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.

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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

Monday, October 23

The Big Bang Theory - "The Collaboration Contamination" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Sheldon and Koothrappali confide in Bernadette when they can’t handle Amy and Wolowitz working together. Also, Penny and Leonard learn new tactics for how to deal Sheldon from an unlikely source.

9JKL - "High Steaks" (CBS, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Josh begs Andrew and Harry to let him join their racquetball game only to learn the monthly outing is actually a cover for having a steak and scotch dinner behind Judy’s back. Also, Eve and Judy begrudgingly spend their free evening together.

Kevin Can Wait - "Grief Thief" (CBS, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Vanessa plots her revenge on Kevin after learning he lied his way out of working on a Sunday to attend a football game with Goody. Also, Kyle has a new girlfriend, Denise (Deborah Unger), and Chale and Kendra have their first squabble as a married couple.

Me, Myself & I - "Family Tree" (CBS, 9:30PM ET/PT)
When Mid-life Alex helps his daughter, Abby, with a family tree project, he’s tempted to find his biological father. Also, Young Alex must perform at Ron’s family reunion talent show, and Older Alex meets Older Abby’s new boyfriend.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of October 23)

Monday, October 23

  • George Clooney (The Facts of Life/Roseanne) - Watch George on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC. He will also be on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am.
  • Anna Faris (Mom) - Anna appears on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS. She chats about the book Unqualified on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings. She will also be on the AOL Build Show at 12pm.
  • John Cho (Selfie/Go On/Kitchen Confidential) - John is a guest on Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC. He will also be on Good Day New York on WNYW-Fox5 in New York sometime between 7-10am.
  • Method Man (Method & Red) - Method Man visits The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Stephanie Beatriz (Brooklyn Nine-Nine) - Stephanie stops by Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Bobby Moynihan (Me, Myself & I) - Bobby appears on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Mark Feuerstein (9JKL/Good Morning, Miami/Conrad Bloom/Fired Up) - Mark is a guest on Steve, so check your local listings.
  • Betsy Brandt (Life in Pieces/The Michael J. Fox Show) - Betsy will be on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 11:30am ET.
  • Heather Graham (Californication/Emily's Reasons Why Not) - Heather talks about Law & Order: True Crime on NBC's Today sometime between 7-9am. She will also be on the AOL Build Show at 2pm. She can be heard on The Morning Mash Up on SiriusXM at 9:25am.
  • Valerie Bertinelli (Hot in Cleveland/CafĂ© Americain/One Day at a Time) - Valerie shows Clinton Kelly how to make her amazing pumpkin dish on ABC's The Chew at 1pm ET/12pm PT/CT.
  • Judith Light (Transparent/Phenom/Who's the Boss?) - Judith is a guest on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am.


New on DVD/Blu-ray (June/July/August)

Father Knows Best - Season Six Diff'rent Strokes - The Complete Sixth Season Alice - The Complete Fifth Season Rhoda - Season Four Brooklyn Nine-Nine - Season Four

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
07/04 - Superstore - Season Two
07/18 - Father Knows Best - Season Six
07/25 - Diff'ernt Strokes - The Complete Sixth Season
07/25 - Girls - The Final (Sixth) Season (Blu-ray)
08/01 - Alice - The Complete Fifth Season (WBShop.com)
08/01 - Crashing - The Complete First Season (Blu-ray)
08/15 - Rhoda - Season Four
08/22 - Brooklyn Nine-Nine - Season Four
08/29 - Will & Grace - Season One (Universal)
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