Thursday, November 30, 2006

Major TV Land Schedule Overhaul Starting Monday; NBC Announces January Schedule and March Notices

TV Land has shaked up almost its entire schedule effective this Monday (December 4). The entire weekday mornings from 6am-2pm has been changed. 6-10am has time slot changes for Star Trek, Bonanza, Gunsmoke, while 10am-2pm has the mini-marathons gone replaced by sitcoms like Leave it to Beaver, I Love Lucy, Brady Bunch, Green Acres, All in the Family, and TV Land Originals Encores! TV Land Originals will join the line-up weekdays at 1:30pm and also Mondays at 10 p.m. has been added, in addition to its already scheduled Wednesdays at 10pm & 1am and Saturdays 10am-12pm. 2-5pm will remain the same. The early evening schedule from 5-8pm has been changed a bit, Green Acres is in, while All in the Family replaces Good Times and Little House moves up an hour to 7pm. The 8pm-6am line-up will be seven days a week and it also is a major overhaul. Basically, Good Times, Cosby Show, Three's Company are gone, as well as the 1am-4am marathons. Sanford & Son returns to primetime at 11 & 11:30 p.m., while Star Trek gets 9 pm and 12 midnight. The Jeffersons gets the 10 p.m. hour. And Andy moves and gets the 8 p.m. hour. As for weekends, not many changes, just 6-8am moves, MacGyver and Highway to Heaven switch days, and Bonanza and Gunsmoke air both days now in set slots, rather than one show each day. So, in essence, Good Times, Murphy Brown Cosby Show, Three's Company and Benson are gone. Though, they will air in the Merry-thon and/or Friday Night Christmas Episodes Marathons in December. If I were to guess, Good Times and Three's Company are on hiatus because of contract issues, while Murphy Brown, Cosby Show, Benson are probably a ratings issue or just not enough room for them. Cosby Show will still air on Nick@Nite (TBS, WGN, locals, too)...Murphy will also still be on Nick@Nite.
So, confused? Don't worry, we have mapped out the ENTIRE schedule for you. You can do so by clicking HERE!

NBC has announced some of its mid-season plans. Starting in January, they will have slight changes to Tuesdays and Wednesdays and they also announced its post-NFL Sunday line-up. Tuesdays from 8-9 p.m. will be Dateline NBC beginning December 26, replacing Friday Night Lights, which will move to Wednesdays at 8 p.m. starting January 10. Deal or No Deal replaces The Biggest Loser on Wednesdays at 9 p.m. starting January 3. The new post-NFL Sunday line-up is below:
Sundays
7-8 p.m. -- Dateline NBC (February 11)
8-9 p.m. -- Grease: You're the One That I Want (January 7; first two weeks will run from 8-9:30 p.m.)
9-10 p.m. -- The Apprentice (January 7; first two weeks will run from 9:30-11 p.m.)
10-11 p.m. -- Crossing Jordan (January 21)
This will be either a hit or miss for NBC, but ABC and CBS will likely beat it by a large margin.
And NBC has announced two March notices. The Black Donnellys, a new drama, will join the schedule in early March on Mondays at 10 p.m., replacing Studio 60. Studio 60 would have aired 18 episodes by then, leaving 4 unaired episodes for another time. Finally, the new drama Raines will join the line-up in mid-late March on Fridays at 9 p.m., replacing Las Vegas, which would have completed its season order by then. NBC still has not slotted new sitcoms The Singles Tables and Andy Barker, P.I. Both will likely join the Thursday line-up in March or so giving 30 Rock and another sitcom a rest for a few weeks.

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Wednesday, November 29, 2006

TV One Sitcom Holiday Highlights, 'Mr. Cooper' Coming in January; 'War at Home' to Thursdays on Fox

Beginning Saturday, Dec. 9, TV One will present the Merry Merry Marathon Saturdays of Christmas on three consecutive Saturdays from noon–10 PM (all times ET), with select episodes repeating from 2-6AM, showcasing holiday-themed episodes of favorite sitcoms designed to fill the season with joy and laughter.
Also, starting December 13, and especially the week of December 18-22, you can also catch Christmas episodes of your favorite TV One sitcoms in their regular time periods.
The Merry Merry Marathon Saturdays of Christmas kicks-off on Saturday, Dec. 9 with episodes of Amen, 227, Good Times and Roc to bring back memories of Christmases past.
On Saturday, Dec. 16, week two of The Merry Merry Marathon Saturdays of Christmas rings in the events of Christmases present as TV One showcases holiday episodes of newer sitcoms All of Us, Eve, Wanda At Large, For Your Love, and In the House.
On Saturday, Dec. 23, TV One mixes it up with Christmas shows from the past -- such as Good Times, as well as Christmases present such as Martin, On Our Own, and Minor Adjustments and Christmases future, with a sneak preview of a sitcom scheduled to join the TV One schedule in January, Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper. We will have more on Mr. Cooper joining the line-up when available, but we can expect it to join the line-up in January!
On Christmas Eve, Sunday, Dec. 24, catch some Christmas sitcom episodes in the day and then all-night from 12 midnight to 6 am. On Christmas Day, Monday, Dec. 25, join TV One for an all-day Christmas Laugh-A-Thon as the network celebrates with an all-day holiday-themed sitcom marathon featuring episodes of Eve, Martin, Good Times, Amen, 227, In the House, Roc, Wanda at Large, For Your Love, Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper, Minor Adjustments, and On Our Own with Christmas storylines. The sitcom marathon airs from 9 AM – noon and 6 PM – 6 AM.
We have ALL the episode info for ALL of these sitcom marathons. You can view that by clicking HERE. You won't want to miss this!

Fox has announced that it will "test" struggling Sunday sitcom The War at Home on Thursdays at 8:30 p.m. for two-weeks. The test-run will be two new episodes airing after all-new episodes of on the fence new sitcom 'Til Death. Replacing The War at Home Sundays at 9:30 p.m. for these two weeks (Dec. 10 and 17) will be encore broadcasts of the cult hit Family Guy. In other Fox news, second season sitcom The Loop, which will be coming this mid-season, has had its episode order cut from 13 to 10, as Fox has a lot of new entries for mid-season, including two new dramas and a new sitcom, not to mention 24 and American Idol.

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Tuesday, November 28, 2006

More 'People's Choice Awards' Nominees; Shout! Factory to Release Short Lived Sitcom 'Men Behaving Badly' & the CBS 1955 'Johnny Carson Show' on DVD

Queen Latifah will host The 33rd Annual People's Choice Awards, to be broadcast live from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Jan. 9 (9:00-11:00 PM, live ET/delayed PT) on the CBS Television Network.
The second round of nominees have now been announced, and here is the television portion:
FAVORITE NEW TV COMEDY
30 Rock (NBC)
The Class (CBS)
'Til Death (Fox)

FAVORITE NEW TV DRAMA
Brothers & Sisters (ABC)
Heroes (NBC)
Ugly Betty (ABC)

Ugly Betty should be in the comedy portion really. 'Til Death doesn't deserve to be there. So, I'd add Men in Trees in Favorite New TV Drama.
We gave you the first round of nominees earlier this month. Click here to view those, if you missed that.

We have some DVD news for you! The short lived 1996-97 NBC sitcom Men Behaving Badly starring Rob Schneider will be coming to DVD on Feb. 13 from the Shout! Factory. The sitcom was based on a British show. Justine Bateman (Family Ties) also appears on this sitcom. Click here for more info on the series and the set.
And Shout! Factory will release The Johnny Carson Show on DVD...no, not The Tonight Show, but the short lived CBS 1955 series. Click here for more info on the series and the set, which includes special features like an episode of his ABC game show Who Do You Trust?

We will be back with more news, if any, since it is still early in the day. And tomorrow come join us as we give you the details for TV One's holiday programming and a new sitcom that will be joining their line-up in January...come on back!

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Monday, November 27, 2006

AmericanLife TV Holiday Highlights; More 'Benson' This Friday; ABC Benches 'The Nine'

The AmericanLife TV Network, the network for baby boomers, has announced its holiday line-up of special episodes. Among the series getting classic holiday episode airings are: The Color Honeymooners, The Courtship of Eddie's Father, and I'll Fly Away. You can end the year with the New Year's Eve episode of the '70s sitcom Chico and the Man. If that is not enough, all month long the network will offer sitcom stars on westerns and dramas, such as Alan Hale, Jr. on Cheyenne; Jim Backus on Harry O, and Ed Asner on The Girl from U.N.C.L.E. If you're lucky enough to have this channel, I'm sure you know they air their programs unedited. They air themed nights once a week, check their website for details. And for ALL the details on their holiday programming, keep it with us by clicking HERE.

Meanwhile, in not surprising news, the TV Land Friday Night Movie Encore for this week has been moved once again to 12 noon Saturday, so we get more Benson. Details here.

Finally, ABC's critically acclaimed new drama The Nine has been pulled from the schedule effective immediately. The show has been doing poorly in the ratings. A special 20/20 will air this Wednesday in its 10 p.m. slot. Cheap in America is the topic. Then starting Wednesday, December 5, ABC will put a special series of specials called Primetime: Basic Instincts to the slot. This series asks if you can trust your basic instincts to find an unknown person, do the right thing in life and death situations, get rich or search for a missing person. The Nine is on hiatus and will return later in the season, ABC says, the same thing has been done to Six Degrees.
ABC is expected to announce its January schedule changes this week, if all goes well. New sitcom The Knights of Prosperity is slated for Wednesdays now, instead of Tuesdays...we will have details when available.

And if you missed it yesterday, we put up our review of the new sitcom Big Day. The sitcom premieres TOMORROW at 9 p.m. on ABC.

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Sunday, November 26, 2006

ABC Sitcom Pilot Review: Big Day - Premieres November 28th

Big Day

Big Day - Tuesdays at 9:00PM ET/PT on ABC
Premieres November 28th at 9:00PM ET/PT

Each season, the show "24" tackles one very, very bad day in the life of a special agent in charge of national security. Starting November 28 ABC will also present one very, very bad day in someone's life... a young couple's wedding day in the beautiful backyard of a family home. And while no one is defusing a nuclear bomb - they're arguing about when the salad is going to be served - the stakes (as anyone who has been through a wedding knows) are just as high.

"Big Day" tells the stories you don't see on the wedding video -- the father who sits his daughter down on the morning of her big day and tells her he really doesn't think she should marry this guy; the bitter bridesmaid older sister who sleeps with the best man and accidentally drinks his contact lenses, which he left in a glass of water on the nightstand, blinding him for the rest of the proceedings; the groomsman who's secretly in love with the groom; the tightly wound mother of the bride who intimidates the nervous wedding planner into changing the salad (the bride's choice, Caesar, is just so tacky!).

Cast: Marla Sokoloff as Alice and Josh Cooke as Danny - the blushing bride and groom -- Wendie Malick as Jane, Kurt Fuller as Steve, Miriam Shor as Becca, Stephen Rannazzisi as Skobo and the hilariously nervous Stephnie Weir as Lorna.

Read our review of the pilot episode here.

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

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  • epguides.com
  • Internet Movie Database
  • Wikipedia
  • Big Day Photo Gallery
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    Saturday, November 25, 2006

    Mini-DVD Review: The Best of Clifford the Big Red Dog (Nov. 7)

    Welcome to another edition of the Saturday mini-DVD reviews! We continue our Thanksgiving weekend reviews, with Lionsgate's The Best of Clifford the Big Red Dog. Based on the classic children's book series, comes this PBS series voiced by the late legendary John Ritter. So, join Clifford and his friends T-Bone, Cleo and his owner Emily Elizabeth for fun and learning. See my mini-DVD review of the set:

    The Best of Clifford the Big Red Dog (Lionsgate, $34.98) brings us 42 short episodes on DVD on 5-discs. This set is full of bonus materials as well on each disc, designed for children. The menus are easy to navigate and are also designed for children. The packaging is very good and of course in red. Lionsgate has a clear plastic cover then when we take that out you get to the red packaging, with Clifford's head (like The Simpsons head covers). Parents might want to help children take the plastic out, as it might be a little hard for children. The head packaging is also kind of hard to open. But it sure looks nice! When we open the head, we get a nice case and a booklet. The booklet is designed well for children and easy to read. It breaks down each disc. The case holds the 5-discs. Each disc's art is colorful and has Clifford with his friends. Now, I will break down each disc. But first let me tell you, each disc has menu directions narrated. The episodes automatically play, says the narrator. You can press the Menu button on your remote control to get to the actual menu screen. When we do that, the theme song is playing in the background with nice colorful menus and easy to read for kids. Disc one's options are Choose Episode, Big Fun Features, and Audio Features. Each of those options when selected has narrated directions, like for Choose Episodes we hear John Ritter (Clifford) giving us directions on how to choose the episodes. There are two themed selections on this disc--"Everyone Loves Clifford" and "Good Times, Good Friends." Both have 5 mini-episodes that run approx. 11 minutes each, for a total of approx. 57:52, counting the opening and closing theme. 7 chapter stops for each themed selection (opening theme, 5 mini-episodes, and closing theme). The Big Fun Features on this disc are three "Speckle Stories" that run 90 seconds each. The Speckle Stories usually run at the end of each episode on PBS, but it is an extra on this set. There are also 2:25 worth of Trailers for other Lionsgate products that children might want to buy. The Audio features we can change back and forth between 2.0 English Dolby Digital and 2.0 Spanish Dolby Digital. Moving on to disc two, the options are Scene Index, Audio Features, Big Fun Features. Audio Features is the same as disc one. Scene Index gives us 8 mini-episodes to play. They again run approx. 11 min. each for a total of 1:31:17, counting the opening and closing themes. There are 10 chapter stops on this disc (opening theme, 8 mini-episodes, and closing theme). The Big Fun Features on this disc are "Clifford's Doggy Detective Game," which consists of four games children can play; 3 more "Speckle Stories," that run 90 seconds each; and Previews, where we get yet more trailers for Lionsgate products. The previews this time auto-play before the menu directions come up on this disc. Moving on to disc three, we have Choose Episode and Big Fun Features. Choose Episode, again the directions are narrated by John Ritter, give us two themed selections--"Rock N' Roll Clifford!" and "Team Clifford!" This time each theme has four-mini episodes, again running approx. 11 min each, totaling around 46:38. The Big Fun Features on this set include "Clifford's Big Ideas," with directions narrated by John Ritter, these are 3 ideas followed by text of the ideas that run 60 seconds each. Like the Speckle Stories, these usually air in between the episodes or at the end of the episode on PBS. Then we get a "Tour of Birdwell Island," which is a nice interactive map that children can easily use to find there way around the island. Then we have "Real Life Doggie Friends" that runs 2:45. These are real dog stories. I think PBS runs these after the closing credits on Clifford episodes. There is also a DVD-ROM feature if you have a computer with a DVD drive. Moving on to the fourth disc, we again have Choose Episode and Big Fun Features. Choose Episode, directions narrated by Ritter, have two themed selections--"Big Fun in the Sun" and "Look Out, Clifford!" Each themed selection has four mini-episodes that run approx. 11 min. each for a total around 46:23 each. Big Fun Features include three more "Big Ideas," with directions narrated by Ritter, running 60 seconds each; the "Who's Who Game," which is a nice trivia game for children to test their knowledge of the show; and more "Real Life Doggie Friends," running at 3:16. Finally, the fifth disc has Choose Episodes and Big Fun Features. No directions on this disc for some reason. Choose Episodes have two themed selections--""Clifford's Fluffiest Friend - Cleo" and "Clifford Saves the Day!" Again, four mini-episodes each running 11 minutes each, for a total of 46:26. The Big Fun Features are two more "Big Ideas" running 60 seconds each; "Clifford Dance," which is a nice 35 second promo for the show on PBS; and more "Real Life Doggie Friends," running 3:09. This set is pretty well done and filled with extras that children will like and can learn from. If you have not bought this set already, please buy it for your children as it is something great to buy during the holidays. And if you don't have children, I still suggest you buy it, as I'm sure many of you read the books when you were a child. John Ritter gives the voice of Clifford a new meaning and he was nominated for many Daytime Emmy's for this role. So, grab T-Bone and Cleo and hop on Clifford's back to get this DVD set!
    -- Reviewed by Pavan
    (5/5 stars)

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    Our Thanksgiving Weekend Review Marathon continues tomorrow, as we preempt the ratings coverage (sorry, we don't have final numbers for Tuesday-Saturday because of the holiday), with a review of the new ABC sitcom Big Day, which will premiere this Tuesday at 9/8 central only on ABC! Is it worth watching? Find out tomorrow!

