Saturday, July 15, 2017

SitcomsOnline Digest: Hulu Gets Past Seasons of Fox Animated Comedies; New Alice DVDs on the Way

Welcome to SitcomsOnline Digest! This week, we've got news that animated comedy fans who want to watch them on streaming media will be happy to hear, we're hearing about a new deal that Tyler Perry has with Viacom that could mean a lot for BET, and more. Let's get going!

HIGHLIGHTS FROM SITCOMSONLINE.COM AND AROUND THE WEB
  • Hulu is becoming the streaming destination if you like animated comedies, as this week, they added all past seasons Bob's Burgers and The Cleveland Show to the service, and will soon be adding all past seasons of American Dad. (Variety)
  • Tyler Perry has a new movie and TV deal with Viacom, and the TV part means that he will be producing about 90 episodes of original comedies and dramas for Viacom's cable every year, primarily BET. (Deadline
  • Tamron Hall, who was recently bumped aside at NBC for Megyn Kelly, is looking to develop a new daytime talk show with current events, human interest stories, and celebrity interviews, but the question is, can she succeed where Katie Couric and Meredith Vieira did not? (CBS News)
  • The MLB All-Star Game used to be sort of a big deal in summer ratings, but it remained low this year as it did last year, and even worse, it came in second place to America's Got Talent. (Deadline)
  • The past season has been unusually good for Saturday Night Live in ratings, and it turns out that the critics have loved it too, as evidenced by the record number of Emmy Award nominations it received this week. (Variety)
  • The rest of nominations for the 69th Annual Emmy Awards are also out. (SitcomsOnline)  

HOME MEDIA HIGHLIGHTS
  • Warner Archive has gotten back on track with releases lately, and this week, a photo of the cover art for Alice - The Complete Fifth Season was revealed, finally giving fans of that series that they will in fact continue (and hopefully finish) past the Flo years for that series.

TUESDAY (JULY 18) HOME MEDIA RELEASES
T.J. Hooker - The Complete Series
  • Father Knows Best - Season Six (DVD, $34.99): It's not the first time it has been on DVD, but Shout! Factory is re-releasing the final season of this series to retailers, as it was previously only available from their online store.
  • T.J. Hooker - The Complete Series (DVD, $79.97): Shat happens when Shout! Factory releases the complete series of this classic series, with most seasons appearing on DVD for the very first time.

FOLLOW ME

Who to Follow: H. Jon Benjamin (Twitter), "i am 5'6, maybe 5'5 and 1/2"
Claim to Fame: This week, it was announced that Hulu would be adding several animated comedies, so it makes sense to feature H. Jon Benjamin, who has a distinct voice that can be heard in so many different series, yet you always know it is him. In fact, in one Family Guy appearance (where he plays the voice of minor character Carl on a recurring basis), Peter pointed out how similar his character on that series sounded like Archer and Bob from Bob's Burgers, which is because they are the same person. Those two series are where his voice has been most prominently heard, along with the series Home Movies.
Pick of the Tweets: "Stopped here for some beer and no lie, they didn't have beer. (pic)" (July 3, 2017)


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 20

The Big Bang Theory - "The Brain Bowl Incubation" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
After a successful experiment combining their genes, Sheldon will stop at nothing to convince Amy they should procreate. Also, Koothrappali is embarrassed to tell the gang what the new woman he’s dating does for a living.

Life in Pieces - "Awkward Bra Automated Ordained" (CBS, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Dinner gets awkward for Jen and Matt when they find themselves alone without Greg and Colleen. Also, Lark accidentally locks out Greg and Jen from the house, prompting Greg to install a complicated home automation system; Heather and Tim try to sneak wine into an ice skating show to get out of paying at the venue; and John and Joan agree to an impromptu wedding after Colleen mentions that she’s an ordained minister.

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Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of July 17)

Thursday, July 20

  • T.J. Miller (Silicon Valley/The Goodwin Games/Carpoolers) - Catch T.J on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Jason Bateman (Arrested Development/The Hogan Family/It's Your Move) - Jason visits The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Ricky Gervais (The Office) - Ricky is a guest on Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Abby Elliott (Odd Mom Out) - Abby appears on Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC. She will also be on The Wendy Williams Show at 2am on BET or on your local stations.
  • Issa Rae (Insecure) - Issa stops by Comedy Central's The Daily Show with Trevor Noah at 11pm. She also chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Kate Micucci (Raising Hope/The Big Bang Theory) - Kate is a guest on @midnight on Comedy Central at midnight.
  • Queen Latifah (Living Single) - Queen Latifah visits Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
  • Jada Pinkett Smith (A Different World) - Jada drops by Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo. She will also be on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am and on Access Hollywood Live, so check your local listings.
  • Regina Hall (Grandfathered) - Regina guest co-hosts The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Tim Daly (Wings) - Tim is a guest on a repeat of Harry, so check your local listings.
  • Laura Linney (The Big C) - Laura talks about Netflix's The Big C on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 11:30am ET.
  • Steve Guttenberg (Ballers) - Steve talks about HBO's Ballers on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 11:30am ET.
  • Madison Iseman (Still the King) - Madison talks about CMT's Still the King on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.