Thursday, May 31, 2007

The CW Picks Up New Sitcom, Fox Alters 'Loop' Schedule; Growing Pains Not on The N Next Week; GSN Honors Charles Nelson Reilly

The CW has picked up an additional sitcom for mid-season. The ensemble single-camera sitcom titled Eight Days a Week co-starring Christina Milian and Mario Lopez, centers on four twenty-somethings who work under the top movers and shakers in New York City.
Meanwhile Fox has altered the schedule for The Loop because new reality series On the Lot has been a big dud. On the Lot will now only air once a week from 8-9pm on Tuesdays, thus The Loop will now only air Sundays, but three times a night on June 24 and July 1 at 7:30, 8:30 and 9:30 p.m. ET. That is 6 episodes right there. The other four remaining episodes will be airing Sunday, June 10 and 17 at 8:30 and 9:30. Confusing! Replacing On the Lot's Monday slot will be animated encores. You will see The Simpsons, Family Guy and American Dad mixed in the 8pm hour.

Growing Pains will not be on The N after this week, as of now. The channel announced that Sabrina, the Teenage Witch will return to its regular 12-1am slot next week and also have a mini-marathon on Monday night from 12-6am and airing 12-3am and 4-5am the rest of the week.

Charles Nelson Reilly, the celebrated stage, screen and television star, will be honored by GSN on Saturday, June 2 for his work as one of the most beloved celebrity game show panelists ever to grace the small screen. In honor of Reilly's work, GSN is devoting its programming from 9AM to 7PM ET on Saturday, June 2 to the best Reilly starring episodes of Match Game.
Immediately following the Match Game marathon, GSN's original documentary The Real Match Game Story: Behind the Blank airs from 7PM to 8PM ET.
Additionally, on Sunday night (Monday morning) June 3, GSN will air two classic episodes of his early work on What's My Line? from 1964 at 3:00AM ET and I've Got A Secret from 1972 at 3:30 AM ET.

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Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Nick at Nite June Highlights; MyNetwork TV Upfront

Nick at Nite has finally released its plans for June. No regular changes will be made...at least not yet, of course. They will have a Father's Day marathon on Father's Day evening (June 18) from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. featuring TV dads such as Dr. Cliff Huxtable and Danny Tanner. Shows featured are The Cosby Show, Full House, Fresh Prince, Roseanne and even America's Funniest Home Videos.
And if you haven't had enough Fresh Prince yet, then think again because Nick at Nite will showcase another "wall to wall" marathon the week of June 25-July 1, featuring nothing but Fresh Prince from 9:30pm-5am. That is over 100 episodes! Nick at Nite will also premiere the classic movie Grease in early July. More details on that soon, but for now head on over to the June highlights thread to read more and to discuss your thoughts.

MyNetwork TV had their upfront (I'm serious), and they announced their fall schedule. They will be getting rid of their low rated dramas and replacing them with cheap reality series, which have faired much better for them. They will also bring back the specials they have produced along with more movies on Thursdays and Fridays, which also have done pretty well for them. IFL Battleground will return as well on Mondays. To see their line-up for the fall, click HERE. On that same link, on the second post in that thread, I have my opinions on what MyNetwork TV should do. I say ditch the reality (or at least make them once a week at most), and bring back classic programming that works. How about encores of The Simpsons, which is Fox owned or maybe one of the best shows on Fox ever in Married...with Children. They could even bring back classic 20th TV programming like The X-Files, Ally McBeal, 21 Jump Street, Doogie Howser, Mr. Belvedere, Small Wonder, the list goes on and on. They would do so much better. And why Fox shows, because MyNetwork TV is owned by Fox. corp. You can discuss your thoughts on what I think on that same thread. I would like to hear your thoughts!

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Tuesday, May 29, 2007

AmericanLife TV June Highlights; TBS and TNT Go Broadband

AmericanLife TV Network, the only independent network devoted to the Baby Boomer generation, rolls out new seasons of Til Debt Do Us Part and Profiles In Caring in June, two of the network’s socially-conscious programs. As we mentioned last week, classic television dramas St. Elsewhere, Hill Street Blues and L.A. Law debut on the Network Sunday, June 3. Rounding out the June primetime schedule, classic television programming airs in primetime, featuring many beloved names in entertainment.
Sunday, June 3 marks the addition of St. Elsewhere (8-9 p.m. ET /PT), Hill Street Blues (9-10 p.m. ET /PT) and L.A. Law (10-11 p.m. ET /PT) to AmericanLife TV's primetime programming schedule. All three of these well-loved series will celebrate their new home on television with the broadcast of their very first episodes produced. Other highlights for these classics this month include:

Sunday, June 10
* St. Elsewhere: Tim Robbins guests in “Bypass.”
* Hill Street Blues: David Caruso debuts his recurring role on the series as Shamrock in “Presidential Fever.”

Sunday, June 24
* St. Elsewhere: TV legend Doris Roberts guests in “Cora and Arnie.”

Among the other classic programming highlights in June include:

Wednesday, June 6
* The Man From U.N.C.L.E.: Angela Lansbury guest stars as Effie Van Donck in “The Deadly Toys Affair” (9-10 p.m. ET /PT).

Friday, June 8
* The FBI: Harrison Ford guest stars as Glen Reeverson in “Caesar’s Wife” (8-9 p.m. ET /PT).

Monday, June 11
* Harry O: The late Roddy McDowall plays Arnold Applequist in “The Mysterious Case of Lester and Dr. Fong” (8-9 p.m. ET /PT).

Saturday, June 16
* Chico and the Man: The late Shelley Winters guests as Shirley Shrift in “Ed Steps Out” (10-10:30 p.m. ET /PT).

Tuesday, June 19
* Combat!: Bill Bixby guest stars as Kline in “The Losers” (8-9 p.m. ET /PT).

Saturday, June 23
* Chico and the Man: Legendary and beloved late performer Sammy Davis Jr. is featured as himself in “Sammy Steps In” (10-10:30 p.m. ET /PT).

Monday, June 25
* Harry O: Two famous faces in “Such Dust As Dreams Are Made On:” Cheryl Ladd and Martin Sheen (8-9 p.m. ET /PT).

It looks to be a great June for the network and July looks even better! We have an interview slated with AmericanLife coming soon, so be on the look out as we will learn a lot of new stuff! You won't want to miss this!

TBS and TNT are about to roll out its original summer shows, and if you miss them on TV...you can watch them all online the next day. They plan to stream all seven of their combined original summer series on their respective websites (tbs.com and tnt.tv). For the most part, they will be available the morning after they premiere on TV at around 3am or so and last a month. The shows are: TNT's dramas The Closer, Heartland and Saving Grace, its limited series The Company, and TBS' sitcoms House of Payne, The Bill Engvall Show, My Boys and The Frank Show.
House of Payne premieres next Wednesday (June 6) on TBS at 9pm! We will certainly have more details on that very soon! Check back with us.

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Monday, May 28, 2007

Memorial Day Marathons, Include Growing Pains On The N; Flo and She's the Sheriff Among the New In2TV Programming; Remembering Charles Nelson Reilly

Happy Memorial Day from everyone here at SitcomsOnline! If you are not out in the sun enjoying the weather then head to your TV to watch tons of marathons! We will give you a breakdown on who is airing what.
First, let's start off with The N. They will air a marathon of Growing Pains after all the festivities are over for Memorial Day, so you can actually go outside if you want because the marathon will air from 12 midnight to 6am of this show. The N is one of the sister stations of Nick at Nite, so that is how the network is airing this show. The show will air Mon-Thurs at 12 & 12:30 a.m. for the rest of the week, but it is unclear if it will continue after this week. We will let you know as soon as we do.
Imagine the joy of a road trip without leaving the comfort of your own home -- no overheated cars, no flat tires and no getting ripped off at the pump. Beginning Monday, May 28 from 6:00am to 8:00pm (all times ET/PT), TV Land takes viewers on an excursion to cool and exotic places when the network presents Memorial Day Roadtrips, a fourteen-hour marathon of vacation episodes from the network's line-up, culminating with the hilarious pop culture hit movie, National Lampoon's Vacation. Join The Munsters for a frightful night of camping, the Ricardos and the Mertzes on their comedic cross-country journey to Hollywood, the Sanfords for some sun and surf in Hawaii and top off the day's adventures with The Griswolds at the famed Wally World Amusement Park.
FX will travel back to the '70s with That '70s Show's Memorial Day Marathon. Twenty episodes of the 1998-2006 sitcom begin with a 1998 outing in which the gang's finding of a keg of beer demands a party. But tapping the keg proves problematic, and there are parents in pursuit. Airs from 7am-5pm.
Hallmark Chanel will have a M*A*S*H marathon, as we stated before. And as we stated before spend the day with Martin on TV One.
BET will have an epic block for Memorial Day featuring 10 episodes of Run's House, followed by six episodes of The Wayans Bros. and six episodes of The Jamie Foxx Show. Al from 9am-8pm.
G4 will air a marathon of the original Star Trek from 9am-4pm, while Oxygen will air a marathon of the hit sitcom Roseanne from 11am-4pm.
TNT has an all-day Law & Order marathon starting at 10am through 11pm, while the spin-off Law & Order: Criminal Intent will get a marathon on USA Network from 6am-8pm.
A&E will send out the mob for an all-day The Sopranos marathon from 9:24am to 11:37pm. Spike TV will do some investigating this Memorial Day with a CSI marathon from 9am-11pm.
Other notable marathons: VH1's Flavor of Love, style's Biggest Loser marathon, Bravo's Shear Genius, History Channel's Band of Brothers, CourtTV's Beach Patrol: San Diego, Animal Planet's Planet's Funniest Animals, and MTV will also air a Run's House marathon along with some Real World. TBS and Comedy Central will go to the movies all-day.
Wow! I think I covered it all. Something for everyone will air I hope.

In2TV, the online TV channel airing tons of TV shows, has added two short lived sitcoms this month! Flo, the spin-off of the hit sitcom Alice was added earlier this month and just recently the short lived first-run syndicated sitcom She's the Sheriff was added. That sitcom starred Suzanne Somers in the title role. Flo joins Alice on In2TV, so both shows are now on the online network. 8 episodes of Flo have been added thus far. And thus far 10 episodes have been added of She's the Sheriff. There is an episode of She's the Sheriff titled "Hair" that has Suzanne Somers' Three's Company co-star Don Knotts in it, along with Jenilee Harrison, who replaced Suzanne Somers on that show...interesting right? That is the episode I'm watching first and you should, too! Click HERE to view it. Also of note, after just one episode was added to In2TV last year, The Ben Stiller Show will now have all 13 episodes online for viewers to view!
And of course new episodes of your favorite In2TV series such as Martin, Head of the Class and Veronica's Closet will have new episodes this month!

Finally, we leave you with some sad news. TV legend Charles Nelson Reilly has died. Reilly was famous for being one of the celebrity panelists on the '70s game show Match Game. He also appeared on The Tonight Show many times. Reilly died Sunday in Los Angeles of complications from pneumonia, his partner, Patrick Hughes, told the New York Times. He wore his trademark giant glasses and colorful suits with ascots on Match Game and Hollywood Squares.
The actor appeared on many sitcoms as well. He appeared on The Ghost and Mrs. Muir from 1968-70. He has guest starred on The Patty Duke Show, Car 54 Where Are You?, The Farmer's Daughter, Nanny and the Professor, Here's Lucy, Arnie, The New Dick Van Dyke Show, Love American Style, Charles in Charge, Evening Shade, New WKRP in Cincinnati, Family Matters and The Drew Carey Show. He had done a lot of TV voice work such as SpongeBob SquarePants. Mr. Reilly will be missed. He was 76.

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Sunday, May 27, 2007

Week 36 (Final Week of Season) Numbers (Final Three Nights); How the Sitcoms Did; Final 2006-07 Ratings

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

Households: Fox: 11.4/18.0; ABC: 9.6/15.2; CBS: 7.3/11.7; NBC: 5.0/7.9; The CW: 1.2/1.9; MNT: 0.6/0.9.
Total Viewers: Fox: 19.53 million; ABC: 14.78 million; CBS: 11.11 million; NBC: 7.53 million; The CW: 1.71 million; MNT: 0.86 million.
Adults 18-49: Fox: 7.5/19.9; ABC: 5.0/13.2; NBC: 2.9/7.6; CBS: 2.8/7.8; The CW: 0.7/1.9; MNT: 0.4/1.0.

Analysis: The 36th week is the final week of the season, and it is a shortened three days. Really only Fox and ABC scheduled actual programming as CBS and NBC were primarily in repeats. CBS's repeats repeated much better than NBC's. Season finales of Dancing with the Stars, American Idol, The Bachelor, Heroes, Lost, 24, Law & Order: SVU, Deal or No Deal, NCIS, etc were on all this week. Finales such as 24 and Law & Order: SVU suffered due to the competition. As usual, Friday and Saturday numbers are not above, since final numbers are not available yet. I also didn;t include Thursday this week, as that is the first day of the summer season.
On Monday Dancing with the Stars continued to rule Mondays for ABC. 20.19 million tuned in for finals, up from the previous week! CBS's CSI: Miami was a repeat at 10pm and did 11.51 million, why on earth did CBS give up here? NBC's Deal or No Deal was way down against Stars, with 9.87 million, but up from last week. CBS aired four encores of Two and a Half Men from 8-10pm, going up in each half hour, but they should have aired at least one new episode of it this week, why waste it last week at 8:30pm? Fox aired the two-hour season finale of 24 with 10.3 million, which was actually down from last week's normal one-hour episode, but I think the 9pm hour was up from last week. ABC aired The Bachelor from 9-11 and did great with 12.67 million, up two million last week's normal 90-minute episode, and NBC aired the season finale of Heroes at 9 with 13.48 million (up almost 2 million from last week), followed by Law & Order: Criminal Intent season finale at 8.85 million, up from last week. The CW's comedies were all in repeats.
Tuesday was ABC's night this week, but Fox was close behind. ABC aired the finale of Dancing with the Stars: The Results doing 22.96 million from 9-11pm, obviously up from last week, with a one-hour special The Bachelor: After the Rose preceding it with a nice 7.97 million. American Idol did 25.24 million at 8 (up from last week) but the premiere of new summer series On the Lot was probably the bomb of the year with just 8.54 million, losing 17 million from its lead-in...ouch. And Fox will air the season finale of House out of sweeps for that? CBS was third with the season finale of Navy NCIS doing a solid 14.13 million followed by a new TV movie called Jesse Stone putting up decent numbers with 13.01 million, but the demos were low. NBC was fourth for for the night with both Law & Order spin-offs doing 6.57 and 10.28 million from 9-11pm (both down from last week), with another Dateline kicking the night off with 5.49 million. The CW aired the two-hour finale of Veronica Mars (1.78 and 2.15 million from 8-10).
Wednesday it was Fox and ABC airing new programming, as the rest surrendered. American Idol's finale for Fox did 30.73 million from 8-10:09pm, down 6 million from last year's finale average. ABC was second with the two-hour season finale of Lost from 9-11pm doing a solid 13.86 million, a clip show repeat aired at 8 and did 5.73 million. CBS was a solid third for the night with repeats of Navy NCIS, Criminal Minds and CSI: NY doing 8.25 million, 9.57 million and 10.25 million, maybe next year CBS should air new episodes here. NBC was again fourth for the night with a repeat of the special SNL in the 90s doing just 4.12 million from 8-10 and yet another Dateline followed with 4.85 million. The CW surrendered with two One Tree Hill repeats...god help us all.
Thursday started the summer season and it was a quite night but Fox did decent for So You Think You Can Dance but On the Lot bombed in its normal slot. Friday saw more repeats with ABC just airing a new show with National Bingo Night and Saturday saw more repeats with the NBA doing similar numbers as they do on TNT/ESPN.

Last Sunday Sitcoms (counts for week of May 7-13)

  • King of the Hill (Fox) 2 episodes - Two new episodes did 4.05 and 5.22 million. Nice for the season finales.
  • The Simpsons (Fox) 2 episodes - 9.94 million tuned in to the one-hour episode, up nearly 3 million from last week...nice.
  • Family Guy (Fox) - 9.15 million tuned in to the season finale.
  • American Dad (Fox) - 7.62 million tuned in to the season finale.

Monday Sitcoms

  • Two and a Half Men (CBS) 4 repeats - 4 repeats from 8-10 did 7.72, 8.64 (already better than what normally airs here), 11.82, and 12.31 million. They should have aired the season finale this week at 9.
  • CW Monday Comedies: Chris, All of Us, Girlfriends, The Game. Repeat of Chris started it off with 2.06 million, followed by a repeat of All of Us at 1.85 million, and repeats of Girlfriends and The Game 1.73 and 1.64 million.


Tuesday Sitcoms

  • None

Wednesday Sitcoms
  • None

No new sitcoms at all this week. Isn't that sad?


Final 2006-07 Season Numbers
September 18, 2006 through May 23, 2007

Households:
CBS: 7.9 rating/13 share (-4% from last season), ABC: 6.4/10 (-7), Fox: 6.4/10 (+3), NBC: 5.8/9 (-9), The CW: 2.1/3.

Total Viewers:
CBS: 12.46 million (-1% from last season), Fox: 10.41 (+3), ABC: 9.93 (-8), NBC: 8.87 (-6), The CW: 3.2.

