Saturday, June 10, 2017

SitcomsOnline Digest: Time to Reboot Northern Exposure?; Ned and Stacey Complete Series DVDs on the Way

Welcome to SitcomsOnline Digest! This week, we're hearing that the stars of Northern Exposure want a reboot (but first they need people and a network to be interested in one), we're hearing news of the death of a classic TV icon, and more. Let's get going!

HIGHLIGHTS FROM SITCOMSONLINE.COM AND AROUND THE WEB
  • If everything else in the world gets a reboot, why not go ahead and reboot Northern Exposure too? Nobody has any plans to do so for the time being, but at least the cast is interested. (Hollywood Reporter)
  • A bit of unexpected sad news to report today, as Adam West, who is best known for play Batman, and most recently did the voice of Mayor Adam West on Family Guy, died last night at age 88. (Hollywood Reporter
  • It was one of those "blink and you'll miss it" moments, but for some odd reason, ESPN aired the pilot for Jalen vs. Everybody, a comedy that ABC was considering (but ultimately passed on) on Tuesday night. (Deadline)
  • We know that nobody really watches C-SPAN, but when ABC, CBS, and NBC interrupt their regular daytime lineup to bring you a "free preview" of C-SPAN (as they sort of did this week with the James Comey hearings), you can create a rare daytime TV ratings success. (LA Times)
  • Saturday Night Live has been accused by some people of being "old" and "not as good as it used to be" for years, but the past season has proven to be one of the most successful seasons for the series since the 1990s. (Deadline)
  • The broadcast digital network getTV continues their evolution from being a channel primarily focused on movies to one that airs classic TV series, and now, after previously limiting their sitcoms to mostly lost and short-lived ones, they're finally adding a long-running and more successful sitcom to their lineup: Designing Women. (SitcomsOnline)  

HOME MEDIA HIGHLIGHTS
  • It was over a decade ago that Sony released the first season of Ned and Stacey, but the second (and final) one never followed. Now, Shout! Factory is bringing the entire series together with Ned and Stacey - The Complete Series, which will be released on September 26.

TUESDAY (JUNE 13) HOME MEDIA RELEASES
  The Andy Griffith Show - Return to Mayberry
  • The Andy Griffith Show - Return to Mayberry (DVD, $14.98): Previously only available as part of other releases, CBS releases this reunion movie as a standalone release this time around.
  • South Park - The Complete 20th Season (DVD, $29.98; Blu-ray, $39.99): As Comedy Central prepares for the August debut of the 21st season of the hit animated comedy, the 20th season (a number of seasons that we have never reported on for any DVD before aside from Law & Order) arrives in this release.
  • That's My Mama - The Complete Series (DVD, $38.99): It's probably one of the most mysterious releases that we've seen in a while, given that Sony has mostly given up on releasing older TV series and that this is far from the biggest hit in their library, but Sony brings the complete series of this short-lived comedy back to DVD in this release.

FOLLOW ME

Who to Follow: Alexis Fields (Twitter), "Ain't she that actress chick? Ain't she that other actress chick's sister? Didn't her mama burn Penny with that iron? Yup. Now what?"
Claim to Fame: Alexis Fields was born in 1982, which was over two years after her big sister Kim Fields made her debut on the sitcom The Facts of Life. And, as her Twitter introduction indicates, she is also the daughter of Chip Fields, who played Penny's birth mother on Good Times. But make no mistake, Alexis Fields found success of her own in the sitcom world. Her first role was on the series Roc, which was short-lived, but a very memorable series. Up next, she went to the Nickelodeon series The Secret World of Alex Mack, but she went back to sitcom success in 1998 in Sister, Sister and Moesha. While she has mostly been a recurring actress in series, people recognize her when they see her, and we expect to see more of her, perhaps in her own series some day even.
Pick of the Tweets: "Repost. Some of y'all weren't born when we were filming this show. My first series. #ROC #Sheila… (pic)" (May 7, 2017)


Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Tuesday, May 22

Roseanne - "Knee Deep" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Roseanne’s knee gets worse so Dan is forced to a make an important work decision; but when a major storm hits Lanford, their fortunes change for the better. Later, Darlene realizes she has to go back to her first passion … writing.

The Middle - "A Heck of a Ride: Part One" / "A Heck of a Ride: Part Two" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
After nine hilarious and heartfelt seasons, a Heck leaves the nest as the family takes a road trip to Denver, where Axl will start his new job – and new life away from home.

Splitting Up Together - "Heat Wave" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
Lena and Martin choose to share the house for the summer while the children are away at camp despite Lena’s reservations, but both soon realize it might not be the worst idea. Meanwhile, they collectively agree to throw their annual backyard piƱa colada party where they will celebrate their independence from their children. Elsewhere, a friendly face returns back home and Martin can’t help but see it as a sign.

The Last O.G. - "That Backslide" (TBS, 10:30PM ET/PT)
Left reeling from the error of his ways, Tray goes into a tailspin and turns to Bobby for support.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of May 21)

Tuesday, May 22

  • Chris Hardwick (Guys Like Us) - Catch Chris on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Thomas Middleditch (Silicon Valley) - Thomas appears on The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Cristin Milioti (A to Z/How I Met Your Mother) - Cristin is a guest on Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Cedric the Entertainer (The Last O.G./The Soul Man/The Steve Harvey Show) - Cedric visits Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Patricia Heaton (The Middle/Back to You/Everybody Loves Raymond) - Patricia talks about the series finale of The Middle on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings. Mychael Symon cooks with Patricia on ABC's The Chew at 1pm ET/12pm PT/CT.
  • David Spade (The Mayor/Rules of Engagement/8 Simple Rules/Just Shoot Me!) - David appears on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Geena Davis (The Geena Davis Show/Buffal Bill) - Geena is a guest on Access Live, so check your local listings.
  • Nolan Gould (Modern Family) - Nolan talks about Modern Family on Chatter on PeopleTV at 8pm.
  • Dan Fogler (Man Up!) - Dan talks about his new book Brooklyn Gladiator on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 11:30am ET.
  • Will Arnett (Arrested Development/The Millers/Up All Night) and Tony Hale (Arrested Development/Veep) - Will and Tony talk about Arrested Development on NBC's Today in the 10am hour.
  • William Shatner ($h*! My Dad Says) - William is a guest on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Gillian Jacobs (Love/Community) - Gillian talks about her new film Ibiza on the BUILD Series at 5pm.


New on DVD/Blu-ray (March/April/May)

Atlanta - The Complete First Season Curb Your Enthusiasm - The Complete Ninth Season One Day at a Time - Season Two Perfect Strangers  - The Complete Third Season Diff'rent Strokes - The Complete Final (Eighth) Season

03/06 - Atlanta - The Complete First Season
03/06 - Curb Your Enthusiasm - The Complete Ninth Season
03/13 - The New Adventures of Old Christine - The Complete First Season
03/27 - One Day at a Time - Season Two
04/03 - Ballers - The Complete Third Season (Blu-ray)
04/03 - 90's Sitcom (Just Shoot Me!/The Larry Sanders Show/Wings) Starter Set - Season 1 & 2 Bundle
04/10 - Vice Principals - The Compelte Series
04/17 - Perfect Strangers - The Complete Third Season
05/08 - Dear White People - Season 1
05/08 - Diff'rent Strokes - The Complete Final (Eighth) Season
05/29 - I'm Dying Up Here - Season 1
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