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).

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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 12

The Middle - "The Christmas Miracle" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
It’s Christmastime, and Frankie and Sue are devastated after Axl informs them that he’s not going to church this year because he’s beginning to question his faith. Meanwhile, Mike goes to war with the Glossner kids after they keep defacing his new, giant inflatable snowman; and Brick goes all out in an attempt to wrap his first present for a planned Christmas Yankee Swap.

Fresh Off the Boat - "Do You Hear What I Hear?" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
As head of the HOA Christmas committee, Jessica threatens to cut the neighborhood caroling this year due to last year’s rocky performance. However, Deirdre says that her friend Holly (Paula Abdul), who teaches “Performance and Movement,” will help get everyone into tip-top, melodic shape. Meanwhile, Marvin becomes suspicious of Honey when she goes to see “Titanic” at the movies without him; Nicole develops her first girl crush and struggles with how to get her attention.

black-ish - "Sugar Daddy" (ABC, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Dre is diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes and after talking to Pops, he’s resolved to curing himself. Things come to a head at the Stevens & Lido holiday party. Meanwhile, Jack is convinced that baby Devante hates him, so he enlists Junior and Diane’s help.

The Mayor - "Grey Christmas" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
After visiting a homeless shelter on Christmas Eve, Courtney realizes things for the needy could be improved and pledges to make it a joyous Christmas that every family deserves. But when he learns he doesn’t have the budget to deliver on his promise, Courtney loses hope and his holiday spirit which leads to a magical “It’s A Wonderful Life” moment that makes him realize he has the gift needed to pull off a Christmas miracle.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine - "Game Night" / "The Favor" (Fox, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Rosa asks for Jake's help to deliver important information to her parents, but their plan goes awry when they assume the two are in a relationship; Seamus Murphy comes back to redeem an ethically questionable favor owed by Capt. Holt.

Teachers - "Let It Flow" (TV Land, 10:00PM ET/PT)
Ms. Cannon discovers that one of her students is an artistic prodigy. Mrs. Adler and Ms. Watson take the mini-society competition to a new level.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of December 11)

Tuesday, December 12

  • Tom Hanks (Bosom Buddies) - Catch Tom on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS. He also talks about The Post on CBS This Morning sometime between 7-9am.
  • Jane Krakowski (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt/30 Rock) - Jane appears on The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Ari Graynor (I'm Dying Up Here/Bad Teacher) - Ari is a guest on Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Niecy Nash (The Soul Man/Getting On/Do Not Disturb/Reno 911!) - Niecy visits The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Bill Pullman (1600 Penn) - Bill stops by Steve, so check your local listings.
  • Miles Brown (black-ish) - Miles appears on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Ana Gasteyer (People of Earth/Lady Dynamite/Suburgatory) - Ana talks about Fox's A Christmas Story Live! on Access Hollywood Live, so check your local listings.
  • Noah Galvin (The Real O'Neals) - Noah talks about Dear Evan Hansen on the BUILD Series at 4pm.


New on DVD/Blu-ray (November/December)

The Wayans Bros. - The Complete Third Season Living Single - The Complete Third Season Alice - The Complete Sixth Season One Day at a Time - The Complete Series Fuller House - The Complete Second Season

11/07 - American Dad! - Volume 12
11/07 - Family Guy - Season Fifteen
11/07 - The Wayans Bros. - The Complete Third Season
11/14 - D.C. Follies - The Complete Series
11/21 - Living Single - The Complete Third Season
11/24 - Grandfathered - Season 1
12/05 - Alice - The Complete Sixth Season
12/05 - One Day at a Time - The Complete Series
12/05 - The Simpsons - The Eighteenth Season
12/05 - South Park - The Complete First Season (Blu-ray) / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5
12/12 - Fuller House - The Complete Second Season
12/19 - South Park - The Complete Sixth Season (Blu-ray) / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10 / 11
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