Saturday, October 29, 2016

SitcomsOnline Digest: Potential Will & Grace Limited Revival on NBC?; New DVDs for The Middle and Lou Grant

Welcome to SitcomsOnline Digest! This week, we've got news of a potential Will & Grace revival, Raven-Symone returning to her Disney Channel roots, and news of new DVDs of the ABC series The Middle. Let's get going!

HIGHLIGHTS FROM SITCOMSONLINE.COM AND AROUND THE WEB
  • If it seems like a very odd show to revive, that is because it is, but NBC is looking at potentially bringing back Will & Grace for a limited 10 episode run. (Hollywood Reporter)
  • Raven-Symone announced she was leaving The View this week, but she has a pretty good reason for leaving, as it seems she will be going back to her That's So Raven roots with a sequel to that series on The Disney Channel. (Deadline)
  • In case you want to go ahead and skip past Halloween and Thanksgiving, Hallmark has already started their nonstop Christmas movies , which will last into the new year. (Yahoo! TV)
  • While he'll be spending the actual evening of Election Day on Showtime, Stephen Colbert is going to be live on CBS both the night before and the night after. (Deadline)
  • Even though this year's live winter musical Hairspray Live! isn't airing for over another month, NBC is continuing their tradition by already preparing for their winter musical for next year, with a version of Bye Bye Birdie starring Jennifer Lopez. (Playbill
  • Sundance is bringing some classic TV favorites to their lineup. (SitcomsOnline

HOME MEDIA HIGHLIGHTS

TUESDAY (NOVEMBER 1) HOME MEDIA RELEASE
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00DPUB592/ref/nosim/happydaysonline5-20
  • The IT Crowd - The Complete Series (DVD, $59.98): The British comedy, which has tried to inspire an American counterpart and failed (although it is reportedly being looked into again), arrives in one box set in this release from MPI.

FOLLOW ME

Who to Follow: Alfred Hitchcock LLC (Twitter), "Making movies. Making music. Making TV. @mainmanla @theyoungraps @bearonfiremusic @greatindoorscbs"
Claim to Fame: This weekend, we have something a little different, but for Halloween weekend, it seems appropriate: a dead man. Specifically, the dead man is Alfred Hitchcock, though the Twitter account isn't actually is (he died decades before Twitter was a thing), but rather the account of his estate. Of course, he is known as one of the greatest directors of all times and considered the "Master of Suspense." He directed many movies, many of which can be seen this time of the year, but to his TV fans, he brought us Alfred Hitchcock Presents, as well as the follow-up series, The Alfred Hitchcock Hour. His legacy has lived on long beyond his death, and there will actually be more to come in the form of an upcoming cable anthology series which will bear his name.
Pick of the Tweets: "Cats out of the bag now! Alfred Hitchcock Estate Inks Universal Cable Development Deal via @thr." (September 29, 2016)


Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Thursday, May 24

The Big Bang Theory - "The Gates Excitation" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Penny gets the opportunity to host Bill Gates at work when his company wants to partner with her pharmaceutical company. Also, Leonard, Koothrappali and Wolowitz do everything in their power to meet him, while Sheldon thinks he is the victim of an April Fools prank.

Young Sheldon - "A Computer, A Plastic Pony, And A Case of Beer" (CBS, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Sheldon asks for a computer and unknowingly sparks a heated argument between Mary and George Sr. over the family’s finances.

Mom - "Fancy Crackers and Giant Women" (CBS, 9:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Bonnie suffers withdrawal after giving up cable TV to help Christy pay for her law school applications, and the women rally around Jill after she has a breakdown in her favorite department store.

Life in Pieces - "Settlement Pacifier Attic Unsyncing" (CBS, 9:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
When the entire Hughes family moves into John and Joan’s home after their kitchen is destroyed, their presence creates chaos for Joan. Also, Matt and Colleen are set to receive a huge monetary settlement from Colleen’s fall off the motel balcony on their wedding night; John tries to get Sophia back on track when she starts misbehaving; Tyler and Clementine make a surprise announcement to the family; and Jen and Greg attempt to persuade Lark to get rid of her pacifier.

Nobodies - "Alone Star State" (TV Land, 10:00PM ET/PT)
Mark-Paul and Rachel attend the Independent Spirit Awards together; an unassuming Hugh joins Larry in Austin, Texas, to teach unauthorized Groundlings-style seminars to a group of Texas businesspeople.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of May 21)

Thursday, May 24

  • Mindy Kaling (The Mindy Project/The Office) - Catch Mindy on Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Ellie Kemper (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt/The Office) - Ellie appears on Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Ted Danson (The Good Place/Becker/Cheers) - Ted is a guest on The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Tig Notaro (One Mississippi) - Tig visits Conan at 11pm on TBS. She will also be on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Laurie Metcalf (Roseanne/The McCarthys/The Big Bang Theory) - Laurie stops by Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
  • Kelsey Grammer (Frasier/Cheers) - Kelsey chats on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation) - Amy and Nick are guests on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Jussie Smollett (On Our Own) - Jussie appears on The Real, so check your local listings.
  • Jane Lynch (Angel from Hell) - Jane talks about Red Nose Day and Hollywood Game Night on NBC's Today sometime between 7-9am.
  • Daphne Maxwell Reid (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air/Eve/Let's Stay Together) - Daphne makes her mother Rosalee's waffles on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Oliver Hudson (Splitting Up Together/Rules of Engagement) - Oliver is a guest on a repeat of Steve, so check your local listings.
  • Christine Lakin (Hollywood Darlings/Step by Step) - Christine is part of the panel on a repeat of Steve, so check your local listings.


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

Atlanta - The Complete First Season Curb Your Enthusiasm - The Complete Ninth Season One Day at a Time - Season Two Perfect Strangers  - The Complete Third Season Diff'rent Strokes - The Complete Final (Eighth) Season

03/06 - Atlanta - The Complete First Season
03/06 - Curb Your Enthusiasm - The Complete Ninth Season
03/13 - The New Adventures of Old Christine - The Complete First Season
03/27 - One Day at a Time - Season Two
04/03 - Ballers - The Complete Third Season (Blu-ray)
04/03 - 90's Sitcom (Just Shoot Me!/The Larry Sanders Show/Wings) Starter Set - Season 1 & 2 Bundle
04/10 - Vice Principals - The Compelte Series
04/17 - Perfect Strangers - The Complete Third Season
05/08 - Dear White People - Season 1
05/08 - Diff'rent Strokes - The Complete Final (Eighth) Season
05/29 - I'm Dying Up Here - Season 1
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