Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Close Out 2008 and Ring in 2009 with New Year's TV Marathons!

It is the last day of 2008 and it is time to close out 2008 and open 2009 with some TV marathons! We told you about many of them already, too! Let's start with New Year's Eve, which is today. If you don't want to watch any of the College Football Bowl games, you're in luck because we have many TV marathons, including sitcoms! WGN America has a Honeymooners marathon, as we mentioned previously, starting at 8pm running until 3:30am ET before starting up again on New Year's Day at 10am through 10pm. WPIX in New York will also have its annual Honeymooners marathon as well of course starting at midnight to 5am tonight and then again tomorrow from 9am-8pm. And we mentioned yesterday that Me-Too in Chicago will have a Three Stooges marathon today from 9am-3am and a movie marathon on New Year's Day. TV Land closes out 2008 with an I Love Lucy marathon, and also the show ends its run on TV Land, as the show moves to Hallmark Channel this weekend. Oxygen has a morning block of Roseanne from 9am-3pm. Not in the mood for comedy? Sci Fi has a Twilight Zone marathon starting today at 8am and running all the way until Friday at 6am...wow! Then Sci Fi has an all-day marathon of Stargate Atlantis on Friday. GSN has a block of the Dick Clark game show $100,000 Pyramid. Who said that the ball drop is all that Dick Clark can be seen in on New Year's Eve? TV One has a marathon block of Divorce Court today from 11am-5pm. You know TBS has a 24-hour marathon of A Christmas Story? Well now USA will start their own tradition and have a 24-hour marathon of Elf starting at 6am. Versus will have another Rocky movie marathon from 11am-10pm, with the first five films. Other notable marathons today include CSI on Spike TV, Drake & Josh on Nick, Project Runway on Bravo and Keeping Up With the Kardashians on E! The Spiderman animated series marathon will be for two straight days on Toon Disney.

On New Year's Day, we mentioned a lot already, too. But we didn't mention The Andy Griffith Show marathon in Los Angeles on KDOC starting at 10am! Me-TV in Chicago we mentioned will also have an Andy Griffith Show marathon, as that show launches on that station with a marathon from 9am-11pm. We won't repeat the continuation marathons from above that start on New Year's Eve and go into New Year's Day, since we mentioned that above. But the other New Year's Day marathons we mentioned were the launch of The Jeffersons on TV One from 10am-6am. Sanford & Son launches the next night with a 24-hour marathon. TV Land says welcome to "Jan" 1st with a Jan Brady centric marathon of The Brady Bunch from 12pm-6pm! The N welcomes its newest sitcom, What I Like About You, with a big marathon celebration that will last for over a week! SOAPnet will repurpose all of the season two episodes so far of the ABC hit Private Practice from 9am-7pm, as you get ready for all-new episodes on its new night--Thursdays, the following week on ABC. Spike goes with a CSI: NY marathon on New Year's Day, while TNT goes digging for some Bones, USA goes crime watching with Monk, and Bravo welcomes the new year with a resolution for Americans trying to lose weight with a block of The Biggest Loser. Other notables include a Looney Tunes marathon on Cartoon Network (wow, they are airing classic stuff for one day?), South Park on Comedy Central, Iron Chef on Food Network, and American Idol on Fox Reality. And if you missed the Rocky movies on Versus on New Year's Eve, catch them on A&E on Thursday and Friday starting 3pm on Thursday.

Close out 2008 in style! Don't forget to tune in at least for the last few minutes of 2008 as the ball drops in Times Squares. Dick Clark is the way to go on ABC for that. What's your New Year's Resolution? Start thinking!

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Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Chicago's Me-TV and Me-Too Winter 2009 Schedules; BET January 2009

Classic Chicago stations Me-TV and Me-Too will be changing their line-up for the winter in January, but before that we have marathons to talk about! Celebrate the New Year with three marathons on Me-TV & Me-Too! Starting on December 31 at 9AM, let Me-Too (WMEU Channel 48) show you can "Fling in the New Year" with an all-day The Three Stooges Marathon. What better way to celebrate the New Year, than to cozy up on the couch on New Year's Eve! Watch Larry, Moe and Curly and their outrageous antics all day! See more than 50 episodes of what many consider to be one of the best comedy series ever! Close out 2008 and ring in 2009 with the Stooges from 9AM-3AM on New Year's Eve.
Then on New Year's Day, you've got your choice of the classics. See the best work of special effects pioneer filmmaker, Ray Harryhausen on Me-Too (Channel 48). Harryhausen is most famous for his stop-motion model animation, which won him an Academy Award! Featured movies include the classic titles 7th Voyage of Sinbad & Jason and the Argonauts from 8AM to 10PM.
Or instead take a day trip down to Mayberry with Me-TV (WWME Channel 23) for "The Andy Griffith-thon." Spend your day reliving all of your favorite moments from The Andy Griffith Show during Me-TV's "The Andy Griffith-thon." From Andy getting Opie out of trouble to keeping a watchful eye over Aunt Bee's romantic adventures, it's a blast from the past all-day long. See these classic episodes in the rarely seen full network versions, New Year's Day beginning at 9AM all the way to 11PM only on Me-TV!
As for the Winter schedules, Me-TV will be adding The Andy Griffith Show to its line-up after the marathon on New Year's Day. Other changes include In the Heat of the Night being replaced weekdays at 12 noon by Charlie's Angels; weekday afternoons gets a makeover with back-to-back Bewitched and The Cosby Show coming between 3-5pm replacing Cheers, Benson and 3rd Rock; early evenings will see some shuffling, but Andy Griffith joins at 6:30pm replacing Fresh Prince. Batman is gone at 7pm replaced by Dick Van Dyke. In primetime, we now have dramas instead of sitcoms, with Perry Mason and The Untouchables instead of Happy Days and Cosby Show. We get another Andy Griffith airing at 10:30pm, while The Odd Couple joins Me-TV at 11:30pm, and Cheers and 3rd Rock move from afternoons to late nights starting at 12:30am. In the overnights, we now get classic drama Route 66.
As for Saturdays, 11am-6pm gets a total makeover, going to more of a sci-fi route instead of crime. Black Sheep Squadron, Battlestar Galactica, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, Knight Rider, The Greatest American Hero, The Incredible Hulk, and Star Trek will air from 11am-6pm replacing Dragnet, Hawaii Five-0, Magnum P.I., TJ Hooker, Charlie's Angels, Starsky & Hutch and SWAT. At 6pm, since Star Trek has moved to 5pm, we now get two Andy Griffith Show episodes.
On Sundays, the sitcom blocks get a makeover. In the 12 noon hour we now have Family Ties replacing Bewitched/I Dream of Jeannie, then in the 1pm hour it is back-to-back Leave it to Beaver, replacing an airing of One Day at a Time, which is now off the line-up. At 2:30 another I Love Lucy is added, giving it a full hour. Who's the Boss? and Mork & Mindy are now also gone, replaced by back-to-back Dick Van Dyke Show episodes in the 3pm hour. At 4pm, we now have two Beverly Hillbillies episodes instead of Gilligan's Island and Family Ties. Replacing The Nanny and Roseanne in the 6pm hour are Happy Days and Andy Griffith...it's a Ron Howard hour. Benson is now only Sundays at 9pm, replacing Good Times, while Andy Griffith airs at 10:30pm moving Barney Miller to 12 midnight, replacing one of the Get Smart airings.
View the FULL Me-TV Chicago Winter 2009 line-up.

As for the Me-Too winter lineup, they also will make many changes. Patty Duke Show comes to weekdays at 7am and the morning sitcom block starting at 9am has been altered with Webster, Beverly Hillbillies and I Love Lucy. Gone are Saved by the Bell, Facts of Life, Diff'rent Strokes, Green Acres, and Petticoat Junction. Dramas take over during the afternoon with Eight is Enough, Little House, Hawaii Five-0, Magnum P.I., and Cagney & Lacey. In the Heat of the Night moves from Me-TV to Me-Too airing weekdays at 6pm. Other weekday changes include an All in the Family/The Jeffersons hour weekdays at 9pm.
As for Saturdays, from 1pm-8pm is now westerns with such classics such as Marshall Dillon, Rawhide, Gunsmoke, Bonanza, Wild Wild West, Have Gun Will Travel and The Rifleman. The overnight sitcom block has changed a bit too, with Dennis the Menace and Green Acres leaving, but Father Knows Best & Flying Nun, are among the shows airing now.
Sundays doesn't see many changes happening. Among the minor changes are Delvecchio at 6pm instead of Perry Mason.
View the FULL Me-Too Chicago Winter 2009 line-up.

Moving on to cable, BET has announced its January line-up. Recently ended talk show The Montel Williams Show joins the BET line-up on Monday, January 5 airing weekday mornings at 9am. The long-running talk show will start its run on BET with the episode "Mistaken Identity: It Could Happen to You." Also, as we mentioned, the animated comedy The Proud Family will join the regular schedule on BET in January as well. It will join the Saturday line-up this Saturday with a mini-marathon before settling into its 12 noon and 12:30pm slot starting Jan. 10 following back-to-back Romeo!, Just Jordan and Smart Guy. BUT...that's not all! The Proud Family will get a Martin Luther King, Jr. Day marathon from 9am-2pm on Monday, January 19. The Proud Family will join the regular weekday schedule as well starting Monday, January 26 airing weekdays in the 5pm hour, following back-to-back Steve Harvey, One on One, and Smart Guy all starting at 2pm.
As we all know, BET likes to edit things from time to time, so if anything changes, we will let you all know!

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Monday, December 29, 2008

TV Land February 2009 Highlights; The PJs and King of the Hill Come to Adult Swim

This February on TV Land will see the return of High School Reunion on TV Land, with its second season on TV Land! High School Reunion is back for an unforgettable second season airing Wednesdays at 10pm starting February 18. This year friends will be reunited, enemies will confront each other, and a secret will be revealed that could forever change the legacy of the Chandler High School Class of 1988. But first...counting down to that big February 18 second season premiere, TV Land PRIME will bring you all of the action from season one every Wednesday at 10p starting on January 7 through February 11. A marathon of the entire first season will also air in a President's Day event on Monday, February 16th.
The weekend of February 12-15, TV Land will celebrate Valentine's Day and President's Weekend with a marathon of The Cosby Show! Tough teachers, school projects, homework, getting your driver's license, dating, parties, Prom, graduation, etc... Going to class wasn't all bad and TV Land PRIME is taking viewers back to school during the "Cosby Show Old School Marathon" from Feb. 12-15, 8pm-2am each night. Walk down memory lane as Denise, Theo, Vanessa and Rudy experience the growing pains of approaching adulthood and give Cliff and Clair more than one reason to look forward to an empty nest. Your assignment is to tune in each night at 8pm all Presidents Day Weekend on TV Land, and then go online to test your Cosby family skills with the Cosby Show trivia game. Class dismissed!
Other TV Land February 2009 highlights include a couple of overnight marathons of Three's Company on a few Saturdays (Feb. 14, 2am-6am and Feb. 21, 12-5am). TV Land PRIME movies for Friday nights include the premieres of Broadcast News and Revenge of the Nerds, along with an encore of Jewel of the Nile.
There will be no regular schedule changes, as of now, so the schedule in effect for January will remain. View the complete TV Land February 2009 highlights.

The other day we told you Adult Swim (late night block on Cartoon Network) has picked up a live-action British comedy for Sunday nights, now we have more Adult Swim news. Adult Swim has picked-up the rights to two animated series...The PJs (short lived Fox/The WB series starring the voice of Eddie Murphy) and King of the Hill. The PJs will premiere tonight (Monday, December 29) and will air in the 10pm hour (encores in 2am hour) for the next three nights before the long-running series King of the Hill takes over the slot starting January 1 everynight. The PJs will then will move to Saturday nights at 12 midnight starting January 3. And I know I will get asked this, so I will say it...yes, The PJs will remain on TV One and King of the Hill will NOT remain on FX but will remain on local stations. Both deals for Adult Swim are not exclusive, but King of the Hill is exclusive for cable. King of the Hill's last airing on FX is Wednesday at 4:30pm.
King of the Hill will lead-into episodes of Family Guy five nights a week at 11pm. Now all Adult Swim needs to acquire is The Simpsons! It is amazing how that series has still not gotten a cable home. Even American Dad! (Fridays 11pm & 3am) is on Adult Swim for crying out loud. Other acquired series on Adult Swim are The Oblongs (1:30am) and Clerks: The Animated Series (Fridays 12am and 4am).

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Sunday, December 28, 2008

In Memoriam: Sitcom Actor Deaths in 2008

Today we pay tribute to the sitcom actors, producers, writers and composers who passed away in 2008. We've lost stars from All in the Family, The Bernie Mac Show, The Bob Newhart Show, The Brady Bunch, The Golden Girls, Hogan's Heroes, The Jeffersons, The Phil Silvers Show, Rhoda, and many more who are greatly missed. They are listed in alphabetical order. The links go to their Internet Movie Database entry where you can view a full list of their credits.

Richard Baer

Richard Baer - Emmy-nommed writer Richard Baer wrote for TV shows including Leave it to Beaver, Bewitched, The Munsters, Barney Miller and M*A*S*H. He died February 22, 2008 in Santa Monica, Calif. after suffering a heart attack in January. He began his TV career on The Life of Riley, starting as an assistant and then writing several episodes. In 1960, he started working on the series Hennessey starring Jackie Cooper, earning an Emmy nomination and writing 38 episodes. Over the next 25 years, he wrote for more than 56 shows, including F-Troop, That Girl, The Doris Day Show, Love on a Rooftop, Petticoat Junction, The New Dick Van Dyke Show, Archie Bunker's Place, Who's the Boss?, and The Andy Griffith Show. Mr. Baer was 79.

Henry Beckman

Henry Beckman - Character actor Henry Beckman died June 17, 2008 in Barcelona, Spain. Beckman appeared in hundreds of TV shows, films and commercials in the U.S. and Canada, often playing heavies or roles requiring accents or foreign languages. Born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, he served in the Canadian military during WWII and survived the Normandy invasion. He guest starred in just about every show during the 1960s including Dennis the Menace, Hennesey, Dr. Kildare, Father of the Bride, My Favorite Martian, My Living Doll, The Jack Benny Program, The Munsters, Perry Mason, Adam-12, The Flying Nun, The Andy Griffith Show, The Monkees, Bewitched, I Dream of Jeannie, and The Twilight Zone. He had larger roles as George Anderson on Peyton Place and Colonel Harridan in McHale's Navy. He was also known for his recurring role as Captain Clancy in Here Come the Brides. Beckman later appeared in shows including The Rockford Files, Bonanza, Here's Lucy, Mannix, Gunsmoke, Marcus Welby, Ironside, Barney Miller, Happy Days, Welcome Back Kotter, Fantasy Island, Quincy ME, Check It Out, MacGyver, The Commish, Columbo, and MANY more. More recently, he played Detective Briggs on The X-Files and on the syndicated series Cold Squad. Mr. Beckman was 86.

Paul Benedict

Paul Benedict - Paul Benedict, the actor who played the wacky English neighbor Harry Bentley on the sitcom The Jeffersons, was found dead on December 1, 2008 at his home in Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts. His brother, Charles, said authorities were still investigating the cause of death. Benedict began his acting career in the 1960s in the Theatre Company of Boston, alongside such future stars as Robert De Niro, Dustin Hoffman and Al Pacino. Benedict went on to appear in a number of movies, including a role as the oddball director in The Goodbye Girl with Richard Dreyfuss. But he was known primarily for his role as the crazy neighbor to George Jefferson on The Jeffersons from 1975-1985. The accented speech that he used even offstage led many to assume that Benedict was British, but in fact he was born Sept. 17, 1938, in Silver City, N.M. His other TV credits include guest roles on All in the Family (the backdoor pilot episode for The Jeffersons), Maude, Harry O, Kojak, Murder She Wrote, A Different World, Tales from the Crypt, Morton & Hayes, Seinfeld, Guiding Light, The Drew Carey Show, and a recurring role on Sesame Street as "The Mad Painter" in the early 1970s. His other movie roles include After the Sunset, The Man with Two Brains, The Addams Family Movie, Cocktail, Arthur 2: On the Rocks, The Freshman, This Is Spinal Tap and Waiting for Guffman. On Broadway he played opposite Al Pacino in the 2-man Broadway play Hughie (by Eugene O'Neill) in mid '90s and in 2000 he played Mayor Shinn in The Music Man. Mr. Benedict was 70.

Bernie Brillstein

Bernie Brillstein - Bernie Brillstein, pioneering manager and producer whose keen eye for talent led him to steer the careers of such stars as John Belushi and Jim Henson, died on August 7, 2008. Brillstein had been suffering from complications stemming from double-bypass heart surgery in February. In the 1980s, the Brillstein Co. was among the first contempo talent rep shingles to branch out into TV production in a significant way with shows packaged around clients, a list that included ALF, It's Garry Shandling's Show, The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd and The Slap Maxwell Story. In late 1991, when Brillstein partnered with Brad Grey, who had joined Brillstein Co. in the mid-1980s as a manager, the company further expanded the scope of its film and TV operations. Brillstein-Grey Television fielded such noteworthy skeins as The Sopranos, Just Shoot Me, NewsRadio, Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher and The Larry Sanders Show. Brillstein-Grey Entertainment features included Adam Sandler's Happy Gilmore, Jim Carrey's The Cable Guy and The Replacement Killers. Early in his career he produced popular movies such as The Blues Brothers, Ghostbusters, and Dragnet. He also produced the critically acclaimed series Buffalo Bill early in his career. Mr. Brillstein was 77.

George Carlin

George Carlin - Comedian George Carlin, a counter-culture hero famed for his routines about drugs and dirty words, died of heart failure at a Los Angeles-area hospital on June 22, 2008. Known for his edgy, provocative material, Carlin achieved status as an anti-Establishment icon in the 1970s with stand-up bits full of drug references and a routine about seven dirty words you could not say on television. A regulatory battle over a radio broadcast of his "Filthy Words" routine ultimately reached the U.S. Supreme Court. He was a frequent performer and guest host on The Tonight Show during the three-decade Johnny Carson era, and was also the first person to host Saturday Night Live back in 1975...he hosted an episode again in 1984.
George Carlin got his own sitcom in 1994 on Fox called The George Carlin Show. The show only lasted 27 episodes and was about George playing New York City cab driver named George O'Grady. His other sitcom credits include guest shots on Welcome Back Kotter, That Girl and The Simpsons. Children best know him for his work on Shining Time Station as the conductor, which he spoofed in 2000 on an episode of MADtv. He was also the narrator for many years on the children's series Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends. His film credits include Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (which he also appeared on the animated TV series), Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey, Americathon, Prince of Tides, Dogma, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, Jersey Girl, Scary Movie 3 and Cars. Stand-up comedy was of course what he was best known for. He hosted about 14 HBO comedy specials and is known as one of the best stand-up comics of all-time. He died a week after being named the 2008 recipient of the Twain Prize. Mr. Carlin was 71.

Lilyan Chauvin

Lilyan Chauvin - French-born American Actress Lilyan Chauvin passed away at her Studio City home on June 26, 2008 after a 40-year battle with breast cancer complicated by recent onset of congestive heart disease. She was not just an actress, she was also a host, DGA director, WGA writer, former VP of Women in Film, author, teacher and private coach. Nominated for the Emmy Award in The Young and the Restless her dedication to the arts won her recognition to for Excellence in moral quality media. She was also a series regular on Days of Our Lives. She held recurring roles on Mission Impossible, General Hospital and Falcon Crest. She guest starred on many series as well such as Diff'rent Strokes, The Facts of Life, One Day at a Time, Magnum P.I., Baywatch, Hart to Hart, Fantasy Island, The Bob Newhart Show, Dragnet, Adventures of Superman, Perry Mason, Friends, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, ER, Malcolm in the Middle, Alias, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, The X-Files, Murder She Wrote, Frasier, USA High, The Pretender, Shashta McNasty, and recently on Ugly Betty. On the big screen, she is known for her roles in Steven Spielberg's Catch Me if You Can, the Coen brothers' The Man Who Wasn't There, Stephan Hopkins' Predator 2 and she is also widely recognized for her role as Mrs. Tremont in Private Benjamin. Ms. Chauvin was 82.

Ruth Cohen

Ruth Cohen - She is notable for appearing in more episodes of the NBC sitcom Seinfeld than any other actor, with the exception of the four main stars, Jerry Seinfeld, Jason Alexander, Michael Richards and Julia Louis-Dreyfus. Cohen played the role of the cashier in Monk's Cafe in almost every episode, mainly as an extra. The character was eventually named "Ruthie Cohen" after her. She died on August 23, 2008 of a heart attack at the age of 78, in Panorama City, California.

Bill Dial

Bill Dial - He died of a heart attack on June 2, 2008 in South Carolina, where he moved to after retiring from the business in 2001. Bill was most known as a writer, producer, and actor on the hit sitcom WKRP in Cincinnati. He wrote five episodes for this series during its first season (1978-79), the most famous of which was his first, entitled "Turkeys Away." He guest starred on the series even for a few episodes playing the station's beer-drinking engineer, Bucky Dornster. After WKRP, he wrote and/or produced series such as Harper Valley P.T.A., Legmen, Simon & Simon, E.A.R.T.H. Force, Evening Shade, and some TV movies. In 1991, Dial returned to his claim to fame as an executive producer and writer on The New WKRP in Cincinnati, a follow-up series to the 1970s sitcom. The New WKRP aired in first-run syndication for two seasons. His later credits included writing and producing Time Trax, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Voyager, Team Knight Rider, Sliders, Legend, and Spike TV's 18 Wheels of Justice. Mr. Dial was 66.

Ivan Dixon

Ivan Dixon - Ivan Dixon was an actor, director and producer best known for his role as Sgt. "Kinch" Kinchloe on the 1960s sitcom Hogan's Heroes. Dixon died March 16, 2008 at Presbyterian Hospital in Charlotte, NC after a hemorrhage and of complications from kidney failure. He was best known for the role of U.S. Staff Sgt. James "Kinch" Kinchloe on Hogan's Heroes, a satire set in a German prisoner-of-war camp during World War II. Kinchloe, in charge of electronic communications, could mimic German officers on the radio or phone. He earned an Emmy nomination for his performance in the 1967 CBS Playhouse special The Final War of Olly Winter. He was primarily an actor in the '60s with guest spots on many hit dramas such as Dr. Kildare, Love American Style, The Fugitive, It Takes a Thief, Ironside, Perry Mason, I Spy, and more. He didn't act much after the start of the '70s. His last acting role was in 1991 on an episode of Father Dowling Mysteries. After acting on television, he moved on to directing and directed hundreds of episodes of series, including The Waltons, The Bill Cosby Show, The A-Team, The Greatest American Hero, The Rockford Files, Magnum, P.I. and In the Heat of the Night. Mr. Dixon was 76.

Nina Foch

Nina Foch - Nina Foch, the Dutch-born actress who often played cool, calculating women in films, theater and television and was a respected coach of aspiring actors and directors has died. Foch died on December 5, 2008 at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center of complications from the blood disorder myelodysplasia. She became ill the week before while teaching at the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts. Foch had taught at USC for 40 years. What many people know about Nina is that she was the acting teacher for the late John Ritter when he attended USC from 1966-71. She taught John well and was one of her favorite students of all-time. She even worked with John on the big screen movie Blake Edwards' Skin Deep in 1989, in which John was the star. John had a supporting role in the movie Shadow of Doubt in 1998 and Nina also worked with John then. And you John Ritter fans know that Nina was interviewed in many John Ritter documentaries such as John Ritter's Biography episode. Foch's career goes back all the way to the 40s. Her lengthy television credits include Prescription: Murder in 1968, which launched the popular Columbo detective series starring Peter Falk, the miniseries War and Remembrance in 1989 and episodes of Studio One, Rawhide, Route 66, I Spy, Gunsmoke, Bonanza, The Mod Squad, That Girl, Hawaii Five-0, Trapper John MD, Hunter, LA Law, Murder She Wrote, Just Shoot Me, Bull, Dharma & Greg, NCIS and most recently on The Closer. She earned an Emmy nomination for best supporting actress in a drama series in 1980 for her work on an episode of Lou Grant. She was known for her film work as she earned an Oscar nomination for best supporting actress in Executive Suite in 1954. But her dedication as an acting teacher at USC was her legacy and many actors and actresses have respect for Nina Foch. "Believe it or not, teaching is the most rewarding thing I do," Foch told United Press International in 1994. "It has been the most successful thing I've done in my life." Ms. Foch was 84 and never retired.

