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 (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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Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Monday, August 21

Kevin Can Wait - "Unholy War" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
After reluctantly settling on a date for Kendra’s wedding, Kevin learns that his childhood nemesis, Terry (Kim Coates), is trying to reserve the church on the same day. As the two battle for Father Phillip’s (Jim Breuer) approval by becoming more involved in the church, Kevin’s drive to get the church for Kendra becomes an insatiable desire to get revenge on his old rival.

Superior Donuts - "Man Without a Health Plan" (CBS, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
The group decides to take up a collection to pay for Franco’s medical expenses when he’s hurt at work and doesn’t have insurance. Also, Tush experiences unusual side effects when he participates in an experimental drug trial.

Mom - "Cornbread and a Cashmere Onesie" (CBS, 9:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Christy and Bonnie worry about Jill after her cry for help on the anniversary of her mother’s suicide.

Life in Pieces - "Babysit Argument Invention Butterfly" (CBS, 9:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Matt and Colleen have a disastrous time babysitting Lark while Jen is at work. Also, Sophia is far from pleased when John buys her a butterfly kit for her birthday; Tim and Heather rehash an old fight from the early days of their relationship; and Greg gives Samantha questionable advice about being an entrepreneur for her school project.

American Dad - "Kloger" (TBS, 10:00PM ET/PT)
Roger and Klaus start having a secret affair after they accidentally end up on an online date together; Steve tries to catch Hayley's pink eye to get out of doing a fitness test at school.

People of Earth - "Why Can't We Be Friends?" (TBS, 10:30PM ET/PT)
Ozzie confronts Walsh about being an alien; Richard gets fired from his job and joins Agent Foster on her search for Walsh.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of August 21)

Monday, August 21

  • Nick Kroll (The League/Cavemen) - Watch Nick on a repeat of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Sutton Foster (Younger) - Sutton appears on a repeat of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS. She will also be on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Kumail Nanjiani (Silicon Valley) - Kumail is a guest on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Hank Azaria (Brockmire/The Simpsons/Free Agents) - Hank appears on a repeat of Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Al Madrigal (About a Boy/Welcome to The Captain/Gary Unmarried) - Al is a guest on a repeat of Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Matt LeBlanc (Man with a Plan/Episodes/Friends) - Matt stops by Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation) - Amy chats with the ladies of The View on a repeat on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Aziz Ansari (Master of None/Parks and Recreation) - Aziz drops by LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Sabrina Carpenter (Girl Meets World) - Sabrina appears on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Rachel Dratch (Imaginary Mary) and Jenna Elfman (Imaginary Mary/1600 Penn/Accidentally on Purpose/Courting Alex/Dharma & Greg) - Rachel and Jenna are guests on a repeat of Harry, so check your local listings.
  • Yara Shahidi (black-ish) - Yara opens up about beauty standards in Hollywood on People Now at 8:30am.
  • Marlon Wayans (Marlon/The Wayans Bros.) - Marlon talks about Marlon on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 11:30am ET.
  • Lilla Crawford, Taylor Louderman and Elan Luz Rivera (Sunny Day) - The stars of Nickelodeon's upcoming series Sunny Day are guests on PIX11 Morning News on WPIX in New York at 8:45am.