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, October 24

The Middle - "Halloween VIII: Orson Murder Mystery" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
As Halloween approaches, Frankie discovers that a woman had died in the bathtub of the Heck house close to 50 years ago; Frankie and Brick become convinced that she was murdered and, much to Mike’s chagrin, attempt to track down and find the murderer. Meanwhile, Axl and Lexie become frustrated over losing their alone time when Sue insists on hanging out with them wherever they go.

Fresh Off the Boat - "It's a Plastic Pumpkin, Louis Huang" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
On Halloween, Louis is disappointed that Evan doesn’t take his childish delight in the holiday; Eddie and the gang plot to crash a cool older girl’s party; Jessica and Emery are spooked when they hear a strange man’s voice emanating from Grandma’s room, and things get even creepier when a mysterious group of costumed strangers whisk Grandma away, making them suspect the supernatural worst.

black-ish - "Advance to Go (Collect $200)" (ABC, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Dre brings everyone together for a rowdy family game night and the competition is fierce. The game of choice is Monopoly and as the night progresses, alliances are formed and some are pushed to their limits. Meanwhile, Bow makes it clear how she feels about Junior’s girlfriend.

The Mayor - "City Hall-oween" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
As Halloween approaches, Mayor Courtney Rose and Police Chief Fox (Kristen Johnston) find themselves at odds on how to handle the community’s first annual spook-tacular celebration at City Hall. During the night of the bash, it dawns on Courtney that throwing a party to keep kids safe doesn’t address the bigger issues in Fort Grey and plans to work with Chief Fox going forward. Meanwhile, Dina gets into the spirit by dressing up as Congresswoman Maxine Waters, while Jermaine and T.K. set out to prank Val who has the last laugh when she outsmarts the guys at their own game.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of October 23)

Tuesday, October 24

  • Ted Danson (The Good Place/Becker/Cheers) - Catch Ted on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Ricky Gervais (The Office) - Ricky appears on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Sabrina Carpenter (Girl Meets World) - Sabrina is a musical guest on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Anna Faris (Mom) - Anna drops by Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Cole Sprouse (The Suite Life of Zack & Cody/The Suite Life on Deck) - Cole visits Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Cedric the Entertainer (The Soul Man/The Steve Harvey Show) - Cedric stops by The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Gabourey Sidibe (The Big C) - Gabourey chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Randall Park (Fresh Off the Boat) - Randall appears on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Michael Strahan (Brothers) - Michael is a guest on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Michael Rapaport (Atypical/The War at Home) - Michael drops by The Wendy Williams Show at 2am on BET or on your local stations.
  • Yvette Nicole Brown (The Mayor/The Odd Couple/Community) - Yvette talks about her LA road rage, her love life and more on Harry, so check your local listings.
  • Valerie Bertinelli (Hot in Cleveland/CafĂ© Americain/One Day at a Time) - Valerie is in the kitchen with three super-easy slow cooker dishes – like Sloppy Joes and a Pasta Bake on Rachael Ray, so check your local listings.
  • Joanna Garcia Swisher (Reba/Better with You) - Joanna talks about her show Kevin (Probably) Saves the World – and her friendship with Lea Michele on People Now at 8:30am.
  • Denis Leary (Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll/The Job) - Denis is a guest on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am. He will also be on the AOL Build Show at 4pm.
  • J. B. Smoove (The Millers/'Til Death/Curb Your Enthusiasm) - J. B. is a guest on the AOL Build Show at 11am.
  • Debra Messing (Will & Grace) - Debra appears on Daily Pop on E! at 12pm.


New on DVD/Blu-ray (June/July/August)

Father Knows Best - Season Six Diff'rent Strokes - The Complete Sixth Season Alice - The Complete Fifth Season Rhoda - Season Four Brooklyn Nine-Nine - Season Four

06/13 - The Andy Griffith Show - Return to Mayberry
06/13 - That's My Mama - The Complete Series
06/20 - Workaholics - The Final (Seventh) Season
06/20 - Workaholics - The Complete Series
06/27 - The Jamie Foxx Show - The Complete Third Season
07/04 - Superstore - Season Two
07/18 - Father Knows Best - Season Six
07/25 - Diff'ernt Strokes - The Complete Sixth Season
07/25 - Girls - The Final (Sixth) Season (Blu-ray)
08/01 - Alice - The Complete Fifth Season (WBShop.com)
08/01 - Crashing - The Complete First Season (Blu-ray)
08/15 - Rhoda - Season Four
08/22 - Brooklyn Nine-Nine - Season Four
08/29 - Will & Grace - Season One (Universal)
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