Adults 18-49:
Fox: 4.0 rating/11 share (-2% from last season), CBS: 3.7/10 (-3), ABC: 3.5/10 (-13), NBC: 3.1/8 (-6), The CW: 1.3/3.

Adults 18-34:
Fox: 3.7 rating/11 share (-5% from last season), ABC: 2.9/9 (-9), CBS: 2.6/8 (even), NBC: 2.5/ 8 (-4), The CW: 1.5/4.

Adults 25-54:
CBS: 4.6 rating/12 share (-4% from last season), Fox: 4.3/11 (-2), ABC: 4.0/10 (-13), NBC: 3.6/9 (-10), The CW: 1.2/2.

- CBS, Fox and ABC all had something to write home about this season, despite a terrible ending to most series this season (technology has a lot to do with this). CBS still was number one in households, viewers and 25-54 despite some losses from last season. Fox was up and down in a few categories, so basically even from last year, even with Idol down slightly. ABC had Monday Night Football and the Super Bowl last season, so taking those out of last year's numbers, ABC is even from last season. NBC didn't do so well again this season coming in 4th in total viewers and adults 18-49, and it had Sunday Night Football this season to boost its fall, but still couldn't turn the season into a positive. The CW showed some gains and losses from UPN and The WB combined from last season.

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Saturday, May 26, 2007

Mini-DVD Review: CHiPs - The Complete First Season (June 5); Seinfeld - Season 9 Coming to DVD in November

Attention All Units: CHiPs roars onto DVD on June 5! Welcome to another edition of mini-DVD reviews. This week we take a look at Warner Home Video's CHiPs - The Complete First Season. CHiPs is the exciting action series which aired for six seasons from 1977-1983 on NBC and starred Erik Estrada ("Frank 'Ponch' Poncharello"), Larry Wilcox ("Jon Baker") and Robert Pine ("Sgt. Joseph Getraer") and had its fair share of multiple car pile-ups, high speed chases, hijacker plots and of course 1970s nostalgia. This six-disc collection includes all 22 episodes and all-new bonus features. See my mini-DVD review of CHiPs - The Complete First Season:

CHiPs - The Complete First Season

CHiPs - The Complete First Season (Warner Home Video, $39.98)

License and Registration, Please: The Kick-Start of the Six-Season Series!

Where the rubber meets the road and the bad guys meet the badge -- that's where you'll find California Highway Patrol motorcycle officers Jon (Larry Wilcox) and Ponch (Erik Estrada).

Set in the sun-drenched sprawl of Los Angeles, CHiPs combines action, heroics and fun in 22 Season One episodes whose event-packed storylines range from freeway gridlock (let's use a circus elephant to tow that broken-axled truck!) to wild roadway pursuits (who's that beautiful woman lead-footing a Rolls Royce?), from spilled onions (crying time, fellas) to pure venom (an overturned van loaded with....sssnakes!).

CHiPs, an acronym for California Highway Patrol, premiered on September 15, 1977 on NBC. A total of 139 episodes were produced over the show's six seasons. Other season one cast members included Paul Linke as Officer Arthur Grossman, Lew Saunders as Officer Gene Fritz and Brodie Greer as Officer Barry Baricza. Notable first season guest stars included Jim Backus, Richard Deacon, Broderick Crawford, Vito Scotti, Florence Halop, Gerald McRaney, Alice Ghostley, Ellen Travolta, Robbie Rist, Herb Edelman, Phyllis Diller, Gary Sandy, Edward James Olmos and Joe Penny.

The cover art features a photo of Larry Wilcox and Erik Estrada. The "CHiPs" logo is in orange down the side. I'm not a big fan of the arrows all over the packaging. On the back of the box, there are 3 more photos of Estrada and Wilcox, a synopsis of the set, a listing of the special features and the DVD specs. There are 3 slim cases inside the outer cardboard box. Each slim case holds two discs and has two photos each on the front and back cover. Episode titles, writing and directing credits, original airdates and short summaries are provided on the front and back of the slim cases. There's a "P" next to the episodes that have the short introductions by Erik Estrada. Inside the slim cases, there are large photos of Estrada and Wilcox. Embedded plastic holders hold the discs. Discs 1, 3 and 5 feature Estrada and 2, 4, 6 have Wilcox on them.

The main menus feature the same photo and the CHiPs logo as the cover art. The unforgettable CHiPs theme plays in the background and then loops. This is the first season theme and not the updated disco theme they started to use in the second season. There are options for for Play (Play All), Episodes and Language. When you select Episodes, it takes you to another menu where there is another shot of Ponch and Jon. Episode titles are listed vertically in blue text. Next to select episodes, there is a microphone which you push to see the introductions by Erik Estrada. The Languages menu features Ponch and Jon and the Special Features menu on Disc 4 features Ponch, Jon and Gertraer. Chapter stops are available within the episodes, but there are no separate menus for scene selections.

It is hard to believe that CHiPs premiered nearly 30 years ago. The video and audio quality is about what you would expect given the show's age. I would say the episodes look about the same or a bit better than what I saw on TNT and TBS during the 1990's. Since the show was shot on film, there is a lot of dirt and debris and other video artifacts. While all the episodes are certainly watchable and enjoyable, I think they probably could have been cleaned up a bit more. All of the episodes appear to be unedited, running around 47-48 minutes in length. The total running time for the set is 1056 minutes. They are presented in their original broadcast order. For the closing logo enthusiasts, there is the Rosner Television logo embedded on the credits followed by the M-G-M lion. The audio is your basic 1970's mono track. I didn't notice any major problems. The episodes are closed-captioned and subtitles are available in Portuguese and Spanish. No closed-captioning or subtitles are available for the special features.

With this being the 30th Anniversary of CHiPs, I was hoping for many more special features. Unfortunately, the only cast member involved with these extras is Erik Estrada. "Ponch's Police Tips" are all-new introductions with special trivia and his reminiscences on 13 episodes. These run between 1-2 minutes in length. He is standing up in front of the California Highway Patrol center, on a motorcycle or inside the center. One of the most interesting bits of trivia he mentions is that the actor he beat out for the role was in one of the episodes. I think it would be great if they included these intros on all of the episodes and if they were a bit more detailed with trivia bits. The other special feature, "CHiPs: The Ride Out of Spanish Harlem," is found on the sixth disc. This feature runs 11 minutes, 44 seconds. This "ride" down memory lane includes all-new interviews with Author and Media Historian Herbie J Pilato and Erik Estrada. Erik talks about growing up in New York City and his decision of becoming an actor. He talks about how he auditioned for the part after losing out on some other pilots. Other topics include the on-screen chemistry between Erik and Larry, Erik's groundbreaking role for Latinos, the show's realism, and the legacy of CHiPs. While this is a nicely produced and edited feature, there probably won't be anything new for the die-hard fan.

It is a treat to have CHiPs finally available on DVD. I was never a big fan of Starsky & Hutch or The Dukes of Hazzard, but there was something about that CHiPs that drew it to me. It had just the right mix of action, drama and comedy. Erik Estrada and Larry Wilcox had great on-screen chemistry and the supporting cast was excellent. If you were like me, you probably watched it religously on TNT and TBS during the 1990's. CHiPs Online was one of the first sites I ever visited on the internet and the inspiration for my own sites. Watching the episodes on DVD, it is like an all-new show to me. It has been been awhile since it's been on, so the episodes aren't really that fresh in my mind. There are a good 4-5 minutes of scenes per episode that were cut in syndication that are on the DVD. I don't think the first season was one of the best of the series, which is typical for many shows. There were better stories and the music of Alan Silvestri starting in the second season. Warner Home Video has done a decent job with the first season, but I'm hoping for bigger and better things for the future seasons. I'm sure Larry Wilcox and the rest of the cast and crew would love to reminiscence about the show. With a new film version starring Wilmer Valderrama set to begin production this year, CHiPs is sure to become a fan favorite of new generations. Be sure to support the first season release so we can get the remaining five seasons soon!

Happy 30th Anniversary to CHiPs!

-- Reviewed by Todd
(4/5 stars)

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As we first reported in our Seinfeld - Season 8 Review, the ninth and final season will be coming in November! If Sony's previous release pattern holds, the date will be Tuesday, November 20.

Click here to see the insert included with Season 8 that shows the cover art for Season 9.

Don't forget Seinfeld - Season 8 is coming on June 5th. It is jam-packed as usual with approximately 13 hours of extras and classic episodes including "The English Patient," "The Yada Yada" and "The Muffin Tops."

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Friday, May 25, 2007

Hallmark Channel June Change, Adds 'Murder, She Wrote', Drops 'Waltons'; Fox Burns off 'The Loop' Episodes in Summer

The Hallmark Channel has made a schedule change. They have acquired Murder, She Wrote and will add it to its line-up, airing it weekdays at 8 & 9 a.m. and 11 p.m. and 12 midnight starting June 4. The morning airings will replace The Waltons, which will now be off the line-up again. The late night airings will be replacing a movie. Hallmark will also air the two-hour editions of Murder on Sunday nights at 7 p.m.
Murder, She Wrote is of course the classic mystery drama starring Angela Lansbury. The show has aired in reruns on A&E and The Biography Channel in recent years. I think it still air on Biography from time to time.
To view these changes and to discuss this new acquisition, click HERE.

Fox will return the second year sitcom The Loop for its final 10 episodes on Tuesday, June 5 now. The show will air at 8:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, June 5 and 12. It will also air Sundays at 8:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. on June 10, June 17, June 24 and July 1. So all 10 will air by July 1. Talk about a burn-off! Only Fox's The Winner was burned off faster earlier this year.

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Thursday, May 24, 2007

WABC-7 in NY Wins May Sweeps And Highest Rated Channel in the Nation; ABC Family Adds More 'Heaven' in June

WABC-TV is New York's most watched broadcast station for the twenty-eighth consecutive rating period, delivering a 4.1 rating/11 share in DMA Households, Monday-Sunday sign-on to sign-off in Nielsen's May 2007 sweeps, providing WABC-TV with a huge 52% lead over its nearest competitor. With each rating point representing 73,670 Tri-State area TV households, Channel 7 attracts a larger audience than any other station in the NATION!
WABC won all the local news races, along with the network news race at 6:30pm, and has strong syndicated programming like Live! With Regis & Kelly, Oprah, Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy! Not to mention the primetime programming such as Grey's Anatomy, Dancing with the Stars and Desperate Housewives.
It just amazes me how strong this channel is and it beats the local competition in everything. WABC won everything except the 7-9am weekday morning show race, with WNBC's Today show winning by 0.4 of a rating over Good Morning America, 4.2 to 3.8. WABC did win last May, 4.5 to 4.1.
For full details, including how the local syndicated airing of the sitcoms like King of Queens on WWOR and Everybody Loves Raymond on WPIX did, click HERE.

And remember last week when we posted the new June line-up for ABC Family Channel? Well family drama 7th Heaven will only be airing Sundays at 7 & 8am we reported...but now ABC Family has also added Saturday mornings at 7 & 8am starting June 16. I guess that is better than nothing. Weekday airings of 6pm will be removed by 8 Simple Rules on June 12.

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Wednesday, May 23, 2007

AmericanLife TV Acquires Classic 20th TV Shows, WKRP, Newhart, Mary Tyler Moore, Batman, etc.; Nick at Nite Schedule Switcharoo

AmericanLife TV Network, the only independent network devoted to the Baby Boomer generation, has reached a long-term agreement with Twentieth Television for a library of classic television series. Among the series that they have acquired are: Batman, Bob Newhart Show, Hill Street Blues, L.A. Law, Lost in Space, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Newhart, St. Elsewhere, WKRP in Cincinnati.
Hill Street Blues, St. Elsewhere and L.A. Law will debut June 3 in an all-new Sunday "The Greatest Drama" primetime schedule from 8-11pm (with an encore from 11pm-2am). The other programs acquired (such as Batman and Lost in Space) will be airing in varying time slots later this year. We will let you know when we know when they will launch! It seems the current Sunday night shows ("The Greatest Drama" block) The Courtship of Eddie's Father, Mayberry RFD, I'll Fly Away and Homefront will be off the line-up completely.
Click HERE to view the press release and to discuss this news!

A Nick at Nite change (yes, what else is new?)...Roseanne will return to Sun-Thurs 10-11PM now and Fresh Prince will move back to Sun-Thurs 11PM-12AM starting May 28. Fresh Prince will still air 11PM-12AM on Fri-Sat.

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Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Kate and Allie Comes to WE tv; Show Me the Money to GSN

The popular family-friendly sitcom, Kate & Allie will be coming to WE tv. The show will launch with a marathon on Saturday, June 2 from 12 noon to 9 p.m. ET before settling into its regular weeknight slot of 7 & 7:30 p.m. starting Monday, June 4. Kate & Allie joins Hope & Faith (weeknights 5-6pm) and Dharma & Greg (weeknights 6-7pm) as the only sitcoms on the schedule. Now all they need is Laverne & Shirley, and they have every woman's based show basically with the ampersand (&)! Unless I'm missing one? Anyway, here is a synopsis of the show from WE tv:
Kate is a woman recently divorced from her unstable actor husband. She has a teenage daughter, Emma. Allie is also recently divorced from her successful, but unfaithful doctor husband. She also has a teenage daughter, Jennie, and a younger son, Chip. The two friends decide to live together, along with their children. Neither Kate nor Allie have ruled out remarriage but view their new situation as a provisional reprieve, a time for both women to come to know and appreciate themselves.

Short lived game show Show Me the Money will come to reruns on GSN. The game show hosted by William Shatner just lasted 5 episodes this past November on ABC and also has 2 unaired episodes. GSN will air all 7 starting June 12, airing it Tuesdays at 8.
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Monday, May 21, 2007

CMT Schedule News; Spike Schedule Note; Fresh Prince Week on Nick at Nite

It's back to the basics, schedules galore for us! Today we have schedule updates from CMT, Spike and Nick at Nite!

CMT will be ending its run of The Dukes of Hazzard later this summer. We don't exactly know when yet, but through the end of June it is on the schedule still. "After a fantastic two-year run, it's time to give the Dukes a proper CMT farewell with a summer primetime block," says Mary Beth Cunin, vice president of programming strategy, CMT. "We want fans to be able to watch the series from the beginning and relive their favorite Dukes moments before the General Lee rides off into the sunset."
The show will now air weeknights at 8:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. starting May 28. CMT will also do a CMT's Top Twenty Countdown on the DukesFest which will air on June 7 from 4-7pm. CMT will also air the reunion movie at 10pm that night along with the Hollywood movie at midnight. On June 10, there will be a special block from 6pm-12am with two episodes and the two movies.
In other CMT news, they will create an afternoon block starting Monday, June 11 with four-year (2001-05 series) court show Texas Justice airing back-to-back from 1-2pm and two episodes of the sitcom Mama's Family weekdays from 2-3pm! We knew they couldn't just keep Mama as a special block! Now we get to see it regularly and it will still be a regular on ION Television in primetime!

Fans of The Three Stooges or Seven Days will be happy because they will return to Spike TV in July. The problem is you will never know when they are on. Spike TV has scheduled them for 3am or 3:30am slots a few times a week. So be on the look out! Spike also has relegated Star Trek: Deep Space 9 to sometimes in the overnights, usually 2am...ouch. They have released schedules through September, and you guessed it, the Labor Day marathon (Sept. 3) is CSI from 9am-9pm. No other changes.

Yes, Nick at Nite will have another Fresh Prince of Bel-Air week all this week from 9:30pm-5am Mon-Thurs, Sun and 10:30pm-5am on Fri-Sat. Aren't you all just so excited? This show, Roseanne, and Cosby Show are the only ones ever getting week-long marathons these days from Nick at Nite.

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Sunday, May 20, 2007

Week 35 Numbers (First Four Nights); How the Sitcoms Did

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

Households: CBS: 8.4/13.5; ABC: 8.3/13.4; Fox: 8.0/12.8; NBC: 5.1/8.3; The CW: 2.2/3.6; MNT: 0.9/1.4.
Total Viewers: Fox: 13.34 million; CBS: 12.96 million; ABC: 12.52 million; NBC: 7.84 million; The CW: 3.48 million; MNT: 1.22 million.
Adults 18-49: Fox: 5.1/13.9; ABC: 4.2/11.4; CBS: 3.9/10.5; NBC: 2.9/8.0; The CW: 1.6/4.3; MNT: 0.4/1.2.

