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

    Monday, April 23

    The Big Bang Theory - "The Relaxation Integration" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
    Sheldon and Wolowitz plan birthday celebrations for Amy and Halley, respectively. Also, Leonard receives a Christmas letter from his brother that causes him to spiral out about his own lack of accomplishments.

    Young Sheldon - "A Therapist, a Comic Book, and a Breakfast Sausage" (CBS, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
    After choking on a breakfast sausage, Sheldon wrestles with his fear of solid foods and discovers comic books for the first time.

    Young Sheldon - "A Solar Calculator, a Game Ball, and a Cheerleader's Bosom" (CBS, 9:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
    Sheldon struggles with newfound popularity after utilizing statistics to help the football team.

    The Big Bang Theory - "The Explosion Implosion" (CBS, 9:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
    Wolowitz and Sheldon bond when they drive to the desert to shoot off a model rocket. Also, when Leonard’s mom, Beverly (Christine Baranski), finds a new best friend in Penny, it rubs Leonard the wrong way.

    American Dad - "My Purity Ball and Chain" (TBS, 10:00PM ET/PT)
    When Steve acts out his sexual energy, Francine asks Stan to give Steve "the talk," but Stan's fear that he won't do it right terrifies him; the family builds a giant water slide in the backyard.

    Complete TV Listings


    Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of April 23)

    Monday, April 23

    • Chris Rock (Everybody Hates Chris) - Watch Chris on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
    • Ali Wentworth (Nightcap) - Ali appears on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
    • Tracy Morgan (The Last O.G./30 Rock/The Tracy Morgan Show) - Tracy is a guest on Comedy Central's The Daily Show with Trevor Noah at 11pm. He also chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
    • Dana Carvey (One of the Boys) - Dana visits Conan at 11pm on TBS.
    • Mark Consuelos (Alpha House/Hope & Faith) - Mark guest co-hosts LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
    • Constance Wu (Fresh Off the Boat) - Constance stops by The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
    • Wendell Pierce (The Odd Couple/The Michael J. Fox Show/The Weber Show/The Gregory Hines Show) - Wendell appears on Harry, so check your local listings.
    • Jason Biggs (Mad Love/Drexell's Class) - Jason and his wife Jenny Mollen talk about Lifetime's My Partner Knows Best on the BUILD Series at 4:30pm. Jason can be heard on the Morning Mashup on SiriusXM.
    • Chris Gethard (Broad City/Big Lake) - Chris is a guest on Page Six TV, so check your local listings.
    • Ellen Burstyn (The Ellen Burstyn Show) - Ellen appears on NBC's Today sometime between 7-9am.
    • Alfonso Ribeiro (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air/In the House/Silver Spoons) - Alfonso visits Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.


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

    Diff'rent Strokes - The Complete Seventh Season Green Acres - The Complete Fifth Season Mayberry R.F.D. - The Complete First Season One Day at a Time - Season Two Perfect Strangers  - The Complete Third Season

    02/06 - All in the Family - Seasons 1-5
    02/06 - Bosom Buddies - The Complete Series
    02/06 - Women of the House - Complete 12 Episode Series
    02/13 - Broad City - Season 4
    02/13 - Three's Company - The Complete Series - Come and Knock on Our Door Collection
    02/27 - Diff'rent Strokes - The Complete Seventh Season
    02/27 - Green Acres - The Complete Fifth Season
    02/27 - Mayberry R.F.D. - The Complete First Season
    03/06 - Atlanta - The Complete First Season
    03/06 - Curb Your Enthusiasm - The Complete Ninth Season
    03/13 - The New Adventures of Old Christine - The Complete First Season
    03/27 - One Day at a Time - Season Two
    04/03 - Ballers - The Complete Third Season (Blu-ray)
    04/03 - 90's Sitcom (Just Shoot Me!/The Larry Sanders Show/Wings) Starter Set - Season 1 & 2 Bundle
    04/10 - Vice Principals - The Compelte Series
    04/17 - Perfect Strangers - The Complete Third Season
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