Saturday, April 30, 2016

SitcomsOnline Digest: A Look Into Pilot Season; Netflix Series The Ranch Renewed For Second Season

Welcome to SitcomsOnline Digest! This week, we have a look at some prospects for some of the pilots for next season and more. Let's get going!
HIGHLIGHTS FROM SITCOMSONLINE.COM AND AROUND THE WEB
  • We're getting very close to knowing what the networks are planning for the fall, and Deadline has a look at where some of the pilots may go. (Deadline
  • Netflix has already renewed their latest sitcom, The Ranch, for another season. (IGN
  • John Krasinski is set to return to the small screen in a Netflix series, but he will be moving past his sitcom roots in doing it. (Deadline)
  • Peanuts will be making a return as a new series on Boomerang. (Variety)
  • ABC is filling their summer lineup with game shows, and the latest one to be announced is Match Game. (SitcomsOnline)

TUESDAY (MAY 3) HOME MEDIA RELEASES

  • Airwolf - The Complete Series (DVD, $44.98; Blu-ray, $99.98): The CBS (and later USA Network) series comes to DVD again from Mill Creek, and arrives on Blu-ray for the very first time. Also available: season 1.
  • Knight Rider - Season 1 (DVD, $14.98): Mill Creek brings the classic David Hasselhoff series back to DVD in this value priced released. Also available: season 2.
  • Mad About You - The Complete Series (DVD, $69.98): Mill Creek brings the entire series to DVD, which features some seasons never before released on DVD.
  • Miami Vice - Season 1 (DVD, $14.98) Mill Creek also brings this classic series back to DVD, still complete with all of the original music but at a much lower price. Also available: season 2.

FOLLOW ME

Who to Follow: Helen Hunt (Twitter)
Claim to Fame: With Mad About You - The Complete Series arriving on DVD next week, we are featuring one of the two stars from that series as our Follow Me. Helen Hunt got her start when she was just ten years old, and landed her first TV role in Amy Prentiss, a very short-lived series that was part of the NBC Mystery Movie franchise and a spinoff of Ironside. She played the daughter of the title character in that series. A little over a year later, she landed a role in the ABC series The Swiss Family Robinson. She had several guest starring roles on many series throughout the years after that and also developed a much larger film presence (which she does much more of today), but her biggest TV role came in 1992 with the series Mad About You. You can also find her directing some of the sitcoms airing today, including most recently, Life in Pieces.
Pick of the Tweets: "The episode I directed of @LifeInPiecesCBS airs TONIGHT at 8:30 PST - don't miss it!" (January 7, 2016)


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

Diff'rent Strokes - The Complete Fifth Season Father Knows Best - Season Five The Wayans Bros. - The Complete Second Season ALF - The Complete DVD Collection The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air - The Complete Series

04/04 - Diff'rent Strokes - The Complete Fifth Season
04/11 - Father Knows Best - Season Five
04/11 - Schitt's Creek - The Complete Third Season
04/11 - Silicon Valley - The Complete Third Season (Blu-ray)
04/11 - Veep - The Complete Fifth Season
05/02 - Red, White and Blue Collar Sitcoms - Make TV Great Again
05/09 - ALF - The Complete DVD Collection
05/09 - Divorce - The Complete First Season (Blu-ray)
05/09 - The Wayans Bros. - The Complete Second Season
05/16 - The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air - The Complete Series
06/13 - The Andy Griffith Show - Return to Mayberry
06/13 - That's My Mama - The Complete Series
06/20 - Workaholics - The Final (Seventh) Season
06/20 - Workaholics - The Complete Series
06/27 - The Jamie Foxx Show - The Complete Third Season
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Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Thursday, July 27

The Big Bang Theory - "The Geology Elevation" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
When Bert (Brian Posehn), a Caltech geologist, wins the MacArthur Genius fellowship, Sheldon is overcome with jealousy. Also, Wolowitz finds an old remote control Stephen Hawking action figure he invented. Stephen Hawking returns to guest star as himself.

Life in Pieces - "I'll Be Home for Christmas... Maybe" (CBS, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Kevin gets into the Christmas spirit when he volunteers to help Mott (Chris Roach) and his seven kids prepare for the holidays while his wife’s away, leaving Donna (Erinn Hayes) high and dry until Kyle (Gary Valentine) swoops in to help her. Jackie Sandler guest stars as Mott’s wife, Cindy.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of July 24)

Thursday, July 27

  • Billy Crystal (The Comedians/Soap) - Catch Billy on a repeat of Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Michael Strahan (Brothers) - Michael appears on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Jill Kargman (Odd Mom Out) - Jill is a guest on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Gillian Jacobs (Love/Community) - Gillian visits The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Niecy Nash (Getting On/The Soul Man/Reno 911!) - Niecy stops by The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Brett Gelman (Married/Go On) - Brett appears on @midnight on Comedy Central at midnight.
  • The Cast of Veep - Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Tony Hale, Anna Chlumsky, Reid Scott, Matt Walsh, Kevin Dunn, Gary Cole and Sam Richardson are guests on a repeat of Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Kelsey Grammer (Frasier/Cheers) - Kelsey drops by The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Nico Tortorella (Younger) - Nico guest co-hosts The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Betty Gilpin (GLOW/Nurse Jackie) - Betty talks about GLOW on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Ernie Hudson (Grace and Frankie/The Last Precinct) - Ernie is a guest on a repeat of Harry, so check your local listings.
  • Candace Cameron Bure (Fuller House/Full House) - Candace and her daughter, Natasha, see how well they really know each other on a repeat of Rachael Ray, so check your local listings.
  • Jake T. Austin (Wizards of Waverly Place) - Jake talks about The Emoji Movie on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Brian Sacca (Wrecked) - Brian talks about Wrecked on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Sheryl Lee Ralph (Instant Mom/Moesha/It's a Living) - Sheryl will be on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 11:30am ET.
  • Jason Alexander (Seinfeld/Listen Up!/Bob Patterson) - Jason is a guest on Access Hollywood Live, so check your local listings.