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)


New on DVD/Blu-ray (June/July/August)

Father Knows Best - Season Six Diff'rent Strokes - The Complete Sixth Season Alice - The Complete Fifth Season Rhoda - Season Four Brooklyn Nine-Nine - Season Four

06/13 - The Andy Griffith Show - Return to Mayberry
06/13 - That's My Mama - The Complete Series
06/20 - Workaholics - The Final (Seventh) Season
06/20 - Workaholics - The Complete Series
06/27 - The Jamie Foxx Show - The Complete Third Season
07/04 - Superstore - Season Two
07/18 - Father Knows Best - Season Six
07/25 - Diff'ernt Strokes - The Complete Sixth Season
07/25 - Girls - The Final (Sixth) Season (Blu-ray)
08/01 - Alice - The Complete Fifth Season (WBShop.com)
08/01 - Crashing - The Complete First Season (Blu-ray)
08/15 - Rhoda - Season Four
08/22 - Brooklyn Nine-Nine - Season Four
08/29 - Will & Grace - Season One (Universal)
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Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Thursday, August 17

The Big Bang Theory - "The Allowance Evaporation" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Sheldon and Amy have their first fight since moving in together, and Koothrappali is shocked at the realities of financial independence when he stops receiving support from his father.

Kevin Can Wait - "Kenny Can Wait" (CBS, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Kevin strikes up an unlikely friendship with Harry Connick Jr., but gets caught in a web of lies trying to impress his new friend. Harry Connick Jr. guest stars as himself.

Great News - "Snowmageddon of the Century" (NBC, 9:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
After organizing a poorly attended staff karaoke night, Carol (Andrea Martin) is convinced that everyone at "The Breakdown" needs some office bonding time. When Greg (Adam Campbell) refuses to help, Carol enlists the help of God, causing a huge snowstorm to trap everyone in the building overnight. Chuck (John Michael Higgins) takes an interest in working with Katie (Briga Heelan), which Portia (Nicole Richie) convinces Katie is romantic.

The Guest Book - "Story Four" (TBS, 10:30PM ET/PT)
Christy heads up to the mountains to try and bond with her new boyfriend Paul and his 8-year-old daughter, but she self-medicates because of her anxiety and ends up revealing some skeletons in her closet.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of August 14)

Thursday, August 17

  • Jay Ellis (Insecure/The Game) - Catch Jay on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Rami Malek (The War at Home) - Rami appears on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Kathryn Hahn (I Love Dick/Happyish/Transparent) - Kathryn is a guest on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Michael Rapaport (Atypical/The War at Home) - Michael stops by The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep/The New Adventures of Old Christine/Seinfeld) - Julia visits The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Ray Romano (Everybody Loves Raymond) - Ray drops by The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Fred Savage (The Grinder/Working/The Wonder Years) - Fred appears on Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Sherri Shepherd (Trial & Error/Sherri/Less Than Perfect) - Sherri is a guest on a repeat of The Real, so check your local listings.
  • Yara Shahidi (black-ish) - Yara shares her thoughts on the Emmy nominations and her new ‘girl power’ campaign on People Now at 8:30am.
  • Marlon Wayans (Marlon/The Wayans Bros.) - Marlon discusses his new Netflix show Naked on People Now at 8:30am.
  • Christopher Meloni (Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later/Surviving Jack/The Fanelli Boys) - Christopher will be on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am.
  • Aziz Ansari (Parks and Recreation) - Aziz makes his Chew debut and cooks with Mario Batali on a repeat of ABC's The Chew at 1pm ET/12pm PT/CT.
  • Wendi McClendon-Covey (The Goldbergs/Rules of Engagmenet/Reno 911!) - Wendi teams up with Clinton Kelly for a delicious bite on a repeat of ABC's The Chew at 1pm ET/12pm PT/CT.
  • Demi Lovato (Sonny with a Chance) - Demi can be heard on The Morning Mash Up on SiriusXM at 9:15am.
  • Drake Bell (Drake & Josh) - Drake performs on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Ellie Kemper (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt) - Ellie talks about Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt on NBC's Today in the 9am hour.
  • Tasha Smith (Tyler Perry's For Better or Worse/The Tom Show/Boston Common) - Tasha talks about TV One's When Love Kills on the AOL Build Show at 3pm.