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

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.