Saturday, September 03, 2011

Digital Digest: Brothers and Sisters - The Complete Fifth Season DVD Review; Off the Map - The Complete Series DVD Review

Happy Labor Day weekend, and welcome to Digital Digest, your source for all things digital relating to your favorite TV series! In between your cookouts and picnics, why not take a break from the heat and enjoy some TV either on DVD, Blu-ray, or online? This week, we have reviews of Brothers & Sisters - The Complete Fifth and Final Season and Off the Map - The Complete Series. Let's roll!


DIGITAL NEWS

Netflix users will see a big change in their streaming service early next year as the streaming agreement offering Starz! programming will come to an end. As a result, a big chunk of the streaming program on Netflix will disappear on February 28. While this may not seem like a big deal to classic TV fans, the repercussions are deeper than they may seem. Starz! does provide some classic western programs for the Netflix service, but the added incentive has provided Netflix with a larger subscriber base to support other programming deals. Obviously we don't yet know what the immediate consequences are of this breakup, but we certainly hope that it doesn't lead to an overall decline in service quality.

Meet the Browns has been making very steady progress since it was first announced for DVD, but wait! There's more already in the pipelines! Meet the Browns - Season One was released last week, and Meet the Browns - Season Two is coming up October 4, so what is going to happen November 22? Well, Meet the Browns - Season Three, of course! It isn't available for pre-order just yet. This is indeed a fast pace for DVD sets, but then again, there are a lot of episodes of the series, as is typical for a Tyler Perry series.

The Night Court - The Complete Fourth Season story has been very bizarre, with it appearing as a manufacture-on-demand title on the Warner Archive website, being harshly criticized, then being totally removed. But is justice about to be served? It is! Now, the series is once again available to purchase. Does this mean that the set has been improved? If so, what does that mean for those who bought the "inferior" sets? Does this mean that more seasons are on the way? There is no answer for these questions yet, according to TVShowsOnDVD.com. But they are looking in to the situation, and hopefully there will be an answer soon. You can order the set here.


UPCOMING WEEK PREVIEW

Tuesday (September 6) brings the sitcoms The Office - Season Seven (DVD/Blu-ray) and Parks and Recreation - Season Three to DVD from Universal. You can read our reviews of both: The Office and Parks & Recreation. Sony has another NBC Thursday night sitcom, Community - The Complete Second Season (read our review) coming up. Also on Tuesday, from Warner, comes Two and a Half Men - The Complete Eighth Season (and Charlie Sheen's last one). Finally, if you are looking for some classic drama, Shout! Factory has the 70s police drama Police Story - Season One on the way.


BLOG FEATURE REVIEW

Last week we had a family that wasn't ordinary, but this week, has a more ordinary one with the Walkers of Brothers and Sisters. Of course, being ordinary means that they face their own trials and tribulations of life, and they often struggle with some very serious issues. The series was recently canceled by ABC, but you can have a little more family time with the Walkers just once more with Brothers and Sisters - The Complete Fifth and Final Season.

DVD Review: Brothers and Sisters - The Complete Fifth and Final Season
by Pavan

Brothers and Sisters - The Complete Fifth and Final Season (ABC Studios, $45.99) brings the final 22 episodes of the long-running family drama on a 5-disc DVD! It's the fifth and final season and you will want to see where the Walkers are headed. Featuring one of the most celebrated casts on television, including Sally Field, Calista Flockhart, Rachel Griffiths, and Patricia Wettig, ABC's Brothers And Sisters is outstanding television at its warm and witty best.

The series aired Sundays at 10PM for its entire run on ABC and stars Calista Flockhart as Kitty Walker, Sally Field as Nora Walker, Rachel Griffiths as Sarah Walker Whedon, Ron Rifkin as Uncle Saul Holden, Matthew Rhys as Kevin Walker, Dave Annable as Justin Walker, Luke Macfarlane as Scotty, with Gilles Marini as Luc Laurent, and Patrica Wettig as Holly Harper. Recurring are Balthazar Getty as Tommy Walker, Kerris Dorsey as Paige Whedon, Maxwell Perry Cotton as Cooper Whedon, Isabella Rae Thomas as Olivia and Ken Olin as David.
With special guest stars Emily VanCamp as Rebecca Harper and Beau Bridges as Nick Brody. Other guest stars include Dave Annable's real wife Odette Yustman, Ryan Devlin, Richard Chamberlain, Jon Terry, Sonia Braga, Jeremy Davidson, Cara Buono, Rob Kazinsky and Stephen Collins.