Analysis: The 35th week thus far is a close race! Fox, CBS, and ABC are all very close to each other, as you can see above. This is the last full week of the season, as this coming week it is only Mon-Wed...then the long summer season starts. NBC still remains a distant 4th place in all categories. As usual, Friday and Saturday numbers are not above, since final numbers are not available yet. Tonight has ABC airing its high profile season finales while showcases a movie. ABC should win big for the final Sunday of the year. Fox's comedies are also all-new with The Simpsons' 400th episode and NBC has yet another Dateline followed by the movie National Treasure.
On Monday Dancing with the Stars continued to rule Mondays for ABC. 19.58 million for the semi-final, slightly up from the previous week...it should be even higher tomorrow for the finals! CBS's CSI: Miami was all-new at 10pm and did 16.63 million, down a bit from last week and NBC's Deal or No Deal was way down against Stars, with 8.84 million, down from last week by nearly two million again. How I Met Your Mother season finale and a special time period of Two and a Half Men aired on CBS from 8-9pm, doing 7.7 and 10.16 million. Two and a Half Men at its normal time last week did 13.27 million. The one-hour series finale of King of Queens aired from 9-10 doing 13.61 million, up a bit from last week. Fox aired a repeat of House doing 7.23 million (down a bit from last week), followed by 24 with 10.57 million, also down a bit from last week. ABC aired The Bachelor from 9:30-11 and did a decent 10.64 million, up from last week, and NBC aired hit Heroes at 9 with 11.54 million (up a bit from the numbers from last week), followed by Law & Order: Criminal Intent at 7.2 million. The CW's comedies are still under performing on this night, with Chris at just 2.34 million, down from previous week.
Tuesday was Fox's night. American Idol did 24.23 million at 8 (down from last week) and House did 21.19 million, slightly down from last week. ABC was on the map thanks to Dancing with the Stars: The Results doing 18.44 million at 9 (up from last week), with a one-hour version of last night's semi-finals preceding it with 9.07 million. Boston Legal at 10 was at its normal levels with 10.28 million. CBS was third with just 9.27 million for The Academy of County Music Awards from 8-11. NBC was fourth for for the night with both Law & Order spin-offs doing 6.93 and 12.75 million from 9-11pm (SVU was up though at 10), with another Dateline kicking the night off with 5.51 million. The CW aired the series finale of Gilmore Girls (4.86 million) and Veronica Mars (2.1 million). The latter's finale is this week...90% chance it is the series finale!
Wednesday again Fox got the boost from that show called American Idol, doing 28.05 million at 9pm, down slightly from last week. Bones preceded with 10.88 million at 8 for pre-Idol tune-in. CBS was second for the night with a Price is right: Million Dollar Spectacular special doing a healthy 13.99 million (up big from previous week's timeslot) followed by a new Criminal Minds and a new CSI: NY doing 13.21 and 13.07 million, both slightly up from previous week. ABC followed with According to Jim & Notes from the Underbelly doing OK to open up the night with 5.4 and 4.56 million (both down from last week), followed by a repeat of According to Jim & the season finale of Notes from the Underbelly doing 4.18 and 3.87 million, down from last week's sitcom repeats, and an all-new Lost closed the night off with a solid 12.32 million. The shocking two-hour season finale is this week! NBC was again fourth for the night with a new Thank God You're Here doing 4.58 million (down a million from last week again), Crossing Jordan followed with just 6.44 million for a new episode, though up from last week. A new Medium followed built on the lead-in with 7.75 million, slightly down from last week. The CW was in the game at 8 with the season finale of America's Next Top Model doing an impressive 6.42 million, followed by One Tree Hill doing just 2.68 million, with the lead-in it had, it was still down from last week! Pathetic!
On Thursday we saw CBS and ABC take control. The 75 minute season finale of Grey's Anatomy for ABC at 9pm did 22.57 million, obviously up from last week. The season finale of Ugly Betty opened the night off with 10.5 million, up from last week. A Lost: The Answers special aired at 10:15pm and did 9.12 million...season finale this Wednesday from 9-11pm! CBS's special Bob Barker: 50 Years was first at 8 with 14.33 million, up from last week's timeslot holder, but down in the demos from last week's holder. Season finale of CSI and a repeat of CSI followed with 20.45 and 13.33 million. NBC was third with one-hour season finales of its comedies and the season finale ER, which just did 9.51 million, slightly up from last week. Fox was way back with the movie The Day After Tomorrow with just 4.2 million. And CW aired new episodes of its Thursday dramas doing 4.14 and 2.72 million, first one was up from last week and the latter again down from last week.
Friday (numbers not counted in our ratings), saw CBS win the night with the season finale of NUMB3RS, but the 8-10pm specials on Walter Cronkite and Dr. Phil didn't nearly do as well as Bob Barker's special, though Dr. Phil won its timeslot. NBC did much better from 8-10 with Dateline and it looks like that is helping Law & Order at 10, as its season finale did well. ABC aired the season finale of America's Funniest Home Videos at 8 and was first in viewers but second in households, followed by National Bingo Night at 9 at a disappointing third place (but still did over 6 million...better than what ABC does usually in this slot since Men in Trees left), and finally 20/20.closed the night in third in its slot. Fox aired repeats of House & Bones for 4th place. The CW was last for its WWE coverage
Saturday ratings are not available thus yet, look for CBS to win in viewers and either Fox or ABC in 18-49. As for tonight, ABC will win big with its season finale. As for this week in general, it should be a race to the finish for the last three days! We have season finales of Dancing with the Stars, Heroes, 24, American Idol, and Lost!

Last Sunday Sitcoms (counts for week of May 7-13)

  • King of the Hill (Fox) 2 episodes - 2.9 million for a repeat and 3.68 million for a new episode, both down from previous week.
  • The Simpsons (Fox) 2 episodes - 6.54 million for a new episode followed by a repeat at 6.86 million...both down well over a million from previous week.
  • Family Guy (Fox) - 7.22 million for a new episode, slightly down from previous week, but the highest of the animation block.
  • American Dad (Fox) - 5.67 million, down from previous week again.

Monday Sitcoms

  • How I Met Your Mother (CBS) - Season finale did 7.7 million...up from previous week's 7.69 million.
  • Two and a Half Men (CBS) - 10.16 million...down about 3 million from last week, but this week it aired at 8:30pm.
  • King of Queens (CBS) - 13.61 million for the one-hour series finale, a bit up from last week. 9:30 saw a huge jump.
  • CW Monday Comedies: Chris, All of Us, The Game. All-new episode of Chris started it off with 2.32 million, followed by a new episode of All of Us at 2.5 million, and the one-hour finale of The Game did 2.51 million.


Tuesday Sitcoms

  • None

Wednesday Sitcoms
  • According to Jim (ABC) - New episode at 8 did 5.4 million, down from last week. A repeat at 9 did 4.18 million.
  • Notes from the Underbelly (ABC) - 4.56 million, down from last week. The season finale at 9:30 at a special time did 3.87 million...a series low.
Thursday Sitcoms
  • The Office (NBC) - 7.88 million and a 3.9 18-49 rating for the one-hour season finale. Up a bit up from last week in viewers, same in 18-49.
  • Scrubs (NBC) - 5.28 million for the one-hour finale, down slightly from last week.
Friday Sitcoms
None.

Saturday Sitcoms
None.

Airing tonight (Sunday) are new episodes of Fox comedies.

Summing it up. Two and a Half Men, The Office, and King of Queens were impressive for the week. Everything else was OK (such as How I Met Your Mother, According to Jim) or just plain old terrible (Notes from the Underbelly, Everybody Hates Chris).

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Saturday, May 19, 2007

Mini-DVD Review: Kyle XY - The Complete First Season (May 22)

Welcome to another edition of mini-DVD reviews. This week we take a look at Buena Vista Home Entertainment's Kyle XY: The Complete First Season - Declassified. Kyle XY is the hit summer series that aired on ABC Family last summer, when a teenage boy with extraordinary abilities appears out of nowhere and later stays with a family. See my mini-DVD review of Kyle XY - Declassified: The Complete First Season:

Kyle XY: The Complete First Season - Declassified (Buena Vista, $39.99) brings all ten episodes from the first season of the highest rated original series in ABC Family Channel's history! When a boy emerges from the forest with no recollection of who he is, a kind social worker takes him into her family and everyone wants to know: who is Kyle XY? As the Trager family works to help Kyle discover his world, they must also address the truths in their own lives as they struggle to adjust to the newest member of their family. TV's most compelling new family drama comes to DVD in a 3-disc set features each thrilling first season episodes as well as bonus features that reveal more than ever about the remarkable boy named Kyle. Only on DVD can you get declassified show secrets and an exclusive alternate season pilot and extended season finale.
You will be hooked and want to watch each episode in order because it is very entertaining and interesting. So all 10 are memorable to me, but the ones that stand out are the "Pilot," "Diving In," and "End Game." Each episode runs approx. between 43-45 minutes (highest being 44:43 and lowest being 42:53). There are about 8 or 9 chapter stops per episode and the video and audio is superb, as it should be. The video is in widescreen and for those who watched it on ABC Family, will like it even more this way! Packaging has a nice outer box with Kyle showing he has no belly-button on the front cover...the back cover has tons of information and more pictures. Inside the box is the digipak case. All three discs are inside. There are three panels, the first panel holds an ad for season two coming this summer on television and a coupon for Sour Patch candy...if you watched the show, this product is featured in many episodes. The second panel holds discs one and two...overlapping each other. The third panel has the final disc. Disc art is cool, with Kyle on disc one (same art as cover), disc two has the entire family, and disc thee has another shot of Kyle. The episodes per disc are four each, but the final disc has two episodes and the extras.
The menu screen has Play All, Episode Selection, Set Up, Audio Commentary, Sneak Peeks, and Bonus Features. The first three are on each disc. Audio Commentary and Sneak Peeks are just on disc one and Bonus Features is just on disc three. The main menu has a nice piano type music playing in the background with nice clips playing, with some white confetti type thing on the clips. It looks classical. The selector is cool, when we point to an option, the wordings below the actual wording turns upside down. Auto previews playing before the menu comes on disc one (they are the same previews as in sneak peeks). Set Up has where you can choosewhich language (English or Spanish) and subtitles (English, Spanish, or French).
Moving on to the extras. Disc one has the audio commentaries. "Pilot" has commentaries from Matt Dallas (Kyle), Eric Brass (co-creator), David Himelfarb (executive producer) and Julie Plec (producer). "Diving In" has commentaries from Matt Dallas (Kyle), April Matson (Lori), and Julie Plec (producer).
Then on disc three we have the remaining extras. An alternate pilot episode that runs 41:44. It has a different voice of Kyle with the narration, different opening credits, and more. Interesting to see. Then we have the extended season finale ("End Game"). It runs 45:39, so we get over a minute or so of new material. They should have given us deleted scenes instead, I guess. Finally, we have a featurette called "Kyle XY Declassified." It runs 18:02. The first 14 minutes or so it declassifies for us what happened in the first season, via clips and narration. The final four minutes or so has cast and crew interviews about season two, which is well underway. Season 2 premieres June 11 at 8pm on ABC Family! The extras are good, but they could have been a bit better...especially since BV usually gives a whole bunch of extras on their current series.
I highly do recommend any fan to pick up this set. And if you never have watched the show, pick this set up...this is the best basic cable series EVER! I am hooked and I cannot wait to watch the second season. It has comedy, drama, action, science fiction, and everything you can imagine. It is a fun show not just for families, but everyone. So, pick-up this set and join Kyle and the Trager family try to find out who he is!
-- Reviewed by Pavan
(4/5 stars)

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Friday, May 18, 2007

New Fall 2007 Sitcoms Preview

Today we take a look at the new sitcoms that made the networks' schedules. There will be a total of 10 new sitcoms this season, including 1 that will air in January and 3 that will air at mid-season. 6 will be single-camera. 4 will be multi-camera. Some familiar faces returning to sitcoms include Christina Applegate, Jennifer Esposito, Jean Smart, Fred Goss, Faith Ford, Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco, Kelsey Grammer, Patricia Heaton and Amy Pietz.




ABC

Sam I Am

Sam I Am - Mondays at 9:30PM EST/PST (9:00PM EST/PST after Dancing with the Stars concludes) on ABC

When a terrible accident leaves Samantha “Sam” Newly in a coma for eight days, she wakes up with no recollection of any past experiences, memories or events. Faced with amnesia, Sam must start over. To her dismay she discovers that she wasn’t a particularly honest, good-hearted or loving person. In fact she was self-involved, narcissistic and devoid of real relationships - essentially a bitch. Sam must now struggle with her desire to be good and her temptation to be...not so good. Finding the line between good and evil is never easy.

Cast:
Christina Applegate (“Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy”): Sam
Jennifer Esposito (“Related”): Andrea
Kevin Dunn (“Prison Break”): Howard
Melissa McCarthy (“Gilmore Girls”): Dena
Tim Russ (“Without a Trace”): Frank
Jean Smart (“24”): Regina
Barry Watson (“What About Brian”): Todd

Credits:
Story By: Cecelia Ahern & Donald Todd
Teleplay: Donald Todd (“Ugly Betty”)
EP: Donald Todd (“Ugly Betty”)
EP: Peter Traugott (“Frangela”)
Director: Robert Duncan McNeill (“Crossing Jordan”)
Production Company: ABC Studios

Links:

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

    Cavemen

    Cavemen - Tuesdays at 8:00PM EST/PST on ABC

    Cavemen is a unique buddy comedy that offers a clever twist on stereotypes and turns race relations on their head. Inspired by the popular Geico Insurance commercials, the series looks at life through the eyes of the ultimate outsiders - three modern cavemen - as they struggle to find their place in the world. Joel, his cynical best friend, Nick, and easy-going little brother, Jamie, are contemporary cavemen who live in the suburban south and simply want to be treated like ordinary thirty-something guys. Despite their attempts at assimilation, Nick doesn’t believe mainstream society will ever completely accept them, Jamie seems to take it all in stride and Joel straddles the middle, torn between his friends, his more traditional values and his loving fiancée.

    Cast:
    Bill English (“The Pavement”): Joel
    Nick Kroll (“Arranged”): Nick
    Dash Mihok (“Hollywoodland”): Jamie
    Kaitlin Doubleday (“Catch Me If You Can”): Kate
    John Heard (“Prison Break”): Trip
    Stephanie Lemelin (“CSI: Crime Scene Investigation”): Thorne

    Credits:
    EP: Daniel Rappaport (“Office Space”)
    EP: Guymon Casady (“Hope & Faith”)
    EP/Director: Will Speck & Josh Gordon (“Blades of Glory”)
    EP: Bill Martin (“Grounded for Life”)
    EP: Mike Schiff (“Grounded for Life”)
    Co-EP/Writer: Joe Lawson
    Production Company: ABC Studios

    Links:

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

    Carpoolers

    Carpoolers - Tuesdays at 8:30PM EST/PST on ABC

    Less about saving the environment than male bonding, four guys from very different backgrounds relish their daily commute as they commiserate about their lives, jobs and families in the carpool lane. There’s Laird, the recently divorced playboy; Aubrey, the timid homemaker and breadwinner; the conservative and traditional Gracen; and eager newlywed Dougie. Together, between the pressures of home and work, these men find time to be themselves while driving to and from the office.

    Cast:
    Fred Goss (“Sons & Daughters”): Gracen
    Faith Ford (“Hope & Faith”): Leila
    Jerry O’Connell (“Crossing Jordan”): Laird
    Jerry Minor (“Arrested Development”): Aubrey
    Allison Munn (“That ‘70s Show”): Cindy
    Tim Peper (“The Guiding Light”): Dougie
    T.J. Miller: Marmaduke

    Credits:
    EP/Writer: Bruce McCulloch (“Saturday Night Live”)
    EP: Justin Falvey (“Las Vegas”)
    EP: Darryl Frank (“Las Vegas”)
    EP: David Miner (“30 Rock”)
    EP/Director: Anthony Russo & Joe Russo (“You, Me and Dupree”)
    Production Company: ABC Studios

    Links:

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

    Miss/Guided

    Miss/Guided - Mid-Season on ABC

    Having navigated the awkward and sometimes traumatic world of high school, Rebecca Freely returns to her alma mater as a guidance counselor, free of the insecurities and orthodontia of her school days. Amidst student behavioral problems and the persistent romantic advances of the male nurse, Gary, Rebecca is certain of one thing -- she is interested in the hot auto-shop-turned-Spanish-teacher, Tim. However, much as in high school days of unexpected teenage angst, Lisa, a former cheerleader and nemesis of Rebecca’s, returns as the new English teacher determined to make Rebecca relive her unpopular past, setting sights on Tim as well.

    Cast:
    Judy Greer (“Two and a Half Men”): Becky
    Brooke Burns (“Pepper Dennis”): Lisa
    Earl Billings (“How I Met Your Mother”): Principal Huffy
    Kristoffer Polaha (“CSI: Miami”): Tim
    Jonathan Sadowski (“American Dreams”): Gary

    Credits:

    EP: Ashton Kutcher (“That ‘70s Show”)
    EP: Jason Goldburg (“Beauty and the Geek”)
    EP: Karey Burke (“The Real Wedding Crashers”)
    EP/Writer: Caroline Williams (“The Office”)
    EP/Writer: Gaby Allan (“Scrubs”)
    Director: Todd Holland (“Malcolm in the Middle”)
    Production Company: 20th Century Fox TV & ABC Studios

    Links:

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




    CBS

    The Big Bang Theory

    The Big Bang Theory - Mondays at 8:30PM EST/PST on CBS

    THE BIG BANG THEORY is a comedy from the Emmy Award nominated Co-Creator and Executive Producer of "Two and a Half Men" Chuck Lorre, about brainy best friends Leonard (Johnny Galecki, "Roseanne") and Sheldon (Jim Parsons "Judging Amy"), who can tell you anything you want to know about quantum physics, but when it comes to dealing with everyday life here on earth they're lost in the cosmos. Neither fully understands that scientific principles don't always apply in matters of the heart - until they meet their sexy new neighbor Penny (Kaley Cuoco, "8 Simple Rules..."), a friendly screenwriter/waitress from the midwest who also happens to be newly single. She quickly makes an impression on the other members of Leonard and Sheldon's geek squad - Howard Wolowitz (Simon Helberg, "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip"), who portrays himself as the Casanova of Cal Tech, and fellow whiz kid Rajesh Koothrappali (Kunal Nayyar, "NCIS"), who is rendered speechless around anyone unprepared to converse about the Theory of Relativity or other scientific jargon. The chemistry between this gaggle of geniuses and a delightful damsel is about to undergo a stimulating series of inter-personal experiments. Multiple Emmy Award winner James Burrows ("Will & Grace") directed the pilot. Lorre and Bill Prady ("Gilmore Girls," "Dharma & Greg") are executive producers for Warner Bros. Television.

