Sunday, April 30, 2006

Week 32 First Four Day Ratings; How the Sitcoms Did

Week 32 numbers (first four nights, Mon-Thu):

Households: CBS: 9.5/15.0; FOX 8.8/13.7; NBC: 6.4/10.1; ABC: 4.7/7.4; The WB: 2.4/3.7; UPN 1.8/2.8.
Total Viewers: CBS 14.65 million; FOX: 14.42 million; NBC: 9.61 million; ABC: 7.07 million; The WB: 3.53 million; UPN: 2.68 million.
Adults 18-49: FOX 5.9/15.5; CBS: 4.6/12.1; NBC: 3.6/9.5; ABC: 2.6/6.9; The WB: 1.5/3.9; UPN: 1.3/3.3.

Analysis: May sweeps started on Thursday, so we are down to the wire. Before Thursday it was very slow in the ratings, besides that Idol show and House. Fox again had a strong Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. 24 was first in its 9 p.m. timeslot with 13.03 million viewers (Two and a Half Men won the 9 p.m. half hour for CBS) and a strong 5.2 rating in A18-49. Prison Break before that was second place in A18-49 and total viewers. CBS's comedies were all new, except The King of Queens. Monday's highest rated show, CSI: Miami, was just that with 18.74 million, nearly doubling the next nearest program (Medium 9.76 million). ABC's What Abut Brian only could pull 5.38 million losing a lot of its Supernanny lead-in (which did 8.57 million). Tuesday was all Fox with American Idol & House, with 28.67 and 24.52 million viewers. House was up even more from last week. This could be the highest rated episode yet (also a stunning 9.9 A18-49 rating). CBS's dramas did well against them but everything else was anemic, like usual. ABC's Less Than Perfect was up from its season premiere by one million viewers, with 5.42 million. Wednesday it was a little better for the other networks but still Fox's Idol was too much for everyone with 28.27 million. Lost was not really airing, as a clip show aired that scored 11.95 million viewers, good for second in its slot. CBS's Criminal Minds was a repeat but like most of CBS's other crime dramas, they do well against AI. Deal or No Deal scored 15.24 million viewers for NBC to start the night. The mindless game show is their big hit of the season, more than My Name is Earl even (which is dropping each week). Thursday it was all CBS in a big way. CBS's Survivor easily won in total viewers and adults 18-49 at 8 p.m. CBS won the 9 and 10 p.m. hours with new episodes of CSI and Without a Trace scoring 27.36 and 17.93 million. Losing 10 million viewers from CSI is concerning for Without a Trace. Rumors that the show will be moving to another night are becoming more strong. NBC's comedies were all down big, especially My Name is Earl. Earl only scored 9.05 million viewers, down a lot from what it usually does for an original episode. Commander in Chief faced all original competion in its third week on Thursdays, and it wasn't too good, only doing 6.51 million...the aging ER did even 12.34 million . Friday saw CBS winning with its dramas and The Daytime Emmys did just average for ABC. Saturday saw decent numbers again for CBS. With old faithful 48 Hours Mystery doing a 5.6/11 rating to close the night. FOX will win the week in adults 18-49, but CBS will win in total viewers. Can ABC catch NBC after tonight? It'll be close. But it won't be close tonight as EM: Home Edition and DH, & GA are all-new!.


Monday Sitcoms

  • The King of Queens (CBS) - 7 million tuned in for a repeat. Down from last week's 7.25 million for a repeat.
  • How I Met Your Mother (CBS) - New episode scored 7.6 million and 2.5 A18-49 rating. Can it survive without a good lead-in?
  • Two and a Half Men (CBS) - 14.47 million for an all-new episode. Easily the number one sitcom.
  • New Adventures of Old Christine (CBS) - 11.81 million tuned in, but this show was doing much better than that in its first few airings.
  • One on One (UPN), All of Us (UPN), Girlfriends (UPN), Half and Half (UPN) - All new and had usual numbers, peaking at 9 p.m. with over 3 million.


Tuesday Sitcoms

  • According to Jim (ABC) - Repeat only scored 4.11 million. Season finale is this week! Jim pregnant or is it a dream? Ah the power of male pregnancy.
  • Hope & Faith (ABC) 2 episodes - 2 all new episodes. 4 million at 8:30 and 5.6 million at 9 p.m. Final two episodes of the season (or series) will air this week.
  • Less than Perfect (ABC) - 5.42 million, much better than last week's 4.5 million. An episode will air next week before we have to wait until June for more new episodes.
  • Scrubs (NBC) 2 episodes - 3.08 million at 8:30 for a repeat is pathetic, but 6 million for a new show at 9 p.m. just beat ABC's competing comedy.
  • Teachers (NBC) - 4.7 million beat by the much better Less Than Perfect. But it did beat that comedy in A18-49 2.3 to 2.1.
Wednesday Sitcoms

Nothing!

Thursday Sitcoms

  • Will & Grace (NBC) - Winding down to the final episode. 7.58 million
  • That's 70s Show (FOX) 2 episodes - See above. 4.47 and 5.5 million for two all-new episodes.
  • My Name is Earl (NBC) 2 episodes - Repeat at 8:30 did 6.87 million. Regular 9pm airing jumped to 9.05 million, but that is way down from its average for a new episode. Only a 4.1 A18-49 rating too. The show usually does above a 5.0 A18-49 rating for new episodes.
  • The Office (NBC) - 7.85 million and a 3.9 A18-49 rating is decent enough for this show.
  • Everybody Hates Chris (UPN) - Only 3 million for a new episode. Wonder where CW will air it next fall?
  • Love, Inc. (UPN), Eve (UPN), Cuts (UPN) - CW doesn't have to worry about placing these anywhere. All under 2 million.

Friday Sitcoms

Reba and Modern Men: All-new and dead last.

Summing it up. Two and a Half Men & My Name is Earl, Adventures of Old Christine were impressive for the week. Everything else was OK (such as The Office, Will & Grace, How I Met Your Mother) or just plain old terrible (such as UPN Thursday, Scrubs 8:30, Modern Men).

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Saturday, April 29, 2006

Alaina Reed Hall vs. Clifton Davis Tonight on TV One; ABC's Free Episodes Online Debuts Monday

It's cold in Boston, just ask Alaina Reed Hall. Catch Bid Whist Party Throwdown 4 again tonight 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. on TV One. Alaina Reed Hall (227), Clifton Davis (Amen), Tico Wells and friends battle at bid whist for bragging rights and charity prizes. If you miss it tonight you can catch an encore on Sunday, May 7 from 8 to 10 p.m. followed by two "Rueben-themed" Amen episodes at 11 p.m. And again on Sunday, May 28 from 3 to 5 p.m. followed by two "Rose-themed" 227 episodes at 5 p.m.

And don't forget starting Monday, you can catch the current episode of Desperate Housewives, Lost, and Commander in Chief on abc.com. You can also catch every episode of the current season of Alias, too.
So, if you miss a few minutes of your favorite shows, you might want to watch them online. The episodes will only be there the next day or so, so it is better to watch them on TV and then rewatch them online if you miss a scene or two. It is a great back-up!

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Friday, April 28, 2006

New Original Sitcom for First-Run Syndication; Rosie in at 'The View'

Finally an original sitcom is coming to first-run syndication! There have been many series that are popular that have done well in the past debuting in first run syndication such as Charles in Charge, It's a Living, 9 to 5, and Small Wonder. Some not so popular such as She's the Sheriff.
Debmar-Mercury announced stations in ten markets are slated to air the first ten episodes of Tyler Perry’s first-run, original comedy series House Of Payne. Inspired by the independent film release model, Debmar-Mercury is distributing ten episodes of the series, which was created specifically for syndication, in a limited run this Spring/Summer with additional episodes to be available for national distribution in Fall 2007. The stations participating in the limited run this Spring/Summer represent all of the major station groups, including FOX, Tribune, CBS and Sinclair. Markets include New York, Houston, Chicago, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Atlanta, Dallas, Miami, Baltimore and Raleigh.
WWOR-My9 in New York and KTXH CH 20 in Houston will be the first to air the show, beginning on May 8.
House of Payne, about the comical situations that ensue when a multi-generational family lives under one roof, reflects Perry’s gift for delivering inspirational and uplifting stories with identifiable characters.
Stations slated to air the first ten episodes of House of Payne include: WWOR-My9 New York; KTXH-CH 20 Houston; WCIU-CH 26 Chicago; WPHL-CH 17 Philadelphia; WBDC-CH 50 Washington, DC; WTBS-CH 17 Atlanta; KTXA-CH 21 Dallas; WBFS-CH 33 Miami; WNUV-CH 54 Baltimore; and WRDC-CH 28 Raleigh.

More info on this will come, such as days and times.

Rosie O’Donnell is returning to daytime television as the replacement for Meredith Vieira on The View. An announcement was made today on the program. Extra and People Magazine first broke this news late yesterday. O'Donnell is of course famous for her own talk show The Rosie O'Donnell Show.

We will be back later possibly with more news. So just check back.

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Thursday, April 27, 2006

Network Update from Fox, NBC and My Network TV

Brad Garrett is coming back to a sitcom. This time on Fox. According to B&C, Fox has picked up 13 episodes of the Brad Garrett comedy ‘Til Death and the political thriller Vanished for next season. ‘Til Death, from Sony Pictures Television, stars Garrett and Joely Fisher as a long-married couple who live next door to newlyweds Eddie Kaye Thomas and Kat Foster. It is produced by Cathy Yuspa and Josh Goldsmith. Vanished, from 20th Century Fox Television, stars Rebecca Gayheart and Ming Na in a drama about a senator’s wife disappearing. It is produced by Josh Berman, Paul Redford and Mimi Leder.

And if you thought one of NBC's three Law & Order series (um like Criminal Intent) would be canceled for next season, you were wrong. NBC has renewed all three shows under the Law & Order umbrella for next season. Law & Order returns for a 17th season in the fall, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit comes back for season eight, and Law & Order: Criminal Intent will return for a sixth season. While all three shows are from Dick Wolf, NBC did not announce plans for Wolf’s other show on the network, the rookie Conviction, which is not part of the Law & Order franchise. Don't expect that to return.

My Network TV has added three new prime time dramas strips based on Spanish-language telenovelas to its roster, bringing the tally of those announced so far to five. It plans to produce four cycles of the 13-week dramas next season, with eight total slated. The three new series in development are A Dangerous Love, Watch Over Me and Art of Betrayal. No decision has been made yet if they will air under the Desire or Secret Obsessions umbrella name, which both begin Sept. 5. Former movie star Sean Young, along with actresses Maria Conchita Alonso and Dayanara Torres are among the stars that will star.

