Season Two of Canadian Sitcom ‘Son of a Critch’ Due for Digital Sale May 27

Season two of the Canadian sitcom “Son of a Critch” arrives for digital sale May 27 from Lionsgate.

Executive produced by Primetime Emmy Award winner Andrew Barnsley (“Schitt’s Creek”), the Canadian sitcom just returned for its third season on CBC. 
 
In the series, entering his second year of high school, Mark comes face-to-face with something that all 13-year-old fans of Dean Martin hate — change. New relationships, shifting friendships, and an ever-expanding world have quickly become new sources of anxiety and fear. But the way in which Mark deals with these new stimuli will remain exactly the same. Pop will still offer the type of blunt advice that only an 80-year-old who’s seen it all can deliver. Mike Sr. and Mary will still try to connect to a child who feels older than they are. And Mike Jr. will continue to vacillate between frustration and protection as he, too, tries to make his way in the world.

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“Son of a Critch” stars Malcolm McDowell (A Clockwork Orange, TV’s “Mozart in the Jungle,” “Franklin & Bash”), Mark Critch (Blackberry, Grand Seduction, TV’s “Satisfaction”), Benjamin Evan Ainsworth (Pinocchio, Flora & Ulysses, TV’s “The Haunting of Bly Manor”), and Claire Rankin (Seven in Heaven, TV’s “Stargate: Atlantis,” The Truth About Christmas).

‘Party Down’ Complete Series, Season 3 Available on Digital July 31

The complete series and season three of the sitcom “Party Down” arrive on digital July 31 from Lionsgate.

“Party Down” stars Adam Scott (“Parks and Recreation”), Primetime Emmy Award winner Jane Lynch (“Glee”), and Primetime Emmy Award winner Megan Mullally (“Will & Grace”).
 
In the series, Scott, Lynch, Ken Marino, Martin Starr, and Ryan Hansen star as employees of Hollywood catering company Party Down, a group of struggling actors and dysfunctional dreamers waiting for their big breaks while stuck serving hors d’oeuvres. In a town where everything is possible, can the ultimate going-nowhere job ever get them anywhere?

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In season three, 10 years later, most of the Party Down catering team have moved on, including actor/bartender Henry Pollard. After a surprise reunion, the gang find themselves once again stoically enduring the procession of random parties and oddball guests all over Los Angeles.

Complete Series of TV Comedy ‘Go On’ Due on DVD May 23 From Mill Creek

The complete series set of the TV comedy “Go On,” starring Matthew Perry, will be released on DVD May 23 from Mill Creek Entertainment.

In the 22-episode series, after taking some time to deal with the death of his wife, sportscaster Ryan King (Perry) is ready to push his feelings down and get back to work. However, Ryan’s boss (John Cho), preferring that Ryan work through his grief first, refuses to let him back on air until he gets counseling. Reluctantly, Ryan joins a support group, where his lack of interest in healing not only makes therapy interesting but also may just serve as the breath of fresh air needed to get his fellow group members back on track to health. 

In addition to Perry and Cho, “Go On” also stars Julie White (“How We Roll,””NCIS: Hawai’i,” “Designated Survivor”), Laura Benanti (“Life & Beth,” “Gossip Girl,” “The Gilded Age”), Brett Gelman (“Stranger Things,” “Inside Job,” “Strays”), Suzy Nakamura (“Inside Job,” “Dead to Me,” “Avenue”), Sarah Baker (“The Kominsky Method,” “Young Sheldon,” “Big Little Lies”), Tyler James Williams (“Abbott Elementary,” “Everybody Hates Chris”) and Piper Perabo (“Yellowstone,” “Billions”).

The release is timed for May, which is Mental Health Awareness Month. 

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“Go On” was nominated for — and won — several awards during its time on air, receiving recognition from organizations focused on representation in media, including GLAAD (the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation), Alliance for Women in Media (Gracie Allen Award), NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) and the Entertainment Industries Council (Prism Award, honoring the creative community for accurate depictions of substance abuse, addiction and mental health in entertainment programming).

Honors included:

  • GLAAD Media Awards (2013) nominee — Outstanding Comedy Series
  • Gracie Allen Awards (2013) winner — Outstanding Female Actor in a Supporting Role in a Comedy Series, Julie White
  • NAACP Image Awards (2013) nominee — Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series, Millicent Shelton (“P-Valley,” “Black-ish,” “The Night Agent”)
  • People’s Choice (2013) nominee — Favorite New TV Comedy
  • Prism Awards (2013) winner — Comedy Series Episode or Multi-Episode Storyline — Mental Health 

Entire ‘Parks and Recreation’ Series on Sale for $29.99 on Vudu

The complete series of NBC’s “Parks and Recreation” is on sale Oct. 13-14 on Fandango’s transactional VOD service Vudu.

All seven seasons in one bundle (usually priced at $69.99) are on sale at $29.99 Oct. 13 (celebrated as “Treat Yo’Self Day” on the show) and Oct. 14.

