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!

  • 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

  • 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.


  • 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).


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)

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

Thursday, October 27

The Big Bang Theory - "The Fetal Kick Catalyst" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Penny is surprised to learn she has fans of her performance in “Serial Ape-ist” when she attends Van Nuys Comic Con with Leonard. Also, Amy hosts a Sheldon-style brunch at Penny’s apartment, and Wolowitz makes an impulsive purchase when he starts stressing out about the baby on the way.

The Great Indoors - "Pilot" (CBS, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Joel McHale stars as Jack, a renowned adventure reporter for an outdoor magazine who must adapt to the times when he becomes the new desk-bound boss to a group of millennials in the digital department of the publication.

Mom - "High-Tops and Brown Jacket" (CBS, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Bonnie and Adam’s relationship is tested when he moves in with her and Christy for a few weeks. Also, Christy learns the hard way that it may be a mistake to try and meet men with Jill.

Life in Pieces - "Annulled Roommate Pill Shower" (CBS, 9:30PM ET/PT)
Heather and Tim enlist Clementine’s unusual parents, Mary-Lynn (Megan Mullally) and Spencer (Nick Offerman), to help convince Clementine and Tyler to annul their unexpected marriage. Also, Tommy moves in with Colleen, to the chagrin of her roommate, Dougie (Fortune Feimster); John and Joan run into “complications” after John takes the wrong dose of his daily pill; and Jen and Greg keep a secret from the family.

Superstore - "Halloween Theft" (NBC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Dina (Lauren Ash) throws a wrench in everyone's Halloween plans when something goes missing from the store and declares that no employee can leave until someone confesses to stealing. Amy (America Ferrera) is determined to find out who is responsible because she doesn't want to miss trick-or-treating with her daughter and Mateo (Nico Santos) prepares for his secret date with Jeff (recurring guest star Michael Bunin). Meanwhile, Jonah (Ben Feldman) and Cheyenne (Nichole Bloom) struggle to bond until they discover they have more in common than they thought. Garrett (Colton Dunn) has a difficult time defending himself during the store-wide investigation.

The Good Place - "Most Improved Player" (NBC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Michael (Ted Danson) has a private meeting with Eleanor (Kristen Bell). Meanwhile, Chidi (William Jackson Harper), who has been harboring a secret, contemplates what to do.

Better Things - "Scary Fun" (FX, 10:00PM ET/PT)
Sam makes a point.

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Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of October 24)

Thursday, October 27

  • Martin Short (Mulaney/The Martin Short Show) - Catch Martin on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Mary-Louise Parker (Weeds) - Mary-Louise visits The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • January Jones (The Last Man on Earth) - January appears on The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Lauren Lapkus (Clipped/Are You There, Chelsea?) - Lauren is a guest on @midnight on Comedy Central at midnight.
  • Abbi Jacobson (Broad City) - Abbi visits Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
  • Ron Howard (Happy Days/The Andy Griffith Show) - Ron appears on Chelsea on Netflix. He also talks about Inferno on NBC's Today in the 10am hour and on the AOL Build Show at 2:30pm.
  • Nathan Lane (Modern Family/Charlie Lawrence/Encore! Encore!), John Goodman (Roseanne/Normal, Ohio) and John Slattery (Maggie) - They talk about Broadway's The Front Page on The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Joel McHale (The Great Indoors/Community) - Joel guest co-hosts LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
  • Miley Cyrus (Hannah Montana) - Miley is a guest on LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
  • Eva Longoria (Telenovela) - Eva appears on The Wendy Williams Show, so check your local listings.
  • Angelique Cabral (Life in Pieces/Enlisted) - Angelique talks about Life in Pieces on the AOL Build Show at 11am.