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Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Two Important DVD Reviews: 'Facts of Life' & 'Life Goes On', New RSS Feed for DVD Reviews

Today we have two important DVD reviews for you to read. The first is The Facts of Life: The Complete First and Second Seasons. We have a huge website on the show and are finally getting the show on DVD. Fans have waited and waited and now the time has come. All the episodes are unedited from what we see, so that is wonderful news. We urge all fans and anyone else to read our review because it is important that everyone buys it so we are assured of subsequent seasons. Again here is the link to The Facts of Life: The Complete First and Second Seasons review.
And today we have yet another important DVD review -- Life Goes On: The Complete First Season. It is not a sitcom but it is well loved and it is a popular drama that has so many fans. It is also finally coming to DVD. I never thought it would. The theme song is replaced on episodes 2-22, but the pilot has the original theme. You can read about that in our review. In the review you will find a Sitcoms Online exclusive--the DVD theme audio clip. Hear it for yourself and decide if you like it or not. You will have to read the DVD review in order to listen to it (and three other audio clips!) so get clicking to the review!
Both sets come out in stores on Tuesday, May 9. I hope you all have pre-ordered. If not, you can find pre-ordering links for a cheap price on the bottom of each DVD review. All of our DVD reviews are actually important and you might not want to miss any of them, so we have created an RSS feed for our DVD reviews! Add it to your reader today!

We'll be back later with another story or two.

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Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Nick@Nite Latin America Line-Up; 'Joan of Arcadia', 'Deadwood' Reruns to HDnet

On Feb. 13 of this year, Nick@Nite launched on the Nickelodeon line-up in Latin American countries. We did a story on this in January and we would like to follow-up on this. Due to popular demand, here is their line-up, 7 days a week 10p-6a:
10:00PM/2:00AM ALF
10:30PM/2:30AM Mork & Mindy
11:00PM/3:00AM The Addams Family
11:30PM/3:30AM The Munsters
12:00AM/4:00AM Bewitched
12:30AM/4:30AM I Dream of Jeannie
1:00AM/5:00AM Growing Pains
1:30AM/5:30AM Perfect Strangers

My how those Latinos are lucky! You can discuss this line-up here.

What if god was one of us? Yes, reruns of two-season CBS drama Joan of Arcadia is coming to HDnet along with reruns of Deadwood. Joan of Arcadia stars the Emmy Award nominated Amber Tamblyn as Joan, Joe Mantegna as her father Will, Mary Steenburgen as her mother, Helen and Jason Ritter as her older brother Kevin.
Joan of Arcadia will air in back-to-back episodes every Monday on HDNet, beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET on May 1.
Dead Like Me will air back-to-back, commercial-free episodes every Wednesday, beginning at 8:30 p.m. ET on May 3. So, if you have an HDTV and have HDnet, this is wonderful news for you.
HDnet airs quite a lot of programming from classics like Charlie's Angels, Wiseguy, Hogan's Heroes and Square Pegs, to recent dramas like The Agency, Hack, The Handler, Philly, Clubhouse, Summerland, Blind Justice, Jake 2.0, Deadline and Boomtown. They also air a lot of short lived sitcoms such as Ladies Man, In Laws, Life on a Stick, Andy Richter Controls the Universe, Greg the Bunny, Greetings from Tuscon, A Minute with Stan Hooper, That's Life. They even air Smallville. Nice channel! Visit their website here.

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Monday, April 24, 2006

'Kate & Allie' On WE: Women's Entertainment Week of May 1; One Addition to Nick@Nite June

WE: Women's Entertainment will be adding '80s sitcom Kate & Allie...well for a week, that is. From Monday, May 1 to Friday, May 5, you can catch back-to-back episodes of Kate & Allie weeknights at 6:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. ET. Then you can catch a marathon on Saturday, May 6 from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. featuring different episodes. Episodes from season one and select episodes from season two will air. So why is WE doing this? Well because Kate & Allie Season One is coming to DVD on Tuesday, May 2. WE and Universal Home Video have come together to bring you this marathon event. This is similar to the DVD marathon of Gimme a Break! on TV One and Miami Vice on TV Land--both of which were also Universal Home Video shows. It would be nice if Kate & Allie would air as a regular, but looks like it will not happen. Make sure you buy the DVD, so fans can be assured of future sets.
Susan Saint James plays Kate McArdle, a woman recently divorced from her unstable (and somewhat flighty) part-time actor husband, Max. She has one daughter, 14-year-old Emma [Ari Meyers]. Jane Curtin's Allie Lowell is also recently divorced from her successful (but unfaithful) doctor husband, Charles. She has a 14-year-old daughter Jennie [Allison Smith] and a seven-year-old son, Chip [Frederick Koehler]. The two friends decide to live together, along with their children. Neither Kate nor Allie have ruled out remarriage, but view their new situation as a provisional reprieve--a time for both women to come to know and appreciate themselves.

For the list of episodes airing for this week-long stunt on WE, click here.

Last week we gave you details on Nick@Nite June. Today they added one more stunt. Well...sort of. Nickelodeon and Nick@Nite team-up to bring you the 2003 Rated-PG movie Kangaroo Jack starring Christopher Walken, Jerry O'Connell and Anthony Anderson (Hang Time, All About the Andersons).
Friday, June 23 and Saturday, June 24
10:00pm – 12:00am
Charlie Carbone (Jerry O’Connell) and Louis Fucci (Anthony Anderson) have been friends since childhood – despite their many differences. When the two get into trouble with a local mobster, Sal Maggia (Christopher Walken), he sends them off to Australia to deliver $50,000 to a Mr. Smith (Marton Csokas) in Coober Pedy. They meet with a freak accident, in which a kangaroo rides off with Louis’ lucky red jacket - and the $50,000. Now they’ve got both Sal and Mr Smith on their tails, while they chase the kangaroo across the outback to recover the cash and save their butts.
Strange they are airing it, isn't it?

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Sunday, April 23, 2006

Week 31 First Four Day Ratings; How the Sitcoms Did

After a few weeks off--we're back with our numbers!

W
eek 31 numbers (first four nights, Mon-Thu):

Households: CBS: 9.0/14.5; FOX 8.7/13.7; NBC: 4.8/7.7; ABC: 4.7/7.6; The WB: 2.3/3.7; UPN 1.8/2.9.
Total Viewers: FOX 14.14 million; CBS: 13.95 million; NBC: 7.19 million; ABC: 7.04 million; The WB: 3.49 million; UPN: 2.68 million.
Adults 18-49: FOX 5.8/15.8; CBS: 4.2/11.3; NBC: 2.6/7.1; ABC: 2.5/6.9; The WB: 1.5/4.1; UPN: 1.2/3.3.

Analysis: We're back in action. Too bad repeats dominated this week. May sweeps starts this coming Thursday, so we can't wait! Well FOX did have something new and big in American Idol that helped them on Tuesday and Wednesday. And House is benefiting even more this year. Fox again had a strong Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. 24 was first in its timeslot with 13.26 million viewers and a strong 5.5 rating in A18-49. Prison Break before that was second place in A18-49 and total viewers. CBS's comedies were all repeats, well except New Adventures of Old Christine, which doesn't do as well when Men is a rerun. Monday's highest rated show, CSI: Miami, was a repeat and still won its slot by a wide margin with 16.33 million viewers. ABC's What Abut Brian at 10 pm and NBC's Celebrity Cooking Showdown at 9pm didn't do too well. Tuesday was all Fox with American Idol & House, with 28.44 and 22.64 million viewers. Damn that AI. CBS's dramas did well against them but everything else was anemic, including a dismal 1.1 A18-49 rating for night two of NBC's Celebrity Cooking Showdown. ABC's Less Than Perfect returned with its season premiere but it didn't do too well, coming second place in the half hour among sitcoms, losing to NBC's sitcom Teachers in A18-49 (1.8 to 2.1 rating) and barely winning in total viewers with 4.51 million to 4.5 million. Wednesday it was a little better for the other networks but still Fox's Idol was too much for everyone. Lost was pre-empted, because of the two-hour return of Alias and the return of Invasion. That Invasion is one hell of a show. It better be back next season, I don't even care if it is Friday or Saturday night! CBS's Criminal Minds, but like most of CBS's other crime dramas, they do well against AI. Bones at 8 p.m. put Fox on the map at first place--I call it the waiting for AI factor. Thursday it was all CBS despite repeats of their two best shows. CBS's Surviror easily won in total viewers and adults 18-49 at 8 p.m. CBS won the 9 and 10 p.m. hours with repeats of CSI and Without a Trace. NBC's comedies were all repeats and didn't do well, as was ER. Commander in Chief was a distant second place in total viewers at 10 p.m. for ABC. Friday it was a battle between CBS and ABC, with CBS winning total viewers and ABC the young adults. A special Primetime did decent for ABC. NBC saw terrible numbers for Miss USA and a repeat, yes a repeat, of Deal or No Deal did decent to start off the night. It was a repeat because NBC had to can Celebrity Cooking Showdown after three airings because it did terrible. Saturday saw decent numbers for CBS and ABC with movies, while Fox and NBC bombed with Nascar and burn-off episodes of Celebrity Cooking Showdown. FOX will win the week in adults 18-49, but CBS can pull through in total viewers possibly. Look for ABC to take 3rd place in both measures. Sunday, ABC will probably still win even with a repeat of EM: Home Edition and DH & GA Specials.


Monday Sitcoms

  • The King of Queens (CBS) - 7.25 million tuned in for a repeat. It usually does 9 million in repeats.
  • How I Met Your Mother (CBS) - 7.05 million for a repeat.
  • Two and a Half Men (CBS) - 11.93 million for a repeat and still highest rated sitcom for the week.
  • New Adventures of Old Christine (CBS) - A new episode held total viewers from lead-in well, with 11.38 million and 100% of A18-49 with a 3.7 rating.
  • One on One (UPN), All of Us (UPN), Girlfriends (UPN), Half and Half (UPN) - All new and had usual numbers, peaking at 9 p.m. with over 3.5 million.


Tuesday Sitcoms

  • According to Jim (ABC) - Repeat only scored 4.51 million. I want a new episode, haven't seen one since March!
  • Hope & Faith (ABC) 2 episodes - 2 all new episodes. 4.11 million at 8:30 and 5.43 million at 9 p.m. I think ABC should put Hope & Faith 8-9pm and According to Jim at 9pm for sweeps (which will only be May 2 for them).
  • Less than Perfect (ABC) - 4.51 million for its return, losing almost a million from lead-in. This will be its last season I'm sure, despite being great in quality.
  • Scrubs (NBC) - 5.72 million, just beating the competing ABC comedy. Question is, will this sitcom make the cut for next fall?
  • Teachers (NBC) - 4.5 million--say so long next season.
Wednesday Sitcoms

Nothing!

