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

HOME MEDIA HIGHLIGHTS

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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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    Claim to Fame: Adam DeVine was born in Iowa, grew up in Nebraska, and experienced his first experience as an entertainer when he went to college in California and tried his abilities as a stand-up comedian. In 2006, he, along with a few of his friends, took their comedy to the internet (specifically MySpace and YouTube), and became one of the first groups to do online sketch comedy. He (along with his group) hit it big in 2011 when their idea became a Comedy Central series, Workaholics, which was announced this week to be coming to an end after the seventh season. That isn't all he is doing, though. He can also be seen in a recurring role on Modern Family (where he has appeared in over 20 episodes so far) and has found fame from doing commercials for brands such as Allstate and Best Buy.
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    Sitcoms Airing Tonight

    Wednesday, October 20

    The Goldbergs - "An Itch Like No Other" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
    With Beverly’s encouragement, Mr. Glascott moves in next door to the Goldbergs and slowly goes from friendly neighbor to cluelessly intrusive. Adam and Murray become increasingly disgruntled while Beverly comes up with a plan to occupy Mr. Glascott’s time with a new friend, Mr. Woodburn. Meanwhile, Barry lands in urgent care with a case of poison ivy in a compromising area – his rear end. Erica and Geoff are called to task to take care of Barry and his ridiculous demands – inadvertently testing their parenting skills and patience with one another.

    The Wonder Years - "The Lock In" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
    Dean is reluctant to attend the annual church lock-in until Kim tells him it’s where she got her first kiss. He enlists his friends to help him pair up with Keisa, but his plans are thwarted when he instead gets paired up with the pastor’s daughter, Charlene.

    The Conners - "Trucking Live in Front of a Fully Vaccinated Studio Audience -- East Coast" (ABC, 9:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
    Lights, Camera, Action: “The Conners” is going live for both the East and West Coast broadcasts of the season four premiere episode. This iconic TV family continues to deal with the current pandemic while navigating breakups and newfound sobriety, all while planning an upcoming wedding.

    Home Economics - "Giant Jenga, $120" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
    Tom spirals when Connor dates a woman who broke his heart at summer camp. Then, family game night becomes an all-or-nothing competition between Marina and Denise.

    Superstar - "Robin Williams" (ABC, 10:00PM ET/PT)
    The new episode recounts his life through Robin Williams’ own voice, describing “the spark of madness” which defined his life. From his early days in the San Francisco Bay Area comedy scene to his meteoric rise on “Mork & Mindy,” the one-hour special explores the experiences that made Williams into a one-of-a-kind talent and reveals what gave voice to the characters in his mind. It also chronicles the creative force driving critically acclaimed films like “Good Will Hunting” and “Dead Poets Society,” as well as fan favorites such as “Aladdin.” The special explores his personal struggles, including substance abuse and depression, and his battle with Lewy Body Dementia before his tragic death in 2014. “Superstar: Robin Williams” features interviews with famous comedians and actors who knew and admired Williams, including Margaret Cho, Howie Mandel, Lewis Black, Jimmie Walker, Paula Poundstone, Gina Hecht and Pauly Shore, as well as Barry Levinson, director of multiple films starring Williams including “Good Morning, Vietnam.” The program also contains interviews with Williams from the ABC News archives, in which he opens up about his life and the highs and lows of his distinguished career.

    Complete TV Listings


    Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of October 18)

    Wednesday, October 20

    • Rami Malek (The War at Home) - Watch Rami on a repeat of Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
    • Issa Rae (Insecure) - Issa appears on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
    • Billy Bob Thornton (Hearts Afire) - Billy Bob is a guest on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
    • Jamie Foxx (Dad Stop Embarrassing Me!/The Jamie Foxx Show) - Jamie appears on The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
    • Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation) - Nick is a guest on Comedy Central's The Daily Show with Trevor Noah at 11pm.
    • Leah Remini (Kevin Can Wait/The Exes/Family Tools/The King of Queens/Fired Up) - Leah guest hosts The Wendy Williams Show, so check your local listings.
    • Debra Messing (Will & Grace/Ned & Stacey) - Debra talks about her latest project: how self-care can change the world on Tamron Hall, so check your local listings.
    • Ron Howard (Arrested Development/Happy Days/The Andy Griffith Show) and Clint Howard (Gung Ho) - Ron and Clint discuss their new book, The Boys: A Memoir of Hollywood and Family, on The Drew Barrymore Show, so check your local listings.
    • Amy Sedaris (No Activity/BoJack Horseman/Strangers with Candy) - It's a TV exclusive with sister and brother duo Amy and David Sedaris appearing together for the first time on The Drew Barrymore Show, so check your local listings.
    • Jeremy Sisto (Suburgatory) - Jeremy talks about FBI on Rachael Ray, so check your local listings.
    • David Eigenberg (Sex and the City) - David talks about NBC's Chicago Fire on NBC's Today in the 9am hour.
    • Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation) - Nick talks about Where the Deer and the Antelope Play: The Pastoral Observations of One Ignorant American Who Loves to Walk Outside on ABC's GMA 3: What You Need to Know at 1pm.


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

    Head of the Class - The Complete Third Season Family Ties - The Complete Series (2021 Release) Hot in Cleveland - The Complete Series (2021 Release) Young Sheldon - The Complete Fourth Season Maude - The Complete Series (2021 Release)

    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 Release)
    07/27 - Hot in Cleveland - The Complete Series (2021 Release)
    07/27 - The Neighborhood - Season Three
    08/20 - The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet - Deluxe Edition (100 Episodes) (Time Life)
    08/20 - The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet - Standard Edition (50 Episodes) (Time Life)
    08/24 - The Jim Gaffigan Show - Season 2
    09/07 - Young Sheldon - The Complete Fourth Season (Blu-ray)
    10/19 - Maude - The Complete Series (2021 Release)
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