Saturday, August 23, 2014

SitcomsOnline Digest: Every Simpsons Ever Marathon Brings FXX Big Numbers; Another Wonder Years DVD Music Update; New CBS DVD Complete Series Sets

Welcome to SitcomsOnline Digest! This week, we have yet another Wonder Years music update, news of some CBS DVD complete series releases, and more. Let's get started!

HIGHLIGHTS FROM SITCOMSONLINE.COM AND AROUND THE WEB
  • The first day of the Every Simpsons Ever marathon has turned into FXX's biggest day ever for ratings. (Hollywood Reporter)
  • Lifetime has put out another clip for their upcoming Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story, this one featuring the first five minutes of the movie. (Deadline)
  • Saturday nights on NBC are going to be a little bit different now that Don Pardo, the voice of Saturday Night Live for all but one season (and also a voice heard on NBC since before the days that TV was even a thing to most American households) died this week at the age of 96. (New York Times)
  • Alan Landsburg, known for his production of made-for-TV movies such as Bill, The Ryan White Story, as well as the TV series In Search Of... and That's Incredible! and also the namesake for Alan Landsburg Productions (which produced Kate & Allie and Gimme a Break!, although Landsburg himself was not involved in those productions), died this week at the age of 82. (Washington Post)
  • While NBC did renew the summer import series Welcome to Sweden, the other import series, Working the Engels, was not so lucky. (Hollywood Reporter)
  • Fall is rapidly approaching, and as usual, MeTV and Antenna TV have some lineup changes in store. (SitcomsOnline schedule updates for MeTV, SitcomsOnline schedule updates for Antenna TV)

HOME MEDIA HIGHLIGHTS
  • Last week, we told you about The Wonder Years - The Complete Series, and the list of original music that will be included in the set. We also gave you an unofficial list of what music may be missing, but as it turns out, StarVista has also provided an official list of missing music, and what those songs have been replaced with. You can see that list here.
  • The Real McCoys has been a disaster when it has come to DVD releases, with one studio releasing the first four seasons (before going bankrupt), followed by another studio that promised even better results and even planned a complete series release, but only got so far as to re-release TWO of the first four seasons that had already been released. Now, SFM is taking matters into their own hands by releasing each season as a MOD release on amazon.com.
  • Warner Home Video has been talking about releasing the series Spenser: For Hire on DVD for years, but never took action. But now, it seems that Warner Archive is taking action, and will be releasing the first season at some point in the near future.
  • CBS has two complete series sets on the way for November 11 with Family Ties - The Complete Series and Taxi - The Complete Series. While Family Ties has already been released as a complete series set, this version will come at a much lower price (but without the extra bonus features included in the previous release).

AUGUST 26 HOME MEDIA RELEASES
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00JHH1VDC/ref=nosim/happydaysonline5-20
  • Welcome Back, Kotter - The Complete Series (DVD, $129.98): The Sweathogs, along with Mr. Kotter, Mrs. Kotter, and Mr. Woodface... err Woodman... all come together with every episode of the series on DVD from Shout! Factory, along with the special features that were presented on Warner Home Video's release of the first season.
FOLLOW ME

Who to Follow: Every.Simpsons.Ever (Twitter), "Marathon HAPPENING NOW on FXX. Coming to FXNow This Fall."
Claim to Fame: Our Follow Me is not a person once again, and this time, you'll only have a few days to follow this one. Every.Simpsons.Ever is a special Twitter feed that has been set up by FXX to provide somewhat of a running commentary for The Simpsons while they continue airing their Every Simpsons Ever marathon, which began on Thursday morning and will continue through the end of the day on Labor Day. While it isn't something as deep as commentaries (which you can find on the DVDs), it is a fun way to follow highlights as the marathon moves along on FXX. Every now and then, you'll find some fun trivia retweets from the people behind the scenes on the show. And they're also encouraging fans to participate in the Twitter fun, using the hashtags #simpsonsmarathon and #EverySimpsonsEver
Pick of the Tweets: "NOSTALGIA MAKE MY HEAD ESPLODE Wonder Years AND Simpsons?! #EverySimpsonsEver #simpsonsmarathon" (August 23, 2014)


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.

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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.