Saturday, December 01, 2018

SitcomsOnline Digest: Facebook Watch Acquires Buffy, the Vampire Slayer and More; Preview of Next Season of Fuller House

Welcome to SitcomsOnline Digest! This week, we're hearing about some series coming to Facebook Watch, getting a preview of the new season of Fuller House, and preparing for a (maybe Tuesday?) release of a new season of Perfect Strangers. Let's get going!

HIGHLIGHTS FROM SITCOMSONLINE.COM AND AROUND THE WEB
  • We tend to think of Hulu, Netflix, and Amazon Prime when we think of streaming services, but Facebook Watch is trying to create an identity now, and has acquired Buffy, the Vampire Slayer, Angel, and Firefly to help begin that process. (The Verge)
  • Fuller House returns in two weeks, and a preview of the new season has been released. (Deadline)
  • Despite the network airing the program firing her husband, it has been confirmed that Julie Chen Moonves will be returning to host Big Brother. (Hollywood Reporter)
  • Stephen Hillenburg, creator of Spongebob Squarepants, died this week at age 57. (Variety)
  • CBS has put their winter plans into place. (SitcomsOnline)

HOME MEDIA HIGHLIGHTS
  • Although we aren't certain that this release is indeed happening on Tuesday (it isn't available to pre-order anywhere, including on the Warner Archive website), TVShowsOnDVD is reporting that Perfect Strangers - The Complete Sixth Season is being released on Tuesday.


TUESDAY (DECEMBER 4) HOME MEDIA RELEASE
Family Guy - Season Sixteen

  • Family Guy - Season Sixteen (DVD, $29.98): Even though the older and more iconic animated Fox comedy seems to have been abandoned on DVD once again, the other animated Fox comedy (and the one that arguably was responsible for making TV on DVD a huge deal for over a decade) arrives on DVD in this release.


WEEKLY PLANNER (DECEMBER 1 - DECEMBER 7)
  • Decades is headed back to comedy for their binges this weekend, with The Phil Silvers Show.
  • Although it debuted yesterday, F is for Family has returned to Netflix for a third season.
  • ABC has A Charlie Brown Christmas scheduled for Thursday.
  • Saturday Night Live has a Christmas special scheduled for Tuesday night.


Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Monday, February 18

The Neighborhood - "Welcome to Malcolm's Job" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT)
When Tina agrees to give Grover piano lessons and her son Malcolm lands a job in retail sales, neither Butler has a first day that goes quite according to plan.

Man with a Plan - "Put Him on the Ground" (CBS, 8:30PM ET/PT)
When Adam sees a kid push Emme, he convinces Teddy to dish out some old-school justice to defend his younger sister, to Andi’s dismay. Also, Adam and Don persuade Joe to hire a nurse to help out after his upcoming knee surgery. Ron Funches guest stars as Funches, Joe’s home nurse.

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Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of February 18

Monday, February 18

  • Paul Shaffer (A Year at the Top) - Watch Paul on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Mark-Paul Gosselaar (Saved by the Bell/Saved by the Bell: The College Years/Truth Be Told) - Mark-Paul visits Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Tom Hanks (Bosom Buddies) - Tom appears on a repeat of Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Michael Strahan (Brothers) - Michael chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Courteney Cox (Cougar Town/Friends/Family Ties) - Courteney stops by The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Kate Walsh (Bad Judge/The Drew Carey Show) - Kate chats about her new Netflix show The Umbrella Academy on Rachael Ray, so check your local listings.
  • NeNe Leakes (The New Normal) - NeNe is a guest on ABC's Strahan & Sara at 1pm.
  • Morris Chestnut (Out All Night) - Morris talks about The Enemy Within on the BUILD Series at 3:30pm.


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

Fuller House - The Complete Third Season The Wayans Bros. - The Complete Fourth Season The Game - The Complete Series Step by Step - The Complete Fourth Season What I Like About You - The Complete Fourth 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
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