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!

  • 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)

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.


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)

Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Monday, March 19

Kevin Can Wait - "Delivery Guy" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Vanessa convinces Kevin to go on a TV talk show with the “baby boy” he helped deliver years ago as a cop, but her plan to promote Monkey Fist backfires when Kevin runs into his arch-nemesis, Frank Munson (Ricardo Chavira), at the appearance. Michael Yo returns as Tom, a morning show host.

Man with a Plan - "March Madness" (CBS, 8:30PM ET/PT)
When Adam and Andi lose footage of an intimate moment they accidentally recorded, they have to track it down before anyone can see it.

Superior Donuts - "The Chicago Way" (CBS, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Randy, who just passed the detective’s exam, is asked by her former supervisor, Ted (guest star Christopher McDonald), to talk to a female rookie who has filed a sexual harassment complaint against him. Also, Arthur’s usual arrangement with a city health inspector to ignore violations in the shop goes awry when a new by-the-book inspector shows up.

Living Biblically - "Thou Shalt Not Steal" (CBS, 9:30PM ET/PT)
Chip infuriates his colleagues when he decides to follow the commandment “Thou Shalt Not Steal” and begins returning office supplies he stole.

American Dad - "" (TBS, 10:00PM ET/PT)
Stan deals with childhood issues of abandonment, which affects his performance at work; Klaus builds a website based on Smith family fails.

Complete TV Listings

Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of March 19)

Monday, March 19

  • Drew Barrymore (Santa Clarita Diet) - Watch Drew on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Adam DeVine (Workaholics/Modern Family) - Adam appears on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Kumail Nanjiani (Silicon Valley) - Kumail is a guest on The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Jenny Slate (Married/Parks and Recreation/Bob's Burgers) - Jenny visits The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Josh Radnor (How I Met Your Mother) - Josh stops by Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Burt Reynolds (Evening Shade) - Burt appears on Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Krysten Ritter (Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23) - Krysten chats on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Allison Janney (Mom/Mr. Sunshine) - Allison is a guest on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Zach Woods (Silicon Valley/Playing House/The Office) - Zach drops by The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Billy Ray Cyrus (Still The King) - Billy Ray appears on a repeat of Harry, so check your local listings.
  • The Cast of You Me Her - Greg Pohler, Rachel Blanchard and Priscilla Faia are guests on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 11:30am ET.
  • Swoosie Kurtz (Mike & Molly/Love & Money/Love, Sidney) - Swoosie talks about The Dangerous Book for Boys on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Nia Long (Uncle Buck/The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air) - Nia talks about Roxanne Roxanne on NBC's Today in the 10am hour.
  • Jay Pharoah (White Famous) - Jay talks about Unsane on the BUILD Series at 1pm.