Saturday, January 02, 2016

SitcomsOnline Digest: Analyzing the Fall Season for the Broadcast Networks; More Community DVDs Coming Soon

Welcome to SitcomsOnline Digest! The week between Christmas and the new year is always one of the slowest news weeks of the year, so we don't have a whole lot for you. But we do have a look back at how the networks did for the fall season (compared to fall 2014), recent news (as in this afternoon) of the death of a star from Archie Bunker's Place, and more. Let's get going!

HIGHLIGHTS FROM SITCOMSONLINE.COM AND AROUND THE WEB
  • Deadline has analyzed the ratings for the fall season for the broadcast networks, comparing fall 2014 to fall 2015. However, it seems that none of the networks have anything to be particularly excited about. (Deadline)
  • Jason Wingreen, who played Harry the bartender on All in the Family and Archie Bunker's Place, has died at age 95. (Entertainment Weekly)
  • Not every show is a top 20 hit, and TV by the Numbers has a look at the series that are rounding out the bottom, some of which keep going on regardless. (TV by the Numbers
  • Pop TV is bringing sitcom fans a classic TV favorite, as they have added I Love Lucy to their lineup.  (SitcomsOnline
  • Earlier this week, we had a look back at all of the sitcom stars that we lost in 2015. (SitcomsOnline

HOME MEDIA HIGHLIGHTS
  • Community moved from NBC to Yahoo! Screen for the sixth season, and fans may have been wondering if the series would continue on DVD. As it turns out, it will, with Community - The Complete Sixth Season arriving on March 8.

    TUESDAY (DECEMBER 29) HOME MEDIA RELEASES


    FOLLOW ME

    Who to Follow: Tim Allen (Twitter), "Santa? Buzz Lightyear? The Tool Man? Mike Baxter? Hey, I’m still that wisecracking kid from the Midwest, looking for answers to life’s big questions."
    Claim to Fame: Tim Allen started his career as a standup comedian in 1975, but his career really took off in 1991 when he was cast in the starring role in the TV series Home Improvement. The series was sort of an unexpected hit and became one of the biggest series of the 90s. He has also tried his hand at movie roles, and found some major successes with The Santa Clause and Toy Story. Currently, he stars as Mike Baxter in the ABC series Last Man Standing.
    Pick of the Tweets: "Behind the Last Man Standing set, waiting to go on #LastManStanding (pic)" (October 5, 2015)


    Sitcoms Airing Tonight

    Sunday, February 25

    Brooklyn Nine-Nine - "HalloVeen" (Fox, 7:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
    Jake and Terry must go under cover at an illegal gambling club to catch an infamous arms dealer; Holt teaches them the art of poker, but his addiction resurfaces; Boyle buys a food truck that was formerly used in a brutal string of murders.

    Bob's Burgers - "Thanks-hoarding" (Fox, 7:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
    Teddy's family unexpectedly announces they're coming for Thanksgiving; the preparation proves challenging; Teddy is discovered to be a hoarder.

    The Simpsons - "Grampy Can Ya Hear Me" (Fox, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
    Grampa gets a hearing aid and finally hears what everyone has been saying about him; Principal Skinner discovers that his mother has kept a secret from him.

    Ghosted - "Sam" (Fox, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
    Annie installs smooth-talking artificial intelligence Sam to manage the office; Max and Leroy are put to the test when Sam turns out to be evil; Max is jealous when Leroy makes a new friend.

    Family Guy - "Foxx in the Men House" (Fox, 9:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
    Peter befriends the coolest guy ever and dumps Quagmire, Joe, and Cleveland.

    LA to Vegas - "Two and a Half Pilots" (Fox, 9:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
    In Captain Dave's absence, a rival is assigned to cover the flight's route; Artem and Nichole help Colin plan his son's birthday party.

    A.P. Bio - "Teacher Jail" (NBC, 10:30PM ET/PT)
    When Jack (Glenn Howerton) leaves his class unattended, a student injury sets off an official investigation and lands Jack in "teacher jail." An aggressive teacher's union rep (guest star Niecy Nash) sets her sights on Principal Durbin (Patton Oswalt). The students' excitement for a substitute teacher are dashed when they find out it's Helen (Paula Pell).

    Game Shakers - "Subway Girl" (Nickelodeon, 7:00PM ET/PT)
    When a video of Babe dancing to Dub's new music video goes viral, Dub challenges Babe to a dance battle to prove he is the better dancer.

    School of Rock - "Not Afraid" (Nickelodeon, 7:30PM ET/PT)
    When School of Rock attempts to become the leading quinceanera band in Austin, everything seems to go wrong, thanks to a scary movie.

    Complete TV Listings


    Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of February 19)

    Sunday, February 25

    • NeNe Leakes (The New Normal) - Catch NeNe on Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.


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

    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
    01/09 - Girlfriends - The Complete Series
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