Thursday, December 31, 2009

New Year's Eve 2009 and New Year's Day 2010 TV Marathons

It's the last day of 2009 today and tomorrow it's the first day of 2010! So to celebrate the end of 2009 and the start of 2010 we will let you know the notable marathons on TV!

December 31
First, let's start off with the marathons on TV today -- New Year's Eve (Thursday, Dec. 31, 2009). Most of the marathons don't start until after midnight tonight, but there are some that start during the day today. Bio TV has a classic Biography episodes marathon from 8am-5am today. Find out the stories on Ozzie & Harriet, Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley, Aaron Spelling, Charlie's Angels, Farrah Fawcett, Alan Alda, Florence Henderson, The Brady Bunch, Cheers, Bea Arthur, Betty White, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, and Carol Burnett. As we mentioned before, WGN America will have a marathon of In the Heat of the Night movies today from 10am-8pm ET. TNT heads to Vegas with a Las Vegas marathon from 11am-7pm today. Syfy Channel has a two day marathon of the classic series The Twilight Zone that starts at 8am today and runs until 6am Saturday! In other marathons for today are: USA Network's Burn Notice from 6am-6am, Sleuth's Royal Pains marathon from 6am-8pm, ABC Family's America's Funniest Home Videos marathon from 3pm-11pm both today and tomorrow, Chiller TV's Wolf Lake marathon from 10am-7pm, GSN's 1 vs. 100 marathon from 9am-3pm, Nick's SpongeBob marathon from 9am-8pm, and TV One celebrates the life of Michael Jackson from 8pm-3am.

January 1
Then at midnight tonight when we ring in the new year, we get the best marathons! First off, WPIX in NYC will have its annual The Honeymooners marathon from 12am-6am and again from 9am-5pm. As mentioned above, Syfy has The Twilight Zone. It's not time to celebrate a new year without these two shows! WGN America has a marathon of Barney Miller from 8am-10pm on New Year's Day. TV Land has three classic movies from 9am-4:30pm, followed by Married...with Children from 4:30-9pm. In other sitcom marathons on New Year's Day, TV One has Martin from 9am-5:30am, WE tv has a Golden Girls marathon from 10am-7pm, Gospel Music Channel has an Amen marathon from 12:30am-2pm, and Disney Channel has a Sonny with a Chance marathon from 12pm-12am. And Nick at Nite has a George Lopez Lopez-olutions marathon, but that's all night on Jan. 2 and 3. Non-sitcom wise for New Year's Day, we have plenty of goodies! Logo starts their Buffy the Vampire airings wih a marathon from 6am-12am with a New Year's Slay, GSN has a Family Feud marathon from 9am-3pm, SOAPnet has One Tree Hill from 2pm-12am, style has Supernanny from 12pm-6pm, Sleuth has The Unit from 6am-6am, USA Network has Law & Order: SVU from 6am-6am then NCIS takes over on Jan. 2, A&E has Criminal Minds from 8am-4am, as well as ION from 4pm-11pm, TeenNick has Degrassi from 1pm-6am, and Looney Tunes will be on from 8am-7pm on Cartoon Network, while Tom & Jerry on Boomerang from 6am-6am! Looking for even more, American Idol on Fox Reality Channel from 12pm-9pm, Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader on CMT from 2pm-9pm, and The Biggest Loser on Bravo from 8am-8pm
Movie wise, we have a Jennifer Aniston movies marathon on Lifetime from 11am-11pm, Chiller has Alfred Hitchcock movies from 8am-4am, Spike TV has a Lethal Weapon and Die Hard franchise marathons starting at 9am, AMC has The Matrix movies starting at 11am, and classic movie wise go with James Stewart films on TCM starting at 6:45am.

And of course we have sports today and tomorrow, mainly college football bowl games, and Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest tonight at 10pm ET and 11:35pm-2:05am on ABC! Everyone should be watching the latter as usual. On the networks in primetime, after the Rose Bowl on New Year's Day catch new episodes of sitcoms Better off Ted and Scrubs at 8:30pm ET/PT.

And that's our last post of 2009...see you in 2010!

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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

ION Television January 2010 Highlights; TBS 2009 Ratings Report

In January 2010 on ION Television there are no regular scheduled changes, but we do get some stunts and movie premieres! On New Year's Day spend the day in the mind of criminals on Criminal Minds from 4pm-12am, with eight episodes from the series' fourth season.
The lesson that "love hurts" is well learned by the characters who inhabit the eerie suburb of Durham County, when the second season of ION Television's critically acclaimed original primetime series launches with a two-hour premiere on Sunday, January 3 from 9:00–11:00 PM ET. A marathon of the series' first season will precede the season two launch, airing from 5:00–11:00 PM ET on Saturday, January 2. Durham County, which debuted this past fall, returns to the bleak and disturbing landscape of an alienated suburbia with a new star villain – Michelle Forbes, known for her intense portrayals on the hit HBO series True Blood and In Treatment this year. The show will be broadcast in its new regular timeslot at 10:00 PM ET on Sundays beginning Sunday, January 10.
Movie premieres for January 2010 has Death Wish V: The Face of Death (1994), Shanghai Noon (2000), Kickboxer (1989), A Trace of Danger (2009), Space Cowboys (2000), Running Scared (2006), The Transporter (2002), The Transporter 2 (2005), Bloodsport (1988), Phone Booth (2002), and Lethal Weapon 4 (1998). Movie encores for the month are Goodfellas (1990), Batman Returns (1992), Dealth Wish 4: The Crackdown (1987), and Tango & Cash (1989). ION airs moves Friday evenings and all day Saturdays & Sundays.
View the full schedule and highlights for ION Television January 2010. ION has been doing pretty well in th ratings with reruns of NCIS and Criminal Minds especially. In primetime, the network has averaged over 1 million viewers for the last four weeks and beat The CW last week.

TBS closes out 2009 with a banner year! In its first four weeks (Nov. 9-Dec. 3) on TBS, Lopez Tonight averaged 1.4 million viewers; 1 million households; 478,000 adults 18-34; and 869,000 adults 18-49. Lopez Tonight has delivered double-digit growth for TBS in the 11 p.m. hour, with viewers up 33%, households up 27%, adults 18-34 up 29% and adults 18-49 up 34% when compared to the same time period for the four weeks leading up to the premiere. A continuing hit with multicultural viewers, Lopez Tonight's audience is 32% Hispanic and 26% African-American. Lopez Tonight airs Mon-Thurs at 11pm.
Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns is ad-supported cable's #1 comedy of the year among viewers, households, adults 18-49 and adults 25-54. TBS's telecasts of Family Guy rank it second to Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns among adults 18-49. TBS claims four of the top five comedies for the year-to-date among adults 25-54 with Meet the Browns, Family Guy, The Office and Tyler Perry's House of Payne. Meet the Browns is the #2 series on all of television among African Americans, behind only American Idol, in African-Americans 18-49 for the year-to-date. Meet the Browns airs Wednesdays at 10pm.
And finally, TBS's exclusive coverage of the MLB League Division Series led the network to its most-viewed week in the 33-year history of the network and garnered double-digit year-to-year increases in ratings, total viewers and households. Over the course of 13 League Division Series games, TBS averaged a 3.1 national household rating, up 11% when compared to the 2008 League Division Series. TBS's coverage also scored an 11% increase in total viewers.

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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Nick at Nite January 2010 Includes Lopez-olutions Marathon; Minor NBC Sked Changes

Nick at Nite rings in 2010 with a weekend marathon of their number one series George Lopez! They are calling it a Lopez-olutions Marathon! You'll have a day to think about your New Year's "Lopez-olutions" because the marathon airs Saturday, Jan. 2 and Sunday, Jan. 3. from 10pm-5am on Saturday and 9pm-4am on Sunday. So spend the first weekend of 2010 with George, Angie, Carmen, Max and Benny! Sheoww!
On New Year's Day itself, Nickelodeon and Nick at Nite will present an original movie titled Angus, Thongs and the Perfect Snogging from 8pm-10pm. Georgia Nicolson is fourteen, lives with nosey parents who don't understand her, an annoying three year old sister and has to wear a beret to school. She would, however, rather be blonde, have a smaller nose and a boyfriend. Revolving around her hilarious journal entries, prepare to be engulfed in the world of the soaring joys and bottomless angst of being a teenager.
Last Monday we told you that the overnight schedule from 2am-6am will be changing, and that starts late night on Dec. 31. No more Roseanne, as Cosby Show returns and an extra hour of Everybody Hates Chris and Family Matters are added. There are no other changes, as of now, to the regular Nick at Nite schedule.
Discuss and view more details on Nick at Nite January 2010.

NBC has made a few minor schedule changes for a few dates. On Friday, January 8, 2010 NBC will bump an original Law & Order episode for a two-hour Dateline special that includes an interview with David Goldman (NJ dad in the child custody battle in Brazil). That Law & Order episode will air sometime later now and was supposed to have guest star Samantha Bee. The series will resume with new episodes on Jan. 15.
And finally, NBC will present a full-hour of new episodes of 30 Rock on Thursday, Jan. 14 from 9-10p, bumping an original episode of The Office at 9pm. The Office will return the following week (Jan. 21) now. The special 9pm half-hour episode of 30 Rock will have guest star James Franco, but it will be opposite ABC's Grey's Anatomy-Private Practice crossover event. The 9:30pm episode will oddly be about Jenna auditioning for Gossip Girl.

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Monday, December 28, 2009

Buffy the Vampire Slayer on MTV Update; Goode Family Repeats Launches Next Monday on Comedy Central

A few weeks ago we told you that Buffy the Vampire Slayer is coming to Logo and MTV in January. Everything is all set for Buffy on Logo, as the marathon will air New Year's Day and then it will join the regular schedule...but MTV has altered their schedule a bit. Buffy will NOT launch on MTV on Jan. 10 with a marathon. Instead, it will join the schedule without a marathon a week later than planned. It starts airing weekdays at 11am ET/PT on Tuesday, Jan. 19. Oh well, enjoy the marathon on Logo this week and watch the show at better time slots regularly on Logo (like 6pm & 7pm) if you don't like the 11am midday airing on MTV. As always, especially with Viacom networks, the Jan. 19 date is subject to change. So stay with us if anything changes.
I personally can't get enough of the John Ritter episode called "Ted." Can't wait to watch it again on Logo's marathon! You can watch Buffy online on TheWB.com also. Other shows available on TheWB.com include other Warner Bros. owned series like, Angel, Ben Stiller Show, Everwood, Firefly, Friends, George Carlin Show, Growing Pains, In Living Color, Lois & Clark, MADtv, Pushing Daisies, The Loop, V, What I Like About You, and Wonder Woman.

Comedy Central has just changed The Goode Family premiere date to Monday, Jan. 4, instead of Tuesday, Jan. 5. The Goode Family will air weekly on Monday nights at 10 pm ET. The Goode Family, the satirical animated series from Mike Judge, John Altschuler and Dave Krinsky, will air on Comedy Central beginning January 4, 2010 in a secondary run. The Goode Family, which first premiered in May 2009 on ABC, is produced by Media Rights Capital, Ternion Pictures and 3 Arts Entertainment.
The complete first season of The Goode Family with all 13 episodes will air on Comedy Central on Monday nights at 10:00 pm ET, giving vegans, lesbians, right-wing conservatives, Prius owners, Texas-rednecks and liberals-who-can-laugh-at-themselves a second chance to fall in love with the Goodes.
If the series does well in repeats, there is a chance Comedy Central can get the show back in production for a second season. So watch it, especially if you have never watched!

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Sunday, December 27, 2009

Week 14: How the Sitcoms Did In The TV Ratings

Week 14 TV Ratings:
We are preempting our normal TV ratings and analysis this week, due to the holidays...but we will cover how the sitcoms did.

Week 14 How the Sitcoms Did

Last Sunday Sitcoms (counts for week 13 -- Dec. 14-20)

  • Brothers (Fox) - preempted.
  • The Simpsons (Fox) - 8.15 million for a repeat is over a million better than previous week when it was all-new. Why? Because it had a direct NFL lead-in.
  • The Cleveland Show (Fox) - 5.9 million for a repeat, big drop from the lead-in. 2.8 18-49 rating is decent for a repeat, though.
  • Family Guy (Fox) - 6.28 million for a repeat could be better.
  • American Dad (Fox) - Only 5.08 million for a repeat. 2.5 18-49 rating is OK for a repeat.

Monday Sitcoms

  • How I Met Your Mother (CBS) - A repeat did 5.62 million, which is OK but CBS Monday sitcoms are usually better than this.
  • Accidentally on Purpose (CBS) - 5.41 million for a repeat, but decent retention at least from the lead-in. And held 100% of the 18-49 rating lead-in of a 1.7
  • Two and a Half Men (CBS) - 10.78 million for a repeat. Excellent. I just wonder once this show finishes what will happen to the rest of the CBS Monday comedies?
  • The Big Bang Theory (CBS) - A repeat did a nice 10.0 million and a 3.4 18-49 rating, best of the week for sitcoms. The lead-in certainly boosts the overall numbers, but the 18-49 rating is impressive.


Tuesday Sitcoms

  • Scrubs (ABC) - An all-new episode of the [Med School] edition did only 3.43 million and a 1.3 18-49 rating, both down from previous week. Don't think it should have been new on this night due to the holiday season. Repeat this Tuesday.
  • Better off Ted (ABC) - Only 2.77 million, even lower than previous week. It will be new again this Tuesday, too, but after a repeat of Scrubs this week...look for bad numbers.

Wednesday Sitcoms
  • Old Christine (CBS) - preempted.
  • Gary Unmarried (CBS) - preempted.
  • The Middle (ABC) 2 episodes - 5.4 million for a repeat in its normal time, is up from previous week a bit. A special repeat at 9:30pm did 4.38 million.
  • Modern Family (ABC) - A repeat did 5.58 million, up some from previous week's repeat.
  • Cougar Town (ABC) 2 episodes - Two special repeats in the 10pm hour did 3.68 million and 3.34 million, could be better...but it did air in the 10pm hour. Don't forget ABC Comedy Wednesday returns Jan. 6 with Lisa Kudrow on Cougar Town!

Thursday Sitcoms

  • Community (NBC) - preempted.
  • Parks & Recreation (NBC) - preempted.
  • The Office (NBC) - preempted.
  • 30 Rock (NBC) - preempted.
  • The Middle (ABC) - A Christmas episode repeat on Christmas Eve did 2.72 million in prelim numbers.
  • Modern Family (ABC) - The Christmas episode repeat did a prelim 3.36 million on a special night.
  • Cougar Town (ABC) - The Christmas episode repeat did a prelim 2.67 million on Christmas Eve.

Friday Sitcoms

  • 'Til Death (Fox) 4 episodes - The show returned on Christmas night with NEW episodes. Ouch! Obviously the ratings were terrible. Prelim numbers of each are: 2.51 million, 2.4, 2.43, and 2.74 million.

Saturday Sitcoms

  • None.

Airing tonight (Sunday) on Fox are repeats of animated comedies from 8-10pm tonight following two new episodes of Brothers at 7.

Summing it up. Two and a Half Men, The Big Bang Theory & Modern Family Wed 9pm repeats were impressive for the week. Everything else was OK (such as The Middle Wed 8:30 repeat, Accidentally on Purpose) or just plain old terrible (such as Better off Ted, Scrubs, 'Til Death).

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Saturday, December 26, 2009

In Memoriam: Sitcom Actor and Other Notable TV Deaths in 2009

Today we pay tribute to the sitcom actors, producers, writers and composers who passed away in 2009. We've lost stars from The Golden Girls, Mister Ed, My Little Margie, 227, and many more who are greatly missed. We've also listed some other notable TV deaths that we covered on the blog this year. 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.

Frank Aletter

Frank Aletter was an American stage, film, and television actor. Aletter starred in three programs in the 1960s. Bringing Up Buddy, a CBS sitcom during the 1960-1961 season, featured Aletter with Enid Markey and Doro Merande, who portrayed his overprotective spinster aunts to Aletter's character, Buddy Flower, a bachelor stockbroker. Aletter's first wife, Lee Meriwether, a former Miss America, guest starred in one of the episodes. After Bringing Up Buddy, Aletter guest starred in ABC's crime drama Target: The Corruptors!, CBS's anthology The Lloyd Bridges Show, and NBC's medical drama The Eleventh Hour.
In the 1964-1965 season, Aletter appeared in The Cara Williams Show, with Cara Williams as his television wife. The two worked at the same company in violation of policy that employees could not marry each other and maintain their employment. The show hence focused on how they kept their marriage secret.
Aletter also appeared in It's About Time, a Sherwood Schwartz series on CBS in 1966-1967. In the fall of 1970, he had a supporting role in the NBC sitcom Nancy. He passed away on May 13, 2009 of cancer. Mr. Aletter was 83.

Bea Arthur

Bea Arthur, the tall, deep-voiced actress whose razor-sharp delivery of comedy lines made her a TV star in the hit shows Maude and The Golden Girls and who won a Tony Award for the musical Mame, died on April 25, 2009. Arthur died peacefully at her Los Angeles home with her family at her side. Arthur first appeared in the landmark comedy series All in the Family as Edith Bunker's outspoken, liberal cousin, Maude Finley. She proved a perfect foil for blue-collar bigot Archie Bunker (Carroll O'Connor), and their blistering exchanges were so entertaining that producer Norman Lear fashioned Arthur's own series, known of course as Maude. Maude scored with television viewers immediately on its CBS debut in September 1972, and Arthur won an Emmy Award for the role in 1977. The show ended in 1978, as Bea thought it was time for the show to end after six seasons. Then came The Golden Girls from 1985-1992, and it was another groundbreaking comedy, finding surprising success in a television market increasingly skewed toward a younger, product-buying audience. She played Dorothy Zbornak, one of four older friends living in Miami. The show moved to CBS in 1992-93 and was titled The Golden Palace, but Bea didn't sign on for it. Bea did guest star in a two-part episode. In 2003, Lifetime reunited the cast for the special The Golden Girls: Their Greatest Memories. And in 2008, the cast reunited again on the 2008 TV Land Awards accepting the Pop Culture Award.
Even before television, Bea had a major career in plays on Broadway. Arthur's biggest Broadway triumph came in 1966 as Vera Charles, Angela Lansbury's acerbic friend in the musical "Mame," directed by Tony-winning director Gene Saks, who was also her husband of 28 years. They divorced in 1978. During 2001 and 2002 she toured the country in a one-woman show of songs and stories, ... And Then There's Bea.
In between Maude and The Golden Girls, Bea had a failed sitcom. In 1983, she starred in the ABC sitcom Amanda's, an Americanized version of John Cleese's hilarious Fawlty Towers. She was cast as owner of a small seaside hotel with a staff of eccentrics. It lasted a mere 10 episodes, with three episodes unaired.
She was also in films. Among the movies she graced were That Kind of Woman (1959), Lovers and Other Strangers (1970), Mel Brooks' The History of the World: Part I (1981), For Better or Worse (1995). Her TV movies include the ABC TV movie My First Love in 1988 and the NBC TV movie P.O.P. in 1984.
Among her guest appearances on television are the The Golden Girls spin-off Empty Nest, Ellen, Beggars & Choosers, Dave's World, a.k.a. Pablo, Laugh-In, and she appeared on a rare special recap episode of Soap as an "angel." In recent years, Arthur made guest appearances on shows including Curb Your Enthusiasm, Futurama and Malcolm in the Middle. The latter was very popular. Watch a video celebration of her life and career. Ms. Arthur was 86.

Carl Ballantine

Carl Ballantine was an American actor, magician and comedian. Billing himself as "The Great Ballantine," "The Amazing Ballantine" or "Ballantine: The World's Greatest Magician," his vaudeville-style comedy routine involved transparent or incompetent stage magic tricks, which tended to flop to the wisecracking Ballantine's mock chagrin.
Ballantine is probably best remembered as Lester Gruber, one of the PT boat sailors in the ABC sitcom McHale's Navy (1962-1966), starring with Ernest Borgnine, Joe Flynn and Tim Conway. He made his only appearance on Broadway as Lycus the slave merchant in the 1972 revival of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum starring Phil Silvers. His most recent feature film appearance was in Aimee Semple McPherson, a 2006 biopic about the female evangelist. He died of natural causes on November 3, 2009 at his Hollywood, California home. He is survived by his daughters actress Sara Ballantine and Molly and his sister Esther Robinson. Mr. Ballantine was 92.

Wendy Blair died of cancer on Tuesday, April 14, 2009 in North Hollywood. Blair enjoyed a long career in the entertainment industry, having served as the first female junior executive at CBS Television City in the mid-1950s. Known for being analytical and extremely organized, she worked as an associate producer and producer on a number of popular television series. Among the series she worked on as an associate producer are Three's Company, and both of its spin-off series The Ropers and Three's a Crowd, as well as several variety shows and specials for companies including Dick Clark Productions and Sid and Marty Krofft Enterprises, such as Dr. Shrinker.
Her other producer credits include pilots and series such as What a Country! in 1986, I Married Dora in 1987, Mutts in 1988, and Where's Rodney? in 1990. She later segued from working in production to serving as the manager of business operations for The Smothers Brothers and was active in this role until the beginning of 2009. Now, Joanne McCracken has taken over. Blair was a member of the Directors Guild of America, the Producers Guild of America and was a founding member of the Association of Associate Producers (which later merged with the PGA). Blair was devoted to her family and family traditions. Ms. Blair was 70.

