Saturday, November 05, 2016

SitcomsOnline Digest: The Simpsons Renewed for Two More Seasons; Dave Chappelle to Host Saturday Night Live

Welcome to SitcomsOnline Digest! This week, we're hearing about a renewal of The Simpsons that will almost take it to the end of this decade, Dave Chappelle hosting Saturday Night Live, and new DVDs for The Love Boat. Let's get going!

HIGHLIGHTS FROM SITCOMSONLINE.COM AND AROUND THE WEB
  • It is probably no surprise, but (as we learned in the season 13 episode "Gump Roast") they'll never stop The Simpsons, with the series being renewed for a 29th and 30th season, which will also allow the series to break the record for number of episodes of a scripted primetime series that is currently held by Gunsmoke. (Rolling Stone)
  • Dave Chappelle will make his first ever appearance as a host of Saturday Night Live next weekend. (NPR)
  • The Comedy Central series Workaholics will come to an end after the seventh season. (Variety)
  • If you want to enjoy election night the same way that you enjoy your late mornings, Lifetime has you covered with a special two and a half hour live primetime version of The View, though it appears Whoopi Goldberg will not be participating. (Deadline)
  • NBC has given a pilot commitment to a comedy called Sackett Sisters, which is another series from the team of Tina Fey and Robert Carlock. (Deadline)  
  • CBS and Viacom appear to be on the verge of a merger, which if that sounds like an old story, that is because it is, and it would mark the second time that the two companies have merged in the past two decades (not to mention that Viacom was born out of a split from CBS nearly 50 years ago). (Reuters)
  • While you can certainly enjoy holiday movies on Hallmark now, if you'd rather wait until sometime closer to Christmas, Antenna TV has you taken care of. (SitcomsOnline

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    • Family Matters - The Complete Ninth Season (DVD, $29.99): Another long-running sitcom is wrapped up on DVD with this release of the final season (which aired on CBS and even had a cast change for one of the stars in the last few episodes) from Warner Archive; hopefully we'll see other successful Miller-Boyett TGIF series (Perfect Strangers and Step by Step, in particular) follow from here.

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    Sitcoms Airing Tonight

    Wednesday, February 1

    Abbott Elementary - "Holiday Hookah" (ABC, 9:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
    On the last day of school before winter break, Janine is convinced by her friend to go to a popular Hookah Club where she runs into unexpected colleagues. Elsewhere, Jacob crashes Barbara and Melissa’s traditional holiday dinner and in the process begins to learn the true meaning of Christmas.

    Abbott Elementary - "Read-A-Thon" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
    The competition heats up between Melissa and Janine as their classrooms go head-to-head in a read-a-thon sponsored by a local pizza shop. Both teachers encourage their students to hit the books hard but face some unexpected obstacles on their path to pizza glory. Meanwhile, Jacob and Gregory join forces and attempt to get their student-podcasting club off the ground.

    Complete TV Listings


    Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of January 30)

    Wednesday, February 1

    • Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation) - Watch Nick on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
    • Harrison Ford (Shrinking) - Harrison appears on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
    • Natasha Lyonne (Poker Face/Russian Doll) - Natasha is a guest on Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
    • Adam Pally (Indebted/Making History/The Mindy Project/Happy Endings) - Adam will be on Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
    • Jenny Slate (The Great North/Big Mouth/Married/Bob's Burgers) - Jenny appears on The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
    • D. L. Hughley (The Hughleys/Double Rush) - D. L. guest hosts Comedy Central's The Daily Show at 11pm.
    • Sheryl Lee Ralph (Abbott Elementary/Fam/Instant Mom/Moesha/It's a Living) - Sheryl is a guest on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
    • Alan Cumming (Schmigadoon!) - Alan appears on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your local listings.
    • Jay Ellis (Insecure/The Game - Jay will be on The Kelly Clarkson Show, so check your local listings.
    • Drew Carey (The Drew Carey Show/The Good Life) - Drew is a guest on The Jennifer Hudson Show, so check your local listings.
    • Michael Urie (Shrinking/Younger/Partners) - Michael talks about the new Apple TV+ Shrinking on ABC's GMA 3: What You Need to Know at 1pm.
    • Abby Quinn (Mad About You) - Abby will be on PIX11 Morning News on WPIX in New York at 8:50am.
    • Terry Crews (Brooklyn Nine-Nine/Are We There Yet?/Everybody Hates Chris) - NBC's Today catches up with Terry in the 9am hour.


    New on DVD/Blu-ray (October-January)

    Abbott Elementary - The Complete First Season Frasier - The Complete Series (Blu-ray) Ghosts - Season One The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet - 70th Anniversary Ultimate Christmas Collection Hogan's Heroes - The Complete Series (Blu-ray)

    10/04 - Mr. Mayor - The Complete Series (Blu-ray) (DVD)
    10/04 - The Munsters - Marineland Carnival with The Munsters TV Cast
    10/18 - Abbott Elementary - The Complete First Season
    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)
    12/06 - The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet - 70th Anniversary Ultimate Christmas Collection
    12/13 - And Just Like That... - The Complete First Season
    12/13 - Hogan's Heroes - The Complete Series (Blu-ray)
    01/03 - Andy Richter Controls the Universe - The Complete Series (2023 Release)
    01/27 - Master of None - Season Three / The Complete Series
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