Saturday, November 22, 2014

SitcomsOnline Digest: Hot in Cleveland to End; Netflix Picks up Tina Fey Comedy; Wonder Years Season 2 DVDs

Welcome to SitcomsOnline Digest! It's been somewhat of a busy news week (unusual for the week before Thanksgiving), with the cancellation of a TV Land favorite, news of a planned sitcom for NBC going to Netflix instead, and more. Let's get going!

  • The very series that introduced the idea of original sitcoms to TV Land, Hot in Cleveland, is coming to an end at the end of the current season. (Hollywood Reporter)
  • While NBC has (sort of) canceled the Tina Fey produced Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt before it could even start, Netflix is stepping in to "bring it back" and even ordering a second season already. (LA Times)
  • Saturday Night Live poked fun at the entire process of developing a sitcom and how tweaks are made to try to please everybody in the development in a hilarious sketch that aired on last week's episode which starred Woody Harrelson. (Deadline)
  • For those who enjoy Jimmy Fallon's "Lip Sync Battle" segments on The Tonight Show, it is actually being made into a series of its own, to be produced by Fallon, John Krasinski, and Stephen Merchant, and to be aired on Spike TV. (Variety)
  • While we don't really report on celebrity controversies or take a point of view either way, it is worth noting that the recent Bill Cosby controversy has caused TV Land to remove all upcoming airings of The Cosby Show from their lineup, and has also caused NBC to scrap the potential sitcom that was in development with Cosby. (Hollywood Reporter)
  • It is safe to say that Fox makes quite a few mistakes, and one of the most recent ones is the move of American Dad! to TBS make room for Mulaney, as American Dad! thrives on TBS (enough so to have another season ordered already) and Mulaney has been a bit of a disappointment for Fox. (SitcomsOnline)
  • It was only a matter of time before CBS announced the return of Mike & Molly, and with The Millers gone, that time has come. (SitcomsOnline)




Who to Follow: Steve Carell (Twitter)
Claim to Fame: Carell made his Hollywood debut in the 1991 film Curly Sue, but came to TV with the short-lived series The Dana Carvey Show on ABC. After that, he went on to star in two more sitcoms that were more or less flops, but along the way, he also picked up a job that drove him to fame: the role of correspondent on the Comedy Central series The Daily Show. It was 2005, though, when he ended up getting a role on another series that seemed to have the makings of one that wasn't designed to last, but ended up lasting and has become one of NBC's few sitcom successes in the past decade: The Office. He left that series at the end of the seventh season (though he did return for the final episode in season nine), and since then, he has been more focused on a film career that moves at a pace that helps him keep a balance between his family and his career. He isn't exactly a frequent tweeter, but when he does make a Tweet, it is rarely about self-promotion.
Pick of the Tweets: "I binge watched my children today. Best show ever." (May 30, 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.