Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Fox Delays 'Til Death's New Slot for Reality Quiz Show; ABC's 10th Season of 'The Bachelor', Other Notes

Rookie sitcom 'Til Death was slated to move to Wednesdays at 9:30pm in late February (with a special two-night premiere following American Idol on Tues., Feb. 27 and Wed., Feb. 28 at 9:30pm), but Fox has decided to go with the new Mark Burnett reality-quiz show Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? for those two nights (Feb. 27 and 28). Wednesday, March 7 Fox will have a special preview (as we mentioned before) of new drama The Wedding Bells following American Idol, so the earliest 'Til Death can premiere in its Wednesday at 9:30pm slot will be March 14 now.
As for Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?, after those two special half-hour episode previews, it will move to Thursdays for its other four episodes. Episode three and on will be 1-hour episodes. Episodes 3 and 4 airs Thursday, March 1 and Thursday, March 8 at 9pm, following special Thursday editions of American Idol. The final two episodes will be on its own and will air March 15 and 22 at 8pm.

ABC will bring back The Bachelor back for its second installment of the season this April, and tenth installment overall. The series will air 90-minutes now on Mondays at 9:30PM-11:00PM, following the 90-minute performance show of the mega-hit Dancing with the Stars. This could be just what The Bachelor needs, a big boost, as the ratings have gone down but still did respectable. The premiere is set for Monday, April 2 and the official title for this installment is The Bachelor: Officer and a Gentleman. So, what happens to the current ABC Monday series (Wife Swap, Supernanny, and What About Brian)? Well, What About Brian will finish its 19-episode season on March 26 with a two-hour Dancing with the Stars performance show as its lead-in. The season premiere of Dancing with the Stars on March 19 will also lead into What About Brian. ABC is very keen on Brian, and they seem to want to bring it back next season. I don't blame hem, it is a very hot show. I'm not sure yet if Wife Swap and Supernanny will also finish their seasons in March or not, but I think Wife Swap probably will. Supernanny just started in January, so it might be heading to another night, possibly Tuesdays at 8?
With all this news, it looks like new sitcom Notes from the Underbelly will probably not air at all now. If it does, it'll probably be in the Wednesday comedy block, but it wouldn't fit in there because they are mostly male and family oriented. No news yet on Traveler or October Road, but I'm certain they will debut in March or April. Oprah's first reality project could be Tuesdays at 8 if Supernanny doesn't get that. Interesting stuff.
Also, ABC made some changes to its Feb. sweep Saturday plans. Feb. 10 from 9-11pm was the movie Legally Blonde 2, but now will be the movie Bringing Down the House, which was originally slated for Feb. 17. Feb. 17 is now an encore of Castaway from 8-11pm, replacing a Blooper special and Bringing Down the House.

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Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Not One, But Two 'Cosby Show' DVD Sets Coming; Network February Sweep Programming

The Cosby Show has had two season DVD sets come out so far, both from Urban Works, but now due to some behind the scene stuff that I won't get into, First Look Home Entertainment will release the series, along with spin-off A Different World. This June, First Look will release Seasons 3 AND Season 4 of The Cosby Show on DVD! Wow! Double the fun and double the excitement for sitcom fans! There is no word yet on when A Different World Season 2 will come out, but I'm sure we could expect it sometime this year. Both Cosby Show & A Different World had syndicated copies for the season one sets, but I don't think First Look will gives us new sets for those with the broadcast versions, though Urban Works did give us season 2 of Cosby Show unedited, so I'm sure seasons 3 and 4 will be unedited.
We will keep you up to date.

It's almost sweeps time. The second sweep period (which is February) for the 2006-07 season will be underway this Thursday from Feb. 1-28. The networks are all ready and CBS and Fox look to be going head-to-head to the finish. CBS will be inflated because of the Super Bowl and Fox will get a 1000% increase I bet from November sweeps, because of American Idol. ABC will also be solid, but probably a bit down from November sweeps because Dancing with the Stars is not on, but certainly it will do well with top shows such as Desperate Housewives, Lost, Grey's Anatomy, and Ugly Betty. Meanwhile NBC will probably not do as well because they don't have the NFL to carry it, though rookie hit Heroes is a bright spot, as other rookies have bombed or dying (Friday Night Lights, Studio 60). The CW will probably be on par from November.
Anyway, to read about each network's Feb. sweep plans, see below:
ABC February 2007 Sweep
CBS February 2007 Sweep
NBC February 2007 Sweep
Fox February 2007 Sweep
The CW February 2007 Sweep - nothing released to us yet.

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Monday, January 29, 2007

Full Episodes of 'Jim', Unaired 'Daybreak' Episodes Added to ABC.com; 13th Annual SAG Awards Winners; 'Reba' to End Feb. 18

ABC.com's Free Full Episode Player has just added According to Jim. The four latest episodes will be available online for free for the veteran sitcom that is moving to 9 PM now starting this Wednesday.
They have also re-added Daybreak with all the aired episodes, and also they will add an unaired episode each Monday for the next three weeks! The show is quite addicting and well written, so if you have not seen the show...you're in for a great ride! You can watch all the aired ones and then you can catch up to the unaired ones. I think they have added three or four unaired ones today, with more coming each Monday for the next three weeks. And if you didn't know, a few weeks back ABC.com added rookie drama Men in Trees to their player. They negotiated with Warner Bros., and the deal finally came through, but only the current week's episode is available, along with the series' pilot. So, if you miss the episode, you have a week to watch it.
Other series besides the new ones on the full player are: Ugly Betty, Grey's Anatomy, Desperate Housewives, What About Brian, Brothers & Sisters, The Knights of Prosperity, Six Degrees and Lost--all from Touchstone Television.

TNT and TBS aired the 13th Annual SAG Awards last night. Here are the television series winners:

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
Hugh Laurie, House - Dr. Gregory House FOX

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
Chandra Wilson, Grey's Anatomy - Dr. Miranda Bailey ABC

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock - Jack Donaghy NBC

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series
America Ferrera, Ugly Betty - Betty Suarez ABC

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
Grey's Anatomy, ABC

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
The Office, NBC

Some notes: Reba will end its run with two episodes, including the series finale, on Sunday Feb. 18 from 7-8 p.m. on The CW. CBS has canceled low rated reality series Armed & Famous after getting whacked by American Idol, repeats of CSI: Miami and Criminal Minds will take its slot (Wed at 8) until Jericho returns Feb. 14.
In syndication news, EXTRA has been renewed at least through the 2009-10 season, with 95% clearance. Meanwhile, The Greg Behrendt Show will not see a second season, and will likely be replaced by Steve Wilkos' show coming this fall.
And we remember classic TV writer Bob Carroll, Jr. He wrote on all of Lucille Ball's sitcoms: I Love Lucy, The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour, The Lucy Show, Here's Lucy, and Life with Lucy. He died Saturday and also wrote for classic sitcoms such as Alice, Mothers in Law, Paul Lynde Show, and the short lived sitcom Dorothy. Carroll, Jr. was 88.

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Sunday, January 28, 2007

Shout! Factory DVD News, Includes 'Ozzie & Harriet', 'That Girl', 'Batfink', 'Bill Cosby Show'

For the second week in a row we do not have final numbers yet for this week, so I have decided not to do the ratings blog again. If you want to see last week's final numbers, I have posted them on our General Sitcoms board. I'll post this week's probably Tuesday, when final week numbers are out.
I hope we get final numbers next week, so we can bring that back to you. Sorry about this.

Anyway, we have some news for you on this Sunday. Shout! Factory has some DVDs coming in May and June, that might be of note to you. They will release the classic sitcom Ozzie & Harriet on May 1, in a best of volume for $34.98. What wonderful news! That Girl Season 3 will be streeting on May 29 for $39.98. It is nice that they are releasing that classic sitcom at a nice pace!
In the long range forecast for Shout!, they will release the classic animated series Batfink on June 19 in a complete series set for $34.98. Also that day Shout! will release the second season DVD of The Bill Cosby Show for $39.98.
And we all know they have McHale's Navy coming March 20 and Ironside on April 24. They look to be releasing great stuff!

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Saturday, January 27, 2007

Mini-DVD Review: Benny Hill Show Set 6: The Hill's Angels Years (Jan. 30)

Welcome to another edition of Saturday mini-DVD reviews! Today we take a look at A&E Home Video's The Benny Hill Show Set 6. You'll have a blast watching this show because it will leave you laughing until you die. See for yourself by reading our review. See My review of The Benny Hill Show Set 6.

The Benny Hill Show, Complete And Unadulterated: The Hill's Angels Years - Set 6 (A&E, $49.95) brings the final 8 episodes from the classic British series to DVD. This set is available on a three-disc set that contains 8 classic hours from 1986-1989. Hill's Angels are back and they are so good. Benny got even naughtier when they arrived, as we found out on the last set! Each episode runs about 50-51 minutes. See funny skits such as Benny as Fred Scuttle, Benny's Quickie, Benny's Ballad, and tons of Hill's Angels skits.
Packaging is very similar to the first five sets--box with three slim cases. The set again has special features. "Hill's Angels in Conversation" runs 10:04 and is produced by A&E and has interviews with some of the Hill's Angels--they share a lot and it is very interesting to watch. Then there is the little trivia game you can play titled "The Benny Hill Cheeky Challenge Trivia Quiz #6." I think there are 15 questions for you to answer. The menu screen has video clips to start off then the main menu comes, and the art is like the cover art. The theme doesn't loop. Episode numbers are on each main menu then when selected, you get to a skit selection screen, or you can just play the episode straight through. Chapter skips are also there, if you need them. I liked the 1982-1989 years the best, so the last two sets have been very good to me, because I liked Benny Hill even better in the 1980s years, as I'm sure many others do, too. Don't show this to little kids, because Benny is very naughty! So go chase after Benny to the video store to buy this set or chase him on the web to Amazon to buy it by clicking below.
-- Reviewed by Pavan
(4/5 stars)

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Friday, January 26, 2007

i Network Renamed ION Television; ABC Swaps 'Knights' & 'Jim' on Wednesdays

i Network, which airs classic series such as Mama's Family and Growing Pains, will now be known as ION Television effective this Monday (Jan. 29), to be consistent with the company's corporate brand identity (ION Media). This move reflects the energy and vision behind the network's plans to expand its programming and viewership.
The network's new contemporary look and logo will be prominently featured on-air through a consumer-oriented promotional campaign over the next few months. Tagged "ION Television: Television in Motion," the on-air campaign will kick off with a series of promotions and image spots, as well a new on-screen network bug logo. The viewer campaign will launch on Monday, January 29th with "What's Your ION?," a web-based promotion that invites viewers to submit creative photos of themselves donning the new ION logo to be featured on the network's website, www.ionline.tv, and also on-air.
ION has seen significant gains in its primetime ratings this season, due in large part to its strategy to introduce popular movies and classic TV favorites through multiple content deals with its current partners, including Warner Bros., Sony, CBS Television and NBC Universal. View the full press release here.

I think this is a big step in expanding the hours to more than just 6-11pm. I think we will be seeing the hours expand very soon (clearly says it is expanding in the press release), maybe in the coming months. Let's hope we see shows like Perfect Strangers, Silver Spoons, Wonder Years, Diff'rent Strokes, and some other favorites not being aired currently, very soon!
We will of course keep you posted on anything ION Television (aka: i Network, aka PAX Television).

In order to strengthen the flow of the ABC Wednesday night line-up, effective this Wednesday (January 31), The Knights of Prosperity will move to 8:30 PM ET/PT and According to Jim will move to 9:00 PM ET/PT until further notice. George Lopez will remain at 8:00PM and In Case of Emergency at 9:30PM.
Also, for those of you who missed the second episode of The Knights of Prosperity that aired on January 10 due to President Bush's speech messing up the timing, ABC will re-air this episode this Tuesday (Jan. 30) at 9:30 PM, after the finale of Big Day.
On the first Wednesday of February Sweep (Feb. 7), According to Jim & In Case of Emergency will be pre-empted during the 9:00PM hour for a Lost Survivor Guide clip show hosted by the producers, which will lead into the return of Lost at 10:00PM! Can't wait!

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Thursday, January 25, 2007

TV Land March Highlights, Includes Three's Company Mini Marathon and To Be Continued Free Fridays; Mary Tyler Moore Show Reunion at SAG Awads

It was only yesterday we released the February schedule for TV Land (we've had it posted in our message board for a while but was waiting for official confirmation to post it here), and today TV Land has officially released the March 2007 schedule. We mentioned yesterday that The Munsters and The Addams Family are coming back to TV Land in March and today that is official! The Munsters will air weekdays at 11am and weekends at 8:30am, while The Addams Family will air weekdays at 12 noon. Weekend mornings will see an extreme makeover, with westerns ruling the mornings now, too. The westerns (Bonanza, Gunsmoke) will air weekends from 6am-8pm, except the 8am hour which will have Flip Wilson & The Munsters. Gone from weekend mornings and the schedule completely are Cheers, 227, Benson, Wings, Night Court, and Highway to Heaven. TV Land has released the contracts reportedly for 227 and Benson, both were set to expire in May 2008, but they have switched that for The Munsters and The Addams Family from The Program Exchange.
Among the highlights include Sit Down Comedy with David Steinberg season two continuing all month long; To Be Continued Fridays, catch multiple part episodes back-to-back just like a movie, shows like The Jeffersons & Brady Bunch in Hawaii, and more! Finally, the monthly mini-marathon for March is Three's Company! Catch Jack enter a bake-off, meeting Cindy for the first time, and more!
To view the complete March details, click HERE.

The cast of The Mary Tyler Moore Show, will reunite to hand out the best ensemble in a comedy series Screen Actors Guild award.
Mary Tyler Moore, Ed Asner, Georgia Engel, Valerie Harper, Cloris Leachman, Gavin MacLeod and Betty White are all scheduled to be on hand for the Jan. 28 ceremonies at the Los Angeles Shrine Exposition Center. Dick Van Dyke is also scheduled to be in attendance, so it will also be a reunion of the two main stars of The Dick Van Dyke Show.

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Wednesday, January 24, 2007

TV Land February Highlights, Addams & Munsters Return in March; CHiPs DVD Coming in May

TV Land has officially released its February highlights and we have them for you! They will make no schedule changes, as of now, of course, but there will be a lot of specials and marathons. The three-part special That's What I'm Talking About will re-air for Black History Month on Feb. 3. Myths & Legends continues with its final two episodes of the season on Feb. 7 and Feb. 14, before making way for season two of Sit Down Comedy with David Steinberg. This year David sits down with legendary comedians such as Roseanne, Robin Williams, Jon Stewart, Jerry Seinfeld, Ray Romano, and Garry Shandling. These celebrated performers offer hilarious stories about their personal lives and careers in the entertainment field. Don’t miss this change to get up, close, and personal with some of comedies favorite stars!
Finally we have a Valentine's Day marathon of The Cosby Show on Feb. 8 and again on Feb. 14. Good Times will get the monthly mini-marathon weekend slot on Feb. 17.
To view the full highlights, click HERE.
And as a preview for March, TV Land has given word that The Munsters and The Addams Family are returning to TV Land! Details soon, but get ready!

The classic '70s cop show CHiPs is coming to DVD this spring! Warner Home Video has set a May release date. This is great news for fans of that show, as this show has been anticipated for so long on DVD. Take this as unofficial news until WHV actually announces it, which could be very soon. So put those thumbs up, and join Erik Estrada this May!

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Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Nick at Nite February Highlights Sees Growing Pains and Tuesday Night Movies; NFL AFC Championship Game Scores Big for CBS

Nick at Nite has finally announced its full February plans. Like we mentioned before, Growing Pains will launch on Monday, Feb. 12. The launch will be a 7 night marathon (Feb. 12-18) and will be all-night long! That's Mon-Thurs 9pm-6am, Fri-Sat 10pm-6am and Sun 9pm-6am. Wow! Episode info is not available for the stunt yet. I would assume that half of each day will be new episodes followed by encores from the same night.
Anyway, Growing Pains will also join the regular schedule starting Feb. 19, airing Mon-Thurs back-to-back from 9-10pm, every night at 1:30am, Fri-Sat at 10:30pm, and Sundays at 9:30pm--all replacing Full House. Full House will still air every night at 1am & 5:30am, and also Fri-Sat at 10pm and Sundays at 9pm. In addition Full House will air on Nickelodeon Mon-Fri at 8:30pm starting Feb. 12.
Also on tap for Nick at Nite February are Tuesday Night movies. Airing Tuesdays at 9pm starting Feb. 20. You'll see movies like Crocodile Dundee. Click HERE to view the full Nick at Nite February details.

