Saturday, March 11, 2017

SitcomsOnline Digest: Warner to Launch Boomerang Streaming Service; Jon Cryer Joins ABC Pilot

Welcome to SitcomsOnline Digest! It's been a nice spring week or a freezing cold winter week (or maybe both) depending upon where you are, but we've got news for you, including a new streaming service for those who like classic cartoons, a Roseanne reunion on The Talk, and more. Let's get going!

HIGHLIGHTS FROM SITCOMSONLINE.COM AND AROUND THE WEB
  • If you like classic cartoons, Warner is starting a Boomerang streaming service this spring, which will feature favorites from the classics Warner and MGM animation libraries and new series based upon those classics. (Hollywood Reporter)
  • Jon Cryer is looking to return to TV with a pilot at ABC. (Variety)
  • The ratings for This is Us just keep getting better, so it would probably be in the best interest of the producers NBC to figure out how to make it last and not become one of those series that flourishes in the beginning and falls apart in the second season. (TV By The Numbers
  • Robert Osborne, who has been an on-air movie host for The Movie Channel and later Turner Classic Movies (and even had a brief acting career, though that mostly ended following his appearance in the pilot of The Beverly Hillbillies), died this week at age 84.
  • A Roseanne reunion of John Goodman and Sara Gilbert aired on The Talk yesterday, and it seems that they would both be willing to do a reboot of Roseanne (although we wouldn't exactly say to expect one). (Deadline)
  • ABC seems to have found that game shows are one of the best ways to keep some viewers tuned in when the scripted series are taking some time off, and they will be doing that yet again with a new one hosted by Fred Savage. (SitcomsOnline)

TUESDAY (MARCH 14) HOME MEDIA RELEASES
Newhart - The Final Season

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Who to Follow: Sara Gilbert (Twitter), "yeah, it's me"
Claim to Fame: Sara Gilbert is sort of sitcom royalty, in that her grandfather helped createdone of the first big sitcoms, The Honeymooners. And it isn't just sitcoms that her family is involved in. Her siblings Melissa Gilbert and Jonathan Gilbert both appeared on Little House on the Prairie. Sara Gilbert found her own fame in a show that was a lot less wholesome (but a lot more like a middle class family life) as Darlene in Roseanne. She has had other appearances since then, such as a recurring role on ER and the short-lived series Twins on The WB, and she also played the role of Leslie Van Winkle on The Big Bang Theory. That character was mostly written out due to a lack of plot ideas for the character, but she did reappear in it once last year. She doesn't need the work, though, because since 2010, she has been very busy with the successful CBS daytime series The Talk, for which she is the creator, executive producer, and one of the hosts.
Pick of the Tweets: "Just like old times... (link)" (March 10, 2017)


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

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
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
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Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Sunday, June 25

Bob's Burgers - "Thelma & Louise Except Thelma Is Linda" (Fox, 7:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
After Louise gets in trouble at school, Linda is forced to meet with Mr. Frond (guest voice David Herman) and potentially could lose her hard-earned position as the Wagstaff bake sale leader. When she finds out that her daughter was actually trying to help another student, Linda is torn between following school policy or her own moral code. Don’t miss a dose of mother-daughter drama.

The Last Man on Earth - "If You're Happy and You Know It" (Fox, 7:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Carol is bummed about Gail’s absence, so Tandy tries to cheer her up with the honeymoon vacation they never had. Meanwhile, Lewis finds new success with his pursuits in aviation and Melissa is contained.

The Simpsons - "Caper Chase" (Fox, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Disappointed in Yale, Mr. Burns decides to start his own for-profit university and Homer is hired.

Family Guy - "Gronkowsbees" (Fox, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Rob Gronkowski, of the New England Patriots, moves into the house behind the Griffins, and the guys enjoy partying with him until his antics become overwhelming. Meanwhile, Stewie begins beekeeping and gives his bees steroids to produce more honey, but instead they become aggressive.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of June 19)

Friday, June 23

  • Kevin Hart (The Big House/Undeclared) - Watch Kevin on a repeat of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Ali Wentworth (Nightcap) - Ali is a guest on a repeat of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • John Mulaney (Mulaney) - John appears on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Whitney Cummings (Whitney) - Whitney is a guest on a repeat of The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Kumail Nanjiani (Silicon Valley) - Kumail chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Paul Shaffer (A Year at the Top) - Paul guest co-hosts The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Laura Prepon (Are You There, Chelsea?/That '70s Show) - Laura appears on a repeat of LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Michael Strahan (Brothers) - Michael plays Pyramid on a repeat of Rachael Ray, so check your local listings.
  • Zoe Perry and Iain Armitage (Young Sheldon) - Zoe and Iain talk about their upcoming CBS sitcom Young Sheldon on People Now at 8:30am.
  • Melora Hardin (The Office/Wedding Band) - Melora talks about Freeform's The Bold Type on the AOL Build Show at 1pm and on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 11:30am ET.
  • Alfonso Ribeiro (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air/In the House/Silver Spoons) - Alfonso guest co-hosts Access Hollywood Live, so check your local listings.
  • Ellie Kemper (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt/The Office) - Ellie is a guest on Access Hollywood Live, so check your local listings.
  • Maggie Lawson (Angel from Hell/Back in the Game/Crumbs/It's All Relative/Inside Schwartz) - Maggie talks about Hallmark Channel's original movie My Favorite Wedding on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Rhys Darby (Wrecked/Flight of the Conchords) - Rhys talks about Wrecked on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Damon Wayans, Jr. (New Girl/Happy Endings) - Damon will be on PIX11 Morning News on WPIX in New York at 8:50am.