Saturday, February 04, 2017

SitcomsOnline Digest: Reboot News for S.W.A.T. and L.A. Law; Spinoff for The Goldbergs Gets Pilot Pickup

Welcome to SitcomsOnline Digest! This week, we have news about a pair of reboots, spinoff news for a popular ABC series, the shutdown of a cable network that aired some older series, and more. Let's get going!

HIGHLIGHTS FROM SITCOMSONLINE.COM AND AROUND THE WEB
  • The original series may have only lasted two seasons, but CBS has picked up a pilot for a reboot of the 1970s Aaron Spelling series S.W.A.T. (Variety)
  • Meanwhile, things are not going quite so well for the L.A. Law reboot that has been proposed, so it is being retooled. (Yahoo! TV)
  • The rumored spinoff for The Goldbergs has made it all the way up to pilot pickup status at ABC. (Hollywood Reporter
  • NBCUniversal has been slowly backing away from some of their less successful cable operations, and this week, that continued with the somewhat abrupt shutdown of Cloo, the network that aired several crime dramas and occasionally some sitcoms. (IndieWire)
  • The third season of The Odd Couple just wrapped up on CBS, and given the somewhat disappointing ratings, it isn't really known if it'll be back for a fourth. (Deadline)
  • Meanwhile, the news is a little better over at NBC for The Good Place, as it was renewed for a second season. (Deadline)
  • Days of Our Lives fans will likely be pleased to know that series received somewhat of a reprieve this week, as it was announced that Megyn Kelly's new NBC show will replace an hour of Today instead of the declining soap opera, but with that announcement came the exit of Tamron Hall. (Deadline)
  • getTV continues their tradition of airing classic series that have been somewhat lost, as they add The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams to their lineup starting with a marathon tomorrow. (SitcomsOnline)

TUESDAY (FEBRUARY 7) HOME MEDIA RELEASES
Quantum Leap - The Complete Series (Blu-ray)
  • 227 - The Complete First Season (DVD, $14.98): With the previous Sony release from a decade ago long out of print, Mill Creek brings the ladies of 227 back to DVD for this release, though it doesn't appear that there will be any further seasons for the time being.
  • Dynasty - The First Season (DVD, $22.98): While it hasn't exactly become hard to find, the original 2005 release of the first season of this classic series has been out of print for quite some time, as it was released by Fox just before CBS acquired the rights to release the remainder of the series. Now, CBS remedies this by re-releasing this season on their own.
  • Quantum Leap - The Complete Series (DVD, $69.98; Blu-ray, $99.98): The classic time traveling series returns to DVD and debuts on Blu-ray for the first time in this release from Mill Creek, and word is that, unlike the original Universal releases, a significant portion of the original music featured in the series has made it into this re-release.
  • Sabrina, the Teenage Witch - Sabrina Down Under (DVD, $14.98): While the remainder of the series has been released on DVD, along with the other TV movie Sabrina Goes to Rome, this previously unreleased movie that aired on ABC during the original run of the series finally arrives on DVD in this release.

FOLLOW ME

Who to Follow: Bryan Callen (Twitter), "I run with wolves, horses and bikers. I run hard. I do everything hard. Especially sex & dance."
Claim to Fame: This week, it was announced that the ABC series The Goldbergs may be getting a spinoff. Currently, Callen plays the role of Coach Meller on that series, and that character would be the star of that spinoff. Callen is no stranger to TV, though, as he got his start on MADtv, where he appeared in the first two seasons. He has also had roles in series such as 7th Heaven, Oz, and How I Met Your Mother.
Pick of the Tweets: "Life on the set of The Goldbergs. #thegoldbergs #m'piece #yeehaw (link)" (December 13, 2016)


New on DVD/Blu-ray (April/May)

Diff'rent Strokes - The Complete Fifth Season Father Knows Best - Season Five The Wayans Bros. - The Complete Second Season ALF - The Complete DVD Collection The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air - The Complete Series