Beverly Garland

Beverly Garland - Beverly Garland, the actress who starred in 1950s movie cult hits like Swamp Women and Not of This Earth and who went on to play Fred MacMurray's TV wife on the family sitcom My Three Sons, died on December 5, 2008. She passed away at her Hollywood Hills home after a lengthy illness. She had a 50-year career that included 40 movies and dozens of television shows. She starred in the crime series Decoy in the late '50s as police woman Casey Jones. Garland showed her comedic chops as Bing Crosby's wife in the short-lived sitcom The Bing Crosby Show in the mid-'60s, which led her to be cast as the second wife of MacMurray's widower Steve Douglas during the last three seasons of the popular sitcom My Three Sons that aired from 1960 to 1972. Her television credits also include playing her fair share of mothers in TV series. She was Stephanie Zimbalist's mom in the 80s series Remington Steele, Kate Jackson's mom in the 80's series Scarecrow and Mrs. King, and Teri Hatcher's in Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman in the '90s. She also had MANY other TV credits to her name such as appearing on episodes of Hawaiian Eye, The Millionaire, Perry Mason, Rawhide, The Fugitive, Here's Lucy, Gunsmoke, Mannix, Love American Style, Ironside, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Marcus Welby MD, Charlie's Angels, Trapper John MD, Hart to Hart, Magnum P.I., Hotel, Friends, Ellen, Diagnosis Murder, Teen Angel, and The Simple Life. She recurred on Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman as Cookie LaRue, on the ABC soap Port Charles as Estelle Reese, and as Ginger Jackson on 7th Heaven, with her last episode in 2004, as her last role. Ms. Garland was 82.

Estelle Getty

Estelle Getty - Actress Estelle Getty is best known for her role as Sophia Petrillo on the sitcom The Golden Girls. She died July 22, 2008 in Los Angeles. Estelle had been suffering from Dementia with Lewy bodies for the last 8 years or so. Estelle had been nominated for an Emmy seven times for her role on The Golden Girls, winning in 1988. She was also nominated three times for a Golden Globe, winning in 1986. Before The Golden Girls, her acting career started in 1978. She got her start in the Yiddish theater, and her most important early role was playing Harvey Fierstein's mother on Broadway in the play Torch Song Trilogy. She then moved on to films, with her most famous ones such as Tootsie (1982) and Mask (1985). She also guest starred on some series such Cagney & Lacey, Hotel, One of the Boys, and Newhart before getting The Golden Girls in 1985. During the run of The Golden Girls, she played Sophia Petrillo on other series as well. She guest starred a few times on the spin-off series Empty Nest. She also guest starred as Sophia on the sitcom Blossom in 1991, an NBC series at the time of The Golden Girls. After The Golden Girls ended in 1992 on NBC, CBS did a follow-up series called The Golden Palace, where the girls work at a hotel. Everyone came back except Bea Arthur (she did guest star a few times though). The sitcom lasted one season and also starred Don Cheadle and Cheech Marin. She once again played the role of Sophia on an episode of the Empty Nest spin-off series Nurses in 1993. She guest starred on many series not playing Sophia as well. She played herself on episodes of sitcoms such as The John Larroquette Show, The Nanny, and It's Like You Know. Other guest appearances included City, The Fanelli Boys, Touched by an Angel, Hollywood Squares, Brotherly Love, Mad About You, and Ladies Man. She continued on film as well with movies such as Stuart Little and The Million Dollar Kid. Ms. Getty was 84.

Dody Goodman

Dody Goodman - Actress Dody Goodman died June 22, 2008 at Englewood (N.J.) Hospital and Medical Center. She had been ill for some time and had lived in the Actors Fund Home in Englewood since October 2007. Goodman gained a measure of newspaper column space for her dancing solos in such '40s Broadway musicals as High Button Shoes and Wonderful Town. In 1955, she stopped the show in Off Broadway's Shoestring Revue with the novelty song "Someone's Been Sending Me Flowers." She came to the attention of nighttime talkshow host Jack Paar, who after becoming enchanted by Goodman's ditzy persona and seemingly spontaneous malaprops, invited the lady to become a semi-regular on The Tonight Show. As Goodman's fame grew, she became difficult to handle on the show, and Paar was not happy with her upstaging habits. So she left show and appeared on other talk shows such as The Merv Griffin Show. She returned to Broadway in 1974 to appear in Lorelei with Carol Channing. Then in 1975 she played Louise Lasser's mother on the comedy-soap Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman. Her high-pitched voice could be also heard announcing the show's title at the beginning of each episode. She appeared on the spin-off Forever Fernwood as well. She was also famous in the '80s for her recurring role as Aunt Sophia on the '80s sitcom Diff'rent Strokes. Goodman also provided the voice of Miss Miller on the animated series Alvin & the Chipmunks and various specials and movies such as The Chipmunk Adventure. She also had a role in the '80s daytime soap Texas. Her other TV credits include her first role as a waitress on The Phil Silvers Show, Fantasy Island, The Love Boat, Mary Tyler Moore Hour, CHiPs, Just Our Luck, St. Elsewhere, Punky Brewster, One Life to Live, Crazy Like a Fox, Bustin' Loose, Murder She Wrote, Here and Now, and Boston Common. She also appeared in the TV movie I Dream of Jeannie: 15 Years Later. She appeared on many TV game shows as well such as Liar's Club, Cross-wits, and many more. She appeared in such popular films as Grease, Grease 2, playing Blanche (the principal's assistant), and in the movie Splash and Splash, Too. Both movie franchises are very memorable and she was a big part of them. Ms. Goodman was 93.

David Groh

David Groh - David Groh best known for his role on the 1970's TV sitcom Rhoda as Rhoda's husband, died of kidney cancer on February 12, 2008 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Groh became an instant celebrity in 1974 when he starred as the easygoing Joe Gerard opposite Valerie Harper's neurotic Rhoda Morgenstern on The Mary Tyler Moore Show spin-off. But by the third season of Rhoda the couple divorced and he was off the show. He has also guest starred on other series (mainly dramas) such as Police Story, Fantasy Island, Trapper John MD, Buck Rogers, Hotel, Simon & Simon, Kate & Allie, Hunter, LA Law, Spenser: Fore Hire, Room for Two, Sisters, Jake and the Fatman, Melrose Place, Baywatch, Law & Order, VIP, Walker Texas Ranger, and was a regular on Black Scorpion. On daytime TV he played D.L. Brock on General Hospital in the 80s. Groh appeared on Broadway in Neil Simon's Chapter Two and in Twilight of the Golds in 1993. He also had film roles in Two-Minute Warning (1976) and A Hero Ain't Nothin' but a Sandwich (1978), among others. One of his last roles was a guest appearance on the sitcom Girlfriends. Mr. Groh was only 68.

Claudio Guzman

Claudio Guzman - Claudio Guzman, director and producer of the '60s sitcom I Dream of Jeannie passed away July 12, 2008 of pneumonia at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles after a long illness. He was the main director of the Barba Eden-Larry Hagman sitcom I Dream of Jeannie and also served as producer for that NBC series. He helped create Villa Alegre, a half-hour show in the tradition of Sesame Street. In a career that spanned four decades, Guzman directed almost 30 TV shows, including several episodes of The Patty Duke Show in the mid-1960s and Harper Valley P.T.A. in 1981, reuniting him with Barbara Eden. His other directorial work included an episode or two of The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Partridge Family, The Fugitive, Love on a Rooftop, The Flying Nun, The Good Life, California Fever and Here's Boomer. He was also an art director for many series such as The Lucy Show, Date with the Angels, The Real McCoys, Where's Raymond, December Bride, and Make Room for Daddy. He was nominated twice for a Daytime Emmy for Villa Alegre and once for a Primetime Emmy for art direction on Where's Raymond? Mr. Guzman was 80.

Earle Hagen

Earle Hagen - Earle H. Hagen, the Emmy Award-winning television composer who wrote the memorable theme music for The Andy Griffith Show, The Dick Van Dyke Show, I Spy and other classic TV programs, died on May 26, 2008. He passed away at his home in Rancho Mirage, CA with wife, Laura at his side. He had been ill for several months. Mr. Hagen had been writing TV themes since 1953. He was a fixture of TV hits in the '60s writing TV themes for many popular series. In addition to the ones he was really famous for, he wrote the themes for Make Room for Daddy, Dobie Gillis, That Girl, Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C., Mayberry RFD, The Mod Squad, Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer, The New Perry Mason, Eight is Enough and Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman. He won an Emmy in 1968 for Outstanding Achievement in Musical Compositionfor I Spy. But it was The Andy Griffith Show theme song that people most remember him for. In fact, the famous whistling is done by Mr. Hagen himself! So you can hear him in each episodes before it starts. Mr. Hagen was 88.

Isaac Hayes

Isaac Hayes - Isaac Hayes, the baldheaded, baritone-voiced soul crooner who laid the groundwork for disco and whose "Theme From Shaft" won both Academy and Grammy awards, died August 10, 2008 in Memphis after he collapsed near a treadmill. Hayes was pronounced dead at Baptist East Hospital in Memphis an hour after he was found by a family member. The cause of death was not immediately known, though the area medical examiners later listed a recurrance of stroke as the cause of death. Hayes was about to begin work on a new album for Stax, the soul record label he helped build to legendary status. And he had recently finished work on a movie called Soul Men in which he played himself, starring Samuel L. Jackson and Bernie Mac, who died on August 9. While he was primarily a player in the music industry, Isaac had many TV roles. His career hit another high in 1997 when he became the voice of Chef, the sensible school cook and devoted ladies man on the animated TV show South Park. Isaac also did voice-over work for Nick at Nite's sitcom lineup in 2001 and 2002. Isaac guest starred on series such as The A-Team, The Rockford Files, Hunter, Miami Vice, Tales from the Crypt, Sliders, Stargate: SG-1, Fastlane, Education of Max Bickford, and sitcoms such as The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, The Hugleys, Veronica's Closet, Girlfriends, The Bernie Mac Show, and That '70s Show. He was in several movies, including It Could Happen to You with Nicolas Cage, Ninth Street with Martin Sheen, Reindeer Games starring Ben Affleck and the blaxploitation parody I'm Gonna Git You, Sucka. Mr. Hayes was 65.

Neal Hefti

Neal Hefti - Neal Hefti, a TV composer who composed the memorable themes for the movie The Odd Couple and the campy hit TV series Batman, passed away on October 11, 2008. Hefti died Saturday (October 11) at his home in Toluca Lake, said his son, Paul. He did not know the cause of death, but said his father had been in good health. While known primarily as a film composer, his two TV themes are his most famous work. Among his credits as a film composer are Sex and the Single Girl, Harlow (one of his most famous tunes, "Girl Talk," came out of the score), How to Murder Your Wife, Boeing Boeing, Duel at Diablo, Barefoot in the Park, A New Leaf, Last of the Red Hot Lovers and The Odd Couple, whose theme he reprised for the 1970s ABC TV series. Hefti also gained wide notice for composing the energetic title theme for Batman, the over-the-top 1966-68 ABC superhero series that became an overnight sensation. Hefti's Batman theme became a Top 40 hit and won a 1966 Grammy Award for best instrumental theme. Hefti retired in 1976. Mr. Hefti was 85.

Bill Idelson

Bill Idelson - Bill Idelson was an actor, television writer and producer who as a teenager played the son on the classic radio show Vic and Sade and later played the recurring role of Rose Marie's mother-dominated boyfriend on TV's The Dick Van Dyke Show, died on December 31, 2007. He had been hospitalized since June 2007 after breaking his hip, died of complications from the injury at a Los Angeles hospital. Idelson appeared in episodes of dozens of television series, including Dragnet, Perry Mason, The Twilight Zone, My Favorite Martian, The Odd Couple, Happy Days, Will & Grace, My Three Sons, Leave it to Beaver, and most recently on The War at Home. He has written for a lot of TV shows too, such as The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Twilight Zone, Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C., The Andy Griffith Show, Get Smart, The Odd Couple, The Bob Newhart Show, M*A*S*H, Happy Days, Punky Brewster, Bewitched, The Flintstones and many more. He was also a television producer. Among his credits are The Bob Newhart Show, Anna and the King, The McLean Stevenson Show, Love American Style and others. Mr. Idelson was 88.

Herbert Kenwith

Herbert Kenwith - Herbert Kenwith died January 30, 2008 in Los Angeles of complications of prostate cancer. Working for Bud Yorkin and Norman Lear's Tandem Productions, he worked as producer and director on series including Diff'rent Strokes, The Facts of Life, Good Times, Sanford & Son, All That Glitters, One Day at a Time and Joe's World. He was mainly known for his directing and producing on Diff'rent Strokes and Good Times, but he also directed many other series such as Love American Style, Star Trek, Here's Lucy, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Doctors, Temperatures Rising, Too Close for Comfort, Bosom Buddies, The Brady Brides, 9 to 5, Private Benjamin, Gimme a Break!, It's Your Move and Amen. He directed the first episode of the soap opera The Young And The Restless. He did start his career as an actor on Broadway, but directing television shows was where he would end up. Mr. Kenwith had been retired from the business for quite some time. Mr. Kenwith was 90.

Harvey Korman

Harvey Korman - Harvey Korman, the tall, versatile comedian who won four Emmys for his outrageously funny contributions to the sketch comedy The Carol Burnett Show from 1967-1978 and played a conniving politician to hilarious effect in the 1974 movie Blazing Saddles, died on May 29, 2008. Korman died at UCLA Medical Center after suffering complications from the rupture of an abdominal aortic aneurysm four months ago, his family said. He had undergone several major operations. Before The Carol Burnett Show, Korman had guest appearances on various series such as Hennesey, The Danny Kaye Show, The Red Skelton Show, Surfside 6, Perry Mason, Dennis the Menace, Hazel, Gidget, The Lucy Show, The Jack Benny Show,F Troop, and The Munsters. In 1965 he landed the role as the voice of The Great Gazoo on the last season or two of The Flintstones. He appeared in the 1966 big screen movie The Man Called Flintstone as well, voicing various characters. Then in 1967 he signed on with CBS for The Carol Burnett Show. Korman's claim to fame was playing the perfect straight man to the outrageous slapstick comedy of the other actors in the cast, but mainly Burnett and fellow cast member Tim Conway. They, and the fourth member of the variety show's core ensemble, Vicki Lawrence, spoofed a number of iconic films and television series throughout the show's run. During the show, in 1976 Harvey appeared on the very first Love Boat movie in 1976. Guest stars included Florence Henderson, Tom Boslet, Don Adams, Hal Linden, Gabe Kaplan, Dick Van Patten and Cloris Leachman. After Carol Burnett ended, he had his own show called The Harvey Korman Show in 1978 on ABC opposite Christine Lahti. It didn't last long. He joined his former Carol Burnett star Tim Conway on his show The Tim Conway Show in 1980. That show was also short-lived. In 1982 he played Ed in the CBS TV movie Eunice opposite Carol Burnett and Vicki Lawrence, both from Carol Burnett Show. Eunice was the film which led to the series Mama's Family in 1983. Vicki Lawrence starred in the series and Carol Burnett and Harvey Korman made a handful of guest appearances as Eunice and Ed. His other guest appearances include The Love Boat (4 times from 1982-85), The Golden Palace, Garfield & Friends, Burke's Law, Ellen, Suddenly Susan, ER, and Diagnosis Murder. In 1986 he returned to series television in the short-lived CBS comedy Leo & Liz in Beverly Hills. His big screen work includes Blazing Saddles, Huckleberry Finn, Americathon, Trail of the Pink Panther, Curse of the Pink Panther, The Flintstones, Jingle All the Way, and Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas. Mr. Korman was 81.

Ron Leavitt

Ron Leavitt - Ron Leavitt was a TV writer and producer who co-created the successful Fox sitcom Married With Children. He died February 10, 2008 of lung cancer at his home in Los Angeles. He and Michael G. Moye co-created the hit sitcom. Michael also served as the show's executive producer and helped write nearly 150 episodes. He even appeared in some episodes as a one-liner, usually the character of Jack Dallas. He was a major player in sitcoms behind the scenes. He wrote for series such as Busting Loose, Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley and The Bad News Bears. He wrote the pilot episode for the hit '80s sitcom Silver Spoons. He was also a producer of sitcoms such as Unhappily Ever After, Laverne & Shirley, The Jeffersons and It's Your Move. Ron also was the creator of two short-lived Married with Children spin-offs, Top of the Heap and Vinnie & Bobby, both of which starred a pre-Friends Matt LeBlanc. Ron was last seen on the short lived 2004 WB sitcom The Help as a writer and director. Mr. Leavitt was only 60.

Bob LeMond

Bob LeMond - He was the classic voice of shows like Leave it to Beaver and Ozzie & Harriet. Every week he introduced "America's Favorite Family, the Nelsons" on television. He died at his home in Bonsall, CA on January 6, 2008 of complications from dementia. In addition to those two classic sitcoms, he was the voice of Our Miss Brooks, My Friend Irma, Life With Luigi, The Red Skelton Show and Bat Masterson. He even guest starred as an announcer on two episodes of The Addams Family. From 1948 to 1951, Mr. LeMond was the announcer on Lucille Ball's radio sitcom My Favorite Husband. In 1951, he announced the pilot episode of the television show that would become I Love Lucy. Mr. LeMond retired from show business in 1971, and in 1972 he moved to Bonsall, where he became involved in real estate. I love when he says "Leave it to Beaver" then reads the cast names. Mr. LeMond was 94.

Bernie Mac

Bernie Mac - Bernie Mac, the actor and comedian who teamed up in the casino heist caper Ocean's Eleven and gained a prestigious Peabody Award for his sitcom The Bernie Mac Show, died August 9, 2008 age 50. He passed away from complications due to pneumonia in a Chicago area hospital. Mac's film career started with a small role as a club doorman in the Damon Wayans comedy Mo' Money in 1992. His other film credits include Get on the Bus, Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood, Ocean's Eleven and its two sequels, Guess Who, Bad Santa, Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle and Transformers. His professional career began in Chicago as a stand-up comedian in 1977, at the age of 19. He was a featured comedian in the 2000 documentary, The Original Kings of Comedy, with Steve Harvey, D.L. Hughley and Cedric the Entertainer. Starting in 2001, Mac was the star of The Bernie Mac Show on the Fox network, which earned two Emmy Award nominations before the show was cancelled in 2006. In addition, the show won the prestigious Peabody award in 2002, the Humanitas Prize, and three NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Comedy Series. The sitcom was somewhat based on is life and stand-up comedy acts and ran for 5 seasons and 104 episodes. His character was ranked #47 in TV Guide's list of the "50 Greatest TV Dads of All Time." His other sitcom credits include an appearance on The Wayans Bros. and multiple episodes of Moesha as Uncle Bernie. Bernie Mac is survived by his wife Rhonda McCullough, daughter Je'Niece and granddaughter Jasmine. Mr. Mac was only 50.

Dick Martin

Dick Martin - Dick Martin, the zany half of the comedy team whose Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In took television by storm in the 1960s, making stars of Goldie Hawn and Lily Tomlin and creating such national catch-phrases as "Sock it to me!" died on May 24, 2008. Mr. Martin died of respiratory complications at a hospital in Santa Monica. Laugh-In became an instant hit for NBC in 1968 with its anarchic energy, vaudevillian schtick and eccentric performances. Laugh-In forever changed the variety show format and heavily influenced later programs such as Saturday Night Live. The show lasted through 1973. After Laugh-In, he went on to become one of television's busiest directors after splitting with Dan Rowan in the late 1970s. He still acted on series before and after Laugh-In though...he guest starred on series such as The Lucy Show, Fantasy Island, The Love Boat, Coach, Blossom, Baywatch, Diagnosis Murder and Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place. But directing was his big trademark after Laugh-In. He directed episodes of various series including The Bob Newhart Show, Archie Bunker's Place, Flo, Family Ties, Mama's Family, Newhart, The Bradys, Bob, and In The Heat of Night. So, he directed Bob Newhart in all of his series. He was also a staple of game shows such as Password Plus, Super Password, Tattletales, Celebrity Sweepstakes, and Match Game. Mr. Martin was 86.

Allan Melvin

Allan Melvin - Veteran actor Allan Melvin died in his home in the Brentwood section of Los Angeles, on January 17, 2008 from cancer. He appeared on many sitcoms over the years but two characters stand out--he played Sam the butcher, the boyfriend of Alice the housekeeper, on The Brady Bunch and he also played the character Barney, Archie's friend, on both All in the Family and the continuation series Archie Bunker's Place. Melvin broke into the acting business on the '50s sitcom The Phil Silvers Show as the character Cpl. Henshaw, the right-hand man to Sgt. Ernie Bilko. Among his sitcom guest shots include Green Acres, Love American Style, Mayberry RFD, The Dick Van Dyke Show, My Favorite Martian, Gomer Pyle USMC, Make Room for Daddy, McHale's Navy, and The Andy Griffith Show. Melvin also did A LOT of work in cartoons. He was the voice of Magilla Gorilla in the Hannah-Barbera series. Additionally, he played the voice of Bluto on the cartoon series Popeye. Among the other many voice-overs he did over the years were on such animated series such as TaleSpin, DuckTales, The Flintstones, Smurfs, and many more. The fine folks at Retro Television Network ran a nice tribute spot for Allan and they shared it with us for you all to see. Click here to view the tribute spot. Mr. Melvin was 85.

Mitch Mullany

Mitch Mullany - He was a comic, actor and screenwriter. He died May 25, 2008 in Los Angeles from a diabetic-related stroke. Mullany started his standup career in the Bay Area in California and then appeared as a recurring character on The Wayans Bros. as White Mike. He starred in his own sitcom Nick Freno: Licensed Teacher, from 1996-98 on The WB. His only other sitcom credit was a guest appearance in 1995 on Hangin' with Mr. Cooper. In 1999 he wrote and starred in the feature film The Breaks, released by Artisan Ent. He also appeared in the feature film The Sweetest Thing starring Cameron Diaz, Christina Applegate, and Selma Blair and then he hosted the short-lived ABC reality series All American Girl in 2003. Mr. Mullany was only 39.

Lois Nettleton

Lois Nettleton - Two-time Emmy winning actress Lois Nettleton died on January 18, 2008 in Woodland Hills, CA, after a long bout with lung cancer. A veteran of the Broadway stage, films and television, Nettleton received Emmys for the daytime special The American Woman: Profiles in Courage in 1977 and for A Gun for Mandy in 1983 an episode of the syndicated religious anthology Insight. She received an additional three nominations as guest star in Last Bride of Salem and The Golden Girls and supporting actress in the drama In the Heat of the Night. She has guest starred on many TV series such as Crossing Jordan, Coach, Seinfeld, Murder She Wrote, Full House, Mr. Belvedere, The Facts of Life, Hotel, Cagney & Lacey, Trapper John MD, The Love Boat, The Streets of San Francisco, Petroceli, Medical Center, Hawaii Five-0, Kung Fu, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, and so many more. She was also a familiar face to the game show community, appearing on many game shows such as $10,000 Pyramid and Cross-wits. Ms. Nettleton was 80.

Suzanne Pleshette

Suzanne Pleshette - She was best known for her role as Bob Newhart's wife on television's long-running The Bob Newhart Show in which she earned two Emmy nominations for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series. She died on January 19, 2008, just days before she was to be honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She received her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Television on January 31, 2008. Pleshette underwent chemotherapy for lung cancer in 2006 and she died of respiratory failure at her Los Angeles home. The beautiful, husky-voiced actress had a prolific TV career in such series in guest roles such as Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Ben Casey, The Fugitive, Love, American Style, Gunsmoke, The Courtship of Eddie's Father, Bonanza, 8 Simple Rules, Good Morning Miami and Will & Grace. She earned an Emmy nomination for her guest role on Dr. Kildare in 1962. She reunited with Bob Newhart on his '80s series in the series finale of Newhart in 1990. The series finale of Newhart was among the best of all-time with a shocking plot. She also appeared on Broadway and in films, such as the popular Alfred Hitchcock film The Birds. She was also nominated for an Emmy and a Golden Globe for her role in the CBS TV movie Leona Helmsley: The Queen of Mean which won its timeslot in the ratings. She married Tom Poston of Newhart in 2001 after knowing him for over 30 years. Unfortunately Tom passed away in 2007 just months after she started chemotherapy. Ms. Pleshette was just 70 years old and just days away from her 71st birthday (Jan. 31).

