Saturday, October 17, 2015

SitcomsOnline Digest: Angel From Hell Debut Delayed; Extra Episode Orders for Grandfathered and The Grinder

Welcome to SitcomsOnline Digest! This week, we have news of the newest CBS sitcom being delayed for a few more months (but another coming back earlier than expected), new script orders for Fox sitcoms, and more. Let's get going!

HIGHLIGHTS FROM SITCOMSONLINE.COM AND AROUND THE WEB
  • The CBS comedy Angel From Hell was set to debut in just a few weeks, but this week, the network announced they would be delaying it until February. However, this also means that 2 Broke Girls will return a bit earlier than expected. (Variety)
  • It's far too early to declare the fate of any of the new 2015-2016 season series, but the Fox comedies Grandfathered and The Grinder got a small vote of confidence this week, with each series getting an order for six additional scripts. (Hollywood Reporter)
  • Rookie Blue is a series that manages to mostly hide inconspicuously on the ABC summer lineup, but has had enough of a following to survive for six seasons. However, it won't be back for a seventh season. (TVLine
  • The Cosby Show was once regarded as one of the greatest examples of a family sitcom, but Malcolm-Jamal Warner, like other cast members, believes that legacy has been tarnished in light of the allegations against Bill Cosby. (CNN)
  • It has been almost a decade since UPN and The WB merged to become The CW, and the only two series that aired on the original networks that are still airing include Supernatural (from The WB) and America's Next Top Model (from UPN). This week, it was announced that America's Next Top Model will be ending, marking an end to the legacy of UPN. (Deadline)
  • FXX has been the home for The Simpsons on cable for over a year now, so it shouldn't be surprising that they are planning to air every Treehouse of Horror episode for the Halloween season. (SitcomsOnline

HOME MEDIA HIGHLIGHTS
  • Long after she was Phyllis on The Mary Tyler Moore Show (but before she was Maw Maw on Raising Hope), Cloris Leachman was Beverly Ann on The Facts of Life. On January 26, The Facts of Life - Season Eight will be released on DVD.

OCTOBER 20 HOME MEDIA RELEASES

  • C.P.O. Sharkey - Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles TV Collection (DVD, $69.95): While the set isn't exclusively just C.P.O. Sharkey, it contains every episode from the two seasons of the series (also sold individually) along with four classic one hour specials.
  • The Facts of Life - Season Seven (DVD, $29.93): George Clooney enters (and Charlotte Rae prepares to leave) in this season of the classic sitcom.
  • King of the Hill - The Complete 13th Season (DVD, $34.95; Blu-ray, $34.95): Over twelve years after Fox released the first season (back when TV-on-DVD had just begun), Olive Films wraps up the series to an end with this release. This also marks the first (and only) season of the series to be (partially) broadcast in high-definition, and accordingly, Olive Films has also presented it on Blu-ray.
  • My Favorite Martian - The Complete Series (DVD, $99.98): MPI puts together the entire series in this release.
  • Nurse Jackie - Season Seven (DVD, $29.98; Blu-ray, $29.97): This release brings the Showtime series to a close on DVD (and Blu-ray).

FOLLOW ME

Who to Follow: Don Johnson (Twitter)
Claim to Fame: Don Johnson isn't exactly a sitcom star at all. In fact, a quick look at his resume will show that the closest things to a sitcom he has ever appeared in are a single episode of Eight is Enough (not quite a sitcom, though it had sitcom elements) and the HBO series Eastbound & Down (a comedy, but still not quite a sitcom). Nonetheless, he is a television star, best known for his starring role on Miami Vice (and to a lesser extent, Nash Bridges). He has recently returned to television this season on ABC, with the starring role in ABC's primetime soap opera, Blood & Oil.
Pick of the Tweets: "This is the last guy that tried to do a deal with Hap Briggs #bloodandoil #sundayabc @chacecrawford (photo)" (October 16, 2015)


Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Tuesday, December 11

The Conners - "O Sister, Where Art Thou?" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
When Becky helps Harris keep a secret from Darlene, it opens up a can of worms that causes a rift between the two sisters. Jackie supports Peter with his Nordic history project, and Dan reunites with an old friend.

The Kids Are Alright - "Christmas 1972" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
When Peggy’s successful brother, Tom, drops in for Christmas, Mike immediately oozes with jealousy. Thus begins Mike’s one-sided competition with Tom, using his kids as pawns to help. After Tom gives the Clearys an extravagant Christmas gift, pride prevents Mike from taking it – putting him at odds with the rest of the family. Meanwhile, Timmy mistakenly receives $100 from his great-aunt for Christmas and contemplates whether he should do “the right thing” or keep it. Elsewhere, Eddie forgets to get Wendi a Christmas present and panic sets in.

black-ish - "Christmas in Theater Eight" (ABC, 9:00PM ET/PT)
The Johnsons have a tradition of going to the movies on Christmas and they can never agree on what to see. Dre wants to see an important film about Rosa Parks, but they all want to see the latest action-packed superhero blockbuster. Meanwhile, Junior becomes embarrassed about taking a gap year after he runs into his ex-girlfriend Megan at the theater.

Splitting Up Together - "Messy" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
After Lena and Vlad’s unexpected kiss, things get more complicated as they begin their new work partnership while working with a new client. Elsewhere, Martin goes to Paige’s house for more privacy and gets a glimpse into what a more typical divorced home life is, causing him to become uneasy. Back at home, Mason and Mae go head-to-head after Mae finds out that Mason has a crush on a pretentious girl at school.

The Guest Book - "Everybody Loves Clark" (TBS, 10:30PM ET/PT)
Tommy surprises Nikki with a spontaneous wedding ceremony; both are blithely oblivious to the fact that Vivian is kidnapping their child; some familiar faces from Mt. Trace return to sort things out.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of December 10)

Tuesday, December 11

  • Ron Livingston (Loudermilk/Search Party) - Catch Ron on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Whoopi Goldberg (Whoopi/Bagdad Cafe) - Whoopi visits The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Adam Pally (Making History/The Mindy Project/Happy Endings) - Adam is a guest on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Ken Jeong (Dr. Ken/Community) - Ken 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.
  • Vanessa Hudgens (Powerless) - Vanessa stops by Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Nicole Byer (Loosely Exactly Nicole) - Nicole is a guest on Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Ellen DeGeneres (Ellen/The Ellen Show) - Ellen drops by The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Jenny McCarthy (Two and a Half Men/Jenny) - Jenny appears on Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
  • Maura Tierney (NewsRadio) - Maura is a guest on E!'s Busy Tonight at 10pm.
  • Kathy Bates (Disjointed) - Kathy chats on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Ashton Kutcher (The Ranch/Two and a Half Men/That 70s Show) - Ashton guest co-hosts The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Eugene Levy (Schitt's Creek/Greg the Bunny/Hiller and Diller) and Catherine O'Hara (Schitt's Creek) - Eugene and Catherine are guests on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Alfonso Ribeiro (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air/In the House/Silver Spoons) - Alfonso and his wife Angela discuss holiday hacks on Access Live, so check your local listings.
  • Leah Remini (Kevin Can Wait/The Exes/Family Tools/The King of Queens/Fired Up) - Leah talks about Second Act on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am.
  • Jameela Jamil (The Good Place) - Jameela talks about The Good Place on NBC's Today in the 9am hour.
  • Dan Bucatinsky (Marry Me/Web Therapy/The Comeback) - Dan talks about Second Act on People Now at 12pm.
  • Marlo Thomas (That Girl) - Marlo discusses the season of giving thanks and the amazing efforts of St. Jude 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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