Saturday, February 09, 2019

SitcomsOnline Digest: ABC Orders Pair of Comedy Pilots; NBC Cancels Hair Musical

Welcome to SitcomsOnline Digest! It's been a really busy week of news this week, and we've got some of the highlights for you here (but check out some of our posts from earlier this week for more!). We're hearing about some new comedy pilots at ABC, the end of a sitcom era as another ABC sitcom is renewed for a final season, and even a marathon of Redd Foxx's last sitcom that is airing on Decades today. Let's get going!

HIGHLIGHTS FROM SITCOMSONLINE.COM AND AROUND THE WEB
  • ABC has ordered a pair of comedy pilots, including one starring Katey Sagal. (Variety)
  • Modern Family is coming to an end after next season, which may not seem like a big deal since it isn't the show that people talk about anymore, but the end of this series (along with that of The Big Bang Theory of this season) signals the end of an era where broadcast network sitcoms were a dominant force. (Fortune)
  • Fox recently aired a musical version of Rent, and it seems that in light of the disappointing ratings of that musical, NBC has cancelled their planned May 19 musical version of Hair. (Business Insider)
  • The proposed reboot of Bewitched at ABC won't be coming in the fall, but the idea isn't completely dead just yet. (Variety)
  • A pair of musical episodes is in the works for American Housewife. (Deadline)
  • Neither The Simpsons (which was legitimately in danger with the Disney acquisition of the production company) nor Mom are going anywhere anytime soon.. (SitcomsOnline)

HOME MEDIA RELEASES (FEBRUARY 12)
Step by Step - The Complete Fourth Season
  • Step by Step - The Complete Fourth Season (DVD, $29.99): We've been in a major drought for TV series on DVD (and sadly, it likely won't improve as many series have been completely released and streaming media has cannibalized DVD), but Warner Archive is still throwing us some bones, including the continuation of this TGIF classic on DVD.

WEEKLY PLANNER (FEBRUARY 9 - FEBRUARY 15)
  • Decades has a very rare treat for viewers on their weekly Binge this weekend, as they will be airing a marathon of Redd Foxx's last sitcom, The Royal Family from 1 PM today through 7 AM tomorrow morning, followed by a Binge of The Facts of Life all day Sunday.
  • The sixteenth season of American Dad! debuts Monday on TBS.
  • The TBS comedy Miracle Workers debuts on Tuesday.


Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Sunday, February 25

The Simpsons - "Lisa Gets an F1" (Fox, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Lisa feels a need for speed as well as a need for control of her anxiety when she becomes a pro kid go-cart racer.

Krapopolis - "Eclipse" (Fox, 8:30PM ET/PT)
The city of Krapopolis reckons with a solar eclipse; Tyrannis learns that it is not a cruel punishment by Zeus, but a natural occurrence.

The Great North - "Aunt Misbehavin' Adventure" (Fox, 9:00PM ET/PT)
When Moon gets rejected by his crush for the Lil' Preppers Practice Prom, he goes off-grid for the night; Moon copes with his first bout of romantic rejection.

Grimsburg - "McSnuff the Mystery Mutt" (Fox, 9:30PM ET/PT)
After being forced to take a desk role in the office, Flute decides to lead a double-life and become a dog-themed superhero named McSnuff.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of February 19)

Friday, February 23

  • Selena Gomez (Only Murders in the Building/Wizards of Waverly Place) - Watch Selena on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Ken Jeong (Dr. Ken/Community) - Ken appears on a repeat of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:35pm on NBC.
  • Dakota Johnson (Ben and Kate) - Dakota is a guest on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Sheryl Lee Ralph (Abbott Elementary/Fam/Instant Mom/Moesha/It's a Living) - Sheryl Lee appears on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Alan Cumming (Schmigadoon!) - Alan talks about Peacock's The Traitors on NBC's Today in the 10am hour.
  • Susie Essman (Curb Your Enthusiasm/Broad City/Baby Boom) - Susie chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • D. L. Hughley (The Hughleys/Double Rush) - D. L. dives into the state of comedy today, his nationwide comedy tour and how becoming a grandfather has changed him on Tamron Hall, so check your local listings.
  • Judy Gold (All-Ameircna Girl) and Kym Whitley (Act Your Age/Young & Hungry/Animal Practice/Sparks) - Judy and Kym serve as the all-star panel of judges for Sherri's Funny Over 50 contest on Sherri, so check your local listings.
  • Beanie Feldstein (What We Do in the Shadows) - Beanie and the cast of Drive-Away Dolls are telling Drew all about their new on The Drew Barrymore Show, so check your local listings.
  • Shoniqua Shandai (Harlem) - Shoniqua is a guest on PIX11 Morning News on WPIX in New York at 9:30am.


New on DVD/Blu-ray (November-February)

Leave it to Beaver - The Complete Series (Blu-ray) Father Knows Best - The Complete Series The Odd Couple - The Complete Series (Blu-ray) Three's Company - The Official 40th Anniversary Collection Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. - The Complete Series (Blu-ray)

11/07 - South Park - The Complete Twenty-Sixth Season (Blu-ray) (DVD)
11/14 - Leave it to Beaver - The Complete Series (Blu-ray)
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

That Girl - The Complete Series The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet - The Official Restored Complete Series

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