Tuesday, January 31, 2006

The WB Schedule Changes; Pop Culture Podcast

The WB Network announced today that the star-studded one-hour romantic comedy Pepper Dennis will headline an exciting mid-season lineup. Pepper Dennis will be joined by controversial mid-season drama The Bedford Diaries and the highly anticipated return of acclaimed drama Everwood. Pepper Dennis, which stars Rebecca Romijn as a television news reporter, will kick off on Tuesday, April 4 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET). The series, which also stars Josh Hopkins and Brooke Burns, will follow Tuesday-night hit comedy, Gilmore Girls, (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET). Regular encores of Pepper Dennis air on Sundays (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET), beginning April 9.
The Bedford Diaries will debut on Wednesday, March 22 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET) as the lead-out to One Tree Hill, which returns with original episodes that same night. The Bedford Diaries stars Matthew Modine as the professor of a sex and the human condition seminar at a New York university, along with Milo Ventimiglia and Penn Badgley as two of his students.
Everwood, starring Treat Williams, Gregory Smith and Emily Van Camp, returns with a two-hour episode on Monday, March 20 (8:00-10:00 p.m. ET). The family drama then returns to its original Monday time period, following 7th Heaven, on March 27.
Replacing Beauty and the Geek on Thursdays will be Supernatural, beginning March 16 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET). This move should advantage the first-year hit, pairing it with the compatible and über-successful Smallville (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET), which is enjoying its best season ever, both creatively and in the ratings.
Will The Bedford Diaries & Pepper Dennis be battling to get on The CW schedule next fall? We think so. So, if they do very very well, we can expect them on The CW next season.

Podcasts are becoming so popular these days. There is a Podcast now called "Just My Show" and the first guest on that show was sitcom star Harry Anderson (Night Court, Dave's World)! He talks about his television career, living in New Orleans, who he talks to from the cast of Night Court, and his possible appearance on The Surreal Life. Glad to hear Harry is safe after Hurricane Katrina hit. I'm sure they talk about that in the Podcast.
You have two choices for listening to "Just My Show." The first is to simply hit the play button (the arrow) located in the upper right corner of the page and the "current show" page. The other choice is to download an MP3 file to your computer, which will also enable you to listen on your iPod or other MP3 player.
For all that and more click here.

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Monday, January 30, 2006

Lifetime Edits March Schedule Before It Even Begins; Recapping Last Night's SAG Awards

Lifetime TV has already changed some of their March line-up before it even started. Frasier joins the line-up March 6 and it was supposed to air weekdays at 6p, 6:30p, 11:30p and 12:30a, but now they have changed it to 1p, 1:30p, 11p, and 11:30p. The full updated schedule is here, and includes the addition of Kate & Allie --no, I'm just kidding about that show (I wish I wasn't!)! No other new shows will join the line-up in March, but we can expect Reba in August and Still Standing in September. They are no Kate & Allie that's for sure.

ABC's Desperate Housewives and Lost were two of the big TV winners last night at the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards. The awards were handed out last night at the Los Angeles Shrine Exposition Center, and the ceremony was aired simultaneously on TNT and TBS starting at 8 p.m. ET.

Below is a complete listing of the 12th annual SAG TV winners list:

* Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Paul Newman
/ EMPIRE FALLS – Max Roby HBO

* Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
S. Epatha Merkerson
/ LACKAWANNA BLUES – Rachel “Nanny” Crosby HBO

* Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
Kiefer Sutherland
/ 24 – Jack Bauer FOX

* Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
Sandra Oh
/ GREY’S ANATOMY – Dr. Cristina Yang ABC

* Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
Sean Hayes
/ WILL & GRACE – Jack McFarland NBC

* Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series
Felicity Huffman
/ DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES – Lynette Scavo ABC

* Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
LOST
ABC

* Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series

DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES ABC

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Sunday, January 29, 2006

Week 19 First Four Day Ratings; How the Sitcoms Did

Week 19 numbers (first four nights, Mon-Thu):

Households: FOX 10.9/16.1; CBS: 9.8/15.0; ABC: 7.3/11.0; NBC: 5.5/8.4; The WB: 2.3/3.5; UPN 1.4/2.1.
Total Viewers: FOX 18.77 million; CBS: 15.21 million; ABC: 11.07 million; NBC: 8.32 million; The WB: 3.52 million; UPN: 2.06 million.
Adults 18-49: FOX 7.9/18.9; CBS: 4.7/11.5; ABC: 3.8/9.2; NBC: 3.3/8.1; The WB: 1.5/3.6; UPN: 0.9/2.1.

Analysis: Again it was American Idol that powered Fox over on Tuesday and Wednesday. 34.96 million tuned in for the two-hour Tuesday edition, slightly down from last week's 35.5 million. Last Wednesday 31.65 million tuned in for the one-hour Wednesday edition. You would think this week would be slightly down? Wrong! 32.44 million tuned in this Wednesday. Again Idol dented a lot of programming, including According to Jim, Rodney, Fear Factor, Scrubs, George Lopez, Freddie, Commander in Chief. CBS's second episode of new drama Love Monkey only scored 7.68 million, a distant third place, even down from the premiere's 8.63 million. Fox again had a strong Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Skating with the Celebrities was way down from its post-Idol slot, but still was solid for Fox to open on a Monday. 24 followed with great numbers, including a first place finish in adults 18-49 for the hour. The new CBS sitcom Courting Alex did well with just under 15 million, slightly better than what Out of Practice was doing. Let's see what Alex will do next week before calling this a hit. Tuesday again was all Fox with American Idol. Wednesday it was a little better for the other networks but still Fox's Idol was too much for everyone, including the return of George Lopez/Freddie. Lost did solid for ABC and CBS's Criminal Minds also did well. Thursday it was all CBS and ABC. ABC won the 8 p.m. hour with Dancing with the Stars, while CBS won the 9 and 10 p.m. hours with CSI and Without a Trace. CSI might be a little affected by the last half hour of Stars, as CSI usually gets 27-30 million, this week it only saw 25.86. Friday it was again a battle between CBS and ABC with the Dancing with the Stars: The Results, followed by first place finishes for the CBS dramas at 9 and 10. Saturday was very very slow. All the networks had nothing to write home about. Fox will win the week in both total viewers and adults 18-49 thanks to one show. CBS will be unaffected by Idol and pull the same numbers as it usually does, but will have to settle for second place. ABC will be a solid contender as well.


Monday Sitcoms

  • The King of Queens (CBS) - 11.38 million tuned in. Very solid.
  • How I Met Your Mother (CBS) -10.82 million tuned in. And built on from lead-in in A18-49 from a 3.9 rating to a 4.1 rating.
  • Two and a Half Men (CBS) - 17.07 million tuned in. Easily the best sitcom of the week. A nice 5.8 A18-49 rating was also best for sitcoms this week.
  • Courting Alex (CBS) - Solid start for the new sitcom. 14.9 million tuned in and a solid 5.1 A18-49 rating. If it can sustain that or even build on it next week, we will call it a hit.
  • One on One (UPN), All of Us (UPN), Girlfriends (UPN), Half and Half (UPN) - All repeats and had usual repeat numbers. I think only one of these will survive for The CW next fall.


Tuesday Sitcoms

  • According to Jim (ABC) - Last week's repeat saw only 4.92 million, but this week an all new episode scored 5.94 million. Idol will dent the sitcoms.
  • Rodney (ABC) - A new episode did only 5.52 million. And sustained from lead-in's 1.9 A18-49 rating.
  • Scrubs (NBC) 2 episodes - 5.45 million and 5.73 million tuned in for the two airings. It'll be interesting once Idol is down to one-hour and ABC puts Sons & Daughters in this slow for March.
  • UPN comedy repeats - Why did they even bother? All under 2 million and under a 1.0 A18-49 rating.

Wednesday Sitcoms

  • Still Standing (CBS) - Only 6.88 million tuned in, down from last week's 7.32 million.
  • Yes, Dear (CBS) - Built from lead-in and won the slot among sitcoms with 7.38 million.
  • George Lopez (ABC) - Geroge is back in 2006 but Idol is greeting it. Season low with only 6.31 million.
  • Freddie (ABC) - Usually Freddie builts on George, not this week. Only 6.05 million. It did build on A18-49 from 2.1 to a 2.4 rating.

Thursday Sitcoms

  • Will & Grace (NBC) - It was even worse that last week. Only 6.91 million.
  • Four Kings (NBC) - Cancelation clock is ticking. 6.28 million only.
  • That's 70s Show (FOX) 2 episodes - An original episode did 5.68 million, a repeat followed with a better 5.69 million--both slightly up from last week.
  • My Name is Earl (NBC) - Slightly down from last week, but still solid with 10.45 million.
  • The Office (NBC) - 8.6 million tuned in.
  • Crumbs (ABC) - A little drop from last week, but still a solid 10.73 million, highest rated sitcom of the night.
  • Everybody Hates Chris (UPN) - Repeat scored 3.49 million. Will The CW be better for this show?
  • Love, Inc. (UPN), Eve (UPN), Cuts (UPN) - Repeats again for these sitcoms that will probably be all gone next season.

Friday Sitcoms

The WB Friday was dead last in each half hour. And two Bernie episodes on Fox were in the 2 ratings.

Summing it up. King of Queens, How I Met Your Mother, Two and a Half Men, Courting Alex, My Name is Earl and Crumbs were impressive for the week. Everything else was OK (such as The Office, Yes Dear) or just plain old terrible (such as WB Friday, Bernie Mac, Rodney).

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Saturday, January 28, 2006

ABC Mid-Season Sitcom 'Sons & Daughters' to Premiere March 7; Some Saturday Fun

Yesterday ABC announced (and we are proud to say that we posted it first anywhere on the internet yesterday!) that mid-season sitcom Sons & Daughters will premiere on Tuesday, March 7 on ABC at 9 p.m. Two episodes will air each week in the month of March on Tuesdays at 9 and 9:30 p.m. It is likely that the show will air only for 4 or 5 weeks, finishing its 13 episode order for the season. The ABC hit drama Commander in Chief will be on a brief hiatus and will return in April for all-new episodes. Sons & Daughters is a one-camera sitcom, and those type of sitcoms have never really found an audience over the years, despite most of them being critically acclaimed. Arrested Development, Scrubs, The Office, Jake in Progress are among those type of sitcoms. My Name is Earl is the only one that is considered a hit. I saw the pilot of Sons & Daughters, I am not really a fan of these type of sitcoms, so I didn't enjoy it much. But I'm sure many of you will.
Fred Goss (Significant Others) stars in Sons & Daughters, a unique hybrid comedy series that offers a mix of improvisational and scripted humor in an unadulterated look at marriage, raising children and living in close proximity to an extended family. Series creators Goss and Nick Holly borrow from their own middle-American, middle-class upbringings to deliver a very real and relatable modern-day family comedy.
Read all the details on the very first article that was on the internet about the premiere date.

Usually we have at least two stories in a day, but today we only have one. So let's have some fun on a Saturday! SitcomsOnline.com now presents "a what the heck moment." This has nothing to do with sitcoms, but oh what the heck! The NHL team the Anaheim Mighty Ducks will be changing its name to the Anaheim Ducks. Wow what a drastic change! I wonder if they will rename the movie "The Mighty Ducks," to "The Ducks" too for home video/DVD and TV plays? And if that was not enough, the baseball team the Tampa Bay Devil Rays are thinking of changing its name, too. They are thinking of changing their name to the Tampa Bay Rays. Yes, yet another big change! Well, you are probably thinking, why the heck is he posting this? I'm thinking the same thing. I hope you had a chuckle over this what the heck moment! And all this is true. I'm serious. I feel like Dave from Invasion today. He has his own blog, check it out every Thursday after each new episode of Invasion on Wednesdays on ABC.

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Friday, January 27, 2006

Sitcom Syndication Update; ABC's 'Stars' Finale on a Sunday; Bonus Episode Titles for Gimme a Break! DVD

The annual NATPE convention was this week. The CW news was the main talk this year so everything else was really overlooked. We don't have a complete recap yet of what is coming up in syndication this fall, but we will soon. So stay tuned. We do have news on what sitcoms are coming to syndication this fall. 20th TV just announced an 86% clearance for sitcom Still Standing. Stations were not announced however. The show also is coming to cable network Lifetime this fall. Other sitcoms coming this fall to locals: According to Jim, Scrubs, and Reba. Reba will be on that daytime block on The WB, well The CW, or whatever you want to call it. Reba also is coming to Lifetime in August. Scrubs is also coming to cable network Comedy Central this fall. According to Jim is the only real syndication deal here. It will only come to locals this fall (WPIX in NY, WGN Chicago, and KTLA in L.A. are the top three) and it will come to cable a few years later on TBS; that's the way it should work! Having them both come to cable and locals at the same time is a disaster I think. Buena Vista is also selling George Lopez for syndication, but I don't think it'll be ready until fall 2007. Two and a Half Men is also in 2007.

ABC announced that the season finale of Dancing with the Stars will not be on Friday, Feb. 24. Instead we will get the finale on Sunday, Feb. 26! Right before Desperate Housewives and Grey's Anatomy--what a Sunday that will be! It is not confirmed yet if it will be a one-hour finale or a two-hour finale. ABC will air a special two-hour AFV on Friday, Feb. 24. The last Thursday show for Stars will be Feb. 23 from 8 to 9:30 p.m. ABC also confirmed that Jake in Progress will not return on Mon. Feb. 20 afterall. A special two-hour Wife Swap will air instead from 8 to 10 p.m. ET/PT.

Finally, the Gimme a Break! Season 1 DVD is coming Feb. 14 as we all know. We now have episode titles for the bonus episodes on that set! There are three bonus episodes. One of Kate & Allie, the episode is from season one titled "A Very Loud Family." The second bonus episode is of Charles in Charge, the episode is from season one titled "Extracurricular Activity." And the last bonus episode is from the second season of Gimme a Break!, the episode title is "Nell Goes to Jail."
The Charles in Charge Season 1 DVD is also coming Feb. 14, and that set will have one bonus episode of Charles in Charge from season two. The episode title is still not confirmed, but all bets are on the first episode with the Powell family ("Amytville"). And the Kate & Allie season one DVD is coming this spring! Stay tuned for more news on that.

