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.

FOLLOW ME

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

Tuesday, November 13

The Conners - "The Separation of Church and Dan" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
When Geena learns that D.J. hasn’t been taking Mary to church while she’s been away, she insists they go as a family to uphold her traditional values. To make matters worse, Mary refuses to attend without her cousins Harris and Mark, leaving D.J. in the last situation he wants to be in – at the mercy of Darlene. Meanwhile, Mark’s attempt to conduct an unbiased survey on the upcoming election for his school project goes south when Jackie volunteers to help.

The Kids Are Alright - "Peggy's Day Out" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
To hide a mess Eddie made, his girlfriend, Wendi, tries to distract Peggy by insisting she take a day off with a fun day out while they take care of the housework. To everyone’s surprise, Peggy accepts the offer and requests Wendi tag along, with the ulterior motive of teaching her a lesson. Meanwhile, Eddie enlists the help of his brothers to clean up and keep Mike out of the house while Wendi and Peggy are out. Elsewhere, Pat introduces Timmy to his secret dog.

black-ish - "Purple Rain" (ABC, 9:00PM ET/PT)
The family is shocked to learn that Jack and Diane are not familiar with the iconic music of Prince. One by one, each member of the family works to explain Prince’s tremendous impact on their lives through his music.

Splitting Up Together - "War of the Wagners" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
Lena and Martin’s escalating battle for control of the house is put on hold when Milo announces he wants to go to a school for the gifted – to which they think he will not be accepted. Meanwhile, they both meet a contractor for the house, Vlad, but Lena undermines him and scares Vlad away. Things get uglier between Lena and Oliver after she introduces a new member to the family as payback for all the back-and-forth about the house. Elsewhere, Lena and Martin give conflicting advice to Mason on how to deal with his recent breakup.

The Guest Book - "Two Steps Forward, One Step Back" (TBS, 10:30PM ET/PT)
Mike and his family hate spending every summer in a subpar vacation home far from the beach; in order to afford paying a booking fee for their dream house, the Barefeet Retreat, Mike pulls double shifts and ends up paying more than he bargained for.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of November 12)

Tuesday, November 13

  • Jason Mantzoukas (The League) - Catch Jason on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Jenifer Lewis (black-ish/The PJs) - Jenifer appears on Comedy Central's The Daily Show with Trevor Noah at 11pm.
  • Taran Killam (Single Parents) - Taran visits E!'s Busy Tonight at 10pm.
  • Paul Shaffer (A Year at the Top) - Paul stops by The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • The Cast of The Conners - Michael Fishman, John Goodman, Lecy Goranson, Laurie Metcalf and Maya Lynne Robinson are guests on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Jamie Foxx (The Jamie Foxx Show) - Jamie previews the film Robin Hood on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Tig Notaro (One Mississippi) - Tig appears on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Tatyana Ali (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air/Love That Girl!) - Tatyana talks about her upcoming two Holiday movies for Lifetime and Hallmark on E!'s Daily Pop at 12pm.
  • Damon Wayans Jr. (Happy Together/Happy Endings/New Girl) - Damon is a guest on Rachael Ray, so check your local listings.
  • Bryan Cranston (Malcolm in the Middle) - Bryan talks about The Upside Down and Network on NBC's Today sometime between 7-9am.
  • Ashley Tisdale (The Suite Life of Zack & Cody/Clipped) - Ashley appears on the BUILD Series at 4pm.


New on DVD/Blu-ray (October/November)

The Beverly Hillbillies - The Official Fifth Season The Love Boat - Season Four - Volume One Saved by the Bell - The Complete Collection Alice - The Complete Eighth Season Step by Step - The Complete Third Season

10/02 - The Beverly Hillbillies - The Official Fifth Season
10/02 - Bob's Burgers - The Complete 6th Season
10/02 - Bob's Burgers - The Complete 7th Season
10/02 - Bob's Burgers - The Complete 8th Season
10/02 - Ghosted - The Complete First Season
10/02 - The Love Boat - Season Four - Volume One / Volume Two
10/02 - Police Squad! - TV and Movie Collection
10/02 - Saved by the Bell - The Complete Collection
10/16 - Community - The Complete Series (Mill Creek)
10/23 - Alice - The Complete Eighth Season
10/24 - The Odd Couple (2015) - Season Two
10/24 - The Odd Couple (2015) - Season Three
10/31 - The Bad News Bears - The Complete Series - All 26 Episodes
11/01 - Episodes - Season 5
11/05 - Robin Williams - Comic Genius (includes Mork & Mindy)
11/06 - American Dad! - Volume 13
11/20 - Step by Step - The Complete Third Season
11/27 - What I Like About You - The Complete Third Season
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