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!

HIGHLIGHTS FROM SITCOMSONLINE.COM AND AROUND THE WEB
  • 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 isabevigodadead.com 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)

TUESDAY (FEBRUARY 2) HOME MEDIA RELEASES


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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 (April/May/June)

Diff'rent Strokes - The Complete Fifth Season Father Knows Best - Season Five The Wayans Bros. - The Complete Second Season ALF - The Complete DVD Collection The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air - The Complete Series

04/04 - Diff'rent Strokes - The Complete Fifth Season
04/11 - Father Knows Best - Season Five
04/11 - Schitt's Creek - The Complete Third Season
04/11 - Silicon Valley - The Complete Third Season (Blu-ray)
04/11 - Veep - The Complete Fifth Season
05/02 - Red, White and Blue Collar Sitcoms - Make TV Great Again
05/09 - ALF - The Complete DVD Collection
05/09 - Divorce - The Complete First Season (Blu-ray)
05/09 - The Wayans Bros. - The Complete Second Season
05/16 - The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air - The Complete Series
06/13 - The Andy Griffith Show - Return to Mayberry
06/13 - That's My Mama - The Complete Series
06/20 - Workaholics - The Final (Seventh) Season
06/20 - Workaholics - The Complete Series
06/27 - The Jamie Foxx Show - The Complete Third Season
More TV DVD Releases / DVD Reviews Archive / SitcomsOnline Digest


Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Thursday, June 29

Battle of the Network Stars - "TV Sitcoms vs. TV Kids" (ABC, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Contestants include Bronson Pinchot, Tom Arnold, Dave Coulier, AJ Michalka, Tracey Gold, Joey Lawrence, Corbin Bleu, Nolan Gould, Lisa Whelchel and Kim Fields.

The Big Bang Theory - "The Collaboration Fluctuation" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Leonard, Penny and Raj adjust to their new living arrangement, and Sheldon takes an interest in Amy’s work.

Life in Pieces - "Musical Motel Property Bingo" (CBS, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
When Greg insists on being Matt’s best man at his wedding, Matt is forced to reveal his secret about their plans. Also, Colleen refers Jen to her aggressive bikini waxer in order to get a referral discount; Joan tries to prove to Heather that Sophia is ready for a little independence; and Clementine gets a job at a car rental office, leaving Tyler home alone all day.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of June 26)

Thursday, June 29

  • Jamie Foxx (The Jamie Foxx Show) - Catch Jamie on a repeat of Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC. He will also be on NBC's Today in the 9am hour.
  • Nick Kroll (The League/Cavemen) - Nick appears on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Ari Graynor (I'm Dying Up Here/Bad Teacher) - Ari visits The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS. She will also be on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 11:30am ET.
  • Joel McHale (The Great Indoors/Community) - Joel is a guest on a repeat of The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Jake Johnson (New Girl) - Jake appears on a repeat of The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Jessica St. Clair (Playing House/Best Friends Forever/Notes from the Underbelly) and Lennon Parham (Playing House/Best Friends Forever/Accidentally on Purpose) - Jessica and Lennon are guests on a repeat of Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Kristen Schaal (The Last Man on Earth/Bob's Burgers/Flight of the Conchords) - Kristen appears on a repeat of @midnight on Comedy Central at midnight.
  • Julie Andrews (Julie) - Julie chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT. She also talks about Despicable Me 3 on NBC's Today sometime between 7-9am and in the 9am hour.
  • Hilary Duff (Younger/Lizzie McGuire) - Hilary drops by LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation) - Amy is a guest on a repeat of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Angelique Cabral (Life in Pieces/Enlisted) - Angelique stops by for a chat on People Now at 8:30am.
  • Jane Lynch (Angel from Hell) - Jane is a guest on Access Hollywood Live, so check your local listings.
  • Dave Franco (Scrubs/Do Not Disturb) and Aubrey Plaza (Parks and Recreation) - Dave and Aubrey talk about The Little Hours on the the AOL Build Show at 2pm.
  • Alyssa Milano (Who's the Boss?/Romantically Challenged) - Alyssa is a guest on Access Hollywood Live, so check your local listings.
  • Miranda Cosgrove (Crowded/iCarly/Drake & Josh) - Miranda appears on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.