Saturday, May 23, 2015

SitcomsOnline Digest: Looking at the Fall Sitcoms; Olsen Twins Not Coming to Full House Reboot

Welcome to SitcomsOnline Digest! This week, we have our own analysis of the fall sitcoms, disappointing news about how Fuller House will be a little less full, and more. Let's get going!

  • The fall season is still about four months away, but we have our own analysis of the sitcoms for the fall season now. (SitcomsOnline
  • One of the big reasons that people watched Full House when it originally aired was because of the Olsen twins, but it looks like they won't be part of the Fuller House reboot. (Yahoo)
  • David Letterman ended his run on The Late Show this week, and Deadline has a look back at the 30 years of David Letterman, beginning with his (mostly forgotten) days as a daytime talk show host on NBC. (Deadline)
  • Speaking of Letterman, CBS has decided to take a less adventurous approach in replacing his show until Stephen Colbert comes in this fall, by replacing it with reruns of CBS dramas such as The Mentalist. (CNNMoney)
  • As hard as it is to believe given their lack of successful scripted series in past seasons, special events and sports have made NBC the number one network for adults 18-49 for the second season in a row. (Futon Critic
  • America's Funniest Home Videos will be getting a new host next season: Alfonso Ribeiro. (SitcomsOnline)

  • The Nanny - The Complete Series (DVD, $149.99): Probably one of the most wanted series on DVD, it has had a rough time getting released as seasons sputtered out over the years from Sony. Now, Shout! Factory wraps up the entire series with one release.
  • Welcome Back, Kotter - The Complete Third Season (DVD, $29.93): For those who skipped on the complete series release, Shout! Factory has this release of the next-to-last season.
  • The Wonder Years - Season Three (DVD, $39.98): StarVista moves ahead with this "modern classic" on DVD for those who didn't purchase the complete series.


Who to Follow: Charles Shaughnessy (Twitter), "Actor/Entrepreneur. Husband, father, soccer fan. Host of Here's A Thought. Surrender to each moment:good or bad. Lean forward. Go Chelsea F.C."
Claim to Fame: The British actor is best known for his role on the soap opera Days of Our Lives, where he played Shane Donovan from 1984 until 1992 (and has made additional appearances beyond that, with the most recent one in 1993). But to sitcom fans, this is not at all who he is. Sitcom fans know him as Maxwell Sheffield from the CBS sitcom The Nanny, which ran for six seasons in the 90s on CBS. He was also reunited with Fran Drescher in 2005 a recurring role on her WB series Living with Fran. These days, you'll mostly find him in guest roles, most recently appearing on the now cancelled TBS series Sullivan & Son.
Pick of the Tweets: "21 years ago November, the very FIRST episode of The Nanny aired on television!" (January 9, 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.

Complete TV Listings

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.