We shall bring you TV Land February when announced. We posted some of the highlights already on our message boards, but it is still not official.

Finally we leave you with the number one rated program of the season thus far. CBS Sports' coverage of the AFC Championship Game featuring the New England Patriots at Indianapolis Colts on Sunday, Jan. 21 (6:44-10:23 PM, ET), averaged 46.7 million viewers (26.4 rating/39 share), up +20% from 39.0 million in 2006 (Pittsburgh-Denver; 3:08-6:16 PM, ET) and up +5% from 2005's 44.3 million (New England-Pittsburgh; 6:37-9:50 PM, ET). Sunday's 46.7 million was the highest number of average viewers for the AFC Championship Game since New England-Miami on NBC in 1986 (47.5 million), over 21 years ago. The 46.7 million viewers for this year's AFC Championship Game was the most-watched non-Super Bowl program since the series finale of Friends on NBC (52.5 million on 5/6/04). The AFC Championship Game viewership peaked at 57.2 million (32.4 rating/45 share) from 10:00-10:23 PM.
To show you how big the Super Bowl is, last year the game did 90.7 million on ABC. With the NFL ratings up this year, can we see 100 million for this year's Super Bowl? We'll find out in 2 weeks.

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Monday, January 22, 2007

American Life TV Network February Highlights; '70s Week on Biography Channel

AmericanLife TV Network, the only independent network devoted to the Baby Boomer generation, marks Black History Month in February, with a full slate of programs examining the Black experience, both in America and in Africa .
The network also begins a special salute to the classic ‘60s spy series The Man From U.N.C.L.E., with the series’ original pilot film and three exciting two-part episodes.
For Black History Month, catch two memorable episodes of I'll Fly Away. Bing Crosby and Maureen O’Hara are among the guests this month on The Color Honeymooners. See actor Adam Arkin on Harry O and the final three China Beach episodes. M*A*S*H’s Wayne Rogers guest stars this month on two The F.B.I. episodes. Other highlights include Jerry Stiller & Anne Meara on The Courtship of Eddie's Father, WKRP's Loni Anderson on Harry O and Batman's Adam West on Maverick.
It looks to be an exciting February on one of the best classic TV channels. Click HERE to view the full highlights!


It's '70s week on The Biography Channel all-week in primetime. Starting tonight at 8pm with an A&E Bio on The Bee Gees. Rest of the week has a Happy Days bio on Tuesday, ABBA on Wednesday, Paul Newman on Thursday and the great Mary Tyler Moore on Friday.
And next week on The Biography Channel it is Viva La Italiano week for four nights starting Monday with an A&E Bio on Dean Martin, followed by Nicolas Cage on Tuesday, Sophia Lauren on Wednesday, and Sal Mineo on Thursday. All starting at 8pm ET (9pm PT).

George Lopez returns Wednesday at 8/7 central on ABC with its season premiere, followed by all-new hilarious episodes of According to Jim, The Knights of Prosperity and In Case of Emergency. Comedy rules on ABC Wednesday. Who needs Idol?

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Sunday, January 21, 2007

Mini-DVD Review: Alvin & the Chipmunks: A Chipmunk Valentine (Jan. 23)

Welcome to a special Sunday edition of the mini-DVD reviews. This week we take a look at Paramount Home Entertainment's Alvin & the Chipmunks: A Chipmunk Valentine. Alvin & the Chipmunks is of course the hit animated series that ran from 1983-1991. It was most popular in the early-mid 80s and this set has a 1984 Valentine's episode and three mini episodes from 1988 and 1989. Cartoonist Dave Seville takes care of three chipmunks: Alvin, Simon and Theodore! See my mini-DVD review of Alvin & the Chipmunks: A Chipmunk Valentine:

Alvin & the Chipmunks: A Chipmunk Valentine (Paramount, $14.99) brings a classic Valentine's Day episode and three additional loved-themed animated episodes. This is the third set from Paramount featuring the Chipmunks. The last set was the Halloween set. Previously we had the Christmas special release. Paramount has also released the Chipmunk feature film from 1987 on a separate set. This set has a 1984 half-hour Valentine's Day episode titled "I Love Chipmunks Valentine" that aired during the original series' run! I'm so glad they put that on here because 1983-1987 or so is the best version of the Chipmunks, I think. DiC took over after that and changed the animation. It was good, but I loved the original. The classic half-hour episode is a music-filled adventure as Alvin develops an alter ego after Brittany rejects his invitation to the Valentine Ball. In a dream state, he becomes a dashing Don Juan called Captain Chipmunk. I remember watching this and loving it every time they aired it in the rotation on TV. The set also has three loved-theme episodes from The Chipmunk years, like I mentioned. The classic "I Love Chipmunks Valentine" episode runs 24:03. The other three are mini episodes, meaning each half hour had two episodes when they originally aired, and we get one of them here. The mini-episodes on this set are: "Dr. Simon and Mr. Heart Throb" (11:26), "Dear Diary" (11:16) and "Theodore and Juliet" (11:48). Only one of the three mini episodes have closing credits, as they probably were the first episodes of the half-hour. No chapter stops. Packaging is simple and in the same line as the previous sets--a nice case. The menu screen has Play All and Episode Selection, with a song from the Chipmunks in the background. A colorful menu with the Chipmunks and the Chipettes. When we go to episode selection, the episodes are listed with a screenshot from the episode. The menu is designed quite well and is easy to navigate. The video and audio are decent and very watchable. The classic 1984 special episode looks very good, but not as good as the mini-episodes. I hope we get full season episodes in the future starting with the 1983 episodes. I highly do recommend any fan to pick up this set. New fans might also want to, but I am hoping Paramount (or any other studio) releases the series on DVD in order with the classic episodes, and not just select episodes from The Chipmunks years. I like the old style animation the series had on NBC from 1983-87, and glad to see it for once on these DVDs. So, hopefully we get the series on DVD from the start next, but for now go out and buy this set to make that happen before Brittany doesn't accept Alvin's invitation to the Valentine Ball!
-- Reviewed by Pavan
(4/5 stars)

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Our regular ratings blog will return next Sunday, as I didn't have final numbers and I hate using the prelim fast nationals.

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Saturday, January 20, 2007

TCA Winter Press Tour: Fox; CW to End 'Reba'; Remembering Barney Miller's Ron Carey

The final day of the TCA Winter Press Tour brings Fox up to the plate. They have announced their spring schedule and have a lot of new times and new shows. So, let's get it started right away...
Freshman sitcom 'Til Death is making a move to Wednesdays at 9:30, following American Idol. After special post-Idol airings on Tuesday, Feb. 27 and Wednesday, Feb. 28 (both at 9:30 PM), the time period premiere is Wednesday, March 14.
Sitcom The War at Home is moving back to Sundays, but this time at 7:30. The show premieres in its new time period Sunday, March 4 (7:30-8:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. New sitcom The Winner, from creator Seth MacFarlane, debuts with two episodes on Sunday, March 4 at 8:30 PM and 9:30 PM and it will air for three consecutive Sundays at 8:30 PM and 9:30 PM, finishing its 6-episode order in just three weeks. King of the Hill will return to 8:30 PM on March 25 after three weeks off, as will American Dad at 9:30 PM.
Fox will debut a mid-season drama from David E. Kelley called The Wedding Bells on Friday, March 9 at 9 PM, but first it will give it a sneak preview Wednesday, March 7, After American Idol at 9 PM.
Freshman drama Standoff will move to a new night and time on Friday, March 30 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT).
Finally, the new action drama Drive, created by Tim Minear and Ben Queen, takes viewers for a wild ride when a diverse group of people, all with different motives and secrets, participate in an underground cross-country road race. Drive revs up the schedule with a two-hour series premiere Sunday, April 15 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) and time period premiere Monday, April 16 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. Prison Break's season would have ended a week before. Fox has confirmed at the tour that that show will return next season for a third season.
This is not all Fox will air in mid-season. Thursdays is still TBD, but rumor has it that Hell's Kitchen is coming to Thursdays at 9 PM, but Fox didn't announce that today. Also, on Fox's mid-season docket, but not announced yet are returning sitcom The Loop, new reality/game show Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader?, reality show On the Lot (that could be moved to summer now), and reality show Woman Rule the World. Nanny 911 and Trading Spouses looks like will end early, with Nanny probably ending after its March 23 airing and Spouses ending after its March 2 airing, with the new Fox Friday by March 30 of Standoff & The Wedding Bells.
One final note, Fox will have two episodes of 24 on Monday, Feb. 12. Day Six: 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM and Day Six: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM airing Monday, Feb. 12 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), the nation continues to reel from the terrorist attacks and Agent Bauer battles unthinkable circumstances.

The CW confirmed late yesterday that long running sitcom Reba will end with a two-part series finale this season. So, it looks like a wrap for that sitcom, unless it pulls a 7th Heaven and comes back.

We leave you today with some sad news, actor Ron Carey passed away this past Tuesday. Ron Carey, the short and puckish comedic actor is best known for his role as Officer Carl Levitt on the hit sitcom Barney Miller. He was also a member of Mel Brooks' troupe in films such as High Anxiety and Silent Movie. Carey died of a stroke Tuesday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.
The 5-foot-7 Carey became a semi-regular on ABC's Barney Miller in 1976, the second year of the sitcom that starred Hal Linden, and remained with the show until it ended in 1982. The Newark, NJ native also co-starred in the series Lucky Luke in 1993. He also had a role in the short-lived ABC sitcom produced by John Ritter called Have Faith in 1989. He also was on two short lived sitcoms in the '70s--The Montefuscos (1975) for NBC and The Corner Bar (1972-73) for ABC. He has guest starred on sitcoms such as Benson, Alice, New Love American Style.
Carey, probably not known by many by his name, certainly will be remembered by his role on Barney Miller by sitcom fans. He will be missed. He was 71.

We will have our Saturday mini-DVD review tomorrow on a special Sunday edition. We might not have our regular Sunday ratings blog tomorrow because we don't have access to final numbers for this week yet. So, I might not do it, or I'll just fast nationals. We'll see...but certainly come by tomorrow for the mini-review.

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Friday, January 19, 2007

TCA Winter Press Tour: The CW; TV Land Brings Back 'Sit Down Comedy with David Steinberg'

The CW is up today at the TCA Winter Press Tour. The CW wants to bring back Gilmore Girls and Veronica Mars next season, but no decision has been made. And if 7th Heaven is not coming back, it will have another series finale...funny. No decision yet on One Tree Hill, Supernatural or Reba. The only locks I think are America's Next Top Model, Smallville, and Everybody Hates Chris. Everything else's chances will probably depend on the development of new shows and how they are. And The O.C. will NOT be picked up by The CW after Fox just canceled it. Thought I would make that clear, The CW did consider it, but passed.
Like ABC's Full Episode Player on abc.com, The CW will get into that business now. The CW will stream episodes of Beauty and the Geek, Supernatural, Veronica Mars, One Tree Hill, Everybody Hates Chris, All of Us, Girlfriends and The Game on CWTV.com effective immediately. And like ABC's, the latest four episodes will be available.
The network is giving Everybody Hates Chris a full-season order for 2007-08. Fans will breathe a sigh of relief for sure, as it was not a given this show would be back next season since the ratings have been down this year.
Coming up in mid-season: America's Next Top Model will launch its eighth run on Wednesday, February 28 with a two-hour premiere at 8 pm. Pussycat Dolls Present: The Search for the Next Doll will premiere Tuesday, March 6 at 9 pm and will air for six weeks in place of Veronica Mars, which will return in late April for its final episodes of the season. The network has not announced yet a premiere date for mid-season drama Hidden Palms, but they said they will very soon. I'm betting Wednesdays at 9 to give One Tree Hill a breather. The network is planning Crowned, an eight-episode competition in which mother-daughter teams pair to try and win a beauty pageant. A yet-to-be-announced celebrity mother-daughter pair will be among the judges. No idea when this will premiere, maybe in the summer?

Tomorrow Fox is up, so make sure you make it to our blog for a special news Saturday. We will still have a mini-DVD review, too! It looks to be a fun Saturday indeed.

TV Land will bring back another batch of all-new episodes of talk show Sit Down Comedy with David Steinberg. 6 episodes have been ordered with 6 legendary guests. This six-episode series -- filmed in front of a live studio audience -- premieres with an animated and hilarious conversation with Jerry Seinfeld. Subsequent guests in this one-on-one comedy forum include Robin Williams, Roseanne Barr, Jon Stewart, Garry Shandling and Ray Romano, who entertain with funny stories about their personal lives and careers in entertainment.
The second season kicks off Wednesdays at 10pm for six weeks starting Wednesday, February 21 at 10pm (ET/PT).
Click here for episode info.

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Thursday, January 18, 2007

TCA Winter Press Tour: CBS; NBC Note; i Network February Highlights

CBS was up at the TCA winter press tour today. Not much news from them, other than touting they are number one in the ratings, but they have renewed Survivor for two more installments for 2007-08. CBS plans on keeping its schedule virtually untouched the remainder of the season. The February 5 debut of sitcom Rules of Engagement is the only scripted show currently slated to launch for the rest of the season, though there are some reality projects that could debut. CBS is still looking at bringing back another version of music reality show Rock Star for the summer. Big Brother will return this summer. CBS has said they are retooling The Class and focusing on the three couples, and it is still unclear if the sitcom will return next season. It will end its rookie season in early March.
CBS also detailed its Super Bowl schedule for Feb. 4. CBS will kick off its coverage at noon ET with a Road to the Super Bowl 2007 season highlight show, followed by Phil Simms All-Iron Team: The Difference Makers at 1. A four-hour pre-game show then begins at 2, featuring reports from CBS Evening News anchor Katie Couric, as well as Early Show anchor and former sportscaster Hannah Storm. CBS Sports' Randy Cross will be doing live cut-ins with American soldiers in Iraq. The game itself is scheduled to kick off at 6:25 p.m. ET from Dolphin Stadium in Miami, Fla.
The post-Super Bowl show will be an episode of Criminal Minds. CBS will close the day with an airing of The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson following local news shows.

CBS's TCA tour so far has been the most boring, but everyone knew that. The CW goes tomorrow and Fox on Saturday, should be more livelier.
NBC made a quick note following their tour yesterday and have announced that mid-season drama Raines will now premiere on Thursday, March 15 at 10 p.m. and will air Thursdays at 10 p.m. for 2 weeks, before moving to Fridays at 9 p.m. starting March 30. Jeff Goldblum stars. The show combines creative forces in the inventive police-drama that blends traditional noir storytelling with humor and intrigue.

The i Network has announced its February schedule to us. There are no regular schedule changes, as of now. So, it will remain the same schedule. They will though have a sitcom Valentine's Week from Feb. 12-16 with sitcom episodes dealing with love & romance. Green Acres, Growing Pains, and Mama's Family are featured. There is one Amen sighting even on Feb 22 at 10:30 p.m., following the special The Making of Amazing Grace.
We will keep you up to date if anything should change, but for now click HERE to view the highlights for February.

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Wednesday, January 17, 2007

TCA Winter Press Tour: NBC; More NATPE News; 'Growing Pains' Delayed on Nick@Nite; Mid-Week Notes

Busy day today. Well, really it is a busy last few weeks with the TCA, NATPE, and schedule changes. Today at the TCA Tour, NBC was up. They had quite a few announcements to make. They made it official today, they will add a fourth hour to their morning show Today, which means it will now air 7-11am. Wow! What's next 7am-12pm? I think they could do that, since most of the NBC Universal new shows are bombing. Anyway, this is what NBC said about adding the 4th hour of Today: On January 14, 1952, Today made history when Dave Garroway and the Today show made its network debut – the first two-hour morning program of its kind. In September, 2000, the program did it again – and expanded to three hours. And now, in the midst of an unprecedented 11 year run as the number-one morning news program, Today will once again make its mark on television history, and expand to four hours. The new hour will launch in September, 2007.
With this piece of news, NBC had to cut an hour from their daytime line-up. So, what is gone? Soap opera Passions will be canceled after August.
Heading into primetime, NBC made announcements that it has renewed some of their shows for next season (2007-08). The four series that received an early pick-up for next season are: Heroes, The Office, My Name is Earl, and Law & Order: SVU. All four will likely have at least 22 episodes next season.
NBC has picked up its popular game show Identity – hosted for one week before Christmas by Emmy Award-winning comedian-magician Penn Jillette -- for a series return in March. Seven episodes have been ordered. No timeslot or day as of yet, but it could be coming to Sundays at 8, when Grease is finished in late March. Speaking of Grease, NBC has announced two more additional episodes have been picked-up, raising it to 11 episodes.
Also at NBC will be a new reality improv-comedy. NBC has ordered six one-hour episodes of Thank God You're Here. Hosted by David Alan Grier, and presided over by judge Dave Foley, each episode of Thank God You're Here showcases the improvisational skills of a group of fearless celebrities as they compete in a battle of wits and laughter to outdo each other's performance in various unexpected situations. Jennifer Coolidge, Bryan Cranston, Joel McHale and Wayne Knight star in the pilot episode. Production on the remaining episodes is expected to resume in February with a launch set for in the spring.
Finally, Dateline: To Catch a Predator (yet again) returns for six weeks Tuesdays at 8 p.m. starting Jan. 30.
NBC has still not announced yet when mid-season sitcoms The Singles Table and Andy Barker, P.I. will be airing. Black Donnellys and Raines are still on target for their premieres on Mondays at 10 and Fridays at 9.

