Saturday, October 10, 2015

SitcomsOnline Digest: New Greg Garcia Sitcoms in the Works at NBC and Fox; Last Man Standing Season Four Arrives on DVD

Welcome to SitcomsOnline Digest! This week, we've got news of two new projects in development from the creator of My Name is Earl and Raising Hope, new Last Man Standing DVDs, and more. Let's get going!

HIGHLIGHTS FROM SITCOMSONLINE.COM AND AROUND THE WEB
  • Greg Garcia, creator of some of some of broadcast TV's quirkier cult favorite sitcoms, is back at it again with new projects at both NBC and Fox, Letters to Beyonce and The Pack. (Deadline)
  • Bill Lawrence has been part of the sitcom scene for over two decades now, and he even set his expectations low when NBC debuted his current series Undateable as a summer burn-off. Last night, the series began a third season of all live episodes, and he discusses some of the new challenges of creating a sitcom. (Vanity Fair)
  • Jay Leno may not be part of The Tonight Show (and he probably won't be back for a third time), but it also sounds like he won't be leaving TV either, as his new CNBC series, Jay Leno's Garage, gave the network their biggest audience ever. (Deadline
  • Nancy Drew could be the next thing to be rebooted at CBS. (Hollywood Reporter)
  • Bob's Burgers appeared to be an unceremonious burn-off series destined for quick cancellation when it debuted in 2011, but it has evolved into a piece of the Fox Sunday night lineup that is as reliable as The Simpsons and Family Guy as it has now been renewed for a seventh and eighth season. (SitcomsOnline)
  • ABC Family is the fifth name that one particular cable network has had in the past 30 years (and it is also the longest running name for the network), but now it is set to be rebranded as Freeform next year. (SitcomsOnline

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    Who to Follow: Mark-Paul Gosselaar (Twitter), "In State of reasonably confused refreshment."
    Claim to Fame: Believe it or not, we're actually continuing our theme of "stars of the new season" this week, even if you think we're talking about Zack Morris. Of course, that Saved by the Bell character is something that Mark-Paul Gosselaar will always be known for, and he doesn't seem to mind. That does not distract from the fact that he has successfully transitioned into an adult actor, though. In recent years, he has had starring roles in NYPD Blue, Raising the Bar, and Franklin & Bash. He also had a very memorable single appearance in Weeds, an appearance which we don't feel comfortable describing in an all-ages blog. But now, he is returning to comedy next week on NBC, as he stars in their latest sitcom, Truth Be Told.
    Pick of the Tweets: "You all rock! Thanks for the love and support. Hope you also enjoy #TruthBeTold and if you don't...keep it to your damn self!!! Cheers. @nbc" (September 29, 2015)


    Sitcoms Airing Tonight

    Monday, April 23

    The Big Bang Theory - "The Relaxation Integration" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
    Sheldon and Wolowitz plan birthday celebrations for Amy and Halley, respectively. Also, Leonard receives a Christmas letter from his brother that causes him to spiral out about his own lack of accomplishments.

    Young Sheldon - "A Therapist, a Comic Book, and a Breakfast Sausage" (CBS, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
    After choking on a breakfast sausage, Sheldon wrestles with his fear of solid foods and discovers comic books for the first time.

    Young Sheldon - "A Solar Calculator, a Game Ball, and a Cheerleader's Bosom" (CBS, 9:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
    Sheldon struggles with newfound popularity after utilizing statistics to help the football team.

    The Big Bang Theory - "The Explosion Implosion" (CBS, 9:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
    Wolowitz and Sheldon bond when they drive to the desert to shoot off a model rocket. Also, when Leonard’s mom, Beverly (Christine Baranski), finds a new best friend in Penny, it rubs Leonard the wrong way.

    American Dad - "My Purity Ball and Chain" (TBS, 10:00PM ET/PT)
    When Steve acts out his sexual energy, Francine asks Stan to give Steve "the talk," but Stan's fear that he won't do it right terrifies him; the family builds a giant water slide in the backyard.

    Complete TV Listings


    Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of April 23)

    Monday, April 23

    • Chris Rock (Everybody Hates Chris) - Watch Chris on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
    • Ali Wentworth (Nightcap) - Ali appears on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
    • Tracy Morgan (The Last O.G./30 Rock/The Tracy Morgan Show) - Tracy is a guest on Comedy Central's The Daily Show with Trevor Noah at 11pm. He also chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
    • Dana Carvey (One of the Boys) - Dana visits Conan at 11pm on TBS.
    • Mark Consuelos (Alpha House/Hope & Faith) - Mark guest co-hosts LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
    • Constance Wu (Fresh Off the Boat) - Constance stops by The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
    • Wendell Pierce (The Odd Couple/The Michael J. Fox Show/The Weber Show/The Gregory Hines Show) - Wendell appears on Harry, so check your local listings.
    • Jason Biggs (Mad Love/Drexell's Class) - Jason and his wife Jenny Mollen talk about Lifetime's My Partner Knows Best on the BUILD Series at 4:30pm. Jason can be heard on the Morning Mashup on SiriusXM.
    • Chris Gethard (Broad City/Big Lake) - Chris is a guest on Page Six TV, so check your local listings.
    • Ellen Burstyn (The Ellen Burstyn Show) - Ellen appears on NBC's Today sometime between 7-9am.
    • Alfonso Ribeiro (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air/In the House/Silver Spoons) - Alfonso visits Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.


    New on DVD/Blu-ray (February/March/April)

    Diff'rent Strokes - The Complete Seventh Season Green Acres - The Complete Fifth Season Mayberry R.F.D. - The Complete First Season One Day at a Time - Season Two Perfect Strangers  - The Complete Third Season

    02/06 - All in the Family - Seasons 1-5
    02/06 - Bosom Buddies - The Complete Series
    02/06 - Women of the House - Complete 12 Episode Series
    02/13 - Broad City - Season 4
    02/13 - Three's Company - The Complete Series - Come and Knock on Our Door Collection
    02/27 - Diff'rent Strokes - The Complete Seventh Season
    02/27 - Green Acres - The Complete Fifth Season
    02/27 - Mayberry R.F.D. - The Complete First Season
    03/06 - Atlanta - The Complete First Season
    03/06 - Curb Your Enthusiasm - The Complete Ninth Season
    03/13 - The New Adventures of Old Christine - The Complete First Season
    03/27 - One Day at a Time - Season Two
    04/03 - Ballers - The Complete Third Season (Blu-ray)
    04/03 - 90's Sitcom (Just Shoot Me!/The Larry Sanders Show/Wings) Starter Set - Season 1 & 2 Bundle
    04/10 - Vice Principals - The Compelte Series
    04/17 - Perfect Strangers - The Complete Third Season
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