Marilyn and Roz Borden

Marilyn Borden was an actress and singer, half of the acting duo the Borden Twins with her late sister Rosalyn (d. 2003) when they began an early acting career at age 3. They later appeared on numerous TV programs, including their best-remembered appearances as Teensy and Weensy, twin daughters of the sheriff, in a classic episode of I Love Lucy entitled "Tennessee Bound" (1955), starring country music legend Tennessee Ernie Ford. They also made guest appearances on CHiPs, Maude and The Ropers.
Marilyn Borden died of congestive heart failure in Modesto, California on March 25, 2009. Ms. Borden was 76.

Linda Day

Linda Day - TV director Linda Day passed away on October 23, 2009 from leukemia and breast cancer. Linda was the first woman to receive steady employment as a TV director. To her credit are more than 50 different series and 350 episodes including Married... with Children (for which she did the pilot and continued for more than two years), Archie Bunker's Place, Dallas, Kate & Allie, Alice, WKRP, Benson, Newhart, Too Close for Comfort, The Facts of Life, Diff'rent Strokes, It's Your Move, Double Trouble, Small Wonder, Gimme a Break, Throb, Women in Prison, Major Dad, Top of the Heap, Teacher's Only, Mad About You, Who's the Boss?, Baby Talk, Almost Home, Thea, The Nanny, Unhappily Ever After, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, and Clueless. And that's just some of the shows! During the 1980's and part of the 1990's, Linda was one of the top 5 television directors currently then working. She was survived by her husband, L. Steve Varnum; her daughter, Heidi Gutman and her sister, Nancy Riley. Ms. Day was 71.

Dom DeLuise

Dom DeLuise - Prolific actor, comedian, film director, television producer, chef, and author Dom DeLuise died peacefully surrounded by his wife and three sons on May 24, 2009 at St. John's Health Center in Santa Monica, CA. He had been hospitalized and was suffering from kidney failure and respiratory problems following a long battle with cancer.
Deluise appeared in many movies and TV shows, Broadway plays and provided his voice to characters for numerous animated features in a career that spanned over 45 years. Mel Brooks cast him in many of his movies, including The Twelve Chairs, Blazing Saddles, Silent Movie, History of the World Part I, Robin Hood: Men in Tights and Spaceballs as the voice of Pizza the Hutt. In the 1970s and 1980s, he frequently co-starred with Burt Reynolds in the films The Cannonball Run and Cannonball II, Smokey and the Bandit II, The End and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. He lent his voice to animated features such as The Secret of NIMH, An American Tail, All Dogs Go to Heaven and Oliver & Company. He was a frequent guest on game shows and hosted Candid Camera from 1991-1992.
His early sitcom appearances included The Munsters, Please Don't Eat the Daisies and The Ghost & Mrs. Muir. In 1973, he starred in the short-lived Lotsa Luck as bachelor Stanley Belmont who was the custodian of a New York City bus company's lost-and-found department. The cast included Kathleen Freeman, Wynn Irwin, Beverly Sanders and Jack Knight. In 1987-1988, he starred in the first-run syndication sitcom The Dom DeLuise Show with George Wallace, Maureen Murphy, Angela Aames and Michael Chambers. He appeared with his sons--Peter, Michael and David DeLuise--in a 1997 episode of 3rd Rock from the Sun. They had previously appeared together in a 1994 episode of seaQuest DSV.
In later years he began a second career as a popular chef and cookbook author. He always had a love of food and authored 1988's Eat This — It Will Make You Feel Better! and 1997's Eat This Too! It'll Also Make You Feel Good. He also wrote seven books for children, including 1993's Charlie the Caterpillar. In recent years he was a regular contributor to a syndicated home improvement radio show, On The House with The Carey Brothers, giving listeners tips on culinary topics.
DeLuise is survived by his wife and actress Carol Arthur, actor sons Peter, Michael and David, his sister, Anne, and grandchildren Riley, Dylan and Jake. You can read more information on his official site. Mr. DeLuise was 75.

Farrah Fawcett

Farrah Fawcett, who soared to fame as a national sex symbol in the late 1970s on television's Charlie's Angels and in a swimsuit poster that showcased her feathery mane and made her a generation's favorite pinup, died on June 25, 2009. Fawcett, whose celebrity overshadowed her ability as a serious actress, was diagnosed with a rare anal cancer in 2006, died about 9:30 a.m. PT at St. John's Health Center in Santa Monica.
Three months after she was declared cancer-free in 2007, doctors at UCLA Medical Center told her the cancer had returned, spreading to her liver, and she repeatedly sought experimental treatment in Germany.
As an actress, Fawcett was initially dismissed for her role as Jill Munroe in Charlie's Angels, one of the "jiggle" series on ABC in the late 1970s. Fawcett quit the series that brought her initial fame in 1977 after a single season, saying producers were preventing her from growing as an actress. With Kate Jackson and Jaclyn Smith, Fawcett played a private investigator. She returned for 6 episodes as a special guest star.
She transformed her career and some popular perceptions in 1984 with The Burning Bed, a NBC television movie about a battered wife that brought her the first of three Emmy nominations. She further established herself as an actress in the play and later feature film Extremities in 1986, about a rape victim who takes revenge on her attacker. In 1989 she starred in the ABC TV mini-series Small Sacrifices opposite Ryan O'Neal, giving her an Emmy and Golden Globe nomination. Her other Golden Globe nominated roles on TV-movies include ABC's Nazi Hunter: The Beate Klarsfeld Story and NBC's Poor Little Rich Girl: The Barbara Hutton Story.
Among Farrah's other cedits includes the short lived CBS sitcom in 1991 called Good Sports starring her and boyfriend Ryan O'Neal, and guest appearances on many other TV series over the years such as Mayberry RFD, I Dream of Jeannie, The Flying Nun, The Partridge Family, Owen Marshall, The Girl with Something Extra, McCloud, Apple's Way, Marcus Welby, S.W.A.T., The Brady Bunch Hour, The Battle of the Network Stars, Larry Sanders Show, Ally McBeal, and So noTORIous. And recurring appearances on Harry-O, The Six Million Dollar Man, Spin City, and The Guardian. She had her own reality series in 2005 on TV Land called Chasing Farrah, where she made her last rounds on talk shows such as Jimmy Kimmel Live, Late Show with David Letterman, Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and Regis & Kelly. During the 2006 Emmy Awards, the same year she was diagnosed with cancer, she and her fellow Charlie's Angels paid tribute to the late Aaron Spelling on stage. Recently she documented Farrah's Story for NBC about her daily life with anal cancer. Ms. Fawcett was 62.

Larry Gelbart

Larry Gelbart, the award-winning writer whose sly, sardonic wit helped create such hits as Broadway's A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, the film Tootsie, and of course television's M*A*S*H, died on September 11, 2009. Gelbart died at his Beverly Hills home after a long battle with cancer. He is likely best remembered for the long-running TV show about Army doctors during the Korean War. Gelbart won an Emmy for M*A*S*H and was nominated for writing but quit during the show's fourth season, saying he was "totally worn out."
Gelbart's Broadway show, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, written with Burt Shevelove, was a runaway hit. It was based loosely on the Roman plays of Plautus with songs by Stephen Sondheim.
His films Oh, God! with George Burns as a philosophical deity, and Tootsie, with Dustin Hoffman as a cross-dressing actor, both brought him Academy Award nominations, and the HBO movie Barbarians at the Gate, about Wall Street chicanery, brought another Emmy.
Gelbart's other television work was creating the short-lived CBS sitcom Roll Out! in 1973. It starred Stu Gilliam and Hilly Hicks, and featuring Ed Begley, Jr. and Garrett Morris, the series was set in France during World War II and was loosely based on the 1952 film Red Ball Express. Instead of Army medics, Roll Out! highlighted the pratfalls of the supply drivers of the 5050th Quartermaster Trucking Company of the U.S. Third Army's Red Ball Express, whose staff was mainly African American.
Gelbart was also known for writing the first television pilot for Three's Company in 1976, which today is known as "The Larry Gelbart Pilot." The pilot never aired originally, but has been on DVD and aired on cable on TV Land. In 1980, Larry had another show that didn't last too long. The series was for NBC titled United States and starred Beau Bridges. It was a show about Richard and Libby Chapin and their two children Dylan and Nicky. The show differed from other sitcoms in that there might not be closure to problems after a frank discussion and the subjects discussed were not common to other sitcoms.
In 1983, Larry came back to M*A*S*H in the spin-off AfterMASH. It only lasted two seasons and had the Korean War ended with Colonel Potter, Sergeant Klinger, and Father Mulcahy finding themselves together once again, this time at a veteran's hospital.
In recent years Larry has been interviewed for TV Land Confidential, Make 'Em Laugh: The Funny Business of America, Inside TV Land: The Dick Van Dyke Show, M*A*S*H: 30th Anniversary Reunion, and most recently Biography: Three's Company. He was also at the TV Land Awards earlier this year. Mr. Gelbart
was 81.

Henry Gibson

Henry Gibson, a wry comic character actor whose career included Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In, Nashville and Boston Legal, died September 14, 2009 at his home in Malibu after a brief battle with cancer.
Gibson's breakthrough came in 1968 when he was cast as a member of the original ensemble of NBC's top-rated Laugh-In, on which he performed for three seasons. Each week, a giant flower in his hand, he recited a signature poem, introducing them with the catch phrase that became his signature: "A Poem, by Henry Gibson."
After Laugh-In, he played the evil Dr. Verringer in The Long Goodbye (1973), the first of four films in which he appeared for director Robert Altman. Their second collaboration came in Nashville (1975), in which Gibson earned a Golden Globe nomination and a National Society of Film Critics supporting-actor award for his performance as unctuous country singer Haven Hamilton. He also wrote his character's songs.
In television, Gibson's recent work included a five-season stint as cantankerous Judge Clarence Brown on ABC's Boston Legal and providing the voice for sardonic, eye-patched newspaperman Bob Jenkins on Fox's animated series King of the Hill.
His previous TV work include appearances on The Joey Bishop Show, The Beverly Hillbillies, My Favorite Martian, The Dick Van Dyke Show, F-Troop, Bewitched, Love American Style, Fantasy Island, The Dukes of Hazzard, Smurfs, Magnum P.I., Simon & Simon, The Love Boat, The Fall Guy, Knight Rider, Newhart, Evening Shade, MacGyver, Sisters, Coach, The John Larroquette Show, Maggie Winters, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Early Edition, Charmed, Becker, Malcolm in the Middle, and the short-lived Cracking Up. Mr. Gibson was 73.

Steven Gilborn on The Wonder Years

Steven Gilborn was a great character actor that has appeared on many sitcoms and TV series. He was best known for playing the father of Ellen DeGeneres' character on Ellen. He died of cancer in North Chatham, N.Y., on January 2, 2009. Gilborn also played the math teacher Mr. Collins on The Wonder Years and appeared on MANY sitcoms and TV shows including Rodney, According to Jim, Out of Practice, Complete Savages, 8 Simple Rules, Damages, The Bernie Mac Show, Still Standing, Andy Richter Controls the Universe, Malcolm in the Middle, Two Guys and a Girl, NYPD Blue, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Get Real, Action, Maggie Winters, The West Wing, The Practice, Living Single, Boy Meets World, NewsRadio, Mad About You, ER, Empty Nest, Coach, Lois & Clark, Hearts Afire, Dream On, Blossom, Saved by the Bell: Wedding in Vegas, L.A. Law, The Torkelsons, The Golden Girls, Matlock, Knots Landing, Perfect Strangers, Who's the Boss?, Kate & Allie, Columbo and Law & Order. Since 1983 he has been on about everything as you can see. His film credits include Nurse Betty, Doctor Doolittle, The Brady Bunch Movie, The Night Shift and the TV movie The Dreamer of Oz. Mr. Gilborn was 72.

Thomas Hill

Thomas Hill was an actor and director on stage for decades before starting in film in the mid 1960s and on television in the 1980s. One of Hill's most prominent recurring roles was as Jim Dixon on the 1980s TV series Newhart. Hill also appeared as King Baaldorf in the short-lived 1980s series Wizards and Warriors. His TV movie roles include Father Andrew Doyle in the 1984 NBC miniseries V: The Final Battle. He had guest appearances on such shows as St. Elsewhere, Remington Steele, The Facts of Life, Married... with Children, Coach, and Law & Order. He died April 20, 2009. Mr. Hill was 81.

Connie Hines

Connie Hines passed away on December 18, 2009 at her Beverly Hills home from complications of heart problems. She was best known for her role as Wilbur's (Alan Young) wife on the popular 1960s television sitcom Mister Ed. She has not acted since the early '70s, so many younger viewers probably don't know who she is, unless they caught an episode or two of Mister Ed on TV. She guest starred on series such as The Millionaire, The Untouchables, Bronco, Sea Hunt, Perry Mason, Bonanza, Love American Style, and The Mod Squad. As you can see, she was in a lot of dramas, but her regular role on the comedy Mister Ed is what everyone knows her for. Ms. Hines was 79.

Cheryl Holdridge on Leave it to Beaver

Cheryl Holdridge, the beautiful blond actress who first gained fame as a Mouseketeer on TV's The Mickey Mouse Club in the 1950s, has died. Holdridge died on January 6, 2009 at her home in Santa Monica after a two-year battle with lung cancer. After The Mickey Mouse Club, the actress played Julie Foster, Wally's girlfriend, on Leave it to Beaver and guest starred on series such as The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet, The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, The Donna Reed Show, Dr. Kildare, The Rifleman, Bachelor Father, My Three Sons, Bewitched, Dennis the Menace, The Dick Van Dyke Show, Wagon Train, and reprised her role as Julie Foster on the '80s revival of Leave it to Beaver called Still the Beaver. Cheryl hasn't acted much since the '60s, but will be remembered for her work on these '50s and '60s TV series from classic TV fans. Ms. Holdridge was 64.

Morton Lachman

Morton Lachman was a comedy writer and producer who worked for Bob Hope for more than twenty years and subsequently produced sitcoms for television, including All in the Family and Kate & Allie. He was also the co-creator (with Sy Rosen) and executive producer of Gimme A Break!, which ran from 1981 to 1987 on NBC. He won two Emmy awards — one in 1978 for his work on All in the Family, and one in 1974 for his direction of an episode of The ABC Afternoon Playbreak. He died on March 17, 2009 of a heart attack and diabetes. Mr. Lachman was 90.

David Lloyd

David Lloyd was an American Emmy Award-winning screenwriter and producer for television. He wrote for many popular and award-winning sitcoms, such as The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Bob Newhart Show, Taxi, Cheers, Frasier and Wings. Lloyd wrote the Emmy-winning "Chuckles Bites the Dust", an episode of the long-running Mary Tyler Moore Show. He won an Emmy for "Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series" in 1976. He died on November 10, 2009 from prostate cancer at his home in Beverly Hills, California. Mr. Lloyd was 75.

Ed McMahon

Ed McMahon, a fixture on U.S. late-night television for 30 years as the full-throated announcer and sidekick for the late Johnny Carson on NBC's The Tonight Show, died on June 23, 2009.
The veteran TV personality, best known for his nightly introduction of Carson in a deep, booming voice with the drawn-out line, "Heeeeeeeeere's Johnny!" died at a Los Angeles-area hospital early this morning with his wife and loved ones by his side. McMahon had been battling pneumonia and other illnesses for about the past month. Ed and Johnny first worked together in 1957 as announcer and host on the daytime game show Who Do You Trust? The duo moved to the Tonight Show in 1962 when Carson succeeded Jack Paar for three decades, stopping in 1992 when Carson retired as host. Ed was also famous for his "Hi-oooooh!" line.
Among his other roles, he was with Dick Clark on the TV series and specials TV Bloopers And Practical Jokes on NBC from 1982 until 1998. He was also host of the successful weekly syndicated series Star Search, which began in 1983 and ended in 1995.
He has appeared on many sitcoms as himself over the years such as Here's Lucy, ALF, Full House, Who's the Boss?, Roseanne, Living Single, Malcolm & Eddie, The Simpsons, Suddenly Susan, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Popular, That '80s Show, Family Guy, It's All Relative, and Scrubs.
He has also appeared on TV series as a character as well, such as an earlier episode of Here's Lucy, Ellen Queen, Newhart, Burke's Law, Nurses, and Baywatch. He had a regular role on the short-lived comedy called The Tom Show starring Tom Arnold on The WB in the 1997-98 season.
In recent years was co-host for TV Land's ALF Hit Talk Show and co-host in 2003 for a handful of episodes for Jimmy Kimmel Live!. And last summer he and his family appeared on Celebrity Family Feud battling the The Kardashians, Deion & Pilar Sanders, Tiki Barber's families.
He is survived by his wife, Pamela, and five children. Mr. McMahon was 86.

Vic Mizzy

Vic Mizzy, who composed the indelible theme music for The Addams Family and Green Acres died on October 17, 2009 in Los Angeles. For the The Addams Family theme, which became a long-remembered part of '60s pop culture, Mizzy played the harpsichord and sang the vocal parts (overdubbing his own voice three times) and coached the actors during the main-title sequence (including on-camera finger-snapping by the actors). The equally iconic Green Acres theme was performed by stars Eddie Albert and Eva Gabor. Mizzy also wrote all the underscore for both series. His theme for Addams was reprised in the 1990s feature films. Mizzy also had many other 1960s and '70s sitcom themes that also included The Pruitts of Southampton, The Double Life of Henry Phyfe, Captain Nice, The Don Rickles Show and Temperature's Rising. He also wrote underscores for TV's Richard Boone Show and Quincy along with several TV movies including Terror on the 40th Floor. His film scores included the William Castle films The Night Walker and The Busy Body; five Don Knotts films: The Ghost and Mr. Chicken, The Shakiest Gun in the West, The Reluctant Astronaut, The Love God? and How to Frame a Figg; and other films including The Caper of the Golden Bulls, Don't Make Waves and Did You Hear the One About the Traveling Saleslady?. Mr. Mizzy was 93.

Ricardo Montalban on Fantasy Island

Ricardo Montalban, the suave leading man who was one of the first Mexican-born actors to make it big in Hollywood and who was best known for his role as Mr. Roarke on ABC's Fantasy Island, has died. Montalban died January 14, 2009 at his Los Angeles home of congestive heart failure. Beginning in the mid-1950s, he made the first of many TV appearances. In addition to his role as Chief Satangkai in the 1978 ABC miniseries How the West Was Won, he appeared in the Dynasty spinoff The Colbys on ABC in the late 1980s. More recently, he did a voice on the Disney Channel's animated series Kim Possible. He has also appeared on an episode or two of Family Guy, The Brothers Garcia, The Golden Palace, Chicago Hope, Dream On, Murder She Wrote, Police Story, Hawaii Five-0, Here's Lucy, Gunsmoke, Bonanza, and many more! He was also a fixture on the game show Win, Lose or Draw in the late '80s. But it was Fantasy Island that created his lasting image in front of the Hollywood cameras. Elegantly attired in a white suit and black tie, Montalban created such an iconic -- albeit somewhat kitschy -- figure that he often reprised the character insubsequent films and television shows.
While making Fantasy Island" Montalban also gave one of his best movie performances -- as Khan Noonian Singh in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982), a follow-up to a beloved 1967 Star Trek television episode, "Space Seed," that also featured Montalban. Among his other movie credits include Spy Kids 2: Island of Lost Dreams, Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over, The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!, and Cannonball Run II. Mr. Montalban was 88.

Brittany Murphy

Brittany Murphy died in Los Angeles on December 20, 2009 after suffering cardiac arrest in her bathroom, officials said. Brittany provided the voice of Luanne on the Fox animated series King of the Hill. While she was known more for her movie roles, Brittany got her start on television. She co-starred on the short-lived sitcom Drexell's Class in 1991-92. She also co-starred on the sitcom Almost Home in 1993, which was a follow-up series of The Torkelsons. Among her other TV roles were guest shots on Murphy Brown, Parker Lewis Can't Lose, Blossom, Party of Five, Frasier, Sister Sister, Boy Meets World, The Marshal, seaQuest DSV, Murder One, Nash Bridges, and Clueless. She got her big break on the big screen movie Clueless, which lead to movies such as Drop Dead Gorgeous, Girl Interrupted, Don't Say a Word, 8 Mile, Just Married, Uptown Girls, Sin City, Happy Feet, and more. She has a few films still yet to be released. Ms. Murphy was only 32.

