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!

HIGHLIGHTS FROM SITCOMSONLINE.COM AND AROUND THE WEB
  • 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)

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FOLLOW ME

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)


Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Tuesday, November 13

The Conners - "The Separation of Church and Dan" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
When Geena learns that D.J. hasn’t been taking Mary to church while she’s been away, she insists they go as a family to uphold her traditional values. To make matters worse, Mary refuses to attend without her cousins Harris and Mark, leaving D.J. in the last situation he wants to be in – at the mercy of Darlene. Meanwhile, Mark’s attempt to conduct an unbiased survey on the upcoming election for his school project goes south when Jackie volunteers to help.

The Kids Are Alright - "Peggy's Day Out" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
To hide a mess Eddie made, his girlfriend, Wendi, tries to distract Peggy by insisting she take a day off with a fun day out while they take care of the housework. To everyone’s surprise, Peggy accepts the offer and requests Wendi tag along, with the ulterior motive of teaching her a lesson. Meanwhile, Eddie enlists the help of his brothers to clean up and keep Mike out of the house while Wendi and Peggy are out. Elsewhere, Pat introduces Timmy to his secret dog.

black-ish - "Purple Rain" (ABC, 9:00PM ET/PT)
The family is shocked to learn that Jack and Diane are not familiar with the iconic music of Prince. One by one, each member of the family works to explain Prince’s tremendous impact on their lives through his music.

Splitting Up Together - "War of the Wagners" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
Lena and Martin’s escalating battle for control of the house is put on hold when Milo announces he wants to go to a school for the gifted – to which they think he will not be accepted. Meanwhile, they both meet a contractor for the house, Vlad, but Lena undermines him and scares Vlad away. Things get uglier between Lena and Oliver after she introduces a new member to the family as payback for all the back-and-forth about the house. Elsewhere, Lena and Martin give conflicting advice to Mason on how to deal with his recent breakup.

The Guest Book - "Two Steps Forward, One Step Back" (TBS, 10:30PM ET/PT)
Mike and his family hate spending every summer in a subpar vacation home far from the beach; in order to afford paying a booking fee for their dream house, the Barefeet Retreat, Mike pulls double shifts and ends up paying more than he bargained for.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of November 12)

Tuesday, November 13

  • Jason Mantzoukas (The League) - Catch Jason on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Jenifer Lewis (black-ish/The PJs) - Jenifer appears on Comedy Central's The Daily Show with Trevor Noah at 11pm.
  • Taran Killam (Single Parents) - Taran visits E!'s Busy Tonight at 10pm.
  • Paul Shaffer (A Year at the Top) - Paul stops by The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • The Cast of The Conners - Michael Fishman, John Goodman, Lecy Goranson, Laurie Metcalf and Maya Lynne Robinson are guests on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Jamie Foxx (The Jamie Foxx Show) - Jamie previews the film Robin Hood on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Tig Notaro (One Mississippi) - Tig appears on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Tatyana Ali (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air/Love That Girl!) - Tatyana talks about her upcoming two Holiday movies for Lifetime and Hallmark on E!'s Daily Pop at 12pm.
  • Damon Wayans Jr. (Happy Together/Happy Endings/New Girl) - Damon is a guest on Rachael Ray, so check your local listings.
  • Bryan Cranston (Malcolm in the Middle) - Bryan talks about The Upside Down and Network on NBC's Today sometime between 7-9am.
  • Ashley Tisdale (The Suite Life of Zack & Cody/Clipped) - Ashley appears on the BUILD Series at 4pm.


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

The Beverly Hillbillies - The Official Fifth Season The Love Boat - Season Four - Volume One Saved by the Bell - The Complete Collection Alice - The Complete Eighth Season Step by Step - The Complete Third Season

10/02 - The Beverly Hillbillies - The Official Fifth Season
10/02 - Bob's Burgers - The Complete 6th Season
10/02 - Bob's Burgers - The Complete 7th Season
10/02 - Bob's Burgers - The Complete 8th Season
10/02 - Ghosted - The Complete First Season
10/02 - The Love Boat - Season Four - Volume One / Volume Two
10/02 - Police Squad! - TV and Movie Collection
10/02 - Saved by the Bell - The Complete Collection
10/16 - Community - The Complete Series (Mill Creek)
10/23 - Alice - The Complete Eighth Season
10/24 - The Odd Couple (2015) - Season Two
10/24 - The Odd Couple (2015) - Season Three
10/31 - The Bad News Bears - The Complete Series - All 26 Episodes
11/01 - Episodes - Season 5
11/05 - Robin Williams - Comic Genius (includes Mork & Mindy)
11/06 - American Dad! - Volume 13
11/20 - Step by Step - The Complete Third Season
11/27 - What I Like About You - The Complete Third Season
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