Saturday, February 28, 2015

SitcomsOnline Digest: Potential ABC Sitcoms for Craig Ferguson and Ving Rhames; New Remakes of Inspector Gadget and DuckTales

Welcome to SitcomsOnline Digest! This week, we've got news of possible sitcom pilots with Craig Ferguson and Ving Rhames, new remakes of popular 80s cartoons are making a comeback, and more. Let's get going!

HIGHLIGHTS FROM SITCOMSONLINE.COM AND AROUND THE WEB
  • It seems that Craig Ferguson's exit from The Late Late Show is actually turning him into the busiest man out there, as he hosts a game show, has another early evening talk show on the way, and now is possibly looking at a sitcom on ABC. (Hollywood Reporter)
  • Ving Rhames is not exactly a name that people would associate with comedy, but a potential NBA-themed buddy sitcom for ABC could change that. (Deadline)
  • Cartoons of the 80s are the latest "fashion" in remakes of series, it seems, as remakes of both DuckTales and Inspector Gadget have been announced; the new Inspector Gadget will be coming to Netflix in March, while the new DuckTales is still about two years away for Disney XD. (SitcomsOnline)
  • Leonard Nimoy, best known for his role of Spock in Star Trek, died Friday morning at the age of 83. (New York Times)
  • ABC Family has announced that the series Baby Daddy will be returning for a fifth season. (Variety)
  • CBS is looking to break a world record on March 4 with CSI, by simulcasting the 2014 episode of the series that is to serve as the pilot for the upcoming CSI: Cyber in 150 countries simultaneously. (Zap2it

HOME MEDIA HIGHLIGHTS

  • It should be no surprise that Two and a Half Men would be finishing up on DVD soon, and this week, CBS announced that the final season will be arriving on June 16.

MARCH 3 HOME MEDIA RELEASES


FOLLOW ME

Who to Follow: Jim O'Heir (Twitter), "Actor. Presently starring as Gary/Jerry/Larry/Terry Gengurch Gergich in Parks and Recreation."
Claim to Fame: We've just wrapped up the "February Finales" season with Two and a Half Men and Parks and Recreation both ending, and this week, we're bringing you one of the stars of those series, Jim O'Heir from Parks and Recreation. O'Heir played Gary/Jerry/Larry/Terry (nobody really knew, or cared, what his name really was, so he just accepted any name as his own) Gergich in the series. O'Heir is a Chicago native and he spent much of his career doing improv comedy in his hometown, all throughout the 80s and 90s. It wasn't until the early 2000s that he began to move toward TV roles, and he mostly went for guest roles in series such as Malcolm in the Middle, Friends, and Just Shoot Me, although he did have a role on the Comedy Central series Strip Mall. Of course, he was most recently on the series Parks and Recreation, though for that role, he had originally tried out for the role of Ron Swanson.
Pick of the Tweets: "This explains the kiss. lol How That Ridiculous 'Parks & Rec' Makeout Session Came Together http://huff.to/1wphlWQ  via @HuffPostEnt" (February 25, 2015)


New on DVD/Blu-ray (February/March)

227 - The Complete First Season (Mill Creek) Fuller House - The Complete First Season The Jamie Foxx Show - The Complete Second Season What I Like About You - The Complete Second Season Newhart - The Final (Eighth) Season

02/07 - Sabrina, the Teenage Witch - Sabrina Down Under
02/07 - So Little Time - Volume 1 - School's Cool - Boy Crazy
02/07 - So Little Time - Volume 2 - About a Family - Hangin' Out
02/07 - 227 - The Complete First Season (Mill Creek)
02/07 - Vice Principals - The Complete First Season (Blu-ray)
02/14 - Beavis and Butt-Head - The Complete Collection
02/14 - Grace and Frankie - Season Two
02/28 - Fuller House - The Complete First Season
03/03 - The Dick Van Dyke Show - Now... In Living Color! (Blu-ray)
03/07 - The Jamie Foxx Show - The Complete Second Season
03/07 - Mama's Family - Mama's Favorites
03/07 - That '70s Show - The Complete Series - Flashback Edition (Blu-ray)
03/07 - What I Like About You - The Complete Second Season
03/07 - You Me Her - Season One
03/14 - Newhart - The Final (Eighth) Season
03/14 - Unbrekable Kimmy Schmidt - Season Two
03/21 - Master of None - Season One
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Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Monday, March 27

