Saturday, February 13, 2016

SitcomsOnline Digest: Fuller House Preview Trailer Debuts Online; YouTube Red Adding Original Series; NBC Giving Maya Rudolph Variety Show a Try

Welcome to SitcomsOnline Digest! This week, we're getting closer to the release of Fuller House on Netflix, preparing for a new variety show on NBC, and more. Also, CBS is bringing more of The Beverly Hillbillies to DVD. Let's get going!

HIGHLIGHTS FROM SITCOMSONLINE.COM AND AROUND THE WEB
  • People tend to get excited with every new detail that comes out about Fuller House, and this week, a "fuller" preview was released. (The Verge)
  • YouTube Red is getting into the original series business, though not quite on the level of Netflix, Amazon Prime, or Hulu... yet. (Deadline)
  • Even though NBC has already had one variety show that didn't work out, they're going to go ahead and try another one, with Maya Rudolph and Martin Short starring, and Saturday Night Live executive producer Lorne Michaels running the show. (Variety)
  • Fans of daytime soap operas will be pleased to know that NBC has renewed Days of Our Lives for an (almost) unheard of 51st season. (Deadline)
  • Ray Colcord may not a household name, but he was the man behind the theme songs and scores of series such as 227, Boy Meets World, Dinosaurs, Silver Spoons, Facts of Life, and My Two Dads, and he died this week at age 66. (Variety)
  • Before it could even debut, there was speculation that the CBS series Angel from Hell would be cancelled quickly, and now CBS has pulled it from the lineup. (SitcomsOnline)

HOME MEDIA HIGHLIGHTS
  • CBS has released the second, third, and fourth seasons of The Beverly Hillbillies on a sporadic basis since 2008, and now, they're going backwards (a bit) to release The Beverly Hillbillies - The Official First Season. Previously available only in public domain releases, as well as from some decent (though not perfect) releases from MPI, this set will arrive on April 26.

    TUESDAY (FEBRUARY 17) HOME MEDIA RELEASES


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    Claim to Fame: Marcus Scribner plays Andre Johnson Jr. on the ABC series black-ish. Born in Los Angeles in 2000, he just recently celebrated his 16th birthday, and the whole idea of "fame" is something that is relatively new to him. His first TV role came in an episode of Castle in 2010, followed by a role in New Girl in 2012, and of course his regular role began on black-ish in 2014. While he is still a child actor right now, we don't really know what will be next for him as his role on black-ish continues (the series is doing fine in the ratings, so we aren't seeing an end to that role anytime in the immediate future), but we're sure he'll have more to add to his resume as he ages.
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    Sitcoms Airing Tonight

    Sunday, July 25

    History of the Sitcom

    Where Have All the Theme Songs Gone? (CNN, 8:00PM ET/PT)
    Don Lemon reviews the most popular TV theme songs in history with Gary Portnoy of "Cheers", Christopher Knight from "The Brady Bunch", Fran Drescher from "The Nanny", and composer Kurt Farquhar.

    History of the Sitcom - "Working for Laughs" (CNN, 9:00PM ET/PT)
    Work families can be even funnier than our biological ones, since the endless array of wacky sitcom characters on the job offers hilarious insights into the state of the American workplace.

    Duncanville - "Crimes and Misters Demean Her" (Fox, 7:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
    Jack coaches Jing's little league soccer team, but when he feels he's too easy on the kids he calls on Duncan to yell at the team to get them to win; Annie takes Kimberly to work with her after she has a falling out with her friends.

    HouseBroken - "Who's Going to the Vet?" (Fox, 7:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
    After Chief eats Jill's vibrator, he's taken to the vet and ends up leading his own version of group therapy; Tabitha goes to live with The Gray One and learns she has to sing and dance if she wants to survive.

    The Simpsons - "The 7 Beer Itch" (Fox, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
    When Marge and the kids take a seaside vacation, Homer is unwittingly tempted by a British femme fatale.

    The Great North - "My Fart Will Go on Adventure" (Fox, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
    While the family prepares for Wolf and Honeybee's wedding, an unexpected guest RSVPs.

    Bob's Burgers - "Y Tu Tina También" (Fox, 9:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
    When Tina is forced to listen to Spanish audio lessons in the library to improve her grade, she develops an unexpected crush; Louise and Gene want to dunk Mr. Frond at the Wagstaff Spring Fair.

    Family Guy - "The Marrying Kind" (Fox, 9:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
    Stewie gets a mail order bride and experiences domestic life; Peter and Chris become addicted to free hotel breakfast buffets.

    Wellington Paranormal - "She-Wolf" (Fox, 9:00PM ET/PT)
    Officers O'Leary and Minogue investigate what they believe are dog attacks, but stumble upon something more mysterious.

    Dead Pixels - "The Chair" (Fox, 9:30PM ET/PT)
    Alison becomes concerned over Meg's physical downturn and tries to sway her to a healthier regime; everyone worries about Nicky.

    Complete TV Listings


    Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of July 19)

    Friday, July 23

    • Wanda Sykes (The Upshaws/The New Adventures of Old Christine/Wanda at Large) - Wanda guest hosts a repeat of Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
    • Kim Fields (The Upshaws/Living Single/The Facts of Life/Baby, I'm Back) - Watch Kim on a repeat of Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
    • Jason Sudeikis (Ted Lasso/Son of Zorn/The Cleveland Show) - Jason will be on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:35pm on NBC.
    • Christine Baranski (Happy Family/Welcome to New York/Cybill) - Christine appears on a repeat of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
    • Minnie Driver (Speechless/About a Boy) - Minnie is a guest on a repeat of The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
    • Sarah Levy (Schitt's Creek) - Sarah appears on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
    • Leah Remini (Kevin Can Wait/The Exes/Family Tools/The King of Queens) - Leah is a guest on The Drew Barrymore Show, so check your local listings.


    New on DVD/Blu-ray (March-July)

    Fuller House - The Complete Series Parks and Recreation - The Complete Series (Blu-ray) Head of the Class - The Complete Third Season Family Ties - The Complete Series (2021 Re-Release) Hot in Cleveland - The Complete Series (2021 Re-Release)

    03/02 - Blue Mountain State - The Complete Series
    03/02 - Happy Together - The Complete Series
    03/02 - Rick and Morty - The Complete Seasons 1-4 (DVD) (Blu-ray)
    04/20 - 'Til Death - The Complete Series
    05/11 - Dead to Me - Season Two
    06/08 - The Critic - The Complete Series
    06/08 - Fuller House - The Fifth and Final Season
    06/08 - Fuller House - The Complete Series
    06/08 - Our Cartoon President - Season 3
    06/15 - The Office - Season 1 (Blu-ray) / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9
    06/15 - Parks and Recreation - The Complete Series (Blu-ray)
    07/07 - No Activity - Season 2
    07/13 - The Unicorn - Season 2
    07/20 - Head of the Class - The Complete Third Season
    07/27 - Family Ties - The Complete Series (2021 Re-Release)
    07/27 - Hot in Cleveland - The Complete Series (2021 Re-Release)
    08/03 - I Dream of Jeannie - The Complete Series (Blu-ray)
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