Saturday, October 17, 2015
SitcomsOnline Digest: Angel From Hell Debut Delayed; Extra Episode Orders for Grandfathered and The Grinder
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).
New on DVD/Blu-ray (October/November)
10/04 - The Andy Griffith Show - The Christmas Special (Colorized)
10/04 - I Love Lucy - Superstar Special #1 (Colorized)
10/11 - Dr. Ken - Season One
10/11 - Mike & Molly - The Complete Sixth and Final Season
10/11 - Mike & Molly - The Complete Series
10/11 - Nurse Jackie - Seasons One and Two
10/11 - Weeds - Seasons One and Two
11/01 - Schitt's Creek - Seasons One and Two
11/08 - Family Matters - The Complete Ninth Season
11/08 - Your Family or Mine - Season One
11/15 - Community - The Complete Series
11/15 - The Lucy Show - The Complete Series
11/15 - The Mindy Project - Season Four
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Sitcoms Airing Tonight
Friday, December 2
Last Man Standing - "Precious Snowflakes" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Mandy chooses local-celebrity Mike as the speaker for her business school’s graduation. After learning that the school requires his speech to be PC and micro-agression free, Mike decides whether or not to play by the rules. Meanwhile, Eve’s friend Cammy (Sarah Gilman) is home from college, bragging about how fantastic her new life has been, leaving Eve feeling slightly fruitless and discouraged.
Dr. Ken - "D.K's New Girlfriend" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
When D.K. overhears Allison complain about him overstaying his welcome, he decides to move in with his girlfriend of three weeks. Meanwhile, Pat wants Dave to pretend he’s his adopted son; and Allison is convinced Molly wants to talk about something when she suggests they do a spa day, but the tables turn when Molly is the one doling out the advice.
I Love Lucy - "I Love Lucy Christmas Special" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT)
The I LOVE LUCY CHRISTMAS SPECIAL features “The Christmas Episode” and the newly colorized “Lucy Gets in Pictures.” Both were colorized with a vintage look, a nod to the 1950s period in which the shows were filmed. The main titles and end credits of the two episodes are seamlessly combined into one set at the beginning and end of the hour, with no interruption between the episodes.
“The Christmas Episode” finds the Ricardos and Mertzes decorating Lucy and Ricky’s Christmas tree and reminiscing about how their lives have changed since the arrival of the Ricardos’ son, Little Ricky (Keith Thibodeaux). Flashbacks recall the night Lucy tells Ricky she is pregnant, the time Lucy shows up unexpectedly as part of a barbershop quartet and the day Ricky and the Mertzes rehearse taking Lucy to the maternity ward.
“The Christmas Episode” was first broadcast on CBS in December 1956. The episode was not included in the series’ long history of rebroadcasts, first on CBS Daytime and later in syndication. Thought to be lost, CBS rediscovered the episode in 1989.
In the newly colorized “Lucy Gets in Pictures,” Lucy’s lifelong dream of appearing in a motion picture seems to have come true when Ricky arranges for her to play a showgirl in a new musical. Unfortunately, the enormous feathered headdress she is expected to wear as she descends a staircase proves to be too cumbersome. After numerous mishaps on the stairs, the musical’s frustrated director (Lou Krugman) decides to make a change.
“Lucy Gets in Pictures” was originally broadcast Feb. 21, 1955, and was an immediate favorite not only of viewers, but of Lucille Ball herself. She restaged the famous headdress scene, again with Krugman, in the 1962 CBS special, “Opening Night,” and in 1965 in a slightly modified form, this time with actor Danny Thomas, in her second CBS series, “The Lucy Show.”
Liv and Maddie: Cali Style - "Cali Christmas-a-Rooney" (Disney Channel, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Maddie gets upset that she can't be in Wisconsin for Christmas, so Liv helps cheer her up.
Girl Meets World - "Girl Meets a Christmas Maya" (Disney Channel, 8:30PM ET/PT)
As Christmas approaches, Riley gets excited to celebrate her favorite holiday, but for Maya, the holidays only bring back unhappy memories from her childhood.
Bunk'd - "How the Griff Stole Christmas" (Disney Channel, 8:00PM ET/PT)
The holidays arrive at Camp Kikiwaka with everyone in good spirits -- except for Griff.
Friday, December 2
- Chelsea Handler (Are You There, Chelsea?) - Watch Chelsea on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
- John Goodman (Roseanne/Normal, Ohio) - John appears on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
- Andrew Rannells (Girls/The New Normal) - Andrew is a guest on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
- Holland Taylor (Two and a Half Men/The Powers That Be/Bosom Buddies) - Holland chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
- Melissa Rauch (The Big Bang Theory) - Melissa appears on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
- Busy Philipps (Vice Principals/Cougar Town) - Busy guest co-hosts LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
- Randall Park (Fresh Off the Boat) - Randall stops by LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
- Scott Patterson (Aliens in America) - Scott is a guest on Rachael Ray, so check your local listings.
- Kevin Quinn (Bunk'd) - Kevin appears on People Now at 8:30am.
- Miss Piggy (The Muppets) - NBC's Today catches up with Miss Piggy in the 10am hour.
- Gaby Hoffmann (Transparent/Someone Like Me) - Gaby appears on Chelsea on Netflix.