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Thursday, January 26, 2006

It's 227 vs. Amen in...Bid Whist!; Yes, Dear Season (or Series?) Finale; Paramount DVD Questions

From the network that brought you the 227 vs. Amen marathon featuring the best of the best episodes from both series, brings you 227 vs. Amen TV One Bid Whist Party! Join Clifton Davis (Amen) and Alaina Reed Hall (227) star in the all-new TV One's Bid Whist Party Throwdown IV on Saturday, Janurary 28 at 8 p.m. only on TV One! Will Clifton "Reuben" Davis win or Alaina "Rose" Reed Hall win? Tune in to find out!

CBS has announced that the season finale of Yes, Dear will air on Wednesday, February 15 at 8:30 p.m. This will likely be the series finale, too, not many people think the show will return next season. The episode is being directed by series stars Mike O'Malley. Still Standing's season finale has not been announced yet, but that series is also likely done after this season.

Now to what everyone has been waiting for! Paramount TV DVD answers! You've asked, we've got some answers. The biggest question we were getting the past month or so was, "What happened to the Wings Seasons 1 and 2 DVD that was supposed to come out on Feb. 7?" The answer is... it is coming, but in May! Paramount wanted to pair it up with the next installments of both Cheers and Frasier (both season 8 sets). And if that is not all, Paramount will give Wings "The Brady Bunch Treatment" (meaning, season sets in a very fast pace). We can expect season 3 a few months or so after the first two seasons and then a few months later season 4 as well. I think Frasier will have seasons 9 and 10 done by this year, marking the end of that series on DVD (since season 11 was already released). Cheers will likely need early 2007 for it to finish its 11 seasons. Taxi remains a question mark. I have yet to hear anything on that series continuing. And unfortunately still no news on Happy Days, Mork & Mindy and Laverne & Shirley continuing as well.
Coming up in April for Paramount are two big dramas for the first time on DVD! Mission: Impossible Season 1 and The Sentinel Season 1.

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Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Majors News: UPN and The WB Gone This Fall, Replaced By New Network The CW


The WB and UPN networks will both cease operations starting in September 2006. CBS Corporation, which owns UPN, and Warner Bros., which obviously owns The WB, will merge into one and create a new network called The CW (stands for CBS Corp/Warner Bros.). I'm sure everyone has heard something about this by now. If not, you certainly will get the picture by the end of this story. I will cover everything here so no one will be confused.

The new CW network will either be on what is now known as your local WB or your local UPN.
  • If you live in the following markets, then you will get The CW on your WB affiliate: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, Dallas, Washington, D.C., Houston, Miami, Denver, St. Louis, Portland, Indianapolis, San Diego, Hartford, New Orleans, and Albany. Those are all Tribune owned WB stations. For example New York's WPIX and L.A.'s KTLA will have The CW programming.
  • If you live in the following markets, then you will get The CW on your UPN affiliate: Philadelphia, San Francisco, Atlanta, Detroit, Tampa, Seattle, Sacramento, Pittsburgh, West Palm Beach, Norfolk, Oklahoma City and Providence. Those are all UPN stations owned by CBS Corp. Combining the Tribune and CBS Corp. stations, that covers more than 48% of the country. The CW is expected to reach 95% of the country.
Note: Philadelphia, Seattle and Atlanta--both have a WB station that is owned by Tribune and a UPN station owned by CBS Corp., but for all three, The CW will be on their UPN stations, so their WB stations will turn independent, meaning they can program whatever they want in primetime, such as movies, classic sitcoms and dramas, syndicated programming and more. Personally, I can't wait to see what WWOR (UPN9) in New York will do, as they will become independent because WPIX (WB11) will be turning into The CW. Hopefully WWOR brings back classic sitcoms or dramas in primetime. Maybe that will be the case, please read further down to see what I mean.

There is also another little problem in the major markets. Fox Corp. owns UPN stations in markets like New York (oh no that is my WWOR!), Los Angeles, and Chicago. Those stations are not turning into The CW, but will become independent. But Fox is eyeing those stations for something more. They could start up another programming service, and Tribune has expressed interest for their three independents (Philly, Seattle, Atlanta) in such a network. If that happens, looks like I won't get my classic sitcoms and dramas after all?

As for markets other than Tribune and CBS markets, the CW’s affiliations must still play out.
Sinclair Broadcasting and other mid-level station groups that lose their WB affiliations will be in need of a large amount of programming, Sinclair has 18 WB stations and owns or operates a half dozen UPN outlets. Sinclair owns both the WB and UPN stations in four markets: Birmingham, Milwaukee, Nashville, and Raleigh. So far, it’s known that in four other Sinclair markets, the CW affiliation will go to Tribune or CBS (Tampa, Pittsburgh, Norfolk, and Oklahoma City), leaving Sinclair with at least eight stations that will have no affiliation. Still, Sinclair will likely get the CW affiliation in the majority of its markets.
The CW will inherit the WB's 100+ station group, the net's band of small-market cable-only outlets.

So what will be The CW programming hours? Well, they will use The WB's exact hours. Meaning, Sundays 5-7pm and 7-10pm; Weekdays 3-5pm and 8-10pm; and Saturdays 7am-12 noon. Sundays 5-7pm is likely going to be repeats like how The WB does right now, with new programming Sundays 7-10pm and Weekdays 8-10pm. It is likely the Daytime WB block (currently consists of ER, 8 Simple Rules) will be on The CW line-up from 3-5pm on Weekdays and Kids' WB, which will be renamed of course, will still be on the air on The CW airing Saturdays 7am-12 noon.

What will happen to all of UPN's and The WB's current shows? Well, simple, most will be gone, some will be on this new channel. Some of the shows that are rumored to be on The CW include: America's Next Top Model (UPN), Beauty and the Geek (WB), Smallville (WB), Gilmore Girls (WB), Supernatura (WB), Veronica Mars (UPN), Everybody Hates Chris (UPN), Grifriends (UPN), Reba (WB) and WWE Smackdown (UPN). Imagine if they had Gilmore Girls and Veronica Mars on one night! Maybe then VM can get a decent audience with a similar type of lead-in. If they use all those shows and add some news ones, they will have some of the highest rated shows from The WB and UPN. We should have a grasp of their full schedule by May, when the upfronts are held. I expect a few new shows, but mainly the best of the best from The WB and UPN will be on The CW. They will have what no other network has ever had, starting with established shows.

Now to those stations that will turn independent due to all this.
Syndicator Carsey-Werner has struck a deal to distribute the Stephen J. Cannell library both inside and outside the U.S.
The deal covers rights on various platforms, including cable, video-on-demand and the Internet, and will add thousands of hours to the distributor's library, including Baretta, The Rockford Files, A-Team, Hunter, 21 Jump Street, Wiseguy, Silk Stalkings and Michael Chiklis' first shield outing as The Commish.

Will the company start packaging the dramas in a block for some of the new independents created by the folding of UPN and The WB? Let's hope and pray we see these classic dramas in the primetime line-up for these stations that will turn independent. I hope we see some sitcoms on there, too. How about some shows that have not been on the air much? Silver Spoons, Small Wonder, One Day at a Time, Facts of Life, Hogan Family, Mr. Belvedere, and Diff'rent Strokes ring a bell?

I think this CW situation is good news. Both UPN and The WB were really terrible, but had some shows worth saving, and I guess now those will be on one network. The thing I'm ecstatic the most about are the stations that will turn independent. It will be very interesting what they program in primetime. I just hope the Fox-owned UPN stations don't get screwed by this and Fox takes over them. Let them remain free! The CW premieres this September (and the new independents!)

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Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Gimme a Break! Marathon on TV One; Megan Mullally to Host 4th Annual TV Land Awards; And Warner Home Video Needs Your Help for Full House

Gimme A Break, now I know what it takes. I'm putting a new face on the old one. Ready for anything. Playing with fate, not a moment too late. I'm showing the whole world. Nothing can get me down. Woo woo hoo! Gimme A Break, Yeah yeah! Gimme A Break! 'Cause I sure need one!...
Oh sorry, had that stuck in my head while writing up this story! Well, as you can tell this is about the hit '80s sitcom Gimme a Break! starring the late great Nell Carter. To celebrate the first season coming to DVD (on Feb. 14), cable network TV One will air a nice ten-hour marathon of the series' best episodes. Tune in on Saturday, February 11, 2006 from 12 noon to 10 p.m. for some Gimme a Break! They will re-air most of the episodes from 12 midnight to 6 a.m., if you miss any during the day. The series has not been on cable lately, as it last aired on USA Network in the mid-late '90s. TV One has not made any plans yet to air the series as a regular, but hopefully this marathon does well for them and they add it to their regular line-up very soon. So WATCH IT! TV One airs great African American sitcoms such as Amen, 227, Good Times, Martin, Roc and In the House. Gimme a Break! would be a nice addition to the line-up if they decide to add it. But first let's get through the marathon on Feb. 11. To see which episodes are airing, click here. And buy the complete first season on DVD from Universal Home Video on Feb. 14, just days after the marathon.

And TV Land has announced that Will & Grace co-star Megan Mullally will be hosting the 4th Annual TV Land Awards: A Celebration of Classic TV airing March 22 on TV Land and Nick@Nite. The previous hosts include John Ritter, Brad Garrett, and Cedric the Entertainer. Personally, the hosts have gone down hill every year. John Ritter was the only classic TV star. Click here for details.

Finally, we leave you today with some DVD news! Warner Home Video has come knocking on our door for yet another round of your top 10 episodes. This time they are asking fans of Full House to post their top 10 episodes and they will select 6 of those for an upcoming TV Favorites set, that is right now in consideration. There is no set date yet or anything, but they are "considering" a best of set just for the fans. AND NO, THIS DOES NOT MEAN SEASON SETS WILL STOP. The season sets are selling very well for them and will continue with season three in April and subsequent seasons to follow. This set will be just for the fans, that consists of six memorable episodes from the series. So, let's help them out again and you will be rewarded with episodes that you actually want instead of episodes that they randomly pick.
This process was very popular the two previous times we helped them--for Alice and for Perfect Strangers. Both got an overwhelming response from the fans and WHV was very pleased, especially with Perfect Strangers. Click HERE to post your top 10 Full House episodes. You can even use episodes from seasons one and two, if you want.

They have also filled me in on the June TV Favorites set. Alice, Step by Step and Perfect Strangers are being worked for June, but it is not confirmed yet. Family Matters will for sure not be in June, as they have some issues right now for that and hopefully it can be resolved at a later date. Stay tuned!

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Monday, January 23, 2006

TCA Network Winter Press Tour: ABC and NBC; 'The Facts of Life' on DVD in June?

ABC and NBC were up at the TCA tour this weekend. ABC didn't release a concrete schedule of their March schedule, but they did talk about their upcoming March shows. ABC addressed the situation about pulling Emily's Reasons Why Not after just one airing. “We had seen the majority of big long-lead advertising money for Emily before we even saw a script, unfortunately, given the way production schedules work. Creatively we just did not get the show where it needed to be. All of us tried really hard: producers, the network and the studio, but it never got on track. I think you kind of have to measure your patience based on how you believe in the creative, and we felt it was not going to get better.”
The future looks a little brighter for Jake in Progress, which was also pulled after one episode this season. ABC President Stephen McPherson holds out hope that he'll be able to bring the show back later in the season. "I have a crush on John Stamos," he jokes about "Jake's" star.
ABC also talked about the status of Arrested Development coming to their network: “I don’t foresee that happening,” said Stephen McPherson. “I believe that I can market that show really well, and I think we have some spots on our schedule that make sense for us. But it is a long-shot.”
Finally ABC addressed their two new dramas Commander in Chief and Invasion. “Obviously, we are disappointed in Commander in Chief ticking down recently. I think being off the air for so long, not being able to hit it with aggressive marketing, has hurt it. We feel like we have to get the viewers and the demo back in there.”
Invasion is a great television show. There are a lot of theories why it is not holding onto the Lost audience. A lot have people have said to me, ‘I watch that one hour of Lost. It’s such an intense experience. I come in for that appointment. No matter what you put in after that, I am not going to watch anything else.’ But I think it’s a great example for us of when to be patient and when to kind of fold them. We believe in Invasion.”
I think we will see both shows back next season, even if they move to another night and time.

So what is coming up this March for ABC? Returning sitcom Less Than Perfect, returning drama Alias, new drama from J.J. Abrams What About Brian, new one camera sitcom Sons & Daughters, new feel good reality show The Miracle Workers and new drama The Evidence. ABC also has a new mini-series in the works called The Ten Commandments. Should air in April for Easter. And don't forget Hope & Faith and Jake in Progress will likely be back from hiatus, too. ABC also has a series of specials with Regis Philbin in This is Your Life.

NBC released actual dates and times for its new March line-up. The game show Deal or No Deal returns Feb. 27 and will run through March 3 airing every night at 8 p.m. Then it will settle to its new weekly slot of Mondays at 8 p.m., replacing Surface, which is likely done for good. Also, The Apprentice (Trump edition of course) returns that night airing Mondays at 9 p.m., replacing Las Vegas which moves to Fridays at 9 p.m., which replaces Dateline NBC, which will now go to Saturdays at 8 p.m. Say that ten times fast! In a strange move, NBC will move Law & Order from 10 p.m. Wednesday to 9 p.m. Wednesday up against Lost, Criminal Minds, and American Idol Results Show. NBC might have to settle for fourth place, but it is better than what they are doing right now in that slot. New drama Heist will follow at 10 p.m. I don't think Heist will compete with CSI: NY and even Invasion. What NBC should have done was to air the new Dick Wolf drama Conviction at 10 p.m. Wednesday, but instead they will air that Fridays at 10 p.m. New sitcom Teachers will take over April 6 for The Office at 9:30 p.m., which will end its season early in late March. Not to worry The Office and the hit My Name is Earl have been already renewed for 22 episodes for next season. Some of NBC's moves are questionable, but they will be heavily promoted during the Winter Olympics.
NBC has yet to announce what they will do with the remaining Joey episodes and their other new sitcom Thick and Thin. Personally, Joey is good as dead, I doubt they will air it between March-May.

