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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Who to Follow: Colin Hanks (Twitter, Instagram), "Possibly that guy from that one thing that you think is way underrated. Director of All Things Must Pass (@towerrecordsdoc) in theaters Oct 16th"
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.
Pick of the Tweets: "Happy Birthday to my television wife @zoelisterjones. You're the bees knees and I'm having such a blast being your fake husband" (September 1, 2015)


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

American Dad! - Volume 11 Newhart - The Complete Seventh Season I Love Lucy - Superstar Special #2 (Colorized) The Love Boat - Season Three - Volume Two Hooperman - Season One

12/06 - Family Guy - Season Fourteen
12/13 - American Dad! - Volume 11
12/13 - Newhart - The Complete Seventh Season
01/03 - Girls - The Complete Fifth Season (Blu-ray)
01/10 - Broad City - Season 3
01/17 - I Love Lucy - Superstar Special #2 (Colorized)
01/17 - The Love Boat - Season Three - Volume One
01/17 - The Love Boat - Season Three - Volume Two
01/24 - Hooperman - Season One
01/24 - Hooperman - Season Two
01/31 - Ballers - The Complete Second Season (Blu-ray)
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Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Saturday, January 21

The Thundermans - "Better Off Wed" (Nickelodeon, 8:00PM ET/PT)
The kids learn that Dr. Colosso ruined their parents' wedding years earlier, and want to recreate Hank & Barb's dream day as their anniversary gift. However, Dr. Colosso remains a threat, and they must keep their plans a secret.

Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn - "Keeping Up with the Quadashians" (Nickelodeon, 8:30PM ET/PT)
After binge watching their favorite reality TV show, the Quads decide their lives are every bit as "reality TV" worthy, and decide to make a show of their own. Guest Stars: Maddie Ziegler, Mackenzie Ziegler

School of Rock - "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood" (Nickelodeon, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Tomika and Zack work on a love song together, leading to a moment that will change their friendship forever. Summer and Lawrence hang out together for the first time, and Freddy helps Mr. Finn with a problem.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of January 23)

Saturday, January 21

  • Phylicia Rashad (The Cosby Show/Cosby) - Phylicia will be featured on Oprah: Where Are They Now? at 10pm ET/PT on OWN.
Sunday, January 22
  • NeNe Leakes (The New Normal) - Catch NeNe on Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
Monday, January 23
  • Allison Janney (Mom/Mr. Sunshine) - Watch Allison on a repeat of The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • William Shatner ($h*! My Dad Says) and Henry Winkler (Happy Days/Arrested Development/Out of Practice) - William and Henry are guests on a repeat of Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Kevin Nealon (Man with a Plan/Weeds/Hiller and Diller/Champs) - Kevin appears on @midnight on Comedy Central at midnight.
  • Jade Catta-Preta (Manhattan Love Story) - Jade is a guest on @midnight on Comedy Central at midnight.
  • Wendi McClendon-Covey (The Goldbergs/Rules of Engagement/Reno 911!) - Wendi stops by Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
  • Cristela Alonzo (Cristela) - Cristela chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Tika Sumpter (The Game) - Tika appears on The Real, so check your local listings.
  • Justina Machado (One Day at a Time) - Justina will be on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 12:30pm ET.
  • Jerry O'Connell (We Are Men/Carpoolers/My Secret Identity) - Jerry and Rebecca Romjin talk about Love Locks on NBC's Today in the 9am hour. Jerry will also be on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT and on Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
  • Retta (Parks and Recreation) - Retta talks about Girlfriend's Guide to Divorce on NBC's Today in the 10am hour.