Saturday, June 14, 2014

SitcomsOnline Digest: A Look at What Wealthy People Watch; Three's Company Complete Series DVDs

Welcome to SitcomsOnline Digest! This week, we have stories about ratings in certain demographics, a look at what Norman Lear is up to these days, and more. Let's get going!

HIGHLIGHTS FROM SITCOMSONLINE.COM AND AROUND THE WEB
  • We report ratings on the blog every Sunday, but Deadline has looked a bit deeper into ratings in demographics to find the most popular series among wealthy individuals and college graduates, which shows that there is a key demographic in which The Mindy Project is actually the most popular series on broadcast television. (Deadline)  
  • Norman Lear has been eager to return to TV production (at age 92!) with a retirement home series called Guess Who's Dead, but he can't seem to get anybody interested in it. (Deadline)
  • It looks as if miniseries (or "event series" as they like to call them these days) are becoming a big part of broadcast television again lately, and now NBC has one in development that focuses on the Beatles. (Deadline)
  • The president and CEO of Hub Network is stepping down at the end of the year, but the real news and speculation is about the future of the network, which hasn't quite been the hit that it was hoped that it would become, and if a re-branding may come as she leaves. (Deadline)
  • I Wanna Marry Harry and Riot, as it turns out, have been a ratings disaster for Fox, and that's great news for fans of comedy reruns, as they regain the Tuesday night lineup effective immediately. (SitcomsOnline)

HOME MEDIA HIGHLIGHTS
  • Anchor Bay used to be a powerhouse in the TV-on-DVD realm, being one of the first studios to release series licensed from other studios. They've been very quiet for the past seven years though, and almost everything that they had released as far as TV series went out of print, except for Three's Company. Now, they're releasing that series again as a complete series set in Three's Company - The Complete Series. No release date has been given yet, and it appears that there will not be any new material that was not previously included on the season releases.
  • The complete series release of The Wonder Years is still not available to order yet, but TVShowsOnDVD.com has a look at the very nice packaging for the set, which will come in a limited edition metal locker.
  • The Big Bang Theory - The Complete Seventh Season will arrive on both DVD and DVD/Blu-ray combo on September 16. As usual, it will include several special features. It isn't available to preorder on amazon.com right now, though, due to a dispute between Warner Bros. and amazon.com.

JUNE 17 HOME MEDIA RELEASES
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00IYRLUT6/ref=nosim/happydaysonline5-20
  • My Little Margie - Volume 3 (DVD, $24.97): The classic Gale Storm sitcom that has been nearly forgotten returns for more episodes on DVD.

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Claim to Fame:  Lara Jill Miller began here career on Broadway, and made her TV debut in 1981 on Gimme a Break!, which could have been yet another disaster on the NBC lineup... but instead, the series turned out to be one of the many in the early 80s that helped turn the network around. That would have been the only notable appearance she had ever made in TV when the series ended in 1987, at which time she went to college and eventually law school, to become an attorney... until 1999, that is, when she returned to children's TV, making a huge splash. These days, she is known for doing cartoon voices, on series such as Henry Hugglemonster, Doc McStuffins, Digimon, and several others. She hasn't completely shied away from the camera, though, as she has appeared in All That, The Amanda Show, Zoey 101, iCarly, and one (very rare) appearance in a show that was not written for kids, ABC's General Hospital.
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New on DVD/Blu-ray (December/January)

American Dad! - Volume 11 Newhart - The Complete Seventh Season I Love Lucy - Superstar Special #2 (Colorized) The Love Boat - Season Three - Volume Two Hooperman - Season One

12/06 - Family Guy - Season Fourteen
12/13 - American Dad! - Volume 11
12/13 - Newhart - The Complete Seventh Season
01/03 - Girls - The Complete Fifth Season (Blu-ray)
01/10 - Broad City - Season 3
01/17 - I Love Lucy - Superstar Special #2 (Colorized)
01/17 - The Love Boat - Season Three - Volume One
01/17 - The Love Boat - Season Three - Volume Two
01/24 - Hooperman - Season One
01/24 - Hooperman - Season Two
01/31 - Ballers - The Complete Second Season (Blu-ray)
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Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Wednesday, January 18

Fresh Off the Boat - "Clean Slate" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
On the eve of Chinese New Year, Jessica pushes the entire family to settle all debts, disputes and grudges to ensure good fortune for the coming year. Unsure if she can contain her temper for the remainder of the day, Jessica enlists Emery to makes sure she keeps her cool. Meanwhile, Louis and Evan go on a wild goose chase to hunt down some hate mail, and Eddie is forced to entertain his super lame cousin.