This fifth season is decent and of course not as good as the previous seasons, but still a solid show with great drama and comedic moments. Season five definitely had its moments, but there were some clunkers. As always, when the Walkers get together for a family dinner or any event all together it makes for great television and that is true for season five as well. There is no other family on television like the Walkers! Some classic episodes include the season premiere "Homecoming," where a year has passed since the road accident and a lot has changed for the Walkers, such as Justin has spent the year in the army leaving Rebecca alone to deal with her mother who has amnesia and Robert is in a coma, but Kitty refuses to let him go, and then Kevin and Scotty are distant after their surrogate loses their baby, while Sarah is throwing herself into work and Nora is refusing to get involved in her children's problems. In "Faking It," Kitty meets Jack, a handyman, while staying in Ojai, while Sarah is desperate to hide the fact that she is turning 40 from Luc, to whom she lied to about her age and Rebecca and Justin reunite for a short discussion about what Justin said to Rebecca's mother, while Rebecca meets with her mother which causes her to lose memory again. In one of the better episodes of the season, "An Ideal Husband," Kevin is still reeling after Scotty's betrayal, but doesn't want his family to know about their problems and this becomes difficult after Sarah catches Kevin sleeping in his office, while Justin bartends at a party and bumps into the man Scotty had his one-night stand with. In "Resolved," Justin meets Annie, a nurse, while taking Holly to the hospital, while Kevin isn't willing to talk to Scotty, but the two are forced to spend time together after Paige asks for their help with a school debate. In "Scandalized," Kevin and Scotty decide to adopt, while Kitty's and Seth's relationship becomes public knowledge and Karl has trouble accepting how close Nora and her children are.

In "Safe At Home," Tommy returns with a big surprise for the Walker family, while Sarah announces the wedding date and Justin and Annie have trouble and decide to just be friends, even though they still have feelings for each other, as Olivia becomes part of the Walker family and Tommy and his fiancee, Rose, find out some strange information about Nora. In "Brody," though Nora tries her best to keep Brody (guest starring Beau Bridges) at bay, she can't help but feel the long lost connection between them, and Justin reaches out to a homeless vet reluctant to accept help getting back on his feet. In "Father Unknown," Justin tells Nora that Brody lied about his blood type and the two of them set about doing a secret paternity test, while Sarah thinks her mother's strange behavior is down to her heartbreak and plans to take her away and Luc and Saul prepare a surprise for the wedding, also Kevin and Scotty call the police in the hopes of tracking down their baby but Michelle tells Scotty she wants to stay involved. On the season finale, now series finale, "Walker Down the Aisle," Kevin rushes around planning Sarah's wedding and Luc is disappointed his father doesn't attend and blames his mother, while Justin worries that his relationship with Tyler is too complicated until she tells him she wants to put him first and Kitty discovers she is pregnant but Seth is worried it could affect her health. Sarah becomes stressed about everyone else's problems until she talks and bonds with Brody leading her to ask him to give her away and give her blessing to his relationship with Nora, while Saul and Jonathan decide to get married.

The episodes run usually in the 42-43 minute range (a few are just under 42 minutes, though), all unedited of course. There are about 7 chapter stops per episode. See the runtimes for each episode below:

Disc one
1. "The Homecoming" 42:14
2. "Brief Encounter" 42:51
3. "Faking It" 42:48
4. "A Righteous Kiss" 42:56

Disc two
5. "Call Mom" 43:03
6. "An Ideal Husband" 42:43
7. "Resolved" 42:27
8. "The Rhapsody of the Flesh" 43:02
9. "Get A Room" 41:51

Disc three
10. "Cold Turkey" 42:47
11. "Scandalized" 42:35
12. "Thanks for the Memories" 42:16
13. "Safe At Home" 41:38
14. "The One That Got Away" 42:57

Disc four
15. "Brody" 43:00
16. "Home is Where the Fort Is" 42:10
17. "Olivia's Choice" 42:41
18. "Never Say Never" 43:02
19. "Wouldn't it be Nice" 41:23

