Saturday, November 14, 2015

SitcomsOnline Digest: Wicked City Becomes First Official Cancellation of 2015-2016 Season; VEI Preparing to Bring Evening Shade to DVD

Welcome to SitcomsOnline Digest! It took a while, but we finally got the first cancellation of a show for this season, we have news (although it is too late to take part in it now) of fast food chain White Castle paying tribute to a famous Thanksgiving episode of a sitcom with a special "turkey drop" contest, and news of more Evening Shade on DVD. Let's get going!

HIGHLIGHTS FROM SITCOMSONLINE.COM AND AROUND THE WEB
  • It almost never takes this long, but this year, it took until the middle of November for the first official cancellation of the new season, and the "winner" (or "loser") is ABC's Wicked City. (Entertainment Weekly)
  • It's already over now, but fast food chain White Castle has introduced turkey sliders to their menu, and decided to promote the new offering with a "turkey drop" contest at a location in Cincinnati, a nod to the famous "Turkey's Away" episode of WKRP in Cincinnati. (Marketing Land)
  • Angela Kinsey may be returning to the screen on TBS. (Deadline)
  • It's fairly common for the late night talk shows to have special Sunday night editions to air on broadcast networks later in the evening on the night of the Super Bowl, but CBS has decided to shake things up and actually make The Late Show the program that airs immediately after it this year. (New York Times)
  • The Big Bang Theory is still going strong in the ratings with no signs of dying, but part of the problem with this is that any program that follows it has a tendency to suffer badly in the ratings once it is separated from that lead-in, and Supergirl is a good example of this phenomenon. (Deadline)
  • IFC is developing a scripted comedy series from Jon Benjamin. (SitcomsOnline

HOME MEDIA HIGHLIGHTS
  • VEI has been very busy with a lot of complete series lately, and this week, even more were announced. For sitcom fans, however, there is really only one of interest: Evening Shade. No date has been given for this release yet, and we suspect that it won't arrive until later next year.

NOVEMBER 17 HOME MEDIA RELEASES


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Who to Follow: Angela Kinsey (Twitter), "Mom. Owner of nutty pets. Actress. Flip flop wearer."
Claim to Fame: Angela Kinsey came to fame to most people from her role of Angela Martin from The Office. But before that, her career began with an internship on Late Night with Conan O'Brien. She had a few guest roles here and there on King of the Hill and Step by Step, but in 2005, she was thrust into the spotlight on The Office, which was sort of an unexpected hit for NBC. Since then, she has made a number of appearances elsewhere, and was most recently in a role on the TBS series Your Family or Mine, which didn't exactly get a lot of attention and has already been canceled. Now, she is writing, and may possibly appear, in yet another TBS sitcom.
Pick of the Tweets: "Was just humming Little Drummer Boy as I did the dishes...did not even realize it. Sometimes Angela Martin sneaks in my brain." (November 4, 2015)


Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Tuesday, December 12

The Middle - "The Christmas Miracle" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
It’s Christmastime, and Frankie and Sue are devastated after Axl informs them that he’s not going to church this year because he’s beginning to question his faith. Meanwhile, Mike goes to war with the Glossner kids after they keep defacing his new, giant inflatable snowman; and Brick goes all out in an attempt to wrap his first present for a planned Christmas Yankee Swap.

Fresh Off the Boat - "Do You Hear What I Hear?" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
As head of the HOA Christmas committee, Jessica threatens to cut the neighborhood caroling this year due to last year’s rocky performance. However, Deirdre says that her friend Holly (Paula Abdul), who teaches “Performance and Movement,” will help get everyone into tip-top, melodic shape. Meanwhile, Marvin becomes suspicious of Honey when she goes to see “Titanic” at the movies without him; Nicole develops her first girl crush and struggles with how to get her attention.

black-ish - "Sugar Daddy" (ABC, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Dre is diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes and after talking to Pops, he’s resolved to curing himself. Things come to a head at the Stevens & Lido holiday party. Meanwhile, Jack is convinced that baby Devante hates him, so he enlists Junior and Diane’s help.

The Mayor - "Grey Christmas" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
After visiting a homeless shelter on Christmas Eve, Courtney realizes things for the needy could be improved and pledges to make it a joyous Christmas that every family deserves. But when he learns he doesn’t have the budget to deliver on his promise, Courtney loses hope and his holiday spirit which leads to a magical “It’s A Wonderful Life” moment that makes him realize he has the gift needed to pull off a Christmas miracle.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine - "Game Night" / "The Favor" (Fox, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Rosa asks for Jake's help to deliver important information to her parents, but their plan goes awry when they assume the two are in a relationship; Seamus Murphy comes back to redeem an ethically questionable favor owed by Capt. Holt.

Teachers - "Let It Flow" (TV Land, 10:00PM ET/PT)
Ms. Cannon discovers that one of her students is an artistic prodigy. Mrs. Adler and Ms. Watson take the mini-society competition to a new level.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of December 11)

Tuesday, December 12

  • Tom Hanks (Bosom Buddies) - Catch Tom on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS. He also talks about The Post on CBS This Morning sometime between 7-9am.
  • Jane Krakowski (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt/30 Rock) - Jane appears on The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Ari Graynor (I'm Dying Up Here/Bad Teacher) - Ari is a guest on Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Niecy Nash (The Soul Man/Getting On/Do Not Disturb/Reno 911!) - Niecy visits The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Bill Pullman (1600 Penn) - Bill stops by Steve, so check your local listings.
  • Miles Brown (black-ish) - Miles appears on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Ana Gasteyer (People of Earth/Lady Dynamite/Suburgatory) - Ana talks about Fox's A Christmas Story Live! on Access Hollywood Live, so check your local listings.
  • Noah Galvin (The Real O'Neals) - Noah talks about Dear Evan Hansen on the BUILD Series at 4pm.


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

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
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