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!

  • 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)


  • 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.

  • 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.


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" (October 14, 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

Wednesday, October 26

The Goldbergs - "Stefan King" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Adam’s love of Stephen King inspires him to try his hand at horror writing. After learning the monster in Adam’s story is based off Beverly, she forces Adam to stay in on Halloween and rewrite it, hoping he depicts her as a better mother.  Meanwhile, Erica is desperate to find a date to the costume dance and forces Barry go with her.

Speechless - "H-A-L-- HALLOWEEN" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Jimmy is upset the kids no longer want to participate in the family tradition of dressing up for Halloween. Maya tries to cheer up Jimmy by allowing him to do things he loves by taking things off the family “Dead to Me” list. Meanwhile, Ray recruits Dylan to help work the school’s haunted mansion while Kenneth is scared of losing his job when JJ gets drunk at a party.  Even though Maya is furious, she is thrilled to see JJ having a “normal” life.

Modern Family - "Halloween 4: The Revenge of Rod Skyhook" (ABC, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Luke’s Halloween party isn’t the monster bash he dreamed of and is at risk of having the worst party of the year. Sensing trouble, the rest of the Dunphy’s realize all his party needs is a visit from Rod Skyhook, a little promotion and some adult supervision to get it started. Meanwhile at the Tucker-Pritchett home, Cam faces off with his Halloween nemesis while Lily and Mitchell try to save the day and work to keep him from going to the darkside. Finally, when Jay finds out that Manny is going to a party at the home of an old enemy, he enlists him to deliver a trick he will never forget.

black-ish - "The Purge" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
After Junior embarrasses Dre during a basketball game, Dre decides to remind Junior of his master pranking skills so he’ll never challenge him again. Meanwhile, the neighborhood participates in a “mischief night” during Halloween where petty crimes become legal, and Ruby takes it too far with the kids.

Younger - "P Is for Pancake" (TV Land, 10:00PM ET/PT)
Kelsey dates a seemingly perfect guy, but Liza and Lauren think it’s too soon. At a party of doctors, Josh puts his relationship with Liza under the microscope.

Impastor - "Sins of the Past-or Part 2" (TV Land, 10:30PM ET/PT)
Dora’s and Alexa’s lives are both in jeopardy and Buddy must choose which one to save. Russell and Dora have a falling out. Schmidt is robbed.

You're the Worst - "The Seventh Layer" (FXX, 10:00PM ET/PT)
Vernon and Paul take a road trip.

Complete TV Listings

Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of October 24)

Wednesday, October 26

  • Joel McHale (The Great Indoors/Community) - Watch Joel on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Abbi Jacobson (Broad City) - Abbi visits The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS. She will also be on LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
  • Colin Hanks (Life in Pieces) - Colin appears on Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Colton Dunn (Superstore), Lauren Ash (Superstore/Super Fun Night and Nico Santos (Superstore) - Colton, Lauren and Nico are guests on @midnight on Comedy Central at midnight.
  • Elijah Wood (Wilfred) - Elijah stops by Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Will Forte (The Last Man on Earth) - Will is a guest on Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
  • Donald Glover (Atlanta/Community) - Donald appears on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Ken Jeong (Dr. Ken/Community) - See what happens when Dr. Oz visits the set of Dr. Ken on The Dr. Oz Show, so check your local listings.
  • John Lithgow (3rd Rock from the Sun/Twenty Good Years) - John talks about The Crown on CBS This Morning sometime between 7-9am.
  • Boris Kodjoe (The Last Man on Earth/Second Time Around) - Boris joins the Chew Crew on ABC's The Chew at 1pm ET/12pm PT/CT.
  • Issa Rae (Insecure) - Issa is a guest on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am.
  • Colin Hanks (Life in Pieces) - Colin talks about Life in Pieces on NBC's Today in the 10am hour.
  • Mayim Bialik (The Big Bang Theory/Blossom) - Mayim is a guest on Access Hollywood Live, so check your local listings.
  • Marisa Tomei (A Different World) - Marisa appears on Access Hollywood Live, so check your local listings.
  • Terry Crews (Brooklyn Nine-Nine/Are We There Yet?/Everybody Hates Chris) - Terry is a guest on Steve Harvey, so check your local listings.
  • Betsy Brandt (Life in Pieces/The Michael J. Fox Show) - Betsy talks about Life in PieceS on the AOL Build Show at 12pm.