Wednesday, May 31, 2006

'Dukes of Hazzard', 'Bonanza', 'Scrubs' on Cable; Watch 'Grey's Anatomy' Season 1 on Thursdays on ABC

Yes, Dukes of Hazzard and Bonanza are already on cable, but that doesn't mean anything. With shared deals these days, a show can be on more than one cable channel--see Little House on the Prairie, Full House, Roseanne, A Different World, Cosby Show, Mad About You, among others for details. The Dukes of Hazzard airs on CMT weeknights at 7 p.m., but will also be coming to ABC Family Channel starting Tuesday, June 13, airing Tues-Fri nights at 11:59 p.m. ET/PT.
Classic TV western Bonanza's original episodes (260 episodes) air on TV Land everyday, but the lost episodes (over 160 episodes) are coming back to the Hallmark Channel starting July 3 with a marathon then it will air weekday afternoons at 12 noon starting the next day.
Current NBC sitcom Scrubs will be coming to syndication this fall to local channels, WGN, and Comedy Central. Comedy Central announced yesterday that it will premiere Scrubs on Sept. 19 airing it weeknights at 7 p.m. ET/PT. We will have more news on shows coming to cable/locals a lot this summer--so keep checking back!

ABC is moving the red-hot hospital drama Grey's Anatomy to Thursdays next fall. And are you one of the few people who have never seen the show? Well, you're in luck, because ABC will show all season one episodes starting Thursday, June 29 at 9 p.m. ET/PT each Thursday! See it from the beginning! Fans can also watch season two encores on Sunday nights at 10 p.m.
The show will premiere its third season in late September on ABC.

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Tuesday, May 30, 2006

More 'House of Payne' Launches; Rembering Paul Gleason

First run syndicated sitcom House of Payne has already launched and aired ten episodes in New York City (weekdays from May 8-19 on WWOR-9) and Houston (weekdays from May 15-26 on KTXH-20), but eight other cities will get to watch those 10 episodes of this new syndicated sitcom this June and July! Here are the cities, channels, and days and times:

Philadelphia, PA: WPHL-17
Weekdays at 5:30 p.m. ET starting June 5

Baltimore, MD: WNUV-54
Weekdays at 10:00 p.m. ET starting June 12

Raleigh, NC: WRDC-28
Weekdays at 6:30 p.m. ET starting June 12

Washington, D.C.: WBDC-50
Saturday, June 17 and Saturday, June 24 8:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. ET

Dallas, TX: KTXA-21
Sunday, June 18 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. CT

Chicago, IL: WCIU-26
Weekdays at 6:00 p.m. CT starting June 19
Encores Weekdays at 11:30 p.m. CT starting June 19; Sundays 1 to 3:30 p.m. CT starting June 25

Atlanta, GA: WTBS-17
Wednesdays 9 and 9:30 p.m. ET starting June 21
Encores Mondays 11 and 11:30 p.m. ET starting June 26

Miami, FL: WBFS-33
Sundays at 7 and 7:30 p.m. ET starting July 2

Actor Paul Gleason, who is best remembered as Principal Richard Vernon in The Breakfast Club film in 1985, passed away in a Burbank, California hospital on Saturday of mesothelioma, a rare form of lung cancer linked to asbestos. During his career - which spanned five decades, Gleason starred in blockbuster movies such as Die Hard, Trading Places, National Lampoon's Van Wilder.

He also appeared in various TV shows as a guest such as the sitcoms Friends, Malcolm in the Middle, Seinfeld, Cursed, Veronica's Closet, Grace Under Fire, NewsRadio, Boy Meets World, The Wonder Years, and George Lopez; and TV dramas such as Dawson's Creek, Life Goes On, Cold Case, LA Law, The A-Team and Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman. Mr. Gleason had just turned 67 on May 4. He will be missed and he was a familiar face as he appeared on many shows as a guest. One of the best character actors out there. Gleason is survived by his wife, two daughters and a granddaughter.

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Monday, May 29, 2006

'Kotter' & 'Good Times' Return to the Big Apple; 'Full House' Memorial Day Marathon on ABC Family

Happy Memorial Day! Starting tonight, WPIX in New York City will start airing Welcome Back, Kotter 5 nights a week. For this week, Tues-Sat mornings (that's Mon-Fri nights) at 3:00 a.m. replacing one of The Jeffersons' timeslots. The Jeffersons will still air at 2:30 a.m. Cheers will still be in classic TV block at 3:30 a.m., but that will be short lived as Good Times joins the line-up next week and will air at 3:00 a.m., shifting Kotter to 3:30 a.m. WPIX might have some more goodies in store later! We will certainly let you know.

Spend your Memorial Day catching up with the Tanner family from Full House and all of their beloved pets. Get reacquainted with the entire menagerie including Bubba the Turtle, Rocket the Horse, Martin the Fish, Ginger the Chimp, Scruffy the Pig, Shorty the Donkey and of course Comet the Dog. Monday, May 29 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET/PT.

9:00am FUL-1006 "The Return of Grandma" - A frantic search for Jesse's missing pet turtle leads to the Tanner family turning the house upside down.
9:30am FUL-2004 "D.J.'s Very First Horse" - The Tanners are in for a wild ride when D.J. gets a horse, but goes to great lengths to hide her new pet from her dad.
10:00am FUL-3007 "And They Call It Puppy Love" - The Tanner children want to keep a lost golden retriever that has wandered into their yard but instead get to keep an unexpected gift - a puppy.
10:30am FUL-4017 "A Fish Called Martin" - Michelle's new fish, Martin, meets a tragic end when she gives him a bubble bath.
11:00am FUL-5007 "The Volunteer" - Stephanie and Michelle have a backyard dog show starring Comet and other neighborhood dogs.
11:30am FUL-5018 "Too Much Monkey Business" - Danny's sister Wendy comes to town with her pet chimp. The chimp turns the house upside down and develops a crush on Jesse.
12:00pm FUL-6021 "Room For One More" - Stephanie and Michelle take care of Scruffy, a neighbor's pig.
12:30pm FUL-8006 "You Pet It, You Bought It" - Michelle buys a donkey with her lemonade money and creates havoc in the Tanner household.

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Sunday, May 28, 2006

Week 36 Ratings (Final Week of Season); How the Sitcoms Did; Final Season Ratings

Week 36 numbers (final three nights of the seasons, Mon-Wed):

Households: FOX: 15.2/23.4; CBS 7.1/11.1; ABC: 6.5/10.1; NBC: 5.3/8.3; The WB: 1.3/2.1; UPN 1.3/2.0.
Total Viewers: FOX: 26.36 million; CBS: 10.91 million; ABC: 10.17 million; NBC: 7.98 million; The WB: 1.96 million; UPN: 1.79 million.
Adults 18-49: FOX 10.4/26.3; ABC: 3.9/9.9; CBS: 3.4/8.5; NBC: 2.7/6.8; The WB: 0.8/1.9; UPN: 0.7/1.9.

Final May Sweep Numbers:

Households: CBS: 8.1 rating/13 share (- 8 from last season), Fox: 7.0/12 (+ 8), NBC: 6.1/10 (- 3), ABC: 6.0/10 (- 8), WB and UPN: 1.8/ 3 (-22 each).
Total Viewers: CBS: 12.47 million (- 8), Fox: 11.61 (+ 9), ABC: 9.30 (- 5), NBC: 9.16 (- 1), WB: 2.71 (-20), UPN: 2.65 (-23).
Adults 18-49: Fox: 4.8/13 (+ 7), CBS: 3.6/10 (-12), ABC: 3.5/10 (- 5), NBC: 3.1/ 9 (- 3), WB: 1.1/ 3 (-21), UPN: 1.1/ 3 (-27).

Analysis: The final three nights of the season was dominated by Fox, thanks to American Idol and House. Nothing else was even close. ABC's Lost and CBS's CSI: Miami finished strong but everything else didn't compete with Fox's reality juggernaut. On Monday, NBC's Deal or No Deal won the opening hour among total viewers. Fox was strong with the first half of 24's season finale and ABC put up a fight with an Oprah Winfrey special. Lost in the mix were CBS's 8 p.m. hour comedies. 9 p.m. saw a battle between the CBS comedies and the final hour of Fox's 24 season finale. The Apprentice and the first half of ABC's series finale of Alias didn't do so well. Monday's highest rated show, CSI: Miami, scored 19.96 million viewers, more than 2 million from last week when it faced the second half of the monster season finale of Grey's Anatomy. Tuesday was all Fox with American Idol & House, with 31.78 and 25.47 million viewers. Both were up more than 3 million viewers from last week. I wonder if House can still draw 20 million viewers in the fall without American Idol? I have no doubt it will win its hour, but I think it will be in the range of 18-20 million, but come next January, it will be back to 22-25 million. CBS aired the Acedemy of Country Music Awards and did 12.02 million, down from its usual Tuesday average. Law & Order: SVU was not on tonight for NBC and thus NBC was a distant 4th place tonight--NBC aired the 10.5 sequel which bombed. ABC did OK with the new Stephen King movie doing 7.5 million, better than what their comedies did. The last night of the season, Wednesday, it was again Fox, as the Idol season finale was too much for everyone with 36.38 million from 8 to 10 p.m. It peaked in the final half hourwith well over 42 million. Up big from last year by far. Who would have thought a series in its 5th cycle would actually grow from cycle 4? Will CBS or ABC be aggressive next season against AI? The two-hour season finale of Lost on ABC did just fine oppostie AI juggernaut scoring an average of 17.84 million viewers, but it did much better in the 10 p.m. hour when there was no AI. Well that's a wrap to this season. We will be back with analysis in the fall, we will still give you repeat numbers for sitcoms this summer, but the real ratings will return in September! Stay tuned below for final season numbers.


Monday Sitcoms

  • The King of Queens (CBS) - 8.39 million for the season finale.
  • Two and a Half Men (CBS) - Season finale did very good with 15.51 million.
  • New Adventures of Old Christine (CBS) 2 episodes - 8:30 p.m. didn't do as well as How I Met Your Mother would have done, 7.53 million...9:30 did way better with 13.06 million.
  • One on One (UPN), All of Us (UPN), Girlfriends, Half & Half (UPN) - Repeats...


Tuesday Sitcoms

None.

Wednesday Sitcoms

None.


Final 2005-06 Season Numbers
September 19, 2005 through May 24, 2006

Households:
CBS: 8.2 rating/13 share (- 2 from last season), ABC: 6.9/11 (+ 6), NBC: 6.4/10 (- 2), Fox: 6.2/10 (+ 2), WB: 2.1/ 3 (- 5), UPN: 2.1/ 3 (- 9).

Total Viewers:
CBS: 12.60 million (- 2), ABC: 10.80 (+ 7), Fox: 10.10 (+ 1), NBC: 9.72 (- 1), WB: 3.12 (- 7), UPN: 3.11 (- 7).

Adults 18-49:
Fox: 4.1/11 (no change), ABC: 4.0/11 (+ 8), CBS: 3.8/10 (- 5), NBC: 3.3/ 9 (- 6), UPN and WB: 1.3/ 3 (- 7).

Adults 18-34:
Fox: 3.9/12 (+ 3), ABC: 3.2/10 (+ 7), CBS and NBC: 2.6/ 8 (-10), UPN: 1.4/ 4 (no change), WB: 1.4/ 4 (- 7).

Adults 25-54:
CBS: 4.8/12 (- 2), ABC: 4.6/11 (+ 7), Fox: 4.4/11 (+ 2), NBC: 3.9/10 (- 7), WB: 1.3/ 3 (- 7), UPN: 1.2/ 3 -14).

- CBS, Fox and ABC all had something to write home about this season. NBC didn't do so well again this season coming in 4th in total viewers and adults 18-49.

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Saturday, May 27, 2006

Memorial Day Sitcom Marathon on TV One; 'Housewives' Reruns Sold to 10 MyNetworkTV Locals for Fall 2008

Spend your Memorial Day vacation watching your favorite TV One sitcom characters go on vacation as TV One presents the "Memorial Day Madness Marathon."
On Monday, May 29 starting at 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. (and also repeats late night), join your favorite characters from Martin, 227, Good Times, In the House, and Amen for a full day marathon of trips with hilarious circumstances.
From Martin's vacation in Hollywood to Marion's reunion in New York, the "Memorial Day Madness Marathon" will have you laughing out your seat. Who needs the beach?!
The following is the line-up:

9:00am/4:00am Martin Episode 514, Goin' Overboard Pt.1
9:30am/4:30am Martin Episode 515, Goin' Overboard Pt.2
10:00am 227 Episode 414, Babes in the Woods
10:30am Good Times Episode 307, The Weekend
11:00am/11:00pm In the House Episode 402, Cruise Pt.1
11:30am/11:30pm In the House Episode 406, Cruise (2)
12:00pm/10:00pm Martin Episode 211, Hollywood Swinging Pt.1
12:30pm/10:30pm Martin Episode 212, Hollywood Swinging Pt.2
1:00pm Amen Episode 8610, Retreat, Heck!
1:30pm/1:30am In the House Episode 105, Hats Off
2:00pm Amen Episode 8916, The Deacon And The Mother-In-Law
2:30pm/2:30am In the House Episode 208, Sister Act: The Episode
3:00pm/12:00am 227 Episode 505, How the West was Fun, Pt. I
3:30pm/12:30am 227 Episode 506, How the West was Fun, Pt. II
4:00pm/1:00am Martin Episode 422, The Cabin Show
4:30pm/3:30am In the House Episode 421, Mr. Hill Goes to New York
5:00pm/2:00am 227 Episode 403, Play It Again, Stan
5:30pm Amen Episode 8801, Fear Of Flying
6:00pm 227 Episode 414, Babes in the Woods
6:30pm Amen Episode 8610, Retreat, Heck!
7:00pm Good Times Episode 307, The Weekend
7:30pm/3:00am Martin Episode 324, The Romantic Weekend

Fox Corp’s new MyNetworkTV (MNT) is buying Buena Vista’s hit prime time soap Desperate Housewives for its ten owned-and-operated stations (example: WWOR in NYC) for weekend syndication. The two-year deal begins in 2008 and the MNT O&Os plan to run Desperate Housewives on Saturday and Sunday nights according to Broadcasting & Cable.
MNT is launching Sept. 5, 2006 with two hour strips of English language telenovellas. So far, the network has affiliates in 139 markets representing 82% of the country. Presuming its strategy for prime time soaps is successful, Desperate Housewives reruns would be an excellent weekend compliment in 2008. Lifetime has already bought the cable syndication rights for the show, also beginning in 2008, for about $500,000 per episode. Lifetime will also air the show once a week starting this August.

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Friday, May 26, 2006

Norman Lear Sitcom Book Coming This Fall; NBC Revised Fall Thoughts; Paul Goebel's Hilarious PSA

A new book on the sitcom creator Norman Lear is coming out later this year. The book titled The Sitcoms of Norman Lear, will be written by River Edge, New Jersey native Sean Campbell. The amazing thing is Sean is only 16 years old and he will have a major book out this early in his life. Visit his website at dear-norman.com. And now here is a description of the book:
Archie Bunker, George Jefferson, Maude—the television sitcom world of the 1970s was peopled by the creations of Norman Lear. Beginning in 1971 with the premiere of All in the Family, Lear’s work gave sitcoms a new face and a new style. No longer were families perfect and lives in order. Mostly blue-collar workers and their families, Lear’s characters argued, struggled, uttered sometimes shocking opinions and had no problem contributing to—or at least, acknowledging—the turmoil so shunned by 1960s television. Significantly, not only did Lear address difficult issues, but he did so through successful programming. Week after week, Americans tuned in to see the family adventures of the Bunkers, the Jeffersons, and Sanford and son.
With a thorough analysis of his sitcoms, this volume explores Norman Lear’s memorable production career during the 1970s. It emphasizes how Lear’s shows reflected the political and cultural milieu, and how they addressed societal issues including racism, child abuse and gun control. The casting, production and behind-the-screen difficulties of All in the Family, Sanford & Son, Maude, Good Times, The Jeffersons and One Day at a Time are discussed. Each show is examined from inception through series finale. Interviews with some of the actors and actresses such as Rue McClanahan of Maude and Marla Gibbs from The Jeffersons are included.
You can pre-order the book by clicking here. It looks like a nice read and congrats and best of luck to Sean!

