Wednesday, November 30, 2005

What's Happening!! Leads TV Land to Highest Rated Month Ever; More On the '80s Sitcoms Coming to DVD from Sony & Universal

The classic '70s sitcom What's Happening!! gave TV Land a boost in the ratings in November and helped the network get their highest ratings ever for a month. Good Times, The Andy Griffith Show and Little House on the Prairie were some of the other shows that continue to do well. Among the highlights were:
* What's Happening!!, one of the coolest comedies of the 1970s, launched on Saturday, November 5 with a 48-hour marathon. The showcase averaged a 0.7/628,000, up +75% in rating and delivery versus year ago. Among total viewers, the marathon attracted an average of nearly 1 million, up +41% over last year. The series is also posting ratings gains in its regularly scheduled timeslot of 11 p.m. ET/PT daily, averaging a 0.5/435,000 among Adults 25-54, up +25% over last year. Among total viewers, it is attracting an average of 786,000 total viewers.
* Good Times, which airs every night from 10 p.m. to 11 p.m. with back to back episodes, is averaging a 0.5/523,000, up +11% in delivery over last year among A25-54. It is drawing an average of 1.1 million total viewers, up +19% over 2004.
To read the full press release click here.

We have yet another DVD scoop for you! Yes, both TVShowsonDVD.com and I have already told you about Archie Bunker's Place and Diff'rent Strokes for Sony and Charles in Charge and Gimme a Break! for Universal, but now we have a first look on the extras! Unfortunately for Archie Bunker's Place season one and Diff'rent Strokes season two, there will not be any. The back cover art was released today for both and it did not indicate any special features. Click here to view the back art for Diff'rent Strokes and here for Archie Bunker's Place.
Now for the extras on the Universal sitcoms! We were very surprised that there will be some extras on BOTH Charles in Charge season one and Gimme a Break! season one. In fact for Gimme a Break! an episode from season one of the '80s sitcom Kate & Allie will also be included! We are very excited and pleased to let you all know. We hope this means a season one DVD release of Kate & Allie is in the works! Both Charles in Charge and Gimme a Break! will have a half hour featurette on '80s sitcoms and a season two episode preview for each series. Click here to read the full list of extras--this is a first look!

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Tuesday, November 29, 2005

3 Shows Canceled Including 'Hot Properties'; 'Still Standing' Episode Order Cut

Three network shows have been told to halt production after only 13 episodes--two dramas and a sitcom. The dramas are FOX's Reunion & CBS's Threshold, and the sitcom is ABC's Hot Properties. Reunion has struggled following The O.C., after a decent start. FOX has not given word yet if they will air all or some of the unaired episodes in December. CBS moved Threshold to Tuesdays at 10 p.m. last week and it was a total bomb, so CBS will air an encore of Criminal Minds there tonight for the last Tuesday of November sweeps. As with Reunion, CBS has not given info yet if it plans to air the remaining episodes of Threshold. Threshold did average in its original Friday 9 p.m. slot, but when they moved drama Close to Home in that slot, that show did much much better.
As for the sitcom Hot Properties, ABC plans to air at least the Christmas episode (episode 9) on December 9. There is no word yet if ABC will air the other few episodes in the following weeks, because ABC had scheduled reruns of the show the rest of that month. The cancelation of Hot Properties marks the first time in at least four seasons that ABC canceled a fall sitcom this early. Believe it or not I'm with Her, Married to the Kellys and It's All Relative all lasted a full season, with the latter having made 22 episodes but a few were unaired. Complete Savages also lasted longer with 19 episodes.
So, what will replace these three shows eventually? They have not announced that information yet, but come January American Idol is coming back to FOX, and there is word that FOX might move the results show from Wednesday to Thursday. CBS will probably air encores of crime dramas for a while for Threshold and maybe the new drama The Unit by March. ABC will probably go with three choices, the most logical one would be to air the half hour Dancing with the Stars Results Show in place of Hot Properties (or switch Hope & Faith to 9:30 p.m. and have the Stars Results at 9). They can also bring back veteran sitcom Less Than Perfect and air it in its old slot or they can try new sitcom Crumbs here, too. I would prefer ABC air Stars Results on Fridays and have Crumbs/Less Than Perfect take the 9 p.m Thursday hour, which the canceled drama Night Stalker once aired.

Finally, CBS has cut the episode order for Still Standing from 22 to 18. It makes a lot of sense and this probably means this will be the last season of this struggling sitcom. 19 episodes will aie actually this season, since one is left over from last year.

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Monday, November 28, 2005

Cheers Star in New TV Spots; TV DVD News

TV's favorite mailman is back in all-new TV spots! Yes, John Ratzenberger from Cheers! This time he will be doing business with a bank! Diccicco Battista Communications has launched a new brand campaign for Lititz-based Susquehanna Bank. The campaign - "A Smarter Way to Money" features television commercials narrated by John Ratzenberger.
The TV spots take an unusual approach. Instead of using traditional actors, they use a smooth, geometric animation and Ratzenberger's "everyman" voice to encapsulate Susquehanna's position that it can make anyone's money work for him or her. You can find more information on their website.

We have some DVD scoops for you. Fans of the drama JAG found out from us that season one is on its way sometime in 2006--but now we have more news! Its spinoff, Navy NCIS, which currently is in its third season on CBS, is also headed to DVD sometime in 2006! Could both be paired up? Imagine if those two and The Sentinel are out the same day!

Anchor Bay April 2005 has sitcom Doogie Howser, M.D. Season 4 on April 18 and the drama Hunter with its fourth season on April 4. We don't have any other titles as of now for April, so that might be it. If their pattern continues then I would also expect Silk Stalkings Season 5 this month, but I have heard nothing on it yet.

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Sunday, November 27, 2005

Network Holiday Programming: The WB; Week 10 Ratings

The WB will kick off their holiday programming with a special movie, Felicity: An American Girl Adventure. Note, this has nothing to do with the series that aired on The WB some years back, at least I don't think.
A World Premiere Movie Based on the Popular American Girls Doll Series -- This heartwarming family drama centers around the life of spunky, strong-willed Felicity Merriman (Shailene Woodley), a ten-year-old girl growing up in colonial Williamsburg. Oscar winner Marcia Gay Harden and Smallville's John Schneider also star. Airs Tuesday, November 29 at 8 p.m. and encores Sunday, December 4 at 8 p.m.

Grandma Got Run-Over By a Reindeer:
An Animated Christmas Special Based On The Hit Holiday Song -- Based on the hit song that became a worldwide holiday phenomenon, this goofy and heartwarming adventure features young Jake Spankenheimer on the quest of a lifetime to track his missing grandma down on Christmas Eve and prove that Santa Claus is indeed real. Michele Lee (Knots Landing) provides the voice of Jake's greedy Cousin Mel and recording artist Elmo Shropshire provides the narration. Airs Sunday, December 11 at 7:30 pm. ET/PT.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas:
The Animated Holiday Classic Returns to The WB -- The Grinch plots to ruin Christmas for the holiday-loving Whos of Whoville. But while he's stealing their presents and roast beast, he learns a most unexpected lesson about the holiday. Airs Wednesday, December 14 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

A Scooby Doo Christmas:
When the Scooby Gang stumbles upon the quaint town of Winter Hollow, they quickly discover that strangers are not welcome and Christmas is not discussed due to a ghostly headless snowman that appears every Yuletide to destroy people's houses, along with their holiday joy. To Shaggy and Scooby's dismay, Fred, Daphne and Velma decide to spend a chilling Christmas Eve at the local inn to solve the mystery of the snowman and bring the spirit of Christmas back to Winter Hollow. Airs Friday, December 16 at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT.

Samantha: An American Girld Holiday:
A Holiday Special Based on the Most Popular American Girl Doll --"Samantha: An American Girl Holiday" stars Mia Farrow, Anna Sophia Robb, Kelsey Lewis, Jordan Bridges and Rebecca Mader. The movie focuses on 9-year-old Samantha Parkington™, an orphan who lives with her wealthy grandmother in Mount Bedford, New York in 1904. Samantha is one of the three original American Girl® characters, as well as the most popular doll in the collection. Airs Sunday, December 18 at 5:30 p.m. ET/PT

The Wizard of Oz:
The Beloved Family Classic Based On The Novel By L. Frank Baum -- When a tornado sweeps Dorothy Gale (Judy Garland) away from her Kansas home and off to the magical land of Oz, located "somewhere over the rainbow," she is befriended by a Scarecrow (Ray Bolger), a Tin Man (Jack Haley) and a Cowardly Lion (Bert Lahr), who help her avoid the Wicked Witch of the West (Margaret Hamilton) as they travel down the yellow brick road to see the Wizard (Frank Morgan), whom they believe can help Dorothy return home. The film was directed by Victor Fleming and King Vidor and written by L. Frank Baum, Noel Langley, Florence Ryerson and Edgar Allan Woolf with original music by Harold Arlen and lyrics by E.Y. Harburg. Airs Sunday, December 18 at 7:30 p.m. ET/PT.

The WB has not released yet if their series programming will have holiday episodes. So you'll have to check back with us if shows like Twins and Reba will have a holiday episode. And as of now, UPN has no holiday programming and they also have not released if their series will have holiday episodes. So stay tuned!

Now to the ratings game. I do not have the final numbers for Wednesday and on (thanks to the holiday weekend), so I can't show you how the networks did the first four days, but I can still break down the sitcoms that aired this week.

Monday Sitcoms
  • The King of Queens (CBS) - 10.98 million tuned in and a 3.7 A18-49 rating.
  • How I Met Your Mother (CBS) - Solid, but slightly down from lead-in. 10.29 million and 3.6 A18-49 rating.
  • Two and a Half Men (CBS) - Up from last week's 15.17 million to 15.74 million. And a sitcom leading 5.2 A18-49 rating for the week.
  • Out of Practice (CBS) - Has been much better lately, 13.26 tuned in. Pretty good retention from lead-in. And a 4.3 A18-49 rating. I hope the hiatus in January and February won't hurt this sitcom.
  • One on One (UPN), All of Us (UPN), Girlfriends (UPN), Half and Half (UPN) - Consistent again, between 3.3-3.9 million.

Tuesday Sitcoms
  • My Name is Earl (NBC) - Up from previous week to 12.22 million.
  • The Office (NBC) - 8.09 million tuned in, over 4 million drop from lead-in. Concerning for NBC.

Wednesday Sitcoms
  • Still Standing (CBS) -With ABC and FOX airing a special and a movie, this was the only sitcom in the half hour. It should have done better, but it didn't.
  • Yes, Dear (CBS) - Same as above.
Thursday Sitcoms
  • Joey (NBC) - Yes, I know it is Thanksgiving Day, but Joey had its lowest ratings ever probably. Why did NBC air an original on Thanksgiving? Do they think this show is like Friends? People want to watch Charlie Brown on Thanksgiving, not Joey-- and they did, as ABC beat NBC in this half hour.
  • Will & Grace (NBC) - Not what it once used to be. I know it was Thanksgiving Day, but still, the rating was below a 4.
  • Everybody Hates Chris (UPN) - I don't have final numbers, but UPN was dead last in the 8 p.m hour.
  • Love, Inc. (UPN), Eve (UPN), Cuts (UPN) - 9 p.m. hour average was only a 1.2. Yes, I know it is Thanksgiving and sweeps, but UPN should have aired a special instead.

Friday Sitcoms
  • What I Like About You (The WB) - A repeat, but dead last in its slot.
  • Reba (The WB) - A repeat at 8:30 improved on its lead-in.
  • Hope & Faith (ABC) - ABC should have aired a repeat or a special since no one wants to watch sitcoms on the holiday weekend, as NBC found out last night.
  • Hot Properties (ABC) - See above.
  • Twins (The WB) - A repeat that was dead last in its slot.
Summing it up. My Name is Earl, Out of Practice, How I Met Your Mother, Two and a Half Men, and The King of Queens were the only impressive sitcoms this week--maybe because they aired pre-Thanksgiving. Everything else was pre-empted or in reruns or did terrible on holiday airings (Joey, Will & Grace, Hope & Faith, Hot Properties).

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Saturday, November 26, 2005

Network Holiday Programming: FOX

Continuing our holiday programming look at the networks, we look at FOX today.

