Saturday, September 08, 2018

SitcomsOnline Digest: Geoffrey Owens Lands Role on Tyler Perry Series Following Trader Joe's Shaming; Remembering the TV Career of the Late Burt Reynolds

Welcome to SitcomsOnline Digest! It's been a short week due to the holiday on Monday, but it has been busy, with news about an attempted shaming of a Cosby Show actor that turned the attention to the reality of how hard most actors have to work, the death of actor Burt Reynolds, and of course, another reboot that is in the works. Let's get going!

HIGHLIGHTS FROM SITCOMSONLINE.COM AND AROUND THE WEB
  • Geoffrey Owens made news this week when he was spotted by a photographer for The Daily Mail bagging groceries at Trader Joe's, and he says part of the reason why he needs to work harder is due to the loss of royalties from The Cosby Show as it has not been as prominent in syndication following the Bill Cosby conviction. (People)
  • Meanwhile, the publicity from the Geoffrey Owens incident hasn't been all bad for the actor, as the attention has landed him a recurring role in Tyler Perry's The Haves and Have Nots. (Entertainment Weekly)
  • Burt Reynolds died this week, and while he was mostly known as a star of the big screen, many tributes have neglected his television career, including Evening Shade, Gunsmoke, and countless guest appearances on various series. (NY Post)  
  • A Party of Five reboot is one step closer to reality at Freeform. (Deadline)
  • A new mystery series featuring the Nancy Drew character is in the works at The CW. (Deadline)
  • Bill Daily, who was known for his roles on I Dream of Jeannie, The Bob Newhart Show, and ALF (among many other guest starring roles), has died at age 91. (Variety)
  • Mork & Mindy has a 40th anniversary coming up, and of course, Antenna TV will celebrate that. (SitcomsOnline)

HOME MEDIA RELEASES (SEPTEMBER 11)

  • The Big Bang Theory - The Complete Eleventh Season (DVD, $44.98; Blu-ray, $49.99): Just before the premiere of the upcoming twelfth season, which will be the last, this release brings the eleventh season of the popular series to DVD and Blu-ray.
  • The Middle - The Complete Ninth Season (DVD, $29.98): It was a little bittersweet to see the Heck family end their journey at the end of the past season, and now, the final season of that series arrives on DVD from Warner Archive.
  • Modern Family - The Complete Ninth Season (DVD, $29.99): Although we do not yet know for certain that the tenth season of this will be the last, this season brings all of the episodes of the ninth season to DVD.

WEEKLY PLANNER (SEPTEMBER 8 - SEPTEMBER 14)
  • Fox will make their first debut of a sitcom for the upcoming season on Sunday night with a sneak preview of Rel
  • The new season of Shameless kicks off on Sunday night on Showtime.
  • A third hour of Good Morning America, GMA Day, will be airing every weekday starting Monday on ABC.
  • Decades has an entire weekend of The Beverly Hillbillies this weekend.


Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Sunday, January 20

The Simpsons - "Treehouse of Horror XXIX" (Fox, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Homer wins an oyster-eating contest against the mythical Cthulhu; Springfield is overrun by plant body-snatchers; Lisa finally snaps; Mr. Burns opens a retirement home with some Jurassic upgrades.

Bob's Burgers - "Live and Let Fly" (Fox, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
The kids seek revenge on their school guidance counselor; they get entangled in sibling rivalry between two pilots; Linda and Bob put their game faces on when Teddy invites them to a paper airplane contest.

Family Guy - "Send in Stewie, Please" (Fox, 9:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
When Stewie gets sent to see his school's child psychologist for a surprising session, he reveals major secrets about himself.

The Cool Kids - "Hank the Cradle Robber" (Fox, 9:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
When Hank starts dating a much younger woman, the gang suspects she may be taking advantage of him.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of January 14)

Friday, January 18

  • Maura Tierney (NewsRadio) - Watch Maura on a repeat of Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Elizabeth Banks (Scrubs) - Elizabeth visits The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC. She talks about The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am.
  • Andy Samberg (Brooklyn Nine-Nine) - Andy appears on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Lily Tomlin (Grace and Frankie/Malibu Country) and Jane Fonda (Grace and Frankie) - Lily and Jane are guests on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Pete Holmes (Crashing) - Pete appears on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Molly Ringwald (Townies/The Facts of Life) - Molly talks about All These Small Moments on People Now at 12pm.
  • Don Cheadle (Black Monday/House of Lies/The Golden Palace) - Don talks about Black Monday on ABC's GMA Day at 1pm.
  • Dave Franco (Scrubs/Do Not Disturb) - Dave talks about If Beale Street Could Talk on NBC's Today in the 9am hour.
  • Adam Pally (Champaign ILL/Making History/The Mindy Project/Happy Endings) and Sam Richardson (Champaign ILL/Detroiters/Veep) - Adam and Sam talk about Champaign ILL on NBC's Today in the 10am hour.


New on DVD/Blu-ray (November/December/January)

Step by Step - The Complete Third Season Perfect Strangers - The Complete Sixth Season Fuller House - The Complete Third Season The Wayans Bros. - The Complete Fourth Season The Game - The Complete Series

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
11/28 - The Great Indoors - Season 1 (The Complete Series)
12/04 - Family Guy - Season Sixteen
12/04 - Perfect Strangers - The Complete Sixth Season
12/18 - Our Cartoon President - Season One
01/08 - Family Guy - 20 Greatest Hits
01/22 - Fuller House - The Complete Third Season
01/22 - The Wayans Bros. - The Complete Fourth Season (WBShop.com)
01/29 - Ballers - The Complete Fourth Season (Blu-ray)
01/29 - Crashing - The Complete Second Season
01/29 - The Game - The Complete Series
01/29 - Kidding - Season One
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