Saturday, August 05, 2017

SitcomsOnline Digest: CBS Reveals Plans for Kevin Can Wait Recast; Will & Grace Reboot Renewed for Season 2

Welcome to SitcomsOnline Digest! This week, we're getting even more highlights from the TCA press tour, we're learning that NBC is really, really interested in reboots, and we're finally hearing about a DVD release for a short-lived 70s sitcom that we were promised years ago. Let's get going!

HIGHLIGHTS FROM SITCOMSONLINE.COM AND AROUND THE WEB
  • Erinn Hayes is leaving the CBS comedy Kevin Can Wait and Leah Remini is joining the cast, and CBS has now revealed how that will happen, but unless you want a spoiler, we don't suggest reading how characters will be written out and added in. (LA Times)
  • While it was never explicitly stated, the Will & Grace reboot at NBC was thought to be a "limited" series, but it seems that NBC has fully evolved into making it a regular series, having already renewed it for a second season this week before the first season could even air. (Hollywood Reporter
  • The reboot list just keeps growing, with Miami Vice being added to that list this week by NBC. (Variety)
  • On the topic of reboots, it seems that NBC thinks that they may be the key to success for the network, with the network chairman saying that he'd like to see reboots of The Office, 30 Rock, The West Wing, and we're guessing pretty much any show that was ever successful on the network (though we don't expect to see The Cosby Show on that list). (Deadline)
  • The Law & Order: SVU episode that was somewhat based upon a Donald Trump type character who ran for president and was accused of rape (originally scheduled to air on October, then postponed following the release of certain Access Hollywood tapes) is destined to be a "lost episode" for now, as NBC says the episode will likely never air on the network. (Deadline)
  • It is probably a good thing that they're doing it before it gets old and tired, but it was announced this week that the upcoming ninth season of The Middle will be the final season. (SitcomsOnline

HOME MEDIA HIGHLIGHTS
  • VEI is always slow to get things released, but when they announce that they'll release something, it eventually does get released. Now, two years after originally announcing it, they're finally making plans to release the sitcom Angie, with Angie - The Complete Collection. No details regarding a release date are known yet.

TUESDAY (AUGUST 8) HOME MEDIA RELEASE
Portlandia - Season 7
  • Portlandia - Season 7 (DVD, $19.95): The IFC series returns to DVD for a seventh season in this release.

FOLLOW ME

Who to Follow: Nicholas D'Agosto (Twitter), "A curious fellow from Omaha, NE. Watch for Season 2 of @TrialAndError @NBC and http://NBC.com . #TrialAndError #UnhistoricalSkype. Charity @LifeYouCanSave."
Claim to Fame: Nicholas D'Agosto has been acting on screen for nearly two decades, but he didn't start getting regular TV roles until recently, with Masters of Sex and Gotham. Most recently, though, he was cast in the starring role on the NBC Trial and Error, which a lot of people (myself included) sort of assumed would be a burn off series that was thrown on the network mid-season. But it was actually a good series and did well enough to be get a late renewal for a second season. It's not entirely clear which cast members will return for the second season, as each season of the series revolves around a different character and case, but D'Agosto and some of the others are sure to return.
Pick of the Tweets: "My first rodeo: Buffalo Bill's Rodeo in North Platte, NE. Like all true cowboys I had my makeup artist with me. #NLD2017 #TrialandError @nbc (pic)" (June 17, 2017)


Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Tuesday, December 11

The Conners - "O Sister, Where Art Thou?" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
When Becky helps Harris keep a secret from Darlene, it opens up a can of worms that causes a rift between the two sisters. Jackie supports Peter with his Nordic history project, and Dan reunites with an old friend.

The Kids Are Alright - "Christmas 1972" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
When Peggy’s successful brother, Tom, drops in for Christmas, Mike immediately oozes with jealousy. Thus begins Mike’s one-sided competition with Tom, using his kids as pawns to help. After Tom gives the Clearys an extravagant Christmas gift, pride prevents Mike from taking it – putting him at odds with the rest of the family. Meanwhile, Timmy mistakenly receives $100 from his great-aunt for Christmas and contemplates whether he should do “the right thing” or keep it. Elsewhere, Eddie forgets to get Wendi a Christmas present and panic sets in.

black-ish - "Christmas in Theater Eight" (ABC, 9:00PM ET/PT)
The Johnsons have a tradition of going to the movies on Christmas and they can never agree on what to see. Dre wants to see an important film about Rosa Parks, but they all want to see the latest action-packed superhero blockbuster. Meanwhile, Junior becomes embarrassed about taking a gap year after he runs into his ex-girlfriend Megan at the theater.