FOX starts it all off with a reality special titled Dear Santa.
With Special Guest Appearances by Clay Aiken & Raven Simone, Dear Santa is a one-hour unscripted holiday special featuring the dramatic and heartwarming stories of children whose letters to Santa will be answered with the help of some very special guests. The U.S. Postal Service teams up with some of today's hottest stars to share some dramatic stories including a girl who wants to make the holidays special for needy children, a young boy who dreams of a safe place to skate, a little girl who hopes her dad will come home for the holidays from his military duties abroad and a girl who wants to further her education on Dear Santa airing Friday, Dec. 9 (8:30-9:00 p.m. ET/PT).

Malcolm in the Middle Holiday Classic: In an encore holiday episode, Broke, Hal and Lois decide that all the Christmas gifts must be homemade. When Hal realizes Lois and the boys have made bigger and better gifts, he fibs about the fabulous present he has in store for them and takes the family on a wild goose chase. Meanwhile, Malcolm feels like his brothers are alienating him and Francis returns home with startling news on the episode "Hal's Christmas Gift" Sunday, Dec. 9 (9:30-10:00 p.m. ET/PT). And for those in the west coast ONLY, a special airing again on Sunday, Dec. 18 (7:00-7:30 p.m. PT).

Bones Christmas: Construction workers find a skeleton in an old fallout shelter from the 1950s and the Jeffersonian is brought in to help identify the remains. When Zack cuts into the bone, he accidentally releases spores of the deadly fungus Valley Fever, causing the team to be quarantined in the lab over Christmas. While everyone tries to maintain the holiday spirit, Brennan buckles down to solve the mystery of the fallout shelter. Booth and Brennan’s team are reminded that this is a rough time of year for Brennan, since her parents went missing right before Christmas when she was a kid. As Brennan works to bring closure to the family of the missing man – something she has yet to receive about her own parents – the time spent together in the lab provides the catalyst for revealing information about all of them in “The Man in the Fallout Shelter” airing Tuesday, Dec. 13 (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET/PT)

The O.C. Holiday Episode: After the gang spends hours picking out the perfect Christmas trees, they devise a special plan to help a friend in need. Meanwhile, the holidays bring out a somber Summer who misses her mom, and Johnny's sudden misfortune forces him to take matters into his own hands. Kirsten, meanwhile, puts the past behind her and reaches out to Julie Cooper. And when a reminiscing Seth vows to put a little "mukkah" into Ryan’s "chris," Ryan gets Bar-Mitz-vahkkahed on the third annual O.C. "Chrismukkah" episode, "The Chrismukkah Bar Mitz-vahkkah," airing Thursday, Dec. 15 (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET/PT)

Cops Go Ho Ho Ho!: When Detective Jason Lando of the Pittsburgh, PA, Bureau of Police investigates suspicious activity in a parking lot frequented by drug users and prostitutes, the parked driver claims to be waiting for her daughter. As the investigation continues, officers recognize the driver’s daughter as someone they encounter frequently. The shaky young girl is found with drug paraphernalia and the situation becomes very emotional as she is detained in front of her mother. On the other side of the country, Sgt. Tom Jenkins of the Las Vegas, NV, Metropolitan Police Department stops a young female behaving suspiciously on the legendary Las Vegas strip. After the female suspect lies to Sgt. Jenkins, she eventually breaks down and admits to working the streets. Another segment features Officer Derek Bishop of the Spokane, WA, Police Department, responding to a call where a female suspect claims to be hitchhiking. Although she was ticketed several weeks before for prostitution, she maintains her innocence. When officers begin to question her credibility, some arresting surprises surface and the suspect attempts to bargain with officers on COPS: HO HO HO! SPECIAL EDITION #3 airing Saturday, Dec. 17 (8:00-8:30 p.m. ET/PT). Last season's Ho Ho Ho! Special Edition #2 follows at 8:30 p.m.-9:00 p.m. ET/PT.

MADtv is in the Holiday Spirit: Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother) plays the new boss when “Sean Gidcomb” (Michael McDonald) decides to leave the office on an all-new holiday episode of MADtv airing Saturday, Dec. 17 (11:00 p.m.-Midnight ET/PT)

King of the Hill Christmas: When an elderly stranger, Ms. Wakefield (Marion Ross), visits the Hill residence during Christmas, Hank is thrilled to show her his house since it was also her childhood home. However, when Ms. Wakefield announces that she wants to die in their house, Hank and Peggy want nothing more than for her to leave. Ms. Wakefield proves to be more difficult to put off in the ”Ms. Wakefield” airing Sunday, Dec. 18 (7:30-8:00 p.m. PT) -- Note West Coast ONLY.

The Simpsons Christmas Episode: The Simpsons deliver holiday cheer in this Christmas-themed trilogy. In “The First (Annoyed Grunt) – El,” when Reverend Lovejoy’s car breaks down en route to Christmas mass, Homer takes over the sermon and delivers his version of the birth of Christ (Bart) to his parents Joseph (Homer) and Mary (Marge). “I Saw Grampa Cussing Santa Claus” finds Grampa reminiscing about his daredevil days as a WWII fighter pilot, when he was stranded on an island alongside his gunner, Burns. Grampa recalls mistaking Santa Claus for an enemy aircraft and gunning him down from the sky. Realizing their mistake, Grampa helps Jolly Ol’ St. Nick to safety, only to have Burns steal the sleigh and escape the island – leaving Grampa stranded again. The final installment, “The Nutcracker … Sweet,” which finds the townspeople of Springfield preparing for Christmas Day, is set to the tune of the famed “Nutcracker” ballet on “Simpsons Christmas Stories” Sunday, Dec. 18 (8:00-8:30 p.m. ET/PT).

FOX has only released information thru 12/18. If they have anything else special, we will post it here. Stay tuned!

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Friday, November 25, 2005

Breaking News: Pat Morita Passes Away at 73; Network Holiday Programming: NBC

Before we continue to our holiday programming feature, we have some bad news to report. Actor Pat Morita passed away yesterday from natural causes. Morita was best known for his role of Arnold on the sitcom Happy Days and Mr. Miyagi in The Karate Kid films. Morita was a well known fixture on many sitcoms as a guest star, too. He made his start on sitcoms on an episode of Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. in 1967. Some of the other sitcoms he guest starred on are The Courtship of Eddie's Father, Love American Style, Green Acres, The Odd Couple, The Bob Newhart Show, M*A*S*H, Welcome Back Kotter, Chico and the Man, The Love Boat, Laverne & Shirley, Fresh Prince, Family Matters, The Hughleys, Yes Dear, and as Ah Chew on Sanford & Son. He was everywhere and was a very funny man. He recently appeared on ABC's 30th Anniversary Reunion for Happy Days back in February. He still has a few independent movie roles still to be released. He will for sure be missed. Pat Morita was 73 years old. Click here to read the AP story.

Today we will move on to NBC. NBC will kick their holiday season off with the annual Christmas in Rockefeller Center on Wednesday, November 30, the last day of November sweeps.

Christmas in Rockefeller Center is a star-studded, one-hour special broadcast live from Rockefeller Center in New York City and celebrates the lighting of the world’s most famous Christmas tree. The popular musical lineup for the special will include a mix of current hits and favorite holiday music. Airs Wednesday, November 30 from 8 to 9 p.m. ET/PT

The Happy Elf -- NBC makes this Christmas memorable by celebrating the holiday season with Grammy-winning performer Harry Connick Jr. (NBC’s Will & Grace), starring in his first ever CGI-animated family holiday special, The Happy Elf. Connick provides the voice for the animated narrator who tells the story of Eubie the Elf, one of Santa’s helpers whose overly enthusiastic, rose-colored view of the holiday season is put to the test when he sets out to bring Christmas joy to a dreary town called Bluesville. The Happy Elf also stars the talented voice cast of Carol Kane, Lewis Black, Mickey Rooney and Rob Paulsen. This holiday event also includes all new original holiday songs written and composed by Connick. Airs Friday, December 2 from 8 to 9 p.m. ET/PT followed by a Christmas themed episode of Three Wishes from 9 to 10 p.m. ET/PT.

Sitcom Christmas Episodes of My Name is Earl and The Office. For Earl, “White Lie Christmas” -- As the holiday season nears, a few secrets are exposed when Earl (Jason Lee) attempts to cross number 74 off of his list: "always ruined Joy's Christmas." Earl, Randy (Ethan Suplee), and Catalina (Nadine Velazquez) enter a radio contest to win a brand-new car for Joy (Jaime Pressly) to make up for all of the thoughtless Christmas presents Earl gave her while they were married. While Randy and Catalina vie over the car, Earl finds out that Joy's parents believe that he's still their son-in-law -- and that he's just returned from the war in Iraq. Joy is afraid to tell her father, an alleged racist, that she is now married to Darnell (Eddie Steeples), prompting Earl to play the part. For The Office, “The Christmas Party” -- Morale at the office Christmas party hits an all-time low after Michael (Steve Carell) suggests a game of “Yankee Swap” with the $20 secret Santa gifts -- and everyone vies for the iPod he bought for Ryan (B.J. Novak). In an effort to raise his staff’s sagging spirits, Michael introduces vodka shots and things liven up while Jim (John Krasinski) worries that the sentimental gift he got for Pam (Jenna Fischer) will end up in Dwight’s (Rainn Wilson) hands. The hour airs on Tuesday, December 6 from 9 to 10 p.m. ET/PT.

E-Ring Christmas: "Christmas Story" -- On Christmas Eve, JT (Benjamin Bratt) works in Special Ops on a humanitarian relief mission to help an Afghan village that helped Delta several years ago and now finds itself confronting bad weather and an advancing Taliban force – and help must come from unusual places to make the mission work. Meanwhile, Samantha (Kelly Rutherford) meets JT's father who needs a favor, much to JT's dismay. Dennis Hopper and Aunjanue Ellis also star. Airs Wednesday, December 7 from 8 to 9 p.m. ET/PT.

Will & Grace and ER Holiday Episodes: For Will & Grace, “A Little Christmas Queer” -- The gang spends the holidays at the house of Marilyn Truman (guest star Blythe Danner) while Grace (Debra Messing) and Will's (Eric McCormack) brother share some holiday romance. In addition, Will's 10-year-old nephew is clearly gay -- and it bothers Will that his mother Marilyn is more tolerant towards the boy than she was of her son. Sean Hayes and Megan Mullally also star. For ER, “All About Christmas Eve” -- After a little girl is mistakenly shot, Drs. Pratt (Mekhi Phifer) and Weaver (Laura Innes) desperately try to bring her back to life while Nurse Haleh (Yvette Freeman) holds her annual choir tryouts and everyone is surprised at who is chosen to sing the solo. In addition, Eve (Kristen Johnston) crosses the line with a patient and causes management to get involved. Abby (Maura Tierney) and Dr. Kovac (Goran Visnjic) exchange Christmas gifts but, Abby's gift for him is bigger than expected. Shane West, Parminder Nagra, John Leguizamo and Linda Cardellini also star.
Will & Grace airs at a special time at 8 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET/PT on Thursday, December 8. ER airs from 10 to 11 p.m. ET/PT.

Holiday Classic Movie -- It's a Wonderful Life: NBC marks a milestone for the nation's visually impaired as the network presents this exclusive and special telecast of Frank Capra's 1946 holiday classic, It's a Wonderful Life, starring James Stewart, Donna Reed and Lionel Barrymore. Through a process of Descriptive TheatreVision, the special presentation will be described for the blind and visually impaired by former President George Bush. Bush's description will inform the viewer of what is occurring on the screen, filling the blanks where no dialogue or other sounds tell a visually impaired person what is happening during a television presentation. The film follows the life of George Bailey (Stewart) from childhood to maturity in the town of Bedford Falls. On what might be his last Christmas Eve, a discouraged Bailey wants to throw his life away. Fortunately, Clarence (Henry Travers), a second-class angel, is sent to show him the value of life. After Clarence gives Bailey a view of Bedford Falls without him, Bailey realizes how precious his life is and gets a second chance. He comes to learn that Clarence was right when he said, "No man is a failure who has friends." The film, which earned Oscar nominations for best picture, director, actor and film editing, was produced and directed by Capra. Airs Saturday, December 10 and Saturday, December 24 from 8 to 11 p.m. ET/PT both nights.

