Saturday, February 13, 2016

SitcomsOnline Digest: Fuller House Preview Trailer Debuts Online; YouTube Red Adding Original Series; NBC Giving Maya Rudolph Variety Show a Try

Welcome to SitcomsOnline Digest! This week, we're getting closer to the release of Fuller House on Netflix, preparing for a new variety show on NBC, and more. Also, CBS is bringing more of The Beverly Hillbillies to DVD. Let's get going!

HIGHLIGHTS FROM SITCOMSONLINE.COM AND AROUND THE WEB
  • People tend to get excited with every new detail that comes out about Fuller House, and this week, a "fuller" preview was released. (The Verge)
  • YouTube Red is getting into the original series business, though not quite on the level of Netflix, Amazon Prime, or Hulu... yet. (Deadline)
  • Even though NBC has already had one variety show that didn't work out, they're going to go ahead and try another one, with Maya Rudolph and Martin Short starring, and Saturday Night Live executive producer Lorne Michaels running the show. (Variety)
  • Fans of daytime soap operas will be pleased to know that NBC has renewed Days of Our Lives for an (almost) unheard of 51st season. (Deadline)
  • Ray Colcord may not a household name, but he was the man behind the theme songs and scores of series such as 227, Boy Meets World, Dinosaurs, Silver Spoons, Facts of Life, and My Two Dads, and he died this week at age 66. (Variety)
  • Before it could even debut, there was speculation that the CBS series Angel from Hell would be cancelled quickly, and now CBS has pulled it from the lineup. (SitcomsOnline)

HOME MEDIA HIGHLIGHTS
  • CBS has released the second, third, and fourth seasons of The Beverly Hillbillies on a sporadic basis since 2008, and now, they're going backwards (a bit) to release The Beverly Hillbillies - The Official First Season. Previously available only in public domain releases, as well as from some decent (though not perfect) releases from MPI, this set will arrive on April 26.

    TUESDAY (FEBRUARY 17) HOME MEDIA RELEASES


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    Sitcoms Airing Tonight

    Thursday, April 25

    The Big Bang Theory - "The Decision Reverberation" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT)
    Koothrappali is worried people won’t take him seriously in his own field after publishing a paper that suggests he may have discovered alien life. Also, Leonard wants to be the principal investigator on a plasma physics study.

    Young Sheldon - "A Political Campaign and a Candy Land Cheater" (CBS, 8:30PM ET/PT)
    Unhappy that school funds are going towards football rather than academics, Sheldon decides to run for class president.

    Mom - "Triple Dip and an Overhand Grip" (CBS, 9:00PM ET/PT)
    Bonnie and Tammy revisit childhood memories on a trip to their old foster home. Also, Christy and Jill regret accepting a date with two guys from their AA meeting.

    Life in Pieces - "Misery Turd Name Pills" (CBS, 9:30PM ET/PT)
    While Joan is bedridden recovering from surgery, she persuades Sophia to spend time with her, which she quickly regrets. Also, Jen and Greg select a name for their new baby only to learn that Matt and Colleen chose the same one; Colleen and Matt invite the family over to get to know Morgan (Joey King); and Heather has a new business idea.

    Superstore - "QuinceaƱera" (NBC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
    Jonah (Ben Feldman) struggles to find his place at Amy’s (America Ferrera) daughter Emma’s quinceaƱera, while Dina (Lauren Ash) proves very popular with some teenage boys. Cheyenne (Nichole Bloom) and Mateo (Nico Santos) are obsessed with seeing Amy cry.

    A.P. Bio - "Sweet Low Road" (NBC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
    When budget cuts threaten to gut Whitlock and put his job in jeopardy, Jack recruits Mary, Stef, and Michelle to take down the Superintendent. Durbin plans an appeal to the heart, while the students plan an appeal to the soul.

    Brooklyn Nine-Nine - "Tickling Clocks" (NBC, 9:00PM ET/PT)
    In an episode that takes place in real time, Jake and the squad must track down a hacker who has infiltrated the Nine-Nine's servers. Rosa deals with relationship issues. Hitchcock and Scully attempt to cook the perfect lasagna.

    Abby's - "Mail Bin" (NBC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
    Abby finds a letter from her estranged father in a pile of unopened mail and opens up to the group about their fraught relationship.

    Better Things - "The Unknown" (FX, 10:00PM ET/PT)
    Sam gets theatrical.

    Complete TV Listings


    Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of April 22)

    Thursday, April 25

    • Paul Rudd (Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later/Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp/Wild Oats) - Catch Paul on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
    • Tig Notaro (One Mississippi) - Tig appears on a repeat of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
    • Susan Kelechi Watson (Louie) - Susan is a guest on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
    • Lake Bell (Bless This Mess/Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp/How to Make It in America) - Lake visits E!'s Busy Tonight at 11pm.
    • Steve Lemme and Kevin Heffernan (Tacoma PD) - Steve and Kevin are guests on E!'s Busy Tonight at 11pm.
    • Bradley Cooper (Kitchen Confidential) - Bradley stops by The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
    • Diedrich Bader (American Housewife/Veep/The Drew Carey Show) - Diedrich visits The Real, so check your local listings.
    • Margo Martindale (The Millers) - Margo appears on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 11:30am ET.
    • James Brolin (Life in Pieces) - James talks about Life in Pieces on People Now at 12pm.
    • Alfonso Ribeiro (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air/In the House/Silver Spoons) - Alfonso is a guest on Access Live, so check your local listings.
    • Laurie Metcalf (The Conners/The McCarthys/Getting On/Roseanne) - Laurie talks about Hillary & Clinton on NBC's Today in the 9am hour.
    • Queen Latifah (Living Single) - Queen Latifah appears on NBC's Today in the 10am hour and on the BUILD SERIES at 3pm.
    • Ali Wentworth (Nightcap) - Ali is a guest on ABC's Strahan & Sara at 1pm.
    • Billy Crystal (The Comedians/Soap) and Ben Schwartz (Parks and Recreation) - Billy and Ben talk about Standing Up, Falling Down on the BUILD Series at 1pm.


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

    Step by Step - The Complete Fourth Season What I Like About You - The Complete Fourth Season Hangin' with Mr. Cooper - The Complete Second Season Alice - The Complete Ninth Season The Wayans Bros. - The Complete Fifth Season

    02/05 - Family Guy - Part 1 - Volumes 1-5
    02/05 - Family Guy - Part 2 - Volumes 6-10
    02/05 - Family Guy - Part 3 - Seasons 10-14
    02/05 - First Lady of Television - Betty White Collection (40 rare and acclaimed episodes from her early days in television)
    02/05 - Mama's Family - Seasons 1-6 - The Complete Series
    02/12 - Rick and Morty - The Complete Seasons 1-3 (Blu-ray)
    02/12 - Step by Step - The Complete Fourth Season
    02/26 - What I Like About You - The Complete Fourth Season
    03/05 - Hangin' with Mr. Cooper - The Complete Second Season (WBShop.com)
    03/12 - Alice - The Complete Ninth Season (WBShop.com)
    03/26 - The Wayans Bros. - The Complete Fifth Season (WBShop.com)
    04/02 - Archer: Danger Island - The Complete Season Nine
    04/09 - You're the Worst - The Complete Fifth Season
    04/12 - Evening Shade - The Complete Collection
    04/16 - The Big C - The Complete Series (Blu-ray)
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