Dave Powers

Dave Powers - Dave Powers passed away on July 3, 2008, in Rancho Mirage, CA, after a hard fought battle with skin cancer. He began his career in television in 1951, when he was employed by CBS as an usher at KNXT, working on the Dinah Shore Show. In 1956, while working in the cue card department on The Bob Crosby Show at CBS Television City, he was promoted to Stage Manager and joined the Director's Guild of America, where he would be a Guild member for the next fifty-seven years. Dave got his biggest break when he became the director of The Carol Burnett Show in 1968. During that time, he was nominated eleven times by the Television Academy of Arts and Sciences and won four primetime Emmy Awards for "Best Director" in 1974, 1975, 1977 and 1978. In addition to directing The Carol Burnett Show for ten years he was also the director on Three's Company for six seasons starting in 1978 and Mama's Family for four years, reuniting himself with Vicki Lawrence (and Carol Burnett a few times).

We got word on July 9 of Dave's passing from my friend and author of Come and Knock on Our Door: A Hers and Hers and His Guide to Three's Company (and now of Retroality.TV) Chris Mann, that Dave had passed away on July 3. It wasn't officially released until July 16. Chris heard from Joyce DeWitt (Janet on Three's Company) who heard from Priscilla Barnes (Terri on Three's Company). Chris had some very nice things to say about Dave that I must share with you all, "He was a good man, very beloved and enormously talented. Not only is he responsible for so much of Three's Company's under-appreciated signature slapstick style, he was rightly hailed in the industry for his work with Carol Burnett and company. He was always a gentleman during his Three's Company book and DVD interviews, and he clearly loved the Three's Company "kids" -- John Ritter especially -- as much as they loved him." Chris also said, "In his home office he displayed autographed photos of Carol Burnett, Vicki Lawrence and Suzanne Somers in a classic Chrissy pose. "Those are my three ladies," he told me proudly. Also, John Ritter, Joyce DeWitt, Richard Kline, Don Knotts, Norman Fell, Audra Lindley et al always sang his praises. He will be deeply missed."

Dave also directed many episodes of both of the Three's Company spin-off shows, The Ropers and Three's a Crowd. After Mama's Family and a Carol Burnett Reunion Show, Dave retired from the business in the late '80s/early '90s. After retirement Dave and his wife Georgette made a fun and rewarding hobby of owning and restoring antique and classic wooden boats which they housed and used at their Big Bear Lake home. Mr. Powers was 75.

Mark Tuttle

Mark Tuttle - Mark Tuttle passed away near his greater Los Angeles-area home on June 2, 2008. Mark's active and successful career as a screenwriter, producer and actor spanned more than 50 years after his start at Filmways in 1957. He wrote and co-produced during six years with The Beverly Hillbillies, and also was on the staff for shows such as the Three's Company, The Facts of Life, Private Benjamin, and Three's a Crowd. Tuttle also wrote an episode or two of series such as 227, What's Happening Now!!, The Practice (NBC), Oh Madeline, What a Country, The Harvey Korman Show, Petticoat Junction and The Tim Conway Show. He wrote over 200 episodes of series television. A tribute website was created by his family, check it out at marktuttle.info. Mr. Tuttle was 73.

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Saturday, December 27, 2008

Blog DVD Review: Kyle XY - The Complete Second Season - Revelations (Dec. 30)

Welcome to another edition of blog DVD reviews. This week we take a look at ABC Studios/Buena Vista Home Entertainment's Kyle XY: The Complete Second Season - Revelations. Kyle XY is the hit original ABC Family series about a teenage boy with extraordinary abilities that appears out of nowhere and later stays with a family. See my blog DVD review of Kyle XY: The Complete Second Season - Revelations:

Kyle XY: The Complete Second Season - Revelations (Buena Vista, $39.99) brings all 23 episodes from the second season of the hit original ABC Family Channel series! He is not alone. Prepare for twice the excitement with the mysterious arrival of Jessi XX in the captivating sci-fi drama's jaw-dropping Season 2. What is Jessi's connection to Kyle, and might she carry the answer to the ultimate question: Who is Kyle XY? Breakout star Matt Dallas reprises his role as Kyle, the phenomenal young man with an enigmatic past. Unlock coveted secrets from season one and delve into a new level of thrills in Kyle XY: Season 2 -- Revelations. Experience 23 episodes on six discs, a twisting, turning drama that will have you hooked from the very first episode!
The season is divided into two halves. The first batch aired as 13 episodes in summer 2007. Then a few months late the show returned in winter 2008 for the final batch of 10 episodes. Originally both halves were going to be released separately on DVD, and you can clearly tell that while watching this set. The first three discs contain the first 13 episodes and all the extras revolving around them. The final three discs have the last ten episodes and also have extras revolving around those ten episodes. The menus for both halves is a bit different, too, so you know the original plan was these to be released separately. I don't mind though...it is better to have the full season on one set!
All 23 episodes are very good, but the ones that stand out are the "Pilot," "Diving In," and "End Game." Each episode runs approx. between 43-45 minutes (highest being 44:06 and lowest being 42:31...with most near 44 minutes), so it seems it is a bit longer than shows on broadcast television. There are about 8 or 9 chapter stops per episode. 9 stops for the first 13 episodes and 8 stops for the final 10 episodes...another difference. The video and audio is superb, as it should be since it is a current series. The video is in widescreen and for those who watched it on ABC Family, will like it even more this way, if you don't get ABC Family HD! I have HD, but my cable service doesn't have ABC Family HD, so I have to watch in full-frame, so it is nice watching it in widescreen format on this DVD!
Packaging has a nice outer box with Kyle showing he has no belly-button and also an image of Jessi doing the same on the front cover...the back cover has tons of information on the series & set and a list of special features and some screenshots, along with a nice shot of Kyle's head from the side. Inside the box is the case, with the same artwork as the outer box--I hate that. All six discs are inside in three little holders, one disc on each side...so no overlapping this time, good! On the left side, we get a holder for some inserts: Blu-ray DVD catalog and other DVDs catalog such as other ABC Family hits Greek & The Secret Life of the American Teenager. When we remove those inserts, on the packaging itself, we get a nice disc-by-disc breakdown of episodes plus two screenshots. In the middle we get those holders with the discs that you can turn like a page on a book. Then on the right panel we get more images and a list of special features. Disc artwork is in blue and black basically with Kyle on every disc (Kyle with Jessi, Kyle with the Tragers, Kyle with Amanda, Kyle himself, Kyle about to kiss Amanda, and a headshot of Kyle). Each disc holds four episodes, but disc two holds five and disc six holds two.
The menu screen has Play All, Episode Selection, Bonus Features, Sneak Peeks, and Set Up. Sneak Peeks is only on disc one and Bonus Features is not on disc four but on the rest. Everything else is on each disc. Set Up gives us the option to register your DVD and to turn on subtitles in English, French or Espanol. Episodes menu has a screenshot in a square with episode number and title. The main menu has moving images with formulas all over the place in the background, kind of like how it is on the opening title credits. The first three discs it is in blue-gray color while the last three discs the menus are in red-black color. Background music from the series is playing in the background on the main menu and also on sub-menus. Auto previews are playing before the menu comes on disc one such as for the Greek and Scrubs DVDs.
Moving on to the extras. Discs one to three were designed to be released on their own. Disc one has two audio commentaries and four deleted scenes. First the audio commentaries..."The Prophet" has commentaries from Julie Plec (supervising producer) and Eric Tuchman (executive producer). "The Homecoming" has commentaries from producers Chad Fiveash and James Stoteraux. Then we have four deleted scenes with optional audio commentary by supervising producer Julie Plec. Find out why these scenes were edited out, most are very good but had to be cut for time. The deleted scenes run approx. 1-2 min. each.
On disc two we have an audio commentary and six more deleted scenes. The audio commentary is on the episode "Ghost in the Machine," from Matt Dallas (Kyle), Julie Plec (supervising producer), and Chris Hollier & Rudy Gaborno (writers). Then we have six more deleted scenes with optional commentary by Julie Plec, with the scenes ranging from 0:43 to 2:05.
Disc three we have a lot of extras, since this was supposed to be the last disc for the first half of season two. First, we have two audio commentaries. One on "House of Cards" from producers Chad Fiveash and James Stoteraux. They wrote that episode, too. Then we have commentary on the midseason finale "Leap of Faith," from Matt Dallas (Kyle), Julie Plec (supervising producer), and Eric Tuchman (executive producer). We have two more deleted scenes, with optional commentary by Plec, at 1:02 and 0:51. Then we have a very interesting featurette called "Livin with the X's." It runs 11:55 and it is a day in the life of Jaimie Alexander and Matt Dallas. Find out when they wake-up, how they go on set, what they do on set, when they leave, and more. It is interesting. Then we have a featurette called "Facing the Future" running 7:27. This basically previews what is to come on the second half of season two, called "2.1". So it is previewing discs four to six on this set. See another instance from the original plan of having season 2.0 and 2.1 released separately. Interviewed are Matt Dallas, Eric Tuchman, Bruce Thomas (Stephen Trager), April Matson (Lori Trager), Julie Plec, Kristen Prout (Amanda Bloom), Chris Olivero (Declan McDunaugh), and David Himelfarb (executive producer). Finally, we have an "Alternate Ending" to the finale of 2.0 (episode 13). We get optional commentary from Julie Plec explaining why they changed the ending. It makes sense and I am glad they didn't go this route. You should watch the alternate ending first with no commentary then again with it. It runs 3:39.
Then we move on to the second half of season two, called 2.1, on discs four to six. Disc four has two episodes with audio commentaries. "To C.I.R., With Love" has commentary from Julie Plec, Eric Tuchman, and writer Bryan Holdman. Then the very next episode "The Future's So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades," has commentary from writers Steve Lilien & Bryan Wynbrandt and director Chris Grismer. Lots of commentaries from the crew! I like that.
Disc five has no extras, but disc six does. We have thirteen deleted scenes from this last batch of ten episodes, with optional commentary of course from Julie Plec. Most run in the 1-2 minute range but there is one deleted scene that runs 4:20! There was also a scene that was reshot totally, find out why when you watch! Then we have a featuretted called "The Science of Kyle XY," running 7:02. This is a very cool featurette. We find out how science is played on the show and that originally Einstein's techniques were the basis of this show. Interviewed are Matt Dallas, Chad Fiveash, James Stoteraux, and Julie Plec. And finally, we have one last audio commentary for the episode "I've Had the Time of My Life," which is the season finale! Julie Plec (supervising producer), and Chris Hollier & Rudy Gaborno (writers) are back to commentate! Find out some hints in store for season three, as well!
I of course highly do recommend any fan to pick up this set. And if you never have watched the show, I urge you to get the first season DVD and also this DVD because this is the best basic cable series EVER! I am hooked and I cannot wait to watch the third season to see what happens from the cliffhanger ending from the second season finale. You better hurry if you haven't watched yet, because the third season launches with ten straight weeks worth of episodes starting Monday, January 12, 2009 airing Mondays at 9pm on ABC Family. The set made some improvements from last time, such as removing the overlapping discs. This series has comedy, drama, action, science fiction, and everything you can imagine. Join Kyle and the rest of the gang in finding out the truth! As Kyle said in the very first episode, "juice me!"
-- Reviewed by Pavan
(4.5/5 stars)

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Friday, December 26, 2008

A Britcom On Adult Swim; Big 80s Movies Weekend on Encore

Adult Swim will air a live action comedy series. It has tapped British television for its newest addition to the late-night comedy line-up, Look Around You, a nostalgic comedy series offering parodies of educational programs of the '70s and early '80s. The program will debut on Sunday, Jan. 18, at 1am ET/PT. Adult Swim, known for airing animated comedies such as Family Guy, did air reruns of live action sitcom Saved by the Bell for awhile some years back.
Adult Swim has picked up 14 episodes of the British comedy hit Look Around You, set to air Sunday nights at 1 a.m. (ET, PT) beginning Jan. 18. Created, written and produced by Robert Popper and Peter Serafinowicz, Look Around You is a nostalgic comedy series offering parodies of educational programs of the '70s and early '80s. And while each episode offers a unique, scientific dissection of thesurrounding world, it teaches viewers absolutely nothing. Popper and Serafinowicz star in the show and wrote and performed the music for the series.

Encore is celebrating the weekend between Christmas and New Year's with a Big '80s Weekend beginning tonight, (Friday, December 26) at 8pm through the end of Sunday, December 28! In addition to a marathon of classic '80s flicks such as Sixteen Candles, Weird Science, Uncle Buck, Harry and the Hendersons, Die Har, Mr. Mom, Dirty Dancing, Teen Wolf Too, Twins, Mannequin, Back to the Future and Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo, catch the world television premiere of US Festival 1983 - Day One including performances by INXS, Oingo Boingo (featuring Danny Elfman) and The Clash and interviews with MTV VJ Mark Goodman and Men At Work's Colin Hay.

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Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas! Our Gift to You Is Rare Sitcoms Update Not on Cable But Airing on Locals

Merry Christmas to all from all of us here at SitcomsOnline! We hope you and your families are having a wonderful holiday season! I hope you saw our TV marathon report yesterday, so you don't miss any of the marathons if you plan on watching television. Thanks for taking time out on this day to visit SitcomsOnline! Local stations are also doing marathons today! In Los Angeles, CA, on KDOC we get a marathon of America's Funniest Home Videos. But the best one are in Hartford, CT and Indianapolis, IN! In Hartford, we get holiday episodes of classic sitcoms on WTXX from 9am-3pm: Petticoat Junction and Beverly Hillbillies in the 9am hour, then a break until 11am, then we get The Honeymooners, The Odd Couple, Laverne & Shirley, Family Affair, Happy Days, The Brady Bunch, Mork & Mindy and Family Ties! Also, in Indianapolis, IN on WTTV/WTTK we have a Christmas marathon from 9am-3pm! Beverly Hillbillies, Petticoat Junction, Lucy Show, The Brady Bunch, and Family Ties. So I bet this makes you all wonder, are many of these series on locally elsewhere?
So, now as a gift, we will let you know where the rare sitcoms not airing on cable are airing these days...
Many sitcoms are not on cable. So there are so many sitcoms out there that are NOT on TV Land, WGN America, Nick at Nite, TBS, ABC Family, Lifetime, Spike TV, AmericanLife, WE tv, TV One, FX, etc. We will give you some of them today! Now stations such as Me-TV, Me-Too, Retro Television Network, This TV, etc, do not count as cable networks, so I will include them. Even ION is not a cable network, but they are not airing anything rare anyway anymore. So without further adieu here is our list of sitcoms airing on some local stations as regulars but not nationally on cable anymore:

227: WBPG (Mobile, AL)
Addams Family: KOFY (San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose, CA), WSEE (Erie, PA), and WVII (Bangor, ME).
Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet: KVCR (San Bernardino, CA), Me-TV (Chicago, IL), WIVM (Canton, OH), KNLC (St. Louis, MO), WKAG (Nashville, TN), Me-TV (Milwaukee, WI), WJTC (Mobile, AL), WGCB (Harrisburg, PA), WPXX (Memphis, TN), WYAT (Roanoke, VA), KIDQ (Spokane, WA), WEPX/WPXU (Greenville, NC), KIDA (Twins Falls, ID), Variety Network affiliates and ION Television DirecTV Feed.
Bachelor Father: RTN affiliates
Barney Miller: Me-TV (Chicago, IL), KIDQ (Spokane, WA)
Benson: Me-TV (Chicago, IL)
Burns and Allen: WHYY (Philadelphia, PA), WGGS (Greenville, SC), WJXS (Birmingham, AL), WDPB (Salisbury, VA)
Courtship of Eddie's Father: Me-Too (Chicago, IL), WMYS (South Bend, IN)
Dennis the Menace: Me-Too (Chicago, IL), KCSG (Salt Lake City, UT)
Dick Van Dyke Show: Me-TV (Chicago, IL), Me-Too (Chicago, IL), WKAG (Nashville, TN), Me-TV (Milwaukee, WI), WMYS (South Bend, IN).
Diff'rent Strokes: Me-Too (Chicago, IL), KIDQ (Spokane, WA)
Facts of Life: Me-Too (Chicago, IL), KCSG (Salt Lake City, UT)
Family Affair: Me-Too (Chicago, IL)
Family Ties: Me-TV (Chicago, IL), WFMZ (Allentown, PA), KCSG (Salt Lake City, UT), KWHB (Tulsa, OK), WHME (South Bend, IN), KBTR (Baton Rouge, LA)
Father Knows Best: Me-Too (Chicago, IL), WTGL (Orlando, FL)
Get Smart: KDOC (Los Angeles, CA), Me-TV (Chicago, IL), Me-TV (Milwaukee, WI), KPVT (Las Vegas, NV), WMYS (South Bend, IN), WTLW (Lima, OH)
Gilligan's Island: Me-TV (Chicago, IL), Me-TV (Milwaukee, WI), WMYS (South Bend, IN)
Gimme a Break!: WGNT (Northfolk, VA)
Gomer Pyle, USMC: KZSW (Beaumont, CA), Me-Too (Chicago, IL), KFWD (Dallas, TX), WUOA/WVUA (Birmingham, AL), WVLT (Knoxville, TN), WLMB (Toledo, OH), WUFX (Jackson, MS), MyCVille (Charlottesville, VA), Fox Meridian (Meridian, MS)
Happy Days: KZSW (Beaumont, CA), Me-TV (Chicago, IL), KFWD (Dallas, TX), KWHD (Denver, CO), 4SD (San Diego, CA), WHMB (Indianapolis, IN), Me-TV (Milwaukee, WI), KSBI (Oklahoma City, OK), KWHB (Tulsa, OK), KWHE (Honolulu, HI), WMYS (South Bend, IN), KWHS (Colorado Springs, CO), WYTV (Youngstown, OK), KTWU (Topeka, KS), WTVY (Dothan, AL)
Harry and the Hendersons: Retro Television Network affiliates (Atlanta, Jacksonville, Lexington, Des Moines, Davenport, Augusta, Rapid City, and Huntsville)
Hazel: KIDQ (Spokane, WA)
I Married Joan: KRHP (Portland, OR), WQXT (Jacksonville, FL), and Variety Television Network affiliates.
Laverne & Shirley: KZSW (Beaumont, CA \); Me-TV (Chicago, IL), 4SD (San Diego, CA), WHMB (Indianapolis, IN), Me-TV (Milwaukee, WI), KWHE (Honolulu, HI), WMYS (South Bend, IN), WYTV (Youngstown, OK)
Lucy Show: KVOS (Seattle, WA), KNLC (St. Louis, MO), WKAG (Nashville, TN), Me-TV (Milwaukee, WI), WGGS (Greenville, SC), KTEW (Oklahaoma City, OK), WJTC (Mobile, AL), WLMB (Toledo, OH), and Variety Television Network affiliates.
Malcolm & Eddie: WCIU (Chicago, IL), KTBU (Houston, TX)
Maude: KIDQ (Spokane, WA)
McHale's Navy: KDOC (Los Angeles, CA), Me-TV and Me-Too (Chicago, IL), and RTN affiliates Mister Ed: Me-Too (Chicago, IL), This TV affiliates (Chicago, IL; Houston, TX; Milwaukee, WI; Richmond, VA; Dayton, OH; Columbus, OH; Toccoa, GA; Birmingham, AL)
Monkees: RTN-KAIL (Fresno, CA), KIDQ (Spokane, WA), WHME (South Bend, IN)
Mork & Mindy: KZSW (Beaumont, CA), Me-TV (Chicago, IL), KWHD (Denver, CO), Me-TV (Milwaukee, WI), KWHS (Colorado Springs, CO).
Munsters: KOFY (San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose, CA), WSMH (Flint, MI)
Munsters Today: Retro Television Network affiliates (Detroit, Jacksonville, Lexington, Des Moines, Baton Rouge, Davenport, Augusta, Rapid City, Hunstville)
My Favorite Martian: Me-Too (Chicago, IL), Me-TV (Milwaukee, WI)
My Little Margie: WAZT (Woodstock, VA), WPXX (Memphis, TN)
My Three Sons: Me-Too (Chicago, IL), WTGL (Orlando, FL), WHMB (Indianapolis, IN), KBYU (Salt Lake City, UT), WLMB (Toledo, OH), WHME (South Bend, IN), WYTV (Youngstown, OH), WTLW (Lima, OH).
Nanny, The: Me-TV (Chicago, IL), KTVX (Salt Lake City, UT), KHHB (Honolulu, HI)
Odd Couple: WPIX (New York, NY), WADL (Detroit, MI), Me-TV (Milwaukee, WI), WICU (Erie, PA)
One Day at a Time: Me-TV (Chicago, IL)
Operation Petticoat: RTN affiliates.
Partridge Family: KCSG (Salt Lake City, UT), RTN-KAIL (Fresno, CA), KIDQ (Spokane, WA), WHME (South Bend, IN)
Patty Duke Show: Me-Too (Chicago, IL), This TV affiliates (Chicago, IL; Houston, TX; Milwaukee, WI; Richmond, VA; Dayton, OH; Columbus, OH; Toccoa, GA; Birmingham, AL)
Petticoat Junction: Me-Too (Chicago, IL), Me-TV (Milwaukee, WI), WQXT (Jacksonville, FL), W43BR (Wausau-Rhinelander, WI)
Phil Silvers Show: Me-Too (Chicago, IL), KOFY (San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose, CA)
Silver Spoons: KCSG (Salt Lake City, UT)
Soap: KHHB (Honolulu, HI)
Taxi: Me-TV (Chicago, IL), WYMT (Lexington, KY), KAQY (Monroe, LA)
Webster: Me-Too (Chicago, IL)
What's Happening!!: WADL (Detroit, MI)
Who's the Boss?: Me-TV (Chicago, IL)

Shows like Bewitched, I Dream of Jeannie, All in the Family, ALF, Three's Company, The Jeffersons, A Different World, Good Times, Night Court, and many others are all on cable nationally, so that is why they are not listed. However, there are many sitcoms not airing AT ALL, such as Alice, Blossom, Chico and the Man, F Troop, Donna Reed Show, Flying Nun, Gidget, That Girl, Please Don't Eat the Daisies, Perfect Strangers, Rhoda, Phyllis, Room 222, Welcome Back Kotter, Dear John, Head of the Class, It's a Living, My Two Dads, My Sister Sam, 9 to 5, Punky Brewster, Too Close for Comfort, Mr. Belvedere, Wonder Years, Bosom Buddies, Small Wonder, What's Happening Now!!, Charles in Chrge, Out of this World, California Dreams, Empty Nest, Hooperman, Hearts Afire, and so many more.
If you can think of a show I missed and would like to ask me if it is airing locally on television, please post on our message board. Please if the show is airing on cable, don't ask, since this is for local staitons only.

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Wednesday, December 24, 2008

'Twas the Day Before Christmas....2008 Christmas Marathons on Television

'Twas the day (or night, depending on when you read this) before Christmas...when all through the blog not a creature was stirring, not even Mickey Mouse! Sorry, that was the best I could come up with. Well it is indeed Christmas Eve! Marathons will be airing all this long holiday weekend and we will let you know what and where. We have told you many of the notable ones in our regular stories, such as Retro Television Network's Leave it to Beaver marathon starting today at 4pm and running until 11:59pm on Christmas Day! That's 32 hours of The Beav! Gee whiz, Wally, can't we sleep and stuff? Nope! We have a promo for the marathon for you to watch. Our gift to you! Well, from RTN to you. Enjoy the marathon, if you get the channel.


Now for the other holiday helpings...we told you about BET's Holiday Sitcom Marathons that started yesterday with Family Matters. It continues today with One on One, Smart Guy on Christmas Day, The Proud Family on Friday, and Girlfriends on Saturday. And Fresh Prince to throw in on Monday even. Nice! TV Land has holiday episodes starting at midnight ET tonight running until 9pm on Christmas Day with such series such as Night Court, Cosby Show, All in the Family, and The Jeffersons labeled as their Merrython. Nick at Nite also has holiday episodes tonight and tomorrow, with series such as Family Matters and George Lopez in primetime. We mentioned WGN America's holiday programming, such as the Yule Log tonight and holiday classics like The Flintstones and The Honeymooners today. Catch holiday episodes of sitcoms on TV One, FX, ABC Family, Lifetime, and more in their regular slots today as well. And TBS has its annual showing if 24 hours of the holiday movie classic A Christmas Story starting tonight a 8pm. What we didn't mention yet for today: Family Feud marathon on GSN, Top Chef on Bravo, James Bond movies on Spike and Ghost Hunters on Sci Fi. On Christmas Day, we haven't mentioned: Mythbusters on Discovery, Card Sharks on GSN, Law & Order on TNT, Star Trek: The Next Generation on Sci Fi, House on USA Network, Rocky movies 1-5 on Versus, and James Bond films continues on Spike.
Among the day after Christmas marathons we haven't mentioned include CSI on Spike, Amazing Race 13 on Travel, Super Password on GSN, Highlander: The Series on Sci Fi, and House continues on USA.