Disc five
20. "Father Unknown" 42:36
21. "For Better or For Worse" 43:03
22. "Walker Down the Aisle" 43:02

Packaging has a nice light yellow/orange outer box with a main cast photo with them sitting at the table on the front cover...the back cover has information on the series & set and has four episodic photos. There is also a section detailing the special features in a darker colored box with technical specifications also. Inside the box is the case. The front of the case has the same artwork as the outer box, and the same goes true for the back of the case. Opening the case, we get a few inserts on the left side and also a disc-by-disc breakdown and lots of episodic photos that are on both panels. We don't get an episode booklet again since the episodes are listed on the panels. Discs one and two are in a little plastic holder that you can flip like a page on a book. The same goes true for discs three and four, but disc five is on the right panel itself. Each disc is in red style color and has artwork of two characters per disc. Disc one has episodes 1-4 with artwork of Kitty & Nora. Disc two has episodes 5-9 and has artwork of Sarah & Luc. Disc three has episodes 10-14 and has artwork of Saul & Holly. Disc four has episodes 15-19 and has artwork of the couple Kevin & Scotty. Disc five holds episodes 20-22 and the bonus features with artwork of the (former) couple Rebecca & Justin. After you remove the discs, you see the nice episodic photos on the panels itself like I mentioned...very cool.

The menu screen starts by showing us little moving images on a clothing line it seems before reaching one image where video clips are playing. Background music from the show is playing in the background. It is really neat once again. On disc one only, before the main menu we have auto trailers for DVDs of ABC on DVD, Lion King and African Cats. The options on the main menu are Play All, Episode Selection, Bonus Features, Set Up, and Sneak Peeks. Sneak Peeks is just on disc five and has trailers for the new ABC 2011 series Castle, The Chew, Prep & Landing, Real Steel and Pirates of the Caribbean. Set Up section has the option of subtitles in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese or Chinese and how to register your DVD. Bonus Features are on each disc because there are deleted scenes (and two total audio commentaries) on each disc, while disc five has the actual bonus features. The Episodes option gives us the episode number and title to choose along with a screenshot from the episode.

The video is digitally mastered and is in widescreen and looks very good! It's HD-like, even though it isn't Blu-ray. I have a DVD player that upconverts to HD, so who needs a Blu-ray player? Ha. The audio is great and sounds very good, as it is in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound. This is from the 2010-11 season, so it has to be good. The two-hour episode that aired on April 10, 2011 is presented as two separate episodes, which is fine. Once again, we get to hear the nice closing theme, as on ABC there are promos at the end of the episode.

Moving on to the bonus features. Each disc has deleted scenes for episodes from that disc like the previous sets. I like that instead of having them all on one disc. Disc one has two deleted scenes running 1:56 and 3:28. Disc two has two deleted scenes running 1:26, and 0:28. Disc three has two deleted scenes running 1:01 and 1:50. Disc four has one deleted scene running 0:36. Disc five has two more deleted scenes running 0:30 and 0:13. The latter deleted scene is an alternate ending that was not used because the series was ended by ABC, so they didn't want to end in a cliffhanger. That is a total of 9 deleted scenes, down from the 22 that were on the previous set. That's disappointing. BUT, unlike the previous set, we have TWO audio commentaries! First one is on disc three for the Christmas episode "Cold Turkey" from production coordinator Jonathan Deiner, co-producer Stephen Judge and producer Nicole Carrasco. They are interesting and detailed, but fun, too. These three return once again on disc four for the final audio commentary, for the episode "Wouldn't It Be Nice."

As far as featurettes, disc five has "Gilles Marini: Uncovered" (6:06) where he gives us a tour going behind closed doors in his dressing room and inside his personal workout. The cast members that were were interviewed are Luke MacFarlane, Dave Annable, Matthew Rhys, Gilles Marini, Rachel Griffiths and Gilles' personal trainer was on hand. Next there was a writing featurette titled "Writing for the Walkers" (9:59) and we learn how the writers come up with ideas and stories from their personal lives into this season. Interviewed are David Marshall Grant (showrunner), Sarah Kucserka (writer), Stephen Tolkin (producer/writer), Dave Annable, Matthew Rhys, Luke MacFarlane, Geoffrey Nauffts (writer), David Babcock (writer), Veronica Becker (writer), Molly Newman (writer), Marc Halsey (staff writer), Cliff Olin (writer) and Michael Cinquemani (staff writer). We finally have 2:20 worth of Bloopers & Outtakes. Very fun to watch always and just a bit longer than last year's reel.