    Cast:
    Johnny Galecki (“Roseanne”): Leonard
    Jim Parsons (“Judging Amy”): Sheldon
    Kaley Cuoco (“8 Simple Rules”): Penny
    Simon Helberg (“Studio 60 at the Sunset Strip”): Wolowitz
    Kunal Nayyar (“NCIS”): Koothrappali

    Links:

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




    Fox

    Fall 2007

    Back to You

    Back to You - Wednesdays at 8:00PM EST/PST on Fox

    In the 90s, the local TV news scene in Pittsburgh was dominated by one team: CHUCK DARLING (Kelsey Grammer, "Frasier," "Cheers") and KELLY CARR (Patricia Heaton, "Everybody Loves Raymond"). They had that elusive quality all news teams need: chemistry ... at least on-screen. Off-screen, Chuck was a bit of a self-centered womanizer, Kelly a bit of an uptight know-it-all. So when Chuck got the call to move up to a larger market, no tears were shed. But after an embarrassing on-air tirade ended up on the Internet, Chuck found himself on the downswing career-wise. He even questioned whether his lifestyle of chasing women and living in hotels was as exciting as it used to be. So when he got the call to return to Pittsburgh, to reunite with Kelly and try to take the newscast back to No. 1, it was an offer he couldn't refuse. Back in Pittsburgh, Chuck has a new coworker in RYAN CHURCH (Josh Gad, "Mary and Joe"), the overstressed news director. There are also familiar faces like MARSH McGINLEY (Fred Willard, "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy," "Best in Show"), the affable, endlessly inappropriate sports anchor, and GARY CREZYZEWSKI, pronounced Kre-shoov-ski (Ty Burrell, "In Good Company," "Out of Practice"), the perennially put-upon field reporter who always seems to get left out in the snow. But, mostly, there's Kelly, now a single mom to 10-year-old GRACIE (Laura Marano, "Without a Trace"). There was magic between them once. Can they find it again?

    Cast:
    Kelsey Grammer (“Frasier,” “Cheers”): Chuck
    Patricia Heaton (“Everybody Loves Raymond”): Kelly
    Fred Willard (“Best in Show”): Marsh
    Josh Gad (“Mary and Joe”): Ryan
    Ty Burrell (“Out of Practice”): Gary
    Laura Marano (“Without a Trace”): Gracie

    PRODUCTION COMPANIES: 20th Century Fox Television, Levitan/Lloyd Productions
    EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS/CREATORS: Steven Levitan, Christopher Lloyd
    DIRECTOR: James Burrows

    Links:

  • FOX.com
  • Internet Movie Database
  • TV.com
  • Wikipedia

    January 2008

    The Return of Jezebel James

    The Return of Jezebel James - Wednesdays in January 2008 at 8:30PM EST/PST on Fox

    Can two estranged sisters, polar opposites, live together when one agrees to carry the other's baby? SARAH THOMKINS (Parker Posey, "For Your Consideration," "Best in Show") is a bright, optimistic, determined woman who seems to have it all a great job as a children's book editor, an eager-to-please assistant, BUDDY (Michael Arden), who helps keep her life together, and a no-strings-attached personal relationship with successful businessman MARCUS SONTI (Scott Cohen, "Kissing Jessica Stein"). Nevertheless, as her father, RONALD (Ron McLarty, "Law & Order"), is constantly pointing out, something is missing from Sarah's life. Her hard work may garner accolades, but when she goes home at night, she is very much alone. All too aware that she isn't getting any younger, Sarah decides to have a baby on her own and gets the shock of her life when the doctor tells her she can't get pregnant. Having no concept of the term "can't," Sarah wills herself to execute a plan. With nowhere else to turn, Sarah sets up a meeting with her quirky younger sister, COCO (Lauren Ambrose, "Six Feet Under"), and proposes a plan for Coco to carry her baby. They haven't seen each other in a while, and Coco refuses to go along with such a huge favor. But something happens when Sarah mentions that she's turned Coco's imaginary childhood friend, Jezebel James, into a children's book. Even though she doesn't say so out loud, Coco is clearly touched, and, realizing that her current living situation sharing a couch with her friend's sick dog isn't working out, Coco decides that this just might be worth a try.

    Cast:
    Parker Posey (“For Your Consideration”): Sarah
    Lauren Ambrose (“Six Feet Under”): Coco
    Scott Cohen (“Kissing Jessica Stein”): Marcus
    Michael Arden: Buddy
    Ron McLarty (“Law & Order”): Ronald

    PRODUCTION COMPANY: Regency Television
    EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Amy Sherman-Palladino, Dan Palladino
    DIRECTOR: Amy Sherman-Palladino

    Links:

  • Internet Movie Database
  • TV.com

    Spring 2008

    The Rules for Starting Over

    The Rules for Starting Over - TBD/Spring 2008 on Fox

    From the creatively fruitful minds of the Farrelly Brothers comes a single camera comedy, set in Boston, about a group of newly single friends learning the painful lessons of starting over in their 30s. They'd all love to get remarried, if they could just find their true loves. JACK "GATOR" GATELY (Craig Bierko, "Cinderella Man," "Boston Legal") is a charismatic, optimistic leader who never expected to be single again. But now that he is, he's determined to make the best of it. He's going to sift through all the bruised, damaged, occasionally psychotic fruit until he finds "the one." Joining Gator in bachelorhood redux is his thrice-divorced best friend TOMMY (Johnny Sneed, "The Guardian," "Fever Pitch"). The founder and brewmaster of an upstart microbrewery, Tommy has a voracious appetite for food, beer and women. He falls in love easily and always disastrously, yet truly hopes his fourth starter marriage will be "the one." DR. FREDDY SAHGAL (Shaun Majumder, "24," "Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle") has seen some pretty strange stuff during his years as a successful surgeon, but he's never seen any of it through the eyes of a single man. Probably the least equipped of the group to handle this unexpected life change is Dr. Freddy, who can execute a triple bypass in his sleep, but is all thumbs when it comes to the opposite sex. Rounding out the group is KATE (Rashida Jones, "The Office"), a smart, successful attorney who handled all three of the boys' divorces. Having just turned 30, Kate finds herself dumped after a seven-year engagement. She reluctantly joins the guys in negotiating the treacherous waters of dating. Kate owns the brownstone next to Gator's. Over time, this pair may find that "the one" is just a brick wall away.

    Cast:
    Craig Bierko (“Cinderella Man”): Gator
    Rashida Jones (“The Office”): Kate
    Johnny Sneed (“Fever Pitch”): Tommy
    Shaun Majumder (“Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle”): Dr. Freddy Sahgal

    PRODUCTION COMPANIES: 20th Century Fox Television, Conundrum Entertainment, Watson Pond Productions
    EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly, Bradley Thomas, Brad Johnson
    WRITERS: Chris Pappas, Michael Bernier, Kevin Barnett
    DIRECTORS: Bobby Farrelly and Peter Farrelly

    Links:

  • Internet Movie Database
  • TV.com




    NBC

    The IT Crowd

    The IT Crowd - Mid-Season on NBC for 6 episodes

    Ever wonder what's up with those quirky techies who come to fix the office computer when no one's around? "The IT Crowd" is an offbeat series, based on the critically acclaimed British comedy, that offers a humorous behind-the-scenes peek at the people who truly keep the office humming. Roy (Joel McHale, "The Soup") and Moss (Richard Ayoade, "The IT Crowd" -- U.K.) are the misunderstood masters of their high-tech domain, but they lack the people skills to befriend anyone but each other. Their company's head is Denholm (Rocky Carrol, "Chicago Hope"), who wants the IT department to stay segregated and forever banished to the basement. Executive producers are Moses Port ("Just Shoot Me"), David Guarascio ("Just Shoot Me"), Joe Port (NBC's "The Office"), Joe Wiseman ("The Office"), Graham Linehan ("The IT Crowd" -- UK) and Steve Tao ("Red Doors"). Gail Mancuso ("Scrubs," "30 Rock") directed the pilot. "The IT Crowd" is produced by NBC Universal Television Studio.

    Cast:
    Joel McHale (“The Soup”): Roy
    Richard Ayoade (“The IT Crowd” -- U.K.): Andrea
    Rocky Carroll (“Chicago Hope”): Denholm
    Jessica St. Clair: Jen
    Rob Reins: Barry
    Shea Curry: Emily

    Links:

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




    The CW

    Aliens in America

    Aliens in America - Mondays at 8:30PM EST/PST on The CW

    Justin Tolchuk (Dan Byrd, "The Hills Have Eyes") is a sensitive, lanky 16-year-old just trying to make it through the social nightmare of high school in Medora, Wisconsin, with the help of his well-meaning mom Franny (Amy Pietz, "Caroline in the City"), aspiring-entrepreneur dad Gary (Patrick Breen, "Kevin Hill"), and his popular sister Claire (Lindsey Shaw, "Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide"), who is sweetly unaware of how good-looking she is. When Franny signs up for the school's international exchange student program, she pictures an athletic, brilliant Nordic teen who will bestow instant coolness on her outsider son. However, when the Tolchuk's exchange student arrives, he turns out to be Raja Musharaff (Adhir Kalyan, "Fair City"), a 16-year-old Pakistani Muslim. Despite the cultural chasm between them, Justin and Raja quickly develop an unlikely friendship that just might allow them to navigate the minefield that is contemporary high school. It's going to be a very interesting year for Raja, Justin, his family and the entire population of Medora. ALIENS IN AMERICA is from CBS Paramount Network Television Inc. and Warner Bros. Television with executive producers Tim Doyle ("Jake in Progress"), Moses Port ("Just Shoot Me," "Mad About You") and David Guarascio ("Just Shoot Me," "Mad About You"). Luke Greenfield ("The Girl Next Door") directed the pilot.

    Cast:
    Dan Byrd (“The Hills Have Eyes”): Justin
    Amy Pietz (“Caroline in the City”): Franny
    Patrick Breen (“Kevin Hill”): Gary
    Lindsay Shaw (“Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide”): Claire
    Adhir Kalyan (“Fair City”): Raja

    Links:

  • CWTV.com
  • Internet Movie Database
  • TV.com
  • Wikipedia




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    Thursday, May 17, 2007

    Fox and The CW Upfront 2007-08: Fall 2007 Schedule; ABC Family Adds 'Sister', '8 Simple Rules'

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

    Fox 2007-08
    Fall 2007

    Sundays
    7:00PM NFL Postgame
    8:00PM The Simpsons
    8:30PM King of the Hill
    9:00PM Family Guy
    9:30PM American Dad

    Mondays
    8:00PM Prison Break
    9:00PM K-Ville (NEW!)

    Tuesdays
    8:00PM New Amsterdam (NEW!)
    9:00PM House

    Wednesdays
    8:00PM Back to You (NEW!)
    8:30PM 'Til Death
    9:00PM Bones

    Thursdays
    8:00PM Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?
    9:00PM Kitchen Nightmares (NEW!)

    Fridays
    8:00PM The Search for the Next Greatest American Band (NEW!)
    9:00PM Nashville (NEW!)

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


    January 2008:

    Sundays
    7:00PM King of the Hill
    7:30PM American Dad
    8:00PM The Simpsons
    8:30PM Family Guy
    9:00PM The Sarah Connor Chronicles (NEW!)

    Mondays
    8:00PM K-Ville (January)/Prison Break (Spring)
    9:00PM 24

    Tuesdays
    8:00PM American Idol
    9:00PM House

    Wednesdays
    8:00PM Back to You
    8:30PM The Return of Jezbel James (NEW!)
    9:00PM American Idol Results Show
    9:30PM 'Til Death

    Thursdays
    8:00PM Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?
    9:00PM Canterbury's Law (NEW!)

    Fridays
    8:00PM Bones
    9:00PM New Amsterdam

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

    Fox has not yet scheduled a slot for mid-season comedy The Rules for Starting Over.
    To recap, Fox will launch two new dramas, one new comedy and three new reality series in the fall. Two new dramas and two new sitcoms will launch in mid-season.

    Discuss Fox's 2007-08 line-up here.



    Your first look at The CW's official line-up!

    The CW 2007-08

    Fall 2007

    Sundays

    7:00PM Online Nation (NEW!)
    7:30PM The CW Now (NEW!)
    8:00PM Life is Wild (NEW!)
    9:00PM Top Model Encore

    Mondays
    8:00PM Everybody Hates Chris
    8:30PM Aliens in America (NEW!)
    9:00PM Girlfriends
    9:30PM The Game

    Tuesdays
    8:00PM Beauty and the Geek
    9:00PM Reaper (NEW)

    Wednesdays
    8:00PM America's Next Top Model
    9:00PM Gossip Girl (NEW!)

    Thursdays
    8:00PM Smallville
    9:00PM Supernatural

    Fridays
    8:00PM WWE Smackdown!


    Mid-Season:

    Coming off the bench in mid-season are returning drama series One Tree Hill and returning reality series Pussycat Dolls Present along with two new reality series Crowned and Farmer Wants a Wife.

    Discuss The CW's 2007-08 line-up here.


    ABC Family has made changes to its June line-up and will be adding two sitcoms to its afternoon and evening line-up! Joining the line-up at 2 & 2:30 p.m. weekdays starting June 11 will be the Tia & Tamara sitcom Sister, Sister! Also joining the line-up, airing weekdays at 6 & 6:30 p.m. starting June 12 (a movie will air here on June 11 for that night only) will be the John Ritter sitcom 8 Simple Rules! Now because of these changes, ABC Family will edit some other timeslots. Step by Step which was airing 2 & 2:30 p.m. will move to 8 & 8:30 a.m. weekdays. 8 & :30 a.m. was Boy Meets World, now that will move to afternoons at 3 & 3:30 p.m. Full House was 3 & 3:30 p.m., now that will move down to 4 & 4:30 p.m., replacing Sabrina the Teenage Witch, which is now going to be weekdays at 9:00 a.m, replacing America's Funniest Home Videos. Grounded for Life will return to the weekday line-up and air at 7 & 7:30 p.m. 8 Simple Rules and Grounded for Life will replace 7th Heaven and Smallville. Smallville is going to be moving to 12 midnight replacing America's Funniest Home Videos. It will only air Wed-Fri because original encores air in the slot on Monday and Tuesday nights. What about 7th Heaven? It will only air Sunday mornings now at 7 & 8 a.m...ouch.
    To view the full schedule, click HERE.

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    Wednesday, May 16, 2007

    CBS Upfront 2007-08: Fall 2007 Schedule; ABC Schedule Change for Next Tuesday

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

    CBS 2007-08

    Fall 2007

    Sundays

    7:00PM 60 Minutes
    8:00PM Viva Laughlin (NEW!)
    9:00PM Cold Case
    10:00PM Shark

    Mondays
    8:00PM How I Met Your Mother
    8:30PM The Big Bang Theory (NEW!)
    9:00PM Two and a Half Men
    9:30PM Rules of Engagement
    10:00PM CSI: Miami

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

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

    Thursdays
    8:00PM Survivor
    9:00PM CSI
    10:00PM Without a Trace

    Fridays
    8:00PM Ghost Whisperer
    9:00PM Moonlight (NEW!)
    10:00PM NUMB3RS

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


    Mid-Season:

    Coming off the bench in mid-season are returning series The Amazing Race and The New Adventures of Old Christine along with new drama Swingtown and new gameshow Power of 10.

    Discuss CBS's 2007-08 line-up here.

    ABC has made a schedule change for next Tuesday (May 22). ABC will move the two-hour season finale of Dancing with the Stars from 8-10pm to 9-11pm! Boston Legal's season finale was scheduled at 10pm and will move to the following Tuesday (May 29) at 10pm. ABC will air The Bachelor: After the Final Rose special at 8 p.m. on May 22.

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    Tuesday, May 15, 2007

    ABC 2007-08 Upfront: Fall 2007 Schedule; CBS Returning Series News; CW and Fox Upfront Update

    Scoop! Your FIRST look at ABC's official line-up!

    ABC 2007-08

    Fall 2007

    Sundays

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

    Mondays
    8:00PM Dancing with the Stars
    9:30PM Sam I Am (NEW)
    10:00PM The Bachelor

    Tuesdays
    8:00PM Cavemen (NEW)
    8:30PM Carpoolers (NEW)
    9:00PM Dancing with the Stars: The Results
    10:00PM Boston Legal

    Wednesdays
    8:00PM Pushing Daisies (NEW)
    9:00PM Private Practice (NEW)
    10:00PM Dirty Sexy Money (NEW)

    Thursdays
    8:00PM Ugly Betty
    9:00PM Grey's Anatomy
    10:00PM Big Shots (NEW)

    Fridays
    8:00PM Men in Trees
    9:00PM Women's Murder Club (NEW)
    10:00PM 20/20

    Saturdays
    8:00PM College Football


    Mid-Season:

    Cashmere Mafia, Notes from the Underbelly and October Road will premiere after Dancing with the Stars and The Bachelor conclude their fall seasons.
    Coming later in the year is the return of Lost for 16 straight episodes, new sitcom Miss/Guided, new drama Eli Stone, the alternative series Oprah's Big Give, and the returns of Supernanny & Wife Swap.