NBC has confirmed that long running hits Will & Grace and The West Wing will both be gone after this season. NBC’s The West Wing will end its seven-year run with an hour-long retrospective on Sunday, May 14 at 7 p.m., followed by the series-finale at 8 p.m. Will & Grace, meanwhile, will officially conclude its eight-year run on Thursday, May 18 with an hour-long retrospective followed by the series-finale at 9 p.m. Both shows have declined in the ratings this season. NBC might also lose Scrubs next season, but it is not official yet.
NBC announced some of their summer plans: In addition to the surprise return of The Last Comic Standing, NBC will launch Windfall, its long-awaited drama about a group of lottery winners, and the unscripted Treasure Hunters, where contestants search for hidden treasure.

Finally, on Saturday Facts of Life fans were out celebrating as the show is apparently finally heading to DVD this June! The Beyond the Facts of Life site is reporting that seasons one and two (29 episode set) will be out from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment this June. It is not official yet, but it seems like this will happen. If I were Sony, I'd release Silver Spoons Season 1 and Diff'rent Strokes Season 3 on the same day for a great marketing campaign. We will of course try to find out more on this and get back to you. For now head on over to TVShowsOnDVD.com and they have the exact quote that Sony said to this fansite. And you can discuss this news with fans right here on our message boards.

Coming tomorrow: Hit '80s sitcom Gimme a Break! coming to cable network TV One? Find out the details tomorrow in a SitcomsOnline.com exclusive!

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Sunday, January 22, 2006

Week 18 First Four Day Ratings; How the Sitcoms Did

Week 18 numbers (first four nights, Mon-Thu):
Households: FOX 11.5/16.9; CBS: 9.5/14.3; NBC: 7.5/11.2; ABC: 6.9/10.4; The WB: 2.4/3.5; UPN 1.5/2.2.
Total Viewers: FOX 20.26 million; CBS: 14.67 million; NBC: 11.22 million; ABC: 10.53 million; The WB: 3.54 million; UPN: 2.02 million.
Adults 18-49: FOX 8.5/20; CBS: 4.6/11.1; NBC: 4.2/10.1; ABC: 3.6/8.7; The WB: 1.5/3.5; UPN: 0.8/2.0.

Analysis: American Idol is back and it is better than ever it seems. Not good news for the other networks. Over 35.5 million tuned in to the season premiere on Tuesday and 31.65 more on Wednesday. Fox will make a run for the adults 18-49 crown for the season but I think CBS or ABC will hang on. ABC still has the Super Bowl and The Oscars to come. Idol dented a lot of programming this week, including According to Jim, Rodney, Fear Factor, Scrubs, Commander in Chief. NBC's ratings are a tad inflated due to the Golden Globes. CBS's premiere of new drama Love Monkey didn't do so well, with a last place finish at 10 p.m. with only 8.63 million tuning in. Fox had a strong Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. 24's season premiere part two was decent on Monday with 14.08 at 8 and 15.7 at 9, both solid finishes behind NBC's Golden Globe Awards. Tuesday again was all Fox with American Idol. CBS's Navy NCIS and The WB's Gilmore Girls seemed unaffected though from Idol. Wednesday it was a little better for the other networks but still Fox's Idol was too much for everyone. Lost did solid for ABC, Criminal Minds did well and Fox's Skating with Celebrities got off to a good start, but can it continue without American Idol as its lead-in? CSI: NY won the competitive 10 p.m. hour. We will find out tomorrow night. Thursday it was all CBS and ABC. ABC won the 8 p.m. hour with Dancing with the Stars, while CBS won the 9 and 10 p.m. hours with CSI and a season high performance from Without a Trace. NBC's comedies were way down from last week when CBS was all in reruns. Friday it was all ABC with the Dancing with the Stars: The Results, followed by a first place finish for the well done drama In Justice. A repeat of NUMB3RS won the 10 p.m. hour with ABC's 20/20 closely behind. Saturday was also ABC's night with a showing of the Will Smith movie Enemy of the State. Fox will win the week in both total viewers and adults 18-49 thanks to one show. CBS will be unaffected by Idol and pull the same numbers as it usually does, but will have to settle for second place. ABC will pull ahead of NBC after tonight.


Monday Sitcoms

  • The King of Queens (CBS) - A repeat this week, 8.97 million tuned in.
  • How I Met Your Mother (CBS) -Only 7.93 million tuned in for a repeat. I think CBS will ship this sitcom to Wednesdays once New Adventures of Old Christine joins the line-up.
  • Two and a Half Men (CBS) - 13.47 for a repeat, and still number one for the week among sitcoms--impressive.
  • Out of Practice (CBS) - A repeat scored a decent 11.24 million--see you in March, as Courting Alex takes over this slot starting tomorrow.
  • One on One (UPN), All of Us (UPN), Girlfriends (UPN), Half and Half (UPN) - All new and all consistent, 9 p.m. was the best with 3.11 million.


Tuesday Sitcoms

  • According to Jim (ABC) - Damn Idol is back so this sitcom will now suffer. Yes, it was a repeat but only 4.92 million tuned in.
  • Rodney (ABC) - A new episode actually, but since its lead-in was a repeat, only 4.6 million.
  • Scrubs (NBC) 2 episodes - Both episodes were down well over a million from last week, but you can thank Idol for that.

Wednesday Sitcoms

  • Still Standing (CBS) - American Idol is back but this was the only sitcom in the half hour , scored a so-so 7.32 million.
  • Yes, Dear (CBS) - Again the only sitcom in the half hour and did a so-so 7.13 million.

Thursday Sitcoms

  • Will & Grace (NBC) - Down BIG from last week's 9.69 million to only 7.49 million. Ouch.
  • Four Kings (NBC) - This sitcom is now tumbling, this week only 7.43 million tuned in.
  • That's 70s Show (FOX) 2 episodes - An original episode did only 5.23 million, a repeat followed with a better 5.6 million--bot slightly up from last week.
  • My Name is Earl (NBC) - Down a lot from last week since CSI was new this week. 10.78 million tuned in.
  • The Office (NBC) - Like all of NBC's comedies, down a lot from last week to only 8.7 million.
  • Crumbs (ABC) - The best new sitcom of the season did great with 11.37 million, down only 500,000 from last week.
  • Everybody Hates Chris (UPN) - A new episode was on par with a repeat from last week.
  • Love, Inc. (UPN), Eve (UPN), Cuts (UPN) - New episodes of all these were well under a 1.0 A18-49 rating--ouch.

Friday Sitcoms

The WB Friday was dead last in each half hour. And two Bernie episodes on Fox were in the 2 ratings.

Summing it up. Repeats of Two and a Half Men & Out of Practice, a new My Name is Earl and Crumbs were impressive for the week. Everything else was OK (such as The Office, King of Queens) or just plain old terrible (such as WB Friday, Bernie Mac, Rodney).

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Saturday, January 21, 2006

ABC Delays 'Emily' & 'Jake' Even More Plus Special Tuesday Airing of 'Crumbs'; Museum of Television and Radio

Yesterday ABC told us that they will expand The Bachelor: Paris to two hours on Feb. 6 and 13. Meaning, Emily's Reasons Why Not and Jake in Progress will not air those two weeks, in addition not airing this Monday due to a encore of The Bachelor: Paris and on Jan. 30 a special InStyle Weddings will air. As of now, Emily's Reasons Why Not and Jake in Progress will air on Monday, Feb. 20. The following week, Feb. 27, is the two-hour season finale of The Bachelor: Paris.
ABC also probably is testing the waters for next season as a special episode of Crumbs will air on a special night and time. On Tuesday, Feb. 7, ABC will air an all-new episode of Crumbs on a Tuesday, at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT. Martin Mull guest stars. Crumbs will continue to air on Thursdays at 9:30 p.m., this Tuesday airing is a "one-time-only" airing. I think ABC should move Crumbs to Tuesdays next fall and bring back a four comedy night. Commander in Chief will be pre-empted on that night only. ABC should move that to Mondays and that should help them next season in place of Monday Night Football. And at 9 p.m. that night a second new episode of According to Jim will air. It will also air at its regular 8 p.m. slot as well.

Some of TV's biggest stars and hottest behind-the-scenes personnel are headlining the 23rd annual William S. Paley Television Festival, which will be held February 28 through March 15 in Hollywood. Sponsored by the Museum of Television and Radio, the festival takes place at the Directors Guild of America Theater. Programs featured:

- Grey's Anatomy, 7 p.m. Tuesday, February 28. Scheduled to appear include are stars Patrick Dempsey, Sandra Oh and Ellen Pompeo.
- Entourage, 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 1. Scheduled: stars Kevin Dillon, Kevin Connolly, Debi Mazur and Jeremy Piven.
- Everybody Hates Chris, 7 p.m. Thursday, March 2. Scheduled: stars Tichina Arnold, Terry Crews, Tequan Richmond and Tyler James Williams, along with co-creator/executive producer Chris Rock.
- Battlestar Galactica, 7 p.m. Friday, March 3. Scheduled: stars Mary McDonnell and Edward James Olmos.
- Supernatural, 7 p.m. Saturday, March 4. Scheduled: stars Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki, among others.
- Medium, 7 p.m. Monday, March 6. Scheduled to appear: stars Patricia Arquette, David Cubitt, Maria Lark, Miguel Sandoval and Jake Weber.
- My Name is Earl, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 7. Scheduled: stars Jason Lee, Jaime Pressly, Eddie Steeples and Nadine Velazquez, among others.
- House, 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 8. Scheduled: stars Hugh Laurie, Robert Sean Leonard and Lisa Edelstein.
- Family Guy, 7 p.m. Thursday, March 9. Scheduled: Creator/executive producer Seth MacFarlane and others, plus Seth Green and Mike Henry.
- The Golden Girls, 7 p.m. Friday, March 10. Scheduled: stars Beatrice Arthur, Rue McClanahan and Betty White. (Estelle Getty, 82, is not participating)
- How I Met Your Mother, 7 p.m. Monday, March 13. Scheduled: stars Neil Patrick Harris, Josh Radnor, Jason Segel and Cobie Smulders.
- "An Evening with Sally Field," 7 p.m. Thursday, March 14.
- Weeds, 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 15. Scheduled: stars Mary-Louise Parker and Elizabeth Perkins.

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Friday, January 20, 2006

Courting Alex Premieres on CBS on January 23rd

Jenna Elfman
Courting Alex stars Jenna Elfman ("Dharma & Greg") in a comedy about Alex (Elfman), an attractive, single attorney, who has everything life has to offer... except a life. Alex works alongside her father, Bill (Dabney Coleman, "The Guardian"), at his law firm, and while he is very proud of her, it pains him that his daughter is not married yet. If Bill had his way, Alex would settle down with her colleague, Stephen (Josh Stamberg, "A Lot Like Love"), a star lawyer at their firm who is obviously smitten with Alex. Julian (Hugh Bonneville, "Doctor Zhivago"), Alex's charming British neighbor, who makes his living as an artist, and Molly (Jillian Bach, "Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place"), her loyal and brutally honest assistant, are the two people she chooses to lean on for advice. However, no amount of advice could prepare her for the unexpected feelings she's having for Scott, (Josh Randall, "Ed") an impressive, Renaissance man, who she recently met while trying to negotiate a deal involving his tavern. If Alex can put down her cell phone for long enough, her successes in love just might catch up to an already successful career.

Courting Alex stars Golden Globe Award winner and Emmy Award nominee Jenna Elfman as Alex Rose, Emmy Award and Golden Globe Award winner Dabney Coleman as Bill Rose, Hugh Bonneville as Julian, Josh Randall as Scott Larson, Jillian Bach as Molly, and Josh Stamberg as Stephen.

Courting Alex premieres on CBS on Monday, January 23rd at 9:30PM ET/PT.

Read our review of the pilot episode here.

Discuss the show after you watch it on Monday on our message board.

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    Thursday, January 19, 2006

    TCA Network Winter Press Tour CBS Day 2; UPN

    CBS was up for a second day at the TCA Tour and they gave information on some of its mid-season entries. Courting Alex, which premieres this Monday at 9:30 p.m., starring Jenna Elman is Alex, an attractive, single, workaholic attorney who has everything in life with the exception of one thing…a life. Executive producer Rob Hanning is comparing this show to The Mary Tyler Moore Show. The official SitcomsOnline.com Review of the pilot for this new series is coming soon. So stay tuned to see what we think about the show and about that comparison. Another sitcom they have in the works is The New Adventures of Christine starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus. Can the Seinfeld alum break the post-Seinfeld curse? Well we can't tell yet because CBS has still not announced what night and time it will air. It'll be either Mondays or Wednesdays, I'm sure, and it will start this March. CBS also has a crime drama (yes yet another!) in the works as well, titled The Unit. No night and time for that yet either.

    Elsewhere at CBS, they announced that Nickelodeon on CBS Saturday mornings will be gone starting fall 2006. DiC Entertainment has now teamed up with the eye net for Saturday morning cartoons and the block will be called CBS' Secret Saturday Morning Slumber Party. Shows have not been announced yet, but DiC has a vast array of shows on the air now in some form such as Where on Earth is Carmen Sandiego?, Sabrina: The Animated Series, Madeline, Strawberry Shortcake, Liberty's Kids, Trollz, Sherlock Holmes in the 22nd Century, Archie's Weird Mysteries, The Littles, Inspector Gadget's Field Trip, and Sonic Underground.