OK, as I promised, I will let you know my thoughts of the revised NBC Mon-Fri fall line-up. Let's start with Mondays. Previously it was Deal or No Deal, Heroes, Medium. Now it will be Deal or No Deal, Heroes, Studio 60 On the Sunset Strip. I think NBC might have made this night a bit stronger. I think Heroes, Studio 60 should switch slots though because Studio 60 has more buzz and would benefit a lot from Deal or No Deal's strong numbers. Heading to Tuesday, previously it was Friday Night Lights, Kidnapped, Law & Order: SVU. Now it will be Friday Night Lights, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Law & Order: SVU. I think this change will not really affect them. I doubt Kidnapped would have done better than Law & Order: CI. If they wanted two Law & Order's back to back, they should have moved SVU to 9 p.m. and the original at 10 p.m. The original needs a boost and SVU is perfect for it. Heading to Wednesdays, previously it was The Biggest Loser, 20 Good Years, 30 Rock, Law & Order. Now it will be 20 Good Years, 30 Rock, The Biggest Loser, Kidnapped. OK, now this is a bad move. The Biggest Loser a lead-in to new drama Kidnapped? That is so stupid! Yes, Loser is a good alternative at 9 p.m. from Lost or Criminal Minds, but still poor new drama Kidnapped will be killed by CSI: NY and possibly ABC's The Nine. I would have kept the original line-up they had, but I think I would move the original L&O to 10 p.m. Tuesdays. But what would I have Wednesdays at 10? I think ER would work there. Moving on to Thursday, previously it was My Name is Earl, The Office, Studio 60 On the Sunset Strip, ER. Now it will be Earl, Office, Deal or No Deal, ER. Wise move moving their most buzz show (Studio 60) away from CSI & Grey's Anatomy. Now they are moving their highest rated show Deal or No Deal in that slot. It will take a big hit I think but will do much better than what Studio 60 would have done. NBC should have taken advantage of Deal and aired a new show at 10 p.m., like The Black Donnellys. ER is not going to benefit from Deal. Look for ER possibly to be third place in its slot this fall behind two rookies: Six Degrees and Shark. Finally we will look at Fridays. Previously it was Deal or No Deal, Las Vegas, Law & Order: Criminal Intent. Now it will be Crossing Jordan, Las Vegas, Law & Order. This is their second worse move (behind Wednesdays). No Deal or No Deal means no chance for a win for the night. Crossing Jordan can't air that early...it is a 10 p.m. show. The original Law & Order on Fridays at 10? Stupid. CI would be better here. I don't know what they could have done here. Maybe Dateline, Las Vegas, Law & Order: CI? Or maybe a third Deal at 8? Anyway, I think NBC made Mondays and Thursdays a bit better, Tuesdays will be the same probably, and Wednesdays and Fridays are terrible moves. The first line-up looked better to me, but we shall see what happens this fall!

The King of TV and a good friend of ours, Paul Goebel, has made a hilarious mock video of the Feed the Children PSA. Paul and his little daughter star. Click here to view the funny two and a half minute mock PSA. Feeding the hungry and poor is no laughing matter, but somehow he has made this pretty funny! Sally Struthers would be proud! Don't forget to rate the video there and don't forget to visit Paul's website TheKingofTV.com.

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Thursday, May 25, 2006

NBC Revamps Fall 2006 Line-Up; 'My Fair Brady' Season 2 Starts Sunday!

There was a rumor that NBC would move new fall drama Studio 60 On the Sunset Strip from Thursdays to Mondays (because ABC put Grey's Anatomy on Thursdays next fall), but that would probably be the only change. Guess what? They did make that change and much more. Monday through Friday sees at least one change each for each night. Studio 60 On the Sunset Strip will move to Mondays at 10 p.m. The most surprising move is moving the original Law & Order to Friday nights. Crossing Jordan goes from mid-season to Fridays in the fall, while Medium goes from Mondays in the fall to mid-season. I wonder if the advertisers are now pissed at NBC? They had an upfront just 10 days ago, and now NBC revamps 5 of the 7 nights. They were promised this schedule and now they change it? It doesn't make sense to me, but Mondays look better now for NBC probably but Wednesdays look terrible to me:

Here is NBC's official Fall Line-Up: The Revised Edition

NBC 2006-07

Sundays
7:00PM Football Night in America
8:00PM Sunday Night Football

Mondays
8:00PM Deal or No Deal
9:00PM Heroes (NEW)
10:00PM Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip (NEW)

Tuesdays
8:00PM Friday Night Lights (NEW)
9:00PM Law & Order: Criminal Intent
10:00PM Law & Order: SVU

Wednesdays
8:00PM 20 Good Years (NEW)
8:30PM 30 Rock (NEW)
9:00PM The Biggest Loser
10:00PM Kidnapped (NEW)

Thursdays
8:00PM My Name is Earl
8:30PM The Office
9:00PM Deal or No Deal
10:00PM ER

Fridays
8:00PM Crossing Jordan
9:00PM Las Vegas
10:00PM Law & Order

Saturdays
8:00PM Dateline Saturday
9:00PM Crime Repeats
10:00PM Crime Repeats


Mid-Season:

Sundays after NFL ends
7:00PM Dateline Sunday
8:00PM America's Got Talent
9:00PM The Apprentice: Hollywood
10:00PM Raines (NEW)

New drama The Black Donnellys will air Thursdays at 10:00 p.m. in January. Single camera sitcoms The Singles Table and Andy Barker, P.I. will also join at a later date. Fan favorites Medium and Scrubs will return to the NBC schedule at some point later in the season.

We will come back tomorrow probably to analyze these changes. So you might want to come back!

Christopher Knight and Adrianne Curry are going to the chapel and they're getting married...maybe! VH1 reunites America with the reality sweethearts who first laid eyes and other bodily parts on each other on the set of Surreal Life 4. From there, the May-December love blossomed and now they're engaged and planning a wedding. Premiering Sunday, May 28 at 9 p.m. ET/PT, My Fair Brady: We're Getting Married! captures all the challenges of planning a traditional wedding with the most untraditional couple.
When you last saw them...Adrianne told Chris that she needed a rock-solid commitment from him (i.e. an engagement ring) or she would move out, get her own place and their relationship would be over. Feeling frustrated and pressured, Chris told her he did not think he could give her what she wanted. Thus, Adrianne began apartment hunting, while Chris began contemplating the possibility of losing the love of his life. In the season finale he mustered the courage to propose, but can this May-December couple survive the pressures of getting married?

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Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Summer Line-up for ME-TV in Chicago; TV Guide Channel's 'Square Off'

Me-TV, WWME, broadcast channel 23 in Chicago, IL premieres a new summer schedule on Monday, June 5 including favorites from the 60s and 70s such as Lassie, The Lone Ranger, Maverick, Mr. Ed, The Flying Nun and Patty Duke.
Plus, get down with the grooviest families around – The Bradys (The Brady Bunch), The Munsters, and The Partridges (The Partridge Family). Along with Me-TV favorites Gidget, The Monkees, Mary Tyler Moore, Starsky & Hutch, The Facts of Life and plenty more. Me-TV is the place to be this summer! For the full list of changes for Me-TV this summer, click here. This local TV station should become national! They change their lineup for each season and it is usually good changes.

You are invited to be a TV industry insider! Square Off is a weekly television series on the TV Guide Channel dedicated to discussing (and sometimes arguing) over the world of television and what we watch and why. The episode that airs this Friday (May 26) at 8:00 p.m. features Henry Winkler talking about ‘jumping the shark’ on Happy Days, working with Ron Howard and his character’s sexuality on Arrested Development.
Square Off aims to immerse viewers in the business of television with lively debate hosted by Brian Lowry (Media Columnist, Daily Variety) and Andrew Wallenstein (TV Features Editor, The Hollywood Reporter). Created by Peter Bart (Editor-in-Chief of Variety), Peter Guber (Chairman/CEO of Mandalay Entertainment Group) and producer Scott Sternberg (Emmy®-Award winner and President of Scott Sternberg Productions), the series features the entertainment industry’s top power players in front of and behind the camera, including actors, agents, managers, network executives, producers, directors, television critics and reporters.
As of Saturday, June 10 Square Off will be moving to 9:00 PM on Saturdays and will be running repeats every Friday thereafter at 11:00 PM. Actor John Cryer will be featured on June 10.
For a video preview of the Henry Winkler episode, click here.

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Tuesday, May 23, 2006

'House of Payne' Scores Big in NYC and Houston; CMT Special Countdowns Top 20 Country Sitcoms


Tyler Perry's original comedy series, House of Payne, is scoring with late night audiences as its two week test run on WWOR-My9 finished up last week. In its two week test at 11 pm, House of Payne has delivered big female demographics for WWOR-My9, MyNetworkTV's flagship station. In all three key demos; W18-34 (2.3/7), W18-49 (2.1/6) and W25-54 (2.2/5) House of Payne has dramatically increased the time period average of Bernie Mac with gains of 75%, 100% and 67% respectively vs. February 2006. Competitively House of Payne scored big for WWOR-My9, beating sitcom giant Seinfeld in all three female demos, outscoring Sex and The City in W25-54, and tying Sex in W18-49. House of Payne's female demos were the top-rated amongst all strip shows on WWOR-My9 all day long.
KTXH, Ch 20 Houston (The FOX Television Stations owned and operated MyNetworkTV station) which is completing its first week has also seen the show deliver a spike in audience, averaging a 3.1/6 rating and share which is 100% improvement over the February '06 time period average and a 50% increase over the Steve Harvey lead-in. This comes on the heels of its fantastic primetime one-hour premiere last week at 7:00 pm, where House of Payne delivered a 6.7/10 tying it for first place in the time period with CBS' comedy block and NBC's Deal or No Deal.
For further details, click here.

This Saturday CMT presents: CMT 20 Greatest Country Comedy Shows. The most-popular TV series, in the genre, of the '60s to present day. Will Evening Shade, Designing Women, Green Acres, Mayberry RFD, Andy Griffith Show, Petticoat Junction, Grace Under Fire, Dukes of Hazzard and King of the Hill make the cut? Find out Saturday, May 27 from 8 to 10 p.m. only on CMT!
Also, CMT has been airing TV movies of The Waltons, Dallas, Dukes of Hazzard and more. So be on the look out this summer!

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Monday, May 22, 2006

'That's So Raven' Spin-Off; SitcomsOnline Exclusive: The 'Life Goes On' DVD Theme Story; Good Times S6 DVD

Disney Channel is set to go into production on its first series spin-off, Cory in the House, which features two characters from the network's hit comedy That's So Raven.
In the series, Kyle Massey and Rondell Sheridan will reprise the roles they have played for the past four years -- Cory and Victor Baxter, a son and father now making the move to the White House. They are now adjusting to life in Washington after dad Victor is chosen as personal chef to the newly elected President, Richard Martinez.
While Raven goes off to college and mom Tanya moves to the U.K. to finish law school, Victor is handpicked to be the personal chef to the newly elected president. He and Cory move into the staff quarters of the White House and must contend with characters including the president's sly 8-year-old daughter and his no-nonsense personal adviser.
While Cory marks Disney Channel's first series spin-off, another one could be making its way to the network as Disney Channel recently picked up a pilot for a spin-off of The Suite Life of Zack and Cody.

Life Goes On fans were excited when the first season was finally released on DVD May 9. Many were not so excited when they discovered that the theme song to the beloved series had been replaced. Only included in the pilot, the famous song sung by the cast is absent in the rest of the 21 episodes.
Marc Jackson of Zoo Street Music in Burbank, CA, was given the daunting task of creating a new theme song. Being a fan of the show himself, Marc understood that the fans would be initially disappointed over the missing title song. “When it is a show you love, that theme coming on evokes emotions and anticipation,” says Jackson. Jackson believed trying to capture what the original had with the cast singing a well-known Beatles song, which already evokes its own set of emotions in all of us, would be tragic to say the least. The result would be a very disappointing, watered down ghost of the original. Instead he took a risk and created something that was inspired by his own admiration for the show and its rich characters. And the song turned out to be its own thing. The result was a catchy infectious tune that may not replace the nostalgia of the original but does help set the mood for the show. Says Jackson, “To my knowledge, the open sequence has not changed. It is the exact same length and contains the same visuals. I personally thought it came out sweet and charming. I think the song works very well and I hope it grows on the audience. Whether people like the song or not, they can at least know that much care went into creating it by someone who has great respect for the show and its fans.”
Yes, we agree! The DVD theme is quite catchy even though we would all prefer the original of course, but this is a nice theme, too! So who sings the song? The song was originally sung by Marc but Warner Bros. thought that it should be sung from a woman's perspective much like the original theme was. Zoo Street hired Tara Johnston a local singer/songwriter to do the job because she had an excellent pop sensibility and capture the feel Marc was going for.
You can order the set and read our review from last month by clicking here.

Good Times fans can rest assure now because the sixth and final season will come out on DVD on August 1. We got a lot of feedback on it, and we are proud to break this story first to you. The set will be a 3 disc set running 580 minutes. More details I'm sure will pop-up on TVShowsonDVD.com a bit later. Dyno-mite! And a little hint...I expect Sony to announce some big titles for August 15. So we should know in 2 weeks what they are. Come on back!

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Sunday, May 21, 2006

Week 35 First Four Day Ratings; How the Sitcoms Did

WWeek 35 numbers (first four nights, Mon-Thu):

Households: FOX: 9.6/14.8; CBS 9.0/14.0; NBC: 8.0/12.5; ABC: 6.6/10.4; UPN: 1.8/2.7; The WB 1.5/2.3.
Total Viewers: FOX: 15.82 million; CBS: 14.14 million; NBC: 12.27 million; ABC: 10.22 million; UPN: 2.59 million; The WB: 2.2 million.
Adults 18-49: FOX 6.4/16.2; NBC: 4.6/11.8; CBS: 4.5/11.3; ABC: 3.9/10.0; UPN: 1.2/3.0; The WB: 0.9/2.3.

Analysis: The last full week of the season was this past week. We have 4 more nights left coutning tonight. Then it will be rerun season and summer programming. We still have finales like Desperate Housewives, Alias, Lost, American Idol, and 24 to look forward to So it should be a fun finish. President Bush's speech on Monday night messed up everything, especially for CBS. The CBS comedies were down, especially Two and a Half Men which didn't start until around 9:20. 9 p.m was a heavy battle, but ABC's special airing of Grey's Anatomy won big, followed by Deal or No Deal and 24. Prison Break on Fox at 8:20 p.m. starting the night with a second place finish in A18-49 and total viewers. Monday's usual highest rated show, CSI: Miami, scored 17.5 million viewers, losing to Grey's Anatomy in the 10 p.m. hour. ABC's Grey's Anatomy season finale did an outstanding 22.5 million from 9 to 11, and an impressive 9.9 A19-49 rating. Tuesday was all Fox with American Idol & House, with 28.33 and 22.38 million viewers. House was down from last week's ratings by nearly 2 million viewers. CBS's dramas did well against them with NCIS and The Unit both scoring well but everything else was anemic, like usual. A special The Unit episode at 10 p.m. was neck-and-beck with powerhouse Law & Order: SVU at 10 p.m.--but this time it won 13.08 to 12.97 million (HH rating SVU won 8.9 to 8.2). It was a different story though in A18-49, with SVU doing a 5.2 to The Unit's 4.3. Wednesday it was again Fox, as Idol was too much for everyone with 27.67 million in the 9 p.m. half hour, though down a bit last week. Lost on ABC was down almost 2 million from last week's 16.35 million to this week's 14.67 million opposite the AI juggernaut. Deal or No Deal scored 13.99 million viewers for NBC to start the night, down about 1.5 million from last week. Criminal Minds was not on tonight, so The Amazing Race had its two-hour finale from 8 to 10 and scored less than 9 million, so maybe that is why CSI: NY lost to Law & Order--13.59 to 13.23 million. Thursday it was an old time battle between CBS and NBC. CBS's CSI encore won in total viewers and Will & Grace Clip Show won in adults 18-49 at 8 p.m. That '70s Show ended its run at 8:30 p.m. with 10.02 million. CBS won the 9 and 10 p.m. hours with new episodes of CSI and Without a Trace scoring 25.4 and 19.81 million, but NBC's Will & Grace finale did better than thought with 18.43 million and won the 9 p.m. hour with a 8.4 A18-49 rating to CSI's 8.3. ER must have been boosted by Grace, as it did 16.56 million and a first place 7.1 A18-49 rating. Friday saw CBS winning with Dr. Phil Special winning the 8 p.m. hour, much better than last week's special, whatever that was. Loser of the night was again NBC's Conviction, which for some reason they aired during sweeps for two-hour tonight. AFV's season finale did decent in the demos from 8 to 10 for ABC. CBS won the night thanks to strong numbers for the NUMB3RS season finale at 10 p.m. Saturday saw decent numbers for CBS and Fox. NBC and ABC went to the movie route, and didn't do so well. FOX will win the week in adults 18-49, and probably hang on in total viewers as well. ABC will win tonight in a big way with the two-hour season finale of Desperate Housewives. ABC also has a two-hour season finale of EM: Home Edition earlier in the night.


