Saturday, March 26, 2016

SitcomsOnline Digest: Fox Renews Pair of Sitcoms; New Adventures of Gilligan's Island to Finally Arrive on DVD

Welcome to SitcomsOnline Digest! Sadly, this week has been a busy week with deaths of TV stars and producers, and we're covering three of those today (not counting Garry Shandling, who was covered yesterday). We've also got some renewals from Fox, and more. Let's get going!

HIGHLIGHTS FROM SITCOMSONLINE.COM AND AROUND THE WEB
  • Fox has renewed Last Man on Earth and Brooklyn Nine-Nine for next season. (Entertainment Weekly)
  • Billy Gardell's next TV series role will be more dramatic than his role on Mike & Molly. (Deadline)
  • Ken Howard, best known for his role on The White Shadow (as well as being the president of SAG-AFTRA until his death), died this week at age 71. (People)
  • Tom Whedon, a producer and writer who worked on series such as The Golden Girls, Benson, and Alice (and is also the father of Joss Whedon), died this week at age 83. (Hollywood Reporter
  • Earl Hamner Jr., the creator of both The Waltons and Falcon Crest, also died this week, at age 92. (New York Times)
  • The TV Land Awards ceremony will return this year, with a (slightly) new name and George Lopez taking hosting duties. (SitcomsOnline)

HOME MEDIA HIGHLIGHTS
  • It was over a half decade ago (very near the beginning of Warner Archive) when it was announced that The New Adventures of Gilligan's Island (the animated spinoff of the classic series) would be released on DVD. We've been waiting for a long time, long enough that we assumed it was abandoned, but this week TVShowsOnDVD.com revealed that the wait will finally end on April 26.

TUESDAY (MARCH 29) HOME MEDIA RELEASES


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Who to Follow: Will Friedle (Twitter), "Actor (with my voice and sometimes my face), Writer, Panic-Attacker, Proffessionull Speller and Inventor of the Harpsichord (that last one was just a lie)"
Claim to Fame: We have another Boy Meets World star this week, and it is Will Friedle, who played Eric Matthews on the series. That series was his first regular series role, and as far as appearing on camera, it was really his last regular screen appearance (he has had guest roles here and there, including on Girl Meets World). He also appeared in the (very) short-lived NBC series Go Fish in 2001. However, don't be fooled: though he hasn't had many screen appearances, he has been very busy with voice work. He has had regular roles in many cartoons beginning  in 1999, as the role of Batman in Batman Beyond. He followed that up with a regular role in Kim Possible. Today, he appears in numerous animated series on a regular basis.
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New on DVD/Blu-ray (October/November)

Dr. Ken - Season One Mike & Molly - The Complete Sixth and Final Season Family Matters - The Complete Ninth Season The Lucy Show - The Complete Series The Mindy Project - Season Four

10/04 - The Andy Griffith Show - The Christmas Special (Colorized)
10/04 - I Love Lucy - Superstar Special #1 (Colorized)
10/11 - Dr. Ken - Season One
10/11 - Mike & Molly - The Complete Sixth and Final Season
10/11 - Mike & Molly - The Complete Series
10/11 - Nurse Jackie - Seasons One and Two
10/11 - Weeds - Seasons One and Two
11/01 - Schitt's Creek - Seasons One and Two
11/08 - Family Matters - The Complete Ninth Season
11/08 - Your Family or Mine - Season One
11/15 - Community - The Complete Series
11/15 - The Lucy Show - The Complete Series
11/15 - The Mindy Project - Season Four
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Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Tuesday, December 6

The Middle - "Trip and Fall" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Trashy neighbor Rita Glossner (Brooke Shields) talks an apprehensive Frankie into taking a road trip to an unknown destination; Mike takes an embarrassing fall at the quarry and has to deal with even more embarrassment when OSHA is called in to investigate; and Sue attempts to convince Axl to end his estrangement with the family after learning their true feelings about April.

American Housewife - "Westport Cotillion" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Oliver is secretly taking dancing and manners classes in hopes of getting the girl he likes to go to the Westport Cotillion with him. He asks for his dad’s help in keeping this all secret from Katie, afraid that she’ll interfere, but that’s easier said than done.

Fresh Off the Boat - "The Taming of the Dads" (ABC, 9:00PM ET/PT)
To celebrate their one-year anniversary, Eddie reluctantly agrees to take Alison to the see a modern remake of Romeo and Juliet. But when Louis and Alison’s dad bond over their love of Shakespeare and crash their date, Alison wonders if she and Eddie’s relationship has lost its spark. Meanwhile, Jessica gets called for jury duty and campaigns to be the “Jury Boss,” and Emery and Evan struggle with the responsibilities of raising a Tamagotchi digital pet.

The Real O'Neals - "The Real Match" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
When Jimmy recruits a reluctant Kenny to join his wrestling team for a one-time match, a surprise victory gives him the confidence to join the team full time to become the first, openly gay athlete at St. Barklays. Kenny’s newfound stardom makes Jimmy feel a bit replaced, but when an opponent refuses to wrestle his brother, Jimmy puts his feelings aside and rallies the team around Kenny. Meanwhile, Pat injures his back trying to help Eileen prepare for a weekend getaway, but things only get worse when she tries to be the perfect caregiver to impress VP Murray but fails miserably.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine - "The Overmining" (Fox, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Captain “CJ” (guest star Ken Marino) is having major problems with a big case, and Jake and Holt find the motivation to help him out. Inside the precinct, war ensues when Terry enforces a green initiative and tells Gina to get rid of her precious space heater, while Rosa and Boyle take a break from the night shift to visit a foot massage parlor.

New Girl - "Es Good" (Fox, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Schmidt enlists Nick to help him earn the respect of his difficult house contractor (guest star Billy Gardell). Meanwhile, as Jess and Robby (guest star Nelson Franklin) test the limits of their ability to be in a casual relationship, Winston and Cece debate the pros and cons of not being single.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of December 5)

Tuesday, December 6

  • Chris Pratt (Parks and Recreation) - Catch Chris on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Abbi Jacobson (Broad City) - Abbi is a guest on Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Billy Crystal (The Comedians/Soap) - Billy visits The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Anna Camp (The Mindy Project) - Anna is a guest on Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Molly Shannon (Divorce/Kath & Kim) - Molly appears on Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Ilana Glazer (Broad City) - Ilana guest co-hosts LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
  • Kathy Griffin (Suddenly Susan) - Kathy is a guest on Steve Harvey, so check your local listings.
  • Olivia Munn (Perfect Couples) - Olivia will be on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am.
  • Josh McDermitt (Retired at 35) - Josh appears on the AOL Build Show at 1:30pm and on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 12:30pm ET.
  • Queen Latifah (Living Single) - Queen Latifah chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Peyton List (Bunk'd/Jessie) - Peyton is a guest on the AOL Build Show at 12pm.
  • Emmanuelle Chriqui (Entourage) - Emmanuelle appears on Access Hollywood Live, so check your local listings.
  • Valerie Bertinelli (Hot in Cleveland/One Day at a Time) - Valerie appears on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Leah Remini (The King of Queens/Family Tools/The Exes) - Leah is a guest on The Wendy Williams Show at 2am on BET or on your local stations.