Saturday, September 02, 2017

SitcomsOnline Digest: Alf Clausen Fired (Or Maybe Not?) from The Simpsons; Starsky and Hutch Reboot Gets Script-to-Series Committment at Amazon

Welcome to SitcomsOnline Digest! Labor Day weekend has finally arrived, and everybody knows what that means: new fall seasons and new series are coming right around the corner! This week, we've got a light week of news, but we're hearing of a Simpsons crew member who might be gone and more on the reboot of Starksy and Hutch. Let's get going!

HIGHLIGHTS FROM SITCOMSONLINE.COM AND AROUND THE WEB
  • Alf Clausen, who is responsible for much of the music on The Simpsons, was either fired from the show or will continue in a reduced capacity (it's hard to say since everybody is being vague on what happened). (BBC)
  • We mentioned last week that Starsky and Hutch may possibly getting a reboot, and things have moved on that much quicker than anticipated, as Amazon has given a script-to-series commitment to the project this week. (Variety)
  • Actor Richard Anderson, who played Oscar Goldman in The Six Million Dollar Man and The Bionic Woman, died this week at age 91. (New York Times
  • Comedy Central will be airing a South Park marathon starting on Wednesday that is being hyped on a lot of media outlets as "every" episode, although it is worth pointing out (since seemingly no other media outlet is doing it) that there are 277 episodes and that they'll actually only be airing 254 episodes (which is still a lot). (Entertainment Weekly)
  • A lot of series will be debuting their new season this month (though we'll have to wait until October for some), here is a rundown for some of the ones you can expect to see in September. (Entertainment Weekly)
  • Antenna TV is ready to roll with their fall lineup starting next week. (SitcomsOnline

TUESDAY (SEPTEMBER 5) HOME MEDIA RELEASES
Kevin Can Wait - Season One
  • Just Shoot Me - The Complete Series (DVD, $79.97): Shout! Factory finally completes this 90s series from NBC on DVD with this release.
  • Kevin Can Wait - Season One (DVD, $26.99): Although the series will be a little different next season with a major cast change, the first season of the CBS series arrives in this release, just ahead of the second season.

FOLLOW ME

Who to Follow: Tone Bell (Twitter), "DISJOINTED on NETFLIX on AUG 25th. There are no abs under this shirt --- IG: toneBell"
Claim to Fame: A little over a week ago, Netflix debuted the sitcom Disjointed, a sitcom created by David Javerbaum and Chuck Lorre, about a character played by Kathy Bates who runs a medical marijuana shop. The reviews of the series have been terrible, and it has been described as the worst sitcom of the summer. Still, it does have a talented cast who'll either continue to flourish here despite those reviews or go on to something else. Among those cast members, we have Tone Bell, who is not new to the sitcom world at all. He previously had a role in the NBC series Whitney as RJ. But more than that, he is also a stand-up comedian and has also been seen in series such as Bad Judge, Single Ladies, and Key and Peele. Disjointed probably won't be the role he'll be best known for, and it may even become one of those hilarious footnotes in his career, but we wouldn't be surprised to see him go on to something successful that makes a name for himself in the future.

Pick of the Tweets: "Slid thru the homie @ericandre bday last night, and so did these people. This MF Eric knows how… (pic)" (April 9, 2017)


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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Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Tuesday, September 19

The Middle - "Fight or Flight" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Having finally graduated college, Axl tells Frankie and Mike that he’s planning on going to Europe over the summer with Kenny. Although Frankie thinks this is a great once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, Mike is less than pleased and thinks his slacker son should be putting all of his summer efforts into finding a job. Meanwhile, Sue begins to panic after she barely scrapes a parked SUV and doesn’t hear back from the owner after leaving several notes on the windshield, and Brick discovers that his sudden onset of backaches is due to not sitting in his lawn chair, which was replaced by a normal kitchen-table chair.

Fresh Off the Boat - "This Isn't Us" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Louis and Jessica make big changes to provide a better life for their family. Yet these changes come with their own set of challenges and possibly a few regrets.

black-ish - "Manternity" (ABC, 9:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Dre considers taking paternity leave after he realizes that Zoey is arguably the best child and their bond developed while he was unemployed when she was born. Meanwhile, Bow tries to hide her pregnancy in order to get a promotion, and Ruby convinces the kids that their nanny, Vivian, is stealing from them.

black-ish - "Sprinkles" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Initially wary, Dre embraces throwing Bow’s baby shower and wants it to be unforgettable. However, his plans are put on hold when Bow stops by the OB/GYN with a headache and discovers she is having complications.

The Mick - "The Intruder" (Fox, 9:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Panic spreads throughout those in the Pemberton mansion when the children stumble upon a pair of intruders as they attempt to break in.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine - "Crime & Punishment" (Fox, 9:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Jake and Rosa are framed for a crime they didn't commit, it’s up to the Nine-Nine to find a way to bust them out.

In The Cut - "Feng Shui" (Bounce TV, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Cheryl and Percy have a design disagreement, driving The Percy Experience to the barbershop; Smitty is convinced that he is the target of a parking ticket conspiracy.

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Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of September 18)

Tuesday, September 19

  • Kevin James (Kevin Can Wait/The King of Queens) - Catch Kevin on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Ilana Glazer (Broad City) - Ilana is a guest on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Zach Woods (Silicon Valley/Playing House/The Office) - Zach appears on The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Alexandra Breckenridge (Save Me) - Alexandra visits Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Olivia Munn (Perfect Couples) - Olivia stops by Comedy Central's The Daily Show with Trevor Noah at 11pm. She will also be on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am.
  • Frankie Muniz (Malcolm in the Middle) - Frankie is a guest on Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Garcelle Beauvais (The Jamie Foxx Show) - Garcelle guest co-hosts The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Damon Wayans (My Wife and Kids) - Damon appears on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Nick Jonas (Jonas L.A.) - Nick is a guest on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Eva Longoria (Telenovela) - Eva drops by The Wendy Williams Show at 2am on BET or on your local stations.
  • Carly Jibson (The Guest Book) - Carly appears on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Tia Mowry (Instant Mom/The Game/Sister, Sister) - Tia is a guest on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Dave Franco (Scrubs/Do Not Disturb) - Dave will be on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am.
  • Steve Carell (The Office) - Steve talks about Battle of the Sexes on NBC's Today sometime between 7-9am.
  • Bobby Moynihan (Me, Myself & I) - Bobby talks about his new sitcom Me, Myself & I on the AOL Build Show at 11am.