Saturday, November 26, 2016

SitcomsOnline Digest: Original Twin Peaks Series to Stream on Showtime Services; CBS Passes on Additional Episodes of Pure Genius

Happy Thanksgiving weekend, and welcome to SitcomsOnline Digest! With the holiday week, not much has been happening, but we still have a somewhat busy week with news of some old things coming to streaming services, an unofficial cancellation of one of the new fall 2016 series, and more. Let's get going!

  • It's old news by now that Twin Peaks will be returning as a miniseries to Showtime next year, but before you get into that, Showtime is going to be bringing the two seasons of the original series (which aired on ABC from 1990 to 1991) to their streaming and on-demand services later next month. (Entertainment Weekly
  • Though it hasn't been officially cancelled yet, CBS has decided to pass on additional episodes of Pure Genius, likely making it the second series among the big four broadcasting networks cancelled this season. (TVLine)
  • Hulu has scored exclusive streaming rights to the 1998-2005 Cartoon Network series The Powerpuff Girls. (Variety)
  • Florence Henderson, who played the role of Carol Brady on The Brady Bunch, died this week, and all of the children (as well as others) have shared what she meant to them. (Deadline)
  • ABC decided to go in big on game shows last summer, and it seemed to work, so now they'll be bringing two of them back for a short run in January before their extended run next summer. (SitcomsOnline)  
  • A lot of the Thanksgiving weekend marathons already happened, but you can still get a few leftovers this weekend, particularly as FXX continues their second run of airing every episode of The Simpsons. (SitcomsOnline)



Who to Follow: Christopher Knight (Twitter), "Television icon Christopher Knight is proud to debut his line of finely crafted, budget friendly furniture for your home or business."
Claim to Fame: If you have no clue who Christopher Knight is, it may seem odd that we're featuring a furniture designer as our Follow Me this week, but you probably do know who he is if you follow this blog. Knight, of course, played Peter Brady on The Brady Bunch. He did some acting after that series ended, but in the late 80s, he managed to find employment in the tech industry that actually ended up being even more lucrative for him. While he wasn't quite a Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, he did well enough that he could never be described as a "failed" child star. But he never completely left the entertainment industry either, most notably having his own VH-1 reality show, My Fair Brady, which ran for three seasons. These days, as you can tell from his Twitter feed, he is active in furniture design.
Pick of the Tweets: "#FlashbackFriday to Greg's #Thanksgiving home movie.  #holidays #BradyBunch (vid)" (November 25, 2016)

Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Thursday, March 22

Superstore - "Target" (NBC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
When Jeff (Michael Bunin) leaves Cloud 9 to work at Target, Garrett (Colton Dunn) leads Glenn (Mark McKinney) to believe that he's poaching other employees to go with him. In return Glenn tries to poach employees from Target. Amy (America Ferrera) goes on a double date with Dina (Lauren Ash), and Kelly (Kelly Stables) and Jonah (Ben Feldman) discuss moving in together.

A.P. Bio - "Selling Out" (NBC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Jack (Glenn Howerton) receives an offer from Miles' (Tom Bennett) publisher to write a book of feel-good philosophy that could be his ticket out of Toledo. Durbin accidentally sets off an emotional firestorm when he reveals that while Stef (Lyric Lewis) chose Mary (Mary Sohn) as her emergency contact, Mary chose Michelle (Jean Villepique).

Atlanta - "Money Bag Shawty" (FX, 10:00PM ET/PT)
People act differently outside the city.

Complete TV Listings

Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of March 19)

Thursday, March 22

  • Roseanne Barr (Roseanne) and John Goodman (Roseanne/Normal, Ohio) - Catch Roseanne and John on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Will Smith (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air) - Will is a guest on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Rob Riggle (Golan the Insatiable/Gary Unmarried) - Rob appears on a repeat of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Thomas Middleditch (Silicon Valley) - Thomas visits Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Eddie Kaye Thomas ('Til Death/How to Make It in America) - Eddie drops by The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Natasha Leggero (Dice/Another Period/Free Agents) - Natasha is a guest on Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Jay Pharoah (White Famous) - Jay appears on Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
  • Jussie Smollett (On Our Own) - Jussie stops by Desus & Mero at 11pm on Viceland.
  • Mark Hamill (The Texas Wheelers) - Mark chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Nia Long (Uncle Buck/The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air) - Nia appears on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Jason George (Eve) - Jason drops by LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan and The Real, so check your listings. He opens up about Station 19 on People Now at 8:30am.
  • Lamorne Morris (New Girl) - Lamorne is a guest on a repeat of Harry, so check your local listings.
  • Josh Henderson (One on One) - Josh appears on Steve, so check your local listings.
  • Cameron Esposito and Rhea Butcher (Take My Wife) - Cameron and Rhea are guests on Good Mythical Morning with Rhett & Link on YouTube.
  • Keith Carradine (Complete Savages) - Keith is at the kitchen table on a repeat of Rachael Ray, so check your local listings.
  • John Corbett (Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll/United States of Tara/Sex and the City) - John joins Clinton Kelly in the kitchen on ABC's The Chew at 1pm ET/12pm PT/CT. He talks about his movie God's Not Dead: A Light in Darkness on NBC's Today in the 10am hour.
  • Tiffani Thiessen (Alexa & Katie/Saved by the Bell/Saved by the Bell: The College Years) - Tiffani talks about Netflix's Alexa & Katie on E!'s Daily Pop at 12pm.
  • Bella Thorne (Shake It Up) - Bella talks about Midnight Sun on the BUILD Series at 1:30pm.
  • Jim Jefferies (Legit) - Jim talks about Comedy Central's The Jim Jefferies Show on the BUILD Series at 2:30pm.