Sunday, December 31, 2006

Week 15: How the Sitcoms Did

Hope you all are having a nice New Year's Eve and thanks for joining us today.
We don't have final numbers for the first four nights for Week 15, so we won't bring that to you...we apologize. The analysis is also not in session today due to plenty of repeats, we will return next week with both, but how the sitcoms did are available today:

Week 15 numbers (first four nights, Mon-Thu):

Households: N/A
Total Viewers: N/A
Adults 18-49: N/A

Analysis: N/A


Last Sunday Sitcoms (counts for week of Dec. 18-24)

  • Reba (The CW) 2 episodes - Two repeats tonight, 2.54 and 1.71 million.
  • American Dad (Fox) - A repeat at a special time of 7pm did just 1.91 million...but it was Christmas Eve.

Monday Sitcoms

  • How I Met Your Mother (CBS) 3 episodes - Three repeats on Christmas Day. 8pm, 8:30pm and 9:30pm. They all did pretty bad. 3.54, 3.46 and 4.54 million.
  • Two and a Half Men (CBS) - A repeat on Christmas Day did 5.9 million, jumping a lot from the lead-in.
  • CW Monday Comedies: Chris, All of Us, Girfriends, The Game. A repeat episode of Chris started it off with 1.38 million. The rest were also in repeats and were all higher and ranged 1.4 to 1.57 million.


Tuesday Sitcoms

  • Big Day (ABC) 2 episodes - Two new episodes both were series lows. 3.97 and 3.83 million. I wonder if ABC will pull it after this week?

Wednesday Sitcoms
  • The King of Queens (CBS) - CBS aired a repeat this week and it did OK with 7.72 million.
  • Two and a Half Men (CBS) - Last week CBS aired a repeat of How I Met Your Mother and did just 6.0 million, this week Men did 8.1 million for a repeat.
  • George Lopez (ABC) 4 episodes - The 4 episode marathon encores did a bit better than last week. Last week ABC aired 3 episodes and they did: 8pm did 4.34 million, 8:30 did 4.88 million and 9:30pm did 4.82 million. This week it aired 8-10pm and went up each half-hour: 4.58, 4.65, 5.07 and 5.17 million.
Thursday Sitcoms
  • My Name is Earl (NBC) - NBC aired repeats of its four-comedies tonight, all went down each half hour. So, this was the highest of the bunch with a 4.4/7 fast national rating. We don't have final numbers for this night yet.
  • The Office (NBC) - A repeat did 3.6/6 fast national rating, again not final yet.
  • Scrubs (NBC) - NBC's sitcom repeat drop continued with a 2.8/5 fast national rating for this repeat.
  • 30 Rock (NBC) - And the drop concluded at 9:30 with just a 2.6/4 rating for this struggling sitcom.
Friday Sitcoms
None.

Saturday Sitcoms
None.

Airing tonight (Sunday) are repeats of American Dad on Fox and Reba on The CW.

Summing it up. Two and a Half Men, The King of Queens, and 9:30pm airing of George Lopez were impressive for the week. Everything else was OK (such as The Office and My Name is Earl) or just plain old terrible (such as Big Day and 30 Rock).

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Saturday, December 30, 2006

In Memoriam: Sitcom Actor Deaths in 2006

Today we pay tribute to the sitcom actors, directors and writers that passed away in 2006. We've lost stars from The Andy Griffith Show, The Jeffersons, The Munsters, Father Knows Best, Everybody Loves Raymond, and many more that are greatly missed. They are listed in alphabetical order. The link goes to their Internet Movie Database entry where you can view a list of their credits.

Jerry Belson - He was an Emmy Award-winning writer for shows such as The Tracy Ullman Show, The Dick Van Dyke Show, Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C., Hey, Landlord, Love, American Style and The Odd Couple. Mr. Belson died on October 10, 2006, of prostate cancer at the age of 68.

Peter Boyle

Peter Boyle - He is best remembered probably for his role as Ray Romano's father on the massive hit sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond that ran from 1996-2005. Most probably didn't know he had health problems over the years. In 1990, Boyle had a stroke and couldn't talk for six months. In 1999, he had a heart attack on the Raymond set. He soon regained his health, however, and returned to the series. Boyle was still working quite actively and just last month he co-starred in the holiday movie series The Santa Clause 3 starring Tim Allen (he has also appeared on the first two installments). Boyle also still a movie or two yet to be released. He was set to start filming on a new movie this February called Chatham. Mr. Boyle has starred or co-starred in many movies and has appeared on many TV series as a guest such as The King of Queens & Cosby (portraying his role from Raymond), The Single Guy, Lois & Clark, The X-Files, NYPD Blue, Flying Blind, Midnight Caller, Cagney & Lacey and Tripping the Rift. He was a regular on two very short lived shows called Philly Heat and Joe Bash. He also had an infamous failed pilot called Poochinski, where Boyle starred as a hard boiled cop who was killed in the line of duty and his soul goes into the body of a dog he had befriended. He even hosted an episode of Saturday Night Live in 1976, but it was Everybody Loves Raymond for who people will remember him for. He was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy series for 7 straight years (1999-2005). He never won an Emmy for the show but he did win an Emmy in 1996 for his guest spot on The X-Files and was also nominated in 1989 for his guest spot on Midnight Caller and his first nomination was in 1977 for the TV-movie Tail Gunner Joe. Mr. Boyle passed away on December 12, 2006, at the age of 71, at New York Presbyterian Hospital after suffering from multiple myeloma and heart disease.

Ruth Brown

Ruth Brown - She was known mainly for her singing, but she also was on sitcoms. 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 died at age 78 on November 17, 2006, from complications following a heart attack and stroke she suffered after surgery in October 2006.

Harvey Bullock - He was a television and film writer and producer. His work included episodes of The Andy Griffith Show, The Dick Van Dyke Show, Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C., Hogan's Heroes, Love, American Style, My World and Welcome to It, Alice and The Love Boat. Mr. Bullock passed away on April 24, 2006, due to an age-related illness at age 84.

Red Buttons

Red Buttons - He was an Academy Award-winning actor and comedian. In 1952, Buttons received his own variety series on television - The Red Buttons Show - which ran for three years, and achieved high levels of success. His many memorable TV appearances include Cosby, Roseanne, The Cosby Show, 227, The Love Boat and Love, American Style. Mr. Buttons died of vascular disease on July 13, 2006, at his home in the Century City area of Los Angeles. He was 87 years old.

Jean Byron

Jean Byron - Byron had more than 80 credits in film and television over a long career, but was likely best remembered for her role as the mother, Natalie Lane, on The Patty Duke Show. She appeared on many TV series as a guest over the years including The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin, Dobie Gillis, Batman, Maude, and Mannix. Byron's final acting appearance was the "Patty Duke Show Reunion" movie in 1999. Ms. Byron passed away on February 3, 2006, of an infection following hip surgery at the age of 80.

Pat Corley

Pat Corley -He was best known as Phil the barkeep on Murphy Brown. Corley has guest starred on many sitcoms before such Mr. Belvedere, Coach, House Calls, Domestic Life, He's the Mayor, Night Court and the Saved by the Bell Wedding in Las Vegas. He has guest starred on many TV dramas as well, such as The Waltons, Starsky & Hutch, L.A. Law, Falcon Crest, Moonlighting, St. Elsewhere and so many more. He had a recurring role on Hill Street Blues as Chief Coroner Wally Nydorf. Mr. Corley died on September 11, 2006, of congestive heart failure at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California at the age of 76.

Franklin Cover

Franklin Cover - Cover was best known for his role as Tom Willis, who was in an interracial marriage with a black woman, in The Jeffersons. Cover guest starred on many TV series over the years including The Jackie Gleason Show, The Love Boat, 227, Who's the Boss?, Living Single, Coach, Mad About You and Will & Grace. Mr. Cover died on February 5, 2006, of pneumonia at the age of 77 at the Lillian Booth Actor's Fund of America home in Englewood, New Jersey. He had been living at the home since December 2005 while recuperating from a heart condition.

Robert Donner

Robert Donner - He made more than 100 TV and film appearances over a 40-year career. He had recurring roles as Exidor on the Robin Williams ABC sitcom Mork and Mindy and Yancy Tucker on the CBS drama The Waltons. He appeared on dozens of series as a guest, including Bonanza, Columbo, Big Valley, The Incredible Hulk, The Six Million Dollar Man, Murder, She Wrote, Fame, MacGyver, Married...with Children, Hearts Afire, Dharma & Greg and Matlock. His most recent sitcom appearance was on the CBS series, Center of the Universe, starring John Goodman. Mr. Donner away passed away on June 8, 2006, of a heart attack at the age of 75 in Sherman Oaks, California.

Mike Evans

Mike Evans - He was best known for his role as Lionel Jefferson on All in the Family and The Jeffersons. Evans is also famous for co-creating and writing the popular sitcom Good Times with Eric Monte. He has not acted in anything really since The Jeffersons, which he left for and was replaced by Damon Evans (no relation) for a few years and then he came back to. In the '70s he guest starred on series such as Love American Style, The Streets of San Francisco and the short-lived sitcom The Practice. His last credit (and his first credit since The Jeffersons ended) listed was for a Walker Texas Ranger episode in 2000...but was that him really or not? In recent years he had invested in real estate in Southern California. Mr. Evans died of throat cancer at his mother's home in Twentynine Palms, California on December 14, 2006. He was only 57.

Paul Gleason

Paul Gleason - He is best remembered as Principal Richard Vernon in The Breakfast Club. During his career - which spanned five decades, Gleason starred in blockbuster movies such as Die Hard, Trading Places and National Lampoon's Van Wilder. He also appeared in various TV shows as a guest such as the sitcoms Friends, Malcolm in the Middle, Seinfeld, Cursed, Veronica's Closet, Grace Under Fire, NewsRadio, Boy Meets World, The Wonder Years and George Lopez; and TV dramas such as Dawson's Creek, Life Goes On, Cold Case, LA Law, The A-Team and Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman. Mr. Gleason passed away on May 27, 2006, at the age of 67 at a Burbank, California hospital from mesothelioma, a form of lung cancer connected with asbestos.

Barnard Hughes

Barnard Hughes - He was best known for his roles on Doc (70s version), Blossom, The Cavanaughs, and the short-lived sitcom Mr. Merlin. He received an Emmy Award in 1978 for a guest appearance on Lou Grant, and began appearing on television in the 1950s in shows such as Kraft Television Theatre and The U.S. Steel Hour. He appeared on other series as a guest such as All in the Family, Hawaii Five-0, The Bob Newhart Show, The Love Boat, Hotel and The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd. He later had stints on the soap operas The Guiding Light, The Secret Storm and As the World Turns. He had a Broadway career dating back to 1935 and has won Tony Awards. Mr. Hughes died on July 11, 2006, after a brief illness. He was 90.

Bruno Kirby

Bruno Kirby - He was best remembered for his movie roles in City Slickers, When Harry Met Sally, and The Godfather: Part II, but he was also on TV. He guest starred on sitcoms such as The Super, M*A*S*H, Room 222, Detective School, Frasier, Mad About You and It's Garry Shandling's Show. He was last seen this past season on an episode of HBO's Entourage. Mr. Kirby passed away on August 14, 2006, at age 57 in Los Angeles from complications related to leukemia.

Don Knotts

Don Knotts - Don Knotts of course was a big time TV star who co-starred with Andy Griffith as Deputy Barney Fife on The Andy Griffith Show (a role which earned him five Emmy Awards) in the '60s and joined the cast of the John Ritter sitcom Three's Company in the 1979-80 season as Mr. Furley. Both Fife and Furley were memorable characters. Both different yet so similar in style. He has made tons of memorable movies, too, such as The Incredible Mr. Limpett and The Ghost & Mr. Chicken. He also appeared on other shows as a guest star, such as Dobie Gillis, Joey Bishop, Mayberry RFD, Here's Lucy, Fantasy Island, The Love Boat, She's the Sheriff, Step by Step, Newhart, with John Ritter again on the 'Three's Company' episode of 8 Simple Rules, last season on Las Vegas, and he had a recurring role on Andy Griffith's other series Matlock. He also was the host of his own show in 1970 titled The Don Knotts Show. Mr. Knotts passed away on February 24, 2006, of pulmonary and respiratory complications related to lung cancer at the age of 81.

Al Lewis

Al Lewis - He is most remembered playing Grandpa Munster on the hit 1960s sitcom The Munsters. He also co-starred on the sitcom Car 54, Where Are You?. He made guest appearances on TV series such as The Phil Silvers Show, Gomer Pyle, Green Acres, Love American Style, Here's Lucy and Taxi. He played Grandpa Munster in many reunion movies of The Munsters and also played Grandpa Munster on the ABC/Nick at Nite sitcom Hi Honey, I'm Home in 1991. Mr. Lewis died on February 3, 2006, of natural causes at the age of 82 in New York City.

Mako

Mako (Makoto Iwamatsu) - He was a pioneering Japanese-American actor. He appeared on M*A*S*H, playing multiple roles such as a Chinese doctor, North Korean soldier, and South Korean Major. Some of his other sitcom appearances included Lost at Home, Platypus Man, Frasier, The Facts of Life, Love, American Style, F Troop, Gidget, I Dream of Jeannie and McHale's Navy. Mako died on July 21, 2006, at the age of 72 after a long battle with esophageal cancer.

Darren McGavin

Darren McGavin - He was something of a patron saint for rumpled old reporters in his role as Kolchak on the original ABC show, Kolchak: The Night Stalker. McGavin also was known for his role as the father in the holiday movie classic, A Christmas Story. He was the title role in the TV series Mike Hammer. He was also the father of Candice Bergen's Murphy Brown, which earned him an Emmy nomination for a guest appearance. McGavin even had his own sitcom, a short lived 1983 sitcom that lasted six episodes for CBS called Small & Frye. He made the rounds on various TV series such as Grace Under Fire, The Commish, The Love Boat, Love American Style, and Mannix. Mr. McGavin died on February 25, 2006, of natural causes at the age of 83.

Moose

Moose - He was Kelsey Grammer's Jack Russell terrier sidekick, known as Eddie on the long-running show, Frasier. Moose played Eddie for 10 years on the former NBC must-see TV staple and was known for his ability to steal scenes from his human costars. His resume includes: My Dog Skip, as an older version of Skip (who was played by his son, Enzo), gracing the covers of Life, TV Guide and Entertainment Weekly, and penning his autobiography, My Life As a Dog, with a little help from TV writer Brian Hargrove (Wanda At Large, Titus). In 2003, Animal Planet ranked Eddie the Dog fifth in its 50 Greatest TV Animals special, behind only Lassie, Kermit the Frog, Flipper and Mister Ed. Moose passed away on June 22, 2006, at the ripe old age of 15 and a half.

Kasey Rogers

Kasey Rogers - She was best known probably for her role as Louise Tate on the hit sitcom Bewitched. She was a series regular on Peyton Place. She has guest starred on series such as Perry Mason, Marcus Welby, Maverick, Hawaiian Eye, Adam-12, Wyatt Earp and Cheyenne. She had basically stoped acting in recent years, but she did interviews for The E! True Hollywood Story: Bewitched and TV Land Confidential. Ms. Rogers died from complications from a stroke on July 6, 2006, at the age of 79.

