Saturday, June 02, 2018

SitcomsOnline Digest: So Now What for Roseanne?; ABC Contemplating Sue Heck Spinoff for The Middle

Welcome to SitcomsOnline Digest! Well, it's been a fascinating week of sitcom news this week (normally the week of Memorial Day is the kick off to our slow season, but not this time!), to say the least. This week, Roseanne made history by dethroning Bridget Loves Bernie as the highest rated series to ever be canceled. We're also hearing about potential replacements for Roseanne, including a spinoff of the series as well as the spinoff of a completely uncontroversial ABC sitcom about a midwestern family. We promise, nothing that we're reporting this week is being reported under the influence of any sort of prescription sleep medication, so let's get going!

HIGHLIGHTS FROM SITCOMSONLINE.COM AND AROUND THE WEB
  • We're sure everybody knows the whole story about Roseanne by now. But is anybody seriously surprised that Roseanne ended up going down because of a controversy with the star, or are we just surprised it happened so soon? (People)
  • Meanwhile, it seems that a Roseanne spinoff starring Sara Gilbert's character of Darlene may be under consideration, although there are some obstacles, including concerns that Roseanne would still receive residuals. (Vulture)
  • If a spinoff about Roseanne's daughter doesn't work out, could 2019 finally be the "year of Sue Heck?" Maybe, as ABC is contemplating a spinoff of The Middle starring Eden Sher. (Deadline)
  • Speaking of The Middle, that series recently ended after nine seasons, and Vox is asking the exact same thing that we've been asking all of these years: why didn't the series ever get the level of love and attention that it deserved? (Vox)
  • It seems that the TV adaptation of Heathers has been talked about forever, and was even given a premiere date on Paramount Network (after originally being planned for TV Land), but now it seems it has been scrapped completely. (Deadline)
  • Antenna TV is going to celebrate Father's Day with a Silver Spoons marathon. (SitcomsOnline)

    HOME MEDIA HIGHLIGHTS


    HOME MEDIA RELEASES (JUNE 5)
    • South Park - The Complete Twenty-First Season (DVD, $29.98; Blu-ray, $39.98): All of these seasons later, and Comedy Central is still cranking out more seasons of the popular Comedy Central series.

    WEEKLY PLANNER (JUNE 2 - JUNE 8)
    • Every channel that was airing Roseanne has pulled the series, but if you absolutely need your Roseanne fix, it seems it is still streaming on Amazon Prime for the time being.
    • While we're at it, The Cosby Show (side note: why is it that Carsey Werner has this sort of luck with their stars?) is still on Amazon Prime too.
    • Younger and Teachers both return to TV Land for new episodes on Tuesday.
    • This weekend's binge on Decades is Here Come the Brides.
    • The last half of the final season of Nashville begins Thursday on CMT.


    Sitcoms Airing Tonight

    Wednesday, December 12

    The Goldbergs - "Yippee Ki Yay Melon Farmer" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
    Much to Beverly’s chagrin, Barry is thrilled that he gets to celebrate Christmas now that he is engaged to Lainey. Meanwhile, Murray’s brother Marvin (Dan Fogler) makes a promise to Adam with a surprising outcome.

    American Housewife - "Saving Christmas" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
    Katie strives to keep her long-separated parents apart when her father, Marty (Patrick Duffy), arrives in time to surprise the Otto family for Christmas. Anna-Kat does her best to help Trip win Taylor back but has a hard time getting past a very persistent Pierce (Milo Manheim). Meanwhile, Oliver thinks no one will remember him as the mask-wearing villain in the school’s production of “The Nutcracker” but quickly takes center stage when a series of mishaps damages his costume.

    Modern Family - "Stuck in a Moment" (ABC, 9:00PM ET/PT)
    Hayley wants to give the family a Christmas gift they will never forget if she can just figure out the perfect time. Meanwhile, Claire is mad that Phil has once again borrowed the family Christmas tree for a house-showing; and Jay, Gloria and Joe have to deal with some unwelcome visitors over the holidays.

    Single Parents - "The Magic Box" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
    When Owen shows up unexpectedly on Christmas Eve with a gift for Angie, she desperately seeks out help from Will finding a present for Owen last minute. While doing so, Angie learns how bad Will is at giving Sophie good Christmas presents, or so it seems. While Graham begins to doubt the existence of Santa Claus altogether, the group worries Miggy may still believe in him. Meanwhile, Douglas invites Poppy, who is dealing with her first Christmas without Rory, to compete in a series of cutthroat Christmas-themed competitions.

    Complete TV Listings


    Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of December 10)

    Wednesday, December 12

    • Brandon Micheal Hall (The Mayor/Search Party) - Watch Brandon on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
    • Anthony Atamanuik (The President Show) - Anthony visits Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
    • Jameela Jamil (The Good Place) - Jameela stops by Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
    • Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Modern Family/The Class) - Jesse is a guest on E!'s Busy Tonight at 10pm.
    • Leah Remini (Kevin Can Wait/The Exes/Family Tools/The King of Queens/Fired Up) - Leah chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
    • Jodie Sweetin (Fuller House/Hollywood Darlings/Full House) and Valerie Bertinelli (Hot in Cleveland/CafĂ© Americain/Sydney/One Day at a Time) - Jodie and Valerie guest co-host The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT. Jodie also talks about Hallmark Channel's Entertaining Christmas on Access Live and Extra, so check your local listings.
    • Steve Carell (The Office) - Steve appears on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
    • Keke Palmer (True Jackson, VP/Scream Queens) - Keke is a guest on The Real, so check your local listings.
    • Dan Bucatinsky (Marry Me/Web Therapy/The Comeback) - Dan talks about Second Act on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 11:30am ET.
    • Eva Longoria (Telenovela) - Eva will be on NBC's Today in the 9am hour.
    • Ashley Williams (The Jim Gaffigan Show/How I Met Your Mother/Good Morning, Miami) - Ashley talks about Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Northern Christmas Lights on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
    • Vanessa Hudgens (Powerless) - Vanessa talks about Second Act on the BUILD Series at 2pm.


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