Saturday, November 08, 2014

SitcomsOnline Digest: Another Cancelation and a Few More Episodes Ordered for Another Series; CHiPs to Continue on DVD

Welcome to SitcomsOnline Digest! It's another November week with light news, but we're here nonetheless with an update on what is going on with the network sitcoms, news about CHiPs (finally) continuing on DVD, and an update on the Mister Ed complete series DVD release. Let's get going!

HIGHLIGHTS FROM SITCOMSONLINE.COM AND AROUND THE WEB
  • Another week has passed and another show has been canceled, as it seems that ABC's Selfie was more of a "photo bomb." (Entertainment Weekly
  • While some shows have been getting canceled and others getting full season orders, now we're seeing the series that are sort of on the fence getting additional episodes to prove themselves. This week, NBC's Marry Me got an order for five extra episodes. (Hollywood Reporter)
  • Adult Swim is known for debuting odd new programming at hours like 4 AM, as they did with this 11 minute parody on what sitcom opening credits used to be like. (Rolling Stone)
  • As they network has been faced with a less than impressive new season, Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? will be returning to Fox with new episodes. (Entertainment Weekly
  • CBS has announced the final guests for The Late Late Show as Craig Ferguson prepares to leave the series, with the last guest being Jay Leno. (Deadline)

HOME MEDIA HIGHLIGHTS


RECENT REVIEWS ON SITCOMSONLINE.COM
  • WKRP in Cincinnati - The Complete Series: Shout! Factory's release of this series is almost perfect and much improved from the season 1 release that Fox released several years ago. Most original music is included, but there are a few minor issues (though none that make the set less than worthy of owning).
  • Highway to Heaven - The Complete Fifth Season: Mill Creek's final release of this series is consistent with most of their previous releases, giving fans a great series in a no-frills, low-priced set.

NOVEMBER 11 HOME MEDIA RELEASES 

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00LT1JHLW/ref=nosim/happydaysonline5-20
  • Batman - The Complete Television Series (DVD, $199.70; Blu-ray, $296.97): Once again, a series that was thought to never be possible on DVD arrives not only on DVD, but also on Blu-ray. The highly anticipated release, which is a collaborative release between Warner Home Video and 20th Century Fox, contains every episode of the series and plenty of special features, in multiple configurations. Also available for those who want the series in smaller doses is Batman - The Complete First Season.
  • Dads - The Complete Series (DVD, $34.95): The short-lived Fox series arrives on DVD in a two disc set.
  • Family Ties - The Complete Series (DVD, $89.98): The classic sitcom returns to DVD with a lower-priced complete series release (but without the special features included on the previous release).
  • Taxi - The Complete Series (DVD, $79.98): The classic sitcom from the CBS library comes to DVD in a complete series configuration for the first time.
  • Wings - The Complete Series (DVD, $69.98): Mill Creek takes flight as they bring all eight seasons of this classic series to DVD in a single release.

FOLLOW ME

Who to Follow: Nick Offerman (Twitter), "actor-woodworker-husband"
Claim to Fame: As described, Nick Offerman is an "actor-woodworker-husband." As an actor, he first appeared on TV in an episode of ER in 1997 and episodes of other series, but he is best known these days for his role of Ron Swanson on the series Parks and Recreation. Oddly enough, his character does some woodwork on there... as does Offerman in real life. And he is husband to actress Megan Mullally, who also plays his ex-wife Tammy #2 on Parks and Recreation.
Pick of the Tweets: "A friend came to visit Ron Swanson today. Wouldn't leave me. L'il Sebastian is that you? #ParksandRec #5000candles https://twitter.com/Nick_Offerman/status/522220838196498434/photo/1" (October 14, 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

Monday, July 24

Kevin Can Wait - "Kevin's Bringing Supper Back" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Kevin’s resolve to spend more quality time with his family is put to the ultimate test when his buddies surprise him with concert tickets to his favorite musician, fellow Long Islander Billy Joel. Multiple Grammy Award-winning pianist, singer and songwriter Billy Joel appears as himself.

Man with a Plan - "Kate's First Date" (CBS, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
When Kate is asked out on her first date, Adam can’t curb his overprotective ways. Also, Don enlists Lowell’s help to buy the perfect anniversary gift for Marcy.

Mom - "Martinis and a Sponge Bath" (CBS, 9:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
When Christy and Adam get into a car accident, Bonnie is hurt to discover she is neither of their emergency contacts. Wendie Malick returns as Adam’s ex-wife, Danielle.

Life in Pieces - "Cheap Promotion Flying Birthday" (CBS, 9:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
When Colleen teaches Matt her frugal ways, he gets hooked when he realizes how much saving money turns her on. Also, Tim attempts to fire Heather from her receptionist position at his office, John tries to break Sophia’s fear of flying by taking her for a quick flight on a small plane, and Jen plans a quiet affair for Lark’s first birthday, until the family takes over the celebration.

American Dad - "The Life and Times of Stan Smith" (TBS, 10:00PM ET/PT)
Stan becomes addicted to dying after Roger tricks him into thinking he had a heart attack; Klaus takes Steve to Arizona State University for a college visit, where a fraternity hazes him.

People of Earth - "New Beginnings" (TBS, 10:30PM ET/PT)
After learning the members of StarCrossed were on the ship as kids, Ozzie tries to get the group back together; disgraced FBI agent Alex Foster gets sent to Beacon to investigate white-collar criminal Jonathan Walsh; a merger takes place on the ship.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of July 24)

Monday, July 24

  • Rob Lowe (The Grinder/Parks and Recreation) - Watch Rob on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC. He will be on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am. Rob and his sons, Matthew and John Owen, chat with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT. They also talk about The Lowe Files on the AOL Build Show at 2pm.
  • Laura Benanti (Go On/Starved) - Laura appears on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Jane Lynch (Angel from Hell) - Jane stops by Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Anna Faris (Mom) - Anna is a guest on The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Jenny Slate (Married/Parks and Recreation) - Jenny drops by The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Ron Funches (Powerless/Undateable) - Ron appears on a repeat of Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Brandy (Zoe Ever After/The Game/Moesha/Thea) - Brandy guest co-hosts The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Kirstie Alley (Kirstie/Veronica's Closet/Cheers) - Kirstie is a guest on a repeat of Harry, so check your local listings.
  • Nia Long (Uncle Buck/The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air) - Nia appears on a repeat of Harry, so check your local listings.
  • Emeril Lagasse (Emeril) - Emeril crashes a cooking class on a repeat of Rachael Ray, so check your local listings.
  • Tracey Gold (Growing Pains) - Tracey makes cherry pie filling cake on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Ana Gasteyer (People of Earth/Lady Dynamite/Suburgatory) - Ana talks about People of Earth on NBC's Today in the 10am hour and on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 11:30am ET.
  • Patti LaBelle (Out All Night) - Patti performs a jazz song on a repeat of Steve Harvey, so check your local listings.
  • Jennie Garth (What I Like About You) - Jennie shows off her favorite RVs on Fox and Friends on Fox News Channel at 7:52am.