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, 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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