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

Monday, January 23

Kevin Can Wait - "Choke Doubt" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Kevin brags about saving a man from choking after hearing how much attention his brother Kyle is receiving for saving a cat. Adam Ferrara guest stars as Bill, a man Kevin saves from choking, and “The Insider” correspondent Michael Yo guest stars as Tom, a morning show anchor who interviews Kyle.

Man with a Plan - "The Talk" (CBS, 8:30PM ET/PT)
When Adam and Andi have the dreaded “talk” with Teddy and Kate, their awkward approach makes the kids horribly uncomfortable.

2 Broke Girls - "And the Emergency Contractor" (CBS, 9:00PM ET/PT)
When Max and Caroline get home from their road trip, Caroline discovers she likes the dessert bar renovations as much as she likes Bobby (Christopher Gorham), the contractor on the job. Also, Max rushes to Randy’s side when she hears he’s in the hospital in New York City, and Sophie joins a mommy group that cares more about partying than baby talk.

The Big Bang Theory - "The Conjugal Conjecture" (CBS, 9:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
After Sheldon’s mother and Leonard's father share an evening together, everyone deals with an awkward morning the next day. Also, Penny’s family arrives for the wedding ceremony, including her anxiety-ridden mother, Susan (Katey Sagal), and her drug dealing brother, Randall (Jack McBrayer). Dean Norris guest stars as Colonel Williams, an Air Force Representative from the Department of Materiel Command. Christine Baranski, Laurie Metcalf, Judd Hirsch and Keith Carradine return.

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Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of January 23)

Monday, January 23

  • Allison Janney (Mom/Mr. Sunshine) - Watch Allison on a repeat of The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • William Shatner ($h*! My Dad Says) and Henry Winkler (Happy Days/Arrested Development/Out of Practice) - William and Henry are guests on a repeat of Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Kevin Nealon (Man with a Plan/Weeds/Hiller and Diller/Champs) - Kevin appears on @midnight on Comedy Central at midnight.
  • Jade Catta-Preta (Manhattan Love Story) - Jade is a guest on @midnight on Comedy Central at midnight.
  • Wendi McClendon-Covey (The Goldbergs/Rules of Engagement/Reno 911!) - Wendi stops by Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
  • Cristela Alonzo (Cristela) - Cristela chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Tika Sumpter (The Game) - Tika appears on The Real, so check your local listings.
  • Justina Machado (One Day at a Time) - Justina will be on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 12:30pm ET.
  • Jerry O'Connell (We Are Men/Carpoolers/My Secret Identity) - Jerry and Rebecca Romjin talk about Love Locks on NBC's Today in the 9am hour. Jerry will also be on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT, on Access Hollywood Live (check your local listings) and on Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
  • Retta (Parks and Recreation) - Retta talks about Girlfriend's Guide to Divorce on NBC's Today in the 10am hour.
  • Kathryn Hahn (Happyish/Free Agents) - Kathryn will be on Access Hollywood Live, so check your local listings.