Thursday Sitcoms

  • Will & Grace (NBC) - Last minute repeat scored 4.99 million
  • That's 70s Show (FOX) 2 episodes - Two repeats did bad...3.93 million and 4.26 million.
  • My Name is Earl (NBC) 2 episodes - Both repeats...8:30 did only 4.81 million. Regular 9pm airing jumped to 7.73 million.
  • The Office (NBC) - 6.09 million for a repeat
  • Everybody Hates Chris (UPN) - 3.96 million tuned in for an all-new show.
  • Love, Inc. (UPN), Eve (UPN), Cuts (UPN) - New episodes of these sitcoms did bad...but better than usual, ranging from 2.1-2.7 million.

Friday Sitcoms

Reba and Modern Men: All-new and dead last.

Summing it up. Repeats of Two and a Half Men & My Name is Earl and a new Adventures of Old Christine were impressive for the week. Everything else was OK (such as repeats of The Office, King of Queens, How I Met Your Mother) or just plain old terrible (such as UPN Thursday, That '70s Show, Modern Men).

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Saturday, April 22, 2006

'so noTORIous' Commercial Free; E! TV's 'Child Star Confidential'

Commercial free sitcom! Tori Spelling takes over the VH1 airwaves as her critically acclaimed scripted comedy so noTORIous airs back-to-back-to-back episodes commercial free on Sunday, April 23 beginning at 10 PM ET/PT. VH1 will premiere two new episodes and, based on overwhelming internet response, will also re-air the viewer favorite episode "Whole," which first premiered on April 2.
Below are descriptions for the episodes airing commercial free on April 23:

Beginning at 10PM ET/PT in "Jealous," Charo (The Love Boat) guest stars as herself in this episode during which Tori meets a handsome and successful plastic surgeon who has to her dismay, captured the attention of her mother Kiki (Loni Anderson).

Next at 10:20PM ET/PT (approximately) in "Cursed," Tori seeks the help of a celebrated Santeria priestess to the stars, Mama Belle, portrayed by Whoopi Goldberg (Whoopi), after being hit with a string of bad luck, including being crowned worst-dressed by a tabloid and being replaced in her latest "F" movie.

Then at 10:40PM ET/PT (approximately) in "Whole," Tori and her friends decide to accompany her boyfriend Scott to one of his "Wholeness" sessions only to discover that the self-help group has questionable ethics. Tori finally denounces "whole" and dumps Scott.

E! TV has started a new half-hour limited series dedicated to child stars titled Child Star Confidential. It airs every Saturday at 5 p.m., with a lot of encores during the week. It debuted last Saturday with a look on "Teen Idols." Scott Baio of Happy Days and Charles in Charge was one of the teen boys featured. This week's episode focuses on the female idols, titled "Primetime Princesses." Tatyana Ali (Fresh Prince), Alyssa Milano (Who's the Boss?), Kim Fields (Facts of Life), Dana Plato (Diff'rent Strokes), are among the teen girls featured. Next week's episode focuses on the bullies, titled "Bad Boys & Mean Girls."

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Friday, April 21, 2006

TV One's 'As The Black World Turns' Sitcom Marathon; NBC Goes Super-Sized For Sitcoms

TV One's soap opera weekend kicks off Saturday, April 22 at 1:00 p.m. with "As the Black World Turns" - an all-day marathon of the most dramatic two-part episodes from your favorite TV One comedies.
Will J.J. die from gunshot wounds on Good Times? Who killed the neighborhood drug dealer on Roc? Will Ruben marry another woman on Amen? Find out as TV One blends the genres of comedy and daytime drama.
Featuring some of the most unforgettable sitcom cliffhangers and conclusions from Martin, Amen, Roc, and Good Times this marathon is sure to keep you glued to your seat all day long.

1:00pm/1:00am Good Times Episode 211, The Gang, Pt I
1:30pm/1:30am Good Times Episode 212, The Gang, Pt II
2:00pm Amen Episode 8907, Thelma Says "I Do"
2:30pm Amen Episode 8909, You're In The Army Now, Pt. 1
3:00pm Amen Episode 8910, You're In The Army Now, Pt. 2
3:30pm Amen Episode 8911, Sergeant-In-Arms
4:00pm Martin Episode 426, Why Can't We Be Friends Pt.1
4:30pm Martin Episode 427, Why Can't We Be Friends Pt.2
5:00pm 227 Episode 315, Teach Me Tonight, Pt. I
5:30pm 227 Episode 316, Teach Me Tonight, Pt. II
6:00pm/5:00am Good Times Episode 317, JJ's Fiancee, Pt I
6:30pm/5:30am Good Times Episode 318, JJ's Fiancee, Pt II
7:00pm/2:00am Amen Episode 8814, The Psychic, Pt. 1
7:30pm/2:30am Amen Episode 8815, The Psychic, Pt. 2
8:00pm/3:00am Roc Episode 224, To Love & Die On Emerson Street, Pt. 1
8:30pm/3:30am Roc Episode 225, To Love & Die On Emerson Street, Pt. 2
9:00pm/4:00am Martin Episode 514, Goin' Overboard Pt.1
9:30pm/4:30am Martin Episode 515, Goin' Overboard Pt.2


Episodes of Will & Grace, My Name Is Earl and The Office will be all super-sized on Thursday, May 11. Each will air for 40 minutes. Earl and Office will be season finales. Will & Grace will ends its run with a one-hour series finale the following week.
Will & Grace will lead off the super-sized night, with Tony winner Bernadette Peters guest-starring as Karen's (Megan Mullally) long-lost sister, Gin. The episode will also feature Josh Lucas (Poseidon) playing himself and offering career advice to Jack (Sean Hayes), and a bit of baby drama between Grace (Debra Messing) and Will (Eric McCormack), courtesy of Will's boyfriend, Vince (Bobby Cannavale).
Earl (Jason Lee) will hit a rough patch on the season finale of My Name Is Earl when he decides to cross off the No. 1 item on his list: "Stole $10 from a guy at the Camden Market." Easy enough, but Earl then realizes he owes the guy all of his lottery winnings, leaving him broke and in need of a whole lot of karma.
Office star Steve Carell wrote the script for his show's season finale, in which Michael (Carell) organizes a charity casino night for the employees of Dunder Mifflin. The festive atmosphere leads some of the staff to take other kinds of gambles.

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Thursday, April 20, 2006

TV Land June Highlights

The other day we gave you the regular schedule changes. Today, we will detail the 48-hour marathons and special programming. Apparently, as of now, the 48-hour marathons are just for April, May and June. So, in July I guess the regular weekends will return. The 48-hour marathons in June are: Benson launch, All in the Family, Sanford & Son and Three's Company! The Three's Company marathon will also include the TV Land premiere of the NBC TV-Movie Behind the Camera: The Unauthorized Story of Three's Company. Other special programming in June includes a TV Land Top 10 Spin-offs, Weddings and more. TV Land will also honor classic TV fathers. TV Land will also debut a new original series called My First Time on June 28. All that in detail can be found here along with the rest of the highlights for June. Now, we leave you today with the marathon line-ups for All in the Family, Sanford & Son, and Three's Company (Benson was given already and can also be found in the highlights section above):

All in the Family Weekend
Hey meatheads, TV Land's bringing you 48 hours of Archie and his polyester clad gang as they tackle inflation, war, unemployment, education, gender, race and politics…with humor and heart. So stifle yourself and spend the weekend at 408 Hauser for social commentary that still rings true today. Those were the days.

SATURDAY 6/10

EST

SUNDAY 6/11

#04 - Archive Gives Blood

6:00AM

#146 - Archie's Secret Passion

#10 - Archie Is Worried About/Job


#151 - Archie's Chair

#12 - Success Story

7:00AM

#100 - The Best of All in the Family, Pt. 1

#15 - Gloria Poses In the Nude


#101 - The Best of All in the Family, Pt. 2

#16 - Arche In the Lock-Up

8:00AM

#167 - Archie's Bitter Pill Part I

#25 - Counsin Maudes Visit


#168 - Archie's Bitter Pill Part II

#27 - The Elevator Story

9:00AM

#156 - Fire

#30 - Mike's Mysterious Son


#180 - The Brother

#40 - The Threat

10:00AM

Top 10 - All in the Family (R)

#42 - Lionel Steps Out


#49 - Mike's Appendix

11:00AM

#160 - Archie Gets the Business, Pt. 1

#50 - Edith's Winning Ticket


#161 - Archie Gets the Business, Pt. 2

#52 - Archie in the Hospital

12:00PM

#172 - Edith's Crisis of Faith, Pt. 1

#56 - The Hot Watch


#173 - Edith's Crisis of Faith, Pt. 2

#57 - Archie is Branded

1:00PM

#184 - Little Miss Bunker

#59 - Archie Learn his Lesson


#185 - End in Sight

#60 - Gloria The Victim

2:00PM

#188 - Edith's Final Respects

#64 - Edith Finds An Old Man


#191 - Edith vs. The Bank

#68 - Archie and the Computer

3:00PM

#192 - The Return of the Waitress

#80 - Gloria's Boyfriend


#193 - Bogus Bills

#82 - Archie Eats and Runs

4:00PM

#100 - The Best of All in the Family, Pt. 1

#81 - Lionel's Engagement


#101 - The Best of All in the Family, Pt. 2

#86 - Bunkers & Inflation, Pt. 1

5:00PM

#93 - Where's Archie, Pt. 1

#87 - Bunkers & Inflation, Pt. 2


#94 - Archie is Missing, Pt. 2

#88 - Bunkers & Inflation, Pt. 3

6:00PM

#95 - The Longest Kiss, Pt. 3

#89 - Bunkers & Inflation, Pt. 4


#149 - The Draft Dodger

#85 - Mike's Graduation

7:00PM

#163 - Edith's 50th Birthday, Pt. 1

#08 - Lionel Moves Into the Neighborhood


#164 - Edith's 50th Birthday, Pt. 2

#09 - Edith has Jury Duty

8:00PM

#44 - The Bunkers and the Swingers

#37 - Maude


#153 - Stretch Cunningham, Good-Bye

#03 - Oh My Aching Back

9:00PM

#124 - Birth of The Baby, Pt. 1

#34 - Sammy's Visit


#125 - Birth of the Baby, Pt. 2

Top 10 - All in the Family (R)

10:00PM

#169 - Archie and the KKK, Pt. 1


#170 - Archie and the KKK, Pt. 2

#02 - Writing the President

11:00PM

#114 - Archie The Hero

#18 - Flashback: Mike Meets Archie


#178 - Two's a Crowd

#20 - Edith's Accident

12:00AM

#183 - The Stivics Go West

#46 - Flash Back: Mike/Gloria Wedding, Pt. 1


#207 - Too Good Edith

#47 - Flash Back: Mike/Gloria Wedding, Pt. 2

1:00AM

#195 - California Here We Come, Pt. 1

#96 - Archie and The Miracle


#196 - California Here We Come, Pt. 2

#105 - Amelia's Divorce

2:00AM

#197 - A Night At The PTA

#109 - No Smoking


#199 - The Appendectomy

#118 - Edith Breaks Out

3:00AM

#200 - Stephanie and the Crime Wave

#120 - Gloria Suspects Mike


#202 - Stephanie's Conversation

#121 - The Little Atheist

4:00AM

#203 - Edith Gets Fired

#126 - New Year's Wedding


#204 - The Return of Archie's Brother

#132 - Joey's Baptism

5:00AM

#205 - The Family Next Door

#134 - Edith's Night Out


#206 - Return of Stephanie's Father


Sanford & Son Weekend
Tune in and watch as Fred and Lamont duke it out as only a loving father and son could during this Sanford & Son Father's Day weekend marathon. A big dummy. Feigned heart attacks. Non-stop insults. A junkyard full of love. Nothing is as priceless as the bond between a father and his junk…er…son.!