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    Friday, November 24, 2006

    Special Friday Review of The Great Book: Sitcoms of Norman Lear by Sean Campbell

    Welcome to a special "Black Friday" edition of mini-reviews. Today on Black Friday, we will give you a bargain. A review of a great book that looks at the classic sitcoms of legendary producer Norman Lear. We have given you a few news items on the blog on this book before, so I'm sure some of you are familiar with it already. 17-year-old Sean Campbell has written a truly wonderful book and now skees53 has a review for us on The Sitcoms of Norman Lear:

    The Sitcoms of Norman Lear by Sean Campbell

    The Sitcoms of Norman Lear (McFarland, $35) is exactly what it sounds like--a book about the sitcoms of one Norman Lear, the man that changed television forever. Written by Sean Campbell, the book isn't just typical fluff; instead, it is a rather complete history of the successes (and sometimes even failures, believe it or not) of the television mogul and never casts any important details aside as being insignificant.
    The book follows Lear's career from just before the days the hit sitcom All in the Family premiered on CBS, and covers all of his other major successes from the 1970s, including Sanford & Son, Maude, Good Times, The Jeffersons, and One Day at a Time. Not a detail is missing about these shows. In fact, there is a chapter for each one of these shows and includes all of the details of the shows (as well as a chapter dealing with the failures of Lear, even if it is hard to believe that a genius such as Lear could have any failures!), much like an E! True Hollywood Story, including the good things and the bad things that happened on the set. The book extensively covers the background of the show (such as what was going on in the world at the time of the show and how that may have influenced the show), the lives and attitudes of those involved with the show, the important episodes of the shows, and even how these sitcoms have changed the world (and television) into the 21st century. Whether it be Norman Lear writing an episode of All in the Family where Archie dies or CBS demanding that 26 lines be removed from the first episode of One Day at a Time, none of the important details are missing. Everything is well-researched too, with literally hundreds of citations from resources such as articles (from newspapers, magazines, and journals), statistics derived from opinion polls, books, interviews, and of course one of the best primary sources of all--the episodes of the sitcoms of Norman Lear!
    The level of coverage varies for each show (All in the Family and Good Times seem to have the most extensive coverage, but that makes sense, because one All in the Family was the show that started it all and Good Times is a pop-culture legend in its own right), but regardless, each and every show seems to be covered rather thoroughly and this book is a must-own for anybody that appreciates the greatest sitcoms of all-time!
    -- Reviewed by skees53
    (5/5 stars)

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    Thursday, November 23, 2006

    Happy Thanksgiving; Cook With Us Using Our 'Desperate Housewives' Cookbook Review

    Happy Thanksgiving to everyone from all of us here at SitcomsOnline.com! We thank you for coming everyday and even today when you are all with your families. Today we have a treat for you. A review of the Desperate Housewives Cookbook! What a perfect Thanksgiving treat it is to you! It is full of delicious items and it has something for everyone, whether it be Bree's Roast Turkey with Gravy or Lynette's Grilled Cheese. So, without further adieu, read and eat away...


    The Desperate Housewives Cookbook: Juicy Dishes and Saucy Bits (Hyperion, $29.95) brings delicious and scrumptious meals and treats from those classy Housewives and their neighbors! The cookbook is by Christopher Styler and Scott S. Tobis. Styler gives us his recipes and the text is composed by Tobis. The cookbook has over 125 recipes and is 267 pages! The cookbook is divided into character sections. Each section has recipes related to a character. You even have a recipe for Susan's famous macaroni & cheese...but don't worry it is not as terrible as she makes it! I will get to more of the dishes soon, but let me tell you what characters are featured. First up we have Bree's recipes, then Susan, Gabrielle, Lynette, Edie, the deceased Mrs. Huber, Mike, Felicia, and good 'ole Mrs. McCluskey. Inside some of the character's recipes are borrowed recipes from other characters, like Mama's Solis' Quesadillas. The last section of the book has information on the food on the set of the series. It is a quick 5-page read and you learn a lot about how the food is used and eaten on the set.
    For Bree Van De Kamp, dinner is not about convenience, it is about simmering, braising, pureeing, steeping, chopping, and flambeing. From Basic Puree Soup and Lobster Risotto with Herb Oil, to Blueberry Muffins and Buckwheat Pancakes, Bree's meals are sure to impress.
    An earth-mother type with better intentions than kitchen skills, Susan Mayer believes that it's the thought that counts. Here, Susan has gathered some of her favorite, foolproof (even Susan-proof!) recipes to share, including Roasted Peppers and Fresh Mozzarella Topped with Arugula Salad, Garlic Mashed Potatoes, and Chocolate-Butterscotch Bars.
    Left to her own devices, Gabrielle Solis steers towards simple and healthy fare that she can put together on her own. Gaby's recipes include Guacamole with Warm Chips, Shrimp with Chorizo and Bell Pepper, and Rum-Glazed Pineapple.
    Whether Lynette Scavo has spent the day taking care of the kids or the climbing the corporate ladder, when it's time to pack the kids' lunch or put a family dinner on the table, she'll take quick over perfect. Her recipes are time efficient and kid-friendly such as Grilled Cheese, French Toast for Breakfast (or Dinner) with Blueberry Syrup, Buttermilk-soaked Fried Chicken, and Potato Casserole.
    Although Edie Britt technically isn't a housewife, the neighborhood flirt does have a few recipes that are sure to be crowd-pleasers (especially all-men). Her faves include Oysters Poached in Champagne and Cream, Sausage Puttanesca, and Molten Chocolate Cake.
    And some of the neighbors have recipes to offer, too! Whether it's Mrs. Huber's Strawberry Smoothies, Mike's Rib Eye Steak, Felicia's Double Whammy Chocolate Pudding or Mrs. McCluskey's Peanut Brittle.
    Those are just a FEW of the items for each character. You will find much more when you browse the book. I get hungry each time I look at it. I'm no cook, but even I can use some of these recipes. So, a real cook out there would love this book even more.

    As a Thanksgiving treat, I leave you today with a recommendation for today's meals:
    Breakfast: Bree's Buckwheat Pancakes & Blueberry Muffins and Gabrielle's Mexican Hot Chocolate.
    Lunch: Lynette's Grilled Cheese & Irresistible Brownies and Susan's Vegetarian Chili.
    Afternoon Snack: Gabrielle's Guacamole with Warm Chips and Lynette's Babysitting Cookies
    Dinner: Bree has your main courses - Poached Turkey Tonnato, Roast Turkey with Gravy, and Two-Step Braised Duck. Susan has a side dish of Foolproof Macaroni & Cheese and Slow-Roasted String Beans. It's Thanksgiving so let's eat more with Gabrielle's Green Rice and Spicy Paella. We will also need Gaby's Fruit Salad with Yogurt-Honey Dressing. And finally who else do we turn for dessert? Edie of course! Her Molten Chocolate Cake will leave you breathless!
    Midnight Snack: After a huge dinner, you are probably stuffed but let's end your day with Felcia's Almond Macaroons! What a perfect snack to end your day!

    -- Reviewed by Pavan
    (5/5 stars)

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    Wednesday, November 22, 2006

    Jodie Sweetin, Mayim Bialek, & Danica McKellar on 20/20; Boomerang December Highlights, 'Dennis the Menace' Joins in January; Remembering Ruth Brown

    NFL Star Emmitt Smith, Stephen Baldwin, Jodie Sweetin (Full House), Jamie Lynn Sigler (The Sopranos), Mayim Bialek (Blossom) and Danica McKellar (The Wonder Years) will all be interviewed for this Friday's 20/20 on ABC at 10 p.m. ET/PT. They all will be talking about "The Life After." Life After… Being a Professional Athlete, Life After… Sin, Life After… Addiction, Life After… An Eating Disorder, and Life After… Being a Child Star. To view complete details, click HERE.

    Boomerang will make some changes to its line-up starting in December, with the most notable change of bringing The Flintstones back in prime-time at 8 p.m. replacing Garfield & Friends. The changes start December 4 (see below for a link to view the changes). Also in December: The Character of the Month will be Og (From Mike, Lu, and Og). The Character of the Month block airs on weekends from 2-4pm. Boomerang will acknowledge the Christmas holidays by showcasing a variety of classic Christmas specials and movies. airing Saturdays and Sundays from December 2 to 23, 4:00pm-5:30pm e/p; Sunday, December 24 (Christmas Eve), 10:30pm-5:30am e/p; Monday, December 25 (Christmas Day), 6:00am-8:00pm e/p.
    And a sneak peek to January, Boomerang will launch the classic .80s animated series Dennis the Menace on Martin Luther King Day with an all-day marathon! Dennis will also air weekdays starting Tuesday, January 16, but the time has not been set just yet. And if that wasn't enough, the Character of the Month for January is...Dennis of Dennis the Menace! Dennis Mitchell lives at 627 Elm Street with his parents, Henry and Alice. He is the neighborhood’s helpful menace that always seems to cause chaos in all of his escapades. But no matter what he is doing, he is always around to help his best friend, Mr. Wilson, whether he wants help or not. For all the December changes, highlights and the January sneak peek, click HERE.

    Finally, Ruth Brown has passed away. She was known mainly for her singing, but she also was on sitcoms. Ms. Brown died last Friday of complications following a stroke and a heart attack in Henderson, Nev. She established Atlantic Records in the 50s and 60s, with lots of hit songs. In all, Brown charted 24 singles, only three of which failed to reach the R&B top 10.
    After her split with Atlantic in the early '60s, Brown's fortunes waned; for a time, she worked as a domestic. Under the aegis of comic Redd Foxx, she began a comeback in the late '70s, appearing on such TV sitcoms as Hello, Larry and The Jeffersons. She also was a regular on the short-lived Jeffersons spin-off Checking In.
    Ms. Brown will be missed. She was 78.

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    Tuesday, November 21, 2006

    Remembering M*A*S*H Film Director Robert Altman, More M*A*S*H Notes; 'Arrested Development' Launches on MSN Video

    Robert Altman, the man who directed films such as M*A*S*H, Nashville and The Player who made a career out of bucking Hollywood management and story conventions, died at a Los Angeles Hospital, according to his Sandcastle 5 Productions Company. The director died Monday night. The cause of death wasn't disclosed. A five-time Academy Award nominee for best director, most recently for 2001's Gosford Park, he finally won a lifetime achievement Oscar in 2006. Perpetually in and out of favor with audiences and critics, Altman worked ceaselessly since his anti-war black comedy M*A*S*H established his reputation in 1970, but he would go for years at a time directing obscure movies before roaring back with a hit.
    After a string of commercial duds including The Gingerbread Man in 1998, Cookie's Fortune in 1999 and Dr. T & the Women in 2000, Altman took his all-American cynicism to Britain for 2001's Gosford Park. A combination murder-mystery and class-war satire set among snobbish socialites and their servants on an English estate in the 1930s, Gosford Park was Altman's biggest box-office success since M*A*S*H. Other famous movies he has directed include Popeye in 1980. Though, he has never directed or appeared on a sitcom, his first hit turned into a long running TV series in M*A*S*H. Mr. Altman will be missed. He was 81.
    And speaking of M*A*S*H (the TV series, that), it will be coming to TV Land on January 1, with a week-long stunt, as we mentioned before. We will have more details very soon, but I do have news that The Hallmark Channel will have an uncut episode marathon stunt from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on January 1. TV Land will only be able to air the show between 8 p.m. and 8 a.m., while Hallmark has 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Click here to view the episodes for the Hallmark Channel New Year's Day 2007 stunt.

    As we mentioned a few months back, critically acclaimed but low rated sitcom Arrested Development will be coming to MSN Video in reruns. MSN announced that beginning today episodes of the Emmy award-winning comedy Arrested Development will be streamed on demand on MSN Video and at no cost to viewers. The first five episodes are available today at http://arresteddevelopment.msn.com and, starting Dec. 15, three new episodes will be added every three weeks. All 53 episodes from the three seasons of the show will be rolled out within the next year.

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    Monday, November 20, 2006

    ABC Family, TV Land Change Their Minds; TV One Thanksgiving Weekend

    Apparently ABC Family has changed their minds about today's schedule change. Step by Step has been re-inserted to the weekday line-up and will continue to air weekdays at 2 and 2:30 p.m. Last week they announced Boy Meets World was coming to the slot. Boy will still air weekday mornings at 8 & 8:30 a.m. We will keep you up to date of any other news and changes.
    Meanwhile, TV Land has announced it has moved the Ghostbusters 2 encore from 12:30am Friday to 12 noon Saturday. Ghostbusters 2 will still premiere 10 p.m. on Friday and will be followed by I Pity the Fool and 5 Benson episodes.

    Warm up the sweet potato pie ready and get ready to laugh this Thanksgiving weekend as TV One presents four days of comedy centered around family and fun. TV One will feature four marathons this weekend part of their "Let's Talk Turkey" marathon weekend.
    On Thanksgiving Day, TV One kicks off the family holiday weekend with visits from the outrageous family members of TV One's most hilarious sitcom characters from 10am-8pm and again from 11pm-6am. The marathon features special Thanksgiving episodes of Good Times, Martin and In the House commemorating this special time of year when visiting family, whom we all love dearly, can sometimes try your patience.
    The world television premiere of "Preaching to the Choir" starring Lost's Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Darien Sills-Evans, Tichina Arnold, Eartha Kitt, and Patti LaBelle follows this marathon.

    On Friday, Nov. 24 from 10am-6pm, viewers can catch up with all the comedians they've missed with a back to back recap of all Bill Bellamy's Who's Got Jokes? episodes that have previously aired.

    Things are heating up on TV One on Saturday, November 25 from noon - 8 PM, as TV One salutes "The Hottest Hunks of Sitcoms" in a marathon that features episodes of TV One sitcoms with a high hunk factor. The marathon continues from 2 AM - 6 AM. TV One hunks include Dancing with the Stars' Mario Lopez, Malik Yoba, Boris Kodjoe, Shemar Moore, Billy D. Williams, Philip Michael Thomas, Eddie George, Eric Benet, Will Smith, Lennox Lewis, and more. Sitcoms featured include All of Us, Eve, Martin, Good Times, For Your Love, 227, Amen and In the House. Episodes for the all-day marathon include:
    For Your Love #310 - Eric Benet, Eric Dickerson
    For Your Love #315 - Boris Kodjoe
    227 #209 - Billy D. Williams
    Amen #8911 - Richard Roundtree
    In the House #307 - Lennox Lewis, LL Cool J
    In the House #317 - Eddie George
    Good Times #107 - Phillip Michael Thomas
    All of Us #112 - Allen Payne
    Eve #109 - Mario Lopez
    Eve #113 - Boris Kodjoe
    Martin #108 - Keith Washington
    Martin #214 - Martin Payne (Comedic)
    For Your Love #202 - Malik Yoba
    For Your Love #222 - Shemar Moore
    All of Us #110 - Will Smith
    All of Us #106 - Boris Kodjoe

    The last marathon airs Sunday, November 26. On Sunday, November 26 from 1 to 8 PM, the paparazzi will be out in full force, as TV One spends a day with Eve and its most famous guest stars in an all-day sitcom marathon. DMX, Tichina Arnold, Mario Lopez, Queen Latifah, Cedric the Entertainer, Kelly Rowland, and Vivica A. Fox are just a few of the famous faces dropping by.

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    Sunday, November 19, 2006

    Week 9 Numbers (First Four Nights); How the Sitcoms Did

    Week 9 numbers (first four nights, Mon-Thu):

    Households: ABC: 9.6/14.8; CBS: 9.3/14.4; NBC: 6.5/10.1; Fox: 4.7/7.1; The CW: 2.3/3.5.
    Total Viewers: CBS: 14.65 million; ABC: 14.54 million; NBC: 10.25 million; Fox: 7.45 million; The CW: 3.6 million.
    Adults 18-49: ABC: 4.8/12.4; CBS: 4.6/11.9; NBC: 4.0/10.4; Fox: 3.0/7.6; The CW: 1.6/4.0.