Harve Presnell

Harve Presnell, whose booming baritone graced such Broadway musicals as The Unsinkable Molly Brown and Annie, and in many TV roles has died. The actor died June 30, 2009 of pancreatic cancer at St. John's Health Center in Santa Monica, CA.
He appeared in many TV series in his career. He was a regular on the series The Pretender, and guest starred in many series such as Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Ryan's Hope, Nash Bridges, Grace Under Fire, Star Trek Voyager, George & Leo, Two Guys and a Girl, The Outer Limits, Payne, Dawson's Creek, Frasier, The Practice, Charmed, Monk, ER, and was Lois Lane's father on Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman. He also appeared on all episodes of the short-lived sitcom Andy Barker, P.I. He appeared on the original pilot of Hope & Faith as Hope and Faith's father, but it never aired. His final role was a guest shot on Cold Case this past March.
Although he was best known for his roles in musical theater, Presnell also is remembered as William H. Macy's father-in-law in the Coen brothers' 1996 film
Fargo. Among his other movies were When the Boys Meet the Girls, The Glory Guys, Paint Your Wagon, Saving Private Ryan, Mr. Deeds, Patch Adams, Face/Off, and recently on Evan Almighty. He also won a Golden Globe in 1965 for Most Promising Male Newcomer, shared with George Segal and Topol.
He is survived by his second wife, Veeva, six children and several grand children. Mr. Presnell was 75.

Alaina Reed Hall

Alaina Reed Hall who is best remembered for her role as Rose from the '80s sitcom 227 has passed away. Alaina passed away on December 17, 2009 sfter a battle with breast cancer. Prior to landing the role of Rose on 227, Alaina played Olivia, Gordon's younger sister, on Sesame Street for 12 years from 1976-1988. 227 aired on NBC from 1985-1990 and was taped in Los Angeles, while Sesame Street was taped in New York, so Alaina decided to leave Sesame Street due to the cross-country travel.
Alaina also guest starred on many other TV series such as Baby I'm Back, Herman's Head, Reading Rainbow, A Different World, Blossom, Friends, The Drew Carey Show, Lois & Clark, Between Brothers, The Steve Harvey Show, NYPD Blue, Ally McBeal, NewsRadio, Any Day Now, The Suite Life of Zack and Cody and ER. Alaina also had voice roles on two animated series, Sonic the Hedgehog and Where on Earth is Carmen San Diego? Alaina also was a co-star on a short lived sitcom for The WB in 1995 called Cleghorne! that also starred Ellen Clegorne, Garrett Morris and Sherri Shepherd. While she was known for her TV roles, she also appeared in a few big screen movies such as Death Becomes Her and Cruel Intentions. Ms. Reed Hall was 63.

Veatrice Rice

Veatrice Rice, the quiet but foul-mouthed on-air security guard on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live, died on January 21, 2009. Though she is not a sitcom star, she was great in comedy. I was heavily shocked when I saw the tribute they aired. I had no idea she was sick, but found out she was battling cancer. I did notice she started wearing a wig this past fall, but didn't think much of it. Veatrice will be heavily missed. She was part of a trio of on-air security personalities (herself, Guillermo and Uncle Frank). She was great with Guillermo and Uncle Frank and her bits with them, especially the SNN: The Worst "___" Team on Television will be heavily missed. She also had great solo bits on the show such as her "make your own" instructions, her bits with the Land o Lakes Butter lady, her interview with John McCain, and her impression as Sarah Palin. And who can forget her "sex tape" with Ryan Phillipe? We leave you with the on-air tribute they did. Miss V was 59 and leaves behind her husband John.

Mickey Ross

Michael "Mickey" Ross - TV producer/writer/director Michael "Mickey" Ross, best known for his work on hit sitcoms All in the Family, The Jeffersons and Three's Company, died on May 26, 2009 in Los Angeles from complications of a stroke and heart attack. Ross, along with business partners Don Nicholl & Bernie West, made his mark in the 1970's with the breakout CBS TV sitcom, All in the Family, for which he won a writing Emmy in 1973. They were nominated two other times, another one for All in the Family and one for Three's Company. The trio were known as "NRW" until the death of Don Nicholl in 1980. So now only Bernie West remains from this historical team.
Mickey also was part of the creation for ABC's Three's Company spin-offs The Ropers and Three's a Crowd. He also wrote for Maude, another All in the Family spin-off. In 1976 NRW also created and produced the short-lived sitcom The Dumplings for NBC starring James Coco. Mickey also directed many episodes of Three's Company. NRW also wrote the pilot episode for Chico and the Man.
Before all of his hit series were born, he was a part of many shows in the '50s and '60s such as The Garry Moore Show, The Perry Como Show, Sid Ceasar's Hour and The Martha Raye Show. The latter is how he developed a relationship with Norman Lear and Bud Yorkin, later forming All in the Family. And decades later in 1998, Mickey appeared on screen for an interview on the E! True Hollywood Story for Three's Company.
Aside from his TV work, Ross and his wife founded the Michael and Irene Ross Program in Jewish Studies at The City College of New York -- Ross's (and Bernie West's) alma mater. Our good friend and author of the Three's Company book Chris Mann tells me he loved farce comedy and that's how he viewed Three's Company with John Ritter as the ultimate farceur. Mickey rejoins Don Nicholl now up in the heavens recreating TV comedy. Mr. Ross was 89.

Soupy Sales

Soupy Sales, the rubber-faced comedian whose anything-for-a-chuckle career was built on 20,000 pies to the face and 5,000 live TV appearances across a half-century of laughs, has died. Sales died on October 22, 2009 at Calvary Hospice in the Bronx, New York, said his former manager and longtime friend, Dave Usher. Sales had many health problems and entered the hospice the previous week, Usher said. The comic's pie-throwing schtick became his trademark, and celebrities lined up to take one on the chin alongside Sales. During the early 1960s, stars such as Frank Sinatra, Tony Curtis and Shirley MacLaine received their just desserts side-by-side with the comedian on his television show. His greatest success came in New York with The Soupy Sales Show in 1976 -- an ostensible children's show that had little to do with Captain Kangaroo and other kiddie fare. Sales' manic, improvisational style also attracted an older audience that responded to his envelope-pushing antics. His sitcom credits included Hennessey, The Beverly Hillbillies, Love American Style, Love Boat, Wings and Boy Meets World. He appeared on many game shows as well such as What's My Line, I've Got a Secret, The Match Game, Hollywood Squares, Body Language, and more. Mr. Sales was 83.

Ron Silver

Ron Silver - Award-winning actor and activist Ron Silver, who was Emmy-nominated for his recurring role on the hit television drama The West Wing, died on March 15, 2009 after a two-year ordeal of esophageal cancer. His portrayal of White House strategist Bruno Gianelli on The West Wing was perhaps his best known part in recent years, but he earned another Emmy nomination for the murder thriller Billionaire Boys Club, a TV miniseries from 1987.
He had a recurring role on the TV hospital drama Chicago Hope and a regular role on the sitcom Veronica's Closet, and he won acclaim for playing lawyer Alan Dershowitz in the film Reversal of Fortune. Among his other TV credits include guest-starring on sitcoms such as Rhoda, Big Eddie, Trying Times, and regular roles on short-lived sitcoms The Stockard Channing Show and Baker's Dozen. He guest starred on many TV dramas as well such as The Practice, Crossing Jordan, Law & Order, Law & Order: Trial by Jury, Wiseguy, Hill Street Blues, The Rockford Files, McMillan & Wife and a regular role on the short-lived Skin on Fox.
He was also known for his work on Broadway. He won a 1988 Tony Award for his performance in David Mamet's Speed-the-Plow. Mr. Silver was 62.

Arnold Stang

Arnold Stang was an American comic actor who played a small and bespectacled, yet brash and knowing big-city type. Stang worked on New York-based network radio shows as a boy, appearing on children's programs such as The Horn and Hardart Hour and Let's Pretend. By 1941, he had graduated to teenaged roles, appearing on The Goldbergs. Director Don Bernard hired him in October that year to do the commercials on the CBS program Meet Mr. Meek but decided his voice cracking between soprano and bass would hurt the commercial so he ordered scriptwriters to come up with a role for him. He next appeared on the summer replacement show The Remarkable Miss Tuttle with Edna May Oliver in 1942 and replaced Eddie Firestone Jr. in the title role of That Brewster Boy when Firestone joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1943.
Stang moved to television at the start of the Golden Age. He had a recurring role in the TV show The School House on the DuMont Television Network in 1949. He was a regular on Eddie Mayehoff's short-lived situation comedy Doc Corkle in fall of 1952. Then, he made a guest appearance on Milton Berle's Texaco Star Theater on May 12, 1953 and joined him as a regular the following September, often berating or heckling the big-egoed star for big laughs. Stang also had guest roles on several variety shows of the day including The Colgate Comedy Hour.
As a voice actor for animated cartoons, Stang provided the voice for Popeye's pal Shorty (a caricature of Stang), Herman the mouse in a number of Famous Studios cartoons, Tubby Tompkins in a few Little Lulu shorts, the famous Hanna-Barbera lead character Top Cat (modeled explicitly on Phil Silvers's Sgt. Bilko), and Catfish on Misterjaw. He also provided many extra voices for the Cartoon Network series Courage the Cowardly Dog. On television, he appeared in commercials for the Chunky candy bar, where he would list all of its ingredients, smile and say, "Chunky, what a chunk of chocolate!" He provided the voice of the Honey Nut Cheerios Bee in the 1980s and was also a spokesman for Vicks Vapo-Rub. He died of pneumonia in Newton, Massachusetts, on December 20, 2009. Mr. Stang was 91.

Gale Storm

Gale Storm, whose wholesome appearance and perky-personality made her one of early television's biggest stars on the comedy My Little Margie and The Gale Storm Show, died Saturday on June 27, 2009 at a convalescent hospital in Danville, CA. My Little Margie debuted on CBS as a summer replacement for I Love Lucy in 1952. It quickly became an audience favorite and moved to its own slot on NBC that fall. The premise was standard sitcom fare: Charles Farrell was a business executive and eligible widower, Storm was his busybody daughter who protected him from predatory women. After the series ended its 126-episode run in 1955, she moved on to The Gale Storm Show, which lasted until 1960 on CBS and later on ABC. This time she played Susanna Pomeroy, a trouble-making social director on a luxury liner.
After her comedies, she moved on to become a singer basically, but she did have some TV roles as well. She guest starred on Burke's Law, The Love Boat and Murder, She Wrote. Ms. Storm was 87.

Kim Weiskopf

Kim Weiskopf, a TV comedy writer whose credits included Three's Company and Married...with Children, died of pancreatic cancer on April 22, 2009 at his home in Encino. He launched his career in the early 1970s, with longtime writing partner Michael S. Baser, he wrote for series such as One Day at a Time, The Jeffersons, Melba, Carter Country, We Got It Made, and Good Times, the latter show leading to their first staff-writing position.
The writing duo went on to write and produce three seasons of ABC's Three's Company before being hired to create the TV series 9 to 5 for ABC, which was based on the movie. They then developed an updated, syndicated version of the '70s series What's Happening!! called What's Happening Now!!, though he had never worked with the original series.
Weiskopf's also wrote and produced for Rachel Gunn, R.N., Full House and Married...with Children, without Baser. Kim appeared in interviews for the E! True Hollywood Story episodes of both Three's Company and Married...with Children. He had an uncredited appearance on Married...with Children on an episode playing Lucky the Dog in a 1996 episode. Mr. Weiskopf was 62.

James Whitmore

James Whitmore, the many-faceted character actor who delivered strong performances in movies, television and especially the theater with his popular one-man shows about Harry Truman, Will Rogers and Theodore Roosevelt, has died. The Emmy and Tony winning actor was diagnosed with lung cancer the week before Thanksgiving 2008 and died on February 6, 2009 at his Malibu home. Now he wasn't known really for TV sitcoms, but he did appear on quite a few. In fact, one of his ex-wives was a sitcom star. Mr. Whitmore was married to Audra Lindley of Three's Company fame in the '70s. Even after they divorced in 1979, they remained friends and appeared with each other in the big screen movies Zoo Ship in 1985 and The Relic in 1997. When they were married, they appeared in the TV movie The Canterville Ghost in 1974 and such plays as The Magnificent Yankee, On Golden Pond, The Visit, Foxfire and Love Letters, among others.
In the early '70s he starred on the sitcom Temperatures Rising. Set at the Capital General Hospital in Washington D.C., follows the adventures of the no-nonsense chief of surgery Dr. Vincent Campanelli (James Whitmore) and his all-nonsense staff. He guest starred on the sitcom A Minute With Stan Hooper in 2003. Among his other credits include series regular in dramas The Law and Mr. Jones, Mister Sterling, and My Friend Tony. In 2000 he won an Emmy for outstanding guest actor in a dramatic series for The Practice. Among his other guest appearances include CSI, Burke's Law, Riptide, The White Shadow, Gunsmoke, The Virginian, The Big Valley, Rawhide, Dr. Kildare, Route 66, Twilight Zone, Ben Casey, and more. His other big screen credits include The Shawshank Redemption, The Majestic, Give 'em Hell, Harry, and Battleground. The latter saw him earn Oscar and Golden Globe nominations.
His legacy continues with his children and grandchildren, among them are grandson Matty Whitmore who was on Survivor: Gabon. Mr. Whitmore was 87.

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Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas - Don't Forget To Join Us on Twitter and Facebook; Remembering Connie Hines

Merry Christmas everyone! We hope you are enjoying the holiday whether you celebrate it or not. Thanks for taking a bit of your time out today for visiting. And also thanks for continuing to visit everyday, as we near five years of everyday posting! As a reminder, don't forget to follow us on Twitter and be a fan of SitcomsOnline on Facebook. We welcome your thoughts, opinions and discussions! So join in on the action on both of those as well! We are everywhere--SitcomsOnline.com, the message board, the blog, Twitter, Facebook, and more! It's certainly "all sitcoms, all the time!" Merry Christmas and god bless us everyone, as Tiny Tim would say!

Tomorrow Todd will do his annual sitcom stars deaths for the past year right here on the blog, so you won't want to miss our tribute to every single sitcom star who passed away in 2009. As a lead-in (we like to throw in TV terms!) to that tomorrow, we will pay tribute today to Connie Hines. Connie passed away last Friday (Dec. 18, 2009) at her Beverly Hills home from complications of heart problems. She was best known for her role as Wilbur's (Alan Young) wife on the popular 1960s television sitcom Mister Ed. She has not acted since the early '70s, so many younger viewers probably don't know who she is, unless they caught an episode or two of Mister Ed on TV. She guest starred on series such as The Millionaire, The Untouchables, Bronco, Sea Hunt, Perry Mason, Bonanza, Love American Style, and The Mod Squad. As you can see, she was in a lot of dramas, but her regular role on the comedy Mister Ed is what everyone knows her for.
She will deeply be missed. Connie was 78.

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Thursday, December 24, 2009

2009 Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Marathons/Movies on Television

Welcome to a special Christmas Eve edition of the News Blog! That only means our annual TV marathons and holiday movie updates airing on TV today and tomorrow!
For the 13th year in a row Turner will have its annual A Christmas Story (1983) 24-hour movie marathon on TBS from 8pm tonight through 8pm Christmas night! There are a lot of copycats on the other networks doing holiday movie marathons for large amount of encores. FX is planning to run the movie Night at the Museum for 24 hours, also from Christmas Eve evening to Christmas night. Last year FX had good numbers for a 24-hour marathon of the film Ice Age 2. Sister network Fox Movie Channel will have a 24-hour marathon of the classic Home Alone film. AMC will have two movie marathons. Tonight they will air the 1954 classic White Christmas and then all day tomorrow they will air the 1989 film National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation. And as we mentioned before, Spike TV will spend Christmas Day being naughty all day with Bad Santa Don't forget your sandwiches! And finally, Disney Channel will air The Santa Clause trilogy starting at 4pm today.
Some of the other major TV stunts we mentioned already were ABC Family's 25 Days of Christmas concluding today and tomorrow. That is our pick of course! BET's Sister Sister marathon today and The Game marathon tomorrow. TV Land's 10th Annual Merrython starts tonight and runs into tomorrow with classic holiday episodes of many TV series! TV One will also celebrate the holidays with holiday episodes all night tonight! And ABC has holiday episodes of their sitcoms tonight from 8-10pm!
Some of the stuff we have not mentioned are Boomerang's 24-Hour Extended Christmas Party starting at 9am today with many holiday animated classics! Comedy Central's 13 Days of Christmas continues tonight at 9pm and all day tomorrow with many movies and a short Scrubs marathon.
Other notable TV marathons include Bravo's West Wing Christmas episodes mini-marathon today and A&E's Criminal Minds marathon tomorrow. MTV will showcase Parental Control and Teen Mom stunts. VH-1 is reminding us not to eat too much this holiday season by airing a marathon of Celebrity Fit Club. CNBC will remind us not to overspend on this holiday with a marathon of Til Debt Do Us Part.
Check out the full holiday marathon list from our friends at TVTango.com!

Don't forget to leave out some cookies and milk for Santa tonight! Ho ho ho! Merry Christmas!

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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

ABC Double Pumps Scrubs and Ted Through January; Hallmark Channel January and February 2010

We were the first to announce on our message board that ABC is going to double pump Scrubs and Better off Ted on Jan. 5, 12, and 19. And we were the first ones to announce on our message board that ABC had scheduled all-new episodes of Better off Ted at 8:30pm and Scrubs at 9pm after the Rose Bowl on Friday, Jan. 1, 2010 (a repeat of the season premiere of Better off Ted will air 9:30pm on Jan. 1). Now we have some additional information on these shows, that you will only see here first.
First off, ABC has decided to air repeats of Scrubs next Tuesday (Dec. 29) at 9pm and Tuesday, January 12 at 8pm. The first two episodes of the season will repeat on these dates. Scrubs will remain all-new at 9pm on Jan. 12 and two new episodes will air Tuesday, Jan. 5 at 8pm & 9pm. Better off Ted will still be new whenever it airs (except for that Friday, Jan. 1 at 9:30 airing). So through Jan. 12 now, Scrubs and Better off Ted will each have 9 new episodes aired. Both Scrubs and Better off Ted will be two new episodes on Jan. 19 and one each on Jan. 26 (since the State of the Union address is likely on Jan. 26), so by then it will be 12 new episodes of each. And the final episode of each (episode 13) could be used in the 8-9pm hour on Feb. 9 leading into LOST? Remember President Obama will have his first State of the Union address likely on Tuesday, Jan. 26 from 9-11pm ET, so they can't double pump the comedies on that night and LOST has its season premiere the following week on Tuesday, Feb. 2 from 9-11pm, but a clip show airs at 8pm that night, so no Scrubs/Ted then. I'm just guessing how they will use Scrubs and Better off Ted on Jan. 19 and 26 (and possibly Feb. 9), because ABC has only announced episode info through Jan. 12 for Tuesdays. But I think I'm right with the guesses here and I can certainly see the finales of both on Feb. 9 at 8pm, since ABC can't encore the two-hour premiere of LOST the following week. Starting Feb. 16 in the 8pm hour though I bet we will see previous week's LOST episodes encoring in the hour until Dancing with the Stars: The Results returns in mid-March. This is not official yet, but seems like the likely scenario for Tuesdays at 8pm. Also, ABC has yet to announce what will air Fridays at 9pm starting Feb. 12, since Shark Tank will have its season finale on Feb. 5.
A few weeks ago ABC announced what they will air Thursdays at 8pm until FLASHFORWARD returns March 4. ABC announced the series premiere of new drama The Deep End, which brings to life the tragedies and triumphs of five earnest twenty-something first-year associates fighting to stay afloat in one of Los Angeles' top law firms. The series premieres on Thursday, January 21 at 8:00pm ET/PT and will air for 6 weeks (through and including Feb. 25). The series has a 7 episode order, so maybe a two-hour finale on Feb. 25? ABC will use Jan. 14 at 8pm to re-air the fall finale of Grey's Anatomy leading into the return of the series at 9pm.
So ABC still has a lot to announce for mid-season, including the return date of Wife Swap and new series dates for Romantically Challenged, Happy Town, and the new Jamie Oliver reality series. So stay with us for any news on these!

The Hallmark Channel will have a new schedule effective Monday, Jan. 4, 2010. Kicking off the morning schedule now will be back-to-back Little House on the Prairie from 9-11am, replacing Golden Girls. 7th Heaven will return to the schedule as well airing weekdays at 11am and 12pm, as the 11am hour replaces more Golden Girls and the 12pm hour replaces Touched by an Angel. Then at 1pm Hallmark Channel has acquired America's Funniest Home Videos and will air it weekdays. This is the Bob Saget version from the early '90s. A Golden Girls two-hour block will follow from 2-4pm, leading into another hour of AFV at 4p. M*A*S*H follows but from 5-7pm, instead of the usual 5-8pm, as another hour of AFV airs at 7pm. In primetime, it will now be three episodes of Touched by an Angel from 8-11pm, followed by The Golden Girls from 11pm-1am. On Fridays, a movie airs from 9-11pm. Cheers closes the schedule from 1-4am, as the 3am hour replaces paid programming.
On weekends, 6-8am will be Little House on the Prairie leading into Jack Hanna's Animal Adventures from 8am-11am. Movies will air the rest of the day from 11am-3am. So missing from the regular schedule are Walker Texas Ranger, Murder She Wrote, Matlock, and I Love Lucy.
As for stunts, there will be an I Love Lucy weekend marathon on Saturday, Feb. 6 and Sunday, Feb. 7 from 11am-3am on Feb. 6 and 11am-1am on Feb. 7. There will be a lot of Skating specials in January and February as well. Stay with us for further updates, if anything changes.

