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!

HIGHLIGHTS FROM SITCOMSONLINE.COM AND AROUND THE WEB
  • 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

HOME MEDIA HIGHLIGHTS
  • 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.

TUESDAY (DECEMBER 22) HOME MEDIA RELEASES

  • 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.

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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)


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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