Saturday, October 31, 2015

SitcomsOnline Digest: Truth Be Told Episode Order Cut; Warner Archive Brings Hank and George Lopez to DVD

Happy Halloween, and welcome to SitcomsOnline Digest! This week, we've got news of some cancellations and full season pickups, some Warner Archive updates, and more. Let's get going!

HIGHLIGHTS FROM SITCOMSONLINE.COM AND AROUND THE WEB
  • Although it hasn't exactly been cancelled outright so far, it probably comes as little surprise that NBC has trimmed the series Truth Be Told down to 10 episodes following poor ratings for the first two episodes. (Hollywood Reporter)
  • Al Molinaro, best known for his roles on Happy Days and The Odd Couple, has died at the age of 96. (Variety)
  • The FX comedy Married has been cancelled after two seasons. (Entertainment Weekly)
  • If you like Full House, there's a chance that you may love the off-Broadway musical parody Full House! The Musical!, which stars Perez Hilton and runs for roughly another month in New York City. (Hollywood Reporter)
  • Viral videos of fake opening theme songs seem to be all the rage online these days, and this week, IFC made opening credits that would fit the Ghostbusters movies... if they were a sitcom. (/Film)
  • Fox has given full season orders to both Grandfathered and The Grinder. (SitcomsOnline

HOME MEDIA HIGHLIGHTS
  • Warner Archive has been known for bringing some odd and forgotten series out of the vaults to release, and this week, they announced that a mostly forgotten classic sitcom from five decades ago, Hank - The Complete Series (the 1965 one, not to be confused with the very short-lived ABC sitcom from 2009), will be released on Tuesday.
  • Warner Archive will also be wrapping up George Lopez on DVD sometime in November.

NOVEMBER 3 HOME MEDIA RELEASES


FOLLOW ME

Who to Follow: Nick Bakay (Twitter), "Football Sage, Talking Cat, Writer, Actor, Ginge with a whole lotta soul"
Claim to Fame: It's Halloween, so we have something Halloween-themed for today's Follow Me: the guy who played the voice of Salem the Cat on Sabrina, the Teenage Witch. But his talents go much further than that. He also served as a writer for the series, was a producer on The King of Queens, and both acted in and produced 'Til Death. Before all of that, he had a recurring role in the "Dirty Dozens" game show sketches on In Living Color. And, if all of that hasn't kept him busy enough, he also spends time as a sports columnist and commentator, particularly with NFL football.
Pick of the Tweets: "My past has come back to haunt me: Me-ow! 9 Of Salem's Sickest Burns On 'Sabrina, The Teenage Witch' http://on.mtv.com/1JyyrG4  via @MTVNews" (August 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

Thursday, September 29

Superstore - "Back to Work" (NBC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Jeff (recurring guest star Michael Bunin), the district manager from corporate, tells the Cloud 9 employees he is going to be around for the day to see what can improve in the store. Amy (America Ferrera) tries to impress him with a perfect day, but a workplace accident threatens her plan. Meanwhile, Glenn (Mark McKinney) tries to come off as a tough boss in front of Jeff, Jonah (Ben Feldman) attempts to help an unyielding Dina (Lauren Ash) win over the employees she betrayed in the strike and Mateo (Nico Santos) discovers something about Jeff in his pursuit to win him over.

The Good Place - "Jason Mendoza" (NBC, 10:00PM ET/PT)
Eleanor (Kristen Bell) faces her toughest test yet in her attempt to remain in hiding. Meanwhile, Michael (Ted Danson) enlists Tahani (Jameela Jamil) to help a fellow neighbor fulfill her true purpose.

The Big Bang Theory - "The Earworm Reverberation" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Sheldon has a revelation when he realizes why a song was stuck in his head. Also, Amy invites Dave (Stephen Merchant) over for dinner despite their previously awkward date, and Wolowitz and Koothrappali become obsessed with a fan of their band, “Footprints on the Moon.”

Kevin Can Wait - "Pilot" (CBS, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Kevin James stars as a newly retired police officer looking forward to spending carefree, quality time with his wife and three kids, only to find he faces tougher challenges at home than he ever did on the streets.

Better Things - "Woman Is the Something of the Something" (FX, 10:00PM ET/PT)
Sam gets really looked at.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of September 26)

Thursday, September 29

  • Judith Light (Transparent/Phenom/Who's the Boss?) - Catch Judith on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Tim Meadows (Son of Zorn/Marry Me/The Michael Richards Show) - Tim appears on Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC. He will also be on the AOL Build Show at 3pm.
  • Max Greenfield (New Girl/Modern Men) - Max drops by The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Ken Jeong (Dr. Ken/Community), Dave Foley (Dr. Ken/NewsRadio) and Suzy Nakamura (Dr. Ken/Go On) - Ken, Dave and Suzy are guests on @midnight on Comedy Central at midnight. Ken will also be on Harry, so check your local listings.
  • January Jones (The Last Man on Earth) - January stops by Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
  • Jerry O'Connell (We Are Men/Carpoolers/My Secret Identity) - Jerry guest co-hosts LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
  • Sarah Jessica Parker (Divorce/Sex and the City/Square Pegs) - Sarah appears on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Alfonso Ribeiro (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air/In the House/Silver Spoons) - Alfonso joins the Chew Crew on ABC's The Chew at 1pm ET/12pm PT/CT. He will also be on the AOL Build Show at 11am.
  • Holland Taylor (Two and a Half Men/The Powers That Be) - Holland talks about The Front Page on NBC's Today in the 10am hour.
  • Jamie-Lynn Sigler (Guys with Kids) - Jamie-Lynn is a guest on Good Day New York on WNYW-Fox5 in New York sometime between 7-10am and on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 12:30pm ET.
  • Kristen Bell (The Good Place) - Kristen appears on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.