Tonight on ABC it is an expanded Comedy Wednesday with encores of your favorite ABC Comedy Wednesday comedies! It first starts off with the holiday special How the Grinch Stole Christmas, followed by encores of The Middle, Modern Family, another The Middle, and back-to-back Cougar Town in the 10pm hour! And if that's not all, ABC Comedy Wednesday will air on Christmas Eve (Thursday, Dec. 24) as well! It will be an all holiday episode night starting with the animated special Disney Prep & Landing, then holiday episodes of The Middle, Modern Family and Cougar Town. If you have not seen these episodes, tune in! And if you have, watch them again...comedies are good! Laugh away the next two nights!

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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

CBS Announces Reality Plans for Midseason 2010; Fox Makes Changes to Two Nights in Midseason

CBS has announced their reality series plans for mid-season 2010. CBS will premiere its new reality series Undercover Boss following CBS Sports' coverage of Super Bowl XLIV on Sunday, Feb 7 from 10:00-11:00 PM ET/7:00-8:00 PM PT; time is approximate after Post Game coverage. Undercover Boss, which follows high level chief executives as they slip anonymously into the rank and file of their companies, moves to its regular time period the following Sunday on Sunday, Feb. 14 at 9:00 PM ET/PT, as part of a new two-hour reality block, where it will be paired with the 16th edition of The Amazing Race. The Amazing Race has its 16th edition premiere on that night (Sunday, Feb. 14 at 8:00 PM ET/PT). Because of these changes, crime drama Cold Case will move back to 10:00 PM ET/PT starting this night.
In other CBS reality series news, two specials will air on Jan. 28 and Feb. 4. Live for the Moment, a one-hour special from Emmy Award winners Jeff Probst and Mark Burnett, will be broadcast Thursday, Jan. 28 at 8:00 PM ET/PT. Live for the Moment reveals how one person's life-changing event inspired them to live life to the fullest. Host Jeff Probst takes that person on a series of adventures and experiences that create special life moments with family and friends. This person shares their inspiring insights on how they live their lives differently and by doing so, possibly will change the way others live too. Surviving Survivor (working title), a one-hour special will air on Thursday, Feb. 4 at 8:00 PM ET/PT, revisiting some of the greatest moments in Survivor history and following up on life after Survivor with some of the most memorable castaways. The special, executive produced by Susan Zirinsky for Eye2 Productions, contains fresh interviews with Survivor favorites, and offers a sneak peak at the new Survivor, which will launch on Feb. 11. Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains, the 20th edition of the franchise, premieres with a two-hour episode, Thursday, Feb. 11 from 8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT. Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains will reunite some of the most memorable, heroic and controversial castaways from previous Survivor seasons. The series' best strategists will face off in their attempt to overcome - or embrace - the label placed upon them as they return for revenge or redemption. The series will air weekly in the 8:00 PM ET/PT hour, as always, starting Feb. 18.
CBS still has not announced premiere dates and information on any mid-season scripted series. Returning sitcom Rules of Engagement and new dramas Miami Medical and The Bridge have not yet been given premiere dates. I can see Rules and Miami Medical launching in March with The Bridge probably in the summer. Stay with us for details on these as soon as we get it.

Meanwhile at Fox, they have announced they will make some time changes for Wednesdays and Sundays. American Idol and new drama Human Target will have their times flipped starting Jan. 27. Idol will shift to 9pm, while Human Target moves to 8pm. Human Target will still have its Wednesday launch on Jan. 20 following Idol, but will then have to lead off the night starting Jan. 27. Human Target will still have its series premiere on Sunday, Jan. 17 following NFL Divisional Playoff coverage.
The other mid-season time change for Fox will be on Sundays, but not until March 14. New mid-season sitcom Sons of Tucson will now air Sundays at 9:30pm, rather than 8:30pm. This means The Cleveland Show will stay put at 8:30pm, as it was slated to move to 9:30pm. Fox has ordered 13 episodes oddly of Sons of Tuscon, but they will not be able to fit all 13 in this season, unless it gets additional airings elsewhere. No word on where American Dad! will go, but it is likely it will move to 7:30pm starting March 14 or at a later date (or maybe if Tucson bombs, it returns at 9:30pm a few weeks later?).

So we are just about set for all the networks for January and February. NBC and Fox has announced nearly all of their plans for the entire mid-season, but CBS and ABC still have some March dates to announce. ABC also has to announce what they plan to do on Tuesdays at 8:00pm starting Feb. 9 and Fridays at 9:00pm starting Feb. 12. Scrubs and Better off Ted are done with their seasons after Jan. 26, more on that tomorrow.

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Monday, December 21, 2009

Nick at Nite Overnight Changes in January 2010; Remembering Alaina Reed Hall and Brittany Murphy

Nick at Nite has made a schedule change that will take place starting next Thursday (December 31, 2009). They are removing the nightly Roseanne marathon from the overnight line-up. The series airs every night from 2am-6am. But starting Dec. 31 (actually early Jan. 1), after we welcome in 2010, two hours later instead of the usual Roseanne we now have an hour of Everybody Hates Chris at 2am, a Cosby Show two-hour block from 3am-5am, and Family Matters gets another hour adding on 5am to its already existing 6am hour. So, yes, Cosby Show is back on Nick at Nite, while still airing on TV Land and Roseanne will only be on TV Land now.
The reason for the change is because come January Roseanne might spill over past 2am at times on TV Land, mainly 3-4am, due to the addition of Home Improvement. The Cosby Show airs on TV Land weeknights in the 2am hour and the 3am half-hour, but that half-hour will likely be removed since it will be on sister network Nick at Nite at the same time.
Somehow I think we have not heard the last on both TV Land and Nick at Nite January 2010, so stay with us as we receive updates. In fact, we still have to give you Nick at Nite January 2010 highlights. Hopefully we can give you that by this week.

Alaina Reed Hall who is best remembered for her role as Rose from the '80s sitcom 227 has passed away. Alaina passed away on Thursday (Dec. 17, 2009) after a battle with breast cancer. Prior to landing the role of Rose on 227, Alaina played Olivia, Gordon's younger sister, on Sesame Street for 12 years from 1976-1988. 227 aired on NBC from 1985-1990 and was taped in Los Angeles, while Sesame Street was taped in New York, so Alaina decided to leave Sesame Street due to the cross-country travel.
Alaina also guest starred on many other TV series such as Baby I'm Back, Herman's Head, Reading Rainbow, A Different World, Blossom, Friends, The Drew Carey Show, Lois & Clark, Between Brothers, The Steve Harvey Show, NYPD Blue, Ally McBeal, NewsRadio, Any Day Now, The Suite Life of Zack and Cody and ER. Alaina also had voice roles on two animated series, Sonic the Hedgehog and Where on Earth is Carmen San Diego? Alaina also was a co-star on a short lived sitcom for The WB in 1995 called Cleghorne! that also starred Ellen Clegorne, Garrett Morris and Sherri Shepherd. While she was known for her TV roles, she also appeared in a few big screen movies such as Death Becomes Her and Cruel Intentions.
Alaina will be deeply missed and I just wish 227 repeats were more prominent on television and DVD today. We had gotten word of her death on Friday from actor Shavar Ross, but were waiting on more details. Alaina was only 63.

And finally, as everyone probably knows already, Brittany Murphy has passed away. She was very young and the death is totally unexpected. She died in Los Angeles on Sunday (December 20, 2009) after suffering cardiac arrest in her bathroom, officials said. Brittany provided the voice of Luanne on the Fox animated series King of the Hill. While she was known more for her movie roles, Brittany got her start on television. She co-starred on the short-lived sitcom Drexell's Class in 1991-92. She also co-starred on the sitcom Almost Home in 1993, which was a follow-up series of The Torkelsons. Among her other TV roles were guest shots on Murphy Brown, Parker Lewis Can't Lose, Blossom, Party of Five, Frasier, Sister Sister, Boy Meets World, The Marshal, seaQuest DSV, Murder One, Nash Bridges, and Clueless. She got her big break on the big screen movie Clueless, which lead to movies such as Drop Dead Gorgeous, Girl Interrupted, Don't Say a Word, 8 Mile, Just Married, Uptown Girls, Sin City, Happy Feet, and more. She has a few films still yet to be released. She is gone way too soon, and she will be missed dearly by her TV and movie fans. Brittany was only 32.

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Sunday, December 20, 2009

Week 13 TV Ratings and Analysis; How the Sitcoms Did

Week 13 TV Ratings (first four nights, Mon-Thurs finals):

Households: 1. CBS 8.8/14.5 (rating/share); 2. NBC 3.9/6.5; 3. Fox 3.7/5.9; 4. ABC 3.0/4.9; 5. The CW 1.0/1.5
Total Viewers: 1. CBS 14.29 million; 2. NBC 6.41 million; 3. Fox 5.89 million; 4. ABC 4.51 million; 5. The CW 1.49 million.
Adults 18-49: 1. CBS 3.7/10.4 (rating/share); 2. NBC 2.2/6.4; 3. Fox 2.0/5.7; 4. ABC 1.4/3.9; 5. The CW 0.6/1.8

Week 13 (Dec. 14-20) Analysis: For week 13, CBS was all new with regular airings of their series, thus they dominated against repeats and December filler programming. In a slow week for everyone but CBS, obviously CBS is first in all categories, NBC is in second in everything, while Fox third and ABC has to settle for fourth. Last week, week 12, CBS beat second place NBC in HH/viewers for a first place finish once again, while NBC prevailed in 18-49 barely. CBS was close behind for second in 18-49. ABC was third in HH/viewers, but fourth in 18-49, while Fox was the opposite of that (fourth in HH/viewers and third in 18-49).
On Monday it was CBS in total control with all-new episodes, as House was a repeat for Fox. CBS started with all-new episodes of its comedies and a new CSI: Miami. How I Met Your Mother started it off with doing 9.64 million, up sharply from previous week, while a new Accidentally on Purpose followed doing 8.82 million, also up from previous week with lesser competition. Two and a Half Men followed with a new showing doing 16.37 million, up nearly two million from previous week, and The Big Bang Theory followed with a new airing of its own doing 15.58 million, up from previous week and a series high in viewers. A series high of 5.6 18-49 rating is excellent and retained that from previous week. It skewed older this week as the viewers went up a lot, but 18-49 rating stayed the same. A new CSI: Miami did 14.18 million, also up a lot from previous week with no competition. Fox had repeats of House and Lie to Me doing 6.72 and 6.64 million, decent for repeats. ABC didn't do much with the new special Jennifer Hudson: I'll Be Home for Christmas doing just 5.6 million, down two million from previous week's timeslot holder. An all-new Find My Family did 5.44 million, up a bit from previous week but needs to do better. A repeat of Castle followed with 4.3 million. NBC started off with the new reality holiday filler Sing Off instead of the usual Heroes and Trauma doing 6.89 million for two-hours better than what those dramas usually, and an OK 2.3 A18-49 rating. The Jay Leno Show followed with only 4.75 million, but up a tad from previous week. The CW preempted One Tree Hill and Gossip Girl for a Vampire Diaries stunt that aired all week. Monday encores did 1.57 and 1.42 million, not bad.
On Tuesday, CBS dominated with everyone else in hibernation. CBS started with a new NCIS doing 20.69 million. Then spin-off NCIS: Los Angeles was next with a new showing of its own doing 17.5 million. And finally CBS aired a new The Good Wife doing a solid 14.17 million. NBC was next airing another two-hours of the holiday filler Sing Off doing a decent 6.86 million and a better 2.6 18-49 rating, but still it is no The Biggest Loser which returns Jan. 5. Then The Jay Leno Show tanked as usual to only 5.2 million. ABC was on the map at 8pm with the all-time classic A Charlie Brown Christmas and Charlie Brown Christmas Tales doing 6.5 million for the entire hour. Then it was an all-new episode of Scrubs [Med School] doing 4.22 million only and a 1.8 18-49 rating, both down from previous week. A new showing of Better off Ted did only 3.18 million, worse than previous week's premiere. At 10pm, the forgotten was a repeat and did only 3.34 million and just a 1.0 18-49 rating, both down from previous week's repeat. Fox aired So You Think You Can Dance and 6.34 million, up a tad from previous week, then the special Gordon Ramsay Cookalong Live bombed to only 3.99 million. The CW preempted 90210 and Melrose Place for Vampire Diaries repeats that did 1.23 million and 1.21 million, almost better than what a new Melrose Place would do.
Wednesday it was CBS on top again with all-new episodes. CBS started with all-new episodes of Old Christine and Gary Unmarried doing 7.64 and 7.76 million, both up week-to-week. Next CBS aired an all-new Criminal Minds doing a rock solid 14.68 million, up some from previous week. CSI: NY was also all-new and did 13.55 million, also up from previous week. The season finale of So You Think You Can Dance on Fox mustered only 7.09 million...the show needs to stay in summer only. ABC comedies were repeats, a repeat of the holiday special Prep & Landing did a decent 6.54 million. The Middle was a repeat and did 5.27 million. Modern Family was also a repeat and did 5.1 million, as that was like the fourth time that bicycle episode aired. Cougar Town was also a repeat and did only 4.48 million. The comedies will be all-new again on Jan. 6, with guest stars galore! Eastwick was all-new and very good in quality but only did 3.66 million. NBC aired night three of Sing Off doing 6.51 million, lower than the usual Mercy and Law & Order: SVU would do. At 10pm NBC aired The Jay Leno Show of course at just 5.49 million, but up a million week-to-week. The CW aired more repeats of Vampire Diaries doing 1.3 and 1.39 million.
Thursday it was CBS on top again with all-new episodes. CBS opened with Survivor: Samoa at a solid 12.46 million and a 3.9 A18-49 rating, but both down week-to-week as the season finale airs tonight on a special night. A new CSI followed with a solid 15.58 million, but also down from previous week. At 10pm The Mentalist was new and did a similar 15.77 million, and also down from previous week. ABC was all in repeats, as two Grey's Anatomy repeats did only 3.79 and 4.0 million. Private Practice followed with a repeat of its own doing only 3.07 million. Needless to say, these don't repeat well. They return with new showings Jan. 14. Fox was in repeats as well with Bones doing a below normal 6.15 million for a repeat and a Fringe repeat only did 3.12 million. NBC preempted Community, Parks & Recreation, The Office and 30 Rock for the all-new holiday special SNL: A Gilly Christmas that did a decent 7.79 million, better than what the sitcoms average. The Jay Leno Show closed the night with only 5.21 million, but up a tad week-to-week. The CW aired two more repeats of Vampire Diaries doing 1.89 and 1.9 million, as Supernatural was preempted.
Now, final numbers for Friday and Saturday are not available as usual, but NBC won Friday with a repeat of Law & Order and Dateline, but ABC and CBS tied for the 18-49 crown. ABC won 9 & 10pm with 20/20, and CBS did decent in the 8pm hour with Frosty the Snowman and the follow-up special.
Saturday numbers were very quiet and low, as Fox won with its usual line-up on a very slow night filled with holiday movies and repeats.
Tonight ABC has a repeat of AFV as Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Desperate Housewives, and Brothers & Sisters are preempted for the network television premiere of The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause. NBC has an NFL game tonight so they will still win the night though but Vikings/Panthers won't be a big game for them. CBS has the Survivor Samoa finale from 8-11pm. Fox has a NFL overrun and repeats of its animated comedies from 8-10. Look for CBS to easily win the week as they should since they aired new episodes of regular programming. NBC will take second for the week, especially since they have NFL tonight. Fox and ABC will battle for third, with Fox likely hanging on in HH/viewers, but Fox will clearly win third in 18-49. As for this coming week, look for a lot of repeats and holiday specials as Christmas is on Friday!

Week 13 How the Sitcoms Did

Last Sunday Sitcoms (counts for week 12 -- Dec. 7-13)

  • Brothers (Fox) - Some of the country got the 7pm new episode that did only 1.46 million for 16 minutes, while the rest of the country joined in after NFL at 7:16pm and did only 2.08 million. Everyone got the 7:30pm episode on time and it only managed 2.62 million. Terrible!
  • The Simpsons (Fox) - 6.97 million for an all-new episode...not bad, but could be better. No NFL lead-in so not as high.
  • The Cleveland Show (Fox) - 6.53 million and a 3.0 18-49 rating. OK, but better than King of the Hill last season.
  • Family Guy (Fox) - 7.66 million and a 3.8 18-49 rating is good, but below normal a bit for this show.
  • American Dad (Fox) - 6.2 million and a 3.1 18-49 rating is decent, but needs to hold the numbers better from its lead-in.

Monday Sitcoms

  • How I Met Your Mother (CBS) - A new episode did a solid 9.64 million and a 3.7 18-49 rating. No competition, so this is what I expected, though 18-49 could have been better.
  • Accidentally on Purpose (CBS) - 8.82 million for a new episode is better than normal. A 3.2 18-49 rating is up, but still could be better given the competition and lead-in.
  • Two and a Half Men (CBS) - 16.37 million for a new episode, this is what I was expecting the previous week.
  • The Big Bang Theory (CBS) - A series high of 15.58 million and tied for a series high with a 5.6 18-49 rating, building on the lead-in's 5.2. Very good as usual, but it skewed older it seems than normal as viewers were up from previous week but 18-49 remained exactly the same. Still good!!


Tuesday Sitcoms

  • Scrubs (ABC) - An all-new episode of the [Med School] edition did 4.22 million and a 1.8 18-49 rating, both down from previous week. Whenever this show airs this season, it will be new. So watch!
  • Better off Ted (ABC) - Only 3.18 million, even lower than the previous week's season premiere. As mentioned above, whenever this show airs this season it will be new. Even the next two Tuesdays in December...watch it, nothing else is on!

Wednesday Sitcoms
  • Old Christine (CBS) - A new episode did a decent 7.64 million and an OK 2.3 18-49 rating, both seem to be season highs with lesser competition airing.
  • Gary Unmarried (CBS) - 7.76 million for a new episode and a 2.5 18-49 rating, built from the lead-in in viewers for the first time in a long time. Season highs.
  • The Middle (ABC) - 5.27 million for a repeat is decent.
  • Modern Family (ABC) - A repeat did 5.1 million, but this was like the fourth time this episode aired.
  • Cougar Town (ABC) - A repeat only mustered 4.48 million. Don't forget ABC Comedy Wednesday returns Jan. 6 with Lisa Kudrow on Cougar Town!

Thursday Sitcoms

  • Community (NBC) - preempted.
  • Parks & Recreation (NBC) - preempted.
  • The Office (NBC) - preempted.
  • 30 Rock (NBC) - preempted.

Friday Sitcoms

  • None.

Saturday Sitcoms

  • None.

Airing tonight (Sunday) on Fox are repeats of animated comedies from 8-10pm tonight following NFL action.

Summing it up. Two and a Half Men, The Big Bang Theory, How I Met Your Mother, Accidentally on Purpose, & Gary Unmarried were impressive for the week. Everything else was OK (such as The Middle repeat, Old Christine) or just plain old terrible (such as Better off Ted, Brothers Sun from Week 12).

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Saturday, December 19, 2009

Blog DVD Review: Kyle XY - The Complete Third Season - The Final Season (12/22)

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 Third Season - The Final Season. 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 Third Season - The Final Season:

Kyle XY: The Complete Third Season - The Final Season (Buena Vista, $39.99) brings all 10 episodes from the third and unfortunately final season of the ABC Family Channel original series! As all great men grow into their hero status, they must learn that their special attributes come with a price. In season three of Kyle XY, Kyle is not exempt from this rule and now, as greater forces push him to rise to new levels, he must become a man. And to do so, Kyle may have to sacrifice relationships with those he holds most dear. Kyle XY stars Matt Dallas, Marguerite MacIntyre, Bruce Thomas, April Matson, Jean-Luc Bilodeau, Chris Olivero, Kirsten Prout and Jaimie Alexander.

All 10 episodes from the third season are very good, but the ones that stand out are the season premiere "It Happened One Night," where Kyle awakens inside a Latnok building, where he attempts to escape and rescue Amanda from Latnok's clutches, meanwhile Jessi comes to Kyle's aid when she senses his troubles, but she must abandon Sarah in order to do so. In the episode "Life Support," when Nicole, Kyle and Josh are en route to a psychology conference, but they get into an accident when Kyle (who was driving) becomes distracted and suddenly swerves to avoid hitting another car, which sends the Tragers' vehicle off the road before crashing into a ravine. In "Welcome to Latnok," after Cassidy helps to save Nicole's life, Kyle is a man of his word and begins to pay his debt back to Latnok, but what Kyle finds is a complete surprise -- Latnok is not some dark and scary place, but rather a hip college hangout for brilliant young minds, including Mark. In "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner," now that Kyle and Jessi know the true story of Sarah's demise, they're on the hunt to find out what Cassidy really wants from them, but in the effort to do so, Kyle must do something that doesn't come naturally to him -- lie...to make Cassidy trust him and believe that he's on board with Latnok, Kyle invites Cassidy over for dinner. And in the series finale "Bringing Down to House," Kyle gets Cassidy to open up about Latnok's plans for the future of Adam Baylin's experiment and to his horror, Kyle learns that the secret society is going ahead with a production of multiple clones of Kyle, so Kyle and Jessi must find a way to put a stop to it, and he enlists the help of the Tragers, Declan, and Amanda. But with the world thinking Jessi is dead and Kyle trying to keep up with all the lies he has told, will they be able to find the secret test facility in time?

