Saturday, January 02, 2010

2010 Sitcoms on DVD Preview

Welcome to our 5th Annual Sitcoms on DVD Preview and Predictions Issue! First, we will take a look at some of the releases that have been officially announced or rumored to be coming to DVD in 2010. Then we will offer some of our own predictions of some new and returning sitcoms that we feel have some chance to be released later this year.

Making their debut on DVD in 2010 will be Big John, Little John , Gary Unmarried, Nurse Jackie, Small Wonder and 10 Things I Hate About You. Hopefully we will have news on many more in the upcoming months.

Returning favorites that have been announced include Becker, Designing Women, Entourage, Father Know Best, The Game, Girlfriends, Life with Derek, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Mr. Belvedere, Mister Ed, My Three Sons, My Two Dads, Night Court, Parker Lewis Can't Lose, The Patty Duke Show, Rhoda, Room 222, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, The Simpsons, Tyler Perry's House of Payne and Weeds.

The links below go to Amazon.com where you can pre-order these titles at some nice discounts. We are an affiliate of Amazon.com and receive a commission for each sale. Please consider ordering through our links. Thanks for your support!


January 2010:

10 Things I Hate About You - Volume One

01/12 - 10 Things I Hate About You - Volume One

Sisters Bianca (Meaghan Martin) and Kat (Lindsey Shaw) are two very different people. At their new high school, it's clear that one sister wants to stand out and the other just wants to fit in. Kat is a strong-willed feminist, looking to save the world and get out of school as fast as she can. But when she meets the intense Patrick Verona (Ethan Peck), sparks begin to fly. Bianca is a social butterfly whose main goal in life is to be popular, but when the head cheerleader makes her the mascot, she realizes she has a long way to go. As they start a bumpy year at Padua High, will Kat and Bianca be able to navigate the challenges of the popular crowd, guys AND their over-protective dad (Larry Miller)? The two-disc set will contain 10 episodes plus audio commentaries, bloopers, a "Backstage Pass" Featurette (behind the scenes with Meaghan and Lindsey), a "10 Things I Hate vs. 10 Things I Love" Featurette (the cast answers crazy questions) and a bonus episode: the pilot of Make It or Break It.

Becker - The Third Season

01/12 - Becker - The Third Season

Becker centers on the life of Dr. John Becker, a cantankerous, yet dedicated and talented physician, who, in spite of his constant rants, has a decent heart underneath the sarcasm. Becker will continue to unleash his views at the local diner, even in Reggie’s continuing absense. Jake (Alex Desert), the blind proprietor of the local newsstand continues to turn a deaf ear to John. Bob, Becker’s brash, obnoxious apartment super (Saverio Guerra), persists in annoying virtually everyone. At the office, Becker’s head nurse Margaret (Hattie Winston) continues to make order out of chaos, keeping John and his space-cadet nurses-aid Linda (Shawnee Smith) in line. New to the neighborhood is Chris Konnors (Nancy Travis), Becker’s new neighbor, with whom he must contend on a daily basis. Although her positive attitude is a major annoyance to Becker, he slowly begins to have feelings for her. John Becker is a cynical Harvard Medical School graduate who is somewhat of a loner and has trouble letting people get close to him. He looks at the world around him and feels society has gone mad - full of inconsistencies and just plain backward thinking. Although he is a diagnostician by trade, Becker feels he can dispense diagnoses even when no one asks. He has no qualms about saying what comes to mind, never sugarcoats his opinions and often seems to offend somebody nearby. However, his friends and colleagues recognize the heart beneath the hate and so accept his gruff demeanor for what it is. The 3-disc set contains all 24 episodes from the third season and runs 520 minutes. They will be in full screen video and closed captioning will be available.

Tyler Perry's House of Payne - Volume Five (Episodes 81-100)

01/12 - Tyler Perry's House of Payne - Volume Five (Episodes 81-100)

Presenting episodes 81-100 of Tyler Perry's hit TV series! In Volume Five, the Paynes return with more roof-raising hilarity, with fire chief Pops still hoping for some peace and quiet...but between his son Calvin, his nephew C.J., and C.J.'s mischievous kids, Malik and Jazmine, there are plenty of fires to put out. Supported by Ella, his ever-patient wife, Pops keeps his family together with the uplifting good humor that has earned House of Payne millions of fans. The 3-disc set runs 430 minutes and will contain episodes from the fourth season. Special features include bloopers and a Calvin character profile.

The Simpsons - The Complete Twentieth Season

01/12 - The Simpsons - The Complete Twentieth Season (Blu-ray)

In January 1990 television history was made as households across the country were introduced to a one-of-a-kind family whose outrageous antics and wild behavior made them an institution of prime-time television and a pop culture staple over the next two-plus decades. Now, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment celebrates this historic milestone when The Simpsons Season 20 Blu-ray and DVD collection arrives January 12, marking the show's first time ever in high-definition. Series creator Matt Groening has added his own special touch by drawing all-new menus for both the Blu-ray and DVD, creating another keepsake memento for The Simpsons fans. Highly collectible packaging will also include a character layout of Springfield's most favorite characters, sure to challenge the ultimate Simpsons fan to name them all.

