Saturday, December 27, 2014

SitcomsOnline Digest: Quick Rundown of Programming Updates for the Holiday Week; Actor Booth Colman Dies at Age 91

Welcome to SitcomsOnline Digest! There isn't a whole lot of news this week since most of the news makers have the week off, so we've mostly got a rehash of some of the programming news that we've brought you already this week... but it's all great stuff! Let's get going!

HIGHLIGHTS FROM SITCOMSONLINE.COM AND AROUND THE WEB

  • Growing Pains returns to cable on January 1, and it is on UP TV, a network that even Kirk Cameron approves of. (SitcomsOnline)
  • Hart to Hart is making a return to cable on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, also beginning on January 1. (SitcomsOnline)
  • For those who watched The Disney Channel in the late 90s and early 00s, ABC Family is having a "throwback" to that era beginning Monday, with a marathon featuring many of the series and movies that aired on The Disney Channel at that time. (SitcomsOnline)
  • Booth Colman, who appeared as a guest star in sitcoms going all the way back to I Dream of Jeannie and My Three Sons, as well as comedies as recent as My Name is Earl, died this week at the age of 91. (Variety)

    HOME MEDIA HIGHLIGHTS

    • For those who purchased the Batman DVD or Blu-ray releases and would like to replaced the discs containing the edited episodes, Warner Home Video has set up a convenient link to request yours.

    FOLLOW ME

    Who to Follow: Susan Olsen (Twitter), "Mother, Artist, Writer, Radio Personality, Actress"
    Claim to Fame: There are so many child stars out there that it is hard to know when our "child star" week theme will end, and we keep coming across new ones everyday. This week, our pick is a child star from The Brady Bunch: Susan Olsen, who played youngest daughter Cindy Brady on the series. Olsen was cast as Cindy Brady at age 8, and she did not really do a whole lot of acting after that (aside from playing Cindy Brady in all but one of the Brady revivals). But just because she hasn't done a lot of acting doesn't mean that she hasn't succeeded as an adult, because in fact, she has. As an adult, she has found a new passion with creating graphic art, working as a radio talk show host, becoming an animal rights advocate, and even picking up a porn credit--but it isn't what you think, she only produced some spaceship sound effects for the movie. And she is never one to be ashamed of her Brady past, as she continues to embrace it by showing love to the fans and attending conventions for the series.
    Pick of the Tweets: "OK Guys, I made this. This is like the Brady Bunch Variety Hour 101 video " (July 19, 2014)


    New on DVD/Blu-ray (January/February)

    I Love Lucy - Superstar Special #2 (Colorized) The Love Boat - Season Three - Volume Two Hooperman - Season One 227 - The Complete First Season (Mill Creek) Fuller House - The Complete First Season

    01/03 - Girls - The Complete Fifth Season (Blu-ray)
    01/10 - Broad City - Season 3
    01/17 - I Love Lucy - Superstar Special #2 (Colorized)
    01/17 - The Love Boat - Season Three - Volume One
    01/17 - The Love Boat - Season Three - Volume Two
    01/24 - Hooperman - Season One / Review
    01/24 - Hooperman - Season Two / Review
    01/31 - Ballers - The Complete Second Season (Blu-ray)
    02/07 - Sabrina, the Teenage Witch - Sabrina Down Under
    02/07 - So Little Time - Volume 1 - School's Cool - Boy Crazy
    02/07 - So Little Time - Volume 2 - About a Family - Hangin' Out
    02/07 - 227 - The Complete First Season (Mill Creek)
    02/07 - Vice Principals - The Complete First Season (Blu-ray)
    02/14 - Beavis and Butt-Head - The Complete Collection
    02/14 - Grace and Frankie - Season Two
    02/28 - Fuller House - The Complete First Season
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    Sitcoms Airing Tonight

    Thursday, February 23

    The Big Bang Theory - "The Comic-Con Conundrum" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT)
    With Koothrappali cut off from his father’s fortune, he appoints Sheldon to help him get out of debt. Also, Penny considers joining Leonard at Comic-Con.

