Saturday, December 17, 2016

SitcomsOnline Digest: CBS Considering Honeymooners Reboot; How I Met Your Mother Spinoff Back in the Works Again?

Welcome to SitcomsOnline Digest! This week, we're learning of a reboot of a classic, a spinoff of a more recent series, and (unfortunately) two more deaths of actors from classic sitcoms, including Alan Thicke. Let's get going!

  • CBS is indisputably the king of reboots, with three reasonably successful reboots of classic TV series airing on the network right now, and now they want to give that treatment to The Honeymooners. (Hollywood Reporter)
  • The on-again, off-again, saga of a spinoff of How I Met Your Mother, may be back on again. (Deadline)
  • Once 2017 begins, it'll be time to start the second half of the TV season (or as it is usually referred to, "midseason"), and Deadline has a recap on when to expect many of your favorite series as well as debut dates for the new series set to begin in the winter and spring months. (Deadline)
  • Mike Judge, creator of the animated series Beavis and Butthead and King of the Hill, as well as the current HBO live-action series Silicon Valley, is set to receive a lifetime achievement award from the WGA for his work on animated series.
  • Alan Thicke, best known for his role of Dr. Jason Seaver on Growing Pains (and perhaps less known for his work of composing some of the most memorable theme songs of the late 70s and early 80s, as well his talk show that was too innovative for the early 80s), died this week at age 69. (SitcomsOnline)  
  • Bernard Fox, best known for his role of Dr. Bombay on Bewitched, died this week at age 89. (NY Times)



Who to Follow: Justina Machado (Twitter), "One Day at a Time"
Claim to Fame: Justina Machado may not be a household name, but she has been appearing on our TV sets for over two and a half decades, beginning with a 1993 ABC Afterschool Special. She has also starred in series such as Missing and Queen of the South, but her most prominent starring role so far has been her role on Six Feet Under. Now, she will be starring in a sitcom, the Netflix reboot of One Day at a Time, where she will play Penelope (the analogue to Bonnie Franklin's character of Ann Romano in the original series).
Pick of the Tweets: "January 6 2017!!! Día de los Reyes⭐️✨🌟" (November 22, 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.