A show that has remained culturally significant and hugely popular with audiences for over 20 years, the latest DVD collection features every outrageous episode from the 2008-09 season, including the family's hilarious trip to Ireland, Homer and Ned's turn as bounty hunters and Bart trading lives with a multi-millionaire lookalike of himself. The show's impressive who's who of guest stars continues with the likes of Denis Leary, Joe Montana, Marv Albert, Mark Cuban, Emily Blunt, Anne Hathaway, Ellen Page, Jodie Foster and Kelsey Grammer, returning for his 11th time as Bart's nemesis, Sideshow Bob.

The Simpsons Season 20 includes a total of 21 hilarious episodes and features "The Twentieth Anniversary Special Sneak Peak" by Academy Award® nominee Morgan Spurlock. Available in collectible packaging for a limited time only, the Blu-ray Disc will be available for a suggested retail price of $59.99 U.S. while the DVD will be available for $49.98 U.S.

The Game - The Second Season

01/19 - The Game - The Second Season

Being the wife or girlfriend of a pro-football player might sound like a glamorous and stress-free existence, but Melanie Barnett (Tia Mowry) is about to discover the truth. Melanie’s boyfriend, Derwin, is the new third-string wide receiver for the San Diego Sabers. While Derwin worries about the plays on the field, Melanie learns about the power plays that NFL wives use to get their men the best agents, managers, endorsements, merchandising deals and even the “in” charity. As she deals with egos, groupies and image consultants, Melanie is finding out how “the game” is played among the women behind the athletes. The 3-disc set contains all 20 episodes and has a running time of 418 minutes.

Girlfriends - The Final (Eighth) Season

01/19 - Girlfriends - The Final (Eighth) Season

Girlfriends is a sophisticated comedy series that invites viewers into the lives of three professional African American women living in Los Angeles who are struggling with the weighty issues of life - men, love, money -- and more men. Girlfriends returns for its triumphant final year, providing an open, honest exploration of the hot-button issues about family, friends, relationships and life facing women today. With fearlessness and sincerity, the show takes on universal issues that interest all women. Whether it is being recently engaged, exploring your career or balancing friendships and a new baby, “Girlfriends” treats them all with tenderness, care and respect. The 2-disc set will contain all 13 episodes and have a running time of 271 minutes.

Mr. Belvedere - Season Four

01/19 - Mr. Belvedere - Season Four (Shout! Factory Online Exclusive)

Featuring all 20 original episodes from the complete fourth season, Mr. Belvedere (Christopher Hewett) is back to clean up another series of sticky situations as the booming, bombastic butler to the Owens family.

With George's (Bob Uecker) new gig as a big-shot TV sportscaster, Marsha's (Ilene Graff) new job with a sleazeball boss, Kevin (Rob Stone) now in college pledging a fraternity, Wesley (Brice Beckham) refusing to bathe and Heather (Tracy Wells) busting the elderly out of nursing homes - it's no wonder Belvedere turns to gambling in the middle of what is the most uproarious season yet!

There are few '80s sitcoms that have been referenced as often throughout pop culture during the past two decades. Mr. Belvedere dishes out a serious sense of humor with a heartfelt warmth that leaves you yearning for multiple helpings. Bonus features include: Commentaries by creator and cast.

Room 222 - Season Two

01/19 - Room 222 - Season Two (Shout! Factory Online Exclusive)

Room 222 is a compelling series about life at a multiracial Los Angeles high school. It left an indelible mark on popular culture by using the half-hour form to explore socially relevant issues (more than a year before Norman Lear's other groundbreaking shows - All in the Family and Maude) and by starting the still-popular trend of high school television series. Created by the now-legendary James L. Brooks (The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Rhoda, The Simpsons), the program was praised for dealing realistically with such subjects as racism, sexism, illiteracy, guns in school and drugs.

Pete Dixon (Lloyd Haynes) is a dedicated and popular history teacher who fights the good fight on the side of his students. Joining him in his idealistic approach to education are guidance counselor Liz McIntyre (Denise Nicholas) and student teacher Alice Johnson (Karen Valentine). Experienced and slightly world-weary principal Seymour Kaufman (Michael Constantine) provides a balance to the youthful idealism of the '60s cultural revolution - but at the end of the day, everyone is on the side of the students. Season Two guest stars include Richard Dreyfuss, Kurt Russell, Cindy Williams, Chuck Norris, Tim Matheson and Ed Begley, Jr.

Weeds - Season Five

01/19 - Weeds - Season Five (Blu-ray

The hemptress is back! Pot-selling soccer mom Nancy Botwin (Emmy® and Golden Globe® winner Mary-Louise Parker) returns for her most addictive adventures yet in the complete fifth season of Showtime's hit series, Weeds. Nancy's taken her business south and now faces a whole new crop of crazy problems. Follow the Queen of Green as she fights to keep her family in line and her enemies out of her stash in this intoxicatingly entertaining DVD and Blu-ray collection. Weeds: Season Five includes all 13 episodes of the fifth season, which originally aired in the summer of 2009, and is loaded with special features including commentaries with cast and crew, a gag reel, newly produced featurettes, webisodes and more. In addition, Weeds: Season Five is taking "green" to a higher level as the DVD set will be packaged using 100% recycled paper and DVD trays.

