Saturday, December 16, 2017

SitcomsOnline Digest: Disney to Acquire Much of Fox; Roseanne Debut Date Set for ABC

Welcome to SitcomsOnline Digest! We've been talking about it for almost a month, and it even looked like it was officially off for a few weeks even, but this week, Disney officially announced their plan to acquire the entertainment assets of Fox, officially making Homer Simpson a Disney character. That is far from all in this busy news week, as we're also hearing about when Roseanne will be returning to ABC, a new home for reruns of The Office, and more. Also, we are retiring our Follow Me this week for a new feature, Weekly TV Planner, where we'll give you ideas for things that you should be watching this weekend and next week, including upcoming marathons, season debuts of favorite sitcoms, debuts of old favorites on cable or digital broadcast networks, ideas for series to watch on streaming media, and sometimes just a gentle nudge to watch something that has always been there that you may have not been watching lately. Let's get going!

HIGHLIGHTS FROM SITCOMSONLINE.COM AND AROUND THE WEB
  • It's official: Disney has announced a plan to buy most of then entertainment assets of Fox, which leaves a lot of people wondering what will happen to the broadcast network that uses that name and currently depends upon that studio for most of their big hits. (Deadline)
  • There is some speculation that the acquisition of Fox by Disney could hit the network FX the hardest, as it doesn't fit in very well with the expectations of Disney. (Washington Post)
  • Let's face it: The Simpsons has been very good at predicting the future, and this merger between Disney and Fox is no exception. (Deadline)
  • Mark your calendar for March 27, as that is when Roseanne will be returning to the ABC lineup, complete with John Goodman's character Dan coming back to life. (Entertainment Weekly)
  • For over a decade now, NBC has been attempting to develop an American version of the series The IT Crowd (it was envisioned as the perfect companion for their hit series The Office at the time), and it seems that they're still trying to make it happen, so let's hope that ten seasons worth of work that has so far resulting in nothing leads to some success. (Variety)
  • Speaking of The Office, despite it being a cult favorite on the NBC lineup, it has been absent in syndication in recent years, but that will change in January as Comedy Central picks up reruns of the series. (Hollywood Reporter)
  • Weekend Update hosts Michael Che and Colin Jost now have additional duties as head writers for Saturday Night Live. (New York Daily News)
  • Not surprisingly, this week brings even more TV related fallout over sexual harassment scandals: Mario Batali of ABC's The Chew has been fired and PBS talk show host Tavis Smiley has been suspended (though not yet fired). (Variety, NPR)
  • A trio of sitcoms that have been a long time staple of Antenna TV will be unstapled, but don't worry, you'll still be able to see them if you have getTV. (SitcomsOnline)

HOME MEDIA RELEASES (DECEMBER 19)
 South Park - The Complete Sixth Season (Blu-ray)

WEEKLY PLANNER (DECEMBER 16 - DECEMBER 22)
  • Antenna TV is celebrating Christmas for four hours tonight beginning at 7:00pm EST, and within that block, you'll see some special sneak previews of Growing Pains, Murphy Brown, and The Hogan Family.
  • On Decades, you can enjoy the Weekend Binge of Lost in Space, which ends at 7:00am EST on Monday.
  • Saturday Night Live is known for their annual Christmas episodes, and this year, it features Kevin Hart and the Foo Fighters, so make sure to catch it tonight at 11:29pm EST/8:29pm PST on NBC. 
  • The broadcast networks are mostly on Christmas vacation this week with reruns, but CBS is airing mostly new episodes of their sitcoms (aside from The Big Bang Theory, which will be a rerun of the season premiere) on Monday and Thursday night this week.
  • NBC will also have a little bit of new programming this week with two new episodes of Great News on Thursday.
  • CBS is airing newly colorized episodes of I Love Lucy and The Dick Van Dyke Show, as well as the colorized Christmas episode of I Love Lucy that has previously aired, on Friday night.
  • The Oprah Winfrey Network, OWN, recently added reruns of 227 to their lineup, with binge watching opportunities both today and tomorrow.
  • On Hulu, you can catch up with every episode of Blossom, which was recently added to the streaming service.


Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Tuesday, January 16

The Middle - "Mommapalooza" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Frankie decides that she needs to find something new that she’s passionate about – life’s third act – and Reverend TimTom offers the perfect solution. Meanwhile, tired of hearing Sue and Brick argue because of the giant hole between their bedroom walls, Mike orders them to fix it; and after Axl refuses to let rich girlfriend Lexie pay for some extravagant outings, Lexie finds a way to fool him into thinking he’s becoming lucky when money and other high priced items suddenly make their way into his hands.

Fresh Off the Boat - "The Car Wash" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
With Jessica’s career as an author taking off, Louis worries that she is losing interest in him and attempts to rekindle the flame under Marvin’s guidance. Evan skips his way into Emery’s seventh grade English class with a particularly hard-to-please teacher, Ms. Doris (Tig Notaro). When neither can win her over, they seek advice from an unusual source.

black-ish - "Bow Knows" (ABC, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Dre is selected to run point on a campaign that focuses on “The Talk,” which refers to the conversations that Black parents have with their children through the decades to prepare them for the racial bias they may face in the world. Meanwhile, Bow finds an online group of women that she leans on for advice and support.

Modern Family - "Sex, Lies & Kickball" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Jay’s best friend, Shorty, is back from Costa Rica and stays at the house so they can catch up and reconnect. However, Shorty is spending more time with Gloria and seems to be avoiding Jay. Meanwhile, Alex is ready to shed her good-girl image and is going to prove to Claire that her relationship with Ben is definitely a sexual relationship.

LA to Vegas - "Two and a Half Pilots" (Fox, 9:00PM ET/PT)
While Capt. Dave is absent, his staunch rival is given the responsibility of covering the flight from Los Angeles to Las Vegas; Artem and Nichole decide to assist Colin while he plans a special birthday party for his son.

The Mick - "The City" (Fox, 9:30PM ET/PT)
While Mickey and the gang visit New York City, they learn that Jimmy has become quite successful at an investment firm, but Mickey tries convincing the firm's partners to give him a promotion; Chip goes to see his biological father.

Teachers - "Labor Pains" (TV Land, 10:00PM ET/PT)
After Mrs. Adler announces she’s pregnant, we’re taken back in time to the 1940s, where the women of Fillmore fight for better treatment at work.

K.C. Undercover - "Revenge of the Van People" (Disney Channel, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Ernie hosts a group of young international agents while KC is away on a mission.

The Paynes - "A Surprise for the Paynes" (OWN, 10:00PM ET/PT)
Curtis and the rest of the Payne family take a road trip to Florida where Ella receives a stunning surprise.

The Paynes - "Revelations of Paynes" (OWN, 13:00PM ET/PT)
Ella fumes after Curtis makes a life-changing decision without her input; Curtis discovers that he was duped into a bad investment.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of January 15)

Tuesday, January 16

  • Kristen Bell (The Good Place) - Catch Kristen on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Tracy Letts (Divorce) - Tracy appears on Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Esther Povitsky (Alone Together) - Esther is a guest on Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Molly Shannon (Divorce/Kath & Kim/Cracking Up) - Molly visits Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
  • Rob Riggle (Golan the Insatiable/Gary Unmarried) - Rob guest co-hosts The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Mike Epps (Survivor's Remorse/Uncle Buck) - Mike talks about the BET Social Awards on Steve, so check your local listings.
  • Jackée Harry (The Paynes/The First Family/The Game/227) - Jackée talks about OWN's The Paynes on Steve, so check your local listings.
  • Jamie Lee (Crashing) - Jamie is a guest on Harry, so check your local listings.
  • John Lithgow (Trial & Error/Twenty Good Years/3rd Rock from the Sun) - John talks about Broadway's Stories By Heart on CBS This Morning sometime between 7-9am.
  • Laura Benanti (The Detour/Go On) - Clinton Kelly cooks with Laura on ABC's The Chew at 1pm ET/12pm PT/CT.
  • Lily Tomlin (Grace and Frankie/Malibu Country) and Jane Fonda (Grace and Frankie) - Lily and Jane talk about Grace and Frankie on NBC's Today sometime between 7-9am.


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

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
01/09 - Girlfriends - The Complete Series
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