Saturday, January 16, 2016

SitcomsOnline Digest: Two New Series From Established Sitcom Veterans to Come to Netflix?; James Burrows Tribute to Air on NBC

Welcome to SitcomsOnline Digest! It's been another busy week of news with new developments from Chuck Lorre and even Matt Groening, and it's also been a week of non-news rumors (that were passed around as actual news) regarding a Friends reunion... but we'll set the record straight! Let's get going!

HIGHLIGHTS FROM SITCOMSONLINE.COM AND AROUND THE WEB
  • Chuck Lorre keeps cranking out sitcoms that aren't exactly your traditional or standard sitcoms, and now he is trying to get a network (most likely Netflix) to pick up a new comedy that is being described as The Big Bang Theory if the characters worked in a marijuana dispensery. (Hollywood Reporter)
  • It looks as if Matt Groening (creator of The Simpsons and Futurama) may be bringing an animated series to Netflix, though details about everything are still very unclear. (IGN)
  • We'll set the record straight on the rumored Friends reunion that NBC will supposedly be airing: there is no actual Friends reunion coming to NBC. Rather, the real story is that NBC will air a tribute to James Burrows in honor of his 1000th television episode, which will include some (not all) of the cast members of some of the series he has worked on, including Friends. (Deadline)
  • Mike & Molly has now been officially canceled, though this shouldn't be a surprise given the cast rumors from last month. (Yahoo TV)
  • CBS has been trying to mix up their sitcoms lately by throwing single-camera sitcoms into the usual multi-camera sitcom mix for the network, but it seems that the network is looking to turn some of the future single-camera projects back into multi-camera projects. (Deadline
  • NBC has enough confidence in Seth Meyers to renew his contract through 2021. (Hollywood Reporter)

TUESDAY (JANUARY 19) HOME MEDIA RELEASES

  • Sister, Sister - The Complete Series (DVD, $109.99): The complete series of the series starring Tia and Tamera Mowry is expected to be released on Tuesday; however, it is possible that it has been delayed.

FOLLOW ME

Who to Follow: Caroline Rhea (Twitter), "Mother of Ava, Phineas, Ferb, Candace, Aunt to Sabrina, considering options for next major crush"
Claim to Fame: Caroline Rhea got her start in one very minor movie role and standup comedy, but she first became known to TV audiences in 1995 with the NBC sitcom Pride & Joy. It only lasted six episodes, but she bounced back (big time) in 1996 when she was cast in the role of Hilda Spellman on Sabrina, the Teenage Witch. She remained in that role for the first six seasons of the series, and left in 2002 when she had the opportunity to replace Rosie O'Donnell when she left her daytime talk show. The Caroline Rhea Show lasted for one season, and since then, she has hosted the first two seasons of The Biggest Loser, played a regular voice role on the Disney series Phineas & Ferb, and much more.
Pick of the Tweets: "Sabrina the Teenage Bitch(Relax, the female dog term) #NewShowsForDogTV" (September 6, 2015)


New on DVD/Blu-ray (February/March)

227 - The Complete First Season (Mill Creek) Fuller House - The Complete First Season The Jamie Foxx Show - The Complete Second Season What I Like About You - The Complete Second Season Newhart - The Final (Eighth) Season

02/07 - Sabrina, the Teenage Witch - Sabrina Down Under
02/07 - So Little Time - Volume 1 - School's Cool - Boy Crazy
02/07 - So Little Time - Volume 2 - About a Family - Hangin' Out
02/07 - 227 - The Complete First Season (Mill Creek)
02/07 - Vice Principals - The Complete First Season (Blu-ray)
02/14 - Beavis and Butt-Head - The Complete Collection
02/14 - Grace and Frankie - Season Two
02/28 - Fuller House - The Complete First Season
03/03 - The Dick Van Dyke Show - Now... In Living Color! (Blu-ray)
03/07 - The Jamie Foxx Show - The Complete Second Season
03/07 - Mama's Family - Mama's Favorites
03/07 - That '70s Show - The Complete Series - Flashback Edition (Blu-ray)
03/07 - What I Like About You - The Complete Second Season
03/07 - You Me Her - Season One
03/14 - Newhart - The Final (Eighth) Season
03/14 - Unbrekable Kimmy Schmidt - Season Two
03/21 - Master of None - Season One
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Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Wednesday, March 29

The Goldbergs - "A Night to Remember" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
It’s prom night, and all three Goldberg kids have big plans, which go awry.  Barry plans big romantic gestures for Lainey while Erica and Geoff try to go to prom together, but it doesn’t go as planned. Meanwhile, Adam is thrilled when a nerdy but cute junior asks him out, but he is horrified when Beverly gets involved.

