Saturday, August 08, 2015

SitcomsOnline Digest: Reboots of Norman Lear Classics?; That '70s Show Complete Series Blu-ray in the Works

Welcome to SitcomsOnline Digest! It's been a somewhat busy news week (one of the few where we've actually had to limit what we can cover), but we're hear with even more news about potential reboots of classic sitcoms, the unpleasant things about the relationship between John Stamos and the Olsen twins, and more. Let's get going!

HIGHLIGHTS FROM SITCOMSONLINE.COM AND AROUND THE WEB
  • Reboots are all the rage these days, but even we are surprised that there is even talk of rebooting One Day at a Time and Good Times, though these still have a long process to go through before they become a reality (if they even do). (The Interrobang)
  • Every week, it seems, there are new updates on something related to Full House or John Stamos. This time, we learn a bit more about the relationship that John Stamos had with the Olsen twins, and is it turns out, it wasn't very pleasant. (Entertainment Weekly
  • Andrew Ridings, who has most recently appeared in The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, has been cast in the starring role as Hayden Fox's son in NBC's upcoming Coach reboot. (Deadline)
  • Sometimes in sitcoms, characters (particularly children) age a little faster than usual. Now Modern Family is getting into the aging children by recasting the role of Joe. (Deadline)
  • Not only is Tracy Morgan recovering from the car accident he was in a little over a year ago, but it now appears that the FXX comedy that was in development before his accident may be rescued, with Morgan in the starring role. (Deadline)
  • John Stewart's final episode of The Daily Show did well in the ratings, but it was only the second largest audience for the series, with the largest audience coming for a 2008 episode featuring an interview with Barack Obama. (USA Today
  • I Dream of Jeannie is celebrating 50 years this year, and Antenna TV is giving it a special marathon next month. (SitcomsOnline)

HOME MEDIA HIGHLIGHTS
  • TVShowsOnDVD.com uncovered a bit of a pleasant surprise for fans of Blu-ray sitcoms this week, as they found a preorder listing for That '70s Show - The Complete Series on Blu-ray. It looks as if it will be released November 3.
  • It looks like Warner Archive is eager to just complete George Lopez as quickly as possible, with George Lopez - The Complete Fifth Season scheduled for August 18. It is also worth noting that the Warner Archive releases, unlike the earlier seasons which were released by Warner Home Video, include the original theme song.

AUGUST 4 HOME MEDIA RELEASES

FOLLOW ME

Who to Follow: Tracy Morgan (Twitter), "This is really Tracy Morgan"
Claim to Fame: Unlike many actors, Tracy Morgan's life did not start out so simple. His family life was not so great, and he was selling drugs after he dropped out of high school. But he was also trying comedy, and that really seemed to work for him. He eventually ended up with a recurring role on the sitcom Martin, before landing a regular role on Saturday Night Live. He eventually left Saturday Night Live to do his own sitcom, The Tracy Morgan Show. Unfortunately, that series was a dud, but it wasn't much later after that when he landed a starring role on 30 Rock. He was involved in a serious car accident last year, but is now recovering, and could be making a comeback to television soon.
Pick of the Tweets: "I am honored to be getting a walk of fame star.  I hope they put me next to my biological father Charlton Heston from Planet of the Apes!" (June 23, 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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