Saturday, January 17, 2015

SitcomsOnline Digest: VH1 Classic Celebrates SNL Anniversary with 19 Day Marathon; Dan Harmon Talks Season Six of Community; The Nanny Complete Series DVD News

Welcome to SitcomsOnline Digest! This week, we've got news about a marathon that will be even longer than FXX's Every Simpsons Ever marathon, news about the new season of Community, and a few complete series announcements. Let's get going!

HIGHLIGHTS FROM SITCOMSONLINE.COM AND AROUND THE WEB
  • Saturday Night Live is 40 years old this year, and VH1 Classic is celebrating the series with a 19 day marathon (seven days longer than FXX's Every Simpsons Ever marathon) that will feature just over half of the episodes of the series. (Hollywood Reporter)
  • We reported earlier this week that the sixth season of Community would debut on Yahoo! Screen in March, and Dan Harmon has comments on what will be different (or not so different) about this new season. (Deadline)
  • It has been almost a year since NBC announced their NBC Playground, which is a contest for aspiring talents who wants to produce a NBC sitcom to get a chance to see their series on the air. Now, finalists have been announced. (Deadline)
  • Eva Longoria could be appearing on NBC next season, as the network has given a 13 episode order to a single-camera sitcom starring Longoria, called Telenovela. (Hollywood Reporter)

HOME MEDIA HIGHLIGHTS

  • If you're a sitcom fan, Shout! Factory is most likely doing some damage to your budget each and every month with their complete series releases. April is no exception, as they prepare to release The Nanny - The Complete Series.
  • CBS will be releasing Frasier - The Complete Series on DVD for the very first time in a "complete series" form on April 7.
  • Also on April 7, CBS will issue a new release of The Brady Bunch - The Complete Series, although it will not include the bonus disc that was included in the original release.

JANUARY 20 HOME MEDIA RELEASES 

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FOLLOW ME

Who to Follow: Kim Fields (Twitter), "Actress, Producer, Award Winning Director, Filmmaker, Wife, and Mom. Dir. for TP Studios, and Author. Follow me on Instagram: The_OfficialKimFields"
Claim to Fame: With last week's release of The Facts of Life - The Complete Series and featuring of Mindy Cohn last week (and Lisa Whelchel in the past as well), it only seemed fitting to feature another star from the series this week. Kim Fields actually got her start on another sitcom, Baby, I'm Back, which starred Demond Wilson, Denise Nicholas, and Helen Martin. But it was The Facts of Life that she was best known for, where she played Tootie for the entire run. She was also fortunate enough to be a sitcom star as an adult in the series Living Single, where she remained for all five seasons of that series as well. These days, she occasionally continues to act, but has turned much of her talent into directing episodes of TV series.
Pick of the Tweets: "I will forever love you ladies @MindyCohn @LisaWhelchel" (August 24, 2014)


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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