Monday Sitcoms

  • The King of Queens (CBS) - 8.21 million for an episode that started around 8:20.
  • How I Met Your Mother (CBS) - 8.64 million. Can it jump start a lineup next season?
  • Two and a Half Men (CBS) - 11.04 million, down a lot from its usual first run numbers...blame Bush.
  • New Adventures of Old Christine (CBS) - 11.4 million tuned in, built from lead-in, but again blame Bush.
  • One on One (UPN), All of Us (UPN), Half & Half (UPN) - Half & Half had an hour long episode doing 2.7 million. All of Us did well with 3.23 million.


Tuesday Sitcoms

  • Will & Grace (NBC) 2 repeat episodes - Repeats did bad with 3.86 and 3.87 million.
  • Scrubs (NBC) 2 episodes - New episodes did OK with 6.19 million at 9 p.m., and at 9:30 with 6.57 million.
Wednesday Sitcoms
  • Half & Half (UPN) - Special encore of Monday's finale did 1.9 million, down from last week's Girlfriends repeat.

Thursday Sitcoms

  • Will & Grace (NBC) - Clip show at 8 p.m. did well with 12.91 million and the series finale ended like it did in the old days with 18.43 million.
  • That's 70s Show (FOX) - The last two episodes did decent, 8.58 million and 10.02 million.
  • Everybody Hates Chris (UPN) - 2.84 million for an encore
  • Love, Inc. (UPN), Eve (UPN), Cuts (UPN) - Repeats of the canceled series did under 2 million.

Friday Sitcoms

None.

Summing it up. Two and a Half Men, Will & Grace, That '70s Show 8:30pm and The New Adventures of Old Christine were impressive for the week. Everything else was OK (such as That '70s Show 8pm, King of Queens, How I Met Your Mother) or just plain old terrible (such as UPN Thursday).

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Saturday, May 20, 2006

New Fall 2006 Sitcoms Preview

Today, we take a look at the new sitcoms that made the networks' schedules. There will be a total of 15 new sitcoms this season, including 5 that will air at mid-season. 8 will be multi-camera sitcoms, and the other 7 will be single-camera. Some familiar faces returning include Donal Logue, Ted Danson, Jere Burns, Wendie Malick, Jonathan Silverman, Lori Loughlin, Brad Garrett, Joely Fisher, Megyn Price, Jeffrey Tambor, John Lithgow, Andy Richter, and Patrick Warburton.




ABC

Let's Rob...

The Knights of Prosperity (formerly known as Let's Rob...) - Tuesdays at 9:00PM EST/PST on ABC

For almost 20 years, Eugene Gurkin has dreamt of opening a bar, but his dead end job on the late, late janitorial shift won't even fund a bottle of premium booze. In the wake of a co-worker's death, he catches an episode of television. Call it divine intervention, call it a dumb idea, but whatever it is takes hold of Eugene and soon he recruits a group of misfits into his "gang" for a heist to finance their dreams. The target: Rock icon Mick Jagger's super-luxe Central Park West apartment. Working together, this band of affable, new-age Robin Hoods, who have never even shoplifted a candy bar, are soon casing the joint and prepping for their crime. What they don't know is that there's a much richer target for them... the chance to find hope, self-esteem and confidence within themselves. From Jon Beckerman and Rob Burnett, producers of "Late Show with David Letterman" and creators of "Ed," comes a hilarious tale of haves and have nots. Donal Logue ("Grounded for Life") stars. Mick Jagger appears in a cameo (he is not a series regular).

Cast: Lenny Venito, Josh Grisetti, Maz Jobrani, Sofia Vergara, Donal Logue, Kevin Michael Richardson

Links:

  • ABC.com
  • Internet Movie Database
  • TV.com

    Help Me Help You

    Help Me Help You - Tuesdays at 9:30PM EST/PST on ABC

    Whoever came up with the idea of group therapy? Take a bunch of people who are all really messed up in different ways and put them in a room together to try and help each other out. he group leader, Dr. Bill Hoffman, is probably the craziest and most self-obsessed of all, but his patients would never know it because he hides behind his very respectable celebrity image as a bestselling author of phenomenally successful self-help books. Directed by Brian Dannelly ("Saved," "Weeds"), the series explores the comical side of group therapy as members of the group apply the good doctor's advice to the real world with enthusiastic effort, until they begin to realize maybe Dr. Bill should be doing the heavy lifting along with them. Ted Danson ("Cheers") stars.

    Cast: Suzy Nakamura, Jim Rash, Ted Danson, Charlie Finn, Darlene Hunt, Jere Burns

    Links:

  • ABC.com
  • Internet Movie Database
  • TV.com

    Big Day

    Big Day - Mid-Season on ABC

    If "24" married "Father of the Bride," their child would be "Big Day." Everything matters at a wedding, and the smallest imperfections can reverberate throughout the event as if lives actually hang in the balance. Choice of side salad? A trivial decision you would think, but for the mother of the bride, this might as well be the most critical decision of her life, and if you're the caterer, you'd better get it right. That's just the beginning -- the maid of honor accidentally drinks the best man's contacts after sleeping with him, and the father of the bride wants to stop the wedding. Things are about to get even more complicated for Danny and Alice, as their day turns into a season-long roller coaster where nothing goes according to plan. Over the course of an entire season, each episode will focus on one day - Danny and Alice's wedding day. The writers of "What Women Want" and "13 Going on 30" take a full season to dissect the biggest day in any family's life. Marla Sokoloff ("Desperate Housewives"), Josh Cooke ("Four Kings") and Wendie Malick ("Just Shoot Me") star.

    Cast: Miriam Shor, Kurt Fuller, Wendie Malick, Marla Sokoloff, Josh Cooke, Stephen Rannazzisi, Stephnie Weir

    Links:

  • ABC.com
  • Internet Movie Database
  • TV.com

    Notes From the Underbelly

    Notes from the Underbelly - Mid-Season on ABC

    Andrew and Lauren have just found out they're going to have a baby, and they're having a difficult time following rule number one - keeping it secret. Suddenly switching to decaf, becoming a teetotaler at cocktail parties, and going to the OBGYN are all difficult to keep from family and close friends. Well Andrew and Lauren are about to learn that, when the secret gets out, the politics of parenthood can be just as demanding as raising a child. Sometimes all that "help" from loving but intrusive parents and "advice" from well-meaning but competitive friends who are trying to show you what great parents they are is not exactly what you're looking for. Knowing what's best for the child could be the easiest part... maintaining your relationships with family and friends can be the real challenge. Director Barry Sonnenfeld and two producers of "Two and a Half Men" create a comic take on life's greatest adventure. As these friends watch their lives change to accommodate the little stranger, their relationships change in ways they never expected before they were expecting. Peter Cambor and Jennifer Westfeldt ("Kissing Jessica Stein") star.

    Cast: Sunkrish Bala, Melanie Paxson, Rachel Harris, Michael Weaver, Jennifer Westfeldt, Peter Cambor

    Links:

  • ABC.com
  • Internet Movie Database
  • TV.com

    In Case of Emergency...

    In Case of Emergency... - Mid-Season on ABC

    Who you were in high school is usually not who you end up being. Harry, Jason, Sherman and Kelly all went to the same high school. Several years on since graduation, their lives haven't exactly turned out the way they planned. Diet guru Sherman will hijack a pastry truck and over-indulge after discovering his wife left him and cleaned him out. In the face of a fraud indictment, financial whiz Jason will dodge the suicide bullet only to shoot himself in the foot... literally. Unhappily divorced, Harry goes for a relaxing "massage," only to discover his scantily clad "masseuse" is Kelly, their high school valedictorian. A series of emergencies will reunite this hapless brood and they'll find, at the end of the day, that they've got each other in case of emergency. Director Jon Favreau ("Elf," "Swingers") directs Jonathan Silverman ("Jekyll"), David Arquette ("Scream"), Greg Germann ("Ally McBeal") and Kelly Hu ("The Scorpion King") as a fresh quartet of emotionally and physically injured oddballs, and Lori Laughlin ("Full House") as the doctor who grounds them all. Together, they're proving that any colossal mistake can be overcome with a lot of help from your friends... and pain killers.

    Cast: David Arquette, Kelly Hu, Jonathan Silverman, Lori Loughlin, Greg Germann, Nicholas Roget-King

    Links:

  • ABC.com
  • Internet Movie Database
  • TV.com




    CBS

    The Class

    The Class - Mondays at 8:00PM EST/PST on CBS

    THE CLASS (Monday, 8:00-8:30 PM, ET/PT), from Emmy Award winner David Crane ("Friends") and Emmy Award nominee Jeffrey Klarik ("Mad About You"), is a comedy about the lives of a group of 20-somethings who are inextricably bound together having shared the same third grade class. Now face to face at an impromptu reunion to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the day they met, they wonder if they'll have anything in common besides vague memories of playground kisses and underwear sightings on the monkey bars. Turns out they do. After two decades apart for most of them, some are eager to show off, some want to rekindle old crushes and others just want to satisfy their curiosity. Whatever the case, their lives will intersect from this point forward, sharing childhood memories and dealing with adult issues -- career, relationships and the general direction or misdirection life will take them. Jason Ritter ("Joan of Arcadia"), Heather Goldenhersh ("The Merchant of Venice"), Lizzy Caplan ("Related"), Jon Bernthal ("Revenge of the Middle-Aged Woman"), Sean Maguire ("Eve"), Jesse Tyler Ferguson ("Putnam County Spelling Bee"), Lucy Punch ("Ella Enchanted") and Andrea Anders ("Joey") also star.

    Cast: Jason Ritter, Lizzy Caplan, Heather Goldenhersh, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Jon Bernthal, Sean Maguire, Lucy Punch, Andrea Anders

    Links:

  • CBS.com
  • Internet Movie Database
  • TV.com

    Rules of Engagement - Mid-Season on CBS

    RULES OF ENGAGEMENT, a comedy starring Patrick Warburton ("Seinfeld") from Adam Sandler's production company that follows two couples and a single guy as they navigate the jungles of dating, engagement and marriage.

    Cast: Elizabeth Bogush, Kathleen Rose Perkins, Megyn Price, Patrick Warburton, Paulo Costanzo

    Links:

  • Internet Movie Database




    Fox

    'Til Death

    'Til Death - Thursdays at 8:00PM EST/PST on Fox

    'TIL DEATH is a comedy about middle-aged EDDIE (Brad Garrett, "Everybody Loves Raymond") and JOY STAMM (Joely Fisher, "Desperate Housewives"), who are on day 8,743 of their marriage and have the battle scars to prove it. Their new next-door neighbors are young newlyweds STEPH (Kat Foster, "Law & Order") and JEFF WOODCOCK (Eddie Kaye Thomas, "Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle") - idealistic, passionate, adorable and married for all of 12 days. It's a show about new marriage versus old marriage, about keeping the romance alive - or at least staying together so you have someone to drive you to the hospital for your operations. Eddie is a cynical realist who considers himself an expert on most topics. A high school history teacher, he's learned well the lessons of history and applies the basic principles to his marriage: all fights are about power, land and resources - and women love to kill fun. A veteran of the marriage wars, Eddie freely gives his advice to the younger, idealistic Jeff, who's the new Vice Principal at Eddie's school. Of course, Eddie's little secret all along is that he loves Joy more than anything. And however brash and sardonic Joy herself appears, she loves Eddie right back.

    Cast: Brad Garrett, Joely Fisher, Eddie Kaye Thomas, Kat Foster

    Links:

  • Fox.com
  • Internet Movie Database
  • TV.com

    Happy Hour

    Happy Hour - Thursdays at 8:30PM EST/PST on Fox

    Straight arrow HENRY BECKMAN (John Sloan, "The OH in Ohio") had it all: a great job, a perfect girlfriend and a sweet apartment. He was a big fish in the small pond of Amsterdam, Missouri. And then he let HEATHER (Brooke D'Orsay, "King's Ransom") talk him into moving to Chicago to work in her family business, where it all went wrong. In the space of one morning, Henry gets dumped by Heather, learns he can no longer work for Heather's uncle, and gets kicked out of their apartment. It's in this vulnerable state that he meets his new roommate, a vain, flashy, loveable rogue named LARRY CONE (Lex Medlin, "Still Standing"). Larry is a modern-day Dean Martin who is looking for a new protg to teach the wisdom of staying single and enjoying the good life. Larry's last roommate and best friend, BRAD (Nat Faxon, "Joey"), has gotten engaged to the shrew TINA (Jamie Denbo, "Must Love Dogs"), a cold and controlling fiance who's immune to Larry's considerable charm. Under Larry's tutelage, Henry begins to rebuild his life and goes to work for Larry's childhood friend AMANDA (Beth Lacke, "The Rest of Your Life"), a beautiful mess who's unsuccessfully trying to emulate her perfect ideal of womanhood, Kelly Ripa. Will Henry manage to hold onto his traditional values and remain a hopeless romantic? Or will Larry indeed "build a better Brad"?

    Cast: John Sloan, Lex Medlin, Nat Faxon, Jamie Denbo, Beth Lacke, Brooke D’Orsay

    Links:

  • Fox.com
  • Internet Movie Database
  • TV.com

    The Winner

    The Winner - Mid-Season on Fox

    A 43-and-a-half-year-old narrator, who is incredibly rich and successful, looks way back to 1994, when he lost his innocence and started to become a man - at the tender age of 32. In 1994, GLEN ABBOTT (Rob Corddry, "The Daily Show"), still living with his parents, finally steps out into the world and tries to make something of himself when the only girl he'd ever kissed, the radiant ALISON MILLER (Erinn Hayes, "Everwood," "Kitchen Confidential"), returns to town. Driven by the desire to become a success and win Alison's heart, Glen goes through his "wonder years" a mere 20 years older than, well, most everyone. But it's not in vain, as this unlikely underdog will eventually transform from fear-riddled underachiever to the richest man in Buffalo in a mere five years. Luckily, Glen doesn't have to go though this awkward period alone. He becomes best friends with the only person he can truly relate to: Alison's 13-year-old son JOSH (Keir Gilchrist, "A Lobster Tale"). Josh is a fellow hypochondriac, and they help each other survive "puberty." Glen also receives parental guidance from his absurdly enabling mother IRENE (Julie Hagerty, "Girlfriends," "Malcolm in the Middle") and his supportive but quasi-rage-aholic dad RON (Lenny Clarke, "Rescue Me," "Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events").

    Cast: Rob Corddry, Keir Gilchrist, Erinn Hayes, Julie Hagerty,
    Lenny Clarke

    Links:

  • Fox.com
  • Internet Movie Database
  • TV.com




    NBC

    Twenty Good Years

    Twenty Good Years - Wednesdays at 8:30PM EST/PST on NBC

    This high-energy comedy follows two New Yorkers who have finally realized that life doesn't last forever. Mismatched buddies John Mason (Emmy Award winner John Lithgow, "3rd Rock from the Sun"), an impulsive, thrice-divorced surgeon who has been forced into retirement -- and Jeffrey Pyne (Jeffrey Tambor, "Arrested Development"), a widower judge who agonizes over every situation -- are polar opposites in every way. The one thing the duo can agree on is that they only have about 20 good years left and both men vow to live each day as if it were their last -- with no regrets. "20 Good Years" also stars Heather Burns ("Bewitched") as John's pregnant daughter Stella, and Jake Sandvig ("The Story of Us") as Hugh, Jeffrey's un-motivated son.

    Cast: John Lithgow, Jeffrey Tambor, Heather Burns, Jake Sandvig

    Links:

  • NBC
  • Internet Movie Database
  • TV.com

    30 Rock

    30 Rock - Wednesdays at 8:00PM EST/PST on NBC

    Emmy Award winner Tina Fey (NBC's "Saturday Night Live," "Mean Girls") writes, executive-produces and stars in this workplace comedy that takes viewers behind the scenes of a frenetic television variety show. Single Liz Lemon (Fey) is living every comedy writer's dream. She's head writer on a demanding, live TV program in New York City whose life is jolted when a brash new network president (Alec Baldwin, "The Aviator," "The Cooler") interferes with her show and bullies Liz into convincing Tracy Jordan (Tracy Morgan, "Saturday Night Live," "The Longest Yard"), a wild and unpredictable movie star, to join the cast. Now Liz must manage the unmanageable so that the show -- and her dream -- can go on. Also starring are Rachel Dratch ("Saturday Night Live") as Jenne DeCarlo, Scott Adsit ("Kicking and Screaming") as Pete Hornberger and Jack MacBrayer ("Arrested Development") as Kenneth.

