Saturday, June 02, 2018

SitcomsOnline Digest: So Now What for Roseanne?; ABC Contemplating Sue Heck Spinoff for The Middle

Welcome to SitcomsOnline Digest! Well, it's been a fascinating week of sitcom news this week (normally the week of Memorial Day is the kick off to our slow season, but not this time!), to say the least. This week, Roseanne made history by dethroning Bridget Loves Bernie as the highest rated series to ever be canceled. We're also hearing about potential replacements for Roseanne, including a spinoff of the series as well as the spinoff of a completely uncontroversial ABC sitcom about a midwestern family. We promise, nothing that we're reporting this week is being reported under the influence of any sort of prescription sleep medication, so let's get going!

HIGHLIGHTS FROM SITCOMSONLINE.COM AND AROUND THE WEB
  • We're sure everybody knows the whole story about Roseanne by now. But is anybody seriously surprised that Roseanne ended up going down because of a controversy with the star, or are we just surprised it happened so soon? (People)
  • Meanwhile, it seems that a Roseanne spinoff starring Sara Gilbert's character of Darlene may be under consideration, although there are some obstacles, including concerns that Roseanne would still receive residuals. (Vulture)
  • If a spinoff about Roseanne's daughter doesn't work out, could 2019 finally be the "year of Sue Heck?" Maybe, as ABC is contemplating a spinoff of The Middle starring Eden Sher. (Deadline)
  • Speaking of The Middle, that series recently ended after nine seasons, and Vox is asking the exact same thing that we've been asking all of these years: why didn't the series ever get the level of love and attention that it deserved? (Vox)
  • It seems that the TV adaptation of Heathers has been talked about forever, and was even given a premiere date on Paramount Network (after originally being planned for TV Land), but now it seems it has been scrapped completely. (Deadline)
  • Antenna TV is going to celebrate Father's Day with a Silver Spoons marathon. (SitcomsOnline)

    HOME MEDIA HIGHLIGHTS


    HOME MEDIA RELEASES (JUNE 5)
    • South Park - The Complete Twenty-First Season (DVD, $29.98; Blu-ray, $39.98): All of these seasons later, and Comedy Central is still cranking out more seasons of the popular Comedy Central series.

    WEEKLY PLANNER (JUNE 2 - JUNE 8)
    • Every channel that was airing Roseanne has pulled the series, but if you absolutely need your Roseanne fix, it seems it is still streaming on Amazon Prime for the time being.
    • While we're at it, The Cosby Show (side note: why is it that Carsey Werner has this sort of luck with their stars?) is still on Amazon Prime too.
    • Younger and Teachers both return to TV Land for new episodes on Tuesday.
    • This weekend's binge on Decades is Here Come the Brides.
    • The last half of the final season of Nashville begins Thursday on CMT.


    Sitcoms Airing Tonight

    Wednesday, December 1

    The Goldbergs - "Tennis People" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
    After weeks of waiting, Adam finally receives news that he has been accepted into NYU. His excitement is soon diminished when he learns Brea has been accepted into her dream school, Brown University. Fearing the distance will affect their relationship, Adam attempts to find ways to keep his girlfriend close. Meanwhile, with Virginia’s help, Beverly begins looking for venues to hold Erica’s wedding shower. She discovers her nemesis’ tennis club and is determined to become a member even if it means embarrassing herself.

    The Wonder Years - "Home for Christmas" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
    Dean can’t wait to spend Christmas with his older brother, Bruce, when he returns home from Vietnam. But adjusting to life back in Montgomery comes with unexpected challenges for Bruce, and the rest of the Williams family rely on their favorite holiday traditions to bring cheer.

    The Conners - "Yard Sale, Phone Fail, and a College Betrayal" (ABC, 9:00PM ET/PT)
    As Louise starts to move into the Conner’s home, Dan decides to sell the furniture set he bought for Roseanne when they were first married. However, he soon finds parting with the furniture – and old memories – harder than he thought it would be.

    Home Economics - "Secret Santa Gift, $25 Limit" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
    As Christmas approaches, Tom finally receives his first advance check from the Sofia Salazar book, leaving him and Marina to decide what to do with the money. Meanwhile, Sarah receives an extravagant gift from the parents at her new school and has a hard time parting with it.