Make notes of all these marathons and enjoy them with your family this holiday. Come on back tomorrow for a bit, if you get a chance! Be on the look out for Santa tonight! Clear those chimneys and fireplaces! Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night!

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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Comcast onDemand Adds Classic Warner Bros Channel; BET Adds Fresh Prince Marathon to Holiday Slate

Back in September we told you Warner Bros. has partnered with Comcast to have some of their shows stream online for free on Fancast.com and that they were going to develop an onDemand service by 4th quarter. Well it is now 4th quarter obviously, and they have added that onDemand service on Comcast cable systems! The onDemand channel is called "TheWB" under TV Entertainment on Comcast onDemand. As of now get the first 5 or 6 episodes of urban sitcoms Hangin' with Mr. Cooper, Martin, All of Us, and short-lived drama Jack & Bobby. We don't have a list at press time of what other series they will be adding in the future, but given their vast library, you can expect about anything, especially what is on Fancast.com, which I will tell you in a bit. I'll keep you up to date on any happenings. Hopefully we get more classics on the onDemand service, though. Wouldn't it be nice to have series such as The Hogan Family, Perfect Strangers, Gilligan's Island and the drama Life Goes On at our leisure anytime on TV?
Comcast's Fancast.com has added a lot of Warner Bros. owned series to their website since we last reported. Back in September they only had more current stuff like Smallville, One Tree Hill, and Friends, but now we also get the classics! It seems Warner/AOL's In2TV doesn't really work anymore, so Fancast.com is now the place to go for classic Warner Bros. TV. They have added about 17 series with many episodes of each to their Classic Warner Bros. TV slate. Among the series are Perfect Strangers, Gilligan's Island, Head of the Class, Hangin' with Mr. Cooper, Growing Pains, Mama's Family, Welcome Back Kotter, CHiPs, Eight is Enough, Lois & Clark, and Wonder Woman! All these have been on In2TV, so it is nothing really new, but still nice to have! These episodes on Fancast.com are not in any order and are random episodes...most of them have Christmas themed episodes among their listings, so catch Balki trying to give Mr. Gorpley the Christmas spirit on Perfect Strangers.
One more way to watch Warner Bros. TV is through TheWB.com, but that is mainly for more current series though they do have a few classics in there like In Living Color, as we have told you in the past. Original web series are also on TheWB.com.

Late last week we gave you details on BET's sitcom marathons this week (hope you're enjoying Family Matters today!), but now they have announced one more marathon! The marathon will be on Monday, December 29 and will be the sitcom ... The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air! How is that possible? As with Family Matters, they have borrowed it from sister Viacom station Nick at Nite, and this the series is NOT joining the line-up. It is just for this marathon. The marathon airs from 4pm-10pm, since Viacom doesn't have access to air the series in daytime, due to TBS owning that period for the series. The marathon will encore from 11pm-4am. In other BET week of December 29 news, One on One will lead into the Fresh Prince marathon in the daytime from 1pm-4pm. One on One will also have a mini-block on Tuesday, December 30 from 1pm-6pm. Hell Date returns to the schedule airing in the late night from 3-4am on weekdays. Nickelodeon series Romeo! and Just Jordan return on Saturday, Jan. 3 with back-to-back episodes from 9-11am leading into a six-episode block of The Proud Family from 11am-2pm and then One on One from 2-5pm.
Stay tuned early next week when we give you BET's January schedule (starts 1/5) which will feature The Proud Family, as we mentioned, and also another series...this a long-running talk show that is no longer airing! Find out what that is next week!
For now, once again view the BET Classic Sitcom Holiday marathon episodes list, which now featured Fresh Prince.

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Monday, December 22, 2008

WGN America January 2009 Changes, Includes Star Trek: TNG; Wipeout Encores To Air Weekend Afternoons on ABC In January

Effective Monday, January 19, 2009, WGN America will have many new changes to its line-up! But before that, a minor temporary change will happen. For the weeks of January 5 and January 12, weeknights at 4:00am ET will be another airing of Canadian comedy Corner Gas, replacing the 4am half-hour of Sister, Sister. Sister, Sister will remain at 4:30am ET these two weeks, while Corner Gas will also remain at 1:30am ET these two weeks.
Then the new winter schedule starts on Monday, January 19! Bewitched and I Dream of Jeannie have been airing on weekdays in the 9am ET hour, with single episodes a day. Now they are on the move to afternoons and double airings! Bewitched will air weekdays at 2:00pm & 2:30pm ET, and I Dream of Jeannie will follow at 3:00pm & 3:30pm ET! The shows will still air on Sunday nights, too! On weekdays, the shows are replacing Homicide: Life on the Street at 2pm ET and two Cosby Show episodes in the 3:00pm hour. The Cosby Show will move into the 4:00pm hour as a result, followed by an hour of Scrubs at 5pm ET and Becker at 6pm ET, giving the network their strong sitcoms from 2pm-7pm ET. So, the entire daytime lineup has been altered. 7th Heaven moves from 6pm and 7pm ET to weekday mornings at 9am ET. Looks like it hasn't performed as well as they would have liked after returning this past fall. Airing at 7pm ET will now be America's Funniest Home Videos weeknights, except Tuesdays.
On Tuesdays, WGN America will add the '80s hit Star Trek: The Next Generation in the 7pm ET hour and also in primetime at 8 and 9pm ET for a nice three-hour block! The primetime block replaces a block of Nash Bridges, which will still remain weekdays at 12pm ET. Primetime will also change on Wednesday nights as now we get back-to-back episodes of sitcoms Coach at 8pm ET and Becker at 9pm ET replacing AFV and Legend of the Seeker encores. Coach will leave the Sunday night block, though, replaced by Cosby Show Sundays at 5pm et. Mondays in primetime will remain two AFV episodes and Thursdays & Fridays we have movies still.
In late night, after The Bob & Tom Show at midnight ET, we now have a rotating wheel in the 1am ET hour instead of a strip of Reno 911/Corner Gas. Mondays in the 1am ET hour will be another America's Funniest Home Videos, while on Tuesdays we get another helping of Star Trek: The Next Generation...makes sense as both air in primetime on Mondays and Tuesdays. Wednesdays it is a different story though! We get another hour of '80s sitcom ALF! ALF will still remain Sundays in the 6pm ET hour as well! Thursdays and Fridays in the 1am hour will be back-to-back episodes of Reno 911. The show has to air 5 times a week, so four episodes will air there. The fifth episode will air late night on Sundays at 5am, so technically Monday mornings. Reno 911 on Sunday nights will follow Homicide: Life on the Street at 3am and 4am ET, as Homicide is now relegated to just two airings a week and only on Sunday nights.
Back to weeknight late nights, Steve Wilkos Show still remains in the 2am ET hour (Chappelle's Show on Friday nights) and Paid Programming is in the 3am ET hour still. But then...4am-5:30am ET will now be a rotating block instead of just Corner Gas, Sister Sister and Moesha from 4am-5:30am ET. On Monday nights (Tuesday mornings), we get three episodes of Corner Gas, its only airings now on the line-up. WGN America says it has a loyal audience but unfortunately it's too small and they couldn't get the numbers they needed to sustain it...but at least it is still on, even though it will be just three airings a week. Tuesday nights (Wednesday mornings) will be three episodes of Moesha, while on on Wednesday nights (Thursday mornings) will be three episodes of Sister, Sister. We get more Moesha on Thursday nights (Friday mornings) from 4am-5:30am ET and finally on Friday nights (Saturday mornings) we get three episodes of Funniest Pets & People, which is off the weekday afternoon line-up now.
Finally, the only other changes we have not mentioned are on Saturdays. Saturdays at 12 noon ET will be another Star Trek: The Next Generation airing, replacing one of the two Bob & Tom Show encores, Bob & Tom will remain at 1pm ET. And finally, Becker primetime has been moved to Wednesdays 9pm ET, so replacing Becker on Saturdays at 6pm ET will be another AFV leading into Boston Legal.
All in all, not bad changes, unless you loved Corner Gas, 7th Heaven, Funniest Pets & People, Sister Sister and Homicide: Life on the Street...they were lessened, but not removed at least. In fact, they didn't remove anything totally! Good programming!
View the full WGN America January 2009 line-up, in case you missed anything.

Before "Wipeout Superball Sunday" airs on Sunday, February 1, 2009 on ABC during the same time as the 10-15 minute Super Bowl halftime show and following the game from approx. 10-11pm, ABC Sports will schedule repeats of Wipeout in select weekend afternoon sports slots in January on ABC and on Super Bowl Sunday leading up to the "Superball" event on ABC.

The scheduled repeats of Wipeout will air on the following dates during ABC Sports:
Saturday, January 10: 5:00PM ET (4:00PM CT/3:00PM MT/2:00PM PT)
Sunday, January 11: 5:00PM ET (4:00PM CT/3:00PM MT/2:00PM PT)
Sunday, January 18: 5:00PM ET (4:00PM CT/3:00PM MT/2:00PM PT)
Sunday, February 1: 5:00PM ET (4:00PM CT/3:00PM MT/2:00PM PT)
NOTE: Wipeout will be preempted on Sunday, Jan. 25 due to the launch of NBA on ABC Sunday telecasts--Dallas @ Boston 1:00 pm ET and San Antonio @ L.A. Lakers 3:30 pm ET. On Super Bowl Sunday, the NBA match-up between Cleveland @ Detroit at 2:30 pm ET will lead into Wipeout at 5:00 pm ET.
Don't forget, "Wipeout Superball Sunday" kicks off on Sunday, Feb. 1 at approx. 8pm ET (5pm PT) during the 10-15 min. halftime show followed by two one-hour repeats and a new one-hour episode at approx. 10pm ET (7pm pt).
Wipeout had a solid run this summer on ABC, proving to be a ratings winner with men, and it is important for ABC to keep this key hilarious show in the minds of viewers before it launches its second season this summer! Tune in for this hilarious show both for the repeats and the new specials on Super Bowl Sunday. This series is actually funnier than some of the sitcoms today! Goodnight and big balls!

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Sunday, December 21, 2008

Week 13 (First Four Nights) Numbers; How the Sitcoms Did

Week 13 numbers (first four nights final averages, Mon-Thurs):

Households: CBS: 8.4/13.5; NBC: 4.6/6.9; Fox: 3.5/5.6; ABC: 3.4/5.2; The CW: 1.1/1.7; MNT: 0.8/1.3.
Total Viewers: CBS: 13.45 million; NBC: 6.84 million; Fox: 5.59 million; ABC: 5.19 million; The CW: 1.6 million; MNT: 1.39 million.
Adults 18-49: CBS: 3.4/9.2; NBC: 2.6/7.1; Fox: 1.9/5.2; ABC: 1.7/4.6; The CW: 0.6/1.7; MNT: 0.4/1.2.

Analysis: Week 13 so far has seen CBS with a commanding lead through four days, but CBS has been new 3 of the 4 days for the entire night once again, as they were last week at this time. The other networks were primarily in repeats or aired holiday specials. Through the first four days, CBS has the lead in all categories, with NBC a distant second and Fox and ABC behind through the first four days. NBC, Fox and ABC are down a lot from this time last week, while CBS has gone up thanks to very strong Monday and Tuesdays killing the other networks who were airing repeats and holiday specials.
Last week, CBS won week 12 in HH, viewers, and even in 18-49. NBC was second thanks to a very strong Sunday Night NFL game lifting the network to second place in all categories and just .1 behind CBS in 18-49. ABC was third in HH/viewers, while Fox was third in 18-49.
Monday CBS was all-new and won the night with limited competition. CBS started with new episodes of their comedies then ended with CSI: Miami. The Big Bang Theory was all-new and did yet again a series high, this time at 11.22 million. This series is doing well, but the last two weeks it has gone way up because of no competition. This is fool's gold. A new episode of How I Met Your Mother followed with a season high of 11.37 million, and a SERIES high in 18-49 with a 4.6 rating. #1 sitcom Two and a Half Men followed with 17.92 million for an all-new showing and another season high for a CBS sitcom (and its best ever performance in the 9pm timeslot), while Worst Week didn't have to face a comedy and also did a series high of 12.04 million, but still losing a lot from its lead-in. At 10pm a new showing of CSI: Miami did 14.56 million, up from previous week...but not as much as good as the comedies this week. NBC was actually next, so you know this was a weak Monday, as its regular line-up had fall finales. Chuck did 7.66 million, up from previous week, followed by Heroes at just 7.87 million, up a bit from previous week, but how can this show almost lose to Chuck? The last episode of My Worst Own Enemy was next at just 3.92 million, up from series low the previous week. Fox was next with the very weak Sarah Connor at just 5.07 million, down a tad from previous week, and on its last legs Prison Break at 5.37 million, also down a tad week-to-week. Maybe it lost a few thousand because of the Monday Night Football game aired in Cleveland market on Fox. ABC started off the night decent with the holiday special I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown doing a solid 7.08 million, though not nearly as good as the classic 60s special the previous week which was nearly four million better. As with Fox, ABC was preempted in Philadelphia market for the Monday Night Football game, so ABC was more affected than Fox because Philly is the fourth largest market. ABC aired a special 20/20: Drama High - The Making of a High School Musical from 9-11pm and only did 2.91 million...ouch, but again ABC was preempted in the Philly area for the game. The CW was next with a repeat of Gossip Girl doing 1.61 million and a repeat of One Tree Hill did 1.15 million.
Tuesday CBS was all-new and again with not much competition, they thrived big. CBS's NCIS started the night off with 19.94 million for a series high, the second time this season it has reached a series high. Unbelievable! New drama The Mentalist followed with 19.31 million yet another series high. Who would have thought the combo of NCIS/Mentalist is the best 1-2 combo on any network? Honestly, I don't understand how. A new episode of Without a Trace did 14.48 million, as this show even reached a season high. Amazing how much CBS shows go up when there is no competition? NBC was next with the only competition of the night for CBS with the two-hour season finale of The Biggest Loser at 11.38 million, up two million from previous week, as but NBC faltered at 10pm without Law & Order: SVU as a special preview of the new reality series Momma's Boys only held on the half of its lead-in and did only 6.01 million...ah, so that is why Without a Trace went up so much. ABC was 3rd on night this, a second showing of the 60s holiday classic A Charlie Brown Christmas did 8.37 million, not bad for a special that had aired 8 days earlier as well. A new Christmas episode of According to Jim followed with 5.22 million, up a bit from previous week and a repeat episode followed with 4.52 million, down from previous week, but that was new, still it should be better. Jim lead into Eli Stone at 10pm at 5.15 million, but up some from previous week. Fox was next with a repeat of House at 6.44 million and a repeat of Fringe with 4.82 million, no more new episodes until Jan. 20 for this show. The CW aired a repeat of 90210 and only mustered 1.11 million, down a bit from previous week's repeat, and a repeat of Privileged only did 930,000 viewers, down from previous week's encore.
Wednesday was all CBS as its regular lineup was all-new. CBS started with sitcoms, as Old Christine did a decent 7.29 million, but down from previous week and Gary Unmarried did 7.38 million, also down from previous week. Criminal Minds followed with a nice 15.16 million, up some from previous week and at 10pm CSI: NY followed with 13.39 million, up a bit week-to-week and easily winning its hour. NBC opened the night with the new holiday special Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa doing 7.47 million, nearly three million more than the previous week's special, Life followed with only 5.22 million, down again from previous week...ouch. Law & Order followed at 10pm doing 7.02 million, down from previous week. ABC was next but it started off slow with Pushing Daisies only managing 4.67 million, down some from previous week...its last confirmed airing. Private Practice was next and did 6.61 million, down a bit week-to-week, as now the show officially is done with Wednesdays and will move to Thursdays starting Jan. 8. Dirty Sexy Money was next and did 5.13 million, down a bit from previous week...as this show also aired its last confirmed airing. Sad. This series deserves better. Fox was next with reality series Secret Millionaire and the series did decent doing 6.71 million at 8pm, down a bit week-to-week, followed by a Bones repeat at only 4.12 million, lower than the previous week. The CW had a special encore of this year's Victoria's Secret Fashion Show doing a solid 2.44 million, followed by an all-new Stylista doing 1.4 million, better than the previous week, but sad isn't it when a special encore does better than a regular series' new episode?
Thursday saw mainly repeats, but CBS repeats well than most and won the night. CBS opened with the return of Million Dollar Password on a special night and did 8.2 million, not too bad, a repeat of CSI did a solid 12.68 million, and a repeat of Eleventh Hour followed with 10.07 million, not bad. Fox was second for the night with a Thursday airing of Secret Millionaire at 5.82 million, up some from previous week, followed by a special Thursday airing of Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? doing 6.3 million...up a lot from previous week, solid. ABC was next with all repeats...a repeat of Ugly Betty did 4.54 million, down some from previous week's encore, an encore of Grey's Anatomy was next and did 5.61 million, down from previous week, followed by a repeat of Private Practice doing 4.4 million at 10pm, but up a bit week-to-week. NBC was fourth with repeats of comedies. My Name is Earl repeat did 4.84 million, followed by a repeat of Kath & Kim at just 3.92 million, a repeat of The Office did5.02 million, followed by a 30 Rock repeat at 4.61 million. ER was preempted, so NBC went with more comedy repeats, as repeats of 30 Rock and The Office closed the night with 4.3 and 3.77 million, not too good. Smallville repeat on The CW did 2.13 million, lower than previous week, followed by a Supernatural repeat at 2.07 million, up slightly from previous week.
Now, as usual final numbers for Friday and Saturday are not available, but CBS won Friday and they actually had new episodes of Ghost Whisperer at 8 and a new NUMB3RS at 10pm.
Saturday was very slow, but Fox won the night, as holiday movies on ABC and CBS couldn't out throne police/crime reality on Fox.
Tonight CBS and NBC will win the night likely, but Fox also has an NFL overrun at 7pm, but their programming from 8-10pm are all repeats. CBS for some reason has an all-new line-up, 60 Minutes, I understand but why waste episodes of Million Dollar Password, Cold Case and The Unit so close to Christmas? NBC has a good Sunday Night Football game tonight between the Giants and Panthers, it won't be as much as last week's NBC SNF high, but still will do great. ABC's regular Sunday line-up of AFV, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Desperate Housewives, and Brothers & Sisters, is in repeats, with Home Edition repeats from 8-10 and Housewives repeat at 10pm, preempting Brothers & Sisters.
As for the week, CBS will easily win the week in HH, viewers and 18-49. Why wouldn't they? They had new stuff all week but Thursday, while the other networks were primarily in repeats or preemption mode. NBC will finish a distant second, helped by the NFL, while Fox and ABC battle it out for third in HH/viewers, since ABC will be a clear 4th in 18-49. What to look for this week...spend time with your family! Nothing really of importance this week unless you for some reason want to watch Momma's Boys tomorrow at 9 on NBC and ABC's specials on Tuesday?

Last Sunday Sitcoms (counts for week of Dec. 8-14)

  • The Simpsons (Fox) - A repeat only did 5.57 million.
  • King of the Hill (Fox) 3 repeats - 3 repeats tonight...7-8pm hour repeats did 2.41 and 3.88 millon only, while the regular slot did 4.54 million for a repeat.
  • Family Guy (Fox) - A repeat did 5.96 million, lower than usual.
  • American Dad (Fox) - A repeat only did 5.16 million, not good.

Monday Sitcoms

  • The Big Bang Theory (CBS) - 11.22 million for a new episode. A series high again! Though anyone could have said it would get a series high looking at the competition. Call it fool's gold.
  • How I Met Your Mother (CBS) - 11.37 million for a new episode...season high again! Again fool's gold though...but not denying it did very well.
  • Two and a Half Men (CBS) - 17.92 million, a season high and best ever numbers at 9pm. It did better when it aired after Raymond years back at 9:30.
  • Worst Week (CBS) - 12.04 million for new episode. Series high! It may sound a lot, but again it should be doing better. I said last week it should be at 12-13 million, considering the lead-in, but the lead-in went up 2 million, and so did this show. So it should have done 13-14 million this week...but at least it is consistent.

Tuesday Sitcoms

  • According to Jim (ABC) 2 episodes - 5.22 million for a new episode and 4.52 million for a repeat.
Wednesday Sitcoms

  • Old Christine (CBS) - 7.29 million for a new episode...solid, but should be better.
  • Gary Unmarried (CBS) - 7.38 million for a new episode, also could be better.

Thursday Sitcoms

  • My Name is Earl (NBC) - A repeat did 4.84 million....could be better or could be worse, though.
  • Kath & Kim (NBC) - 3.92 million for a repeat...ouch.
  • The Office (NBC) 2 episodes - 5.02 million for a repeat in its normal time and only 2.77 million for a repeat at 10:30pm. Why not air them together from 9-10pm? That's NBC for ya.
  • 30 Rock (NBC) 2 episodes - A repeat in its normal 9:30 slot did 4.61 million and a special repeat at 10pm did 4.3 million.

Friday Sitcoms

  • Everybody Hates Chris (The CW) 2 episodes - 1.52 prelim million for a repeat in its normal 8pm slot and 1.31 prelim million for a repeat at 9...why not air them 8-9pm?
  • The Game (The CW) 2 episodes - 1.34 prelim million for a repeat in its normal 8:30pm slot and 1.25 prelim million for a repeat at 9...why not air them 9-10pm?

Saturday Sitcoms

  • None.

Airing tonight (Sunday) are Fox's animated comedies from 7-10 but are repeats.

Summing it up. Two and a Half Men, The Big Bang Theory, How I Met Your Mother, and Worst Week were impressive for the week. Everything else was OK (such as Old Christine, Gary Unmarried) or just plain old terrible (such as repeat of Kath & Kim, According to Jim).