    Analysis: The ninth week saw the first second full week of sweeps and ABC and CBS are again neck and neck! Last week we saw CBS win for the 8th straight week in HH and total viewers, just edging ABC (which had a very slow Friday and Saturday) but that is in jeopardy this week as ABC, had a stronger Friday and Saturday, and will likely come very close to win it...photo finish. ABC will also likely get the 18-49 demo for the 9th straight week (week 7 NBC virtually tied ABC thanks to the Colts/Patriots game). As usual, Friday and Saturday numbers are not above, since final numbers are not available yet. ABC and CBS lead a close race for the top spot so far with NBC a distant third and Fox well back in fourth. On Monday, CBS's CSI: Miami shined with 18.77 million, and NBC's Heroes at 9 p.m. was again strong in the 18-49 demo with a 6.5/16 and decent in total viewers with 15.08 million. NBC's Deal or No Deal lead the night off for NBC with a dominating first place finish and did 18.07million, almost up 4 million from last week! NBC's Studio 60 is still not doing good with just 7.58 million..a series low. CBS sitcoms rebounded just a bit last week after going up against the CMA's, as The Class at 8:30 was up from last week's 7.57 million to 8.44 million, and the number one sitcom Two and a Half Men rose from that and did 15.83 million. Fox did usual business for Prison Break but did better at 9 p.m. with a repeat of House instead of Justice. ABC saw a distant fourth for the night, compared to last week's #1. Tuesday, again it was ABC on top as Dancing with the Stars Final Dance did a stellar 26.8 million! The sitcom Help Me Help You was pre-empted as ABC aired a special 90-minute preview of the new game show Show Me the Money which did a solid 12.39 million, ABC will take that on Wednesdays at 8 come this week. Fox is doing bad with Standoff leading off but House came back strong and did 14.6 million, building almost 10 million from its lead-in. NBC was strong at 10 p.m. as Law & Order: SVU did a nice 14.76 million while Friday Night Lights continues to under-perform at just 5.48 million. Law & Order: CI was just 9.14 million, but up from last week. CBS did decent with NCIS and The Unit, but the 3LBS premiere did not perform well with just 9.86 million. Wednesday saw CBS and ABC battle it out, with ABC edging CBS in viewers this time and ABC winning in the demo again. ABC won the opening hour again with the season finale of Dancing with the Stars: The Results doing 17.7/27 rating and 27.52 million. CBS's Jericho did 9.34 million, a series low, of note the last three weeks the show has hit a series low...not good for a show going on hiatus. NBC had a better Wednesday than usual with The Biggest Loser 3 doing just 6.37 million but the two-hour season premiere of Medium was much better with 9.44 million. ABC's Day Break premiere didn't do as well as ABC expected, but did decent with 10.16 million from 9-11pm...watch the show this week, it is a solid new show and very fast paced and promises to answer every question by episode 13. CBS won from 9-11pm with Criminal Minds and CSI: NY both doing over 16 million (16.48 and 16.18 million). CBS's Criminal Minds. was lower than last week against Lost ... very strange, the ABC hit will return February 7. The CW's America's Next Top Model was down from last week's 5.37 million to 4.71 million as ABC for sure affected it. Fox did better with a Bones repeat at 9 following an all-new Bones, which did 7.83 million. On Thursday we saw CBS and ABC dominate. ABC's Grey's Anatomy had 20.92 million at 9pm (up from last week) and in the same slot CSI had 24.11 million, also up from last week...really up (CSI won in HH 14.8/22 to 13.6/20 but GA still wins in A18-49 8.7/21 to 8.0/19). NBC aired comedies at 9 p.m. and probably the Deal or No Deal older viewers fled to CSI. At 8 p.m. ABC continues to do well with Ugly Betty, as the one-hour comedy did decent again with 12.95 million, slightly up from previous week; Survivor was also up and did 15.35 million though.When Survivor finishes, look for the best new comedy to do even better. At 10 p.m. newbie Shark did 15.24 million. ER was down from last week's 14.56 million to just 12.52 million, thanks to low rated 30 Rock from 9:20-10pm. ABC saw second place at 10 p.m. with Barbara Walters 30 Mistakes in 30 Years Part 1 special doing a solid 12.91 million..but better than the usual in the slot. And Fox saw pathetic numbers with 'Til Death and another (save us!) episode of The O.C.
    Friday (numbers not counted in our ratings), saw CBS's dramas doing well and NBC was a solid second Deal or No Deal special on Friday was #1 for the night), but Las Vegas is out of place on Fridays. ABC was a solid third this week rather than a distant third, thanks to a special 20/20 at 9 and Barbara Walters 30 Mistakes in 30 Years Part 2 tying Law & Order on NBC for 2nd place. And The CW beat Fox yet again on Friday. Saturday ratings saw ABC win the night with CBS, NBC and Fox doing usual business as the College Football game did good for ABC with USC beating Cal for the Pac-10 title...next week it is USC vs. Notre Dame, so it should be even better. As for tonight, ABC and NBC will dominate, especially Desperate Housewives. Look for ABC to win the demo tonight and total viewers, as new series Brothers & Sisters is consistent and steady. Extreme Makeover: Home Edition is also solid for ABC and NBC might get high numbers for their football game, but not enough to win the night. I again expect ABC to win the week in the demo and yes, ABC in total viewers..though it will be close but unlike last week, ABC had a better Friday and Saturday. As you can see from our numbers above (Mon-Thurs), ABC has a decent lead in everything (with CBS edging in viewers). NBC should be third in everything. What to look for this week is how Thanksgiving night will do...will it be ABC's special 70-minute Grey's Anatomy followed by the Mel Gibson interview or CBS's CSI or the special two-hour NBC Deal or No Deal? Finally the networks are programming new material on the night! I think it will be the usual winners, ABC and CBS, with NBC coming in at closer third.

    Last Sunday Sitcoms (counts for week of Nov. 6-12)

    • The Simpsons (Fox) - With the NFL as its lead-in, an all-new episode did a solid 11.43 million.
    • American Dad (Fox) - 8.48 million, better than last week's 7.71 million...but still down from lead-in. Move this back to 9:30 in January and have the return of King of the Hill here at 8:30.
    • Family Guy (Fox) - Built back up from lead-in with 9.05 million...though Fox should be doing better with this show
    • War at Home (Fox) - Fox was up from 8-9:30 from last week, so this show should be too right? WRONG! Down to 5.96 million.

    Monday Sitcoms

    • How I Met Your Mother (CBS) - 8.22 million last week...up to 9.33 million this week...much better.
    • The Class (CBS) - 7.57 million last week...up to 8.44 million this week. CBS ordered a few more episodes, but back nine is not likely.
    • Two and a Half Men (CBS) - 15.83 million, up from last week...number one sitcom still.
    • New Adventures of Old Christine (CBS) - 11.87 million for an all-new episode, slightly up from last week, but should have been a little higher as its lead-in went up by a lot.
    • CW Monday Comedies: Chris, All of Us, Girfriends, The Game. All new episodes of Chris started it off with 3.22 million, the highest of the block. The rest ranged 2.43 to 3.1 million.


    Tuesday Sitcoms

    • None.

    Wednesday Sitcoms
    • None.
    Thursday Sitcoms
    • My Name is Earl (NBC) - A super-sized episode did 9.12 million, down a bit from last week's 9.13 million.
    • The Office (NBC) - 8.43 million tuned in for a 40-minute episode, up from last week.
    • 30 Rock (NBC) - 40 minutes of this show did just 5.19 million...not good news for NBC.
    • 'Til Death (Fox) 2 episodes - 4.55 million tuned in at 8pm for a new episode, up from last week a bit. The repeat at 8:30pm held steady and did 4.54 million, but down from last week.
    Friday Sitcoms
    None.

    Saturday Sitcoms
    None.

    Airing tonight (Sunday) are Fox comedies and Reba on The CW.

    Summing it up. Two and a Half Men, How I Met Your Mother, My Name is Earl and The New Adventures of Old Christine were impressive for the week. Everything else was OK (such as The Office and The Class) or just plain old terrible (such as 'Til Death and 30 Rock).

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    Saturday, November 18, 2006

    Mini-DVD Reviews: Perry Mason: Season 1 Volume 2 (Nov. 21); CSI: The Complete 6th Season (Nov. 14)

    Welcome to another edition of Saturday mini-DVD reviews! Today we take a look at CBS DVD-Paramount Home Entertainment's Perry Mason: Season 1, Volume 2 and CSI: The Complete 6th Season.
    See skees53's mini-DVD review of Perry Mason: Season 1, Volume 2.

    Perry Mason - Season 1, Volume 2

    Perry Mason: Season 1, Volume 2 (CBS DVD, $49.99) contains all 20 episodes from the second half of the first season of the classic courtroom drama. Raymond Burr stars as the all-star attorney Perry Mason that'll help the underdog client prove their innocence no matter what odds are stacked against them. This 5-disc set contains the 20 episodes from the second half of the first season beginning with the February 1, 1958 episode, "The Case of the Lonely Heiress," and going until the final episode of the first season, "The Case of the Rolling Bones."
    In the second half of the first season, Perry has the daunting tasks of defending a woman when a con artist that caused her sister to commit suicide is suddenly poisoned ("The Case of the Lonely Heiress"), working with an important witness that has multiple personalities ("The Case of the Deadly Double"), working with a witness that claims to be able to identify somebody by the shoes they are wearing ("The Case of the Daring Decoy"), and many more cases where the person that should have done it, well, didn't do it! These particular episodes, despite its age of the series, has guest stars that many classic television fans will recognize, including Denver Pyle, Yvonne Craig, John Hoyt, Nancy Kulp, and more. Sadly, despite the fact that Perry Mason has an unusually large fan-base for a show as old as it is, the set is totally void of any special features, but the excellent presentation of the episodes along with the excellent video and audio quality requires that I give this set a verdict of not-guilty (or if it makes more sense this way, it is just a pretty good set!).
    -- Reviewed by skees53
    (4/5 stars)

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    CSI: Crime Scene Investiation - The Complete Sixth Season

    CSI.: Crime Scene Investigation - The Complete Sixth Season (Paramount Home Video/CBS DVD, $89.99)

    CSI: Crime Scene Investigation is a fast-paced drama about a passionate team of forensic investigators trained to solve crimes the old-fashioned way – by examining the evidence. CSI: Crime Scene Investigation is on the case 24-7, scouring the scene, collecting the irrefutable evidence and finding the missing pieces that will solve the mystery.

    My Review: CSI remains my favorite series in the CSI franchise. It just is consistently good every week, and they keep it fresh with interesting storylines.
    While some of the original characters like Grissom have had less of a role in recent seasons, the entire cast is outstanding. I'm not sure if the show has reached its peak. Grey's Anatomy has presented a strong challenge, but CSI has continued to put up impressive numbers.

    This 7-disc set contains all 24 episodes of the sixth (2005-06) season. The episodes are presented in Anamorphic Widescreen (1.78:1) with Dolby Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround or Spanish 2.0 Surround audio. It has a running time of 17 hours, 21 minutes. C.S.I's packaging has remained pretty consistent throughout all the seasons. The faces of the 5 main cast members are featured on the cover. The inside case is in a book format that you can flip through to get to the discs. Each disc features a different half-photo of one of the cast members and the CSI logo. The menus are very stylish and easy to navigate. They have a montage of video clips, with some intrumental music playing in the background. Options are available for Episode Selection, Set Up, Previews (only on Disc 1), and Special Features. On the Set Up menu, you can choose either Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround or Spanish 2.0 Surround. Closed captioning is availble for all of the episodes. As you would expect from such a recent show, the video and audio quality is outstanding.

    Like the other CSI releases, this set includes an impressive amount and variety of special features. There are 7 audio commentaries available for 6 of the episodes by the crew and one of the cast members. They are insightful and interesting and add a lot of trivia facts. I would have liked to hear more commentaries from the cast. Six exclusive featurettes are found on Disc 7.

    "Shooting Stars" - Audio Commentary by Writer/Director Danny Cannon
    "Gum Drops" - Audio Commentary by Writer Sarah Goldfinger and Director Richard J. Lewis
    "A Bullet Runs Through It, Part 1" - Audio Commentary by Showrunner/Co-Writer Carol Mendelsohn and Technical Advisor/Writer Rich Catalani
    "A Bullet Runs Through It, Part 1" - Audio Commentary by Danny Cannon
    "A Bullet Runs Through It, Part 2" - Audio Commentary by Carol Mendelsohn and Director/Producer Kenneth Fink
    "Killer" - Audio Commentary by Executive Producer Naren Shankar, Writer Dustin Lee Abraham and Kenneth Fink
    "Poppin' Tags" - Audio Commentary by Dustin Lee Abraham and Actor George Eads

    The Scene of Sound (26:42) - Follow the process of creating final sound for Episode 607 "A Bullet Runs Through It, Part 1." This was a fascinating featurette that has
    a lot of behind the scenes type footage. They show how they do the mics, the spotting session, music score, foley artists, ADR stage/looping and the final mix. There's a lot of work for them to do in a short period of time.

    Gadgets & Gizmos - This featurette is hosted by Technical Advisor Rich Catalani and divided into six sections: Borescope with Fiberoptic Camera (:53), Forensic Buddy (1:15), Scanning Electron Microscope (:47), Nicolet Almega (Laser Ablator) (:53), Camlite (1:15), Micro FTIR (1:29). It was cool to see how all these gadgets are used to create the various shots.

    Coroner Reports - David Berman and Robert David Hall are interviewed. This featurette is divided into four sections: Respecting the Dead (1:06), Stomach Contents (:51), Special Handlings (1:21), Surprise Findings (:39). I would have liked to see this as a longer segment. It is hard to overlook these guys contributions to the show. They always add some humor.

    Apparent Cause of Death (6:52) - Special Effects Make-Up artist Matthew W. Mungle takes us through the process of turning a perfectly healthy actor into a corpis, complete with an exposed chest cavity and a sawed-off skull cap. I know that the
    make-up and effects aren't real, but they could sure fool me many times.

    Season Six Trajectory (19:18) - CSI's Cast & Crew discuss where CSI is going in Season Six. They talk about the characters, their backgrounds, and the themes of this season. There seemed to be less details on the characters this season than in the past, but when they do it seems to make more of an impact. Melinda Clarke (Lady Heather) returned this season, and she is interviewed as well. This featurette gives a pretty good summary of the season, but where was the mention of the relationship between Grissom and Sara?

    The New Title Sequence - CSI's Producers and Visual Effects Artists discuss the process of creating a new opening sequence. They used basically the same opening credits for the first 5 seasons (with only a few new shots tossed in each year). This season they completely re-did it. There are still a lot of the classic scenes used like the exploding apple and Grissom using the sledgehammer on the head.

    Final Comments: There are so many crime shows on TV today, but CSI remains the best. I think one of the keys to the success of the show is that they've been able to keep all of the original six cast members. The cast has great chemistry, and they have a great production crew to put it all together. There are no shortage of special features on this set that will give you some interesting details on how much work goes into making an episode. You will definitely want to pick up this set to add to your collection.

    -- Reviewed by Todd Fuller
    (5/5 stars)

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    Friday, November 17, 2006

    Nick@Nite Schedule Change Starting Nov. 26; More Info on 'Three's Company' Best-Of DVDs

    Nick@Nite has announced that they will make a schedule change starting Sunday, November 26. Roseanne will move up to 10-11pm on Sun-Thurs, while Fresh Prince moves to 11pm-12am on Sun-Thurs and The Cosby Show moves to 12-1am Sun-Thurs. That means Designing Women is off the regular line-up, but it will still air Thursdays from 1am to 4:30am. Fresh Prince all night Sunday is now gone and reduced to 1am-5am. Fri-Sat schedule is just about the same, but Full House, Roseanne and Fresh Prince are on an hour later and Cosby Show is not on these nights. To view the new schedule, click HERE.

    A week or so ago we mentioned that two single disc DVD sets are coming for Three's Company on Jan. 30. One called Three's Company Capturing the Laughter: Jack's Favorites and the other Three's Company Capturing the Laughter: Janet's Episodes. We have gotten a few more details on both. The Jack set will feature five episodes and an extra. The five episodes are "Downhill Chaser," "Urban Plowboy," "Baby, It's Cold Inside," "Up in the Air," and "Cupid Works Overtime." The extra is "A Tribute to John Ritter: Working With a Master." That was on the season eight DVD, so it is not all-new. For more details on this set, including cover art, click HERE. Meanwhile, we do not have the episodes and details yet for the Janet set, but I can tell you the set will only be at Best Buy. It will be a Best Buy exclusive. The Jack set will not be; that will be available everywhere. For much more details and info, visit my Three's Company website: Jack's Bistro!

