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

Thursday, March 21

Superstore - "Blizzard" (NBC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
With a massive snowstorm beating down on St. Louis -- and an unsympathetic home office -- the Cloud 9 employees and customers get snowed in, leading to escalating tensions and infighting.

A.P. Bio - "Wednesday Morning, 8 AM" (NBC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
In the hectic 30 minutes that start every day at Whitlock, Jack tries to retrieve his massage chair from Whitlock's intriguing payroll accountant, Lynette; Durbin and Helen prepare for the morning announcements; Michelle gives a eulogy.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine - "The Therapist" (NBC, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Charles brings Jake into a case when a therapist reports one of his patients missing; Holt finds out Rosa has a new girlfriend that everyone else has met; Amy believes she has accidentally received a package meant for Terry.

Will & Grace - "Conscious Coupling" (NBC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
When both of their boyfriends ask to move in, Will and Grace use each other as an excuse to get out of it; a snowstorm traps Karen at the office and Jack in an elevator, where he reunites with old flame Drew and tests his commitment to monogamy.

Better Things - "Monsters in the Moonlight" (FX, 10:00PM ET/PT)
Sam deals with monsters.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of March 18)

Thursday, March 21

  • Retta (Parks and Recreation) - Catch Retta on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep/The New Adventures of Old Christine/Seinfeld) - Julia is a guest on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Amber Tamblyn (Two and a Half Men) - Amber appears on a repeat of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Andrew Rannells (Black Monday/Girls/The New Normal) - Andrew stops by Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Matt LeBlanc (Man with a Plan/Episodes/Joey/Friends/Vinnie & Bobby) - Matt is a guest on a repeat of The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Will Arnett (Arrested Development/Up All Night/Runing Wilde) - Will appears on a repeat of The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Courteney Cox (Cougar Town/Friends/Family Ties) - Courteney drops by E!'s Busy Tonight at 11pm.
  • Tony Danza (Taxi/Who's the Boss?/Hudston Street/The Tony Danza Show) - Tony will be on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 11:30am ET.
  • Christina Milian (Grandfathered) - Christina talks about The Oath on ABC's Strahan & Sara at 1pm and on People Now at 12pm.
  • Kaley Cuoco (The Big Bang Theory/8 Simple Rules) - Kaley appears on E!'s Daily Pop at 12pm.


New on DVD/Blu-ray (January/February/March)

Step by Step - The Complete Fourth Season What I Like About You - The Complete Fourth Season Hangin' with Mr. Cooper - The Complete Second Season Alice - The Complete Ninth Season The Wayans Bros. - The Complete Fifth Season

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
02/05 - Family Guy - Part 1 - Volumes 1-5
02/05 - Family Guy - Part 2 - Volumes 6-10
02/05 - Family Guy - Part 3 - Seasons 10-14
02/05 - First Lady of Television - Betty White Collection (40 rare and acclaimed episodes from her early days in television)
02/05 - Mama's Family - Seasons 1-6 - The Complete Series
02/12 - Rick and Morty - The Complete Seasons 1-3 (Blu-ray)
02/12 - Step by Step - The Complete Fourth Season
02/26 - What I Like About You - The Complete Fourth Season
03/05 - Hangin' with Mr. Cooper - The Complete Second Season (WBShop.com)
03/12 - Alice - The Complete Ninth Season (WBShop.com)
03/26 - The Wayans Bros. - The Complete Fifth Season (WBShop.com)
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