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, December 9

    The Simpsons - "'Tis the 30th Season" (Fox, 8:00PM ET/PT)
    After a failed Black Friday shopping spree, Marge is determined to fix Christmas; Homer and the kids surprise Marge with a vacation to a Florida resort.

    Bob's Burgers - "Better Off Sled" (Fox, 8:30PM ET/PT)
    Teenagers take over the Belchers' sledding territory, inciting an epic turf war; Bob steps in to help Linda, who's in a time crunch to get three scarves knitted before Christmas.

    Family Guy - "Pawtucket Pete" (Fox, 9:00PM ET/PT)
    The brewery's new bosses decide to change the company's mascot; in an attempt to be crowned the new face of Pawtucket Ale, Peter and Brian go head-to-head.

    Rel - "Hate & Hip Hop" (Fox, 9:30PM ET/PT)
    One of Rel's patients is prejudiced and Rel is conflicted on how to behave as his attending nurse; everyone is obsessing over Brittany's ex-boyfriend's awful new rap song.

    Complete TV Listings


    Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of December 3)

    Friday, December 7

    • Julie Bowen (Modern Family) - Watch Julie on a repeat of Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
    • Kathy Griffin (Suddenly Susan) - Kathy visits The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
    • Jameela Jamil (The Good Place) - Jameela is a guest on a repeat of Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
    • Alex Wolff (The Naked Brothers Band) - Alex appears on a repeat of Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
    • Sean Hayes (Will & Grace/Sean Saves the World) - Sean visits The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
    • Sinbad (Rel/The Sinbad Show/A Different World) - Sinbad is a guest on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
    • Mark Feuerstein (9JKL/Good Morning, Miami/Conrad Bloom/Fired Up) - Mark stops by Access Live, so check your local listings.
    • Lori Loughlin (Fuller House/Hudson Street/Full House) - Lori talks about Hallmark Channel's original movie Homegrown Christmas on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT. She will also be on Access Live, so check your local listings.
    • Rickey Smiley (The Rickey Smiley Show) - Rickey drops by Access Live, so check your local listings.
    • Dondre Whitfield (Hidden Hills/Inside Schwartz/Between Brothers/The Crew) - Dondre is a guest on Access Live, so check your local listings.
    • Tiffani Thiessen (Alexa & Katie/Good Morning, Miami/Saved by the Bell: The College Years/Saved by the Bell) - Tiffani cooks up holiday recipes from her new cookbook on E!'s Daily Pop at 12pm.


    New on DVD/Blu-ray (October/November)

    The Beverly Hillbillies - The Official Fifth Season The Love Boat - Season Four - Volume One Saved by the Bell - The Complete Collection Alice - The Complete Eighth Season Step by Step - The Complete Third Season

    10/02 - The Beverly Hillbillies - The Official Fifth Season
    10/02 - Bob's Burgers - The Complete 6th Season
    10/02 - Bob's Burgers - The Complete 7th Season
    10/02 - Bob's Burgers - The Complete 8th Season
    10/02 - Ghosted - The Complete First Season
    10/02 - The Love Boat - Season Four - Volume One / Volume Two
    10/02 - Police Squad! - TV and Movie Collection
    10/02 - Saved by the Bell - The Complete Collection
    10/16 - Community - The Complete Series (Mill Creek)
    10/23 - Alice - The Complete Eighth Season
    10/24 - The Odd Couple (2015) - Season Two
    10/24 - The Odd Couple (2015) - Season Three
    10/31 - The Bad News Bears - The Complete Series - All 26 Episodes
    11/01 - Episodes - Season 5
    11/05 - Robin Williams - Comic Genius (includes Mork & Mindy)
    11/06 - American Dad! - Volume 13
    11/16 - Man with a Plan - Season One
    11/20 - Step by Step - The Complete Third Season
    11/27 - What I Like About You - The Complete Third Season
    12/04 - Family Guy - Season Sixteen
    12/04 - Perfect Strangers - The Complete Sixth Season
    12/18 - Our Cartoon President - Season One
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