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Saturday, December 20, 2008

Blog DVD Review: The Best of Password - The CBS Years

It is Saturday, so that must mean it is time for our weekly Blog DVD Review! Today we take a look at BCI Eclipse's The Best of Password: The CBS Years. Password was of course the classic word playing game show that still lives on today in the form of Million Dollar Password hosted by Regis Philbin. But before Reege hosted, there were many other incarnations! On this set, we see the early years of 1962-67. See Seth Thrasher's blog DVD review of The Best of Password: The CBS Years:

The Best of Password: The CBS Years (1962-67) (BCI, $29.98) is now on DVD...but you'd better buy it while you can! For those of you not yet made aware, Navarre - the parent company of BCI - decided to close operations at BCI this past week, leaving any additional game show releases in question, as well as leaving doubts about the long term availability of this recently released DVD set. It is entirely possible the initial production run will be the only production run. Given that two of my favorite game shows were in the release pipeline for 2009 - Tattletales and What's My Line – I'd just like to take a moment to strongly encourage Navarre to continue to use the license negotiated by BCI so that fans may enjoy new titles *like* What's My Line, in addition to subsequent editions of Match Game and The Price is Right.
In regards to this release, however, contained within this DVD are 32 episodes of the classic game show Password - all from the 1960s CBS run of the show (hence, the title...). Included are 25 nighttime episodes, as well as seven daytime shows. 24 of the 25 nighttime episodes are in black and white, while the final nighttime episode as well as the 7 daytime shows included are presented in color. Celebrities included in the episodes presented include Carol Burnett, Dick Van Dyke, Jane Fonda, Jack Benny, Robert Goulet, Sammy Davis Jr., Betty White (who ultimately would marry show host Allen Ludden during the series' run), Lucille Ball, Bob Newhart, Vivian Vance, Gene Kelly, James Stewart, Woody Allen, Nancy Sinatra, Frank Gifford, Elizabeth Montgomery...(takes a breath)...Bob Denver, Irene Ryan, Donna Douglas, Martin Landau, Lauren Bacall, Eddie Albert, Bea Benederet, Peter Lawford; not to mention the first THREE hosts of The Tonight Show - Steve Allen, Jack Paar, and Johnny Carson.
As some of you may be buying the set for the extremely lengthy list of celebrities involved and not the game itself, a quick primer: Password was a game show in which two teams, featuring a contestant and their celebrity partner, attempted to get their partner to guess a word by giving them one-word clues. For example if the password were "dog," the easiest clue to give would be the word "cat," with an inflection to indicate that you're looking for an opposite. You couldn't use hand gestures, and you were limited to only one word at a time. If your partner guessed incorrectly, then the other team got to attempt to play the same word. Control alternated until the word was guessed correctly and points were earned, or the word couldn't be guessed in the maximum number of turns, at which point a new word was played. Guessing a word on the first clue was worth 10 points; the second try was worth 9, with the value decreasing by 1 point for every clue given. First to 25 points wins $250 and goes to the bonus game. Winning team plays the bonus game, in which the clue-giver has 60 seconds to get their partner to guess up to 5 different words. Each word guessed is worth $50, with the top payout being again $250, for a total of $500 per game. Depending on the point in the run, contestants may or may not be allowed to play an additional game.
With that over with, the episodes as presented, are about what you would expect for 45 to 50-year-old television programs whose episodes were never expected to even be reran, let alone released for home enjoyment four decades later. The episodes on discs one through three are all in black and white as the series was only preserved in black and white until very late in the show run. The video is fairly decent, though there are issues with a couple of episodes on the first disc - one in particular has significant issues. The 5th and 6th episodes on disc one (N022 – Jack Benny and his wife Joan; N028 – Anne Bancroft & Robert Goulet) both suffer from strange instances of color noise and distortions in the episodes. The Benny episode is particularly bad, and has another, more major, flaw in the audio. The audio is distorted through the entire episode, with a garbled sound affecting some vocals and sound effects. This episode was never rerun on GSN for precisely for this reason, and it is assumed that the problem exists with the master copy itself. The rest of the episodes look fairly well, and there are no other major flaws.
The episodes are presented in 2 two-disc slimcases inside a box. The packaging art on the slimcases is exceptionally clever, with the artwork depicting tickets to see the show. Having seen a number of old tickets to game show tapings in my day, these images are most likely based on scans of legitimate tickets, with only minor changes (such as insertion of disc numbers) made. The ticket on the first case is from a January 28, 1964 taping. The ticket on case #2 is from November 11, 1965. Also included in the set are "liner notes," whose front cover features a third ticket, this from the September 21, 1964 taping. The liner notes feature a full set of credits, a run-down of the format of the show and its history, information on its creating, and a set of Did You Know trivia bits. At the bottom of the second and final page is a dedication to Allen Ludden and Betty White, as well as credit to the two people who compiled the set and thanks to a few other individuals. While the liner notes aren't nearly as comprehensive as those included with their Price is Right or Match Game DVD sets in particular, they're still a great addition.
The only real problems with this DVD set are the rampant issues with the Jack Benny episode (which, as stated earlier, has never aired on Game Show Network in the channel's 14-year existence for precisely this reason), the smaller problems with the Bancroft/Goulet episode...and the fact that the publisher doesn't exist anymore as they were folded a few days ago. Strong sales of this title in particular could convince Navarre to push forward with future releases nonetheless, so if you're looking for a cheap stocking-stuffer or you're a fan of any of the celebrities involved OR if you're a fan of game shows or you want to see more game shows on DVD, then PLEASE purchase this DVD set. If you discover you're not a fan of the show after purchasing, then fine - sell it online or to one of the retailers who purchase used DVDs. Give the show a chance though and I think you'll like it. Or another reason to but this set is if you discovered the format in its new incarnation on Million Dollar Password on CBS Sundays and love that. Even if you don't, I still might get to see What's My Line, more volumes of The Price is Right, and so much more on DVD if enough people show interest in this set so I can't really recommend this set enough. STRONG RECOMMENDATION.

-- Reviewed by Seth Thrasher
(4/5 stars)

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Friday, December 19, 2008

TV Land Brings Back All in the Family, Other Minor Changes; CMT's Mama's Family Block on Dec. 27-28

We gave you many updates already for TV Land January, now TV Land has made some minor changes to its January line-up. First, starting January 2, weekdays in the 5pm hour will now be more Hogan's Heroes, replacing Leave it to Beaver. So, Hogan's Heroes will air weekdays from 4-6pm, four episodes in a row. Beaver will only air on weekends as a result of this change, Saturdays 8-9am and Sunday nights 2-4am. Also starting Sunday, Jan. 4, TV Land Goes West gets extended to 2-7pm instead of 2-6pm, an extra Bonanza episode is added replacing essentially Hogan's Heroes in the 6pm hour on Sundays. It will be three Bonanza episodes from 2-5pm and two Gunsmoke episodes from 5-7pm.
Finally, effective Monday, January 5, All in the Family returns to the regular schedule airing weekdays at 9am replacing an episode of Sanford & Son. Sanford & Son will continue to air weekdays at 9:30am. All in the Family will go in order from the beginning but the first episode will be skipped. Boy the way Glenn Miller played!
View full schedules and highlights for TV Land January 2009.

Mama's back! Well for one weekend, that is. Mama's Family returns to CMT for a special weekend block on Saturday, December 27 and Sunday, December 28 from 10pm-2am ET on both nights. As you all know, Mama's Family airs from time to time on CMT, mostly in special marathon blocks. Episodes 17-32 will air on these two nights, so from "Naomi and the Stork" to "Mama's Birthday." I think CMT has not aired anything after season two, though they might have aired a few episodes in early season three.
Mama's Family was last seen on CMT on a Saturday this past September with an eight episode marathon. CMT briefly aired it weekday afternoons in summer 2007.

Next week is Christmas, but that won't stop us. As always, we will have a story everyday...including lots of great stuff early in the week, such as WGN America's January 2009 changes. Can that channel get any better? Find out Monday! But before that join us this weekend for a blog DVD review of Password and our last ratings report for 2008 on Sunday!

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Thursday, December 18, 2008

Nick at Nite January 2009 Highlights; BET Adds Family Matters and Proud Family Marathons; 15th Annual SAG Awards Nominees

As we mentioned yesterday, today we will give you highlights of Nick at Nite January 2009! Once again, the regular schedule will remain the same, as we mentioned yesterday the line-up is doing very well in the ratings. Their #1 show George Lopez will get a five-day, all-night marathon from Monday, Jan. 5 through Friday, Jan. 9! It will be called "La Vida Lopez" George Lopez marathon! Can't get enough of George Lopez? Nick at Nite will air back-to-back George Lopez episodes for five nights straight all-nite long from 9pm-6am. Come early and be ready to laugh all-nite into the wee hours.
Also, Family Matters fans take note...Nick at Nite will break into the regularly scheduled episodes starting Monday, January 12, so it can show you season one episodes! Nick at Nite has never showed season one, just three episodes (#4, #17, #21) from stunts. All 22 season one episodes will air in a row before going back to where it last left off on Jan. 11. The last season one episode airs on January 21 at 11:30pm, then it goes back to where it left off on Jan. 11 with #105/106 on Jan. 22.
View more on Nick at Nite January 2009 and also discuss it.

We told you before that BET will be having Christmas marathons featuring their sitcoms. Now BET has revised its Christmas sitcom marathons. Kicking off the sitcom week of marathons now will be Family Matters! Yes, Family Matters! The show will be only airing for a one-time only marathon and is being borrowed from sister Viacom station Nick at Nite. Both BET and Nick at Nite are owned by Viacom. Top-rated Urkel episodes and all the Christmas episodes will air. Family Matters marathon kicks off marathon week on BET on Tuesday, December 23 from 9am-6pm with select episodes being repeated from 12am-4am. Then on Christmas Eve (Wednesday, December 24), it will now be a marathon of the sitcom One on One from 9am-6pm. On Christmas Day (Thursday, December 25) itself, as we mentioned before, Smart Guy will air from 9am-8pm. A Different World fans can see a Christmas episode of the series that night at 3am. On Kwanza (Friday, December 26) we now get a marathon of the animated sitcom The Proud Family. The series will join the BET line-up in January, and we will have more details on that soon! The marathon will air 9am-8pm leading into the BET premiere of the feature film The Proud Family Movie. The series originally aired on Disney Channel. Finally, the marathons end with Girlfriends on Saturday, December 27 from 9am-4am, as we mentioned.
View episode info for BET Sitcom Holiday Week.

The 15th Annual Screen Actor Guild Awards (SAG) nominees were announced today. Leading the pack were Boston Legal, Mad Men, The Closer and 30 Rock with 3 nominations each. Among the broadcast networks, NBC led with 8 nominations and ABC was right behind with 7. HBO led all networks with 9 nominations. The awards will air Sunday, Jan. 25, on TNT and TBS at 8 PM ET/PT.
Here are the main TV nominees:

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
WILLIAM SHATNER / Denny Crane – Boston Legal (ABC)
MICHAEL C. HALL / Dexter Morgan – Dexter (Showtime)
JON HAMM / Don Draper – Mad Men (AMC)
HUGH LAURIE / Dr. Gregory House – House (FOX)
JAMES SPADER / Alan Shore – Boston Legal (ABC)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
SALLY FIELD / Nora Walker – Brothers & Sisters (ABC)
MARISKA HARGITAY / Det. Olivia Benson - Law & Order: SVU (NBC)
HOLLY HUNTER / Grace Hanadarko – Saving Grace (TNT)
ELISABETH MOSS / Peggy Olson - Mad Men (AMC)
KYRA SEDGWICK / Deputy Police Chief Brenda Johnson – The Closer (TNT)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
ALEC BALDWIN / Jack Donaghy – 30 Rock (NBC)
STEVE CARELL / Michael Scott – The Office (NBC)
DAVID DUCHOVNY / Hank Moody – Californication (Showtime)
JEREMY PIVEN / Ari Gold – Entourage (HBO)
TONY SHALHOUB / Adrian Monk – Monk (USA)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series
CHRISTINA APPLEGATE / Samantha Newly – Samantha Who? (ABC)
AMERICA FERRERA / Betty Suarez – Ugly Betty (ABC)
TINA FEY / Liz Lemon – 30 Rock (NBC)
MARY-LOUISE PARKER / Nancy Botwin – Weeds (Showtime)
TRACEY ULLMAN / Various Characters – Tracey Ullman's State of the Union (HBO)

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
Boston Legal, ABC
Dexter, Showtime
House, Fox
Mad Men, AMC
The Closer, TNT

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
30 Rock, NBC
Desperate Housewives, ABC
Entourage, HBO
The Office, NBC
Weeds, Showtime

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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

ION Television January 2009 Sees Returns of Drew Carey and Quantum Leap; Nick at Nite Scores in 2008

ION Television will returns a few series this January 2009, while dropping one and reducing another. But first the series that will be dropped will get more plays the first few weeks of January. For the weeks of December 29 and January 5, Hangin' with Mr. Cooper will air in the weekdays at 4-5pm hour replacing M*A*S*H. M*A*S*H will remain in the 6-7pm hour on Saturdays and Sundays. Cooper will also still air in its Mon-Thurs 6-7pm hour the week of December 29 but for the week of January 5, those airings will be moved to 5-6pm, as The Steve Harvey Show moves to the Mon-Thurs 6-7pm hour. Then effective the following week, January 12, both hours of Hangin' with Mr. Cooper will be replaced by the sitcom The Drew Carey Show (weekdays 4-5pm) and sci-fi drama Quantum Leap (Mon-Wed 5pm), as both series return to the line-up, while. Mr. Cooper is leaving the line-up totally for now. Also, on Thursdays starting Jan. 8 from 5-8pm will now be encores of theatrical movies leading into Total Theatre Thursday at 8pm. This is in addition to the encores on Fridays from 5-7pm. So, the regular series airing from 5-8pm will only be Mon-Wed, but 4-5pm (Drew Carey) gets five days a week.
In primetime, NCIS and Boston Legal will still rule, but a few minor changes will occur. Effective week of Jan. 5, NCIS will now air for the full night on Mondays from 8-11pm, while Boston Legal will now air for the full nights on Tuesdays & Wednesdays from 8-11pm. This is a better way to remember when these shows are on, as previously NCIS was on Mondays 9-11pm and Tuesdays 9pm, while Boston Legal was on Mon-Wed 8pm, Tuesday at 10, Wednesdays 9-11pm...confusing, now it is much easier. Of course Thursdays will be the theatrical movie in primetime and Fri-Sun in primetime it is the RHI film.
As for those movies, the theatrical ones will be James Bond themed for the most part in the month as we see classic '80s Bond flicks For Your Eyes Only (1981), Octopussy (1983) and A View to Kill (1985) on Thursdays in primetime, with a Bond week of these three films airing in primetime from Jan. 27-29. On New Year's Day we get the theatrical movie Double Impact (1991) in primetime on Thursday. Thursday and Friday early evening airings (Thursdays 5-8pm, Fridays 5-7p) include those movies above encores, Matchstick Men, Major League: Back To The Minors, and Sphere.
As for RHI Entertainment, some first time airings will air such as To Dance with Olivia, National Lampoon's Attack Of The 5'2" Women, Final Days of Planet Earth, and Human Trafficking. ION will also premiere the world premiere event for the miniseries The Diplomat on Saturday, January 24.
View complete details on ION Television January 2009.

Nick at Nite is total day's number-one basic cable network in 2008 with Adult 18-49 delivery. Marking its most-watched year in four years with A18-49, Nick at Nite placed second overall only to sister-channel Nickelodeon for the year with total viewers. The network posted 11 consecutive months (January - November 2008) of double-digit growth this year with both A18-49 and total viewers.
Nick at Nite is ranked number one with Adults 18-49 for 2008 in total day, according to Nielsen Media Research (12/31/07-12/14/08)--averaging a 0.6 rating (655,000 viewers 18-49) A18-49 (up 20% in rating over last year), and marking its most-watched year in four years with A18-49.
BOTH men and women watch. Among Men 18-49, Nick at Nite is cable's fastest-growing cable entertainment network, averaging a 0.4 rating (245,000 viewers) M18-49 (up 33% in rating) -- its most-watched year ever. Nick at Nite was the number-one ranked network with Women 18-49 for the fifth straight year in total day, averaging a 0.7 rating (410,000 viewers) W18-49 (up 17%).
In prime time, Nick at Nite averaged a 0.7 rating and 1.7 million total viewers--up 40% over last year (Nick at Nite airs 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. ET/PT in primetime with Home Improvement and George Lopez hours).
Driven by family comedies and new original hits such as George Lopez, Family Matters, Home Improvement, and Gym Teacher: The Movie, Nick at Nite's programming highlights include:
* George Lopez (airs regularly at 10 p.m. [all times ET/PT]) averaged a 0.6 rating (716,000 viewers 18-49) with A18-49 (10 p.m.) for the year, up 50% over last year's like time period. The series also encores at 1 a.m. and does even better.
* Family Matters (airs regularly at 11 p.m.) averaged a 0.7 rating (753,000 viewers 18-49) with A18-49 in 2008, up 40%.
* Home Improvement (airs regularly at 9 p.m.) averaged a 0.4 rating (450,000 viewers 18-49) A18-49, up 33% over last year. The series also airs at 12 a.m. and does even better.
* Gym Teacher, a Nickelodeon/Nick at Nite original TV family movie (premiered Friday, Sept. 12, 8 p.m.) was the number-one telecast on broadcast and basic cable television for the night with kids 2-11, earning a 4.6 kids 2-11 rating and 1.6 million kids 2-11 viewers, up 59% over last year. Gym Teacher: The Movie drew 3.0 million total viewers (up 73%).
Stay tuned tomorrow for highlights and insight for Nick at Nite January 2009!

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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Hallmark Channel Revises Sundays in January; Fox Announces Idol Dates, Orders New Midseason Series

We gave you Hallmark Channel's January 2009 highlights last month, now we have some changes in store for Sundays! Sundays from 10am-3am has been changed totally! Effective Sunday, January 4, we will now get a block of 7th Heaven from 10am-3pm, that's five straight episodes of the Camden family on family day...Sunday! This will basically replace a movie, Diagnosis Murder movie, a Perry Mason movie, and a Matlock movie. Regular movies will now air from 3pm-1am, yes, five straight movies will air. These movies will basically replace the four Murder, She Wrote episodes in the evening. Finally, we get more I Love Lucy! As I Love Lucy will also air Sunday nights from 1-3am now replacing the Matlock movie. So to recap the times for I Love Lucy now...Saturdays 6-9am & 1-3am, Sundays 8:30am-10am & 1-3am, weekdays 8-9am and weekdays 4-5pm. Whole lotta Lucyyyyyyyy!

Fox has announced the American Idol schedule through March 10 (3/11-5/20 dates and times will be announced at a later date). As we know, Idol launches Jan. 13 and 14 with a two-night premiere from 8-10pm both nights. Then it will regularly air 8-9pm on both Tuesdays and Wednesdays, but there are times when it will be expanded to 8-10pm and two special Thursday airings will air on Jan. 29 and March 5. March 5 is the first night of March sweeps, as this year there is no February sweeps due to the transition to DTV on Feb. 17.
Why is this Idol schedule important? Because it looks like Bones will be preempted on Thursday, Jan. 29 now, since Idol is airing that night leading into the season premiere of Hell's Kitchen. Bones will return the following week (Feb. 5), though. Bones moves to the Thursdays at 8pm slot on Jan. 15 leading into the final two episodes of Kitchen Nightmares on Jan. 15 and 22.
Also, only 4 episodes of Fringe will air after American Idol through March 10 it seems. Fringe is slated to air for four weeks in a row on 1/20, 1/27, 2/3, and 2/10, then Idol expands to two-hours the next four weeks AT LEAST, so Fringe will probably not return until the end of March sweep. The news is better for new drama Lie to Me out of Idol, Idol will only be two-hours on a Wednesday on Feb. 11, so Lie to Me will air for three straight weeks then be preempted then air again for another three weeks at least, maybe more.
Meanwhile, Fox has ordered 13 episodes of Glee, an inspiring musical comedy series from Ryan Murphy. The one-hour series follows an optimistic high school teacher as he tries to transform the school's Glee Club and inspire a group of ragtag performers to make it to the biggest competition of them all: Nationals. The show will debut in 2009 and features a soundtrack of hit songs from past to present. It could be the perfect fit out of American Idol, so Fringe and Lie to Me need to do very well, if not then Glee will fit like a glove likely out of Idol.
View our previous story on Fox's 2009 midseason schedule for the rest of the schedules besides Tues-Thurs.

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Monday, December 15, 2008

TV Land Removes Four Sitcoms; TBS Schedules New Sitcom Meet the Browns for January and My Boys for March

We gave you details on TV Land's changes coming in January starting Dec. 29 and told you Paid Programming would be expanded and moved to 6-9am, so Designing Women, Mad About You, Murphy Brown and Just Shoot Me would move back to 4-6am instead of 3-5am. Now TV Land will remove these four sitcoms all together. Starting Monday, Dec. 29, we now get another hour of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition in the 4am hour followed by more M*A*S*H in the 5am hour. Yes, Designing Women, Mad About You, Murphy Brown and Just Shoot Me will be off the regular line-up totally now, so watch them these next few weeks all you can. Just Shoot Me will still air in the weekend "TV Land.Comedy Month," on Jan. 17 from 2-6am. For regular airings, these four do not have return dates. If they shall returns, we will certainly let you know.
View the rest of TV Land's January 2009 schedule and highlights.

After bringing his unique style to TBS with the enormously popular sitcom Tyler Perry's House of Payne, Tyler Perry is preparing to add to his successful track record with a spin-off based on characters of his popular play and hit movie, Meet the Browns. The series stars David Mann as the fun-loving but sometimes crass Downtown Leroy Brown, who also appeared in several episodes of House of Payne on TBS. This series opens with Leroy Brown trying to fulfill his father's dying wish by opening a retirement home. Helping him out are his daughter, Cora (Tamela Mann); his nephew Will (Lamman Rucker), a doctor; Will's wife, Sasha (Denise Boutte), a nurse; Carmen Martinez (Jeanette Sousa), a beautiful young social worker; and Jesus Hernandez (Antonio Jaramillo), a maintenance engineer studying to be a lawyer. Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns comes to TBS from Debmar-Mercury. As he does for his other series, Perry is once again serving as executive producer and director, as well as occasionally writing.
Meet the Browns launches Wednesday, January 7 airing back-to-back episodes for five weeks, as 10 episodes have been ordered, through and including February 4. House of Payne will lead-into the series from 8-10pm and lead-out as well from 11pm-12am, giving it an ample lead-in.
TBS has also scheduled all 10 episodes of Meet the Browns the weekend of Feb. 21-22, as part of a Tyler Perry marathon, in case you miss any. The first two will encore on Saturday, Feb. 21 from 9-10pm, following two episodes of House of Payne from 8-9pm. Then TBS will air the movie Diary of a Mad Black Woman at 10pm followed by a House of Payne marathon from 12:30am-8:30am on Sunday. Then the remaining eight episodes of Meet the Browns will follow from 8:30am-12:30pm, followed by another airing of Diary of a Mad Black Woman, and finally more House of Payne from 3-8pm...so it is all Tyler Payne for 24-hours!
Meanwhile, My Boys will return in March for a third season! This critically acclaimed comedy stars Jordana Spiro as PJ Franklin, a 20-something sports writer looking for love while also trying to maintain her close connection with her friends, most of whom are guys. Co-starring with Spiro is the show's top-notch ensemble cast, including Jim Gaffigan, Kyle Howard, Reid Scott, Michael Bunin, Jamie Kaler and Kellee Stewart. My Boys premiered on TBS in November 2006, ranking as ad-supported cable's #1 original sitcom of the year. This year, the show averaged 1.5 million viewers, up 14% when compared to last summer. My Boys comes to TBS from creator Betsy Thomas.
Speaking of third seasons, just a reminder, TBS's popular late-night comedy 10 Items or Less, a loosely scripted look at life behind the scenes at a family-run grocery store, returns for a third season on Tuesday, Jan. 6 at 11pm. It is co-created by acclaimed comedy improv actor John Lehr. It delves into the offbeat lives of the employees at Greens & Grains. In addition to Lehr, the series stars Kirsten Gronfield, Chris Payne Gilbert, Greg Davis Jr., Christopher Liam Moore, Roberta Valderrama and Robert Clendenin, as well as new cast member Kim Coles. 10 Items or Less is written and executive-produced by Lehr and director Nancy Hower.

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Sunday, December 14, 2008

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

Week 12 numbers (first three nights final averages, Mon-Wed):
(Network averages are not available thru Thursday, so we can only give you up until Wednesday, but final program numbers thru Thursday are available for our analysis)


Households: CBS: 7.8/12.4; NBC: 4.6/7.3; ABC: 4.5/7.2; Fox: 4.5/7.0; MNT: 1.4/2.2; The CW: 1.2/1.8.
Total Viewers: CBS: 12.12 million; NBC: 7.34 million; Fox: 7.25 million; ABC: 7.2 million; MNT: 2.38 million; The CW: 1.61 million.
Adults 18-49: CBS: 3.3/8.6; Fox: 2.8/7.3; NBC: 2.7/7.0; ABC: 2.1/5.7; MNT: 0.8/2.2; The CW: 0.7/2.0.

