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 (December/January)

American Dad! - Volume 11 Newhart - The Complete Seventh Season I Love Lucy - Superstar Special #2 (Colorized) The Love Boat - Season Three - Volume Two Hooperman - Season One

12/06 - Family Guy - Season Fourteen
12/13 - American Dad! - Volume 11
12/13 - Newhart - The Complete Seventh Season
01/03 - Girls - The Complete Fifth Season (Blu-ray)
01/10 - Broad City - Season 3
01/17 - I Love Lucy - Superstar Special #2 (Colorized)
01/17 - The Love Boat - Season Three - Volume One
01/17 - The Love Boat - Season Three - Volume Two
01/24 - Hooperman - Season One
01/24 - Hooperman - Season Two
01/31 - Ballers - The Complete Second Season (Blu-ray)
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Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Monday, January 16

Kevin Can Wait - "Kevin vs. the Dutch Elm" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT)
As Kevin tries to charm his neighbor into giving him permission to cut down one of her trees, he becomes intimidated by her imposing son, Rutger (retired MMA Fighter and UFC Heavyweight Champion Bas Rutten), and invites them over for a non-existent party.

Man with a Plan - "A Dinner Gone Wrong" (CBS, 8:30PM ET/PT)
When Andi and Marcy realize they were rivals in high school, Adam and Don are dragged into the feud and forced to take sides.

2 Broke Girls - "And the Stalking Dead" (CBS, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Max and Caroline get their big break when they’re cast as zombie extras after they finally arrive at the movie set in Texas where Randy is working. Back at home, Han and Oleg try their hand at construction after they fire the contractor working on the dessert bar. Beth Littleford guest stars as Bonnie, the assistant director of the zombie movie.

The Odd Couple - "Batman vs. The Penguin" (CBS, 9:30PM ET/PT)
Murph gets Oscar to agree to participate in a regular TV segment where he competes with a penguin at the zoo to predict the winners of hockey games. Also, Emily and Felix take their first steps to becoming just friends. Former professional hockey player Luc Robitaille guest stars as himself.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of January 16)

Monday, January 16

  • Michael Strahan (Brothers) - Watch Michael on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • B.J. Novak (The Office) - B.J. visits Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • John Hodgman (Married) - John is a guest on @midnight on Comedy Central at midnight.
  • Eugene Mirman (Bob's Burgers) - Eugene appears on @midnight on Comedy Central at midnight.
  • Mark Consuelos (Hope & Faith) - Mark guest co-hosts LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
  • Tituss Burgess (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt) - Tituss will be on CBS This Morning sometime between 7-9am.
  • Margo Martindale (The Millers) - Margo chats on Rachael Ray, so check your local listings.
  • Craig Robinson (Mr. Robinson/The Office) - Craig is a guest on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 12:30pm ET.
  • Michael Keaton (Working Stiffs/All's Fair) - Michael talks about The Founder on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am.
  • Mario Lopez (Saved by the Bell/Saved by the Bell: The College Years) - Mario appears on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am.
  • Kaitlin Olson (The Mick/It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia) - Kaitlin is a guest on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.