Saturday, August 11, 2018

SitcomOnline Digest: Discussions Underway for New Seasons of The Big Bang Theory and Modern Family; Trial & Error Looking for Home for Third Season

Welcome to SitcomsOnline Digest! This week, we're learning that some long running (but still popular) sitcoms that were expected to wrap up at the end of the upcoming season may be going on a little longer anyway. Also, we're hearing that NBC has missed a deadline to renew Trial & Error, meaning that a third season could still appear elsewhere. Let's get going!

HIGHLIGHTS FROM SITCOMSONLINE.COM AND AROUND THE WEB
  • The upcoming season of The Big Bang Theory has been widely speculated to be the final season of the series, but like any popular series reaching the end at the top, it sounds like that may not be the case after all. (Variety)
  • The same can be said for Modern Family, as it too has been expected to end after the 2018-2019 season, but perhaps it won't either. (Deadline)
  • NBC had a deadline to renew Trial & Error for a third season and did not renew it before the deadline, but the show may not be dead yet as the producers are trying to find a home for it for the third season. (Deadline)
  • Must See TV is back on NBC Thursday nights in the fall (sort of) as David Schwimmer of Friends will be appearing in a story arc on Will & Grace. (Deadline)
  • The battle for buying the Brady Bunch house has been settled, and HGTV has bought it, with plans to use it as part of some sort of series that will air on the network. (LA Times)
  • A major media merger between Sinclair and Tribune was thought to be a foregone conclusion that would have allowed Sinclair to become a powerful media source that could influence public opinion, but this week, that merger is officially dead and Tribune is suing Sinclair for a $1 billion. (Washington Post)
  • Just last week, we were talking about a reboot of Facts of Life, and this week, Charlotte Rae has died. (New York Times)
  • Just in time for college football season, Antenna TV is planning a Coach marathon on September 1. (SitcomsOnline)

HOME MEDIA RELEASES (AUGUST 14)

  • A.P. Bio - Season One (DVD, $24.98): It doesn't appear to be available to order right now (but keep checking), but the first season of the NBC sitcom arrives on DVD in this release.

WEEKLY PLANNER (AUGUST 11 - AUGUST 17)
  • If you like Jeopardy!, you can now catch it on Hulu, or at least 60 episodes of it from special event weeks from recent season.
  • 21 Jump Street will be airing all weekend on Decades.


Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Sunday, December 9

The Simpsons - "'Tis the 30th Season" (Fox, 8:00PM ET/PT)
After a failed Black Friday shopping spree, Marge is determined to fix Christmas; Homer and the kids surprise Marge with a vacation to a Florida resort.

Bob's Burgers - "Better Off Sled" (Fox, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Teenagers take over the Belchers' sledding territory, inciting an epic turf war; Bob steps in to help Linda, who's in a time crunch to get three scarves knitted before Christmas.

Family Guy - "Pawtucket Pete" (Fox, 9:00PM ET/PT)
The brewery's new bosses decide to change the company's mascot; in an attempt to be crowned the new face of Pawtucket Ale, Peter and Brian go head-to-head.

Rel - "Hate & Hip Hop" (Fox, 9:30PM ET/PT)
One of Rel's patients is prejudiced and Rel is conflicted on how to behave as his attending nurse; everyone is obsessing over Brittany's ex-boyfriend's awful new rap song.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of December 3)

Friday, December 7

  • Julie Bowen (Modern Family) - Watch Julie on a repeat of Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Kathy Griffin (Suddenly Susan) - Kathy visits The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Jameela Jamil (The Good Place) - Jameela is a guest on a repeat of Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Alex Wolff (The Naked Brothers Band) - Alex appears on a repeat of Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Sean Hayes (Will & Grace/Sean Saves the World) - Sean visits The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Sinbad (Rel/The Sinbad Show/A Different World) - Sinbad is a guest on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Mark Feuerstein (9JKL/Good Morning, Miami/Conrad Bloom/Fired Up) - Mark stops by Access Live, so check your local listings.
  • Lori Loughlin (Fuller House/Hudson Street/Full House) - Lori talks about Hallmark Channel's original movie Homegrown Christmas on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT. She will also be on Access Live, so check your local listings.
  • Rickey Smiley (The Rickey Smiley Show) - Rickey drops by Access Live, so check your local listings.
  • Dondre Whitfield (Hidden Hills/Inside Schwartz/Between Brothers/The Crew) - Dondre is a guest on Access Live, so check your local listings.
  • Tiffani Thiessen (Alexa & Katie/Good Morning, Miami/Saved by the Bell: The College Years/Saved by the Bell) - Tiffani cooks up holiday recipes from her new cookbook on E!'s Daily Pop at 12pm.


New on DVD/Blu-ray (October/November)

The Beverly Hillbillies - The Official Fifth Season The Love Boat - Season Four - Volume One Saved by the Bell - The Complete Collection Alice - The Complete Eighth Season Step by Step - The Complete Third Season

10/02 - The Beverly Hillbillies - The Official Fifth Season
10/02 - Bob's Burgers - The Complete 6th Season
10/02 - Bob's Burgers - The Complete 7th Season
10/02 - Bob's Burgers - The Complete 8th Season
10/02 - Ghosted - The Complete First Season
10/02 - The Love Boat - Season Four - Volume One / Volume Two
10/02 - Police Squad! - TV and Movie Collection
10/02 - Saved by the Bell - The Complete Collection
10/16 - Community - The Complete Series (Mill Creek)
10/23 - Alice - The Complete Eighth Season
10/24 - The Odd Couple (2015) - Season Two
10/24 - The Odd Couple (2015) - Season Three
10/31 - The Bad News Bears - The Complete Series - All 26 Episodes
11/01 - Episodes - Season 5
11/05 - Robin Williams - Comic Genius (includes Mork & Mindy)
11/06 - American Dad! - Volume 13
11/16 - Man with a Plan - Season One
11/20 - Step by Step - The Complete Third Season
11/27 - What I Like About You - The Complete Third Season
12/04 - Family Guy - Season Sixteen
12/04 - Perfect Strangers - The Complete Sixth Season
12/18 - Our Cartoon President - Season One
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