SATURDAY 6/17

EST

SUNDAY 6/18

#02 - Happy Birthday Pop

6:00a

#54 - This Land is Whose Land?

#04 - The Copper Capper

6:30a

#58 - Will the Real Fred Sanford Please…

#06 - We Were Robbed

7:00a

#67 - Going out of Business

#08 - The Great Sanford Siege

7:30a

#73 - Home Sweet Home

#11 - TV or Not TV

8:00a

#81 - Golden Boy

#16 - Blood is Thicker than Junk

8:30a

#88 - The Oddfather

#19 - Whiplash

9:00a

#90 - The Olympics

#24 - The Shootout

9:30a

#94 - The Sanford Arms

#36 - Pot Luck

10:00a

#103 - Fred Sanford has a Baby

#44 - Fred, the Reluctant Fingerman

10:30a

#106 - The Escorts

#54 - This Land is Whose Land?

11:00a

#107 - The Engagement Man Always…

#58 - Will the Real Fred Sanford Please…

11:30a

#108 - A Pain in the Neck

#67 - Going out of Business

12:00p

#110 - The Director

#73 - Home Sweet Home

12:30p

#111 - Sargent Gork

#81 - Golden Boy

1:00p

#112 - Fred's Extra Job

#88 - The oddfather

1:30p

#113 - I Dream of Choo Choo …

#90 - The Olympics

2:00p

#118 - The Stakeout

#94 - The Sanford Arms

2:30p

#131 - The Will

#103 - Fred Sanford has a Baby

3:00p

#01 - Crossed Swords

#106 - The Escorts

3:30p

#13 - The Return of Barracuda

#107 - The Engagement Man Always…

4:00p

#26 - A Visit from Lena Horne

#108 - A Pain in the Neck

4:30p

#27 - Sanford and Son and Sister Makes…

#110 - The Director

5:00p

“Top Pops”

Father’s Day Stunt

#111 - Sargent Gork

5:30p

#112 - Fred's Extra Job

6:00p

#113 - I Dream of Choo Choo …

6:30p

#118 - The Stakeout

7:00p

#131 - The Will

7:30p

#01 - Crossed Swords

8:00p

#100 - Della, Della, Della

#13 - The Return of Barracuda

8:30p

#102 - Sanford & Rising Son

#26 - A Visit from Lena Horne

9:00p

#109 - Camping Trip

#27 - Sanford & Son & Sister Makes…

9:30p

#114 - The Winning Ticket

#28 - Fred & Carol & Fred & Donna

10:00p

#115 - The Hawaiian Connection- Pt. 1

#30 - The Big Party

10:30p

#116 - The Hawaiian Connection- Pt. 2

#38 - Rated X

11:00p

#117 - The Hawaiian Connection- Pt. 3

#48 - Superflyer

11:30p

#124 - Fred Meets Redd

#82 - The Stand-In

12:00a

#130 - The Reverend Sanford

#92 - Bank on This

12:30a

#134 - Funny, You Don't Look It

#02 - Happy Birthday Pop

1:00a

#100 - Della, Della, Della

#04 - The Copper Capper

1:30a

#102 - Sanford & Rising Son

#06 - We Were Robbed

2:00a

#109 - Camping Trip

#08 - The Great Sanford Siege

2:30a

#114 - The Winning Ticket

#11 - TV or Not TV

3:00a

#115 - The Hawaiian Connection- Pt. 1

#16 - Blood is Thicker than Junk

3:30a

#116 - The Hawaiian Connection- Pt. 2

#19 - Whiplash

4:00a

#117 - The Hawaiian Connection- Pt. 3

#24 - The Shootout

4:30a

#124 - Fred Meets Redd

#36 - Pot Luck

5:00a

#130 - The Reverend Sanford

#44 - Fred, the Reluctant Fingerman

5:30a

#134 - Funny, You Don't Look It



Three's Company Weekend
Come and knock on TV Land's door this weekend as we hang out with our favorite Cali roommates: Jack, Janet and Chrissy? Yes. Jack, Janet and Cindy? Yes. Jack, Janet and Terri? Yes..all of them will be here for a weekend devoted entirely to double-entendres, innuendo and misunderstandings.
Stick around both days for an additional bonus--a look "behind the laughter" as TV Land premieres Three's Company Behind the Camera: The Unauthorized Story of Three's Company. This telefilm takes you behind the camera as the cast, crew, and producers deal with turmoil on the set of Three's Company, including Suzanne Somers and her contract renegotiating, numerous cast changing, spinoffs, betrayal, and lying.


SATURDAY 6/24

EST

SUNDAY 6/25

#5 - Jack the Giant Killer

6:00a

#86 - Room at the Bottom

#6 - It's Only Money

6:30a

#88 - Jack to the Rescue

#7 - Ground Rules

7:00a

#89 - The Not So Great Impostor

#8 - Jack Looks for a Job

7:30a

#107 - Some of That Jazz

#9 - Janet's Promotion

8:00a

#108 - Lies my Roommate Told Me

#20 - Three's Christmas

8:30a

#110 - Eyewitness Blues

#24 - Home Movies

9:00a

#111 - Boy Meets Dummy

#31 - Coffee, Tea or Jack?

9:30a

#120 - A Friend in Need

#68 - A Black Letter Day

10:00a

#124 - Paradise Lost

#84 - Downhill Chaser

10:30a

#128 - Mate for Each Other

#86 - Room at the Bottom

11:00a

#144 - Going to Pot

#88 - Jack to the Rescue

11:30a

#150 - Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow

#89 - The Not So Great Impostor

12:00p

#151 - Navy Blues

#107 - Some of That Jazz

12:30p

#152 - Borrowing Trouble

#108 - Lies my Roommate Told Me

1:00p

#153 - Jack be Quick

#110 - Eyewitness Blues

1:30p

#154 - She Loves Me, She Loves Me Not

#111 - Boy Meets Dummy

2:00p

#157 - Hearing is Believing

#120 - A Friend in Need

2:30p

#158 - Alias Jack Tripper

#124 - Paradise Lost

3:00p

#159 - Grandma Jack

#128 - Mate for Each Other

3:30p

#160 - Like Father, Like Son

#144 - Going to Pot

4:00p

#161 - The Odd Couple

#150 - Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow

4:30p

#162 - Now You See It, Now You Don't

#151 - Navy Blues

5:00p

#163 - The Charming Stranger

#152 - Borrowing Trouble

5:30p

#164 - Janet Shapes Up

#153 - Jack be Quick

6:00p

#165 - Itching for Trouble

#154 - She Loves Me, She Loves Me Not

6:30p

#166 - Baby, it's Cold Inside

#157 - Hearing is Believing

7:00p

Three's Company Movie

#158 - Alias Jack Tripper

7:30p

#159 - Grandma Jack

8:00p

#160 - Like Father, Like Son

8:30p

Three's Company Movie

9:00p

#167 - Look What I Found

9:30p

#168 - Jack's Tattoo

10:00p

#169 - Jack Takes Off

10:30p

#170 - Forget Me Not

#161 - The Odd Couple

11:00p

#171 - The Heiress

#162 - Now You See It, Now You Don't

11:30p

#172 - Cupid Works Overtime

#163 - The Charming Stranger

12:00a

#173 - Friends and Lovers (Part 1)

#164 - Janet Shapes Up

12:30a

#174 - Friends and Lovers (Part 2)

#5 - Jack the Giant Killer

1:00a

#165 - Itching for Trouble

#6 - It's Only Money

1:30a

#166 - Baby, it's Cold Inside

#7 - Ground Rules

2:00a

#167 - Look What I Found

#8 - Jack Looks for a Job

2:30a

#168 - Jack's Tattoo

#9 - Janet's Promotion

3:00a

#169 - Jack Takes Off

#20 - Three's Christmas

3:30a

#170 - Forget Me Not

#24 - Home Movies

4:00a

#171 - The Heiress

#31 - Coffee, Tea or Jack?

4:30a

#172 - Cupid Works Overtime

#68 - A Black Letter Day

5:00a

#173 - Friends and Lovers (Part 1)

#84 - Downhill Chaser

5:30a

#174 - Friends and Lovers (Part 2)

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Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Nick@Nite Original Sitcom; Adult Swim Playing Prank?

Nick@Nite has secured celebrity comic and writer Carol Leifer (Seinfeld, The Larry Sanders Show) to pen and executive produce the sitcom pilot for Darlene Westgor, who won the chance to develop her own show with the network when she was named Nick@Nite's Funniest Mom in America in 2005. The pilot, tentatively titled Darlene, is based on Westgor's real life as a single, divorced mom living and working in Minnesota. The pilot is expected to go into pre-production immediately with plans to shoot in Los Angeles in May. Gil Junger (Ellen, Hope & Faith, 8 Simple Rules...) will direct. Sal Maniaci also executive produces on the project and TV Land's Marco Bresaz is executive in charge of production.
Set in the Minneapolis suburbs, Darlene focuses on the ins and outs of Westgor's life as a single parent raising two teenagers while managing her job at an Urgent Care Center. Darlene responds to these everyday situations with the wit and sarcasm that made her the hands-down winner of the first Funniest Mom in America contest. To view the full details, click here.

