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)


Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Tuesday, June 19

The Middle - "Hecks vs. Glossners: The Final Battle" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
It’s the Orson showdown of the century when the Hecks – along with the Donahues and Bill Norwood – wage a war against the Glossners after they steal Sue’s car.

The Middle - "Thank You for Not Kissing" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
After Dr. Fulton (Dave Foley) calls Frankie and Mike into his office to inform them that Brick and Cindy have been making out all over school, Frankie tasks Mike into having a talk with his son to discuss dating etiquette. Meanwhile, Sue attempts to work up the gumption to give Sean the snow globe and confess how much she likes him; and after discovering a box full of unfinished thank you notes for gifts received over the years, Frankie orders Axl to finish and mail them all out.

black-ish - "Juneteenth" (ABC, 9:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
The Johnsons go to Jack and Diane’s school play about Columbus Day, and Dre is dismayed by the historically inaccurate way that the holiday is portrayed. He feels like there aren’t enough black holidays, so he enlists Aloe Blacc at work to help him create a catchy song to raise awareness for a holiday worth celebrating, Juneteenth.

black-ish - "Dog Eat Dog World" (ABC, 9:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
The family is divided over the idea of getting a dog after Dre and Bow promise Jack they can get one after he gets Straight A’s – and he does! Meanwhile, Bow’s brother Johan is in town and he doesn’t get the warm welcome he expects from Ruby.

Younger - "The End of the Tour" (TV Land, 10:00PM ET/PT)
Liza faces complications on the Marriage Vacation book tour. Kelsey and Zane head to D.C. to court a speechwriter’s prospective memoir.

Teachers - "Of Lice and Men" (TV Land, 10:34PM ET/PT)
Ms. Bennigan wrestles with how far she’s willing to go sexually with Hot Dad, while Ms. Cannon learns how to drive in the midst of an apocalyptic lice outbreak at Fillmore.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of June 18)

Tuesday, June 19

  • Martin Short (Mulaney/The Martin Short Show) - Catch Martin on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Whoopi Goldberg (Whoopi/Bagdad Cafe) - Whoopi is a guest on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Michael Ian Black (The Jim Gaffigan Show/Ed) - Michael stops by Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Tracy Morgan (The Last O.G./30 Rock/The Tracy Morgan Show) - Michael visits LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Sarah Jessica Parker (Divorce/Sex and the City/Square Pegs) - Sarah appears on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Jennifer Lawrence (The Bill Engvall Show) - The Ellen DeGeneres Show has the best moments from the biggest stars in Season 15, so check your local listings.
  • Debra Messing (Will & Grace/Ned & Stacey) - Debra is a guest on a repeat of Harry, so check your local listings.
  • Marlon Wayans (Marlon/The Wayans Bros.) - Marlon drops by Access Live, so check your local listings.
  • Brian Tyree Henry (Atlanta) - Brian is a guest on Access Live, so check your local listings.
  • BD Wong (All-American Girl) - BD talks about the off-Broadway production of The Great Leap on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 11:30am ET.


New on DVD/Blu-ray (June)

Living Single - The Complete Fifth Season Step by Step - The Complete First Season Will & Grace (The Revival) - Season One Perfect Strangers - The Complete Fourth Season Last Man Standing - The Complete Sixth Season

06/05 - Living Single - The Complete Fifth Season
06/05 - New Girl - The Complete Sixth Season
06/05 - South Park - The Complete Twenty-First Season (Blu-ray)
06/12 - Fresh Off the Boat - The Complete Fourth Season
06/12 - Life in Pieces - The Complete Third Season
06/12 - The Office - The Complete Series
06/12 - Speechless - The Complete First Season
06/12 - Speechless - The Complete Second Season
06/12 - Step by Step - The Complete First Season
06/12 - Will & Grace (The Revival) - Season One (Blu-ray)
06/19 - Perfect Strangers - The Complete Fourth Season
06/26 - Last Man Standing - The Complete Fifth Season
06/26 - Last Man Standing - The Complete Sixth Season
06/26 - The Mick - The Complete First Season
06/26 - The Mick - The Complete Second Season
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