Saturday, December 23, 2017

SitcomsOnline Digest: A Reboot for The Office Already?; More Roseanne Reboot Updates

Welcome to SitcomsOnline Digest! It's Christmas weekend, so it should come as no surprise that it's a slower than usual news week. You'll notice this week that two of our usual sections (the ones about home media news and releases) are missing, but don't worry, that's only because this is a slow week and we have nothing to report about new home media releases! They'll be back soon, hopefully as early as next week. We do have some (rather surprising) news about a potential reboot of The Office, we're learning more about the Roseanne reboot, and of course, we've got a look at what you can watch on TV this upcoming week if you're on vacation like everybody in the media press appears to be. Let's get going!

HIGHLIGHTS FROM SITCOMSONLINE.COM AND AROUND THE WEB
  • It's unbelievable that they're talking about doing it so soon, but the surprise of the week this week came as we learned that NBC is looking into bringing back The Office, but with so many of the cast members having moved on to other projects, who would even be in the cast? (Hollywood Reporter)
  • Meanwhile, that Roseanne reboot over at ABC seems to have gotten everybody back on board, including both actresses who played Becky, and they've got a plan to use both of them too. (Deadline)
  • Elizabeth Vargas will be exiting ABC News in May. (The Hill)
  • While we will be keeping you updated of premieres and such in our new feature Weekly Planner, of course, Deadline has a list of all of the midseason premiere dates that have been announced so far. (Deadline)
  • Fox aired a live musical version of A Christmas Story on Sunday, and it seems to have been a disaster when it comes to ratings and reviews. (Vanity Fair)
  • Murder, She Wrote is joining the WGN America lineup. (SitcomsOnline)

WEEKLY PLANNER (DECEMBER 23 - DECEMBER 30)
  • Just in time for Christmas, new episodes of Fuller House are now on Netflix.
  • You can catch all of your favorite Antenna TV Christmas episodes this weekend with a very long marathon that runs from 1:00pm EST today and goes until 2:00am EST on Christmas night, with a bonus two hour block of New Year's Eve themed episodes beginning at 3:00am EST on Christmas night (or the morning of December 26, however you look at it).
  • The broadcast networks have gone almost completely into holiday break mode this upcoming week, but if you're really craving something new, there is a lonely new episode of Great News on NBC on Thursday night at 9:30pm EST.
  • It's not exactly a sitcom or even a TV series for that matter, but TBS and TNT will be airing their annual marathon of A Christmas Story (the original holiday classic, not whatever it was that Fox aired on Sunday) beginning Sunday night.
  • The 40th Annual Kennedy Center Honors will air on CBS on Tuesday, with Norman Lear among the honorees.
  • The Weekend Binge on Decades this weekend is Touched by an Angel.


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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