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!

  • 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


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

  • 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.


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.…" (August 23, 2016)

Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Monday, March 19

Kevin Can Wait - "Delivery Guy" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Vanessa convinces Kevin to go on a TV talk show with the “baby boy” he helped deliver years ago as a cop, but her plan to promote Monkey Fist backfires when Kevin runs into his arch-nemesis, Frank Munson (Ricardo Chavira), at the appearance. Michael Yo returns as Tom, a morning show host.

Man with a Plan - "March Madness" (CBS, 8:30PM ET/PT)
When Adam and Andi lose footage of an intimate moment they accidentally recorded, they have to track it down before anyone can see it.

Superior Donuts - "The Chicago Way" (CBS, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Randy, who just passed the detective’s exam, is asked by her former supervisor, Ted (guest star Christopher McDonald), to talk to a female rookie who has filed a sexual harassment complaint against him. Also, Arthur’s usual arrangement with a city health inspector to ignore violations in the shop goes awry when a new by-the-book inspector shows up.

Living Biblically - "Thou Shalt Not Steal" (CBS, 9:30PM ET/PT)
Chip infuriates his colleagues when he decides to follow the commandment “Thou Shalt Not Steal” and begins returning office supplies he stole.

American Dad - "" (TBS, 10:00PM ET/PT)
Stan deals with childhood issues of abandonment, which affects his performance at work; Klaus builds a website based on Smith family fails.

Complete TV Listings

Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of March 19)

Monday, March 19

  • Drew Barrymore (Santa Clarita Diet) - Watch Drew on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Adam DeVine (Workaholics/Modern Family) - Adam appears on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Kumail Nanjiani (Silicon Valley) - Kumail is a guest on The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Jenny Slate (Married/Parks and Recreation/Bob's Burgers) - Jenny visits The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Josh Radnor (How I Met Your Mother) - Josh stops by Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Burt Reynolds (Evening Shade) - Burt appears on Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Krysten Ritter (Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23) - Krysten chats on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Allison Janney (Mom/Mr. Sunshine) - Allison is a guest on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Zach Woods (Silicon Valley/Playing House/The Office) - Zach drops by The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Billy Ray Cyrus (Still The King) - Billy Ray appears on a repeat of Harry, so check your local listings.
  • The Cast of You Me Her - Greg Pohler, Rachel Blanchard and Priscilla Faia are guests on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 11:30am ET.
  • Swoosie Kurtz (Mike & Molly/Love & Money/Love, Sidney) - Swoosie talks about The Dangerous Book for Boys on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Nia Long (Uncle Buck/The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air) - Nia talks about Roxanne Roxanne on NBC's Today in the 10am hour.
  • Jay Pharoah (White Famous) - Jay talks about Unsane on the BUILD Series at 1pm.