Splitting Up Together - "Messy" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
After Lena and Vlad’s unexpected kiss, things get more complicated as they begin their new work partnership while working with a new client. Elsewhere, Martin goes to Paige’s house for more privacy and gets a glimpse into what a more typical divorced home life is, causing him to become uneasy. Back at home, Mason and Mae go head-to-head after Mae finds out that Mason has a crush on a pretentious girl at school.

The Guest Book - "Everybody Loves Clark" (TBS, 10:30PM ET/PT)
Tommy surprises Nikki with a spontaneous wedding ceremony; both are blithely oblivious to the fact that Vivian is kidnapping their child; some familiar faces from Mt. Trace return to sort things out.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of December 10)

Tuesday, December 11

  • Ron Livingston (Loudermilk/Search Party) - Catch Ron on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Whoopi Goldberg (Whoopi/Bagdad Cafe) - Whoopi visits The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Adam Pally (Making History/The Mindy Project/Happy Endings) - Adam is a guest on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Ken Jeong (Dr. Ken/Community) - Ken appears on Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC. He also chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Vanessa Hudgens (Powerless) - Vanessa stops by Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Nicole Byer (Loosely Exactly Nicole) - Nicole is a guest on Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Ellen DeGeneres (Ellen/The Ellen Show) - Ellen drops by The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Jenny McCarthy (Two and a Half Men/Jenny) - Jenny appears on Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
  • Maura Tierney (NewsRadio) - Maura is a guest on E!'s Busy Tonight at 10pm.
  • Kathy Bates (Disjointed) - Kathy chats on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Ashton Kutcher (The Ranch/Two and a Half Men/That 70s Show) - Ashton guest co-hosts The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Eugene Levy (Schitt's Creek/Greg the Bunny/Hiller and Diller) and Catherine O'Hara (Schitt's Creek) - Eugene and Catherine are guests on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Alfonso Ribeiro (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air/In the House/Silver Spoons) - Alfonso and his wife Angela discuss holiday hacks on Access Live, so check your local listings.
  • Leah Remini (Kevin Can Wait/The Exes/Family Tools/The King of Queens/Fired Up) - Leah talks about Second Act on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am.
  • Jameela Jamil (The Good Place) - Jameela talks about The Good Place on NBC's Today in the 9am hour.
  • Dan Bucatinsky (Marry Me/Web Therapy/The Comeback) - Dan talks about Second Act on People Now at 12pm.
  • Marlo Thomas (That Girl) - Marlo discusses the season of giving thanks and the amazing efforts of St. Jude on the BUILD Series at 2pm.


New on DVD/Blu-ray (October/November)

The Beverly Hillbillies - The Official Fifth Season The Love Boat - Season Four - Volume One Saved by the Bell - The Complete Collection Alice - The Complete Eighth Season Step by Step - The Complete Third Season

10/02 - The Beverly Hillbillies - The Official Fifth Season
10/02 - Bob's Burgers - The Complete 6th Season
10/02 - Bob's Burgers - The Complete 7th Season
10/02 - Bob's Burgers - The Complete 8th Season
10/02 - Ghosted - The Complete First Season
10/02 - The Love Boat - Season Four - Volume One / Volume Two
10/02 - Police Squad! - TV and Movie Collection
10/02 - Saved by the Bell - The Complete Collection
10/16 - Community - The Complete Series (Mill Creek)
10/23 - Alice - The Complete Eighth Season
10/24 - The Odd Couple (2015) - Season Two
10/24 - The Odd Couple (2015) - Season Three
10/31 - The Bad News Bears - The Complete Series - All 26 Episodes
11/01 - Episodes - Season 5
11/05 - Robin Williams - Comic Genius (includes Mork & Mindy)
11/06 - American Dad! - Volume 13
11/16 - Man with a Plan - Season One
11/20 - Step by Step - The Complete Third Season
11/27 - What I Like About You - The Complete Third Season
12/04 - Family Guy - Season Sixteen
12/04 - Perfect Strangers - The Complete Sixth Season
12/18 - Our Cartoon President - Season One
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