    Cast: Tina Fey, Tracy Morgan, Rachel Dratch, Scott Adsit, Jack McBrayer, Alec Baldwin

    Links:

  • NBC.com
  • Internet Movie Database
  • TV.com

    Andy Barker, P.I.

    Andy Barker, P.I. - Mid-Season on NBC

    Andy Richter ("Late Night with Conan O'Brien") re-teams with co-writer and executive producer Conan O'Brien in this comedy as he portrays Andy Barker, an earnest, hard-working CPA who has succeeded at everything -- that is until his new accounting business fails to take off. But when he's mistaken for Lew Staziak (Harve Presnell, "Fargo") -- the retired private detective who used to occupy his office -- Andy embraces the twist of fate and takes the case. Andy's incessantly supportive wife Jen (Amy Farrington, "The New Adventures of Old Christine") isn't sold on this risky new venture, that is, until she notices a sudden boost in Andy's self-confidence. Andy's neighboring merchants -- Simon (Tony Hale, "Arrested Development"), Wally (Marshall Manesh, "Will & Grace") and Jessica (Ion Overman, "The L Word") join him in the dicey investigation. Whether chiding thugs for "renting instead of buying" or being pursued by Sri Lankan gangsters, Andy will prove to be a consummate problem-solver.

    Cast: Andy Richter, Amy Farrington, Harve Presnell, Ion Overman, Marshall Manesh, Peter James Smith, Tony Hale

    Links:

  • NBCUMV.com
  • Internet Movie Database
  • TV.com

    The Singles Table

    The Singles Table - Mid-Season on NBC

    In this comedy, a group of witty and single strangers -- Ivan (John Cho, "Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle"), Eli (Conor Dubin, "Close to Home"), Adam (Jarrad Paul, "The Shaggy Dog") and Stephanie (Rhea Seehorn, "Modern Men") - meet at a wedding and suddenly realize they have one thing in common, they are each a party of one stuck at a remote singles table. Because of their solo status and tenuous relationships with the bride and groom, they are all destined for Table 18, a far corner of the wedding reception. But through the course of the party, each emotionally vulnerable person questions his or her life's issues and vows to make it better. For richer or poorer, these five kindred spirits will grow to become good friends -- and, in some cases, they may become more than that.

    Cast: Conor Dubin, Jarrad Paul, John Cho, Pascale Hutton, Rhea Seehorn

    Links:

  • NBCUMV.com
  • Internet Movie Database
  • TV.com




    The CW

    The Game

    The Game - Sundays at 8:30PM EST/PST on The CW

    Being the wife or girlfriend of a pro-football player might sound like a glamorous and stress-free existence, but Melanie Barnett is about to discover the truth. Melanies boyfriend, Derwin, is the new third-string wide receiver for the San Diego Sabers. While Derwin worries about the plays on the field, Melanie learns about the power plays that NFL wives use to get their men the best agents, managers, endorsements, merchandising deals and even the in charity. As she deals with egos, groupies and image consultants, Melanie is finding out how THE GAME is played among the women behind the athletes. THE GAME stars Aldis Hodge as Derwin, Coby Bell as Jason, Tia Mowry as Melanie, Hosea Chanchez as Malik, and Wendy Raquel Robinson as Tasha.

    Cast: Aldis Hodge, Coby Bell, Tia Mowry, Hosea Chanchez, Wendy Raquel Robinson, Jennifer Baxter

    Links:

  • The CW
  • Internet Movie Database
  • TV.com




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    Friday, May 19, 2006

    'Three's Company' Season 7 DVD Details, Sneak Peek at Season 8; TV Land July Details; Paul Goebel Podcast; and 'Scrubs' Soundtrack

    Fellow Three's Company fans will be proud that Anchor Bay will be paying tribute to Don Knotts with an all-new memorial tribute to the late actor on the season 7 DVD. The full list of extras are:
    - Don Knotts: A Tribute
    - Parlez-Vous Three's Company?
    - Best of Jack: Season 7
    - Best of Janet: Season 7
    - Best of Terri: Season 7
    - Best of Larry: Season 7
    - Audio Commentary with Richard Kline
    You can find the box art and case art also on my news section and DVD sets section on my Three's Company page. The set comes out July 25 and this is your first look at the art and extras! You can discuss your thoughts about the art and extras, here. Also, I have a sneak peek at the release date for the 8th and final season which will be coming to DVD on October 10! Hopefully Anchor Bay releases the two spin-offs, The Ropers & Three's a Crowd, too. I will be on top of that if that happens. For all the details visit the news section and DVD sets section on my Three's Company page.

    TV Land July will introduce the launch of '80s sitcom 227. The sitcom is getting a soft launch, with no marathon and just an afternoon slot of 12:30 p.m. weekdays. This summer TV Land will introduce Friday Night Movies for July & August. They will showcase big blockbuster movies from the '70s and '80s, along with a reairing of the behind the scenes TV-movie of Three's Company from 2003. Also, TV Land will air new episode of My First Time on Wednesdays all month long. And finally to celebrate TV Land's newest Top 10 episode, they will air a 48-hour marathon of The Brady Bunch in anticipation of the Top 10 Brady Moments. TV Land weekends are also back to the regular schedule. You can find all that and more HERE.

    The Weezy and The Swish show has Paul Goebel as its guest. Paul is of course a good friend of ours and is the King of Television appearing on many movies and TV shows such as Comedy Central's Beat the Geeks. He has lots of knowledge about television and was TV Land's Ultimate Fan for its second (and final) search. He is on episode 49 of the show: Podcast 49 features Paul The King of TV who brings his wealth of television trivia knowledge to Weezy and The Swish. Can anyone in the studio or the chat room stump The King of TV with a trivia question? It's not very likely since Paul has developed a theory that everyone on television can be connected to Henry Winkler with under six degrees of separation. Laura challenges Paul to connect Henry to Desi Arnaz and Paul does it in under four degrees. He's that good. In other surprising connections, Paul's upcoming stage show will feature guest Robbie Rist who starred in Kid Video which also starred a friend of Weezy's who we called and who just happened to be home. Prepare to be delighted with this and other nuggets of joy as you listen to Episode 49 of Weezy and The Swish. You can listen to it here.


    The digital release of Scrubs, Vol. 2, the companion album to the hit NBC comedy, is available NOW exclusively through iTunes. The soundtrack is featured on the site’s TV Show section – a first for the mega-popular music online destination.
    The cutting-edge album spotlights the best musical moments from the Emmy award-winning series. “Scrubs has been a music-driven show from the beginning,” says the series creator, Bill Lawrence. “The writers and actors on the show have taken pride in seeing bands and finding new music and we hope people enjoy it as much as we do.” Adds Scrubs producer Randall Winston, "there are very few artists on our soundtrack that have not become part of the Scrubs family.”
    SCRUBS VOL. 2 TRACKLISTING
    01. The Mavericks “I Want To Know”
    02. The Coral “Dreaming of You”
    03. Rhett Miller “Our Love”
    04. Elefant “Why”
    05. Old 97’s “Question”
    06. Joseph Arthur “In The Sun”
    07. Joshua Radin “Winter”
    08. The Polyphonic Spree “Light & Day”
    09. Tom Mac “Half”
    10. Tammany Hall NYC “Cindy”
    11. Martin Sexton “Diner”
    12. Colin Hay “My Brilliant Feat”
    13. Cary Brothers “Honestly”
    14. Citizen Cope “Sideways”

    For purchasing, clips from the soundtrack, and more details, click here.

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    Thursday, May 18, 2006

    Fox and The CW Upfront 2006-07; Nick@Nite/TV Land Summer Slate; Stockard Channing Sitcoms to DVD (In Canada)!

    Your first look at Fox's official line-up!

    Fox 2006-07

    Sundays
    7:00PM NFL Overrun (Comedy Repeats) / Comedy Repeats (Jan)
    7:30PM NFL Overrun (Comedy Repeats) / King of the Hill (Jan)
    8:00PM The Simpsons
    8:30PM American Dad
    9:00PM Family Guy
    9:30PM The War at Home

    Mondays
    8:00PM Prison Break / Standoff (Jan)
    9:00PM Vanished (NEW) / 24 (Jan)

    Tuesdays
    8:00PM Standoff (NEW) / American Idol (Jan)
    9:00PM House

    Wednesdays
    8:00PM Bones / Justice (Jan)
    9:00PM Justice (NEW) / American Idol: Results & The Loop (Jan)

    Thursdays
    8:00PM Til Death (NEW)
    8:30PM Happy Hour (NEW)
    9:00PM The O.C.

    Fridays
    8:00PM Nanny 911/ Bones (Jan)
    9:00PM Trading Spouses: Meet Your New Mommy / The Wedding Album (Jan)

    Saturdays
    8:00PM Cops
    8:30PM Cops
    9:00PM America's Most Wanted

    In addition, Duets, a four-week unscripted series executive-produced by Simon Cowell, will air on Thursdays and Fridays prior to the Major League Baseball playoffs.

    TBD Mid-Season: 20th Century Fox Television's The Winner - the first live-action comedy from FAMILY GUY'S Seth MacFarlane and Ricky Blitt - is set to premiere at mid-season. Finally, the highly anticipated On the Lot, an unscripted series from Mark Burnett and Steven Spielberg, will debut next spring.


    And now your first look at The CW's official line-up! The last remaining network for this year's upfront.

    The CW 2006-07

    Sundays
    5:00PM-7:00PM Comedy Encores
    7:00PM Everybody Hates Chris
    7:30PM All of Us
    8:00PM Girlfriends
    8:30PM The Game (NEW)
    9:00PM America's Top Model Encore

    Mondays
    8:00PM 7th Heaven
    9:00PM Runaway (NEW)

    Tuesdays
    8:00PM Gilmore Girls
    9:00PM Veronica Mars

    Wednesdays
    8:00PM America's Next Top Model / Beauty & the Geek (mid-season)
    9:00PM One Tree Hill

    Thursdays
    8:00PM Smallville
    9:00PM Supernatural

    Fridays
    8:00PM WWE Smackdown!

    Mid-season:
    New Drama: Hidden Palms
    Returning Sitcom: Reba

    Too bad they didn't pick up ABC's recently canceled drama Invasion. Reba will be back in mid-season for 13 episodes.


    Nick@Nite and TV Land issued press releases today on their full summer slate. It’s a summer you won’t want to miss on Nick@Nite when the network premieres brand new episodes of Hi-Jinks and adds the hit sitcoms NewsRadio and A Different World to its modern classic line-up. Throughout the summer, the network will also air a variety of programming events celebrating Father’s Day, the 4th of July and much more featuring its roster of hit shows like Roseanne, Full House and Fresh Prince of Bel Air. Click here to read Nick@Nite's summer slate -- A Different World week-long marathon will be in late August, after the Summer marathons are over.
    TV Land is in high gear as it kicks off the summer with new originals, the additions of Benson, 227 and The Jeffersons and event programming throughout August. As part of its continuing commitment to original programming, over the course of the summer, TV Land will premiere brand new episodes of TV Land’s Top Ten and unveil the new series My First Time. In addition, the network will showcase a What’s Happening!! 30th Anniversary Marathon and movies such as Grease, Caddyshack and Behind the Camera: The Unauthorized Story of Three’s Company. TV Land's full details on its summer slate is here. Stay tuned tomorrow for TV Land July -- it will feature the addition of 227 (weekdays at 12:30 p.m.), TV Land's Friday Night Movies, and 48-hour Brady Bunch marathon featuring a TV Land Top 10 episode about the Bradys!

    VEI (Visual Entertainment Inc.) in Canada is releasing a 2 DVD set of Stockard Channing in Just Friends and The Stockard Channing Show. These short-lived shows aired on CBS in 1979 and 1980. For more details on the set and series, click here. You can purchase this set by clicking here, as it is not slated to come to the U.S. anytime soon probably.
    This will probably be a release that is sold in stores only in Canada or at online retailers like amazon.ca. They list it for only $13.97 CDN. VEI is also releasing Gimme A Break - Season 1 and Kate & Allie - Seasons 1 & 2. The latter is a much better set than what the U.S. is offering. VEI previously released Hardcastle and McCormick - Seasons 1 & 2, The Best of Bizarre (Volumes 1-4), and The Best Moments of The Amazing Kreskin. We will have full detailed DVD reviews of the sitcoms (Kate & Allie, Gimme a Break, Stockard Channing in Just Friends and The Stockard Channing Show) coming soon!

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    Wednesday, May 17, 2006

    CBS Upfront 2006-07; Charles in Charge: E! True Hollywood Story; Nick@Nite Schedule Changes, TV Land Cuts 48 Hour Marathons

    Your first look at CBS's official line-up!

    CBS 2006-07

    Sundays
    7:00PM 60 Minutes
    8:00PM The Amazing Race
    9:00PM Cold Case
    10:00PM Without a Trace

    Mondays
    8:00PM How I Met Your Mother
    8:30PM The Class (NEW)
    9:00PM Two and a Half Men
    9:30PM The New Adventures of Old Christine
    10:00PM CSI: Miami

    Tuesdays
    8:00PM Navy NCIS
    9:00PM The Unit
    10:00PM Smith (NEW)

    Wednesdays
    8:00PM Jericho (NEW)
    9:00PM Criminal Minds
    10:00PM CSI: NY

    Thursdays
    8:00PM Survivor
    9:00PM CSI
    10:00PM Shark (NEW)

    Fridays
    8:00PM Ghost Whisperer
    9:00PM Close to Home
    10:00PM NUMB3RS

    Saturdays
    8:00PM Crime Repeats
    9:00PM Crime Repeats
    10:00PM 48 Hours Mystery


    Mid-Season:

    Additionally, the network announced the pick-up of four shows for mid-season, including the returning sitcom The King of Queens as well as two new dramas and one new comedy. They include 3 Lbs, starring Stanley Tucci in a medical drama about New York neurosurgeons; Waterfront, a drama about a colorful mayor in Providence, R.I. starring Joe Pantoliano; and Rules of Engagement, a comedy starring Patrick Warburton (Seinfeld) from Adam Sandler's production company that follows two couples and a single guy as they navigate the jungles of dating, engagement and marriage.

    Charles in Charge is coming to E!...well not exactly, but they have an all-new episode of The E! True Hollywood Story featuring this sitcom! In Charles in Charge: The E! True Hollywood Story, E! will bring you the drama behind the comedy about a lovable American family. Catch up with the cast, and find out who had crushes on whom, onstage and off.
    The sitcom first blasted onto CBS in 1984. After one year, the network pulled the plug, but Charles would return. When the show entered syndication in early 1987, heartthrobs Scott Baio (Happy Days) and Willie Aames (Eight Is Enough) formed part of a new family, embroiled in issues that snared teens, parents and young adults. Plus, it was funny. Charles was back and here to stay.
    E! now reveals the Story left untold. Learn what almost left the sexy Nicole Eggert (Baywatch) paralyzed for good, and go inside Josie Davis' struggle to grow up on TV and in real life. And what about the long list of Hollywood babes who wanted Charles to be in charge of their hearts?
    Tune in SUNDAY, MAY 21 from 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. ET/PT only on E!

    As for Nick@Nite, they will be making some changes starting Memorial Day. Mad About You looks like did poorly, and will be sent to just overnight at 2 a.m. The changes are minor, but you will get even more Fresh Prince and Roseanne! They have also scheduled a Fresh Prince all-night marathon during Memorial Day Weekend, of course this follows the all-week all-night marathon of Fresh Prince just prior to that. Yes, it is true, even though I'm being sarcastic. You can view the line-up changes and details on the Memorial Day weekend marathon here.
    As for TV Land, they made schedule changes yesterday and we relayed them to you, and today they cut the 48 hour marathons in June to only 6pm-6am on both days. So what will air 6am-6pm on weekends then? Why of course Bonanza and Gunsmoke non-stop. You thought they forgot about them, didn't you? So, the Sanford & Son, All in the Family and Three's Company marathons in June will only be 6pm-6am for those two nights. Details are here.
    We still don't have TV Land July, so keep coming back for that. We have a lot of stories coming for the rest of the week in addition to the upfront line-ups, so come on back! Even some DVD news.

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    Tuesday, May 16, 2006

    ABC Upfront 2006-07; Nick@Nite Summer Marathons, TV Land Schedule Change

    Your first look at ABC's official line-up!