    Discuss ABC's 2007-08 line-up here.


    Tomorrow is CBS's turn at the upfronts. We will have the schedule for you in the morning, but first we have just found out that Jericho and Close to Home will NOT be picked-up now. They were both reportedly picked-up for at least 13 episodes, but now that will not happen. The Class was officially canceled, which is no surprise. Other on the bubble series How I Met Your Mother, The Unit, Rules of Engagement and The New Adventures of Old Christine will return next season, the latter for mid-season. And they made these obvious renewals official: Criminal Minds, Ghost Whisperer, Shark and NUMB3RS joining previous renewals.

    Meanwhile, The CW has announced that it is very likely that Veronica Mars will NOT return. Fans will be upset, but it makes sense because the ratings have not been good. The CW confirmed that All of Us will not return, but Smallville, The Game, Girlfriends, Supernatural and One Tree Hill were renewed an you'll see them this fall, joining the already renewed Everybody Hates Chris, America's Next Top Model, and WWE Smackdown! Among the new series pick-ups, we have dramas Gossip Girl, The Reaper, Wild at Heart and the sitcom Aliens in America. The CW has also confirmed that they will air unscripted series Sundays at 7, called Online Nation (AFV type show featuring online videos) and CW Now (ET type show on pop-culture).
    Fox has renewed 24 through the end of the 2008-09 season, so you will get more Jack! More on Fox's actual pick-ups tomorrow.

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    Monday, May 14, 2007

    NBC 2007-08 Upfront: Fall 2007 Schedule; More Upfront News

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

    NBC 2007-08

    Fall 2007

    Sundays

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

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

    Tuesdays
    8:00PM The Biggest Loser
    9:00PM Chuck (NEW)
    10:00PM Law & Order: SVU

    Wednesdays
    8:00PM Deal or No Deal
    9:00PM Bionic Woman (NEW) (Will air on Sci Fi Channel a few days later)
    10:00PM Life (NEW) (Will air on USA Network a few days later)

    Thursdays
    8:00PM My Name is Earl
    8:30PM 30 Rock
    9:00PM The Office
    9:30PM Scrubs
    10:00PM ER

    Fridays
    8:00PM 1 vs. 100 / The Singing Bee (NEW)
    9:00PM Las Vegas
    10:00PM Friday Night Lights

    Saturdays
    8:00PM Dateline
    9:00PM-11:00PM Crime Repeats
    (Law & Order: Criminal Intent second run is reportedly here.)

    Mid-Season:

    January (Sundays after NFL ends)

    7:00PM Dateline
    8:00PM Law & Order
    9:00PM Medium
    10:00PM Lipstick Jungle (NEW)

    NBC will kick-start the weekend on Fridays (8-9 p.m. ET) with "Game Night," a rotation of game shows that features 1 vs 100 (hosted by Bob Saget) for eight weeks, followed by six weeks of the new variety competition series The Singing Bee in the fall. The program is a competition that challenges contestants to accurately sing the lyrics to popular songs -- even when the band stops playing.
    Later in the fall, NBC plans to introduce the unscripted series, World Moves, a talent competition program from executive producer Randy Jackson ("American Idol") that features dance teams from around the world auditioning for their shot to come to Los Angeles and compete for a global championship and an international touring contract.
    Single camera sitcom The I.T. Crowd will join for six weeks in mid-season. Some other notes: The Office will have 30 half-hours of the hit series, including five hour-long episodes, and also has increased the season order for My Name Is Earl to 25 episodes. NBC "bulks up" with 30 combined episodes of Heroes and Heroes: Origins, an innovative new spin-off that each week will introduce a new character -- one of whom will be chosen by viewers through the Heroes website on NBC.com to become a cast regular the following season. Finally, Jerry Seinfeld, star of the classic NBC mega-hit Seinfeld, returns to the network to create and star in 20 unique live-action comedy "minisodes" inspired by his experiences creating the upcoming DreamWorks animated feature film Bee Movie, in theaters November 2.
    Discuss NBC's 2007-08 line-up here.

    Well, tomorrow we have ABC coming up at the upfront. We announced a few days ago what series have been picked-up thus far. ABC has picked up 10 new series so far (Private Practice, Big Shot, Dirty Sexy Money, Pushing Daisies, Eli Stone, Cashmere Mafia, Sam I Am, Women's Murder Club, Carpoolers and Cavemen), but now they also have picked-up sitcom Miss/Guided for mid-season. Maybe a 12th will be picked-up soon in sitcom The Middle starring Ricki Lake. We'll find out tomorrow. Football Wives will probably not be picked-up (as we mentioned, expense issues) but ABC will have an option to pick-it up, similar to what they did with October Road last year. And other series that were in the run like The Hill & The Thick Of It seem unlikely. According to Jim might actually return for mid-season, but George Lopez seems unlikely now.
    As for CBS, they made it official, they have picked up four dramas and a sitcom so far. Dramas are: Cane, Moonlight, Viva Laughlin, & Swingtown. The latter is expected for mid-season. No mention of Babylon Fields...unless CBS already picked it up. It was slated for mid-season, maybe CBS won't need it now. Sitcom wise so far The Big Bang Theory has been picked-up, with two more likely, possibly the back from the dead I'm in Hell and The Captain. CBS also picked-up game show The Power of 10 hosted by Drew Carey. CBS is expected to bring back shortened seasons of Jericho, Close to Home and The Unit.

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    Sunday, May 13, 2007

    More Upfront Rumbling; Week 34 Numbers (First Four Nights); How the Sitcoms Did

    In addition to our updates yesterday, here are some more rumblings: New NBC sitcom The I.T. Crowd has been picked up for mid-season. Also, Law & Order: Criminal Intent has been picked-up, but will now premiere episodes on USA Network and a few days later they will be broadcast on NBC, with Saturdays a likely option on the NBC front. NBC also has picked-up another season of the original Law & Order.
    Fox will not pick up new drama The Apostles now. Canterbury's Law was picked-up. No word yet on Nurses, but will likely be picked-up for at least mid-season. The War at Home will not return for a third season...no surprise.
    Nothing new to report on ABC, as most of their projects were picked-up. The Middle and Football Wives have shots, but the latter might not get picked-up at all now due to expense issues. Sigh!
    CBS is closer to bringing back Close to Home for 13 episodes for at least mid-season. Jericho might return and be slotted for the fall for 13 weeks with new drama Babylon Fields now for mid-season. Finally, The CW is still negotiating with Veronica Mars, but as of now, it doesn't look good for a return.

    Come on back for NBC's official fall line-up maybe by later tonight or for sure by tomorrow morning before 9am!


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

    Households: Fox: 9.2/14.9; CBS: 8.2/13.5; ABC: 7.6/12.4; NBC: 4.9/8.1; The CW: 2.1/3.4; MNT: 0.6/0.9.
    Total Viewers: Fox: 15.22 million; CBS: 12.62 million; ABC: 11.42 million; NBC: 7.52 million; The CW: 3.17 million; MNT: 0.84 million.
    Adults 18-49: Fox: 5.6/15.9; ABC: 3.8/10.5; CBS: 3.7/10.3; NBC: 2.9/8.0; The CW: 1.4/4.0; MNT: 0.3/1.0.

    Analysis: The 34th week saw Fox in front again with the usual leader American Idol. Through the first four nights, Fox has the lead, followed by CBS and ABC battling for second in HH, viewers and 18-49. NBC still remains a distant 4th place in all categories. As usual, Friday and Saturday numbers are not above, since final numbers are not available yet. Tonight has ABC airing all-new episodes and CBS is also all new with the finale of Survivor, the battle will be with them for viewers with ABC in command for 18-49. Fox's comedies are also all-new (except 7p & 8:30) and NBC has yet another Dateline followed by the movie Shrek and for some reason an encore of Thank God You're Here. I am afraid to look at NBC's numbers for this night. Expect ABC to win.
    On Monday Dancing with the Stars continued to rule Mondays for ABC. 19.44 million, slightly up from the previous week...it should be even higher tomorrow for the semifinals! CBS's CSI: Miami was all-new at 10pm and did 17.18 million, down a bit from last week and the 100th episode of NBC's Deal or No Deal was way down against Stars, with 10.43 million, down from last week by nearly two million. 8-9pm sitcoms were hurt the most for CBS, doing 7.69 and 7.22 million, up a bit from last week...they have been going up, so a good sign. Two and a Half Men rose from those numbers and did 13.27 million, down slightly from last week, followed by an all-new King of Queens doing 13.42 million, up from last week. Fox aired a repeat of House doing 7.48 million (on par with last week), followed by 24 with 10.92 million, also on par from last week. ABC aired The Bachelor from 9:30-11 and did a decent 10.39 million, up from last week, and NBC aired hit Heroes at 9 with 11.14 million (down from the numbers from last week), followed by The Real Wedding Crashers at just 4.77 million, NBC has pulled the show now. The CW's comedies are still under performing on this night, with Chris at just 2.48 million.
    Tuesday was Fox's night. American Idol did 25.47 million at 8 (down from last week) and House did 21.36 million, slightly up from last week. ABC was on the map thanks to Dancing with the Stars: The Results doing 16.86 million at 9 (slightly up from last week), with the one-hour finale of George Lopez episodes preceding it with 4.6 million. Boston Legal at 10 was at its normal levels with 9.98 million. CBS was third with new episodes of NCIS, The Unit from 8-10 (13.88 and 10.74 million, both up from last week), and an encore of Without a Trace aired at 10 with 8.15 million. NBC was fourth for for the night with both Law & Order spin-offs doing 6.94 and 10.94 million from 9-11pm (both keep going down each week), with another Dateline kicking the night off with 4.98 million. The CW aired a new Gilmore Girls (3.99 million) and Veronica Mars (1.85 million). The latter needs to go!
    Wednesday again Fox got the boost from that show called American Idol, doing 28.2 million at 9pm, down slightly from last week. Bones preceded with 10.23 million at 8 for pre-Idol tune-in. CBS was second for the night with the Jericho finale doing just 7.72 million (down from last week) followed by a new Criminal Minds and a new CSI: NY doing 12.92 and 12.83 million, both slightly down from previous week. ABC followed with According to Jim & Notes from the Underbelly doing OK to open up the night with 6.35 and 5.7 million (both slightly down from last week), followed by According to Jim & George Lopez encores doing 4.55 and 4.22 million better than last week's 4.02 million of a Lost encore and an all-new Lost closed the night off with a solid 12.11 million. NBC was again fourth for the night with a new Thank God You're Here doing 5.27 million (down a million from last week), Crossing Jordan followed with just 5.34 million for a new episode, down from last week. A new Medium followed built on the lead-in with 7.91 million, up from last week. The CW was in the game at 8 with America's Next Top Model doing a solid 4.92 million, followed by One Tree Hill doing 2.95 million.
    On Thursday we saw CBS and ABC take control. Grey's Anatomy for ABC at 9pm did 19.58 million, down from last week. A new Ugly Betty opened the night off with 9.63 million, also down from last week. A special preview of Traveler aired at 10pm and did just 8.61 million...if it can do 6-8 million for its summer airings, that should be good enough. CBS's Survivor: Fiji was first at 8 with 13.77 million, slightly up from last week. A new CSI and a special night & time season finale of Without a Trace followed with 18.75 and 14.31 million. Fox was third with two-hours of Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? with 9.32 million and 8.7 million. NBC was fourth in viewers with all-new episodes of its comedies and an all-new ER, which just did 9.39 million, but up from last week's series low. And CW aired new episodes of its Thursday dramas doing 3.43 and 2.9 million, both again down from last week.
    Friday (numbers not counted in our ratings), saw CBS win the night with its dramas, but not as much as they were doing in the fall and early winter. NBC did much better from 8-10 with Dateline and it looks like that is helping Law & Order at 10. ABC aired a repeat of Grey's Anatomy from Thursday and was third followed by a two-hour 20/20. The CW did decent for its WWE coverage, but it is not doing as well as in the winter, though up from last week for fourth place. Fox aired a movie for fifth.
    Saturday ratings saw CBS (for viewers) and ABC (for 18-49) do decent, with Fox and NBC trailing. ABC saw so-so numbers for an NBA Playoff game. Fox's NASCAR did slightly worse. As for tonight, ABC will win with its normal line-up. As for this week in general, it should be like last week as series continue to go up in anticipation of season finales!

    Last Sunday Sitcoms (counts for week of April 30-May 6)

    • King of the Hill (Fox) 2 episodes - 3.09 million for a repeat and 4.19 million for a new episode, new episode was up slightly from previous week.
    • The Simpsons (Fox) 2 episodes - 7.77 million for a new episode followed by a repeat at 8.08 million...new was up a bit from previous week and the repeat was down a bit from previous week.
    • Family Guy (Fox) - 7.95 million for a new episode, slightly down from lead-in for a second straight week, but up in other categories such as HH and 18-49.
    • American Dad (Fox) - 6.31 million, down from last week a bit.

    Monday Sitcoms

    • How I Met Your Mother (CBS) - A new episode did 7.69 million...up from previous week.
    • Old Christine (CBS) - 7.82 million, up 1/2 million from last week.
    • Two and a Half Men (CBS) - 13.27 million...down about 1/2 million from last week.
    • King of Queens (CBS) - 13.42 million ... up nearly 1/2 million from last week.
    • CW Monday Comedies: Chris, All of Us, Girfriends. All-new episode of Chris started it off with 2.48 million, followed by a new episode of All of Us at 2.29 million, and the one-hour finale of Girlfriends did 2.89 million.


    Tuesday Sitcoms

    • George Lopez (ABC) - One-hour finale did 4.6 million...not too good.

    Wednesday Sitcoms
    • According to Jim (ABC) - New episode did 6.35 million, slightly down from last week.
    • Notes from the Underbelly (ABC) - 5.7 million, slightly down from last week's 6.0 million, but down still from three weeks ago's 6.26 million.
    Thursday Sitcoms
    • My Name is Earl (NBC) - 6.94 million for another expanded episode thru 8:42, down from last week.
    • The Office (NBC) - 7.17 million and a 3.9 18-49 rating for an expanded episode through 9:23. Both a bit up from last week.
    • Scrubs (NBC) - 5.31 million for an expanded episode that started at 9:23 thru 10:01, up slightly from last week.
    Friday Sitcoms
    None.

    Saturday Sitcoms
    None.

    Airing tonight (Sunday) are new episodes of Fox comedies.

    Summing it up. Two and a Half Men, Old Christine, and King of Queens were impressive for the week. Everything else was OK (such as The Office, My Name is Earl) or just plain old terrible (George Lopez, All of Us).

    Remember to come join us all this week, for the official fall 2007 schedules for the networks, in edition to our news!

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    Saturday, May 12, 2007

    Upfront Rumblings; Mini-DVD Review: The Chipmunks Go to the Movies (May 22)

    We interrupt our regular scheduled Saturday blog for an update on the network upfronts. This is probably the busiest TV weekend of the year--the weekend before the network upfronts start. Latest buzz:

    ABC:
    Drama Pick-Ups: Dirty Sexy Money, Private Practice, Cashmere Mafia, Big Shots (aka Perfect Gentlemen), Pushing Daisies, Eli Stone, and Women's Murder Club.
    Sitcom Pick-Ups: Sam I Am, Cavemen, and Carpoolers.
    Still Could Be Picked Up Dramas: Football Wives
    Still Could Be Picked Up Sitcoms: The Middle, The Hill, Miss/Guided
    No Shot: Marlowe
    Possible On the Bubble Current Series Renewals: Notes from the Underbelly (13 episodes), Knights of Prosperity (9 episodes), October Road (TBD episodes)
    Comments: There have been some expense issues for some series like Football Wives & Marlowe. Women's Murder Club will be very cheap to produce so ABC will pick that up over Marlowe. Football Wives could still get picked-up as it could be a key series for ABC next season. They can premiere it in January or even after the Dancing with the Stars season finale in mid-November. Sitcom wise, ABC's only sure thing was Sam I Am...rumor was The Middle and Miss/Guided were going to be picked-up for the fall, but now they decided to pick-up Cavemen and Carpoolers instead, but both most likely will be for mid-season. ABC can still pick up The Middle and a traditional sitcom like The Hill. As for the current series, look for Underbelly and October Road to be renewed and their is an outside chance that The Knights of Prosperity will return with 9 new episodes to go along with the few unaired episodes from this season. Mix reports so far for George Lopez...some sources say it is canceled and some say it will return mid-season. According to Jim has a less of a chance to return. And What About Brian looks like will not return for a third season.

    CBS:
    Drama Pick-Ups: Swingtown, Viva Laughlin, Cane (AKA: Los Duques), Babylon Fields.
    Sitcom Pick-Ups: None.
    Still Could Be Picked Up Dramas: The Man
    Still Could Be Picked Up Sitcoms: 1321 Clover
    No Shot: I'm in Hell
    Possible On the Bubble Current Series Renewals: Jericho (13 episodes), Close to Home (13 episodes), The Unit
    Comments: CBS might not pick up a sitcom for the fall as the slate has been weak and they might be forced to bring back New Adventures of Old Christine in the fall rather than mid-season. 1321 Clover is the only sitcom in contention now, with series like The Big Bang Theory far behind. There is word that Jericho will be back for 13 episodes and same goes for Close to Home. Both will probably not be part of fall though. The Unit might also not be, as The Man has gotten closer to a pick-up, CBS might try that on Tuesdays for the fall. The Jason Biggs comedy I'm in Hell is dead and has no shot really of a pick-up...and The Class has no shot of a second season really. The Amazing Race will likely return in January or March.