Coming up next are CBS, Fox, and The CW. CBS and Fox had some news today, but we'll make it official when they go at their respected TCA tours. So come back for that.

Just one NATPE note today. Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution has pulled its high-profile Celebrity Jury court strip off the market for this fall after failing to come to terms with the Fox station group on price. But the project may not be dead entirely and could make a comeback sometime later, perhaps in 2008.

Nick at Nite has announced that it will NOT premiere Growing Pains this coming Sunday now. Instead the show will now launch on Monday, February 12. No idea why the delay, but there will now be a Roseanne week next week. Jan. 22-28, nothing but Roseanne. We're also not sure yet what slots Growing Pains will air, but it is likely the same slots we reported when it was supposed to launch Jan. 21. Full House will not air at 8:30 p.m. now until Feb. 12. It was slated to air there on Jan. 22.
Also, Nick at Nite will air the Tuesday night movies in February. It was slated to start Jan. 9. with Crocodile Dundee, but they backed out.
We'll keep you updated when we get more information on the Growing Pains situation.

Now time for some mid-week notes. This is a lightning round of short news items. First and foremost, don't forget the third episode each of hilarious sitcoms The Knights of Prosperity and In Case of Emergency tonight at 9 p.m. ET/PT on ABC. Tonight the Knights hire a security expert to help them get passed the bodyguards. Should be fun!
The Super Bowl airs Sunday, Feb. 4 on CBS, but CBS will have Super Monday the next night with NFL legends (and Dancing with the Stars alums) Emmitt Smith and Jerry Rice guest starring on the opening hour sitcoms. Emmitt on How I Met Your Mother and Jerry on The Class. Emmitt will play himself in the episode when a star-struck Barney (Neil Patrick Thomas) recognizes the former NFL great on the street. As for Jerry Rice's appearance, Duncan (Jon Bernthal) is shocked when he visits Nicole (Andrea Anders) and finds Rice and former pro-football player Yonk Allen (David Keith) working on a charity event speech together.
The CW Network and CBS Paramount Television will stream a never-before-seen episode of the critically acclaimed comedy Everybody Hates Chris on Yahoo! TV (http://tv.yahoo.com/) for one week prior to its network debut on Jan. 22. The episode, entitled "Everybody Hates Eggs," will be offered free-of-charge and without commercial interruption on Yahoo! beginning NOW. In the episode, which airs on The CW on Monday, January 22 (8:00-8:30 p.m. ET), Chris (Tyler James Williams) and Greg (Vincent Martella) get a classroom lesson on parenting when they are each assigned an egg to care for as if it were their own child.

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Tuesday, January 16, 2007

NATPE 2007 Syndication Convention; ABC Family Brings Back '7th Heaven', 'Everwood' Benched; Golden Globes Winners

Yep, it is that time of year again--NATPE 2007. This is where new syndicated shows are bought by stations and where distributors announce what shows will be renewed, among other things. NATPE convention is running Jan. 16-18 in Las Vegas. This year we have a lot of new entries like usual, including even more court shows. Why are these so popular? Sitcom wise, a few shows will be going into off-network syndication, meaning airing 5 days a week. Sitcoms include Two and a Half Men, George Lopez and Family Guy. There are other sitcoms in the run like All of Us, What I Like About You, and Half & Half, but haven't sold much yet.
This year a few dramas are even coming to 5 day a week syndication. In recent years dramas usually air only on weekends. Law & Order Criminal Intent and Baywatch will make the round back to locals, but this time 5 days a week.
As for first-run stuff. We have two talk shows so far: The Morning Show with Mike & Juliet (which is launching on Fox-owned stations next week actually) and untitled show starring Steve Wilkos from The Jerry Springer Show. There will be even a new game show called Temptations, a revival of the old Sale of the Century. Distributors are still trying to sell some other game shows, but nothing has been locked up thus yet. Three more court shows are coming it seems and TMZ.com will get into the TV newsmagazine business with its own show.
Renewals include: Twentieth Television's Divorce Court, Judge Alex and Christina’s Court. Buena Vista has renewed Live! with Regis and Kelly and Who Wants to Be a Millionaire through the 2010-2011 season. CBS Television Distribution has announced it has renewed rookie Rachel Ray through 2009-10 season. Sony's Judge Maria Lopez was renewed already, but Sony has announced it has cleared the show to 92% of the country for next fall. Sony's Judge Hatchett will also be back.

That's all the news we have that is of use, but like usual, we have did a "tentative" list of shows that are being sold to syndication for fall 2007. To see that list, click HERE. We will update periodically and give updates right until fall 2007 starts. So, bookmark it!
We might be back tomorrow if anything else of note is announced at NATPE. Also tomorrow, NBC is up at the TCA Tour. With CBS, Fox and The CW following it later in the week. Keep it right here for full coverage.

ABC Family Channel is bringing back 7th Heaven and will run it weeknights at 6 p.m. starting Tuesday, Feb. 6. It will be replacing Everwood it seems. I am sure Everwood will return soon, so don't worry fans of that show. 7th Heaven came back, as did Smallville, so Everwood is likely to return in the coming months.

And if you're living under a rock, here are the television winners from the Golden Globes last night:

Series, Drama: Grey's Anatomy, ABC
Actress, Drama: Kyra Sedgwick, The Closer, TNT
Actor, Drama: Hugh Laurie, House, Fox
Series, Musical or Comedy: Ugly Betty, ABC
Actress, Musical or Comedy: America Ferrera, Ugly Betty, ABC
Actor, Musical or Comedy: Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock, NBC
Supporting Actress, Series, Miniseries or Movie: Emily Blunt, Gideon's Daughter, BBC America
Supporting Actor, Series, Miniseries or Movie: Jeremy Irons, Elizabeth I, HBO

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Monday, January 15, 2007

TCA Winter Press Tour: ABC; 'Silver Spoons' Coming to DVD; TV Land Schedule Changes

Cable's TCA tour is over for winter, but now the broadcast networks are up! It kicked off yesterday (Sunday, January 14) with ABC going up. The big announcement was the return date for Dancing with the Stars. The show will be in its 4th cycle and will return March 19 and air Mondays 8-9:30 and the results show on Tuesdays 9-10pm. The first two Mondays (March 19, 26) the show will be two-hours (8-10pm) long. To offer viewers two weeks to see the performers in action before voting, the first results show will air on week two, so the first results show will launch March 27 9-10pm. The show will not be facing American Idol. The new cast will be announced on Good Morning America closer to premiere, probably in February.
ABC hasn't mentioned thus yet on when the other mid-season shows will air. But it is safe to assume that new sitcom Notes from the Underbelly will air Mondays at 9:30 p.m. when Dancing goes to 90-minutes starting April 2. ABC will likely use the 2 two-hour editions to launch a new drama at 10pm, perhaps October Road or continue to try to build What About Brian, which will soon feature Stacy Keibler, who was on season two of Dancing with the Stars. ABC also has a great drama coming up called Traveler. That could air Tuesdays or Wednesdays most likely. ABC also has Set for Life, a game show with Jimmy Kimmel and The Big Give, a reality show from Oprah, that could air Tuesdays by February. The sitcom George Lopez (returns Jan. 24) will try to capitalize on the success of Dancing with the Stars, by having past contestants Mario Lopez, Stacy Keibler and Jerry Springer as guest stars on separate episodes. Television icons Barbara Eden (I Dream of Jeannie) and Adam West (Batman) will also guest star, as will Academy Award winner Rita Moreno.
ABC also stated that Six Degrees and The Nine could return to the schedule to finish off its episodes before the season ends. And ABC stated that Day Break will be coming back to finish its episodes online, on ABC.com in February.
The following shows has panel sessions today: Lost, In Case of Emergency, Brothers & Sisters, Desperate Housewives, Grey's Anatomy, Men in Trees and Ugly Betty. The biggest discussion came from the Lost panel where were learned quite a bit. The producers of the show are talking to ABC executives on a period on when to end the show. The producers are saying they want to end around 100 episodes, which would be about 4 full seasons and maybe a short 5th season. They want to end on top and not 'jump the shark.' And next season, the series' 4th season, ABC might go with 22 straight weeks of all-new episodes rather than two batches of episodes. So, the show could debut in January and end in May, like 24 does on Fox, or start in the fall and end in late Feb. I would try to have a scheme where it could air in all three sweep months, so maybe start in early October and run it to end of November sweeps. Start it up again in mid-February and end in early May? I guess we can discuss that in the summer press tour or upfronts, it is way too early to talk about 2007-08 season. Winter press tour is about mid-season 2007.
As for the other panels, ABC announced for In Case of Emergency that Jane Seymour is coming on the show for three episodes. Seymour will play Jason's (David Arquette) mother, Donna and tries to get frisky with Harry (Jonathan Silverman). Her first episode will air Feb. 14 at 9:30pm.
Desperate Housewives panel released more on Marcia Cross' real-life bedrest. Dixie Carter will still be on the show quite a lot until April. And Nicolette Sheridan will have more time on episodes when Cross is on bedrest, and we might even see Edie's son finally by season's end.

I think that is all the noteworthy stuff. Come on back for updates, if any,

Here we are, face to face, a couple of Silver Spoons. Silver Spoons is finally going to come to DVD from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment! Judith A. Moose, who wrote a book on the 80s sitcom, has informed us of this great news! She says special features are also being produced for this DVD set, including audio commentaries. Let's hope most (or even all) of the cast can participate. Judith says we can expect the first season to arrive before summer's end! Hopefully all the episodes will be unedited, and I'm sure Judith will check in on that for us, as Sony is sort of notorious on edited episodes on DVDs, especially multiple part episodes.
This is indeed exciting news and let's hope the plan works out and we do get this set in the summer. You can read Judith's little update and also post your thoughts and comments by clicking here. Together, we're going to find our way (on DVD)!

On Friday evening we announced on our message boards that TV Land will make some schedules changes to its line-up starting Monday. The changes on Monday will be for shows airing everynight between 7-11pm. Includes Gunsmoke coming to 7pm, M*A*S*H moving to 9-10pm and the return of The Jeffersons in primetime from 10-11pm. But that's not all. They will make some changes late Tuesday night (early Wednesday) at midnight with more M*A*S*H and Andy Griffith in the hour. That means Star Trek will be moved to 1:10am, followed by another M*A*S*H at 2:20am. Then on Wednesday, daytime changes will be made, with two I Love Lucy episodes now from 10:30-11:30am, followed by two Green Acres episodes, then an episode each of Brady Bunch and All in the Family. At 2pm Gunsmoke will air, The A-Team moves to 3pm, Miami Vice comes to weekdays airing at 4pm, and Bonanza & Little House round it off from 5-7pm. So, M*A*S*H is doing well, Beaver has been cut down a bit, Gunsmoke is now airing 4 times a day on weekdays, and Miami Vice goes from once a week to 6 airings a week.
To view the full list of changes click HERE. Confused? See the entire line-up here.

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Sunday, January 14, 2007

Week 17 Numbers (First Four Nights); How the Sitcoms Did

Before we get to the numbers, we would like to let you know that TCA Winter Network Press Tour is underway with ABC up today. Come back at 12 midnight ET tonight for a recap!

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

Households: Fox: 9.1/13.8; CBS: 7.2/11.2; NBC: 6.2/9.6; ABC: 6.0/9.3; The CW: 1.8/2.8.
Total Viewers: Fox: 14.9 million; CBS: 11.01 million; NBC: 9.46 million; ABC: 9.06 million; The CW: 2.73 million.
Adults 18-49: Fox: 5.6/14.1; NBC: 3.4/8.6; CBS: 3.4/8.5; ABC: 3.3/8.4; The CW: 1.2/3.0.

Analysis: The 17th week saw Fox starting off big with the BCS National Championship Game and a good showing for House on Tuesday and the network has the lead through Thursday. CBS has won households for 16 straight weeks, which will likely come to an end this week, with Fox winning likely because they also had the NFL playoff game last night. Fox will win the week in Adults 18-49 because of the NFL game yesterday and the BCS game on Monday. Fox will be a player now because American Idol will now launch in week 18--god help us all. As usual, Friday and Saturday numbers are not above, since final numbers are not available yet. CBS is in second place for the week, and will likely stay there for the first time this season. NBC & ABC are almost neck-and-neck through Thursday, and I think ABC will prevail for a decent third for the week, because ABC will do very well tonight. On Monday it was all Fox as the BCS National Championship Game did 28.8 million, down from last year when it was on ABC, but still massive. CBS's CSI: Miami was back with its first new episode of 2007 and did 16.01 million, and NBC's Heroes encore marathon (yes another) from 9-11pm struggled doing 5.72 and 4.45 million, Deal or No Deal started the night off well though with 14.06 million. CBS sitcoms did OK in the 8pm hour doing 8.37 and 7.65 million. Two and a Half Men rose from those numbers and did 14.78 million, with Christine following and holding on well with 12.08 million. ABC saw decent numbers for all-new episodes of Wife Swap & Supernanny doing 7.94 and 8.17 million. Tuesday was again Fox's night. House encore and an all-new House was enough to win the night. The encore did 9.02 million, but the new episode nearly doubled that and did 17.78 million. NBC got decent numbers from both Law & Order spin-offs doing 11.78 and 14.41 million from 9-11pm (though down from last week), with Dateline kicking the night off with a respectable 9.52 million, slightly up week to week. CBS's repeat of NCIS started off strong with 12.84 million, and The 33rd Annual People's Choice Awards did OK with 11.33 million. ABC saw a AFV repeat open up decently with 7.58 million (down from last week's 8.14), but then two episodes of the new sitcom Big Day wasn't so hot, as they did 4.2 and 3.92 million each, down from last week. A new episode of Boston Legal did 8.9 million, not good. Wednesday saw President Bush mess up the night by scheduling a speech for 9pm. All the networks had to retool their schedule. CBS won the night with repeats. Premiere of Armed & Famous didn't do too well though at just 8.07 million, then repeats of Criminal Minds and CSI: NY did decent with 10.85 and 9.68 million. NBC saw Friday Night Lights limping still with just 6.41 million (up slightly week to week), a shortened encore of Deal or No Deal followed the Bush speech at 9:30 with 10.42 million. Medium repeat followed with 7.56 million. ABC's comedy block opened up better than last week with two episodes of According to Jim doing 7.81 and 8.62 million--way up from last week! And it is quite unfortunate that The Knights of Prosperity couldn't get that 8.62 million lead-in because of Bush, instead it started around 9:23 and viewers must have been lost and the momentum that Jim left was gone, the show did 5.2 million only. In Case of Emergency followed that with 5.22 million. Let's hope we see this block doing consistent numbers, which I think it could do. Bush ruined it in week 17. Fox aired a Bones repeat that did OK with 7.09 million and then Bush speech followed by a low rated 'Til Death encore doing 3.32 million. The CW did decent with Beauty & the Geek doing 3.91 million, though down from the premiere. On Thursday we saw ABC dominate with all-new episodes, as CBS was in repeats from 9-11pm this week. ABC opened with an all-new Ugly Betty winning the hour with 13.49 million followed by a new Grey's Anatomy doing a very good 23.03 million, Men in Trees followed with 9.94 million...it should be doing close to 12 million for respect. CBS opened the night with night two of Armed & Famous, doing just 7.69 million, a CSI repeat followed with 12.03 million and a repeat of Shark did 10.2 million. NBC aired all-new episodes of comedies from 8-10pm and did great for the first hour with season highs, but saw bleeding from Scrubs and 30 Rock. They all did decent though in 18-49 from a 2.9-5.0 in range. ER was new and did just 12.18 million though up from last week, 30 Rock is not helping it. And Fox saw pathetic numbers with 'Til Death, War at Home and The O.C.
Friday (numbers not counted in our ratings), saw CBS win each hour. CBS's NUMB3RS was #1 at 10 p.m. and for the night with a 7.3/13 rating. NBC was second in each hour, with its line-up of 1 vs. 100, Las Vegas and Law & Order. ABC re-aired the latest episodes of Grey's Anatomy and Desperate Housewives for third in the hour but 20/20 built on their numbers and did well. And The CW and Fox battled for last place, but Fox did better than usual. Saturday ratings saw the NFL playoffs on Fox dominate. We don't have numbers yet. As for tonight, ABC, CBS, and Fox will likely share a win and have something to brag about, with ABC's Desperate Housewives dominating 9 p.m. and the rest of its A-class line-up of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition & Brothers & Sisters. NBC's reality shows will likely take a big dip this week and won't help the season premiere of Crossing Jordan at 10. Fox will likely battle well with the 2-hour season premiere of 24 from 8-10, doing well primarily in the demo. As for this week in general, I expect Fox to win the demo because of the sporting events and also in total viewers most likely. American Idol returns this coming week. Let's hope it goes down a but at least.