The sitcom, which aired from 2009 through 2015, follows the antics of an Indiana town’s public officials as they pursue sundry projects to make their city a better place. The series stars Amy Poehler, Jim O’Heir, Nick Offerman, Chris Pratt and Aubrey Plaza.

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HBO Max, Hulu to Share Exclusive Streaming Rights to Sitcom ‘Abbott Elementary’

HBO Max and Hulu will share exclusive streaming rights to complete seasons of the Emmy Award–nominated comedy series “Abbott Elementary.”

Created by and starring Quinta Brunson from Warner Bros. Television and 20th Television, the full 13-episode first season will debut Aug. 20 on HBO Max; it’s streaming now on Hulu. 

Season two of the series debuts Sept. 21 on ABC. As part of an existing agreement with ABC, Hulu will continue to make current season episodes available the day after each broadcast premiere. These new episodes plus prior seasons will remain on Hulu and complete future seasons will be available to stream on HBO Max before the next season premieres on ABC. 
 
“Abbott Elementary” was recently nominated for seven Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Comedy Series, lead acting and writing nominations for Quinta Brunson, supporting acting nominations for Tyler James Williams, Janelle James and Sheryl Lee Ralph, and for casting. 
 
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The workplace comedy follows a group of dedicated, passionate teachers — and a slightly tone-deaf principal — who are brought together in a Philadelphia public school where, despite the odds stacked against them, they are determined to help their students succeed in life. Though they may be outnumbered and underfunded, they love what they do — even if they don’t love the school district’s less-than-stellar attitude toward educating children. 
 
Brunson stars as Janine Teagues in the series, and she serves as executive producer of the series alongside Justin Halpern and Patrick Schumacker of Delicious Non-Sequitur Productions, and Randall Einhorn. In addition to Brunson, the cast includes Tyler James Williams as Gregory Eddie, Janelle James as Ava Coleman, Lisa Ann Walter as Melissa Schemmenti, Chris Perfetti as Jacob Hill, William Stanford Davis as Mr. Johnson, and Sheryl Lee Ralph as Barbara Howard. The series is produced by Warner Bros. Television and 20th Television, a part of Disney Television Studios. 

Maya Rudolph Comedy Series ‘Loot’ to Bow on Apple TV+ June 24

The Maya Rudolph comedy series “Loot” will premiere on Apple TV+ June 24.

Starring and executive produced by Emmy Award winner Rudolph (“Saturday Night Live,” “Bridesmaids”) and from Emmy Award-winning creators Alan Yang (“Little America,” “Master of None”) and Matt Hubbard (“30 Rock,” “Forever”), the 10-episode workplace comedy will debut globally with the first three episodes followed by one new episode weekly, every Friday.

In addition to Rudolph, the “Loot” ensemble cast is led by stars Michaela Jaé Rodriguez (“Pose”), Ron Funches (“Undateable”), Nat Faxon (“Married”) and Joel Kim Booster (‘Sunnyside”).

In “Loot,” billionaire Molly Novak (Rudolph) has a dream life, complete with private jets, a sprawling mansion, and a gigayacht — anything her heart desires. But when her husband of 20 years betrays her, she spirals publicly, becoming fuel for tabloid fodder. She’s reaching rock bottom when she learns, to her surprise, that she has a charity foundation run by the no-nonsense Sofia Salinas (Rodriguez), who pleads with Molly to stop generating bad press. With her devoted assistant Nicholas (Kim Booster) by her side, and with the help of Sofia and team — including mild-mannered accountant Arthur (Faxon) and her optimistic, pop-culture-loving cousin Howard (Funches) — Molly embarks on a journey of self-discovery. Giving back to others might be what she needs to get back to herself.

The project marks the second collaboration between Apple TV+ and Yang following the the three-time Independent Spirit Award, BAFTA and NAACP Image Award nominated anthology series “Little America.”

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FilmRise Picks Up FAST Rights to Canadian Series ‘Kim’s Convenience’

FilmRise, the New York-based film and television studio and streaming network, has acquired multi-territory, ad-supported digital linear (FAST) rights to the critically acclaimed Canadian comedy series “Kim’s Convenience” from Canada-based Thunderbird Entertainment.

The deal gives FilmRise exclusive FAST (free ad-supported streaming) rights to all five seasons of the series, which it will program across its existing FAST Channels as well as allow for the creation of dedicated marathon FAST channels of the series across the United States, Latin America, German-speaking Europe, French-speaking Europe, Italy and Spain. FilmRise plans to offer the series on FAST linear streaming channels on IMDb TV, Pluto, The Roku Channel, Samsung TV+ and the FilmRise Streaming Network, among others.

Originally broadcast on CBC starting in 2016, the series made its international debut on Netflix in 2018. 