    CBS has optioned the format rights to an internationally successful property dubbed Game Show Marathon, which will feature a half-dozen celebrity contestants competing in a different classic game show (The Price is Right, Match Game, Beat the Clock, etc.) each week.

    Former Joan of Arcadia co-star Jason Ritter has enrolled in the CBS comedy pilot The Class.
    The action begins with a party thrown by 27-year-old Ethan (Ritter) for his girlfriend, whom he met in third grade. Ethan invites six other people who were in the class with them, all of whom have since lost touch with one another. The party then becomes the springboard for following how the lives of the reunited characters continue to intersect.
    Also cast in the pilot is Jesse Tyler Ferguson, who will play one of the schoolmates, a serious man going through a dark period in his life. The two join previously cast Lucy Punch.

    In the UPN front, executive producers Chris Rock and Will Smith will direct episodes of their respective UPN series, Everybody Hates Chris and All of Us, which will air later this season on UPN.
    In the Chris Rock directed episode of Everybody Hates Chris entitled "Everybody Hates Corleone," Chris grows tired of getting beat up by bullies at school, so he asks his parents to be transferred to the neighborhood school, but when they deny the request, he decides to take matters into his own hands. Meanwhile, Julius' new job at the fish market makes him stink up the house and everyone in it.
    In the Will Smith directed episode of All of Us, Bobby says the "N" word at a birthday party, and it forces Robert to examine his own use of the term and whether or not it's appropriate.

    UPN's comedy Half & Half will feature a three-episode HIV storyline guest starring Michelle Williams of Destiny's Child in which she plays Naomi Dawson, a rival record producer who is HIV positive with whom Spencer (Chico Benymon) is pursuing a relationship. The three-episode arc airs in consecutive weeks beginning Monday, February 13 (9:30-10:00 p.m, ET/PT) on UPN.

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    Wednesday, January 18, 2006

    Nick at Nite in Latin America; ABC's 'Emily', 'Jake', 'Hope' on Hiatus

    MTV Networks Latin America said Wednesday that it will launch Nick at Nite sitcom block to Nickelodeon Latin America and Nickelodeon Brazil from 10 p.m. - 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. - 5 a.m., respectively, beginning Feb. 13. The block will feature sitcoms from the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, including ALF, Mork & Mindy, Diff'rent Strokes, The Facts of Life, The Addams Family, The Munsters, Bewitched, I Dream of Jeannie and Growing Pains. None of those shows air on the Nick at Nite in the U.S., but some of those shows do air on sister network TV Land in the U.S.

    Meanwhile ABC announced that Emily's Reasons Why Not and Jake in Progress will be benched for two more weeks. They were both slated to return on Jan. 23 after a one week break, but now at the earliest they will return Monday, Feb. 6. On January 23 ABC will air an encore episode of The Bachelor: Paris and on the 30th ABC will air an In Style Weddings special. And ABC also said that Friday sitcom Hope & Faith will not be returning this Friday afterall. In fact it will not return to Fridays until at least March 3. ABC will air an expanded Dancing with the Stars: The Results instead. This does not mean ABC will not air Hope & Faith at all until March 3, maybe they will air it on another night. The most possible scenario would be at 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday (in place of Rodney) and in a long shot Monday at 9 p.m. The sitcom recently taped episodes featuring guest stars Regis Philbin, Robert Wagner and Mark Consuelos.

    CBS is up at the TCA Winter Press Tour. They have two days to present information. Today they really didn't present anything. They did announce that they will revive the classic 1976 TV movie Sybil starring Sally Field, but this time the cast will be headlined by Academy Award winner Jessica Lange and Emmy Award winner Tammy Blanchard. In the movie, Sybil (Blanchard) is introduced to Dr. Corneila Wilbur (Lange), a psychiatrist who begins treatment after Sybil attempts suicide. During their sessions, Sybil confides in Dr. Wilbur that she frequently loses her memory and cannot account for large blocks of time. With the help of her doctor, Sybil slowly remembers the physical, emotional and sexual abuse inflicted on her as a child by her mentally disturbed mother. As Sybil starts to recall her troubled past, she reveals 16 separate and distinct personalities, each varying in age and personal appearance, which she created in order to cope with the cruelty she suffered as a child. Throughout the course of Sybil’s treatment, Dr. Wilbur becomes committed to helping Sybil face the memories which haunt her so that her fractured personality can be healed.

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    Tuesday, January 17, 2006

    TCA Network Winter Tour: The WB and FOX; Life Goes On DVD on April 11

    The WB was first up yesterday at the TCA Winter Press Tour. The WB Network welcomes a sexy and intriguing celebrity guest roster to kick-off its midseason, including Nick Lachey (The WB's Charmed, Newlyweds: Nick & Jessica) on Twins, James Denton (Desperate Housewives) returns to Reba, Kelly Carlson (Nip/Tuck) returns to Everwood and James Marsters (Angel) returns to Smallville.
    Ellen DeGeneres, the multiple Award-Winning Comedienne/Actress/Author/Talk Show Host, will bring her comedic vision to The WB Network with a pilot script for a new half-hour, live-action comedy tentatively titled My Dog Sparky. She will voice the dog. A Nick Lachey sitcom and a Brandy sitcom are also in the works.
    Regarding the new Daytime WB block (weekdays 3-5 p.m.):
    Although the WB has had mixed early results programming the Monday to Friday 3-5 p.m. daypart in place of Kids' WB! programming, the network is committed to the affiliate stations.
    "We worked with the stations to figure out an economic formula of how to do this," said Garth Ancier, chairman, the WB. "And all the feedback has been very positive. The biggest question is should it be a drama, or should it be comedies in there. So far 8 Simple Rules is doing better than ER, but ER is one of those serialized shows that tend to do better over time. So I think the jury is still out as to whether we should go in the comedy or drama direction long-term in the future."
    And finally, upcoming this mid-season sitcom wise will be Misconceptions starring Jane Leeves and French Stewart and Modern Men starring Jane Seymour, George Wendt and Marla Sokoloff.

    Today Fox was up at the TCA Tour. They made a lot of announcements. Two new comedies, Free Ride and The Loop, will soon join FOX's spring schedule. A partially improvised comedy, Free Ride follows recent college graduate Nate Stahlings (Josh Dean) as he moves back in with his parents in a small Midwestern town, with no life plans past doing his laundry. A preview episode airs Wednesday, March 1 (9:30-10:00 p.m. ET/PT), after a special 90-minute episode of American Idol. Free Ride premieres in its regular time period Sunday, March 12 (9:30-10:00 p.m.ET/PT). American Dad returns to the line-up in late April after Free Ride completes its run.
    The Loop launches with a special preview Wednesday, March 15 (9:30-10:00 p.m. ET/PT) following the half hour American Idol Results Show. The following night, Thursday, March 16, the new comedy premieres in its regular time period (8:30-9:30 p.m. ET/PT) after That '70s Show. Stacked will return later in the season.
    And at least two long running Fox sitcoms will come to an end this season. Malcolm in the Middle and That '70s Show. Malcolm in the Middle's series finale is scheduled to air Sunday, May 14, soon after its 150th episode. The show, which has followed the growth of boy genius Malcolm (Frankie Muniz) and his family. The show has won six Emmys and a Peabody Award in its lifetime. That '70s Show packs up the polyester bellbottoms, Zeppelin 8-tracks and lava lamps when it ends its eight-season run Thursday, May 18 (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET/PT) on FOX. The series finale also marks the 200th episode milestone. Numerous '70s icons have stopped by to guest-star, including Danny Bonaduce, Alice Cooper, Marion Ross, Eve Plumb, Ted Nugent, Valerie Harper, Richard Kline and Roger Daltrey from The Who. This season, Don Knotts, Mary Tyler Moore Tom Bosley and Isaac Hayes are joining the list.
    Other Fox notes: Arrested Development is very likely finished on Fox. King of the Hill is also nearing its end and might not return until January 2007 next season. Ashton Kutcher and Topher Grace are in discussions to return for the series finale of That '70s Show.

    Finally, last month we broke the news that the '90s ABC drama Life Goes On would be coming to DVD. As of now, the date for that season one set will be April 11! Now, take that with a grain of salt, as it is not official yet. Stay tuned to TVShowsonDVD.com for official information. Bring on Corky!

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    Monday, January 16, 2006

    TV One Remembers Dr. King; 'Lizzie' & 'Stevens' to Local Syndication?

    TV One will celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King's birthday with episodes from of their series featuring civil rights and other things Dr. King believed in. You will see sitcom episodes of Martin, Roc, and Good Times along with other shows like New York Undercover. The fun starts tonight at 9 p.m. only on TV One!
    For the full schedule of events, click here.

    Buena Vista Television is taking Hilary Duff and Shia LaBeouf into broadcast syndication this fall (2006).
    The Disney syndication company has positioned Disney Channel stalwarts Lizzie McGuire and Even Stevens as meeting the FCC’s requirements for stations to program three hours of educational fare per week. The programs are being sold on an all-barter basis.

    Don't forget the Golden Globes tonight on NBC. My picks on who should win are: Best TV Comedy: Desperate Housewives; Best TV Drama: Lost (Grey's Anatomy could sneak in and win); Best TV Actor Comedy: Jason Lee (My Name is Earl); Best TV Actress Comedy: Marcia Cross (Desperate Housewives, any of them can win, Longoria has had the most funniest lines this season); Best TV Actor Drama: Matthew Fox (Lost); Best TV Actress Drama: Geena Davis (Commander in Chief); Best TV Supporing Actor Drama/Comedy: Donald Sutherland (Commander in Chief); Best TV Supporting Actress Drama/Comedy: Sandra Oh (Grey's Anatomy). It looks like ABC is becoming what HBO was a few years ago.

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    Sunday, January 15, 2006

    Week 17 First Four Day Ratings; How the Sitcoms Did

    After taking weeks 14, 15 and 16 off, we are back!

    Week 17 numbers (first four nights, Mon-Thu):

    Households: CBS: 8.9/13.8; ABC: 7.5/11.6; NBC: 6.8/10.5; FOX 4.6/7.0; The WB: 2.6/4.0; UPN 1.7/2.5.
    Total Viewers: CBS: 13.65 million; ABC: 11.51 million; NBC: 10.39 million; FOX 7.16 million; The WB: 3.99 million; UPN: 2.29 million.
    Adults 18-49: CBS: 4.3/10.8; ABC: 4.0/10.0; NBC: 4.0/10.2; FOX 2.9/7.4; The WB: 1.7/4.3; UPN: 0.9/2.4.

    Analysis: It was a good week for sitcoms. CBS Monday sitcoms which always do well, were again unstoppable. ABC's Crumbs premiere did very well on Thursday. And with CSI having a repeat NBC's My Name is Earl and The Office were up from last week. The Office especially was up. CBS' Still Standing and Yes, Dear even did well actually. It was not so good for Stacked, WB Friday, and the premieres of Emily's Reasons Why Not and Jake in Progress.
    Breaking out by each night--Monday saw ABC's Wife Swap impress to start off the night with 11.01 million viewers, but it was CBS's comedies on top by a nose-hair with 12.11 and 11.49 for King of Queens and How I Met Your Mother. Both comedies trailed Wife Swap in 18-49 though. CSI: Miami like usual was the best for the night. Tuesday saw The People's Choice Awards on a new night, but still didn't do much. Dramas Navy NCIS, Law & Order: SVU and House ruled Tuesday. Sitcom icon Michael J. Fox boosted ABC's Boston Legal with 11.21 million viewers. Wednesday was all Lost for ABC. A new episode attracted 20.56 million and a clip show before that attracted 13.52 million. CBS's Criminal Minds hung tough against Lost with 15.92 million. Wednesday at 10 p.m. is highly competitive. Look at this: Law & Order (NBC) 12.83 million--4.0/10 A18-49; CSI: NY (CBS) 13.17 million--4.3/10 A18-49; Invasion (ABC) 9.65 million--3.9/10 A18-49. Please note CSI: NY was a repeat and it still won the hour. Thursday saw CBS in repeats and still won in total viewers ABC's Dancing with the Stars 2 impressed again with 17.36 million viewers, followed by the series premiere of Crumbs with 11.81 million viewers. Will & Grace started off NBC's block well with 9.69 million, much higher than what the soon to be doomed Joey did. Friday was a battle between CBS and ABC. CBS's dramas did well and ABC did well with Dancing with the Stars: The Results. Saturday was NFL driven for CBS. Look for ABC to win Sunday with Home Edition, Housewives and Grey. It'll be interesting who wins in total viewers for the week since CSI was a repeat, ABC or CBS? ABC will win in adults 18-49.


    Monday Sitcoms

    • The King of Queens (CBS) - 12.11 million. Now it is the winter, expect even more viewers.
    • How I Met Your Mother (CBS) -A little drop from the lead-in, but still decent with 11.49 million, but built on A18-49 nicely from a 4.1/11 to a 4.2/11 rating.
    • Emily's Reasons Why Not (ABC) - Series premiere did not do what ABC would have liked, only 6.26 million. A18-49 was not as badat a 2.8/7, but still not what they would have liked.
    • Jake in Progress (ABC) - Season premiere did similar to what it did last season in a tough Thursday slot. Only 5.58 million and a 2.5/6 A18-49 rating. Both Jake and Emily will be pre-empted tomorrow, catch them again Jan. 23.
    • Two and a Half Men (CBS) - 17.2 million makes this the sitcom to beat.
    • Out of Practice (CBS) - Quietly does well with 13.74 million.
    • One on One (UPN), All of Us (UPN), Girlfriends (UPN), Half and Half (UPN) - All were in repeats, so can't judge them too much.


    Tuesday Sitcoms

    • According to Jim (ABC) - Only 7.5 million tuned in to the hilarious Sex Ed episode. Guest star Barry Williams was a hoot!
    • Rodney (ABC) - Lost viewers from lead-in, only 7.23 million. Did build on A18-49 from a 2.5 to a 2.6 though.
    • Scrubs (NBC) 2 episodes - 2 new episodes struggled with 6.87 million, but did decent in A18-49 with a 3.3/8 and a 3.5/8.