Last Sunday Sitcoms (counts for week of Jan. 1-7)

  • Reba (The CW) 2 episodes - Two repeats did 2.29 and 3.06 million.
  • The Simpsons (Fox) - 11.62 million tuned in for an all-new episode right after a NFL Playoff game.
  • American Dad (Fox) - 9.12 tuned in for a new episode.
  • Family Guy (Fox) 2 episodes - Two repeats held steady with 9.02 and 8.83 million.

Monday Sitcoms

  • How I Met Your Mother (CBS) - 8.37 million for a new episode...not bad, but could be better especially for CBS Monday.
  • The Class (CBS) - 7.65 million for a new episode. Watch the table-read tomorrow (Jan. 15) LIVE at 2pm ET on the internet (See Friday's Blog)
  • Two and a Half Men (CBS) - 14.78 million for a new episode...very good like usual.
  • New Adventures of Old Christine (CBS) - 12.08 million..pretty good retention from lead-in.
  • CW Monday Comedies: Chris, All of Us, Girfriends, The Game. Repeat episode of Chris started it off with 2.44 million, the highest of the block. The rest ranged 1.53 to 2.11 million. Stop with the repeats!


Tuesday Sitcoms

  • Big Day (ABC) 2 episodes - 4.2 million and 3.92 million for two new episodes. Not good, and down from last week. 2 more episodes to go and they will air on Jan. 30.

Wednesday Sitcoms
  • According to Jim (ABC) 2 episodes - Way up from last week's premiere! A great sign! 7.81 and 8.62 million!
  • The Knights of Prosperity (ABC) - Bush aired a speech at 9pm, delaying this show in the east and central zones, therefore ABC lost momentum from 8:30pm's great numbers, and this show had to suffer doing just 5.2 million. The Knights' plan is certainly better than Bush's new plan. WATCH THIS WEEK! If you missed this episode cause of Bush, watch it on abc.com
  • In Case of Emergency (ABC) - 5.22 million...again thanks to Bush.
  • 'Til Death (Fox) - 3.32 million for a repeat that was scheduled because of the Bush speech.
Thursday Sitcoms
  • My Name is Earl (NBC) - 10.85 million for an all-new episode and a 4.6/13 in 18-49...SEASON HIGHS!
  • The Office (NBC) - 10.15 million, held a lot from lead-in this week, but 18-49 was REALLY great with a 5.0/13 rating. WOW!
  • Scrubs (NBC) - Despite the big jump for the 8-9pm hour this show stayed steady at 7.77 million.
  • 30 Rock (NBC) - Same as above. 6.1 million.
  • 'Til Death (Fox) - 4.68 million...back down under 5 million.
  • War at Home (Fox) - 4.36 million for a new episode...not good, but holding the lead-in's numbers well.
Friday Sitcoms
None.

Saturday Sitcoms
None.

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

Summing it up. Two and a Half Men, How I Met Your Mother, The Office, According to Jim 8:30, My Name is Earl and The New Adventures of Old Christine were impressive for the week. Everything else was OK (such as The Class and Scrubs) or just plain old terrible (such as Big Day and War at Home).

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Saturday, January 13, 2007

Mini-DVD Review: Beavis and Butt-Head: The Mike Judge Collection

Welcome to another edition of mini-DVD reviews! Today we take a look at MTV/Paramount's Complete Collection of Beavis and Butt-Head. Beavis and Butt-Head of course was the popular MTV animated series which featured the crazy duo. Music videos were also seen on the show. See skees53's mini-DVD review of Beavis and Butt-Head: The Mike Judge Collection:

Beavis and Butt-Head: The Mike Judge Collection (MTV, $124.90) contains 122 of the "best" episodes (keep in mind that each episode is only about 5 minutes, although there are a few that are longer) of the former MTV animation hit, along with several bonus features and the motion picture film, "Beavis and Butt-Head Do America." The set itself is actually comprised of three smaller DVD sets and the movie, all of which had previously been released and are also available separately.

Beavis and Butt-Head: Volume 1 (MTV, $39.98) contains 40 episodes, primarily from the earlier years of the series In this set, we get to see who Beavis and Butt-Head are before they become REALLY stupid. The boys help Mr. Anderson prune a tree (and accidentally cause his whole house to fall down in the process), become friends with an escaped serial killer (and reforms the killer, or "Kyler" as they call him, by getting him to put a tattoo of a butt that has a tattoo of a butt, on their butt), discover the joys of a 1-900 number, get sent back a grade, again and again, until they end up in kindergarten, and try to find oil in the backyard after watching "The Beverly Hillbillies." In Volume 1, the special features include 11 music videos from artists such as Pantera, Korn, Beastie Boys, and a bunch of other artists that are, well, not so well-known. Additionally, this set contains original series promos, appearances from the MTV Video Music Awards, appearances with Kurt Loder on an MTV Thanksgiving special, and Taint of Greatness Part 1, which is the first of a three part series (one part on each volume) that is just interviews with those involved with creating the show.

Beavis and Butt-Head: Volume 2 (MTV, $39.98) contains 40 more episodes, beginning with "Plastic Surgin'" (Beavis and Butt-Head discover that women can get their breasts enlarged, and decide they too want a body part enlarged--I'll let you guess what part) and contains many other great adventures such as the boys getting struck by lightning (after imitating Benjamin Franklin), changing the oil in the fryer at Burger World (with motor oil), creating a video for a video dating service, trying to set up a whiplash scam, taking a field
trip where they can't stop misbehaving on the bus (and nearly kill their teacher because of that), trying to buy a prostitute for less than a dollar, and making a series of prank phone calls. Music videos from Beastie Boys, Pantera, Madonna, Rush, and Radiohead are included on this set. It also includes Part 2 of the Taint of Greatness featurette, appearances from the Butt-Bowl, clips from the MTV 20th Anniversary Special, Calvin Klein ad parodies, Moron-A-Thon (an MTV marathon of the show from several years ago) featuring Snoop Dogg, an unaired segment from VH-1's "I Love the 90's," and original series promos.

Beavis and Butt-Head: Volume 3 (MTV, $39.98) contains the remaining 42 of the "best" episodes. In this set, they save a baby bird, get head lice, visit a lingerie store, pierce their own ears, try to get hurt while playing in a shopping cart (to make money), discover impotence,
get drunk from drinking non-alcoholic beer, and imagine themselves as stars of the show "Leave it to Beaver" in the short titled "Leave it to Beavis." This set also contains the Christmas episodes about the boys, and contains the full-length (22 minute) final episode, "Beavis and Butt-Head Are Dead." It includes music videos from Salt N Pepper, Poison, Sonic Youth, Soundgarden, Alice Cooper, and more. Special Features include Part 3 of the Taint of Greatness featurette, the original uncut "Frog Baseball" episode (this was the pilot), Yule Log clips, letters to Santa Butt-Head, Beavis and Butt-Head interview with Chris Connelly, clips from the 2005 Video Music Awards, and original series promos.

Beavis and Butt-Head Do America (Paramount, $14.99) is the original motion picture about the boys, where they go on a journey across America to find a stolen television. It includes some behind the scenes footage and commentary. It isn't really a great movie, but it is a nice thing to have in this set.

In general, these sets are well-done, and I have to admit, I like having the episodes without the music videos intact. That is not how they originally aired, but I remember recording and fast-forwarding through those videos when the series originally aired. My only complaint is that they didn't include the rest of the episodes (there are roughly 80 more). Apparently, Mike Judge feels that the remaining episodes were "poor quality" and for that reason, they shouldn't be seen. Why not put them out and let us decide if we want to buy them?
Among those 80 episodes, there are definitely some in there that, in my opinion, were better than ones included in these volumes. It is also worth noting that, along the same lines of Mike Judge deciding for us what is a "poor quality" episode, he decided to edit out small scenes on episodes in Volume 1 (due to slight animation errors that the average person would probably never notice) and had the audacity to advertise this a "Director's Cut," as if we were getting more footage! Fortunately this practice didn't take place on Volumes 2 and 3.

This set is definitely worth buying, but if the price tag on the entire series doesn't appeal to you, you may want to consider buying it in smaller chunks, maybe a volume at a time. Actually, if you look on Amazon.com, it is cheaper to buy each volume individually than it is to buy the complete collection! The gold box that is included in the complete collection is somewhat nice, but seriously, does anybody really need that? In any event, you'll want to get this somehow, but don't try anything they would do while trying to get it.
-- Reviewed by skees53
(4.5/5 stars)

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Friday, January 12, 2007

TCA Cable Winter Press Tour Day 4; Watch 'The Class' Table-Read and Dress Rehearsal LIVE!

Today is the last day for the cable portion of the TCA Winter Press Tour. Up today are: TV Guide Channel, NBC Universal Cable Networks (Bravo, Sci-Fi, USA Network), Sundance Channel, GSN, Rainbow Networks (AMC, WE-TV, Fuse), HBO.
And of note, the biggest thing to come out of this TCA Tour I think is NBC Universal creating a new channel called Chiller, a 24-hour entertainment cable channel dedicated to the horror genre. It will launch March 1. Chiller will feature classic horror films and television shows around the clock. At launch, the programming slate will include the television series Friday the 13th, Twin Peaks, Alfred Hitchcock Presents and Tales from the Crypt. We will certainly have the schedule when ready to be posted.
USA Network has announced its first new original series for 2007, In Plain Sight, starring Mary McCormack. A weekly one-hour light drama from NBC Universal Television Studio, In Plain Sight was picked up as a pilot with 11 additional episodes ordered.
Bravo has announced Queer Eye will end after 10 new episodes this season. Making it on the air for 5 seasons. Also at Bravo, Award-winning actress, designer and entrepreneur Jaclyn Smith has been named host of Bravo's newest reality competition series Shear Genius. It will premiere in the spring with 8 episodes. Bravo also announced a new docu-series following the unique and multi-faceted Paula Abdul, Hey Paula! (working title). The series will provide a candid real look at the American Idol judge, pop star, choreographer and multi-platinum artist, as she takes two steps forward, and two steps back into the spotlight, giving an inside perspective on her professional and personal life. Bravo has announced much more, but these are the main ones.
Sister net Sci-Fi Channel has also announced a slew of releases. The most notable one is Flash Gordon. Sci-Fi has greenlit production on Flash Gordon, based on the popular comic strip franchise. Production on the 22 one-hour episodes begins in Canada in early 2007. The series, produced by Reunion Pictures, is slated to debut on Sci-Fi in July of '07, with a broadcast syndication window to follow.
GSN's most notable announcement was a pick-up for a sixth season for the popular original game show Lingo, hosted by Chuck Woolery. The sixth season will premiere Monday, April 2 and will air Monday through Friday 7:30-8:00 PM, ET.
Women's network WE tv has greenlighted the new reality show Wife, Mom, Bounty Hunter. The series, slated for April, will profile Sandra Scott, a former female wrestler who is now a bounty hunter and a married mother of two in the suburbs of Phoenix.

Looks like that is all. If we have more updates we will add them ASAP. Stay tuned for the broadcast portion of the TCA Tour very shortly.

Struggling new sitcom The Class will give viewers a rare behind-the-scenes look at how the show is made. Next week, Warner Bros. TV will webcast live the table read and the run-through of an episode titled "The Class Springs a Leak," which is slated to air February 19.
The table read is slated for 2pm ET/11am PT Monday, and the run-through -- a full-episode rehearsal -- is scheduled for 4pm ET/1pm PT January 17. Both will be webcast on http://www.theclasstv.com.
The Class, which airs Mondays at 8:30 p.m. on CBS, revolves around eight 28-year-old former third-grade classmates. It is slated to run in originals for the next couple of months, completing its first (and last?) season March 5.
This is certainly cool news. If you are into the world of television and especially the sitcom, this is a cool way to learn how table reads are done and how properly the dress rehearsal goes. So, take your 'class' to The Class field trip if you have school. And if you don't have school, school yourself by learning something from the world of television. Fascinating stuff.

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Thursday, January 11, 2007

TCA Cable Winter Press Tour Day 3; Remembering Yvonne De Carlo

Up today at the TCA tour are:
E! Networks (E!, style, G4), ESPN, Lifetime, Starz!, MTV Networks (MTV, Comedy Central, VH1, Spike, Nickelodeon/Nick@Nite, TV Land).
We will have updates shortly.
First, we will start with VH1. That have started production on new scripted half-hour comedy I Hate My 30s. VH1's picked up eight episodes of the show, which uses the backdrop of a doctor's office to address issues faced by twenty-somethings reluctantly entering their 30s. Also, at VH1, for 16 years, America has been riveted by the outrageous guests and topics that make up The Jerry Springer Show. It showcases some of America's most colorful characters, wild relationships and truly amazing stories. Now, for the first time, backstage cameras capture life behind the curtain with VH1's new docu-soap, The Springer Hustle, an in-depth, insider's look at how America's most controversial television show is put together. Premiering Sunday, March 4 at 10 PM, the 8 half-hour episodes will
focus on the dedicated team of producers in the eye of the Springer
hurricane; a tight-knit family charged with filling the show with the wildest real American stories possible.
Sister network Spike TV has a new project coming up. Donnie Wahlberg has been signed to star opposite John Leguizamo in Spike TV's new fast-paced, thrilling original scripted eight-hour dramatic event The Kill Pit.
At Lifetime, Mark Gordon, a producer of ABC hit Grey's Anatomy will bring his expertise in large ensemble drama to Lifetime Television this summer with the debut of Army Wives. Army Wives, shot in HD, will begin production in February in South Carolina. Lifetime ordered 13 episodes of the show, which will star Kim Delany and Catherine Bell. So far, only the pilot has been shot. Kirstie Alley will star in and executive produce the upcoming Lifetime Original Movie And She Was, a satiric comedy about a middle-aged screenwriter who learns she is all washed up in Hollywood because she is considered too old. She enlists the help of her 20-something nephew who passes himself off as the writer of her scripts. But when he falls in love with a studio executive, her plan to reveal that she is, in fact, the talented wordsmith, is jeopardized. And She Was will premiere this summer on Lifetime Television.
G4 executives introduced a retro-video-game-inspired animated series, Code Monkeys. G4 will also launch Star Trek: The Next Generation 2.0 on January 15. The show features on-screen live chat and interactive features as a Star Trek episode airs. G4 has aired a similar format for original Star Trek episodes since April 2006.
As for style network, interior design pro Thom Filicia is hosting a new show for the style network. In the half-hour series Dress My Nest, Filicia will help redo a room in someone's house based on seeing one outfit of their clothing. The show debuts March 28. Also, style has renewed both Split Ends and Style Her Famous for second seasons.

An active day indeed. No news yet from TV Land or Nick at Nite yet, if anything will be released at all. If they do release something, check back here in this spot or in tomorrow's blog.

Coming up tomorrow (the last day for cable): TV Guide Channel, NBC Universal Cable Networks (Bravo, Sci-Fi, USA Network)), Sundance Channel, GSN, Rainbow Networks (AMC, WE-TV, Fuse), HBO.

Yvonne De Carlo who played wife Lily Munster on the hit '60s sitcom The Munsters has passed away. De Carlo is best known for that role on the horror spoof sitcom. She was also quite known for her role as Charlton Heston's wife in the movie epic The Ten Commandments. De Carlo died Monday in Los Angeles of natural causes. She also played Lily Munster in the 1966 movie Munster, Go Home; The Munsters' Revenge in 1981; and in a cameo appearance in the 1995 TV movie revival Here Come the Munsters. De Carlo was an actress who acted in the 1940s even in various movies. Her other TV credits include guest spots on Bonanza, Fantasy Island, Murder She Wrote, Dream On, and Death Valley Days. She even had a small role in the highest rated mini-series of all time, Roots, playing a slave owner's wife. Let's hope TV Land does a tribute by airing some Munsters episodes, though they don't have rights to the show anymore. The least they can do is air that Bonanza episode. If there is a tribute, we will let you know. Ms. De Carlo will certainly be missed by sitcom fans. She was 84.

