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 (June/July/August)

Father Knows Best - Season Six Diff'rent Strokes - The Complete Sixth Season Alice - The Complete Fifth Season Rhoda - Season Four Brooklyn Nine-Nine - Season Four

06/13 - The Andy Griffith Show - Return to Mayberry
06/13 - That's My Mama - The Complete Series
06/20 - Workaholics - The Final (Seventh) Season
06/20 - Workaholics - The Complete Series
06/27 - The Jamie Foxx Show - The Complete Third Season
07/04 - Superstore - Season Two
07/18 - Father Knows Best - Season Six
07/25 - Diff'ernt Strokes - The Complete Sixth Season
07/25 - Girls - The Final (Sixth) Season (Blu-ray)
08/01 - Alice - The Complete Fifth Season (WBShop.com)
08/01 - Crashing - The Complete First Season (Blu-ray)
08/15 - Rhoda - Season Four
08/22 - Brooklyn Nine-Nine - Season Four
08/29 - Will & Grace - Season One (Universal)
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Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Sunday, August 20

Family Guy - "Ain't Miss Debatin" (Fox, 7:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
When Tina is recruited by the debate team, she finds unexpected success and an even more unexpected relationship. Meanwhile, Louise and Gene convince their parents to help fund a stop-motion movie focusing on a surprising subject matter.

The Simpsons - "Havana Wild Weekend" (Fox, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
When the Retirement Castle and the V.A. Hospital can’t solve Grampa’s health issues, the Simpsons decide to take a family trip to Cuba to get him cheap medical care.

Family Guy - "The Peter Principal" (Fox, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Peter becomes the temporary principal at the high school, and Meg uses his new power to get even with her bullies. Meanwhile, Brian and Stewie open a bed & breakfast that quickly turns into a brothel.

The Simpsons - "Dad Behavior" (Fox, 9:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Homer finds a new app that makes his life much easier and outsources his father-son bonding. Meanwhile, Grampa finds that he is about to be a father again.

Family Guy - "Dearly Deported" (Fox, 9:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
When Chris’ Mexican girlfriend, Isabella, gets deported, he volunteers to take care of her twin babies. After learning that Isabella can’t come back to the U.S., the Griffins go to Mexico to return her children.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of August 14)

Friday, August 18

  • T.J. Miller (Silicon Valley/The Goodwin Games/Carpoolers) - Watch T.J. on a repeat of Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Billy Eichner (Difficult People) - Billy is a guest on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Jane Krakowski (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt/30 Rock) - Jane appears on a repeat of The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Jeff Garlin (The Goldbergs/Curb Your Enthusiasm) - Jeff visits LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Jussie Smollett (On Our Own) - Jussie is a guest on a repeat of The Wendy Williams Show at 2am on BET or on your local stations.
  • Randall Park (Fresh Off the Boat) - Randall appears on a repeat of Harry, so check your local listings.
  • Kristen Bell (The Good Place) - Kristen is a guest on a repeat of The Real, so check your local listings.
  • Jason Jones (The Detour) - Jason appears on a repeat of Rachael Ray, so check your local listings.
  • Brandy (Moesha/The Game/Thea) - Brandy talks about Broadway's Chicago on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 11:30am ET.
  • Demi Lovato (Sonny with a Chance) - Demi performs on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am.
  • Nat Wolff (The Naked Brothers Band) - Nat talks about Leap and Home Again on NBC's Today in the 9am hour.
  • Geena Davis (Buffalo Bill/The Geena Davis Show) - Geena talks about Marjorie Prime on NBC's Today in the 9am hour.