Herbert Rudley

Herbert Rudley - He hadn't acted since the early '80s, but he had a massive list of credits from the '40s to the '80s. His sitcom credits include The Mothers-in-Law, My Living Doll, The Beverly Hillbillies, Leave it to Beaver, My Favorite Martian, Green Acres, The Munsters, I Dream of Jeannie and House Calls. Mr. Rudley passed away on September 9, 2006, of a heart attack in Los Angeles. He was 95.

Pablo Santos

Pablo Santos - He was best known for his role on the WB short-lived sitcom Greetings from Tucson. In his short-lived career he had guest starred on TV series such as Alias, Law & Order: SVU, Boston Public and The Shield. He died at age 19 in a small-plane crash in central Mexico. Santos and six friends were flying from Monterrey to Acapulco when their Piper Malibu crashed during an emergency landing at the airport in Toluca, about 35 miles west of Mexico City, the Mexico State Security Agency said. The plane was owned by Santos' father. The crash also claimed the life of Santos' friend, Martel Fernandez, 19. Officials are still investigating the cause of the crash, but suspect the plane crashed because it was overloaded.

Aaron Spelling

Aaron Spelling - He produced over 200 movies and TV shows. He brought us The Love Boat and many other hit shows. He also appeared in a 1955 episode of I Love Lucy. In 1986, he produced Life with Lucy - starring Lucille Ball. Mr. Spelling passed away on June 23, 2006, from complications of a stroke at the age of 83. See our Remembering Aaron Spelling entry for many more details on the life of the world's most prolific television producer.

Richard Stahl

Richard Stahl - He was an actor whose more than 40-year career stretched from New York theater to film and television comedies such as Laverne & Shirley. Stahl guest starred on many sitcoms such as Empty Nest, Living Single, Married...with Children, Hudson Street, The Golden Girls, Good Grief, Night Court, Newhart, Who's the Boss?, Family Ties, The Facts of Life, Barney Miller, Love Sidney, Benson, What's Happening!!, House Calls, The Bob Newhart Show, WKRP in Cincinnati, Happy Days, On the Rocks, Maude, That's My Mama, Good Times, Archie Bunker's Place, The Tom Show, The Partridge Family, Harry and the Hendersons, All in the Family, That Girl, Love American Style and Soap. He also was a series regular on the '80s sitcom It's a Living and short-lived sitcoms Turnabout starring Sharon Gless and Struck by Lightning. And had recurring roles on The Odd Couple and Laverne & Shirley. Mr. Stahl passed away on June 18, 2006, at the age of 74 after a 10-year battle with Parkinson's disease.

Robert Sterling

Robert Sterling - He was best known for the 1953-1956 TV series Topper, based on the Thorne Smith novel, and the 1937 film starring Cary Grant and Constance Bennett. He appeared with his wife Anne Jeffreys in the television series. Sterling and Jeffreys played George and Marion Kirby, a fun-loving couple killed in an accident but returned as ghosts to haunt the new occupant of their home, a banker named Cosmo Topper. Sterling appeared as a guest star in series such as Love American Style, Nanny & the Professor, Alfred Hitchcock Hour, Murder She Wrote, Hotel, Simon & Simon and Fantasy Island. Mr. Sterling died on May 30, 2006, of natural causes at the age of 88 at his home in the Brentwood area of Los Angeles.

Amzie Strickland

Amzie Strickland - She was best known for her guest starring roles on classic TV shows, but she also had a recurring role on short-lived shows such as Carter Country and Full Circle. Among her many guest roles include a few characters on The Andy Griffith Show, The Dick Van Dyke Show, Leave it to Beaver, I Love Lucy, My Favorite Martian, The Donna Reed Show, Gomer Pyle, F Troop, Petticoat Junction, The Doris Day Show, Happy Days, The Bob Newhart Show, Flo, Three's Company, The Golden Girls, ALF, Murphy Brown, Empty Nest, Full House, Sister Sister, Roseanne, Ned & Stacey, Wings, Ellen and many many more! Ms. Strickland suffered from Alzheimer's disease and had not acted in 5 years. She passed away on July 5, 2006, at the age of 87.

Jack Warden

Jack Warden - He was nominated for a few Oscars for a few films and won an Emmy Award for the TV-Movie Brian's Song in 1971. He started his career way back in the early '50s. He moved to NY after serving in the Army and Navy during World War II. His first major break however was in 1952 when got the role of the Coach in the sitcom Mr. Peepers. He had quite a handful of films in the '50s, too. He was in another short-lived sitcom in 1955 called Norby. He did a lot of guest spots in the '50s and '60s, too, such as Bewitched, Route 66, 77 Sunset Strip, Bonanza. He also starred in the ABC drama N.Y.P.D, which lasted from 1967-69. The '70s he became a star of film and TV movies, notching Oscar nominations and an Emmy award. Later in the decade he starred in the TV comedy The Bad News Bears for CBS, but just lasted one season, 1979-80. Also, that year he tried to revive the classic sitcom Topper, but it didn't make it on-air. The '80s saw more films and TV movies, and also two TV series--a funny crime drama Crazy Like a Fox from 1984-86 (which got him two more Emmy nominations) and the sitcom Knight & Dave in 1989. In the '90s he starred in more TV-movies and films, including the popular Problem Child movies starring John Ritter, playing Big Ben Healy. Some of his last films include Bullworth, Dirty Work, and The Replacements in 2000. Mr. Warden passed away on July 19, 2006, of heart and kidney failure. He was 85.

Shelley Winters

Shelley Winters - She was a two-time Academy Award-winning actress for The Diary of Anne Frank and A Patch of Blue. In her later years, she played the recurring role of Nana Mary on Roseanne from 1991-1996. Her other sitcom appearances included The Love Boat, Chico and the Man and Here's Lucy. Ms. Winters passed away on January 14, 2006, of heart failure at the age of 85.

Jane Wyatt

Jane Wyatt - Jane Wyatt, the actress who for six years on Father Knows Best (starring Robert Young) was one of TV's favorite moms. . She was best known for her role on the family sitcom as Robert Young's TV wife, Margaret Anderson that brought the actress her lasting fame. She appeared in 207 half-hour episodes from 1954 to 1960 and won three Emmys as best actress in a dramatic series in the years 1958 to 1960. The show began as a radio sitcom in 1949; it moved to television in 1954. After its run ended, it continued in reruns on CBS and ABC for three years in primetime, a TV rarity. The show came to an end because Young, who had also played the father in the radio version, had enough. Wyatt remarked in 1965 that she was tired, too. Besides this show, she did mostly movies, but she did have some other TV works (mainly one-hour dramas) such as Star Trek, Love, American Style, Here Come the Brides, Marcus Welby, Owen Marshall, Alias Smith & Jones, The Virginian, Medical Center, Quincy, St. Elsewhere, The Love Boat, Fantasy Island, Hotel, and even Happy Days. Ms. Wyatt died in her sleep of natural causes on October 20, 2006, at the age of 96.

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Friday, December 29, 2006

New Year's Eve/Day Marathons; Sony TV-DVD Poll; Be 'Ugly' in 2007!

This is our 500th news post! We are close to 500 days of non-stop posting, too. There were a few days where we posted two news items, so that is why the number of posts exceed the number of days. Anyhow, this is a big milestone for us! And we look to continue to post non-stop everyday in 2007 and beyond!

Today we will take a look at the end of the current year/start of the new year marathons. Sci-Fi Channel will air its annual Twilight Zone marathon. Starting New Year's Eve at 9 a.m., back-to-back episodes of the cult TV series hosted by Rod Serling are featured. First up: a murderer loses his memory in "In His Image." The marathon doesn't end until Tuesday, Jan. 2 at 6 AM! Talk about a marathon!!
TBS will close the year with Seinfeld. A 12-episode block of the "show about nothing" opens with four stories built around riding New York's subway. Included: A beauty picks up George; Jerry befriends a naked guy; Kramer is tipped to a hot horse; and Elain gets stuck en route to a lesbian wedding. This will air New Year's Eve from 7 p.m. to 12 midnight. ABC Family and SOAPnet will have Ugly Betty marathons on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day, see our Ugly Betty story below.
Comedy Central will have a South Park New Year's Eve Rock-a-thon featuring six episodes from the past year starting at 10 p.m. New Year's Eve.
TNT will bring 'law & order' to the new year, with a 17-episode block of the absorbing police-and-lawyers procedural--Law & Order. Things get fishy in the first hour when a caviar entrepreneur is found dead the day after he marries a much younger woman. The suspects include his bride and his daughter from a previous marriage. The crime stopping starts 11 p.m. New Year's Eve.
TV Land will encore the 5-part Top 100 Catchphrases special from 7p-12a on New Year's Eve. Other notable marathons include Court TV's Cops marathon and USA Network's New Year's Day Monk marathon.
I saved the best for last...us New Yorkers can catch the classic sitcom The Honeymooners on WPIX from 12 midnight to 5 p.m. on New Year's Day! What better way to spend the first day of 2007! Click here for episode info!

Sony Home Entertainment has a new poll featuring shows like What's Happening Now!!, Cupid, Bette, The Rookies, and Police Story. You choose the top three shows from that list and they will consider putting them on DVD! Come on What's Happening!! fans we need What's Happening Now!! on DVD! So vote for the grown-up Raj, Rerun and the gang by clicking HERE.

Ugly Betty, the Golden Globe nominated and most watched new comedy of the fall season, proves ugly is the new beautiful. On Sunday, Dec. 31 ABC will launch "Be Ugly '07," a pro-social campaign that asks America to resolve to be real, be smart, be passionate, be true to yourself and be ugly, just like Ugly Betty in 2007. "Be Ugly '07" will turn the word "ugly" upside down and challenge conventional perceptions and stereotypes of real beauty. Promoting self esteem and empowerment, the effort kicks off with cross-network support, an original song, stunts, appearances, interstitials, a dedicated web site (www.BeUgly07.com), and an event designed to create awareness for the movement.
"Be Ugly '07" starts on-air during Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve, and hundreds of Betty look-alikes will be in Times Square and Walt Disney World handing out Ugly Betty masks to help people see the world through Betty's eyes, where ugly is beautiful. ABC will air the last three episodes to date on Saturday, December 30 from 8 to 11 p.m. Also on Dec. 31, ABC Family will feature a marathon of all the episodes to date from 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. ET. January 1 look-alikes will distribute masks at the Rose Bowl Parade, with a SOAPnet marathon airing all the episodes to date from 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. ET. Finally, an original half-hour special The Beauty of Ugly Betty will made available to ABC affiliates and The Walt Disney Companies' wholly owned cable channels in English and Spanish. The special will feature interviews with the cast and editors of the magazine, who take a look at how Ugly Betty has become a phenomenon and how the show has redefined "ugly." Haven't seen all the episodes yet and won't be able to watch the marathons? That is OK, you can catch all the episodes to date on abc.com before Jan. 5! This is truly the year to be ugly!

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Thursday, December 28, 2006

ME-TV in Chicago Winter Schedule: 'Chill With ME'; i Network Ratings Has Gone Up Since Classic TV/Movies Started in August

ME-TV in Chicago, which changes its schedule for each season (fall, winter, spring, summer), has announced its Winter schedule. The schedule will start January 1. Sundays looks like is turning into a marathon afternoon, with marathons airing 1-7PM. The first marathon Sunday will be all westerns.
New or returning series to the line-up include: The Patty Duke Show, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Bob Newhart Show, The Lucy Show, The Rockford Files, You Bet Your Life, The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet, Four Star Playhouse, Family Ties, Who's the Boss?, Starsky & Hutch, Kojak, Mad About You, The Nanny, Have Gun, Will Travel, Bonanza, Rawhide, and Mission: Impossible.
While it is nice to have those shows return, some other shows had to be sacrificed this Winter to make room for these returning or new shows. Off the schedule this Winter are: Eight is Enough, Cisco Kids, Lassie, The Lone Ranger, Petticoat Junction, Charlie's Angels, I Dream of Jeannie, The A-Team, Alfred Hitchcock Hour, Black Sheep Squadron, and Daniel Boone.
Click HERE to view the full Winter schedule and you can also Chill with ME-TV! And a special thanks to Josh for bringing this schedule to our attention!

We have covered the i Network in much detail since its "re-launch" in August with classic TV and it looks like the network is much better off airing classic TV! They recently announced their ratings since August and shows like Mama's Family and Diagnosis Murder have really propelled the network! It's not just those two shows, too, classic TV marathons and theatricals have helped the network’s weekend primetime average go up 49 percent. Click HERE to view the full ratings release. And let's hope i Network expands their hours soon and brings us even more classic TV! I'm personally hoping for Perfect Strangers, Diff'rent Strokes, Silver Spoons, Facts of Life, One Day at a Time and some other sitcoms that are hardly seen these days.

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Wednesday, December 27, 2006

TV One Adds 'Mr. Cooper' in January, 'Roc' Returns; You Can Join The 'Knights'

As the new year rolls in, there are some changes ahead on the TV One landscape to keep viewers excited about TV One programming and flowing from show to show.
Included in this change is the TV One launch of the classic '90s sitcom Hangin' With Mr. Cooper, starring Mark Curry as an Oakland high school coach/teacher. Co-stars include Holly Robinson, Omar Gooding, Raven Symone, and Nell Carter. The sitcom will air weekdays at 6:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
Starting Tuesday, January 2, the changes are to weekdays between 6am-8pm, everything else will remain the same as it is now. As mentioned Mr. Cooper will air weekdays at 6:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. Other changes include the return of Roc, airing weekdays at 2 p.m. Fastlane moves to 11 a.m., in which it will share the slot with the short-lived series A Man Called Hawk. Hawk will air Tuesdays and Thursdays, while Fastlane will air Monday, Wednesdays & Fridays. Boston Public moves from mornings to 4 p.m. And Amen will now only air weekdays at 6 & 6:30 a.m. It will also still air Sundays at 1:30 p.m.
The month has various special programming as well. On Monday, January 1, TV One rings in the new year with a rebroadcast of its popular "Many Mugs of Martin Marathon" which showcases Martin Lawrence playing some of his most memorable characters from the sitcom Martin. On Monday January 15 in honor of the Martin Luther King Holiday, TV One presents a "Moving Movie Marathon" with movies beginning at 8am that may move you to action, move you to tears, or just move you to think. And On Saturday January 27, it's all about Anthony Anderson as TV One airs a marathon of his sitcom All About the Andersons in which all 16 episodes produced will air beginning at 12 Noon.
There are other specials, but they are about original programming such as Bill Bellamy's Who's Got Jokes? week (week of Jan. 29) counting down to the finale on Feb. 3. There will also be new episodes of TV One originals The Tom Joyner Sky Show, TV One Access, TV One on One, The Gospel of Music with Jeff Majors, and the newest originals Black Men Revealed, The Star Jones Reynolds Report and Tavis Smiley's Road to Health.
To see the FULL list of regular schedule changes and complete highlights, click HERE.

The most fun sitcom in years is coming next week! Yes, The Knights of Prosperity debuts next Wednesday at 9 p.m. ET/PT on ABC and now you can Join the Knights, too! Log onto www.JoinTheKnights.com to download your official membership certificate and print your membership card. The site also has propaganda and cool free things, including a downloadable recruitment poster, a recruitment video, and you can make your own KOP tee. Additional tactics include recruitment teams passing out KOP beanies and recruitment fliers, branded pizza boxes, taxi tops and wild postings.
On Dec. 30, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., hundreds of thousands of patrons at malls across the country will get the opportunity to be one of the lucky few selected to win big money in The Knights of Prosperity cash grab booths. Events will be held simultaneously at key malls in New Jersey, Los Angeles, Dallas and Minneapolis. Grand prize finalists will be chosen by a random drawing, and each winner will enter the money booth to “test their skills” with the chance to grab as many airborne bills before time expires! No purchase required.
For full details, click HERE. And we will be back in the coming days with our review of this sitcom. It is the funniest and wackiest sitcom in recent memory! It is a fun show for everyone! Make sure you tune in!