I highly recommend this series and set to finish off your collection. It is such a well written and acted show. Sally Field and Rachel Griffiths once again were Emmy material this season and while Calista Flockhart wasn't in all the episodes, she was as always great. I always looked forward to this series every Sunday on ABC will certainly miss it this coming season. We can still catch the series in local broadcast syndication and on cable on ReelzChannel TV. See the Walkers from the beginning! The set is good, but I think the bonus features were reduced in quantity, like season four, from the previous set. But at least we get features and the return of audio commentaries! It is similar to the previous set, which is a good thing. Complete your collection and say goodbye to the Walkers in style!

(4.5/5 stars)

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BLOG FEATURE REVIEW

ABC has seen much success with medical dramas such as Grey's Anatomy in recent years, and from the same creative team this season came the medical drama Off the Map. The series put a new twist in the medical drama genre by taking six young doctors and literally placing them "off the map" by putting them in practice in a remote area of South America. The series was canceled after just thirteen episodes, but fans can still relive the experience on DVD. Here is our review of Off the Map - The Complete Series.

DVD Review: Off the Map - The Complete Series
by Pavan

Off the Map - The Complete Series (ABC Studios, $29.99) brings all 13 episodes of the short-lived adventure medical drama on a 3-disc DVD! This is a riveting new drama about a team of idealistic young doctors committed to saving lives and pushing the boundaries of medicine with nothing brains, instinct, and the untapped healing of the uncharted jungle. The series was created by Grey's Anatomy producer Jenna Bans and Grey's showrunner Shonda Rhimes is among the executive producers. Often called "Grey's in the Jungle," this series is more than that with lots of adventure and a different take and setting for medicine. It's very unique and gone way too soon.

The series aired Wednesdays at 10PM on ABC from Jan-March and stars Martin Henderson as Dr. Ben Keaton, Jason George as Dr. Otis Cole, Valerie Cruz as Zita Alareina "Zee" Toledo Alvarez, Caroline Dhavernas as Dr. Lily Brenner, Zach Gilford as Dr. Tommy Fuller, Mamie Gummer as Dr. Mina Minard, with Jonathan Castellanos as Charlie, and Rachelle Lefevre as Dr. Ryan Clark. Recurring are Cheech Marin as Papa Ucumari, Aimee Garcia as Alma and Nicholas Gonzalez as Mateo.
Guest stars include Michael McKean, Ed Begley Jr., Jonathan Cake, Judy Reyes, Jayne Brook, Leslie Hope, Jere Burns, and Cynthia Stevenson.

This series is a solid show with great adventure, drama and even comedic moments. All 13 episodes are pretty solid and should be watched in order. In the series premiere, "Saved by the Great White Hope," Lily Brenner, Tommy Fuller and Mina Minard are all running away from their lives when they find themselves practicing medicine in paradise and paradise simply happens to be the most challenging place to practice medicine in the world. In "A Doctor Time Out," while Ben, Zee and Lily try to deliver a baby from the woman they rescued from the forest, Tommy and Ryan are fighting for the life of the father and her husband in the jungle, while Mina and Cole treat a patient who has been electrocuted after stepping in a puddle, which resulted in a power outage all over the village, complicating the Caeserean surgery Ben and Brenner are trying to perform to deliver the baby. In "It's Good," the clinic is left without any medication after a robbery, and the doctors are finding it hard to treat the patients, as Ben, Zee and Lily try to treat a patient with a ruptured appendix, but the robbery left them without enough anesthetics to perform the surgery so Cole must face his old demons as he and Mina go to see his old dealer on getting some drugs to use as pain relief, much to the dismay of the other doctors. In the very next episode "Es Un Milagro," a rescue chopper has crashed somewhere deep in the jungle and the clinic team heads out to help, but Lily is nowhere to be found, while in the aftermath of the helicopter crash, Ryan looks for the missing girl with the bug bite, the patient with the ruptured appendix's wife suffers some injuries and Mina races to save her life when they become complicated and Ben, Tommy and Cole try to treat the pilot who is seriously wounded. In "Everything's As It Should Be," an old friend of Ben's visits the clinic and brings two patients to do a transplant, but Lily finds out that there is something suspicious about the patients and the procedure might put the clinic in jeopardy, while Zee and Otis treat a patient who's daughter is his caretaker and wonder if she is abusing him. And in the finale, "There's A Lot to Miss About the Jungle," the country's Holy Week festivities take a chaotic turn when a truck float crashes, and Ben makes a difficult call as Ryan's health deteriorates, while Lily forces her own issues aside when tragedy strikes Mateo's family farm.

