Saturday, January 30, 2016

SitcomsOnline Digest: Gilmore Girls to Return on Netflix; The X-Files a Solid Ratings Performer

Welcome to SitcomsOnline Digest! Revivals are the big thing still, with Gilmore Girls returning to Netflix and maybe more of The X-Files (beyond the current miniseries) on Fox. Also this week, CBS has announced more details for their post-Super Bowl timeslot, and NBC is preparing for a Trump-less Celebrity Apprentice. Let's get going!

  • Gilmore Girls is the latest series to get a revival (on Netflix), and it will include the original cast. (TV Guide)
  • The return of The X-Files as a miniseries has brought in ratings that are on par with the original series when it had the best ratings, and there is already talk of more of series in some similar limited fashion. (Entertainment Weekly
  • CBS will be airing The Late Show with Stephen Colbert in the post-Super Bowl timeslot this year, and now the guests have been announced, with Tina Fey and Will Ferrell among them. (Variety)
  • NBC has announced which celebrities (or, as is the case with most of them, "celebrities") will be competing on the next run of The Celebrity Apprentice (with Arnold Schwarzenegger taking over as host, of course). (Hollywood Reporter)
  • The FCC is considering making some changes regarding the cable box that could change the way that you view television, in particular, allowing consumers to buy their own cable box. (The New York Times)
  • The website changed their status to "yes" this week, as Abe Vigoda, after erroneously being reported as dead at least two times in the 1980s, actually did die this week, and Antenna TV has a tribute to the actor with a special Barney Miller marathon. (SitcomsOnline)



Who to Follow: John Amos (Twitter), "Actor. Director. Author. Philanthropist."
Claim to Fame: If you don't know who John Amos is, then you haven't watched any classic TV. He got his start by playing Gordy the weatherman on The Mary Tyler Moore Show. Of course, he became better known when he was cast as James Evans on the series Good Times. He only appeared on Good Times for 61 episodes before he was fired from the series. He then went on to one of his other most well-known roles, playing Kunta Kinte in the miniseries Roots. In the 1980s, he appeared in a recurring role in the first season of Hunter. In the 1990s with the playing the guy just like Archie Bunker living in Archie Bunker's old house in the short-lived All in the Family spinoff (of sorts), 704 Hauser. These days, he makes occasional appearances on TV series and movies, but is also taking more time to relax.
Pick of the Tweets: "Okay my daughter and granddaughter are getting me caught up on this twitter thing! Guess I'm on the late freight!!!" (September 17, 2014)

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

Tuesday, October 25

The Middle - "Halloween VIII: The Heckoning" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
As Halloween approaches, Frankie is taken aback when she discovers that, if the circumstances ever arose where she and Mike got divorced, the kids would all choose to live with Mike. Meanwhile, Sue tries everything in her power to get her room back from Brick, and having to be so nice around girlfriend April all of the time leads Axl to lash out at his family.

American Housewife - "Westport Zombies" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Katie, jealous of Taylor’s friendship with neighbor Viv (Leslie Bibb), reluctantly competes in the Westport Halloween “Zombie Run” after she finds out they’ll both be running. Meanwhile, Greg and Anna-Kat get a little too much in character for the “zombie” part of the run’s obstacle course.

Fresh Off the Boat - "Louisween" (ABC, 9:00PM ET/PT)
It’s Louis’ favorite holiday, and he makes every attempt to scare Jessica into the Halloween spirit, but she is buried in her word processor, drafting her first horror novel. Meanwhile, Emery and Evan debate costume choices, and Eddie and his crew are excited to party with high schoolers at Nicole’s house.

The Real O'Neals - "The Real Halloween" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
When Halloween arrives, or what Kenny refers to as “the gay Super Bowl,” he plans to go to Boystown to watch the festive costume parade. In an effort to prevent Kenny from attending, Eileen agrees to let him throw his own Halloween party at home. Eileen’s tolerance is ultimately tested when Kenny recruits Stuart and his gay friends to join the big party, and he makes a BIG costume change. Meanwhile, Jimmy and Shannon plan to pull off an epic Halloween prank.

Atlanta - "Junteenth" (FX, 10:00PM ET/PT)
Why my Auntie trying to make me go to one of these bougie Junteenth parties again? I don't like them sadity people and I'm gonna miss my shows. Le sigh.

Family Time - "Head of House" (Bounce TV, 9:00PM ET/PT)
When the Stallworths have an unexpected visitor, they learn of a vicious crime that took place in their home years ago.

Complete TV Listings

Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of October 24)

Tuesday, October 25

  • Will Forte (The Last Man on Earth) - Catch Will on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS. He also chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Matt LeBlanc (Man with a Plan/Episodes/Friends) - Matt is a guest on The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Cobie Smulders (How I Met Your Mother) - Cobie appears on Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Skylar Astin (Ground Floor) - Skylar is a guest on Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Ron Howard (Happy Days/The Andy Griffith Show) - Ron drops by Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Mary Lynn Rajskub (How to Be a Gentleman/Veronica's Closet/The Larry Sanders Show) and David Koechner (Another Period/Hank/The Office) - Mary and David are guests on @midnight on Comedy Central at midnight.
  • John Lithgow (3rd Rock from the Sun/Twenty Good Years) - John appears on LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
  • Jamie Lee Curtis (Scream Queens/Anything But Love) - Jamie Lee is a guest on Harry, so check your local listings.
  • Erinn Hayes (Kevin Can Wait/Guys with Kids/Worst Week) - Erinn plays a celeb guessing game with Rach, who’s serving up no-fail make-your-own takeout, on Rachael Ray, so check your local listings.
  • Mary Steenburgen (The Last Man on Earth/Ink) - Mary joins the Chew Crew on ABC's The Chew at 1pm ET/12pm PT/CT.
  • Ana Gasteyer (People of Earth/Lady Dynamite/Suburgatory) - Ana will be on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 12:30pm ET. She will also be on NBC's Today in the 10am hour.
  • Cheryl Hines (Son of Zorn/Suburgatory/Curb Your Enthusiasm) - Cheryl is a guest on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Abbi Jacobson (Broad City) - Abbi will be on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am. She will also be on the AOL Build Show 4pm.
  • Don Rickles (C.P.O. Sharkey/Daddy Dearest) - Don is a guest on NBC's Today sometime between 7-9am.
  • Nico Tortorella (Younger) - Nico appears on Access Hollywood Live, so check your local listings.