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)


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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