Friday, October 11, 2019

Fri-Yay: Another Netflix Original to End as BoJack Horseman Announces Final Season; TNT Sets Halloween Supernatural Marathon

It's time for another edition of Fri-Yay! That means we will take a look back on some sitcom happenings in recent days or weeks or other fun sitcomy stuff. It's a sitcom lover's paradise! Happy Fri-Yay!

BoJack Horseman

by Vincent

In a year that has seen many Netflix originals either being cancelled or coming to an end, popular animated comedy BoJack Horseman announced a few weeks ago that its upcoming sixth season will be its last. The sixth season of Bojack, which will be 16 episodes long and split into two parts (the first half will be premiering in just a few weeks, while the second half will premiere in November), will be the final run for the series. In another interesting wrinkle, BoJack voice actor Aaron Paul announced the decision to end was Netflix's, not the shows' creators.

On one hand, it does feel like creatively, it's probably about time for BoJack to come to a close. The fifth season, while still very good, had some early signs of wheel-spinning that I could definitely see becoming a bigger issue if the series continued for many more years. And since the show is about BoJack's guide to self-improvement, it was beginning to get to the point where it felt like the show continuing was actually holding BoJack back as a character a bit, since if he improves, there's...well, no more story left. Every season, with the exception of the fourth, has pretty much followed the same pattern: BoJack tries to improve himself, but gets off-path, winds up doing something really bad, and ends the season in a dark place again, but with hope that he's learned something that will help him improve. I don't mean that as a knock, because BoJack has packed each season with excellent writing, intricate character development and creative twists that kept it from feeling formulaic...but eventually, a show that plot-reliant is going to hit some diminishing returns. Still, something does sting about the fact that BoJack, which most would argue is one of Netflix's best originals (it's probably the service's most critically acclaimed series), was essentially "cancelled" by the network. Granted, I'm guessing the creative team was given enough time to give the series a proper ending, which is likely why the season is being split. But after a year that has seen Netflix axing so many beloved series, it's fair to really wonder just what, exactly, their plan is going forward.


ScoobyNatural

This Halloween (Thursday, October 31, 2019), TNT is delivering fans a wickedly-sweet binge with a nine-hour Supernatural marathon, starting at 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., spanning six seasons of the most thrilling episodes from the fan-favorite series. From ghosts to monsters, haunted thieves and even Scooby-Doo, TNT is your destination for getting into the Halloween spirit. In the series, Sam Winchester (Jared Padalecki) and Dean Winchester (Jensen Ackles) lost their mother to a mysterious and demonic supernatural force twenty-six years ago. Subsequently, their father John raised them to be soldiers. He taught them about the paranormal evil that lives in the dark corners and on the back roads of America ... and he taught them how to kill it.

Thursday, October 31:
10:00a.m.-11:00 a.m. ET/PT Episode 3.03 – Bad Day at Black Rock
11:00a.m.-12:00p.m. ET/PT Episode 3.11 – The Mystery Spot
12:00p.m.-1:00p.m. ET/PT Episode 3.13 – Ghostfacers
1:00p.m.-2:00p.m. ET/PT Episode 4.05 – Monster Movie
2:00p.m.-3:00p.m. ET/PT Episode 4.06 – Yellow Fever
3:00p.m.-4:00p.m. ET/PT Episode 5.08 – Changing Channels
4:00p.m.-5:00p.m. ET/PT Episode 6.15 – The French Mistake
5:00p.m.-6:00p.m. ET/PT Episode 8.08 – Hunter Heroici
6:00p.m.-7:00p.m. ET/PT Episode 13.16 – ScoobyNatural



Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Saturday, March 28

Danger Force - "The Danger Force Awakens" (Nickelodeon, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Captain Man and Schwoz recruit four children to attend their Swellview Academy for the Gifted, where the new crimefighters-in-training learn to harness their frequently troublesome and sometimes uncontrollable superpowers.

Tyler Perry's Young Dylan - "The Enforcer" (Nickelodeon, 8:30PM ET/PT)
On his first day at school, Dylan starts a classroom protest over having to wear uniforms.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of March 23)

Friday, March 27

  • Tina Fey (30 Rock) - Watch Tina on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Jim Gaffigan (The Jim Gaffigan Show/My Boys/Welcome to New York) - Jim is a guest on a repeat of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Glenn Howerton (A.P. Bio/The Mindy Project/That '80s Show) - Glenn appears on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • John Krasinski (The Office) - John is a guest on a repeat of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Garcelle Beauvais (The Jamie Foxx Show) - Garcelle visits The Real, so check your local listings.
  • Amy Poehler (Bless the Harts/Parks and Recreation) - Amy appears on a repeat of The Kelly Clarkson Show, so check your local listings.
  • Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation) - Nick talks about Devs on Couch Surfing at 8am.
  • Christopher Knight (The Brady Bunch) - Christopher is a guest on a repeat of The Doctors, so check your local listings.