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Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Even More 'Mama' on CMT

Last week we gave you update #2 on Mama's Family on CMT. Today we will give you update #3, consisting of weeks of Jan. 15 and Jan. 22. It looks like CMT will keep airing it in blocks a few times a week. This week's update is for the week of Jan. 15: Mama's Family will air Tuesday, Jan. 16 from 8 to 10 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 18 from 4 to 7 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 21 from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m. ET/PT. And for the week of Jan 22: Tuesday, Jan. 23 from 8 to 10 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 24 from 11:59 p.m. to 2 a.m., and Friday, Jan. 26 from 4 to 7 p.m.

Since it is the holiday season, I will be nice and put the schedule dates in a list format for you right here on the blog:
Saturday, December 30 - 5-11 p.m.
Tuesday, January 2 - 8-10:30 p.m.
Wednesday, January 3 - 11 p.m.-1:30 a.m.
Monday, January 8 - 5-7 p.m., 11 p.m.-2 a.m.
Tuesday, January 9 - 8-10 p.m.
Tuesday, January 16 - 8 to 10 p.m.
Thursday, January 18 - 4-7 p.m.
Sunday, January 21 - 11 p.m.-2 a.m.
Tuesday, January 23 - 8-10 p.m.
Wednesday, January 24 - 11:59 p.m.-2 a.m.
Friday, January 26 - 4-7 p.m.

As you can see, there is no real set schedule except for Tuesday nights. We will keep you up to date on more dates and if any changes occur. As always, all dates & times are subject to change.

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Monday, December 25, 2006

Merry Christmas from SitcomsOnline; ABC.com's Video Player Adds Two New Shows and Full Season to Date of Hit Shows

We don't take even Christmas off! Merry Christmas to everyone from all of us here at SitcomsOnline! We thank you for taking time today and every other day to spend a few minutes of each day with us. Spend some time with your families watching the marathons today, that include TV Land's Merry-thon (holiday episodes of Happy Days, Brady Bunch, What's Happening!!, All in the Family, 227, Benson, Three's Company, and so many more), BET's In Living Color marathon, and G4's Arrested Development marathon. Or try the classic movies like A Christmas Story on TBS and Miracle on 34th Street on AMC & your local channel. Not in the mood for any of that, try the annual Walt Disney World Christmas Parade on ABC.

Disney-ABC Television Group announced late last week that it is giving viewers a Christmas gift that keeps on giving, making available all episodes to date on the ABC.com video player of this season's Brothers & Sisters, Desperate Housewives, Grey's Anatomy, Ugly Betty and What About Brian from Touchstone Television beginning TODAY, Christmas Day (December 25). Since formally relaunching the video player in September, a staggering thirty million episodes have been started on ABC.com.
The episodes will remain on the player until their first new episode in January at which time the player will revert to carrying the new episode and the most recent three airings for a total of the latest four episodes. This is the first time Brothers & Sisters and What About Brian will be available on the player and they will become part of the regular offerings. Woohoo!
In addition, also beginning TODAY, the first act (it is hilarious!) and music video (also hilarious!) of the new sitcom The Knights of Prosperity will be available. The series will be added to the player following its premiere on January 3. Believe in the Knights and join them! Got any cookies? Look for our review of the series next week!

Merry Christmas!

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Sunday, December 24, 2006

Week 14: How the Sitcoms Did

Hope you all are having a nice Christmas Eve and thanks for joining us today.
We don't have final numbers for the first four nights for Week 14, so we won't bring that to you...we apologize. The analysis is also not in session today due to plenty of repeats, we might not return that until January, but how the sitcoms did are available today:

Week 14 numbers (first four nights, Mon-Thu):

Households: N/A
Total Viewers: N/A
Adults 18-49: N/A

Analysis: N/A


Last Sunday Sitcoms (counts for week of Dec. 11-17)

  • Reba (The CW) 2 episodes - A repeat and new episode did decent but down a bit from last week. The repeat did 2.54 million and a new episode built on that and did 3.47 million.
  • The Simpsons (Fox) -A new episode did 8.88 million, up from last week's 8.31.
  • American Dad (Fox) - A new episode did 7.4 million, up from previous week's 7.11 million.
  • Family Guy (Fox) 2 episodes - A new episode and a repeat did decent with 8.91 million and 7.91 million.

Monday Sitcoms

  • How I Met Your Mother (CBS) - A repeat did 6.28 million...should have been higher.
  • The Class (CBS) - Last week a new episode built on the lead-in, this week a repeat didn't. It did 5.64 million.
  • Two and a Half Men (CBS) - 10.7 million for a repeat, still the #1 sitcom.
  • New Adventures of Old Christine (CBS) - 8.05 million for a repeat..should have been a bit higher.
  • CW Monday Comedies: Chris, All of Us, Girfriends, The Game. A repeat episode of Chris started it off with 2.24 million, that should be much better. The rest were in repeats and ranged 1.95 to 2.19 million.


Tuesday Sitcoms

  • Big Day (ABC) 2 episodes - The first of two new episodes did 5.06 million, up from last week's 4.77 million. The next episode went down to 4.23 million, a series low. It should have built, but it shows this sitcom might be weak.

Wednesday Sitcoms
  • The King of Queens (CBS) - The drop continues, but it is still doing better than CBS Monday at 8pm..this week it did 8.29 million, down from 9.02 & 9.04 million last week. Only one episode from now on. The show will go on hiatus again after Jan. 3.
  • How I Met Your Mother (CBS) - A repeat dropped big and did just 6.0 million...why not air King repeats in this slot, CBS?
  • George Lopez (ABC) 3 episodes - 3 last minute Christmas episode encores did not do so well. 8pm did just 4.34 million, 8:30 did 4.88 million and 9:30pm did 4.82 million.
  • According to Jim (ABC) - A Christmas episode repeat from 2003 did decent and jumped a lot from its lead-in and did 5.62 million. ABC should have aired this show at 8 and 9pm or 9-10pm tonight.
Thursday Sitcoms
  • The Office (NBC) - A repeat of the one-hour Christmas episode from a few weeks ago aired tonight in the 9pm hour did a 3.7/6 rating. We don't have final numbers for this night yet.
  • My Name is Earl (NBC) - Airing at a rare special time of 10pm, the sitcom encore jumped from its lead-in to a 4.1/7 rating.
  • Scrubs (NBC) - A drop from the lead-in to a 3.4/6...though 10:30pm for a sitcom these days is unheard of, even if it was a repeat.
  • 'Til Death (Fox) - A new episode did just a 3.3 rating.
  • The War at Home (Fox) - The show holds on to a better percentage of its lead-in than Happy Hour did, a 2.9 rating...nothing like it did on Sunday, but on Sunday it was dropping a lot from its lead-in.
Friday Sitcoms
None.

Saturday Sitcoms
None.

Airing tonight (Sunday) are repeats of American Dad on Fox and Reba on The CW.

Summing it up. Two and a Half Men, The King of Queens, and The New Adventures of Old Christine were impressive for the week. Everything else was OK (such as My Name is Earl and According to Jim) or just plain old terrible (such as 'Til Death and The War at Home).

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Saturday, December 23, 2006

Book Review - 5000 Episodes and No Commercials: The Ultimate Guide to TV Shows on DVD 2007

Welcome to another Saturday edition of reviews! With over 6,000 TV DVD releases available, how do you decide which sets are worthy of picking up? More than just a list of TV--on--DVD releases, 5000 Episodes and No Commercials: The Ultimate Guide to TV Shows on DVD 2007 takes readers on a candid and humorous trek through the history of television.

5000 Episodes and No Commercials: The Ultimate Guide to TV Shows on DVD 2007

5000 Episodes and No Commercials: The Ultimate Guide to TV Shows on DVD 2007 (Watson-Guptill, $14.95)

With 5000 EPISODES of television of DVD, who needs to go to the movie theater?! Sales of TV DVDs are outpacing all other categories. The Simpsons, 24, Lost, Desperate Housewives, Alias, even old chestnuts like Columbo and Home Improvement are blowing out of the stores as fans and collectors rush to buy their favorite shows, compact and complete. Did you miss the third episode of Grey's Anatomy's second season? Not to fear: it's now on DVD! How do buyers know which shows are the best, which season contains that favorite moment, which episode features that guest star? 5000 Episodes and No Commercials: The Ultimate Guide to TV Shos on DVD 2007 (Watson-Guptill; $14.95; November 2006), by TV Historian Dave Hofstede, is a celebration of television's greatest moments, most memorable achievements, and silliest mistakes. Each entry offers a quick reference guide for finding the best scenes and episodes in each collection, and lets viewers know when to reach for the fast forward button. You'll also learn which sets contain bonus features, and which use syndicated-episode cuts and music substitutions. 5000 Episodes and No Commercials lists, reviews, and rates on a 0--5 star scale the DVD release of every prominent television series--including season sets, individual episodes, and "best of" compilations. The objective is to let fans know what is out there, and whether it's worth picking up.

346 pages ~ 6 x 9 ~ 0-8230-8456-6
$14.95 ~ Indexed ~ 2 Appendices
Watson-Guptill ~ November 2006

About the Author
David Hofstede has written twelve books on film and TV, including What Were They Thinking? and the successful companion volumes to The Dukes of Hazzard and Charlie’s Angels. He covers the film and theater beat for AOL’s Digital City Las Vegas website and serves as film editor for Cowboys & Indians magazine. He lives in Las Vegas.

My Review: This book is a pretty good off-line reference for the TV on DVD fan and collector. Each series profiled lists the seasons currently available (as of the fall 2006), star rating, the studio that released it, video and audio information, description of the series, great moments, fast-forward (episodes that you should skip) and extras. There is also a section of Christmas episodes and an index of personalities.

This paperback book will probably appeal to and be more useful for people that don't have internet access. A lot of information on TV DVD releases can be found at online databases such as TVShowsonDVD.com or the listings at Amazon.com . The information in this book, while well researched and presented, is just not incredibly detailed. There are many omissions (only 2 seasons of ALF, 1 season of I Dream of Jeannie, and 3 seasons or Roseanne are listed - no entries for Alice, Chico and the Man, Dinosaurs, Dream On, Hazel, The Job, Kate & Allie, Living Single, Titus, Welcome Back Kotter) in this book and with 50-100 new sets being released every month, information in this book will fast become out-dated. I would have preferred to see a book that profiled the top 50-100 TV DVD releases in great detail rather than short entries on hundreds of series.

-- Reviewed by Todd Fuller
3.5/5 stars)

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Friday, December 22, 2006

'Jeffersons' First Lionel, Actor Mike Evans Dies; TV Land January Changes

We have some pretty shocking news to let you know. Mike Evans, best known for his role as Lionel Jefferson on All in the Family and The Jeffersons died on December 14. Evans was suffering from throat cancer. Evans is also famous for co-creating and writing the popular sitcom Good Times with Eric Monte. He has not acted in anything really since The Jeffersons, which he left for and was replaced by Damon Evans (no relation) for a few years and then he came back to. In the '70s he guest starred on series such as Love American Style, Streets of San Francisco, and the short lived sitcom The Practice. His last credit (and his first credit since The Jeffersons ended) listed was for a Walker Texas Ranger episode in 2000...but was that him really or not? In recent years he had invested in real estate in Southern California. Mr. Evans will be missed and you can catch The Jeffersons on TV Land every night. Mr. Evans was only 57.

And speaking of The Jeffersons, we have some TV Land schedule updates for January. Due to the recent changes made earlier this week, the January schedule will be altered a bit. The Andy Griffith Show will remain 8-10 p.m. every night. The Jeffersons were scheduled to move to 11 & 11:30 p.m. when M*A*S*H arrives, but that will not happen anymore, and Sanford & Son will keep its 11 & 11:30 p.m. slot. So, The Jeffersons will only air at 3:30 a.m. and 4 a.m. late nights. Everything else that was changed this past week will be incorporated to the January line-up that starts Jan. 8.
M*A*S*H week's (Jan. 1-7) schedule has been announced. As mentioned a lot already, M*A*S*H, the movie, the anniversary specials and the finale will air between 8pm-8am that week. During M*A*S*H week, some of the regular shows weekdays airing between 8am-8pm will be pre-empted: From 12-1pm The Andy Griffith Show will air instead of The Brady Bunch/All in the Family hour; 1-2pm will be a full hour of TV Land's 5-part Top 100 Catchphrases encore; 5pm Gunsmoke will air instead of Green Acres; 6-7pm The Andy Griffith Show will air instead of Leave it to Beaver and 7-8pm The Andy Griffith Show will air instead of Little House. So, Andy will lead-in to M*A*S*H that week.
To view the complete January updates, including episode numbers for M*A*S*H episodes airing in the marathon and which shows are airing when with M*A*S*H stars on other TV Land shows, I suggest you click HERE!

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Thursday, December 21, 2006

CBS Schedules New Sitcom 'Rules of Engagement', Moves 'Christine', Ends 'Class' Early and 'King' Ends With a Bang

Wow, long head-line today, isn't it? Anyway, CBS will be launching its new mid-season sitcom Rules of Engagement on Monday, February 5 at 9:30 p.m. airing in that slot until April. CBS will use the Super Bowl the previous night as a promotional platform for the new sitcom that is about different phases of the male/female relationship as seen through the eyes of a newly engaged couple, a long-married pair and a single guy. The show will star David Spade, Megyn Price and Patrick Warburton. This move will put The New Adventures of Old Christine on hiatus until March 12, where it will move to its new Monday at 8:30 p.m. slot for the rest of the season. The current slot occupant, the rookie sitcom The Class, will have its episode order completed after its March 5 airing. Rules will ends its run after the April 2 airing and thus veteran sitcom The King of Queens will return for its last batch of episodes airing at 9:30 p.m. That is a proper send-off for the sitcom ending its run after nine seasons.
Finally, this looks to be good moves, as 8:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. will be all new episodes of sitcoms from Jan-May. The question will remain, will The Class return next season? Right now, it doesn't look good, especially if Rules hits.

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Wednesday, December 20, 2006

AmericanLife TV January Highlights; More 'Mama' on CMT; Spike Re-Adds 'A-Team'

The network for baby boomers, AmericanLife TV has given out their January highlights that feature classic guest stars on each night of the week! Highlights include Combat!'s Pilot Episode, Emmy-nominated episodes of I'll Fly Away and Homefront, and guest appearances by The Beverly Hillbillies' Jed and Jethro on Maverick and 77 Sunset Strip. And if that's not enough for you, catch an episode of the sitcom The Courtship of Eddie's Father, which features astronaut L. Gordon Cooper as he prepares for the Apollo 13 mission, later chronicled by Ron Howard in the movie of the same name – but with nobody playing Cooper. After filming this episode, Cooper was replaced on the flight roster and never went on the problem-plagued flight. Cool!!
Click HERE for complete highlights for January 2007 that will make you 'jump' for joy because there is even a Gordon Jump (WKRP) sighting on Harry O!

