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

HOME MEDIA HIGHLIGHTS

    FOLLOW ME

    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

    Sunday, February 25

    Brooklyn Nine-Nine - "HalloVeen" (Fox, 7:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
    Jake and Terry must go under cover at an illegal gambling club to catch an infamous arms dealer; Holt teaches them the art of poker, but his addiction resurfaces; Boyle buys a food truck that was formerly used in a brutal string of murders.

    Bob's Burgers - "Thanks-hoarding" (Fox, 7:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
    Teddy's family unexpectedly announces they're coming for Thanksgiving; the preparation proves challenging; Teddy is discovered to be a hoarder.

    The Simpsons - "Grampy Can Ya Hear Me" (Fox, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
    Grampa gets a hearing aid and finally hears what everyone has been saying about him; Principal Skinner discovers that his mother has kept a secret from him.

    Ghosted - "Sam" (Fox, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
    Annie installs smooth-talking artificial intelligence Sam to manage the office; Max and Leroy are put to the test when Sam turns out to be evil; Max is jealous when Leroy makes a new friend.

    Family Guy - "Foxx in the Men House" (Fox, 9:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
    Peter befriends the coolest guy ever and dumps Quagmire, Joe, and Cleveland.

    LA to Vegas - "Two and a Half Pilots" (Fox, 9:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
    In Captain Dave's absence, a rival is assigned to cover the flight's route; Artem and Nichole help Colin plan his son's birthday party.

    A.P. Bio - "Teacher Jail" (NBC, 10:30PM ET/PT)
    When Jack (Glenn Howerton) leaves his class unattended, a student injury sets off an official investigation and lands Jack in "teacher jail." An aggressive teacher's union rep (guest star Niecy Nash) sets her sights on Principal Durbin (Patton Oswalt). The students' excitement for a substitute teacher are dashed when they find out it's Helen (Paula Pell).

    Game Shakers - "Subway Girl" (Nickelodeon, 7:00PM ET/PT)
    When a video of Babe dancing to Dub's new music video goes viral, Dub challenges Babe to a dance battle to prove he is the better dancer.

    School of Rock - "Not Afraid" (Nickelodeon, 7:30PM ET/PT)
    When School of Rock attempts to become the leading quinceanera band in Austin, everything seems to go wrong, thanks to a scary movie.

    Complete TV Listings


    Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of February 19)

    Sunday, February 25

    • NeNe Leakes (The New Normal) - Catch NeNe on Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.


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

    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
    01/09 - Girlfriends - The Complete Series
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