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

Thursday, June 21

The Big Bang Theory - "The Tesla Recoil" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Leonard and Wolowitz are furious after they learn Sheldon went to work with the military behind their backs. Also, while Bernadette is on bed rest, she asks Raj to do some digging when she suspects Ruchi is trying to steal her job.

Young Sheldon - "Killer Asteroids, Oklahoma, and a Frizzy Hair Machine" (CBS, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
A disappointing loss at the science fair sends Sheldon’s life in a new direction. Jason Alexander guest stars as Sheldon’s drama teacher, Mr. Lundy.

Mom - "Esta Loca and a Little Klingon" (CBS, 9:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Christy and Bonnie help Jill get sober again, and Christy’s boyfriend, Patrick (Steven Weber), is less than understanding when it ruins his birthday weekend.

Life in Pieces - "Meal Potty Cart Middle" (CBS, 9:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
When Tim and Heather go to an expensive dinner to celebrate their anniversary, they are determined to finish every bite of their pricey 20-course meal. Also, Jen and Greg try to quickly potty-train Lark before her first day of preschool; Tyler gets jealous of the attention Clementine is getting at work; and Matt and Samantha team up for a “Middle Child Day” and go to a trapeze school. Emmy Award-winning food expert Padma Lakshmi guest stars as Stephanie, Heather and Tim’s server at an upscale restaurant.

Marlon - "Sisters" (NBC, 9:00PM ET/PT)
When Marlon’s (Marlon Wayans) sisters come to town, he convinces Ashley (Essence Atkins) to pretend they are still married to keep them from being disappointed. As the weekend goes on, the charade gets harder to keep up and Marlon finally confronts them in an epic confession. After receiving a psychic reading from Lenora (guest star Sherri Shepherd), Stevie (Diallo Riddle) tries to woo Yvette (Bresha Webb) as he thinks they are destined to be together.

Marlon - "Divorce Counseling" (NBC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
Marlon (Marlon Wayans) and Ashley (Essence Atkins) go to see Kamala Shabazz (Kim Wayans), a strong-willed relationship therapist, to help stabilize their rocky divorce. When Marlon exposes Kamala as a fraud, he experiences a breakthrough and realizes he should change his ways. Stevie (Diallo Riddle) gives Yvette (Bresha Webb) an intense massage.

American Woman - "The Party" (Paramount Network, 10:00PM ET/PT)
Desperate to connect with her role model, Lori, Kathleen drags Bonnie and Diana to a party in the hills; when Diana tries to cut loose, things get out of hand; Bonnie finds herself in an exciting new position.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of June 18)

Thursday, June 21

  • Drew Barrymore (Santa Clarita Diet) - Catch Drew on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Michael Strahan (Brothers) - Michael appears on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Cameron Esposito (Take My Wife) - Cameron visits The Opposition with Jordan Klepper at 11:30pm on Comedy Central.
  • Alison Brie (GLOW/Community) - Alison stops by Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
  • Cynthia Nixon (Sex and the City) - Cynthia chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Craig T. Nelson (Coach) - Craig drops by The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Jenny McCarthy (Two and a Half Men/Jenny) - Jenny is a guest on a repeat of Harry, so check your local listings.
  • Billy Bob Thornton (Hearts Afire) - Billy Bob appears on Steve, so check your local listings.
  • Whitney Cummings (Whitney) - Whitney is a guest on a repeat of Rachael Ray, so check your local listings.
  • Debra Messing (Will & Grace/Ned & Stacey) - Debra talks about the launch of The Maxx You Project on People Now at 12pm.
  • Fran Drescher (The Nanny/Happily Divorced/Living with Fran) - Fran talks about Hotel Transylvania 3 on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am.
  • Chris Pratt (Parks and Recreation) - Chris talks about Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom on NBC's Today sometime between 7-9am.
  • Christian Slater (Breaking In) - Christian will be on NBC's Today in the 10am hour.


New on DVD/Blu-ray (June)

Living Single - The Complete Fifth Season Step by Step - The Complete First Season Will & Grace (The Revival) - Season One Perfect Strangers - The Complete Fourth Season Last Man Standing - The Complete Sixth Season

06/05 - Living Single - The Complete Fifth Season
06/05 - New Girl - The Complete Sixth Season
06/05 - South Park - The Complete Twenty-First Season (Blu-ray)
06/12 - Fresh Off the Boat - The Complete Fourth Season
06/12 - Life in Pieces - The Complete Third Season
06/12 - The Office - The Complete Series
06/12 - Speechless - The Complete First Season
06/12 - Speechless - The Complete Second Season
06/12 - Step by Step - The Complete First Season
06/12 - Will & Grace (The Revival) - Season One (Blu-ray)
06/19 - Perfect Strangers - The Complete Fourth Season
06/26 - Last Man Standing - The Complete Fifth Season
06/26 - Last Man Standing - The Complete Sixth Season
06/26 - The Mick - The Complete First Season
06/26 - The Mick - The Complete Second Season
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