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

Friday, February 22

Fresh Off the Boat - "Be a Man" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Jessica drives Principal Hunter crazy at Evan’s school when she declares that she’s “shadow principal” and follows him around for a day to learn about his job. When she finds out perfect son Evan has been caught acting out, she immediately blames Eddie’s bad influence, but there’s more to it than that. Louis, having watched one too many episodes of “The Sopranos” with Honey, is convinced that Marvin and Grandma are gossiping about him behind his back after Marvin offers to trap the rat that has invaded Grandma’s apartment.

Speechless - "G-A-- GAME N-I-- NIGHT" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
When Maya insists that it’s time to meet Izzy, a reluctant JJ arranges a game night for his family and new girlfriend. Ray tries to help on the big night, but his attention to detail puts a major crimp in JJ’s evening. Meanwhile, Dylan and Kenneth let their appetites get the better of them.

Last Man Standing - "Arrest Her Development" (Fox, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Vanessa "helps" Mandy and Kyle look for an apartment; Mike is thrilled by Ryan's decisions.

The Cool Kids - "Sid's First Relationship" (Fox, 8:30PM ET/PT)
The gang comes together around Sid in order to help him overcome the commitment issues he struggles with his new beau, John; Margaret decides to become an airport volunteer in the hopes of conquering her strong fear of flying.

Andi Mack - "The Ex Factor" (Disney Channel, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Andi, Buffy and Cyrus worry about Jonah's unusual behavior; Miranda tries to cause problems for Bowie and Bex.

Sydney to the Max - "Adventures in Babe-Sitting" (Disney Channel, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Sydney and Olive struggle with their baby-sitting business when the child they are hired to watch happens to be the brother of one of the most popular kids in their class.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of February 18

Friday, February 22

  • Don Cheadle (Black Monday/House of Lies/The Golden Palace) - Watch Don on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Will Forte (The Last Man on Earth) - Will appears on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Thomas Lennon (The Odd Couple/Sean Saves the World) - Thomas is a guest on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Rita Moreno (One Day at a Time/Happily Divorced/9 to 5) - Rita stops by LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Wanda Sykes (The New Adventures of Old Christine/Wanda at Large) - Wanda visits The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Finesse Mitchell (A.N.T. Farm) - Finesse is a panelist on The Wendy Williams Show, so check your local listings.
  • Lori Loughlin (Fuller House/Hudson Street/Full House) - Lori talks about When Calls the Heart on People Now at 12pm.
  • Jay Baruchel (Man Seeking Woman/Undeclared) - Jay is a guest on Couch Surfing at 8am.
  • Ken Jeong (Dr. Ken/Community) - Ken talks about You Complete Me, Ho on NBC's Today in the 10am hour.
  • Holly Robinson Peete (Hangin' with Mr. Cooper/For your Love) - Holly appears on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Autumn Reeser (Complete Savages) - Autumn drops by Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.


New on DVD/Blu-ray (January/February)

Fuller House - The Complete Third Season The Wayans Bros. - The Complete Fourth Season The Game - The Complete Series Step by Step - The Complete Fourth Season What I Like About You - The Complete Fourth Season

01/08 - Family Guy - 20 Greatest Hits
01/22 - Fuller House - The Complete Third Season
01/22 - The Wayans Bros. - The Complete Fourth Season (WBShop.com)
01/29 - Ballers - The Complete Fourth Season (Blu-ray)
01/29 - Crashing - The Complete Second Season
01/29 - The Game - The Complete Series
01/29 - Kidding - Season One
02/05 - Family Guy - Part 1 - Volumes 1-5
02/05 - Family Guy - Part 2 - Volumes 6-10
02/05 - Family Guy - Part 3 - Seasons 10-14
02/05 - First Lady of Television - Betty White Collection (40 rare and acclaimed episodes from her early days in television)
02/05 - Mama's Family - Seasons 1-6 - The Complete Series
02/12 - Rick and Morty - The Complete Seasons 1-3 (Blu-ray)
02/12 - Step by Step - The Complete Fourth Season
02/26 - What I Like About You - The Complete Fourth Season
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