Saturday, November 15, 2014

SitcomsOnline Digest: The Millers Gets the Axe; Dharma & Greg Returns to DVD; New Carol Burnett DVDs of Early Years

Welcome to SitcomsOnline Digest! This week, we've got news of a sort of surprising (though not completely) cancellation of a series that CBS brought back for a second season, news of Dharma & Greg finally returning to DVD, and more. Let's get going!

HIGHLIGHTS FROM SITCOMSONLINE.COM AND AROUND THE WEB
  • The Millers was successful enough to make it to a second season on CBS, but now "Miller time" is over, as ratings early into that second season have made it become an early casualty in the second season, as CBS has canceled it. (A.V. Club
  • Meanwhile at CBS, The McCarthys (which has also been struggling) has been given an order for two additional scripts, signaling that the network isn't throwing in the towel just yet on the series. (Deadline)
  • If you're having trouble keeping up with all of the big films that are currently under consideration to be made as TV series, Deadline has a summary of 15 of them. (Deadline)
  • Glen A. Larson, television producer best known for series such as Quincy, M.E., Magnum P.I., The Fall Guy, and Knight Rider, has died at the age of 77. (Hollywood Reporter)
  • Actress Carol Ann Susi, who played the voice of Mrs. Wolowitz on The Big Bang Theory (and appeared in numerous other sitcoms) has died at the age of 66. (SitcomsOnline)
  • Charlie Sheen is no longer winning, as his show Anger Management has been canceled after 100 episodes. (SitcomsOnline)

HOME MEDIA HIGHLIGHTS

  • Fox dropped an unanticipated MOD release on DVD this week with their release of Dharma & Greg - The Complete Season Two.
  • The Carol Burnett Show has been released on DVD, and there have been many great releases of the series... but all throughout, one thing that has been missing is episodes from the first five seasons of the series. Now, it appears that some of those episodes are going to be released.

NOVEMBER 18 HOME MEDIA RELEASES 

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00ND0D8GW/ref=nosim/happydaysonline5-20

FOLLOW ME

Who to Follow: Damon Wayans (Twitter), "Comic, Actor and Clown 4 Life. Follow my Funny it leads to laffz!"
Claim to Fame: Most people know who Damon Wayans is, but forget that he got his start on TV in the 1985-1986 season of the NBC series Saturday Night Live. He was one of the feature performers on that season, but ended up getting fired for going off-script. He was far from done with sketch comedy, though, as he had his own sketch comedy series later on with In Living Color, a series to which he brought several members of his own family. He left that series after the third season following some disputes with Fox. His next move was to play the father in a family sitcom, which he did on ABC's My Wife and Kids. That series lasted for five seasons. He doesn't do quite as much acting these days, but somebody who does continue in his acting tradition is his son Damon Wayans Jr., who has already started an acting career for himself.
Pick of the Tweets: "Cool! Making the syndication rounds! RT @NIBORL: Now on oxygen @DamonkWayans" (October 3, 2014)


Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Tuesday, October 24

The Middle - "Halloween VIII: Orson Murder Mystery" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
As Halloween approaches, Frankie discovers that a woman had died in the bathtub of the Heck house close to 50 years ago; Frankie and Brick become convinced that she was murdered and, much to Mike’s chagrin, attempt to track down and find the murderer. Meanwhile, Axl and Lexie become frustrated over losing their alone time when Sue insists on hanging out with them wherever they go.

Fresh Off the Boat - "It's a Plastic Pumpkin, Louis Huang" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
On Halloween, Louis is disappointed that Evan doesn’t take his childish delight in the holiday; Eddie and the gang plot to crash a cool older girl’s party; Jessica and Emery are spooked when they hear a strange man’s voice emanating from Grandma’s room, and things get even creepier when a mysterious group of costumed strangers whisk Grandma away, making them suspect the supernatural worst.

black-ish - "Advance to Go (Collect $200)" (ABC, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Dre brings everyone together for a rowdy family game night and the competition is fierce. The game of choice is Monopoly and as the night progresses, alliances are formed and some are pushed to their limits. Meanwhile, Bow makes it clear how she feels about Junior’s girlfriend.

The Mayor - "City Hall-oween" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
As Halloween approaches, Mayor Courtney Rose and Police Chief Fox (Kristen Johnston) find themselves at odds on how to handle the community’s first annual spook-tacular celebration at City Hall. During the night of the bash, it dawns on Courtney that throwing a party to keep kids safe doesn’t address the bigger issues in Fort Grey and plans to work with Chief Fox going forward. Meanwhile, Dina gets into the spirit by dressing up as Congresswoman Maxine Waters, while Jermaine and T.K. set out to prank Val who has the last laugh when she outsmarts the guys at their own game.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of October 23)

Tuesday, October 24

  • Ted Danson (The Good Place/Becker/Cheers) - Catch Ted on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Ricky Gervais (The Office) - Ricky appears on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Sabrina Carpenter (Girl Meets World) - Sabrina is a musical guest on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Anna Faris (Mom) - Anna drops by Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Cole Sprouse (The Suite Life of Zack & Cody/The Suite Life on Deck) - Cole visits Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Cedric the Entertainer (The Soul Man/The Steve Harvey Show) - Cedric stops by The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Gabourey Sidibe (The Big C) - Gabourey chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Randall Park (Fresh Off the Boat) - Randall appears on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Michael Strahan (Brothers) - Michael is a guest on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Michael Rapaport (Atypical/The War at Home) - Michael drops by The Wendy Williams Show at 2am on BET or on your local stations.
  • Yvette Nicole Brown (The Mayor/The Odd Couple/Community) - Yvette talks about her LA road rage, her love life and more on Harry, so check your local listings.
  • Valerie Bertinelli (Hot in Cleveland/CafĂ© Americain/One Day at a Time) - Valerie is in the kitchen with three super-easy slow cooker dishes – like Sloppy Joes and a Pasta Bake on Rachael Ray, so check your local listings.
  • Joanna Garcia Swisher (Reba/Better with You) - Joanna talks about her show Kevin (Probably) Saves the World – and her friendship with Lea Michele on People Now at 8:30am.
  • Denis Leary (Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll/The Job) - Denis is a guest on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am. He will also be on the AOL Build Show at 4pm.
  • J. B. Smoove (The Millers/'Til Death/Curb Your Enthusiasm) - J. B. is a guest on the AOL Build Show at 11am.
  • Debra Messing (Will & Grace) - Debra appears on Daily Pop on E! at 12pm.


New on DVD/Blu-ray (June/July/August)

Father Knows Best - Season Six Diff'rent Strokes - The Complete Sixth Season Alice - The Complete Fifth Season Rhoda - Season Four Brooklyn Nine-Nine - Season Four

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
07/04 - Superstore - Season Two
07/18 - Father Knows Best - Season Six
07/25 - Diff'ernt Strokes - The Complete Sixth Season
07/25 - Girls - The Final (Sixth) Season (Blu-ray)
08/01 - Alice - The Complete Fifth Season (WBShop.com)
08/01 - Crashing - The Complete First Season (Blu-ray)
08/15 - Rhoda - Season Four
08/22 - Brooklyn Nine-Nine - Season Four
08/29 - Will & Grace - Season One (Universal)
More TV DVD Releases / DVD Reviews Archive / SitcomsOnline Digest