Saturday, August 09, 2014

SitcomsOnline Digest: Saved By the Bell Movie Preview; Fifth Season of Arrested Development; More Complete Series Sets from Shout!

Welcome to SitcomsOnline Digest! This week, we've got a preview of Lifetime's Saved By the Bell movie, news of a new season of Arrested Development, and even more Shout! Factory releases. Let's get going!

HIGHLIGHTS FROM SITCOMSONLINE.COM AND AROUND THE WEB
  • You can now see a preview of Lifetime's Unauthorized Saved By the Bell Story online, and we suggest limiting your caffeine before checking it out, since you may go from being "so excited" to "so scared" as Jessie famously did in the infamous "Jessie's Song" episode. (E! Online)
  • It looks like Arrested Development will be back for a fifth season on Netflix... at some point in time. (Huffington Post)
  • What do Yvette Nicole Brown and Penny Marshall have in common? Both will have played the role of Oscar Madison's assistant on two different versions of The Odd Couple, as Brown has been cast in the role of Dani in the upcoming CBS reboot. She will also continue in her recurring role on Community. (TVLine)
  • It looks like Bill Cosby is one step closer to returning to NBC. (Deadline)
  • Welcome to Sweden, the import comedy that NBC has been airing this summer, will actually be returning for a second season in the United States. While it hasn't been a huge success, it has been doing well in one very valuable demographic: high-income households. (Deadline)
  • Girl Meets World has been renewed for a second season. (SitcomsOnline)

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Who to Follow: Norman Lear (Twitter), "Produced All in the Family, Good Times, Mary Hartman, Spinal Tap, Stand By Me, Princess Bride. Wrote memoir Even This I Get to Experience"
Claim to Fame: If you know anything about sitcoms, you should know who Norman Lear is... but in case you don't, he was the producer of several successful sitcoms including All in the Family, The Jeffersons, Good Times, Maude, Sanford & Son, One Day at a Time, among many others. That isn't even including several other series that came out of his production company. In a sense, Lear can be thought of as the godfather of the modern sitcom. He just recently (as in the past week and a half) made his debut on Twitter, and we're hoping to see more activity from him for several years to come.
Pick of the Tweets: "Of the nearly 8 billion people crawling on Earth, I have chosen u, my dearest darling @carlreiner, 2 receive my first personal tweet.#ETIGTE" (August 5, 2014)


Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Thursday, February 21

The Big Bang Theory - "The D&D Vortex" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT)
When the gang finds out Wil Wheaton hosts a celebrity Dungeons and Dragons game involving William Shatner, Joe Manganiello, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Kevin Smith, deception and betrayal are the path to make it to the one open seat.

Young Sheldon - "A Loaf of Bread and a Grand Old Flag" (CBS, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Things spiral out of control when Sheldon boycotts his favorite bread company. Also, Georgie offers Veronica a shoulder to cry on when she’s dumped by her boyfriend.

Mom - "Skippy and the Knowledge Hole" (CBS, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Christy finds it challenging to quit smoking, while Bonnie helps Tammy prepare to take the GED test.

Fam - "Drunk in Love" (CBS, 9:30PM ET/PT)
During their engagement party, Clem and Nick are both shocked to learn that the other has been keeping an embarrassing secret about how they met.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine - "The Honeypot" (NBC, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Jake and Holt clash over the merits of a new hire in the 99th precinct. Terry, Amy, Rosa and Charles try to do something about the cluttered bullpen.

Will & Grace - "The Pursuit of Happiness" (NBC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
Grace (Debra Messing) is enlisted by Malcolm (guest star Alec Baldwin) to help him win back Karen's (Megan Mullally) affections. Will's (Eric McCormack) flirtation with his co-worker, Paul (guest star Barrett Foa), takes a turn when details about Paul's home life put Will in an ethical dilemma. And Jack's (Sean Hayes) run-in with Zusanna (guest star Andrea Martin), the sister of his former acting teacher, reignites Jack's passion for performing.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of February 18

Thursday, February 21

  • Ken Jeong (Dr. Ken/Community) - Catch Ken on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC. He will also be on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am and on Strahan & Sara at 1pm.
  • James Spader (The Office) - James stops by Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Kal Penn (Deadbeat/We Are Men) - Kal visits The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Chris O'Dowd (Family Tree) - Chris is a guest on The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Mark Duplass (Togetherness/The Mindy Project/The League) - Mark appears on Comedy Central's The Daily Show with Trevor Noah at 11pm.
  • Reba McEntire (Reba/Malibu Country) - Reba drops by Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
  • Morris Chestnut (Out All Night) - Morris is a guest on Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
  • Wendi McLendon-Covey (The Goldbergs/Rules of Engagement/Reno 911!) - Wendi chats on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Finesse Mitchell (A.N.T. Farm) - Finesse is a panelist on The Wendy Williams Show, so check your local listings.
  • Craig Ferguson (The Drew Carey Show) - Craig is a guest on Rachael Ray, so check your local listings.
  • Bill Pullman (1600 Penn) - Bill appears on Access Live, so check your local listings.
  • D'Arcy Carden (The Good Place) - D'Arcy will be on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 11:30am ET.


New on DVD/Blu-ray (January/February)

Fuller House - The Complete Third Season The Wayans Bros. - The Complete Fourth Season The Game - The Complete Series Step by Step - The Complete Fourth Season What I Like About You - The Complete Fourth Season

01/08 - Family Guy - 20 Greatest Hits
01/22 - Fuller House - The Complete Third Season
01/22 - The Wayans Bros. - The Complete Fourth Season (WBShop.com)
01/29 - Ballers - The Complete Fourth Season (Blu-ray)
01/29 - Crashing - The Complete Second Season
01/29 - The Game - The Complete Series
01/29 - Kidding - Season One
02/05 - Family Guy - Part 1 - Volumes 1-5
02/05 - Family Guy - Part 2 - Volumes 6-10
02/05 - Family Guy - Part 3 - Seasons 10-14
02/05 - First Lady of Television - Betty White Collection (40 rare and acclaimed episodes from her early days in television)
02/05 - Mama's Family - Seasons 1-6 - The Complete Series
02/12 - Rick and Morty - The Complete Seasons 1-3 (Blu-ray)
02/12 - Step by Step - The Complete Fourth Season
02/26 - What I Like About You - The Complete Fourth Season
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