The episodes run usually in around 43 minutes, all unedited of course. There are about 6 or 7 chapter stops per episode, depending on the episode. See the runtimes for each episode below:

Disc one
1. "Saved by the Great White Hope" 43:00
2. "Smile. Don't Kill Anyone" 43:00
3. "A Doctor Time Out" 42:33
4. "On the Mean Streets of San Miguel" 43:00

Disc two
5. "I'm Here" 42:59
6. "It's Good" 43:00
7. "Es Un Milagro" 43:00
8. "It's A Leaf" 42:59
9. "There's Nothing to Fix" 42:59

Disc three
10. "I'm Home" 43:00
11. "Everything's As It Should Be" 42:59
12. "Hold on Tight" 42:59
13. "There's a Lot to Miss About the Jungle" 43:00

Packaging has a nice blue outer box with a main cast photo of them standing and looking towards the left in the jungle on the front cover...the back cover has information on the series & set and has five episodic photos. There is also a section detailing the special features in a darker colored box with technical specifications also. Inside the box is the case. The front of the case has the same artwork as the outer box, and the same goes true for the back of the case. Opening the case, we get a few inserts on the left side and also a disc-by-disc breakdown and a nice cast photo that is on both panels. We don't get an episode booklet but the episodes are listed on the panels. Discs one and two are in a little plastic holder that you can flip like a page on a book. And disc three is on the right panel itself. Each disc is in a blue style color and has artwork of two or three characters per disc. Disc one has episodes 1-4 with artwork of Lilly, Ryan & Ben. Disc two has episodes 5-9 and has artwork of Otis & Zee. Disc three has episodes 10-13 plus the bonus features and has artwork of Charlie, Mina & Tommy. After you remove the discs, you see the nice cast photo on the panels itself like I mentioned...very cool.

The menu screen starts by showing us a wide shot of "somewhere in South America" with the logo before reaching the main menu where video clips are playing. Background music from the show is playing in the background as well. On disc one only, before the main menu we have auto trailers for DVDs of ABC on DVD, Lion King and African Cats. The options on the main menu are Play All, Episode Selection, Bonus Features, Set Up, and Sneak Peeks. Sneak Peeks is just on disc three and has trailers for the new ABC 2011 series Castle, The Chew, Prep & Landing, Real Steel and Pirates of the Caribbean. Set Up section has the option of subtitles in English, French, Spanish, and Portuguese and how to register your DVD. Bonus Features is on disc three only. The Episodes option gives us the episode number and title to choose along with a screenshot from the episode.

The video is digitally mastered and is in widescreen and looks very good, as it should! It's HD-like, even though it isn't Blu-ray. I have a DVD player that upconverts to HD, so who needs a Blu-ray player? Ha. The audio is great and sounds very good, as it is in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound. This is from the 2011, so it has to be good. And we get to hear the nice closing theme, as on ABC there are promos at the end of the episode.

Moving on to the bonus features. All of them are on disc three. As far as featurettes, first we have "On Set At Off the Map" (8:17) where we get set tours and how the cast got their roles, how the South American set was created and what it's like filming in Hawaii. Interviewed are Jenna Bans (showrunner), Shonda Rhimes & Betsy Beers (executive producers), Martin Henderson, Jason George, Rachelle Lefevre, Zach Gilford, Caroline Dhavernas, Mamie Gummer, Sarah Fischer (producer), Kim Hicks (art director), Valerie Cruz, Stephanie Spangler (location manager), Alex Hajdu (production designer), and Jim Van Houghten (sculptor). Next there was a jungle featurette titled "Jungle Medicine" (4:55) and we learn about the show's seemingly impossible medical cases based on real-life jungle medicine and cures. Interviewed are Jenna Bans, Shonda Rhimes & Betsy Beers, Jeannine Renshaw (co-executive producer), Martin Henderson, Jason George, Zach Gilford, and Rachelle Lefevre.