Analysis: Week 12 so far has seen CBS with a commanding lead thru three days (and four), as CBS has been new 3 of the 4 days for the entire night. Through the first four days, CBS has the lead in all categories, with NBC, ABC and Fox all battling for a distant second place thru three days. After four days, NBC pulled in front for 2nd place, since they were all-new on Thursday, and ABC had repeats, while Fox was new on Thursday, but didn't draw much.
Last week, CBS won week 11 in HH and viewers, while ABC was in a three-way tie for first in 18-49 with Fox and CBS, with ABC with slightly more 18-49 viewers. ABC was second in HH/viewers, NBC was third in HH, but fourth in viewers, while Fox was the opposite, fourth in HH and third in viewers. Because of the basic three-way tie in 18-49, NBC was fourth in 18-49, despite only trailing by .2 of a point. Worth noting, MNT finished ahead of The CW once again for the second straight week, and looks like this week as well.
Monday CBS was all-new and won the night beating 2nd place ABC. CBS started with new episodes of their comedies then ended with CSI: Miami. The Big Bang Theory did 10.5 million for yet another series high! Wow! A new episode of How I Met Your Mother followed 10.49 million, a season high and best showing of the series since the Britney episode last season. That felt like ages ago though, since Britney is back in full form again. #1 sitcom Two and a Half Men followed with 15.59 million for an all-new showing, while Worst Week didn't have to face a comedy and only did 10.44 million, losing a lot from its lead-in. At 10pm a new showing of CSI: Miami did 13.79 million, not bad at all. ABC started off the night very strong with all-time classic special A Charlie Brown Christmas doing a solid 11.02 million, despite being preempted in Tampa Bay for the Monday Night Football game. The two-hour series finale of Boston Legal followed with 9.88 million, but again ABC was preempted in Tampa area for the game, as they will air the series finale TODAY from 4-6pm. If Tampa aired it, we could have seen close to a million more than 9.88 million. NBC was next and as its regular line-up continues to be terrible. Chuck did 6.94 million, down from previous week, followed by Heroes at just 7.72 million, down from previous week. How will the fall finale do tomorrow? Can it even crack 9 million? The burn-off My Worst Own Enemy was next at just 3.63 million, a series low. Fox was next with the very weak Sarah Connor at just 5.25 million, down from previous week, and on its last legs Prison Break at 5.4 million, also down week-to-week. The CW was next with a new Gossip Girl doing a solid 2.99 million...but slightly off from previous week! One Tree Hill was again preempted as CW again aired a new episode of Privileged on a special night doing only 1.91 million, down from previous week.
Tuesday CBS was in repeats and still won the night in HH/viewers. CBS's quiet hit NCIS started the night off with 13.66 million for a repeat...how?? New drama The Mentalist followed with 13.69 million for a repeat, once again...how?? A repeat of Without a Trace did 8.56 million, as this show is no longer a bonafide hit. Fox was next with a new House at 14.05 million, up over a million week-to-week after a season low, followed by a repeat of Fringe with 6.95 million, no more new episodes until Jan. 20 for this show. NBC was next with another two-hour The Biggest Loser at a above normal 9.36 million, up from previous week, as the season finale is this week and Law & Order: SVU followed at 11.01 million, also up from the previous week. ABC was all the way to 4th on night this, a special all-new holiday showing of America's Funniest Home Videos on a special night and time did 7.03 million, but ABC does much better with actual holiday specials. Holiday themed episodes of According to Jim followed with 4.92 million and 5.15 million, both down from previous week...it should be better this week though. Jim lead into Eli Stone at 10pm at just 4.92 million, on par really from previous week. Just two more confirmed airings left (Dec. 16 and 30) unless ABC will unload the other remaining episodes in January on Saturdays? The CW aired a repeat of 90210 and only mustered 1.18 million, down a bit from previous week's repeat, and a repeat of the previous night's Privileged only did 1.06 million, but that was up from previous week's encore.
Wednesday was all CBS as its regular lineup returned after a week off. CBS started with sitcoms, as Old Christine did a decent 7.94 million and Gary Unmarried did 7.73 million, also not bad. Criminal Minds followed with a nice 14.68 million an at 10pm CSI: NY followed with 13.33 million, easily winning its hour. NBC opened the night with the new holiday special Little Spirit: Christmas in New York doing only 4.81 million, as Life followed with only 5.64 million, nearly down 2.5 million from previous week...ouch. Law & Order followed at 10pm doing 7.51 million, down nearly 4 million from previous week's season high. ABC was next but it started off slow with Pushing Daisies only managing 4.86 million, but really on par from previous week. Private Practice was next and did 6.86 million, down nearly a million week-to-week, though. Dirty Sexy Money was next and did 5.24 million, down a bit from previous week...what an ending to that episode! Go watch that episode on abc.com if you missed it! One of the best episodes of any series this year. Fox was next with reality series Secret Millionaire and the series did decent doing 7.26 million at 8pm, better than the previous week at 8pm, followed by a Bones repeat at only 4.47 million. The CW had a repeat of Stylista doing just 1.2 million, on par really week-to-week though, followed by an all-new Stylista doing the 1.32 million, better a bit than the previous week. MNT did VERY good for the special airing of the holiday movie Home Alone doing 3.64 million!
Thursday saw CBS easily win as ABC was in repeats. CBS opened with Survivor: Gabon at 13.05 million, up from previous week, a new CSI with the first episode of Laurence Fishburne followed with 20.86 million, its best showing since the season premiere, and a new Eleventh Hour followed with a series high 13.4 million due to a lack of competition. NBC was actually next, but a distant next, with My Name is Earldoing just 6.55 million, though up a bit week-to-week, followed by Kath & Kim at just 5.38 million, also up slightly from previous week, while The Office perked up to 8.76 million, up from previous week, followed by 30 Rock at 7.38 million, up a bit week-to-week and a new ER closed the night with 9.04 million, up from previous week. ABC was next with all repeats...a repeat of Ugly Betty did 5.09 million, an encore of Grey's Anatomy was next and did 6.26 million, followed by a repeat of Private Practice doing only 4.23 million at 10pm. Fox was fourth for the night with the Thursday premiere of Secret Millionaire at only 5.4 million, followed by a special Thursday airing of Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? doing only 4.59 million...ouch. Smallville repeat on The CW did 2.5 million, better than previous week, followed by a Supernatural repeat at 1.98 million, down slightly from previous week.
Now, as usual final numbers for Friday and Saturday are not available, but CBS won Friday but down from usual as they aired holiday specials from 8-10, so Ghost Whisperer was preempted and NUMB3RS was a repeat. NBC, Fox, and ABC all did about the same.
Saturday was very slow, but Fox won the night, with CBS second in HH/viewers, but fourth in 18-49. ABC and NBC's holiday movies did about the same.
Tonight once again NFL plays a big role to what will happen. CBS will probably start very fast since they have an overrun of an NFL game into the 7pm hour, followed by 60 Minutes, and the Survivor: Gabon finale. That could be down big from usual because NBC has a GREAT Sunday Night Football game tonight between the Giants and Cowboys...oh boy. ABC's regular Sunday line-up of AFV, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Desperate Housewives, and Brothers & Sisters, is preempted, but AFV is still new at 7pm and the holiday airing of The Santa Clause 2 won't win the night, but will do solid. Fox will be in repeats for their animation, so they are out of the mix.
As for the week, CBS will easily win the week in HH, viewers and 18-49. Who will be second? Likely NBC after a huge NFL showing likely tonight, with ABC third and Fox in fourth, but Fox could nip ABC in 18-49. What to watch for this week? Holiday airings will rule...CBS Monday has a lot of them! Monday also has the fall finales of Sarah Connor on Fox and Heroes on NBC. A Charlie Brown Christmas is on again this Tuesday on ABC and a Christmas episode of According to Jim with Steve Guttenberg. Tuesday also has the fall finale of Biggest Loser and the premiere of Momma's Boys on NBC. Wednesday, NBC has a new Muppets Christmas special at 8. And finally Million Dollar Password returns this week on Thursday and next Sunday at 8 on CBS! Note: Our ratings will likely be off until the new year as we get into repeat mode. Maybe we will have a report next week, or maybe not...stay tuned.

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

  • The Simpsons (Fox) - a new episode at a special time of 8:30pm following the BCS Selection Show only did 6.43 million...ouch.
  • King of the Hill (Fox) - preempted.
  • Family Guy (Fox) - A repeat did 6.6 million, not bad and did more than The Simpsons, and was new.
  • American Dad (Fox) - A repeat only did 5.31 million, almost as same as a new one the previous week. But still not too good.

Monday Sitcoms

  • The Big Bang Theory (CBS) - 10.5 million for a new episode. A series high! Can tomorrow do even better with lesser competition?
  • How I Met Your Mother (CBS) - 10.49 million for a new episode...season high!
  • Two and a Half Men (CBS) - 15.59 million, what else can be said about this show?
  • Worst Week (CBS) - 10.44 million for new episode. It may sound a lot, but it should be doing better. 12-13 million from that lead-in would be better. Even 11.5 million would be respectable.

Tuesday Sitcoms

  • According to Jim (ABC) 2 episodes - 4.92 and 5.15 million for two new ones...not good.
Wednesday Sitcoms

  • Old Christine (CBS) - 7.94 million for a new episode...solid.
  • Gary Unmarried (CBS) - 7.73 million for a new episode, also decent.

Thursday Sitcoms

  • My Name is Earl (NBC) - Only 6.55 million...but up from previous week.
  • Kath & Kim (NBC) - 5.38 million only for a new episode, but at least up over 5 million this week.
  • The Office (NBC) - 8.76 million for an all-new showing...decent.
  • 30 Rock (NBC) - 7.38 million for a new episode, not bad, but could be & should be better.

Friday Sitcoms

  • Everybody Hates Chris (The CW) 2 episodes - 1.59 million prelim for a new episode and a repeat...not too good.
  • The Game (The CW) - preempted.

Saturday Sitcoms

  • None.

Airing tonight (Sunday) are Fox's animated comedies from 7-10 but are repeats.

Summing it up. Two and a Half Men, The Big Bang Theory, How I Met Your Mother, and The Office were impressive for the week. Everything else was OK (such as Old Christine, Worst Week) or just plain old terrible (such as Kath & Kim, According to Jim).

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Saturday, December 13, 2008

Blog DVD Review: Mr. Bean - The Ultimate Collection (12/16)

Welcome to another edition of Blog DVD Reviews. This week we take a look at A&E Home Video's Mr. Bean - The Ultimate Collection. Mr. Bean is of course the hit British comedy that is known worldwide and has spawned two feature films and an animated series even. See my blog DVD review of Mr. Bean - The Ultimate Collection:

Mr. Bean - The Ultimate Collection (A&E, $69.95) brings us everything Mr. Bean! This is the ultimate fan collection, as we get every episode of the hit TV series, both feature films, the animated series and all the bonus features we have gotten in the past all in one complete collection!
Based on a character developed by Rowan Atkinson at university, the series followed the exploits of Mr. Bean, in solving various problems presented by everyday tasks and often causing disruption in the process. The series lasted five seasons in the United Kingdom and is one of the most famous British series known worldwide. Mr. Bean didn't as a regular series in the UK, it aired as a series of stand-along specials, lasting 14 episodes in five years.
Mr. Bean: The Movie is a 1997 feature film based on the television series Mr. Bean. It stars Rowan Atkinson, as Mr. Bean of course, and also Peter MacNicol. The movie was about Mr. Bean coming to America, as he conquers Los Angeles by storm.
The second feature film, Mr. Bean's Holiday, came out 10 years later in 2007. The film is about Bean taking a holiday to France.
And finally we get two volumes of the animated series. For some reason we are not getting all 26 episodes of the animated series, which doesn't make sense. We get 9 of the 26. Characters from the original live action series included Mr. Bean, Irma Gobb, Mr. Bean's teddy bear, and the mysterious driver of the Reliant Supervan, with the addition of Mrs. Wicket, Bean's landlady, and her evil cat Scrapper. The series aired in 2002-2003 in the United Kingdom.
Packaging has a nice box holding seven slimcases. The cover of the box is yellow-orange color with five different shots of Mr. Bean. My his facial expressions were priceless! A New York Times quote is also on the box art. On the back of the box we have a series description and info on the set along with credits for every series/movie. We also have a box listing all of the bonus features.
Menus are the same as how they were on the original sets for the series and animated series. Now, A&E has never released the two movies, but Universal Home Video has. So I don't have those movies from Universal, so I cannot compare.
As with the menus, audio and video are the same as the individual releases. The video is OK at best, but it could be better. The movies look way better obviously. And the animated series might be just as good in terms of audio and video. The original series might be the worst looking, but of course it is the oldest, too. The original series usually had episodes around 25 minutes or so, while the animated series is around 22...so nothing is edited. The movies are about 90 minutes each.
Special features are all over the place! Though, there is nothing actually new, since these sets have all came out individually before, but I will list them all for you. For the original series, everything is on the third slimcase (Volume 3), we have "The Story of Mr. Bean," a 40-minute documentary giving us the inside scoop on the series and how it was born. Then we have "never before seen on TV" sketches titled "Bus Stop" (approx. 6 min.) and "Library" (approx. 9 min.) Funny stuff! Then we have two sketches from the UK series "Comic Relief" titled "Blind Date" (approx. 14 min.) and "Torvill & Bean" (approx. 7 min.). Then we have a trailer for the animated series, just like on the third volume when it was released originally. We also have a nice text biography and filmography of Rowan Atkinson.
For Bean: The Movie, we get the music video "I Love L.A." running about 3 minutes. We also have more biographies, this time the entire main cast of the movie.
For Mr. Bean's Holiday, we have a lot of extras. We have lots of deleted scenes totaling about a quarter of an hour! We also have some behind the scenes features, "French Bean" (about 11 min.), "Bean in Cannes" (about 6 min.), and "The Human Bean" (about 6 min. also). We learn a lot from these three features. You can watch this movie in French, too.
Finally, the last two discs are for the animated series. Once again I will reiterate, we do NOT have every episode of this series. Just the first 9 of the 26 for some reason. As far as extras go, the first disc for the animated series has trailers for the animated series and some photos in a photo gallery. The second disc is much better and has a nice 20 minute or so documentary about this animated series. We find out really how and why Mr. Bean was brought back, but this time in animation.
This is a wonderful set. Any fan of Mr. Bean will want this. I never got a chance to get or review "The Whole Bean" DVD, but this set is good. The only major fault for this set is that there are not every episode of the animated series. Not even half, but oh well. I personally liked the series and movies WAY better, especially the series. A&E did a good job by acquiring the two movies for this set, as those were Universal products. Well, we are nearing Christmas, and what better way to spend Christmas with Mr. Bean. He is perfect to watch with the family, especially during the holidays. So get your teddy bear out and get into your pajamas and watch BEAN! I'm Bean!
-- Reviewed by Pavan
(4/5 stars)

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Friday, December 12, 2008

Leave it to Beaver Christmas Marathon on RTN; Unsolved Mysteries To Return on Spike TV in January

Retro Television Network (RTN) will celebrate the Christmas holiday with a marathon of America's favorite family...The Cleavers, with a marathon of Leave it to Beaver! Every single RTN affiliate will air 32 straight hours of Leave it to Beaver beginning at 4pm on Christmas Eve. The 32-hour marathon will conclude at midnight Christmas night.
You will see 64 classic episodes of the sitcom that featured Jerry Mathers as the Beaver. Among the episodes you'll see are "In the Soup," "Beaver's Report Card," "Wally's Dream Girl," "Beaver's First Date," "Eddie Quits School," and the very last episode "Family Scrapbook."
This is a marathon you will not want to miss! Spend Christmas with your family watching the Cleaver family on RTN! I just always wondered why there never was an actual Christmas episode of Leave it to Beaver? View full episode info for the marathon.

Many of you have been wondering what has happened to Unsolved Mysteries on Spike TV lately? Spike TV decided to give all-day marathons of CSI and CSI: NY all December long and thus the entire schedule has been preempted this month, with James Bond movies during Christmas week. Even Married...with Children is not airing weekdays. Not to worry everything will be back in January! But first, week of December 29 will feature a marathon of one show per day. The marathon starts with a Married...with Children all-day marathon on December 29 and concludes on January 2 with Unsolved Mysteries. Unsolved Mysteries. will then have a week-long marathon from Monday, Jan. 5 to Friday, Jan. 9 from 9am-6pm each day! Talk about returning in style! But what about airing regularly? That will happen, too! Effective Monday, Jan. 12, Spike TV will have a new weekday line-up. The Shield kicks it off at 9am, followed by four episodes of Married...with Children from 10am-12pm, then Unsolved Mysteries will launch in its new time period with three episodes in a row from 12-3pm. The schedule continues with CSI: NY from 3-7pm and CSI from 7-9pm. Then we have primetime from 9pm-12am, and in the late night we have CSI: NY at midnight, Disorderly Conduct: Video on Patrol at 1am, Spike's Most Amazing Videos at 2am, and Star Trek: Voyager at 3am. Some nights late in week from 1-4am we get episodes of Married...with Children, The Shield, and MXC: Most Extreme Elimination Challenge as well. You Unsolved Mysteries fans can see the series on most Sunday afternoons as well in January.
View complete details for Spike TV January 2009.

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Thursday, December 11, 2008

66th Annual Golden Globe Awards Nominees; SAG to Vote Whether to Strike Or Not

The 66th Annual Golden Globe Awards nominees have been announced! HBO leads with 22 (up from 18 last year) nominations. NBC leads the broadcast nominees with 6 this year (same as last), followed by last year's leader ABC with 5 (down from 11 last year), Fox with 3 (up one from last year) and CBS with again just 1. The telecast airs Sunday, Jan. 11, 8-11pm ET on NBC. Here are the major nominees:

BEST TELEVISION SERIES – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
30 Rock (NBC)
Californication (Showtime)
Entourage (HBO)
The Office (NBC)
Weeds (Showtime)
COMMENTS: Pushing Daisies not in it this year. The Office returns.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Christina Applegate, Samantha Who? (ABC)
America Ferrera, Ugly Betty (ABC)
Tina Fey, 30 Rock (NBC)
Debra Messing, The Starter Wife (USA Network)
Mary-Louise Parker, Weeds (Showtime)
COMMENTS: No Housewives again for second straight year, same list as last year except Messing is in, Friel is out.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock (NBC)
Steve Carell, The Office (NBC)
David Duchovny, Californication (Showtime)
Kevin Connolly, Entourage (HBO)
Tony Shalhoub, Monk (USA Network)
COMMENTS: The love for Pushing Daisies from last year is gone, as now Shalhoub gets in over Pace.

BEST TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA
Dexter (Showtime)
House (Fox)
In Treatment, (HBO)
Mad Men (AMC)
True Blood (HBO)
COMMENTS: Damages & Grey's Anatomy didn't make it from last year. Still no Lost, as it really deserves it. Surprised Breaking Bad didn't get in. Too much cable.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA
Sally Field, Brothers & Sisters (ABC)
Mariska Hargitay, Law & Order: SVU (NBC)
January Jones, Mad Men (AMC)
Anna Paquin, True Blood (HBO)
Kyra Sedgwick, The Closer (TNT)
COMMENTS: Field and Sedgwick only remain from last year. Last year we had 7 nominees actually. Can't believe Hargitay made it.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA
Michael C. Hall, Dexter (Showtime)
Jon Hamm, Mad Men (AMC)
Hugh Laurie, House (Fox)
Jonathan Rhys Meyers, The Tudors (Showtime)
Gabriel Byrne, In Treatment (HBO)
COMMENTS: Same as last year but Byrne instead of Bill Paxton. Nearly all cable shows again. Wonder why Boston Legal is gold at the Emmys but not at the Globes?

Since the nominees for Supporting Actors/Actresses in Comedy and Drama are mixed in with TV movies and in just one category for actor and one for actress, I won't give the full nominees, but here are the TV series players (see link below for full list):
Melissa George, In Treatment (HBO)
Rachel Griffiths, Brothers & Sisters (ABC)
Dianne Wiest, In Treatment (HBO)
Neil Patrick Harris, How I Met Your Mother (CBS)
Jeremy Piven, Entourage (HBO)
Blair Underwood, In Treatment (HBO)

View the FULL list of television nominees and to discuss this.


Screen Actors Guild (SAG) announced that strike authorization ballots will be mailed to paid-up SAG members on Friday January 2, 2009, and will be tabulated on Friday, January 23. A yes vote by 75% of members voting is required to pass the measure, which would authorize SAG's national board of directors to call a strike, if and when the board determines it is necessary.
Since the counting will take place on Jan. 23, the Golden Globes will not be affected or canceled like they were last year during the writers' strike. But if there is a strike, the Oscars could be affected. Let's all hope and pray for the sake of the TV business that there is NO actors' strike, as we saw what the 100-day writers' strike did last season. So hopefully they vote no and resolve all this. I don't want to be doing this come February (or whenever it could start): "SAG Strike Day 30."

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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Honeymooners New Year's Bash Nationally on WGN America, Also Still On WPIX in NY; Other WPIX Holiday Programming Includes Yule Log

Last week we gave you WGN America's holiday programming line-up and hinted we have more to give. And today we will reveal that! We are announcing today what WGN America will air on New Year's Eve and Day. WGN America will close out 2008 and ring in 2009 with a marathon of the sitcom The Honeymooners! That's right, the entire nation will get to celebrate the new year with them this year...not just NY! On New Year's Eve (Wednesday, December 31, 2008) starting at 8pm ET (7pm CT/5pm PT) catch the first 15 episodes of the classic 39 episodes of The Honeymooners thru 3:30am ET...so the fun on the night begins at 8pm ET and ends at 3:30am ET with the first 15 episodes. Then that's not all! On New Year's Day (Thursday, January 1, 2009) itself, forget College Football, wake up and spend the first day of 2009 with more episodes of The Honeymooners! After the regular Beverly Hillbillies, Bewitched and I Dream of Jeannie airings, catch more Honeymooner fun starting at 10am ET (9am CT/7am PT) thru 10pm ET for 12 more hours of fun...yes, 24 more episodes concluding the classic 39. You'll see episodes 16-39 on this day, all in order!
Remember The Honeymooners airs regular on WGN America on Saturday nights at 12 midnight ET and Sunday in primetime at 9pm & 9:30pm ET.

That's not all for The Honeymooners! It wouldn't be a New Year's celebration in the Big Apple without Jackie Gleason and company as WPIX in New York brings you their annual tradition of The Honeymooners New Year's Blowout Bash! WPIX's marathon starts when the clock strikes midnight and we enter 2009! 16 hours, 32 episodes of classic Honeymooners episodes will air. From 12am-4:30am and 9am-8pm, WPIX brings you 32 classics from the original 39 and the lost episodes as well! Episodes airing on WPIX starting at 12 midnight: "The Sleepwalker," "Pal O' Mine," "Hello Mom," "Please Leave the Premises," "Deciding Vote," "Something Fishy," "A Matter of Record," "Ralph Kramden, Inc.," and "Pardon My Glove" then we have a morning news break thru 9am. Episodes starting at 9am are: "Woman's Work is Never Done," "Here Comes the Bride," "Matter of Life & Death," "Brother Ralph," "Oh My Achin' Back," "The Baby Sitter," "Head of the House," "The Worry Wart," "A Dog's Life," "Trapped," "Better Living Thru TV," "A Man's Pride," "The Golfer," "Funny Money," "Young at Heart," "Dial J for Janitor," "Bensonhurst Bomber," "Unconventional Behavior," "Man From Space," "TV or Not TV," "The $99,000 Answer," and "Mama Loves Mambo."
The Honeymooners regularly airs on WPIX Sunday nights at 1am and 1:30am, part of a Viewer's Choice Hour where fans choose episodes.

We haven't had a chance yet to give you WPIX's holiday programming, but we will today! It wouldn't be a holiday in New York without The WPIX Yule Log! The Yule Log, the famous film loop of a burning log in a hearth, has mesmerized viewers since it debuted on WPIX in 1966. To celebrate the Log's 42nd anniversary, WPIX-11 will air The Yule Log from 9am-1pm on Christmas Day (Thursday, December 25), expanding the coverage to four hours! At 1pm, immediately following The Yule Log, WPIX will air the beloved holiday classic, March of the Wooden Soldiers.
In recent years, The Yule Log has been digitally re-mastered and fully restored. In 2001, while searching the company's archives, the original 35mm Yule Log film was found where it was misfiled in a Honeymooners film can titled "A Dog's Life." At that time, the original film was color corrected and cleaned of scratches. In 2003, the Log was up-converted to High Definition (WPIX now airs a simultaneous HDTV Yule Log on WPIX-HD) and in 2005 WPIX made The Yule Log available to viewers as a downloadable podcast.
We menioned the Yule Log will be seen nationally on WGN America on Christmas Eve and Christmas morning, but it can also be seen locally on many other Tribune stations: KTLA in LA 5-8am, WGN local in Chicago 1:30-6:30am, WPHL on Philly 9a-noon, KDAF in Dallas 8-11am (airing their own version of the Yule Log), WDCW in DC 8-10am, KCPQ in Seattle 5-9am, WSFL in Miami 7-10am, KWGN in Denver 5-9am, KTXL in Sacramento 4:30-9am, KPLR in St. Louis 8am-noon, KRCW in Portland 5-10am, WXIN in Indianapolis 5-9am, WTTV in Indianapolis 5-8:30am, WTIC in Hartford 8-10am, WXMI in Grand Rapids 5-7am, WPMT in Harrisburg 5-10am, and WGNO in New Orleans 5-7am. Times listed are for each city's respective time zone.
WPIX will also celebrate the holidays with movies and holiday episodes as well. Catch movies such as Jack Frost, I'll Be Home for Christmas, and Christmas at Water's Edge, and holiday episodes of The Jeffersons, Frasier, Friends, South Park, The Odd Couple, and more in the regular time periods on Christmas week!