Joey Christmas: In a special one-hour episode, as the holidays near, Alex' (Andrea Anders) is moved to express to Joey (Matt LeBlanc) her true feelings for him. Airs for a full-hour on Thursday, December 15 from 8 to 9 p.m. ET/PT.

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation: – The hit theatrical film returns and it's Christmas time again as the Griswolds are preparing for a family seasonal celebration, but things never run smoothly for Clark (Chevy Chase), his wife Ellen (Beverly D’Angelo) and their two kids. Clark's continual bad luck is worsened by his obnoxious family guests, but he manages to keep going knowing that his Christmas bonus is due soon. Airs Sunday, December 18 from 8 to 10 p.m. ET/PT.

2005 Radio Music Awards -- The biggest names in music will celebrate the holiday season live from Las Vegas at the 2005 Radio Music Awards (RMAs). Considered by the music industry as the “Golden Globes of music award shows” because of its casual party-style, this year promises to be even bigger than last with its move to December and inclusion of holiday songs. The 2005 RMA nominees include 50 Cent, Kelly Clarkson, Green Day, Keith Urban, Kenny Chesney, Destiny’s Child, Nelly, Gwen Stefani and many more. The “2005 Radio Music Awards” is executive-produced by David Broome, Anthony Eaton, Von Freeman and Paul Joseph. Airs Monday, December 19 from 9 to 11 p.m. ET/PT.

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Thursday, November 24, 2005

Network Holiday Programming: ABC

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! We hope you are all with your familes on this special day, whether you celebrate the holiday or not, all families should be together on this day.

Before I start with the holiday programming news, BET is airing a sitcom/comedy Thanksgiving Day marathon today from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., featuring the Wayans Bros, Jamie Foxx Show and In Living Color! Click here for details.

Today I will break down ABC's holiday programming for this holiday season. Don't forget to tune in tonight for the classic animated special A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving at 8 p.m. ET/PT followed by the network television premiere of the hit animated movie Finding Nemo!
ABC starts off the holiday season with a look back at the life of Pope John Paul II with a brand new telefilm on his life.

Have No Fear: The Life of Pope John Paul II: Thomas Kretschmann (The Pianist, King Kong) stars as Pope John Paul II, portraying thisextraordinary man over the course of 60 years. Bruno Ganz (Wings of Desire) stars as Cardinal Wyszynski, the Primate of Poland, and Joaquimde Almeida (24) portrays Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero, who was brutally murdered during the Pope's reign. Lorenzo Minoliand Judd Parkin, Emmy-nominated executive producers of the acclaimed telefilms Jesus and Nicholas' Gift, have teamed again to produce this original movie for television. The project was shot on location in Rome and Lithuania. Airs Thursday, December 1 from 8 to 10 p.m. ET/PT.

Santa Claus is Coming to Town: In the perennial favorite created in 1970 by Rankin-Bass Productions (Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Frosty the Snowman) Fred Astaire narrates this timeless tale of Kris Kringle (Mickey Rooney), a young boy with an immense desire to do good things for others. In his home village of Sombertown, Kris has started a gift factory where he builds toys and gives them to all the local children. But when the evil ruler, Burgermeister Meisterburger (Paul Frees), bans toys from the land, Kris is forced to go directly to Mother Nature and ask her for assistance. With the help of magical elves and several special reindeer, Kris overcomes the Burgermeister and delivers toys to children all over the world, earning him the name Santa Claus. Narrated by Fred Astaire, the vocal cast features Mickey Rooney as Kris Kringle, Keenan Wynn as Winter, Paul Frees as Burgermeister Meisterburger, Grimsby, the soldiers and the townsmen; Joan Gardner as Tanta Kringle, Robie Lester as Jessica and Andrea Sacino, Dina Lynn, Gary White and Greg Thomas as the children. Airs Friday, December 2 from 8 to 9 p.m.

America's Funniest Home Videos Christmas:
America's Funniest Home Videos celebrates the most wonderful time of the year with a Christmas-themed episode. Hilarious holiday moments include clips of kids with unusual reactions when they open their gifts on Xmas morning, chaos when things go wrong at Christmas pageants, a holy poodle running amok during a Nativity play, and a little boy who wheels and deals with Santa for this year's gifts, on America's Funniest Home Videos hosted by Tom Bergeron. Airs at a special night and time on Friday, December 2 from 9 to 10 p.m. ET/PT.

A Charlie Brown Christmas & Charlie Brown's Christmas Tales:
The ABC Television Network will commemorate the 40th anniversary of the beloved Emmy Award-winning PEANUTS special, A Charlie Brown Christmas, created by late cartoonist Charles M. Schulz in 1965. The hour will also include a series of Christmas-themed animated stories entitled Charlie Brown Christmas Tales, based on Schulz's work, in which each of the beloved PEANUTS characters - Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Linus, Lucy and Sally - star in his or her own charming animated vignette. A Charlie Brown Christmas will air with Spanish audio via Secondary Audio Programming (SAP). In the digitally-remastered 1965 special, A Charlie Brown Christmas, Charlie Brown complains about the overwhelming materialism that he sees everywhere during the Christmas season. Lucy suggests that he become director of the school Christmas pageant, and Charlie Brown accepts, but it proves to be a frustrating struggle. When an attempt to restore the proper spirit with a forlorn little fir Christmas tree fails, Charlie Brown needs Linus' help to learn what the real meaning of Christmas is. The cast of "A Charlie Brown Christmas" includes Peter Robbins ("Charlie Brown"), Christopher Shea as ("Linus"), Tracy Stratford ("Lucy"), Chris Doran ("Schroeder") and Sally Dryer ("Violet"). Airs Tuesday, December 6 from 8 to 9 p.m. ET/PT and again Friday, December 16 frm 8 to 9 p.m. ET/PT.

I Want A Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown!:
Produced and animated by the same team that gave us the now classic "PEANUTS" specials from the late cartoonist Charles M. Schulz's famed comic strip, I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown! will air FRIDAY, DECEMBER 9 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET), on The ABC Television Network. I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown! centers on ReRun, the lovable but ever-skeptical younger brother of Linus and Lucy. It's Christmas vacation and, as usual, ReRun-s big sister is stressing him out, so he decides to turn to his best friend, Snoopy, for amusement and holiday cheer. However his faithful but unpredictable beagle companion has plans of his own, giving ReRun reason to ask Snoopy to invite his canine brother Spike for a visit. When Spike shows up, it looks like ReRun will have a dog for Christmas after all- but then the real trouble begins. Airs Friday, December 9 from 8 to 9 p.m. ET/PT.

Hope & Faith and Hot Propeties Holiday Episodes: On Hope & Faith, "Christmas Time" -- Faith surprises the entire family with personal, extravagent Christmas gifts, including an expensive gold watch for Charley.
When Charley realizes he forgot to buy a gift for his beloved employee, Hassan, Hope, inspired by Faith's generosity, encourages him to give Hassan his treasured championship watch. Later, Charley is furious when he discovers that the "gold" watch Faith bought for him is a fake. Feeling extremely guilty, Hope insists that Faith attempt to retrieve Charley's watch from Hassan, but in the end, Faith really surprises them with an uncharacteristically magnanimous gesture. On Hot Properties, "It's a Wonderful Christmas Carol on 34th Street" -- After getting into a car accident while Christmas shopping, Chloe goes on a journey with three ghosts. Clint Black guest stars. Airs on Friday, December 9 from 9 to 10 p.m. ET/PT.

Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas MOVIE-- The curmudgeonly recluse Grinch, who hates Christmas, becomes annoyed with the out-of-control Christmas festivities in Whoville, the town lying below his cave dwelling on Mt. Crumpit. But after the Grinch conspires to deprive the Who's of their favorite holiday by sneaking into town on Christmas eve to steal everything associated with the holiday, he learns that the spirit of Christmas goes much deeper than tinsel and toys. Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas stars Jim Carrey and Jeffrey Tambor. Airs Saturday, December 10 from 8:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. ET/PT. An abbreviated AFV airs at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT.

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Holiday Wishes:
Each designer goes back to visit one family who has received a makeover in the past and to join them on a mission to pay their good fortune forward, in a special two-hour holiday episode. Airs Sunday, December 11 from 8 to 10 p.m. ET/PT and again Thursday, December 22 from 8 to 10 p.m. ET/PT.

Grey's Anatomy
Christmas Episode:
A young boy needs a heart transplant but doesn't seem to want it, and his treatment causes Burke and Yang to have philosophical differences. Meanwhile, when the interns rally to help Alex prepare to re-take his exam, Meredith has to remind Izzie of the true spirit of the Christmas holiday; and despite a reconciliation with his wife, Derek isn't in a festive mood. Airs Sunday, December 11 from 10 to 11 p.m. ET/PT.

According to Jim & Rodney Christmas:
On According to Jim, "The Gift of Maggie" -- When Cheryl and Dana's mother, Maggie (Kathleen Noone), visits for the holidays, Jim and Cheryl compete with Ryan and Dana for her affection. On Rodney, "O Christmas Trees" -- Rodney and Trina have a bitter feud over which angel to put on a Christmas tree that her father, Carl, overcharged them for. So when Rodney goes to Carl's office to demand a new, free family tree, he finds that Carl has been living down and out in his office. In the true spirit of Christmas, Rodney decides to make peace with Carl and invites him to live with them until he gets back on his feet. Airs Tuesday, December 13 from 8 to 9 p.m. ET/PT.

George Lopez & Freddie Celebrate the Holidays: On George Lopez, "George is Being Eflish and Christ-Misses His Family" --
George tells a white lie to avoid visiting Angie's family for the holidays, but regrets it when he spends Christmas alone. Broadcast with Spanish audio via SAP. Then on Freddie, "I'll Be Homeless for Christmas" -- Tis the season for a Christmas party, so Freddie invites his neighbors in the complex to celebrate with his family and friends. But when a jealous neighbor reports to the board that Freddie is breaking the rules by having too many people living in his condo, Freddie has to get a petition signed by the majority of the tenants allowing them to stay. However, when Freddie goes door to door, he realizes his neighbors share no good will towards his family who have not been the most conscientious, but can they win them over? Broadcast with Spanish audio via SAP. Airs Wednesday, December 14 from 8 to 9 p.m. ET/PT.

The Wonderful World of Disney The Santa Clause
:
When Santa falls from a roof and can't get up, Scott Calvin tries on the big red suit only to find he's inherited the role of Saint Nicholas. Starring: Tim Allen (Home Improvement), Peter Boyle (Everybody Loves Raymond), Wendy Crewson, Judge Reinhold. Airs Thursday, December 15 from 8 to 10 p.m. ET/PT. A special edition of Primetime follows at 10:00 p.m. with Peter Jennings' last documentary. He is reporting on America's Health Insurance Crisis.

The Sound of Music:
Maria, while waiting to take her vows, is sent to the home of the widowed and retired navy Captain Georg von Trapp (Christopher Plummer) to care for his seven rambunctious children. Maria discovers the children, who have previously run off several governesses, are most in need of a little love. When she teaches them to sing, she wins the love of the children and the captain. The film is based on the real-life story of the von Trapp family. Maria's book, "The Story of the Trapp Family Singers," first became a German movie and later a successful Broadway musical before its Oscar-winning release in 1965. In 1938 the von Trapps escaped their native Austria and Nazi occupation to avoid Captain von Trapp's being forced to serve in the German navy.
Airs Saturday, December 17 from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. ET/PT

Once Upon a Mattress: The legendary Carol Burnett and Tracey Ullman - two "queens of comedy" and both six-time Emmy Award winners -- top a spectacular cast, also featuring Tony Award winner Denis O'Hare (Broadway's Take Me Out), Elf star Zooey Deschanel, Spin City and Arli$$ star Michael Boatman, Frasier's Edward Hibbert, Broadway heartthrob and Tony nominee Matthew Morrison (The Light in the Piazza, Hairspray, Sex and the City) and the irrepressible Tom Smothers, in the "Wonderful World of Disney" presentation of the delightful musical, Once Upon a Mattress, a world premiere, two-hour made-for-television movie, SUNDAY, DECEMBER 18 (7:00-9:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network. In this whimsical, fractured telling of the classic fairytale, "The Princess and the Pea," O'Hare plays Prince Dauntless, the handsome hero desperate to find a wife, who comes in the unlikely person of the lovable - and definitely not shy -- Princess Winnifred, as portrayed by Ms. Ullman. Ms. Deschanel plays Lady Larken, one of the beautiful ladies of the court frantic to marry Sir Harry, a powerful and influential knight portrayed by Morrison. Boatman takes the part of King Sextimus' sidekick, the Jester, whose father was a performer as well. Hibbert plays the Wizard, the Queen's confidant, and Smothers portrays King Sextimus, the benevolent but unfortunately mute ruler to Ms. Burnett's conniving and loquacious Queen Aggravain. Airs Sunday, December 18 from 7 to 9 p.m. ET/PT.