Based on Ins Choi’s award-winning play of the same name, “Kim’s Convenience” depicts the Korean-Canadian Kim family who runs a convenience store in Toronto. During its five season run, the series was the winner of multiple Canadian Screen Awards, including Best Comedy Series, Foreign Drama of the Year at the Seoul International Drama Awards (2019), Members’ Choice Series Ensemble Award for Best cast at the 2017 Toronto ACTRA Awards (Association of Canadian Television and Radio Artists).

The comedy stars Paul Sun-Hyung Lee (“The Mandalorian”), Andrew Phung (“Run the Burbs”) Andrea Bang (“A Million Little Things”), Jean Yoon (“The Voyeurs”), Simu Liu  (Marvel’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings), and Nicole Power, who stars in “Strays,” which is the spin-off series from “Kim’s Convenience” that premiered in September 2021 on CBC.

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“As the FilmRise Streaming Network continues to grow, so does our approach in acquiring programs featuring unique stories from people of diverse backgrounds,” Max Einhorn,  SVP of acquisitions and co-productions for FilmRise, said in a statement. “‘Kim’s Convenience’ has had a huge impact on a wide range of viewers, and we are thrilled to bring this culturally relevant series for free to streaming audiences worldwide.”

“Kim’s delightful characters and beloved stories brought love and laughter into the hearts of many during its five seasons,” Richard Goldsmith, president of global distribution and consumer products at Thunderbird Entertainment, said in a statement. “Through our partnership with FilmRise, we are thrilled that new audiences internationally will have the opportunity to connect with and enjoy the heart-warming and hilarious experiences of the Kim family.”

Apple TV+ Picks Up Two More Seasons of Sitcom ‘Mythic Quest’

Apple TV+ has announced a season three and four pickup of the sitcom “Mythic Quest,” from creators Rob McElhenney, Charlie Day and Megan Ganz.

“Mythic Quest” follows the team behind the biggest multiplayer video game of all time. In addition to McElhenney, who stars as the fictional company’s creative director, Ian Grimm, the ensemble cast includes Academy Award winner F. Murray Abraham, Danny Pudi, Imani Hakim, Charlotte Nicdao, Ashly Burch, Jessie Ennis and David Hornsby, who also executive produces. Additional cast members include Naomi Ekperigin, Caitlin McGee, Humphrey Ker, Chris Naoki Lee and Jonathan Wiggs.

The series is produced for Apple TV+ by Lionsgate, 3 Arts Entertainment and Ubisoft Film & Television.

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“Just like critics and audiences all over the world, we fell in love with Rob and his team’s sharp writing and full of heart, relatable characters that make up the world of ‘Mythic Quest,’” Matt Cherniss, head of programming for Apple TV+, said in a statement. “We can’t wait for viewers to see what’s in store in the upcoming seasons of this brilliant workplace comedy.”

HBO Max Picks Up Exclusive SVOD Rights to ‘The Middle’

HBO Max has secured U.S. SVOD streaming rights to all nine seasons of the family comedy “The Middle,” with a total of 215 episodes available now.

Two-time Emmy winner Patricia Heaton stars in this single-camera comedy about raising a family and lowering your expectations. Middle-aged, middle class, and living in the middle of the country in Orson, Ind., Frankie Heck (Heaton) is a harried wife and mother of three who uses her wry wit and sense of humor to get her family through each day intact. Frankie works as a dental assistant, and her unflappable husband Mike is manager at the local quarry and her sardonic partner in the daily grind that is raising their family. Between juggling shifts and picking up fast food to be eaten in front of the TV, Frankie and Mike raise their kids — popular slacker Axl, optimistic, awkward Sue, and odd, eccentric Brick — with love, humor and solid midwestern pragmatism.

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In addition to Heaton, the comedy stars Neil Flynn as Mike, Charlie McDermott as Axl, Eden Sher as Sue and Atticus Shaffer as Brick.

Debuting in 2009, the series won the esteemed Humanitas Prize in 2016 and was also nominated for multiple Critics Choice Awards throughout its run.

Produced by Blackie and Blondie Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television, “The Middle” was created and executive produced by Eileen Heisler and DeAnn Heline.

Rose Byrne, Seth Rogen to Star in Comedy Series for Apple TV+

Apple TV+ will launch a new comedy series, “Platonic,” starring Rose Byrne and Seth Rogen.

The series will be co-written by Nick Stoller and Francesca Delbanco (“Friends From College”) and will be produced for Apple by Sony Pictures Television.

“Platonic” reunites Byrne and Rogen with director Nick Stoller following their collaboration on the “Neighbors” films.

The 10-episode, half-hour comedy explores the inner workings of platonic friendship. A pair of former best friends who met in their youth (played by Byrne and Rogen) reconnect as adults and try to mend the rift that led to their falling out. As their friendship becomes more consuming, it destabilizes their lives and causes them to reevaluate their choices.

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In addition to writing, Stoller will direct. Rose Byrne, Seth Rogen and Conor Welch will serve as executive producers.

Apple TV+ is available at $4.99 a month with a seven-day free trial.