Packaging has a nice outer box with Kyle showing he has no belly-button (again) and also standing next to him are Jessi and Cassidy. The color scheme is orange and blue. The back cover has tons of information on the series & set and a list of special features and some screenshots, along with a nice family photo of the Trager family. Inside the box is the case, with the same artwork as the outer box--I hate that. All three discs are inside on the panels. Disc one is on the left panel, while discs two and three are on the right panel, overlapping each other. Ugh, I hate that. The last set had 6 discs and there was no overlapping whatsoever! So we have a downgrade here. Inside the case, we also have some inserts: Disney Blu-ray DVD and other DVDs catalog such as other ABC Family hits Make It Or Break It & 10 Things I Hate About You. When we remove disc one, on the packaging itself, we get a nice disc-by-disc breakdown of episodes and on the right side when we remove discs two & three we have nice episodic photos on the packaging itself. Disc one holds episodes 1-4 and has artwork same as the cover art, disc two holds episodes 5-8 and has artwork of the Trager family and disc three has the final two episodes & the special features and has artwork of Kyle with Amanda and Jessi.

The menu screen has Play All, Episode Selection, Audio Commentary, Bonus Features, Sneak Peeks, and Set Up. Audio Commentary option is on disc two only (though we do have one more on disc three, but it is listed with the Bonus Features). Sneak Peeks and Bonus Features are only on the last disc. Sneak Peeks has trailers for Greek and much more. 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 the Latnok logo then we are into a black-grey room where moving images (screenshots from episodes) on screens are in the background. The closing credits 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 three such as for the Make It Or Beak It and Surrogates DVDs.

Each episode runs approx. between 43-44 minutes (highest being 44:14 and lowest being 42:06...with most near 44 minutes), so it seems it is a bit longer than shows on broadcast television, but there are about 1-2 minute "previously on Kyle XY" recaps on each episode. There are about 6 chapter stops per episode. The video and audio is superb, as it should be since it is a series that just aired this past season. 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 didn't have ABC Family HD when this season aired, so I had to watch in full-frame, but it is nice watching it in widescreen format on this DVD!

Moving on to the extras. Discs two has an audio commentary on the episode "Life Support" from executive producers David Himelfarb and Eric Tuchman. They give a lot of information and tidbits, and they feel this is one of the best episodes of the entire series. On disc three we have an audio commentary on the series finale "Bringing Down the House," from executive producer David Himelfarb and co-executive producer Julie Plec. By the time they did the commentary they knew this was the last episode. This was not intended to be a series finale, so they were surprised the series was canceled.

As for the rest of the extras, we have 12 deleted scenes with optional audio commentary from executive producers David Himelfarb and Eric Tuchman. I suggest you watch it with the commentary so you know why it was deleted and where the scene was from. Runtimes for each deleted scene: 1:33, 0:33, 0:43, 0:38, 1:00, 1:42, 1:14, 1:59, 1:03, 0:29, 1:02, and 0:45. Then finally we have a very interesting featurette called "Kyle XY: Future Revealed." It runs 12:35 and we are told how it all ends! It is a great wrap-up for fans that you'll want to see for sure! Interviewed are Eric Tuchman, David Himelfarb, Julie Plec, and Matt Dallas.

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 two seasons on DVD and then get this DVD because this is the best basic cable series EVER! I was hooked and I disappointed we will not have a fourth season to see what happens from the cliffhanger ending from the third season finale. I wish ABC Family would at least greenlight a two-hour finale movie event to wrap it up, since this was their first original series and it did so well for them. This series has comedy, drama, action, science fiction, and everything you can imagine. It is a perfect show for anyone to watch. Join Kyle and the rest of the gang in season three to find out what is Latnok and who really is Cassidy! Let's change the world with Kyle!

-- Reviewed by Pavan
(4.5/5 stars)

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Friday, December 18, 2009

TV Land Edits January 2010 Schedule A Bit; 16th Annual SAG Awards Nominations

Earlier this month we gave you TV Land's January 2010 schedule, but now some changes to that have been made. First off the shifting of Andy Griffith, All in the Family, Sanford & Son, and more Andy will not be shifting to 4-8pm after all starting Jan. 4. They will remain from 5-9pm. That means Home Improvement will not air Mon-Sat in the 8pm hour starting Jan. 11. Home Improvement will air Mon-Thurs from 9-10pm starting Jan. 11, except Wednesdays will be Married...with Children. And Married will move to the 10pm hour except on Wednesdays will be High School Reunion. This means the primetime marathon block that airs Mon-Thurs from 10pm-12am will now be removed. Roseanne will take over the 11pm hour. Married...with Children will now get late night encores starting Jan. 4. airing Mon-Thurs in the 1am hour replacing Roseanne. And the week of Jan. 4, when Home Improvement has its launch marathon (8-11pm each night), Married...with Children will air at a special time of 5-6pm that week, while encoring in the 1am hour.
Home Improvement will also air Saturdays 8-10pm following the weekly Married...with Children marathon. Home will also air Sunday nights 2-3am, as previously reported.
In other news, High School Reunion Half-Hour Preview Special will premiere Saturday, Dec. 26 at 9pm. Various encores of this special will air until the premiere of the third season on TV Land on Jan. 13.
View the full updated TV Land January 2010 schedule and highlights, make sue you view all of the one-time-only airings as well.

Awards season is heating up with Golden Globes and the WGA Awards, now we have another. The 16th Annual Screen Actor Guild Awards (SAG) nominees have been announced. Leading the pack were The Closer, Dexter and 30 Rock with 3 nominations each. Among the broadcast networks, NBC led with 8 nominations and CBS was right behind with 7. HBO led cable with 7 nominations. The awards will air Saturday, Jan. 23, 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
Simon Baker (The Mentalist, CBS)
Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad, AMC)
Michael C. Hall (Dexter, Showtime)
Jon Hamm (Mad Men, HBO)
Hugh Laurie (House, Fox)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
Patricia Arquette (Medium, CBS)
Glenn Close (Damages, FX)
Mariska Hargitay (Law & Order: SVU, NBC)
Holly Hunter (Saving Grace, TNT)
Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife, CBS)
Kyra Sedgwick (The Closer, TNT)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
Alec Baldwin (30 Rock, NBC)
Steve Carrell (The Office, NBC)
Larry David (Curb Your Enthusiasm, HBO)
Tony Shalhoub (Monk, USA)
Charlie Sheen (Two and a Half Men, CBS)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series
Christina Applegate (Samantha Who?, ABC)
Toni Collette (The United States of Tara, Showtime)
Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie, Showtime)
Tina Fey (30 Rock, NBC)
Julia Louis-Dreyfus (The New Adventures of Old Christine, CBS)

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
The Closer (TNT)
Dexter (Showtime)
The Good Wife (CBS)
Mad Men (AMC)
True Blood (HBO)

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
Curb Your Enthusiasm (HBO)
Glee (Fox)
Modern Family (ABC)
The Office (NBC)
30 Rock (NBC)

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Thursday, December 17, 2009

TV One January 2010 - A Different World Acquired; TV Land's Make My Day Returns For Final Airings

January 2010 will have a few new shows on TV One! But first, let's get to the stunts and highlights! On Saturday, January 16 beginning at 12pm through 8pm, TV One airs the "Martin 'Radio Rave' Marathon" that features episodes of the popular TV One sitcom dealing with storylines with Martin at his job as a radio talk show host. An encore of the marathon begins at 10:30pm through 6am.
The very next day on Sunday, January 17, beginning at 12pm, TV One presents the "Living Single 'Queen Regine' Marathon" that features episodes of the popular TV One sitcom focusing on Kim Fields character Regine in all her diva glory. The marathons airs though 6pm then an encore of the Living Single Reunion will air in the 6pm hour.
Beginning on Tuesday, January 19 at 9pm and continuing through Thursday, January 21, TV One presents the premiere of an all-new sitcom from the producers of Martin and The Jamie Foxx Show entitled Love That Girl starring Tatyana Ali (TV One Access, The Fresh Prince of Bel Air) and Phil Morris. In the sitcom, a young woman (Ali) looks for a second chance in life by obtaining her real estate license and begins working with her father (Morris) who owns a real estate company. When her unemployed brother unexpectedly moves in with her, the world that she was trying to create is suddenly turned upside down and life will never be the same. Other characters include wacky neighbors who always have an opinion on her life, the best friend who owns a beauty salon, and her father's ghetto fabulous assistant. Encore airing are scheduled for 12am each night. Four episodes will air.
And finally, the big stuff! On Monday, January 25 beginning at 10pm, TV One brings two new shows to their prime-time landscape with the additions of the sitcom A Different World airing back to back episodes at 10pm & 10:30pm and the family drama series Lincoln Heights airing at 11pm. Both new acquisitions will air nightly Monday-Friday. As a result, there will be schedule changes made starting this day. Amen returns to the regular schedule and will air at 8am, followed by an episode of The Jeffersons at 8:30am, both replacing an hour of Half & Half. Good Times will take the 9am hour replacing originals. New York Undercover moves from 3pm to 11am, replacing an hour of originals. Originals replace Eve and Martin hours from 12-2pm. The 2pm hour will see an hour of The Hughleys, replacing Living Single. At 3pm The PJ's returns to the schedule and will air in the hour. The 4pm hour is now Sanford & Son instead of Divorce Court, which slides to the 5pm hour, replacing an hour of All of Us. The 6-8pm block remains the same with an hour of The Jeffersons at 6pm and half-hour each of Martin and Good Times in the 7pm hour. The nightly 8pm-11pm marathons are no more, as the new primetime line-up will have half-hours of Martim, Good Times, Living Single, and The Hughleys from 8-10pm leading into an hour of A Different World at 10. The nightly marathons had Martin on Mondays, Good Times Tuesdays, Between Brothers Wednesdays, and Living Single Thursdays, but they will be replaced with that primetime schedule starting Jan. 25. For late night, at 11pm as we mentioned it will be drama Lincoln Heights replacing Martin/Sanford & Son. The 12 midnight hour will have have Half & Half and Eve, replacing an hour of Living Single. A Different World and Lincoln Heights will encore in the 1am and 2am hours replacing a movie. And finally, the primetime block encore from 3-5am will be replaced by a movie.
There will be no changes made to weekends.

As we already announced, TV Land will air the final episodes of Make My Day all next week at 10pm. The holiday season has arrived, so in the spirit of giving, TV Land is airing the hilarious original comedic hidden camera series Make My Day, beginning Monday, December 21 and wrapping up on Christmas morning, December 25 during "TV Land's 10th Annual Merrython." The 30-minute series takes a positive spin on pranking as hidden cameras capture the weird coincidences, extraordinary situations and surprise celebrity appearances that occur for deserving participants over the course of a seemingly "normal" day. Kenan Thompson takes viewers through each outrageous episode of Make My Day. The series is executive produced by Michael Davies and is produced for TV Land by Embassy Row, David Granger and Will Macdonald of Monkey Kingdom and Sony Pictures Television (SPT). SPT is also the distributor of the series.
The series guarantees that each worthy participant will experience his or her best day ever, from a wannabe rapper from New Jersey joining musician Lil Jon on a spontaneous live radio interview to a manager of a high-end pet store ending up on the set of a telenovela spoof with her favorite heartthrobs, Desperate Housewives' Jesse Metcalfe and Dancing With The Stars' Cristian de la Fuente, to a guitar shop owner finding himself in a bowling match partnered with The Sopranos star Vincent Pastore and meeting NFL wide receiver Amani Toomer. The unsuspecting stars of each episode of Make My Day are bound to run into their favorite actors, be given tickets to the event of their dreams or hang out with their most beloved professional athlete as each episode culminates in one of the best days of their lives.
The series premiered in August and was pulled after only 2 episodes, so the final four will now finally air.

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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

NY Station WPIX's Annual Honeymooners New Year's Marathon; Retroality Interview with Dick Van Patten About New Book 'Eighty Is Not Enough'

As usual, WPIX will ring in the new year with The Honeymooners! The classic '50s sitcom will have its annual marathon in New York on Dec. 31 when the clock strikes midnight to welcome in 2010! The marathon will air on the night of Thursday, Dec. 31 (which is technically the morning of Jan. 1) from 12am-6am, then a break for the PIX morning news from 6am-9am, and finally The Honeymooners marathon continues from 9am-5pm on New Year's Day!
Episodes airing in the marathon are: "The Safety Award," ""Young Man with a Horn," "Funny Money," "Trapped," "Oh My Achin' Back," ""Woman's Work is Never Done," "The Worry Wart," "Pal O' Mine," "Dial J for Janitor," "The Loudspeaker," "Opportunity Knocks But," and "A Man's Pride" for the late night/morning marathon. Then the New Year's Day marathon have the following episodes: "Hello Mom," "Alice and the Blonde," "The Baby Sitter," "Head of the House," "A Matter of Record," "Bensonhurst Bomber," "The Sleepwalker," "A Dog's Life," "Matter of Life & Death," "Man From Space," "The Golfer," "Young at Heart," "Mama Loves Mambo," "TV or Not TV," "Better Living Thru TV" and "The $99,000 Answer." 14 hours of The Honeymooners in total!
Elsewhere on WPIX in NY, they will have The Jeffersons multiple part episode marathons on Sunday nights (early Monday mornings). On Sunday, Dec. 27 from 2:30am-4:30am catch the four-part episode "The Jeffersons Go to Hawaii!"
View our previous story on WPIX's holiday stunts, which includes a sitcom marathon of holiday episodes on Sunday, Dec. 20!

Our good pal Chris Mann of Retroality.TV has posted his new cover story and it is an interview with Eight is Enough star Dick Van Patten! Dick has a book out now called Eighty is Not Enough and Chris interviews him about that and more!
Look up the word "wholesome" in the dictionary and you'll see a picture of Dick Van Patten. Whether helping a troubled Eight is Enough kid or encouraging hungry puppies by eating his line of Natural Balance dog food, the TV father figure's familiar image reassures us he's still serving up hearty goodness.
Van Patten, who turned 81 on Dec. 9, shares his eight decades as an actor, family man and TV octodad in his delightful new memoir Eighty is Not Enough: One Actor's Journey Through American Entertainment (Phoenix Books), co-authored by Robert Baer.
Read more about that book and check out Chris' interview with the legendary Dick Van Patten!

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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

NBC Midseason 2010 Schedule; 67th Annual Golden Globe Nominations; 2010 WGA Awards Nominees

Fox was the first one to reveal mid-season plans, with ABC and The CW revealing just a bit so far, but now NBC has revealed its full mid-season and post-Winter Olympics schedule as the new drama Parenthood debuts Monday, March 1 at 9 p.m. ET while The Marriage Ref, a hilarious reality comedy panel series from Jerry Seinfeld about marriage, premieres on Sundays at 8 p.m. ET beginning March 14.
In addition, The Celebrity Apprentice returns in its third installment with an all-star lineup of celebrity candidates on Sunday, March 14 from 9-11 p.m. ET.
NBC has still not announced when mid-season sitcom 100 Questions will launch yet and when the mini-series Day One will air. Also, available are Friday Night Lights and reality series Who Do You Think You Are?, but those could be saved for summer.
So, after the Winter Olympics end on Feb. 28, this is how NBC will look from March 1 on:

MONDAYS
8:00 p.m. Chuck (will return January 11; two back-to-back season premiere episodes on Sunday, January 10 from 9-11 p.m., as previously announced)
9:00 p.m. Parenthood (premieres March 1)
10:00 p.m. The Jay Leno Show
NOTE: Heroes ends its season on Feb. 8 at 9 p.m.

TUESDAYS
8-10 p.m. The Biggest Loser (will return on January 5 with new season)
10-11 p.m. The Jay Leno Show

WEDNESDAYS
8:00 p.m. Mercy
9:00 p.m. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
10:00 p.m. The Jay Leno Show

THURSDAYS
8:00 p.m. Community
8:30 p.m. Parks and Recreation
9:00 p.m. The Office
9:30 p.m. 30 Rock
10:00 p.m. The Jay Leno Show

FRIDAYS
8:00 p.m. Law & Order
9:00 p.m. Dateline NBC
10:00 p.m. The Jay Leno Show

SATURDAYS
8-11 p.m. Various Drama Encores

SUNDAYS
7-9 p.m. Dateline NBC (through March 7, then moves to 7 p.m. hour only beginning March 14)
8:00 p.m. The Marriage Ref (debuts March 14)
9-11 p.m. The Celebrity Apprentice (season premiere on Sunday, March 14)
NOTE: NBC will use January for special programming on Sundays following the conclusion of Sunday Night Football.

Stay tuned for full mid-season updates on ABC and The CW and any mid-season updates for CBS, as they still haven't announced anything.


The 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards nominees have been announced! HBO leads with 17 (down 5 from last year) nominations. Showtime follows with 6. Fox leads the broadcast nominees with 6 this year, followed by last year's broadcast leader NBC with 5 (down 6 from last year), CBS with 4, and ABC with 3. Glee was nominated 4 times, for the most of any program. The telecast airs Sunday, Jan. 17, 8-11pm ET on NBC. Here are the major nominees:

BEST TELEVISION SERIES – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
30 Rock (NBC)
Entourage (HBO)
Glee (Fox)
Modern Family (ABC)
The Office (NBC)
COMMENTS: Curb Your Enthusiasm was snubbed. Two newcomers (Glee, Modern Family) are in!

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Toni Collette, United States of Tara (Showtime)
Courtney Cox, Cougar Town (ABC)
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie (Showtime)
Tina Fey, 30 Rock (NBC)
Lea Michelle, Glee (Fox)
COMMENTS: No Housewives again for a third straight year, but everyone is different from last year except Tina Fey. No America Ferrera?

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)
Thomas Jane, Hung (HBO)
Matthew Morrison, Glee (Fox)
COMMENTS: The love for Glee continues and no Tony Shalhoub this year.

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

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA
Glenn Close Damages (FX)
January Jones, Mad Men (AMC)
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife (CBS)
Anna Paquin, True Blood (HBO)
Kyra Sedgwick, The Closer (TNT)
COMMENTS: Sally Field and Mariska Hargitay are not in it this year. Glenn Close made it this year.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA
Simon Baker, The Mentalist (CBS)
Michael C. Hall, Dexter (Showtime)
Jon Hamm, Mad Men (AMC)
Hugh Laurie, House (Fox)
Bill Paxton, Big Love (HBO)
COMMENTS: Bill Paxton is back after not being nominated last year. Simon Baker now in after his Emmy nomination last season.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Jane Adams, Hung (HBO)
Rose Byrne, Damages (FX)
Jane Lynch, Glee (Fox)
Janet McTeer, Into the Storm (miniseries) (HBO)
Chloe Sevigny, Big Love (HBO)
COMMENTS: This is now its own category as in the year's past this and the supporting actor were together. Anyway, why no Brothers and Sisters love this year?

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Michael Emerson, Lost (ABC)
Neil Patrick Harris, How I Met Your Mother (CBS)
William Hurt, Damages (FX)
John Lithgow, Dexter (Showtime)
Jeremy Piven, Entourage (HBO)
COMMENTS: As mentioned in the previous category, this is now its own category as in the year's past this and the supporting actress were together. Michael Emerson is now in as he won an Emmy for last season...now he will be favorite for a Golden Globe!

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


Finally, we leave you today with the nominations for the 62nd Annual WGA Awards. The Writers Guild of America, West and the Writers Guild of America, East announced nominations for outstanding achievement in television, radio, news, promotional writing, and graphic animation during the 2009 season to be honored at the upcoming 2010 Writers Guild Awards on February 20, 2010, in Los Angeles and New York. Comedy wise, 30 Rock, Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Office, Glee and Modern Family were nominated for their writing work. While Breaking Bad, Dexter, Friday Night Lights, Lost, and Mad Men took writing nominations for dramas. Among the other categories, Modern Family and Glee were among the nominees for best new series, while Modern Family, House, 30 Rock, and The Office were among the nominees for actual episodic writing. And The Simpsons have every nomination for animation writing!
View the full nominees. And stay with us and we'll let you know who wins when they are announced on Feb. 20! Let the new awards season begin!