Heaven: Where Is It? How Do We Get There?: Anchored by Barbara Walters, Heaven: Where Is It? How Do We Get There? explores the meaning of heaven with religious leaders of the major faiths, scientists, people who say they believe in heaven because they have been there, with celebrities who are vocal about their beliefs and even with terrorists. Airs Tuesday, December 20 from 9:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. ET/PT.

George Lopez Classic Christmas Episode: Join George for a classic holiday special from 2004.
George may have to eat some humble holiday pie when he accuses his mother of being a Scrooge. Airs Wednesday, December 21 from 8 to 8:30 p.m. ET/PT.

I'll Be Home For Christmas: Jonathan Taylor Thomas (Home Improvement), Jessica Biel (7th Heaven), Gary Cole and Eve Gordon star. Jonathan Taylor Thomas portrays a California university student named Jake whose father sends him an airline ticket so he can fly home to New York. Jake has alternate plans: he wants to cash the ticket and persuade his girlfriend, Allie (Jessica Biel), to join him at a beach resort. The stakes get higher when Jake's dad promises to give Jake a restored '57 Porsche if he gets home for Christmas. The fly in the ointment is Eddie, Jake's rival for Allie's affections, who strands Jake in the desert dressed in a Santa suit and takes off with Allie, who believes Jake has stood her up. Jake sets out on a hilarious cross-country odyssey in the Santa suit to earn his car and get his girl back Airs Saturday, December 24 from 9:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. A special holiday AFV encore airs before at 8:00 p.m.

Walt Disney World Christmas Parade: Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa, (Live with Regis and Kelly) host Walt Disney World's 22nd Annual Christmas Day Parade telecast from the heart of the Magic Kingdom, with special performances from the Disneyland Resort in California. Ryan Seacrest (Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve 2006) will lead the parade and concert performances from Disneyland Resort. The special will highlight a variety of celebrity appearances and musical performances, including: Star War's Hayden Christensen; country superstar band Lonestar; acclaimed model, actress and singer Vanessa Williams; The View's Star Jones; Mary Poppins' Julie Andrews; golf champion Tiger Woods; award-winning actor John O'Hurley, Dancing with the Stars; sister songstresses Aly and AJ; American Idol Fantasia; tween pop group The Cheetah Girls; and young stars of Disney's newest movie, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe -- Anna Popplewell, Georgie Henley, Skandar Keynes and William Moseley. Airs Sunday, December 25 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon ET/2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. PT/or check local listings.

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Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Hallmark Channel January Changes; Alias to End in May

We already told you that Diagnosis Murder will come to the Hallmark Channel starting January 3, airing weekdays at 12 noon. So what else will they be changing? JAG will return on January 2 with a Jag-a-thon (and the episode "Jag-a-thon" is airing in this even!) from 7:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m. ET/PT. Then starting January 3 you can catch JAG weeknights at 7:00 p.m. and 2:00 a.m.m both replacing second airings of Walker, Texas Ranger. There are no other changes, so us sitcom fans are once again not pleased!

ABC's well written drama Alias will come to an end this May after five strong seasons. The veteran drama moved to a tough Thursday slot this season and will be going on hiatus because of Jennifer Garner's pregnancy. The show will return for its final batch of episodes in March--but first watch the final two episodes before the hiatus right after Lost on Wednesday, December 7 and Wednesday, December 14 at 10/9 central. Some might say the ratings probably caused for the show to end, but honestly before the season even started it was almost certain this would be its last season because Jennifer Garner is also becoming a big movie star. The hit spy drama has had a cult following ever since its debut in September 2001 and will be missed next season. At least we can still catch J.J. Abrams' work on Lost and the upcoming mid-season drama What About Brian.

Stay tuned this holiday weekend for network holiday programming news! So keep checking back everyday with us during this holiday weekend.

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Tuesday, November 22, 2005

CBS Mid-Season; E! Countdown to 50 Cutest Child Stars; And More!

Here we are two days before Thanksgiving and the news keeps coming! CBS announced today what they have store in for this mid-season. But first, they officially bring good news for fans of the drama Close to Home. The drama has been renewed for the full season, meaning all of CBS's new shows except Threshold has gotten that honor. That drama will be moving to Tuesdays at 10 p.m., and if it doesn't do well, expect a new show there by mid-season. CBS will air a new drama titled Love Monkey Tuesdays at 9 p.m. starting January 17. It will air in January and February, with the next installment of The Amazing Race coming up sometime in March. The shows stars Tom Cavanagh and Jason Priestley and it is about a 30-something up and coming single record executive who's navigating the tumultuous and highly amusing waters of work and dating in New York City. They also have scheduled Jenna Elfman's new sitcom for Monday nights at 9:30 p.m. starting Monday, January 23. Don't worry fans of the sitcom Out of Practice, CBS will bring that show back in the same time slot sometime in March. The Jenna Elfman Show (wt) stars, well, Jenna Elfman and Dabney Coleman. It is a sitcom about an attractive, single, semi-workaholic, with one simple goal: find true love while balancing a career as a successful lawyer.
And coming up in March is the drama The Unit and the sitcom The New Adventures of Old Christine. CBS has not decided on the night and time for those shows yet. They will determine where to put them if something falters from now until then. The Unit stars Dennis Haysbert, Scott Foley, & Robert Patrick in an action drama that follows a covert team of Special Forces operatives as they risk their lives on undercover missions around the world, while their families maintain the home front, protecting their husband's secrets. The New Adventures of Old Christine stars Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Seinfeld) in a comedy about a divorced working mom who is successfully juggling the daily stresses of motherhood and her business, while maintaining her fantastic relationship with her ex-husband…until his young, new girlfriend enters the picture, instantly complicating her life.
If I were Still Standing or Yes, Dear, I'd watch my back--since maybe one of these two shows will replace one or both of these aging sitcoms.

E! will countdown the top 50 cutest child stars ever! Will it be Gary Coleman? Macaulay Culkin? You'll have to find out on Sunday, November 27 from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. Two of the 50 stars on this list will co-host--Keshia Knight Pulliam (The Cosby Show) and Candace Cameron Bure (Full House). Click here for the full press release and some SPOILERS--click if you only desire.

You will be able to watch more Christopher Knight in the VH1 reality series, My Fair Brady. I can't describe it anymore, so click here to see how VH1 said it.

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Monday, November 21, 2005

Trio TV Discontinued; Lifetime Nabs 'Medium' for Fall 2009; Classic 80s Sitcoms from Universal and Sony

We have a lot of good news to say today. Let me just start off with some bad news just to get that out of the way. Trio TV will be discontinued effective January 1. This is very sad news as they brought us lot of rare classic TV airings over the years. They will still be around in a broadband initiative way on bravotv.com, so we will still see their popular "Brilliant, But Cancelled" block this way. Although that is good, it still isn't as good as having a full TV network. You can read about the demise of Trio TV here. You can also discuss and post your comments there.

Lifetime TV has secured cable rights to the current NBC drama Medium starting in Fall 2009. The drama is currently in its second season on the air and has enjoyed steady ratings Monday nights on NBC. Medium will join a roster of shows including Will & Grace and The Golden Girls, with shows like Frasier, Reba and Still Standing still to come. You can read the press release about the buying of Medium here.

Now to the very big news. I'll start off with Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. We already broke you the news that Diff'rent Strokes Season 2 was coming January 31, well, today Sony made it official! It will be a 3-disc set featuring all 26 half hours (we are not sure yet how the multiple part episodes will be handled, either in two parts or the full hour format). 650 minutes of Arnold at his best! No idea yet if any special features will be included again, but I doubt there will be any.
Sony also made it official today that season one of Archie Bunker's Place is coming the same day! Another 3-disc set featuring all 24 half hours running 590 minutes long. We were told Maude would be possibly paired with this show, but looks like it won't happen on this date. But I know Maude is coming soon, but no idea yet exactly when. So be patient Maude fans--you'll get Bea Arthur soon!
Now to the suprise of the day! Universal Home Video announced today that on Valentine's Day 2006 (Feb. 14) they will release two classic '80s sitcoms! Join the late Nell Carter in Gimme a Break! and Scott Baio in Charles in Charge for the first time on DVD! This was a great surprise to wake up to on a Monday morning. Universal made it official today with cover art! Get your first look at the full size cover art for BOTH sitcoms here. TVShowsonDVD.com has details on both sets, for Charles in Charge click here, for Gimme a Break! click here. This is very exciting and we hope Universal continues to release sitcoms. As of now they had only released The Munsters and Dream On, with Leave it to Beaver coming out tomorrow. Universal is known more for its movies and TV dramas, but they also have some good sitcoms. Let's hope and pray we get subsequent seasons of these two shows and they start releasing other sitcoms such as Coach, Amen, McHale's Navy, Out of this World, My Secret Identity, Major Dad, Harper Valley PTA, and the short lived Something So Right and Parenthood. This is a step in the right direction for Universal--please buy Gimme a Break! and Charles in Charge when they come out. It will make a big difference.

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Sunday, November 20, 2005

Week 9 Ratings Numbers Through Thursday; How the Sitcoms Did

Week 9 numbers (first four nights, Mon-Thu):
Households: CBS: 11.1/17.1; ABC: 7.5/11.6; NBC: 7.2/11.1; FOX 4.8/7.2; The WB: 2.8/4.2; UPN: 2.6/4.0
Total Viewers: CBS: 17.42 million; ABC: 11.46 million; NBC: 10.93 million; FOX 7.56 million; The WB: 4.32 million; UPN: 3.98 million.
Adults 18-49: CBS: 5.5/14.0; ABC: 4.2/10.6; NBC: 4.1/10.3; FOX 3.1/7.9; The WB: 1.8/4.5; UPN: 1.7/4.3.

Analysis: The first four days of the second "full" week of sweeps saw CBS even higher than last week's first four days. Much thanks goes to the CMA Awards and a Johnny Cash special. Both specials were up by a ton on what CBS usually does in those slots, especially Wednesdays 8-9pm. Everything else was at normal levels for all the networks. A special night and time for Hot Properies saw it not doing much. Rodney would have done better.
Days 5 and 6: Friday saw CBS winning in total viewers and adults 18-49, and Close to Home again was a success in its new night and time. Saturday saw CBS winning in total viewers and ABC in A18-49 with the second Harry Potter film. Like usual, it should be an interesting battle between ABC and CBS for the week among adults 18-49 after tonight. CBS will for sure win by a wide margin in total viewers for the week. Look for NBC's movie to sink tonight and CBS's movie to do average, with ABC of course winning big.


Monday Sitcoms

  • The King of Queens (CBS) - Down slighly from last week overall, but same A18-49 numbers.
  • How I Met Your Mother (CBS) - Built on A18-49 from lead-in to a 3.7 but down in total viewers with 10.35 million.
  • Two and a Half Men (CBS) - After 16.19 million last week, a one million drop this week to 15.17 is a concern.
  • Out of Practice (CBS) - Even though its lead-in was down from week to week, this sitcom was close to last week's levels. Very consistent.
  • One on One (UPN), All of Us (UPN), Girlfriends (UPN), Half and Half (UPN) - The block was slightly down from what it usually does. 9 p.m. was the highest with 3.6 million, down from last week's 4.2.

Tuesday Sitcoms
  • According to Jim (ABC) - Dana had errotic dreams about Jim this week, maybe that helped the ratings to go higher from last week. 8.02 million tuned in.
  • Hot Properties (ABC) - A special night and time did not help this sitcom. Sure, this was probably its best ratings, but Rodney would have held more of its lead-in's audience. Only 6.82 million.
  • My Name is Earl (NBC) - Down slightly from week to week (11.57 million to 11.51).
  • The Office (NBC) - 7.99 million. NBC should expect at least 9 or 9.5 million after having 11.51 at 9 p.m.

