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 (April/May/June)

Diff'rent Strokes - The Complete Fifth Season Father Knows Best - Season Five The Wayans Bros. - The Complete Second Season ALF - The Complete DVD Collection The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air - The Complete Series

04/04 - Diff'rent Strokes - The Complete Fifth Season
04/11 - Father Knows Best - Season Five
04/11 - Schitt's Creek - The Complete Third Season
04/11 - Silicon Valley - The Complete Third Season (Blu-ray)
04/11 - Veep - The Complete Fifth Season
05/02 - Red, White and Blue Collar Sitcoms - Make TV Great Again
05/09 - ALF - The Complete DVD Collection
05/09 - Divorce - The Complete First Season (Blu-ray)
05/09 - The Wayans Bros. - The Complete Second Season
05/16 - The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air - The Complete Series
06/13 - The Andy Griffith Show - Return to Mayberry
06/13 - That's My Mama - The Complete Series
06/20 - Workaholics - The Final (Seventh) Season
06/20 - Workaholics - The Complete Series
06/27 - The Jamie Foxx Show - The Complete Third Season
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Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Thursday, July 27

The Big Bang Theory - "The Geology Elevation" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
When Bert (Brian Posehn), a Caltech geologist, wins the MacArthur Genius fellowship, Sheldon is overcome with jealousy. Also, Wolowitz finds an old remote control Stephen Hawking action figure he invented. Stephen Hawking returns to guest star as himself.

Life in Pieces - "I'll Be Home for Christmas... Maybe" (CBS, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Kevin gets into the Christmas spirit when he volunteers to help Mott (Chris Roach) and his seven kids prepare for the holidays while his wife’s away, leaving Donna (Erinn Hayes) high and dry until Kyle (Gary Valentine) swoops in to help her. Jackie Sandler guest stars as Mott’s wife, Cindy.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of July 24)

Thursday, July 27

  • Billy Crystal (The Comedians/Soap) - Catch Billy on a repeat of Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Michael Strahan (Brothers) - Michael appears on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Jill Kargman (Odd Mom Out) - Jill is a guest on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Gillian Jacobs (Love/Community) - Gillian visits The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Niecy Nash (Getting On/The Soul Man/Reno 911!) - Niecy stops by The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Brett Gelman (Married/Go On) - Brett appears on @midnight on Comedy Central at midnight.
  • The Cast of Veep - Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Tony Hale, Anna Chlumsky, Reid Scott, Matt Walsh, Kevin Dunn, Gary Cole and Sam Richardson are guests on a repeat of Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Kelsey Grammer (Frasier/Cheers) - Kelsey drops by 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.
  • Betty Gilpin (GLOW/Nurse Jackie) - Betty talks about GLOW on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Ernie Hudson (Grace and Frankie/The Last Precinct) - Ernie is a guest on a repeat of Harry, so check your local listings.
  • Candace Cameron Bure (Fuller House/Full House) - Candace and her daughter, Natasha, see how well they really know each other on a repeat of Rachael Ray, so check your local listings.
  • Jake T. Austin (Wizards of Waverly Place) - Jake talks about The Emoji Movie on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Brian Sacca (Wrecked) - Brian talks about Wrecked on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Sheryl Lee Ralph (Instant Mom/Moesha/It's a Living) - Sheryl will be on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 11:30am ET.
  • Jason Alexander (Seinfeld/Listen Up!/Bob Patterson) - Jason is a guest on Access Hollywood Live, so check your local listings.