We broke the news last week that Adult Swim would carry Saved by the Bell for the next two weeks. Now, their website is reporting that the show will be back with all new episodes. I think it is a big prank. Though, you can judge for yourself by reading the article here.
My diagnosis: At first I thought it could be real because they added this show in the first place. Then I did some research. 30 episodes? That is a bit too much for a sitcom these days for a season. 80's Reclamation Department? That is bizarre. And who the heck is Matt Laster? I don't think he even exists! My this channel likes to pull tricks to its viewers. It is quite hilarious, though. And if it turns out to be true, I will sort of like it because Mr. Fake err Laster said that they "...think this will be a fun and exciting new direction for Adult Swim and we can't wait to find even more great 80's comedies for Adult Swim." That last part is the best part. Bring on Small Wonder and Mr. Belvedere!

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Tuesday, April 18, 2006

CMT Drops 'Foxworthy', Cuts 'Dukes' Airings; WGN Buys 'Lizzie McGuire' & 'Even Stevens' Reruns; TV Land June Changes

CMT has dropped The Jeff Foxworthy Show as of yesterday. The show was airing twice each day at 5:30 p.m. and 2:00 a.m. The show can still be seen on Nick@Nite in the early mornings each weekday morning. Meanwhile, CMT has cut the airings for The Dukes of Hazzard to just one airing. It will air weeknights at 7 p.m.

Beginning this fall, WGN will begin airing Lizzie McGuire, starring actress and singer Hilary Duff, and Even Stevens, starring Shia LaBeouf and Christy Carlson Romano, weekdays during the early-fringe daypart, as well as on weekends, Multichannel reports.
Negotiated by distributor Buena Vista Television, WGN acquired all three seasons -- 65 installments apiece -- of both shows. Deal-term specifics were not disclosed, but sources familiar with the negotiations said The Walt Disney Co. properties didn't retain any barter inventory. However, Disney does retain the shows' rights for other vehicles and platforms, according to the sources.
Officials at WGN, now available in some 68 million cable and satellite homes, said the superstation will run the shows back-to-back, along with Moesha, Home Improvement and AFV, as part of its family-entertainment block.

We have a little preview of TV Land June for you today. Beginning Monday, June 5 they will revamp the morning line-up and add Benson to 11 p.m. A lot of shows will be shifting in the morning as Bewitched and I Dream of Jeannie are expiring at the end of May. The Munsters and Green Acres will move down to the 9 a.m. hour, followed by The Dick Van Dyke Show and I Love Lucy while The Brady Bunch and Happy Days move up a few hours to the 11 a.m. hour. So what will replace that Bewitched/Jeannie hour essentially? Why it will be Good Times and What's Happening!! They will air in the 12 p.m. hour. Since Benson will air at 11 p.m., What's Happening!! will shift to 10:30 p.m. replacing a second Good Times episode. There are no other regular schedule changes--so whatever is airing now in the other slots, will remain.
Stay tuned tomorrow hopefully for the TV Land June highlights, as there are a lot of things in store such as new Top 10 episodes and more 48-hour marathon weekends!

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Monday, April 17, 2006

New Game Show Block in the Works for Syndication; Bird Flu Movie?

Today has been very slow, so I am probably bringing some obscure news. You'd probably not see me mention any of these at all if it were a busy day.
B&C
is reporting that Distributor King World and producer Sony Pictures Television (SPT), longtime partners on the top-rated syndicated shows Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy!, announced they are reuniting for a new one-hour game block set to debut in fall 2007. Details were sketchy late last week on the two 30-minute shows, although there was some industry buzz that one could be an original and another a classic game show. Harry Friedman, who for eight years has led Wheel and Jeopardy!, will develop and executive-produce them.

Fatal Contact: Bird Flu in America follows an outbreak of an Avian Flu from its origins in a Hong Kong market through its mutation into a virus transmittable from human to human around the world. The meticulously researched film stars Joely Richardson (Nip/Tuck), Stacy Keach (Prison Break, Blackbeard), Ann Cusack (Grey's Anatomy, Ghost Whisperer), Justina Machado (Six Feet Under), Scott Cohen (Street Time, Law & Order: Trial by Jury) and David Ramsey (All of Us).
Fatal Contact: Bird Flu in America, a two-hour original movie, airs TUESDAY, MAY 9 (8:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on ABC.

I promise tomorrow will be better. I'm expecting TV Land June!

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Sunday, April 16, 2006

Happy Easter from Sitcoms Online; GSN News

Happy Easter! We don't have week 30 ratings for you this week. We only have final numbers for Monday and Tuesday, thus we won't post just that. Hopefully this problem will be resolved by May sweeps. I won't do the analysis this week either. We really hope we will have these numbers for you for next week's shows.

So, today we will just continue what we did the last 6 days or so--TV schedule news! Today we will cover GSN - The Network for Games. We don't have any actual regular schedule changes to report, but they are adding a new show, an original one, starting tomorrow night at 11:30 p.m. They will be reviving the classic game show I've Got a Secret, with an all-new look.
Expect 30 minutes of the unexpected when the most revealing game show on television, GSN's I've Got a Secret premieres weeknights beginning Monday, April 17 at 11:30 p.m. EST.
Paying homage to one of the longest running and popular game shows, the series takes viewers back in time to the classic panel show, with the updated version showcasing the swankiest fashions, a retro set, and four comical panelists who will say almost anything to discover the secrets of our guests. It's funny and smart, but beware -- no one's secrets are safe!
I've Got a Secret is hosted by Bil Dwyer, who is charged with keeping his panelists in line. The cast of characters on the panel include Frank DeCaro (Sirius Radio's The Frank DeCaro Show, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart), Billy Bean (former outfielder for the Los Angeles Dodgers and Detroit Tigers), Suzanne Westenhoefer (Late Show with David Letterman, Politically Incorrect) and Jermaine Taylor (Broadway actor and dancer).
During each half-hour show, the guest whispers their secret to Dwyer while it is also shown to the live studio-audience and home viewer. Each panelist puts the guest through the ringer for 40 seconds, asking yes or no questions to figure out their secret. If they are unsuccessful, the next panelist gets their shot at cross-examining. Should the guest stump the panel, they walk
away with cash and prizes.

And this Mother's Day on GSN...they are the head of the family! GSN pays homage to moms
on Mother's Day with a special six-hour marathon of the popular classic series Family Feud, Sunday, May 14 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET. The marathon encompasses 12 episodes of the famous series featuring women as team leaders. The Mom's Day episodes include shows hosted by Richard Dawson and Ray Combs.

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Saturday, April 15, 2006

Lifetime Schedule Changes: Struggling 'Frasier' Moved, New Original Comedy Coming in June

Frasier, which started on Lifetime in early March, has been struggling on Lifetime. And now they are doing something about it, but it is very minor. Starting Monday, April 24, they will switch the afternoon slot with The Nanny. Which means Frasier will now air 10 and 10:30 a.m., while The Nanny will air 1 and 1:30 p.m. There are no other changes to weekdays, which means Frasier will still air at midnight and 12:30 a.m., at least for now. On Sunday mornings at 10:00 a.m. Frasier will be removed for another Will & Grace airing.

And starting Saturday, June 10, Lifetime will add a mini-block of sitcoms for mid-day. At 11:00 a.m. it will be Will & Grace, followed by The Golden Girls and The Nanny. And at 12:30 p.m. will be encores of Lifetime's original comedy: Lovespring International. More on that below...

Lovespring International debuts Monday, June 5: From Will & Grace's Eric McCormack, Lifetime brings you Lovespring International, a new improvisational half-hour comedy series about a matchmaking agency marketed to customers as an "elite Beverly Hills" company, despite its location in Tarzana, California. The ensemble cast is comprised of relationship counselors and a staff psychologist who try to convince loveless people that their service can lead clients to the perfect mate.
Premieres: Monday, June 5, 11:00 p.m. ET/PT
Airs: Mondays, 11:00 p.m. ET/PT
Encores: Mondays, 11:30 p.m. & Saturdays, 12:30 p.m. ET/PT
# of Episodes: 6

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Friday, April 14, 2006

TV Land Schedule Changes; A&E Celebrates Late Comedy Kings Tonight

We don't have the TV Land June line-up just yet, but we do have some last minute changes for you for TV Land starting this coming Tuesday! They are removing the action drama block and the late night mini-marathons. Hunter, Simon & Simon and Knight Rider will not currently air now because of these changes. The A-Team and Miami Vice will air at 2 p.m. and 2 a.m. respectfully every weekday. The other weekday changes are minor and can view the FULL changes on all this here. Keep coming back and we will have more on TV Land.

Tonight, A&E will celebrate the life of three comedy legends. John Ritter, John Belushi and Chris Farley. They will re-air all three's Biography episodes back-to-back from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. and again 12 a.m. to 3 a.m.

Biography: John Ritter.
Portrait of the versatile actor best remembered for his zany character Jack Tripper in the TV comedy Three's Company, but who's won critical acclaim for his dramatic performances as well. Includes interviews with Ritter, Three's Company co-stars Suzanne Somers and Joyce DeWitt, and Henry Winkler.
Biography: John Belushi.
Story of the rapid rise and tragic death of the comic genius who captured the nation's attention on Saturday Night Live. Includes clips from Belushi's hit movies and some of his funniest moments on TV, plus an examination of the drugged-out lifestyle that led to his death, and interviews with many of those who knew him best.
Biography: Chris Farley.
Profile of the Saturday Night Live star whose death from a drug overdose stunned his legions of fans. Farley battled alcohol and drug addiction while struggling to defeat his demons by attending church regularly. Includes interviews with friend Tom Arnold and fellow SNL cast members Rob Schneider and Al Franken, and Father Thomas Gannon, Farley's spiritual advisor.

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Thursday, April 13, 2006

TV Land Brings Back 48-Hour Marathon Weekends, Nick@Nite June Highlights; Sitcoms Online in Home Media Retailing Magazine!

Continuing our "TV schedules week," we now move on to some news that TV Land will bring back their 48-hour marathon weekends starting this weekend! It was a last minute change. So, TV Land will air a What's Happening!!/What's Happening Now!! marathon this weekend. It will be the same episodes that aired for its launch marathon back in November. Then next weekend will still be the previously scheduled Westerns Weekend featuring Gunsmoke and Bonanza. Then after that we get more 48-hour marathons! On April 29-30 we get Miami Vice; May 6-7 we get Good Times; May 13-14 we get The Brady Bunch (with an interruption for the Funniest Mom Marathon); May 20-21 we get The Andy Griffith Show; and a special 72-hour marathon on Memorial Day weekend, May 27-29 of something to be determined. I think it might be a guest star marathon, but I'm not certain yet. The marathons will continue until further notice. We don't have the June listings yet, but we of course can expect the Benson launch on June 3-4. So, since the marathons are pre-empting weekend programming, that means Flip Wilson and The Addams Family will not be airing at all. We will come back soon, probably tomorrow, for the TV Land June line-up.