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Wednesday, January 10, 2007

TCA Winter Cable Press Tour Day 2; Bush Speech Messes Primetime Schedule Tonight

We are now in day two of the TCA winter Cable Press Tour. Up today: Discovery Networks (Discovery, TLC, Animal Planet, Travel), Oxygen, TV One, National Geographic Channel, BBC America, Disney Channel/ABC Family. Of note so far...
New programming coming up in March on Oxygen ranges from the deathly serious (Who Cares About Girls?) to the frivolous (a reality series about Tori Spelling and her new husband, Dean McDermott. Tori & Dean: Inn Love will follow the couple as they invest Spelling's inheritance from her late father, producer Aaron Spelling, by buying an eight-acre bed-and-breakfast in Temecula, Calif.
TV One said it is going into production on a new theatrical competition series, David E. Talbert's Blackstage, with playwright Talbert and Edmonds Entertainment. Eight contestants and two alternates will compete for the chance to be understudies in Talbert's latest play, a touring production of Love in the Nick of Tyme, which stars Morris Chestnut and R&B singer Avant.
Disney Channel announced updates for its various series such as Kim Possible and Handy Mandy. High School Musical fans can go online starting Friday to determine elements of High School Musical 2, which begins filming in Utah in the spring for an August premiere. At the Web site, they can answer 10 poll questions that will determine such elements as the type of dessert that Zeke bakes for Sharpay and the clever sayings on Chad's T-shirts.
Melissa Joan Hart and Mario Lopez have been tapped to star in the ABC Family original movie Holidays in Handcuffs. Production is underway and is scheduled to air in December 2007 as part of ABC Family's annual "25 Days of Christmas" programming event. ABC Family also touted its new series Lincoln Heights, which airs Mondays at 7 p.m.

And yesterday Hallmark Channel and FX were up late. We have updates on both. Hallmark mentioned it will be doing more romance films in February before converting to a scheduling scheme in March that will see each weeknight devoted to genres. The February lineup will include original fare such as Love Is a Four-Letter Word, starring Teri Polo and Robert Mailhouse as cynical divorce attorneys who find love with each other; and acquisitions such as Green Card with Gerard Depardieu and The In-Laws with Albert Brooks and Michael Douglas.
Originals scheduled later in the year include Sacrifices of the Heart, the Davis-penned drama, starring Melissa Gilbert and Ken Howard; Pandemic, depicting a jetliner bearing a toxic virus headed for Los Angeles; and Marco Polo with Ian Somerhalder.
As for FX, Glenn Close is coming back to the network to star in her own legal thriller. Denis Leary's Rescue Me and comedy series It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia will return this summer for fourth and third seasons, respectively on FX.

Up tomorrow: E! Networks (E!, style, G4), ESPN, Lifetime, Starz!, MTV Networks (MTV, Comedy Central, VH1, Spike, Nickelodeon/Nick@Nite, TV Land).

Tonight President Bush has scheduled a speech on sending more troops in Iraq at 9 p.m.--which effects the sitcom world in a way. In the east, central and mountain time zones, ABC's The Knights of Prosperity, In Case of Emergency and an abbreviated Primetime Medical Mysteries will air on a half-hour delay. Knights at 9:30 p.m. ET, Emergency at 10:00 p.m. ET and an abbreviated Medical at 10:30 p.m. ET. In the pacific time zone, you'll get the shows in their regular slots of 9-11 p.m. PT. So, don't miss Knights episode two...I've seen it and it is hilarious. Louis the intern will shine in this episode. And episode two of Emergency is funnier than the pilot. Tune in!
Elsewhere, NBC will join Deal or No Deal in progress at 9:30 p.m. ET, but it will be an encore broadcast now (in the pacific time zone, you'll see the full hour encore). CBS will air repeats of Criminal Minds and CSI: NY now instead of all-new episodes, both on a half-hour delay from 9:30-11:30 p.m ET (in the pacific time zone, you'll see the encores in the regular 9-11pm PT slots). And Fox will pre-empt an encore of Bones scheduled 9-10 p.m. ET for an encore of 'Til Death at 9:30 p.m. Not sure what the pacific time zone will air at 9 p.m. PT--I'd image another 'Til Death. See what the President has caused? Anyway go with the ABC comedies...they will be all-new!

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Tuesday, January 09, 2007

TCA Winter Cable Press Tour Day 1; TV Land Change for This Wednesday, M*A*S*H Scores!

The TCA Winter Cable Press Tour has begun today! Up today are Turner Broadcasting (CNN, TNT, TBS), Weather Channel, Great American Country, A&E/History Channel, Hallmark Channel, FX.
We will give you programming updates, if anything of note is given. So, check back repeatedly. A&E has CSI: Miami and The Sopranos reruns, but now also look to develop 6 original dramas to surround those series. from big creative names including Joel Silver and Steven Bochco. The Bocho series is described as a legal series about a married couple who specialize in divorce cases.
As for CNN, they are developing documentaries and specials. Some include Grady's Anatomy, a second quarter program about the doctors at Atlanta's Grady Hospital where CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta is an attending neurosurgeon and Larry King: 50 Years of Pop Culture, a two-hour, second quarter special tracing King's 50 years in the industry.
So, far Day 1 has been a snooze fest...let's hope it picks up later in the day. Check back here for further updates. Hopefully Hallmark has something good to report.

Up tomorrow are: Discovery Networks (Discovery, TLC, Animal Planet, Travel), Oxygen, TV One, National Geographic Channel, BBC America, Disney Channel/ABC Family.

TV Land has made a change for this Wednesday. For this Wednesday (Jan. 10), M*A*S*H will air at 9:30pm leading into the premiere of original series Myths & Legends at 10pm. Andy Griffith's 9:30pm episode will now air at 11pm on this night. By the looks of this, it seems M*A*S*H is doing very well. And we can confirm that now:
The launch of M*A*S*H on TV Land proved to be a "major major" smash! The series, which kicked off with a week-long "Major Major M*A*S*H Marathon" on Monday, January 1 through Sunday, January 7, scored spectacular ratings in prime time for the week, attracting an average of 1.3 million total viewers and scored double-digit increases in demo rating and delivery. The marathon showcase also included 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, all of which scored huge numbers for the network. TV Land's "Major Major" marathon made TV Land a Top Ten ranked network in all of basic cable among Adults 25-54 for the week in prime.
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I don't have Nick@Nite's full January 22 schedule just yet, as soon as I do, I will post it. All we know is that Full House will also air Mon-Fri at 8:30 p.m., and Growing Pains will air Mon-Thurs 9 & 9:30 p.m., Fridays & Saturdays at 10:30 p.m. and Sundays at 9:30 p.m. That could be the only changes, but we will let you know, as soon as we do.

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Monday, January 08, 2007

'Growing Pains' Joins Nick@Nite Schedule; In2TV January New Episodes and Series


You saw the promo and on screen scrolls on Nick at Nite shows this weekend saying that the hit '80s sitcom Growing Pains is coming to Nick at Nite, starting Jan. 21...but now we have full details! Nick at Nite will add the popular family comedy Growing Pains to its sitcom line-up beginning Sunday, January 21 at 9:00 PM (ET/PT). The sitcom kicks off with an all-night, nine-episode marathon on Sunday, Jan. 21 from 9:00 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. which will repeat immediately from 1:30 until 6:00 a.m.
Then, beginning Monday, January 22, the network will air an hour of Growing Pains with two back-to-back episodes every Monday through Thursday from 9:00 to 10:00 p.m. Growing Pains will also air Friday and Saturday at 10:30 p.m. and Sundays at 9:30 p.m. The show will also continue to air on the broadcast channel i Network weeknights 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Full House will be moving to Mon-Fri 8:30 p.m., which I believe is considered Nickelodeon. No idea yet if Full House will remain at 1 & 1:30 a.m. and 5:30 a.m. We WILL be back later today with full changes to the Nick at Nite schedule starting that date...if there are any other changes. So you will want to return indeed!

Here are January 2007 new episodes for In2TV that launched on In2TV. New sitcoms joining are The Stones, Twins and My Favorite Martian, and Hangin' with Mr. Cooper continues to joins Chico and the Man with no new episodes this month. There are more new shows joining that are not sitcoms, see bottom, also two more new channels! So, here is a glimpse of what is new this month, including all the sitcom episodes:

Alice
"Love is Sweeping the Counter"
Endearments replace the insults in Flo and Mel's relationship.
"Oh! George Burns"
When George Burns stops into Mel's, Vera believes that he's actually the Deity he played in the movie Oh, God!
"The Eyes of Texas"
Flo's vanity keeps her from getting the eyeglasses she obviously needs.
"Love is a Free Throw"
An amorous high-school basketball star starts putting the moves on Alice.
"Close Encounters of the Worst Kind"
Alice's (LINDA LAVIN) course in psychology causes a lot of friction in the diner, but with a happy ending.

F Troop
"Don't Ever Speak to Me Again"
When the troop is about to be given a citation for the highest morale in the region, arguments flare up among the troopers, the Hekawi, and Jane.
"Too Many Cooks Spoil the Troop"
When the fort's cook leaves, O'Rourke has Agarn take over and pads the supply list in order to sell the excess to the Hekawi. Jamie Farr guest stars.
"The Sergeant and the Kid"
O'Rourke must talk a runaway 10-year-old boy out of joining the cavalry
"What Are You Doing After the Massacre"
Flaming Arrow, the 147-year old chief of the Hekawi, comes down from a mountain to try to reclaim their land, starting by laying siege to Fort Courage.
"Indian Fever"
Everybody thinks Agarn is crazy when he is the only one to keep seeing an Indian in the fort

Gilligan's Island
"Big Man on a Little Stick"
A handsome surfer rides a tsunami all the way from Hawaii to Gilligan's Island.
"Diamonds Are an Ape's Best Friend"
A gorilla kidnaps Mrs. Howell.
"How To Be A Hero"
The Castaways try to make Gilligan feel like a hero.
"Return of Wrong Way Feldman"
The castaways are revisited by 'Wrongway' Feldman.
"The Matchmaker"
Mrs. Howell decides to engineer a romance between Gilligan and Mary Ann.

Growing Pains
"State of the Union"
Maggie fumes over the many irritants that seem to be driving her and Jason apart -- until unexpected news sheds light on the situation. Dennis Haysbert guest stars.
"The Mom Who Knew Too Much"
Maggie and Carol share confidences at the beauty salon, but later Carol learns to her chagrin that a secret isn't safe with Maggie.
"How The West Was Won - Part 1"
Mike and Boner learn that Coach Lubbock has been fired, prompting them to organize a protest.
"How The West Was Won - Part 2"
Jason, Carol, Mike, and Boner are arrested in the demonstration over the dismissal of Coach Lubbock.
"How Could I Leave Her Behind"
Mike's friend Eddie shows up for a double date with Mike's ex-girlfriend

Head of the Class
"The 21st Century News"
Charlie (HOWARD HESSEMAN) must convince his class that the future is not as bleak as they think and must convince Dennis (DAN SCHNEIDER) not to fear competition in the pursuit of his goals.
"Moore Than You Know"
When Charlie (HOWARD HESSEMAN) becomes disenchanted with teaching and resigns, can anyone change his mind?
"The Refrigerator of Fillmire High"
Dennis (DAN SCHNEIDER) joins the football team and learns about courage, while Dr. Samuels (WILLIAM G. SCHILLING) joins the students in a citywide competition and learns about acting.
"Let's Rap"
When the students receive certificates as peer counselors, Sarah (KIMBERLY RUSSELL) is distraught over her apparent inability to help a troubled student (RAIN PRYOR). Leah Remini guest stars in this episode.

Jamie Foxx Show
"Get Up, Stand Up"
Jamie causes problems after advising Fancy to be more confrontational with her inconsiderate friend. Helen and Junior try to find a date for Braxton.
"Super Ego"
Series star JAMIE FOXX reunites with his fellow Any Given Sunday stars, professional football greats LAWRENCE TAYLOR and JAMIE WILLIAMS, along with football players CHARLES WOODSON, FRED WILLIAMSON and DARRELL RUSSELL (all playing themselves). When Fancy parties with the sports heroes, Jamie's ego gets him involved in a serious gridiron game against the professionals.
"Rollin' in the Dough"
Jamie wreaks havoc when he invades Braxton's investment club.
"On Bended Knee"
Jamie balks at proposing to Fancy, so he breaks up with her---but accidentally leaves an engagement ring at her apartment. He and his pals then search her place for the rock, hoping to find it before Fancy does.
"Bachelor Party"
Jamie catches Fancy auditioning male dancers for her bachelorette party after they each promised not to have such gatherings, so he and Mouse plan to get even.

Joey
"Joey and the Road Trip"
When a celebrity judge for a Las Vegas beauty pageant suddenly cancels, Joey is asked to replace him. Gina and Alex want to take a road trip with Joey, and the two women kidnap Michael from school and force him to join them as well. While at the casino, Michael reluctantly uses his math skills to teach Gina how to play blackjack using his math skills. Bob Saget guest stars in this episode.
"Joey and the Taste Test"
Lauren (recurring guest star LUCY LIU), the executive producer of "Deep Powder," orders Joey to stop dating his fellow star Katie (recurring guest star DANNEEL HARRIS). But when Joey refuses to heed the warning, a problem arises. Meanwhile, Gina teaches Alex how to bake her famous lasagna. But does the student's version surpass the teacher's?
"Joey and the Assistant"
Now that he's a big celebrity on a hit TV show, Joey discovers that he can hire a personal assistant and begins the interviewing process. Michael is frustrated when his friend Seth (recurring guest star SIMON HELBERG) decides to patent an idea by himself even though they created the concept together.
"Joey and the Tonight Show"
Joey gets the chance of a lifetime to be a guest on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" when a major movie star cancels her appearance. However, on his way to the studio, Joey becomes increasingly worried he won't arrive on time. When a big truck overturns on the freeway, Joey really starts to panic. JAY LENO guest stars as himself.
"Joey and the Wrong Name"
Joey gets invited to present an award at the Daytime Soap Awards and finds that it's more difficult than it looks. Meanwhile, Michael unsuccessfully tries to work out at the gym.

Kirk
"Oh What A Tangled Web We Weave"
Elizabeth's parents don't know that she and Kirk are married, so when they visit, she and Kirk pretend to be just engaged.

My Favorite Martian - NEW!
"My Favorite Martian"
In the pilot episode, Martin's spacecraft crash lands on earth. He meets and moves in with Tim O'Hara.
"The Matchmaker"
Tim and Martin find a dog that needs their help. It turns out that the dog is love-struck.
"There Is No Cure for the Common Martian"
Martin loses his powers when he gets sick. He has contracted the common cold, a condition that Martians are not familiar with.
"Russians Are In Session"
Martin finds out about the Government space strategy. He knows from experience that the plans are doomed to failure. But he finds no audience when he attempts to warn them.
"Man or Amoeba'
Martin helps Mrs. Brown's daughter, Angela, with a school assignment about Mars.
"The Man on the Couch"
Martin is believed to be attempting suicide. He is forced into psychiatric therapy.
"Case of the Missing Sleuth"
The Case of the Missing Sleuth: Detective Brennan (Alan Hewitt) dissolves himself with Martin's molecular separator.
"Who's Got The Power"
Martin's powers become impaired during an electrical storm.
"El Senor From Mars"
In Mexico, Tim and Martin witness the opening of an ancient box. Bernie Kopell guest stars.

Pearl
"Dean Cuisine"
Annie sends unsuspecting Pearl and Pynchon on a blind date to dinner at the dean's house. Pynchon, who's running for chairman of his department, gives way to greed when he realizes the dean likes Pearl. Danny DeVito guest stars.
"Billy Returns"
Pynchon's brother Billy returns and asks Pearl on a date, but she's worried that he's just trying to annoy his brother. Meanwhile, Pynchon is acting more than annoyed--he seems jealous.

Perfect Strangers
"You Gotta Have Friends"
Larry has doubts about Balki's new friend's honesty.
"Father Knows Best" Parts 1 and 2
Larry feels responsible for everyone being trapped in the basement.
"Home Movies"
Larry shoots a home movie to be sent to Mypos.
"Three's A Crowd"
Mary Anne stays with Larry and Balki after she has an argument with Jennifer.

