Saturday, September 05, 2015

SitcomsOnline Digest: Premiere Dates for Fall Series; Hulu Announced Commercial-Free Option; Planned Family Guy DVD Release for September 15 Delayed?

Happy (early) Labor Day, and to SitcomsOnline Digest! The three day weekend signals the unofficial end of summer, which means that fall (and the new fall season) is just around the corner... but we're not there quite yet! In the meantime, we're here with news of premiere dates for all of the new season of (just about) everything, a new Hulu commercial-free option, and some rumors and speculations about a Family Guy DVD release planned for September 15 that has seemingly vanished into thin air. And, to top it all off, it looks like a reboot that seemed to be a sure thing has now been killed... at least when it comes to NBC airing it. Let's get going!

  • You're probably going to want to know when the new season of each of the new and returning series begins, and Deadline has you covered with a list of all of them, with most broadcast network series debuting the week of September 21. (Deadline)
  • Hulu has long been mocked for the fact that it competes with commercial-free services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime, yet Hulu places commercials in their series for paid subscribers. But now, there is an option to pay a higher subscription fee to view everything on the service (with the exception of a few ABC series, as well as Grimm, and New Girl) without ads. (CNET)
  • The Carmichael Show managed to see an a rare increase in ratings from week 1 to week 2 on NBC, and seems to be sort of a hit (at least by NBC summer sitcom standards)... but with only two more episodes (both airing next week) remaining to measure the ratings, the question that remains is whether or not they would be willing to give it another season to truly test it out. (TV By the Numbers
  • Throughout the summer, late night talk shows on the broadcast networks have been limited to two guys named Jimmy, but on Tuesday night, CBS puts a new (yet already established from cable TV) in the mix: Stephen Colbert. So will it be a big hit in the competition against two guys named Jimmy? (Yahoo)
  • NBC's reboot of Coach seemed to be a sure thing when it was announced, but now NBC has abruptly pulled the plug... which likely means that it will show up on Netflix or some other similar service. (Deadline)
  • Antenna TV's fall season starts September 14, and while there aren't a whole lot of big changes (aside from new time slots for almost everything), it does include Family Ties, and two much rarer sitcoms: It's About Time and My Mother the Car. (SitcomsOnline)

  • Sometimes, DVD releases tend to fall off of the schedule for unexplained reasons, and we've recently discovered one that may possibly be raising some questions, particularly since it was perhaps THE series to first demonstrate the (now fading) power and dominance of TV-on-DVD (in fact, it weren't for the popularity of the DVDs, the series probably would have ended when it was canceled in 2002): Family Guy - Season Thirteen. It was scheduled for release on September 15, and pre-orders were being taken at one point in time on, but they no longer are. While we don't know exactly what happened here, it appears that the date may have been moved to December 8, if we are to believe a pre-order listing from Target (which appears to be the only website currently accepting pre-orders). We aren't completely sure what is going on here, but our best guess is that Fox wanted something to replace the void being left with the lack of Simpsons releases (which invariable came out every December). We'll update when we know more!
  • Olive Films promised fans of King of the Hill that they would complete the series by the end of this year, and they weren't kidding. The studio now has King of the Hill - The Complete 13th Season scheduled for October 20, but that isn't all, they will also be releasing it on Blu-ray.
  • VEI announced several big releases earlier this year, and they seem to be diving head first into complete series (and attempting to get them all out by the end of this year). This week, they gave some details on their complete series release of Barnaby Jones, due to arrive in November.
  • Hotel - The Complete Series will also be arriving from VEI on October 20.



Who to Follow: Loretta Devine (Twitter), "actress,singer,poet,creator ,lover,step mom.just Me"
Claim to Fame: Loretta Devine's first claim to fame was in a Broadway musical in 1978, which was literally called A Broadway Musical, which was such a flop that it ended after only one performance. It was a bad way to start a career, for sure, but in all fairness, Jackée Harry also got her start in that very same musical. She had some minor movie roles after that, and she also appeared on A Different World and even starred in her own sitcom for a brief period of time. In the late 90s, she found movie success in a pair of major Whitney Houston blockbuster films, Waiting to Exhale and The Preacher's Wife. But she returned to TV, where she finally found more success, in 2000 in her role as Marla Hendricks, a very unstable (but caring and effective) teacher on Boston Public. In fact, she was one of the few cast members to actually appear in the entire series. Currently, she appears in the NBC series The Carmichael Show, which will air the last two episodes of the season (and perhaps the series, since we don't know the fate of the series yet) on Wednesday.
Pick of the Tweets: "Thanks everyone for watching the Carmichael show our ratings for week two are way way up . Blessed" (September 3, 2015)

New on DVD/Blu-ray (September)

The Big Bang Theory - The Complete Ninth Season Newhart - The Complete Sixth Season 2 Broke Girls - The Complete Fifth Season Family Matters - The Complete Eighth Season Modern Family - The Complete Season 7

