Saturday, October 03, 2015

SitcomsOnline Digest: Tina Fey and Robert Carlock Comedy Gets CBS Commitment; Growing Pains and The Middle DVD Release Dates Set

Welcome to SitcomsOnline Digest! As the fall season has fully arrived now, everything is getting back to business as usual at the broadcast networks (of course, cable and streaming doesn't know the seasons), and this week, we've got news of yet another Tina Fey and Robert Carlock comedy project (this time at CBS though), a reboot of MacGyver, and more. Let's get going!

  • Tina Fey and Robert Carlock have managed to have a perfect record in bringing hilarious comedies to television (or Netflix) so far, and now they'll be joining Jack Burditt for yet another project on CBS. But this time, it will be a multi-camera. (Deadline)
  • Reboots are everywhere, and this time it is MacGyver. (Hollywood Reporter)
  • Meanwhile, a popular comedy from the US is getting a reboot (but only in Russia): Roseanne. (Deadline
  • The Splat is coming, although it is really just an expansion and retooling of the previously existing The '90s Are All That block. (SitcomsOnline)
  • The digital broadcast network getTV is adding class talk shows, including The Judy Garland Show and The Merv Griffin Show, to their lineup. (SitcomsOnline


  • Bewitched - The Complete Series (DVD, $55.99): It's not the first time that it has arrived on DVD, but the complete series of the classic series returns to DVD again with this release.
  • Grace Under Fire - The Complete Collection (DVD, $199.99): The Brett Butler series was scheduled to be released on DVD almost a decade ago by another studio and was scrapped, never to be heard from again... until now. 
  • I Dream of Jeannie - The Complete Series (DVD, $44.98): This set is another complete series re-release from Mill Creek.
  • South Park - The Complete Eighteenth Season (DVD, $29.99; Blu-ray, $39.99): The foul-mouthed fourth-graders (they're still there?) return to DVD in this release.


Who to Follow: Ken Jeong (Twitter)
Claim to Fame: Ken Jeong used to be a doctor, and now he just plays one on television. He was born in Detroit in 1969, and in 1995, he received his MD. While he was completing his residency, he dabbled a bit in stand-up comedy, and moved to Los Angeles at the urging of former NBC president Brandon Tartikoff. At first, he continued his medical career, but his acting career soon began to take over. His first regular television role came with his role as SeƱor Ben Chang, the Spanish teacher, on the NBC comedy Community, and last night, his new ABC series Dr. Ken debuted.
Pick of the Tweets: "#DrKen and next 6 episodes are even better the pilot!!! We won't let you down." (October 2, 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

Monday, October 24

Kevin Can Wait - "Beat the Parents" (CBS, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Kevin and Donna are thrilled when their son, Jack, makes friends with a boy from school, Grayden (Graydon Peter Yosowitz), however, when Donna and Kevin don’t hit it off with Grayden’s arrogant father, Vic (Ray Romano), and his pushy wife, Brandi (Lindsay Broad), they set out to sabotage the boys’ new friendship. Matt Romano guest stars as Vic’s second son, Braden.

Man with a Plan - "Pilot" (CBS, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Golden Globe Award winner Matt LeBlanc stars as Adam, a contractor who starts spending more time with his three kids when his wife, Andi, goes back to work and discovers the truth all parents eventually realize—their little angels are maniacs.

2 Broke Girls - "And the Godmama Drama" (CBS, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Oleg and Sophie’s plan to have Max and Caroline as Barbara’s godparents is derailed when Oleg’s domineering mother, Olga (Mercedes Ruehl), arrives from the Ukraine for the baby’s baptism and fires Max and Caroline from their godparent duties.

The Odd Couple - "Food Fight" (CBS, 9:30PM ET/PT)
When Oscar learns that his favorite hangout, Langford’s, is in financial trouble, he impulsively asks Felix to help save it, without considering the disastrous consequences. Also, Felix tries to make his mark on the restaurant when the owner, Fred Langford (Fred Willard), puts him in charge for a few days.

Complete TV Listings

Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of October 24)

Monday, October 24

  • Ricky Gervais (The Office) - Watch Ricky on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Tom Hanks (Bosom Buddies) - Tom appears on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS. He also talks about Inferno on NBC's Today sometime between 7-9am and on LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
  • Elijah Wood (Wilfred) - Elijah is a guest on Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Ana Gasteyer (People of Earth/Lady Dynamite/Suburgatory) - Ana visits Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation) - Nick stops by The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Ron Howard (Happy Days/The Andy Griffith Show) - Ron appears on The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Kate Micucci (Raising Hope/The Big Bang Theory) - Kate is a guest on a repeat of @midnight on Comedy Central at midnight.
  • Zooey Deschanel (New Girl) - Zooey appears on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Michael Chiklis (Daddio) - Michael drops by Harry, so check your local listings.
  • Jameela Jamil (The Good Place) - Jameela appears on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Aya Cash (You're the Worst) - Aya talks about You're the Worst on the AOL Build ShoW at 2pm. She will also be on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 12:30pm ET.
  • Will Forte (The Last Man on Earth) - Will is a guest on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am.
  • Mary Steenburgen (The Last Man on Earth/Ink) - Mary talks about The Last Man on Earth on NBC's Today in the 10am hour. She will also be on the AOL Build Show at 12:30pm.
  • Anna Camp (The Mindy Project) - Anna talks about Good Girls Revolt on People Now at 8:30am.
  • James Brolin (Life in Pieces) - James is a guest on Access Hollywood Live, so check your local listings.
  • Matt LeBlanc (Man with a Plan/Episodes/Joey/Friends) - Matt appears on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Nico Tortorella (Younger) - Nico guest co-hosts The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.