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)


Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Tuesday, October 24

The Middle - "Halloween VIII: Orson Murder Mystery" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
As Halloween approaches, Frankie discovers that a woman had died in the bathtub of the Heck house close to 50 years ago; Frankie and Brick become convinced that she was murdered and, much to Mike’s chagrin, attempt to track down and find the murderer. Meanwhile, Axl and Lexie become frustrated over losing their alone time when Sue insists on hanging out with them wherever they go.

Fresh Off the Boat - "It's a Plastic Pumpkin, Louis Huang" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
On Halloween, Louis is disappointed that Evan doesn’t take his childish delight in the holiday; Eddie and the gang plot to crash a cool older girl’s party; Jessica and Emery are spooked when they hear a strange man’s voice emanating from Grandma’s room, and things get even creepier when a mysterious group of costumed strangers whisk Grandma away, making them suspect the supernatural worst.

black-ish - "Advance to Go (Collect $200)" (ABC, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Dre brings everyone together for a rowdy family game night and the competition is fierce. The game of choice is Monopoly and as the night progresses, alliances are formed and some are pushed to their limits. Meanwhile, Bow makes it clear how she feels about Junior’s girlfriend.

The Mayor - "City Hall-oween" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
As Halloween approaches, Mayor Courtney Rose and Police Chief Fox (Kristen Johnston) find themselves at odds on how to handle the community’s first annual spook-tacular celebration at City Hall. During the night of the bash, it dawns on Courtney that throwing a party to keep kids safe doesn’t address the bigger issues in Fort Grey and plans to work with Chief Fox going forward. Meanwhile, Dina gets into the spirit by dressing up as Congresswoman Maxine Waters, while Jermaine and T.K. set out to prank Val who has the last laugh when she outsmarts the guys at their own game.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of October 23)

Tuesday, October 24

  • Ted Danson (The Good Place/Becker/Cheers) - Catch Ted on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Ricky Gervais (The Office) - Ricky appears on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Sabrina Carpenter (Girl Meets World) - Sabrina is a musical guest on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Anna Faris (Mom) - Anna drops by Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Cole Sprouse (The Suite Life of Zack & Cody/The Suite Life on Deck) - Cole visits Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Cedric the Entertainer (The Soul Man/The Steve Harvey Show) - Cedric stops by The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Gabourey Sidibe (The Big C) - Gabourey chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Randall Park (Fresh Off the Boat) - Randall appears on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Michael Strahan (Brothers) - Michael is a guest on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Michael Rapaport (Atypical/The War at Home) - Michael drops by The Wendy Williams Show at 2am on BET or on your local stations.
  • Yvette Nicole Brown (The Mayor/The Odd Couple/Community) - Yvette talks about her LA road rage, her love life and more on Harry, so check your local listings.
  • Valerie Bertinelli (Hot in Cleveland/CafĂ© Americain/One Day at a Time) - Valerie is in the kitchen with three super-easy slow cooker dishes – like Sloppy Joes and a Pasta Bake on Rachael Ray, so check your local listings.
  • Joanna Garcia Swisher (Reba/Better with You) - Joanna talks about her show Kevin (Probably) Saves the World – and her friendship with Lea Michele on People Now at 8:30am.
  • Denis Leary (Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll/The Job) - Denis is a guest on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am. He will also be on the AOL Build Show at 4pm.
  • J. B. Smoove (The Millers/'Til Death/Curb Your Enthusiasm) - J. B. is a guest on the AOL Build Show at 11am.
  • Debra Messing (Will & Grace) - Debra appears on Daily Pop on E! at 12pm.


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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