Wednesday Sitcoms
  • George Lopez (ABC) - George wins its slot in total viewers among the sitcoms with 8.13 million.
  • Freddie (ABC) - Wins its slot among adults 18-49 with a 3.6 rating, first in viewers among sitcoms in the slot with 8.58 million.
  • That '70s Show (FOX) -Winning its slot in adults 18-49 with a 3.3 rating, but only 6.78 million overall.
  • Stacked (FOX) - Up slightly from season premiere, but still this should be gone FAST.
Thursday Sitcoms
  • Joey (NBC) - Down slightly from last week's 8.08 million to 8.02 million.
  • Will & Grace (NBC) - Up slightly from last week, to 8.89 million.
  • Everybody Hates Chris (UPN) - 5.42 million, but I expected this to take over as the sitcom leader in this slot, but I guess it won't happen.
  • Love, Inc. (UPN), Eve (UPN), Cuts (UPN) - 8:30 p.m. did decent with 3.79 million, by the end of the night it was only 2.88 million; better than before, though.

Friday Sitcoms
  • Bernie Mac (FOX) - Same old, same old.
  • Malcolm in the Middle (FOX) - See above.
  • What I Like About You (The WB) - When is this going to get pulled?
  • Reba (The WB) - A repeat at 8:30 improved on its lead-in and a new episode at 9 p.m. did better.
  • Hope & Faith (ABC) - A nice jump thanks to Robert Wagner maybe? 4.9 rating.
  • Hot Properties (ABC) - 4.0 rating, down nearly one rating point is not a good sign. Look for the Dancing Results Show to probably take this slot or move Hope & Faith here by January.
  • Twins (The WB) - Better than Living with Fran, but still WB was 6th place.
Summing it up. My Name is Earl, Out of Practice, How I Met Your Mother, Freddie, and The King of Queens were the only impressive sitcoms this week. Everything else was OK (such as According to Jim, George Lopez) or just plain old terrible (such as Stacked, WB Friday, UPN Thursday).

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Saturday, November 19, 2005

Network Holiday Programming: CBS

Welcome to SitcomsOnline.com's Network Holiday Guide. We will try to showcase every holiday themed programming for the major broadcast networks this coming week until we are finished. Of course, if something comes up before that we will certainly let you know. Today I will start off with CBS's Christmas themed programming this year.

It all starts this Sunday, with the movie Snow Wonder from 9 to 11 p.m. ET/PT.
An all-star cast, featuring Mary Tyler Moore (The Mary Tyler Moore Show), Camryn Manheim (The Practice), Jennifer Esposito (Crash), Poppy Montgomery (Without a Trace), Jason Priestley (Beverly Hills 90210) and David Sutcliffe (I'm with Her), gets snowbound for the holidays when an unexpected blizzard buffets the country in the heartwarming drama Snow Wonder.

The rest include:


Silver Bells -- Anne Heche and Tate Donovan star in this new "Hallmark Hall of Fame" presentation about a widower with children and a young woman who has lost her husband, who help each other to put their painful pasts behind them and discover the joys of being together during the holiday season. Airs Sunday, November 27 from 9-11 p.m. ET/PT.

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer -- The longest running holiday special in television history celebrates its 41st anniversary. Since 1964, millions of families have watched Rudolph and his friends, Hermey the Elf, Yukon Cornelius and the Misfit Toys, save Christmas. The classic "Animagic" special features a world-renowned musical score from Johnny Marks and the voice of legendary performer Burl Ives. Airs Wednesday, November 30 from 8-9 p.m. ET/PT

Frosty, The Snowman -- Frosty, that "jolly, happy soul" whose old silk hat full of magic has turned him into a musical Christmas legend, once again demonstrates his unique showmanship. Narrated by Jimmy Durante, the special also includes the voices of Jackie Vernon (as Frosty) and Billy De Wolfe (Professor Hinkle). Airs Saturday, December 17 at 8 p.m. ET/PT

Frosty Returns -- The magic still in his old silk hat, the holiday season's perennially popular original dancing snowman continues his adventures and skates on the edge of danger. Jonathan Winters is the narrator with John Goodman as the voice of Frosty.
Airs Saturday, December 17 at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT

Robbie the Reindeer: Hooves of Fire -- Ben Stiller, Hugh Grant, Britney Spears, Jim Belushi (According to Jim), Brad Garrett (Everybody Loves Raymond), Leah Remini (The King of Queens), Jerry Stiller (The King of Queens) and James Woods lend their voices to this animated special about a reindeer who must train to compete in the Reindeer Races against reindeer who must train to become a part of Santa's sleigh team.
Airs Saturday, December 17 at 9 p.m. ET/PT

Robbie the Reindeer: The Legend of the Lost Tribe -- Robbie, with the help of an elusive tribe of Vikings, battles Blitzen in an effort to stop his nemesis' launch of a reindeer theme park. Airs Saturday, December 17 at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT

The Christmas Blessing -- Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother), Angus T. Jones, and Rebecca Gayheart star in this holiday drama, the sequel to the highly rated 2002 television movie "The Christmas Shoes," in which the young boy from the original film has grown up and meets a young woman and a boy who both, with the help of a Christmas miracle, change his life. Rob Lowe makes a special appearance, reprising his role from "The Christmas Shoes." Airs Sunday, December 18 from 9-11 p.m. ET/PT

The 7th Annual CBS Home for the Holidays -- For the seventh consesuctive year, CBS presents a touching
new entertainment special that tells moving stories about adoption to raise awareness of this important social issue. Grammy Award-winning recording artists Sheryl Crow, Toni Braxton, Yolanda Adams and The Goo Goo Dolls are among the artists scheduled to perform, while Golden Globe-winning actress Jamie Lee Curtis is scheduled to serve as a presenter, introducing inspirational stories about adoption. Airs Wednesday, December 21 from 8-9 p.m. ET/PT

Finding John Christmas ENCORE --Valerie Bertinelli (One Day at a Time), Peter Falk (Columbo), David Cubitt and William Russ (Boy Meets World) star in this heartwarming holiday drama about a woman who searches for her brother, a former fireman hero, who has returned home after mysteriously disappearing many years before. (Rebroadcast). Airs Christmas night, Sunday, December 25 from 9 to 11 p.m. ET/PT.

Coming Thursday-Saturday are the rest of the networks (ABC, NBC, FOX, The WB, and UPN).

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Friday, November 18, 2005

TV One Thanksgiving Showcase; Mid-Season Sitcom 'Crumbs' Promos Begin on Sunday

TV One will let you relax the day after Thanksgiving and bring you four classic sitcoms all day! Tune in for episodes of In the House, Martin, 227 and Amen all day--what a way to spend after eating so much food the previous day. The fun starts at 7:00 a.m. ET/PT on Friday, November 25 and ends the same day at 8:00 p.m.--that is thirteen non-stop hours of sitcom fun! To see when these shows are exactly airing and also which episodes are airing, click here.
If you are wondering what TV One has planned on the actual Thanksgiving Day then I will tell you right now. They will be airing the 1978 movie The Whiz all day (that's 10 a.m. to 4 a.m.!). The movie stars Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Nipsey Russell, Richard Pryor, Lena Horne, and Mabel King.

Everyone I think is ready for the mid-season ABC sitcom Crumbs. I have already seen the pilot and it was the best sitcom pilot out there this past development season. I wondered why ABC held it up for mid-season, but maybe now I know why as they can use it as a secret weapon. Who knows maybe it will be a big hit as last year's mid-season secret weapon--Grey's Anatomy. If you have not heard about this show, it stars Fred Savage (The Wonder Years), Jane Curtin (Kate & Allie), and William Devane (Knots Landing). The cast is an all-star one and so is the hilarious plot.
Here is what the offbeat sitcom is about:
Family is enough to drive anyone a little crazy. Children keep secrets from their parents so they won't upset them, dads leave for other women and moms try to run over dads with the car. Actually, that was the point when the Crumb family knew Mom was crazy.
Estranged brothers Mitch and Jack Crumb reunite in their small hometown to deal with their mother Suzanne, who is being released from a psychiatric country club and has yet to discover that her ex-husband is about to have a baby with his new girlfriend. They have issues… major issues. Central to everything is the dynamic between these two brothers; Mitch is the prodigal son who is returning home after a failed Hollywood career, and Jack is the older brother who has stayed in the confines of their small New England town to run the family business. Together for the first time as adults, this family will have to stick by one another despite their combustible relationships.

So why the heck am I posting this now? Well, because ABC will start promoting this sitcom this Sunday! And in another scoop, as of now ABC is going to put it in the line-up starting in January! No idea on what night & time just yet. Tune in to Desperate Housewives this Sunday at 9/8 central and you'll see the first promo for this sitcom. If you miss it, don't worry there will be plenty of chances this week, such as during Monday Night Football and The American Music Awards.
Other mid-season promos debuting this Sunday: Dancing with the Stars 2 (during Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and again during Desperate Housewives), The Bachelor 8 (during Desperate Housewives), and the sitcom Emily's Reasons Why Not (during Desperate Housewives and again during Grey's Anatomy).
(Note: All promo airings are subject to change.)

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Thursday, November 17, 2005

TV Guide & TV Land Present : The 100 Most Unexpected Moments in Television; The Producers Stunt on Nick@Nite

TV Land has announced the episode descriptions for their new five-part countdown series with TV Guide. The 100 Most Unexpected Moments in Television will air the week of December 5.
Click here to read the descriptions for this 5-part series.

Nick@Nite has added The Producers stunt for Wednesday, December 21. The highly anticipated musical is now going to be a movie starring Nathan Lane, Matthew Broderick, Will Ferrell, Uma Thurman and Roger Bart. So what will air on Nick@Nite that night? Two episodes each of Full House and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air from 10 p.m. to 12 a.m. ET/PT. See Joey go Hollywood (episode 91) & Michelle with tap shoes (episode 100) on Full House. Meanwhile Hilary gets a job as a TV weathergirl (episode 53) and Will tries comedy (episode 71) on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.

In other news, the final two episodes of Alias before it goes on hiatus has been moved to Wednesdays at 10 p.m., following Lost. Tune in Wednesday, December 7 and 14 on ABC for this. Invasion will be pre-empted on these two nights, but they would have been encore airings anyway. ABC has scheduled the Tim Allen holiday movie The Santa Clause on Thursday, December 15. Thursday, December 8 programming has not been determined yet.
Tune in tonight at 8 p.m. on ABC for Alias' last Thursday airing before hiatus.

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Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Nick@Nite Renews Original Series 'Hi-Jinks' For Second Season; ABC Schedules Two Sitcoms for Monday Nights This Mid-Season

Nick@Nite has greenlit a second season of the hit hidden-camera series, Hi-Jinks. The next thirteen episodes of the series - in which parents play good-natured pranks on kids - will continue to be hosted by Leila Sbitani and will go into production immediately to air in 2006. The second season of Hi-Jinks will be produced by Stone & Company Entertainment.
In its first six weeks, it averaged a 0.5 among Nick@Nite's target audience of adults 18-49, up +25% from last year. The series delivered 532,000 A18-49 viewers, lifting +36% over last year, and it averaged over 2.2 million total viewers, up +36% versus year ago. The series has been watched by over 37 million people, including premiere and repeat telecasts. To read their full press release, click here.

Meanwhile, ABC has announced that their post-Monday Night Football schedule will be slightly different than what was planned back in May. Originally, it was The Bachelor at 8 p.m., then new sitcom Emily's Reasons Why Not at 9 p.m. and second season sitcom Jake in Progress at 9:30 p.m., followed by an all-new drama from mastermind J.J. Abrams titled What About Brian. Now instead, Wife Swap will remain at 8 p.m., the two sitcoms are unchanged, and The Bachelor will now be 10 p.m. instead. There is no word yet when the drama What About Brian will be scheduled. They did announce though that the new Monday line-up will begin Monday, January 9.
So why is Wife Swap sticking at 8 p.m.? Wife Swap has greatly improved the time period for ABC, boosting the its delivery by 2.8 million viewers (7.6 million vs. 4.8 million) and by 81% in Adults 18-49 (2.8/8 vs. 1.6/5). Wife Swap is ABC’s highest-rated program to be teamed with Monday Night Football in 4 years – since 2001.