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    Thursday, November 16, 2006

    'Growing Pains' Sneak Preview on i Network; Additional Episodes for 'Class', 'Standoff', 'Til Death'

    A last minute i Network decision has been made. As a sneak preview of Growing Pains, which will be coming to the i Network in early 2007, the i Network will be presenting the entire first season from November 20-December 1 from 9-10 p.m. weeknights (replacing Charlie's Angels for these two weeks ONLY, the Angels return to their regular time on December 4), as well as marathons on both Thanksgiving night (Thursday, November 23) and Sunday, November 26.
    The Thanksgiving night marathon has been added, and will run 8 to 11 p.m. Mama's Family, which was previously scheduled to run 6-11 p.m., will air 6-8 p.m. that night and also on Saturday night (November 25) from 9:30 p.m. to 11 p.m., which originally was Growing Pains. Charlie's Angels marathon will remain on Friday, November 24 from 6 to 11 p.m. and Growing Pains marathon will remain 6-11 p.m. on Sunday, November 26. Click here for the updated Thanksgiving weekend marathon episodes. And we will let you know as soon as we know when Growing Pains really joins the schedule in early 2007!

    Fox has given the go-ahead to nine more episodes of the struggling Brad Garrett Thursday night sitcom 'Til Death and six more episodes of procedural drama Standoff, which has also struggled. Both series are the first and likely only new Fox series to be extended beyond their initial 13 episode commitments. Justice, Vanished, Happy Hour will not return beyond 13 episodes and will likely not air all 13.
    Meanwhile, CBS has reportedly picked-up additional episodes of the new Monday sitcom The Class. The Class has not brought the lights out but CBS will still likely go with a few more episodes, likely about 16-19, more closer to 16 though. By mid-season, CBS will likely replace The Class with a new mid-season sitcom--Rules of Engagement starring David Spade, Oliver Hudson and Patrick Warburton.

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    Wednesday, November 15, 2006

    ABC Family Schedule Change; Lifetime Schedule Notes

    We are back with probably what we do best--schedules! ABC Family Channel has made a last minute schedule change and will bring back Boy Meets World to afternoons starting this Monday (November 20). It will air weekdays at 2 and 2:30 p.m. replacing Step by Step. Step by Step just recently returned to that slot, and it looks like it didn't do too well. Step by Step has always done well for the network and has been on since March 2001 and will continue to air, but now only weekend mornings at 8 and 8:30 a.m. And just to let everyone know, Boy Meets World will also continue to air weekday mornings at 8 and 8:30 a.m.

    Yesterday we gave you news on Grey's Anatomy coming to local syndication in fall 2009. We mentioned yesterday and before that Lifetime has bought the reruns also for fall 2009 as a daily strip, but starting this January they will air it weekly. They will air season one episodes. The show will air Sundays at 11 p.m. starting January 7. so, now if you're a new fan, now is the time to catch the steamy and dreamy doctors of Seattle’s Grace Hospital from the beginning!
    Other Lifetime notes: Still Standing and Reba looks like did well in their 7-9 p.m. slots that they will air in those slots until at least December 1 every Tues-Fri.
    Desperate Housewives and Medium will be switching slots starting the week of December 11, with DH going to Mondays at 7 p.m. and Medium going to Saturdays at 11 p.m.

    If we have more news, we will be back. So, check in again.

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    Tuesday, November 14, 2006

    SitcomsOnline.com Interactive: What Show Do You Want To See on the i Netwok?; TV Land Boomer Survey; Network Notes

    After great success in our first SitcomsOnline.com Interactive feature (Similar Sitcom Plots), we bring you another installment! This time we want to know (and we might even show the i Network this poll) what classic TV shows do you want to see on the i Network come 2007? They are adding Growing Pains in January, but I have a feeling we might see the hours expand soon, and we can get a nice new block.
    They have rights to various shows from Sony, Warner Bros. and Universal's library. Shows that are not on cable, are eligible. So, I have gone through probably lots of most requested shows from these three studios to put back on television, and have made a poll. If a show is not on this list and is from one of these three studios (or not on TV today), then please post and write your vote in! (Universal shows Gimme a Break! and Charles in Charge are not eligible because they are right now leased to the Program Exchange. Sorry!)
    So, start voting in the poll by clicking HERE and also post and tell us what you think. You can choose up to 3 shows in the poll. But please vote! As of this writing, Alice, Perfect Strangers, Diff'rent Strokes, and The Facts of Life are in the lead, with The Wonder Years, and a few others close behind. This is Vote 2007!

    Baby Boomers are frustrated that television and advertisers place too much emphasis on younger audiences and are missing the chance to connect with Boomers in their peak earning and spending years, according to the findings in TV Land's New Generation Gap Study.
    The Boomers polled were asked about the best TV shows and ads of all time. Among Boomer Men, the top shows of all time are:
    - M*A*S*H
    - Star Trek
    - The Andy Griffith Show
    - 24 tied with . . .
    - Seinfeld

    Among Boomer Women, the top shows of all time are:
    - CSI
    - M*A*S*H
    - Law & Order
    - I Love Lucy
    tied with . . .
    - ER
    To view the full survey, click here.

    And finally some network notes. Second year drama What About Brian has been picked up for a full season. The show had a 13 episode order then was picked up for four more episodes, now ABC has announced that at least 22 episodes will be produced this season. The show, a contemporary, heartwarming ensemble drama that tells the stories of a group of close-knit friends in various stages of romantic relationships and friendships living in Los Angeles, airs Mondays at 10:00 p.m., ET on the ABC Television Network.
    NBC has picked-up freshman drama Friday Night Lights for a full season, despite low ratings. This marks the second low rated drama picked-up by NBC (Studio 60 being the other). NBC's poignant series centers on the small rural town of Dillon, Texas, where the coveted state football championship rings are held in the highest regard.

    After finding a cable buyer (Lifetime) for Grey's Anatomy over the summer, the distributor of the hit medical drama is now firming up sales for the off-network series in weekend broadcast syndication.
    Buena Vista Television has secured several clearances for the show, including stations in 14 of the top 15 markets, for a fall 2009 launch.
    The stations clearing the series include the ABC owned-and-operated stations WABC New York, KABC Los Angeles, WLS Chicago, WPVI Philadelphia, KGO San Francisco and KTRK Houston; Fox-owned WFXT Boston and WTTG Washington; Cox's ABC affiliate WSB Atlanta; and Scripps' ABC affiliate WXYZ Detroit. The three-year deals include double runs in specific time periods. They will be allowed to air on weekends only. Lifetime's deal allows it to begin airing the series daily in fall 2009; in addition, the women's cable network will begin airing episodes from Season 1 once a week starting in January.

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    Monday, November 13, 2006

    i Network December Brings Holiday Episodes of Various Series, 'Growing Pains' Delayed to January; TV Land Presents Originals for 2007

    The i network has announced its December line-up and it will be loaded with classic holiday episodes from the Universal, Sony, and Warner libraries! The network also announced that '80s sitcom Growing Pains, which was scheduled to air as a regular weeknights from 8-9pm starting November 27 has been delayed until January. However, Growing Pains will still have a Thanksgiving weekend marathon Nov. 25 and 26. So, the regular lineup will remain the same as it is now in December.
    i Network celebrates Christmas almost everyday in December with various holiday episodes and movies. The week of December 4-7 at 6:30 p.m. will see holiday episodes of '60s sitcoms Green Acres, Hazel, The Flying Nun, and McHale's Navy. December 8 will see Christmas episodes of regular time period shows The Monkees and The Partridge Family from 6-7p.m. On Saturday, December 9, following a special airing of Feed the Children and i Health Presents, i will go crime & mystery with classic Christmas episodes of half shows Adam-12, Alfred Hitchcock Presents and Dragnet from 9:30-11 p.m. The week of Dec. 11-14 is Amen Christmas episodes week at 7:30 p.m., with a special two-part Christmas episode on Dec. 14 from 7-8 p.m. December 15 will see two Christmas episodes from those Sweathogs on Welcome Back, Kotter from 7-8pm. The week of December 18 sees three shows from the past return for one time holiday showings: Doc (Dec. 18 at 9pm), Bonanza (Dec. 20 at 8pm), and Sue Thomas F.B.Eye (Dec. 21 at 9pm). That's not all that week, though! Mama's Family gets two Christmas episodes on Dec. 18 and 19 at 8 p.m., '80s sitcom Kate & Allie gets a Christmas airing at 8:30 p.m. on Dec. 19 and the veteran Diagnosis Murder gets a showing on Dec. 22 at 10 p.m. Finally, another Adam-12 Christmas episode will air December 23 at 10:30 p.m. Some of these episodes will repeat, like Mama's Family and Kate & Allie, so I suggest you click HERE to view the ENTIRE holiday programming guide for the i Network, which includes holiday movies!
    We will be back in the coming weeks for more on the i Network of course, including the date and time of the premiere of Growing Pains. Will the hours be expanded come January? Will we see more new shows join the schedule with Growing Pains? Only time will tell...so come on back!

    TV Land unveiled a new slate of pilots, recurring series and specials as part of its 2006-2007 original programming roll-out. The aggressive slate of originals is designed to complement TV Land's classic television offerings while underscoring the network's commitment to deepen its connection to its Baby Boomer audience, the first generation of Americans to grow up watching television. The new slate features several notable projects and recurring series including Family Foreman, a reality show focused on the frenetic and incredible life of former heavyweight boxing champion/multi-million dollar pitchman George Foreman and his ten children; The Big 4-0, a look at the emotional and sometimes over-the-top festivities planned for and by Boomers who hit the proverbial age milestone; and the second season of Sit Down Comedy with David Steinberg where comedy legends Jerry Seinfeld, Robin Williams, Ray Romano and other comic icons spin hilarious tales of their lives both on the stage and off.
    Shows and specials premiering from now until 2007: 100 Greatest TV Quotes and Catchphrases, TV Land Myths & Legends, Sit Down Comedy with David Steinberg Season 2, TV Land Confidential Season 2, Back to the Grind, In Celebrity Love Cruise, and High School Reunion. All those will for sure air, the following are pilot projects that are in the works and could air or could not: Meet Your Match, Family Foreman, The Big 4-0, and The Story Of ... For complete details on all of these click HERE.

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    Sunday, November 12, 2006

    Week 8 Numbers (First Four Nights); How the Sitcoms Did

    Week 8 numbers (first four nights, Mon-Thu):

    Households: ABC: 9.6/14.8; CBS: 8.6/13.2; NBC: 6.0/9.2; Fox: 4.3/6.4; The CW: 2.4/3.6.
    Total Viewers: ABC: 14.96 million; CBS: 13.61 million; NBC: 9.47 million; Fox: 6.93 million; The CW: 3.69 million.
    Adults 18-49: ABC: 4.9/12.6; CBS: 4.3/10.9; NBC: 3.6/9.3; Fox: 2.8/6.9; The CW: 1.7/4.1.

    Analysis: The eight week saw the first full full week of sweeps and ABC is off to the lead! Last week we saw CBS win for the 7th straight week in HH and total viewers, but that is in jeopardy this week as ABC, thanks to a strong Monday, will likely win it. ABC will also likely get the 18-49 demo for the 8th straight week, though last week NBC came roaring back to virtually tie the network in that thanks to a very strong NFL game. As usual, Friday and Saturday numbers are not above, since final numbers are not available yet. ABC and CBS lead a close race for the top spot so far with NBC a distant third and Fox well back in fourth. On Monday, ABC was finally in the game and won the night in HH, viewers, and 18-49 thanks to the network's first showing of the CMA Awards. The broadcast did a 9.9/15 HH rating, 15.96 million, and a 5.4/13 A18-49 rating. CBS's CSI: Miami still won the last hour with 16.8 million, and NBC's Heroes at 9 p.m. was again strong in the 18-49 demo, with a series high 6.7/15 and decent in total viewers with 14.47. NBC's Deal or No Deal lead the night off for NBC with a solid second place and did 14.67 million, though almost down 2 million from last week. NBC's Studio 60 was just renewed for a full season for some reason, but it is still not doing good with just 7.67 million. CBS sitcoms suffered thanks to the CMA's, as The Class at 8:30 was again down as the newbie did just 7.57 million, but the number one sitcom Two and a Half Men rose from that and did 14.48 million. Fox did usual business for Prison Break but Justice had its last straw, as Fox pulled it after this week's terrible performance of 5.85 million.Tuesday, again it was ABC on top as Dancing with the Stars did 18.15 million for a special Election Day 30 minute recap followed by a 60 minute performance that did a stellar 21.98 million! The sitcom Help Me Help You was pre-empted as ABC dedicated the rest of the night to ABC: Vote 2006, doing the best of the big three election coverage at 8.55 million. Fox is doing bad with Standoff leading off but House came back strong and did 16.11 million, building well over 10 million from its lead-in. NBC was off the map tonight as Election Coverage pre-empted its strongest show Law & Order: SVU, while Friday Night Lights continues to under-perform at just 5.94 million. Law & Order: CI was very low, at probably a series low for a new episode, doing just 7.39 million. CBS did decent with NCIS and The Unit. Wednesday saw CBS and ABC battle it out, with ABC edging CBS in viewers this time and ABC winning in the demo again. ABC won the opening hour again with Dancing with the Stars: The Results doing 13.7/21 rating and 20.69 million. CBS's Jericho did 9.68 million, a series low, after last week's 9.87 million, which also was a series low. NBC had a bad night with The Biggest Loser 3 doing just 7.2 million for two-hours..though 8pm was so much improved now that the comedies are gone. ABC's The Nine had something to be happy about finally, it went up from last week's series lows. The show did 7.22 million up from last week's 6.52 million. ABC is being patient. CBS won from 9-11pm with Criminal Minds and CSI: NY both doing over 16 million (17.57 and 16.77 million). ABC's Lost didn't win 9pm in viewers, as it did 17.15 million for its fall finale, beat by CBS's Criminal Minds. Lost will return February 7. The CW's America's Next Top Model was up a million from last week's clip show of 4.41 million to 5.37 million. Fox had a terrible showing from The O.C., on a special night, doing just 3.54 million (down from last week's canceled game show premiere of 4.1 million)--ouch! On Thursday we saw CBS and ABC dominate. ABC's Grey's Anatomy had 20.65 million at 9pm and in the same slot CSI had 20.83 million (GA won in HH 13.5/20 to 12.6/19 and A18-49 8.6/21 to 6.9/17). At 8 p.m. ABC continues to do well with Ugly Betty, as the one-hour comedy did decent again with 12.81 million, slightly down from previous week; Survivor was also down and did 14.39 million though.When Survivor finishes, looks for the best new comedy to do even better. At 10 p.m. newbie Shark did 13.64 million, with ER edging it with 14.56 million. People keep saying ER has resurged...it really hasn't. It is doing the same as last year, it just seems like it is up because CBS's Without a Trace was dominating this hour last season. ABC's Six Degrees was pre-empted, and won't return to the schedule now until January, after last week's 7.4 million, a Desperate Housewives repeat aired tonight and did a better 8.69 million. And Fox saw pathetic numbers with 'Til Death and another (save us!) episode of The O.C.
    Friday (numbers not counted in our ratings), saw CBS's dramas doing well and winning each hour. NBC was a solid second, but Las Vegas is out of place on Fridays. ABC was a distant third. And The CW beat Fox yet again on Friday. Saturday ratings saw CBS win the night with NBC and Fox doing usual business and the College Football game did bad for ABC. As for tonight, ABC and NBC will dominate, especially Desperate Housewives. Look for ABC to win the demo tonight and total viewers, as new series Brothers & Sisters is consistent and steady. Extreme Makeover: Home Edition is also solid for ABC and NBC might get high numbers for their football game, but not enough to win the night. Last week's game did very well, as the Colts always draw. I don't expect that high numbers for tonight's Bears-Giants game, but it will ve very good. I again expect ABC to win the week in the demo and yes, ABC in total viewers..though it will be close because of the bad Friday and Saturday for ABC. As you can see from our numbers above (Mon-Thurs), ABC had a decent lead in everything. NBC should be third in everything. What to look for this week is how Dancing with the Stars finale will do. I expect 25-30 million both nights. It should be another good week for ABC and CBS.

