Saturday, December 19, 2015

SitcomsOnline Digest: End of the Road for Mike & Molly; Fuller House Debut Date Set; Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt DVDs in the Works

Welcome to SitcomsOnline Digest! Christmas is coming up next week (before we'll be back for next week's SitcomsOnline Digest even), but it has been a surprisingly busy week of news this week with the somewhat unexpected cancellation of a CBS sitcom, a preview and date announcement for Fuller House, and more. Let's get going!

  • Mike & Molly has never been a huge hit for CBS, but has always done rather decently in the ratings and has come to be a show that fans could rely on seeing more of. That is why it was somewhat of a surprise when it was announced this week that the sixth season, which debuts next month, will likely be the final season. (Deadline)
  • Fuller House now has a Netflix debut date set, along with a preview (which doesn't really say a whole lot). (SitcomsOnline)
  • Amazon announced a new slate of original series for their online streaming this week. (Deadline)
  • Patricia Heaton is looking to add executive producer to her resume as ABC puts a comedy pilot, titled Kill Jill, into development. (Deadline)
  • It may come as no surprise to anybody who watched it, but NBC has canceled the variety show Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris.  (Variety
  • It's been almost a decade since the entire series last aired nationally (the most recent network to air it only aired a handful of earlier episodes), and now all six seasons Mama's Family will finally be returning to national TV. (SitcomsOnline

  • While it isn't exactly the type of comedy that is getting the awards recognition as is the case for other Netflix original series, The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is a fun and quirky series that is much more along the lines of the type of comedy you'd find in a traditional broadcast network sitcom (which only makes sense as the first season was originally produced for NBC). Now, Universal has announced a March 8 release date for The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt - The Complete First Season on DVD.


  • The Nanny - Season Five (DVD, $34.99): For those who may have skipped on the complete series release, Shout! Factory is bringing this individual season to retail just in time for last minute Christmas gift giving.


Who to Follow: Rondi Reed (Facebook)
Claim to Fame: Rondi Reed's social media existence made news about a week ago when it was revealed that she announced (and it was something that she announced several days before it really got out) that Mike & Molly would be canceled. Currently, she appears on Mike & Molly in the role of Mike's mother, a role that was originally more of a recurring role but quickly morphed into a regular role. She has previously appeared in guest roles on Home Improvement, Roseanne, Cybill, Seinfeld, Grace Under Fire, and most recently she has appeared in an episode of the current ABC hit series Scandal.
Pick of the Facebook Posts: "Before you hear it elsewhere (and some already have) this is the Final and 6th Season of MIKE & MOLLY on CBS. It is also a shortened season (13 episodes) after the announced full renewal of 22 episodes back in March by the network. We are done taping as of January 27th 2016 and I am not sure exactly when/if the episodes will all be aired...." (December 9, 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, October 27

The Big Bang Theory - "The Fetal Kick Catalyst" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Penny is surprised to learn she has fans of her performance in “Serial Ape-ist” when she attends Van Nuys Comic Con with Leonard. Also, Amy hosts a Sheldon-style brunch at Penny’s apartment, and Wolowitz makes an impulsive purchase when he starts stressing out about the baby on the way.

The Great Indoors - "Pilot" (CBS, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Joel McHale stars as Jack, a renowned adventure reporter for an outdoor magazine who must adapt to the times when he becomes the new desk-bound boss to a group of millennials in the digital department of the publication.

Mom - "High-Tops and Brown Jacket" (CBS, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Bonnie and Adam’s relationship is tested when he moves in with her and Christy for a few weeks. Also, Christy learns the hard way that it may be a mistake to try and meet men with Jill.

Life in Pieces - "Annulled Roommate Pill Shower" (CBS, 9:30PM ET/PT)
Heather and Tim enlist Clementine’s unusual parents, Mary-Lynn (Megan Mullally) and Spencer (Nick Offerman), to help convince Clementine and Tyler to annul their unexpected marriage. Also, Tommy moves in with Colleen, to the chagrin of her roommate, Dougie (Fortune Feimster); John and Joan run into “complications” after John takes the wrong dose of his daily pill; and Jen and Greg keep a secret from the family.

Superstore - "Halloween Theft" (NBC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Dina (Lauren Ash) throws a wrench in everyone's Halloween plans when something goes missing from the store and declares that no employee can leave until someone confesses to stealing. Amy (America Ferrera) is determined to find out who is responsible because she doesn't want to miss trick-or-treating with her daughter and Mateo (Nico Santos) prepares for his secret date with Jeff (recurring guest star Michael Bunin). Meanwhile, Jonah (Ben Feldman) and Cheyenne (Nichole Bloom) struggle to bond until they discover they have more in common than they thought. Garrett (Colton Dunn) has a difficult time defending himself during the store-wide investigation.

The Good Place - "Most Improved Player" (NBC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Michael (Ted Danson) has a private meeting with Eleanor (Kristen Bell). Meanwhile, Chidi (William Jackson Harper), who has been harboring a secret, contemplates what to do.

Better Things - "Scary Fun" (FX, 10:00PM ET/PT)
Sam makes a point.

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Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of October 24)

Thursday, October 27

  • Martin Short (Mulaney/The Martin Short Show) - Catch Martin on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Mary-Louise Parker (Weeds) - Mary-Louise visits The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • January Jones (The Last Man on Earth) - January appears on The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Lauren Lapkus (Clipped/Are You There, Chelsea?) - Lauren is a guest on @midnight on Comedy Central at midnight.
  • Abbi Jacobson (Broad City) - Abbi visits Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
  • Ron Howard (Happy Days/The Andy Griffith Show) - Ron appears on Chelsea on Netflix. He also talks about Inferno on NBC's Today in the 10am hour and on the AOL Build Show at 2:30pm.
  • Nathan Lane (Modern Family/Charlie Lawrence/Encore! Encore!), John Goodman (Roseanne/Normal, Ohio) and John Slattery (Maggie) - They talk about Broadway's The Front Page on The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Joel McHale (The Great Indoors/Community) - Joel guest co-hosts LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
  • Miley Cyrus (Hannah Montana) - Miley is a guest on LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
  • Eva Longoria (Telenovela) - Eva appears on The Wendy Williams Show, so check your local listings.
  • Angelique Cabral (Life in Pieces/Enlisted) - Angelique talks about Life in Pieces on the AOL Build Show at 11am.