Saturday, February 03, 2018

SitcomsOnline Digest: Fox Gets Thursday Night Football; CBS Preps for Celebrity Big Brother

Welcome to SitcomsOnline Digest! We're just starting sweeps month, but all eyes will be on NBC (while we get reruns and other limited series from the other networks) for the first part of it as they have both the Super Bowl and Winter Olympics! This week, we're hearing of a new Fox NFL deal (which actually didn't please their investors), learning who will be competing on Celebrity Big Brother, and more. Let's get going!

HIGHLIGHTS FROM SITCOMSONLINE.COM AND AROUND THE WEB
  • This coming fall will be a lot less disruptive for the CBS and NBC Thursday night lineups, and maybe a lot more so for Fox, as Fox will be the home for Thursday Night Football for the next five seasons. (Variety
  • Celebrity Big Brother arrives on the CBS lineup on Wednesday, and perhaps not surprisingly, Omarosa has gone straight from reality show to the White House and back to another reality show. (Entertainment Weekly)
  • Meanwhile, going from Omarosa to the actress who plays her on Saturday Night Live, Leslie Jones will be a contributor for NBC's coverage of the Winter Olympics. (Fortune)
  • Scott Baio is in the news this week, and it's not for a positive reason, as Charles in Charge actress Nicole Eggert says that he sexually abused her when she was underage. (Time)
  • We know that a lot of reboots of classic series are in the works, and now we're learning that diversity will play a strong role in these series. (Deadline
  • CBS and Viacom are considering a merger. Yes, again. (CNN
  • Roseanne returns to ABC in March, but there will be a 20/20 special about the series before then.  (SitcomsOnline)

HOME MEDIA RELEASES (FEBRUARY 6)
Bosom Buddies - The Complete Series

WEEKLY PLANNER (FEBRUARY 3 - FEBRUARY 9)
  • Everybody knows that the Super Bowl is on Sunday night, but of course if animals are your thing, Animal Planet has their Puppy Bowl (which has become sort of a ratings hit for the network), while Hallmark has their lesser known Kitten Bowl.
  • Sweeps month usually means new episodes of everything, but the Winter Olympics have changed that this year, so you'll want to get all of your new sitcom episodes in Monday and Tuesday night, when CBS and ABC, respectively, get their new episodes in before taking a little break.
  • Speaking of the Winter Olympics, they will begin Thursday night on NBC, with opening ceremonies on Friday.
  • "Next time you're at the checkout and you hear the beep, think of the fun you could be having on Supermarket Sweep." And now, you can watch episodes of the 2000 season (from PAX TV) on Amazon Prime, along with numerous other game shows that Amazon Prime has been adding from Buzzr over the past few months.
  • Mannix is this weekend's binge on Decades.


Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Sunday, April 22

Bob's Burgers - "Cheer Up Sleepy Gene" (Fox, 7:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Gene gets invited to his first sleepover, and things don't go as planned; Bob and Linda record themselves while sleeping to prove who snores more.

Bob's Burgers - "Go Tina on the Mountain" (Fox, 7:30PM ET/PT)
The Belcher kids go to Outdoor Education only to have it rain; Tina meets a hermit living in the woods; Bob and Linda experience what it's like to be empty nesters.

The Simpsons - "Lisa Gets the Blues" (Fox, 8:00PM ET/PT)
When the Simpsons' flight is rerouted to New Orleans, Lisa rediscovers her passion for jazz; Bart is intrigued by voodoo; Homer is intrigued by drinking.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine - "Gray Star Mutual" (Fox, 8:30PM ET/PT)
When a fire destroys Charles' food truck, Pimento unexpectedly shows up to the scene as the insurance agent; Rosa helps Amy to see that it's okay to get excited about picking her wedding dress; Gina and Terry coach Holt in the art of social media.

Family Guy - "'Family Guy' Through the Years" (Fox, 9:00PM ET/PT)
A reimagining of the show as a series that's been on the air for 60 years; a look back at the cultural events and issues tackled on the show through the decades.

The Last Man on Earth - "The Blob" (Fox, 9:30PM ET/PT)
A thermal heat detector reveals a potential sign of life, but Tandy doesn't want the group to split up to investigate; Todd and Erica have trouble seeing eye to eye.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of April 16)

Sunday, April 22

  • Wendi McLendon-Covey (The Goldbergs/Rules of Engagement/Reno 911!) - Catch Wendi on Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.


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

Diff'rent Strokes - The Complete Seventh Season Green Acres - The Complete Fifth Season Mayberry R.F.D. - The Complete First Season One Day at a Time - Season Two Perfect Strangers  - The Complete Third Season

02/06 - All in the Family - Seasons 1-5
02/06 - Bosom Buddies - The Complete Series
02/06 - Women of the House - Complete 12 Episode Series
02/13 - Broad City - Season 4
02/13 - Three's Company - The Complete Series - Come and Knock on Our Door Collection
02/27 - Diff'rent Strokes - The Complete Seventh Season
02/27 - Green Acres - The Complete Fifth Season
02/27 - Mayberry R.F.D. - The Complete First 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
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