Saturday, January 31, 2015

SitcomsOnline Digest: Eddie Murphy to Appear in SNL 40th Anniversary Special; Pilot Orders from Problem Child and Chevy Chase Sitcom

Welcome to SitcomsOnline Digest! There is a big game tomorrow, but today we've got your regular day of news, including news of Eddie Murphy returning for the Saturday Night Live 40th anniversary special and some pilot updates. Let's get going!

HIGHLIGHTS FROM SITCOMSONLINE.COM AND AROUND THE WEB
  • The last time that Eddie Murphy appeared on Saturday Night Live, most of the current cast members were either not yet born or under the age of five. Now, after 30 years of not being involved with the show in any way, shape, or form, it seems that he will make a return just for the 40th anniversary special of the series. (Deadline)
  • The 1990 movie Problem Child has come one step closer to turning from movie to TV series, as NBC has ordered a pilot for a series based upon the movie. (Deadline)
  • ABC has a pilot order for a sitcom that would reunite National Lampoon's Vacation stars Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo. (Entertainment Weekly)
  • If you're a Dish Network subscriber who loves the commercials during the big game but just don't care about football, then you'll love Reverse AutoHop, which will cut out the football to let you see just the commercials. (Consumerist)
  • We were wondering how long it would take Miami Vice to appear on one of the digital multicast networks, and now we know it will happen in March, on COZI TV. (SitcomsOnline)

HOME MEDIA HIGHLIGHTS

  • CBS finished up Dynasty on DVD last year, and now, Shout! Factory is "completing the package" (so to speak) as they prepare to release the spinoff, The Colbys, on May 12.

FEBRUARY 3 HOME MEDIA RELEASES 

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  • The Bob Newhart Show - Season Five (DVD, $24.97): Shout! Factory follows up on their complete series release with an individual release of the fifth season of the series, helping fans who purchase the individual season releases from Fox to complete their collection.
  • The Bob Newhart Show - The Final Season (DVD, $24.97): Shout! Factory releases the last piece to finish up series on DVD, for those who collected the individual seasons.
  • Maude - The Complete First Season (DVD, $9.98): Mill Creek brings the first season of the classic series to DVD once again, at a lower price than the original.
  • The Wonder Years - Season Two (DVD, $39.95): StarVista Entertainment brings the individual season release of the second season to retailers for the first time.
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Claim to Fame: Linda Evans first appeared on TV in 1960 as a guest star in an episode of Bachelor Father, which starred John Forsythe... the man she would be "married" to on TV for her most memorable role of Krystle Carrington about two decades later on the TV series Dynasty. She didn't stop working in between, though, as she appeared as a regular on The Big Valley in the late 60s and starred in the short lived 70s series Hunter (not the Fred Dryer one). She doesn't do a lot of acting these days, but she does appear in cast reunions and has done some infomercials in recent years. She seems to enjoy international travel quite a bit, and has a dog named Alexie (wonder where that name came from!) who means a lot to her. Additionally, in 2009 she appeared in the UK version of Hell's Kitchen, and even managed to win.
Pick of the Facebook Posts: "During the Dynasty years when I opened my purse, I had contents like a comb, a mirror, lipstick or a credit card. Now when I open my handbag, it's stuffed with multi-colored doggie-poopy bags! They're in my car. My pockets. My everything! My dearest Alexie has taken over my life…" (July 16, 2013)


Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Tuesday, December 12

The Middle - "The Christmas Miracle" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
It’s Christmastime, and Frankie and Sue are devastated after Axl informs them that he’s not going to church this year because he’s beginning to question his faith. Meanwhile, Mike goes to war with the Glossner kids after they keep defacing his new, giant inflatable snowman; and Brick goes all out in an attempt to wrap his first present for a planned Christmas Yankee Swap.

Fresh Off the Boat - "Do You Hear What I Hear?" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
As head of the HOA Christmas committee, Jessica threatens to cut the neighborhood caroling this year due to last year’s rocky performance. However, Deirdre says that her friend Holly (Paula Abdul), who teaches “Performance and Movement,” will help get everyone into tip-top, melodic shape. Meanwhile, Marvin becomes suspicious of Honey when she goes to see “Titanic” at the movies without him; Nicole develops her first girl crush and struggles with how to get her attention.

black-ish - "Sugar Daddy" (ABC, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Dre is diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes and after talking to Pops, he’s resolved to curing himself. Things come to a head at the Stevens & Lido holiday party. Meanwhile, Jack is convinced that baby Devante hates him, so he enlists Junior and Diane’s help.

The Mayor - "Grey Christmas" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
After visiting a homeless shelter on Christmas Eve, Courtney realizes things for the needy could be improved and pledges to make it a joyous Christmas that every family deserves. But when he learns he doesn’t have the budget to deliver on his promise, Courtney loses hope and his holiday spirit which leads to a magical “It’s A Wonderful Life” moment that makes him realize he has the gift needed to pull off a Christmas miracle.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine - "Game Night" / "The Favor" (Fox, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Rosa asks for Jake's help to deliver important information to her parents, but their plan goes awry when they assume the two are in a relationship; Seamus Murphy comes back to redeem an ethically questionable favor owed by Capt. Holt.

Teachers - "Let It Flow" (TV Land, 10:00PM ET/PT)
Ms. Cannon discovers that one of her students is an artistic prodigy. Mrs. Adler and Ms. Watson take the mini-society competition to a new level.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of December 11)

Tuesday, December 12

  • Tom Hanks (Bosom Buddies) - Catch Tom on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS. He also talks about The Post on CBS This Morning sometime between 7-9am.
  • Jane Krakowski (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt/30 Rock) - Jane appears on The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Ari Graynor (I'm Dying Up Here/Bad Teacher) - Ari is a guest on Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Niecy Nash (The Soul Man/Getting On/Do Not Disturb/Reno 911!) - Niecy visits The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Bill Pullman (1600 Penn) - Bill stops by Steve, so check your local listings.
  • Miles Brown (black-ish) - Miles appears on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Ana Gasteyer (People of Earth/Lady Dynamite/Suburgatory) - Ana talks about Fox's A Christmas Story Live! on Access Hollywood Live, so check your local listings.
  • Noah Galvin (The Real O'Neals) - Noah talks about Dear Evan Hansen on the BUILD Series at 4pm.


New on DVD/Blu-ray (November/December)

The Wayans Bros. - The Complete Third Season Living Single - The Complete Third Season Alice - The Complete Sixth Season One Day at a Time - The Complete Series Fuller House - The Complete Second Season

11/07 - American Dad! - Volume 12
11/07 - Family Guy - Season Fifteen
11/07 - The Wayans Bros. - The Complete Third Season
11/14 - D.C. Follies - The Complete Series
11/21 - Living Single - The Complete Third Season
11/24 - Grandfathered - Season 1
12/05 - Alice - The Complete Sixth Season
12/05 - One Day at a Time - The Complete Series
12/05 - The Simpsons - The Eighteenth Season
12/05 - South Park - The Complete First Season (Blu-ray) / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5
12/12 - Fuller House - The Complete Second Season
12/19 - South Park - The Complete Sixth Season (Blu-ray) / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10 / 11
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