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 (December/January)

American Dad! - Volume 11 Newhart - The Complete Seventh Season I Love Lucy - Superstar Special #2 (Colorized) The Love Boat - Season Three - Volume Two Hooperman - Season One

12/06 - Family Guy - Season Fourteen
12/13 - American Dad! - Volume 11
12/13 - Newhart - The Complete Seventh 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
01/24 - Hooperman - Season Two
01/31 - Ballers - The Complete Second Season (Blu-ray)
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Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Tuesday, January 17

The Middle - "Pitch Imperfect" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Axl begins to panic when he realizes that he only has four months of college left before he graduates, and he hasn’t sent out any job resumes – something he should have started when he was a junior. Meanwhile, Brad agrees to lead Sue’s no-cut a cappella group as they enter a music competition, and Brick desperately asks for Frankie and Mike’s advice when girlfriend Cindy tells him that he reads too much, and if he doesn’t stop, she’ll break up with him.

American Housewife - "Surprise" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Oliver tells his parents that he’s so embarrassed by their modest house that he’d rather not have a birthday party at all. Katie decides to teach him a lesson by ambushing him with a surprise party at home with all his wealthy friends.

Fresh Off the Boat - "The Best of Orlando" (ABC, 9:00PM ET/PT)
When Louis is named “Small Businessman of the Year,” Jessica is overflowing with pride and invites everyone they know to join them at the awards ceremony. But when Louis forgets to thank Jessica during his acceptance speech, he suffers the repercussions at home. Meanwhile, Eddie, Emery and Grandma start their own clothing line and quickly discover the challenges of running their own small business.

The Real O'Neals - "The Real Acceptance" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
After Kenny and Brett officially become a couple, Kenny starts to think of plan on how he should break the news to his parents. Meanwhile, Jimmy surprises everyone when he scores a high SAT score, forcing Eileen to hold up her end of a deal that she had previously made and takes Jimmy car shopping.

New Girl - "Cece's Boys" (Fox, 8:00PM ET/PT)
As Jess tries to find a new vice principal, she discovers that she has a real problem when it comes to making decisions. Meanwhile, Cece enlists Jess and Reagan to help her recruit new models, and the guys are in for a surprise when they enjoy a day at the spa.

The Mick - "The Fire" (Fox, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Mickey tries to quit smoking. Meanwhile, Ben meets a new friend.

Teachers - "First Day Back" (TV Land, 10:00PM ET/PT)
As the teachers return from summer break, Ms. Watson tries an ultra premium online dating service and Ms. Snap learns that she’s been given the worst group of kids in school. Mrs. Adler is assigned to a mobile classroom.

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Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of January 16)

Tuesday, January 17

  • Katy Mixon (American Housewife/Mike & Molly) - Catch Katy on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Michael Keaton (Working Stiffs/All's Fair) - Michael appears on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Billy Eichner (Difficult People) - Billy is a guest on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Tracee Ellis Ross (black-ish/Girlfriends) - Tracee visits Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Patrick Warburton (Crowded/Rules of Engagement/Less Than Perfect) - Patrick stops by Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC. He will also be on PIX11 Morning News on WPIX in New York.
  • Anders Holm (Workaholics) - Anders is a guest on a repeat of The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Rory Scovel (Ground Floor) - Rory appears on @midnight on Comedy Central at midnight.
  • Kathy Griffin (Suddenly Susan) - Kathy is a guest on Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Christian Slater (Breaking In) - Christian guest co-hosts LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
  • Louie Anderson (Baskets/Life with Louie/The Louie Show) - Louie drops by LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
  • Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother/Stark Raving Mad/Doogie Howser, M.D.) - Neil joins the Chew Crew on ABC's The Chew at 1pm ET/12pm PT/CT.
  • Yvette Nicole Brown (The Odd Couple/Community) - Yvette joins the Chew Crew on ABC's The Chew at 1pm ET/12pm PT/CT.
  • Andrew Dice Clay (Bless This House/Hitz) - Andrew is a guest on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 12:30pm ET.
  • Kym Whitley (Young & Hungry/Animal Practice/Sparks) - Kym visits Cleveland on Steve Harvey, so check your local listings.