The Stones - NEW!
"Pilot"
Barbara and Stan argue over how to break it to their adult kids at their 25th anniversary celebration dinner, that they are happily getting a divorce. Meanwhile, Karly gets evicted from her apartment but refuses to tell her parents, and Winston succeeds in getting Audra, a pretty science colleague, to notice him. Karly decides to move back home, and Stan moves into the guest room above the garage.
"Seamus On You"
When Barbara gives Stan a belated 25th Anniversary gift, he tries to outdo her by giving her a better gift. A fling from Karly's past shows up on the Stones' doorstep. Nobody remembers Winston's 21st birthday, except for Audra.
"The Lawyer Trap"
Stan cancels the family credit cards when he mistakenly assumes Barbara went on a shopping spree. Barbara retaliates by calling off their "friendly divorce" and hiring a lawyer. Winston and Karly do some bonding after Winston realizes he misses his sister.
"The Lonely Goatherd"
Stan hurts his back and Winston stays home to take care of him, while Barbara and Karly attend a "Sound of Music" sing-a-long dressed as characters from the movie. Stan wants to watch basketball, but Winston has other ideas.
"Romancing the Stones"
Barbara and Stan's first forays into the dating scene ends up differently than they anticipated. Stan is taken aback when a pretty female colleague flirts with him and ultimately ends up asking her out. Barbara, meanwhile, joins an Internet dating service and arranges a meeting with one of her matches. As the two prepare to go on their dates, Barbara tries to undermine Stan's confidence while she builds up her own. Meanwhile, Karly interferes in Winston's dating life causing a mix-up that almost costs her a job she loves.
"She Ain't Heavy, She's My Sister"
Barbara's previously plump sister comes to visit and attempts to use her hot new looks to take advantage of a new opportunity. Barbara has always felt guilty for growing up the favored daughter over her overweight, irresponsible sister. When Gail comes to visit and shows off a gorgeous new figure, Barbara is thrilled and eager to help her in any way she can. But when she tries to pull one over on Barbara, Gail quickly learns that her straight-laced, goody-goody sister isn't the pushover she thought she was.
"The Perfect Episode"
A comedy about the crazy reality of two adult children living in their childhood home with their divorcing, but friendly, parents.
"Courting the Coopers"
A comedy about the crazy reality of two adult children living in their childhood home with their divorcing, but friendly, parents.
"Howard's End"
A comedy about the crazy reality of two adult children living in their childhood home with their divorcing, but friendly, parents.

Twins - NEW!
"Pilot"
Twin sisters -- one brilliant, the other beautiful -- inherit their parents' lingerie company, Arnold Undergarments. Mitchee, considers leaving the company, but then she meets a new attractive, co-worker.
"Fruit of the Lunatics"
Mitchee and Farrah come to an agreement on not to argue in front of their employees while running their lingerie business. But the sister's truce does not last long as they bicker over the name of an underwear design. Lastly, retirement for Alan is a lot harder than he had originally expected.
"Treat Her Like A Lady"
Mitchee is fed up with Alan always treating her like one of the guys, especially in front of Jordan. Alan respects Mitchee's feelings, but over-compensates when referring to his daughter in the work place, resulting in many rumors among the employees. Meanwhile, Farrah wants to be taken more seriously within the company and boardroom, but Lee tries to convince her to leave the business responsibilities to her sister and father.
"Twist of Fate"
Mitchee follows Lee's advice and sets up Jordan with Farrah so he'll realize that they don't belong together. However, her plan sadly backfires.
"Really, It's The Thought That Counts"
To prove to Farrah that she can have fun, Mitchee throws herself a birthday party. Elsewhere, Alan and Lee decide to make a list of all the reasons they don't like one another and Alan is ashamed that his list is longer than hers.
"Model Student"
Mitchee and Farrah both receive traffic tickets and must attend traffic school at their old alma mater, which brings back unsettling feelings the two have toward each other. Meanwhile, Alan realizes his figure isn't the way it used to be and decides to get into shape. Lee vows to help him lose weight, offering Alan an exercise incentive he can't refuse.
"Halloween, Boo"
Mitchee and Lee bond as they give out Halloween candy while Alan is trying to catch the person who has been egging their house. Meanwhile Farrah drops off a donation of leftover "Golden Rears" to a retirement home where she must confront her fears of aging when she meets a woman on the verge of death.
"Horse Sense"
Farrah's plan to flirt with the landlord to keep their company's rent low falls apart when she finds out that he retired and he has been replaced by his daughter. Meanwhile, Alan realizes he is allergic to Lee's new little horse, Tinkerbell, and confronts Lee about sending the horse to live on a farm.
"I Like You, You're Fired"
Jordan finally asks Mitchee out on a date. However, during dinner, she gets a call from Farrah telling her there is a major problem with an important shipment of undergarments. Turns out the problem is the result of Jordan's actions, meaning Mitchee must make a tough decision for Mitchee. Meanwhile, Alan tells Lee he wants to fire their housekeeper after he declared that her cleaning techniques need improvement.
"Sister's Keeper"
When Alan informs Lee, Mitchee and Farrah that his unexciting sister Judy is joining them for Thanksgiving dinner, the family is clearly less than thrilled. Lee is especially horrified when Judy's creepy new boyfriend hits on her. Meanwhile, in an attempt to cheer Mitchee up and to take her mind off of Jordan. Farrah and her friends take Mitchee out to a bar leading to one crazy evening.

Welcome Back, Kotter
"Oo-Oo, I Do"
Horshack disappears the day before his wedding.
"I'm Okay, But You're Not"
Beau steals Woodman's pants and then sounds the fire alarm to prove to the Sweathogs that he is not stuck-up.


New shows and specials: The Stones, Twins, My Favorite Martian, The Flintstones, The Jetsons, Magilla Gorilla, Looney Tunes, and Eyes.

New Looney Tunes Channel:
Featuring Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Foghorn Leghorn, Porky Pig, Road Runner & Wile E. Coyote, Speedy Gonzalez and Sylvester & Tweety.

New Rock 'n Flix Channel:
Music from the following movies Jimi Hendrix, The Song Remains the Same, Purple Rain, The Bodyguard, Krush Groove, Jamboree, Honeysuckle Rose and Pure Country.

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Sunday, January 07, 2007

Week 16 Numbers (First Four Nights); How the Sitcoms Did

Week 16 numbers (first four nights, Mon-Thu):

Households: CBS: 7.7/11.9; Fox: 6.8/10.6; NBC: 5.9/9.1; ABC: 5.3/8.3; The CW: 1.9/2.8.
Total Viewers: CBS: 11.97 million; Fox: 10.63 million; NBC: 8.93 million; ABC: 8.26 million; The CW: 2.85 million.
Adults 18-49: Fox: 3.7/9.6; CBS: 3.5/8.9; NBC: 3.3/8.2; ABC: 3.0/7.6; The CW: 1.2/3.0.

Analysis: We're back! After a few weeks off, welcome to the first week of 2007! The 16th week saw repeats filtering in with some new episodes here and there. But the real new stuff really starts next week, where majority of everything is new. CBS has won households and viewers for 15 straight weeks, and will likely win again this week. NBC will likely win Adults 18-49 because of the NFL game yesterday, but it is doubtful if their new Sunday night line-up bombs..if that happens, maybe Fox will prevail, as ABC Sunday will bring ABC up for sure, but not enough to win I think. As usual, Friday and Saturday numbers are not above, since final numbers are not available yet. CBS has the top spot so far with Fox in second because of the BCS Games (which are way down from last year when ABC aired them) and NBC & ABC are almost neck-and-neck through Thursday. On Monday (New Year's Day), everything was in repeats but College Football. The end of the Rose Bowl on ABC did massive numbers in the 8 p.m. half hour doing a stellar 24.03 million. Fox aired the Fiesta Bowl from 8:40 to 12:51am and did 13.78 million, down from last year when it was on ABC. CBS's CSI: Miami was the highest rated repeat doing 12.15 million, and NBC's Heroes encore marathon struggled with it going down each hour (5.43, 5.15, 4.73 million). CBS sitcoms repeats did OK, with 8pm hour doing 7.61 and 6.9 million. Two and a Half Men rose from those numbers and did 12.1 million for a repeat. ABC saw decent numbers for two Supernanny encores following the Rose Bowl, doing 6.74 and 6.97 million. Tuesday was also repeats mainly, but NBC was all-new and won the night. NBC got big numbers from both Law & Order spin-offs doing 13.38 and 15.17 million from 9-11pm, with Dateline kicking the night off with a respectable 9.5 million. Fox was next with the Orange Bowl doing just 10.66 million...not good for a major game. CBS's repeats of three dramas averaged 9.62 million...not bad. ABC saw a AFV repeat open up decently with 8.14 million, but then two episodes of the new sitcom Big Day wasn't so hot, as they did 5.1 and 4.69 million each.Though, that was up from previous week. A repeat of Boston Legal did 4.97 million. Wednesday saw Fox win with the Sugar Bowl doing 14.42 million, on par with last year. Next up was CBS with its nearly all-repeat line-up averaging 10.26 million. King of Queens was the only new episode 8.47 million to start the night off. NBC saw mix results for its new Wednesday line-up, with Friday Night Lights limping in its new night with just 6.28 million, but Deal or No Deal's new slot (yet another!) building big time from that with 11.33 million. Medium followed with a decent 9.33 million. ABC's new comedy block opened up doing OK, but not great. We were expecting more but it didn't happen. The return of According to Jim with two episodes at 8pm did 7.3 and 7.21 million...which is OK. The series premiere of The Knights of Prosperity did 7.2 million, which is also OK, but should be doing more because of how great it is. The series premiere of In Case of Emergency followed with just 6.32 million. The CW looks like has found a replacement for America's Next Top Model in between seasons as the two-hour season premiere of Beauty & the Geek did 4.9 million. On Thursday we saw CBS dominate with all-new episodes, as ABC was in repeats from 9-11pm this week. CBS opened with a CSI repeat winning the hour with 13.01 million followed by a new CSI doing a very good 26.12 million since ABC's Grey's Anatomy was not on, that show did 10.31 million at 9pm for a repeat. ABC did have Ugly Betty all new at 8pm and it did decent with 11.65 million...it will be much higher next week when all of ABC Thursday is new. CBS closed the night off with Shark winning but dropping big from CSI doing 14.42 million and just a 3.7/10 18-49 rating (down big from CSI's 8.4/21). ABC aired another Grey's Anatomy repeat at 10 p.m. and did 9.76 million, but beat Shark in 18-49 with a 4.0/10. NBC aired all-new episodes of comedies from 8-10pm and did decent for the first hour but saw bleeding from Scrubs and 30 Rock. They all did decent though in 18-49 from a 3.0-4.3 in range. ER was new and did just 10.93 million, 30 Rock is not helping it. I wonder if Men in Trees will come close to that next week for ABC? And Fox saw pathetic numbers with 'Til Death, War at Home and The O.C. Countdown to the finale is on...finally they are canceling it!
Friday (numbers not counted in our ratings), saw CBS and NBC share the night with CBS's dramas and NBC's game show and dramas. CBS's NUMB3RS was #1 at 10 p.m. and for the night with a 7.8/13 rating. ABC re-aired theWednesday comedies and didn't do too well and 20/20 was down a lot. And The CW and Fox battled for last place. Saturday ratings saw the NFL playoffs on NBC dominate. We don't have numbers yet. As for tonight, ABC and CBS will likely share a win, with ABC's Desperate Housewives dominating 9 p.m. and the rest of its A-class line-up of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition & Brothers & Sisters. NBC's reality premieres will likely not do well and will certainly lose to ABC and CBS. I just wonder if the reality can beat Fox's animation? As for this week in general, I expect NBC to win the demo because of the NFL game and CBS will prevail in total viewers most likely. This week more shows are back with new episodes, including Grey's Anatomy!

Last Sunday Sitcoms (counts for week of Dec. 25-31)

  • Reba (The CW) 2 episodes - Two repeats on New Year's Eve did 1.79 and 2.2 million.
  • The Simpsons (Fox) - 5.62 million tuned in for a repeat on New Year's Eve.
  • American Dad (Fox) - 3.98 million for a repeat, still down big from lead-in.
  • Family Guy (Fox) 2 episodes - Two repeats held steady with 3.75 and 3.65 million.

Monday Sitcoms

  • How I Met Your Mother (CBS) - 7.61 million for a repeat on the 1st day of 2007...not bad.
  • The Class (CBS) - 6.9 million for a repeat. New episodes from now on until its finale in March.
  • Two and a Half Men (CBS) - 12.1 million for a repeat still makes this sitcom the highest rated sitcom...how sad.
  • New Adventures of Old Christine (CBS) - 9.62 million for an encore broadcast.
  • CW Monday Comedies: Chris, All of Us, Girfriends, The Game. Repeat episode of Chris started it off with 2.55 million, the highest of the block. The rest ranged 1.75 to 2.51 million.


Tuesday Sitcoms

  • Big Day (ABC) 2 episodes - 5.1 million and 4.69 million for two new episodes. Not good, but up from last week's dismal 3.97 and 3.83 million.

Wednesday Sitcoms
  • The King of Queens (CBS) - The last episode until its final batch of episodes come in April & May did 8.47 million, beating ABC by over a million.
  • Two and a Half Men (CBS) - A repeat performance on a special night and time did 8.36 million.
  • According to Jim (ABC) 2 episodes - The show is back it did 7.3 and 7.21 million for two new episodes. Let's hope with CBS not airing comedies in this hour starting next week, this show can go over 8 million.
  • The Knights of Prosperity (ABC) - 7.2 million for the premiere, not great, but not bad either. Let's hope this week it goes over 8 million. WATCH IT! IT IS AWESOME! It did a 3.0/8 in 18-49...which is decent these days for a sitcom.
  • In Case of Emergency (ABC) - 6.32 million for the premiere, not good...hopefully this week it will build on that and do better...maybe 7 million or more?
Thursday Sitcoms
  • My Name is Earl (NBC) - 10.03 million for an all-new episode and a 4.3/12 in 18-49...decent stuff!
  • The Office (NBC) - 8.8 million...not holding as much as it did before from the lead-in, but 18-49 is great with a 4.3/11 rating.
  • Scrubs (NBC) - Freefall continues with 7.29 million.
  • 30 Rock (NBC) - More downward trend for NBC Thursday with 5.89 million.
  • 'Til Death (Fox) - Wow over 5 million? 5.12 million...bad but good for this show.
  • War at Home (Fox) - 4.55 million for a new episode...not good.
Friday Sitcoms
  • According to Jim (ABC) 2 episodes - ABC re-aired Wednesday night and it didn't do so well, but Jim did the best of them all, with the first half hour the highest.
  • The Knights of Prosperity (ABC) - Let's hope more viewers caught the premiere and flee to Wednesday for the next new episode! Watch it because I've seen episode two and it is flat out good! Watch the intern shine this week.
  • In Case of Emergency (ABC) - See above comment about more viewers. Episode 2 of this sitcom is good too...we see a hilarious heavy-set black woman knock two of our men out...also a hilarious scene between some citizens on the street and Sherman.

Saturday Sitcoms
None.

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

Summing it up. Two and a Half Men, How I Met Your Mother, 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 The Knights of Prosperity and According to Jim) or just plain old terrible (such as Big Day and War at Home).