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Tuesday, December 09, 2008

NBC Cuts 10PM From Primetime and Adds Jay Leno to 10PM; ABC Adds Special Wipeout on Super Bowl Sunday; 2009 WGA Awards Nominees

It is now official...Jay Leno will not move on to ABC and stay with NBC, but with a twist ... in primetime! Jay Leno will host a new comedy/talk show on NBC five nights a week in primetime, beginning in the fall of 2009. The show will originate from Burbank, Calif., and will air Monday through Friday, 10-11 p.m./9-10 p.m. CT. This show will be the first-ever entertainment program to be stripped across primetime on broadcast network television.
Leno will sign off as host of The Tonight Show on Friday, May 29, 2009. His new show will showcase many of the features that have made Leno America's late-night leader for more than a dozen years. Signature elements will include his opening monologue and well-known comedy segments "Headlines," "Jaywalking" and "Battle of the Jaywalking All-Stars."
As previously announced, Conan O'Brien will take over The Tonight Show hosting duties on Monday, June 1, 2009, broadcasting from the state-of-the-art studio currently under construction on the Universal lot. O'Brien will continue an unmatched late-night legacy that includes Steve Allen, Jack Paar, Johnny Carson, and, for the last 16 years, Jay Leno. Jimmy Fallon will assume the role of host of Late Night on March 2, 2009.
So what does this all mean? NBC is in terrible shape right now both in the ratings and financially. They have been stuck in 4th place in the ratings for some years now and recently many employees were laid off. With this move, NBC will slice off five-hours from their weeknight schedule and air the cheaper Leno series. The new Leno deal is up to 50 million a year for 5 years, while the show doesn't cost too much to produce so NBC will benefit from a financial aspect in this hour as shows like Law & Order and ER cost a lot to produce. This means many primetime shows on NBC could be cut next fall. Many of them could be veteran series. Nothing has been officially announced as dead yet but series such as Kath & Kim, My Name is Earl, Knight Rider, Life, and Friday Night Lights could be cut, while Chuck, Medium, and the original Law & Order series could go either way. ER is already ending this season, so that will obviously be gone, while Lipstick Jungle is canceled and the cheap Crusoe is also canceled despite low production costs but the ratings were terrible. And if Heroes continues its downward trend, NBC could cut it also as that series costs a lot to make. Law & Order: SVU, The Biggest Loser, The Office, are some of the series likely to remain on NBC.
There is word also that NBC could give Saturday nights back to their affiliates to program. So that would be another three-hours that NBC could lose. As of now, they will only program 17 hours a week, and could be as low as 14 if they lose Saturday. That would be lower than Fox, which has 15.
What do I think? I think this is great for Jay Leno and I am happy for him but what is NBC thinking? I know they have to cut costs and stuff, but there is no way they can expand on finding hits without the 10pm hour. Leno gets 4 million or so in late night and will likely go up a bit in primetime, but every weekday it will get tiresome. Leno will have to face entertainment dramas and not go up against similar late night shows. This also could hurt NBC's other late night shows, as now they will have yet another one. They already have The Tonight Show, Late Night, and Last Call. Four talk shows in one night? You can expect ABC and CBS's 10pm shows to rise next fall without NBC. It is still not known though if NBC will even count Leno's series in their primetime averages. NBC's 10pm shows the last few years have been a bright spot for them with series such as Law & Order: SVU, Law & Order, Medium, and even ER doing higher ratings than anything from 8-10pm. It is not a guarantee they can just move down an hour and generate the same ratings. Law & Order moved to Wednesdays at 9 a few years ago and got crushed by Criminal Minds on CBS, and was quickly moved back to 10pm. NBC has made some weird moves lately and have already back-fired. Last development season, they eliminated the expensive pilot process, a move that saved money but backfired after all of its fall shows flopped, such as My Worst Own Enemy. They picked-up series without actually seeing a pilot. Also, their "infront" last April was a total bust. They announced line-ups for Fall 2008, Winter/Spring 2009 and Summer 2009 in advance, and ended up changing the schedule around anyway. What is the point to all this NBC? Stick with tradition and get yourself back on track by trying to find quality shows instead of giving up. Just my two cents.

The news gets worse for NBC. ABC has announced it plans to counter program NBC's Super Bowl entertainment telecasts with a sports-star-studded episode of the summer obstacle-course megahit Wipeout.
ABC will air a brief football-themed Wipeout special against NBC's official halftime show headlined by Bruce Springsteen. Then, during NBC's post-Super Bowl presentation of The Office," ABC will air an hour-long Wipeout in which cheerleaders compete against male "couch potato" sports fans.
The two-part ABC special, "Wipeout Superball Sunday," pulls out all the stops to cater to NFL fans: Hall of Famer Michael Irving will lend sideline commentary, the Navy's Blue Angels will perform a flyover, the USC marching band will storm the course, contestants will run a gantlet with quarterbacks pelting them with footballs, NFL luminaries will stop by the commentary booth, and the show's signature Big Balls obstacle has been converted into jumbo-sized footballs, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The special is one of the most ambitious Super Bowl Sunday programming plans ever mounted by a non-host network. Yet for the reality show's producer, Endemol, it's familiar territory. In 2002, NBC enjoyed some of Fox's big game thunder by airing a special episode of the Endemol-produced Fear Factor featuring Playboy Playmates as contestants against the halftime show. Fear Factor did 11.4 million viewers that night. The family-friendly Wipeout could attract even more.
ABC plans to air repeats of Wipeout against the game directly itself, with AFV encore from 7-8pm ET. The Super Bowl starts at about 6:30, and the halftime show will likely be around 8pm so the Wipeout halftime special will air then, then they will air two Wipeout repeats from about 8:30ish-10:30ish, before the hour Wipeout special at about 10:30 against The Office. Wipeout will return as a series this summer for a second season. Goodnight and big balls!

Finally, we leave you today with the nominations for the 61st Annual WGA Awards. Comedy wise, 30 Rock, Entourage, The Office, The Simpsons and Weeds were nominated for their writing work. While Dexter, Friday Night Lights, Lost, Mad Men and The Wire took writing nominations for dramas. Among the other categories, Life on Mars and Breaking Bad were among the nominees for best new series, Ugly Betty, Eli Stone, 30 Rock, and The Office were among the nominees for actual episodic writing.
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Monday, December 08, 2008

TV One January 2009 Highlights Sees Jeffersons, Sanford and Son Regular Slots; Remembering Beverly Garland and Nina Foch

Last month we gave you a sneak peek that The Jeffersons and Sanford & Son will join the regular TV One line-up on Monday, Jan. 5 after their marathons. Now we have details on when they will air starting Jan. 5! TV Land will continue to air the series, so not to worry, if you don't get TV One. Beginning on Monday, January 5, the TV One weeknight (Monday-Friday) comedy block has shifted with the addition of The Jeffersons and Sanford & Son and will look like this: Good Times remains at 5pm ET, but now Parent'Hood will shift to 5:30pm replacing The PJ's. Good Times remains anchoring the 6pm hour, but now at 6:30pm we will have The Hughleys replacing Parent'Hood. Half & Half will remain in the 7pm hour with two episodes, as we mentioned this starts Dec. 29. Martin and Living Single remain in the 8pm hour, while another Living Single remains at 9pm, but at 9:30pm All of Us replaces For Your Love. Then in the 10pm hour, back-to-back episodes of The Jeffersons replace All of Us and Eve. At 11:00pm Martin remains leading into the launch of Sanford & Son at 11:30pm replacing The Hughleys. At 12:00am we get another episode of The Jeffersons replacing Good Times, but Good Times will shift to 12:30am replacing The PJs. Everything else on weekdays is the same as December.
On Saturday mornings starting Jan. 10, the sitcom line-up has changed a bit. In the 7am hour will now be Where I Live, replacing Parent'hood. And in the 11am hour now will be All of Us instead of Where I Live. Where I Live will no longer air Sundays 6-7pm either, but at least it is still on...on Saturdays from 7-8am and all 21 episodes will air. Viewers will have another chance to unravel the mystery as the action drama series Day Break starring Taye Diggs returns to TV One airing Saturdays at 12 midnight beginning on Saturday, January 10. The series will have encore airings on Fridays at 11am and 2am starting Jan. 16. So, to recap, The Jeffersons (weeknights 10p, 10:30p, 12a) and Sanford & Son (weeknights 11:30p) are in, The PJs and For Your Love are out, Day Break is back and Eve is off the regular line-up but will remain Fridays from 12-4pm.
Other highlights include: On Saturday, January 17 beginning at 12 Noon thru 8pm (and again 2-6am), as the nation prepares for a new first couple to take residence in the White House, TV One salutes our own first couple of comedy Overton and Synclaire (John Henton and Kim Coles) from the sitcom Living Single with a marathon that showcases the couple's relationship, engagement, wedding, and honeymoon.
On Sunday, January 18 beginning at 1pm, TV One is solid as a Roc as they present a marathon to showcase characters from the urban sitcom Roc starring Charles S. Dutton as Roc Emerson, a city garbage collector who balances the pressures of work with the everyday crises of family life.
Finally, on Tuesday, January 20 beginning at 9am, TV One celebrates the election of the first African-American President of the United States with coverage of the Inauguration Barack Obama, the US' 44th President. Coverage of this historic Inauguration begins at 11am while post inaugural events and inaugural ball coverage begins at 8pm.

Beverly Garland, the actress who starred in 1950s movie cult hits like Swamp Women and Not of This Earth and who went on to play Fred MacMurray's TV wife on the family sitcom My Three Sons, has died. Garland died Friday at her Hollywood Hills home after a lengthy illness. She had a 50-year career that included 40 movies and dozens of television shows. She starred in the crime series Decoy in the late '50s as police woman Casey Jones. Garland showed her comedic chops as Bing Crosby's wife in the short-lived sitcom The Bing Crosby Show in the mid-'60s, which led her to be cast as the second wife of MacMurray's widower Steve Douglas during the last three seasons of the popular sitcom My Three Sons that aired from 1960 to 1972.
Her television credits also include playing her fair share of mothers in TV series. She was Stephanie Zimbalist's mom in the 80s series Remington Steele, Kate Jackson's mom in the 80's series Scarecrow and Mrs. King, and Teri Hatcher's in Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman in the '90s. She also had MANY other TV credits to her name such as appearing on episodes of Hawaiian Eye, The Millionaire, Perry Mason, Rawhide, The Fugitive, Here's Lucy, Gunsmoke, Mannix, Love American Stle, Ironside, Mary Tyler Moore Show, Marcus Welby MD, Charlie's Angels, Trapper John MD, Hart to Hart, Magnum P.I., Hotel, Friends, Ellen, Diagnosis Murder, Teen Angel, and The Simple Life. She recurred on Mary Hartman Mary Hartman as Cookie LaRue, on the ABC soap Port Charles as Estelle Reese, and as Ginger Jackson on 7th Heaven, with her last episode in 2004, as her last role.
Her name may not be recognizable to many, but her face probably is. She appeared in so many TV series and movies, everyone had to have seen her once. She will be deeply missed and remembered. She was 82.

We also remember Nina Foch today. Nina Foch, the Dutch-born actress who often played cool, calculating women in films, theater and television and was a respected coach of aspiring actors and directors has died. Foch died Friday at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center of complications from the blood disorder myelodysplasia. She became ill last week while teaching at the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts. Foch had taught at USC for 40 years.
What many people know about Nina is that she was the acting teacher for the late John Ritter when he attended USC from 1966-71. She taught John well and was one of her favorite students of all-time. She even worked with John on the big screen movie Blake Edwards' Skin Deep in 1989, in which John was the star. John had a supporting role in the movie Shadow of Doubt in 1998 and Nina also worked with John then. And you John Ritter fans know that Nina was interviewed in many John Ritter documentaries such as John Ritter's Biography episode.
Foch's career goes back all the way to the 40s. Her lengthy television credits include Prescription: Murder in 1968, which launched the popular Columbo detective series starring Peter Falk, the miniseries War and Remembrance in 1989 and episodes of Studio One, Rawhide, Route 66, I Spy, Gunsmoke, Bonanza, The Mod Squad, That Girl, Hawaii Five-0, Trapper John MD, Hunter, LA Law, Murder She Wrote, Just Shoot Me, Bull, Dharma & Greg, NCIS and most recently on The Closer. She earned an Emmy nomination for best supporting actress in a drama series in 1980 for her work on an episode of Lou Grant.
She was known for her film work as she earned an Oscar nomination for best supporting actress in Executive Suite in 1954. But her dedication as an acting teacher at USC was her legacy and many actors and actresses have respect for Nina Foch. "Believe it or not, teaching is the most rewarding thing I do," Foch told United Press International in 1994. "It has been the most successful thing I've done in my life." She will be remembered for her work, her wonderful teachings, and for her support for the great John Ritter. Nina was 84 and never retired.

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Sunday, December 07, 2008

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

Week 11 numbers (first four nights final averages, Mon-Thurs):

Households: CBS: 7.6/12.1; ABC: 5.3/8.4; NBC: 5.2/8.3; Fox: 4.3/6.6; The CW: 1.2/1.9; MNT: 1.1/1.7.
Total Viewers: CBS: 12.33 million; ABC: 8.39 million; NBC: 8.21 million; Fox: 6.9 million; The CW: 1.77 million; MNT: 1.68 million.
Adults 18-49: CBS: 3.4/8.8; NBC: 2.9/7.7; ABC: 2.7/7.2; Fox: 2.7/7.0; The CW: 0.7/1.9; MNT: 0.5/1.3.

Analysis: Week 11 so far has seen a mix of new and repeats, with CBS on top thus far. Through the first four days, CBS has the lead in all categories, with ABC second in viewers and households but NBC is right behind and ha a slim lead for 2nd in 18-49, with Fox in fourth across the board, but is in the same still in 18-49.
Last week, CBS won week 10 in HH and viewers thanks to an NFL overrun, while ABC won the week in 18-49. ABC was second in HH/viewers, while CBS was second in 18-49 for the week. NBC was a distant third across the board and Fox was fourth across the board as well.
Monday ABC was without Dancing with the Stars, as the season ended the previous week, so of course so their ratings obviously were down. CBS was in repeats but yet still won the night beating 2nd place ABC. CBS started with repeats of their comedies with CSI: Miami. The Big Bang Theory doing 7.63 million for a repeat, not bad. A repeat of How I Met Your Mother followed 7.88 million, building a bit from is lead-in. #1 sitcom Two and a Half Men followed with 13.63 million for a repeat, yet only down a million or so from the previous week when it was all-new, while Worst Week finally had an encore and it did only 7.79 million, but all things considered...it isn't too bad. At 10pm a repeat of CSI: Miami did 11.16 million, not bad at all. Don't know how these shows repeat so well. ABC started off the night very strong with the new holiday classic Shrek the Halls doing a solid 11.14 million followed by all-time classic special How the Grinch Stole Christmas building with a nice 11.41 million. Not bad, even though last year they did considerably better, but that was when Shrek the Halls first premiered and surprised everyone with over 20 million. ABC then aired back-to-back all-new episodes of Samantha Who and did not do as well as it does doing 6.04 and 6.51 million, but at least it built through the hour...maybe many fans didn't know of the special 9pm time? A new Boston Legal followed with 8.11 million, on par really from the previous week. The series finale is tomorrow night...ABC will go with a two-hour finale, so I'm guessing it will be double digits in viewers, maybe 10 and 13 million for the two-hours? NBC was next and as its regular line-up continues to falter. Chuck did 7.34 million, up from previous week though and was the bright spot for them, followed by Heroes at just 8 million, up a bit from previous week, but really should be doing much better than this. The burn-off My Worst Own Enemy was next at just 3.94 million, but actually up a bit from previous week. Fox was next with the very weak Sarah Connor at just 5.82 million, but actually up over a million from previous week's terrible ratings, and on its last legs Prison Break at 5.84 million, also up week-to-week. The CW was next with a new Gossip Girl doing a solid 3.11 million...there you go, it is back on track! One Tree Hill was preempted as CW aired a new episode of Privileged on a special night doing only 2.2 million. Privileged will be airing on this night tomorrow, too. If I were to guess, it's one season and done for this series.
Tuesday it was all CBS by miles. CBS's quiet hit NCIS started the night off with 18.52 million...up a bit from previous week. New drama The Mentalist followed with 18.74 million, up 3 million from previous week and a series high as there is no more Dancing to compete with. WOW! Breakout hit of the fall, but do you actually know anyone who watches? A new Without a Trace did 12.32 million, up two million week-to-week, as it was affected by Dancing the previous week. Fox was next with a new House at 12.52 million, down a bit week-to-week for a season low, followed by the fall finale for lead-in dependent Fringe with 8.54 million, up from previous week. NBC was next with another two-hour The Biggest Loser at a above normal 8.75 million, up two million from previous week, as again Dancing affected the previous week and Law & Order: SVU followed at 10.33 million, also loads better than the previous week. But still who would have thought 10.33 million for SVU would be a great number? For this year that is outstanding for it...in other years that would be pretty below normal. ABC was all the way to 4th on night this, but started off decently with the holiday classic Santa Claus is Comin' to Town at a solid 8.9 million, as this special is no where near the ratings hit of other specials, but still solid. No more Dancing with the Stars: The Results until March, so ABC is airing holiday themed episodes of According to Jim this month instead and two new episodes did OK with 6.13 million and 5.46 million, the concern is why the drop at 9:30? Jim lead into Eli Stone at 10pm at just 4.94 million. Just two more confirmed airings left unless ABC will unload the other remaining episodes in January on Saturdays? The CW aired a repeat of 90210 and only mustered 1.21 million but a repeat of the previous night's Privileged only did 850,000 viewers.
Wednesday was a strange night. NBC and CBS had something to cheer for while ABC and Fox didn't do so bad either. NBC opened the night with the annual special Christmas at Rockefeller Center doing a nice 10.32 million, boosting Life to a season high of 8.15 million, or is it because CBS's Criminal Minds was not on? Probably a bit of both. The above average night for NBC helped Law & Order at 10pm doing a season high 11.31 million, up over 4 million from previous week's SERIES low. Go figure. CBS also aired a holiday special to start the night off as sitcoms Old Christine and Gary Unmarried took a seat for the holiday classic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer doing 11.81 million, but that was down a lot from last season, but that was on a Tuesday. Next was the Grammy Nomination Concert at just 6.99 million, costing CBS this night, as Criminal Minds would have doubled that. At 10pm CSI: NY was also preempted but CBS did decent with the annual Victoria's Secret Fashion Show doing 8.68 million but even better 3.6 18-49 rating...both up big from last season. Fox was next but Bones was preempted as Fox aired a two-hour premiere for new reality series Secret Millionaire and the series did decent doing 6.67 million at 8pm but rose to 8.05 million and won the hour in 18-49 actually. A nice series to air in December indeed. ABC was next but it started off slow with Pushing Daisies only managing 4.87 million, but up from previous week. Private Practice was next and did a solid 7.78 million, winning the hour in households Dirty Sexy Money was next and did an OK 5.64 million...I wished more people watched this show, it is amazing. The CW had a repeat of Stylista doing just 1.25 million, followed by an all-new Stylista doing the same 1.25 million, no Top Model lead-in, no good ratings.
Thursday saw CBS nip ABC in HH/viewers, but ABC took the night in 18-49 with a Barbara Walters special. CBS opened with Survivor: Gabon at 12.73 million, a new CSI followed with a a season low of 17.48 million, and a new Eleventh Hour followed with 10.86 million. ABC was next with a great episode of Ugly Betty doing 8.37 million, Grey's Anatomy was next and did a solid 15.28 million but won the hour in 18-49 with a 5.5 rating to CSI's 4.6. ABC closed the night very strong with the annual special Barbara Walter's 10 Most Fascinating People doing 13.19 million for first place at 10pm. NBC was next with My Name is Earldoing just 6.13 million, followed by Kath & Kim at just 4.91 million, while The Office perked up to 8.46 million, followed by 30 Rock at 7.18 million and a new ER closed the night with 8.2 million. Fox was fourth for the night with two repeats of Kitchen Nightmares at 3.62 and 4.06 million. Smallville repeat on The CW did a 2.29 million followed by a Supernatural repeat at 2.0 million.
Now, as usual final numbers for Friday and Saturday are not available, but CBS won Friday with Ghost Whisperer and NUMB3RS, while the combo of the holiday movie How the Grinch Stole Christmas and 20/20 was 2nd for ABC. NBC again didn't do much even with a holiday countdown at 8pm.
Saturday numbers were not available but it is expected for ABC to win big thanks to the Big-12 championship game on the season finale of Saturday Night College Football.
Tonight NFL plays a big role to what will happen. CBS will probably have a below normal night as they will air a Hallmark movie from 9-11pm. ABC's regular Sunday line-up of AFV, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Desperate Housewives, and Brothers & Sisters, is all-new tonight, so they should be in the game. NBC will be solid with the SNF game, but not as high as usual with the Ravens/Red Skins. Fox will do big for the overrun of the Cowboys and Steelers leading into the BCS selection show at 8pm and an all-new Simpsons at 8:30, but the rest of Fox is repeats.
As for the week, CBS will win the week in HH and viewers and might hang on to 18-49, but it depends on low CBS does tonight and how high the NFL overrun is for Fox tonight. 18-49 rating can go anyway this week with Fox as high as 1st place or low as 4th place. Very tight. What to watch for this week? Boston Legal series finale airs tomorrow on ABC, with more holiday classics airing as well.

Last Sunday Sitcoms (counts for week of Nov. 24-30)

  • The Simpsons (Fox) - a new episode did a below normal 7.8 million.
  • King of the Hill (Fox) 3 episodes - A new episode at 8:30 did 6.33 million...the usual, while two repeats at 7pm only did 2.71 and 3.72 million.
  • Family Guy (Fox) - A repeat did 6.99 million, not bad.
  • American Dad (Fox) - A new episode only did 5.56 million without the support of a new Family Guy.

Monday Sitcoms

  • The Big Bang Theory (CBS) - 7.63 million for a repeat, not bad at all...but they should have aired a new one as it will be new tomorrow. Better for momentum.
  • How I Met Your Mother (CBS) - 7.88 million for a repeat, and built from the lead-in's repeat numbers. Good.
  • Two and a Half Men (CBS) - 13.63 million, and that was for a repeat...wow.
  • Worst Week (CBS) - 7.79 million for a repeat of the pilot...not great, but not too bad either.
  • Samantha Who? (ABC) 2 episodes - Two new episodes did 6.04 and 6.51 million, down of course because it doesn't have Dancing as the lead-in..but at least it grew in the hour.

Tuesday Sitcoms

  • According to Jim (ABC) 2 episodes - The return did 6.13 million and 5.46 million...not too bad but concerned for the drop in the second episode.
Wednesday Sitcoms
  • Old Christine (CBS) - preempted for Rudolph.
  • Gary Unmarried (CBS) - preempted for Rudolph.

Thursday Sitcoms

  • My Name is Earl (NBC) - Only 6.13 million...the same as According to Jim this week...uh oh.
  • Kath & Kim (NBC) - 4.91 million only for a new episode makes this a big loser for the week for sitcoms.
  • The Office (NBC) - 8.46 million for an all-new showing...decent.
  • 30 Rock (NBC) - 7.18 million for a new episode, not bad, but could be & should be better.

Friday Sitcoms

  • Everybody Hates Chris (The CW) - preempted for holiday specials.
  • The Game (The CW) - preempted for holiday specials.

Saturday Sitcoms

  • None.

Airing tonight (Sunday) are Fox's animated comedies from 8:30-10 but only Simpsons is new at 8:30.

Summing it up. Two and a Half Men repeat , The Office, How I Met Your Mother repeat, and The Big Bang Theory repeat were impressive for the week. Everything else was OK (such as 30 Rock, According to Jim 9pm) or just plain old terrible (such as Kath & Kim, According to Jim 9:30pm).