But we do have Nick@Nite June for you! They won't be making any regular schedule changes but they have three stunts lined up. On June 12 they will have a My Two Dans marathon featuring episodes of Full House and Roseanne for Father's Day. It will also rebroadcast on Father's Day. Then they will take a summer vacation to Disney World and Vegas with the same two shows on June 25. And then spend America's holiday with America's family the Connors on July 2. Details of all that can be found here.

Hey, we're featured on the April 9 issue of Home Media Retailing Magazine! If you subscribe to it, you have probably seen the issue. The issue is about Warner Bros. TV Favorites DVDs. It is about if the idea is good or not and the purpose for these DVDs are to test the waters for potential DVD sets. I was interviewed for the article, along with Gord Lacey of TVShowsonDVD.com and Rosemary Markson of WHV. It is an honor to be in the same company as them! You can read the online version of the article here and brag to your friends that your favorite website SitcomsOnline.com was mentioned! Mark up another historical moment for Sitcoms Online!

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Wednesday, April 12, 2006

'Saved by the Bell' on Adult Swim; 'Dynasty' Reunion on CBS this May

As promised, today I will let you all know on the sitcom coming to Adult Swim...yes, Adult Swim! Adult Swim is the late night "animation" block on Cartoon Network that airs shows like Family Guy if any of you were not aware. Variety has already reported this: Major changes are in store for Cartoon Network, which will step outside its charter for the first time and into live-action programming. Cartoon Network has been testing the performance of live-action features like The Goonies, Honey I Shrunk the Kids, Batman, Who Framed Roger Rabbit? and Ace Ventura on air since late last year. Most recently, they drew a big 2.3 million viewers to a showing of the Jim Carrey comedy Dumb And Dumber. They will make an event out of the Spider-Man premiere later this summer.
And now it looks like the Adult Swim block on Cartoon Network will sort of go into the live-action programming genre. Starting this coming Monday (April 17), Adult Swim will air the sitcom Saved by the Bell at midnight. Yes, Saved by the Bell...strange isn't it? They will borrow it from sister network TBS, which yesterday I announced will expand Saved by the Bell to 6 airings a day in June. It currently airs four times a day. Adult Swim will air the teen sitcom for at least two weeks, as of now--Mon-Thurs nights for the next two weeks. Click here for a list of episodes airing.

Let's hope they get more sitcoms, but not at 12 midnight, for the 5 a.m. hour where they usually air older animated programming to make fun of, such as Mr. T, Chuck Norris and The Gary Coleman Show. It would be nice if they air Small Wonder and Mr. Belvedere in that hour if they decide to go the sitcom route. Mr. Belvedere was just made fun of on this past week's Family Guy, so why not? So in a way I hope Saved by the Bell is sort of successful, so we get to see more sitcoms!

Who knew a Dynasty reunion was even in the works! But CBS and Michael Levitt/Henry Winkler Productions have made one! The series aired on ABC so it is strange it wasn't pitched to them, unless they declinded it first. Dynasty Reunion: Catfights and Caviar reunites original series stars Joan Collins, Linda Evans and John Forsythe to pay tribute and celebrate the long-running series Dynasty, one of the most popular series in television history, to be broadcast Tuesday, May 2 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. The legendary cast will gather together at the Filoli Mansion in Northern California, which was the home of the show's billionaire hero, Blake Carrington, and his infamous family. Al Corley, Pamela Sue Martin, Catherine Oxenberg and Gordon Thomson also return. Each cast member will reminisce about the time spent making the series and the scenes that they most treasure and enjoyed. Show creators Esther & Richard Shapiro, as well as famed fashion designer, Nolan Miller, will also be on hand to talk about how the show and its style evolved over the years. Film clips of scenes from the show will also be seen.
During its nine season run on ABC, Dynasty was one of the most popular primetime soaps, spending three seasons ranked among the top five programs, peaking at Number One in its fifth season averaging 25.0/37.

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Tuesday, April 11, 2006

TBS Makes Some Schedule Changes for June; ABC Offering Four Shows Online for FREE

As promised this week is "TV schedule week" here at Sitcoms Online. Today, I will tell you that TBS is expected to make some changes in June. Nothing drastic but still some changes. Becker will be moved to early mornings at 5 and 5:30 a.m. replacing The Parent'hood. Becker's old slot of 12 noon and 12:30 p.m. will now be another hour of the popular and durable Saved by the Bell (which already airs weekday mornings from 7 to 9 a.m.). TBS's contract for the Tom Hanks '80s sitcom Bosom Buddies is expiring at the end of May, so TBS will replace that show with Becker. That is all the changes they are making but it should be interesting come this fall as Mama's Family, Saved by the Bell, and possibly more shows such as Cosby Show and Dawson's Creek are expiring. I would expect a renewal or two of some of these at least. TBS does have The King of Queens coming this October, so that will fill an hour block at least. Full details of the June changes at TBS are here.
Meanwhile sister network TNT will be airing Without a Trace five days a week now starting June 5. They will air it at 7 p.m. weeknights, with more episodes on some days running until 10 p.m.

Stay tuned tomorrow for more TV schedule updates. We hope to have some from TV Land, Nick@Nite and more (maybe a sitcom is coming to Adult Swim on Cartoon Network...that is all that I will say right now) this week.

And TBS announced they have original sitcoms in the works at their annual upfront presentation:

In Production at TBS
MY BOYS – Half-hour scripted comedy series from Sony Pictures Television and Pariah, executive producers Gavin Polone (Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Gilmore Girls) and Jamie Tarses and writer/executive producer Betsy Thomas (Run of the House) – Premieres in Q4 2006
In this half-hour comedy series, PJ, played by Jordana Spiro (JAG, Must Love Dogs), is a twenty-something “guy’s girl” who tries to find romance within her world dominated by male friends. As a huge sports fan and professional sportswriter, she’s got a masculine, no-nonsense, sports-analogous approach to dating that often freaks out potential boyfriends. Her only female friend advises her to dress and act more feminine, but it’s hard for PJ to shake off her tomboy qualities. Jim Gaffigan (That ‘70s Show, Ed), Jamie Kaler (The Family Stone), Michael Bunin (Scrubs), Reid Scott (American Dreams), Kyle Howard (Related, Orange County) and Kellee Stewart (Guess Who?) co-star.


10 ITEMS OR LESS – Half-hour scripted and improvised comedy series from Sony Pictures Television and executive producers/actors Robert Hickey, Nancy Hower and John Lehr (Memron) – Premieres in Q4 2006
In this loosely scripted comedy series, John Lehr plays a less-than-successful businessman from New York City who moves back home to take over the family supermarket after the death of his father. But the staff quickly realizes his management style is markedly different from that of his father, making for a comically chaotic workplace.


COMIC RELIEF – Three-hour comedy extravaganza premiering in November from The Comedy Festival
TBS is working with HBO on a COMIC RELIEF event as part of HBO and AEG Live’s second annual The Comedy Festival, taking place in Las Vegas Tuesday, Nov. 14 - Saturday, Nov. 18. As it did with last year’s inaugural edition of The Comedy Festival, TBS will once again serve as title sponsor.

In Development at TBS
MY EMBARASSING LIFE – Half-hour scripted comedy series from writer/executive producer David Rosenthal (Gilmore Girls, Spin City)
This coming-of-age story features 14-year-old Henry Einstein, who deals with ridicule at school and his first real crush while trying to survive his quirky family.

LARRY MILLER PROJECT – Half-hour scripted comedy series from Sony Pictures Television and writer/executive producer/star Larry Miller
Renowned stand-up comedian and actor Larry Miller provides a unique take on suburbia as he plays a dad, husband and newspaper columnist with two kids.

Disney-ABC Television Group announced that it will offer ad-supported, full-length episodes of four ABC primetime series online at www.ABC.com as part of a two-month-long experiment. Current episodes of Lost, Desperate Housewives, and Commander In Chief, as well as the entire present season of Alias, will be available for streaming during May and June, marking the first time a broadcast network has made multiple series available for viewing online, free of charge to consumers.
As part of the trial, ABC has offered ten advertisers the opportunity to test possible in-stream broadband advertising models as well as the ability to take advantage of sponsorships. The unique interactive video ads will take many different forms and will be seen within each episode. Participating advertisers include AT&T, Cingular, Ford, Procter & Gamble, Toyota, Unilever's Suave, Universal Pictures and Walt Disney Pictures, among others.
Combining an all-new sleek, modern design with user-friendly functionality, ABC.com will offer episodes the day after they premiere on the linear channel. Consumers will be able to pause and move back and forth between "chapters" within each episode, but will not have the ability to fast-forward through advertisements. Episodes will be streamed in 16x9 formatting which offers a cinema-like feel to the viewing experience.
Encoded and streamed in Flash 8, which offers the best video quality and allows users on both Mac and PC platforms to watch the video episode, will be offered in two different sizes. The standard viewing size is 500x282 pixels (streamed at 400kbs), and the larger viewing size is 700x394 pixels (streamed 700 kbps).

Additionally, the Group announced it will launch SOAPNETIC, the first-ever, always-on broadband channel dedicated to soap fans, on April 17, 2006. Providing comprehensive coverage of all nine current soap operas, as well as classic and original programming, the gated broadband service, an extension of the linear SOAPnet channel, will be accessible at launch to Verizon consumer broadband customers.
Previously, the Disney-ABC Television Group announced that full episodes of popular original series from Disney Channel and Jetix will be available for viewing online starting later this spring. Kids will be able to log on to DisneyChannel.com and Jetix.tv and stream full-length episodes of the hit series That's So Raven, The Suite Life of Zack & Cody, Kim Possible, Power Rangers and Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go!, among others, free and on-demand.

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Monday, April 10, 2006

Breaking News: 'Hogan Family' Removed from ABC Family Channel; TV One Acquires Tons of Sitcoms Including 'Cooper', 'Living Single'

Yesterday various online TV listings had switched back to the line-up that ABC Family had before Hogan Family joined (which joined on April 3). After just one week, ABC Family is going back to that line-up--10:30am Gilmore Girls; 11:30am Step by Step; and 12-1pm Full House. So, Hogan Family has been removed from the schedule. Bad ratings is the issue but I think it was more like poor planning. We only got to see 10 episodes (ironically the same amount that we see from shows on AOL's In2TV every month) from the middle of the third season. The show was placed at 12 noon and 12:30 p.m. They should have placed it at 10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. or just 10:30 a.m. to start off with to see how it would do. By airing it at 12 and 12:30, they had to move one of their highest rated sitcoms back an hour and then ABC Family would probably have to compare Hogan Family to the previous timeslot rating and then kicking off their afternoon line-up. That was asking too much from a sitcom that has not been aired in years. I am so pissed off that they removed the show totally. I think they should have moved it to 10:30 a.m. They would have really nothing to lose there airing out of The 700 Club. This is the third sitcom this year that got an early boot from a cable channel. Family Ties on Hallmark Channel and Evening Shade on CMT both also got an early boot, but not as fast as The Hogan Family. Those got the boot after two weeks. Historically, those shows have never done well in the ratings, so again I blame poor scheduling. What moron would schedule Evening Shade at 11 PM? The show would work only in the mornings. And Family Ties was also poorly scheduled by Hallmark. It's like they do no research. The shows have never done well and yet they seem to expect a whole lot from these shows. They should start slowly by airing them in a morning slot. They were asking way too much from The Hogan Family. Sure the ratings prove it did bad but the scheduling was even worse.
I got an official statement from ABC Family today and they told me to let you all know that they WILL bring the show back at a later date, rest assured. They confirmed that the ratings were not too good and they will try to find a better timeslot that will best suit the show. Let's hope they read my blog today and air it at 10:30 a.m. because I think that might be the best shot.
I'm just happy that we can expect this sitcom to appear on AOL's In2TV sometime this year.

