Saturday, April 22, 2017

SitcomsOnline Digest: A Look at Possible New Series for the Fall; The Wayans Bros. Continues on DVD After 12 Year Hiatus

Welcome to SitcomsOnline Digest! This week, we're hearing about some of the new pilots for the fall season, we're getting a preview of the upcoming season of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and we're learning of a DVD release for a series that seemed to be abandoned and a somewhat surprising Blu-ray release of an older classic TV series. Let's get going!

HIGHLIGHTS FROM SITCOMSONLINE.COM AND AROUND THE WEB
  • Last week, we mentioned which series might or might not be returning for the fall season, and this week, Deadline is giving us a preview of some of the new series that we may be seeing in the fall. (Deadline
  • It's just about time for the third season of Netflix's Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and there is a preview trailer available for the season. (Entertainment Weekly
  • While it seems that streaming rights are becoming as big of a deal as (if not bigger than) cable rights, following Hulu getting the streaming rights for black-ish, both FX and BET have acquired the cable syndication rights, beginning in fall 2018. (Variety)
  • The X-Files is returning to Fox for a limited series for a second time, proving that the franchise has value long beyond the original run. (Deadline)
  • For reasons that probably everybody is well aware of by now, Fox News has let go of Bill O'Reilly, a move that brings one of the biggest changes in primetime cable news in a very long time. (CNNMoney)
  • ABC has unveiled their summer plans, which much like last summer, is full of "fun and games." (SitcomsOnline

HOME MEDIA HIGHLIGHTS
  • Warner Archive has suddenly been going back to revive a lot of series that were released with just the first season (and subsequently abandoned) on DVD way back in 2005, and they announced another one this week, with a May 9 release of The Wayans Bros. - The Complete Second Season.
  • We've known for some time that Mill Creek would be re-releasing The Rockford Files on DVD, but the real surprise is that they're also going to be releasing it on Blu-ray for the first time ever, with their releases of The Rockford Files - The Complete Series (DVD, Blu-ray) on June 13.

TUESDAY (APRIL 25) HOME MEDIA RELEASE
Animal Kingdom - The Complete First Season (Blu-ray)
  • Animal Kingdom - The Complete First Season (DVD, $29.98; Blu-ray, $39.98): The TNT original series arrives on DVD and Blu-ray in this release.

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Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Thursday, November 23

The Big Bang Theory - "The Holiday Summation" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Sheldon and Amy visit Leonard and Penny for the first time since the holidays and share details about their terrible trip to Texas. Laurie Metcalf returns as Sheldon’s mother, Mary.

Young Sheldon - "A Solar Calculator, A Game Ball, and A Cheerleader's Bosom" (CBS, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Sheldon struggles with newfound popularity after utilizing statistics to help the football team.

Mom - "Fancy Crackers and Giant Women" (CBS, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Bonnie suffers withdrawal after giving up cable TV to help Christy pay for her law school applications, and the women rally around Jill after she has a breakdown in her favorite department store.

Life in Pieces - "Testosterone Martyr Baked Knife" (CBS, 9:30PM ET/PT)
When Heather, Clementine and Jen offer to save Joan from the stress of preparing the Thanksgiving meal, the free time leaves Joan even more frazzled. Also, Greg has a boost of self-confidence after learning he has high levels of testosterone; Samantha keeps a secret from her family during Thanksgiving dinner; and John is determined to continue the tradition of using his old, unsafe knife to carve the turkey.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of November 20)

Thursday, November 23

  • Tracy Morgan (30 Rock/The Tracy Morgan Show) - Watch Tracy on a repeat of Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Paul Shaffer (A Year at the Top) - Paul is a musical guest on a repeat of Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Jerry Seinfeld (Seinfeld) - Jerry appears on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Tig Notaro (One Mississippi) - Tig is a guest on a repeat of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Stephanie Beatriz (Brooklyn Nine-Nine) - Stephanie appears on a repeat of Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Kaitlin Olson (The Mick/It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia) - Kaitlin chats on a repeat of The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Anna Camp (The Mindy Project) - Anna is a guest on a repeat of LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Jussie Smollet (On Our Own) - Jussie appears on a repeat of Harry, so check your local listings.
  • Valerie Bertinelli (Hot in Cleveland/One Day at a Time) - Valerie reveals her favorite, good-for-you dessert she swears by on a repeat of The Dr. Oz Show, so check your local listings.