Saturday, January 07, 2017

SitcomsOnline Digest: The Golden Girls, black-ish Coming to Hulu; Diff'rent Strokes to Continue on DVD

Welcome to SitcomsOnline Digest! We've got sort of a busy news week this week, with some news literally coming out as we were working on this week's version, including new streaming media deals for Hulu, the cancellation of a Disney Channel series, and more DVDs of a classic favorite. Let's get going!

HIGHLIGHTS FROM SITCOMSONLINE.COM AND AROUND THE WEB
  • Streaming media deals are just as big (if not bigger) than a cable TV network acquiring a TV series these days, and this week, a big favorite was announced: every episode of The Golden Girls is coming to Hulu on February 13, as part of a larger deal with Disney-ABC that also includes black-ish (and perhaps other series that we're not aware of just yet). (Entertainment Weekly)
  • We reported last week that Girl Meets World had been cancelled, at least according to cast member Rider Strong (and it was denied by producers who said Rider Strong had no clue what he was talking about), but as it turns out, Rider Strong was the one who was correct. (Deadline)
  • Fox is doing everything it can to make sure The Mick (which had strong ratings for the premiere, mostly thanks to the time slot the network gave it for the debut) succeeds, by giving it another high profile special time slot for an upcoming episode. (Deadline
  • One of the big pieces of news this week has been about NBC grabbing Megyn Kelly from Fox News, promising a place for her during the daytime on the broadcast network (as opposed to cable sister MSNBC), and with that means that the network will have to make room for her by getting rid of something. There is some speculation is that what will give is the popular long-running (but falling in ratings) soap opera, Days of Our Lives. (People)
  • The Carmichael Show is returning to NBC for a third season eventually (no telling when), but the season is in production and learning to keep script ideas fresh despite being in the dark as to how relevant the political scripts will be by the time the episodes actually air. (Deadline)
  • Conan O'Brien seemed like a hot property six years ago when he got bumped aside by the return of Jay Leno on NBC, but now in a late night comedy world that has changed so much without the "villain" of Leno and the departure and David Letterman, he's not as hot anymore and is in dire need of a way to reinvent his show and brand. (NY Times)
  • As FX often likes to do with their popular series to promote the newer network, they're now moving Archer from FX to FXX. (SitcomsOnline)

HOME MEDIA HIGHLIGHTS

TUESDAY (JANUARY 10) HOME MEDIA RELEASES
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  • Broad City - Season 3 (DVD, $26.98): Another season of the Comedy Central series arrives in this release

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Who to Follow: Amber Stevens West (Twitter), "The Carmichael Show! If the world is your oyster and you can't find your pearl, you can always have lunch!"
Claim to Fame: Amber Stevens West is the daughter of radio personality Shadoe Stevens, who is probably best known for being the replacement for Casey Kasem on American Top 40 for most of the 90s (the period in which Kasem left the series to start his own competing radio program, but then of course Kasem came back to the show in the mid 90s). got her start in small appearances as characters without names in series such as Complete Savages and The Hills, but her first claim to fame came from the ABC Family series Greek. Currently, she plays her most important sitcom role, in the role of Maxine on NBC's The Carmichael Show.
Pick of the Tweets: "Man, I love my job. THE CARMICHAEL SHOW MADE THE LIST! The 20 Best TV Episodes of 2016 (link) via @variety" (December 11, 2016)


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

I Love Lucy - Superstar Special #2 (Colorized) The Love Boat - Season Three - Volume Two Hooperman - Season One 227 - The Complete First Season (Mill Creek) Fuller House - The Complete First Season

01/03 - Girls - The Complete Fifth Season (Blu-ray)
01/10 - Broad City - Season 3
01/17 - I Love Lucy - Superstar Special #2 (Colorized)
01/17 - The Love Boat - Season Three - Volume One
01/17 - The Love Boat - Season Three - Volume Two
01/24 - Hooperman - Season One / Review
01/24 - Hooperman - Season Two / Review
01/31 - Ballers - The Complete Second Season (Blu-ray)
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
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Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Friday, February 24

Last Man Standing - "Take Me to Church" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Mike and Vanessa become increasingly worried their daughters don’t attend church anymore, so they decide to take it upon themselves to make church more interesting for everyone involved. When Ryan has Kyle as his guest on his podcast, they don’t expect their wives to hear their conversation.

Dr. Ken - "Allison Finds a Lump" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
During a self-exam, Allison finds a suspicious lump in her breast, causing Ken and the HMO gang to rally around her for support while she anxiously waits for the doctor’s diagnosis. Meanwhile, Dave has questions for how he will portray the character he’s playing in the school play, and Pat and Damona share an unexpected moment.

Stuck in the Middle - "Stuck in a Slushy War" (Disney Channel, 8:00PM ET/PT)
A slushy war breaks out when Harley's Slushy Shack faces new competition.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of February 20)

Friday, February 24

  • Nathan Lane (Modern Family/Charlie Lawrence/Encore! Encore!) - Watch Nathan on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Allison Williams (Girls) - Allison visits The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Zosia Mamet (Girls) - Zosia is a guest on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Woody Harrelson (Cheers) - Woody appears on a repeat of The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Johnny Galecki (The Big Bang Theory/Roseanne) - Johnny is a guest on Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Malin Akerman (Trophy Wife/Sin City Saints) - Malin stops by Harry, so check your local listings.
  • Hayley Orrantia (The Goldbergs) - Hayley gives a musical performance on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Bradley Whitford (Trophy Wife) - Bradley joins the Chew Crew on ABC's The Chew at 1pm ET/12pm PT/CT.
  • Craig Robinson (The Office/Mr. Robinson) - Craig is a guest on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Kenan Thompson (Kenan & Kel) - Kenan appears on Steve Harvey, so check your local listings.
  • Jerry O'Connell (We Are Men/Carpoolers/My Secret Identity) - Jerry guest co-hosts LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.