TV One has struck a HUGE multi-year deal with Warner Bros. Television. First off, they have renewed Martin and Roc. Both shows are performing well back-to-back at 11 p.m. TV One has acquired rights from Warner Bros. Domestic Cable Distribution to air popular movies and series, including All of Us, Eve, and Living Single. The acquisition of current UPN sitcoms All of Us and Eve marks the first time the new network for African American adults has acquired the off-network rights to sitcoms currently airing on a broadcast network. As part of the deal, TV One will also acquire the rights to air recent episodes of Showtime at the Apollo, including new episodes two weeks after their syndication debut.
The network will be able to air episodes of All of Us and Eve in primetime if the new UPN/WB merged network, The CW, does not pick up the two series as part of its new lineup. TV One will have weekend distribution rights if the shows are picked up by the new broadcast network.
Additional series to which TV One is acquiring rights under the deal include sitcoms For Your Love, Hangin' with Mr. Cooper, The Parent 'Hood, Wanda at Large, All About the Andersons, Fastlane and the Spenser: For Hire spin-off series A Man Called Hawk.
Under the deal, TV One's rights to air All of Us and Eve begin in fall 2006, and the rights to air Living Single begin in fall 2008.
All of the other series can begin airing at anytime, so we will let you know when they decide to air them. The Parent 'Hood is currently on TBS and licensed to them through fall 2007, so that won't start on TV One probably until then. Though, the show will be leaving TBS come June (probably a hiatus). We will have more on TBS later this week.
I am calling this week "TV Schedules Week" as I have tons and tons of TV programming news for you (and some of it is just bizzare!). So you will want to check in everyday this week for the best coverage of TV scheduling. Isn't TV scheduling just so fascinating?

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Sunday, April 09, 2006

Week 29: How The Sitcoms Did

First four day weekly ratings for total viewers, households and adults 18-49 were not available to us for week 29. So we hope to have that for you next week (hopefully) with week 30. The analysis will also return next week (again...hopefully).

Monday Sitcoms

  • Two and a Half Men (CBS) - A repeat at 8 p.m. in the east and after the NCAA game in the west did decent enough.
  • The New Adventures of Old Christine (CBS) - An all-new episode at a special time of 8:30 p.m. in the east and after the game and Men in the west did OK.
  • One on One (UPN), All of Us (UPN), Girlfriends (UPN), Half and Half (UPN) - All reruns and dead last place.


Tuesday Sitcoms

  • According to Jim (ABC) - Repeat got only did a 3.2/5.
  • Hope & Faith (ABC) - All-new episode, but dropped from lead-in and that was a REPEAT.
  • Sons & Daughters (ABC) 2 episodes - Sigh...great show, terrible ratings. The last two scheduled episodes did its worst yet.
  • Scrubs (NBC) 2 episodes - New repeat time of 8:30 p.m. did terrible with a 2.5 rating, but the all-new episode at 9pm did better, but not good with a 3.9 rating.
  • Teachers (NBC) - 3.7 rating for its second week.

Wednesday Sitcoms

  • George Lopez (ABC) - 4.1 rating...should be slightly better than that since AI is not against it now.
  • Freddie (ABC) - See above.

Thursday Sitcoms

  • Everybody Hates Chris (UPN) - Repeat was at its normal level.
  • Love, Inc. (UPN), Eve (UPN), Cuts (UPN) - Repeats that no one watches...
  • Will & Grace (NBC) - New episode did decent with a 5.9 rating.
  • My Name is Earl (NBC) 2 episodes - Repeat at 8:30 helped NBC a lot again; new episode at 9 did well but down from last week as CSI is back.
  • Teachers (NBC) - Special night and time. Down big from Earl.
  • That '70s Show (Fox) - 2.8 rating--ouch.
  • The Loop (Fox) - Why is this still on?

Friday Sitcoms

Bernie Mac did bad for Fox. The WB has sitcoms on during the 9 p.m. hour of a repeat of Reba and a new Modern Men was dead last for The WB. Modern Men did a 1.2 rating.

Summing it up. Repeat of Two and a Half Men, a new The New Adventures of Old Christine, My Name is Earl were impressive for the week. Everything else was OK (such as Will & Grace and 8:30 p.m. Thurs repeat of My Name is Earl) or just plain old terrible (such as all the sitcoms that aired this past Tuesday on ABC and NBC, The Loop, That '70s Show, Bernie Mac, Modern Men). Terrible sitcom week...

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Saturday, April 08, 2006

New & Old 'Dick Cavett Show' on TCM; 'Golden Girl' Fighting Age with 2 Components

Turner Classic Movies is developing a one-hour special version of The Dick Cavett Show for a September debut.
The special is to be taped before a live audience on a contemporized version of the original set from the '70s, will feature Cavett doing an in-depth interview with Mel Brooks.
In addition, TCM has acquired rights to eight episodes of the original talk show, featuring one-hour interviews with Robert Mitchum, Bette Davis, Ingmar Bergman, Alfred Hitchcock, Woody Allen, Groucho Marx and two with Katharine Hepburn.
Archive episodes are also slated for September. Cavett will supplement interviews with new introductions.

The Associated Press reports on a 'Golden Girl' fighting age with two unlikely components: Rue McClanahan recommends two forms of exercise to fight the effects of aging: weightlifting and frequent sex. "It just depends on the availability of the material," the 72-year-old actress said Friday. "Dumbbells are easy to come by, but most of them are married."
McClanahan said that she used a positive attitude and a sense of humor to help defeat breast cancer, which she was diagnosed with in June 1997, and she's using those same attributes to embrace aging. McClanahan's autobiography, My First Five Husbands, will be released around Mothers' Day in 2007, she said.
The veteran actress has appeared in many series as a regular such as Maude, The Golden Girls, Mama's Family, and The Golden Palace. She has guest starred on many series as well such as All in the Family, Alice, Newhart, Gimme a Break!, Charles in Charge, Empty Nest, Nurses, Boy Meets World, recently on Hope & Faith and so many more.

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Friday, April 07, 2006

Lifetime Validates 'Desperate Housewives' Syndication Deal; Slow TV DVD News?

Lifetime confirmed the Variety report from the other day that they have picked up cable rerun rights to the megahit Desperate Housewives for 5 days a week play starting in fall 2008. But they will also air the show weekly starting with season one this August. Here is how they describe it: The Women of Wisteria Lane have just found a second home! Lifetime Television announced today that it has acquired the exclusive basic cable rights from Buena Vista Television, along with the repurposing rights, for the smash-hit, Emmy Award-winning series Desperate Housewives. Along with the repurposing rights starting September 2008, Lifetime will begin airing the first season of Desperate Housewives on a weekly basis this August.
You can read all the "juicy" details of this buy, by clicking here.

Have you noticed the dry spot among TV DVD news lately? Especially sitcom wise? It looks like June and July will be pretty much slow sitcom wise for DVD. Yes, we are getting sitcoms on DVD those months but most are returning series to DVD such as Roseanne, Cheers, Frasier, Home Improvement, Mary Tyler Moore Show and Three's Company. The new sets coming in June and July - sitcom wise are Coach, Family Affair, Dharma & Greg, The Color Honeymooners, The Bill Cosby Show and F Troop. And also 6 episode sets of Alice and Step by Step. So, I hope it is just not me that is thinking that the sitcom DVD game has been slow lately. The month of May will be big with many many sitcom sets (even a Facts of Life sighting!), but those have been announced for a while already. Let's hope August will shelve more new sets. And you Three's Company fans out there - Amazon.com has now put up the seventh season DVD (which is coming 7/25) up for pre-order--click here to order!

I hope everyone is enjoying our TV DVD reviews. We have worked hard to bring you EVERY sitcom on DVD a review. We also cover select dramas that we feel has a following and that our readers like. While April is not done yet, we will have reviews very soon of the many May sitcom releases such as The Nanny, That Girl, The Facts of Life, and Here Come the Brides. So, keep checking back to the number one TV DVD review site - your number one source for sitcom DVD reviews!

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Thursday, April 06, 2006

'Love Monkey' Unaired Episodes on VH1; Couric's Replacement on 'Today' is Vieira

The people spoke and VH1 listened... canceled CBS dramedy Love Monkey has found a new home on VH1. The hour long dramedy from CBS starring Tom Cavanagh will begin airing on VH1 starting Tuesday, April 11 with three back to back episodes of the episodes that have already aired beginning at 7 p.m. ET/PT. The five remaining, never before seen episodes will premiere every Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET/PT beginning April 18. For more details, click here.

Just one day after Katie Couric made it official she is leaving Today, her replacement was announced. This morning on ABC’s The View, Meredith Vieira confirmed that she would be leaving the show later this summer to become co-host of the Today show. Vieira is expected remain with The View through May sweeps and join Today in early September. Meredith has been a valued contributor of The View since its launch over nine years ago.
Vieira also said she has not yet spoken with Buena Vista about whether or not she will continue in her role as host of Who Wants To Be a Millionaire for the remaining two years on her contract. Vieira currently tapes the entire year of shows between September and December, shooting four shows a day three or four days a week. The show currently tapes at 2 p.m., and Vieira said that one possibility would be simply to move up the taping schedule to begin at noon. NBC CEO Jeff Zucker cited Hugh Downs’ hosting of both Today and game show Concentration concurrently in the 1960s as precedent should Vieira continue in her Millionaire role. Vieira’s mix of talk-show hosting and experience in network news were considered widely attractive to NBC.