New on DVD/Blu-ray (January/February/March)

My Three Sons - The Fifth Season - Volume One Martin - The Complete Series Step by Step - The Complete Sixth Season Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt - The Complete Series

01/02 - My Three Sons - The Fifth Season - Volume One
01/02 - My Three Sons - The Fifth Season - Volume Two
01/14 - Veep - The Final (Seventh) Season (Blu-ray)
01/14 - Veep - The Complete Series (DVD)
01/21 - Hangin' with Mr. Cooper - The Complete Third Season (WBShop.com)
01/21 - The Mindy Project - The Complete Series (Blu-ray)
01/28 - Ballers - The Complete Fifth and Final Season
01/28 - Ballers - The Complete Series
01/28 - The Mindy Project - The Complete Series (DVD)
02/04 - Martin - The Complete Series
02/11 - Step by Step - The Complete Sixth Season (WBShop.com)
02/18 - Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt - The Complete Series (Blu-ray)
02/25 - Better Things - The Complete Third Season
03/17 - Crashing - The Complete Third Season (Blu-ray)
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Recent SitcomsOnline.com News Blog Posts

03/28 - SitcomsOnline Digest: One Day at a Time a Hit in Ratings; Late Night Talk Set to Return Next Week
03/27 - Fri-Yay: Review of One Day at a Time Season 4 Premiere; NBC Sets Will & Grace Finale Night and Special I Love Lucy Episode
03/26 - CBS Slates Primetime Special from Home with James Corden; Fox Announces Living Room Concert for America
03/25 - Antenna TV Schedule Change on March 30, Doubling Up Comedies; Millionaire 20th Anniversary Premiere Celebs
03/24 - ABC Giving A Modern Farewell to Series; Samantha Bee Returns from Home on Wednesday
03/23 - Bounce Sitcom Returns April 1, No Foolin'; Never Have I Ever Gets Netflix Premiere Date
03/22 - Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows; This Week in Sitcoms (Week of March 23, 2020)
03/21 - SitcomsOnline Digest: Netflix and Hulu to Share Rights to Community; Preview of New Netflix Series Never Have I Ever
03/20 - Fri-Yay: Best Sitcom Episodes for Coronavirus Isolation; Antenna TV Weekend Binge Marathons for Tough Times
03/19 - Conan Returns March 30 via iPhone Video; Showtime Alters Schedule for Black Monday
03/18 - Billboard Music Awards Postponed on NBC; Acorn TV Extends Free 30-Day Trial
03/17 - Network Upfronts Canceled But Will Go on Digitally
03/16 - Hallmark Slots More Golden Girls, Frasier; Primetime Schedule Changes Due to Coronavirus
03/15 - Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows; This Week in Sitcoms (Week of March 16, 2020)
03/14 - SitcomsOnline Digest: Shout! Factory Acquires Broadcasting and Streaming Rights to Stephen J. Cannell Library; Schitt's Creek Plans for Series Finale
03/13 - Fri-Yay: One Day at a Time Moves to Pop TV and Takes Jab at Former Home; Best Wishes, Warmest Regards: A Schitt's Creek Farewell
03/12 - Quibi Announces Fire Island Sitcom; ABC Picks Up 4th Season of Red Hot Drama
03/11 - Apple TV+ Animated Comedy Premieres May 29; Brooke Burns Returns to GSN to Host Game Show
03/10 - Netflix's Lost in Space Gets Final Season; Remembering Sitcom Writer Earl Pomerantz
03/09 - Hulu Gears Up for Comedy Premieres in May; Quibi Programming Slate for April 6 Launch
03/08 - Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows; This Week in Sitcoms (Week of March 9, 2020)
03/07 - SitcomsOnline Digest: Kids in the Hall Returning for New Episodes; Pop TV Cancels Florida Girls and Other Originals
03/06 - DuckTales Returns with New Season and Cross-Overs with Disney Shows; Isla Fisher Joins CBS All Access Comedy
03/05 - The CW Spring and Summer 2020 Schedule; Kim Fields Joins Netflix Sitcom
03/04 - Hulu's Future Man Returns for Final Season; NBC Escapes with Celebrities
03/03 - Just Roll With It Brings Out the Guest Stars; Quibi Announces Comedy Talk Series
03/02 - Courteney Cox Nabs Starz Horror Comedy; Superstore Losing Series Star
03/01 - Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows; This Week in Sitcoms (Week of March 2, 2020)
02/29 - SitcomsOnline Digest: America Ferrera Leaving Superstore; NBC Renews Several Dramas for Three Seasons
02/28 - Fri-Yay: How Much Do Live Ratings Still Mean?; Disney+ Gets Proud Family Revival Series