    Wednesday Sitcoms

    • Still Standing (CBS) - George Lopez was pre-empted tonight, so Standing ruled with 8.44 million and a decent 2.7 A18-49 rating.
    • Yes, Dear (CBS) - No Freddie on ABC, so Yes, Dear was the comedy to beat in the half hour with 8.44 million and a good 3.0 A18-49 rating.
    • That '70s Show (FOX) - 5.15 million tuned in for a repeat.
    • Stacked (FOX) - 4.31 million only tuned in.

    Thursday Sitcoms

    • Will & Grace (NBC) - Joey who? 9.69 million is much better than what that sitcom started off the night with.
    • Four Kings (NBC) - Lost a bit from lead-in, but 9.12 million is good, and it built on its lead-in in A18-49 from a 4.4 to a 4.5.
    • That's 70s Show (FOX) 2 episodes - An original episode did only 5.05 million, a repeat followed with a better 5.54 million.
    • My Name is Earl (NBC) - 12.49 million tuned in and did an impressive 5.9 A18-49 rating, tying Two and a Half Men for the sitcom lead for the week. 7.7/11 household rating makes it second for the night among sitcoms behind ABC's Crumbs.
    • The Office (NBC) - People tuned in! CSI was a repeat so people watched this sitcom score 10.27 million and an impressive 5.1 A18-49 rating. Question is what will happen next week?
    • Crumbs (ABC) - Series debut was excellent with 11.81 million viewers and 8.1/12 household rating. Watch this sitcom, it is laugh out loud funny!
    • Everybody Hates Chris (UPN) - Repeat did decent in A18-49 with a 1.5 rating.
    • Love, Inc. (UPN), Eve (UPN), Cuts (UPN) - Repeats of all these were well under a 1.0 A18-49 rating--ouch.


    Friday Sitcoms

    Hope & Faith was pre-empted on ABC, so there is nothing else that is even close to decent on Fridays for sitcoms. The WB Friday was dead last in each half hour. And Bernie and Malcolm are like ghosts on Fox.

    Summing it up. A lot of good sitcom numbers this week. CBS Monday, Still Standing, Yes Dear, NBC Thursday, and Crumbs were impressive for the week. Everything else was OK (such as According to Jim, Scrubs) or just plain old terrible (such as WB Friday, Bernie Mac, Malcolm in the Middle).

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    Saturday, January 14, 2006

    TV Land and Nick@Nite March 2006; Lifetime March 2006

    TV Land and Nick@Nite announced their March 2006 schedules. The big event in March always is the annual TV Land Awards Show. Nick@Nite will again air a simulcast of the awards during the premiere. The 4th annual show will air Wednesday, March 22 from 9 to 10:30 p.m. ET/PT. A host has not been announced yet. John Ritter, Brad Garrett, and Cedric the Entertainer were the previous hosts. After the awards ends on TV Land, TV Land will air a special one hour episode of Living in TV Land. Living in TV Land shows the day in the life of a classic TV star. TV Land aired a special a few years ago of Dick Van Patten, it was proven to be popular, so TV Land has now made it into a half-hour series. 6 episodes have been made with William Shatner kicking it off with a one-hour episode. Sherman Hemsley (The Jeffersons, Amen), Barry Williams (Brady Bunch), Adam West (Batman) are among the stars featured.
    The other big event in March for TV Land is a viewer's choice 48 hour marathon of the '70s sitcom Sanford & Son. Airing during the weekend of March 4-5, viewers will choose the episodes. Think of your top 96 episodes and vote at tvland.com soon! For complete TV Land March 2006 details, click here.

    Nick@Nite March 2006 has like I mentioned a simulcast of the TV Land Awards on March 22. They also will air new episodes of original series Hi-Jinks every Tuesday at 9:30 p.m. The other big event is a spring cleaning event featuring Danny Tanner of Full House and Tony Micelli of Who's the Boss? Who is the ultimate "dean of clean?" Tune in Sunday, March 26 to find out. Nick@Nite reminds you to do your own spring cleaning, so let that be a lesson to you!
    For complete details on Nick@Nite March 2006, click here.

    And our theme of March continues as we will now discuss Lifetime March 2006. Right now we are stuck in mid-January, so we have awhile to go before winter ends. As I mentioned a few days back, Frasier will air weekdays at 6pm, 6:30pm, 11:30pm and 12:30am ET/PT starting March 6. Today I will unveil the full line-up when Frasier joins. There are only a few changes. View them all here.

    Enjoy the rest of your Saturday and come on back tomorrow as the weekly ratings summary and how the sitcoms did returns after a few weeks off!

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    Friday, January 13, 2006

    TCA Cable Winter Press Tour: Day 4; FOX Books Arrested Development Finale, Moves 'Malcolm' to Sundays

    Day 4 of the TCA Cable Winter Press Tour didn't really fit any of our sitcom needs. Networks like Discovery Channel, TLC were there today. FX and HBO were also there. They both are creating new series that just doesn't fit our news. HBO will bring back The Sopranos on March 12 for a sixth season with 12 new episodes.
    Some late developments from yesterday included GSN. They will bring back a revived version of the classic game show I've Got a Secret starting April 17. Oxygen had its own version a few years back. On Feb. 12 they will celebrate Valentine's Day in style with a marathon of Love Connection and The Newlywed Game from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. And Lingo returns for a fifth season on GSN on April 3, airing weekdays at 7:30 p.m. Who can get enough of Lingo? Chuck Woolery is classic.

    Fox has set Friday, Feb. 10, for a two-hour season finale episode of critically acclaimed Arrested Development. The 8-10 p.m. edition could be the final airing of the comedy from 20th Century Fox Television and Imagine TV on Fox. Both ABC and Showtime have reportedly expressed interest in picking it up. The final four episodes of the season will feature guest stars like Judge Reinhold and Jason Bateman's sister--Justine Bateman.
    Meanwhile, Fox will move Malcolm in the Middle from Fridays at 8:30 p.m. to Sundays at 7 p.m. Right now Fox was airing a rotating wheel of shows on Sundays at 7 p.m. Bernie Mac encores will take the Friday 8:30 p.m. slot starting January 20. Malcolm makes its moves back to Sundays on January 29. Malcolm is currently Fox's lowest rated show for the season with less than 3.5 million viewers. The Sunday slot should help, but not by much I think.

    Last night ABC's Crumbs premiered with over 12 million viewers, making the hilarious sitcom the third highest sitcom debut of the season (behind only NBC's My Name is Earl and CBS's Out of Practice). If the show can get 11-13 million viewers a week, ABC will be very pleased as Thursdays has been like hell to them in the past. Dancing with the Stars 2 has picked Thursdays up and has moved ABC ahead of NBC in total viewers and households for Thursdays. It should be interesting come March what ABC will do on Thursdays, since Stars 2 will conclude by then. Crumbs will still have a handful of episodes left so it will be interesting if it can generate its own audience if the lead-in will be weaker.

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    Thursday, January 12, 2006

    TCA Winter Cable Press Tour: Day 3; Sitcom Pre-Emptions; Website Offering Classic TV for Free

    Day 3 of the TCA Winter Cable Press Tour has been slow so far. Not many news to report as of now. Hallmark Channel has brought out sitcom stars to star in original TV movies. Some of the stars they are showcasing include: Shirley Jones (The Partridge Family) in Hidden Places, Shelley Long (Cheers) in Falling in Love with the Girl Next Door, Doris Roberts (Everybody Loves Raymond) and Judy Reyes (Scrubs) in Our House, Patrick Duffy (Step by Step, Dallas) in Falling in Love and Desolation Canyon, Stacy Keach in Desolation Canyon and Blackbeard, Richard Chamberlain in Blackbeard andCasper Van Dien in The Curse of King Tut’s Tomb. Here are descriptions of those:

    Hidden Places:
    A deep yearning for home had led Eliza to Wyatt Orchards ten years ago. Now widowed with two young children, she faces mounting debts and the realization that her family’s financial survival is all up to her. When a stranger, Gabe, appears at her doorstep, Eliza guesses he is no different than the other out-of-luck characters searching for work during the Depression. But the familiarity and determination with which Gabe tends to the orchard raises unanswered questions. With the help and support of her Aunt Batty, Eliza learns to trust and understand Gabe. Academy Award® winner Shirley Jones, two-time daytime Emmy® Award nominee Sydney Penny and Jason Gedrick star in “Hidden Places,” a Hallmark Channel Original movie premiering Saturday, January 28, (9/8c).

    Falling in Love with the Girl Next Door
    Emmy® Award winner Shelley Long and Academy Award®, Emmy® and Golden Globe winner Patty Duke star as Bridget Connolly (Duke) and Betsy Lucas (Long), two social climbing society mavens from Catalina Island who have engaged in not-so-friendly rivalry for decades. But when Bridget’s daughter (Crystal Allen, “Maid in Manhattan”) returns home after a failed romance and falls in love with the boy next door, (Ken Marino, What I Like About You) her childhood friend and Betsy’s son, the two women try to put their differences aside for the sake of the children in “Falling in Love with the Girl Next Door,” a two-hour Hallmark Channel Original movie premiering Saturday, February 4 (9/8 c). Patrick Duffy (Step by Step) and Bruce Boxleitner (Babylon 5) also star as best friends and golfing buddies who want no part of their wives’ feud.

    Our House
    No one saw them as people. She saw them as friends. Ruth Galloway, a wealthy Beverly Hills widow, has a chance encounter with Billy, a homeless woman who rescues Ruth after she attempts suicide. This story was profoundly important to the film’s star Doris Roberts, who found inspiration not just in the script but also in the writings of her late husband, author William Goyen. “He wrote that, when we see infirm, handicapped or older people, or the homeless, we tend to turn away,” Roberts said. “We shun them and we take away their light.” It is Roberts’ hope that, just as her character does, people will be inspired to offer hope to those who may have lost it, not to turn away. Five-time Emmy® Award winner Doris Roberts and Judy Reyes (Scrubs) star in “Our House,” a Hallmark Channel Original movie coming in March 2006.

    Desolation Canyon
    In an outlaw ghost town, two aging gunmen realize they have much to learn about the Old West in “Desolation Canyon.” Golden Globe winner Stacy Keach stars as Samuel Kendrick a retired gunfighter living in an isolated cabin in Desolation Canyon with his common law wife. Patrick Duffy stars as Sheriff Tomas ‘Swede’ Lundstrom, an old friend who fought with Sam on the Union side in the Civil War, where Sam first earned his reputation as a deadeye shot. Following the war, both wild young men rode with an outlaw gang, but have subsequently reformed with Swede switching to the right side of the law. The two men are reunited on a mission to track down Sam’s estranged outlaw son, Johnny Kendrick, in an effort to save him from deeper trouble and possibly a violent death “Desolation Canyon,” a Hallmark Channel Original movie premiering July 2006.

    Blackbeard
    Cannons roar, cutlasses clash and the Jolly Roger flies high as one of history’s most notorious cutthroats sails the Caribbean in search of buried treasure in the rousing Hallmark Channel Original movie event “Blackbeard” premiering June 2006. Angus MacFadyen (“The Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood”) stars in the title role, Mark Umbers (soon to be seen in movie theaters in “The Good Woman”) plays a dashing Royal Navy officer and newcomer Jessica Chastain is the feisty heroine. “Blackbeard” marks the first time that four-time Emmy Award® nominee Richard Chamberlain and three time Golden Globe® nominee Rachel Ward have starred together since their memorable pairing in “The Thorn Birds.” Stacey Keach (“The Prison Break,” “Mike Hammer”) also stars as a pirate captain undone by Blackbeard’s ruthless cunning.

    A&E has a lot of original series in the works, most are reality shows, but one is of interest to us: A Guy Walks into a Bar, an hour-long sketch comedy series featuring Cheers’ George Wendt and comedian George Gray. The reality series include Driving Force. John Force is a dominant figure in drag racing, with 118 career victories he holds the world record for consecutive Funny
    Car championships. Its described as 8 Simple Rules For Dating My Daughter meets the bonerattling thrills of the drag strip.


    If there is anything else we will update it here. So check back!

    Meanwhile three sitcoms will get pre-empted for their next episode. ABC's Hope & Faith will be pre-empted this week for a one-hour edition of Dancing with the Stars: The Results. ABC will push back the all-new episode until January 20 and push back the episode that was slated for January 20 to January 27. January 27 was originally a rerun anyway. I think this move is more so ABC can build even more on its new drama hit In Justice, which has done decent. Hope & Faith is coming off a season high in the ratings this past Friday.
    Finally, after doing not so good in the ratings this past Monday for the series and season premieres of Emily's Reasons Why Not and Jake in Progress, ABC has pulled both shows for next Monday (Jan. 16) and replaced it with an encore of The Bachelor: Paris season premiere. Maybe so The Bachelor can do better at 10 p.m. and Wife Swap will be a better lead-in for the encore at 9 p.m.

    Santa Monica, Calif.-based Internet content provider iWatchNow is looking to take advantage of the growing Internet video market by launching a broadband video-on-demand service.

    www.iwatchnow.com will offer classic TV shows such as the The Dick Van Dyke Show, Roy Rogers, and Popeye, along with “cult” movies including Night of the Living Dead and the Kevin Costner vehicle Sizzle Beach USA.
    iWatchNow says its service is compatible with PC, Macintosh and Linux computers.
    The service will be free to viewers choosing to watch programming with commercials, or $3.99 for a one-time download fee that buys six commercial-free programs, with an additional 99 cents charged for every commercial-free show after that.

