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!

  • 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)



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)

New on DVD/Blu-ray (September)

The Big Bang Theory - The Complete Ninth Season Newhart - The Complete Sixth Season 2 Broke Girls - The Complete Fifth Season Family Matters - The Complete Eighth Season Modern Family - The Complete Season 7

09/06 - Coach - Season One (Mill Creek) / Season Two / Seasons One and Two
09/06 - South Park - The Complete Ninteenth Season (Blu-ray)
09/13 - The Big Bang Theory - The Complete Ninth Season (Blu-ray)
09/13 - Newhart - The Complete Sixth Season
09/20 - 2 Broke Girls - The Complete Fifth Season
09/20 - Family Matters - The Complete Eighth Season
09/20 - Modern Family - The Complete Season 7
09/20 - Veep - Season 5
09/27 - The Wonder Years - Season Six
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Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Thursday, October 27

The Big Bang Theory - "The Fetal Kick Catalyst" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Penny is surprised to learn she has fans of her performance in “Serial Ape-ist” when she attends Van Nuys Comic Con with Leonard. Also, Amy hosts a Sheldon-style brunch at Penny’s apartment, and Wolowitz makes an impulsive purchase when he starts stressing out about the baby on the way.

The Great Indoors - "Pilot" (CBS, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Joel McHale stars as Jack, a renowned adventure reporter for an outdoor magazine who must adapt to the times when he becomes the new desk-bound boss to a group of millennials in the digital department of the publication.

Mom - "High-Tops and Brown Jacket" (CBS, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Bonnie and Adam’s relationship is tested when he moves in with her and Christy for a few weeks. Also, Christy learns the hard way that it may be a mistake to try and meet men with Jill.

Life in Pieces - "Annulled Roommate Pill Shower" (CBS, 9:30PM ET/PT)
Heather and Tim enlist Clementine’s unusual parents, Mary-Lynn (Megan Mullally) and Spencer (Nick Offerman), to help convince Clementine and Tyler to annul their unexpected marriage. Also, Tommy moves in with Colleen, to the chagrin of her roommate, Dougie (Fortune Feimster); John and Joan run into “complications” after John takes the wrong dose of his daily pill; and Jen and Greg keep a secret from the family.

Superstore - "Halloween Theft" (NBC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Dina (Lauren Ash) throws a wrench in everyone's Halloween plans when something goes missing from the store and declares that no employee can leave until someone confesses to stealing. Amy (America Ferrera) is determined to find out who is responsible because she doesn't want to miss trick-or-treating with her daughter and Mateo (Nico Santos) prepares for his secret date with Jeff (recurring guest star Michael Bunin). Meanwhile, Jonah (Ben Feldman) and Cheyenne (Nichole Bloom) struggle to bond until they discover they have more in common than they thought. Garrett (Colton Dunn) has a difficult time defending himself during the store-wide investigation.

The Good Place - "Most Improved Player" (NBC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Michael (Ted Danson) has a private meeting with Eleanor (Kristen Bell). Meanwhile, Chidi (William Jackson Harper), who has been harboring a secret, contemplates what to do.

Better Things - "Scary Fun" (FX, 10:00PM ET/PT)
Sam makes a point.

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Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of October 24)

Thursday, October 27

  • Martin Short (Mulaney/The Martin Short Show) - Catch Martin on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Mary-Louise Parker (Weeds) - Mary-Louise visits The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • January Jones (The Last Man on Earth) - January appears on The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Lauren Lapkus (Clipped/Are You There, Chelsea?) - Lauren is a guest on @midnight on Comedy Central at midnight.
  • Abbi Jacobson (Broad City) - Abbi visits Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
  • Ron Howard (Happy Days/The Andy Griffith Show) - Ron appears on Chelsea on Netflix. He also talks about Inferno on NBC's Today in the 10am hour and on the AOL Build Show at 2:30pm.
  • Nathan Lane (Modern Family/Charlie Lawrence/Encore! Encore!), John Goodman (Roseanne/Normal, Ohio) and John Slattery (Maggie) - They talk about Broadway's The Front Page on The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Joel McHale (The Great Indoors/Community) - Joel guest co-hosts LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
  • Miley Cyrus (Hannah Montana) - Miley is a guest on LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
  • Eva Longoria (Telenovela) - Eva appears on The Wendy Williams Show, so check your local listings.
  • Angelique Cabral (Life in Pieces/Enlisted) - Angelique talks about Life in Pieces on the AOL Build Show at 11am.