I had a chance to watch the pilot of the 9 p.m. sitcom Emily's Reasons Why Not starring Heather Graham this past summer and it is pretty good. I'm not that big of a fan of one camera sitcoms, but this is good and will likely do well.

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Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Seinfeld Reunion on 'Regis & Kelly'; Another Round Of Network Orders and Cancelations

November 23 will be a big day for Regis Philbin, the world's biggest Seinfeld fan. Philbin and co-host Kelly Ripa will host the four stars of his favorite hit series in an exclusive, one-hour Seinfeld edition of Live with Regis and Kelly. Philbin - in his very own "Puffy Shirt" - and Ripa welcome Jerry Seinfeld, Michael Richards, Jason Alexander, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, in their only joint appearance promoting the release of the DVDs Seinfeld: Season Five and Seinfeld: Season Six.
In addition to showing favorite clips and outtakes, Regis and Kelly invite the cast members to share memories and behind-the-scenes stories from their days on the set of the hit show. Seinfeld, Alexander, Louis-Dreyfus and Richards also reveal their favorite episodes, and talk about the on-going impact the show continues to have on fans today.
Click here to read the entire press release for more information!

ABC has canceled the Thursday night drama The Night Stalker. A special edition of Primetime Live will air instead this Thursday at 9 p.m. The two weeks after that, ABC had already scheduled movies. Meanwhile, after a bad start NBC moved the Wednesday drama E-Ring from 9 p.m. to 8 p.m earlier this season. That was a good move as the show did a bit better there and has warranted a full season order of 22 episodes.

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Monday, November 14, 2005

Warner Bros. and AOL Team-Up for All-New Channel on the INTERNET!

Ever wanted a TV channel on the internet showcasing your favorite shows? Well, you are in luck starting in January! Warner Bros. and AOL have teamed up for an all-new channel available only on the internet. If you are a high speed user, this is great news for you! AOL.com will bring you 30 classic TV series with 10 episodes each at start in January. They want to expand to over 100 series by the end of 2006, that is over 3400 hours worth of programming! So you miss Alice, Perfect Strangers, Lois & Clark, Head of the Class, Growing Pains, on TV? Not to fear you can start watching them again in January on the internet whenever you want to! We hope if the downloads for the most popular ones that are not on DVD, such as Perfect Strangers and Hangin' With Mr. Cooper, are popular enough to warrant their own DVD season sets. All in all, this is just wonderful news. The service will be called "In2TV" -- these series will be offered in a new DVD quality video format called "AOL Hi-Q." This new technology, which builds upon AOL's industry-leading online video experience, enables high resolution, full-screen viewing. It will be made available free to any broadband user (along with standard-quality streaming). AOL.com is the first major portal to offer this kind of high quality video experience to consumers.

In2TV will provide AOL's advertisers with compelling video inventory for instream broadband advertising as well as opportunities for sponsorships and accompanying banner ads. Video ads, 15-second and 30-second spots, will be limited to a total of 1-2 minutes within each 30-minute episode as compared to 8 minutes of advertising on broadcast television.

They will create six channels. Here they are with details:

LOL TV: Laugh out Loud with this channel that will feature Welcome Back Kotter, the Emmy-nominated series that launched the career of John Travolta and outperformed The Mary Tyler Moore Show and 60 Minutes. Even its theme song by John Sebastian climbed to #1. Fans will also find Chico and the Man, where Freddie Prinze broke new ground for Latinos on TV alongside Emmy-winner Jack Albertson, as well as Perfect Strangers, featuring the foibles of cousins Balki and Larry, in a show that helped to establish ABC's "TGIF" lineup and ranked #1 in every time period it aired. Plus, Hangin' with Mr. Cooper, an ABC hit which ranked #1 in its time period on Tuesdays and again when it moved to Fridays, as well as Head of the Class, which debuted on ABC as a Top 10 sitcom.
Dramarama TV: This channel will showcase great dramatic series ranging from the five-time Emmy-nominated Sisters, starring Emmy winner Sela Ward, to Falcon Crest, one of primetime's juiciest soaps that was a Friday night staple on CBS for nine seasons. Drama fans will also find Scarecrow and Mrs. King, the Golden Globe-nominated and Emmy-winning series co-starring Bruce Boxleitner and former "Angel" Kate Jackson, along with TV icon Robert Urich in Spenser: For Hire, which was so beloved by fans that it spun off four made-for-cable movies. Plus, Eight is Enough, the Emmy-nominated series starring Dick Van Patten that ranked in ABC's Top 10 for season after successful season.

Toontopia TV: Top-rated animation comes to life with Beetlejuice, the animated adaptation of Tim Burton's hit movie that ran successfully for multiple seasons on both Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network. The channel will also feature animated favorites such as Daytime Emmy-winning Freakazoid, as well as fellow Daytime Emmy-winners Pinky and the Brain and Histeria!, both executive produced by the legendary Steven Spielberg. Plus, there's The New Adventures of Batman, featuring the voices of Adam West and Burt Ward from the live action series.
Heroes and Horrors TV: Sci-fi and horror fans will be riveted by this channel that includes Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, which was a Top 10 program on ABC for three seasons, starring Dean Cain and Golden Globe-winner Teri Hatcher of Desperate Housewives, along with every episode of Babylon 5, the Emmy Award-winning syndicated science fiction series so popular that stations aired it twice a day. Plus, there's Freddy's Nightmares hosted by the maniacal Freddy Krueger (Robert Englund), the star of the hit film series "Nightmare on Elm Street," and the adventures of Wonder Woman starring Lynda Carter, which was consistently a Top 20 series across two networks, airing on both ABC and then on CBS. Plus V, where resistance fighters must stop "Visitors" from invading Earth.

Rush TV: This channel will feature action-adventure favorites such as La Femme Nikita, which enjoyed an enormous cult following as witnessed by over 300 websites dedicated to its star, Peta Wilson, and the show. Fans will also find the Emmy-winning and Golden Globe-nominated series Kung Fu, which dominated Thursday nights in its broadcast run catapulting ABC to #1 in the time period with key demos. In addition, fans can re-discover The Adventures of Brisco County Jr, a fan favorite that built its time period on FOX and went on to be a Top 10 series on TNT for three consecutive seasons. Other series in Rush TV will include 2001's The Fugitive, Dark Justice and more.

Vintage TV: This channel will feature Growing Pains, the Emmy-winning sitcom that lasted an incredible seven seasons, turning Kirk Cameron into a teenage heartthrob (receiving 10,000 fan letters a month) and featuring a young actor by the name of Leonardo DiCaprio. Plus, there's Alice, which ranks among an elite group of sitcoms to air for nine successful seasons. Honored with multiple Golden Globe Awards, it consistently ranked as a Top 10 network series on broadcast and attracted a broad audience of both men and women. Plus, fans will also find F Troop, which became a top rated hit on Nick@Nite after a successful run on ABC, as well as Emmy-nominated Maverick, which was voted "The Best Western of the 1950s" by TV Guide. Other Vintage TV series will include fan favorite The F.B.I.



Read the entire press release, FULL list of the 30 initial shows, and what Warner/AOL have planned for these shows HERE. This is one of those must reads.

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Sunday, November 13, 2005

Week 8 Ratings Numbers Through Thursday; How the Sitcoms Did

Week 8 numbers (first four nights, Mon-Thu):
Households: CBS: 10.3/15.9; ABC: 7.7/12.0; NBC: 7.2/11.1; FOX 4.5/6.8; The WB: 2.7/4.1; UPN: 2.4/3.6
Total Viewers: CBS: 16.25 million; ABC: 11.82 million; NBC: 10.77 million; FOX 7.16 million; The WB: 4.13 million; UPN: 3.56 million.
Adults 18-49: CBS: 5.4/13.8; ABC: 4.3/11.1; NBC: 3.9/10.1; FOX 3.1/7.9; The WB: 1.7/4.2; UPN: 1.5/3.9.

Analysis: The first four days of the first "full" week of sweeps saw CBS take a commanding lead. A better than usual showing of CSI: NY on Wednesday is a big part of that. As there was a crossover with CSI: Miami that night. ABC's Lost won its hour in everything, but CBS's Criminal Minds was a strong second place and CBS should be proud it has done well. Also, ABC's Monday Night Football had its best ratings in five years thanks to the marquis match-up between the undeafted Colts against the Super Bowl champion Patriots.
Friday saw CBS winning in total viewers and adults 18-49, and Close to Home did MUCH better than what Threshold did. Look for Close to Home to move to this slot for good. If Threshold doesn't perform against Law & Order: SVU and Boston Legal, look for it to be gone very soon. Remember, these numbers I have provided does not include Friday or last night. It should be an interesting battle between ABC and CBS among adults 18-49 after tonight. CBS will for sure win by a wide margin in total viewers for the week.


Monday Sitcoms

  • The King of Queens (CBS) - Very consistent. Over 11.23 million viewers and a solid 3.5 adult 18-49 rating.
  • How I Met Your Mother (CBS) - Built on A18-49 from lead-in to a 3.6 but down in total viewers with 10.55 million.
  • Two and a Half Men (CBS) - 16.19 million tuned in. The show has been doing much better in recent weeks.
  • Out of Practice (CBS) - A four million drop from its lead-in this week with 12.17 million. Adult 18-49 rating was solid enough with a 4.1 rating, down from the lead-in's 5.2 rating.
  • Arrested Development (FOX) - Back-to-back all-new episodes still couldn't bring this show to life in the ratings. 4.19 and 3.94 million viewers tuned in. After that FOX has canceled this show. So how bad was it? UPN almost beat the show at 8:30 p.m.
  • One on One (UPN), All of Us (UPN), Girlfriends (UPN), Half and Half (UPN) - Like King of Queens on CBS, this entire block is always consistent. 3.6-4.2 million tuned in, though One on One was only at 3.09 million to start off.

Tuesday Sitcoms
  • According to Jim (ABC) - 7.83 million tuned in. While that is not good, it is not that bad either.
  • Rodney (ABC) - For a few weeks Rodney was building on Jim, not this week. 7.5 million tuned in. Look for Hot Properties in a test shot in this slot this week.
  • My Name is Earl (NBC) - Slowly the show is going down, but still solid. 11.57 million tuned in (for 3rd in its slot) with a 5.2 A18-49 rating, tying Two and a Half Men for the best in that measure among sitcoms for the week.
  • The Office (NBC) - Over 4 million viewers turned their sets off when they saw this show come on.

Wednesday Sitcoms
  • George Lopez (ABC) - We now have a three network battle of sitcoms from 8 to 9 p.m. George wins its slot in total viewers among the sitcoms with 7.92 million.
  • Freddie (ABC) - Wins its slot among adults 18-49 with a 3.5 rating, second in viewers among sitcoms in the slot with 8.36 million.
  • That '70s Show (FOX) -Winning its slot in adults 18-49 with a 3.4 rating, but only 6.98 million overall.
  • Stacked (FOX) - Ouch! Pamela better get back to first run syndication shows, only 5.05 million tuned in for the season premiere and an even worse 2.2 adult 18-49 rating, down big from its lead-in's 3.4 rating.
  • Still Standing (CBS) - Did slightly better, second in timeslot among sitcoms overall with 7.79 million but only a 2.3 adult 18-49 rating.
  • Yes, Dear (CBS) - The reduced order sitcom performed well, winning its slot among sitcoms with 8.78 million, but second in its slot in A18-49 with a 2.9 rating.

Thursday Sitcoms
  • Joey (NBC) - Ellen visited, to some of the best numbers of the season, if not the best, with 8.08 million. NBC would be upset at those numbers last year but should be smiling a bit from previous weeks. I still think this show will be gone soon.
  • Will & Grace (NBC) - Built on the lead-in by a lot, with 8.85 million and a 3.6 adults 18-49, up from the 3.1 from the lead-in.
  • Everybody Hates Chris (UPN) - It consistently gets around 5.33 million each week.
  • Love, Inc. (UPN), Eve (UPN), Cuts (UPN) - It's another round of freefall...though this week it was more steady from 8:30 to 10. 2.79, 2.79, and 2.69 million for all three.

