Saturday, May 31, 2014

SitcomsOnline Digest: New Episodes of Community to Hulu?; Releases of Current Sitcoms on DVD

Welcome to SitcomsOnline Digest! This week, we've got yet another update on the on-again/off-again story of a new season of Community, news of new DVDs of current series, and more. Let's get going!

  • Six seasons and a movie? It seems like a real possibility that Hulu could at least make that sixth season part true if they do in fact pick up new episodes of Community, which seems to be a real possibility. (Deadline)
  • NBC's head of comedy development, Tal Rabinowitz, is leaving the network, which also means that comedy and drama development will be merged into one division. The only question that hasn't quite been answered is how this will affect the future of sitcoms at NBC, as the network hasn't had much success in this area lately. (Hollywood Reporter)
  • The cast of The Wonder Years reunited this week in preparation for the upcoming DVD release of the series, and it seems that everybody is talking about that reunion more than they are about the DVDs. (NY Daily News)
  • Despite Jay Leno actually coming to the show to announce that it had been renewed for a second season, it turns out that Arsenio Hall's latest venture into late night talk show has, in fact, been canceled and will not return for a second season. And, no, Jay Leno will not be taking his place. (LA Times)
  • A trio of new shows is coming to Nick at Nite over the next few months, including Everybody Loves Raymond, How I Met Your Mother, and the return of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. (SitcomsOnline)





Who to Follow: John Ratzenberger (Twitter), "Actor, Clifford Clavin the know-it-all mailman on Cheers, Toy Story's Hamm, Made in America, Dancing with the Stars"
Claim to Fame:  Last week, we featured Kirstie Alley here, and we've decided to continue on a bit of a Cheers theme here with our Follow Me. Ratzenberger got his start in a few small movie roles when he sort of stumbled into the role of Cliff on Cheers. Actually, he tried out for the role of Norm, but sensing that wasn't going to happen, he was able to convince the producers to create the character of Cliff. Since Cheers ended, he has done many voices in Pixar films, and has appeared on series such as Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, 8 Simple Rules, and Melissa & Joey. He also had a series on The Travel Channel that ran from 2004 until 2008, Made in America, which put the spotlight on products that were made in the United States and went behind-the-scenes into the production of those products.
Pick of the Tweets: "Who was the good looking mailman in that Radio Shack Superbowl commercial?" (February 2, 2014)

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
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Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Monday, October 24

Kevin Can Wait - "Beat the Parents" (CBS, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Kevin and Donna are thrilled when their son, Jack, makes friends with a boy from school, Grayden (Graydon Peter Yosowitz), however, when Donna and Kevin don’t hit it off with Grayden’s arrogant father, Vic (Ray Romano), and his pushy wife, Brandi (Lindsay Broad), they set out to sabotage the boys’ new friendship. Matt Romano guest stars as Vic’s second son, Braden.

Man with a Plan - "Pilot" (CBS, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Golden Globe Award winner Matt LeBlanc stars as Adam, a contractor who starts spending more time with his three kids when his wife, Andi, goes back to work and discovers the truth all parents eventually realize—their little angels are maniacs.

2 Broke Girls - "And the Godmama Drama" (CBS, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Oleg and Sophie’s plan to have Max and Caroline as Barbara’s godparents is derailed when Oleg’s domineering mother, Olga (Mercedes Ruehl), arrives from the Ukraine for the baby’s baptism and fires Max and Caroline from their godparent duties.

The Odd Couple - "Food Fight" (CBS, 9:30PM ET/PT)
When Oscar learns that his favorite hangout, Langford’s, is in financial trouble, he impulsively asks Felix to help save it, without considering the disastrous consequences. Also, Felix tries to make his mark on the restaurant when the owner, Fred Langford (Fred Willard), puts him in charge for a few days.

Complete TV Listings

Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of October 24)

Monday, October 24

  • Ricky Gervais (The Office) - Watch Ricky on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Tom Hanks (Bosom Buddies) - Tom appears on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS. He also talks about Inferno on NBC's Today sometime between 7-9am and on LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
  • Elijah Wood (Wilfred) - Elijah is a guest on Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Ana Gasteyer (People of Earth/Lady Dynamite/Suburgatory) - Ana visits Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation) - Nick stops by The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Ron Howard (Happy Days/The Andy Griffith Show) - Ron appears on The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Kate Micucci (Raising Hope/The Big Bang Theory) - Kate is a guest on a repeat of @midnight on Comedy Central at midnight.
  • Zooey Deschanel (New Girl) - Zooey appears on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Michael Chiklis (Daddio) - Michael drops by Harry, so check your local listings.
  • Jameela Jamil (The Good Place) - Jameela appears on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Aya Cash (You're the Worst) - Aya talks about You're the Worst on the AOL Build ShoW at 2pm. She will also be on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 12:30pm ET.
  • Will Forte (The Last Man on Earth) - Will is a guest on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am.
  • Mary Steenburgen (The Last Man on Earth/Ink) - Mary talks about The Last Man on Earth on NBC's Today in the 10am hour. She will also be on the AOL Build Show at 12:30pm.
  • Anna Camp (The Mindy Project) - Anna talks about Good Girls Revolt on People Now at 8:30am.
  • James Brolin (Life in Pieces) - James is a guest on Access Hollywood Live, so check your local listings.
  • Matt LeBlanc (Man with a Plan/Episodes/Joey/Friends) - Matt appears on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Nico Tortorella (Younger) - Nico guest co-hosts The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.