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Monday, December 14, 2009

TNT Acquires Off-Network Supernatural Starting January 2010; Spike TV Holiday Stunts

TNT has acquired the basic cable rights to The CW's Supernatural starting Monday, Jan. 4, 2010. The series will air weekdays at 10am starting that morning replacing a third airing of Charmed. Charmed will still air weekday mornings at 8am and 9am ET, so not to worry. Supernatural will not get a launch marathon to start things off, but it will have a President's Day marathon over a month later on Monday, Feb. 15 from 9am-7pm ET. This is the first instance of the series in syndication.
Supernatural stars Jared Padalecki as Sam Winchester and Jensen Ackles as Dean Winchester, brothers who hunt demons and other figures of the paranormal. The series, which is filmed in Vancouver, British Columbia, debuted on September 13, 2005 on The WB, and is now part of The CW's lineup since Fall 2006 and is a mainstay on their Thursday night lineup at 9pm ET.
Recently TNT picked up rights to the canceled drama Southland and will also start production on all-new episodes set to air in March. Repeats air Tuesdays at 10pm starting Jan. 12, as we previously announced. TNT also recently picked-up off-network rights to The Mentalist beginning Fall 2012 and once a week rights starting Fall 2011, also as we previously announced.

Spike TV will interrupt your daily CSI/CSI: NY marathons for all-day marathons this holiday season. Dec. 23 and 24, Spike TV will have movie marathons of Star Wars films. Airing are Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977), Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980), Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983), Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999), Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002), and Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005). On Christmas Day itself, it's nothing but the 2003 film Bad Santa starring Billy Bob Thornton, John Ritter and Bernie Mac from 9am-3am. If you haven't seen this yet, now is your chance to watch this very naughty holiday film! On New Year's Eve, it's nothing but The Ultimate Fighter from 9am-6pm and on New Year's Day we get a marathon of Lethal Weapon and Die Hard films. Airing are Lethal Weapon (1987), Lethal Weapon 2 (1989), Lethal Weapon 3 (1992), Lethal Weapon 4 (1998), Die Hard (1988), and Die Hard: With a Vengeance (1995).

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Sunday, December 13, 2009

Week 12 TV Ratings and Analysis; How the Sitcoms Did

Week 12 TV Ratings (first three nights, Mon-Wed finals):
(Thursday network averages are not available, so I am only including Mon-Wed this week, but Thursday program finals are available in the analysis below.)

Households: 1. CBS 7.4/11.9 (rating/share); 2. NBC 5.1/8.1; 3. ABC 4.5/7.3; 4. Fox 4.5/7.0; 5. The CW 1.2/1.8
Total Viewers: 1. CBS 11.84 million; 2. NBC 7.98 million; 3. ABC 7.56 million; 4. Fox 7.4 million; 5. The CW 1.74 million.
Adults 18-49: 1. CBS 3.2/8.5 (rating/share); 2. Fox 2.6/6.8; 3. NBC 2.5/6.8; 4. ABC 2.5/6.6; 5. The CW 0.9/2.2

Week 12 (Dec. 7-13) Analysis: For week 12, we are now in the holiday and repeat season. In a slow week, I don't have Thursday final network averages, but so far through the first three days of final numbers, CBS is first in all categories. NBC is in second right now in HH/viewers, while Fox is second in 18-49. ABC is third in HH/viewers, while Fox is fourth. NBC is third in 18-49, while ABC is in fourth. Last week, week 11, CBS beat second place ABC in HH/viewers for a first place finish once again, while Fox prevailed in 18-49 barely. For 18-49 it was very close as NBC, ABC, and CBS were close behind. NBC and Fox battled for third in HH/viewers, with NBC having the edge.
On Monday it was CBS in control with all-new episodes, as Fox didn't air House this week. CBS started with all-new episodes of its comedies and a new CSI: Miami. How I Met Your Mother started it off with doing 8.78 million, while a new Accidentally on Purpose followed doing 7.91 million, decent, but could be better with lesser competition now. Two and a Half Men followed with a new showing doing 14.84 million, good sign, but not as much as up as usual with lesser competition, and The Big Bang Theory followed with new airing of its own doing 14.38 million. A series high of 5.6 18-49 rating is excellent as it thrived with lesser competition. A new CSI: Miami did a below normal 12.72 million. Fox handed the night over to Carrie Underwood, as her special 8.55 million but only a 2.3 18-49 rating. ABC was preempted in the Green Bay/Milwaukee areas for a NFL game, but the rest of the country saw the holiday classic Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town doing a decent 7.6 million. An all-new Find My Family did 5.23 million and only a 1.5 18-49 rating, both down from previous week. A new episode of Castle followed with a decent 7.8 million and built back up from the lead-in. NBC was next with two repeats of Law & Order: SVU instead of the usual Heroes and Trauma doing 6.54 and 5.77 million better than what those dramas usually, but only a 1.4 and 1.6 A18-49 rating. The Jay Leno Show followed with only 4.68 million, but up from previous week. The CW was all-new with One Tree Hill doing 2.57 million and Gossip Girl doing 2.21 million. Should be better than that.
On Tuesday, CBS and NBC ruled. CBS started with a repeat of NCIS doing 15.09 million. I still don't get it. NCIS: Los Angeles was next with a repeat of its own doing 12.04 million. And finally CBS aired a repeat of The Good Wife doing 9.1 million, the weakest of the night for CBS. NBC was next airing the two-hour season finale of The Biggest Loser doing 13.45 million, up a lot from previous week of course, and the finale also did a nice 5.0 18-49 rating. Then The Jay Leno Show had its best ratings since its premiere week thanks to a large lead-in, as the talk show did 8.33 million. ABC was on the map at 8pm with the all-time classic A Charlie Brown Christmas doing an excellent 11.17 million, followed by the premiere of the all-new Disney Prep & Landing at 8:30pm doing a big 12.04 million and a 4.1 18-49 rating. Both specials are the highest rated Christmas specials this season thus far. Then it was an all-new episode of Scrubs [Med School] doing 5.44 million only and a 2.3 18-49 rating, both up from previous week's premiere. The season premiere of Better off Ted got off to a rocky start though with only 3.82 million. It's a funny show, but people are not watching. At 10pm, the forgotten was a repeat and did 4.26 million and just a 1.2 18-49 rating, but that 18-49 rating was the same as previous week when it was new. Fox aired So You Think You Can Dance and 6.25 million, up from previous week. The CW was next with 90210 doing only 1.91 million, followed by a new Melrose Place at an even worse 1.26 million. Both down from previous week. Lots of competition on this night it seemed for a Tuesday in December!
Wednesday it was CBS on top with ABC doing well in the demo. CBS started with all-new episodes of Old Christine and Gary Unmarried doing 7.49 and 7.01 million. Next CBS aired an all-new Criminal Minds doing a rock solid 14.43 million. CSI: NY was also all-new and did 12.97 million. ABC comedies were next, a repeat of Shrek the Halls won its time slot with 8.43 million and a 1.7 18-49 rating. The Middle was all-new and next and did a solid 7.69 million and a 2.4 18-49 rating, best showings since the premiere. Modern Family was also all-new and did a very good 9.67 million and a 3.8 18-49 rating. Cougar Town was also all-new but did a below normal 7.01 million and a 2.8 18-49 rating. The comedies will be all-new again on Jan. 6, with guest stars galore! Eastwick was preempted at 10pm for the annual special Barbara Walters Presents the 10 Most Fascinating People of 2009 doing a good 10.55 million. NBC aired a new Mercy doing 7.01 million and Law & Order: SVU was next with an all-new episode doing only 7.92 million, a bit lower than the repeat the previous week. At 10pm NBC aired The Jay Leno Show of course at just 4.5 million, down a million week-to-week. Fox started with So You Think You Can Dance doing 6.69 million, up some from previous week, and Glee was next with its fall finale doing 8.13 million and a 3.7 18-49 rating, both basically on par from previous week. The CW aired repeats of Gossip Girl and Victoria's Secret Fashion Show doing 830,000 viewers and 1.7 million.
Thursday it was CBS on top with all-new episodes. ABC was all in repeats, as FLASHFORWARD did only 3.96 million for a repeat. Grey's Anatomy was also a repeat, and did 4.9 million. Private Practice followed with a repeat of its own doing only 3.89 million. Needless to say, these don't repeat well. CBS opened with Survivor: Samoa at a solid 13.25 million and a 4.2 A18-49 rating, both up week-to-week. A new CSI followed with a solid 16.43 million with lesser competition. At 10pm The Mentalist was new and did a similar 16.37 million. Fox was next with an all-new Bones doing 10.9 million, up a million week-to-week and an all-new Fringe doing 6.32 million, down from previous week despite lesser competition. NBC was all-new, with a new Community doing 5.51 million, up a bit from previous week, followed by Parks & Recreation at 4.9 million, also up bit from previous week. The Office was next and all-new and did 8.51 million and a 4.2 A18-49 rating, up some from previous week, followed by a new 30 Rock at 6.7 million and a 3.2 18-49 rating, also up the same percentage as the lead-ins. The Jay Leno Show closed the night with only 4.96 million, but up a tad week-to-week. The CW aired repeats of Vampire Diaries and Supernatural at only 1.75 million and 1.4 million, but up from previous week's repeats.
Now, final numbers for Friday and Saturday are not available as usual, but NBC won Friday with a special Law & Order and Dateline, as CBS was in repeats. ABC won 10pm with 20/20, and Ugly Betty reached a season high at 9pm.
Saturday numbers were very quiet and low, as Fox won with its usual line-up on a very slow night filled with holiday movies and repeats.
Tonight the ABC has an all-new AFV and a special two-hour Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, but Desperate Housewives, and Brothers & Sisters are preempted. ABC has a special at 10pm titled Christmas at the White House: An Oprah Primetime Special that will generate a big audience.NBC has an NFL game tonight so they will still win the night though with the Giants/Eagles. CBS has an NFL overrun that will keep the competitive, but the latter part of its line-up will be low rated. Fox has new episodes of its comedies from 7-10 that will make them solid in 18-49. Look for CBS to hang on for the week likely in HH/viewers over NFL fueled NBC. CBS and NBC will battle in 18-49, but CBS could hang on. Fox and ABC will battle for third, with ABC likely taking HH/viewers, but Fox in 18-49. As for this coming week, look for a lot of repeats and holiday specials!

Week 12 How the Sitcoms Did

Last Sunday Sitcoms (counts for week 11 -- Nov. 30-Dec. 6)

  • Brothers (Fox) - preempted due to NFL.
  • The Simpsons (Fox) - A repeat following the BCS Selection Show at 8:30pm only did 5.48 million, but that is OK. 2.5 18-49 rating is also OK, but the Selection Show did a 3.7.
  • The Cleveland Show (Fox) - preempted.
  • Family Guy (Fox) - 6.13 million and a 3.0 18-49 rating is good for a repeat.
  • American Dad (Fox) - Only 4.4 million and a 2.1 18-49 rating for a repeat, dropping a lot from its lead-in.

Monday Sitcoms

  • How I Met Your Mother (CBS) - A new episode did a solid 8.78 million and a 3.5 18-49 rating. It should have been up more though since there was no competition.
  • Accidentally on Purpose (CBS) - 7.91 million for a new episode is decent, but CBS Monday comedies do better than this. A 2.8 18-49 rating could be better given the competition and lead-in.
  • Two and a Half Men (CBS) - 14.84 million for a new episode is great, but this show usually explodes a few million when Dancing is on hiatus. Very good still, but I was expecting 16 million+.
  • The Big Bang Theory (CBS) - A series highs of 14.38 million and a 5.6 18-49 rating, building on the lead-in's 5.0. Very good! But like with the other CBS comedies, could have been higher since there was lesser competition.


Tuesday Sitcoms

  • Scrubs (ABC) - An all-new episode of the [Med School] edition did a decent 5.44 million and a 2.3 18-49 rating, up from previous week's premiere thanks to Prep & Landing airing before it.
  • Better off Ted (ABC) - Only 3.82 million for the season premiere. Should have been better, especially with only a 1.5 18-49 rating. Last spring these shows did similar ratings each week.

Wednesday Sitcoms
  • Old Christine (CBS) - A new episode did a decent 7.49 million and an OK 2.2 18-49 rating.
  • Gary Unmarried (CBS) - 7.01 million for a new episode was beaten by ABC's competing comedy. 2.3 18-49 rating also was beaten, but it did build from the lead-in in that category.
  • The Middle (ABC) - 7.69 million for an all-new showing was at its best since the premiere. 2.4 18-49 rating out of a 2.6 from Shrek the Halls was also a good sign.
  • Modern Family (ABC) - An all-new episode for the holidays did an excellent 9.67 million and a 3.8 18-49 rating.
  • Cougar Town (ABC) - An all-new episode did 7.01 million and a 2.8 18-49 rating, both seem below normal, though. Usually it does around 8 million and a 3.2 18-49. Don't forget ABC Comedy Wednesday returns Jan. 6 with Lisa Kudrow on Cougar Town!

Thursday Sitcoms

  • Community (NBC) - 5.51 million and 2.2 18-49 rating for a new episode...on par really from previous week.
  • Parks & Recreation (NBC) - 4.9 million and a 2.1 18-49 rating, could be better, but it is consistent at least.
  • The Office (NBC) - A new episode did 8.51 million and a more telling 4.2 18-49 rating, nearly doubling its lead-in again and up some from previous week.
  • 30 Rock (NBC) - 6.7 million and 3.2 18-49 rating for a new episode. Both up some from previous week.

Friday Sitcoms

  • The Big Bang Theory (CBS) - A special repeat following an original animated special didn't draw much with only a prelim 4.55 million and just a prelim 1.4 18-49 rating.

Saturday Sitcoms

  • None.

Airing tonight (Sunday) on Fox are all-new episodes of Brothers and animated comedies from 7-10pm tonight.

Summing it up. Two and a Half Men, The Big Bang Theory, Modern Family, The Office, How I Met Your Mother, & The Middle were impressive for the week. Everything else was OK (such as 30 Rock, Old Christine) or just plain old terrible (such as Better off Ted, Big Bang Theory Fri repeat).

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Saturday, December 12, 2009

Blog DVD Review: Peyton Place - Part Two

Welcome to our weekly Saturday Blog DVD Review. Today we take a look at Shout! Factory's Peyton Place - Part Two. I know this DVD came out in the summer, but we saved it for a "rainy day." Well, it doesn't rain on the Internet, but that means a slow day, and today it is slow. Peyton Place ran from 1964-1969 on ABC and had over 500 episodes! See skees53's Blog DVD Review of Peyton Place - Part Two:

Peyton Place - Part Two (Shout!, $39.99) is the second installment in the "continuing story of Peyton Place." Peyton Place is that quaint series about life in a small New England town where everything is ideally supposed to be happy and cheerful like Mayberry off of The Andy Griffith Show, but actually, as it turns out, Peyton Place is full of drama and scandal. At the end of the Part One DVD release (which, I have to say, you pretty much have to own and watch that set before even looking at this set, otherwise you will be lost), Allison (Mia Farrow) was facing questions about her love life in addition to coming close to finding out the truth about her father (I won't spoil the whole thing for those who haven't seen Part One, but she has been told that her father died, which isn't exactly the truth). Rodney Harrington (Ryan O'Neal) married Betty Anderson (Barbara Parkins) for what seemed to be a good reason, except Betty had been deceptive and the reasoning was a total lie. Betty's father, George (Henry Buckman) was still battling alcoholism and other life issues. And the strange man, Eliot Carson (Tim O'Connor) had arrived in Peyton Place, and is sure to contribute to even more drama in the "pleasant" New England town.

And that was just Part One! And now, in the "continuing story of Peyton Place," we have 34 more episodes (the packaging actually says 33, but the set contains episodes 32 through 65, and that is 34 episodes by my count), all of the episodes that aired from January 1965 through April 1965. In this part of Peyton Place, the mystery of Eliot Carson could be unraveled at any time, and Constance MacKenzie (Dorothy Malone) needs to do everything in her power to stop it in order to prevent any rifts between her and the new doctor in town, Dr. Rossi (Ed Nelson). The young bride Betty Anderson, having already taken a vow to love Rodney Harrington for better or for worse, has decided to go ahead and go for worse by skipping town on her new husband and mother Julie (Kasey Rogers). George Anderson (Henry Beckman) had already been established to be an alcoholic and an abusive husband, but he is JUST about ready to fly off his rocker this time and be put away (finally). And a new guy has arrived in town, Paul Hanley (Richard Evans), and he is the man responsible for Eliot Carson to prison for all of those years. Just why is he back in town? There is so much more to tell, but it is best to not go into details because otherwise, it will spoil the experience of watching the show.

The packaging is basically the same as the packaging for Part One, with just a standard DVD snapcase with a cardboard sleeve. The overall color scheme is green, and we have a general cast photo for the cover art. Inside, we have five discs, each containing black and white snapshots from the series. Each disc contains seven episodes, except for Disc 5, which contains six episodes. Unfortunately, there are no episode descriptions or even an episode list to be found anywhere in the set, but you have to watch them all in order anyway, so it isn't a HUGE deal.

The menus are very basic, with the theme music playing in the background and options of Play All and Episodes. Audio clips from the series play in the background on the main menu. Each option is self-explanatory. Episodes takes you to a list of episodes, where you can also select to play a preview for each episode. Once you select an episode, it plays immediately. There are plenty of chapters within each episode.

The video and audio quality of the set is mostly fine, but it isn't the greatest on all episodes. As far as the video is concerned, there are many grain issues and some serious black level issues on a few episodes. The audio is presented in mono and is fully of hissing and crackling, although I guess the good news is that the audio does not seem to suffer from the common compression issues that audio tracks on most TV shows on DVD seem to suffer. Maybe it is just that it is less pronounced by the other audio issues. Of course, I have to say that the problems aren't too big, but it is just important to note these problems. Each episode is closed-captioned, and the episodes all seem to be unedited, running around 25 minutes per episode.

There are no special features to be found anywhere on this set. It's a shame, but it isn't too bad, because this series kind of speaks for itself, plus special features have a tendency to be centered around one or a few episodes. This series is one where you can't just think about one or two episodes, and instead have to consider the series as a whole.

I never watched or knew anything at all about this series before seeing these DVDs. In fact, to be perfectly honest, I only discovered it because Shout! Factory shipped this set (as well as Part One) to me by mistake, and upon watching the DVDs, I thought it was worthy of reviewing and sharing with TV fans everywhere. I have been impressed with the series, and for an early '60s TV series, it was at least a decade ahead with the mature storylines and not being afraid to go in to controversial topics (teen pregnancy, anybody?). It is almost like the primetime soap operas that dominated the airwaves 15 to 20 years later (think Dallas, Dynasty, etc.), except without all of the cheesy (though admittedly fun) over-the-top catfights and deception that those series thrived in. It is a great show that fans of family dramas are certain to love.

Unfortunately, there is some less than positive news about the future of this series on DVD, although it is nothing definitive. Shout! Factory has exhausted the episodes that they had licensed from 20th Century Fox, and have to work on getting the rights for more episodes. According to Brian Ward, who posted on the Shout! Factory message boards, Shout! Factory is eager and willing to put out more episodes as the series did very well by their standards, but 20th Century Fox is reluctant to release more episodes due to sales that don't meet the standards of Fox (keep in mind, this is a company that uses series such as Family Guy as a benchmark). Hopefully, though, this situation will work out for the best and we'll see more of the "continuing story of Peyton Place."

Reviewed by skees53
(4/5 stars)

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Friday, December 11, 2009

WGN America's Outta Sight Retro Night Expands in January 2010; Changes on Good Morning America

WGN America is changing the late night portion of their Sunday night Outta Sight Retro Night block come January 2010. Changes that are happening will have another hour of Newhart at 12am ET (9pm PT), replacing ALF, which is now gone. The good news is that Outta Sight Retro Night will be expanded by two more hours, as 2am and 3am ET are now in! Second hours of Becker and The Cosby Show are added, replacing Nash Bridges and South Park. So, if you're confused, here is how the Sunday night block looks like come Sunday, Jan. 3, 2010:
6-7pm ET Becker, 7-8pm ET The Cosby Show, 8-9pm ET Newhart, 9-10pm ET Barney Miller, then a break for the WGN news, 11pm-12am ET Cheers, 12am-1am ET Newhart, 1-2am ET Barney Miller, 2-3am ET Becker, and 3-4am ET The Cosby Show. So as you can see, everything has a second hour now but Cheers.
As for a couple of December updates, Outta Sight Retro Night will have a special holiday episode marathon on Sunday, Dec. 20 with a few shows airing at special times. Holiday episodes start at 8pm ET following the movie It's a Very Muppet Christmas, we get holiday episodes of Newhart, Barney Miller, then news, Cheers, Becker, and The Cosby Show. ALF is preempted on this night and will have its last airing for now on Dec. 27 at 12am ET.
And finally, WGN America has added an In the Heat of the Night movie marathon on New Year's Eve (Thursday, Dec. 31) from 10am-8pm ET.
View our previous story on WGN America's Holiday Programming.

