Saturday, January 06, 2018

SitcomsOnline Digest: ABC Pulls The Mayor; Hulu Adds 90s Animated Favorites

Welcome to SitcomsOnline Digest! We're just beginning to get back to normal this week and will have even more for you next week with the TCA Winter Press Tour beginning. This week, we're learning about the (unofficial) cancellation of an ABC comedy, the death of a Grace Under Fire star, and it's been a busy week for Netflix and Hulu. Let's get going!

HIGHLIGHTS FROM SITCOMSONLINE.COM AND AROUND THE WEB
  • It isn't totally official yet, but it looks like ABC may have impeached (or as they normally say in television, canceled) The Mayor after nine episodes, as it has been pulled from the lineup. (Entertainment Weekly)
  • Alex Trebek is taking a bit of a break from Jeopardy! tapings due to a health scare, but he'll be back to taping new episodes soon enough that you won't even notice that he was gone. (NPR)
  • Hoda Kotb is officially the new co-host of NBC's Today. (New York Times)
  • Jon Paul Steuer, who is known from his role on Star Trek: The Next Generation and to sitcom fans for playing the first Quentin Kelly on Grace Under Fire, died this week at age 33. (Variety)
  • The 300th episode of Family Guy will air on FOX next weekend, and an extended episode with limited commercials is planned for March.  (SitcomsOnline)

HOME MEDIA RELEASES (JANUARY 9)
 Girlfriends - The Complete Series



WEEKLY PLANNER (JANUARY 6 - JANUARY 12)
  • You can binge watch some of the biggest animated series of the 90s on Hulu now, as they have added Animaniacs, Pinky and the Brain, Tiny Toon Adventures, and (we guess just for completion since it was a "jump the shark" merger of two shows) Pinky Elmyra and the Brain.
  • David Letterman's new talk show, My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman, debuts Friday on Netflix with Barack Obama as his first guest, but instead of being able to binge watch episodes of this one as you can with most Netflix series, we'll instead get one new episode per month.
  • Even if it was sort of panned by critics and viewers alike, new episodes of the Netflix sitcom Disjointed arrive on Friday.
  • Alone Together, a new comedy produced by The Lonely Island, debuts Wednesday on Freeform.
  • Something that we overlooked in the Weekly Planner last week with all of the news about marathons and new schedules was the debut of Grown-ish on Freeform, but luckily in the era of non-linear television, it isn't too late to catch up on those episodes either on demand or on Hulu.
  • You can catch Get Smart all this weekend on the Weekend Binge on Decades.
  • Speaking of Decades, their theme for January is Lost TV, and you can catch Love That Bob and Life With Elizabeth every weekday, and in addition, you can find some very rare lost sitcoms on their lineup next week such as Pistols 'n' Petticoats, The Beulah Show, and Accidental Family.
  • Even though it isn't a "Lost TV" series, the series Lost has a new home on streaming media, on Hulu.


Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Thursday, May 24

The Big Bang Theory - "The Gates Excitation" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Penny gets the opportunity to host Bill Gates at work when his company wants to partner with her pharmaceutical company. Also, Leonard, Koothrappali and Wolowitz do everything in their power to meet him, while Sheldon thinks he is the victim of an April Fools prank.

Young Sheldon - "A Computer, A Plastic Pony, And A Case of Beer" (CBS, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Sheldon asks for a computer and unknowingly sparks a heated argument between Mary and George Sr. over the family’s finances.

Mom - "Fancy Crackers and Giant Women" (CBS, 9:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Bonnie suffers withdrawal after giving up cable TV to help Christy pay for her law school applications, and the women rally around Jill after she has a breakdown in her favorite department store.

Life in Pieces - "Settlement Pacifier Attic Unsyncing" (CBS, 9:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
When the entire Hughes family moves into John and Joan’s home after their kitchen is destroyed, their presence creates chaos for Joan. Also, Matt and Colleen are set to receive a huge monetary settlement from Colleen’s fall off the motel balcony on their wedding night; John tries to get Sophia back on track when she starts misbehaving; Tyler and Clementine make a surprise announcement to the family; and Jen and Greg attempt to persuade Lark to get rid of her pacifier.

Nobodies - "Alone Star State" (TV Land, 10:00PM ET/PT)
Mark-Paul and Rachel attend the Independent Spirit Awards together; an unassuming Hugh joins Larry in Austin, Texas, to teach unauthorized Groundlings-style seminars to a group of Texas businesspeople.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of May 21)

Thursday, May 24

  • Mindy Kaling (The Mindy Project/The Office) - Catch Mindy on Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Ellie Kemper (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt/The Office) - Ellie appears on Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Ted Danson (The Good Place/Becker/Cheers) - Ted is a guest on The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Tig Notaro (One Mississippi) - Tig visits Conan at 11pm on TBS. She will also be on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Laurie Metcalf (Roseanne/The McCarthys/The Big Bang Theory) - Laurie stops by Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
  • Kelsey Grammer (Frasier/Cheers) - Kelsey chats on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation) - Amy and Nick are guests on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Jussie Smollett (On Our Own) - Jussie appears on The Real, so check your local listings.
  • Jane Lynch (Angel from Hell) - Jane talks about Red Nose Day and Hollywood Game Night on NBC's Today sometime between 7-9am.
  • Daphne Maxwell Reid (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air/Eve/Let's Stay Together) - Daphne makes her mother Rosalee's waffles on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Oliver Hudson (Splitting Up Together/Rules of Engagement) - Oliver is a guest on a repeat of Steve, so check your local listings.
  • Christine Lakin (Hollywood Darlings/Step by Step) - Christine is part of the panel on a repeat of Steve, so check your local listings.


New on DVD/Blu-ray (March/April/May)

Atlanta - The Complete First Season Curb Your Enthusiasm - The Complete Ninth Season One Day at a Time - Season Two Perfect Strangers  - The Complete Third Season Diff'rent Strokes - The Complete Final (Eighth) Season

03/06 - Atlanta - The Complete First Season
03/06 - Curb Your Enthusiasm - The Complete Ninth Season
03/13 - The New Adventures of Old Christine - The Complete First Season
03/27 - One Day at a Time - Season Two
04/03 - Ballers - The Complete Third Season (Blu-ray)
04/03 - 90's Sitcom (Just Shoot Me!/The Larry Sanders Show/Wings) Starter Set - Season 1 & 2 Bundle
04/10 - Vice Principals - The Compelte Series
04/17 - Perfect Strangers - The Complete Third Season
05/08 - Dear White People - Season 1
05/08 - Diff'rent Strokes - The Complete Final (Eighth) Season
05/29 - I'm Dying Up Here - Season 1
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