Saturday, August 19, 2017

SitcomsOnline Digest: More Reboots, Including The Jetsons as a Live Action Series?; Living Single Finally Continues on DVD

Welcome to SitcomsOnline Digest! It might come as a shock, but reboots are news, again, including even a pilot being proposed at Fox that is about a guy who is dealing with being reunited with his childhood sitcom family when it gets rebooted (can it get more "meta" than that?). Plus, we're hearing that Living Single will be continuing on DVD, finally. Let's get going!

HIGHLIGHTS FROM SITCOMSONLINE.COM AND AROUND THE WEB
  • It's another week, so why not another reboot? This time it is a little different, though, with a live-action reboot of The Jetsons being proposed for ABC. (Deadline)
  • It's become very clear that this whole reboot craze has gotten out of control when a pilot is being proposed at Fox about a former 80s child actor who is trying to live a normal life when he is sucked back into that series when it is rebooted (you may want to read that a few times to make sure you understand). (Variety)
  • Finally, we have something being proposed at Fox that isn't a reboot, an animated series that is being developed by Amy Poehler and The Simpsons' Mike Scully and Julie Thacker. (AV Club)
  • Most of MTV's current audience is probably too young to remember Unplugged, but it will return on September 8, with Shawn Mendes featured in the first installment. (Variety)
  • This could potentially be a big blow to ABC: although current series will continue on ABC, Netflix has lured Shonda Rhimes, who has been responsible for creating some of the most successful dramas for the network over the past decade, away from the ABC and over to Netflix. (New York Times)
  • Fox News had a reasonably stable primetime lineup for decades, with just a few changes here and there, but it seems that something changes every few months these days, and now Laura Ingraham may be in line to get her own primetime talk show on the network. (Variety)
  • Antenna TV is trying out "block scheduling" of some of their series in primetime, at least for the next two weeks. (SitcomsOnline

HOME MEDIA HIGHLIGHTS
  • Warner Archive has been hard at work trying to get some abandoned Warner Home Video series continued on DVD, and this week, it was announced that Living Single would continue, with Living Single - The Complete Second Season, set for a September 19 release.

TUESDAY (AUGUST 22) HOME MEDIA RELEASES
Brooklyn Nine-Nine - Season Four
  • Brooklyn Nine-Nine - Season Four (DVD, $39.98): It's hard to believe this series has already been going for four seasons, with a fifth on the way, but the fourth one arrives on DVD in this release.

FOLLOW ME

Who to Follow: Sherri Shepherd (Twitter), "I make stuff up for a living. It's not real, okay? Don't tweet me your craziness."
Claim to Fame: Shonda Rhimes got her start in films, and one of her first gigs was one that was so bad that it could have very easily ruined her career, as she wrote the Britney Spears movie Crossroads. She was a little lucky, though, as that train wreck didn't ruin her career. She was able to move on to television, where she has thrived as creator and producer of successful series such as Grey's Anatomy and Scandal, among other series. She made news this week, though, in that she would be taking her talents to Netflix for her new series. However, the series that have started at ABC will continue at ABC.
Pick of the Tweets: "Mark your calendars, people! #GreysAnatomy and #HTGAWM return Thurs 9/28, with #SCANDAL rounding out #TGIT on 10/5!" (July 24, 2017)


Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Tuesday, June 19

The Middle - "Hecks vs. Glossners: The Final Battle" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
It’s the Orson showdown of the century when the Hecks – along with the Donahues and Bill Norwood – wage a war against the Glossners after they steal Sue’s car.

The Middle - "Thank You for Not Kissing" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
After Dr. Fulton (Dave Foley) calls Frankie and Mike into his office to inform them that Brick and Cindy have been making out all over school, Frankie tasks Mike into having a talk with his son to discuss dating etiquette. Meanwhile, Sue attempts to work up the gumption to give Sean the snow globe and confess how much she likes him; and after discovering a box full of unfinished thank you notes for gifts received over the years, Frankie orders Axl to finish and mail them all out.

black-ish - "Juneteenth" (ABC, 9:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
The Johnsons go to Jack and Diane’s school play about Columbus Day, and Dre is dismayed by the historically inaccurate way that the holiday is portrayed. He feels like there aren’t enough black holidays, so he enlists Aloe Blacc at work to help him create a catchy song to raise awareness for a holiday worth celebrating, Juneteenth.

black-ish - "Dog Eat Dog World" (ABC, 9:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
The family is divided over the idea of getting a dog after Dre and Bow promise Jack they can get one after he gets Straight A’s – and he does! Meanwhile, Bow’s brother Johan is in town and he doesn’t get the warm welcome he expects from Ruby.

Younger - "The End of the Tour" (TV Land, 10:00PM ET/PT)
Liza faces complications on the Marriage Vacation book tour. Kelsey and Zane head to D.C. to court a speechwriter’s prospective memoir.

Teachers - "Of Lice and Men" (TV Land, 10:34PM ET/PT)
Ms. Bennigan wrestles with how far she’s willing to go sexually with Hot Dad, while Ms. Cannon learns how to drive in the midst of an apocalyptic lice outbreak at Fillmore.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of June 18)

Tuesday, June 19

  • Martin Short (Mulaney/The Martin Short Show) - Catch Martin on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Whoopi Goldberg (Whoopi/Bagdad Cafe) - Whoopi is a guest on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Michael Ian Black (The Jim Gaffigan Show/Ed) - Michael stops by Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Tracy Morgan (The Last O.G./30 Rock/The Tracy Morgan Show) - Michael visits LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Sarah Jessica Parker (Divorce/Sex and the City/Square Pegs) - Sarah appears on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Jennifer Lawrence (The Bill Engvall Show) - The Ellen DeGeneres Show has the best moments from the biggest stars in Season 15, so check your local listings.
  • Debra Messing (Will & Grace/Ned & Stacey) - Debra is a guest on a repeat of Harry, so check your local listings.
  • Marlon Wayans (Marlon/The Wayans Bros.) - Marlon drops by Access Live, so check your local listings.
  • Brian Tyree Henry (Atlanta) - Brian is a guest on Access Live, so check your local listings.
  • BD Wong (All-American Girl) - BD talks about the off-Broadway production of The Great Leap on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 11:30am ET.


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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