    ABC 2006-07

    Sundays
    7:00PM America's Funniest Home Videos
    8:00PM Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
    9:00PM Desperate Housewives
    10:00PM Brothers & Sisters (NEW)

    Mondays
    8:00PM Wife Swap
    9:00PM The Bachelor / Supernanny (midseason)
    10:00PM What About Brian

    Tuesdays
    8:00PM Dancing with the Stars / Set for the Rest of Your Life
    9:00PM Let's Rob... (NEW)
    9:30PM Help Me Help You (NEW)
    10:00PM Boston Legal

    Wednesdays
    8:00PM Dancing with the Stars: The Results / George Lopez & According to Jim
    9:00PM Lost
    10:00PM The Nine (NEW)

    Thursdays
    8:00PM Big Day (NEW)
    8:30PM Notes from the Underbelly (NEW)
    9:00PM Grey's Anatomy
    10:00PM Six Degrees (NEW)

    Fridays
    8:00PM Betty The Ugly (NEW)
    9:00PM Men in Trees (NEW)
    10:00PM 20/20

    Saturdays
    8:00PM ABC Saturday Night College Football


    Mid-Season:

    Additionally to Supernanny & Set for Your Life, ABC will add the following to mid-season: new sitcom In Case of Emergency; new dramas Day Break, Traveler; and new reality entries Just For Laughs, Greg Behrendt's Wake-Up Call. ABC will air returning sitcoms George Lopez & According to Jim after the first installment of Dancing with the Stars' season is over in December or January.
    Lost is expected to air in two big chunks without repeats. So, maybe one new drama for January will air for 6 weeks or so in its time-slot until it returns (as of now, Day Break is scheduled).
    Discuss the ABC line-up here.

    For the third year in a row, I had a pleasure to watch ABC's upfront presentation live today from 4-6pm ET. It was interesting and the clips for most of the shows look promising. The sitcoms all look smart and well written (all single camera). The dramas look like they can become big hits, especially Six Degrees, Brothers & Sisters and The Nine. William Shatner was on hand mocking last year's Marc Cherry dance at the upfront. Then all the men stars of ABC from Matthew Fox, Tom Bergeron, Jim Belushi and more came by. Shatner introduced the comedies portion of ABC's roster. Then Jimmy Kimmel came by and was hilarious. He introduced the alternative series ABC has. There was a bet between Kimmel and ABC head Steve McPherson on which Dancing with the Star would be booted first--Kenny Mayne or Master P? McPherson lost, so he had to do a dance with Edyta (professional dancer) live on stage. Then the cast of Grey's Anatomy introduced the dramas portion of ABC's roster. And finally the six ladies of Desperate Housewives closed the presentation.
    Some answers to some questions: Yes, Commander in Chief is canceled, but ABC could bring back the show in two-hour movie format with the entire cast. Invasion is canceled, and ABC said they loved the show so much and it is too bad it never caught on in the ratings. The CW could still pick it up, so fans of the show still have some life. And mid-season drama What About Brian will return next fall. The show is from J.J. Abrams, who will have three shows on the fall lineup for ABC, but the series didn't do too well in the ratings (it did grow in each outing its last three airings). Though, a right lead-in was not provided. In the fall The Bachelor will be the lead-in, so that will help a bit. Reality show American Inventor will be back sometime next season.

    Nick@Nite is adding NewsRadio and A Different World to its line-up in July. Both will not get Nick@Nite-type launch marathons, because they will be incorporated right into their annual summer marathons. NewsRadio will air Monday nights from 2-6am and A Different World will air Wednesdays from 10pm-2am. They also will get regular airings on weekends, Different at 10 p.m. and NewsRadio at 4am (ouch). The rest of the summer marathon line-up can be found here and details of reality original series Hi-Jinks' second season is there, too.
    Meanwhile, sister station TV Land has not yet announced its July line-up (only change expected is 227 joining the line-up), but they made some huge schedule changes that will start this coming Monday (May 22)! The weekday line-up from 8am-2pm is completely different, as is the evening 5-8pm line-up, and some other slots later in the night. The Munsters & Green Acres get the best out of these changes, as both will have three airings. This schedule will be in effect in June too, but Benson will be the only change on June 5 as it joins the line-up at 11 p.m. You can view ALL the May 22 schedule changes by clicking here.

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    Monday, May 15, 2006

    NBC Upfront 2006-07; NBC Also Creates Internet Broadband Channels

    Your first look at NBC's official line-up!

    NBC 2006-07

    Sundays

    7:00PM Football Night in America
    8:00PM Sunday Night Football

    Mondays
    8:00PM Deal or No Deal
    9:00PM Heroes (NEW)
    10:00PM Medium

    Tuesdays
    8:00PM Friday Night Lights (NEW)
    9:00PM Kidnapped (NEW)
    10:00PM Law & Order: SVU

    Wednesdays
    8:00PM The Biggest Loser
    9:00PM 20 Good Years (NEW)
    9:30PM 30 Rock (NEW)
    10:00PM Law & Order

    Thursdays
    8:00PM My Name is Earl
    8:30PM The Office
    9:00PM Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip (NEW)
    10:00PM ER

    Fridays
    8:00PM Deal or No Deal
    9:00PM Las Vegas
    10:00PM Law & Order: Criminal Intent

    Saturdays
    8:00PM Dateline Saturday
    9:00PM Crime Repeats
    10:00PM Crime Repeats


    Mid-Season:

    Sundays after NFL ends

    7:00PM Dateline Sunday
    8:00PM America's Got Talent
    9:00PM The Apprentice: Hollywood
    10:00PM Raines (NEW)

    New drama The Black Donnellys will air Thursdays at 10:00 p.m. in January. Single camera sitcoms The Singles Table and Andy Barker, P.I. will also join at a later date. Fan favorites Crossing Jordan and Scrubs will return to the NBC schedule at some point later in the season.
    Discuss NBC's 2006-07 line-up here.

    NBC is introducing the "TV 360" digital components to its 2006-07 Fall schedule, with original and exclusive content ranging from interactive television to webisodes, all built around the network's innovative and new programming. Keeping with its rich comedy heritage, NBC is launching a new broadband comedy channel. DOTCOMEDY.com will create a community around one of life's universal pleasures -- laughter. Anchored by some of NBC's best-known franchises and library programs, this online channel will feature everything from classic comedy television shows to viral videos to renowned NBC late-night programming including content from Saturday Night Live, The Tonight Show, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, the first ten years of Late Night With David Letterman, The Office, Last Comic Standing, Dream On, Coach, Leave It To Beaver, The Munsters, and much more. DOTCOMEDY.com will also feature original content produced exclusively for the site including blogs, mash-ups and podcasts.
    NBC Universal will also launch a FIRSTLOOK.com franchise for each of its online properties (NBCFIRSTLOOK.com, USAFIRSTLOOK.com, SCIFIFIRSTLOOK.com, BRAVOFIRSTLOOK.com and so on). Each site will premiere up to four episodes of their respective networks' series, in their entirety, each year. It will be a first look in the digital, broadband world before ever appearing on the linear networks. Full information is here.

    This is great news and hopefully we get the entire NBC Universal classic TV comedy library. Amen, Major Dad, Gimme a Break, Charles in Charge, Kate & Allie and some others would also be nice! We will have more news on this when available, such as the full list of shows and when it is launching. So, now we have Warner Bros., Paramount possibly and now Universal putting classic TV online. Sony, Fox, Buena Vista, you better be next!

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    Sunday, May 14, 2006

    Week 34 First Four Day Ratings; How the Sitcoms Did

    Week 34 numbers (first four nights, Mon-Thu):

    Households: CBS: 9.8/15.4; FOX 9.1/14.1; NBC: 7.1/11.1; ABC: 5.2/8.2; The WB: 2.4/3.8; UPN 1.9/3.0.
    Total Viewers: CBS: 15.26 million; FOX: 15.17 million; NBC: 10.84 million; ABC: 7.98 million; The WB: 3.61 million; UPN: 2.77 million.
    Adults 18-49: FOX 6.3/16.3; CBS: 4.7/12.2; NBC: 4.0/10.3; ABC: 3.1/8.1; The WB: 1.5/3.8; UPN: 1.3/3.3.

    Analysis: It was more of the same for this week in May sweeps, but the real fun begins tonight with season finales, starting with the two-night Grey's Anatomy season finale! ABC and Fox will have the biggest season finals, ratings wise, but CBS could also have some. Meanwhile, NBC has probably had its strongest numbers for sweeps already, but Will & Grace's series finale might pull some numbers. But I am not expecting huge numbers like 25 million or something, but they will be lucky to get 15 million I think. Fox again had a strong first three days for the week. 24 was first in its 9 p.m. timeslot with 13.86 million viewers (Two and a Half Men won the 9 p.m. half hour for CBS with 14.87 million) and a strong 5.7 rating in A18-49. ABC's David Blaine special did well building on each half hour and peaking at 9:30 p.m. with a stunning 6.0 A18-49 rating. Prison Break on Fox at 8 p.m. starting the night with a second place finish in A18-49 and total viewers. CBS's comedies during the 8 p.m. hour needs a bit tweaking next fall, after a good run earlier this season, the shows were 5th place in A18-49, thanks to 7th Heaven's so-called series finale doing very well with a 3.0 A18-49 rating (and 7.56 million viewers). Monday's highest rated show, CSI: Miami, was just that with 19.96 million. ABC's What Abut Brian season finale was up again with 6.4 million viewers, and the series has been renewed. J.J. Abrams always strikes gold with his series. Tuesday was all Fox with American Idol & House, with 28.85 and 24.29 million viewers. House was up from last week's ratings by nearly 2 million viewers. CBS's dramas did well against them with NCIS and The Unit both scoring well but everything else was anemic, like usual. ABC's Bird Flu movie did about as good as the struggling comedies usually do--which is not good. A special The Unit episode at 10 p.m. was neck-and-beck with powerhouse Law & Order: SVU at 10 p.m.--12.33 to 12.88 million. Maybe SVU will be dethroned there next season? Wednesday it was again Fox, as Idol was too much for everyone with 27.88 million in the 9 p.m. half hour, though down nearly 2 million from last week. Lost on ABC did a decent 16.35 million opposite the AI juggernaut and an impressive 6.9 A18-49 rating, peaking at 9:30 p.m. with well over a 7 rating. CBS's Criminal Minds season finale was also in the game in the hour with 12.67 million. Deal or No Deal scored 15.54 million viewers for NBC to start the night, up more than 3 million from last week, which was affected by a special House airing. So that answers my question--House is more of a must see than that game show. 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 27.04 and 19.19 million, both slightly up from the previous week. NBC's comedies were all super-sized to 40 minutes and did decent, especially Will & Grace. Grace scored 9.36 million viewers. Friday saw NBC winning with Deal or No Deal winning the 8 p.m. hour and CBS bombing with a special in place of Ghost Whisperer. What were they thinking? Loser of the night was again NBC's Conviction, which was canceled this weekend. Saturday saw decent numbers for Fox's NASCAR coverage. NBC and CBS did decent with crime drama repeats. I think the networks will try to be more aggresive next season on Saturdays, with ABC leading the charge. FOX will win the week in adults 18-49, but CBS will win in total viewers. ABC will win tonight in a big way with the part one of the two-night season finale of the most talked about show, Grey's Anatomy. ABC's line-up of EM: Home Edition, DH, & GA are all-new and unstoppable!


    Monday Sitcoms

    • The King of Queens (CBS) - 7.99 million for a new episode, up 500,000 from last week. Rumor has it the show will return at earliest mid-season 2007, if at all.
    • How I Met Your Mother (CBS) - 8.07 million...not bad.
    • Two and a Half Men (CBS) - 14.87 million for an all-new episode.
    • New Adventures of Old Christine (CBS) - 11.87 million tuned in, down 500,000 from last week.
    • One on One (UPN), All of Us (UPN), Girlfriends (UPN) - Girlfriends had an hour long episode doing very well for them at 3.47 million


    Tuesday Sitcoms

    • Scrubs (NBC) 2 episodes - New episodes did OK with 6.2 million at 9 p.m., repeat did 5.59 million right after it.
    Wednesday Sitcoms
    • Girlfriends (UPN) - Special encore of Monday's finale did 2.28 million, down from last week's Chris repeats.

    Thursday Sitcoms

    • Will & Grace (NBC) - Super-sized 40 minute episode comes through with 9.36 million
    • That's 70s Show (FOX) - 6.18 million for an episode at 8 p.m. followed by a clip-show/interview retrospective at 8:37 p.m. to 10 p.m. that did 7.8 million. Series finale next week. Fox is hoping for 10 million maybe.
    • My Name is Earl (NBC) - 9.35 million, up from last week, but down a bit from lead-in.
    • The Office (NBC) - 7.66 million for another super-sized comedy from NBC.
    • Everybody Hates Chris (UPN) - 3.31 million for a new episode.
    • Love, Inc. (UPN), Eve (UPN), Cuts (UPN) - Free-fall...series finales of all aired.

    Friday Sitcoms

    None.

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

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    Saturday, May 13, 2006

    Upfront Notes; 'Knight Rider' Movie; and More!

    As we have relayed our upfront picks this past week, networks have began picking up new pilots left and right and relaying other news, such as what series will be back and which won't be.

    ABC has picked-up the following pilots already:
    Dramas: Six Degrees, Day Break, The Nine, Ugly Betty, Traveler, Brothers & Sisters and Men In Trees.
    Sitcoms: In Case of Emergency, Help Me Help You, Notes from the Underbelly, A Day in the Life and Let's Rob Mick Jagger.
    (So, that is 7 new dramas and 5 new sitcoms. I don't think ABC will pick-up any more new shows. The sitcoms are all single camera comedies, which is strange for ABC. Multicamera sitcoms Women of a Certain Age and Patricia Heaton Show have been passed on, along with the drama Secrets in a Small Town.)
    'On the Bubble' Shows Returning: According to Jim, George Lopez, What About Brian
    'On the Bubble' Shows NOT Returning: Freddie, Sons & Daughters
    'On the Bubble' Shows Unknown Still: Invasion, Hope & Faith, Wife Swap, Supernanny
    Everything else should return and is not on the bubble.
    The no chance stuff includes: Rodney, Less than Perfect, Crumbs, Jake in Progress, Emily's Reasons Why Not, The Evidence, Night Stalker, Miracle Workers, In Justice, and Hot Properties.

    Fox has picked-up the following pilots already:
    Dramas: American Crime, Primary, The Wedding Album and Vanished.
    Sitcoms: 'Til Death, Happy Hour, The Winner (mid-season)
    (Total of 7 pilots picked-up up, thus far.)
    'On the Bubble' Shows Returning: The Loop, War at Home, The O.C.
    'On the Bubble' Shows Unknown Still: Bernie Mac, Trading Spouses, Nanny 911, Unan1mous
    Everything else should return and is not on the bubble.
    The no chance stuff includes: Free Ride, Arrested Development, Kitchen Confidential, Stacked, Head Cases, Reunion, and Killer Instinct.

    NBC has picked-up the following pilots already:
    Dramas: The Black Donnellys, Kidnapped, Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip, Friday Night Lights, Heroes, and Raines.
    Sitcoms: 20 Good Years, The Singles Table, Tina Fey Show
    (So far, 9 pilots have been picked-up. Tina Fey is still pending because of Alec Baldwin, and two other sitcoms might get picked-up: Community Service and Andy Barker, P.I. The latter was passed on to Fox, but is said to be back in the running for NBC, but for a six episode mid-season order.)
    'On the Bubble' Shows NOT Returning: Teachers
    'On the Bubble' Shows Unknown Still: Scrubs, Surface
    Everything else should return and is not on the bubble.
    The no chance stuff includes: E-Ring, Apprentice: Martha Stewart, Conviction, Four Kings, Joey, Heist, Three Wishes, Inconceivable, Book of Daniel.

    The CW and CBS have been quiet and have not officially picked up any additional pilots. CBS has picked up sitcom The Class, but that was known. CBS has passed on its drama pilot The Ultra to The CW for consideration. CW has picked up 7th Heaven for its 11th season, which was surprising. Invasion could head from ABC to the CW, but probably won't.

    The 1980s TV action drama Knight Rider has become the latest TV show to find a new life as a feature film.
    The Weinstein Company has acquired the rights to develop and produce a movie from Glen A. Larson, the original creator of the show. As part of the deal, Larson will write the script and co-executive produce the movie.
    The project has bounced around several studios over the past decade, and most recently was in development at Sony-based Revolution Studios. Weinstein Company has already announced they are preparing feature films based on the TV shows Welcome Back, Kotter and The Equalizer. Other Larson TV series slated for the big-screen include The Fall Guy and Magnum P.I. Actor David Hasselhoff has apparently been dismissed from the upcoming film version of the show, even after he pleaded with the show's creator for a part in the adaptation, according to a published report.