Friday Sitcoms
  • Bernie Mac (FOX) - The show is being wasted here. A terrible 5th place overall behind even UPN.
  • Malcolm in the Middle (FOX) - Even worse than its lead-in.
  • What I Like About You (The WB) - And I thought FOX was bad in this slot? This was even worse.
  • Reba (The WB) - A repeat at 8:30 improved on its lead-in and a new episode at 9 p.m. did better.
  • Hope & Faith (ABC) - It is now getting each week around a 4.5 rating, good for third in its slot.
  • Hot Properties (ABC) - 4.2 rating for the Oprah themed episode. Tune in this Tuesday for a special night and time airing at 8:30!
  • Twins (The WB) - Better than Living with Fran, but still WB was 6th place.
Summing it up. My Name is Earl, Two and a Half Men, How I Met Your Mother, Freddie, and The King of Queens were the only impressive sitcoms this week. Everything else was OK (such as According to Jim, George Lopez) or just plain old terrible (such as Stacked, WB Friday, UPN Thursday).

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Saturday, November 12, 2005

Minor Changes for Nick@Nite & Hallmark; 7th Heaven Says Goodbye and Ray Romano Returns as Ray Barone

Nick@Nite has announced that it will replace the 11:00 p.m. Mon-Thurs airing of Three's Company with another Roseanne episode starting Monday, November 14. So, you guessed it three episodes in a row of Roseanne now from 10 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Three's Company fans will still get their dose at 2:00 a.m. Mon-Thurs nights on Nick@Nite. You may ask why the quick change? I suspect ratings is the issue. It can't be contract issues as the 2:00 a.m. airplay is still on. The 2:00 a.m. episode was just an encore of the 11 p.m. episode. A quick lesson in TV indicates that a repeat of an episode within 24 hours counts only as ONE airplay (example: 11:00 p.m. and 2:00 a.m., if they are the same episode, counts only as one "airplay"). I think it is a waste of an airplay for Three's Company just airing it at 2:00 a.m. They should just move it back to TV Land and air it four days a week, as Nick@Nite is now a completely different audience headed towards '90s programming (with some late 80s). Just my thoughts...

The Hallmark Channel will make a minor change starting Monday, November 21. Fans of Dr. Quinn Medicine, Woman will be upset as the Hallmark Channel will again remove the show off the schedule replacing it with a second airing of The Waltons at 9:00 a.m. We still have not found out the full January line-up with the addition of Diagnosis Murder at noon. Stay tuned for that.

And now to some network news. The WB has announced that this season will be the last of one of The WB's highest rated shows ever--7th Heaven. The family friendly drama will end after this season after ten strong seasons. Reruns have been also strong on ABC Family Channel. The WB will sure miss it as it has anchored their Monday line-up for years.
Ray Romano is back as Ray Barone on an episode of The King of Queens on Monday, November 28 at 8 p.m. on CBS! This will mark the first time his character has returned since the series finale of Everybody Loves Raymond last May. Expect a season high in the ratings for the consistent King of Queens that week.

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Friday, November 11, 2005

Yet More Network Show Orders & Cuts (Cuts Include Arrested Development); TV Titles in the Works for Paramount on DVD

We have so much news for you today! TGIF! I'll get the bad news out of the way first. The FOX sitcom Arrested Development has been cut from the full season order of 22 to only 13 episodes. That is not good news at all. And to make matters worse, FOX has pulled the show for the rest of November sweeps, replacing it with encores of the freshman drama Prison Break. The sitcom that follows Arrested, is also getting 'arrested' -- Kitchen Confidential is also being benched for the rest of sweeps and is not going to get picked up for the rest of the season. There is strong word that FOX will not bring Arrested Development back, so it is all but canceled now...but maybe not totally. There is still a shot it could move to cable next year, possibly on FX. The series is a critical hit, but viewers have not followed. Only 4 million viewers or so tuned into the last episode FOX aired.

Now to some good news! The ABC sitcom Freddie has been picked up for the rest of the season, meaning it will have 22 episodes this season. I was expecting "additional episodes" (more like 18), so this is sort of surprising, since Warner Bros. had a huge job paycut and is reducing costs. Freddie airs right before the mega-hit drama Lost, so that certainly helps. ABC has not announced any details yet on its other new sitcom Hot Properties, which is also a Warner Bros. property. I do expect at least "additional episodes" for this series. Tune in tonight for the famous "Oprah's friend" episode at 9:30 p.m. on ABC and also tune in this Tuesday at 8:30 p.m. for a special night & time airing on ABC!
Warner Bros. has also announced that its new mid-season sitcom for CBS has gone through a title change. Old Christine is now known as The New Adventures of Old Christine.

Now for some DVD news! We are very excited to announced some new titles and returning titles in the works for Paramount Home Entertainment! All of the following mix of sitcoms, dramas, westerns, and even an animated series will be released in early 2006 or so, starting in February: Wings Seasons 1 & 2, The Brady Bunch S5, I Love Lucy S6, JAG S1, The Sentinel S1, Star Trek: Animated, The Phil Silvers Show, Have Gun Will Travel S4, The Beverly Hillbillies, Touched by an Angel S3 Vol 1., NUMB3RS S1. I know for some of these shows TVShowsonDVD.com mentioned, like for NUMB3RS S1 and Touched by an Angel Season 3 Volume 1. Have Gun Will Travel is interesting because season three is not even out yet (it comes out in early January). The Beverly Hillbillies is interesting, too, since MPI will release two volumes of that show, so hopefully Paramount will continue off where they left off? These are the titles they have told me, I'm sure there will be more in early 2006. TVShowsonDVD.com will have more news on all of these for sure when they are officially announced.
A while back we had a Paramount week-long feature and mentioned four shows. Wings, Gomer Pyle, The Love Boat and Melrose Place. Gomer Pyle was penciled in for Jan. 31, and I'm not sure yet if that is still happening. Wings is slated for Feb. 7 with the first two seasons, as I stated above. And Melrose Place and The Love Boat will be in the second half of 2006 (July and August, as of now).

And finally fans of the drama Renegade can relax because Anchor Bay has announced "due to popular demand" they will continue releasing the show on DVD! BOTH Seasons 2 and 3 will be released in one box set on March 21. That's 44 episodes for you! Season 1 was released earlier this year and I think fans wanted to know when season two was coming when they canceled plans for a May 31, 2005 date. Now you'll get two seasons in one set!

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Thursday, November 10, 2005

TV Land Releases David Steinberg Guests; 'Diagnosis Murder' to Hallmark

TV Land has announced the full guests and dates for all six episodes of their new original series, Sit-down Comedy with David Steinberg. Hosted by legendary comedian, producer and director David Steinberg, this six-episode series -- filmed live in front of an audience -- is a one-on-one comedy forum in which celebrated performers including Mike Myers, Larry David, Martin Short, Bob Newhart, Jon Lovitz and George Lopez open up about their personal lives and careers in entertainment. Nice to see shows past (Bob Newhart) and current (George Lopez) sitcom stars being interviewed. The show will air for six weeks Wednesdays at 10 p.m. starting December 14. To see the full details on when your favorite star will guest star, click here.

We mentioned before that '90s drama Diagnosis Murder, starring a few sitcom stars (Dick Van Dyke, Scott Baio, etc) would be coming in Decmeber to the Hallmark Channel. There has been a slight change to that, but not much. It will premiere Tuesday, January 3 and air weekdays at 12 noon ET. We don't know what else yet, if anything, will be changing on The Hallmark Channel that day. We sure hope so because they have no sitcoms besides M*A*S*H and the programming hasn't changed much in a while. We'll bring you the changes for January as soon as we hear them.

Finally, I also run a webpage on What's Happening!!/What's Happening Now!! and I just gave the website a "familiar" face-lift. To celebrate the return on What's Happening!! nationwide (on TV Land every night at 11 p.m. ET/PT), I thought it would be a good time to do this. It is almost the same design as my Three's Company website. I hope all fans will enjoy it as much as they have for Three's Company. You for sure would want to check out Raj's News Section, Dee's Information (you have to pay a quarter, or she'll tell mama!), Dwyane's DVD Section and of course Rerun's Rerun listings! You'll find that and more on the What's Happening!! & What's Happening Now!! page!

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Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Sitcom Reunion a Success!

A Who's the Boss? reunion on The Tony Danza Show drew a season high in the ratings on Tuesday. Danza drew a 1.8 rating/6 share in Nielsen overnight markets for the episode, which featured all the cast members from his popular sitcom, Who's the Boss?, which aired in 1984-92. If anyone was wondering, the show did best in Orlando, where it scored a 4.5 rating/14 share on WFTV, up 61% from the same day last year.
We have gotten a lot of feedback asking if this episode will reair, and as of now we don't have that information.

We have also gotten feedback from many people on how the What's Happening!!/What's Happening Now!! marathon did this past weekend. While TV Land has not issued a statement yet, we have learned that the marathon did very well. So rest assure fans, both shows were a success. I'm predicting huge numbers for What's Happening Now!! at 3:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. both days. Hopefully TV Land issues a statement very soon on this matter.

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Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Cheers Back in NYC; Archie Bunker's Place DVD Sooner Than Expected?

WPIX is bringing in even more classic TV! This time they will bring back the classic NBC sitcom from the '80s, Cheers! Cheers will start next week airing Tues-Sat mornings at 3:30 a.m. ET replacing the encore of The WB11 News at 10. Cheers will have back-to-back episodes of The Jeffersons as its lead-in. This marks a return for Cheers on WPIX. They have aired the show for many years and now it is back. You can still catch it nationally on TV Land every night at 11:30 p.m. ET/PT, if you are not in NYC.

A few weeks back we brought you an exclusive that Sony would be releasing Archie Bunker's Place on DVD sometime in 2006. Well, now Video Business Magazine has confirmed that and has mentioned a January 31 date! That is WAY earlier than I had expected. All in the Family Season 5 is out on January 3, so Archie Bunker's Place Season 1 will be out a few weeks after that! This is wonderful news and you can read the information on this at TVShowsonDVD.com. No word yet if Maude Season 1 is on that date, too, as originally the plan was to pair Archie and Maude up. Hopefully that is still the case? If not, we can still expect Maude sometime in 2006.

Since it is before noon ET on Tuesday, if there is any other news expect it in this spot. Keep checking back and don't forget to go out and vote for Election 2005!

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Monday, November 07, 2005

More Network Orders & Cuts; Bad News for DVD Season Sets for Night Court?

Yes, we have more network orders and cuts for you! UPN has announced that it has ordered the full back nine on the new Thursday night sitcom Love, Inc. This is very surprising news as the comedy loses a lot from its lead-in. NBC officially announced that it has given a full season order for The Office. They didn't specify how many episodes, but what we posted last week is probably correct. If not, expect the full 22.
And now another veteran comedy has been given a cut of episodes. First The WB's What I Like About You went from 22 to 18 episodes, now CBS has cut the order for Yes, Dear. 13 episodes will only be made, while two unaired episodes from last season are also available for a total of 15 episodes this actual season. You might wonder why they cut the order for this show and not Still Standing, which has done worse. Simple answer: Yes, Dear is already in syndication for them while Still Standing isn't yet.

I hate to bring bad news, but I think I have to say this to get the fans of Night Court who have not bought season one to start buying that set. Warner Home Video has told me that they have no plans at this time for a season two DVD due to poor sales. This explains why they will be releasing a TV Favorites set in 2006, which features Markie Post episodes. They have told me if you wish to see season sets, go out and buy the first season right now, if you haven't already, and buy the TV Favorites set when that comes out. Believe me, it WILL make a difference. It is a good thing they told us this information or fans of this smart sitcom would have lucked out. I agree with most fans that this sitcom didn't really make its stride until about season three, but what could we do? So, if you are one of those fans who didn't buy season one because you thought the show really started going in season three, I suggest you buy season one right away. Go out and buy 5 copies and give them to your friends and family for Christmas, ohhhh-kay (as Bull would say)?

