Saturday, September 29, 2018

SitcomsOnline Digest: Fox Gives Presentation Order to Animated Alaska Comedy; Time-Life Brings Lucille Ball Collection to DVD

Welcome to SitcomsOnline Digest! We've gone through the first week of the fall season (and getting reactions to some of the new series), and we're already hearing what may be coming in the 2019-2020 season. Also, we're hearing of a new Lucille Ball DVD collection from Time-Life and more. Let's get going!

HIGHLIGHTS FROM SITCOMSONLINE.COM AND AROUND THE WEB
  • The Great North, an animated sitcom from some of the same people behind Bob's Burgers and featuring voices such as Nick Offerman, Jenny Slate, Meg Mullaly, Will Forte, and others, has been given a presentation order from Fox. (Deadline
  • The season premiere of Murphy Brown included a surprise cameo by Hillary Clinton, and there is word that another surprise cameo from somebody else is to come as well. (Deadline)
  • Last Man Standing did rather well in ratings when it debuted on Fox last night. (TVLine)
  • With Bill Cosby now in prison, words that we never imagined we'd be seeing, one journalist has gone back to watch the pilot episode of The Cosby Show and given his thoughts of watching it with this new image of Cosby. (Washington Post)
  • With Julie Chen gone from The Talk, the show needs a new co-host. Could Rosie O'Donnell be the one? (TVLine)
  • Fox has already ordered an animated comedy for the 2019-2020 season, with Bless the Harts. (SitcomsOnline)

HOME MEDIA HIGHLIGHTS

  • Time-Life has pulled off a surprise release this week with Lucy: The Ultimate Collection, which features selected episodes (though not a complete series of any of them) of I Love Lucy, The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour, The Lucy Show, Here's Lucy, and even Life with Lucy.
  • Warner Archive has more Alice on the way, with Alice - The Complete Eighth Season arriving on October 23.

HOME MEDIA RELEASES (OCTOBER 2)


WEEKLY PLANNER (SEPTEMBER 29 - OCTOBER 4)
  • The season premiere of Saturday Night Live, with Adam Driver and Kanye West (and probably Alec Baldwin and somebody playing Brett Kavanaugh, we're willing to bet), will air tonight.
  • Decades is airing My Three Sons all weekend long.
  • The Fox Sunday night lineup returns on Sunday, with new episodes of The Simpsons, Bob's Burgers, Family Guy, and the second episode of Rel.
  • The Neighborhood and Happy Together debut Monday on CBS.
  • Thursday night marks the return of NBC's sitcoms, with Superstore, The Good Place, Will & Grace, and I Feel Bad.
  • ABC brings back TGIF... sort of... on Friday, with the season premiere of Fresh Off the Boat and Speechless.


Sitcoms Airing Tonight / Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows

Wednesday, May 29

The Conners - "The Publisher Cops Show Pilot" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Jackie faces problems at the Lunch Box and must take advice from an unexpected guest. Elsewhere, Dan and Darlene take a trip into Chicago.

The Conners - "Valentine's Day Treats and Credit Card Cheats" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Becky decides it’s time to introduce Tyler to Beverly Rose, but she is skeptical of Tyler’s bonding approach. Elsewhere, Jackie believes someone has hacked Bev’s credit card when several frivolous charges show up on the bank statement.

The Conners - "Moms and Rats" (ABC, 9:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Bev experiences moments of clarity and reflection and asks Jackie to spend the day together in Chicago. Elsewhere, Darlene finds a rat in her home but refuses to let Ben kill it.

The Conners - "Shrinks Don't Talk and Kids Don't Sing" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Mark adjusts to his first day of college as a commuter student; meanwhile, Becky gets into a disagreement with Beverly Rose’s music teacher over a song.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of May 27)

Wednesday, May 29

  • Ke Huy Quan (Head of the Class/Together We Stand) - Watch Ke on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Bobby Cannavale (Angie Tribeca/Will & Grace) - Bobby is a guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Chelsea Handler (Are You There, Chelsea?) - Chelsea appears on a repeat of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:35pm on NBC.
  • John Leguizamo (The Brothers Garcia) - John is a guest on a repeat of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Zendaya (K.C. Undercover/Shake It Up) - E! News has an interview with Zendaya at 11pm on E!.
  • Arden Myrin (Working/Still the King) - Arden is a guest on a repeat of After Midnight at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Ron Howard (Arrested Development/Happy Days/The Andy Griffith Show) - Ron discusses his new Disney+ documentary Jim Henson Idea Man on ABC's Good Morning America some time between 7-9am and on Live with Kelly and Mark, so check your listings.
  • Jane Krakowski (Schmigadoon!/Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt/30 Rock) - Jane is a guest on Live with Kelly and Mark, so check your listings.
  • Constance Wu (Fresh Off the Boat) - Constance talks about Making a Scene on CBS Mornings some time between 7-9am.
  • Leslie Odom Jr. (Central Park/Love in the Time of Corona/Big Day) - Leslie talks about Great Performances: Broadway’s Best on NBC's Today in the 9am hour. He talks about Purlie Victorious on ABC's GMA 3: What You Need to Know at 1pm.
  • Cedric the Entertainer (The Neighborhood/The Last O.G./The Soul Man/The Steve Harvey Show) - Cedric and Toni Braxton discuss Love & Laughter on a repeat of Access Daily with Mario & Kit, so check your local listings.
  • Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Modern Family/The Class) - Jesse talks about his podcast Dinner's On Me on a repeat of Access Daily with Mario & Kit, so check your local listings.
  • Steve Guttenberg (No Soap, Radio/Billy) - Steve talks about his new memoir, Time to Thank: Caregiving For My Hero, on Sherri, so check your local listings.


New on DVD/Blu-ray

Father Knows Best - The Complete Series Three's Company - The Official 40th Anniversary Collection Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. - The Complete Series (Blu-ray) Too Close for Comfort - The Complete Series Check It Out! - The Complete Series

12/05 - Father Knows Best - The Complete Series
12/05 - The Odd Couple - The Complete Series (Blu-ray)
12/12 - The Dick Van Dyke Show - The Complete Series
12/12 - Looney Tunes Collector's Choice - Volume 2 (Blu-ray)
12/12 - That Girl - The Complete Series
12/15 - Letterkenny - Season 11
12/19 - The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet - The Official Restored Complete Series
12/22 - Three's Company - The Official 40th Anniversary Collection (includes The Ropers and Three's a Crowd)
01/09 - South Park - Seasons 11-15 (Blu-ray)
01/16 - Ghosts (UK) - Season Five
02/13 - Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. - The Complete Series (Blu-ray)
02/27 - The Really Loud House - Season One
03/12 - Ghosts (UK) - The Complete Series
03/12 - Looney Tunes Collector's Choice - Volume 3 (Blu-ray)
03/12 - Rick and Morty - Season 7 (Blu-ray Steelbook) (Blu-ray) (DVD)
04/03 - Too Close for Comfort - The Complete Series (VEI)
04/08 - Check It Out! - The Complete Series (VEI)
05/21 - Frasier (2023) - Season One

The Odd Couple - The Complete Series (Blu-ray) That Girl - The Complete Series The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet - The Official Restored Complete Series

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