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

Wednesday, January 16

The Goldbergs - "The Pina Colada Episode" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Murray and Geoff team up to pull Beverly, Barry and Erica out of their shared misery that Lainey has left town. Adam’s dread of gym class is amplified when Coach Mellor’s brother, Coach Nick (guest star Bill Goldberg), arrives and uses fear as a motivator. Meanwhile, Coach Mellor (guest star Bryan Callen) prepares for the next step of his life.

Schooled - "Lainey's All That" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Hoping to gain respect among her colleagues at school, Lainey comes up with a misguided plan to give an awkward and insecure student a full makeover. Meanwhile, Principal Glascott and Coach Mellor take friendly competition to a new level when they are both romantically interested in the math teacher.

Modern Family - "Blasts from the Past" (ABC, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Phil and Claire decide to take a cycling tour through Italy before they become grandparents, and Dylan (guest star Reid Ewing) introduces them to his mom who has an interesting past. Meanwhile, Cameron and Mitchell discover some interesting reading material in Lily’s room and decide to confront her about it, while Gloria and Jay discover their respective great uncles may have fought on opposing sides of a war.

Single Parents - "All Aboard the Two-Parent Struggle Bus" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
When Will’s ex, Mia (Vanessa Bayer), shows up unexpectedly for Sophie’s birthday, Will gets frustrated that she undermines his rules with Sophie. Angie tries to help Will cope by having a fun girls’ night at her place and by giving some co-parenting advice, but Poppy reveals and Will quickly learns that Angie isn’t the best advice giver. Meanwhile, inspired by Mia’s humanitarian work, Miggy and Graham decide to give some items to charity but regret it immediately and seek out help from Douglas to get the items back.

The Big Bang Theory - "The Grant Allocation Derivation" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Leonard is caught between a rock and a hard place when he’s responsible for distributing extra grant money. Also, Bernadette turns the backyard playhouse into a hideaway from her husband and kids.

Young Sheldon - "A Mother, a Child, and a Blue Man’s Backside" (CBS, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Mary bans Sheldon from reading a mature comic book, and Sheldon decides it’s time to stop living under Mary’s thumb.

Schitt's Creek - "The Crowening" / "Love Letters" (Pop, 10:00PM ET/PT)
Moira films a movie in Bosnia, hoping to revive her career, while David tries to take his relationship to the next level; Moira loses sleep stressing over old love letters, while David and Stevie get held up at the store.

grown-ish - "In My Feelings" (Freeform, 8:00PM ET/PT)
The gang waits for the mysterious drop of a modern-day musical genius.

You're the Worst - "The Pin in My Grenade" (FXX, 10:00PM ET/PT)
Jimmy and Gretchen reveal that they're forgoing a traditional wedding, opting instead for a courthouse elopement.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of January 14)

Wednesday, January 16

  • Lily Tomlin (Grace and Frankie/Malibu Country) and Jane Fonda (Grace and Frankie) - Watch Lily and Jane on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Don Cheadle (Black Monday/House of Lies/The Golden Palace) - Don appears on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC. He also talks about Black Monday on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am.
  • Pete Holmes (Crashing) - Pete is a guest on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Jim Gaffigan (The Jim Gaffigan Show/My Boys/The Ellen Show/Welcome to New York) - Jim visits Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Frankie Shaw (SMILF/Blue Mountain State) - Frankie stops by Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC. Frankie and Rosie O'Donnell (Gimme a Break!) also talk about Showtime's SMILF on NBC's Today in the 10am hour.
  • Cobie Smulders (Friends from College/How I Met Your Mother) - Cobie appears on The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Keegan-Michael Key (Friends from College/Playing House/Gary Unmarried) - Keegan-Michael stops by Comedy Central's The Daily Show with Trevor Noah at 11pm.
  • Lena Waithe (Master of None) - Lena is a guest on Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
  • Andy Samberg (Brooklyn Nine-Nine) - Andy drops by E!'s Busy Tonight at 11pm.
  • Jamie Lee Curtis (Scream Queens/Anything But Love/Operation Petticoat) - Jamie Lee chats on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Molly Ringwald (Townies/The Facts of Life) - Molly talks about All These Small Moments on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings. She will also be on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 11:30am ET.
  • Allison Janney (Mom/Mr. Sunshine) - Allison is a guest on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Sheryl Lee Ralph (Fam/Instant Mom/Moesha/It's a Living) - Sheryl visits The Wendy Williams Show, so check your local listings.
  • The Cast of Schitt's Creek - Catherine O'Hara, Eugene Levy, Daniel Levy and Annie Murphy will be on NBC's Today in the 9am hour.
  • Sam Richardson (Champaign ILL/Detroiters/Veep) - Sam talks about the YouTube original Champaign ILL on the BUILD Series at 5pm.


New on DVD/Blu-ray (November/December/January)

Step by Step - The Complete Third Season Perfect Strangers - The Complete Sixth Season Fuller House - The Complete Third Season The Wayans Bros. - The Complete Fourth Season The Game - The Complete Series

11/01 - Episodes - Season 5
11/05 - Robin Williams - Comic Genius (includes Mork & Mindy)
11/06 - American Dad! - Volume 13
11/16 - Man with a Plan - Season One
11/20 - Step by Step - The Complete Third Season
11/27 - What I Like About You - The Complete Third Season
11/28 - The Great Indoors - Season 1 (The Complete Series)
12/04 - Family Guy - Season Sixteen
12/04 - Perfect Strangers - The Complete Sixth Season
12/18 - Our Cartoon President - Season One
01/08 - Family Guy - 20 Greatest Hits
01/22 - Fuller House - The Complete Third Season
01/22 - The Wayans Bros. - The Complete Fourth Season (WBShop.com)
01/29 - Ballers - The Complete Fourth Season (Blu-ray)
01/29 - Crashing - The Complete Second Season
01/29 - The Game - The Complete Series
01/29 - Kidding - Season One
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