Saturday, May 10, 2014

SitcomsOnline Digest: Community and Suburgatory Cancelled; WKRP and Welcome Back, Kotter to DVD

Welcome to SitcomsOnline Digest! This week, we're getting a look into what isn't going to be returning in the fall, new DVDs from Shout! Factory, and more. Let's get going!


HIGHLIGHTS FROM SITCOMSONLINE.COM AND AROUND THE WEB
  • It looks like Community could fall short of six season and a movie as NBC canceled the series this week after just five seasons. But fans shouldn't give up hope just yet: Sony isn't quite ready to give up on the series, and may be looking to air new episodes either on cable or online.  (Entertainment Weekly)
  • Meanwhile, ABC has renewed The Middle, The Goldbergs, and Modern Family (of course), but the news isn't so good for Suburgatory or Super Fun Night, both of which got the axe. (Laughspin)
  • With Stephen Colbert moving to The Late Show on CBS, Comedy Central has needed to find somebody to fill Colbert's shoes, and they've found that person on The Daily Show (does that seem familiar?) with Larry Wilmore, who will host The Minority Report. (Variety)
  • Regis and Meredith had nice long runs on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?, but Cedric the Entertainer is out after one season due to a busy schedule. In the fall, he'll be replaced by actor Terry Crews, who has found sitcom success on Everybody Hates Chris and Brooklyn Nine-Nine. (TV Guide)
  • TBS has given the greenlight to two original sitcoms for 2015. (SitcomsOnline)

HOME MEDIA HIGHLIGHTS
  • It seems that 2014 has been one of the biggest years ever on DVD in terms of the unreleased finally getting released, and that continued this week with news that Shout! Factory is working on a complete series release for WKRP in Cincinnati! The first season, of course, was released by Fox and had heavy music replacement, so we're hopeful that we'll see a much better product from Shout! Factory.
  • Meanwhile, another seemingly abandoned series has been confirmed to be rescued by Shout! Factory, with Welcome Back, Kotter - The Complete Series. The release will come just in time for back to school on August 26.

MAY 13 HOME MEDIA RELEASES

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00HRUQ8YS/ref=nosim/happydaysonline5-20
  • Barney Miller - The Complete Fifth Season (DVD, $24.97): Shout! Factory continues with another season of one of the greatest cop sitcoms of all time.
  • Eastbound & Down - The Complete Fourth and Final Season (DVD, $29.98; Blu-ray, $39.98): The final season of the hit HBO comedy arrives on both DVD and Blu-ray.

FOLLOW ME

Who to Follow: Garrett Morris (Twitter), "I used to be an actor but then showbusiness decided I should be a director. I have a wife, a son, a daughter, another son, and 2 People's Choice Awards."
Claim to Fame: Garrett Morris started his career in music, and even soloed with the Harry Belafonte singers at one point in time. He first appeared on TV in the 60s in an episode of General Hospital, and also appeared with Ed Begley, Jr. on the very short lived sitcom Roll Out that aired on CBS in 1973. But in 1975, he found his biggest success as he landed on the new (at the time) series Saturday Night Live, where he played many memorable characters (but was at times criticized for playing stereotypical roles). After that, he spent the 80s in guest roles on series such as The Jeffersons, 227, Diff'rent Strokes, Who's the Boss?, Married... with Children, Hill Street Blues, and had a recurring role on the series Hunter. Currently, he appears in the regular role of Earl in the CBS series 2 Broke Girls.
Pick of the Tweets: "Me & Mandela's interpreter? LOL You guys are funny! SNL should do it but they won't...shout out to @alroker, always been a fan." (December 13, 2013)


Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Sunday, October 20

The Simpsons - "Treehouse of Horror XXX" (Fox, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Milhouse is trapped in another dimension; dead Homer's spirit tries some new bodies on for size; Selma finds love in an unlikely place.

Bless the Harts - "Cremains of the Day" (Fox, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Violet, David and Leonard take Wayne on a ghost hunt to cure his fear of ghosts; Jenny and Betty honor Jenny's late father on his favorite holiday.

Bob's Burgers - "Big Trouble in Little Tina" (Fox, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Things get spooky when Tina dissects a pig in science class; Bob and Linda battle a giant ball of ear wax.

Family Guy - "Disney's The Reboot" (Fox, 9:30PM ET/PT)
After the network decides it is time to reboot the series, three versions of the reboot are shown to a focus group, which produces some surprising feedback.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of October 14)

Friday, October 18

  • Chris O'Dowd (Family Tree/The IT Crowd) - Watch Chris on a repeat of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:35pm on NBC.
  • Kal Penn (Sunnyside/Deadbeat/We Are Men) - Kal appears on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • America Ferrera (Superstore) - America is a guest on a repeat of A Little Late with Lilly Singh at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Regina King (227) - Regina visits The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Julie Andrews (Julie) - Julie speaks about her book Home Work: A Memoir of My Hollywood Years on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Sean Hayes (Will & Grace/The Millers/Sean Saves the World) - Sean guest hosts The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Pam Grier (Bless This Mess) - Pam drops by The Real, so check your local listings.
  • Sara Gilbert (The Conners/Roseanne/Living Biblically/Bad Teacher) - Sara appears on The Kelly Clarkson Show, so check your local listings.
  • Angela Kinsey (The Office/Haters Back Off/Your Family or Mine) and Jenna Fischer (Splitting Up Together/The Office) - Angela and Jenna talk about the Office Ladies Podcast on ABC's GMA 3: Strahan, Sara & Keke at 1pm.
  • Kal Penn (Sunnyside/Deadbeat/We Are Men) - Kal visits Access Live, so check your local listings.
  • Marcus Scribner (black-ish) - Marcus appears on Access Live, so check your local listings.
  • William Jackson Harper (The Good Place) - William can be heard on The Morning Mashup on SiriusXM.
  • Billy Bob Thornton (Hearts Afire) - Billy Bob talks about Goliath on Couch Surfing at 8am.


New on DVD/Blu-ray (August/September/October)

Brooklyn Nine-Nine - Season Six Young Sheldon - The Complete Second Season My Three Sons - The Fourth Season - Volume One Modern Family - The Complete Tenth Season Life with Lucy - The Complete Series

08/06 - Caroline in the City - The Third Season
08/06 - Caroline in the City - The Fourth Season
08/13 - I Love Lucy - Colorized Collection
08/13 - Leave it to Beaver - Seasons One and Two
08/20 - Brooklyn Nine-Nine - Season Six
08/27 - Baskets - The Complete Season Four
08/27 - It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia - The Complete Thirteenth Season
09/03 - Bob's Burgers - The Complete 9th Season
09/03 - Fresh Off the Boat - The Complete Fifth Season
09/03 - The Goldbergs - The Complete Sixth Season
09/03 - Single Parents - The Complete Season One
09/03 - Young Sheldon - The Complete Second Season
09/04 - What We Do in the Shadows - The Complete First Season
09/10 - American Dad! - Volume 14
09/10 - The Jetsons - The Complete Original Series (Blu-ray) (WBShop.com)
09/11 - My Three Sons - The Fourth Season - Volume One
09/11 - My Three Sons - The Fourth Season - Volume Two
09/17 - Friends - The Complete Series (25th Anniversary)
09/17 - Modern Family - The Complete Tenth Season
09/19 - Angel from Hell - The DVD Edition
10/08 - Leave it to Beaver - The Complete Series
10/08 - Life with Lucy - The Complete Series
10/16 - Our Miss Brooks - Season 1 - Volume 1
10/16 - Our Miss Brooks - Season 1 - Volume 2
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