Saturday, December 31, 2016

SitcomsOnline Digest: Girl Meets World Cancelled (Or Not?); More of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt to Arrive on DVD

Welcome to SitcomsOnline Digest! This is the last time we'll be here for 2016 (we'll be back for 2017, of course) with news of a Disney Channel sitcom that may (or may not) be cancelled, some opinion pieces on how DVD and Blu-ray are keeping classic TV alive, and more. Let's get going!

HIGHLIGHTS FROM SITCOMSONLINE.COM AND AROUND THE WEB
  • Girl Meets World might be cancelled following the completion of the third season, or it might not be, as it isn't really clear based upon conflicting information from producers and cast member Rider Strong. (Entertainment Weekly)
  • Last Man Standing is the sort of show that a lot of people forget even exists and has only been a moderate success (successful enough to be renewed each year, but not a show that defines the network) on ABC's lineup, but it has been surprisingly successful in syndication. (Deadline)
  • Greta Van Susteren has spent 20 years anchoring cable TV news programs on CNN and Fox News, and there is speculation now that she may be completing the trifecta by coming to MSNBC. (Mediaite
  • We know that many of our readers still love and collect TV series on DVD in addition to (or even instead of) online streaming, and Vox has an insightful piece on why TV on DVD still has the ability to thrive for the time being. (Vox)
  • That isn't all Vox had to say to defend DVD and Blu-ray this week, as they also had a piece on the benefits that physical media manages to provide over streaming media. (Vox)
  • The past year has been a year that seems to have had more deaths of classic TV stars (and musicians as well, such as David Bowie, Prince, and George Michael) than usual, and we've compiled a tribute of what is hopefully the final draft of the list for 2016. (SitcomsOnline)
  • Although the new era of binge watching means you can make your own marathon of almost anything at any time you want, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day is the time when TV networks everywhere bring back the classic tradition of binge watching. (SitcomsOnline)

HOME MEDIA HIGHLIGHTS

TUESDAY (JANUARY 3) HOME MEDIA RELEASES
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  • Bones - The Complete Eleventh Season (DVD, $39.98): As the long-running Fox series prepares for one final season (debuting Tuesday evening on the network), the most recently aired season comes to DVD for viewers to catch up.

FOLLOW ME

Who to Follow: Caitlin Barlow (Twitter), "I used to be a teacher in Chicago. Now I write, act in and produce Teachers on TVLand with The Katydids, where I pretend to be a teacher in Chicago. LIFE"
Claim to Fame: Caitlin Barlow has found her success in entertainment almost exclusively through Teachers, her TV Land series that she stars in. Originally a teacher herself in Chicago, she wasn't getting much satisfaction from the job and began working in improv and sketch theater. This ultimately led to becoming part of a comedy group called The Katydids, and with internet fame, one of their projects evolved into a TV Land comedy series, which will return for a second season on January 17.
Pick of the Tweets: "Congrats to the @TeachersSeries show runners Jay @mrjaymartel and Ian Roberts for their @KeyAndPeele @TheEmmys nomination!" (July 14, 2016)


New on DVD/Blu-ray (February/March)

227 - The Complete First Season (Mill Creek) Fuller House - The Complete First Season The Jamie Foxx Show - The Complete Second Season What I Like About You - The Complete Second Season Newhart - The Final (Eighth) Season

02/07 - Sabrina, the Teenage Witch - Sabrina Down Under
02/07 - So Little Time - Volume 1 - School's Cool - Boy Crazy
02/07 - So Little Time - Volume 2 - About a Family - Hangin' Out
02/07 - 227 - The Complete First Season (Mill Creek)
02/07 - Vice Principals - The Complete First Season (Blu-ray)
02/14 - Beavis and Butt-Head - The Complete Collection
02/14 - Grace and Frankie - Season Two
02/28 - Fuller House - The Complete First Season
03/03 - The Dick Van Dyke Show - Now... In Living Color! (Blu-ray)
03/07 - The Jamie Foxx Show - The Complete Second Season
03/07 - Mama's Family - Mama's Favorites
03/07 - That '70s Show - The Complete Series - Flashback Edition (Blu-ray)
03/07 - What I Like About You - The Complete Second Season
03/07 - You Me Her - Season One
03/14 - Newhart - The Final (Eighth) Season
03/14 - Unbrekable Kimmy Schmidt - Season Two
03/21 - Master of None - Season One
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Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Monday, March 27

