Saturday, July 29, 2017

SitcomsOnline Digest: Hulu Acquires Even More Series; The Simpsons to Finally Continue on DVD

Welcome to SitcomsOnline Digest! This week, we're getting some highlights from the TCA press tour, we're hearing about even more (for the third week in a row) acquisitions for Hulu,  The Simpsons is finally continuing on DVD after all. Let's get going!

HIGHLIGHTS FROM SITCOMSONLINE.COM AND AROUND THE WEB
  • If you've been following us this week, then you've heard that Hulu has been trying to become truly competitive with (and is on the verge of actually being even better than) Netflix on vintage TV, and has acquired five classic TGIF series (including three that cannot be seen in full on DVD) and will be adding those series to the service in September, but that isn't all, as Variety reports that the streaming service is also in talks with Warner to acquire another series from the same era that aired on a different network, but would have fit right in on TGIF had ABC aired it: The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. (Variety)
  • The broadcast group Tegna is adding a daily news and entertainment show called Daily Blast Live to their lineup this fall, and among the contributors, Tracey Gold of Growing Pains fame will be included. (TVSpy)
  • Katie Couric seems to not stay in any job too long since she left NBC a decade ago, and now, she's leaving her current position as an online news anchor at Yahoo. (Hollywood Reporter)
  • June Foray, who did the voice of Rocky in Rocky and Bullwinkle (among numerous other cartoon voices), died Wednesday at age 99. (ABC News)
  • Voice artist Patti Deutsch, who was also known for her role on Laugh-In and frequent appearances as a panelist on Match Game, died Wednesday at age 73. (Deadline)
  • Curb Your Enthusiasm is set to return to HBO for a ninth season in September, following a hiatus of over five years. (SitcomsOnline

HOME MEDIA HIGHLIGHTS
  • Two years ago, it was announced that DVDs for The Simpsons would no longer be released, but a surprising announcement came late last week with The Simpsons - The Eighteenth Season coming to DVD in December. Additionally, it seems that extras such as commentaries have already been completed for both seasons 19 and 20 (it is worth noting that season 20 was previously released, but it did not include any special features). Unfortunately, it seems Blu-ray releases are done for the series.

TUESDAY (AUGUST 1) HOME MEDIA RELEASE
The Secret World of Alex Mack - The Complete Series

FOLLOW ME

Who to Follow: John Roberts (Twitter), "I'm a comedian. I voice Gene on @BobsBurgersFox. Get my 9-volume album now!"
Claim to Fame: We're continuing an unofficial Bob's Burgers again, and this time, we have John Roberts, who distinguishes himself from the Fox News correspondent @johnrobertsFox with his own similar sounding @JohnRobertsFun. Like many of the cast members of the series, he too has worked with H. Jon Benjamin elsewhere, including on Archer. On Bob's Burgers, he does the voice of Linda Belcher, the wife of Bob.
Pick of the Tweets: "Off to the @FOXTV party at @Comic_Con with @kristenschaaled (pic)" (July 22, 2017)


Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Monday, June 25

Mom - "Eight Cats and the Hat Show" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Christy is blindsided by a surprising offer from her boyfriend, Patrick (Steven Weber). Also, Bonnie struggles to be the stable one in her relationship after Adam experiences a devastating loss.

Man with a Plan - "Adam Gets Neighborly" (CBS, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Adam and Andi try to get back in their neighbors’ good graces after no one shows up to their potluck. Sherri Shepherd and Tim Meadows guest star as Joy and Rudy Randall, the Burns’ new neighbors.

Andi Mack - "A Walker to Remember" (Disney Channel, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Andi and Walker realize how much they have in common when they spend the day together; Buffy steps up to lead the team in T.J.'s place when he is sidelined.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of June 25)

Monday, June 25

  • Tiffany Haddish (The Last O.G./The Carmichael Show) - Watch Tiffany on a repeat of Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Lil Rel Howery (The Carmichael Show) - Lil Rel visits Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC. He will also be on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 11:30am ET.
  • Thomas Middleditch (Silicon Valley) - Thomas is a guest on a repeat of Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Betty Gilpin (GLOW/Nurse Jackie) - Betty speaks about GLOW on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Eric Stonestreet (Modern Family) - Eric stops by Access Live, so check your local listings.
  • Jane Krakowski (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt/30 Rock) - Jane will be on NBC's Today sometime between 7-9am.
  • Hank Azaria (Brockmire/The Simpsons/Free Agents) - Hank cooks with Michael Symon on a repeat of ABC's The Chew at 1pm ET/12pm PT/CT.
  • John Michael Higgins (Great News/Happily Divorced/Kath & Kim) - John talks about his new game show America Says on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.


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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