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Saturday, January 06, 2007

Mini-DVD Review: The New Adventures of He-Man Volume 1 (Dec. 26)

Welcome to the first Saturday edition of 2007 for mini-DVD reviews! Today we take a look at BCI's Volume 1 of The New Adventures of He-Man. The New Adventures He-Man of course was created because of the popularity of the original series in syndication. It lasted one full season, and you can get the first half of that season on a great 6-disc set from BCI. See my mini-DVD review of The New Adventures of He-Man - Volume 1:

The New Adventures of He-Man - Volume 1 (BCI, $49.98) brings the first 33 episodes from the series only season. BCI did a VERY nice job with the original series, and this set is right on par I think. The series had just one season, and probably isn't as popular as the original series. I don't remember much about this series at all actually. Like the original He-Man, this was a first-run syndicated series and aired weekdays after school in 1990-91, so every day was basically a new episode. BCI will create two volumes for this series, which is a smart move and will be treated in the same manner just like the original series. So, of the 65 episodes, we got them on just two six-disc sets...not bad at all. Plus extras are included. In this series, He-Man heads to the future to the planet Primus. No more planet Eternia, but the villain Skeletor is back! The main villain in this really is Flogg and his mutants. This is certainly a new beginning and different from the original series, but still good! None of the original characters are back but He-Man and Skeletor. The menu screen has the options of Play All, Episodes, and Settings, with nice animated menus. 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. The director and writers of each episode are listed along with a nice long synopsis of the episode. Like the original series DVDs, these are the most informative episode menus 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 Gleep on the right...again informative! The video is pretty good and the audio is also decent. There is one episode on disc 5 that had to be digitally remastered. I guess it had terrible prints, but the remastered episode looks great! The packaging is the same style as the original series, 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 episodes itself, each one runs just over 22 minutes or so. The bonus features are all on disc six. All the extras are listed on the main menu. The first option is Documentary Features, there are two of them: "Creating the New Adventures of He-Man" and this runs 28:04. Find out how the show got started and what it is about...great interviews. The next documentary is "The Comic Book Adventures of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe" and this runs 25:16. This documentary shows us the 1982 comics and more! Then the next extra is called "Character Profiles." 50 detailed profiles of various Characters, Guest Characters and Technologies. 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 the series bible and 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 four very short commercial bumpers that was used in first-run syndication. The total run time for all 4 in total is just 15 seconds. I wish they would have just kept this in the actual episodes. Finally, we have an Image Gallery where we can see 19 cool images. There is also a trailers section for other BCI/Ink & Paint DVDs such as She-Ra, Flash Gordon and the original He-Man.
This is indeed a wonderful set and BCI continues the He-Man brand in a great and quality way. I don't remember much about this show, but thanks to BCI, I can relive this and try to remember. Volume 2, which will have the final 32 episodes should be out in early 2007, I would think. They are releasing spin-off She-Ra as we speak and two more sets are still to come! By the power of good and the way of the magic, the battle begins anew, but buying this DVD is still the old way by clicking on the link below!
-- Reviewed by Pavan
(5/5 stars)

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Friday, January 05, 2007

Watch 'Knights', 'Emergency' Encores Tonight; TCA Winter Cable Press Tour Preview

This is yet another reminder if you have not seen the pilots for the new ABC comedies The Knights of Prosperity and In Case of Emergency, that they are re-airing tonight (TGIF) at 9/8 central. And if you have watched them, watch them again because they certainly are hilarious, especially the Knights. Why am I keep mentioning this? Because sitcoms these days are not well watched and the quality of these (in particular the Knights) is of high class and I don't want it to see get wasted and die. I've seen subsequent episodes and they get even better! So, tune in tonight and watch the new episodes EVERY Wednesday at 9/8 central. You can make a difference and laugh & have fun for an hour at the same time. Let's see a little spike in the ratings this Wednesday! And now a cool ad for In Case of Emergency...


Next week is a big week in the world of cable--the TCA Winter Cable Press Tour. Yes, it is that semi-annual time of the year again and we hope to learn some cool programming news! We will like usual cover it in detail. The fun starts on Monday with an evening reception, then the meetings and sessions starts Tuesday and end Friday. And here is the schedule of networks going on what day:
Tuesday: Turner Broadcasting (CNN, TNT, TBS), Weather Channel, Great American Country, A&E/History Channel, Hallmark Channel, FX.
Wednesday: Discovery Networks (Discovery, TLC, Animal Planet, Travel), Oxygen, TV One, National Geographic Channel, BBC America, Disney Channel/ABC Family.
Thursday: E! Networks (E!, style, G4), ESPN, Lifetime, Starz!, MTV Networks (MTV, Comedy Central, VH1, Spike, Nickelodeon/Nick@Nite, TV Land).
Friday: TV Guide Channel, NBC Universal Cable Networks (Bravo, Sci-Fi, USA Network)), Sundance Channel, GSN, Rainbow Networks (AMC, WE-TV, Fuse), HBO.
We will give you details of anything we can next week, but we will try to stay on topic and cover only the TV/sitcom related updates, rather than something from like Animal Planet or something. So, next week this is the place to be for any updates from the press tour!

This blog entry is brought to you by ABC's The Knights of Prosperity. Watch it Wednesdays at 9/8 Central and watch the pilot anytime online:

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Thursday, January 04, 2007

Three Shows Canceled; Two Shows Head To Syndication; Watch The New Sitcoms

Three shows are getting the boot. No, none are sitcoms thankfully, but the fourth season Fox drama The OC is getting the boot by Fox, but Fox will send it off with a true series finale on Feb. 22. Meanwhile two first-run syndicated series will be coming to a close--new talk show The Megan Mullally Show and second year show Geraldo at Large. Mullally will be airing through Jan. 26, then will be replaced by other NBC Universal owned shows like i Village Live, Access Hollywood encores, etc. Or stations will get access to the new Fox-owned morning show launching Jan. 22 called The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet. And 20th Century Fox has ceased production on Geraldo at Large. It is said to be leaving in mid-January, which is perfect for the Fox-owned stations that will air The Morning Show.

MGM, New Line Television and Comedy Central announced today that two of the cable network's most popular shows, RENO 911! and Chappelle's Show, will be the first programs to be syndicated by MGM under the new strategic relationship with New Line. Both series are available for syndication for fall of 2007, and MGM will handle all station and national ad sales.

And if you are one of the people who missed the sitcom premieres of laugh-out-loud sitcoms The Knights of Prosperity and In Case of Emergency, you will have a second chance to watch them tomorrow (Friday) at 9/8 central on ABC. Then you will be caught up in time for the next new episodes of both on Wednesday. Both shows premiered last night with "could have been better, could have been worse" numbers...but we need next Wednesday to be better, to survive American Idol the week after. So, come on and watch the pilot encores this Friday and PLEASE watch next Wednesday because I have seen both second episodes, and both are very good and better than the pilots even. Don't let the greatness of these shows (especially the Knights) go to waste by not watching.
And you can also watch the pilot for The Knights of Prosperity on abc.com...so no excuse of not giving it a chance!

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Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Win a Knights of Prosperity 'Join the Knights' T-Shirt and Cookies From Us; TVLand.com Adds 20th TV Shows and Clips, TV Land Adds More 'Andy'


This is my first post of 2007! I was off three of the last four days (I only did the weekly ratings post) and like usual Todd did a great job in filling in! While I wasn't posting on the blog, I was still working and did the actual reviews of the new ABC sitcom pilots blog you saw on Monday posted by Todd. And those two sitcoms premiere tonight at 9/8 central! Everyone should watch because they are very funny sitcoms and we need some new sitcom hits, as we have had NONE at all this season. And to get you hyped up and excited for tonight's premiere of The Knights of Prosperity, we are giving away 4 'Join the Knights' t-shirts and some cookies (Rockefeller Butts' favorite snack) to go along with that to four lucky people! Our contest started yesterday and will end at 11:59 p.m. on Jan. 17. One entry per person will be only allowed. To view the rest of the rules and to enter the contest if you have not already, please click HERE! We hope you are as excited as us for the premiere of The Knights of Prosperity tonight and also the premiere of In Case of Emergency right after that. That's 9/8 central on ABC tonight. It is a laugh-out-loud hour!

TVLand.com has launched today on their Video Player (www.tvland.com/video) under the "New on tvland.com" section classic clips and some full first episodes of vintage series from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment.
Watch the first episodes of: The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Big Valley and Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea!
And you can also watch classic clips of: The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Big Valley, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, Hill Street Blues, The Bob Newhart Show, Lost in Space, Remington Steele, and Time Tunnel!
You will find links to buy the DVDs of these vintage 20th Century Fox shows via Best Buy!
TV Land, Best Buy and 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment are proud to bring this to you...but you better watch these episodes & clips fast, before time runs out!

TV Land has made a schedule change. In addition to the changes we already announced that will begin Jan. 8 (when M*A*S*H joins the regular line-up), they have also announced that weekdays 5 & 5:30 p.m. will now be The Andy Griffith Show. Green Acres was airing in that slot and now will not be. Green Acres will still air in its other slots of weekdays 11am & 11:30am, every morning at 5am, and Sundays at 11am. The Andy Griffith Show will now air weekdays 5 & 5:30pm, every night 8-10pm, every night 2:20am & 2:55am and Sundays at 11:30am--that's a whole lot of Andy!

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Tuesday, January 02, 2007

2007 Sitcoms on DVD Preview

Welcome to our 2nd Annual 2007 Sitcoms on DVD Preview and Predictions Issue! First, we will look at some of the releases that have been officially announced or rumored to be coming to DVD in 2007. Then we will offer some of our own predictions of some new and returning sitcoms that we feel have some chance to be released this year.

TV on DVD is now a $3 billion-a-year business. There are currently over 6,200 TV DVD releases on the market. Over 200 individual sitcoms are available on DVD. According to figures compiled by the DVD Release Report, there were 158 shows that debuted on DVD in 2006. That is up from 137 in 2005, so there doesn't appear to be any slow down in releases. Making their debut on DVD in 2007 will be Martin, Anything But Love, Men Behaving Badly, Family Ties, Girlfriends, Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, Bosom Buddies, McHale's Navy WKRP in Cincinnati, What I Like About You and George Lopez. That's only what has been announced for the next few months. Hopefully there will be a lot more later in the year. Making their returns after a very long wait will be Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley, Mork & Mindy and Mad About You.

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


January 2007:

Martin - The Complete First Season

01/03 - Martin - The Complete First Season

Martin finally arrives on DVD on a 4-disc set. It was one of the most requested shows at TVShowsonDVD.com and looks to be a hot seller. At the time of this writing, it is #16 on the Top 100 list at Amazon.com . You can read our review of the set here.

Gimme A Break - The Complete Second Season (Canadian Release) The King of Queens - The Complete Seventh Season

01/16 - Gimme A Break - The Complete Second Season (Canadian Release)
01/16 - The King of Queens - The Complete Seventh Season

VEI is releasing the second season of Gimme A Break in Canada. You can order it online if you live in the US from Amazon.ca, and it will play fine in your DVD player. This title was previously announced for October 3, 2006, but it was delayed for an unknown reason. Some people that pre-ordered it did receive it, while the old date was still in the Amazon.ca system. No word yet on if/when Universal will release the second season in the U.S. It is nice to have VEI as a fallback. It has been just 4 months between the sixth and seventh seasons of The Kings of Queens. Fans have to love that release rate.

I Dream of Jeannie - The Complete Third Season Lucky Louie - The Complete Series Three's Company - Capturing the Laughter - Jack's Favorites

01/30 - I Dream of Jeannie - The Complete Third Season
01/30 - Lucky Louie - The Complete Series
01/30 - Three's Company - Capturing the Laughter - Jack's Favorites

It has been about 6 months between releases for I Dream of Jeannie. There will be no extras, just the 26 episodes. HBO releases the complete series of Lucky Louie. The sitcom, which aired on HBO in the summer of 2006, was not renewed for a second season. Anchor Bay releases a 5-episode set that contains some of John Ritter's favorite episodes. For more details on this set, please visit Jack's Bistro. We heard that there was going to be a Janet's Favorites set released exclusively by Best Buy on the same day, but that sets seems to have been delayed. Hopefully Anchor Bay will release the two spin-offs, The Ropers and Three's a Crowd this year.



February 2007:

Anything But Love - Volume 1 (Seasons 1-2) Kate & Allie - The Complete Third Season Mad About You - The Complete Third Season

02/06 - Anything But Love - Volume 1 (Seasons 1-2)
02/06 - Kate & Allie - The Complete Third Season (Canadian Release)
02/06 - Mad About You - The Complete Third Season

A couple of romantic comedies for Valentine's Day. The Jamie Lee Curtis and Richard Lewis sitcom, Anything But Love, which aired on ABC from 1989-92, makes its debut on DVD. The set will have several featurettes and commentaries by Jamie Lee Curtis and Richard Lewis. FOX plans on having two releases: Volume 1 (Seasons 1-2) - 28 episodes and Volume 2 (Seasons 3-4) - 28 Episodes. Many people, including myself, thought we had seen the last of Mad About You on DVD when Sony released The Mad About You Collection in February 2005. The hope for any more season sets seemed remote... not so fast! Sony surprises us with the 3rd season - nearly 4 years after the second season release. VEI brings us the third season of Kate & Allie. This is a Canadian only release, but you can still order it online if you live in the US from Amazon.ca and it will play in your DVD player. They say that this set will contain all unedited episodes. Their season 1-2 set had some syndicated episodes. No word on if/when Universal will release seasons 2-3 in the U.S. Once again, it nice to have VEI as fallback for series such as Kate & Allie and Gimme A Break.

All in the Family - The Complete Sixth Season The Golden Girls - The Complete Seventh and Final Season
Men Behaving Badly - The Complete Series Zoey 101 - The Complete First Season

02/13 - All in the Family - The Complete Sixth Season
02/13 - The Golden Girls - The Complete Seventh and Final Season
02/13 - Men Behaving Badly (US) - The Complete Series
02/13 - Zoey 101 - The Complete First Season

Sony finally brings us the sixth season of All in the Family. Starting in 2002, they've released one season every year. It would be nice if they released them a little faster, but it seems safe to assume they aren't going to abandon the series until it is finished. Buena Vista Home Video releases the seventh and final season of The Golden Girls. All 7 seasons have been released in a little under 2 1/2 years, so that is not too shabby. Will the spin-off series, The Golden Palace be next? Shout! Factory releases the complete series (35 episodes) of the 1996-97 NBC sitcom, Men Behaving Badly, which starred Rob Schneider, Ron Eldard, Justine Bateman, Julia Campbell and Ken Marino. Nickelodeon offers the first season (13 episodes) of the sitcom which stars Britney Spears' little 'sis, Jamie Lynn Spears.

Family Ties - The Complete First Season

02/20 -
Family Ties - The Complete First Season

What would we do, baby, without Family Ties on DVD? Family Ties makes its long-awaited debut on DVD. It has been rumored for the last couple of years, so it is nice to see it finally happen. One of the best and one of my favorite sitcoms of the '80s. Check out our extensive Family Ties fan site.

The Doris Day Show - Season 4 Girlfriends - The Complete First Season

02/27 - The Doris Day Show - Season 4
02/27 - Girlfriends - The Complete First Season

MPI Home Video releases the fourth season of The Doris Day Show. These sets always have an impressive amount of special features. I only wish MPI had more series to offer, since they always do an excellent job with their releases. Paramount brings us the first season of the sophisticated and popular sitcom, Girlfriends. It began on the UPN in the fall of 2000 and currently can be seen on the new CW Network.



March 2007:

Sabrina, the Teenage Witch - The Complete First Season

03/06 - Sabrina, the Teenage Witch - The Complete First Season

Paramount/CBS DVD releases all 24 episodes of the first season of Sabrina, the Teenage Witch. The popular TGIF sitcom starred Melissa Joan Hart, Carolina Rhea, Beth Broderick and Nick Bakay as the voice of Salem the cat. The studio is said to be planning the second season release already.

Bosom Buddies - The First Season I Love Lucy - The Complete Seventh-Ninth Seasons (The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour)

03/13 - Bosom Buddies - The First Season
03/13 - I Love Lucy - The Complete Seventh-Ninth Seasons (The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour)

Another sitcom which has been rumored to be coming out on DVD for awhile from Paramount, Bosom Buddies, finally has a release date. The series starred Tom Hanks and Peter Scolari and aired on ABC from 1980-82. This set will contain all 19 episodes from the first season. I noticed that the early artwork had labeled the set as "The Complete First Season", but the updated artwork simply says "The First Season". I hope that these episodes will be unedited. Paramount is releasing all 13 hour-long episodes of The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour under the title of I Love Lucy - The Complete Seventh-Ninth Seasons. These episodes aired on CBS from 1957-1960. A number of special features including deleted scenes, flubs and commercials will be included.

03/20 - McHale's Navy - Season One

Shout! Factory has just announced today that McHale's Navy will be released on March 20th. See the press release posted at TVShowsonDVD.com for many more details.

Family Affair - Season Three Full House - The Complete Sixth Season

03/27 - The Addams Family - Volume 2
03/27 - Family Affair - Season Three
03/27 - Full House - The Complete Sixth Season

Volume 2 of The Addams Family will contain the last 12 episodes of season 1 and the first 9 episodes of season 2. I'm not sure why MGM/FOX just didn't release this series in 2 seasons like Universal did with The Munsters. I think the better alternative would have been to have 2 releases with a slightly higher price.
MPI Home Video brings us Season 3 of Family Affair. It will include "The Family Affair Reunion Special" - a round table panel discussion with Kathy Garver and other crew members. Warner Bros. continues to release Full House like clockwork. The last four releases have come about every 4 months, so they must be selling like hotcakes.

April 2007:

04/03 - WKRP in Cincinnati - Season 1
04/03 - What I Like About You - The Complete First Season

As we first reported on December 11th, WKRP was listed as coming soon. TVShowsonDVD.com has followed up with many more details. The set will have some music replaced. It will include 2 audio commentaries and 3 featurettes: "Don't Touch That Dial - The Making of WKRP", "Turning A 'Turkey' Into A Classic" and "Doctor Johnny Fever, And I Am Burning Up In Here". What I Like About You makes its debut on DVD. It starred the hilarious duo of Amanda Bynes and Jennie Garth and aired on TheWB from 2002-2006. This release will contain all 22 season episodes and a gag reel.