We told you some days back that CMT is airing Mama's Family on Dec. 30 and Jan 2 & 3, now we have learned of even MORE dates for Mama! Mama's Family will also air on Monday, January 8 from 5 to 7 p.m. & 11 p.m. to 2 a.m. and on Tuesday, January 9 from 8 to 10 p.m. We will keep you up to date if we hear of any more airings! Catch them all when you can!

Spike TV will re-add The A-Team to weekday mornings at 9 a.m. ET/PT starting January 2, replacing Blind Date. Also, starting Jan. 2, the network will add its new acquisition Star Trek Voyager to weekdays at 5 & 6 p.m. Star Trek: The Next Generation will now be 3 & 4 p.m., with Star Trek Deep Space 9 still at 2 p.m. The Equalizer, which was airing at 10 a.m., seems to be gone. Another episode of World's Wildest Police Videos has replaced it. I don't know when that happened, though.

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Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Fox Moves 'King' and 'Dad' Slots, Keeps 'War' on Thursday; TBS Wants More 'Boys'; Remembering Joseph Barbera

One of the longest-running comedies on television, King of the Hill returns for its 11th season at a new date and time, Sunday, Jan. 28 at 8:30 PM ET/PT on FOX (previously it was announced for Sunday, Jan. 21, 7:30 PM ET/PT). The animated comedy will be airing at 8:30 PM now because sitcom The War at Home will be moving to Thursdays at 8:30 PM until further notice after holding a good portion of 'Til Death's numbers this past Thursday. American Dad will now slide over to 9:30 PM on Sundays, meaning Fox Sunday will truly be now "Animation Domination." Fox will likely air encores in the 7 p.m. hour now.

TBS ordered nine more episodes of its original sitcom My Boys. The show has been a success so far, averaging more than 1 million adults 18-49 over six episodes. It will go back into production in early 2007, with the new episodes premiering this summer.
My Boys, which stars Jordana Spiro as a sportswriter with guy best friends, will finish its first batch of episodes over holiday weekend, with two new episodes on both Dec. 26 and Dec. 27 and the finale Dec. 28. No word yet if TBS's other original sitcom (10 Items Or Less) will get a similar additional episode order.

Legendary Hollywood animator Joseph Barbera, whose characters Fred & Wilma Flintstone and Scooby-Doo made generations of people laugh, died on Monday the Warner Bros. film studio said in a statement. Barbera founded Hanna-Barbera Studios with his partner William Hanna nearly 50 years ago, and it grew to become one of Hollywood's best known animation companies producing hundreds of cartoons and winning numerous awards. William Hanna died in 2001, so now both of them are together again up their in the heavens. They both produced or created over 300 animated series. Almost everyone, if not all, has seen at least an episode of one of their series. SOME of the classic series include The Flintstones, The Jetsons, Yogi Bear, Scooby-Doo Where Are You?, Smurfs, Space Ghost, Superfriends, Top Cat, Jonny Quest, Tom & Jerry, and even sitcoms that turned into animated series like The Fonz and the Happy Days Gang and Laverne & Shirley in the Army. Barbera even produced and directed live action comedies such as Love American Style and Abbott & Costello.
Mr. Barbera lived a long and successful life and was 95.

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Monday, December 18, 2006

TV Land Makes Some Changes, More 'Andy' and 'Beaver', 'What's Happening' Gone; TV Land Discusses New Original Series

We are breaking in bright and early at midnight ET to let you know TV Land has made changes that will start later today (Monday, Dec. 18). TV Land has decided to air The Andy Griffith Show in a two-hour block. It is currently airing at 8 & 8:30 p.m. with an encore at 1:10 a.m. and 1:45 a.m., but now they will expand that and add 9 & 9:30 p.m. with an encore at 2:20 a.m. and 2:55 a.m. The 9 & 9:30 p.m. slot will remove What's Happening!! What's Happening!! came back to the schedule on Dec. 7, so it is quickly off after just a handful of days of airing. Some other changes will start Tuesday, with the evening line-up and overnight line-up changing a bit. Green Acres will now air for a full hour at 5 p.m. (it was just 5 p.m. before), Leave it to Beaver was at 5:30 p.m., but now it will air for a full hour at 6 p.m., replacing All in the Family. All in the Family will still air at 12:30 p.m. and 1 p.m. weekdays. The overnight changes are a result of Andy being added with two more slots, so The Jeffersons, Sanford & Son, Green Acres, and Leave it to Beaver will slide an hour ahead (3:30am-6am now, before it was 2:20am-5am), and Little House on the Prairie's encore at 5 a.m. will be gone as a result. Confused? Check the changes out in a list format by clicking HERE.

We stick with TV Land today for more news. We mentioned last week TV Land has slotted a new original for 6 episodes starting Jan. 10 called Myths & Legends, but now TV Land has given much more details on it. TV Land takes a look at the most compelling and intriguing mysteries in Hollywood with the premiere of TV Land Myths and Legends on Wednesday, January 10 at 10 p.m. (all times ET/PT). From delving into the secret of which of Carly Simon's former lovers inspired her hit song "You're So Vain", to the truth behind a possible Poltergeist curse, to if Lucille Ball was a Communist, to if Gilligan's Island was a metaphor for hell, to whether Barry Williams was really high during an episode of The Brady Bunch -- this six-part series goes behind-the-scenes to investigate Hollywood's most fabled myths and legends.
Full episode info and dates are HERE.

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Sunday, December 17, 2006

Week 13: How the Sitcoms Did

We don't have final numbers for the first four nights for Week 13, so we won't bring that to you...we apologize. The analysis is also not in session today due to plenty of repeats, we might not return that until January, but how the sitcoms did are available today:

Week 13 numbers (first four nights, Mon-Thu):

Households: N/A
Total Viewers: N/A
Adults 18-49: N/A

Analysis: N/A


Last Sunday Sitcoms (counts for week of Dec. 4-10)

  • Reba (The CW) 2 episodes - A repeat and new episode did decent, up from last week. The repeat did 2.93 million and a new episode built on that and did 3.91 million, the highest rated CW sitcom by far.
  • The Simpsons (Fox) 2 episodes - A repeat at 7:30 didn't do much with 5.37 million but a new episode following that did 8.31 million, down from normal first run episodes.
  • American Dad (Fox) 2 episodes - A repeat at 7pm lost to the CW and did 2.87 million but a new episode at 8:30pm did better of course with 7.11 million, down from usual first run numbers though.
  • Family Guy (Fox) 2 episodes - Back-to-back repeats in the 9pm hour did OK with 7.51 and 6.73 million.

Monday Sitcoms

  • How I Met Your Mother (CBS) - The last first run episode before the holidays did pretty good, but not up to potential with 8.66 million.
  • The Class (CBS) - Finally after many weeks, this sitcom built on its lead-in and did 8.7 million!
  • Two and a Half Men (CBS) - 15.69 million for this sitcom dominating the sitcom world.
  • New Adventures of Old Christine (CBS) - 11.96 million...CBS should consider leading this show the night off come March or so when they debut their new mid-season sitcom.
  • CW Monday Comedies: Chris, All of Us, Girfriends, The Game. News episode of Chris started it off with 2.8 million, that should be much better. The rest ranged 2.71 to 2.81 million--VERY consistent. While this is no UPN Monday, this is at least consistent.


Tuesday Sitcoms

  • Big Day (ABC) - 4.77 million for episode three, down from last week's 6.31 million and the premiere's 7.55 million. This week there will be two episodes, and until further notice. ABC doesn't want below 5 million again, so hopefully it goes up.
  • Help Me Help You (ABC) - 3.54 million down from last week's 5.02 million is nothing to write home about...in fact ABC has written the show off the schedule because of this weak showing, even Reba did better on Sunday.

Wednesday Sitcoms
  • The King of Queens (CBS) 2 episodes - Last week the premiere episodes did 9.42 and 10.17 million, this week it dropped slightly to 9.02 and 9.04 million but still it is doing better than the Monday 8-9pm comedies. Coming this week ABC's George Lopez Christmas encore episodes will battle Kevin James and company.
Thursday Sitcoms
  • The Office (NBC) - One hour Christmas episode did decent. We don't have final numbers did fast nationals had the hour at a 5.3/9 rating and a 3.9 A18-49 rating.
  • Scrubs (NBC) - No final numbers for this either but it held on to much of the lead-in with a 5.1/8 fast national rating.
  • 30 Rock (NBC) - A drop from the lead-in to a 4.0/6...disappointing since CBS and ABC were in repeats.
  • 'Til Death (Fox) - A 3.1 is nothing to write home about.
  • The War at Home (Fox) - In its first outing on its new night and time the show did just 2.7/4 rating, but in its defense it held much more of a percentage from the lead-in than the canceled Happy Hour.
Friday Sitcoms
None.

Saturday Sitcoms
None.

Airing tonight (Sunday) are a mix of new and repeats of Fox comedies and Reba on The CW.

Summing it up. Two and a Half Men, The King of Queens, The Class, 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 Scrubs) or just plain old terrible (such as Help Me Help You and The War at Home).

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Saturday, December 16, 2006

Mini-DVD Reviews: JAG: The Complete Second Season (Nov. 7) and He-Man Season 2, Volume 2 (Sept. 19)

Welcome to another Saturday edition of mini-DVD reviews! Today we have double the pleasure of reviews, with two mini-DVD reviews for you that have been released but you can buy them just in time for Christmas! This week we take a look at CBS DVD's Second Season of JAG and BCI's Season 2 Volume 2 of He-Man. JAG was a huge hit for CBS and this season is where it started on the network, as the first season was on NBC. If you are a fan of Navy NCIS, you know that NCIS is a spin-off of JAG. He-Man of course was one of the most popular '80s animated series and one of the most known animated series of all-time. See Seth Thrasher's mini-DVD review of JAG - The Complete Second Season and my mini-DVD review of He-Man - Season 2 Volume 2:

JAG - The Complete Second Season (CBS, $64.99) brings us the first 15 episodes after the series cancellation by NBC and pickup by CBS! This season introduces us to Major/Lt. Col. Sarah "Mac" McKenzie, played by Catherine Bell. The series was canceled by NBC in 1996 after one season and a 77th place finish in the ratings. CBS saw the potential in the series, and picked it up in January 1997. The show finished out 16 episodes that year, and performed strongly enough for CBS to renew it. Admittedly, this isn't my favorite season, so I can't really speak as well for some of this year's episodes. The episode Full Engagement I do like – Harm takes Mac for a flight, but has to make an emergency landing in the mountains. They surprise a band of poachers who just murdered a game warden, and now want to kill Harm and Mac. I'm also a fan of The Guardian, in which the duo defend a former Navy Seal turned homeless man accused of killing three men who tried to hold up a convenience store.
Menus are as plain as can be - Paramount/CBS's releases have almost always disappointed me when it comes to menus. Only a few sets does it look like more effort is put in. In JAG's case, there is nothing but a still image with all the options on a single page. In this instance, the top half of the front cover art (everything below the JAG logo) is the menu picture, with the menu options (at top) and Complete Second Season text (at bottom) in front of the photo on a grid. I really don't get how NCIS (a spin-off series) can have such wonderful menus while JAG's are so poor. Video quality and audio quality are good. The show is about ten years old, but looks like it was recorded yesterday (lack of HDTV aside). Run-times are in the 46:00 to 47:00, which is about right for the mid-to-late 90s. Chapter stops at the end of each scene. Special features include three commentary tracks, plus the "Setting Sail on Season 2" production feature, and an "Inside the Real JAG Corps" feature, similar to what they did on NCIS S2.
If you're a fan of the show, you've probably picked this up by now, and hopefully you're enjoying it. But with only 15 episodes, minimal features, at a season that may not necessarily be the best in the run, I can't recommend it for blind buys. ESPECIALLY at a $65 MSRP. That's absurd for a DVD set with FIFTEEN episodes. Maybe a rental.

-- Reviewed by Seth Thrasher
(3.5/5 stars)

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He-Man - Season 2, Volume 2 (BCI, $49.98) brings the final 32 episodes from the series' second and final season. BCI has done a VERY nice job with this series. The series had two seasons, but each season had 65 episodes each. Like Thundercats, this was a first-run syndicated series and aired weekdays after school in the 80s, so every day was basically a new episode. BCI had two volumes for each season, which was a smart move. So, of the 130 episodes, we got them on just four six-disc sets...not bad at all. Plus extras were included. And now the final episodes are on DVD, meaning we have the entire series now on DVD! Comparing the He-Man and Thundercats DVDs, I think He-Man's sets were produced with more quality and the price is cheaper, too...Warner did a great job with Thundercats, but BCI did even a better job with He-Man. I wish BCI released Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles too, because Lionsgate is doing a lousy job on the video quality and the series is coming out in just 12-13 episodes a set. BCI would have done at least 30 episodes a set and with great extras, oh well...back to He-Man. In these finale episodes we have lots of action and adventure and of course the morals! It was so much fun back then watching this show, and it still is on these DVDs. The menu screen has the options of Play All, Episodes, and Settings, with nice animated menus. There are two different versions of the animated menus, discs one, three and five have one version; and discs two and four have another. Nice change. Disc 6 has all extras so that is different. When we select a sub-menu we get a nice transition music or even a nice transition video. When we select Settings, we change from English to Spanish, or vice versa. When we go to Episodes, nice animation and music plays with the episode title listed, you can choose play or select chapters to get to a scene faster. If it has commentary you can turn it on or off from here, too. The director and writers of each episode are listed along with a nice long synopsis of the episode. This is the most informative episode menu I have ever seen. Nicely done! Chapters sub-menu has 4 stops with a nice little video in the box of each and interesting facts from Orko on the right...again informative! The video is on par with the other volumes and the audio is also decent. The show is older than Turtles, and it looks SO much better than those DVDs...shame on Lionsgate. The packaging is the same style as the other sets, a nice outer box with a very nice looking digipak. There are nice images on the digipak along with memorable quotes from the episodes on this set. Each disc has its own section, so no overlapping and easy to take out. A nice episode booklet comes with the set that details so much along with two collectible 4 X 6 cards by two wonderful artists. On the episode itself, each one runs around 21:30 or so. When you choose an episode it shows a black screen with the words He-Man and the announcer says He-Man! There are three audio commentary episodes on this set. On disc one we have one for "The Greatest Show on Eternia," disc four has one for "The Problem with Power" and disc five has one for "Bargain with Evil." The commentary is hosted by the producer of this DVD Andy Mangels and has commentary from crew members from the show: Lou & Erika Scheimer, Larry DiTillio, Tom Sito, Tom Tataranowicz, and Dave Teague. As for the rest of the extras, they are all on disc six. Disc six seems to have the closing theme playing in the background. All the extras are listed on the main menu. The first option is Documentary Features, there are two of them: "The Stories of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe Season 2 Part 2" and this runs 34:15. The creators reveal inside secrets from episodes 99-130, which are on this set. The next documentary is "Animating He-Man and the Masters of the Universe" and this runs 36:27. See how the "Power" was created! Then the next extra is called "Character Profiles." 50 detailed profiles of various Characters, Creatures and Artifacts. When selecting one from each category, you get some text and you can play a little clip related to what you chose. Very cool. Then we have "Animated Storyboards." This is very interesting and I have never seen this done on DVD...the episode plays in Picture-in-Picture with the storyboards playing as the main video, you can switch to Episode View and the storyboards would go in the PIP while the episode goes to the main video, or you can choose Side-by-Side view and have both the same size. There are two episodes that this can be done for..."Revenge is Never Sweet" and "The Problem with Power." Then we have 5 scripts from episodes that can be accessed on your computer via DVD-ROM. They are in PDF format, so you will need Adobe Acrobat. Then we have a 1:06 trailer for The New Adventures of He-Man Season 1, Volume 1 coming soon (Dec. 26, that is). We hope to give you a mini on that in the coming weeks. Finally, we have an Image Gallery where we can see various Background Artwork and Character Design Sheets.
This is indeed a wonderful set and BCI should be very proud how they handled this series. Fans of this show have not seen the show on TV in years and the DVDs BCI produced were of high class. They are releasing spin-off She-Ra as we speak and The New Adventures of He-Man is coming in a few weeks. By the power of Grayskull I give you the power to buy this DVD by clicking on the link below! He-Man!
-- Reviewed by Pavan
(5/5 stars)

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Friday, December 15, 2006

i Network January Programming; In2TV's Christmas Episodes Channel; ABC Dumps 'Money', 'Day Break'

The i Network has announced its January programming. There still is not any time slot additions really. Though, Saturdays will now start at 7 p.m. rather than 8 p.m. Sun-Fri will start at 6 p.m., like usual. Growing Pains which got a few weeks at 9 p.m. has now regularly taken over the 7 p.m. hour until further notice, so Amen is out of the picture right now and there is no word when it will return. Diagnosis Murder and Charlie's Angels will continue to air 9-11pm in January. On Fridays, i will remove the 6-8pm block of Monkees, Partridge Family and Welcome Back Kotter for ION Health Episodes and Growing Pains. No word on when those sitcoms will return. Saturdays will be two movies now from 7-11pm, as the ION Health Episodes have shifted to Fridays. Sundays will also get a makeover with Bonanza and Kung Fu returning and airing 6-8pm, replacing Mama's Family and the start of the 7pm movie. The movie now starts at 8pm and runs until 10pm leading into Kojak, which joins the line-up. Now, when the 8pm movie runs over 2 hours, Adam-12 will air at 10:30pm. In January that is only the case once (Jan. 7).
Remember i Network makes a lot of changes, so this is all subject to change. So, when they do make changes, we will of course let you know first. Anyway, for full details on the i Network January line-up, click HERE.