When Nancy took her homegrown business south of the border, she found the grass wasn't greener on the other side. Now she's pregnant with the child of a powerful politician turned dangerous drug lord - or is she? Doug and Silas are trying to branch out on their own, Andy is looking to score and Celia attempts to turn the tables on her kidnappers. With enemies out to smoke the Queen of Green, Nancy's sure to find a whole new crop of trouble. Co-starring Elizabeth Perkins (Fierce People) and Kevin Nealon (TV's Saturday Night Live,), Weeds: Season Five also features appearances by Golden Globe® nominee Jennifer Jason Leigh (Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama, Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle, 1995) and singer Alanis Morissette (TV's Nip/Tuck). Hilarious and subversive, Weeds is the hit that put the herb in suburb!

Parker Lewis Can't Lose - The Complete Second Season

01/26 - Parker Lewis Can't Lose - The Complete Second Season

Created as FOX’s answer to the success of Paramount’s 1986 hit Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Parker Lewis Can't Lose is the hip single-camera sitcom that helped usher in the ’90s; bright colored shirts, Swatch watches and all! Season Two follows Parker Lewis (Corin Nemec, Stargate SG-1), the one teenager able to overcome any barrier with the use of his wits and the help of his friends, rock ‘n’ roller Mikey (Billy Jayne) and quintessential nerd Jerry (Troy Slaten) in their high school adventures. Parker falls for an older woman, contemplates his future and gets a girlfriend in this hysterical second season. The 4-disc set contains all 25 episodes and has a running time of 570 minutes.



February 2010:

The Mary Tyler Moore Show - The Complete Sixth Season

02/02 - The Mary Tyler Moore Show - The Complete Sixth Season

The groundbreaking and award-winning comedy series that distinguished itself as a creative pioneer during its run and became one of the most beloved and critically acclaimed shows in television history, The Mary Tyler Moore Show Season Six debuts on DVD February 2 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.

Join all of your favorites in the WJM-TV newsroom for the hilarious, heartfelt Season Six of the comedy classic that turned the world on with a smile! This time, love is all around, and while the ever-independent Mary falls head over heels and rekindles an old flame, the levelheaded Murray pines away for a secret love of his own. And that's just the beginning—from Lou's outrageously unlikely date with Sue Ann to Ted and Georgette's uproarious wedding, it's time to share the love, the lunacy, and the laughter with all of the gang in this timeless, Emmy Award-winning classic.

Created by James L. Brooks (As Good As It Gets) and starring Mary Tyler Moore (The Dick Van Dyke Show), Gavin MacLeod (The Love Boat), Edward Asner (Up), Ted Knight (Too Close for Comfort), Betty White (The Golden Girls), along many hilarious guest stars, The Mary Tyler Moore Show Season Six DVD set will be available for the suggested retail price of $29.98 U.S. / $37.98 Canada.

Mister Ed - The Complete Second Season

02/02 - Mister Ed - The Complete Second Season

Following a very successful first season in syndication, Mister Ed moved on to greener pastures in the fall of 1961 when CBS picked up the show for national broadcast and added it to their Sunday night lineup. Here are all 26 episodes from the second season of the classic TV sitcom.

Architect Wilbur Post (Alan Young, The Time Machine) and his wife Carol (Connie Hines) are once again up to their ears in trouble, and hilarity, with all of the mischief brought on by their meddlesome talking horse. This season features a star-studded array of celebrities who appear on the show, including George Burns (the shows original producer), Zsa Zsa Gabor and Clint Eastwood. Bonus features include an audio interview with Alan Young and Connie Hines from Stu's Show - Shokus Internet Radio and Studebaker Car Commercials.

Gary Unmarried - The Complete First Season

02/09 - Gary Unmarried - The Complete First Season

Life after divorce takes on a whole new, hilarious meaning in Gary Unmarried: The Complete First Season, available on DVD February 9, from Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment. Comedian Jay Mohr (Saturday Night Live, Jerry Maguire) stars in 20 laugh-out-loud episodes of the 2009 People's Choice Award winner for Favorite New TV Comedy. The three-disc set contains every Season One episode plus never-before-seen bonus features including a behind-the-scenes visit with the show's executive producer, James Burrows (Taxi, Cheers, Friends).

The latest classic comedy from Emmy® Award-winning producer and director Burrows, Gary Unmarried: The Complete First Season also stars Paula Marshall (Californication), Ryan Malgarini (Freaky Friday), Kathryn Newton (All My Children), Al Madrigal (The Ortegas), Jaime King (Sin City), Ed Begley, Jr. (Arrested Development), and guest star Jane Curtain (3rd Rock From the Sun) in the story of a simple man dealing with a not-so-simple world.