George Lopez - The Complete First and Second Seasons

04/17 - George Lopez - The Complete First and Second Seasons
04/17 - Happy Days - The Complete Second Season
04/17 - Laverne & Shirley - The Complete Second Season
04/17 - Mork & Mindy - The Complete Second Season

Warner Bros. releases the first and second seasons of George Lopez. The show was originally called The George Lopez Show. This set will contain all 4 episodes from season 1 and and 24 from season 2. It will also have a "Inside the Comedic Mind" featurette and Gag Reel. Paramount brings back three of their popular sitcoms after a very long wait. Happy Days and Laverne & Shirley had their first seasons released way back on August 17, 2004. Will Happy Days have some replaced music? That remains to be seen. The first season of Mork & Mindy was released on September 7, 2004. This time all three will be released on the same day. Hopefully these sell well, and they can clear any music licensing rights issues and release more seasons at a much faster rate.

04/24 - The Drew Carey Show - The Complete First Season
04/24 - The Odd Couple - The Complete First Season

Warner Bros. previously released a Television Favorites 6-episode compilation of The Drew Carey Show on February 28, 2006. This time they release the complete first season. It will include all 22 episodes from season one, a "Life Inside a Cubicle" featurette and Gag Reel. Paramount will release The Odd Couple in stores on April 24th. This set will likely be the same one that Time-Life sold exclusively through their website and on TV last August.




Other Sitcoms Expected on DVD in 2007:

No official dates have been announced yet, but these are expected to be released sometime in 2007.

New Shows:

Sister, Sister - "The Premiere Episodes" Collection is expected to be released by Paramount/CBS DVD... possibly in March. This won't be a complete season release apparently.

Returning Shows:
The Cosby Show - First Look Home Entertainment is said to have acquired the rights to release more seasons. Season 3 is expected to be released soon... possibly in April.
A Different World - Season 2 was announced for last year. Artwork was available, and it was listed on Amazon.com . UrbanWorks was bought by First Look, so the rights had to be renogiated. First Look Home Entertainment is said to have acquired the rights to release more seasons. Season 2 is expected to be released soon... possibly in April.




Predictions:

First, let's take a quick look back at my 2006 Predictions. I was not too far off on most of them. 2007 is really shaping up to be a big year for sitcoms to debut on DVD.

Bosom Buddies - I was a bit off on this one, but it is coming on March 13th. Better late than never.
Chico and the Man - A first season release hasn't happened yet.
Dharma & Greg - The first season was released on June 13, 2006.
The Facts of Life - Not just 1 release, but 2 in 2006.
Family Ties - A bit off on this one also. Season 1 arrives on February 20th.
Happy Days - I thought we'd see Season 2 in 2006, but it is coming on April 17th.
Here Come the Brides - Season 1 was released on May 16, 2006.
Laverne & Shirley - It was likely being delayed along with Happy Days. Season 2 finally arrives on April 17th.
The Lucy Show - Probably coming sometime in 2007. The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour is up first.
Mork & Mindy - Probably connected with Happy Days and Laverne & Shirley's delay. Season 2 will be released on April 17th.
One Day at a Time - Season 1 still hasn't happened. I really think it is only a matter of time now...
The Phil Silvers Show - The 50th Anniversary Edition was released on May 9, 2006.
The Ropers - I really thought we'd see the Three's Company spin-offs in late 2006, but there probably wasn't enough time after Three's Company was finished. I'm hoping we still see them in 2007.
Silver Spoons - Still hasn't happened. Silver Spoons has to be at least as popular as Punky Brewster, right? You can watch Silver Spoons on Comcast's On Demand Tube Time service while we wait.
Three's a Crowd - Probably too soon after Three's Company has wrapped up. Would be nice paired up with The Ropers.
WKRP in Cincinnati - Many people thought it would never come to DVD.. but it is finally being released on April 3rd. It will have some music subsititutions, but that seems better than not releasing it at all.
The Wonder Years - It probably has more music licensing issues than WKRP or any other series that has been released. I'd love to see Shout! Factory release it. They did such a wonderful job with Freaks & Geeks.

Unfortunately, we didn't see any additional seasons of Charles in Charge, Gimme A Break (though Season 2 will be released in Canada), Growing Pains, My Favorite Martian, Night Court, Too Close for Comfort or Who's the Boss?.

2007 Predictions:

These are my predictions for 2007 and opinions only. Some of them probably have zero chance, but I still have them on my wishlist. None of these titles have been announced. I predict we'll see these debut or have additional seasons released.

Returning and New Shows:

According to Jim - George Lopez is being released, so I think it will not be far behind.
The Addams Family - I'd expect the 3rd and final volume in 2007.
Alice - I'm hoping the Television Favorites Compilation sold enough to warrant a Season 1 release.
All in the Family - It would be nice if Sony released these a bit faster.
Archie Bunker's Place - Season 1 was released in January 2006. I think we'll see Season 2 sometime in 2007.
Bewitched - I'd expect another season or two this year.
The Bill Cosby Show - Season 1 was released on August 22, 2006. I'd expect to see the second season.
The Bob Newhart Show - I think we'll see another season or two this year.
Bosom Buddies - Hopefully the complete series will be available in 2007.
Charles in Charge - It has been awhile since Season 1 has been released. I hope Universal won't abandon it.
Cheers - We will likely see a season or two, but I'm not expecting the entire series by the end of the year.
Chico and the Man - A very popular show here at Sitcoms Online. I think it would be a popular release.
Coach - I predict we'll see Season 2.
Designing Women - Has been rumored forever. I think we'll finally see Season 1.
Dharma & Greg - I hope we will see a second season release.
Diff'rent Strokes - I wish Sony would release these faster.
Dinosaurs - Seasons 1-2 were released last May. I think we'll see more.
The Doris Day Show - MPI has released these at a pretty good rate.
8 Simple Rules - I think it would do well on DVD.
F Troop - I predict we'll see more of it.
The Facts of Life - A very popular show. 2 releases in 2006, the same in 2007?
Family Affair - Another season or two from MPI.
Family Matters - A Television Favorites Compilation was released last year. It would be nice to see the first season.
The Flying Nun - One season to go to complete the series.
Frasier - 3 seasons to go to complete the series.
The Fresh Prince of Bel Air - A Nick at Nite staple.
Full House - These seem to sell like hotcakes.
Gimme A Break - Season 2 is being released in Canada by VEI. I hope Universal will do the same in the U.S.
The Golden Palace - The Golden Girls is very popular, so I think it only natural that the spin-off series could be released.
Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. - Should be popular enough for more seasons from Paramount.
Green Acres - These haven't been released as fast as I expected.
Grounded for Life - Only 1 season to go I think.
Growing Pains - I hope it isn't abandoned.
Hazel - I'd expect another season season this year.
Hogan's Heroes - Only 1 season to go to complete the series.
Home Improvement - Another season or two this year.
How I Met Your Mother - I'd expect the second season in the fall.
I Dream of Jeannie - Another season or two this year.
The Jeffersons - It would be nice if Sony released these a bit faster.
Kate & Allie - It would be nice if Universal released the second season and more, but there is still VEI in Canada as a backup.
The King of Queens - Pretty close to being finished.
Leave it to Beaver - Hasn't been released as fast as I would like.
Living Single - Should be popular enough for a second season.
The Love Boat - Was rumored for last year. Is this the year?
The Lucy Show - The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour is up next with The Lucy Show likely to follow it seems.
Mama's Family - I think we'll see Season 2.
Married with Children - These have been released at a pretty good clip.
The Mary Tyler Moore Show - We should see another season or two this year.
Maude - Would be nice paired with an All in the Family release.
Murphy Brown - A bit of a longshot, but I think we'll see season two this year.
My Favorite Martian - Hopefully we get the third season to complete the series.
My Living Doll - Lots of rumors posted about this one-year wonder on our message board.
My Name Is Earl - Season 2 should be released in the fall.
My Wife and Kids - Popular in syndication. Can a DVD release be far behind?
The Nanny - I think we'll see Season 3 this year.
NewsRadio - I'd expect more seasons.
Night Court - A Season 2 release would be nice.
The Odd Couple - I'm not sure why they didn't release this as a complete series set like Get Smart, but I'd expect that we see more seasons.
The Office - Season 3 should arrive in the fall.
One Day at a Time - I say every year is the Cubs year to win the World Series. I say the same about One Day at a Time coming to DVD. It has been rumored as far back as 2004. Along with Maude, I think it has a good chance at a release by Sony... someday.
The Partidge Family - I predict we'll see Season 3 this year.
Perfect Strangers - A Television Favorites Compilation never materialized last year. I think it would do great on DVD. Currently the #9 most requested unreleased show at TVShowsonDVD.com .
Punky Brewster - One season to go I believe.
The Ropers - Hopefully Anchor Bay will release it.
Roseanne - We should see another season or two this year.
Scrubs - Still going strong on NBC, but it seems like this could be the last year.
Seinfeld - A couple more seasons to go. We only saw 1 season in 2006.
Silver Spoons - Looks like a good year for '80s sitcoms. Currently can be seen on Comcast's On Demand Tube Time service. Vote for it at TVShowsonDVD.com!
The Simpsons - Many seasons to go, but they've been released at a good rate.
Square Pegs - A one-year wonder that would be perfect for a DVD release.
Taxi - These releases have been sort of sporadic, but I'd expect we'd get the complete series at some point.
That Girl - Shout! Factory has done a nice job with the releases so far.
That '70s Show - Another season or two this year.
Three's a Crowd - Tons of new Three's Company fans in recent years that haven't seen it that I'm sure would like to someday.
Two and a Half Men - Network TV's currently #1 ranked sitcom should see a DVD release soon.
Welcome Back, Kotter - I hope we'll see a Season 1 release.
What's Happening Now!! - It is listed on Sony's latest DVD Poll. Tons of What's Happening!! fans out there.
Will & Grace - Still some seasons left to release.
Wings - We should see another season or two.
The Wonder Years - The first season had like only six episodes. Music licensing rights are a major issue, but hopefully a company like Shout! Factory could work on this set. Currently the #1 most requested unreleased show at TVShowsonDVD.com .



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Monday, January 01, 2007

ABC Sitcom Pilot Reviews: The Knights of Prosperity and In Case of Emergency - Premiere January 3rd

Happy New Year! We look forward to bringing you the latest news, schedules, reviews and ratings throughout the year. Thanks to Pavan for doing such a wonderful job!

Today we profile and review two new ABC sitcoms that premiere this week. Will they be the solid hits that ABC is looking for? Tune in Wednesday to find out!

The Knights of Prosperity

The Knights of Prosperity - Wednesdays at 9:00PM ET/PT on ABC
Premieres January 3rd at 9:00PM ET/PT

Eugene Gurkin's (Donal Logue) dreams always have exceeded his means. In fact his dead end job on the late, late janitorial shift won't even fund a bottle of premium booze. In a serendipitous moment, he catches an episode of an entertainment news show and his passion is ignited. Soon Eugene excitedly recruits a group of "average joes" into his "gang" - the Knights of Prosperity -- for a heist to finance all of their long-held, heart-felt dreams. The target: Rock icon Mick Jagger's super-luxe Central Park West apartment.

Society might disregard the Knights and give them short shrift, but this group of upstarts refuses to be ignored: Beauty bombshell Esperanza Villalobos (Sofía Vergara), a diner waitress in Queens, is more than just a pretty face. The only female member of the gang, she sees the celebrity heist as an opportunity to control her own fate - something men have normally done for her.

Working as a janitor alongside Eugene on the overnight shift, Francis "Squatch" Squacieri (Lenny Venito) relates to Eugene's desire for more out of life than mopping up after millionaire executives. The one married Knight, his motivation is to provide a better life for his wife and children.

Back home in India, Gourishankar "Gary" Subramaniam (Maz Jobrani) was a superstar lawyer, but here in New York City he drives a cab to make ends meet. Reluctant to join the group at first, Gary has a change in heart when Eugene reminds him that, although he was a winner at home, here he chauffeurs old ladies to Broadway matinees.

Warehouse security guard Rockefeller Butts (Kevin Michael Richardson), a mountainous, cigar-chewing man, has one simple request in order to join the Knights -- cookies.

A college Communications student, ultra-nerdy Louis Plunk (Josh Grisetti) finds himself at rock bottom after being rejected for an internship by the Montel Williams show. A chance ride in Gary's taxi turns into an offer for Louis to serve an "internship" on a movie. When he discovers the truth about his golden opportunity, he still decides to stay.

Working together, this band of affable, new-age Robin Hoods, who have never even shoplifted a candy bar, are soon casing the joint and prepping for their crime. Their scheme is to steal from the rich and give to the poor - namely, themselves. What they don't realize is that there's a much richer target for them... the chance to find hope, self-esteem and self-confidence.

Rob Burnett and Jon Beckerman, producers of "Late Show with David Letterman" and creators of "Ed," are the co-creators and executive producers of "The Knights of Prosperity." David Letterman, Mick Jagger -- who will appear in a cameo -- and Victoria Pearman are also executive producers. Merrill Karpf, Steve Tompkins and Eric Horsted are co-executive producers. "The Knights of Prosperity," a single-camera comedy, is a production of Touchstone Television.

Cast: Donal Logue as Eugene Gurkin, Sofía Vergara as Esperanza Villalobos, Lenny Venito as Francis "Squatch" Squacieri, Maz Jobrani as Gourishankar Gary Subramaniam, Kevin Michael Richardson as Rockefeller Butts and Josh Grisetti as Louis Plunk.

Read our review of the pilot and second episode here.

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

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    In Case of Emergency

    In Case of Emergency - Wednesdays at 9:30PM ET/PT on ABC
    Premieres January 3rd at 9:30PM ET/PT

    There's a question on every job application, every health questionnaire, every insurance form that we’ve all answered a million times -- whom to contact in case of emergency? Most of the time we all know the answer. But there are times in all of our lives when the answer isn’t so obvious.

    Harry (Jonathan Silverman), Jason (David Arquette), Sherman (Greg Germann) and Kelly (Kelly Hu) are old friends from high school who find themselves at that stage where they realize that their lives didn’t turn out exactly the way they’d planned. Unhappily divorced greeting card writer Harry goes for a relaxing “massage” only to discover his scantily clad “therapist” is Kelly, their high school valedictorian, who’s had her own fall from grace. Diet Guru Sherman returns home to discover his wife has left him and taken everything he owns; devastated by the loss, he hijacks a bakery truck and binges on all its contents. Faced with imprisonment for his role in a corporate scandal, financial whiz Jason botches his suicide attempt only to shoot himself in the foot ­ literally. Over the course of one crazy evening, a series of calamities reunites this hapless brood at Los Angeles Westside Hospital, where they all find themselves under the care of a reluctant Dr. Joanna (Lori Loughlin). This band of misfits must now start their lives over with the new realization that they’ve only got each other, “In Case of Emergency.”

    Did you know: The concept for “In Case of Emergency” sprang from the real lives of both Howard J. Morris (creator, executive producer) and Emile Levisetti (executive producer) over a lunch in 2005. Morris, a forty-year old newly divorced single father, had just come from the doctor’s office, where for the first time in his life he had not known whose name to write down as his emergency contact. This resonated with Levisetti, a forty-year old life-long bachelor, who volunteered that he had faced the same uncertainty for the last twenty years. The two marveled over the fact that even though they had completely opposite life experiences to date, they both had reached the same common ground. Morris’ vision was to showcase the comedic, high-stakes emotional lives of four friends who reunite and bond in the same way he had done with Levisetti. Through these four characters, the show also explores some universal truths that come with age -- when things get bad, they can always get worse; and that what doesn’t kill you will certainly bring laughter to your friends.

    This unique laugh-out-loud comedy proves that any colossal mistake can be overcome with a lot of help from your friends… and pain killers.

    Created by Howard J. Morris, “In Case of Emergency” is a production of Touchstone Television, Bushwacker Productions and Howard J. Morris Productions.

    Cast: Jonathan Silverman as Harry Kennison, Kelly Hu as Kelly Lee, David Arquette as Jason Ventress, Greg Germann as Sherman Yablonsky, Lori Loughlin as Dr. Joanna and Jackson Bond as Harry’s young son, Dylan.

    Read our review of the pilot and second episode here.

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

    Related Links:

  • ABC.com Official Site
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  • Internet Movie Database
  • Wikipedia
  • In Case of Emergency Photo Gallery
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