    Last Sunday Sitcoms (counts for week of Oct. 30-Nov. 5)

    • The Simpsons (Fox) 7, 7:30 and 8pm - Two repeats did 4.96 and 7.22 million leading into a good premiere for the Halloween episode, doing 10.46 million and a 5.0 A18-49 rating!
    • American Dad (Fox) - 7.71 million...down almost 3 million from lead-in. Move this back to 9:30 in January and have the return of King of the Hill here at 8:30.
    • Family Guy (Fox) - Built back up from lead-in with 8.45 million.
    • War at Home (Fox) - Why not move this to Thursdays at 8:30 now? Did only 6.16 million...it just seems out of place with the animated sitcoms.

    Monday Sitcoms

    • How I Met Your Mother (CBS) - A repeat did 8.38 million last week and a new episode for sweeps did just 8.22 million. NOT GOOD!!! CMA Awards on ABC for sure affected it.
    • The Class (CBS) - 7.22 million for a repeat. last week, which was bad, and a new episode this week did just as bad with 7.57 million. Back nine doesn't seem likely, sadly.
    • Two and a Half Men (CBS) - 14.48 million, down slightly from 15.03 million two weeks ago, the last original episode.
    • New Adventures of Old Christine (CBS) - 11.47 million for an all-new episode. This show should try to jump start this night. CBS should try that for a week or two.
    • CW Monday Comedies: Chris, All of Us, Girfriends, The Game. All new episodes of Chris started it off with 3.18 million, the highest of the block. The rest went under 3 million ranging 2.75 to 2.92 million.


    Tuesday Sitcoms

    • None.

    Wednesday Sitcoms
    • None.
    Thursday Sitcoms
    • My Name is Earl (NBC) - 9.13 million tuned in, down slightly from last week's first sweeps episode.
    • The Office (NBC) - 8.05 million, down from last week's sweeps premiere of 8.81 million.
    • 'Til Death (Fox) 2 episodes - 4.33 million tuned in last week at 8pm for a new episode...this week 4.43 million. The repeat at 8:30pm jumped to 4.92 million, way up from Happy Hour in the same slot last week.
    Friday Sitcoms
    None.

    Saturday Sitcoms
    None.

    Airing tonight (Sunday) are Fox comedies.

    Summing it up. Two and a Half Men, My Name is Earl, and The New Adventures of Old Christine were impressive for the week. Everything else was OK (such as The Office and Everybody Hates Chris) or just plain old terrible (such as 'Til Death 8pm and The Class).

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    Saturday, November 11, 2006

    Mini-DVD Reviews: DuckTales Vol. 2 and Chip 'n' Dale Vol. 2 (Nov. 14); In2TV Month Eight Episodes for Sitcoms

    Welcome to another edition of the Saturday mini-DVD reviews! Today we take a look at Walt Disney Home Entertainment's DuckTales: Volume 2 and Chip 'n' Dale's Rescue Rangers: Volume 2. Both series were very popular in the early '90s on Disney's very popular syndicated block called The Disney Afternoon. DuckTales was about a wealthy duck who takes care of his nephews while Chip 'n' Dale was a crime-fighting series with chipmunks and their friends. As with all of the shows in the Disney Afternoon, they were action and adventure filled! See my mini-DVD reviews of both sets:

    DuckTales: Volume 2 (Walt Disney, $34.99) brings the next 24 half hours of the very fun and interesting animated series on DVD on 3-discs. The episodes are again in production order and leave off from where we last left off. Many people were wondering why the 5-part pilot was not on volume one...well because they are going in production order, and the pilot was made much later. And it is on this set, as it should be, but it is out of order. It should be after the episode "The Golden Fleecing" since they are going in production order, but they start the set off with the 5-part pilot, but that's OK I guess. The 5-part pilot runs in 5 separate parts, rather than the mini-movie. I think that is good because the mini-movie had to cut scenes out. And for those of you wondering, the Firefly Fruit Contest (AKA: Catch As Cash Can) 4-parter is intact! The episodes all run just approx. 22:50, all unedited I'm sure. Each episode has 4 chapter stops. The episodes are all high class and we see more great stories. I always found it fascinating how this show handled Greek mythology. You actually do learn something here! I love the villains. The Beagle Boys and Ma Beagle, Flintheart Glomgold, and Magica da Spell are very fun to watch. The packaging has an outer box with three slim cases, holding each disc...it is designed very well. The menu screen has Play All, Set Up, and Episode Selection, with the closing theme song in the background. Each sub-menu has background music from the show. I always loved the background music on this show. It is so catchy. This and Dennis the Menace animated cartoon had the best background music--both shows had catchy ones. The Set Up option has options of Audio Options where we can change the audio to French or back to English, Subtitles where we can turn on English subtitles, Return to Episode and Register Your DVD. Disc one has auto previews when we put the disc in, where see sneak peeks at other Disney movies/DVDs. When we go to episode selection, the episodes are listed with a screenshot from the episode. The menu is designed quite well and is easy to navigate. Each disc has different menu shots. Disc one has an arctic theme with Webby, the nephews, and Launchpad. Disc two has a western theme with Scrooge and his nephews on horses. And disc three has the gang (Launchpad, Dufus, Scrooge & Gyro) under water. The video and audio are both very good. I highly do recommend any fan to pick up this set. We are now halfway through for this show. on DVD. We should be getting two more volumes from Disney--and hopefully soon. If you never saw the show, pick it up! It is great fun and probably the most interesting animated series of all-time! So, check your Junior Woodchuck Guidebook to find out where the series is on DVD for you to buy, or you can just click on the link below. Have fun watching the set after a nice day of swimming in your money bin!
    -- Reviewed by Pavan
    (4/5 stars)

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    Chip 'n' Dale's Rescue Rangers: Volume 2 (Walt Disney, $34.99) brings the next 24 half hours of the crime fighting team on DVD on 3-discs. The episodes are in air-date order this time, rather than production order, which they used for volume one. Fortunately we are not missing episodes because of this change. Many people were wondering why the 5-part pilot was not on volume one...well because they were going in production order for volume one, and the pilot was made much later. And it is on this set, they start the set off with the 5-part pilot. The 5-part pilot runs in 5 separate parts, rather than the mini-movie. I think that is good because the mini-movie had to cut scenes out. Parts 2, 3, 4, and 5 have the "previously on Chip 'n' Dale's Rescue Rangers" recap. So, those episodes runs around 23:30 because of that. The rest of the episodes all run just approx. 22:50, all unedited I'm sure. Each episode has 4 chapter stops. The episodes are all still good today and very watchable. The set goes in air-date order, as I mentioned, and starts with the episode "A Creep in the Deep" and ends with "Dirty Rotten Diapers." For some reason "Normie's Science Project" was skipped on volume one when they were going in production order, but is intact on this set. The 5-part pilot actually starts the set off. It is a bonus really. I don't like how they changed from production to air-date order. They should have stuck with one way. Luckily, it doesn't affect any episodes missing. I also love the villains on this show. Fat Cat and his gang, and the Professor are very fun to watch. The packaging has an outer box with three slim cases, holding each disc...it is designed very well. The menu screen has Play All, Set Up, and Episode Selection, with the closing theme song in the background. Each sub-menu has background music from the show. The Set Up option has options of Audio Options where we can change the audio to French or back to English, Subtitles where we can turn on English subtitles, Return to Episode and Register Your DVD. Disc one has auto previews when we put the disc in, where see sneak peeks at other Disney movies/DVDs. When we go to episode selection, the episodes are listed with a screenshot from the episode. The menu is designed quite well and is easy to navigate. Each disc has different menu shots of Chip and Dale. Disc one has them in the tree-house, disc two has them in a sewer, and disc three has them by a tree. The video and audio are both very good. I highly do recommend any fan to pick up this set. We are now just one more volume away from finishing this series on DVD. 14 episodes remain I believe--and hopefully we get them soon. If you never saw the show, pick it up! It is great fun and Dale is hilarious! So, let Zipper fly to your local video stores to find out where the series is on DVD for you to buy, or you can just click on the link below. Hurry before Fat Cat and his gang beat you to it!
    -- Reviewed by Pavan
    (4/5 stars)

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    We had so much news yesterday, so we couldn't fit In2TV's episode info for month eight. But fear not, we will today! Here are month eight's (November 2006) new episodes for In2TV that launched yesterday on In2TV. New sitcoms joining are Joey and Pearl, while Hangin' with Mr. Cooper joins Chico and the Man with no new episodes this month. There are more new shows joining that are not sitcoms, see bottom, also more special themed episodes and a new channel! So, here is a glimpse of what is new this month, including all the sitcom episodes (as a bonus we will list episode synopsis to make up for our delay):

    Alice
    "A Semi-Merry Christmas"
    Mel (VIC TAYBACK) ruins everyone's holiday -- until he thinks of a unique scheme to provide Alice (LINDA LAVIN) and the others a white Christmas. The problem is, their truck gets stuck in a snowstorm.
    "Take Him, He's Yours"
    Alice's son, Tommy (PHILIP McKEON), is becoming a behavior problem at home. Mel (VIC TAYBACK) thinks he can raise him but finds their lifestyles collide, with a bang.
    "Flo Finds Her Father"
    Flo's father finds her after being absent for 30 years, and Flo's (POLLY HOLLIDAY) reception is not very warm.
    "Mel's Christmas Carol"
    When Mel (VIC TAYBACK), the Scrooge, fires the girls for refusing to work Christmas Eve, he receives a visit from the ghost of his ex-partner, Jake (JACK GILFORD).
    "Who Ordered the Hot Turkey"
    After the death of her truck-driver husband, a New Jersey housewife and her 12-year-old son head to Hollywood to follow her dream of stardom as a singer. But when the car breaks down in Phoenix, and with two mouths to feed, it's a waitress job for Alice.
    "Tis the Season to be Jealous"
    After the death of her truck-driver husband, a New Jersey housewife and her 12-year-old son head to Hollywood to follow her dream of stardom as a singer. But when the car breaks down in Phoenix, and with two mouths to feed, it's a waitress job for Alice.
    "Alice's Turkey of a Thanksgiving"
    Alice's mother (DORIS ROBERTS) pays a visit on Thanksgiving and drives Alice (LINDA LAVIN) crazy when she starts running her life. Alice is further upset when her mother announces she's selling her house in New Jersey and moving in with Alice.

    Bless This House
    "Misery On 34th Street"
    It's Christmas time, but all is not well when Alice's mother comes to visit with plenty of advice.
    "The Bowling Method"
    After a pregnancy scare, Burt and Alice decided that one of them needs to be "fixed."

    F Troop
    "Wilton The Kid"
    Captain Parmenter's (KEN BERRY) look-alike, the gunman Kid Vicious (KEN BERRY), terrorizes Fort Courage and makes Parmenter a likely guest of honor for a "necktie party" [hanging].
    "La Dolce Courage"
    An Italian beauty attracts the attention of every man in F Troop, but her hot-blooded swain swears vengeance against anyone who even looks at her.
    "Here Comes the Tribe"
    Parmenter rescues Wild Eagle's daughter from a Shug warrior, then must marry her.
    "Our Hero, What's His Name?"
    Agarn's boast to his Eastern girlfriend brings her, the Secretary of War and Geronimo to the fort.
    "Iron Horse Go Home"
    Wild Eagle, paid to relocate his tribe out of the way of the railroad, simply moves the Hekawis into the fort.

    Gilligan's Island
    "Plant You Now, Dig You Later"
    Gilligan unearths a treasure chest.
    "Little Island, Big Gun"
    Mobsters fleeing the police land on Gilligan's Island.
    "X Marks the Spot"
    The United States Air Force targets Gilligan's Island to test a new missile.
    "Gilligan Meets the Jungle Boy"
    Gilligan discoers a renegade jungle boy living on the island and is anxious to investigate.
    "St. Gilligan and the Dragon"
    When the women of Gilligan's Island establish their own settlement, the men try to frighten them into returning.

    Growing Pains
    "Not Necessarily the News"
    After being turned down for a job again and again, Maggie thinks she wasn't meant to have a career. Maybe, she should just stay home and cook meals for the family.
    "A Star Is Born"
    When the girl he likes is chosen as leading lady in the high school play, Mike Seaver auditions for leading man--and wins the part. He knows nothing about acting and can't recall his lines, but he loves rehearsing the kissing scenes.
    "The Scarlet Letter"
    After starring in last year's hit play at Dewey High School, Mike Seaver decides to skip the auditions for this year's production and head straight for Broadway stardom.
    "Broadway Bound"
    When Carol Seaver turns in an exam paper that she bluffed her way through because she didn't study and gets an A+ on it, she has serious doubts about the importance of grades and education.
    "Second Chance"
    Carol's new boyfriend Sandy doesn't show for a date, and his friend calls to say he's been in an accident and is in the hospital, seriously injured.

    Head of the Class
    "Parent's Day"
    The IHP's parent's come to see how the class is taught.
    "Love Is Debatable"
    To ready the brokenhearted Alan for an upcoming debate against his former girlfriend's team, Darlene feigns her love.
    "For Better, For Worse"
    When Charlie becomes disenchanted with teaching and resigns, can anyone change his mind?
    "We Love You, Mrs. Russell"
    English teacher Mrs. Russell has always been a little absent-minded, but lately she doesn't even know what class she's in and Charlie is concerned.
    "Don't Play With Matches"
    While Charlie tries to get a coffee maker for the teachers' lounge, his students use the class computer as a dating tool to meet honor students from neighboring high schools.

    Jamie Foxx Show
    "Just Fancy"
    Jamie and Fancy share a memorable night--but sexy guest DEBBE DUNNING (herself) causes trouble.
    "Poker Face"
    Fancy takes action when Jamie rejects her in favor of his poker game with the guys. Braxton wreaks computer chaos.
    "Why Don't We Just Roll... Reversal"
    Jamie and Fancy learn about themselves during a disastrous role-playing game.
    "The Ugly Truth"
    Jamie questions whether a new hire's success is based on her talent or her looks.
    "Shades of Gray"
    A lonely Jamie spends the night with Fancy at her apartment, but the morning after proves awkward for the former couple. The tension increases later that night when Jamie sees Fancy with another man at a party.

    Joey - NEW!
    "Pilot"
    Charming and single Joey Tribbiani embarks on his own and moves from New York City to Hollywood, hoping to truly make it as an actor. Joey says good-bye to a time when his friends were his family and welcomes the chance to turn
    "Joey and the Party"
    Since moving from New York City to Hollywood, Joey has found it difficult to meet new friends. Gina suggests that Joey and Michael host a party in their apartment and invite all of the residents from their building.
    "Joey and the Book Club"
    When Joey finds it difficult to meet women in L.A., he joins Michael's book club. Meanwhile, after discovering that a female cosmetology school classmate is now a celebrity hairstylist, Gina decides she deserves the glamorous life, too.
    "Joey and the Perfect Storm"
    After auditioning for several plays, Joey is disappointed when he receives only the understudy roles. But when the lead actors in different plays get sick, he must figure out how he can be in several places at once.
    "Joey and the Nemesis"
    Joey meets his acting nemesis, Brian Michael David Scott who relentlessly makes a fool out of Joey at auditions.
    "Joey and the Husband"
    Gina struggles with nepotism at the salon when her boss hires his untalented daughter to take many of Gina's regular clients. After hearing how unhappy Gina is at work, Joey and Michael plan to help her open a salon.
    "Joey and the Dream Girl"
    'When Donna's ex-husband wants to reconcile, she is conflicted about her feelings for Joey and her history with her former husband.
    "Joey and the Big Audition"
    When he finds out that there are many Northwestern University graduates in Hollywood that help one another get entertainment jobs, Joey pretends he attended the school and lands a great audition for a new television show.
    "Joey and the Plot Twist"
    It's Joey's first day at his new job on the television series "Deep Powder," but after reading a confidential script of an upcoming episode, he begins to worry that his character is going to be killed off.
    "Joey and the Bachelor Thanksgiving"
    Joey and Zach get into trouble when they discover ancient Native American artifacts on Joey's property and mistakenly give them away. Meanwhile, Gina attempts to celebrate a meaningful family Thanksgiving with Alex and Michael--but Joey doesn't cooperate

    Kirk
    "The Christmas Show"
    It's Christmas and not only does Kirk lose his job but the presents he bought for the kids are stolen.
    "The Beach House"
    Elizabeth invites the Hartman's to her family's beach house during a heat wave.
    "She Stoops to Conquer"
    Phoebe wants Ty, the school hunk, and uses a method she reads in a magazine to snag him.
    "Strangers in the Night"
    Corey begins to ignore his curfew and moves in with Eddie after he fights with Kirk about it.
    "Hire Learning"
    Kirk must sacrifice his dream of working at DC Comics when he is offered more money to work at little-known Shotz Comics.

