Saturday, October 22, 2016

SitcomsOnline Digest: Carol Burnett Sitcom in the Works; Final Season of Family Matters to Arrive on DVD

Welcome to SitcomsOnline Digest! This week, we've got news of a Carol Burnett sitcom that is in the works at ABC, a game show based upon a popular mobile phone game, and more. Let's get going!

HIGHLIGHTS FROM SITCOMSONLINE.COM AND AROUND THE WEB
  • Despite all of her success in television comedy, Carol Burnett has never actually had a regular role in a standard sitcom aside from recurring roles in series such as Mama's Family and Mad About You, but now, with a little help from Amy Poehler, she may finally be getting her starring role in a new ABC sitcom.  (Deadline)
  • We're not even sure how this would even work, but CBS is working on a game show based upon the popular smartphone game, Candy Crush. (The Verge)
  • The drama in morning news shows is always greater than the drama in (what is left) of the afternoon soap operas, it seems, and it continued this week as Billy Bush officially parted ways with NBC. (New York Times)
  • Antenna TV has acquired both The Joey Bishop Show and Good Morning, World, but what is even bigger news about those acquisitions is that the acquisition of The Joey Bishop Show includes the first season of the series, which has typically been excluded in syndication for undisclosed reasons. (SitcomsOnline
  • CBS is showing their confidence in a trio of new series, by giving them full seasons. (SitcomsOnline

HOME MEDIA HIGHLIGHTS

  • Warner Archive is wrapping up another series, with Family Matters - The Complete Ninth Season arriving next month.

TUESDAY (OCTOBER 25) HOME MEDIA RELEASES
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01HSAIP9W/ref/nosim/happydaysonline5-20
  • Miami Vice - The Complete Series (DVD, $69.98): Mill Creek brings a re-release of the classic 80s series back to DVD, remastered and with all of the original music intact. A Blu-ray version was also released a few weeks ago, and having seen this version, I can certainly say that the Blu-ray version is worth the upgrade if you have the previously released DVDs from Universal.

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Claim to Fame: This coming week brings us the very last week of "new fall premieres" as CBS prepares to return Thursday nights to comedy (which also frees up room on their Monday night lineup), and out final week of our theme of "stars of the new sitcoms." This week, we have Christopher Mintz-Plasse, who stars in the new CBS series The Great Indoors. This series marks his first regular role in a live-action series, but he shouldn't be unfamiliar to audiences, as he most famously played the role of McLovin in the movie Superbad (which is also where he made his on-screen debut as an actor). Additionally, he has appeared in the movie Kick-Ass, and the sequel, Kick-Ass 2.
Pick of the Tweets: "This is a show in working on right now. Premieres October 27th, after the Big Bang Theory.… https://www.instagram.com/p/BJdeq4rj1lA/." (August 23, 2016)


Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Tuesday, November 13

The Conners - "The Separation of Church and Dan" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
When Geena learns that D.J. hasn’t been taking Mary to church while she’s been away, she insists they go as a family to uphold her traditional values. To make matters worse, Mary refuses to attend without her cousins Harris and Mark, leaving D.J. in the last situation he wants to be in – at the mercy of Darlene. Meanwhile, Mark’s attempt to conduct an unbiased survey on the upcoming election for his school project goes south when Jackie volunteers to help.

The Kids Are Alright - "Peggy's Day Out" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
To hide a mess Eddie made, his girlfriend, Wendi, tries to distract Peggy by insisting she take a day off with a fun day out while they take care of the housework. To everyone’s surprise, Peggy accepts the offer and requests Wendi tag along, with the ulterior motive of teaching her a lesson. Meanwhile, Eddie enlists the help of his brothers to clean up and keep Mike out of the house while Wendi and Peggy are out. Elsewhere, Pat introduces Timmy to his secret dog.

black-ish - "Purple Rain" (ABC, 9:00PM ET/PT)
The family is shocked to learn that Jack and Diane are not familiar with the iconic music of Prince. One by one, each member of the family works to explain Prince’s tremendous impact on their lives through his music.

Splitting Up Together - "War of the Wagners" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
Lena and Martin’s escalating battle for control of the house is put on hold when Milo announces he wants to go to a school for the gifted – to which they think he will not be accepted. Meanwhile, they both meet a contractor for the house, Vlad, but Lena undermines him and scares Vlad away. Things get uglier between Lena and Oliver after she introduces a new member to the family as payback for all the back-and-forth about the house. Elsewhere, Lena and Martin give conflicting advice to Mason on how to deal with his recent breakup.

The Guest Book - "Two Steps Forward, One Step Back" (TBS, 10:30PM ET/PT)
Mike and his family hate spending every summer in a subpar vacation home far from the beach; in order to afford paying a booking fee for their dream house, the Barefeet Retreat, Mike pulls double shifts and ends up paying more than he bargained for.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of November 12)

Tuesday, November 13

  • Jason Mantzoukas (The League) - Catch Jason on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Jenifer Lewis (black-ish/The PJs) - Jenifer appears on Comedy Central's The Daily Show with Trevor Noah at 11pm.
  • Taran Killam (Single Parents) - Taran visits E!'s Busy Tonight at 10pm.
  • Paul Shaffer (A Year at the Top) - Paul stops by The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • The Cast of The Conners - Michael Fishman, John Goodman, Lecy Goranson, Laurie Metcalf and Maya Lynne Robinson are guests on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Jamie Foxx (The Jamie Foxx Show) - Jamie previews the film Robin Hood on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Tig Notaro (One Mississippi) - Tig appears on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Tatyana Ali (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air/Love That Girl!) - Tatyana talks about her upcoming two Holiday movies for Lifetime and Hallmark on E!'s Daily Pop at 12pm.
  • Damon Wayans Jr. (Happy Together/Happy Endings/New Girl) - Damon is a guest on Rachael Ray, so check your local listings.
  • Bryan Cranston (Malcolm in the Middle) - Bryan talks about The Upside Down and Network on NBC's Today sometime between 7-9am.
  • Ashley Tisdale (The Suite Life of Zack & Cody/Clipped) - Ashley appears on the BUILD Series at 4pm.


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
11/20 - Step by Step - The Complete Third Season
11/27 - What I Like About You - The Complete Third Season
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