Imaginary Mary - "Pilot" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
A fiercely independent career woman, Alice has her life turned upside-down when she meets Ben, a divorced father with three children, and soon falls head-over-heals for him. This triggers more upheaval when the imaginary friend she created as a child, Mary, suddenly reappears as she is nervous to meet Ben’s kids for the first time.

Modern Family - "Five Minutes" (ABC, 9:00PM ET/PT)
So much can happen to the Pritchett-Dunphy-Tucker clan in five minutes! Mitch and Cam have five minutes to catch a new flight while fighting the effects of sleeping pills they took prematurely. Then at Rainer’s birthday dinner, Haley and Rainer are forced to reevaluate their entire relationship in the five minutes before the birthday cake arrives. Meanwhile, Phil and Claire pay a surprise visit to Alex and are given a five-minute surprise introduction to her new boyfriend. Finally, with only five minutes to catch a movie, Manny has to find the perfect parking space and endure Jay and Gloria’s backseat argument.

black-ish - "Richard Youngsta" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
Dre is excited about doing a campaign with a popular rap star but becomes conflicted when Bow and Ruby provide feedback suggesting it plays on stereotypes. Meanwhile, Bow is determined to get the family to stop eating so much take-out food, but realizes the family may be too accustomed to eating whatever they want.

Nobodies - "Mr. First Lady" (TV Land, 10:00PM ET/PT)
After years toiling away writing on a kids cartoon, “The Fartlemans”, Groundlings Alums Larry, Rachel and Hugh finally get their big break: A chance to pitch their film script “Mr. First Lady” at Paramount.

Lopez - "Leaving Las Vegas" (TV Land, 10:30PM ET/PT)
George quits his Las Vegas residency, causing big problems. Manolo gets out of jail and introduces his roommate, Hector, to everyone.

Schitt's Creek - "Friends & Family" (Pop, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Johnny and Moira look for a location for the family portrait; David hosts a soft launch for the new store.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of March 27)

Wednesday, March 29

  • Andrew Rannells (Girls/The New Normal) - Watch Andrew on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Emma Roberts (Scream Queens/Unfabulous) - Emma is a guest on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Ken Jeong (Dr. Ken/Community) - Ken appears on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS. He will also be on NBC's Today in the 9am hour.
  • Lisa Kudrow (Friends/The Comeback) - Lisa visits The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Paul F. Tompkins (DAG) - Paul is a guest on @midnight on Comedy Central at midnight.
  • Milana Vayntrub (Other Space) - Milana appears on @midnight on Comedy Central at midnight.
  • Terry Crews (Brooklyn Nine-Nine/Are We There Yet?/Everybody Hates Chris) - Terry stops by Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Andy Daly (Review/Eastbound & Down) - Andy appears on Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Christian Slater (Breaking In) - Christian guest co-hosts LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
  • Brooklyn Decker (Grace and Frankie/Friends with Better Lives) - Brooklyn is a guest on Harry, so check your local listings.
  • NeNe Leakes (The New Normal) - NeNe guest co-hosts a repeat of The Real, so check your local listings.
  • Jenna Elfman (Imaginary Mary/1600 Penn/Accidentally on Purpose/Courting Alex/Dharma & Greg) - Jenna will be on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am.
  • Craig Ferguson (The Drew Carey Show) - Craig is a guest on NBC's Today in the 10am hour.
  • George Lopez (Lopez/George Lopez) - George discusses the second season of Lopez on the AOL Build Show at 5:30pm.