04/04 - Diff'rent Strokes - The Complete Fifth Season
04/11 - Father Knows Best - Season Five
04/11 - Schitt's Creek - The Complete Third Season
04/11 - Silicon Valley - The Complete Third Season (Blu-ray)
04/11 - Veep - The Complete Fifth Season
05/02 - Red, White and Blue Collar Sitcoms - Make TV Great Again
05/09 - ALF - The Complete DVD Collection
05/09 - Divorce - The Complete First Season (Blu-ray)
05/09 - The Wayans Bros. - The Complete Second Season
05/16 - The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air - The Complete Series
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Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Wednesday, May 24

Hollywood Darlings - "She's Not All That" (Pop, 8:00PM ET/PT)
After years of pretending to be her own assistant to avoid saying ``no'' to people, a non-confrontational Beverley finally hires former child star Lori Beth Denberg to be her assistant; Jodie asks a stranger to pretend to be a fan of Christine's.

Return of the Mac - "An Offer Joe Can't Refuse" (Pop, 8:30PM ET/PT)
When Joe is forced to book his own celebrity guests, he finds out there's a daytime mafia controlling the booking of celebrities.

Bunk'd - "Girl Meets World" (Disney Channel, 10:30PM ET/PT)
Xander and Emma learn two of their campers have a crush on one another.

Nobodies - "Devil in a Red Dress" (TV Land, 10:00PM ET/PT)
Larry, Rachel and Hugh, at their most fractured, turn to another writing team for help: fellow Groundlings alums Jim Rash and Nat Faxon.

Lopez - "Cuck You George Lopez" (TV Land, 10:30PM ET/PT)
George’s friends have him worried that Lori wears the pants in their relationship. Pfeiffer complicates Olly’s work life, and Manolo gets laser eye surgery to please Wendy.

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Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of May 22)

Wednesday, May 24

  • Zoe Lister-Jones (Life in Pieces/Friends with Better Lives/Whitney) - Watch Zoe on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Hannibal Buress (Broad City) - Hannibal appears on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Ellie Kemper (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt/The Office) - Ellie is a guest on Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Ed Helms (The Office) - Ed visits The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Topher Grace (That '70s Show) - Topher stops by Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Gabourey Sidibe (The Big C) - Gabourey is a guest on a repeat of Comedy Central's The Daily Show with Trevor Noah at 11pm.
  • Andree Vermeulen (Angie Tribeca) - Andree appears on a repeat of @midnight on Comedy Central at midnight.
  • Steve Agee (The Sarah Silverman Program) - Steve is a guest on a repeat of @midnight on Comedy Central at midnight.
  • T. J. Miller (Silicon Valley/The Goodwin Games/Carpoolers) - T. J. appears on Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Lennon Parham (Playing House/Best Friends Forever/Accidentally on Purpose) - Lennon appears on Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Eric Stonesteet (Modern Family) - Eric drops by Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
  • Sarah Hyland (Modern Family) - Sarah is a guest on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Michael Keaton (Working Stiffs/All's Fair) - Michael appears on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Abigail Breslin (Scream Queens) - Abigail is a guest on Harry, so check your local listings.
  • Jake Smollett (On Our Own) - Jake throws down spicy honey chicken on Rachael Ray, so check your local listings.
  • Bryan Cranston (Malcolm in the Middle) - Bryan talks about Wakefield on CBS This Morning sometime between 7-9am.
  • Morris Chestnut (Out All Night) - Morris and trainer Obi Obadike have tips to lose ten pounds in ten days on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Hank Azaria (Brockmire/The Simpsons/Free Agents) - Hank talks about his new hit, Brockmire, with Clinton Kelly on ABC's The Chew at 1pm ET/12pm PT/CT.
  • Jamie Foxx (The Jamie Foxx Show) - Jamie talks about Beat Shazam on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am.