ABC is pleased to announce that George Stephanopoulos and Juju Chang will be joining Good Morning America, effective Monday (December 14). In addition, Chris Cuomo will take over as co-anchor of 20/20 with Elizabeth Vargas.
Here is David Westin's (ABC News President) announcement of the changes is below:
I'm pleased to announce that beginning Monday, our new anchor team at Good Morning America will be in place and on the air. George Stephanopoulos and Juju Chang will be joining Robin and Sam. Chris Cuomo will be promoted to co-anchor of 20/20 with Elizabeth Vargas and serve as ABC News' Chief Law and Justice Correspondent, joining Jim Avila. George will also take on the role of Chief Political Correspondent and he will continue to anchor This Week (Sunday morning show) until we name his replacement.
In putting this new GMA team together, we've pursued one goal: How can we best serve our audience? How can we bring them what matters most to them - the day's important news, engaging stories, useful information, and real expertise to help them improve their lives?
Robin and George are the right pair to lead our effort. As we've seen over time, Robin brings a warmth and intelligence to the morning that no one can match. Hers is a practical curiosity that brings the viewers' questions to the fore. George complements Robin's strengths with a deep knowledge of and commitment to news about the nation and the world. George is a formidable interviewer who brings the viewer a deeper understanding of the great issues of the day through his conversations with experts and newsmakers.
Sam Champion brings his knowledge and enthusiasm to weather, climate, and the environment. Juju, our new news anchor, has distinguished herself covering the news of every sort – from national and world events to the everyday experiences of parents and families.
Chris Cuomo has done it all – from newscasts in the morning, to covering major events from the field (around the country and around the world), to powerful primetime reporting. In addition to joining the team at 20/20, he will also step into the role of our lead reporter for all programs on major law and justice stories. And, he will continue to be one of the first people we turn to when news happens.
Eleven years ago next month, Diane Sawyer came to GMA for a temporary stint that at the time we expected to be a few months. Now, she will be taking over as anchor of World News on December 21, succeeding Charlie Gibson. One cannot describe all that she has done for GMA; nor can we fully express our gratitude. The best way to honor what Diane has done – and what Charlie did before and with her – is to continue the great tradition while building on the foundation they have laid. This new team will do just that. Each member individually contributes a great deal; the whole, however, will exceed even the large sum of the parts. Together with Jim Murphy and Tom Cibrowski we will redouble the program's focus on the engaging stories and useful news and information that matters most to our audience, delivering the kind of reporting that most reflects the strengths of ABC News.
Please join me in congratulating all of our colleagues on their new assignments.

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Thursday, December 10, 2009

BET's Ten Straight Days of Sitcom Marathons; FX Orders Second Season Of The League

This holiday season BET gears up with sitcom marathons! Starting Monday, December 21, you'll get 10 full days of sitcom marathons! Things kick off with a marathon of One on One on Monday, Dec. 21 from 10am-6pm. That series is not airing regularly on BET anymore, so it is nice to see it air. Then the very next day, Tuesday, December 22, we have a marathon of Sister, Sister! The twin fun airs from 10am-6pm, as this series is only airing Saturday mornings now (9am-12pm) on BET. Then the next three days spend your Christmas and get your game on with The Game. On Wednesday, December 23 it is a season one marathon from 10am-11pm, with select episodes airing again from 1am-3am. On Christmas Eve during the same time periods, we have a season two marathon. And on Christmas Day itself during the same time periods, we have a season three marathon. On Kwanzaa, Saturday, Dec. 26, spend your Saturday with The Jamie Foxx Show from 9am-9pm. The sitcom will lead into the BET premiere of the big screen movie Miami Vice starring Jamie Foxx. After the movie airs from 9pm-12am, we have a classic marathon of the '80s Miami Vice TV series from 12am-4am, which airs regularly on sister network Centric. Then on Sunday, December 27 from 1pm-6pm a marathon of The Steve Harvey Show will air. That series also airs regularly on sister network Centric.
The following week will see three more marathons! On Monday, Dec. 28, we have a marathon of Family Matters from 10am-11pm. Urkel and company air regularly on sister network Nick at Nite. On Tuesday, Dec. 29, it is more Family Matters from 10am-3pm. And finally on Wednesday, Dec. 30, the 10 straight days of marathon concludes with a marathon of Nickelodeon's True Jackson, V.P. from 10am-3pm. Movies such as Crooklyn and Juwanna Man will also air on Dec. 29 and 30, since the marathons end early on these two days.

FX's freshman comedy The League has been picked up for a second season with an expanded order of 13 episodes from FX Productions.
Season two is scheduled to return in late summer of 2010. The first season finale of The League airs tonight (Thursday, Dec. 10) at 10:30 PM ET/PT, immediately following the season five finale of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia at 10:00 PM.
Episode five of The League (12/3/09) was the second highest-rated of the season, ahead of the premiere and behind episode two. Through five episodes, the series is averaging 1.06 million viewers and 863,000 viewers Adults 18-49. Compared to year ago time period, The League has grown 44% among Adults 18-49, 65% in Adults 18-34, and 107% in Men 18-34. The delivery of Adults 18-34 (680,000) are 61% higher than the first season of Sunny (419,000), and 16% more in Adults 18-49 (Sunny season one, 747,000).
FX is raising the stakes in comedy. In addition to It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia and The League, the network will debut the new animated series Archer on Thursday, January 14 at 10:00 PM ET/PT, and Louie, starring stand-up comedian/actor Louis C.K. in the spring. FX has ordered ten episodes of Archer and 13 of Louie. FX previously ordered seasons six and seven of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, with season six scheduled to launch next summer.
Set against the backdrop of a fantasy football league, The League is about friendship, marriage, parenting, and growing upor refusing to grow up. It was created by the husband-and-wife team of Jeff Schaffer (Curb Your Enthusiasm, Seinfeld) and Jackie Marcus Schaffer (Disturbia, EuroTrip) who serve as executive producers. The ensemble features Mark Duplass, Stephen Rannazzisi, Nick Kroll, Paul Scheer, Katie Aselton and Jon Lajoie. The series is produced by FX Productions.

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Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Coming to Logo and MTV in January 2010; Minor Nick at Nite Changes

If you all remember when we announced that Grounded for Life was coming to MTV, at the end I mentioned a teen drama was also coming to MTV soon...now it is time to announce that drama! The teen drama is... Buffy the Vampire Slayer! The classic 1997-2003 The WB series (and later UPN) starring Sarah Michelle Gellar will join the Viacom owned MTV and also sister network Logo in January 2010.
It first launches on Logo with a marathon on New Year's Day (Friday, Jan. 1, 2010), from 6am-12am ET! That's 18 hours of kicking vampire butt! Buffy joins The L Word and Queer as Folk as other scripted dramas on Logo. Buffy will regularly air on Logo weeknights at 6pm & 7pm and also 2am & 3am starting Jan. 4. It will also air at various times on weekends, such as Fridays in primetime at 9pm & 10pm, and weekend mornings. Keep an eye out, because weekends are not the same every week...there will be a whole lotta Buffy, though!
As for MTV, the series premieres with an 8-hour marathon on Sunday, January 10, 2010 starting at 11am. Then it will regularly air on MTV weekdays at 11am starting Monday, January 11 following hours of Grounded for Life and Degrassi.
The airings on Logo and MTV mark the first time Buffy has been on cable since FX stopped airing the show last fall, when they had relegated to weekend mornings. Buffy aired on and off on FX from 2001-2008.
At the young age of 16, Buffy Summers was chosen to hunt vampires, demons, and the
forces of darkness. After the ordeal at Hemery High, Buffy Summers wound up at Sunnydale High. Joined with Willow Rosenberg and Alexander "Xander" Harris, and her watcher Giles, Buffy fights the challenges of High School and saves the world...a lot. Some of the guest stars over the years on Buffy included John Ritter, Nathan Fillion, and Ashanti.

There has been a few minor Nick at Nite changes that have recently happened. Since Monday (Dec. 7), the weekdays 6-7am hour is now Family Matters, as it was only airing Tuesdays and Thursdays before. The Nanny was airing Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays....but now Family Matters is fully on weekdays. Weekends remain the same with Family Matters in the 6am hour and The Nanny on Sundays in that hour. On Friday nights, Everybody Hates Chris will now air at 2am instead of 1:30am, as George Lopez encore will air in the 1am hour now. Previously it was The Nanny at 1am and Chris at 1:30am. And finally, Malcolm in the Middle late nights on weekends are now gone. They were airing Saturday and Sunday nights in the 1am hour, now we get another hour of The Nanny instead, now from 11pm-2am.
We previously mentioned that next week (Dec. 14), will have George Lopez air 9-11pm on Mon-Thurs, and as of now it is still happening. It is only for that week.
View the updated changes for Nick at Nite December 2009 and stay with us in the coming weeks for the January 2010 schedule and highlights!

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Tuesday, December 08, 2009

George Lopez Sitcom Reunion on Lopez Tonight Next Week; Around the TV Horn

Watch out! There is going to be a George Lopez show reunion on his TBS Lopez Tonight talk show next Tuesday! Orale! George Lopez aired on ABC from 2002-2007, you 'member, 'member? The entire cast of the sitcom will get together on George's new late night talk show next Tuesday (December 15, 2009) on TBS! Reuniting with George will be Constance Marie (Angie), Belita Moreno (Benny), Valente Rodriguez (Ernie), Masiela Lusha (Carmen), Luis Armand Garcia (Max), and Aimee Garcia (Veronica). Wapppah! Cannot wait! But sabes que, the only other regular missing it seems is Emiliano Díez, who played Angie's father, Vic. Ta loca, why no Vic? Anyway, spread the word (like this blog story) that next Tuesday at 11, tune into Lopez Tonight on TBS for the George Lopez sitcom reunion! If there are any more updates on this we'll let you know! I got this!
Lopez Tonight airs Mon-Thurs at 11:00pm ET/PT on TBS! And you can watch reruns of George Lopez on Nick at Nite every night at 10pm & 10:30pm. Sheeeoww!!

It's time for another edition of Notes from Around the TV Horn! As The World Turns, the long-running daytime drama, will complete its final season on the CBS Television Network in September 2010. CBS has decided not to renew the show for the 2010/2011 broadcast season, thereby ending its 54-year run on CBS. The epitome of multi-generational, serial storytelling, As The World Turns has been entertaining generations of fans for more than half a century. The show boasts a well-loved and long-tenured cast, including actress Helen Wagner (Nancy Hughes) who spoke the first words on the premier broadcast of ATWT in 1956. To this day, Nancy is still at the helm of the Hughes family, earning Wagner the distinction of portraying the longest-running character in television history. ATWT joins Guiding Light, which ended this past September, as a canceled long-running soap opera.
First-run syndicated series The Bonnie Hunt Show will go off the air after the end of this season. The Warner Bros. produced series is currently in its second season. The series is averaging only a 0.8 household rating.
Meanwhile, Twentieth Century Fox's Judge Alex and Divorce Court have both been renewed through the 2011-12 season. For next season, 2010-11, each program is cleared in 75% of the country and in the top 15 markets as of now, including on the Fox Television Stations in New York, Los Angeles, Dallas and Chicago. B&C reports that Twentieth is also offering off-network Nat Geo's Dog Whisperer to stations for fall 2010 and off-net FX's It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia for fall 2011, as well as renewing Fox's Family Guy for a second cycle. The company also is marketing Family Guy spin-off, American Dad!, for a possible fall 2011 launch. Stay with us for more on this at NATPE next month!

A reminder that ABC will air the new holiday special Disney Prep & Landing tonight at 8:30pm, followed by an all-new Scrubs, and the season premiere of Better off Ted at 9:30pm! Watch!

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Monday, December 07, 2009

TV Land Cuts 3rd Rock from the Sun Tuesday Block; NBC Slices 100 Questions Order

TV Land is making a last minute schedule change on Tuesday nights in their PRIME block. Effective Tuesday, December 8, 2009 (tomorrow!), Roseanne takes over the Tuesday 10pm-12am block replacing 3rd Rock from the Sun, which goes off the regular schedule again. This is only temporary as Home Improvement will take this block come January.
As for 3rd Rock from the Sun, fans can still watch the holiday episodes on the 10th Annual Merrython on Sunday (Dec. 13)at 12:30am & 1am and again on Christmas Eve (Dec. 24) at 2am & 2:30am. TV Land has rights to the series until next October, so it could reappear once again on the regular schedule.
View the updated TV Land December 2009 schedule and highlights.

NBC's upcoming mid-season sitcom 100 Questions has just had its episode order cut from 13 to 6. It makes sense since the earliest it could launch is in March, as NBC has already announced their January/February plans.
100 Questions is a multicamera comedy unlike the four NBC comedies currently on the air, which are single-camera. However, the network is developing mostly multicamera sitcoms for next season, the HR reports. The sitcom, which underwent recasting of several roles after upfront, stars Brit Sophie Winkleman as a young woman looking for love who joins a popular online dating site.
It is is still unclear of the launch date and the night and time the series will air. It will likely give a 6-week break to either Community or Parks & Recreation. Both of those series have done not too well in the ratings, but have been ordered for a full 22 episode season.
Also, scripted series wise NBC has the upcoming four-hour mini-series Day One, which they canceled as a regular series and the family drama Parenthood, which as of now still has a 13 episode order and will likely launch right after the Winter Olympics end.
ABC also cut the episode order of their mid-season multicamera sitcom Romantically Challenged, but from 13 to 7 episodes due to not enough time to air 13 episodes. A night and time has not been announced yet for that series as well.

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Sunday, December 06, 2009

Week 11 TV Ratings and Analysis; How the Sitcoms Did

Week 11 TV Ratings (first four nights, Mon-Thurs finals):

Households: 1. CBS 6.1/9.8 (rating/share); 2. Fox 4.9/7.7; 3. NBC 4.3/6.9; 4. ABC 4.2/6.7; 5. The CW 1.1/2.7
Total Viewers: 1. CBS 9.67 million; 2. Fox 7.97 million; 3. NBC 6.73 million; 4. ABC 6.63 million; 5. The CW 1.59 million.
Adults 18-49: 1. Fox 2.9/7.7 (rating/share); 2. CBS 2.7/7.3; 3. NBC 2.3/6.0; 4. ABC 2.1/5.6; 5. The CW 0.8/2.0

Week 11 (Nov. 30-Dec. 6) Analysis: For week 11, November sweeps is now over so now we are heading towards the holidays and repeats. In a slow week, so far through the first four days of final numbers, CBS is first in HH/viewers, while Fox thus far has the 18-49 lead. Fox is second in HH/viewers, while CBS is second in 18-49. NBC and ABC is battling for third right now, with NBC with the edge actually. Last week, week 10, CBS beat second place ABC in HH/viewers for a first place finish, while Fox prevailed in 18-49 dethroning ABC, who won the previous two weeks. CBS and NBC was tied for second in 18-49, with ABC right behind them by only 0.1. Fox and NBC battled for third in HH/viewers. The Thanksgiving holiday weekend really affected the ratings in week 10.
On Monday it was Fox on top, with Dancing with the Stars now over on ABC and CBS in repeats. Fox started with House doing a solid 13.25 million and a 4.8 18-49 rating, both up week-to-week with less competition, followed by Lie to Me at only 7.49 million, but up some from previous week. Next up was CBS with repeats of its comedies and a repeat of CSI: Miami. How I Met Your Mother started it off with a repeat doing 6.09 million, while a repeat of Accidentally on Purpose followed doing 5.27 million, they are repeats but could be better since CBS Monday comedies usually repeat better. Two and a Half Men followed with a repeat doing 11.38 million, nice showing for a repeat, and The Big Bang Theory followed with a repeat of its own doing 10.09 million, also a good showing for a repeat. 3.2 18-49 rating for a repeat is also good. A repeat of CSI: Miami did 9.48 million, seems lower than usual for a repeat. ABC was preempted in the New England area for a NFL game, but the rest of the country saw the holiday classic How the Grinch Stole Christmas doing a solid 9.2 million, followed by the new classic Shrek the Halls doing a solid 9.15 million. Would have done better with the Boston area mixed in. The first new Find My Family did 6.95 million and a 2.0 18-49 rating, both down big from previous week's half-hour preview. A repeat of Castle followed with a decent 6.01 million. A new Castle airs tomorrow! NBC was next with Heroes doing 5.39 million, up a bit from the previous week. A new episode of Trauma followed and did only 5.36 million and only a 1.6 A18-49 rating, both down a tad from the previous week. The Jay Leno Show followed with only 4.18 million, down from previous week despite facing two repeats on CBS and ABC. The CW was all-new with One Tree Hill doing 2.4 million and Gossip Girl doing 2.23 million. Should be better than that.
On Tuesday, the President had an address to nation in the 8pm ET hour, affecting programming for the night. Ratings for the address do not count. The address ended at 8:36pm ET. CBS followed the address with an Analysis of the address doing 8.95 million (as I'm sure many were waiting for NCIS). A repeat of NCIS followed at a special time of 9pm doing 14.28 million. How?? NCIS: Los Angeles was preempted due to the address to the nation. And finally CBS preempted The Good Wife for the annual Victoria's Secret Fashion Show special doing a solid 8.01 million and a 2.9 18-49 rating. Seems below normal, though. NBC was next airing a 15-minute joined in progress repeat of The Biggest Loser at 8:45pm ET following the Presidential Address doing 6.13 million, followed by two-hours of The Biggest Loser at a special time of 9-11pm doing 9.99 million, up a million from previous week when it was on 8-10pm, so the The Jay Leno Show was preempted for the first time this season...and look how well NBC did at 10pm this week. ABC aired the Presidential Address, followed by a joined in progress repeat of Modern Family at 8:38pm ET doing 4.7 million. Then it was the season premiere of Scrubs [Med School] doing 4.63 and 4.43 million only, but the 18-49 demo was decent at a 2.0 for both episodes. The show will do better with a Prep & Landing lead-in this week. At 10pm, the forgotten was all-new and did only 5.48 million and just a 1.2 18-49 rating. Fox aired So You Think You Can Dance from 8:36-10:36pm ET after the Presidential Address and did only 5.84 million, but up some from previous week. The CW was next with 90210 doing 2.15 million, followed by a new Melrose Place at an even worse 1.41 million.
Wednesday it was CBS on top in a lower than usual night. CBS started with the all-time classic Rudolph the Red-Nose Reindeer doing a decent 10.59 million and a 3.8 18-49 rating, both seem lower than usual though. Old Christine and Gary Unmarried were preempted. Next CBS didn't do well with the Grammy Nomination Concert doing only 6.28 million. Criminal Minds was next at 10pm at a special time with a repeat doing 8.05 million. CSI: NY was preempted. ABC comedies were next, a repeat of Modern Family did a decent 5.65 million and a 1.7 18-49 rating. The Middle was all-new and next and did 6.19 million and a 2.0 18-49 rating, not bad mixed in with an all-repeat night. Modern Family was a repeat and did 6.5 million and a 2.3 18-49 rating, not bad for a repeat. Cougar Town was also a repeat and did 5.14 million and a 1.8 18-49 rating. The comedies will be all-new again this Tuesday with Christmas episodes! Eastwick was new though and did 4.25 million, but up from previous week at least. NBC preempted Mercy again for the annual special Christmas Tree Lighting at Rockefeller Center doing 8.69 million and Law & Order: SVU was next with a repeat doing a decent 8.12 million. At 10pm NBC aired The Jay Leno Show of course at just 5.52 million, but up week-to-week. Fox started with So You Think You Can Dance doing 6.27 million, up from previous week, and Glee was next at 8.15 million and a 3.6 18-49 rating, both up with less competition than normal. The CW aired repeats of Gossip Girl and Vampire Diaries doing 990,000 viewers and 1.04 million.
Thursday it was CBS on top with mostly repeats. ABC started with the fall finale of FLASHFORWARD doing only 7.07 million, but ABC was preempted in Buffalo for the NFL game. What luck. Grey's Anatomy was totally preempted, as ABC went with a two-hour all-new Private Practice doing a solid 9.21 million. What an episode! CBS opened with Survivor: Samoa at a solid 12.82 million and a 3.9 A18-49 rating. A repeat of CSI followed with a solid 9.9 million. At 10pm The Mentalist was also a repeat and did an even better 10.74 million. Fox was next with an all-new Bones doing 9.92 million and an all-new Fringe doing an improved 6.94 million. NBC was all-new, with a new Community doing 5.42 million, followed by Parks & Recreation at 4.8 million, still could be better. The Office was next and all-new and did 8.05 million and a 4.1 A18-49 rating, followed by a new 30 Rock at 6.08 million and a 3.0 18-49 rating. Nothing special. The Jay Leno Show closed the night with only 4.72 million, down week-to-week, yes it did better on Thanksgiving night. The CW aired repeats of Vampire Diaries and Supernatural at only 1.33 million and 1.19 million, but they were preempted in NY for the Jets NFL game.
Now, final numbers for Friday and Saturday are not available as usual, but CBS won Friday with new episodes of their dramas as usual but they were down from normal, especially Medium. Monk had its series finale on USA Network.
Saturday numbers had ABC's College Football prevailing in all areas by a big margin, as they aired The Big-12 Championship Game as Texas won in the final second to advance to the BCS Championship Game (airing Jan. 7 on ABC).
Tonight the full ABC Sunday line-up is on (AFV, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Desperate Housewives, and Brothers & Sisters) look for solid ratings with big episodes of Housewives and Brothers tonight. Fall finales of both. NBC has an NFL game tonight so they will win the night though with media sensation Brett Favre in action. CBS has the Amazing Race season finale at 8pm that should compete, but everything else will be in the low 2's in 18-49. Fox has repeats of its comedies from 8:30-10 and an NFL overrun and the BCS Selection Show. Look for CBS to win the week likely in HH/viewers over ABC. 18-49 is up in the air, I think Fox will take it thanks to an overrun of the Giants/Cowboys and the BCS Selection Show. NBC could be second though, with ABC and CBS battling for third in 18-49. As for this coming week, look for the new holiday special Prep & Landing Tuesday at 8:30pm on ABC that should do VERY big and the season premiere of Better off Ted at 9:30pm Tuesday on ABC, part of ABC "Twosday" with Scrubs!

