Saturday, May 13, 2017

SitcomsOnline Digest: Busy Week of Cancellations and Pickups Ahead of Upfronts; 2 Broke Girls and Last Man Standing Cancelled

Welcome to SitcomsOnline Digest! This week and next week are probably the two busiest weeks of the year when it comes to news, so bear with us as we try to give some of the major highlights to you today, and stick with us throughout next week as we bring you complete details (including the lineups, which will inevitably last less than a month before shakeups) for each broadcast network. It's a busy week, so let's get going!

HIGHLIGHTS FROM SITCOMSONLINE.COM AND AROUND THE WEB
  • Next week will be a very busy week of learning what is in store for the new fall season, which means that this week, we've learned a lot about which shows (a mostly unsurprising list) that we will be mourning the loss of. (Variety)
  • Not making the list (since it came after the list was published) is a surprising cancellation from CBS, which has decided to cancel 2 Broke Girls. (Deadline)
  • ABC made a surprising decision to cancel Last Man Standing this week, and while some are jumping to the conclusion that it was for political reasons, there are a number of other plausible reasons for the cancellation. (Vox)
  • There's a new girl in town (well, technically a familiar face from a popular late 70s/early 80s sitcom) as CBS has picked up the Mark Feuerstein comedy 9JKL, which will feature Linda Lavin in a starring role playing the mother of Feuerstein's character. (TV Series Finale)
  • While we talk a lot about surprising cancellations, NBC had a surprising renew (given that it hasn't been a breakout hit and the network hasn't really seen how the ratings trend yet), with Great News getting a second season. (Deadline)
  • It probably won't include the big hair or shoulder pads, but it seems a pretty safe bet that it'll include the cat fights: The CW is rebooting the series Dynasty. (New York Times)
  • Just because a series has been "officially cancelled" doesn't mean that a network can't change their mind, and NBC has demonstrated by cancelling the series Timeless before changing their mind literally this morning. (Hollywood Reporter)
  • Moving away from the new fall season (for just a brief moment), getTV, known for airing the long lost and obscure classics that many people have never even heard of, is bringing another long lost classic to the air with Dan August, which starts May 21. (SitcomsOnline)  

TUESDAY (MAY 16) HOME MEDIA RELEASE
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air - The Complete Series
  • The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air - The Complete Series (DVD, $139.62): You can join Will, Carlton, Uncle Phil, and two different Aunt Viv's (including one who continues to make at least monthly Facebook rants filled with profanity about Will Smith almost 25 years later) in this DVD collection.

FOLLOW ME

Who to Follow: Mark Feuerstein (Twitter), "Raising three kids with my amazing wife, Dana Klein, in LA while writing, directing, acting and telling stories however I can."
Claim to Fame: Mark Feuerstein has been acting since he had a role on the ABC soap opera Loving over two decades ago, and he is probably best known for his starring role in the series Royal Pains. But he has had some sitcom roles, including starring in the short-lived series Conrad Bloom as well as Good Morning, Miami. Now, with Royal Pains having come to an end last season, he's headed back to the sitcom world with the CBS comedy 9JKL, which actually brings him back full circle to Conrad Bloom. In Conrad Bloom, Linda Lavin played the role of his mother, and now she will be playing his mother once again in 9JKL.
Pick of the Tweets: "Happy Birthday @hwinkler4real Not only the greatest TV dad of all time, but an amazing friend, advisor, and human being. Have Best Day Ever!" (October 30, 2016)


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

Thursday, July 27

The Big Bang Theory - "The Geology Elevation" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
When Bert (Brian Posehn), a Caltech geologist, wins the MacArthur Genius fellowship, Sheldon is overcome with jealousy. Also, Wolowitz finds an old remote control Stephen Hawking action figure he invented. Stephen Hawking returns to guest star as himself.

Life in Pieces - "I'll Be Home for Christmas... Maybe" (CBS, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Kevin gets into the Christmas spirit when he volunteers to help Mott (Chris Roach) and his seven kids prepare for the holidays while his wife’s away, leaving Donna (Erinn Hayes) high and dry until Kyle (Gary Valentine) swoops in to help her. Jackie Sandler guest stars as Mott’s wife, Cindy.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of July 24)

Thursday, July 27

  • Billy Crystal (The Comedians/Soap) - Catch Billy on a repeat of Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Michael Strahan (Brothers) - Michael appears on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Jill Kargman (Odd Mom Out) - Jill is a guest on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Gillian Jacobs (Love/Community) - Gillian visits The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Niecy Nash (Getting On/The Soul Man/Reno 911!) - Niecy stops by The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Brett Gelman (Married/Go On) - Brett appears on @midnight on Comedy Central at midnight.
  • The Cast of Veep - Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Tony Hale, Anna Chlumsky, Reid Scott, Matt Walsh, Kevin Dunn, Gary Cole and Sam Richardson are guests on a repeat of Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Kelsey Grammer (Frasier/Cheers) - Kelsey drops by The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Nico Tortorella (Younger) - Nico guest co-hosts The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Betty Gilpin (GLOW/Nurse Jackie) - Betty talks about GLOW on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Ernie Hudson (Grace and Frankie/The Last Precinct) - Ernie is a guest on a repeat of Harry, so check your local listings.
  • Candace Cameron Bure (Fuller House/Full House) - Candace and her daughter, Natasha, see how well they really know each other on a repeat of Rachael Ray, so check your local listings.
  • Jake T. Austin (Wizards of Waverly Place) - Jake talks about The Emoji Movie on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Brian Sacca (Wrecked) - Brian talks about Wrecked on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Sheryl Lee Ralph (Instant Mom/Moesha/It's a Living) - Sheryl will be on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 11:30am ET.
  • Jason Alexander (Seinfeld/Listen Up!/Bob Patterson) - Jason is a guest on Access Hollywood Live, so check your local listings.