    Off Centre
    "Addicted to Love"
    Chau thinks he's found his perfect woman, Dawn. She is gorgeous, and she shares Chau's love for movies starring Richard Grieco. Dawn's only flaw is her constant desire to watch people beat Chau up.
    "Unflushable"
    Mike impresses the guys when he leaves the guys' favorite hangout, Gnu Bar, with the sexy new building tenant, CARMEN ELECTRA (herself). However, back at Carmen's apartment, Mike's new diet causes him to clog her toilet.
    "P.P. DOC II: The Examination Continues"
    When Dr. Barry Wasserman moves into their building, Mike and Euan reluctantly agree to take him out to a bar--and they are delighted to discover that he attracts all sorts of sexy women.
    "The Good, the Bad and the Lazy"
    Terminated from his job, Mike sets out to find a career about which he can be passionate.
    "A Cute Triangle"
    When Liz's flirty friend, Brooke, comes to town for the weekend, Mike senses that he might be able to convince both women to have sex with him at once. He does everything in his power to attain his ultimate fantasy.

    Pearl - NEW!
    "Pilot"
    A longshoreman's widow enrolls as a college freshman and signs up for a tough course taught by the feared Professor Pynchon.
    "Teacher's Pet"
    Pearl leaps at the chance to become Pynchon's teaching assistant, hoping to get on his good side, but he promptly takes advantage by treating her like a slave.
    "Your Cheatin' Heart"
    When Pearl's caught cheating on a test, Pynchon is persuaded to give her an oral makeup test, which quickly becomes a mental battle between student and teacher.
    "The Naked Truth"
    Pearl and Annie's friendship undergoes a severe test.
    "Pynchon's Pynchon"
    Pynchon is suddenly in his students' position when his own intimidating college professor pays a visit.
    "Power Play"
    Pynchon allows his students to grade each others' papers on the abuse of power, resulting in chaos as the authors live their work.
    "Lessons In Love"
    Pynchon chains himself to the library when the university threatens to remove controversial books from the shelves.
    "The Tutor"
    Pearl teaches her senior advisor--a nine-year-old genius--how to be a kid.
    "Pearls Before Swine"
    Pearl has to choose between a cherished gift from her late husband or staying in school.
    "My So Called Ruin"
    Frankie makes a film in lieu of a term paper for Pynchon's class, but his effort to document the relationships between Pearl, Amy, Annie, Joey and Pynchon is headed for disaster when they realize he's been lying to all of them.

    Perfect Strangers
    "A Christmas Story"
    A blizzard strands Larry and Balki in Chicago for the holidays.
    "Tooth or Consequences"
    Balki pays his first visit to a dentist.
    "Dog Day Mid-Afternoon"
    Larry does an expose on a money laundering scheme which causes the scheme's designer to take over the office with a bomb.
    "Poetry in Motion"
    Larry and Balki find a secret compartment in the chimney containing clues to the works of a famous poet.
    "Wild Turkey"
    Larry and Balki think that a lost wedding ring is inside of the neighbor's turkey and they try to get it back.

    Welcome Back, Kotter
    "A Sweathog Christmas Retrospect"
    Kotter, Julie and the Sweathogs spend Christmas Eve together reminiscing about past episodes.
    "Washington's Clone"
    A younger student starts to imitate Washington and he ends up becoming a delinquent. The Sweathogs decide to set the kid straight.
    "Frog Day Afternoon"
    Blight becomes convinced that frog DNA will help her restore her flawless skin.
    "A Winter's Coat Tail"
    It is Christmas time and Barbarino has purchased a new camel-hair coat. Unfortunately, a couple of punks steal it from him.
    Watch Streaming Download High Quality
    "The Sweat Smell of Success"
    Epstein tries to change the school paper into a tabloid by printing innuendos about people.


    New shows and specials: Are You Hot?, Bugs Bunny's Thanksgiving Diet, The Girl from U.N.C.L.E., Hunter (1976), Joey, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Pearl, Spies, The Thanksgiving That Almost Wasn't, and Under Cover.

    Special Themed Episodes:
    Thanksgiving Disasters - Episodes of Perfect Strangers, Growing Pains, Sisters, Alice, Head of the Class, Joey, Bugs Bunny's Thanksgiving Diet, Eight is Enough and The Thanksgiving That Almost Wasn't.
    Very Special Episodes - Episodes of Alice, Welcome Back Kotter and Growing Pains.

    New Secret Agent TV Channel:
    Episodes of The Girl from U.N.C.L.E., Hunter (1976), The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Spies, and Under Cover

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    Friday, November 10, 2006

    Interviews with Cast & Crew of 'WKRP', 'Cheers'; TV Land is Looking for 'Three's Company', 'Brady Bunch', 'Cheers' Situations; Friday Notes

    TGIF! We have a lot of news today! First, our good friend Eric at JustMyShow.com just posted a whopping three interviews in the latest episode. Eric talked with Gary Sandy, who you'll know as Andy Travis on WKRP in Cincinnati. There is a bonus clip where Gary talks about the status of WKRP on DVD. After that, Eric chatted with Paul Willson, who you may remember as Paul Krapence on Cheers and as the restaurant critic Andy Portico on that great episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm.
    In addition he chats with Jim Ellis, the singer and composer of the WKRP closing theme, tells the story of how the song without any real lyrics came to be. So, head on over to listen to episode #10 of Just My Show!

    TV Land is casting a new show called Your Reality, where they look for living situations similar to of classic TV shows. They are looking for situations similar to of The Brady Bunch, Cheers, and Three's Company. It's a fun, good-humored show where TV Land looks for the "real-life" versions of classic TV sitcoms. Here is the casting call:
    Are You Living the Real-Life Three's Company?!
    Do you and your roommates have a bizarre or unique living situation? Do you have as much fun as Jack, Janet, & Chrissy?! Do you get into crazy misadventures, date each other's friends or send mixed messages? Do you have a flirtatious or sleazy neighbor, or does your suspicious landlord drop in at all the wrong times?
    If you answered Yes! to some (but not necessarily all) of the above questions and you think that your living situation is similar to one on Three's Company, you could win your very own reality show (and some cash)!
    You don't have to be a perfect match. If you've got a Jack and a Chrissy, you don't need to have a Janet. You can be two guys and a girl, or two girls and a guy, you can even be only two people and any combo works! We want fun, outgoing roommates who like the possibility of being on TV and winning some money.
    All you have to do to be eligible is email us today and tell us how you're similar to Three's Company! Email YourReality@813casting.com. Be sure to include your contact info and some pictures of you & your roommates.
    Your Reality on TV Land is produced by Stick Figure Productions. For more info, check out www.stickfigureproductions.com/casting6.html. They are also seeking families who resemble The Brady Bunch and bars similar to Cheers!

    Viewers can now get a free sneak peek at the entire first episode of CBS's new medical drama 3Lbs. -- before it premieres on CBS -- by logging onto CBS's broadband channel innertube (www.cbs.com/innertube). The premiere episode is also available for free on Yahoo for the next three days, starting today. Additionally, after 3Lbs. premieres on CBS on Tuesday, Nov. 14 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT), every episode of the series will be available for viewers to watch for free on innertube for four weeks following the initial broadcast. Stanley Tucci, Mark Feuerstein, Indira Varma and Armando Riesco star in 3Lbs., a new drama about a team of top New York City neurosurgeons who explore the brain -- the core of intelligence, the center of emotion and spirit and the last great medical frontier.
    And in a surprise move, NBC has renewed its critically acclaimed but ratings challenged, first-year drama Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip (Mondays, 10-11 p.m. ET) for the remainder of the 2006-07 season.
    Finally, Digital Music Group, Inc., a content owner and global leader in the digital distribution of independently owned music and video catalogs, announced that it has expanded its business model to include the digital distribution of television, film, and video catalogs. As part of this announcement, DMGI also reported the closing of a number of long-term distribution agreements with television, film, and video catalog owners representing more than 4,000 hours of video content which will be marketed as content channels under the brand name "DMGI Network." Among the channels are:
    * Classics: this channel includes classic TV series from the 1950s, 60s, and 70s, including: I Spy (82 episodes), Daniel Boone (165 episodes), My Favorite Martian (107 episodes), The Invisible Man (26 episodes), The Cisco Kid (156 episodes), Peter Gunn (114 episodes), and The Adventures of Robin Hood (113 episodes).
    * Kids: this channel includes both modern and classic content for kids, including: The Gumby Show (110 episodes), Gumby Adventures (116 episodes), The Shari Show (26 episodes), Clutch Cargo (52 episodes), and Courageous Cat and Minute Mouse (125 episodes).
    For more information on the catalogs and content announces today, please visit www.dmgi.com/video/.
    All its programs are either already live or set to go live on Google Video for a fee; other platforms will follow, including iTunes, with which the company has already pacted.

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    Thursday, November 09, 2006

    'King of Queens' Returns for December on CBS; ABC and CBS Notes

    Kevin James, Leah Remini and Jerry Stiller return with original episodes of The King of Queens in December on CBS.
    CBS will broadcast back-to-back new episodes of The King of Queens on Wednesday, Dec. 6 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) and Wednesday, Dec. 13 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET). New episodes of The King of Queens will also be broadcast on Wednesday, Dec. 20 (8:00-8:30 PM, ET/PT) and Wednesday Dec. 27 (8:00-8:30 PM, ET/PT). Seven more episodes of The King of Queens to be broadcast in 2007 will be announced at a later date.
    The network also announced that it has devised a scheduling pattern to broadcast new drama Jericho in two distinct seasons. Jericho will conclude its "fall season" with a cliffhanger finale on Wednesday, Nov. 29 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) and come back in February with all original episodes for the remainder of the season.
    Jericho will return on February 14 with a recap special looking back at the first 11 episodes, followed by an original episode on February 21. The all-new episode on February 21 will provide a look into life in Jericho the day before the nuclear bombs exploded.
    To sustain audience momentum and update potential new viewers, CBS will create an online destination for Jericho during the show's 10-week intermission. The site will include original content, interactive elements, recaps and sneak previews.
    CBS will also continue to stream all episodes of Jericho broadcast to date on its broadband channel innertube. Currently, it is the network's most-streamed program on innertube.
    Speaking of innertube, they will stream the four remaining episodes of the canceled new drama Smith. All 7 episodes will be available to view.

    As for ABC, they have announced that starting November 30 on Thursdays at 10 p.m. will be now Men in Trees. This will be at least through the end of December. Likely the show will air for two original episodes during that time and then repeats. Six Degrees is scheduled to come back to the schedule in January, but I highly doubt it will take back its slot. We won't be seeing it until January because it has been pulled for tonight as the hostage episode of Desperate Housewives will encore tonight at 10. As for Fridays in December, look for movies, specials and repeats. The network television premiere of The Polar Express (December 1) will be among the things ABC has scheduled on Fridays. Also, new sitcom Big Day premieres November 28 at 9 p.m., but on December 12 ABC will air two episodes, at 8:30pm and 9pm. Don't know why yet, and 8pm is still TBD on that night. Click HERE to view more specials and movies that ABC has just scheduled for December.
    Meanwhile, a former ABC star might be heading to CBS Soon. Kaley Cuoco, most recently of The WB's Charmed, but known most for her role as Bridget on the John Ritter ABC sitcom 8 Simple Rules, has been cast in a CBS sitcom pilot called The Big Bang Theory. The comedy, from Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady, offers the Weird Science-esque premise of a pair of brilliant physicists (Johnny Galecki and Jim Parsons) and the sexy young woman (Cuoco) who teaches them about real life. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Amanda Walsh was originally cast in the role, but CBS decided in May that the part should be recast. Cuoco auditioned the first time around, but was too young for the part and ended up in another comedy pilot, this one at ABC (called Separated at Worth, which didn't make the schedule). Of course, when the role was re-conceived at younger, Cuoco got the call. Let's hope the pilot makes it on the schedule next fall.

    We shall be back with more news, as the day is still young.

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    Wednesday, November 08, 2006

    33rd Annual People's Choice Awards Nominees; Two 'Three's Company' DVDs Coming Jan. 30; More 'Benson' on TV Land

    The 33rd Annual People's Choice Awards will be airing on CBS on Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2007 from 9-11pm ET/PT. Here are the Television Nominations:

    FAVORITE TV COMEDY:
    The King of Queens (CBS)
    My Name Is Earl (NBC)
    Two and a Half Men (CBS)

    FAVORITE TV COMEDY - ANIMATED
    Family Guy (Fox)
    King of the Hill (Fox)
    The Simpsons (Fox)

    FAVORITE TV DRAMA
    CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (CBS)
    Grey's Anatomy (ABC)
    House (Fox)

    FAVORITE COMPETITION/REALITY SHOW
    American Idol (Fox)
    Deal or No Deal (NBC)
    Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (ABC)

    FAVORITE TALK SHOW HOST
    Ellen DeGeneres (The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Syndicated)
    Jay Leno (The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, NBC)
    Oprah Winfrey (Oprah, Syndicated)

    FAVORITE FEMALE TV STAR
    Jennifer Love Hewitt (Ghost Whisperer, CBS)
    Eva Longoria (Desperate Housewives, ABC)
    Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Old Christine, CBS)

    FAVORITE MALE TV STAR
    Patrick Dempsey (Grey's Anatomy, ABC)
    Charlie Sheen (Two and a Half Men, CBS)
    Kiefer Sutherland (24, Fox)

    A second round of nominees for categories including Favorite New TV Comedy will launch soon.
    Fans have the opportunity to vote for their favorites in each category at PCAvote.com starting today. Online voters can also register for a chance to win a VIP trip to The 33rd Annual People's Choice Awards. Visit PCAvote.com to learn more about the sweepstakes.

    Three's Company has finished on DVD...or so you think! Anchor Bay has told us they will release two more sets on Jan. 30, 2007. What will these consist of? They will be single disc sets with the best episodes for Jack and Janet. The Jack Tripper set is titled Three's Company: Capturing the Laughter - Jack's Episodes, will be John Ritter's favorite episodes. He mentioned his favorite episodes when he was alive and Anchor Bay will release some of those episodes on this set. The Janet Wood set is titled Three's Company: Capturing the Laughter - Janet's Episodes, will be Joyce DeWitt's favorite episodes that she herself handpicked for this set! Anchor Bay has not yet announced what the episodes are, but we can expect 5-6 episodes on each set. Will they do best-of sets for each character? As of now, there are no plans, but if these do well, I wouldn't be surprised to see them.
    Also, we have to have both spin-offs of the show--The Ropers and Three's a Crowd on DVD. Please email them and tell them we want both spin-offs at: TVonDVD@anchorbayent.com and also at 3sco@dltentertainment.com. We must do this, so fans can have all of the Three's Company universe on DVD. I will have more details on the two best-of sets soon right here and on my Three's Company website.

    And for the fourth straight week, TV Land has moved the Friday Night Movie Encore to another night. This time the encore will air this Saturday at 8 p.m. This week's movie is Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear, and it will still premiere Friday at 10. So, this again means Benson will air Friday night from approx. 12 am to 4 am! This will not happen next Friday as that will be Star Trek weekend. So, Benson fans take note!

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    Tuesday, November 07, 2006

    ABC Sitcom 'Help Me' Pre-Empted Tonight; i Network's Thanksgiving Marathon Episode Info

    ABC will preempt new sitcom Help Me Help You tonight for election coverage. Election coverage was originally slated for 10 p.m. to 11 p.m., but ABC will expand it from 9:30 to 11 instead, immediately following the semi-finals of Dancing with the Stars. Help Me Help You will return Tuesday, November 28 because next week will be the premiere of the new game show Show Me the Money and the week after the American Music Awards are airing.
    Help Me Help You stars Ted Danson and airs Tuesdays at 9:30 p.m. on ABC and averages over 10 million viewers a week making it the number one new half-hour sitcom, despite losing over half of its lead-ins viewers.

    We told you a few weeks back that the i Network will have four days worth of marathons during Thanksgiving weekend (Nov 23-26), which includes a two-day launch marathon for Growing Pains, but now we have episode details! Click here to see which episodes are airing of Mama's Family, Charlie's Angels and Growing Pains that weekend. I know I will be tuned in to the i network that weekend!

