Saturday, September 06, 2014

SitcomsOnline Digest: Adam Levine Sitcom for NBC?; King of the Hill, Better Off Ted, and More to DVD

Welcome to SitcomsOnline Digest! The holiday week, along with preparations for a new fall season (which has been set in stone for some time) across the broadcast networks, seems to have slowed down the news a bit this week, but we're here with news about a possible new NBC sitcom based upon Adam Levine's family life as a teenager, some FXX updates, and a ton of new DVD announcements. Let's get going!

HIGHLIGHTS FROM SITCOMSONLINE.COM AND AROUND THE WEB
  • Maroon 5's Adam Levine is probably not a name that you would ever associate with the idea of a sitcom, but he would like for you to do that, as he is working towards producing an autobiographical sitcom about his life in the 90's for NBC. (Deadline)
  • NBC is also considering putting together a sitcom that would be aired live, and include live commercials... could it last as more than just a gimmick? (Cinema Blend)
  • FXX's marathon of The Simpsons was a huge ratings success for the network, bringing it from being barely in the top 50 networks to the number one spot for three nights of the marathon. (Rolling Stone)
  • Meanwhile, FXX's new fall lineup includes a lot of The Simpsons, and more, including In Living Color (previously a long-time staple on sibling network FX) and Raising Hope. (SitcomsOnline)

HOME MEDIA HIGHLIGHTS

  • We've had news about releases from plenty of studios over the years, but one we'd never mentioned is Olive Films... until now, that is! The independent studio has been very quiet on the TV front, but suddenly, they have announced a ton of DVD releases from the Fox library coming on November 18, including the long-awaited seventh and eighth seasons of King of the Hill, the second season of Better Off Ted, and the complete series of Dads and the animated series Napoleon Dynamite. Hopefully, this (combined with Shout! Factory's recently renewed relationship with Fox) means that we will finally see other Fox series coming out of the vault, in particular the long-awaited (but never released) later seasons of Malcolm in the Middle and The Bernie Mac Show.
  • Meanwhile, CBS is moving forward with Happy Days, with a release of the sixth season of the series on December 2.
  • Shout! Factory is picking up another abandoned series from the Sony library, as they are set to release Hart to Hart - The Complete Third Season on December 9.
  • Even though the complete series have been released for both series, Shout! will be bringing and Barney Miller - The Complete Sixth Season and The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis - The Final Season to DVD on December 9 and December 16, respectively.

SEPTEMBER 9 HOME MEDIA RELEASES
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Who to Follow: Anthony Anderson (Twitter), "Actor, Producer, Creator, Dad, Husband, All Around FunnyMan!"
Claim to Fame: It's time for the fall season to begin, and once again, we're highlighting some of the stars of the new shows that we'll be seeing in reruns fifty years from now as well as the ones starring in the shows that we'll forget even existed by the time their canceled in November. We never know which direction any show is going to go, though, so we just highlight stars from any of them! This week it is Anthony Anderson of ABC's upcoming sitcom, Black-ish. Anderson is hardly new to sitcoms, and got his start on the TNBC series Hang Time (which could almost be described as Saved by the Bell - The Basketball Edition). In 2003, he went on to his own series All About the Andersons, which didn't last, and in 2012, he starred in the series Guys With Kids, which suffered the same fate. But he has had success in between, including a role in the series Law & Order. Now, we're all hoping that his time has come for sitcom fame with Black-ish, which will debut September 24 on ABC.
Pick of the Tweets: "My tv family and my birthday cake today!" (August 15, 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 20

The Big Bang Theory - "The Brain Bowl Incubation" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
After a successful experiment combining their genes, Sheldon will stop at nothing to convince Amy they should procreate. Also, Koothrappali is embarrassed to tell the gang what the new woman he’s dating does for a living.

Life in Pieces - "Awkward Bra Automated Ordained" (CBS, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Dinner gets awkward for Jen and Matt when they find themselves alone without Greg and Colleen. Also, Lark accidentally locks out Greg and Jen from the house, prompting Greg to install a complicated home automation system; Heather and Tim try to sneak wine into an ice skating show to get out of paying at the venue; and John and Joan agree to an impromptu wedding after Colleen mentions that she’s an ordained minister.

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Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of July 17)

Thursday, July 20

  • T.J. Miller (Silicon Valley/The Goodwin Games/Carpoolers) - Catch T.J on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Jason Bateman (Arrested Development/The Hogan Family/It's Your Move) - Jason visits The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Ricky Gervais (The Office) - Ricky is a guest on Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Abby Elliott (Odd Mom Out) - Abby appears on Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC. She will also be on The Wendy Williams Show at 2am on BET or on your local stations.
  • Issa Rae (Insecure) - Issa stops by Comedy Central's The Daily Show with Trevor Noah at 11pm. She also chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Kate Micucci (Raising Hope/The Big Bang Theory) - Kate is a guest on @midnight on Comedy Central at midnight.
  • Queen Latifah (Living Single) - Queen Latifah visits Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
  • Jada Pinkett Smith (A Different World) - Jada drops by Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo. She will also be on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am and on Access Hollywood Live, so check your local listings.
  • Regina Hall (Grandfathered) - Regina guest co-hosts The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Tim Daly (Wings) - Tim is a guest on a repeat of Harry, so check your local listings.
  • Laura Linney (The Big C) - Laura talks about Netflix's The Big C on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 11:30am ET.
  • Steve Guttenberg (Ballers) - Steve talks about HBO's Ballers on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 11:30am ET.
  • Madison Iseman (Still the King) - Madison talks about CMT's Still the King on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.