    Lovespring International, the new half-hour improvisational comedy series from Eric McCormack and Michael Forman's Big Cattle Productions and distributed by Lionsgate, has been picked up for an additional seven episodes, it was announced today by Susanne Daniels, President, Entertainment, Lifetime Entertainment Services. Initially given a six episode order, the series centers on a dating service marketed to customers as an "elite Beverly Hills" company, despite its location in Tarzana, California. Comprised of dysfunctional misfits or "relationship counselors," they desperately try to find love for their clients although they have no idea how to do it for themselves. Lovespring International premieres Monday, June 5 at 11 p.m. (ET/PT) on Lifetime Television.

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    Friday, May 12, 2006

    SitcomsOnline.com Upfront Preview: The CW; Janet Jackson Turns 40 and TV One Celebrates Her 'Good Times'

    The newest network looks to put the best from the old WB and UPN together, along with some new shows, for a network that will have established hits before it even premieres, for the first time in television history.

    Here is the SitcomsOnline.com The CW 2006-07 preview:

    New Series Already Picked-Up: None.
    New Series We Think That Are Almost Good To Go: Flirt (sitcom), Palm Springs (drama), The Game (sitcom), and Runaway (drama).
    New Series Perhaps Picked-Up for Mid-Season: Aquaman (drama); She Said, He Said (sitcom); and The Ultra (drama).

    OUR FALL 2006 PREDICTION:

    Sundays
    5:00PM Various Repeats
    6:00PM Various Repeats
    7:00PM Various Repeats
    8:00PM One Tree Hill
    9:00PM Palm Springs (NEW) or Everwood

    Mondays
    8:00PM Everybody Hates Chris
    8:30PM Flirt (NEW)
    9:00PM Girlfriends
    9:30PM The Game (NEW)

    Tuesdays
    8:00PM Gilmore Girls
    9:00PM Veronica Mars

    Wednesdays
    8:00PM America's Next Top Model
    9:00PM Runaway (NEW)

    Thursdays
    8:00PM Smallville
    9:00PM Supernatural

    Fridays
    8:00PM WWE Smackdown!

    Comments: This is another tough prediction because we are putting two networks into one and still picking new shows from development. The CW was not happy with its development slate, so I think series like Veronica Mars and One Tree Hill will indeed return. Perhaps Everwood, too. Mondays I think The CW will stick with UPN's black comedy line-up. Tuesday they will stick with The WB's hot drama line-up, Wednesday it is like UPN, Thursday The WB and Friday UPN. So, nicely spread out, if you ask me. I think they will hold Nick Lachey's sitcom for mid-season because it just doesn't fit with any of their other sitcoms. Reba is dead I think and will not return. Which means, The WB has no returning sitcoms. CBS passed on the pilot for The Ultra, so The CW might pick it up as early as this fall, but I put it for mid-season. Also, if ABC cancels the well written Invasion, The CW might pick it up, too. Invasion is from Warner Bros. Television, so it would be easy to pick it up. I hope ABC keeps it, but if they don't, I hope The CW picks it up, because that show is SO good. But where would it go? After Smallville maybe? I'm not going to list what shows are gone, because UPN and The WB will be canceling or ending so many. But you can say goodbye to favorites Charmed, 7th Heaven, Reba, Eve, All of Us and Half & Half. And pathetic stuff like Love, Inc. and Modern Men. The latest rumblings say The CW will only pick-up one new drama, Runaway. Palm Springs is still a question mark, so that is why I think Everwood might get the nod. No one knows what the heck happened to Aquaman. That was a given to the CW line-up, but might not even make at all now. I went with it and put it for mid-season. That and The Ultra might be a good combo. And reality hit Beauty and the Geek will for sure be back for mid-season.

    Remember, next Thursday (May 18) is the actual date when we will findout The CW's plans for the 2006-07 season. So, come on back next Thursday and we will let you know the details and you can see how much we were right (or wrong). Stay tuned next week for all the final schedules released by all the networks! We will put them up as soon as they are released by the networks, so this will be your home to see them first!

    Pop singer Janet Jackson is turning 40 years old next week and TV One is throwing a party! Catch the "Janet Jackson Birthday Bash" Good Times marathon on Saturday (May 13) starting at noon. It would have been nice, if they acquired some Diff'rent Strokes episodes, too.
    12:00pm/8:00pm Episode 502, The Evans Get Involved, Pt. I
    12:30pm/8:30pm Episode 503, The Evans Get Involved, Pt. II
    1:00pm/9:00pm Episode 504, The Evans Get Involved Pt. III
    1:30pm/9:30pm Episode 505, The Evans Get Involved, Pt. IV
    2:00pm/12:00am Episode 507, Willona, The Fuzz
    2:30pm/12:30am Episode 509, Bye, Bye Bookman
    3:00pm/1:00am Episode 515, Penny's Christmas
    3:30pm/1:30am Episode 514, No More Mr. Nice Guy
    4:00pm/2:00am Episode 513, Willona's Mr. Right
    4:30pm/2:30am Episode 517, Where There's Smoke
    5:00pm/3:00am Episode 523, Willona's New Job
    5:30pm/3:30am Episode 605, Stomach Mumps
    6:00pm/4:00am Episode 614, The Snow Storm
    6:30pm/4:30am Episode 619, The Physical
    7:00pm/5:00am Episode 621, Where Have All the Drs. Gone
    7:30pm/5:30am Episode 620, A Matter of Mothers

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    Thursday, May 11, 2006

    SitcomsOnline.com Upfront Preview: Fox; TBS Renews 'Saved by the Bell', But Not 'Mama's Family'

    Fox has the strongest show in television right now and a hot drama called House. With that they will always be in the mix at the top for adults 18-49, especially after January. The question is can they find some new hits for the fall and try to build on that when that little show American Idol returns in January? Will Futurama be brought back from the dead like Family Guy? Will Fox actually pick up a decent sitcom? An no not Free Ride, Life on a Stick, Stacked and some of the other garbage they have aired over the last few years.

    Here is the SitcomsOnline.com Fox 2006-07 preview:

    New Series Already Picked-Up: American Crime (drama), Primary (drama), Til Death (sitcom) and Vanished (drama)
    New Series We Think That Are Almost Good To Go: Southern Comfort (drama) and The Winner (sitcom).
    New Series Perhaps Picked-Up for Mid-Season: Damages (drama) and Union Jackass (sitcom)

    OUR FALL 2006 PREDICTION:

    Sundays
    7:00PM NFL Overrun
    7:30PM King of the Hill
    8:00PM The Simpsons
    8:30PM Futurama (RETURN)
    9:00PM Family Guy
    9:30PM American Dad

    Mondays
    8:00PM Prison Break
    9:00PM Vanished (NEW)

    Tuesdays
    8:00PM Primary (NEW)
    9:00PM House

    Wednesdays
    8:00PM Bones
    9:00PM American Crime (NEW)

    Thursdays
    8:00PM Til Death (NEW)
    8:30PM The War at Home
    9:00PM Bernie Mac
    9:30PM The Winner (NEW)

    Fridays
    8:00PM The O.C.
    9:00PM Southern Comfort (NEW)

    Saturdays
    8:00PM Cops
    8:30PM Cops
    9:00PM America's Most Wanted

    Comments: Fox is tough to figure out. They have like two different line-ups for the fall and January. Of course 24 and American Idol will come back in January. Question is if American Idol will be Tuesday and Thursday next season instead of Tuesday/Wednesday? Bernie Mac will have to be back I think because they need something for the fall with Malcolm and That '70s Show ending, and it should be gone for good in January. The War at Home will probably be back, too, on another night. I think House will move to Wednesdays in January so American Idol can give another show a boost on Tuesdays. As for the results show, maybe Thursdays at 8:00PM followed by Til Death? Like I said, Fox is a tough one to figure out. And so many series are goners: Arrested Development, Kitchen Confidential, That '70s Show, Stacked, Head Cases, Reunion, Free Ride, The Loop, Malcolm in the Middle and Killer Instinct. I might have missed something. I think Nanny 911, Unan1mous and Trading Spouses will return at some point. Like when anything fails fast. Hopefully The O.C. fails. Futurama looks like it will return. If it does, then I say Bernie Mac is safe because a sitcom will be needed for another night. I can't comment anymore on this, because Fox is just weird. As long as American Idol is pulling big numbers, Fox will always be a contender in the second half and for the season in A18-49.

    Remember, next Thursday (May 18) is the actual date when we will findout Fox's plans for the 2006-07 season. So, come on back next Thursday and we will let you know the details and you can see how much we were right (or wrong). Stay tuned tomorrow for a preview on The CW's upfront.

    TBS has renewed its longest running show on the network yet again. Saved by the Bell reruns, which started in 1992 on the network, has been renewed yet again! It was set to expire after this August, but TBS has picked it up for another few more years. The show has done very well for them in the mornings in recent years. It even popped-up for two weeks on sister network Cartoon Network's Adult Swim block! Meanwhile, the news is not as good for another TBS favorite. Reruns of Mama's Family are also expiring after August, but TBS has decided they will not renew this one. Mama's Family has been on the network since 1997. It has been recently airing from 6-7am ET for a while. It will be replaced by Cosby Show at 6 a.m. and Drew Carey at 6:30 a.m. in September. Hopefully another cable network (TV Land???) will pick-up the series fast or better yet, Warner Home Video should release it on DVD. We don't have the full list of changes yet for TBS's September line-up, but we do know that reruns of The King of Queens will join the station in October. Cosby Show and Dawson's Creek will still be around this fall, too. I said before that they probably were expiring, but they're actually not. I think 2007 is the year when they expire. Dawson's Creek will ALSO be coming to The N in September. I guess another shared deal.

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    Wednesday, May 10, 2006

    SitcomsOnline.com Upfront Preview: CBS; Joel Higgins and Chris Burke Interviews

    The network with the most balanced line-up and most popular drama chain (CSI, CSI Miami, CSI NY) looks to fix the small problems they have. I think they have sprung a leak in their comedy block on Monday in the opening hour, the CBS Sunday Movie needs to go, and maybe a bold move like moving Without a Trace.
    Here is the SitcomsOnline.com CBS 2006-07 preview:

    New Series Already Picked-Up: The Class (sitcom) and Creature Comforts (animation for mid-season)
    New Series We Think That Are Almost Good To Go: Capital Law (AKA: In the Shadow of the Law) (drama), Jericho (drama), and Shark (drama).
    New Series Perhaps Picked-Up for Mid-Season: AKA (drama), Company Town (drama), and You've Reached the Elliots (sitcom)

    OUR FALL 2006 PREDICTION:

    Sundays
    7:00PM 60 Minutes
    8:00PM Cold Case
    9:00PM Capital Law (NEW)
    10:00PM Without a Trace

    Mondays
    8:00PM How I Met Your Mother
    8:30PM The Class (NEW)
    9:00PM Two and a Half Men
    9:30PM Inseparable (NEW)
    10:00PM CSI: Miami

    Tuesdays
    8:00PM Navy NCIS
    9:00PM The Unit
    10:00PM Jericho (NEW)

    Wednesdays
    8:00PM The New Adventures of Old Christine
    8:30PM Welcome to the Jungle Gym (NEW)
    9:00PM Criminal Minds
    10:00PM CSI: NY

    Thursdays
    8:00PM Survivor
    9:00PM CSI
    10:00PM Shark (NEW)

    Fridays
    8:00PM Ghost Whisperer
    9:00PM Close to Home
    10:00PM NUMB3RS

    Saturdays
    8:00PM Crime Repeats
    9:00PM Crime Repeats
    10:00PM 48 Hours Mystery

    Comments: I actually think they will bring in three new sitcoms for the fall, while most experts say two. Since The King of Queens is said to be not returning, but my money is that it will return in the mid-season for its last batch of episodes, whether it be 6 or 13. The series deserves an actual series finale. I put The Amazing Race off the fall line-up. I think it will return in January, as it has shown signs of decline. Close to Home is on the bubble for CBS, yet it wins its slot regularly on Friday nights, so I think it will return. Maybe CBS can try it on Saturdays to spice up that night. The CBS Sunday Movie is one of few series that will not return I think for CBS. Other series canceled or will be include Courting Alex, Out of Practice, Threshold, Love Monkey, Yes Dear & Still Standing. I think CBS will be bold and move Without a Trace to Sundays at 10 opposite the NFL on NBC and whatever high profile drama that will air on ABC. Can Trace show its legs without CSI? CBS will be happy with 12-15 million...anything under will be a bust, anything over will be a surprise. The series gets 17-20 million usually from CSI. I think CBS should go a different direction on Saturdays. Forget crime repeats. I say for mid-season they should try that Creature Comforts animated half-hour series (it has been picked-up already, so why not?), then a few reality driven shows like Guess Who's Coming Over (which could be a half hour series) and A Hero's Welcome (which is an hour). CBS also has a half hour series with host Wayne Brady titled Jokes On You that could work--unless his CW sitcom pilot is picked up--maybe he can do both since CBS and CW are releated. Then they can still air 48 Hours Mystery at 10 p.m. to close the night, but from 8 to 10, they should plug and play with those alternative series. Sitcom wise, The Class has been picked-up already and should go well with How I Met Your Mother and Inseparable looks promising and matches Two and a Half Men's audience well I think. I picked Welcome to the Jungle Gym to pair up with Old Christine, as both are women driven. All of these are traditional sitcoms. CBS has only one single camera sitcom in the development stage, so it is unlikely it will make it. I think sitcom You've Reached the Elliots will come mid-season, along with dramas AKA and Company Town.

    Remember, next Wednesday (May 17) is the actual date when we will findout CBS's plans for the 2006-07 season. So, come on back next Wednesday and we will let you know the details and you can see how much we were right (or wrong). Stay tuned tomorrow for a preview on Fox's upfront.

    Our friends at JustMyShow.com has informed us that their latest episode includes Chris Burke from Life Goes On and Joel Higgins of Silver Spoons. Burke talks for about 9 minutes on his show coming to DVD. Life Goes On season one was out yesterday nationwide. Chris Burke likes Three's Company! And Joel Higgins talks about his latest musical opening June 2. Higgins also talks about Silver Spoon's status on DVD and the strange rumor that started that there is a reunion in the works. Some person on OUR message board actually started that--but don't worry it was none of our staff! Higgins talks for about 17 minutes, and it is a must listen. So head over here and click the play button to listen to both of these.

