Saturday, November 18, 2017

SitcomsOnline Digest: Fox Producing Retirement Home Comedy Starring Vicki Lawrence and David Alan Grier; Nashville and Still the King Cancelled

Welcome to SitcomsOnline Digest! It's been a very busy news week (which we imagine will be offset with a very slow news week next week due to Thanksgiving), with news of a new series being proposed with Vicki Lawrence and David Alan Grier, more TV series fallout from sexual harassment scandals, and more. Let's get going!

HIGHLIGHTS FROM SITCOMSONLINE.COM AND AROUND THE WEB
  • Fox is producing (with the help of the same people behind It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia) a new retirement home comedy with an all-star cast that includes Vicki Lawrence and David Alan Grier. (Variety)
  • We hate having to bring new updates on what sexual harassment scandals may be affecting various shows every week, but now, with allegations against Jeffrey Tambor, it seems that the creator of the Amazon Prime series Transparent is considering options to continue that series without Tambor's character. (Variety)
  • Yet another casualty of the sexual harassment scandals is the upcoming (or maybe not) TBS animated series, The Cops, which was set to star Louis C.K., as the series laid off the animators this week while the network tries to figure out how or even if the program can ever make it to air. (Deadline)
  • Jenji Kohan, who created Weeds for Showtime before going on to create a pair of hits (Orange is the New Black and GLOW) for Netflix, has signed a deal to do even more work for the streaming service. (Deadline)
  • CMT has cancelled two series: Nashville (although the final season, which hasn't aired yet, will still be starting in January) and Still the King. (Broadcasting and Cable)
  • Last week, we were talking about Disney buying the assets of 21st Century Fox, but this week, it seems that Comcast (and others) are eyeing Rupert Murdoch's assets "like a fox" as well. (Deadline)
  • NBCUniversal has been rather aggressive in killing off their digital cable networks in the past year or so, with Cloo and Esquire both being taken off the air, and the next casualty will be the horror themed network Chiller. (Deadline)
  • While most networks are reducing the number of syndicated classic TV series that they air and airing them for several hours in a row everyday day, Antenna TV is taking a decisively different approach by giving viewers a lot more variety with their new additions that are coming in January, which includes some series that we've known were coming as well as some surprises like Coach and Gimme a Break. (SitcomsOnline

TUESDAY (NOVEMBER 21) HOME MEDIA RELEASES

The Incredible Hulk - The Complete Series

FOLLOW ME

Who to Follow: Kat Dennings (Twitter), "I'm a man with conversation skills and I'm a man with hundred dollar bills"
Claim to Fame: Kat Denning got her start in an episode of Sex and the City before moving on to star as the daughter of Bob Saget's character on the WB series Raising Dad, which aired for a full season in the early 2000s. She had a few other guest roles after that, but her big claim to fame came in the CBS series 2 Broke Girls. With that series cancelled, we aren't sure where we'll see her next, but we're sure that we'll see her reappear somewhere soon. However, you can find her voice appearing in some episodes of the Netflix adult animated series Big Mouth right now.
Pick of the Tweets: "And yes I am in @bigmouth! I pop up often as Nick's older sister, Leah!" (September 29, 2017)


Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Wednesday, December 13

The Goldbergs - "We Didn't Start the Fire" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
When Erica tells Beverly she is going to spend the first night of Hanukkah with Geoff and his family, Beverly worries and starts a competition for who hosts the best Hanukkah party. Meanwhile, Barry seeks advice from Pops on how to be cool and suggests entering into the school’s talent show. However, when Pops hears Barry sing, he tries to stop him from performing, but will it be too late?

Speechless - "S-I--SILENT N-I-- NIGHT" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
After leveraging JJ in an attempt to land a family dog, Dylan takes a vow of silence to better understand what it is to be her brother. Ray brokers a meeting between his girlfriend’s mother, Melanie (guest star Sarah Chalke), and Maya, only to realize they have a history. Jimmy drives Kenneth crazy by gaming a supermarket giveaway to score free Christmas turkeys.

Modern Family - "No Small Feet" (ABC, 9:00PM ET/PT)
When Claire lands a big opportunity for Pritchett’s Closets, Jay expects a little validation for his contribution; and Pam’s ex-boyfriend Bo (James Van Der Beek) shows up and Mitchell sees this as the perfect opportunity to get Pam out of the house. Meanwhile, Luke and Alex stumble upon a successful online business that finally gets them on their feet.

American Housewife - "Blue Christmas" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
When Doris goes into labor and Katie heads to the hospital to be with her, the Ottos struggle to be in the same place at the same time in order to open their Christmas presents together, as is the Otto family tradition. Meanwhile, Taylor coaches Oliver on the best way to ask out a crush, starting with the gift shop clerk.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of December 11)

Wednesday, December 13

  • Yvette Nicole Brown (The Mayor/The Odd Couple/Community) - Watch Yvette on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Alison Brie (GLOW/Community) - Alison is a guest on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Nick Jonas (Jonas L.A.) - Nick appears on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS. He will also be on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am.
  • Michael Rapaport (Atypical/The War at Home) - Michael visits Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
  • Rebel Wilson (Super Fun Night) and Anna Camp (The Mindy Project) - Rebel, Anna and the cast of Pitch Perfect 3 are guests on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Cobie Smulders (How I Met Your Mother) - Cobie will be on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 11:30am ET.
  • Diedrich Bader (American Housewife/The Drew Carey Show) - Diedrich appears on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Kevin Hart (The Big House/Undeclared) and Karen Gillan (Selfie) - Kevin, Karen and the cast of Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle will be on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am.
  • Dan Aykroyd (Soul Man) - Dan talks about Crystal Head Vodka on the BUILD Series at 2:30pm.


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

The Wayans Bros. - The Complete Third Season Living Single - The Complete Third Season Alice - The Complete Sixth Season One Day at a Time - The Complete Series Fuller House - The Complete Second Season

11/07 - American Dad! - Volume 12
11/07 - Family Guy - Season Fifteen
11/07 - The Wayans Bros. - The Complete Third Season
11/14 - D.C. Follies - The Complete Series
11/21 - Living Single - The Complete Third Season
11/24 - Grandfathered - Season 1
12/05 - Alice - The Complete Sixth Season
12/05 - One Day at a Time - The Complete Series
12/05 - The Simpsons - The Eighteenth Season
12/05 - South Park - The Complete First Season (Blu-ray) / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5
12/12 - Fuller House - The Complete Second Season
12/19 - South Park - The Complete Sixth Season (Blu-ray) / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10 / 11
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