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    Wednesday, January 11, 2006

    TCA Cable Winter Press Tour: Days 1 and 2

    As I mentioned yesterday, the TCA Winter Press Tour Cable edition started yesterday. I'll recap the noteworthy news from yesterday and today. Among the networks that were up yesterday were Disney Channel, BET, TV One, Oxygen and E!
    Disney Channel announced that it will be creating an original sitcom titled Hannah Montana--a sitcom starring 13-year-old Miley Cyrus as Miley Stewart who, unbeknownst to the students in her school, lives a double life as pop singer Hannah Montana. Her father is played by the young actresses' real-life father, country music recording artist and actor Bill Ray Cyrus (Doc). In the role of her best friend Lilly is talented 13-year-old actress Emily Osment who also comes from a family of actors. Miley Stewart is a typical, occasionally awkward teenager but she undergoes a transformation when performing on stage. As Hannah Montana, she travels the world, entertaining fans with music written by her manager/dad. A straight blonde wig combined with a flashy pop star style allows Miley to keep her identity as an international star a secret – and most importantly, she knows her friends at school like her for who she really is. When Hannah's two biggest fans – and Miley's closest friends Lilly and Oliver – discover the true person beneath the costume, Miley is relieved to share her secret as they endure the trial and tribulations of middle school together.

    BET and TV One didn't really have anything noteworthy for us to announce, just original reality series and specials. However, BET did announce that a Black History Sitcom marathon is in the works for Saturday, Feb. 18 featuring all of its sitcoms (The Parkers, Wayans Bros, Jamie Foxx Show, Girlfriends and the sketch comedy In Living Color). I'm sure TV One will have something planned to, but they have not announced anything yet.

    Oxygen announced details on an original sitcom. Campus Ladies is an original scripted comedy that chronicles the lives of Joan and Barri, two middle-aged housewives who decide it’s better to be freshmen at 40 than unhappy housewives forever. Ditching the suburban life of minivans and malls for keg stands and co-ed dorms, Joan and Barri enroll in school in search of the wild college years they missed the first time around. Throughout the ten half-hour episode series, the co-eds take on the fictional University of the Midwest (UMW) with wild naiveté and optimism, gliding through the raciest of situations with cheerful abandon. This series is
    based on characters created by comediennes Carrie Aizley (Joan) and Christen Sussin (Barri) while performing with the famous comedy troupe, The Groundlings. It’s executive produced by Cheryl Hines (Curb Your Enthusiasm), Carrie Aizley, Christen Sussin, Paul Young, Peter Principato and co-executive producer E. Brian Dobbins of Principato-Young Entertainment (Reno 911).

    E! TV's only noteworthy item for us was that the 400th episode of E! True Hollywood Story will premiere this spring. A special E! True Hollywood Story celebrating the 10th anniversary of the series is also in the works. I can't believe it has been 10 years already. The series debuted March 30, 1996.

    Moving on to today's TCA Tour news. Lifetime, TV Land, Nick@Nite and VH1 were among the networks in the mix that fits our news. Like Oxygen and Disney Channel, Lifetime will also get into the original sitcom game. The sitcom Lovespring is slated to premiere on the network this summer. This half-hour comedy series is about looking for love in all the wrong places. “Lovespring” is the name of a matchmaking agency portrayed to customers as an “elite Beverly Hills” company, despite its location in Tarzana, California. The ensemble is made up of relationship counselors and a staff psychologist who try to convince loveless people that the
    service can lead clients to the perfect mate.
    They also announced that the long running sitcom Frasier will start Monday, March 6 and air weekdays at 6pm, 6:30pm, 11:30pm and 12:30am ET/PT. Three sitcom stars get together in an original movie airing Feb. 5 titled For One Night Only. Raven-Symone (The Cosby Show, Hangin' with Mr. Cooper, That's So Raven), Aisha Tyler (Friends) and Jason Lewis (Sex and the City) star in a moving drama about a 12th grade student who risks her social and
    academic standing to end her high school's long tradition of racially segregated proms, in the town of Mercier, Louisiana. When a gifted and popular senior (Raven-Symone) innocently suggests changing the policy, it re-ignites the town's smoldering racial tensions. The teenager gets some unexpected support from a New Orleans journalist (Aisha Tyler), who has her own complex relationship with Mercier.
    Two original reality shows (Cheerleader Nation, Face the Family) are in the works too, starting March 12, airing Sunday nights.

    And VH1 even has a new sitcom coming. Tori Spelling stars in So NoTORIous. Tori stars as…Tori Spelling, an actress who spent a decade playing the virginal “Donna” on the hit, Beverly Hills 90210, produced by her mega-producer father. She’s now grown up and has moved out of her parents’ gargantuan manor and lives in a high-rise building with her friend Pete. While being both encouraged and distracted by a close-knit group of friends, Tori slogs through parts on TV movies, tries to meet a normal guy and struggles to get out from under her sometimes burdensome family legacy and tabloid notoriety. While many events and people in the show mirror those in Tori’s (real) life, the show is a fictionalized version of her everyday life. Loni Anderson (WKRP) also stars.

    Moving on to the big players for our blog--TV Land and Nick@Nite. I'll start with Nick@Nite. They announced reality series Hi-Jinks' second season starts on Feb. 28. They also laid out plans for the marathon of the hit '90s sitcom Mad About You. The marathon starts April 10 and runs through April 13, 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. ET/PT each night. No regular timeslot has been announced yet. Mad is only one of the sitcoms coming this year. A Different World joins the Nick@Nite line-up in July. Home Improvement joins the line-up this September. Originally that was planned for June 2007, so they moved it up. And in a surprise move, Nick@Nite also acquired the '80s sitcom Designing Women starting this October. I think A Different World will be shared with Oxygen and Home Improvement will be shared with TBS. Mad About You leaves Lifetime Real Women in early March, so Nick@Nite has exclusive cable rights when they start airing it. And I think Designing Women is also exclusive, marking the end of its long run on Lifetime.
    TV Land detailed its three-part black history special That's What I'm Talking About, gave details on its airing of the 1967 movie Barefoot in the Park, and detailed episodes of Living in TV Land, which comes in March. We announced that Benson was coming to TV Land in June, today they announced that 227 comes in July and The Jeffersons returns in September. 227 will likely be shared with TV One, similar to how Good Times is being shared right now between those two. They also detailed that the Universal library deal started this month, in which they can air The A-Team, Knight Rider, Miami Vice and Simon & Simon in limited airings and specials. Currently The A-Team and Miami Vice have made the schedule.
    For COMPLETE details on the Nick@Nite and TV Land TCA Tour (a must read!), click here. You can also share your thoughts on all of these acquisitions there, too.

    Tomorrow Hallmark, A&E, SOAPnet, and the NBC Universal networks are up. Hopefully some surprises show up like today.

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    Tuesday, January 10, 2006

    I'm Back; TCA Winter Press Tour: Cable Networks Edition

    Well, I'm back! Todd did a wonderful job filling in the 2+ plus weeks that I was away for. He brought some great scoops to the table such as Family Ties coming to the Hallmark Channel, previewed some of the mid-season sitcoms such as Crumbs, Four Kings and Emily's Reasons Why Not, and he also brought news from the DVD world.

    The TCA Winter Press Tour started today. The cable networks are first up. Here is a breakdown of the networks involved:

    * Tuesday, January 10
    Disney Channel, Scripps Networks, BET, National Geographic Channel, TV One, Oxygen, Current, E! Entertainment Television
    * Wednesday, January 11
    Court TV, BBC America, Lifetime, The Weather Channel, Rainbow Networks, MTV Networks
    * Thursday, January 12
    Hallmark Channel, A&E Networks, SoapNet, Sundance Channel, ESPN, NBCU Cable, GSN
    * Friday, January 13
    Discovery Networks, HDNet, FX, HBO, The Biography Channel

    The networks will announce their programming plans, both original and acquired. Some of the things to expect are details of the new TV Land three-part special That's What I'm Talking About and all the original movies with big name stars on the Hallmark Channel. TV Land is also will unveil what is coming sitcoms wise in 2006 besides Benson (which is in June). So stay tuned, it should be a fun week!

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    Sitcom Stars Todd Bridges and Dave Coulier on Skating with Celebrities - Premieres on January 18 on FOX

    Todd Bridges and Jenni Meno
    Skating with Celebrities premieres on FOX on Wednesday, January 18th at 9PM ET/PT.

    SKATING WITH CELEBRITIES partners six famous personalities with six professional figure skaters to compete for an unprecedented figure skating title. Hosted by Olympic gold medalist and world champion Scott Hamilton and co-hosted by Olympic gold medalist Summer Sanders, the show features some of the most recognized and celebrated names in professional figure skating and a mix of celebrities who span a wide spectrum within the entertainment industry. Collectively the participants have won 40 World Championship medals and 11 Olympic medals.

    Over the course of these themed episodes, the celebrities and their professional partners will perform figure skating routines that challenge the celebs’ athletic and artistic abilities and push them to prepare and perform in ways they’ve never done before. Each episode will test the pairs’ skills as the degree of difficulty increases and they demonstrate whether they can successfully pull off original and challenging skating sequences – or freeze under pressure.

    Dave Coulier and Nancy Kerrigan

    • Actor/comedian Dave Coulier (“Full House”) with two-time Olympic figure skating medalist Nancy Kerrigan

    • Olympic decathlon gold medalist and television personality Bruce Jenner with world champion pairs figure skater Tai Babilonia

    • Actor Todd Bridges (“Diff’rent Strokes”) with three-time U.S. national pairs figure skating champion and world championship medalist Jenni Meno

    • Actress Kristy Swanson (“Dude, Where’s My Car?”, “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”) with two-time Olympic pairs figure skating medalist and world champion Lloyd Eisler

    • Singer/songwriter/actress Deborah Gibson with four-time world figure skating champion Kurt Browning

    • Television personality, reporter and weather forecaster Jillian Barberie (“Good Day LA,” “FOX NFL Sunday,” “Good Morning, Miami”) with three-time U.S. pairs figure skating champion and world championship medalist John Zimmerman

    Olympic gold medalist, world figure skating champion and American icon Dorothy Hamill is one of three judges of the unique competition. Hamill, with her extensive expertise in all aspects of the sport and artistry of skating, will help decide which pairs move forward in the competition. Joining her as judges are World Figure Skating Hall of Famer and renowned figure skating coach Sir John Nicks and on-air personality and founder of International Figure Skating magazine Mark Lund.

    The six pairs have the benefit of working with a professional figure skating choreographer during the competition. Five-time U.S. national ice dance champion and Emmy Award-winning choreographer Michael Seibert, U.S. and world figure skating champion and director/choreographer Randy Gardner, and three-time U.S. ice dance champion Renee Roca worked with the pairs to help craft the challenging and exciting routines they perform in each episode. SKATING WITH CELEBRITIES is produced by A. Smith & Co. Productions. Arthur Smith and Kent Weed are executive producers.

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    Monday, January 09, 2006

    Gidget and The Flying Nun Coming Sooner Than Expected on DVD; Bewitched S3 and The Bob Newhart Show S3 Announced

    Gidget - The Complete Series
    March is shaping up to be a big month for 1960's sitcoms on DVD. Hogan's Heroes - The Complete Third Season and I Dream of Jeannie - The Complete First Season (Original Black & White Edition) (also available in a Colorized Edition) were previously announced. Today, TVShowsonDVD.com reported that Gidget - The Complete Series, The Flying Nun - The Complete First Season, and Bewitched - The Complete Third Season will all be available on March 21. The March date for Gidget and The Flying Nun is a lot sooner than the fall 2006 date that was rumored a few weeks ago. Click on the below links to go to the TVShowsonDVD.com news items and view the artwork:

  • Bewitched - All 33 episodes from Season 3 will be available on March 21. This was the first season that originally aired in color, so that's the only version being offered this time. No special features will be included.

  • The Bob Newhart Show - Season 3 will be released on April 11. Look for a guest appearance by John Ritter this season. No extras have been announced yet.

  • The Brady Bunch - High-resolution 3-D Box Art for the final fifth season, coming March 7, posted at the link.

  • The Doris Day Show - Cover art for the third season, coming May 30, has been posted at the link.

  • The Flying Nun - The first season of Sally Field's later sitcom will be released by Sony on March 21. An interview with Sally Field will be included as a special feature.

  • Gidget - All 32 episodes of the one and only season of Gidget will be released on March 21 by Sony. Extras will include the original pilot episode and an interview with Sally Field.



  • ABC Loves Tom Hanks - Saturdays 8PM Movie of the Week:

    February 11: "The Green Mile"
    February 18: "Cast Away"
    February 25: "Forrest Gump"


  • TV Land Wednesday Changes

    The Wednesday TV Land changes will remain in effect until
    the end of the month (Jan 11, 18, 25):

    9:30p The Andy Griffith Show
    11:00p Good Times
    11:30p Good Times
    12:00a The Andy Griffith Show
    12:30a The Andy Griffith Show


    Pavan makes his long-awaited return from his three-week vacation tomorrow. I'm sure he will have lots of news and scoops to report on in the upcoming days. This was my first blogging experience, and I enjoyed it. I hope you found it interesting and informative. I'll continue to send Pavan news, and post some special feature articles from time to time.
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    Sunday, January 08, 2006

    Family Ties Airs on the Hallmark Channel Starting January 23rd; Will Family Ties Ever Come To DVD?; Michael J. Fox Returns To ABC

    Family Ties
    Family Ties will air on the Hallmark Channel in the US
    starting Monday, January 23rd. It will air weekdays at 4:00 and 4:30PM ET/PT. Family Ties last aired reguarly in the US on cable on TV Land in November 2004. Before TV Land, it aired on Nick at Nite for awhile. Its longest run on cable was when it aired on TBS for a number of years. Visit our fan site, Family Ties Online, for all you need to know about the series. You can talk about the show on our message board, and discuss whether you liked Steven Keaton with or without the beard.


    Family Ties on DVD News:

    One of the most frequently asked questions (the #1 asked question is: what was the name of the Alex/Ellen song - "At This Moment" by Billy Vera and The Beaters) I get through the site is:

    Is Family Ties available on DVD?