Week 11 How the Sitcoms Did

Last Sunday Sitcoms (counts for week 10 -- Nov. 23-29)

  • Brothers (Fox) - preempted due to NFL.
  • The Simpsons (Fox) - 8.87 million tuned in for a new episode at 8pm, up 2 million from the previous week thanks to a NFL lead-in. 4.2 18-49 rating was also up sharply from previous week, when there was no NFL lead-in.
  • The Cleveland Show (Fox) - 7.17 million and a 3.5 18-49 rating. Up from previous week by a bit, but not as much as the lead-in.
  • Family Guy (Fox) - 8.5 million and a 4.4 18-49 rating is excellent for a new showing...and both up from previous week.
  • American Dad (Fox) - 6.38 million and a 3.3 18-49 rating...up from previous week.

Monday Sitcoms

  • How I Met Your Mother (CBS) - A repeat did 6.09 million...nothing to complain since it was a repeat.
  • Accidentally on Purpose (CBS) - 5.27 million for a repeat. That seems low for a CBS comedy on Monday.
  • Two and a Half Men (CBS) - 11.38 million for a repeat, more than doubling its lead-in. 3.2 18-49 rating, too. And it was a repeat...
  • The Big Bang Theory (CBS) - Didn't build on the lead-in as it did the previous week, but a repeat still did 10.09 million. 3.2 18-49 rating is also excellent for a repeat, holding 100% from the lead-in. Only gripe is, this doesn't repeat as well as Men...but I'm not complaining.


Tuesday Sitcoms

  • Scrubs (ABC) 2 episodes - The season premiere was affected by President Obama. Instead of having an all-new holiday special as its lead-in, it got Obama and a Modern Family repeat that was joined in progress. The two episode premiere did 4.63 million and 4.43 million, but a 2.0 18-49 rating for both episodes. It should do much better this week with the holiday special Prep & Landing as the lead-in. If it can do 6 million and more than 2.5 18-49 rating this week, then ABC will be happy if the new holiday special does major (over 15 million and a 5 18-49).
  • Modern Family (ABC) - A joined in progress repeat at 8:38pm ET did 4.7 million following the Presidential Address in the East/Central. Out west it aired in its entirety following a repeat of The Middle, but that doesn't count in the ratings.

Wednesday Sitcoms
  • Old Christine (CBS) - preempted.
  • Gary Unmarried (CBS) - preempted.
  • The Middle (ABC) - 6.19 million for an all-new showing of this underrated family comedy. Another great episode and decent ratings sandwiched between repeats.
  • Modern Family (ABC) 2 episodes - A repeat at 8pm did 5.65 million, not bad. Another repeat at 9pm, in its normal time, did a solid 6.5 million and a 2.3 18-49 rating...good for ABC as their shows don't repeat too well.
  • Cougar Town (ABC) - A repeat did 5.14 million and a 1.8 18-49 rating. Don't forget ABC Comedy Wednesday is all-new this Wednesday with holiday episodes! ABC Comedy Holiday Wednesday!

Thursday Sitcoms

  • Community (NBC) - 5.42 million and 2.2 18-49 rating for a new episode...an improvement.
  • Parks & Recreation (NBC) - 4.8 million and a 2.1 18-49 rating, could be better, but it is consistent at least.
  • The Office (NBC) - A new episode did 8.05 million and a more telling 4.1 18-49 rating, nearly doubling its lead-in.
  • 30 Rock (NBC) - 6.08 million and 3.0 18-49 rating for a new episode. Looks like last fall with the Palin effect was this show's high watermark. I don't think it will ever go above 8 million ever again.

Friday Sitcoms

  • None.

Saturday Sitcoms

  • Parks and Recreation (NBC) - A special repeat at 8pm did only a 1.4 million in prelim numbers. That was expected.
  • The Office (NBC) - A special repeat at 10:30pm following a movie from 8:30-10:30 did a prelim 3.74 million...that's better. Why didn't NBC air this at 8 and Parks at 10:30?

Airing tonight (Sunday) are Fox's animated comedies from 8:30-10pm tonight, but they are repeats.

Summing it up. Two and a Half Men, The Big Bang Theory, The Office & Modern Family 9pm were impressive for the week. Everything else was OK (such as The Middle, How I Met Your Mother) or just plain old terrible (such as Scrubs, Parks and Recreation Sat repeat).

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Saturday, December 05, 2009

Better off Ted Season 2 Premiere Preview (Tuesday, December 8, 2009 at 9:30pm ET/PT on ABC)

We interrupt our weekly blog DVD review for a special preview of the Better off Ted season premiere! We apologize for preempting our weekly blog DVD review, but we didn't have anything to review (very slow month for DVDs it seems!). But of course that doesn't mean we will take the day off! Oh no sirree, we have a preview of this Tuesday's (Dec. 8) Better off Ted season premiere on ABC with guest star Taye Diggs (Private Practice), along with the second episode airing this season on Dec. 15.

I had the pleasure to watch the first two episodes of the upcoming season of this hilarious and smart comedy. On the season premiere, "Love Blurts" (airing Tuesday, Dec. 8 at 9:30pm ET/PT on ABC), Veridian Dynamics tries matchmaking employees based on their genetic compatibility in hopes of saving on health insurance bills from imperfectly bred children. Ted and Linda balk at this until they meet their supposed matches -- Greg (special guest star Taye Diggs) for Linda and Danielle (guest star Virginia Williams) for Ted -- and are instantly attracted despite themselves. Meanwhile, after Veronica finds out Lem is her perfect genetic match, she hounds him to make a donation to a sperm bank.
My thoughts of the episode: This is actually the sixth episode produced for the second season but they are using it as their season premiere, because it is HILARIOUS! It has the same vibe from some of the hilarious episodes of last season, with lots of wacky and funny situations that just make this show one of the funniest sitcoms on TV currently! On this episode, the whole idea that a company would match up their employees romantically to save on health insurance bills is genius! President Obama should think of that! Linda and Ted agree they won't go on the fixed dates that Veridian has assigned them, but Ted for some reason agreed...and Linda turned hers down, but when Ted tells her he agreed to his, Linda went back and agreed to hers. Taye Diggs guest stars as Linda's date Greg. And the subplots of Lem having to donate his sperm to Veronica is hilarious, as is finding out the reason why the company wants to give a vasectomy to Phil so he doesn't have any children. He even researches his family tree (Mymen Family Tree) on Wikipedia to see if his family has had any abnormalities! So will Veridian succeed in this new system? You'll have to tune in, wheeeeeeeeeeee! You'll get why I said wheeeeeeeee when you watch the season premiere.

On the second episode of the season, "The Lawyer, The Lemur and The Little Listener" (airing Tuesday, Dec. 15 at 9:30pm ET/PT on ABC), when a wave of layoff hits Veridian and little Rose (Ted's daughter) seems to have inside info because of a friend in her Hive playgroup at Veridian, Veronica tries to pump her for information, much to Ted's disapproval. Meanwhile, Linda is elated to sell her first children's book -- until someone points out that her lead character, a lemur, is the spitting image of Phil -- and Lem starts a passionate affair with one of the company lawyers (guest star Chelsey Crisp), only to find out that his paycheck is being docked for the "billable hours" he's spending with his new girlfriend.
My thoughts of the episode: This is actually the fourth episode produced for the second season but they are using it as their second episode of the season. This episode is not as good as the season premiere, but it still has the feel of Better off Ted with its wacky, peculiar, and smart ways of getting viewers to laugh. First off, Lem is having a relationship with Nadine, a company lawyer...but later finds out whenever he sees her, he is being charged for his services despite nothing legal related! And the subplot of Ted and Veronica having Ted's little daughter find out key information about their employees from their kids is hilarious! And Linda is writing a children's book, and the main character looks like...Phil! She finds out she can't do anything with the book, because the company would get the profit. My this company is crazy! They even have an extraction team when a person is let go to personally come and get them out of the office and clear their office! Only at Veridian Dynamics!

Tune in to the all-new season starting this Tuesday at 9:30/8:30 central on ABC!

And here's our full DVD review of Better off Ted: The Complete First Season. Buy your copy today!

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Friday, December 04, 2009

ABC Announces March 2010 Return Dates for FLASHFORWARD and V; Comcast to Manage NBC with Merger with GE

ABC has announced a few more midseason dates! First off, as you all saw last night at the end of FLASHFORWARD, ABC said it will bring the show back in March now instead of January, so it can air repeat-free and avoid the Winter Olympics (Feb. 12-28). FLASHFORWARD will return on Thursday, March 4, 2010 at 8pm for 12 straight repeat-free weeks. 14 hours are left of the 24 hour season, so two times ABC will air two-hour episodes to fit them in during these 12 weeks.
Meanwhile, ABC has also announced that V will return Tuesday, March 30, 2010, but not in its 8pm slot it had in November. It will air at 10pm following LOST! 9 episodes remain in the first season.
As previously announced, Ugly Betty will air Wednesdays at 10 starting Jan. 6, Shark Tank Fridays at 9 starting January 8, and LOST will return Feb. 2, airing Tuesdays at 9pm.
There is still plenty of other midseason news to come for ABC, such as a return date for Dancing with the Stars, and premiere dates for Jamie Oliver series, The Deep End, Happy Town, and Romantically Challenged. ABC also has Wife Swap and Primetime: What Would You Do? waiting on the bench. As soon as they announce it, we'll let you know. So far only Fox has announced its full second half schedule. NBC has only announced Jan/Feb, while CBS has not announced anything yet. The CW has announced a bit, as well as ABC...but nothing full yet. So, stay with us, but for now view more on this FLASHFORWARD and V return dates!

Comcast and General Electric officially announced that they have signed a definitive agreement to form a joint venture that will be 51 percent owned by Comcast, 49 percent owned by GE and managed by Comcast. The joint venture, which will consist of the NBC Universal businesses and Comcast's cable networks, regional sports networks and certain digital properties and certain unconsolidated investments, will be well positioned to compete in an increasingly dynamic and competitive media and digital environment.
The joint venture will provide consumers the broadest possible access to content, and support high-quality, award-winning content development across all platforms including film, television, and online. It will be anchored by an outstanding portfolio of cable networks and regional sports networks that will account for about 80 percent of its cash flow, including USA, Bravo, Syfy, E!, Versus, CNBC and MSNBC. The joint venture will be financially strong with a robust cash-flow-generation capability.
View the full press release, so you know the full details of this deal.

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Thursday, December 03, 2009

TV Land January 2010: Home Improvement Joins; ABC Moves Ugly Betty to Wednesdays Starting Jan. 6, Shark Tank Returns

In January 2010 on TV Land, Home Improvement will be joining the line-up! Tim Taylor and family will launch with a week-long marathon from Jan. 4-10, each night from 8pm-11pm on TV Land PRIME! Home Improvement is a sitcom about Tim Taylor, the accident prone host of a Detroit, Michigan television program about tools, who raises his dysfunctional family. The series joins TV Land PRIME with a week-long marathon and then will air Mon-Sat in the 8pm hour starting Jan. 11. Other schedule changes will be minor and happen weekdays starting Jan. 4 with Andy Griffith, All in the Family, Sanford & Son and more Andy Griffith shifting from 5-8pm to 4-7pm. Home Improvement joins the lineup from 8-9pm starting Jan. 11, with Tuesday marathon from 9pm-12am. The series will also air Sunday nights in the 2am hour.
High School Reunion is back! This season, the self–proclaimed "Summer Girls" clique is out to prove they have the hottest bodies on Kauai when TV Land premieres the third season of its hit reality series High School Reunion. Beginning January 13, 2010 at 10PM ET/PT, the class of '89 from Chaparral High School, Las Vegas reunites and these "Sin City" classmates are sexier than ever, bringing more drama, more partying and of course, more hook-ups.
It's a Brady Bunch marathon and a movie on Monday, Jan. 18! Kick things off with classic episodes at 9am and the big screen movie premiere of The Brady Bunch Movie on TV Land at 12 noon followed by more classic episodes and the movie once again at 6pm! Groovy!
And finally there will be plenty of movie premieres besides The Brady Bunch Movie! On New Year's Day from 9am-4:30pm, premieres of Twelve Angry Men, A Few Good Men and Armed & Dangerous will air. Regular Friday PRIME movies airing in January are premieres of Groundhog Day and Cliffhanger. A few movies will premiere on Saturday morning as well (Peggy Sue Got Married and A River Runs Through It). And movie encores include Saturday Night Fever and Dead Poet's Society.
View the full TV Land January 2010 schedule and highlights. As a preview, Boston Legal will join TV Land in February airing Monday nights from 9pm-12am starting Feb. 15...stay tuned for more on that when it is official!

Ugly Betty is moving to Wednesdays at 10:00 p.m., ET beginning January 6, 2010, rounding out ABC Comedy Wednesday. Shark Tank will return to the schedule on Friday, January 8 at 9:00 p.m., ET, in Betty's current Friday slot. Ugly Betty still has two episodes left on Friday, and they are both very good with The Bahamas episode this Friday and the Christmas one next Friday. Then the next episode will air on its new night and time starting Jan. 6, following ABC Comedy Wednesday sitcoms. It will directly follow Cougar Town starring Courtney Cox, which will have Lisa Kudrow guest starring on Jan. 6 in a mini-Friends reunion! Should be a big night!
As for Shark Tank, the series will return for its final five episodes of the season, as the season finale will air on Friday, Feb. 5. If these do well, ABC will order a second season, I'm sure. But I think it should air in the summer. When airing on Tuesdays at 8 earlier this fall, it grew each week in its timeslot. It also did decent in its Sunday at 9 timeslot in August. Finally, don't forget, as we previously announced, repeats of Shark Tank will also air Saturdays at 5pm ET on ABC afternoons starting Jan. 9.
Stay with us for the full ABC winter schedule very soon. Tuesdays at 8pm is still to be determined in January.

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Wednesday, December 02, 2009

ABC Family January 2010; IFC Live: Arrested Development and Contest

This January on ABC Family, there won't be any regular schedule changes to daytime, but there will be original series on Monday nights. First off, there will be marathons to ring in the new year! On Friday, January 1, 2010 from 3pm-11pm a marathon of America's Funniest Home Videos will air. On Saturday, January 2, 2010 from 9am-1pm, a short Full House marathon will lead-into movies. And on Sunday, January 3, 2010, ABC Family gets ready for the new season of The Secret Life of the American Teenager by airing a marathon from 7am-12am. The marathon continues the next day on Monday, January 4, 2010 from 11am-8pm, leading into the return of The Secret Life of the American Teenager at 8pm. The return of Make It or Break It follows at 9pm. Make It or Break It will get a marathon the following week on Monday, January 11, 2010 from 11am-8pm. And as we mentioned, Greek returns on Monday, January 25, 2010 airing at 10pm following both dramas.
Other January 2010 highlights include, 8 Simple Rules returning to weekends starting Jan. 16 after a hiatus because of the holidays, but it won't be airing on some days due to movies or extra Full House. The generic schedule for 8 Simple Rules is Saturdays 10-11am and Sundays 11am-12pm, as it was in October. The week of Jan. 18 and 25 from 9am-11am will have the annual The 700 Club Special Programming. And on Sunday, January 31, 2010 from 12pm-12am, it is a special all-day 700 Club event. Movie premieres are What A Girl Wants on Thursday, Jan. 7, 2010 at 7:30pm and the ABC Family Original Movie Premiere Event Bring It On: Fight to the Finish on Sunday, Jan. 17 at 8pm. A marathon of the previous three films (Bring It On, Bring It On: In It to Win It, and Bring It On: All or Nothing) will lead-in from 2pm-8pm.

As we mentioned a few months ago, IFC has acquired Arrested Development reruns. And now they are offering fans a whole new interactive viewing experience with IFC Live: Arrested Development.
Every Tuesday night at 9:00 p.m. ET, fans can join IFC's Matt Singer and each other online at IFC.com for live streaming and chatting while watching two back-to-back episodes of the show on IFC.
Arrested Development fans can join the conversation at IFC Live: Arrested Development using either an existing Ustream or Twitter account, or easily register for a new account. Fans can also e-mail IFC directly to ask questions, give suggestions, comments or topic ideas at ifclive@ifc.com.
They are also having the IFC Arrested Development & Automat Sweepstakes which will give three lucky winners the Arrested Development Complete Series DVD Set, and 200 runner-up winners will receive an Automat t-shirt. The contest runs through Tuesday, December 8, 2009.
Enter the contest and read the rules.
Back-to-back episodes of Arrested Development air every Sunday night at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on IFC, with encore showings every Tuesday at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT as the lead in to the network's Automat programming block, which coincides with IFC Live: Arrested Development.

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Tuesday, December 01, 2009

AmericanLife January 2010: Rhoda and Phyllis Join Schedule; CBS Pulls Three Rivers, Books 2nd I Get That A Lot Special

One month from today, on Friday, January 1, 2010, AmericanLife Network (ALN) will add the Mary Tyler Moore Show spin-offs Rhoda and Phyllis to its weekday schedule! You'll have two chances to watch them as well! The sitcoms will air in the weekdays at 10am hour and encore in the weekdays at 5pm hour later in the day, if you missed them in the morning! Rhoda and Phyllis will be replacing Bob Newhart Show and Newhart (both will be off the line-up now) in the 5pm hour, and lifestyle programming in the 10am hour.
Rhoda starred Valerie Harper in the title role and aired from 1974-78 lasting 110 episodes. It was about Rhoda Morgenstern, who was the spunky, weight conscious, flamboyantly-fashioned best friend of Mary Richards who left Minneapolis and returned home to New York City.
Phyllis starred Cloris Leachman in the title role and aired from 1975-77 lasting 48 episodes. It was about Phyllis Lindstrom, who was previously Mary Richards' landlady on The Mary Tyler Moore Show. In the new series, Phyllis and her daughter Bess Lindstrom moved from Minneapolis to San Francisco, after the death of her husband, Dr. Lars Lindstrom.
In other ALN January 2010 news, Chicken Soul for the Soup will also air on weekdays now! Starting Jan. 1, it will air weekdays at 11am, replacing lifestyle programming. Soup will continue to air on weekends at 6pm as well. Meanwhile, Mission: Impossible will now air weekdays at 6pm, as Sue Thomas F.B.Eye moves to 7pm, replacing L.A. Law. Not to worry, as L.A. Law will now air at 9pm Mon-Thurs, as St. Elsewhere kicks off the night now at 8pm Mon-Thurs and Hill Street Blues closes the night at 10pm Mon-Thurs. Encores of these three dramas start at 12am Mon-Thurs with St. Elsewhere, followed by L.A. Law and Hill Street Blues from 1-3am Mon-Thurs. Airing in between will be an encore of Sue Thomas F.B.Eye weekdays at 11pm. On Fridays, the ALN Classic Movie will air at 8pm, followed by Mission Impossible at 10pm, 12am, & 1am, and The Color Honeymooners at 2am, as that will continue to air Fri-Sun at 2am. Weekends remain the same as now.
And don't forget about the 5pm hour holiday episodes all this month which began yesterday! We get classic Christmas episodes all month long from 5-6pm with classics like WKRP, The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, and even Mr. Belvedere! Streaks on the china, never mattered before! View the holiday schedule, if you haven't already.

As we first reported on our message board, CBS is pulling Three Rivers off the schedule effective immediately. Cold Case will move into the 9pm hour effective this Sunday, with various crime (what else?) repeats airing at 10pm the next few weeks. NCIS: LA will air this Sunday, Criminal Minds on Dec. 13, and Cold Case on Dec. 27 (as we announced, a repeat of the movie Jesse Stone: Thin Ice will air Dec. 27 from 8-10pm). Survivor finale is on Dec. 20. CBS has not announced yet what will air in the hour starting in January. CBS already has to fill the Sunday 8pm hour starting Dec. 13, since The Amazing Race ends its season this Sunday. A repeat of The Mentalist is slated for Dec. 13, with the Survivor finale on Dec. 20, and the Jesse Stone movie repeat on Dec. 27.
In other CBS updates, a second special of I Get That A Lot will air Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2010 in the 8pm hour. The special is a fun filled, hidden camera special, whereby top celebrities perform ordinary jobs, while denying their real identity...only to later reveal that it is indeed them. The first special aired on April Fool's Day earlier this year to good ratings. This special will preempt Old Christine and Gary Unmarried on this night and will lead into The 36th Annual People's Choice Awards from 9-11pm ET/PT.

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