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    Monday, November 06, 2006

    CBS's innertube.com Revives Failed Pilot; NBC.com Has 'Office' Producer's Cut Episode, NBC Shortens Mid-Season Sitcom Episode Order

    Starting today, the never-before-seen sitcom/reality hybrid, The Papdits, produced for CBS during the 2006 development season, will stream for free on CBS's broadband channel innertube (www.cbs.com/innertube). The show is a docu-comedy about a family from Kashmir and their interactions with real Americans as they travel through the U.S. looking for the perfect community in which to settle and make their fortune.
    CBS passed on The Papdits last May and Fox gave a six-episode commitment back in November 2004, but then was scrapped, can FINALLY be seen online on innertube!

    NBC's Emmy-winning comedy The Office (Thursdays, 8:30 9:00pm ET/PT) will offer fans a first-ever, web-exclusive "producer's cut" on November 9. The episode will include additional scenes and extra footage not shown in the broadcast version. Viewers can log onto NBC.com at 9:00pm (PT) on November 9 to see the web-exclusive event.
    In the pivotal November 9 episode, Jan (Melora Hardin) tells Michael (Steve Carell) that the Scranton Branch will be shutting down and Michael strives to keep his staff's spirits up. Meanwhile, everyone privately begins to envision how their lives will change in the aftermath.
    Meanwhile NBC has announced it has trimmed the episode order for the upcoming mid-season single camera sitcom The Singles Table from 13 to 6. The sitcom stars John Cho and Alicia Silverstone and is about a group of single people who meet at a wedding reception. It's one of two comedies (both single camera) NBC has on tap for mid-season, along with the Andy Richter's Andy Barker, P.I.

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    Sunday, November 05, 2006

    Week 7 Numbers (First Four Nights); How the Sitcoms Did

    Week 7 numbers (first four nights, Mon-Thu):

    Households: CBS: 8.6/13.6; ABC: 8.3/13.0; NBC: 6.4/10.2; Fox: 4.2/6.5; The CW: 2.2/3.3.
    Total Viewers: CBS: 13.57 million; ABC: 12.5 million; NBC: 10.11 million; Fox: 6.66 million; The CW: 3.39 million.
    Adults 18-49: ABC: 4.3/11.2; CBS: 4.2/10.9; NBC: 3.8/10.0; Fox: 2.6/6.7; The CW: 1.5/3.9.

    Analysis: The seventh week saw the first three nights slow, as repeats were mixed in, but November sweeps started Thursday and we are just underway! And like the current pattern, CBS will likely win for the 7th straight week in viewers while ABC likely gets the demos for the 7th straight week! As usual, Friday and Saturday numbers are not above, since final numbers are not available yet. ABC and CBS lead a close race for the top spot so far with NBC a distant third and Fox well back in fourth. On Monday, CBS's CSI: Miami was a repeat and still won the last hour with 14.47 million, but 9pm's Heroes on NBC was again strong in the 18-49 demo, with a series high 6.5/15 and a nice bump in total viewers with 14.89. NBC's Deal or No Deal lead the night off with a solid 16.9 million helping NBC win the night as CBS were in all-repeats. NBC's Studio 60 was not on this week and actually a special episode of Friday Night Lights did slightly better than it with 8.26 million. ABC's The Bachelor was down from last week's 8.18 million to 7.77 million (it has gone down each week in the last few weeks), What About Brian slightly went up from last week's 5.98 million to 6.08 million, after a season high of 7.34 million a few weeks back. CBS sitcoms were in repeats, but The Class at 8:30 was way down from usual CBS Monday repeats, as the newbie did just 7.22 million, but the number one sitcom Two and a Half Men did 13.72 million for a repeat. Tuesday, it was ABC's turn of excellence as Dancing with the Stars did 20.51 million for 90 minutes and the sitcom Help Me Help You held less than half of that audience and did 9.01 million--down from last week. Fox's regular line-up returned with Standoff doing terrible but House came back strong and did 14.18 million, building almost over 10 million from its lead-in. NBC did well with Law & Order: CI and Law & Order: SVU, but Friday Night Lights did just 3.99 million, though it was a repeat. CBS was also in the ballpark and did decent with NCIS and The Unit, CSI: NY averaged 11.82 million. Wednesday saw CBS and ABC battle it out, with CBS edging ABC in viewers this time and ABC winning in the demo. ABC won the opening hour again with Dancing with the Stars: The Results doing 12.6/20 rating and 19.22 million. CBS's Jericho did 9.87 million, a series low. NBC had a bad night as the NBC comedies again did even worse (see analysis). ABC's The Nine might be off the line-up or moved soon. The show did its lowest numbers yet with 6.52 million. They should switch Six Degrees and The Nine this week...they really should. I do commend ABC for being patient. CBS won from 9-11pm with Criminal Minds and CSI: NY both doing over 16 million (16.97 and 16.64 million). ABC's Lost didn't win 9pm in viewers, as it did 16.07 million, beat by CBS's Criminal Minds. The CW's America's Next Top Model was down a million from last week's 5.45 million to 4.41 million...what happened? Fox had a terrible showing from The Rich List, a new game show, doing just 4.1 million, tying a new episode of NBC's 20 Good Years, both are now gone. On Thursday we saw CBS and ABC dominate, but NBC did decent. ABC's Grey's Anatomy had 21.02 million at 9pm and in the same slot CSI had 20.77 million (GA also won in HH 13.8/20 to 12.9/19 and A18-49 9.0/21 to 7.0/16). At 8 p.m. ABC continues to do well with Ugly Betty, as the one-hour comedy did decent again with 13.62 million, slightly up from previous week; Survivor had 15.3 million though, but the ABC one-hour comedy won in HH 9.3 to 8.9. At 10 p.m. newbie Shark did 13.32 million, with ER edging it with 13.85 million. ABC's Six Degrees did 7.4 million, a series low, move this to Wednesday at 10 this week. And Fox saw pathetic numbers with the comedies and the season premiere of The O.C.
    Friday (numbers not counted in our ratings), saw CBS's dramas doing well and a nice bump for Law & Order at 10 p.m. ABC saw decent numbers for a special two-hour 20/20. Saturday ratings are not available yet. As for tonight, ABC will dominate, especially Desperate Housewives. A highly promoted and anticipated episode tonight! Who will get shot? Find out tonight! Look for ABC to win the demo tonight and total viewers, as new series Brothers & Sisters is consistent and steady. Extreme Makeover: Home Edition is also solid for ABC and NBC might get high numbers for their football game, but not enough to win the night. I again expect ABC to win the week in the demo and CBS in total viewers..though it will be close if ABC does very well tonight with the special episode of DH. NBC should be third in everything. What to look for this week is how Lost's fall finale will do.

    Last Sunday Sitcoms (counts for week of Oct. 23-29)

    • The Simpsons (Fox) 7 and 8pm - Two repeats did 3.57 and 5.36 million.
    • 'Til Death (Fox) - Special repeat broadcast built on lead-in a bit with 3.92 million.
    • American Dad (Fox) - A repeat went down from lead-in with 4.58 million.
    • Family Guy (Fox) - A repeat built back up from lead-in with 5.14 million.
    • War at Home (Fox) - Repeat did 3.6 million, huge drop from lead-in. This is an out of place sitcom on an all-animated night.

    Monday Sitcoms

    • How I Met Your Mother (CBS) - A repeat did 8.38 million, down from last week's 9.59 million, though that was an original.
    • The Class (CBS) - 7.22 million for a repeat...should be a bit higher as CBS Monday comedies do not repeat that low. More of a concern was a 4th place finish in A18-49 in its slot with a 2.5/6 rating.
    • Two and a Half Men (CBS) - Even a repeat makes this sitcom the ratings leader for sitcoms with 13.72 million, down slightly from an original last week which did 15.03 million.
    • New Adventures of Old Christine (CBS) - 10.6 million tuned in for a repeat, down from the 12.1 million for an original the previous week. Not bad.
    • CW Monday Comedies: Chris, All of Us, Girfriends, The Game. All new episodes Chris started it off with 3.58 million, the highest of the block and a season high. The rest did also did over 3 million (except The Game), ranging 2.85 to 3.13 million.


    Tuesday Sitcoms

    • Help Me Help You (ABC) - For the first time in a few weeks the show dropped. House on Fox was the reason I bet. 9.01 million for this week, down from last week's 10.59 million. It needs to do over 10 million right now with a huge lead-in.

    Wednesday Sitcoms
    • 30 Rock (NBC) - Down big from last week's 6.01 million to just 4.61 million. No episode this week and NBC won't return this show until it moves to Thursdays.
    • 20 Good Years (NBC) - Only 4.1 million tuned in and a pathetic 1.5/4 A18-49 rating. Another episode will never air I bet as NBC has pulled it for next week, which was supposed to be its last scheduled appearance for November.
    Thursday Sitcoms
    • My Name is Earl (NBC) - 9.48 million tuned in and a decent 4.1/11 A18-49 rating. 5.7/9 HH rating needs to go at least into the 6's. Looks like majority of the audience is 18-49.
    • The Office (NBC) - Same as its lead-in, majority of the audience is 18-49, even more for this show. 8.81 million, 4.2/10 A18-49, and 5.2/8 HH rating.
    • 'Til Death (Fox) - You know it is sad when a repeat at 7:30pm on Sunday almost out does a new episode. 4.33 million tuned in. Not good. But the show following it is even worse that they will expand this show to a new episode and a repeat episode next week for a full-hour.
    • Happy Hour (Fox) - Goodbye! Just 3.2 million and Fox quickly has pulled it. It looks like for good this time. 1.4/4 A 18-49 rating is nothing to write home about.
    Friday Sitcoms
    None.

    Saturday Sitcoms
    None.

    Airing tonight (Sunday) are repeats of Fox comedies.

    Summing it up. Two and a Half Men, My Name is Earl, How I Met Your Mother, and The New Adventures of Old Christine were impressive for the week. Everything else was OK (such as The Office and Everybody Hates Chris) or just plain old terrible (such as Happy Hour and 20 Good Years).

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    Saturday, November 04, 2006

    Mini-DVD Reviews: Beverly Hills, 90210: The Complete First Season and Melrose Place: The Complete First Season (Nov. 7)

    Today we take a look at two classic '90s Fox dramas. Paramount Home Entertainment's Beverly Hills, 90210: The Complete First Season and Melrose Place: The Complete First Season. See Shawn Eaton's mini-DVD reviews of both of these sets below:

    Beverly Hills, 90210: The Complete First Season (Paramount, $54.99) brings us the classic first season of probably one of the best teen dramas of all-time. School is back in session with the kids of BEVERLY HILLS, 90210 finally coming to DVD! Paramount has issued the Complete 1st Season of the hit FOX teen-soap, which ran on the network from 1990 until 2000, spanning a whopping 10 seasons of friendships, betrayals, rivalries and love affairs. This acclaimed series made stars out of it's entire cast. Leading the pack are Jason Priestley as Brandon Walsh, Shannen Doherty as Brenda Walsh, Luke Perry as Dylan McKay, Jennie Garth as Kelly Taylor, Tori Spelling as Donna Martin, Ian Ziering as Steve Sanders, Brian Austin Green as David Silver and Gabrielle Carteris as Andrea Zuckerman. Rounding out the first season cast are Carol Potter as Cindy Walsh, James Eckhouse as Jim Walsh and Douglas Emerson as Scott (David's nerdy pal).
    This six-disc set contains all 21 regular episodes along with the original two-hour pilot (which is broken into two parts). The six discs are spaced out over three slim cases. Discs 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 each contain four episodes. Disc 6 contains three episodes, plus the bonus features.
    Notable episodes for this season include "Pilot" which started it all. "The Green Room" is the one that introduces Luke Perry as Dylan. "Higher Education" is the one where straight-ace Brandon cheats on a test after being pushed to the limit by a demanding and harsh teacher. "Perfect Mom" is where we are introduced to Kelly's boozing mom, Jackie (played by Ann Gillespie). "The Gentle Art of Listening" as Brenda joins a teen hotline. "Isn't It Romantic?" is where the foundation for the Brenda/Dylan relationship is set. "Slumber Party" is where a bitchy friend of Kelly's forces all the girls to reveal dark secrets about themselves. "It's Only A Test" in which Brenda finds a lump in her breast and "Home Again" in which Jim gets a job offer that could take the Walsh family right back to Minnesota! The episodes themselves have six chapter skips and they appear to be uncut (as far as I can personally tell, as they each run around a whopping 45-46 minutes), although the music has been changed (the theme song is intact; no worries), which isn't very noticeable, in my opinion and it's the episodes that matter!
    The special features on this set are very nice. We have the all-important Commentary by creator Darren Star, on "Pilot" (Part 1 only), and "Spring Dance". We also have some featurettes including: "Beginnings with Darren Star" is a six minute interview with Darren Star as he discusses Season 1, how they expanded Tori Spelling's role, how they told issue-oriented stories, and how great the actors were--a nice interview. "Meet The Class of West Beverly High" is an awesome featurette! You go to a sub-menu and can select each character (Dylan, Brenda, Brandon, Donna, David, Kelly, Andrea and Steve) and you can see the "stats" of the character and then click on a Behind-The-Scenes interview with the cast member of that character in which they talk about their character. Interviews are NOT new, and appear to be from the 1990/1991 era. Very fun! "90210" Behind-The-Scenes Featurette" seems to be from back in 1991 or 1992. It doesn't appear to have been made for the DVD, but was an old Behind-The-Scenes thing. Nice featurette that goes through each character, giving a run-down of the characters. And the "Looking Back: Season One - The Recap" is just recaps of the episodes. It lists the episodes, you select one and it gives a recap.
    Overall, a fantastic release by Paramount, and I for one cannot wait until the Second Season!

    -- Reviewed by Shawn Eaton
    (4.5/5 stars)

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    Melrose Place: The Complete First Season (Paramount, $54.99) brings us the classic first season of the spin-off of 90210 and one of the best prime-time soaps of all-time. Let the scheming, the scandals and the sex begin! 4616 Melrose Place is where it all takes place. One of the guiltiest pleasures of all time, the FOX primetime soap (and spin-off of equally popular "Beverly Hills, 90210) "Melrose Place" is finally available on DVD! Paramount has issued a massive 8-disc set of the Complete 1st Season, which features all 32, yes 32, first season episodes of the hit series. A spin-off of "90210," "Melrose Place" took to the airwaves in the summer of 1992, to less than stellar ratings, only to catapult to success with the addition of Heather Locklear and the swift change of issue-oriented story lines to camp soap opera stories. The premise was a bunch of very different 20-somethings living in the same apartment building. The tenants at the start of the series were Josie Bissett as fashion designer and wife Jane Mancini, Thomas Calabro as Dr. Michael Mancini, Andrew Shue as good-natured writer Billy Campbell, Courtney Thorne-Smith as the hapless Alison Parker, Grant Show as biker bad-boy with a heart of gold, Jake Hanson (who had made his debut on "Beverly Hills, 90210" as Jake), Doug Savant as the openly gay Matt Fielding, Vanessa Williams as jazz instructor Rhonda and Amy Locane as southern starlet Sandy. After 13 episodes, Locane left the series and the producers brought in Daphne Zuniga as mysterious photographer Jo Reynolds along with Heather Locklear as the bitchy uber-executive Amanda Woodward. Throughtout the season we also were introduced to future regulars (and some say two of the most popular characters in the series), Marcia Cross as tightly-woven Dr. Kimberly Shaw and Laura Leighton as Sydney Andrews, Jane's sister.
    The eight-disc set contains all 32 episodes of the first season. The eight discs are spread over four slim-cases. Each case features two or three of the main cast in a nice teal color. Each disc contains four episodes. The special features themselves are actually spread out over several discs, instead of being on the last disc, like most sets, but I'll get to those in a bit.
    The episodes, arguably, start out slow and cheesy (according to most fans, myself included), but I'll list the notable ones to take a second look at. "Pilot," is where it started it all and introduced us to 4616 Melrose Place. "Second Chances" which is one of Rhonda's few storylines to shine in. "Lonely Hearts" in which Sandy and Amy Locane get to shine in a chilling plot. "Burned" is where racism is dealt with. "A Promise Broken" in which we are introduced to Marcia Cross' Dr. Kimberly Shaw. "House of God" is the one where we meet Daphne Zuniga's Jo. "Single White Sister" in which we meet Laura Leighton's Sydney. "Picture Imperfect" is the one where Heather Locklear debuts as Amanda Woodward. "Pushing Boundaries" is the one which Kimberly puts the moves on Michael. "Carpe Diem" is about Alison and Billy having their first "date." "State of Need" is the one where Amanda reveals her pregnancy with Billy's baby. And the season finale "Suspicious Minds" in which Amanda announces herself to be the new owner of Melrose Place! The episodes themselves do appear to be uncut (at least to me, personally) and run about 44-45 minutes in length, although the music has been changed, the popular theme song is still intact, thankfully. Chapter skips for each episode are available.
    The special features, themselves, as I have said, are spread out over several discs. Disc 2 features "Beginnings," a 5 minute featurette in which creator Darren Star discuss the start of the series (based on his own personal experiences living in a similar complex, etc.) with interviews with the stars (the interviews are not new and probably from around the start of the show in 1992/1993). Disc 3 features "Friends & Neighbors" a mini-featurette that runs about 6 minutes and features Darren Star discussing several of the characters inter-cut with old press interviews with the cast (appears to be, again, from 1992/1993). Star discusses Jane, Michael (and to a lesser extent Kimberly), Matt, Sandy and Jake. On Disc 4, we have "Neighbors & Friends" which is the same as "Friends & Neighbors" except Star discusses the rest of the characters (Billy, Alison, Jo, Kimberly, and Rhonda). It also runs about 6 minutes in length. On Disc 5 we have "Season One - Episode Guide" in which, like the "90210" release, you can click on an episode title and read the description of the episode. Also on Disc 5 we have "Melrose Place: Behind-The-Scenes Featurette" much like the "90210" one. It appears to be from around the start of the series, 1992/1993, and features a run down of the series and interviews with the cast as they discuss their characters, etc. It runs around 5 minutes. On Disc 6 we have "Amanda", a mini-featurette that runs about 2 minutes and features Darren Star discussing the arrival of Heather Locklear and the formation of Amanda. Disc 7 brings us the final special feature "Melrose Place: New Style Profile" featurette, which runs about 5 minutes and talks about the style of the show (it appears to be another "Behind the Scenes" featurette).
    Once again, a truly FANTASTIC release by Paramount that I'm sure Melrose Place fans (like myself) will be absolutely ecstatic about!

