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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Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Tuesday, December 12

The Middle - "The Christmas Miracle" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
It’s Christmastime, and Frankie and Sue are devastated after Axl informs them that he’s not going to church this year because he’s beginning to question his faith. Meanwhile, Mike goes to war with the Glossner kids after they keep defacing his new, giant inflatable snowman; and Brick goes all out in an attempt to wrap his first present for a planned Christmas Yankee Swap.

Fresh Off the Boat - "Do You Hear What I Hear?" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
As head of the HOA Christmas committee, Jessica threatens to cut the neighborhood caroling this year due to last year’s rocky performance. However, Deirdre says that her friend Holly (Paula Abdul), who teaches “Performance and Movement,” will help get everyone into tip-top, melodic shape. Meanwhile, Marvin becomes suspicious of Honey when she goes to see “Titanic” at the movies without him; Nicole develops her first girl crush and struggles with how to get her attention.

black-ish - "Sugar Daddy" (ABC, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Dre is diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes and after talking to Pops, he’s resolved to curing himself. Things come to a head at the Stevens & Lido holiday party. Meanwhile, Jack is convinced that baby Devante hates him, so he enlists Junior and Diane’s help.

The Mayor - "Grey Christmas" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
After visiting a homeless shelter on Christmas Eve, Courtney realizes things for the needy could be improved and pledges to make it a joyous Christmas that every family deserves. But when he learns he doesn’t have the budget to deliver on his promise, Courtney loses hope and his holiday spirit which leads to a magical “It’s A Wonderful Life” moment that makes him realize he has the gift needed to pull off a Christmas miracle.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine - "Game Night" / "The Favor" (Fox, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Rosa asks for Jake's help to deliver important information to her parents, but their plan goes awry when they assume the two are in a relationship; Seamus Murphy comes back to redeem an ethically questionable favor owed by Capt. Holt.

Teachers - "Let It Flow" (TV Land, 10:00PM ET/PT)
Ms. Cannon discovers that one of her students is an artistic prodigy. Mrs. Adler and Ms. Watson take the mini-society competition to a new level.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of December 11)

Tuesday, December 12

  • Tom Hanks (Bosom Buddies) - Catch Tom on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS. He also talks about The Post on CBS This Morning sometime between 7-9am.
  • Jane Krakowski (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt/30 Rock) - Jane appears on The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Ari Graynor (I'm Dying Up Here/Bad Teacher) - Ari is a guest on Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Niecy Nash (The Soul Man/Getting On/Do Not Disturb/Reno 911!) - Niecy visits The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Bill Pullman (1600 Penn) - Bill stops by Steve, so check your local listings.
  • Miles Brown (black-ish) - Miles appears on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Ana Gasteyer (People of Earth/Lady Dynamite/Suburgatory) - Ana talks about Fox's A Christmas Story Live! on Access Hollywood Live, so check your local listings.
  • Noah Galvin (The Real O'Neals) - Noah talks about Dear Evan Hansen on the BUILD Series at 4pm.


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

The Wayans Bros. - The Complete Third Season Living Single - The Complete Third Season Alice - The Complete Sixth Season One Day at a Time - The Complete Series Fuller House - The Complete Second Season

11/07 - American Dad! - Volume 12
11/07 - Family Guy - Season Fifteen
11/07 - The Wayans Bros. - The Complete Third Season
11/14 - D.C. Follies - The Complete Series
11/21 - Living Single - The Complete Third Season
11/24 - Grandfathered - Season 1
12/05 - Alice - The Complete Sixth Season
12/05 - One Day at a Time - The Complete Series
12/05 - The Simpsons - The Eighteenth Season
12/05 - South Park - The Complete First Season (Blu-ray) / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5
12/12 - Fuller House - The Complete Second Season
12/19 - South Park - The Complete Sixth Season (Blu-ray) / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10 / 11
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