We also have 11 deleted scenes from eight episodes. Here is a list by episode:

"Saved by the Great White Hope" 1:00
"On the Mean Streets of San Miguel" 1:04, 1:07, 1:10
"It's Good" 0:42 and 0:40
"Es Un Milagro" 1:43
"It's A Leaf" 1:22
"There's Nothing to Fix" 0:56
"I'm Home" 1:13
"There's a Lot to Miss About the Jungle" 1:13

We finally have 2:12 worth of Bloopers & Outtakes. Very fun to watch always and Jason George is very funny. He needs to be on TV every season in something! He has appeared on many ABC series since 2006.

I highly recommend this series and if you've never watched it, it is only 13 episodes so it's worth the buy. It is such a unique show with a great setting. I especially think Caroline Dhavernas needs another series to star in, as she was great. Jason George is great in everything he is in on ABC. This series will be missed because it is a different type of medical show with different medicine. No high tech surgeries and hospitals. The set is good, but I think more bonus features would have been nice. Audio commentaries would have been nice along with the catchy "Mina Minard" song. Oh well, head on to South America with just a simple click below!

(4/5 stars)

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CLICK OF THE WEEK

OfficeTally (www.officetally.com) - With the upcoming release of The Office - Season Seven (DVD/Blu-ray), as well as the upcoming eighth season of the series (which has recently had a major cast shakeup), you may just need to keep a "tally" on all of the changes. OfficeTally is touted as the top fansite for the NBC series, and in visiting the website, I don't think that too many fans would disagree with that assessment. While the website does have the basics, such as an episode (very thorough, by the way) and ratings, where the site really shines is in how "interactive" it is with the series.

We don't just get clips and segments of what happened elsewhere relating to the show on this website (although we DO get that in the seemingly daily news updates that the site posts, they find new news everyday it seems), but this site actively gets involved with the cast members and crew from the series, who often pop in for exclusive interviews and even live chats with those who visit the site. While there are plenty of great TV fan websites out there (and many are listed on this very website), very few get such a close-up an in-depth view of the series they cover as this one does. And if you are just itching for curiosity, you can find some spoilers and secrets that the average fan doesn't realize (but don't get too excited, even THEY don't know who will be the new boss on the series!). Fans of The Office, if not already familiar with this website, should be familiar with this website to get to know everything that you need to know about the series, and one day after the series is long gone from the airwaves, hopefully the site will stand as a thorough and accurate history of one of the more memorable shows of the current era.

That's all for this week. Until next time, keep it digital!


Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Thursday, December 1

Young Sheldon - "Four Hundred Cartons of Undeclared Cigarettes and a Niblingo" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
George Sr. bails Meemaw and Georgie out of jail. Also, Sheldon and Missy meet Mandy (Emily Osment), and Mary feels unwelcome at church.

Ghosts - "Possession" (CBS, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Hetty accidentally possesses Jay’s body just as he and Sam are to about show Woodstone Mansion to a renowned wedding planner.

Welcome to Flatch - "Open House" (Fox, 9:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Barb's first open house in Flatch draws all kinds of attention; Mandy displaces Father Joe as the Flatch advice giver; Kelley rises to the occasion as an up-and-coming real estate agent.

Call Me Kat - "Call Me Fancy Puffenstuff" (Fox, 9:30PM ET/PT)
Kat's murder mystery-themed friendsgiving dinner isn't a crowdpleaser; Phil has a romantic dilemma; Kat tries to encourage Max's career ambitions, but she worries that he has a bigger problem.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of November 28)