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    Tuesday, May 09, 2006

    SitcomsOnline.com Upfront Preview: ABC; 'Two and a Half Men' To Local Syndication and Their Websites in Fall 2007

    The network with the best current dramas, looks to have even more good ones in store, plus some good comedies, too! We think ABC will have at least two or three nights with comedies on the map next fall. The question still remains if veterans According to Jim, George Lopez, and Hope & Faith can survive?
    Here is the SitcomsOnline.com ABC 2006-07 preview:

    New Series Already Picked-Up: In Case of Emergency (sitcom) and Masters of Science Fiction (drama mid-season)
    New Series We Think That Are Almost Good To Go: Brothers AND Sisters (drama), Help Me Help You (sitcom), Him & Us (sitcom), Men in Trees (drama), The Nine (drama), Patricia Heaton Show (sitcom), Secrets of a Small Town (drama), Six Degrees (drama), Women of a Certain Age (sitcom).
    New Series Perhaps Picked-Up for Mid-Season: Ugly Betty (drama), October Road (drama), and Pink Collar (sitcom)

    OUR FALL 2006 PREDICTION:

    Sundays
    7:00PM America's Funniest Home Videos
    8:00PM Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
    9:00PM Desperate Housewives
    10:00PM Secrets of a Small Town (NEW)

    Mondays
    8:00PM Supernanny
    9:00PM Grey's Anatomy
    10:00PM Six Degrees (NEW)

    Tuesdays
    8:00PM In Case of Emergency (NEW)
    8:30PM Help Me Help You (NEW)
    9:00PM Boston Legal
    10:00PM Brothers AND Sisters (NEW)

    Wednesdays
    8:00PM Wife Swap
    9:00PM Lost
    10:00PM The Nine (NEW)

    Thursdays
    8:00PM Dancing with the Stars
    9:00PM The Patricia Heaton Show (NEW)
    9:30PM Women of a Certain Age (NEW)
    10:00PM Primetime Live

    Fridays
    8:00PM Dancing with the Stars: The Results
    8:30PM Him & Us (NEW)
    9:00PM Invasion
    10:00PM 20/20

    Saturdays
    8:00PM George Lopez
    8:30PM Freddie
    9:00PM According to Jim
    9:30PM Hope & Faith
    10:00PM Men in Trees (NEW)

    Comments: I went the aggressive path with ABC on Saturdays. I feel something new is needed on this night where every network is giving up (sorry news magazines do not count!). Men in Trees is a nice high profile drama that has tested well, so maybe Fridays would be more suitable, but I'm being aggressive and scheduling it on a Saturday--who knows ABC could actually win this night. I have brought back Invasion because it is one damn good show. It deserves another shot. As does sitcom Sons & Daughters, which I think ABC will try once again, probably mid-season. A few of my other favorites such as What About Brian and Commander in Chief probably will not get another shot; others that will be canceled or are ending include: Alias, Crumbs, Less than Perfect, Rodney, Hot Properties, The Night Stalker, The Evidence, Jake in Progress, Emily's Reasons Why Not, Miracle Workers and In Justice. I will bring back on the bubble sitcoms Jim, George, Freddie and Hope & Faith one last time, and put them on a night where there is no pressure--Saturdays. It worked for NBC in the late '80s and early '90s with Facts of Life, Golden Girls, 227 and Amen--so why not try again? I think The Bachelor and American Inventor will both return for mid-season. One of them will probably give Dancing with the Stars a break in January, but Dancing will have two installments this season (Sept-Dec and March-May probably) I think. Looking at the fall line-up, ABC has at least one strong show each night (such as Desperate Housewives, Lost) and hopefully they can build or maintain ratings with new shows such as Six Degrees and Secrets of a Small Town. Moving Grey's Anatomy maybe be a risk, but it will help ABC a lot on Mondays and we can look for it to be number one in its time-slot. New sitcom wise, I have penciled in two single camera sitcoms to lead-off Tuesdays, two traditional sitcoms on Thursdays, and a high profile single camera sitcom geared towards women on Fridays from Elton John. On the bench for mid-season I have picked up two new dramas and one new sitcom (single camera). The one new sitcom for mid-season is Pink Collar. I wanted to pick up also Separated at Worth (traditional sitcom) and Let's Rob Mick Jagger, but I don't think they will be picked-up. ABC has Masters of Science Fiction for mid-season probably, could work Fridays or Saturdays. It should be another ratings plus for ABC in the fall. They just have to find a way to maintain it for mid-season.
    Click here to see our detailed information on all of ABC's sitcom pilots. And here for ABC's drama pilots.

    Remember, next Tuesday (May 16) is the actual date when we will findout ABC's plans for the 2006-07 season. So, come on back next Tuesday and we will let you know the details and you can see how much we were right (or wrong). Stay tuned tomorrow for a preview on CBS's upfront.

    In a syndication first, CBS sitcom Two and a Half Men will be available in syndication in fall 2007 not only on local channels, but their websites, too! Warner Bros. Television announced Monday that they will start selling the show to locals this week. And the locals will also put the show online for free on their websites. You'll see the episodes premiere on TV on the local channel, then a week later the episode will be online anytime you want to view on the local channel's website. It is an interesting move and I like it. I'm liking all this free online on demand viewing. I just wish Sony would do it too, so we can watch their classic library online anytime (you know, Diff'rent Strokes, What's Happening!!, Facts of Life, Silver Spoons, Jeffersons, etc). I'm enjoying Warner Bros. programming on In2TV very much and hopefully Paramount's innertunbe puts classic TV programming. Back to Two and a Half Men, the show will be available for cable (bets are on for TBS) in fall 2010, and Warner Bros. will also allow the cable channel to put the episodes on their websites a week later. Cool!

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    Monday, May 08, 2006

    SitcomsOnline.com Upfront Preview: NBC; 'Facts of Life' Reunion Tomorrow on NBC's 'Today'

    Sitcoms might be hard to find this fall on NBC. NBC is relying on new dramas to bring them back from the ratings dead. Sitcom wise, we think that the only night we will find them will be on Thursday nights. Tuesdays are possible, at least for an hour, but I think it is unlikely.
    Here is the SitcomsOnline.com NBC 2006-07 preview:

    New Series Already Picked-Up: The Black Donnellys (drama), Kidnapped (drama), and Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip (drama).
    New Series We Think That Are Almost Good To Go: Friday Night Lights (drama), Heroes (drama), Raines (drama), and Tina Fey Show (sitcom).
    New Series Perhaps Picked-Up for Mid-Season: 20 Good Years (sitcom), Andy Barker, P.I. (sitcom), and Community Service (sitcom)

    OUR FALL 2006 PREDICTION:

    Sundays
    7:00PM Football Night in America
    8:00PM Sunday Night Football

    Mondays
    8:00PM Deal or No Deal
    9:00PM Kidnapped (NEW)
    10:00PM Medium

    Tuesdays
    8:00PM Friday Night Lights (NEW)
    9:00PM Heroes (NEW)
    10:00PM Law & Order: SVU

    Wednesdays
    8:00PM The Apprentice
    9:00PM Law & Order
    10:00PM Raines (NEW)

    Thursdays
    8:00PM My Name is Earl
    8:30PM Scrubs
    9:00PM The Office
    9:30PM Tina Fey (NEW)
    10:00PM Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip (NEW)

    Fridays
    8:00PM Deal or No Deal
    9:00PM The Black Donnellys (NEW)
    10:00PM Las Vegas

    Saturdays
    8:00PM Dateline NBC
    9:00PM Law & Order repeats
    10:00PM Law & Order: SVU repeats

    Comments: So what about ER, Crossing Jordan and Law & Order: Criminal Intent? I say they will be benched until January after the NFL ends. The West Wing, Will & Grace, E-Ring, Apprentice: Martha Stewart, Conviction, Teachers, Four Kings, Joey, Heist, Three Wishes, Inconceivable, Book of Daniel, and Surface are all (or will be) canceled or ended. I really think NBC will only go with one comedy night. Scrubs could also be benched until January and perhaps another single-camera new sitcom, like Andy Barker, P.I. could take its place in the fall. There is a good chance that Tina Fey's sitcom could be paired with The Office. So NBC will be multi-camera sitcom-less in the fall, but I have them picking up 20 Good Years for mid-season. If none of this fails, I think ER will be on the move to another night in January, perhaps Sundays or Wednesdays. Really NBC's only hits this past season were Deal or No Deal and My Name is Earl. They can use Deal or No Deal as a launching pad, since it airs on two nights, for two high-profile dramas. My Name is Earl has been slowly going down as the season ends, so I'm not sure what to expect of NBC's Thursday night comedy block. Their biggest and most talked about new show (Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip) is almost a lock for Thursdays at 10. And finally, The Apprentice (Donald Edition) will probably be on its last legs this season. I was hesitant to put it in my prediction, because this could be another show held back until mid-season.

    Remember, next Monday (May 15) is the actual date when we will find out NBC's plans for the 2006-07 season. So, come on back next Monday and we will let you know the details and you can see how much we were right (or wrong). Stay tuned tomorrow for a preview on ABC's upfront.

    Get ready to go back in time like it was 1980 as The Facts of Life girls are all together again for the first time since it was canceled in 1988. Yes, there was a reunion movie on ABC in 2001, but Nancy McKeon (who played Jo on the show) was not in it. But tomorrow morning in the 9 a.m. hour on NBC's Today show, you will see Nancy McKeon, Lisa Whelchel, Kim Fields and Mindy Cohn reunited once again promoting the first two seasons release on DVD from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Charlotte Rae, who played Mrs. Garrett, is not listed in appearing, which is a sad, but at least we will see the four girls together again for the very first since 1988. Don't miss it tomorrow morning at 9 a.m. on NBC's Today show. We will keep you all up to date if the cast is appearing anywhere else to promote the DVD. Don't forget to buy your copy of the DVD as well, ordering info is at our Facts of Life website.
    UPDATE: Word is Kim Fields will not appear now. Bummer. But I do have some good news. Lisa Whelchel's website is reporting more interviews! Such as Showbiz Tonight and Fox & Friends. Click here to view the other interviews.

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    Sunday, May 07, 2006

    Week 33 First Four Day Ratings; How the Sitcoms Did

    Week 33 numbers (first four nights, Mon-Thu):

    Households: CBS: 9.2/14.5; FOX 9.2/14.3; NBC: 6.5/10.2; ABC: 5.0/7.8; The WB: 2.4/3.8; UPN 1.7/2.7.
    Total Viewers: FOX 15.25 million; CBS: 14.25 million; NBC: 9.64 million; ABC: 7.52 million; The WB: 3.72 million; UPN: 2.56 million.
    Adults 18-49: FOX 6.1/16.2; CBS: 4.4/11.5; NBC: 3.5/9.3; ABC: 2.8/7.4; The WB: 1.5/4.0; UPN: 1.2/3.0.

    Analysis: The second week of May sweeps saw more of the same as week one. It will get interesting when the season finals start airing. Fox again had a strong Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. 24 was first in its 9 p.m. timeslot with 13.15 million viewers (Two and a Half Men won the 9 p.m. half hour for CBS with 14.31 million) 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, the 8 p.m. hour has sprung a huge leak though. Both King of Queens and How I Met Your Mother usually score 9-10 million or more, but now they are in the 7 million range, not good for impressive for the week. Monday's highest rated show, CSI: Miami, was just that with 19.31 million, nearly doubling the next nearest program (Medium 10.16 million). ABC's What Abut Brian was up from last week's 5.38 million to 6.03 million, losing a lot of its Supernanny season finale lead-in (which did an impressive 10.31 million). Tuesday was all Fox with American Idol & House, with 28.58 and 22.71 million viewers. House was down from last week's ratings but this week was a two-part episode that continued on Wednesday. CBS's dramas did well against them with NCIS and The Unit both scoring well over 14 million but everything else was anemic, like usual. CBS did however lose a lot of ground at 10 p.m. with the Dynasty Reunion which was a big bust at 5.35 million. ABC's comedies did terrible, as According to Jim and Hope & Faith's season finales very well might be series finales. Less than Perfect will be back in June with more new episodes, but after that there is no shot of another season. Wednesday it was better than usual for Fox, as House aired on this night, too and scored 17.16 million to open the night! Fox's Idol was too much for everyone with 29.26 million in the 9 p.m. half hour. Lost was back with all-new episodes and a huge shocking ending and did a decent 15.56 million opposite the AI juggernaut. CBS's Criminal Minds was also in the game in the hour with 12.17 million. Deal or No Deal scored 12.41 million viewers for NBC to start the night, down more than 3 million from last week thanks to the special House airing. 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 26.05 and 19.11 million. Without a Trace was up from last week, so good sign for CBS, but I still like the rumors that the show will be moving to another night. NBC's comedies were all down big once again, especially My Name is Earl. Earl only scored 8.8 million down from last week's 9.05 million viewers. The aging ER did only 11.78 million, and the rumor is NBC will bench it next fall and air it in January. Friday saw CBS winning with its dramas lead by NUMB3RS. Loser of the night was NBC's Conviction, which will be convicted probably after the season. Saturday saw decent numbers again for CBS with repeats of CSI: NY and CSI and an all-new 48 Hours Mystery. I think the networks will try to be more aggresive next season on Saturdays, at least I hope. FOX will win the week in adults 18-49, but CBS will win in total viewers. ABC will win tonight in a big way and will surpass NBC again in total viewers and A18-49 for the week. 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) - 7.44 million for a new episode is concerning.
    • How I Met Your Mother (CBS) - New episode scored 7.24 million,down from last week's 7.6 million. This show might be a little overrated.
    • Two and a Half Men (CBS) - 14.31 million for an all-new episode. Easily the number one sitcom, but this is no Raymond.
    • New Adventures of Old Christine (CBS) - 11.92 million tuned in, but this show was doing much better than that in its first few airings. Expect this show to probably lead-off Mondays next fall.
    • 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 2.85 million. One of them will survive to the CW.


    Tuesday Sitcoms

    • According to Jim (ABC) - 4.54 million for the season finale. Dana is pregnant. Will we find out if she ever has the baby next season? The show is on the bubble.
    • Hope & Faith (ABC) 2 episodes - 2 all new episodes. 4.11 million at 8:30 and the season finale at 5.7 million at 9 p.m. Both up from last week, but I still think According to Jim should've aired at 9 p.m.
    • Less than Perfect (ABC) - 4.98 million tuned in, now we have to wait until June for more new episodes.
    • Scrubs (NBC) 2 episodes - 3.01 million at 8:30 for a repeat is pathetic, and only 5.07 million for a new show at 9 p.m. losing to Hope & Faith even.
    • Teachers (NBC) - 4.49 million only. Cancelation clock is ticking.
    Wednesday Sitcoms
    • Everybody Hates Chris (UPN) 2 episodes - Two special repeat airings did 2.44 and 2.35 million.

    Thursday Sitcoms

    • Will & Grace (NBC) 2 episodes - 6.97 for an all-new episode followed by 7 million for a repeat.
    • That's 70s Show (FOX) 2 episodes - 4.64 and 5.69 million for two all-new episodes.
    • My Name is Earl (NBC) - 8.8 million...downfall continues for the once hot sitcom.
    • The Office (NBC) - 7.45 million and a 3.7 A18-49 rating is decent enough for this show, can it survive without Earl though?
    • Everybody Hates Chris (UPN) - 3.17 million for a new episode.
    • Love, Inc. (UPN), Eve (UPN), Cuts (UPN) - Dump these now! Air a marathon of Chris every Thursday instead.

    Friday Sitcoms

    Reba: Season finale and a repeat were both last. 2.0 and 1.9 rating each.

    Summing it up. Two and a Half Men, My Name is Earl (almost did not make it here), and The New Adventures of Old Christine were impressive for the week. Everything else was OK (such as The Office, King of Queens, How I Met Your Mother) or just plain old terrible (such as UPN Thursday, Scrubs 8:30, Teachers).
    Sad state for the sitcom this May. Hopefully it will be better next fall.

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    Saturday, May 06, 2006

    'Roseanne' Marathon on Monday on Nick@Nite; 'Four Kings' Being Burned-Off On NBC After Sweeps

    Nick@Nite has scheduled a last minute Roseanne marathon this coming Monday, right after the Funniest Mom marathon. Funniest Mom marathon is from 9 to 11 p.m. and Roseanne is from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. Second season finale of Funniest Mom airs the following night at 9 p.m. Episodes for the Roseanne marathon are the following (in order): #163, #164, #67, #68, #69, #70, #166, #167, #67, #68, #69, #70, #166, #167.

    Four Kings will return to the NBC Thursday line-up on Thursday, May 25. One day after May sweeps finishes. It will air Thursdays at 8:30 p.m. for six weeks before being gone for good. I wonder if NBC will bring back Joey this summer, too? 8 episodes are still left to air before that is done for good. Drama E-Ring has some episodes left, too.

    Stay tuned all next week (May 8-12) for our pre-upfront preview starting Monday. NBC, ABC, CBS, Fox, and The CW--all in that order. We will let you know which new series are favorites to be joining the line-up, what is likely to be canceled, and what we think each network will do. Actual upfronts are week of May 15. We can't wait!

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    Friday, May 05, 2006

    Replacement Discs for S'more Entertainment's 'Mister Peepers' & 'Lotsa Luck'; New CBS Internet Channel

    Our good friend Arny Schorr of S'more Entertainment asked us to let you all know that if you purchased DVD sets of classic sitcoms Mister Peepers and Lotsa Luck and had some problems, replacement discs are available now for free. For Lotsa Luck, an incorrect pilot episode was placed on original sets. It was given that way to them by the distributor. When the problem was identified, they went to work and discovered the correct pilot episode. They subsequently remastered Disc One to include the right pilot. There are a number of people who've contacted them for a replacement disc but in the interest of making sure no consumer is offended we are spreading the news that buyers of this set can get a replacement disc, for free!
    They are also replacing discs for Mister Peepers where Sony, on the initial manufacturing run, placed two of the same discs onto each box set. To learn how you can get replacement discs of each, click here. And don't forget to visit the S'more website for information on their classic TV series on DVD. He tells me more classic TV DVDs are on the way and we will let you all know what they are when the time is right. It sounds good!