The Big Bang Theory - "The Brain Bowl Incubation" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
After a successful experiment combining their genes, Sheldon will stop at nothing to convince Amy they should procreate. Also, Koothrappali is embarrassed to tell the gang what the new woman he’s dating does for a living.

Kevin Can Wait - "Kevin's Bringing Supper Back" (CBS, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Kevin’s resolve to spend more quality time with his family is put to the ultimate test when his buddies surprise him with concert tickets to his favorite musician, fellow Long Islander Billy Joel. Multiple Grammy Award-winning pianist, singer and songwriter Billy Joel appears as himself.

Superior Donuts - "Get It, Arthur" (CBS, 9:00PM ET/PT)
When Randy’s mom comes to town, Franco encourages Arthur to go out on his first date in years. Brenda Vaccaro guest stars as Helen, Randy’s mom.

The Great Indoors - "Aaron Wolf" (CBS, 9:30PM ET/PT)
Jack watches the millennials’ journalistic integrity slip away when they fall under the spell of his nemesis, Aaron Wolf (Chris D’Elia), a former magazine staffer turned famous outdoor reality TV host who returns to guest edit the magazine.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of March 27)

Monday, March 27

  • Chris Pratt (Parks and Recreation) - Watch Chris on a repeat of Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Richard Dreyfuss (Your Family or Mine) - Richard appears on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Lily Tomlin (Grace and Frankie/Malibu Country) and Jane Fonda (Grace and Frankie) - Lily and Jane are guests on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS. They also chat with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Craig Ferguson (The Drew Carey Show) - Craig visits Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC. He will also be on NBC's Today in the 10am hour.
  • Rachel Dratch (Imaginary Mary) - Rachel is a guest on Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Pete Holmes (Crashing) - Pete stops by The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Jenna Elfman (Imaginary Mary/1600 Penn/Accidentally on Purpose/Courting Alex/Dharma & Greg) - Jenna appears on Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC. She will also be on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 11:30am ET.
  • Ron Funches (Powerless/Undateable) - Ron is a guest on @midnight on Comedy Central at midnight.
  • Kaitlin Olson (The Mick/It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia) - Kaitlin drops by Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Wendi McLendon-Covey (The Goldbergs/Rules of Engagement/Reno 911!) - Wendi appears on a repeat of Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
  • Lisa Kudrow (Friends/The Comeback) - Lisa is a guest on LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
  • Mark Consuelos (Alpha House/Hope & Faith) - Mark guest co-hosts LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
  • Tahj Mowry, Derek Theler and Jean-Luc Bilodeau (Baby Daddy) - Tahj, Derek and Jean-Luc are guests on Harry, so check your local listings.
  • Tika Sumpter (The Game) - Tika appears on a repeat of The Real, so check your local listings.
  • Vanessa Bell Calloway (Rhythm & Blues) - Vanessa is a guest on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • June Diane Raphael (Grace and Frankie) - June talks about Grace and Frankie on NBC's Today in the 9am hour.
  • Melissa McCarthy (Mike & Molly/Samantha Who?) and Ben Falcone (Joey) - Melissa and Ben talk TV Land's Nobodies on NBC's Today in the 10am hour.
  • Brooklyn Decker (Grace and Frankie/Friends with Better Lives) - Brookyln stops by People Now at 8:30am.
  • Marcia Gay Harden (Trophy Wife) - Marcia opens up about her favorite part of being in the 50 Shades movies on People Now at 8:30am.
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  • Tracee Ellis Ross (black-ish/Girlfriends) - Tracee dishes about her Golden Globe win on a repeat of The Wendy Williams Show at 2am on BET or on your local stations.