Saturday, February 21, 2015

SitcomsOnline Digest: Pilot Season in Full Force with Charlie McDermott and Whoopi Goldberg Comedies; Past Seasons of CSI Headed to Hulu

Welcome to SitcomsOnline Digest! Once again, it has been a pretty busy week with news of pilots everywhere (we barely even scratch the surface here), including one pilot for CBS that includes the cast member of a sitcom that is still (seemingly) going strong on ABC. Let's get going!

HIGHLIGHTS FROM SITCOMSONLINE.COM AND AROUND THE WEB
  • Charlie McDermott of ABC's The Middle has been cast in a pilot for next season for CBS, and while it is far from having a place on the CBS lineup, being picked up would certainly require some retooling for The Middle. (Deadline)
  • With marijuana legalization now coming to many states, it was only a matter of time before somebody came up with the idea of a sitcom about owning a dispensary in Colorado. And that is exactly what Parks and Recreation star Adam Scott came up with, as NBC has given the "green light" (pardon the pun) to a script commitment for such a comedy. (Hollywood Reporter)
  • Whoopi Goldberg hasn't done a lot in the world of sitcoms (aside from her short-lived sitcom Whoopi!), but she is now looking to star in a possible ABC pilot. (HitFix)
  • If you enjoy binge watching and you enjoy CSI, you're really going to love the new agreement that Hulu has to stream every past season (over 300 episodes) of CSI. (Entertainment Weekly
  • Just days before the series finale for the NBC series Parks and Recreation, producer Harris Wittels has died at the age of 30. (Washington Post)
  • The digital broadcast network LAFF is still about two months away from launching, but this week, we found out that they'll be airing several sitcoms that are not overplayed elsewhere, including Empty Nest, Ellen, The Drew Carey Show, and Night Court. (SitcomsOnline)

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Who to Follow: Jon Cryer (Twitter), "Author(?!) of So That Happened available April 7th Penguin/Random House. That guy who played Duckie in Pretty in Pink and Alan in Two and a Half Men"
Claim to Fame: Two and a Half Men has finally ended after twelve seasons (who knew it would last that long?), and in all of that time, we have failed to feature the only person to star (although Charlie Sheen considers him nothing more than a supporting actor) on the series for twelve seasons Jon Cryer here. Of course, even though he is best known for that role on Two and a Half Men, his first sitcom actually came in 1989 in the starring role on the CBS sitcom The Famous Teddy Z. Nobody remembers the series all that well since it didn't last an entire season, but it actually received two Emmy nominations. In 1995, he went to another sitcom, this time on Fox, with Partners. He has also done many movies since the mid-80s (most notably Pretty in Pink), and many would be surprised to know that he played the voice of Kevin Swanson in his first appearance on Family Guy (that role is now played by Seth MacFarlane).
Pick of the Tweets: "I'm filled with gratitude for every day you let me have this job. It's been an honor to embarrass myself." (February 19, 2015)


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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