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Saturday, December 06, 2008

Blog DVD Review: A Shari Lewis Christmas

It is Saturday, so that must mean it is time for the blog DVD review! Since we are in the middle of the holiday season, it makes sense today to take a look at S'more Entertainment's A Shari Lewis Christmas. The Shari Lewis Show of course was the popular children's series starring Shari Lewis and her sidekick Lamb Chop! See skees53's blog DVD review of A Shari Lewis Christmas:

A Shari Lewis Christmas (S'more, $9.98) features Shari Lewis and her (both figuratively and literally) right-hand man (well technically girl), Lamb Chop, in three classic Christmas episodes of the children's series The Shari Lewis Show. For those unfamiliar with Lewis, she was a multi-talented ventriloquist that found success in sock puppets, particularly one that was a lamb that she named Lamb Chop. But Lamb Chop was hardly her only puppet. She also had Charlie Horse and other sock puppets as her "leading stars." Lewis and Lamb Chop made their debut on a WNBC morning show in New York City, and by 1960, they had their own children's show on NBC called The Shari Lewis Show, which is featured on this DVD. Her success continued on for generations and hit a new high in the early 1990s when she revived the Lamb Chop character for the "modern" generation in the PBS series Lamb Chop's Play Along. Here, we have three Christmas episodes from the original series that aired from 1960-1963, as well as one of the Christmas episodes from the WNBC morning show.
In the 12/24/1960 episode (21:05), Charlie Horse and Lamb Chop have a disagreement on Christmas presents. Lamb Chop thinks that people should buy Christmas presents for each other while Charlie Horse thinks that everybody should just buy one present for himself or herself. But is that what Charlie Horse really wants? We get to see even more of Charlie Horse's greed in the 12/23/1961 episode (22:56). Finally, the 12/22/1962 (22:05) involves Lamb Chop getting very upset about opening presents on Christmas, but just exactly why is he so against the idea of opening presents?
The DVD contains a few minor special features. Christmas Wishes from Shari and Lamb Chop (1:19) is just a short message that aired in movie theaters to wish movie-goers a merry Christmas. There really isn't much more to be said about it. Next, we have a Christmas episode of the WNBC morning show Hi Mom! (58:02), which was a weekday variety series that featured many different topics, but part of the entertainment in this episode comes from Lewis and Lamb Chop. This episode is completely intact, including commercials for movies, butter, baby bottles, and even Bosco.
The set is presented in a standard DVD case with a black and white snapshot of Shari and Lamb Chop on the cover (with color decorations surrounding them). Inside, we have just one disc with very basic artwork. As far as the menus, there is nothing truly out of the ordinary about them, with just a little Christmas music in the background and options of Play, Shows, and Bonus. There are no chapters placed within the episodes, nor are there any scene selection menus.
The unfortunate reality of the whole DVD is that this series is old and was not very well preserved. In fact, the video and audio, while it looks as if efforts to clean it up were indeed made, can be described as being pretty bad. Of course, these are not the originally filmed versions that were filmed and placed on the shelf and designed to remain perfect over several decades. These are all kinescopes that were preserved at the UCLA Film & Television archive.
What you'll notice about these shows is that the lighting levels are pretty bad, the picture sometimes jumps around, and the audio levels are INCREDIBLY low. No closed-captioning is available, at all. The runtimes for the episodes seem to suggest that perhaps some things were edited and removed from the episodes. In fact, you'll notice some strange edits here and there. However, my gut feeling is that the only thing that was removed was sponsorship elements, as these were episodes preserved in an archive. It seems unlikely to me that an archive would preserved materials that are intentionally edited to allow more commercial time.
This is a great DVD for those that love true vintage children's television, although personally I have to say that isn't really something I'm in to. Still, it was fun to see what children were watching on TV back in the "golden age" of television, and to see how much children's TV has changed over the decades. Back then, it was much simpler to entertain the youth of America, but these days, you have to go over-the-top, be cutting edge, and be flashy to attract the attention of children. Even Shari Lewis had to adapt to the "modern era" in her PBS series Lamb Chop's Play Along, which was nothing at all like this series. One thing that I find interesting, though, is that these are all Christmas episodes, while Lewis herself was actually Jewish. Of course, having a Hanukkah episode of a series would have been a little out of the ordinary in the 1960s, but she did do a Hanukkah episode of the PBS series in the 1990s. In any event, fans of Shari Lewis, puppets, or just vintage children's programming are sure to enjoy these episodes. They also have a lot of positive messages about what the Christmas spirit is all about that anybody is certain to get a lot out of.
-- Reviewed by skees53
(3.5/5 stars)

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Friday, December 05, 2008

Harry Hamlin and Lisa Rinna Show on TV Land Soon?; Remembering Paul Benedict (Mr. Bentley on The Jeffersons)

Celebrity couple Lisa Rinna and Harry Hamlin are possibly ready to expose their lives to the cameras in an unscripted project for TV Land.
The network has ordered a pilot presentation of a project that would follow the lives of the husband-and-wife duo along with their two daughters. The project is executive produced by Jason Carbone. Both Hamlin and Rinna appeared on separate seasons of Dancing with the Stars as well.
Should TV Land go forward with the project, said to have generated interest from a few cable networks, it will go straight to a half-hour series pickup targeted for a 2009 debut.
While that series might not be picked-up yet, there is some hard news for the actual schedule. The weather outside may be frightful but TV Land is keeping viewers warm throughout the winter season with a hearty helping of touching Extreme Makeover: Home Edition episodes, exciting theatrical releases in Friday PRIME Movies, the second season premiere of the hit reality series High School Reunion and the spring premiere of the much-anticipated elimination dating series The Cougar during its TV Land PRIME programming block. Additionally, TV Land will air a hilarious New Year's Day marathon and ring in 2009 with Jan-centric episodes of The Brady Bunch.
We have mentioned all that, but just a reminder of some of the stuff to come!

Paul Benedict, the actor who played the wacky English neighbor Harry Bentley on the sitcom The Jeffersons, has died. But his death is pretty mysterious. Benedict was found dead Monday (December 1) on Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts...his brother, Charles said authorities were still investigating the cause of death.
Benedict began his acting career in the 1960s in the Theatre Company of Boston, alongside such future stars as Robert De Niro, Dustin Hoffman and Al Pacino.
Benedict went on to appear in a number of movies, including a role as the oddball director in The Goodbye Girl with Richard Dreyfuss.
But he was known primarily for his role as the crazy neighbor to George Jefferson on The Jeffersons from 1975-1985. The accented speech that he used even offstage led many to assume that Benedict was British, but in fact he was born Sept. 17, 1938, in Silver City, N.M. His other TV credits include guest roles on All in the Family (the backdoor pilot episode for The Jeffersons), Maude, Harry O, Kojak, Murder She Wrote, A Different World, Tales from the Crypt, Morton & Hayes, Seinfeld, Guiding Light, The Drew Carey Show, and a recurring role on Sesame Street as "The Mad Painter" in the early 1970s.
His other movie roles include After the Sunset, The Man with Two Brains, The Addams Family Movie, Cocktail, and Arthur 2. On Broadway he played opposite Al Pacino in the 2-man Broadway play Hughie (by Eugene O'Neill) in mid '90s and in 2000 he played Mayor Shinn in The Music Man.
We will certainly miss him. He was wonderful and hilarious on The Jeffersons, and let's hope TV Land does a tribute marathon for him. If they do, we will certainly let you know. If not, as a tribute to him, let someone walk on your back! Leave your memories of Paul Benedict on our message board. Mr. Benedict was 70.

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Thursday, December 04, 2008

WGN America's 2008 Holiday Programming; NBC Announces More Midseason 2009 Changes; ABC Update

WGN America has announced its holiday schedule for 2008! They are airing holiday movies all month long such as the 1985 movie Santa Claus: The Movie on Saturday night, I'll Be Home for Christmas starring Jonathan Taylor Thomas & Jessica Biel, and It's a Very Muppet Christmas Movie. But what about their stunt on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day itself? On Christmas Eve, you can catch Christmas episodes of regularly scheduled timeslot series Beverly Hillbillies, Bewitched, I Dream of Jeannie, Matlock, In the Heat of the Night, and Nash Bridges from 8am to 1pm ET. Then after the WGN News at 1pm ET, Christmas episodes of The Cosby Show will air at a special time of 2-3pm ET (instead of the usual Homicide) followed by the classic 1977 Christmas special A Flintstone Christmas from 3-4pm ET and the 1980 Yogi Bear classic Yogi's First Christmas from 4-6pm ET. A Flintstone Christmas will also air Monday, Dec. 22 in primetime from 8-9pm ET, while Yogi's First Christmas will also air in primetime on Friday, Dec. 19 from 8-10pm ET. Back to Christmas Eve, WGN America will then reair the movie Santa Claus: The Movie from 6-8pm ET. Then in primetime, WGN America will spend the holidays with The Honeymooners from 8-9pm ET, includes the classic Christmas episode, leading into the Yule Log from 9pm-6am! Who needs a fireplace when you have the classic Yule Log playing classic Christmas songs from the Golden Age of Radio!
On Christmas Day itself, WGN America will air Midnight Mass from Chicago at 8am ET and Midnight Mass from New York at 9:30am ET, with Feed the Children at 11am ET before regular programming starts at 12pm ET with a holiday movie marathon until 10:30pm ET, with stars in movies such as Peter Falk, William H. Macy, Don Rickles, Patricia Heaton, Valerie Bertinelli, and Katey Sagal. At 10:30pm ET WGN will air a half-hour special called WGN News Holiday Special.
Now originally the plan was for some sitcom holiday episodes during the day on both days, but that is not happening. It was supposed to be from 2pm-6pm ET on Christmas Eve with holiday showings of Cosby Show, Coach, Becker, NewsRadio, Bewitched, WKRP and two episodes of Beverly Hillbillies leading into A Flintstone Christmas and Yogi's Fist Christmas. The Yule Log was originally slated for Christmas Eve night and Christmas morning from 1:30am-6am and again 8am-11am ET followed by a sitcom marathon from 11am-4pm ET of Beverly Hillbillies, Coach, Sister Sister, Cosby Show, Becker, NewsRadio, WKRP, Bewitched and more Coach & Hillbillies leading into three movies. It is too bad this isn't happening, but still WGN is giving us some goodies at least with the animated classic specials. NewsRadio fans might be happy though, as that series is airing as a filler now at times on Fridays at 10:30pm ET, and its holiday episode will air on Dec. 26! Make note of it!
So what does WGN America have in store for New Year's Eve and New Year's Day? We can tell you it is a sitcom marathon! We will announce it next week...so stay tuned! Come on back!

NBC has announced its plans for their post Super Bowl schedule starting Feb. 2. We gave you their January schedule, now they have announced their February and March plans. Immediately following Super Bowl XLIII on Sunday, February 1, NBC will broadcast an original, hour-long episode of The Office from approx. 10:30-11:30 p.m. ET (airing simultaneously to all time zones). Then starting the next day, February 2, Monday nights will feature the returns of Chuck (8-9 p.m. ET), the latest volume of Heroes (9-10 p.m. ET) and the season premiere of Medium (10-11 p.m. ET), back in its old slot. Tuesdays will remain the same as they did in January with The Biggest Loser: Couples and Law & Order: SVU. Wednesdays will have the return of Life starting Feb. 4 in between Knight Rider and Law & Order. Speaking of Knight Rider, NBC has cut its episode for the series from the full 22 episodes to 17 episodes due to declining ratings. Knight Rider will now have its season finale on Feb. 25, with a new show launching March 4, but NBC has not announced what yet. Thursdays will stay the same until mid-March, when ER has its two-hour series finale on March 12 from 9-11pm. NBC has ordered an extra ER episode, giving it 20 for this final season. The following week NBC will launch new series Kings with a two-hour premiere on March 19 from 9-11pm, before settling to its new timeslot of 10pm on March 26. I just don't get why NBC is not launching this earlier when they have the Super Bowl platform. Kings is a riveting new drama about a modern-day monarchy. It is a contemporary retelling of the timeless tale of David and Goliath. This series is an epic story of greed and power, war and romance, forbidden loves and secret alliances -- and a young hero who rises to power in a modern-day kingdom. I don't know if the ER audience will stick for something like this. Anyway, Fridays will remain the same in February & March as January with Howdie Do It, Friday Night Lights, and Dateline. Saturdays will continue to have more Law & Order and Law & Order: SVU encores. While Sundays will continue the event specials with the new miniseries XIII airing a week after the Super Bowl from 9-11pm on Feb. 8 and concluding on the week after on Feb. 15 from 9-11pm. XIII is a high-stakes cat-and-mouse thriller starring Val Kilmer, Stephen Dorff, Stephen McHattie and Jessalyn Gilsig, as the first female U.S. president is shot dead by a sniper during her Veterans Day speech. Three months later, a wounded man is found tattered in a forest with no memory of his identity. The only clue is a tattoo on his neck -- XIII. NBC has not announced what will air 7-9pm on Sundays, but it will likely be Dateline or possibly the missing Deal or No Deal. NBC has not announced what special is airing on Feb. 22, but starting March 1, Celebrity Apprentice will air Sundays from 9-11pm.
NBC says premieres for additional midseason shows such as The Untitled Amy Poehler Comedy and The Philanthropist, will be announced at a future date.
View the NBC Feb-March 2009 press release for more details on these shows.

Yesterday we mentioned we thought ABC would air the docudrama Border Security USA as a lead-in to Lost starting Jan. 28. Now ABC has announced it has renamed the series to Homeland Security USA and will launch it instead on Tuesdays at 8pm starting Jan. 6 as a lead-in to the ABC premiere of Scrubs, a week before Idol comes. So this means According to Jim will not move to that slot on that date. Promos for Homeland started airing last night. However, it seems ABC is only airing 5 of the 11 episodes right now for Homeland Security USA as According to Jim is listed in returning on Feb. 10, though that could change. Looks like ABC wants to do better vs. Idol and give Scrubs a better lead-in. ABC still has not announced what will air as a lead-in to Lost...could it possibly be repeats of Lost? We will keep you up to date on this. But it seems the According to Jim holiday episodes in December will be it for awhile, so watch it all this month Tuesdays 9-10pm! Meanwhile, ABC has cut the episode order for upcoming new series Cupid from 13 to 9 episodes, as it is launching pretty late in the season...on March 24. ABC already cut The Unusuals and Castle from 13 to 10 episodes due to so many series, so this is nothing against Cupid.

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Wednesday, December 03, 2008

More ABC Midseason 2009 Updates; More Network Notes

We detailed most of the ABC midseason schedule for January, now we have some spring news. Three new dramas will be joining the ABC lineup this spring: Castle on Monday, March 9 at 10:00 p.m.; Cupid on Tuesday, March 24 at 10:00 p.m.; and The Unusuals on Wednesday, April 8 at 10:00 p.m. In addition, ABC News Primetime: What Would You Do? will return on Tuesday, January 6 at 10:00 p.m. replacing Eli Stone (all times ET/PT).
ABC will also return Dancing with the Stars for an all-new season starting Monday, March 9 with a two-hour premiere leading into the premiere of crime drama Castle. Castle will benefit for three weeks from Dancing because Dancing will be two-hours for the first three weeks before settling into its regular 90-minute slot from 8-9:30pm. ABC has not announced yet what will air at 9:30pm starting that night (March 30), one would think it would be either Samantha Who? or new sitcom In the Motherhood. Or even Scrubs? The Dancing with the Stars: The Results show will launch a week later on Tuesday, March 17 at 9:00pm. Looks like there will be no elimination the first week, as there is no results show on March 10. No idea yet what will air following the first results show (perhaps the finale of Primetime: What Would You Do?) on the 17th, but on the 24th ABC will launch new comedy-drama Cupid at 10pm. It is still not known what will happen to Scrubs, but most likely it will go back an hour to 8pm replacing According to Jim. ABC still has not announced dates for new comedies Better Off Ted and The Goode Family, although promos for The Goode Family indicate it is coming this spring. I don't think starting Jan. 20 one of those will premiere, so expect Scrubs double airings Tuesdays 9-10pm for awhile.
As for Wednesdays, ABC has not yet announced what will air before Lost. However, we think that Wednesday at 8pm slot starting Jan. 28 will likely be the new docudrama Border Security USA, but it is not official yet. My guess is that will be it and will run for 11 weeks before perhaps The Goode Family taking over in April. We do know that ABC will air last season's three-part season finale of Lost on Wednesday, January 14 from 8-11pm, a week before the new season starts on Jan. 21. This means Pushing Daisies and Dirty Sexy Money will not finish its runs on Wednesdays, as on January 7 ABC will air an ABC News Special called Earth 2100, a look at what the world will look like in 2100 where cities are abandoned and our population has dropped by 80 percent if we do not head the warning signs. Will those two and Eli Stone be used on Saturdays? We shall see. Life on Mars will finish its 17 episodes by April 1, so that is how The Unusuals is launching on April 8.
View complete details on these new three shows announced.

The CW will return Reaper on Tuesdays at 9pm starting March 17. 13 episodes have been ordered for its second year. Returning for its second season, Reaper blends suspense and humor as it follows Sam, a slacker whose world turned upside down on his 21st birthday when he learned that his parents sold his soul to the Devil before he was born. Reaper will follow 90210 on Tuesdays, so the series will be replacing Privileged. Privileged aired a new episode this past Monday at 9 on a special night, and will also air next Monday at 9 with an immediate repeat on its normal night at 9pm. However, it will return to Tuesdays at 9 on Jan. 6 to finish off its 18 episodes. 6 episodes will remain starting then.
Meanwhile, NBC is set to announce its post-Super Bowl plans for midseason (including what will air immediately following the Super Bowl) this week. NBC has announced its January midseason plans, but has not announced nothing more than that yet. One thing you will see is two-hour episodes of Celebrity Apprentice, according to creator Mark Burnett. Sundays 9-11pm is one option or even Wednesdays 8-10pm. So stay tuned, as we learn what NBC will do.

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Tuesday, December 02, 2008

ION Adds New Movies to Christmas Slate; According to Jim Returns Tonight; CBS Midseason 2009 Schedule and More Network Notes

ION Television today announced that is has inked a deal with Aro Entertainment to acquire two originally produced holiday-themed films. Christmas Town, starring Nicole de Boer (The Dead Zone, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine) and Patrick Muldoon (Melrose Place), will air Thursday, December 11 at 9:00 p.m. ET and The Christmas Clause, starring Lea Thompson (Caroline in the City), will premiere on ION Television the following week on Thursday, December 18 at 9:00 p.m. ET.
The "Positively Entertaining" network also has plans to debut the classic Pinocchio, a four-hour adaptation of the beloved masterpiece, on Sunday, December 14 at 7:00 p.m. ET. The original miniseries stars Golden Globe winner Bob Hoskins as Geppetto and Robbie Kay as Pinocchio.
View more on ION December 2008.

As we mentioned, don't forget tonight on ABC it is the eighth season premiere of sitcom According to Jim following the holiday classic Santa Claus is Comin' to Town. Yes, According to Jim is returning for one final season and the fun starts tonight at 9pm ET/PT on ABC with two all-new back-to-back episodes that are set during the holidays. The According to Jim holiday-themed fun continues next week at 9pm and on Dec. 16 at 9pm with guest star Steve Guttenberg! Then on Dec. 30 at 9:30pm, an all-new episode to coincide with the New Year's holiday. According to Jim will then have regular all-new episodes on Tuesdays starting Jan. 6 in its new time period of 8-9pm. So celebrate the holidays with Jim all this month and then join Jim starting in January for one final hurrah!

CBS today announced midseason schedule changes that include the return of the drama Flashpoint, the premiere of the mystery event Harper's Island, the debut of the new game show Game Show in My Head and the returns of reality hits Survivor and The Amazing Race.
Game Show in My Head launches first and it is a hidden camera game show from Ashton Kutcher, premiering Saturday, Jan. 3 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT). Ordinary people must perform extraordinary tasks on an unsuspecting public to win up to $50,000. Under the watchful eye of host Joe Rogan, each contestant performs five outrageous, embarrassing and hilarious tasks worth $5,000 each. In a no-holds-barred bonus round, each contestant has the chance to double their money up to $50,000. It will replace the first hour of CBS crime repeats. We're not sure yet how many episodes have been ordered.
Flashpoint, last summer's top original scripted series, returns Friday, Jan. 9 in the 9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT time period replacing various CBS drama repeats.
Harper's Island, a 13-episode mystery event, premieres Thursday, April 9 from 10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT and concludes Thursday, July 2 from 10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT. The series is about a group of family and friends who travel to a secluded island for a destination wedding. They've come to laugh... to love... and, though they don't know it... to die. As the wedding festivities begin, friendships are tested and secrets exposed as a murderer claims victims, one by one, transforming the wedding week of fun and celebration into a terrifying struggle for survival. In every episode, someone is killed and every person is a suspect, from the wedding party to the island locals. By the end of the 13 episodes, all questions will be answered, the killer will be revealed and only a few will survive. It will replace Eleventh Hour, which would have wrapped its season by then. More on that below.
Finally, CBS will return Survivor with its 18th season on Thursday, Feb. 12 and The Amazing Race on Sunday, Feb. 15 for its 14th season. Survivor will replace various encores while Race replaces Million Dollar Password. No word yet on returning sitcom Rules of Engagement will return for its all-new season. Worst Week was ordered for three additional episodes, so I'm guessing it will be replaced by Rules of Enagement after that. Just a hunch, we'll let you know when we know.
View the full CBS midseason 2009 press release.

CBS has picked up five more episodes of Jerry Bruckheimer's Thursday crime drama Eleventh Hour. The episode order is now up to 18 episodes for the season. The show has done nearly 12 million following CSI, not great retention but 12 million is good. Could CBS be doing better in the slot? Yes. If they thought not, then we would have seen a full 22 episodes for Eleventh Hour. We will see Harper's Island take over in the slot starting April 9, as mentioned above.
The CW will launch new midseason scary reality series 13: Fear is Real on Wednesday, January 7, airing Wednesdays at 8pm with encores on Fridays at 9pm. 13: Fear is Real will keep the slot warm for America's Next Top Model when it returns in March. 13: Fear is Real is a spine-tingling new eight-episode series combining the horror genre with a reality show format. Contestants are energetic, competitive and are full of personality, as they try to be part of television's first scary competition reality show and win a grand prize of $66,666. Talk about bad luck!

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Monday, December 01, 2008

Lifetime December 2008 and January 2009 Changes; Cincinnati Station Changes Name to WKRP

We didn't get a chance to mention it, but effective last week (Nov. 24), Lifetime removed The Nanny from the line-up. The contract for the show expires later this month, and TV Land and Nick at Nite gain access to it starting this spring, but not sure yet when and where it will air. We'll let you know. The Nanny was airing weeknights at 2am, and Lifetime replaced it with an extra episode of The Golden Girls. Also, The Golden Girls is now airing in the 8am hour replacing Still Standing's morning airings...it will still air weekdays 7-8pm. So The Golden Girls as of now is airing 8-9am, 9-10am, and 1-am-2:30am...7 airings a day. It will be cut to 6 in January, more on that below.
As we mentioned previously, effective today (Dec. 1), Lifetime will add the original series Mom's Cooking in the weekday 11am hour (20 episodes have been ordered) and will add another Wife Swap episode at 10am leading into the series...so Will & Grace and Frasier are off of the daytime line-up until further notice (thru end of January at least), but remain in late night. No other changes are being made in December, so the rest of the line-up is the same as it is now.
Starting in January we get a few more changes. Lifetime will start airing How I Met Your Mother on Monday evenings from 7-8pm starting Monday, January 5, 2009. This is its pre-syndication start before Lifetime can air it daily starting in fall 2010, as we mentioned before. Reba will be the lead-in (6-7pm) and lead-out (8pm) to the How I Met Your Mother airings, while original sitcom Rita Rocks moves from Tuesdays at 8:30pm to Mondays at 8:30pm. Lifetime will move the primetime airing of Wife Swap from Tuesdays at 10pm to Mondays at 9pm leading into their new original series DietTribe, airing Mondays at 10pm starting January 5 thru Feb. 2. Rita Rocks and DietTribe will repeat later on Mondays starting at 1am. So Mondays is a big night for Lifetime in January.
Also, starting Jan. 5, Will & Grace will expand to three episodes airing 11pm to 12:30am, while the Frasier hour slides to 12:30am-1:30am, and the The Golden Girls airs 1:30-2:30am, so it loses an airing. The Golden Girls is moving to Hallmark Channel and WE tv in the spring, so we are down to the last months of the series on Lifetime. Frasier will get an additional slot in January, airing Sundays 12-1am after Grey's Anatomy. There will be no other changes, as of now.

WKRP is actually on the air! No, I don't mean the TV series is on TV, but a local station in Cincinnati has changed its call letters to WKRP! Low-power Channel 38 known as WBQC-TV since 1995, has changed its call letters to WKRP-TV to promote its new digital TV signal.
This is the first time a station here has been known as WKRP since the CBS premiere 30 years ago of WKRP in Cincinnati, a TV sitcom about a wacky rock radio station fictionally set in Cincinnati. Elliott Block, general manager and chief engineer for WKRP-TV says, "When I call someone out-of-town and say we're a TV station in Cincinnati, the response usually is, 'WKRP in Cincinnati?' This gives us recognition." He also has tried to acquire the TV series to air on WKRP-TV, but says "We've checked, but WKRP in Cincinnati is not available for broadcast. It's only available for cable." He is correct, it airs Sunday evenings on WGN America and Monday nights on AmericanLife TV.
So what does WKRP-TV air? Right now just stuff like Matlock, One on One, Punk'd, Cops, and first-run syndicated stuff like Cold Squad and Jury Duty. Nothing out of the ordinary, but still the name change is cool. So baby, if you've ever wondered if there was a real WKRP, now you know there is! Check out WKRP-TV's website. "I'm at WKRP in Cincinnati..."

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