Thursday, December 1

  • Don Cheadle (The Wonder Years/Black Monday/House of Lies/The Golden Palace) - Catch Don on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Keke Palmer (Scream Queens/True Jackson, VP) - Keke makes a special guest appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:35pm on NBC.
  • John Krasinski (The Office) - John is a guest on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • David Duchovny (Californication) - David appears on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Sarah Hyland (Modern Family) - Sarah is a guest on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Sally Field (Gidget/The Flying Nun/The Girl with Something Extra) - Sally appears on Watch What Happens: Live at 10pm on Bravo.
  • Mindy Kaling (The Mindy Project/The Office) - Mindy talks new book imprint on ABC's Good Morning America some time between 7-9am. She chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Alfred Molina (Angie Tribeca/Laides Man) - Alfred will be on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Keshia Knight Pulliam (Tyler Perry's House of Payne/The Cosby Show) and Brad James (Tyler Perry's For Better or Worse) - Keshia and her husband Brad discuss how they met on set, their decision to share freezing Keshia's eggs and being reunited on their new Lifetime film, Noel in New Orleans, on Tamron Hall, so check your local listings.
  • Whoopi Goldberg (Whoopi/Bagdad Cafe) - Whoopi appears on The Drew Barrymore Show, so check your local listings.
  • Ken Jeong (Dr. Ken/Community) - Ken will be on The Jennifer Hudson Show, so check your local listings.
  • Freddie Prinze Jr. (Punky Brewster/Freddie) - Freddie is a guest on E! News on E! at 11:30pm.
  • Jane Lynch (Angel from Hell) and Kate Flannery (The Office) - Jane and Kate discuss their Christmas cabaret tour and participate in a holiday-themed quiz on Access Daily with Mario & Kit, so check your local listings.
  • Tom Everett Scott (I'm Sorry) - Tom talks about NBC's Dolly Parton's Magic Mountian Christmas on Access Daily with Mario & Kit, so check your local listings.


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11/08 - Frasier - The Complete Series (Blu-ray)
11/08 - Young Rock - Season Two (Blu-ray) (DVD)
11/15 - The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet - The Complete Season Seven / The Complete Season Eight
11/22 - That '70s Show - The Complete Series (Mill Creek)
11/29 - Ghosts - Season One (Blu-ray) (DVD)
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11/21 - Letterkenny Returns for Season 11 on Hulu; The White Lotus Season 3 Ordered
11/20 - Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows; This Week in Sitcoms (Week of November 21, 2022)
11/19 - SitcomsOnline Digest: Vicki Lawrence to Guest Star in Call Me Kat; Grey's Anatomy Gets a Little Less Grey
11/18 - Bounce Orders New Sitcom for Spring 2023; Remembering Hogan's Heroes Star Robert Clary, The Bob Newhart Show and Taxi Co-Creator David Davis, and Head of the Class Co-Creator Richard Eustis
11/17 - MeTV's A Very Merry MeTV Schedule; HBO Max's Sort Of Returns Dec. 1
11/16 - Comedic Stars Line Up for Baking It Holiday Special; Atsuko Okatsuka Gets First HBO Special
11/15 - CBS Midseason 2023 Schedule; Oprah Interviews Abbott Elementary Megastar
11/14 - Netflix Books Sebastian Maniscalco Comedy Special; Hallmark Channel Signs Hunter King for Movies
11/13 - Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows; This Week in Sitcoms (Week of November 14, 2022)
11/12 - SitcomsOnline Digest: Midseason Premiere Dates Set for Reboots of 80s Classics; Abbott Elementary Still Strong in Ratings
11/11 - Chris Rock Live Comedy Special Set for Netflix; Hulu Renews This Fool for Season 2
11/10 - Fox Orders New Animated Comedy for 2024; Netflix Picks Up Reggaeton Comedy Neon
11/09 - NBC Midseason 2023 Schedule; Apple TV+ Renews Bad Sisters for Season 2
11/08 - ABC Midseason 2023 Schedule; Fox 2023 Midseason Schedule
11/07 - Showtime and Paramount Network Set Simultaneous Premiere; Jeff Dunham's New Comedy Central Special
11/06 - Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows; This Week in Sitcoms (Week of November 7, 2022)
11/05 - SitcomsOnline Digest: Pluto TV Adding 6,300 Episodes from CBS Vault; Tuca & Bertie Cancelled
11/04 - Freeform Announces Premiere Dates for Winter; ABC Broadcasts Special Airing of Reasonable Doubt
11/03 - Final Season of Dead to Me Drops Nov. 17; Lil Rel's 2nd HBO Special Premieres Nov. 12
11/02 - Freeform's 25 Days of Christmas 2022 Schedule; ABC Orders Prank Series
11/01 - Fox Lines Up 2 Dramas for Midseason; The White Lotus Scores in Early Viewing