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

Tuesday, September 18

Fresh Off the Boat - "A Man to Share the Night With" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
When Michelle Kwan comes in second place at the Olympics, Jessica tries to keep it from Emery and Evan, only to get caught up in an elaborate conspiracy theory that leads them seeking answers from Nancy Kerrigan. Meanwhile, Louis changes Eddie’s bedtime to spend more quality time together watching Letterman, but feels slighted when Eddie spends his newfound free time elsewhere.

Speechless - "A-C-- ACTION" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
JJ’s thrilled when he is chosen by his classmates to film his horror movie project, but soon the pressure of directing gets to him. Meanwhile, Dylan’s class project reveals a family secret; and Jimmy’s suggestions for the neighbor’s house construction project backfires for the DiMeos.

black-ish - "R-E-S-P-E-C-T" (ABC, 9:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Dre and Bow confront gender biases of their own after finding out that both Junior and Zoey have become sexually active. Meanwhile, Ruby is hurt when she finds out that Jack and Diane have been hanging out with a friend’s grandmother after school.

Splitting Up Together - "Heat Wave" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Lena and Martin choose to share the house for the summer while the children are away at camp despite Lena’s reservations, but both soon realize it might not be the worst idea. Meanwhile, they collectively agree to throw their annual backyard piƱa colada party where they will celebrate their independence from their children. Elsewhere, a friendly face returns back home and Martin can’t help but see it as a sign.

Wrecked - "Ballers" (TBS, 10:00PM ET/PT)
Attempting to hide from the others during The Hunt, Pack and Jess run into a new threat on the island.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of September 17)

Tuesday, September 18

  • Queen Latifah (Living Single) - Catch Queen Latifah on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC. She also talks about Star on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Sally Field (Gidget/The Flying Nun) - Sally chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Jeremy Sisto (Suburgatory) - Jeremy visits LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Alicia Silverstone (American Woman) - Alicia stops by The Real, so check your local listings.
  • Jeff Foxworthy (The Jeff Foxworthy Show) - Jeff is a guest on Rachael Ray, so check your local listings.
  • Meagan Good (Cousin Skeeter/Raising Dad) - Meagan talks about her movie A Boy. A Girl. A Dream. on Chatter at 8pm.
  • Brie Larson (United States of Tara) - Brie talks about Captain Marvel on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am.
  • Sanaa Lathan (Family Guy/The Cleveland Show/LateLine) - Sanaa talks about Nappily Ever After on GMA Day on ABC at 1pm.
  • Roseanne Barr (Roseanne) - Dr. Oz speaks exclusively with the woman whose tweet ignited a media firestorm. They ask the tough questions on everyone’s minds: What was she thinking when she hit “send”? Then, a panel of influencers and experts weigh in on Roseanne Barr’s answers. Is she a racist? Check your local listings for The Dr. Oz Show.
  • William Shatner ($h*! My Dad Says) - William appears on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Rosanna Arquette (Sideswiped) - Rosanna talks about her comedy series Sideswiped on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Nick Jonas (Jonas) - Nick will be on NBC's Today in the 10am hour.
  • Bill Pullman (1600 Penn) - Bill about The Sinner on the BUILD Series at 2pm.
  • Kate Flannery (The Office) and Jane Lynch (Angel from Hell) - Kate and Jane talk about Two Lost Souls on the BUILD Series at 3pm.


New on DVD/Blu-ray (August/September)

The Big Bang Theory - The Complete Eleventh Season The Middle - The Complete Ninth Season Modern Family - The Complete Ninth Season Step by Step - The Complete Second Season Perfect Strangers - The Complete Fifth Season

08/07 - Happy Endings - The Complete Series (Blu-ray)
08/15 - A.P. Bio - Season One
08/28 - Brooklyn Nine-Nine - Season Five
08/28 - Man Seeking Woman - The Complete Third Season
09/04 - It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia - The Complete Season 12
09/04 - Mom - The Complete Fifth Season
09/04 - Silicon Valley - The Complete Fifth Season
09/04 - Superstore - Season Three
09/04 - Young Sheldon - The Complete First Season
09/11 - The Big Bang Theory - The Complete Eleventh Season (Blu-ray)
09/11 - The Middle - The Complete Ninth Season
09/11 - Modern Family - The Complete Ninth Season
09/11 - People of Earth - The Complete Second Season
09/18 - Community - The Complete Series (Blu-ray)
09/18 - Step by Step - The Complete Second Season
09/18 - You're the Worst - The Complete Fourth Season
09/25 - Blondie - The Complete 1957 Television Series
09/25 - Perfect Strangers - The Complete Fifth Season
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