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.

FOLLOW ME

Who to Follow: Christopher Mintz-Plasse (Twitter), "Making movies. Making music. Making TV. @mainmanla @theyoungraps @bearonfiremusic @greatindoorscbs"
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)


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

The Jamie Foxx Show - The Complete Second Season What I Like About You - The Complete Second Season Newhart - The Final (Eighth) Season Diff'rent Strokes - The Complete Fifth Season Father Knows Best - Season Five

03/03 - The Dick Van Dyke Show - Now... In Living Color! (Blu-ray)
03/07 - The Jamie Foxx Show - The Complete Second Season
03/07 - Mama's Family - Mama's Favorites
03/07 - That '70s Show - The Complete Series - Flashback Edition (Blu-ray)
03/07 - What I Like About You - The Complete Second Season
03/07 - You Me Her - Season One
03/14 - Newhart - The Final (Eighth) Season
03/14 - Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt - Season Two
03/21 - Master of None - Season One
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
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Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Sunday, April 30

Bob's Burgers - "Like Gene for Chocolate" (Fox, 7:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
When Gene learns that the formula for his favorite chocolate has changed, he works with the head of the company in an attempt to remedy the situation. Meanwhile, Bob gets wrapped up in one of Teddy’s less-than-perfect plans.

Bob's Burgers - "Thelma & Louise Except Thelma Is Linda" (Fox, 7:30PM ET/PT)
After Louise gets in trouble at school, Linda is forced to meet with Mr. Frond (guest voice David Herman) and potentially could lose her hard-earned position as the Wagstaff bake sale leader. When she finds out that her daughter was actually trying to help another student, Linda is torn between following school policy or her own moral code.

The Simpsons - "Looking for Mr. Goodbart" (Fox, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Bart gets in trouble on Grandparents Day at school and is forced to hang out with Skinner’s mother as punishment. After spending time with various grandmas in the neighborhood, he learns the benefits of hanging out with the elderly, but eventually recognizes the dangers of taking advantage of them. Meanwhile, Peekimon Get has taken over the town of Springfield.

Making History - "Night Cream" (Fox, 8:30PM ET/PT)
With the ever-present threat of losing tenure looming over him, Chris reaches out to John Hancock and Samuel Adams to help spice things up in the classroom in 2017. Meanwhile, Deb's dream of re-opening Chadwick's ice cream parlor is finally coming to fruition, but Dan has a few marketing ideas of his own.

Family Guy - "The Peter Principal" (Fox, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Peter becomes the temporary principal at the high school, and Meg uses his new power to get even with her bullies. Meanwhile, Brian and Stewie open a bed & breakfast that quickly turns into a brothel.

The Last Man on Earth - "The Big Day" (Fox, 9:30PM ET/PT)
Tandy and Gail face off in a major disagreement, on which the whole group must weigh in, and Carol is forced to choose a side. Meanwhile, Melissa, Todd and Erica each have major milestone moments.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of May 1)

Sunday, April 30

  • NeNe Leakes (The New Normal) - Catch NeNe on Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
Monday, May 1
  • Chris Pratt (Parks and Recreation) - Watch Chris on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS. He will also be on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am and LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
  • America Ferrera (Superstore) - America drops by Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Ike Barinholtz (The Mindy Project) - Ike appears on Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Joel McHale (The Great Indoors/Community) - Joel is a guest on The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Jake Johnson (New Girl) - Jake visits The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Hank Azaria (Brockmire/The Simpsons/Free Agents) - Hank stops by Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Al Madrigal (About a Boy/Welcome to the Captain/Gary Unmarried) - Al appears on Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Kevin Nealon (Man with a Plan/Weeds/Hiller and Diller/Champs) - Kevin is a guest on Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Ashton Kutcher (The Ranch/Two and a Half Men/That '70s Show) - Ashton appears on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Allison Janney (Mom/Mr. Sunshine) - Allison teams up with Mario Batali to make a cheesy, decadent Gnocchi Al Telefono and dishes about her new Broadway show on ABC's The Chew at 1pm ET/12pm PT/CT.
  • Charlie Hunnam (Undeclared) - Charlie will be on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am. He will also be on the AOL Build Show at 11:15am.
  • Nick Robinson (Melissa & Joey) - Nick talks about his new film Everything, Everything on the AOL Build Show at 1pm.
  • Jodie Sweetin (Hollywood Darlings/Fuller House/Full House) - Jodie is a guest on Access Hollywood Live, so check your local listings.