Saturday, March 12, 2016

SitcomsOnline Digest: Jimmy Kimmel to Host the Emmys; BBC Remaking Classic British Sitcoms; Mill Creek Announces New Releases of Universal Series

Welcome to SitcomsOnline Digest! This week, there are plenty of renewals in the works (it seems that the 2015-2016 season produced more stable series than past seasons as networks are renewing entire lineups), some news of some Mill Creek releases of some Universal library series, and more. Let's get started!

HIGHLIGHTS FROM SITCOMSONLINE.COM AND AROUND THE WEB
  • We heard a few weeks ago that Jimmy Kimmel might be hosting the Emmys this year, and that was confirmed this week. (The Verge)
  • The BBC is looking to recreate some classic British sitcoms as one time specials, including episodes of two classic British sitcoms that became successful American sitcoms: Til Death Do Us Part (which All in the Family was based upon) and Steptoe and Son (which Sanford and Son was based upon). (BBC News)
  • Last week, we announced that Jason Lee is looking to make a return to television with a sitcom pilot for CBS, and now Alyssa Milano has been cast in the same pilot. (Deadline
  • The CW has announced their renewals for next season, and the list basically includes every scripted series currently airing on the network. (Deadline
  • CBS is also looking ahead at some of their renewals for next season, with their CEO is optimistic about "all five" of their freshman series returning next season (though it isn't exactly clear is meant by the fifth series, as we're doubting it is the almost certainly cancelled Angel from Hell). (Variety)

HOME MEDIA HIGHLIGHTS
  • Mill Creek, which was known for years as a low-budget outlet for public domain DVD releases, has been getting very serious about the DVD business in recent years and releasing much more high profile stuff from major studios (while still managing to keep low price releases). This week, they announced a deal with Universal, which will bring series including Miami Vice, Knight Rider, Coach, Necessary Roughness, Friday Night Lights, and Airwolf back to DVD. But there's more: some of these will also be released on Blu-ray for the first time ever. We do not yet know if Coach will be completed on DVD (it is the only series of the six announced that has not been completely released by Universal), but we hope to find out more soon.

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    Sitcoms Airing Tonight

    Monday, June 24

    The Neighborhood - "Welcome to the Climb" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
    When Gemma decides to fire a teacher at her school, she’s unprepared for the aftermath. Also, Calvin gets a surprise when he faces off with his newspaper carrier.

    The Neighborhood - "Welcome to the Barbershop" (CBS, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
    When Dave drops by Calvin’s longtime barbershop, he’s quickly embraced by its owner and patrons, much to Calvin’s consternation.

    Raven's Home - "Lost at Chel-Sea" (Disney Channel, 8:00PM ET/PT)
    The kids accidentally get stuck on a cruise ship alone, while Raven and Chelsea desperately try to catch up with them via personal watercraft.

    Complete TV Listings


    Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of June 24)

    Monday, June 24

    • Tom Hanks (Bosom Buddies) - Watch Tom on a repeat of Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
    • Pamela Adlon (Better Things/King of the Hill/The Facts of Life) - Pamela appears on a repeat of Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
    • Bashir Salahuddin (GLOW) - Bashir stops by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
    • Diallo Riddle (Marlon) - Diallo visits The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
    • Olivia Munn (Perfect Couples) - Olivia is a guest on Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC. She also talks about The Rook on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am and chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
    • Ramy Youssef (Ramy) - Ramy drops by Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
    • Chelsea Handler (Are You There, Chelsea?) - Chelsea appears on a repeat of The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS. She will also be on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
    • Eliza Coupe (Rob Riggle's Ski Master Academy/Future Man/Benched/Happy Endings/Scrubs) - Eliza is a guest on a repeat of Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
    • Anna Konkle and Maya Erskine (PEN15) - Anna and Maya are guests on a repeat of Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
    • Rosie O'Donnell (Gimme a Break!) - Rosie stops by Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
    • Anthony Anderson (black-ish/Guys with Kids/All About the Andersons) - Anthony visits LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
    • George Clooney (Roseanne/The Facts of Life/ E/R) - The Ellen DeGeneres Show has the best moments from the biggest stars, including George, so check your local listings.
    • Esai Morales (The Brink) - Esai appears on a repeat of The Real, so check your local listings.
    • John Ratzenberger (Cheers) - John talks about Toy Story 4 on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
    • Seth MacFarlane (Family Guy/American Dad!/The Cleveland Show) - Seth talks about The Loudest Voice on NBC's Today sometime between 7-9am and on the BUILD Series at 10am.
    • Jason Jones (The Detour) - Jason talks about The Detour on NBC's Today in the 9am hour and on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 11:30am ET.
    • Zendaya (K.C. Undercover/Shake It Up) - Zendaya talks about Spider-Man: Far From Home on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am.


    New on DVD/Blu-ray (April/May/June)

    Evening Shade - The Complete Collection Perfect Strangers - The Complete Seventh and Eighth Seasons My Three Sons - The Third Season - Volume One The Brady Bunch - 50th Anniversary The Brady-est TV & Movie Collection Will & Grace (The Revival) - Season Two

    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)
    05/07 - Baskets - The Complete Season Three
    05/13 - I'm Dying Up Here - Season 2
    05/13 - My Three Sons - The Third Season - Volume One
    05/13 - My Three Sons - The Third Season - Volume Two
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    05/14 - Petticoat Junction - Seasons 1-3
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    05/28 - South Park - The Complete Twenty-Second Season (Blu-ray)
    06/04 - The Brady Bunch - 50th Anniversary The Brady-est Brady Bunch TV & Movie Collection
    06/18 - Will & Grace (The Revival) - Season Two (Blu-ray)
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