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Wednesday, April 05, 2006

'Desperate Housewives' Reruns Coming to Lifetime?; Syndie Sitcoms Score; Couric to CBS

Variety is reporting that Lifetime is about to pick up reruns of ABC's Desperate Housewives for about $500,000 per hour-long episode. The women’s cable network will begin running the show in fall 2008 – likely both stripping it on weeknights and repurposing new episodes after they air on ABC, according to a source close to the deal. Lifetime, which has not yet finalized the deal, declined to comment on the matter. Lifetime, which passed the show over before it ended up on ABC, will actually be paying less for Housewives than it did for Frasier, which recently joined its schedule in reruns and has not done too well. Reports put the price Lifetime shelled out for each episode of the half-hour Frasier at $600,000. The $500,000 Desperate price tag is twice what Bravo just paid per episode for reruns of the HBO mortuary drama Six Feet Under.

The March 20-26 syndicated ratings just came out. And sitcom Friends hit a season high. The sitcom averaged a season-high 6.6 household rating for the week, up 43% from the previous period -- the biggest leap of any show in syndication for the week -- due to a weekend marathon of the show on cable network TBS. Usual off-network sitcom leader Everybody Loves Raymond slipped to No. 2 with a 6.1, flat for the week. Seinfeld (5.6) fell by 3%, and That '70s Show (4.0) jumped 8%.

And in the big TV news of the day. Katie Couric of NBC's Today show made it official this morning that she is indeed heading to CBS. "I wanted to tell all of you out there who have watched the show for the past 15 years that after listening to my heart and my gut, two things that have served me well in the past, I've decided I'll be leaving 'Today' at the end of May," she said this morning on Today.
Katie Couric, one of broadcasting's most respected and popular journalists, is joining CBS News, it was announced today by Leslie Moonves, President and Chief Executive Officer, CBS Corporation, and Sean McManus, President, CBS News and Sports. As part of the multi-year agreement, Couric will become Anchor and Managing Editor of the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric beginning in September. Couric also will contribute to 60 Minutes, the most successful program in television history and its most respected news magazine, and will anchor CBS News primetime specials as well. With the appointment, Couric becomes the first female solo anchor of a network evening news broadcast.

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Tuesday, April 04, 2006

ABC Slates Specials for Top 3 Shows; VH1 Sitcom Starts Slow

ABC has booked three new specials for Desperate Housewives, Grey's Anatomy and Lost for the end of April. The specials will take a look back at the current season for each show in clip format. All three specials will air in the regular time periods. The specials are: Desperate Housewives: The More You Know, The Jucier It Gets airing Sunday, April 23; Grey's Anatomy: Under Pressure airing also on Sunday, April 23; and Lost: Reckoning airing Wednesday, April 26. After these specials the shows will be all-new for May sweeps, wrapping up the season.

VH1's first ever sitcom So noTORIous starring Tori Spelling drew 1.1 million viewers overall at 10 p.m. for its debut episode and another 823,000 viewers tuned in for the second episode at 10:30 p.m. The numbers are pale in comparison with those of recent VH1 hits like Flavor of Love, which wrapped its season to 6 million viewers last month and ranked as the first quarter's No. 1 nonsports basic cable show in adults 18-49 Variety reports. So noTORIous also lost steam from its lead-ins -- new episodes of Surreal Life at 9 and Hogan Knows Best at 9:30 -- which each drew 2.1 million viewers. On the flip side, So noTORIous posted a 0.4/1 in 18-49, up 50% over VH1's current primetime average in the 18-49 demo. 10 p.m. competition from ABC's Grey's Anatomy (22 million viewers overall, 9.9 national rating/24 share in 18-49) seems to have overwhelmed the debut.

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Monday, April 03, 2006

'The Simpsons' Movie Coming to a Theater Near You in July 2007; 'Malcolm' Celebrates #150; More on 'Poocharelli's'

Homer Simpson has hit the big screen in a short teaser trailer announcing a theatrical feature version of the long-running Fox animated sitcom The Simpsons. The Simpsons teaser debuted Friday before screenings of 20th Century Fox's Ice Age: The Meltdown. The clip announces Fox's July 27, 2007, release date for The Simpsons Movie.
The animated 28-second clip opens on a giant superhero "S" shield. "Leaping his way onto the silver screen," intones a narrator, "the greatest hero in American history!" Cut to Homer sitting on his couch in his tightly whities and T-shirt. "I forgot what I was supposed to say," Homer says. The narrator continues, " 'The Simpsons Movie,' coming to the screen July 27, 2007." "Uh, oh ...," says Homer, "we better get started."
David Silverman, co-director of Pixar Animation Studios' Monsters, Inc., is directing the movie. He has also shot numerous Simpsons episodes and was recently promoted to the series' supervising director. The film is being produced in 2-D animation by 160 animators at Film Roman in Burbank.
The principal voice cast from the TV series will all be involved in the film, which will also introduce new characters, one of which will be voiced by Albert Brooks.

Malcolm in the Middle is coming to an end this season, and they will celebrate a milestone--episode #150! For the senior prom, Reese gets paid to take Janine, a studious girl in class, but only after she gives him a makeover and sends him to finishing school, while Malcolm aligns with the unpopular kids to form an anti-prom they call "Morp." Unfortunately, while Malcolm and his friends protest the official dance, they don't know how to make their "Morp" exciting. Meanwhile, Dewey discovers there aren't any childhood pictures of him, so he concocts an elaborate scavenger hunt to punish Hal and Lois in "Morp," the milestone 150th episode of Malcolm in the Middle, Sunday, April 23 (7:00-7:30 PM ET/PT) on Fox.

Now we have episode synopsis for Nick@Nite's 90-second sitcom! How exciting! I think I might be just about the only one covering this--but I'm proud! Lassie better watch out, because these dogs are on his trail.

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Sunday, April 02, 2006

Week 28: How The Sitcoms Did

First four day weekly ratings for total viewers, households and adults 18-49 were not available to us for week 28. So we hope to have that for you next week with week 29. The analysis will also return next week.

Monday Sitcoms

  • The King of Queens (CBS) - We don't have total viewers numbers this week, but we will do our best to analyze. Repeat airing was 4th in its slot.
  • How I Met Your Mother (CBS) - Repeat broadcast was 4th in its slot in the major categories.
  • Two and a Half Men (CBS) - Even a repeat wins its slot. in households
  • The New Adventures of Old Christine (CBS) - An all-new episode did decent, but its lowest rating yet because Men was a repeat at 9.
  • One on One (UPN), All of Us (UPN), Girlfriends (UPN), Half and Half (UPN) - All new this week, and normal levels. I wonder which will make it to the CW line-up next season?


Tuesday Sitcoms

  • According to Jim (ABC) - Repeat got killed by AI.
  • Hope & Faith (ABC) - Regis guest starred, but with Jim a repeat before it, it was down from last week..
  • Sons & Daughters (ABC) 2 episodes - Watch the show! This coming Tuesday will be its last two episodes that are scheduled. 10 of 11 have aired, and I hope we see that final episode at somepoint. Hilarious stuff!!
  • Scrubs (NBC) 2 episodes - New repeat time of 8:30 p.m. was nothing to write home about, but the all-new episode at 9pm did its normal numbers.
  • Teachers (NBC) - Debut didn't do as well as it should, lost some of the Scrubs audience. We'll have to watch and see if the show builds, remains steady or does a freefall this week. Good chance we will not see this show next fall, though.

Wednesday Sitcoms

  • George Lopez (ABC) - Down from last week, but still did decent enough. 100th episode with special guest Eva Longoria won its slot among sitcoms.
  • Freddie (ABC) - Like the lead-in, down from last week's historic cross-over episode.
  • Out of Practice (CBS) - This week was its last airing...CBS quickly has pulled it.
  • Courting Alex (CBS) - Same goes for this sitcom, CBS has pulled it. This week Alex did better than Practice.

Thursday Sitcoms

  • Everybody Hates Chris (UPN) - Repeat was at its normal level.
  • Love, Inc. (UPN), Eve (UPN), Cuts (UPN) - Repeats that no one watches...
  • Will & Grace (NBC) - 3.6 A18-49 rating is good for NBC these days, especially from a sitcom.
  • My Name is Earl (NBC) 2 episodes - Repeat at 8:30 helped NBC a lot again; new episode at 9 did well but down from last week as CSI is back.
  • The Office (NBC) - Households and total viewers is down a little too much from the lead-in, but A18-49 is not that bad, 4.1..down from Earl's 4.4.
  • That '70s Show (Fox) - About the same numbers as it did last week.
  • The Loop (Fox) -Cancelation is on the horizon.

Friday Sitcoms

Fox brought back Bernie Mac, and I wonder why? The show was beaten by every network except The WB in its slot. The WB Friday thankfully got rid of What I Like About You and Living with Fran. The 9 p.m. hour of a repeat of Reba and a new Modern Men was dead last for The WB.

Summing it up. Repeat of Two and a Half Men, a new The New Adventures of Old Christine, My Name is Earl were impressive for the week. Everything else was OK (such as repeats of The King of Queens, How I Met Your Mother, and a new The Office) or just plain old terrible (such as Sons & Daughters, The Loop, Bernie Mac, Modern Men).

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Saturday, April 01, 2006

Charlie Sheen 'E! THS' Tomorrow; 'Hogan Family' Debuts Monday on ABC Family

Two and a Half Men star Charlie Sheen will be profiled, along with Denise Richards, on this week's episode of the E! True Hollywood Story. Charlie Sheen was a showbiz heir who tore through life in the fast lane - drug problems and press coverage of admitted call girls branded him Hollywood's bad boy. Denise Richards was a silver screen goddess who scaled the A-list, and when their worlds collided, Richards believed she could tame him. When Sheen said "I do" to Richards on June 15th, 2002, it seemed this "Wild Thing" would finally have his happy ending. The couple appeared to be living a fairytale life with the birth of their daughter Sam in 2004, and Charlie's top hit sitcom Two and a Half Men. But on March 2, 2005, while pregnant with their second child, the woman who won Charlie's heart dropped a bombshell. Richards filed for divorce after almost three years of marriage. Although the couple attempted to reconcile, in January 2006, Sheen and Richards continued with divorce proceedings. After months of speculation, one question remains, is it really over? Tune in for this story of debauchery, divorce and deliverance - Hollywood style, Charlie Sheen and Denise Richards : The E! True Hollywood Story premiering on Sunday, April 2 at 8:00 PM ET/PT.

And don't forget Monday is the long awaited return of The Hogan Family on television. ABC Family Channel was nice (and smart) enough to pick-up the series. They will air it back-to-back each weekday at 12 noon and 12:30 p.m. ET/PT starting this Monday. Now if they only can finally get rid of The 700 Club in the morning, maybe they can pick-up Silver Spoons, Small Wonder, and Mr. Belvedere, too. As those would work really well in the mornings. But at least Hogan is back, and this is no April Fool's joke.

Don't forget to put your clocks ahead one-hour before you go to bed tonight. We lose an hour of sleep tonight.

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