The online service In2TV, which features classic TV episodes, is going to bring us an all-new channel for the holidays! In2TV presents the 12 Days of Christmas with great cartoon specials from classic characters like Bugs Bunny, Flintstones and Yogi Bear. Movies that will warm the heart including The Gathering, Miracle in the Wilderness and A Christmas Without Snow. And it wouldn't be Christmas without your favorite In2TV sitcoms Alice, Welcome Back, Kotter and Perfect Strangers.
In2TV has created a whole channel just for the Christmas Episodes, Specials and Movies. They are broken down into sections:
Bugs Bunny, Flintstones: Features Bugs Bunny's Looney Christmas Tales, A Flintstone Christmas Carol, A Flintstone Christmas.
Smurfs, Yogu Bear, Casper & More: Features The Smurfs Christmas, 'Tis the Season to Be Smurfy, Yogi's All-Star Comedy Christmas, Yogi's First Christmas, The Town That Santa Forgot, A Christmas Without Snow, Casper's First Christmas, Christmas Comes to Pac-Land, Cabbage Patch Kids' Christmas.
Mary-Kate & Ashley: Features The Case of the Christmas Caper, Mary-Kate & Ashley's Christmas Party.
More Holiday Films: Features A Christmas Story animated, A Christmas Without Snow, Miracle in the Wilderness, Smudge, The Gathering, The Gathering Part 2, The Little Troll Prince.
Holiday Episodes of Your Favorite In2TV Shows: Features holiday episodes of:
Alice: "A Semi-Merry Christmas," "Mel's Christmas Carol," "'Tis the Season to Be Jealous"
Batman the Animated Series: "Christmas with the Joker"
Eight is Enough: "Yes Nicholas, There Is a Santa Claus" Parts 1 and 2
The F.B.I.: "Dark Christmas"
Gilligan's Island: "Birds Gotta Fly, Fish Gotta Swim"
Hangin' with Mr. Cooper: "Christmas"
Joey: "Joey and the Plot Twist"
Kirk: "The Christmas Show"
Perfect Strangers: "A Christmas Story"
Scarecrow & Mrs. King: "Santa's Got a Brand New Bag"
Scarecrow & Mrs. King: "The Long Christmas Eve"
Welcome Back, Kotter: "A Sweathog Christmas Special" and "A Winter's Coat Tail"

BREAKING NEWS: ABC has pulled Show Me the Money and Day Break from the line-up effective next Wednesday. Both shows will be replaced by holiday episode encores of George Lopez and According to Jim this Wednesday. Dec. 27 will have a George Lopez marathon before ABC's new Wednesday comedy line-up launches Jan. 3 of all-new episodes of According to Jim, Knights of Prosperity and In Case of Emergency. That night of comedy will encore on Friday, Jan. 5, too.
Show Me the Money was scheduled to move to Tuesday starting Jan. 2, but that will not be the case anymore and ABC has temporary slotted encores of America's Funniest Home Video for Tuesdays at 8. ABC is working on bringing in Oprah Winfrey's show The Big Give by as early as February. 8 episodes have been ordered, and as of now Tuesdays at 8 looks good.
While with repeats of signature ABC shows and bad numbers for shows like Help Me Help You, Day Break and Show Me the Money, ABC has had a December not to remember. The Tuesday holiday specials and holiday movies have been a bright spot though, and ABC will do well this Sunday with the network premiere of The Santa Clause 2. It will look much better in January when the signature shows return with new episodes and especially after February when mega hits like Dancing with the Stars and Lost return from hiatus. ABC still has a great chance of winning the season in adults 18-49, despite this bump. Root for and watch the new sitcoms (and Jim and George)! We need some new sitcom hits!
For the complete last minute changes ABC made, which make us happy because we see more sitcoms, click HERE.

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Thursday, December 14, 2006

TV Land January Sees 'M*A*S*H'; ABC Pulls Danson's 'Help Me Help You'; 'Golden Globes Nominees

As promised today we will give you details on TV Land January! January is only 3 weeks away and TV Land has finally released programming details for that month. Yesterday we gave you details on TV Land not overseeing Nick@Nite anymore (Nickelodeon will program the block now), so now their full attention is on TV Land. First let me say, the off-the-clock scheduling from about 9pm-4am or so will continue. It gets really off the clock from like 12:30am-4am.
TV Land kicks off 2007 in a "MAJOR" way when M*A*S*H -- one of the most successful shows ever seen on television -- debuts on the network with the week-long "Major Major M*A*S*H Marathon." Beginning Monday, January 1 through Sunday, January 7, viewers can ring in the new year with the gang from the 4077th as TV Land airs the following in prime time and over night (8pm-8am): all the major episodes from the series; the original major motion picture of the same name; the 20th and 30th major reunion specials and the major landmark series finale. Throughout each day, TV Land will showcase iconic M*A*S*H performers in guest appearances on other TV Land shows such as Gunsmoke, The Jeffersons, Good Times and The Andy Griffith Show, as well as M*A*S*H episodes in prime time featuring famous guest stars such as John Ritter, Laurence Fishburne and Blythe Danner.
M*A*S*H will air in its regularly scheduled time-slot of every night at 10:30 p.m. and Tuesday & Thursday-Sunday at 10 p.m. (all times ET/PT) beginning Monday, January 8.
Other TV Land schedule changes include the return of Miami Vice and Benson, both will essentially replace Happy Days and MacGyver, both of which have expired. As we mentioned, M*A*S*H will air 10 & 10:30 p.m. (when originals air at 10 p.m., it will be 10:30 p.m. & 11 p.m). The Jeffersons move on up to 11 and 11:30 p.m. In the crazy over night slots, M*A*S*H will air at 1:10am and 1:45am replacing Andy Griffith's over night slots, which slide on over to 2:20am and 2:55am, replacing The Jeffersons' over night slots. Sanford & Son is only going to be on at 3:30 a.m. now. There are no other schedule changes, but there are a few more highlights. TV Land will premiere an all-new original series airing Wednesdays at 10 p.m. starting Jan. 10 called Myths & Legends. Mikey from the Life cereal commercials overdosed on Pop Rocks and soda, causing an explosion in his belly! Paul McCartney is dead! Julia Child dropped a chicken while taping her show, picked it up and continued to dress it, saying, "Remember, you're alone in the kitchen." Did any of this really happen? Myths and Legends sets the record straight about some of the most confused and confounding moments in entertainment history. Finally, TV Land will have a special Cosby Show stunt on Saturday, January 20 from 11 p.m. to 2:10 a.m. and it will encore on Sunday, January 21 from 6 to 9 p.m. ET/PT.
For COMPLETE January details, with highlights and the list of schedule changes, I urge you to click HERE.

ABC has pulled the Ted Danson sitcom Help Me Help You from its schedule effective next week. The sitcom had decent numbers following Dancing with the Stars in October and November on Tuesdays at 9:30pm, but since that show concluded, the sitcom has seen a big drop in the ratings, with its lowest ratings yet this past Tuesday. ABC has said they will bring the show back later in the season. The show has 13 episodes produced and only four episodes remain to air. ABC will replace the show with another episode of sitcom Big Day, which will now air back-to-back new episodes in the 9 p.m. hour, so that show could end much quicker (it should end after Jan. 16 now). ABC has two more sitcoms premiering on Jan. 3 and both of them are laugh out loud funny so let's hope they can succeed because we certainly are in a sitcom drought lately, especially this season. It is sad when the under-performing The Class is the highest rated of the new bunch. So, root for and watch Knights of Prosperity and In Case of Emergency coming Jan. 3 to ABC!

The 64th Annual Golden Globes Awards nominees have been announced! ABC leads the broadcast nominees with 11, followed by NBC with 9, Fox with 3 and CBS with just 1. The telecast airs Monday, Jan. 15 on NBC. Here are the comedy nominees:

BEST TELEVISION SERIES – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES (ABC)
ENTOURAGE (HBO)
THE OFFICE (NBC)
UGLY BETTY (ABC)
WEEDS (SHOWTIME)

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
MARCIA CROSS, DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES (ABC)
AMERICA FERRERA, UGLY BETTY (ABC)
FELICITY HUFFMAN, DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES (ABC)
JULIA LOUIS-DREYFUS, THE NEW ADVENTURES OF OLD CHRISTINE (CBS)
MARY-LOUISE PARKER, WEEDS (SHOWTIME)

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
ALEC BALDWIN, 30 ROCK (NBC)
ZACH BRAFF, SCRUBS (NBC)
STEVE CARRELL, THE OFFICE (NBC)
JASON LEE, MY NAME IS EARL (NBC)
TONY SHALHOUB, MONK (USA NETWORK)

For the FULL list of television nominees, which include Lost, House, and Grey's Anatomy battling for Best TV Drama, click HERE.

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Wednesday, December 13, 2006

'Raymond' Co-Star Peter Boyle Passes Away at 71; Nick@Nite January 2007 Schedule

We have some pretty shocking sad news to tell you. Legendary actor Peter Boyle has passed away. He passed away last night at New York Presbyterian Hospital. He had been suffering from multiple myeloma and heart disease. He is best remembered probably for his role as Ray Romano's father on the massive hit sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond that ran from 1996-2005. Most probably didn't know he had health problems over the years. In 1990, Boyle had a stroke and couldn't talk for six months. In 1999, he had a heart attack on the Raymond set. He soon regained his health, however, and returned to the series. Boyle was still working quite actively and just last month he co-starred in the holiday movie series The Santa Clause 3 starring Tim Allen (he has also appeared on the first two installments). Boyle also still a movie or two yet to be released. He was set to start filming on a new movie this February called Chatham.
Mr. Boyle has starred or co-starred in many movies and has appeared on many TV series as a guest such as The King of Queens & Cosby (portraying his role from Raymond), The Single Guy, Lois & Clark, The X-Files, NYPD Blue, Flying Blind, Midnight Caller, Cagney & Lacey, and Tripping the Rift. He was a regular on two very short lived shows called Philly Heat and Joe Bash. He also had an infamous failed pilot called Poochinski, where Boyle starred as a hard boiled cop who was killed in the line of duty and his soul goes into the body of a dog he had befriended.
Lately he had been co-starring in a number of big motion pictures, as we mentioned the Santa Clause movie series, Scooby Doo 2, The Adventures of Pluto Nash, Monsters Ball, and Dr. Dolittle. He even hosted an episode of Saturday Night Live in 1976, but it was Everybody Loves Raymond for who people will remember him for. He was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy series for 7 straight years (1999-2005). He never won an Emmy for the show but he did win an Emmy in 1996 for his guest spot on The X-Files and was also nominated in 1989 for his guest spot on Midnight Caller and his first nomination was in 1977 for the TV-movie Tail Gunner Joe.
While this is certainly shocking news for mostly everyone out there, let's look back and remember Mr. Boyle by watching his work. He will be deeply missed by not only the sitcom world, but everyone. He was 71.

Turning to Nick@Nite, they have released their January line-up and one thing stands out...no more off-the clock scheduling! Why? I think I know why. Nickelodeon is now running Nick@Nite. TV Land is not going to be overseeing Nick@Nite anymore, so Nickelodeon will be controlling the Nick@Nite block. Thus, we have no more off the clock scheduling. They have also removed shows that really don't fit the network. Designing Women, Murphy Brown and NewsRadio. All three will be removed after this week. We mentioned the latter two yesterday, but didn't mention Designing Women. That show was airing Thursday nights in the mini-marathon, but starting next week Fresh Prince minis will take over for the final two weeks in December. So, what will happen in January? Well, Nick@Nite will basically focus on four family-friendly shows that fit the Nickelodeon brand. They will have two back-to-back blocks of Full House, Roseanne, Fresh Prince and The Cosby Show. For example, Full House will air 9pm-10am and 1am-2am. The schedule after 11pm will be the same every night. Nick@Nite doesn't program 9-10pm on Fridays and Saturdays, so Full House will air 10-11pm, where Roseanne airs Sun-Thurs. So what happened to A Different World and Mad About You? They are around...sort of. They will share the 5am half-hour. Mad About You will air Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays; while A Different World will air Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Full House will remain at 5:30am, meaning Full House will now air the most with five airings a night. I guess with Nickelodeon now overseeing and programming the Nick@Nite block the amount of special programming and marathons will be limited, as in January there are none at all.
To see the full January 2007 line-up click HERE. I know we promised TV Land's January line-up today, but we are still working on a few details, so we hope to bring that to you tomorrow! So come back then to find out when M*A*S*H will air!

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Tuesday, December 12, 2006

'Mama's Family' Blocks on CMT; Nick@Nite Pulls 'Murphy', 'NewsRadio'

Mama's Family is coming back to cable in some sort of way starting later this month! The popular '80s sitcom will air in a 10-episode marathon on Saturday, December 30 from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. ET/PT on CMT - Country Music Television. The first ten episodes are scheduled to air on that evening. That is part of CMT's New Year's Weekend, with a Hee Haw 10-episode marathon scheduled on New Year's Eve (Dec. 31) from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. ET/PT. On New Year's Day, spend the first day of the year with The Dukes of Hazzard from 12 noon to 2 a.m., with a mix of classic episodes, the Reunion movie, Inside Fame special, and the Dukes in Hollywood movie. And if you missed those Mama's Family and Hee Haw episodes, CMT will re-air them in two blocks. Mama's Family on Tuesday, Jan. 2 from 8 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. and Wednesday, Jan. 3 from 11 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Hee Haw will re-air on Tuesday, Jan. 2 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Wednesday, Jan. 3 from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.
It is still not confirmed if they have any plans for Mama's Family to be a part of their regular line-up, as CMT has only released their scheduled through Jan. 7 thus far. But you can still watch Mama's Family on broadcast television on the i Network weeknights at 8 & 8:30 p.m.