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Sunday, November 06, 2005

Week 7 Ratings Round-Up

Week 7's first three days were filled with repeats (mostly of the dramas) as November sweeps started on Thursday. So, I won't give the first four day numbers and the entire week of how the sitcoms did, but I'll make some points. Monday's sitcoms (CBS and UPN) were all repeats--it should be noted that King of Queens and Two and a Half Men still did very well, only slightly off in total viewers. On Tuesday however, all the sitcoms were all-new. According to Jim returned after having a repeat in a one-time-only slot last week, and performed below normal with only 7.25 million. Rodney followed and didn't build on Jim like it did for a few weeks this season. 7.17 million tuned in, a very good retention, but still ABC would like to see more viewers in this hour. My Name is Earl was slightly down in total viewers, but its adults 18-49 remains steady with a 5.5 rating. The Office followed with more than a 4 million total viewer drop from the lead-in. Wednesday's sitcoms were also all-new oddly enough. Three networks battled for the 8 to 9 p.m. hour with comedies! The one-hour season premiere of That '70s Show was on top in both adults 18-49 and total viewers, followed by the George Lopez/Freddie hour and Still Standing/Yes, Dear. Still Standing might not be standing tall soon, again less than 7 million tuned in with only 6.78 million. The inconsistent Yes, Dear did build on that with 7.62 million beating Freddie for the first time, which only got 6.96 million. Want to know the reason? Lost was a repeat at 9 p.m., so I expect Freddie and maybe George to pump back to where it was when Lost last aired a new episode--which means #1 for the hour among 18-49 year olds. The NBC drama E-Ring lead the way in total viewers this week in the hour with 9.8 million, but only a 2.5 adult 18-49 rating.

For the first day of sweeps, NBC and UPN had comedies. Joey and Will & Grace did what they have done all-season, down considerably from this time last season. Both were third place in the hour in total viewers behind CBS and ABC. The UPN comedies continues to do what they have done this season as well. A decent night for Everybody Hates Chris but after that UPN losing steam fast. The second night had comedies on ABC and The WB. The WB started off slow once again with two episodes of the god awful What I Like About You only getting a 1.6 rating. Reba perked up a bit and Twins held much of that audience. ABC's Hope & Faith and Hot Properties were on par from last week in the low 4 ratings.

I think the real sweeps will start probably tonight. We should see some great competition starting tonight. Will Arrested Development perk up or perk down for its return tomorrow? That is one of many questions that will be answered this week for the first full week of sweeps!

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Saturday, November 05, 2005

A Sitcoms Online Exclusive--Warner Bros. Television Orders More Episodes of New Series

Warner Bros. Television has sure had a lot of new TV series this fall on network television, with most doing just average, except for ABC's Invasion which has already gotten a full season order as well as FOX's sitcom The War at Home. The WB's Supernatural has also done well for The WB and has gotten the full season nod. Everything else hasn't done too well in the ratings or is doing average. The WB is expected to announce on Monday that it has picked up 5 additional episodes for the sitcom Twins and 6 additional episodes for the drama Related, bringing both series up to 18 episodes for the season. As for ABC's Hot Properties and Freddie, they both are also expected to get additional episodes, but again not the full back nine. Earlier this week The WB cut the series order for veteran What I Like About You from 22 episodes to 18 episodes. There was a big job cut for Warner Bros. and most of their shows will not get the back nine picked up on new series, so expect 18 episodes or so if any additional episodes are picked up.

Warner Bros. Television New Series Round-Up:
Full season (22 episodes): Invasion (ABC), The War at Home (FOX), Supernatural (The WB)
Additional episodes (18 episodes or so): Twins (The WB), Related (The WB)
Close to having additional episodes ordered: Hot Properties (ABC), Freddie (ABC)
Additional scripts ordered: E-Ring (NBC)
On the fence for cancelation: Close to Home (CBS), Reunion (FOX)

Returning series update for Warner Bros. Television:
Still Going Strong: George Lopez (ABC), Two and a Half Men (CBS), Cold Case (CBS), Gilmore Girls (The WB), Smallville (The WB), Without a Trace (CBS)
So-So: All of Us (UPN), Eve (UPN), Everwood (The WB), The O.C. (FOX), One Tree Hill (The WB), Veronica Mars (UPN), ER (NBC)
On the fence for cancelation after this season: Blue Collar TV (The WB), What I Like About You (The WB), Joey (NBC), The West Wing (NBC)

New series coming this mid-season from Warner Bros. Television:
Dramas: The Bedford Diaries (The WB), The Evidence (ABC)
Sitcoms: Four Kings (NBC), Modern Men (The WB), Old Christine (CBS)

Hey, hey, hey!! And a reminder for tonight and tomorrow night--tune into (or record) TV Land from 3 a.m. to 6 a.m. ET/PT for the rarely-seen '80s sitcom What's Happening Now!! See how Raj, Dwayne Rerun, Dee and Shirley turn out about six years later. I haven't seen the series since the early 1990's, so I am pumped! Keep watching the What's Happening!! marathon all-weekend long on TV Land!! We always end with two exclamation points while talking about What's Happening!! and What's Happening Now!!

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Friday, November 04, 2005

TV Land Schedules Miami Vice DVD Marathon; January 1st Marathon Shows; Three's Company Season 5 DVD Giveaway!

Boy Miami Vice is sure in the news a lot this week! First we mentioned it will be airing regularly on the new Universal Sleuth Network starting January 1. The second season DVD release is on December 13 and now TV Land has scheduled a 24-hour marathon of the series just prior to the DVD release, on Saturday, December 10. Tune in all-day for 24 of the finest episodes of the series. Click here to see what episodes are airing!

Tired of Miami Vice news? I hope not, because we have more! TV Land also released a tentative schedule of shows for their annual First Things First stunt--which is of course first episodes of classic TV series all day long. TV Land will show the two-hour pilot of Miami Vice on that night and also some other great Universal action series, The A-Team and Knight Rider, which are also coming to Universal's Sleuth Network, but as regular shows. I know many will be wondering, how are they airing these three shows on TV Land? My guess is that they have limited rights and of course is not exclusive, as Sleuth Network will be airing these three shows as regulars. And Universal's Sci-Fi Channel also airs Knight Rider usually every month for a daytime rotation marathon. I expect TV Land to use these three series on special occasions only. Click here for the tentative line-up for TV Land's First Things First!

As many of you know, I run the Three's Company website, Jack's Bistro, well I will be giving away two copies of the season 5 DVD of Three's Company! SitcomsOnline.com and Jack's Bistro have teamed up to giveaway two copies of the pivotal fifth season of this classic series. Be apart of TV history and watch the rare phone tag scenes feating Suzanne Somers! The contest started last night and runs through November 22. I hope you all enter, but before you do, please read the rules. You can read the rules and enter the contest by clicking here. Good luck to all! And thanks for choosing SitcomsOnline.com and Jack's Bistro!

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Thursday, November 03, 2005

Network Sitcom Orders and Cuts; Three's Company S5 DVD Review!

A few more sitcoms have gotten orders for additonal episodes and another sitcom has gotten word of a cut in order. CBS has ordered the back nine for the sitcom Out of Practice. Out of Practice airs Mondays at 9:30 p.m., and does a decent job with a steady audience each week, despite losing 3 million viewers from its lead-in. So we can expect the sitcom to last at least 22 episodes.
NBC has ordered three extra episodes of second season sitcom The Office. This is not confirmed yet, but is most likely going to happen. NBC originally ordered only 6 installments this season, then ordered 7 more in late September and now has ordered 3 more, bringing the total to 16 episodes--if my 1st grade math is correct. The show is doing terrible in the ratings, losing a lot of viewers from its lead-in, which happens to be rookie sensation My Name is Earl. Which is mind-boggling why NBC continues to order more episodes. I am expecting the show to be gone by February.
Meanwhile, The WB has cut the order of What I Like About You from 22 episodes to 18 episodes. It is doing terrible in the ratings on Fridays at 8 p.m. and the 8:30 p.m. encore is doing even worse. The WB was better off with Twins airing at 8:30, but Twins has done better at 9:30 after Reba. I'm sure this will be the last season of What I Like About You.

I got an advanced copy of the Three's Company Season 5 DVD. I have reviewed it and I would like to share my thoughts with you. You can read my review on my Three's Company website, by clicking on the DVD sets link--you'll find my review under the season 5 heading, of course. Please read it and hopefully you will buy the set as well. All the Chrissy phone tag scenes are intact! Be apart of sitcom history and watch all of them!

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Wednesday, November 02, 2005

NBC Universal Creates New TV Network for Action/Crime Dramas; NBC Universal's Bravo TV Reunion Week; Alice TV DVD Poll Results!

We have a lot to relay today! NBC Universal has announced that it will be creating another cable/digital channel. This time targeting fans of action, crime, mystery and suspense. It will be a 24 hour channel debuting January 1, 2006. The full schedule is not out yet but they have announced they will air classic Universal dramas such as The A-Team, Knight Rider and Miami Vice. We hope they consider more classic TV from Universal's library such as the half hour shows Dragnet, Adam-12, or the hour long Emergency! or maybe a sitcom or two that has a mystery type feeling? How about My Secret Identity? You can read more about this new channel, which is being called "Slueth" - here.

Staying on the topic of NBC Universal Enterprises, Bravo TV will be airing encores of classic TV Reunions all this week, with encores slated all month long if you miss them this week. We forgot to relay this message to you yesterday when the week-long event started, but luckily they will re-air the reunions all month long. The TV reunions include the 20th Anniversary Happy Days Reunion from 1992, The Cosby Show's Look Back from 2001, The Carol Burnett Show Reunion, and the Beverly Hills 9210 Reunion Show. So sit back and remember your favorite shows with classic look backs. Click here to read all about it.

Finally today is the day the Alice TV DVD poll ends. Many fans have submitted their top ten episodes of all-time to us and the results are in! You have selected the episode "Block Those Kicks" as your favorite episode. Of the ten most requested episodes, six will make it on DVD sometime in 2006. So, you the fans have picked the episodes, so please go out and buy the set when it comes out. It will make a big difference because if this sells well, you will get season sets as Warner Home Video is basically testing the market for this wonderful sitcom. It is your duty to do so!
To see which ten episodes were the most requested, click here. We hope all fans are satisfied, as you the fans did pick these episodes!

Thanks again to Warner Home Video for this opportunity and we hope to bring you another episode selecting feature for another sitcom or two in the near future!

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Tuesday, November 01, 2005

ABC Family Announces Titles for Original Christmas Movies; Happy 4th Anniversary to TVShowsonDVD.com!

Awhile back we gave you the first look ANYWHERE of ABC Family's 25 Days of Christmas schedule. At that time we didn't have the titles and info for the two new ABC Family original movies, which will of course be Christmas themed. They star some sitcom stars such as Tom Arnold (Roseanne) and Leslie Jordan (Will & Grace, Hearts Afire). Here is what ABC Family says about them:

The holiday fun will feature the premiere of two original movies starting with Chasing Christmas, Sunday, December 4 (8:00–10:00 PM ET/PT), starring Tom Arnold (“True Lies”) in a deconstructionist version of the classic Dickens "A Christmas Carol.” Ever since his wife left him for her dentist on Christmas Eve, Jack (Arnold) has boycotted the holidays. Now his relationship is at risk with his sixteen-year-old daughter and the spirits of Christmas Past (Leslie Jordan), Present (Andrea Roth) and Future step in to change his perspective on the holiday and rescue Jack from his terminal bah humbugs.

The holiday cheer continues with the premiere of Christmas in Boston, Wednesday, December 14 (8:00–10:00 PM ET/PT) starring Marla Sokoloff (“The Practice”). Childhood pen-pals Gina (Sokoloff) and Seth (Patrick Adams) have created a life long friendship based solely on letters and snapshots they’ve sent to one another. Now as adults, they finally get the chance to meet in person but both are extremely nervous about living up to one another’s expectations – especially since Gina and Seth sent pictures of their best friends Ellen and Matt, instead of pictures of themselves! Afraid to face the truth, each sends their best friend to pose as them. But when Ellen and Matt start falling for each another, Gina and Seth discover much more than they ever expected.

Finally we leave you today with a little retrospective for TVShowsonDVD.com! We have mentioned them nearly everyday and we all just love that site. If not for them, we would mostly be lost on what is coming up. The website is celebrating its fourth year online, and my what a four year run it has been. Each day they get better and more popular. Today they had a nice piece on their anniversary. You can click here to read the great news. They also got a new server just to make everything more faster for us. And now they have teamed up with TV Guide Magazine to come out with a book on TV DVDs! Wow! TV Guide! They are playing with the big boys now! Conrgats to them on their anniversary and for many more years to come and I'd like to thank them for the many mentions for SitcomsOnline!

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