Speechless - " S-I-- SICK D-A-- DAY" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
When Maya gets sick, Jimmy is forced to be the mom of the house, and Dylan becomes Kenneth’s replacement for JJ when Kenneth also gets sick. Jimmy ends up doing well with Maya’s normal duties, but he tries to keep it from her to avoid her feeling bad. Meanwhile, JJ protects Dylan from a boy she’s interested in. And despite its illness, the family bands together and pulls an all-nighter to finish Ray’s school project.

Modern Family - "Halloween 4: The Revenge of Rod Skyhook" (ABC, 9:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Luke’s Halloween party isn’t the monster bash he dreamed of and is at risk of having the worst party of the year. Sensing trouble, the rest of the Dunphy’s realize all his party needs is a visit from Rod Skyhook, a little promotion and some adult supervision to get it started. Meanwhile at the Tucker-Pritchett home, Cam faces off with his Halloween nemesis while Lily and Mitchell try to save the day and work to keep him from going to the darkside. Finally, when Jay finds out that Manny is going to a party at the home of an old enemy, he enlists him to deliver a trick he will never forget.

black-ish - "Good Dre Hunting" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
Bow convinces a begrudging Dre to try therapy, and he learns how to cope with his anger issues. Meanwhile, Johan becomes a life coach to the kids.

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia - "Old Lady House: A Situation Comedy" (FXX, 10:00PM ET/PT)
Charlie thinks Mac's mom is holding his mom hostage so the gang installs spy cameras in their house to monitor what's going on. What they end up discovering is the moms are quite entertaining once Dennis makes some quick edits and adds a laugh track to the surveillance footage. Dee wants in on the new hit show and Frank becomes obsessed with banging Charlie's mom now that he's seen her on TV.

Man Seeking Woman - "Horse" (FXX, 10:30PM ET/PT)
Lucy attempts to forge a relationship with Josh's best friend Mike.

Schitt's Creek - "The Throuple" (Pop, 8:00PM ET/PT)
David and Stevie try to come to terms with their new relationship; Alexis and Moira plan a mother/daughter lunch.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of January 16)

Wednesday, January 18

  • Wendi McLendon-Covey (The Goldbergs/Rules of Engagement/Reno 911!) - Watch Wendi on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation) - Nick visits The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC. He also talks about The Founder on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am and on NBC's Today in the 9am hour.
  • Louie Anderson (Baskets/Life with Louie/The Louie Show) - Louie appears on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS. He also joins the Chew Crew on ABC's The Chew at 1pm ET/12pm PT/CT.
  • Michael Keaton (Working Stiffs/All's Fair) - Michael is a guest on Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Woody Harrelson (Cheers) - Woody stops by The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Eric McCormack (Will & Grace) - Eric appears on a repeat of Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Ted Danson (The Good Place/Becker/Cheers) - Ted visits Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Judah Friedlander (30 Rock) - Judah is a guest on @midnight on Comedy Central at midnight.
  • Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother/Stark Raving Mad/Doogie Howser, M.D.) and B.J. Novak (The Office) - Neil and B.J. are guests on Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo. Neil can also be heard on The Morning Mash Up on SiriusXM at 10:20am.
  • Jerry O'Connell (We Are Men/Carpoolers/My Secret Identity) - Jerry and his wife Rebecca Romijn chat with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Christian Slater (Breaking In) - Christian guest co-hosts LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
  • Matt LeBlanc (Man with a Plan/Episodes/Friends) - Matt appears on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Patrick Warburton (Crowded/Rules of Engagement/Less Than Perfect) - Patrick is a guest on Harry, so check your local listings.
  • Kirstie Alley (Cheers/Veronica's Closet/Kirstie) - Kirstie dishes about the new season of Scream Queens and her weight loss with Jenny Craig on The Wendy Williams Show at 2am on BET or on your local stations.