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

Wednesday, October 17

The Goldbergs - "Hersheypark" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Adam discovers Beverly has been manipulating him with guilt letters when he tells his mother he doesn’t want her to chaperone the school trip to Hersheypark. Meanwhile, after attending Career Night, Geoff realizes he doesn’t want to be an eye doctor like his father.

American Housewife - "Enemies: An Otto Story" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Anna-Kat runs for the Green Chair position in the school election against Chloe Brown Mueller’s daughter, which results in Katie and Chloe turning their kids’ election into a feud of their own. Meanwhile, Greg becomes concerned that Taylor’s new friend Pierce (Milo Manheim) is trying to steal her away from Trip, causing Greg to intervene and scheme to prevent it.

Modern Family - "Torn Between Two Lovers" (ABC, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Haley can’t seem to choose between her past and present relationships and is forced to make a decision. Meanwhile, Manny returns to college and dorm life while his girlfriend, Sherry, continues to stay at Jay and Gloria’s, and might be overstaying her welcome.

Single Parents - "Beyoncé Circa Lemonade" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
After scolding Miggy for not being able to sleep-train baby Jack, Angie and Douglas engage in a competition to see who can sleep-train the baby in one night. While Angie and Douglas have the baby, Miggy takes over babysitting Graham, Rory, Sophie, Emma and Amy, which results in an impromptu kids’ party. Meanwhile, Poppy teaches Will how to take out his anger on the volleyball court.

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia - "The Gang Does a Clip Show" (FXX, 10:00PM ET/PT)
With nothing to do while their phones update to the latest software, the gang decides to reminisce on old times; as everyone misremembers events from their past, the gang's current reality becomes altered.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of October 15)

Wednesday, October 17

  • Busy Philipps (Vice Principals/Cougar Town) - Watch Busy on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Molly Shannon (Divorce/Kath & Kim/Cracking Up) - Molly is a guest on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Constance Wu (Fresh Off the Boat) - Constance appears on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Jamie Lee Curtis (Scream Queens/Anything But Love/Operation Petticoat) - Jamie Lee visits The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Michael Fishman and Lecy Goranson (The Conners/Roseanne) - Michael and Lecy chat with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT. Michael, Lecy and Maya Lynne Robinson will be on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am.
  • John Goodman (The Conners/Roseanne/The Trouble in Normal, Ohio) - John stops by LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Maya Rudolph (Forever/Up All Night) - Maya is a guest on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Romeo Miller (Romeo!) - Romeo appears on The Real, so check your local listings.
  • Geoffrey Owens (The Cosby Show) - Geoffrey drops by Steve, so check your local listings.
  • Cedric the Entertainer (The Neighborhood/The Last O.G./The Soul Man/The Steve Harvey Show) and Tichina Arnold (The Neighborhood/Survivor's Remorse/Happily Divorced/Everybody Hates Chris/Martin) - Cedric and Tichina are guests on Access Live, so check your local listings.


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

The Big Bang Theory - The Complete Eleventh Season The Middle - The Complete Ninth Season Modern Family - The Complete Ninth Season Step by Step - The Complete Second Season Perfect Strangers - The Complete Fifth Season

09/04 - It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia - The Complete Season 12
09/04 - Mom - The Complete Fifth Season
09/04 - Silicon Valley - The Complete Fifth Season
09/04 - Superstore - Season Three
09/04 - Young Sheldon - The Complete First Season
09/11 - The Big Bang Theory - The Complete Eleventh Season (Blu-ray)
09/11 - The Middle - The Complete Ninth Season
09/11 - Modern Family - The Complete Ninth Season
09/11 - People of Earth - The Complete Second Season
09/18 - Community - The Complete Series (Blu-ray)
09/18 - Step by Step - The Complete Second Season
09/18 - You're the Worst - The Complete Fourth Season
09/25 - Blondie - The Complete 1957 Television Series
09/25 - Perfect Strangers - The Complete Fifth Season
10/02 - The Beverly Hillbillies - The Official Fifth Season
10/02 - The Love Boat - Season Four - Volume One / Volume Two
10/02 - Saved by the Bell - The Complete Collection
10/16 - Police Squad! - TV and Movie Collection
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