    -- Reviewed by Shawn Eaton
    (4.5/5 stars)

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    Friday, November 03, 2006

    Hallmark Channel Moves M*A*S*H*, Removes The Waltons; Book Review of Happier Days: Paramount Television's Classic Sitcoms 1974-1984

    Effective November 27, The Hallmark Channel will be moving M*A*S*H's 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. ET/PT slot to 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. ET/PT. Why? Because they are preparing the new slot because by January they can only air the show between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., because TV Land has rights in a shared window deal. TV Land will have rights from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. ET/PT. So, Hallmark will air M*A*S*H from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. and will continue to air it early evening from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. ET/PT. The Waltons was previously airing back-to-back at 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. and now will be off the schedule. They still have rights until April, I think, so it could return. Replacing M*A*S*H at 11 p.m. will be Hallmark Movies. Click here to view the changes and to discuss it.


    Happier Days: Paramount Television's Classic Sitcoms 1974-1974

    Happier Days: Paramount Television's Classic Sitcoms 1974-1984 (Billboard Books, $16.95)

    It was the best of times, it was--well, the best of times! In the decade between 1974 and 1984, the Paramount lot was a cauldron of creativity, talent, and innovation. Marley Brant, brings her influence and years of access together in HAPPIER DAYS: Paramount Television’s Classic Sitcoms 1974-1984 (Billboard Books; $16.95; October 2006), a behind-the-scenes look at Happy Days, Taxi, Cheers and more than a dozen other television series produced there during a decade of madcap inspiration and accomplishment.

    In the interim between the debut of "Happy Days" and the final episode of "Cheers," many of the entertainment industry's biggest stars, best writers, most skilled directors and most successful producers were discovered or their already established talents nurtured, lifelong friendships and renowned professional alliances were created, and the landscape of the television sitcom was definitely altered. The talent was tremendous: Robin Williams, Tom Hanks, Ron Howard, Martin Short, Michael J. Fox, Henry Winkler, Penny Marshall, Andy Kaufman, Donna Pescow, Danny De Vito - actors who would become superstars, many appearing in their first starring roles.

    Through a series of intimate and revealing interviews, her own firsthand knowledge and exhaustive research, former Paramount television publicist Marley Brant takes us behind the scenes of these legendary shows for an up-close and personal look at the talented people who brought them to life. Brant examines the personal and professional roots of the creative talent, the evolution of the shows, the intricate relationships among cast members, and the creation of some of the most popular episodes, as well as taping sessions, guest stars, and where the actors and crew are today. Packed full of insider information, anecdotes, cast lists, biographical facts and little-known or previously unpublished stories, Happier Days is the definitive chronicle of some of the most creative sitcoms of all time.

    282 pages ~ 6 x 9 ~ 0-8230-8933-9

    About the Author
    Marley Brant is the author of seven books, many of which have been the featured research for television programs that have aired on A&E, The History Channel, VH1, TBS, and CMT. Brant has held many positions in the entertainment industry, including biographical writer, publicist, artist development executive, and music and television producer. Employed in the publicity office of Paramount Television in the late seventies and early eighties, she worked closely with the cast and crews of Paramount’s premier television productions.

    My Review: As a big fan of many Paramount sitcoms, I was excited to learn about this new book. I was born in 1974, so these are the shows I grew up watching. The book is divided into 14 chapters, with various other sections included such as Acknowledgments, Introduction, Afterword, The Legacy, Timeline, Selected Credits, Sources, and Index. There are 24 black & white photos of the cast and crew scattered throughout the pages. The book focuses on 9 sitcoms:

    Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley, Mork & Mindy, Taxi, Angie, The Bad News Bears, Bosom Buddies, Family Ties, and Cheers

    There are lesser sections and mentions of the following short-lived shows:

    Paper Moon, When Things Were Rotten, The Cop and the Kid, Blansky's Beauties, Busting Loose, Mulligan's Stew, Who's Watching the Kids, Brothers and Sisters,
    Struck by Lightning, Working Stiffs, The Associates, Goodtime Girls, Here's Boomer, Best in the West, Fonz and the Happy Days Gang, Laverne & Shirley in the Army, and Joanie Loves Chachi

    Recent interviews were conducted with Director Jim Burrows, Randall Carver, Pam Dawber, Corey Feldman, Michael Gross, Clint Howard, Donna Pescow, Misty Rowe, Suzi Quatro, and Director Howard Storm.

    Chapter 1 - Before A Live Audience - This section gives some details on the tapings of Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley, Mork & Mindy, and Taxi. The tapings were often anything but predictable. What an experience it must have been to see an episode being taped.

    Chapter 2 - Three Creative Forces Explode - Garry Marshall, Michael Eisner, and Barry Diller are profiled and details are given on how they got started in the business.

    Chapter 3 - Love in the Happy Days - This section focuses primarily on the first season of Happy Days. It details how the pilot aired as an episode of Love, American Style. Casting and biographical information is given for Ron Howard, Henry Winkler, Tom Bosley, Marion Ross, Anson Williams, Donny Most, Erin Moran, Gavan O'Herlihy, Randolph Roberts, Pat Morita, and various crew members.

    Chapter 4 - Hello, Blue Skies - Seasons 2-11 of Happy Days are detailed. Al Molinaro, Suzi Quatro, Misty Rowe, Scott Baio, Beatrice Cohen, and Roz Kelly are profiled. Various topics covered include the guest stars, catchphrases, and the softball team. Misty Rowe (Wendy the Carhop) and Suzi Quatro (Leather Tuscadero) are interviewed.

    Chapter 5 - Making Their Dreams Come True - Happy Days spin-off Laverne & Shirley is the focus here. Casting and biographical information is given for Penny Marshall, Cindy Williams, Eddie Mekka, Phil Foster, Betty Garrett, David L. Lander and Michael McKean. The fighting between Penny Marshall and Cindy Williams is detailed.

    Chapter 6 - Triumph and Tribulation - More information is given on Laverne & Shirley.
    Cindy Williams was often unhappy with the writers of the show, and once filed a lawsuit against the producers. There were some funny behind-the-scenes stories on the competetiveness between Penny and Cindy.

    Chapter 7 - Mork Calling Paramount - Garry Marshall's son, Scott, wanted to see a show with a space alien, so that is where the idea for Mork & Mindy came from. Interestingly, Robin Williams wasn't originally supposed to play Mork and another actor played Mindy's father. Robin Williams, Pam Dawber, and the other cast members are profiled. Many interesting factoids are given, and the interviews with Pam Dawber and Director Howard Storm added a lot to this section.

    Chapter 8 - Nanu Nanu Means Success - Seasons 2-4 of Mork & Mindy are detailed. Robert Donner, Jay Thomas, Gina Hecht, Jim Stahl, and Jonathan Winters are profiled. Guest star Corey Feldman is interviewed. A lot of the changes for the second season are discussed. As they always say, you never mess with or move a hit show. Moving Grey's Anatomy to Thursdays seems to have worked alright for ABC, though.

    Chapter 9 - Hey, Taxi! - The development and first season of Taxi are discussed in great detail. I wasn't very familiar with Taxi before reading this section, so a lot of this information was knew to me. Profiles and the casting information is given for Juddd Hitrsh, Danny DeVito, Marilu Henner, Tony Danza, Jeff Conaway, Randall Carver, and Andy Kaufman. There is some fascinating information on Andy Kaufman's contract and other casting details. Randall Carver is interviewed.

    Chapter 10 - A New Kind of Family - Seasons 2-5 of Taxi are discussed. Rhea Perlman and Carol Kane bios are given. A lof of behind-the-scenes details are given on Jeff Conaway's problems and Andy Kauffman's wrestling career. The move from ABC to NBC is also detailed.

    Chapter 11 - Different Worlds - The short-lived series, Angie, gets its own section. Donna Pescow, Robert Hays, Doris Roberts, John Randolph, and Debralee Scott are profiled. Due to some time slot changes, the show lasted only 36 episodes. Donna Pescow is interviewed.

    Chapter 12 - Bears, Associates, and Cross-Dressers - This section covers The Bad News Bears, The Associates, Bosom Buddies, and several other short-lived sitcoms.
    Jack Warden, Corey Feldman, and the rest of The Bad News Bears cast are profiled. Corey Feldman is interviewed and shares his experiences on working on the show. Wilfrid Hyde-White, Martin Short, Joe Regalbuto, Alley Mills, and Shelley Smith from The Associates are profiled. Despite running only 9 episodes, this show received a number of award nominations. Biographical information for Goodtime Girls actors Georgia Engel, Annie Potts, Lorna Patterson, Camille Rittenhouse, and Adrian Zmed is given. Finally, there is some information on Bosom Buddies. Tom Hanks, Peter Scolari, Wendie Jo Sperber, Donna Dixon, Telma Hopkins, Holland Taylor, and Lucille Benson are profiled. Interestingly, Tom Hanks and Peter Scolari were not the producer's first choices to play Kip and Henry.

    Chapter 13 - A New Family in Town - Family Ties (finally coming to DVD!) is the focus here. Creator Gary David Goldberg, Michael J. Fox, Meredith Baxter, Justine Bateman, Tina Yothers, Marc Price, Scott Valentine, Tray Pollan, Brian Bonsall, and Courteney Cox are profiled. There is some interesting information on who else was considered for the roles of Steven and Alex P. Keaton. Michael Gross is interviewed.

    Chapter 14 - Cheers to You - The bar where everybody knows your name is discussed in detail. Ted Danson, Shelley Long, John Ratzenberger, Nicholas Colosanto, Woody Harrelson, Kelsey Grammer, Bebe Neuwirth, and Kirstie Alley are profiled. Many topics are discussed including the death of Nicholas Colosanto, adding Woody Harrelson to the cast, and Shelley Long's departure and Kirstie Alley's arrival. Director Jim Burrows is interviewed.

    The Legacy - This section gives some information on where the cast members from Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley, Taxi, Mork & Mindy, Angie, The Bad News Bears, Bosom Buddies, Family Ties, and Cheers are now. There is also some information on the behind the camera people including James L. Brooks, James Burrows, Michael Eisner, Gary David Goldberg, and Garry Marshall.

    Timeline - A listing of the Paramount shows mentioned in the book with their first and last episode dates.

    Selected Credits - Cast, Producers, Directors, Writers, and Casting information for Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley, Taxi, Mork & Mindy, Angie, The Associates, Bosom Buddies, Family Ties, and Cheers.

    Sources - The various books, interviews, and internet sites used for research information. It was a thrill to see 5 of my own sitcom sites listed!

    Index - A handy index of the actors, shows, episodes, and other details mentioned in the book.

    Final Comments: This book is as entertaining as the shows covered in it. Five of the sitcoms featured in this book (Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley, Mork & Mindy, Family Ties, and Cheers) are among my all-time favorites. I've read quite a bit information on these shows over the years, but this book provided even more new details to me. It was fascinating to see how some of the episode storylines came about and who else was considered for some of the roles. The interviews with the various cast and crew members added a lot of depth and insight into the shows. I would have loved to see even more interviews to provide behind the scenes details, especially from the Happy Days cast. This book is well organized and researched (I especially liked how the did you know? type facts were inserted), and I highly recommend it to any fans of the sitcoms covered in it.

    -- Reviewed by Todd Fuller
    (4.5/5 stars)

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    Thursday, November 02, 2006

    'Reba' Returns in November; ABC Family Channel's 25 Days of Christmas Schedule, 'Perfect Strangers' Unaired Pilot?

    The CW comedy Reba, starring country music legend and Broadway star Reba McEntire, will make its debut on The CW's Sunday line-up on Nov. 19 with back-to-back original episodes from 7:00-8:00 p.m. ET just in time for Thanksgiving. Beginning the following Sunday, Nov. 26, Reba will move into its new regularly scheduled time period with an encore of Reba airing from 7:00-7:30 p.m. ET, followed by original telecasts airing from 7:30-8:00 p.m. ET. New episodes of the long running family drama 7th Heaven will continue to air at 8 p.m., followed by encores of the hit reality show America's Next Top Model.

    The ABC Family Channel takes viewers on a journey into winter wonderland with its ninth annual 25 Days Of Christmas programming event. This year features over 200 hours of holiday-themed entertainment for the whole family from December 1-25. Also, in a first for 25 Days Of Christmas, Saturdays and Sundays will be filled from sun up to sun down with up to 17 hours of holiday favorites including Harry Potter and Rankin Bass marathons.
    It all kicks off at 7 p.m. on December 1 and you can find the FULL line-up by clicking HERE. You don't want to miss this!

    Finally, did you know there is a Perfect Strangers unaired pilot? Yes, there is! I didn't know that, but my good friend Linda Kay has just posted this week's update on her new and wonderful Perfect Strangers website and among the updates this week is info on the unaired pilot. The unaired pilot actually had Louie Anderson playing the role of Larry. Louie of course was replaced by Mark Linn-Baker, who went on to play Larry for the series. It would have been very strange to see Louie as Larry. I suggest you go to Linda's website because she has much more info and even very rare photos of Louie in the Perfect Strangers unaired pilot. I hope Warner Home Video is listening and brings this show to DVD and with this unaired pilot as an extra! Dig this up for us Warner!

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    Wednesday, November 01, 2006

    TBS Makes Minor Schedule Changes; More 'Scrubs' on Comedy Central

    TBS will be making some minor changes later this month and early December. November 22 (early November 23) will see Dawson's Creek get an additional airing at 5 a.m. This will be a preview because on most mornings at 5 a.m. starting December 4, you will see Dawson's Creek. That means Parent'hood will air before that around 4:30am. Dawson's Creek will also continue to air in its weekday 9 a.m. slot. And more Dawson's Creek is coming in December, starting Saturday, December 2, it will air Saturdays at 6am replacing The Drew Carey Show, which will be off the schedule again. Other notable highlights for December include a New Year's Eve marathon for Seinfeld from 7pm-1am.

    Comedy Central has the perfect remedy for weekday blues: four episodes a day of Scrubs! In addition to airing Monday-Friday 7-8 p.m. and Saturday mornings, everyone’s favorite medical comedy can also be found Monday 10-11 p.m. (which has started already) and Tuesday-Friday 11AM-12Noon, beginning Monday, December 4.
    Scrubs is of course about fresh-faced Zach Braff & his crew of oddball hospital personnel. Stick with Comedy Central as the young medical resident embarks on his career in a surreal hospital crammed full of unpredictable staffers and patients. And don't forget Scrubs returns with new episodes on NBC starting Thursday, November 30 at 9 p.m. ET/PT!

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