09/06 - Coach - Season One (Mill Creek) / Season Two / Seasons One and Two
09/06 - South Park - The Complete Ninteenth Season (Blu-ray)
09/13 - The Big Bang Theory - The Complete Ninth Season (Blu-ray)
09/13 - Newhart - The Complete Sixth Season
09/20 - 2 Broke Girls - The Complete Fifth Season
09/20 - Family Matters - The Complete Eighth Season
09/20 - Modern Family - The Complete Season 7
09/20 - Veep - Season 5
09/27 - The Wonder Years - Season Six
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Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Wednesday, October 26

The Goldbergs - "Stefan King" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Adam’s love of Stephen King inspires him to try his hand at horror writing. After learning the monster in Adam’s story is based off Beverly, she forces Adam to stay in on Halloween and rewrite it, hoping he depicts her as a better mother.  Meanwhile, Erica is desperate to find a date to the costume dance and forces Barry go with her.

Speechless - "H-A-L-- HALLOWEEN" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Jimmy is upset the kids no longer want to participate in the family tradition of dressing up for Halloween. Maya tries to cheer up Jimmy by allowing him to do things he loves by taking things off the family “Dead to Me” list. Meanwhile, Ray recruits Dylan to help work the school’s haunted mansion while Kenneth is scared of losing his job when JJ gets drunk at a party.  Even though Maya is furious, she is thrilled to see JJ having a “normal” life.

Modern Family - "Halloween 4: The Revenge of Rod Skyhook" (ABC, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Luke’s Halloween party isn’t the monster bash he dreamed of and is at risk of having the worst party of the year. Sensing trouble, the rest of the Dunphy’s realize all his party needs is a visit from Rod Skyhook, a little promotion and some adult supervision to get it started. Meanwhile at the Tucker-Pritchett home, Cam faces off with his Halloween nemesis while Lily and Mitchell try to save the day and work to keep him from going to the darkside. Finally, when Jay finds out that Manny is going to a party at the home of an old enemy, he enlists him to deliver a trick he will never forget.

black-ish - "The Purge" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
After Junior embarrasses Dre during a basketball game, Dre decides to remind Junior of his master pranking skills so he’ll never challenge him again. Meanwhile, the neighborhood participates in a “mischief night” during Halloween where petty crimes become legal, and Ruby takes it too far with the kids.

Younger - "P Is for Pancake" (TV Land, 10:00PM ET/PT)
Kelsey dates a seemingly perfect guy, but Liza and Lauren think it’s too soon. At a party of doctors, Josh puts his relationship with Liza under the microscope.

Impastor - "Sins of the Past-or Part 2" (TV Land, 10:30PM ET/PT)
Dora’s and Alexa’s lives are both in jeopardy and Buddy must choose which one to save. Russell and Dora have a falling out. Schmidt is robbed.

You're the Worst - "The Seventh Layer" (FXX, 10:00PM ET/PT)
Vernon and Paul take a road trip.

Complete TV Listings

Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of October 24)

Wednesday, October 26

  • Joel McHale (The Great Indoors/Community) - Watch Joel on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Abbi Jacobson (Broad City) - Abbi visits The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS. She will also be on LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
  • Colin Hanks (Life in Pieces) - Colin appears on Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Colton Dunn (Superstore), Lauren Ash (Superstore/Super Fun Night and Nico Santos (Superstore) - Colton, Lauren and Nico are guests on @midnight on Comedy Central at midnight.
  • Elijah Wood (Wilfred) - Elijah stops by Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Will Forte (The Last Man on Earth) - Will is a guest on Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
  • Donald Glover (Atlanta/Community) - Donald appears on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Ken Jeong (Dr. Ken/Community) - See what happens when Dr. Oz visits the set of Dr. Ken on The Dr. Oz Show, so check your local listings.
  • John Lithgow (3rd Rock from the Sun/Twenty Good Years) - John talks about The Crown on CBS This Morning sometime between 7-9am.
  • Boris Kodjoe (The Last Man on Earth/Second Time Around) - Boris joins the Chew Crew on ABC's The Chew at 1pm ET/12pm PT/CT.
  • Issa Rae (Insecure) - Issa is a guest on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am.
  • Colin Hanks (Life in Pieces) - Colin talks about Life in Pieces on NBC's Today in the 10am hour.
  • Mayim Bialik (The Big Bang Theory/Blossom) - Mayim is a guest on Access Hollywood Live, so check your local listings.
  • Marisa Tomei (A Different World) - Marisa appears on Access Hollywood Live, so check your local listings.
  • Terry Crews (Brooklyn Nine-Nine/Are We There Yet?/Everybody Hates Chris) - Terry is a guest on Steve Harvey, so check your local listings.
  • Betsy Brandt (Life in Pieces/The Michael J. Fox Show) - Betsy talks about Life in PieceS on the AOL Build Show at 12pm.