    It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia - "2020: A Year in Review" (FXX, 10:00PM ET/PT)
    The Gang looks back on 2020 to justify their numerous PPE loans as they contributed to the chaos of the past political year way more than anyone could have imagined.

    It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia - "The Gang Makes Lethal Weapon 7" (FXX, 10:30PM ET/PT)
    Upon discovering that their self-made Lethal Weapon sequels have been pulled from the local library, the Gang decides to address their political incorrectness by making another film: Lethal Weapon 7.

    Complete TV Listings


    Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of November 29)

    Wednesday, December 1

    • Ken Jeong (Dr. Ken/Community) - Watch Ken on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
    • Maya Erskine (PEN15/Casual/Betas) and Anna Konkle (PEN15) - Maya and Anna are guests on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
    • Seth Rogen (Undeclared) - Seth appears on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:35pm on NBC.
    • Aisling Bea (Living with Yourself) - Aisling is a guest on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
    • Max Greenfield (The Neighborhood/New Girl/Modern Men) - Max will be on The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
    • Heather Dubrow (Stark Raving Mad/Jenny/Life with Roger) - Heather appears on Watch What Happens: Live at 3am on Bravo.
    • Annaleigh Ashford (B Positive) - Annaleigh is a guest on Watch What Happens: Live at 3am on Bravo.
    • Rita Moreno (One Day at a Time/Happily Divorced/9 to 5) - Rita talks about West Side Story on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan (check your local listings) and chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
    • Bradley Whitford (Perfect Harmony/Happyish/Trophy Wife) - Bradley will be on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
    • Nicholas Braun (10 Things I Hate About You) - Nicholas dishes on the new season of Succession on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
    • Wanda Sykes (The Upshaws/The New Adventures of Old Christine/Wanda at Large) - Wanda appears on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
    • Leah Remini (Kevin Can Wait/The Exes/Family Tools/The King of Queens/Fired Up) - Leah guest co-hosts The Wendy Williams Show, so check your local listings.
    • Kristin Chenoweth (Schmigadoon!/Trial & Error/Kristin) - Kristin will be on The Kelly Clarkson Show, so check your local listings. She talks about National Champions on Access Daily, so check your local listings.
    • Sutton Foster (Younger) - Sutton chats about her new memoir Hooked on The Drew Barrymore Show, so check your local listings.
    • Vanessa Lachey (Truth Be Told/Dads) - Vanessa shares her favorite peanut butter blossoms cookie recipe on The Drew Barrymore Show, so check your local listings.
    • Mykal-Michelle Harris (mixed-ish/Raven's Home) - Mykal-Michelle talks about NBC's The Kids Tonight Show on Access Daily, so check your local listings.
    • David Moscow (Zoe, Duncan, Jack & Jane/Living Dolls) - David talks about Tubi's From Scratch on Access Daily, so check your local listings.


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

    Maude - The Complete Series (2021 Release) Mom - The Eighth and Final Season Punky Brewster (1984-88) - The Complete Series (2021 Release) I Dream of Jeannie - The Complete Series (Blu-ray) The Andy Griffith Show - The Complete Series (Blu-ray)

    10/19 - Maude - The Complete Series (2021 Release)
    11/02 - The Honeymooners Specials - A Christmas Carol
    11/02 - Mom - The Eighth and Final Season
    11/02 - Punky Brewster - The Complete Series (2021 Release)
    11/02 - Sex and the City - The Complete Collection (Blu-ray)
    11/09 - Saved by the Bell (2020) - Season One
    11/09 - Younger - The Complete Series
    11/16 - Kevin Can F*** Himself - Season 1 (Blu-ray)
    11/23 - Dead Pixels - Seasons One and Two
    11/30 - I Dream of Jeannie - The Complete Series (Mill Creek) (2021 Release) (Blu-ray)
    12/07 - The Andy Griffith Show - The Complete Series (Blu-ray)
    12/07 - Rick & Morty - Season 5 (Blu-ray) (Blu-ray Limited Edition Steelbook)
    12/14 - The Abbott and Costello Show - Season 1 (Blu-ray)
    12/14 - Letterkenny - Season 9
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