The Big Bang Theory - "The Brain Bowl Incubation" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
After a successful experiment combining their genes, Sheldon will stop at nothing to convince Amy they should procreate. Also, Koothrappali is embarrassed to tell the gang what the new woman he’s dating does for a living.

Kevin Can Wait - "Kevin's Bringing Supper Back" (CBS, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Kevin’s resolve to spend more quality time with his family is put to the ultimate test when his buddies surprise him with concert tickets to his favorite musician, fellow Long Islander Billy Joel. Multiple Grammy Award-winning pianist, singer and songwriter Billy Joel appears as himself.

Superior Donuts - "Get It, Arthur" (CBS, 9:00PM ET/PT)
When Randy’s mom comes to town, Franco encourages Arthur to go out on his first date in years. Brenda Vaccaro guest stars as Helen, Randy’s mom.

The Great Indoors - "Aaron Wolf" (CBS, 9:30PM ET/PT)
Jack watches the millennials’ journalistic integrity slip away when they fall under the spell of his nemesis, Aaron Wolf (Chris D’Elia), a former magazine staffer turned famous outdoor reality TV host who returns to guest edit the magazine.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of March 27)

Monday, March 27

  • Chris Pratt (Parks and Recreation) - Watch Chris on a repeat of Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Richard Dreyfuss (Your Family or Mine) - Richard appears on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Lily Tomlin (Grace and Frankie/Malibu Country) and Jane Fonda (Grace and Frankie) - Lily and Jane are guests on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS. They also chat with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Craig Ferguson (The Drew Carey Show) - Craig visits Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC. He will also be on NBC's Today in the 10am hour.
  • Rachel Dratch (Imaginary Mary) - Rachel is a guest on Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Pete Holmes (Crashing) - Pete stops by The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Jenna Elfman (Imaginary Mary/1600 Penn/Accidentally on Purpose/Courting Alex/Dharma & Greg) - Jenna appears on Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC. She will also be on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 11:30am ET.
  • Ron Funches (Powerless/Undateable) - Ron is a guest on @midnight on Comedy Central at midnight.
  • Kaitlin Olson (The Mick/It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia) - Kaitlin drops by Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Wendi McLendon-Covey (The Goldbergs/Rules of Engagement/Reno 911!) - Wendi appears on a repeat of Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
  • Lisa Kudrow (Friends/The Comeback) - Lisa is a guest on LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
  • Mark Consuelos (Alpha House/Hope & Faith) - Mark guest co-hosts LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
  • Tahj Mowry, Derek Theler and Jean-Luc Bilodeau (Baby Daddy) - Tahj, Derek and Jean-Luc are guests on Harry, so check your local listings.
  • Tika Sumpter (The Game) - Tika appears on a repeat of The Real, so check your local listings.
  • Vanessa Bell Calloway (Rhythm & Blues) - Vanessa is a guest on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • June Diane Raphael (Grace and Frankie) - June talks about Grace and Frankie on NBC's Today in the 9am hour.
  • Melissa McCarthy (Mike & Molly/Samantha Who?) and Ben Falcone (Joey) - Melissa and Ben talk TV Land's Nobodies on NBC's Today in the 10am hour.
  • Brooklyn Decker (Grace and Frankie/Friends with Better Lives) - Brookyln stops by People Now at 8:30am.
  • Marcia Gay Harden (Trophy Wife) - Marcia opens up about her favorite part of being in the 50 Shades movies on People Now at 8:30am.
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  • Tracee Ellis Ross (black-ish/Girlfriends) - Tracee dishes about her Golden Globe win on a repeat of The Wendy Williams Show at 2am on BET or on your local stations.