Bonus Features include Gary Unhinged: Bloopers From Season One, The Chemistry Of Comedy - The cast and crew gives an all-access tour of Gary Unmarried, Planet Begley - Cast member Ed Begley, Jr. brings his eco-friendly expertise to the set of Gary Unmarried, Tuesday On The Set With Jay - Spend a day on the set of Gary Unmarried with Jay Mohr.

The Patty Duke Show - The Complete Second Season

02/09 - The Patty Duke Show - The Complete Second Season

Identical in appearance, but diametric opposites in personality, Patty and Cathy Lane are back for more fun and antics with the second hysterical season of The Patty Duke Show, starring Academy Award-winner Patty Duke (The Miracle Worker), William Schallert and Jean Byron (The Many Loves Of Dobie Gillis), Paul O Keefe and Eddie Applegate.

For the first time, all 36 laugh-filled episodes of the off-the-wall sophomore season are now available for you to own in one 6-DVD collection! Bonus Features include Brand-New Cast Interviews and Rare PSAs Starring Patty and Cathy.

The Sarah Silverman Program - Season 2, Volume 2

02/09 - The Sarah Silverman Program - Season 2, Volume 2

Join Sarah Silverman and friends for the second season of her critically acclaimed Comedy Central series. Watch as she gets high for the first time, drives into Osama bin Laden (or at least people she believes look like him), suffers from bed-wetting and becomes homeless. Had enough yet? Well she also mocks the institution of marriage…by marrying her dog. Disgusted? Offended? Think we're lying? Then watch now and see for yourself!

My Two Dads - The Complete Second Season

02/16 - My Two Dads - The Complete Second Season (Shout! Factory Online Exclusive)

When 12-year-old Nicole Bradford is left orphaned by her mother’s passing, Judge Margaret Wilbur places her in the custody of two quarreling former best friends, both of whom are suspected of being her biological father: conservative financial advisor Michael Taylor (Paul Reiser, Mad About You) and liberal artist Joey Harris (Greg Evigan, TekWar).

Co-starring Staci Keanan (Step by Step), Florence Stanley (Law & Order),Vonni Ribisi (guest star, Friends) and football hero Dick Butkus, My Two Dads promises to be fun for the entire family.

Small Wonder - The Complete First Season

02/16 - Small Wonder - The Complete First Season

Small Wonder confirmed the age-old adage: If it looks like a ten-year-old girl and talks like a robot...it's a ROBOT!

When genius cybernetics engineer Ted Lawson (Dick Christie) brings home his top secret invention, a Voice Input Child Identicant or V.I.C.I. (Tiffany Brissette), life becomes anything but mechanic for the Lawson family. With Ted's boss and nosy neighbors (the Brindles) next door, his family must pass off Vickie as a real child. It's easy for his wife Joan (Marla Pennington) who can't help doting on her like a real daughter, but harder for his precocious son Jamie (Jerry Supiran) who uses Vickie to do his homework and ward off Harriet (Emily Schulman), the annoying red-headed girl who has a crush on him. Small Wonder also starred Edie McClurg (Ferris Bueller's Day Off, The Hogan Family) as Harriet's busybody mom.

Marking 24 years after the initial premiere on network television, Small Wonder: The Complete First Season finally debuts on DVD for the first time on February 16, 2010 from Shout! Factory. Along with bonus features, including commentary from the cast and crew as well as unique fan art and original episode promos, the DVD set will also include all 24 memorable and original episodes from the iconic show's premiere season.

Small Wonder aired for four seasons in syndication and often reran out of order, to the chagrin of fans. The show has since withstood the test of time to emerge as a classic laser beacon of '80s nostalgia and pop culture. Small Wonder: The Complete First Season is priced to own at $34.99.

My Three Sons - The Second Season, Volume One

02/16 - My Three Sons - The Second Season, Volume One

My Three Sons is a delightful slice-of-life comedy about the American family. The series chronicles the life of the Douglas family; a seemingly simple premise that was a huge hit with audiences and a keystone of the TV family lineup in the ‘60s. Fred MacMurray delivers a standout portrayal as Steve Douglas, an aeronautical engineer and widower raising his three sons alone. The 3-disc set will have a running time of 461 minutes.

Night Court - The Complete Third Season

02/16 - Night Court - The Complete Third Season

This season, life in Judge Harry Stone's court starts with a tear (as the gang says farewell to Selma) and a horselaugh (as they welcome wiseacre Flo - Florence Halop - to the municipal menagerie). And it's all fun from there in 22 absurdly hilarious episodes as Harry and his staff (including another newcomer, Legal Aid attorney Christine Sullivan - Markie Post) contend with New York's zaniest nuts and dolts: the usual winos, weirdos, hookers and con artists, plus an orangutan, a rock star, a man from Saturn and a gorgeous witch who has Harry under her spell. The 3-Disc Set of Season 3 ends on a dark and stormy night, when four expectant moms fulfill their expectations with the panic-stricken assistance of the whole Night Court crew. Lullaby and good Night Court!

