Saturday, February 09, 2019

SitcomsOnline Digest: ABC Orders Pair of Comedy Pilots; NBC Cancels Hair Musical

Welcome to SitcomsOnline Digest! It's been a really busy week of news this week, and we've got some of the highlights for you here (but check out some of our posts from earlier this week for more!). We're hearing about some new comedy pilots at ABC, the end of a sitcom era as another ABC sitcom is renewed for a final season, and even a marathon of Redd Foxx's last sitcom that is airing on Decades today. Let's get going!

HIGHLIGHTS FROM SITCOMSONLINE.COM AND AROUND THE WEB
  • ABC has ordered a pair of comedy pilots, including one starring Katey Sagal. (Variety)
  • Modern Family is coming to an end after next season, which may not seem like a big deal since it isn't the show that people talk about anymore, but the end of this series (along with that of The Big Bang Theory of this season) signals the end of an era where broadcast network sitcoms were a dominant force. (Fortune)
  • Fox recently aired a musical version of Rent, and it seems that in light of the disappointing ratings of that musical, NBC has cancelled their planned May 19 musical version of Hair. (Business Insider)
  • The proposed reboot of Bewitched at ABC won't be coming in the fall, but the idea isn't completely dead just yet. (Variety)
  • A pair of musical episodes is in the works for American Housewife. (Deadline)
  • Neither The Simpsons (which was legitimately in danger with the Disney acquisition of the production company) nor Mom are going anywhere anytime soon.. (SitcomsOnline)

HOME MEDIA RELEASES (FEBRUARY 12)
Step by Step - The Complete Fourth Season
  • Step by Step - The Complete Fourth Season (DVD, $29.99): We've been in a major drought for TV series on DVD (and sadly, it likely won't improve as many series have been completely released and streaming media has cannibalized DVD), but Warner Archive is still throwing us some bones, including the continuation of this TGIF classic on DVD.

WEEKLY PLANNER (FEBRUARY 9 - FEBRUARY 15)
  • Decades has a very rare treat for viewers on their weekly Binge this weekend, as they will be airing a marathon of Redd Foxx's last sitcom, The Royal Family from 1 PM today through 7 AM tomorrow morning, followed by a Binge of The Facts of Life all day Sunday.
  • The sixteenth season of American Dad! debuts Monday on TBS.
  • The TBS comedy Miracle Workers debuts on Tuesday.


Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Saturday, February 16

Henry Danger - "Grand Theft Otto" (Nickelodeon, 8:00PM ET/PT)
When Piper's school parrot, Otto, starts to repeat that Henry is Kid Danger, Henry and Jasper have to stall until Ray, Charlotte and Schwoz can find a way to fix things.

Cousins for Life - "Super Ivy" (Nickelodeon, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Leaf creates a graphic novel with a superhero based on his sister, Ivy; when the publisher insists on changing the lead character to a boy, the kids must convince the publisher that girls can be heroes too.

Knight Squad - "Love at First Knight" (Nickelodeon, 9:00PM ET/PT)
As Warwick's infatuation with the Princess becomes a liability during training, Arc and Ciara help him focus by setting him up with another beautiful princess, but she may not be as sweet as she seems.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of February 11)

Friday, February 15

  • Tracy Morgan (The Last O.G./30 Rock/The Tracy Morgan Show) - Watch Tracy on a repeat of Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Rosie O'Donnell (Gimme a Break!) - Rosie appears on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Ken Jeong (Dr. Ken/Community) - Ken is a guest on a repeat of The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS. He talks about Fox's The Masked Singer and Netflix's You Complete Me, Ho on Access Live, so check your local listings.
  • Brian Tyree Henry (Atlanta) - Brian appears on a repeat of The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Morris Chestnut (Out All Night) - Morris talks about The Enemy Within on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Jerry O'Connell (We Are Men/Cavemen/My Secret Identity) - Jerry guest hosts The Wendy Williams Show, so check your local listings. Jerry and his wife Rebecca Romijn talk about the 2019 American Rescue Dog Show on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Henry Winkler (Barry/Out of Practice/Happy Days) - Henry stops by The Real, so check your local listings.
  • Lori Loughlin (Fuller House/Hudson Street/Full House) - Lori talks about When Calls the Heart on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 11:30am ET.
  • Dan Cortese (What I Like About You/Veronica's Closet) - Dan is part of the panel on Steve, so check your local listings.
  • Daniel Radcliffe (Miracle Workers) - Daniel is a guest on Couch Surfing at 8am.


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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