Nick@Nite has made a schedule change for 5:30 a.m. Full House will start airing every morning at 5:30 a.m. starting this coming Monday night (early Tuesday morning), that will replace Murphy Brown which was airing late Mon-Fri and NewsRadio which was airing late Sat-Sun. Both shows will not be scheduled elsewhere, and thus is off the line-up.
In January Nick@Nite will have some minor schedule changes, and these two shows are not a part of the line-up. We will post January tomorrow, and TV Land January as well, which includes when M*A*S*H will air regularly. So come on back tomorrow for that!

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Monday, December 11, 2006

Fox Finally Releasing 'WKRP' DVD Soon, 'The Loop' Also Coming; TBS Shuffles 'Mullally', 'Saved by the Bell'

20th Century Fox Home Entertainment has hinted on the upcoming DVD set for Stacked (streeting this Tuesday) that they will be releasing the classic '70s sitcom WKRP in Cincinnati and upcoming mid-season sitcom The Loop on DVD soon. They are both listed as "Coming Soon." This is wonderful news and I'm sure fans of WKRP are ecstatic right now. Let's hope all the music will be intact since it has taken so long for this series to come to DVD. The Loop will probably come when Fox launches the second season this mid-season. Todd got our review copy of the Stacked DVD and found this little tidbit on an insert. We will certainly keep you posted of all news on this. Let's hope Fox announces this officially with much more details very soon. WKRP is no where to be found on television these days, so I'm sure fans will flock to the stores like "turkeys" and get this set. Just don't drop that turkey! I hope The Wonder Years is next on their "surprise us" list. Discuss this piece of news with other WKRP fans, by clicking here.
UPDATE: TVShowsonDVD.com has given an update to our news saying the WKRP set is coming in April! They also say that SOME of the music will be indeed replaced. While fans might be a bit disappointed to hear that, the creator of the series has heard some of the replaced music and has given the thumbs up on it. At least we will have some original music though. Let's just hope there is no edits in the content of the show. Click here to view the story.

Looks like The Megan Mullally Show cable encores are not doing well for TBS at 8 AM because as of Dec. 6 they moved the show quietly to 6 AM, and shifting Saved by the Bell from 6-8am to 7-9am. And starting Feb. 1, it seems Mullally will be gone, and replaced by The Cosby Show and The Drew Carey Show from 6-7am weekdays. So Drew is back once more. I believe Drew expires in fall 2007, so this will be its last hurrah unless they renew.

Be sure to come back tomorrow as we will tell you a sitcom that is coming to CMT. Yes, CMT...and no it will NOT be Evening Shade or Jeff Foxworthy Show. We also will likely have TV Land and Nick@Nite January sometime this week...so this will be a big week and you don't want to miss a day, so come back every single day!

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Sunday, December 10, 2006

Week 12 Numbers (First Four Nights); How the Sitcoms Did

Week 12 numbers (first four nights, Mon-Thu):

Households: CBS: 7.8/12.3; NBC: 6.3/9.9; ABC: 5.3/8.3; Fox: 4.2/6.4; The CW: 2.4/3.7.
Total Viewers: CBS: 12.03 million; NBC: 9.86 million; ABC: 7.96 million; Fox: 6.29 million; The CW: 3.6 million.
Adults 18-49: NBC: 3.8/10.1; CBS: 3.7/9.9; ABC: 2.8/7.5; Fox: 2.5/6.5; The CW: 1.6/4.1.

Analysis: The twelfth week saw repeats filtering in with some new episodes here and there. CBS has won households and viewers for 11 straight weeks, and will again this week despite some repeat programming. NBC will likely win Adults 18-49 because of the NFL game this Sunday. As usual, Friday and Saturday numbers are not above, since final numbers are not available yet. CBS has the top spot so far with NBC in second and ABC with repeat mode for all of its big guns in third, still beating the pathetic fall for Fox. On Monday, CBS's CSI: Miami was a repeat and still won the hour easily with 11.58 million, and NBC's Heroes at 9 p.m. was again strong in the 18-49 demo with a 6.5/15 and decent in total viewers with 14.94 million...both down from last week and this was the fall finale; I wonder what will happen come January when Fox's 24 is in the mix? NBC's Deal or No Deal led the night off for NBC with a dominating first place finish and did 17.37 million, slightly down from last week. NBC's Studio 60 is still not doing good with just 7.33 million...only up a few thousand from last week despite CBS in repeats. CBS sitcoms were all in repeats, but the 8pm hour was not good, even if it were repeats a 2.0/6 average in 18-49 is not good for CBS Monday comedies. Two and a Half Men rose from those weak numbers and did 11.55 million for a repeat. Fox did bad for the Billboard Music Awards doing just 6.09 million, down from the usual Fox Monday. ABC saw decent numbers for Mondays as Wife Swap did 7.86 million, down from last week's 8.87 million and the season premiere of Supernanny showed some legs with 9.64 million, almost right on par from last week's Bachelor finale. Tuesday it was a four-network race for the top spot. The ABC special Santa Claus is Comin' to Town opened decently and did 11.05 million, but then the sitcoms Big Day and Help Me Help You wasn't so hot, as they did 6.31 and 5.02 million each. A new Boston Legal doubled from the lead-in and closed the night out with a first place finish of 10.17 million. Fox is doing bad with Standoff leading off but even a repeat of House came back strong and did 11.77 million, building over 5 million from its lead-in--to help Fox nip ABC for total viewers for the night with 8.98 million to ABC's 8.96 million. NBC was in repeats from 9-11pm as at 10pm Law & Order: SVU did a nice 10.08 for a repeat million while an all-new Friday Night Lights continues to under-perform at just 6.13 million, costing NBC the night. Law & Order: CI at 9 p.m. was a repeat and did did 7.93 million, as NBC averaged 8.05 million for the night. CBS was in repeats for NCIS and The Unit, and was still decent with 10.99 and 9.03 million, the Victoria's Secret special at 10 p.m. tumbled and did just 6.78 million making CBS's nightly average go down to 8.93 million, third for the night. Wednesday saw CBS dominate even if its top two guns were in repearts. ABC's Show Me the Money and Day Break continue to perform below expectations, with Money doing 7.1 million and Break just 4.46 million...the latter will be pulled after this month. NBC had an OK Wednesday with The Biggest Loser 3 doing 9.37 million at 9pm but 8pm did just 6.84 million. The out of place Medium did just 8.58 million for an all-new episode. Why not move this to Monday at 10 again? CBS won each hour, as the return of The King of Queens did very good with 9.42 and 10.17 million...this is what CBS Monday 8-9pm should be doing. Criminal Minds and CSI: NY both did very good for repeats and did 13.85 and 12.66 million each. The CW's America's Next Top Model finale did VERY well for the network and did 6.19 million and an impressive 3.0/9 A18-49 rating for second place for the hour behind CBS! Fox did OK business with two Bones repeats did 6.38 and 6.1 million, as this show quietly does well. On Thursday we saw CBS dominate with all-new episodes, as ABC was in repeats from 8-10pm this week. ABC's Grey's Anatomy repeat did 10.55 million at 9pm and in the same slot a new episode of CSI benefited and had 23.25 million. NBC aired all-new episodes of comedies from 8-10pm and did decent for the first hour but saw bleeding from Scrubs and especially 30 Rock, but better than last week. At 8 p.m. ABC continues to do well with Ugly Betty, as the one-hour comedy did decent again with 8.66 million for a repeat; Survivor did 15.72 million but just slightly up from last week despite ABC in repeats. When Survivor finishes, look for the best new comedy to do even better. At 10 p.m. newbie Shark was all-new and did 13.98 million. ER was new and did just 12.02 million, 30 Rock is not helping it. ABC saw decent retention at 10 p.m. with an all-new Men in Trees doing a solid 8.28 million, not bad after a GA repeat. 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 and NBC share the night with CBS's holiday specials and NBC's Law & Order and Las Vegas. CBS's NUMB3RS finished last place at 10 p.m. for a repeat. ABC did better than usual from 9-11pm with Primetime and 20/20. And The CW and Fox battled for last place. Saturday ratings saw everyone doing bad, with CBS winning in viewers and Fox's line-up in 18-49. Heroes encores did pathetic for NBC from 8-10pm. As for tonight, CBS, ABC and NBC will likely share a win, but ABC's Desperate Housewives is not on tonight, but the rest of the ABC line-up is all new, including a special two-hour Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. I expect a close finish in the demo between ABC and NBC and CBS will prevail in total viewers most likely.

Last Sunday Sitcoms (counts for week of Nov. 27-Dec. 3)

  • Reba (The CW) 2 episodes - A repeat and new episode did decent, but down from last week. The repeat did just 2.37 million and a new episode built on that and did 3.4 million, still the highest rated CW sitcom.
  • The Simpsons (Fox) - 8.17 million tuned in for a repeat after the BCS Selection Show.
  • American Dad (Fox) - 6.77 million tuned in for a repeat at a special time of 9:30 p.m.
  • Family Guy (Fox) - An encore dropped some from the lead-in and did 7.77 million.

Monday Sitcoms

  • How I Met Your Mother (CBS) - 6.46 million for a repeat is not good for a CBS Monday comedy.
  • The Class (CBS) - 5.91 million only for a repeat. Will The King of Queens move back to Mondays in January?
  • Two and a Half Men (CBS) - 11.55 million for a repeat still makes this sitcom the highest rated sitcom...how sad.
  • New Adventures of Old Christine (CBS) - 9.25 million for an encore broadcast.
  • CW Monday Comedies: Chris, All of Us, Girfriends, The Game. Repeat episode of Chris started it off with 2.18 million, the highest of the block. The rest ranged 1.86 to 2.13 million--consistent.


Tuesday Sitcoms

  • Big Day (ABC) - 6.31 million tuned in for the much funnier second episode, down from the premiere's 7.55 million. Let's hope it doesn't drop further.
  • Help Me Help You (ABC) - Only 5.0 million last week, this week it did a bit better with 5.02 million, still not good.

Wednesday Sitcoms
  • The King of Queens (CBS) 2 episodes - The show is back and CBS must be happy as the show did very well! 9.42 and 10.17 million for first place and also a first place finish in households (6.2/10, 6.6/10) and 18-49 (3.2/9 and 3.6/10). This show is way stronger than the 8-9pm shows on Mondays, quite sad is this show is in its 9th season now.
Thursday Sitcoms
  • My Name is Earl (NBC) - 10.04 million for a one-hour episode is great.
  • Scrubs (NBC) - With a stronger lead-in this week, the show jumped from last week's 7.72 million to this week's decent 8.38 million.
  • 30 Rock (NBC) - Up from last week's 5.97 million to 6.84 million, not bad but needs to be much better and it is not helping 10pm at all.
  • 'Til Death (Fox) 2 episodes - Repeats did 3.91 and 378 million.
Friday Sitcoms
None.

Saturday Sitcoms
None.

Airing tonight (Sunday) are a mix of new and repeats of Fox comedies and Reba on The CW.

Summing it up. Two and a Half Men, The King of Queens, My Name is Earl and The New Adventures of Old Christine were impressive for the week. Everything else was OK (such as 30 Rock and Scrubs) or just plain old terrible (such as Help Me Help You and a repeat of The Class).

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Saturday, December 09, 2006

Mini-DVD Reviews: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Volume 6 (Dec. 5) and Thundercats Season 2, Volume 2 (Nov. 28)

Welcome to another Saturday edition of mini-DVD reviews! Today we have double the pleasure of reviews, with two mini-DVD reviews for you! This week we take a look at Lionsgate's Volume 6 of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Warner Home Video's Season 2 Volume 2 of Thundercats. Ninja Turtles is of course the hit animated series that caused kids and teens to go crazy for in the late '80s and early '90s. If you were growing up in that era, you were certainly a fan of this cult favorite. The same can be said of Thundercats, except that was more early-mid '80s. See my mini-DVD reviews of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - Volume 5 and Thundercats - Season 2 Volume 2:

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - Volume 6 (Lionsgate, $14.98) brings the final 11 episodes from the series' third season and the season premiere for season four. Like we mentioned in our Volume 5 mini-DVD review, the third season had a total of 47 episodes, so there was no way to do this show in season format. Season one had 5 episodes, so that was on Volume 1. For season 2 there were just 13 episodes, so Lionsgate released that for volume two. But starting in Volume 3 they I guess decided they would release 12 episodes for a set. Volumes 3, 4 and 5 have 12 episodes each from season three. So, 11 remain from that season and are on this current volume (volume 6). Also on this volume is the season premiere from season four. Season four has a total of 39 episodes, so 38 episodes remain of season four after this volume. They'll have to release a few more volumes to finish season four. Maybe 12-13 episodes each. Seasons 5-10 do not have as many episodes as seasons three and four, so it will get better if we get that far. The episodes on this volume are the final 11 from season three and first one from season four: "The Turtle Terminator," "The Great Boldini," "The Missing Map," The Gang's All Here," "The Grybyx," "Mr. Ogg Goes to Town," "Shredderville," "Bye Bye Fly," "The Big Rip-Off," "The Big Break-In," "The Big Blow Out," "Plan 6 from Outer Space." Each episode runs approx. 22:15 or so, some more, some less. The menu screen has an opening animation which is quite nice with the options of Play All Episodes and Episode Selection, with the theme playing (loops) in the background. When we go to episode selection, there is a cool fade with music, saying "heroes in a half shell, Turtle Power!" If you have the first five volumes, there is no stopping you in buying this volume. The video is on par with the other volumes, with dust and debris here and there (lots of white flashing dots from time to time), but the audio is decent. The video needs improvement and Lionsgate needs to fix this. The first episode of season four looked much better but still needs work in video. Hopefully Lionsgate releases the episodes a bit faster since we are only getting one-disc sets. The packaging is the same style as the last few volumes, a single case. Lionsgate needs to fix the video because it looks really VHS style. Other than that, the set is fine. Some extras would be nice and more episodes also. They should take note from Warner Home Video and BCI, who handled Thundercats and He-Man both very well. They both had 65 episode seasons and released two volumes for a season and even had extras. We will review those two sets' final volumes today (Thundercats, see below) and next week (He-Man).
I still urge fans to buy this set despite the video issues, because surprisingly this show is not on TV at all these days (it has been a while, too), so this is the only way to see them. The set was released this past Tuesday, click on the link below to purchase the thrilling final 11 episodes from season three and the continuation of the story on the first episode of season four! Hurry before Shredder and the gang return from Dimension X!
-- Reviewed by Pavan
(3/5 stars)

