Saturday, September 19, 2015

SitcomsOnline Digest: Megan Fox to Take on Role in New Girl; NBC Looks Into Hart to Hart Remake

Welcome to SitcomsOnline Digest! Today marks the last Saturday before the fall season really gets going into full swing on Monday, and of course, we'll have reviews for all of the new sitcoms on the weekdays over the next few weeks (we've actually already started). But today is Saturday, and today, we've got news of some (temporary) changes to the cast of New Girl, a remake of Hart to Hart, and more. Let's get going!

HIGHLIGHTS FROM SITCOMSONLINE.COM AND AROUND THE WEB
  • With Zooey Deschanel on maternity leave from New Girl, the series is in need of some creative way to temporarily work her character out of her own series, and they'll be doing that by placing her character on sequestered jury duty and temporarily replacing her with a new character played by Megan Fox. (Entertainment Weekly
  • NBC is looking to remake the series Hart to Hart, but with one big change: the couple would be a gay couple. (Variety)
  • It seems that NBC is not willing to let the Law & Order franchise go, as they've now given the greenlight to yet another spinoff: Law & Order: You the Jury. But unlike the previous ones, this one will be a reality show where the audience gets to decide the fate. (TV Guide)
  • The cast of Modern Family has been busy (if you can call it that) recreating scenes from other classic series, including Cheers and Married... with Children. (Hollywood Reporter
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger will be replacing Donald Trump on The Apprentice. (Entertainment Weekly)
  • NBC already stacked the odds against The Carmichael Show before it could even debut, but it actually ended up doing rather well in the ratings for a summer series, well enough for it to return for a second season. (SitcomsOnline
  • Not surprisingly, though, things didn't go so well for NBC's other summer sitcom, Mr. Robinson, which had oddly enough received much more attention in the development stages. (Cinema Blend)

HOME MEDIA HIGHLIGHTS
  • Last Man Standing will soon begin a fifth season on ABC, and the executive producer says that DVDs of the fourth season will be coming soon.
  • For those who skipped on the complete series, The Nanny - Season Five will arrive on DVD on December 22.

SEPTEMBER 22 HOME MEDIA RELEASES

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Claim to Fame: We're continuing this week with featuring stars of the new sitcoms of the 2015-2016 season, and this week, we are featuring Colin Hanks, who will appear on the CBS comedy Life in Pieces (debuting Monday), and is also the son of a sitcom (and now movie) star, the one and only Tom Hanks. On TV, he has previously appeared in Roswell, Band of Brothers, Dexter, Fargo, and The Good Guys.
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Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Tuesday, December 12

The Middle - "The Christmas Miracle" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
It’s Christmastime, and Frankie and Sue are devastated after Axl informs them that he’s not going to church this year because he’s beginning to question his faith. Meanwhile, Mike goes to war with the Glossner kids after they keep defacing his new, giant inflatable snowman; and Brick goes all out in an attempt to wrap his first present for a planned Christmas Yankee Swap.

Fresh Off the Boat - "Do You Hear What I Hear?" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
As head of the HOA Christmas committee, Jessica threatens to cut the neighborhood caroling this year due to last year’s rocky performance. However, Deirdre says that her friend Holly (Paula Abdul), who teaches “Performance and Movement,” will help get everyone into tip-top, melodic shape. Meanwhile, Marvin becomes suspicious of Honey when she goes to see “Titanic” at the movies without him; Nicole develops her first girl crush and struggles with how to get her attention.

black-ish - "Sugar Daddy" (ABC, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Dre is diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes and after talking to Pops, he’s resolved to curing himself. Things come to a head at the Stevens & Lido holiday party. Meanwhile, Jack is convinced that baby Devante hates him, so he enlists Junior and Diane’s help.

The Mayor - "Grey Christmas" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
After visiting a homeless shelter on Christmas Eve, Courtney realizes things for the needy could be improved and pledges to make it a joyous Christmas that every family deserves. But when he learns he doesn’t have the budget to deliver on his promise, Courtney loses hope and his holiday spirit which leads to a magical “It’s A Wonderful Life” moment that makes him realize he has the gift needed to pull off a Christmas miracle.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine - "Game Night" / "The Favor" (Fox, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Rosa asks for Jake's help to deliver important information to her parents, but their plan goes awry when they assume the two are in a relationship; Seamus Murphy comes back to redeem an ethically questionable favor owed by Capt. Holt.

Teachers - "Let It Flow" (TV Land, 10:00PM ET/PT)
Ms. Cannon discovers that one of her students is an artistic prodigy. Mrs. Adler and Ms. Watson take the mini-society competition to a new level.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of December 11)

Tuesday, December 12

  • Tom Hanks (Bosom Buddies) - Catch Tom on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS. He also talks about The Post on CBS This Morning sometime between 7-9am.
  • Jane Krakowski (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt/30 Rock) - Jane appears on The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Ari Graynor (I'm Dying Up Here/Bad Teacher) - Ari is a guest on Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Niecy Nash (The Soul Man/Getting On/Do Not Disturb/Reno 911!) - Niecy visits The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Bill Pullman (1600 Penn) - Bill stops by Steve, so check your local listings.
  • Miles Brown (black-ish) - Miles appears on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Ana Gasteyer (People of Earth/Lady Dynamite/Suburgatory) - Ana talks about Fox's A Christmas Story Live! on Access Hollywood Live, so check your local listings.
  • Noah Galvin (The Real O'Neals) - Noah talks about Dear Evan Hansen on the BUILD Series at 4pm.


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

The Wayans Bros. - The Complete Third Season Living Single - The Complete Third Season Alice - The Complete Sixth Season One Day at a Time - The Complete Series Fuller House - The Complete Second Season

11/07 - American Dad! - Volume 12
11/07 - Family Guy - Season Fifteen
11/07 - The Wayans Bros. - The Complete Third Season
11/14 - D.C. Follies - The Complete Series
11/21 - Living Single - The Complete Third Season
11/24 - Grandfathered - Season 1
12/05 - Alice - The Complete Sixth Season
12/05 - One Day at a Time - The Complete Series
12/05 - The Simpsons - The Eighteenth Season
12/05 - South Park - The Complete First Season (Blu-ray) / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5
12/12 - Fuller House - The Complete Second Season
12/19 - South Park - The Complete Sixth Season (Blu-ray) / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10 / 11
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