series Sean Saves the World. This week, TVShowsOnDVD.com discovered that Sean Saves the World - Season One is actually on DVD, and has been for over a month, as a MOD offering.
  • A much more successful series from the past season (i.e. one that will actually be back in the fall) is the CBS series, The Millers. On August 19, CBS DVD will be releasing The Milers - Season One.

RECENT REVIEWS ON SITCOMSONLINE.COM

http://www.sitcomsonline.com/ilovelucylucyultimateseason1blurayreview.html
  • The Andy Griffith Show - Season 1 (Blu-ray): The classic TV series debuts on Blu-ray with the best quality it has ever seen, along with some nice special features.
  • I Love Lucy - Ultimate Season 1 (Blu-ray): In what could perhaps be described as one of the best home media releases ever, the queen of comedy returns in a release that is even better than the DVD releases, and includes new special features and even includes every episode with all original commercials.

MAY 20 HOME MEDIA RELEASES

FOLLOW ME

Who to Follow: John Mulaney (Twitter), "I am a nice, 30 year old comedian. My new album and DVD NEW IN TOWN is available on iTunes and Amazon."
Claim to Fame: The 31 year old (he hasn't updated his Twitter info in a while, obviously) comedian is probably not a common household name, but he is hoping that he will become one. So far, he is best known as a stand-up comedian and a writer for Saturday Night Live (for which he created the recurring Bill Hader character Stefon for Weekend Update). Now, this fall, he is hoping to find success in his own sitcom, Mulaney, which was picked up for the Sunday night lineup on Fox.
Pick of the Tweets: "the west coast just said goodbye to @sethmeyers on "Update." seth, you are the best big brother and boss any of us could have asked for." (February 2, 2014)


Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Thursday, October 18

The Big Bang Theory - "The Planetarium Collision" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT)
When Amy doesn’t have time to work on super-asymmetry, Sheldon goes to great lengths to ensure she’s available to work with him even it if means accidentally sabotaging her career in the process. Also, Koothrappali doesn’t want Wolowitz to join him in hosting a show at the planetarium. Emmy Award winner Bob Newhart returns as Arthur Jeffries.

Young Sheldon - "A Research Study and Czechoslovakian Wedding Pastries" (CBS, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Dr. Sturgis (Wallace Shawn) recommends Sheldon and Missy for a university research study on twins, and Mary is unhappy when the test results go to Sheldon’s head.

Mom - "Big Sauce and Coconut Water" (CBS, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Christy is certain that Bonnie is in over her head when she invites a freshly paroled Tammy (Kristen Johnston) to stay with them.

Murphy Brown - "Three Shirts to the Wind" (CBS, 9:30PM ET/PT)
Murphy and the team weigh the pros and cons of accepting the offer to have the first interview with a headline-grabbing former White House senior advisor (David Costabile) who wants to promote his divisive book and agenda on “Murphy in the Morning.” Also, Avery moderates a lively political discussion on his show with locals in Buffalo, N.Y.. Original series cast member Charles Kimbrough returns as Jim Dial in his first of three episodes, and Merle Dandridge guest stars as the team’s arrogant network boss, Diana Macomber.

Superstore - "Toxic Workplace" (NBC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Amy (America Ferrera) and Jonah (Ben Feldman) get combative to keep their new relationship hidden from their co-workers. Meanwhile, Glenn (Mark McKinney) spirals when he learns Kelly (Kelly Stables) wants to transfer to a new store, and Cheyenne (Nichole Bloom) struggles to organize a Cloud 9 carpool.

The Good Place - "Jeremy Bearimy" (NBC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
The group explores the three main branches of ethical thought.

Will & Grace - "Tex and the City" (NBC, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Will (Eric McCormack) and Jack (Sean Hayes) visit Jack’s grandson, Skip (guest star Samuel Faraci), in Texas to watch him perform at his church’s talent show. But when Jack learns Skip plans on singing “Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend,” he becomes afraid for his grandson’s safety. Karen (Megan Mullally) tags along to check out the portion of the border wall she sponsored, only to discover that Beverley Leslie (guest star Leslie Jordan) has claimed it as his own. Back home, Grace (Debra Messing) and Noah (guest star David Schwimmer) try to figure out if something is wrong in their relationship because their numerous attempts to have sex have failed.

I Feel Bad - "I'm Vain A.F." (NBC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
An upcoming launch party at GamePunch throws Emet’s vanity into overdrive. Intent on scrubbing a bad picture off the company website, Emet is dead set on redeeming herself and getting the perfect photo at this year’s party – that means getting her hair done, professional make-up and toning up a problem area: her husband.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of October 15)

Thursday, October 18

  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep/The New Adventures of Old Christine/Seinfeld) - Catch Julia on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Laura Benanti (The Detour/Go On/Starved) - Laura stops by The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • John Mulaney (Mulaney) - John appears on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Meredith Hagner (Search Party/Men at Work) - Meredith is a guest on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Maya Rudolph (Forever/Up All Night) - Maya drops by The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Nick Kroll (The League/Cavemen) - Nick visits The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Sanaa Lathan (Family Guy/The Cleveland Show/LateLine) - Sanaa appears on a repeat of Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Busy Philipps (Vice Principals/Cougar Town) - Busy is a guest on Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
  • Stockard Channing (Out of Practice/The Stockard Channing Show/Stockard Channing in Just Friends) - Stockard visits Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
  • Jenna Fischer (Splitting Up Together/The Office) - Jenna appears on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • John Stamos (Grandfathered/Jake in Progress/Full House) - John talks about You on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Chelsea Handler (Are You There, Chelsea?) - Chelsea stops by The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Michael Fishman and Maya Lynne Robinson (The Conners/Roseanne) - Michael and Maya Lynne are guests on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 11:30am ET. Michael and Lecy Goranson can be heard on The Morning Mash Up on SiriusXM.
  • John Goodman (The Conners/Roseanne/The Trouble in Normal, Ohio) - John talks about The Big Lebowski reunion on NBC's Today sometime between 7-9am.
  • Bailee Madison (Trophy Wife) - Bailey talks about Hallmark Channel's Good Witch: Tale of Two Hearts on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.


New on DVD/Blu-ray (September/October)

The Big Bang Theory - The Complete Eleventh Season The Middle - The Complete Ninth Season Modern Family - The Complete Ninth Season Step by Step - The Complete Second Season Perfect Strangers - The Complete Fifth Season

09/04 - It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia - The Complete Season 12
09/04 - Mom - The Complete Fifth Season
09/04 - Silicon Valley - The Complete Fifth Season
09/04 - Superstore - Season Three
09/04 - Young Sheldon - The Complete First Season
09/11 - The Big Bang Theory - The Complete Eleventh Season (Blu-ray)
09/11 - The Middle - The Complete Ninth Season
09/11 - Modern Family - The Complete Ninth Season
09/11 - People of Earth - The Complete Second Season
09/18 - Community - The Complete Series (Blu-ray)
09/18 - Step by Step - The Complete Second Season
09/18 - You're the Worst - The Complete Fourth Season
09/25 - Blondie - The Complete 1957 Television Series
09/25 - Perfect Strangers - The Complete Fifth Season
10/02 - The Beverly Hillbillies - The Official Fifth Season
10/02 - The Love Boat - Season Four - Volume One / Volume Two
10/02 - Saved by the Bell - The Complete Collection
10/16 - Police Squad! - TV and Movie Collection
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