Saturday, December 30, 2017

SitcomsOnline Digest: Mad About You Reboot in the Works?; Marathons and More for New Year's Eve and Beyond

Welcome to SitcomsOnline Digest! We're in yet another holiday weekend with a slow news week, and once again, no new home media news or releases (we hope that those sections will be back next week though!), but we do have news about another potential reboot of a 90s hit sitcom, a look at the busy week ahead on the small screen, and more. Let's get going!

HIGHLIGHTS FROM SITCOMSONLINE.COM AND AROUND THE WEB
  • Every series that was a hit in the 90s needs new episodes, or at least that's what Sony is thinking when it comes to Mad About You, as they want to bring that series back. (AV Club)
  • CBS doesn't seem to have any plans to bring back any of their successful 90s sitcoms (not that they really had that many to begin with), but they have been busy colorizing their old 50s and 60s sitcoms, and they've been performing rather decently when it comes to ratings. (Deadline)
  • Vox has their list of the 35 best TV episodes of 2017, so go take a look and check out what you may have missed from the shows you don't watch regularly. (Vox)
  • Make no mistake: sports leagues will do everything to cater to their TV audience, and that is demonstrated very clearly in the NFL cancelling their Sunday Night Football game that would have aired on NBC due to low ratings expectations that New Year's Eve would bring. (Yahoo)
  • Rose Marie, who was best known for her role on The Dick Van Dyke Show (and also starred in two seasons of The Doris Day Show), died this week. (CNN)
  • We mention some of them for your convenience in our Weekly Planner feature, but here is a larger list of all of the marathons that you can catch this weekend. (SitcomsOnline)

WEEKLY PLANNER (DECEMBER 31 - JANUARY 6)
  • Antenna TV is having a Newhart marathon all day on New Year's Eve, then that will be followed up with a Coach marathon on New Year's Day.
  • Antenna TV also starts their new completely revamped lineup on Tuesday, with several new series joining the lineup: Alice, Coach, Gimme a Break, Growing Pains, Head of the Class, The Hogan Family, Murphy Brown, and Silver Spoons, as well as the return of Benson, The Jack Benny Program, McHale's Navy, and Soap. You can find the complete printable schedule here.
  • Not included on that new Antenna TV lineup: All in the Family, Good Times, and Sanford & Son, but getTV will be airing them in their First Families of Funny block that will be airing weeknights starting Tuesday (after an all day marathon on Monday).
  • MeTV starts their new lineup on January 1, and while it isn't a complete makeover of the entire lineup like Antenna TV is doing, it does bring Diff'rent Strokes to the lineup.
  • If it's New Year's Eve and New Year's Day, it should come as no shock that Syfy is doing their Twilight Zone marathon.
  • Full House joins the Hallmark Channel lineup on Tuesday, after a marathon on Monday.
  • Not to be a broken record on series joining a lineup after a marathon on Monday, but the same can be said about The Nanny on COZI TV.
  • If you're looking for something fresh on TV this week as opposed to classic series joining a new network, most broadcast network primetime sitcoms return to new episodes starting Tuesday evening, with Fox even introducing a brand new comedy series (L.A. to Vegas).
  • Of course, it wouldn't be the weekend without the Weekend Binge on Decades, and this weekend it is Diagnosis Murder.


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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