    Unfortunately, the answer is no. TVShowsOnDVD.com first reported back in September 2004 that Paramount was working on the first season DVD release for the first half of 2005. At some point, the show was dropped from the list of shows that Paramount was planning on and the release never materialized. In the July 8, 2005 issue of Entertainment Weekly, Michael Arkin, senior VP of marketing at Paramount Home Entertainment, was quoted as saying "Although there is no release date confirmed, we are looking into all possibilities and appreciate hearing from the fans about it."

    Family Ties is arguably the most popular and successful sitcom of the 1980's that has yet to be released on DVD. With so many '80s sitcoms scheduled to be released this year (Diff'rent Strokes, Growing Pains, Charles in Charge, Gimme A Break, The Golden Girls, The Cosby Show, Kate & Allie, etc.), I hope that the show will be put back on their radar for a possible release.

    What can you as a fan do to tell Paramount that you would be interested in purchasing the show on DVD? Here are two suggestions:

    1) Vote for it at TVShowsonDVD.com . Registration is free there, and you can vote for shows that you would like to see available on DVD. Family Ties is currently the #12 most requested unreleased show on their site.

    2) Sign up on Amazon.com with your e-mail address and they will let you know when the show is available to order. Signing up is also considered a vote for the release. They will let the studios know how many customers are waiting for the title.



    Michael J. Fox Returns to ABC

    Michael J. Fox

    Michael J. Fox makes his first appearance on "Boston Legal" on Tuesday, January 10th at 10PM ET/PT on ABC. He will be in three episodes as a charismatic and dynamic CEO named Daniel Post who's battling stage four lung cancer.

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    Saturday, January 07, 2006

    Crumbs Premieres on ABC on January 12th

    Crumbs
    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 that Mom was crazy. Coming this mid-season to ABC is a sitcom that brings full laughs and nothing predictable happens along the way. The sitcom Crumbs is one of the funniest four-camera sitcoms to hit the airwaves in years. And it's coming to a television near you starting Jan. 12, airing Thursdays at 9:30/8:30 central only on ABC!

    "Crumbs" stars Fred Savage ("The Wonder Years") as Mitch Crumb, Jane Curtin (two-time Emmy Award winner for "Kate & Allie," "SNL," "3rd Rock from the Sun") as Suzanne Crumb, William Devane ("Knots Landing," "24") as Billy Crumb, Eddie McClintock as Jody Crumb, Maggie Lawson as Andrea Malone and Reginald Ballard as Elvis. Estranged brothers Mitch and Jody Crumb reunite in their small hometown to deal with their mother, Suzanne, who is being discharged from a psychiatric facility and has yet to discover that her ex-husband is about to have a baby with his new girlfriend. They have issues... major issues.

    Read our review of the pilot episode here.

    Discuss the show after you watch it on Thursday on our message board.

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  • Fred Savage Is Picking Up Acting Career (article)
  • 'Crumbs' Turns Family Pain into Dark Comedy (article)
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    Friday, January 06, 2006

    FOX Pulls Bateman-Bateman Arrested Development Reunion Episode From Schedule; Other TV Notes

    Justine and Jason Bateman
  • Next week's episode of Arrested Development, which was going to feature a reunion of Justine and Jason Bateman, has apparently been pulled from the schedule by FOX. They are airing a rerun of "House" instead according to the FOX.com website. No word on if or when the four remaining episodes will air. The show could be moving to Showtime or ABC next season. Discuss the fate of Arrested Development on our message board.

  • Speaking of "House," it will begin airing on the USA Network starting tonight at 11PM ET/PT (right after "Monk"). They are starting with the pilot episode and will go in order from there. It will air every week on Fridays at 11PM ET/PT.

  • George Lopez is executive producing a pilot for ABC starring Lisa, Christina, and Tanya Vidal. It will be based on the Vidal's real-life and centered on the three sisters and their racially mixed families.

  • Drake Bell, the star of Nickeloden's popular sitcom "Drake & Josh," is recovering from injuries, including a broken jaw and severe cuts, he suffered in a car accident. The series debuted on Nickelodeon in January 2004 and regularly draws 3 million viewers a week. Drake Bell's other sitcom appearances include Seinfeld, Caroline in the City, The Drew Carey Show, and Home Improvement.

  • ABC's telecast of the Rose Bowl game between Texas and USC drew an average of 35.6 million viewers on Wednesday night. It drew 21.7 of U.S. households. It was the most-viewed bowl game since 1987, and the highest rated pro (non Super Bowl) or college game on ABC in the same period. Whoa Nelly, what a game!

  • The annual WPIX New Year’s “Honeymooners” marathon once again proved to be among the most popular programs of the New Year’s holiday on New York Television. “The Honeymooners” marathon, which was seen from 12:30 am until 5 pm New Year’s Day on WPIX Channel 11 (The WB11), Tribune Broadcasting’s WB Television Network Affiliate, peaked with a whopping 359,000 viewers for the episode, “Brother Ralph,” which was seen from 12:30 pm to 1:00 pm on January 1. “Brother Ralph,” wherein Jackie Gleason’s Ralph Kramden is laid-off from his job as bus driver, forcing Audrey Meadows’ Alice to find work, won its time period handily, more than 100,000 viewers ahead of its nearest competitor according to Nielsen Station Index (NSI) overnight Local People Meter (LPM) ratings. It was a remarkable performance for a ,TV program which is 50 years old. In “Brother Ralph,” Alice can find a job only by pretending to be the only single woman in an office staffed completely by men, a turn of events that prompts significant jealousy by husband Ralph.

  • Debmar-Mercury distribution company has acquired the domestic television distribution rights for ALF. They are looking to off-license it, so we could see ALF reruns return to cable and local syndication in the future.
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    Thursday, January 05, 2006

    Emily's Reasons Why Not Premieres and Jake in Progress Returns on ABC on January 9th

    Heather Graham
    Based on the bestselling novel of the same title, Heather Graham stars in this comedy about one independent woman’s adventures in life, friendship, love and their infinite possibilities… Coming this mid-season to ABC is a sitcom that will bring both women and men together in a divine way. Emily's Reasons Why Not is a fast-paced sitcom, a la Jake in Progress (which follows Emily at 9:30), that will lure both women and men together. Women because they will want to know the reasons why not about dating and men because, well, Heather Graham is in it.

    "Emily's Reasons Why Not" stars Heather Graham as Emily, Nadia Dajani as Reilly, Khary Payton as Josh, and Smith Cho as Glitter. It premieres on Monday, January 9th on ABC at 9:00 PM ET/PT. Mondays at 9:00 PM ET/PT is the regular timeslot.

    Read our review of the pilot episode here.

    Discuss the show after you watch it on Monday on our message board.

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  • Emily's Reasons Why Not Photo Gallery


    John Stamos

    John Stamos returns to television in a fast-paced new comedy series about a smooth-as-silk celebrity publicist who tries to spin his professional and personal life in the best possible light, but doesn't quite always succeed, in Jake in Progress.

    Jake Progress aired for 13 episodes last season on ABC. It returns on Monday, January 9th at 9:30 PM/ET. Mondays at 9:30 PM/ET is the regular timeslot. The series stars John Stamos, Rick Hoffman, Wendie Malick, Charlotte Ross, and Dondre T. Whitfield. Ross and Whitfield are new cast members this season.

    Discuss the show after you watch it on Monday on our message board.

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  • Stamos Progresses as 'Jake' Returns
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    Wednesday, January 04, 2006

    2006 Sitcoms on DVD Preview


    Today, we look at some sitcoms that are scheduled to be released on DVD sometime in 2006. We will also offer some of our own predictions of some new and returning sitcoms that we feel will have some chance to be available.

    In 2005, the sale of TV Shows on DVD generated more than $2 billion in sales. Currently, there are over 5,400 TV related DVDs on the market. We expect that number to grow to over 6,000 by the end of the year. 2006 looks to be a big year for 1980's sitcoms as there will be several first-time releases as well as shows returning with additional seasons. There are currently over 150 different sitcoms available. It would not surprise us for that number to be near 200 by the end of the year.

    The below links go to Amazon.com where you can pre-order these titles at up to 30% off their list price. We are an affiliate of Amazon.com and receive a commission for each sale. Please consider ordering through our links. Thanks for your support!


    01/03:
    All in the Family - The Complete Fifth Season
    1st & Ten - Season 1
    1st & Ten - Season 2

    Comments: All in the Family returns after a nine-month break. I'm sure fans would like to see more than one season released per year as has been the case so far. I'm not sure why they are offering 1st & Ten season sets when the complete series can be bought at Walmart for under $20. The episodes on the complete series release are on six double-sided discs, and there are reportedly some altered and missing scenes.




    01/17:
    Doogie Howser, M.D. - Season Three
    Good Morning, World - The Complete Series
    The Mary Tyler Moore Show - The Complete Third Season
    Titus - Season 3

    Comments: Doogie has been released at about the rate of one season every 5-6 months. We have heard April 18th as the date for the final fourth season. Good Morning, World was a one-year wonder that helped give Goldie Hawn her start. I'm sure Mary Tyler Moore fans are excited to see season 3 released only 6 months after season 2. That sure beats the three year wait between the first and second seasons. This is Titus' third and final season. Give this show a try if you like dark comedies.




    01/31:
    All-American Girl - The Complete Series
    Archie Bunker's Place - The Complete First Season
    Diff'rent Strokes - The Complete Second Season
    Drake & Josh Go Hollywood - The Movie

    Comments: Margaret Cho's sitcom All-American Girl, which ran for only one season, brought an Asian-American family to a television series for the first time. I'm a bit surprised that we are seeing Archie Bunker's Place before All in the Family is finished. It ran for four seasons, and there are four seasons left of All in the Family to be released, so maybe we will see some faster releases. Diff'rent Strokes returns after a 16-month break. Whatchoo talkin' bout Sony? This series needs to be released at a much faster rate.




    02/07:
    Grounded for Life - Season One
    Growing Pains - The Complete First Season
    Hearts Afire - The Complete Third Season

    Comments: Grounded for Life makes it debut on DVD. It ran for five seasons from 2001-2005 on FOX and TheWB. You can show me that smile again as Growing Pains comes to DVD with some nice bonus features, including scenes from the unaired pilot which featured a different Carol Seaver. This is Hearts Afire's third and final season. The series starred John Ritter, Markie Post, and Billy Bob Thornton.




    02/14:
    The Andy Griffith Show - The Complete Fifth Season
    Charles in Charge - The Complete First Season
    The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air - The Complete Third Season
    Gimme A Break - Season One
    The Golden Girls - The Complete Fourth Season
    Living Single - The Complete First Season
    Significant Others (2004) - The Complete Series

    Comments: Paramount is really flying through The Andy Griffith Show seasons. If only every sitcom were released at their rate! I think there's an excellent chance that all nine seasons will be available by the end of the year. Another 80's sitcom makes it debut on DVD: Charles in Charge. The first season aired on CBS before it moved to syndication several years later. A bonus episode from the second season will also be included. Will Smith and company return for The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air's third season -- only four months after the last release. This show is enormously popular on Nick at Nite, so I'm not surprised at the quickness of the releases. Gimme A Break is my most anticipated release of February. I remember watching it on the USA Network in the late 1990's, but the episodes were badly cut up. It will be a joy to see them unedited for the first time. The Golden Girls is back after only a three-month break. We could have the complete series by the end of the year at that rate. Living Single aired on FOX for five seasons from 1993-1998. The series starred Queen Latifah, Kim Fields, Erika Alexander, Kim Coles, John Henton, and T.C. Carson. Significant Others was an improv sitcom that ran on Bravo for two seasons in 2004. Only 12 episodes were produced.




    02/21:
    Action - The Complete Series
    3rd Rock From the Sun - Season 3

    Comments: Action ran on FOX in 1999. Only 13 episodes were produced. Jay Mohr, Illeana Douglas, and Buddy Hackett starred. 3rd Rock From the Sun returns after only four months since the last release. Fans of these shows must love the short wait between seasons.




    02/28:

    The Adventures of Pete & Pete - Season Three
    The Beverly Hillbillies - Ultimate Collection, Volume 2
    The Drew Carey Show - Television Favorites
    Ellen - The Complete Season Three
    NewsRadio - The Complete Third Season
    Night Court - Television Favorites
    Welcome Back, Kotter - Television Favorites

    Comments: The Adventures of Pete & Pete's third season comes just three months after the second season was released. This Beverly Hillbillies release will include 27 episodes of the series. It will be up to Paramount to release the remaining episodes as MPI only had the rights for a limited amount. Ellen's third season comes out nearly a year after the second season release by A&E. NewsRadio's third season was delayed a bit as they wanted to record some commentaries for the episodes. The Drew Carey Show, Night Court, and Welcome Back Kotter are being released as part of Warner Brothers Television Favorites lineup. These releases will include six episodes of that particular series. The Drew Carey Show and Welcome Back, Kotter were Best Buy exclusvies originally, but they will be widely available on this date. If you are a fan of these shows, I think it is important that you support these sets. They are usually very inexpensive. I would think if they have strong sales for these releases, it will increase the chances of season sets greatly. Night Court fans might be disappointed as season 1 was already released, but maybe they didn't sell as well as expected. I think the Markie Post years are more popular. Some early seasons of sitcoms are not the best, and unfortunately if those first season releases don't sell well, studios seem to push off future releases.




    03/07:
    The Brady Bunch - The Complete Fifth Season
    The Cosby Show - Season 2
    The Flintstones - The Complete Fifth Season
    Hogan's Heroes - The Complete Third Season
    Three's Company - Season 6

    Comments: This is The Brady Bunch's last season. Kudos to Paramount for releasing the entire series in a little over a year! It was a bit disappointing, however, that only the first season had any special features. The Cosby Show returns after a seven-month break. These episodes will be the original network versions and not the syndicated versions that they used on the first season set. Hogan's Heroes continues to be released about every six months. Three's Company has also been released at about the rate of one season every six months. You can expect the usual big amount of extras on this set.




