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)

Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Wednesday, March 21

The Goldbergs - "The Scrunchie Rule" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
When Beverly gets a glimpse into a soon-to-be empty nest, she replaces her kids with the Mellor brothers, nursing Coach Mellor back to health after falling off the rope climb. Meanwhile, Erica and her college roommate get on each other’s nerves in their dorm room, especially when Valley Erica puts a scrunchie on the door and kicks Erica out.

Speechless - "N-O-- NOMINEE" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
JJ travels to a film festival where he’s been nominated for an award but is upset when he learns the real reason he’s being honored. Jimmy stays home and struggles to protect Dylan from the truth about an impending eviction. And Ray takes an unlikely and painful route to basketball stardom in hopes of winning back Taylor.

Modern Family - "Wine Weekend" (ABC, 9:00PM ET/PT)
The family goes on a wine tasting trip and stays in Haley’s new boss’ country house where the only rule is: Don’t touch the tiara! Meanwhile, Gloria and Mitch are invited to a party at Oprah’s house but can’t bring anyone else.

American Housewife - "It's Hard to Say Goodbye" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
Katie and Greg struggle to help the kids accept loss as a family friend suddenly passes away and as their pet pig, Hans Gruber, must be returned to his natural habitat.

Schitt's Creek - "The Gesture" (Pop, 8:00PM ET/PT)
David looks for a way to reconcile with Patrick after spending time away from him; Moira pitches the idea of a singles week event.

grown-ish - "Crew Love" (Freeform, 8:00PM ET/PT)
The crew prepares for Freshman Formal; Jazz revels in a new relationship.

Alone Together - "Property Management" (Freeform, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Benji and Esther get swept up in the allure of retirement life.

Complete TV Listings

Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of March 19)

Wednesday, March 21

  • Charlie Day (It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia/Luis) - Watch Charlie on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Henry Winkler (Happy Days/Monty/Out of Practice/Arrested Development) - Henry appears on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Sabrina Carpenter (Girl Meets World) - Sabrina is a musical guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Keri Russell (Running Wilde) - Keri visits The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Drew Barrymore (Santa Clarita Diet) - Drew appears on The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Kim Matula (LA to Vegas) - Kim stops by Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Krysten Ritter (Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23) - Krysten appears on Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Jay Pharoah (White Famous) - Jay drops by LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings. He will also be on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 11:30am ET.
  • Bella Thorne (Shake It Up) - Bella is a guest on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Mila Kunis (That '70s Show/Family Guy) - Mila appears The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Jenna Fischer (Splitting Up Together/The Office) and Oliver Hudson (Splitting Up Together/Rules of Engagement) - Jenna and Oliver are guests on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Jussie Smollett (On Our Own) - Jussie visits The Wendy Williams Show and Steve, so check your local listings.
  • Jason Jones and Natalie Zea (The Detour) - Jason and Natalie are guests on a repeat of Harry, so check your local listings.
  • Eric Christian Olsen (The Loop) - Eric appears on Steve, so check your local listings.
  • Louie Anderson (Baskets/The Louie Show/Life with Louie) - Louie opens up about his alcoholic father's rough childhood – and why he doesn't hold anything against him today on People Now at 8:30am.
  • Jason George (Eve) - Jason talks about Station 19 on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am and the BUILD Series at 1pm.
  • Kyle MacLachlan (Sex and the City) - Kyle talks about Portlandia on NBC's Today in the 10am hour.
  • Dove Cameron (Liv and Maddie) - Dove talks about Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on the BUILD Series at 12pm.
  • Liv Hewson (Santa Clarita Diet) - Liv talks about Santa Clarita Diet on the BUILD Series at 4pm.