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!

HIGHLIGHTS FROM SITCOMSONLINE.COM AND AROUND THE WEB
  • 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)

MAY 26 HOME MEDIA RELEASES
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  • 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.

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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 (March/April)

The Jamie Foxx Show - The Complete Second Season What I Like About You - The Complete Second Season Newhart - The Final (Eighth) Season Diff'rent Strokes - The Complete Fifth Season Father Knows Best - Season Five

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 - Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt - Season Two
03/21 - Master of None - Season One
04/04 - Diff'rent Strokes - The Complete Fifth Season
04/11 - Father Knows Best - Season Five
04/11 - Schitt's Creek - The Complete Third Season
04/11 - Silicon Valley - The Complete Third Season (Blu-ray)
04/11 - Veep - The Complete Fifth Season
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Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Wednesday, April 26

The Goldbergs - "Fonzie Scheme" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
When Murray is honored as one of Jenkintown’s top businessmen, his plaque is hung on a wall with all of the other honorees. And soon Beverly is dismayed to learn he has no discernable hobbies, and her attempts to help him find some backfire. Meanwhile, Barry creates a scheme stealing golf carts, but the situation goes awry and Erica comes to save the day.

Speechless - "R-U-N-- RUNAWAY" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
When Maya learns JJ attempted to run away, she is determined to help him complete the task as any able-bodied person could, but her actions exasperate JJ, as he longs for independence. Meanwhile, Jimmy struggles to have hard talks with the kids without Maya, and Dylan tries to get Kenneth to revive his glory days as a high school sports star.

black-ish - "Sister, Sister" (ABC, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Bow’s sister comes to town after filming a stint on a reality show, and they couldn’t have less in common. Meanwhile, Zoey suggests that Dre spend more time with Junior since she’s leaving for college, and Jack and Diane decide to rebrand themselves.

black-ish - "All Groan Up" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
When Zoey gets into several colleges around the country, Dre and Bow begin to feel worried and sentimental. They reflect back on memories they’ve had with the family and wonder what life will be like without her around all the time. Pops enlists the twins to try and sway Zoey to go to college in a city they want to visit.

Nobodies - "Not the Emmys" (TV Land, 10:00PM ET/PT)
It’s Award season! Larry, Rachel and Hugh are going to the Annies… while all their Groundlings friends are going to the Emmys.

Lopez - "No Country Club for Young Men" (TV Land, 10:30PM ET/PT)
George gets Hector a job at his country club, but he falls in with a bad crowd of rich kids. Olly's little sister rolls back into town while Manolo struggles to stay focused in his GED class.

Hollywood Darlings - "Driving Miss Jodie" (Pop, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Jodie must choose between a sports car and a minivan; Christine's dream of participating in an exclusive yoga class is thwarted by a loud-breathing celebrity classmate.

Return of the Mac - "The Wrong Stuff" (Pop, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Feeling threatened by newly appointed sidekick Joey Fatone, Joe heads to a comedy club to hone his comedy monologue skills.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of April 24)

Wednesday, April 26

  • Chris Pratt (Parks and Recreation) - Watch Chris and the cast of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 on a repeat of Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • America Ferrera (Superstore) - America is a guest on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Thomas Middleditch (Silicon Valley) - Thomas visits The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Maria Bamford (Lady Dynamite) - Maria appears on @midnight on Comedy Central at midnight.
  • Henry Zebrowski (A to Z) - Henry is a guest on @midnight on Comedy Central at midnight.
  • John Leguizamo (The Brothers Garcia) - John guest co-hosts LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
  • Molly Ringwald (Townies/The Facts of Life) - Molly stops by LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
  • Anna Chlumsky (Veep) - Anna stops by Harry, so check your local listings.
  • Sherri Shepherd (Trial & Error/Less Than Perfect/Sherri) - Sherri talks about the disease she won’t let destroy her on The Dr. Oz Show, so check your loclal listings.
  • Felicity Huffman (Sports Night) - Felicity makes pecan bars on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Morris Chestnut (Out All Night) - Morris is a guest on Steve Harvey, so check your local listings.
  • Hank Azaria (Brockmire/The Simpsons/Free Agents) - Hank appears on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Jodie Sweetin (Fuller House/Full House) - Jodie is a guest on The Real, so check your local listings.