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.

    TUESDAY (MARCH 15) HOME MEDIA RELEASES


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    Sitcoms Airing Tonight

    Sunday, February 25

    Brooklyn Nine-Nine - "HalloVeen" (Fox, 7:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
    Jake and Terry must go under cover at an illegal gambling club to catch an infamous arms dealer; Holt teaches them the art of poker, but his addiction resurfaces; Boyle buys a food truck that was formerly used in a brutal string of murders.

    Bob's Burgers - "Thanks-hoarding" (Fox, 7:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
    Teddy's family unexpectedly announces they're coming for Thanksgiving; the preparation proves challenging; Teddy is discovered to be a hoarder.

    The Simpsons - "Grampy Can Ya Hear Me" (Fox, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
    Grampa gets a hearing aid and finally hears what everyone has been saying about him; Principal Skinner discovers that his mother has kept a secret from him.

    Ghosted - "Sam" (Fox, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
    Annie installs smooth-talking artificial intelligence Sam to manage the office; Max and Leroy are put to the test when Sam turns out to be evil; Max is jealous when Leroy makes a new friend.

    Family Guy - "Foxx in the Men House" (Fox, 9:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
    Peter befriends the coolest guy ever and dumps Quagmire, Joe, and Cleveland.

    LA to Vegas - "Two and a Half Pilots" (Fox, 9:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
    In Captain Dave's absence, a rival is assigned to cover the flight's route; Artem and Nichole help Colin plan his son's birthday party.

    A.P. Bio - "Teacher Jail" (NBC, 10:30PM ET/PT)
    When Jack (Glenn Howerton) leaves his class unattended, a student injury sets off an official investigation and lands Jack in "teacher jail." An aggressive teacher's union rep (guest star Niecy Nash) sets her sights on Principal Durbin (Patton Oswalt). The students' excitement for a substitute teacher are dashed when they find out it's Helen (Paula Pell).

    Game Shakers - "Subway Girl" (Nickelodeon, 7:00PM ET/PT)
    When a video of Babe dancing to Dub's new music video goes viral, Dub challenges Babe to a dance battle to prove he is the better dancer.

    School of Rock - "Not Afraid" (Nickelodeon, 7:30PM ET/PT)
    When School of Rock attempts to become the leading quinceanera band in Austin, everything seems to go wrong, thanks to a scary movie.

    Complete TV Listings


    Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of February 19)

    Sunday, February 25

    • NeNe Leakes (The New Normal) - Catch NeNe on Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.


    New on DVD/Blu-ray (November/December/January)

    The Wayans Bros. - The Complete Third Season Living Single - The Complete Third Season Alice - The Complete Sixth Season One Day at a Time - The Complete Series Fuller House - The Complete Second Season

    11/07 - American Dad! - Volume 12
    11/07 - Family Guy - Season Fifteen
    11/07 - The Wayans Bros. - The Complete Third Season
    11/14 - D.C. Follies - The Complete Series
    11/21 - Living Single - The Complete Third Season
    11/24 - Grandfathered - Season 1
    12/05 - Alice - The Complete Sixth Season
    12/05 - One Day at a Time - The Complete Series
    12/05 - The Simpsons - The Eighteenth Season
    12/05 - South Park - The Complete First Season (Blu-ray) / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5
    12/12 - Fuller House - The Complete Second Season
    12/19 - South Park - The Complete Sixth Season (Blu-ray) / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10 / 11
    01/09 - Girlfriends - The Complete Series
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