Nurse Jackie - Season One

02/16 - Nurse Jackie - Season One Blu-ray

Three-time Primetime Emmy® winner Edie Falco is "outstanding” (TIME Magazine) as Jackie Peyton, a nurse trying to survive the chaotic grind of saving lives in a hectic New York City hospital. Sharp-tongued and quick-witted, Jackie’s a woman of substance who knows how to handle it all. With a white lie here, a bent rule there, and a steady dose of pain relievers for her chronic back pain, Jackie does whatever it takes to get the job done. See why critics call Nurse Jackie "wildly entertaining” (TV GUIDE Magazine) and "a habit well worth acquiring” (THE WASHINGTON POST) in these bitingly funny episodes from the first season of the groundbreaking series.



March 2010:

Designing Women - The Complete Third Season

03/02 - Designing Women - The Complete Third Season

Without a doubt, Designing Women was a show about female empowerment, politics, human rights, ethics and, oh yeah - big laughs! It's quite the scene at Sugarbakers in Season Three when Julia runs for the office of Supervisor against a sexist pig, Suzanne brandishes a semiautomatic weapon to protect a pig of her own, Mary-Jo decides getting breast implants might be a good idea, Anthony gets nominated for homecoming Queen and Charlene decides to drag them all down to Graceland for an Elvis nostalgia weekend. Created by Linda Bloodworth-Thomason, Designing Women aired on CBS from 1986 - 1993 running for seven seasons becoming a premier landmark sitcom in television history. This 4-disc set will contain all 22 episodes and have a running time of 480 minutes.

03/09 - Life with Derek - The Complete Third Season

E1 Entertainment releases the third season of Life with Derek at a planned cost of $29.98 SRP

South Park - The Complete Thirteenth Season

03/16 - South Park - The Complete Thirteenth Season

All fourteen uncensored episodes from South Park's thirteenth season will be available in this exclusive three-disc set. Roll with the boys as they save the economy, the whales, and a bunch of dead celebrities...all while discovering the joys of Fish Sticks. For them, it's all part of growing up in South Park! Bonus Features included mini-audio commeentaries and deleted scenes.

The Abbott and Costello Show - Collector's Edition

03/23 - The Abbott and Costello Show - Collector's Edition (The Complete Series)

E1 Entertainment plans a 9-disc set that will include a substantial booklet that includes liner notes and episode synopses. The episodes have been restored and re-mastered according to the packaging.

Father Knows Best - Season Four

03/23 - Father Knows Best - Season Four

Americas #1 dad returns for another season of family adventures! Robert Young is Jim Anderson, patriarch extraordinaire to his loving but sometimes misguided family. With Bud (Billy Gray) taking up the practice of mind-reading, Kathy (Lauren Chapin) rebelling at summer camp, Betty (Elinor Donahue) discovering that Mother Margaret (Jane Wyatt) has been placed in her English class as a student: it is certain that the father who knows best is going to have his hands full! By the fourth season, Father Knows Best was a prime-time fixture for NBC, although the program would soon return to the CBS lineup for its last two seasons. Get ready for a trip back in time to 1950s suburbia with the Andersons in Father Knows Best Season Four!

Bonus Features include episodes of Windows on Main Street (Robert Young's very next TV series): The Boy Who Got It Made and The Haunted House and Father Knows Best? Radio Programs.

Sabrina, the Teenage Witch - The Sixth Season

03/23 - Sabrina, the Teenage Witch - The Sixth Season

This year, half-witch teen, Sabrina, decides to make some changes in her life, including attending college and living away from home like a normal freshman. Ecstatic to finally be on her own, she discovers that college life isn’t all she’d imagined and find out how difficult it will be to keep the fact that she’s a witch a secret from her unfriendly new roommates.

Rhoda - Season Two

03/30 - Rhoda - Season Two

Everyones favorite New York daughter returns for the second incredible season of Rhoda, the popular Mary Tyler Moore Show spin-off created by James L. Brooks and Allan Burns!

On a visit to her childhood home, spunky window dresser Rhoda Morgenstern (Valerie Harper) had no idea she would meet the man of her dreams, a handsome divorcé named Joe Gerard (David Groh). But soon she was back living in New York City and married to Joe. Now their marriage just has to survive Rhoda s hectic career and relationships with her overbearing mother Ida (Nancy Walker), beleaguered father Martin (Harold Gould) and neurotic sister Brenda (Julie Kavner).

Rhoda aired for five seasons on the CBS network from 1974 1978, garnering an astounding 17 Emmy nominations and two wins for its cast and crew. Now you can see why with the next 24 episodes in the hilarious life of Rhoda.

Sports Night - The Complete First Season

03/30 - Sports Night - The Complete First Season

From Aaron Sorkin and Thomas Schlamme, the creative masterminds behind The West Wing and Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip, comes Sports Night, an innovative half-hour program about the team of smart people responsible for putting on a nightly live sports news show. They arre funny, disciplined, capable and fast-thinking, a group of consummate professionals, except when it comes to their personal lives.

