Monday, April 02, 2018

Laff Acquires Home Improvement for September 2018; ABC Orders More Roseanne for 2018-19 Season

Home Improvement - Laff

Laff, the country's first-ever, over-the-air broadcast television network devoted to comedy around-the-clock, added to its lineup of the most popular and biggest EMMY®-winning sitcoms in contemporary television by licensing the television rights to Home Improvement from The Disney/ABC Television Group. In the multi-year licensing agreement announced today, Laff acquires the rights to broadcast all eight seasons and 203 half-hour episodes of Home Improvement and will debut the multiple EMMY® and Golden Globe®-winning series in September 2018.

Loosely based on the standup comedy of series star Tim Allen, Home Improvement ran on ABC-TV from 1991 to 1999 and was one of the highest-rated sitcoms for the entire decade. Allen plays Tim "The Tool Man" Taylor, an accident-prone television host and devoted family man. The series follows the trials and tribulations of family life and stars Patricia Richardson as Tim's wife and Zachary Ty Bryan, Jonathan Taylor Thomas and Taran Noah Smith as his three energetic and sometimes mischievous sons. Richard Karn plays Tim's best friend and co-host of "Tool Time" and Earl Hindman is Wilson, the eccentric voice of reason and the Taylors' neighbor whose face – as a running gag – was always concealed mostly behind the fence separating their yards. The series also launched the television career of Pamela Anderson who played the "Tool Time Girl" for two seasons and then by Debbe Dunning who replaced Anderson. In addition to garnering numerous awards, the popularity of Home Improvement made the series finale the fourth highest-rated comedy series finale of that decade behind Cheers, The Cosby Show and Seinfeld.

Home Improvement joins Laff's impressive collection of hit off-network comedies including Roseanne, That '70s Show, 3rd Rock from the Sun, The Drew Carey Show, Night Court, Spin City, Grace Under Fire, Ellen and more. Laff airs on the broadcast signals of local television stations and corresponding cable carriage and features a programming mix of contemporary off-network sitcoms and popular movies geared toward an audience of adults 18-49. Laff is seen in 90 percent of the U.S. representing more than 100 million homes and is part of The E.W. Scripps Company.


Roseanne

The ABC Television Network has picked up hit comedy revival Roseanne for an 11th season. With just one day of Nielsen's delayed viewing counted, the return of Roseanne saw its Total Viewer count swell by a best of season for any premiere telecast of over +3.4 million viewers to a 21.869 million average audience. In addition, after the first day of playback, Roseanne shot up to a 6.24 rating in Adults 18-49, adding more than 1.0 rating point and over 20% to its Adult 18-49 Live + Same Day number.

The timeless sitcom, featuring the complete original cast, new series regulars and notable returning guest stars, explores life, death and everything in between through the relatable, hilarious and brutally honest lens of the Conner household. With the inimitable Roseanne at its epicenter, fresh stories that tackle today's issues and even more laughs from a brilliant cast and crew that haven't missed a beat, audiences old and new will celebrate the homecoming of America's favorite working-class family. The revival has also drawn critical raves, with The New York Times calling it "feisty and funny" and The Wall Street Journal writing that Roseanne is "sparkling."

The series stars Roseanne Barr as Roseanne Conner, John Goodman as Dan Conner, Laurie Metcalf as Jackie Harris, Lecy Goranson as Becky Conner-Healy, Sara Gilbert as Darlene Conner, Michael Fishman as D.J. Conner, Emma Kenney as Harris Conner-Healy, Ames McNamara as Mark Conner-Healy and Jayden Rey as Mary Conner. Sarah Chalke, who played the character Becky in later seasons, will also appear in another role. Fan-favorite guest stars from Roseanne reprise their roles in the revival, including Estelle Parsons as Beverly Harris, Sandra Bernhard as Nancy Bartlett, Natalie West as Crystal Anderson, James Pickens Jr. as Chuck Mitchell and Adilah Barnes as Anne Marie Mitchell. Season 10 continues Tuesdays at 8:00pm on ABC.


Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Saturday, May 15

Side Hustle - "Bot Club" (Nickelodeon, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Lex, Presley and Munchy discover that Fisher is a big-time player in the underground robot fight club scene in Altoonisburg; having not lost a robot fight yet, the kids decide to bet their KidDING money on a Fisher win.

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Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of May 10)

Friday, May 14

  • Fred Armisen (Los Espookys/Forever/Big Mouth) - Watch Fred on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Billy Crystal (The Comedians/Soap) and Tiffany Haddish (The Last O.G./The Carmichael Show) - Billy and Tiffany are guests on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Richard Kind (Mad About You/Spin City) - Richard appears on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Jerry O'Connell (We Are Men/Carpoolers/My Secret Identity) - Jerry guest co-hosts The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Denise Richards (Blue Mountain State) - Denise discusses the movie The Treasure of Pirates Cove and the show The Bold and The Beautiful on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Ellie Kemper (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt/The Office) - Ellie is a guest on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Alfonso Ribeiro (In the House/The Fresh of Prince of Bel-Air/Silver Spoons) - Alfonso appears on The Kelly Clarkson Show, so check your local listings.
  • Denis Leary (Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll/The Job) - Denis and Rachael share the work they did together on International Firefighters' Day on Rachael Ray, so check your local listings.
  • Jean Smart (Samantha Who?/Center of the Universe/The In-Laws/Designing Women) - Jean talks about HBO Max's Hacks on NBC's Today in the 10am hour.


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

Corporate - Season 2 Fam - The Complete Series Betty White's Pet Set - The Complete Series Happy Together - The Complete Series Til Death - The Complete Series

01/22 - Corporate - Season 2
01/22 - Corporate - Season 3
02/02 - Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In - The Complete Series (2021 Retail Release)
02/16 - Fam - The Complete Series
02/23 - Betty White's Pet Set - The Complete Series
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

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