    The Great Indoors - "Friends Like These" (CBS, 8:30PM ET/PT)
    Jack desperately begs his co-workers to pretend to be his closest friends at a dinner party after his lack of an inner circle begins to concern his girlfriend, Rachel (Maggie Lawson). However, he soon regrets asking for their help after they all behave awkwardly in her presence.

    Mom - "Night Swimmin' and an English Muffin" (CBS, 9:00PM ET/PT)
    When Bonnie discovers Adam is still close with his ex-wife, Danielle (Wendie Malick), Christy worries the emotional fallout could jeopardize Bonnie’s sobriety.

    Life in Pieces - "Awkward Bra Automated Ordained" (CBS, 9:30PM ET/PT)
    Dinner gets awkward for Jen and Matt when they find themselves alone without Greg and Colleen. Also, Lark accidentally locks out Greg and Jen from the house, prompting Greg to install a complicated home automation system; Heather and Tim try to sneak wine into an ice skating show to get out of paying at the venue; and John and Joan agree to an impromptu wedding after Colleen mentions that she’s an ordained minister.

    Superstore - "Wellness Fair" (NBC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
    When Amy (America Ferrera) sees Mateo (Nico Santos) out on a secret date with Jeff (recurring guest star Michael Bunin), she ignores Garrett's (Colton Dunn) advice to stay out of it, and ends up throwing multiple relationships - both real and imagined - into chaos. Meanwhile, Glenn (Mark McKinney) resents Jonah (Ben Feldman) for outshining him during Cloud 9's Wellness Fair, and Dina (Lauren Ash) tries to prove that Amy faked an illness.

    Powerless - "Emily Dates a Henchman" (NBC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
    After being urged by her team, Emily (Vanessa Hudgens) sets her sights on the dating world but unknowingly falls for one of the Riddler's henchmen (guest star Robert Buckley). Meanwhile, Teddy (Danny Pudi) and Ron (Ron Funches) find a Batman artifact and discover Van's (Alan Tudyk) superhero fantasy. Christina Kirk also stars.

    Baskets - "Marthager" (FX, 10:00PM ET/PT)
    Martha books Chip a gig at a car crash.

    Complete TV Listings


    Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of February 20)

    Thursday, February 23

    • John Travolta (Welcome Back, Kotter) - Catch John on a repeat of the 2015 Jimmy Kimmel Live: After the Oscars special at 11:35pm on ABC.
    • Elijah Wood (Wilfred) - Elijah stops by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
    • Aubrey Plaza (Parks and Recreation) - Aubrey visits The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
    • Bradley Whitford (Trophy Wife) - Bradley is a guest on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS. He also talks about Get Out in the 9am hour. He appears on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 11:30am ET.
    • Allison Williams (Girls) - Allison appears on Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
    • Paul Scheer (The League/Fresh Off the Boat) - Paul visits Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC. He will also be on the AOL Build Show at 4:30pm.
    • Rob Huebel (Transparent/Burning Love) - Rob drops by Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC. He will also be on the AOL Build Show at 4:30pm.
    • Nick Kroll (The League/Cavemen) - Nick appears on The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
    • Jermaine Fowler (Superior Donuts) - Jermaine is a guest on Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
    • David Spade (Rules of Enagement/8 Simple Rules/Just Shoot Me!) - David appears on a repeat of Conan at 11pm on TBS.
    • Norm Macdonald (The Norm Show/A Minute with Stan Hooper) - Norm is a guest on a repeat of Conan at 11pm on TBS.
    • Rob Schneider (Real Rob/Rob/Men Behaving Badly) - Rob appears on a repeat of Conan at 11pm on TBS.
    • David Duchovny (Californication) - David stops by Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
    • Mary-Louise Parker (Weeds) - Mary-Louise is a guest on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am and on LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
    • Mae Whitman (Arrested Development) - Mae appears on Harry, so check your local listings.
    • NeNe Leakes (The New Normal) - NeNe guest co-hosts The Real, so check your local listings.
    • Billy Gardell (Mike & Molly) - Billy joins the Chew Crew on ABC's The Chew at 1pm ET/12pm PT/CT.
    • Holly Robinson Peete (Hangin' with Mr. Cooper/For Your Love) - Holly appears on Access Hollywood Live, so check your local listings.