Saturday, August 13, 2016

SitcomsOnline Digest: Rocko's Modern Life Movie Greenlit at Nickelodeon; Hulu to End Free Streaming

Welcome to SitcomsOnline Digest! It has been a busy week of news with Nickelodeon announcing a Rocko's Modern Life TV movie, Hulu announcing some major changes to their service, and more. Let's get going!

  • Nickelodeon has given the green light to a one hour TV movie based upon one of the biggest cult favorite Nicktoons, Rocko's Modern Life. (Entertainment Weekly)
  • Hulu, which was a pioneer in online streaming when they began offering free ad-supported streaming of TV series almost a decade, announced this week that they will be shifting exclusively to a paid subscription service later this month, though some content (including recent episodes of broadcast network TV series) will remain available through partner deals.  (Washington Post
  • The producers of How I Met Your Mother have come together once again to develop a new comedy for CBS. (Variety
  • This week, it was announced that neither Jay Pharoah nor Taran Killam will be back on Saturday Night Live in the next season, but not all is lost, as both have separate Showtime pilots in the works. (Yahoo!)
  • Chuck Lorre got off rather easy when Charlie Sheen left Two and a Half Men, it seems, as Thomas Gibson was fired from Criminal Minds this week following an incident in which he kicked a producer. (BBC News
  • Barry Jenner, best known for his roles on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Knot's Landing, died this week. (Deadline)
  • In honor of the 10th anniversary of The CW, a trio of sitcoms that aired in those early days will be added to CW Seed. (SitcomsOnline)  



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Claim to Fame: Daryl Bartley was a child actor didn't exactly get a lot of screen time as a child actor, but is very much memorable. He had appearances on Simon & Simon and Buffalo Bill, but his biggest and most memorable role was Small Wonder, where he played Warren Enright, Jamie's friend who always had a crush on Vicki. While his character was one of the more memorable ones on the series, he didn't even make a lot of appearances. He only appeared in six episodes. Luckily for him, though, the child acting phase was just the beginning of bigger and better things. While he is no longer an actor and has not done any TV roles (at least according to IMDb) since his last Small Wonder appearance in 1987 (almost 30 years ago), he found a bigger and better career working in CGI animation and visual effects, and his work can be seen on some of the biggest films in theaters today, such as Twilight, Avatar, Life of Pi, and many others.
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New on DVD/Blu-ray (September)

The Big Bang Theory - The Complete Ninth Season Newhart - The Complete Sixth Season 2 Broke Girls - The Complete Fifth Season Family Matters - The Complete Eighth Season Modern Family - The Complete Season 7

09/06 - Coach - Season One (Mill Creek) / Season Two / Seasons One and Two
09/06 - South Park - The Complete Ninteenth Season (Blu-ray)
09/13 - The Big Bang Theory - The Complete Ninth Season (Blu-ray)
09/13 - Newhart - The Complete Sixth Season
09/20 - 2 Broke Girls - The Complete Fifth Season
09/20 - Family Matters - The Complete Eighth Season
09/20 - Modern Family - The Complete Season 7
09/20 - Veep - Season 5
09/27 - The Wonder Years - Season Six
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Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Thursday, October 27

The Big Bang Theory - "The Fetal Kick Catalyst" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Penny is surprised to learn she has fans of her performance in “Serial Ape-ist” when she attends Van Nuys Comic Con with Leonard. Also, Amy hosts a Sheldon-style brunch at Penny’s apartment, and Wolowitz makes an impulsive purchase when he starts stressing out about the baby on the way.

The Great Indoors - "Pilot" (CBS, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Joel McHale stars as Jack, a renowned adventure reporter for an outdoor magazine who must adapt to the times when he becomes the new desk-bound boss to a group of millennials in the digital department of the publication.

Mom - "High-Tops and Brown Jacket" (CBS, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Bonnie and Adam’s relationship is tested when he moves in with her and Christy for a few weeks. Also, Christy learns the hard way that it may be a mistake to try and meet men with Jill.

Life in Pieces - "Annulled Roommate Pill Shower" (CBS, 9:30PM ET/PT)
Heather and Tim enlist Clementine’s unusual parents, Mary-Lynn (Megan Mullally) and Spencer (Nick Offerman), to help convince Clementine and Tyler to annul their unexpected marriage. Also, Tommy moves in with Colleen, to the chagrin of her roommate, Dougie (Fortune Feimster); John and Joan run into “complications” after John takes the wrong dose of his daily pill; and Jen and Greg keep a secret from the family.

Superstore - "Halloween Theft" (NBC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Dina (Lauren Ash) throws a wrench in everyone's Halloween plans when something goes missing from the store and declares that no employee can leave until someone confesses to stealing. Amy (America Ferrera) is determined to find out who is responsible because she doesn't want to miss trick-or-treating with her daughter and Mateo (Nico Santos) prepares for his secret date with Jeff (recurring guest star Michael Bunin). Meanwhile, Jonah (Ben Feldman) and Cheyenne (Nichole Bloom) struggle to bond until they discover they have more in common than they thought. Garrett (Colton Dunn) has a difficult time defending himself during the store-wide investigation.

The Good Place - "Most Improved Player" (NBC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Michael (Ted Danson) has a private meeting with Eleanor (Kristen Bell). Meanwhile, Chidi (William Jackson Harper), who has been harboring a secret, contemplates what to do.

Better Things - "Scary Fun" (FX, 10:00PM ET/PT)
Sam makes a point.

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Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of October 24)

Thursday, October 27

  • Martin Short (Mulaney/The Martin Short Show) - Catch Martin on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Mary-Louise Parker (Weeds) - Mary-Louise visits The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • January Jones (The Last Man on Earth) - January appears on The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Lauren Lapkus (Clipped/Are You There, Chelsea?) - Lauren is a guest on @midnight on Comedy Central at midnight.
  • Abbi Jacobson (Broad City) - Abbi visits Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
  • Ron Howard (Happy Days/The Andy Griffith Show) - Ron appears on Chelsea on Netflix. He also talks about Inferno on NBC's Today in the 10am hour and on the AOL Build Show at 2:30pm.
  • Nathan Lane (Modern Family/Charlie Lawrence/Encore! Encore!), John Goodman (Roseanne/Normal, Ohio) and John Slattery (Maggie) - They talk about Broadway's The Front Page on The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Joel McHale (The Great Indoors/Community) - Joel guest co-hosts LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
  • Miley Cyrus (Hannah Montana) - Miley is a guest on LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
  • Eva Longoria (Telenovela) - Eva appears on The Wendy Williams Show, so check your local listings.
  • Angelique Cabral (Life in Pieces/Enlisted) - Angelique talks about Life in Pieces on the AOL Build Show at 11am.