Friday, May 11, 2018

Fri-Yay: Fox's Comedy Bloodbath: What Does It Mean?; Fox Orders Second Multi-Camera Sitcom

It's time for another edition of Fri-Yay! That means we will take a look back on some sitcom happenings in recent days or weeks or other fun sitcomy stuff. It's a sitcom lover's paradise! Happy Fri-Yay!

Brooklyn Nine-Nine

by Vincent

Yesterday, Fox cancelled nearly its entire slate of comedies, including the quirky, high-concept veteran The Last Man on Earth, once promising Kaitlin Olson launching pad The Mick, and most heartbreakingly, the internet-beloved Brooklyn Nine-Nine. This is in addition to the departing New Girl, which will wrap up its seven-year run next week. The jury is still out on freshman comedies Ghosted and LA to Vegas, but either way, it's clear this marks a big change for Fox.

Fox, as you may remember, is going through a major shake-up as its parent company 20th Century Fox was recently bought by Disney. Fox (the network) is still owned by News Corp and not Disney, but this shake-up does change the course for Fox a bit - they no longer have stake in a production company, which means any scripted series they air will be owned by another company. Many have speculated that this will result in Fox going "broader" and relying primarily on sports and live events for its primetime series. If this slate of cancellations, along with Fox's rumored revival of Last Man Standing, is indicative of the future, those people might just be right.

Still, these cancellations certainly come as a surprise - while all of these shows were low-rated, much of Fox's line-up is, and over the past several years Fox has consistently renewed shows in worse ratings shape than these 3 shows are. Despite the reputation the network had in the 2000s as a "murderer" of fan favorite shows like Arrested Development, Futurama and Firefly, the Fox of the 2010s has been almost the opposite. There is no other network, for example, where a low-rated, high-concept sitcom like The Last Man on Earth could've survived for four seasons, or where shows like New Girl and Brooklyn Nine-Nine could see renewal after renewal despite being low-rated niche hits. And yet, all of that seems to be ending soon. It's a real shame that it had to end so abruptly, as these shows - particularly longer-running Brooklyn Nine-Nine and The Last Man on Earth, had done enough to at least earn a proper farewell, the kind that New Girl is getting this season. These shows had large, passionate fanbases and were inventive, creative shows that clearly had a lot of love put into them. To have them ripped away without warning is cruel and cold. But hey, that's the television business for you. We're living in a post-streaming world and a world of reboots, so there's always the chance a streaming show or even another network will scoop up and save at least one of these shows. But if not, we can at least be thankful for the years of great TV they provided us with.


Rel

And sticking with Fox, they have ordered another multi-camera sitcom for 2018-19: Rel. Lil Rel, a prideful, self-made success who lives by the code to "always believe in yourself and great things will come," finds that attitude put to the test when he learns his wife is having an affair with his own barber. He tries to rebuild his life post-divorce as a long-distance single father on the South Side of Chicago who's on a quest for love, respect and a new barber. Inspired by Lil Rel's real life.

The sitcom stars Lil Rel Howery as Lil Rel, Sinbad as Rel's Dad, Jess "Hilarious" Moore as Brittany, and Jordan L. Jones as Nat. The sitcom will be produced by Jerrod Carmichael, Mike Scully, Kevin Barnett, Josh Rabinowitz and Lil Rel Howery. Rel joins multi-camera sitcom The Cool Kids in the only Fox comedy orders so far.


Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Thursday, September 20

The Big Bang Theory - "The Bow Tie Asymmetry" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
When Amy’s parents and Sheldon’s family arrive for the wedding, everybody is focused on making sure all goes according to plan – everyone except the bride and groom.

Young Sheldon - "Vanilla Ice Cream, Gentleman Callers, and a Dinette Set" (CBS, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
When Meemaw is pursued by two gentlemen callers (guest stars Richard Kind and Wallace Shawn), Sheldon interferes, forcing her to set some ground rules.

The Good Place - "The Burrito" (NBC, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Eleanor (Kristen Bell), Chidi (William Jackson Harper), Tahani (Jameela Jamil) and Jason (Manny Jacinto) consider just how much they have (or have not) improved. Michael (Ted Danson) is left to deal with the consequences of his recent actions.

The Good Place - "Somewhere Else" (NBC, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Michael (Ted Danson) tries to pull a rabbit out of a hat.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of September 17)

Thursday, September 20

  • Tiffany Haddish (The Last O.G./The Carmichael Show) - Catch Tiffany on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS. She also talks about Night School on NBC's Today sometime between 7-9am.
  • Iain Armitage (Young Sheldon) - Iain appears on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS. He will also be on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Johnny Galecki (The Big Bang Theory/Roseanne) - Johnny drops by The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Reid Scott (Veep/My Boys/It's All Relative) - Reid is a guest on Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Jeff Garlin (The Goldbergs/Curb Your Enthusiasm) - Jeff stops by Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Queen Latifah (Living Single) - Queen Latifah visits Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
  • Issa Rae (Insecure) - Issa appears on The Real, so check your local listings.
  • Nancy Travis (Last Man Standing/The Bill Engvall Show/Becker/Work with Me/Almost Perfect) - Nancy is a guest on Access Live, so check your local listings.
  • Tony Danza (Taxi/Who's the Boss?/Hudson Street/The Tony Danza Show) - Tony talks about his new Netflix show The Good Cop on Rachael Ray, so check your local listings.
  • Sarayu Rao (I Feel Bad/Sons of Tucson) - Sarayu talks about NBC's I Feel Bad on the BUILD Series at 1pm and on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 11:30am ET.
  • Peyton List (Bunk'd/Jessie) - Peyton talks about Happy Together on Chatter at 8pm.
  • Jane Lynch (Angel from Hell) - Jane talks about Two Lost Souls on Couch Surfing at 8am.
  • Jane Fonda (Grace and Frankie) - Jane talks about Jane Fonda in Five Acts on GMA Day on ABC at 1pm.
  • Danny DeVito (It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia/Taxi) - Danny is a guest on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.


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

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

08/07 - Happy Endings - The Complete Series (Blu-ray)
08/15 - A.P. Bio - Season One
08/28 - Brooklyn Nine-Nine - Season Five
08/28 - Man Seeking Woman - The Complete Third 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
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