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)


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 / Review
01/24 - Hooperman - Season Two / Review
01/31 - Ballers - The Complete Second Season (Blu-ray)
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Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Tuesday, January 24

The Middle - "A Tough Pill to Swallow" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
When a devastated Sue discovers that she has been kicked out of college because she forgot to renew her financial aid, Mike tries to come to her rescue and convince a tough college bursar to reinstate her. Meanwhile, having only taken oral liquid medication all of his life, a frustrated Frankie does everything in her power to teach Brick how to swallow a pill when he gets an ear infection; and Hutch becomes angry with Axl after he keeps driving the Winnebago without permission to Orson to visit new girlfriend April – leaving Hutch without any means of transportation to get to class.

American Housewife - "Art Show" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
When Anna-Kat draws a super plus-sized portrait of Katie for the school art show, Katie sets out to retrieve it by any means necessary. Meanwhile, with Katie away, Doris is left in charge of Oliver and Taylor. She’s determined to whip them into shape with her Tiger Mom skills, but she may have met her match.

Fresh Off the Boat - "Coming From America" (ABC, 9:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Louis flies the entire family to Taiwan in an effort to make things right with Gene (Ken Jeong). Upon meeting Gene’s beautiful fiancĂ©, Margaret, and seeing the wonderful life he has built for himself, Louis questions whether his life in Orlando is just as great as it could be in Taiwan. Meanwhile, Jessica takes Eddie, Emery and Evan to her favorite childhood locales, including Dihua Street and Shilin Night Market.

The Real O'Neals - "The Real Match" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
When Jimmy recruits a reluctant Kenny to join his wrestling team for a one-time match, a surprise victory gives him the confidence to join the team full time to become the first, openly gay athlete at St. Barklays. Kenny’s newfound stardom makes Jimmy feel a bit replaced, but when an opponent refuses to wrestle his brother, Jimmy puts his feelings aside and rallies the team around Kenny. Meanwhile, Pat injures his back trying to help Eileen prepare for a weekend getaway, but things only get worse when she tries to be the perfect caregiver to impress VP Murray but fails miserably.

New Girl - "The Hike" (Fox, 8:00PM ET/PT)
While on a day hike, Jess and Robby (guest star Nelson Franklin) discover something unexpected about their relationship. Also, Winston throws a surprise welcome home party for Aly (guest star Nasim Pedrad). Meanwhile, Schmidt and Cece fail to impress their new neighbors.

The Mick - "The Master" (Fox, 8:30PM ET/PT)
All hell breaks loose, as the kids fight over who will take the master bedroom. Also, Mickey pursues a wealthy businessman who quickly discovers that she is not the prize he thought she was.

Teachers - "Stranger Danger" (TV Land, 10:00PM ET/PT)
There’s a trespasser at Fillmore and a new security guard is hired. Ms. Snap and Ms. Bennigan hold a “Women Empowering Women” workshop, Mrs. Adler takes stranger danger too far, and Ms. Watson purchases a male safety dummy.

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Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of January 23)

Tuesday, January 24

  • Retta (Parks and Recreation) - Catch Retta on Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC. She will also be on the AOL Build Show at 3pm.
  • Claudia O'Doherty (Love) - Claudia is a guest on @midnight on Comedy Central at midnight.
  • John Goodman (Roseanne/Normal, Ohio) - John talks about Patriots Day on LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
  • Yvette Nicole Brown (The Odd Couple/Community) - Yvette visits Harry, so check your local listings.
  • Jennifer Esposito (Samantha Who?/Spin City) - Jennifer appears on NBC's Today in the 10am hour. She will also be on the AOL Build Show at 1pm.
  • Justina Machado (One Day at a Time) - Justina talks about the new Netflix series One Day at a Time on the AOL Build Show at 12pm.