Combining the storytelling talents of Sorkin and Schlamme and unforgettable performances by Josh Charles (In Treatment), Robert Guillaume (Benson), Felicity Huffman (Desperate Housewives), Peter Krause (Six Feet Under), Sabrina Lloyd (Sliders) and Joshua Malina (The West Wing), the first season of Sports Night defined a new style and raised the bar for all television programs to follow.

Bonus Features

* The Show: All-new interviews with creator Aaron Sorkin, director Thomas Schlamme and members of the cast and crew reveal the story of Sports Night from inception to cancellation to legacy.

* Face-Off ESPN SportsCenter vs. CSC Sports Night: The real-life counterparts to Sports Nights fictional team tell us what the show got right. Featuring SportsCenter anchors Josh Elliot and Jay Harris, Senior Coordinating Producers Glenn Jacobs and Michael Schiffman, Associate Producer Elizabeth Sosbee and Researcher David Rose.

* Season One Gag Reel

* Five Commentaries With Creators, Cast and Crew



April 2010:

Big John, Little John - The Complete Series

04/20 - Big John, Little John - The Complete Series

Big John, Little John is an NBC Classic Kids Comedy from the late 1970's. The show stars Herb Edelman as 'Big John,' a Junior High School science teacher who takes a sip from the fountain of youth. Randomly at the most inopportune moments, 'Big John' becomes a 12 year old version of himself - 'Little John,' played by Robbie Rist. Enjoy for the first time on DVD all sorts of hilarious adventures as Big John tries to find a cure so he can live a normal life!

04/27 - It's Garry Shandling's Show - The Complete First Season

Although Shout! Factory already released the complete series, they will be offering the first season as a 4-disc set. It's expected they will include the same special features that were found on the first season discs in the complete series release.

Month and Day TBD - Entourage - The Complete Sixth Season

For Vince, Eric, Drama and Turtle, life in Hollywood's fast lane can be an intoxicating roller-coaster of a ride. After hitting some speed bumps the last couple of years, Vince's career is in high gear after his role in a new Martin Scorsese film. But now that Vince is back on top, is it finally time for the entourage to step out of his shadow? The 3-disc set will 326 minutes. A Blu-ray release is also in the works.




Other Sitcoms Expected on DVD in 2010:

The Bill Cosby Show - A summer 2007 release was originally planned but never happened. Shout! Factory is expected to offer the second season as an online exclusive via their store someetime in early 2010.

Brooklyn Bridge - Show creator Gary David Goldberg announced on his website in September that "On March 16, 2010 CBS will release the award-winning series 'Brooklyn Bridge' on DVD." Nothing further has been announced as of yet.

Gimme A Break - VEI is said to be working on a complete series set after abandoning the single season sets. It's not expected any sooner than the middle of 2010 if they decide to go with this plan.

The Goldbergs - Shout! Factory is expected to release a "complete series" 6-disc set of all the surviving episodes of the 1949-1956 tv series via their online store in early 2010.

The Lucy Show - The Official Season 2 is scheduled for a July 13, 2010 release. If sales are strong for Season 2, we could see Season 3 in October.

The Mothers-in-Law - This one has been in the works for a long time. MPI is reportedly remastering the episodes and putting together some great bonus material (as almost all MPI sets have). It's not expected before second quarter 2010.




Special thanks to the fine folks at TVShowsOnDVD.com for the artwork and information in compiling this preview.




2010 Predictions:

These are my predictions and opinions only for 2010. Some of them probably have zero chance, but I still have them on my wish list. None of these titles have been officially announced.

Unfortunately, it appears that Sony have abandoned most of their classic tv series such as Diff'rent Strokes, The Facts of Life, Silver Spoons, Who's the Boss?, All in the Family, Benson, The Jeffersons, Maude, Barney Miller, Archie Bunker's Place and One Day at a Time. Hopefully they will change their mind and start releasing them again. If not, it would be great if Shout! Factory could acquire the rights to release the remaining seasons for some of these.

Some current shows that I expect to debut on DVD or have more seasons/volumes of are American Dad! Better Off Ted, The Big Bang Theory, The Cleveland Show, Community, Cougar Town, Curb Your Entusiasm, Family Guy, Tyler Perry's House of Payne, How I Met Your Mother, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Meet the Browns, The Middle, Modern Family, The Office, Parks and Recreation, Scrubs, The Simpsons, 30 Rock, Two and a Half Men, United States of Tara and Weeds. Some of these like Better Off Ted and Parks and Recration may depend on if they are brought back for another season. Even if they are not, I would say they have a decent chance.

