Saturday, January 27, 2018

SitcomsOnline Digest: Which TV Series Isn't Getting a Reboot, Anyway?; CBS Orders Three (Fresh) Comedy Pilots

Welcome to SitcomsOnline Digest! Reboots and revivals? Tell us the name of one show that isn't being rebooted or at least being considered, and we'd be shocked at this point, as we have a ton of new ones being tossed around this week. If you're not in the mood for reboots, CBS has some sitcom pilots in the pipeline. And we're hearing of the death of a 105 year old actress that you may not recognize the name of, but if you've been watching sitcoms, you've seen her. Let's get going!

HIGHLIGHTS FROM SITCOMSONLINE.COM AND AROUND THE WEB
  • We feel like at this point we'd might as well just say "it's official, everything in the history of television is about to be rebooted," as this week, we're hearing about reboots of Murphy Brown, Magnum P.I., Cagney and Lacey, Greatest American Hero, Charmed, and most likely more that we're not even aware of or missed (we'll probably still never see that aborted Coach reboot, however). (Entertainment Weekly)
  • If you're not in the mood for reboots, it seems that CBS (which also is the one who seems to be going the heaviest on these reboot pilots, ironically) has some comedy pilots that are fresher ideas in the pipeline as well. (Deadline)
  • Even people who aren't soap opera fans are aware of the importance of the characters Luke and Laura on General Hospital, and even though the characters have come and gone over the years as the actors have chosen to pursue other interests, it seems producers are reducing Laura's character to a recurring role, and not by the choice of Genie Francis, the actress who plays that role. (Entertainment Weekly)
  • Connie Sawyer, who was recognized as Hollywood's oldest actress and made guest appearances in TV series as far in the past as The Donna Reed Show and Dr. Kildare, as well as series as recent as The Office and New Girl (and plenty in between) and also has been cast in generic roles like "old lady" going as far back as 1975, has died this week at the impressive age of 105. (People)
  • February 27th (i.e. 2/27) is coming up next month, so what's more appropriate for that date than a marathon of 227?.  (SitcomsOnline)

WEEKLY PLANNER (JANUARY 27 - FEBRUARY 2)
  • All fifteen seasons of the popular NBC medical drama ER are now available to watch on Hulu.
  • Speaking of Hulu, if you enjoy Scrubs and don't own the DVDs (and we still strongly recommend and collect DVDs for this very reason, you never know when streaming services will pull the plug), you may want to start binge watching that now, as it is scheduled to leave Hulu on February 7 according to Hulu's official Twitter account (barring any renewals).
  • The new NBC sitcom, AP Bio, makes a special preview debut Thursday night.
  • You can catch a binge of The Rookies all weekend on Decades.
  • Will Ferrell returns to Saturday Night Live tonight as host, along with musical guest Chris Stapleton.
  • The Grammy Awards air Sunday on CBS, and they have one slight sitcom connection, as Childish Gambino (known to sitcom fans as Donald Glover of Community and Atlanta fame) has five nominations.


Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Sunday, October 21

The Simpsons - "Flanders' Ladder" (Fox, 7:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Bart is struck by lightning and is visited by ghosts seeking closure only he can provide.

Bob's Burgers - "The Wolf of Wharf Street" (Fox, 7:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
On Halloween night, Linda tries to impress the kids by taking them to look for a wolf that has been terrorizing the town; an injured and medicated Bob believes that Teddy has turned into a werewolf.

The Simpsons - Treehouse of Horror XXIX" (Fox, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Homer wins an oyster-eating contest against the mythical Cthulhu; Springfield is overrun by plant body-snatchers; Lisa finally snaps; Mr. Burns opens a retirement home with some Jurassic upgrades.

Bob's Burgers - "Nightmare on Ocean Avenue Street" (Fox, 8:30PM ET/PT)
The kids set out for their regular Halloween shenanigans, but when everyone's candy bags start mysteriously disappearing, it's up to Tina, Louise and Gene to find the culprit.

Family Guy - "Big Trouble in Little Quahog" (Fox, 9:00PM ET/PT)
After Brian teases Stewie for being small, Stewie invents a shrinking machine that results in both of them shrinking to a microscopic size.

Rel - "Halloween" (Fox, 9:30PM ET/PT)
When Rel, Nat, Brittany and Dad get together to watch a scary zombie movie around Halloween night, the film sparks a lot of controversy amongst the group.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of October 15)

Friday, October 19

  • Bryan Cranston (Malcolm in the Middle) - Watch Bryan on on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Paul Shaffer (A Year at the Top) - Paul sits in with Cleto and The Cletones on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Nick Jonas (Jonas LA) - Nick appears on a repeat of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Melissa McCarthy (Mike & Molly/Samantha Who?) - Melissa makes a special appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Kaley Cuoco (The Big Bang Theory/8 Simple Rules) - Kaley is a guest on a repeat of The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Joel McHale (The Great Indoors/Community) - Joel appears on a repeat of The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Regina Hall (Grandfathered/Second Generation Wayans) - Regina visits The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Jameela Jamil (The Good Place) - Jameela stops by The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Whitney Cummings (Whitney) - Whitney is a guest on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Busy Philipps (Vice Principals/Cougar Town) - Busy drops by The Wendy Williams Show, so check your local listings.
  • Chloe x Halle (grown-ish) - Chloe x Halle are guests on The Real, so check your local listings.
  • Nicole Ari Parker (Second Time Around) - Nicole appears on Steve, so check your local listings.
  • John Stamos (Grandfathered/Jake in Progress/Full House) - John talks about You on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am and on GMA Day at 1pm.
  • Jamie Lee Curtis (Scream Queens/Anything But Love/Operation Petticoat) - Jamie Lee talks about Halloween on People Now at 12pm.
  • Ashley Johnson (Growing Pains/Phenom/Maybe This Time) and Ennis Esmer (You Me Her/Red Oaks) - Ashley and Ennis talk about Blindspot on the BUILD Series at 1pm and on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 11:30am ET.
  • Candace Cameron Bure (Fuller House/Full House) - Candace talks about her new children's book Candace Center Stage on E!'s Daily Pop at 12pm.


New on DVD/Blu-ray (September/October)

The Big Bang Theory - The Complete Eleventh Season The Middle - The Complete Ninth Season Modern Family - The Complete Ninth Season Step by Step - The Complete Second Season Perfect Strangers - The Complete Fifth Season

09/04 - It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia - The Complete Season 12
09/04 - Mom - The Complete Fifth Season
09/04 - Silicon Valley - The Complete Fifth Season
09/04 - Superstore - Season Three
09/04 - Young Sheldon - The Complete First Season
09/11 - The Big Bang Theory - The Complete Eleventh Season (Blu-ray)
09/11 - The Middle - The Complete Ninth Season
09/11 - Modern Family - The Complete Ninth Season
09/11 - People of Earth - The Complete Second Season
09/18 - Community - The Complete Series (Blu-ray)
09/18 - Step by Step - The Complete Second Season
09/18 - You're the Worst - The Complete Fourth Season
09/25 - Blondie - The Complete 1957 Television Series
09/25 - Perfect Strangers - The Complete Fifth Season
10/02 - The Beverly Hillbillies - The Official Fifth Season
10/02 - The Love Boat - Season Four - Volume One / Volume Two
10/02 - Saved by the Bell - The Complete Collection
10/16 - Police Squad! - TV and Movie Collection
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