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, August 15

    The Goldbergs - "Dinner with the Goldbergs" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
    Erica warns Geoff about going to dinner with her family to celebrate her birthday, but he insists. Upon arrival, it’s apparent this will be no ordinary dinner out: The family changes tables multiple times, Beverly sends her food back, Murray insists Adam order off the children’s menu and Barry wants to change his order, but it’s too late. By evening’s end, Geoff hits his breaking point.

    American Housewife - "Midlife Crisis" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
    Katie takes Oliver out of school for a day to help loosen him up after Oliver suffers from a meltdown about something minor. Meanwhile, Anna-Kat takes Greg to the park to help him make new friends.

    Modern Family - "Wine Weekend" (ABC, 9:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
    The family goes on a wine tasting trip and stays in Haley’s new boss’ country house where the only rule is: Don’t touch the tiara! Meanwhile, Gloria and Mitch are invited to a party at Oprah’s house but can’t bring anyone else.

    American Housewife - "All Coupled Up" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
    The Otto children are beginning to experience struggles in their love lives after jumping into the dating world: Oliver is forced to choose between his girlfriend and his friend Cooper who come from two different worlds; Greg must play the “bad cop parent” to halt the PDA between Taylor and Trip; and Anna-Kat tries to make her relationship with Franklin official, without his consent.

    Alone Together - "Daypassers" (Freeform, 8:00PM ET/PT)
    Benji and Esther snag a day pass to an upscale gym.

    Alone Together - "Drama Story" (Freeform, 8:00PM ET/PT)
    Benji realizes his former high school hasn't changed.

    Complete TV Listings


    Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of August 13)

    Wednesday, August 15

    • Tom Arnold (Roseanne/The Tom Show/Tom) - Watch Tom on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
    • Jerrod Carmichael (the Carmichael Show) - Jerrod stops by Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
    • Chris O'Dowd (Family Tree/The IT Crowd) - Chris visits Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC. He talks about Juliet, Naked on the BUILD Series at 3pm.
    • Regina Hall (Insecure/Grandfathered) - Regina appears on Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
    • Ariana Grande (Sam & Cat/Victorious) - Ariana is a guest on The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
    • Jimmy O. Yang (Silicon Valley) - Jimmy drops by Comedy Central's The Daily Show with Trevor Noah at 11pm.
    • Sanaa Lathan (Family Guy/The Cleveland Show/LateLine) - Sanaa chats on a repeat of The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
    • Jennifer Finnigan (Better with You/Committed/Student Bodies) - Jennifer appears on a repeat of The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
    • Rob Lowe (The Grinder/Parks and Recreation) - Rob is a guest on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
    • Tony Rock (Living Biblically) - Tony appears on a repeat of The Real, so check your local listings.
    • Jason Ritter (The Class) - Jason is a guest on a repeat of Steve, so check your local listings.
    • Debby Ryan (Insatiable/Jessie/The Suite Life on Deck) - Debby talks about Insatiable's controversies on E!'s Daily Pop at 12pm.
    • Constance Wu (Fresh Off the Boat) and Ken Jeong (Dr. Ken/Community) - Constance and Ken talk about Crazy Rich Asians on NBC's Today sometime between 7-9am.
    • Rev Run and Justine Simmons (All About the Washingtons) - Rev Run and Justine talk about All About the Washingtons on NBC's Today in the 10am hour.
    • Regina King (227) - Regina talks about Seven Seconds on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am.
    • Melissa Carcache (Every Witch Way) - Melissa talks about her Hallmark Channel original movie Love at Sea on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
    • Zach Braff (Alex, Inc./Scrubs) - Zach is a guest on a repeat of Rachael Ray, so check your local listings.


    New on DVD/Blu-ray (June/July/August)

    Alice - The Complete Seventh Season Green Acres - The Final (Sixth) Season The Last Man on Earth - The Complete Fourth Season The Good Place - The Complete Second Season Brooklyn Nine-Nine - Season Five

    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
    07/03 - New Girl - The Final (Seventh) Season
    07/10 - Alice - The Complete Seventh Season (WBShop.com)
    07/10 - The Bill Engvall Show - The Complete First Season (WBShop.com)
    07/10 - Green Acres - The Final (Sixth) Season
    07/10 - The Last Man on Earth - The Complete Fourth Season
    07/17 - Cooper Barrett's Guide to Surviving Life - The Complete Series
    07/17 - The Good Place - The Complete Second Season
    07/17 - Son of Zorn - The Complete Series
    08/07 - Happy Endings - The Complete Series (Blu-ray)
    Brooklyn Nine-Nine - Season Five
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