    NBC:
    Drama Pick-Ups: Chuck, Life, Journeyman, Bionic Woman, Lipstick Jungle.
    Sitcom Pick-Ups: None.
    Still Could Be Picked Up Dramas: None.
    Still Could Be Picked Up Sitcoms: Business Crowd, I.T. Crowd, Lipshitz Saves the World
    No Shot: Mastersons of Manhattan
    On the Bubble Current Series Renewals: Friday Night Lights, Scrubs (18 episodes)
    Comments: As for NBC, so far no sitcom pick-ups but word is Business Crowd or I.T. Crowd will be picked-up for the fall while the other is saved for mid-season. Lipshitz Saves the World is also in consideration. On the drama front, there is word that Lipstick Jungle has been picked-up, but for mid-season. So NBC could potentially have two series that starts with "Lip"...odd. NBC has announced that Scrubs will indeed return to the network for one final season for 18 episodes...maybe for the fall or another January start. Still no word on Law & Order and Law & Order: Criminal Intent, but Crossing Jordan is about as good as dead right now it seems.

    FOX:
    Drama Pick-Ups: Sarah Connor Chronicles, New Amsterdam, K-Ville
    Sitcom Pick-Ups: Back To You, The Return of Jezebel James, Rules for Starting Over
    Still Could Be Picked Up Dramas: Nurses, The Apostle, Them, Canterbury's Law, Company Man
    Still Could Be Picked Up Sitcoms: Animals
    No Shot: Supreme Courtships
    On the Bubble Current Series Renewals: 'Til Death
    Comments: Fox has picked-up three sitcoms so far and three dramas. They are in contention to pick-up a few more dramas even and maybe an animated sitcom. It looks like Kirstie Allie's sitcom is dead and the drama Supreme Courtships was written off days ago. Fox will bring back 'Til Death for a second season to join the three new comedies on the new Wednesday comedy block with Bones either moving to Thursdays or Fridays.

    The CW:
    Drama Pick-Ups: Gossip Girls, Reaper
    Sitcom Pick-Ups: None
    Still Could Be Picked Up Dramas: Wild at Heart, World According to Barnes
    Still Could Be Picked Up Sitcoms: Aliens in America, Hell on Earth, Eight Days a Week
    No Shot: Spellbound
    On the Bubble Current Series Renewals: One Tree Hill, Supernatural
    Comments: No Veronica Mars has not been picked-up yet! I don't think it will be either. So far no sitcoms have been picked up but Aliens in America, Hell on Earth are close to...one will be for the fall, one will be for mid-season. It seems Girlfriends and The Game will return. Two new dramas so far have been officially picked-up, with two more possibly to follow. Look for Supernatural and One Tree Hill to return but with new nights. Everybody Hates Chris, America's Next Top Model and Smallville will be the only locks to stay in their current positions...and well WWE Smackdown!

    Check back periodically as we get more updates all-weekend long! I don't sleep during upfronts week!

    Join us all next week (May 14-17) bright and early for the fall schedules. I assure you we will be among the first ones to post the fall line-ups for each network.

    And now back to our regularly scheduled blog programming:

    Welcome to another edition of mini-DVD reviews. This week we take a look at Paramount Home Entertainment's The Chipmunks Go to the Movies. The Chipmunks Go to the Movies is a continuation of Alvin and the Chipmunks from 1990 where the Chipmunks re-enact your favorite classic movies like Star Trek, Batman and Honey I Shrunk the Kids! See my mini-DVD review of The Chipmunks Go to the Movies:

    Alvin & the Chipmunks: The Chipmunks Go to the Movies (Paramount, $14.99) brings three episodes from the short-lived 13 episode series. This is the fourth set from Paramount featuring the Chipmunks series. The last set was the Valentine's set set. Previously we had the Halloween and Christmas specials releases. Paramount has also released the Chipmunk feature film from 1987 on a separate set...so five sets really. This set has three episodes from the 1990 series featuring spoofs on Batman, Star Trek & Honey, I Shrunk the Kids. The episode titles are "Star Wreck," "Batmunk," and "Funny...We Shrunk the Adults." Why not just bring all 13 on two discs or something? It doesn't make sense to me why just three episodes. Each episode runs 21:30 or so, but there are NO closing credits! Very strange! No chapter stops like previous Chipmunk sets. Packaging is simple and in the same line as the previous sets--a nice simple case with the disc inside with an insert for Chipmunks.com. The menu screen has Play All and Episode Selection. The video and audio are decent and very watchable.
    I highly do recommend any fan to pick up this set. New fans might also want to see this hilarious take on popular films, 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...why aren't they coming to DVD first?? I want to see The C-Team episode with Mr. T again! So, hopefully we get the series on DVD from the start next, but for now go out and buy this set and watch Alvin as The Joker and more!
    -- Reviewed by Pavan
    (4/5 stars)

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    Friday, May 11, 2007

    SitcomsOnline.com 2007-08 Upfront Preview: The CW; TV Land July Highlights; ION Television June Highlights

    With potentially 4 or 5 veteran series leaving, it will be up to The CW development slate to find some hits. Say goodbye to favorites 7th Heaven, Gilmore Girls, Reba and possibly Veronica Mars. Smallville and America's Next Top Model will carry the network.
    Here is the SitcomsOnline.com The CW 2007-08 preview:

    New Series Already Picked-Up: None.
    New Series We Think That Are Almost Good To Go: Aliens in America (sitcom), Gossip Girl (drama), Reaper (drama), Spellbound (drama) and Wild at Heart (drama).
    New Series Perhaps Picked-Up for Mid-Season: The World According to Barnes (drama) and Hell on Earth (sitcom).

    OUR FALL 2007 PREDICTION:

    Sundays
    5:00PM Various Repeats
    6:00PM Various Repeats
    7:00PM America's Next Top Model Encore
    8:00PM Supernatural
    9:00PM Spellbound (NEW)

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

    Tuesdays
    8:00PM Wild at Heart (NEW)
    9:00PM One Tree Hill / Pussycat Dolls

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

    Thursdays
    8:00PM Smallville
    9:00PM Reaper (NEW)

    Fridays
    8:00PM WWE Smackdown!

    Comments: This is another tough prediction. Veronica Mars is probably dead and One Tree Hill & Supernatural will return I think. Mondays I think The CW will stick with the comedies, but add another single camera sitcom to go with Chris...possibly Aliens in America or the Kyla Pratt sitcom Hell on Earth. Girlfriends will probably have to come back to go with The Game, as both are traditional sitcoms, and CW has none in development. Tuesdays with Gilmore Girls out of the mix they could go with the Gossip Girl or Wild at Heart, I choose the latter and maybe One Tree Hill can move from Wednesday to Tuesday. Wednesday will of course have Next Top Model followed by Gossip Girl maybe. Thursday I put Reaper out of Smallville with Supernatural moving to Sundays leading into new drama Spellbound. You can say goodbye to favorites 7th Heaven, Gilmore Girls, Reba, All of Us and Veronica Mars. And shows like Runaway. Reality hit Beauty and the Geek will probably be back for mid-season in between Top Model cycles. Pussycat Girls could start for the fall and delay One Tree Hill a bit.

    Remember, next Thursday (May 17) is the actual date when we will find out The CW's plans for the 2006-07 season. So, come on back next Thursday and we will let you know the details and you can see how much we were right (or wrong). Stay tuned next week for all the final schedules released by all the networks! We will put them up as soon as they are released by the networks, so this will be your home to see them first!

    TV Land announced its July highlights today. The summer marathons (we announced last week) which will air 10pm-4:30am starting June 4, will continue in July through July 22. Starting July 23 the regular scheduled shows from 10p-4:30a will return. The other July highlights include The Jeffersons Go to Hawaii 4-part episode airing on the 4th of July to-be-continued-free from 8-10pm. Friday movies include the premieres of The Negotiator, Dragnet, and the Elvis movie Speedway.
    TV Land Confidential returns for a second season starting July 11 airing Wednesdays a 10! Just when you thought you heard it all. TV Land Confidential brings you the stories behind your favorite TV shows from the people who were there: the stars, producers, network executives and others in the know. Sure, you’ve seen the shows. You know all the characters. You know all the storylines, but here are the stories you haven’t heard. TV Land Confidential reveals all the behind-the-scenes secrets! Some of the topics that will be covered this season include: How did What's Happening!! get a second chance at life and why didn't Larry Hagman appear in the Jeannie reunion movies? And how did Balki come up with that crazy accent on Perfect Strangers?
    And for you What's Happening Now!! fans, as of now no new episodes are scheduled for July. We will get the entire first season in June on TV Land. Let's hope we get more new episodes soon after.

    ION Television has announced its June schedule. There are no changes to the regular line-up. Remember when we said they will air the series Calvin Ayre Wild Card Poker the week of May 28 at 10pm? It is now confirmed that it is only a week-long series. The finale will air Saturday, June 2 from 8-11pm. Diagnosis Murder will return to the weekday line-up after a week off on June 4 in its regular 9pm slot, shifting The Wonder Years back to its 10pm slot after a week at 9pm.
    ION weekend movies include Superman: The Movie and The Principal. Joining ION on June 29 every Friday through Sunday from 7-11PM will be programming from the RHI Entertainment library. Classic TV movies, mini-series and new original movies will be airing. The TV movies for this month include Broken Vows and Lonesome Dove.
    You will want to come back next month when we announce the ION July line-up. There is expected to be changes to the line-up with some new additions, including possibly fan favorite Perfect Strangers! Don't be ridiculous! Great stuff! We will have more on July when announced, and of course more RHI programming will air with even original new movies.
    But for now click HERE for the June highlights!

    Finally, To celebrate Mother's Day - Princess Cruises is reuniting television's favorite mothers and daughters to christen its newest cruise ship, Emerald Princess: Florence Henderson & Susan Olsen of The Brady Bunch and Marion Ross & Erin Moran of Happy Days! The TV icons will crack the bottle of champagne to christen the ship in Athens, Greece -- the birthplace of Mother's Day -- on May 13. Gavin McLeod, former "Captain Stubing" of The Love Boat, will officiate.

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    Thursday, May 10, 2007

    SitcomsOnline.com 2007-08 Upfront Preview: Fox; NBC Renews 'Lights', Picks-Up Four New Series

    Fox still has the strongest show in television right now but it doesn't premiere in January. But we just got late word that they might ask the creators of American Idol to do a show about the search for the next American Band that will start in August or so and I'd guess go until November. This makes things more complicated to predict for Fox fall.
    Here is the SitcomsOnline.com Fox 2007-08 preview:

    New Series Already Picked-Up: Back to You (sitcom)
    New Series We Think That Are Almost Good To Go: Minister of Divine (sitcom), The Return of Jezbel James (sitcom), The Life & Times of Tim (animated sitcom), The Apostles (drama), K-Ville (drama), The Sarah Connor Chronicles (drama)
    New Series Perhaps Picked-Up for Mid-Season: Company Man (drama), Nurses (drama) and Animals (animated sitcom)

    OUR FALL 2007 PREDICTION:

    Sundays
    7:00PM NFL Overrun / Animated Encores
    8:00PM The Simpsons
    8:30PM The Life & Times of Tim (NEW)
    9:00PM Family Guy
    9:30PM American Dad

    Mondays
    8:00PM The Sarah Connor Chronicles (NEW)
    9:00PM Prison Break

    Tuesdays
    8:00PM American Band (wt) (NEW!) / K-Ville (NEW)
    9:00PM House

    Wednesdays
    8:00PM Back to You (NEW)
    8:30PM 'Til Death
    9:00PM American Band Results Show (NEW) / Minister of Divine (NEW)
    9:30PM The Return of Jezbel James (NEW)

    Thursdays
    8:00PM Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?
    9:00PM Trading Spouses

    Fridays
    8:00PM Bones
    9:00PM The Apostles (NEW)

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

    Comments: Fox is once again tough to figure out. Besides pre-empting regular series for the baseball playoffs and World Series in October, they will probably launch some shows in mid-August, like their Monday dramas and now with word that they will do an American Idol type show for the fall featuring a search for bands, it makes things more complex. Of course 24 and American Idol itself will come back in January. 24 will probably be aired with the mid-season drama Company Man, while Sarah Connor and Prison Break take a break..if Sarah is a hit, who knows maybe they will move it or even keep it in the same slot. Tuesdays and Wednesdays will be tough now with the Band series coming. I think it will inherit the Idol slots (Tuesdays at 8 and Wednesdays at 9...if it even has a results show, but most likely it will). House will probably stay put Tuesdays at 9 with all-comedies on Wednesday. I think Bones will be either benched until mid-season or put to Fridays...I went with the latter. Thursdays I think Fox will remain with the same line-up of 5th Grader and Trading Spouses, or maybe they try a drama at 9...even though it is a death slot against the two highest rated dramas. And so many series are goners: Drive, Happy Hour, Justice, The O.C., Vanished, The Rich List, Wedding Bells, The Winner, & War at Home. I think Nanny 911 will return at some point. Like when anything fails fast. As for mid-season, maybe House can take a 6-week break or something so they can try the new drama Nurses after Idol in January or March? I don't think King of the Hill will really be needed but they will probably bring it back in January or so for the 7-8pm hour and Fox will also try the Adam Sandler animated comedy Animals for mid-season. Fox is the most hardest to predict I think with the many schedule "blocks" of months they have.

    Remember, next Thursday (May 17) is the actual date when we will find out Fox's plans for the 2007-08 season. So, come on back next Thursday and we will let you know the details and you can see how much we were right (or wrong). Stay tuned tomorrow for a preview on The CW's upfront.

    Monday we gave our prediction on NBC's upfront. We had Friday Night Lights on our schedule and sure enough NBC made it official today that the show will return to NBC for a second season. No word yet if it will be for the fall or January. NBC also announced it has picked-up at least four new dramas to air for the 2007-08 season: Journeyman, Bionic Woman, Chuck and Life. I'm sure two of them at least will be for the fall.

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    Wednesday, May 09, 2007

    SitcomsOnline.com 2007-08 Upfront Preview: CBS; Notes on ABC, TV Land, AmericanLife and TV One

    CBS continues to be the network that will have the least amount of changes to its fall schedule. I think we will see a few moves and some cancellations though.
    Here is the SitcomsOnline.com CBS 2007-08 preview:

    New Series Already Picked-Up: None
    New Series We Think That Are Almost Good To Go: The Man (drama), Los Duques (drama), Big Bang Theory (sitcom) and Babylon Fields (drama).
    New Series Perhaps Picked-Up for Mid-Season: Swingtown (drama), Viva Laughlin (drama), and Kohan & Mutchnick Project (sitcom)

    OUR FALL 2007 PREDICTION:

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

    Mondays
    8:00PM How I Met Your Mother
    8:30PM The Big Bang Theory (NEW)
    9:00PM Two and a Half Men
    9:30PM Rules of Engagement
    10:00PM CSI: Miami

    Tuesdays
    8:00PM Navy NCIS
    9:00PM The Unit
    10:00PM CSI: NY

    Wednesdays
    8:00PM The Amazing Race
    9:00PM Criminal Minds
    10:00PM Shark

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

    Fridays
    8:00PM Ghost Whisperer
    9:00PM Babylon Fields (NEW)
    10:00PM NUMB3RS

    Saturdays
    8:00PM Crime Repeats
    9:00PM Crime Repeats or Close to Home
    10:00PM 48 Hours Mystery

    Comments: CBS will probably only pick up one sitcom for the fall. Their sitcom development has been terrible quite frankly so we might see on the bubble sitcoms return. This is what I said last year about Close to Home: "Close to Home is on the bubble for CBS, yet it wins its slot regularly on Friday nights, so I think it will return. Maybe CBS can try it on Saturdays to spice up that night." And I was right on the money...and I think this time it might move to Saturdays or just be gone outright as CBS wants to get a bit younger on Fridays.
    Series canceled or will be include The Class, Jericho, Smith, 3 LBS, & The King of Queens. I think CBS will have to bring back Old Christine for mid-season as its sitcom development was bad...maybe they pick up one newbie for mid-season. The Class and Jericho are most likely done, but Jericho has a slight chance, but CBS's drama pilots have come out better than expected. Their best drama is probably Swingtown, but it is nothing like a CBS show, so I had no idea where to slot it in the fall. Maybe they can find a fit for mid-season, to say Wednesdays at 8? Wednesdays at 8 is very hard to schedule for CBS. Maybe they will have Amazing Race to that slot in the fall. I really think CSI: NY will move to the cursed CBS Tuesday at 10 slot. That will help that slot and CSI: NY has battled the original Law & Order well in the past, so I think it can tackle a declining Law & Order: SVU. Maybe they will try Shark out of Criminal Minds so CBS can try something else post-CSI, like Los Duques.

    Remember, next Wednesday (May 16) is the actual date when we will find out CBS's plans for the 2007-08 season. So, come on back next Wednesday and we will let you know the details and you can see how much we were right (or wrong). Stay tuned tomorrow for a preview on Fox's upfront.

