Saturday, May 30, 2015

SitcomsOnline Digest: Bob Saget Joins Fuller House Cast; Netflix Renews Grace and Frankie; More George Lopez DVDs

Welcome to SitcomsOnline Digest! This week, we have yet another Fuller House update, news about more George Lopez DVDs, and more. Let's get going!

  • It seems as if there is a new Fuller House update every week, and this week, it was announced that Bob Saget would be part of the new series. (New York Post)
  • Netflix has renewed the comedy series Grace and Frankie for a second season. (Entertainment Weekly)
  • The Big Bang Theory is now more than just a TV series, as there is now a new scholarship available at UCLA for low-income students studying STEM fields that has been named after the series. The scholarship was mostly funded by Chuck Lorre and cast members, and the first wave of "Big Bang Theory Scholars" will be announced on the set of the series this fall. (Time)
  • Reynaldo Rey, best known to sitcom fans from his role of Ray the mailman on 227, died this week at the age of 75. (New York Times
  • Buzzr TV is set to launch on Monday, and we have the launch schedule for the new network. (SitcomsOnline)




Who to Follow: Robert Guillaume (Twitter), "Emmy Award-winning actor best known for iconic roles as Benson, Phantom of the Opera and voice of Rafiki in The Lion King. Author, Father, Friend"
Claim to Fame: These days, Robert Guillaume is probably best known to the younger generation for his work as the voice of Rafiki in the Disney classic, The Lion King. But that is far from the only place in life where he has had success. His career started on stage, but in the 1970s, he was all over TV guest starring at least one on almost all of the classic Norman Lear series. It was 1977 when he got a small role on the ABC series Soap, but that small role became larger and larger, and eventually he could no longer be contained as a character on a series that wasn't about him, so he got a spinoff, Benson. In the late 90s, he appeared on the ABC series SportsNight, and even now as he gets closer to age 90, he hasn't quite retired yet.
Pick of the Tweets: "#TBT Robert Guillaume on playing "Benson DuBois" on "Soap" via @emmytvlegends" (May 6, 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

Saturday, October 22

Superstore - "Guns, Pills and Birds" (NBC, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
When Amy (America Ferrera) assigns an uncomfortable Jonah (Ben Feldman) to the gun section of Cloud 9, Jonah abuses his right-to-refuse sale to anyone that causes concern, causing an open-carry protest to gather in the store. On principle, Glenn (Mark McKinney) attempts to purchase all of the store's morning-after pills, but finds himself in a moral dilemma when he can't afford them. Dina (Lauren Ash), Garrett (Colton Dunn) and Mateo (Nico Santos) hunt down a crow that has flown into the store.

The Thundermans - "Happy Heroween" (Nickelodeon, 8:00PM ET/PT)
It's a major Halloween storm outside, but inside Colosso keeps the family spooked by telling three scary stories that are sure to terrify even the bravest of superheroes.

School of Rock - "Welcome to My Nightmare" (Nickelodeon, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Mr. Finn's class decides to celebrate Halloween in school after Principal Mullins, who hates the holiday, goes home sick. When she returns sooner than expected, they have to scramble to keep her from finding out the truth.

Complete TV Listings

Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of October 24)

Saturday, October 22

  • Jim J. Bullock (Too Close for Comfort) - Jim talks about touring the U.S. in Kinky Boots on Oprah: Where Are They Now? at 10pm ET/PT on OWN.
Sunday, October 23
  • Patti LaBelle (Out All Night) - Catch Patti on Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
Monday, October 24
  • Ricky Gervais (The Office) - Watch Ricky on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Tom Hanks (Bosom Buddies) - Tom appears on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS. He also talks about Inferno on NBC's Today sometime between 7-9am and on LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
  • Elijah Wood (Wilfred) - Elijah is a guest on Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Ana Gasteyer (People of Earth/Lady Dynamite/Suburgatory) - Ana visits Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation) - Nick stops by The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Ron Howard (Happy Days/The Andy Griffith Show) - Ron appears on The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Zooey Deschanel (New Girl) - Zooey is a guest on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Michael Chiklis (Daddio) - Michael drops by Harry, so check your local listings.
  • Jameela Jamil (The Good Place) - Jameela appears on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Aya Cash (You're the Worst) - Aya talks about You're the Worst on the AOL Build ShoW at 2pm. She will also be on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 12:30pm ET.
  • Will Forte (The Last Man on Earth) - Will is a guest on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am.
  • Mary Steenburgen (The Last Man on Earth/Ink) - Mary talks about The Last Man on Earth on NBC's Today in the 10am hour. She will also be on the AOL Build Show at 12:30pm.
  • Anna Camp (The Mindy Project) - Anna talks about Good Girls Revolt on People Now at 8:30am.
  • James Brolin (Life in Pieces) - James is a guest on Access Hollywood Live, so check your local listings.