Saturday, September 13, 2014

SitcomsOnline Digest: Pilots Coming Together for 2015-2016 TV Season (and a Full House Update); New VEI Releases

Welcome to SitcomsOnline Digest! Even though the 2014-2015 TV season hasn't quite started yet, it's already that time of the year once again that producers begin to assemble new pilot ideas for the next TV season (2015-2016), and we have plenty of news about those, as well as news of some new VEI DVD releases that you won't find online. Let's get started!

  • John Stamos is working on a comedy pilot for Fox, and in addition to that, it seems that Netflix may be interested in Full House... not the old episodes, but new episodes of Full House. (Deadline)
  • A writer has come on board for the potential ABC sitcom starring Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo. (Deadline)
  • Meanwhile, Angela Kinsey, best known for playing Angela on The Office, is also looking to get her own ABC sitcom. (Deadline)
  • Saturday Night Live is already making another change to their Weekend Lineup segment, as Michael Che will replace Cecily Strong in the new season. Even though she will no longer be co-anchor of Weekend Update, Strong will remain on the series. (New York Times)
  • It seems that the seventh season of Showtime's Nurse Jackie will be the last season of the series. (SitcomsOnline)


  • came across several new releases from Canadian studio VEI this week from pre-order listings on, but as it turns out, many of them will be in-store exclusives and not actually sold on Of particular interest, the studio announced the complete series of Nash Bridges, as well as new lower-priced complete series releases of McMillan and Wife, In Search Of..., and Cagney & Lacey. We'll let you know when we have more details.
  • Even if Growing Up Fisher didn't last long on NBC, it is available now on DVD as a MOD release of Growing Up Fisher - Season One was released earlier this week.

  • About a Boy - Season One (DVD, $29.98): The NBC series debuts on DVD for the very first time.
  • The Big Bang Theory - The Complete Seventh Season (DVD, $44.98; Blu-ray/DVD Combo, $54.97): The hit series that has been the star of the CBS lineup for the past few years returns to DVD with the 2013-2014 season.
  • South Park - The Complete Seventeenth Season (DVD, $29.98; Blu-ray, $39.98): Comedy Central's long-running animated series about foul-mouthed fourth-graders returns to DVD, just in time for the debut of the new season.


Who to Follow: Cristela Alonzo (Twitter), "Comic, hoodie aficionado, political junkie, hoping to break glass ceiling. If you're happy and you know it, clap your hands. Good. Now I know who to avoid."
Claim to Fame: If you haven't heard of her name, you're not alone. Cristela Alonzo is relatively unknown to most TV viewers, as her career up until now has been as a stand-up comedian. But if her new sitcom Cristela, loosely based upon her own life, becomes a success on ABC, then she'll be known to viewers everywhere. Cristela debuts October 10 on ABC.
Pick of the Tweets: "They should make Apple announcements a TV show. Everybody watches them." (September 9, 2014)

New on DVD/Blu-ray (September)

The Big Bang Theory - The Complete Ninth Season Newhart - The Complete Sixth Season 2 Broke Girls - The Complete Fifth Season Family Matters - The Complete Eighth Season Modern Family - The Complete Season 7

09/06 - Coach - Season One (Mill Creek) / Season Two / Seasons One and Two
09/06 - South Park - The Complete Ninteenth Season (Blu-ray)
09/13 - The Big Bang Theory - The Complete Ninth Season (Blu-ray)
09/13 - Newhart - The Complete Sixth Season
09/20 - 2 Broke Girls - The Complete Fifth Season
09/20 - Family Matters - The Complete Eighth Season
09/20 - Modern Family - The Complete Season 7
09/20 - Veep - Season 5
09/27 - The Wonder Years - Season Six
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Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Saturday, October 22

Superstore - "Guns, Pills and Birds" (NBC, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
When Amy (America Ferrera) assigns an uncomfortable Jonah (Ben Feldman) to the gun section of Cloud 9, Jonah abuses his right-to-refuse sale to anyone that causes concern, causing an open-carry protest to gather in the store. On principle, Glenn (Mark McKinney) attempts to purchase all of the store's morning-after pills, but finds himself in a moral dilemma when he can't afford them. Dina (Lauren Ash), Garrett (Colton Dunn) and Mateo (Nico Santos) hunt down a crow that has flown into the store.

The Thundermans - "Happy Heroween" (Nickelodeon, 8:00PM ET/PT)
It's a major Halloween storm outside, but inside Colosso keeps the family spooked by telling three scary stories that are sure to terrify even the bravest of superheroes.

School of Rock - "Welcome to My Nightmare" (Nickelodeon, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Mr. Finn's class decides to celebrate Halloween in school after Principal Mullins, who hates the holiday, goes home sick. When she returns sooner than expected, they have to scramble to keep her from finding out the truth.

Complete TV Listings

Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of October 24)

Saturday, October 22

  • Jim J. Bullock (Too Close for Comfort) - Jim talks about touring the U.S. in Kinky Boots on Oprah: Where Are They Now? at 10pm ET/PT on OWN.
Sunday, October 23
  • Patti LaBelle (Out All Night) - Catch Patti on Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
Monday, October 24
  • Ricky Gervais (The Office) - Watch Ricky on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Tom Hanks (Bosom Buddies) - Tom appears on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS. He also talks about Inferno on NBC's Today sometime between 7-9am and on LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
  • Elijah Wood (Wilfred) - Elijah is a guest on Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Ana Gasteyer (People of Earth/Lady Dynamite/Suburgatory) - Ana visits Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation) - Nick stops by The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Ron Howard (Happy Days/The Andy Griffith Show) - Ron appears on The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Zooey Deschanel (New Girl) - Zooey is a guest on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Michael Chiklis (Daddio) - Michael drops by Harry, so check your local listings.
  • Jameela Jamil (The Good Place) - Jameela appears on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Aya Cash (You're the Worst) - Aya talks about You're the Worst on the AOL Build ShoW at 2pm. She will also be on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 12:30pm ET.
  • Will Forte (The Last Man on Earth) - Will is a guest on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am.
  • Mary Steenburgen (The Last Man on Earth/Ink) - Mary talks about The Last Man on Earth on NBC's Today in the 10am hour. She will also be on the AOL Build Show at 12:30pm.
  • Anna Camp (The Mindy Project) - Anna talks about Good Girls Revolt on People Now at 8:30am.
  • James Brolin (Life in Pieces) - James is a guest on Access Hollywood Live, so check your local listings.