Saturday, September 01, 2018

SitcomsOnline Digest: ABC Releases Teaser for The Conners; New Streaming Service for Classic Nickelodeon Series

Welcome to SitcomsOnline Digest! It's here, the final weekend of "unofficial summer" as Labor Day is upon us. So you know it's almost time to start watching all of your favorite fall TV series as kids go back to school (if they haven't already), start eating and drinking pumpkin spice everything, get ready for Halloween, and of course, get ready for the new fall season! But before all of that, we've got another week of news, including some news about The Conners, a key actress leaving Shameless, and more. Let's get going!


HIGHLIGHTS FROM SITCOMSONLINE.COM AND AROUND THE WEB
  • The Roseanne reboot is about to be rebooted again (or made into a spinoff, however you choose to look at it) this fall when The Conners debuts on ABC on October 16, and the network has released their first teaser for the new season. While not much is known yet, it seems the character of Roseanne will be killed off. (Deadline)
  • Actress Emmy Rossum has announced that she will be leaving the Showtime series Shameless, which has made people wonder how the show will be able to continue without her. (Entertainment Weekly)
  • In case you needed yet another streaming service to subscribe to, there is now NickSplat, which features classic Nickelodeon series. (Mashable)
  • NBC had a bit of an awkward moment last Saturday night while breaking the news of John McCain's death, in particular at the end, when they returned viewers back to their regularly scheduled program. In this case, it involved cutting into the middle of a bizarre "half-naked dolphin dance" on a rerun of America's Got Talent. (Deadline)
  • For decades, HBO has been a home for very adult themed TV series and movies in the late night hours, but recently, the network has removed that programming from their lineup and their streaming products, citing that viewer interest has declined. (LA Times)
  • Big Mouth will return to Netflix on October 5. (Entertainment Weekly)
  • Murphy Brown is coming back to CBS in the fall, and Antenna TV is preparing a special marathon not only for that, but also another one later in the fall for the 30th anniversary of the series. (SitcomsOnline)

HOME MEDIA HIGHLIGHTS
  • While they note that there is no official confirmation or information from the studio, TVShowsOnDVD has discovered that it seems Fox has planned complete series releases for both The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Reba. Both have already been released entirely as individual seasons and there is no word on whether this will be all of them bundled as one or if it will offer something new.
  • Police Story - Season Three will arrive on DVD on September 25.

HOME MEDIA RELEASES (SEPTEMBER 4)

  • The Goldbergs - The Complete Fifth Season (DVD, $26.99): The most recent season of the ABC sitcom arrives on DVD in this release.
  • Superstore - Season Three (DVD, $29.98): The third season of the NBC comedy arrives on DVD in this release.
  • Young Sheldon - The Complete First Season (DVD, $39.99; Blu-ray, $24.99): The first season of the spinoff of The Big Bang Theory arrives on DVD in this release that will be available as a wide retail release, and a Blu-ray version is also available from Warner Archive.

WEEKLY PLANNER (SEPTEMBER 1 - SEPTEMBER 7)
  • If you're looking for ridiculously long marathons that run until Tuesday, getTV is airing Walker, Texas Ranger, Hallmark Drama is airing Little House on the Prairie, and Sundance TV is airing M*A*S*H.
  • Decades always has a marathon every weekend, of course, and this weekend it is Police Woman.
  • Speaking of Decades, the network will either leave the air or move to another channel in some markets on Monday, as a new digital network, StartTV, debuts and replaces it on CBS owned-and-operated stations. StartTV will feature series such as The Good Wife, Cold Case, Medium, and more.
  • MeTV has a new lineup starting Monday, which you can see details about here.
  • Antenna TV has a marathon of Alice planned for Monday.


Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Tuesday, November 20

The Conners - "Miracles" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Life-changing news lands in the Conner household when a member of the family makes an announcement that no one saw coming. Meanwhile, Dan is suspicious that Becky isn’t sticking to her end of the deal when it comes to her drinking. Darlene continues her job search, and Jackie offers English lessons to a Casita Bonita busboy in need.

The Kids Are Alright - "Boxing" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Frank announces that he has decided to compete in the church boxing tournament, making it obvious that he’s playing for Mike’s affections. When Frank can’t cut it, Timmy steps in and takes up boxing in order to bond with his dad and get his approval. Ultimately, he has to choose between his dad’s dreams for him and his own dreams of showbiz glory. Elsewhere, feeling rusty after being at the seminary for so long, Lawrence asks Eddie to help prepare him for a date by taking him on a “practice date”.

black-ish - "Good Grief" (ABC, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Bow’s mom, Alicia, visits the family for the first time since the loss of Bow’s dad, and she is still heavily grieving. Bow decides to throw a big luau-themed party for what would have been her dad’s next birthday. Meanwhile, Mason has an extra ticket to an MMA fight and invites Diane on the same night as the party.

Splitting Up Together - "Yes, Deer" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
Vlad, the new contractor for the house, arrives with his crew and Lena immediately begins to clash with him over his methods of repairing the house. Martin, on the other hand, feels that Lena should let them do what they were hired to do. After overhearing that she’s too uptight, Lena calls up an old friend to help her let out her frustrations. Elsewhere, Martin takes Mason camping to help him get over his breakup with Hazel and to teach him how to be a man, only to learn from him that it is okay to express his emotions.

The Guest Book - "Invisible Son" (TBS, 10:30PM ET/PT)
Clem asks a stripper to pretend to be his girlfriend in order to convince his vacationing family that he is normal; once they get to Barefeet Retreat, it is discovered that Clem's fake girlfriend isn't the only thing he's been lying about.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of November 19)

Tuesday, November 20

  • Michael Strahan (Brothers) - Catch Michael on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Michael Douglas (The Kominsky Method) - Michael visits The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Judy Greer (Kidding/Married/Mad Love/Miss Guided) - Judy appears on a repeat of Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • D'Arcy Carden (The Good Place) - D'Arcy stops by E!'s Busy Tonight at 10pm.
  • Candice Bergen (Murphy Brown) - Candice chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Jenifer Lewis (black-ish/The PJs) - Jenifer is a guest on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Valerie Bertinelli (Hot in Cleveland/CafĂ© Americain/Sydney/One Day at a Time) - Valerie guest co-hosts The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Patti LaBelle (Out All Night) - Patti talks about Christmas Everlasting on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan (check your listings) and on People Now at 12pm.
  • Mario Cantone (Sex and the City) - Mario stops by The Wendy Williams Show, so check your local listings.
  • Jane Lynch (Angel from Hell) - Jane is a guest on The Real, so check your local listings.
  • Tatyana Ali (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air/Second Generation Wayans) - Tatyana talks about Christmas Everlasting on People Now at 12pm.
  • Marlo Thomas (That Girl) - Marlo will be on NBC's Today sometime between 7-9am.
  • Tisha Campbell-Martin (Dr. Ken/Rita Rocks/My Wife and Kids/Martin) and Tichina Arnold (The Neighborhood/Survivor's Remorse/Happily Divorced/Everybody Hates Chris/Martin) - Tisha and Tichina talk about BET Presents: 2018 Soul Train Awards on ABC's GMA Day at 1pm. They also talk about The Neighborhood on the BUILD Series at 1pm.
  • Alicia Witt (Cybill) and Colin Ferguson (Then Came You) - Alicia and Colin talk about their Hallmark Movies & Mysteries original Christmas on Honeysuckle Lane on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.


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
11/20 - Step by Step - The Complete Third Season
11/27 - What I Like About You - The Complete Third Season
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