Saturday, April 15, 2017

SitcomsOnline Digest: A Look at Series Returning (or not) in the Fall; Shout! Announces Second Season of Police Story

Welcome to SitcomsOnline Digest! This week, we're getting a preview of what may be returning for next season, we're hearing of a new restaurant (and pilot) for Linda Lavin, and more.

  • We're only weeks away from hearing about the 2017-2018 TV season and the new series that will come with it, but with that, we also get to hear about which of the current TV shows will be coming back and which ones will fade off into non-existence. Deadline has a look at the prognosis for some of those series. (Deadline
  • Linda Lavin has not been in the spotlight much in recent years, but it's returning to her as she is now much like the character Mel in real life as she owns her own restaurant, and to top it off, she may be coming back to TV if a new pilot is successful. (NY Daily News
  • Many TV characters have lived in apartments (or sometimes houses) in New York City, but just how realistic is their housing situation? (Washington Post)
  • Pop, which has come a long way from the days where it was a channel that gave a scrolling listing of what other channels were showing, has obtained the rights to the ABC series The Goldbergs. (SitcomsOnline)
  • Grace and Frankie is returning to Netflix next year with a new "friend" in the cast. (SitcomsOnline

  • Shout! Factory had been somewhat dormant for a while, but they've been bouncing back with lots of surprise releases and continuations lately, and their latest is the second season of Police Story, which will be released on July 25.

Father Knows Best - Season Five
  • Hawaii Five-O - The Complete Series (DVD, $179.98): The classic police procedural drama that managed to transcend from an era of stiff police procedural dramas in 1968 to just a few years before police dramas had completely evolved into high action and expensive productions in 1980 arrives on DVD in one big 72 disc release with this set.


Who to Follow: Darien Sills-Evans (Twitter), "actor. writer. filmmaker. comedian."
Claim to Fame: The name may not seem familiar, but 42 year old Darien Sills-Evans has been acting since he was 18, beginning with a guest appearance on Law & Order. He went into a bigger role later on as he was a recurring cast member on the sitcom Cosby, where he became a regular in the final season. Currently, he plays the role of Officer James Jordan, the partner to character Katey Sagal's Officer Randy DeLuca, on the CBS series Superior Donuts.
Pick of the Tweets: "I'm laughing at people who are shocked the Power Rangers movie is awful. It has been awful since 1993, Your childhood was a lie." (March 28, 2017)

Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Thursday, March 22

Superstore - "Target" (NBC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
When Jeff (Michael Bunin) leaves Cloud 9 to work at Target, Garrett (Colton Dunn) leads Glenn (Mark McKinney) to believe that he's poaching other employees to go with him. In return Glenn tries to poach employees from Target. Amy (America Ferrera) goes on a double date with Dina (Lauren Ash), and Kelly (Kelly Stables) and Jonah (Ben Feldman) discuss moving in together.

A.P. Bio - "Selling Out" (NBC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Jack (Glenn Howerton) receives an offer from Miles' (Tom Bennett) publisher to write a book of feel-good philosophy that could be his ticket out of Toledo. Durbin accidentally sets off an emotional firestorm when he reveals that while Stef (Lyric Lewis) chose Mary (Mary Sohn) as her emergency contact, Mary chose Michelle (Jean Villepique).

Atlanta - "Money Bag Shawty" (FX, 10:00PM ET/PT)
People act differently outside the city.

Complete TV Listings

Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of March 19)

Thursday, March 22

  • Roseanne Barr (Roseanne) and John Goodman (Roseanne/Normal, Ohio) - Catch Roseanne and John on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Will Smith (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air) - Will is a guest on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Rob Riggle (Golan the Insatiable/Gary Unmarried) - Rob appears on a repeat of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Thomas Middleditch (Silicon Valley) - Thomas visits Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Eddie Kaye Thomas ('Til Death/How to Make It in America) - Eddie drops by The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Natasha Leggero (Dice/Another Period/Free Agents) - Natasha is a guest on Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Jay Pharoah (White Famous) - Jay appears on Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
  • Jussie Smollett (On Our Own) - Jussie stops by Desus & Mero at 11pm on Viceland.
  • Mark Hamill (The Texas Wheelers) - Mark chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Nia Long (Uncle Buck/The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air) - Nia appears on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Jason George (Eve) - Jason drops by LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan and The Real, so check your listings. He opens up about Station 19 on People Now at 8:30am.
  • Lamorne Morris (New Girl) - Lamorne is a guest on a repeat of Harry, so check your local listings.
  • Josh Henderson (One on One) - Josh appears on Steve, so check your local listings.
  • Cameron Esposito and Rhea Butcher (Take My Wife) - Cameron and Rhea are guests on Good Mythical Morning with Rhett & Link on YouTube.
  • Keith Carradine (Complete Savages) - Keith is at the kitchen table on a repeat of Rachael Ray, so check your local listings.
  • John Corbett (Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll/United States of Tara/Sex and the City) - John joins Clinton Kelly in the kitchen on ABC's The Chew at 1pm ET/12pm PT/CT. He talks about his movie God's Not Dead: A Light in Darkness on NBC's Today in the 10am hour.
  • Tiffani Thiessen (Alexa & Katie/Saved by the Bell/Saved by the Bell: The College Years) - Tiffani talks about Netflix's Alexa & Katie on E!'s Daily Pop at 12pm.
  • Bella Thorne (Shake It Up) - Bella talks about Midnight Sun on the BUILD Series at 1:30pm.
  • Jim Jefferies (Legit) - Jim talks about Comedy Central's The Jim Jefferies Show on the BUILD Series at 2:30pm.