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Thundercats - Season 2, Volume 2 (Warner, $64.98) brings the final 31 episodes from the series' second and final season. Warner Home Video has done a nice job with this series. The series had two seasons, but each season had 65 episodes each. This was a first-run syndicated series and aired weekdays after school in the 80s, so every day was basically a new episode. WHV had two volumes for each season, which was a smart move. So, of the 130 episodes, we got them on just four six-disc sets...not bad at all. Plus extras were included. And now the final episodes are on DVD, meaning we have the entire series now on DVD!In these finale episodes we have lots of action and adventure with episodes like the 5-part episode, "The Return of Thundera" and the final episode "The Book of Omens." It was so much fun back then watching this show, and it still is. Lion-O, Cheetara, Panthro, Tygra, Wilykat,, Snarf and the rest of the gang battle the evil Mumm-Ra. Back in the 80s I always thought Mumm-Ra and Skeletor from He-Man were so similar. The menu screen has the options of Play All, Episodes, Special Features and Languages, with the instrumental theme playing (loops) in the background. When we go to episode selection, the episodes on the disc are listed. Special Features option is on each disc, but there are only extras on the last disc. Languages option has an option to listen in English or French and have subtitles in Spanish. If you have the first three sets, then you must buy this set to find out how the series ends. The video is on par with the other volumes and the audio is also decent. The packaging is the same style as the other sets, a nice outer box with three cases inside. On the episode itself, each one runs around 22:15 or so. The 5-five part episode ("Return to Thundera") has the special intro that aired before the opening credits introducing what will happen this week. Parts 1-4 at the end (before the closing credits) has the "in the next episode" preview, while parts 2-5 has "in the last episode" recap before the opening credits. Nice job, Warner. Part 4 runs 21:25, but I'm sure nothing is edited. There are no chapters...which is not good. All sets should have this. Closing logos are intact with Rankin Bass and Lorimar-Telepictures. As for extras, they are all on disc six. Disc six starts off with auto-trailers, showing us some movie trailers such as TMNT coming March 30, 2007--I had no idea another Turtles movie was coming! I'm happy! There are also Previews in the Special Features section for other animated DVD sets. The real extra is "Thundercats Ultimate Adventure Challenge." It has a 1:06 intro narrated by Lion-O and explains what we have to do. We have to find the hidden path by answering a series of questions and riddles to defeat Mumm-Ra, if we fail he will rule the planet. So, get your brains ready!
This is truly a great set and please buy this set to help Lion-O defeat Mumm-Ra in this final showdown on Third Earth. Let's beat this Ancient Spirit of Evil once and for all!
-- Reviewed by Pavan
(4/5 stars)

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Friday, December 08, 2006

'The Waltons' Return to the Hallmark Channel; TV Land/Nick@Nite January Status

After not airing for the last 2 1/2 weeks or so, The Waltons will return to the Hallmark Channel line-up starting Wednesday, December 13 airing Monday to Friday mornings at 8 a.m. and 9 a.m., replacing four episodes of M*A*S*H. M*A*S*H will continue to air in its other slots (5:00-7:00 p.m.). For those of you who are fans of The Waltons and is wondering what episode they will start on, I can tell you that they will start from the episode titled "The Burden," where Jim-Bob announces his calling to the ministry after he has a brush with death. And we stated that The Waltons' contract expires April 2007, we were mistaken. It is April, but in 2009, not 2007. So, at least two more years of the show on the network.

We have gotten a lot of questions on TV Land and Nick@Nite's January schedules. They have not been officially released yet still, but I can tell you there will be no changes on Nick@Nite but the "off-the-clock" times will finally be gone, so you can catch your shows on the right times now. I don't think there are any stunts or specials either for Nick@Nite January.
As for TV Land, they have a huge M*A*S*H launch week planned for Jan. 1-7, with classic M*A*S*H episodes, the M*A*S*H theatrical movie, the series finale, the 20th anniversary special, and the 30th anniversary special airing between 8 p.m. and 8 a.m. on that week. During the day (8 a.m. to 8 p.m.), catch an assortment of M*A*S*H actors on other shows like Gunsmoke, The Andy Griffith Show, The Jeffersons, Good Times, and more. We will have the official news when released on the entire month, including the regular time-slot for M*A*S*H.

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Thursday, December 07, 2006

What's Happening!! Returns to TV Land Line-Up TONIGHT; i Network Returns 'Charlie's Angels', Other Changes

The classic '70s sitcom What's Happening!! is making its way back to the TV Land regular line-up after a short hiatus. The sitcom will join the line-up starting tonight (Thursday, December 7) and will air every night at 9 and 9:30 p.m. ET/PT, replacing Star Trek. Star Trek will still run every night at 12 midnight and mornings at 7 a.m.

The i Network continues to make changes week to week with their line-up. Growing Pains, which has been extended already this week at 9 p.m., will be extended for the week of Dec. 11-14 now, too, but this time in the 7 p.m. hour replacing Amen for the week. Amen is slated to return to its slot the week of Dec. 18, as of now. coming back after a few weeks off from the regular line-up is Charlie's Angels, but not in its old 9 p.m. slot. Now it will air at 10 p.m. until further notice, replacing Diagnosis Murder, which will shift to 9 p.m. until further notice.
For the full changes, click HERE, it also includes a holiday special night on Dec. 15 filled with specials, Mama's Family and a movie.

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Wednesday, December 06, 2006

ABC Family Returns 'Smallville' to Line-up This January; Full Top 100 Catchphrases List for TV Land Special

ABC Family Channel will bring back the supernatural drama Smallville back to the regular line-up this January. After having an all-day marathon in late December, the show will return Jan. 2, and will air Tues-Fri at 7 p.m. There are no other schedule changes, which means 7th Heaven is still off the line-up, as of now. 7th Heaven left the line-up earlier this month so that the 25 Days of Christmas can air every night in prime-time from 7-11pm. Elsewhere on ABC Family, they will have a 10 episode-10 hour Ugly Betty marathon on New Year's Eve starting at 9 a.m. Catch all 10 episodes of the best new rookie series and gear up for more episodes starting this January on ABC. On New Year's Day get ready for an all-new season of the original series Wildfire from 7am-10pm. The show will air every Monday at 8 & 9 p.m. Another new original will start January 8 and will air Mondays at 7 p.m., this series is called Lincoln Heights. There are no new sitcoms or sitcom movies in January, so everything will stay put.

TV Land has given the entire list for The 100 Greatest TV Quotes & Catchphrases which premieres over five consecutive nights starting on Monday, December 11th at 10 P.M. ET/PT. If you want to be spoiled and want to see the list, click HERE. Read at your own risk! And we of course knew Yabba dabba do!, Here's Johnny!, D'oh! and Whatchoo talkin' 'bout, Willis? would make the top 10. So, I'm not spoiling you!

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Tuesday, December 05, 2006

ABC Announces Timeslots for New & Returning Sitcoms, 'Knights', ' Emergency', 'Jim' & 'George', 'Lost' Moves to 10PM; Minor i Network Update

ABC has announced some of its January plans today, mainly Tuesdays and Wednesdays. They will debut two highly praised sitcoms The Knights of Prosperity and In Case of Emergency on Wednesday, January 3 airing from 9 to 10 p.m. I have seen the pilot for The Knights of Prosperity and it is VERY hilarious. They both will be replacing Day Break, which will probably be moved to 10 p.m. or even moved to Fridays, it is not certain just yet. ABC still has the five-part series Primetime: Basic Instincts scheduled on Jan. 3, its last episode, so it is more than likely Day Break will be on the move or even removed before its 13 episode run. ABC could opt to air repeats of Lost at 10 p.m. starting January 10, but what is for sure certain, when Lost returns with all-new episodes on February 7, it will be airing at 10 p.m., away from Fox's American Idol. This will help ABC's recent Wednesdays at 10 p.m. problem. Also on the move is new game show Show Me the Money. It will be moving to Tuesdays at 8 p.m. starting January 2. Airing Wednesdays at 8 p.m. now will be returning sitcom According to Jim for a full-hour for three consecutive Wednesdays (Jan. 3-17), then starting January 24 it will air weekly at 8:30 p.m., with another veteran George Lopez, airing at 8 p.m. starting January 24.
ABC has not released yet on what they plan to do with other nights, such as Fridays. Tuesdays at 9 is also a question mark right now, as Big Day and Help Me Help You are scheduled, but the latter will be done with its episode order in early January. When that happens, I expect ABC to double-run Big Day until it finishes its 13 episodes. Still no word on time slots for The Nine and Six Degrees, both of which were promised to return at some point; I can see them airing on Fridays or Saturdays.
ABC will bring another installment of the popular Dancing with the Stars this March. Also on ABC mid-season is Notes from the Underbelly - a new sitcom that will likely be paired with the 90 minute Dancing with the Stars performance show; Traveler - a fast paced drama will air for eight weeks this March; and a few reality/game shows such as Just for Laughs & Set for Life.
Click here for the press release that ABC released today.

Meanwhile, the i Network has slated Christmas episodes of past shows Sue Thomas F.B.eye and Doc this Friday from 9-11pm. Growing Pains is still scheduled to run 9-10pm all this week, until Thursday. No idea yet if Charlie's Angels will return next week, or if they will continue Growing Pains. We should have an answer later this week and maybe the January line-up, too. So keep checking back.

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Monday, December 04, 2006

i Network Continues 'Growing Pains'; Watchoo Talkin' 'bout TV Land: JustMyShow.com Debates 'Catchphrase' Special

The i Network will continue to show us that smile, as they will continue to air Growing Pains back-to-back at 9 p.m. this week. It was slated only for Nov. 20-Dec. 1, but it looks like it did pretty well, and will continue to air all this week (until Dec. 8), too. We will have more updates on this when available, so you must keep checking back. We might have an update even later today, so you might want to come back later tonight, if we have any updates.

Our good friend Eric from the online show Just My Show has put up a bonus interview today. It is a group discussion on TV Land's 100 Greatest TV Quotes & Catchphrases, which airs all next week at 10 p.m. The discussion of the pros and cons of this list are done by William Sanderson (Newhart), whose catchphrase from that show made the top 100 list; USA Today's Whitney Matheson (who by the way wrote a nice article on John Ritter some years back that I just loved); and TV Party's Billy Ingram. It is an interesting discussion and debate, and I'm sure you all had a catchphrase or two that you thought should have made the list and maybe a few that should not have. Anyway, listen to the discussion by clicking here.

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Sunday, December 03, 2006

Week 11 Numbers (First Four Nights); How the Sitcoms Did

Week 11 numbers (first four nights, Mon-Thu):

Households: CBS: 8.7/13.5; ABC: 6.9/10.7; NBC: 6.8/10.5; Fox: 4.9/7.5; The CW: 2.4/3.7.
Total Viewers: CBS: 13.78 million; NBC: 10.61 million; ABC: 10.48 million; Fox: 7.85 million; The CW: 3.75 million.
Adults 18-49: CBS: 4.1/10.6; NBC: 4.0/10.3; ABC: 3.8/9.7; Fox: 3.1/7.8; The CW: 1.6/4.1.

Analysis: Last week we didn't have final numbers in time, but we are back for week 11! The eleventh week saw the last three days of November sweeps and the start of holiday repeat season, but ABC was all-new on that first day and dominated, but ABC faltered without Dancing with the Stars and Lost the last two weeks. CBS has won households and viewers for 10 straight weeks, and will again this week. ABC has won adults 18-49 each week (though week 7 NBC came back with a strong NFL game and virtually tied ABC), but looks like it will be close this week, as ABC Sunday is repeats...ABC did have a strong Friday. As usual, Friday and Saturday numbers are not above, since final numbers are not available yet. CBS has the top spot so far with ABC and NBC battling for second and Fox continues to be well back in fourth. On Monday, CBS's CSI: Miami shined with 17.13 million, and NBC's Heroes at 9 p.m. was again strong in the 18-49 demo with a 6.8/16 and decent in total viewers with 15.56 million. NBC's Deal or No Deal led the night off for NBC with a dominating first place finish and did 17.7 million, what is with this show doing this well? NBC's Studio 60 is still not doing good with just 7.27 million...I don't see this lasting for February sweeps. CBS sitcoms opened the night with OK numbers and the number one sitcom Two and a Half Men rose from that and did 15.5 million. Fox did usual business for Prison Break's fall finale and at 9 p.m. a repeat of House did decent with 7.28 million. ABC saw better than average numbers for Mondays as a highly advertised Wife Swap did 8.87 million and the season finale of The Bachelor shows some spunk with 9.85 million . Tuesday, now that Dancing with the Stars is gone, CBS and Fox will share the lead. But first, I'll start with ABC. The special A Charlie Brown Christmas was no Stars, but opened decently and did 13.01 million, but then the premiere of new sitcom Big Day and the rookie sitcom Help Me Help You wasn't so hot, as they did 7.55 and 5.0 million each. I think they will take 7.55 million, but 5.0 million is terrible. Fox is doing bad with Standoff leading off but House came back strong and did 17.3 million, building over 12 million from its lead-in--talk about coming back! NBC was strong at 10 p.m. as Law & Order: SVU did a nice 14.64 million while Friday Night Lights continues to under-perform at just 6.18 million, though up from recent airings. Law & Order: CI did 9.76 million. CBS won the night thanks to NCIS and The Unit, but 3LBS did just 7.97 million, and has been pulled. That is CBS for you. You get under 8 million, they cancel you. No other network would do that. Wednesday saw CBS dominate. ABC missed Dancing with the Stars: The Results, as Show Me the Money and Day Break both didn't perform up to expectations, with Money doing 7.69 million and Break just 4.73 million. NBC had a better Wednesday than usual with the special Christmas at Rockefeller Center doing very well with 9.43 million, boosting The Biggest Loser 3 to 9.2 million but the out of place Medium dropped to 8.01 million. Why not move this to Monday at 10 again? CBS won each hour, as the fall finale of Jericho did decent with 10.25 million, but it should have been better. Criminal Minds and CSI: NY both did very good though and made up for that with 17.92 and 16.43 million each. The CW's America's Next Top Model did VERY well for the network and did 5.73 million and an impressive 2.8/8 A18-49 rating beating ABC and NBC for the hour. Fox did better with a Bones repeat at 9 following an all-new Bones, which did 8.66 million--impressive, as this show quietly does well. On Thursday we saw ABC dominate with all-new episodes. ABC's Grey's Anatomy had 24.01 million at 9pm and in the same slot a repeat of CSI had 16.08 million (GA won in HH 15.2/23 to 10.0/15 and GA won in A18-49 9.5/23 to 5.0/12). NBC aired comedies from 8-10pm and did decent for the first hour but saw bleeding from Scrubs and especially 30 Rock, which was picked up for a full season. NBC should switch those shows, as 30 Rock is not helping ER. At 8 p.m. ABC continues to do well with Ugly Betty, as the one-hour comedy did decent again with 13.02 million; Survivor did 15.63 million though.When Survivor finishes, look for the best new comedy to do even better. At 10 p.m. newbie Shark was a repeat and did 10.32 million. ER was new and did 13.36 million. ABC saw second place at 10 p.m. with the time period premiere of Men in Trees doing a solid 11.34 million..ABC hopes it can get that each week, 11-12 million would be fine. 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 ABC dominating thanks to the network television premiere of the Tom Hanks holiday movie The Polar Express. NBC did decent with the two-hour Las Vegas episode. CBS was a distant third this week rather than the usual first place, Ice Wars special didn't do much and a repeat of NUMB3RS finished last place at 10 p.m. And The CW and Fox battled for last place. Saturday ratings saw everyone doing bad, as last week ABC did very well for Notre Dame vs. USC, but it did bad this week for Oklahoma-Nebraska. As for tonight, CBS and NBC will likely share a win, as ABC's Desperate Housewives is a repeat, along with the rest of the ABC line-up, though Extreme Makeover: Home Edition will have some new segments in tonight's encore. I expect a close finish in the demo and CBS will prevail in total viewers.