Classic Shows Predictions:

According to Jim - We are still waiting on season 2. Hopefully this is the year.
Blossom - Likely a Shout! Factory Online exclusive like Mr. Belvedere and My Two Dads.
8 Simple Rules - We are still waiting for the third and final season.
Boy Meets World - Lionsgate licensed to the rights to this show and a number of others, but we didn't hear much from them in 2009.
California Dreams - Seasons 3-5 remain to be released. Shout! Factory could release them as online exclusives.
Family Ties - CBS DVD has released these at a pretty good rate. I expect Season 6 in 2010.
Frank's Place - It has been mentioned as a possibility for a DVD release, although it would have music changed. It didn't happen in 2009 but maybe in 2010?
George Lopez - Remains a big hit on Nick at Nite and George Lopez's Lopez Tonight is drawing viewers on TBS. It's time for more seasons Warner Brothers! Sheow!
Happy Days - Nothing in 2009. Let's hope for Season 5 this year.
Here's Lucy - Lucy is always popular. I expect to see Season 3 in 2010.
Hope & Faith - Season 1 was released but we are still waiting on Seasons 2-3from Lionsgate.
Laverne & Shirley - Another no show in 2009. Hopefully CBS DVD will resume releasing them.
Leave it to Beaver - It would be a perfect fit for Shout! Factory if they could get the rights to it to release the remaining seasons.
The Mary Tyler Moore Show - Only the seventh season remains to be released. Then FOX could package the complete series together.
Mork & Mindy - I know it wasn't the greatest season, but it would be nice to have the fourth and final season to complete the series.
My Wife and Kids - Is this the year Lionsgate starts releasing the shows they have licensed?
The New Adventures of Old Christine - A solid hit for CBS. I'm surprised we have only seen the first two seasons on DVD.
Perfect Strangers - I didn't originally have it on my predictions list last year but added it later. This show has to be as popular as Night Court. We need more Balki!
Rules of Engagment - If CBS ever picked up this show for a full season, we might see Season 3. Always does well in the ratings, but CBS never seems to have a place for it.
Spin City - Shout! Factory has released these at a good rate. I would expect Season 4 in the spring.
The Wonder Years - The first season had only six episodes. It could be given a trial run. Music licensing rights are a major issue, but hopefully a company like Shout! Factory could work on this set. Has been the #1 most requested unreleased show at TVShowsonDVD.com for quite awhile by a wide margin.


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Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Wednesday, August 17

Abbott Elementary - "Pilot" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
In this workplace comedy, a group of dedicated, passionate teachers — and a slightly tone-deaf principal — are brought together in a Philadelphia public school where, despite the odds stacked against them, they are determined to help their students succeed in life. Though these incredible educators may be outnumbered and underfunded, they love what they do — even if they don’t love the school district’s less-than-stellar attitude toward educating children.

Abbott Elementary - "Work Family" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
After Jacob reveals a detail about his personal life, Janine realizes she doesn’t know the other teachers as well as she thought. Meanwhile, as Gregory’s stern teaching approach is causing his whole class to underperform, Barbara and Melissa teach him how to relax and make his lessons more fun.

Abbott Elementary - "Step Class" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Janine is thrilled when Ava asks to help her teach the after-school step class, but the two don’t see eye to eye on how to run the program. Later, when Barbara, Melissa and Jacob plan an “eat-off” to decide who makes the best pizza in Philadelphia, Gregory is forced to reveal a secret.

Abbott Elementary - "Desking" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
When the students start participating in a new online trend that causes disruption to the school, the teachers band together to put an end to it. Meanwhile, Mr. Johnson provides comforting life advice to Gregory; and later, the teachers finally meet Jacob’s boyfriend, Zach, who joins in to help stop the students “desking”.

Wellington Paranormal - "Mobots" (The CW, 9:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Officer Minogue meets Officer O'Leary's mom when they use her house for a stakeout to investigate why a mass quantity of obsolete electronics goes missing.

Wellington Paranormal - "The Invisible Fiend" (The CW, 9:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Minogue and O'Leary investigate a mysterious home invasion with no visible signs of entry, managing to arrest an invisible creature and bring it back to the station for questioning.

grown-ish - "You Don't Know Me" (Freeform, 10:00PM ET/PT)
The girls enlist Junior's help to find their shady roommate, Lauryn, who has a habit of mysteriously disappearing; Junior wonders if Annika is starting to catch feelings for him; Aaron suspects that Doug isn't being honest with him.

Everything's Trash - "Rom-Coms Are Mostly Trash" (Freeform, 10:30PM ET/PT)
After Phoebe suddenly sees Michael in a new light, she attempts to set him up with Malika, who already has her eye on an old flame; Jayden worries that he and Jessie have lost their spark, so they decide to spice things up.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of August 15)

Wednesday, August 17

  • Alison Brie (GLOW/Community) - Watch Alison Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Sasheer Zamata (Home Economics/Woke) - Sasheer appears on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Nicole Byer (Grand Crew/Loosely Exactly Nicole) - Nicole guest hosts Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Demi Lovato (Sonny with a Chance) - Demi co-hosts The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:35pm on NBC.
  • Kenan Thompson (Kenan/Kenan & Kel) - Kenan will be on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:35pm on NBC.
  • Zazie Beetz (Atlanta) - Zazie appears on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Simu Liu (Kim's Convenience) - Simu chats with the ladies of The View on a repeat on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Susan Walters (Dear John/The War Next Door) - Susan is a guest on a repeat of The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Blair Underwood (The New Adventures of Old Christine) - Blair will be on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Kel Mitchell (Game Shakers/Kenan & Kel) - Kel appears on a repeat of The Kelly Clarkson Show, so check your local listings.
  • Sherri Shepherd (Mr. Iglesias/Trial & Error/Sherri/Less Than Perfect/Suddenly Susan) - Sherri guest hosts a repeat of The Wendy Williams Show, so check your local listings.
  • Josh Peck (Grandfathered/Drake & Josh) and Rhea Perlman (Cheers/Pearl/Kirstie) - Josh and Rhea talk about Netflix's 13: The Musical on Access Daily, so check your local listings.
  • Murray Bartlett (Physical/Looking) - Murry talks about White Lotus on ABC's GMA 3: What You Need to Know at 1pm.


