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

Wednesday, December 12

The Goldbergs - "Yippee Ki Yay Melon Farmer" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Much to Beverly’s chagrin, Barry is thrilled that he gets to celebrate Christmas now that he is engaged to Lainey. Meanwhile, Murray’s brother Marvin (Dan Fogler) makes a promise to Adam with a surprising outcome.

American Housewife - "Saving Christmas" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Katie strives to keep her long-separated parents apart when her father, Marty (Patrick Duffy), arrives in time to surprise the Otto family for Christmas. Anna-Kat does her best to help Trip win Taylor back but has a hard time getting past a very persistent Pierce (Milo Manheim). Meanwhile, Oliver thinks no one will remember him as the mask-wearing villain in the school’s production of “The Nutcracker” but quickly takes center stage when a series of mishaps damages his costume.

Modern Family - "Stuck in a Moment" (ABC, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Hayley wants to give the family a Christmas gift they will never forget if she can just figure out the perfect time. Meanwhile, Claire is mad that Phil has once again borrowed the family Christmas tree for a house-showing; and Jay, Gloria and Joe have to deal with some unwelcome visitors over the holidays.

Single Parents - "The Magic Box" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
When Owen shows up unexpectedly on Christmas Eve with a gift for Angie, she desperately seeks out help from Will finding a present for Owen last minute. While doing so, Angie learns how bad Will is at giving Sophie good Christmas presents, or so it seems. While Graham begins to doubt the existence of Santa Claus altogether, the group worries Miggy may still believe in him. Meanwhile, Douglas invites Poppy, who is dealing with her first Christmas without Rory, to compete in a series of cutthroat Christmas-themed competitions.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of December 10)

Wednesday, December 12

  • Brandon Micheal Hall (The Mayor/Search Party) - Watch Brandon on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Anthony Atamanuik (The President Show) - Anthony visits Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Jameela Jamil (The Good Place) - Jameela stops by Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Modern Family/The Class) - Jesse is a guest on E!'s Busy Tonight at 10pm.
  • Leah Remini (Kevin Can Wait/The Exes/Family Tools/The King of Queens/Fired Up) - Leah chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Jodie Sweetin (Fuller House/Hollywood Darlings/Full House) and Valerie Bertinelli (Hot in Cleveland/CafĂ© Americain/Sydney/One Day at a Time) - Jodie and Valerie guest co-host The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT. Jodie also talks about Hallmark Channel's Entertaining Christmas on Access Live and Extra, so check your local listings.
  • Steve Carell (The Office) - Steve appears on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Keke Palmer (True Jackson, VP/Scream Queens) - Keke is a guest on The Real, so check your local listings.
  • Dan Bucatinsky (Marry Me/Web Therapy/The Comeback) - Dan talks about Second Act on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 11:30am ET.
  • Eva Longoria (Telenovela) - Eva will be on NBC's Today in the 9am hour.
  • Ashley Williams (The Jim Gaffigan Show/How I Met Your Mother/Good Morning, Miami) - Ashley talks about Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Northern Christmas Lights on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Vanessa Hudgens (Powerless) - Vanessa talks about Second Act on the BUILD Series at 2pm.


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
11/16 - Man with a Plan - Season One
11/20 - Step by Step - The Complete Third Season
11/27 - What I Like About You - The Complete Third Season
12/04 - Family Guy - Season Sixteen
12/04 - Perfect Strangers - The Complete Sixth Season
12/18 - Our Cartoon President - Season One
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