Saturday, September 12, 2015

SitcomsOnline Digest: NBC Looking at "Musical Funeral Home Soap" Series; Grace Under Fire DVD Date Announced

Welcome to SitcomsOnline Digest! It's been a slow news week with the holiday earlier in the week and preparations for the upcoming season also under way, but we are here with some news nonetheless, including a potential "musical funeral home soap" from NBC (whatever that is). Let's get going!

HIGHLIGHTS FROM SITCOMSONLINE.COM AND AROUND THE WEB
  • While it may be an unusually new idea in a world of reboots, NBC has decided that they want to do a series described as a "musical funeral home soap," which we're guessing would be a lot like Glee with a lot of dead people. (A.V. Club
  • The Odd Couple will be adding Teri Hatcher to the cast as a recurring character once it returns later in the upcoming season. (Hollywood Reporter
  • The CW has been on the air for almost a decade now, but the future of the network is going to going to depend upon a lot of factors which will be addressed soon. (Deadline)
  • The new late night war has put Stephen Colbert up against Jimmy Fallon, but the new competition isn't really hurting Fallon much so far. (Deadline
  • Martin Milner, star of Route 66 and Adam-12, died this week at the age of 83. (ABC News)
  • Merv Adelson, co-founder of Lorimar Television (the studio that brought series such as Eight is Enough, The Waltons, and Dallas to television, and later sitcoms like Full House and ALF), died this week at the age of 85. (New York Times

HOME MEDIA HIGHLIGHTS

SEPTEMBER 15 HOME MEDIA RELEASES
  • The Big Bang Theory - The Complete Eighth Season (DVD, $44.98; Blu-ray, $49.99): The hit CBS sitcom that shows no sign of stopping anytime soon keeps moving ahead on DVD (and Blu-ray) with this release.
  • black-ish - The Complete First Season (DVD, $29.99): The ABC sitcom arrives on DVD as an amazon.com exclusive on September 18.

FOLLOW ME

Who to Follow: Jane Lynch (Twitter), "Official #JaneLynch // #Actress #BonVivantess #GameShowHostess #CabaretSongstress"
Claim to Fame: For the most part, when people hear of the name Jane Lynch, they think of Glee... which, even though it was sort of a comedy, it is a series that we've sort of neglected around here since it wasn't actually a sitcom. That's no longer relevant, though, because Jane Lynch's next project actually is a legitimate sitcom (and, we should add, we will be featuring stars of the fall's new sitcoms as our Follow Me for the next few weeks, as we typically do), the upcoming CBS series Angel From Hell. Actually, the series will not debut until November 5, but in it, Lynch will play a guardian angel, quite a different character from her Sue Sylvester on Glee. Besides Glee, though, Lynch currently hosts Hollywood Game Night over on NBC, and has had numerous (too many to list) appearances in other past TV series, most notable a recurring role on Two and a Half Men.
Pick of the Tweets: "Belting away with @KateFlannery @projangelfood gala. 25 years of feeding people. All praise to @marwilliamson (pic)" (August 23, 2015)


Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Monday, December 11

Kevin Can Wait - "Trainer Wreck" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT)
After Vanessa asks Kevin to help her get a date with a handsome personal trainer, Alejandro (Eduardo Verastegui), she gets frustrated when Kevin starts training with him instead. Also, Chale reluctantly takes advice from Kyle when the health inspector stops by Enzo’s.

Man with a Plan - "Battle of the Sexists" (CBS, 8:30PM ET/PT)
When Adam needs to hire a new project manager, Andi accuses Adam of unconscious bias after he only interviews men for the job. Also, Andi helps Kate fight for a spot on the boys’ soccer team at school. Lilah Richcreek guest stars as Zara, a qualified candidate for the available job in the Burns Brothers construction company.

Superior Donuts - "Homeless for the Holidays" (CBS, 9:00PM ET/PT)
In the spirit of the season, Franco convinces Arthur and the rest of the gang to help John (guest star Keith David), a homeless man who falls ill at the donut shop, get back on his feet. Also, Tush and Sweatpants compete to be the more popular Santa.

9JKL - "Set Visit" (CBS, 9:30PM ET/PT)
After Harry and Judy visit Josh on the set of his new movie, he is horrified when the director, Walter Michaelson (Michael Showalter), casts them in background roles in Josh’s most important scene. Also, Nick tries to teach Andrew how to dance.

Tarantula - "Macaroni Salad" (TBS, 10:00PM ET/PT)
Echo must retrieve a melodramatic friend from the edge of oblivion when romantic foibles lead him to the brink.

Tarantula - "The Shade" (TBS, 10:30PM ET/PT)
Echo ventures to the fabled Weird River to retrieve a man whose life is derailed by Echo's egg-frying antics.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of December 11)

Monday, December 11

  • Zendaya (K.C. Undercover/Shake It Up) - Watch Zendaya on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC. She also talks about The Greatest Showman on NBC's Today sometime between 7-9am and on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Anthony Anderson (black-ish/Guys with Kids/All About the Andersons) - Anthony appears on Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC. He also chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Amanda Seales (Insecure/My Brother and Me) - Amanda is a guest on Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Dave Franco (Scrubs/Do Not Disturb) - Dave visits The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Chris Meloni (Happy!/Surviving Jack/The Fanelli Boys) - Chris stops by Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Ed Helms (The Office) - Ed appears on Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Tig Notaro (One Mississippi) - Tig chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Andrea Barber, Candace Cameron Bure and Jodie Sweetin (Fuller House/Full House) - Andrea, Candace and Jodie are guests on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Bernadette Peters (Mozart in the Jungle/All's Fair) - Bernadette talks about the Broadway music Hello, Dolly! on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Joey Lawrence (Melissa & Joey/Blossom/Brotherly Love/Gimme a Break!) - Joey appears on Steve, so check your local listings.
  • Henry Winkler (Happy Days/Monty/Out of Practice/Arrested Development) - Henry talks about NBC's Better Late Than Never on NBC's Today in the 10am hour and on People Now at 8:30am. He will also be on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 11:30am ET.
  • Patricia Heaton (The Middle/Back to You/Everybody Loves Raymond) - Patricia shares her secret to balancing motherhood and Hollywood on The Dr. Oz Show, so check your local listings.
  • Jodie Foster (Paper Moon/The Courtship of Eddie's Father) - Jodie talks about Black Mirror on CBS This Morning sometime between 7-9am. She will also be on the BUILD Series at 4pm.
  • Allison Janney (Mom/Mr. Sunsine) - Allison will be on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am.


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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