Saturday, April 02, 2016

SitcomsOnline Digest: It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Renewed for 13th and 14th Seasons; Encore to Rebrand Networks

Welcome to SitcomsOnline Digest! This week, we've got news of a sitcom renewal that is tying records for longevity, a rebranding for Encore channels, and more. Let's get going!

HIGHLIGHTS FROM SITCOMSONLINE.COM AND AROUND THE WEB
  • It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia just wrapped up its 11th season, but it has been already been renewed for thirteenth and fourteenth season in 2018 and 2019, which will also allow it to tie with The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet as the longest running live action comedy. (Hollywood Reporter
  • Encore announced this week that they will soon be rebranding their networks to Starz Encore, and by soon, they mean by Tuesday. (Variety
  • TV Land is developing a sitcom that is set in purgatory (literally). (Deadline)
  • It seems like O.J. Simpson documentaries are all the rage these days, and now Investigation Discovery is getting into the game with a documentary series that looks at another hypothesis. (Deadline
  • A few weeks ago, Shout! Factory posted an article online to tell you how you would know if you received a bootleg version of a legitimate DVD set, and if you have purchased DVD sets from third party sellers online, you may be surprised to find that some of your seemingly legitimate DVD sets are actually bootlegs. (Shout!)
  • Sitcom stars Patty Duke and James Noble both died this week. (SitcomsOnline)

TUESDAY (APRIL 5) HOME MEDIA RELEASES


FOLLOW ME

Who to Follow: Scott Weinger (Twitter), "Writer/Producer for ABC's super awesome comedies GALAVANT and THE MUPPETS."
Claim to Fame: We featured several Boy Meets World stars over the past couple of weeks, and we're sort of continuing the ABC TGIF in the 90s theme this week with a Full House cast member, Scott Weinger. Weinger is known to TV fans for playing the role of DJ's boyfriend Steve on the series, and he actually appeared in 50 episodes over a four season span. However, he is perhaps even better known outside of his on-screen work, as he was the voice of the title character in the Disney movie Aladdin. Unlike most other Disney film voice actors, who often tended to appear in the feature film role and not participate in further projects, Weinger has continued to voice Aladdin in sequels and TV series spinoffs. He currently has a recurring role in Fuller House, but acting is not where he really shines these days. Instead, he works behind-the-scenes, and serves as writer and producer for Galavant and Black-ish, and is also a co-executive producer for The Muppets.
Pick of the Tweets: "Friday! Netflix! #FullerHouse (pic)" (February 24, 2016)


Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Tuesday, October 16

The Conners - "Keep on Truckin'" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
A sudden turn of events forces the Conners to face the daily struggles of life in Lanford in a way they never have before.

The Kids Are Alright - "Pilot" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Lawrence, the prodigal eldest Cleary son, returns home from the seminary and breaks the news to his family that he’s dropping out for good, leaving Mike and Peggy upset and wondering why. Meanwhile, Timmy decides he wants to audition for a children’s theatre production but when Peggy finds out where it’s being held she forbids him from participating. Elsewhere, Eddie tries to keep his girlfriend a secret after Frank finds out and tries to blackmail him.

black-ish - "Gap Year" (ABC, 9:00PM ET/PT)
After dropping Junior off at college, Dre and Bow are beside themselves when they find him back at home announcing his decision to take a gap year. Meanwhile, Jack and Diane begin to question whether they should still be sharing a room.

Splitting Up Together - "Sign Language" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
The morning after Lena and Martin sleep together, Lena searches for signs that they are or aren’t meant to be a couple. Their relationship is put to the test after she organizes a romantic beach getaway and it becomes apparent what’s meant to be. Meanwhile, Arthur and Camille trail Lisa Apple, hoping to determine if she is pregnant with Martin’s baby. Elsewhere, Maya struggles to decide if she should tell her new boyfriend, Frank, about her pregnancy.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of October 15)

Tuesday, October 16

  • John Krasinski (The Office) - Catch John on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Kevin Hart (The Big House/Undeclared) - Kevin appears on a repeat of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Eric McCormack (Will & Grace) - Eric is a guest on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Kathryn Hahn (I Love Dick/Happyish/Transparent/Free Agents) - Kathryn stops by The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS. She will also be on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Jameela Jamil (The Good Place) - Jameela appears on a repeat of Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Melissa McCarthy (Mike & Molly/Samantha Who?) - Melissa drops by Comedy Central's The Daily Show with Trevor Noah at 11pm. She also talks about Can You Ever Forgive Me? on the BUILD Series at 12pm.
  • Jane Curtin (3rd Rock from the Sun/Kate & Allie) - Jane visits Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
  • Laurence Fishburne (black-ish) - Laurence chats on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Nathan Fillion (Two Guys and a Girl) - Nathan talks about The Rookie on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am and on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Katy Mixon (American Housewife/Mike & Molly) - Katy is a guest on The Real, so check your local listings.
  • Sara Gilbert (The Conners/Roseanne/Bad Teacher/The Big Bang Theory and John Goodman (The Connners/Roseanne/The Trouble in Normal, Ohio) - Sara and John are guests on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am.
  • John Leguizamo (The Brothers Garcia) - John appears on ABC's GMA Day at 1pm.
  • Heather Dubrow (Stark Raving Mad) - Heather is a guest on People Now at 12pm.
  • Candace Cameron Bure (Fuller House/Full House) - Candace visits NBC's Today in the 10am hour.
  • Fran Drescher (Happily Divorced/The Nanny/Living with Fran) - Fran talks about hosting Cancer Scchmancer's Master Class Health Summit on E!'s Daily Pop at 12pm.
  • Analeigh Tipton (Manhattan Love Story) - Analeigh talks about her movie Better Start Running on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.


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

The Big Bang Theory - The Complete Eleventh Season The Middle - The Complete Ninth Season Modern Family - The Complete Ninth Season Step by Step - The Complete Second Season Perfect Strangers - The Complete Fifth Season

09/04 - It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia - The Complete Season 12
09/04 - Mom - The Complete Fifth Season
09/04 - Silicon Valley - The Complete Fifth Season
09/04 - Superstore - Season Three
09/04 - Young Sheldon - The Complete First Season
09/11 - The Big Bang Theory - The Complete Eleventh Season (Blu-ray)
09/11 - The Middle - The Complete Ninth Season
09/11 - Modern Family - The Complete Ninth Season
09/11 - People of Earth - The Complete Second Season
09/18 - Community - The Complete Series (Blu-ray)
09/18 - Step by Step - The Complete Second Season
09/18 - You're the Worst - The Complete Fourth Season
09/25 - Blondie - The Complete 1957 Television Series
09/25 - Perfect Strangers - The Complete Fifth Season
10/02 - The Beverly Hillbillies - The Official Fifth Season
10/02 - The Love Boat - Season Four - Volume One / Volume Two
10/02 - Saved by the Bell - The Complete Collection
10/16 - Police Squad! - TV and Movie Collection
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