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 (December/January)

American Dad! - Volume 11 Newhart - The Complete Seventh Season I Love Lucy - Superstar Special #2 (Colorized) The Love Boat - Season Three - Volume Two Hooperman - Season One

12/06 - Family Guy - Season Fourteen
12/13 - American Dad! - Volume 11
12/13 - Newhart - The Complete Seventh Season
01/03 - Girls - The Complete Fifth Season (Blu-ray)
01/10 - Broad City - Season 3
01/17 - I Love Lucy - Superstar Special #2 (Colorized)
01/17 - The Love Boat - Season Three - Volume One
01/17 - The Love Boat - Season Three - Volume Two
01/24 - Hooperman - Season One
01/24 - Hooperman - Season Two
01/31 - Ballers - The Complete Second Season (Blu-ray)
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Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Thursday, January 19

The Big Bang Theory - "The Romance Calibration" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT)
When Penny feels that Leonard is taking her for granted, she decides to go on a spa weekend with Amy. Also, Wolowitz and Koothrappali try to fix a squeaky floorboard in the baby’s room.

The Great Indoors - "Mason Blows Up" (CBS, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Jack tries to reassert his dominance as a reporter after Mason scores an investigative coup that turns him into an overnight celebrity. Also, Clark’s low self-esteem causes him to give Emma relationship advice about other guys instead of asking her out himself

Mom - "Good Karma and the Big Weird" (CBS, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Bonnie encourages Christy to pursue Marjorie’s charming nephew, Nick, despite the fact that he’s been declared off limits. Chris Pratt, husband of MOM star Anna Faris, guest stars as Nick, Marjorie’s nephew.

Life in Pieces - "Tailgate Spiral Souvenir Seating" (CBS, 9:30PM ET/PT)
When Colleen and Matt host the family tailgate party at the L.A. Rams game, they invite former NFL quarterback Kurt Warner to spice up their so far dismal event. Also, Tim’s in danger of missing the game when Sophia makes him take her to the restroom and they get sidetracked returning to their seats; Joan and Jen try to sneak into seats closer to the field; and Greg wins a chance to participate in a halftime contest involving a football toss.

The Good Place - "Mindy St. Claire" / "Michael's Gambit" (NBC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
With the help of Chidi (William Jackson Harper) and Tahani (Jameela Jamil), Michael (Ted Danson) faces his biggest challenge yet. Meanwhile, Eleanor (Kristen Bell), Jianyu (Manny Jacinto) and Janet (D'Arcy Carden) are faced with a monumental decision.

Eleanor (Kristen Bell) and her friends contemplate their fates in the Good Place.

Baskets - "Freaks" (FX, 10:00PM ET/PT)
Chip has to decide between a tarp and snacks.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of January 16)

Friday, January 20

  • Anthony Anderson (black-ish/Guys with Kids/All About the Andersons) - Catch Anthony on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • JoAnna Garcia Swisher (Reba/Better with You) - JoAnna visits The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • John Lithgow (3rd Rock from the Sun/Twenty Good Years) - John is a guest on a repeat of The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Jim Gaffigan (The Jim Gaffigan Show/My Boys/Welcome to New York) - Jim stops by The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Cristela Alonzo (Cristela) - Cristela drops by The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Ken Jeong (Dr. Ken/Community) - Ken is a guest on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC. He also appears on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Nicole Byer (Loosely, Exactly Nicole) - Nicole appears on a repeat of Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Joe Jonas (Jonas L.A.) - Joe guest co-hosts LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
  • Bernadette Peters (Mozart in the Jungle/All's Fair) - Bernadette is a guest on LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
  • Queen Latifah (Living Single) - Queen Latifah is a guest on a repeat of Rachael Ray, so check your local listings.
  • Andrew Dice Clay (Bless This House/Hitz) - Andrew stops by Access Hollywood Live, so check your local listings.
  • Johnny Galecki (The Big Bang Theory/Roseanne - Johnny discusses his role in the new film, Rings, and dishes on this season of The Big Bang Theory on the AOL Build Show at 1pm.