Saturday, May 24, 2014

SitcomsOnline Digest: Summer Season Premiere Dates; My Favorite Martian DVD Special Features; New Perry Mason Movies on DVD

Welcome to SitcomsOnline Digest! This week, we've got a look at the summer season premiere dates, a brief summary of sweeps ratings, news about My Favorite Martian on DVD, and more. Let's get going!

  • It used to be that summer was all about reruns, but not anymore. In fact, these days, we have season premieres in the summer, and Deadline gives us a rundown at all of the season premieres for this summer (although there are certainly some errors in their list, for example, Jennifer Falls is not going to be having it's season five debut on History). (Deadline)
  • ABC has won the May sweeps contest for 2014, something that it hasn't done since 2000. (IMDb)
  • Meanwhile, despite having very few hit scripted series for several years, NBC has managed to become the #1 network among 18-49-year-olds for the 2013-2014 season, for the first time in 10 years. (Bloomberg)
  • TV Land will be adding the sitcom Who's the Boss? to their lineup starting June 1. (SitcomsOnline)
  • In case you missed it, we had our own preview of the 2014-2015 season this week. (SitcomsOnline)

  • We mentioned last month that MPI would be re-releasing My Favorite Martian - Season One on DVD on June 24. Now, has a list of special features, which looks a lot better than the original release from Rhino.
  • CBS is preparing to release even more Perry Mason made-for-TV movies on DVD on August 5, as they release Perry Mason - Movie Collection, Volume 3. The three disc set will contain six more movies from the franchise, and it comes at a $59.98 MSRP.
  • We've mentioned time and time again that The Wonder Years will be coming out on DVD later this year, and StarVista is trying to make the best possible release... which is why they're wanting fans to come up with questions to ask for a cast interview. You can post your questions for the cast here, and if your question is good enough, it may be answered on the DVD release.




Who to Follow: Kirstie Alley (Twitter), "Mother, actress, founder of  Lover of CAPS & frequent use of off color language"
Claim to Fame: Kirstie Alley was first introduced to TV viewers in a very unremarkable way, as a game show contestant on both Match Game and Password Plus. In the early 80s, she had many movie roles and TV guest appearances, but she became rather well known by 1987 when she appeared in the classic film Summer School in June and joined the cast of Cheers in September. She later went on to the series Veronica's Closet and a slew of reality series, but has found her way back into the sitcom world on TV Land with her current series, Kirstie.
Pick of the Tweets: "way I figure it, I can say what I want to say about myself.. especially since everyone else says whatever the hell they wanna say about me" (April 8, 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.