    ABC has pulled the 9:30pm airing of Notes from the Underbelly for tonight for a repeat of George Lopez. Notes from the Underbelly will still air in its regular 8:30pm slot.
    On TV Land, they will be finally airing new episodes of What's Happening Now!! and not the same 12 episodes over and over. Starting Tuesday, May 29 you can catch episodes never seen on TV Land before of the hit follow-up series. The series lasted 66 episodes, so let's hope we see them all. The series airs weekdays at 7am ET/PT on TV Land. Program those DVRs, TiVos, VCRs, or whatever. For more information on the new episodes click HERE.
    AmericanLife TV has acquired the classic '60s drama Mission: Impossible to its primetime classic TV line-up! The series will debut October 2007! For full details click HERE.
    In addition to the TV One Mother's Day marathon we mentioned in the May highlights, TV One is asking us to vote for the top TV One mom...Mary Jenkins of 227 or Florida Evans of Good Times? Vote for your fav TV mom, plus enter for a chance to win $25,000 by clicking HERE.

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    Tuesday, May 08, 2007

    SitcomsOnline.com 2007-08 Upfront Preview: ABC; Some ABC, NBC Notes; DVD News AND MUCH MORE!

    The network with the most talked about pilots will be once again ABC! Again dramas will rule but the one comedy probably getting the most buzz is actually on ABC this year. Will ABC bring back any of their returning comedies? We shall see...
    Here is the SitcomsOnline.com ABC 2007-08 preview:

    New Series Already Picked-Up: None.
    New Series We Think That Are Almost Good To Go: Private Practice (drama, GA spin-off), Dirty Sexy Money (drama), Perfect Gentlemen (drama), Pushing Daisies (drama), Football Wives (drama), Marlowe (drama), Sam I Am (sitcom).
    New Series Perhaps Picked-Up for Mid-Season: Cashmere Mafia (drama), Eli Stone (drama), Cavemen (sitcom) and Nice Girls Don't Get the Corner Office (sitcom)

    OUR FALL 2007 PREDICTION:

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

    Mondays
    8:00PM Dancing with the Stars
    9:30PM Sam I Am (NEW!)
    10:00PM Brothers & Sisters

    Tuesdays
    8:00PM Marlowe (NEW)
    9:00PM Dancing with the Stars: The Results
    10:00PM Dirty Sexy Money (NEW)

    Wednesdays
    8:00PM October Road
    9:00PM Private Practice (NEW)
    10:00PM Pushing Daisies (NEW)

    Thursdays
    8:00PM Ugly Betty
    9:00PM Grey's Anatomy
    10:00PM Football Wives (NEW)

    Fridays
    8:00PM Men in Trees
    9:00PM Boston Legal
    10:00PM 20/20

    Saturdays
    8:00PM College Football

    Comments: For the fall ABC is not likely to have a lot of sitcoms. One at most I think, and that is the most buzzed sitcom probably, Sam I Am, starring Christina Applegate. It will probably not debut until a few weeks after the season starts as ABC is likely to run a few two-hour Dancing with the Stars episodes...I think Brothers & Sisters would do well on this night after Stars those few weeks. I think ABC should keep Stars Mondays at 8 ad Tuesdays at 9, and launch a procedural Tuesday at 8. I would have preferred Women's Murder Club, but it doesn't look like that pilot will make it and Marlowe will. Tuesdays at 10 is what ABC should go after. Boston Legal is declining and I think a Friday move would be ideal...it would draw there, as ABC can make headways in the Tuesday at 10 slot with a high power project, so it is worth the risk. Maybe Dirty Sexy Money could take the hour away from the once unstoppable Law & Order: SVU. Wednesday will also be big if Private Practice does at least 75% of GA's numbers. Lost will return in February most likely for 16 straight weeks, maybe Wednesday at 8 would be good. ABC is likely going to air repeat free for most of its shows, so they can test new mid-season shows more than usual. Hope to see Cashmere Mafia, Eli Stone, etc. Will ABC get Scrubs? And do they really need it? The only thing I can see is Wednesdays at 8, followed by something like Knights of Prosperity or the new Cavemen, then Lost and then maybe Private Practice moving to 10PM for the rest of the season to avoid Idol? I guess ABC will worry about that when the time comes, first priority is the fall. Look for Football Wives to do big...they have to pick it up, I guarantee it will be a BIG hit. Series that will be canceled or are ending include: What About Brian, Six Degrees, The Nine, According to Jim, Show Me the Money, Day Break, The Great American Dream Vote, Big Day, In Case of Emergency, George Lopez and Help Me Help You. I will bring back on the bubble sitcoms Notes from the Underbelly & The Knights of Prosperity and try them somewhere. The Bachelor, Wife Swap & Supernanny will all return for mid-season or maybe December. Looking at the fall line-up, ABC has at least one strong show each night (such as Desperate Housewives, Grey's Anatomy...their 9pm shows are very strong and they anchor the nights well) and hopefully they can build or maintain ratings with new shows such as Dirty Sexy Money and Perfect Gentlemen. It should be another ratings plus for ABC in the fall. They just have to find a way to maintain it for that little lull from December to February. I think they have a plan and will do well, by airing alternate series, movies, and specials in December and January.
    Anyway, this season ABC had some decent hits like Ugly Betty and Brothers & Sisters and to some extent Men in Trees and October Road. But this coming year will be bigger I think. I see Private Practice, Football Wives and Dirty Sexy Money breaking out big time...maybe the way Lost, Desperate Housewives & Grey's Anatomy did in 2004-05 season and Perfect Gentleman will be also pretty big maybe.
    Click here to see our detailed information on all of ABC's sitcom pilots. And here for ABC's drama pilots.

    Remember, next Tuesday (May 15) is the actual date when we will find out ABC's plans for the 2007-08 season. So, come on back next Tuesday and we will let you know the details and you can see how much we were right (or wrong). Stay tuned tomorrow for a preview on CBS's upfront.

    As for some network news, as we mentioned up top, ABC has decided to air 16 episodes next season of Lost. The series will end in May 2010, so ABC will air three more seasons of 16 straight episodes...that's the final 48 episodes. Everything will be answered and it will not just end without anyone knowing. There is a planned ending. Can't wait, but I surely want the time to go slow so we can enjoy it!
    Meanwhile, NBC has picked up Medium for 2007-08, which is no surprise. And in immediate news, NBC has pulled The Real Wedding Crashers from Mondays at 10 and will move Law & Order: Criminal Intent there for its final two episodes of the season. Its current Tuesday at 9 slot will be encores now. So maybe it looks good for that show to return next season and the original will be on the bubble?

    Warner Home Video had their annual chat last night at HTF. While there were no definite news on sitcoms, series such as Perfect Strangers & Family Matters are being evaluated for a release in 2008. Finally! Warner will consider season two's of Night Court, Growing Pains, but there are no plans yet. And they flat out said nothing in the works for sitcoms such as Hogan Family & Head of the Class. You can read the full chat transcript here. TVShowsonDVD.com has a good highlight item, if you want to read that instead.

    Mother's Day is on Sunday, but the Biography Channel is celebrating the day all-week with bios on your favorite TV moms past and present! The week-long stunt started last night actually with a Biography on Julia Louise-Dreyfus, the mom on The New Adventures of Old Christine. The Bios air all week at 8pm ET/9pm PT: Tonight it is Carolyn Jones from The Addams Family; Wednesday it is Elizabeth Montgomery of Bewitched; Patrica Heaton of Everybody Loves Raymond is Thursday; and Donna Reed of The Donna Reed Show is on Friday.

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    Monday, May 07, 2007

    SitcomsOnline.com 2007-08 Upfront Preview: NBC; TV Land June Change

    For NBC it will be all about starting the night off with a reality/game show to set up the dramas. NBC's Thursday comedy block is not what it used to be, but it has a cult audience and maybe another one of those shows will be launched this fall. NBC is looking for a drama hit as some of the older series are running out of gas.
    Here is the SitcomsOnline.com NBC 2007-08 preview:

    New Series Already Picked-Up: None.
    New Series We Think That Are Almost Good To Go: Lipstick Jungle (drama), Journeyman (drama), Fort Pit (drama), and The I.T. Crowd (sitcom).
    New Series Perhaps Picked-Up for Mid-Season: The Mastersons of Manhattan (sitcom), Life (drama), and Bionic Woman (drama)

    OUR FALL 2007 PREDICTION:

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

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

    Tuesdays
    8:00PM 1 vs. 100
    9:00PM Fort Pit (NEW)
    10:00PM Law & Order: SVU

    Wednesdays
    8:00PM Thank God You're Here
    9:00PM Medium
    10:00PM Lipstick Jungle (NEW)

    Thursdays
    8:00PM My Name is Earl
    8:30PM The I.T. Crowd (NEW)
    9:00PM The Office
    9:30PM 30 Rock
    10:00PM ER

    Fridays
    8:00PM Deal or No Deal
    9:00PM Friday Night Lights
    10:00PM Las Vegas

    Saturdays
    8:00PM Dateline NBC
    9:00PM Drama Repeats
    10:00PM Drama Repeats

    Comments: So what about Crossing Jordan, Law & Order: Criminal Intent and Law & Order? I say they will be benched until January after the NFL ends and they will bring them to Sundays for a repeat free season...but maybe one will be a goner. The Apprentice might not be back until next winter either...I wish that would just die already. The Black Donnellys, Studio 60, Kidnapped, Identity, Raines, 20 Good Years, Andy Barker, and Real Wedding Crashers are all (or will be) canceled or ended. I really think NBC will only go with one comedy night once again, as we saw what happened to Wednesdays 8-9pm last year. Scrubs is probably gone from NBC, and on the way to ABC for next winter. There is a good chance that The Office will be an anchor show on Thursdays at 9, but I don't think it will do as well as it did at 8:30, but they have to move it to 9pm to try and launch another similar sitcom, as 30 Rock is not a strong show to anchor an hour. So NBC will be multi-camera sitcom-less in the fall, but I have them picking up The Mastersons of Manhattan for mid-season. Life and Bionic Woman could get orders for mid-season. Maybe another drama called Chuck could get in. NBC only has a total of eight drama projects, so that means maybe 1/2 or more could get picked up. NBC had a dismal season once again, but Heroes was a bright spot, as the high power project Studio 60 was a bust. Friday Night Lights was not a good either, but I see them bringing it back to try again. They can use Deal or No Deal on Fridays again as Sundays will be Football, and have 1 vs. 100 on another night, say Tuesday. Will NBC revamp the schedule they released at upfront once again after releasing it, like it did last year? We shall see.

    Remember, next Monday (May 14) is the actual date when we will find out NBC's plans for the 2007-08 season. So, come on back next Monday and we will let you know the details and you can see how much we were right (or wrong). Stay tuned tomorrow for a preview on ABC's upfront.

    TV Land has announced that it has changed its late night schedule starting for June. Starting June 4, each weeknight starting at 10pm will have three nightly mini-marathons lasting until 4:30am. Each marathon will consist of four episodes. Mondays will be The Cosby Show, Three's Company & Good Times; Tuesdays will be M*A*S*H, Sanford & Son, & The Jeffersons; Wednesdays will be Sanford & Son, M*A*S*H, & All in the Family; Thursdays will be The Andy Griffith Show, I Love Lucy & Leave it to Beaver; and Fridays will be the Friday Movie, M*A*S*H & Star Trek. Other changes include all Andy Griffith Saturday from 9pm-1:10am with a reairing on Sundays from 7-10pm. So, this means the current 10pm-4:30am line-up will only be on Sundays. The only other change is at 4:30am everynight with The Jeffersons taking over for Sanford & Son. There are no other changes in the daytime and will remain the same as it is now.
    What's Happening Now!!, which is airing weekdays at 7am, will get more new episodes starting May 29, but we will let you know when we learn more.
    For now click HERE for the list of changes for this nightly marathon changes.

    We shall be back with more news, if any.

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    Sunday, May 06, 2007

    Week 33 Numbers (First Four Nights); How the Sitcoms Did

    We interrupt our regularly scheduled Sunday blog for an important announcement! Stay tuned all this week for our annual upfront previews! We will take a look at each network all this week and what we think will happen this fall. First up will be NBC tomorrow, followed by ABC on Tuesday, CBS Wednesday, Fox Thursday and The CW Friday. The upfronts start a week from Monday on May 14 with NBC..let's see if we will be close to being right. We now return to the Weekly Ratings post right here on the SitcomsOnline.com News Blog!

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

    Households: Fox: 8.9/14.1; ABC: 8.3/13.3; CBS: 7.9/12.8; NBC: 5.2/8.3; The CW: 2.1/3.3; MNT: 0.6/1.0.
    Total Viewers: Fox: 14.83 million; ABC: 12.66 million; CBS: 12.4 million; NBC: 7.92 million; The CW: 3.29 million; MNT: 0.92 million.
    Adults 18-49: Fox: 5.6/15.2; ABC: 4.9/12.2; CBS: 4.7/11.6; NBC: 3.4/8.4; The CW: 1.2/3.1; MNT: 0.4/0.9.

    Analysis: The 33rd week saw Fox in front again with the usual leader American Idol. Through the first four nights, Fox has the lead, followed by ABC and CBS a close third in HH, viewers and 18-49. NBC still remains a distant 4th place in all categories. As usual, Friday and Saturday numbers are not above, since final numbers are not available yet. Tonight has ABC airing all-new episodes and CBS is also all new, the battle will be with them for viewers with ABC in command for 18-49 for sure. Fox's comedies are also all-new (except 7p & 8:30) and NBC has yet another Dateline & Deal or No Deal and a two-hour special SL: In the '90s. Expect ABC to win.
    On Monday Dancing with the Stars continued to take over Mondays for ABC. 18.97 million, slightly up from the previous week. CBS's CSI: Miami was all-new at 10pm and did 17.24 million, up a bit from last week and NBC's Deal or No Deal was way down against Stars, with 12.09 million, but up from last week by over a million. CBS's sitcoms were all-new tonight. 8-9pm sitcoms were hurt the most for CBS, doing 7.24 and 7.32 million, up a bit from last week. Two and a Half Men rose from those numbers and did 13.71 million (up over 1.5 million from last week), followed by an all-new King of Queens doing 13.03 million, also up from last week. Fox aired a repeat of House doing 7.43 million (almost up 3 million from Drive last week), followed by 24 with 10.93 million, slightly up from last week. ABC aired The Bachelor from 9:45-11 and did a decent 9.8 million, up from last week, and NBC aired hit Heroes at 9 with 11.92 million (slightly down from the numbers from last week), followed by second episode of the new reality show The Real Wedding Crashers at just 5.61 million, down over a million from the premiere. The CW's comedies are still under performing on this night, with Chris down from last week's 3.01 million to just 2.42 million.
    Tuesday was Fox's night. American Idol did 26.73 million at 8 (up slightly from last week) and House did 21.13 million, slightly up from last week. ABC was on the map thanks to Dancing with the Stars: The Results doing 16.26 million at 9 (slightly down from last week), with two George Lopez episodes preceding it with 4.45 and 4.61 million. Boston Legal at 10 was at its normal levels with 9.88 million. CBS was third with new episodes of NCIS, The Unit from 8-10 (13.83 and 9.7 million, both slightly down from last week), and an encore of CSI: NY aired at 10 with 7.73 million. NBC was fourth for for the night with both Law & Order spin-offs doing 7.36 and 11.41 million from 9-11pm, with another Dateline kicking the night off with 5.39 million. The CW aired a new Gilmore Girls (4.08 million) and the return of Veronica Mars (2.35 million).
    Wednesday again Fox got the boost from that show called American Idol, doing 28.75 million at 9pm, up nearly 2 million from last week's two-hour edition. Bones returned with 10.56 million at 8. CBS was second for the night with Jericho doing 8.03 million (up from last week's low) followed by a new Criminal Minds and a new CSI: NY doing 13.28 and 13.0 million. ABC followed with According to Jim & Notes from the Underbelly doing OK to open up the night with 6.4 and 6.0 million (both up from last week), followed by a Lost encore from last week doing just 4.02 million (they listened to me, as the encores are gone this week, sitcoms are in!) and an all-new Lost closed the night off with a solid 12.33 million. NBC was again fourth for the night with a new Thank God You're Here doing 6.23 million, Crossing Jordan followed with just 5.95 million for a new episode, down from last week. A new Medium followed built on the lead-in with 7.7 million, up from last week. The CW was in the game at 8 with America's Next Top Model doing a solid 5.23 million, followed by the return of One Tree Hill doing just 3.25 million.
    On Thursday we saw ABC dominate with the two hour Grey's Anatomy from 9-11pm with 21.23 million A new Ugly Betty opened the night off with 10.68 million, up from last week. CBS's Survivor: Fiji was first at 8 with 13.74 million, but slightly down from last week. A new CSI and an all-new Shark followed with 19.02 and 12.5 million, both down from last week, especially the latter. NBC was third in viewers with all-new episodes of its comedies and an all-new ER, which just did 7.78 million, a series low as it faced the ABC medical drama head to head. Fox was fourth with Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? with 9.02 million, a series low...and they closed the night with the final part of a two-week sweeps episode of Trading Spouses doing just 4.15 million. And CW aired new episodes of its Thursday dramas doing 3.59 and 3.11 million, both down from last week.
    Friday (numbers not counted in our ratings), saw CBS win the night with its dramas, but not as much as they were doing in the fall and early winter. NBC did much better from 8-10 with Dateline and it looks like that helped Law & Order at 10 which did its best ratings in months and almost won the 10pm hour. ABC aired a repeat of Grey's Anatomy from Thursday and was third and 20/20 built on that and did well, but a better third place at 10pm. The CW did decent for its WWE coverage, but it is not doing as well as in the winter, though up from last week for fourth place. Fox aired encores of Nanny 911 & Bones and they were fifth.
    Saturday ratings saw CBS (for viewers) and ABC (for 18-49) do decent, with Fox and NBC way behind. Meet the Fockers did well for ABC. As for tonight, ABC will win with its normal line-up. As for this week in general, it should be like last week as series continue to go up in anticipation of season finales!

