Saturday, November 19, 2016

SitcomsOnline Digest: CBS to Air Colorized Episodes of Classic Series; Hooperman to Arrive on DVD

Welcome to SitcomsOnline Digest! This week, we're hearing about plans for new colorized episodes of classic black and white series to be aired on CBS, news of The Cosby Show returning to national TV for the first time in over a year, and DVDs for a forgotten classic series of the 80s. Let's get going!

HIGHLIGHTS FROM SITCOMSONLINE.COM AND AROUND THE WEB
  • CBS is moving forward with their tradition of airing colorized episodes of classic TV series in primetime, with a new colorized episode of I Love Lucy and (for the first time) two colorized episodes of The Dick Van Dyke Show. They will all air in December. (TV Obscurities
  • Despite saying he wouldn't be back to play the role, it turns out Alec Baldwin will return to Saturday Night Live this weekend to play the role of Donald Trump after all, but he still insists that he won't be returning to do it often. (CNN Money)  
  • On Friday, NBC is airing the full and unedited version of How the Grinch Stole Christmas in celebration of the 50th anniversary, which hasn't been seen in over a decade. (Deadline)
  • The Cosby Show, which used to seemingly air nonstop everywhere then abruptly stopped for reasons that we're all aware of by now, will be returning to the air on Bounce TV in a few weeks. (SitcomsOnline)
  • MeTV has holiday plans that are sure to satisfy their viewers. (SitcomsOnline

HOME MEDIA HIGHLIGHTS
  • Olive Films has had a history of giving us some of the "forgotten" series from the 20th Century Fox library, and they will be doing it yet again in January, as they release Hooperman on January 27. In fact, the entire series will be released, with Hooperman - Season One and Hooperman - Season Two coming as two separate releases.
  • Another obscure series was not only announced, but also released this week as a manufacture on demand release: Out of Practice - The Complete Series, on both DVD and Blu-ray.

TUESDAY (NOVEMBER 22) HOME MEDIA RELEASES
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Who to Follow: Lisa Loring (Twitter), "The Original Wednesday Addams"
Claim to Fame: Thanksgiving may be coming up this week, but before we get there, we're going to (briefly) relive Halloween with Lisa Loring, who was best known for playing the role of Wednesday Addams on the classic TV series The Addams Family. Her first role was on an episode of Dr. Kildare, but shortly thereafter, she landed the role on The Addams Family. Once that series ended, she went on to the short lived Phyllis Diller sitcom The Pruitts of Southampton, which came from the same creator as The Addams Family. Later in life, she appeared in series such as Fantasy Island, Barnaby Jones, and As the World Turns. She took a bit of a hiatus from acting for several years, in part due to some personal life issues, but in recent years she has returned to acting in independent films. And like many child stars of the era, she can frequently be found at events and conventions promoting nostalgic television.
Pick of the Tweets: "I'm at Monsterfestmania with Felix Silla and @IvonnaCadaver. Come find me and say hi! (pic)" (July 29, 2016)


Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Tuesday, October 24

The Middle - "Halloween VIII: Orson Murder Mystery" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
As Halloween approaches, Frankie discovers that a woman had died in the bathtub of the Heck house close to 50 years ago; Frankie and Brick become convinced that she was murdered and, much to Mike’s chagrin, attempt to track down and find the murderer. Meanwhile, Axl and Lexie become frustrated over losing their alone time when Sue insists on hanging out with them wherever they go.

Fresh Off the Boat - "It's a Plastic Pumpkin, Louis Huang" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
On Halloween, Louis is disappointed that Evan doesn’t take his childish delight in the holiday; Eddie and the gang plot to crash a cool older girl’s party; Jessica and Emery are spooked when they hear a strange man’s voice emanating from Grandma’s room, and things get even creepier when a mysterious group of costumed strangers whisk Grandma away, making them suspect the supernatural worst.

black-ish - "Advance to Go (Collect $200)" (ABC, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Dre brings everyone together for a rowdy family game night and the competition is fierce. The game of choice is Monopoly and as the night progresses, alliances are formed and some are pushed to their limits. Meanwhile, Bow makes it clear how she feels about Junior’s girlfriend.

The Mayor - "City Hall-oween" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
As Halloween approaches, Mayor Courtney Rose and Police Chief Fox (Kristen Johnston) find themselves at odds on how to handle the community’s first annual spook-tacular celebration at City Hall. During the night of the bash, it dawns on Courtney that throwing a party to keep kids safe doesn’t address the bigger issues in Fort Grey and plans to work with Chief Fox going forward. Meanwhile, Dina gets into the spirit by dressing up as Congresswoman Maxine Waters, while Jermaine and T.K. set out to prank Val who has the last laugh when she outsmarts the guys at their own game.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of October 23)

Tuesday, October 24

  • Ted Danson (The Good Place/Becker/Cheers) - Catch Ted on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Ricky Gervais (The Office) - Ricky appears on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Sabrina Carpenter (Girl Meets World) - Sabrina is a musical guest on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Anna Faris (Mom) - Anna drops by Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Cole Sprouse (The Suite Life of Zack & Cody/The Suite Life on Deck) - Cole visits Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Cedric the Entertainer (The Soul Man/The Steve Harvey Show) - Cedric stops by The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Gabourey Sidibe (The Big C) - Gabourey chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Randall Park (Fresh Off the Boat) - Randall appears on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Michael Strahan (Brothers) - Michael is a guest on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Michael Rapaport (Atypical/The War at Home) - Michael drops by The Wendy Williams Show at 2am on BET or on your local stations.
  • Yvette Nicole Brown (The Mayor/The Odd Couple/Community) - Yvette talks about her LA road rage, her love life and more on Harry, so check your local listings.
  • Valerie Bertinelli (Hot in Cleveland/CafĂ© Americain/One Day at a Time) - Valerie is in the kitchen with three super-easy slow cooker dishes – like Sloppy Joes and a Pasta Bake on Rachael Ray, so check your local listings.
  • Joanna Garcia Swisher (Reba/Better with You) - Joanna talks about her show Kevin (Probably) Saves the World – and her friendship with Lea Michele on People Now at 8:30am.
  • Denis Leary (Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll/The Job) - Denis is a guest on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am. He will also be on the AOL Build Show at 4pm.
  • J. B. Smoove (The Millers/'Til Death/Curb Your Enthusiasm) - J. B. is a guest on the AOL Build Show at 11am.
  • Debra Messing (Will & Grace) - Debra appears on Daily Pop on E! at 12pm.


New on DVD/Blu-ray (June/July/August)

Father Knows Best - Season Six Diff'rent Strokes - The Complete Sixth Season Alice - The Complete Fifth Season Rhoda - Season Four Brooklyn Nine-Nine - Season Four

06/13 - The Andy Griffith Show - Return to Mayberry
06/13 - That's My Mama - The Complete Series
06/20 - Workaholics - The Final (Seventh) Season
06/20 - Workaholics - The Complete Series
06/27 - The Jamie Foxx Show - The Complete Third Season
07/04 - Superstore - Season Two
07/18 - Father Knows Best - Season Six
07/25 - Diff'ernt Strokes - The Complete Sixth Season
07/25 - Girls - The Final (Sixth) Season (Blu-ray)
08/01 - Alice - The Complete Fifth Season (WBShop.com)
08/01 - Crashing - The Complete First Season (Blu-ray)
08/15 - Rhoda - Season Four
08/22 - Brooklyn Nine-Nine - Season Four
08/29 - Will & Grace - Season One (Universal)
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