Last Sunday Sitcoms (counts for week of Nov. 20-26)

  • Reba (The CW) 2 episodes - A repeat and new episode did decent, but down from the premiere. The repeat did 2.66 million and a new episode built on that and did 3.89 million, the highest rated CW sitcom.
  • The Simpsons (Fox) - With the NFL as its lead-in, an all-new episode did a solid 10.93 million and a 5.0/12 18-49 rating.
  • American Dad (Fox) - 8.76 million. I still say 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 9.49 million.
  • War at Home (Fox) - 6.92 million, but this show will be tested Thursday at 8:30 p.m.

Monday Sitcoms

  • How I Met Your Mother (CBS) - 9.85 million, but it should be doing close to 11 million really.
  • The Class (CBS) - 8.72 million is better than usual, but CBS should be near 10 million at least for this show.
  • Two and a Half Men (CBS) - 15.5 million...number one sitcom still.
  • New Adventures of Old Christine (CBS) - 12.01 million for an all-new episode..not bad at all.
  • CW Monday Comedies: Chris, All of Us, Girfriends, The Game. All new episodes of Chris started it off with 3.28 million, the highest of the block. The rest ranged 2.83 to 3.03 million--consistent.


Tuesday Sitcoms

  • Big Day (ABC) - 7.55 million for the premiere, not great but not bad either..could have been better. ABC hopes it can stay around 7.55 million or build on it this week. A big drop would not be good, say 6 million.
  • Help Me Help You (ABC) - Only 5.0 million, almost 50% down from what it did with a huge lead-in. Looks like 13 and out.

Wednesday Sitcoms
  • None.
Thursday Sitcoms
  • My Name is Earl (NBC) - 9.49 million...decent. Also a decent 4.1/11 A18-49 rating.
  • The Office (NBC) - 9.07 million is decent but an impressive build from lead-in on 18-49 with a 4.4/11 rating.
  • Scrubs (NBC) -The season premiere did OK with 7.72 million and a 3.6/9 A18-49 rating.
  • 30 Rock (NBC) - Time slot premiere of this show did not hold the 9pm lead-in much with 5.97 million and a 2.7/7 A18-49 rating. NBC should swap the shows in the 9pm hour.
  • 'Til Death (Fox) 2 episodes - 4.77 million tuned in at 8pm for a new episode, not good but steady. The repeat at 8:30pm held steady and did 4.78 million.
Friday Sitcoms
None.

Saturday Sitcoms
None.

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

Summing it up. Two and a Half Men, The Office, 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 Big Day and Scrubs) or just plain old terrible (such as Help Me Help You and 'Til Death).

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Saturday, December 02, 2006

Mini-DVD Reviews: Dungeons & Dragons - The Complete Animated Series (Dec. 5) and The Best of Match Game (Nov. 21)

Welcome to another edition of Saturday mini-DVD reviews! Today we take a look at BCI Eclipse's Dungeons & Dragons - The Complete Animated Series and The Best of Match Game.

Dungeons & Dragons - The Complete Animated Series

Dungeons & Dragons - The Complete Animated Series (BCI Eclipse, $54.98)

An enchanted roller coaster delivers six youth into the magical realm of Dungeons & Dragons in this extraordinary animated series based on the popular TSR role-playing game. There, each of them gains magical talents and abilities, all the better to survive their time in the realm. The bow-shooting ranger, the acrobat, the thief, the cavalier, the boy wizard, and the barbarian are soon joined by a baby unicorn, and tutored by the mysterious and inscrutable dungeon master. Opposing them is the evil sorcerer Venger, as well as various ogres, demons, bounty hunters, dragons, lizard men, skeleton warriors, and more. All intent on keeping the kids from getting back home!

My Review: Although I was never really into playing the Dungeons & Dragons role-playing game (my brother played it often), I watched the animated series religiously. The good thing about the animated series is that you didn't really have to be familiar with the game that seemed pretty complex to a 9-year-old kid. There was just a lot of action and adventure, and the characters and storylines were interesting. The animated series, which aired on CBS for 3 seasons from 1983-1986, featured the voices of sitcom actors Donny Most, Willie Aames and Adam Rich.

The packaging for this 5-disc set, which contains all 27 of the series, is beautiful. It comes in a box similiar to the old role-playing game. It has a red background and an embossed Dungeons & Dragons logo and glossy cast photo. On the back of the box, there is a drawing of Venger, a synopsis of the set and a listing of the many special features. When you lift up the top of the box, there are various booklets and sheets included and the main DVD box. "Dungeons & Dragons - Animated Series Handbook" is 32 pages full of character profiles, stats, magic items and a brand new adventure. The only problem with this is that my booklet came apart before I had opened the box. Hopefully that is just an isolated incident. Also, included is an excellent 8-page episode guide booklet that has the episode titles, writing credits, original airdates, very detailed summaries and a listing of the special features. One of the best episode guide booklets that I've seen for any set. The main box features the original 1983 promotional poster for the series on the front and the Dungeons & Dragons world map on the back. The discs are held in 3 separate holders that have Venger's castle in the background. They feature photos of the characters on each disc: Hank on #1, Diana #2, Eric on #3, Sheila and Bobby on #4, and Presto on #5.

Just like the rest of the packaging, the menus are well designed and easy to navigate. The main menus on each disc each feature a different pair of characters and have some intrumental music played in the background. There is a Play All or Episodes option. When you select Episodes, it takes you to another menu where the episodes are listed vertically. Episode titles, writing credits, original airdates and summaries are listed and there is a small video clip from the episode in the top left. There is also a Chapters section for each episode that has some trivia in the "Uni's Fun Facts" section. My only problem with the trivia is that it is in really small text and hard to read.

I was very impressed with the video and audio quality. They've clearly been remastered for the best possible picture. Audio is a Dolby Digital track that offers no major problems. These episodes feature the original opening and ending credit sequences. Some of the other alternate opening and ending credits can be found in the special features section. These episodes do not have the opening episode teasers that some (all?) of the episodes originally had when they were first broadcast on CBS, although again there are 2 of them in the special features area. Another issue is that they all run around 22 minutes. I think shows from the 1983-1986 era ran several minutes longer than that. These episodes might be from when they were syndicated for FoxKids several years ago. They have the FoxKids logo at the end of them.

There is an impressive amount and variety of special features included (mostly on disc 5). Here is the breakdown:

"The Night of No Tomorrow" Commentary by Producer Bob Richardson, Story Editor and Voice Director Hank Saryoyan, Writer Mark Evanier, and CBS Exectuves Ted Field II and Judy Price. Hosted by Special Features Andy Mangels. They discuss how it came to TV, the controversy over the show and the game, the writer's involvement with the show and the voice casting.

"The Dragon's Graveyard" Commentary by Writer Michael Reaves and Special Features Producer Andy Mangels. This commentary is more scene specific than the other. They talk about various topics including his involvement with the show, the music, Frank Welker and other details.

Entering The Realm of Dungeons & Dragons (33:04) - This all-new documentary features interviews with Former CBS Director of Children's Programming Ted Field II, Story Editor & Voice Director Hank Saroyan, Producer Bob Richardson, Writer & Development Mark Evanier, Writer Buzz Dixon, Writer Michael Reeves, Designer & Storyboard Artist Bob Kline and Storyboard Artists Michael Swannigan. Some of the details were given in the commentaries, but there is a lot of new details as well. They talk about how the show was created and the characters developed, the voice casting, the Dekion character, the changes from seasons 1-3, why the show was canceled, and the fans of the series. It closes with a funny story about Willie Aames and some Dungeon Master quotes.

"Requiem" Radio Show (35:24) - This is a radio show-style presentation of the never produced final episode, "Requiem." It features the voices or original cast member Katie Leigh (Sheila, The Thief) and her daughter Laura Leigh as Diana, Daniel Roebuck, Buster Roebuck, Neil Kaplan and Wally Wingert. This section includes the original script of the episode that you can follow along as you listen. Many fans would probably have loved to see the finale as an actual episode, but that would probably be too expensive to produce. This seems like the next best thing.

Character Profiles - There are 50 detailed profiles of various characters (30), creatures (10) and artifacts (10). There is a photo and text information for each profile, along with a sample video clip.

Alternate Openings / Credits & Rare Footage - This footage was recovered from various sources, so it is not the high quality of the remastered episodes. They are fun to watch.

Remastered Introduction (1:00); Introduction #01 (1:00), Introduction #02 (1:00), Introduction #03 (:57), Remastered End Credits (:28), End Credits #01 (:28), End Credits #02 (:27), End Credits #03 (:27), The Lost Children Episode Teaser (:28), The Hall of Bones Episode Teaser (:25)

Animated Storyboard for episode #14 "The Girl Who Dreamed Tomorrow" - This animated storyboard contains three different viewing angles which compare the original storyboard to to the finished episode. You can choose Storyboard, Episode or Side by Side.

Dungeons & Dragon's Interactive Adventure: "Kelek's Crystal" - A "Choose Your Own Adventure" style game with text and various video clips.

Live-Action Dungeons & Dragons Fan Film (4:27) - A short film by Sean Kennedy. This sort of reminded me of the Dungeons & Dragons movie from a few years ago, which was largely forgettable except for some decent special effects and a great score. This short also had some nice special effects and music for a fan film.

Galleries - You can scroll through 64 model sheets and 22 memorabilia photos with your DVD remote arrow buttons.

DVD-Rom Features include scripts, storyboards and the series' development bible (PC/MAC Readable)

Easter Eggs - The press releases list that there are some, but I didn't have a chance to find any of them yet.

Ink & Paint Trailers - This section brought back lots of memories. It has tons of trailers (and opening credit sequences) for series like He-Man and the Masters of The Universe, She-ra Princess of Power, Flash Gordon, Groovie Goolies and many more.

Final Comments: I was really excited to hear about this set being released several months ago. I grew up watching it as a kid but really hadn't seen it a number of years. Overall, this is a beautifully produced set. The packaging, menus and artwork are outstanding and the special features are sure to be entertaining to any fan of the series. All of the episodes have excellent remastered video and audio. My only concern is that these episodes appear not to be the complete episodes as originally broadcast on CBS. The loss of the opening episode teasers (or the season 2-3 credits which are included as a bonus) is not a major concern, but these episodes look to have the same running times as the episodes shown on FoxKids and JETIX/Toon Disney in recent years. This is what they were provided, so I guess there is not much they could do about it. I would recommend this set for the special features and booklets alone, but I won't be tossing my VHS copies from the original broadcasts.

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

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The Best of Match Game

The Best of Match Game (BCI Eclipse, $34.98)

The Best of Match Game (BCI, $34.98) is such an DVD set that you will love so much that you might just (BLANK) it! The DVD set is a four disc set that contains 30 unedited (though reportedly time-compressed) episodes that were selected as the "best episodes" from the version of the show that was hosted by Gene Rayburn and aired from 1973 until 1982 on CBS (though in later seasons in syndication), including the primetime version Match Game PM. The episodes feature many great celebrity panelists that sitcom fans should recognize, including Jack Klugman, Vicki Lawrence, Betty White, McLean Stevenson, Eva Gabor, Marcia Wallace, Nancy Kulp, Ed Asner, Robert Donner, Bill Macy, Richard Gautier, Bill Daily, Jimmie Walker, and many more! And there are even a few episodes on the set featuring an interior decorator from Kansas named Kirstie Alley... before she was a celebrity! And of course, the show wouldn't be complete without the regulars, including Brett Somers, Charles Nelson Reilly, and Richard Dawson (in the earlier years). For those unfamiliar with the game, it is simple really. Two contestants face off against each other and are given a question that has no right or wrong answer where they must fill in the blank. The idea is to come up with an answer that will be the same as the six celebrity panelists. Whichever contestant wins gets to go on to a bonus round where they can win anywhere from $5000 to $20,000 (depending upon which version of the rules are in play for the particular season).

If the episodes aren't enough, there are also special features on the set, including many interviews with Brett Somers. Each disc has a "Best Moments of Match Game" featurette, hosted by Somers, where she talks about the best clips from the episodes on that disc. Additionally, Disc 4 has "A Tribute to Gene Rayburn" (where Somers talks about the Rayburn), "Photo Gallery," "Exclusive Interview With Brett Somers" (which is just a general interview with Somers about the show), and even the original 1962 pilot of the original NBC version of "The Match Game" that ran in the 1960s (also hosted by Gene Rayburn). But just so fans that have never seen this version of the show know, that version is nothing like the 1970s version, and is honestly pretty boring compared to the 1970s version!

There is one thing that is slightly annoying about this set. There are many Match Game episodes in which the game is not completed by the end of the episode and the contestants would need to come back on the next episode to complete it... but with only 30 episodes selected from several years worth of episodes, it makes it rather difficult (if not impossible) to keep the whole episode together. Also, it isn't clear why these episodes were selected as the "best" episodes, but that is understandable because there are too many episodes to truly go through each and every episode and select the truly best episodes. Besides that, the episodes on the set are good anyway, except for some of the earlier ones with the bland and boring questions. Regardless, for somebody that is a Match Game fanatic or for somebody that is a game show fanatic that does not have GSN (like me), this is a great DVD set to have in your collection! It would be nice to see more Match Game DVD sets or perhaps sets for other classic game shows, particularly the Goodson-Todman game shows!

-- Reviewed by skees53
(5/5 stars)

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Friday, December 01, 2006

TV Land Note, TVLand.com's 'That Girl' Launches Today; 30 Rock Gets Full-Season; Win a 'Roseanne' S6 DVD From Us!

Yesterday we mentioned That Girl would be joining the TV Land weekday lineup starting Monday, that will NOT be the case. Sorry to let you all down, but TV Land Original encores have been slated for the half-hour each weekday. See yesterday's post for full details, as we have corrected it.
But not to fear That Girl fans, as we have mentioned before, the show is coming to TVLand.com uncut starting TODAY. Head on over to TVLand.com/video to watch uncut episodes of the hit series. It is a month-long celebration showcasing the ground-breaking series That Girl and the Emmy Award-winning special Free To Be ... You And Me. The celebration -- in conjunction with the Season 2 release of That Girl on DVD -- includes the following: full-length episode streams of That Girl on TVLand.com; the uncut version of the pop culture classic Free To Be ... You and Me online until January 31; a 48-hour weekend marathon of the series and special the weekend of December 9 on TV Land and a sweepstakes in which fans can enter to win one of 50 DVD sets of That Girl's seasons one and two. We have full details HERE.

NBC has picked-up a full season of critically acclaimed sitcom (but ratings challenged) 30 Rock. Meanwhile, CBS has pulled new drama 3 LBS off the line-up after just three airings. It is unclear if the show will return, but unlikely that it will. It'll probably end up on innertube, like Smith.

And now Todd has details on our Roseanne S6 DVD contest:
Roseanne - The Complete Sixth Season DVD



We have 5 Roseanne - The Complete Sixth Season DVD sets for giveaway, thanks to the fine folks at Anchor Bay Entertainment.

Welcome to one of the best-loved – and most daring – seasons in ROSEANNE history. It was the year in which Roseanne finds a surprising stash, Dan (John Goodman) re-connects with an old flame, Jackie (Laurie Metcalf) becomes pregnant, Darlene (Sarah Gilbert) leaves for college, Becky (Sarah Chalke) returns home, and DJ (Michael Fishman) sneaks off to church. There’s the series’ shocking lesbian kiss, a Halloween to remember, a Thanksgiving the Conners wish they could forget, the fan favorite "White Trash Christmas," and much more in these 25 classic and uncut episodes nominated for 5 Emmy® Awards. In Stores on Dec 5th, 2006.

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