    Last Sunday Sitcoms (counts for week of April 6-22)

    • King of the Hill (Fox) 2 episodes - 3.51 and 4.14 million for two new episodes.
    • The Simpsons (Fox) 2 episodes - 7.57 million for a new episode followed by a repeat at 8.23 million
    • Family Guy (Fox) - 8.13 million for a new episode, slightly down from lead-in, but up in other categories such as HH and 18-49.
    • American Dad (Fox) - 6.71 million, is OK, but could be better.

    Monday Sitcoms

    • How I Met Your Mother (CBS) - A new episode did 7.24 million.
    • Old Christine (CBS) - 7.32 million, best in a few weeks.
    • Two and a Half Men (CBS) - 13.71 million...certainly better than the last few weeks.
    • King of Queens (CBS) - 13.03 million for a show winding down to its final episodes.
    • CW Monday Comedies: Chris, All of Us, Girfriends, The Game. All-new episode of Chris started it off with 2.42 million, followed by new episodes of All of Us at 2.18 million, Girlfriends did 2.48 million and The Game did 2.41 million, all down from last week but Girlfriends.


    Tuesday Sitcoms

    • George Lopez (ABC) - A repeat at 8 matched last week's new episode at 8 with 4.45 million and a new episode at 8:30 did 4.61 million, short from last week's 4.89 million.

    Wednesday Sitcoms
    • According to Jim (ABC) - New episode did 6.4 million, up from last week and its best showing after three weeks in the slot.
    • Notes from the Underbelly (ABC) - 6.0 million, up well over a million from last week, but down still from two weeks ago's 6.26 million.
    Thursday Sitcoms
    • My Name is Earl (NBC) - 7.57 million for an expanded episode thru 8:36, slightly up from last week and slowly going up.
    • The Office (NBC) - 6.99 million and a 3.6 18-49 rating. Both down from last week, as this week it went into the 9pm hour against the big boys thru 9:19.
    • Scrubs (NBC) - 4.95 million for an expanded episode that started at 9:19 thru 9:53, up slightly from last week.
    Friday Sitcoms
    None.

    Saturday Sitcoms
    None.

    Airing tonight (Sunday) are new episodes of Fox comedies.

    Summing it up. Two and a Half Men, My Name is Earl, and King of Queens were impressive for the week. Everything else was OK (such as The Office, According to Jim) or just plain old terrible (All of Us, Scrubs).

    Remember to come join us for our upfront previews this week, in edition to our news!

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    Saturday, May 05, 2007

    ABC Adds More 'Jim', 'Underbelly' for Next 2 Weeks; Warner Home Video Chat at HTF

    Mini-DVD Reviews will not be seen today, stay tuned for a special edition of news, right here on the SitcomsOnline.com News Blog (You know it is May sweeps when we bring news on a Saturday)! Mini-DVD Reviews will return next week with an all-new mini-DVD review of The Chipmunks Go to the Movies!

    For the next two Wednesdays (May 9 and 16), ABC will drop the previous week Lost encores for a repeat of According to Jim at 9pm and an all-new Notes from the Underbelly at 9:30. Both will be up against American Idol. They will still air out of the path of Idol at 8 & 8:30, with new episodes. Lost will remain at 10 p.m. and will still have the two-hour season finale from 9-11pm on May 23.

    Warner Home Video will have its annual TV DVD chat at HTF on Monday from 8-11pm ET! On hand will be: George Feltenstein, SVP Catalog Marketing, Warner Home Video; Dorinda Marticorena, VP, Kid and Sports Marketing, Warner Home Video; Rosemary Markson, VP, TV Marketing, Warner Home Video; and Amit Desai, Exec. Director, Kid Marketing.
    Meet the people that bring you your favorite Warner Home Video
    product with an opportunity to ask questions regarding past and future releases. And Everwood fans out there...only one total question will be asked about that show. Us sitcom fans want to know where are season sets of Perfect Strangers, Family Matters, Step by Step, Hogan Family, Hangin' with Mr. Cooper, Chico and the Man, Alice, and so many others. And why haven't new sets come out for Night Court, Growing Pains, Murphy Brown, and Life Goes On? Now is our chance to be heard! Click HERE to read the rules and join the chat on May 7. Be there!

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    Friday, May 04, 2007

    Schedule Change For ION and Yet More Changes for Nick at Nite; AmericanLife May Highlights

    Yesterday we brought you the ION upfront presentation release. We still don't have any details if more new shows like Perfect Strangers and A-Team are coming but I think June or July look good for new shows. Yesterday we did mention a minor change for Saturdays at 6pm with Diagnosis Murder coming to that slot starting May 26, as Saturdays will add an extra hour now. Today ION released a last week of May change. For at least May 28-31, The Wonder Years will move from 10 & 10:30 to 9 & 9:30pm, replacing Diagnosis Murder. Replacing Wonder Years at 10 is Calvin Ayre Wild Card Poker. Yes, weird...it might be just for that week. Or maybe Calvin Ayre Wild Card Poker is just a special week stunt holding the slot for a new show in June? We'll find out soon when ION releases its June line-up! Stay tuned! For now view the changes and discuss them here.

    As for Nick at Nite, yes more changes to the schedule! Now they have decided they will not encore AFV three-hours later. So, that means Sun-Thurs 12am and Fri-Sat 1am is no more. Cosby Show has been reinstated to Sun-Thurs 12am and now the nightly marathons will be from 1-5am, which means Growing Pains is totally gone! Let's hope ION bring it back soon! Another change is Roseanne and Fresh Prince switching hours. This all takes in effect on Monday (May 7). Click here to view these changes and to discuss this.

    AmericanLife TV Network, the only independent network devoted to the Baby Boomer generation, celebrates spring with a line-up of star-studded programming, including Jodi Foster on Kung Fu, John Travolta on Welcome Back, Kotter and Don Rickles on I Spy. It's going to be a star studded May! Highlights for the month of May include:

    Special Kung Fu episodes:
    Thursday, May 3
    * Kung Fu (8-9 p.m. ET/PT): an 11-year-old Jodi Foster plays the title role of “Althea” in this tale of human integrity and healing.

    Thursday. May 31
    * Kung Fu (8-9 p.m. ET/PT): Barney Miller and Sanford & Son regular Gregory Sierra guests with Moses Gunn.

    Special 77 Sunset Strip episodes:
    Monday, May 7
    * 77 Sunset Strip (9-10 p.m. ET/PT): Silent screen star Doris Kenyon made her last dramatic appearance playing an aging silent screen star, in this first-season episode, “All Our Yesterdays.” The show, also featuring fellow silent star Francis X. Bushman, captured a 1959 Directors Guild of America Award for Richard L. Bare, who later directed 168 consecutive episodes of Green Acres.

    Monday, May 28
    * 77 Sunset Strip (9-10 p.m. ET/PT): George Tobias, best known for playing neighbor Abner Kravitz on Bewitched, guests on tonight’s episode.

    Comedies dominate Saturday and Sunday evenings on AmericanLife TV Network, featuring such classic sitcoms as The Color Honeymooners (Saturday 8 p.m. ET/PT), Welcome Back, Kotter (Saturday 10:30 p.m. ET/PT) and Mayberry RFD (Sunday 8:30 p.m. ET/PT).

    Saturday, May 12
    * The Color Honeymooners (8 p.m. ET): In a wacky episode, Ralph Kramden, played by Jackie Gleason, meets Art Carney (playing himself), while Ed Norton, played by Art Carney, meets Jackie Gleason (playing himself).
    * Welcome Back, Kotter (Saturday 10:30 p.m. ET/PT): John Travolta returned for the fourth and final two-part season premiere, playing his recurring role of Vinnie Barbarino. Part two airs on Saturday, May 19.

    Sunday, May 20
    * Mayberry RFD (8:30-9 p.m. ET/PT): See how Goober (George Lindsey) and other Mayberry folk deal with “Sensitivity Training” as an encounter group visits the Andy Griffith Show spinoff.

    Saturday, May 26
    * Our Gang Comedies (5-5:30 p.m. ET): In one of today’s two shorts, “Aladdin’s Lantern,” Buckwheat and Porky provide an off-key rendition of the song “Strolling Through the Park One Day.”

    Sunday, May 27
    * The Courtship of Eddie’s Father (8-8:30 p.m. ET/PT): Guest is Vic Tayback, later to achieve cult status as diner owner Mel on the Alice sitcom.

    Secret Agents lurk Wednesdays on AmericanLife TV, with such series as I Spy (8-9 p.m. ET/PT) and The Girl from U.N.C.L.E. (9-10 p.m. ET/PT).

    I Spy (8-9 p.m. ET/PT):
    * May 9: More than a decade before Fantasy Island, Ricardo Montalban guest stars in this episode.
    * May 16: Talk about typecasting! Don Rickles plays an obnoxious American comic on a “Night Train to Madrid .”
    * May 23: Wally Cox (Mr. Peepers, The Hollywood Squares, Underdog) guests as a government file clerk wooed by a beautiful secret agent in “Casanova from Canarsie.”
    * May 30: In his second acting role, former football star Jim Brown guests on “Cops and Robbers.”

    The Girl from U.N.C.L.E. (10-11 p.m. ET/PT):
    * May 16: Pernell Roberts, in his first role after leaving Bonanza, guests in “The Little John Doe Affair.”
    * May 30: Future sitcom icon Tom Bosley (Happy Days) and former movie star Raymond Massey appear together in “The Faustus Affair.”

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    Thursday, May 03, 2007

    ION Television's 1st Upfront Presentation, Perfect Strangers, A-Team Coming Soon?; The CW Ends 'Gilmore Girls'

    ION Television had its first upfront presentation. They just released the press release to us and it is hot off the press! It doesn't go into detail on what shows and movies are coming actually, but the press release mentioned stars like Vicki Lawrence (Mama's Family), Tracey Gold (Growing Pains), and Bronson Pinchot (Perfect Strangers) were on hand at the presentation. While they didn't go ahead and mention any programming titles, it is safe to assume Perfect Strangers is coming to the network soon since Bronson was there! And maybe Growing Pains will return, since Tracey was there. The press release also mentioned The A-Team when touting its series, so maybe that is coming soon, too?
    The press release states: The strength of classic programing series is demonstrated in strong audience growth – especially in adults ages 25-54, which experienced a 31 percent gain in Monday to Sunday primetime. And new programming deals are on the horizon. Stay tuned!
    Hmmm new deals are on the horizon. Interesting. The press release didn't tell us whether the hours will expand from more than 6-11pm, but I think they will, they just haven't announced it yet.
    The highlight of the upfront was of course the RHI deal, which will air Fri-Sun 7-11pm starting June 29. Explosive new programming partnership with RHI Entertainment, the award-winning producer and distributor of groundbreaking miniseries and movies for television. RHI's exciting lineup of programming for ION will include the creation of exclusive original programming as well as quality library titles & movies. The first of a promised 12 originals per year is Killer Wave, a political-thriller miniseries featuring a multi billion-dollar conspiracy that will have audiences at the edge of their seats.
    Finally, the upfront included a sneak peek at ION’s partnership with Firebrand, a first-of-its-kind multi-platform experience that gives consumers interactive access to their favorite brands, products and promotions, set to launch in the fall airing weeknights from 11pm-12am. Firebrand programs only the best TV commercials as a reflection of pop culture in an environment rich with consumer touch points.
    We will certainly have more news for you when we hear! Diagnosis Murder is also going to air Saturdays at 6PM, so an hour of expansion on Saturdays, as it was 7-11pm. This will start Saturday, May 26. For now, read the Upfront press release.

    It looks like The CW's Gilmore Girls will end after its May 15 airing. The series will come to end with a proper series finale. The show started back in 2000 and was a high performer for The WB and still was one of the top shows on the new CW. The CW and Warner Bros. Television released this statement:
    "Announcing the final season of Gilmore Girls is truly a sad moment for everyone at The CW and Warner Bros. Television," statement read. "This series helped define a network and created a fantastic, storybook world featuring some of television's most memorable, lovable characters."

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    Wednesday, May 02, 2007

    What's Happening!! Comes to Comcast's TubeTime; Nick at Nite Change; GSN Salutes Bob Barker

    We have a busy day of news for you today. First off, the classic '70s sitcom What's Happening!! is now on Comcast On-Demand's TubeTime channel! Yes, you can watch Rerun and the gang anytime you want now! If you don't have the DVDs yet, then this is your chance to watch the show and if you like it, you can buy the DVDs! What's Happening!! will be broken up into two categories: Best of Rerun Episodes and Classic Episodes. I'm sure we will see the episode "Burger Queen" in there. The show joins Bewitched, I Dream of Jeannie, Diff'rent Strokes, and Soap in the TubeTime service. Boy that is better than TV Land! Hopefully TubeTime adds the follow-up series What's Happening Now!! to its service in the future, as that show is not available on DVD yet, but the first season is coming June 12! You can also catch the follow-up series on TV Land weekdays at 7am ET/PT.

    Nick at Nite has made a change for this weekend. Yes, they will have another Fresh Prince marathon. Oh boy, aren't you so happy? The marathon will air this Friday, Saturday and Sunday (May 4-6). Friday & Saturday from 11pm-5am (except 1-2am is America's Funniest Home Videos) and Sunday from 10pm-5am (except 12-1am is America's Funniest Home Videos). Nick at Nite is in the middle of launch week for AFV, as it is airing back-to-back episodes this week with an encore of those episodes three-hours later. It will settle into its Sun-Thurs 9pm & 12am and Fri-Sat 10pm and 1am slots starting next week.

    GSN pays tribute to Bob Barker, legendary host of television's longest running game show The Price is Right, with rarely-seen episodes of Barker appearances on classic game shows. GSN SALUTES BOB BARKER includes special episodes of I'VE GOT A SECRET, FAMILY FEUD, MATCH GAME and TATTLETALES featuring Barker and airs Tuesday, May 15 through Saturday, May 19 on GSN.
    Barker, the eighty-three year old host of The Price Is Right, recently announced plans to end his 35-year run as host of the iconic daytime game show in June.
    To view the schedule of GSN's Bob Barker Salute marathon, click HERE.

    And finally as a heads-up, you will want to come back here tomorrow as we will give full details on ION Television's upfront! Will they announce more shows or expansion of the schedule? We'll find out tomorrow. We know they will announce something and the major announcement is probably going to be the details of the RHI programming block (Fri-Sun 7-11pm, starting June 29).

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    Tuesday, May 01, 2007

    Remembering Sitcom Legend Tom Poston; Black Family Channel Will Move to Broadband

    We have some breaking news to report. Veteran actor Tom Poston has passed away. Mr. Poston passed away yesterday after a brief illness. Everyone has seen this man in at least something. The Emmy Award Winning actor is best remembered for his roles on The Bob Newhart Show, Mork & Mindy and Newhart. In his early career he guest starred on sitcoms such as The Phil Silvers Show before winning the Emmy in 1959 for his role on The Steve Allen Show. After that he guest starred on series such as Get Smart and The Good Guys before landing the role of Cliff "The Peeper" Murdock on The Bob Newhart Show. After his run on that show he guest starred on series such as Alice, CHiPs and was a regular on two short lived sitcoms On the Rocks & We've Got Each Other. In 1979 he got the role of Franklin Delano Bickley on the hit sitcom Mork & Mindy, starring Robin Williams. His next big role was of George Utley in the sitcom Newhart, reuniting him once again with Bob Newhart. Mr. Poston would reunite one more time with Bob in the sitcom Bob for a few episodes. He was also a regular in the Fox sitcom Good Grief in 1990 and more recently on NBC's short lived sitcom Committed. That is not all Tom was in. He guest starred in many many sitcoms in the 80s, 90s and 2000s. He had recurring roles on the ABC sitcoms Grace Under Fire and Coach. He also had a few memorable guest appearances as Mr. Looney (that's Loon-ay!) on the ABC sitcom Family Matters. The man was everything, more sitcom guest credits include Becker, Cosby, 8 Simple Rules, Dharma & Greg, Dream On, George & Leo, Home Improvement, Just Shoot Me, Malcolm & Eddie, Murphy Brown, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, That '70s Show, Love Boat, The Simpsons, Will & Grace and reunited with his wife Suzanne Pleshette in the NBC sitcom Good Morning Miami. And that's just the sitcoms! He has been on dramas, game shows, movies, too. He was last seen in late 2006 on an episode of the Disney Channel sitcom, The Suite Life of Zack and Cody. He will be dearly missed as he has graced a lot of shows and films. Mr. Poston was 85.

    We mentioned last week that the Black Family Channel is no more, but now they announced today they are moving to broadband as a free channel!
    Black Family Channel's slate of original, must-see, award-winning programs will soon be available free as a brand new, feature-rich broadband TV service.
    Anyone who has access to a broadband connection at home, at school, or at work will be able to get Black Family Channel. The broadband service is launching soon under the leadership of Hollywood actor and director Robert Townsend and Mr. Newberger.
    In tandem with the launch of the broadband service, Black Family Channel announced a cable partnership with Gospel Music Channel, the nation's first and only 24-hour music television entertainment network dedicated to all styles of Gospel and Christian music.

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