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

Up All Night - The Complete Series (Blu-ray) The Danny Thomas Show (aka Make Room for Daddy) - The Complete Fourth Season Becker - The Complete Series (2022 Release) The Neighborhood - Season Four The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet - The Complete Season Three

04/05 - Up All Night - The Complete Series (Blu-ray)
04/26 - The Danny Thomas Show (aka Make Room for Daddy) - The Complete Fourth Season
04/26 - Jackie Gleason TV Treasures - 70th Anniversary Collection (including Honeymooners Rarities)
05/03 - No Activity - Season Three
05/13 - The Donna Reed Show - The Complete Seasons 1-5 (Time Life)
05/31 - Becker - The Complete Series (2022 Release)
06/14 - Curb Your Enthusiasm - The Complete Eleventh Season
06/14 - Hacks - Season One (Blu-ray) (DVD)
06/14 - Rutherford Falls - Season One (Blu-ray) (DVD)
06/21 - The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet - The Complete Season One / Season Two
07/19 - The Neighborhood - Season Four
07/19 - Reno 911! - The Hunt for QAnon (Blu-ray) (DVD)
07/26 - The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet - The Complete Season Three / Season Four
08/16 - And Just Like That... - The Complete First Season (Warner Bros. - Canada)
08/16 - South Park - The Complete Twenty-Fourth Season (Blu-ray) (DVD)
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08/17 - Samantha Harris to Host GSN Game Show; Alan Cumming Gets Showtime Comedy Special
08/16 - Nexstar Media Group to Acquire The CW Network; Tubi Orders Breaking Bear, New Animated Comedy
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08/14 - Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows; This Week in Sitcoms (Week of August 15, 2022)
08/13 - SitcomsOnline Digest: Game Shows Moving to Primetime Emmys; Ring Doorbell Viral Video Show in the Works
08/12 - Apple TV+ Renews Physical for Season 3; Lifetime Orders It's a Wonderful Lifetime and Ripped from the Headlines Titles for Fall & Winter
08/11 - Hallmark Original Series Sets Cast; Remembering Pat Carroll, Roger E. Mosley and Vin Scully
08/10 - Cobra Kai Returns Sept. 9 on Netflix; Marlon Wayans Gets Starz Comedy
08/09 - COZI TV Celebrates Emergency! 50th Anniversary with Documentary; Kaley Cuoco Heads to Peacock for Comedic Thriller Series
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08/07 - Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows; This Week in Sitcoms (Week of August 8, 2022)
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08/04 - NBC Moving Days of Our Lives to Peacock, Replacing with News Show; Selena + Chef Returns on HBO Max
08/03 - FX's Atlanta Final Season Launches Sept. 15; Elisabeth Moss Gets New Hulu Series
08/02 - Showtime Orders Comedy Pilot Titled Mason; NBC Renews Weakest Link Revival for Season 3
08/01 - HBO's Los Espookys Returns in September; Good Grief Is Back on IFC
07/31 - Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows; This Week in Sitcoms (Week of August 1, 2022)
07/30 - SitcomsOnline Digest: Max Headroom Reboot in Works at AMC Networks; Jeopardy! to Continue Dual Host Plan
07/29 - HBO Max and Hulu to Share Streaming Rights to Abbott Elementary; Reboot Gets Premiere Date
07/28 - ABC to Present Norman Lear: 100 Years of Music and Laughter; Remembering Tony Dow of Leave it to Beaver and Paul Sorvino
07/27 - The Orville Coming to Disney+ and Continues on Hulu; Retta Continues Partnership with HGTV
07/26 - Mythic Quest Returns for 10 Episodes in Fall; Patton Oswalt's Netflix Comedy Special We All Scream Premieres September 20
07/25 - American Dad! Returns Labor Day on TBS; Krapopolis Gets Special Nov. 27 Preview on Fox
07/24 - Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows; This Week in Sitcoms (Week of July 25, 2022)
07/23 - SitcomsOnline Digest: Abbott Elementary Given Full Second Season; Preview of New Beavis and Butt-Head Episode
07/22 - Ghosts Dives Into the Metaverse with a Game; Jo Koy Gets 4th Netflix Special; Remembering Rebecca Balding of Soap
07/21 - South Park's 25th Anniversary Concert Event; FETV's Historic June Numbers
07/20 - Hulu's This Fool Premieres August 12; Mo'Nique Gets Netflix Comedy Special
07/19 - Apple TV+ Comedy Central Park Returns in September; Leah Remini Game Show Is Back on Aug. 1
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