    03/14:
    I Dream of Jeannie - The Complete First Season (Original Black & White Edition)
    I Dream of Jeannie - The Complete First Season (Colorized Edition)

    Comments: This was recently announced by Sony. There will be two versions available for this release just like Bewitched: original black & white and colorized. Special features will include commentaries on the pilot episode and other cast interviews. An I Dream of Jeannie theatrical movie, starring Jimmy Fallon, will be released in September 2006. We could see the second season then.




    03/21:
    Roseanne - Season 3

    Comments: Roseanne's third season is on the schedule after about only five months since season two was released. We can once again expect the original network versions, just like season 2.




    04/04:
    Full House - The Complete Third Season

    Comments: Full House is hugely popular as new generations discover it on Nick at Nite. I'm sure these sets sell like hotcakes. It will only be a four-month break since season two was available.




    05/02:
    That Girl - Season 1

    Comments: Nine episodes of That Girl were released in 2001 by Anchor Bay. That seems like quite a rare set. It would cost you an arm and a leg (currently $210) to buy that release now from Amazon.com marketplace sellers. A better bet would be to rent it from Netflix. Shout! Factory will release all 30 episodes from the first season on this date.




    05/30:
    A Different World - Season 2
    The Doris Day Show - Season 3

    Comments: A Different World will return after about a six-month break between releases. We can expect this set to have the original broadcast versions and not the syndicated versions which were used on the first season release. The Doris Day Show will be released by MPI. A Doris Day Special will be available on the same date. The first two seasons of this series had some nice bonus features.




    06/27:
    Alice - Television Favorites
    Perfect Strangers - Television Favorites
    Step by Step - Television Favorites

    Comments: Alice will be a 6-episode release as part of a Television Favorites set. Visitors to SitcomsOnline.com helped select some of the episodes that were chosen for this set. The episodes are listed here. Perfect Strangers is another 6-episode Television Favorites release. SitcomsOnline.com visitors helped vote for episodes that they would like to see on this set, but we haven't heard which episodes the studio has selected yet. Step by Step is the third Television Favorites release set scheduled for this date. If these sets sell enough, it seems possible we could see season sets in the future.

  • The release dates were compiled with the help of vashti1999's 2006 TV-DVD Release List and news items from TVShowsonDVD.com



    Other Sitcoms Expected On DVD In 2006:

    No official dates have been announced yet, but these are expected to be released in 2006.

    New Shows:

  • The Comeback - Lisa Kudrow's short-lived comedy on HBO is expected sometime in 2006. The show had only a 13-episode run.
  • Dinosaurs - It is expected that the series first and second seasons will be released combined sometime in 2006, possibly in the second quarter.
  • Designing Women - Sony has tentative plans to release the first season in early 2006. A Best-of special was previously released a few years ago.
  • Family Affair - The first season of the 1960's classic is slated to be released by MPI in April.
  • Family Matters - A six-episode set as part of Warner Brothers Television Favorites lineup is expected sometime in 2006, possibly in June.
  • The Flying Nun - Sony is said to be working on a first season release for the fall of 2006.
  • Get Smart - HBO is working on a release for sometime in 2006.
  • Gidget - Sally Field's earlier sitcom is expected to be available from Sony in the fall of 2006.
  • Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. - We originally heard the first quarter 2006 or January 2006 for Gomer, but that seems to have been pushed back. We still anticipate it sometime in 2006.
  • Kate & Allie - We heard back in December that the first season is expected from Universal in the spring 2006. A bonus episode of Kate & Allie will be included on the 02/14 release of Gimme A Break if you can't wait that long.
  • The Love Boat - Paramount is said to be working on a release for this year, possibly for August. John Ritter, Suzanne Somers, Scott Baio, Meredith Baxter, Richard Mulligan, Robert Reed, Dick Sargent, Don Adams, and so many more guest starred. And that's just season one!
  • Mama's Family - Warner Brothers is considering a release of Mama's Family for 2006. This will be a full-season set, and not one of those 6-episode best-of deals.
  • Maude - Sony has said Maude is in the works. It will likely be paired up with a future All in the Family release.
  • The Odd Couple - Paramount is said to be working on a release for the spring 2006, possibly in April.
  • Police Squad! - Paramount is scoping out this 6-episode series for a possible release in 2006.
  • Wings - We originally heard about a February 7th release date for seasons 1 and 2 of Wings. It seems that date has been pushed back as we still haven't heard any official announcement about it or seen any artwork. We will keep you posted on any new information as it develops.

    Returning Shows:

  • Boy Meets World - This fourth season set was delayed from a January 2006 release. No new date has been announced yet.
  • Cheers - More seasons of Cheers are expected in 2006.
  • Frasier - More seasons of Frasier are expected in 2006.
  • Good Times - The final sixth season should be released in 2006.
  • The Jeffersons - More of The Jeffersons are expected in 2006.
  • M*A*S*H - Season 10 will likely come from Fox in June.
  • Seinfeld - We will surely see Seasons 7-9 in 2006. If they follow the same schedule as 2005, we should see Season 7 in May and Seasons 8-9 around Thanksgiving. No official dates have been announced yet. Those are just my guesses.
  • Taxi - More of Taxi is expected from Paramount in 2006.
  • Three's Company - We've heard June 6th for the seventh season. The final eighth season appears to be headed to DVD in the fall.




    Predictions:

    These are my predictions and opinions only. Some of them probably have zero chance, but I still have them on my wishlist. None of these titles have been announced.

    Returning and New Shows:

  • Bosom Buddies - This one was rumored as far back as 2003. It needs to be put back on the map. The Complete Series of Bosom Buddies would make a great gift. Tom Hanks is a name that everybody recognizes. Not many people have seen his early work on this under-rated series though.
  • Chico and the Man - I hope that the Television Favorites set sold enough copies to warrant a full season release.
  • Dharma & Greg - Thomas Gibson and Jenna Elfman are both on prime-time CBS shows. I think we will see Season 1 sometime this year.
  • The Facts of Life - I think the case is strong for a release. It is currently the #5 most requested unreleased show at TVShowsonDVD.com . Most of the core group of fans are in that coveted 18-49 age group that have a lot of money to spend on DVDs. This looks to be a big year for '80s sitcoms DVD releases. Hopefully Sony will pair it up with Diff'rent Strokes this year.
  • Family Ties - This seems like the year for '80s sitcoms making their first appearance on DVD. This is a hugely popular and highly wanted sitcom. Family Ties was one of the best. It deserves a DVD release.
  • Happy Days - I predict we will Season 2. Music licensing rights and lower than expected sales to cover those rights seemed to have delayed it. I hope things can be worked out. If they need to charge a little extra for the licensing, I think most fans would happily pay it to preserve the original music. I believe much less music was used in the later seasons than the early seasons.
  • Here Comes the Brides - Sony seems to be considering it for sometime in 2006.
  • Laverne & Shirley - I think it's being delayed because of Happy Days. Once that is worked out, I would expect to see Season 2. I don't remember much music being used in Laverne & Shirley, so that shouldn't be a major factor.
  • The Lucy Show - With I Love Lucy's sixth and final season set to be released on May 2nd, I think we will see the start of season sets for another one of Lucille Ball's series.
  • Mork & Mindy - It's connected to Happy Days and Laverne & Shirley. I think we will Season 2 once the music licensing rights issues for Happy Days are worked out. Mork & Mindy didn't seem to use much music. There was one disc on the first season set that mentioned that some music had been changed for this home entertainment version. This show really hasn't been over-exposed on cable in recent years.
  • One Day at a Time - Season 1 was mentioned as coming soon in one of Sony's booklets that you find in their DVD sets in 2004. It has never materialized, but I predict this is the year for it. The show coming to Comcast's On Demand service could also be a positive sign.
  • The Phil Silvers Show - Paramount is rumored to have it on their list of classic shows coming to DVD.
  • The Ropers - I think we will see the Three's Company spin-offs released after Three's Company is finished.
  • Silver Spoons - This one seems like a bit of a longshot. A lot of '80s sitcoms are being released this year and if they have big sales...you never know. Does an online petition with 2,300+ signatures help its cause?
  • Three's a Crowd - This seems like a possibility after Three's Company wraps up.
  • WKRP in Cincinnati - If they can do the music licensing rights for Freaks and Geeks, why not WKRP?
  • The Wonder Years - The first season had like only six episodes. Music licensing rights are a major issue, but hopefully a company like Shout! Factory could work on this set. Currently the #4 most requested unreleased show at TVShowsonDVD.com .

    I would also predict that we will see additional seasons for ALF, All in the Family, Arrested Development, The Beverly Hillbillies, Bewitched, The Bob Newhart Show, Charles in Charge, The Cosby Show, Diff'rent Strokes, Ellen, Everybody Loves Raymond, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Full House, Gimme A Break, The Golden Girls, Green Acres, Grounded for Life, Growing Pains, Hogan's Heroes, Home Improvement, The King of Queens, Leave it to Beaver, Married with Children, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, My Favorite Martian, The Nanny, NewsRadio, Night Court, The Partridge Family, Reba, Scrubs, The Simpsons, That '70s Show, 3rd Rock From the Sun, Too Close for Comfort, and Who's the Boss?.




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    Tuesday, January 03, 2006

    Four Kings Premieres on NBC on January 5th



    Barry, Bobby, Ben and Jason couldn't imagine life without one another. Since childhood, these bosom buddies haven't spent so much as a birthday apart, but when Ben's grandmother, who dubbed them the "Four Kings of New York," passes away, Ben inherits her apartment and decides to share it with his lifelong friends. But despite the comfort of their posh new surroundings and efforts to cling to their youth, adulthood begins drawing these Four Kings knee-deep into situations that aren't always easy to escape in this honest exploration of life-term friendship.

    Four Kings stars Josh Cooke, Seth Green, Todd Grinnell, and Shane McRae. It is from David Kohan and Max Mutchnick, the creative team behind Will & Grace. The series debut is on Thursday, January 5th at 8:30 PM/ET on NBC.

    Read our review of the pilot and first two episodes here.

    Discuss the show after you watch it on Thursday on our message board.

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    Monday, January 02, 2006

    One Day at a Time Coming to Comcast's On Demand Service; I Dream of Jeannie, The Doris Day Show, and A Different World DVD Updates


    One Day at a Time is set to be available on Comcast's On Demand Service on January 4th. It looks like the first four episodes will be available at the start with another episode added each week. Comcast currently offers Diff'rent Strokes, The Facts of Life, and The Three Stooges on the free service to Digital subscribers in their TV Entertainment/Tubetime section. They generally rotate the episodes every 4-6 weeks or so. Currently, they have Season 3 of Diff'rent Strokes and Season 2 of The Facts of Life. You can search for shows here. It looks like they might be taking off Barney Miller. They've previously offered shows like The Partridge Family, Maude, and S.W.A.T.. This is a great service offered by Comcast as most of the episodes are completely unedited. I'm not sure if it varies from cable system to system, but the On Demand service is available on Channel 1 in my area. You can watch the episodes whenever you want. You can even fast forward, rewind, and pause them. Will this be good news for possible DVD releases of The Facts of Life and One Day at a Time? The shows they offer are all from Sony. It seems like they could be gauging interest for these series.

    TVShowsonDVD.com has reported on Sony's announcement of I Dream of Jeannie - The Complete First Season coming to DVD on March 14th. There will be two versions available. One will be colorized and the other in the original black & white. Bewitched's first two seasons were also available on DVD in these two versions. Extras for I Dream of Jeannie will include commentaries by Larry Hagman, Barabara Eden, and Bill Daily on the pilot plus new interviews in a featurette. Check out their news item for more details and artwork for the colorized version.

    The third season of The Doris Day Show will be released on May 30th according to TVShowsonDVD.com . A separate release of "The Doris Day Special", which aired in 1971 on CBS as The Doris Mary Anne Kappelhoff Special, will be available on the same date. Read their news item for more information. The first two releases for The Doris Day show were excellent and offered a lot of special features. Check out our reviews for Season 1 and Season 2.

    A Different World - Season 2 will be released on May 30th according to TVShowsonDVD.com . All 22 episodes will be on the set for a suggested retail price of $24.99. You can pre-order it now at Amazon.com at 28% off. UrbanWorks Entertainment used syndicated prints for the first season like they did for the first season release for The Cosby Show. They told us back in September that they will use the original network versions for seasons 2-6 of A Different World. They will do the same for The Cosby Show staring with season 2.

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    Sunday, January 01, 2006

    Welcome in 2006 with TV Land and Sleuth TV; Daytime WB Starts Tomorrow!


    Happy New Year! I know everyone will be sleeping in today after celebrating the end of 2005 last night and the beginning of 2006. But nevertheless, we move on! TV Land will celebrate today with 1st episodes of classic TV series. You will see the two-hour first episodes of classic dramas Knight Rider, The A-Team, & Miami Vice. Classic laughers What's Happening!!, Andy Griffith, Good Times, Sanford & Son and All in the Family. That is just some of what you'll see today. So get up from that bed and head to the couch to watch some classic first episodes!

    And a reminder, Sleuth TV debuts today. You can see classic Universal dramas all day and night. Simon & Simon, Knight Rider, A-Team, Miami Vice, Homicide, and The Equalizer are just some of the shows they will air. Don't forget the Miami Vice marathon tomorrow and Tuesday in primetime. And the pilot marathon in primetime of shows like JAG, Columbo, Rockford Files and Magnum, P.I. the rest of thre week.

    Finally we leave you today reminding you to tune in to The WB tomorrow afternoon and every afternoon starting tomorrow. Weekdays from 3 to 5 p.m., a new block called "Daytime WB" will replace the weekday showing of "Kids' WB." The launch schedule has the drama ER at 3 p.m. and two back-to-back episodes of sitcom 8 Simple Rules at 4 & 4:30 p.m. Both shows will start with the pilot episode and air in order. Yes, the John Ritter 8 Simple Rules episodes will be seen once again! Get those tapes ready!

    --This post was previously recorded in advance by the vacationing Pavan.

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