    And the world of television on the internet just got bigger. Effective today, CBS has created a free service on their website called "innertube," a new, advertising-supported broadband channel offering a wide range of free entertainment programming to Internet users. In the coming months, innertube will also become a distribution outlet for streaming encore episodes from CBS's prime time line-up and for webcasts of content from CBS Corporation's vast library of 2,600 titles and 100,000 hours of television programming. It will also become an alternative programming option for series broadcast on the Network that didn't reach a mass audience, but have a loyal, passionate following that lends itself to Internet appeal.
    Innertube, which can be accessed from the home page of CBS.com, will initially stream three shows daily. One new program will be posted on the channel each day, Monday through Friday, making at least five new offerings on the site throughout the week. Programming will be archived and can be accessed at any time with innertube's browse function

    Three type of programming will be available eventually on this entertainment online channel:
    • Original fare such as Greek to Chic, a hookup and makeover series for frat boys; Inturn, a reality show about actor hopefuls competing for a spot on CBS soap As the World Turns; and sketch comedy BBQ Bill.
    • Companion interviews and behind-the-scenes segments from CBS entertainment shows, including Survivor, The Late Show with David Letterman and The Amazing Race.
    • Streamed episodes of older or failed series, such as the spring drama Love Monkey, last summer's comedy-reality series Fire Me ... Please and shows from Paramount's syndication library, possibly including titles such as I Love Lucy & The Brady Bunch.

    The last part of course caught our eye and fits this website. We are all very happy with Warner Bros/AOL's In2TV and we hope Paramount will do something similar with innertube and bring classic TV to the internet. Preferably shows that are not on cable television currently. Webster, Dear John, Get Smart, Honeymooners, Gomer
    Pyle, Family Ties
    , and Mork & Mindy come to mind?
    To test this interesting channel, go to cbs.com or you can go directly to innertube, by clicking here.

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    Thursday, May 04, 2006

    House of Payne' Time-Slot in Houston; Desperate Housewives on Lifetime Time-Slot

    Yesterday we told you the time-slot for New York City for the new first-run syndicated sitcom House of Payne, now we will release the other station that will air it. KTXH in Houston will air two preview episodes at 8 and 8:30 p.m. on May 8. Then the two week trial run will begin a week later on May 15, weeknights at 6:30 p.m., replacing an episode of Steve Harvey The other stations we mentioned yesterday will premiere the sitcom at a later date.

    We all know season one reruns of the mega hit Desperate Housewives are coming to Lifetime this August. We are proud to announce that it will air Saturday nights at 11 p.m. starting August 5. So catch the ladies from Wisteria Lane from the beginning. And don't forget to pick-up the second season DVD later that month on August 29. And of course the final three episodes of season two are still to come Sunday nights at 9 p.m. on ABC!
    Also coming to Lifetime this August are sitcom reruns of Reba and Still Standing. We will have more on those a bit later when the time is right.

    Speaking of good shows, how about Lost last night? What a shocking ending! I'm still stunned!

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    Wednesday, May 03, 2006

    More On New Syndicated Sitcom 'House of Payne', And More on E! TV's 'Child Star Confidential'

    Today we have follow-up articles on two stories we have discussed recently. More info on first-run syndicated sitcom House of Payne and E! Television's Child Star Confidential. New York City's WWOR-My9, MyNetworkTV’s flagship station, is proud to announce the airing of a limited broadcast of the first 10 episodes of Tyler Perry’s first run, original comedy series House of Payne this spring. Viewers can catch the debut of the House of Payne’s first two episodes during primetime on Monday, May 8 (9-10 p.m.). Later that same night, My9 will begin its limited two-week run of all 10 episodes at 11 p.m.
    House of Payne, produced by Tyler Perry and distributed by Debmar-Mercury, is about the comical situations that ensue when a multi-generational family lives under one roof, and reflects Perry’s gift for delivering inspirational and uplifting stories with identifiable characters.

    House of Payne On My9 Recap:
    Episode 1: Monday, May 8 (9-9:30 p.m. and 11-11:30 p.m.)
    Episode 2: Monday, May 8 (9:30-10 p.m.) and Tuesday, May 9 (11-11:30 p.m.)
    Episode 3: Wednesday, May 10 (11-11:30 p.m.)
    Episode 4: Thursday, May 11 (11-11:30 p.m.)
    Episode 5: Friday, May 12 (11-11:30 p.m.)
    Episode 6: Monday, May 15 (11-11:30 p.m.)
    Episode 7: Tuesday, May 16 (11-11:30 p.m.)
    Episode 8: Wednesday, May 17 (11-11:30 p.m.)
    Episode 9: Thursday, May 18 (11-11:30 p.m.)
    Episode 10: Friday, May 19 (11-11:30 p.m.)

    The show will replace Bernie Mac at 11 p.m., which slides to 11:30 p.m., which replaces Girlfriends, which moves to 11:30 a.m. replacing Coach. Coach will be off the air on My9 until this two week run finishes.
    As mentioned before, other stations slated to air the show include: 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. Houston will also start on May 8, with the other channels still not confirmed when they will start.

    They were the most precocious kids and talented teens on the planet. They came into our homes each week, made magic on the silver screen with their adult co-stars, and had us singing along with their hits. So, what happened to these kids when the phone
    stopped ringing? E! Entertainment Television delves into the fascinating world of Child Stars in a new half-hour series that catches up with once-famous kids for whom life outside the spotlight has become their greatest challenge. Each episode of Child Star Confidential will shine the spotlight once again on a group of former stars whose fame earned the adoration of fans throughout the world All grown up now, these young adults tell - in their own words - what life is like when agents won't return your calls, the money runs out and you're facing life on your own for the first time. They are survivors willing to share their stories of struggle, insecurity and triumph over adversity.
    New episodes include:

    The Kids' Table
    Adorable, precocious and oh-so cute, these kids could get away with anything by simply flashing a smile and delivering a quick one-liner. But when the cameras stopped rolling, just how many of these pint-sized stars were able to survive their own punch-lines? We'll find out who got involved in an ugly legal battle with his parents over $? Which child star found himself out-ed by the press? Who received death threats from wacked-out fans? Plus, which one of these stars bottomed out on Crystal Meth? CSC takes a look at these young TV stars and reveals how they
    coped with fame - their ups and downs, and how they managed to survive their own success. The Kids' Table premieres on Saturday, May 6 at 5PM ET/PT.
    Featuring:
    Jeremy Miller
    Jodie Sweeten
    Tina Yothers
    Michael Fishman
    Taran Noah Smith
    David Faustino
    Danny Pintauro


    Geeks, Freaks & Sidekicks
    They were the Wing-Men and Wing-Gals - Loveable Losers and Sidekicks, who stuck by their pals through thick and thin. These child stars made a career out of playing second banana. Now CSC exposes what was happening in their real lives behind the catchphrases, costumes and Clearasil. We'll find out which geeks turned chic. Which sidekick's storyline mirrored his own horrifying situation? And who followed her
    famous father's example to a small degree? PLUS which star walked away from one million dollars to play a child in a movie, choosing instead to live out his own real childhood? CSC investigates who graduated to defy the child star curse and which stars had a bumpier road from geek to grown-up. Geeks, Freaks & Sidekicks premieres on Saturday, May 20 at 5PM ET/PT.
    Featuring:
    Charlie Korsmo
    Will Wheaton
    Dustin Diamond
    Jaleel White
    Amy Linker
    Rain Pryor
    Tannis Vallely
    Kellie Martin
    Wilson Cruz
    Shavar Ross

    Please stay tuned for specials airing on "Teen Screamers," "Mini Moguls," and "Pop Idols."

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    Tuesday, May 02, 2006

    Nick@Nite/TV Land Upfront 2006; 'Commander in Chief' Off ABC Line-Up

    TV Land and Nick@Nite had their addnual upfront presentation today and announced quite a bit of information. TV Land tonight unveiled a slate of new originals, returning series and specials, the first of which begin airing June 28, it was announced at the MTV Networks Upfront Presentation held at New York's The Theatre at Madison Square Garden. The latest development slate underscores TV Land's commitment to super serve baby boomers, the first generation of Americans who grew up watching television. The presentation was punctuated by a live appearance by Mr. T, who was on-hand to promote I Pity the Fool, one of the new series debuting on the network.
    Original series and specials that will air are: TV Land Top 10, My First Time, Boomer Knows Best, I Pity the Fool, TV Land Confidential, Urban Myths and Legends, 100 Most Memorable Catchphrases, Back to the Grind and Sitdown Comedy with David Steinberg. For more info on these original series and specials, click here.
    Also, as we know TV Land will debut sitcoms all summer, including Benson in June, 227 in July and The Jeffersons in September.

    Nick@Nite announced their new sitcom acquisitions. We knew about all of them already, but NewsRadio. NewsRadio will debut on Nick@Nite in July. We also have a date on A Different World, which will air Wednesdays starting July 19 part of Nick@Nite's annual summer line-up. And we knew Designing Women starts in October and Home Improvement in September 2007. Long range plans include The Nanny in 2009 and Friends in 2011.
    For more info on these 2006-07 acquisitions, click here.

    Also today ABC announced that it will bench Commander in Chief for the rest of May sweeps. Primetime will be back in its old Thursday 10 p.m. slot replacing Chief. And airing Fridays at 9 will now be an extra AFV. ABC says Commander in Chief's final three episodes of the season will air sometime this summer. I wonder if they will still debut every Friday on abc.com? Probably not.

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    Monday, May 01, 2006

    In2TV Second Month Episodes for Sitcoms; Bill Cosby's First Sitcom to DVD in August

    It's time to change some episodes for In2TV! The way it works is that they'll have 10 total episodes available each month. Every month, 5 of the 10 will be replaced with new 5 new episodes--so make sure you watch the 10 episodes each month, because you never know which 5 episodes they will replace the following month. Here are the list of the 5 new episodes for each sitcom for the second month, which will be launching very soon on In2TV:

    Perfect Strangers
    Perfect Strangers Month 2 Episodes
    #28 "Hello Elaine" 25:19
    #30 "Weigh to Go Buddy" 24:20
    #49 "My Brother, Myself" 24:20
    #88 "Nightmare Vacation" 23:22
    #101 "Family Feud" 23:48

    Welcome Back, Kotter Month 2 Episodes
    #18 "Dr. Epstein, I Presume" 25:12
    #19 "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" 25:18
    #47 "And Baby Makes Four Part 1" 25:10
    #48 "And Baby Makes Four Part 2" 25:11
    #49 "And Baby Makes Four Part 3" 25:14

    Growing Pains Month 2 Episodes
    #7 "Weekend Fantasy" 24:04
    #9 "Carol's Crush" 24:08
    #13 "The Love Song of M. Aaron Seaver" 24:04
    #15 "Slice of Life II" 24:00
    #19 "The Anniversary That Never Was" 23:39

    Chico and the Man Month 2 Episodes
    #11 "Natural Causes" 25:48
    #12 "The Manuel Who Came to Dinner" 26:08
    #13 "Garage Sale" 26:06
    #14 "Out of Sight" 25:22
    #15 "The Beard" 25:37

    Hangin' With Mr. Cooper Month 2 Episodes
    #60 "The Ringer" 22:14
    #61 "Down in the Dumps" 22:16
    #63 "Here Comes the Groom" 22:14
    #66 "High Hopes" 22:15
    #67 "Together Again" 21:28

    Alice
    Alice Month 2 Episodes
    #7 "Sex Education" 25:27
    #16 "The Accident" 25:36
    #121 "Alice's Big Four-Oh!" 22:05
    #130 "Sharples vs. Sharples" 24:56
    #157"The Grass Is Always Greener" 24:56

    F Troop Month 2 Episodes
    #6 "Dirge for the Scourge" 25:33
    #7 "The Girl from Philadelphia" 25:33
    #8 "Old Ironplants" 25:35
    #40 "The West Goes Ghost" 25:23
    #41 "Yellow Bird" 25:24

    Head of the Class Month 2 Episodes
    #12 "The Way We Weren't" 23:31
    #13 "A Rebel Without a Class" 23:34
    #14 "Ode to Simone" 21:41
    #15 "Past Imperfect" 23:33
    #16 "A Problem Like Maria" 23:24

    Note: Remember, five episodes from the previous month will remain, so that is how there will be ten episodes available each month. We don not know which five of each will remain, so it is up to you to watch them all.

    Criteria for the episodes:
    -- "Starchives" - Episodes featuring stars before they were stars, including Brad Pitt on Growing Pains, and Jay Leno on Alice
    -- "Classic Creme de la Creme" - Showcase of the most memorable episodes of a given series
    -- "StarFavs" - Stars' favorite episodes

    And I'm sure the rest are randomly picked.


    Remember these are just the sitcom episodes. The rest of the series for month two are: Adventures of Brisco County Jr., Babylon 5, Beetlejuice, Dark Justice, Eight is Enough, The F.B.I., Falcon Crest, Freakazoid, Freddy's Nightmares, The Fugitive, Histeria!, Kung Fu, La Femme Nikita, Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, Maverick, The New Adventures of Batman, Pinky and the Brain, Scarecrow and Mrs. King, Sisters, Spenser: For Hire, V, Wonder Woman.
    Currently, there are thirty classic series on In2TV. There will be hundreds more very soon. Some of the shows we can for sure expect sometime this year are: My Sister Sam, The Hogan Family, The Jamie Foxx Show (LOL TV); Bret Maverick, Freedom, Guns of Paradise, High Performance, Hunter, Kung Fu: The Legend Continues, O'Hara, Pointman, Profiles from the Front Line, Pros & Cons, The Flash, Young Maverick (Rush TV); Flamingo Road, Our House, The Yellow Rose (Dramarama TV); Animaniacs, Taz-Mania, The Zeta Project (Toontopia TV); Crusade, Night Visions, Prey, Superboy, Time Trax, Wizards & Warriors (Heroes & Horrors TV). All of these will not join all at once of course, they will be brought in slowly, but all these are expected at some point during this year.

    Features on In2TV's second month include "Karaoke" (sing along with Freakazoid!, Perfect Strangers, Maverick, & Growing Pains' themes); "Life On the Set" (all-new interviews with the cast of Growing Pains); "Betcha Didn't Know" (great facts on David Carradine of Kung Fu); "Where Are They Now?" (what are your fave In2TV stars up to now like Alan Thicke, Ron Palillo, Peta Wilson); "Retro Runway" ('80s Fashion); and "Starplay" (clips of stars before they were stars such as Lauren Holly on Spenser: For Hire, Debra Winger on Wonder Woman, Dick Clark on Pinky & the Brain, Harrison Ford on The F.B.I., and Brad Pitt on Freddy's Nightmares).

    Before the mega hit The Cosby Show, Bill Cosby had a short-lived sitcom on NBC from 1968-71 titled The Bill Cosby Show. Shout! Factory will be releasing this series and they officially announced last Thursday that the first season will arrive August 22. The set was originally slated for July 11, at least according to Amazon.com, but we are proud to announce that August 22 will be the date. We will even see Mr. Cosby himself doing an interview for this set. Here is Shout! in their own words:
    Many Bill Cosby fans don’t realize that the beloved Dr. Cliff Huxtable had an equally endearing predecessor, high school gym teacher Chet Kincaid. After winning two Emmy® awards for his groundbreaking co-starring role in the weekly television drama I Spy, Cosby tackled the sitcom with his 1969 self-monikered series, The Bill Cosby Show. Shout! Factory announces the DVD debut of The Bill Cosby Show: Season One as a four disc set, including all 26 fully-restored episodes and a brand new on-camera interview with the star himself. The DVD arrives in stores on August 22 for the suggested retail price of $39.98.
    The Bill Cosby Show originally aired on NBC from 1969 to 1971. Cosby’s first situation comedy placed an emphasis on real-life situations that were enhanced by the comedian’s trademark sense of humor. Rather than depending on one-liners, the show’s humor resided in the often absurd developing story, as evidenced by the absence of a laugh track. The Bill Cosby Show: Season One DVD features the original music by the legendary Quincy Jones and guest appearances by Henry Fonda (On Golden Pond), Academy Award®-winner Lou Gossett Jr. (An Officer And A Gentleman), Cicely Tyson (Roots), Elsa Lanchester (Bride Of Frankenstein) and many others.
    Chet Kincaid (Cosby) is a gym teacher and basketball coach at an urban high school in Los Angeles, an all-around good guy and an inspiration to his friends, family and students. Kincaid’s good heart gets him into tons of predicaments, such as losing a one-on-one basketball game to a student he considered too short to make the team, his accidental involvement in a domestic dispute when he answers a pay phone, and escorting a date in a borrowed garbage truck.

    In other DVD news, UrbanWorks has delayed the second season DVD of A Different World (a spin-off of The Cosby Show) from May 30 to July 11. A little birdie tells me that the reason could be so it could be closer to the third season DVD release of The Cosby Show.

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